Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain

The Official Blog for the Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain with all the latest news and more importantly the hounds who are looking for their forever homes.
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Age: 2

Sex: Female

Health: Neutered, vaccinated, microchipped

Location: Essex

Meet Millie, BRNGB's super mum, who came into rescue as skinny as a rake and somehow concealing eight puppies which she whelped two weeks later.

This little lady is as pretty as a picture, but she is also quite complex after a difficult start in life. She loves other dogs and loves playing, but as she has grown in confidence and health, she has become a little bombastic with my own super laid-back hound.

Beautiful Millie and her puppies

She may possibly be better off as an only dog where she can be the centre of attention. Millie loves children and is superb with my grandkids, but she's not keen on men. In fact, she is frightened of them in "her space" and can be fear-reactive, barking, snapping and snarling at them. She's fine with men she meets out on walks and those she gets to know and trust, but that trust has to be earned. She's a very affectionate pup and once she trusts you, loves to snuggle up on the sofa, but she's easily frightened by sudden noises or movements she also gets worried by people shouting.

Strangely, although she's unsettled by fireworks, so long as she's snuggled up to you she can ignore them and so far, she's ignored thunderstorms. Millie is an excellent guard dog. Her favourite place to sit is on the back of the sofa looking out of the window to see what's going on.

She's a very active girl who loves her daily walks – the longer the better - she's not a dog who you can just take around the block. If she doesn't get a good amount of exercise every day, she can display some of her less appealing behaviour. It's also a good idea to have plenty of things for her to do. She excels at treat puzzles and loves a licki mat and stuffies. She is very bright and would also enjoy working further on her basic training. She's not reliable off lead as although her recall is good, she has "basset hearing" if she catches a scent. Millie also has a very strong prey drive, so cats, small furries and uncaged birds are definitely a no-no in her new home.

When she came into rescue Millie wasn't housetrained and although she now knows to go outside she never asks to go out, instead she just gets a bit restless. During the warmer months while my back door was always open this wasn't a problem, but now the weather is cooler, her toilet training has needed a little reinforcement. She is particularly reluctant to go outside when it's dark. She also pees and can vomit when she's worried. I 'm afraid she is also a poop eater.

Me? A poop eater??

Millie is an early riser. She sleeps on my bedroom floor and normally starts pacing around (wanting to go out for a pee) at around 6am, she will then go back to bed if I do, but is more than happy to have an early breakfast.

When she first arrived she suffered from separation anxiety. She can now be left with my own dog for a couple of hours. According to my next-door-neighbour she barks until my car leaves the driveway, but settles down immediately and doesn't make a noise until I return (unless, of course, someone knocks on my door).

Millie needs someone she can trust, in a calm household. She will need time to get to know her new family and must not be left alone until she is settled and secure. Ideally, she needs a home where someone is at home all the time.

Ideally, Millie's new family would be prepared to meet up with the owners of her puppies, myself and members of the BRNGB team at least once per year and because she is so special to us all, we'd love to be able to keep track of her new adventures on social media.
Snoozy Millie

Millie is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • Someone who is at home often
  • A home with a playful, resident dog
  • No cats, chickens or small furries
  • An active family, as Millie loves long walks, and will need physical and mental stimulation
  • If there is a man around…one with lots of patience and understanding, as Millie has a real dislike of men
  • Patience and time to spend with Millie in the crucial first few weeks as she adapts

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.

The Application form can be found under Volunteer - adoption form on our website 


Millie 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 Millie'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.

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

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