Oregon Basset Hound Games 2014

22 Jul

I needed two naps yesterday to recover from the fun I had at the 2014 Oregon Basset Hound Games.

After a week of HOT weather, the morning dawned with clouds and RAIN. It was raining almost the entire 45 minute drive to Woodburn, OR. It was misting while we set up the canopies, maze, ring and registration table. Registration opened at 8:30 and a few regulars were there at that time. People slowly trickled in. By 9:45 the rain had stopped but we didn’t have many people. But they came eventually. I think they were waiting to see if the rain was really over. We started the Games off with the LIMBO contest and by the time it was over, we had a full house.

There were tricks. Bassets are always cooperative, so the fact that any of them do anything on command, is always fun.



The maze, which includes a water feature, is a challenge to some, but a joy to others.

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The costume contest is always a delight. Little Bo Peep showed up, as did the chain gang.

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And a real live circus complete with a lion.

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Lots of butterflies appeared, some more willingly than others.

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About halfway through we release biodegradable memorial balloons. I got a little teary eyed.


Although sleeping is one of a basset’s best skills, the Napping contest was over quickly.

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Have you ever noticed how some people look like their dogs?


There was a puppy dash and a Senior Prom, a race for dogs over 10. As always we ended with synchronized swimming.  Bassets don’t like water, so the owner has to run with their dog up to a kiddie pool and convince them to get into the pool with all four feet, then get out the other side and run across the finish line. The crowd roars with laughter watching people trying to convince their dog to get in the pool. They use snacks, chess and even two-legged siblings,


All in all it was a great time. Basset owners are a special breed and love their dogs.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. This is OBHR”s big fundraising event of the year and we thank everyone who supports us. If you are on Facebook, you can see more pictures on the Oregon Basset Hound Games page. Just type “Oregon Basset Hound Games” in the search bar. That site also has videos.

7 Responses to “Oregon Basset Hound Games 2014”

  1. Kendra July 22, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    We have a basset as a neighbor. And I love him. Whenever he gets out, we lure him home with apple slices. And when the kids are running the neighborhood, he loves to plop right in the middle of the sidewalk and just watch. This whole post made me smile. Dog people are the best. 🙂 I miss our doggie so. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. arjeha July 22, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    What a fun event! Dogs are so willing to please. Our would probably look at us and say, “You want me to do what? I don’t think so!”

  3. Anonymous July 22, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I LOVED the lion costume!!

  4. joann hulquist July 22, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    The lion costume was the best!

    Joann Hulquist Sent from my iPad

  5. elsie July 22, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    You are right about Bassett owners are a special breed. It was great that the weather cooperated. I understand why you needed an extra nap. Fun times!

  6. aweekoraweekend July 28, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Too hilarious!

    • Adrienne July 28, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      I was going to see if you be the photographer, but you were on a most amazing 25th anniversary adventure.

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