Hello! My name is Scout and I am half of the “Hound Duo” at Barefoot Hospitality. I was adopted by my humans from Rescue Me, a rescue organization they discovered at the North Texas Irish Festival a few years ago; I reminded them of their first dog, Raffles (RIP). As a puppy I very lucky to have been taken off the streets of Fort Worth, Texas and fostered for adoption by this organization. Even though I was a little shy and fragile at first, I came right out of my shell and exploded with happiness when I met my humans and Zoe!
Scout the Basenji
“What kind of dog is that?” you might ask…(I get that a lot). I am a tricolor (mostly) Basenji, an ancient breed that originated in Egypt, and I am often called a “Pharaoh Hound.” I am extremely smart (think Rat Terrier), gentle and affectionate. Basenji literally means “small wild thing from the bush;” my humans say that description is extremely accurate. I’m not sure what they mean by that, but they certainly do laugh at me a lot – I think it’s because I keep them entertained. Don’t even get me started on the positive influence I have had on Zoe! I know I have added years to her life already, and I have no plans to slow down…
A Day in the Life
My favorite activity is to run
in circles around the house at warp speed to demonstrate my Greyhound-like speed and reflexes; I don’t know why the humans are not in awe of my ability. It’s almost as if they have something better to do than open the back door for me so that I can dart back in through the pet door…and repeat this exercise until I collapse. The humans call this exercise the “Dingo Drill” when Zoe joins in the fun and we wreak havoc, mayhem and pandemonium throughout the house. I’ve heard them say I have “springs” in my feet – it’s simply joy that I can’t contain…so it comes out of my feet. Even though they pretend not to love all this commotion, I know they secretly cannot get enough of my antics.
A Dog that Does not Bark?
I don’t really have a traditional “bark” (something to do with my unusually shaped larynx) – in a pinch, I can muster up a sharp staccato warning “arf,” but not a traditional “woof, woof.” Just because I don’t bark, don’t be fooled into thinking that I am “quiet!” Au contraire! I talk to my humans and Zoe incessantly, and I have quite a range of sounds that allow me to communicate
non-stop very effectively. My humans especially love it when I yodel with police or fire engine sirens! I do what I can to keep them amused.
I embrace my role here at Barefoot Hospitality as back up canine hostess (as Zoe is the alpha) and party mascot. There is never a need to worry about spills before, during or after a party – I have already taken care of it before anyone even notices. My mission is to entertain you, and I look forward to entertaining you and to lots of parties and gatherings (and spills) here at Barefoot Hospitality!