Three of my friends and myself have been planning for a week's hunt and fish in Northern Michigan this fall, so I had decided to get a beagle dog. About six weeks ago I saw an ad from Pennsylvania, (beagles and rabbit hounds for sale). I wanted a beagle that was partly trained so I answered this ad at once and received my answer in due time. After reading the answer I decided that was just the kind of dog I had always wanted. Partly trained, female and 1 year old. So I rushed to the P. O., got a money order and sent it special delivery. About two weeks after I got the dog, fleas, lice and all. The first thing I did was to beat it to the drug store and buy a lot of disinfectant and gave the dog his proper bath.
When I got rid of everything but the dog I threw out my chest and began to tell the boys what a prize we had for our fall hunt. So we all decided to try him out the following Saturday. We did; the only thing he found was a piece of bread and he never got over ten feet from me at the most. The party was made up of four of us, Bill, Walt, Jack and yours truly. Bill told me he thought he would make a good trailer — on bolognas, and all such stuff as that, so I decided not to take Bill along on my next hunt.
I took him out a number of times after, but never anything doing. Last week Jack and I planned to get a friend of ours to take his dog and go with us. Our friend Al Rouesslo has a good dog and in no time had rabbits running in all directions.
Once Al's dog chased a rabbit right into my dog and my prize howled, jumped and fell all over himself trying to get out of the way. Right there gloom settled all over me, while smiles and jokes came from the other boys. Today I am trying to give him away, but I guess they all heard about him, anyway, no one seems to want him.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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