Blast from the #bassethoundtown past…Happy first day of fall…

September 22nd, 2017 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and First Day of Fall Lovers…Back in 2012 the first day of fall fell on our late Mayor’s Chaps Wayne Rudert’s 12th birthday.

Wow – I am so glad to have this picture.  What a handsome man!


This was from the same birthday photo shoot.  Grandma and I did a photo shoot every year of him and Emma and now Daisy Lynn…


Amazing howl perfect himz is…


This is pretty much howl we went through life.  Me with my arms around him.

More loving first days of fall later and lots of great memories…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB eating pumpkin pie!)

The Lily Book Tour – Blog 7 of _ Florida wishes me happy birthday – the big 6OH!

September 16th, 2017 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and 6 OH lovers!!!  Yes, indeed – there is no better way to celebrate your 60th birthday than on pink steps in Palm Beach!


Daisy Lynn and I have on matching Lilly Pulitzer scarves as well.  What a blast we had this perfect day.  From South Beach to Palm Beach turning 60 could not have been more sweet.

We spent most of the day on Worth Avenue which is the extremely swanky shopping street located right off of A1A.  I met with the owner of this shop and dropped off a Lily Book…


The shopping is way out of our league but walking around and looking fabulous is free!  hehehe


It was very quite this first day of my 60th year.  Grandma, Daisy Lynn and I almost felt like we had the whole glorious place to ourselves…


So enchanting…


We were going to have my birthday dinner in Palm Beach but since it was a tad early for that we decided to head back to our Seaward Villa and explore the road home for a nice dinner.

More loving finding the perfect spot later…60th birthday to be continued…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB sitting on rainbow steps…)

Gus the elusive basset hound found after nearly 7 weeks on the run

September 13th, 2017 - 11:11 am KY Time

HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) ‘Gus,’ an elusive basset hound that’s been missing for more than six weeks, was found in a field near Ritchie Road Tuesday on the border of Hewitt and Waco.

(Photo by Randy Davis)

The Hewitt Police Department’s Animal Control Unit and Mutts & Mayhem Emergency Search and Rescue out of Dallas located the dog before noon and collared him when he became tangled in the rope attached to the door of one of the traps they set.

“She (a rescuer) told me that she had Gus, at first I was ‘No, you don’t,’ I was shocked, I didn’t believe her, then she held up the phone and I could hear him barking and howling in the background,” said MarLee Riel, Gus’ owner.

MarLee and her husband Bobby hired the professional rescuers, a pet detective, and engaged dozens of volunteers who logged hundreds of hours searching for the dog who was continuously spotted, but avoided capture, ever since he ran away from his home on Comanche Trail on July 24 when maintenance workers let him out by accident.

“Some people think we’re crazy, ya know, what we’re doing for our dog, but I mean, it’s been hard, we’ve just stuck together and stayed strong and we couldn’t have done it without Hewitt PD, Mutts & Mayhem and all the wonderful volunteers we’ve had,” said Riel.

She says support, and lots of prayers, got them through it.

“At first it was torture, then it started becoming like a second job,” she said.

The Riels don’t have any children, and say Gus became their child from the time they rescued him shortly after the couple started dating.

“He was sick then had pneumonia, was lifeless, and we basically brought him back to life,” said Riel of their bond with the dog.

While he’s safe and mostly unharmed following his most recent rescue, Gus was found to have a few minor health issues after being taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.

He was covered in fleas and ticks, had several cuts from running through barbed wire fences, and dropped 23 pounds, a third of his body weight.

Even so, veterinarians say, overall, Gus is in strong health considering what he’s gone through.

“Gus is looking fantastic, after being missing for so long he looks great,” Dr. Kristin Dodson of Hewitt Veterinary Hospital said.

“He has a minor skin infection, but he’s eating food and he’s wagging his tail and loving on his owners and he’s excited.”

Gus was said to be 11-years-old, however, veterinarians now estimate he’s younger than previously thought, somewhere between ages five and eight.

The hound was visibly exhausted when he finally made it home following the vet visit and found his favorite spot on the couch to curl up in.

“I mean, I think we missed him more than he missed us, he’s already back to on his couch and no carin’,” Riel smiled.

“He’s totally fine, he’s just been on vacation I guess,” she joked.

However, the last seven weeks have been anything but a vacation for the heartbroken owners.

“It’s been very tiring and draining and emotionally draining,” said Riel.

Making the days he was gone even harder was the fact that Riel and her husband both spotted Gus on separate occasions, but he ran the other way.

“He’s actually run from both of us,” said Riel. “He (her husband) just said his name and it just scared him, then for me on a Friday, we actually came across the field and I said his name and he actually got close to me, but there was a lot of people behind me and I think it just…he wasn’t sure.”

“But that was hard, that was really hard, that’s when you have to go and regroup yourself and give it a break for a little bit,” she said.

Gus also ran from officers several times.

At one point, Hewitt PD set up surveillance cameras and placed some traps in the massive field in hopes of corralling the elusive pet, but without success.

“We spent many nights, many days, a lot of time finding this dog, ya know we’ve had a lot of help from the community, so I am very ecstatic,” Hewitt Animal Control Officer Jeff Douglas said of finding Gus.

“It’s a huge relief, I mean it’s something my family asked ‘have you seen Gus?’”

Helping police were three members of Mutts & Mayhem, who arrived from North Dallas around midnight to track Gus.

“We’ve been flying our drone, scoping out this area, we’ve actually been sorta camping out here in the brush watching our trap,” said Selena Schmidt, President of Mutts & Mayhem.

The field was riddled with snakes, coyotes and more, she said.

“I’m elated he’s safe,” said Schmidt.

Schmidt said this was out of their normal search area, but they agreed to come down and help because the community support was so strong.

Douglas agreed.

“The community leaders have been great in this, they’ve done a great job helping me out with their support,” he said.

Gus’ owners said they were not going to let Gus out of their sight, even debating whether or not open their doggie door.

A dog who’s normally only fed deer meat, they said he’s already returned to being spoiled.

“He knows how (spoiled) rotten he is here,” said Riel. “He knows he’s home now and he’s watched us very close.”

They said they were going to get a GPS collar to track their tricky pet in the future.

The Riels had advice for other pet owners in this position.

“Never give up,” said Riel.

“There for a while we thought ‘maybe he is dead,’ but we weren’t gonna give up until we figured that out.”

“Just don’t give up,” she said.

The Lily Book Tour – Blog 6 of ___ Our Beloved Florida – hang on and hunker down. IRMA calm down your big butt!

September 9th, 2017 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and South Beach Lovers…Yes!  I said South Beach.  Grandma, Daisy Lynn and I decided to visit the historic, famous, and OUTRAGEOUS South Beach!!!  We had so much fun!!!  Our goal was to see and be seen in the Art Deco district. It took us about an hour or so to drive down there.


What an amazing piece of paradise.  After this picture was taken we crossed the street.  It is wall to wall outside cafes and boutiques.  We were looking for the perfect place to have happy hour.  It was a huge undertaking because all of the folks at the front of the house were dancing, signing, and begging the hungry massed to eat at their cool and trendy cafe.  It was overwhelming.

But this stole our hearts…


The glass is the size of a soccer ball.  OMDOG – honey we are home!!!  As we were strolling down cafe lane the guys at the front of Cafee Milano were hysterical.  They ran over and grabbed us as we were just glancing at the menu.  They were so cute and sexy.  Howl could we say no???


They put us right out front and we had the best service we have ever had.  The parade of people coming and going from the beach were right in front of us.  Oh the sights we saw.  I never knew you could buy gold chains for your butt!  Yes, butt chains with bikini bottoms!  It was too x-rated to show but WOW!!!


Happy Hour turned into dinner (the fish bowl lasted even longer) and it was AMAZING!!!  We were so lucky to find Caffe Milano.  So South Beach and so fun and so sexy!…We will never forget you our Caffee Milano…


It was getting dark so it was time to drive back to our Villa Seaward D…

Maybe we can stay at the Waldorf next time.  It is right next door to Caffe Milano…


We parked right across the street from the Colony.  You saw it in the day light – now in the neon light…


Bye Bye Beautiful Brave South Beach…


You are our kind of town…

More loving neon and sexy guys later…hehehe, Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB laying under rainbow neon lights…)

So worried about our Villa Seaward D and the entire area…The Lily Book Tour – Blog 5 of ___

September 6th, 2017 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and so worried lovers…Irma is pounding down on our beloved Lauderdale by the Sea and all we can do is watch.  When we left off on our last blog about Villa Seaward D we were on our private beach.  Now we are at our private pool.  I say private because we had the whole place to ourselves for a most of our stay…


This place was so pretty.


It was so interesting to see howl much Daisy Lynn loved the beach.  Just look at her.


It really makes us want to go back but what do we go back to?


A memory?


Well, we will wait and see and hope for the best.  In the mean time, Daisy Lynn is sporting a soon to be listed fuchsia glitter snood.


It keeps sand off the ears for sure…

More worried about our paradise later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma watching Irma and also worried…)


September 4th, 2017 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Ribbons lovers…Ahhhhh – we were so flattered to win a few ribbons again this year at the county fair.  We had so much fun with our entries.  OK, here is the haul…

Second Place for my entry of Computer Art.  As you can see I entered a greeting card from the Lily Book collection!!!

Look to the right and that dog art won the blue ribbon.  It was pretty good.  I guess…;)


OMDog!!!  Another second place ribbon for our rock art called Kentucky Love…


And last but not least a third place win for Daisy Lynn dreaming of living at the Biltmore!


We did pretty good for sure!!!

Just to show you who won first and second for the black and white domestic animal entry and see what you think…???


Hummmm…Of course I think Daisy Lynn won hands down but who am I to judge?  LOL Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

A rooster?  Who loves that loud guy?  hahahahaha

More loving the beholder later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB covered in rainbow ribbons…)

We tried our luck at the County Fair and now we share!!!

September 2nd, 2017 - 5:05 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and County Fair Lovers.  Grandma and I had so much fun deciding what to enter in the county fair this year.  We had such a great time last year!  So, here goes…

We entered 7 photos, 1 3/D art project, and 2 food items…


We worked on another rock art piece as the 3/D art.  We named it Kentucky Love and it came out really good.


I still had to clean up some of the glue surrounding the rocks and it looked even better when we entered it.

These are our Hot Drop Jelly Cheese Biscuits.  OMDOG they are so good.  I could eat an entire basket of them.  High hopes for sure!


Then we came up with the magnificent Hot Taste of Love – Macadamia Nut Candy Hearts!!!  Have you ever, in your live long days, seen something so cute?  Well, they taste just a cute!!!  Come one come all judges and delight in these delectable delicacies…


Here are our photos plus I entered a Lily Greeting Card from my Collection in the computer art category.


Now we play the waiting game.  The Judges have finished their job and we find out tomorrow howl we FAIR!!!

More loving dreaming of ribbons later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB winning lots of rainbow ribbons…)