meet our DOG basil
I remember the first time I saw a wiener dog IRL. I was like "Look mom, a dog that looks like a hot dog!" Immediately obsessed. I knew there was no way I could convince my parents to buy me a wiener dog, so I had to wait until I was a grown ass woman to pursue Mr. B.
PS - I have literally had a note in my iPhone that says, "Name your dog Basil." since 2015. (Lol, pre-mature crazy dog lady alert.)
I was living with Bryant around the time I could afford to get my hands on a pup. Bry grew up with big german shepards and wasn't super pumped about the idea of such a small dog. I made it super clear that I couldn't live without one and eventually Bryant agreed to go take a look at some puppies with me.
After countless internet searches, I stumbled upon a breeder Doxie Paw Kennel in Garretsville, Ohio, which is about an hour away from our home. I set up an appointment and Bryant and I took a ride down there together.
So we walk into the owner Pat's house, and we're greeted by THIRTY, yes thirty, of the cutest and most excited long haired dachshunds. (10 of them are meant for breeding and the other are just her pets - she's living the dream life.) I could tell as soon as I was holding Basil that he was the one. He wasn't very different looking than the other ones, it was just his eyes and the way he was looking up at me. I'll never forget it! I looked at Bryant and he immediately knew what was happening.
The hardest part about discovering Basil is that we had to leave him, for six more weeks. He wasn't ready to leave his mom yet, so we had to go home empty handed after meeting that angel, and wait it out. Honestly, longest six weeks of my life. I went back by myself to pick him up and he slept on my lap the entire car ride home. It was SO cute and the bond was too real.
We talked a big game about crate training him, but the second we shut his cage's door he started crying, we gave up. Since then, he's slept in our bed every single night. At first, he actually used to sleep on top of my head or around my neck. It for real looked like I was rocking a weird Russian fur hat or one of those airplane pillows! Lol.
As far as personality goes, he's got a strong one. He's the most loving dog I've ever met - I've never interacted with another pup that likes to cuddle as much as he does. Sometimes, I'll be on my phone and he'll crawl onto my lap and knock my phone out of my hands and just stare at me - it's too cute. He's also a huge wimp who's horrified of the vacuum, the blowdryer, and honestly anything that makes a noise.
Basil is also real protective of me. So protective, that he gets mad if Bryant and I hug and will start to bark or try to come over and jump on me to see if I'm okay. When Bryant and I are laying down together, Basil drives a wedge between us and will put one one leg on Bry while he rests his head on my lap.
Basil is also CRAZY obsessed with fetch and balls, lol. Like, the most playful dog and he never slows down or gets tired, it's truly mind-blowing. He'll bring whatever toy he can find over to us, put it on our lap and then whine until we throw it for him. The whining got so bad at one point that we started to have to take away and hide his toys. We quickly learned that wasn't going to work because he has some sort of toy-detecting super power and would always figure out where we hid the toy and continue to whine for it.
Have a question about our B? Let us know below in the comments. Thanks for taking the time to read about one of the best things that's ever happened to us :)
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