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Bassets howl, strut at ramble

September 04, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Beth Durgin of Sterling, Va., tries to coax a kiss from Bonnie Blue during the best-kisser contest Sunday at the basset hound ramble at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — Buddy came in second in the howling contest Sunday at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, but it’s the basset hound’s other skill that might lead hosts to padlock the fridge.

He can open the refrigerator.

“The first time he ever did it, he made himself a quesadilla,” said Kristin Fisher, 27, of Fairfax, Va. “He ate the tortilla shells, the lettuce, the sour cream, the chicken, the cheese.”

Buddy was among dozens of basset hounds at Sunday’s ramble hosted by Basset Rescue of Old Dominion, or BROOD.

The event featured a walk and several contests, including best costume, best kisser, best butt/tail wagger and an apple-pie eating contest — all for the dogs.

BROOD President Chris Williams said she was hoping the event would raise $35,000, which was about what last year’s ramble raised. The nonprofit group finds homes for homeless basset hounds in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and parts of southern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Among the attendees at the ag center south of Hagerstown was J.D. Carpenter, who brought Fiddle and Dulci to last year’s ramble. Carpenter said then he didn’t think Fiddle, 15, would make it to this year’s ramble.

Fiddle and Dulci died the week before Christmas, Carpenter said Sunday.

“We made it without a dog for one week and then drove to Vermont,” where they adopted Coney, Carpenter said.

Coney, 5, was going to be trained for agility, but “she showed no interest in agility whatsoever,” so she got a new home with the Carpenters near Bethany, W.Va.

Barb Baumann of Damascus, Md., came to the ramble to see friends “from all over the place.” She took Howard, half basset hound and half sheltie/Irish setter mix, on the ramble’s 1/2-mile walk Sunday morning.

Candace Myers and her fiance, Patrick Shifler, both of Hagerstown, brought Brutus to his second ramble.

Brutus, who turns 2 later this month, didn’t participate in any contests Sunday.

“We entered him in everything last year and he didn’t win anything,” said Myers, 24.

Joked Myers’ sister, Carlee, 18: “He doesn’t have a nice enough butt.”

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