Wilbert the basset hound finds safe dumped in Branksome Park Woods, UK

May 10th, 2019 - 6:06 am KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Hounds in the news lovers…

As most of the residents know I love to follow the news on all things basset hound and when the story came up I just had to share!!!

Wilbert the basset hound finds safe dumped in
Branksome Park Woods, UK

A CANINE with a nose for crime sniffed out a safe dumped in a Poole woodland following a suspected burglary.

Wilbert the basset hound, who is nearly three years old, was being walked in Branksome Park Woods at around 11am on Saturday, March 16, when he made the surprising discovery in a bush.

The crime-fighting hound had managed to find a black square safe, which had its door taken off, and a number of clear plastic boxes, each one bearing a white label with a different quantities of cash written on.

Nine year-old Ari Semple was walking Wilbert at the time with his dad Stuart.

Ari said: “Wilbert started woofing at this bush and he found a safe that had loads of boxes that would have been filled with cash.

“It must have been stolen.”

“He was howling and we were like, ‘What’s going on?’ He was obsessed.”

Ari said Wilbert had been given a snack “and lots of cuddles” as a reward.

Following the discovery, Ari and his dad contacted the police who thanked them for reporting it and said they would be investigating.

Ari said while it was nice having a “detective dog”, it was “sometimes annoying” because Wilbert sniffed out Ari’s treats such as mint chocolate that he was trying to keep hidden.

Basset hounds have more than 220 million smell receptors, and the part of their brains responsible for the sense of smell is some 40 times that of a humans.


Wow – what a story!!!  Can you believe howl cute Ari and Wilbert are?  Wilbert has some really fluffy fur for sure!!!

More searching the wires for basset hound news later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB admiring Wilbert’s expert detective skills…)



13 year old KY basset hound named PIG is a Hero!!!

July 4th, 2017 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and soon to be Pig lovers…Wow – This hound harkins from my neck of the woods and I would love to meet such a HERO.

Nelson County man holds burglar at gunpoint with help of family dog…

By Travis Ragsdale

Posted: Jul 03, 2017 9:29 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 03, 2017 9:37 PM EDT


BLOOMFIELD, Ky. (WDRB) – An 18-year-old man is in jail after authorities say his plan to burglarize a Nelson County home was thwarted by a Basset Hound named Pig.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 4:30 Saturday morning at a home on Goodloe Avenue in Bloomfield.

Chris Stevens and his wife Heather were asleep Saturday morning when their dog Pig began barking near the door to their 13-year-old daughter’s room.

“Usually she (Pig) doesn’t just bark for any reason,” Chris Stevens said. “So my wife got up to go see what she was barking at.”

Stevens says once his wife was in the hallway to see what Pig was barking at, a man’s arm appeared to be coming from inside their daughter’s room trying to ‘shush’ the dog.

“Of course she screamed,” Stevens said of his wife. “I jumped up, grabbed my weapon. I walked right into his face; I mean literally, I was face to face with him.”

Stevens said once the person inside their home saw the gun, he immediately began to comply with commands. Luckily, the Steven’s daughters were in Chicago at the time visiting family.

“He went through her dresser drawers and ransacked a few things in there,” Stevens said.

Stevens held the suspect at gunpoint for around 20 minutes he said, before the Nelson County Sheriff’s office arrived to arrest the man.

18-year-old Garrett Harlan Inghram was arrested and charged with 2nd degree burglary. It’s believed that he entered the house through a window leading to the bedroom.


“He was dressed all in black,” Stevens described. “Black pants, black hoodie, black gloves, black backpack.”

But for Stevens, he said the real hero and the reason the situation didn’t escalate further was his dog Pig.

“If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know what would have happened, I truly don’t,” he said.

End of Article…

Wow – who knows why this JackA$$ was attempting home invasion but in KY we have a horrible heroin problem.  Thank goodness for Pig.  I think that Daisy Lynn would do the same thing.  While we were on the book tour a man came out on the balcony next to us to take pictures of the sunset and when Daisy Lynn saw him she started a very low growl.  In all of our travels she had NEVER growled at anyone.  I totally trust her instincts.

Be careful resident. Be careful…

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


Copper – the 20 year old basset hound (possibly older:)

January 30th, 2017 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Old Basset Hound lovers…So, far this is the oldest basset hound I have heard of.  But wait, let me back track.  Back on April 15, 2014 I did a blog posting titled,

“What is the oldest basset hound you have known or heard about?”

Recently I received a comment from a nice woman who has a hound named Copper.  She told me Copper is 20 years old!!!  Oh the joy of just thinking about that had me so happy.  So, I contacted her because I just had to find out more, more, more…

Himz Momma states…

“Merry Christmas, we rescued him 18 years ago.  He was found wondering the streets and we were specifically looking to rescue a basset.  The vet told us he was between 1 1/2 and 3 when we got him.  So we made him the age of our youngest son.  20 makes him 2 when we got him so technically he could be older.”

Copper in his prime…


A family favorite photo…


“He has gotten quite grey and skinny and not in great health the last few months.
He has been the best dog ever.”


I asked Copper’s Mommy what she thinks about his longevity and she responded…

“We have fed him really only salmon for the last 6 years. My husband thinks that Is a large part of his longevity. Thanks for asking about him.”

Isn’t this just a wonderful story?  It just is so touching…

More loving the thought of buying some salmon for Daisy Lynn later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB thinking that is a good idea!)



Bassethoundtown Walking Club fall event coming up Sunday, 10-30-16!

October 22nd, 2016 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Bassethoundtown Walking Club Lovers!  Our next walk will be on Sunday October the 30th from 1 til 3.  We will be honoring the life of one of our favorite members…Nosey Anne Luestella Pearl Newbold…


Nosey was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and that is never something you want to hear about a loved one.

Hopefully, Nosey will be able to attend so she can see howl many people and hounds love her.

Nosey with her Mom, Marsie and Mayor Daisy Lynn Rudert…


Nosey is an icon in the basset community and has done so much good work for rescue and helping many in need of a pet, smile and love…


More loving Nosey later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB really sorry in hearing the news…)

Famous Basset Hound Alert!

April 12th, 2014 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Famous Hound Lovers…I was just over at facebook sniffing around and was pleased to learn that one of my “friends” visited this statue in Budapest Hungry!


Yes dear residents it is none other than Peter Faulk of Columbo and his trusty side kick “Dog”.

“Budapest has paid tribute to dishevelled detective Lieutenant Columbo by erecting a statue in honour of Peter Falk, the man who brought the classic TV character to life.

Born in New York, the late actor had Hungarian ancestry and said his great-grandfather could have been the Hungarian writer and politician Miksa Falk.

Peter Falk died in Beverly Hills at the age of 83 in 2011.”

I think it is fairly new.  Just thought I would share!

More loving famous basset hounds later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB hanging out in Hungry!)

PS – A little know fact…

Columbo’s dog was originally called Fang. The spin-off series KATE LOVES A MYSTERY (MRS. COLUMBO)/NBC/1979 featured the wife of Detective Columbo, Kate Columbo (Kate Mulgrew) who owned a lazy basset hound dog named Whitefang.


Bassethoundtown RFD…hehehe

March 18th, 2014 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Mayberry RFD lovers…This is one of my favorite of all time TV shows.  I adore all of the episodes (that have Barney as the deputy).  The one I especially love is the one that has a basset hound in it!  YES!  A basset hound!  The episode is called…Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!

See Opie giving the basset a treat?


I loved this series as a kid and I love it now on a station that carries the old stuff…

I have some more to blogging to do about the trainer of animals in this time period.  This basset maybe the famous Cleo from the Peoples Choice.

Anyone remember that show?

More loving all things basset later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB hangin’ with an old star from yesteryear…)

PS…RDF means, Rural Free Delivery!  A postal term…

Norman Rockwell had a basset hound!

January 13th, 2014 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Famous Basset Lovers! I have always adored these painting depicting the 4 seasons by Norman Rockwell.


It got me wondering if Norman had a basset hound.


So I googled it.

rockwell basset 3

rockwell basset 2

rockwell basset

Yep, I figured he did.


I love these paintings and I can assure you that bassets can run that fast.  You should have seen Daisy Lynn today.  She looked exactly like this!


I know one thing…I am sure looking forward to the image of Spring!

More loving that Norman Rockwell had a basset hound later…Love, Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB with Mr. Rockwell..)


What is the history/roots of Basset Hound Rescue?

May 8th, 2013 - 3:03 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Basset Hound Rescue Lovers!

I want to pick everyone’s brains about the past. What are the roots/history of basset hound rescue? I have been working with some of the old timers in Rescue, the BHCA, The Bugler, and just anyone else that I can ask. From what I have learned in my research, bassets were fairly rare before the mid-50’s when “The People’s Choice” aired and starred the basset named Cleo. I have heard from several of my sources that this show kind of jump started the basset hound popularity during the late 50s/early 60s.

People's Choice Cleo


Cleo became so popular that a Little Golden Book (Simon and Schuster) was quickly developed and rushed into the hands of the new basset hound lovers…


I know my friend, Evelyn Leavens, who has recently passed away, adopted Boswell in 1953 from Lyn Mar Acres in NJ because of the popular TV show mentioned above.

Boswell Pedigree

It was a perfect time to write and illustrate her wildly popular children’s book, Boswell’s life of Boswell, (Simon and Schuster) which was number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List for a brief period of time. I am sure many a kid wanted a basset after pouring over the amazing artwork and fun words.

So, with the combination of these 3 events bassets became more popular and entering more and more families. One thing is for sure, when a dog gets popular on TV and in books it is not always a good thing.

I was thinking that this would be about the same time that demand created a supply.

So, what do you know about the roots of basset hound rescue?

More loving the history of bassets later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB) knowing the answers to every question…

PS – I have the entire People’s Choice TV series on DVD.  I have not watched it yet but I will soon.  I will try to share a few clips with the residents.

JeTaime – Mamoru Oshii and his basset hound!

June 14th, 2011 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and JeTaime Lovers. JeTaime means I love you in French.

I love you and your basset hound Mamoru Oshii and I have for years…..

These are the blogs I have done about the Japanese writer and director over the years.

2/24/09 – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

6/8/09 – Website stats explode on Sunday

10/20/09 – For my anime friends…Gabriel Oshii and his Father haunt Hollywood

Now Mamoru Oshii has made an animated short film, about 13 minutes long, staring his basset hound, whom I am assuming is still Gabriel. Looks like Gabriel anyway.


I loved it. It appears to me that Gabriel is dreaming. In his dream he perhaps saves the world unknowingly with his tennis ball? Anyway, that’s my take on it. I would love to know what it really means. I have watched Mamoru Oshii animation for years and I am just not a huge SiFi fan but I am a huge fan of his art and his love for basset hounds.


Article on the internet….

“That Ghost In The Shell director Mamoru Oshii has a thing for basset hounds is not exactly news for fans. The man has been tucking the sad eyed, droopy eared dogs into his work – both live action and animation – for decades now and it’s been suggested more than once that the director has more affection for his canine friends than any bipeds on the planet. So the fact that recent animated short film
Je T’Aime features a basset hound as the lead isn’t really a surprise. If anything the surprise is that it’s taken this long for a hound to take the lead.

Je T’Aime had a brief festival run before being released as part of a DVD package for Japanese pop stars Glay.”


See them on the billboard in the background? Love it…


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

For my anime friends…Gabriel Oshii and his Father haunt Hollywood!

October 20th, 2009 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound, Gabriel Oshii, and Ghost in the Shell Lovers: I have done several blog posting on Mamoru Oshii, his love of basset hounds and how he weaves his beloved Gabriel into his animation. Mr. Oshii is a Japanese director and has a huge following world wide. This is very evident to this basset hound blogger from KY, who sees visitors in the thousands from all over the world when I write about Mamoru and Gabriel Oshii.


I found this article on line today and found it very interesting.

From James Cameron to the Wachowski brothers to Steven Spielberg, US film-makers are paying homage to a groundbreaking Japanese anime the movie that gave us today’s vision of cyberspace.

When Larry and Andy Wachowski were pitching The Matrix to their producers, they played them a DVD of an 82-minute Japanese cartoon and said: “We wanna do that for real.” The film was 1995’s Ghost in the Shell, which defined a visual identity for cyberpunk cinema and counts James Cameron and Steven Spielberg among its most high-profile fans.

As it turned out, The Matrix wasn’t quite Ghost in the Shell “for real”, but it is indebted to it. Both films explore the virtual realm with a combination of existential questioning and kick-ass violence. The Wachowskis borrowed many of Ghost’s key details, including the digital “rain” of green numbers that signifies cyberspace, and the way humans plug themselves in through holes in the backs of their necks.

While he has just rereleased a “2.0” refurbishment of his 15-year-old film, director Mamoru Oshii is modest about its pioneering qualities. “I did not revise it because I was dissatisfied with the original, but to prove how far we have progressed since then,” he explains. A cheerfully taciturn man with a penchant for basset hounds, Oshii doesn’t like to talk about the Matrix and any similarities to his film.


“I’ve been asked this question hundreds of times. Frankly, it gets a bit annoying. I’m sure the Wachowski brothers feel the same. It is an entertaining movie, but I prefer their debut, Bound.”

Adapted from a comic book written by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell possesses many hallmarks of the anime (Japanese animation) genre: vast metropolises, lovingly detailed robots, military hardware, pneumatic women with huge eyes. The story is a future-noir thriller along the lines of Bladerunner, following a female cyborg detective on the trail of a mysterious hacker. She also questions her own identity: does she possess a “ghost” or a soul? Is she just a machine?

Surprisingly, the film was co-financed by a British company, Manga Films, an offshoot of Island records. Andy Frain, the movie’s executive producer, says: “I wanted to do a blend of east and west: western storytelling combined with Japanese artistry and a great soundtrack we were talking to Massive Attack at one point.” But his suggestions were largely ignored, he says. The critics were lukewarm, and the film only reached a sizeable audience on video and DVD.

But it did appeal to an influential contingent of film-makers. James Cameron has described Ghost in the Shell as “a stunning work of speculative fiction . . . the first to reach a level of literary excellence”. (His forthcoming movie Avatar envisages a future in which humans can transfer their personalities into the bodies of an alien species. Sound familiar?)

Ghost in the Shell’s influence on Spielberg, another fan, is clear in AI: Artificial Intelligence, which ponders the philosophical implications of the human-automaton interface, and in the future-tech visions of Minority Report. In April this year, Spielberg’s Dreamworks studio acquired the remake rights to Ghost in the Shell; he plans to make a 3D live-action version.

In the past year, we’ve also had Joss Whedon’s enjoyable TV series Dollhouse, in which secret agents are wiped clean of their memories and personalities, so as to be implanted with new, temporary ones. And the sci-fi film Surrogates, out last month, imagines a future in which people prefer to stay at home and control avatars of themselves in the outside world.

But Ghost in the Shell went further than its Hollywood counterparts. Unlike the replicants in Blade Runner, the techno-slaves of The Matrix or the robot in AI, Ghost’s cyborg heroine does not seek to regain her “lost” humanity. Without giving away the ending, the film hints at the start of a brave new post-human era (or is it a Buddhist parable?) about the surrender of self into a larger entity. Quite a burden for an 82-minute cartoon.

End of article…….

I wonder if Stephen Spielberg will use a basset hound. He almost has to. I am very interested to follow this one.

More about this topic later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

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