Basset Hound Spring Games
On Saturday Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California put on their annual Spring Games in Arcadia — a most fitting place name for an affable, amiable fun-filled gathering. There must have been about seventy Hounds competing in agility (Basset version), relay races, treat tossing, slobbering, howling, synchronized swimming, tailwagging, longest ears, biggest paws, kissing, and marathon napping.
The agility competition included Bassets being encouraged to balance on a teeny teeter-totter, cross a mini ramp, jump a seven-inch hurdle, and transit a twelve foot tunnel. Most of the Hounds scorned the hurdle (why jump when you can walk around?); but one of the most famous Basset Hound traits, stubbornness, was dramatically revealed at the tunnel. “Wot! Me go through that thing?” scorning even the treats offered at the tunnel end by companions. Those who decided to take the plunge frequently found it an enticing resting place — so much so that companions had to enter the tunnel from both ends to extract their snoozing hounds.
The rely race paired two hounds opposite each other. The starters, wearing jockey shorts, had to cross to their team mate, have shorts exchanged, and have the partner return in the shorts to the starting point (disqualified if the shorts came off)
Treat tossing provided some of the most dramatic images as Hounds flew up to snag their snack. The drooling contest had the dogs slobber over a piece of colored paper to measure the winning quantities.
Synchronized swimming??? Hounds were required four at a time to jump in and out of four kiddy pools. Hopefully there would be some co-ordinated action. Of course, you can take a Basset to the water, but don’t expect it to jump in. Nevertheless there was some aquatic action.
The last competition was marathon napping — perhaps the most easily accomplished task for a Basset Hound.
I have interspersed candid hound images among the contest pictures.
The last image is, perhaps, the most important. It is a cluster of Basset Hounds in the care of Basset Hound Rescue beseeching Games attendees to give them a “forever” home. For more information on these wonderful dogs go to http://www.bhrsc.org and see their individual bios and see ways to help this extraordinary organization.
11 months ago
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