Cindy, bassethoundtown resident rescues a needy basset!

April 30th, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and loving to rescue basset lovers! I love stories like this. Thursday I got an e-mail from one of our residents, Cindy, of Jethro, Rugs, Ozzie and Harriet! She said…..

“The local shelter called me about a pretty girl they had. Big girl. So I called Basset Buddies Rescue of TX and they had room for her in a kennel. We’re trying to get her a foster home though. I am picking her up Friday and taking her to Houston for vetting. From there a volunteer will transport her to her temporary destination while she looks for a home.”


Cindy checks in to bassethoundtown with updates!

“1:54 – We just got loaded up and drank some fresh water. Now she’s laying in the back on comfy blankets eating a treat.
1:55 – Holly didn’t stay in the back very long. She quickly took the front passenger seat and asked me where were we going. I explained that we were going to search for a furever home and told her she would be fine.


1:56 – We dropped by Jack in the Box and shared a breakfast sandwich and some hash browns. Holly enjoyed it as she patiently waited for her bite. It was lip smacking good!

1:57 & 1:59 – Laying down to take a nap.
1:60 – Holly and me at West Alabama Animal Clinic.

She is a very sweet dog and doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body. She seems to be good with all dogs and even cats. I think she would be fine for children.

So, we wish our Holly Dolly good luck! We have all paws crossed that she’ll find a GREAT furever home.


Good job Cindy! Thank Dog you were Holly’s angel! Keep us posted when you have a link to her page on Basset Buddies Rescue of TX!

More loving Holly and Cindy later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

All hail Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge!

April 29th, 2011 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo fellow basset hound and Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lovers!

Well…..Grandma and I are certainly lovers of HRH! Actually, we are lovers of the entire royal wedding. We had soooooooooooo much fun today!

We got up early. I actually got up at 2:00am because I could not sleep. I was so excited to see the coverage. I knew that the kids would sleep in much longer so I got a shot of Emma yesterday with her tribute to Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.


I went up to Grandma’s place about 4:45.


We had a real royal set up for our viewing pleasure!


Royal egg McMuffins and…………..


A champagine toast (during the kiss) with a dark chocolate brownie and a cream cheese CROWN!

Life can’t get much better when you are happy!

A lip reader saw HRH Catherine say, “are you happy?” And William said, “Yes, very.”

(I took this picture off the TV)


More being happy later…..Love, Cat, Grandma, Chaps and Emma!

Spot of tea anyone?

April 29th, 2011 - 3:03 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Royal Wedding Lovers! We are sooooooooo excited and have been waiting for this morning since the announcement of the engagement! We have been up since 2:00am! Of course, being a foreign dignitary, the Mayor was invited. I just caught a glimpse of him on his way to the Abby with the Queen!


The Mayor knew what he was wearing! His beautiful red coat!

We will be going upstairs for a Royal Egg McMuffin and a split of champagne shortly!

More loving pomp and circumstance later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Plan G…….

April 27th, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Thunderstorm plan lovers….

Well, here in bassethoundtown we are at plan G.

Plan A – Weather the storm – did not work
Plan B – Rescue Relief – did not work
Plan C – Benadryl – did not work
Plan D – Xanax – kinda worked
Plan E – Thundershirt – kinda worked
Plan F – Thundershirt and Xanax – kinda worked
Plan G – Thundershirt, Xanax, and the Mayor’s old kennel – hope it works

Well, after talking to my BFF who had a thunder phobic dog we are going to try the kennel route.

Last night was horrific! After talking to Janie (BFF) and hearing howl she had such luck with the kennel for her ATB dog Bo, Grandma and I are going for it.

As a side note, Janie rescued Bo as a pup on her honeymoon. It was right after Hurricane Hugo. Janie and her new husband were heading to the airport home from South Carolina when Janie spotted a drenched pup on the highway after Hugo. She directed the cab driver to pull over and “Bo” was in her lap within seconds. Bo was named Bo because the name of the road they were on was Bohickin, or something like that. Bo took the flight with her and her new husband home that day. Janie is convienced that Bo was storm phobic after living through Hurricane Hugo. I totally agree with her.

So, Grandma and I went down to the basement and retrieved Chaps old kennel.


Look at the Mayor! He is all…”What are you doing Grandma?”


Grandma explains to him that this is his “special storm place that has lots and lots of french fries in it!”

My BFF dropped off french fries for the Mayor and the easing in process…..


Here he goes into his old kennel to retrieve the treat. I have the kennel set up right across from the living room bed that we all sleep on.


The Mayor backs out with mild trepidation.

Then, we put his second favorite toy in the kennel and I laid the Thundershirt by the the door.


He is curious.

Just a few seconds ago a Tornado Watch was issued until 1:00am. Severe Thunderstorms loom large.

I have to do this for him, Emma and myself. Chaps has become a danger to himself by trying to climb. He has become a danger to Emma by climbing on her back. He has become a danger to me as well. He tries to climb over my head. If I am sitting on a couch, he wants to be on the back of the couch. Oh, it is a hot mess.

I don’t know what plan H would be……Drool for us please!

More loving, the not yet tested plan G later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Hey! What’s all the commotion?

April 26th, 2011 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Guess Who’s Back? Lovers….

Today the Mayor was trying to settle into his morning nap but there was too much commotion going on!

Wings flapping, birds chirping, and the wind blowing…..

So, he got up and meandered out to check out the situation!


The chirping and the flapping would enter from the left…..

And then move to the right……


Guess who is back?


It’s Verna! She comes almost every year. I was worried about her last spring because she never showed up.


She started, with the help of her beau, at about 10:00 this morning. They finished the masterpiece at about 8:00 this evening. It was so much fun watching her build the nest. It was like she was knitting sticks and twigs with her feet and her beak.

I know I have blogged about Verna before but I will say it again. I think she picks this spot because the hounds will keep the roaming cats away. Plus there is the overhang on my porch roof to keep her somewhat dry. She will sure need that tomorrow as more severe storms are headed into the basset hound town.

Verna is no bird brain!

More waiting for the hatchlings later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Woman build friendship over blind basset and breakfast!

April 24th, 2011 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and feel good story lovers. The only down fall to this story is that there is no picture of the blind basset that brought them together! ROCKY! Oh well…..

Here is the story that came across as a google alert to me this Easter Sunday. It seemed very uplifting and fitting.


When Sue and Tom Miller moved from Snyder County, PN a couple of years ago, their intent was to downsize and settle within hugging distance of their grandchildren. They found a place in New Kingstown that felt like home and soon encountered Virginia Raudabaugh, their new next-door neighbor.

Virginia initially made fast friends with the Millers’ blind basset hound, Rocky. The dog treats she slipped him cemented the relationship.

For a while after the Millers moved in, Virginia, 81, had some health issues. But when she was feeling better, she invited Sue to join her for breakfast at the Silver Spring Diner.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Soon, Thursday breakfasts became a regular treat. Since Virginia is a Cumberland County native and Sue was just learning the ropes, they decided to explore while they searched out area eateries. They began keeping a list of where they’d eaten in order to prevent repetition. Soon they added a four-fork designation to places they enjoyed.

Before you could say “pancakes and sausage,” they’d become amateur restaurant critics. Their notebook now rates their breakfast stops with one to four forks and includes notes on how they arrived at the designation.

Sue, for example, can’t abide dirty windows. If the view isn’t clear, it reflects in the ratings.

You’ll find other criticisms in their book, such as “had to ask for silverware,” “sandwich wasn’t cut,” “priced high,” and “rather dark.”

You’ll also find an occasional photo of a friendly waitress and even a 1955 penny the ladies received in change.

“We laugh, oh my,” said Virginia. “This is as much fun as anything.”

The women have been known to set out for one place and get sidetracked by another. They also admit that getting lost can be part of the fun. They chuckle when they recall an hour and a half trip to Biglerville on a foggy morning. Sue explains the reason for their occasional loss of bearings: “She can’t remember and I don’t know.”

The women have wandered all around the midstate. Virginia, who worked for many years in a Carlisle dress shop, sometimes leads them in that direction. But they’ve traveled into Adams County and Dauphin and up to Perry.

On an excursion to the Brownstone Cafe in Middletown, Virginia, who grew up in New Cumberland, recalled visiting a Middletown cemetery with her mother as a child.

With a tiny bit of exploring, they found the graves of Virginia’s relatives.

“She went right to it. She found it,” Sue marveled.

The women invited me to join them in Camp Hill recently as they taste-tested omelets at their 50th breakfast.

Having reached a comfortable point in their relationship, Sue can admit now that the thought of moving to a town house after years in a single home had left her apprehensive about just who might live next door. She marvels at the closeness she feels with someone two decades her senior who just happened to be her neighbor.

“I don’t know why but we are so much alike,” Sue said. “It’s like it was meant to be.”

Virginia has grown children and grandchildren nearby who phone or visit daily, while Sue has those grandkids to hug in Mechanicsburg. But the day-to-day life of retirees can be pretty unstructured.

“Now I don’t have anything to do but bug my neighbor,” Virginia said, chuckling.

Oh, and plot the next 50 breakfast stops.

They promised to slow down long enough to call me when they reach 100.


What a nice article. As I see it, Rocky was the one that brought them together and started an endearing friendship.

So, in honor of Rocky….

Here is a picture of Emmers….

An out take from her birthday shoot!


I can see howl friends can be made over someone as beautiful as our Emmers…

More loving uplifting stories later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Why is everything I need/want so expensive?

April 24th, 2011 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and big question lovers…….

OK, the other day I received the Orvis Dog catalog in the mail. I was bowled over by the cover. Orvis held a cover contest and look at the picture that won! It was like….I was the judge!


So, so, so cute! Anyway, I try not to open catalogs because it is a temptation. Especially, a DOG catalog! But I did it anyway and low and behold I found this.


OK, get this, I need a small quilt and I have been looking for one for years. Most of them are too expensive (including this one) but I am loving it! Here is the link to the details (Click Here) but let me cut to the chase for you. This thing is 129 dollars plus shipping. Ideally, I would love to have 2 of them.

Here is howl I use a small quit for the kids. Chaps is laying on a mini quilt that covers their dog bed. It is fantastic because it keeps the bed fairly fresh. I shake the mini quilt every morning and the hairs fly off.

Yes, I am trying to justify the purchase!


I had to crack up that they put the basset in the middle with all of the other dogs on the outside.

Just the way it should be! hehehe

More letting you know what I do later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. Grandma, what do you think?

Facebook find of the day in Serbia~!

April 22nd, 2011 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Basset Hounds in Serbia Lovers!

Spring has not come yet to Serbia!


Where is Serbia?


Looks cold!

More loving hounds in Serbia later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Emma has the best seat on the parade route!

April 22nd, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Parade Route Lovers…..

Our Emmers has the best seat in the house as Chaps and I walk the Thunder Parade!


Here is an action shot of the Mayor on parade!


Get this…The Circus was canceled! Good thing we did not run off yesterday.

Yes, the Ohio River is in the process of flooding!

The Circus is camping right on the river!


More rain and thunderstorms are on their way all weekend long.

This is the view out our back porch!


The rain is beating so hard the gutters cannot take it.

Neither can the Mayor!

More soggy Easter Eggs later!

Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Let’s run away, join the circus, and eat ice cream every day;)

April 21st, 2011 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound, circus, and ice cream lovers!

Well, we are not about to run away but we can do all of the above for at least a day and what a special day it has been! We did all of the above!

We ran away to the circus!

I wanted to see if I could get Chaps a job jumping through fire hoops and Emma a job riding on the back of a white stallion. I could sell tickets and wear my new sparkly boots!


Turns out Cirque Du Soleil is set up at Coney Island Amusement Park.

Tonight is their opening night for OVO.

As we were running errands yesterday I saw the big top going up so we ventured back over today for a look see! We were hoping to find a few performers practicing but no such luck.


Coney Island is a magical place for kids and kids at heart in this area. I remember going as a kid for my birthday and today Emma went for hers! See the Python roller coaster in the background? Julian, my nephew loves it!


What is better than than circus dreams?


We set out for the Sweet Tooth Sweet Shop which is in a town on our way home!


Birthday girls go first with a vanilla cone!


OH MY DOG…that is good stuff! Emma took a huge chunk off the top!



The Mayor jumps in but is more dainty about it!


Grandma steps in with the rest of her strawberry cone! Remember, pink is the birthday girl’s signature color!


Emma takes another huge chomp off the top but the Mayor is not so sure about strawberry.

Look at his face! Can you even believe it? Look at that hunk in Emma’s mouth!


No time to waste. A decision must be made with haste so there is no waste!

Vanilla for the Mayor and Strawberry for the birthday girl!


“You done with that cone big boy? Don’t you have some fire hoops to jump through?”


“Get off your high white horse Emma….The vanilla is mine all mine!”

More Circus dreams and cold ice creams later…..Love, Cat, Grandma, Chaps and the birthday girl!

P.S. Howl fitting is the name Sweet Tooth for this Ice Cream Shop?


P.P.S. Of course we drew a crowd! hehehe

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