The Lily Book Tour In Florida – Blog 4 of ___

August 27th, 2017 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and a day at the beach lovers…Grandma, Daisy Lynn and I had such a great day on this day in Lauderdale by the Sea.  We got out early and decided to hit the book stores and boutiques early to get the Lily Book out and about in Fort Lauderdale.  It was so much fun just driving around and getting lost.  Exploring pockets of streets that lead to the beach.  Interestingly, Grandma remembered this street!!!  It was right across from the public been and had all kinds of shops that looked like old head shops from the late 60s early 70s.


I had to pull over and run in.  Grandma sat in the car with Daisy Lynn.  I saw this shirt/coverup from the car and had to have it.  Love, love, love finding stuff like this off the beaten path…

And this is right across the street…


Hello!  Beach cover up plus beach equals all day every day!!!

All of this put us in the mood for our very own beach day on our very own private beach.  It was time to head back Seaward Villa D and give my new cover up a test drive!!!

Here is a reminder of our condo.  I just love the yellow.  We rented the until on the left side, Villa D.  It had a great balcony but it is not in this picture.  The top floor is a one bedroom from what the description says and we needed two.  The bottom floor is the owner’s unit and was not for rent.  Just being super picky – I would not want to rent that unit because then everyone else in the building is swimming all day and not what I want to look at.  Plus, we are not big pool people anyway…


I cannot say enough good about this building’s private beach howl ever…


Just a real dream come true…


It took me about 2 years to pick this place over all the other places that were for rent in Lauderdale by the Sea.  It had close to everything we wanted and the main thing was to be on the ocean.  It is harder than you think with a hound in tow…


You can almost smell the salt…


Can’t you?


Now this is a selfie for the ages…


Oh howl I miss you my yellow and mellow Seaward Villa D.  Your private beach and your salty smell…

Did you notice in the first picture I am standing next to a poster that says…”Don’t be a salty bitch”?

Well we will wear the mantle with pride – all 3 of us!  hahaha

More loving our life later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB sprinkling rainbow salt…)

PS – photo shoot continues of the pool area in the next blog…Stay tuned my salty friends…



You are invited to our ECLIPSE party!!!

August 21st, 2017 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Eclipse Lovers…Yes, you are invited to our very first ever eclipse party!  It started out with our eclipse candle holder.  Isn’t it cute?  You put a little candle behind it and the rays glow.  So apropo!!!


We decided early on that we were not going to view the eclipse with those paper glasses.  Just made us a bit too nervous so we did the viewing on TV…Plus, not trusting that Daisy Lynn would not look up we stayed inside her herz…


It was fun to see the first version live in Oregon…


Daisy Lynn was very interested in the total eclipse of her heart – EXTRA TREATS!!!


We were at the grocery store yesterday and decided to pick up some local, fan favorite BBQ.  It’s called Eli’s.  Of course I had to doctor it up and make it better than it already is…


If you didn’t know, Hopkinsville KY, (4 hours from Bassethoundtown) was in the main path of the total eclipse so that was our main attraction.  Here it is…

Bassethoundtown only achieved 91% totality…It got weirdly darkish but you can’t tell from this picture…


Right on schedule at 2:29, a glass of wine is fine!!!

We had a wonderful party and can’t wait til the next eclipse – I think they said it is in 2024.

More loving BBQ and totality later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB under a rainbow eclipse…)

The Lily Book Tour in Florida – Blog 3 of ___

August 18th, 2017 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and going on the Lily Book Tour Lovers.  I am so happy to have this blog and to keep track of everything we did on the tour because it is so easy to forget…and I don’t want to forget…It was so much fun.  Lauderdale By The Sea is so cute and very quaint during the week but it turns into a real party town on the weekend.  Not ideal for us but we had the whole week to enjoy the town without the weekenders flocking to it…


This is the town center that leads right down to the beach.  We made our way down in the morning so we could get some great pictures…



There is also a pier that you can stroll down and it’s dog friendly.


Our condo is behind Grandma about 4 blocks down the beach…


It’s called Anglins Fishing Pier.  The best part of the pier is they have a restaurant.  We love it.


It was called the Organic Beach Cafe!  OK!  I’m in!!!


I could be happy eating lunch here everyday.  It was kinda strange howl ever…Daisy Lynn was welcomed with open arms the first time we went and then the second time the manager got all “is this a service dog” on us.  What?  Very confusing so I would suggest that you might bring a dog or not.  Seems to depend on who is in charge that day.  The manager finally let us stay after some negotiating…LOL


Another place to eat that is EXTREMELY POPULAR is Aruba.


We only went once and it was just too packed but it was on the weekend.  Right on the beach.  Our food was just OK.

We love our LBTS…I am dreaming of that crab cake as I type…and that wine, not to mention the sea…

More hoping to go back soon later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB laying by the rainbow ocean…)

Announcing a new Lily Book Tour Goal…

August 15th, 2017 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Lily Book Tour Lovers…It is Daisy Lynn’s goal, as the Mayor of bassethoundtown, to send a Lily Book to at least one public library in every state.  We are starting with this library.


Knoxville, TN was actually the first stop on our Lily Book Tour in June but it was just a quick overnight.  We departed early in the morning so I did not have time to drop off a Lily Book.  So Knoxville – please welcome Lily to your public library!!!

Do you want me to send a Lily Book to your public library?  Just put the address in the comment section and I will send it with an acknowledgement in your name…


More loving howl benevolent our Mayor is later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chap and Emma at the rainbow Library ATB…)

The Lily Book Tour in Florida – Blog 2 of __

August 10th, 2017 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and traveling with us through Florida Lovers.  Not sure howl many blog posting this will take because we sure did a lot!!!  We got up Sunday morning and decided to just drive around and get familiar with Lauderdale by the Sea.  This little town is right next door to Fort Lauderdale and about an hour away from Palm Beach.  Grandma and Grandpa used to come here a lot so Grandma knows all the ends and ours….

But first…

We went and took a look at our back yard for the week…


What a way to start your day…Hey, hey, hey!

Before we walked around we decided to drive around.  Interestingly enough we wound up in Palm Beach our first day.

This is a spectacular drive and one not to be missed if you can make it happen.

From Commercial Boulevard, head east until you hit the Pier, then turn left onto N Ocean Drive (a.k.a.: A1A). From here amaze yourself and enjoy the beauty north to Palm Beach.  It takes about an hour or more depending on if you stop or have lunch.

A1A from LBTS to Palm Beach

It was Sunday so we breezed up there and the views…OMDog the cities you pass through and the views of the ocean past the zillion dollar mansions is so pretty.  Of course we passed Mara Lago.  Thankfully Trump was not there.

Palm Beach was sleepy and shut down so we just pulled right up and parked on Worth Avenue.


This shopping at its high dollar extreme.  It is Wayyyyyyyyyyyy over our reach but we love the window shopping.  We decided to come back in a few days and check it out.  The drive alone is worth a second trip…


Snapped this on the way home…


Just a winter beach house…

Speaking of which – Here is our little beach house…

Happy hour anyone?


The balcony was all glass so Daisy Lynn could really watch over the residents at our satellite location.

See that path?  It is one of the public paths and had a fair amount of traffic aka dogs!  hahahahaha –

Daisy Lynn was in heaven…


Yes, we all were…

More loving our Villa by the Sea later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on rainbow beach towels…)

I am totally obsessed with this shell looking like a basset hound ear!!!

August 6th, 2017 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and totally obsessed lovers…OMD!!!  I cannot believe howl much this shell look like the Mayor’s ear!!!


Grandma and I are working on our next sculpture project.  I picked up this shell on Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and like I said, I am obsessed with it!


It is the inspiration for a basset hound sculpture…


Close up…


Another shot…


I really need to find another shell that has a similar look and feel to it…

I hear the sea calling our names…

More loving when the sea speaks (I am all ears) later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB listening with long rainbow ears…)

After 2 years of planning & researching-Villa Seaward D!!! Florida Blog 1 of __

August 5th, 2017 - 10:10 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Lauderdale by the Sea Lovers…Well, we finally made it to our Florida home away from home for a week of Work and Pleasure.  Of course the Lily Book Tour was first on our minds but that means it was time to hit the hippest and coolest places on the Galt Ocean Mile and beyond for the tour!!!

But first – Villa SeaWard D!!!!


Villa D is one of 3 condos that are for rent in this building.  There are 4 condos, 1 belongs to the owner, (lucky duck).  Yep, but we were the lucky ones for the next 7 days at our ocean front Villa.  Yes, Oceanfront and we even have our own exclusive, private beach.  Dogs are not allowed on the main beach so we got Daisy Lynn her own private beach.  Yes, you heard me right…hehehehe


More about this later…we have a week!!!

We just unloaded the Basset Hauling Vehicle and by that time we were ready for happy hour and dinner so we set off in search of dog friendly dining.  BINGO –

Mulligans is a 10 minute walk, (for people without basset hounds about a 5 minute walk;)



You walk right up and park yourself for the some of the best food of our trip.  Of course the bombardment of Daisy Lynn was non stop if she was on the outside of the table so we tried to keep her over out of view so we could eat!!!

Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures of us here.  That’s OK, you get the drift from these I found online.

So, after dinner we made our way home.  To unpack and settle in.  Tomorrow is Sunday.  The day will plan itself…

More loving a sweet summer stroll home later – Villa D, (as in Daisy Lynn) hahaha…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB loving exclusive private rainbow beaches…)


Daisy Lynn took us on a picnic this weekend – Lake Isabella Park – Hamilton County OH

August 2nd, 2017 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Lake Isabella Lovers…I had to share this stunning picture of our very own Mayor Daisy Lynn Rudert on her picnic blanket at

Lake Isabella Park in Hamilton County OH. 


It was just the perfect setting for this glorious picture.  The sunlight mottled and the weather even had a crispness in the air coming off the lake.

It is only about 25 minutes from bassethoundtown main location and very near to where nephew Romeo lives…

Good thing we had finished our lunch when 2 pit bulls showed up with teenagers that could not handle them.  We packed up and left.  Better safe than sorry.  I don’t trust that type of dog or the owners who clearly cannot control them.


We still had a perfect day…

More loving the lake later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB very safe…)

Welcome to Floridia – CoCo Beach – Blog 2 of 2:)

August 1st, 2017 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and CoCo Beach lovers…Wow – to wake up to this is just a dream come true.

This is about the same shot as the full moon and thunderstorm pic of last night.


Of course the first thing Daisy Lynn and I did was to open our balcony door and let in all of that delicious salt air!!!

It’s almost sunrise time!!!


“Look Mommy, Look!!!”



OK, I could set up my office and bassethoundtown right here!!!

Oh, I did!  hehehe


OK, let’s go potty sweetheart.  Bless her heart she was so excited that she did not even want to go out to potty.


See this grass area?  It is all for doggies and their potty time.  You can’t see it but there are bag stations set up all around for clean up.  To the right of this picture is the public walkway to the beach.  Our rooms are on the fourth floor, the 2 end rooms to the right.  Just perfect – the view was amazing.  The only bad thing was that people were allowed to smoke on their balconies which was a huge problem for a few hours the evening we got there.  Smoking – what a disgusting habit.  We noticed that more and more hotels are going No Smoking on the entire property.  Now that is great!!!

Well dear and fellow residents we have a big day ahead of us.  We are off to spend a week in Lauderdale by the Sea, FL.  It’s about a 4 hour drive but who cares?

The song of the sea breeze is in our long ears now…


Thank you Lily for being the driving force…

#lilybooktour #bassethoundtownfltrip

More loving the thought of a trip well planned later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB with Lily – ears flying…)