Our Beagle World Forums banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,444 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have just been down memory lane, thinking about all the dogs I/we have had.
My first dog, Trixie, was a mongrel, maybe 50% beagle and the rest a mystery. I was working for a vet at the time, a friend of the family, and we were called out to collect a bitch and her pups, who had been abandoned in a back yard whilst their owners went off for 6 weeks holiday. I am pleased to say that we found homes for all 5 pups and the mother. Trixie was a beautiful pup and I took her to work with me. I ended up leaving her with my parents when I married in 1967. She was a family dog, so I couldnt take her away from my parents. Trixie lived to be nearly 14.
When Dave and I moved into a lonely house in Bavaria, we decided it was time for a beagle. We answered an advert by a single mother who desperately needed a home for a 6 month old beagle, a christmas present for her 12 year old daughter, which had gone very wrong. The flat they lived in was wrecked. The dog had been locked up from early morning until the child came home from school. We drove over and saw the beautiful beagle sitting there in the garden. The poor dog was most upset when we put her in the car. I dread to think how upset the daughter must have been, but the mother said she had agreed that her daughter could buy a Hi Fi with the money we paid her.
The dog was called 'Waldi' by its owners, with an official name of 'Walda von Lehnerhaus' by the breeders. I'm afraid we were very cruel and Waldi became Bilbo before we even got her home. She christened our lounge by pooing in the middle of it!
Poor Bilbo needed some time to get used to her new home. Of course it was great for her. She had a huge garden and I was home 24 hours. Unfortunately her new home had one problem, no garden fence. She soon took over the neighbourhood, nothing was safe. We came to an aggreement that anything she brought home, we would place on the gate post at the bottom of our garden. Thus a steady stream of toys and household goods were put on display. What we couldnt put out were the breaded schnitzels and other food items. Once Bilbo came home with what at first I feared was a cat, but closer inspection revealed a rabbit. She ate it apart from the head, which she buried in a neighbours garden. A neighbour, of course, who hated Bilbo, as the dog would dash in and steal the washing, above all socks, when this lady was hanging them out to dry. The poor woman only had one arm and the dog took advantage of this.
Bilbo got pregnant by a local casonova, a delightful mongrel known as Joey. We considered Joey to be no threat when bilbo came on heat, with his tiny legs he couldnt have mated anything bigger than a guinea-pig. How wrong we were! Our back steps were all he needed. The six pups were delightful and we soon became the attraction for the village children.
Bilbos days of freedom ended when the local hunter called to warn us that she had joined up with other dogs and was hunting. if he caught them again he would have to shoot.
Bilbo was well travelled going with us to eastern Turkey, as far as the Iranian border, Greece and northern Africa and of course most of Europe.
As she grew older she became epeleptic and coldnt walk far so we would carry her in a large rucksack, even up mountains. One night, when she was nearly 14, she had a massive attack and died. It broke our hearts and we said no more dogs. However, 2 weeks later we saw an advert for a home needed for a 6 month old beagle. It was the same old story. The family lived in a flat in Munich and both parents worked and the children didnt get home from school until late afternoon. Spotty, we decided not to change her name, arrived pulling her owner down our garden path. We suggested she let Spotty off the lead, resulting in the dog running into our house and jumping on the dining room table. Spotty was at home!!
I think Spotty was more of a thief than Bilbo had been, the worst case being in a French restaurant, when she stole a whole camenbert cheese from the desert trolley.
Spotty also produced 6 pups, the father another Spanish stray, brought over by neighbours of ours. Four of the pups are still alive, one is living in Washington.
A well travelled dog, Spotty was one of the first to be allowed into Britain when they relaxed restrictions.
At 12 Spotty developed cancer, survived an operation to remove several tumors. At 14 cancer caught up with her and she had to be put to sleep. once again we said no more dogs, as our loss hurt so much. However, a lot of you know what happened.
Susi and Snoopy are now our lives.
Sorry to bore you, but i felt Bilbo and Spotty should be brought back to life.




First two pictures are of Bilbo, the third Spotty
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
Not boring at all! What lovely stories! I especially liked the part about all the things Bilbo stole from around the neighbourhood and how you had to display them on the garden gate /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif Sounds like you had two real characters in Bilbo and Spotty. How lucky they were to have found you!! Thanks for sharing!
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
32,140 Posts
I, too, loved reading your story and the pics were great. There is something about that first one of Bilbo that personifies "freedom"! The puppies look a few hours old -- amazing what they grow up to be. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
32,140 Posts
You didn't bore me at all. At our house, we often recall the dogs who have gone before us. Funny how things that were so aggravating at the time become amusing when recalled years later. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif I agree that the first picture of Bilbo really shows the spirit of freedom. :exactly:
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
32,140 Posts
That was a wonderful story, not at all boring. I absolutely love the first picture of Bilbo. She looks so natural. It's funny you post this today. I've been thinking of my Amber a lot today. It's going on two years since we lost her and I still get sad. Thanks for sharing with us!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,281 Posts
Sorry to bore us? Good Lord, you will never bore anyone by remembering the love these dogs gave you and the happyness you gave them. Dogs do not live very long and after they pass on, all we have are our memories of the short time we share with them. So lets not destroy this. Let's remember the dogs who brighten our life, lets remember them in our most private moments through thought, pictures, and lets remember them out loud through the joy of sharing them with others.

Thank you foer this wonderful post


by
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
862 Posts
Far from boring, your story is lovely and touching and funny, too. It also brought back memories of the previous dogs I had, five before Boeing. For dog people like us, no matter how often we say "No more dogs", we always end up, sooner or later, inviting more dogs into our lives.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,444 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Glad you enjoyed reading about them. I love reading about peoples beagles, past and present. Bilbo was an amazing beagle. Once, when we lived in Holland, she found her way home from people who were looking after her. She'd escaped. Bilbo managed to walk 18 kilometres across main roads, on a route she had never done on foot. Our neighbours were surprised to see her sitting on our front door step, as they knew we were away. The police were out in force looking for her- the couple we paid to look after her were both members of the police!
Spotty never had her freedom, but had a good life.
A couple more photos, some of you have seen the one of Bilbo on her travels and later, sick, in her rucksack.

<a href="http://imageshack.us" target="_blank">
[/URL
</a> ]

Spotty 'sbirthday, she loved balloons

[url="http://imageshack.us"]



Spotty wouldnt let her beagle friend have the balloon and when one landed in a tree she was after it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
303 Posts
That was a awesome stories you told us and it was very interesting to read and it never bored me to read it since I Love to read stories from other people about their pets.Thanks for sharing the stories with us and also the awesome photo's you shared with us.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,444 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
A few more photos
Old bilbo



Spotty with her best friend Jessie
Spotty and her pups, 4 are still alive
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
GREAT PICS! Love the one of Bilbo asleep on the chair in front of the TV - he almost seems human /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif What beautiful dogs...I can see how Spotty got her name!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,335 Posts
You certainly tell a heartwarming story about your past loves.......I fear that I will be just like you and swear off anymore dogs after Sammy but I have seen through your stories that no one can replace her but just add to the stories to tell later on.

Thanks for sharing and I love the picture Bilbo in the backpack !! Sick but still going !! :heart:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
786 Posts
I enjoyed your stories...

It makes me think about mine that have gone to the bridge and how they might not be here physically, but they always hold a place in your heart and memories.... :heart:
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
32,140 Posts
Loved the stories. Made me think of all the pets I have had over the years.

Perhaps we should all take some time to reaffirm the memories of those who wait at the bridge.

My first rescue was my “Ding Dong” kitty, a homeless kitten that decided a very young Bob was his friend. It was around 1948, my lair was my crib. My mom heard me happily giggling, looked in and to her horror saw this stray kitten playing with me! Having heard tales of cats suffocating babies, the kitten was escorted outside, window and door closed to the room my crib was in. I protested, as any two-year would, but in about five minutes, my kitty returned! My parents told this story to me when I was old enough to remember, several times the kitten was removed, I guess I protested more each time, and named the cat my Ding Dong Kitty. It took my parents two days to figure out how the kitten was getting into the room, by then I had this grey kitty-cat for the rest of her life. Seems the kitten would go into the attic, walk across the uninsulated ceiling and on this one un-nailed panel, which would bend down with the weight of the kitten, allowing my Ding Dong to squeeze in to a otherwise secured room. I guess my parents sat outside the house watching me in the room through the window and still missed a couple of Ding Dong entrances before figuring it out. Ding Dong went to the Bridge in 1971, having seen me grow to manhood, go off to the service, return and graduate from College. She was my first buddy and loyal friend for almost 24 years.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
702 Posts
I loved the story and all the adorable pictures!!

There's hardly a day that goes by without my thinking of my many different babies -- dogs and cats!

Each one brings back sooo many memories and sooo many smiles. And the best part is that I know I loved them all and gave them the best life I knew how to /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif They live on in my heart until I see them again. Everyplace I look in my house and yard brings them back most vividly --Callie sitting beside me every night, purring and giving Vinny a swipe on the nose when his Beagle nose got too close for comfort :angel:

Getting a little misty, here! Better stop or I'll go on forever /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Monica and Daisy (who's making memories everyday) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,729 Posts
What a lovely story, thank you for sharing, it even brought back my memory of dogs in my childhood time. I grew up with dogs as my family loves pets and we have a hugh yard back home in Hong Kong. At one point, the house seemed like a barn. We had dogs and cats, rabbits and turtles, birds in cages and on trees and gold fish in the pond. Chicken running, oh, my brother had a lizard! When my mom feed the pack, other stray cats will come and join, because they knew mom got her fish from the market everyday to feed them.
:redface: How come I can not retrieve any pictures of Bilbo?!
something wrong with my computer?

Charlie mom
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,715 Posts
Beautiful stories and pictures--thank you for sharing them with us!
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top