Your Sunday AM Emma update…..

March 22nd, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma update lovers: Well, she slept through the night fine and this morning she got up when she heard Oscar yelp at 7:00am. It is so strange how he knows exactly when it is 7:00am!

Emma struggled to get up and she is about the same as yesterday. I hope for some improvement during the course of the day. I will keep everyone posted. I just snapped this picture of her getting ready to take her nappy poo.


She needs her rest.

More resting later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. Audra, Colby Chaps, Abby
    March 22nd, 2009 | 10:45 am

    Is she using her back legs now? Keep us posted. We are praying for our Emma and sending drool your way.

  2. Candy
    March 22nd, 2009 | 11:51 am

    Rest today, Emma! And no chasing the boys.

  3. kipandgus
    March 22nd, 2009 | 12:03 pm

    Emmers, we hope and pray you feel better soon. We know that your Mommy and grandparents will take super good care of you. Gus,Bonnie and Charlie are slinging a whole bunch of Drool to KY.
    Kip, Gus, Bonnie and Charlie Bear

  4. lois
    March 22nd, 2009 | 1:50 pm

    emma…take your meds, rest up, bask in the sun & think anti-bulging disc thoughts dear one.

    the steroids should help some.

    does the ramp have a raised lip? some ramps do…if yours doesn’t would it be possible to configure one? maybe also rig up some rails to guide her towards safe openings were she can safely up/down in other spots ( in know you’ve done/thought of this before) but i just thought of it…not much sleep myself last night…gotta keep my girl safe.

  5. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 2:58 pm

    Hi Lois – I did not sleep much either. Today we are all so tired. It is absolutely unbelievable how with me on one side and my Mom on the other side of the ramp she can still slip. Here is a picture of our ramp.
    Emma and her ramp

    I think I need to get a ramp with sides now. That is a great idea. Our Emma likes to roll, so we have to make sure she does not get scared getting into the car.

    Thanks Lois

  6. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 3:06 pm

    Audra – She is still very uncertain on her back legs and I am trying to keep her in bed. My friend Sandy said that it might take a few days for the steroids to kick in and she has to stay as quite as possible. It is hard since I am dog sitting. She is sleeping a lot which his very good for our girl.


  7. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 3:07 pm

    Emma loves to chase the boys Candy, but Chaps is very controlling and does not let her. LOL

  8. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    Hey Kippers the stranger – nice to see you. I thought you fell off the face! I bet that third hound you got keeps you off the net! hehehehe


  9. March 22nd, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    Dear Emma – at our house, our humans are all sick with the influenza, so we’re in charge. We’ve been worried about you and hope you are resting a lot. We’d like some rest, but have to take care of our people.

    Sussex and Basset wishes coming your way.

  10. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 5:31 pm

    Nell and Sophie! Thanks for howling in. You need to get your humans better so they can keep going to the fridge for you. You have need to get them back to waiting on both of you, hand and paw!

    Get well soon humans……..


  11. March 22nd, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    I see Nell & Sophie hacked into my computer while we were sleeping! Crazy dogs. 😉

    We humans are all sick, but moving to recovery. I am worried about Emma and we are sending all our good thoughts and prayers her way.

  12. Debbie and King JB, Angel, Pucky
    March 22nd, 2009 | 6:31 pm

    King JB and Angel here we hope you are rsting and in time you will be up and about like a basset should be but you have to give it time and enjoy all your naps. We want you back on you feet and the only way for that is for you to get all the rest possible and let the meds do their job.
    You are in our prayers Emma

  13. lois
    March 22nd, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    also…maybe get some bathtub sticky things for it so she has a rough surface for her feet…put them towards the middle so she can feel where she should be..teach her be leaving a trail of goodies for her to follow up & down & maybe even rub some food into the surface for a good scent. that way she’ll get used to staying in the center.

    can the ramp be put up closer to the cushion? maybe that would help too. it looks like from the pix there might be a little step spot too that might work.

    does she use a harness while walking (i can’t remember..i’m thinking yes because of her eyes) but sometimes i’ve used a towel wrapped under a dogs tummy and then held up over them as a support and that plus a harness getting in/out might give her the extra support/control too. imgaine that the first step on the ramp would be scary because it is an incline with a ledge off to the side..because she was sighted for so long she can still visualise the process of getting in/out of the car & that might be part of the problem…it might juts scare her

  14. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    Lois – I totally agree with you. The entire ramp process is way to stressful. Emma has me on one side and Grandma on the other for the most part freaking out. We are like the worst people loading her. I am worried and Grandma is stressed and it has to affect our Emmers. It is like the keystone cops. You are so right. I think we scare her. We are so frantic about her that we most likely stress her right off the ramp.

    My friend Sandy, after reading this post, sent me an ad for a ramp with edges. I really liked it and I am going to order it. I think this will make Emma feel more confident. I really loved your suggestion and Emma needs all the help she can get, not to mention Grandma and I. Lord have mercy we are like 2 frantic hens with Emma.


    Cat, Chaps, Emma and Grandma!

  15. Cat
    March 22nd, 2009 | 7:22 pm

    Lois – I also love the bathtub sticky idea. I am going to get some of those. Emma does use a harness and it is so helpful.

    You would not believe how good she is with her ears and touching the ramp to find her way. After this post, I am thinking that it is a problem with Grandma and I getting to frantic. I think it is us who need the ramp with sides. Not Emma.

    One ramp with sides please!

    Cat, the frantic MOM

  16. lois
    March 22nd, 2009 | 8:57 pm

    i firmly believe in this…”i worked for years in law enforcement/ems at a huge national park. when all hell would break loose (and it would frequently) the best thing you could do would be to remain calm and act confident. you may not have a clue as to what you were doing but if you remained calm then everyone else would too. people feed off of who ever they eprceive as the eprson in charge. look at the captain of the flight in the hudson. if he had panicked then everyone else would have. we had terrorists, take overs, major ems cases, presidential visits, huge crowds etc…so it was essential for us to be calm and in control…

    that is what you and grandma have to do with her. calm & confident. deep breaths. sure of yourself.

    emma was wisdom and a special sense about herself. you have seen it yourself. she just needs a little protection and help….thats where you guys come in.

    think of it as if she was a child…you couldn’t get a child into a carseat easily if you were upset…it would work easier if you were calm. take a few breaths, leave yourself a few extra seconds and go slow. nothing is that important that it has to be that rushed.

    (i spent time working with disabled children and had a disabled mother from hell so learned that if i was rushed it just made matters worse…so no real special wisdom here…just stuff i learned over time).

    iffen ya need anything..ya got the email…reach out & ask….always there for help.

  17. MaureenandSlinky
    March 23rd, 2009 | 9:47 am

    Emma, I just know you’re on the mend too many people and Bassets are praying for you. Just remember, rest, and treats can cure most anything.

  18. March 26th, 2009 | 6:56 pm

    Lois – I love your advise. I am just now getting around to commenting on it. I really needed that. Cat

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