Two local hounds whose breed is unique to this area are planning on participating in the Maple Leaf Community Dog Show.
Spinner and Marty, Afghan Hound brothers, will be in front of City Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 with their owner, Pat McCurry. The family moved to Carthage from northern California last March, accompanied by Spinner and Marty's mother, Rachel. McCurry said her four-legged friends have become very popular.
“I'm surprised they have any hair left,” she said with a laugh. “I've had so many people stop and ask me what breed they are … Out of the three in Carthage, I have three.”
With their “domino silver cream” color, the hounds are high-maintenance, and trainable – but at their own pace. They go outside when they wish, and McCurry said they use a dog door – a very, big dog door.
“They're like perpetual three-year-olds,” McCurry said.
McCurry has raised greyhounds for 25 years and Afghan Hounds for 15 years. Even though the Afghans are tall, their paws are not large. Originally, the breed was used for hunting antelope and lions in Afghanistan so their paws are padded with a lot of hair for running on sand. McCurry says the Afghan Hounds do not make good family dogs due to their sensitive nature.
“They don't like to be pulled on,” McCurry said. “They do love people, but they can be very selective.”
Marty and Spinner were rescued dogs, and McCurry said the shelter didn't want to see the brothers separated. She gladly accepted the package deal.
“When they're in the house laying down, they have to be touching,” McCurry said. “They're that bonded. I have a picture of them sitting back-to-back, and they look like a butterfly.”
The Maple Leaf Community Dog Show is free to enter, and free to the public. All dogs must be kept on a leash. Those interested in this event may also like to visit the Maple Leaf K-9 Leap & Dash, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Jasper County Fairgrounds, inside Municipal Park. Those wishing to participate need to pre-register by Oct. 19 for $5, or pay $10 on the day of the event. For more information on these events, call the Carthage Chamber of Commerce at 358-2373.