Posts Tagged ‘Beagle’


Bella - Age 13

Bella - Age 13

Bella is my 13 year old stray that I found when she was about 4 months old.. ravaged with fleas and ticks and who someone :: I’m assuming the person who dumped her in the park :: thought necessary to hack her tail off. Now she just has a stump that resembles a thumb when she tries to wag it.  Bella’s main interest in life is food and sleeping. She’ll sleep when no on is eating anything or will get up in the middle of the night with the munchies. More importantly, Bella only has about 3 teeth left. Nothing serious.. just something that happens with age. She’s a cranky old girl.. especially when Ernie gets his testosterone up and thinks she THE MOST beautiful creature in the world.


Ernie - Age 2

Ernie - Age 2

Ernie is a Jack Russell / Beagle mix that we got on some farm in another state. I can’t tell you which farm.. can’t tell you which state. I can only tell you that I didn’t drive and upon approach, started bawling hysterically because of all the dogs that were kept in cages. Not one of my finer moments but it IS moments like that that make me endearing to a lot of people. Frustrating to others, though.

Ernie :: perfectly named, I might add :: was taken from his momma a bit too early and thus has this unusual need to be loved. In fact.. he is the black hole of love.. :: obnoxiously so :: draping himself over you like Sarah Bernhardt giving her best academy performance.

In fact, as I type this, his body is draped over my legs like a sack of potatoes.

There’s a reason why I’m introducing you to these two.

Yesterday the boys had cleaned their room of all the unwanted junk and broken toys and ill fitting clothes and around 6pm, I was taking all the trash bags out back because today is trash day and if I don’t get the trash out by the sun breaking dawn, I’d have had to wait until Friday.

At any rate.. there’s a door in my kitchen that opens to the top of the basement. The basement stairs are to the right.. the door to the back yard is to the left. It’s a tight space but I’ve mastered closing the kitchen door and opening the back door with enough deftness that the dogs don’t run out.

Both dogs LOVE being outside but since I don’t have a fence around my property :: my land lords choice, not mine :: I can’t just let them run around freely. Plus, we live on the point of three intersecting roads and that’s just asking for trouble.

So yesterday, as I was in another part of the house getting more trash to take out, I hear dogs barking outside.

Specifically, MY dogs barking outside.

So I haul ass through the house to the kitchen and sure enough, the kitchen door and back door are wide open.


I yell BELLA! and immediately, she appears at the back steps and starts to come in.

Spaz hears me yelling and asks what’s the matter. I tell him that the dogs got out and I had to find Ernie. He asks me if I want him to help but I told him to keep an eye on Bella and watch the front of the house in case he comes around.

I know how he runs… he runs towards the cemetery.

As I look down the street, I see Ernie toward the corner. It’s a short block so I’m not panicking too much. There’s woman across the street from him with a black setter-mix who’s just staring at him so I tell her he’s mine and start approaching him.

He.. the little dick.. decides to run around the corner.

So I go running after him. Yes. Me running. You may want to notify the authorities in Indonesia to expect a tsunami.

As I round the corner.. this woman with the black setter-mix starts YELLING that my dog.. that! that! BLACK dog..  bit her dog. I tell her that I will be right over to her.. I just needed to get Ernie first.

I run half way down the block before he realizes UT OOH! IM GOING TO GET INTO TROUBLE FOR THIS and starts groveling towards me like he’s subjected to routine torture.

I pick him up and carry him back to the where the woman is standing with her black setter-mix and a complete look of disgust on her face.

HER: Yknow, you really shouldn’t let your dogs run wild like that.

ME: Ma’am.. I don’t let my dogs run wild. I was taking out the trash and didn’t close the back door tight enough and they ran out.

HER: Well.. that black dog bit my dog. I looked down and all I saw was his hair in it’s mouth.

ME: Ok.. let me put this one in the house and I’ll come right back to make sure he’s not injured.

HER: I don’t know if he’s hurt or not. I didn’t check.

ME: Ok.. well.. I’ll put Ernie in the house and…

HER: He was mauled. That dog just came out of nowhere and mauled him.

ME: Ma’am.. I understand you’re upset. I would be too. It’s a scary thing to have happened but I really don’t think he was mauled. Off the bat I don’t see any bleeding. But if you don’t want to wait here then take him home and check. If my dog injured him, I’ll take full responsibility. My name is Leese and I live in that really big white house right over there.

HER: I should call the cops on you!

Ok. This is where I start getting really REALLY frustrated. But I hold my temper because after all, it was my fault.

ME: Look, if you think it’s necessary to call the police then by all means.. please do but I’m telling you that I was at fault and if your dog needs medical attention that I will be more then happy to pay for it. You’re getting no argument from me about anything.

HER: You.. you people… let your dogs run wild around the neighborhood mauling other dogs…

ME: Ok.. now look.. so far I’ve been courtesy to you.. assumed fault and offered to compensate you if your dog needs a vet… but I’m really starting to get a little put off by your attitude since it’s apparent that you just want to argue



That shut her up but I re-iterated that I was taking Ernie home.. told her what my name was again.. where I lived.. and turned and walked home.

After putting Ernie in the house, I then preceded to drive to our local pet store to buy dog licenses.

In my county, dogs are required to have a license. I went in January to get them but the county hadn’t issued them yet. I went back towards the end of January and they still didn’t have them.

I then forgot all about it.

Given all the drama that happened in January.. you can see why it would slip my mind.

So I drive down there and guess what? Still no licenses. The girl tell me that the only other option I have is to drive 2.5 hours to the county seat to apply for it.


I get home and go online thinking that with some stroke of luck, they would accept the application on line but of course… luck isn’t on my side.

So all last night I was worried that something was going to come out of it but so far so good… I know Bella didn’t “maul” anything because she can barely chew kibble but what can I say…

A day in the life…!

I’ll keep you posted


Well.. he’s actually like, 17 months old now.

Ernie is a Jack Russell / Beagle mix and has done everthing from rape every single bed pillow I had to tearing apart all the trash bags and trailing it all over the house.

He destroys toilet paper rolls.. shoes.. stuffed animals.. you name it. Anything with stuffing that he can pull out.. Ernie’s in!

One morning back in February 2008, I woke up and went in the kitchen to get coffee. Chief gave me a morning hug and then said, “.. I got one word for you”  and then whispered PUPPY! in my ear.

That was all I needed to hear.

He knew he wanted a Jack Russell.

NOTE: Let’s face it. We’re fucking masochists!

I knew that I didn’t want to go to a puppy mill. I preferred to go to an SPCA or Rescue Organization. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find one so we wound up at a farm on the country border of our state.

To be honest with you.. the place was clean.. obviously taken care of.. but I couldn’t get out of the car. I was in tears as soon as I heard the dogs barking.

We had taken Spaz with us. He didn’t know where we were going because the puppy was a surprise for him. Chief had felt that Spaz needed something that would be loyal and always be excited to see him. I agreed because animals played an important role in my life.

When Spaz realized I was upset about being there.. he became upset for me.. getting upset with his dad for taking me someplace that was obviously making me sad.

We had to tell him and then he was over the moon. I ventured out of the car a little just in time for the worker to bring out two puppies. One white, the other black.

As soon as Chief held the one that was soon to be named Ernie, he bumped his nose into Chief’s cheek. Chief was like, yep.. he’s the one.

So we paid for him and on the driveway leaving, Spaz asked Chief what his name was going to be. Chief though about it for a minute and then said ERNIE.

I don’t know if he read his personality or Ernie became what his name implied but he is definately an ERNIE.

Goofy.. silly.. a real love bunny.

Ernie will throw himself over your body like a fainting ingenue.. bury his nose in your neck and put his paw on your face and stare at you until he acknowledge him and then he’ll get all wound up and lick three layers of skin off of you!

He has personality to spear and tons of facial expressions. Me and Chief get silly animating Ernie’s thoughts. I’m going to have to take video of us doing it because it jsut won’t translate into print but we’ve given Ernie a little high pitched cartoony voice that we use to express his thoughts.

Sounds weird but … for instance..

Chief initially trained him to walk off the leash. He did this because he said that if for some reason he got away from us or the kids while on the leash, he wouldn’t THINK he got away… or something like that…

Anyway.. the first time we put the leash on him he had no idea what was going on and he wouldn’t walk.. so Chief had to tug and pull and tug and pull …

NOTE: DO not call PETA. Chief wouldn’t do anything to hurt an animal anymore then I would.

His facial expressions were so funny that Chief started saying in Ernie-Voice:

He’s CAH-RA-ZEE! He put a rope… around me NECK.. and he’s DRAGGING ME!!!

I really wish you’d get just how funny it is.. or when “Ernie” says “.. LOVE MEEEEEE!!!”

There are plenty of times when he does something and I just want to scream.. but then he gives me the face above and what can you do? Scoop him up in your lap and give in to the love!