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Table manners

Posted by laurie on March 27, 2013

If not for my unplanned cameo, this could have gone on forever.

22 Responses to “Table manners”

  1. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    I LOVE it when you post videos!

    Cody’s the same way. If he can stretch far enough to the edge of the table or counter, he’ll get the prize!

  2. Darlene said

    What was it he was after? It didn’t look all that great-maybe a used napkin? Funny guy!

  3. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    And this goes on daily in beagle homes across the country!

    • Not here ! Buddy just jumps up on the chair – then on the table when no one is looking and gets his prize

    • Karen S. said

      Woe unto the foolish human who forgets to push in his chair. That’s as silly as not taking your ticket with you when you leave your seat on an Amtrak train.

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        Yes indeed. The day I started downstairs and saw Lily the Loaf standing on our dining room table like a black white & tan centerpiece was when I realized we had to change certain habits.

    • Susan in DE said

      Surprisingly, Josie and Jordan were always pretty good about not table or counter surfing (And they’re jumbo beagles, so certainly would have an easier time reaching). They’ve each had one or two incidents where they got a prize, but it’s rare.

      I have a picture on my fridge that’s from the front of a greeting card, with a black and white photo of a beagle on its hind legs by a counter, with the head flipped to the side, trying to reach a corn dog on a plate. It’s captioned with a quote from Virginia Woolf that says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        That is the most perfect refrigerator art I’ve ever heard of. Hilarious!

  4. Karen S. said

    Such nice boys…helping to clear the table! One of my former beagles used to be able to “pogo” –building up momentum, going higher and higher, until she could snatch stuff off the counter.

    • Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

      Trent has the ‘pogo’ thing down. With him, its kind of like Jordan doing a reverse layup. He goes up, turns his head sideways, and its gone… I will have to shoot video of his feats of table surfing some day. Nothing is safe a foot off the edge of the counter.

  5. Nancy said

    My vet says that dogs have the mentality of a 5 year old human. Well, yours need some remedial lessons on how to move the chair and then jump on it. Very cute, guys!

  6. Baci's mom said

    Baci considers napkins and tissues as special treats and would do anything to reach one. Even better are the ones he finds outside. It’s that piquant yet elusive hint of strangers’ body fluids.

    If there hadn’t been two beagles onscreen, I would have sworn Phillip was secretly filming my house.

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

    I think you guys will appreciate this: I was driving to work yesterday and spied a van up ahead with “Mr. Peabody’s” on it. As I got closer I could see it was Mr. Peabody’s Carpet Cleaning.

    That’s just about as ironic as it gets. My Mr. Peabody has made carpet cleaning VERY necessary for us. I laughed all the way to work as I thought about calling those guys (they’re local!) and introducing Mr. Peabody’s Carpet Cleaning to Mr. Peabody the carpet soiler.

    And that’s about as funny as housebreaking accidents ever get for me!

  8. I love how Sherman comes to look at what Stanley is trying to get and after one quick glance – desides it is not worth it and walks away. I have kitchen chairs on wheels. Buddy with his 5 year old type brain, has figured out how to push out the chair – even when it is tucked in to the table- and use it as a launching pad to the table and then over to the kitchen counter. There have been tiems when I come home – the chairs are all in place under the table but I can still tell that he has been up on the table and counter- Has he learned to push the chair back in too? I have to figure out a way to rig up a video camera – to catch him in the act. I swear that he is part mountian goat.

  9. Peggy Michaels said

    Penny would be the dream Girl for the Kramer boys. She is 16.5 inches tall, so ‘whatever Penny wants/Penny gets”. If you don’t put it in the middle of the table, it’s gone.

  10. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    Very food driven like our Sweetums. We were changing around the mattress and box spring and what did we discover under the bed…several small ice cream containers obviously from the trash, 2 small foam kitty balls, a stuffed turtle, a sealed plastic container of dry kitty food, trash, and a small frying pan!! Who knows where that came from and how easy it was to get down the hall and under the bed! For all we know, they have been cooking under the bed!!!

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

    I turned around to do something the other night when I was fixing Charlies lunch and when I turned back Jodi had taken the sandwich off the counter ,that I just made,and was trying to consume it in one bite. I took it away from her, but Charlie had to go out for lunch the next day LOL. Little stinker. (Jodi not Charlie-hahaha)

  12. Baci's mom said

    I just flashed on a memory of my then-three-year-old son walking around on the kitchen counter looking for the cupboard that held his cereal. He had pushed over a chair and was strolling on the counter like he belonged there. You could say he was using his beagle brain.

  13. I thought Spencer was a Super Freak. He LOVES paper. He will eat anything made out of paper. Costco paper towels being his favorite. But he loves the discarded milk cartons at the school (don’t they make the kids pick them up anymore?) and receipts, business cards, note pads, etc. All the office / bathroom garbage cans are up high and the kitchen one not only has a lock, but we put it outside when we leave.

    Now Oscar could have gotten that napkin in about 3 seconds. He can reach the table and most of the island because he is tall. Although he doesn’t try when we aren’t here???

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