Meet our ‘Diamond in the Ruff’ dog, Hunter. Diamond in the Ruffs are selected because of special ownership requirements. These dogs have quirks, needs, dislikes, and/or habits that require up-front commitments from their new owner to give the dog the utmost care, patience and training to ensure that the new relationship has the best chance of working. To assist with the transition, Homeward Bound will provide consultation and in-depth individual sessions with the new owner and dog that will be conducted by our contracted dog trainer, Jill Halstead.

Hunter is a 58-pound adolescent (between 1.5-2 years) who is still learning how to control his size. He is full of puppy-like energy and loves going on long walks.  Hunter is very strong and pulls on the leash so he will need a person who is willing to put in the time and dedication for his ongoing leash and manners training.

Hunter is impatient and will nip or bark for attention during play and training.  He is on a training protocol for his impulse control and needs to have an owner who is fully committed to follow this training.

Being outside is where he’s the happiest and having access to a large, fenced-in yard would help work out some of his pent-up energy. Hunter loves other dogs and would benefit from a dog companion.  He’s great at using his nose to solve puzzle toys which is good for his mental stimulation. He is dog friendly and backs away from cats. Hunter needs to be in a home without children.

For questions about Hunter, please call Homeward Bound, 802-388-1100, extension 223, or email


  • Breed: Walker Coonhound
  • Size: Medium-Large
  • Age: 2 years
  • Gender: Male