Emma Wanda Rudert 4/21/04 – 6/29/12

June 29th, 2012 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma Wanda Rudert Lovers….

Our Emma passed away today at 1:03pm in the loving arms of her Mom and Grandma with Chaps laying by her side.  I called Hospice at 8:00am this morning to notify them that Emma told me it was time.

We made Emma very comfortable in the bright sun room and spent a few final hours showering her with the affection she has had for 7 years and 2 months.

This picture was taken at 8:39am.

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We all three loved on her and told her what blessing she has brought to our lives and the lives of so many others.

This picture was taken at 10:37am. This was the last picture ever taken of our Emma.  Thank you Grandma for thinking of this in our moments of sorrow.

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We told Emma that Grandpa was waiting for her. I had received a sign from him a few moments earlier.

I made her a promise that she would never suffer.

At 1:03pm she respectfully and gracefully left us.  The dignity of her soul will remain forever in our hearts.

Dog Speed Darling…Dog Speed

More celebrating Emma’s life later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB


  1. Maureen and Slinky
    June 29th, 2012 | 4:59 pm

    Oh! I am heartsick. I wouldn’t want dear sweet Emma to suffer, but I thought she would be with us some time longer.

    I am so sorry Cat, please let me know if I can do anything for you, your Mom, the Mayor or dear little Princess Emma.

    Emma is the best example of someone who is dearly loved and cared for.

  2. June 29th, 2012 | 5:22 pm

    Dear Cat, Grandma, and Chaps … Basset Hound Town was my first stop when I arrived home from work today, as I wanted to check on Emma and all of you. I am so sad for all of you, and so grateful for the enormous love and care you gave to sweet Emma. It is comforting to think of Grandpa meeting Emma and them taking care of each other. I love you all and will light a candle for precious Emma Wanda Rudert.

  3. Debbie
    June 29th, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I am so sorry she had to go , but she was so loved here by me and so many others,I didn’t want her to suffer. Reaching out if you need a friend. She was so special and I know you did the loving thing. So sorry.There aren’t words.

  4. Judy, Bumper & Abby
    June 29th, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    I am so sorry Cat. Words cannot describe how bad I feel for you grandma and Chaps. I hope that Emma is running, playing and seeing everything in heaven now. Maybe she will remember all that you have done for our family in memory of Paige and that she will find her. I know how hard it is now but you did the right thing and she is not suffering. Keep her memories close to your heart. Hugs to all of you.

  5. Mary
    June 29th, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    Oh, Cat:(( I am sitting here sobbing over the news of dearest Emma. I know in my heart that she is in the arms of gentle St. Francis and is being fitted for her angel wings. My heart is breaking for you and Grandma and Chaps, who I am sure is grieving terribly, too.

    Emma was a beautiful girl with a most beautiful soul, and she enjoyed a life with you filled with love and happiness, beyond measure. She will be very, very missed by us all.

    My boys are sending their warmest, most healing drool to help heal the terrible pain in your hearts. The night sky has a new, bright star named Emma.

    Love, prayers and drool being sent for you, Grandma and Chaps,

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  6. Bruce and Gretchen
    June 29th, 2012 | 7:44 pm

    Oh, Cat. We are literally in tears.
    Emma was such a blessing. She brought so much happiness and inspiration to so many people through your overwhelming love and devotion to her. People go lifetimes without bringing as many smiles to the world as she did in her 8 years. We had so hoped to have had the chance to meet her in person but thanks to you we certainly feel like we knew her and loved her.

    Thank you, Cat and grandma and mr mayor for sharing her with us. We will tell our little one all about her.

    Please let us know if we can do anything for you all. We will of course do whatever we can to suitably honor and celebrate Emma whenever you’re ready to think about such things.

    Much love from us all!

  7. lois lema
    June 29th, 2012 | 8:55 pm

    tears. much tears.

    i never met emma but i loved her dearly…her face drew me in..so patient, so loving..i loved her more after she lost her eyes, but i felt she didn’t need them to really see..
    there are no words that can truly help to ease the pain..but run free miss emma…you had the best life, you were loved like no other hound. say hi to grandpa.

    i am so sorry cat.

    many more tears.

  8. lois lema
    June 29th, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    i cherish the photo you sent me of miss emma a few years ago. it sits by my computer..i look at it every day..as i said then it brought me peace & calmness, & it will still for many years.

    god speed & safe passage miss emaa

  9. Shelley Galinkin
    June 29th, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    Cat, Grandma and Chaps,

    I am so so sorry for the loss of Emma…my heart aches for you and know the emptiness and despair you are feeling. (((( HUGS )))) to you all.

    Shelley Galinin with Abraham Ga-linkin ATB 6/29/11

  10. June 29th, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    Oh Cat, I’m so very sorry. I know you must be missing her terribly. You did a very brave and selfless thing for Miss Emma. My heart goes out to you. Big HUGS!

  11. Nin
    June 29th, 2012 | 9:19 pm

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you sweet Kit. Emma had the very best mom in the whole world and she was a very lucky hound indeed to have such a wonderful mom and to know nothing but unconditional love. If everyone could have such a life the world would be a better place indeed.

  12. carol
    June 29th, 2012 | 10:18 pm

    I am very very sorry about Emma. Emma lived her life her way and loved it all. My heart is with you and grandma. Emma has left her pawprints in our Basset world. Hugs to you all

  13. Sandi
    June 29th, 2012 | 10:30 pm

    I cannot believe another special hound made theirr trip to the Bridge today. I am SO very, very sorry to read of Emma’s death. I know she will live on in your memories and your heart but know that we are sending heart-healing drool to help mend the hole her loss has left. Hugs..

  14. June 29th, 2012 | 11:13 pm

    I just saw your blog, have been checking it daily while on vacation. Cathy, my heart breaks for you, but you made the right decision. Our Ruby Lu told me when she was ready too. Prayers for you, Chaps and Grandma. You gave her a wonderful life.

  15. Marsie & Nosey
    June 29th, 2012 | 11:24 pm

    There are no words… Please accept my deepest sympathy along with the love, compassion and empathy that is flowing from my heart.

  16. June 30th, 2012 | 1:13 am

    Of course I can’t sleep. Thank you everyone for your very kind words. We can certainly feel the love flowing from the residents. Tonight we had a thunderstorm and our power was out for about 8 hours. Chaps and I sat in total darkness. It was an odd and strange feeling. I had a pint of vanilla ice cream in the freezer and we decided to polish it off. It had turned to milk shake consistency which was perfect for us. I had the container and he had a small bowl. He looked like a cat lapping up milk. Of all the nights for the light to go out. Plus it was 100 actual degrees today.

  17. joni brooks
    June 30th, 2012 | 1:40 am

    Oh Cat I am so very sorry. I will keep you & Grandma and Chaps in my prayers. You did the kindest thing for Emma but I know how hard it was for you. Thank God for the Hospice people. Rest in Peace at the bridge Emma.

  18. June 30th, 2012 | 6:45 am

    Dear Cat – I am grateful your power finally came back on … what a time for thunderstorms to come through BHT. Glad that you and Chaps had some ice cream to share.

    How is the Mayor doing? I am sure he is missing Emma terribly.

    My heart aches for all of you …

  19. Debbie Wood and King Jb
    June 30th, 2012 | 7:32 am

    I am so sorry. I have tears in my eyes, But Emma is not suffering She was so special to so many and has left her pawprints on many hearts Fly free sweet girl you will be missed by many

  20. Wanda
    June 30th, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Our deepest sympathy come your way. Emma had a beautiful life and showed us all how to over come and live a good life. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray God’s love will comfort you all.How’s. Chaps doing.?

  21. Mary
    June 30th, 2012 | 8:26 am


    I am so sorry for the loss of our Emma.
    I am sure she is at the Rainbow Bridge with her dear Grandpa.

    And for Cat, Grandma and Chaps loving hugs and happy memories of sweet Emma.


  22. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    June 30th, 2012 | 8:52 am

    Cat, oh my precious Cat, I can hardly type through my sobbing. Words can not describe how very sorry I am for you. I know you hurt sooooo bad, I wish there was something I could say or do to relieve your pain. I know our sweet Emma wouldnt of blessed our lives this long, if it hadn’t been for your loving care. Cat, you did everything you possible could for her, & she lived life to the fullest because of YOU Grandma & Chaps. I will forever be grateful to Emma how she taught us all to see with our heart. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Emma in person, I feel like I know her…….she shared a piece of her soul with everyone. She will always be an inspiration to me! I love you, hug on to our Big Daddy for comfort, I will be praying for you.

  23. lois lema
    June 30th, 2012 | 10:41 am

    ok so vanilla milk shakes & a thunder shirt work for the mayor? or was it to hot for the shirt…

    ya might be onto something there….

    glad the power is back on…

  24. Gabrielle
    June 30th, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Dearest Cat, Grandma and Chaps,
    No words can express how sorry I am, stay strong and that goes for Grandma too and give lots of kisses to sweet Chaps as his heart is heavy too! We love you all and you are always in my prayers.

  25. Paula
    June 30th, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Sad aroooooos from east Tennessee for sweet Emma. I’ve always found comfort with Jim Willis’s poem: I Loved You Best:
    So this is where we part, My Friend,
    and you’ll run on, around the bend,
    gone from sight, but not from mind,
    new pleasures there you’ll surely find.

    I will go on, I’ll find the strength,
    life measures quality, not its length.
    One long embrace before you leave,
    share one last look, before I grieve.

    There are others, that much is true,
    but they be they, and they aren’t you.
    And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
    will remember well all you’ve taught.

    Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed,
    the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
    And as you journey to your final rest,
    take with you this…I loved you best.

  26. June 30th, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Good afternoon dear residents. I wanted to let everyone know that Chaps is doing very well today. He is depressed but he is working through it. The experience of being present as Emma went over the bridge was crucial for him. He never left her side. Some amazing things happened that I will blog about later. The connection between a bonded pair is unbreakable. Knowing that Chaps understood what happened to Emma is helping me so much today. The Hospice team really did as much for him as they did for Grandma and I. What a blessing.

  27. Monnie Tingle
    June 30th, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Dear Cat, Grandma and Chaps

    I am so sorry that you all lost Emma yesterday.
    She was such a lady and a joy for you all. I think
    of the time she circled the bed, trying to get on
    but not disturb Chaps who was in the middle, because she didn’t want him to cop a bassitude.
    I will miss seeing her in your daily blog and
    know it will be very difficult for the three.
    Lily and I send our sympathy.

  28. Wen
    June 30th, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Cat, we are all saddened to learn that your sweet Emma has left for the Bridge. The Bounders will raise their voices in a tribute to her this evening. You are in our thoughts.
    Bless Emma and you for showing her such love and devotion.

  29. June 30th, 2012 | 5:45 pm

    My dear Cat,

    I am not very good at sending this sort of thing so please excuse my clumsiness. It is difficult to express my feelings but there are so very many, remembering my own Inky Baby and Boswell. I can just feel your pain. I am so sorry it happened as soon as it it did. Emma was really so young. That makes it so painful.I will be talking to you on regular Email tonight even though I won’t expect an answer until you are very ready. I know how much you and your family are hurting but, of course, particularly you.I am so sorry!

  30. June 30th, 2012 | 8:57 pm

    Emma will be remembered by many for the sweet furgirl she was and will live on through you. God bless you, Cat, for providing a wonderful home for her.

  31. Mae
    June 30th, 2012 | 9:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  32. Bob the Dog & Mommy
    July 1st, 2012 | 2:31 am

    I’ve lost a dear friend today
    I might have never met
    You see she lived far away.
    We met on the internet

    She left behind a family
    And friends to mourn her death,
    She left behind a wash of tears,
    As she breathed her last breath.

    Computer networks span the globe
    And contact now is found
    With folks that we would have never known
    But love so profound.

    So now I sit with sniffling nose
    And tears flow down my face,
    I share a loss and try to find
    Pure words of peace and grace.

    A Basset died but more than that,
    A precious life has passed.
    We take them in, they bless our lives,
    Then leave us much too fast.

    God grant us peace and memories long,
    Our short-lived friends to keep,
    In stories, images, and thoughts,
    To calm us as we weep

    we lubb you Emma

  33. Janine Lortz
    July 1st, 2012 | 6:44 am

    Dearest Cat and Grandma,

    You are pillars of strength and the true example of selfless love. Tears are flowing here for your loss. I admire your decisions and beliefs. I will be thinking of both of you and Chaps too! Many hugs! ~Janine, MN.

  34. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    July 1st, 2012 | 9:55 am

    I feel so bad because I am just now getting in here and seeing this. The words and feelings that everyone has expressed are so thoughtful and healing. I’m sitting here reading all the responses and have a big lump in my throat. Emma was one of the most loved hounds on earth. Cat, you were very instrumental in doing what was the best for our Emma. I admire you for that. I’m so glad that Chaps was a part of it all and that he understands. He sensed what was going on and even though it may still be hard on him, he understands. I hope he doesn’t grieve too hard. I have faith that he’ll be ok because he has his Mommy and Grandma there for him. And he is there for Mommy and Grandma too. I wish I were close enough to come by and give everyone a hug and spend some time reminising about our sweet Emma. I look forward to future posts about Emma’s journey. Grandpa has her now and she is very happy and taken care of.

    We send all our love to you Cat, Chaps and Grandma. Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do.

    Cindy, Ronald, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet.

  35. Sandy
    July 1st, 2012 | 11:52 am

    How are you doing, sweetheart? Please know that we all love you so much.

  36. Charlene
    July 1st, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    Oh my goodness Cat,
    I can’t tell you how much I have worried about Emma. I know how hard it has been you, Chaps and Grandma. When Audra told me I could hardly stand it. I know what all of you are going through, because of losing all three of my boys this past year. But what ever was wrong with her, God will make her well again. The tears still flow for my boys, so Cat just let the tears flow if they must. Emma would never have had the life she had, if you hadn’t care for her the way you did. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    God Bless You and all our love,

    Glenn & Charlene

  37. July 2nd, 2012 | 9:40 am

    Cat, I am terrible sorry for the loss of sweet Emma. I could not read your entire post because I started to cry immediately. I was thinking or your family over the weekend but could not bring myself to look at the blog. I had a gut feeling this weekend was Emma’s time. I am glad she is running free now. Hugs to everyone in your family.

    -Kerry, Roscoe, and Hannah

  38. July 2nd, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Cat, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Emma. She had a wonderful, gentle soul. Just know that wherever she is now, she is with your Dad, pain free and sghted, with just as many wonderful memories of you all as you have of her! Give Chaps and Grandma my heartfelt sympathy, and give Chaps a huge hug and lots of kisses. My heart just aches for you all, just as it did when I lost my Barney and Maggie.
    Please all, take care.

  39. Susan
    July 4th, 2012 | 12:52 am

    I am so sorry to hear this! I don’t know if you remember me, but I am Jolie’s momma. I have scrapbook pages of Chaps and Emma from when you first got them. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

  40. Amanda Watson & Chloe
    July 14th, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Cat, I just saw this now, I am so sorry for your loss Emma was such a sweet and amazing girl. She had the best owner, who when some people may have given up on her due to her health issues you stood by her side through to the end. I have felt like these dogs Chaps and Emma are like my own, I have read their stories, and your blog/website over the years. I have grown to love these two hounds as I love my own. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and I just wanted to say that I am shedding many tears for our sweet Emma. May her and your dad meet again.

    Once again I am sending my condolences on Emma’s passing, we all send hugs and drool from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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