ConneryBeagle is FREE!

The Friday Post

Yes! Finally! After three weeks on crate rest, ConneryBeagle is FREE!

Crated Connery

Three weeks of subsuming bounciness into expressive eyebrows and wrinkles of woe.

Three weeks of quiet yodeling, sobbing, and the perfection of the mournful howl.

Three weeks of, “Mymom, are we THERE YET?”

The first week he was so heavily drugged it wasn’t a big deal.  Thank goodness, because we were moving with a vengeance that week, and Connery spent his time in whatever crate I could push from place to place.  Lots of yodeling and singing, but…kinda stoned.

The second week, he mourned…in a new place, unable to smell all the KEEN NEW SMELLS, baffled that Corgi packmates Belle and Jean-Luc had free run while he didn’t.  I took him around on a heel so he could smell things and see things, but…mostly he stuck his face up against the crate door and experimented with amazing new Calvin faces against the wire.

The third week, he said he was READY TO GO!  He’d come bouncing out of the crate and grab the nearest toy, flip it fiercely around, and then say, “Oh.  OW.”   I began to give him controlled down-stays in the office so he could be with me sometimes.

And now here we are!  The end of the third week!  He doesn’t get to rush out to instant unfettered glee; this’ll be a slow reintroduction of activity, complicated by the intense series of storms sweeping through the area.  Think slush, mud, slush, and ugh

But still, ConneryBeagle is FREE!


To be serious for a moment.

Not free in an emancipation kind of way.  I’m not one of those who will turn a pet into traffic or out to the coyotes because any horrible death is better than slavery–although at shows, I’ve guarded his travel crate against those who would.

And I’m not his “guardian”…I own him.

I also adore him, train him, show him how to find glee in learning and pride in doing well.  I keep him alive against all odds and a tricky autoimmune system that baffles veterinary science, and every year his hot house flower medical expenses are my savings for a new car, broken ribs aside.  But although I call myself a dogmom, that’s about the emotions.  Legally, responsibly, and by all means with every right to decide his fate, I own him.  It is a privilege, and it is a right–and HSUS and PETA would have it differently, but for now, he is mine.

And I, it must be said, am his.

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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12 Responses to ConneryBeagle is FREE!

  1. Lorraine says:

    Yea, Connery. Heal, boy. Uh, and heel, boy!

  2. Tori Lennox says:

    Congrats to you and Connery both! 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    Hooray for Connery! I also love the rest of the blog and agree with everything you stated.

  4. Ross Ashley says:

    Yes! Connery is a GREAT dog. He can also be a GOOD dog when he wants.

  5. Doranna says:

    Lorraine–there’s definitely some heeling in Connery’s future! As soon as we can get out on the road again… And the next step, the bike! Slowly, slowly…

    (But we have nothing to complain about…wow. Flagstaff–! *Buried!*)

  6. Doranna says:

    Tori, Connery says BAWHSOME WAGS!

  7. Doranna says:

    Heather, I’m so glad you’re of the same mind with the serious bits. It’s a more active issue than many people realize…

  8. Doranna says:


    Well, he tries *very* hard. Sometimes the Dennis-the-Menace bursts out, though… ;>

  9. Jim Crider says:


    Poor ConneryBeagle, to be cooped up so long.

    And PETA can suck it. Scooterbird says so. And to punctuate it, he pooped on my shoulder. Not sure if it’s regular or an editorial comment ::checks:: Yep, editorial comment. He saves the runny ones for editorializing.

  10. Debby says:

    Happy Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day! And go ConneryBeagle!! neat post

    • Doranna says:

      Debby, ConnerBeagle says BAWHSOME! and is about to go walk the land for the first time since Christmas. Probably a bit too much for him–I’ll cut the circuit short–but who can resist?

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got you entered in the contest. 8)

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