Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert * 10/17/00 – 12/25/12

December 26th, 2012 - 12:12 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert Lovers….

Tonight was torture for Grandma and I as we lost huge gaping sections of our souls.  Chaps has left us.  He bloated this evening and was not able to recover.  He passed in the bed that him and I had shared for close to a decade.  He took his last breath in the spot that so much love occurred between us.  The hours spent loving and cuddling him in this spot were beyond measure and a treasure.

I am in shock but able to report this devastating news.  I can barely see my eyes are so swollen and my throat is almost closed up.

He was everything to us. This picture was taken years ago.

Hospice will be here in the morning to carry him away. I will remain in shock.

I want to thank the residents for loving him so dearly.  I know you are all in shock as well.

More loving Chaps for as long as I live later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB with Chaps tonight.  I know now Emma was sending me signs all day for a reason.  Chaps has a portion of Grandpas ashes in his paws tonight.




  1. Bruce & Gretchen & Odin & Napoleon & Sophie
    December 26th, 2012 | 12:58 am

    Oh, Cat! We are heart-broken for you and Grandma and all of Bassethound Town. You have been blessed to have had Chaps for as long as you did. He and Emma brought so much happiness to so very many people, literally all over the world. Few people can claim this, let alone hound dogs.

    We don’t know what else to say, except that we are so very very sorry. Sending our warmest thoughts, wishes and prayers to you, Grandma and Chaps and Emma at the bridge.

    B, G, O, N & S

  2. Bobthedog Nali
    December 26th, 2012 | 2:25 am

    We are so shocked and will miss Chaps too he was truly one of a kind houndie and will be missed by all.. Kathy and Bob

  3. Mary
    December 26th, 2012 | 3:17 am

    OH, Cat!:((…I can’t even see the screen through my tears, I am in shock. There are no words to express my deep sadness that Chaps has journeyed to the Bridge. He leaves behind a legacy of love, and we will all miss him terribly. Your precious boy is in the arms of gentle St. Francis, I believe that with all my heart. And tonight the sky is made brighter with his special star.

    Chaps and Emma are together now, with Grandpa, and they’ll be watching over you and Grandma forever. When the sun beams down they are warming you, and when the wind brushes your face, you will know it’s their loving touch.

    Deep, mournful aroooooooos:(((

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo, who are sending truckloads of their warmest, most soothing drool for the terrible pain in your hearts…

  4. Marsie
    December 26th, 2012 | 4:06 am

    Oh, Cat…

    How my heart aches for you in the loss of your children. Please…I am awake. Call me if I can do anything…I mean, ANYTHING for you. (859)441-7924. May I bring Nosey over to comfort you? Oh…God bless you.


  5. lois lema
    December 26th, 2012 | 6:26 am

    tears. no..sobs.
    there are no real words…i am so so sorry

    in the fall he will make the journey with us to the chapel so he can be with emma…altho i know he is already with her. together they are covering you with their grace & keeping watch over your broken hearts & souls.

    oh cat..grandma..i wish i was closer….

  6. Suzanne Fitch
    December 26th, 2012 | 7:25 am

    Cathy – Am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Chaps. He ruled so many people’s hearts through your faithful reporting. My prayers are with you.

  7. December 26th, 2012 | 7:36 am

    Oh Cat ….. no words. Crying. We are so sad. We love you.

  8. joni brooks
    December 26th, 2012 | 8:47 am

    I am in utter shock Cat. My deepest sympathy to you and grandma. This unexpected loss is so hard to deal with. Rest in Peace Chaps. You will be missed so much by so many. Tell Emmers hi.

  9. December 26th, 2012 | 8:51 am

    Cat, I’m so very sorry! This shocks me, too. Chaps was so much a part of you and I can’t believe he’s really gone. Bloat is such a horrible thing. Unless you can get them to a vet immediately, they have no chance. I know you’ll be mourning Chaps for a long time but I hope your heart heals soon. (((CAT))).

  10. Sandi
    December 26th, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks after reading the news about Chaps. I am so very, very sorry. I am sending heart healing drool from Miss Delilah Belle and our very own senior hound, Dozer and hugs from us. Words are never enough…but know I am holding you all in my heart today.

  11. Cindy, Jethro Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    December 26th, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Oh no! I am in total shock. I sure didn’t expect this on Christmas Day. Chaps had the very best care and all the love in the world. He was so very lucky to have you and I know you and Grandma were so very lucky that you had Chaps. I always wanted to meet Chaps but feel like I was a part of his life because of the basset hound town blogs. We will never forget Chaps and Emma. Their lives were just way too short. But I know that Chaps is with Grandpa and Emma now. Chaps makes the heavens complete and I have no doubt that he is still mayor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very hard time. Please know that we will be thinking of you and Grandma. I can’t imagine the hurt. Please accept this cyber hug from the Doyle household. I know we are far, far away but let us know if there is anything we can do.

    RIP Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert.
    You will always be in our hearts and you will always be loved.

    Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet.

  12. Emily
    December 26th, 2012 | 10:29 am

    So sorry for the loss of Chaps:( we will light a candle for him. We loved hearing of his and sweet Emma’s journeys. It brought a smile to mine, and my children’s faces.
    God speed Chaps!
    Cat and Grandma, so sorry:(
    Much love Emily

  13. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    December 26th, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Cat….no,nno I can’t type. I was so happy to see the photo of him with his toy and glad he was smelling his sons scent on the toy and now I am in shock! I am so very very sorry — I can only imagine how overcome you are. I love you and I’m praying for you and Grandma right now. I’ll email you.

  14. Maureen and Slinky
    December 26th, 2012 | 10:39 am

    OH Cathy!,

    I am so sorry to hear this news. It sounded like he was on the mend. I wish I could think of something to say to console you and your mother. You, your mother Chaps and Emma brought so much sweetness into so many peoples/Bassets lives.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you and your mother.

  15. Judy, Bumper and Abby
    December 26th, 2012 | 10:52 am

    I have no words only tears. I am so sorry Cat.

  16. Gabrielle
    December 26th, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Dearest Cat and Grandma,

    I am so sorry to hear that Chaps has gone to heaven to be with Grandpa and little Emma. Thank you so much for all your blogs and to let us be part of BassetHoundTown and YOU! I know your hurt and will keep you in my prayers! How I miss Chaps’ sweet face, I cry! Love you always! Gabrielle

  17. Mary, Larsen and Ninja
    December 26th, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Oh no!! I am in total shock too, and am at a loss for words. Just know how truly sorry I am, Cat. Chaps was such a beautiful sweet boy and he will remain in my heart forever. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I know I’m far away, but please let me know if there is anything I can do.
    Much love to you and Grandma.

  18. Karen McDonough
    December 26th, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Cat and Grandma,
    I am so very sorry to hear that Chapsie is gone. Rest assured He will never be forgotten. He was certainly one of a kind, as was his Sister Emma. They both are happy and loving life together now with Grandpa.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I wish I could hug you too! Healing from this will take time, just know that we are all here with you always.
    Take care, both of you. You are both so much loved. 🙁

  19. Dan Parks
    December 26th, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Cat, I am so sorry to hear this news. I share your pain. Just know he is now playing with Grandpa and Emma every day. I would also like to think that he is also playing with my buddy Fred. I know they would all love to play. Not a good year for our friendly long eared friends. A toast tonight to the New Year that it will be better.

  20. Nin
    December 26th, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Kit and Mom,

    I am so shocked to hear about sweet Chaps. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through. Both Chaps and Emma were so blessed to have you as a mom. Please know that the boys and I are surrounding you with love.


    Nin, Ronald and Henry

  21. debra
    December 26th, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    You and Grandma are in our prayers. Way too soon. I’m sure Emma is showing him the ropes and he has lots of kisses for Grandpa.

  22. Wanda
    December 26th, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Grandma and Cat:
    My aches deeply for you both.You gave him such a wonderful life of love and happiness. Emmaa and all our hounds join Chaps and await the day we are all together again, Our Henri, Riley and Prissy send you buckets of loving drool.
    May God be with you both and keep you in His loving care..

  23. Carol
    December 26th, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    I am so very very sorry and heart broken about Chaps and his journey to the bridge. Chaps and Emma had the best life with a family that really loved them. Even though this is a sad journey, there are wonderful memories of them both and the paw prints they have left on so many hearts. Hugs and love to all of Chaps and Emmas Famnily

  24. Candy and Bailey
    December 26th, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    Cat and Grandma – I just read this over my lunch break and have tears in my eyes. I am soooo sorry for the loss of the Mayor. I can’t even imagine how you are coping. I hope you are comforted by knowing that he is with Emma, Grandpa, Lily and Chole, along with all his subjects who went before him.

    You are both in my thoughts and my heart. Chaps was a great dog and inspired much good work on behalf of hounds everywhere.

    Love and hugs.


  25. Vicki Kerns
    December 26th, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Cat & Grandma-

    So very, very sad to hear this. It is so hard when we love someone like Chaps with all our hearts. They take a big chunk of our hearts with them. I have enjoyed many Chaps & Emma stories over the years and they will always be in our hearts. I’m sure if you feel any raindrops on your head, it’s all the babies at the Bridge shedding tears at your heartbreak. Both Chaps & Emma know how very, very much they were loved, and not just by you, but by everyone that has read their stories and seen the pictures of their beautiful faces. We will all love and miss them forever. God bless!

  26. Sandy (Ollie's mom)
    December 26th, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Chaps. There are no words to take away your pain but please know you & grandma are in my prayers. Healing takes time. The dog I had before Ollie went quite unexpectedly one day. Take care of yourselves.

  27. Charlene
    December 26th, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    Oh my sweet Cat and Grandma. I was in total shock when Audra called me with the news. I can hardly see to write, the tears are streaming down my face. It was very difficult for us too this year without my three boys. I can’t begin to tell you how sorry we are and will miss that Sweet Mayor Chaps. All of you will be in our prayers and God Bless you!! We love you all very much.

    Love your Texas family, Glenn & Charlene
    ( Bailey, Clancy, & Richard’s mom & dad)

  28. Ken Johnson
    December 26th, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Cat and Grandma, I am in shock also, The sorrow I feel for you is beyond Measure. Chaps was so very special to so many people. There is a chunk out of all our hearts.I know Emma was there waiting at the Bridge for him and a great Crowd out his loyal subjects. May God Bless and comfort you. Love Ken

  29. Debbie and King Jb
    December 26th, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this Chaps is going to be missed by many I have tears running down my face

  30. December 26th, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    I want to thank all of the residents who have so thoughtfully paid their respects to our most gracious and dearly departed Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert.

    Hospice arrived today during a blinding snow storm to gently remove Chaps and have his remains cremated. I sent a small amount of Grandpa’s ashes with him covered in Emma’s gully.

    Grandma and I never left his side. Now he is with Grandpa and Emma.

    I am trying really hard to find some peace.

    The residents are helping beyond belief.

    Thank you and I love you….Cat

  31. December 26th, 2012 | 9:16 pm

    Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert * 10/17/00 – 12/25/12

  32. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    December 26th, 2012 | 9:54 pm

    You have been heavy on my heart all day and I have been praying for comfort and peace for you and Grandma. I love you so much and I’m so, so sorry for your loss and pain…..I wish there was some way to take it away from you. Chaps knows you loved him and he did not suffer in anyway….he is with Grandpa and Emma.

  33. Bruce & Gretchen & Odin & Napoleon & Sophie
    December 26th, 2012 | 9:57 pm

    Cat, you will find peace. You deserve it. You and Grandma took such good care of Chaps, and you let him take such good care of you, and Emma, and bring so much happiness to so many people. Chaps had such a wonderful life thanks to you. His life was a blessing and we were all lucky that it was as long and event-filled as it was. Thank you for sharing it with us all. Now he gets to be with his Emma and Grandpa and they all get to keep an eye on you and Grandma and take long walks together. That’s a reason to smile.

  34. Marsie & Nosey
    December 26th, 2012 | 10:23 pm

    Bless you and Grandma. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Chaps and Emma were loved beyond measure… xoxo

  35. Sandra,Morgan & Ripley
    December 27th, 2012 | 1:32 am

    Cat & Grandma
    We are so, so sad and sorry for you at the loss of Chaps. I can’t believe it. We think our hounds will live forever, I know I did and find it hard to take it all in. Chaps was so much a part of you Cat. I hope you can find peace. Rest free and peacefully Chaps. xoxo

  36. Tina S Davidson
    December 27th, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Cat – Am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Chaps.I am in total shock.Chaps had the very best care and all the love in the world. He was so very lucky to have you and I know you and Grandma were so very lucky to have Chaps.
    Chaps was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all. Kelly & Tina

  37. December 27th, 2012 | 8:13 pm

    Mayor Chaps Wayne Rudert * 10/17/00 – 12/25/12

  38. Trisha
    December 28th, 2012 | 11:59 am


    I am so sorry to hear about Chaps. My thoughts are with you and Grandma. Such a sad thing to lose such a wonderful dog. I know he is now at peace.

  39. dana
    December 29th, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Cat & Grandma,
    i am so sorry to hear of Mayor Chaps passing, my heart has a huge hole in it for you both. may he be at peace with Emma & Grandpa at the Bridge & i pray you both find comfort in his memory every day. i will miss your postings & Hizzoner’s handsome face. RIP Chaps, you were much loved by many you never knew. sending huge Basset Hugs & lots of healing drool your way.
    with much love from Doodles, Flash, Charlie, Dixie, Bella & dana

  40. Rob
    December 31st, 2012 | 7:56 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and Grandma are in our thoughts and prayers. Chaps and Emma were the best ambassadors around for the breed.
    Our little boy just turned 7 yesterday and when we researched the web for care of a basset hound we came across Bassethoundtown. We became faithful residents and followers. Everyday reading the daily lives of our Mayor and Emma. It even got to a point where we were talking about Chaps and Emma around the house with our bassets Dudley and Gracie as if they were our own. Chaps and Emma brought happiness and laughter to many people. Their videos still bring a huge smile to my face everyday. The BBQ video with Jhonny Cash singing the ring of fire and the Halloween one are still my favorites. Thank you for all your advice.
    Dudley, (aka honey basset child boo boo boy) Gracie (aka honey basset child boo boo girl) Rob and Wil

  41. Mary
    January 6th, 2013 | 11:35 am


    I am so sorry that you lost our Mayor on Christmas Day. He will be remembered as a loving beautiful Hound.

    I hope you and Grandma are now thinking of all the good times you had together and know that Chaps is now with Grandpa and Emma.

    Mary in TX with Rocky ATB

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