Echo part II: The desolation of Echo

New trainers, old trainers, Welly bobs too
Armchair, couch cushions, various types of poo

DVDs and CDs and house plants galore
Firewood, Christmas decs and as well as coal and more

High heeled shoes, cuddly toys and various Lego pieces
PlayStation games, magazines and a bit more animal faeces

Eating apples from the fruit basket, and lunch from the kitchen side
If the bugger doesn’t run fast I’ll tan his furry hide

He’ll eat whatever’s in his reach, even if it makes him ill
A stomach made of Iron, and boisterously strong will

He can jump on nearly anything that sits within his range
To find him on the dining table was somewhat rather strange

You see it’s in his nature, for this beagles are known
But most are not as naughty as young Echo Balderstone

Now, this list of things lost to the dog is the shortened version. But it’s not just the destruction of property that Echo is guilty of, he also whines constantly and went through a rather annoying phase of peeing up against various things in the house as well as barking at randomly selected neighbours and he never does as he’s told.

Now we’ve read various books and forums on how to train a Beagle and let me tell you, it’s all a bunch of b****cks. Beagles will do what they want, when they want and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. It’s just the luck of the draw as to whether you get a good one, or an Echo.

One thing to be said for him is that he’s certainly not dull, he keeps us on our toes. Literally…We’re constantly running round after the little bastard trying to get whatever is in his mouth, out of his mouth without losing a finger. This would be bad enough for some people but now I have to do it with a baby on my hip who I can tell is thinking ‘you think the dog’s a handful, just wait until I can walk’ while giving me an evil grin.

From the very beginning we were running round after him, cleaning up after him and up at the crack of dawn with him because if you’ve ever heard a beagle howl, you’ll know it can’t be ignored. It has been exhausting to say the least. Then, just a mere two months after we got him, the baby bombshell dropped and things were about to get a whole lot more interesting.

To be continued…

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