ARRROOOOOOO! For the 2018 CHA Animal Shelter dog jog, I’m fundraising to honor my favorite dog group: hounds. I’m a sucker for coonhounds, basset hounds, beagles, dachshunds, greyhounds, hound mixes, and pretty much anything remotely resembling a hound dog. In my hands-on experience with CHA dogs, the following wonderful hound dogs have left a particular impression: Ladybird, Gus, Luciano, Kelly, Stitch (aka Calvin), Helen, Jeremiah, Rudolph, Billy, Lily, Duke & Duchess, and Roman (RIP).
Every one of our rescued animals needs TLC when they reach our shelter. Hounds are particularly sensitive; a dog trainer once explained to me that due to their keen senses, it's essential to treat them with patience, kindness, clarity, and respect to help bring out their best traits.
The transition to shelter life can be especially challenging for hound dogs, as they are hardwired to work trails in open fields or use their keen vision to overpower prey. Our amazing staff and volunteers do their best to provide enrichment for all of our animals. Hounds, with their delicate sensibilities, can present a particular challenge.
Our shelter is a landing spot for many hounds, and as a non-profit, we rely on donations to help acclimate them (and all of our animals) to their new temporary environment and thrive until adoption. We regularly pull dogs from rural shelters, where hounds often end up due to irresponsible dog ownership or failure to hunt.
As a tribute to help our hounds, as well as all of our wonderful feline and canine friends, I ask you to please consider supporting my fundraising efforts. Spoiler alert: I won't even mind exceeding my fundraising goal.