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The Hounds And The Hills

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.


Written by Paul Steele

Founder of and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele


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  1. Hi Paul – really enjoyed seeing these beautiful photos of your hounds. Love that you include them on some of your explorations, and appreciate that you know when you're doing something that they couldn't participate in! We also used to include our maltipoo, Cosmo, in many of our adventures, but sometimes he just had to stay home for his own good. Unfortunately, I would always think of hm while we were exploring without him, and I was sad he could't be there to enjoy with us! Love your website and facebook page. Sincerely, Deborah Thompson of New Jetsetters.

  2. Love the pictures, Monty and Jasmine look like amazing hounds! I have one myself that is getting older and isn't able to go as far as he used to but my walks with him are the favourite part of my day. Mine hates the snow and refuses to move when his paws get cold, a lesson in patience and negotiation!

  3. What a wonderful trip you've had with those two beauties. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  4. I love Bassett Hounds. They have a most unique howl/bark that I find endearing. Your two friends are handsome creatures. Those rolling hills are a beautiful sight to see as well. I can almost smell the fresh country air.

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