Meme is a 3-year old Bassador, which is a crossbreed mix between a Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever. She has the body of Lab but stocky like a Basset, also like a Basset her front paws turn inward and her ears are held in the flopped position. Her rather long tail spins like a propeller when she gets really excited while running; I cannot wait until I can catch it on video.
She tends to lean towards Basset over Lab traits by being an independent thinker, which at times makes training challenging. Meme is very smart but the Basset is a very independent dog breed. Bassets were bred to hunt independently of their handlers. She fully understands basic commands; she can appear to be stubborn. In our training sessions, she has given me the look like “I know you asked me but…”
Having Meme has made us learn different training techniques to keep training sessions fun. We have learned about nosework games to appeal to her scent seeking abilities and flirt poles to use play over food reinforcements. She responds well to praise, treats, and play.
Meme gets along well with other dogs, she loves her toys and others too. We haven’t exposed her around cats, but since she has hunting instincts I am leery.
She is highly active and a go-getter. We take her on daily hikes in the woods, but she needs to stay on leash. Her constant need to follow scents makes her a wanderer; once she is on a scent nothing will distract her. If we knew how long we would have her, I would sign her up for an agility class. Her speed would make her good at flyball. (You can read more about flyball at Sarah Hoisick’s Blog.)
When Meme isn’t in full-tilt go mode, she is extremely cuddly. She loves curling up while we are watching TV. Very loyal girl, she isn’t one to hang out in the other room by herself, she likes to be in the same area as her people.
Meme is crate trained and house broken.
If interested in meeting and possibly adopting Meme, them please fill-out an online adoption application via www.sadiemaefoundation.org.