March 2, 2012 AKC recently announced the most popular
breeds of 2011. "While the Labrador Retriever has proven
once again to be a family favorite, this year clearly
belongs to the Beagle," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa
Peterson. "The Beagle's merry personality combined with his
love of outdoor activities make him such a wonderful family
pet that I wouldn't be surprised to see this spunky breed
sniff his way to the top of the list next year."
November 9 We are hoping for new puppies later in
November that can leave us in January. It could be a
colorful month, with possible tri-colors, blue/silver tri,
lilac tri, and chocolate tri puppies!
September 30 We have a new litter of puppies that can
leave us in mid November. They will soon be pictured
individually on our Puppies web
September 1 We have a new litter of puppies pictured
on our Puppies' page!
April 29 I keep forgetting to update the Blog page!
We have puppies available on our
Puppies page, and we are getting very close to moving
into our new kennel, so photos of that will come very soon!
February 15 We are in a holding pattern here, waiting
for the new beagle home's finishing touches to be completed
and also waiting for spring puppies to arrive. It has been a
Help needed for a friend's beagles: If you are in
or near southern Idaho, and
would be interested in adopting an adult beagle, please
contact me to learn more. A family in southern Idaho has
to re-home several beagles and wants them to go to loving
homes. They are house trained!
December 21 Our new "dog house" is getting closer and
closer! It has a living room with 3 doggie doors for weaned
puppies, and will have about 40 feet long of indoor living
area for the adults with geothermal-assisted heating and
cooling. Outside, there will be a covered portion of the
pens for shade and outdoor play during rain, plus additional
fenced-in run area without a roof.
December 8 My indoor puppy play pen makes a great
drying rack for sweaters when the puppies are not in it.
However, I must remember to remove said sweaters and
sweatshirts when puppies ARE in it. Hmmm...
November 15 We have our first-ever silver beagle
puppy! Mr Haney and Farrah had puppies, which include a
silver (blue) tri, a chocolate tri, and standard tri-colored
puppies. I'll have pictures on the web site soon. They will
be able to leave us in early January.
October 24 We had a great time at the show this
weekend with our friend Jody from
Hounds! We brought home some blue ribbons and one Best
In Group. We are glad to be home to rest today, though!
October 12 Fall is here, and we are busy planting
garlic for our organic garlic farm (www.2sistersgarlic.com).
But we always take time to enjoy the beagles, and today,
Rose was taking time to enjoy the warm sunshine!
September 10 Construction of our new kennel has
begun! We are moving our big-dog pens so their home can be
better heated/air conditioned, and so it can also be fully
covered by wireless surveillance. My pocketbook is yelling
"ouch," but I'm excited for them to have even better
quarters. Plus, their extremely-huge shade trees are scaring
me...they are so tall and old that I fear every high-wind
August 30 We are expecting a litter any day, which
should be chocolates and lilacs. These puppies should mature
to 13 and possibly 14" (varying by puppy) in height. Of
course, I'll put a note up when they come! Anxiously
August 10 Last winter, we had dreams about summer
warmth. Now that the heat index is 115 degrees, we are
thinking of cooler times! Plans are underway for a new home
for our outdoor beagles that will be not just heated, but
also air conditioned. They don't seem to mind the heat like
we do, but a little more pampering isn't going to hurt. ;-)
July 24 Oh my, I've been negligent on updating the
blog! We have been busy harvesting
garlic and participating in the 4-H shows at the Taylor
County Fair, playing with puppies, and doing the chores
required on the farm. We are not expecting litters in July
or August, but hope to have a litter in September that would
be chocolate and lilac colored puppies. We are also planning
new living arrangements for our beagles, with better climate
control and play areas for puppies and kids. Much to do!
June 13 Lilac puppies are here! Luna and Khaktus are
the parents of a litter of gorgeous, silvery-purple babies.
I will have new photos available for the families that have
pre-reserved puppies late this week. After all of the
pre-reserved puppies have been chosen, I will make the
photos public. I think a couple male lilac puppies might be
available following the pre-reserved puppies being picked.
May 19 The puppies are still doing well, and we are
frantically playing with them because they will leave us so
soon. :-( We are hoping for another litter very soon,
but they won't be able to play with us until late in June.
Hoping for some tri-colored and chocolate tri puppies to
arrive still in May, and maybe lilacs next month!
April 25 Puppies are doing great, and are beginning
to play with each other. I hear little growls as they chew
on each others ears and tails. They will get fun soon!
April 2 More
puppies! Sassy and Bandit had their first litter of
puppies this morning. Everyone seems to be doing well, and
we'll have pictures for the web site some time this upcoming
week (after Easter).
We had our first vet visit with the new puppies today, and
they are safely back with Mom now. We plan to take pictures
this weekend to put on the web site. I just love watching
them...we've missed having puppies for months now!
Puppies are arriving
today! Birthing is going well, and hopefully everyone
will get enough of the rich first milk. Just taking a very
quick break to let everyone that is watching know that the
puppies are coming....back to Barbie and the puppies now!
March 3 The sun is out and the snow is beginning to
melt! Everyone is out soaking up the sunshine, from dogs to
cats to horses. Everyone is happy!
February 20 We don't have any puppies to play with,
but some friends of ours asked us to babysit their
goat while they are out of town this weekend. So, the kids
and the kid are having lots of fun together!
February 5 Just when things were looking pretty ugly
outside (snow on the flat areas had melted, leaving the tan
and brown winter colors), we have received more snow.
Thankfully, it's a "normal" snow of just an inch or two.
That is doable, and in fact, made it easier to haul hay to
the barn (via the girls' sleds)!
February 3 That crazy Humane Society of the United States
commercial asking viewers to give $19 per month is really scary to me.
At the rate given in their last published financial statement from
HSUS, only $1.03 out of that $19.00 would go to shelters to help
I think they are more accurately
termed a lobbying group, not an animal-supporting group. Groups
like the HSUS may some day be the cause of it being illegal for humans
to eat meat, owning pets being illegal...seriously, they have pretty lofty
If you believe you have the right to have
pets, and even to own purebred, registered pets, we feel you should be
afraid of the Humane Society of the United States. I believe they
will attempt to take that right away from you.
The HSUS is not the same
as the local "Humane Society." This isn't just my opinion...If
anyone deserves your $19 per month, it's your LOCAL Humane Society. NOT
the HSUS lobbying group! More...
February 2 We are hoping to have puppies arrive in the
last few days of March and/or the first few days of April. Lauren's
"show puppy" is trying for his first litter of puppies, so we aren't
sure if that will be successful yet. If not, we expect puppies from
Trax and Barbie in the first week of April. Tuff may also be a daddy
soon...I guess we're making up for these several months with no
Kids and beagles...while outside yesterday hunkered down
into my coveralls against the cold wind, I heard the girls
just giggling and giggling...that kind of infectious giggle
that makes BIG people want to giggle. I walked toward the
sound and saw the girls sitting on a snowdrift covered by
happy, waggy-tailed beagles all trying to get attention at
the same time. Those beagles...they LOVE kids, and those
kids....well, they LOVE beagles!
It's a boring beagle news day when I use the blog to say
"Happy Birthday" to my sister! Ha ha! My sister lives about
25 miles away and her love is Bloodhounds (see
but she is a big help with our beagles when we need more
helping hands. Hmmm...I wonder if she would come help us
shovel more snow? ;-)
January 8: More snow and dangerous temperatures have combined for another snow
day for local children. "Queen Rose" has had a makeover, including a new
pipe-cleaner crown, perfume, grooming...thankfully I did catch the kids before
they put makeup on Rose. She is being very patient! I stand corrected...Lipstick, nail polish, eye makeup...
More snow? We had 1 1/2" during the night, but I think it
won't go over 2" for the day. Still, enough is enough! At
least as far as we humans are concerned. As for
beagles...they LOVE it! The pile in the playpen is 6' tall
now, but there are little alleys connecting all the places
we and the dogs need to go. The beagles can leap over the
walls of most alleys and go up the pile, but I can't!
Well, I can hardly move today. But, I have more snow
shoveling to do! I shoveled for 4 or 5 hours and "tried" to
use a snow blower for another hour (didn't work...too deep!)
yesterday. There's more to do today, as I have to try to
move snow OUT of each of our pens/runs. So far, I have just
opened a way to allow the dogs to get to the playpen and
have made a thin aisle inside their pens so they can get
from their heated building to their gate leading to the
playpen. And play they do! They are loving the 4-foot-tall
(and sometimes taller) piles of snow that I've created while
making a way for us to get into and out of their pens. In
our years of having beagles, this last month (2 snow storms)
has been the hardest on my body!
Things are becoming pretty quiet around here as puppies
leave for their new homes. We will enjoy these last puppies
as much as possible, as we won't have any more until spring.
It will be a long winter for the kids without puppies to
play with, but maybe we can practice more for dog shows in
hopes of attending a few more this coming summer.
We have received pictures and notes from some of our
puppies' new families, and LOVE the updates! Thanks to all
of our puppies' new families!
December 11 NOTE TO SELF:
Frozen dog poo, when ejected through a snow blower chute,
can shatter or dent almost any man-made material. ;-)
November 25 New pictures will hopefully be online as
the day progresses, and video clips of Hershey's and Bitty's
puppies by this evening. I can't say enough about these
puppies and how proud I am of their father, Trax, for
producing such gorgeous puppies. Maybe "Unbelievably Cute"
could describe them!
November 23 Time is really getting away from us!
We're getting outside when we can, and preparing for cold
winter weather. Our puppies that will leave us in December
are getting close to weaning age, and Liz's puppies began
opening their eyes today. Have a happy and blessed
November 5 Gorgeous weather! This is a great time of
year for us, and the girls are having a blast taking their
beagles out on walks and runs. They think they found a
mountain lion print last week, and the beagles were
extremely excited and trying to track something. However,
there were deer tracks there too, so the dogs may have been
following that scent. It's great to look out the kitchen
window at the autumn fields and see young people getting all that exercise with
their beagles in the fields, white-tipped tails straight up
in the air.
October 26 Back from the show. Sassy earned her first
leg toward Prominent Champion. Trax earned two legs toward
Champion, and jumped off the bench during his last class of
the day. Oops! I think both he and Carmen were pretty tired
by that time. Coppertop earned two legs toward Champion.
October 23 We are finally finished planting garlic,
and things should go back to normal here. During this past
month, we've received many phone calls while out in the
field, and I apologize to all of you that called but were
unable to talk with me due to poor reception and loud
October 3 We are busy getting ready for cold weather,
as fall weather has arrived and we know winter is just
around the corner. Next week, we are doing more electrical
and plumbing work to our dogs' homes, and then we'll be
ready for the snow to fly...though we hope it does not come
TOO soon! Also, Luna has had her lilac puppies, and
we hope to have them posted on the web site late Monday or
early Tuesday. The four families that have pre-reserved
puppies will be allowed to choose their puppies first, and
they have been notified and are anxiously awaiting pictures.
After they have picked their new ones, we'll allow
additional reservations for these rare little babies to be
September 18 Luna is getting larger, and will soon
have her puppies! We're expecting them to be lilac tris,
with small possibilities for red and white or lemon and
September 13 Just back from the dog show, and we had
a great time. Both of our beagles earned points and ribbons,
and we enjoyed seeing all the different breeds decked out
for a show. CR Sassy Tide Chaser will show again this fall
in hopes of earning Prominent Champion. "Sassy" earned 198.5
out of 200 possible points in one show, which is an amazing
score! We hope to improve her fitness and comfort level on
the bench and try for a perfect score of 200 some time
soon...a very difficult feat, but why not try! :-)
August 31 It is getting colder and colder at night!
Autumn is fast approaching. We will be attending a show
later this fall. Hopefully, we will both have fun and do
August 27 Our new litter has arrived! Tweetie's
puppies are now pictured on our Available Puppies
page. She had 2 girls and 3 boys (tri-colored and chocolate
tri-colored), and these puppies should be much smaller than
average. Tweetie weighs around 12 lbs most of the time, and
her last litter (full siblings to this litter) remained much
smaller than most of our puppies. As seems to happen most
years in August and September, we have more puppies to come
August 17 Our new litter is now pictured on our page
of Available Puppies. We have 3
boys and one girl, and are also watching for a litter to
arrive in late August.
August 11 New puppies are arriving...more info to
August 6 Just playing the waiting game here. It has
been a while since we've had beagle puppies (almost 2
months!), but we are expecting some within the next week
hopefully. They will most likely all be tri-colored, with a
potential for lemon/red and white puppies. Watch for a birth
announcement on this page or here!
July 25 We got camera-happy again today, and took
about 100 pictures of the puppies. :-) I have some
online, and am going to try to get the rest up by tomorrow
night. We also have a few video clips, which I'll try to get
on by Monday evening. Barrels of fun, these puppies are!
July 21 Long time, no update. We are in the middle of
Garlic Harvest, and I'm away from the house most of the
time. It's just a couple hundred yards, but for some reason,
my cell phone doesn't have coverage there. The puppies are
all doing great, and Hannah's puppies will be weaned
tomorrow. They have received their first puppy
vaccination...time is flying! We have adopted a litter of
Puggle puppies, and are enjoying having some unique
puppies here as well.
10 Great news from New York via Iowa! One of our puppies that
left last month for his new home was up for adoption because
his new owner found out he was allergic to puppies. But
somehow, he has now overcome his allergies and gets to keep
his puppy. We are so thrilled for Carmelina and Anthony and
"Spot," who now get to stay together! :-)
7 New pictures coming! We took new photos today of some
of the puppies, and I'll try to have them on the web site
1 We are welcoming two new beagle moms, T-Bars Charlotte
and T-Bars Howards Nellie Glynn today, along with
Charlotte's puggle puppies and Nellie Glynn's soon-to-come
puggle puppies. Our first beagles came from T-Bars Beagles,
and due to health reasons, Don has had to let his last two
beagles go. We are pleased to have these two beautiful girls
join their former best friends, whom they have not seen in
several years. If you know of anyone looking for a Puggle
puppy, let them know about these babies. We'll be adding
their pictures to Don and Margaret's web site at
www.tbarsbeagles.com by July 3rd.
30 Hannah's puppies have opened their eyes, and soon will begin to
toddle around! Liz's puppies will be weaned tomorrow, as they are eating
puppy food very well and have had their first puppy vaccination. Wishing
a wonderful 4th of July to everyone!
June 25 Each of Rainey's puppies has
a new photo today. They are still too young for "cute" pictures and
activity, but a portrait picture is nice to see as they change from
infants to toddlers. :-) Please excuse the fuzzy pictures...my
husband used the camera last weekend and smudged the lens, and I
couldn't tell while taking the photos. It's very noticeable in the
June 24 We've had terrible heat for
3 days (heat index was 126 degrees on Monday at the weather center 45
miles west of us), and the air conditioner in my nursery called it
quits. So we have Rainey and Hannah and their puppies in the house, and
fans creating a cyclone in the nursery for the older puppies, plus water
for them to wade in. They're all doing ok, but we knew the infants
wouldn't be comfortable in such hot weather so they are snoozing in the
house with us.
June 16 We have new pictures of
Liz's puppies online, and also a couple video clips. We have also
decided to offer 2 puppies for sale that we were planning to keep, but
feel we'll wait for a future litter instead for a keeper or two. They
are now pictured here. Rainey's puppies are
opening their eyes, so we'll take new pictures of them later this week,
as well as Hannah's puppies. We may not have a new litter for quite some
time now, so we'll have to enjoy these little tykes while they are here!
June 14 Hannah has puppies! More
information and pictures to come, as well as photos of Liz's puppies.
Liz's puppies are up toddling around now, and are CUTE!
June 4 New puppies! Rainey had her
puppies yesterday, and we have both chocolate and lilac tri-colored
puppies. Late in the weekend, I'll share pictures of them with the
families that have pre-reserved puppies, and then with those that are on
news updates list700>700>700>.
After puppies are chosen, I'll post them online for everyone to see.
Also, Liz's puppies have opened their eyes and are up trying to walk
already! They have received their first deworming, and I'll take new
pictures of them soon.
June 2 It has been crazy here for
the last week, so please pardon my lack of entries in the blog. We have
had 3 new
foals born, and several thunderstorms that have kept the computer
unplugged. Add to that the fact that a neighboring farm owner bulldozed a tree line along the road...including the telephone equipment
and some of the underground phone lines, which caused us to not have telephone or
Internet access for almost all of last weekend! Anyway, the puppies are
all doing great and Rainey looks like she will have her puppies very,
very soon. Hannah is also due in mid June.
May 19 New puppies are arriving! Liz
is having her puppies by Tuff today. They are all tri-colored, some boys
and girls, with varying amounts of white. Liz is being a great mom! They
will be ready to leave us around July 14.
May 18 New pictures are up for
Squirt, and Haley, and Barbie's puppies (on the
Sold Puppies' page). We have some video clips too, but
they take longer to process/upload, so I'm working on those. We'll try
to get new pictures of Bitty's litter tomorrow. And, we're STILL waiting
for Liz to have puppies! :-)
May 12 Waiting on Liz's
puppies...she is looking like she is close, and by my calendar, it's
almost time as well! Also, Rainey is looking pregnant, so we are looking
forward to Lilac and Chocolate-colored puppies in June. :-)
May 9 Haley's and Squirt's
puppies have been away from their moms for 2 days now, and all the
puppies are doing great. They've had their first shot, been dewormed
multiple times, had a preventative treatment for ear mites (even though
we've never had those here), and have had 2 anti-protozoal treatments.
Next week, they'll get a multi-day deworming with a different dewormer
and will have another anti-protozoal, and then they'll be ready to go!
Since yesterday at noon, all the puppies have been going through their
doggie door to potty, too. Cleaning up is getting much easier!
Barbie's and Bitty's puppies are growing wonderfully too. They are
playing and getting to the "cute stage" and will take much better
pictures this next time. :-)
May 6 Haley's puppies have figured out the puppy door, and
are going inside and outside on their own! Squirt and Haley's puppies
are both doing a good job of eating solid puppy food too, so weaning
time is just around the corner. Our new puppy playhouse is nearly
finished, and we hope to have it done this weekend (at least finished
enough that we can begin using it). Fun just around the corner!
May 2 We are having a tough time here, and hope you'll send
good healing prayers and vibes our way. Rose, our "welcome to the farm"
beagle (she gets to run the farm and come in the house) ripped her
abdomen open on either barbed wire or a stick, and had to have surgery.
During surgery, the vet noticed and removed a mammary tumor. She will
probably have more pop up. This is something that is more common in
females that were not spayed before their first heat cycle. If you are
not planning to breed, remember to have your female puppy spayed
before she is 6 months old, as this offers some
health benefits for your puppy. We also
have a newborn foal that is not doing well, and I'm having to tube feed
him every hour. His prognosis is not good, but we'll try as much as we
can to help him pull through.