True Tales: Bentley the Basset Hound and His Lucky Number Seven
By Rachele Baker, DVM – I am pleased to introduce Melissa Clinton (who writes under the pen name M. K. Clinton) as the author of this True Tale. Melissa is an author and blogger that shares her heart with a basset hound named Bentley. Here is Melissa’s story:
Bentley the Basset Hound and His Lucky Number Seven
Bassets hounds have always been one of my favorite breeds because, well, just look at them. Those ears, that face, and those stubby little legs with ginormous paws are hard to resist. Seven years ago a friend of mine offered me her son’s full-grown basset. It was so tempting! We have always enjoyed raising our dogs from the puppy stage so I reluctantly passed on her generous offer.
Then my husband received an invitation to a surprise 50th birthday party for one of his friends. It was a great time and his friend was very surprised. His friend was even more surprised when he received a six-week-old basset hound puppy for one of his gifts. Of course, I was in love immediately and spent most of the night cradling the little sad-eyed baby. We spent the rest of the weekend talking about the puppy and thinking of what we’d name him if he were ours.
My husband called me at work the following Monday. The man who received the basset hound puppy as a gift was not able to keep the pup. He and his wife had recently lost their senior dog and weren’t ready to welcome a new puppy. If you’ve ever lost a pet, you can certainly empathize with their feelings. My sadness at the fate of the puppy was quickly replaced when my husband said those magic words, “They want to know if we want to take the puppy!” My excitement was off the charts. YES, a thousand times YES!
The next afternoon Bentley (the name we had settled on over the weekend) came to live with us. My golden retriever, Tucker, was less than enthusiastic. True to Tucker’s nature, he tolerated the ear pulling, gnawing, and climbing little bundle of curiosity. Tucker and Bentley quickly became best friends and Tucker taught Bentley the ins and outs of being a good boy.
It wasn’t long before we let Bentley run around in the backyard following his “big brother” Tucker. It was during one of those romps that my husband called Bentley “Seven.” When I asked why, he pointed out the perfect white number seven on Bentley’s hip. I was stunned and did what any responsible pet owner in my situation would do. I wrote Jack Daniels Distillery to see if they wanted to use him in their Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand Whiskey ads! They asked for a picture of Bentley and thought it was great but declined my idea of using him in ads. I did score a ball cap and Bentley got a bandana, so it wasn’t a total loss.
I later contacted a dog food company advertising that their food helped dogs’ bodies in seven ways. I mean, come on! Nope, nada.
I couldn’t shake the feeling there was a reason for all of the coincidences surrounding the number seven and Bentley. Then we figured out he was the seventh dog we had owned since we were married (cue the spooky music).
Bentley is such a cool dog. He sits on his butt like a human waiting to talk. He insists on giving real hugs, looks deep into your eyes, and can be as stubborn as any human.
Finally, I decided to begin a writing career and to incorporate Bentley as a character in a book. The idea to make Bentley an FBI agent returned to earth as a basset hound struck me like a bolt of lightning. FBI Special Agent #7 Bentley “Hound Dog” Clanton. My husband and I both knew then that we had finally found the reason Bentley and his number seven had joined our family. Bentley is definitely my “soul dog.”
About the Author: M. K. Clinton is the award-winning author of The Returns book series. She is the founder of Barking from the Bayou dog blog and the proud pet parent of Bentley, her basset hound. When Melissa is not writing, she loves to help with her local no-kill shelter.
Here is the book description for The Returns:
What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time?
F.B.I. Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns.
Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
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