Happy SUN Day my fellow residents…

September 29th, 2020 - 8:08 am KY Time

Tuesday, September the 29th, 2020. 

OK, I tried to post this blog on Sunday but the internet was so slow it kept timing out.  I personally think it is the Russians “meddling” again.  BTW, I detest the word meddling.  It’s like saying “The North Koreans are meddling with nuclear weapons.”  Meddling makes it sound like a crouchy mother in law always poking her nose in her kids business or telling the spouse howl to make potato salad;)  That would be meddling, not what the Russians do and anyone else that tries to blows up reality, (or the planet).  What a bunch of jerks.

So, let’s try this again!!!

Howllow fellow basset hound town residents and sunny day lovers. It has been so pretty the last few days but very dry.  I guess we are going through a drought.  We can do that standing on our heads considering what we have been through in 2020.

So, Daisy Lynn slept in this morning while I went out and watered…


It got the best of her and she has to come out and look at what is going on.  I made sure not to get the ladies room wet so her precious paw did not get damp.

We then spent the rest of the day volunteering for KYbassethoundrescue @ bassethoundtown.  There is always so much to keep us busy and always so many needy hounds wanting a couch of their own…with sun in their faces…;)

Now for a Tuesday weather update.  We got rain yesterday so there is hope for some fall colors.  We hope you have a great day and enjoy the fall weather…

More loving the sun in our faces later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on sunny cloud couches…)



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…;)

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…)


SOLD – SOLD – SOLD -Isn’t this cute? I made it all by myself! hahaha

April 7th, 2019 - 11:11 am KY Time


Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and making it all by myself lovers…Too Funny.  Actually Grandma and I worked on this together.

It’s a crossbody daisy fabric bag that is redesigned with the suede basset hound I cut out from my leather inventory.

It comes with 4 free cards as well!!!  100% goes to our newly formed 501(c)3 basset hound rescue.  I will be blogging about this more in the coming days.  I thought it was time.  It’s a new adventure for sure.

Mayor Daisy Lynn is going to be a huge help donating 100% of her time to being a huge inspiration as those before her.

I thought this would be cute as a dog walking bag that you can stuff with poop bags, your cell phone and some lip gloss!  Just right for strutting your stuff!

The cross body strap is a bit too small for me so see if it works for you???

Here is the ebay listing.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/163637163997

I think it is a really good deal…especially since 100% goes to our newly formed rescue.

More loving a couch for every hound later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB with their crossbody bags in shades of rainbow…)

Carry your poop bags in style;)

September 28th, 2018 - 7:07 am KY Time




Howllow fellow basset hound and rescue item lovers…Yours truly with the help of our Mayor upscaled this darling Cynthia Rowley Clutch for a variety of fun.




As you can see our Mayor was a big help.  When she wakes up we might upscale another item…or howl at the neighborhood dogs…or both.

Have a great weekend residents!

More loving being the talk of the walk later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATGolden bridge with plenty of poop bags…;)

What are you Thankful for???

November 23rd, 2017 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Thankful Lovers…We do it every year, think back about what we are thankful for.  I actually do that every day.  But…today…I am thankful for basset hound rescue and the dedicated, honest and trustworthy folks I have run into over the past 3 decades.  Yes, I just said that.  My Mom and I have been doing basset hound rescue for almost 30 years.

Wow that is a lot of hounds laying on couches…LOL


This is Buster – one of our first rescues.

I am thankful for passion…

More loving and being thankful later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on rainbow couches…)

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!)



Share time in bassethoundtown!

August 19th, 2016 - 12:12 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and art work lovers.  I thought I would share this rare and amazing drawing by Evelyn Leavens.  This was a test run for her book, Boswell’s Life of Boswell.  This was not selected by the publisher for the book.  Evelyn sold this original to me many, many years ago and I cherish it.  I also own the copyright!

This image may not be used without the consent of Bassethoundtown Enterprises, LLC

This image may not be used without the consent of Bassethoundtown Enterprises, LLC

It’s crazy howl people think everything on the internet is free.  I see it all the time.  Recently, I saw a basset hound rescue use a piece of art on a coffee mug.  I was floored that the artist would allow them to do that and I contacted the rescue and they told me they had no idea where the art work came from they just took it from the internet.  People have to be really careful because the owner of the work can sue.  I informed the rescue who the artist was and I suggested they contact her for permission so they did not get in trouble.  She graciously allowed them to use the design for that set number of mugs and then they would have to pay her in the future.

I donate art work and items all the time to rescues and most artists are willing to do the same but you have the ask.

Here is the picture that the publisher picked to use in the Boswell Book.

Boswell tub

I am not sure who owns the copyright to Evelyn’s published images anymore.  The rights have changed hands over the decades.  That is why I never wanted a publishing company to buy the rights to the Lily book.  I want to own my art forever.  I want to be in control of my hard work!

As in this bath scene from the famous Lily Book!  LOL!

Lily Chloe Bath Page Lily Book

I love this image that hangs in my bathroom in poster size.  It also sells as a blank greeting card.  It has been donated on several occasions for basset hound rescue bath days.  It is up to me what I do with it because it is mine and I like it like that!

More keeping my art protected later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB loving that rainbow image;)


Holding hands with Roy G Biv!

December 26th, 2013 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and holding hands with Roy G Biv Lovers.  Do you know what Roy G Biv means?  Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet.

The colors of the rainbow…

I found Daisy Lynn in the bathroom this morning staring at a rainbow being cast on the tub…



She stood so very still staring at the color sequence.


Current research suggests that dogs can see colors but more like the chart below. The study concluded that dogs overwhelmingly preferred using color as a cue rather than brightness.


From my research this morning in the bathroom, Daisy Lynn was looking at colors!


It was so cute.

Daisy Lynn became bored and left but I decided to hold hands with Roy G Biv.


Just a moment in time.


More loving holding hands with rainbows later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB hanging with Roy G Biv)

Please visit this link for the bassethoundtown recognized basset hound rescues. 


The wayward Benson is safe and sound…what we learned!

November 20th, 2013 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and helping lost dogs lovers.  Today was a big day for all of us in bassethoundtown and especially Benson.  He bolted from his home, collarless at 7:30am this morning.  He arrived in bassethoundtown at 10:30am.  He was frantic and crying.  He saw Grandma and went absolutely berserk.  He was screaming to her for help.  It was the saddest thing.

First things first,

(Plan A) I called my friend at Animal Control and she was out for the day.  I then called the non emergency police number and gave them my information and a description of Benson.

(Plan B) I took pictures and got him on facebook sharing with all local pages including the local dog parks.  Then I put him on the blog.  Facebook immediately starting lighting up.  I waited for about an hour to see if that paid off.  In the mean time he got a few treats and water.  I did not let him in because Dog knows if he had fleas I sure did not want them.

(Plan C) I took him out for a walk to see if anyone was looking for him.  I used Emma’s leather tracking harness and put Daisy Lynn’s collar on him in case he took flight.  I could pretty well guarantee he was not going to get away from me but ya never know.

We looked to the left.


We looked to the right.


We went up the streets.


We went down the streets.


(Plan D) I loaded him in the basset hauling vehicle and took him to see if he had a chip.


By the time we got to the vet, (Plan B) was paying off.


Animal rights activist, super rescue woman and friend Terry Ward from Pennsylvania found a Craigs List lost dog post.  It was BENSON!!! I got a text right before he was scanned.  He does have a chip by the way.

I called Benson’s Daddy from the vet and within the hour himz Mommy was rushing to bassethoundtown!  She was just besides herself.  Frantic and crying,  just like Benson when he arrived!

It takes a town and social media!

Benson was safe, sound, home and down for a much deserved nap.

More hoping to see Benson around the town later (on a leash of course)…Love, Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB patting each other on the long backs)

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