by Rena Beagle
My name is Rena Beagle. I am New here. I came from a place where things are Very Different than they are here. I did not have Boy Beagles in my pack, and that is a good thing now. But the ground There also had softness and dampness and greenness, and Here it has dryness and dustiness and pokey parts. I have not Approved of those things yet.
I miss my Past Mom. She found me in a shelter and she Gave me a Home. She taught me agility and obedience and took me to Show Off what I could do in trials. I run in AKC with a PAL listing. That is Purebred Alternative Listing. That means everyone knows I am a Beagle even if I do not have Papers.
(One day I will tell you how MORE people know I am a Beagle than they know my brothers are Beagles. It gives the new mom a funny face.)
So I am a CGC dog and I have my Open Agility standard and jumpers titles (that is in the middle between novice and excellent) and I have my obedience CDX (that is in the middle between novice and utility). But then things Changed and we could not play this way. I was sad about this and my Past Mom was sad about this.
That is why I came Here.
I am still getting used to Being Here. The Boy Beagles were not hard to train, but the new mom is taking longer. She has Different Ways and she says we will do mostly Foundation Activities until we know each other better. That part is Okay. She is Complicated. She says I can boss the boys but I cannot Boss Her.
I have not Approved of this yet.
I am writing my Past Mom about these things. She writes me back. I will Share my part with you so you can see what I Mean. If you like to hear my Thoughts and my Letters, maybe I will come back and do more.
Dear Past Mom: I am a very clever dog. The new mom says so. I woke her up last night so I could go out. I tapped on patio door that she had never once opened for me. She said, “YOU ARE SO SMART!” Then when I came in I was cold and I got to sleep right under the covers with her. I am a Good Bed Dog.
I was in the new mom’s lap on the couch last night and ConneryBeagle went to where my Special Bed sits on the other beds and he seems to have An Opinion about it. I am sending a picture. I am still training him. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: This is Rena. Today I wanted to tell you that I was a Good Girl for having my nails done. Also I have been lap-napping on the new mom, and I have used my awesome Power of Beagle Gravity to keep her on the couch so I can keep napping.
PS here is a picture of me playing Catch the Treat. I have a Face Malfunction. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: This weekend I went to visit a show. I did some Obedience Play and did the Front Paw Dance for the new mom. People admired and kissed me! This picture is My New Crate. It is All Mine. That is my New Crate Cover. It is All Mine, too. Dart Beagle is under the blue crate cover pretending to sleep. I think my crate cover is Prettier. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: There is no telling what the new mom will do next. This week she has made a Game with a Sitting Thing and a Clicker Thing. Now I can get cookies for fitting myself onto the Sitting Thing! It is not easy because it Moves in a Wobbly way. But I am a Smart Dog and I can do it. Then I get to Run Around with a Toy and that is Good. The new mom is training up very nicely. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: It is noisy here, because the new mom has a dirt road and it is Being Paved. The paving people Broke Things and the new mom could not make email happen for days, which seems like a Very Long Time.
In that time I have been Biking and I have played Agility and the new mom got out my Special Gloves and my Dumbbell so we have played with those too. Dart Beagle is learning that the scent articles taste different from his dumbbell and he is not very good with them. I am Much Better. This is me telling him that. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: We are practicing more Foundation Games. The new mom says this is so we can Build our Own Language. I think it would be easier if she Did Things just exactly the way you Did Things.
Today I discovered that the new mom thinks some of the toys are Hers. I have sent a picture of me Discovering one of the toys she thinks is hers. She is So Wrong. But today I let her think she was Right because she said, “Here, Rena, THIS toy is yours” and gave me one of the Special Bones that the Boys are not allowed to have because they will Chew It To Bits. I have sent a picture of me with Bone Happiness. Love, Rena
Dear Past Mom: So you will have something to smile about even if your arm is broken, I made sure there were Pictures of Me, Rena Beagle, doing my Obedience Things for the new mom. We did practice when the new mom and her friend person did tracking for Dart Beagle. The tracks have to be old so there is Time for More Important Things like me. Love, Rena
And now I will give you a photo that is of me sharing space with the new mom and our new pack. We are a Good Pack.
Love, Rena Beagle