Posted in 2012 Archive
Age: 9 (DOB: 3/03)
Being fostered in Illinois.
Hi! I’m Ashley! I lived my previous owners since I was a pup. But they fell on hard times and had to give me up. I’ve got lots of spunk and am super healthy for my age. Can you help me find my forever home?
To find out more about me, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more about me!
TEMPERAMENT & BEHAVIOR
Exposure to children? Yes
What ages were the children? 3-7
Describe the dog’s reaction to children: We don’t have children in the home. But Ashley is excellent with them and begs for attention. We live next to a school and a family-based organization, so we frequently encounter children on our walks.
Good with other dogs? Yes
Comments about behavior with other dogs: We have another basset in the house ( 1 1/2 years old) and Ashley does great with him! She makes friends with other dogs quickly and is always up to go on a W-A-L-K with them. We took her to our training facility so she could observe a NoseWork class, and was more concerned about being locked in a crate—didn’t care about the dozens of dogs outside of that crate.
Good with cats? Yes
Comments about behavior with cats: She completely ignores our three cats. So I’d say she is excellent with them! No barking, no growling…barely a second glance at them.
Good with birds, parrots, etc. Unknown
List type of pets, and comments about behavior with other pets We only have dogs and cats in the house–she is excellent with both! No other exposure to different types of animals.
Can climb stairs? Yes
Comments about stairs: Going up stairs is easy—going down A FULL FLIGHT is a little more difficult, but manageable. She has to go down them sideways or at an angle. Its not unusual for a dog her age.
Pulls on a leash? A little (don’t all bassets?!)
Comments about pulling on a leash: For the most part, Ashley is an excellent leash walker. Of course she can get interested in things and go off in her own direction. She outpaces my 2 year old male basset when it comes to walks—she’s on a mission.
Food aggressive? No
Comments about food aggressiveness: On one occasion, she got into a spat with my male basset, but he started it. She backed off.
Has allergies? None known
Type of family life? Doesn’t care
Comments about family life: Ashley loves trotting along for walks and curling up to sleep. She stays off all furniture, unless you specifically ask her to “come up”. It’s a little difficult for her to jump on the couch without stairs or a ramp, but she does love a nice soft cushy dog bed on the floor too. She gets worried/whiny if you’re gone for too long, but that may just be because she’s used to living with the same family for 9 years. She’ll adjust with a little love and permanence.
List anything the dog is afraid of: Being left alone for too long. She will whine—her whine sounds like birds chirping, so its sort of pleasant to listen to if you have to.
Tell us about your foster basset: Ashley was given up by a man who had had her for 9 years (since she was a puppy). It sounds like they lost their home and he had to pick up extra work. No one had time for Ashley anymore. It may take her a little time to transition, but she seems to do so quickly.
She LOVES car rides. She’s a happy girl who is constantly smiling when you seat her in the car. She needs a little help getting in to the car. She’ll climb into the foot well, then she climb onto the back seat.
She has what sounds like the hiccups—nothing to be worried about, and she has this adorable happy grunt.
She also snores—quite loudly!
Medical: Her dental is scheduled for March 2012. Her teeth need to be paid attention to, but otherwise she is in excellent shape. After not being vaccinated for several years, she is now UP TO DATE on everything, including lepto vaccinations. She’s a mighty healthy 9 year old. She is eating fish oil pills each day to loosen up her joints. She’s just learned that she can chomp on them herself instead of waiting for me to squeeze out the “good stuff” for her.
Ashley is an adorable senior gal with a lot of spunk (I mean, what senior outpaces a 2 year old basset?). For 9 years, she thought she had her forever home, only to end up homeless in a whirlwind of events. She’s an easy going gal looking for a second change.