In Memory of Emma – gone over the bridge one year ago today:(

June 29th, 2013 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Emma Lovers…OMGawd we were all one of those!  I cannot believe that it has been one year since Emma told me it was her time to go.  It seems like yesterday.  This year has passed by so fast.

I miss my girl like crazy.


Emma was one of the best teachers I have ever had, maybe the best teacher.


I view all of my hound children as teachers.

Wise and profound are their ways of the world.


The lessons are so touching.  Their knowledge is right there for us to grab.  I pay such close attention to most every detail because within a single moment answers will unfold.

Emma smiles for ice cream

I cherished each and every moment I had with darling Emma, my child.  Her spirit and determination never wavered.  She never complained about a single thing.  She ruled our home with such joy and love.


Emma and I still have a mission, and that is to bring awareness to the dreadful disease that she accepted better than her family at times.

Hereditary glaucoma took her eyes but not her power of truth and her knowledge of love.

Emma kiss

I promised her before Hospice came, a year ago today, that I would fight on and never give up exposing those who carelessly and recklessly breed out of greed.


My research and investigations are much too detailed to relate now, plus now is not the time.  Now is the time to know in my heart that she is with her best friend and protector, The Mayor – Chaps Wayne Rudert.


Together, forever…

I miss and love you, my child, my daughter, my teacher…

Your lessons are still being taught and I am still learning from you…

Our walks were a wonderful class room

More learning and loving later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB with Grandpa keeping me wise)



  1. Mary
    June 29th, 2013 | 8:13 pm

    Oh, Cat…I truly can’t believe it’s really been one year!? You are so right–it, literally, seems like yesterday that the lovely Emma left us:(…She–and Chaps–really do walk beside you on silent paws–every minute of every day…They both, as well as Grandpa, guided you to bring Daisy Lynn into your loving arms, that I do believe with all my heart…{{Hugs}} from

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  2. Cat
    June 29th, 2013 | 8:56 pm

    Thank you dear Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo…thank you so much…

  3. June 29th, 2013 | 9:49 pm

    A big kiss and hug to you and Grandma… xoxoxo Love never ends… xoxo

  4. lois lema
    June 29th, 2013 | 10:17 pm

    emma was a special girl, like no other. her mission went beyond just being a hound..she calmed, taught those that were willing to listen that eyes were not needed to see, just like ears not required to hear.

    i wish i could have met her, altho i do think she would have left with me…

    i miss her as well.

  5. Judy, Bumper and Abby
    June 29th, 2013 | 10:59 pm

    Emma was a very sweet and special girl. I cannot believe it has been a year already – howl time flies! Emma was so fortunate to have you for her mom. You did more for her than anyone else would have been able to. Her memory lives on in your blog and in all of our hearts. Take comfort in knowing that she is with your special big boy Chaps. Hugs!!

  6. Karen McDonough
    June 30th, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    How could anyone NOT love, or miss our Miss Emma? She was the sweetest, most loving soul in the world. She was the best, and our late Mayor came up a very close second!! Sure I miss my two kiddos Barney and Maggie. I’ve missed them soooo much these past… I can’t remember how many years, but your Dogs and your Blog have meant so very much to so very many people, my missing my dogs just pales in comparison for all you’ve done with all the information and stories you’ve printed for all of us!!! I hope you understand all I’ve tried to say here. It all boils down to we all love you Cat, and all you and your kiddos Emma and Chaps and now also Miss Daisy Lynn are teaching us now!!! Oh, we can’t forget Grandma too!!

  7. June 30th, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    One year? How could that be possible. So much wisdom and patience that Emma brought to the world. There have been many times I wished I was as brave and as graceful as sweet Emma.

  8. June 30th, 2013 | 8:09 pm

    Thank you residents for all of the wonderful comments and memories of our very own Emma. I so enjoy sharing every part of her life and memories with those who loved her. What a gift to our town she was….


  9. Maureen Halleran
    July 1st, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Our Emma was so fortunate to have you as a caregiver. Thank Cat for sharing Our Emma with us. My life is better for having known Our Emma.

  10. Cindy, Jethro, Oz, Harriet and (Rugs ATB)
    July 1st, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    what a wonderful tribute to Miss Emma. Everybody is so right. She taught us all through Cat and this blog. I miss her as well. Emma lives on through our hearts and this blog. Along with the Mayor Chaps.

  11. Dan Parks
    July 3rd, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Sweet. I was really amazed when I saw how strong you were by getting Daisy so soon after loosing Emma. I was shortly before Emma passed that I had to put down my Fred. Was really hard losing my best friend but you gave me so much inspiration. As I told you in my email to you, I know Emma and Fred are playing together and Chaps is looking over him to make sure he plays well with her.

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