there is a lady nearby i have been communicating with the past couple of days who has a beagle/bassett. she wants to re-home her because she says her circumstances have changed and she doesn't feel she can give the dog the attention it derserves. she (the puppy) is 6 months old just like my sophie. she will be coming over for a play day soon to see how the 2 get along. if all goes well, there will be double the cuteness in my house!