Like I said earlier, I’m very sorry it didn’t work out for Vision and thank you Vision for trying. Apologies for the long post but I want to talk about Rudolph for a bit.
I have spent several days with Rudolph so let me tell you all about him from my perspective. It was probably a little hard for Vision to get a good idea of what House of Puddles is like if he was only there a short time. When you first arrive, it is crazy and hectic and loud because all the old dogs are very excited. They jump up and bark and run around and it’s a mob scene.
But, if you are there for a longer period of time, all the old dogs do what old bassets do. They find a good place to take a nap (preferably cuddling with a person) and lay down.
Rudolph is no different. He’s very excited and anxious at first, but once the others settle down, so does he. If the dogs he hates (Gus and Hermey, who aren’t yet neutered because they’re new to HOP and are undergoing heartworm treatment, and Jeeps, the coonhound) aren’t in eyeshot he wanders around a bit, sniffs the girls, flirts with the cute ones, then he comes up to you, stands right in front of you, and stares deeply into your eyes. I’ve known bassets my whole life and I have never had a basset make this kind of intense eye contact before, It’s like he’s trying to tell you how much he wants to be loved. It’s not intimidating at all—it’s like he’s trying to make a deep soul connection with you.
If you invite him up on the couch with you, he will lay half-on your lap with his head down to be scratched. Every few minutes he’ll look up at you as if to say thank you for loving me and wave his paws back and forth. If you scratch him behind the ears and under the chin, he moans in happiness.
If you walk to the front door with him and open it, he’ll go right outside and do his business. HOP is fenced in so no one needs a leash. He sniffs the yard and checks things out then comes right back in and just wants to get back in your lap. Rudolph isn’t very independent, he needs reassurance. As far as we know, he and Hermey were neglected—left outside and not fed or given water regularly, or attention—before they made it to an animal shelter. Rudolph doesn’t cringe or whimper like a dog that’s been beaten, but he is needy, like a dog who’s been ignored and neglected.
If Rudolph is around Jeeps, Hermey or Gus, he turns into a different dog. He seems to feel threatened by other aggressive, unneutered males. So he shouldn’t live in a home with one. With Becky, Louisa, Lilly and other cute girls though—he is quite a Romeo. And a flirt!
Rudolph is a wonderful, squishy, soft, handsome, loving basset who just needs the right home. If my house weren’t already too full, with 3 cats and 2 dogs and no space to even turn around—I would take him myself. He is a big baby and he needs a home where the people know and understand bassets very well and where there are no other male dogs he has to compete with, and where they will give him all the unreserved love and affection he needs so he can regain the confidence he has lost through years of neglect. It would be wonderful if there were someone on Cyberhound who wants him, but if not, maybe one of you knows someone who fits the bill. All Marilyn asks is that the person who takes Rudolph be close enough that he can go back to HOP easily if it doesn’t work out.
Thanks, everyone, for reading. Rudolph is a unique basset and I think, in the right home with the right people, he would end up being someone’s heart-dog—the one dog above all others they hold close to their heart.