About this time fifteen years ago, Hubby and I sat down to watch a dubious horror film called Carrie 2: The Rage. We didn’t have high expectations; and we had no idea that it would change our lives forever.
I don’t actually remember much about the story or how good the film was. All I remember is this guy:
His name is Walter, and he belongs to Rachel Lang – the girl with the weird psychic powers. Despite the bloody nature of the film, Walter fares very well. He has a bit of a fur-raising moment about half-way through but ultimately has a happy ending (which is more than be said for most of the characters).
Walter (not his real name) deserves an Academy Award for the performance he gave in that film, because he melted our hearts. Of course, as we’d later discover, he wasn’t acting. He was just doing this cool trick called “being a basset hound”. He was loving. He was grumpy. He ran. He did “the look”.
At the end of the film, Hubby and I hopped straight to Amazon and ordered two books about owning basset hounds (the excellent Basset Hound Owner’s Survival Guide and this more practical one). And, less than two months later, we had a gorgeous, wriggly, big-eared Walter of our own. Except she was called Cordy, and she was even better.
This video has resurfaced recently so I thought I should conserve it here for posterity. Elvis Presley appeared on the Steve Allen show in 1956. Since he was singing ‘Hound Dog’, they brought on a basset hound for him to sing to (I read it was an attempt to make Elvis’s hips fit for family viewing.)
When asked how it had felt to work with The King*, Sherlock replied:
I’ve been wanting to write a post about this for ages. The reason I couldn’t is because the makers of iZombie – and the people of America in general – didn’t seem to understand the urgency of releasing pictures on the internet the instant a basset hound becomes a TV star. (We don’t get iZombie in the UK yet.)
So finally, four months after the fact, here is the basset hound from iZombie:
I think we can all tell who is the real star of this show, right?
The basset’s name is Minor. That guy on the left is called Major. So….geddit? I’d like to tell you all about their relationship but seeing as I don’t watch the show, I’d probably get it all wrong. Although, judging from what I’ve read in pursuit of these photos, it’s not your typical guy-meets-dog story (the basset’s owner is locked in the trunk).
The good news is, Minor sticks around and becomes a regular cast member*, which is a genius move by the show’s creators because it’s certainly made me want to watch it. 😉 I’ve harped on about this before, but there simply aren’t enough basset hounds on TV. Although I know why this is… they steal the show. They’re just too cute.
Anyway, that is the sum of my knowledge about Minor the basset hound. Please feel free to fill in the gaps in the comments below. In the meantime, here’s another photo:
Stressed? Under pressure? Feeling the heat? Boy, do I have a therapy for you.
Take one video of a basset hound surfing, once a day, and all your troubles will melt away.
See, this isn’t some ‘funny dog video’ of a sunglasses-wearing beach basset catching a wave. This is surfing the hound way. A gentle glide along a river. At sunset. With the wind in your ears. And Elvis – the star of this video – is a natural.
Elvis was rescued by Barb Ayers (the one holding the oar) some 13 years ago. Back then, he hated water. But with the help of Barb and Howdy – the original surf basset – he soon realised the secret of true happiness was riding along the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, while thinking deep thoughts. You can read Elvis’s story – in his own words – here.
Then there’s Dude, who takes things up a notch by being a surf basset who is also blind. Dude was also a rescue and sadly lost the sight in both eyes to glaucoma. But that hasn’t stopped him enjoying the sounds – and smells – of a good surf down the river.
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!