Lure Coursing With Northstate Flyin HoundsPosted almost 6 years ago by Holly
It was the first time I had seen Salukis in person. Somehow I had caught wind of a lure-coursing trial, held by the Saluki Club of Greater San Francisco, in Redding, CA. What an experience!
Salukis are rather 2-dimensional, like cardboard cut-outs of dogs: beautifully conformed in length and height but negligible in width. You don't see many Salukis out and about, probably because their owners are tired of people asking “Don't you ever feed that poor dog?!” In public they are grave, composed, showing little reaction to anything except a fleeing lure. Even the puppies at the event acted ancient to me. Of course, my comparison was my Malinois, Coda, who spent the entire 5 hours peering, sniffing, wiggling, whining, bounding, gnawing, barking, or tugging :-P
Lure-coursing is done with a very long length of cord, laid out around a field using several guide-spools, and attached to a motor that reels the string up quickly, drawing the lure through the pattern laid. Between courses the club let me
try Coda on the lure. Though she was enthused about playing
kill-the-plastic-bag with me, she wouldn't leave me to chase it. She
has no such compunction when it comes to squirrels, let me tell you,
and if it had been a tennis ball on the line we might have gotten
Read more about lure coursing on the sports page!