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Penstock is a gem!

Dear Beagles and Buddies...

Here are the pictures I promised back in December. Sorry it took so long. As you can see Teddy is very happy. We have really come to love this playful and energetic guy. His transition to the home went so was like he was meant to be with us. He has full run of the house and backyard. He sleeps mostly with my daughter each night but sometimes the boys sneak him into their rooms. When he is home alone on occassion and whenever one of the family returns home he has the most excited greeting anytime of the day it makes us feel so special... he jumps up and down over and over and makes this gruntle sound as though he can't get enough of the affection.
I have to tell you that while my husband was supportive of getting the dog he was not thrilled about the size...he wanted bigger and in the beginning he said he would simply stay "uninvolved"...however he has now fully fallen for Teddy and takes him for rides in the car whenever he plays 'TAXI' for the kids. He also has his daily 'grab and chase' game he and the kids play with Teddy. (It is to complicated to explain but know that Teddy loves it.)

Thank you again for saving such a wonderful addition to our family, Shirley Gilley and Family

Hi, Connie... just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know we haven't forgotten you. Life has been really hectic, and Ron has been working 7 days a week with all the problems relating to the California power situation. I will be a couple of weeks longer before we can stop by, as I have lots of music work during the couple of weeks surrounding St. Patrick's day, but we promise to visit as soon as we can. Looks like there are some great new faces on the web site!

Penstock (the former Elliot) is doing just great... what a gem he is! He is one of the most affectionate dogs I've ever known, and I can't imagine how anyone could have given him up. Any time someone comes over to visit, he's in their lap within 5 minutes, and even the few people who claim not to like dogs become instant fans of his. He's quite the little clown, too... one of his favorite games is to grab the camellias that fall from the trees in our yard and try to make us chase him to take them away. Imagine that face with a bright pink flower sticking out of his mouth! The obedience training is moving slowly, mostly due to my own reluctance to go out in the monsoons, but he'll do well when the good weather comes and we get to working on more of a schedule. Anyway, thanks for knowing that he was the dog for us... your instincts were spot-on, and the three of us couldn't be happier!

Take care... we promise we'll bring him by real soon to say hello. Linda (and Ron, and Penstock)


How do new dogs and babies get along?

The baby and the dog should never be left alone together.

However, Bassets are the least likely to be dangerous. There are other breeds such as the Labrador, the Golden Retriever, and the Collie that are unlikely to snap at children.

Adopting an older dog that has had experience with children is much better than adopting a puppy or a young dog without experience.

With puppies, teething is part of growing up - and sometimes they don't know the strength of their own jaws. Rather than riskng it, go with an older dog. That way, both parties can have fun & respect without getting into any trouble!!

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