Gunfire at Jefferson National Forest

March 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm 4 comments

On Friday, I took the dogs out for a quick hike. We explored an old fire road off of Craig’s Creek Road that is marked for “Foot Traffic Only”. It was a pretty nice outing. The only downside was we were very close to the Blacksburg Shooting Range, so we could hear a lot of gunfire.

Henry in particular was bothered by the noise. Anytime the shooting started, he’d crouch real low to the ground and look around nervously. A couple of times, he started to run back to the car.

Now, I think that is probably a reasonable reaction for most animals. But Henry? Henry’s a beagle. What were beagles bred for?

Eating everything in sight?
Attacking other dogs over toilet paper rolls?
Cowering from the Hokie Bird?
Running away from Donkeys?
Arooing at doorbells?
Getting sticks caught in their mouth?
Cowering from balloons?
Rolling in feces?
Pissing on the floor?
Taking mini-dumps?

NO!!! Hunting! BEAGLES WERE BRED FOR HUNTING!!! Hunting, you know, as in… with guns.

As a hunting dog, Henry fails on so many levels.

But… as a trail dog, he ain’t half bad. And our outing on Friday afternoon was quite nice with plenty to see:


Horticulture experiments

Dead things

Exclamation Points (HT Clint)

More pictures from our impromptu trip to Jefferson National Forest can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Beagles, Henry, Hiking, Jefferson National Forest.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  March 30, 2008 at 8:17 pm


  • 2. Matt  |  March 31, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Aww, go easy on the poor guy. Sure, they’re bred for hunting, but the sound of gunfire is something they have to be trained to grow accustomed to first, hehe. Hell, my parents’ Doberman, which was supposedly bred to be an attack dog, is afraid of gunfire too, and as an attack dog she’d fail on a massive level anyway–all she’d do is lick them to death or something. 😉

  • 3. geekhiker  |  March 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    If you ever come hiking in So Cal, be sure to bring Henry along, ‘k? I think he’d love the trails here…

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