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Basil

Worth the Weight

Basil the herb is known to be sweet, and this 9-year-old Löwchen is no different. Standing just under one-foot tall and weighing 14 pounds, this outgoing little dog might seem tiny in size, but she’s the equivalent of Superwoman in spirit. Wearing a bright yellow harness hugged securely around her small body, she can pull 85 times her weight in a cart—once pulling a record 1,390 pounds. This energetic dog, a three-time weight champion, has won seven national titles for weight pull, water rescue, packing, and drafting. During competitions, she commonly goes up against Greyhounds and Russell mixes— dogs also in her weight class. While her white, leg-warmer like cuffs fluffed up around her legs say otherwise, appearances aren’t always what meets the eye. This löwchen is accustomed to winning the Most Weight Pulled award in competi-

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tion. Every now and then, she stays sharp by challenging her strength against dogs in higher weight classes—usually pulling the title of Highest Percentage Weight Pulled out from under their furry paws. It’s understandable, with all these accomplishments, that Basil is a bit of a perfectionist. If she doesn’t do something right in training, she knows it and will make sure she goes back and does it correctly. There’s nothing special or formal about Basil’s training, though she’s just talented, says handler Jenny Chen. There’s no special diet, either; Basil is fed normal dog food for her weight type. When she was born, she was the size of a tennis ball. By the time she was eight weeks old, this girl was competing against dogs that had gone through formal water rescue training. For a dog to compete in

weight pull, they have to be 18 months. So Basil waited. She spent 6 months competing in weight pull, retiring at the young age of two after realizing she didn’t have any other competitors to dominate. Outside the realm of the competitive world, Basil is a curious dog who likes going on adventures, jumping, and receiving attention and affection from people. She’s so energetic that her owners, Dana and Joe Concannon, have nicknamed her “the energizer bunny.” She tries to keep her eccentric energy incheck by running on the treadmill in her free time and showing off her skills—performing tricks and jumps for her fans. When visiting dog parks around town, Basil enjoys joining her new friends in a frantic game of chase—often jumping into strangers’ laps to take a break and share in some love.

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