I want to update the residents on our Emma:(

May 14th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma Lovers…Well, we are all one of those!

Sigh…our Emma….sigh….

Herz is not doing too well. I wanted to wait a bit before I did this update.  Everyday you hope that things will turn around.  Believe us, we are still hopeful!

Her liver is in decline and her vet said that her liver disease is “progressing” after doing another blood test.

Grandma and I knew she was not doing well when she started to refuse food.  Not entirely, but she is entirely off of dog food.  She just won’t eat it so, she is getting whatever she will eat which surprising is basically Doritos.

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She turns her nose up at most everything else. She will take a few bites of turkey, pea soup, and tonight she had some chicken.  Not much of anything.

Her patty is now distended and has some fluid in it.

She really enjoys sitting in the sun.

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She is passing a bit of blood in her urine.

Her gums are slightly jaundice.

She now likes 3 blankets instead of one but is sleeping good.

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She is obsessed with her grandma and can’t get enough of her.

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Interestingly, she loves taking short walks and lays by the front door until I take her out.

She has never done that before.  It seems as if someone is calling her….

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Tomorrow and everyday we are walking as much as she wants and as many times as she wants.

Everything is off of our calendars.  Nothing but Emma, which is not very different than any other time but for example we cancelled all appointments this week.

She is not in pain at all.  We won’t let that happen.

More updates later…Love Cat, Chaps and Emma

PS – I still have not turned over April on the Sr. Hounds Abound Calendar yet.

Probably never will.

PPS – Chaps is confused but loving the change in diet.

PPPS – We are crushed.


  1. Judy, Bumper & Abby
    May 14th, 2012 | 8:50 pm

    I enjoyed the time I got to spend with you, Chaps and our dear Emma last Friday in the park. She seemed so happy to walk and sniff and visit with me. I am so very sorry that she is not getting better and I know the pain and heartache that you are feeling. If there is anything I can do for any of you please let me know. I will keep checking on our beautiful little girl.

  2. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    May 14th, 2012 | 8:54 pm

    I never wanted to see this day come. She is too young to go now. I’m wishing for that miracle. The Doyle hounds are slinging lots of drool and we think about Emma 24/7.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with sweet Emma and her wonderful family. Give Emma and Chaps both kisses from us. Stay strong, take care.

  3. lois lema
    May 14th, 2012 | 11:40 pm

    doritos? go figure…

    well i suppose it could be worse…there are worse things a girl could crave…

    well miss emma..you are unique.

    keep her spirits up, enjoy the walks, do the same for you & grandma & bask in the glow..perhaps she is following grandpa on his strolls thru the hood…

    she is happy, pain free & enjoying a new food group…& surrounded by those she loves. can’t ask for anything more..we should all be so lucky.

    thinking good thoughts & healing ones as well…for all of you.

  4. May 15th, 2012 | 7:06 am

    Just an update on Shimlette. She slept really good last night covered up under my bathrobe. It is one of those really thick terry ones and very soft. She got up early but is not hungry. I am going to buy her a rotisserie chicken today. I will let you know. Plus, it is beautiful outside today so she can walk as much as she wants. I will try to do some tweeting along the way! Tuesday….here we come!

    More later….

  5. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    May 15th, 2012 | 8:09 am

    I know she can’t have dairy products but since everything is out the window at this point, have you tried cheese? Cream cheese? How about peanut butter? A fried egg? Maybe you can make her some home made doggie cookies? Just suggestions.

  6. Sandy
    May 15th, 2012 | 8:42 am

    Hope the rotisserie chicken raises some interest for Emmers. There isn’t a moment in the day that I am not thinking and praying for you all there.

  7. ken johnson
    May 15th, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Cat , Emma is in my prayers and Lemon Drop & Buster are in Drool overtime for her. God Bless,we love you

  8. May 15th, 2012 | 11:42 am

    we are sending our love and positive thoughts

    Stop on by for a visit

  9. May 15th, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Oh my, this post brought tears to my eyes. It is much to soon for sweet Emma. Thoughts are with you an the hounds today (and always).

    PS. At least Emma know what a good chip is 🙂

  10. May 15th, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    I got mad at the internist vet today and started yelling “I am not getting a bleeping biopsy”. All I asked for was a suggestion to have her eat a bit of food. What do I have to do to get through to these people…go to vet school? Gezus, there has to be some alternative to a biopsy. I have been trying to tell these people for a month I am not getting a biopsy.

    I will update you later because I know you love Emma and maybe it will help someone in the future going through this same thing.

    I have to run to the store for chicken and then to the vet for another talk with her primary care vet. More later….Thank you every one.

    thank you very much

  11. Gabrielle
    May 15th, 2012 | 1:34 pm


    So sorry to hear the update on Early Morning Misty Air (I always think of her under this name), how precious and how fitting this name is for little Emma. You are all in my heart and prayers; this has to be hard on Chaps as I am certain he can sense it that Emma is not herself. How heart breaking this is and she is still so young. Be strong as they both will be in tune with you and kiss them both from me.

  12. Sandy
    May 15th, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    what would be the point of a liver biopsy????? To confirm she has liver issues?! Other than cause her unnecessary pain, there is no call for a biopsy. That is MY medical opinion. You’re right, Cat. Stick to your guns. Keep on loving that Emma.

  13. Debbie
    May 15th, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    So sorry Emma isn’t doing better. They usually love chicken so if you can get her to eat some protein that’s good. I used to put fresh spinach in the food processer and mix it in there so my under the weather ones got some greens too. Hope you all can keep your spirits up, they sense when we don’t.

  14. carol
    May 15th, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    My thoughts go out to Emma, Chaps, You and Grandma. It makes your heart heavy. As for eating. All you can do is what you are doing. I know this sounds yucky but try a canned food, I did with Corey, she refused any meat I made or take out, the canned so far has done the trick she eats several small meals a day.

  15. Sandy (Ollie's mom)
    May 15th, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Here is some thoughts for food ideas that might help her appetite. Chicken & rice, sardines(canned), pasta mixed with hamburg or chix. Years ago my dog of many years had cancer & somedays would eat something & the next day wouldn’t have anything to do with it. She too enjoyed being outside in the sun So we sat out there under our favorite tree. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Sandy

  16. May 15th, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    Oh, thank you so much for all of the feeding suggestions. I really cannot thank everyone enough. I have written it all down. I am thrilled with all of the advise and I actually cherish it.

    Emma did eat a few slivers of chicken tonight and 2 Doritos.

    I did have a meeting with her primary care vet today. I will be blogging about that soon. I am still putting all of the pieces together.

    For now….Emma is sleeping comfortably.

  17. May 15th, 2012 | 7:46 pm

    Oh Cat. We are sad and praying for Emma and for all of you. We haven’t turned the Hounds abound calendar either … Hannah said she wanted to leave it on the prettiest basset hound, Emma.

    Many hugs.

  18. Mary
    May 15th, 2012 | 8:35 pm

    Oh, Cat, I am so sorry to read about Emma:((((( My heart is aching right now for your sweet girl–and for you and Grandma. Emma is in my numerous prayers to St. Francis, and the boys are sending truckloads of mega drool. Poor Chaps:((–sending cyber hugs and kisses for him, too. I lit a candle for Emma on Gratefulness.org:


    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  19. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    May 15th, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    Oh Cat……I don’t know what to say!!! I am in a state of shock!!!! I had no ideal our sweet girl wasn’t feeling well. Does the vet think she can come out of this, or start eating again? Is there a shot he can give her to boost her appetitie? I so agree with you about not having the biosiopy — why put her through any unnecessary pain. Please let me know if you need anything. I will be praying for you and our sweet girl nonstop! I love you, and want you to know that you will be in my thoughts every second……keep us posted.

  20. MaureenandSlinky
    May 16th, 2012 | 10:16 am

    OH! I hate to hear this about our sweet Emma, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  21. Charlene
    May 16th, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Cat, so sorry to hear about Emma, the tears just started flowing. My Clancy started out the same way. I think you are doing the right thing, I did not put my Clancy through any thing either. I’m still not over my boys. We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Love Glenn & Charlene

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