Smokey, the Bluetick Coonhound Mascot

Smokey. The life of a Bluetick Coonhound Mascot.

We shouldn’t have to do this, but out of concern that the picture at the left will deflect attention from the real topic – the Coonhound – we write a preemptive strike. Before you opine that because a prong/pinch collar looks like a barbaric device, it is one, know that a prong collar can be pulled only so tight, unlike a choke chain or slip collar which has unlimited closing capacity and truly can cut off air. Some dogs should not wear a prong collar, and some people should never own one. “Smokey,” however, is a “known runner,” and the collar is for his own safety. For more on prong collars, read this.

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