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Treeing Walker Coonhound

Hunting dogThe stray hunting dog bounced right back after about six cups of dog food and a long nap.  By his second day on the farm, he was pacing the woods, following scent trails.

We called every vet and Hale in a 30 mile radius, the pound, and a hunter one vet recommended.  No luck on finding the stray's previous owner, so we looked for a new one.

He'll be heading home with an experienced hunter this morning, who explained to us that dogs like this are Treeing Walker Coonhounds (or, as he said, "Walkers").  Wikipedia adds, "Treeing Walker Coonhounds are extremely fast, agile, and tireless in the pursuit of Walker doggame. They are extremely vocal with a distinctive bay that allows their owners to easily identify their dogs from great distances."  All very true.

I don't know about Mark, but I considered keeping our Walker at first.  However, he wreaked havoc on our tranquility by his presence alone (despite being very well behaved) and we're very glad to see him go to a new home.  Huckleberry and Strider went on strike Friday and didn't come to breakfast until 10 am, and I just couldn't stand another day facing that picket line.

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If you loved him at first, maybe you should still consider keeping him. All bad habits can be trained out.
Comment by Maggie Sat Jan 21 09:26:46 2012

I didn't precisely love him --- I just have this deep-rooted need to nurture hurt animals and people. He was sick, so I healed him...then I was ready to send him to a good home.

I actually wouldn't say he had any bad habits that need to be broken. It's just always a lot of work to integrate a new animal into a homestead, and we weren't interested in training him to stay off the garden beds and walk on a leash, training Lucy to let him eat in the same general vicinity as her, and training the cats that he's not trouble. If I'm going to train something, I'd rather it be a kiwi vine. :-)

Comment by anna Sat Jan 21 10:18:37 2012

Awww... Lucy lost her boyfriend. Homewrecker, you! :P

I'm not sure I could deal with a hound either... though that's a bit of a different breed than they have around here. I've heard walkers make great dogs though. And, I'm not sure all bad habits can be trained out... I have a 3 year old lab here that is completely untrainable. However, luckily she doesn't have any habits that are intolerable for me except for her bouts of hyperactivity.

Comment by Shannon Sat Jan 21 10:36:14 2012

We're just bad people. :-)

I know what you mean about hesitating to take on a hound. I could tell that our stray was tireless. On our farm, where he could run to his heart's content, he might have been okay, but even here I think he would need someone to work with him often to give him jobs to do. In town, a hound would be very high maintenance.

Comment by anna Sat Jan 21 13:54:25 2012
Did you happen to take him by a vet to see if he had been micro chipped? If he is a good trained hunting dog chances are real good he has the implant to help him get back home.
Comment by Heath Sun Jan 22 12:29:10 2012

I considered taking him to the vet, but I thought it was very unlikely he'd have a microchip. They're not very common around here, and since the owner opted to save $5 by using an old collar with an outdated phone number, I doubt he would cough up the cash for a microchip.

(Plus, I was too lazy to plan an entire afternoon to take him to town... :-) )

Comment by anna Sun Jan 22 17:15:06 2012

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