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Age: 17 months

Sex: Female

Health: Neutered, Vaccinated and Microchipped

Location: Cornwall

Rosie is a 17-month-old bundle of trouble! She wants fun, play, food, and cuddles, not always in that order but certainly all the above in each day.

Rosie is a very clever girl and needs plenty of brain training as well as walks and runs. We walk Rosie a couple of times a day and the beach is definitely one of her favourites as there are lots of dogs to say hello to. She is a real beginner when it comes to reading other dogs and has had a couple of smaller dogs snap at her. Rosie's reaction is one of shock but that doesn't last long, and she goes back for more. The woods are her second favourite because of all the sniffs and scents.

Rosie's most special time of the day is elevenses. As we put the coffee on, Rosie gets 3 treats and she can count, so we are not allowed to short-change her.

She walks really well on the lead on the outward walk, but we always have to allow extra time for the homeward part of the walk because Rosie believes there are plenty more dogs she hasn't said hello to so cannot possible go home until she has met them all - even though there aren't anymore. So instead of flat basset it is sit down basset no matter where that happens to be. People driving along laugh at us trying to persuade the basset on strike to walk just a little bit further. Think stubborn then add some.

Rosie can get over excited over playtime and food time. When she does, she doesn't know yet how to deal with the emotions and feelings, so her default setting is to either pinch something or mouth an object or human. This is a work in progress that has certainly improved over the couple of months Rosie has lived with us. She likes to nibble the button on my jeans waist & this can lead to little playful nips if she gets the chance yet another work in progress which will need attention in her forever home. There is no biting, she is just not mature enough yet to control her feelings.

We play brain games with Rosie regularly. She is a quick learner and after showing her once, she understands what she has to do and is away with it.

One game that at the moment we have only played once but she goes to that bit of equipment and gives big hints that she wants to play it again which we will.

We have trained Rosie to ring the bells attached to the back door if she needs to go out for toileting. She picked it up so quickly but now rings the bells if she thinks her tea is late or if she thinks we are not giving her enough attention as she knows very well that we all go running to the back door and hey presto she has our attention. 

When Rosie first moved in, she wasn't really eating her meals, so we started putting a blueberry (Rosie's favourite treat) in an empty bowl. Rosie now eats every morsel of her meals and still gets her blueberries in the empty bowl. A blueberry is also her bedtime treat which she gets after going out for a wee and getting into bed. She likes her blanket putting over her with a "night, night" and lights out and then Rosie sleeps all night.

Rosie loves her cuddles on the sofa and will even vocally invite us to sit with her if we are busy doing something else.

She is not a chin on your knee girl but prefers to get as much of her on our laps as possible which is a bit of a struggle as she is not a dainty girl.

Just to cover all bases, Rosie has not been cat tested whilst with us and not lived with any other dogs or pets.

Due to her overzealous behaviour and still puppy mouthing and occasional nipping, we would not recommend her living with children under 12 years old.

We would also recommend owners that have basset and puppy experience as Rosie will take liberties with those not used to this little challenge in a bigger body. You will also need plenty of healthy low-calorie treats, time, and love to win this beautiful girl's heart and when you do, you have the most loyal, funny little monster ever.

Rosie is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • Someone who is at home often.
  • A playful, tolerant dog who can teach her some doggy manners.
  • Previous experience of basset hounds
  • No children under the age of 11.
  • No cats, chickens or small furries.
  • A garden for her to potter (and zoom!) around.
  • An active family, who is able to walk her a few times a day, as she thoroughly enjoys her walks, and will need physical and mental stimulation.
  • Patience and time to spend with Rosie 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.


Rosie 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 Rosie'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.

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

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