The mountains of boxes and brown parcel tape seem never ending and the thought of loading it all into various trailers and cars over the next week or so fills me with no less dread than it did this time a month ago. There are many things to think about when moving to a new pack of hounds as there is so much to learn.
First and foremost, the hounds themselves — roughly 30 couple of new faces to familiarise yourself with and their names to learn. This can seem a daunting task but it is funny how quickly you get to grips with it, spending — as you do — most of your time with them. When going out on morning exercise during the summer, you observe their different behaviours and outlook on life. Back in the kennels, you discover how each hound feeds and reacts to different things, and you build a picture of each hound in your care.
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