Saturday, November 21, 2009

Driving Miss Bessie

This morning we were up early, fed the dogs and got them out. After breakfast and another quick outing for our dogs, we headed off to Lowes to meet someone.

There in Lowes parking lot we found Miss Bessie and the first driver of the day. They said goodbye to each other and Bessie climbed in our car and we started on the second leg of her trip.

Miss Bessie is a ten year old Basset Hound who is on her way to a retirement home for Bassets in Maryland. She was rescued from a kennel run by an elderly lady who can no longer care for the dogs.

Her first driver reported that Bessie sang for most of the trip. Her words were, " she has quite a voice and isn't afraid to use it."

She greeted us with a chorus of barks and howls.

I guess her sing along tired her out, so she curled up in the back seat and slept for most of the 110 mile trip.

She awoke refreshed and ready for a snack.

After a few biscuits and a drink of water, she was ready to leave with her next chauffeurs.

We said our goodbyes and wished her well in her new home.

Then we moved her belongings from our car to theirs...

...loaded her and she was on her way.

Bessie will arrive at House of Puddles in Frederick, Maryland tomorrow evening. It's nice to realize that 14 different individuals or couples are giving up part of their weekend to help this old girl. Good luck in retirement, Bessie.


Marjie said...

Now, that's a nice story. Lucky Bessie! (And I'll bet you're glad she decided not to serenade you for the entire 2 hours!)

Persephone and Buster said...

Wow...Miss Bessie sure looks distinguished! Bet she's got lots of stories to tell. And she really came into a stretch of good fortune with you guys to help get her to the House of Puddles (which sounds like a pretty cool institution!). Our human great-grandpa used to raise coon hounds, and when they sounded like Miss Bessie, he would remark that they had "a good note." That's how they spoke on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in those days.

Best wishes,

Buster, Persephone & Bailey

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That is just so wonderful that you can do this. Miss Bessie looks like quite the nice lady. One day we hope our Mom can do this too.

Woos, the OP Pack

Stella said...

Sweet story! I visited the HOP too, and it looks like a wonderful place. Me and my Mom will send them some green papers in a week or so. Bessie was a beauty!

Cheers for your good work too, driving that distance and looking after her. I'm only sorry she ran out of songs for you.

Kisses, Stella and Jo

momsue84 said...

What a wonderful story. Brings me to tears. Bessie is so lucky. Would that all animals were cared for with such love.

gMarie said...

How sweet of you - Bessis looks live a grand and lovely lady. What a nice way to spend the day and it looks like the weather was nice. g

bbes tribe said...

Thanks for sharing the story about Bessie and the people (like you) who transported her to her retirement home. That is such a great thing to do. Maybe sometime you can tell us how you got into the transporting business.
Good Job!
Ernie & Sasha

Sam said...

What a great story. You were so kind to help this girl!

SissySees said...

Oh, I would have gladly endured two hours of basset howling... Sissy is getting close, but still can't do a proper basset howl. She can bay better than most though.

Bessie looks quite the grand lady. I'm sure she'll have a nice retirement. Thank you for donating a few hours of your day to make it so!

Thor and Jack said...

That´s so sweet. Wish Bessie all the best!

Martha said...

Oh how nice to read about all those humans helping to drive Miss Bessie!
When we adopted Martha her foster family drove her half way and we also changed cars and belongings - what a very strange experience it was for Martha and we are sure for Miss Bessie.
We wish her well - she looked like she should have been coming here - we would have loved her.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Molly the Airedale said...

Miss Bessie is such a cutie! We hope she enjoys retirement!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Julies Knit Stitch Corner said...

What a loveable face she has, and a nice story too Sue. Julie.C

Lapdog Creations said...

Great job!!! :)

Dianne said...

House of Puddles sound like a wonderful place! If only every dog everywhere could have such a wonderful retirement. Thanks for your part in getting her there!

Tee said...

Hello Sue,

What kind of you both to do this for Ms Bessie.If we weren't so far away, we'd like her to come and stay with us. Love bassets. :)


dreameyce said...

Aww! So sweet of you to help out! Thanks!!