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Blossom

Blossom

Blossom

Age: 6

Sex: Female

Health: Neutered, Vaccinated and microchipped, no health issues.

Location: Cornwall

Come and say hello to beautiful Blossom!

"Blossom is a 6-year-old lady who knows her own mind. She needs a very particular home with no other pets.

Blossom was initially fostered with a lovely, calm female basset but let us all know she would prefer to be an only dog by showing some dominant behaviour – resource guarding toys, stairs and beds.

As the only dog here she hasn't felt the same need to guard things, but there have been some incidents, for example, she does like to get too close to the wood burner and will give an intimidating growl if advised to move. She does not like confrontation, so a slip lead is very effective in these situations. We also have a stairgate fitted so she has no access to the upstairs, and this is something we thoroughly recommend as beds and stairs are no longer an issue. However, if a growling basset unnerves you please do not apply – she needs confident handling. Because she has been known to push the boundaries, an experienced home is a must.

From an early age Blossom had sore skin and has been on a special diet ever since to keep her comfortable. The Hills Prescription z/d can be bought online but is expensive. The cost is something you need to consider before applying. Blossom does not have titbits or scraps as these negate the effectiveness of the kibble. She is happy on the food so can't have someone who gives her treats because they feel sorry for her. Blossom enjoys mealtimes and usually lets us know about an hour before that she is getting hungry! She has shown no food aggression here and once (famously) walked away from some sausages which had accidentally fallen on the floor!

 Blossom sleeps very happily in the kitchen and there have been no disturbances during the night. She quite likes a warm radiator to keep her company. Getting up to Blossom in the morning is an absolute pleasure. She has a very waggy tail and always presents you with "Tigger" her favourite soft toy. She insists on a session of tummy tickles and chin rubs before breakfast.

Blossom enjoys playing with her toys and particularly likes a good game of tug. However, Blossom derives the most pleasure from hats, gloves and socks. If they are already on the floor, they are hers. It is even greater fun to encourage them to fall on the floor.She will invariably give them back but not without a game of chase first. She loves to sit next to you and wait for your wellington boots to come off so she can pinch the socks!

Another favourite pastime is gazing out of the window or patio door. She will barge past to get the best vantage point! A nice, interesting garden is a must.

We have introduced Blossom to many dogs – both big and small – and she has always greeted them nicely. She has also had visiting dogs in the house but quite likes it when they go and certainly does not want to entertain them overnight. She will chase cats and small furries, so needs to be the only pet in the house.

She loves people and can sulk if her favourite neighbours don't come out to say hello when she walks past – we sometimes phone them in advance to let them know we are on our way.Blossom very much enjoys her walks and needs a home where people enjoy walking too. She is not a "quick round the block" type of girl. She walks well on a harness. We are always proud to take her out as she is well behaved and enjoys being admired. We only let her off her lead in a secure area as she is easily distracted.

Blossom enjoys human company so does not like to be left. She will nap during the day but always has an eye on what is going on. She would certainly not like to be re-homed with all day workers. She likes to be involved – whether it be with hanging the washing out, clearing the garden of pesky cats and rabbits or sitting by the collection bucket for the local Brass Band. Because she does have some issues with dominant behaviour she cannot be re-homed with young children. She has enjoyed outings with a dog savvy teenager but there are only adults living with her currently.

Blossom travels well in the car for local journeys. As a treat she has been in an open top sports car - she enjoyed watching the hood go up and down and having the wind in her ears. She is also partial to Classic FM.

Blossom is house trained and has not had a single accident. She has lovely manners and will lift her front paws to be dried after a wet walk. Blossom also knows some hand signals but will give us such a look of disdain if we get them wrong.

In the right environment, Blossom can only be described as an absolute delight. She is very loving, sassy and just the loveliest of friends. She is a happy girl and enjoys being praised.As you can probably tell, we adore her so if you are lucky enough to be invited to meet her, expect a friendly grilling! Blossom has been offered a permanent home with us, but as an only dog we would be unable to continue fostering. We firmly believe there is a lovely home out there with a Blossom shaped hole in their hearts. If not, then the adoption papers are just awaiting our signature."

A day in the life of Blossom basset

7.30 Gets up and is taken outside for a wee and poo.

08.00 Breakfast time.

08.30 (ish) A walk around the field – usually about 20 minutes. Rest of the morning depends upon what we are doing. If working outside she will come out to watch. If working inside she will usually go in her bed for a nap.

13.00 A lane walk on her lead. Usually 45minutes to an hour depending on who we meet. She does like to have a long sniff! Rest of the afternoon – same as the morning.

16.00 Teatime – she usually starts reminding us about 15.30!

16.30 A walk around the field with Pipsqueak the Jack Russell.

19.30 Into the living room where she settles down for the evening.

21.30 Final field walk/wee stop before bed.

Blossom is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • A home with no other pets, including cats and small furries.
  • Someone who is at home often, as she loves human company.
  • A garden, she loves to window gaze and spend time there.
  • An active family, as Blossom thoroughly enjoys her walks.
  • A willingness to maintain her diet, and continuity with her behavioural needs.
  • Patience and time to spend with Blossom in the crucial first few weeks as she adapts.

 If you tick all the boxes above, and you feel you and your family are suitable to adopt Blossom, please fill in our online Adoption Application:

 Applications close on Friday 2nd April - we will aim to email you within two weeks of applications closing.

 Please ensure you read our FAQ's before applying:

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The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain FAQ's

Here we will attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain and adopting a Basset Hound.

Taking on a rescue dog is not the easy option. You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled hound find their place in your family. They have been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life, so please consider this BEFORE you fill in an application.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

Blossom is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, including your resident hounds if you have them, will need to be able to travel to her foster home to meet her and her foster family.

You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Blossom's foster family, so that all of her history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of her needs and requirements.

Blossom comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.

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