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Basset Hound Radar

Updated on January 25, 2010

In previous blogs you know I have a basset-hound named Wacker. What I really mean is that my wife and I are man servant and maid to his highness.When he wants to walk me he will march up to wherever I happen to be and lock on to me with his stare like a heat seeking missile. He says nothing just stares. If i ignore him he won't go away so I am forced to get my lead and attach it on his harness so I can be walked. God forbid it anything or anybody other than the kids next door violate his line of sight. Instantly his head pivots like a conning tower on a submarine (which he resembles) and his tail goes straight up. I read that the Brits bred them with the trait so they could be spotted when on point in the tall grass of the field. You would need something to find them since they could be mistaken for a low-rider, but a low-rider would bounce up and down and play music and thus could be easily spotted. He instead raises his tail and bays in a low offencive pitch at the offender to warn them he has spotted them. I know the tail is raised for our benefit, but I swear that I have heard the sound of pinging like that of sonar emitting from the tail. His head pivots to the direction the tail tells it to. I have been told this is absurd from my well meaning spouse but I witnessed this just the other day when I squirrel happened into his realm. The varmint ran around the tree and up. I lost sight of it only to see Wackers head rotate to the upper left hand side of the tree. The next thing I knew the squirrel peeked around and to its chagrin spotted the dog eyeballing it. I rest my case sonar.


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