Thanks, Nikki...I answered you once, but it hasn't shown up, so I hope I don't end up with a double post!
Gabby has been a part of our lives for a long time; I will stay with her right through the process so she won't feel alone and scared. Poor old girl - this past year she has changed so much as both her hearing and her sight left her.
My new doggie is currently named Oscar, but he just doesn't look like an Oscar to me, so I'm not certain that will remain. I have to say I am looking forward to a dog who will enjoy the dog park and will play with me and go for long walks. Bassets are a wonderful, funny breed, but they get so busy sniffing with those super-sensitive noses that you don't get very far on walks, and many of them are too laid back to want any kind of extended play sessions!
So it will be a huge change around our house...hope I am up to the challenge!