Well I'm not Rusty's mom, but I am Gibbs mom. My boy very rarely leaves my side and cries his eyes out (wining like you wouldn't believe) when I leave to go somewhere (but he doesn't do it as bad when its Bryan who leaves). Lily stays pretty close to her dad. When you think about it a lot of humans are the same way... I was definitely a daddy's girl growing up.
"There is just something about a male basset and his mama..."
That may be so, probably is in most cases, but Dudley is Dad's (my) hound! Minnie is Mama's girl too.
(Though they both will turn traitor if FOOD is at stake...)
Danny is a real Beaut, I'm very partial to tricolors!
I also got both of my hounds as adults. Dudley had a TON of issues from an abusive past. He loved us pretty much right away, but resolving his problems took a good while. Some of them will likely never go completely away.
It sounds like Danny is coming along nicely, very good!
Advice from me: Follow Mikey's advice in the other thread, he really knows his stuff!
If I missed this sorry for asking again: Have you decided whether or not to change his name? If you are going to change it, what did you decide on?