DUFFY DOG OF THE WEEK: Bruno…and the Phillips’s

Posted: May 25, 2010 in Duffy Dog of the Week, Uncategorized

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Probably a lot of you know my buddy, and now writing partner, Ginny.

If you follow the basset news back and forth on Facebook you already know that she’s nuts when it comes to hounds. She’s the kind that scrolls through Petfinder all the time just in case she spots a hound in need.

Last week Bruno appeared…in a kill shelter. He’s still a puppy and Ginny was doing her best to find a home.

And of course, she did. It just so happened to be her home…which already has five dogs.

Ginny’s married to Rick who happens to be an Army Colonel and has this habit of getting deployed overseas, in harm’s way. My wife and I had cocktails with these folks and you couldn’t meet nicer people.

Back to Bruno. One day he’s on death row waiting for the executioner’s song. The next day this wacky lady is making homemade doggy ice cream for him and Rick, who makes a living ordering soldiers around, waived the no couch rule.

Bruno, buddy, you really stepped in it, my friend.

Anyway, Ginny felt compelled to write about her week and i know better than to try to stop her. So without further ado, here’s the first guest Duffy Dog of the Week Post from Ginny Tata-Phillips:

Once upon a time, in a Central Florida location, let us call, Whorelando, a back yard breeder had a litter of Basset Hound Puppies.  Selling all but one puppy, these BYB gave the runt away to a neighbor.  Just a few months later, the horrified neighbor realized the cute little puppy was going to BE A BIG DOG.  Their reaction – off to the County Shelter, which happens to be a kill shelter.  On the way to the Shelter, the bad neighbors stopped at a pet store and met the good folk from Helping Paws Humane Society.  The good people of Helping Paws scooped up the puppy and saved him from being dumped.  They listed him on Petfinder.com where he was discovered by a CRAZY BASSET LADY who reads the hound listings every day.

With great trepidation, the CRAZY BASSET LADY called Helping Paws,and before she could say “Adopt Don’t Shop” she had another buppy to raise

Bruno says:"Frosty paws beats death row!"


But here is the real story.  The CRAZY BASSET LADY is married to a real American Hero, a US Army Colonel who has served in Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan…..TWICE!  The deal is that every time The Colonel deploys, THE CRAZY BASSET LADY is allowed to adopt another dog – it keeps her sane and busy while her husband is saving the world.  THE CRAZY BASSET LADY is not as crazy as she may seem.  The Colonel has been talking about another tour overseas and she figured if they had a new baby to raise and life to save that maybe he would reconsider another tour overseas.

Tough guy? Trust me.

So although there is ‘Always Room For One More Dog’, there is not ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE DEPLOYMENT!

Signed the very patriotic, although done her duty, CRAZY BASSET MOM of 6 rescued dogs!

  1. Karen Syed says:

    Bruno is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!! Hubby looks like he may be kinda cute too. LOL

    You are an angel and I hope Bruno thinks about how lucky he is when he takes that shoe by the door in his jaws at play time. heehee, My Waldo, a 100 lb BH loved to eat shoes, and furniture, and anything that didn’t move fast enough.

    Happy living!

    • ginny says:

      Well Karen – have you seen the sign “Husband and dog lost. Reward for Dog”?! Just kidding! They are both cute and have found their forever homes!

      There is, however, no shoe safe around here for at least the next few months!

  2. Jen Forbus says:

    I’m smitten with Bruno. I think I’ll have to come visit him and his family!

    • ginny says:

      Whorelando awaits! Come on down, Jen! We can read together and sip drinks with little umbrellas in them while surrounded by drooling houndies!

  3. Jan M says:

    “Always Room For One More Dog”

    I have a slightly different motto – “What’s one more bowl of kibble?”

    Congrats on making Bruno one of the Whoreland gang!

  4. Mary Calabray says:

    Thank God for all the crazy basset ladies around the world. Dogs like Bruno deserve a good home, and I think with Ginny he has hit the jackpot!
    Ginny, you’re a wonderful lady.

  5. Cindy Adler says:

    Is that a dachshund I see??? I love all hounds but my heart is with the doxies….

    • ginny says:

      Silver dapple long haired Dachshund, Rudy, is the proud 10 year old brother of little Bruno. Rudy is also a rescue! Lots of great Dachshund rescues around!

  6. Gwen says:

    Tom, sometimes I have a hard time relating to my crazy basset lady mother and the Colonel, but this piece made me cry at work! Thank you for helping their daughter see these awesome individuals through new eyes today!

  7. Bee Gee says:

    Three Cheers for Ginny, the Colonel and Bruno!

  8. BD says:

    It’s fantastic to hear about heroes like Ginny & Rick. Bruno is one handsome dude!

    • ginny says:

      His parents are pretty good looking too, aren’t they? But I think Bruno looks like his father – those ears…that nose!

  9. Alisa says:

    I love the way Tom wrote the story and Ginny already knows how happy we all are that Bruno is there to stay. Tom is right, you will rarely meet a nicer couple than Ginny and Rick. Congrats you guys!

    • ginny says:

      Like many Droolers, I have never met Alisa in person, but she is a big part of my life! Drool Rules! A Basset is an Asset! What does that make 6?!?!??!?!??

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