Belle – the traveler
This is our traveling hound. Hubby has had for a little over a month and you’ll remember week before last that I was begging for any information from anyone that may have seen her. Belle was gone for exactly seven days on the National Forest that sits between our farm and Johns Creek in Craig County. The forestry office makes sure the roads going through the National Forest in some areas are closed during the winter months and any real wet seasons to try to keep down on road repairs. The National Forest Road that Belle was traveling is fourteen miles long and our place is about half way through. No one lives on these roads except at one end or the other. The creek was up from snow melt and rain we had been receiving and too high for her to cross. So she walked and walked and walked. She came out on what I think is the west end onto a farm that was rented by friends of friends. Their kids were out playing in the cow pasture and Belle went to them. She was cold, tired, hungy and I think very happy to finally see some humans. They took very good care of her until we could pick her up.
Belle is eleven years old, loves to hunt and believe it or not a week after we got her home, Hubby took her and Roxie hunting again but just a mile up the road from our house. They hunted good but after the first treeing and the coon was out of the tree, Belle was off again. Roxie followed but went on another track and we don’t know what happened to Belle. Hubby came home without her AGAIN!! Thankfully he found her the next morning at a neighbors house which connects to our farm.
Hubby said he knew things weren’t going to go good when he left the truck with the dogs that night because he immediately ran into other hunters and their dogs. We don’t know if she went to the mountain again after another coon, went looking for the other hunters and their dogs, or if she was trying to find her way back to Botetourt county. So tonight, he went hunting again but without Belle and only Roxie. We think maybe we had better get her in better shape and make her more familiar with her new home. She’s got a long ways to go to put weight back on and build up some stamina. Here’s a couple more pictures of her and you can tell her ribs are showing and she doesn’t hold herself very good.
Another thing I wanted to point out is how much her and Brandy look alike. Belle has a much grayer face and isn’t quite as big as Brandy. Here they are side by side:
Belle – the traveler
She sure does get around good for her age and condition!!
We got the call from the Johns Creek area and the Huffman family yesterday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. to pick up Belle. She came in at the Nathan/George Canode place. We just kept hoping we would see her coming down the path off the mountain but glad the Huffmans called us when she came in. Their girls were out playing in the field and Belle came to them. They realized what bad shape she was in and knew we were looking for a dog. They looked at the tag on her collar and took her straight to the house for Barbara to take care of and call us. Hearing her message on the phone was the best thing I could have heard yesterday.
You won’t believe how bad Belle looks and you can count every rib in her body and her eyes are extremely week. We warmed up some special food for her and put warm water in her bowl. She was more concerned about curling up in that warm bed of extra heavy hay. It’s been a week last night that she’s been out in the weather, no food and no shelter. I’m so glad she’s home!! Dad sure is in a much better mood now that his girl is home!, too! It’s going to take some time to get her back to the condition she was in when we lost her. She sure was glad to get in her warm bed and Eddie put her food bowl in her bed last night so she wouldn’t have to come out in the wind to eat. She wouldn’t be with us this morning if she had spent another night in the cold that we had last night. It was 7* when we got up at 8:00 this morning, the ground is covered with snow again and the wind is howling.
I want to thank all of you for helping us hunt for her and the prayers you sent to find her!! Thank you everyone!!
Would those followers of mine be on the lookout for an eleven year old Walker hound. She has a collar with our name and phone number on it. We’ve only had Belle for about three weeks and she’s such a lovable hound. Hubby was coon hunting with her and Roxy on Saturday night on Little Mountain in front of our house. They treed once in a den tree and hubby pulled them off the tree and moved on. They took off for awhile and Roxy came back but Belle didn’t. I”m so afraid she is hurt and can’t get back. We’ve had her such a short time that I don’t have a picture of her but will post one that looks a lot like her so you’ll know what a Walker looks like if she should come in to your place. I’m sure she’s cold and hungry now. She’s very friendly and we want her home bad. Hubby is hunting in the same area tonight hoping she’ll hear Roxy and come to him. We got Roxy and Belle from the same owner who gave them to hubby because he was getting too old to hunt them and they love coon hunting. Those of you that live near know our phone number and can call anytime. Here’s a picture of Brandy who we think is Belle’s litter mate as they came from the same original owner and both are eleven years old. Belle is much whiter in the face.