Emma is going into surgery about noon….

March 25th, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and CT Scan results lovers: The Doctor just called me and said that Emma needs surgery to fix a disc. I know he said it much better with a lot more details, but I really cannot remember what he said. I am waiting by the phone for the estimate white knuckling my Discover card.

I talked to the tech about Emma’s night and she said she could tell that Emma really enjoyed having her blankee. This is a picture of her at home laying on her blankee. This was taken after she healed from her eye surgery.


I will update everyone after her surgery. I am going to go visit her tomorrow and every day until she comes home. Hopefully it will be Saturday!

More Emma updates very soon. Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

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.

Emma’s comfort corner…….

March 23rd, 2009 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Comfort Corner Lovers! OK, so not all of us have a comfort corner, but Emma sure does. Ever since Emma went blind this is the place she lays on our bed. I call it her comfort corner.


Our girl is about the same, maybe a little bit better. Her spirits are great! She is such a good girl.

More updates from the comfort corner later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Chaps is complying with total bed rest!

March 22nd, 2009 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Hound and following doctor’s orders lovers!!!!!!!!!

Even though the doctor’s orders for complete bed rest were for Emma, Chaps feels a need to comply as well. He is such a good boy, acquiescing to Emma’s every need. For the love of all things good and grand the sacrifice must be met……….


I would have widened the shot to include Emmers, but she was under her blankee. It was nice and warm for her back. We are progressing well and our friend Sandy told us that it might be a few more days until we see improvement. However, I might be seeing a tiny bit tonight. I have her tucked back under her blankee and we are getting ready to watch a movie. I have my remote and it is time to scan ONDemand! Yes!

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

P.S. If you click on the picture you will see that wrought iron gate. The letters at the top are C E L C N

That means, Chaps, Emma, Lily, Chloe and Natalie.

The birds are busy!

March 22nd, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow basset hound and bird lovers! OMG! I am once again amazed at nature. How do birds know so much? I am convinced that this is Verna, the same Robin that was here in 2005. Do Robins live that long? I should google it. Anyway, I was sitting here watching Emma sleep and she landed on one of the flower pots. It is the pot on the left. See her sitting in it? Maybe Verna (that’s what I named her 5 years ago), likes my angel that watches over her and the babies.


Then she tried out the middle pot!


Not quite right, let’s try the next one………….


Bingo! This is the pot she picked the last time. I wonder if she is looking for some nesting material. Maybe I should got outside and furminate! Wow, that would be so soft. The downy under belly of the Mayor! Chaps should start renting out flower pot condos for the town coughers. It could go towards the winter bird seed fund!

More flower pot news later……..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

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

Emma had another set back……..

March 21st, 2009 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma Lovers: Well, today we had a very tough day. As I have been reporting Emma has been up and down but not very down with her back problem. However, this morning she could not walk on her back legs for a period of time. She is still very wobbly.

Her doctor said to bring her down right away for an x-ray and we were his first appointment.


This is our Emma in the Element. She was able to slowly walk up the ramp and did so good. She got her legs as the morning went on. However, these are her weak legs in the Element.

The x-ray revealed that she has some bulging in one disc. She is on a course of steroids but she does not get her first one until 7:30 this evening because she had a pain pill this morning.

There is a 24 hour clinic near by that has orthopaedic doctors if she takes a turn for the worse over the weekend. We just have to see how she does.

Since Emma went blind she has taken a few stumbles, slid off the ramp to the car and twisted her back in ways that I know she would not have if she were not blind

I am so happy that she is with us. The poor girl is just so compromised.

She is not asking for drool yet. Save it for the extremely needy. I will be keeping all of her fans updated as time goes by over the weekend.

Oh, on a good note! My brother-in-law is an orthopaedic surgeon. I am going to have him look at her x-rays. He is one of the best of the best in our region. Emma is his only niece, so she is his little girl.

Also, Sandy – Thank You for all of your help. Sandy is our dear friend who offers so many suggestions for Emma.

More getting “back” to you later…….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Spring Break????????????? Say What???????????

March 21st, 2009 - 5:05 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Spring Break Lovers: Well, I had to spring “break” the news to Chaps this morning. Mind you it is not his, but Enzo and Oscar’s. That means, Camp Bassethoundtown for them. Someone is not too happy.


It just ain’t right Mommy.

More fussing later………Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Marshmallows anyone?

March 20th, 2009 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Marshmallow Lovers! Is it lunch time yet? I now have an insatiable hunger for some mallows! Yummy, YouTube for Lunch!

More Mallows Later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Happy Spring fellow hound lovers!

March 20th, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo fellow basset hounds, robins, and Spring time lovers:

What is it with me and birds? Do you guys remember the love doves that were kissing in my back yard on Valentine’s day?


Who could forget them? It was the best Valentine ever! Well, this morning I was milling around the office and saw this ginormous bird fly by. I very slowly moved to the window and saw my Happy Spring Greeting! This ROBIN RED BREAST!


I cannot be sure, but every few years or so, I get a Mommy Robin that makes a nest on my back porch. Do you remember this page in the Lily Book?


Well, that flower pot is on my back porch. The 2 little real birds are baby robins. I just did some fun photo shop work on them to make them look like blue birds. Mommy robin had a nest of 4. Her and her Husband were so cute. Every time Chloe and Lily would come out the dog door they would cock their head and look down at them. I think they liked my yard because of Chole and Lily and perhaps they thought the hounds could keep the cats at bay. Do you think it is my Mommy Robin, Verna coming back? We will just have to wait and see!

I named her Verna years ago. She sure looks familiar. I bet she would enjoy watching Chaps and Emma!

More digging for worms later…….Happy Spring from Cat, Chaps and Emma

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