An afternoon with the hounds

Out for our weekly trek with the hounds allowing us to visit the scenic countryside in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Basset Hounds are bred to hunt rabbits and other small animals. The hounds are low to the ground and very powerful allowing them to move in and out of brush with ease. They unexpectedly disappear and then reappear from the hedgerow down the road. The rabbits always give the Bassets a good run but outsmart them in the end.

Bassets on the run

This is one of my favorite recent photos taken while observing these Basset Hounds showing off their tracking skills. When processing the pictures from that day I did not remember any bassets being chased by horses. What was happening was that, while cutting through this pasture, the Bassets were running to join another group of hounds and the horses were following to see what everyone was up to.

Three Creek Bassets

As a Basset Hound enthusiast I like to spend time with people that share my interest. This group of hounds are bred for tracking and compete nationally, showing off their skills. My wife and I will spend a number of fall and winter Sundays watching them perform at various locations around St. Louis and St. Charles counties. They love what they do and their master (shown in this photo).

Laura Carpenter Balding

The Critics

This is a photo I took about four years ago in St. Louis’ City Garden, a sculpture park in the downtown area. The critics are my two Basset Hounds, Lolly and Clementine.

This park is full of interesting things to photograph. I will be returning later this week, watch here for the results.

Everyone loves Santa

Every year I am honored to be the photographer for Guardian Angel Basset Rescue’s “Photographs with Santa” at St. Louis’ Museum of the Dog. This is a fun event where dog owners line-up to have their Best Friends photographed. This produced one of those classic photos shown here.

Guardian Angel (GABR) is a very successful Basset rescue organization in the Midwest. Every year they host the Illinois Waddle in Dwight, Illinois (just Southwest of Chicago), a two day event where a 1,000 Bassets gather to have fun and gather in the street. This is something you have to see to believe. If you do not have a Basset, you can stop by the event in September and pick-up one!

Reba and Dobber