I am new to this forum, and I've been watching how you guys have been treating Dexter's Mom. I think she only wanted to receive a little comfort and sympathy from other Basset owners. Instead, all she got was a scolding from all of you. That is really messed up!
I've been a Basset owner for 6 years now, and I understand how she feels since in January I took my girl to a couple's home where they have a male Basset. I was soooo sad, that 2 days later I was picking her up. I just couldn't deal with the separation. I missed her so much that I was even ready to forget the whole breeding thing.
Since my ex-boyfriend has a Basset also, (I had rescued him from an abusive household 2 years ago), I decided to mate him with my girl. My puppies are almost 4 weeks old, and will not be registered, since I could not get the male's papers, (and like Dexter's Mom said, that doesn't necessarily make him a bad breed). The puppies are gorgeous and healthy, and have already been purchased...without papers.
So, Dexter's Mom: I know how you felt, and don't worry, it's your dog, and it's your choice. The girl's mother is the one that has to deal with the bills, and the selling and the cleaning, etc. And forget about these insensitive people. They just didn't get that you weren't asking for a scolding or even advice; you just needed someone that understood how you felt.
PS - Bassets are rare in Puerto Rico also. And when you do find one, they go for $1,000 and only at Pet Stores...(who buys from puppy mills...) And if any of you can find in Puerto Rico where the Basset Rescue is, please let me know. And another thing: here in Puerto Rico, people rather buy a dog from a backyard breeder than from a recognizable breeder. More often than not, they are sick or neglected, while a BYB is usually a caring owner that treats their dogs with lots of TLC... just something to think about.