We Remember Our Favorite Veteran Today….

May 31st, 2010 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Remembering our Favorite Veteran Lovers….

That would be Grandpa.


Look howl young he was. This is him running down a hill at Emory & Henry where the Navy sent him to college. OMG…I love this picture.


Upon his death, Grandpa was awarded a certificate of honor for his service in the Navy signed by the President.


He was also awarded the ole Red, White and Blue….


Thank you Grandpa. We miss you today and every day.

More being very proud later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Volunteer Day at House of Puddles a Big Success

May 31st, 2010 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Volunteering at House of Puddles for the Day Lovers….

On Saturday, May the 29th, Marilyn held the first ever House of Puddle Volunteer Day. I would have loved to attend, but that drive is just a bit to far.

I did an interview of Marilyn the day after the event and here it is:

This was your very first VD, are you going to make it an annual event or perhaps several times per year?

Marilyn: I think we’ll do it at least annually, but might do another one in late summer.

Can you tell us howl many folks showed up for VD?

I didn’t count, maybe 20ish?

Cars at HOPVD

Who was the first to arrive and what time?

The first two I remember seeing were Alisa Garbrick and Peter Roebuck, around 10:00 I think. Most everyone else showed up shortly afterwards, all eager to get to work. It was amazing how enthusiastic everyone was.

Can we expect more pictures?

I didn’t take any pictures, myself. I did take video, but a lot of it didn’t turn out very well because I was walking as I was shooting, so everything looks pretty wobbly. Lesson learned!

It looks like you had a nice day. Did you get most of what you want

Yes, in addition to the beauty treatment the houndies got, Lisa Wallace and her husband took down a tree that was threatening to come crashing down on the fence – they have obviously done this many times before because they had all the equipment for it. I’m glad they got a tidy truck full of firewood. Peter Roebuck cleared a place and dug the wholes to put to rest 6 Hopper angels and Susan Randolph’s Stanley, a former Hopper. They are resting under beautiful lilies donated by Annika Frances and Susan’s father.


Another group beat back the jungle trying to take over a big landscaped area. And after lunch, the dog room in the basement got a thorough vacuuming and mopping and the patio was power washed. Oh, and the obvious chore – Susan scooped poop!


The hounds look in fine form, did they all get a bath?

Yes. All the hounds got baths and walkies, which was the top priority, and many of them got a good brushing.

Bath time at HOPVD

Howl many hounds would that be?

22 (21 Hoppers plus Melynda’s Becky, also a former Hopper)

Who is the biggest old baby at bath time?

I don’t know, I didn’t see most of the baths.


Did Jeeps have fun?

I’m sure he enjoyed seeing all the people and getting extra attention, but being a long legged coonhound, I had to keep him in the back yard because he would have jumped the baby gates protecting the food in the dining room.


Did Buttermilk get a lot of belly rubs?

I’m sure Buttermilk saw to it that she did.

Buttermilk milking the attention

Did Hermey make any new friends?

Everybody is Hermey’s friend.


Did Susan Randolph leave with any of the hounds (LOL)?

No, but she almost made Bessie disappear with the extra good brushing she gave her.


Can you tell us who came from the furthest to participate?

I’m not really sure, but it was probably Susan Randolph, all the way from Delaware.

Who scooped the most poop?



Howl was the food? I saw that Susan Randolph brought her pupcake tree!

The food was fabulous! Susan’s cupcakes with their wicked fudge and cream cheese frostings are to die for. We had many other fantastic desserts, too, and chips & dips, meat balls, chicken, shrimp and sides. What a feast!

Susan Randolph Pupcakes

What time did VD wrap up?

Late afternoon, I think the last ones were gone by about 4:00.


Did HOP smell like wet hounds when everyone left?

No, they were all dry by then. But now I have a whole new crop of fur tumbleweeds floating around the house (but they’re very clean tumbleweeds).


Did all the hounds sleep sound at the end of the day?

Yes, they were pretty tuckered out from all the excitement.

Would you consider VD a great success?

Absolutely! I am so grateful for all the hard work everyone put in and we had a ton of fun, too.


Do you have another function at HOP planned this year?

Other than another possible VD, I have a HOP pawty every year in October. It’s not a fundraiser or anything, just a time for basset lovers to get together and share food, fun & friendship, and it gives the houndies a chance to get some extra love & bellyrubs. I’ll post it on my Facebook page later in the year.

Marilyn Brazzle
House of Puddles, Inc.
Frederick, MD

End of interview

Special thanks to Jamie Shrimp for the use of the pictures off of her facebook page….

More loving and helping the elders at the HOP later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Remember Chops and Emma? The Norway Lambs!

May 30th, 2010 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Precious Lamb Lovers!

Do you remember the Norway Lambs, Chops and Emma? Well they had 3 more join them due to a neglect situation. Wanna see pictures of all of them with the Norway Hounds?

I just cannot get enough of Tina’s precious lambs. Just beautiful, not to mention Todd’s rear end!

More Bassets and Lambs from Norway later….Love, Cat, Chaps (Chops) and Emma!

Memorial Day Flight Show……

May 30th, 2010 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Flight Show Haters….OK, OK, you cannot hate Mother Nature…..

Around the country flight shows are taking place. The Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds and others. It’s Memorial Day after all!

Today in Basset Hound Town we had our own flight show. The Cotton Tail Hawk.


This guy or gal has been around for years in BHT. He or she was very hungry for eggs this morning.

Dive bombing included. Not Bacon.

More trying to understand the balance of nature later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Colby Chaps and his family go to the Doggie Dash!

May 29th, 2010 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Doggie Dash Lovers! Audra, Colby Chaps Mommy, sent me a bunch of pictures last night of the Doggie Dash Function the family attended recently.

I am pretty sure it is for the SPCA because I know that Chaps, Emma and I have gone to a Doggie Dash in our area for our local SPCA.

I had to share this picture right away!

Look at the Colby, the am-basset-ador making sure all are welcome! LOL


I know he got that trait from his Daddy. Gosh he is just too cute. Look at that haunch area!

More am-basset-ador shots later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

What a difference a day makes in the life of a Mayor;)

May 28th, 2010 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and needing an update about Our Mayor Lovers! Well, the Mayor feels much better today. It was definitely a pulled muscle. He was up bright and early for our coffee clutch.


I just love this mug. Someone bought it for me as a secret Santa gift a few years ago.


I bet I could sell these mugs to the masses. Who would not love having coffee with the Mayor every morning?

Then, we heard something and out the dog door the Mayor went!


What is the Mayor looking at so intently????


Our Love Doves are back! They are residents of basset hound town.

The Mayor was eager to greet them!



The Doves were not as eager!


They were watching their Mayor from the safety of the neighbor’s roof!




It’s nice to have the Mayor back watching over his residents.

Time for a second cup of coffee……

More loving love doves later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Howl is our Trooper doing? His Foster Mommy checks in!

May 27th, 2010 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Trooper Lovers! Basset Hound Town resident, Maureen was checking on Trooper and his Foster Mommy copied us on the reply e-mail! Thanks Maureen and Mary!

Here is the e-mail…..

“Hello Residents of Basset Hound Town!

I am doing pretty well right now. I am getting stronger by the day and so now I have to deal with some of my other health issues. I just finished a 2-week round of Prednisone for my eyes that the vet says she thinks are possibly due to allergies. Additionally, I am taking Doxycycline to treat my heartworms because the vet recommended that I do not get the harsh and more dangerous Imiticide treatments. I have had a little trouble tolerating some medications, so instead, I am getting a higher dose of the antibiotic Doxycycline to kill the bacteria that lives symbiotically on the surface of the heartworm. Theoretically, when the bacteria dies, the heartworm cannot survive – and thus my heartworms will be treated in what the vet called a “back-door” way. She said that she learned about this at a recent veterinary conference she attended and would like to try this for me. Fortunately, I can tolerate Doxycycline – so this will be much better if it works. It could take a little longer to get rid of the heartworms – because I take Doxycycline one month followed by 2 months off – and then repeat until I test negative for heartworms. The vet feels that this long term treatment is best because it is safer for me.

You asked about my foster brothers and sister. Bentley (11 yrs) is a Beagle, Maggie (7 yrs) is a Basset Hound, Pepper (4 yrs) is a Terrier Mix (that looks like Benjy), and Kirby (3 yrs) is a Basset Hound. They are really nice to me and we all have a good time playing and barking at squirrels and neighborhood cats!

I will attach a copy of the Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas auction flyer. They are honoring ME for this fundraising event! – and so I get to be the only dog there! I hope that they can raise lots of money to help dogs like me get a second chance at life. I will let you know how it goes!

Love, hugs, and drool,

Your Trooper”



What great news! I am so excited for Trooper.

More checking in on our Troops later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

We had quite the scare with the Mayor this morning:0

May 27th, 2010 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and not needing a scare lovers: This morning the Mayor got up early, which he never does. I thought it was odd but I fell back to sleep. Then, a few moments later I heard our Mayor yelp in pain! I shot out of bed like a bullet.

The Mayor was pacing and crying. Half asleep I grabbed my Bloat chart and had him lay down in the living room. (IT WAS NOT BLOAT THANK DOG)

Someone posted a link on the Daily Drool about the signs of bloat and I printed it out and taped it to the inside of my kitchen cabinet for emergencies. It lists all the symptoms and what is happening to the dog and what steps you should take. I feel better having it because I know I won’t be thinking clearly if this happens to one of my hounds.



Anyway, I thought this was a good time to show this information again.

Chaps continued to scream and cry so Grandma and I loaded him up to wait for our vet to show up at work. He brought us right in and agreed it was not bloat but he did want him on a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds after he did a few neurological tests.

Alls well that ends well.

Here we are leaving the appointment. The Mayor has his head on the arm rest between Grandma and I.


Of course Emma went along for moral support. She was so cute. When Dr. Doan came into the room she tried to block him from touching Chaps. Now that is a good friend!


Later today when Grandma and I were planting flowers it hit me. The Mayor must have sprained his lower back or pulled a muscle when we were out yesterday. He was in a panic when we got home. Some construction workers were using an air hammer across the street from our home. That caused him to go all mountain climber. Poor boy must have taken a tumble:(

Thanks for listening and caring about our Mayor. I must keep his residents apprised of his overall general health!

More reporting overall general health later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Composition – Basset Hounds;)

May 26th, 2010 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Composition Lovers….

I was looking at the pictures I took at the park the other day and stopped at this one. I was admiring my composition of said photo, but then realized it was just luck! LOL!


Look howl Chaps nose is right in the corner of the picture. Pretty fancy! Don’t miss Emm’s cute chop area!

More lucky compositions later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

What ev!

May 25th, 2010 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and opening the mail haters. For the most part it is always BILLS, BILLS, BILLS. But today……

Something that caused one of my eyebrows to go up and the one side of my lip to curl.


What a moment I had by my mail box. A real moment. Now there are 3 seniors in the house. Grandma, Chaps and me. Oh me oh my oh………..

Photo 110


It’s up to Emma to take care of the elders!

More senior moments later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

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