Basset Hounds as pets

Charlotte with her Basset Hound Eli

Charlotte Lewis can’t pinpoint exactly when she fell in love with Basset Hounds.

The Menlo Park resident, who is completing her high school studies at Canada’s Middle College, has spent most of her life with Toby, a 13-year-old Labrador Retriever, a far more common breed in this area.

“I started watching videos of Basset Hounds running, and then I met two local Bassets named Fred and Wilma,” she said. “I stopped their owner to learn more about the breed. I also followed a blog about Bassets.”

An interest started “two to three years” ago turned into the reality of Basset Hound ownership earlier this year when she started to talk to her Mom about the possibility of rescuing a Basset.

Molly and Eli, Basset Hounds

“Ideally, I was looking for a young female,” she said. “But, I definitely wanted to rescue.

“One day my Mom got a call from the head of adoption from the Southern California Rescue Center who said they had a female just under a year old. But, there was a ‘but’ — the female was very attached to her brother and the Center wanted to place them together.”

Not surprisingly, Dad needed some convincing. That done, the family headed off to the Southland last month to pick up Molly and Eli (left and right in photo).

“Their previous owner was a mother and her young daughter, so they’re both a little wary of men,” said Charlotte. “But, they’re such love bugs. I get stopped whenever I’m out walking them. Some people even pull over in their cars!

“They both make me so happy!”

Photos by Scott Loftesness

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