Why Basset Hounds Are The Best Dogs Ever

Why Basset Hounds Are The Best Dogs Ever

I love my floppy-eared goober!

Of the hundreds of dog breeds in the world, my favorite, by far is the basset hounds. However, they are only the 39th most popular dog in America in 2015, according to the American Kennel Club. What’s not to love about these floppy-eared, droopy-eyed cuddle monsters. Sure, they have their flaws, like carrying their hunt to you like a prize, but details, shmetails! My dog’s name is Starbuck (yes, like the coffee shop), and he is the greatest little blessing in my life. If you are considering adopting a basset, but aren’t a hundred percent sure if they are the dogs for you, take a gander at what it’s like to live with a basset hound:

They may be fat, but man, can they run!

Everyone who has seen my Bucky-dog assumes he is just a lazy dog who does nothing. That’s only half true. It’s true that when we go on walks, he sometimes has a tendency to stop dead in his tracks and roll over on his back (this is why I always carry a cell phone with me when we walk), but is also very agile. Starbuck and most other bassets are surprising energetic. In retrospect, it probably shouldn’t surprise us. Basset hounds were bred to be hunting dogs, but their heavy-set bodies and short legs make us think otherwise. Most bassets are down for a came of fetch, playing tug-of-war, or running around at the dog park.

They are great hunting companions.

Like I said before, these dogs were bred for hunting centuries ago in France. Their low-to-the-ground bodies allow them to be as close to the scent of prey as possible. They have amazing senses of smell, and their long, droopy ears are great for picking up the scents of animals.

Their temperament is probably one of the bests you can have in a dog.

These dogs are great for all kinds of lifestyles. They are amazing with kids, families, college students, etc. I use my puppy as a pillow every time I see him. They are also really attentive. They seem to know when you are in pain. My pup kissed my cheeks after I got my wisdom teeth out, and it made me feel a lot better. However, they can be VERY stubborn. Sometimes, it’s like talking to a toddler. It can require some patience when dealing with their shenanigans.

They can live practically everywhere.

Although it is more ideal that they live in a place with plenty of room to run, bassets can gladly live anywhere. As long as they have a partner-in-crime, they’re content. Also, as they get older, they do tend to develop hip dysplasia and arthritis, so it may be ideal to not have as many stairs or have a small ramp built in.

They’re clumsy.

I remember the first time I saw my baby. He had been neglected and was covered with fleas (to the point where we could see them hopping from his black coat). He was only three months at the time, and we were luring him downstairs to the laundry room to wash him in the sink. He got down maybe five stairs before tripping on his ears, and almost falling halfway down the stairs. Although a really scary sight, that has basically become our whole lives, just sitting there watching our clumsy basset falling all over himself, day in and day out.

They’re ears are really fun to play with.

Sometimes, when I’m bored, I tie his ears together above his head with a ribbon. He looks like a big ol’ bunny rabbit

They’re cuddle bugs!

Whenever I come home to visit, I get mobbed before I can even get in the door. We can struggle anywhere: on the floor, on the couch, in the grass. It doesn’t matter. Basset hounds can be little attention hogs. They seek affection and love to snuggle. If you’re someone who is rarely around, a basset hound may not be the best dog for you.

I love my goober dog. He is such a little angel in my life. I hope that others see the sweetness that basset hounds have. If you're interested in adopting a basset hound, check out your local animal shelter!

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

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5 Of The Cutest Animals To Look At When You're Having A Bad Day

I promise, this will make you feel better.


Everyone has bad days. Everyone does different things to turn around those bad days. The one, sure way to put yourself in a better mood when you're having the worst day (or when you just want to be even happier than you already are) is to look at cute animals. Heres my top five animals to look at to cheer me up, but we'll let you decide

1. Otters

Did you know they hold hands with each other while sleeping to keep themselves from drifting apart in the ocean? How cute is that?! Otters are so adorable and what's even better is they hold on to their little babies while sleeping. They're super playful as well, which always helps.

2. Giraffes

Okay so this one isn't what people initially think of as cute animals, however, I bet you can't look at baby giraffes without letting out a big "awwww"! Giraffes are so lanky and the babies are so adorable learning to walk and run around. I promise googling this one won't disappoint.

3. Elephants

Let me tell you a few things: it's been said that elephants look at humans like humans look at puppies. They think we're adorable and goofy and I think that's one reason to love them. They also throw tantrums when unhappy with their parents - and that is also super cute. They are big goofy babies and will make everyone happy.

4. Puppies

You're just cold-hearted if videos and photos of cute puppies don't put you in a better mood. This one should need no explanation, however, if it really does - puppies are always the cutest. Puppies are always goofy, whether they're going up against a lemon, cuddling a baby, or not catching things. Doesn't matter, if it includes a pup, it's adorbs.

5. Red Panda

Another unexpected one, but once you know about them, you can't not love them. Red pandas are some of the most playful and silliest animals. They're so goofy and the videos of them interacting with humans are the best. If you're having a bad day, this will definitely turn it around. They're too cute! Red Panda

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