Basset Hound Club of America

There are countless charities and volunteers around the world working tirelessly to support and protect communities, families, people and animals in need. And here at HomeoPet we do what we can to help support those that support others.

At HomeoPet we donate to and support many worthy causes each and every year. The work these charitable organisations do is incredible, and we want to share with you a little bit about what they do and why we get involved…

Basset Hound Club of America

If you have ever had the pleasure of cuddling a Basset Hound, you will understand why so many people become dedicated fanciers of the breed. Originally bred for hunting small game such as rabbits, the Basset dog breed is still used for this purpose in some parts. Whether you fall for their short, crooked legs, their long hanging ears, their sad expressive eyes or their gorgeous wrinkled foreheads, the friendliness and easy-going nature of the Basset Hound makes them a firm family favourite.

The Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA) was founded in the mid-1930s and is built on a mission to promote the health and welfare of the Basset Hound as well as encourage the sport of hunting via field trials with a Basset. While the BHCA does not directly engage in Basset rescue activities, the club is strongly supportive of rescue and promotes those groups that responsibly seek to find homes for homeless Bassets.

One of the highlights on the BHCA calendar is their annual show, which showcases the Basset in conformation, agility, obedience, rally, hunt tests, tracking and field work.

Similar to many charities, the biggest challenge facing the BHCA is funding and for members it is the rescue effort for Bassets left in shelters or being relinquished by their owners. The BHCA are also contributors to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and their work on Basset specific health issues.

HomeoPet became involved with the BHCA through a donation to supply samples for members’ welcome bags, with HomeoPet’s Skin and Itch and Digestive Upsets medicines provided for each of the approx. 300 supporters of their annual show.  According to Lynn from the BHCA, “skin and GI issues plague many Basset Hounds, so the choice of medicines was greatly received”.

If you would like to learn more about the Basset Hound Club of America you can check out their website at www.basset-bhca.org and any donations to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to the BHCA foundation are greatly appreciated.

 

Did you know… Because Bassets are so heavy and have such short legs, they are not able to hold themselves above water for very long when swimming, and should always be closely supervised in the water?

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