Kissing the Mayor and missing my camera!

December 25th, 2009 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Kissing the Mayor Lovers! I love kissing the Mayor. I hate leaving my camera at my sister’s house. Can you believe it? I am so mad at myself. I left my beloved camera at my sisters home! I almost cried when I got home. Then I looked at Chaps and Emma and started laughing. They smelled me from top to bottom. Getting every beautiful smell from Enzo and Romeo in their wonderful noses.

I got over leaving my camera as I kissed the kids. Of course I cannot take a picture, but this is one from the summer. It totally re-creates the moment.


I want my camera………..

More missing my camera later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. We had a fantastic time at my sisters. Just Magic! Pictures to follow!

Can you believe that I am still wrapping a few last minute gifts?

December 25th, 2009 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and last minute lovers:

I say this every year, that I am going to be done with my shopping and wrapping by Thanksgiving. I don’t know why, but every year I am wrapping something the morning of Christmas. So, I was sitting here with the Mayor and I thought……..

My dear readers might like this idea for giving money so let me make my wrapping experience even longer by blogging about it. LOL! Really, it is a cute idea that you might want to use next year.

OK – So here is the Mayor helping me. As you can see there is a medium sized Hershey Kiss on my desk. He was crying for it because he thought it was one of the cookies that Cindy gave him. At that point, I had to get up and go get him a half cookie. Emma got the other half. What the heck! It’s Christmas!


So, here is the next step. Make sure the kiss tab is straight.


Then take the bill that you are giving and fold it like a fan.


Then bend it in half and tape it to the back of the Kiss tab.


Then do a tissue paper wrap job with a bow.


Then fill the toe of a mini stocking with tiny kisses and stick this one at the top.


And there you have it! A fun way to give money that will wow the Christmas gatherers. All you need to do next is smile and grab a kiss.

I would like to know who doesn’t like kisses and money?

More gift ideas later (as in for next year)!….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

A little video from House of Puddles for Christmas

December 25th, 2009 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Christmas at the HOP lovers!

Well, the HoPpers are going nuts on Christmas. I think it is because Marilyn has a leg of lamb in her crock pot for Christmas dinner. The hound in the beginning is Jeeps, resident interloper and frantic for lamb lover!

Howl much you wanna bet they each get a tiny bit of lamb?

Thanks for the video Marilyn and I hope you have some ear plugs. Crock pot = slow cooking = lots of barking!

More loving lamb later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Waiting for Santa….

December 24th, 2009 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and waiting for Santa Lovers:

Back in 2005 our little Emma was so excited that Santa was on the way! She vowed to stay up all night and have cookies with him!


More Christmas Cookies Later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Merry Christmas……

December 24th, 2009 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Merry Christmas Lovers: We just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, that is if you celebrate Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then Happy Holidays to you.

This is a picture I took of myself before I went out yet again today to buy a few more presents. I donned my Santa hat with my rhinestone basset hound pin and off Grandma and I went in search of the perfect dog toys for Romeo and Enzo!

Photo on 2009-12-24 at 12.42

Our sleigh landed at Walgreens and low and behold we found a 24” purple wiener dog for Romeo and a pink pig for Enzo. There we were in a line of 20 or more folks, proudly clutching our phenomenal finds! OK, the line was long but I had my Santa hat on and my purple wiener dog. I was not going to let this little ole line stress me out!

Then, the cashier, dressed as Mrs. Claus, picks up her microphone. OK – you have to read this with the thickest KY accent you can muster.

“Attention stock boey. I need a price on a white teddy bear thats gotta black hat on its head holdin a candy cane and a wearin a t-shirt that says grandma got hit by a reindeer.”

Then the person buying it pushed a button and the thing started singing that song. Mrs. Claus pushed the microphone button and said,

“It also sings this song”. And she held the bear up to the microphone.

Have you ever been in a crowded store when everyone broke out laughing so hard some were crying?
OK it was me crying. It was so funny and the moment was so KY perfect.

santa hat kids

More Merry Christmas and Grandma getting run over by reindeer later.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1948)

December 24th, 2009 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Vintage Rudolph Lovers:

This is so cute and a must see for everyone! I cannot believe that this was done about 10 years before I was even born. I think I remember seeing it when I was little. I love YouTube. This runs about 8 minutes so make sure you have time to enjoy it!

In Memory of Rudolph Brazzle…….


More Rudolph the red nosed reindeer going down in history later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Santa had lift of from the North Pole about 3 hours ago…

December 24th, 2009 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Tracking Santa Lovers: Santa just sent Chaps and Emma a text as he was leaving Fuji Japan. He is 1 second ahead of schedule.

He took off from the North Pole about 3 hours ago. He also sent Chaps and Emma this link from YouTube. Santa is very high tech. He has to keep up with technology to make sure he gets all of the right gifts to the right kids.

Rudolph is feeling great and is in fine form. The other deer are so happy that he has that red nose.

More text messages later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Southern CA Basset Hound Gets a Christmas Eve Miracle!

December 24th, 2009 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Miracle Lovers: Check out this little guy! He doesn’t look to sluggish to me and I bet he is right at 30 pounds.



Darrell Kirbie coaxes a sluggish basset hound to the van waiting to transport him and roughly 40 other dogs from the Merced County Animal Shelter to a shelter in Portland, Ore., where they will have a higher chance of being adopted.

New leash on life: 20 dogs facing euthanasia

in Merced County are headed to Oregon

The pooches will have a better chance at adoption with Oregon Humane Society.

On an icy-cold morning two days before Christmas, dozens of dogs scheduled to be euthanized got another chance at life.

At the Merced County Animal Shelter on Wednesday, about 40 dogs were examined by Merced veterinarian Christine McFadden and then loaded into a van to make the long trip to Portland, Ore.

The dogs were part of a rescue effort by a new animal rescue group in Merced, New Beginnings for Animals Merced. The group is part of New Beginnings for Animals in Southern California. The Merced group is the Northern California chapter of the organization.

Sharon Lohman, head of the nonprofit group, said the dogs were going to Portland to the Oregon Humane Society.

“The people up there spay and neuter their animals, so they don’t have the excess numbers like we do,” Lohman said.

While the 40 dogs were being loaded into a van to make the trip north, Lohman found out that more animals were going to get another chance this Christmas.

“We are sending about 16 cats up to the San Francisco SPCA to be put in the Macy’s window,” Lohman said.

Along with the cats, two mother dogs and their brand-new puppies were also getting out of the shelter Wednesday. One of the mother dogs had come from Gustine to be euthanized at the Merced shelter. Instead, she and her puppies were getting another chance.

Lohman said the dogs going to Portland had a good chance of being adopted because of the work of the Oregon Humane Society.

“They adopt about 9,000 animals a year,” she said. “They have their own medical staff and behaviorists, so they can take animals with issues.”

Although the Oregon Humane Society was only taking dogs under about 30 pounds, Lohman said other rescue groups take bigger animals.

“It’s so hard to find groups to take pit bulls, but we had one that took 26 of them from us,” Lohman said. “And it was a wonderful place.”

Along with the 40 dogs that were leaving the shelter Wednesday, another 40 will be leaving Monday, also to Portland.

Although most of the dogs that Lohman and her volunteers work with are shelter dogs, some are released by their owners.

And some are strays.

Nikki Mussotto, owner of Sir James Steak House & Lounge in Merced, was holding a skinny, mostly-white Chihuahua mix. The little dog’s tail never stopped wagging as McFadden examined her.

“I found her by the restaurant last week; she was just skin and bones,” Mussotto said. “I heard about this rescue group and thought it would be a great way to give her a chance.”

The rescue group does more than just get animals out of the shelter. They have set up giving trees at the shelter and at Valley Animal Hospital. Lohman said the trees have ornaments on them that people can take to pledge help to the animals.

“Some people give gas cards to help with transports, some help with spaying and neutering,” Lohman said.

One of the dogs brought to McFadden to be examined before her trip to Oregon was a little blond cocker mix. She was still wearing a sweater that her previous owner had put on her.

“She has a sweater on and nobody claimed her?” McFadden asked. “Poor thing.”

Another dog McFadden examined was a little tan terrier mix that had been dumped at an abandoned house. He was shaking as his heart was checked.

“Oh, he’s so scared,” said the volunteer holding him. “But his tail is still wagging.”

The tan dog passed his health exam, was loaded into a carrier, and then taken out to the white van, and sent on his way to a new life.

Reporter Carol Reiter can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

To help outThe rescue group New Beginnings for Animals needs volunteers to transport foster animals for short periods or help with rescues. For more information, call (209) 769-2122 or (209) 564-1668.

End of article……

Howl cool is this story and the basset hound made it out. That just made my Christmas.

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

Merry Christmas Daddy!

December 23rd, 2009 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and a Son Loving a Dad lovers!

Be still our heart! This just in from Colby Chaps. Can you imagine howl proud Chaps and I are? This is Chaps son. Baby Mayor!


More loving our baby Mayor later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Let’s take a walk with a Finnish pack of bassets in the snow!

December 23rd, 2009 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo fellow Basset Hound and taking a walk in the snow lovers! I was on Twitter this morning and saw this link to YouTube from basset hound town resident Jon. Howl cool is it to have your morning Joe and watch a beautiful scene like this?

I find the name of the kennel slightly strange. Maybe I am missing some meaning. They are called Kennel Hopeless.

Those hounds look full of hope to me!

More brisk walks through Finland later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

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