Hooch had spent most of his life tied to a tree when he was rescued by animal lovers Mike and Ronnie Johnson of Dufur, OR. Mike and Ronnie talked Hooch's owner into surrendering him, and Deb Thomas-Blake traveled to Oregon to get him. It was love at first sight when Hooch met Mike Moreshead of Sprague, WA, and, according to Diane DeWeese, Mike's wife, Hooch is learning "kitchen rules" as part of life on their 70=acre farm. Hooch is something of an escape artist and has been known to run circles around and through the barn, but Mike and Diane are patiently teaching him that there's no place like home.
Deb Thomas-Blake began fostering Sweet Copper in February 2016 when he was surrendered by on owner who kept him in the garage and allowed a young child to torment him. Throughout his prior difficulties, Copper never lost his sweet disposition. After four months and lots of veterinary care for injuries and medication for seizures, Copper found a family with a home on two acres in Olympia, WA. His new family is in love with him. Copper is shown here with his Great Dane brother, who makes Copper's 100 pounds look like 10 pounds.
Stella, shown here celebrating her tenth birthday in 2015, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in late 2016. A long-term foster with Jewlz Lane, and the recipient of loving hospice care provided by Sean Hagel, Kendall Bauer-Hagel, and Dakota Hegal, Stella was part of a group of six bloodhounds who were re-homed in 2013 when their owner passed away unexpectedly. (Stories of pack-mates Gus, Dancer, and Duke are shown below.) As the grand matriarch of Jewlz's pack, Stella was never shy about restoring and keeping order in the dog ranks. She is pictured below right with Sid Harty and Duke during a visit in October 2014. Although they had been apart for a year, Stella and Duke recognized each other immediately and greeted each other like long-lost friends.
Search-and-rescue bloodhound Soze (pronounced So-zay) needed re-homing in late 2015 when her owner, suffering from terminal brain cancer, passed away. Emily Williams of South Central Bloodhound Rescue, Deb Thomas-Blake, and Lynn Harty collaborated on securing a new home for Soze with Chad Merrick and family of Marysville, WA. "I love my girls," says Chad.
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Stella's pack-mates Gus (left) and Duke (right) joined Sid and Lynn Harty's House O'Hounds in 2013. These are good boys, and they enjoy keeping a close eye on Sid's activities inside and outside the house. When not "on duty," the boys are happy to catch some shut-eye on the couch. Duke, the Hartys' senior statesman, turned 12 years young in September 2016. Dukieboy crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2017, and the Hartys still miss him. Gus, however, is alive and well as of December 2018.
Meet the absolutely fabulous Miss Bella. This sweet natured, seven-year-old bloodhound has a heart as big as her ears and was looking for a forever home call her own. Bella is an absolute gem of a dog – super social, gentle and calm. She loves people, is perfect in the car, and has lived happily with other dogs and even horses and goats. She did admit to loving feathered friends a bit too much, so no chickens for this girl. Like many dogs who come into rescue, Bella had three homes that were lost through no fault of her own. Thanks to Amy Carey at Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP), Bella found her forever home in 2018.