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???


UPDATE!!! Carley (now Presley) the blind basset hound finds a home for Christmas!

December 24th, 2013 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Christmas miracle lovers.  I would love to update the residents with wonderful howl-o-day news from our very own Carley, now know as Presley!

After almost 4,500 shares from the residents of bassethoundtown, various facebook pages, twitter and Basset Buddies Rescue of TX…Presley found her forever home!

As you can see…Her new cat brother is checking her out! 


Tiffany, the foster Mommy reports…

“Carly found a forever home!! Someone saw last week’s post and fell in love with her immediately. This is her in her new home with her cat brother checking her out. If I searched for years, I couldn’t have found a more perfect or more loving couple to adopt her.


They had planned on taking her after Jan 1, but the visit went so well tonight, they couldn’t let go of her. She now lives in a big, beautiful house on water with ducks she can listen to quack when she’s outside. She got exactly what she deserved after enduring years of pain.”

So…a big and bright thank you to all of the residents who shared and cared about one of our own.  Special thanks to Cindy Doyle who is a volunteer with Basset Buddies Rescue of TX and did some additional great investigative reporting for the residents.

As many, if not all of you know, blind hounds are very special to me.

I am sure Emma was watching over Presley…She knew where to send her….

My Darling Emma

My Darling Emma

More loving sharing and caring later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB working the rainbow social network;)

Miss Carly – beautiful blind basset looking for her special forever home!

December 22nd, 2013 - 2:02 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Miss Carly Lovers…

Miss Carly found me on facebook.

She asked me if I could showcase her on my special facebook page for blind basset hounds! 

Miss Carly was so lucky to be rescued by Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas.

Please go to the link and check out the requirements for adopting a basset from this wonderful rescue.  They are very detailed and complete. 


Carly is currently with her wonderful foster Mommy, Tiffany!


Tiffany has some wonderful words about Miss Carly! 

“Carly can do anything that a seeing basset can do–she just does it a little slower.  The first night she was in my house, she found the back door at 3 a.m. and barked until I woke up and let her out. She loves walking around the neighborhood and spontaneously rolling in the grass along the way. This Diva has spunk and will let you know if she doesn’t feel like going outside when you are trying to get her to go. She’s just put the breaks on and stop right there and refuse to go outside. She’s a hoot! Once her painful eyes came out a few weeks ago and she healed from surgery, every day a little more personality shows through and she became a different dog. 


She’s 3, but she behaves like a 7  year old dog just because she does everything a little slower and more cautiously.  She’s never met a person she didn’t like, but she has never met a dog she did like. She insists on being an only dog and she darn well deserves it after living the hard life of a caged breeder dog who was dumped in the streets blind.  She eats up attention like no other foster I’ve had.  I suspect she rarely, if ever, received love in her life.  She deserves nothing but the best family, and I have no problem keeping her as long as it takes to find the special person who sees beauty and promise when she look at her face.”


Merry Christmas Miss Carly!  You are a beautiful angel…

More loving networking the blind later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB watching over all of us)

I love my blog;)

May 6th, 2013 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and loving my blog lovers…Well, I hope there are a few in that category!  A few weeks ago a woman contacted me about her basset going blind from glaucoma.  She thanked me for my sub-blog – Seeing with your heart, and nose

It is so frightening to receive this diagnosis and you need answers fast to many questions.  What to do?  What to do? Well, we discussed what I would do and basically emphatically suggested she do exactly that, which I am pleased to report she did.  Of course Emma was the guiding light.

Minnie is home and is adjusting with the grace and dignity of a basset hound.  She has the support of her family who adore and cherish her.


Glad bassethoundtown could help…

More continuing my research and investigation into horrible breeding practices later….Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chap and Emma ATB) cheering me on….


September 28th, 2012 - 3:03 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and keeping up with the run lovers…

I put the updated run sheet in the original blog posting 2 blogs down so I could keep them together.  I also added a picture of KoKo after her eye removal surgery.  (enucleation)

She looks pretty good to me and I know she must be in so much less pain.

I hope they all find great homes but of course I have a soft spot for dear KoKo.  I sure hope to keep up with her.

Wish I was going on the transport so I could offer her some kind words.


Good luck and dog speed to all of them…

More keeping up with the run later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma riding shot gun later….

Meet Izzy and Abby…new bassethoundtown residents!

December 7th, 2011 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and new resident lovers.  The new residents are Izzy and Abby.  I met them through their Mom Heather who was interested in learning more about glaucoma:( for Izzy.  Izzy has already lost one eye at 2 years of age and will most likely lose the other eye.  The remaining eye is showing signs of pressure increases and Izzy is now on drops.  I was telling Heather to start talking to Abby a lot more now.  Also, I suggested she start using code words and sounds to alert Abby.  For example, I was telling Heather that I tap on the dishwasher when I am going to open it and Emma will leave the room.  Heather had to laugh because this is what Izzy does when she opens the dishwasher….


Izzy is in charge of the rinse cycle!  Too funny!  I love it.

Izzy has a sister named Abby!


I was also telling Heather that Abby will probably be a big help to Izzy when and if she goes blind.  I know Chap became much closer to Emma.  That is when food is not around!  LOL

Welcome Izzy and Abby!

More loving new residents later….Cat, Chaps and Emma

Lily and Maddison from England are a touching bounded pair looking for the right home!

October 26th, 2011 - 6:06 pm KY Time
  • ‘Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch. Maddison is always looking out for her’

When illness forced vets to remove Great Dane Lily’s eyes, the prospects of a fulfilling life didn’t look good.

But then no one had reckoned on her pal Maddison stepping in to turn guide dog.

The pair have been inseparable for years but now find themselves looking for a new home because their owner could no longer cope.

The catch for anyone interested is that the Great Danes come as a package.

They have been waiting at the Dogs Trust re-homing centre in Shrewsbury since July.

Homeless: Blind Great Dane Lily with her canine carer Maddison

Homeless: Blind Great Dane Lily and her kind-hearted canine carer Maddison

Forever friends: Lily, left, being guided while walking with Maddison right. The pair have been inseparable since Lily lost her sight

Forever friends: Lily, left, being guided while walking with Maddison right. The pair have been inseparable since Lily lost her sight

Manager Louise Campbell said: ‘Maddison is Lily’s guide dog. If they are out and about, for the majority of the time Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch. Maddison is always looking out for her.’

Lily, six, was barely a puppy when she was struck down by a condition that caused her eyelashes to grown into her eyeballs, damaging them beyond repair.

It was after this traumatic event that her relationship with seven-year-old Maddison developed as she took her under her wing.

The best buddies lived together until their owners decided they couldn’t look after them any more.

Miss Campbell said: ‘With her lack of sight, Lily’s other senses have heightened so although we don’t split them up often she can tell if Maddison is nearby.

‘They curl up together to go to sleep and they are very vocal with each other.

‘We haven’t analysed their different barks but if Lily wants to go forward and Maddison is in her way, the bark will have a different pitch.

‘They are very close to one another and enjoy each other’s company’.

Playful: Lily's lack of sight has heightened her other senses so she can often tell if Maddison is nearby without the pair touching

Playful: Lily’s lack of sight has heightened her other senses so she can often tell if Maddison is nearby without the pair touching.

Miss Campbell said that Lily does all the things normal dogs do and if you saw her from a distance you wouldn’t realise she had anything wrong with her eyes.

She added: ‘They are really happy with life, the glass is always half full with these two.

‘They have been with us for a considerable amount of time but they are quite happy and go about their daily routine – they are very affectionate.’

She believes the dogs’ size and advancing years, as well as the fact they have to come in a pair, may have put off potential owners and she warned that anyone contemplating taking the dogs in should look at their lifestyle and think of the responsibility involved.

‘They are not gigantic when you see them outside. These are two lovely big girls who deserve to live out the rest of their lives together in comfort’, she said.

Dogs Trust cares for around 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs every year through a network of 17 re-homing centres.

Happy: Great Dane Lily is seeking an owner who would be willing to give both her and best friend Maddison a new home

The Great Dane is seeking an owner who would be willing to give both her and best friend Maddison a new home.


Turns out that a new home was found recently but fell through.  Howl ever since this article has come forward there seems to be a line of folks waiting to be considered.

Speaking from experience the thought of a blind dog is scary, but as many of the residents know it is a journey that is so worth taking.  Wow, look howl much Emma has taught us all.  Who ever is fortunate enough to have Lily and Maddison in their life will be forever blessed.

More keeping up with the girls later….Love, Cat, Chaps and our Emma

Emma gets a new runway!

October 23rd, 2011 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Darling Emma Lovers….

Emma has a carpet runner in the living room that actually lets her run towards the kitchen.  OMDawg she loves her runner.  I on the other hand was not so thrilled with her runner!  I referred to it as a dog hair magnet.  It was hard to sweep and just smelly.  So, I did something about it!  Throw rug runners, that I can wash!  Do you likee?

Emma loves them!


Bless her heart, she is so smart and cute!


Here she is flipping her ears.  She always flips her ears when she is learning new paths.  They act like radar.


Of course, Chaps was worried…..


Turns out he hates the new IPhone’s flash.  Poor boy thinks it is lightening.  I don’t have a flash on my other camera.  He has been heading towards his storm center everything I take a picture.  I really need to figure this one out.

We can’t have my new Iphone scaring the Mayor!


My pictures might be dark for awhile!

More figuring out stuff later…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

Who wants a Lady update? Me, mememememe!

July 17th, 2011 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Lady update lovers!  I just love this girl.  She is pretty. Cindy, went to visit Lady at the vet yesterday and provided us with all of these pictures and updated information about Lady!

Well, Lady now has a foster Mom.  Her foster Mom will pick her up on Monday.  She did not want to leave Lady over the weekend but she had plans to go out of town.  It really was very fortunate for Lady.  The first week after the surgery is very hard on both human and hound.  You have to try and keep them quite and make sure they don’t rub the surgery site.  Anyway, look at our girl.  Herz swelling is down!

Is that a smile I see?


The technician, pictured with Lady, gave Cindy some of her favorite treats and boy did she ever go for them!

Just look at that sniffer going! Again, this looks so much like Emma.  Grandma always says, “Show me your teeth, show me your baby teeth”!  Too cute…..


Cindy really enjoyed her visit with our darling Lady.  Hey, Cindy – if you want to give us some more details that would be great!  I am sure I am leaving out plenty!

Yummy!  Those treats are really good!


Well, tomorrow is a big day for Lady.  Her new foster Mom comes to get her.  I sure hope the foster Mom keeps up with us and provides updates on Lady.

More Lovely Lady news later……Cat, Chaps and Emma

A brave TX Lady needs our help….

July 12th, 2011 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and TX Lady Lovers…..




Lady is a new resident of Bassethoundtown thanks to Cindy, Rugs, Jethro, Ozzie and Harriet Doyle.

Cindy volunteers for Basset Buddies Rescue of TX and helps with their ongoing efforts to aid the homeless hounds of TX.

Even though BBRTX was full they agreed to help Lady with her urgent medical needs.  Poor Lady was raging with glaucoma and was basically in an emergency situation. She needed her eyes removed pronto!


Cindy gives us some background….

“Lady was found on the internet by a young lady who took her and was going to care for her.  After a few days she realized that she had too many health issues and she would not be able to afford to do the vetting.  So, she called Galveston County Animal Shelter who called Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas to see if we would take her.  BBRTX didn’t have a foster home for this sweet girl but agreed to get her to the vet and start her journey to getting well while they searched for a foster home.  Lady had glaucoma, light heart worms, intestinal worms and needed spaying.  She is very thin and her nails were long and chipping.  She has started her journey to getting well by having her eyes removed, relieving her of much pressure and pain.  Her heartworms can be treated with heartguard and she was spayed while she was under having her eyes removed.  She was wormed for intestinal worms and her nails have been trimmed.  She already looks and feel much better.  She’s slowly gaining weight and has a big jump on her road to recovery.  She’s young and strong and it won’t be long before she’ll be enjoying her new life ahead.”

Well, as Cindy told us, Lady had her eyes removed a few days ago.


She is doing remarkable and is probably experiencing massive relief from the intense pain of glaucoma.  Now she needs a home and some money to pay her tab at the vet.  Cindy thinks that the bill will be about 1000.00 with everything she has had done.  Lady is also boarding at the vet as well.  So far someone has donated 300.00 towards her vet bill.  I think it is someone that is on BBRTX facebook page.

Chaps and Grandma donated 50.00.

Cindy is doing a fundraiser at work.

Now, Emma wants to do her part.  Emma wants to donate a brand new fresh gully blanket!




The cost for the blankee is 35.00 which includes shipping and a free blank Lily collection greeting card.  100% of this sale will go to BBRTX towards Lady’s tab.

First come first serve to help defray the cost of the eye enucliation surgery.

One blind girl helps another blind girl.





If you would like to donate to Lady please visit the BBRTX website.  You will find the Paypal donation button on the left hand side.  BBRTX WEBSITE

Cindy, please keep us posted on Lady’s progress and her bill.  I an anxious to find out about her foster home and if they need any advise from me.  I am willing to help anyway I can.  This is a major surgery and the recovery is a solid 2 to 3 weeks.

More blogging about about Lady later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S. I wonder if Emma has anything else up her sleeve?

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