On Twitter I am often asked if I take my hounds with me on my treks, hikes and climbs. Well, the short answer is unfortunately… not all the time….. but as much as I can 🙂 They love nothing better than getting out in the fresh air, nose down to the ground, exploring and bounding.

But, alas, Bassett Hounds like Monty and Jasmine are very heavy (Monty is 35 kg) and long, with short legs. To take them on steep climbs, or even often up the stairs would be damaging to their spines and legs very fast. This is yet another reason I am not all about getting to high tops but enjoying low hilltops and flat landscapes too. I get to see more of this world and the hounds can join in the fun. As can be seen in these pics.

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In a previous post I explained that even though an active climber/hiker like me would normally be associated with a sheepdog or lab I would not change these 2 stubborn, smelly, lovable hounds for the world. 😀

And yes they do struggle in the snow – watch this:

I and they look forward to many many more miles together. Sunrise strolls, dusk meanders and sitting/panting together with a view over the land. Loyal loving companions.