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I am already spayed, housetrained, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.
Would you like a canine companion who can easily switch between active playmate and couch potato watching TV with you? Then Darcy's your girl!
You know how people always say hounds are noisy, baying all the time? Well, to be honest, we haven't heard her bay yet. She does bark, but in reality she barks less than several of the small dogs we have here. She tends to bark at wildlife (for example a squirrel in a tree), but hey, she is after all a Treeing Walker Coonhound, so she's just being true to her breed when she does that. She'll "talk" a bit to our other dogs when they have a toy she REALLY wants, she'll whine and warble and may bark at them trying to convince them to give it up, but she doesn't pounce on them to take it away. It's more of a negotiation thing. The rest of the time? She's pretty darn quiet and cuddly and knows how to turn on the charm to get your attention.
Darcy LOVES the outdoors and would make a great companion for someone who likes to go on long walks or hiking in the woods. She's not high energy, but she can definitely keep up with you on a long walk/hike. She would really, really love to live with people who are out and about and frequently in the woods exploring. Hounds love to sniff and there's lots of intriguing smells out in the woods.
Here's what we think might be Darcy's preferences in a forever home: a fenced yard, someone who's into hiking or camping because (as we said above) she LOVES the outdoors, someone who's into obedience training (she's very treat motivated), someone who will let her up on the furniture, plus lots and lots of toys. She likes to chew on femur bones, XL deer antlers (her absolute favorite) and also to shred soft toys. Tug of war is a popular game. She would probably be content as the only dog in your home as she's very people oriented. Kids would probably love her. She even likes to retrieve a ball occasionally! Not many hounds will do that.
In her "off" hours, Darcy likes to pile up a blanket on the couch "just so" and then settle in for a nice nap. Here's where her TV-watching, cuddle buddy companion time comes into play.
Darcy would like to sleep in bed with you but will also accept the couch as an alternative if you insist. She's not a fan of sleeping on the floor, so if you don't like dogs on the furniture then she's not the dog for you.
No cats or small/furry/feathered pets because she has a high interest in chasing wildlife in our yard (especially squirrels) and our cat doesn't want to be around her even indoors. (Update: the cat has come out a few times and gawked at her and Darcy followed her foster mom's lead and left the cat alone. I could tell she was interested, but she respected my opinion on how to handle the cat relationship. The cat still isn't sure and he only stayed out for a short while before heading back behind his dog-safe cat door.)
Darcy likes to lean against you when you're petting her. It kind of melts our hearts a bit when she does that. She automatically sits for her dinner without being told and even goes directly to the corner of the kitchen that's "her" spot for receiving her bowl. She sits and waits patiently while we hand out bowls to the other dogs. Then when it's her turn, she licks her lips and gets a bit of a hop/bounce while we approach and place her bowl down. Dinner time! Yay! Our son keeps saying why is she still here? She's such a nice dog and loves to be petted and to lean against you.
Darcy is about 3-4 years old and her weight is probably down to about 67 lb now (from a high of 80 lb). We think closer to 60-64 lb would be a better weight for her as she's got just a bit of thickness left around her ribs, but she's definitely got the bounce back in her step and it's a joy to watch her trotting and playing now. We're thinking if you have kids, they should be age 10 and up due to her size and strength. She is solidly housebroken and has not had an accident in foster.
Darcy's a bit snooty when she first meets a new dog, but we've found that she'll settle down with each new foster within a few days. She loves to play, just not typically during the first 48 hours or so.