Chaps did get to see Gus again today…

August 31st, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and new little friends lovers…

I told you that we were hoping to see little Gus today at the dog park.  We did!


Gus’ Daddy was over on the other side talking but Gus ran over to say Hi to the Mayor.  It was so cute.

There were too many dogs coming and going so we just said HI and left.  The Mayor was ready to go smell another section of the park.  He is our leader!  hehehe

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We will keep track of Gus because we really like himz.

Just wanted to share…

More making friends later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

This will make you smile! Have a great Friday Residents!

August 31st, 2012 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and hours of fun lovers…Can you imagine howl much fun this baby is going have growing up and with life in general?  I am a very firm believer of kids growing up with dogs.

Pure joy!

A match made in heaven.

More loving real entertainment later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Girl of Summer…

August 29th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Girl of Summer Lovers…

Is it really the last days of August?  We are so excited in bassethoundtown.  I abhor August.  Well, abhor might be a bit strong.  We have tried to turn August around with a few new routines.  The best one is trying to get out early every morning with the Mayor and make sure we all get the exercise we so need.  We are loving it. Chaps even seemed to cotton up to a red heeler pup today.  We might go see if Gus is at the dog park tomorrow and push our luck.  hehehe

Maybe Emma was watching over Chaps and sending him a friend.


Gotta love a girl of summer…

More thinking Gus was darling later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

P.S. this is what Gus looked like almost exactly.


P.P.S – Note to Gus…don’t smell the Mayor’s rear end or you will get growled out again.  Didn’t phase Gus in the least.

Acupuncture treatments for dogs;) – Chaps is benefiting!

August 28th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Chaps Acupuncture Treatment Update Lovers…

The reason I named this blog posting so generic is for Google.  I have been getting a fair amount of visitors reading these posts and then e-mailing me with additional questions so I wanted to make it somewhat easier to google the topic and find information.

We arrived at Dr. Leicks office armed with our list of questions and of course the Mayor.  After discussing Chaps various problems Dr. Leick decided to concentrate on his hip dyspepsia with his chiropractic and acupuncture treatments.  Dr. Leick seemed to think that the jolting episodes were a combination of things.  It could be shooting pain in his hips and fear from the shooting pain.  Dr. Leick added a few needles to the fear points.

Chaps did great.

We left and took this picture pledging solidarity with New Orleans and wishing them dog speed for the fear they must be feeling.


We wore our Tulane T-Shirts to support our darling Henry.  Henry is my nephew and of course Grandma’s grandson.  We texted him him from the parking lot and he responded with “everything is cool, sheltering in place with my new class mates.” This is his view from his 11th floor freshman dorm room.


Welcome to New Orleans Henry!

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The Mayor decided to shelter in place at home.  He is doing great and resting really good.  So far only one jolting episode which is less than last night.


More watching the weather channel and no jolting later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Tomorrow the Mayor goes for his second acupuncture treatment!

August 27th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayor Lovers…

Tomorrow we take Chaps back to Dr. Leick for his second acupuncture treatment. If you recall, he is getting these treatments for his hip dyspepsia and his fear phobias.

I found this cute picture of himz over the weekend and thought I would share it.  He was about 5 years old here.


He looks so wistfully enchanting.

We had a small storm move through tonight and it just might be my imagination but he seemed a bit better.

More wistfully hopeful later…Love Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Facebook find of the day…Sweet Evening Breeze;)

August 27th, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Sweet Evening Breeze Lovers…

Who would not love to catch this Italian breeze in late August?


Ahhhhhhh……summer love.

More loving sweet evening breezes later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

They Mayor and I hosted a Picnic today for our gal pals!

August 24th, 2012 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Picnic Lovers….

Today the Mayor and I hosted a Picnic Lunch and card party for our gal pals.  Gosh, has it been 15 years that we have been playing bridge?

So much fun.

Today I hosted with a picnic theme.  To get ready I had Grandma put on the Mayor’s picnic bandanna!

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Bridge anyone?


What’s Trump?


A perfect picnic was had by all….

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More loving picnics with great friends later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Learn all about BaRNI at Daphneyland!

August 23rd, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time




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(November 11, 2009) – First posting…

I am just wondering, how is BaRNI related to Daphneyland? There always seems to be so much drama! Can anyone explain to me how these two are related? Just last night, 11-9-09 there was an AP release. Here it is! Make sure you go to see other comments at the bottom…

Learn how Daphneyland was bought for over a half million dollars and what you donate pays that mortgage. Learn who bought Daphneyland. Then you can decide for yourself how to donate.

The basset hounds at Daphneyland aren’t the only ones with long, sad faces.

Donations to the nation’s largest basset hound rescue have never been so low, bills so overdue, the need so crucial or the help so thin, said Dawn Smith, Daphneyland’s president and founder.

Every day, she looks at 100 basset hounds and wonders how she will feed them, heal them, bathe them, keep them warm or even give them a drink of water.

“We are bringing in $5,200 a month in donations and we need $10,000 to survive,” Smith said.

Animal rescues and shelters have suffered during the recession, particularly in states like California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona where the real estate boom busted the loudest, said Stephen L. Zawistowski, executive vice president for national programs and science adviser for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Based on real estate industry numbers and pet ownership figures, the ASPCA estimates 1 million to 2 million pets have been abandoned since the recession began in December 2007.

Rescues are no-kill organizations that rely on adoptions, donations, grants and volunteers to house animals, while shelters _ kill and no-kill _ depend on city or county budgets to pay employees and operate their facilities.

As the economy worsened, governments cut back on funding for shelters and charitable donations for rescues dried up. At Daphneyland, donations are down 40 percent, the rescue is full, volunteers have had to quit to take a second or third job or move out of the area to find work and bills keep going up.

“At pet food banks, they are seeing people who used to be donors now showing up asking if they can get a bag of dog food,” Zawistowski said.

Conditions will only get worse during the holidays, Smith said.

People who got dogs during the summer want to go home for the holidays and can’t afford to board their pets or take them along, so they dump them. And it’s the worst time of year for adoptions because the failure rate is so high. People adopt puppies because they are so cute, but Christmas and cuteness pass.

At Daphneyland (named after the hound Smith had when the rescue was founded in 2002), Smith said the mortgage is only a month-and-a-half behind so they are not facing foreclosure. The food and vet bills are always the first to be paid.

The electric bill at Daphneyland in Acton, about 50 miles north of Los Angeles, is $1,500 a month. Because it takes electricity to run the well, when the power goes out, so does the water.

On Nov. 3, Smith’s bill was $7,500 past due and the utility turned off the power. It took $3,000, a payment schedule and more than two hours on the phone to get it restored, Smith said.

Unless adoptions pick up, donations increase dramatically or grants become more readily available, Smith doesn’t know how her rescue or those like hers are going to survive.

The ASPCA doesn’t know how many rescues there are around the nation. But it says the country has between 3,000 and 5,000 shelters, which by definition means they receive at least 100 animals a year.

Zawistowski said between 5 percent and 7 percent of pets in a community end up at a shelter each year.

Nationally, between 6 million and 8 million animals go into shelters every year and about half, between 3 million and 4 million, are euthanized. Those numbers are about half dogs, half cats, Zawistowski said, because there are still a lot of shelters that don’t take cats. Of those that do, two-thirds to three-quarters of the animals in the shelters are cats.

Despite the numbers, Zawistowski pointed to unparalleled progress over the last 20 years. In the 1980s, between 20 million and 22 million animals were being euthanized each year, he said.

“No single social welfare group has made a greater impact on a problem than the people working in animal shelters,” he said, adding it has 100 percent to do with spaying and neutering.

There have been other recessions and recoveries, Zawistowski said. So he assumes there will be recovery again, but not without a lot of suffering because pets follow the fate of their people.

New Leash on Life in Newhall, about 20 miles from Daphneyland, announced last month that it was closing after 12 years and 5,000 placements.

A flurry of donations will keep the rescue open for another month while its board of directors works to extend its life and the owners work to find permanent homes for the last 13 dogs at the ranch. A last ditch”Black Friday Auction” is scheduled the day after Thanksgiving, but success depends on items that are donated, according to a letter put out by owners Bobby and Kelly Dorafshar.

Smith, a fourth-generation basset hound owner, is always honest about the dogs.

“They drool, they shed, they snore and they try your patience every day,” she said. The low slung, heavy boned dogs are prone to health problems, especially around their ears and bellies.

“They are stubborn, obstinate, but couldn’t be more loving. They are fabulous if you can handle a 65-pound lapdog.”

End of Release…

Then, I went to the BaRNI website and it was no longer there. It automatically sent me to Daphneyland!

What is going on?

Can anyone tell us?

How is Daphneyland related to BaRNI?

Brew a pot of coffee and get ready to hold on to your money!

Mamma’s Boy….

August 22nd, 2012 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mamma’s Boy Lovers…

Today school started in the city we live in.  I have decided to hold Chaps back a year because of his birthday;0  Isn’t that howl they judge when a kid starts school?  hehehe

Or maybe I will just home school himz……


Heck, let’s face it….He schools us all!

More loving a Mamma’s Boy later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

Facebook find of the day…

August 20th, 2012 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Facebook Find of the Day Lovers…OMDawg….

I thought this was the cutest picture.  It was taken at a dog show, I believe somewhere in Europe, but I am not sure.

Normally the judge will look at the bite of a dog by opening the mouth.

This little boy, who is a junior handler, did it for him!


What a great hound.

More loving a good bite later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB

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