My name is Penny!

Hound (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Penny
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Rural Dog Rescue

Facts about Penny

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Approximate Age: 2 years old
Approximate Weight/Size: Medium
I am an UNDERDOG because....
I am a hound mix! Hound breeds are very prominent in the rural south and usually the first to be euthanized at the shelter due to the overpopulation of this breed.

Location Saved From: Beaufort County, NC
Needs a Foster in the D.C. area until a forever home is found?: No - currently with a foster!
Needs a Home With Another Dog?: Unsure
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: Unsure
Special Needs Notes: None at this time
Additional info:
Penny is a 2 year old hound mix. Penny is love, hugs and sweetness wrapped in a hound package. She clearly had a bad situation where she used to be, as most outside noises scare her and she takes a bit of extra time to warm up to people. Unfortunately, because of this, adoption events just don’t show her best side. What is Penny’s best side, you ask? Well here’s an incomplete list:

1. She loves to be sung to! Thankfully, her standards are different than human standards for singing: you need not be a world-recognized opera singer to catch her notice. Do you sing like Tom Waits? Or perhaps like someone who was rejected from an American Idol audition? Well, as long as you can sing the words “Penny Penny Penny is a pretty girl" in a wobbly voice, then she’ll swoon for you!

2. She loves to chew on chewable things! What’s great about Penny is that her list of “chewable things” does not include human things that aren’t supposed to be chewed. She only chews things that you give her, and she’s very egalitarian about those things. She also loves to “claim” them and keep them in her crate. Since she’s such a power chewer, we only give her long-lasting and extra-rugged treats so she doesn’t swallow them whole in 30 seconds or less.

3. If you and Penny were on an episode of “Person with Dog vs. Wild” she’d be the one putting food on the table. She’s an amazing hunter, and can sniff a squirrel, raccoon or even an opossum from a mile away. For that reason, she’s not good with cats, much to her foster parents’ wishes to keep her forever (they have two cats). She thinks of them like the Wile E. Coyote character in Looney Tunes does about the Road Runner — they must be "taken care of.” On the other hand, someone who has experience with animal introductions could possibly train her to be cat-friendly. But, they’d have to have lots of patience and accept the possibility that it might not work out with the cat(s).

4. She barks when she’s happy, but otherwise, is a very quiet girl! You’ll want her to be happy all the time, and so when she is, you will be happy to hear her bark. When she goes outside, except for when she discovers a squirrel or opossum, she’s quiet as a mouse. She also doesn’t bark at the mail person, or anyone else for that matter.

5. She is crate trained (she loves her crate so much!), and house trained. Since the poor girl spent her entire life until now enclosed inside a barn, most outside (non-nature) noises make her skittish. That makes leash-walking in the real world challenging for her. Going outside is a necessity rather than an enjoyable excursion, so we’ve been focusing on walking with her on a leash in our backyard. She’s getting used to the scary noises caused by garbage trucks, cars starting, or kids walking to school. As of now, it seems like she’d be best in a place where she either isn’t bombarded with noises or a backyard she can get used to over time.

6. She loves to snuggle and is very laid back. She also doesn’t need a lot of activity (i.e. no walks or trips to the dog park), just personal love and attention to make her feel safe and comfortable.

7. She’s totally fine with most dogs, but rambunctious or poorly mannered dogs might stress her out. She doesn’t at all mind humans reaching into her crate to pet her or put on her leash, but she does set boundaries with other dogs about her crate, if they’re pushy about it.

8. She sleeps most of the day and will sleep all night. She won’t bug you while you’re sleeping or during the day if you’re home. Her favorite time of day is around 8 pm, when she perks up and wants to play for a bit. She will run around the house like a total goof ball with her tongue out and tail wagging. Will you set aside some time to play with Pretty Penny?

9. You know you’ve gained her trust and confidence when she rolls onto her side and shows you her belly while wagging her tail practically off. And you know what? It’s the best feeling in the world.

10. Don’t be shy: come out and meet sweet Penny girl!

P.S. She loves taking selfies: you can find her on Instagram via #prettypennythehound

Adoption/Foster Applications and additional information can be found at

Mission Statement: Forever true to The Underdog, Rural Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked for adoption or rescue. We save the dogs who are at most risk of being euthanized: the hounds, the black dogs, the seniors, the sick and the broken. We make a commitment to reserve a minimum of 50% of the dogs we save to The Underdog. Root For The Underdog!

Rural Dog Rescue's home base is in Washington, DC. We support several high kill shelters that euthanize in 72 hours and whose kill rate is 70% or higher in rural areas of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina. Rural Dog Rescue also helps dogs in need in Washington, DC and Maryland.

We are 100% volunteer and foster based and no salaries are paid. 100% of your donation and adoption fee goes to helping the dogs and cats of Rural Dog Rescue.

Although we try to be as accurate as possible, Rural Dog Rescue cannot guarantee the breed or full-grown adult size of any of the dogs or puppies in its care. Because many of these dogs were found as strays or are the result of irresponsible, unplanned breeding, we do not know the dog's exact background and can only list breed and size by our best educated guess. If exact breed and size are important to you, please consider adopting a dog from a specific breed rescue - We want our dogs to be adopted by people who will love and care for them forever for who they are - no matter what breed and size they turn out to be! All dogs go to their new homes spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, wormed (although a 2nd worming may be required), started on heart worm and flea and tick preventative and sometimes microchipped.

About Rural Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Rural Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of dogs and cats in high-kill shelters in rural areas with euthanasia rates of 80% or higher.

We save stray dogs and cats, who can be euthanized 72 hours after they are found, and owner surrenders, who can be euthanized immediately if the shelter is full.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Meet our dogs in person on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at Howl to the Chief - 733 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Please note, not all dogs will be at all events.

Our Adoption Process...

All adoptions require a completed adoption application. Our adoption coordinators will contact you soon after reviewing the application. Our adoption fee is $300 to help off set the costs of rescuing dogs in need. Our dogs come spayed/neutered, up to date on all core shots (dhpp and rabies), wormed, checked for heartworm (treated if positive) and current on flea/tick/heart worm preventative. Some dogs may also be microchipped if the shelter/vet in that area offers the service.

To read more about the application process, or to fill out an application, visit