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Ask away

Posted by laurie on March 28, 2012

I’m having some writer’s block and thought it might be useful to solicit questions from you and turn my answers into future posts. So ask away, anything goes. Thanks!

55 Responses to “Ask away”

  1. Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    Do the boys frequently curl up together like this? Cobalt & Onyx don’t. In fact, one night I found them snuggled against each other like this only their heads were together too. I was convinced they were plotting against me! 🙂

    • Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

      I was wondering this too. My two older beagles are littermates but they have never snuggled up together (at least not since leaving their dam). My noob boy is already trying to snuggle and is getting some odd looks from the non-cuddlers. I don’t know what the deal is – they sure like to snuggle with us two legged folks.

  2. Phil said

    How did you get lucky enough to marry such a wonderful person?

  3. Pam Minnick - "Forever" Nikki's Mom (RIP) said

    I absolutely love, love, love the “beagle” yawn. (Curled up tongue & sleepy eyes and all)

  4. Phil said

    What’s your beagle’s most annoying habit?

  5. Nancy J said

    You’ve had boy beagles–any reason, no girls? We have both now and it seems that boys are easier-going; girls are more in your face. Is that what you’ve found?

    • Kim Jackson said

      That is so true! Maggie has to be right there staring you down from point blank.

    • Susan in DE said

      We have one of each, and I agree with that assessment. I think it’s true with other animals (horses, cats) …. and people. ;->

    • Lois said

      I partially disagree. Sherry was much easier to house-train than Andy & she’s much quieter. Andy was in love with his big basso bay- apparently he missed his calling as a pack leader. However, Sherry is bossier – & in our faces when she wants something.

      Ever notice the difference in how they walk? andy always stomped around – & we call Sherry “wiggle-butt” because she wiggles her rear end like the very flirty girl she is.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      I agree too. We have one of each. Even though Cobalt was here first (ok, by a whole 2 weeks), Onyx is the Alpha. Onyx is ‘in your face’ as you say. Cobalt is a gentle, loving dog and Onyx wants everything her way. My sister has a pair of Cocker Spaniels- male & female. Her male was the dominant one, and the female was very very timid. Until my sister started having children. As more people came into the house, the female has become more aggressive. Good thing my sister decided two children were enough! LOL.

      Onyx was easier to housetrain than Cobalt, I will say that. She wiggles her rear-end too when she’s very excited about something. When we used to let them go upstairs, the two of them would run up and down the hallway, and it sounded like a heard of elephants rather than a mini beagle pack.

  6. Nancy, basset mom and Laurie's sister said

    Who does poop patrol in your house 🙂

    • Susan in DE said

      Hopefully you mean poop patrol outside of your house and in the yard, and not “in” the house. :->

      • Nancy, basset mom and Laurie's sister said

        Oh, Susan, great catch! Yes, I meant who is the person in the house who does poop patrol outside!

  7. Gloria said

    Whose idea was it to “own” beagles? Did you ever consider another breed of dog?
    (BTW that photo is adorable and calendar worthy)

  8. Kramer and Gandolf's mom, Kate said

    Do you find 2 dogs are “easier” than 3 dogs?

    • beaglemusic said

      I do. One beagle, and it is lonely for a playmate. Two, and they’re buddies (most of the time). Three, and in my experience, they listen to the humans less.

  9. Nancy in AZ said

    What’s in Phillip’s garden?

  10. Nancy in AZ said

    What are you currently reading? Any good recommendations?

  11. Nancy in AZ said

    When is Phillip’s next video?

    • Susan in DE said

      When will Phillip be dropping his next gansta rap album, and does he want Josie aka “Heavy J” to make a featured artist appearance on it? ;->

  12. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    What’s Philip’s next project?

  13. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    How did you choose the boys names? (or were they already named?) There seems to be an “S” pattern, aside from sweet Clayton.

  14. Kim Jackson said

    Just wondering how many of you have/had senior beagles and what you have done to accommodate their aging problems. Ian the dog died prematurely from Kidney failure so Rusty is our first “child” to actually get to this age. In the last year he has become insulin dependent, is now blind, and his legs are unstable. Since he is almost 15, we count these days as bonus days and intend to love every minute until he is gone. I have to brag on Roy, my husband. He has come up with some great ideas to help us get through this time. Rusty can’t make it out the doggy door to tinkle- just not enough time. We have tile all over the house and Roy has bought a zillion throw rugs for him to “hit”. Every day Roy bleaches and steam mops the floor when he gets home and washes rugs. He is a great doggy daddy! He also built ramps off our back patio for Rusty and lowered the doggy door so that he can still go outside. We made a pact that we would laugh at the funny things and enjoy every minute he has left – he has gotten into some of the funniest tangles. A potted vine on the patio snared him, the dining table imprisoned him and various cords all over the house seem to jump out to ensnare him as he bumbles by. He just flops down and barks a funny bark until he is rescued – no panic from him – he knows we will come help. We have moved the furniture so that he can’t get into a mess while we are at work and have made sure all cords and such are out of his reach. The latest funny is that since he is blind, he locates us by sound – but when you have 12’ ceilings and an open floor plan…sound echoes in the oddest ways. Last night he was just barking his head off for a snack at my jewelry armoire! He is so cute twisting his head (think RCA radio dog style) to try and locate where the sound is coming from. We just touch him so he knows. He still loves to eat, loves us and is the happiest guy you will ever see. Here’s to old dogs and what we can learn from them – one day at a time.

    • Susan in DE said

      Kim, first of all, bless you and your husband for accomodating Rusty’s needs. We’re going through senior beagle things right now as well. Jordan is 15 or 16 and has kidney failure, we are just counting the days as well. He’s happy as a clam right now, but he has slowed down a lot and there’s nothing further we or the vet can do (The vet is amazed a dog this age has survived and thrived 7 months and counting since diagnosis). We’re just letting him enjoy the time he has left with us. Josie is about 12 and is getting blind and deaf, and is starting to have some bowel incontinence issues (It just falls out as she’s sleeping or walking along, and she has no idea it’s happening … vet agrees she’s healthy otherwise but sometimes this happens with dogs. Not fun, but a heck of a lot easier to clean up after than urine incontinence!). Yep, we just deal with it … And we have poop patrol both inside and outside the house (Whoever sees it and/or has time takes care of it).

    • Harper said

      Ditto to what Susan said…. And your descriptions are priceless…
      I went home early sick yesterday and I had my three “nursemaids” taking care of me… The Basset lobbed himself up on my lap and eventually overheated me.. I think he helped break my fever….

    • Lois said

      Andy made it just past his 14th birthday. We too felt that every day of his last 8 months was a blessing. When we could no longer keep him comfortable, we knew it was time to let him go. Had such dignity at the end – we wanted to help him get in the car for his last trip to the vet, but he insisted on getting in on his own. Just keep dealing with the little inconveniences because after they’re gone, you’ll only remember that they were great dogs.

    • Kim Jackson said

      Thanks guys! That helps put it in perspective!

  15. Sue ~ Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    What is your most favorite place to take the hounds (besides the canal)?

  16. Harper said

    Have you or would you take the boys on vacation with you?

  17. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    What about outfits they wear or the funny poses they sleep in? Does anyone have a dog that is such a cuddler that it looks like a lover relationship? Sam sleeps with his paw around my husband’s neck and often sticks his nose in hubby’s ear!

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      Cobalt’s favorite place to sleep is on my feet. When I stretch out on the couch with a blanket, it takes him about all of two minutes to join me, even if he was happily sleeping on the other couch. He settles in, with his front paws draped over my legs. Then he nestles his head so it fits perfectly into the arch of my foot. He loves to cuddle! (In fact, we do this daily as I’m able to come home for lunch and I always take a little power nap).

  18. Marty said

    How do you get over the loss of two dogs at the same time? We lost our beagle and beagle mix on March 16. We miss them tremendously. Can’t believe how quiet the house is.

    • Elaine T said


      You never quite get over it but the pain does lessen with time. I lost my 15 year old beagle, Max, on December 15th and then lost my other 15 year old, Duchess, 6 weeks later on December 17th. My suggestion to eliminate the quiet is to adopt a new beagle when you feel that you are ready. Remember, you are not replacing the ones you lost, just the emptiness that comes with losing them.

      • Donna, Oscar & Spencer said

        Elaine T, you said it perfectly.

      • Susan in DE said

        And there are so many good, good dogs (beagles and non-beagles) that desperately need loving homes (especially adult dogs). You have more love to give, and that’s your way of honoring the memory of the ones you’ve loved before.

    • Harper said

      I’m so sorry for your loss.
      You never truly get over it, but I’m getting better as the days go by… We lost our Whisky Beagle in October.
      We rescued our Basset two weeks later. He’s not taking her place by any means, just an addition to the family.

    • Nancy J said

      My thoughts are with you. Oh, gosh, how you grieve. Let yourself grieve. But, don’t let it overwhelm you. And, do, do start thinking of rescuing another. Or, fostering, if you aren’t ready to commit. You see, it’s loving and taking care of a living one that honors the one that’s gone, just like Susan said. No, they don’t replace the lost ones. They just build on the love.

    • beaglemusic said

      I lost two beagles on the same day–August of 2002, one day after burying my father. We were more than devastated. It took awhile, but we allowed more love in our hearts–besides, the remaining beagle–my heart dog, Mo, helped us get through the roughest spots.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said


      I’m so sorry for your loss.

  19. Donna, Oscar & Spencer said

    What is the most disgusting thing your beagle ate?
    What is the most disgusting thing your beagle rolled in?
    Where do your beagles sleep?
    What is the most damage your beagle did in the house?
    What is the most damage your beagle did in the yard?
    Does your beagle have a favorite dog friend?
    Does your beagle dislike certain dogs?
    What is your beagle’s favorite color? (okay, that one is ridiculous)
    Do your beagles eat Kosher? Now I’m really getting carried away.

    I’ll try to think of some more, but in the meantime, how do I change the little icon that accompanies my post?

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      Cobalt’s favorite color is blue, Onyx’s is purple. 🙂 She likes purple because it looks so stunning against her black fur.

      • Donna, Oscar & Spencer said

        Okay, maybe not such a ridiculous questions. Oscar looks fabulous in his red bandana. Spencer has a black one because he is the bad boy. but sometimes I put the blue one on him and he is stunning, but still the bad boy.

      • Harper said

        Whisky Girl’s FAVE color was pink 🙂
        Shotzy’s FAVE color is pink and “tennis ball”.
        JDs FAVE color is john Deere green or “purple ball”.
        Tangs favorite color is blue or brown.
        Bartles FAVE color is FOOD.

    • Peggy said

      Most disgusting thing Penny ever ate? ‘recycled food’ Beagles can outdo Alicia Silverstone, but prefer to feed themselves.

      Rolled on: dead squirrel
      Sleeps on the foot of the bed, and bites feet if we bump her.
      Best Dog friends: mostly males–Penny’s a flirt. Columbo the Dachshund; Booboo the GSD mix; Petey, the Husky mix, Noodles the Yorkie; Sadie, another Beagle from Penny’s breeder. Holly, my Sister’s Ruby King Charles Spaniel.

  20. Karen S. said

    I do have a few questions:

    Why is there something instead of nothing?
    How could Lawrence Krause come from nothing?

  21. G said

    I know I’m late in this game but just in case….
    Have they ever brought in any presents? (dead animals or other items?) Bailey seems to have a knack for knowing when baby birds are about to fly off the first time and is always right by the nest with her mouth wide open….
    Anyone tried acupuncture? My vet did show me how to find Gunner’s sore spots and put a little heating sock on it and massage it.
    Anyone else have thyroid issues? lots of questions for me there.
    Can’t think of anything else.

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