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The Basset Hounds – My Faithful Scoundrels

Anyone who gets to see my UK good morning/afternoon pics on Twitter etc or follows me along some of my UK trips will know there are quite often two slobbery companions with me. The stubborn twosome, Monty and Jasmine. Stubborn, smelly, forever hungry and lazy… But.. my best friends, loyal to the end, and quite frankly life apart from them can be a chore. They often get left in the smallprint of posts but here today they can have some limelight πŸ™‚

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As I have said before ‘you have got to want a Bassett Hound to have one and keep one’. So so many get abandoned. The Hush Puppy adverts and the viral photos help put them in the hearts of many. That feeds the breeders and a sad market. I myself would never buy one as a puppy nor would I encourage breeding. These two are rescued, like many are, from people who maybe didn’t realise what they were taking on. Monty is a full sizer, over 30 kg (66 lb) in weight. A big dog to have that cannot be trained, Bassets have a nose only second to that of the bloodhound which takes priority over recall. Many trainers have a stipulation… no Basset Hounds. I knew before I took them about the vet bills because of constant bad eyes, bad backs and joints with age, and the hound smell. I love them and they sure know how to love back. The super excited playful greetings even if only away for 5 minutes is beyond explanation. The running through the fields at sunrise together, the cuddles at rest time on a long walk.

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Their weight and long backs with their little legs mean that they cannot join me on a mountain etc.. In a way that helps my fitness.. Hikes for me and then walks for them also. Never expect a quick walk around the fields or to the shop and back, no no. They are nose down, must smell everything, checking every blade of grass is same as last time or even just plonk down for a rest of their choice. Leisure, patience and fun is order of the day.

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Dogs aren’t for everyone, but these two are for me.. Love em to bits no matter how naughty they get. Howls, long ears in the mud, the wet nose kisses. Hard to keep them at home. When they see the leads out and the car opening the tails get wagging in unison… they know a new path to explore lays ahead.. Playtime.

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Over the next few months I will be out and about more and more around Britain and the countryside. You can be assured these two will be wandering with me with many cameo appearances. Woof and hello from Monty and Jasmine.

Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com 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. I have 2 bassets as well and wouldn’t take anything for them. Loving, loyal, funny, stubborn, lazy, loud……. I love everything about them. I especially love their corn chip smell πŸ™‚

  2. I have to say every trait and behavior you’ve mentioned is 100% true. I had a Bassett ( Mattie) for 14 1/2 wonderful years. She was my shadow from morning to night, I believe every odor was found in those years as 5 blocks took an hour to accomplish. Many greenies and rawhide bones were consumed as well. I actually loved her smell ( strange) and played with her jowls. No complaints from her as she slept ALOT. Love and cherish both of yours everyday. They are truly a faithful dog.

  3. Would like to say I smiled and laughed as read this. Because that is what our Molly does to a tee we adopted her to. We were her fourth home and she was only 5months old.And when they brought her to use, they said they would give use about two weeks and they would understand. We told them she isn’t going anywhere and she hasn’t 3 and half yrs later. We don’t understand you just have to have time and patience.

  4. Paul, this is a wonderful blog. The bassets are amazing. I have one too and I liove her to death. Can’t get enough of the drooly kisses.

  5. Love,love,love Bassets! We had a padded peg to keep Fred’s ears out of his food when feeding…….lovely,lovely photo’s Paul, brought a smile to my morning.so

  6. On the one hand it’s true they are so lovely and cute even if (or just because) they are not the most beautiful dogs in the world, on the other hand it’s the fact that you love them so much Paul, and this makes us share your feelings!!

  7. Lovely post. Brilliant pictures. Beautiful dogs. I am into dog rescue work too. Mostly roadies/ mixes/ mutts because we have so many of those in India. Have the most wonderful dog that has become my lifeline after I got her at approximately age one from a home where she was abandoned. Elsa is a lab mix. Love Jasmine and Monty.

  8. I too have 2 bassets, Maisie and Sugar. They are indeed the lights of my life and make me laugh everyday. As you said, there is no rush with bassets. They TRULY stop and smell the roses wherever we go. And stubborn doesnt even begin to describe them. But I wouldnt trade them for the world.

    I really enjoyed your pics and your narration. Please keep them coming.

  9. Loved your picture’s. Love the breed too. I do Guardian Angel Basset Rescue in Ill. usa. Thanks for sharing your friends with us.

  10. Beautiful pictures,beautiful colors and amazing dogs!!! My friend is English Setter from Bench line Blue Belton color also adopted…lucky me πŸ™‚ his name is Fog.
    Enjoy your friendship, their life so short …

  11. I love seeing pictures of your hounds. They look so noble. I think I understand the stubborn thing. We had a Beagle, and he is very stubborn. I had to give him to my parents since he distroyed all of our patio furniture, pissed off the neighbors, chewed on everything. Strangly, my parents don’t have any problem with him, but they spoil him in an American way. Anyhow, I always enjoy your posts on Twitter that include your hounds. They bring smiles, the best.

  12. LOVELY pics, BEAUTIFUL dogs and a WONDERFUL post that made me laugh and smile throughout!! I have a beagle mix that have ALOT of the same qualities, especially as she’s aged. She was also a rescue. As was her newer sister, a puppy-mill chihuahua that stays velcroed to her big sissy as much as she allows. Thanks for sharing!

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