It seems like not so very long ago I got my very first dogs. I suppose I was around age 5. My parents chose two female Collies for their temperament and they were litter mates.
As I grew older, we raised German Shepherds and Shelties. This was of course along with cats, turtles, fish, cattle, horses, and just about every other kind of animal you could think of. Seemed that they all got along just fine and there weren't any problems.
Living in Colorado most of my life plus living in the country, gave me an excellent opportunity to have any animal I wanted and as long as I learned how to take care of it.
My wife Debbie has a whole other story to tell about how she was raised with animals but since we have known each other most of our lives, and I'm doing the writing, I can tell you almost word for word what she'll say.
Debbie has a very unique way with any animal, whether it be domesticated or wild. She has had (along with dogs and cats)...opossums, goats, raccoons, horses, chickens, geese, turkeys, and even a de-scented pet skunk... and his name was??? You guessed it...Pepe Le Pew!
I watched her one day sit down in a campground we were in one weekend and all of the wild ducks and geese came up to her like she was their mother. She had no food to coax them, just a soft tone and an understanding for animals they knew she was not going to hurt them. I have witnessed this with wild deer and chipmonks also. She has always loved animals and they have loved her. Anytime we have been around an animal, they have wiggled into her heart and her into theirs.
About twenty years ago or so, Debbie raised Cocker Spaniels for showing. They were fantastic animals but the show world can be very cruel so she decided to get out of it after letting a friend borrow one of her champion Cockers to place for points and brought him back without any hair! The woman shaved our dog so her dog looked better. We didn't hardly recognize him. That was it for showing until a few years ago. when we decided to get back into it again.
This time it was a multi-purpose. To search and to show. We had an interest for raising AKC Bloodhounds for SAR (Search and Rescue) and out of a few best looking dogs, placing them in the show ring.
We have placed several of our wonderful Bloodhounds with our local law enforcement for SAR. From what I understand, once the job is done they get treated to a big thick juicy steak! What a life!
In November of 2010, our little boy Harley, who isn't so little anymore, placed second two days in a row. Both days at the show being around other animals and only a six-months old, he did very well. One of our baby girls while at the
same show, took a First Place in puppy class. She is a wonderful
Black and Tan named "Hope".
We will continue to show and train for as long as we can, and as
long as our dogs will have us. Yeah, I said that right, the
Bloodhound owns you, you don't own them.
Debbie has written several articles which can be read >>Here<<
about owning and caring for a Bloodhound. Read up on them and
If you don't mind a dog that drools, shakes their
head and the drool goes flying to the ceiling fan and on the walls,
or one that engages the nose and the ears sometimes shut down,
the Bloodhound is for you. They are one of the kindest dog breeds
that there is. Yes, large in size, some up to 150 lbs. but love you for
what you are and they truly are "Mans Best Friend".