May 9, 2012 Subscribe
The Treeing Walker Coonhound and Separation Anxiety

Supporters of the Treeing Walker Coonhound like to refer to their hounds as “the consummate hunting dog.” Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces Best In Show Daily readers to the American original that was granted full AKC recognition this year and is now eligible to compete in the Hound Group. Affectionate by nature and determined on the hunt, the “Walker” is similar in appearance to another native hound. Find out how the breed standard for this day and night hunter is distinguished from that of a more familiar southern pack hound.

It’s a fact of life that even the most devoted dog people can’t take their dogs with them everywhere they go. In today’s Down and Back, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn reveals the separation anxiety she experiences whenever she heads out of town and leaves her pack behind. Worrying about little details is one thing, but can anybody take care of her dogs as well as she and husband Rod can? The answer to this anxious question, it seems, is the familiar house sitter the dogs greet at the door with leaps of happiness.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

The Consummate Hunting Dog – the Treeing Walker Coonhound
By Christi McDonald
The Treeing Walker Coonhound became AKC’s 174th breed when it was granted full recognition on January 1, 2012, and became eligible to compete in the Hound Group.

This beautiful tri- or bi-colored hound finds it origins in the late 1800s, descended from the early hounds brought to America from England, from which developed the Virginia Hounds and then the Walker Foxhound. Originally registered with the United Kennel Club as part of a broader category called English Coonhounds, in 1945 Walker breeders requested that UKC register their dogs as a separate breed, and thus was born what is today one of the most popular of all coonhounds. more

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Separation Anxiety – Mine, Not the Dogs’
By Pilar Kuhn
Most of the time I worry about things that probably aren’t that big a deal in the long run. It seems that it’s the smaller things that make me worry about the pack when we’re not there. Will ‘Garrison’ eat all of his food? Will ‘Gypsy’ dig holes as she searches for whatever entices her to nibble on grass and dirt in the backyard? Will ‘Danica’ wake up our house sitter in the middle of the night if she really has to go potty? Will ‘Lara’ actually poop on her walks?

These questions and others keep me up at night while we’re gone.

Other larger things I worry about involve just the Bouviers. Will they let our house sitter Miguel into the house when we’re not around? more

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