Our Retired Bloodhound family.
Meet 'Hansen's Zeus on the Loose' (Zeus)
We raised Zeus from a puppy (Hope and Rescue, retired, are his parents). I think the best way to describe him is all around hound. He is the coolest dog. Gentle, energetic, playful, and beautiful. He still thinks he's a lap dog when he can get away with it! Zeus is considered a 'predominantly black' bloodhound. He is trained to track wounded deer, often taking me through briar and brush that no human should even attempt! When his nose is on the ground he is all about the job. Zeus has sired numerous working bloodhounds and more of his pups are in training now. He is 26" at the shoulder, weighs 90 pounds, and has passed his OFA DM as well as Hips and Elbows tests with no evidence of hip dysplasia. Zeus is registered with AKC.
Click here for a Video Clip shot Jan 20, 2011
Meet "Flash" (Retired)
Flash is a HUGE red bloodhound. He weighs in around 140 pounds. Despite his size he is a joy to be around. He's our gentle giant! In 2010, Flash fathered 2 white bloodhound puppies. A complete surprise! The last white bloodhound puppies reported were born in 1886! We have retired Flash. It is time for him to enjoy life as a very large and loveable bloodhound! Flash went to live with his new owner in Nebraska where he is being shown in Seniors. Good luck Flash!
Rescue has a wonderful disposition. He is gentle and loving, fluid, and his nose keen. We have retired Rescue. Rescue is nearing 11 years old but you wouldn't know it watching him run around the homestead! Update - We lost Rescue in 2014 just prior to his 11th birthday. Run free with the others who passed before you over the rainbow bridge my baby boy, Rescue.
Meet "Cheyenne Kahlua" (Retired)
Cheyenne is a full coat deep dark Liver and Tan Bloodhound with LONG ears. She is gorgeous! Cheyenne is fast, agile, and fearless. She has produced numerous working K9s. She is 24" at the shoulder, weighs 85 lbs and is AKC registered. Hips, Heart, and Thyroid tests are within normal limits, and can be seen on OFFA.org. No evidence of hip dysplasia.
Meet "Bell of the Ball" (Retired)
Bell is the daughter of Layla and Flash and exhibits the best of both. She is large & powerful like her father, straight, well mannered, and curious. Bell weighs approx. 100 pounds. Bell is registered AKC.
Meet "Dolly" (Retired)
Dolly is Liver and Tan. She is gorgeous, has a wonderful temperament, and her pedigree lists several AKC Champions! Dolly gave us two litters of beautiful puppies but it is now time for her to retire and relax with her new family.
Meet "Hope" (Retired)
Hope is a Liver and Tan Bloodhound with hazel eyes. She has it all; quiet, loving, funny, graceful, and smart. We just love watching her prance and trot tail in the air! After three BIG litters of beautiful and healthy puppies, we have retired Hope. Hope is living with her new family in southeastern Iowa.
April 2012 - April 2016
Where to begin with Sammi. Sammi was one of the most intuitive and obedient bloodhounds we've ever owned. We purchased her at 9 weeks hoping to show and compete in field trials. She was a natural tracker, enjoying the sport and challenge of it. Unfortunately, Sammi had a tough start. She was initially diagnosed with Steroid Responsive Meningitis as a puppy. We later learned that at some point Sammi suffered a neck injury that is now pressing on her spinal cord. She was ill and in and out of the hospital for most of her life. She was a wonderful addition to our family. She ruled the house. When we were missing a glove, or a sock, or a slipper, I knew right where to find it. In her bed or on 'her' couch!
December 2007 - January 2013
Layla was a beautiful Red Bloodhound. She was an absolute doll, well behaved, intelligent, and loved everyone. We lost Layla to complications from her January 2013 delivery. Miraculously, her puppies were adopted by a very special Beagle. Layla can never be replaced but lives on in these tiny (for now) miracles.
Charlie was a loveable hound mix that
we adopted from the Evergreen Animal Protection
League (EAPL) in Colorado. He is ASHA certified
and the reason why we fell in love with hounds
and tracking. He was a member of our family,
will be missed by all, but never forgotten.
For all of our four-legged friends:
God Blessed Us
I'll lend you, for a little while,
My grandest pup," He said.
For you to love while he's alive
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be one or fifteen years,
Or days or months, you see.
But, will you, till I take him back,
Take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have treasured memories
To bring solace in your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But, there are lessons taught on earth
I want this dog to learn.
I've looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes With trust,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him your total love,
Not think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come
To take him back again?
I know you'll give him tenderness
And love will bloom each day.
And for the happiness you've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should I come and call for him
Much sooner than you'd planned,
You'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And someday understand.