Pet of the Week – A Pair of Plot hounds
This week’s Red Hills Pet of the week features two Plott hounds currently at the City County Animal Shelter. As a self-proclaimed “dog dork,” I am embarrassed to say, I’ve never heard of this particular breed.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Plott hound is a descendant of the German Hanover hounds, and originally hunted bears and wild boar in the mountains of North Carolina. The Plott hound is also the state dog of North Carolina.
After a little online searching, I wasn’t able to find a state dog for Wyoming. (That’s because we’re lovers of all animals.)
This intelligent scent-hound is fearless and bold while hunting, but is a mellow gentle dog at home with the family. These dogs typically need a nice long walk each day.
Right now there are two Plott hounds looking for their fur-ever homes at the City County Animal Shelter. Callie, a seven-year-old female and Humphrey, a two-year-old male. These two definitely look like they are related, since they both have the signature Plott hound sleek coat of dark brindle fur. But, they didn’t come into the shelter together, so both can go to different homes. Their coats are also where the similarities end.
Callie has just crossed into senior age for large breed dogs, so she’s mellow and would make a perfect companion dog, content to just be loved on. While Humphrey, is much younger and still full of playful energy.
Humphrey was surrendered to the shelter, because the owner thought they didn’t have enough time to spend with him. He also has a loud, low pitch bark that caused some problems with the neighbors when he was left home alone. But, that’s a problem that could be addressed by a bark collar.
Callie came to the shelter as a stray. As with every animal that comes into the shelter, she was scanned and found to have a microchip. Shelter staff made contact with the owner the microchip was registered to, who said Callie had been given away to another family.
Both dogs have been fixed. Humphrey is up to date on shots, while Callie is due for her rabies vaccination.
The City County Animal Shelter is open weekdays 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This bird’s eye view of Callie shows off her traditional Plott hound coloring and also the wisdom highlights in her muzzle.
UPDATE: Our first Red Hills Pet of the Week, Mishka, has been adopted. According to shelter staff, while looking for a volunteer transport to take Mishka to Black Dog Rescue in Casper, a family who first saw her beautiful face on County 17, contacted the shelter to see if she was still available for adoption, and the rest is rescue history.
Congratulations Mishka! On your new fur-ever home.
Red Hills Veterinary Hospital, 2007 S. Douglas Hwy
Call (307) 696-2525 to schedule your pet’s appointment