Today would have been Emma Wanda Rudert’s 13th birthday…

April 21st, 2016 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Early Morning Misty Air lovers…Today would have been Emma’s 13th birthday.

baby emma

I asked our holistic vet what is the average life span of a basset hound and he said 13.  Emma should have made it but never had a chance based upon where she came from.  We lost Emma just as she turned 7.  She really became a force of nature educating thousands about glaucoma in basset hounds.  She was responsible for ending live animal testing on basset hounds at the national level.  She used her platform for research, education, and investigation.  She still does and she always will.


Emma has a sub-blog on this blog and a facebook page with over 700 “likes” that educates and brings people together that have blind bassets hounds.  We share stories, pictures, advise and encouragement with each other.  I thought it was extremely necessary since you really do feel left in the dark when the shock of this insidious disease is thrust upon you and other family members.

The blind ones are special and I learned that very quickly.  I am thankful for the short amount of time we did have with her.

Happy 13th birthday at the bridge my Shimlette.  Tell the others that I love them…Mommy…


SUB-BLOG – Seeing with your heart, and nose!
FACEBOOK PAGE CALLED: Bassethoundtown Blind Basset Hound Center

“Wisdom does not take sight, it takes vision. Vision can come from many places and mine came from a blind basset hound named Emma Wanda Rudert, AKA – Early Morning Misty Air – Cat L. Rudert, AKA Mommy”

More loving the my Emma later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB having cake…)

PS – Emma, your Cherry tree has gone a bit down hill since you left us???



  1. Sandy Kohler
    April 21st, 2016 | 6:58 pm

    I’m sorry Cat. Today must be a difficult day for you. Emma is for sure missed. She was very special indeed.

  2. Cat
    April 21st, 2016 | 11:20 pm

    Thank you Sandy – it was a bit hard. She has been very present in bassethoundtown and I feel her. What a strong energy she had. And lets not forget that patty! LOL

  3. Cindy, Oz and Harriet
    April 22nd, 2016 | 9:22 am

    Emma helped BBRTX with a rescue hound with glaucoma. Her decision to remove the eyes helped her to recover and is now happy and healthy. Emma’s research and information is invaluable. We can’t thank her enough!

  4. Maureen Halleran
    April 22nd, 2016 | 10:17 am

    I miss “Our Emma” so much. Our Emma was such an inspiration, and I loved how Mayor Chaps used to protect her and look after her.

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