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I should have listened....take heed!

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I posted here a month ago and got some excellent advice that I should have listened to!
Against better judgement I agreed to rehome a local basset whose family could no longer look after her due to seperation. It seemed like fate :rolleyes: I really thought I would be able to cope with an 8 month old basset and a one year old toddler no problem, but in reality I just couldn't concentrate on Rosie's training needs sufficiently. For anyone considering it let me tell you that it is extremely hard work! Poor Rosie loved stealing my toddlers toys etc and I seemed to be constantly telling her off...which is not much fun for anyone. House training also seemed to be mission impossible. How can you watch a puppy constantly and care for a toddler at the same time? Your time is constantly divided which isn't fair on either party :(
Anyway, to cut a long story short I have done what was best for Rosie and let my cousin be owned by her. She and her husband live on an 110 acre farm and have had bassets for 30 years. They lost their 15 yr old bitch last month which left their 6 month old called Betty very lonely. Rosie has landed well and truly on her feet there!!
As for me, well I now know that Bassets are the breed for me....just not a young one. SO I have registered with the local Basset rescue and will wait patiently until they find an older basset that is right for us.
Please take heed and learn from my mistake!!
In the meantime I can share all of yours with your great pictures and sound advice :D
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I, for one, congratulate you for knowing the right thing to do and when to do it. Consider it your first "foster" and feel good about your decision. Thank goodness I only have toddler (and older) grandkids who visit sporadically so that would not be an issue for me but I, too, don't know how it could easily be done.

Sounds like Rose (also the name of my first Basset) has now got the world by her tail! Good for her and Good For You!! :D
About 35 years ago I guess I was a glutten for punishment or just to young to know any better. My son was 8 months old and we bought a 8 week old basset puppy. They were both a lot of work, but they grew up together and were totally inseperable (sp). When we took our son to pre-school for the first time the dog cried all morning until time to go pick him back up. They were 14 years old when our beloved basset went to the bridge and it was several years before we were ready for another dog. Today my son is owned by his best friend "Mr. Dooley" who is now about 7 or 8 years (a basset rescue). Mr Dooley has visited with Grandma this weekend and now he is sitting in the window watching for "his Daddy" to come pick him up. I know we each make the best decisions we can when we have to make them, but I've never regretted my boys growing up together.
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What a happy endind for everyone involved! I was worried when I read the topic - but I think everyone is just where they belong. And I know that your basset is out there just waiting to find you when the time is right. And you'll be a great slave when that happens.
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