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Many many coonhound photos

Darwin has settled in very well. He doesn't seem too worried about being here. Most of the time apart from on walks, he is asleep! Not sure if it has really sunk in yet that his people aren't coming back for him, but with a bit of luck that will sink in gradually... He is great with the cats, pretty good with other dogs (except Az finds him a bit annoying), clean in the house. Oh yes, and kid-friendly too. He is, however, a bit of a saggedy baggedy old dog to look at...

Hounds come in some very different shapes. Mollydog makes Darwin look extra-dumpy. Poor Darwin!

If I didn't know he was a coonhound, I'd have guessed some sort of basset cross, though his foxhoundy relatives are fairly obvious as well.

Sniffin' sniffin' sniffin!

Upside down

Upside down with *particularly* ridiculous ears...

If I'm honest, Az doesn't like Darwin all that much. Darwin likes Az, except that if he gets carried away with sniffin' sniffin' sniffin at Az, Az becomes peeved and eventually scruffs him. No real damage done, so I'm hoping Darwin will learn to treat Az a little more carefully. That said, both Az and Darwin *really* like home made sardine cake, which causes all differences to be forgotten.

Darwin and his equally lumpy shadow...

Utterly ridiculous ears which flap dramatically in the breeze.


14th Nov, 2011 09:32 (UTC)
I've read a number of books where people hunted raccoons with Coon Hounds - and there are quite a large number of types, all of which are bred to hunt raccoon and/or opossum. People do eat opossum, at least they used to. Raccoons are considered a menace in various parts of the US.
14th Nov, 2011 10:39 (UTC)
Wikipedia thinks that they are also used to hunt mountain lion and bears, though the idea of poor old Darwin confronting a bear - other than a teddy bear - is both horrifying and amusing!
23rd Nov, 2011 10:31 (UTC)
People absolutely do still eat raccoon (and possum, and squirrel) in parts of the US; and they may be hunted for vermin control, fur, and sport as well.

I've never eaten raccoon myself, but I did once boil clean the skull of a rather luckless juvenile 'coon that wandered into my yard and into the way of my dogs some years back and I have to say...it smelled rather appealingly similar to chicken when it was simmering! Folks I've seen talking about raccoon on cooking forums say that the age of the critter, its diet and the way it's cleaned and prepared can all make a big difference in palatability, which sounds reasonable enough. I suspect some of the absolutist horror on sites claiming that ~nobody~ would ever willingly eat that may be coming from a mix of bad experiences with older/inexpertly butchered/poorly-prepared raccoon, and possibly more than a bit of regional/classist disdain -- eating smaller and less-desirable game like raccoon or possum is often stereotyped as a sort of...backwoods, hickish, poor/uneducated sort of thing, so of course it MUST be terrible because otherwise sophisticated, smart city people would be buying it in restaurants for $50 a plate.
23rd Nov, 2011 19:50 (UTC)
There is a similar attitude here to eating grey squirrel (introduced pest species), I think. Though I always think there must be so many bones in these little animals, you'd have to be quite hungry (or very parsimonious) to pick them all out!

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