How to decorate your home with basset hounds

Step One: Use basset hound drool to stick up wallpaper…

Actually, the title of this post does not refer to the practice of allowing your basset hound to assist with the painting and decorating (Henry Basset, I’m looking at you) but to the much saner idea of filling your home with as many basset hound themed knick-knacks as possible.

To that end, I have found some available-in-the-shops-now items that you might wish to put on your Christmas list or (who am I kidding) buy straight away.

Remember to use Easyfundraising.co.uk to send some much needed pennies to BRNGB – all of the items below qualify. If you haven’t already signed up, you’ll find a handy banner over there on the right (or below, if you’re on a mobile) which you can click to do so.

For the living room…

Basset hound cushion

Basset hound cushion by hunkydory home at notonthehighstreet.com

This cushion has the slobbery end of the basset on one side and the waggy end on the other, so best to buy two so you can display as shown. At £35 per cushion, it’s a bit pricey, but it’s so stylish that the cost is entirely justified don’t you think?

For the dining room…

Basset hound placemat

Basset hound placemat by Simon Hart Design at notonthehighstreet.com

This fabulous placemat can be personalised – with the name of your hound, perhaps? – and you can also get a matching coaster (and serving tray, and mug, and cushion, and….). Placemats cost £14.50 each.

For the kitchen…

Basset hound treat jar

Recycled Basset Hound Jar, by HirosHeart on Etsy

Isn’t this perfect? It’s just a pity they ship from the US (unless you’re reading this in the US, that is). The jar costs £10.64 at time of writing and shipping is £15 but maybe if you ordered more than one, it would work out cheaper. I think you’ll find you need one each for tea, coffee and sugar, plus two or three for tasty basset noms…

For the bedroom…

Basset hound table lamp

Dexter Dog Table Lamp, M&S

I’m only 96% certain this isn’t a dachshund. Hmm. This basset hound table lamp is a must for any discerning hound owner. Only £55 from good old M&S.

For anywhere…

BRNGB calendar

This one’s a no-brainer! No home would be complete without this gracing its walls. The 2016 BRNGB calendar is available now and features a gorgeous rescue hound for each month. Only £8.50 from the BRNGB shop!

3 music videos starring basset hounds

Basset spotting is a sport in our house. Whether we’re fast forwarding through a commerical – “Wait, was that a basset? Rewind rewind!” – or cringing through an episode of 2 Broke Girls – “Did you see that basset hound walk past? Rewind rewind!” – basset spotting turns any viewing experience into an exciting adventure. It’s just a shame it happens so rarely. We need more bassets on TV.

Spotting basset hounds in music videos is even harder. Just as you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, so too do you have to watch a lot of bad music videos to find one with a basset hound in. Thankfully, I’ve done the hard work for you so you can just watch these ones!

Tip: Be sure to watch each video all the way through to make sure you see all the basset bits.

New Radicals – Get What You Give
Short but sweet clips of a basset hound running through a mall…

Vitalic – Poney Part 1
Dogs defying gravity. The basset hound first appears at the 50 second mark.

Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favourite Song
Not only is the basset hound the coolest dog in this video (coz it’s the DJ), it’s also the only dog which gets a kiss. I think we know why.

There’s also Nelly’s ‘Ride Wit Me’ video, which has a basset hound riding in a truck (blink and you’ll miss it) and there MUST be a video in some vault somewhere of Elvis singing to a basset hound, but apart from that, I know of no other basset hounds in music videos. But maybe you do?? Comment below if you do!

Delilah the blind basset, rising star

Have you met Delilah? She’s quite the internet sensation in the making.

Hello Delilah!
Hello Delilah!

Delilah is a 5-year-old basset hound from Northampton (the one in Massachusetts, USA, not the one in England, UK).

Like all great stars, Delilah came from humble beginnings. Horrible beginnings, in fact. In 2010, she was rescued from a puppy mill by Wasatch Animal Rescue and from there, given a loving home by owner Charlotte. Delilah was only 13 weeks old, and covered in infected dog bites, plagued with ear mites, and suffering with kennel cough and intestinal parasites.

Thankfully now, Delilah is loved to bits and enjoying life – despite having glaucoma related blindness – and you can follow her many adventures online. When Charlotte was on maternity leave, she started posting photos of Delilah and it’s just snowballed from there. This beautiful, plucky hound has her own Facebook page, an Instagram account with over 3,000 followers, and Pack dog profile. She’s even appeared on Buzzfeed and her fame is growing: last week, her story was featured in her local paper, the Valley Advocate.

I think Delilah deserves even greater stardom. Don’t you?

How to become a Delilah groupie:

Delilah’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Delilahbasset

Delilah’s Instagram: @de_li_lah (if anyone knows how to link to an Instagram account, let me know, coz I don’t)

Delilah on Pack: http://packdog.com/delilah-28

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Delilah travels to Dubai in #WheresDelilahWednesday.
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Just hanging out in the shade, being cool.
Delilah working hard for Labor Day.
Delilah working hard for Labor Day.
Delilah and Charlotte
Delilah and Charlotte