It all began one day in April last year.
My family and I had been looking for a dog. My mom had wanted a Basset Hound, so that is the breed I looked for. Eventually, I found
the GABR website. I looked at all the dogs, and a few caught my eye.
We all looked at the sweet Bassets, and my mom decided to send in the adoption form. It didn't take long before we were approved for
After that, we read each dog's info, eliminating some and adding some. It got a little frustrating when a dog we liked became adopted,
but I couldn't be discouraged that easily.
We were trying to find the perfect dog when I read about a dog named Laydee. She was cute, described as sweet, and appeared to
have exactly what we were looking for. So, we got a hold of her foster mom, only to learned she had already been adopted. "But, you
know," she said, "I have her brother here still." And that's how we meet Echo .
He was a tri-colored Bagle (Basset-Beagle mix), and was as cute as his sister. His big brown eyes really caught my attention. He was
house-trained, liked cats (we have two), and children. It didn't take us too long to decide he was the dog for us.
In December, we met him for the first time at a different foster home between our house and his foster mom's house.
When we arrived, we heard a loud bark from inside the house. They must have a big dog, I thought. But, as it turned out, the barking
that sounded like it belonged to a big dog was Echo's bark! In a little bit, we brought Echo to our car and started driving to PetSmart. At
first, Echo cried and cried in his kennel. But, when we let him out he was fine!
Inside the store, Echo pulled a little on the leash, but besides that he was an angel, even when we saw a hissing cat in some lady's
When we arrived home, Echo fit in quickly, as he still does wherever he goes today. And for the most part, he is a pretty good boy.
Yeah, he does go to the bathroom in the house sometimes, does counter surf, barks a lot, and we can't trust him with a garbage
bag/can, but he is very sweet, loving, gentle, good with adults, little kids, teens, kids, dogs, and cats alike, and he is very close friends
with our tougher cat Fluffy (6) and I didn't think that was possible (Fluffy doesn't like most dogs)! And just as he won over almost every
animal and human he meets, I am sure he will gain our shy cat Lucky's (5) friendship, too!
Hey, I'm not saying Echo's the dog for everyone, but he is the perfect one for us. And we thank GABR for bringing him home!
Gary, Tina, Miranda , Rachael, Mallory , Fluffy , Lucky , and Echo
(Written by Rachael)
Hello GABR! We just want to thank you for what you do...we have ended up with the best dog ever!
Kirby is loving his new home and we are loving him. He is so sweet and well behaved and so much
fun! He is enjoying his new couch, his little cheese treat after he potties, and being brushed every
day! We love him so much...he sleeps on the couch and his little pink tongue hangs out! His new
home is right across the street from a huge park, and he is loving his walks every day. He has
several basset buddies in town and he likes to visit with them and gossip. He is such a blessing to
us. Thank you so much for helping us find our forever friend!!! Love, the Denzler family
We were looking for another puppy but started looking and found the GABR, after reviewing the dogs and realizing
they need homes to, we read Bart and Homers bio they sounded like a couple of cards and figured they would fit
right in with us. Started to think hey why not two since we have a large house and 2 acre yard. We seen that Homer
and Bart came as a pair. After contacting GABR and going through the process that was easy to do. I Drove to
Indian, Illinois border to pick up our new boys, from the moment I got there they seem to have fit right in. after about
a week at the house they seem to be doing fine with and there new sister (Pepper Ann English Cocker). The two
have not been separated from us since. They love to go for car rides and camping and are the hit of the
campground everyone stops by to see the boys. They have there own beds but for some reason when we wake in
the morning they seem to have gotten into bed with us. Big lap hounds. They love to play out side and see what
they care scare up (rabbit, squirrel or the occasional cat) Homer is full of energy and Bart is a little more laid back
except for when it comes time to eat he’s ready, also I don’t have to worry about sweeping the floor to much after I
cook not a crumb hits it. Thank you GABR for filling our house with the pitter patter of paws. And two loving boys.
We are debating a third now.
Thomas C Ball
Basset. We saw Cricket on the web site and went to see her and it was love at first site. Before I had a chance to say anything
my husband who wasn’t sure if he wanted another dog said “we will take her”.
Lily was very timid, she would wet if you went to pet her, she would not walk on any floors just carpet and she was ten pounds
under weight. Lily took to Bob right away and
Bob is so laid back it was like they had been together forever. Monday morning I took Bob and Lily to Alfie’s Poochie Playlot
where Bob goes to daycare. Lily loved it,
she forgot her fear of the floors, there was all these pups to play with. And I have to mention Rose ( their Godmama) she own
Alfies and made sure that Lily’ first days
at Alfies were anxiety free. Lily has been with us a year and I tell her everyday that this is her forever home. She loves hugs and
kisses and is starting to give kisses.
She sleeps on one of her three large beds and if we are lucky she sleeps with us. She bosses her brother around and he
follows her now. Lily is at her proper weight, she is sad her brother has allergies but loves the fresh venison she gets everyday
because of it. Did I tell you she loves her treats, sweet potato is her favorite. Lily is 90% better with walking on the floors, throw
rugs help her with that. She comes and get us when she has to go potty and she loves her big yard. We could not imagine our
lives with out her. We want to thank GABR for the work they do and for bringing Lily into our lives
Linda, Tom, Bob and Lily Kois
Happy Endings !!
find their forever
We have had Freckles and Lady in our home a little over a month now. We are so very pleased that they are
getting along, providing company to each other and much joy to us. Lady is a bundle of energy and Freckles
likes to play more than you would expect of an older, half blind dog. I am training Lady to walk on the much
hated leash. She has improved a lot already. I look forward to days when she sprints through her walks the way
Freckles does. Freckles was shy the first week with us, but has come out of her shell after that. They are so
much fun. We are blessed to have them both.
The Hathhorn Family
What a wonderful week we have had with Micah!! He is a great basset! He had 1 small accident the
first few hours home but not a single one again. He is so mannerly. No counter surfing, begging
during meal time, barking, …. Everyone who has met him loves him. We had company last night and
he was amazing with a houseful of people. When it’s bedtime we tell him to get in his bed and he
does. One day him and Brody walked into the kennel together so I closed the door and they stayed in
there together while I was gone. How cute. They are best buds! He also walks really well on his
leash. We couldn’t have asked for a better match! Thanks to all the GABR foster families and
members for your hard work in finding the best fit for each dog!
On a sadder note, we had to put our other dog down on Thursday. The vet recommended it because
she was getting worse and he said let her go in peace before she has pain and seizures. Micah
snuggled with her Tuesday night because she was cold, he was so patient with her. He has a
wonderful caring personality.
We have had Max for about 7 years now. We got him from Guardian Angel. His favorite hangout is the armrest of our
couch so he can look out the window. What a riot when he sees a squirrel. He is terrified of storms and fireworks. We
think he thinks he is a puppy still. He tries to climb under your clothes or in your pocket when he's afraid. He has had
hundreds of people including small children pull his ears and tug his tail, but has never once shown ANY meanness.
We love him like a son.
How boring life was before Fiona Basset came into our lives!!
doggie. But not just any dog would do, it HAD TO BE a Basset Hound. After growing up with
Jordan, my beloved Basset for 17 years, I knew how much unconditional love and happiness
a Basset would bring into our new home.
Welcome Fiona!!! For anyone who thinks Bassets are slow and lazy, that they will never play fetch, they
will eat every pair of shoes that you own, they will drown you in drool, or that they certainly would never
want to go for a skate board ride with you, let alone run four miles with you after playing for hours with her
buddies at the beach…..they have never met Fiona.
Thanks to our dear friend Ania at GABR for helping us find the perfect Basset for our family! Fiona fills
our house with constant laughter and love. We adopted Fiona in September and as soon as we walked
into our house she knew this was her forever home- and her forever bed and forever couch and forever
chair and pillows and blankets and toys ..…yep, she runs this place and we love every minute of it.
Mike, Megan, and Fiona Pup Gasparovic