Fred, Basset Hound from Fort Worth

I actually saw Fred for the first time at the North Texas Basset Hound Rescue’s annual Bone Soiree (more on that later) but he was too cool and very popular dog so I never was able to get close enough to pet on him. (lol) He was hanging out at the Bone Soiree, working the crowd and being a fantastic ambassador for the breed and the organization.

I still remember the sight of him rolled over on his belly getting as many belly rubs as he could from people walking by. He’s kind of hard to resist with his sweet personality and his distinctive, charming looks. I actually had no idea I would be later photographing him. The moment I met him at his photo session, I realized who he was and had to tell his parents my memory from the Bone Soiree.

During our time together and while I was photographing him, Fred was calm, cool and collected. He didn’t seem to have a care in the world and definitely was one of the most laidback Bassets I photographed. He was also one of the slowest, not in any hurry to relocate to the different areas I had scoped out ahead of time. I enjoyed photographing him and he was a great model for me! Also, Fred really responded well to the different noises and treats I had.

It’s an interesting story about how Fred’s calendar photo came about. When I had a phone consultation with Fred’s dad, he told me since Fred was representing the month of March he would like it if we incorporated something Irish.

I told him I’d brainstorm on that and hopefully, we could find something that fit.  It was going to be a little harder since all the dogs were going to be posing in an outdoor, natural scene and it wouldn’t be the kind of photo to add props to. But I was determined to find a way to incorporate his idea.

My first thought was maybe we’d find some clover we could set Fred up in. But the perfect opportunity came from a metal sculpture in the garden at the park. We took other photos of Fred that day but we spent extra time at this location and all of us were in agreement that this would likely be “the one” for the calendar. And as it turned out, it was.

The Bone Soiree

I mentioned earlier at the annual Bone Soiree and I just wanted to share the details on that because it’s coming up again on April 21, 2018. It’s a fun event for any dog lover and rescue supporter to attend.  I’ve attended the past two or three years now and I always have a great time!

This year they are doing something new and Sloan and Williams Winery in Grapevine is the event location. Some of the highlights are heavy appetizers, a beer and wine bar, and a silent auction. Basically lots of Basset related fun!

While I won’t make it this year because I’m booked for a pet photo session that evening, I’ve donated a pet photography session package and I really hope it brings a large donation for NTHBR. And can’t wait to hear which Basset I’ll be lucky enough to photograph this year!

Read the Other Basset Hound Stories

Follow along for the next Basset in the Calendar series, Scarlet, Miss April… coming soon!

If you missed any other months, you can also view prior posts on the NTBHR Charity Calendar Series page.

Interested in a portrait of your Basset Hound or other furry family members?

You’re in the right place!  I’m a full-time pet photographer in the Dallas area and specialize in people and their pets, particularly dogs! I’d love to connect with you to learn about your photography vision and how I can bring that to life. I offer complimentary consultations to “get the ball rolling!”

Interested in adopting or fostering a Basset?

I would definitely encourage you to check out North Texas Basset Hound Rescue! There are so many fabulous ways you can be involved, even if you’re like me and don’t have your own Basset Hound. They have fundraising events, adoption meetups, and so much more. Oh and an adorable Facebook and Instagram you can follow.