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My boyfriend got her from a woman who was going to have her put down because it was her husband's dog, and he had just passed away. As a birthday surprise, I got home from work and a beautiful red and white Basset Hound came lumbering toward me with those big, sad eyes.
We've learned a lot about the breed, being that this was our first dog living on our own. She was primarily used as a breeding dog, but we have since had her spayed and she spends the warm, summer days in the shade of maple trees on a long run behind our rented house.
And to think, she was going to be put down, as healthy and pretty as she was. She's our Katie now, and she was the best birthday gift ever!