Childcare Chronicles Featuring Ruby


Ruby was busy working her job as childcare assistant again….

The kids look the little Christmas stockings I bought and dressed Ruby in them….along with the little Christmas tree skirt.  She was happy with the kids but a little unhappy with me as I was trying to snap a picture.  She wasn’t too sure about the stockings.  She would lift her feet and actually prance as she walked.  It was funny.  Supposedly she was a lion.  The tree skirt was her mane.


She also had a litter of puppies.


I am not sure who the dad dog (probably the dog she married a week or so ago) is because there were all sorts of puppies of many different breeds (Beanie Babies).  Following this picture Ruby laid on her side and the kids took the “puppies” and had them nurse.  Ruby just happily laid there.

There are times I still miss our old beagle Gracie but I know she would have hated childcare.  She was a little persnickety.  She would snap if people other than me would pick her up.  We would have had her kept away from the childcare kids.  I would have hated that.

Betsy is pretty good with the kids as is Puppycat but neither of them would tolerate this.  I am so thankful that Ruby is the dog she is.  The kids just love her.

Later in the day I was talking to one of the childcare kiddos.  We were talking about whose birthday was next and I said it was mine.  The conversation went a like this…..

A says: I am going to buy you a present for your birthday Jo. What do you like?
I said: oh, computers, quilting and dogs.
A says: Well I am going to buy you a new dog for your birthday.
I said: I don’t think Roger will like that.
A says: That’s okay, I’ll be gone by the time Roger gets home.

What a hoot!!  It was all I could do not to completely laugh out loud or for that matter roll around on the floor laughing.  I just love that girl!!

So there you are with the childcare/Ruby chronicles.  There’s never a dull moment when the kiddos are around.

Three Years of Ruby


So this week marks our third year of life with Ruby.

Here’s the day we brought her home.

Our previous beagle was a shelter dog and I had intended on getting a shelter dog again.  We searched and searched as we wanted another beagle and I had found one but Kalissa threw a huge fit lamenting that she had never had a puppy experience and wanted one.

That lead us to search for beagle puppies from a shelter and I had Hubby convinced that I could drive to Illinois and get one but then the shelter said they didn’t do out of state adoptions.

We ended up getting Ruby from a local family.

She cried and cried all the way to our house.  She just hated the car ride and to this day still doesn’t like car rides.

She was so cute…but boy did she ever have me up at night!!

For a whole month I was up with her.

House training started out really good and then went bad.  She had a UTI.  Once that was all figured out she was back to being pretty good.

Right from the beginning she was good at snuggling in quilts.

It’s hard to believe she was so little.

She has put us through a lot of worry and expense….She had her spay and two surgeries besides that.  One was for when a  3″ section of her intestine was removed and then the intestine was stitched back together.  Another was for when they thought it had happened again.


We also had her to the vet for stitches….


Yep…she’s been good at making me worry…but she’s brought lots of joy too!


I sure am glad that she made her way to our home and into our hearts.  She’s been a real joy.  I sure am thankful for how good she is with the childcare kiddos.  I think she’s about as good as a dog can get.  I sure love her!

So here’s to life with Ruby….I hope we have many-many more years together with her.

Ruby the Patient


When I first thought about starting childcare I was a little nervous about how Ruby would be with the kids.  I knew she wouldn’t be vicious but I didn’t know if she would like it either.

Being around kids for 10 hours a day can be challenging for some humans so I really didn’t know how it would be for a dog….especially for a dog who wasn’t used to being around kids much.  It turns out, things are just fine.

She is super patient with the kids.  I couldn’t resist snapping this picture of her.  She’s letting my little four year old “play doctor”.

Daily  Ruby “watches” a nap time movie.  Ruby lays on one end with my little four year old laying on the opposite end of the couch.  Ruby’s really good and doesn’t bother the kids during nap time.

When parents drop off and pick up I typically put Ruby in her kennel just so she isn’t in the way as parents are carrying kiddos in and out.  I also don’t want Ruby to bolt out the door.  She’s very tolerant of the situation and easily goes into her kennel.

If she ever wants to be left alone she just whines at the bottom of the stairs.  I open the gate and let her go up and nap away from all the kids.

I am VERY happy with how Ruby is doing.  Having her behave and even entertain the kids really makes me be able to sigh a big sigh of relief.  I really didn’t know if I would have to kennel her all day.  I thought she’d be okay but kids safety has to be first and if she wouldn’t have been good, that’s what would have had to happen.

So three cheers to Ruby for not only being good but also for entertaining the kids.

Saturday Outing…


Saturday I took a CPR class in preparation for starting on child care soon.  It was a long day sitting inside and it almost killed me.  I just don’t sit well.  I hope the teacher didn’t see the quilting doodles I was making.  I feel bad but the only way I can sit from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon is to doodle.  I designed a quilt and doodled a few quilting designs.  What can I say?  I did learn CPR too but please don’t ever give me a chance to practice it in real life.  I am confident that I could do it if needed but I really don’t want to…EVER.

When I got home I realized that I had missed our most beautiful day all winter!!  I refused to let the few hours of daylight pass me by without enjoying it so I took Ruby on a walk.


Ruby hasn’t done much town walking so this was pretty new to her.  It’s been either, cold, snowy or icy since we moved.  I had wondered how she would do..if she’d bark at neighbor dogs…if she’d try to sniff everything…if she’d try to pee and poo on everything.

For our first time out I decided we should try to just walk through the main drag and out of town on the road.  I figured that would be the least amount of strange dogs and just a small exposure to people.

All in all, she did really good.  She pulled on the leash some and that’s not my favorite.  I think next time out we’ll use the harness.  By the time we got home the sun was starting to set.

I sure was glad we got a chance to get out.  It’s not often that early February brings the nice warm temps.  I was out with just a sweatshirt.

I hurried and washed two windows before it got too dark to do that.  AH…what a relief to at least be able to see out two of them.  The next warm day we get, I’ll be at least washing the rest of the main floor windows.

It was such a treat to get to walk Ruby with just a sweat shirt on and  such a treat to be able to wash a few windows….What a great day!!