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Archive for December, 2012

Festive beagles!

Posted by laurie on December 31, 2012


Bonnie writes:
I tried for a festive action shot, but this is the best I got. Spunky loves opening presents – more than what’s inside – and when hers are all opened, she helps us by shredding wrapping paper all over the floor. When I saw her sitting there with a piece of paper stuck to her lip, I had to try to capture it. It’s kind of amazing that we can have the gifts under the tree for days and she doesn’t really bother them – except the ones for her. How she knows, I have no idea, but she always does. Come time for opening the gifts, however, and she’s like a little kid – gets so excited she just wriggles.


Luana writes:

Here are some Christmas Day pix of my precious boys. I love the one of Henry (wearing the Christmas collar)and his Uncle Dennis (sort of like your Uncle Bob!). Uncle Dennis managed to hold Cody still long enough for me to get a picture of the two of them wearing their Santa hats.


Sara and Chris write:

I’ve attached a photo of my two girls, Ruby on the left, and Shay on the right. The little dog in the middle is Matilda, a friend’s rat terrier who is staying with us for a week, and although little is taking ownership of all the stuffed toys Santa Paws brought. This pose required a large number of treats!


Margie writes:

Came home after leaving Lucy and Trooper in the house for about two hours and the rascal had eaten all the goodies. This is what I sent to Lucy’s pet sitter and mail lady (who stops every day to give our beagles treats). Saint Trooper – who would have jumped up if he could have.


Anne writes:

Bailey is quite the ‘bird’ expert! She cooks a mean turkey.


Kate sent this great photo of her late and great Sophie and Polly, from a Christmas years ago.


“Giulirai” writes:

We used the pic for our Xmas Card. It is staged anyway. BJ does not even get close to the Xmas tree anymore. It does not smell like food. LOL The inside of the card says:
“Dear Santa, I have ben really, really good this year. I just thought I saw a squirrel in the tree … honestly!”


Harper writes:

Here’s Bartles…
He wiggled and snuggled his way up to my belly one night as we were settling down to sleep (I was actually reading) and I managed to get this picture… I could’ve propped my Nook up on his head to read better J

This is the view I get in the morning when Barts is digging me out of the covers… I figured the red comforter gives it a festive Christmas look 🙂



Jacqui writes:

Nathaniel (top) looks similar to Max in the Grinch…poor guy! I think I got the best of his dignity in this one…. And Phoebe just loves working it in her Santa sweater.


Jessica writes:

Here is a picture of my beagle Wally in his Santa outfit. He’s not normally a fan of wearing clothes, but he put up with me for a few seconds so I could get this shot. Wally loves baby carrots, so he was rewarded with a snack for being a good boy and posing for the camera.

This was taken a few days ago [early December, actually], right after our 2 year adoption anniversary (he turned 5 years old this summer). Wally is a big lover and requires lots of snuggles everyday. He’s a clown and definitely brings a lot of love and laughs to our family.

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Posted by laurie on December 21, 2012


It’s almost Christmas so it’s time to hear about the cranberry pistachio biscotti. I’ve made four batches so far, another four to go. This is about half of a batch. I think Phillip ate the rest.


No, Stanley didn’t eat any, but he did get to clean off the cutting board.

I’m going to take off all next week and return on Wednesday, January 2. But if you get any good festive photos of your beagle(s), send them along and I’ll post them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Open for discussion: December 20

Posted by laurie on December 20, 2012

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Guaranteed to make you smile

Posted by laurie on December 19, 2012



John and Patti write:

We brought Beasley home Sunday. He is so much fun and my is he busy. We had forgotten the lack of sleep, the constant vigilance, beagle proofing the house. It’s like having a toddler in the house. But we know it is worth it!

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Worth reading

Posted by laurie on December 18, 2012

Phillip’s niece Gabrielle lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her husband Chad and their three children: 2-year old Coleman and 6-month old twins, Chasen and Chayla. Chad wrote this powerful and eloquent piece which the Hartford Courant published on Sunday. The link is here, but I wanted to include it all below.


Last year, not long after the birth of my first son, I decided to move my family to an ideal, safe American town — the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.

Friday, I was in a doctor’s office with my six-month-old baby when I heard about the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I had told my wife just that morning that I would never complain about my long commute to New York City because life in Sandy Hook has been so nice.

Everybody in that office sensed something was very wrong when a mother received an emergency call and was told her daughter was in the school. She immediately broke down in uncontrollable hysteria, as doctors rushed to console and comfort her.

My kids are still too young to attend the very elementary school that will now forever be etched into our nation’s conscience. But every parent and every resident of this area knows the palpable pain that, although surely nothing compared to the victims’ families, brings a sense of deep loss.

Sandy Hook is just over 60 miles from Manhattan. Many people in this community probably moved here for reasons similar to mine. We wanted to give our children a good life, a safe life where they could play outside, run around with their friends, go to good schools with caring teachers and learn in a nurturing environment. We moved here because, like so many Americans, we want simple things in life: peace, security, happiness, love and a better life for our kids.

Last month, I brought my 2-year-old son for his first haircut in the middle of town. As I think about him sitting in a chair in the shape of a truck, playing with toys — his only fear the locks of blond hair falling past his eyes — I cringe to think of how many sat in that same chair who are now gone and of the parents who had life’s greatest gift inexplicably taken from them.

In times of unthinkable tragedy, we have a tendency to ask, “why?”

We know that there is no answer, no logic that can begin to make the order of the universe feel right at this moment. Perhaps we think that if we can find some explanation that makes a bit of sense, then maybe we can justify why we weren’t the victims, why it didn’t happen to us or why it won’t happen again.

Sandy Hook, however, proves once again that tragedy can befall anyone, anywhere, from the most innocent among us to the biggest, strongest, smartest, richest or most famous. We are reminded that life is precious and fragile and it can be taken away in an instant.

Just as we cannot make sense of what happened, we cannot pretend that there are silver linings.

We can, however, come closer as a community, to do whatever we can to help our neighbors in need. Perhaps we can even be a model for a fractured nation and show that, just once, sensibility and empathy can trump politics and agendas. This need not devolve into a rancorous debate about whether gun control or gun rights should trump. Instead, we should be talking about why love should triumph over hate, gentleness over violence and hope over despair. For a tired nation that has been embroiled in bitter bickering and partisan politics for years, those are not political points, but human ones.

I will never forget what happened in this little bucolic town and the lives that were forever lost and altered. We will all be reminded of it in some way every time we engage in the most mundane of life’s activities. We should strive to remember something else, however, as it difficult as it may be right now. There is a reason why many of us came to Sandy Hook in the first place. Let us fulfill our potential as a community and be worthy of their memory.

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Posted by laurie on December 17, 2012


As if there isn’t enough sadness, I am unhappy to report that my sister’s basset hound, Telsha, passed away this weekend. She lived a long life but it’s never enough, is it? Telsha was a very sweet little girl and I know that Nancy and Rick miss her terribly. Here’s Nancy’s tribute:

Rest in peace, dear sweet little Telsha! You were found wandering the streets of Medford, OR, and we were so honored to give you your forever home. You never asked for anything except raw veggies and popcorn. How will we ever make a salad again without seeing your little snoot, waiting for a treat? We miss you with all our hearts, and we are comforted only by knowing you are no longer in pain. We love you, little Telshie!

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Who goes there?

Posted by laurie on December 14, 2012


Last night’s dinner was this spinach and potato frittata and both of us REALLY liked it. Well, make that four of us because the boys got to lick the plates. After dinner, if Phillip does not have to go to a meeting, he watches TV in the hottub for an hour or so. And last night we both went upstairs early. Phillip watched a western and I read Life Among Giants. Not as good as the frittata, but definitely a page turner. Stanley was under the covers and Sherman between our heads. The horses in the movie started making horse noises, and soon thereafter a rumbling growl came from under. It got louder and louder and Stanley emerged, ears back, looking around, being ferocious. Of course he had to run outside and bark for awhile, and after a few minutes Sherman decided to provide backup. He didn’t last long though and was quickly back inside on the bed. We are grateful to Stan for his vigilance. But Stanley? Shut up!

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Posted by laurie on December 13, 2012


John and Patti write:

We had a beagle for 12 years who we lost to cancer a couple of years ago. We decided it was time for another beagle. Beasley was born October 16th and we bring him home next week, and I’m sure things will be chaotic for awhile. We have not told the “queen mother” (our 12 year old yorkie, Sadie) about the new arrival yet, but I’m sure she will waste no time taking charge.

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Ever eat a pine tree?

Posted by laurie on December 12, 2012


I love Grape Nuts. Especially with raisins on board. Stanley loves cereal just as much as I do. I always give him the bowl with a little left over (Sherman gets a handful out of the box) when I’m done. Stanley loves his walks almost as much as cereal. The other morning while I was enjoying my cereal, Phillip harnessed up the boys and headed towards the door. My poor conflicted beagle. He very much wanted to go with Phillip but he REALLY wanted to wait for his cereal. As with most things Stanley, it was quite funny to watch. Of course I sped up my breakfast and let Stan finish it, after which he jumped immediately into the car. Didn’t even put his bowl in the sink.

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Cody and Henry

Posted by laurie on December 11, 2012



Luana writes (in October, sorry about that!):

It’s been raining all weekend here in Wisconsin (both Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14). Because of my work schedule, the only time I can usually take Cody and Henry to the doggie park (12 miles one way) is on the weekends. During the summer, when it was light until 9 PM, I would sometimes take them to the park after work on weekdays. Now with the shorter days it gets dark WAY too quickly to go after I get home from work, so weekends are the only time we can go – and this weekend we were rained out.

I was sitting on the sofa with the boys and noticed Cody’s wistful face as he lay with his head on the pillow. I got up to get the camera, and fortunately he was in the same position when I got back. I got a good closeup of him, and then another one of both Cody and Henry. Blame Mother Nature, boys – we can’t always have sunny weather on weekends. Hopefully, next weekend!

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