Billy - in New England!
Latest update: June 2016
Billy is an adorable and unique combination of lab and bassett hound. He is three years old and just beautiful. He was found as a stray and never claimed, as is so often the case in southern states.
His southern friends tell us Billy is great on leash, loves the play yard and has a happy, friendly personality. He LOVES squeaky toys and he is great with other dogs.
Billy was given a SAFER test (temperament testing commonly used with dogs) and he passed with flying colors on every aspect of the test.
Billy's New England foster family tells us
Billy is so smart and is learning commands quickly. He is laid back, calm, and good with kids, cats and other dogs. When we go on walks he wants to stop and meet everyone he can see, literally everyone! He’s becoming a local celebrity! We found that he doesn’t like peanut butter (what dog doesn’t like peanut butter, right?) and he is not super food motivated but he just loves everyone. Billy’s long bassett body means that he can be at risk for injury if he is jumping up and down on and off furniture, up stairs etc so the vet recommended doggy stairs and ramps for him to help him stay happy and healthy for the long haul.
Billy is a goofy couch potato who likes to exercise in short spurts of laps around the backyard, chasing you or chasing a toy. If you run, he'll chase and he will use his mouth to play with the toy so he will need continued training on how to treat the human hands different than a toy or another dog. He is fantastic on walks – he will be content to lounge on the couch or bed but as soon as he hears someone pick up the leash he pops right up and is ready to go. He is a total ham when out in public. Billy loves to be surrounded by other people and other dogs. He will cuddle and try to get into the lap of everyone he meets. He LOVES to meet other dogs so he could easily be a therapy dog, office dog, etc. Billy loves kids but almost acts like a herding dog when chasing people nipping at them. He just needs some direction to help with this.
He is crate trained and sleeps in his crate most nights or will snuggle in our bed. He does prefer being with people rather than be alone or be crated but we found the crate actually helps him stay calm and relaxed.
If interested in Billy or any other of our dogs, please fill out the adoption application.
Please note: we do not have a physical location where the dogs are housed. They are cared for in our wonderful foster network. It is our expectation that, once approved, a potential family will meet the dog(s) in the foster setting where they are feeling safe and loved.
Thank you for considering rescue!