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by Tiffany Burdette
Shortcake on her bed.
My husband and I have been married for nearly 3 years. We love animals and are excited about having our own babies some day, but for now our fur-children are our babies.
For the past few months we have been searching Petfinder.com looking for just the right dog to add to our family. We needed a mellow dog, one who would get along with our 12-year-old retired service dog, Jabar.
My husband and I both grew up with Bassets/mixes, so we decided to limit our search to that breed.
Three days ago we welcomed Shortcake into our lives. She is a 5-year-old tricolor female Basset. I knew from the moment I met her that she was meant for us.
We were warned repeatedly by the foster mom and the rescue organization that we should not base our decision to adopt her on the first impression she made. She was from a sheltered home and was not well-socialized. We were told she may nip at us if she were scared and that we should be prepared for it to take a while for us to "click."
We arrived at the park (neutral territory) to meet with her and her foster mom. After a few minutes of trying to pet her and say hello (the entire time she hid behind her mom's legs), we decided to take a quick trip to a grocery store for some Milkbones. Returning with our bribe, we were quickly accepted into Shortcake's circle of trust. We sat on the ground and chatted and pet, and within minutes she was in my lap, rolling over, asking for a belly rub!
She rode in my lap the entire drive home (over an hour).
She has completely melted our hearts! I can't imagine what I would have done without that trip to the park. We went not really knowing what to expect, we had seen one small picture of her, and heard all of these "warnings," so we didn't really have our hopes up.
But now that she is with us, I can't imagine our lives without her! I urge everyone to consider adopting a rescue Basset. There are so many sweet, precious dogs out there just begging for a second chance!
If you're in the NW, check out Basset Rescue of Puget Sound, they are an awesome group of people!