March 29th, 2009 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and LOVE STORY lovers: Well, I cannot tell you how incredibly great Emma is doing. We cannot let Chaps around her yet and we agree with the doctor’s orders. I am so pleased with how my home is set up for such a situation. It makes an extremely difficult situation manageable. I could not have done this without my Mom.


It maybe weeks before Emma walks on her own and I cannot let her by herself. It is almost scary to think of someone having to go through this without help or the set up I have. I guess you could kennel a hound if you have to, but for a basset hound to turn around in a kennel only stresses the spine more.

We have to do physical therapy on Emma 3 times a day for 10 minutes each time. She is doing three different exercises. She is fantastic and we have no problem with that.

I guess the big news is that she poo poo pottied yesterday. She had not had a PPP since last Tuesday evening and I was told not to worry about it for a few more days but she is back on track 100%. Every time she goes potty I have to walk her out the sliding glass door with a rear end sling. I have learned how to let her position herself. Wow, I felt so proud of myself.

I know all of this information is going to be helpful to someone else in the future when they google a similar situation. As soon as she is better I am going to place all of these blogs in their own category for ease of reading.

Oh, wanna know why I call this blog Our LOVE STORY – no it is not the obvious, that we love Emma, but I watched LOVE STORY last night in the recovery room (sun room) with Emma. OMG – I remember the first time I saw it. OK, did I dose off or did I miss what Jenny died of? She went in for a pregnancy assessment, the Dr. did a blood test, told Ryan O’neal she was dying and not to tell her. HUH?

More love is never having to say you are sorry later….Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. NIN
    March 29th, 2009 | 9:44 am

    Hi Sweet Pea!!
    Thank goodness Emma has you and Teeter!! You really do have another full time job for a while. I really don’t know how most folks could have done it! She is really progressing much faster than I ever thought! She must be so happy to be home. Chaps must be relieved tooo…you know how he worries.
    Love and kisses,

  2. Judi Troub
    March 29th, 2009 | 9:55 am

    I’m glad to read that Emma is doing so well! I don’t know her, but from what I’ve read in your blog, it doesn’t surprise me that she is progressing as fast as she is. She seems to be one who beats all odds. With you, G’ma & Chaps, how could she not?


  3. March 29th, 2009 | 10:20 am

    The weeks it will take for Emma to get well will fly by. And I’ll bet it doesn’t take as long as you think. With the great care she’s getting she’ll progress much faster than expected. Keep up the good work sweet Emma!

  4. lois
    March 29th, 2009 | 11:13 am

    everybody heals better in a loving home with caregivers like you & grandnma & grandpa and a nerby chaps! it makes the heart happy which the wounds happy. lucky emma. feel better soon big girl. we miss you.

    cat…when she is up and moving…you guys will be stars with that sling…when she goes to get into the car…wrap it around her and use it to guide her on the ramp…not so much for lifting support but for guidance both mentally and directionally….plus it will stop the rolling.

  5. March 29th, 2009 | 11:55 am

    Good morning (it is morning for me in seattle) I am at the radio studio taking time to read the “Love Story” Lois you are so right in animals and humans alike heal better at home in a stress free and loving home and good food! Emma is right were she needs to be with her family. Cat you will help others by writting Emma’s story about this with every thing you are going through and what works and what doesn’t and the biggie how hard this can be and the help ones needs to do this recovery. At the end of my post I added a link that I send many of my clients to that have dogs with cancer. I have talked with this guy several times because my first basset passed at age of 7 with lymphoma, wish I had this site when we were going through that with her. It is a wonderful and well written site from the heart. I think talking about feelings are important also.You are a wonderful woman and I am proud to know you and call you friend!!!!
    Sending love to Emma and Chaps and you and the Grands and of course extra love to you the mama.
    Sandy and the gang at Camp Toast

    This link tells a story about a basset hound with lymphoma. Also provides links to other sites about canine cancer.

  6. March 29th, 2009 | 12:07 pm

    Oh I forgot to tell you all that the Arnold Family had the first Hush Puppy (Shoe), his name was Jason and you can read the full story about him.

  7. Emily
    March 29th, 2009 | 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the story about the Arnold Family! I lost my 11 month old Basset Snickers to lymphoma. We new something was wrong, but our vet at the time couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. He lost his battle. My poor baby was only 11 months old.

  8. Cat
    March 29th, 2009 | 2:19 pm

    Sandy – Thanks so much for the link. I had to speed read it because I am rushing back to Emma but I will digest it in full later. What smart and detailed information.

    Thank you for your sweet comments as well. We loves our Auntie Sandy!


  9. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    March 29th, 2009 | 3:19 pm

    Hi Cat…..so glad Emma is resting well and at home. I know you have the perfect set up for her — I also know how hard this is on you and grandma too. You will be a pro with that sling. I think she will heal much faster than predicted….she is an overcomer after all and with the excellent care and therapy she gets from you and your family. I just shudder to think what would of happened to her if you wouldn’t of been her adopting angel. Her life and story would of never been told. Emma is an inspirtion to all of us and to all tht will hear her story. Please give Chaps a big kiss from me — he is such a good boy, I know this is worrying him. I swear it’s like looking at a photo of Colby when you send those pics. of Chaps — THEY LOOK SO MUCH ALIKE IN THE FACE. Especially since Colby is starting to show some gray now. We love you all.

  10. March 29th, 2009 | 3:44 pm

    Sounds like Emma is doing great,Marty Mays uses a Kiddie pool to help rehab Bassets with Back problems,It is low impact and is easier on them Marty is a Master at it . She can give you a ton of pointers that will help. Marty has rehabbed a lot of Bassets for Suncoast that could not walk.
    Give Emma a big hug and Kiss from her uncle Ken.
    Love Ken

  11. March 29th, 2009 | 8:05 pm

    So glad to see the pictures and read the encouraging Emma news. It must be hard for Chaps to understand why he can’t be with his sweet Emma. We will continue to pray that Emma’s recovery goes well, and for all of you as you work with her. All of you at BHT are inspirational … no doubt about it.

  12. Mary Tipping
    March 30th, 2009 | 7:47 am

    I am SO relieved and elated that Emma has come through her surgery and is doing so well!! She continues to be in my prayers and I think of her often throughout each day. Please give her extra hugs and snooter kisses from me! And more drool from the boys is flowing your way:)

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  13. Cat
    March 30th, 2009 | 12:45 pm

    Mary – I am convinced that everyone’s drool glued her back together. That is some strong stuff. hehehehe


  14. Cat
    March 30th, 2009 | 12:47 pm

    OM – Chaps is doing much better than I thought he would. Grandma, Grandpa and I are lavishing him with love and massages. It helps so much. Plus, Grandpa sits with him off and on all day when we are doing PT on Emma.

    Love Cat

  15. Cat
    March 30th, 2009 | 12:49 pm

    Hey Ken! I have been in touch with Marty and she is the Master. I bet she would be proud of Emma’s progress. My Mom and I have been doing Physical Therapy on her like crazy. Emma is responding fantastically. I am looking forward to getting more pointers from Marty. She is such a wonderful lady.


  16. Cat
    March 30th, 2009 | 12:52 pm

    Audra – OMG! Chaps son is getting gray on his face? Oh, I wish I could just kiss, kiss, kiss himz. I know what you are saying about Emmers. I have never seen such a strong spirit and will to face life’s challenges with such determination. Her story needed to be told, and by goodness gracious she got a story teller as a Mom!

    Lucky herz!

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