Well I hope all is well with you. I actually just attended the final night of the Fall Prophecy Conference at our Church in Coshocton, Ohio. It has been a great conference. All I have to say is that you better be ready for the Rapture, because He is coming back! I had just got out of Church and figured I'd head to the office and check a few e-mails before the work week starts tomorrow. It has been a busy weekend at Olinger Beagle Kennels. On Friday I sold a pup to the Six Pack gang in West Virginia (John Hill & Bob Syrews). On Saturday I had a fellow coming in from New York to look at some pups out of IFC Greenbay Butkus and CH GRHBCH Olinger's Polly Wanna Wabbit. Dave Kipp, showed up in the early afternoon to look at some pups. He looked at a couple of females that I still have for sale. The females headed over to the kennel where my other hounds are kenneled. It was there that he saw "Big Dan". He said he really liked the looks of "Big Dan" and wanted to know if he was for sale. I told him everything in the kennel is for sale, all except 3 hounds (Polly, Sadie, and Manny). He said he was interested in him and wanted to see him run. About two hours later and 3 good chases in the hat, he said that "Big Dan" would be staying in his box and would be headed back to New York. I was pretty much kicking myself in the pants because Dan looked VERY impressive. However, I am happy to say and know in my heart I sold Dave a good hound. It makes you feel very good about yourself as a person, breeder, owner, etc. when you sell a good hound to someone. Not only does it make you look good, but people realize that you are selling quality hounds and the word will travel fast. 4 adult hounds over the past year, Ringer, Chubbs, Little Anne, and now Big Dan. Ringer is in Kentucky with an AKC gentleman that absolutley loves him. Anne is in West Virginia with a gun hunter, Chubbs is in Holmes county with a gun hunter, and Big Dan is now in New York with a trial/gun hunter. It was rather funny when Dave and I returned back to our house. I had told him Manny was not for sale, but he wanted to play a joke on my wife. He told me to tell her I had sold Manny to him for a grand. So I went into the house and told her that I had sold Manny and she instantly got a bad look on her face and said "NO YOU DIDN'T"! LOL ..........I know where I would be spending my nights at if I did such a thing, and I'll be the first to tell you it wouldn't be inside. On another note, if you are looking or have been looking for a quality pup, I truly believe that the two crosses that I have made are great ones. I have 2 females and one male still for sale out of IFC Greenbay Butkus x CH GRHBCH Olinger's Polly Wanna Wabbit, and am taking bookings on a litter that is due mid October out of WSHOWCH GRCH HBCH 'PR" C&K's Let's Roll Rockin' Rowdy x HBCH CH Olinger's Singing Sadie.
I have been trying hard to get myself to start “blogging” on a daily basis, and today I’m going to try and give it another shot. I guess you will have to stop back by here tomorrow to see if I am going to follow through with this. I currently have a litter of pups out of IFC Greenbay Butkus x CH GRHBCH Olinger’s Polly Wanna Wabbit. Polly had 7 pups (5 females and 2 males). They are all doing very great. I am planning on keeping at least three (2 females and a male). I think I have them already picked out. They started eating dry dog food at 3 weeks old (as long as I crushed it up of course). I think ol’ momma is about ready to ship them out on their own so she can get back to doing what she was bred to do: Run Rabbits! It was hard going to the Don McVay Sr. Memorial Hunt this past weekend without having either her or her littermate sister CH HBCH Olinger’s Singing Sadie with me. Sadie was just bred about two weeks ago to WSHOWCH GRCH HBCH C&K’S Let’s Roll Rockin’ Rowdy. Pups will probably be born around October 14-16. I have been running my males a lot in the last two or three months. Big Dan which is out of Sadie and GRCH GRHBCH White River Striker is becoming a very nice hound. He has VERY good hunt and the biggest mouth I have heard on a beagle. My good buddy Roy Pasmore said a couple of weeks ago when we were running that his mouth definitely fits him well. Dan is a full 15’’ big boned hound. Manny and Smoke are also getting a lot of ground time and will spend a lot of their time getting ran in ARHA Progressive Pack and UKC Performance Pack Hunts. I will also be running Smoke and Dan in some upcoming UKC Hound & Hunter and Little Pack Trials. I am still teaching computer classes for Connect Your Community in Coshocton. My wife and I both currently teach their and she just got hired this school year at Ridgewood Local Schools in West Lafayette. We were married on July 2nd, and are enjoying every day of our marriage. With Jenny working two jobs, I have started to do my share of cooking in the evenings. I have managed BBQ Chicken and Potatoes, and then yesterday I even ventured out and put a roast in the new crock pot that we won at the McVay Memorial raffle. Well, I guess that is about enough for today! Stop back tomorrow to see what exciting things have been taking place in the Olinger household and “Olinger Beagle Kennels.” J
Yes, you read right. I finally proposed to the girl of my dreams on Christmas Eve. Jenny and I have been dating since I was a sophomore in high school, which was almost 9 years ago. My family (and Jenny's) had been teasing me for quite some time now. Like I said, I ended up proposing on Christmas Eve at my parent's house after coming home from a family Christmas gather at my paternal grandparents. Jenny had no idea that I was going to propose. It caught her off guard. My mother, father, grandmother, the jeweler, and Jenny's mom all new that I was going to get engaged. I asked Jenny's mother for her "permission" to marry her daughter, and she told me that I already knew the answer to the question. I actually had to call her on her cell phone while she was shopping for groceries for Christmas dinner. (This explains why she forgot so many things (ingredients, milk, etc. for Christmas dinner). I let my brother's know literally about an hour before actually asking Jenny to marry me. You may be asking yourself why I had to let all of these people know that I was planning on proposing on Christmas Eve. Well here's why. Earlier in the week, I put up Christmas lights on my parents home (the place where I was planning on proposing). I had also went to Schlabach Wood Design, which is where I worked during the summers while going to Ohio State. They make custom design cabinetry (Amish). At Schlabach Wood, they have a CNC router which is a computerized router. I had them use a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood, then had them cut out "Jenny, Will You Marry Me" on it. I was going to set this up in the yard so that when we pulled into my parent's driveway after the party, she would see it. So you can see that this was going to take some time. I also planned on setting up 100 plus luminaries. So, this was all going to take some time setting up before Jenny and I arrived back at my house. Now you probably all understand why I had to fill in my brothers, etc. When Jenny and I pulled into my parent's driveway that Christmas Eve night, I was SO EXCITED. When Jenny was finally able to read the sign she asked, "Are you serious? I just smiled. We pulled in the drive, and everyone filed out of the house to gather around the sign that had spotlights projecting through the cutouts in the 4' 8' sheet of plywood (this allowed Jenny to read it from a distance). I got out of the truck and grabbed the ring box that was wrapped in Christmas gift wrap. Jenny and I walked over into the front of the sign (by this time she was crying :-) She unwrapped the ring and I got down on one knee with the ring. If any of you know Jenny, you can probably guess what she said when I asked her to marry me. "She replied, 'let me think about this, NO.....and she smiled and laughed and then said yes! We are both VERY excited to be getting married. As of right now we are planning on getting married on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in late June to early July, with a reception to follow a week or two later back in Coshocton!
Well, it's been awhile since my last post. In late July I took a job working on a federally funded campaign called "Connect Your Community." I am teaching Computer and Internet classes to the general public. Most of our students consist of middle-aged adults to senior citizens. Jenny and I have been working on the new kennel. Work the last couple of weeks has been hectic, so we are still trying to get it finished up. My younger brother, Christopher, helped me on it this last Sunday evening for awhile. All that is left to do is finish wiring. It's actually the slowest part of the job, but if you take your time, you are obviously going to get a nicer finished product. The pups are getting big and will be twelve weeks old this Sunday. I believe I am going to hold onto all of them since there are only three. All three pups are built very well and are VERY outgoing and bold. I am excited to get them started. Hopefully here in the next couple of months I will be able to begin getting them started. Bow season officially started last weekend, and I have yet to hunt. I purchased a new bow back in early August, and actually shot it for the first time last weekend. I have not been to any trials since the "Tri-Tronics Triple Crown" back in late June. To be honest I do not "miss" trialing all that much. The main reason I got into hounds was to rabbit hunt, and that has even changed in the last three years. I mainly enjoy cutting my hounds loose and listening to them run. Well, I believe that is all for this entry, because I really have no new and exciting information. I am still running dogs at every chance that I get, which is usually 3 or 4 days a week. I am finally starting to get into somewhat of a regular schedule at work, so will be able to start running more and more.
Jenny with Sadie X Striker Puppies
The title of today's blog entry says it all. Yesterday, my brother Christopher and his girlfriend, Ashleigh, were leaving our house to head back to Columbus. Jenny (my girlfriend) and my mother walked out to the vehicle with them while I was tuned into a show on TLC about "Puppy Mills". After about twenty minutes or so I began to wonder what the heck was going on so I got up off the love seat and headed outside. No one was in the whelping kennel which is located in the barn, so I proceeded around to the front of the house and there was Mom, Jenny, and the female pup. They were snapping photos of course. So this grew into a photo session with the pups. I think Jenny, and Mom of course, are enjoying the pups more than I am. Sadie is doing a really fine job of taking care of them. Their eyes have been open for about a week or so, and they got their first round of worming at exactly two weeks old. They are trying to walk around quite a bit now and beginning to "play" amongst each other. I have really enjoyed these last couple of weeks and have spent a lot of time in the barn watching their actions/behaviors. My grandfather would definitley be proud! If you have read any of the pages about how I got into running beagles, my females page, and even some of my blog pages, you will see that it was my grandpa Jack that went with me to pick out my first two dogs, Sadie and Polly. This litter is out of Sadie, and she was Grandpa's favorite. He told me that she would come around and be the better dog, and to give her time. Sadie and Polly definitley have different qualities, but I enjoy having both of them here in my kennel. They are two of the most laid back dogs that you would ever know. I have had people at trials ask me if this was the "Polly" female that I had been doing so well with, and I would tell them yes, and ask them why. They said that they couldn't believe that a dog so laid back and "lazy" around the kennel and in the truck box, would be able to even get out and run a rabbit. However, you cut either Polly or Sadie loose better believe they are going hunting. Jenny and I recently took a job offer that both of us were offered. We will be teaching Computer classes through a Federal Grant in Coshocton and other possible surrounding counties. We begin our training starting Monday. Even though both of us have not landed full-time teaching positions, we are excited to have some sort of economic stability for the months to come. If offered a full-time teaching position, our current contract allows us to take the job offer, which makes it very nice considering that both of us are very passionate about being in the classroom. I plan on attending a couple of World Qualifying Events in the next few weeks. I have not been to a WQE yet this year and have no dogs qualified for the World hunt, which is going to be held in Grafton, West Virginia during the beginning of October. Well, this blog entry has been long, enough. Check back soon for more entries and more photos! Thanks for reading!
Manny, Ringer, and Smoke after a run on 6-16-10
Well summer running has oficially begun. Sadie is showing signs that she is pregnant. You can see all the details of each hound on both my females page under Sadie and under the News in the Kennel section for information on Striker. She was bred to GRCH GRHBCH White River Rambling Striker which is directly out of Fire River Michael and White River Lulu. The picture above was taken yesterday evening (Wednesday,6-16-2010) after a nice run with my three young males. These fellas are very enjoyable to listen to. The three of them together make for a great pack. Speed and line control make for chases with very few breakdowns! The rabbit population seems to be up in several of the areas that I run around home and Coshocton County. My Manny dog (far left in the photo) brought me back a live baby rabbit last week, and I also caught a baby rabbit a couple of days ago. (Makes for a good photo I guess). I have been running quite a bit since completing my Master's Degree. I plan on attending a couple of hunts in the near future and breaking out some of my new arsenal :-) I plan on running in the Tri-Tronics Triple Crown and possibly going to West Virginia July 3rd and 4th for a couple of hunts, including a World Qualifier. I have only ran in one hunt this year thus far, but plan on getting back out and onto the trial scence. I also plan on running some ARHA/NKC Little Pack and Progressive Pack Hunts, as well as UKC Hound and Hunter and Performance Pack, and some AKC Derby Trials.
Yes, you heard right. I have completed my twelve weeks of Student Teaching in both a seventh grade Social Studies and Science classroom. I had a wonderful experience. Jenny and I will be graduating this Saturday with our Master of Arts Degree in Education. We are very thrilled and excited to be done. The process for interviewing for jobs has already begun. I put my faith in God that he has a job for me. I know he knows best. I have bred my Sadie female (HBCH CH Olinger's Singing Sadie) to GRCH GRHBCH WHITE RIVER RAMBLING STRIKER (which is directly out of Fire River Michael x White River Lulu). I am very excited about this cross. Sadie's pedigree can be seen on the Females page. All you have to do is click on the link that reads "Sadie's Pedigree" and it will pop up. Sadie is Arnold's Little Chip bred on top and Cherry Hill Red Chief on the bottom side. Pups will be due the first part of July. A link to Striker's full pedigree can be found under the "News in the Kennel Page" Striker is owned by Chad Annon of Grafton, West Virginia.
My three young males are doing an excellent job right now. Manny, which is my pup out of Rambling Crook just turned a year old and may begin being trialed this summer. He has super line control with upper medium/fast speed on the track with a HUGE bawl mouth. Smoke, which is my pup (10 months) out of White River Tuff E Nuff is also doing a really nice job. He hunts very hard and gets into the thick stuff. He definitely knows how to find a rabbit. He goes hunting when you cut him loose. My third pup that I am working with is my pup out of McKee's Dusty Bottom Blizzard which is Olde Bad Cliff bred. The dam's side is all Patch breeding. This pup was sent to the starting pen at 4 months and 3 weeks old. Ringer, as I call him, was sight chasing when we left the Circle "H" Starting Pen owned by the Hummell's. I put him down two times with Manny and the second time he was out with him I began to here him open. Now at a little over six months old he goes hunting and will jump and solo his own rabbit. He has a HUGE DEEP BAWL mouth and runs with his head up. He is RABBIT CRAZY. Earlier Sunday evening I had the three young males out. My Smoke (Tuff x Swampland's Bluee Jessie) pup and my Manny (Rambling Crook) pup were in a THICK dozer pile that they had worked a rabbit into. The Ringer pup was up getting ready to stick his nose into the pile in order to start working his way in there and out shot a rabbit, almost hitting him directly in the face. Boy was the chase on. Before the other two dogs that were in the dozer pile could get out and figure out what was going on, Ringer had half-circled the rabbit already. I am very excited about these three pups. Ringer is just as beautiful a pup than one could ever want. He is all muscled up and has a really nice big blocky, hound looking head and is marked beautifullyy too. I guess I owe it to my girlfriend, Jenny, and Max Thornsley, and Chuck Wright for allowing me to have such a nice pup!
My younger brother is finishing up his Track and Field season at The Ohio State University. He just had the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, where he ran the 3000 Meter Steeplechase and finished ninth! My oldest brother Brian, who runs professionally for Reebok, ran the fourth fastest time this year in the world in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase at Stanford. So, as you can see it has definitely been an exciting spring in the Olinger family. Until next time, Keep them Hounds a Runnin'!
Well, as you can see from the date on my last post it has been awhile since I updated the blog. I am currently in my sixth week of student teaching. I am teaching 7th grade Science right now and will be finishing up Science this week and moving into the 7th grade Social Studies classroom next week to finish up my final six weeks of student teaching. Graduation is going to be May 22, and Jenny and I are very excited about that. It has been a long ride, and we both are looking forward to having the Master's Degree in our hands! It's hard to believe that I have been out of high school for six years, and graduated from The Ohio State University two years ago this coming June. Polly is out of heat now and I am looking forward to getting her back into good shape. I have been running every day this week, except for tonight. I have ran them hard Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday and felt like a day of rest would do them well. I have been working with my two young males, Smoke and Manny quite a bit here in the last month or so. Both are progressing each time out. My newest addition to the kennel, Ringer, is currently at the starting pen. He will be five months old this week. I am looking forward to working with him and giving him every opportunity to become a great rabbit dog. I cannot forget to mention his looks, because he is probably the best looking dog in my kennel. He is a beautiful pup with great structure and a big blocky, houndy head. Ringer is at the pen with a relatives pup who is doing a great job in the pen. She is just a little female but is doing very well and seems to be showing some signs of potentially having a lot of foot. I will keep you posted on how the pups are doing over the next several weeks. Thanks for visiting my site once again and checking out the blog. Like I said, I have been very busy with school (student teaching), and battling pneumonia since March 3rd. I am finally starting to put it behind me! **Polly was not bred this heat cycle, but WILL be bred next cycle which looks to be around the end of September.
Well, I guess if you are a frequent visitor to my site, you probably already know that I have started my student teaching this week. I have twelve weeks of student teaching to complete and then I will have my Master's in Middle Childhood Education (Instruction). The snow is beginning to melt finally. We still have a foot or more in some places. I turned the dogs loose this evening for about forty five minutes or so. They jumped one rabbit and ran it straight to the neighbor's wood pile again. During prime running times I usually do not run around home. However, with all the snow on I am quite aware I am not going to get very good running, so I just turn my dogs loose here. The rabbits around home are very smart. The running that I normall get is straight to either a culvert under the road or to the neighbor's wood pile. However, next weekend is the Ohio State Hunting Beagle State Race Runoff! Polly is definitley not ran up, and I cannot imagine that many dogs in the state of Ohio are. I have been running between two and three times a week, but the tracking has been horrible! However, it has probably been a good workout for the dogs s
So it has been a few days since I have last posted any blog entries. Like you probably already know, last week I fell and banged my head off of our front drive. Little did I know that the effects of the fall would linger on for awhile. I went to the doctors on Wednesday, two days after I fell, and they told me I had a pretty bad concussion. This past Wednesday, Jenny and I drove to Warsaw, which is just a fifteen minute drive or so, and picked out a male pup out of CH PCH GRHBCH MCKEE’S DUSTY BOTTOM BLIZZARD. Blizzard is now owned by Max Thornsley. Blizzard’s previous owner was Steve McKee who passed away a little over a year ago from cancer. Blizzard was bred to a pure Patch bred female that is owned by Charlie Wright. Mr. Wright used to run a lot of ARHA Little Pack hunts, and is thinking about getting back into trialing. Like I said, my girlfriend, Jenny, went with me. She picked out a male and I picked out a male. After looking their bites over, we decided to go with the pup that she had picked. We both liked the way he was marked a little better than the pup I picked out. All of these pup have very nice big houndy looking heads and are muscled up pretty nicely. I am excited to start this pup. I plan on trying to get him started relatively early. I will finish up my Master’s Degree/Student Teaching in late May, and will be running dogs all spring and summer. I co-own a small Lawn Care Business with my younger brother so that also keeps me busy during the spring, summer, and fall months. So, other than mowing yards this summer, and hopefully getting a full time teaching position, I will be running hounds. I feel like I am in denial because I have not really got to actually have some really good chases since this first of the few big snows began to fall in the last month or so. I would like to especially thank Max Thornsley for informing me about these nice bred, beautiful pups! Even Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Jenny have taking a liking to him, and how could they not! Well, that should be enough rambling on for this post! Until next time, keep runnin’ them hounds!