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Open for discussion: January 29

Posted by laurie on January 29, 2013

33 Responses to “Open for discussion: January 29”

  1. harperlea said

    One of my absolute favorite authors has a new release out… Robert Crais’ “Suspect”. I can chew through his books no matter how long because I just can’t put them down… However, his latest is about a cop who lost his partner and gets into the K9 program of LAPD… His new partner is Maggie a two tour veteran of the USMC and lost her handler in Afganistan…. Maggie’s a German Shepard….It’s another great read, but I’m so emotionally tied up with Maggie…
    I can’t even watch movies about animals, even cartoons, without getting all emotional… Animals are definitely my weak spot… Because I’m in construction, I’m tough as nails…. There’s no crying in construction !!! 🙂
    But what a wimp I am when it comes to animals…. I will never watch War Horse for that reason … Anyway although I’m tied up in knots, Suspect is another great read from Robert Crais. If you’ve never read his works, start with The Monkey’s Raincoat… He introduces his two best characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. He’s got more than a few other novels without them, Suspect being one.
    I HIGHLY recommend any of Robert Crais’ novels…

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Me too, Harper! Animals are DEFINITELY my weak spot. Stories (real or fiction) are too much for me when they involve animal suffering.

    • Harper, I feel ya…I am reading (or attempting to read) Zoo by James Patterson. it’s about how there is a shift in the eco system and the animals start attacking the humans. It took me 2 days to read a certain part of the book (I won’t say what happened but rest assured it wasn’t good for animal or human alike)….I’m not sure I can muscle thru the book although I enjoy reading James Patterson books, this might be one that has to stay on my Kindle.

      on a side note, a great heart warming story centered around dogs and our service members is Until Tuesday by Fmr Capt Luis Carlos Montalvan . If you want a book that will reinfoce how awesome dogs are, I highly recommend that book! I think I have read it 3 or 4 times…

      Happy Tuesday! It’s looking like a stormy day in Dallas, so both my beagles are in lock down while I am at work. I would hate for them to become the next Toto and Dorthy :).

      Maureen, Jake & Lily

  2. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Me too Harper – I cannot handle animal drama of any kind. My husband queued up War Horse last month and was really surprised when I declined to watch it. I change the channel when those ASPCA commercials come on, too.
    Thanks for the tip on Robert Crais!

    • Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

      I change the channel too. I can’t bear it. And, Fiction or non, I won’t read anything with animal suffering.

    • harperlea said

      I change the channel when the SPCA commercials come on also!!!

      And although Suspect has gotten me emotionally tangled, I HAVE to finish it now…
      Besides, Maggie’s a GS just like my Shotzy Girl 🙂

  3. I was wondering the other day if any one in the DD discussion has kids. All we ever talk about is dogs, cats and horses. Are our beagles, etc are kids? What are the odds? (I don’t have kids)

    • harperlea said

      I don’t have kids. I’m not the maternal type… Except with my furry ones 🙂

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

      No human children, just my pups are my children:)

    • Susan in DE said

      Same here … I have a list of about 1000 reasons of “Why I have dogs and not children,” and am always happy to bring out examples when my friends talk about their trials and tribulations with their teenagers. :->

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      No two-legged kids here, either!

    • I have one son – age 24 and had just rescued Buddy – so had two “son” living at home. My human son Matt decided to move out and live in Manhattan – so I then rescued Holly. I now call them ” the kids” and let them sleep on the bed in Matt’s room and he gets mad at me and keeps reminding me that they are just dogs and NOT my children. I tell him that it is his fault for leaving me with an empty nest and this is how I choose fill it.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      My beagles are my children. I do have a very spoiled human niece (age 6 1/2) and her equally spoiled brother (2 1/2).

    • Carol, Eddy's mom said

      I have one daughter, she is 14 years old. She is a really good kid. I feel very lucky 🙂
      Before she was born, every baby I held would throw up on me. LOL Thankfully, that trend ended!

    • Linda UK said

      We have 2 daughters who dote on Dylan – the eldest is now away at university & I’ll swear she misses him far more than she does us!! Beagles make great family dogs but, as with any dog, care must always be taken with unpredictable toddlers!

  4. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    I donate to a few rescue groups. Nothing drives me crazy like the fundraising letters they send out. I have been known to talk to the envelopes…saying stuff like “I already know the bad stuff…you don’t have to sell me” They always make me cry. No ASPCA commercials here either.

    There are a few dog movies I love, but oh how I cried and cried and cried.. “Marley and Me”, “The Incredible Journey” and “My Dog Skip” to name a few

  5. Joan said

    Most of the time if there is a dog in the film or tv episode you know it will die or be hurt in some way. It makes me so angry.

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

    I don’t have kids either, give me an animal any day (especially a Beagle!). Nothing pushes my buttons more than animal cruelty – in my book there is no punishment severe enough for a human that harms an animal intentionally. I support Beagle Welfare here in the UK, along with Guide Dogs for the Blind. if I ever win the National Lottery I’ll help as many animal charities as I can – I don’t have any family so I would get great pleasure from helping animals. I’ll keep buying the tickets ……….. !!

  7. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    I’ve never had the maternal instinct; never felt the biological clock ticking. I’m sure I speak for Luana as well. Don’t get me wrong;we aren’t child haters. It’s just that we both feel a much stronger bond with animals. Something in our genes? In our upbringing? I don’t know; I just know that is how we are.

    • Susan in DE said

      I had to laugh about not being “child haters” … me neither, it’s much more fun being the eccentric aunt who spoils the nieces and nephews. And secretly, I always rooted for Baron and Baroness Bomburst of Vulgaria (and the child catcher) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Me? A child hater? Nah ….. ;->

    • Beaglemom to Ben & Tito said

      I feel the same way about the materal instinct and bio clock! At 38 it hasn’t kicked in and I don’t expect that it will. I am not necessarily a “child hater” but I definitely do not prefer the company of kids. I love animals though and wish I could live on a farm and have lots of beagles – that is what I would do if I won the lottery (and go on safari every year).

  8. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    We don’t even have nieces and nephews. Years ago when everyone my age was having babies and they would bring the newborns into work, at first I tried holding them. Unfortunately, they were like time bombs that went off in my arms; they always started crying. So I gave up on that! I just smiled and said “Aw, how cute.”

  9. My neighbor was showing off their 4 month old baby and I clutched his toes around my finger and called him Monkey Feet. He burst out and screamed and cried. So much for that. They keep old monkey feet away from me now.!! ha ha

  10. Nancy said

    I hope you all see this: Laurie is fine, but she just had emergency surgery for a twisted colon. The surgery was through an abdominal incision, and thus, she will be in the hospital for several days. I will post more when I know more, but I just wanted you all to know that she won’t be posting on this blog for quite a while.

  11. Laurie. Get well soon. We need you. Love from your best friends you have never met in person but in spirit.

  12. Laurie. Get well soon. We need you. You best friends you have never met in person but in spirit.

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