Mommy, I howl for you!

July 30th, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Howling Lovers…Well, today I had to go out and get a few of Chaps prescriptions filled.  Grandma babysat and took a few video clips from her IPhone.  There are 5 clips.  I love them!  They are all each about 15 seconds long.






I wanted to add them all to one YouTube video but I was having trouble.  This is all a bit new to us working with these IPhone video clips but we love them.

Why he was howl crying for me with his Grandma right by is side is kind of a mystery.


Here he is with his Grandma years ago.  Just darling….I wonder if himz is spoiled?

He was probably just used to me never leaving his side for about 7 days now.

The stitches will come out a week from today.

The healing continues….

More hovering later…Love, Cat, Chaps, Grandma and Emma ATB

PS – I stopped and bought him some Belgium Butter Cookies on my way home…hehehe

Mommy saves the day!

July 29th, 2012 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mommy Saving the Day Lovers…Well, we are on our 3rd full day of healing and Chaps is feeling better every day.  Last night he even wanted to go down the back steps to the patio area and smell around!

So…this morning we were heading to the ladies room to go potty and low and behold I spotted this! (Click the picture to see more detail)


Gezzus!  That is all we need, the Mayor getting mixed up with this guy!  I have to give him or her credit, it is a nice looking web but the spider made a critical error.  He or she attached the left bottom portion of the web to my hose!  Bad move.

Anyway….I cautioned the Mayor to stay put while Mommy saved the day!


I hosed off the web but I saw the slick spider slide up the escape hate to the roof.  Believe it or not the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.  See it in the picture to the left of the Mayor?  Yep.  That spider will be back.

I told Chaps Rudert the coast was clear…

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He wasn’t buying it.  He decided to just forgo the ladies room for now and lay by the door.

I put his screen door in for him because a nice morning breeze was coming in from that direction.

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More Mommy saving the day later…Love Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

5:55am Saturday July the 28th – Chaps Rudert goes Belly UP!

July 28th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayor Lovers…Well…as you can see from the title of this blog we had a belly up event in the early morning hours.  I thought I was dreaming.  Chaps woke me up moving around a little bit.  I started giving him a back rub and then the big guy went belly up!  I was so excited that I checked the exact time so I could report this to the residents!  5:55am!  We both fell back asleep and when we got up I could tell he felt sooooo much better.  I could see it in his eyes.  I told him, “Hi Mr. Delicious – I see I have my boy back”!

Grandma spent time over the past few days washing the office bed to see if he would get back in it.  He has not been interested in this bed since before Emma left us.  Here she is trying to coax him in….

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He just would have none of it.  Very strange.  Here is howl the whole then ended up…

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Grandma was trying to get his mind off his neck.  It started itching today.  That is probably good…we have always heard if, it itches it is healing….

This is the incision where the neck wart thing was removed.  We are trying to get air to it.


Well…he can reach it with the right back paw that we are trying to keep the sock on but it is proving hard.  He actually scratched it and drew a tiny bit a blood today.  Not good.

So we tried this technique suggested by Debbie. The double bandanna.  I absolutely loved it.

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Then we added a thicker slipper sock.

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HE HATED IT!  Himz cried and begged us to take it off.  He was actually talking to us and I swear I could tell what he was saying. He would look at Grandma and then he would look at me all the time slightly crying.

So, I took it all off.

The sock will go back on before bed.  It’s for his own good.

Tomorrow will start the 4th full day of healing and maybe another belly up!

More keeping that paw off the neck later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Friday update on the Mayor. He is not quite ready to carry the Olympic torch yet;)

July 27th, 2012 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and update lovers.  Last night was ruff on our Mayor.  He did not sleep well at all and cried most of the night.  He also paced and moaned.  I was pacing and moaning with him hoping he would wear himself out but it just didn’t happen.  I think the severe thunder storms had his adrenaline too high. Grandma came down early this morning to try and sooth him into a nap and it worked.

His doctor said we could up his pain meds to every 8 hours instead of every 12.

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Later we finally got him to go out on the porch for a tinkle.


This was the big cyst that kept erupting.  Believe it or not, this one was not as bad as on the one on his neck, which was not a cyst but something else.  I had it sent to the lab to see what it is.  It started out as a small wart like thing.  Then it grew into a large (walnut size) bloody wart thing.  It was the only reason I had the other ones removed and his teeth cleaned.  The dang thing was nasty.

And…he can reach it with his paw which means, he can reach the stitches as well.  So….here is Mr. sock paw.

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It works really well so far.  He can walk and it is throwing off his scratching ability.

Here is another picture.

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He is resting for now but still very uncomfortable.  I am anxious to get 3 pain pills in him today.

We are going to watch the Olympics tonight.  That should be fun!

I am making pork and sauerkraut. (Sound familiar?)

More updates about our boy later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Himz is home safe and somewhat sound…

July 26th, 2012 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and safe and almost sound lovers…I say almost sound because the Mayor is in some pain.  I gave him his pain pills and they do seem to be helping.

This is us coming home.  Chaps always rests his chin on the arm rest between Grandma and I.  We were so happy to see him do this on the way home.


Chaps struggled to get up the stairs but he made it.  We had his leash around his waist.

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I tried to get a picture that was not too gruesome of his stitches.

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Unfortunately we had a thunderstorm move through almost as soon as we got home.  It was not good.  He was so frantic and in pain.  It was the worst case scenario.

Things have calmed down now.

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But we have more coming our way.  If anyone needed a break tonight it was us.

But…I am not complaining too much.  We have our boy home and he did great today.  We will get though the storms.

More loving the Mayor resting at my feet for now….Cat, Chaps, and Emma ATB

Chaps is out of surgery and doing “Great”!

July 26th, 2012 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and out of Surgery Lovers!  Whew…..His doctor, Dr. Doan said he came out of the anesthesia quickly and walked right down the hall to his recovery kennel.  Bless his heart.

I tweeted this picture this morning but Twitter is down so I am posting it here.  You don’t need to belong to Twitter to see my Tweets, they are right along side this blog.  It says “Follow me on Twitter” and my most current one is always at the top.

Here we are dropping off Chaps.  I wanted to get that humongous tree in the background.  I love that tree.  It was most likely planted when this office was built over 60 years ago.  I will have to ask Dr. Doan.  My Dad remembered the first vet that owned the practice.

Anyway, I call that tree – THE TINKLE TREE OF LIFE!


Can you imagine howl many dogs have gone on or near that tree over the decades?  Well, Chaps and Emma are 2 of them.

After we dropped off our boy we went to the store to buy Frosty Paws.  Chaps has never had Frosty Paws…can you even believe that?  I will let you know what he thinks.

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So, as you can imagine we are just thrilled that the Mayor did so good.  His doctor did some hip and back x-rays of our boy.  He said the back looked supper good for an elder basset gentleman but his hips were moderately affected with
hip dysplasia.

We are going to have to watch his diet and get some gentle exercise.  We will make sure Dr. Leick sees the x-rays as well.

Dr. Doan said we could pick up our boy in a few hours so we will have him back in his kingdom very shortly.  We are going to try the sock paw thing.  I will take some pictures for the residents to see.

Thank you everyone for sending him healing drool and a safe surgery.  We really, really appreciate it.  Bassethoundtown residents are the best. I can’t tell you howl much it helped.

More updates later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

No food or water after 11:00pm for the Mayor….

July 25th, 2012 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayor lovers….Of course the Mayor cannot have food or water after 11pm tonight due to his surgery tomorrow.

So, I made him a special 10:00pm snack.

You can see a little bit of blood on his ear.  That is that stupid cyst thing bleeding on his ear.  I cannot wait to get it off.

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See that pan?  Grandma and I are trying out a new feeding dish so his ears stay out of the food.  It is a meat loaf type of pan.


We were calling him “Loaf Man” today.

More loving 10:00 snacks later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Good News! Chaps blood test was, “Very, Very Good”!

July 24th, 2012 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Blood Test Lovers…Wow!  Chaps Doctor called today and said that his blood test was “very, very good”!  Two verys!  Is that a word?  Anyway, Grandma and I are thrilled.  Now he has the green light for his mass removals and teeth cleaning on Thursday.

Today we had an appointment with Dr. Leick.  It worked out wonderful because we talked about his surgical procedures.  Dr. Leick made sure he proceeded with everything in mind for anesthesia on Thursday.  We had the best talk.  We discussed Chaps extreme storm phobia and we now have a plan.  I cannot wait to try it.  Dr. Leick said that Chaps needs to get the masses off before we start his next therapy.  He did a few adjustments and was so pleased howl Chaps was holding up to the past adjustments.  We talked about Emma and howl Chaps was doing. We discussed howl Chaps was struggling with not having Emma or his job watching over her.  Chaps was so in charge of Emma and now he does not have his girl or his job.  We have to keep him busy, happy and healthy.  It will be a different life for all of us.  Dr. Leick really helped us all.

It was just a wonderful visit. Here we are leaving.

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We decided to get lunch and find a place to relax. We wanted to stretch Chaps legs.

But look at this!

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We decided to high tail it home.

When we got home it was all cleared up so we went to our park to eat lunch.

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This was the first walk without Emma.  I was so proud of Chaps.  He did so much better than I did.  I kept my cool but it was hard.  I did it for him.

Our journey continues.

More loving very, very good blood tests later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Well…Burger Boy is going to have surgery on Thursday –

July 23rd, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Chaps update Lovers….Today we took Chaps into the vet to confirm basically what Grandma and I both knew.  He has to have the growth on his neck removed.

Here we are going to the dreaded vet…

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He actually will have 3 lumps removed and his teeth cleaned.

Here he is getting weighed.  I think it was 72 pounds. He absolutely loves, loves, loves getting on the scale.  We praise him like he is winning an Olympic gold metal.  When he enters the door the runs for the scale.  It is soooooo cute!  Look at his face.

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Here I am helping to hold my boy.  He also got his nails clipped.  Please don’t mind my funny look.  I think it is nerves.

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I am adding this picture because you can kind of see the neck mass that is the biggest problem.  I didn’t want to show it full force because it is gnarly. It got worse over the past week.


Tomorrow he goes back to Dr. Leick.  We have a bunch of questions regarding his arthritis in his hip area.

Oh dear me.

More not looking forward to Thursday later but it needs to be done….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

I had the best dream ever last night!

July 23rd, 2012 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Dream Lovers…

Last night was the best night ever since Emma passed away.  I had the most wonderful dreams all night long.  It was so strange because as I was falling asleep I was basically mad at myself because I was not getting to dream of Emma or if I was I was not enjoying it because I could not remember.  So, that might have triggered something because I had the best dreams for most of the night.  We had the best time.  I was giving her belly rubs and kissing her neck.

It looked just like this.


I was calling her name and she came running.  I could not believe it was her but I kind of knew in my dream I was dreaming so I made the most of every moment.  I can remember just wanting to smell her.  I grabbed our Emma and sure enough I could smell her.  It was Emma.


She was jumping and barking.  She was so happy to see me.


More loving dreams of Emma later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

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