GOT A NEW DOGGIE
We got a new dog today. His name is Homer. He is a two-year old Treeing Walker Coonhound and looks very much like the dog in this photo.
We had two dogs who both died at the age of 14 during the past year or so. We took a break from getting another one for awhile but lately I've been missing having a dog. I dreamed about my old dog Red last night and figured it was time.
So today housemate Karen and I went to the local humane society to meet Homer who I had seen on their web site when I checked it out last night. They only had about six dogs there. I quickly passed up the mean looking one and the screaming barking, jumping one. Homer was just laying in his cage playing hard to get. I bent down and called him over. He thought about it for a bit and then came over and seemed very friendly. We took him for a walk in the nice pine tree wooded area surrounding the dog pound and he responded well to us. Since he is a hunting dog his nose was to the ground the whole time. We took him home.
We learned that he came from a dog pound in Jacksonville, Florida where he was on the death list. Much to my surprise they told us that they have to import dogs from the south because New England has very few dogs available for adoption. In Homer's case he went from Florida to Alabama and then Tennessee before coming to Maine. He's not seen snow yet. He speaks with a southern accent.
We've already taken him for three walks since he got here and after being in captivity for awhile he was pretty worn out by night fall. We bought him a new dog bed and he took to it pretty quick. I've been reading about his breed and the story is that they are smart and loving dogs but need alot of exercise in order to keep from going crazy. They must be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard because once they get on a scent they take off.
The walking will help keep us all in shape. His gentle spirit has already captured our hearts. I am happy with my new doggie.