Goofy searches

Seek and ye shall find the hound blog. Whether you intended to or not.

Just for fun, I thought I’d publish a post of the goofy searches people have made in the last six months that have brought them, via their favorite search engines, to the hound blog. These appear on the blog’s administrative page, and I am not making them up. Some appear to be simple misspellings, like “hounting sadels,” but I have to say I kind of like the word “hounting.” I think that should be the technical term for what people do when they ride to hunt, rather than hunt to ride. Or maybe it already is the technical term for what a ghost pack does: hounting.

Some search terms are far more alarming, and others are baffling. Here is a collection from the last few months. I guess it’s nice to know we have visitors from everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. The comments in parentheses are the houndbloggers’ notations!

Thurlow steam rally leather skirt

bedtime whipping (!!!)

Will a beagle eat a mole? (yes)

Mail 8 million dog (that would be quite a postage bill)

Iroquois hunk (I know who I’m voting for)

Dewlap giant toulouse geese (… huh …?)

Gentleman (I wonder how many search results this person got?)

A hunting Gentleman.

Best twisty pictures

Somebody watching you (I think they need more than a hound blog to help with this query)

cry sheep (and let slip the sheep of war?)

cute puppies (We know exactly how this search brought them to the hound blog!)

Driver in July 2009.

felix long dog

marvin the hollow hound (This search, surprisingly, wasn’t so goofy after all!

oil on

warm beverages

Oldest harryahound (our Harryahound is eight)

Our Harryahound.

like a pair of puppies noses

too many beagles (oh, honey, we’re with you!)

secretary crying vintage

there were a lot of cattle (we’ll take your word for it)

torture machines (Good God! I hope this wasn’t anyone I know …)

One example of a houndblogger torture machine: the Dressage Saddle.

arches built at the church entrance

wrinkly old people

hot tubs in cheshire

almost perfect situation (hey, when you find it, please: let me in on the secret!)

that gives master Vork weapons (That was the translation Google Translate gave us for the original Russian. Our question: who thought it was a good idea to give Master Vork weapons? And why did the search engine see those terms and think “Hound blog!” Have we ever used the word Vork?)

And one from this morning: Hooroosh anemal. (This sounds like a good thing to say when one of the house hounds get in my way, as they are wont to do, when I walk anywhere near the dogs’ cookie jar or the closet where the leashes are … hooroosh, animal!)

All we can say is, we hope these people enjoyed the hound blog once they got here. Perhaps they even spotted the Iroquois hunk!


Happy birthday, hound blog!

Looks like someone's already been at the cake ...

WE can’t believe it, either: the hound blog is a year old today! Thanks to our regular readers and hound enthusiasts (and quite a few random visitors) from around the world (yes, really), we’ve logged 18,866 views in the past year, as of this morning. The blog has been linked to from the Berkeley Hunt and Baily’s to Pet Connection and the National Sporting Library, and beyond.

Most of our regular visitors are from England, Kentucky, southern California, Virginia, and North Carolina. But we’ve also had check-ins from Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Latvia, Switzerland, Russia, France, India, the Philippines, and, hello, Trinidad and Tobago. Seriously. Some of them, apparently, were searching for things and bumped into us (“best twisty pictures” and “dewlap giant toulouse geese” were my favorite two searches that somehow landed the questioner at the hound blog). But most found us because they clicked a link directly to the blog or were looking for hound and hunting information. To all of them, and particularly to those who have started making Full Cry: A Hound Blog a stop on their routes through the week, we say, “Thank you!”

Big thanks also are due to the Masters, staff, and hounds of the Iroquois Hunt and the Clear Creek Beagles, who have let us tag along with that pesky video camera on everything from hound walk to hound shows to hunt days. And to Mr. Houndblogger, who suffered the following indignity in the name of blogging:

Mr. Houndblogger bore it all cheerfully--even the conformature at Patey.

Some stats: our best month, in terms of views, was March 2010, with 2,566 views. Our busiest day was December 7, 2009, when 229 viewers stopped by to see the Middleburg Hunt in the Christmas parade, our most popular video to date. Our two most popular posts? Some of the Best of YouTube and Houndbloggers Abroad: Hunting’s Historic Clothiers.

In honor of the big day, here’s a link to Our First Post Ever.

And we’d love to know: what hound blog photo in the past year has been your favorite, and what video have you liked best? Let us know! And, here, have some cake before the beagles get it …