This is a rant…

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So, I run The Beagle Website, right? The last week or so, I have had a FLOOD of emails from people looking to rehome their young beagles. Young = between 1 year and 3 years old. They have various reasons, and some I can cope with. However… there are 3 sets of people who want to rehome their dogs because either:

a) they had a baby and now all their attention must go there

b) their other dog died and the beagle is lonely…

or c) *my personal anger-inducer* their kids no longer want the 18month old dogs because they are no longer puppies!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!?!?!?!?!?!

Arrrg, my blood boils!

I know I love my dogs probably a little too much, or more than healthy normal but really! Isn’t a dog (or any pet) a part of your family? I always refer to my dogs as my children… I know some people think this is going overboard, but thats ok (you all have weird habits I dont understand!)

I mean – getting a pet is a CONSCIUOS DECISION! You weigh the pro’s and con’s. Can you afford it? Can you give it the time/attention it needs? Having a kid is often less of a plan than getting a dog… but yet, people are happy to palm off the dogs when they get bored.

i understand that times are tough with the economy and stuff, and it’s not as easy as it was a year or two ago to afford the dog food, vets bills, toys etc – trust me, i am feeling it too! but i would sooner cancel my gym membership, or cut down on my own luxuries, like facials, hairdresser etc than give my children dogs away! But hey, maybe that’s just me…

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Pets are only in your life for a short 10-odd years. Unlike smelly whiny children who are there to stay until YOU DIE!!

I can’t get over the fact that these people are happy to just give away a member of their family because it’s no longer convenient – ESPECIALLY the people who have dumped their two 18  month old female beagles at the kennels and not fetched them because the kids are tired of them! Sheesh – i’d love to smack some sense into those people!

So, anyway, if you, or anyone you know, can give a beagle or two a forever home… please take a look at the website.


We need new homes for:

Patsy and Burtie – together. They are actually Oscar’s litter brother and sister.

Texas

Copper & Purdy – together (abandoned coz the kids brats don’t want them)

Dingo

Stitch


Sheesh! Time to calm down


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Our Star Beagles: One, a superSTAR… the other, a disaSTAR! ;)

So, this morning, the 4 of us trekked off to Goldfields in Bedfordview again, to try our hands at an Open Agility Show again. It was hosted by the Collie Club to raise money.

We (@peter_vs and I) decided – after our dismal performance at the last show – that we would take a treat on the course and automatically disqualify ourselves. (The reason being, that we wanted the beagles to at least stay with us, and finish the course, instead of just running off to sniff on their own mission. The grounds are unfamiliar to them, so we just need to keep trying and we’ll get there soon enough!).


First up, was the contact course… Peter & Oscar did very very well! And Harry & I also did pretty well (Harry missed the tyre jump and was a bit silly at the weaving poles).

Then we did the non-contact course… Harry did fantastically until about the 8th obstacle (8 out of 16) and then went off to some guys who were eating burgers on the side! Oscar did very nicely and Peter decided to leave the treat off the course in the Dog Jumping round.

Dog Jumping is very similar to Show Jumping in the horse world. All the dogs who get a clear round in the same class move onto a jump off. So, Harry was a complete idiot, and stopped to sniff EVERY SINGLE weave pole… up and down! Arrrrggg!! Oscar and Peter did BRILLIANTLY!!!! Without a treat and were the ONLY pair in our class with a clear round… which means… FIRST PLACE!! WOO HOO!! So, Oscar got a rosette, a toy, and a signature on his card (He needs 3 signatures for 1st place to move onto the next grade)

First Place at the Show!

First Place at the Show!

I am so very proud of Peter and Oscar!! Although, I have to say, that I am very proud of Harry too… even though he was a complete dumbass, it was still much much MUCH better than our last attempt! And it WILL continue to improve each time :)


Here is the Champion SuperStar Beagle…

SuperStar!!


Everyone was so supportive and proud of us too! Beagles are not very common in the agility world, because they are so hard to train, especially in agility.

So, all in all… yay for us!


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So, finally!!! I have gotten around to my first post! Yay :)

I’ve had this blog for what seems like forever, so it is high time to write something on it! Every time I meet someone at a TweetUp or 27Dinner they are completely horrified to learn that I don’t have a blog! But now, I do.

You’ll see the buttons on the left will categorize my random ramblings into the groups about Design Stuff (my job), Dog Stuff (my hobby and children), Font Stuff (aaah, fonts, how I love fonts! Have you seen my FontGirl outfit?), Other Stuff (not work, dogs or fonts) and My Recommended Sites (other sites I work on, or spend a lot of time at). <side note> The buttons will only work once I have written a post in that category… So give me a bit of time :)

So, this post is a dog related one.

I have 2 beagles, Harry and Oscar and I train very seriously with them (well, as serious as I can be). Last week, one of my trainers asked me if I would be interested in giving puppy lessons at her puppy school in Kyalami! She was going away and needed someone to step in for a week. WOW! How chuffed was I!
I gave the lesson this morning. I won’t bore you with all the gory details of everything we did, but it really was so much fun! I was a bit nervous, as I am not an animal behaviourist or anything… but both of my dogs have been through the syllabus at Puppyland. I have never really been in any “position of power/command” it was pretty strange having people listen to every word I had to say and asking me advice and stuff. Especially strange feeling for me having people much older than me asking for my “expert opinion” – haha! Of course, I handles the situation exceptionally gracefully and imparted my knowledge onto my eager little students ;)

I think I have figured out the reason I enjoyed it so much… bear with me here: When I was in Primary School, all I wanted to do was be a Grade 2 teacher. It was my goal in life and it was all I could think of. I had my classroom planned, posters, games, the whole toot! But the older I became, especially into my twenties, I realised that I don’t actually like kids all that much – I MUCH prefer animals – particularly dogs. So, in essence, puppy socialising and training is basically Grade 2 for dogs! Could it BE more perfect!? It is, like, my dream job! – Even if it is only part time!


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