Today we became a proud owner of a Basset Hound. We've (hubby, 8 mos old baby, and I) been going to the local shelters for a month, and we finally found a dog that was compatible with us.
We never had a Basset in mind until we saw one. She was less than a year old and had been at the shelter for a few days when we decided to learn more about the breed. That weekend I decided to read a bit about the breed. I fell in love with it.
That monday we went back to the shelter and to our luck, she had just been adopted. Oh, I had already made up an acct on here because I was sure she would still be there. Grrr! I was upset...very dissapointed.
We kept going back to that shelter and another one. Found other dogs we thought would be great for baby, but nope. No compatability. Only because of the baby.
I think last Monday, we went back. We found another Basset! I could not believe it!! My hopes got high again! She seemed very nice and sweet towards me and baby through the kennel, so right away we asked about her. Since she had to be there a week to find out if her owners claimed her, we couldn't interact with her. So, we got on the list. We were second. We had the appt to interact with her at 11am last Friday and I had to call after 1030am that day to find out if the first hold took her.
From 1030 to 1045 I kept calling and calling. No answer. I left a message too. My husband was out of town so I had to load the baby, our current dog (Jack Russell) with his kennel and myself in the car. I called again on the way there....no answer! (Oh, between Monday and Friday I kept going to the other shelter to find another dog just in case the Basset wasn't available. Cause I just knew she was going to be taken. Still nothing.) So I get to the shelter. I told them that I've been trying to call to see if the Basset was still there, and to my surprise, she was!!! Oh my gosh, I got so happy! But, then they said that they had to do a safe test first, and that was going to take days, since the shelter was understaffed. So, they said they would call me as soon as the results were in.
So, today they called me to let me know that she did great. So, I took hubby, baby, dog and myself to the shelter again. The interaction went perfect!! The dogs got along great, and she let the baby pet her. You see, our Jack does not care about the baby. He does not acknowledge her. The baby falls apart when the dog gets near her, and she wants to pet him, so, besides getting the Jack a companion, we wanted a dog for the baby. And we finally found one that was compatible for everyone. I think it was meant to be!
We brought her home today and the dogs played for a while. Most of all, she wanted to be loved. I think we are going to name her Willemina. Mina for short. Oh, she's 2 years old, so she's still a young one.
Hope to learn more about the breed so I can give Mina the best.