On the back of the photo my grandfather scribed:This is Jug. He is past 8 years old now. He is one of the best strike and track dogs I have ever hunted with in my life. All night tree dog. Good coon killer. He is the same every night, never fails to hunt in my company.
In darker ink at a later time he scribed: He is a track dog second to none and always has been. Now he is dead.
Growing up I always heard about Jug. One of my grandfather's top hounds. A beautiful white and tan. I couldn't wait til the day I'd my own hound dog. When that day came I didn't get a Walker hound or a Mountain Cur. No coon hound for me. I got a full blooded Beagle. A rabbit hound. Not knowing what to name him my mother suggested Jug. Said, "He was your grandpa's favorite coon hound." That name stuck. And my first dog became Jug.