He's Neurotic, He's Anxious but he's so FULL OF LOVE! We adopted LEO 8 years ago from NEBHR, Life with LEO requires a great deal of patience due to his chronic anxiety & multiple phobias, but in the end, he may be the MOST LOVED BASSET OF ALL TIME! (at least by me anyway)
We adopted LEO in 2005 from NEBHR click on the link below to learn more about them!
Who would have guessed that adding a new little kitten into our already crazy household would be so good for LEO. I thought for sure that getting this kitten for my daughter's 9th birthday was gonna be the thing that put me over the edge but it's been quite the opposite. In fact, while our big tiger cat remains less than thrilled with the new addition, LEO couldn't be happier. I think it's actually helping him with all of his anxieties and issues. He is more calm and seems to really enjoy the kitten's company and playfulness. He is so tolerant of the antics of this spirited little guy named Panther. Most days I find Panther swinging from LEO'S big floppy ears or grabbing onto LEO's tail to take a ride. Today, I came across a rare sight. Panther was giving LEO a back scratching and LEO was lovin every minute of it. LEO has had massage therapy in the past and it worked pretty good for his nerves, but this old fashioned back scratching seemed to put him right into a state of heaven, as you can see by his pose.
Just another RAINY day in New England, 3 in a row, but Leo never gets tired of NAPPING & our new kitten Panther must have thought it looked like a good idea because he cuddled right up beside him. It's so adorable to see how much these two love each other. Leo is so protective of the kitten. Our big tiger cat gets irritable with the playful and sometimes mischevious kitty but Leo just sits back and lets him do whatever he wants. Leo's tail has become Panther's favorite new toy. He discovered it about a week ago and since LEO does a lot of wagging, Panther pounces on it constantly. Never so much as a growl from my sweet tolerant Basset Hound. The big tiger, however, puts a paw out and shows the kitten whose boss. He wants no part of letting his tail become a play toy. He'd much prefer that the kitten bother LEO instead. Just a few minutes ago, Leo had to intervene when the cat and kitten were having a tiff. Leo walked right over and put his nose up to the big tiger as if to say, leave the kitty alone, he's just doing what kitties do! I LOVE MY BASSET HOUND!