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Bernard rescues our toddler, Lance.
by Irene Otis
It was very hot August night when our toddler, Lance, first learned to get out of his bed. His bedroom was on the second floor and as we all slept, Lance made his way down stairs and out the front door.
He had removed all his clothes and was setting on the front step in a diaper, but he was not alone. Our loving basset, Bernard, was setting at his side with his big paw resting on Lance's lap.
It was three A.M when the phone rings. It was our neighbor across the street. She said Lance was outside and it looked as if Bernard was guarding him. She was afraid to get Lance because she was not sure if Bernard would let her.
I have no idea how long the two were out there, but Bernard ignored his hunting instinct and instead stayed and guarded Lance. Bernard was an amazing dog in many ways, but his love for his family was truly his best quality. He is in heaven now, most likely guarding other toddlers.
Some think a Basset is single minded and if outside alone it will wonder off tracking an animal. But I know better, a Basset will first protect its family when faced with a choice to hunt or guard us.
Bernard born 1/13/1975