God has sense of humour. That's why we have bassets!
by Helen Kazandjis
(Sabie South Africa)
We are extremely proud (as all Basset owners should be) parents of a precious baby girl (almost 6 months old) called Shayla. What a treat. She is what memories are made of!
We are fairly new to the breed. But, we did a lot of research and found that we were happy for the challenge and our respect for the breed opened up our minds and hearts to how amazing they really are. I feel that there is a lot of 'crap' written about the breed e.g. difficult to train (house breaking), disobedient, lazy etc. Utter rubbish in my opinion. It would depend on the owner and the amount of unconditional love and effort put in. We have up to now found 187 uses for a bassets ears and unfortunately I will run out of space to share all that.
To all of you out there, I say Bassets rule! Presently she reminds us of an army tank. She's strong, fearless and goes where no other dog dares to tread, yet affectionate, hilariously funny, entertaining and very very smart (as I'm sure most Bassets are). She gives her 'brothers' a short haired German pointer (4yrs old) & a Cocker Spaniel a hard time with her unyielding tenacity and boldness. Basically they learned a very quick lesson in respect. She is not spoiled and we do not allow her to take advantage of her brothers.
We are teaching her sulking wont work and that there is enough love in abundance to go around so jealousy wont work either. I believe and trust that as long as I'm around to offer a great home to a dog (my 1st choice will always be to have our household with at least 1 or 2 bassets) our lives are so much more meaningful with the love they offer.