Have you been Beagled? (real life scenarios!)

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You may have seen this image doing the rounds on Facebook or in emails… You may have thought it was “staged” … how on EARTH could such a small, cute little beagle be SO destructive. Well, here are some REAL LIFE scenes from beagles across South Africa. Beagles who are loved, well looked after, have plenty of toys, attention and exercise. It just goes to show, that once they put their mind to something, there is NO stopping them!   You may see a face like this, and think, YES I must have one of those in my life… well, take a look at the rest of this article, and THEN make your decision 🙂   Zoe – photographed by Kerry cute3

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We all LOVE our beagles and are committed to them, for life… even though they are incredibly high maintenance, mischievous and test our patience daily… This breed is not for everyone!

 

First up… Ember, aged 4, from KZN, left alone for 90 minutes… ate 4kg of kibble!

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MANSON (age 2), and MARS (age 1) from JHB, left alone for any amount of time… will dig, and dig, and dig, and dig……… and dig!

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JOE, aged 1year, 5 months, from Durbanville, left alone for 5 hours (while his mom went to her OWN birthday party) destroyed the first of two upholstered chairs! 

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Coco, KZN, aged 1 year, left alone for 2 hours, 1 x couch Beagled!

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RUSTY, (aged 18 months), from Eastern Cape, left alone for two hours destroyed a bed. (Did not have a walk that day and is usually never alone.)

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Zoey (age 5) & George (age approx 6) from Smithfield in the Free State have destroyed a whole list of items – whether during the day when their family is at work, or even while in the same room as their family! An entire lounge suite, shoes, sheep skin slippers, books, cables, all doggy sleeping pillows (we have two dachshunds), an “indestructible bed”, bowls, clothing.  Countless loafs of bread.  For us it’s not only the financial implication but also a logistical one.  We are 135km from Bloemfontein and cannot just get in the car to replace whatever Zoey has eaten. Here is a pic of the car cover Zoey destroyed (she was blue when her family got home! Zoey_Car cover 1

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Debian and Asher – both aged 1 year,  have destroyed pretty much everything they set their eyes on! Including magazines and wallets with money in! Their dad sent in a host of pictures… lance

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LILLY, from JHB is almost 2 years old (with a little bit of basset in her breeding) has destroyed 4 couch cushions, toys, plants and garden ornaments

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Mila 6 months old Left alone for 10minutes while dad was in the shower…. destroyed contents of dad’s wallet:

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… and 3 months later… Mila now aged 9 months old Left alone for 10minutes while dad was in the shower…. destroyed contents of dad’s wallet (again!)

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… wonder if Mila’s dad has learnt his lesson? 🙂 hehe!

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SNOOPY and LILLO – both aged 2 – from JHB, were left alone in their new house, after just moving in… and destroyed the blinds!

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BAXTER 5 years old from JHB, …..time unattended 0 min …..he nicked the dongle from the drawer and ran like hell.

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HARLEY (age 2) & LEYGO (almost 2), from JHB, left alone for under an hour, beagle 4 scatter cushions (these boys are the brothers of the dongle-destroying Baxter above – don’t you feel for their mom!?) harleyandleygo

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TIGGER (now age 2, ½ ) from Johannesburg was left locked in the kitchen at night for approximately 2 hours. He was 10 months old and destroyed the intercom on the wall for the second time! The first time was a month before hand under the same circumstances. Tigger damage 8mnths

Tigger has also managed to destroy 2 pairs of pointe-ballet shoes (R1000/pair) if he manages to get into Kelly’s bedroom. (They hang from a hook on the wall), an orthodontic plate, glasses, earphones, and any flower that happens to grow in the garden without thorns. A week after getting my new car, he chewed and destroyed the sliding boot cover on the way to the hunt. He seems to have settled a bit since turning 2 unless there is food around. No birthday cake has ever remained intact for the party!

 

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Lessons to be learned: 

(1) do research about the breed, don’t be misled by the cute faces!

(2) They need constant attention. We’ve often seen that she will destroy something after asking for attention and being ignored (they are just like children!)

(3) You are the adult/human and should make sure that they can’t reach what you don’t want eaten.

 

To end, a beautiful thought from Tigger’s mom:

I thought I had done my homework before getting a beagle, but the fact is, that I didn’t know about the beagle site or FB page before I had a beagle and many of the horror stories were not known to  me. I was looking for a medium size dog with an even temperament that would be able to cope with small kids coming to my house all the time. I am pleased that I didn’t see the horror stories before hand, as I may have been put off and then I would never have my Beagle-child!  

 

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Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories with us!

20 Responses to “ Have you been Beagled? (real life scenarios!) ”

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!

  2. Nic Holmes says:

    Since sending in those pictures, Ember has subsequently beagled the food container again!

  3. I really enjoyed going through your pictures! I thought my Beagle was the worst….but realise hes not that bad!! Hes actually an angel compared to the others. He has eaten my husbands glasses and my shoes, and a few pillows..but nothing really bad!!!

  4. Elmarie Kolb says:

    Great page! I can’t wait to get home so I can kiss my beagle child (even though he dislikes kisses) and thank him for being such a good, non-destructive beagle.

  5. Carla says:

    What a great post!!!! Love it! Still love my Coco after all. Thanks for putting it together! x

  6. Hester Pescivolo says:

    Yikes. Glad I have an angel (Gina) and semi-angel (Max)as neither of them has been this naughty. Max does love Superwipes dish towels, but then he eats them so I can’t find the evidence (until a few days later on poop patrol). Still love them to bits

  7. Bev says:

    OMG, I just had a good laugh at these pictures, as my two Baby’s do the same, my Garden has never looked so BAD. They are both Males and 7 months old now. But with all they have destroyed, I LOVE THEM and can’t wait to get home to give them loves and kissed, which they hate.

  8. El-Jeanette says:

    Hahahaha!! Brilliant!!

    My Hellga is very high maintenance(she is 2 years old), but at least she hasn’t destroyed a lot of things! Only one pair of shoes and a 3g cap. I have since learned my lesson and keep EVERYTHING out of reach!

    She is however an expert sox thief!

    Hahaha! Thanks for the awesome post!

  9. Renee McK says:

    Had to pass this on to my husband as he thinks Jesse, our little one of 17months, is the most disobedient, destroyer of toys, climb on the bed thinking you don’t know, will eat anything (especially if made of plastic or smelly), chilly plant eater little monster but I wouldn’t trade her for anything as just one look from that face and I can’t be mad. This is my first beagle experience and I can say with confidence that it won’t be my last.

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  14. Debbie says:

    WOW, I sure have got off lightly!! My Jodi is full of mischief and steals anything she can get to just to get attention. She jumps up against the dinning room table or cupboards and will steal anything she can reach. Fortunately we work from home so we can keep a eye on her and have only had minor damage. We also give her old crocks and they are amazing to chew and can take a fair pounding. She has a Jack Russel for as a companion and Roxy helps keep her in line. We have a massive garden that they hunt and play. There are loads of lizards/geckos, the odd mole in the grass, “muisvoels” that destroy my veggies and guinea fowl that sometimes visit so they chases and hunt them. Keeps them out of mischief!!!

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  16. Suné says:

    My beagle, Bella (11 months), has done all of the above and more!!! She has eaten: A boat cover, a table cloth, Xbox cables, The doggy door cover, blankets (x3), pillows (x4), her food bowls, about 2kgs of food (after chewing through the bag), medical textbooks, sprayers, a garden hose, a hole in our pool cover, a tent, a bag of briquettes, firelighters, a whole brie cheese, carrot cupcakes, biltong, to name but a few. And 90% of these items where put out of her reach (or so we thought. Beagles can, apparently, jump quite high). I also have no more plants growing in my garden…

    We have tried absolutely everything to keep her busy, but nothing works. It’s like she can’t stop herself. And she has a Shetland Sheepdog sister, who is very good. I knew Beagles were naughty, but not quite to this extent… I’m just hoping she calms down when she reaches two. *fingers crossed

    But I still love her! And, when she’s not being naughty, she is the sweetest, most loving dog 🙂

  17. Debs says:

    Our 6 month beagle Bracken ate my husband’s new cell Sony Experia Z. And all our couches, he gets daily walks and goes to dog training and it’s made no difference LOL. But we love him to pieces!

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  20. Elizabeth says:

    Our Dougie Since departed ( was 13 years old) was an angel compared to this lot BUT he did dig in what we called his “dougie dig” I am sure he had nearly reached Australia. He was also an escape artist. the front gate opened for a second and he was gone . He became very deaf as he left the house and no amount of calling would bring him back. And would I get another .. oh yes definitely

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