Therapy dog: basset hound helps cancer patients in Appleton, Wisconsin

Fitzgeral William, AKA Fitz, is a 4-year-old basset hound. He is a therapy dog who, once a week visits the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. His volunteer ours are 1 to 2 hours. It’s been shown that interacting with a pet releases the chemical oxytocin, a beneficial hormone also known as the “feel-good […]

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

A few weeks ago, I lost my companion. He died in my arms. Then, as he was part of an open adoption, and, as his family is Buddhists, we witnessed his memorial service at a Buddhist temple. His soul was released to find another body. I wished him a human body that would love animals […]

Living with Dogs with Cancer

I currently live with two basset hounds. Living with Bassets hound is nothing new for me. I have been sharing my home with the breed for over 30 years. In the past 30 years, I’ve lived with about 8 bassets (and many other mixed breeds, as well). I’ve had single, as well as packs of […]

Basset Hound Saves Family from House Fire

Wrangler knew the rules: He was not to go up on the new bed. But on September 8, 2015. Wrangler kept breaking the rules. Finnaly, his owner woke up annoyed, only to find that there was some crackling and smoke coming from the attic. Wrangler saved his family’s life. How about that! It’s rare to […]

Basset Hound Earns Top Agility Award

Bassets: Are They Couch Potatoes? Most people think of a basset hound as the perfect couch-potato dog. Most bassets are low key, don’t disturb my sleep kind of dogs. Many also claim that because basset hounds are stubborn by nature (after all, they were bred to follow their nose and get that rabbit out of […]

A Great Video about Basset Hounds

So you decided to get a basset hound? Great! First, however, make sure that you get your puppy from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will make you sign a contract that will bind you to spay/neuter your dog and will also inform you that your basset can always be returned to the breeder. A […]

Basset Hound Among Smartest Breeds

They may seem lazy, they may seem not too smart, but don’t be fooled, they are smart. They will not do tricks just for the sake of doing tricks, they’ll do it because they want to, they’ll do it because they love you. That’s a basset hound. And on top of it all, they make […]