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Bluebonnet and the Rain Coat
by Tobi Ditmore
(Austin, Texas, USA)
My husband and I always wanted a Basset Hound. We fostered a 5-yr old female from a Basset Rescue for a while. However, it was not a good fit - she wasn't an apartment dog and we lived in an apartment. She didn't get along with other dogs and we wanted a dog that we could take anywhere. It broke our hearts but we returned her to the rescue organization and learned a few months later that she found a forever home with a divorcee with a big yard.
After this experience we were left with a void in our hearts for a Basset to give all of our love to. Several years later we decided that we would get a puppy to raise ourselves so it would be the kind of dog we wanted - we planned on taking it to doggie daycare so it would be well socialized and we would crate train it so it would be used to confined spaces.
My husband found a Basset Hound breeder about an hour and a half away from our home in Austin, Texas and we drove up that weekend to look at the two remaining puppies they had for sale from a recent litter. We knew there was 1 girl and 1 boy and we wanted the boy - we even had his name picked out (Luther).
When we arrived and saw the two puppies I told my husband that I wanted the girl instead. He picked her up to check her out and he started rubbing the top of her head. She just cooed. I was instantly in love with her. Six weeks later we drove back to get her and take her home from the breeder. It was a rainy day. I was so excited to see her and how much she had grown. When we saw her I thought she had to be the cutest puppy in the entire world. I put her inside my rain coat to keep her dry and she stayed there the whole drive home.
We named her Bluebonnet after the state flower of Texas and I tell her the story about the rainy day that we picked her up all the time. Her ears are no longer black, they are brown and she can no longer fit inside my rain coat. She's very social and has many dog friends, she thinks that she could have won at Westminster had I not "fixed" her and she takes to drinking every year when the dog show comes on tv. She is without a doubt the source of most of my happiness and my best friend.