One year to this day our beautiful basset-hound Maisy was born. Whilst it was a further eight weeks until Maisy came to live with us, I still clearly remember receiving the text to let us know that our puppy had been born.
Paul and I were visiting our tazzy pals at their house, where we shared a variety of amazing curries whilst having a barrel of laughs as we played games, shared stories and emptied many bottles of wine. The text came shortly after we sat ourselves at the table, I was barely able to contain myself as I learnt that our puppy had arrived, Paul and I knew exactly what we were signing ourselves up for and we couldn’t wait!
A few weeks later we drove down the M6 to meet Maisy, it was love at first sight although I could have quite happily brought home the entire litter load of pups, they were all incredibly cute. Four weeks following meeting Maisy we travelled down south for a second time and finally brought our hound home.
Maisy was an instant hit with the kids, it was love at first sight. Although, we were still quite apprehensive as to whether Molly, our elderly basset-hound would be quite so welcoming. Thankfully, Maisy seemed to fit right in and even our grumpy, old girl Mo seemed to cope with the puppy pandemonium.
I’m so grateful for the months that Maisy and Mo spent together and whilst it was heartbreaking losing Molly (Mo sadly passed away in July 2018), it seemed far easier having Maisy to hold onto, to hug and help heal some of the heartache.
Maisy has become best buddies with the kids, she especially adores our son J and is often referred to as ‘his shadow’, as she seems to stick by his side wherever he goes. The kids are endlessly entertained by their ditzy dog, she is a ball of energy which is good as the kids are forever running around, playing games and having fun with their furry friend.
Maisy may be adorable, she may be cute but she is also incredibly impish. She is most often found raiding the bin, stealing the laundry, tearing up plant pots from the greenhouse, stealing shoes or generally creating chaos. Life with a basset is certainly never boring and as I said, we knew what we were signing ourselves up for as we had already experienced much of this with our beloved Mo.
Bassets may be bolshy, stubborn little sods at times but they are also awesomely affectionate, loyal and warm-hearted hounds. Maisy may drive us potty at times but she is such a cute, caring and devoted dog and I cannot praise her highly enough for her patience with the kids.
Happy 1st Birthday Maisy! Here’s to many, many more years of slobber, snuggles and snack theft.