Humane Society of Central Illinois


Hello HSCI --- Cleo the Basset Hound here,

I just wanted to drop a note to say that in February 2007 I celebrated my 1-year Anniversary in my forever home. Bet you never thought that would happen. I have to tell you this is one GREAT place for a fur-kid to live. My new Mommy, Daddy, 2-legged big brother and 4-legged big sister Tabby have welcomed me with open arms. Unfortunately I had a little bit of sad times recently, when I lost my 4-legged big brother Elliott in January. Mommy and Daddy really miss him but they say having the "Round" Hound with them sure helps. They tell me I am the happiest Basset in the morning.

See my life did not start out all the great. I was 18 months old when my family adopted me, spent over half of that time in and out of homes/shelters (4 different families). I am sure HSCI can agree that I presented them with some very unique challenges during my stay with them.

My new Mommy found me at HSCI when she started her volunteer work. She says it was LOVE at first sight and she was determined to have me join their family. See for a young Basset Hound I have been known to have some issues. All my other homes were not quite sure how to deal with these issues and kept bringing me back. Finally HSCI agreed to let them try to work a miracle on me. My new family started referring to my issues as my "Out of Body Experiences" and has worked very hard with me over the last year. I have learned that Mommy can have anything she wants from my mouth, finally. I have learned how to share my toys and the bed with everyone. You would not believe how this family treats their fur-kids. We have a ramp outside and a ramp inside to get on the couch. I have a doggie door with a fenced in back yard. I can lounge on the back of the couch, look out the window and have the heat blow on me all day. Also a queen size bed to sleep on. What more could a Basset Hound want!  Mommy walks Tabby and I everyday, she says this has helped me.


I also have had the opportunity to do some major socialization. I have attended several Community Sales, the Dog Park, lots of doggie washes to benefit HSCI, the Alumni Days for HSCI, Camping. Had a sleep over with my friend Bailey, another HSCI Alumni. But, the best thing I did in the summer was attend the Basset Hound Waddle in Dwight and raised $100.00 to help homeless bassets.

Needless to say my new family really thinks I am sweetie and have assured me I am not going anywhere for a long time. My daddy says I’m a real snuggle bug and makes him over sleep every morning. My 2-legged brother is really awesome and I get so excited to see him.

I just want to say "THANKS" for having the patience and taking time with me and making sure I found my forever home. LIFE IS GREAT, for Cleo the Basset Hound, and I have to say I am very well balanced and LOVE my new family and home.


Cleo and the rest of the Family
Wes, Sherri, Jason & Tabby

Name of Pet:Cleo
Type of Pet:Dog
Gender of Pet:Female
Age of Pet at Adoption:   1½ years
Month / Year Adopted:February 2006  
Name of Pet at HSCI:Cleo