It has been almost four years since I discovered the breed of coonhound in
Florida, became obsessed, and soon adopted our black and tan coonie, sight
unseen, after "shopping" for her at the Black & Tan Rescue site. We live
outside of Chicago, where coonhounds are almost unheard of...to start
looking for one was really an exercise in faith. We already had a
3-year-old shelter dog who is a perfect lady, and had no idea that the
scrawny girl who hopped out of the car after her many rides from Canton, OH
would also be a perfect dog.
It's hard not to get a coonie and not recognize that hounds truly
are...different. Coco is all dog, all voice and floppy ears and jowls, all
silky coat and wagging tail. She is the funniest companion - loyal, affec-
tionate, comes running to greet us when we walk in the door. Her deep,
houndy bark is frequent but fair - only when dogs or deer walk by. She
eats her food in the blink of an eye, then settles in for a nice snooze,
curling up in a silky black ball.
We just adore our girl, who makes us laugh and gives us joy at every turn.
I would absolutely get another.