Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Here's Trooper!

The very skinny but very cute boy you see above is Trooper. Trooper is in need of some TLC, as he's underweight and a bit dinged up on a few places. After he regrows the hair on the back of his legs and eats his way into a few more pounds, all that'll be left are a few scars which we think gives him character.
Trooper is very sweet, but he's also on the shy side. He's not a spook by any means, but he's not confident about seeking out human contact yet. We've seen a change in his confidence over the few days he's been here and we're hoping to see improvement on a daily basis. As of now he would be a great fit in a home that already has a dog or two. He follows Radio, our resident hound, all over and takes his cues from him, as such he should transition nicely into any home with hounds in place.
Learning the ins and outs of home life has been going well - he has been out for some leashed walks although we haven't tackled steps with him yet.
We think Trooper will be one of those great, late bloomers that so many of the shy hounds turn put to be. And while we think he'd be better off in a home with other hounds as of now, that could change as he builds his confidence up.
If you think Trooper might fit in your plans, please give Denise a holler and we'll schedule a visit.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

We all love Lucy

Lucy is a gorgeous 3-yr-old brindle girl who is confident and sure of herself. She's only been here a couple of days but she already has the run of the house. She's had no issues whatsoever with adjusting to house life.
Lucy has been eating and sleeping well and has already learned how to drag all the toys out of the basket and spread 'em all over the room!
She enjoys walks and will probably be an excellent jogging companion. Early indications are that she's probably not going to be cat-safe. She's had no issues getting along with Radio, the resident hound, so should be good to go in a household with other dogs.
We got her to do some outdoor concrete steps and she handled them with ease. House-training is going splendidly, she's very smart and adaptable so she'll be ready for her forever home in no time.
She's a fantastic hound, so give Denise a shout if you're interested in seeing her.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sam is ready to rock and roll

Sam is ready to hit the road, folks. He's learned all the stuff he needs to know and is ready to walk out of our back door and march confidently through your front door! Someone is gonna get themselves a super companion with Sam.
Sam is fully housebroken, can do steps, walks well on the leash, eats well, sleeps well, gets along with other canines of all sizes, and is a fun, well-behaved hound. Sam is probably not cat-safe, however, so those with kitties should look elsewhere.

Just look at that face! How handsome is this guy? Sam will fit into a wide variery of homes, so please give Denise a shout if you're interested. I can answer any questions with a phone call. Sam's ready to rock if you're ready to roll him on home.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sam's here!

Yep, we've got another handsome black hound to place in a forever home!
This is Sam. He's 3-yrs-old and is sweet and smart. Sam gets along well with other dogs of all sizes. He spent his inaugural weekend with us in the company of Radio, the resident hound, a Jack Russell terrier we were dog-sitting, and my brother-in-law's mixed breed. Sam did fine with all three. Sam has rapidly taken to foster living. House training is going well and he's transitioning nicely into the daily routine. Sam should get along well in most environments, either as part of a pack or as an only dog. Sam does well in the kennel and he's just about ready to have the run of the house while we're out. 

Sam walks pretty well on the leash and while we haven't attempted steps yet, we doubt they'll be an issue. We don't know if he's cat-safe yet, but he has gone after a few rabbits and squirrels in the back yard so we are leaning towards not cat-safe, but nothing's set in stone. Sam's only bad habit so far is some occasional counter-surfing. We're working on that and it shouldn't be an issue.

Those are just some quick impressions and as always, if you'd like to see Sam, please give Denise a shout and we'll get the ball rolling. He's a handsome fella with a nice disposition and is in pretty good shape for a hound just off the track. Oh, he's about 70lbs for those wondering. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Say hey to Olie

This is Olie! His real name is Olaf but we're calling him Olie just like Washington Capitals Goaltending legend Olie Kolzig.
Olie loves toys and stuffies! He can amuse himself for long stetches of time by throwing stuffies around and chasing after them. He can also throw them in the air and catch them in his mouth before they hit the ground - pretty impressive! 
He's got a happy, outgoing personality and would fit in well in an active home where there are walks to be taken and things to do. Olie loves activities. He's a healthy 2 yr-old and will be an average size male when he puts on a few more pounds - not a problem as he loves to eat.
He hasn't been cat-tested yet, but we're thinking he's got a pretty high prey drive so homes with small critters are probably not a good idea. He's only been here a few days but he's transitioning to household life really well. Olie has been a fast learner and should make the jump to his forever home with no problems.
Have we mentioned he's a real sweetheart? No? Our bad, he's a real sweetheart. If you're interested in this happy young hound, give Denise a shout and we'll set up a visit.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Nicky update w/pics

Sorry for the lack of info on Nicky, it's been a busy holiday season and we're just now starting to get back into normalcy.
Nicky has really embraced foster living the past few weeks. He started out as a skinny, semi-hairless, bag of bones with a crooked tail and a loud bark. Since then he's put on some weight, started to grow some hair back (you can see the lack of hair on his rear end in the pics above) and has rounded into a real sweetheart who enjoys family life immensely.
Nicky is housebroken and we're letting him have the run of the house. He was kenneled off and on the first few weeks but is now acclimated to the household routine and we've deemed him trustworthy to bebop around on his own.
He gets along well with other dogs of all sizes and does like to play with chew toys and stuffies. He's a work in progress on steps but has done fairly well on those with carpet, while being a bit hesitant on bare wood steps. He'll be fine with more practice, so no worries there.
Nicky is eating well, sleeping well and while still a wee bit noisier than your average hound, he's toned down the barking quite a bit since his arrival. We've had a few questions on whether he's cat-safe or not. At this point we don't know. We suspect that he could probably tolerate cats if introduced with care and monitored accordingly as his prey drive is not as high as some hounds. No guarantees, though.
Nicky would fit right into a household with other hounds or dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog if he's not left alone for long periods - so if all the peeps in your family are working/going to school 60hrs a week - Nicky is probably not the dog for you.
So if you'd like to meet this happy young dog and perhaps watch him bloom into the awesome family dog we think he'll become, give Denise a shout and we'll be happy to have you come for a visit.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


In the spirit of the season, we decided to rename Major. So in honor of Saint Nick, we turned Major into Nicky.
Nicky will be 2 yrs-old in January and still has a lot of puppy in him which means he's still a little bouncy and energetic upon occasion. Nicky is very skinny at the moment and needs to put on about 10 to 12 pounds to fill out his frame. He eats with a hearty appetite and much gusto so putting on weight won't be a problem. He's also a bit of a barker - mostly when he hears unfamiliar or unexpected sounds, but he's doing so less and less as he gets acclimated to our daily routine. I suspect that his barking will not be a recurrent or long term issue, but even so, apartment dwellers may want to look elsewhere.
Nicky walks pretty well on the leash and is quickly learning his bathroom manners. He's been accident-free for several days now and has seemingly learned the routines. Nicky has not done stairs yet, though I doubt it will be a problem. He's a gregarious and inquisitive soul and takes to new things well. We've not had the opportunity to cat-test him yet so that status is still up in the air.
He sporadically plays with toys and seems to like stuffies the best so far. He sleeps well and has shown no health issues other than his need to gain weight. He's also missing a ton of fur on his back legs which should grow back in over the next few months.
Nicky has a really nice personality and readily accepts hugs and whatnot. Once he puts some weight on and his patchy coat grows back in he's going to be a real nice looking hound. He should do well with other dogs and he'll probably be fine as an only dog if not left alone for long periods of time.
If you'd like to see this spunky boy, give Denise a shout to schedule a visit.