You Know, Like in 101 Dalmations?!
That is right, just like in the movie, my dogs and my brother and sister-in-law’s dogs have a barking chain. You will hear it go off a few times a day here at the Back 40. I always wonder what they are saying to each other, alas, that is one thing the world will never know!
We Are A Hound Family
Ricky and his wife, Amy have had many of their own hounds over the years. As well as fostering for coonhound rescue. I also have had many hounds. I fostered 64 of them in four years for coonhound rescue. That doesn’t even include my personal hounds I have had over the years. We love hounds, and we think anyone who doesn’t appreciate hound song is crazy. We think it’s the best sound in the world.
Who Starts It?
The barking chain here at the Back 40 is started with whichever dog gets let out in their respective yards first.
Let Me Introduce Them To You!
This is my bloodhound, Deputy U.S Marshall Raylan Givens, named after the badass Marshall on the FX series “Justified”.
Raylan has a deep and loud bay that has no problem making it down the hill to his dog cousins.
This is Caleb, he is the middle puppy in the picture on the right. The puppy to the left is Eli, his brother. The puppy on the right we called Tex since he was my foster dog and got adopted to a family in Texas.
This is Eli, Caleb’s brother. Lucky for them they got adopted together and are still together 8 years later!
Caleb and Eli are Treeing Walker Coonhounds. They have chased many a raccoon up a tree in their yard and on outings.
This is Copper and to the right of him is the old lady of the family Cricket. Copper, also known as “Coppy” is also a Treeing Walker Coonhound. He was actually rescued from the same rural shelter my Raylan was, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham SPCA in Virginia. Coppy is the youngest of all the dogs on our Back 40 barking chain and also one of the loudest. It sounds like he is always after some critter.
Hank Williams Junior
Hank Williams Junior is the oldest member of the barking chain. He is also the only Bluetick Coonhound that is part of the barking chain.
Hank was a rescue of course. He is even famous in this youtube video “The BlueGrass Hounds” that shares the story of his rescue.
The Honorary Silent Members Of The Barking Chain
Cricket and Ziva are the only members of our dog pack that aren’t hounds. They are too cool to participate in the barking chain. Cricket prefers to lay around on her thrown and Ziva is too busy working on her latest look!
One of the things I think is my favorite about living here at Back 40 is the hound song and the barking chain that goes down a few times a day.
We will never know what they are saying, but I know they are happy and that is all that matters!