We’re the Hudson family; Russ, Rachel, Stella, and a small stable of excellent, well-bred Hounds. Our dogs are family, and as long as we are able to place our fine puppies with owners who feel the same about their dogs, we’ll continue to develop and share this important breed.
Because we farm and work from home for a living, we’re with our dogs nearly 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; they are always underfoot. When we have litters, we’re there at the Dam’s side from the moment of conception, through delivery, and we’re with the pups every day until we place them in the arms of well-qualified owners. This means that we actually get to know every puppy personally, and can therefore better match new families with the right Redbone or Black & Tan Coonhound. This also means that we work with the puppies every day; from animal and human socialization to training on raccoon and bear, desensitization to loud sounds, teeth brushing, feet and nails handling, and potty training, our pups are generally better-adjusted and trained to a more advanced level than the pups of the majority of U.S. breeders – regardless of breed.
I’m Russ Hudson, administrator of this website, and dedicated friend of the hounds. I spent many of my formative years working on the largest poultry farm in the state of Maine, raising tens of thousands of birds each year. Later, I became a Veterinary Technician, working with clinics in Texas and New Mexico, and then I spent several years as the manager of an upscale private riding stable in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine. I’ve spent much of my life working with animals, including breeding English-style AKC Labrador Retrievers; many of which are enjoying healthy lives long into their teens. However, after my years of work with many types of dogs, I’ve come to believe that the talented and goofy Coonhound is “the best of the best.”
We operate a small off-grid farm in rural Maine where we raise medicinal and food crops, chickens, rabbits, goats, and of course – Redbone Coonhounds and Black & Tan Coonhounds. My skills as a former Veterinary Technician and my many years in animal husbandry means that from the moment your new puppy is born, it receives expert care, direct personal attention and training, and premium medical and behavioral observation and evaluation…
…but ultimately, it’s the LOVE that we focus on the most. These dogs are designed to become tough hunters and skilled trackers, but we make sure to virtually smother them with lots of hugs, kisses, and cuddling. Just like the great Coonhound, we’re also big softies at heart, and maybe that’s why we share such a kinship with these beautiful animals.