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Open for discussion: December 20

Posted by laurie on December 20, 2012

29 Responses to “Open for discussion: December 20”

  1. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Cody, Henry, and the six kitties are VERY happy today because this is a snow day here in Wisonsin! Schools are closed all over Sheboygan County, and when that happens, the best thing to do is just stay put at home. Of course, that makes the four-legged kids happy, as they have Mama and Auntie home with them all day.

    I tried to put the boys out for a few minutes around 5 AM. Henry dashed out in the snow and dashed back in again just as fast. Cody stayed out for about two minutes, then he came back in. Snow beagles they are not!

    • Joan said

      I am in Milwaukee. So far 7 a.m. no snow only rain. Boo Hoo. I will have to work. My beagles were very disappoint. They love the snow.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      We’re not supposed to get much here in SW Oh, but the beags will be happy. They love playing snow babies. Cobalt doesn’t like the rain or the cold, but he loves snow! I guess he doesn’t realize it’s really cold rain!

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Update: The boys have been outside twice now on their leashes and seem to enjoy romping in the snow for a few minutes. I leave the screen door open that leads onto our sun porch, so when they’ve had enough they come onto the porch and I let them off the leashes and back in the house. Right now both are napping on the sofa and love seat.

  2. Darlene said

    My beagle Terra spent a considerable amount time opening presents under my tree. All of them were food scented candles! How disappointed she must have been as she ripped each one open to find that the “peppermint crunch”, “apple crumble” and “vanilla” scents weren’t food at all and weren’t worth all the effort! Naughty girl!

    • harperlea said

      Thanks for the giggle! Although I’m sure it was frustrating to you, Darlene, it’s pretty amusing and cute too! (by the way, I love the name Darlene)

      My Darlin Bartles Basset has a new thing…. Of late when my alarm has gone off (for the 4th time or so ) he now climbs up on me and starts digging at the covers with his fat little Basset front feet as if to pull the covers off and say GET UP GET UP GET UP ITS TIME TO GET UP…. Very cute and very frustrating at the same time….

      • Susan in DE said

        Didn’t anyone tell you that bump on the top of their noggins is the snooze button? Just give it a good thump and he’ll leave you alone for 9 minutes. ;->

      • Karen Spivey said

        It’s funny how dogs pick up new habits. One morning I was late in getting out of bed, so Blue got me by the leg and dragged me out.

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        Snooze bar. THAT was funny right there!

        Karen, I hope you got your leg back!

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        Cody does that when he wants to get under the covers. Since his toenails are pretty long (have to get them trimmed sometime soon!), and they tend to get caught in my hair, it can be rather painful.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      We learned when ours were young that anything food related or scented can’t go under the tree. I have to ask people ‘is this present beagle safe?’ My closet is usually full of gifts until Christmas morning!

      Harperlea-LOL! Bartles is too funny!

    • Susan in DE said

      Just a little cloudy and chilly here in Delaware, with a slight possibility of rain later today and tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll pay later in the season. And what’s with The Weather Channel/ “naming” winter storms?? This one is “Draco” … ridiculous, in my opinion.

      Josie would have eaten those candles, and she has done so in the past (A box of what were lovingly handmade beeswax candles, until the Tri-Coloured Maw of Utter Destruction got ahold of them). Funniest thing ever was when I warned Rob not to put our gifts to my aunt’s cats under the tree. The next morning, I looked out the window and saw blue wrapping paper all over the back yard. When I went to investigate, it appears Josie had taken the cat gift through the dog door for uninterrupted unwrapping and devouring. It was like CSI, you could clearly see what had occurred … the bag of cat treats was opened on three sides, licked flat and completely clean. The package of catnip mice needed some more violent wrangling to open, and then each of the 6 mice had been briefly chewed, and then spat out in disgust.

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        Yeah, Lily Loaf of Bread would have eaten those candles too. My out of town relatives have dogs also, and have heard the horror stories – and even participated in – some epic beagle Mischief With Food events, so they notify me in advance if there’s food in the shipment. Even with that, I sniff everything and pretty much leave it in quarantine out of reach until it’s time to open presents.

        I always say living with beagles is like camping in bear country. You pretty much have to hang your food to keep it safe.

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        Susan – I love your descriptions of Josie. If she and Cody got together for a couple of unsupervised hours, the destruction would be beyond belief!

    • Tuckers Dad said

      A couple years ago my Mother in Law sent us a nice homemade quilt for Christmas, we knew what it was supposed to be so we put the package under the tree. What she didn’t tell us is that she threw in a bunch of chocolate truffles in the package. We went over to a friends house for about an hour and came back to truffle wrappers all over the house. We counted 18 of them. Luckily the vet is open on Saturday afternoon so we rushed all 3 there. After making all 3 release the contents of their tummy’s, Yuki had the most, possibly a lethal dose of chocolate, Niko had a few, and poor Tucker didn’t eat anything. He was probably asleep.

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        That reminds me of a gal I used to work with. Years ago, her two daughters got large Santa figures made of chocolate. They were put under the Christmas tree (in packages) while the family went out one evening, apparently forgetting that their two dogs would find the packages interesting. Of course, when they returned, the chocolate figures were completely eaten and they didn’t know if one dog ate both figures or if both dogs ate the chocolate. They called their vet (at home), who advised them to get a few drops of hydrogen peroxide down both dogs, and to be sure the kitchen floor was covered with newspapers. That’s what they did, and soon the peroxide proved that both dogs had eaten large amounts of chocolate. Fortunately, after vomiting everything up, both dogs were fine.

      • Cody and Henry's Aunt said

        Can you tell Luana is at home today??? I’m working from home (the nature of her job doesn’t allow her to do that). I gave her an hour on the computer while I took my “lunch break.” Do love all the comments, though!

      • Susan in DE said

        Well, now that we’re talking about beagles, chocolate and vomit (only us!!), I have another story to share … Last week, a co-worker who owns a beagle named Maggie left the house for a few hours with his wife. Maggie managed to pull a bowl of M&Ms off the dining room table, they still have no idea how she reached that high. So, they watched her closely to be sure she was okay since it wasn’t a lot of chocolate, relatively speaking, and she seemed okay. Everyone headed off to sleep, including Maggie taking her usual spot on the bed on top of their feet. Around 2am, she tromped on them and came up to his wife, and pretty much did the dog equivalent of saying, “Uh, Momma?? I don’t feel so good …. blaaargh!” and puked on her head (fortunately not in her face). My friend said, “Well, at least it smelled like chocolate,” although it didn’t comfort his wife very much.

  3. I too have had a problem with “food scented ” items – but mine were not under the tree. About a week ago – one or maybe both of my beagles must have jumped up on the kitchen table and then over to the counter – and went in to the sink and pulled out the plastic sink strainer and chewed it to bits. It must have had some food particles stuck in it.
    I came home last night – and the sink brush – that I use to pre-scrub my pots and stubborn stuck on food on plates etc – was lying in the middle of my bed. It was completely chewed up – all the bristles were off and the plastic head and most of the handle is gone. Am I to assume that they ate most of the brush ? Hope they chewed it in to small pieces – don’t want to have to run to the vet with them. I am trying to think of a way I can set up some sort of video camera to catch which one of them is getting on to the table/counter/sink. Does anybody have any suggestions ?

    • laurie said

      Back in Baltimore, we set up a video camera near the counter so we could find out how Spenser was getting up there. We put a treat up on the counter, left the house for a bit, then came home to watch the replay. It was NOT Spenser, but rather Clayton, who had maneuvered a bar stool within climbing distance of the counter. We’re still laughing over that, as Clayton was really not much of an athlete.

      • Susan in DE said

        That is priceless! There isn’t a chance you still have the video and can convert it to a format to share here, is there? No, Clayton wasn’t an athlete, but you don’t need to be if you’re a thinker, now do you? But then again, Spenser was a Rhodes scholar … And then there was Scooter! :->

        I always used to joke that Josie and Jordan were like that Cartoon Network show, “Pinky and The Brain” … “Gee, Josie, What do you wanna do tonight?” “The same thing we do every night, Jordan — try to take over the world!”

  4. Rusty Bob, Maggie Mae and Odie Bug Jackson- Texas said

    Our Maggie Mae is in the Christmas spirit! She has been wrapping presents while we are busy . Night before I climbed in bed and pulled up my covers when I found a lump in the midst of them. Carefully unwrapping the quilt, I found an icky rawhide bone that had obviously been buried out back in the yard! It was covered in dirt and of course that too was tightly wrapped in my blanket. Thanks for the present Maggs!

  5. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    At our house it is the cats that are up to opening presents. One time I bought a pricey piece of beefstick from Hickory Farms and was on the floor in front of the tree wrapping presents. Hours later I discovered the plastic wrapper and a large (28 lbs) cat with beefstick breath! Yesterday one of the cats got up on the craft table and took 2 of their toys out of the sac!

    • Cody and Henry's Aunt said

      I always dread wrapping gifts ‘cuz I have feline help. Haven’t started. I have “help” on my lap right now.

  6. Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    A couple of days ago my mother and father in law visited and brought a pack of four treat sticks for the beags. They had one each when they arrived and then mother in law put her coat on the sofa in the hall. When it was time for them to leave,she picked up her coat and felt in her pocket for the remaining two treats, to dispense as a leaving gift to the beags. All that was left was the packet – no treats!! We believe it was Cassie that helped herself – she’s a food thief, whilst JB would know not to touch them. So Miss Piggy had three out of the four treat in the pack and consequently did’t get quite as much in her dinner bowl that evening!!

  7. Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

    Our dining room table was covered with paper, bags and Secret Santa gifts for work. I found an empty M&M peanut bag on Barney’s bed……..He is a “chunky” Beagle, and acts like he can’t jump up on things, until no one is at home anyway…. 🙂 Reading each of the stories makes me think of the things mine have done over the years. Ahhhh sweet, at the time madening, memories.

  8. JC said

    Even though all gifts containing food were scrupously left out of reach, my Baxie had to sniff each and every package under the tree… So cute!

  9. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    Well, so much for my darlings only bothering food presents. I currently have one present under the tree, sent to me by a friend (Erich gave me a big present, and my parents gave us a big present- washing machine, so in a way, we’ve already had Christmas). Onyx went over to the present and slapped it with her paws tonight, and started batting it around. I scolded her, and when she left I noticed the wrapping paper has a big hole in it now. So, I will wrap the remaining presents I have this weekend, but they will NOT go under the tree. Princess O cannot be trusted this year!

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