Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1238 times:
Hey all, who on this forum has beagles? I have one, a tri-color 4-year-old named Scout. He is the best dog I have ever had! He is stubborn, but he can cheer me up in an instant if I'm down! He is also the fastest little thing around(have clocked him at 19mph). He loves chasing squirrels, bats, helicopters, cats, birds, ect.......... I will post pics of him a little while later. Anyways, if you have one, or have had one in the past, post fond memories, pics, or training tips!
N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
I had three when I was younger. Sport, Scout and Snoopy. Imagine a Beagle named Snoopy. Scout and Sport I won't get into. They were great dogs.....RIP. Snoopy was fairly big for a Beagle. On long car trips with my parents I would use him as a pillow. He finally got to the point he needed room to run and we gave him to a family in the country. We went and saw him a couple of times so I know it was true. Now I have two Boxer's, and will probably always have Boxers, but Beagles have a warm spot in my heart.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
My best dog ever was a Beagle. Got him in 1987 and finally had to put him down in 2001. He just got so old - poor fella. His name was Wimpy. Why? Because he didn't bark for his first two years - just cried. Once he learned to bark however, he made up for lost time.
When I moved back to Alaska in 1990 I left him with my Mother in Alabama . . . I wasn't sure he could handle the weather, and he already had health problems. He never failed to recognize me every time I went to visit . . . and would stay right where I was the entire time.
What a great Dog.
I remember the time he ate the woofers out of BOTH my Bose 601 speakers. That's the only thing he really ever tore up . . . and he was just a puppy, so it was a matter of training. . .
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1224 times:
Scout still doesn't howl, he screams! It sounds awful! Luckily, I got him to stop doing it at night. Slapping his nose didn't work(I tried), so I started thinking: "What do beagles hate most?" Then I had the answer: WATER! Every time he would "howl", I would run out and dump water on him! He stopped howling at night, and he now sleeps outside!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
We used to have 2 beagles, Fido and Spot (original names, huh ?) - they were lovely dogs (if you like dogs, I'm not a fan), but an absolute menace - they would disappear for days (we lived in the country in England, where this was quite possible), hunting in a pack.
Fido disappeared one day, and we never saw him again. Spot moved with us to South Africa and lived to a very ripe old age.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
My first pet was a Beagle - when I was only a few weeks old, my parents got a puppy and we 'grew up' together..
Why a Beagle?
Because way back when, the early research into smoking related diseases was taking place.
In the laboratories of American research institutes there were rows and rows of Beagles being forced to inhale cigarette smoke, and who were then being analysed to see what effect this forced smoking had upon their bodies and organs. This research was then used in understanding what smoking did to humans.
It's worth noting, these Beagles never became pets, they were simply used in research.
My father was working in a hospital involved in this research, and having seen and having been affected by the sight of these Beagles in the laboratories, he felt it was only right that to try to put right some of the suffering these animals had undergone, that our family would have a Beagle so that at least one of these dogs, whose enduring character is described in other posts in this thread, would live in a happy family home.
The Beagle, we had, of course never knew anything of what was happening the name of medical science to his fellow canines, but was a wonderful pet, albeit a greedy one who became rather fat in his old age...
I had a wonderul dachsund named Watney (he was a red barrel) for 10 1/2 years. Anyway, he would howl bloody murder when I would play certain types of music. Charles Mingus was a big culprit. He has a number of those beefy, rich horn arrangements that would drive Watney nuts. He would walk up to the speaker and start cocking his head side to side as the music began, and then start screaming. Literally, it sounded like I was whipping him or something. I actually had to stop listening to certain tunes unless I had headphones on, because I was afraid someone would call the police on me.
I never really knew if the music was bothering him, or if it just set of some chip in his head and he had to sing along. Another song that did this to him was "Matte Kudesai" by King Crimson, from their "Discipline" album.
The trick was to find a tune that had just a subtle effect on him. Certain tunes had just enough horns or something to get his attention, and you could sort of get him to sing/growl along with them at low level.
I miss that dog to no end.
Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 6): We used to have 2 beagles, Fido and Spot
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Well I am NOT a dog fan!! Dogs tend to be too high maintenance for me. You can't just up and go on a few days vacation (using automatic feeders) and expect a dog to like you after that. They need day to day interaction, where as cats tend to be happy to interact whenever you happen to be around.
Anyway, that being said, the wife is pushing for a dog and she want's a Beagle. This thread can make the diference. I like what I have read here, and I hope to continue reading more good things about the breed (especially in relation to kids). Also how do they tend to do on road trips of about 4-5 hours at a time?
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
"Anyway, that being said, the wife is pushing for a dog and she want's a Beagle. This thread can make the diference. I like what I have read here, and I hope to continue reading more good things about the breed (especially in relation to kids). Also how do they tend to do on road trips of about 4-5 hours at a time?"
Beagles on road trips: At first they will go crazy trying to find a window to look out of, but after a few minutes or so they will settle down, and sometimes take a nap. Beagles are excellent dogs for children, because they are very tolerant, and not too big. Their size is perfect: not a little toy yappy dog, but not some mammoth you can't find room for. You can also get them in small, medium, or large! They do need lots of exercise and affection, and don't expect one to go swimming with you! Their coat is low-maintenance; it doesn't need brushing or anything like that. They shed less than cats. The most hostile thing they do to a stranger is jump on them...them give them a big wet lick! Barking and howling can be controlled with water training, and they are very easy to house train. Basically, they are great family dogs. Training them does require patience, though. Hope all this helps!