Slobbering hounds will steal your heart

June 23rd, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Shelly Gordon of ABC Basset Hound Rescue

Howllo Fellow Hound and ABC lovers: Check it out! Our very own Shelly Gordon was featured in


The link to the story is right above, but I have also provided it for my readers in this blog. Here it is:


After my husband and I adopted our first basset hound, Doc, and fell head over heels for him, we decided to give back to the organization that helps these homeless bassets, ABC Basset Hound Rescue.

ABC does not have a kennel or shelter, it relies on foster families to temporarily open their heart and home to a homeless basset. There are about a dozen foster homes throughout New York State, hardly enough for the 60- plus dogs taken in every year.

Throughout my five years of volunteering, I have spent most of my time fundraising for the group. I devote about 20 hours per week to running the Slobber Shoppe, an online basset hound gift shop at . All of the money goes to helping homeless basset hounds. I have, on rare occasion, let a homeless dog spend some time at my home when the foster homes were full.

The first foster, Dudley, I couldn’t part with. The second, Gunner, my parents adopted. Diesel, well, I couldn’t part with him either. I didn’t seem to be a good foster home. The dogs always captured a piece of my heart, and I couldn’t let go.

A few weeks ago, the shelter I adopted my cat from called me about a basset it had in its possession, Spike.

Spike spent the first three years of his life tied to a trailer in a rural area, left outside all year. For food, his owner would cut open a bag of cheap dog food and leave it out for him. Not only did Spike have to eat from this bag, but other outside critters ate from it as well.

The town’s dog control officer finally took Spike when she discovered the food was mushy after the last rainfall. Spike was infested with fleas and had bad teeth due to poor nutrition. The shelter neutered him, gave him his shots, got rid of the fleas and put him up for adoption. After a few weeks at the shelter with no one interested in him, Spike was turned over to ABC. So we took him in.

We had Spike in our home for a week. He was a ball of energy more energy than I am used to. He peed and pooped in the house every day. Why wouldn’t he? He didn’t know the difference between inside and outside.

He jumped from the couch to the love seat to the chair all in a matter of three seconds. He chased the cats, ate Dudley’s biscuits and took Diesel’s spot in bed next to me. I think my poor old guy, Doc, is deaf from all the barking. I began to ask myself: Why did I bring this dog into my home and disrupt it like I did?

But then Spike found a new home. He has been there for several weeks. I think of what his life was like before I picked him up he was living outside, eating cheap dog food, receiving no human attention and suffering from flea infestation.

Now Spike is on his way to years of belly rubs, good food and loads of attention from a little boy and a family who adore him.

Although the week he spent at my house was stressful trying to house-train him and teach him manners, it was a small price to pay for the years of happiness ahead of him.

If you have never fostered an animal before, invite a homeless dog or cat into your home to liven it up a little and then realize that you just made a difference in that animal’s life. That’s priceless.


How cool is this for ABC and all homeless basset. I love Shelly! She is one cool lady who works hard for homeless hounds.

Thank you my dear! Tell your hubby thanks as well!

More from this pawsome couple later…..

Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma


June 23rd, 2008 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and special people lovers: I was sniffing around the web and ran across this man’s site again. I just love places like this. I want to visit soooooooooo bad. I will. I know I will. Chaps and Emma would love it.

I love this quote from Mr. Huneck about dogs.

“I really believe they’re the great spirit’s special gift to mankind,” said Mr. Huneck, 59. “Dogs teach us more than we teach them.”


Amen, my friend, amen!

More Later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Eric and Megan draw pictures of Chaps!

June 22nd, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time


Howllo Fellow Hound and drawings of Chaps lovers! I received some drawings of Chaps in the mail yesterday from Linda’s kids Eric and Megan. This is Eric with Cindy Lou in her new snood and Megan is in the background.

This spectacular drawing was done by Eric who is nine. The detail is spot on and I love it! My favorite part is his smile. This is a treasured piece of art work and hangs in my kitchen.

This next treasured drawing was done by Megan and she is five years old. I just love the crown! Chaps is a King!

Both of these masterpieces hang in my kitchen and I just love them! Thank you Eric and Megan.

More Later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. this is where Chaps lays everyday in hopes to get a few extra treats! hehehehe

This is him looking at himself! Look how happy he is!

I am your Mayor and object of ART! Slurp!

I just updated my blog features

June 22nd, 2008 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound Lovers: I have just updated the features on my blog so of course, it is all different now. It looks really cool and I hope to learn all the new stuff soon. I am now going to try and add an image!

My boy

What better test subject could I have!

More later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Is Chaps an old man?

June 21st, 2008 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and aging hound lovers! Is my baby boy an old man? I kind of got a wake up call this week when my vet told me that Chaps needed a geriatric blood panel done prior to his teeth cleaning. My heart kind of sunk and I said, “geriatric”?

My vet said, “Cat he is going to be 8 years old this year, that is considered geriatric”.

I looked down at my old man and I did see a whiter face, less freckles on that beautiful snout, more grey around the eyes. sweetchaps.jpg

He is my old man and I am going to take care of him. Let’s get that geriatric blood panel and get this guy’s teeth cleaned. It is so important for their health.

It is going to cost about 300 dollars and it is worth every penny! I will let you know when his appointment is.

More Later…Love, Cat, Chaps, and Emma

P.S. I wonder if Emma had anything to do with that extra grey hair? hehehehe

Basset Buddies Rescue of TX does it again….

June 21st, 2008 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howlllo Fellow Hound and Basset Buddies Rescue of TX lovers! They are a young rescue, just about a year old. I just love their YouTube videos. They really tell the story. Their website is also fantastic. What a great bunch of volunteers they have!

Please enjoy their latest video and please, please check out the adoptable hounds. You might just find your soul mate!

More Basset Buddies later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

It’s Friday night – let’s get our party on! Slurp!

June 20th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Party Hound lovers! It’s Friday night so let’s get this party started!

BYOBasset! LOL

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

From one Mayor to another….

June 20th, 2008 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Mayor lovers: offwego.jpg

We set off this morning to donate a case of Lily books to the
Northern KY Woman’s Crisis Center. We could think of no better way to honor the late Junior Cochran, Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY and spokespet for the
Northern KY Women’s Crisis Center Pet Protection Program.


Here we are loaded into the Element. It is a tight squeeze, but look how good we look! Emma was having the time of her life. Chaps was a bit worried he was going to the vet, because we went yesterday to get toe nails clipped.


We met the cutest little red headed boy with his Mom and the kids went nuts. That little boy was smiling from ear to ear. Here I am pictured with Brandon. He met me there with his Mom, Lisa so he could carry the case of books and help me with the kids. Brandon is a great guy that I LOVE! Thank-you Brandon for helping me! Lisa, I hope that Chaps did not make you pull a muscle! hehehehe!


You might not be able to read the poster behind me but it says, “In a violent family everyone could be a victim”. It shows a downtrodden dog. wants to help! We plan on donating more books and other items that they need. I will keep you posted. Chaps has offered his services as the Center’s Pet Protection Program Spokespet. If he does not get the job, he will help whoever does.

It was a great Take Your Dog To Work Day! Our pay was that little red headed boy’s smile!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Today is Take your Dog to Work Day! Yeah!

June 20th, 2008 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hounds and take your dog to work day lovers:

Chaps and Emma are getting ready for their big day of going to work. Since they work with me everyday out of my home we will venture out to other work environments. Our most important stop will be the Woman’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky. We are going to deliver a case of 40 Lily books in honor of their dearly departed spokespet, Junior.

Junior was the elected Mayor of a small town in Northern KY called Rabbit Hash. This is all very true folks! Below is his picture with the article just published in the paper. This is where I got the idea to donate a case of Lily books in his honor to the Woman’s Crisis Center. It will be a privilege.


Mayor Junior passed away on May 17th, just 2 days shy of his 13th birthday. Thankfully, he did not have to be euthanized, (which was especially easier on his “people”), and mainly died of old age. Although Junior was diagnosed with lymphoma last fall, he was able to live well in his remaining days.

According to the Mayor’s owner, Jane Cochran, “Junior died peacefully in his yard after taking a long pee and smelling the flowers.”

Evidently Junior loved being mayor of Rabbit Hash. “He’d get so excited when we’d get out his red, white and blue bandanna. He tried to serve his town well,” Jane added.

Junior was born and raised in Rabbit Hash, KY. A working retriever, Junior traveled by car extensively around the country. His all-time favorite states (besides KY and OH) were Texas, Montana and North Dakota. He also donated his time to help others and served as the “spokesdog” for the Northern KY Women’s Crisis Center Pet Protection Program.

Junior was buried next to his mother, Belle, and his father, Herb in the woods on the Cochran property. We will all surely miss him here in Rabbit Hash.

—-end of article—–

I think Lily will touch a lot of women and children. She would be very proud of herself.

Please stay tuned for more updates as our visit unfolds.

Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Bassets named Lily or any spelling of that name!

June 19th, 2008 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and bassets named Lily lovers: I just received a picture of yet another basset named Lily. This hound is from TN and her full name is Lily Pearl!


Years ago I started an album in my Gallery section that features all the hound residents named Lily or any variation of the spelling. It is alot of fun. Have you visited it recently? If you have a hound named Lily send me a jpeg!


Hopefully, more Lilys later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

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