I just want to ask you if your bassets like swimming. I read that they really don't like to be in the water and they might drown but we took Droopy at the beach, where he swam and seemed to enjoy it very much. Do you have similar experiences?
My hounds hate bath time but they will walk in the water at the beach and have no problem going out in the rain. I wouldn't mind if they went out in the rain, hurried up and did their business but they want to take their time and then come in soaking wet, it doesn't bother them.
Bogie hasn't exactly gone swimming, but he has no issues going in puddles that are deeper than he is. Also after just a few hours of sitting on a beach (and a few hours of running away from the waves) he decided to let the water hit him, and as soon as he did he loved running around in the shallow water at the beach.
My basset, Jasper Jones, loves water but will not go beyond his chest level. When he tried once, he swallowed the water and it scared him. I think that loose mouth isn't designed to stay closed when needed. He does love to wade around in ponds and puddles, streams, etc. He also loves a warm bath, he'll stand in the tub and let me wash him. I never saw a dog who takes so long to dry off though. That short hair is really thick.