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Sammy & Baby

by Michelle
(FL)

After the death of our beloved Bridgette the Basset from lymphoma at the age of 12, we were heartbroken. We still had Bridgette's partner in crime, Jake, who was the same age. Jake was slowing down quite a bit and just acted lost and lonely without Bridgette. After much soul searching we decided to use a Basset rescue to find an older dog needing a good home. We found "Sammy", a 5-year old at a rescue. We had decided that we wanted a Basset that looked nothing like our Bridgette. Boy, did we get a change. Sammy is a "Blue" Basset. He has one crystal blue eye (the other eye is brown) and a blue-grey color to his muzzle hair. Otherwise he is a mostly dark tri-color. For my husband it was love at first sight. For me not so much . . he was too different from Bridgie, and I just couldn't get over the eye. I thought he was very odd looking. I remarked on the way home that we should change Sam's name to Marilyn as in Marilyn Manson. The husband didn't think that was nearly as funny as I did.

After arriving at his new home, Sam's first priority appeared to be winning me over. Following me around the house, snuggling next to me on the couch, just generally being my little shadow and even trying to take care of me when I caught a cold. Needless to say, it didn't take long for him to succeed in winning me over. Now I think Sam is gorgeous . . I even call him my Beautiful Blue-Eyed Boy. He is and has always been a real treasure. He has always been well behaved, house trained and has a bubbly, joyful personality. I would not hesitate to recommend adopting from a rescue.

Also, although Sam and the old guy Jake hit it off from the beginning Sam did have a lot of playfulness and energy left even at 5 years old. We decided to adopt another Basset, Baby, from another rescue organization so Sam would have someone to play with.

Baby has been a great addition to our home as well. Although with her, she was rescued from a puppy mill where she was abused, caged, filthy and had not gotten enough to eat. The rescue organization did a great job of caring for her and socializing her before we adopted her. I will say she was a lot more challenging in acclimating her to her new home after what she had been thorough in her life. We went into this relationship with open eyes. The rescue organization was very upfront and honest about Baby's past and the challenges we would face. It has been well worth the investment in time, love and patience. Baby has returned it to us in spades. Reputable rescue organizations are not in the business of just churning out adoptions. They want to make sure it is a good match so that the dog will get a "forever home."

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Oct 04, 2017
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Me and my shadow
by: Steve

I too have a Sammy Basset. He was only six weeks old when I got the little guy. It had been over five years since I lost my beloved American Foxhound and I was ready to find another sidekick. I thought about a Lab but my wife did not think I would be happy with anything but a hound. I have had nothing but hounds since my first dog, a Beagle, at age four way back in 1954. I opted for a Basset. He was very upset not having his mommy and cried into the night. I put him by my side and held close so he could hear my heartbeat. That was nearly eleven years ago. He has been at my side ever since. He loves to travel in my truck and is a true companion on cross country trips. I will surely miss him when that time comes. If my wife were to make me decide who stays , her or Sammy, I sure would miss her cooking!

Nov 02, 2009
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by: Wanda

I got my basset from a shelter. It's so distressing to read about a basset being a puppy mill. I'm glad she has a home now. Remember, we'd all love to see pics.

Nov 02, 2009
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Great Story...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Thank you for sharing your Basset Hound adoption story. It sounds like Sammy and Baby have finally found their "forever" homes!

I'm really sorry to hear that Bridgette passed away.

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