The Redbone Coonhound is a hunting dog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redbone_Coonhound. That is pretty much all I know about them. Although I have owned several dogs, I have never owned a Redbone Coonhound and I don’t even hunt. So why the name?
My all-time favorite western is the The Outlaw Josey Wales, starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. It has all of the elements of a great western, including the steely eyed hero on a mission, some comic relief, and lots of dead bad guys killed in more interesting ways than a shootout at high noon. It also has Sondra Locke, but nothing is perfect. Otherwise, this one gets close.
Anyway, Josey Wales is a loner who just wants to go about his business (his business is killing the bad guys who first killed his family and later killed all of his buddies, and business is good). But despite his best efforts to go his own way, Josey accumulates a band of travelers that accompany him and divert him from his course (although he still finds time to kill lots of people).
Josey’s first companion is Chief Lone Watie, whose dog joins them, leading to one of the best lines of the movie:
Chief, I was just wondering — I suppose that mangy red-bone hound’s got no place else to go either.
[Josey spits tobacco juice on the dog’s forehead, which growls at him as it slinks away].
He might as well ride along with us; Hell, everybody else is.
I don’t know why, but I love that line and that scene, and it was the inspiration for the name of this blog.