Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Friends

While I am working with the angelfish and writing my suspense/thrillers, I am surrounded by four rescue dogs.

The oldest is Mattie. She is a foxhound and specifically a Treeing Walker Coonhound. She and her brother Skipper were adopted through the Richmond, Virginia SPCA. They were seized from a hunting lodge in South Carolina that contains hundreds of malnourished and neglected dogs ranging from a few weeks old to three years old.

Treeing Walker Coonhounds, when kept as hunting dogs, only average a lifespan of two to three years. It's believed this is due to poor nutrition (some hunting lodges feed them only whole chickens, bones and all), no medical attention, being kept on the edge of starving, and forced to run miles during a hunt. It's a horrible life filled with cruelty.

If they are kept in a home, however, even they occasionally hunt with their master, and provided good nutrition, proper medical care and plenty of love and attention, their average lifespan is eight years. This is still very short compared to other breeds. It's believed this could be due to genetics.

Mattie is now 10 years old, ancient for her breed. She has arthritis and a heart murmur. She has good days and bad days. And we all love her!


Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

I had no idea foxhounds had such a short lifespan. So glad that Mattie has a good home with you, she looks lovely:-)

p.m.terrell said...

I didn't either, Misaki, until we adopted Mattie and her brother Skipper. Knowing what type of lives they lead when kept as hunting dogs was a real eye opener for me. I have also read that they are not family dogs, but ours sure were, which leads me to believe it's all in how they are raised and cared for.