Bucky – A fostering love story from Cindy of Jethro, Rugs, Ozzie and Harriet!

August 31st, 2011 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and fostering homeless basset hounds in need lovers…..Oh, I can not say enough about the foster homes that take in these poor lost souls that are mostly pulled from the pounds.  Cindy was telling me the story of Bucky and I asked her to be a guest blogger for this one.  I wanted to share Bucky’s story with the darling readers of bassethoundtown.

So here goes Cindy’s story.  It is rather long, but well worth the read!  Bucky sure is grateful for the Doyles!

GUEST BLOG…..BY CINDY DOYLE, CBFF (Cyber best friend forever)

I found Basset Buddies online and decided to go to a meet up to meet some basset hounds and their people.  Ronald and I and the hounds had a really good time.  So, I continued to follow BBRTX online and when they came across a situation where they couldn’t find transport for a dog in Lufkin Texas, we decided to step up and go get him.  His story was a sad one and we wanted to point this sweet hound in the right direction.  He had been dumped on a country road along with 2 other female hounds.  The females were adopted by a family on the street but Bucky would never stay at the families home and kept running off.  One day Bucky was sleeping in front of a man’s home when the man came out and tripped over Bucky.  The man went back inside, got his gun, and shot Bucky in the head.  Bucky ran off and the man assumed he’d go die somewhere.  Bucky ended up finding a barn near by and took cover there.  A woman that lived there saw him and saw all the blood and assumed that he would die.  Her husband didn’t like dogs and said that there was no hope for him and they left him in the barn to die.  The next day the lady went back out to the barn, expecting to find Bucky dead, but saw that he was still alive.  So, she got some water and food and set it by him.  Bucky slowly got up and drank some water and eventually started eating the food.  He was so weak that he couldn’t even bark.  After a few days she realized that Bucky was going to make it.  She named him Buddy and took him to the vet where they gave him his shots and she got something to try and control the fleas.  After a few weeks Bucky was gaining some much needed weight and looking much better.  Unfortunately, the husband said the dog had to go.  That’s when the woman found BBRTX online and called and left a message asking us if we could rescue him.  BBRTX cried out for transport help but nobody stepped up.  BBRTX was only 6 months old at the time and facebook wasn’t invented so they couldn’t find anyone to transport.  So, I couldn’t bear to see this poor dog tortured anymore and decided to go pick him up and make him my very first foster.  BBRTX already had a Buddy in the rescue so in order to make things less confusing, we changed his name.  We needed a name that sounded like Buddy since he knew his name, and due to the gunshot wound, Bucky seemed to fit.

The trip up there was several hours and we decided to take Jethro and Rugby with us so that they could meet.  I was hoping that would make the transition easier.  Bucky was kept outside in the hot weather in a dirty barn and was not allowed inside at all.  He was full of dirt and, little did we know, trillions of fleas.  I had the cab of the truck all fixed up with plenty of room for the 3 bassets so we put him in the back seat with Jethro and Rugby and headed home.  About 30 mins down the road I noticed that Bucky had sores on his head and belly.  That’s when I realized he was covered in fleas.  It was too late.  Now, Jethro and Rugs had fleas, the truck had fleas and Ronald and I had fleas.  When we got home the first thing I did was took Bucky out back and gave him a really good bath.  But, we still ended up fighting fleas in the house and on Jethro, Rugby and Bucky for the next few weeks.  I put so much stuff on them to try and rid them of fleas that Rugby broke out with a rash.  I ended up taking him to the vet for a shot and medications for his rash.  I felt so bad.  Eventually, we got rid of the fleas.

Bucky Sept 2007 small

So, we took Bucky to the vet for his check up and he was found to have heartworms.  But, he couldn’t get treated until he gained at least 10 pounds.  He also needed to be neutered but they wouldn’t do that until he gained weight also.  In the meantime, while petting and grooming him, I found the bullet that had moved to his neck area.  When he gained enough weight for the neutering I marked where the bullet was and the doctor removed it during surgery.  The bullet had flattened on one side and had sharp edges so I know it was painful.  The vet said it was a 22 so it wasn’t that big.  But I can’t imagine something hitting a bone so hard that it smashed in one side of a bullet.  The doc said there was one spot on his head that it could have hit that would have done that and not killed him.  I can’t remember the spot he said but Bucky was a very lucky hound for sure.

Then, I helped to man a booth at an event and took Bucky with me.  A nice couple, Sandra and Ronald Herrick, came to our booth and saw Bucky.  They had lost a basset months before and were thinking of rescuing.  They went home to think about it then there was another event that we went to and Ronald and Sandra were there also.  After that event Sandra said she decided that Bucky was the hound for them and she decided to adopt him.  Bucky still needed to go through his heartworm treatments so Sandra and Ronald agreed to help him through.

Now Bucky is heartworm free, healthy and happy.  He has a pug/shitzhu mix brother named Spencer and they are very bonded.  Ronald passed away a few months ago and Sandra says that Bucky and Spencer are her saviours.  Bucky is a certified service dog and visits two alzheimers facilities in the area on a regular basis.  Everyone at the facilities look forward to Bucky’s visits and they all love him.

Bucky fun

And the best thing about Bucky’s adoptive situation is; he lives a short 10 minute drive from us and Sandra lets us come visit him whenever we want.  I make several trips a year to go see this sweet boy.  And now he lives happily ever after!  On his chair!


End of foster story, but the start of a new life.  I cannot thank Foster Families enough.  I will be the first to admit we, in BHT, cannot foster but we do what we can in other areas.


More loving Foster Families and those who Adopt later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Picnic at Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky

August 28th, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and exploring another Kentucky Park Lovers…..

Today we visited a park that is literally right in our backyard.  Devou Park is only about 15 minutes from our home and Dog knows why we have waited this long to enjoy it.  Back when my Mom was a little girl she would enjoy Devou Park all summer long.  Thousands of folks would head for the cool hills of Devou and actually spend the night under the stars.  I can certainly see why.  The hills are high above the city of Cincinnati and the breezes blow cool.  It is very cool!

This is the area where families, including Grandmas would gather and enjoy the night air.


There is a huge lawn that over looks the city. Grandma said it was like a twinkling jewel.


This shell was built in 1939 when Grandma was a young girl.  Today, a bluegrass festival was setting up.  It was so much fun.  I love Bluegrass Music!


One summer night the shell had a concert in 1939 that hosted 40,000 folks!  Can you believe that? Howl totally cool is that?


I loved hearing all about Grandma’s memories.  It was so much fun.

Then we went and had our picnic.  We found the perfect spot! We were over looking the golf course and that cute little lake.


This is the side view…


And the rear view;)


More loving Devou Park later…..Cat, Grandma, Chaps and Emma


August 26th, 2011 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and staying informed lovers….Please stay safe and prepared.  We are worried about our residents along the path of Irene.  Very worried.

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Hurricane Irene Emergency Information

National Hurricane Center
Ready.Gov Hurricane Preparedness
Maps and Resources related to Hurricane Irene

Residents in the Path of Hurricane Irene Urged to Take Pets with Them If Evacuating.
The Humane Society of the United States reminds residents in the path of Hurricane Irene to take their pets with them if they evacuate. Hurricane Irene is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to make landfall somewhere along the outer banks of North Carolina late Friday or early Saturday. Irene could hit the U.S. coast as a category two or higher hurricane, with the potential of causing severe wind damage and flooding in areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and areas of Virginia then will roll up the eastern sea board.

“It is crucial that residents are prepared to take pets with them if asked to evacuate in the face of this potentially destructive storm,” advised Laura Bevan, The HSUS’ Eastern regional director. “If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”

Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area.

This emergency supply kit should include but not limited to:

• Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water.

• Bowls for food and water.

• Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings – PUT IN AIRTIGHT ZIP LOCK BAGS.

• Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies. – PUT IN AIRTIGHT ZIP LOCK BAGS

• Comfort items such as a toy and blanket. – PUT IN AIRTIGHT ZIP LOCK BAGS

• Small garbage bags.

• For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.

• For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.

Pet owners should be aware that many evacuation shelters do not accept pets, and they must plan their destination in advance. Hotels and motels may be willing to lift “no pet” restriction in an emergency. Friends and family members living outside the area may be able to provide shelter too. Please check with your local animal shelter or emergency management office to determine if a pet friendly emergency shelter will be set up in your location. Pet owners should remember that having your pet microchipped dramatically increases the chanced of reunion if that pet becomes lost.

More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. A Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them.

More information coming later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

The economy and howl it relates to Emma…..;)

August 23rd, 2011 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and crumby economy not lovers…….ugh………

Today we had to go purchase some of Emma’s special dog food.  She has been on this chow since she was a pup.  It is like she is eating gold nuggets for the price we pay.  SIXTY DOLLARS A BAG FOR A 17 lb bag.

In one end, out the other.


It is absolutely crazy but our Emma is highly allergic to protein and corn.  We spent about a grand figuring out what she could eat without getting a UTI and horrible skin infections.

Well, today we find out that her food has yet increased in value.  It was about 52 dollars a bag.  Now it is 60.

Not to worry!  I found a dozen roses at the store for 4 bucks!  YES!  They were withering but I saw hope.  I brought them home and put them in ice and a fridge.  They plumped right up!  Pretty, just like Shimlette!


See Emma looking at the fridge?  She wants a treat!  Our girl is allowed a potato based treat.

She howls at her Mom!


I did get her a treat and I did stop to smell the cheap roses.

Emma has no care for the economy.  She just wants her golden nuggets.  I just like looking at her while I smell the roses..

More loving a healthy Emma later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

TX Basset Hound saves the day!

August 23rd, 2011 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and hero basset hound lovers…This just came across the bassethoundtown wires and I had to share with our dear residents.  Why o why is there not a picture of the hero basset hound and only a picture of this jackwagon?

See the tear tattooed on his stupid face?  I hope his brother was crying for realz….


San Antonio police say the diligence of a burglary victim and the bite of a basset hound both contributed to an arrest this week.

Alex Hernandez Villarreal was arrested on a charge of burglary. An arrest warrant alleges he and his brother broke into a woman’s home Saturday.

San Antonio police said the victim came home to find a strange SUV with a missing front bumper in her driveway.

Investigators said the victim and the two intruders in her driveway exchanged words. They left.

According to the warrant, the victim noticed the same gray SUV with the missing bumper in the 1400 block of Hillcrest. More specifically, it was what was in the vehicle that caught her attention. Police said she saw her daughter’s missing belongings, so she called SAPD.

Villarreal, 25, announced his surrender through a neighbor, according to the warrant.

Police said his brother, who isn’t named in the arrest document, ran from the house. He was captured by police after being bitten by a basset hound as he ran through someone’s yard.


Investigators said the men have no explanation about how the stolen goods got in their vehicle.


Bassethoundtown says that the men have no brains in their heads and that is why they need tears tattooed on their crazy faces.

More hero basset hounds later……Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. stay safe residents….

I’m waving at everyone~~can you see me now??? Bob the DOg 11/11/1998-8/20/2011

August 21st, 2011 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and BoB the doG lovers.  Well, I am sure most everyone knows by now that Bobby waddled to the bridge yesterday.  The basset hound world has lost a guy that brought us all together.

Bob the Dog

We can see you now Bob.  Can you see us waving?

More missing bobby later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Lazy Days of Summer….

August 21st, 2011 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Lazy Days of Summer Lovers…Well, here we are at the 21st of August and this month can’t end fast enough for me.  I would say that August is my least favorite month of the year.  So far this month we have had one, maybe two days that we could enjoy outside so we took a walk!

Here is Chaps all harnessed up and ready to go.  As you can see the AC is blowing on himz.


We can’t go too far in this heat so we just walked  up the street early in the morning while it was still a bit coolish.


Grandma and the Mayor cut fine figures!

Here they are resting on Lodge Lane.  This is a lush alley that is fun to walk on.  About 8-10 years ago there used to be a black basset hound that lived on this lane.  I guess he is long gone.


Time to head home and cool off.  I had the pleasure of viewing this the entire way!


More Lazy Days of Summer later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

UPDATE 8/21/11……This elder gentle hound wound up in “jail” at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter (606)679-6432 in Kentucky.

August 19th, 2011 - 6:06 pm KY Time




Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and not hound in the pound lovers…..Well, last night Ms. Marilyn from House of Puddles e-mailed me to see if I had in contacts in Somerset, KY.  I think Somerset is about 6 hours away or so.

I put this post on facebook this morning and received some pretty good networking help.

Here is the posting…….

This elder gentle hound wound up in “jail” at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter (606)679-6432 http://pcanimalshelter.com/ in Kentucky. They think he is about 7 or 8 but he looks older to me. He is on a stray hold until Monday but no one has called for him as of today. I called the pound this morning and they said he is really sweet. I told the pound I would network him. I think I will call him John, after my Dad. Please share! Thank you:)


Is John not just the sweetest hound?

I will keep you all posted and goodness sakes if you know anyone that can help this hound please comment and pass his information along.

My goal is to have him on his own couch quickly…..

More loving John and helping KY homeless later……Cat, Chaps and Emma

Lumpy Bumpy Basset Hounds;)

August 17th, 2011 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and not lumpy bumpy lovers.   Good grief, if it’s not one lump it’s another bump.  The Mayor has the worst luck with sebaceous cysts.  Now he has one in his ear of all places. It is open and draining.  I clean it everyday and try to keep it dry.


His vet does not think it will go away due to it’s location.  So, when he gets his teeth cleaned in a few weeks we will have it removed.  I can tell it is bothering him.  The cyst is right down where the ear meets the head.  Here I am getting some air to it.


The Mayor also has a big lump on his back that his vet has been watching so I might get it removed as well.  It just looks painful to me.


He also has a large wart on his ankle.  Dear Dog the Mayor is a mess! I will spare my dear readers a photo of that!

Here is a great article we found via Twitter yesterday.  It is all about sebaceous cysts. Really, very interesting.  I am going to watch the entire series.

The Canine Cyst You Should NEVER Squeeze…

More inspecting the Mayor later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Gosh, Paul Newman is getting so famous. We are so proud of himz!

August 15th, 2011 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Paul Newman lovers.  We are so excited for Paul Newman.  He is so talented.  I just found these two tubes all about our very own Paul Newman and the movie he is starring in!




Great work Mommy Karen.  We cannot wait to hear what is next for our very own Paul Newman.

More loving super stars later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. Chaps can sit for a cheeto;)

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