The Basset Hound: Meet “Vegas”

Basset Hound Wearing Sunglasses

I moved to Los Angeles in 2008. The apartment I moved in to did not allow pets. I remember walking around the neighborhood and seeing people with their pets. I love dogs, loved the neighbor’s dogs, I wanted a dog! After my lease was over after one year, I was determined to move in to a “pet friendly” apartment building.

Thank you Google search for finding my new baby. Here enters my new pup, “Vegas”.

Basset hound puppy

“Vegas” was born on July 24, 2009. Her Mom’s name is “Harley”, her Pop is”Bubba”. Vegas came from a sweet family in southern California that decided to have allow their basset hounds to mate for one liter of pups. Vegas is the runt of her pack. She was the smallest pup out of all of her brothers and sisters. If you have ever heard that the runt is the best pup to have, I agree-110%! I am not just saying that because I adore my lil’ hound, but “Vegas” is a terrific dog!

Why would anyone name their puppy “Vegas”? Before I brought “Vegas” home, I went over names day and night that I thought would suit a basset hound. It was my basset hound’s markings that helped me pick her name. She has a big heart patch on the side of her body, a diamond shape on top of her head, and a patch of clubs (from a playing card)  on her bum. Yes! “Vegas”!

Basset hound patch

“Vegas” was easy to house train (she refuses to relive herself in the house).”Vegas” has NO idea how to be mean. I have never once noticed any type of growl or dislike toward any dog or human. Vegas is a total lover filled with loyalty and warmth. I do not believe in screaming or being mean to my dog, so I suppose it’s true; How the dog is raised will be the outcome. She greets visitors with a wagging tail and much excitement. She is also a funny gal. I started trained her to “roo” since she was a pup, so now that she is two years old, she “sings” when I say “sing! sing!” (And by singing, I mean “roo-ing”). It is hysterical! Vegas goes crazy when she notices a squirrel, cat, moth, bird, bug, dog….

Basset Hound puppy sleeping

When “Vegas” was a tiny pup, Jessica Simpson stopped traffic on Los Feliz Boulevard to look at my pup. TRUE STORY.  ”Vegas” is THAT beautiful and the people in my building call her the “neighborhood favorite, best dog on the block”. Basset hounds have a chill temper, and “Vegas”is very laid back.  has NO idea how to be mean. I have never once noticed any type of growl or dislike toward any dog or human. Vegas is a total lover filled with loyalty and warmth. She is also a funny gal. I started trained her to “roo” since she was a pup, so now that she is two years old, she “sings” on point…and by singing, I mean “roo-ing”. It is hysterical! Vegas goes loca when she notices a squirrel, cat, moth, bird, bug, dog….

Basset Hound

Now, the issue-dog food. My basset hound likes dog food as much as I do. It’s almost as if she looks at me thinking, “Really, Mom? I don’t think so!” She looks at the bowl, looks at me and walks away. I have tried switching up her food, mixing in wet food, chicken, special dog dressings and the “waiting game”; Allowing a day to pass without eating. (I’m sot so great at that.)  She has the art of taking the boiled chicken breasts (that I have to mix in for her to even look at the dog food) and separating the dog food from the chicken. It’s true, basset hounds are stubborn. It is partially my fault, I admit it. Ok-so maybe giving her pieces of a hot dog and an occasional pizza crust wasn’t-and isn’t a good idea. Basset hounds know exactly what they are doing when it comes to getting what they want.

Basset Hound Female

I love giving her massages. At night, she sits on my lap on the balcony and we do a neighborhood watch together. “Vegas’” ears are like velvet, her fur is like silk, and her heart is GOLD. My basset hound helps keep my sanity, she knows when I am sad, wags her tail whe I dance around in my apartment, and has her own love seat. She is my earth angel and I pray every day I have her for a very long time. Without her, my life would be different living 3000 miles from home.

Dogs are beautiful creatures. They are the only beings that will ever love you more than they love themselves. My lil’ “low rider” is a blessing. I love my hound dog!

I’d love to hear your story! Please feel free to comment below!

-Krysten, CuteToob Staff

 

 

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