Hubby is trying out a new coonhound and her name is Mischief! She’s quite poor in these pictures and her new home with us will be a castle compared to where she came from. She’s four years old and he hopes to use her as a young trainer to train his 18 month ladies. He’s taken her out four times and is pleased but won’t know for sure if he’ll keep her until he can run her a couple nights with the young girls and maybe a night out with his eight year old. She’s a beautiful dog but she HATES cats, so Cuddles and Fuzzy have learned quick to disappear when she’s lose from he pen. More updates lady on this pretty lady.
Mischief-Walker hound on trial
Not quite as rounded as we keep our dogs. I hate seeing ribs on any animal. If you can’t feed them, you don’t need them!!
She is being well fed and attended to daily.
Mischief is ready for a good chase. Hubby wants a hound that barks on the track.
She will be hunted a few more nights so that he can make the decision and see how she hunts with the other working dogs.
Belle – the traveler
This is our traveling hound. Hubby has had for a little over a month and you’ll remember week before last that I was begging for any information from anyone that may have seen her. Belle was gone for exactly seven days on the National Forest that sits between our farm and Johns Creek in Craig County. The forestry office makes sure the roads going through the National Forest in some areas are closed during the winter months and any real wet seasons to try to keep down on road repairs. The National Forest Road that Belle was traveling is fourteen miles long and our place is about half way through. No one lives on these roads except at one end or the other. The creek was up from snow melt and rain we had been receiving and too high for her to cross. So she walked and walked and walked. She came out on what I think is the west end onto a farm that was rented by friends of friends. Their kids were out playing in the cow pasture and Belle went to them. She was cold, tired, hungy and I think very happy to finally see some humans. They took very good care of her until we could pick her up.
Belle is eleven years old, loves to hunt and believe it or not a week after we got her home, Hubby took her and Roxie hunting again but just a mile up the road from our house. They hunted good but after the first treeing and the coon was out of the tree, Belle was off again. Roxie followed but went on another track and we don’t know what happened to Belle. Hubby came home without her AGAIN!! Thankfully he found her the next morning at a neighbors house which connects to our farm.
Hubby said he knew things weren’t going to go good when he left the truck with the dogs that night because he immediately ran into other hunters and their dogs. We don’t know if she went to the mountain again after another coon, went looking for the other hunters and their dogs, or if she was trying to find her way back to Botetourt county. So tonight, he went hunting again but without Belle and only Roxie. We think maybe we had better get her in better shape and make her more familiar with her new home. She’s got a long ways to go to put weight back on and build up some stamina. Here’s a couple more pictures of her and you can tell her ribs are showing and she doesn’t hold herself very good.
Another thing I wanted to point out is how much her and Brandy look alike. Belle has a much grayer face and isn’t quite as big as Brandy. Here they are side by side:
Belle – the traveler
She sure does get around good for her age and condition!!
She’s five years old and a beauty. My hubby just brought home a new coon hunting dog and her name is Roxy.
She’s a beautiful dog and very vocal when we’re near. She sounds like she’s really talking. Hubby did a trial hunt with her before bringing her home and planned to take her hunting last night but the weather didn’t cooperate. We have one other redbone but he (Dan) hasn’t been hunted at all. We have one other tried and true coon dog and she’s a Walker (Brandy). Brandy was trained as a bear dog but had a stroke a few years ago while with her previous owner. She’s somewhere around 10 years old and the stroke has definitely slowed her down but she’s quite a beautiful dog. Hubby has hunted her several times and wanted to get a new dog started and hunting with Brandy before she’s too old to hunt or has another stroke. He plans to hunt Roxy here on the farm a few times before running the two dogs together.
Roxy – Pretty girl.
Roxy checking out one of our cats on the haybales.
Lady Brandy – Walker hound
My daughter would say we are dog poor but when you love to hunt, you have dogs. My son-in-law doesn’t much care for keeping dogs unless you can let them run free. It’s important to keep hunting dogs chained/pinned to keep them from being taken or learning bad habits. We love our dogs and take good care of them. Our granddaughter even loves coon hunting and wants a dog of her own but her folks tell her she’ll just have be part owner of PaPa’s dogs. We welcome our new lady, Roxy and hope she proves to be the dog hubby has been looking for quite some time.