I saw an ad in our newspaper for basset puppies and I told him that my dad has always wanted a basset hound and loves the breed. He said that he had always wanted a basset hound too - one of his best friends had a big, ol' hound named Jackson when they were growing up. So I called the ad and a few weeks later, I brought home this little fella in July 2001:
#1. Jake Flash
It took us awhile to get another hound. The arrival of Big Kid completely changed our lives but I knew eventually we would have another basset hound. It took us a long time to grieve after losing Jakie. The Engineer especially took it hard. In summer 2005, I started looking online at the Basset Hound Rescue of Alabama - we knew that we did not need another puppy and loved the idea of helping a dog who needed a home. We came across a little red basset named Sparky, but when I called to ask about him, BHRA told me that Sparky was spoken for - he was going to live with actor and comedian Garry Shandling! Not only did he adopt Sparky, he sent his private plane from California to Alabama to adopt every elderly basset hound (which are the hardest to adopt, of course) on their list! Is that not the best story ever? We were watching a movie this summer and I pointed him out to Big Kid and he said, "That guy has our dog!"
So they asked us - Have you thought about Caesar? Caesar was a beautiful, black and white basset who was three. They found him wandering the streets of Birmingham. But you might know him as The Fat Dog:
#2. Baxter Clyde
His foster mom Linda called him Clyde - she said that he looked more like a Clyde. He became a beloved member of our family and many of his exploits for the past five years are here on Team Skelley under the basset hound tag. He probably looks more familiar to longtime readers with his white face below. He did not stay black for very long. I have often wondered if he was older than we thought.
Even though we did adopt a new hound soon after he passed away, I will miss Bax for a long, long time.
With Baxter, we started our tradition of keeping our adopted dogs' rescue names for middle names. We continued that with our newest hound:
#3: Fletcher Curtis
So those are my furry, four-legged loves. As much as I have enjoyed my clean floors this summer (and I really, really have - probably too much) I would not trade clean, hair-free floors for the fun of living with a basset hound. They have brought us so much joy since our early days together and I would like to think that we have given them a happy home and lots of love. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go vacuum up some dog hair.
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