Help Solve the Mystery of the Wayward Redbone Coonhound

redbone coonhound

What would you do if a handsome young coonhound wandered up to your property and made himself at home amongst your other dogs, cats, chickens, guineas and pot-bellied pig?

If you were my Aunt Sandy, you’d let him stay awhile – in the hopes he can be reunited with his family or get a new home of his own soon.

On a trip to Nebraska over the weekend, her farm was my first stop.

cats on a propane tank

Together, we herded the horde of tiny kittens currently inhabiting her property, clipped the toenails of six different outdoor dogs, tossed hay to the horses and talked to the pig.

A highlight for me was getting to meet the coonhound I had heard so much about.

redbone coonhound howls

If you are familiar with the book Where the Red Fern Grows, this is the kind of dog it’s about.

Redbone Coonhounds were bred for hunting bears, raccoons and mountain lions. They are brave but affectionate and said to make wonderful companions for families, comparable to labrador retrievers but less needy.

My aunt’s coonhound guest fits this description perfectly.

He arrived on her property with a collar but no tags a couple of weeks ago.

So far, in spite of her spreading the news via radio and word-of-mouth, his owners have not surfaced. He is not microchipped, but he is in amazing shape. No fleas, sparkling white teeth and he’s not too skinny.

redbone coonhound

He’s also a real sweetheart.

My aunt mostly keeps him in a large outdoor kennel on her property, but until he started chasing the horses, she said he was content to roam free – but never too far from the house. Unlike some of her other dogs, she says he is gentle with the cats and kittens and also gets along with the other dogs.

You can see him playing a bit with a corgi named Cowgirl in this Instagram video:

Although he sings pretty loud in the video, while I was there, he didn’t make a lot of racket – not a peep through the night. He mostly bayed at me when I went out to play with him. At one point, I sat down on the ground and he sat right in my lap and tilted his head back to give me kisses.

Please help me get the word out about this beautiful dog by sharing his story.

Although he showed up in Plymouth, Nebraska, it is possible the coonhound followed his nose from somewhere far away. If you know anything about this dog, contact me via the form below. If his owner is not found soon, he will be made available for adoption.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on October 14, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Family, Wayward Dog and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. My dad’s redbone is the neediest dog around, although she is wonderful. I would guess he may not be from the immediate area. Coonhounds can wander pretty far if they’re following a scent.

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      That’s good to know about your dad’s dog. I am not very familiar with the breed but trying to be. If his owners don’t surface, I am hoping to help my aunt rehome him by Thanksgiving. Wish us luck.

  2. I’m glad he found a good place to rest until his family is found or a new family is found.

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