Saturday, July 2, 2011

Rick and Dollie

Dollie was adopted 2 years ago by Rick. This is a great photo of the two of them! Thanks for sharing this one Rick! Dollie looks great!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In Loving Memory of Minnie Pearl...

It is with a very heavy heart that BHRA announces the passing of our sweet girl, Minnie Pearl. Anyone that met her knew what a truly lovely hound she was. Her foster family took her in as their own and loved her for a very long time. We appreciate all the love and kindness they showed her and the extraordinary compassion they showed in her time of need. You will be sadly missed by all, sweet Minnie Pearl!

Her foster mom, Molly Armstrong, had this to say about Minnie Pearl,

"Minnie Pearl was the sweetest, happiest dog I've seen to have gone through what all she did. One of her favorite things to do was snuggle. Her best buddy was our grey Nero. They had their favorite chair and very frequently found themselves together sleeping in it. She loved everyone she met. She was always there to lick our tears away and always tried to make a sad moment tolerable. We miss her so badly and look forward to seeing her again at the rainbow bridge."

If you would like to read more about the struggles that Minnie Pearl faced, please visit out website at It is through the kindness of loving foster homes and donations from wonderful, generous people, that we are able to continue the very rewarding work of rescuing these wonderful Basset Hounds.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In Loving Memory of Tiffin Johnston

Very sad today. We had to send Tiffin to the bridge this afternoon. She had a mass on her pancreas that we couldn't do anything for so we helped her live her life to the fullest as we always had. She lost 20 pounds, we bought a stroller for her to ride through the neighborhood, but we couldn't get her bloody stool stopped and she was throwing up almost every day. We did everything we could to make her happy and she was still wagging her tail today, but she was so weak she was stumbling when she wagged it. The people she loved at the vet stayed late to be with her. We all told her how much we loved her and then we sent the most precious and loved baby to the bridge. We are absolutely gutted by this, we loved her so dearly, but the vet said it was time, she was in pain and too thin, we needed to help her. She had such quirks about touching her feet and kissing her, she didn't like any of that. My best friend would say "Give me a kiss" and she would turn her lip up and growl while wagging her tail. They had a real love affair going. Her daughter said one day "She's not mean, she's just honest." We thought that was the most profound thing we had ever heard. Tiffin suffered no fools, she just wasn't going to put up with nonsense it just wasn't in her makeup. So we adjusted. We became Tiffin's people. She took vacations to the beach several years, she loved to stomp through the water and take naps from the deck overlooking the gulf. Then she would meander in and climb into the window seat and take a nap amongst the pillows overlooking the bay. She required a ride in the elevator to go outside to the bathroom. Stairs were also not her thing. She would woof at you and scratch the ground like a charging bull when she wanted something. She shook her toys like no other dog I have ever seen. It was like a quick kill. She played ball with her front feet that looked like they had baseball mitts built in. When she mourned our dog Emma that died 14 months ago she walked the floor for three days until finally out of sheer exhaustion for both of us, I pulled an ottoman next to the bed and kept my hand on her all night long and she was finally able to rest. She could have been in the bed with us or anywhere she wanted to be, but for some reason that setup worked for her. It just took me a while to figure it out. She was just the perfect dog for us. I understand why she would have scared some folks with her oddities, but we reveled in them. She was a challenge, but we didn't mind that. We just learned to work with what she wanted. She loved to go to the vet, especially if Stacy did the feet work. Stacy was with her today. When she heard her voice she would turn herself inside out to get to her. We thought she did cartwheels. She loved to ride in the cart at Lowe's and take things off the shelf and put them in the buggy with her. She loved an afternoon nap in the sun, she loved bananas, she loved bagels and cream cheese. She loved a car ride. She loved to meet new people. She never took no for an answer, but freely gave you a NO. She looked at us like you were a bother, but could hardly contain her joy when we came home from a short trip to the grocery store. Once she relieved us of a pound of ham when a bag was left on the floor for a second trip to the car. I'm sure she felt we bought it for her anyway. We thank you Mr. and Mrs. Cleeland and Basset Rescue of Alabama for seeing through her issues and giving her and us a chance. She unpacked her bags years ago. She knew she was loved and protected and wanted every single day. She was only away from home boarded three times in her life for short trips. She loved home, she loved her two-legged and four-legged family. She was just a gift for us, she was home to us. We were so blessed to have loved and been loved by our sweet Tiffin. Her face had turned completely white, her eyes looked pained and distant, her smart bump on her head was so prominent because she was so thin. We spent the day sunning with her in the yard when she was able, she was sick the first half of the day and exhausted the second, but we are going to remember the Tiffin before her illness. She had a wonderful life with us, I hope you will agree. Thank you again for allowing Tiffin into our lives. We will mourn the loss of her forever. We loved her so very very much.

Becky & Ron Johnston

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Todd in his Forever Home!

We adopted Todd in October 2010 and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. He gets along well with our other dog, Mollie (a basset mix), and constantly is entertaining us and making us laugh. We have been on a few trips and they both did great. I have included some pictures of Todd.

Thank you for all the work you do with regards to this wonderful, loving breed.

Debra Sylvester

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In Loving Memory of Herman Myers

It has taken me a while to be able to write this note to tell everyone at BHRA about the loss of Herman. I adopted him 3 years ago. He was brought to BHRA from Pensacola, where his owner had died. Knowing he still had good years ahead of him, the BHRA convinced the family not to euthanize Herman. I am so thankful for that decision. The years my boys and I had with Herman were too short, but so wonderful. Everyone loved him and he was one of those dogs who just had a personality that filled the room. he never had a bad day. He was full of joy and I loved him with all of my heart. One morning he woke up paralyzed in his back legs. It was completely unexpected. The vets tried to treat him, but he just got worse and began to suffer pain. We had to let him go December 5, 2010. I miss Herman everyday. His face was the first thing I saw every day when I got home. He was just my heart, and I don't think I'll ever get over losing him. he was the best dog I've ever had.

--Vicki, Shannon and Patrick Myers

Friday, December 31, 2010

In Loving Memory of Bubba Gump King

To our BHRA friends and family:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this email. Last night Bubba suddenly lost all control of his nervous system and we decided to send him to the bridge. I thought for sure there would be warning signs and we would have more time, but he was fine one moment and the next he could only wag his tail softly and moan. We called our wonderful vets at about 2 am and we met at the clinic. Bubba got a shot to make him sleepy first, and then we said a tearful goodbye. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. The vet told us that they have never seen a dog last six months with lymphoma on only prednazone. That is how strong our boy was. Being a young married couple our dogs have taken on the role of our kids. We were so lucky to have such a wonderful pet, companion, friend, and family member. We will miss him every single day but I know we will be together again. As much as Bubba was my dog he was even more my husband's. They rarely went anywhere apart and he wrote something I have included below. Thank you for giving us Bubba. I hope everyone is as lucky as we were and is loved that unconditionally and honestly.

Justin's story:
Like all of our pets, Bubba Gump was special. When we got him 3 ½ years ago at the Wal-mart parking lot in Chelsea , I was apprehensive about fostering. It took 3 flea baths and a capstar pill to get him flea-free. He was described to me as a dog that loves men, and gets very attached. When he got adopted 4 months later, the people who adopted him returned him to me 1 week later, threatening to kill him if we didn't come get him & claiming he bit someone. I didn’t believe it then, and I don’t now. The night we got him back, we had to rush him to the vet and it was discovered that he had 10 rocks in his stomach. When the doctor said it was likely due to separation anxiety, I knew I had to adopt Bubba. I was the only person he’d let touch his sore belly without grumbling. He trusted us with his safety. He had become a family member. We filed the adoption papers the next day.
Over the next 3 years, we solidified as a family. He followed me around everywhere I went. He was overly excited everyday when I got home from work. He stared at me all the time, waiting for me to move so that he could follow. He became the definition of loyalty. He brought so much joy to our lives that words cannot describe. He created a place for himself in our hearts that only he could fill.
As time rolled on, we realized he was much older than what we were told. Cold weather made him groan with arthritis, and his front teeth were worn down to nubs. His fear of thunder came to be understood when we noticed what seemed to be a scar from an old in-and-out gunshot wound on his belly. It seemed that he’d seen a lot before he came to us.
Last July, we learned that he had Lymphoma. His spleen was removed and a tumor was removed from his large intestine. The vet told us that he only had a few weeks to live. Against all odds, he lasted 5 ½ months. He wasn’t in much pain until the last 4 hours. We think he had a stroke, and we had to put him down (12/30/2010). As you can probably guess, we are distraught. Though we had prepared ourselves for that moment for months, we still fell to pieces.
He brought happiness to our home. He made me smile every day. He loved us for who we are, and would never have asked us to change. He taught me about loyalty.
I have no idea where he came from or what he went through before we met him, but I’m glad God gave us the opportunity to spoil him for the last 3 years of his life. We are lucky to have had such a dog. Though there is a huge void in our hearts now that he’s gone, we have nothing but happy memories of Bubba Gump.

To our Bubba Gump, Dubbers, Dubber Do!, and Mr. Man, we will miss you. We know you are running through fields with your 10 1/2 in ears flying around you, chasing rabbits, using your nose, and basking in the sunlight. We will see you again someday.

The King Family - Andrea, Justin, PeeWee, Sophie, and Stanley

Hello from Chloe (aka Lucy)

This is "Chloe" (aka "Lucy). I adopted her around August of 2009 from a family who rescued n fostered her near Mobile. She is such a sweetie!
I often think about the family that found her and how grateful I am to them... a young couple with two girls and a little boy... who took the time to save her.
I am grateful for them and all the volunteers at bhra for all you do.
Merry Christmas and Love in Christ.

Kelly <><