Dorey is a female 5 yr old Blue Tick Hound who arrived 10-19-18. If you would be interested in adopting Dorey, please contact her Rescue, Eileen Mahan, Montgomery County Animal Care & Adoption Center at email@example.com.
Week 1. Dorey is very shy around people, sometimes to the point where she is afraid. She does open up very quickly once she is even a little familiar with you. She loves being outside and plays very well with all the other dogs. She is also.very comfortable in her crate and in the cell. It took her a few days before she started to eat, but seems to be doing ok now. Dorey has no reactivity toward people or dogs, although if a dog plays too rough with her, she will check them and then start playing again. It's always great when a dog knows how to properly address another dog without leading to aggression. This is very helpful in teaching the other dog(s) the proper "rules", and Dorey seems to have that talent. When Dorey gets tired of playing, she will go over to her handler, sit down and stare up at him, telling him she's ready to go inside. She is learning how to sit and stay. She walks well on the leash with either the harness or the collar. She appears to be more comfortable with just the collar. She loves chasing the ball and just running off leash. Her handler noted an interesting behavior during her first few days. She was stealing things and hiding them in her crate. She stopped that behavior after the 3rd day :-). Dorey has a very loving personality. She loves affection and will return that affection to the person providing it. Given her breed, she has her nose in everything. She hasn't however barked at all, which is well received, since most of the hounds we get are extremely vocal :-)
Week 2. Dorey is settling in well. She is very afraid when she hears gunshots (the housing unit is just down the road from the firing range). Her handler says whenever she hears the shooting, she becomes very frightened, starts shaking and wants to hide in her crate (so sad). Maybe that's why she ended up needing rescue (so many hounds end up dumped if they don't hunt as expected of them). Dorey's handler said she has found her voice 3 times now, but always outside and only for a few seconds :-) It appears Dorey is a very frightened dog that needs love, comfort and attention. Other than that, she doesn't appear to have any issues.
Week 3. Dorey continues to show improvement. She is a sweet and loving girl. She is still a little scared of loud noices, gunshots and unfamiliar spaces. She continues to do very well with the other dogs and with people. She really enjoys people giving her love and affection. Other than her being scared of loud noises, Dorey really doesn't have any other major issues.
Week 4. "A day in the life" - Dorey's day usually starts at 3 am. Her handler takes her outside to potty, then walks a few laps around the yard before heading back in. She walks again at 7:30ish and again around 8:30. Her handler wants to get her used to walking on a leash, which it appears she's never done. She does best with a short leash, staying by her handler's side with no pulling. When walking, with a long leash, she tends to pull more and put her nose to the ground, trying to follow whatever scent she picks up. She then will head to her crate to rest up after the long morning workout. Right now Dorey just knows sit, which she does very well, especially when a treat is involved. She is learning stay and wait. Dorey's favorite thing is to run and play. She really enjoyed the snow and just loves being outside. She is still a little afraid of being inside, with all the noises and sounds. Also, she becomes very afraid when she is outside and hears gunshots at the range. Her fear of loud noises is probably why she most likely washed out as a hunting dog. But what she lacks in that area she makes up for in love and affection.. She is such a sweetheart. Dorey would need a crate inside in order to feel comfortable and safe. She goes right in her crate and her handler doesn't ever need to close the door. Given how gentle and loving Dorey is, she would probably do very well with children. Dorey can never be a hunting dog, but she will make a fantastic companion for an indivudual, couple or family.