Welcome to Emma’s blind world!

February 26th, 2008 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo fellow hound and needing help with blind hound lovers: Can you believe I am saying this? Emma has just gone blind from primary, close angle glaucoma. It began happening about a year ago when she lost the sight in her right eye.

It has just been too hard on us for me to blog about it, but now is the time and I feel we can help others.

Wisdom does not take sight, it takes vision. Vision can come from many places and mine came from my blind basset hound named Emma, AKA:

Early Morning Misty Air, my fourth basset hound.

Can you believe it? Emma is now blind! It is so sad………

This was one of the first pictures I saw of my girl! The eyes did me in! Sigh!


This is her journey and I hope it helps others that face the horrific realization that their beloved hound is going blind. Emma went blind from primary, close angle glaucoma and we will focus on this in her blog postings to come. I want to help people in my position.

Your emotions will run the gamut but don’t fear. Emma is here to help and guide you along the way. Just like she has helped everyone who loves her. The journey is just starting and we plan on doing a specific blog category. You will see it listed to the right under categories.

It is called: Emma’s blind wisdom – Seeing with your heart, and nose!

Your hound is blind, but you do not need to live in the dark. Let us help you every paw step of the way. Hang on to your blind hound and soon to be blind hounds folks, this is going to be a wild ride!

More Seeing with your Heart and Nose Later…. Emma Rudert

P.S. This took me months to write. I was so devastated.


  1. Sarah
    February 26th, 2008 | 8:42 am

    Cat, I am so sorry to read this. Glaucoma is such a horrible disease. Hugs to all of you. Sarah and Rick

  2. audra
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:08 am

    Cat……there are not enough tears for me to shed as I read this blog! I will take this journey with you and Emma and pray that God will give you the wisdom to now be Emmas ‘new eyes’ as you travel down this road with her. I know YOU will help Emma see with her heart! We are ALL here for you and love you so much!!! Audra

  3. February 26th, 2008 | 10:30 am

    oh my gosh, Ate Cat…. this is just so sad *teary-eyed* i cannot just imagine how painful it is to have your lil girl sufferring from the disease.


  4. BJ
    February 26th, 2008 | 11:09 am

    Cat…..My tears and my heart goes out to you and Emma!!! Like you I was shock to hear the news! Our poor big boy Charlie (the rescue dog) just 2 weeks ago had to have his left eye removed from this terrible disease. So I will be traveling this road with you and Emma!! Thank you for you blog and helping us hound lovers “Seeing with you heart and nose” it helps to know we are not alone!!
    Sadie sends lots of licks to her Auntie Emma!!!
    Hugs and love
    Always Your California Friend

  5. Sam
    February 26th, 2008 | 12:13 pm

    Cat! Can I do anything for you? You know my phone number. Call me night or day. Can she get into the car OK for vet visits? Please let me help you both. Sam

  6. February 26th, 2008 | 12:16 pm

    BJ: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. I think Emma will be a big help to many folks and hounds. It is just so hard right now. Please give Charlie a big kiss. Love Cat, Chaps and Emma

  7. February 26th, 2008 | 12:17 pm

    Audra: We have been through a lot together. I am blessed to have you by my side. Thank you for all of your support. Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

  8. Kerri
    February 26th, 2008 | 12:41 pm

    Cat and Emma (and Chaps),
    I am so sorry to hear the news of Emma’s blindness. I know how hard this must be for you and your hound family – but as Chap’s said this morning in his annoucement, he will be there to show Emma the way and to help her when she needs help. Please let me know if you need some cookies to help Emma find her way. 🙂

  9. Ellie, Fleur, & Monty
    February 26th, 2008 | 2:05 pm

    Poor Emma, and poor you for having to deal with this. I know several basset owners whose hounds are blind or going blind, and they all agree that the blindness is much harder on the owner than it is on the hound. Emma will adapt to her new situation wonderfully – it’s amazing how resiliant they are! We just had a discussion about blindness in dogs on the Daily Drool message boards, and there were lots of fantastic tips and resources brought up. You should head over there and check it out.

    Sending drool and snooters to your baby.

  10. February 26th, 2008 | 2:11 pm

    Dear Cat,
    I am still at a loss for words. I read your blog last night and just can’t seem to find the words to express my sorrow for you, Emma and Chaps. I know there is nothing I can do or say to bring back Emma’s sight, but I will do whatever it takes to help you through this journey. I know Emma came to you because you are truly the best person that could take care of her. I believe that Chlo and Lily had a paw in guiding her your way. Emma’s soul is so pure, sweet and innocent. I just love that about her. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please give Emma and Chaps a kiss from their Aunt Lisa.
    I love you, Chaps and Emma dearly!

  11. Rita
    February 26th, 2008 | 2:26 pm

    Well, you never know what will happen from day to day. Yesterday I was laughing at your YouTube blog and today I am crying about Emma. What a shame. I look forward to reading more about her path. Rita and Elmer

  12. Lucien & Lilly's Mom
    February 26th, 2008 | 3:35 pm

    Emma, you know how much we luv you. Take care of your Momma; she needs your helping paw to guide her along your new journey. Lead the way and she will follow.

  13. Anna
    February 26th, 2008 | 7:18 pm

    Dear Cat, Chaps and Emma: I cannot believe how sad this is. I read your blog every day and I never comment. I know you guys so well and you bring me such joy with your website. This news crushes my soul. You do so much for basset hound rescue and bring such awareness to our sweet breed. I just wanted to say thank you and hello, my name is Anna. Nice to meet you, Chaps and Emma. My heart goes out to all of you. xoxoxo Anna

  14. February 26th, 2008 | 7:59 pm

    is there some way to have emma recover from her disease right now, Ate Cat? we hope for the best of Emma, and we pray for ur strength and courage to help you through this storm.

  15. February 26th, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    from Angel, Mojo & Pazzy

  16. February 26th, 2008 | 8:46 pm

    Dear Sweet Island Angel, my little sis: There is no way Emma can recover. She has had both of her eyes removed. She is now totally blind. Basset Hounds are pre-disposed to this disorder and Emma was a victim. I know you are trying to start your own breeding progam in the Philippines. Make sure you research this dreadful disease. It only brings heartache. Thank you for your kind words and support. Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

    P.S. you know you can e-mail me at any time with any questions. Ate Cat

  17. Leslie and Ted
    February 26th, 2008 | 9:08 pm

    Cat, this is so sad. We are so sorry for Emma. What a crushing blow. We left you a message on another board but we wanted to tell you how sorry we are on your site. I saw all of the messages on the internet boards about how she will do just fine. I had a hound go blind years ago. It was devastating. I know they do fine but I wanted to tell you I feel your pain. I never got over how my hound could not look at me. It killed me. It still does. Glaucoma has no high points. I look forward to your blog. Leslie and Ted.

  18. Becky
    February 26th, 2008 | 9:19 pm

    Hi guys. I know that Emma is going to get her eye checked tomorrow! Hopefully she gets her cone off! Cat, how are you doing? I know that Chaps has been angry. He has been attacking Emma. I am so sorry for you Cat. Please keep us posted. Becky and the hounds.

  19. February 26th, 2008 | 9:27 pm

    Hi friends: Thank you so much for all of your comments. I have received hundreds of well wishes for Emma on many basset hound boards I am on. I cannot tell you how much this means to us. I have also received phone calls, cards and flowers which I am in awe of. Thank you for supporting us in our time of need.

    Emma goes in tomorrow to see if she can get her stitches removed. Keep your paws crossed.

    Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

  20. ken
    February 26th, 2008 | 9:42 pm

    dear cat. I am so very sorry about Emma’s affliction , I have shed tears for her and you. I know your heart and I know how hard this is for you,Chaps and your Parents. My little dog Carrie ATB
    went blind at an early age and I worried about her so. Carrie at first ran into things but soon adapted and you wouldn’t know she was blind in a few weeks. Emma is very smart and I know she will
    adapt just as Carrie did. After all she has you as a Mommy and her sweet Chaps for support. Love and kisses Ken

  21. Luci
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:05 pm

    Emma, sweet Emma. I am so sorry. I have never had a blind hound. I cannot understand what you are going though. I am so sorry for you. It must be so sad. How sad. I look at my hounds tonight and I just cry for you. Their eyes are so sweet. So understanding.

    ((((((((((Cat Emma Chaps))))))))))))))))

  22. Danny
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:12 pm

    cat i check you site every day. I never comment on your blog. as you know most people do not commet on blogs. anyway, i am so mad for you. emma does not need this. This sux. you are too good for this. mad dan

  23. erin
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:15 pm

    Ms. Rudert,
    I am very sorry about Emma. You know that if there is something I can do, or any of us at work please let us know. I very much love Chaps and Emma.
    PS= hope the suture removal goes great!

  24. February 26th, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    Erin you lift our souls! Sweet Erin. I cannot tell you how sweet this girl is to us. She is our life line, our hope and grace. We love Erin so much. She works at our vet office. She is the angel who gives us hope. Sweet Erin, we love you!

  25. Roger
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:40 pm

    OK, now I am crying. this is so sad. I hope Chaps comes around. I really enjoy him.

  26. Seth
    February 26th, 2008 | 10:51 pm

    Hi Mate! I follow your blog from England. Every nite I check in. I have a love life with your Emma. I am so sad. like the others do not comment but we enjoy your blogs. This one put us over the edge. Emma going blind is more than I can bare. Just did me in. Poor girl. Shed a few tears tonight. As you would say…….Slurp

    I love you Emma

  27. kim and Jake
    February 26th, 2008 | 11:39 pm

    No! Not Emma. This is just too much to bare. Cat we are so sorry. Kiss Emma for us.

  28. Kip and Gus
    February 27th, 2008 | 7:18 am

    Cat, Chaps and Emma.,
    We love you guys so much. I know this has been devastating to you Cat, but in your true tradition, you are turning this into something to help others. Emma will be the guide dog to many others that will go through what she has. Bless you Emma. You will show us the way.
    Love, hugs and bellyrubs,
    Kip, Gus and Bonnie

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