We had family staying over this weekend and that included their mixed pound puppy "Marley". Our beagle is a typical 'female dog' and did not want Marley near ANY of her things. "What's mine is mine. What's yours is mine. Anything in between is also mine." We heard no shortage of barking and growling - with attitude.
I feel like people appreciate dogs who let them know when something is wrong MORE than just when they happen to be annoyed. I want a dog who comes to let me know that Timmy has fallen down a well... or that barks to let me know the dog herself has fallen down a well....
I do not have such a dog.
Today as we were sitting down for a BBQ at Bill's Boathouse in Tillicum - I noticed Beesly wasn't within my range of vision. I went out to call for her and, unlike most Beagles (from what I've heard), she usually comes running back to say "Here I am! Here I am! Give me a treat! Bacon!" (or something like that). This was not the case today.
We found her quietly sitting in the water, propped up on a board to keep her head above water.
Beesly H.A.T.E.S. the water. She would not have gone in willingly and at some point must have slipped. My first words should have been - "Oh my! Let's get her out!"... instead, like a terrible dog owner I shouted "Make sure she's ok! I'm gonna get my camera!" poor girl.
She was cold and very wet. A little embarrassed perhaps. But she was ok. I'm grateful for that. :)
photo courtesy of guest photographer: Matthew Anderson (brother)