Dog Blog

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The famous Sherlock Bubba, Basset Blueblood

Bassets on the Crime Beat

I heard on the news this morning that during Easter week, when classes aren't in session and people are away on vacation, burglars are on the prowl, breaking into homes, cars, and schools to take what isn't theirs. But burglars beware! We dog walkers are out in force with our dogs and on the constant lookout for any suspicious activity in our neighborhoods. We know who belongs there and who doesn't because we're always on the beat and ready to take a bite out of crime and dial K-911 if we spot trouble.

My deputy dogs are Peaches and Beau, badge numbers 7 and 8 in a long line of crime-busting bassets, who inspired me to write about a fictional one named Cruiser. Dog-detractors take note: There is no better defense against crime in your community than your friendly neighborhood dog walker and co. My hounds are doing their daily rounds with me in my neighborhood. So are all the other dogs and their owners in Sacramento. Rest a bit easier when you see them on the beat in your area.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Peaches and Beau

Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Newsletter

April 18, 2011


Dear Sue,

It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing

of the founder of GABR, Fran Gray.

She died peacefully at her home with her 3 GABR

Bassets at her side.

Due to Fran's commitment, Guardian Angel has

become a leading force in the rescue of unwanted


Her legacy will continue for many years to come.

Fran will be missed by everyone involved in our

Rescue and by everyone who knew her.

She was my friend.

Fran Gray 2011

Fran Gray - "To The Bridge"

April 11th, 2011

Larry Little, Chairman
Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, Inc.
Contact Information
phone: 815-584-1044


Saturday, April 16, 2011


Brought to you by the bass-ackwards politics of greed and graft that have taken over all common sense and compassion in this country, for humans and animals alike. I'm posting this in loving memory of Crazy Daisy, product of a puppy mill (I learned years later and finally understood why she was such a nutbag her whole life).

Only we have the power to put an end to these cruel puppy factories


Monday, April 11, 2011

At our local parks there's a much worse problem than people who don't pick up after their dogs. It's people who don't pick up after their kids.  This morning when I took Peaches and Beau to my neighborhood park, the place resembled a landfill with trash scattered everywhere, often within a few feet of a trash can.  This is what I see every Monday morning after the weekend's soccer or ball games at our local park.  

Our parks are taking enough hits lately with cutbacks.  Someone actually came into our park and removed the brass bowls from the water fountains, even in the dog park.   Let's don't add to these problems.  We are lucky to have parks to take our families and pets to.  My fondest childhood memories are of picnicking with my parents at William Land Park, but in those days there was still some civility and people were taught it was their responsibility to pick up after themselves and leave things nice for other park-goers.  

No one likes to stroll in the park on a beautiful spring morning through a field littered with discarded bottles, soda cans, food wrappers and all the rest of the crap people have left behind when leaving the park.  One time I caught Beau before he scarfed down a whole Mexican meal someone left behind. Trust me when I tell you that my gassy basset and burritos don't mix.



Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Beau's story is included in a new book, Lost Souls Found, available now from Happy Tails Books for pre-order at a $2.00 discount off the cover price. All proceeds from sales of this book of heartwarming rescue stories and other related products like stationery and tee-shirts benefit Basset Hound Rescue. I hope you'll order a copy of the book and tell your friends to order one, too. It's all about the dogs.

Friday, April 01, 2011

WHEW!!!  Only a week ago, we all thought we were living in Seattle, not Sacramento.  In just a few days we've gone from rain gear to tee shirts.  Looks like we've skipped Spring again this year and gone straight to summer.   I'm sweating biscuits, and so are my dogs.  When I walked Peaches and Beau this morning around 10:00, I couldn't believe how warm it was already.  I haven't seen basset tongues hanging out that far since the dog days of August.  Beau was having a particularly hard time in the heat, and we had to stop frequently to cool off on shady patches of grass. 

This sudden climate change is a big adjustment for all of us.  On these glorious sunny days, it's natural to want to cruise around town with our canine buddies, but it's easy to forget how quickly our car interiors can heat up when the Mercury is nearly 80 degrees.  Don't be deceived by this early spring and let your guard down on your pet's safety.  Your car's interior will heat up to 100 or more in a matter of minutes.  Keep that in mind when you go cruisin' with your canine, and don't leave your dog parked in the car.