Monday, September 21, 2015

Before the Fall; Legends of Winter

Rare archival footage from pre- revolutionary Russia of real psovaya borzois catching a wolf, with assist from scenthounds, while greyhounds (galgos? ) look on.

No fear if you are squeamish about blood-- as often happens today,  at the end, the hunter is going in with a forked stick to pin the wolf and catch it alive...

3 comments:

Keith Brady said...

Wow that was something. Russian nobles with matched teams of 3 on the troika. The dogs were well trained - to stay away from the horses. I would have liked to see them releasing the dogs once the wolf was spotted.

Matthew Mullenix said...

Interesting that those original borzoi don't have what Plummer called, "the dolicephalic head: mark of a dog difficult to train."

Steve Bodio said...

There are still a few dogs like that out there, in Russia and Idaho...