Shift change…….

March 30th, 2009 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Shift Change Lovers! LOL!

Nurse Grandma has just started her second shift with patient Emma. We have an entire schedule set up so I can maximize my work load in my office. It is working out great. I am the night nurse.

I just wanted to pop a few more pictures up of Emma for you to kind of see her set up better. I call this picture, GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!


When I woke up this morning this is the face I saw. Emma was ready to start her day. I had just put her sling under her belly for our potty outing. For those of you that are reading this for information and education I am using a beach towel folded twice long ways for a sling. I ordered a sling but it was on back order so I canceled it. One Mom sent us the link (thank you my dear). It is the same sling that our physical therapist uses. However, the towel sling is very sturdy and free!

Here is a picture of me behind Emma so you can see how close we are to the potty area!


I have not been able to get a good sling picture of Emma, but when I do I will post it. You want a sling that you don’t have to bend over with too much so the beach towel works great. Also, it is good therapy for Emma to practice walking.

Sorry to go on and on but I want to make sure this blog posting is beneficial for others in the future. I will also be posting Emma’s bill shortly so everyone can see what this type of surgery costs in this region of the country. I am glad I had my emergency fund along with cool damp rags for my forehead! LOL

More cool damp rags later…………..hehehehehe, Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. March 30th, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    Was the problem in Emma’s back form jumping on and off the sofa? My Dudley does that all the time and if I can prevent it i’ll try. Emma is so beautiful and brave. I enjoy reading the blog every chance I get.

    Robert, Dudley and Gracie May 1st.

  2. March 30th, 2009 | 1:42 pm

    Hey Robert –

    It was probably a combination of things. Emma has early degenerative disc disease which is a weakness in her spine. Any jumping is going to be bad for her. It is probably best to limit jumping in any basset or at least cushion the jump with a few pillows where they jump off of a couch. I have also seen ramps that folks use at the end of a couch. Thanks for visiting Emma. She loves hearing from you, Dudley and Gracie May 1st! Slurp!

    Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

  3. Cindy, Jethro, Rugby, Ozzie and Harriet
    March 30th, 2009 | 2:51 pm

    Good idea with the beach towel. I always try to use things around the house instead of buying something. You’d be suprised at how you can make do when you have to. Sounds like Emma is coming along just fine. I can’t wait to hear that she’s taking some steps on her own. It is so thoughtful of you to make these detailed blogs so that we can all learn about our bassets and the problems that may come their way. My Jethro goes to the vet today at 4:45. He has a pretty large cyst on his back that I was going to get removed when he had his yearly in June but it’s growing too fast for my comfort and it’s bleeding and I noticed it was torn on one side yesterday. YUK! Poor boy. So, he’ll probably be in surgery tomorrow and I’ll probably take Rugs too cuz he needs his teeth cleaned. My pocket book will be a little thinner!

  4. MaureenandSlinky
    March 30th, 2009 | 3:03 pm

    I’m glad Emma is recuperating nicely, but I am sure she is anxious, this must be sooooooo scary. I still think you should let us help “Our Emma” with the medical bill.

  5. Emily
    March 30th, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    My bassets are crazy when it commes to jumping. The jump on all the kids outside climbing toys and then slide down the slides. They are so silly.
    Glad to hear Emma is doing so good!

  6. March 30th, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Another gret repawt on Emmers. Pally’s surgery, MRI, boarding and rehab set me back about 4 grand last year. I am interested to know the cost in your area.

  7. March 30th, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    Sorry the sling was backordered. 🙁

    I am glad to hear the good reports about Emma’s progress … she is obviously very glad to be home. When does she have to go back to the doc for a follow-up?

  8. Candy
    March 30th, 2009 | 4:51 pm

    We are glad to hear that Emma is on the road to recovery – with such loving moral support as Chaps, Grandma and Cat – how can she not fully recover. We are sending good thoughts to all the Ruperts that they get thru this “ruf” spot quickly.

    We love you all.

    Candy and Bailey

  9. Trisha, Brutus, Jaws, & Lulu Belle
    March 30th, 2009 | 8:14 pm

    What a precious girl! Brutus and I lovez her! So glad you and Grandma are taking such good care of her, but who would ever question that you wouldn’t?!

  10. March 30th, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    Cat, Emma could not ask for a better Momma and Grandma,She has the very best. You guys are Saints.
    Love is the most healing thing there is and I know that Emma is Bathed in it every day. I will continue to pray for her quick recovery. I feel in my heart she will be OK. Love Ken

  11. Becky & Lilly's Mom
    March 30th, 2009 | 8:45 pm

    Yay Emma!!!

  12. Sandra, Hudson & Morgan
    April 1st, 2009 | 8:33 am

    Cat, I have been so behind on things and am just catching up with your blog and reading about poor Emma. You must have been beside yourself with this. After enduring the eye issues and now this. Emma sure is one lucky girl to have such a wonderful Momma.
    I sure hope Emma keeps improving every day and she is back to walking again soon, she’s a special girl.
    lots of love and drool from us Aussies xoxo

  13. Cat
    April 1st, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    OMG – Sandra! How the heck is the new baby? I am just thrilled to hear from you. Thank you so much for your well wishes for our Emmers! I just signed up to follow you on Twitter. Slurp! We need baby pics in BHT!


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