I don't know why no one has thought of this combo before but a beagle/basset makes such a sweet, good looking hound. At a chubby three years old, Bugs has so much to offer. I've always loved hounds but I must admit, some are so scent obsessed that they seem to forget everything else. Not Bugs. He loves following a scent trail but he is so happy when you talk to him, he stops everything just to connect with you (top video).
We began our outing in the exercise yard where he did a good job of sit, down and fetch. Just a note here, my video of his basics came after our walk, he was a little tired so he was not quite as sharp on these commands. One of the nice things about a slightly chubby dog with shorter legs is that they do get tired! During our walk, I noticed that his tail went into high gear every time he saw another dog and almost off the chart when he saw one of his staff buddies. It is clear that he is used to tight bonds with people as well as good dog to dog relationships. Bugs has one other little oddity, he is very UN-territorial, and the very few times he does relieve himself, he does not lift his leg, he squats. Just thought I'd mention it for any of you who may know more about dog behaviors than I do. Bugs ended up at the Shelter because a grumpy landlord did not appreciate his enthusiastic tenor voice. He is such a sweet, soft, cuddly little guy, let's hope his new family finds him soon.