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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted by laurie on December 24, 2013


I’ll be back on Thursday, January 2. Be safe, everyone!

34 Responses to “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”

  1. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    awww…have a great holiday everyone!

  2. Jacqui said

    This just brought a smile to my face. Happy holidays!

  3. harperlea said

    Perfect last picture before the holidays !!!!
    And I also echo the Awwwwwwww

  4. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    Love it! Happy Holidays to all! Cody and Henry received a new dog bed this morning, and two cats are on it right now.

  5. Susan in DE said

    Happy Holidays, everyone! And my DD calendars came in yesterday’s mail, and they’re gorgeous!! I love the addition of the two little photos added to the calendar portion. Many thanks, Laurie, Phillip and Ron!

  6. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Laurie and Philip – I LOVE this pic of you two and the boys with Santa! Shermie reminds me of how Henry would behave – quiet and looking nicely at the camera. Stan, of course, is more like Cody – “Put me down so I can inspect this guy in the red suit and the beard!”

    Blessings to all in the DD family for a joyous and peaceful holiday!

  7. dezlboy said

    Stan looks none too happy….. :-})

  8. Linda UK said

    Lovely photo, so glad you all got to visit santa!
    Thanks for the calendar which just arrived this morning – superb πŸ™‚
    Happy Christmas to all, & ‘see’ you in 2014!

  9. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    Adorable, thanks for the smile.

    Merry Christmas all. My Hoover was afraid of the bearded man πŸ™‚

  10. giulio said

    Happy Holidays!

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

    What an adorable picture – thanks for the digital cute!

  12. Happy New Year and Merry Holidays. May all our families, human and furry, stay away from hospitals ( I spent the weekend with pneumonia–got home yesterday. Penny gave me a marvelous welcome home, including an underwear dance, with much spinning and running.

    • harperlea said

      So sorry to read that you were so ill!
      Glad that you’re on the mend, and more importantly, sounds like Penny is your official RBN. (Registered Beagle Nurse πŸ™‚ )

  13. One of my New Years’ Resolutions is to meet you and the boys.

  14. Kim McCann Henry said

    Merry Christmas everyone! Jack, Ferris & Gizmo send aroos to the pack.

  15. Susan Walsh said

    Loved today’s DD! We got the calendars yesterday & we love them! Thanks Laurie!! πŸΆπŸΎπŸ’–

  16. babba88 said

    Great photo.
    Received the calendars and can’t wait to use them.

    Happy Howlidays to all.
    Nancy, Randy, Mitzvah and Matzo Ball in Arizona

  17. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Hi Laurie – My lovely calendar arrived in the mailbox on Christmas Eve day, but I was too busy to check the box. Went out yesterday afternoon and there it was! Thanks to you, Philip, and Ron for all the hard work you put into it!

  18. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Our calendar arrived Christmas Eve, the perfect gift for me! Hope everyone enjoys their holidays, and has a very happy new year. (Eddy says it is time for a long winters nap!)

  19. Thanks Laurie and Ron. The calendars arrived on Christmas Eve. You out did yourself. Loved all the pictures.

  20. Hi Harper

    I wanted to let you know that I finished the last Robert Crais novel and I really enjoyed them all. Thanks for recommending them as I am an avid reader and I’m always looking for new authors.

    I really liked the last one: Suspect About the German Shepherd bomb sniffing dog. On one of the pages it describes her sense of smelling as:

    “Maggie’s long German shepherd nose had more than two hundred twenty-five million scent receptors. This was as many as a BEAGLE, and forty-five times more than a man. 1/8 of her brain was devoted to her nose, giving her a sense of smell 10,000 times better than a man”

    WOW. How do the German Shepherds and Beagles sleep at night, with all those tempting smells. And it’s a wonder they can even finish a walk.

    Which leads me to a funny, two part story about drug smelling German Shepherds, which some of you may or may not find interesting , but since it’s Christmas and there won’t be any more photos of beagles for a while I thought I’d share a non-beagle story

    Our offices are connect to a huge huge warehouse called the Foreign Trade Zone which is on Pier 2 and run by U.S. Customs for import and export purposes. They sometime train the drug smelling German Shepherd there because of the location, the large warehouse and it is very dusty and lots of export cartons with lots different confusing smells.

    I guess it was raining one day they were training and they must have put some of the drugs near our export cartons because for several months when we pulled our inventory out we had huge muddy paw prints all over the cartons. At that time we were delivering merchandise to the military exchanges including mailing U.S. Postage to Guam and I was a little nervous that their dogs would smell something funny on our export cartons, but we never were “caught”.

    Shortly after that there was an incident inside the Foreign Trade Zone. There was a “hippie” kind of guy that ran a tourist shop out on the North Shore that had a huge Tiki outside to draw the tourist in to buy genuine Hawaiian souvenirs. He drove his big van inside the secured gate to pick up his Made in China genuine Hawaiian souvenirs that he was importing the same time they were training the drug sniffing dogs. Well the German Shepherds, on the other side of this giant warehouse, went nuts and cornered the guy on the other side of the warehouse. It was pretty ugly for a while until the customs guys found a little itty bitty end of a marijuana cigarette in his ash tray. Not enough to bother anyone EXCEPT that this guy was in a Federal facility with very strict rules and regulations. He was very very lucky and they told him to go home and never ever bring that van inside the facility again.

    Well, I had to laugh! I wonder what would have happened if he had a ham sandwich and they were training the beagles that day!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Good story! Thanks for sharing, Donna!

    • harperlea said

      Hi Donna,

      I’m so very HAPPY that you like Robert Crais. He’s one of my VERY FAVE writers, and like you, I’m an AVID reader. Suspect is a great read, although I would say I wept about 50% of the time through the book πŸ™‚ I’m a BEYOND marshmellow when it comes to books about dogs and animals in general. I almost didn’t get Suspect… I usually buy his books the day they come out, but I actually waited on this one. But I’m glad I bought it, and I’ll reread it… I love his descriptions… I haven’t read it in quite a while, but when he was describing Maggie’s scent abilities and reactions to being brought home to his “studio”, I remember him describing her as smelling/hearing the rats in the orange trees, the foliage, etc. That and the green tennis ball in Afganistan (sp?) with her handler…

      I love the fact that your inventory had muddy paw prints all over it from the GS trainings… too funny!!!
      I liked both stories in fact, and thanks for sharing them!

      Shotzy (my German Shepard spoiled princess darling at 3 years πŸ™‚ ) and I got kicked out of group training, and almost kicked out of private training (not for aggression or ferocity but because she is so anxious and timid about new things)… but, after working with her and our pack, and making great progress, my trainer actually recommends “Nose Work” training for her… I’m definitely considering it… more time to spend with my girl, and she will gain more confidence and training… the nose work is for the sport, not actual service πŸ™‚

      Also, what I’ve noticed about Shotzy (besides her HUGE bump of knowledge… bigger than the labrador’s, basset’s, and the new GS), she thinks about things… the other dogs bark like crazy for whatever reason, and Shotzy will assess the situation (with nose and ears, and sight, if possible), and then decide if it’s necessary to bark…

      Besides wanting to respond to Donna… MY CALENDARS CAME TODAY!!!! THEY ARE WONDERFUL! Thanks so very much Laurie & Ron (and Phillip too)…. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! I can’t wait to hang them up! One is going in my kitchen (I had to print a really bad one on 8.5 x 11 paper with pictures of my pups last year… a kindergartener could’ve done better!) where I keep all our schedules, and for the next 3 months, the other will go in my work truck, since I’m working on Highway 101 in Carpinteria until March… wow, first highway project… beyond LOUD, dirty (dust & smog etc. gets in my eyes all day long), and scary drivers… but then I can put it in my office…

      Merry Christmas AGAIN and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
      Hugs & slobbers from the Lash Pack in California,
      Harper, Rick, JD, Shotzy, Tang, Bartles & Wookey (the new GS rescue puppy)

    • Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

      I’m a Customhouse Broker, so I loved this story.

      My friend had a sandwich in her backpack when she was clearing Customs, guess who ratted her out. LOL Yep a Beagle.

      • My customs broker is my friend! I go upstairs (they are in the same building) and “talk story” every so often. A good customs broker is vital!!! Also in the same building is the U.S. customs department that is in charge of customs seizures. Both my buddies in that department have retired, but they used to keep me entertained with some stories.

        What part of the country do you work in?

    • Susan in DE said

      Hilarious story, Donna! If anyone here saw the relatively recent “Underdog” movie, you’ll recall in the opening scene they cleared the courthouse because everyone thought the beagle was indicating there was a bomb, and it turned out there was a ham in a document box. Figures.

  21. Karen S. said

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture!

  22. Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

    Happy Holidays, everyone! I got my calendar today as a “late elf” from my husband – we’ve been out of town. It’s worth the wait! I Love it.

  23. Nadine Wiseman said

    Lovely photo, all the best to the whole family. I follow every day though don’t often post because of the time-zone difference. Nadine, Howard, and Jag the Tibetan Spaniel, in Brisbane, Australia.

  24. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    Great photo! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas – Happy New Year to all BOTW friends, may 2014 be safe, peaceful and happy for us all xxxxx

  25. Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

    Happy New Year to all! I love the new calendar as well. I spent some of the Holidays with french bulldogs, their constant snorting reminded me of Gunner in the backyard busily sniffing for bunny poop, it was funny! Love the German sheppard story, I often think that Bailey would have made a great FDA beagle too, she’s found a cracker in a corner of a neighbour’s house once, amazing noses! Looking forward to 2014!

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