Saturday, October 20, 2007
1988 Lure Coursing with Deerhounds
Scottish Deerhounds are "sight hounds", which are bred to chase using their speed and eyesight, versus blood hounds or coon hounds that use their nose. Sight hounds include grey hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, Borzois, and Afgans. Lure coursing is a competitive event where a course is set up using a nylon line which goes in a wide, zig-zag circle around a field with pulleys at the corners, and powered by a starter motor. A garbage bag is tied on the line, and it whips around like a rabbit. The dogs chase it in groups of three, grouped by breed. They are judged not only on speed, but agility and ability to track the "rabbit". My dog, Brie was quite good at it, placing third in one event. Blue was quite bad at it, in his last race he blew over a hill in the wrong direction when the rabbit turned the other way.