Virginia Beach family helps keep hounds out of the pound

July 28th, 2009 - 7:07 am KY Time

Hellow Fellow Basset Hound and Hounds out of the Pounds Lovers! Well, how about another feel good story to start your day? This just came across the Internet wires as Emma was at her desk.


By Irene Bowers



The four legs of this plane trip belonged to a basset hound.

Rescued from a shelter in the Florida panhandle, 12-year-old Kroozer needed relocation due to severe thunderstorm phobia. He also has terminal cancer.

Basset hound rescue volunteers found him a home in Pennsylvania, where stormy weather was less frequent.

Kroozer enjoyed a four-flight trip, one leg of which included a stay in Bayside with the Peter Fisher family. Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit that transports special needs rescue animals, sponsored the trip.

“I read about Kroozer on a Web site about basset hounds,” said Fisher’s wife, Alicelynn Watson. “So I volunteered to give him a Virginia Beach vacation.”

Marty Hutto, a volunteer pilot who has flown 17 dogs since joining Pilots N Paws in January, transported Kroozer from North Carolina to Chesapeake.

“Kroozer was a great traveler,” Hutto said.

Kroozer had plenty of company at Fisher and Watson’s home in Thoroughgood. The family owns two basset hounds and was fostering a third at the time.


The Fisher family, from left, Peter, Adam, Alicelynn and Emily, enjoy a moment with bassets, from left: pet Abby, foster Fred, weekend guest Kroozer and pet Bailee.
(Irene Bowers | Special to The Virginian-Pilot)

“I thought he’d be pretty fragile,” Watson said, “but Kroozer ignored the dogs and spent much of his time chasing my cats.”

Watson belongs to BassetCare, a basset welfare organization dedicated to Care, Adoption, Rescue and Education. The organization is based in Suffolk and covers an area from Richmond to northern North Carolina.

Bassets are frequently dumped when owners discover that their “hush puppy” may slobber, be stubborn or follow its nose without returning home.

“Pet owners should research what breed is good for their lifestyle,” said Deborah Strickland, foster coordinator of BassetCare.

The Virginia Beach SPCA has been supportive of basset rescue, frequently contacting them when one is abandoned, Strickland.

“They allow us to bring bassets to their adoption events, which is really wonderful,” she said.

BassetCare searches the Internet and locates dogs in animal shelters or city pounds. Identified animals are pulled, checked by vets and immediately placed in a foster home for two weeks, for assessment before adoption.

“Without fosters, we wouldn’t be able to rescue these dogs,” Strickland said. “It’s the toughest job because you take in a dog, make it a member of the family and then have to give it to someone else.”

Watson, who safely delivered Kroozer to Williamsburg for his last leg to Pottstown, Pa., is a foster provider.

“I’m more a foster failure,” she said. “We adopted our first foster, but it was a happy failure all ’round.”

Hutto, of the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, said the cause is uplifting.

“When you look a dog in the face, that you are taking to another chance at life, you see the trust and adoration they give under stress,” he said. “You realize the responsibility and reward of what you are doing.”

Irene Bowers,


Well, there you have it dear readers, a feel good story. I cannot believe I have never heard of Good job friends! I just added them to the rescue links page.

If you are reading this, can you take a moment and go to my rescue links page and see if I have your basset hound rescue listed? If so, can you check to see if the link is correct? We want to give the homeless hounds we love every chance to find a forever home! Thanks! Emma Rudert……..

More feeling good later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Look at Buttermilk! Marilyn, just posted this update!

July 27th, 2009 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and needing a daily dose of buttermilk lovers! This just in from our Marilyn at House of Puddles!

Unread Message


“Oh what a sweetheart she is! I love her to pieces.”

“This should answer the question about whether she is fitting in and making herself comfortable here.




She had her dinner last night, but then she thought she’d like mine, too. She was trying to be so good.


I just wanna get a better look…


Maybe if I stand up here I can get a really good look.


OK, I just need to get a scooch higher to see what she’s eating… ”


Marilyn, Alvin, Lollipup, Hasheen, Ricky, Lucy, Norman, Boomerang Jeeps, Laverne, Hermey, Billy, April, Polly, Jasmine, Bowser, Daisy, Winnie, Sophie, DeeDee, Patty, Loretta…
House of Puddles,
Frederick, MD



Buttermilk – you lucky hound! From roaming at large in AL to the HOP!
More loving Marilyn later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Buster had the same back surgery as Emma!

July 27th, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Buster lovers! I received an e-mail from a resident who is fostering a guy named Buster who needed the same back surgery as Emma. She said that reading Emma’s hemilaminectomy sub blog really helped her answer some questions about what to expect. Of course Emma and I were very honored to extend our paws to help a hound in need!


Hounds Haven Basset Rescue of Iowa is helping Buster pay his bills.


Buster is being fostered by Karin while he recovers. This is a very slow process as I well know. Karin has a bassetabulous fundraiser going on via Hounds Bay on the Daily Drool. She is a phenomenal artist and I am bidding on the jewelry box. All proceeds go to Buster’s bill at the orthopaedic clinic in Iowa. The auctions close tomorrow, 7-28-09 so click on over and take a look.

You have the register to bid and the instructions for doing so are on every item.








I will be keeping my dear readers informed of Buster’s recovery process. So far so good! I had to laugh when Karin told me about the contraption she made for Buster to go tinkle potty. Emma was easy with just a nice sturdy sling, but our friend Buster, the boy hound, needed a portion of the sling removed…..

It worked like a charm.

More about Buster later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. Karin you should take a picture of the sling so I can add it to the sub blog. It will help the next person reading to be ready.

Some like it hot……..

July 26th, 2009 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and movie pick lovers!

I have added a new sub blog category called CAT’S MOVIE PICS! You can find it under the blog and sub blog category to the right. This is where I will be adding my favorite movie picks! If you want, click on that listing to see my new header!

You will have to rent them however you do. This category will be my suggestions for your movie picks when you are deciding what to rent or buy OnDemand.

This is a place I can tell everyone what my favorite movies are. It really has nothing to do with basset hounds per se. Just that for the most part our hounds will be on the couch next to us as we nestle in for a good flick.


I know my hounds love a good movie and I am a huge movie fan/critic. I will be adding movies and my comments about them. I cannot wait to hear what you think.
Some like it hot is in my top five. The hounds and I are actually going to watch it again tonight. I have it on DVD.

So, without further adieu, enjoy the trailer I found on YouTube and see if you want to rent it from where ever you find videos!

Marilyn will christen our new movie category!

Did you know she had a basset hound named Hugo?



So, tell me what you think about our first pick!

Many, many more picks to come…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma – curled up on the couch with popcorn!


Getting rid of Landlines and how it connects to blue crocs!

July 26th, 2009 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Croc wearing lovers……

How do Crocks and Landlines relate? Well, in this household through Emma. Stick with me. Today my Mom and I were going over the new cell phone I bought for her and my Dad. I have had them on my family plan for years with a cell phone but now I have decided to get rid of their Landline.

It’s a monthly savings and as many of you know, many are doing it. Anyway, Grandma and I are reading all of the instructions. I have on my cheaters and using a magnifiny glass just to read the tiny print when Emma starts growling. What was she growling at? The blue crocs I wore all weekend long on the transport.


Both Grandma and I were shocked to hear Emma growl. We looked closer and she had my blue crocs cornered. She then picked them up and started tossing them in the air, growling and barking the entire time. Emma has not messed with shoes since she was a young pup. You can still see her chew marks on the left shoe. She was just a pup in arms when she did that. Well, not in arms at the time, but you know what I mean.


She did not need a Landline or a cell phone. Emma can get her message across with just a growl! She was MAD!

Needless to say I have them in the basement now. I think they need a good scrubbing. Can someone call 911 we have an emergency – Blue crocs stink of other hounds!

More communicating in other ways later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Welcome to Basset Hound Town Theater

July 26th, 2009 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and watching BHT videos on YouTube lovers. As many of you know, YouTube has been deleting videos that have copyrighted songs in them if the copyright owner wishes it. So, I want to state, I do not own the copyright to this video’s song, called Laura’s Theme from the movie Dr. Zhivago.

If you wish to purchase Laura’s Theme. Go to iTunes and search for the title. It is the one by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I was going to link to it, but I guess you can’t do that in iTunes.

DISCLAIMER: The music is copyrighted to the respective owners. No infringement intended.

Please, enjoy this classic bassethoundtown video that more than 20,000 people enjoyed on YouTube until it was removed. I present to you…..
Emma as Laura and Chaps as Dr. Zhivago……

There is a new sub blog called Basset Hound Town Theater. This is where all of my videos that YouTube removes will be available for your viewing pleasure. I will always tell my viewers how to purchase the song that I am using for entertainment purposes only.

If the copyright owner wishes the video removed please e-mail me via the contact page.

Word to the wise………

If you make YouTube videos make sure you save them in a QuickTime type of format so you can have a copy. When YouTube deletes them they are gone for good.

More cool videos later……Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

The Mayor had a very hard day yesterday…..

July 26th, 2009 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and wondering about the Mayor lovers! Yesterday was hard on the Mayor because not only did I have to leave his side but hours and hours of thunder storms rolled through. My Mom always goes on these transports with me but yesterday we made the decision for her to stay with Chaps. There is no way that my Dad could have kept up with him. There is just absolutely no consoling him. He tries to get on the back of the couch, he cries, he paces, I could go on and on.

The only thing that seems to work is if you just walk the floors with him. My Mom said that she thinks she logged about 3 miles just in my tiny home.

This morning the Mayor is back to normal, laying in the kitchen…..


He saw me taking the picture and had to come to his Mother. I think I have a Momma’s boy?


Then Emma heard us so she had to come and check out the situation. A nice long drink of cool, clean water was in order…..


Of course I had to give them a treat after that! No wonder Chaps is always in the kitchen.

More back to normal later……Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

More Buttermilk, I bark therefore I am…….

July 25th, 2009 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and therefore I am lovers………..

Well, Buttermilk and I arrive back home early this morning at 2:30am. I pulled into the garage and Grandma had a crate all set up for her. Most of my dear readers know that I do not bring fosters into my home. So, since we were were only talking hours, I had her in my garage.

By 3:00am we were all asleep.

Grandma went down at 7:00am to tend to her.


Buttermilk ate one half cup of kibble and had a lot of water. She also went poo poo potty which we were really proud of.

Grandpa came down to console her with his kind words and petting. Buttermilk really enjoyed her visit with Grandma and Grandpa.


Grandpa determined that Buttermilk is not deaf. There was some question about that. Grandpa knows all about this because he has hearing aids and has been throught many tests. I agree with him totally.

Thank you Grandpa for your evaluation. Buttermilk is not deaf!

Then I came down in my ABC shirt to pose with our girl!


Now it is time to load in the Element! What a good girl, she found her seat! We have to go collect Pearl!


OK – who is this kid? It’s Pearl! She is on the transport too. Heading to NJ!


Off to Columbus we go………………

Both kids were fantastic and the day was fine, just ask Pearl! She has a forever home she will be at tonight!


Hey it’s the nice ladies on the next leg!


I love you Bette!

Time to go to………..

Nice to meet you! Have fun at your forever homes!


One last thought, before I go to House of Puddles…………


We love you Buttermilk, more than all of the butter in the world.

More Loving her later………Cat, Chaps and Emma

More about early this morning 2:00am (7-25-09)! Not to be missed!

July 25th, 2009 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and more about early in the morning lovers! It was such a sight to see. The people were so nice as you would imagine. Who else would agree to drive those kinds of miles round trip. It was probably like 20 hours total for both vans. Plus the New York guys had to take the hounds to forever homes or foster homes.

Here we are:



Here is the guy who was taking the above picture, GARY, ABC, who is getting all of the paper work from Roger for the hounds to travel. They came from GA and are headed for upstate New York.


Time to release the hounds…………..


I just want to mention again, that these photos are really bad. I had Buttermilk (pink leash) and the situation was complete hound mania. Look how good our Buttermilk is mixing with the pack! She loved the group so the HOP will work so good for her!

Then Tom took off with 4 hounds and headed to the park.


This is not a great area of Northern, KY. All went without a hitch, but the bars were letting out and the drunks were in full force. Two cars wrecked right in front of us. That turned out to be a good thing for us because the Police were around checking out the wreck. Even the Canine Patrol showed up!


This picture does not show a lot but let me give you the visual. The officer drove by and did a triple take of our group after his canine officer went totally berserk! The human officer was laughing. I could see his shoulders shaking and I saw him give his fellow officer a pat on the head. It was so funny. When they pulled up to that red light, the entire patrol car was shaking from the barking. It was totally fitting based upon the shake, shake, shake blog I did. It was my own little personal joke that I could not wait to tell all of my readers! hehehe

Here is Tom with his houndage in the park……


Now we are heading back to the vans. I think I accomplished the near impossible all 8 hounds and 4 people. (Buttermilk and I not included)!


This is funny, at this point a group of people were across the street and I heard one of them say, “Something is, coming down. They have the dogs out searching for someone!” Then the guy that I cannot remember his named turned to me and said, “that group has alot more faith in these hounds than I do!” We laughed and I of course I said, “they are only searching for treats!” It was so funny!

And the laughs continued. This very drunk guy wandered up and just stood there. I heard him mumbling about how there must be at least 100 cats getting in that van. OMG!
Remember, I told you about this section of town?


Finally, he stumbled down the road when another patrol car cruised by.

It’s time to load up and head out to upstate NY.


I think if hounds could talk they would say, “Thank you GA and NY”. Of course Buttermilk would say, “Thank you HOP and Marilyn”!

Well, it is time to take off. This guy wants to especially say,

“Thank you for finding me a forever home!” This face makes it all worth it!


Buttermilk and I high tailed it home (running a few yellow lights) and she was the perfect house guest.

Special thanks go out to GA Basset Hound Rescue for taking care of all of Buttermilk’s bills and transport to Covington, KY. You are the best!

More about the transport of Buttermilk later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Buttermilk slept good………

July 25th, 2009 - 7:07 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and wondering how things are going lovers! Well, everything went without a hitch. It was a real pleasure meeting everyone involved last night. I am on a tight schedule so I am just going to post a few pictures and when I get back today I post the rest.

I left my home at 1:15am and pulled into the meeting spot about 15 minute later…


How cool is this basset hauling vehicle? This next picture is totally grainy but I had to over expose it to try to show you how they arrived.


This is Buttermilk on the right, in the back……


She is definitely not deaf. My Mom and Dad did a test on her this morning while she was eating a small amount. That was really good news.

I am going to end this adventure for the moment because I need to load the car and get going but I wanted all of my dear readers to know what was going on and how good Buttermilk did. I have a few stories and many more pictures to follow.

Oh, and by the way, I am wearing my All Basset Cherished Shirt today in honor of ABC!

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

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