Stella

Fay, Stella, and Belle

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My mom’s name was Stella.  She died in 1996, and I still miss her a lot.  I’ve always loved the name Stella, and have hinted to all my sons that it would be nice if they named a girl after my mom — but based on the family track record, I’m not counting on too […] [Read More]
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rrr

Was There All This Fuss When They Brought ME Home?

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There’s an awful lot of commotion down in the Beagle Man’s house these days about bringing home this Toller.  E-mails back and forth to the breeder.  Plans for a trip to Nova Scotia.  The B-Man reading a book about “the power of positive training.”  Lining up a dog trainer.  Registration for obedience classes.  Did I […] [Read More]
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clover

Future Dog: FAQs

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So yes, as you’ve been hearing, it’s looking pretty solid that Future Dog is going to be a Toller.  And yes, arrangements are starting to be made for its arrival — knock wood.  The thing is, I’m pretty superstitious, and I don’t want to jinx anything by revealing too many details.  As my son Matt […] [Read More]
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rrr

Red Is the New Black-White-and-Tan

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Yup, those rumors you’ve been hearing are true.  The very deliberate —sometimes agonizingly deliberate — Beagle Man is in line for a Toller.  A what?  A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  I know, a mouthful, right?  Some say he chose it specifically because I was such a “handful,” and he was looking for the “anti-beagle.”  Not […] [Read More]
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tw

The Third 100

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Yes, Beagle Man has gone dark for over a month now, as many of my friends and followers have observed.  Intentionally so.  I’d become abundantly aware that a lot of you out there felt I’d gotten well into the overkill stage in my research, my pros-and-cons lists, my live-dog interviews, my biding time, and my […] [Read More]
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husky

Headhunting (cont.)

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Interviewed Chief, Scott’s husky, earlier this week at Acme headquarters in South Norwalk.  I’d have to say it went quite well.  I ate some chips in his presence, and the candidate, while interested, didn’t jump on the table for them; he actually claims not to be food-obsessed.  He’s got a good, solid build — not […] [Read More]
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RRR

Is This Really Necessary?

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Could somebody check on the Beagle Man for me?  I think he’s losing it.  I understand his going to Norwalk to meet a German Shepherd, and to Greenwich to meet a Husky — and even to New Paltz to meet a Norwegian Buhund.  But now he drives to Fairfield to meet a Beagle?  Eleven years […] [Read More]
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Chief

“You STILL Don’t Have a Dog?!”

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“Have I missed a blog?” asked Marcia in an e-mail.  And from Bernice:  “Didn’t get your blog this week?” The fact is, I haven’t posted since May 17th — and there’s a reason for it.  In recent weeks I’ve sensed the patience of my friends and followers wearing thin as I continue to . . […] [Read More]
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