A Howl-o-ween update on our Mayor!

October 31st, 2012 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayoral Howl-o-ween update lovers…

Yesterday Chaps had another acupuncture/chiropractic treatment.  His Grandma and I both believe the treatments are really helping.  Dr. Ron Leick treats Chaps for a variety of issues including, hip dyspepsia, arthritis, fear, anxiety, phobias, confusion, coughing, as well as gunk in his eyes.  Yes, you heard me right…gunk in his eyes.  Yesterday, Dr. Leick did acupuncture all around Chaps eyes and he looked like pin head.

I was too frightened to take a picture.  I was afraid he would move.

Anyway, this morning…not a single drop of gunk in his eyes which is just shocking to me.  I don’t want to jump the gun, but I am extremely hopeful.  Here is the proof at 6:00am this morning.

gunkless eyes

Chaps wanted to wear his anatomically correct howl-o-ween costume for Dr. Lieck to see, so off we went….

I love this costume.  It is actually a human apron and it glows in the dark.  As you can see, I put his harness on right over it.

Dr. Leick loved it!

Chaps is adored by Dr. Leick's wife (in the background) she kisses him the entire time as she gently holds him.

As you can see, I have his winter coat under my arm.  We took off the costume as soon as we entered the exam room and then before we left I put his coat on him.  It used to be Lily’s coat.

I wanted him to have his coat on because Grandma and I were going to stop for lunch on the way home.  It was cold outside.  As per usual we always pick a spot where we can see the car.

Across the street is the Newport gambling museum.  Newport, KY has quite the history.

This place is called Newport Pizza Company.  Grandma and I are going to start doing food reviews in more detail.  Of course we will always report on the dog aspect of dining.  We are still working out some of the ruff edges but it will be around sometime this winter when I add the sub-blog.  This place will get a more in depth analysis.

NPC are known for their homemade mozzarella cheese cubes.

Don’t they look delicious?  Looks can be deceiving.  They were cold and hard.


I ordered another specialty of theirs, the Spaghetti Knob Bocce Ball!
A mound of spaghetti topped with blanched baby spinach, their almost famous pizza sauce and Aunt Ella’s half pound meatball. Served with a slice of garlic toast. $8.25

Wow, I take good pictures.  Once again, the food was cold, salty and too greasy.

Blech…Cold, over salted, watery sauce, and the garlic bread was saturated with grease. Chaps seemed to enjoy a small portion of the meat ball I brought home.

We paid 50.00 for this lunch!!!

So, all in all our summary was – “Run, don’t walk your dog right on by the Newport Pizza Company”….

The Mayor was glad to be home….

Nothing, absolutely nothing is cuter than a basset in a fleece heart coat!

Tonight is Howl-o-ween so be careful residents.  Keep your hounds safe and inside.  Make sure you watch them when they go out to potty.  This is not a good night for pets.  I have decided to just call it off at my house.  After Chaps has his treatments he is a bit skittish for a few days so we don’t need extra stimulation.

Mommy and her best boy!

Yes, I color coordinated to match our Mayor.  I even got to wear my hounds tooth rain boots.  We were stylin’ and profilin’!

Last year we did not have many trick or treaters and tonight it will still be raining from Sandy

Hopefully there is a scary movie on tonight…(not pin head)

More loving taking care of the Mayor later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB handing out candy with Grandpa.


I sure hope all of the residents that endured Sandy are safe…

October 30th, 2012 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and my fellow shocked and stunned lovers.  I have been glued to the TV, mostly the weather channel for days.  I am a huge weather follower and this event was one in a life time and not in a good way as we all know.

I hope and hope some more that all of the folks on the east coast and beyond can weather this storm and somehow I think they will with the leadership and help of our great nation.

We all thought about our friends and one of my best friends was sheltering in place in Red Bank, NJ.  Evelyn Leavens. 

This is her picture on the book jacket back in 1957, the year I was born.

I got an e-mail right before she lost her power.  She said to me….

“Three deer were in my backing yard yesterday. Very tame. Healthy from eating weeds and drinking from my pond. I’m sleeping in my clothes tonight. Don’t worry, Cat. What’s to be is to be. Worst hurricane I ever saw here. Only one other in the 30’s. Sounded like a freight train. Will tell you all about it after it’s over. Don’t worry!”

I guess by now we all know that NJ was hit the hardest by most accounts and I felt like I weathered the storm with Governor Chris Christie.  Wow, you can tell howl much that guy love his state.

I am not on the political side of the Governor but I am on the side of the love for his state.

I woke up during the middle of the night back on September the 4th or 5th and Jimmy Fallon was on with the Governor and half asleep I watched as this portion of his interview was on.  It brought a huge smile to my sleepy face.

Governor Chris Christie and Jimmy Fallon – Thunder Road

Wow, he has seen Bruce over 100 times!  Bruce is still on my bucket list.

Bruce, we need ya now.

I have not heard from my friend.  I know she has some very, very close friends that will get to her.

I will keep everyone posted.

She is one of the many residents that have been tossed around.  I am checking on all of you.

More loving thundering down the road later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB probably hanging with Boswell and looking over Evelyn.

PS – The Pres will visit NJ tomorrow.  This pic is from his visit after Irene.



Sunday, 10-28-12 with bassethoundtown!

October 28th, 2012 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and spending Sunday with the Mayor lovers…

Well, this fall has been absolutely gorgeous and we have enjoyed as much of it as we can.  I made a little YouTube of our day.

More loving sharing later…Cat, Chaps and Emma (not sharing food) ATB

PS – we sprinkled a little holy water on the Mayor’s hips for good measure;)



Carter Caves, KY State Park – Dog Friendly!

October 27th, 2012 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Dog Friendly Vacation Spot Lovers…

I am now getting around to blogging about our overnight to:

Carter Caves KY State Resort Park. 

I also submitted my review to Tripadvisor and it was approved a few days ago.
Welcome to Carter Caves State Resort Park where your dogs are always welcome.  The first criteria for travel in my pack is, “are you dog friendly?”  The answer is a big yes for all of the Kentucky State Resort Parks.  Resort Parks means that there is a lodge in the park.  All of these Resorts Parks have at least 2 dog friendly rooms that tack on 27.00 dollars extra for clean up. We parked within 10 steps of our rooms.

I had the dog friendly room and it was spotless.  The floor was laminate and looked new.

My basset hound and I stayed in room 260.  I suggest you request this exact room.  It is on the ground level of course and there is a huge grassy area steps away from the door.

The Lodge even has doggie poop bags right out side of your door.  There a large bench to sit on as well.  My Mom had the room right next door.

Each room has a balcony that overlooks a mature forest area.  If there was a problem it was the balcony.  The barriers between the balconies did not come to the ground and with a dog like a basset hound, they could go right under it.  Not the best set up.  A leash would be a must for a low to the ground hound or a little dog.

Now a little bit about the park.  When entering Carter Caves make sure you are not in a hurry.  This drive leading into the park is absolutely beautiful.  There are dozens of little pull offs that over look a huge creek/stream.  The photo ops are endless.

If you plan ahead you can bring your lunch and have a picnic at one of the many tables that overlook the natural beauty of this area.  According to many KY State Park visitors this drive is one of the best in all of the KY State Parks.  I would have to agree.  We did not pick Carter Caves for the Caves.  My Mom and I had no intention of going anywhere there might be bats.  We go for the drives and the walks. There was also a really cute welcome center and gift shop.  This is where the cave tours start.  We also love the old time feel of the Lodges and the dining halls.  We had 2 meals in Tierney’s Cavern.  The menu was the same as other KY Resort Parks but the presentation was not as good.  The food was not hot and way, way over salted.  Our suggestion would be to ask the cook not to salt the food which we did and it was still too salty.  It was OK but nothing to buy a post card of the cave and write home about.

Chaps stayed in the room and laid by the door until my Mom and I got back.  He seemed fine.  I left the TV on for him and upon our return we all headed out for an evening walk around the area.  As we were heading out a group of 5 deer walked right in front of us.  They were not phased at all.

We always call it an early night with a glass of wine.  Bring your own because these KY State Resort Parks are dry.  We had full internet access with no problems at all.  There is cable TV in the rooms with about 15 channels.  We were going to explore more of the region the next morning but I got worse and we had to return home.  We will go back!  Again, we give Carter Caves KY State Resort Park 4 paws up.

More loving KY overnights later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB heading under any barrier she wants!


This week is just a shadow of it’s former self:)

October 26th, 2012 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and this week being over lovers.  I was just sniffing around face book and found this picture of our very own Hal from Japan.

I for one am glad this week is over.  I am finally feeling better.  I have also been getting ready for the cold months ahead.

I ordered some supplies from Amazon and I cannot wait to share them with you.  Of course the majority of it was for our Mayor.

Anyone doing anything fun this weekend?

More loving shadows later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB casting the longest shadow of all….

Blast from the Bassethoundtown past…

October 23rd, 2012 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Blast From the Past Lovers…

I am guessing that my Dad cut out this comic from the Wall Street Journal around 1997.  I love it so much it still hangs in my office.  I shared it with the residents back in about 2006 or so.


More loving smiling over and over from the same comic later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB getting her pretty patty rubbed everyday!

Please, Enjoy Our Orange Day;)

October 22nd, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Orange Day Lovers….I love the color orange.  We named our Lily after the beautiful day lily.

So, when we walked past the Church that is in the Lily Book today I thought of her.

This is the page in the Lily Book that this Church inspired, about 5 minutes from bassethoundtown.

I saw orange everywhere today.  Maybe it was Lily….

What a wonderful glow…

I wanted to share our orange day….

More loving Lily Orange later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB reading the Lily Book to all of the other hounds, Lily is laying by her side….


Honeychild – The Movie, 2006

October 21st, 2012 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Honeychild Lovers….

It’s funny what makes a hit on YouTube and what gets barely seen.  This little video only has 2750 views and the next one I made of Emma on the couch has almost 50K.  Weird.  I love both of them.

Here is Honeychild for your viewing pleasure….

What a joy to have these in my archives.

PS – they look so young!

More loving honeychildren later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB being a fantastic honeyhound later….

The Official Crest of Bassethoundtown

October 20th, 2012 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Official Crest Lovers…

I had fun designing the official crest of bassethoundtown back in 1997.  It deserves showing again and again!

bassethoundtown crest

we are royal

There are many, many symbols involved here.  All a part of the famous Lily book!

More loving the Lily book later…Cat, Chaps and Emma reading the Lily book to all at the bridge!

Grandma made me a sick tray last night. I still am on the mend:(

October 20th, 2012 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and on the mend lovers….

Wow, just wow.  This sickness thing really had a hold of me.  It really sux because it is so beautiful outside and I wait for this time of year….well….all year.

So, last night Grandma made me a wonderful crock pot dinner and served it to me on a tray. It was enough for 2 nights so I am all set for tonight as well.  I loved the little flower touch!

I also wanted to share the tray with you.  It is soooooooooo cute.  I have had it for years and I don’t think I have ever seen another one like it.

So, this morning after Chaps had his breakfast I was going to treat him with a rather large birthday cookie that Maureen sent to him. It is so cute and has icing like an autumn leaf!

Isn’t that cute?  I had to make it special, just like Grandma did for me!

I put his leaf cookie in a little leaf dish and let himz enjoy the flower!

I wonder if he enjoyed the flower?

I know himz enjoyed the cookie!

More loving the little touches in life later….Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB with all the cookies she can eat!

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