Good Morning Sunshine and Yes….my walls really are that bright!

June 16th, 2012 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Sunshine Lovers!  Well….the house guests went home today and we are back to our “normal” selves.

Here we have Emma yesterday morning waiting in the hallway, listening to Romeo and Enzo eat with Grandma.


What is that picture hanging in the hall you might ask?

It’s Grandma!  She was a model and also worked at the ad agency that held the account for these little gem donuts.


Yes, my walls really are this bright!


FINALLY!  Grandma comes to the rescue!  Not with donuts but with cookie crackers!

That will do just fine!


More morning sunshine later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Happy Birthday Mommy, Love Emma…

June 15th, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma Lovers…

Our very own Emma had her own birthday wish/kiss in mind today!

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I love you Mommy, happy birthday…Emma Rudert

More loving kisses later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Happy Birthday to me! Cat Rudert of Bassethoundtown!

June 15th, 2012 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Birthday Lovers….Yes, fellow residents today is my 55th birthday.  I am going to celebrate it with the hounds and Grandma!

This morning I woke up to this birthday song e-mail from Colby Chaps and his sister Abby.  I thought it was so so cute I had to upload it to Youtube and share it with the residents.  You can sing along if you want!

Happy Birthday to me!


(Abby on the left and my Granddog on the right)

More loving howling hounds later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

A few steps forward into the sunlight!

June 13th, 2012 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Sunlight Lovers….It was just a special day in bassethoundtown.  The weather was cool this morning and Grandma and I had some gardening to do.

Emma has not tried to go down the back steps since her set back about a week and 1/2 ago.   So, watching her like a hawk we let her make her way and make her way she did!  She only stumbled once and only fell about an inch off a step.

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This is her favorite sun bathing spot.  Right on Emma!

I know I have posted many garden pictures but these are much different.  The Mayor was holding court today as we watered and tended to the tomato plant.  He ordered Emma to observe the upper deck.


Then Grandma and I decided that was enough sun and vitamin D and got the kids inside.

Here comes Emma up the steps.  This may look normal to some folks but to us it was awe inspiring.  Grandma and I were clutching our fists and gritting our teeth.

The baby robins are still here in the blue pot on the right.  I am wondering if they ever will leave!  They are so big they are going to push each other out of that pot.

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I had bought a new hanging door screen the day before and it was different than the last one I had but we still wanted to see if she could maneuver it.

Come on….She is as sharp as a tack.

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Chaps beat her to the AC vent…

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More loving a few steps into the sunlight later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

BLT and a hound!

June 13th, 2012 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and BLT Lovers….I have seen this Hellmanns commercial almost ad nauseum over the past several weeks.  Every time I see it I think to myself, “who spreads mayo over bacon like that?”

But get this.  I have never seen this ending.  I think they cut it out of the TV commercial.  I cannot believe that someone like me would miss that! I just would not!

I saw the video on Lois Lema’s facebook page so I like to give credit where credit is due.  Also Lois said that she knows the hound!  Who is it Lois?  I hope he or she got a bite!


More not spreading mayo over bacon later.  On the toast, always on the toast!  Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

PS – Hellmanns or Miracle Whip?

PPS – In 1905, Richard Hellmann from Vetschau, Germany, opened a delicatessen on Columbus Avenue in New York City, where he used his wife’s recipe to sell the first ready-made mayonnaise. It became so popular that he began selling it in bulk to other stores. In 1912 he built a factory for producing Mrs. Hellmann’s mayonnaise. It was mass marketed and called Hellmann’s Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise. It was so successful, Hellmann closed his delicatessen by 1917 to devote full time to his mayonnaise business.

In 1933 Kraft developed a new dressing similar to mayonnaise, but as a less expensive alternative. Premiering at the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933, Miracle Whip was an instant success as a condiment on fruits, vegetables and salads.

A bit of breaking news!

June 12th, 2012 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and breaking news about Emma lovers….

11:20pm – Tuesday night 6/12/12

For the past 4 days Emma has not crawled into the big living room bed.  It has been too hard for her.  She was so weak. It breaks my heart because everyone knows she loves her comfort corner.  I could help her into the bed but I could just tell she was not up for it.

But tonight! All by herself!


Herz got in the big bed!

We have all been sleeping differently.  Me on the couch next to Chaps and Emma on the floor right within hands reach. It was just more comfortable for Emma.  Chaps could have gotten in the bed but he chose to lay on the floor with Emma.  Good Boy.

It’s a good night for Emma.  Such a few small steps but it’s huge for us.

More crawling into bed later.  Love Cat, Chaps, and beddy bye girl.

Romeo and Enzo visit for a few days.

June 12th, 2012 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Romeo and Enzo Lovers….Well, it was not the best timing for a visit from the cousin dogs but you know what?  I think Emma actually had no problem with it.  Chaps howl ever, well you know.  I keep everyone separated for the most part but no one misses out on lots of love.

Don’t miss seeing Enzo on the top level.

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Our Emma is making good strides and actually ate really good today.  She was moving better as well. We were THRILLED!

I normally put Emma and Chaps in the kitchen when I am feeding and moving Romeo and Enzo out for potty but today I could tell Emma wanted to stay with Grandma and I.  We let her.  Chaps was not happy.

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Emma can do whatever she wants.

It’s Emma’s world and we all just rotate around her. (As it should be)!

More sun and stars later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Hero Firefighter rescues one-eyed elderly basset from house fire near San Francisco!

June 11th, 2012 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Fire Fighter Lovers….Wow, those guys and gals are the best ever.  Can you imagine your home burning down and your beloved family member is inside?  I can’t.  I shutter to think.


Firefighters rescued a dog from a fire at a Hayward home Sunday night, a fire inspector said.Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a single-story house on Lafayette Avenue around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Hayward Fire Inspector Gerry Price said.

The first crews on the scene encountered black smoke coming from the front door.

Crews entered the home and were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen, knocking down the flames in 10 to 15 minutes, Price said.

The couple living in the home safely evacuated but told fire personnel that their 13-year-old basset hound, Maddie, was still inside. Maddie is blind in one eye.

Fire crews “went through every bedroom, nook, cranny and closet and found the dog,” Price said.

Hayward firefighter Ed Camera scooped up the dog, unharmed, and carried it to safety, Price said. No injuries to residents or firefighters were reported.

Hayward Hero saves hound

Maddie, a 13-year-old basset hound, is held by Hayward firefighter Ed Camera after being rescued from a house fire. (Hayward Fire Dept.)

Objects on top of a lit kitchen stove apparently started the fire, according to Price. The kitchen sustained significant damage while the rest of the house sustained only smoke damage.

End of article….

OK residents – let’s all stay safe in our town.  It only takes a slight error to make a critical mistake.

Thank goodness for heroes like Ed Camera!

More loving heroes later…Cat, Chaps and Emma

Hi fellow town hounds and residents – Emma Rudert here!

June 11th, 2012 - 10:10 am KY Time

Hellow Fellow Basset Hound and my update lovers.  I just want to thank everyone for loving me.  I am slowly trying to get better.  I just feel so tired.  I slept good but had to go potty at 3 and 6.  Mommy thought a skunk went through our back yard but I fooled her. It was me!  hehehe

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I ate my breakfast, took my pills and had some cookie crackers.  I am still drinking plenty of water.  Mommy called my doctors this morning and she will report to them my condition.

I sure hope that Mommy can stop worrying so much but I know that is not possible.  She is probably a worse worry wart than Chaps, if that is possible.

Well….I am going to go take my morning nap.

More loving town residents later….Love Emma, Chaps and of course Mommy.

We have our Emma back – THANK DOG!

June 10th, 2012 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma being back lovers.  First off, I can’t thank the residents enough for all of the comments and encouragement regarding Emma and her wild liver ride.  I have learned so much and I hope that some day all of these liver postings and comments will help someone else.

Last night Emma woke up really hungry and this is a little video I took for the residents of Emma eating Cookie Crackers.  The Mayor makes a quick cameo.

Her hunger made me feel really good and Grandma and I are 100% sure it was the Chinese Herbs that made her very ill.  Emma’s liver is already compromised and it could not tolerate the herbs.  Emma was a big help in healing herself because she was always drinking lots and lots of water.  She probably knew she had to flush that stuff out of her system. Plus, of course, she had the best care around the clock.

Well, you live and learn.  No more herbs, whatsoever, for our gal. We will stay the course we were on.

So, we actually slept through the night!  Emma was in her comfort corner under her gully ALL NIGHT LONG!

I woke up at 7:00am (I was on the fancy couch) and jolted up and over to look at her.  She lifted her head and licked her lips.  I laid down next to her and announced to the Mayor, “Emma’s Back”!  She was rubbing her head on my head and moaning and groaning, giving me big slobber kisses and I was a blubbering fool.

So, she got out of bed and walked down the hall and did her little hop step out the potty door all on her own!  A little shaky but she did it!

Came back in, walked to her position and waited for breakfast.

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A prettier sight has never been seen!

She ate about a 1/4 of her normal amount but is still crazy for her cookie crackers!

We have our Emma back! We are very lucky to have so much slobber being slung from many regions.  It helped I tell you…it sure helped and we are honored to have such support.  I was hesitant to lay Emma’s scare on the residents but let’s face it, most of you have been here following her story for about 7 years and we thank you for that.

More loving that Emma is back and more loving all the residents of bassethoundtown later. Cat, Chaps and our liver girl Emma.

P.S. – love your liver…


P.P.S.  I think the babies are going to take off today.

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