Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Farrier, a Loyal and Brave Beagle


It isn't all fun here, some of the things that occur are really quite brutal, but as I have said before it is the way of the countryside, and many peoples lives depend on it, and there are plenty of protesters around to stick up for the foxes, hares and other hunted animals.
Farrier was out with the pack when the hounds slightly over-ran the trail and crossed a minor lane. The whole pack, bar Farrier, crossed safely and picked up the line and hunted strongly onwards. Very sadly Farrier, who was behind the main pack was struck by a car on the road. The driver stopped immediately and Farrier was quickly attended to by several members and was taken back to the kennels by the Master and another member with veterinary advice being received during the journey by mobile phone.
The seriousness of the injuries sustained made the decision inevitable and, on arrival back at the kennels, he was swiftly and kindly put to sleep.
Farrier was already on borrowed time, last summer the members became aware that Farrier had firstly one and then latterly two tumours growing at a steady rate, and it had been fully expected that a final difficult decision on his future would have to be made towards the end of this season. The outcome would have been the same for any hound in that situation. No one was to blame for what happened and a hunting day can never be completely risk free nor can every eventuality be planned for. It is this unpredictable element and the associated risks to everyone that makes the hunt such a vital antidote to the often synthetic and hazard averse world that so many people live in.
Farrier would not have been happy being retired, the hounds rarely settle into a domestic environment after growing up with the pack, and they howl for their friends when separated. He was loyal, strong and brave and will be greatly missed.

21 comments:

Vintage Vixen said...

RIP Farrier. He looked a beautiful and intelligent beast.
Vix
xxx

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

RIP Farrier... Beagles are so good.

Wildernesschic said...

That is so sad ... I love dogs especially working dogs. At least he died on the job so to speak xxxx Poor baby he was lovely xxx

LENORENEVERMORE said...

My condolences, certainly in doggy heaven now~
HUGS*

Faux Fuchsia said...

Awful. The FF family dalmatian went to the Dog Run in the Sky recently. Many tears were shed. x

Susie's country cottage said...

When there's hunt on near me, the hounds come out onto the lane past my house I worry to death that they will get hit by cars because they just jump out of the hedge with no warning. I'm sorry to hear about Farrier but it seems he enjoyed his life.
Susie

Lady MacB said...

Oh no! Putting my dog to sleep was one of the worst days of mu life, so I feel your pain acutely. He's probably healthy and running with his fellow hunters at the Rainbow Bridge.

daisychain said...

oh how sad :(

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Aww that's so sad, they are such intelligent animals.

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Erica said...

So sorry to hear. We hunt and show treeing walker coonhounds as well, so your story hits home.

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Melanie M said...

This is so sad! It's always so tragic when an innocent animal that was only doing good dies. :( I'm so sorry about your loss. He was gorgeous.


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Belle de Ville said...

So very sad but at least Farrier was able to run to the hunt until the very end. I still mourn my doberman who died last summer, but she was on borrowed time too.
The brave and noble beagle, what a wonderful breed.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I am so sorry to hear this. So sad. Lovely dog.

Best,

SB

The villager: said...

What a delightful dog he was.

We have a Tibetan Terrier....not really a terrier...

Patty said...

So sorry for your loss, I hope you feel better soon. RIP Farrier.

♥Aubrey said...

So sad :((
Beagles are very smart dogs.

P.S. Thank you for your thoughts & prayers for my little man.

Metropolitan Mum said...

:( That's so sad. xx MM

(always)alanna said...

so sorry to hear that- i definitely know how it feels. hang in there!
xx

Beach Vintage said...

I have been through this sadness. I am sorry for this loss.

North West London Girl said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. There is now a new pup here Monty and I shall, at some point post a couple of pictures of this little rascal xx

Cindy said...

You had a lovely dog. I know it's hard to lose a companion.

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