As a fellow Basset Hound lover, I say your pic improved my weekend greatly!
I had a Basset myself when I was younger and she was a perfect character. The above story reminded me of one of those moments with her.
It was a rainy night and she had walked to the back door of the house to tell us she had to go out. It was my Mom's turn to take her out and so she got out of the easy chair she was sitting in to get her coat and umbrella so neither of them would get rained on.
So my Mom walked over to the closet with her back turned to her easy chair, and my little basset buddy sprung into action. She galloped up to the chair, hopped up onto it, curled up, and cheerfully lied down. My mom turned, coat and umbrella in hand, to see her chocolatey brown eyes looking up at her, as if to say, "Oh it's ok, I don't have to go anymore."
My Mom was a good sport about it. She sat down on the floor next to the chair and continued grading papers as my little buddy took a nice nap in her favorite chair.
Here's a funny and true Basset Hound story for you, Sibsy: I had a friend who bred Dobermans and entered them into dog shows, and sometimes I'd go with her to local meets. One of them had an agility contest, nothing official, just for fun, and the usual breeds participated in it - Border collies, labs, German shepherds, etc. But there was also a Basset Hound (!), and he totally stole the show. Everyone was laughing themselves silly. When his owner would command him to lay down, he would sit, but instead of going down all the way, he would keep his front legs straight but rest his chin on the ground and then look up at her with those Basset Hound eyes. It was a SCREAM. Then, during the agility contest, while he did manage to complete the course, he was so laid-back about it that he made all the other, more hyper dogs, look a bit silly. He'd amble up to one of challenges, such as the wooden slats that represented a distance jump, or the incline, and yes, he'd do them or at least try, but before he did, he'd glance at the spectators and wag his tail briefly, as if to say, "Okey-dokey, here I go!" and then try to climb or jump or whatever was required to accomplish the task. It was so funny, you could practically hear him singing to himself like Goofy: "Dum de doo do doodly doo" as he went around the course. He was HILARIOUS. I'll never forget it, and I've been in love with Basset Hounds ever since.
Haha thanks - I asked my girlfriend if she knew what kind of dog he was, and she guessed Basset Hound - then discovered your picture "Sleeping Basset" in your gallery, so... she won this round...
Haha sweet - Radar is a name I'd never think up for a dog!! It's awesome!! I'd pet him and give him a good rough (lol, ruff)rub myself, but Canada is a tad too far from New Zealand, so I might have to ask you to do the honours for me.
And ah... but it's great you can get some work done from home - what are you working on right now? Or would you have to kill me if you told me? (And yeah, that's right... you guys are in Winter Mode right now! I'd share some of this summer with you if I could - we have plenty of it! (perhaps a little TOO much - it was too hot yesterday!!))
Haha - I was hoping! If it's to do with future episodes, I won't ask anything about it - I don't like spoiling things for myself.
Anyway, I'll stop bothering you and get back to doing a little work of my own, before trying to figure out what to take when I move to the South Island next week in preparation for the course. Nice talking to you again!!
Really? That might be manageable. I like cats for low maintenance, but I've wanted a dog for a while now. However, most information I get is that they are extremely high maintenance and need to be treated like a baby every hour of every day, and need a massive yard.
It's not meant to be used as an insult, it's just pure fact. They were bred for their noses, not their brains. Just because a dog isn't clever, doesn't mean it isn't a sweet, lovely, loyal and happy animal. It's just a bit of trivia. Like I said, my dog is as dumb as a sack of hammer, but he's still a very good dog.