Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, Books
Posted February 27, 2013
Volunteering at an animal rescue I have fostered many dogs. When we took in an adult redtick coonhound I knew she would be in my care for a few months before she would be eligible for adoption. Fast forward to 2 months later, I couldn't give her up! Scarlett is by far the best dog I have ever owned or cared for. She is incredibly affectionate, obedient and friendly with new people and dogs. She was extremely easy to train, learning rules quickly. Redticks are very "people-oriented" so they will do anything they can to make their person happy!
The best thing about most hounds, in my opinion, is that they adjust very easily to a household with 9-5 jobs. Typically, hounds are fairly lazy when indoors and active when outside. I never feel guilty leaving for work knowing she is perfectly content taking a few naps until my return.
Scarlett is a bit unusual for the breed in two respects. First, she is atypically friendly. She can meet someone for the first time, without introduction (for instance a new dog walker that comes for the first time when I am not home), and will immediately bring them her toys to play. Typically they are a bit more defensive of their territory and unfamiliar people. Second, she almost never howls/barks. Hounds howl, its a fact of life. However I have only seen her howl at neighborhood cats! I can't complain about that :)