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In loving memory of Duke.
 
The poop scoop about BEAGLES and a few important lessons on
Pup Culture in general!

How do you know whether a BEAGLE is right for you?

Follow these simple guidelines!

1. Do you love to entertain with elaborate cheese & cracker trays for your guests lovingly placed on your antique coffee table?

DON'T get a BEAGLE

2. Do you keep an immaculate house and proud of it?

DON'T get a BEAGLE

3. Do you dream of walking your free-range dog through golden fields where rabbits hop, squirrels play, skunks roamand everything is peaceful and happy?

DON'T get a BEAGLE

4. Is the howl of a beagle in pursuit of a raccoon NOT music to your ears?

DON'T get a BEAGLE

5. Are you looking for Unconditional Love, non-stop Laughter and the closest most precious relationship you've ever had with a mere dog...a dog that magically makes you forget all the bad stuff?

GET A BEAGLE!

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10 Canine Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful to me. Remember that before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me. It’s crucial to my well-being.

4. Dont be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words,I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.

7. Remember before you hit me: I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being un-cooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I can’t bear to watch it”, or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there.

REMEMBER THAT I LOVE YOU.

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In fond memory of Buddy. 
Big on Beagles rescue beagle #17.

IF I DIDN'T HAVE DOGS

1. I could walk around safely barefoot in the dark.

2. My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

3. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of dog hair.

4. When the doorbell rang, it wouldn't sound like the SPCA kennels and I could get to the door without wading through four or five dog bodies who beat me there.

5. I could sit how I wanted to on the couch without taking into consideration where several little furbodies would need to get.

6. I would not have strange presents under my tree, like dog bones, stuffed animals and have to answer to people why I wrap them up.

7. I would not be on a first name basis with a vet.

8. Most used words in my vocabulary would not be: potty, outside, sit, down, come, no, and leave him/her ALONE.

9. My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates.

10. My purse would not contain things like poop pick up bags and dog treats.

11. I would no longer have to spell the world B-A-L-L and F-R-I-S-B-E-E.

12. I would not buy weird things to stuff into "kongs" or have to explain why I'm buying them, or what a "kong" is.

13. I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

14. I would not look strangely at people who think having their ONE dog ties them down too much.

15. I would not have to answer the question why do I have so many dogs from people who will never have the joy in their life of knowing they are loved unconditionally by something as close to an angel as they will ever get. Who else has a friend who considers you the MOST important thing in the whole wide world all the time.

-- Author Unknown

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Top 10 Winter Skin & Paw Care Tips

Whether you enjoy making snow angels with your pooch or brave the elements on walks together, jaunts into the cold outdoors can have serious health consequences. Chapped paws and dry, flaking skin are not the only discomforts pets face. Winter walks can become harmful excursions if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off bare paws.

Says Dr. Louise Murray, ASPCA Director of Medicine and author of Vet Confidential, “During the winter, products used as de-icers on sidewalks and other areas can lead to trouble for our animal companions, causing potential problems that range from sore feet to internal toxicity. Pet parents should take precautions to minimize their furry friends' exposure to such agents.”

To help prevent wintertime dangers that threaten paw and skin health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Wash and dry your pet’s feet after outdoor romps to remove ice, salt and chemicals from ice-melting agents—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Take a towel with you on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws instead of waiting until you get home.
  • Dressing your pet in a sweater or coat will help to retain body heat and prevent skin from getting dry. And booties help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical de-icers.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agents. And moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paw skin. 
  • Trim long-haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry on a pet’s skin. (Don’t forget the hair between the toes!)

    If you spot wounds or redness on your pet’s feet or skin, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Notice to my Pets 

  • When I say move, it means to go someplace else, not switch positions.
  • The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food.  Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food dish, not do I find it aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
  • The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object, and tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.
  • I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed.  I am very sorry about this.  Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort.  Look at videos of dogs and cats sleeping, they actually curl up in a ball.  It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
  • My CD’s and DVD’s are not miniature Frisbees.
  • For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom.  If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open.  When I exit this room, I will come out the same door I entered. 
  • The proper order for a kiss is:  kiss me, then go smell the other animal or your butt.  I cannot stress this enough. 
  • In return for your following these simple rules, I have posted the following message on our front door:
 Our Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit
  1. They live here.  You don’t.
  2. If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
  3. I like my pet a lot better than I like most people.
  4. To you, it’s an animal.  To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn’t speak clearly.
  5. Dogs and cats are better than kids.  They eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don’t hang out with drug-using friends, don’t smoke or drink, don’t worry about buying the latest fashions, don’t wear your clothes, don’t need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant you can sell the results.