20 Dec 2009

Snow Dogs

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click on image to open photo essay, then click on first image to enlarge and use right arrow to proceed. (Photos by Karen L. Myers)

Karen went out yesterday in the middle of the storm and photographed Cadet (two year old Basset Bleu de Gascogne) and Uhlan (5 month old Kazakh Tazy) playing in the snow. She certainly got some spectacular action photos.

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Many years ago in NRO’s The Corner, someone asked what evolutionary trait was at work when dog’s played in the snow. Jonah Goldberg replied, “because God likes to watch dogs play in the snow”. Works for me.

You have no idea how much those photographs made a pretty cruddy day much better…thanks for sharing.


Carrie M

Great shot – thanks for sharing! :)


I bet the basset bleu is commonly called a bluetick or a bluetick basset cross and the tazy gets called a saluki.

I love hunting dogs, especially rarer breeds, including landrace breeds like the tazy. I like retrievers, but they are a bit banal compared to your dogs. I might have a use for one of the French bassets, but it’s too thickly forested to have a sight hound around here.

I have come across some people who are breeding a version of the bluetick coonhound that supposedly resembles the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. These dogs are very different from the typical UKC trial bluetick.

We probably share very little in terms of political views, but I really enjoyed these photos.


Gascon blue bassets are a short-legged form of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, an ancient French breed of full sized hounds, which was, of course, the source of the American bluetick hound. Cadet is a draft from the Ashland Basset pack of Warrenton, Virginia. His immediate ancestors were imported from France.

Salukis are called tazys in Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkey, and a few other places. Western saluki societies won’t recognize Kazakh tazys as salukis, because Kazahstan wants to consider its tazys as a distinct breed.


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