Wanna see some Howl low day pictures?

December 24th, 2019 - 3:03 pm KY Time

Howllow fellow basset hound and howl low day lovers…Wow, I have recently upgraded the ole Iphone to the 11 Pro Max with the 3 camera lenses.  I still don’t fully know howl to use it but here are some to feast your eyes on!  hahaha

I call this dashing through the snow.  Wow, we went to a boutique hotel a town over called Covington and they had Santa’s sleigh in the lobby!  Howl lucky were we.  The reason we went is because they allow dogs in the bar area and lobby.  What a great treat!!!

Then we popped over to another boutique hotel in Cincinnati called 21C.  They also allow dogs in the lobby.  This one is called…taking over Santa’s couch!  hahaha.  This is the third picture in the 21C couch series for KYbassethoundrescue.  OMGAWD!!!  So…cute!

Every year Grandma and I do a tour of our home town and view the Christmas lights.  This year we had the new cameras.  Look at #bassethoundtown.  It’s looks different because we had to have our beloved weeping cherry tree removed.  So sad but it did open up the front of our home.  The camera has that night vision feature.  Pretty cool huh?

Now moving inside – the decorating is now complete as of 12-24-19!  hahahaha – I think this was taken with the wide angle feature.

One final picture from the session…

Come on!  It can’t get much cuter!  She is killing me!

We sure hope all of the residents have a healthy, happy and safe Howl low day and a wonderful new year.

2020 here we come…

More looking forward to the new year later (and learning howl to use the new phone)…Cat, Daisy Lynn and Chaps and Emma ATB needing the wide angle feature;)


The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” John Muir

December 9th, 2019 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and 2017 Lily Book Trip Lovers…Deep breath…The mountains are calling and I must go to Shenandoah, VA.  There is nothing quite like a trip to the seashore then heading home through the mountains.  It was June the 27th and 28th, 2017 to be exact.  Oh howl time flies and oh howl I wish I was right back there again…

I think of this place a lot.  Our mountain sunset rooms at Skyland Lodge that overlook the Shenandoah Valley, VA at Shenandoah National Park.

Some say (me included) that these are some of the most spectacular sunsets on earth.

This is what I am looking at…plenty of room for the sun to peak through.

Here is our old friend shining down on Daisy Lynn…

Here we are waiting for the show to begin…We had 2 rooms that were across from each other.  These are the premium rooms for various reasons, mostly the view.

That grassy area below us had Daisy Lynn fixated.  There was this one rabbit that would sit and stare at her.  She would lay there and just watch her or him.  I guess that’s another reason this room was considered premium, at least for Daisy Lynn…

OMGAWD!!!  The clouds came out right about sunset.  It was touch and go for about 3 minutes and then a break in the clouds opened up!!!  We had to move quickly!!!

Time to wake Daisy Lynn up and get her into position!

Grandma moved fast…

I love the earth and all it’s glory!!!

All of this took place so fast.  What a thrilling sunset!!!

You can see all of this from your bed if you want!

Speaking of which…

Now something I was not able to capture was the night time sky. The clouds came back but I tell you something, the next night was spectacular and Shenandoah is world famous for it’s star gazing.  I found this picture on the web that gives you an idea what is waiting if you go.

We had so much fun…

The next morning was fantastic – Breakfast at the Skyland lodge is not to be missed.

When we started this journey everything was in it’s place all nice and neat and now look at us.  From beach towels to hoodies #lifeissogood…(See our Daisy?)

The car still smelled of salt and sea but the mountain air was taking over and leading us home.  We leave tomorrow for our Kentucky.

One last sunset over our Shenandoah…

I would call the sky the same color as the Lilies on the front of the Lily Book.  I took it as a message from my universe.

As we crossed over the state line of KY we pulled into the rest stop and look what was right in front of us?  I think it is fair to say Lily was with us the whole trip.

Welcome home blessed travelers, welcome home.

More loving our Lily Book Trips later…Love, Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on Lily colored clouds watching the sunset…)

Hi, remember me? hahaha

December 6th, 2019 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Blog Lovers…Whatcha been doing?  I guess the Mayor has been falling down on her town responsibilities.  I have to admit it that Chaps was probably the more efficient Mayor.  Don’t ya think so?  He had a much firmer grasp of paw on the workings of a town.  LOLs…

I tried to wake Daisy Lynn up for a town meeting but…

She said, “Talk to the paw”…

So, then I thought, if she is going to take a nap so am I.  I was looking at her while justifying my nap and thought.  I never noticed that the flip side of her lace ear is rimmed in such pretty freckles.

I took another picture before she moved and then I noticed…It was the scallop on the new pillow cases I bought for us.  OMDOG!!!  Take a nap already!!!

Sometimes you just crack yourself up!!!

More running the town later…after our naps…Love, Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB napping on scalloped shaped clouds).


YouTube Find of the Day!!! It’s Monday so SMILE!

November 18th, 2019 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Pig Lovers!  hahaha – this is so cute.  The basset featured in the picture below really is getting a kick out of this pig!  Howl much fun!


More loving Bassets and Pigs later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, Chaps and Emma ATB playing with pigs…

Wow – so much going on in bassethoundtown!

November 7th, 2019 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and keeping busy lovers…There is so much going on in our town that it is hard for me to keep up.  I have been trying to get all of my hounds in a row for our new rescue branch.  KYbassethoundrescue @ bassethoundtown.  So, one has to have money first before running off and collecting debt…Right???  Hahahahahaha…

So, here we have an item on ebay that is basically a give away.

Sonoma Navy Blue White Stripes Basset Canvas Shoulder Tote w/scarf, dog books!!!

All of this for starting bid 25.00!!!  100% goes to our rescue.  60 dollar value!

This is a Vera Bradly scarf.  The pattern is called Blue Mod Floral!!!  The length is 29” across and fits the neck of a hound or human perfectly!!!

The bag is New with Tags and retails for 30 dollars on it’s own!!!  It has a zipper closure at the top with a zipper pouch on the outside.  Cell phone pouches on the inside.  (see more pictures in the ebay listing)

I upscaled the tote to add this suede leather basset.  This is a one of kind find.  Can you imagine yourself at a waddle or a dog show?  OMDOG!!!

We even threw in this magazine that costs 13 dollars!!!  Can you believe that magazines cost that much?  There is no basset in it but still fun to read.

Come on…This package also comes with a free Lily Book!!!  It’s like we are giving this stuff away.

Free Shipping and a greeting card…this can all be yours.

If you do want to buy this, I will throw in a few more free cards if you contact me and tell me you saw this on my website.  You can paypal me 25.00 at bassethoundtown@fuse.net.  WOOT WOOT!!!

Gotta make money to have a couch for every hound!!!

Photo shot by Grandma Rudert at 21c Louisville, KY

More loving photo heavy blog posts later;) Cat, Daisy Lynn, Grandma, (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on cloud couches covered in Vera Bradley Blue Mod Floral…;)

Riche Churchill September 7, 1931 – October 17, 2019

October 31st, 2019 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Riche Churchill Lovers…Well, we all know I was one of those.  Our dear friend, mentor, basset rescue advisor, icon, comic, and pillar of our basset hound demographic has passed away.  She left us during the evening of October 17th due to complication from heart disease.  She had just turned 88.  October 17th was also Chaps birthday at the bridge.  He would have been 19 years old.  I am certain that Chaps was there helping Riche.  Not only Chaps but all of the hounds and animals that Riche has helped along the way.

I have so much more to write about Riche and I will over time.  I am going to set up a sub-blog in her name to recall much more about her long and often amazing life.  Riche was writing her life story when she passed.  She had accomplished a huge chunk of it but so more was left untold.  I hounded her every chance I could to write it down.  I devoured every episode she sent.

I also have a facebook page devoted to Riche.  I started it years ago in an effort to get her more subscriptions and it did help a little bit.


More, much more loving Riche later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps, what a good boy, and Emma ATB – getting belly rubs from Riche…)

Gather round all yee hounds!

September 19th, 2019 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and gathering around lovers…I had to share this darling picture of our Mayor.  What an expression.

Our Daisy in a moment of deep reflection or maybe it was the dog across the street barking???  So cute…

Have a great Thursday everyone…

More gathering around the beauty later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB gathering around rainbow clouds…)

Way back when we were in visiting the outer banks on this blog…Where too next as the never ending Lily book tour head to VA!

September 14th, 2019 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Travel Log lovers…Way back when we were visiting the outer banks on this blog and it seems so long ago.  I am shocked it has taken me so much time to record a trip we took back in June and July of 2017.  What is wrong with me?  I think it becomes a bit daunting and then you get bored. Can’t imagine if I am bored howl you must feel but here we go anyway!  hahaha…

When we last left our 2017 Lily Book Tour Trip we were departing the Outer Banks – the land of dreams.  We are now on our way to Charlottesville, VA.  So glad we were not there during the riots.  I can’t believe I had to type that last sentence.  Anyway…

We stopped in Charlottesville to visit Monticello – home of Thomas Jefferson.  I just love visiting these historic sites during the summer with all of the other sun burnt families listening to tour guides. Reminds me of my childhood.

Monticello is very dog friendly as an attraction.  Dogs are not allowed in Monticello but most every where else.  When you arrive at Monticello you enter though a large staging area that includes a visitors center, theater, museum, gift shop, Farm Table Cafe, and more.  You can absolutely do Monticello in one day even if you have a slow moving basset hound family like ours.

I would get there earlish.  When you get there you buy your tickets which are timed so you kinda have to know what time to pick for your house tour.  We were told that it did not take long to walk up the hill which turned out to be a steep freaking mountain so we were a bit rushed hitting our time slot.  But again, keep in mind you have to be pretty fit to walk up to Monticello which means little mountain in Italian but believe you me it is not little.  They recommend to take the bus up and walk down.  Interestingly, they allow rioting in the streets of Charlottesville but dogs are not allowed on the bus going up to Thomas Jefferson’s home.  Whatever…

OK, so now you have your tickets.  Pop into the theater and watch the documentary on Monticello which runs on a loop.  We did not even ask, we just walked in with Daisy Lynn.  It was fine.  She slept under our seats.  I love historical documentaries in the summer.  Again, the old childhood seeping in.

Here is a portion of the video…If you are interested.

After the movie we went to the massive gift shop and enjoyed all of the unique items.  I bought a daisy magnet for my fridge and few gifts.

Plan on having lunch at the Farm Table Cafe which is dog friendly outside.  We discovered that if you walk down past that set of tables to the back there are a few tables that over look the forest and it’s just stunning.  It was already taken when we arrived so I didn’t get a picture.  The place is fantastic anyway.  They have wine as well!!!  Yipeeeee!!!  You go in and order cafeteria style and then take your stuff outside.  And then as per usual – you get swamped with people wanting to pet Daisy!

So now we are ready to walk up to the home.

They told us it would take about 20 minutes or so.  I would estimate if you like to stroll and enjoy your walk allow about an hour or more.  That gives you plenty of rest stops to enjoy this beautiful winding trail up to Monticello.

It is very dusty so make sure to where shoes you don’t care get dirty.

You can see the steep climb behind me.  Back in the 1790s James and Dolly Madison would travel this route from their home called Montpelier which is about 20 miles away from Monticello.  This 20 miles took the couple almost a day to traverse.  The “small mountain”, to Monticello was slow going for the horses at the end of the day.  You would think that Dolly and James would have collapsed into bed at night but according to our tour guide, Dolly hated the bed and made her own on the floor with covers and pillows.  OMGAWD that is too funny…

We finally made it!!!

Grandma went in to her tour first and I sat with Daisy Lynn.  I actually went around to the side after this picture was taken, (to the right of this picture) and sat on the side porch.  Tour groups were coming in and I got to listen to multiple group leaders tell their own stories.  It was fascinating.  Plus it was cool and Daisy laid on the cool stones like the many Briards that Jefferson owned and bred over the years.

“Over the years Jefferson imported more of the French herders. One pair was sent by none other than the great Revolutionary hero the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1813 an appreciative Jefferson wrote to his old friend in Paris, “The Shepherd dogs mentioned in your letter of May 20 arrived safely, have been carefully multiplied, and are spreading in this and the neighborhood states where the increase of our sheep is greatly attended to.”

Back in Jefferson’s day – Farm to table was not the trend but the only way you could eat good.  Albeit, Jefferson had a plantation full of slaves doing most if not all of the work.

Thomas Jefferson is buried at his beloved Monticello.  His graveyard is about halfway down the mountain on your way back to the visitor’s center.  No mention that he was President on his headstone.

No one knows where Sally Hemings was buried…

OK, maybe I’m wrong about only need one day!  You may need two!!!

The shadows are long and the summer nights are getting shorter.  We bid fare the well to one of the Founding Fathers.

We have dog friendly reservations at a stately VA club called Keswick Hall.

It was so pretty.  Keswick Hall is closed until 2020 for major renovations.  Hope it is still this dog friendly when it opens back up.

I think it will be because this is hunt county.  Lots of dogs and lots of horses.

First Course…all local…

Time of reflection for the past, present, and the future.  Our time was well spent in this region.  We learned so much.

Time to head back to our hotel and get ready to head out tomorrow…Look at the crescent new moon!!!

Thank goodness we all like our beds and don’t have to sleep on the floor like Dolly Madison…hahaha

Shenandoah National Park here we come…

(sunset from my room the next night)

More loving our summer vacations later…Love, Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB riding in rainbow stage coaches…)


Sometimes all you need is a picture!!! – Heat index today 100 degrees…

August 20th, 2019 - 8:08 pm KY Time

More loving this picture later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB with rainbow index;)


August 15th, 2019 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howlow Fellow Basset Hound and Reflection Lovers…

I hung this mirror up for Daisy Lynn years ago in case she wanted to look at herself.  She never was interested but I never took it down. Ohhhh her body is so cute!

She is told about a zillion times a day howl pretty she is.


She would rather…

Watch the…

Salamander running by…

He or she stopped for a brief moment to reflect upon Daisy Lynn.  It was so cute and so brief.

Reflections made my day…

More loving reflections later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB reflecting upon rainbows…)


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