Cumberland County hound hunts for top honor

A National Competition has gone to the dogs and a Middlesex Township, Cumberland County beagle hunts his way to a winning title.

Under John Cable’s command, Aesop, 5, shows off his ability to hunt for rabbits.  The closer he gets to a rabbit, the quicker his bark.

Cable says, “Something you can’t train, it’s bred into him. He shows up, performs and does it correctly and just fun to watch him.”

Cable’s Aesop’s trainer.  He says Aesop’s ability to endure makes him a winner.  Most recently, he beat 4800 beagles for a first place award.

Cable says, “You to the field trials throughout the year and you add up your points and whoever wins and has the most points, wine Purina Outstanding Field Trial Beagle Award.”

Aesop doesn’t get all the credit. It takes a lot of time and money to train an award-winning dog.  Cable spends 45 minutes to two hours, 3-4 times a week with Aesop and Cable says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cable says, “This dog is like my right hand out in the field hunting and it makes an enjoyable day, just makes it better and nice to have a companion.”