2020 was a year like no other. There were so many uncertainties
and changes in the world, leaving GABR with two choices:...stop
our mission and wait things out ...or dig deep and be there when
we were needed most

We chose to dig deep. Friends and supporters of GABR came
together to continue operations and be sure that no basset was
left behind.

There have been so many remarkable stories in 2020.
Throughout the month of December, GABR will be sharing 12
special stories with you.
Clementine's Story
Every once in awhile, GABR is asked to take in a
dog whose story is so compelling they leave a
lasting impression on all the GABR volunteers
whose lives they touch. Such a dog was Clementine.

Found as a stray, sweet Clementine came to GABR
as a 12 year old. A beautiful and affectionate girl,
she was underweight, had infection in her eyes, and
was positive for both Heart Worm and Lyme disease
Thankful for every bit of affection and attention that
was given to her, we treated her eye infection. She
showed no real signs of discomfort, and we prepared
to build her system up to deal with her other medical issues. It was then found that she
also had lymphoma which, at her age and with all of her other conditions, was impossible
to treat.

GABR reached out to long time volunteers and supporters Mike and Linda Lindorff, who
have a soft spot for the seniors. They offered to take Clementine into their home and
provide her with the love and support she needed to keep her comfortable for the time
she had left.
Clementine adapted to her new home immediately, making friends with their golden
retriever, exploring her new back yard, and all the comforts of a soft bed and good food
she had not had for a very long time.

Unfortunately, the lymphoma was aggressive, and two months after she went to her new
home, it claimed her life. While the GABR community mourned for sweet Clementine, we
also rejoiced knowing that she left this world in comfort, knowing she was loved.
Our mission is not possible without your
support. Your year end donations mean
the world to hounds like Clementine.

We want to make sure that "No Basset Is
Left Behind."

Thank you for your continued support of
Jolo's Journey
Early in 2020 Shelly from St. Louis adopted Sampson,
whose name is now Jolo. COVID made Shelly and Tyler
have to switch to a small backyard wedding but allowed
Jolo to participate. He stands proudly wearing his bow
tie as they say their vows and then gets his belly
rubbed by the happy couple.
Jazz's Story
If there is one thing that you learn when you work with a
rescue organization, it is that things are not always what
they seem and nothing should be taken for granted.

Such was the case when beautiful, playful, affectionate
and healthy looking 8 year old Jazz first came to us. We
understood that she needed vaccinations and needed
to be spayed. She was negative for Heartworm and tick
diseases and this would normally mean that after spay
and vaccinations she would be ready for a foster home,
and probably a quick adoption, given her gentle happy
Because GABR makes every effort to be thorough before surgery, it was found that
some of her blood levels were abnormal. Further testing was done, and ultimately it
was found that she had a parathyroid tumor that was causing the abnormalities.
She needed a specialist to surgically remove the parathyroid gland and then Jazz
had to be given replacement hormones until such time that her thyroid gland would
make the hormones in sufficient quantity by itself. Fortunately, the tumor was
benign. It took over two months and many blood tests and adjustments to her
hormone doses to determine her body was finally producing the hormones in
normal quantity and she could be safely taken off medications and be adopted.
Throughout all this, Jazz weathered the surgery and testing and remained her
sweet, trusting and loving self. She left her foster home for a wonderful adopter who
fell in love with her immediately, and she fit in to her new home as if she had always
been there.

Since Jazz had no symptoms of underlying hormone abnormalities, many rescue
organizations may have given the vaccinations, performed the spay, and adopted
her out. It is only
because GABR has generous supporters that make it possible for
us to go beyond the routine work,
and thoroughly check out each dog, that she was
able to have the blood work that determined she had a dangerous condition. These
extra steps saved her life. Her medical costs far exceeded her adoption fees. It is
only through donor fees that go directly towards the veterinary care of GABR
rescues that more dogs like Jazz can be saved.