This is Henri (that’s the French Henry with an i at the end), a Basset Hound. I like Basset Hounds. My own ‘beast’ is a furry Basset Hound. When Henri stands looking at me, he really looks like Droopy.

Droopy, basset hound: Vancouver, BC

Henri the Basset Hound, aka Droopy: Vancouver, BC

Droopy was a cartoon character created by Tex Avery in the 1940s for MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) in Hollywood and he was voiced mostly by Bill Thompson. I used to watch these cartoon when I was a ‘young pup’. Droopy even appeared in some Tom & Jerry cartoons. Droopy was always happy but Bill Thompson gave it a meek and deadpan voice. And when he was ‘pissed off’ he would say:

“You know what? That makes me mad”

and he would toss Wolf or Spike over his head to defeat them.

Back to Henri and look at these short legs. The Basset Hounds are not long dogs, they are dwarfs with very short legs. In spite of that, a Basset Hound can walk and walk for hours on end. Actually they don’t really walk. They walk, they sniff, then they walk again and sometimes they find something interesting (to them) and start tracking.