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Showing posts with label beagles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beagles. Show all posts

Friday, May 1, 2015

porch garden beginnings

It doesn't look like much now, but in a short time, this porch space will be a beautiful urban oasis.  I loved spending time on the porch last summer, and I plan on doing much of the same this summer.  The major difference is that this summer I'll have a small baby to keep me and pups company.   

Diego's pretty excited.  

The pots have all been moved up from the basement and are staying safe on the porch table until I can figure out a way to keep the dogs from eating all the soil out of them.  Yes, in addition to bones and library books, my beagles also love to eat dirt out of my garden pots.  It affected plant growth last year, so hopefully this year, some chicken wire will discourage any digging. 

Some pots will be filled with some plants I started inside a few weeks ago.  They'll come outside when threat of frost is gone (hopefully not too much longer).  My mom has promised me a few tomato plants, and I'll plant the rest of the pots will small starter plants.  I really liked having different herbs (like lavender, mint, basil, and rosemary) easily accessible last summer, so most of those will be bought at nurseries before the baby comes.  

The long planter is going to be a home for my lettuce supply.   

I planted about six different varieties of lettuce, and they've all since sprouted (these pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago).  

This planter looks totally different now.  It's full of baby lettuces and all the names have worn off the markers.  

So who do you think will win this summer?  Mary and plants and the chicken wire?  Or Diego and Pedro and their persistent beagle nature?  For my post-baby sanity I really hope that me and the plants pull out ahead.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

beagles on patrol (snow version)

We got about 12 inches of snow since these pictures were taken by Paul.  The neighborhood looks so magical, but the snow is too deep for Pedro to run around like this.  He just loves keeping a watch on what's happening on the street.  I imagine another dog was on a walk.  Or the cat across the street was out.  

I love this last picture even though it's blurry.  It captures the little hop that Pedro does when his feet get cold.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

santa diego

Santa Diego is getting tired waiting for kids to tell him what they want for Christmas.  He's ready to give out lots of kisses and bones!  

We bought Diego that Santa outfit last week at Target, and it's made me so amazingly happy that he's willing to wear it.  He's the cutest beagle Santa of them all.  Even if he does have a hard time waiting until Christmas Eve to eat all our Christmas cookies.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

even more beagles!

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that my husband and I are big beagle lovers.  We currently have two beagles - Pedro and Diego - who are basically our babies.  With my birthday coming up later this week, Paul surprised me with an early present: four new baby beagle puppies!!  I could not be more excited.  I had been obsessively watching the new batch of Golden Retriever puppies on explore.org and had hinted to Paul that I really wanted to add another puppy to our family.  And Paul being the excellent husband that he is, took those hints to heart and surpassed my wildest dreams by getting me not one but four puppies!  Pedro and Diego will be such great big brothers.  Our hearts and our apartment are so full right now. 

April fools.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

beagles ready for spring

Yesterday was nice enough to walk outside without a coat on.  I literally danced around our house (singing "ra-ra-rasputan" because I'm that special).  The beagles celebrated by eating ice off our front porch.  I think this means that they're impatient for my urban garden oasis too. 

Here's Diego in action.  I swear this dog does not know how to express his feelings in anything but an extremely loud howl.  In this picture he is either a) happy about the weather b) confused by the remaining ice c) wants the porch all to himself d) saw a squirrel or e) all the above.  I think we can all agree that our beagles are about as special as I am.  

Happy melt down! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

a great life

Oh January.  This month is always full of high hopes and freezing cold days and nights.  I love the excitement of starting a new year, and I've done a better job the past couple years of enjoying myself despite the frigid temperatures.  But even though there are many parts of January I find joy in, I can't deny that it can also be a difficult month.  It's the month of realization that winter is really just starting, and we've got another few months of layers and low temps and boots.  

January usually requires a little extra effort to see the good in my life.  There's a reason that December ends with festivals of lights.  You need boosts of hope and good will in the darkest time of the year.  

Tonight it wasn't difficult at all to feel gratitude and be aware of all the love in my life.  

I came home three days this week to special packages - a belated Christmas present, a package of cookies, and a thank you letter with really kind words about my painting.  How did I get so lucky?  So tonight my heart is warm, and I'm watching a little Downton with Paul and our pups.  So simple, so lovely, so homey.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

hi from pedro and diego

This is Pedro.  I get to talk first because I am the alpha dog even though Diego is bigger than me.  Lately, I have been spending a lot of time cuddling with my humans.  They let me sleep on the couch with them, and it is the third best part of the day (first is EATING and second is WALKING).  I love my humans because they feed me and love me and let me sleep on the couch and give me more treats than Diego.  We watched the Great Pumpkin for Halloween, and I decided I want to be the Flying Ace next year.  But I will not wear a costume because I am a nudist.  So instead I will just be a beagle.  Time to guard the house and steal my bone back from Diego. 

Hi!  I'm Diego, and I'm a dog!  I love you!  Do you have any food?!  Will you take me outside so I can pee on things?!  I'm Diego, and I'm a dog, and I love you!  Did I ask if you have any food? 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

my pups

So I know I've been a bit MIA this week.  Our camera had to go to the shop for lens repair, and picture taking hasn't been quite as easy or as awesome without it.  The new and improved camera arrived Tuesday night, and I feel much more settled now that I have it back.  Strange how much photography has become part of my life.  Strange but also nice. 

I snapped a couple photos of my pups on our morning walk yesterday.  I've really been enjoying these walks with them in our new neighborhood.  They seem to enjoy the sights and smells, and I enjoy that they go to the bathroom more quickly than they did in our old neighborhood.  We met our first dog friend - some type of old sandy dog named Seinfeld (my brain is incapable of remembering dog breeds other than labs, beagles, and anything ending in -poo).  

Paul and I spent some time cuddling with "the boys" last night, and we all seemed happier as a result.  I really needed that fun time with them.  Pedro and Diego can act so obnoxious - with the chewing and the howling and the jumping and the peeing in the house - I need that fun time to remember how adorable and snuggly they are.   It also helps hearing Paul have mini "conversations" with them.  Pedro's always had a voice that matches the dog from UP, and Diego now has a voice that is amusingly much higher pitched than Pedro's.  But it matches him so well.  

P.S. This is our new awesome front porch.  Our downstairs neighbors seem to think it's a great idea to store their couch upside-down out here, but I still love it.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

a trip to the dog park

Summer nights are made for being outside.  Last night, we started with a trip to the custard shop for the humans and followed it up with a trip to the dog park for the pups.  I love these little impromptu family date nights.  And I'm pretty sure the pups do too.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

pedro's favorite posts

Note from the editor: no dogs were harmed in the writing of this post. If you haven't done so already, be sure to leave a comment here for a chance to win my favorite summer cookbook! Giveaway closes tomorrow.  

Dear Mary,
As your favorite alpha dog, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to write about your blog. I have been a religious follower over the last 7 dog years. Wow, how time has passed. Here are some of my favorite 
postings in no particular order.
Diego the Beagle 
Diego is relatively new to this doggie pack. He came to us in about the last dog year. Though Mary gets it wrong that he is the best cuddler, he is still one of my best friends.
Walking Pedro 
Walks are my second favorite thing of the day (eating is my favorite time of day, OF COURSE). My favorite part of this post is how Mary reveals that she is obsessed with me. Silly human.
Pedro the Beagle 
I do not understand what you are talking about when you say you take turns voicing what I am thinking. I am quite capable of speaking in my native tongue. I say hello to my doggie friends who pass by and to my humans when they come home after being gone a long time.
Pedro found a fan 
I still do not understand how that thing works. It is almost as baffling as that mystery dog I saw on the coffee table last night.
You talk about my smelling habits. You realize I am a beagle, right? The best hunting dog in the world (notice how many strangers tell you that)? If you let me hunt rabbits like I want to, you might understand that better.

Gratitude: My Dog Pedro
One of the best pictures of me ever. 

Well, I have done enough writing for the day. I am going to go to guard the house now.
With Loving Affection,
Don Pedro

P.S. This is my least favorite posting. Such animal cruelty! 

P.P.S. Diego says "I love you!"

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

a letter to my love

I never thought someone would turn me into a (n almost) dog lover.  In the past, my dog-owner skills left something to be desired, and I felt dogs were best seen and not heard.  You began my conversion by getting me to watch Peanuts and fall in love Snoopy.  With the Snoopy phase completed, you swooped in with the idea to adopt a beagle.  My response was basically a shoulder shrug.  It's not that I didn't like beagles, I just hadn't even thought about them enough at that point to like or dislike them.  (Pet lovers please don't hate me, I promise I've come around!)

When I was still learning to love Pedro, you helped me warm up to him by seeing some of his most obnoxious behaviors as lovable quirks.  You brainstormed dozens of solutions for dealing with his anxiety so we didn't have to give him up.  You're helping me be more patient with Diego by translating his howls into him saying "how are you?" or "I love you!"  You turn chores into playtime.  You will take care of Pedro and Diego at all times of day in all kinds of weather.  You give them hilarious dog voices that I now see as an integral part of their personalities.  We've even turned some of your best ideas into a rough sketch for a kid's book (because we're just that cool).  

I love taking the dogs to the dog park with you in the summer and seeing you all run towards me when it's time to go.  Seeing you with our pups confirmed what I already knew - that you're going to be an amazing dad someday.  Because if you can keep a dog alive you can keep a baby human alive too right?  Just try not to mix up their food and avoid putting our babies in the kennel. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

diego the beagle

Diego likes to use my library books as chew toys; howls at every person, dog, and squirrel he meets; occasionally marks his territory in our house by peeing on our furniture; has loud daily wrestling session with Pedro; and thinks he is the size of a three month old puppy.  But he also never stops wagging his tail, defends Pedro from mean dogs in our neighborhood, learned his name and how to sit in less than 24 hours, loves us more than Doug loves Mr. Frederickson, and is the best cuddler I know (tied with Pedro).  I think we'll keep him around. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

today i'm thankful for

Witnessing puppy window naps ... enjoying a great weather weekend ... surprise visits from friends ... trips to Costco ... impromptu barbecues ... being entrusted with managing my department until my supervisor returns next week (woot!) ... connections with church friends ... making our apartment our own ... framing photos and new art ... seeing Pedro and Diego snuggle ... CSA dinners ... having a nice conversation with my dad on father's day ... getting excited for summer adventures ... croissants for breakfast ... good morning kisses ... professional growth ... reassurance from friends about future plans and hearing the words "I will be over the moon for you" - can't beat that kind of support ...

Friday, May 17, 2013

i took a walk

My morning walks have been so beautiful lately.  It is full on Spring and colorful and wonderful.  Thanks to Pedro and Diego I have to get my butt out of bed every day and enjoy the outdoors.  Kind of makes up for the howling and accidents and all the other inconveniences. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

happy mother's day!

Happy mother's day to all the wonderful moms, grandmas, great-grandmas, aunts, and motherly ladies out there.  Happy day especially to my mom who lets us call her granddogma and send her cards from our dogs.  It takes a special lady to endure that kind of weirdness.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

visitors galore

You may have noticed that I've been a little shotty on the posts the past few weeks.  I am sorry for slacking, but I have a totally legitimate excuse for being MIA.  We recently have had our biggest influx of visitors to date - and it was amazing!  We started with a visit from my fantabulous sister-in-law Naomi who was in from Portland.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Milwaukee Art Museum among other mini adventures.

Pedro loved having Naomi around.  She practiced for having more nieces and nephews by spoiling Pedro rotten.  All the couch and kitchen roaming time he wanted!

Libby's visit overlapped with Naomi's, and I am proud to say that I stayed up past 10:00 every night Libby was in town!  We made a stop to Libby's bar, an ... interesting establishment off Brady Street in Milwaukee.  We also laughed and talked a lot - and that's a good as summary as any for time spent with my sister. 

While they weren't technically visiting us, we got to see Sydney and Chris - Jesuit Volunteer friends - and their little bambino Ford outside of Chicago.  We had our reunion at a Dunkin Donuts (apparently it's a Hartford volunteer thing) on our way to pick up Diego.  Yay for JVC reunions!!   It feels so special how quickly we can reconnect with people we rarely see; it's a magical JVC thing.  The trade off for being "ruined for life" is that you meet some amazing people who are just as ruined as you!  (Little bit of trivia: Chris and Sydney met in Jesuit Volunteer Corps at a party Paul and his roommates hosted!) 

We met up with some more Jesuit Volunteer friends in Chicago at one of our old semi-haunts, the Heartland Cafe.  The weather was beautiful, we had a great time laughing and catching up, and we were even inspired to make plans to see each other again!  We just can't get enough of each other. 

And finishing off our round of visitors was our great friend Rachel - who has the distinguished honor of having lived with both Paul and me (Hartford and Chicago respectively).  Rachel has a love for great music, bright colored scarves and ice cream.  So of course we had to take her on a custard tour of Milwuakee.  Every stop was delicious, but none of them quite compared to the amazingness that is Ted Drewes frozen custard.  

And that was our whirlwind of visitors.  The best part of having family and friends all over the country is the excitement that comes from reunions and visits.  I always feel so lucky and blessed thinking about all the wonderful people we love and who love us!  

Things are pretty quiet now, so hopefully we won't have to wait too long for our next visitor to come along.   (Hint, hint...) 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

the first meeting

First we'll make snow angels for two hours...

then we'll go ice-skating...

hen we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then...

we'll snuggle.  

If first impressions are any sign of what's to come, Pedro and Diego are going to be best buddies.  As long as Pedro can keep himself away from Diego's food.  (In the pictures above, Pedro's the one with the extra red harness thing around his body.)

Monday, April 29, 2013

make me smile monday

This weekend, Paul and I drove to Indiana to pick up our new beagle Diego!  He's already been making us smile and bringing us lots of joy.  Check back for more photos tomorrow.

Monday, April 8, 2013

make me smile monday

There's nothing like a picture of a puppy to brighten your morning!  Especially since it accompanies some exciting news.  Paul and I have decided to get a brother for Pedro!  More exclamation points!!!!!!

The details aren't finalized yet, but within a few weeks, Pedro will have a beagle brother to keep him company, chase squirrels with, and wrastle with.  Unfortunately the new beagle is not a pocket beagle (those things are expensive!), but he will be adorable!  Yay for little beagle brothers!