I love bloodhounds. While they can be quite messy and difficult (they slobber, chew, dig, howl, etc.) they can be fun and sweet. This is my bloodhound Zeke. He’s a shelter dog rescued by a friend of mine. Zeke actually ended up in three different animal shelters–once as a “stray” found running the streets, once as an “owner surrender” (the family who adopted him brought him back), and once because Animal Control seized him from a family who had too many dogs. Zeke lives with me now. I love him to death and can’t way to share his goofball antics in this blog! I’ve been training Zeke for over 2 years now as a K9 pet detective (to track the scent trail of lost dogs).
I don’t have all that many photos of my training of Zeke because, as you can see, most of our trails involve running at full speed. It’s hard to find photographers who can keep up without tripping! However, I recently had a volunteer who managed to film one of our training sessions in Seward Park, outside of Seattle.
Bloodhounds are NOT a breed for all people. They do best with people who don’t mind thick, gooey, egg white-like slobber that a bloodhound can fling with a simple shake of their head. This picture (below) is a perfect example of what I occasionally find hanging from the ceiling of my SUV.
So, as much fun as bloodhounds sound like in this blog, if you start thinking, “Gee, I’d love to own a bloodhound like that,” just bring up this blog, look at this photo, and THINK about what you’re saying!