Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Howard The Basset Hound
Since so many of my readers enjoyed reading about my son John's beagle Lucy I thought I would introduce you to my little "brother" Howard the basset hound. Howard is now five years old and he is quite the dog. My mom and dad bought him from a breeder when he was 6 weeks old and took him home. This is the third basset hound that mom has had, she really likes the breed. Myself I prefer the sporting breeds like beagles and Labrador retrievers.
Howard was a real cutie as a puppy, all feet and long ears he would trip over! As is the case with most basset hounds he was difficult to train, the breed is noted for being stubborn. My mom fussed over Howard and pampered him, dad pretended that Howard bugged him but he really enjoyed having a little buddy to sit in his lap. When Howard was around 9 months old my dad became very ill and was hospitalized. Shortly thereafter dad passed away and Howard was left without a daddy. We celebrated Howard's first birthday (complete with doggie ice cream) about a month after dad passed away.
Howard is a real handful, he jumps on mom and sometimes pushes her, she is a very petite lady and Howard is a very big boy. But he has been a real comfort to mom and a faithful companion, he gets jealous if anyone comes around to take his mommy's attention away from him. I nicknamed Howard "Mudgie" which is a shortened version of curmudgeon because he can be a grump sometimes, the nickname stuck and the family refers to him alternately as Howard and Mudgie.
Howard likes the simple things in life, Iams biscuits (only the ones in the green box thank you), ground turkey, taking very long naps, and shaking his ears. His ears are so long and heavy that when he shakes his head it sounds like an airplane propeller starting up. Oh and the slobbering, basset hounds slobber A LOT. And Howard is no exception, he particularly likes to slobber and shake his head so that the slobber flies around and lands on you.
Even though he is stubborn and very messy mom loves him. And I love him because he loves mom and keeps her company.