Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Adoptable 8-week-old Basset Hound puppy

Grace, 8 weeks old
All right, for those of you Dog Blog readers who double as newshounds, you may have noticed a story about the Rochester Cider Mill circulating among Southeast Michigan media outlets.
I'm proud to have started off that media frenzy by first reporting on this seemingly unbelievable story. If you haven't read it and are interested in finding out how growing corn and selling Christmas trees can make you a criminal, here it is: Oakland Township puts squeeze on cider mill.
So you're wondering, what in the heck does this cider mill news story have to do with dogs?
Ah, well, I have your answer.
The owner of that cider mill is Tom Barkham. Tom owns both the Paint Creek Animal Clinic and a second veterinary practice in Dryden.
Seeing as how the cider mill is closed this time of the year, and cold, the Barkhams suggested we meet at the veterinary practice in Goodison instead.
What do you know? The dog blogger winds up surrounded by dogs even when on an entirely non-dog related assignment. I do frequently wonder how I keep ending up in situations like that. Fate, I suppose. I don't mind, anyhow, so I just go with it.
"Try not to talk about dogs, Karen," I said silently to myself. "You are not here about dogs. Don't talk about dogs."
After the interview was done and I was getting ready to leave, I saw something that just made me entirely unable to hold myself back — an 8-week-old puppy!
"Puppy!" I exclaimed, looking over at the adorable little bundle of joy. "Oh, she is so precious."
"Want to adopt her? She's a foster," said Roxanne Priest, the woman sitting with her.
I quickly whisked out my little Flipcam. "Is she really?" I asked.
I introduced myself, told her about The Dog Blog and offered to shoot a short video of the sweet little girl.
And so, here ya go — this is one good looking puppy! 
You can find out more about Grace by going to or calling 248-623-1698. 


  1. Karen, Great piece and thanks for including the Oakland Twp connection.
    Nice to read of the fine the judge set for the 'criminals' Three dollars!

  2. I just received notice from Roxanne, Grace's foster mom, that Grace has been adopted into a forever home. She joins a family with "two basset sisters and three kitty cousins," Roxanne, said.

    Also, I found out about a big change coming to this year's Basset Waddle. Look tomorrow (Tuesday, March 15) for an update!