Emma is doing well the day after surgery!

March 26th, 2009 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Doing Well After Surgery Lovers!!!!!!

Today Grandma and I went to visit Emma and participate in her first physical therapy session. Her rehabilitation specialist is very pleased with Emma’s surgical result so far. Emma is wagging her tail even more than before the surgery and has feeling in her back legs. She is even working hard to stand for a few seconds on her own, with watchful eyes upon her. I am so proud of her. Her therapist told me that she loves Emma and was so impressed with her ability to trust others due to her blindness. This is her first bind dog doing rehab and she is thrilled that Emma is doing so well. Here is Emma getting laser therapy. It is supposed to stimulate the healing process. We are participating in several more sessions and then it will be on to water therapy.


Here is Emma on the red rubber ball. This is used to support her mid section as she practices standing. She seemed to like that.


Here is Mommy kissing the patient. She has a pain patch on her back and our Emma was a bit disoriented but she is doing so good. I really think she is very inspirational to all of the staff and they keep gushing over getting to know her.


Grandma was petting her the entire time!


Emma has such a strong spirit and a will to succeed and I am very certain she will be walking soon. I am totally dedicated to her rehab and Grandma and I will be doing 3 sessions at minimum per day. I will make sure to document this journey along the way. Emma deserves the best treatment and care love can give. Talk about overcoming obstacles. Our girl is the champion.

More champion tails later……..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. NIN
    March 26th, 2009 | 6:08 pm

    Wow Sweet Kit Cat!!!
    She looks fabulous and so do you and Teet! The Rehab program sounds incredible!! I can’t believe all she is able to do already…What a hound of great renown!!!
    Nin and the boys

  2. March 26th, 2009 | 6:21 pm

    Thanks Nin – She is a hound of great renown! Sweet indeed. She spreads joy where ever she goes. No more jumping for our gal! LOL


  3. lois
    March 26th, 2009 | 6:37 pm

    so glad she is able to start rehab already! what a great sign…

    and it shows what a strong girl she is…and trusting…it would be easy for her to just wallow and be afraid at a time like this. lesser hounds (and people) have.

    i have said it before and will probably do so many times again….you are blessed.

    you should do a book about her…that is what her purpose in life is…to show how to be strong even with disabilities…be strong with grace. we should all be so lucky. god definitely had a mission in mind when he planned on that tiny little puppy crossing paths with you cat.

  4. March 26th, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    Cat , Those pictures brought tears to my eyes, she is such a brave special girl i pray God will speed her healing and she will be back to her old sweet self in no time. My heart goes out to you all Love Ken

  5. March 26th, 2009 | 7:17 pm

    Yes, everybody looks good and that’s so good to see! Hey, rehab sessions may be fun. Chaps may want to do some exercises! I don’t think Emma will be the only one to get a work out!

  6. Cat
    March 26th, 2009 | 7:28 pm

    Hey Lois – Thanks for your comments and I have already started a book about our Emmers. However, it was started years ago and now, I agree with you, I need to change the focus. The book was a whimsical tail about Emma being visited by the Icelandic Freckle Fairies to start a new art project. I was going to call it:


    Here is a page that I started years ago. This is one of the first pages where the Icelandic ponies are getting ready to load up the freckle fairies to fly to Kentucky. The basset hound in the picture is Dinny, a rescue basset that has really long hair and is just as cute as the day is long. He belonged to a friend of mine and is ATB. It is hard to see all of the detail here, but there is so much to see. I kind of put it on the back burner. I am now thinking about changing some themes around. I just thought some of you would enjoy hearing this and seeing this picture. I want to post more about it soon. I have about 5 pages done and the story is fluid.

    Icelandic ponys getting ready to take off for KY

    What is really odd is that when they shaved Emma for her surgery, about a zillion freckles were exposed. Very Icelandic indeed!


  7. Cat
    March 26th, 2009 | 7:33 pm

    I have to point out that the thing laying in front of Dinny is a Mapquest from Iceland to Kentucky. There are tons of fairies underneath the front pony. hehehehehe

    This is just a draft. I probably have about 10 more hours on this page alone.


  8. March 26th, 2009 | 7:34 pm

    So glad to see the pictures of Emma, and so grateful she is doing so well. She is very blessed to have you Cat, and we are all blessed to know all of you in Basset Hound Town.

    Emma is amazing. Tears here as well … of joy.

  9. Soupkan
    March 26th, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    thinking of all of you


  10. Emily
    March 26th, 2009 | 9:07 pm

    Oh Emma! Get well soon girl! We are thinking about you and your mom!

  11. Glenn,Charlene,Clancy &Baiey
    March 26th, 2009 | 9:18 pm

    OMG, when I saw the pictures of Emma the tears just started flowing. She is such a brave little sweetheart. Cat, Chaps, Grandma & Grandpa. Remember, God will not put anymore on you than all of you can handle. Cat, I know what you are thinking, how much more can I take. But when you start thinking that way, just look at Emma and draw your strength from her. With a family like all of you, Emma will be up and about in no time.

    All our love and prayers,

    Glenn, Charlene, Bailey, Clancy & Gabe

  12. March 26th, 2009 | 9:41 pm

    Thank you Glenn, Charlene, Bailey, Clancy and Gabe. We are really struggling in BHT. We love Emma so much and we want to do right by her. How much can one girl take? I could tell that she was in pain today and it was evident. I just want her to feel better and enjoy her life. I know she has a good life with us. Poor girl has suffered so much. She does have DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease). She is way too young to suffer from this. It is one more congenital disorder she has from bad breeding. I want her to have every chance at a loving family. Her rehab will be long and worth it. I want her to enjoy a full and long life. We are going to treat her with kid gloves!

    I know our gal is expecting this from me! It is my mission to help her continue to love life.


  13. lois
    March 26th, 2009 | 10:18 pm

    i had written a rough draft childrens story about a friends deaf english setter who was rescued. i used my own pix since i can’t draw a stick figure! i think that is the kind of thing that people would be interested in…especially with a sweetie like emma…like i said…the girl has a mission….i’d gladly help.

  14. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    March 26th, 2009 | 10:43 pm

    Hi Cat….I sent you a personal email on the other side, but in case your not checking it that often I wanted you to know that I am praying for all of you, especially Emma. She is so strong, and will continue to recover quickly because she has you, Chaps and Grandma and Grandpa waiting for her. I know it is your mission to bring her home well and out of pain….and I have no doubt you will. We are here for you, and will continue to pray for her quick recovery! Please update us after every visit.

  15. marty
    March 27th, 2009 | 9:21 am

    Tears of joy for our brave, brave Emma. Drool and prayers still headed to you.

    Pollyanna, Emmie ATB, & Teddi the PET girls
    & the Momma

  16. MaureenandSlinky
    March 27th, 2009 | 9:26 am


    I so envy Emma’s patience and determination; and the fact that she has a sweet disposition only makes me realize how much I could learn from her.

    Emma, is so very fortunate to have you, your family, and her best Buddy Chaps. Many people would not have the patience or concern for a dog with so many health issues, but you and Emma do more than your best.

    It is truly wonderful, that you, Emma and Chaps have so many friends and fans.

  17. wanda
    March 27th, 2009 | 8:45 pm

    I just have loads of tears looking at poor Emma. She is an marvel. All the things she has gone through and keeps on going. I really admire the little lady. What a story of love and devotion. Gentle hugs from the humans and sloppy kisses from Henri and Riley.

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