Is Emma a freak of nature or an anomaly?

December 27th, 2006 - 7:07 pm KY Time


Dear Fellow Hound Lovers: I have a question. Is Emma a freak of nature or an anomaly? An anomaly is a deviation from the common type. She is so long that when she runs her back legs go faster than her front. She then is running ever so slightly sideways? Have you ever heard of this? Do any hounds out there in cyber space have the same anomaly? Whatever, it is very cute! Please respond. More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma aka the anomaly!


  1. Lauren
    December 27th, 2006 | 8:33 pm

    Lucky Dog is so named because she is lucky to be walking…. She was hit by a car. Now when she runs… Her backend goes sideways and almost gets in front of her head. It is such a funny sight! So in my opinion……Emma is just fine!

  2. Cat
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:12 pm

    Thanks Lauren! That is a wonderful comment! We love hearing about “Lucky Dog” You are so sweet to respond to our question!

  3. Anita
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:33 pm

    My Rosie was the same way when she was younger. It was as if she was powered from the rear end instead of the front! I got her into agility classes and it really helped once she learned that she had a back end. She now excels at agility, but she sure was funny to watch as a puppy.

  4. Pam
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:40 pm

    Emma is barrootiful just the way she is! She reminds me of my Miss Judy 🙂

  5. Cat
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:41 pm

    Thanks Anita: That really is a good comment! Emma seems to be a forever puppy! Maybe agility classes will be the answer!

  6. Cat
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:45 pm

    Pam: This is a comment from the Barrington House. “Thanks Pam we think the same thing of Emma.” We love her just the way she is. But is is fun hearing from basset hound people about her cute strut!

  7. Sam
    December 27th, 2006 | 10:05 pm

    Hi, I just found your site. My basset hound is 10 years old and moves in a different way. Her front legs are quicker. So, she moves to the right. I do not know why. Sorry

  8. Ingrid
    December 27th, 2006 | 10:36 pm

    Ladybug usually has her legs off to the side instead if straight behind her when she is running. Ladybug isn’t as long as most basset hounds, but Emma has always struck me as being a particularly long basset hound. I’d love to actually see them side by side.

  9. Cat
    December 27th, 2006 | 10:46 pm

    Dear Ingrid: Emma would love to run with Ladybug. Thank you so much for your commet. The folks that are following these comments tonight will thank you! Oh how we wish Ladybug could join us for a race! Emma would love it! It would be so fun!

    Hey! are you up Barrington House?

  10. Barb
    December 27th, 2006 | 10:55 pm

    I have a basset hound that is very long. He is an older guy. When I go for a walk with him he moves to the left from his back end. I cannot believe that other hounds do this. I will check back to see what happens here.

    I want to thank you for this site. It is so cool. My hound is named Jared. I am Barb.

  11. Patty
    December 27th, 2006 | 11:04 pm

    Teufel does that too, I always wonder if her backside will catchup and pass the front end. If she is going really fast she tucks her tail in too.

  12. Menzie
    December 27th, 2006 | 11:46 pm

    We had a dachshund that used to dot his – it was cute to watch!

    Barney, my hound from Soundtrack Kennels, is also v-e-r-y long. As far as I’ve noticed, he doesn’t have this issue, though. BUt i would say he is at least as long as Emma looks in those pics!

  13. Cat
    December 28th, 2006 | 12:00 am

    Dear Menzie: You are so sweet to leave a commet. Chaps, Emma and I regard you as an expert. We want the members of Barrington House to know you are someone we wish could join us on our outings. Thanks Menzie. loves you.

    Barrington House members. Menzie is an expert on basset hounds. We will ask her questions in the future. I know for a fact, she will help us. She is a friend and an expert.

  14. December 28th, 2006 | 12:21 am

    Our Henry is long too, but not nearly as long as Emma. She does seem extraordinarily long! We’ve had many l-o-n-g rescues come through our house in the past few years and like Henry and Emma, they run sideways, too. I think it’s because their length makes the brain take too long to catch up with their motion! *LOL*

  15. Cindy
    December 28th, 2006 | 2:09 am

    Hmmm….first of all I think Emma is absolutely baroootiful! My hound Miles is pretty long but I’ve not noticed him doing this. I’ll have to pay better attention the next time the hounds are out romping around.

  16. Jan
    December 28th, 2006 | 9:49 am

    Sometimes when Lady runs, her back legs almost catches up to her front ones. Lady looks a lot like Emma except Lady was a spot on top of her head. [She was almost named SPOT – Spoiled Princess of Tulsa].

  17. December 28th, 2006 | 10:16 am

    Della is much like Emma in the rear-end acceleration department…but only when coming downstairs! When she was a puppy her back end would veer one way or the other trying to pass her front end. Now that she’s older (2 1/2) her back end only enters the passing lane on the stairway. It’s pretty hysterical–not only the way she looks, but the look on her face when she turns her head to see her hips coming at her from the left! Too funny!

  18. Ruth from Barrington House
    December 28th, 2006 | 10:23 am

    Dear Emma: We are so happy to see all the comments about you. Wow, are you famous? Well you are here at Barrington House. We will check back all day see what else we can learn about basset hounds. Ruth and friends at Barrington House P.S When are you coming back?

  19. Yolanda
    December 28th, 2006 | 11:24 am

    Do you mean that Bassets aren’t supposed to run like that?! Our Lucky and Lady (both ATB now) always seemed to run like run-away trains with their cabooses pushing hard enough to get ahead of their engines. Buddy (Da Holy Terror uv Michigan) now does the same thing – he runs perfectly straight until his rear-end gets one step to the right or left, and then it’s almost as if he were trying to slide around corners. The maneuver comes in handy when he wants to make a quick turn but, unfortunately, he usually wants to turn in the direction opposite from the way his rear-end is going. It certainly makes for some interesting Basset 500’s! Buddy, too, is very long – perhaps if I put glasses on his back end, his rear could actually see where his front end is going!

  20. Danielle
    December 28th, 2006 | 11:38 am

    as far as i can tell maple only walks sideways with dog pajamas on

  21. Carolyn Mitchell
    December 28th, 2006 | 1:33 pm

    Funny you should bring the running thing up LiL Miss Daisy Halo will run back and forth up and down the hall from front door to patio door in what looks like some kind of odd chase nothing there or is it Sir Opa tormenting from the bridge. Anyway when she runs her front paws seem to stop but her back end can’t seem to stop and she plows into the door bang. I worry and try not to encourage the running but she is so darn funny when she does it. To us its not a freak of nature but normal hope this helps. Emma you are just perfect and I think entertaining your slaves : ) Take care and keep up the great work : ) Love the site
    Slave to
    LiL Miss Daisy Halo
    Max A Million
    Hopper & Henry the spoiled bunnies
    Sir Opa (ATB)
    Princess Jodie (ATB)

  22. cathy
    December 28th, 2006 | 1:55 pm

    Lucy Lou the Wild Wonder Butt has a rear end with a mind of it’s own (hence her name). It especially effects her cornering abilities. Last year she was playing basset 500 and her rear end caught up with her front end as she went around the corner. She did a 360 and caromed right into the Christmas tree, which of course, went down with a crash. My husband quickly tried to stuff it back in the stand just as I walked in the door after work. Lucy was sitting on the couch looking innocent, and my husband was looking sheepish, surrounded by broken ornaments.

  23. James from Barrington House
    December 28th, 2006 | 3:05 pm

    We are laughing so loud. Everyone is enjoying all the fun stories. We really like the name, Lucy Lou the Wild Wonder Butt! I had to write that one down so I don’t forget it. Thanks so much. I am making sure everyone is caught up on all the funny comments. Thanks again, James from Barrington House!

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