Public safety notice from your Mayor…

September 30th, 2015 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hounds and public safety notice lovers.  This is important to share with the residents of our town and please share with your friends and loved ones.  I have been seeing this more and more and it is just heartbreaking.

Last night on facebook Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted this…

“Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and Lauren Hashian Official had to make the painful decision to end Brutus’ suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil’ paw as he was finally at peace.

As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return.

I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil’ family members.

Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City.”

The Rock

“We’ll always love you Brutus.. and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute.”

This is not a random occurrence unfortunately.  A few weeks ago my friend Ken who is a town resident lost his precious Lemon Drop to this same sad situation.  A toxic mushroom.


I am so sorry Ken.  So, so, so sorry.  Lemon Drop was one of the first residents to live in bassethoundtown and it is with heavy heart that we bid her good bye.

And there is more concern…

Just this morning this came across the basset hound news wires…

Mushrooms could have killed dog at Saskatoon dog park

Basset hound experienced seizures, died after visit last Monday…


Renae Goudal and Travis Paproski holding their dogs. Paproski is holding “Norman”, their basset hound. (Renae Goudal/Facebook)

“A pathologist still has not confirmed what killed Norman, a five-year-old basset hound, in Saskatoon last week.

The dog’s owner, Renae Goudal, posted the pathologist’s report online.

The report said “two cylindrical white structures about 1.5 cm in diameter and 4 cm long, that may be the stalks of mushrooms” were found in the dog’s stomach.

The report goes on to say that it’s difficult to determine what type of mushrooms they are since they were partially digested. 

It added that a toxicologist says there was another case of “mushroom intoxication” this year, and that mushrooms have been “unusually plentiful.” 

Strychine and another toxin, ethylene glycol, were ruled out. 

Goudal said she is considering more testing to possibly rule out different poisons or determine the species of mushroom. 

The pathologist’s report said the dog’s frozen stomach content has been retained to explore other methods of identification.” – end of article…

I have seen mushrooms everywhere in bassethoundtown.  Look, just this morning these patches came up in our own yard –

See Mayor Daisy Lynn in the window?


Do your part ASAP – Go look in your yard and surrounding areas for mushrooms.  Use your pooper scooper or like me a mini rake and pan and get rid of them.

You may just save a few lives…


More loving spreading safety alerts later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma thanking the Mayor…)

Did you see the blood red super moon after the total eclipse?

September 28th, 2015 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and this super blog title lovers…Wow – what a astronomical event to behold last night.  The internet was a wash in blood red moon pictures today as  you probably saw.  Viewing parties were being held in all nooks and crannies of the globe.  Even the Pope must have seen the lunar spectacle as he left the USA heading back to Vatican City.  It was really something!

My only problem was my viewing partner didn’t want to join me in the ladies room!  She stayed firmly behind my screen drape.  What???


No super moon for the super party pooper?

That’s alright more moon for me!


I even had my little telescope that my Mom and Dad bought me when I was about 10 or so.  I adore it and howl handy for last night!


I watched the total eclipse and then the clouds took over.  I had a chart that I was reviewing so I knew about what time to look for the blood moon.


Right on cue it popped it’s blood moon self out for a few seconds and I was there!  I saw it!  Then it tucked back in behind a cloud.

Like I said the internet was a wash in blood moon pics but this one was the cutest I found!


Daisy Lynn said, “Blood Moon – Schmud Moon – just get on the couch with me Mommy!”


There is belly rubbin’ to be done…

More loving the belly and the moon later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma reporting that the moon was rainbow in color last night!)

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience, (and me)!

September 24th, 2015 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Being Happy Lovers…While I was reading the basset hound wires this morning – searching for all things basset, as you do on the second day of fall, I ran across this article from TIME Magazine.  It was so interesting that I thought I would share it with the residents.  Of course, after reading it I added a 5th ritual.  It does not take a neuroscientist to figure that one out!  LOL

Here are the 4 rituals…

1.) Ask a question

2.) Label emotions

3.) Make decisions

4.) Give hugs

I have linked you to the original article that TIME picked up on.  It is from a place called Barking Up The Wrong Tree.  If you go to TIME you are bombarded with advertising and that will not make you happy!


“Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier.”

I thought the above paragraph was a phenomenal way to sum up the study.

I also think that a major link to happiness is passion.

So, being the expert that I am, I would like to add to the list of rituals…

5.) Know your passion and if you are like me, that would be dogs.

I have elaborated on that form of happiness via this blog for a decade.

I can firmly confirm that passion makes you happy!


My nephew wants to be a neuroscientist.  I find this work fascinating.  I am sure he will find years of passion.

More loving happiness later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB providing tons of happiness…)



Power Packed Puppy Picture Post with her Regal Older Sister…

September 21st, 2015 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and House Guest Lovers…Grandma and I had 2 very special hounds spend the night recently.  ABBY AND PUPPY ANNIE! 

Grandma and I went over to Judy’s home to pick up the girls.  This is Abby.  She is 13 years old and we ADORE her.


We loaded both girls up and headed down to Kroger’s drug store drive through.  And you won’t believe this.  Fireman Matt of the bassethoundtown walking club saw us and ran over to say HI!  He had been itchin’ to meet Annie and that moment was his lucky day!  We could not believe it!  Look at that dazzling smile!  He was in love with our Annie.  Queen Abby was quite happy to stay in the basset hauling vehicle!


So, then it was time to set up shop.  We kept the Alessandro girls in the sun room away from Daisy Lynn for the most part.  They can visit between the gate but Abby was nervous and there is absolutely no need to stress her out.

She had a direct pathway to the ladies room and I had a drapery screen up so she could go in and out at her own choosing.  She thought that was quite grand indeed!


Then the belly rubbing commenced…

note…this picture was taken at Judy’s but Abby was in full belly rubbing mode most of the day.  Grandma was on the job for hours.  So cute…


Not to be left out…

Annie is learning what it is like to have a bassethoundtown Grandma…

me, me, me, me, me!!!


Then I had a light bulb moment…Puppy in puppy snoods???  Why the heck not?  I had access to a real live basset puppy with ears that badly need a snood!


This little 12 week old girl can’t walk without stepping on her ears!

This is a puppy prototype I am working on. As you can see I have the human snood version on!  I think we are very fetching!


Here is the pink prototype.  You can’t tell but this has a huge shine to it.  Shiny adornments on pink velvet.  STUNNING!


Then it was back to biting my knee!


Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…so much fun! Who needs 2 knees anyway?

More loving love later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB waiting for a rainbow snood…;)


Everyone needs a BFF…

September 16th, 2015 - 9:09 pm KY Time

UPDATE – 9-20-15

Cistern destroyed where Basset Hound was trapped for a week


Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and BFF Lovers…

I thought I would share this wonderful story that I found on facebook to our residents.  The power of friendship is unbelievable, touching, and enduring…

A group of dog rescue lovers in Washington State were frantically looking for Phoebe the basset hound…


and her bonded BFF Tillie…

Then the update came today…



“We are overjoyed to report that after being missing for a week, Tillie and Phoebe are now safe after being found deep in a ravine off monument road – with Phoebe being stuck in an old cistern. Volunteers have been helping search for the dogs and today we received a call from a community member reporting that for the past few days a “reddish” dog had been coming up to them when they were out on their property and then promptly heading back into a ravine.

So with a needle in the haystack hope we made our way into the ravine and after a bit of searching, finally heard that sweet sound we have been waiting for all week. A small one-woof response when we called out “Tillie.” A few minutes later we found her laying beside an old cistern with her head resting on the concrete wall.


Heart sinking…we knew that meant Phoebe was inside the cistern and every breath was held and every doggie prayer offered that the peek over the rim would somehow find her safe. And gratefully… this time we have a happy ending with dear Phoebe found perched on some concrete rubble that held her out of the water.


For nearly a week Tillie stayed by her side with the exception of the few minutes of each day when she went for help.

A huge thanks to Joe Curiel for realizing something was up and a round of applause to the awesome and amazing Miss Tillie. A true friend and a humbling example of the power of love.”

Wow, just wow!  Can you even believe the love between these two?  That Tillie is some amazing wonderful dog.  I wish I could hug her.  Just brings tears to the eyes…

More loving the power of love and friendship later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB smiling down and very proud…)

Happy Sunny Vitamin D Day!

September 13th, 2015 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and vitamin D Day lovers…Today was so crisp and clear in bassethoundtown.  Daisy Lynn and I wandered out back to soak up some delicious vitamin D!

Late Summer

Then we went on a 5 mile hike in the local region of our town.  It was a rare cool day for the end of summer and we soaked it all in…vitamin D and all!

More loving rare days later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB soaking in rainbow D)

Wranger the Basset Hound Saves Family From Fire…

September 10th, 2015 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset and HERO Hound lovers…

Wrangler copy

Posted: Sep 09, 2015 6:04 PM EDT Updated: Sep 09, 2015 6:04 PM EDT By Lisa Adams

A family dog in Albion, PA earned hero status Tuesday, for saving his owners from their burning home. Dennis and Jennifer Stoneman told me that without their dog Wrangler, they and their 15-year-old daughter Shelby might not have escaped their burning home alive.

Wrangler is a gentle six-year-old Basset hound, perhaps not your picture of a hero.  But at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, when an electrical fire broke out in a wall socket of his family’s home on Route 18 in Albion, wrangler jumped into action, to make sure his sleeping family woke up.

With the flames spreading quickly and blocking the main door, it was not a moment too soon.  He did it by repeatedly jumping on the edge of the bed, then running in and out of the room, until he woke Dennis up.  “Wrangler was jumping on the edge of the bed like he is not supposed to, and he did it several times and then he would run to the kitchen or out of the bedroom,” said Dennis.  “And then when he scratched my arm and jumped, I was a little irritated with him, but I sat up, then heard the crackling and popping in the attic and knew with him acting the way he was and the sound, something definitely wasn’t right.”

Jennifer said the dog’s persistence came just in time.  “He’s our angel, we couldn’t have done it without him and we wouldn’t be here today, it makes us appreciate him even more.”  The family along with Wrangler and another dog Buster, had to escape out a back door because.the main door and the entire north side of their home was engulfed in flames. They say the structure is insured, but not the contents and other than some clothes and photographs, they lost everything.  Family, friends and and the Red Cross are already helping.

Watch the video HERE…

More loving hero angels later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB – guiding…)

Daisy Lynn and the cookie jar!

September 8th, 2015 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Cookie Jar Lovers…I was on Facebook over the weekend.  There is a page I follow called Daily Drool the facebook addition.  There is also the Daily Drool from the e-mail list thing.  That was started in the mid to late 1990s I believe.  I joined and became one of the first 10 folks on that list.  I had Natalie at the time.  Now I think there are thousands.  On the facebook page I think there are 7 thousandish folks.  Wow –

Anyway, everyone was going nuts over a basset hound cookie jar that was introduced at WalMart and the crowd goes wild!  It explodes into a shopping frenzy!

So – not to be out done by the other cookie jar (no offense to those who like it better) the Mayor had to show off herz!


It was a gift to Emma and Chaps from Colby Chaps a few years ago.


We adore and treasure it!

Guess what?  There are also matching mugs!


Totally cute!

Did you get caught up in the cookie jar frenzy?  LOL…

More loving our jar later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB eating rainbow cookies…)

The Mayor Daisy Lynn is participating in designing her new snood line!

September 3rd, 2015 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and New Snood Line Lovers…

It as been a long time comin’ but we are now in snood mode.  Grandma and I bought this fabric about a decade ago in anticipation of designing snoods.

It is stretch velvet with a blast of rainbow colors.  Just look at the little fairy sprinkling dust on a DAISY!

I loved it a decade ago and now it has special meaning…


And would you just look at the overwhelming, darling, adorable Daisy Lynn modeling a test run…


I cannot wait to get our new line up and running.  This is going to be fun!

More loving projects later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB loving the rainbow colors of this snood!)