Our Darling Bailey has walked over the rainbow bridge…

June 30th, 2011 - 9:09 pm KY Time


Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Bailey McCarty Lovers. Bailey is not only a resident of Basset Hound Town but Bailey is family. Bailey was Colby Chaps’ cousin and lived with Colby Chaps’ Grandma and Grandpa, Glenn and Charlene.

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Darling Bailey left us on June 21st, 2011. Bailey was such a huge presence and the hole he left behind is gigantic.


Audra, (Colby Chaps Mom) sent me this loving tribute she wrote for Bailey….

“I wish you could of known Bailey…..He was almost solid Red when my mom picked him up from Florida — the biggest boy in the Litter. He loved life, loved his brother Clancy, loved to play, eating was his passion and his soul mate was his Mama. He never wanted for anything, his backyard was heavenly and he received love in abundance from everyone. His paws were as big as the palm of your hand and as he aged the Red faded from his fur but his sweet disposition only grew stronger. He was my big Bailey Bug — My Big Teddy Bear and I will forever remember him……another piece of my heart has been taken today.
RIP Bailey Bug”

What a large and loving soul. He will be dearly missed by all that knew himz…

I made this video tribute in his honor. Rest dear boy. You made this crazy earth a better place……

More missing Bailey later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Green bean diet for basset hounds…

June 29th, 2011 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and green bean diet lovers…..

Have you heard about it? Have you ever put your hound on this diet? I know Marilyn at House of Puddles has had a few of her elders on this diet.

I have never had to use this diet but I heard it is very effective! Some hounds like the green beans and others don’t.

Some hounds like to eat them right off the plant! LOL

More loving this garden thief later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Stylist, basset hound swept down creek during flash flood, (good ending)

June 28th, 2011 - 3:03 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and scary story with a good ending lovers….OMD!

Residents…..Be safe and never try to cross any water that appears to be rushing…..

Story date: June 28, 2011
Stylist, dog swept down creek during flash flood

By Adam Sweeney

After several weeks of scorching high summer temperatures and no rain, it would be easy for the general public to forget about the days of heavy rain in May. Local hair stylist Cathy Jeffery, however, learned a lesson about flash floods that will likely require more than a month of summer heat to erase.

On May 23, Cathy Jeffery left work to drive to meet her husband at the couple’s cabin near Fort Douglass and Haw Creek Falls in Johnson County. Her husband, Kenneth, had been working on a deck at the cabin and had been there for about two weeks.

After work, Cathy loaded her basset hound, Gracie, into her kennel and placed the dog in the back of her Ford Explorer. She stopped at Dover Supermarket for some groceries, then headed for the cabin.
Kenneth had told her to honk when she arrived at a creek crossing about a quarter of a mile from the cabin if she felt she couldn’t safely cross.

“I honked for 30 minutes,” Cathy said. “What I should have done was turn around and gone home. But I had just driven an hour, and I was kind of stubborn about it. I had crossed that creek so many times, I thought ‘Ah, it’ll be OK.’”

As soon as Cathy pulled the Explorer into the creek, the vehicle began filling with water.
“It gets to my lap and my window won’t come down,” she said. “I’m panicking. Who wouldn’t? I don’t know if there’s an emergency part of the car that says ‘All windows go down now. We’re filling up with water.’ or if it was just finally I got it to go down. But it’s a very scary feeling to think you’re going to drown. Within seconds, you’re panicking.” Eventually the window lowered, and Cathy was able to crawl from the vehicle. Then she remembered Gracie. “It was almost 8 p.m. It was kind of getting dark. The water is freezing cold. I’m in a long black dress, which turned into a sail underneath the water. It’s getting hung up in limbs and stuff. I climb out of the window and I’m panicking because the car is floating and, ‘Oh my gosh, my dog’s still in it.’” With water sweeping the vehicle downstream, Cathy waited for an opportunity to get to the back where Gracie was. “We hit a tree and the car went sideways,” Cathy said. “It started going nose down first because the window was down. It enabled me to open the hatch in the back of the Explorer. I saw the cage filling up with water. She’s a basset hound with short little legs. The water is taking me so I’m holding on. I got her out and we just rushed on with the water. I’m holding her by the neck. I’m unable to hold myself and her up so we kept getting pulled under. My shoes go, my jewelry is going. It’s just crazy how fast it happened.”
After grabbing onto a limb, she started looking for a way to get up the side of the creek bank. She held herself and Gracie against the limb, bracing against the strong current. “It was by the grace of God that I had the strength to not just let her go — she was heavy. I couldn’t touch the bottom. Superwoman strength comes over you. It’s all adrenaline and crazy. I get her to where she can get up the bank. I thought if she can make it, I can too. It’s a negotiation between yourself and your strength and your stamina and your panic. It was just surreal. Your car’s under the water. The lights were on. I was thinking ‘Oh my gosh. I just messed up.’” Though she wasn’t far from the cabin, Cathy had no way to alert her husband. A short time later, though, she saw headlights and knew he was on the way to look for her. With rain pouring down, the couple had to scream to hear each other. “He yelled ‘Are you stuck?’ And I say ‘No.’ Because I wasn’t stuck,” Cathy said. “I’m thinking he could tell my car was gone, but he couldn’t see it. It was quite a bit down. Because I was screaming he could hear me. He couldn’t see me. And of course it started pouring down rain — storming, lightning and thunder.”
Kenneth communicated to Cathy that he was going around the other way, which is through Deer, and would take about an hour. But a tree had felled, blocking that path as well. He tried to cut the tree with a chainsaw to no avail.

Cathy detailed what happened next.

“He came back to the crossing,” Cathy said. “He’s trying to cross, and I’m watching his flashlight bob, and I’m thinking I’m going to have to sit there and watch him drown trying to save me, which is ridiculous. Short of a helicopter, he did everything he could to save me.” After seeing he could not safely cross, Kenneth told Cathy she would have to spend the night in the woods. “Then it hit me that I was there for the night,” Cathy said. “I was so relieved to not be injured and to survive that treacherous water that I was OK with that. What else are you going to do? Cry about it? You just have to suck it up and try to exist.” With visibility low in the dark and rain, Cathy felt around for a soft place to stay for the night. The long black dress, which she considered discarding while in the creek because it was snagging on limbs underwater, became her tent for the night. “Gracie was so precious to snuggle against me,” Cathy said. “She knew we needed each other. We saved each other. Her warmth and mine put together were much better than just my own. I was breathing into the dress to try to at least get some kind of heat. It just poured down rain.” Leaning against a tree in the dark, holding Gracie, Cathy had several visitors in the night. “Sitting in the black dark with the only light coming from occasional lightning, I saw all kinds of stuff that I normally would have been afraid of, like a raccoon coming up with its beady little glow-in-the-dark eyes,” she said. “It’s almost like I had a film over my eyes and my mind. I guess I was in shock. I almost don’t remember the worst of it because I’ve almost blocked it out.” Though she admittedly is not a morning person, after a sleepless night in the rain, Cathy decided to get moving as soon as the sun came up. “I was ready to get out of that joint,” Cathy said. “I had no shoes. I walked on a hard rock, gravel road to get closer to where my husband would be driving by. … I really could not feel sorry for myself because I would have stopped. My feet were hurting so bad. It was nice to be on that hot concrete and to be so warm. Because everything was so muggy and wet and dark in the woods.” After a while a truck with three men passed by and asked if they could help.
“They must have been scared to death, because here comes this lake-looking woman coming up from the creek wearing a dress that’s all ripped up and carrying a dog. The first person I see is going to get the emotional dumping,” Cathy said. After hearing her story, the men decided to take her to an abandoned church to wait for her husband. Cathy then realized Kenneth wouldn’t pass that church and had the men turn around. After the truck changed direction, they saw Kenneth driving up the road.
“I’ve never been so happy to see him. He had a fresh change of clothes for me and a sandwich that he gave to my dog. That was sweet,” Cathy said. Later on, the Jeffreys had a tow truck remove the Explorer, which was totaled, from the creek. The vehicle was swept 150 yards from the crossing.
“It took the wrecker service five hours to get it out,” Cathy said. “The driver said, ‘Lady, I don’t know how you’re alive.’” Cathy said the incident will not keep her from visiting the cabin again, though she was alarmed at the sight of water rushing toward the all-terrain vehicle she was riding in on her next trip across the creek. “I’m just going to be a lot smarter,” Cathy said. “I’ll get out and walk if I have to. My husband crossed it two hours before I did and it raised so much more in that time that he couldn’t cross it. It wasn’t like I was just venturing out and daring to try it. I was following his lead. And I certainly honked for him but he couldn’t hear it. I was just so grateful he came back.”
Cathy said many people have told her they would have let the dog go and saved themselves.
“I couldn’t touch and with the current — a lot of people have said I was fortunate the current didn’t suck me underneath the car,” Cathy said. “I just knew as fast as it was filling up, that my dog was in there and I couldn’t handle that. I could not have handled living and her not. I couldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t be proud of this survival story if I hadn’t saved her. It was like my child was in the back of the car. Anything that’s living and breathing. I can’t handle the thought of something suffocating.”
Cathy said the experience has given her a different outlook on life. “I decided I would take a little more time to appreciate things in life,” she said. “I don’t consider myself a very vain person, but all women are. Some men are, too. I understand what’s important in life now versus how good your hair looks today. I felt like I was that way anyway, but it really feels that way now. Material things are replaceable. Your life is not.”

End of article……..

Cathy and Gracie I am so glad you both are safe. You have taught me a big lesson. Don’t risk it. I am a huge safety person and I rarely if ever takes risks. Stay safe residents…..Stay safe…….

More loving good endings later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

Tornado Alley – Cat’s Summer 2011 Movie Pick!

June 27th, 2011 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Summer Movie Lovers…..

This past weekend Julian, Grandma and I set off for the movies! Before we left, Grandma had to whisk broom the hound hairs off of her Grandson! Tehehehe


Emma…“What hound hairs? Are they white?”

We went to see Tornado Alley at the Omni Max Theater at the Union Terminal! We rated it 4 paws up!


Our weather was beautiful for once!


But the weather for Tornado Alley, not so much!

OH MY DOG! I had goose bumps the entire time. I loved it and so did Julian and Grandma. Chaps, would have HATED IT! No Thundershirt in the world would have got him though this movie.

Can you imagine having this as a basset hauling vehicle?


It was so much fun!

After the movie we went up to tower A in Union Terminal and viewed the switching yard. That was pretty cool as well!


A good time was had by all and it was back to the basset hauling vehicle.


More summer movie picks later……Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. – Has anyone else seen it?

Summer of weekend fun!

June 26th, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and weekend lovers! Hi! Did cha miss us? Well, we missed you but we were busy having summer of weekend fun with our boy Julian! I have a few blogs to do about our weekend but let me start by saying that this was the best weekend of Chaps and Emma’s year!

Enter Julian….A quick pat on the pink patty and then we harnessed up!


Off to the Purple People Bridge for a nice summer walk. The weather was holding up for us and in the low 70s! Just bassetabulous indeed!


See the big river boat in the background. This picture is pretty near perfect if you ask me!

Here is another one….


It looks pretty nice, weather wise but actually there was a dark purple shelf cloud moving in our direction. Julian was on the look out and determined that we had to turn around. We were half way over the bridge.

You can’t really tell from this picture, but that church had a very dark sky behind it. It looked beautiful!


So, we turned around, almost in the nick of time!

We were all hot footin’ it to beat the storm. There was NO thunder, thank Dog! It was so funny, Grandma was in front of me rushing Emma along. Her harness was up around her shoulders but she was chugging along. Her rear end was swinging like nobodies business!

I was behind them with Chaps and my hair was blowing like a hay stack in tornado alley! Julian was behind us, basically running backwards giving us a blow by blow of the late afternoon summer sky!

We all got caught in a strong summer shower before we made it to the safety of an outdoor restaurant.


Wow! That was fun! There was a strong odor of wet dog but we didn’t care….

The summer shower passed and we headed home for more fun…..


And more love……


Waiting for Pizza!


More summer of fun later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Howl cute are Rebecca and Hopkins?

June 22nd, 2011 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Rebecca and Hopkins Lovers…..

Oh, just darling they are all the way from Germany! I received a notice that someone had bought one of the cute little Gymboree basset hound purses I have in my boutique!


I just love this little purse and was anxious to see who the lucky owner would now be! My heart melted when I saw Rebecca and Hopkins!


This is little, sweet Rebecca with her 8 year old Basset Hound Hopkins. I could not get over Rebecca’s big blue eyes and pink ribbon in her hair!

Look familiar?


Howl cute is this? Now Rebecca will carry a purse that suits her to a Tee!

Rebecca’s Mommy, Sabrina, said that is pretty difficult to find basset hound items in Germany and really wanted her darling daughter to have this purse!

Well, I zipped it off pronto!

I hope we get more picture of darling Rebecca carrying her new purse not to mention Mr. Hopkins!

More loving our German friends and Hunds later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

What I see when I BLOG….

June 19th, 2011 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound what I see when I BLOG lovers.

I imagine you see something similar, even if you don’t blog…

The view from under your desk….


Of course, many of you may not have cankles!


I just had his nails clipped yesterday. Can you believe it? They are still very long.

More loving the view when I blog later….Cat (and her cankles), Chaps and Emma

Look howl our Big Daddy spent part of his day!

June 19th, 2011 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and wondering howl Chaps, aka Big Daddy, spent part of his day….

Photo on 2011-06-19 at 11.49

In his Thundershirt! He really loves it! After we stop the thunder parade and he lays down I take it off.

All is right in our world until the next blob shows up on the radar!

More loving the Thundershirt later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Facebook find of the day! Horacio!

June 19th, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and fb find of the day lovers….Today I was sniffing around my “friends” accounts and saw this drawing. It is of a hound named Horacio who lives in a different county. I need to get better at giving credit and would do so if I could understand the language……


The owner of this hound has a friend who loves to draw Horacio!

I made him purple just for fun!

More facebook finds later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Happy Father’s Day from Colby Chaps!

June 19th, 2011 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Colby Chaps Lovers! We were so very excited to find a Father’s Day Card from Chaps’ son in our e-mail!

“Happy Fathers Day Dad!!!! Hope you sit back and take it easy like me today!!! I love you…..love your son, Colby Chaps”



We love our Colby Chaps in bassethoundtown. I cannot believe I have never had my hands on himz. Oh howl I could kiss those chops…..

More Father’s Day wishes later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

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