Sad story, happy ending for Daytona the basset pup!

January 31st, 2008 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and basset puppy lovers: Everyone who reads my blog would probably agree that there is nothing cuter than a basset hound puppy. Even my vet who sees thousands of pups agrees.

I ran across this story on the net and I just had to share it.
Please, make sure you watch the video at the top.

This pup is sooooooooo cute and lucky!


Thank goodness this TX TV station did a story on it. Maybe, just maybe someone will learned something.

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Who wears mittens!

January 29th, 2008 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Mitten Wearing Lovers!


Look what Chaps’ received in the mail yesterday! Not to be out done by Wendell, Kip’s Grand Daughter, Savannah, sent us her hand made mitten. This is her school project. Her class has sent many mittens out on journeys to many states, cities and of couse internet towns!

What better place than bassethoundtown? I can’t think of any!



The Mayor inspects the pink mitten!!!!!! He is certain, it is holding treats???? Where are the treats????? Mittens fit on hands, hands hold treats!

Mayor Chaps is very impressed with the detail of the pink mitten. He loved the pink string that stitched it together. He loved it so much he started chewing on it!
He finally stopped and posed for this picture! IMG_3472.JPG

Look, the Mayor put his winter scarf on to make the mitten feel more at home!


Good luck with your journey pink mitten. The Mayor is sending something special back with you! It is the Lily book that Savannah’s Grand Dad bought. The Mayor is so impressed, he is sending an extra Lily book for your town’s Library in honor of sweet Savannah!

Keep your hands warm with Mittens!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

So you want to write a Childrens’s book! Can you give me some pointers?

January 28th, 2008 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Children’s book writing lovers:

I receive about 5 e-mails a month with this question. I am writing this blog posting so I can copy it into an e-mail for my answers to those questions.
So, if you don’t give a hoot, you can skip this posting! LOL!:hoot

So you want to see your work published by a major publishing company?
This blog posting is not for you either.

I self published my book,


Lily, a basset hound’s tail of love

It took me 6 years and a lot of money.:xmasval

The best advise I ever received was from my brother in law. He told me,

“What you are doing is like an investment. Never be willing to invest more than you can lose.” (man o man was he right, but hope still springs eternal!:luck)

So, how much can you lose? This is the first question you must ask yourself.

OK, you have the answer.


Go to this website and buy this book,
Dan Poynter’s Self Publishing Manual.

From this book I learned most everything. This guy is fantastic and helps you every step of the way.

This will give you a great understanding if you are up to the challenge of self publishing your own book.


I poured over his advise, read the book 10 times, and highlighted almost every line.
He is the master!

The writing and designing is the easy part, at least it was for me. The hard part starts when you have to get your book to the printer.
(The extremely hard part comes later!)

For me, this part was not so bad. I had been working with a graphic designer for the past 10 years. Keep this in mind. You absolutely need a graphic designer to help you in this phase. Mine helped me during the entire process. Most good, knowledgeable, graphic designers charge about 50.00 to 90.00 dollars per hour. They will set up your book for printing. Do not wait to consult one when you are done with your masterpiece. Work with a graphic designer from the start. Tell your GD what your printer wants and do design work from there. Guess what? There is a standard size along with a standard page length! (If you hope to market to brokers).

Market to brokers? They will not touch you without bar codes and ISBN numbers. You cannot get into libraries or book stores without them! You have to apply for them and pay for them.

Don’t forget to copyright. That is a huge step you do not want to miss.

The Library of Congress is also a number and place you want your book. They don’t accept shotty work! You have to be professional. The Lily book was accepted on my first try I am proud to say. I shed a few tears with that approved number.:morgan

OK, it is time to print. You have done all of your hours of research. Printing in the USA cost 5 times the amount of printing in China for a 4 color, hard back, dust jacket book.

You choose China.:yes
Now you have to deal with China, Import, Taxes, and Shipping!:omg

The Lily book is on it’s way from China on the Sofie Maersk!

Happy days! You are elated and cannot wait. But wait! You have to get the 5,000 books trucked from NY to your home. The Import guy asks, “Do you have a dock?”:groan A DOCK! Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! “The books are on pallets and a fork lift will be needed” Double Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
I’ve solved every other problem, this one will be no different!:sherlock

The books were trucked to Cincinnati to a storage facility that unloaded them. Then I hired moving company to go get them, break the pallets, load the cases onto their truck, and deliver them to my home!
THIS IS FUN!:tornado

Want to see the video?


The extremely hard part has not even started yet! Selling them!:calvin LOL!

That’s an entirely different blog posting!

So there you have it fellow book writing lovers.

With passion and money! :vd8You can do it to! Or you can send your kid to Harvard for two years! I told Chaps and Emma they are going to stay home with their MOM! I spent their college educations on my previous hounds, Lily and Chloe! Slurp!

More Later….I am working on my next book. Cat, Chaps and Emma


Cincinnati SPCA raises 90,000 this morning!

January 26th, 2008 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and SPCA lovers: The SPCA of Cincinnati is fantastic and our area supports it in many ways. This morning we held a telethon that raised over 90,000 dollars in several hours. I am sure it will break 100,000 when all of the pledges are counted. We are in the process of building an additional facility that includes a former church! It is so cool. Here is a link to what the homeless animals are looking forward to. This will improve adoptions immensely! (Did I mention that the concrete floors in the kennel areas will be heated?)

The next big event is Saturday, April the 12th, 2008.
It is the annual FUR BALL!

Does anyone want to buy a ticket and go with me? It would be really cool to get a basset hound lover’s table! We can do it for 1,250.00!

Let me know if you are interested!

Also that day is a huge Family Pet Trade show being held at the same facility. This is a convention center size show that should be fun to attend as well.

Can you believe it? 90,000 dollars in just hours. I am so happy for our area homeless animals.

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Sittersuppers club, here she comes!

January 25th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and sitterupper lovers!

Check out this fast learner!

If the owner of this hound is on my blog right now, send her picture to:


She is a shoe in!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Puppies can understand all languages!

January 25th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and puppy lovers: Isn’t it amazing how puppies can understand all languages. They are so smart!


More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

You see everything on YouTube!

January 25th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound Lovers:

This video was just uploaded to YouTube. I was cracking up!

How about that raising ear feature?

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Aimee, a Chicago Basset Hound gets red shoes!

January 25th, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and shoe wearing hound lovers:

How about this pretty girl and her new red shoes, not to mention that totally pawsome coat?

Her Mom states, “We gave in and bought Aimee some shoes. They are absolutely required for the winters in Chicago, since everyone throws done salt like there’s no tomorrow. It’s sheer torture for Aimee to walk on. We tried various rubs and creams on her feet, but she can’t walk more than 12 feet before sticking her paws in the air like one of those desert geckos when the sand is too hot.”

Makes perfect sense to Chaps, Emma and I!

This hound looks so loved!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

This just in from Devon! It’s a contest!

January 23rd, 2008 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Photo Contest Lovers! Devon has entered her Sr. Baby Cha Cha in a photo contest sponsored by WE: Women’s Entertainment LLC, 200 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho, NY 11753.

Here is Devon’s e-mail plea!

1-22-08 E-mail from Devon:


Please take one moment to go to this link and rate Cha Cha (10 please which is the highest rating), one of my senior rescued hounds, and help me win $5,000 for House of Puddles – a non-profit organization that rescues SENIOR hounds ( ).

I believe you can vote 1x per day.




OK folks this is totally pawsome! We need you to help us out and vote, vote, vote!
The contest ends on Feb 26, 2008. Cha Cha is already in the top 20 list. You go old girl!

Cha Cha on right with halo! Sweet

Here are some more pics of Cha Cha that I have. Is she not the cutest hound around?

More Later from the bassetabulous Devon! Cat, Chaps and Emma

Attention all basset hound rescues!

January 21st, 2008 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and link lovers:

The BHCA now has a page on it’s website for Basset Hound Rescue. Larry Little of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, Inc., is the BHCA Rescue Committee Chair. You can submit your basset hound rescue to be included on this page pending his approval. Larry states,

“The links provided on this website are provided for information purposes only. Our inclusion of these links is not a recommendation and is not intended to replace your own independent evaluation of any rescue organization, group or individual. The BHCA is not responsible for the groups listed. If you are a basset rescue group, and you are supportive of our efforts to promote ethical practices in basset rescue, and you would like us to include your link on this website, please contact: “

This is a great opportunity to be listed on probably the internet’s most visited site for people interested in adopting a basset hound.

This is great news!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

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