PHILIPSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA / 12:32 p.m.
Beagles don’t retrieve rabbits. They eat them. Or at least, most beagles do. Duke (above) resists the temptation and fetches dead bunnies for his owner instead. He’s selective, though: Duke won’t bring rabbits to any other hunter.
“His retrieving is more of a bond to me than it is an expression of his retriever sensibilites,” says Bob Ford, who currently owns six beagles—all of whom live indoors instead of in a kennel (see p. 108).
In Ford’s house, Duke becomes “almost an annoying cuddler”; in the field, he’s a focused veteran. If a bunny tries something tricky, Duke is the one to pick up the trail. And if another dog reaches a dead rabbit first, Duke will enter the fray and exit victorious. ÑN.K.