rabbit hunting

Rabbit Hunting

Her beagle nose always knows!

Her beagle nose always knows!

For quite some time, I’ve wanted to record Cora’s hunting noises, but usually her hunts are very early in the morning or very late at night, and because she’s so loud, instead of running for the camera, I chase after her to try to quiet her so as not to disturb the neighbours. At her worst, she honestly sounds as though she’s being tortured. It’s an awful noise! However, because we didn’t hear a peep out of her for several months after adopting her, we haven’t wanted to suppress her vocalizations—even those god-awful ones!

In the past year, we’ve heard quite a bit out of Miss Cora. She still barks very infrequently and almost exclusively, if I am remembering correctly, to warn another dog away if it’s in her face. And when she’s excited to go outside or to get her before-bed treat, she will make these cute little whimpery noises that have a bit of a trill to them.

But those hunting noises are something altogether different! And, boy, can they get loud! I managed to get a sampling of them on video last night after the dogs spotted a rabbit in the backyard (sorry the video is so dark!):

I’m curious—those of you with beagles, do yours make similar noises?