Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Details: Lure coursing simulates the hunting experience. The dogs chase an artificial lure, in an open field and are judged by two judges, on the dogs overall ability, speed, endurance, agility, and how well they follow the lure.. The lure is three white plastic bags (referred to as "bunnies") tied to a string and pulled along the surface of the field via a pulley system. The course layout will vary (e.g. large oval, figure-eight). The Lure Operator sits on a raised platform where he/she can modulate the speed of the bunnies, engage the dogs, or safely "untangle" them if they get caught up in the line. The Hunt Master coordinates the start (yelling "tolly-ho") and looks out for the dogs' safety while they are on the field.
According to AKC rules, sight hounds earn a JC (Junior Courser) title after they successfully complete two qualifying runs (600 yards, 4 corners). The runs must occur on two days with two different judges. Macy completed her first on Saturday morning and her second on Sunday morning. That made her eligible to run in the trials alongside two other breed dogs in the afternoon. She had a slow start on the prelim trial, trailing the BIG dogs for about 100 meters until finally they left her in the dust. The second (final) trial was a total bust. She got spooked after a false start and threw it into reverse. LOL. It seems that running with other dogs (she's a bit intimidated) is something we need to work on as we build towards her Senior Courser (SC) title.
Photos by Randy Sartin
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Lucy Lou 8085
Peggy Lee 73
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
2888 - TRAVIS (the cat)
2366 - Tripod Toby
2098 - Lucy Lou
2057 - Higgins
1175 - Macy
Friday, October 31, 2008
Lucy Lou 1660
Monday, October 27, 2008
1329 Lucy Lou
1050 Macy (trailing the leader by 279)
3 Manson Mayer
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Just got back from a late morning visit to the competition. It's a beautiful day at the park! Lots of representation from US and several other countries. The announcements are being made in German so either brush up on your language skills or bring an English-German dictionary. An all-day entry fee is $10... or $25 for weekend.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Possum's on again-off again campaign has stirred a lot of buzz with its latest innovation, a new seal that combines elements of the actual Presidential seal and the Possum's logo.
Some people are poking fun at the Possum folks for this. But if you want voters to imagine your candidate as mayor, what better way to do that than to have him appear behind a faux mayoral seal? And this is probably a good time to experiment with it. That way, if there's a voter backlash, the sense that Possum has gone too far, the campaign has time to toss the seal down a hole in the hope that it will have been forgotten by Election Day.
The Latin inscription "vero possumus" essentially means "Truly we're able" which is basically "Yes, we can," very similar to the Obama campaign slogan. When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign suggested they may have been premature in their support for Higgins and have placed a hold on the $100 check mailed to campaign manager Don Claire over the weekend. With an 8 point lead over McCain, Obama advisors feel they can afford to revisit this key decision despite the claims of flip-flopping that will surely follow a change.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Acting as interim spokesperson for canine mayoral candidate Macy McGoo, Charlie Cooper stepped up to the straw podium and let loose with an old-school oratory. His was one of several rousing stump speeches during a “Meet the Candidates” event sponsored by the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. With the the sun setting against a shimmering Ohio River and hundreds of townsfolk and media looking on, Cooper outlined a bold vision to goose the local economy and remediate casino blight from across the river in Rising Sun, Indiana. The mostly Lucy Lou-partisan crowd was respectful yet unimpressed. Off camera, McGoo (again speaking through Cooper) insisted "the answers that will carry Rabbit Hash into the 21st century are staring us in the face… we simply need to open our eyes and drop our britches." She went on to identify the resident talent and abundant resources that would serve as a cultural and economic catalyst.
An Idyllic Beachfront Location & Expressive Population
One McGoo proposal (called "Blue Moon of Kentucky") is to resurrect the Rabbit Hash Yacht Club and clear an adjacent stretch of beach for nude bathing. The change would boost the economy by reopening the commercial center to disenfranchised boaters and nude bathers -- and provide opportunities for cross-border communication. With McGoo's tail whipping wildly in a circular motion -- a sign of cornered prey -- Cooper posed and answered his own question… "What was the best scene in the movie Braveheart? [lengthy pause] It was when the Scottish hillbilly warriors lined up across the battlefield and raised their kilts in unison to the invading English troops. We could do that here EVERY day of the year.”
McGoo, an American-bred Ibizan Hound, offered a modern precedent to support her proposal; a rural island off of the southern coast of Spain was facing a similar dilemma of maintaining its agrarian identity in the face of global pressures. It now plays host to some of the most exclusive yacht clubs and nude beaches along the Caribbean. The island, Ibiza, is the ancestral home of the Ibizan Hound. With hands open, Cooper insists that his candidate is the only one with the imagination, multi-generational experience and connections to make this type of project successful.
Days of Zero Sum Foreign Policies Over
While the McGoo economic advisers busy themselves on a plan to monetize the operation, their preliminary data indicates “Blue Moon of Kentucky” could attract thousands of folk from across Kentucky and Ohio. Their research also projects increased Hoosier tourism for Rising Sun. Cooper went on to say that “the days of zero-sum planning are over -- nobody has to lose in order for Rabbit Hash to win”. He suggest further that a McGoo Administration will apply this principle aggressively to foreign and domestic policy, revealing “Candidate McGoo has already reached out to Rising Sun’s Mayor Bill Marksberry and Economic Development Coordinator James Kinnett to discuss Blue Moon and other proposals that promote regional cooperation.” One such project, chronicled earlier in the year by the Rabbit Hash Blog is the Tim Hortons coffee pipeline that links the west-bank Grand Victoria Casino to the Rabbit Hash General Store.
Broader Political Coalition on the Horizon
The Rabbit Hash-Mastodon Corridor News reported on Sunday that another top mayoral candidate may also back the Blue Moon proposal. Anonymous sources say they are referring to Higgins, the jack ass. Higgins was on a prolonged political junket with Washington fat-cats and could not be reached for comment on the McGoo announcement. However, his Campaign Manager Don Claire responded “there’s nothing new here… Higgins was way ahead of this curve promoting his bare ass to the Hoosier population for years. This is just another stunt by some opportunistic carpetbagging bitch to steal the spotlight”.
Friday, October 3, 2008
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This evening I'm taking an opportunity to respond off-air to this morning’s scurrilous on-air allegations directed at Macy McGoo, canine candidate for Mayor of Rabbit Hash.
Lucy's Spokesperson (on-air): Macy is 6 months old... too young and inexperienced
Macy's Spokesperson (off-air): First off, I think we can all agree that candidate eligibility requirements were questionable at best and designed to give just about every sap a chance to throw their hat in the ring. That said, the candidates range in age from 1 year (Macy) to 8 years (Noggin). At 18 months, Lucy’s seniority is a round-off error in dog time. The important thing to look at is where the candidates stand on issues and what their actions reveal.
Unlike other breeds that are tethered to a hind tit for weeks, Ibizan Hounds (bred as rabbit hunters) wean at 7 weeks and can begin chewing raw food (bones, red meat, fish, poultry, pork, deer, rabbit, my fingers) within a week. As an elder pup in a litter of 11, Macy grew up quickly and assumed a leadership role in her pack. The girl started her campaign on a Raw Food Diet platform and has consistently promoted this as a healthy alternative to popular grain-based pet feed. The bitch can catch AND eat her own dog food! Who else can make that claim? Her recent partnership with BARFWorld (http://www.barfworld.com/) demonstrates the seriousness of this candidate and her desire to raise awareness amongst domesticated species (including humans). What SERIOUS issues are her more experienced opponents chewing on? None… zilch… nada… zip! Yes... (winding up to toss a bone) Lucy may be a terrific unofficial tour guide but do people who were able to find their way to Rabbit Hash -- no simple feat -- really need a tour guide to help them zero in on the General Store? Have you been there? It's four buildings (including the new out-house) within a stone throw of each other. That's like an unwelcome bum at a red traffic light who scurries up to your car and spit-cleans your windshield for change. Yeah... sign me up for the concierge service. Here are some of the other issues Macy will invest her energy in:
- Free passage of canines and felines in/out of the General Store
- Expanding our economic base without diminishing our unique community
- Humane treatment of pets and animals
Angry Guys (on-air): She's got some crazy eyes and a fish in her mouth... scary!
Macy's Spokesperson (off-air): That's her Derek Zoolander "blue steel" all-business look. She's a hunter... not a herder! If you'd like a more provocative "come hither" head shot, we can certainly make that happen in exchange for a small donation to RHHS. Remember... we need $20K to "shore-the-store".
Angry Guys (on-air): ... you can't have a rabbit hunter in Rabbit Hash.
Macy's Spokesperson (off-air): Hmmm... I suppose they could have used tofu instead of rabbit in their hash.
Lucy's Spokesperson (on-air): Macy has only visited town 3 times?
Macy's Spokesperson (off-air): Wow... somebody's been peek'n out the window. Macy's owners made their home on the outskirts of the Hash near 20 years ago. They're simple folk that live a quiet life on an abandoned stretch of Rabbit Hash Road overlooking the Gunpowder Creek valley. It’s not a movie set… it’s the real deal… the rural flip side of the downtown Rabbit Hash coin. It looks and feels the same as it did a hundred years ago. Just count the stack of bashed-in oil pans and mufflers in the garage and you’ll get the picture. Macy travels to town throughout the year without entourage AND not for quick photo-ops. Like the farmers of old, she spends a majority of her time in the field, in the woods hunting and playing with her peeps. When she visits town for commerce, she sits a spell and then leaves. She doesn't loiter on the porch hope’n some poor unsuspecting visitor will drop a scrap of food in front of her. If that’s the kind of inside-the-beltway behavior we’re looking for in our mayor -- A DOG LOOK'N FOR A HANDOUT -- then vote for some other critter!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Rabbit Hash-Mastodon Corridor News
Thursday, October 4, 2008 6:00 PM EST
Candidate McGoo unleashed the Dogs of War on the eve of the Palin-Biden Debate. A small creative team of dirty tricksters following in the footsteps of Nixon's "Plumbers" will be led by "The Professor", a seasoned pro with years of experience rigging local and regional elections. While The Professor was loath to reveal specifics about his 5-point strategy, he did offer copy from one media campaign that's set to launch this weekend. More details about the McGoo Organization and the Plumbers can be found at the candidate web site http://www.macymcgoo.com/.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Bill Geist, Amy Rosner and a local affiliate CBS film/sound crew dropped in at the homestead Friday noon as planned. Don Claire, President of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society and resident historian/celeb, helped navigate their fleet of three SUVs up the driveway and past their initial concerns (hint: dueling banjos playing in background, Burt Reynolds...ring a bell?). Ironically, this patch of gravel was part of the original Rabbit Hash Road the county abandoned in the late 50's. It looks (and feels) the same as it did 75 or more years ago.
This was friendly group... after the introductions Amy did a quick survey inside and out to identify the best filming location. Ultimately they settled on the front porch overlooking the trees and yard as it offered good light and setting. We brought Macy out (on leash) to meet everyone. She was a bit timid (normal for her) but warmed up with the help of some well placed doggy treats. Bill and I sat down on the bench and he asked several powder-puff questions to which I responded with a sheep-stare (normal for me). Funny... the questions were SO much easier to answer after they left! Hopefully they'll be able to find or edit two words that made sense :-/
The Questions I remember...
1) What triggered Macy's run for office?
2. Does she have any foreign affairs experience?
3. Is she dating anyone... plans?
4. Any similarities with Sarah Palin?
5. What's her platform?
6. You seem to be taking the election pretty serious...web site?
7. What type of electionware is available?
They took some additional footage of Macy playing down below before calling it a day. The whole thing was over in 45-60 minutes. They'll be back in Rabbit Hash again next Saturday (October 4) for the "Meet the Candidates" event. The segment is scheduled to air on CBS Sunday Morning on October 19 at 9:00 am EST (check local times just to be sure).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
2:00 AM EST
North Korea began their crash rabbit-breeding program decades ago to eliminate famine. The operation, managed within the sprawling Yongbyon nuclear complex 100 km (60 miles) north of Pyongyang, was meant to reduce dependency on international food stamps. THE FACILITIES -- The complex consists of a five-megawatt reactor, whose construction began in 1980, a Morton prefab rabbit hutch, a fuel fabrication facility and a plutonium reprocessing plant, where (according to IAEA) weapons-grade material could be extracted from spent fuel rods. North Korean officials have long insisted they were using nukes for peaceful purposes only and not for weaponry. In recent years, giant rabbits are frequently seen grazing in herds along South Korea and China borders. Farmers throughout the interior provinces are reporting ravaged crops and grapefruit sized pellets.
In response to the rabbit situation, China has embarked on a multi-decade crash program to rebuild The Great Wall, at one time a key to protecting agriculture and resisting cavalry of the Huns and other warrior tribes from the north. The usually secretive Peoples Party announced their decision on Tuesday, saying only that the investment will dwarf the recently completed Three Rivers Dam project. When complete, the Wall will once again defend the country against marauding hares who hop the border fence and over-graze lush interior farmland (see clip).
A trip-wire satellite system is also being developed by Google and Lockheed-Martin to augment The Wall and should be fully operational by 2010. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-19M, is the sixth in a line of eight GPSIIR satellites that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems, Valley Forge, Pa. has modernized for the Chinese government. Google's newly patented "Wild Game" search technology (originally developed for Midwest hunters) will be fully integrated with the GPS hardware, and according to their Chief Technologist, can be set to track specific species (e.g. rabbit, moose and squirrel, elk, deer, emu, etc.)
To stem cross-border incursions near term, the government has brought in hundreds of foreign Ibizan Hounds (aka Beezers). According to experts, a team of 6-8 (mostly females) well-healed beezers can clear a 50 mile radius within a day. Officials will process and distribute captured prey to local farmers to offset their losses.
Monday, September 22, 2008
For Immediate Release
6:00 PM EST
Manorville, New York
An on-air personality at the Spanish-language FM radio station WBON-FM 98.5 (formally "The Bone") recently interviewed candidate McGoo as part of their Southern-States outreach programming. WBON is running a series on Hispanic candidates. McGoo's species and Ibizan roots have generated a great deal of interest within the listener communities that WBON serves. Excerpt from the interview...
WBON: A recent poll by Associated Press says that one third of all Americans hold unfavorable attitudes towards Hispanic candidates. How do you think the American people judge you?
McGoo (speaking through a pet communicator): I’m still tied or in the lead with Lucy Lou. Uhhh… that tells me that the American people are good, that they are judging me on my ideas and my vision and my values and not on my bloodline or my disproportionately large ear lobes. Now... are there gonna be some people who don’t vote for me because of my Hispanic heritage? Of course!
WBON: So how significant is this to your campaign and how do you address the issue?
McGoo: I think it's significantly meaningless. The fact is that I'm a 4th generation American-bred beezer, the product of a proud immigrant family with deep roots within this community and service to country. My owner's son is serving in Afghanistan (1/6 Marines) right now and my Uncle Handsome (Ch. Serandida's Spirit of Luxor) recently won Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club. He lost Group to a Beagle named Uno who went on to win Best in Show. Now what's that say? A beagle hasn't won that show in 26 years... and here we have a LATIN beagle who takes the golden bone home. All boats rise with this tide and that's what I expect to do down on the banks of the Ohio River at Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.
6:00 P.M. EST
Manorville, Nueva York
Una personalidad en-aéreo en el WBON-FM de emisora de español Idioma FM 98,5 (formalmente "El Hueso") entrevistó recientemente a candidato McGoo como parte de sus EL SUR DE-Estados supera programar. WBON corre una serie en candidatos hispanos. La especie de McGoo y raíces de Ibizan han engendrado mucho interés dentro de las comunidades de oyente que WBON sirve. Extractar de la entrevista...
For those of you who are a bit queasy drop'n a few bucks into the Rabbit Hash Historical Society's (RHHS) online voting booth (they use PayPal), we've created the Macy McGoo electionware storefront based on the well-respected and secure CafePress.com's commerce engine. Macy will earn 1-5 votes for every single product you order. This way you get some semi-authentic Americana goodies (art by me and products from China) and RHHS gets a check from CafePress. I love this country!
4:00 PM EST
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact: Ty Shelley
In an unprecedented move, Ty Shelley left his couch today to speak on behalf of his sister Macy who is currently running for Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY. Speaking from his backyard in Oklahoma City, OK, Ty took time out of his busy schedule to talk about his puppy hood in Ohio with Macy. It must be reported however that most of the interview time was taken watching Ty chase monarchs away from the beautiful butterfly bushes in the Shelley backyard. Ty spoke very fondly of his sister. "I always knew that Macy was destined for great things. She was the leader of the pack and spoke with much compassion and understanding. She taught me the importance of working together for a common goal. We would keep the toys away from the other siblings so we could enjoy them together. She also has a great understanding of rules of engagement should that ever be a concern in Rabbit Hash. Several weeks of playing "queen of the stick" in the wooden acres where we were born gave her deep insight into maneuvering through dangerous territory, i.e. 10 brothers and sisters, knowing when it was time to give up and making quick decisions in a very fast paced environment."
At this point in the interview, Ty had become tired and jumped on the bed for a 10 minute nap. He returned more refreshed and insistent that we continue the interview. As most political campaigns go down to the wire, someone is sure to bring up dirt on the other opponents. I asked Ty if he knew of any dirt on his sister. "Sure I do, it wasn't always playing keep away from our brothers and sisters. Or sleeping in the sunshine. Sometimes it was a wonderful smell coming from the ground below. I would start digging for the smelly morsel and Macy would come over to see what was going on. I'm sure I got some dirt on her while I was searching for a snack." Macy went to be with her new parents before Ty left Ohio. Ty cocked his head and let out a small whimper when I mentioned her leaving. "Macy was the glue that held our litter together. The day she left was heartbreaking for the rest of us. We knew she had a bigger dream to fulfill, but she left a hole in our pack order that was never replaced." I could tell that Ty missed Macy very much so I asked if they had ever seen each other again,"YES!" he replied with great excitement, "Macy and I spent a short time together in Louisville, KY this past March. She was no longer a puppy, but a bitch that knew what she wanted. Aspirations of a political career had already crossed her mind. All of the same qualities that made her the litter leader had continued to develop and she was the happiest I'd ever seen her. It's always good to know that your litter mates are in great homes, and from what she told me, Macy's folks are the best." In closing, Ty said, "Voting for Macy is the best decision anyone could make. She is by far the best bitch in the race. Determined, qualified and able to take action when needed, but also understands the need for rest and relaxation. What more could you want from a mayor?"
Saturday, September 20, 2008
At a minimum the CBS visit lights a fire under our butts... accelerates our storm chore list by a few weeks.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
366 - Macy
359 - Lucy Lou
203 - Tripod Toby
139 - Rembrandt
115 - Travis
68 - Noggin
56 - Moly
47 - Higgins
29 - Pike
11 - Cletus
10 - Isabella Pearl
3 - Paulette
2 - Alex (the human)
1 - Manson Mayer
Fortunately the weather was terrific and we managed to get by with a few watts from a power invertor hooked to the trusty 4Runner. Worked bags and bags of ice on the frig and freezer till the lights came back on 4 days later. We had a much deeper appreciation for Ryan who just came off a 130 day mission (no electric, no a/c), full gear in 130 degree heat.
So what's this got to do with the pooch? She was pretty calm , cool and collected through the entire tree-blowing episode which lasted 4-5 hours. She sure didn't act like a beezer with wire in her bloodline. Note: Ibizans come in two flavors, smooth hair and wire hair. The wires have a reputation for getting wound tight during storms. Macy seems to have inherited the more desirable "mellow gene".
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
12:00 PM EST
Trip, a 2 year old male Belgian Tervuren (right inset) jumps for joy at the news that Macy is running for Mayor of Rabbit Hash Kentucky. He is a fellow raw food advocate that has known Macy since she was just a pup. Trip says “She is ready to lead and I would follow her anywhere. She has one of the best smelling tails I have ever sniffed.”
Dogwood AcresBethel, Ohio
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
When: Saturday October 4, 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM EST
Where: Downtown Rabbit Hash
Election fever is running high! Mark your calendars... you won't want to miss this Rabbit Hash Historical Society sponsored event. Worlds collide in downtown Rabbit Hash, Center of the Universe and cultural mecca of the Midwest: townsfolk, city slickers, bikers, young, old, fat, skinny, pretty, beauty-challenged, livestock, cats, dogs, rabbits, jack-asses, politicians, food and chotchkie vendors all converge on a six-acre canvas. It's Andy Griffith meets Sturgis Black-Vest Gala. Event organizer Bobby (not to be confused with Ricky Bobby) assures a full lineup of local bands and candidates with plenty of old fashion stump speeches, greasy food, baby kissing and butt sniffing. Bring your entire clan.... enjoy a bottle of pop or suds and relax to the music. Slow down and enjoy what Rabbit Hash means to you. Shake and bake!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Going into the weekend, here are the top three mayoral contenders in online voting:
- MACY - 185 votes
- LUCY LOU - 69 Votes
- MOLLY - 50 Votes
Please keep in mind that this does not include votes cast at Old Timer's Day, or votes cast at the General Store. So she could easily be running behind! REMEMBER to visit http://www.rabbithashusa.com/ and VOTE - VOTE often. All proceeds benefit the Rabbit Hash Historical Society for the continued preservation of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, USA
Monday, September 2, 2008 3:00 AM EST
After weeks of polling, Macy's exploratory committee came back with a strong "run girl run" recommendation. She got the call at 3 AM (just like Hillary) on Labor Day and officially threw her hat in the ring for Mayor of Rabbit Hash soon after.
Running as an Independent on a "raw food diet" platform, she believes her candidacy will resonate with a wide demographic of dogs, cats, pet-lovers and caregivers. As a purebred hunter, a carnivore, and fiscal conservative with a pro-life/pro-family record (she comes from a litter of 11), this fresh-faced hound dog offers a responsible alternative to inside the Rabbit Hash beltway candidates. While Macy enjoys rough-housing with her pals Sadie and Rio, she's equally at ease in the show ring. At age 6 months she was one of the youngest entries at this year's Ibizan Hound Nationals held at Purina Farms. She hopes to leverage her celebrity within the local community, America, the AKC and AHCUS to promote raw food diet awareness and a change in feeding behaviors.