Me and My HoundsI
had known a Basset Hound when I was young, owned by an Aunt and Uncle
in the next town, and I had always been impressed by the Basset
temperament so when my husband suggested an indoor dog, the Basset
Hound was my first choice.
I found a Basset breeder locally who was expecting a litter and Fiveacres Sweet Georgia Browne joined our lives that spring. Gina was raised as a show dog, along with her brother Shot
(don't ask about the name - it was my husband's choice!) and both
completed their Canadian Championship. Gina was subsequently bred and
produced a litter of seven puppies, all of whom earned their Canadian
title and one, Boss, went on to sire a number of Canadian Champions.
"The Basset Years" I was also introduced to the Bloodhound. I had only
known one Bloodhound when I was young but in the Manitoba show circuit
I met Cathy Brey and her dogs, Bill Ledford and his hounds, and Gerry
Bey, the only other local Bloodhound owner at the time. I was in love
with the breed and acquired Trackalot's Tourmaline Abigail about
1984. Abby was purchased as a show dog but turned out to be shy so I
turned my attention toward Search & Rescue. Over the following two
years Gerry and I trained her dog Mandy and my Abigail in man-trailing.
my divorce in 1993 it was just Abby and I for another seven years. When
Abby passed away, I could not bare to be without a Bloodhound and Mason-Trillium's Berthe Morrisot joined me in the spring of 2000.
inspired a series of posts to The Bloodhound Bunch message board over
the next few years, stories that are included on Berthe's page here:
Berthe's sudden loss left a great void in my life, one that was soon filled by another Mason dog, Peaches
had always thought that Peaches should have a companion, a baby sister
to keep her company while I was away at work, but never seemed to get
around to looking for one. With Peaches sudden loss, I knew I couldn't
be without ANY Bloodhound! And that is how baby Bella came into my life.
A day without a Bloodhound is like a day without sunshine!