has a baby!

August 28th, 2007 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Lily Lovers: I have some updated news tonight on’s baby, Lily Summer Rose Browning. Did you know we have a baby that we are going to watch grow up? Well we do!


Here she is! How cute is she? Miss Baby Lily received her name in a very special way. She is named after Lily Browning, the hound and Mommy Melanie’s heart and soul hound!

Here is part of Melanie’s tribute to Lily, the hound of hearts….

My sweet basset Lily was my heart…she passed in our home this August 10th, 2007. Mack, baby Lily and I were with her when she passed. I held her and told her how much I loved her, I told her we named our first baby girl after her so that she would always be with us. Our little family was there with her when she was cremated in Sweetwater, FL. We brought her ashes home, they are in her favorite spot…the kitchen.

(Lily being silly…she actually slept in the cabinet that afternoon as I was putting drawer liners in the other cabinets and drawers)

Earlier in August her appetite decreased…she could not hold food or water down starting August 5th…which meant she could no longer take her pain killers. I had asked Lily to let me know when it would be time to let her go…I knew I could not make that decision alone. The night of August 9th she sat next to me by the computer, I realized after that she had come to say good-bye…I had pet her and loved on her…the next time I looked down she was gone. Mack found her trying to bury her way under the plumbago bushes…she had been going outside to look for a quiet spot to pass since the 5th…each time, Mack would go find her and bring her back inside. By the 9th, I saw blood in her saliva, her eyes were glassy and her breathing heavy. That night we all slept together in the nursery…the image still warms my heart. Baby Lily was in her crib, Mack, Bella, Olivia, Hannah, Tootsie, Willie, Heidi, basset Lily and I were on a queen sized mattress on the floor. All huddled together. Our vet was on vacation, Mack arranged for a vet to come to our home on Friday the 10th to put her to sleep…it was so difficult to let Lily go


I miss her terribly and am still trying to put the pieces of my heart together again. Lily was kind, gentle, so loving and silly. She was my friend, my companion and the one I would go to for quiet basset time. Lily loved to eat, loved to curl up on the couch next to me, she loved walking on the beach–without a leash. I would take her after hours on Perdido Key. I had a night owl pass, just before the sun set you could find me daily on Perdido Key walking Lily, Bear and Bella. I miss those walks…I miss you Lily…


Love, Melanie, your Mommy. I know you will be watching over us, especially baby Lily.


We will love you forever, your family, Mommy, Baby Lily, Mack (Daddy), Bella, Olivia, Hannah, Tootsie, Willie, and Heidi….


Dear Browning Family, I am honored to showcase this wonderful tribute to such a wonderful hound with such a wonderful story. We are looking forward to watching Lily Summer Rose grow.

She has a big family in cyber space. Love Cat, Chaps and Emma

Much, Much More Later! P.S. How much you wanna bet that our baby’s first word will be “DOG”?


  1. Kip and Gus
    August 28th, 2007 | 9:07 pm

    What a touching, beautiful story. My eyes are so wet I can bearly see the keys to type this. Bless your family. I know Lily is watching over you all. Until you meet again!
    Kip and Gus

  2. Ken
    August 28th, 2007 | 11:24 pm

    My eyes are full of tears, Cat, could you forward a copy of my Poem Beyond the Rainbow to them ?
    I would like them to have a copy in memory of Lily.

  3. Rocco and Lana
    August 29th, 2007 | 8:06 pm

    Bongo is taking really good care of things for your girl at the bridge. She will be in very good hands until you are all reunited.

  4. Lucien & Lilly's Mom
    August 29th, 2007 | 9:19 pm

    Wow, that made me smile and cry both.

  5. shirley
    April 5th, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    The tears are flowing down my face. As I read about lily (also the name of my cat) I miss my
    basset, Basil, so much. I had to put him to sleep
    on January 5th and it just broke my heart. He was
    12yrs and his final days were just like lily’s.
    I had to lift him in from the garden because he
    just wanted to lay down and die. In the end I prayed that he would pass in his sleep, so that I would not have to make that decison. I knew when he looked at me on that day, that he was telling me that he just couldn’t take it any more.
    He is now buried under his favourite weeping willow in my garden. There is nothing quiet like
    the love of an adoring basset hound.
    So heres to Lily and to Basil who wander on a beach somewhere – without a lead !!

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