Just wanted to introduce myself. My real name is Tina and I live in Essex. The reason for joining here is that we have just brought our first pet...an adorable 9 week old Basset Hound and hopefully can learn a thing or two from other members. I brought him for my partners birthday. He has always wanted a Basset hound but used to llive in a flat and wasn't allowed pets. His name is 'Gilbert'...Bertie for short. He's doing really well but I SHALL BE SO MUCH HAPPIER WHEN HE IS TOILET AND HOUSE TRAINED!