Norton is a good-sized open tri-color boy with a lot of freckles. This 11-ish year-old fellow came to BHRG from the shelter in Barrow county where he was found as a stray. He has had all his shots and is neutered. He was positive for heartworms and has finished his treatment. He is so sweet, he loves to cuddle and will sit with you and on you for hours. If you are standing up he will come in front of you and flop over and whine for a good belly rub. He also loves to "give you five" as he throws up his one paw for you to touch it. He is a real talker and that is one things so special about him. He gets along wonderfully with the other three bassets in the foster home and also the blind poodle and Boston Terrier He is also good around the kitty of the house. However, Norton needs a home without small children. He walks very well on a leash and one of his favorite things to do is take a car ride. He is social to all he meets along the way if you take him to the local pet store or to the vet. If you come up on him too fast or speak loud he might be afraid. Due to his fear issues when he is being examined by the vet it is best for him to wear their muzzle. He is housetrained and will cry at the door to go out. He is a wonderful boy and very playful. He is submissive to other dogs. His family only has one female basset and he gets along well with both the two boys and the one girl. To understand the breed is so important when it comes to Norton, he is pure basset. He has never torn up anything in his foster home and is a gentleman when it comes to his food. He dances for his food - so cute. He needs a strong family that will help him remember the things he has learned at his foster home. Norton has some issues with certain things and his foster mom can explain all this better if you ever want to call her or come visit Norton. He has a hard time if anyone stands over him or gets into his face unless he knows you very well. He also has a hard time with anyone that speaks stern to him or uses a voice that makes him afraid. His foster mom feels that sometime in his life someone has been mean to him and so due to his fear of certain situations he is taking medication that he needs to take for the rest of his life. Once he goes to sleep it is better to not bother him, or if you must wake him to do it in a very gentle way. He needs a family that will understand his fear issues and be able to accept him for the wonderful basset boy he is.
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