A Program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance


Hounder

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Week 1 ║  Week 2  ║  Week 3  ║  Week 4  ║  Week 5  ║  Week 6  ║  Week 7

Week 8  ║  Week 9  ║  Week 10  ║  Week 11  ║  Week 12

 

Week 11
Hounder’s handlers report that he “is perfecting his commands. He is also getting much better at his tricks, like paw, touch and knee.” Since the weather was so nice this week, this pup got to spend a lot of time outdoors. “He seems more enthusiastic in the nice weather, playing a lot more and in better spirits (as we all are). Hounder had another fun day at the ball field this week. “He ran around, rolled on the ground and played a lot. He likes to chase the geese and groundhogs. It’s fun to see him having fun. Hounder is a wonderful dog, and we enjoy him immensely. We know whoever adopts him will also. He’s a great companion.”

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 10
Hounderworked on his basic cues again this week, and learned a few tricks. Although this pup loses focus when there is a lot of activity going on around him, his handlers gave him gold stars for his leash walking and several commands. They also report that Hounder likes people and gets along with the other dogs. He and Angel spent some time playing in the dog yard,“and they actually played with each other.” His handlers also took Hounder to the softball field “where he chased the geese and sniffed their eggs. He loves to be outside and enjoys everything about it. He is a mature dog who desperately wants a family who will love and cherish him. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy, fun and loving dog, Hounder is the one for you!”

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 9
His handlers report that “Hounder continued to make good progress this week. He is doing very well with his basic commands and the tricks that we teach him. We are going to teach him more tricks in the coming weeks. He learns them so fast, because he is a very smart dog.” Hounder’s handlers treated him to some time at the softball field. He had a grand time chasing the resident geese and snipe birds! Hounder also did really well with sharing his time at the field with his new pack mate Buddy! His handlers used the time outdoors to work on his loose-leash walking and recalls, and Hounder “did fairly well with both.” This pup “gets along well with other dogs and although he is shy at first when he meets people, he warms up to them quickly. So, if you’re looking for an outdoorsy, personable dog, Hounder is the one for you.”

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 8
Hounder had another eventful week in the program! His handlers worked on his basic command and taught him some new tricks as well! “He is very smart and learns really quickly! He can still be distracted when there are a lot of people around, so we’ve been training him on the tier when there is a lot of activity around him.” Hounder also got some time running after the bunnies in the softball field and playing peek-a-boo in the doggie yard. His handlers noticed this week that when Hounder gets excited “he likes to rub his head and eyes on your legs and he sneezes a lot. He is a cute, fun-loving, friendly dog. He is more than ready for adoption. He DESERVES a good home with good people to take good care of him.”

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 7
One of Hounder’s handlers reports that “he continues to improve every day. This week, he improved immensely on his touch command. He has also learned to place his chin on my knee when I point at it. It only took a few tries to get him to do it. He is a very smart dog. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Hounder got to go out to the softball field this week, and “it was a great experience for him. It didn’t take him long to sniff out the rabbit that lives there and chase it into its hole. He is quite the hunter. We really like that about him.” Hounder gets along with all of his pack mates. He especially liked being out on the yard with Rascal this week. “So, if you’re looking for a fun-loving dog who likes to go for walks outdoors, Hounder is the one for you!”

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal


 

Week 6
“Hounder had another great week. He continues to become more comfortable every day.” This pup is also getting “really good” at all of his commands and walking on leash. “He only pulls when we try to take him back inside or get toward the gate leaving the block yard. I don’t blame the old boy…who doesn’t like being outside?” Now that Spring is right around the corner, “the local groundhogs and rabbits are coming back. Hounder loves it. One day this week, he followed a rabbit back to its hole. He had his face all the way in it, trying to get the rabbit. It was pretty funny.” Hounder also got to go for an outing with one of the HOPE volunteers, who reported back to his handlers that their dog “was a gem. Of course, we knew he would be. He is just waiting for the right person to adopt and love him. If you want a great companion who loves the outdoors, Hounder is the dog for you.”

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal


Week 5
“Hounder’s handlers worked on his basic commands this week. He has grasped them so well, that he was awarded gold stars for his loose leash walking and other skills such as sit, down, heel, wait and leave it. One of his handlers tells us that “he listens very well…so much, that it impresses me.” Hounder got to try out his handlers’ homemade agility course in the yard with Xena and Angel. “They all do so well. Hounder is friendly and calm. He’s just an amazing dog to have. He’s awesome.”

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal



Week 4
“Hounder had another great week.”  His handlers have been taking him out to dayroom in the evenings to meet new people.  They are happy to report that he seemed more comfortable than in past weeks. This pup continued to work on his basic skills as well as his “watch me” and “touch” commands. “Hounder picks up on commands fairly well for an old fella.”  They also set up a little obstacle course for him and Xena (they get along really well) in the front of the block. “Hounder was a little clumsy at first, but he started to get the hang of it after a while.  He jumps very well.”  His handlers tell us that they could tell their pup had a good time on his outing with Volunteer Margie last weekend because “he was pretty tired by the time he came back.  Other than that, Hounder is just waiting for the lucky person who wants to adopt him.”

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal


Week 3
Hounder’s handlers tell us that “he’s extremely smart and has a lot of potential still in him.”  This pup continues to do well with his basic commands, and is striving to make loose-leash walking another part of his repertoire.  As we told you last week, Hounder loves being in the great outdoors.  When he wants to go out, he rubs up against one of his handler’s legs and gets really excited.  “He even pushes my coat, because he knows when I put it on, it’s time to go out.”  Once in the yard, Hounder “takes off running. He dives, turns his body in the air, lands on his back and rolls around.”  This pup gets along with all of the other dogs in the program except one because, for now, the latter has a bit more energy than Hounder wants to accept into his pack. We know that in time, all of the dogs will be his friends!  His handlers enthuse that “Hounder would make a great addition to your family!”

 

Field Trip Alert (as told my HOPE volunteer Margie): Hounder had an afternoon out of the prison on Sunday.  We drove over to the college - Hounder was calm in the car and enjoyed the ride, wearing a smile that would melt anyone's heart.   We started with the long lead so that Hounder could  relax and enjoy himself.  He seems to love being outside, smelling all the different smells.  We practiced some recalls, and even when he was completely engrossed in something, he still responded.  Sometimes it was harder than others, and some of the recalls were more enthusiastic than others but he really did a good job making the right choice, especially for having been in the program for such a short time.  We also practiced the "wait" command.  I'd let him get about 25 feet ahead and then tell him to "wait".  Then I started walking up to him - if he moved I'd step on the leash and tell him to "wait".  Hounder's a quick study and started to catch on very quickly.  I was really impressed.  After a while, we put on his regular 6 ft lead and again he was impressive.  Hounder came in to the prison with no leash manners and now his loose leash walking is amazing - there was hardly any pulling.  As we walked through campus and passed some people he would just very politely take a quick sniff and move on.  Hounder got to experience a train going by as we walked around.  He was interested in it, but remained completely calm.  Same thing when a couple of students passed by on skate boards.  Hounder is so calm and laid back, especially for a dog that's been in rescue for the last 7 years.  This boy will be earning a lot more furloughs for his good behavior.

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno        Rusty       Angel        Thunder        Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal


Week 2
“Hounder had a great week.  We have been introducing him more and more to the other dogs and have also been giving him more interaction with the people here.  He seems to adapting very well.” Hounder got kudos from his handlers for his sit, down, paw and stay commands, as well as his improved loose-leash walking skills.  This pup loves to be outside and really only pulls on his leash when his handlers head for the door.  “Hounder Houdini” did escape the cell once trying to make it outside, so his handlers are keeping a close eye on him to make sure that doesn’t happen again.  They are very happy with this pup’s progress after just two weeks.  “If you like a calmer dog that loves going for walks or hikes outdoors, Hounder is the dog for you.”

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno        Rusty       Angel        Thunder        Brownie      Xena      Glenn      Rascal


Week 1
Hounder’s handlers only had him for five days when they wrote their first journal.  They report that “he has been adjusting really well.  He was a little scared about the new transition, but the longer he’s here, the more he comes around.  He also seems to like us already.”  Hounder came to the program knowing his sit and down commands. “He has a lot to learn, but he is still getting used to being here.  He is still shy and nervous when things are busy on the block, but inside his cell, “he listens well and has great potential.”  Hounder already loves the dog yard.  “When he knows it’s time to go outside, he tries to escape the cell and pulls towards the door.” This pup isn’t a big fan yet of being in the dog runs for a long period of time.  “I don’t think he likes to be in small places for too long.”  He also was introduced to Angel, Duke, Thunder and Xena this week.  He wasn’t too sure about Angel’s and Thunder’s energy levels, but he did okay with the other two pack mates.  You’re doing great, Hounder!  Here’s to week two!

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno        Rusty       Angel        Thunder        Brownie      Xena


UPDATE 1-15-13
Hounder headed off to the big house today. This handsome fella needs a refresher course in all of the basics and a fresh start altogether. Hounder lost his home to a house fire seven years ago and has been waiting for a new home ever since. That's an awful long time to wait and we hope his wait will soon be over. He is a nine year old Black & Tan Coonhound mixed with Rottweiler who is available for adoption through Animal Rescue Inc.  Stay tuned for next week's update.

 

For information on adopting Hounder, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena      Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Duke       Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno        Rusty       Angel        Thunder        Brownie      Xena


 

 

 

 


 

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A Program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance