Basset teeth chattering – one of the joys of life!

September 23rd, 2008 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and basset teeth chattering lovers:

Although this video is a bit on the dark side, you can certainly hear Opie’s teeth chatter while waiting for his meal. Chaps is a champion chatterer and we love when he does it. Sometimes he will look up at me and just act like he is chattering, but his teeth don’t click. Oh, the small things in life. I am so thankful for them.

More Later….Cat, Chattering Chaps and Emma

Interesting tid bit, small world or divine intervention?

September 23rd, 2008 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and tid bit lovers: While we were waiting for the doctor yesterday, a man was sitting on the bench next to us with his 11 year old beagle. My lord, what a cutie. Anyway, he asked me if I had ever heard of a vet by the name of Dr. Timothy Fouts who practices about a half hour away from my home. His practice is in Batavia, OH.

I had never heard of him.

The nice man next to us on the bench went on to tell me that Dr. Fouts and his wife help Basset Hound Rescues and usually have a few on site!

So, of course I called the clinic and spoke with his technician. She is going to e-mail me their rescue information and special prices for vetting and boarding!

I am so excited! It is so hard to find places to park hounds while foster homes are found.

So, I ask of you dear reader, interesting tid bit, small world, or Emma’s divine intervention?

That Emma amazes me with the good work she does. I just love that girl!

More questions later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Emma is home from her eye appointment! The saga continues!

September 22nd, 2008 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Welcome Home from the eye doctor lovers: (Whew)

Well, we are home and Lordie Mercy the saga continues!

Dr. Ketring took one look at her eye from across the room and took a deep sigh. I knew that was not good. He put a drop in her eye and then turned off the lights. He got out his eye light thing and looked for a nano second. I guess he already saw the problem from across the room.

My Mom and I were sitting like 2 birds on a wire. Emma was looking straight at him like she could see everything and she was waiting for the verdict!

Dr. Ketring turned his back and began writing in, “The Chart”. My Mom and I looked at each other with dread. Emma kept looking at his back.

Dr. Ketring whipped around in the wheeled chair and said,

“I have been doing prosthetic eyes since 1962 and I have only had one failure.”

Me……… “Gulp” while thinking to myself, typical of my luck.

Dr. Ketring,

“This might be number 2.” As he drummed his fingers on the desk he said,

“I want to try one more 2 week treatment, since she is not in pain. I tested her with the examination and she is not in pain due to the dulled sensation of her cornea and the meds she is on.”

Me……… “OK, lay it on me.”

Dr. Ketring went on to say that Emma’s eye was really no worse than it was about 2 weeks ago. It just was not healing. If we could just get the blood vessels to make their way over the abrasion on the cornea it should heal. She could keep her prosthetic for a while longer and not have to endure the prosthetic removal.

“OK”, I said how do we try this?

He looked at his tech and said, “pull some blood from Trowler and get me some serum”!

Trowler is Dr. Ketring’s Chesapeake Bay curly coated retriever.

Dr. Ketring then went on to try and tell us about this method. He said that Emma’s corneal abrasion was not healing and this therapy may help. The serum consists of platelets spun out of his dog’s blood. This could help to form an adhesion blanket to the abrasion and allow the blood vessels to connect and heal Emma’s abrasion. This treatment is given every 6 hours for 2 weeks.

Wow, I think I got that right?!? I am pretty jazzed about it since she is not in pain. We are going to try this for 2 weeks and then see. If I notice any signs of pain we are going to abort this therapy and get her prosthetic removed ASAP.

Regardless, Emma is going to have a bit of curly coated retriever in her!

She might enjoy swimming now and her coat might get a bit curly! I told her doctor that we are family now and we need to exchange holiday cards.

LOL – All kidding aside, I really hope this works. Her doctor really just wants Emma to get better. She is kind of one of his favorites.

Right now she is playing with Chaps and having a great time.

Now, time for bed!

Stay tuned.

Her regular vet has already been called and is ready to remove the prosthetic at a moments notice. Currently, Emma seems great. Remember, I went through glaucoma with her and I know her signs of pain.

Remember, dogs can mask pain very well, so keep a close eye for pawing, rubbing, laying on the painful eye side kind of funny, like twisting the head so it is pressing down on the painful eye. A huge sign is the third eye lid coming up and covering the eye or total shut down of the eye with the lids closed. Really, anything abnormal in the eye area.

OK, I have to go give Emma her drops.

More Later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. Just in case you are curious? I have spent 300.00 in 2 weeks on Emma’s fake eye. I have also been giving her 3 different drops every 4 to 6 hours in varying formulations for 2 weeks.

This is just information for those of you that are reading my blog and might want to consider a prosthetic. They are a huge amount of money and work.

Emma has an urgent eye appointment today (UPDATE)

September 22nd, 2008 - 7:07 am KY Time

Her Doctor wants to see her at 3:45 –

She woke up wagging her tail, so I do not think she is in pain.

Howllo Fellow Hound and Emma’s fake eye lovers! (That sounded wierd!) Anyway, Emma’s fake eye got worse over the weekend. Thank goodness I could get her in today for an urgent appointment. Please send her some drool. The poor girl needs a break.

More news later…….Cat, Chaps and Emma on page 2 of Google!

September 20th, 2008 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Google lovers!

OMG! I am thrilled beyond belief! If you google basset hounds, the results bring up 3,630,000 results in 0.13 seconds! in on page 2!

Can someone say, Hell to the Yes!

We work hard for our Google listing!

Thanks for your support! Keep googling! Slurp!

More Google love later…….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Emma on my mind!

September 20th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Emma lovers: I just wanted to update her followers on her prosthetic eye. It does not look good. Remember how I reported that she had a deep corneal abrasion? Well, it has been almost a week and it does not look any better, possibly a bit worse. We have an appointment on Thursday, but I am going to call on Monday to see if we can get in earlier.

My goodness, if it is not one thing it is another.

Poor Emma. For those of you who do not know. A prosthetic eye is placed behind the real cornea of a dog’s eye. The fake eye moves and tracks towards sounds. It is totally for the human. I feel so sorry for Emma. I hate that she might need to have the prosthetic removed.

I am really kicking myself over this one.

When I was looking for a pup, I thought I would try a top notch, reputable AKA – BHCA breeder. I wanted to avoid this type of condition.

I was so anxious to get a healthy hound. I did everything in my power. I had so many expenses with Chloe and Lily. Chloe was from a puppy mill and Lily was a stray.

I found out later that Emma had bilateral, abnormal drainage angles. Not only was she compromised from the beginning, but the breeders knew about it. I achieved the exact opposite of my original goal.

I had no idea what this CERF eye examination meant. This link will take you to the CERF website that is a wealth of knowledge.

If you decide to go to an AKC reputable BHCA breeder for a pup and that breeders does this eye examination, make sure you review it with your breeder. The pup you purchase should have a normal eye examination. The breeder needs to give you a copy of the examination report. If you have any questions, just contact me via my contact page.

I will update everyone on Emma’s condition soon.

Emma is thrilled to have so many folks who care about her. Thank you

More later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Emma has a new YouTube video! As a pup!

September 20th, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Emma as a pup lovers:

I took some massive footage four years ago of the kids when we got home from BoBac Bassets in TX. The only problem was, it is all on a VCR tape! OMG – How times change! Emma could see back then and Chaps had no gray hair!

I was finally able to transfer it to a format that I could edit on my Mac. This YouTube video is just a tiny portion of the actual footage. Which means, I have much more to come!

Here is Emma’s debut as a pup!

Here is what I wrote about it on YouTube:

Hey everyone!

I took the video footage of this film when Emma was just a young pup! It was on a VCR tape. I was just able to have it converted so I could edit it on my Mac. I just loved seeing Emma looking at me again. It was so much fun.

Emma is blind now from primary closed angle glaucoma. She went blind around age 2. This is a disease that is inherited.

Emma is not one to sit on her her pretty haunches and hope someone does something. So, she set up her own fund to help the Canine Health Foundation research Basset Hound Glaucoma. Do you want to visit her Firstgiving Page?

If so, here is the link:

If you give 20.00 or more she will send you a free gift. Go check it out!

Also, come visit us!

Read our blog and discover free stuff all the time!

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma – Making friends from around the globe!

Music – Friends by Elton John

Go ahead – Sing along!

I hope the day will be a lighter highway
For friends are found on every road
Can you ever think of any better way
For the lost and weary travellers to go

Making friends for the world to see
Let the people know you got what you need
With a friend at hand you will see the light
If your friends are there then everything’s all right

It seems to me a crime that we should age
These fragile times should never slip us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhood fly

More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. there are ads on this page because I am using an Elton John song.

That is how YouTube does it now. I love the fact that they still let us use cool songs.

More Friends later……Cat, Chaps and Emma

OMG – My sisters and I listened to this for hours on end in the early 1970s.

I’m YouTubin’!

September 20th, 2008 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and YouTube lovers: I was catching up on a few new Tubes and saw this. I thought that my viewers would enjoy it. We hope you are also enjoying your Saturday afternoon.

Chaps, Emma and I are……..

More Tubin’ later –

Chaps, the Mayor turns into TEACHER’S PET!

September 19th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and teacher’s pet lovers! No truer words have ever been spoken. Not only do the children love our Chaps, the teachers are in awe of him. He was such a good boy. He sat and let 60 kids pet him today. They all waited their turn patiently!

First off, I gave a dog safety lecture and then I read the Lily book. Then each kid lined up to pet our boy.

Here we are starting off the petting process! NEXT………

Chaps was sure he smelled lunch on this little pretty girl.

This little boy really followed instructions. Look how he is offering the back of his hand to Chaps for a good smell! Good Boys!

This was so funny, Chaps tried to lift up this little girl’s shirt! She was having none of it!

The whole day was packed with fun images like this. Chaps was the perfect gentleman. He marched in, sat my by side, and then slept through the reading. When the kids lined up, he sat up and participated. He truely is an angel and a great ambassetor!

The KIDS loved him.

More good relations later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. he did sling a drool, but prior to entering the reading area. Whew!

P.P.S. that wierd collar he has on is a special light up collar, but it did not work inside. OH WELL!

Hey check it out, it’s those cute YouTube pups again!

September 18th, 2008 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and cute pup lovers: I posted a YouTube video a few days ago that showed some cute pups. You have to see these kids in their new video. They are soooooooooooooo cute.

I want to play!

More pup love later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

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