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I adopted Geoffrey in April, from a shelter that had rescued him from a puppy mill. He is doing great- has stopped chewing everything in sight, is housebroken, etc. Our only remaining problem is that sometimes when I leave for work, Geoff will howl for hours. Many times, but not always, he is much better when I leave him with a Kong or a bone, which is what I have been doing. This is a concern because i live in an apartment building. My neighbors all love Geoff, and I want them to continue to love him!!! He is two years old. I also have a cat, but I'm afraid she is not much company for him, as she is elderly.
 

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Mine doesn't howl, but that's a first for me. In the past, I have left the cartoon network on pretty loud. That keeps them from barking at random noises in the hallway. As much as they like to look outside, if they see stuff, they will bark at it.
 

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Molly and Winston say bring him to their house. You're location says Bethlehem, PA. We're a few minutes away in Quakertown!

Or maybe Wormie is right: Geoffrey wants a girlfriend!
 

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this is ironic that it was in such close proximity to the thread about "i finally heard it" (the howl)
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maybe Geoff is howling, "I wanna friend! preferably female who is not an elderly cat. a fine young female basset would do..!! arooo arooo!"

(ummm. that's what i'd be saying)
--Worm
My thoughts too... we have always had two or three Bassets partly for that reason... they love company of other Bassets and are so much happier than when on their own! I would also leave the radio on for Geoffrey to shut out other noises he might hear in the apartment block!
 

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It took me months to reduce porter's separation anxiety after I adopted him last summer. I gave him treats everytime I left and toys such as kongs filled with frozen peanut butter. I had to increase the amount of time I left him alone slowly and of course, I baked all my neighbors homemade cookies to apologize for my dog.
 

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In an unasamed take over of the thread I would like to mention to all PA hounds and their owners looking for a fun Basset activity over Labor Day that North Lancaster Beagle Club. in conjuction with AHBA are holding a field trial. That is where basset get to try there paws at finding chasing and tracking bunnies and hares. The only criteria is the dog be a basset hound that is it must look like a basset it need not have a breed registration. And it must be under 15 inches tall. Spayed, nuetered rescue or not all wellcome. Cost is 10 one time registration fee and typically $15.00 day for the trial breakfast and luch are available for a nominal fee. At the very least you get an hour out in the field with your dog. for more details see
What would your hound think of this?
 
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