Hounds

greyhound - very fast especially around a race track!
@forfein (2508)
January 2, 2007 11:44am CST
I love my wife, she makes me think!! Most of you will know that she is not English, but she learnt the language when she came to England when we married. Today she is watching "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" one of her favourite Sherlock Holmes tales! She has just asked me what a "Hound" is...... I said it is another name for a dog, but not being terribly sure about this explanation, I have done a search on Wikipedia for it:- QUOTE A hound is a type of dog that assists hunters by tracking or chasing the animal being hunted. Compare with gun dogs, which assist hunters by identifying the location of prey. Hounds are not known to retrieve, see the retriever class of sporting dogs for that skill. There are three types of hound, with several breeds belonging to each type: 1. Sighthounds - which follow prey by keeping it in sight. This type of dog is very fast and will catch and kill or immobilize the game (rabbits) themselves. 2. Scent hounds - which follow prey by tracking its scent. This type of dog have endurance, but are not fast runners. 3. Aboriginal hounds - which follow prey by equally using sight, scent, and hearing. This type of dog is fast and has endurance, but it is not as fast as sighthounds on the chase. I have to admit that I did not know that!!!! But now I know why "Greyhounds" chase the "rabbit" around the track!!! Not that this is going to help me win any more money!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 07
Well I have to be honest I knew a Hound is a Dog that chases but that was all I knew so that is good Information there I hope you did not confuse your poor Wife with all this though ???
@forfein (2508)
2 Jan 07
NO! She said the direct translation in Russian is Sabaka Baskerville, which is Baskerville Dog! Now she knows that a Hound actually chases things Maybe that is why Elvis Presley sung "I aint nuthin but a hound dog" !! He He He