by Dave Bagaley, Jackpine Beagles
In the early 1960’s, the young beaglers hailing from the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh, PA, began to feel comfortable with their established club grounds located in Culmerville (Gibsonia). These gents, Joe Brender, Harry Sweeney, Herman Palumbo, and several others, started many a beagle pup by dropping it over the stone wall of the Allegheny County Cemetery—allowing for a quick sight chase on a cottontail rabbit.
When the boys later gathered at Central Beagle Club, the third oldest AKC Member Club, the competition with their hounds soon became hot and heavy. Herman Palumbo wasted little time before he ordered a beagle to meet the growing challenge of AKC competition. When the shipping crate finally arrived and was opened, he immediately thought he had been taken. Harry Sweeney asked, “Where did you get that skinny runt?” Read more