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Bloodhounds: Those Long, Long EARS!

great pumpkinWarning, if you are not a Bloodhound person DO NOT read this blog post. But if you are a hound person, read on! This post is all about ears.

My Frankie is a prolific digger of holes.  She loves digging. A hole to China?  Give her an afternoon. I only wish I could harness that energy and direct it, maybe have her trench a line to lay cable or something.  Alas, instead I find myself constantly leveling those holes so I don’t trip and injure myself.

But here’s the thing, there is NEVER enough dirt refill them!  Where does that dirt go?

Her ears.

Specifically, her earth-caked right inner ear (though the left one gets filthy, too).

First official HOUND DOG EAR question: Why is her right ear ten times dirtier  than the left?  Does your Bloodhound have one “dirtier” ear?

Which brings me to my NEXT ear query… starting with eye goobers.

You know the eye goobers.  Icky slicks of “sleepers” seeping down her snout.  They’re not anything to be alarmed over, and I try to keep tissues handy at all times to gently wipe them away, BUT occasionally no tissues, shirt sleeve or napkin is available and I improvise. Specifically, I’ll take the ends of Frankie’s long, lovely, dangly Bloodhound ears and wipe away the eye goober.

Yes, I’m a little grossed out by my actions, but I’d like to know if any other Bloodhound owners improvise in the absence of a tissue.

Finally, when your Bloodhound is sleeping, do you sometimes tip toe over and flip back her ear for better air circulation in there?

I do! Is this normal?

Happy Trails to everyone!



When not cleaning out her Bloodhound’s ears, Jamie Brazil makes attempts at a writing career.  She is the author of A Fart in Time, The Commodore’s Daughter, and Prince Charming, Inc.  She is also listed as a translator on “Wisdom of the Buddhist Bloodhound.”



By Jamie Brazil

YA author and screenwriter

4 replies on “Bloodhounds: Those Long, Long EARS!”

Can’t answer any questions about bloodhound ears. However, I knew that Frankie was channeling Princess Leia immediately. Chewbacca? What was your DH seeing?

Earlier in life I had two Akitas. They also loved to dig, particularly if it involved their Houdini impersonations (disappearing from the back yard). With two of them working together, it was amazing how quickly they dug. They also had magical powers for making the dirt disappear so I could not refill the holes. I ended up building concrete block walls buried a foot in the ground and two feet tall to keep them in.

Though I did not try to use them for digging cable lines, there was a time or two I induced them to dig a whole for a large plant. 🙂

There is nothing funnier than two dogs working in tandem on a hole project. Wish I could have seen that. Our last dog had a buddy hole digger, the two of them together were pure comic genius. We’d never concrete walls competed here… working on the next book! Again, thanks for the push, Maggie!!!

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