March 2, 2016

Slobber Hill Bloodhounds: Just a Little Dream of Mine

Hey' y'all!

Today I'm going to be talking about my passion for Bloodhounds, which, by the way, is the best breed ever. These dogs are just so gentle and sweet and clumsy and beautiful and innocent...oh, I find their appearance to be absolutely stunning! Well, today I'll be discussing why I love this breed so much and what I hope my future will be like with them.

Well, it was Thanksgiving day of 2014, and we were visiting our extended family in New York. After watching the Macy's parade, I saw a commercial that said the National Dog Show would be on shortly afterwards. I loved dogs back then, but not as much as I do today and I didn't have as much knowledge of them. I had heard of Bloodhounds before, and their amazing tracking abilities, but I didn't know what they looked like or anything like that.

In fact, I didn't even know what a dog show was. The sport never even crossed my mind before. When the dog show finally came on, I didn't get what exactly they were doing and what the judge was supposed to do. I just admired all the cute dogs and hoped the best dog would win, whoever that was.

When the Bloodhound came onto screen, I was immediately captivated by it. Nathan was his name, or Flessner's International S'cess, if you please. From the second I saw the lumbering hound dog on the screen, I knew that was the breed. My breed. Nathan's handler, who I later learned was professional handler Heather Helmer, seemed to be having so much fun out there with this big lazy clown of a dog. I was even more excited to see Nathan take home the coveted title of Best in Show. That's when I thought to myself, "I want to do that."

After that, I was set on showing dogs and learning more about Bloodhounds. It wasn't till eleven months later that I acquired my smooth Dachshund named Christmas and entered the ring for the first time. Though I love Dachshunds, and I wouldn't trade Christmas for any Bloodhound, I still want a big old hound dog. Back then, and still today, I wanted my first Bloodhound to be a tan male with a black saddle. I would name him Biggles. Don't ask me why, I just thought it was a cute name!

I hope my future is full of Bloodhounds. I want to breed Bloodhounds and have a kennel of them, and I'll call it "Slobber Hill". No kidding. Though I'll definitely start small in this Bloodhound adventure, I hope to improve the breed one day and be a crazy hound lady, I suppose! I love all dogs, but hounds are my favorites. Bloodhounds, Bassets, Beagles, Dachshunds, Foxhounds, you name it!

I've already saved a lot of money that will go towards starting my kennel in the future, and if I keep at it, I think Slobber Hill can be made a reality. It's my dream. I even got to meet a real live Bloodhound at my first dog show. Farley was his name, or if you'd like to know his registered name, Churchill's Improvisation of Pinetone. Today he is still the only Bloodhound I've seen in person, but trust me, there will be many more Bloodhounds in my future!





















































12 comments:

  1. Wow, just when we think we couldn't be more impressed we find out you are saving for your own kennel! Put your mom on the line, we gotta tell her "well done"!

    Keep Calm & Bark On Cuz It's Less Than 100 days until B*A*R*!!

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Lol! Thanks for the support! Slobber Hill is in the future!

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  2. Oh isn't he gorgeous…and…slobbery, hehe.
    Saving fur your OWN kennel…wow, I foresee sum very very happy puppies in your future
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Thanks! I do, too. I'll probably also be involved in pet rescue...I know lots of people are against breeders because you can save a dog by going to a shelter or rescue instead, but breeders are good for people who want to know what they're getting into and want to enter their dog in dog shows. Bloodhounds are very rare, you know!

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  3. Ohhhh Robin this is just fabulous and I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. Your are an inspiration.
    Mom mom used work with a lady whose husband is sheriff our our county. He also trains Bloodhouds and you are correct they are such sweet pups and kinda funny looking until they grow into their skin.
    Good luck
    Hugs madi your bfff and Mom!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support! They're amazing dogs for those who can provide them with the structure and attention they need to thrive. Gotta love them Bloodhounds!

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  4. We think you have a lot of dogs in your future!

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    1. Oh, certainly! I have quite a few keeping me busy right now!

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  5. Slobber Hills! What a funny (and appropriate) name!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed coming up with it...I'm glad it's unique, especially because every other name I came up with was already taken! :)

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  6. Crikey ..... I sure hope your dream for Slobber Hills becomes a reality. I'm sure with all of your determination it will. Bloodhounds are great. I met one once. He barked at me from his balcony. He lived in an apartment. I thought he needed a bigger house but he seemed happy enough. Hounds are the best, aye?? Not that I'm prejudiced or anything!!!! I sure hope you have lots and lots of dogs in your future.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Charlie! Bloodhounds aren't good apartment dogs, but I suppose you could have one in an apartment if you give it LOTS of exercise and you know what you're doing! You are so right, hounds rock!

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