Basset Bustle FAQ's

There is only a short time left to go until the BIG Basset Bustle Extravaganza at the Copetown Community Centre, October 2nd.

Below are all of the answers to the questions we get asked about this not-to-be-missed extravaganza.  Please read through this carefully if you are attending the Bustle.

1. Is there a pizza party on the Friday night this year??

NO! There is no Friday night Pizza Party this year. The fun begins at 11 am on Saturday October 2. We are saving it all for the Bustle. We still invite you to stay at our Bustle Hotel. Plus, since many of you are staying over the Friday night, it really is a weekend long party!

NOTE: Although we are passing the hotel cut-off there are a couple of rooms left. They won't last long--every year is a sell-out. You can find all the info for our Super 8 Mount Hope/Hamilton Hotel HERE! Use code 5136B22345268 to get our special Bustle Rate!

Even if you are not staying over, this event will be the big event of your weekend, possibly your year.

2. Do I need to pre-register for the Basset Bustle?

Yes and no. While you don't need to pre-register for the Bustle we ask that you take our health check before coming. It will be emailed out and available for download the day before. There will also be a temperature check and COVID questionnaire upon arrival at the park. Your health and safety is important to us and we want to make sure everyone has a fun time in a safe and healthy environment.

We ask if you are not well or have come into contact with someone with COVID to please STAY HOME!

There is a Registration booth when you come into the Copetown Community Centre Park on Saturday for the Bustle. Please make sure to check in there.

When you register remember to pick up your charming and complimentary Basset Bustle bandana for the first 200 Hounds.

Bustle Kits are available on our website.  Pledge forms and maps/directions are available right now at: Bustle Kit or by clicking below:

Pledge forms
Google Map to Copetown Community Centre

3. What exactly is a Basset Bustle?

Basset Bustle (verb) from the Latin Canine Droolius Congregatio:  A huge group of loveable, very short and drooley dogs gathered together in one place to party and have a fun-filled celebration!

Each year The Bustle kicks off with all of the bassets marching in a big parade around the park. This year our Bustle event will be our biggest and best celebration ever!

We are doing everything we can to get the word out to make sure we have more bassets than we have ever had before! We are also expecting lots of media. Please don't forget your camera.

4. What can I expect at the Basset Bustle Extravaganza / What type of merchandise will you have?

We have our Big Basset Bustle Parade in the Park to kick-off the event (featuring LOTS of bassets). This event is led by our very special 2021 AmBassetdors. That is not a type-o. This year our recently adopted loveable pair, Bonnie and Clyde, will lead the Bustle kick-off!

You also won't want to miss the big Basset Raffle Extravaganza featuring such amazing prizes as Huge Doggie Gift Baskets, Basset crafts, statues, dog beds, and so much more. Plus we will have photography, contests galore including our very popular Basset Costume Contest, merchandise, basset games and prizes, and much, much more. Too much to mention here, including nail clipping,and more!

Merchandise features BHRO t shirts including this years' Howling Twenties shirt, other BHRO tees and ball caps, handcrafted items and lots of other basset merch!

You will not want to miss this big day! All of it takes place in BassetTown (Copetown) where all dogs are safe and able to run off leash in this securely gated facility. And we have some amazing prizes available as well!

5. I don't have a basset, can I still attend?

We get asked this every year. Even though this is the Basset Bustle we are here to celebrate all of our canine companions.

Even if you don't have a dog, want to learn more about Basset Hounds or if you have a basset-wannabe, please join us for the fun -- all are welcome.

Please make sure that all dogs that do attend are friendly enough to get along with other dogs and people.

6. I thought the calendar photo shoots took place at the Bustle?

We no longer have the calendar photo shoot at the Bustle. In fact this year we will have the 2022 Calendars for sale at the Bustle! Save $10.00 on postage and knock off your Christmas/Birthday/Gift list all at once.

PLUS if your dog is a photo star we can't wait for you to get their photo taken in our awesome photo booth! We supply the stage and props, you supply the cuteness. We promise you will walk away with a photo you won't forget. See our photos from our beach themed booth!

7. Where do my pledges go?

Every penny of every pledge you raise goes directly to helping Basset Hounds that come into our care. In over 25 years of Basset Rescue in Ontario, over 1,200 bassets have had wonderful new beginnings thanks to your support! All dogs that come into our care receive all necessary vet care, are assessed and adopted to their perfect forever homes -- which happen to be many of you who are reading this now!

The Basset Bustle is our largest and most important fundraising event of the year. Your commitment and generosity in collecting pledges are what makes Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario one of the top canine rescue groups in Canada. If not for your generosity we could not have helped the many dogs we are asked to help each year.

We encourage you to start collecting your pledges now in support of this important event.  Click below for your pledge form:

Download Pledge Form here!

You can also pledge online by clicking on the link below:

Canada Helps Online Giving

All donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.  Online pledges will get their receipts instantaneously.  Others will be mailed out shortly after the Bustle.  Please ask your supporters to print clearly on your pledge form so we can make sure their receipts are mailed out correctly.

You can also set up your very own personal Giving Page.  Challenge yourself, set a goal, email out the link... you can include your own photos and messages to supporters.  Having a personal Giving Page is a wonderful way to raise pledges.  Please click on the link following to learn how to set one up:    Setting up a Giving Page

Fundraising on Facebook!!!
Please set up your own Facebook fundraising page and share it with all your friends to support the Bassets who need your help. Simply go to the CREATE button at the top of the page and pulldown FUNDRAISER. From there you can select Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario and create your page.

All pages posted on our Facebook page will be shared. Tell the world about your commitment to Basset Rescue!

We encourage you to start collecting pledges today, while there is still enough time before the Bustle.

8. Is there still time to volunteer to help at the Bustle?

Yes! Please email Mindy at mindy@bassetrescue.ca. We always have volunteer spots available.

9. How can I spread the word??

It's easy. Post, share, repeat.

10. Why would anybody want to miss this weekend?

Quite simply, they wouldn't!!!

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