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Tis' After The Season


by Teresa Bridgman




          Christmas 2000 is past and a joyous passing it was.  The weather was cool; the presents were all given and received. The leftovers are in the refrigerator and now it’s time to make my “post Christmas” Beagle list.

          Each year, as I’m beginning to take down the mistletoe and pack the Christmas ornaments away for another year, I sit down to write out all the things I WILL NOT do next Christmas.

          It seems that over the course of the year I selectively forget the dos and don’ts of Beagles and the Season.  So I write down the things that I’ve learned this year, place the list in the box with all the Christmas ornaments, and as I begin pulling the decorations out for the next Christmas season I am reminded of our last Christmas. Here’s my list:

  1. Do not go out and spend $50 on a real Christmas tree.  Beagles assume that it is too cold outside for you and that you have, therefore, moved a tree inside for their “pottying” benefit.

  2. Flashing miniature lights may be something good to eat.

  3. Christmas ornaments in a round shape are Beagle balls.

  4. Christmas ornaments that have yarn or fuzz are Beagle toys.

  5. Tinsel is not good to eat, but is a lot of fun to track through the house.

  6. The humans put water under the tree so Beagles can potty AND have a drink at the same time.

  7. Poinsettia’s are the newest doggie treat the humans found at PetSmart.

  8. A 13” Beagle can and will jump 30 inches (dining table height) from a sitting position if Christmas cookies are involved.

  9. Your guests don’t understand that all doors MUST be closed at all times (including the bathroom door because the toilet paper lives behind it).

  10. Your friends are not used to backing out a front door in order to ensure Beagles do not follow them out for their holiday visit around the neighborhood.

  11. Christmas trees should NEVER be positioned in the Beagle “game of tag” path. It is viewed as another obstacle to hide behind or to be vaulted over in one Beagles quest to catch the other Beagle.

  12. Beagles will eat every morsel your guests are “sneaking” to them (because they’re so cute)…then they throw up (right in the middle of the living room floor).

  13. Beagles think all the presents under the tree are for them and take great joy and pleasure in opening them.

  14. Beagles gain an average of 1 pound per Christmas cookie consumed, thus have gained 5+ pounds over the holiday (and will now complain for the next six months that you are STARVING them).

  15. Beagles gain an average of 1 pound per Christmas cookie consumed, thus have gained 5+ pounds over the holiday (and will now complain for the next six months that you are STARVING them).

  16. When dragging the Christmas tree out of the house you surely want to play “tug of war” with Beagles and, as always, they are happy to oblige.

          So that’s my list for this year.  By next Christmas I will have convinced myself that my Beagles are better behaved, thus there will be yet another Christmas list for 2001.  What would Christmas be without Beagles?

          Rescue Story:

          I’m not going to write about a particular dog this time.  What I would like to do is remind all of you that there are thousands of dogs in this country being euthanized in shelters every single day.  If you do not have a field trial or show quality Beagle please spay/neuter.  I know of no humane society in the country that will not give you a discount voucher for low cost spay/neuter. It is a low-risk procedure.  It will not harm the ability of your Beagle to do whatever you want it to do, and there are scientific studies showing a lower incidence of certain cancers in spay/neutered canines.

          If you already have a Beagle(s), please take advantage of all appropriate vaccinations and preventative medicines. You DO NOT need to pay expensive veterinary bills!  Regardless of your income, there is no good reason for any Beagle to suffer from rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus, corona virus and/or heartworms.  There are cheap preventative medicines available for every one of these diseases (check out the Blett Dog Supplies ad on this website or the many other mail order supply catalogs).  In many instances you are not only killing your own Beagle you are spreading the disease to other canines.  I wonder how your friends and neighbors would feel if they knew you were putting THEIR dogs at risk?

          If you are considering a companion dog, please go to your local shelter or contact a rescue group.  You will not believe all the wonderful Beagles that are placed in shelters.  Recently there was a pack of 25 Beagles that needed to be re-homed because the owner suffered a stroke from which he will not recover.  These were his hunting dogs and there wasn’t a thing wrong with them, they just needed a new home.

          Have a great New Year and Happy Beagling!

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).