We Deerhounds were bred to hunt the Red Deer in Scotland. Even as puppies when we see a deer our breeding takes over and we will give chase. We know our job is to bring the deer down for the Master and as a puppy we are too small to do this but instinct takes over and away we go. When we are full-grown you will be amazed at our speed and strength in chasing and taking down deer.
On one occasion one Deerhound did a very remarkable thing. Our first Mom, Kate, who whelped us and took care of us before I came to live with Stacey, was missing one of her deerhounds. Kate has a lot of land for her deerhounds and she goes on daily walks with them. They usually stay by her side but this deerhound could not be found. Kate kept searching for her and finally found her in the bush with a small fawn. Coyotes had attacked the fawn and the deerhound was licking her wounds and guarding her to keep her safe. Kate carried the Fawn to her barn and nursed her back to health. As soon as she had healed Kate released her into the wild.
I guess this just proves that no matter what breeding we have the bigger instinct that we all, dogs and humans, have is to care for others when they are in trouble. Right now I must help Stacey by sampling the Apple dog treats.