Pet of the Week: Shy Ginger hunts for protector

Katrina Keywood, caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, sits with Ginger, a treeing Walker coonhound. Ryan Cornell/Daily

EDINBURG — As a treeing Walker coonhound at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Ginger might belong to a breed of hunting dog, but the only thing she’s hunting for is an owner’s affection.

With her sleek brown, white and black coat, floppy ears and big brown eyes, Ginger is the very definition of “adorable.”

Katrina Keywood, an animal caretaker at the shelter, described Ginger as curious and gentle, but also incredibly shy. She said the dog is often intimidated by men with deep voices.

“She’s kind of afraid of her own shadow,” Keywood said.

That’s why, she added, Ginger would do better in a home with other dogs.

“She seems to be more outgoing and more interested in playing with her own kind,” Keywood said. “I mean, she likes people as well, but if she could play with a four-legged companion, she would enjoy that even better, to teach her how to be a dog, to play and that kind of thing.”

She said Ginger, who is 1 to 3 years old, was brought to the animal shelter as a stray in mid-December.

Keywood said Ginger would do well with children who know how to “mind their manners” around a dog.

“I don’t think she would do so well with the ear tugging and the tail pulling,” she said.

As a hound, Ginger also has an acute sense of smell.

“If you walk around the corner with a treat, she’s definitely at the front of her cage waiting, because she knows it’s coming,” Keywood said.

She said Ginger is in good health, and has not been spayed nor vaccinated for rabies. The cost for adopting Ginger is $60.

“I think she has great potential to be a great dog,” Keywood said. “She’s definitely not your typical Walker hunting dog. She’s gonna want to be a pampered princess when it’s all said and done. That’s the kind of home she needs to go to.”

Anyone interested in adopting Ginger can contact the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter at 540-984-8955.Visit the shelter at 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, or go to for more information.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or