I immediately used a Rare Candy on Houndour to evolve it into Houndoom because I didn't feel like training a Houndour. I slapped an Exp Share on it and taught it Fire Blast from a TM I purchased in Veilstone City. With that done I headed to the gym. Fire Blast actually did a good amount of damage against the fighting quad guys various Fighting type Pokemon. I healed up and challenged Maylene. I started with Drifblim against Meditite and won with a newly learned Ominous Wind. She sent out Machoke next and I decided to use Lumineon in its first ever gym battle. It took two Water Pulse's to bring down Machoke. Finally she sent out Lucario. I switched to Houndoom in hopes that I was faster but alas, that was not the case. I could have gone to Pachirisu for fun, but I was in a hurry so I brought out Torterra for its premiere battle! One Earthquake and Lucario was down! I got another badge and headed outside.
Dawn was waiting for me and mentioned something about Team Galactic stealing her Pokedex. We teamed up and got the Pokedex back, but even better I got an HM for Fly which Drifblim now knows. I flew to Solaceon Town and may or may not have battled that Happiny trainer to bring Houndoom up to Lv30. I flew back to Veilstone City and once again headed south of the city.