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Open for discussion: April 10

Posted by laurie on April 10, 2012

31 Responses to “Open for discussion: April 10”

  1. beaglemusic said

    I’ll start with a question: Do any of your beagles chortle/trill? Our beagle-treeing Walker coonhound, Elvis, does. It’s pretty funny! For extra effect (while he’s doing this in the crate), he mashes his face up into the crate and looks pretty evil doing it!

    We’ve had a number of beagles–but we’ve never had one do this funny sound in their throat like that…

    • Harper said

      Whisky Girl would snort and grunt and snorfle like a little piglet… And when the fire engine would run its siren, she and JD lab would go in the backyard and bay together.
      Shotzy has just begun to bay with JD, although JD doesn’t seem to bay as much as he did with Whisky.
      Shotzy “talks” to us with grumbles and puppy noises…. Bartles is a full throated Basset woof from deep in his big low chest… Especially when we’re playing outside…

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      Onyx trills. The more excited she gets, the more she trills. She usually does this with a toy in her mouth and as she’s wiggling her butt. Hilarious! She purrs sometimes too.

    • Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

      Cassie squeaks with excitement when she spies a cat, squirrel or a rabbit when out walking. Her tail wags furiously and for a few minutes she’s beside herself with excitement! We think it’s partly because at her previous home she hardly ever went for a walk, so even though she’s five now she’s only been going walkies every day for two years and it’s all relatively new to her. Guess she’s making up for lost time!!

    • Gunner and Bailey's Mom Anne said

      Yes, Bailey does when I get home and when we tell her it’s time for a walk! I keep trying to video that but haven’t had that much luck. She also barks in her sleep, very cute!

  2. ChristyACB said

    I wish I could hear what you’re describing because it sounds hilarious!

    Charlie does this combo of grumble/whine that isn’t really whining and turns up at the end like a question. It usually means that he is wanting you to keep petting or if you’ve stopped, start again. If you talk baby talk to him he does it too.

    Gigi does do a great “talking whine” that is very high pitched and is also just plain old communication rather than whining.

    Really wish I could hear the trill.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      It’s hard to describe. It’s in her throat, and really, trill is the only way I can think to describe it. It’s a happy sound. Sometimes it’s really loud- for instance, the couple of times a year my folks come to visit, the first time she sees them she trills loudly (with a toy in her mouth still). It’s just so sweet!

    • beaglemusic said

      Just as Amy says. It’s in the throat. Is Onyx full-on beagle? I heard from someone that does coonhound rescue that it’s common with them.

      • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

        Yes, she’s purebred Beagle (at least as far as we know), but she does have a lot of ticking like coonhounds. Cobalt doesn’t trill at all.

  3. Topic Strange noises ? No chortles/ trilling here. My two beagles just make strange noises in their sleep. I guess dogs can dream too ? Buddy seems to be sound asleep- laying next to me in bed- and he starts to make whimpering / crying noises. Last night, Holly was making little short muffled barking noises in her sleep. It also seems like she growls in her sleep at times. Both of them sometimes look like they are digging or running in their sleep. The question is- is this like sleep walking- where they say you should not wake them up – or if it appears that they are having a bad dream – should they be woken up ?
    I rescued both dogs, so we hope that they are not having bad dreams about abusive former owners. Both acted very scared at first when we got them and still from time to time look like they cringe – as if to be hit – when some one makes a fast motion. Buddy puts his head down and leans to one side and cowers too. Happy to say that all of their bad days are behind them !

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom, Kate said

      I have a little thing that says, “Never awaken a dog chasing rabbits in her sleep. It’s the most fun she’s had all day.” 🙂

      • beaglemusic said

        Oh yes. I agree with that, Kate. Our mix is quite active with the sleep-barking and chasing.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      We refer to them as puppy dreams. They will kick their legs like they are running, whimper, growl, and sometimes bark. Sometimes one will get so animated that they wake the other! Onyx sometimes looks like she’s having a seizure. We had to warn my niece not to touch her when she’s doing that, because if you wake her from a deep sleep like that she has been known to snap at your hands. If I’m really concerned about her (like she’s having one of these dreams and her tongue is sticking out and I’m afraid she’s going to bite it off), I will gently, from a distance (like the couch if she’s on the floor) call her name and soothe her.

      I wouldn’t worry though, Audrey. I think they are chasing bunnies and squirrels, not dreaming about their past lives.

    • Susan in DE said

      Audrey, your guys are fine. That’s typical dog dream behavior. When they make the strange muffled barking, there’s usually lip puffing going on since they don’t open their mouths, sometimes it almost sounds like growling followed by hiccups. We just laugh and let them be.

    • Harper said

      Whisky Girl would cower if we had anything in our hands (fly swatter, newspaper, flashlight) and swung it… Not even near her, but she was nervous… I always wondered what the people did to her before we “rescued” her…And she hated people stepping over her (even if she was lying in the middle of the floor…) she would jump up and get out of the way…

  4. Eleanore said

    Changing the subject for a minute. Does anyone have a good, safe way to reinforce the bottom of a chain link fence? All of a sudden Heidi is starting to dig the dirt under the fence. We do have small fencing along the bottom, hoping to reinforce the area so no dog could get out. The sidewalk is on the other side of the fence since we live on the corner. I don’t know what else to do to keep Heidi safely in the yard. I thought someone might have a solution to the dilema.

    • Sue ~ Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      We reinforce the bottom of our fence with cinder block/bricks. They can move them if they get ambitious. Friends of mine that have Beagles dug a trench around their fence line and poured concrete. They did a little at a time until they did the whole yard. Works for them. Ours are 7 & 8 and have sort of given up on escaping. Still don’t trust our sweet babies.

      • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

        That’s what we have done too- used bricks. It kind of stops Onyx because she doesn’t like the feel of the bricks on her nails. Railroad ties work too (while I have seen Onyx move cinder blocks/bricks, I’ve never seen her move a railroad tie).

      • Lois said

        We’ve used very large rocks & bricks. I don’t really trust Sherry – the one & only time she dug herself out of our yard, she did it while my husband was inthe yard with her.

    • Nancy J said

      Oh, boy did we have this problem. With a basset and a beagle bound to wander, the chain link was not keeping them in. We laid 6 x 12 concrete pavers down all along the inside edge of the fence. That kept them from trying to dig. Then, we wired lengths of conduit (top rail will do, too) to the bottom of the chainlink. That kept them from pushing up under the fence to get out. We have a huge yard and it wasn’t cheap, but it did give us peace of mind. We haven’t had a breakout in years. However, if you have an industrial-type digger of a beagle, it may not help.

    • Harper said

      We put wire mesh buried about 6 to 12 inches deep straight down and then folded the top over towards the inside of the yard and buried it. This is at the double gate in font that was my worry spot…now they’re digging at the back fence, and we’ll have to do something about that… But thank goodness the neighbors backyard is fenced so if they escape, they’ll still be in a yard 🙂

    • Karen S. said

      I can stop them from tunneling under with cinderblocks. Blue the birddog used to get the chainlink in his teeth and rip it up! But I have one dog, Daisy Mae, who can climb my 5-foot chainlink fence! I keep her tied now.

  5. Scooby's Mom said

    Scooby trills when we order pizza. It’s sorta like an excited vibrating purring at a high pitch. He trills as he waits at the window for the “pizza man” to deliver. Scooby’s “job” is to tell us when the “pizza man” comes. Then it turns into excited barking when he sees a delivery car stop at our house.

    He makes other throaty sounds, people often tell us how vocal he is, like he’s conversing with us. We didn’t realize it because we are used to it every day. But the only time he trills is when we order pizza.

  6. Susan in DE said

    No chortle/trill here. Josie and Jordan are suprisingly quiet for beagles. They do bark and bay occasionally (Jordan more than Josie), but Josie does moo and moan a lot. She also will occasionally break out this horrid high pitched keening (I’ve never heard a banshee, but I’m guessing it would be something like this) if she feels she’s been wronged — like if you come home after a long trip, or if she’s blocked into the family room with the baby gate when the plumber is here. Last time that happened, I heard the screeching and went racing downstairs because I thought she must have gotten her foot caught in the gate or something, it was such horrible crying. No, the diva princess just didn’t want to be locked in the family room anymore.

    • Sue ~ Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      That’s are Jodi girl….

    • Hi Susan – Yes ! I know that sound. Holly makes it when she is in her crate. When it is feeding time, she chows down her food in seconds flat and if we don’t put her in the crate, she would push Buddy out of the way and eat his too. She gets put in there and is fine – until some one walks by her, or about 15 minuetes elapse – which ever comes first. She will let out this very high pitched squeal with puffing and blowing mixed in- yes – sort of like what I imagine a Banshee would sould like. And yes- we call her the princess too. Her food bowl even has that name on it. Good old Buddy hardly makes a sounds, but has started barking and baying a bit in the back yard with Holly when they see squirels. She is diffinately the vocal one of the two.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      LOL at the Diva Princess. Yeah, we’ve got one of those too. In fact, she answers to ‘Princess’ more often than she does ‘Onyx’.

  7. Baci's mom said

    When Baci wants my attention he does a sort of huff whuff mumble sigh. With a lot of body language. I think it means one or more of “take me out,” or “I haven’t eaten in five minutes,” or “I’m bored.”

  8. Lily totally chortles! She has more hunting in her blood than her older brother. But then since Jake sounds like a sea lion we aren’t sure he doesn’t have some sea lion mixed in with beagle. It makes for an interesting sound coming from the house/yard when they both start talking. Thankfully, for the most part it’s just the Chortle that is heard. Jake stays quite for the most part. I have noticed though as his hearing has started going, his sea lion bark is getting louder and louder. I love the beagle “music” though. My neighbors might not like it as much as I do, but at least I have a musical house.

  9. Karen S. said

    Daisy Mae grunts like a little bear!

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