Axhandle hound

Illustration of Axehandle Hound

The Axehandle Hound (sometimes spelled as axhandle hound, ax-handle hound, or similar) is a fearsome dog originated from Wisconsin and Minnesota, it has a slender body in the shape of a handle of an axe and a head the shape of an axe head. It also has short stubby legs.

Despite its dangerously shaped head, the Axehandle Hound was not known to be deadly. However it would pester lumberjacks by stealing any axe handles left unattended and storing them away to be eaten. This nocturnal creature travels from camp to camp searching for its next meal. In Minnesota, there is a canoe-access campground named Ax-Handle Hound after the folklore creature. It can be found on the Little Fork River near Voyageurs National Park and very near the town of Linden Grove.

Further reading

"The Axe-Handle Hound" from Fearsome Critters (1939) by Henry H. Tryon

"The Axe-Handle Hound" from Yarns of the Big Woods (1922-1295) by Art Childs


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