|Along with being a skunk spray magnet, Bosco is a natural poser.|
What does this have to do with Appalachia? Not much, except Bosco is an Appalachian Love Hound. They are a rare breed, often found at about 10 months old running down the highway in the rain. Sometimes, they carry shrapnel like a BB buried deep inside, only discovered during an X-ray for something else. They are sweet, and kind, and loyal. This version is a combination of Boxer, Shepherd, and perhaps Black and Tan Coonhound. We hope they are long-lived. At nine, he's getting up there for a big boy.
Fortunately, the number of strays in the area has decreased radically since I moved here. Spay and neuter grants and organizations are doing a great job at helping folks get pets fixed. Thus, cutting down on unwanted litters. Plus one of our local human societies coordinates with a shelter in Rhode Island and many awesome Appalachian Love Hounds find their way north, where spay and neuter laws are in place.
Do you have a love hound in your life?