For the last 10 days or so, my youngest child Beagle, Oscar has had a small sore on his leg. He is constantly licking it, so much so, that all the fur is gone and it was very very red and raw. Just not getting better. I popped into the vet on Friday, to see what they had to say about it – I was worried coz it had been going on too long, without getting better (constant licking not helping!)

The vet (a new one at Crowthorne Vet – she was VERY pretty and very sweet!) gave me some stuff to clean the little wound and some ointment to put on 3 times a day. But the most entertaining thing, was, the plastic collar she gave us to stop him from licking! You know those cone things that make the dog look all sorry for himself? Ja – Oscar got one of those! I told her that Harry was going to laugh at poor Oskie when we got home… she suggested I get one for Harry too! Hehe!!


Anyway, we get home, and Harry gets such a fright when he sees his brother with this thing on! It was hilarious! The beagles then proceeded to run around and frolick with each other as normal! The “cone” is tied around the dogs neck with a piece of bandage, which Harry thought was a great chew toy, and kept loosening the bow that kept the cone on!


even though Oscar can still do everything he normally does (except fit through the bars of the security door to get in/out… he manages to look VERY sorry for himself! It’s very funny.

Poor Sausage!

Poor Sausage!

He can still chew his toys:

Om nom

Om nom

He can still cuddle on the couch:

Zzz-zzz

Zzz-zzz

He can even still wolf down his dinner!

Nom nom crunch nom nom crunch

Nom nom crunch nom nom crunch

This afternoon we had my folks over for lunch, and they brought my 9 year old nephew with (who LOVES the beagles) … he thought this whole cone thing was too funny, and proceeded to give Oscar all the attention and tickles on the couch. He was calling Oscar “The Lamp” the whole time, coz the cone makes him look like a lampshade… especially when he sits up for his tickles…

Tickles for "The Lamp"

Tickles for "The Lamp"

The Lamp getting ahead scratch

The Lamp getting ahead scratch

The Lamp checking out who is giving all the tickles

The Lamp checking out who is giving all the tickles

It’s very entertaining to watch this silly beagle with his lamp shade on his head! … on the plus side, his sore is getting a chance to dry out and is looking much better! It was never anything to worry about, but it does need to dry out and form a scab to heal!

In the mean time, we’re enjoying giggling at our Conehead Beagle!

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So, you may or may not know I have two beagles. (If you *don’t* know – this must be your first time “meeting” me!) Anyway, the beagles do scent hunts in the winter. It’s a bit of a competition, and at the end of the season, the ten beagles with the most points compete in a 7km run to see who is the best :) (The points system is a bit confusing, so I won’t bore you with the details!)

Anyway, yesterday was our last hunt, and the top ten were announced. We have been holding thumbs paws that Harry and Oscar would make the Top Ten. They both did really well at the beginning of the season, but Harry has been slacking off a bit… coming in the 4th or 5th place group, rather than the 2nd places he was getting earlier in the season.

So, we are ecstatic to announce that Little Oscar has made the Top Ten!! Woo Hoo!!!

Oscar

Oscar

I think Harry must have *just* missed it. So, now Harry’s new name is Haroozy Loozy or Haroozer the Loozer! :) Hey – don’t get me wrong, he is still my super precious boy

Haroozy Loozy ♥

Haroozy Loozy ♥

Oscar is just a little machine! He is not even 2 years old yet, and he is doing so well! We are very proud of the little bugger!

All the other beagles in the Top Ten are on The Beagle Site … and we have changed the header banner to honour the ten of them!

The final challenge is this Sunday at 7:30am :) I know that Oscar won’t win it… but the Top Ten is all I was aiming for… It’s been our goal since we started hunting last year.

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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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