Update – on Emma’s prosthetic eye check up!

March 26th, 2008 - 7:07 am KY Time

Hi Everyone: Thanks so much for thinking about Emma yesterday and slinging all the drool, but not near her fake eye. LOL


This is how we roll! Emma sits in the back with her Grandma. She still cannot figure out why she can’t see. She jumps up and looks out the window and then turns to us with a furrowed brow????


We take Emma to the All Animal Eye Clinic

Dr. Ketring is her doctor and he is very good. If you go to his website and click on meet the staff and then click on his name under Doctor, you can see why there are not that many Ophthalmologist. It takes forever to become one.


Emma waits her turn and as it turns out she has a small ulcer on her prosthetic eye and it is getting worse. Dr. Ketring did a few tests and changed her medicine. After spending 4 minutes with the doctor our bill was over 100.oo dollars.

So, again folks. This is a very expensive procedure and the costs vary throughout the country. Our section of the country I think is the most reasonable. We have spent thousands so far. Dr. Ketring will be this first to tell you. The prosthetic is only for the humans. It serves no purpose for the hound. I really liked it when she had sight in her other eye.

Well, you know I willl keep you posted. Emma is doing OK. Her family is still hurting. We all do the best we can.

More seeing with her heart and nose later….Emma Rudert, Cat and Chaps

Poor Emma!

March 25th, 2008 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Hi everyone! Emma checking in.

A lot of folks have been e-mailing me, asking our our Emma. How she is doing and what her world is like now. I alway try to remain upbeat and positive, but I know she hates being blind. She is still very confused. She is struggling with this.

She keeps moving towards me with questions. I just want others to know that this is hard. If your hound goes blind, it is so hard. Many people will tell you how they adapt. Don’t fear. It takes a different amount of time for your hound and you. Only listen to yourself and your hound. Every one is different.
In the case of Emma, it is sad. She was so vivacious. Now she is sleeping. She hates being blind. Can you imagine?

OK, I am now the MOM of a disabled child and I will help her every paw step of the way.

I will deal with that. We love Emma.

More from Emma later….Emma, Cat and Chaps

Emma has an prosthetic eye check up today!

March 25th, 2008 - 7:07 am KY Time

Hi everyone! Our Emma has a prosthetic eye check up today. I think this is the first time we have not driven over an hour in the pelting sideways rain, or during an ice storm to see her Doctor! Opthalmologic vets are few and far between. I am going to ask mine today why that is. He is the only one in our area. It seems like it would be a great profession. Anyway, I thought that Emma’s prosthetic eye looked funny a few days ago. I saw a very slight change in it. Momma knows best, so we are off to have him look at it. Chaps will wait and worry with his Grandpa while my Mom and I take Emma.

More Later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Basset Hound Town strikes gold!

March 24th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and House of Puddles Lovers:

Today, we struck gold with the generous donation of Lisa Riggs of ERDesign, AKA dear friend and my graphic designer! You can give as well! I have everything detailed on the Firstgiving link. Please click on it and send us some gold and precious stones! All of the details are on the FG link. Here is a fun YouTube video of what Lisa’s donation was worth. Worth every cent as you can see!


I will make sure 100% of your donation gets to
House of Puddles. It is only early Spring, 3-24-08, and
House of Puddles, a tax deductible 501(c)3 organization, already has vet bills over 10,000 dollars. We can ease the pain with a few gold nuggets or a small stone. Thank you so much!

Hell bent for leather…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. I mentioned the Sitterupper’s Club in the video. You must go to this link and enjoy!


Easter dinner with the Ruderts!

March 23rd, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Easter dinner lovers!

I had my Mom and Dad down for a huge Easter dinner. I started cooking this morning like many of you.

I decided on Ham stew. I seared large ham chunks in onions and butter and then boiled them in chicken stock and chardonnay. Towards the end of the process I added the mini gold potatoes and green beans. It is served with pineapple chunks on the side.



It is such a yummy stew! I had about 6 ham chunks that size in it. We have had this in our family for over 80 years, but I add my own twists. I also made a Havarti, Cheddar, Jack, Mac and Cheese with Rosemary croutons. To top it off, jalapeno corn bread.


Chaps and Emma laid on the other side of the kitchen gate all day smelling the air. Even though Emma is severely allergic to her food, I had to give her a tiny chunk of ham. She was sooooooo jazzed. Of course, Chaps had his as well.

How do you like my dining room art? My Dad had it commissioned in 1967 by a family friend who gave us art lessons. He was classically trained and from Italy. This picture does not do the piece justice. It is totally amazing.

Grandpa, John Wayne Rudert, is the first one at the table, waiting, not so patiently, for his Easter dinner.

Someone else has taken their prime position………..



Chaps Wayne Rudert – right under Grandpa’s feet. (wonder who drops food)

Emma is laying by me, of course. A good time was had by all due to the Turtle Cheese Cake Grand Finale! Slurp

We hope you had a wonderful Easter, that is if you celebrate it. If not, we hope you had a great Sunday dinner, with or without family – Slurp!

More Later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Bob the DOg finds Easter tweats!

March 22nd, 2008 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Bob Lovers: This is a classic from last year that I had to bump up! I am cooking Easter dinner for my Mom and Dad and just remembered this YouTube Video from last year. Enjoy! P.S. the date is wrong, it should read the 23rd. Slurp

Howllo Fellow Hound Lovers and Bob the DOg lovers! Check out this totally cute video of the pack searching for Easter tweats! I could just grab that Bob and move him to bassethoundtown post hast! What a dog baby! His pack is lucky to have him! More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma!

Guess who is Preggers???

March 21st, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and baby lovers! I am so excited to announce that our very own Devon is pregnant!


Congratulations Devon and Todd! I think I remember correctly that our Devon is due in late September. Devon, will you comment and tell us when you are due?

I am so happy for you guys and I cannot wait to follow our newest basset hound lover. Do you have any names picked out yet? If not, how about Emma or Cat? hehe, you probably don’t want to name a boy Chaps, however, he would be honored! photo_1.jpg

Devon and Todd you both are going to make great parents and our baby is one lucky stinker!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Elizabeth A. Giuliano, DVM, MS

March 21st, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Hi everyone!

I was researching glaucoma for my Blog and came across this article by Elizabeth A. Giuliano, DVM, MS. She is the woman that is a part of the research study called:
The Mapping and Characterization of Mutations Responsible for Canine Glaucoma – Pending Grant No. 747

The BHCA just donated 20,000 dollars to it. I did a blog on it back on 1-21-08. Here is a portion of it. This information is on the club’s website as well.

……it goes

I found the following motion very interesting. I was very pleased that the board has decided to donate to these grants that will better our beloved-ed breed. So many of us have hounds or have had hounds who have suffered through these types of medical issues. Anything to better our breed’s health is well worth the money spent!

Motion #07-08
I move, “That the BHCA partially support the following grant requests out of the AKC/CHF Basset Hound Donor Advised Fund”:

Pending Grant No. 747: The Mapping and Characterization of Mutations Responsible for Canine Glaucoma
Principal Investigator(s): Elizabeth Giuliano, DVM, MS, DACVO, University of Missouri, Columbia
Sponsor(s): No Sponsors
Grant Amount: $82,080.00 (half paid by AKC/CHF)
Start Date: 10/1/2007 Duration (in yrs): 2
BHCA Amount: $20,000 (BH breed specific)


I am very interested in Dr. Giuliano’s efforts and will following them closely. Last night I found this article. It is not dated.

Canine Glaucoma Basics

Elizabeth A. Giuliano, DVM, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine

Glaucoma is defined as an increase in pressure within the eye. The increased pressure is the result of a buildup of the intraocular fluid which is known as aqueous humor. In a healthy animal, aqueous humor primarily drains out through a circular filter at the junction of the clear cornea and white sclera, called the iridocorneal angle. Animals with glaucoma have an abnormality in the filter which obstructs outflow, resulting in a buildup of fluid within the eye. An analogy would be a kitchen sink – if the drain is open and the water is running, the sink is operating normally. However, the drain becomes clogged for some reason and the water continues to flow, then the sink fills up with water and overflows!

There are various causes of a defective filter. Dogs of some breeds are often born with abnormal filters and are therefore prone to getting inherited (genetic or primary) glaucoma in both eyes.

(Note from Cat: This is exactly what I am talking about. Never buy a pup with abnomal drainage angles.)

continue article….

Other breeds have a genetic predisposition to developing displaced (luxated) lenses, which block the filters, obstructing the flow of fluid. In both dogs and cats, the filters can be clogged with inflammatory cells if inflammation inside the eye (uveitis) occurs. Intraocular tumors can also lead to glaucoma.

The result of uncontrolled glaucoma is blindness. The increased pressure which occurs in glaucoma quickly destroys the retina and optic nerve, which are essential for vision. If the pressure is not relieved the eye may stretch and enlarge. In order to maintain vision, eyes with glaucoma must be treated early (usually within hours of detecting an ocular problem, as evidenced by an increase in squinting, tearing, rubbing, or redness), before damage to the retina and optic nerve occur and the eye enlarges. The first priority in treating animals with glaucoma is to preserve vision. If a pet has lost vision, the next goal is to keep the pet comfortable.

Treatment for glaucoma: In early cases of glaucoma medical therapy is often instituted. The various medications work, primarily, in two different ways – to decrease production of aqueous humor and to open up the filter to make it more efficient. A pet may be prescribed a variety of topical and oral medications which work in concert to decrease intraocular pressure.

Some cases of glaucoma are resistant to the effects of medications. Surgical treatment of glaucoma may include laser therapy or cryosurgery to reduce aqueous humor production. When vision and comfort are no longer able to be maintained , additional surgical procedures may be recommended including either removal of the entire eye (enucleation) or removal of the ocular contents (evisceration) and placement of a prosthesis (false eye).

In animals that have lost vision in one eye due to primary glaucoma, an important therapeutic goal is to maintain vision in the pet’s other eye. Life-long prophylactic glaucoma therapy for the remaining functional eye may be instituted.

Please contact your local veterinarian or board-certified ophthalmologist immediately if you notice any redness, pain, excessive tearing or cloudiness in your pet’s eye(s). The earlier glaucoma can be diagnosed and treatment instituted, the better the chances are of maintaining vision in a glaucomatous eye.

More research later….Cat, Chaps and our Emma.

Happy Hour anyone?

March 21st, 2008 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Happy Hour Lovers: Today Lisa, my friend and graphic designer, came over and we worked on this image. Click the picture for more detail and a good laugh!


It is for Devon and bassethoundtown.com’s FIRSTGIVING PAGE and just for fun. As you can see the HoPpers are enjoying a cold one after a hard day in the gold mines. You see, they are worth their weight in gold! Devon is more than happy to serve them! (She cannot drink with them however. Check back later and see why!)

This is a happy hour that I want to attend! TGIF and have a cold one on the HoPpers while you dig for gold!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

1st day of Spring – GOLD RUSH FOR THE HOP!

March 20th, 2008 - 5:05 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and GOLD RUSH lovers:

Basset Hound Town wants to kick off the first day of spring with a

Head West Young Hounds, it’s time to help the Old Hounds!

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, oh the streams are swollin’ keep them doggies rollin’ rawhide!

OK, now you will have that song stuck in your head all day! hehe

Today is the first day of spring and what a wonderful day to kick off our first ever GOLD RUSH for House of Puddles. Devon and I have all of the details on our Firstgiving page.



What a great way to give! Many of us have old gold or a small precious stone in our homes whether it be a solitary earring or a broken bracelet. The Mayor will bite every piece to make sure thar’s no fool’s gold!
Soon we’ll be living high and wide!

Hell bent for leather…Cat, Chaps, Emma, Devon and her gang

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