While it’s impossible to know what Gregory’s life was like before his rescue, for a lot of hounds and beagles in rural and southern Ohio, life is not easy. “Sadly, hounds get the stereotype that they’re just a hunting dog and that’s it,” Kirk explained. “That they’re smelly, that they’re loud, and that’s just not the case.”
Kirk and Joe are doing everything they can to make sure that dogs who don’t want to hunt can have wonderful futures as family pets — a mission that has been with Kirk since she was little.
“From the time I was young, I’ve known quite a few people who hunted, and over the years I saw the type of life that the hounds live,” Kirk said. “A lot of them live outside, tied to a tree with a doghouse. The only thing they have in their life is that small area, and the time during hunting season is the only activity and type of affection that they get, which is very minimal from the hunters.”