Monday, June 16, 2014

Perfect Match Monday....Princess, Bubba and Thomas...

Last week we did not have a Perfect Match Monday story because we were gearing up to bring you one of the most amazing stories from ABC’s recent past. This story is so big that it will be a three-week series here on our Facebook page, so please make sure you come back the next two weeks to continue reading the whole story. This is the story of Princess, Bubba and Thomas.

We are going to start this story by introducing Peter and Maureen Rundle. The Rundles came to ABC to adopt a basset hound, but they didn’t feel it was right to have just one hound. They wanted to adopt two hounds so that they could keep each other company at all times. Two bassets are better than one!! ABC doesn’t see many adopters that want a pair of hounds and didn’t have a pair available for adoption. They sat on the adoption list waiting patiently to find the right hounds for them.

When the 19 bassets came into ABC from Daphneyland in December of 2013 our volunteers contacted The Rundles to find that they were available to attend the adoption event that was being held in Buffalo. There weren’t any dogs that were bonded in the bunch, although most of the bassets that came in had lived and played together at the ranch in California. Peter and Maureen met each of the bassets that we available for adoption that day.

Princess stood out to them. She was sweet, a little older and had such a beautiful face. They just couldn’t resist her. Princess found her way to Dahneyland when she landed herself in a high kill shelter in Los Angeles County. They could tell that she had had several litters of puppies in her 5 years. She may have been a breeding basset at one point in her life. The Rundles quickly laid claim to Princess and started to look for a brother or sister for her at the adoption event.

That’s when they met “the big man”…Bubba. He was so sweet, cuddly and they fell in love with him. When Bubba ended up in a shelter in California, he was extremely overweight. He was so overweight that the shelter thought he had leg issues because he couldn’t support himself. Once he got to Dahneyland he started to lose some weight and arriving in New York he was down almost 19 lbs.

They liked both bassets so much they were ready to adopt both Princess and Bubba that day. Peter and Maureen were a little concerned about whether the two bassets would get along together. They seemed fine at the adoption event, but what happens when they all get home? They were willing to take the time and the chance to find out. Princess and Bubba became Rundles that day and after 24 hours they were getting along great.

Princess, who was now Bella short for Isabella, and Bubba quickly became a true part of the Rundle family. Bella had some issues with arthritis in her back soon after her adoption. Her vet thought she was sore from all the travelling she did to get up to New York. She hasn’t had any pain since then. Bubba, well Bubba continued to lose weight and even though he would let Bella know when she should stay away from his food dish, he was doing well with his weight loss plan. Peter even thought that he enjoyed their daily walks “once in awhile” where Bella loved walking the neighborhood.

In March of 2014, we got some terrible news about Bubba. He wasn’t feeling well for a couple of weeks and when the Rundles took him to the vet they discovered he had terminal cancer. The vet gave Bubba only a few weeks to live. They were heart broken that they weren’t going to get very much time with their Bubba. It was a very hard time for them.

When Peter and Maureen adopted Bella and Bubba they wanted two bassets to keep each other company and they realized that they didn’t want Bella to be alone for any length of time. They didn’t want her heartbreak at the loss of Bubba to be too hard for her; even if it was going to be hard on them. The Rundles also wanted all three hounds to have some time together. That is when Maureen contacted ABC to find another basset for their family. 

When ABC received Maureen’s message, ABC’s Intake Coordinator, John Morrison was working on an intake of bassets from North Carolina. He talked with Peter to find out what would be a good fit for their family. They talked about several different basset hounds that were coming in and then John suggested Thomas to them. Thomas had caught John’s eye. He was a basset mix (we think basset and daushund) and is as cute they come. He was in a foster home in North Carolina. He didn’t have a rescue and he didn’t have a forever home, so he was on his was to find a new home in New York.

John sent The Rundles a picture of Thomas’s cute face and they once again fell in love. They decided that they would adopt him without even meeting him. When he got to New York a couple of weeks later, The Morrison’s picked him up and drove him to meet Peter and Maureen. They felt like it was the least they could do for this amazing family.

Thomas and Bella bonded immediately. They became the best of friends and started going everywhere together. Where there’s one…you will find the other. Thomas turned out to be a great dog for their family and even got to spend some quality time with Bubba. The whole family packed up and enjoyed a day at ABC’s Spring Basset Blast in April (you may have seen them there). They ran around together with all the other ABC alumni.

Now, as a story like this is being written…it also changes…life doesn’t stop. After our first installment of this story we got the saddest news ever. Bubba had passed on to the Rainbow Bridge leaving Bella, Thomas and The Rundles behind. Peter tells us that they were very lucky to have Bubba survive months after his diagnosis. He got to enjoy the spring weather out in their yard and stand guard over the pool deck. They also feel blessed that Thomas is now part of their family and Bella can enjoy her best dog friend and brother.

The Rundles are an amazing family who love their basset hounds. They’ve given three ABC basset hounds a good home and a great new lease on life. For that, we think this is a Perfect Match…times three.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ABC Adoption Event

If you haven't gotten an email or seen it on the ABC Facebook page or the ABC Website, we are about to embark on a HUGE endeavor. With the help of Daphneyland Basset Rescue in California 20 bassets will be hopping a flight to New York on December 2nd. ABC has organized the LARGEST adoption event in the history of the rescue on December 7th with dogs from CA, TX and the bassets we currently have in foster homes. I wanted to share with everyone my experiences at an ABC adoption event.

In January of 2012, John (my husband) and I made our way to an ABC adoption event. This event, I found out later, was a result of having too many adopters for the 5 dogs that ABC rescued from TX. I had seen the article in the news about the TX dogs and thought "we should try to adopt one of these bassets". I've always loved the basset hound and after showing John the cutest basset puppy pictures I could find...he was convinced. We made the arrangements to get our adoption application approved and took the time to head to the event.

ABC sent us information on each dog that would be available at the adoption event before we got to the event. We took a couple of days and picked out several of the dogs that we liked. We thought each of the dogs would be perfect for our home from the information they provided. It was a "first come, first serve" type of event and we wanted to be prepared in advance. What we didn't realize when we got to the event is that Cooper would pick us.
Cooper the day we adopted him

We entered the Camp Bow Wow in Tonawanda where the event was taking place. The moment we walked in we noticed that there were adopters and volunteers and dogs and a lot of organized chaos. We noticed a couple of kids were walking Cooper around the big reception area when we walked to the center of the room. All of the adopters were waiting on the start time for the event and for the volunteers to bring out ALL of the bassets for everyone to meet. I loved the looks of Cooper and I went right up to him as the kids were pulling him around on his leash. John walked by Cooper and he followed John (this is funny to us now since Cooper will bark at all males that enter our house). I bent down and petted his head. He instantly sat on my foot. I gave John "the look", the smile and the head shaking to confirm that he was the one. I think we were both sold instantly. He was so handsome and sweet.

Now, the kids that were walking Cooper around the event really wanted to adopt him. Their mother wasn't all that fond of the idea. Se was looking for a basset who had behavioral issues and she could put some time into training for the dog. John talked with her and realized that she wanted one of the other bassets up for adoption that day. She was looking for a basset who had behavioral issues and she could put some time into training for the dog. I was very excited to hear that and a little sad that the kids were going to lose out on Cooper. When the event started, John found the adoption coordinator immediately and asked if Cooper was spoken for. He was not and before any of the volunteers even had paperwork ready, we were adopting Cooper. He was the first dog to leave the event with a forever home.

Our friends and other ABC volunteers joke with us that we "stole Cooper from some kids" and we probably really did. Honestly, I don't feel all that guilty about it now though. They adopted another great basset hound and we found an amazing dog in Cooper. I wouldn't change any of it!!! 

Cooper today….our silly boy!! 
So, if you are one of ABC's approved adopters or you have been thinking about adopting another amazing basset hound…now is the time for action!!! You could find the Perfect basset hound at the adoption event in December or a basset could just as easily pick you; like Cooper picked us!!! Trust me it is worth the trip.

The adoption event is December 7th, 2013 at the Fetch and Catch in Bowmansville, NY from 1:00-5:00 pm. ABC has secured a special rate at the Sleep Inn Airport for adopters who are traveling into town the night before the event. It is $79 for a king or double for the night and that rate includes hi speed internet and a full hot breakfast. Call 716-626-4000 to book your room now. 

More information and/or to submit your adoption application go to the ABC website at www.nybasset.org. Please contact Chris Brothers our adoption coordinator with any questions and/or to let her know that you're interested in joining us for the event. I hope to see some of you there!!!!