With the sudden loss of Peaches in January 2012 I KNEW I didn't want to be without a Bloodhound
day after Peaches' passing her breeder (Kathy) sent me information on a
Bloodhound puppy that had been abandoned in the Minneapolis area
me tell you all the story about Bella. 2 weeks ago all of my hounds
woke me up at 2 am. They all wanted to go outside so I let them out.
Lizzy wanted to go out in the side pen which I don't use in the
wintertime. The others kept running
inside and outside for about 10 minutes. I had to put them in kennels
for the rest of the night. I figured that a raccoon got into the side
pen and I would check it out in the morning. (The temp was 20 degrees).
Well, 6 hours later I checked out the side pen and I found this adorable
8 week old BH puppy. It was cold and scared so I tempted it into the
garage, plied it with food and water and soon it decided I was its best
friend. There was enough snow on the ground so I checked out the lawn
beside the house and there I found a set of footprints leading to and
from the pen. I figure it was a Christmas gift that went bad. The puppy
is quite healthy. The dew claws were clipped and the scars were well
healed and the puppy smelled like it had a bath. Friends of mine have
had the dog for a couple of weeks but it is not working out with every
member of the family so I am fostering her for now.
Bloodhound home without a Bloodhound and a Bloodhound without a home?
Even with my blond roots, I could figure this one out! I got in touch
with the people that had her and very soon arrangements were made of
Bella's trip to Canada from the Minneapolis area.
The First 24 Hours
a Friday afternoon I left work early and traveled down to Fargo,
N.D. on the heels of a prairie storm that left 50 miles of the
I-29 in poor condition. I spent the night in a dog-friendly hotel, had
a good meal, floated around in the pool, and soaked in the jacuzzi - a
hard night to be sure! ;)
The following afternoon I met Susanna
and Bella at a local restaurant. Susanna, another long-time Bloodhound
owner, and myself shared a meal, swapped Bloodhound stories, and Bella
and I set out for Canada mid-afternoon. Bella had slept all the way
from Minneapolis and continued to sleep as we made out way north. An
hour and a half out of Fargo we stopped to stretch our legs and then
carried on. As we continued down the Interstate I kept looking at this
angelic puppy sleeping on the seat beside me and thinking "I am going
to pay for all this sleep!" but better to pay when we get home than in
We crossed the border at 5:20 in the afternoon
without any significant delays and made another rest stop at Morris,
some 20 minutes in to Canada and just before I turn off the main road
and on to the lesser highways to zigzag our way home. Bella was good at
each stop, had a pee, but when I left her in the truck (while I went to
do the same), she sat upright, watching out the window and waiting for
By the time we got to Steinbach, Bella was no longer sleepy and we made another stop for her to relieve herself.
pulled in to the yard at 7:20 and Bella was initially pretty wary - she
could smell Bloodhound scent but didn't know where the other dog was. I
brought the first load of stuff in from the truck and she followed me
in VERY cautiously. While she was busy sniffing around, I slipped out
for another load, and then to put the truck away. When I was moving the
truck, she came out through the doggy door, and went back in again -
good, no training required there! She then had two large dishes of
water, two dishes of canned dog food, played with her new knotted rope,
her tire-on-a-rope, her tail, me, taken a BIG dump (I knew she needed
to do that!) and went in and out a half dozen times. She is still full
of energy and still explored the house and the fenced yard. Since
she has had 10 hours of sleep since the morning I expected it to be
awhile before I got any sleep and it was after midnight before she
started to get drowsy.
Bella finally settled down, we moved to the bed upstairs and she settle
in against me and slept through the night, until 7:30 when I needed to
get up. I understand this was probably her first night on a bed
and she was perfect! She had another generous meal, puppy food this
time, did the pre-wash on my breakfast dishes, and settled in to play
with her toys, explore the yard, and just generally adapt to life as a
puppy in a new home. This afternoon she will get another car trip -
this time to meet my local vet. So far everything is perfect though her
house-training needs some improvement.
As magnificent as these Hounds can be, they also can be goofy! How could I resist posting at least ONE goofy picture! ;)
I decided to take Bella for a checkup with my local vet and she
was NOT happy. I think she thought she was on the move again. She
looked SO sad, drooped and wrinkled and whimpering. She got a thorough
checkup, two staples in her nose for a small cut, and was very good
with the vet and the techs. She seemed relieved to be on the way home
again and learned that car trips often involve food. ;) Once back home
we both had a lovely nap.
Night 2 - Now THAT was interesting!
was looking tired after supper so I thought I would take the
opportunity to do some reading and have a quiet night. We toddled off
to bed upstairs and Bella nuzzled her way between my arms and stretched
out beside me with her head and one leg over my arm and went to sleep.
How wonderful to have this darling puppy snuggled up close and sleeping
peacefully in my arms!
I leave a light on downstairs so Bella
can find her way to the doggy door and also a yard light so she wont
hesitate to go outside if she needs to but so far I have been getting
up with her.
After a couple of hours sleep she got off the bed
so I went downstairs and to the door with her as she went outside
to pee. She wasn’t ready to go back to bed right away so she is laying
on the floor beside me chewing on her big rawhide bone while I was on
the computer for awhile. When I was ready to go back to bed, Bella was
still chewing on her bone so I took it with us to bed and she
contentedly chewed her bone on the bed for awhile longer.
eventually got off the bed and dragged her bone downstairs. Most of my
dogs have been in the habit of “a midnight play session” and the house
is relatively dog-proof (at least dog resistant!) so I decided to let
Bella play unattended and see how it went so I rolled over and went
back to sleep.
Sometime an hour or so later I was attacked by
“the wild puppy from hell”, full of energy, full of beans, and
hell-bent on wild play! She jumped on the bed and attacked my head (the
only thing not covered by blankets) biting my nose, my chin, my ear,
and jumping all over me! I restrained her, wrapping her in a bear hug
which only caused her to fight back more.
When she pulled
away, she started barking and growling at me, looking EVER so serious,
trying her best to look like a ferocious dog - and doing a mighty fine
job of it to!!! Even with 26 years around Bloodhounds I had to pause
and think “Is this real? What is this about?”. If it was real it
would have to be nipped in the bud RIGHT NOW! I would have to pull
“Alpha Dog” and put her in her place forcefully because the aggression
that was being displayed was pretty fierce and intimidating. Knowing
she had been around big dogs for awhile I decided what I was seeing was
probably puppy bravado so I barked and growled back at her. I guess I
was right because the back-and-forth growling and barking continued for
awhile and then she left the bad and went back downstairs.
heard Bella playing downstairs for awhile longer before I fell asleep
again and I woke up when she came back to bed (but didn’t notice what
time that was). She slept the rest of the night on my feet and when I
got up this morning everything was fine. There was no wet spots on the
carpet, she hadn’t got into anything she shouldn’t, and her rawhide
bone had been dragged through the house almost to the dog door. She did
good! She can continue having middle of the night play sessions - we
will just have to do something about jumping on mama’s head in the
middle of the night LOL!
Bella is going to be quite different
than any Bloodhound I have had before - I have never seen a puppy
display such a wide range of emotion, from the sweet cuddly girl who
slept in my arms to the scary display of aggression! I expect I will
eventually have to assert Top Dog with Bella, just so she knows who’s
boss, but only IF the aggression ever turns real. I don’t mind a dog
with an assertive streak - Peaches was a total coward and expected ME
to protect HER. However Bertha (before Peaches) was a protector and
stood her ground - I liked that.
Certainly if her previous
owners ever saw such a display of aggression from Bella without
understanding what was behind it or how to control/respond to it, I can
understand why she was dumped - it could have been scary to the
Looking angelic! (And not fooling anyone LOL!)