Basset Hound
Picture of April, a female Basset Hound

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Home:Frederick, Maryland  
Age: 19 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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   Leave a bone for April


Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-dog rescue

April 1st 1997

Her new mom and her new buppies!

If she has to leave her buppies to go outside to go potty.

Favorite Toy:
No toys, buppies!

Favorite Food:
Buppy food! Milkbones! Canned pumpkin! Steak!! (April is on a special diet)

Favorite Walk:
She won't go far from her buppies so just outside for a quick potty break then right back in her buppybox.

Best Tricks:
Hiding her pregnancy until 72 hours before giving birth! Delivering 2 beautiful, huge, healthy buppies!

Arrival Story:
with permission from Susan Intessimone of Bluegrass Basset Rescue . . . I was very very scared. The woman who throws food to us signed a paper and they took us (well, half of us, and that was 22) to a building with lots of barking dogs. I stayed with my terrier friend but we were both so scared we pooped all over our crate. They put us in a storage closet because the building was full and a lady said to one of the workers, "I'll put in a call to basset rescue." Then the next morning they tried to pull me out of the crate because there was a lady there with a little girl and they said they needed to take my picture. Is it for a wanted posted? Would someone really want me? I wouldn't budge so the lady with the camera got down on the floor and took my picture anyway. She called me something--April. The terrier said it was called a name. I've never had a name before. Then she was gone and the days passed. Today she came back! She carried me out to her car and told me I would never worry about anything else again. I would never have babies that I would never see again. I would never live in filth again. She said I was going home, but I had to come to her house first. There were lots of dogs there but she carried me past them up to a place where water comes out of the wall. She said I was getting a bath. I didn't know what that was and I was very scared. She held onto my collar even though it was so crusted with poop she gagged and slowly I felt something warm wash over me. I relaxed. It felt so nice. I stayed in there for 15 minutes, getting all kinds of soap scrubbed into my crusty coat. I leaned up against the side of the bathtub and closed my eyes. The lady kept saying I was a good girl. She wrapped me in warm towels and carried me back downstairs to a crate. She said I'd get to see the doctor later today.It was so much better than I could have imagined. Is this what love is? Does someone really love me now?

April is a permanent resident of House of Puddles, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sanctuary for senior and special needs basset hounds and basset mixes in Frederick, Maryland. Since 2002 HOP has provided a permanent, loving home for over 40 hounds from basset hound rescue organizations. HOP's seniors range in age from approximately 10 to 18 years. Some of the health issues our hounds have faced include significant physical deformities, spinal injuries, blindness, deafness, cancer, organ failure, diabetes, arthritis, severe skin allergies, and cognitive, temperament and aggression issues. There are never enough homes for old or sick dogs. HOP helps senior and special needs basset hounds and basset mixes who have no place else to go. Visit our House online to find out how you can help these deserving old bassets. Thank you!

Forums Motto:
Momma Mia! I had buppies!

Once April arrived, Marilyn didn't see a spay scar and it's obvious she'd had a lot of puppies, so Marilyn was going to have her examined to see if she was a good candidate for spay or just too old. April saw the vet as soon as she got to HOP but no one noticed . . . She was PREGNANT!!! VERY pregnant!!!! And about to give birth ANY MINUTE!!!!!!!!! Marilyn, her vet and all April’s friends and furends were very scared. At 11+ years old, April was far too old to be having buppies, and very thin and frail. We didn’t know if she and the buppies would survive.

Buppy #1 arrived at 9 AM on Tuesday, May 26th. When we got back home from our doctor's visit, April was cleaning and nursing a BUPPY!!!! Buppy #2 came two hours later, at 11 AM. Both were healthy, active, LARGE (over a pound each) and April was clearly exhausted but very proud. Although their father is unknown and could have been a basset, Australian cattle dog, terrier or Airedale, both buppies appear to be basset hounds right now. Buppy #1 is a tricolor – black with white patches and small brown patches. He weighs 1 lb 3.8 oz and is very active. His name is RUDY (Rudolph). Buppy #2 has longer ears and he is mostly black with some brown on his face and a couple of tiny white spots. He weighs 1 lb. 4.4 oz and is a very big buppy! He is named FREDDIE (Fred).

April's Fund:
House of Puddles has set up a special fund for April, Rudy and Freddie. Please visit April's Fund to read April's full story, with bupdates!

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