Rugby Cobb Doyle, long time resident of bassethoundtown, June 1999 to January 21, 2013

January 25th, 2013 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Rugby Doyle Lovers….

Long time resident and great friend, Cindy Doyle sent her beloved Rugs over the bridge on January 21, 2013 due to complications from bloat.  I asked her write an obituary and I would post it in the town blog.

Rugby Cobb Doyle, long time resident of bassethoundtown, June 1999 to January 21, 2013

Rugby, aka Rugs or Ruggie was rescued by Lone Star Basset Hound Rescue in Houston and fostered by the Cobb family.  He came to rescue in awful shape.  He had mange so bad that he was almost hairless.  He also had heart worms and every intestinal worm there was.  He must have been severely mistreated because he was very jumpy.  It got better through the years but he taught me how to close drawers, cabinets and the dishwasher door very quietly.  His foster family nurtured him to health which took a while, then were kind enough to let us adopt him and to be able to enjoy our lives with his very sweet soul.

Through the years Rugs went to many rescue events and helped raise money for homeless hounds.  He was always ready for a stroll in the parades and was a good kissing hound to raise a buck.  He didn’t care too much for costumes but was a real sport when we dressed him up.  He helped us to rehabilitate and rehome 8 foster hounds.  And he acquired 2 additional hound siblings along the way.  He was wonderful with children of all ages, even infants.  He loved playing with the foster hounds and making friends.  He was just perfect.  There will never be another Rugs.  We were very blessed to be able to spend 8 1/2 years of our lives with him.

Rugby never had an enemy and made more friends than I can count.  There’s a slogan I used to always say, “Everybody loves Rugs”.

We will miss you sweet boy.  I know everyone is going to love you at the rainbow bridge.  Until we meet again.

With all our love,
Cindy, Ronald, Jethro, Ozzie and Harriet.


More loving Rugs Doyle later….Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB) roaming around showing Rugs where everything is.


  1. Cindy, Jethro, Oz, Harriet and (Rugs ATB)
    January 25th, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Thank you so much Cat for remembering Rugs. And you remembered him being able to say I Love You! I honestly forgot all about that.

    What a special boy he was. Reading this brought a smile to my face instead of the tears I’ve been shedding for the past 5 days. I’m ready to heal and move on. I have 3 more that need me.

    Thanks again!!!
    Cindy, Jethro, Oz, Harriet and (Rugs ATB)

  2. The Grandma
    January 25th, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    So sorry to hear about Rugs he will be greatly missed. He had such a big heart helping all the homeless hounds. What a real sweetheart.

  3. joni brooks
    January 25th, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Rugs had a wonderful life with you and he will always be in your heart. Rest in Peace Rugs.

  4. Maureen and Slinky
    January 25th, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about dear Rugs. It had so many wonderful expressions.

    Even though Rugs and a tough life in the beginning he was so lucky to have been adopted by such a wonderful loving family like you and yours.

  5. Judy, Bumper and Abby
    January 25th, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    Oh Cindy my heart is breaking as I read this. It is so hard to lose a special friend and bassethoundtown has lost way too many hounds lately. I can see all those hounds together as they run and play again. Take care of your other three hounds and Rugs will always have a special place in your heart. Hugs to all of you.

  6. Karen McDonough
    January 25th, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    What a beautiful boy he was. I love you too Ruggsie. 🙂

  7. Cindy, Jethro, Oz, Harriet and (Rugs ATB)
    January 25th, 2013 | 8:09 pm

    Thanks so much everyone for your comforting remarks. They mean a lot. I’m so glad that I have Basset Hound Town to help me through these sad, sad times.

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