August is “Adopt-a-Hound” Month at Sarge’s
Everyone at Sarge’s Animal Rescue is excited that August is almost here and Adopt-A-Hound month can begin. All month long, through a variety of special efforts and promotions, volunteers at Sarge’s will be spreading the good word about hounds and what great family pets they make. Of course, lots of folks already know this quite well, having opened their hearts and their homes (and couches and beds) to Black and Tans, Redbones, Plotts, Walkers, Redticks, Blueticks and every hound mix in between.
Take Bob and Miriam Van Ness for example. Five years ago, shortly after relocating to the Waynesville area from Detroit, the Van Ness’ adopted a beautiful, two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound, Balsam, from Sarge’s. Having little experience with the breed, they didn’t exactly go looking for a coonhound, but as soon as they met her, they fell hard for Balsam’s gentle presence and sweet nature. Right from the start, Balsam became a cherished member of the family, riding shotgun on errands around town, taking long walks through the neighborhood, and snuggling by the fire in the evening. In no uncertain terms, Bob will tell anyone who will listen, “Hounds are the best dogs ever.”
Erica Battle would certainly agree. Erica and her family adopted Dan from Sarge’s a year and a half ago. Dan is a classically gorgeous Redbone with a stunning physique and amazing hound ears. Erica says Dan came in and happily “conformed to their lives.” He runs with Erica in the early mornings, and goes everywhere with the family, including dog-friendly restaurants in Asheville (Dan likes ice cream best). He is great with children, and is, in Erica’s words, “just the sweetest dog ever.” Dan sleeps in the living room recliner each night, dreaming happy hound dreams.
Any of the Sarge families who specialize in fostering hounds will tell you that time after time, despite the saddest of circumstances that leave them homeless, hounds respond to the warmth of a loving family. Jim Ray, a Sarge Board member and volunteer, has fostered dozens of hounds of every kind through the years. “We have simply fallen in love with the coonhound breeds and have yet to bring a single one into our home that didn’t become an integral part of our family for the weeks or months they lived with us.”
When some people think of these various hound breeds, sadly, they think of them only as hunting dogs, more suited to life in a barn than in a house. And without a doubt, these breeds all have a rich tradition as expert hunters. But hounds also love people and want very much to please them. People-pleasing is a big part of what makes hounds such great family pets. They’re incredibly affectionate, smart, and sensitive, and they’re equally happy lying quietly beside you or going for a nice long walk.
For a number of reasons, a disproportionate number of the dogs ending up in the shelter with nowhere else to go are hounds. But the folks at Sarge’s Animal Rescue are determined to give these amazing dogs a second chance. If you know a good hound who is a cherished member of someone’s family, please help pass the good word along. If you know someone who is looking for a just-right pet, why not suggest, “Have you thought about a good Walker hound? I hear they’re wonderful.”
Sarge’s will feature hounds available for adoption at these August events, as well as our regularly scheduled adoption days every Saturday from 10:00-3:00:
- Saturday, August 3, Sarge’s Annual Downtown Dog Walk, Waynesville.
- Saturday, August 10th and 24th, PetSmart, Waynesville
- Saturday, August 10th, In Den Bergen Porsche show at Waynesville Country Club.
- Sunday, August 18th, Tractor Supply, Waynesville.
Check-out our website, www.sargeandfriends.org , to see photos of all the great hounds available for adoption.