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  • Beagle blogging

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on March 16th, 2005 (All posts by )

    After I got this steamed today it’s time to post about something that’ll cheer me up:

     

    8 Responses to “Beagle blogging”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Ralf, you are looking younger than I remember. Did you have plastic surgery?

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Not really. It’s just that my wrinkles disappear when I’m not ramming my snout between things.

    3. incognito Says:

      Nice shot. I take it the bone is made in China, hence should have a lower likelihood of failure during chewing?

    4. Wade Says:

      Ralph, where did you find this giant mutant Beagle?

    5. Knucklehead Says:

      Ralf,

      Just a word of warning. I grew up having beagles around. Dad hunted. Keep the gate closed – tight with no holes even a cat could slip through. Hunting hounds have a habit of following scents as far as they lead and, sometimes, that is farther than you have any ability to find them ever again. To hunters losing dogs is a cost. To pet owners losing a dog is, well, really painful.

      That said, and the houndlike baying that beagles do aside, they really are pretty cool dogs. Is yours the little or larger variety?

    6. Ken Says:

      Yes, if you want to be a long-term beagle owner, you’ll have to pay serious attention to beagle containment issues.

      Never, ever let the dog go outside without his tags. Our beagle mix escapes about once a month; in our neck of the woods, people are very good about returning a friendly dog who has your contact information on his tag. Your results may vary.

      Beagles have a poor sense of direction. Our beagle mix has returned only once under his own power. Once, when he left without his collar, he wound up on Doggy Death Row a couple of weeks later, after being spotted in various locations about 5-10 miles apart and on both sides of the Interstate.

      GPS tracking devices for dogs, when they’re introduced, will have a ready, enthusiastic market among beagle owners.

    7. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Incognito,

      no moving parts, so the risk of failure is rather low. :)

      Wade,

      she only looks this big when you photograph her from weasel eye view. ;)

      Knucklehead,

      I know from first-hand experience how beagles run after anything that looks or smells like prey. We got two, and we are very careful. When they see a cat walk throught the garden they go nuts – they run to the kitchen door and beg to be let out, and when you do, they take off like rockets.

    8. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Ken,

      they both have transponders implanted so that we can track them down if necessary.