I just got back from a three-week trip, and in order not to make my dogs out to be so incredibly spoiled, I left out some details on the instructions for the petsitter. So she emails me one day and says everything is going fine, but where is Lightning getting all these apples? One of the things I debated about telling her is that I have apple trees, and every night, Lightning and I go through this routine where he comes trotting into the living room, apple in mouth (which is very funny looking), drops it in front of me, at which point I have to go on and on about what a great apple that is and how I'm going to steal it, until Lightning grabs and eats it (if I don't go through this routine, he just stares at me and barks his head off). We go through this three or four times a night, during apple season. So I did finally have to fess up to the petsitter about this routine. And she did report about seeing the Basset 500--I didn't know that this is basset specialty. I think she really liked the dogs.