Thoughts: In creating this quiz, I was reminded of the fact that “rare” is, of course, a relative term. Dog #5, the Plott hound, is the state dog of my home state (North Carolina), and I have seen plenty of Plotts and Plott mixes at our local SPCA here in Virginia. Are there dogs in your area that some would consider “rare,” but you see them all the time?
I wasn’t planning on hosting dogs this weekend, but my friend Sarah (Roland’s mama) called and said that she was dog-sitting a boisterous Plott hound mix and that he could really burn off some steam. So, what better way to do that than a romp in the yard? Pyrrha was certainly ready for it.
Atticus is a feisty Plott hound mix with quite the pair of lungs.
He spent a good portion of the play-date doing this:
Baying, baying, and then some barks thrown in for good measure!
I could see the neighbors peering out of their windows, trying to figure out what was going on. Pyrrha and her pack of friends tend to be rather quiet dogs, and so it’s rare to hear much dog noise coming from our yard. After 45 minutes or so, Atticus finally toned down the barking, but by then, Roland had decided that this barking stuff looked like fun and he began to follow suit.
Aside from all the noise, Atticus fell in nicely with Pyrrha and Roland, who are already fast friends.
Atticus tended to get a bit irritated with Roland and Pyrrha during certain moments, and he’d lash out for a second, but he seemed to be able to recover himself after a time. We occasionally had to pull them apart and give them some space, but they got along without much needed intervention.
After a while, we decided to take the trio on a walk around the neighborhood, to get them to cool their jets a bit, and that was pleasant. And much quieter!
Being around a very vocal dog makes you really appreciative of how quiet your own dog is… 😉