GARFIELD, N.J. — A Garfield dog could become the next face of basset hound rescue efforts through his owners' dedication to fundraising.
Donna and Bob Funk, owners of Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters in Maywood, promoted their dog Morpheus to be the "king" of the Basset Hound Rescue of Michigan foundation. The group is one of the leading organizations in basset hound rescue efforts in the country, Donna Funk said.
Funk, a lifelong Garfield resident, said the dog owners who raise the most money by May will be named king and queen of the foundation. She plans to use her West Pleasant Avenue coffee shop in Maywood to do much of the fundraising.
Morpheus, 3, is the latest basset hound owned by the Funks. They've had eight others before their current dog named after the character in "The Matrix."
"He's really a typical basset puppy," Funk said. "He's very, very mischievous. He gets into everything."
The Funks contribute a portion of their sales at Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters to basset hound rescue. They also actively network with fellow dog enthusiasts on Facebook to exchange ideas.
As a fan of basset hounds, Donna Funk said they don't always act like people expect.
"People see this dog and because they're so low to the ground they look like they're low energy," she said. "Not when they're [young]. They have a ton of energy and they're little balls of craziness."
Morpheus' potential queen, should he be named king, could be Nora Anne, a basset hound from Georgia whose owners are active in fundraising.
MORE INFO: Visit Morpheus' Facebook page .
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