Three cheers for basset hounds!

10 May

On a Thursday about wo weeks ago, Oregon Basset Hound Rescue received this request and our adoption coordinator sent it out to the volunteers.

My name is L*** and I’m emailing for an old man I met who has 4 Bassett
hounds 3 of whom need homes. The man’s health has declined and he needs to
move from his home to a place more suited to help him but he can’t until
these poor little babies find homes…These are beautiful dogs and I want to help them get a life they deserve.

There were 2 males, Barney and Buddy, and a female named Pearl who needed homes. I put on my OBHR superhero cape and went into action.


Buddy, son of Pearl and Barney,  was about a year old and I had the perfect home for him. I had done a home visit in January for a woman who had an older dog and an adult basset mix and wanted a wanted a younger basset. We had a 1 year old boy available at the time and got several applications on him. I did two home visits for that dog, but they were second & third in line for that young fellow. I always tell people we mostly get older dogs, but, if they can be patient  a younger dog might come along. She was thrilled when I contacted her, excited at the prospect. Check, one dog taken care of.

I manage the Oregon Basset Hound Games Facebook page and our President asked me to post the dogs there to get word out quickly. Within a few hours, there were lots of comments, but two people messaged me. One was a person who had adopted from and fostered for us before. Check….a foster home in case we don’t get anyone else. Maybe a good home for Barney.


The third was a woman who had lost a senior female in March and was especially interested in Pearl, who, at 4 or 5, had lived a hard life, giving birth to several litters.


I told her our process and she had her adoption application filled out by the next day. I did the home visit the following Monday, where I met her current dog and looked around her home. Boom…three potential families.

I contacted the woman to let her know we had three candidates and worked out a time and place to make the exchange. They were out of town for a few days and lived 2 hours from Portland. One of the adopters had something on the next weekend. Finally, we settled on Saturday, May 7. The dogs had never been to a vet, and I don’t know what to expect, though the original owner said he got rabies vaccine from the feed store and did his own at home.  With no official records, we decided to make an appointment with our vet, get the three dogs microchipped and vaccinated, and give them a once over.

I thought, calling a week and a half ahead, we would have no problem getting an appointment. Of course, I was mistaken. Fortunately, I spoke directly the vet and she said we should just bring them in around noon and she would squeeze them in.

And so Saturday rolled around. I checked Friday to be sure everyone was still on board. You’d be surprised how often these things fall through. Once again, the odds were in my favor and everyone was still good to go.

When I got to the clinic, I met the angels who had contacted us in the parking lot and finally met the dogs. Oh, they were filthy and their nails were horrifically long. We waddled our way into the clinic and they put us in a room. It was about 1 p.m. Three people and three stinky dogs in a room.


Barney was going to live with a family three hours east of Portland, so he went first. Pearl and Buddy mourned his departure. For dogs who had never lived in doors, they quickly learned the meaning of the door. He was back before too long, with ear cleaner and drops for a minor ear infection, and I texted his foster family. We’d arranged for them to arrive by two and both they and Barney were good to go by that time.

And then there were two.

Pearl and Buddy each got their turn. Pearl also had an ear infection and got cleaner and drops, but Buddy was in good health. I texted their new moms and they arrived by three. We spent some time in the room, talking over what the vet had said. And then, we all left.

Buddy’s mom sent me some photos Saturday evening. he was settling in nicely.


Barney’s foster mom said he did well on the drive. We got him up on Petfinder today. This picture ought to get some action.


Today I heard that Pearl is also settling in well. She was the one my heart went out to her. It was the day before Mother’s Day and I was breaking up her family. To top it all off, her mammary glands were so stretched, they almost dragged on the ground and she was in heat.  But she has a new home with a new mom and a lovely sister and the rest of her life to relax.

I’d spent three hours in that small room. I was exhausted, covered in dog hair and smelled like a kennel. When I got home, I threw my clothes in the washer, had a shower and then a nap. I slept like a baby.



9 Responses to “Three cheers for basset hounds!”

  1. arlsvera May 10, 2016 at 5:46 am #

    What a day! I’m so impressed that you found homes for all three .. you might be exhausted, but you have to feel good!

  2. terierrol May 10, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    I found myself smiling reading your post. I am so happy everyone found new homes. It was terrific of you to get it all so ;organized.

  3. Roger Atkinson May 10, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    I appreciate all you and OBHR does for these wonderful creatures.

  4. arjeha May 10, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    What a day! How lucky for those dogs to have you on their side. Wishing a long, happy, loving life for the dogs in their new homes.

  5. elsie May 10, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Who can say no to a basset’s face? You are an angel to do this work for these special dogs! What a day! Glad all systems were go for you and the dogs.

  6. lisaorchard1 May 10, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    What an awesome thing you do. I hope Pearl perks up. Thanks for sharing this day with us!

  7. joann hulquist May 10, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    They are so fortunate to have you to look out for them!

    Joann Hulquist Principal, William Walker Elem. School 503-356-2520 (W) 503-803-3621 (C)


    • suzshaff May 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      A good day’s work…rewarded, I hope, with a good night’s sleep!

  8. Melissa Edmonson May 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    A well deserved rest for a caring human being. Well done!🐶

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