400 Basset Hounds in a parade at once...believe it?
by Cheryl Schm
(Troy, MI USA)
You have to see it to believe it. Yes once a year in Birmingham, Michigan (an upscale, northern suburb of Detroit in southeastern Michigan) there is a parade and the main attraction is put on by the Michigan Basset Rescue. It is called the "Waddle Walk" and you will not believe how well they all get along. They are pack dogs by nature and just follow in a big group, drooling and howling and sniffing everyone. Check out their website for all the details, it is always the middle of May each year. It is a weekend fundraiser event and there is a picnic on Saturday with the parade on Sunday. There is a beautiful park near the parade and lots to do in the area too.
My husband and I have had hounds for over 35 years, it is our favorite group of dogs. In 2006, we were slowing down and wanted a "slower" pet, we adopted our first basset, Rosy Baby and will always be a basset family since they bring so much joy to our family with their loving dispositions and special personalities. My pet sitter has adopted our bassets and now she volunteers for the Michigan Basset Rescue too during their fundraiser.
The more the merrier, they get along so well.
We now have two bassets, Rosy Baby (5 yrs) and Daisy May Snickers (4 yrs) and a beagle, Jazzy (5 yrs) (or as I call her the Jazzer-cizer since she runs my bassets around the back yard).
What I love about our bassets is that they do what you want to do, sleep they sleep, eat they eat, walk they walk, garden they sleep nearby...they have spurts of energy like us (we are over 60 so we only spurt now). This is a great site, I look forward to reading more stories. As far as I am concerned, rescue is the way to go. There are some wonderful animals in the Michigan & Ohio rescue groups and they have a great websites. Check them out.