Lucky Basil

by Kristina Sloggett

in Basil is a Young Sportsman, Basil Pup, dachshund

I have been lucky to win some blog giveaways from time to time, and I love to host them! Like mama like Dog Son, Basil recently won a blog giveaway of his own!

One of my favorite Dachshund Blogs, LOL Doxie, had a giveaway for a Huck durable dog toy.

Basil is notorious for chewing the bejeesus out of a new toy within five minutes, and these are guaranteed against dog damage. Well, sweet Basil won!! So far, so good… he’s been playing with it for a week or so, it is still intact.

Thank you Chris and Long Dog Kenny!

Some of you may know Basil is a rescue pup. He came to us with some quirks, one of them is that he doesn’t like slick floors like hardwoods or tile. He doesn’t like to go around corners on these type of floors (around our kitchen island or out the bathroom door), and will stand frozen in place on a hardwood floor.

Another thing I can thank LOL Doxie for is the discovery of Power Paws, non skid socks for dogs.

WARNING… extremely cute pup photo ahead…

When I heard of these I ordered them immediately – hoping they would help Basil feel more comfortable. I think he needs more time to get used to them – right now he is picking up his feet really high when walking, especially his back feet, so it’s an added distraction.

I was able to snap these photos by saying the t-r-e-a-t word…

I’m hoping he will get used to them, because I want him to feel comfortable in his own home (right now he backs out of the kitchen slowly, and sometimes will not come through the bathroom).

He sure is cute, though.

Do you have a pet?

Do they have funny quirks?

Would they wear socks?

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Theresa @ActiveEggplant February 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Even though I’ve never met him, I think I love Basil almost as much as my Dottie!!! Poor little guy with his aversion to slick floors. He looks SO adorable in those socks – I think you need to post a video of him walking in them! Hopefully they’ll do the trick.

Dottie also chews toys to shreds in about 3 seconds flat. BUT, we have never been able to get her to play with a non-stuffed squeaky toy. She’ll play with a tennis ball, but otherwise they’ve got to have fluffy filling for her to even be remotely interested.

And she just might kill me if I ever put her in socks! But luckily she doesn’t have a problem with slick floors – she “spins out” all the time though & it’s totally cute.

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2 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

ha! yes – the spin out… all of our dachshunds do that! I don’t know if I could hold the camera steady to make a video of him walking in them, since I am laughing AS I TYPE THIS it is so adorably cute. I will try though… and thank you… Basil sends his love back to you and Dottie!! <3

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3 Carly D @ CarlyBananas February 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Basil is so adorable! Congrats on his giveaway win.
My pup Fin is also a super strong chewer. He’s destroyed toys that are supposed to be indestructible in minutes – but those toys weren’t guaranteed so I just ordered him a Huck ball. Hopefully he can enjoy it! :)

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4 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

yep – we’ve tried many toys that SAY are indestructible. seriously… he should NOT be able to destroy it!! it’s really heavy, but it also floats, they say. can’t wait to open the pool this summer :) I know it’s a good one, because there’s not even a bite out of it… I hope Fin loves it too!!

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5 Chris February 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

What great photos! Basil looks absolutely adorable with his Huck and new Power Paws! He’ll get used to wearing the socks, it just takes a little time. Thanks so much for the shout outs: ) and I’m glad he likes his new toy.

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6 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

he LOVES his new toy!! thanks again for having the giveaway! we have a pool… it says it floats, so we’ll try it out come summertime!! yes, I’m really hoping he gets used to the socks enough that they can help him… :) Cheers!

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7 kalin February 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

our cats are weird. the baby eats EVERYTHING (green beans, lentils, soup…) and they sleep in the most awkward squishing each other ways.
i love animals funny quirks!

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8 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I know, many of Basil’s quirks are cute… some make me kinda sad because I know they come from his past – I don’t think it was the greatest :(

Basil loves green beans! he also loves spinach and crunchy lettuces :)

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9 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete February 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Wow – Basil is so freakin adorable!!! And with those socks? I wish I could reach in the computer and scoop him out. What a sweetie.

We have no pets — Jason is allergic :(

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10 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

thank you, Holly!! I know, I can’t get over how cute he is. aw, I’m sorry about Jason’s allergy – that would be very hard if I was allergic !!

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11 Lisa Fine February 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Those socks are adorable. I love them.

If I had a dog (which I’d love to own one someday), I don’t think it’d wear socks, mostly because I see myself getting a big dog, and imagine pairing a smaller dog with little booties.

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12 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

ha – yeah, me too… they do have bigger dog sizes, though, geared toward aging pups and those who don’t like slippery flooring… so sweet.

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13 Kelly February 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. Those socks. Not that Basil wasn’t cute already, but holy cow, adorable!!

Olive would only wear socks if there was food involved, and even then the second he food was gone the socks would be off.

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14 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I wouldn’t do it to him just for looks… I really want it to help with his fear… he knows how to kick them off. We’ll train him slowly… and I KNOW – HOW CUTE IS HE ?? :)

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15 Lisa February 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

LOL I’m on “cuteness overload”!! That’s awesome!

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16 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

thanks, Lisa! I know… I just can’t stand it!!

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17 lindsay February 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

oh my goodness, that is just too cute!! Can he dance for us now too? I can’t get enough!

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18 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

GAAH, isn’t he a sweetie??? I’ll work on a video… I don’t know if I can hold the camera steady, we both try to not laugh while he is walking around in those socks… :)

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19 Camille February 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Oh my gosh, how cute is he!?
It’s cool, my kitten wears holiday t-shirts. She is very festive! :)

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20 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thank You ! :) hmm… did I see Harley Quinn in a holiday shirt??? I may have to go lurk the blog and check…

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21 Camille February 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm
22 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

oh, GOOD LORD those are adorable!! now I do remember seeing them, but thanks for sharing again! :D

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23 S @ extremebalance.net/blog February 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Kristina, I think everything you do is pretty amazing, and far be it from me to think I have answers, but I’m feeling like More Basil would mean EVEN more amazing. And I want you to read “More Basil” like Will Ferrell saying “More Cowbell”. :D

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24 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

wow, THANK YOU my friend!! :) I happen to agree, I could do a blog JUST about Basil (hmm…) I’m a freak for Long Dogs, and the only cure is… More Basil. :D

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25 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka February 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Ah I LOVE that face!

Lincoln is the same way with tile and hardwood floors and yep, I have all hardwood floors so that means a lot of rugs. I am seriously going to look into the socks–fashionable plus he would be able to be comfortable in his home, love!

Would it be creepy of me to print out that first pic of Basil in the socks? That is one of the most adorable dog pics I’ve ever seen!

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26 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

no!! PLEASE print it if you like it… Basil will be HONORED. :) you should get some for Lincoln if he has slick floor aversion… if he can get used to them they DO work!! :) print away – XXO !

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27 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

LMAO!!! Too funny with the socks. Both of mine are rescues and most definitely have their, um, quirks. But who am I to talk ;-)

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28 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

haaaaa !! no kidding, I’ve got plenty!! :D

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29 Amanda February 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I want a doxie so badly. Looking at these pictures made my day. I love the socks!

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30 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

aw… glad I could make your day!! I hope you can get a doxie soon… Basil was a rescue… they ARE available out there when you two are ready :)

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31 Tracy @ Commit To Fit February 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I have the suckiest kitty in the world. She could stay on your lap for hours and enjoy a good belly rub. Not sure if she would wear socks, though :)

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32 Dorry February 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

SO adorable!! Basil the athletic sportsman. :)

My old roommate’s dog wore socks, too. Almost all the time! I got so used to seeing him in the socks that he looked naked without them. :)

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33 Kristina February 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

That’s hilarious-my dog turns into a beast whenever we give him a new toy-it’s ripped apart in .2 seconds-even the “undestructable” toys-BS! It’s crazy….esp the ones you spend a pretty penny on! Those socks are hilarious, I bought Luca boots for the winter a few years ago, it did not go well so I haven’t made the attempt again…Basil looks way to cute!

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34 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm

hee – a beast. that is PERFECT to describe Basil with a new toy… this one really is good, though, I think… he’s had it for a week and not even a nibble out of it yet!! :)

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35 Christin@purplebirdblog February 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

ZOMG! Dogs in socks are the ca-yooootest! I think my dogs would have none of it :)

I love the pic of him holding the ball… I love the way doggies use their little paws as hands! :)

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36 spabettie February 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

isn’t it the cutest thing? he does that all the time…

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37 Erin February 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

ACK! Sooo cute! Korky is a rescue pup too so he has some “quirks”. :)

Those socks are fantastic! I wonder if kork would wear them…hmmm.

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38 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I think it’s going to take some getting used to… but hopefully they’ll help him, poor pup hates the slick floor!

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39 Brittney February 24, 2011 at 6:59 am

Okay, those socks are unreal! hahaha! He’s such a cutie. Let us know how it goes with the socks. I’m curious! I think Clyde would get them off and chew them up!

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40 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

I know… aren’t they the cutest?? Basil still likes to kick them off, so far he hasn’t bitten them to get them off or… just to ruin them ;) I’ll keep you updated… does Clyde have problems with slick floors?

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41 Sabine @ thefruitpursuit February 25, 2011 at 5:33 am

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW so cute! I LOVE dogs with doggy shoes hahaha. (much cuter than babies if you ask me :p). & how sly of you to use the T word ;)

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42 spabettie February 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

I cannot SAY that word without… giving him one. He’d probably know if I TYPED it… ;) I do spell it, but I think he’s learning, at least that one word. HAPPY FRIDAY, SABINE !

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43 Heather @ kissmybroccoli February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ohmigosh! Cutest pup pic ever! Love it! I used to have a dog that of course started recognizing the word “treat”, but then actually caught one to the spelling of it too! We had to start calling them “you know what’s”! Haha!

I have a cat named Tiger that has some serious scaredy cat issues! He hates loud/sudden noises…as in he will run and hid and not come out for hours if someone rings the doorbell! But that’s not all! Last night I was sitting in bed blog reading and had my camera cord laying beside me. He jumped up on the bed, but when he saw the cord, it scared the crap out of him and I swear he leapt 3 feet into the air! Gah!

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44 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

haa haa… I’m laughing, picturing your cat leaping straight up! :D poor sweetie… Basil doesn’t like loud noises either, and feels “safe” under the couch or under the bed… often I’ll be looking for him and he will be in our bedroom, hanging out under the bed… and I won’t even know why…

our house doesn’t have a doorbell (unless you count the cowbell on leather strap we have hanging out there as decor!), but when he hears one on television he knows what it is, and will run to the door, barking!! :D

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45 Dinner at Christina's February 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

This is SOOO cute! Anytime I get Corky a guaranteed chew-proof toy or bed it is demolished in <24 hrs.

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46 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

yep!! Basil is the same. This one has been a couple weeks, not even a BITE ! I bet it’d be a good one for Corky… if you buy it and keep the receipt it REALLY IS guaranteed!

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47 JillToday February 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

OMG I just died because my heart melted.

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48 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

:D sweetie, isn’t he??

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49 Cailin March 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Oh my gosh! Cutest photos ever.
I tried booties on Minnie too, she just kept doing the same thing as Basil, picking up her feet and not walking.

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50 spabettie March 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

seeing him walk that way – all high steppin’ – was SO cute… I was trying not to laugh…

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51 hihorosie May 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh my gosh! How stinkin cute is he?!?! Saw a sweet little dachshund at the park today who gave my son lots of kisses!

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