The Annual Basset Hound Parade!
The annual Basset Hound parade is actually part of a three day event called the Basset Waddle. It is held in Birmingham, Michigan during the month of May. It is one of Michigan's largest Basset Hound Rescue fund raisers. There are balloons, trains, marching bands, trophies, prizes, and a whole lot of Basset Hounds! Apparently this parade has been going on a number of years and between 400 to 500 lovable and sweet Basset's participate.
I have included a link so that you can view a little bit of the parade and waddle for yourself. It is an older video and apparently the parade just keeps getting bigger and better every year.
I have always had a affinity for this particular breed because my childhood dog was a big old sweet Basset Hound named Chill. In fact, if our eldest son had not had such severe allergies as a child we probably would have gotten a Basset Hound instead of a Schnauzer. Shh... What ever you do please don't tell Charli. You know how sensitive she can be.
Some of my best childhood memories included my precious old hound Chill. He was quite the character! He went every where with me including on occasion to school. Let me just say that my elementry school principal and the teachers were not very happy on the days he decided to pay me a visit. Especially since Chill sometimes snuck into the school if a door was left open. He would run up and down the halls howling for me, in the way only a Basset Hound can do, disrupting classes while everyone was trying very hard to catch him. It was bad enough on the days he hung out by the school door or on the school grounds waiting for me to come out. He was always getting into some kind of trouble but it was all because he loved me ♥ I can't even begin to tell you how many phone calls were placed to my parents. We lived in a rual area in the days when doors were never locked and dogs enjoyed much more freedoms then they do today.
Unfortunately, I had never heard of this wonderful and fun filled parade, or the Basset Hound Waddle until about a month ago when my cousin Jamie posted some pictures on his face book page. After writing Jamie for permission to post some of his pictures here on my blog he graciously invited Charli and me to be his guest at the parade next year. We are very excited about attending and I have tenatively marked my calendar with a date.
Charli is already fretting about what to wear. You know what a little diva she is! She has mentioned that a cheer leading outfit would be nice. Of course she is kind of put out that she won't be in the actual parade or crowned queen of the Basset Hounds.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did......