Meet ‘n Greet Beagles
Jan 30, 2017 12:19PM ● Published by Today's Family
Come to Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation on February 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. to meet the Chagrin Valley Masters of Beagles Mark McManus and Laura Mock and some of their pack!
Registration is not required for this free program, where visitors of all ages are encouraged to casually meet and greet the beagles in the lodge.
The Chagrin Valley Beagles were founded in November 2015, and currently are eight couple beagles (16 individuals) strong, including a rescue beagle from the Geauga County Dog Warden. They typically hunt in fall and winter Saturdays or Sundays on private farms around the Chagrin Valley, pursuing native rabbits with spectators following on foot.
While this pack is only a recent addition, beagling has a rich tradition in the area, according to the group. There were at least four packs of beagles in the immediate area in the middle of last century, including the Whitford Beagles hunted by Horatio Ford of Middlefield. Beagling traditions worldwide can be traced all the way back to 15th century England.
Learn more about the Chagrin Valley Beagles in advance of February 5 on the group’s Facebook page. With questions about this program, please call 440-286-9516.
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