2015 Oregon Basset Hound Games

21 Jul

July brings the dog days of summer. Literally. The Oregon Basset Hound Games is always held on the third Sunday in July.

The planning team was a little short-handed this year and the weather was hot, which Oregonians fear and loathe, but the show must go on, and it did with gusto.


As always, the Games opened with the limbo. Although bassets are low riders, their tails prove to be their downfall in this event.


There are several highlights. Everyone  loves the costume contest. Everyone of the two-leggers that is; the results are inconclusive for the four-leggers.


The poor lithe dalmatian in the middle kept trying to remove her hat. Others were more cooperative.





Aside from their sad faces and stubbornness, basset hounds are infamous for two things: laziness and howling. Naturally, there is a Marathon Napping contest.


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Some years, there seem to be more barkers than howlers. This was not one of them.

My favorite event is the last event: Synchronized Swimming. The concept is simple. Lead your basset to the kiddie pool. Convince him/her to get all four paws in the pool. Get out on the other side and cross the finish line. Unfortunately, base hounds hate water and most refuse to get into the pool. Watching the owners try to convince their dog to get on the pool is hilarious.





8 Responses to “2015 Oregon Basset Hound Games”

  1. Ramona July 21, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Love the Marathon Napping contest! And the owners trying to get their dogs into the pool. Thanks for the smiles!

  2. bingoaname July 21, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    That is just amazing! I’d love an event like that around here.

  3. mlvteach July 21, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    This is the most hysterical thing! What a fun way to spend a day! My sister had a basset hound named Barney…I guess he fit the basset hound stereotype perfectly because he would have been right at home at Oregon’s Basset Hound Games.

  4. arjeha July 21, 2015 at 6:03 am #

    Napping marathon…I can get into that. Love the costumes. Can’t see dressing cats in costumes. I know mine would stand for it.

  5. jarhartz July 21, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I love this! The pictures and the video is hysterical!

    And isn’t the weather just too hot.

    • Adrienne July 21, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      Thank goodness we are back to a little below normal today. I am not a fan of hot weather.

  6. joann hulquist July 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    How did the sweater auction go?

    Joann Hulquist Principal, William Walker Elem. School 503-672-3605 (W) 503-803-3621 (C)


    • Adrienne July 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      Not so well. We tried a silent auction this year and it was absolutely silent. No one signed up. So, we are saving the sweater for next year, when it will be a raffle item.

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