THE GOLD RUSH IS OVER BUT THE GOLD RUSH BOUTIQUE WILL NEVER END! GO TO THE LINK RIGHT BELOW AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE! BEAUTIFUL PIECES AT GREAT DEALS!
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CLICK HERE FOR HOP, MAIN STREET JEWELRY BOUTIQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bassethoundtown.com and Devon are thrilled to bring you information regarding the House of Puddles.
The HoPpers are ready to steal your heart as they drool and slobber for you while they sit and lay in the town Saloon waiting for their dinner.
YouTube: Is Dinner Ready?
Our goal (10,000) will be about one third of what is needed for the year! It takes about 2,500 dollars a month to run HOP and that is a good month.
I asked Marilyn why she has devoted herself to the elder basset hounds and she said,
"I was inspired by a friend who had started a basset rescue in the Midwest. They rescued all bassets but she always used to talk about all the seniors she kept in her home because they never got adopted. I decided I wanted to give a home to as many seniors as I could.
Since my husband had passed away early in 2002, there was nothing keeping me in the townhouse we had in Alexandria, VA. So I went in search of a home suitable for a herd of senior hounds, something out in the country on a few acres so we wouldn't disturb the neighbors or violate any housing zones or city ordinances.
I got very lucky and found the perfect house in Frederick, MD. I just had to add a fence and install some doggy doors and we were good to go. Of course, it wasn't long before I also had the carpeting replaced with laminate flooring.
Initially, I didn't think I'd have more than about 8-9 seniors. I figured that would be all I could handle. But they just kept coming. And after going through a huge chunk of my savings and refinancing the house, I realized I couldn't afford to do this by myself anymore. That's when I incorporated in January, 2005 and applied for tax exempt status. And that's how I got where I am. :-)
I have the feeling this has always been my calling. Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamed of living on a farm with a bunch of animals. Well, I got close...kinda. LOL!"
I know her dream has inspired others and I asked her about it. She said, "I do see the idea of retirement homes for senior dogs catching on. Many people have told me I've inspired them and they hope to do the same thing I do one day. That's why Wendie Prince started Senior HoundsAbound in Orlando, FL."
If you want to make a donation not using Firstgiving you have options!
Here is the link to the HOP paypal information and their snail mail address.
Click here for other donation options
Here are our offline doners!
I'm donating this money in memory of my dear Lafayette. Keep up the great work :) Robyn - 25.00
Happy New Year from Wendy - 25.00
Good Luck from Val - 30.00
Merry Christmas Marilyn and the Hoppers from Devon and Todd Smith - 200.00
Jeffrey Enslow - 20.00
Joni Brooks - 100.00
Sherrie Strachan - 45.00
Mattie Mullenix - .05 (My 5 year old good friend)
Julian Wayne Lee - 15.00 in honor of Rudolph and Hermey
Douglas Dropp - 20.00
Cathy Larsen - 5.00 from the Cuddle with the Mayor Blanket
Kelly Cuppoletti - 110.00. Bassethoundtown.com will send the HOP a check for this amount. Included in this amount is 50.00 for the sale of the beautiful ring that Kelly donated and my parents bought for me for my 51st birthday. Kelly, I love this ring and I will always think of you and the HoPpers when I look at it.
Here is my blog posting about this donation!
Kelly's donation! Please read!
Ellen Brown - 50.00 for 10K lucky 5 diamond channel band! Hey it really was a lucky ring for the HoPpers! Ellen rocks with her pawsome donation!
Annika Francis - 381.90! This is the gold rush record for highest donation and it does not stop here! Annika donated several other pieces that are now in the HOP boutique! Here are the links: ANNIKA'S DONATION COULD REACH AS HIGH AS 600.00 WHEN HER OTHER ITEMS SELL IN THE HOP BOUTIQUE! THIS IS JUST PAWSOME! ANNIKA YOU ROCK!
Beri Hartwell - Purchased 18K gold bracelet and 14K gold life is a swirl pin from the
HOP Main Street Boutique! - 160.00
Fleur, Monty and Helen - 35.00 from gold items. We love the HopPers and want to help any way we can! Also, we have some additional items in the HOP Main Steet Boutique!
Virginia Oliveira - 83.00 from 14K gold items. Helping old basset hounds is what we love to do! Go HOP!
Devon Leigh Smith - 94.00 from 14K gold and 21 point diamond. I am thrilled to be a part of this Gold Rush. Cat and I will help old hounds at the HOP forever!
Holly Simpson- 8.70 from a pair of 14K gold earrings. Holly sent a huge donation probably worth over 1000.00 when all of her cool items sell in the HOP boutique. This pair of earrings was scrapped due to a breakage near the pearl. Holly states, "Every little bit helps! I am glad my items are helping the elders so much".
Melanie Hildebrand - 100.00 - I love Lucy 14K diamond earrings shaped like basset hound ears! "OMG, I love those, they will be a great addition to my jewelry collection!" (donated by Holly Simpson)
Roxanne K. Dizon - 25.00 - I love having the honor to support HOP. This is a great organization that keeps giving the gift of life to our precious hound dogs. I pray that HOP will always have everything they need to continue doing a fantastic job. Give all the furry babies a hug and kiss for me. Thanks for all you do!
Jenny, Miss Kitty, Abby, Shadow and Da Diva Angel Penny (proud furever furend uv da hop'ers) - 186.90 "We're thrilled to help Marilyn and the Hop'ers, and are constantly in awe of their accomplishments.
We offer up that thar gold wif loads uv luv!
Sue and Roger - 50.00 - In honor of Sportster and Dyna. Our sweet hounds!
Therese M. Francin - 100.00 - Circle the Wagons 14K diamond earrings. (donated by Holly Simpson)
Money to be sent at end of Lily book offer via USPS to HOP.
Arlene Downey - 5.00 - Special offer from sale of 1 Lily book!
Jamie Shimp - 5.00 - Special offer from sale of 1 Lily book!
Joseph Ireland - 200.00 - 1/4C diamond stud earrings for his wife Kathy. Donation from Holly Simpson!
Emma Thompson - 50.00 - Sterling Sapphire Treasure ring! Donation from Marie Paul
Candace Wilson - 5.00 Lily book special
George Manson - 5.00 Lily book special
Cathy Rudert - 10.00 for Chaps's new shirt
Cathy Rudert - 15.00 for flower pin
Therese in NC - 100.00 for diamond ring donated by Holly Simpson
Martha Jacobs - 10.00 for sale of Lily book
Tina Davidson - 5.00 for sale of Lily book
Joanne Yenkevich - 5.00 for sale of Lily book
Joanne Rogers - 80.00 for the purchase of 2 chains from the HOP boutique
J. Page Lindsey - 20.00 for the Jenny Standridge earrings.
Carol Anderson - 280.00 for the purchase of Purple Puddle Necklace, Oui Oui Oui braclet and sapphire and Diamond Sr. Tennis bracelet.
Carol Anderson - 150.00 for tear drop turned to hope necklace
Cathy Hileman - (actually Mike Hileman) - 150.00 - who bought this stunning piece for his wife for Valentine's day! Ahhhh!
Anne Ferguson-Rohrer - Hearts of puddles swarovski charms (pair) - 25.00
Jenny Standridge - 10K and 14K gold worth 110.00 check mailed to HOP 2-26-09
Patrick Pasquinelli - 5.00 from the Lily book, special offer!
C. Shreiner - 25.00 from 10K gold sent to BHT. I mailed it to HOP today, 4-17-09.
Chaps Rudert - 1000.00 - Photo contest winner for Northern KY Yellow pages. He will be on the cover!
Virginia Oliveira - 100.00 from 14K and 18K rings for Ricky's teeth cleaning!
Carol Anderson - 100.00 from Shopping in the HOP BOUTIQUE
Beverly Burkholder - 15.00!
Candy Wilson - 15.00, for the frame that Peter Roebuck donated!
Debbie Wood - 15.00, for the frame that Peter Roebuck donated!
Terry Marshall - 146.00, for gold!
Grandpa Rudert - 40.00, Gold cross for Chaps and Emma to share. Donation from Ginny Tata-Phillips
Trisha Canaday - 5.00, cc of yellow pages signed by Chaps
Wanda Richlen - 10.00, cc of yellow page
Mary Tipping - 10.00, cc of yellow pages
Ginny Tata-Phillips - scrap gold for 2 chains and a garnet setting - 27.00
Jenny Standrige - 33.00 scrap gold for 1 chain
Chaps and Emma Rudert 20.00 cash
Cat, Grandma and Grandpa 95.00 for 14K Teddy Bear Charm, donated by Annika
Santa Letters 7.00 x 4 letters 28.00
2 frames donated by Peter Roebuck 30.00
Boswell Book donated by BHT bought by Barbara Baumann - 90.00
Stephanie Van Daele 21.00
Jackie Mullenix - 14.00
Kip Masset - 15.00 bought frame donated by Peter Roebuck
Peter Roebuck - 2 Santa letters - 14.00
Devon Smith - 1 Santa letter - 7.00
Darlene Curtis - 1 Santa letter - 7.00
Debbie Woods - 3 Santa letters - 21.00
Cat, Chaps and Emma - 10K J ring - 30.00