Category Archives: Our Beagle

Poor Ruby

Kelli picks on Ruby really bad.  It’s all friendly and Ruby loves the attention but still…

When Kelli was here working on things for the wedding she saw Ruby playing outside.  She started tapping on the window.  Ruby came and then Kelli started calling her to come.

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Ruby just got confused….

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and more confused…..

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and more confused until I finally told Kelli to just leave her alone.

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Kelli went to the back door and called Ruby.  Boy was Ruby glad that she finally figured out how to get to Kelli.

Isn’t it funny how dogs can be so smart yet be so dumb.  Smart or dumb, I still think the world of Ruby.

On dogs and gardening….

Buck and Jen ended up coming to our house over the weekend.  Kelli and Karl came home too-Kalissa was already here…..With Kelli and Buck and Jen home, that meant we had the dogs home.

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Jen snapped this picture of the dogs…it’s Puppycat, Meka, and Ruby.  Cute picture right??

They chased around and had the best time.  While they were doing that the kids helped me get caught up on the garden.  It was so nice.

The garden had gotten way behind.  Friday I picked everything I could and offered it for free on a local for sale group.  I gave LOTS away.  I had planted the garden this spring not know about the house.  Now with the house, the garden has taken a HUGE back seat.

The garden was a bit behind the week before the wedding.  Then, just before we left, we got a long overdue amount of rain.  Everything  just sprang up-including the weeds.  Then getting back from the wedding I was a little behind…and then by the end of the week, I was a lot behind.  Weeds were everywhere!!

I’m all caught up now!!  Honestly, I  don’t think I would have even been caught up had in not been for the kids’ help.

The dogs had fun…and I’m happy…the garden is weeded…a perfect weekend!

A Friday Finish

The wedding quilt is finished.  Wednesday night I put the last stitches in the binding.  I was going to snap a few pictures of the quilt on the couch when our beagle puppy, Ruby, started whining like crazy.  Right now we still have a gate between the kitchen and living room as we don’t trust Ruby on the carpet yet.  Ruby was in the kitchen and I was in the living room.  That’s when I decided it was time for Ruby to “earn her keep”.


I plopped her on the quilt and told her to sit.  Just like that she did.  I snapped a few pictures and she was perfect!


I couldn’t decide which picture to use…she was so good in all of them.


She even let me take a close up.


I love the way she cocked her head.

Now, if you are wondering about the quilt.  It’s a Maverick Star block.  I have made a quilt exactly like this a few years ago.  It’s been a favorite at the house.   When I asked our daughter Kayla, who is getting married in 8 days,  what quilt she wanted me to  make for a wedding gift, she said do you mind making one just like our favorite quilt.  Well at the time I didn’t know which was their favorite but said sure.  I was really relieved to see they picked this quilt.

Kelli was real helpful in getting this together so quickly.  She cut most of the neutral pieces out and sewed quite a few of the start points.

Here’s Gracie posing on the original quilt…and here’s the link to the blog post that tells more about it.

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After all that work, Ruby got a little spoiled and then I let her sleep in the old gross office chair.


A budding new model does need her beauty sleep!

I am hooking up with Today I am hooking up with Crazy Mom QuiltsRichard and Tonya QuiltShow Off Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  To see what others have finished up, visit their blogs.

Picking a Puppy…

Saturday, I loaded up all the kids that were home and went to look at puppies.  I am going to apologize for the pictures right from the start.  I think we were all so excited that we didn’t pay close enough attention to the camera.

Kelli found this litter of pups through a friend of a friend.

The  family who is raising them lives about a half hour from our house.  Let me tell you…I was worse than a five year old on the entire trip.

The family who had the puppies are beagle lovers.  The guy explained that he grew up with beagles and even hunts with the mom, Jewel.  The dad is his brother’s dog, who also is a beagle lover.  The families little five year old son was taking his role as keeper of the puppies very seriously and was doing a great job loving and caring for them.

As you can see from the photo, there were lime colored beagle and tri colored beagle pups in the litter.  The mom and dad were both lighter colored than Gracie was.  We were looking for a female tricolor.  That left us with two choices…or so I thought….

The puppies had grown LOTS!  They are four weeks old here.  The one in the center is a female and other tricolor is a male.  The kids campaigned and campaigned to pick that male.


They even had me convinced to pick him up.  He is the one I am picking up…the other tri is a female.


Here’s Kayla trying to convince me to pick him….Karl too.  He was the chubbiest and quickest.   He was even trying to chew on one of the kids’ shoes.  They thought that was cute…me I knew I didn’t want the highest energy pup thanks to reading Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan.

Kelli spent lots of her time holding the light colored female.


She had quite a bit of white on her head.  She was mellow and was one of the smallest puppies.  She was real gentle and real calm.  I was tempted to pick her but I liked the coloring on the other female better and the kids were still hounding me to pick the chubby male.


That chubby little boy was everywhere…maybe he would be okay….oh but that calm girl would be nice.  Gosh, I wished that calm girl had darker coloring but wait…I didn’t need to wish that because there was this little tricolor girl…


She a dark tricolor.  She was medium energy and she looks like someone I will easily fall in love with.

I felt very comfortable with the family that was raising her.  She was living in clean comfortable living conditions.  The parents both looked very happy and healthy.  It was the mom’s first litter and she looked to be caring for all seven pups wonderfully.   The family was socializing them with humans perfectly.

The only problem, we have to wait until November to pick her up.  At least we know she is being well taken care of.

We have started thinking of names…right now Ruby, Penny and Dixie are on the list.  I am leaning toward Ruby but am open to other suggestions and I want to really have her here before we completely finalize a name.  My little nephew suggested, PuppyCow (Like Kelli’s Puppycat) or Pupsicle.  This is the same little nephew who wanted to know if it was okay if I was still his “Auntie Jo-Gracie”.  He has two aunt Jo’s and has identified me by my dog Gracie….he’s the cutest kid!!

I am busy reading puppy books.  Right now it’s How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond.  Next I’ll be reading My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD).  Hopefully between those I’ll glean a little information.  I’ve never raised a house dog…it will be a new challenge!  Feel free to pass along some advice for raising a puppy or some puppy names.

I got a sweet note from Connie at Country Threads…she said, “I always say life is too short to be dog less.”  You know, I think she’s right.