Why I’m glad I have basset hounds

15 Aug

Bassets are lazy. Here’s what it looks like at my house most of the time.




Lucy is the most energetic, but she will only play fetch for 5-10 minutes, before it is nap time again. In the summer, the three of us often go take 2 hour naps. I sometimes put my pajamas on & get under the covers.  Going back to work after having the summer off can be difficult for all of us.

In her nearly wordless book, Ball,  Mary Sullivan shows what it is like at the opposite end of the dog spectrum.


It is nearly wordless, because one word appears on almost every page:


This is a fun book and would be great as a read aloud to show kids to teach them about voice in writing. The one word of text  is repeated forty-four times in various sizes, upper and lower case, with varying punctuation and by different speakers with equally varied visual interpretation. The size and boldness of the letters in the panel above convey a message very different from the panel below.


There are other things I like about this book. The pictures and colors make it look like an older book and help the reader read between the lines and decipher the dog’s  emotional state.

So glad my girls are not this ball obsessed.

2 Responses to “Why I’m glad I have basset hounds”

  1. Smash August 15, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Oh I love basset hounds! The sweet dozy face in that second picture is priceless! You are blessed to have such lovable pets 🙂

  2. Lorie Easton August 16, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Adrienne! Yes, you Gillespies do love your naps!Last night I watched a program on the Doc Zone about our relationship with dogs and shows just how crazy we human’s are for our four legged, furry friends. It was interesting especially the first part where a scientist was talking about a dog’s ability to “read” faces, very similar to humans.

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