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Having a ball!

Posted by laurie on August 13, 2013


Scooter loved his toys. He would always greet people at the door with one, maybe two toys in his mouth. His record was four toys and Phillip had to perform an emergency toyectomy to keep him from choking.


Not many beagles play fetch but this one did. Only trouble was getting the ball out of his mouth when he brought it back.


Scootie Patootie!

17 Responses to “Having a ball!”

  1. Darlene said

    such a sweet, sweet boy!

  2. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Scooter was SUCH a sweet boy! How wonderful that you have all of these pictures to help you remember him.

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

    He was a beautiful, special boy. Thanks for the memories.

  4. Susan in DE said

    Aaaaaw, Scooter! What an awesome dog. :->

  5. Karen S. said

    I remember that cute picture of Scooter with a squeaky toy, and the caption was “squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak,” give or take a hundred squeaks!

  6. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Bailey was one for catch and fetch. We used to play Beagle in the middle with him. Eventually he’d just sit down and stare us down wondering when we’d throw him the ball. Once he got it, he would go off to a corner of the yard and chew the cover off it. (hardball). We really miss him! He was a special little boy with a perfect disposition.
    Trent likes to fetch as well, but he doesn’t like to give it up without a make believe fight.
    Gypsy never cared for fetch or catch. She is always happy running around with an empty water bottle in her mouth. Crunch, crunch, crunch, etc.

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

    What a sweet dog! I just love that face.

  8. stephanie said

    I know how much you miss him but even having never met him I miss him a lot, too. He was a quirky, beautiful beagle.

  9. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    Scooter was such a handsome boy! Beagles don’t generally play fetch but JB will play for about 10 minutes with his squeaky Christmas pudding (yes, really – it was a present from my mother in law two Christmases ago and he still hasn’t killed the squeak!!). He’ll run and fetch it and then run back to you, squeaking madly as he runs. We think he thinks it’s a rabbit or some other prey that would squeak when caught!! But, as always with Beagles, his attention span is only 10 minutes or so, then he’s off sniffing somewhere! Cassie doesn’t do toys, she doesn’t know what to do with them but likes to watch JB play – her tail wags but she never joins in. She loves a cuddle and a scratch though!

  10. Sue K said

    What an adorable boy! Brady must have some Scooter genes in him. He loves to play fetch. Won’t give the ball back until he is ready, though.

  11. Spunky's Mom said

    Hey beagle family – hate to change the subject, but looking for some advice. My nephew has a female beagle – about a year old, I think – who has started peeing in front of their 14-month old daughter’s bedroom door. She’s been housebroken for awhile (the dog, not their daughter), knows how to ask to go out, and gets let out whenever she asks, so it’s not an issue of not getting let out when she has to go. They recently moved into this house, but shampooed all the carpeting with what my nephew referred to as “expensive, specifically to get rid of pet odors” carpet cleaner because they were concerned about scents from animals who might have lived there before. He thinks it’s a dominance thing – because their daughter is the only one in the family she can actually dominate. His wife is fed up – says she doesn’t have time with a 14-month old, a three-year-old, plus another little one she babysits to constantly be cleaning up dog pee. Plus she never wanted the dog in the first place – my nephew brought her home as a puppy anyway. I don’t want to see him dump her off at a shelter, but I’m afraid that’s what might happen. I’m tempted to take her, but don’t know what Spunky might do – she has serious aggression issues with other females.

    Anyone have experience with getting females to stop peeing like this? Any suggestions?

    Thanks, all. And by the way – Scooter had the most soulful eyes ever. Love reminiscing with the old pics!

    • harperlea said

      Maybe more a “territory” thing ? As in the baby girl is hers? I honestly don’t know…
      But I’d take the beagle in a NY second!!!!!
      How far from California are you? šŸ˜‰

      • Spunky's Mom said

        Someone else suggested that, too, Harperlea – that she’s “claiming” the baby as hers.

        And my nephew is in Maryland…..ALL the way across from you in CA .

        I’m sure if he gets really desperate, someone will take her. I can’t imagine his mom or my parents letting him give her away.

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

        I agree with Harperlea – I think she’s claiming the baby as hers, part of her pack. Guess the problem might go away with time, in the meantime perhaps put newspaper or a puppy training pad in front of the door?

    • Sue K said

      Take her to the vet and check for a urinary tract infection. It has been my experience that when this happens especially in females, there is an underlying cause. Also, if the wife is yelling at her, that probably is making her anxious, which is not helping this little girl. Beagles are sensitive critters.

      As far as her thinking the baby as hers, we had a trainer come to our house for our beagle, Huey, and he told us to be sure not to have the kids work with Huey as he would see the kids as part of his pack (his peer) but see my husband and I as pack leaders. However, the baby is 14 months old and the peeing just started, right? So chances are this is not the case as she would have peed when the baby was first born.

      Cleaning the area with white vinegar diluted with water after sopping up the pea will help greatly and then spray the area with Bitter Apple so that when she sniffs before peeing, she will get the Bitter Apple on her nose and chances are good she won’t pee. Bitter Apple usually helps with chewing problems but I have found it works for a bunch of other things too!!

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