LOWDOWN Winter 2013 page 32

OUR BENSON

by Julie Newton

My parents had Basset Hounds when I was growing up, so I was hooked on the breed since back then.

I left home and got married, but always wanted a Basset Hound of my own. However, my husband had never been keen on having a dog, so I respected his wishes and kept guinea pigs instead.

It was twenty-six years later when I first met seven-year-old Benson, who was owned by a friend of mine. I got to know Benson well and always said he was my idea of the perfect Basset Hound.

Then one day, out of the blue, my friend posted a message on Facebook asking for someone to give him a good home.

I contacted her to ask why she had decided to do this.

She is disabled and her husband and son were responsible for the dog walking. Her son had left home and her husband had been made redundant from his local job and had to start a new job in London, hence he didn’t have time to walk Benson. They decided that he needed to be with someone who could give him all the care he needed.

My heart sank at the thought of not seeing him again. I read the Facebook message to my husband. His reply - I will never forget, it was, “If you want Benson, you can have him”.

Well, my world went into turmoil.

My husband explained that I would be totally responsible for his food, walks and cleaning up his mess. I agreed and was so excited I could not sleep that night.

Two days later Benson arrived on my doorstep, complete with bed, water and food bowls, lead and harness.

He settled in instantly with my husband, son, daughter and myself, as if he had always been with us. It took a little longer for him to accept my guinea pigs, but now, he doesn’t bother them at all. He knows he would be in big trouble if he harmed them in any way.

Benson has been with us for one year now and I couldn’t imagine life without him. My husband loves him too and they spend every evening together asleep on the sofa, with Benson draped across his lap.

Benson is lazy, stubborn, adorable and funny. He slobbers everywhere; makes big muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor; he hates going out in the rain; and loves humans and dogs alike. He steals food at every opportunity, and cocks his leg up my runner beans - but I wouldn’t change him for anything.

I suffered severe depression eight years ago and ended up on medication. Benson, in the short time I have owned him, has helped me recover and now I don’t need to take any medication at all.

Anybody who has ever owned a Basset Hound will understand my passion for my hound.

Benson is even coming with us when we do this year’s ‘Race for Life’. He isn’t too impressed about wearing the pink T-shirt though!!!

On the day of the event, the weather was brilliant and the atmosphere terrific.

Benson was photographed hundreds of times and became the Heart FM radio channels portfolio photograph (1st photo) on their website.

Everybody encouraged him on and we crossed the finish line to chants of, “Come on Benson” by the DJ and Heart Angels.

The support was superb and everybody had a wonderful day raising lots of money for Cancer Research.

We will definitely be taking part again next year and hopefully Benson will strut his stuff again in his pink T-shirt!!

Benson with Julie’s daughter, Katie, at the ‘2013 Race for Life’

(Ed: Thanks Julie for this heart-warming story of yet another successful re-homing. It is amazing just how adaptable dogs are when placed in the right new home.

So, well done you!

Your tale about how restorative having a Basset Hound living in the home is equally uplifting.)

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

My parents had Basset Hounds when I was growing up, so I was hooked on the breed since back then.

I left home and got married, but always wanted a Basset Hound of my own. However, my husband had never been keen on having a dog, so I respected his wishes and kept guinea pigs instead.

It was twenty-six years later when I first met seven-year-old Benson, who was owned by a friend of mine. I got to know Benson well and always said he was my idea of the perfect Basset Hound.

Then one day, out of the blue, my friend posted a message on Facebook asking for someone to give him a good home.

I contacted her to ask why she had decided to do this.

She is disabled and her husband and son were responsible for the dog walking. Her son had left home and her husband had been made redundant from his local job and had to start a new job in London, hence he didn’t have time to walk Benson. They decided that he needed to be with someone who could give him all the care he needed.

My heart sank at the thought of not seeing him again. I read the Facebook message to my husband. His reply - I will never forget, it was, “If you want Benson, you can have him”.

Well, my world went into turmoil.

My husband explained that I would be totally responsible for his food, walks and cleaning up his mess. I agreed and was so excited I could not sleep that night.

Two days later Benson arrived on my doorstep, complete with bed, water and food bowls, lead and harness.

He settled in instantly with my husband, son, daughter and myself, as if he had always been with us. It took a little longer for him to accept my guinea pigs, but now, he doesn’t bother them at all. He knows he would be in big trouble if he harmed them in any way.

Benson has been with us for one year now and I couldn’t imagine life without him. My husband loves him too and they spend every evening together asleep on the sofa, with Benson draped across his lap.

Benson is lazy, stubborn, adorable and funny. He slobbers everywhere; makes big muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor; he hates going out in the rain; and loves humans and dogs alike. He steals food at every opportunity, and cocks his leg up my runner beans - but I wouldn’t change him for anything.

I suffered severe depression eight years ago and ended up on medication. Benson, in the short time I have owned him, has helped me recover and now I don’t need to take any medication at all.

Anybody who has ever owned a Basset Hound will understand my passion for my hound.

Benson is even coming with us when we do this year’s ‘Race for Life’. He isn’t too impressed about wearing the pink T-shirt though!!!

On the day of the event, the weather was brilliant and the atmosphere terrific.

Benson was photographed hundreds of times and became the Heart FM radio channels portfolio photograph (1st photo) on their website.

Everybody encouraged him on and we crossed the finish line to chants of, “Come on Benson” by the DJ and Heart Angels.

The support was superb and everybody had a wonderful day raising lots of money for Cancer Research.

We will definitely be taking part again next year and hopefully Benson will strut his stuff again in his pink T-shirt!!

Benson with Julie’s daughter, Katie, at the ‘2013 Race for Life’

(Ed: Thanks Julie for this heart-warming story of yet another successful re-homing. It is amazing just how adaptable dogs are when placed in the right new home.

So, well done you!

Your tale about how restorative having a Basset Hound living in the home is equally uplifting.)

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts