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.

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