ADOPTED 08-12-11 – Princess has found her castle and king. She was adopted today by her foster, Kathy and I am so thrilled for Princess, Kathy and all of her 4 legged brothers and sisters. It was love at first sight in her foster home by all her new 4 legged brothers and sisters. Princess has her own castle and is surrounded by her knights and kightness’s in shining armor of black and brown fur. Her knight did not come on a white horse to rescue her, no; her rescuer came with 4 friends that opened their hearts to her. Princess now has a castle of stuffed toys, a popcorn bowl with an assortment of bones and lots and lots of belly rubs. Thank you PAWS, Jennifer, Carmen & Christy for giving us such a wonderful sweet dog. She will now be a part of our village, kind of like a cousin, so we can see her often and hear how she is doing. CONTRATULATIONS KATHY AND THANK YOU!
FOSTER UPDATE 08-11-11: Princess is in good health and now weighs 37 lbs. HISTORY: She was rescued from a kill shelter in LA, vetted and vaccinated by PAWS of NE, fostered and given lots of love and a chance for a new life with PAWS fosters, Jane & Carmen. Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc. works closely with PAWS and took Princess into rescue so that PAWS can focus their efforts on the new daily arrivals. Princess is now enjoying her new foster home in RI with her new mom Kathy.
Princess is living with 4 other dogs and a cat and has mastered the art of the dog door very quickly. She enjoys going in & out at her will. Since her arrival in RI, she is beginning to understand that she can trust people and is definitely more confident now, then when she first came to her new foster home. She loved her fosters in LA and it was hard for her to leave the first home that showed her love and kindness. Princess is always respectful of the other dogs, doesn’t force herself on them or people. She is a gentle, sweet girl, just full of love to give!
Her energy level is moderate so she would be good with a busy family and doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Everyone who meets her says she is very sweet, shy, and friendly with people and other animals. Likes to be brushed, given belly rubs, and gives lots of kisses! Princess is still young so she will need to have lots of bones to chew on. Occasionally she will dig a hole in yard becomes sad and doesn’t like to be scolded so she will listen and try to understand what you want her to do.
She will always come to a whistle; she is very good on leash and really enjoys her daily walks! Her foster brother Boomer and her love to romp and rough house. She loves to cuddle and will snuggle right up to you at night. This is a good sign of a loving sweet dog and she also is becoming a good watch dog.
It is normal for rescue dogs to experience new things that we take for granted and is a part of our everyday lives; sometimes they are not sure what things are. Princess is no exception and at first she was frightened of squeaky toys, now she is used to them showing her mom that she is learning to trust, we are very happy with her wonderful progress. She is also starting to chew and play with toys that have the empty bottles in them and crackle but as she gets older, this will stop because she is still young. She is not mouthy but will give you a little affectionate nudge when she wants your attention.
Princess would be great for someone at home all the time that wants a true companion that will follow you everywhere. Very good with having her nails cut, ears cleaned. Some rescue dogs have only had a few baths so they need time to understand that they will feel good after. Baths scare her little, Mom said it is the sprayer hose that she is unsure about but like all new things; she will get better as time goes on. Her new mom will need to be gentle so she can gain the confidence she needs.
She used to eat fast and gain confidence that the food will keep coming however, she has always respected her brothers and sisters food and won’t try to take any of their food, and she is indeed a very very special dog. She doesn’t beg at the table and is a real good girl. Mom has been feeding her Purina One Dog foods and prepares it for the Princess that she is. Mom will soak her dry food a little with some water and then top it with some canned Purina, umm, yummy. Princess is very grateful with everything that she is given and is not a picky eater. Mom always gives her a treat before bed, usually milk bone or a marrow bone. She will sit at the closet door and wait now at bedtime because she knows that it is coming. She’s a joy to have around!
She loves her walks, goes at a regular pace, doesn’t pull and is very calm. It is great to see her run with her foster family of dogs in the back yard chasing and playing with each other. She is wonderful with all the dogs she meets and will back off if threatened, roll on her back, and never pushes herself on them. There is not any aggression in Princess, she is a true lady.
She would also be good in a home with another dog to play with, she is very sensitive to other dogs likes and dislikes and doesn’t push herself on them. Enjoys children and shows no aggression, she will just back away and is very gentle when she is around them. She is very good with cats and doesn’t bother her brother foster cat, shows respect and occasionally will kiss and lick his head-and he loves the kisses and Princess.
When she gets her treats and cookies, she will sit, wait her turn and has what we call a soft mouth which means she doesn’t grab it and run. She displays no aggressive with food, bones, toys or anything else. She is house trained however, when dogs transition to a new home, they need time to adjust to their new schedule. She is excellent in the car; she sits, looks around and enjoys her surroundings and the ride.
She hasn’t been in a crate but we can’t imagine that she would need to be crated however, if her new family want to crate her, we are sure that she would not mind at all. She is excellent on the leash, doesn’t pull and walks by your side. Loud voices do scare her little so her new family will need to just reassure her that everything is ok.
Princess is a wonderful dog in every way and we are committed to making sure that her new family will love her as much as she loves back. We would like it if someone is home most of the time and wants a companion because she loves being with people. It is amazing that after all she has been through, she still trusts humans. She’s a real sweet girl and likes to please you! She’s very gentle and doesn’t jump up on you. We also would like her to have a yard to run around in but because she is a low energy dog, it is not a requirement; it would be nice for her to just find a spot to lie in the sun. We want her to have someone that will take her for her walks or rides in the car.
Princess is a wonderful dog and deserves a loving home; we are choosing her family very carefully because she deserves it. These rescue dogs give back in return, it is simply astounding to watch it unfold. It’s almost as if they express their gratitude with every tail wag, and that means JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING to us in rescue. When we are able to see the somewhat timid and unsure dogs that enter our rescue finally blossom, it’s a joy like no other. Witnessing Princess grand unfolding has been nothing short of delightful. And to hear her fosters speak of her so fondly, is a gift unto itself, really. If one ever wonders how or why these dogs can transcend some of their challenging pasts all too often filled with hardship and neglect, it’s because of people like Princess’s southern and northern foster moms and family, four legged as well as two. IT IS THE LOVE AND DEVOTION FROM PEOPLE LIKE THEM THAT HELP GET THESE DESERVING DOGS TO THE OTHER SIDE and make them highly adoptable and prized companions!
FOSTER UPDATE 7/24/11: – Princess looks beautiful, she’s doing well today. She is great on a leash & harness, learning the dog doors. Loves bones!!Scared to death of squeaky toys! Very good temperament, kind of laid back, gentle, & very affectionate! Got up in bed with me last night and slept. Around 3 AM woke me up whimpering to go outside to the bathroom. She doesn’t pay too much attention to the cat when he had to check her out up close. Gobbles her food way to fast, then wants one of the others and she’s not aggressive at all-in fact a big chicken, will run and hide behind me. Friendly towards everyone! Today Boomer & Valentine were a little jealous, snubbed her for awhile. To my amazement gets along great with Joie and I thought I might have a little trouble with-but I think it because she’s so mellow.
UPDATE 7-14-11 – Princess has not seen a lot for her short year here on earth, She was rescued from high kill shelter in north Louisiana by PAWS, placed in foster care for about one month and will be traveling north soon to a new foster that has Bassett Hounds of her own so she will feel right at home.
She has no medical concerns, is up-to-date on her shots and has a moderate energy level which matches her laid back personality. Here foster mom describes her as “laid back” and said she likes to lie around on the couch and relax during the day.
Princess also likes to go outside, will take long walks, and run and play. She also likes to be off leash so she can run, however, not at all hyper because she has a lazy hound dog personality. She has a hard time getting into the car because we think she might never have been in a car before but once she is in, she loves it and rides real well.
Princess is still in the puppy phase and she still chews; she will need chew toys and raw hide will be a must for this sweet Princess. If she has something to chew on, then she won’t chew on other things. Her new mom will need to keep an eye on her and make sure things are not laying around for her to chew or swallow. She is awesome because if you give her something to chew on, she will and not get into other objects. She does not play with toys but mom is working on that. That is because we think she doesn’t know what they are which is true for a lot of rescue dogs.
She is a little shy but comes around quickly and she does not bark very much and is quiet in the house. She does not mind cats but does have some interest in them and respects the cat’s space. She does like children so this will make a wonderful pet for a family with children over the age of 7. She has been around a 10 year old girl and she will lie on the couch with her and watch television. She has not been around small children.
She has been in a foster home without other dogs but was in a kennel with another small dog at the shelter and there were no problems. She also has no food issues and is house trained. Although when rescue dogs transfer to a new home and need to learn the schedule, there could be a few accidents.
She is not currently crated because she does well in the house and her foster mom describes her as being shy about house hold routines. She seems to have been outside most of her life but is adjusting well. The perfect home for our Princess is one with a family because she is so very flexible and is an easy going dog. A home with both inside and outside time would be great because she loves outside. She will fit in with most families because she likes people and children. She likes attention and likes to lie around so lots of kisses for this Princess is a requirement. She would be fine in a home with other dogs and cats; she can fit in just about any home. We would like to find a home with dogs, maybe cats and older children.
ORIGINAL BIO – Princess was in a kill shelter and was given that name by the volunteers because that is just what she is. She has only been in rescue for a short time, is about 1 year old and supposed to be good with kids. I dare you to take one look into these hound dog eyes and tell me you don’t want to adopt me…I didn’t think you could! Her foster mom describes her as “WONDERFUL”; Miss Princess is much of a couch hog and loves to lie on her foster mom’s pillow, she is enjoying her new life away from the kill shelter. She is a great dog and foster mom is trying to fatten her up.
The Basset Hound breed is among the most pleasant-natured and easygoing of all breeds. Some are dignified, but most are clownish. Almost all are reliably good-natured, sociable, and peaceful with everyone — strangers, children, and other pets, too. At a dog show, you can count on seeing cheerfully wagging tails in the Basset Hound ring.
They may be short-legged, but Bassets weigh 50 or 60 pounds and need a moderate amount of daily exercise to stay fit, even if they appear to be content snoring in front of the fireplace. Lazy owners have fat Bassets with concurrent health problems. When you do take her outdoors, you need to keep her in a fenced area or on-leash. This is a hunting hound with a powerful nose and a yen for the chase, and if she picks up an interesting scent and she could take off after anything that emits an odor or runs. It is essential for the new mom to understand that Princess cannot be trusted off-leash.
Princess doesn’t need to run for miles, but she does need more exercise than the typical slow walk around the block that many owners give them. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise can become obese, which puts stress on their bones and joints and causes more health problems. Princess MUST have regular opportunities to stretch her legs and vent her energy, if you want her to remain healthy, fit and not develop bad habits. It is so important for a dog owner to meet the needs of the dog and if they don’t and the dog’s behavior gets out of control, we cannot blame the dog.
Basset Hounds breed lives for food, are champion baggers, and will steal any tidbit within reach – and be forewarned that their reach includes countertops when they stand up on their hind legs. Princess is a mix so she will not necessarily have all the same characteristics and not proven to have all of these traits.
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