A breeder in Illinois breeds pure basset hounds and pure beagles. When he has an "accident" and gets a litter that is mixed, he used to throw them in the white river. A woman who runs a Rott rescue in town learned of this and asked him to let her take care of any more mixed puppies. She ran an ad for 3 "bagels" on Petfinder.com, which is where I discovered Louie - I was specifically looking for a basset/beagle - its a great mix! The breeder may have seen Louie as an accident, but I think he was meant to be mine!