I’m not sure if my dogs saved my life, but they definitely gave me life. I now pass that on how I can by fostering and transporting coonhounds. This video was put together by one of the volunteers for The American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue. It recognizes the breed that I have come to love that is so misunderstood in our country. Please share this video with your friends. Oh, and watch close-Grannie has a cameo with my girls!!
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Once again, the town of Saluda, NC put on a great Coondog Day Festival! In fact, this year was the 50th year for the festival. Now, this is like many small town festivals…they shut down “the” street in town, people set up booths, everyone shows up for the parade and a good time is had by all. I went with Grannie, Daisy and Molly! Last year there were record high temperatures. I am happy to say it was around 80 degrees, and other than a few on and off rain showers, the weather was much nicer this year!
I went to help with the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue booth-which is the rescue I am fostering Molly through. Sadly, there are many people who come to this festival with the view that a coonhound is only good for hunting. We are there to show that they can be happy members of the family.
The parade is quite an interesting experience. Basically-there is no registration. If you want to be in the parade just show up at call time and they will put you in line. A couple things to note-the folks with guns (the confederate reinactors, and they guy following the dog in the hospital bed) were actually firing blanks. Lets just say there were many freaked out dogs watching the parade. Heck, there were freaked out humans!
At one end of the festival is where all the breeders set up. They have a coonhound bench show, a treeing contest, and that night they go out for a coon hunt. This year, Daisy and I tried the treeing contest. Basically…they put a scented fake raccoon in a cage and run it up a pole under this tent. The dog is supposed to run up and tree the raccoon. I am proud to say….Daisy refused to bay. Why am I proud? Well, all these “hunting” dogs were going NUTS over this dead, taxidermied raccoon in a cage. Daisy? She walked in, took one sniff then looked at me like “Um, Mom, it’s already dead!! DUH!” Then proceeded to wag and be cute towards the crowd. She was not fooled! It was a fundraiser for one of their regular coonhound club members who has been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have health insurance. You had a five dollar entry fee and they “auctioned” off your dog-the one with the highest price won and got to split the pot of money.
Hope you enjoy some of the pictures. If you live in the area, we’d love to see you next year!
Yep, they were firing their weapons
They have Coondog “royalty” as well!
I have no idea what this float was for
There was a whole VW club
Yeah, not sure WHY they needed a gun.
ABTCR walked in the parade too!
ABTCR walked in the parade too!
The schools here have clogging teams!
The local yacht club (they had several floats)
What the treeing contest looks like
Oh my word!!! Do you have any idea how hard it is to be cut off from the internet for a week?! We just got back from the mountains. We had a blast but the place we stayed had NO cell phone reception and no internet. Grannie and I would drive somewhere for dinner, find some 4G, and spend an hour checking Facebook and email. Sad, eh?
I have lots of pictures to share but this one was just funny…I was trying to take pictures of Daisy but Molly kept photo-bombing.
So then Molly just put herself in the picture….Daisy looks like “What on earth do you think you are doing??”