Admittedly we’re all creatures of habit but never more so that a basset hound. They are smart and they know their own mind with preferred ways of doing things that have little to do with pleasing their pack leader. Needless to say that basset owners tend to be suckers for punishment and easily forget all the moments we wish we had “normal dogs” and instead relish in the idiosyncrasies of basset behaviours. Knowing your basset hound’s foibles is a critical to maintaining your sanity.
Fortnum (aka Big Basset) is our headstrong hound. He is determined and willful so woe betide if try to bring him into your line of thinking. In his world, his way is right and no amount of admonishment or efforts to “re-train” will make a blind bit of difference. As far as Fortnum is concerned it’s his way or no way. Although greasing his paw with something to eat can often get him to comply.
On the other hand Mason (aka Little Basset) is smart and obliging hound. But you mustn’t be deceived by his foxy face charms for under those wrinkles lies the devil incarnate. Mason is not easily fooled by food treats but give the dog a neck rub and he’ll pretty much be your best friend for life.
It was quite a shock to turn over the basset calendar for the fourth time this year. Fourth. Where is the year going to? If you’re interested I’ve posted the pictures in the basset gallery.