Emma goes to the orthopaedic doctor…….

March 24th, 2009 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and Emma Update Lovers: Well, as per usual, Emma cannot catch a break. Last night after dinner she was not able to walk. She was so thristy from the steroids that she wanted to drink non-stop. We all know what that means, non stop tinkle time! So, I stayed up with her all night. We laid by the front potty area so she could go out every 45 minutes or so. It was so sad. As of yesterday morning I really thought she was making a slight turn for the better.

My Mom, Dad and I carried her to car in a make shift blanket sling which was so difficult. When my Mom and I got to the office (Grandpa stayed with Chaps) the gals poured out to help Emma. About 4 of them loaded her onto a stretcher and marched her into a room.


As she was being carried through the examination area all of the technicians were just drawn to her like magnets. Everyone was kissing her and telling her how pretty she was. It was a real hustle and bustle office and everyone was so upbeat. All the techs would pop in and see Emma and introduce themselves. Everyone was petting Emma and she got to nibble a lot of chins. She loves to nibble chins. One of the gals that popped in asked if she had gone down in the back and I answered yes. She said, “Oh we can fix that”. It was just so nice to hear and GM and I shed a few tears. This tech happened to be the rehabilitation expert and said that she would be the one rehabing Emma after surgery if indeed she needed it. She gave me some literature to read.

The doctor came right in after that and did all of his stuff. He suggested that Emma have a CT scan. He said that the techs who run the imaging center would transport her and we could know if she has to have surgery by this evening. All indications point to surgery. If his feelings are correct, Emma will spend the night and be on the list for surgery tomorrow. She may be at the hospital until this weekend. This is all just the doctor’s best speculation until he sees the CT Scan.

Emma is now asking for your drool and well wishes. She cried when Grandma and I left but this is the best place for her. Last night she was so frightened. I was even more so.

Our Emma. She is never the one that gets the good news. However, I have to say that she got the best news ever when she became a Rudert! We love our girl so.

More updates later and hopefully very soon. I am sitting by the phone. I am not answering unless it is the doctor.

Love, Cat, Chaps (feeling lonely) and our Emma at the hospital.


  1. MaureenandSlinky
    March 24th, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    Our Emma has endured so much, but she never complains. I hope she has a speedy recovery and we all will have to come up with ideas to brighten her days when she is home recuperating.

    We can’t forget about Chaps, he is Emma’s eyes, and constant companion.

  2. lois
    March 24th, 2009 | 4:53 pm

    oh no!!!

    be brave emma!!! be brave cat!!! be brave chaps!!! and grandma and grandma too!!

    this is the best thing tho…she is at the vet with a lvong and caring staff and will get only the best care.

    seeing the pix of her makes me immediately think of cleoptatra…just waiting for her “schlep boys” to carry her hither and yon. yup…thats my emma…only she had a whole crew of shclep peeps! (as it should be)

    be extra nice to the mayor…i’m sure he’ll be a little upset (probably toss his cookies).

    as for drool…coop is thinking spring groundhogs, buster tomatoes and me pizza…so together we are a slobbery mess.

  3. Trisha, Brutus, Jaws, & Lulu Belle
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Lots of drool and wishes are coming from Brutus and I for Emma. These poor blind dogs, they can’t get a break. My Brutie is now having heart problems. Haven’t they been through enough?!

  4. March 24th, 2009 | 5:04 pm

    I’ve been so worried all day. I knew when the site was current that something had gotten worse with Emma. Poor sweet girl. Even on a stretcher she looks beautiful and dignified.

    Drool, slurps, crossed-paws and prayers … all for Emma.

  5. Cat
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:07 pm

    Thanks guys. The well wishes help so much. We were just not willing to ask for drool hoping beyond hope that our girl would turn the corner.

    What is so special, is that she took all of this with a lot of guts.

    I came home and packed her bag for a stay. I had her blankee, favorite toys and her food. I drove back over and dropped it off. I made sure I wiped Chaps drool all over her blankee so he could send some personal kisses.

    I know she will love it.

    Cat and Chaps

  6. Cat
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:13 pm

    OM – You would not have believed the entrance to the office with Emma high on her stretcher. It was like everyone came out to greet her. Even the doctor stuck his head out of an exam room and stopped the parade to look at her face. She started licking him and he said, “You just wait a second and I will be right with you”. Her tail was beating on the stretcher and he patted her head and said, “Well, that tail still works, that’s a good sign.”


    It was really very touching.


  7. Candy
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:26 pm

    All paws and fingers here in Wisconsin are crossed that our dear Emma gets better soon. Our hearts go out to you. And to you too, Cat. I think these things are harder on us humans than on our dogs.

    We will be waiting for the update.


    Candy & Bailey

  8. Bruce, Gretchen, Napoleon and Sophie
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:48 pm

    Oh, poor sweet Emma. Cat, you are such a good mom. She sounds like she’s in ideal hands will be taken good care of. I’m sure she’ll come out, after a little recovery time, better than ever. Fingers and paws all crossed and looking forward to good news.

    Bruce, Gretchen, Napoleon and Sophie.

  9. Judi Troub
    March 24th, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    My heart goes out to you. I know how helpless one can feel when their furbaby is not feeling well. My girls, Lacey & Bucky, are sending health healing drool for Emma and lot’s of love and slurps for you and the grandparents….and Chaps!
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


  10. Cat
    March 24th, 2009 | 6:07 pm

    Thanks again friends. It makes the waiting a bit more tolerable. I have not got a call yet about the CT scan. Emma was being transported for a 4:00 time slot. The radiologist still had to read it but according to her orthopaedic surgeon this all moves pretty fast. I might not get a call until 9:00 or so.

  11. NIN
    March 24th, 2009 | 6:16 pm

    I love you Kit Cat, Emma and Chaps! We are thinking of you.She is such a sweet gal and has had to endure so much. That was a great comment from the orthopedist that it is a good sign that her tail is a waggin…
    We love you,
    Nin and the boys

  12. Cat
    March 24th, 2009 | 6:17 pm

    Lois – I felt the same exact thing you did. She did look like Cleopatra. Thank goodness, I think she felt like it also with all of the folks loving on her. It was so cute.


  13. March 24th, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    Poor Emma! I know it was hard leaving her with her crying but she’s got a good loving crew looking after her and your right…this is where she needs to be right now. Before long she’ll be back home recouperating. Our paws are crossed with prayer too and we got a lotta paws! Keep us posted and good luck EMMA!

  14. Susan
    March 24th, 2009 | 7:15 pm

    Poor baby. We are sending super-duper drool that all goes well and they are able to help her quickly. It sounds like a wonderful place where they appreciate basset royalty! Hugs for Miss Emma.

  15. Soupkan
    March 24th, 2009 | 8:17 pm

    Lots of drool and wishes are coming your way.


    Kelly,Tina Beulah and Bogart

  16. Becky & Lilly's Mom
    March 24th, 2009 | 8:54 pm

    Sending lots and lots and LOTS of drule for Emma and her momma and brother/husband cause they are worried too. We luv you!

  17. Glenn,Charlene,Clancy &Baiey
    March 24th, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    Cat, Chaps, Grandma, & Grandpa:

    I Know what all of you are going through. Our sweet little Emma is a very strong little girl, I know she will get through this too. Our prayers are with all of you, we love all of you so much. Give Emma a big hug from all of us.


    Charlene, Glenn, Bailey, Clancy and Gabe

  18. Audra, Colby Chaps, Abby
    March 24th, 2009 | 10:54 pm

    Oh No Cat! I feel so bad for Emma, but I do think she is in the best place and they will be able to care for her better than you could at home. Any news yet from the CT scan, or Orthapedic Surgeon? I am sooooo sorry your family is having to endure all of this. Emma is a strong girl, and she will be fine — sounds like she is in good hands! Please know you are all in our prayers, every thought and we are slinging drool all the way from Texas to you. Please, please keep us posted. We will be sitting on pins and needles till we hear from you. You and Chaps rest up tonight, because Emma will need you both when she comes back home.

  19. Mary Tipping
    March 25th, 2009 | 8:40 am

    Poor Emma! Cat, it sounds like she is in excellent hands. And a very good sign that her tail is wagging! Emma is today my special intention to St. Francis, and she’ll continue to be in my prayers. She’s a brave, beautiful girlie…:) My thought and prayers are with you, too, Cat as you deal with this. 55 gallon drums of drool are coming Emma’s way from the boys. Hugs to the Mayor,

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  20. March 25th, 2009 | 8:50 am

    Oh Cat I am so sorry your girl has to go through this. When my Pally had back surgery last June I was frantic and wouldn’t leave the vet till he was out and awake. Prayers and drool headed to Ky from Homer and mew and the boys. Please keep us up to date on how Emma is. Love and kisses for you, Chaps,and Grandma and Grandpa Rudert and especially Emmers.

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