But now...I own...a BEAGLE
I need help
Gertie is as cute as a little bug
And I love her to pieces.
But she is the devil in a dogsuit!!!!
She opens cupboards, she opens closed doors, she knows how to open the PANTRY! . She uses furniture to springboard her tiny little self up onto the kitchen counters! She digs!!!! Shes into EVERYTHING!
Worst of all? She has the sheepdogs in training! Abby and her have begun to collaborate!
|My sister has a beagle and this sounds like her life, but add escaping the house and running away! Jack's shining moment came one family supper, when he ate the entire roast beef. I don't think that he has been back to my mother's house since...|
|My sister loves beagles. I remember years ago, her beagle Little Girl (I know not too crative) would run out the door EVERY Day when she came home from work. My sister would spend hours looking for her. She still does love the beagles and now has another named Rooney, who she loves to bits.|
As to the opening of the doors ect, I have a cat who does that. She is the biggest pain in the neck....she even climbs in my China cabinet...now all doors have baby locks on them. I hope someone has some suggestions for you. Gertie looks really good and so innocent.
|Fellow therapy dog member and friend Bev LOVES beagles. I think they are devils in disguise. All that cute friendly tail waggin', kissing happy dogness is just a coverup!|
Her current 2 are so funny. Molly is the older one, she was trialing in rally when both Simon and Chewie were (yes, it was taking that long!) and we went to many shows together and shared motel rooms. NOTHING was safe in the room. She ate so much of my own food, my dog's food, treats that I never would believe it. Ate my supper right off the desk in our room one night
Locking and securing everything out of reach is the answer.
|You pretty much summed up beagles. They need to be mentally challenged all the time or they will make their own games.....many of which revolve around finding food or destroying items. They bark as their body energy insists they do....they need to announce to the world, comment on everything, smell the world, taste the world etc. Child proofing everything may not be strong enough for a determined beagle. Keep training but at her older age I'm afraid it is now it is now in her nature. |
You little roly poly baby is looking better. Unless you are out on the hunt daily with these little monsters excercising them, they will pork up quickly. Just about every house beagle I've met has been a porker.
|I have two fur grandbaby beagles!!! We love them dearly but they are really "thieves in disguise". Since Oakley and Sydney have never been counter surfer, we constantly forget when Soda and Kingsley are around. You can never open a door without first checking to see where these two are! Our greatest achievement this summer was to successful have them up at the cottage where we have Invisible Fence. To our great amazement it took only a few times for them to learn the property lines and now they can roam without being tied up (we still never leave them unsupervised....still don't trust them 100%). My son and daughter-in-law walk them 3 times a day to help keep their weight under control. I'm sure both Soda and Kingsley would spend the whole day eating if you let them!|
|Yes, Dawn...it IS a coverup! |
"taste the world"...sheepieboss, that is SO her motto!
We have tried "childproofing" with locks etc, and she gets through them...no problem I have resorted to storing the dog food in a shed outside, as a locked cabinet, a rubbermaid tub and a dog gate blocking that hallway weren't sufficient!
I'm actually less worried about bears getting it, than Gertie ...and that's saying something, as we have had 2 different sheds destroyed by bears over the years. At least I wont have to make the bear puke
I hate to resort to crating, as she is still so overweight, and I want her to move around as much as possible. Also...half of this mayhem is committed right under my nose, while I'm at home. At least she isn't destructive. There has been no damage to anything that wasn't between her and food.
Also on the good side (a few of the beagle stories told here made me realize it could be much worse )...she doesn't try to run off, and in fact hates to have us out of her sight. She also doesn't bark beyond what is appropriate (guest at the door, etc), and her "yodel" is actually kind of muted. Her only really awful noise is the screech/scream thing she makes when she's angry (usually at Bert) about something. Its completely un-doglike and bizarre! Ive learned to give her things to "dig" and burrow in to keep her occupied. Her "busyness" is actually kind of adorable .
|Omigosh is she cute! My brother has a beagle, but with four boys in the house dropping food, Jasmine has never been forced to resort to thievery. |
If bear proofing doesn't keep Gertie out, I' m pretty sure I don't have any good suggestions.
But just look at that sweet face.....
Laurie and Oscar
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