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As some of you may know, I've have Homer for a little over 2 years now. He was given to me by an acquaintance who's inlaws didn't want him anymore, as they were splitting up. I believe he had a couple of different homes, although he was only 1 1/2 years old. I already had two Lab mixes and didn't need another dog, but I had lost my Basset when he was 11 a couple of years back and missed him terribly. When I saw Homer, I couldn't resist. He has been a handful since day one. I had a behavioralist come in because he was growling and wild. She said his aggression was out of fear and that someone must have abused him. I had him in obedience school twice and he does a few commands. He goes after my cats all the time so I have to keep them out of his way when he's out of his crate. He does get along with the other dogs though. He has a BIG problem with resourse guarding and growls at people he doesn't know. I have been atttacked by him three times in the 2.5 years I've had him. This would happen when I would take away something he wanted and perhaps stole, or as in the other evening when he wanted one of the cheese and crackers near me and I said "no". He went completely nuts! Growling, trying to bite, etc. I had to have someone pull him off me! Then he is very sheepish for days on end, knowing he was very bad. On top of all this, I love him to pieces and he can be very loving and sweet. My heart if breaking because I don't know what to do! I can't give him up to anyone for fear he will harm someone. I don't want to put down a perfectly healthy, beautiful Basset. What to do?? I was given the name of someone who does indivicual training, and I'm thinking of calling him. I wonder though if after all this time he can actually help. :(

If anyone has any experience with this behavior in a Basset, please let me know. I'm so depressed at what has happened and don't know what to do.
 

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Thank you all so much for all your suggestions. I spoke with a woman I know who has been to visit and has met Homer and really loves him. She does agility with her Golden. She and her husband even purchased an RV to drive to competitions. She is very knowledgeable about dogs, behavior, and training. She also has many friends who are doing the agility thing and have rescue places for various breeds and people who foster, she being one as well. She is going to ask around and see if she can find a good home for Homer. She strongly feels that there is someone out there who will love Homer to pieces and take good care of him. I told her everything about him, most of which she already knew, and she will be sharing this information with everyone as well. We agree that he needs someone without cats or children, as well as someone who will be stern with him. I am the type who loves a cuddly, warm dog that is not hyper or demanding. I had a Basset who I rescued years ago that was just like that. He passed on about 4 years ago at age 12 and I missed him terribly. He was my first Basset and I just assumed that they were all layed back like him.

This is breaking my heart something awful. I am so attached to Homer and love him so much and this is going to be so difficult, but after thinking that my only option was to put him down, this is a lot more bearable.

When I'm hound-less, I will be missing this board very much. I think it would be too painful to hear about all these wonderful, beautiful Bassets and not have one of my own. You guys are really great.
 

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I heard from my friend in NJ who offered to find Homer a home and the woman that does her hair and lives nearby her also takes in rescues and has two dogs and a couple of cats. When my friend was here to visit this spring, she fell in love with Homer (likes the bad boys!) and was telling this woman and she said she always wanted a Basset Hound. So, she called her to say I was going to give him up and told her why and listed all his problems, etc. This woman was all excited and said she'd love to have Homer. I said I would like to speak to her myself because I have some reservations. She has a new husband, who supposedly is an animal person too, and a teenage son who live at home. In addition, her mother lives with her, which is of concern to me. I worry about his aggression and his resource guarding and I just don't want anyone in her family to be harmed. What happened with me was scary, but extremely rare - still, knowing it could happen has me worried and I want to feel confident that she understands all the risks. She said her cats stay upstairs and are not a problem. She also only works a few days a week and is home most of the time. She also walks 1-2 miles a day and wants to take Homer with her. So, I hope to speak to her tonight and will let you know what happens. I am still walking around with stinging eyes and a major headache.
 

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Ok, I heard from Karen, the woman who wants Homer. I had a HUGE list of all his "minuses" because I wanted to be totally honest with her. My friend Pat was in the room and heard every word I had to say to her, so I have a witness!! Pat said she was positive that she wouldn't take him after hearing all that. But after I told her EVERYTHING, she still wants him - badly!! I am extremely concerned because she has two very small rescue dogs and a couple of cats. I told her that he is very dangerous around small animals, but she feels she can handle it <_< She thinks that most of Homer's problems stem from lack of exercise and she plans to give him plenty of that. She lives a couple of blocks from the beach (Jersey shore) and takes her dogs walking on the beach. Wow - Homer's never walked in beach sand before! She said she also has a fenced in yard for him to run around in and is home most times, which I certainly wasn't. After all was said and done, I couldn't discourage her so I will be meeting her half way between NJ and NY. She will be with Debbie, sil to Pat, who set all this up. She will be coming with her RV, probably a week from this Sunday. I am going to be sure first that Debbie agrees to take Homer in if things don't work out and keep him there till she can get him another home. I can't take him back. I'm an emotional wreck about this as it is and the thought of having to go through this again is very depressing. Besides, my plan is to get another dog - a CALM one, because Sarah is 14 and I don't want BJ to end up alone.
 

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I truly appreciate your concern, however, the person who set this up is the sister-in-law of my housemate and I've know her for years. She is a true dog lover and feels that this may be a good match. A lot of Homer's problems are that he is crated much of the time since I have a full time job and there is just not enough time to exercise him properly. Afterall, he came to me at 1 1/2 years old and is only a little over 3 1/2 now. He is a hyper dog by nature and needs to burn off energy. The woman who wants him is home much of the time and will be exercising him a lot. She really feels that she can handle him just fine. I did get 100% assurance from the sil that if this is not working, she will take Homer in and care for him until she can find another home for him. When she visited us this past spring, she was so good with him. He behaved so well, for the most part. She feels that she is much firmer than I am and when she told him something he actually listened! I think I have been a real push-over for him and he needs someone who will be firm with him. I'm meeting them half way on Sunday and will make the exchange :( . I am including his crate and bedding and all his toys and stuff. I want him to feel at home. I've typed up all the information about his behavior and what he likes and doesn't like. I will also include a bag of his food.
 
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