Sunday, October 13, 2013

Adopt Tally A Coonhound Dog in Virginia

Meet Tally. 

Tally is a young and petite Black and Tan Coonhound looking for her forever home. 

Long silky soft ears, big ‘ole brown hound dog eyes, noses to the ground. 

We’ve all seen pictures of coonhounds as “hunting dogs” or seen them lazing around on a front porch in the south somewhere. 

Has it ever made you wonder what it would like to have a coonhound as a furry family member?   Here's your chance!

Lucky Tally was rescued from an animal shelter.

The American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue (ABTCR) recently rescued Tally from a shelter in southwest Virginia. Tally is now safe in a foster home in Virginia and available for adoption.

In addition to her foster parents, Tally is living with
eight other dogs that are all rescues, just like her.

She does well with the other dogs, especially a German Shepherd mix puppy that is about the same age and size. They love goofing off together! Tally is food motivated, but not aggressive about it. She is pretty much house trained and the foster mom is working on crate training. 

It’s unknown how she is with cats, but foster mom feels Tally would do well with kids because of her gentle and affectionate nature. She’s content sleeping in a dog bed or curled up next to you at night. You will get used to her snoring! 

  Tally loves her reflection.  Whether it's a mirror, the TV, 
or oven door,  Tally has to stop and look at herself.

Tally has been spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. She’s also heartworm negative! To adopt Tally, visit the American Black and Tan Coonhound website  to fill out an application

Coonhounds are one of the most often overlooked breeds in shelters because of the stereotypes – loud, smelly, stubborn. And unfortunately for them, whether they are picked up as strays or dumped by their owners, coonhounds often don’t make it out of the shelter alive. 
Tally makes a great snuggle partner on the couch.

In reality, coonhounds make wonderful additions to your family. They are a very social breed and interact well with other dogs (and even cats if properly introduced) and they do well with children. They can be vocal with their “hound song” when outdoors, but are typically quiet when enjoying the comforts of being indoors with their human family.

Tally would love to take a walk with you in the woods.

Coonhounds were bred to be hunters so they generally have fewer health issues than other breeds. The most common issue is an ear infection, which is often due to those long gorgeous ears, but it’s easily treatable. While it’s best to keep them leashed when walking due to their “wandering nature”, a coonhound can be perfectly happy as a couch potato or roaming around in a fenced backyard.

Jayne Schlegel and Molly Smith founded American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue in 2004. In 2012, ABTCR rehomed over 640 coonhounds and bloodhounds, many of whom would have died in shelters had they not been pulled for rescue.
Tally is on the lookout for her forever home.  Is it with you?

ABTCR has been able to save these hounds because of an extensive network of over 70 active foster homes in 39 states across the country. And foster homes are always needed. 

To foster means opening up your home to a dog that would have otherwise been euthanized in a shelter. It’s a second chance for a dog that might have been treated badly, neglected, or simply unwanted. Fostering a dog is extremely rewarding; words can't describe the feeling of watching a scared, thin dog thrive and become the beautiful companion that can be placed with a new family. The foster family also provides valuable insight into the dog's personality so that a good match can be made with a potential adopter. How many times can you say, “I saved a life today.”?

Take a few moments to watch this fostering video made by volunteers with ABTCR.  If you think you’d be interested in fostering for American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue, fill out a foster application here.

If you’re still on the fence about coonhounds, check out these articles:

Top 10 Reasons Why Coonhounds Are The Best Dogs Ever

Busting Coonhound Myths: Why These Dogs Make Great House Pets

Coonhounds are the Pit Bulls of the South

This Talking Dogs blog post was written by Kristi Austin, a foster volunteer who has saved many dogs' lives, including that of Tally.
Talking Dogs blog will be participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz.  This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!  Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes! 

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.


  1. Cute! We have two Coonhounds in the neighborhood, they can howl quite well...

  2. Oh my gosh, she is so beautiful! Those long legs! We have been beagle lovers, but I have always thought about other types of hound dogs, and can not understand why anyone would not want one. We are used to our dogs having to be on leashes, and the lack of health issues would just be a bonus. I hope this girl finds the perfect home soon. Sharing.

  3. She's so beautiful! I'm sure she will find a forever home soon.

  4. I hope Tally find her forever home soon, will share.


  5. Missed the hop yesterday :( and late catching up! Will share Tally! She is so gorgeous - I am a sucker for hounds of all varieties!

  6. Tally is gorgeous! Its hard to believe that someone hasn't scooped her up already. I recently featured another alum from American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue and it sounds like a wonderful group! I am sharing Tally now!

  7. She is precious! Thanks for joining the hop and I'm off to share.

  8. Oh I would love to adopt a coonhound! Not practical for where we live though.


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