Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Brandy's Story

Brandy will be 10 years old this October. How we got Brandy was my husband’s surprise to me. It was around Christmas and he had planned on the two of us driving out to see some Christmas lights. We kept driving and driving and I thought he was lost but I did not say anything. We finally stopped in front of an old farmhouse that did not have any Christmas lights. He turned to me and said we are here. I asked where we are. He said he had called about a Bassett Hound Breeder and they had some puppies available to purchase. So we went inside. We passed the puppies Father on the way to the puppies. He was huge. He looked like a miniature cow no joke. We almost ran out the door. There is no way we could have a dog that big in our tiny apartment. However, the lady said the females are a lot smaller.

We came to a box of puppies. It was a big litter of 12 puppies. They were all crying and trying to climb out of the box. Then we had to pick one. It is not easy to pick one puppy out of a box of 12. They were all so adorable. I picked the one that was the darkest and had a black spot on her belly. The breeder said that the older they get the lighter their coloring gets. We drove happily home with our new puppy. Boy did we not know what we were getting into.

The first night we had her all set up with a dog bed in the kitchen. She cried and cried and cried. She won that night and ended up sleeping in our bed. She won several years of sleeping in our bed. Brandy is a hound and let me tell you hounds will eat anything. Their bellies drive them. I will just tell you a little bit about a 4th of July block party we went to and brought Brandy along. It was like a kid in a candy store. She was eating food off people’s plates. We even caught her behind a bush with a whole loaf of bread eating the entire contents. That was just the beginning. Towards the end, she was drinking out of people’s alcoholic beverages that they had set down beside their chairs. Then would just start wondering around barking hap hazzardly at different people. When we got home, she crashed and did not wake up until morning. That was the last social event we took her to for a while.

After a bath we would put her ears up with a scrungy to let them dry out.

Brandy loves kittens. At one place we lived the neighbors got a kitten and Brandy would sit out side very still and whining watching the kitten and hoping it would come up to her. As soon as it would, she would get excited and the kitten would run away. Then she would sit very still again waiting. We finally brought home a kitten of our own a little over a year ago. She loved having Cosmo around. As you can see in this picture, Cosmo was a real rolly polly kitten. Brandy was fascinated with watching him.

Brandy is a talker. We believe that we talked to her a lot when she was little so she talks a lot now. She makes all kinds of noises. She whines & barks in all ranges. She also snores. She gets this from my husband. She takes a long time to get ready for bed. She goes through a whole routine. My husband thinks she gets this from me. Brandy first will go outside and go to the bathroom then she goes into the kitchen and drinks a ton of water. After that, she comes into our bedroom and walks around finally making it to her bed. If her bed is not fluffy, enough she sticks her nose under neath it and lifts the ends with her head. Finally she will get on her bed and move around in a circle till she feels she is in the right spot sometimes she will even scratch the bed to fluff it. Finally laying down she starts to smack her lips and lick her paws. I have no idea why she does this.

What can I say Brandy is very special. She is our little princess. She was pick of the litter. We love her dearly and hope to have her several more years.


Blogger Lisa said...

What a sweet story! I really enjoyed reading all about Brandy. I especially liked the picture of Brandy with Cosmo -- what an adorable kitten, too! :)

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Blogger deleted@account.com said...

I have a Miniature Wirehaired Doxie, and just had to laugh at the 'bellies drive them' comment. Seems all hounds live by the nose and belly 24/7. Happy birthday Brandy, have a piece of cake on me, but don't tell your mom ;)

10:57 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Your story was so super! Dogs are the best, and Brandy looks so wonderful! Thanks for brightening my day with the sweet story of your pup. I am going to go and hug mine now! :)

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Blogger notequal said...

Cute dog! :) My parents have a Bassett Hound as well, and I can personally vouch for how much they eat.

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Blogger ANABEL said...

Lovely story!!!!
Brandy is so cute!!!!
I love dogs, and I specially love dogs which adore kittens, like Brandy!!! She is so sweet!!!!
Kisses for you and Brandy!!!!

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