Here's What You Need To Know:

  • Pet's Location : Table Rock, Nebraska
  • Pet's Age : Young adult
  • Pet's Breed : treeing Walker Coonhound
  • Pet's Gender : Male
  • Pet's Size : medium
  • Pet good with other pets? : Yes
  • Pet good with kids? : Unsure
  • Pet good with cats? : Unsure
  • Is the rescue able to transport the dog to owner's location? : Only if in the Omaha, Nebraska - Kansas City area. corridor, possible Kansas City to St. Louis corridor.

Cliff is a gorgeous tri-color Walker treeing coonhound, about a year old, and weighing 52 pounds. He is gentle and sweet tempered and will make a wonderful calm companion. He is fostered in southeast Nebraska by Sharla Sitzman for Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland.

How did Cliff come to be in rescue? Well, just before Christmas, he alarmed a village of 250 people simply by showing up. It was hunting season, and perhaps he became separated from an out-of-town hunter. He went from place to place as people offered food and water but he would not approach for contact. He was scared, really scared, which is heartbreaking now that his sweet quiet temperament is known.

Facebook posts abounded reporting where he was and people put food and water out for him and continued to try to entice him to come to then. Then one day after about two weeks he wasn’t seen anywhere in town. The next day, a man with an automotive shop on the far edge of town heard a dog crying. The shop was on the side of a creek, a large very deep one. The man looked down toward the creek and saw no dog. He walked to the edge of the creek and looked straight down, and there was the dog everyone had tried to help.

Cliff had fallen down a 20-foot vertical embankment onto a small spit of land. The only way out was up the embankment or into the water. He had worn a path pacing back and forth along the water’s edge but was smart enough not to go into the deep freezing water. The man called another. They lowered a ladder and, with straps, ingenuity, and a lot of effort, managed to get the Cliff up.

He was cold and scared. They warmed him up in the shop then brought him to Sharla. Cliff is very timid at first and will need someone who is willing to be patient in getting to know him, but the rewards will be wonderful. Once accustomed to his foster home, he settled into place quite happily. Indeed, a home where family members are coming and going and greet him and pet him could be a good match. Cliff is around many other dogs in his foster home, and he needs to be in a home with at least one other dog. He is gentle with the annoying foster puppies who want to roust about. His default perch is a chair.

He has not been around children but is likely to become a beloved pet. He might not be ideal for a home with very young children because he occasionally startles with sudden loud noises. He has not been around cats but his even temperament seems conducive to co-existing. Walker treeing coonhounds are noted for their voices. He has one, but usually doesn’t use it. His goofy voice comes out full force when he welcomes his foster home, and in the mornings if he has been locked out of the bedroom. He is neutered, chipped, up-to-date with his shots (including canine influenza), has tested heartworm negative, and is on monthly heartworm preventative.