We drove to Decatur, IL about 45 mins south of us to pick up Chinook and Buddy (not related). Chinook was an owner surrender who's family is in the military and were being deployed. Their mother didn't want Chinook to end up in the wrong hands so she took him but unfortunately she is 70 years old and already had four dogs to manage. She just could not handle another dog so she surrendered him to GABR. At least she made sure he got somewhere safe.
We do lots of transports and most of our transports are done free-style no crates. We usually tie the leashes to the hooks in the back of the BUV so that does restrain them some and if in a crash they won't go flying through the window. Well most cases we don't have any problems and I always ask if the dogs get along and can ride together (as I can grab a crate if needed). Well we were told they assumed they got along but were not sure. I always pull and read their paperwork before we leave for our destination after picking them up. Well this time I noticed that the owner said that Chinook had issues with bigger dogs. Well Buddy was a bigger dog, but very skinny and not feeling well. Not long after I read this information Buddy got just a little to close to Chinook and he growled (not an aggressive growl) just a growl to get out of my space dude. Well my husband always comes with me on transports so I was able to keep it under control with no issues but worried about what the next transporter was going to be driving and would they be able to be separated during that ride. I immediately called our Transport Coordinator and explained the situation. We found the next person on the transport leg had a very small car, not able to crate and would be hard to separate them in the car and they were doing it on their own. Also, this person was a first time transporter. Insert very worried transporter look here. :)
Well we decided that the new transporter would take Buddy once we got to Bloomington and we would continue on to the next drop off point with Chinook. So we get to Dwight and the lady that is going to take Chinook and Buddy on the next leg to Joliet,IL had an even small car then the new transporter. Insert very worried transporter look here, again. :)
We talked it over with everyone and we agreed that the most important thing is that both bassets are kept safe, stress free and arrive at their destinations safe and sound. So the hubby and I had no problems and agreed to take Chinook to Joliet, IL and Buddy would ride with the other transporter to Joliet. In Joliet, Buddy was going by himself to his new foster home. Chinook was going a different direction to his foster home. So our 1-1/2 hour transport turned into 5 hours but everyone arrived safe and sound and stress free. And our slogan at GABR is "It's all about the Dogs", so I guess we lived up to our slogan last Saturday. :)
Here is Chinook a 7 year old owner surrender that loves his people, just liked his own space. Chinook has some neck and disc problems from when he was younger he was hit by a young kid on his bicycle. He has had his some of his back fused together to help him so he needed to be handle with care.
Here is Buddy a 4 year old owner surrender that did not feel good at all. He is currently going through HW treatment and very skinny boy. He just needs rest, loving and some good foods and he will be one handsome boy. Buddy actually came in with his sister (who is in another foster home). Both bassets have lived outside all their lives, both HW Positive and the owner realized she could no longer care for them. Well in my opinion she was not ever carrying for them by leaving them outside all the time with no human contact or the proper vet treatments. They are much better off know and will finally get the know what true love is all about.
He loved Chinook's duck
As you can see his HW treatment wounds and just how skinny his poor boy is
He was so long he couldn't sleep sideways in the BUV
I have been promised the good life from here on out
Sleeping on Chinooks pillow
Do you see anything different in them eyes?
These next pictures just show how skinny he is and how out of proportion he is
And did you spot the difference in his eyes earlier. Buddy has one Blue eye and one Brown eye not a common feature in a basset.
It was in Dwight that we found out that Buddy came in with his sister and she was in the St. Louis area being fostered while she recovered from her HW treatment as well. She is a pretty unique basset hound and you don't see many like her. She is a long-haired basset, we just have to include a picture of her to show everyone what a beautiful long haired basset looks like.
(Buddy's sister-litter mates)
As always, we wish nothing but the best for our GABR new family members. We are so very sure they will find the perfect forever home soon. Sweet little Rosie already has a family that is interested in her and she will be doing a weekend visit with them next weekend. We will provide an update on Rosie once we find out if things worked out with her new family. Keep your fingers crossed that she has a great visit with her potential new family.
Sniffs, The HoundDogs and Mom