December 2015 DOG OF THE MONTH
Please meet Katie, our December Dog of the Month. She is pictured here with her “little” friends. Katie is a hound and… something else that has not been determined. Our Katie is most playful. She loves all the other dogs and has yet to meet a person she doesn’t like. The minute we have play group, she is out the door like a shot, jumping on the slide, picnic table, or on anything else that happens to be available. At naptime, she even prefers the upper deck crates. Clearly this pooch has no fear of heights!
Unlike most hounds, Katie is very well trained and very well-behaved. This does not just happen. Katie’s human parents have a lot to do with this. Paul brought Katie to puppy class and at a very young age, she came VERY close to getting her Canine Good Citizen title. Every time Paul brought Katie to class, you could tell they had done their homework… and then some. Katie behaves when she arrives for daycare and is a model citizen when she departs. Paul is very structured… just what you would expect from someone whose hobby is flying. If he had his way, he would fly everywhere. His wife, Marcie, flies to get somewhere and to be with Paul, of course.
Katie loves day care and sleepovers at CB. This is fortunate as Paul and Marcie take fun and exciting vacations. The next one will see them attending the Kentucky Derby, where Paul says they are going to, “do it right!” (Or something like that.) We can tell you that Marcie is model-thin, dresses smartly, and will look very elegant in a traditional Derby hat.
Now, more about hounds; most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some hound traits include acute scenting powers and phenomenal gifts of stamina. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by since the term encompasses so many different dogs. There are Pharaoh Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Beagles, etc. Some hounds have the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying. Please remember this if you are considering a hound as a pet. Your neighbors might not be too happy if your hound is baying! (Katie never bays.)
Katie most resembles an American English Coonhound, in both looks and personality. This breed is known for speed and endurance, grace and the attitude of an athlete. They are capable of hunting fox and raccoon all night long. The American English Coonhound was first brought to the United States by European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries. They were first called “Virginia Hounds.” This breed was cross-bred with the American Foxhounds to create a breed with more endurance and versatility. This dog is now considered a true Southern U.S. dog. Good with children and friendly with strangers, you’ll find this dog to be fairly easy to train, making it a great family pet for novice owners. It will alert you (loudly) of strangers entering your property, but will make fast friends with anyone who gives it attention. This makes the American Coonhound a good watchdog, but not the best guard dog.
Now you have met Katie, our December Dog of the Month. When you bump into Paul, Marcie, or Katie, be sure to offer your congratulations!
December 2015 DOG OF THE MONTH