Posted in 2012 Archive
Hi, my name is Fred. I was adopted out once before from BBR but those people did not take good care of me. I ended up at a shelter and fortunately they called BBR to come and get me. Now I will receive the medical care I need. The people let me gain way too much weight, but even worse they did not take good care of my ears. I have a painful abscess that is being treated. Even though I don’t feel well right now my foster mom says I am a perfect gentleman, and a handsome one too if I do say so myself! I get along with everyone, dogs and kids too. BBR is helping me get better and look for a forever home that will give me the love and care I deserve.
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!
Exposure to children? Yes
What ages were the children? Various
Describe the dog’s reaction to children: likes them, nervous around them, etc Fred loves kids. Whenever the daycare kids across the cul-de-sac are out he wants to go over and get petted. He’s very gentle with them.
Good with other dogs? Yes
Comments about behavior with other dogs: He’s very easy going. He sniffs other dogs, and then wanders off to do his own thing. He doesn’t mind strange dogs sniffing him. They can tell he isn’t going to chase or run with them so they sniff and move on, I haven’t heard him growl or bark at another dog. He’s very comfortable sitting in the shade under a picnic table with a dog he doesn’t know well.
Good with cats? Yes
Comments about behavior with cats: He tends to ignore them, but he’s friendly and gentle when they do interact.
Good with birds, parrots, etc. Unknown
Good with other pets Unknown
Can climb stairs? Yes
Comments about stairs: His weight causes him some problems with stairs, but he’s improving all the time as he gets more exercise. He just may need a little extra time navigating them. Ours are wood so that makes them a bit more challenging. He tends to stay on the main level, but more and more he comes downstairs to explore and snuggle on the couch.
Pulls on a leash? Yes
Comments about pulling on a leash: He’s not the best on the leash, but he isn’t terrible either. He walks pretty slow so he doesn’t drag you, but he will try to use his weight to pull you in the direction he wants to go. We like taking him to the dog park so he can follow us around at his own pace. When you let go of his leash he doesn’t wander very far from you.
Food aggressive? No
Comments about food aggressiveness: He doesn’t growl at the other dogs during meal times, but if he finishes first and the other dogs take their eyes of their dish he will scoot over and start devouring theirs. When you try to take the bowl he doesn’t growl but he eats faster and with larger bites.
Has allergies? He may have allergies
List allergies and any related comments: We have Fred on a limited ingredient diet. After some trips to the vet to test for different reasons why his ear infections have hung on as they have we decided allergies may have something to do with it so we have him on a food trial. He seems to be improving as a result of the change in food and other efforts.
Type of family life? Quiet
Comments about family life: He’s a slow moving, easy going guy. While he can get a bit excited and bark when we’re headed for the park or it’s time to eat, he is typically quiet and relaxed. He likes to just hang out somewhere cool and take a snooze. He’s was relatively independent at first, but he’s become quite snuggly. He likes to sleep on the bed with us and snuggle up on the couch.
List anything the dog is afraid of (please complete, in full) Nothing we’ve noticed.
Tell us about your foster basset: Fred is a charming, handsome guy! His ear infections have greatly improved but he is still on antibiotics and getting his ears cleaned a couple time a day. We continue to work on his weight with exercise and a good diet. He is crazy about green beans! He’s extremely friendly, loves everyone he meets, has a very funny personality, and is an all-around sweet hunk of hound! He makes me laugh every day.