CAPS: Exploring 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'

Callie is a lovely 3-year-old Boxer-mix with soft brown eyes. She is sweet but shy and unsure around people. Once you have earned her trust, she will bond forever.

Callie is a lovely 3-year-old Boxer-mix with soft brown eyes. She is sweet but shy and unsure around people. Once you have earned her trust, she will bond forever.
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Dear readers, who doesn’t love Sherlock Holmes and his marvelous powers of deduction? One of the most famous Sherlock books, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” depicts a huge glowing monster dog, and I have often wondered what kind of dog it is.

The story based on a local legend is about a spectral hound that haunted Dartmoor in Devonshire, England. Sherlock solves the crime discovering that a huge Bloodhound-Mastiff mix was painted phosphorus to appear sinister.

I still needed to know more about the hound, so I embarked on a discovery tour of hounds. There are actually 27 different breeds of hounds with two main categories: Scent Hounds and Sight Hounds.

Scent Hounds are popular in surroundings where the line of sight is broken, because they can smell the prey. They are not fast but have lots of stamina especially over difficult terrain and challenging undergrowth. There are 15 different Scent Hound breeds. Popular hounds from this group include Bassets, Beagles, Bloodhounds, Curs, and Dachshunds. The Bloodhound is the star sleuth from this group. They are relentless on a scent and are frequently used to hunt for missing people, drugs, and explosives.

Sight Hounds use their vision to locate and track prey. Their acute eyesight alerts them to movement. There are 11 Sight Hound breeds, including the Afghan Hound, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and the Whippet.

The Greyhound is the fastest of all sight hound breeds reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. What they lack in stamina they make up in speed. Their reputation as racing hounds should include that they excellent family dogs, too, because they spend most of the day sleeping.

After reading about all the hounds, I have a new understanding of this incredible breed. Varying in size and shape each one has notable qualities including their bond with humans.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is definitely a work of fiction or as Sherlock would say, “That is elementary my dear Watson.”


CAPS garage sale is Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oasis Church 1520 S. Maine St. We are accepting items for the sale until Saturday, Sept. 16, call 775-423-7500 to have your items picked up.


We have two handsome one-year-old male puppies. BG and Diego are anxiously waiting to find their forever homes. We also have four Border Collie-mix puppies who are five-months-old and eight Tabby kittens in shades of gray. Come and check them out; they are cute!



XXL Kong Extremes for our guests.

Funds to sustain the shelter our bills are ongoing. Any contribution will be helpful.

Would you like to foster animals? We need volunteers. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans. We will pick up your cans; give us a call at 775-423-7500. You can also drop them off at CAPS.

Bleach and cleaning supplies for our kennels.


The folks who have donated items for the garage sale. Pooch smooches to you!

John Friedrich, our faithful volunteer who picks up cans, garage sale items, and helps at the shelter. All tails are wagging for you!


CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We suggest appointments for adoptions and food pantry.



Would you like a newsletter? Call 775-423-7500 or email

CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423 7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Email


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