Friday, December 4, 2009


My good friend Jim J from Daytona Beach writes:


You have the MOST AMAZING STORIES ! ! !

I had a Bluetick named Max.

Max was the official mascot (by default) of the school, Fairview Junior High. I believe he got that distinction because he used to go to school every day to beg for food. The school was one block from my house.

(The email chain continued throughout the day . . .)

Hahahaha! Check this out! I did a search on the Internet for my old dog and look what I got:

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Facebook
To: Jim J_____
Subject: Katie P_____ sent you a message on Facebook

Katie sent you a message.

Re: Fairview mascot image

"Hi! In the '76 yearbook I found a photo of a real dog and in my handwriting it says "Max" right on it. I didn't even remember there being a Max until I saw the photo. Would you like me to scan a photo and email it to you? Or, I can post it on the Fairview page."

Jim continues:

You can tell Max was kind if a hippie. After all it was California in the 70's!
He looks a little burned out because he maybe smoked a little too much stuff.

Max was a purebred Bluetick Coonhound. I never really knew what I had at the time though. Maybe we all smoked a little too much!

I could edit out the "Max" . . . but I think it adds character. Let's leave it like that. It gives it more meaning.

I attended Fairview in 68-71, Max stayed behind for many years! I went on to Del Valle. He pretty much ran the neighborhood, did whatever he wanted to do. Those were the days eh?

Max was a purebred Bluetick Coonhound:

The Bluetick Coonhound is the state dog of Tennessee where it is said to have originated. Selective breeding in Louisiana of Foxhounds, Curs, French Hounds and English Coonhounds produced the Bluetick Coonhound. In 2008 the Bluetick Coonhound was recognized by the AKC in the Miscellaneous Class.

Coonhounds have a tendency to follow their noses, and if they catch wind of a scent, they may wander off for hours following it.

The name comes from the black tick marks on the while background that appears to give a blue tint.

Famous Bluetick Coonhounds:

A Bluetick Coonhound named "Smokey" is the official athletic mascot of the University of Tennessee.

A Bluetick Coonhound named Tet was the companion of Stringfellow Hawke, the main character of popular 1980s television show Airwolf.

Neil Young has stated that his song "Old King" is a tribute to a deceased Bluetick Coonhound he once owned.

An unnamed Bluetick Coonhound is featured in Blake Shelton's hit single, "Ol' Red". The song relates an escape plan of a man convicted of a crime of passion when he murdered his wife and her lover. He devises a plan to have a female Bluetick lure the prison's male Bloodhound Ol' Red away from Shelton instead of tracking him as he heads in the opposite direction. The closing lines of the song are:

"Now there's red-haired Blueticks all in the South, / Love got me in there and love got me out."

Bluetick Coonhounds are featured in the book Where the Red Fern Grows. However, the two main dogs are Redbone Coonhounds.

Emmylou Harris sings about her friend Lillian's "Bluetick hound dog, Gideon" in her song Red Dirt Girl.

Charlie Daniels mentions that he's "kinda like my old Bluetick hound / I like to lay around in the shade" in his song "Long Haired Country Boy."

David Allan Coe mentions a Bluetick hound in his song "Cum Stains on the Pillow."

A Bluetick was featured in a Miracle Whip television commercial. After making a sandwich, the dog discovers the owner is out of Miracle Whip. (Jeff Gorman Films - Man's Best Friend Makes a Sandwich; Animal Makers animation)

Ken Kesey, in his novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", used a Bluetick Coonhound as a symbol for his main character Chief Bromden.

In Savage Sam, the sequel to Old Yeller, the title character is a Bluetick Coonhound. He is meant to be the son of Old Yeller, despite Old Yeller having been a Carolina Dog.

Here on Blog STORMBRINGER we like to celebrate the things of the Great American Southland: God, Guns, Guts, Elvis, the Blues, Barbecue, Moonshine Sippin' Whiskey, NASCAR, and now BlueTick and RedBone CoonHounds . . . . . . . S.L.