Chaps gears up for the school season

August 28th, 2007 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and reading to kids lovers: Chaps is gearing up for the start of the school season. He is booking his appearance schedule as we howl. Chaps will visit schools in the area with me. We will read the Lily book and talk about hounds and hound rescue. I have a place on my website that details all of the information.

If you know of any schools in the Northern Kentucky, or Cincinnati area that would be interested please pass this link to them. I give 5.00 per book sold to the school. Hey! that’s a good deal! It pays to book the Mayor. Slurp!


Thanks for any help you can give us. This is our first full school year and we are very excited about it. We have already booked a few schools, and we will share our experiences with you.

Oh, one more thing. Are you wondering why Emma does not go? She is my wild child. She can actually jump clear over a child’s head while lunging for a hair ribbon. The teachers might not like that!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

2 of the OMBR 24 check in with bassethoundtown!

August 27th, 2007 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow hound and OMBR 24 lovers: I just received a few pictures from Rose who adopted Fred and Annie, formerly Fanny Mae. Rose reports that they are doing great and Annie is coming out of her shell. 3079

This is Rose with Fred on the left and Annie. What a great looking pack. Several weeks ago they were both sweltering in the weeds of an AK puppy mill. OMBR came to the rescue.


Wow, time changes everything along with a healthy dose of love!

This picture is of Rose’s sister Helen, aka Godmother!

Thank you so much for the pictures and the update. We will look forward to our next installment in the life and times of your pack!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

House of Puddles – Hounds pick raffle tickets!

August 26th, 2007 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and HOP lovers: Did you see the videos? The HOP elders pick tickets out of a bag and Marilyn announces the winners. This is just too cute to miss.


I did not win, sigh, but I will always try! Every dollar you give goes to the elder hounds.


More Later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

The SPCA of TN sends bassethoundtown a plea!

August 26th, 2007 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and homeless hound helpers: Last night my e-mail was poppin’! Celina Weissenborn SPCA of TN Founder & President needs help. Will you please read her plea and see what you can do to help. I know alot of people read my blog, so we are hoping someone will be touched by this and find some time for these hounds. I just love the Internet and how we can get information out so quickly. Here is Celina’s plea!

The SPCA of TN saves all animals in need but Bassets are my passion. Let me tell you about the Bassets. Bonnie and Clyde were in LA shelter and Looziana Basset Rescue couldn’t take them and Leslie e-mailed me if I could help them. I found a nice lady who pulled them for me and they are at the vet in LA and the lady can keep them for a short period of time but I will need somebody who can foster them for me in Nashville to bring them near me.

Karen from The New England Basset Rescue and I work as a team to help the Bassets in the South.

According to Dr. Saks they have great temperament and they love each other. I would love for them to be adopted together, but in the meantime I would like to find a foster home for them.

They are UTD on all shots including Bortadella, they both are altered and got dentals. They are HW negative. They are on HW preventative and frontline.

Details: Bonnie – has a wonderful temperament, altered, UTD in all shots including Bortadella and she got a dental. Bonnie is between 5-6 years old and she was found as stray with Clyde. Bonnie was going to be PTS tomorrow 8/27 and we got her on 8/23 from the shelter.





Details: Clyde as well as Bonnie has a wonderful temperament and he got altered all shots and he got a dental and he is UTD in all shots including Bortadella. Clyde was found as a stray with Bonnie. I NEED A FOSTER HOME FOR CLYDE. I WOULD LOVE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE TO BE FOSTERED TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY ARE REALLY BONDED ACCORDING TO MELISSA AND THE VET!


Next we have: Danielle, Catherine and Nicholas are in a HIGH KILL SHELTER in TN and Leanne Potts from Belly Rubs Basset Rescue in Knoxville asked me if I could help. Karen and I have agree to take these 3 Bassets and we will be boarding them but we need a foster homes for them.

Details: Danielle is being pulled from a HIGH KILL SHELTER in Jefferson County, TN by my friend Leanne Potts who is with Belly Rubs Basset Rescue. She is 8-10 years old and she will be vetted in Knoxville and be at the vet until foster home is found.



Details: CATHERINE is being pulled from a HIGH KILL SHELTER IN Jefferson County, TN with Danielle and she will be vetted in Knoxville and be at the vet until a foster home is found. Catherine is 8-10 years old



Details: Nicholas is being pulled from a HIGH KILL SHELTER IN Jefferson County TN with Danielle and Catherine. He will be vetted in Knoxville at the same clinic until a foster home is found. Nicholas is 5-6 years old I believe he is a Basset/Golden Retriever mix! A Golden Basset!



Cathy, please post this as well.

I just got 6 Bassets from AR who were in 100 degrees weather and they are now with me and 3 are getting treated fro HW and 4 need to be altered. I just got another one from Williamson County in TN. I just need help with all Basset lovers to help us foster these babies until a forever home is found. Karen and I love seniors and we would love for all these Bassets to get a chance to be loved and have a family who can spoil them rotten.

Foster homes can contact Celina Weissenborn at or call me at 615-354-3531. Our website is

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OK, let’s see what we can do. Anyone who is reading this and is in the area or knows someone in the area, please pass this blog to them. Wow, that Bonnie and Clyde really tug at the ole heart strings. Also, that Golden basset is just the cutest. Well, they all are. Needy souls all. I will update everyone as I receive any news.

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Anyone for a Sunday Drive?

August 25th, 2007 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Sunday Drive Lovers: Check out this get up!

I wish Chaps and Emma would do this. It looks like so much fun! Slurp!
More Later… Cat, Chaps and Emma

Saturday morning cookin’ breakfast music!

August 25th, 2007 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Johnny Lee Lovers: God, I love YouTube!

More Later…Cat, and Four steppin’ Chaps and Emma

Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer comes to Daphneyland!

August 24th, 2007 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Cesar Millan Lovers: Dawn has just woofed in with the report of Cesar’s visit to BaRNI at Daphneyland. Thanks you so much Dawn of the West and we look forward to many more updates. In the future, you can always use the search box and type in Cesar. All blog postings will pop up. So, here we go with a wonderful Blog posting from Dawni, the Basset Whisperer! Slurp

Why was Cesar at Daphneyland?


Why does anyone come to Daphneyland? To get a basset fix of course.
Over 100 hounds, including Roxie’s Firecracker Pups were on site to meet and greet Cesar Millan as he and his wonderful staff worked on an educational video designed to aid in rescue and shelter adoptions. I can tell you it was a lot of work to get the hounds ready to meet Cesar, and an illness and shoot cancellation forced our volunteer team to bath all the hounds not once, but TWICE. To our bathing teams –


Cleaning the facility was made a challenge by a plumbing problem and once again, our kennel team was beyond compare and rose to the occasion – In the forefront is of course Rita Dluzak, who has kept everyone working hard together as a team, and the hounds would be lost without their Aunti Rita – who hid every time a camera came into view.


Remember, we filmed this around our regular routines with over 100 hounds, which includes new arrivals and adoptions daily. The team effort was something truly incredible to behold and all of our volunteers gave their all and it truly showed.

Rescue Education is a difficult subject, made more difficult by various differences which happen in each rescue organization. We tried to keep the focus of the rescue education key to our sister rescue groups throughout the country and we promoted volunteerism, fostering along with adoptions. We hope this information makes it into the final edit.


The way we were approached was that Cesar had a family that wanted to adopt a basset, and he would tour the ranch and chose the right one for the family. This is challenging in rescue, as of course we focus on adoptions, but commonly the rescue group and the potential adopters make the match and not a third party. The exposure for basset rescue nationwide compelled us to work out the details on this, and we were able to perform advance home check, vet check and to talk with the family and staff about any concerns we had. Cesar’s people are unbelievable and took each and every item we had and we got to work as a team in order to have this work. BaRNI (Basset Rescue Network) made it happen.


I don’t know how the video will edit, so at this point I’d like to share a few memorable moments of the day’s taping.


Cesar really wanted to walk with 100 hounds. Unfortunately the day got away from us and we never did get the chance to “Release the hounds”. Cesar is welcomed back should he wish to fulfill this desire.

The Greeting.
Cesar, -2- cameramen, sound man, assistant and the adoptive family all walked the driveway up to the kennel, most of us were waiting in the kennel area to watch the interaction at the gate. 40 hounds loose and free inside, about 8-10 folks outside. This entry is a big part of our screening criteria.
Cesar talked to the family briefly, and walked right in.
It was this moment that stunned me. An incredible experience, and one that had me taking a good hard second look at many things. In 6 years of pack living day in and day out, this had never happened.
I will admit to inquiring all of our stunned volunteers if they had perhaps tired out our hounds, they hadn’t.
The hounds rose up slowly and proceeded to follow him around the entire kennel yard. Only a few had to be “Wrangled” by staff the entire day, the hounds were phenomenal and it was that moment that made me realize I was being hyper critical and that I actually LIKE the aura of Cesar.
I am however reserving final judgement until we get to see the finished product.

A dear friend really wanted Yantzee to meet Cesar. We had selected a grouping of hounds that would fit into this family’s home and the pack included about 40 hounds in our main yard area. Yantzee although not a possible adoptive choice, was in the area. Yantzee completely off character for her was quiet and well behaved, until she decided she needed a bit more attention, and proceeded to approach a squatting Cesar and wipe her drooly jowls from knee up to opposing knee. Yantzee slimed Cesar, and he smiled.

Most of you are familiar with Hamilton who is one of Daphneyland’s Senior Sanctuary Hounds.
Hamilton went into an episode of bloat while taping, and Carol wrangled him into the grooming room to cool down, and Rita expressed him and got gas x down him. While taping the selected hound meeting our Daphneyland Kitty Sam, Hamilton chose to be at the feet of Cesar. Hamilton had a gas explosion which rattled the roof. Without missing a beat, the adoptive Dad said “Excuse Me” and claimed all of our hearts as he claimed the accidental disturbance of Hamilton’s.


The Adopted Hound. I am going to save that story for a later time – it’s a fairy tale and it deserves more time than a brief paragraph.


Cesar and Photos.
Although it is not typical, Cesar himself allowed volunteers to take photos with him, and these photos that Cat has been so great to post, were very impromptu. They make our hearts sing to see them, and of course the one of Cesar wearing and holding out Devon’s Dream Necklace is beyond words. Throughout the day, many volunteers were wearing the necklace – and hopefully they will show up on camera several times…..
Cesar himself after Devon made the presentation, put the necklace on, held it out, and then said “Devon, don’t you want a picture of this?”. Cesar promoting the Dream.

There was not a dry eye in the house as cameras were yanked out from every pocket present.
For anyone that does not know the back story on the necklace, when Devon was selected for the Great American Dream Vote, her Mother and friends got together and made her a good luck charm – a crystal covered dog tag with her name and birth date which she wore on the show. The taping of that show left out a segment when Donny Osmond asked Devon about the necklace – Oh to get that piece of film!
Devon, in attempting to achieve her dream of the senior center, is now hand making the necklaces to benefit the Devon’s Dream Senior Center – and you too can share in the Dream –


There is so much more to tell, the Hounds will be demanding breakfast all too soon thus I shall end here for tonight.

May hounds nationwide find peace, happiness and a Forever Home.

It was truly a very wonderful experience and is ongoing. More Later, Dawn of the West.

Thanks Dawni! We love you we cannot wait for another update. Please keep us posted.

Over 2000 residents sniffed in yesterday!

August 23rd, 2007 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and lovers! We had a record amount of residents checking in yesterday. If you were checking in to learn updates about the Dog Whisperer to Daphneyland you will have to wait a bit longer. I will most likely have an update for you tomorrow. These updates have to pass through channels which I totally understand. Cesar has a production company with all the legal stuff it entails. You can view pictures. They are in my gallery. Go to page 2 and click on the Devon picture. I will be posting more as soon as it is approved. Slurp! Cat, Chaps and Emma

HOP raffle ends tomorrow!

August 23rd, 2007 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and HOP lovers. I just bought my raffle tickets and I dropped my entire lot on:
St. Hubert Bracelet and Lucky Leaf.

You can see a picture of it at


OK, I am channeling the hound that will be in charge of this drawing. Come to Aunt Kit Kat, pick that winning ticket. I hope it it Gus. Would that not be too cute? You know he is my boyfriend! Slurp!


Gus, can you hear me? Gus, treat, treat!

Make sure you check back on the 25th. There will be videos of the HOP hounds pulling the winning tickets from little bags. It is too cute and not to be missed. Also, a fervour mounts to see if you won!

Too much fun!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Cesar Millan sports a Devon’s Dream Necklace!

August 21st, 2007 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Cesar Lovers! This is so totally cool. The Dog Whisperer was at Daphneyland today and I do not have any details. All I have are these totally kewl pictures of Devon with Cesar. Yes, Yes, Yes! He is sporting Devon’s Dream Necklace. This is so awesome. Thank you Cesar!


This means the world to old hounds that need a place to live out their life. Devon and Daphneyland are tireless advocates for the elders and it means so much that you are showing the world what we are doing. I hope you got totally slobbered on today. You deserve it! Slurp!

To purchase your very own Devon’s Dream Necklace go to

Much More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

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