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See you in May

Posted by laurie on April 21, 2014


Phillip and I leave for Jamaica on Wednesday! We’re going to the same resort we go to every year. The boys will stay with Buddy and Holly (and of course Audrey and Kevin), while two grad students will stay at our house and water the lawn every day.

Feel free to carry on conversations. I’ll be back on Monday, May 5th.

101 Responses to “See you in May”

  1. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Have a great time!

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

    Jamaica, how wonderful! I know the boys will be well taken care of. Do the boys get weird when they see the suitcases? I don’t pull ours out until the very last min.


    • harperlea said

      How is Barney???
      I took today and tomorrow off to recharge my batteries… Not like a trip to Jamaica, but nice all the same πŸ™‚
      So I’m finally checking in…
      Hope all is well,

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

        Thanks for asking, he had an unidentified infection. The antibiotics are doing there job. He and I are both doing better. Thanks for asking Harper

      • Susan in DE said

        Yay! Glad to hear Barney (and you!) are feeling better, Sue!

  3. Lynne said

    Have a great time!!!!

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

    So cute! Two little beagle boys on a road trip. Reminds me of my childhood when my parents would pick us all up from our beds and put us in the back of the station wagon. It gave them a few minutes of peace before we woke up and started asking the Eternal Question: Are we there yet?

    Have fun in Jamaica!

  5. Susan in DE said

    Hi all, please send well-wishes for Lady. The inevitable “You own a beagle, eventually there will be surgery to extract non-food objects” has occurred. :-< Long story short, she destroyed and devoured a dried cherry pit filled microwaveable heating pack (for my bad back), and while she puked most out, she ended up with an obstruction between the intestine and colon. They didn't have to actually cut her internal organs, but they did have to open her abdomen yesterday and "massage" them out, which means her GI tract is pretty beat up. She's still at the vet hospital and is stable, but still very sad, uncomfortable, and not willing to eat yet. I'll keep everyone posted, thanks for all your care and support!

    • Oh no ! So sorry to hear about Lady. 😦 The darn things that dogs attempt to eat. I felt so guilty about not brushing the dogs teeth when I heard Lauries story about Stanley having to get teeth pulled that I went out and purchased a tooth brush that was packaged along with dog tooth paste. I set it up on the counter – intending to brush their teeth this weekend. When I went to get the sealed packet – I found the tooth brush intact- but no tooth paste. the tube had completely disappeared. I still have yet to find it and it is probably buried in the back yard. I am hoping that one of them did not attempt to eat the whole tube. I’ll keep Lady in my prayers and I hope she feels better soon.

    • Karen S. said

      I’m so sorry to hear this. On walks it’s a never-ending battle to keep them from their “eat it first, ask what it is later” behavior. Hope Lady feels better soon.

      • Sam, Sweetums, and Sadie's Mom said

        We have 3 beagles and one got the bottle of ibuprofen out of my purse(the little diva, Sadie). We didn’t think the other 2 had eaten any but thought she probably did so off we went to the ER at 9 at night with 3 crazy beagles!! Yes, she had taken some but they had not. What a night! Wishing Lady a peaceful GI tract and hope Audrey finds the toothpaste…it might help the grass grow!!

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Sending best wishes for Lady to start eating again soon!

    • Linda UK said

      Poor Lady! Sending lots of get well soon, & don’t-do-it-again, wishes. I don’t envy your vet’s bill, Susan!

  6. Karen S. said

    Have a great time, Laurie and Phillip!

  7. Eleanore said

    Have a great time in Jamaica.

  8. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Wishing the entire Kramer pack a wonderful vacation.

    Praying that all the beagles feel better!!!!

  9. Susan in DE said

    Lady update: Visited her at the vet hospital at 6pm, and she’s feeling much better. The dog that will gobble up dried cherry pits says, “No, thank you,” to “hospital food” but happily shop-vacs up a few slivers of roast beef and the expensive canned Lotus brand turkey stew from home. Meanwhile, Josie is happily being an only dog again, without Lady barging into her bowl while she’s eating, and taking leisurely walks without that young whipper-snapper dragging all of us to and fro …. Oh well, Josie, hopefully Lady comes home tomorrow! (And, unfortunately, my wallet is going to be about $4K lighter. :-< )

    Audrey, I hope you find the toothpaste tube! It's never ending with these loveable menaces, isn't it?

  10. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Laurie and Philip – enjoy your vacation! I love the pic of Stan and Shermie all snuggled up in back of the SUV,

  11. harperlea said

    Susan, I hope Lady is doing better now…
    Audrey, I hope you find the tooth paste tube intact πŸ™‚
    Laurie and Phillip, I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing trip.,.
    I have to say, it must be something weird going on … Our little Wookey Girl (we THINK she’s a Malinois) wasn’t feeling herself Saturday and Sunday, but seems fine now…we dosed all of them with Comfortis Saturday, so I think that’s what upset the pup …
    Odd …

  12. Linda UK said

    Have a marvellous time in Jamaica, Laurie & Philip! Equally so, Sherman & Stan at Audrey & Kevin’s, playing with Buddy & Holly πŸ™‚

  13. Susan Hann said

    Laurie & Philip – hope you have fun and great weather! My beagle/goat Marley ate some foil wrapped chocolate easter eggs over the weekend and I’m still picking up confetti poop! Marley is 12 years old and the things he has eaten over the years, you would not believe! Thank God he is blessed with a cast iron stomach!

    • Susan in DE said

      Yup, that would be Josie, too. Now use your Josie voice when you say this: “That Lady is worthless and weak. If it were me, I would have eaten those pits and pooped out a cherry pie for Easter dinner! No vet needed, all is well!”

    • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

      Haha! “Beagle/goat” – that’s so true! I too have dealt with the combination of beagle, chocolate and foil.

  14. Susan in DE said

    Lady Update Tues AM: MUCH better, eating well, and hopefully coming home tonight. I check in with them again around 5pm and hopefully will be heading over to pick her up. Nope, no insurance …. when you adopt older dogs (She was 9 when we got her last year), the annual premium is quite high, and they won’t cover cancer. We’ve done the math a few times, and fortunately we’re in a position to play Beagle Roulette and cover what is hopefully a one time $4000 bill (Not happy about it, mind you, but we won’t miss a mortgage payment …. “Hey Lady, thanks for making our [un]vacation plans for us.”)

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

      I hear you.

    • Gypsy & Trents dad said

      Beagle Roulette..LOL..good to hear Lady is ok..
      Trent played this last week. On Friday, he opened the hall closet and took one of my Bean slippers out and chewed the back half off. No idea how much he swallowed..Later that eve, my wife woke me to show me another Bean slipper that was chewed up. Next morning, he was on the living room floor continuing where he left off..apparently he dug it out of the trash…
      He’s been passing leather bits for 3 days now…
      My new Bean slippers arrived yesterday. They will stay in a secure place from now on….

      Today is 7 weeks seizure free!!! WOOHOO!

    • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

      I hear you too. Our “vacations” for the last few years have been spent (and I DO mean spent) nursing beagles and bank accounts. Coincidentally, each of Gomez’s knee procedures was $4K.

      We’re just back from our morning walk, where Lily managed to snork up something horrible. It’s not really a walk, but rather a smorgasbord for the beags. I just hope whatever she got wasn’t a toadstool.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      Glad to hear Lady is better.

      Glad Trent is seizure free, although sorry to hear he now has a slipper fascination. πŸ™‚

      • Gypsy & Trents dad said

        He tried to do a grab and run this morning with one of the new slippers…we got to him before he chewed through the laces…..
        I guess its a lack of leather in his diet…

      • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

        Does LL Bean’s lifetime guarantee cover beagles?

      • Kaye - Bode's mum said

        Amy – actually, yes, Bean’s guarantee works for beagle damage! I had a beagle pup that chewed the leather straps holding wooden toggles on a coat, and they repaired it for me. They are amazing!

      • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

        Kaye- good to know! I love LL Bean and now maybe I love it more πŸ™‚

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

    Good news that Lady is recovering, hope your bank balance recovers soon Susan! Beagles really will eat anything; luckily we’ve only had instances of eating food they find outdoors that is somewhat less than fresh and the consequent upset tummy!

    Laurie and Phillip, have a wonderful holiday – look forward to hearing about it in May.

  16. Susan in DE said

    Lady update, Wednesday morning: She got to come home last night! She was a bit restless and ouchy in the evening, but had a restful night and seems much better this morning. Now we have 2 weeks of rest & recovery at home before stitches are removed. She’s having a bit of a hard time understanding why she’s not allowed to jump up on the sofa by herself, but we’ll work through it. Thanks everyone for all the well wishes!

    • Susan in DE said

      Oh, and the final bill actually only came out to be $3,200 … we’d given 2 deposits on the credit card as events unfolded, and amazingly enough, actually ended up with a REFUND of $135 when we checked out. They say that rarely happens, LOL! A minor miracle. :->

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        Isn’t it amazing how thrilled you can be with a bill of “only” $3,200?

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

        So happy for you and Lady, sorry Josie πŸ™‚
        Praying for fast healing. Now, can we all be well for awhile, please?

      • Susan in DE said

        Yeah, no kidding … They’d given high and low “estimates”, I was figuring final bill to be around $4500-$5000. But guess what? Still cheaper than children! What’s this, less than a semester in college? Of course, one usually plans and saves for those bills, or takes out a loan.

  17. I’ve been out of the loop for a couple of days. What is a dried cherry pit filled microwaveable heating pack? I can, of course, see why a beagle would want to eat one, but curious about it.

    All food related items have to be four feet or higher in the kitchen. Even things you think are safe, aren’t. Spencers latest victim was a full giant Costco sized bottle of olive oil he tipped over and chewed the top off. We just bought two replacement throw rugs for the kitchen and they were a not saveable (too big for the washer).

  18. This is non-beagle related but apparently happened here at a Dallas-Ft Worth area golf course…Can’t you just picture our beagles enjoying a ride like this? Imagine all the ARROOOing that would be taking place and the flags waving in joy!!/news/local/It-s-a-Dog-Day-at-Sycamore-Creek-Golf-Course/256398361

  19. harperlea said

    Glad everyone is doing better!!!! We used a hard “collar” (think plastic turtle neck) that seems to help (it allows them to move around easier, not running into things with the edges of the cone) – it straps down around the chest and front legs. which reminds me, have you all seen the Ford commercial with the Basset Hound in the cone? The guy says, wow, this little guy must have supersonic hearing with that thing on…
    Okay, true story of a mishap at dinner last night… so, I BBQ’ed a turkey breast Tuesday afternoon (i took Monday & Tuesday off, and wanted to make my hubby dinner… I used his BBQ to cook it… it’S GINORMOUS — I’ve never used it unsupervised — anyway, the BBQ attacked me but thats another story)
    So last night, we reheated the turkey slices and the brussel sprouts… we eat off tv trays (I HATE THAT), and as I was trying to cut a particulary hard sprout, my knife slipped, hit a turkey breast and shot it off my plate and on the floor… Wookey Pup lunged and grabbed it so FAST and gobble it down.. meanwhile, as I’m watching and trying to scold Wookey, Shotzy the GS grabs another slice OFF MY PLATE!!! SHE NEVER DOES THAT… completely out of character, anyway, she’s a dainty eater and as she’s trying to consume her turkey, Wookey Pup runs over and steals it from her…I couldn’t stop laughing and my husband didn’t think it was funny… I did though….
    Moral of the story: if we ate at the dinner table, the turkey would not have ended up on the floor πŸ™‚
    Wookey seems fine, it was afterall, a turkey breast (white meat) with little to no fat (thank DOG!)

    • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

      Haha! We eat at the coffee table in the family room (and I hate that), and we sometimes have escaping food objects too. No problem with beagles though – they’re always right there ready to snork up any low-flying tasties. Gomez will never forget the day he Caught the Sausage (mid air, too).

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

      Harper you are too funny. Oh to be a fly on the wall. Sometimes they just don’t have the same humor as the rest of us πŸ™‚

    • Linda UK said

      How I can picture this!! πŸ™‚ Poor starving doggies, having to take their chances when they can. . . πŸ˜‰
      Really glad all beags are getting better, please now – no more mishaps!

    • Susan in DE said

      Hilarious!!! I remember many years ago when I was a kid, and we had a GS named Lady (now that dog was indeed a Lady, unlike the current beagle menace). We were eating dinner on our laps, I think it was some kind of family gathering. Lady was standing about a foot from my mom, looking at her, looking at the plate, smiling and gently wagging her tail with optimism (She would never dream of taking food without permission). My mom said, “Sorry, Lady. No people food for you.” All of a sudden, Lady let out a tremendous sneeze, right onto the plate, and then looked up at mom, smiling and wagging. Yep, my mom put the plate on the floor for her and got a new one for herself.

    • Eleanore with Lucky and Heidi said

      No bones either? My Lucky one time got a chicken breast with bones and ate it all. Immediately took him to the vet for an over night stay.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      I laughed so hard at your story. We do not eat at the dining room table either, unless company is here. Erich takes a plate and just curls up into the corner of the couch trying to fend off dogs. I use a tv tray, which is at just the right height that if a beagle climbs onto the couch and snuggles up close to me, then nudges my arm with their head, they can reach the plate.

      Of course, they can reach the edge of the dining room table with their tongues, so last week when we did have company here, we had to tell them ‘don’t put anything on the edge of the table’. Funniest part- my 3 year old nephew was standing next to the table with a dinner roll in his hand, and suddenly he was crying but my parents were laughing. He found out the difference between my beagles and his cocker spaniels- the beagles will steal food out of childrens’ hands. Cobalt had snatched the roll and run off with his treasure while my poor nephew sobbed because it was a yummy roll. My niece felt it funny to repeat the performance- especially the look on her brother’s face, for the rest of the visit.

    • Great Story. We used to eat on portable trays until the Late Great Rosco came along, then it was always the dining table. However, one night when my husband was out of town I decided to make a Calamari Steak (which I never do) and it was very delicious and tender. I sat down on the couch to eat my dinner and had about two bites and when I looked up to see something on TV, Rosco made the fastest move I’ve ever seen and swooped up my whole calamari steak. He couldn’t stand it!!! Never again.!

  20. Susan in DE said

    All good stories!! Dogs are hilarious. :->

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

      Hey Susan, Can you believe that Paul & Susan that their Beagles mountain climbing? I am so jealous and amazed.

      • Susan in DE said

        I know, I saw!! I am now a regular follower of their blog, too. Some day I will get to go to Scotland, and that’s where I want to go because it’s beautiful! (Although I don’t think I’d be camping, I prefer hotels LOL!)

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

        not a camper/outdoorsy person. But I love, their blog and how they take those pups everywhere with them.

        I agree, there are both sweet and non sweet Pittys

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

    They sure are, we love them so.

    TGIF everyone!!!!! Gives your babies a smooch from me.

    I bought a T Shirt from Sun Frogs Shirts it says
    “I KISSED A BEAGLE AND I LIKED IT” I just love it….Even wore it to work yesterday LOL.

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

    • Susan in DE said

      Cute! The site has some other interesting shirts … Okay, call me prejudiced, but when I saw the t-shirt with, “I kissed a pit bull and I liked it,” I was thinking, “Hmmm, should be more like, “I kissed a pit bull … and look! I still have my face!” ” I know they can be sweet dogs, but most of the ones I see in the slightly lower income neighborhood down the street from us don’t look like well-mannered, properly managed pets, unfortunatley. :-<

  22. A neighbor who I walk with occasionally in the evening who has a bicheon told me a few days ago that my dogs where Hard To Manage. HA

    I mean What Was She Serious?

    After dragging Spencer off the Boxer he hates, pulling paper and chicken bones out of their mouths and telling her that one of my dog sitters fired us. What is the problem? Hard to manage? I don’t think so. That was an easy walk.

    I think a t-shirt that says

    Beagles are
    Better than bicheons

    That would tell her

    What do you think?

  23. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Happy Monday! not,,,

    • Susan in DE said

      No kidding …. Lady is doing MUCH better (and we also have now marked the 1 year anniversary of her “Gotcha Day”), but Josie had an unexplained bout of diarrhea yesterday. It’s bad enough that she’s basically bowel incontinent (poops in her sleep, etc), but it’s usually totally solid and no issue to clean up. We were running the carpet shampooer and washing dog bed covers all day (and doing some minor clean up at 1am and 3am). She’s much better this morning as well, so let’s hope we can get a break here in Northern Delaware for a little while!

      • Gypsy & Trents dad said

        ugh..hope that Josies incontinence gets better…that can get quite messy! diapers in bed maybe?
        Glad Lady is doing better too…
        Today Trent is 8 weeks, seizure free….and for that we are thankful!

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

        8 weeks, yeah! Do the drugs knock him out? Just wondering. Glad to hear it.

      • Gypsy & Trents dad said

        They did at the beginning when he was on 3 meds at once. Hes gotten used to the 2 he’s on now for the most part. The only side effect we see daily is ataxia. Its minor enough to be humorous and we can live with that..

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

        hope he doesn’t hurt himself. Poor little dude πŸ™‚

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

    Uggg HOT Monday, going to be our hottest day of the year so far. Bad enough it is a Monday 😦
    Susan, hope Josie is better.

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

    Love the comment from Donna about pulling Spencer off the boxer he hates and removing paper, chicken bones etc from their mouths – sounds just like one of our walks!!!!! JB hates boxers because he was attacked by one a few years ago and Cassie is a canine dustbin – anything and everything goes in the mouth, including things you really wouldn’t want to know about! Sometimes I look at people with calm, well behaved Labradors and think ‘if only …..’ but then we get home and have a cuddle and I know why we’ve got beagles!!

  26. harperlea said


    Sorry haven’t had time to post lately, though I’ve been reading πŸ™‚
    Glad to hear Trent is 8 weeks (knocking on wood) may it continue!!!

    Our Lab is “mostly” well behaved
    Wookey is still quite the work in progress; but she and the Basset Bartles come up every morning and snuggle with me… life is better with pups!

    I only have 3 more days on my project that is a 1 hour 15min commute one way… its 10 am here and already 78 degrees. I’m in a beach community and shouldve brought my flip flops πŸ™‚ Oh wait, flip flops and construction SO DON’T MIX ]

    Happy Toesday!

    • Susan in DE said

      Ha, good one! Except it would probably be (Un)Happy (No)Toesday …. I’m so used to wearing steel toed paddock boots at the barn that I’m kind of neurotic about wearing any kind of open toed shoe anywhere except the beach. Toes are so vulnerable! (And I don’t think my feet smell like Fritos, but I’ll have to ask my husband to check and then I’ll get back to you guys!)

  27. Susan in DE said

    Glad to hear Trent’s situation is stable, it’s such a relief when you can get into a space like that. Miss Josie’s tummy trouble is ongoing, and just cost us $900 at the vet. The diarrhea seemed to settle down overnight Sunday (and Ron, believe me Josie would freak out and hurt herself trying to wrestle out of a diaper if we put her in one, we’re better off shampooing the carpet and washing dog beds), and was looking better Monday, but then she stopped eating and stopped pooping … straining with only a little coming out … ugh, I was envisioning another dog with sutures up her belly at 3am today, but fortunately not …. Of course, the second my husband got her into the vet’s office, she dropped a load in their waiting room …. and then on the x-ray bench. Yep, that’s our beagle girl!

    X-rays were negative, thank goodness. There are a few theories … just an upset tummy, potentially related to the long term use of antibiotics for the chronic UTIs, possibly stress related (routines have changed a lot for both dogs while Lady is recovering from surgery, I wouldn’t doubt she’s stressed about that), or the vet mentioned “intestinal senility”? That’s a new one! We do have to wait on results from additional tests, but I’m going to guess we’re going to have yet another unexplained weird health issue …. yet more proof that Josie is an alien running a canine simulator program.

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      Sorry to hear this. I hope they find answers, or Josie just gets better I laughed though at her ‘gifts’ in the Vet’s office…. we let ours out before we leave the house, we walk them around outside the vets office, and yet Cobalt still ALWAYS leaves them a gift.

      • Poor Lily scoots into the vet on her hiney so the vet can’t get her temperature or a sample. If she were smart she would let loose at the vet and forgo that one humiliating task. But “princess” won’t poop in captivity (on leash). She has been known to “turtle” all thru the walk just to enjoy her privacy of the backyard! I guess if she was a human she wouldn’t poop anywhere but home! I hope Trent and Miss Josie get back to better health soon! There is nothing more stressful than when a beagle stops eating and a furbaby is sick!

    • Gypsy & Trents dad said

      Hope Josie is doing better today!

      • Susan in DE said

        Thanks, Ron. There’s some improvement, although I was still doing a little bit of dog bed and carpet cleaning at 1am – and 4 am – and 5:30 —- and 8:00 (Thank goodness my husband works from home, he gets “the day shift”!). But she’s definitely much more comfortable and is eating a bit more.

        Meanwhile, Lady is almost entirely back to normal, and should be getting her stitches out tomorrow. She has been a super good girl through the recovery, and hasn’t needed a cone or any other kind of restriction (not even crating) to take it easy and leave her sutures alone. She has been doing some licking on her forearm where the IV had been inserted, but she hasn’t made it any more raw by being obsessive about it, so we’ve let her have that bit of meditative self-comfort and haven’t harassed her about it (Unless it’s when she’s next to me in bed at 2am and the gross slorpy noises in the dark wake me up!).

      • Gypsy & Trents dad said

        good to hear they are both mending! slorps at night are gross…you always have to look to see what they are slorping on too..

  28. Terry from Minnesota said

    For Audrey —
    How are the Kramer boys enjoying their “vacation”. I read this site every day (lurking in the background — commenting rarely). I was just wondering if you had any stories about Sherman and/or Stanley (along with Buddy and/or Holly). Thanks everyone for your ongoing conversations — I very much enjoy them.

    • Hi Terry !
      The Kramer boys are enjoying their vacation, but I think that they miss Mommy and Daddy very much. All four of them snuggle in together with me at night and I do have to say that I have gotten less sleep because of it. Even though Sherman is deaf, he seems to be able to hear some things, or maybe he smells better than the rest , but he has been jumping up between midnight and howling like crazy at something in the back yard. He gets the other 3 crazy and they all go charging outside and howl and bark for about 15 minutes. . My poor neighbors. I have leard to close the doggy door when I go to sleep, but Sherman still insists on howling the alarm at night.
      All 4 seem to play very well. Stanley loves to move the various dog beds I have placed around the house. He must have been an interior decorator in a previous life. He moves them, then starts biting them and taking the stuffing out, then starts to hump them while biting. This get Holly excited and she then tries to hump Stanley. Stanley then turn his attention to her and this makes Buddy and Sherman come running to see that the comotion is. They all play on the bed together before bed time and seem to get along like the best of friends. When mom and dad come to pick them up, I am sure that they will be ready for a nice long nap. I love having them here and Buddy and Holly like the fact that they have more playmates. TGIF !

      • Susan in DE said

        Thanks for the update, Audrey!! Spring is here, so it’s time for Sherman the Tri-Colored Death Star to start seeking out little birdies and bunnies to terminate. Glad they all get along so well, although it sounds like you’re ready for the Kramer pups to head home so you can get a nice long nap, too!

      • Terry from Minnesota said

        Thanks for the update Audrey — sounds like a grand time is being had by all. You will be deserving of a nice nap upon the boy’s departure (if Buddy and Holly will allow it).

        I know all about the “siren” sounding in the middle of the night to report back yard intruders. I had a big ol bear visit me last night (standing taller than I am to get a bird feeder off the kitchen window). I thought the feeder was totally high enough (I have to fill it using a step ladder), but was wrong. Knocking at the window awakened me off the couch — what a rude awakening. I lost my beagle Barney last fall (he was 14 and I miss him dearly). Had he been on the couch with me last night I know he would have smelled the bear and sounded the alarm — as he had done many times.

        TGIF everyone!!

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

    Hope today flies by like the rest of the week has. Tomorrow Barney has a dental, so it will be a very long day for me.

    Can’t wait to hear about the Kramer Boys Week at Camp!

  30. Susan in DE said

    Sorry for the belated Josie update, it’s been a bit hectic. Good news is she’s doing better, but bad news is that it required another big vet bill (not as big as Lady’s, though). She was still having diarrhea and was miserable yesterday, we called the vet and they switched meds at the end of the day for us. Didn’t help, and it was a long night, so long story short, she went to the vet this morning and was put on IV fluids and meds. She’s well enough for them to bandage up the IV catheter and let her spend the night at home (they don’t have overnight staff at the regular vet, just someone who checks in at midnight, and Josie would be WAAAAY happier at home since it’s feasible), but she’ll have to go back in the morning. Depending on how she’s doing in the am and through the day tomorrow will determine next steps, how much longer she has to stay, etc.

    Meanwhile, Lady had her stitches removed and was given a clean bill of health. She felt well enough to trash talk all the other dogs going in and out of the vet’s waiting room, including a pit bull and the most gigantic Golden Retriever I have ever seen in my life (yes, he was a bit pudgy, but he was also *really* tall!!!). And then I spent the afternoon shampooing carpets with the BIG shampooer, not just the little spot vac. :->

  31. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Happy Friday…Glad Josie is doing better and Lady is good to go..maybe now your carpet shampooer will get a rest!
    Here’s wishing all the other kids clean health for a while!

    • Susan in DE said

      Thanks, Ron. Josie had a restful night at home, but is back at the vet’s for the day getting more IV fluids and medication. She is making progress, hopefully it’s enough so she can be moved to oral meds later today. If not, she has to transfer to the emergency vet for the weekend because our vet won’t have the staff on schedule Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I know she’d be much happier at home, so everyone keep your fingers crossed!

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

        Crossing everything that Josie is doing better and you can bring her home on oral meds. Barney is getting his teeth cleaned today. I’m a wreck. Anyway, here’s to keeping the kids healthy as Ron said.

        Susan, keep us posted on Josie’s condition
        It sounds like Beagle Camp is doing well, except for the late/early howling. I love to see multiple Beagles together, makes me smile.


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

    Been reading about Josie and Lady and hope that Josie’s recovering well. I totally sympathise with Sue about going for the dental – we’re quivering wrecks too whenever we have to take JB to the vet, he’s a total nightmare! He turns into a growling monster, nothing like the sweet boy he is really. He had a bad experience when he was three months old and has never forgotten unfortunately.

  33. Susan in DE said

    Josie Update: She got to come home yesterday night and is on oral meds, and is feeling MUCH better! She’s still quite tired and wrung out (and who wouldn’t be, after 4 days of diarrhea – ugh!), but is back to her usual routines of supervising kitchen activities, marching up and down the hall after breakfast for her morning exercise, etc. I’m trying not to hover over her like a nervous mama hen, because until she’s 100% back to herself I’m still going to worry, but all is well for now (knock on wood!).

    Lady is completely back to being her bossy little self. Who would have thought I would be so overjoyed to hear all that excessive yappy baying again? :->

    • Linda UK said

      How lovely that Josie is home πŸ™‚ And that Lady is back to herself too. These beagles!!
      I’m working in Belgium at the mo’ & missing Dylan (as well as my family!) so imagine my joy at meeting a beagle at the railway station – my Belgian colleague doubted my sanity I fear. . .

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Thank goodness those two little girls are much better – glad to hear it!

  34. Susan in DE said

    Things are improving here in Delaware. Josie is MUCH better and more like her usual cheerful self, especially since we had smoked chicken for dinner tonight! She still has a little more hind end weakness than usual, which isn’t surprising, and I’m still waiting for her to poop (who would’ve thought I’d be wishing for that ..? Based on the meds she’s on, the vet said it might be a few days), but she’s back into all her usual routines and obviously happy about that.

    Lady is even more feisty than she was before her incident. I took a 2.5 hr nap this afternoon and slept like the dead, then took her for an hour long walk in an area that’s not in our usual travels, just for a change of scenery for both of us. Rob had a good game of golf in the morning, then had an afternoon on the couch uninterrupted by any females or their various issues. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement through all this, it helped a lot!!

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

    So glad your girlies are well on the mend Susan – we worry so much when they’re ill don’t we?

    Linda, there’s one compensation for working In Belgium – fabulous chocolates to bring home with you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ !!

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