with Horse and Hound

Whelping Foxhounds

When Bay Cockburn was huntsman of the Loudoun West Hunt (VA), he would allow the author to bring the bitches home to whelp in a quiet place during the point-to-point season when he was busy racing. “It was so much fun,” says Wendell.

sucklingsand bitch

Beneath the cone of heat lamp light,
      in the time it takes to break
a sack, wipe clear a face, and head-down shake
      all wet away, I urge this not-yet-
breathing-thing: Come in,

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