What is your name?
Sweet Basil Hayden, but you can call me Basil!
Where are you from?
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a three-year old golden retriever and protector of my three humans — dad, mom, and baby sister. I am super sweet and snuggly, but I also still have some of that crazy puppy energy!
I am a big fan of fruits and veggies, especially watermelon, apples, pears, carrots, and crunchy lettuce. I always come running into the kitchen when I hear the cutting board come out. One time, the American Kennel Club featured me in a video about healthy snacks for dogs! See it here!
Although I live in Seattle, I do not like the rain. I prefer to stay indoors on rainy days. I also don’t like getting dirty. I always run the long way around a puddle to avoid getting wet, and I would never roll in the mud! What can I say? I prefer to avoid a bath. 😉
Do you have any nicknames?
Bay, Basil Dog, Big Dog, Pup-pup
How many years have you been on Instagram?
3 years and counting!
What got you started on Instagram?
My mom started my Instagram account as a way to share my photos with family and friends. She had no idea what a star I would be! One of the best things about Instagram is that it reconnected us with my sister, Reida. Her mom found our account and noticed that Reida and I have the same birthday. Now our families are BFFs!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I like to sleep in and snuggle in the mornings, especially if my entire family is in the bed together. Mom calls this “family snugs!” When it’s time to wake up, my dad takes me out for my morning walkies, and then we eat breakfast together. I get my own breakfast, and then I wait (not so) patiently for my dad to share some of his morning yogurt with me.
During the week, my mom and baby sister stay home with me while our dad is at work. I alternate between napping on the sofa (belly up, if I’m really getting comfy!), keeping watch over my baby sister, and looking for squirrels and rabbits in the backyard.
I get super excited when my dad comes home from work because that means dinner and adventure time. We usually go on a big walk to the park, or if I’m really lucky, we visit my friends at the local pet store and pick out some treats for me!
Once we’re back home, I take over the sofa again until bedtime. And then I take over the bed. My mom calls me a bed hog. Clearly she is confused about the difference between dogs and hogs..
Weekends are my favorite because I get to spend all day with my family, and sometimes we go on special outings. The best is when we go on a beach adventure with my sister, Reida!
What is your favorite travel spot?
The beach! My favorites are Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast and Double Bluff Beach on Whidbey Island. I love to swim and dig giant holes in the sand. One day, I hope to make my way down the west coast and check out some California beaches! Hawaii is also on my list, but my humans say we need a private jet for that — got any leads?
If you could be another animal, what would you be?
Is there anything better than being a dog??
What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
My family! I am happiest when we are all together.
What is your favorite meal or thing to eat?
Even though I love my fruits and veggies, my very favorite snacks are cheese and yogurt. And all things fishy!
Tell us one random fact about you that no one knows!
I love when my dad carries me up high on his shoulder, just like a baby. Sometimes people see this and worry that I am scared or hurt, but really I just like the extra cuddles!
Where can the DailyBarker community connect with you?
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