Buddy has a lot to recommend him. He’s friendly, outgoing, good-looking and has a lovely voice. But he’s homeless.
Buddy makes his presence known outside Sportsman’s Warehouse in Wasilla on Saturday afternoon with a classic hound bay. Buddy, a Walker hound mix wearing an “Adopt Me bandana”, was one of nine dogs Mat-Su Borough Animal Care and Control took to the retail outlet for a special adoption day for hunting breeds. At the other end of the leash is volunteer Riley Matuszewski of Wasilla, who was volunteering at the event along with his grandparents (back right), Jim and Jan Matuszewski. At right are volunteers Julie Johnson (partially shown) and Dawn McCormack. Buddy wasn’t adopted Saturday. The neutered and microchipped hound will be homed for $37.50.
He and eight of his friends were camped out in a tent at Sportsman’s Warehouse Saturday, hoping someone would take them home.
By the end of the day, there were a lot of lookers but no takers. Buddy, the 4-year-old neutered Walker hound, and his pals went back to their temporary digs. But no one is measuring the success of Mat-Su Animal Care Facility’s hunting dog adoption fair at Sportsman’s Warehouse here strictly by the number of homed canines.
Katrina Zwolinski, Mat-Su Borough Animal Control veterinarian and acting manager, said the event and others like it give the public a different image of the animal-care facility.