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Open for discussion: April 3

Posted by laurie on April 3, 2012

15 Responses to “Open for discussion: April 3”

  1. Susan in DE said

    Does your beagle have a theme song? Jordan didn’t need one written, because either the tune from the Vonage commercial (you know, “Woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo!”) or the theme from the Benny Hill Show (including the circus music part) just suited him so well. I rewrote the lyrics from the “Josie and the Pussycats” 1970’s Saturday morning kids’ cartoon for Josie (I’m sure you can find it on YouTube or somewhere on the web if you’re not familiar with the tune):
    Josie barks at pussy caaaats
    Chases squirrels, and birds and raaaats
    Waggly tail, and her ears are flaaaat
    Eats treats, howls a song, everybody sing along …. hurry, hurry!
    Theeere … are things to sniff along the trail
    Maaaaybe … she will even find a quail
    Buuuut … the rabbit is her holy grail
    Really loves her hugs and pats, Josie barks at pussy cats (roll through the drum kit)
    Josie doesn’t like her crate
    Prefers to sleep in late*
    Lives with us now, we think she’s great
    Josie barks at pussy cats, Josie barks at pussy caa-aaats, yeah!
    (*That part is not true … she gets up at o’dark thirty before the birdies, and moos for breakfast until you get up).

    • Harper said

      Yay Susan! Ive been waiting to “hear” Josie’s song…
      I must admit I don’t have a theme song for my pups…. With all the spoiling I do for them you’d think I’d have a song. Bad Harper no biscuit….

    • Julie said

      Cute song! Mooing fits the description of that low whining noise my beagle makes in the morning too. I never thought of it as mooing, but it’s a very good description. I giggled when I read that part of your post.

    • Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      They don’t have theme songs, but we’ve reworked numerous songs over the years and sing it Beagle style to them.

      I had to laugh at the rat part. Onyx is a great little mouser. In fact, I think there’s one in the kitchen now- last night she was all over the little treat cabinet (and she never goes near that unless I open it), and then she sat in front of the cabinet and barked that alarm bark, with that look of pure concentration on her forehead. So very cute!

  2. Baci's mom said

    Don’t know that Baci has a song, but he barks wildly and looks toward the front door when he hears the doorbell-like sounds on Wheel of Fortune. This confuses me, because we don’t have a doorbell. A previous non-beagle would get excited when she heard the final Jeopardy theme because she knew we would go for a walk as soon as the show was over.

    On another note, I do have a serious question for you all. In a year or so, I will be making some major changes in my life. I’m alone now (excepting Baci), and I plan to move from a house to an apartment, possibly in another part of the country. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring Baci along. He’s almost 11 and in good health, although he could lose some pounds, so it’s likely he still has a few more years in him.

    So what are the prospects of adoption or fostering of an older dog? He’s super-friendly and would probably adapt well, but how do you find a home for an older dog? I’m not about to abandon him, but I don’t know how to go about finding him the right home. Any and all advice would be welcome.

    • ChristyACB said

      Baci’s Mom – What a hard choice to have to make. I’ll be honest with you, it is VERY hard to adopt out the older ones. There are some people, like me for instance and a couple of others on here, that only adopt older ones because they have so little chance and have the extra funds for the end of life needs. Most, however, will not and I’d say about 75% or so wind up passing in foster care with a pack of other dogs and no person to call their own. I sure hope that you don’t have to let Baci go at this end of his life.

      • Susan in DE said

        I agree with Christy. It’s a shame, but older animals are unfortunately not as easy to find homes for as younger ones. We got Jordan when he was 8 or 9, and he had been turned down by several prospective adopters who thought he was a great dog until they heard how hold he was. I know I hesitated briefly (as I watched his fat rump waddle up the stairs in our house), wondering if I was adopting a giant pile of vet bills and heart ache. But he was juch a great dog, he deserved a great home. Here’s hoping you don’t have to give up Baci, and that if you do, you can find a lving home for him.

    • Karen S. said

      This is so sad! Why not look for an apartment that takes dogs? You’ll feel better about yourself.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      When I adopted Henry the shelter said he was about five years old. My vet said he was more like 9 or 10. It will be two years in July since we brought him home, and he’s keeping up with Cody’s shenanigans like a younger dog. Age is just a number. Having a happy home and happy life do a lot to keep a dog healthy!

      • Harper said

        We have no idea how old Bartles is… One vet said 3 or 4, the rescue vet said 2 ish and our vet said 2 or 3. He is coming out of his shell more and more… I can see his personality developing with time, our home, our love and our training…. He seems happier and bouncier…. It’s very fun to watch.
        I love love love Nancy’s Basset songs!!!!! How FUN.

  3. Donna, Oscar & Spencer said

    My dogs don’t have a theme song. But we leave the radio on all day and they listen to ambient chill music. Either the cable music channel, or now we have BluRay and we put Pandora on for them and they listen to Global Chill. They especially like it because it is almost commercial free.

  4. Harper said

    Has anyone heard of the CD that’s out that is for dogs? It has the big hit “Sqeaky Deaky” on it… One of these days I’m going to buy it for my pups…. Of course it will make my husband crazy.

  5. Nadine Wiseman said

    This was Finlay’s theme song:

    MY FUNNY BASSET HOUND

    You’re my funny basset hound,
    Sweet, comic basset hound,
    You make me smile with my heart.
    Your looks are laughable, un-photographable,
    Yet, you’re my favourite work of art.

    Is your figure less than greek?
    Is your mouth a little weak?
    When you open it to speak, are you smart?

    But don’t change a hair for me,
    Not if you care for me,
    Stay little basset hound, stay!
    Each day is basset hound day.

    and Jemima basset’s:

    I DREAM OF JEMMA

    I dream of Jemma with the light brown fur
    Born like a vapor on the summer air
    I see her tripping where the bright streams play
    Happy as the daisies that dance on her way.
    Many were the wild notes her merry voice would pour,
    Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o’er

    I dream of Jemma with the light brown fur
    Floating like a vapor on the soft, summer air.

    Jag our Tibetan spaniel has to put up with a lot of basset songs. He has one to “Surfer girl”:

    Little Tibbie, little one,
    Make my heart come all undone,
    Do you love me little Tibbie Jag,
    Tibbie Jag, my little Tibbie Jag….

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