Saturday was picture perfect hunting. The weather was great. The hounds were spot on and we got to watch them work the scent quite a bit. Although we worried that the heat would cause the scent to evaporate but instead it remained, elusive but strong enough to make them work for it.
I love the territory off of Monument Street in Concord — there are lovely open fields and great trails by the Concord River. The second part of the hunt has lots of fun, small fences and Freedom flew over them.
But the very best part of the hunt came right at the beginning. At the first cast, a corgi from one of the houses at the edge of the field joined the hounds. His ears were flat against his head and he had a look of sheer bliss on his face as he sprinted along in the middle of the pack. Luckily for all involved, he realized he couldn’t keep up and turned for home looking very pleased with himself.
You could tell that he was going to be dining out on that story for awhile: the day he went foxhunting. I hope he never figures out that were tracking anise, not fox!