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The wife put the hounds out last night after dinner and all hell broke loose on the deck. The hounds had discovered a possum on the deck and had it cornered where the railing meets the house. Has anyone ever tried pulling 3 bassets in the house when they have a varmint trapped? Luckily my wife was able to get the hounds in the house before the possum could nab one of them. She than turned her attention to the unwanted visitor. By now the obnoxious little guy was in a bad mood and in full fight mode. This was not the best thing for him as the wife quickly grabbed a piece of wood and whacked (golf style) his growling, snarling butt off the deck at which point he waddled off none the worse for wear.


On a positive note unlike the skunk that came to visit a couple of years ago this guy doesn't stink near as bad and moves considerably slower making him an easier target.
 

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hahaha, sounds like the dogs were having the time of their lives! glad you were able to get them inside and the possum away without much trouble.
 

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For the safety of your little hounds, keeping them inside can avoid the similar situation and prevent from getting cold in this frigid winter. The coat of hounds are not thick to stay in the snow for over 20 minutes, so wearing a warm jacket or sweater and boots is necessary for your dogs if you are going to bring them outside for a long time :)
 

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yeesh Basset are designed to be able to hunt rabbit and hare in the snow and in winter temps. high temps high 80's and 90 is a different story and you need to be diligent about heat stroke with prolonged activity in high temps. dogs that are not adapted to the cold is another story but dogs that have frequent cold and weather exposure have no problems with the relatively mild winter we have had so far. It just gets a little annoying when the animal right agenda propagating myths that find there way into main stream pet ownership get more than a little annoying if not address, it becomes down right dangerous for pet ownership as we are slowly regulating the ability to own pets out of existence.
 

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If the hounds get too cold or to hot outside they stand at the patio door and raise a ruckus. Bassets are not stupid. They won't just sit outside and quietly freeze. If the howling and barking fails to work they start knocking on the door with their front feet.


BTW that SOB possum came back yesterday evening. He came right up to the patio door and stood there looking in. Even with Sherlock barking and baying on the other side of door he wouldn't go way. This guy is asking to be terminated.
 

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LOL, I'm originally from Ontario and my hounds would play in the snow for hours at a time.
 

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LOL, I'm originally from Ontario and my hounds would play in the snow for hours at a time.

Us too. We never put a coat on our hounds although by the same token we didn't leave them standing around outside when it was stupid-cold out there. And if it was blowing a blizzard out there, none of us ventured out until it improved! We had one of our puppies go up to live in Moose Factory (way north) and obviously he had to be outside. Interestingly he grew a thicker coat on his tummy and feet!! But again he never wore a coat! :eek: Yeesh indeed.


The only concession I made to the Winter out there (other than staying indoors during a blizzard) was to dig pathways through deep snow, when we got that (for the males - ouch) and maybe having to dig the snow away from the fencing when it drifted, to stop them being able to walk out over the top if it packed down enough.



No coat - nature will provide unless we interfere.
 
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