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The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain
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Gorgeous Gigi!

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 Oh my, do we have the most adorable young lady who is looking for her forever home!

If you have a little spot on your sofa that's just ready for a beautiful girl who's ready to take her new step on her adventures, alongside a sense of humour and a love of  mischievous, lively hounds, then Gigi might just be who you're looking for!

Gigi is a one year old basset hound, who is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. She is currently in foster in mid Wales with Wendy and Pete. She's just been the most wonderful foster, and we know that they will be so very sad to see her go, but they know that she's now ready to fly the nest!

Here's their amazing write up of this special little girl; 

 'Gigi arrived with us as a boisterous 11-month-old pup without many boundaries particularly around mouthing.Coming from city life with no garden, she has quickly settled into the joys of running from the back door and tearing around the garden with her 3 foster brothers (a basset, a basset x cocker and a collie). The boys have helped teach Gigi that enthusiastic mouthing is not appropriate and this has been reinforced by her foster humans.She is maturing and learning quickly that as a 1 year old she needs to mind her manners and not act like a 12-week-old!

When Gigi first arrived, she had a few toilet accidents but was pretty much housetrained. She now knows that outside is the place to go and noses a ribbon of bells by the backdoor to let us know that she would like to go out – in fact she has picked up on the 'doorbell' system far quicker than our resident dogs! When outside Gigi is still getting used to toileting on grass and often opts for paved areas as this what she was used to.

Gigi is an easy-going girl and has settled very quickly, we've not had to make any changes to our normal routine to accommodate her. She is brilliant at night, and from day one she has settled quickly and slept through. We have also left her, with our dogs, for an hour or so during the day and again she settles quickly and has a sleep. She appears to be very content and without any separation issues when she has the company of other dogs.

Gigi loves her food; she will become quite vocal if you are not quick enough getting her bowl ready. She always eats well and has not shown any signs of being possessive about her food.She likes her treats, especially a hide chew.

The thing Gigi likes most is playing, she will chase and run with the other dogs, play bitey face with the bassets and her best game is to have a toy in her mouth and a human pretend to grab it, and she will bark and dash about with her tail wagging madly. If she could, she would be in the garden all day. Initially she was a little unsure of the dark (no street lights here) and did not like the rain, but she has learnt from the other dogs that things continue as normal and is not bothered by either now.

She has lots of typical Basset traits; deafness to commands, acute hearing when opening the treat box, theft (particularly socks), zoomies, stubbornness and sense of humour.Gigi does like picking up unsavoury items outside, we have to make sure there are plenty of treats available to pay for such items. She is also the sweetest girl, who likes nothing better in the evening then lying next to/on a human and having a back rub or tummy tickles. Oh, and she does like to bark at the vacuum cleaner!

When it comes to grooming, Gigi loves a brush and will get quite excited, but this will calm as she grows older and gets used to regular grooming. There is no problem cleaning her ears or clipping claws and enjoys the roast chicken treats that go with a pedicure.

Gigi walks well on the lead, with no pulling and enjoys new experiences.We are lucky enough to have a secure field for the dogs and she loves being off the lead. She recalls well if backed up with a treat reward. She also understands and obeys sit and wait. Gigi has met sheep, goats, ducks and chickens and has been excited to meet them, but our animals are used to dogs and don't react, so her excitement quickly subsides. She gets on very well with our cats and often shares a bed with them.

She loves to meet new people especially children but can get very excited and start mouthing again. Older children who have met Gigi in our garden, have stayed calm and ignored her exuberance and very quickly she will stop. For younger children, she can be a bit over the top and it's harder for them to stay calm.When we've had younger children round and Gigi gets excited, we put her on the lead initially or give a hide chew which keeps her occupied. This is something that will become less of a problem as Gigi matures and learns boundaries.

Gigi can be a little whiny in the car before settling down but doesn't get travel sick. She is happy to travel on the back seat with dog seat belt or in the boot space of a hatchback.

Overall Gigi is a petite, pretty Basset, who has buckets of character. She does get very excited, but this will calm as she matures. She has the sweetest nature, so loving and really melts our hearts when she looks at us with her big Basset eyes.She will blossom into such a fantastic dog with an active, dog experienced family but my goodness we are all going to miss her so much.' 

 Gigi is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • someone who is at home often, as Gigi does love company
  • a home with a resident dog, as Gigi loves to play
  • someone who can carry on with Gigi 's training
  • a family who can cope with an active, lively dog
  • no small children, but older dog savvy children would be great for her training
  • patience and time to spend with Gigi 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 Gigi, please fill in our online Adoption Application:

 Applications for Gigi close on Saturday 26th SEPTEMBER - we will aim to email you within a week of applications closing.

Please ensure you read our FAQ's before applying:


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.


Gigi 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.

Please ensure you can do this before applying.

You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Gigi'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.

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

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