There’s nothing like a hound for companionship. They love to cuddle, and their ears — long and silky — were made for petting. Hounds are loyal, sweet, and because they are used to running in packs, they usually get along with other dogs. They are also usually good with kids. Unfortunately for hounds used for hunting, they are often dumped when the hunter decides that a younger dog can replace the senior hound. While hounds are loyal, the hunters are not.
This skinny hound dog will be killed Friday if no one comes to adopt or rescue him. It’s fall and many hunters in rural Georgia don’t want to feed their hunting dogs through the winter. And this poor guy was dumped — not at the shelter — on the streets to fend for himself. It appears that whoever had him stopped feeding him a while ago. He is emaciated.
The animal control officer said that the hound is “sweet and docile.”
He doesn’t have a Facebook page except for the page with his video. The video shows how much he likes to be stroked. Hunters don’t usually give their dogs much affection. This dog loves it. In the video you also can hear the volunteer talking with the animal control officer about hounds. He comments that usually the hounds used for hunting aren’t used to leashes because they are just grabbed by the collar or neck and taken from their kennel to the truck and vice versa. The ACO told me that the poor dog gets scared when he sees a leash.
“He knew what it was. When he’s on a leash he gets scared and twists and turns like a ‘fish on a hook.'”
The ACO agreed that he might be terrified of a leash because he was beaten by a leash. Even though this sweet hound is terrified by the leash, he shows no aggression at all. He was frightened, but just tried to get away from it. In spite of his lack of leash training, this hound dog shows typical hound behavior. He seems to get along with other dogs, has no food aggression, is laid back and very gentle.
He is a senior dog, and his face is white with age. His tails wags when people are around. Without even seeing him, you can be sure that his long hound ears are silky and soft. He just needs a loving home and a place to relax and enjoy his senior years. But unless he is adopted or pulled by rescue, he will be killed Friday or shortly thereafter (depending on when the ACO is there).
This hound needs a rescue or adopter with a backyard where he can slowly learn that a leash won’t hurt him. He needs to be fed nourishing food. Most of all, he needs to get out of the concrete kennel and into a home with a soft bed for his skinny body. Please share his story so that he can finally get some love in his life. He will return that emotion tenfold.
Call Jody, the ACO, at (229) 356-0970. He is at the Nashville, Georgia animal shelter.
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