Grandpa is 82 today!

October 24th, 2008 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and 82 year old Grandpa lovers! LOL – Well, today is Chaps and Emma’s Grandpa’s birthday! They call him rye bread Grandpa because every time he come down to visit he has a slice of rye bread in his pocket. Much to Emma’s allergies dismay, I let it ride. That is what Grandpas are for, right?

This picture was taken several years ago. This was when Grandpa could walk the kids every day. Now, not so much. That’s OK. The rye bread is more fun anyway!

More fun later……Cat, Chaps and Emma

French Fry Face!

October 23rd, 2008 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and French Fry Lovers: I went out to lunch on Monday and brought home the famous white styrofoam box with left overs. It’s kind of a peace offering to the kids for leaving the dog house.

Most of the left overs were shoe string french fries that I know the kids adore! Emma can tolerate a few here and there, but her allergies started acting up so I had to can the infamous white box. So, no big deal.

Open Fridge. Grab white box. Pitch in trash. Turn around and what do I see?

FRENCH FRY FACE! (How could you do that Mommy?)

So, to morn the loss of the white french fry filled box I dug two sad shoe strings out.

Come on Emma, one more is not going to do you in.

I tried to get her French Fry Face, but this is even better!


Rest in peace white box, rest in peace!

More later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma (white box lovers)

Emma invited to the public library!

October 22nd, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Public Library Lovers! OMG! Emma has been invited to our public library to talk to children about being blind! She will help me read the Lily book for the first time. As many of you know, Chaps is the guy I take with me because Emma is too frantic. She loves people so much! It is kind of like

Her visit is being planned and it is all very early in the process,
but I had to Brag, I mean Blog about it!!!!

The folks at the library want to bring in some kids that have problems with sight or are blind! Can you imagine how much they will love being in the room with Emma! I am just jubilant! I sure hope we can pull this off. I have worked very hard to make this happen.

Deep breath, deep breath.

I will keep you posted…….

More Cat, Chaps and Emma as a GIRL GONE WILD, later!

United Rescues of Kentucky needs your signature!

October 22nd, 2008 - 7:07 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and helping hound lovers: I received an e-mail asking for my signature on the below petition. This is kind of a long post, but as you will see, well worth the read.

I have personally worked with Delsie of
Hilltop Haven Animal Rescue and Halfway House on several occasions in the recent past. Without Delsie, more than a dozen basset hounds would have been lost to high kill KY shelters not to mention the countless other souls she has saved along with her family. Why is it, in this time of chaos, are folks like this called into to question? For the love of God, we should be supporting and caring for these souls while they do the work, for the most part, no one else wants to do, especially in KY. As a state, we are in desperate need of people like this.


Here is the letter from the petition site and here is the link to sign the petition.


Delsie Williams, owner of Hilltop Haven Animal Rescue and Halfway House in Coxs Creek, Kentucky desperately needs our help and support. Delsie has been called to appear before The Joint City-County Planning Commission on November 13, 2008 as a result of a complaint lodged against her for “running a business” on her property in violation of the area’s ordinances.
The only thing Delsie is “running” is herself into the ground and her finances into bankruptcy on behalf of the animals! Delsie, a member of United Rescues of Kentucky, has been a “lifesaver” for our group and for animals throughout her association with its members.
It’s impossible to count the number of lives Delsie has saved at NO CHARGE as she has temporarily held animals waiting to be transported to their rescue groups.
Delsie and her husband use their personal resources to do this work with an occasional small donation for food or gas that comes nowhere close to covering the expenses they incur. In addition, the Williams’ drive animals long distances, using their vehicle and their gas, to ensure they arrive safely at rescues, fosters and adoptive homes.
Should the Joint City-County Planning Commission refuse to grant Delsie a “conditional usage” permit, the loss to our animal rescue community will be immeasurable. Hundreds of dogs will be euthanized that otherwise would have had a chance at a new life vie Delsie’s Halfway House.

End of letter on petiton site……..

Now for the best part. Want to see an e-mail I got from Delsie a few days ago?


This wouldn’t have been possible without you!!! Don’t you just love a happy ending!!! Thanks, Delsie.

(Then she attached an e-mail she had just received so I could read it)

Hi all,
Arden is doing great. She has a few nicknames now. We call her Ardie Mae or Mae Mae. We call her Arden if she is doing something she shouldn’t be doing. She fit in so great here, her and Buddy love to play so much. It was so good for him also, she wears him down. It really surprised us that there were no fights. The only thing that happened is that Buddy let her know that she is not to get near his food or him while he is sleeping. All he did was growl at her that first time and she knew not to do it again. We were just so amazed at how Buddy took to her because he is so stubborn and it was always about him. But they are so good together. Lucy took longer to warm up to her, at first she would just ignore her, now she will bathe on Ardie and mother her. She is very sneaky when it comes to feeding time. She will eat her food then sneak around the furniture waiting on the others to finish hoping they will leave something for her. We are so happy with her, she is so lovable and loves to cuddle. Thank you again for rescuing her and letting us adopt her. I sent a few pics of her. Hope you like. Take care and talk to you soon. Robyn (Arden’s new forever Mom)

End of Email……….

I will keep everyone updated on our KY friends.

Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Let me be your personal shopper!

October 21st, 2008 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and needing a personal shopper lovers: OK, this is a niche market, but I have girl friends, AKA Mommys, who know that I LOVE this kind of stuff! Someone at Gymboree loves basset hounds because they do some really cute stuff. This maybe one of their cutest lines. This was released today on the Gymboree website. I had a special preview from one of my Mommy friends.

Don’t cha know if I had some little kid to buy for at this age, they would be covered in it! Here is the link for your viewing pleasure.

Little kid (3mos – 5T) GYMBOREE BASSET LINE

I am not affiliated with Gymboree or get any money from them for advertising this line, just so you know.

OMG – why oh why can’t I find these items in a big girl size?

How cute would a baby look in this outfit? Don’t forget to click on the link right above for the entire line.

I am over the moon with this line. I had to share it with you. Remember, it just went on sale today, but I am thinking that with the economy being the way it is, this cute stuff will probably go on sale before the holidays.

I am you personal shopper……Cat Rudert!

More updates later as I keep checking this line. Almost too cute for words!

Cat, Chaps and Emma (how cute would Chaps be in that Good Boy vest?)

Bugler-November cover hounds! (guess who?)

October 21st, 2008 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Cover Hound lovers! I am so excited that Chaps and Emma are on the November cover of:

BUGLER The Basset Hound Magazine

To learn more about this ultimate in basset hound reading click the link right above! It is must reading for every basset lover. It would also make a great holiday gift for any of your basset loving friends!

We also bought the inside front cover as well! Never ones for few words or pictures, we jammed packed our messages! I am anxious to see how the printed version turns out. We have only seen the online version and so far we love it! I cannot make the inside cover version come out any larger for my blog readers to see. It keeps getting cut off. Drat!

Anyway, I think you get the picture! I hope you like my cover kids! I know I do! hehehe

Emma could strut her stuff down any runway. Talk about a model walk! She has some junk in her trunk!

In situations like this, Chaps is happy to let Emma have the spot light. He used to be a show dog and did not care for the glare of the hot lights, the endless stacking, and the screaming crowds of fans:)
He likes his couch just fine!

More magazine covers later….Cat (stage Mom), Chaps and Emma

Chaps hates hot curlers!

October 20th, 2008 - 9:09 am KY Time

Hellow Fellow Hound and going out to lunch with your family lovers:

Today Julian is off from school and him and his Mom have invited us for lunch. Grandpa’s birthday is this week and he is going to be 82. So, it is also a birthday lunch. Oh what the heck, who needs an excuse for a fun lunch, AKA Funch!

Let me tell you who does not like it.

Do you wonder how he knows I am leaving for a nano second? He sees these!

Chaps hates hot curlers!

Since someone we all know and love can not see the curlers, the message is telepathically transported.

Now what are we going to do?

We both hate hot curlers! (Not to be confused with Crullers)

More moping later, Love, a lunching Cat, Chap and Emma AKA curler haters.

I am KING, regardless of your disability!

October 19th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and King lovers! OMG! Today I walked outside and noticed that Chaps was pulling rank. He would not let Emma down the back patio steps. You cannot really see Emma, but look closely. That is the white showing through the hibiscus’s!

Chaps is guarding the patio because there are a few wild strawberries down below!

Chaps taught me a lesson today. Do not treat the disabled with any sorrow.

Keep in mind there are strawberries in our path!

According to Chaps, he held her off at the pass!

Strawberries are mine, all mine!

More fruit later……Cat, Chaps and Emma

She Walks In Beauty……

October 19th, 2008 - 10:10 am KY Time

Emma just received this from her Julian and his Mom and Dad. I am going to have it framed for Emma. How touching.

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

Thus mellow’d to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair’d the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o,er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord Byron

Wow is all I can say……………..

Enjoy your Sunday, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Emma update – Sat night!

October 18th, 2008 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Emma lovers: I have not updated for a day now and I just wanted everyone to know how good she is doing. Last night, for the first time in 14 days, Chaps and Emma played together. She actually initiated it. She loves to bite his feet. This really jazzes him up and then it is full on. He shows her who is boss for about 10 minutes and then……

they pass out! LOL

Our girl gets the lion’s share of the bed!

Then Mommy gets a really close focus! As you can see she still has her long whiskers. I asked her surgeon not to shave them because she uses them to see.

OK, one more!

Sweet dreams little kids, sweet dreams!

Can you say Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?


More sweet dreams later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

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