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A Beagle in his Natural Habitat March 24, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in News.

Guarding the manor.  He’s wearing his “squirrels, fuck with me on pain of death” look.  It’s kinda cute.




1. Tushar - March 24, 2009

And yet, his heartless master hates him.

2. geoff - March 24, 2009

Naw, his hateless master hearts him.

3. daveintexas - March 24, 2009

Hate is a strong word. I prefer, “put that fat little fucker back on his diet”.

Much better.

4. Tushar - March 24, 2009

Dave, looks like Moses has been hitting the kibbles hard. He looks much slimmer in his old photo (sleeping on couch).

5. The Eagle - March 24, 2009

Nice pose, tough guy. I’ll throw your ass in the pool.

6. Vmaximus - March 24, 2009

Beagles are cute. Loud obnoxious dumb and cute.

7. BrewFan - March 24, 2009

When I was a lad I had a beagle named Susie. She liked to run away to chase rabbits and then would head for the nearby horse pasture to find a nice green, steaming pile of horse apples to roll around in. Have you ever seen a green beagle?

8. Michael - March 24, 2009

Dave, I think you and I have the same stone on our pool decks. It’s called Honey Stone or something like that, because of the rich color, and it’s quarried locally.

Here’s a question: In Texas, the wrong (i.e., ugly) side of the fence invariably faces in to the yard. Why is that? Everywhere else, they face the right side in and let the neighbors look at the ugly posts.

9. Tushar - March 24, 2009

>>In Texas, the wrong (i.e., ugly) side of the fence invariably faces in to the yard. Why is that? Everywhere else, they face the right side in.

My wife says that one should not be afraid to buy a car with an ugly exterior. It is an eyesore for other people, not the driver.

It seems the Texans got it backwards.

10. Michael - March 24, 2009

Maybe Texans are just more considerate towards their neighbors. Texans are real friendly people, in my experience. But that still seems like an odd convention to me. I’ve got the same thing going on in my yard — the wrong side of the fence faces the house. The right side faces open land that is a utility easement. People walk their dogs their.

11. Tushar - March 24, 2009

Michael, add an extra layer of fence, this time the nice side facing you.

It will stimulate the economy.

12. Tushar - March 24, 2009

Actually, I like the idea of the nice side facing out. Makes the house look better.

13. Michael - March 24, 2009

Tushar, adding another right side to the fence would fuck up the sprinkler system. I just spent $2,500 getting my fucked up obsolete poorly-aimed-and-maintained half-assed semi-submerged sprinkler system working right.

I’ve done my share to jack up the economy of the world.

14. Cathy - March 24, 2009

Peaches could prolly run circles around your Tubby-boy, Dave.

15. Michael - March 24, 2009

Oh, last summer, I bought two flat-screen TVs, so I figure I’ve helped out Asia as well as the local population of illegal laborers.

16. Cathy - March 24, 2009

I’ve done my share to jack up the economy of the world.

Yeppers! Our job-site crew chief, Carlos, was telling me how he has a little home in North Dallas with no furniture and now plans to buy a couch.

See how that trickle-down economics thing works?!

17. Michael - March 24, 2009

Also, last fall, I paid Paul to finish the roof on our incomplete covered patio. We did not realize this patio was waiting for a metal roof when we bought the place, but Paul explained this to us, and he finished the job.

Cathy and I both figure that Paul is hooked on something, probably anti-depressants and alcohol.

So, once again, we’re trying to supplement the TARP program.

18. Michael - March 24, 2009

Plus, just this week, Cathy had to get the Polaris pool cleaner fixed because the prior owners were cheapskates and idiots about pool maintenance, and the pool filter in particular, which gummed up the Polaris.

The prior owners are Jewish, and doubtless contributed to Jewish charities, so I figure this Polaris repair was our small contribution to the War on Terror, and opposing Hamas in particular, so we helped make Israel more secure.

See, my spending is doing good all over the world, because we carried the pool maintenance cost of our cheapskate prior owners, so they could afford to oppose Hamas.

I am just an engine of goodwill on this planet.

19. Cathy - March 24, 2009

I TRIED to stimulate the economy further by purchasing Mark Levin’s new book, “Liberty and Tyranny” today, but all the Barnes & Noble stores in our area are already SOLD OUT. It was just released today.

Nice Deb has the Hannity interview with Mr. Levin here.

20. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

Cathy and Michael: I’m there for sure — just made reservations! 🙂

21. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

And Dave: Your dog is fat.

22. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

But he’s got a pretty face.

23. Michael - March 24, 2009

Lipstick, are you going for the Persimmon Bedroom or the Gold Bedroom?

You might want to consult Dave about the Gay Factor. Also, you might want to get your bid in before Mrs. Peel.

24. Cathy - March 24, 2009

Wooo-Hoooo! So glad to hear that Lips!

Lipstick and Mrs. Peel get to have a cat-fight over the Gold Room vs. the Persimmon Room.

… or they can just flip a coin.

*sniggers, picturing a celebrity death-match tween the chicks*

25. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

Well, I’m taller and heavier than Peel, but she’s smarter. Will guile and cunning beat age and weight?

26. Michael - March 24, 2009

Age and weight will win. Especially because of the big feet, and your Stomp-Of-Death maneuver.

You can have any room you want. We can put Peel in a corner of the garage to rehabilitate.

27. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

Thanks Michael — I’m just glad to have a room. Why not give Peel the most extravagant one. She should be rewarded for breaking free to meet with the likes of us.

28. Michael - March 24, 2009

Lipstick — it is laudable that you will give Mrs. Peel her choice of room, but you should do it for the right reason. She’s actually going to have to confront her mother about this.

That’s not a small thing. Really. Sometimes, it takes some real guts to tell a co-dependent Mom what’s what.

29. Mrs. Peel - March 24, 2009

Yay LS!

How about whoever gets in first gets to pick? I’m driving up after work, so I’ll get there around 7 pm Friday night. (Is that time ok, Michael & Cathy? I know the action doesn’t start until Saturday, but I figure I can help you clean/cook/set up. Plus, I’m bringing Snickerdoodles, which should cover a multitude of sins, right?)

30. Mrs. Peel - March 24, 2009

Don’t compliment me just yet. I was going to do it tonight but totally chickened out.

*repeats new mantra* she doesn’t control me, she doesn’t control me…

31. Michael - March 24, 2009

So, I’ll repeat myself:

Sometimes, it takes some real guts to tell a co-dependent Mom what’s what.

Don’t worry. Afterwords, she will be dying to reconnect and find out all about the IBMMP&GS. She will want to continue being part of your life.

Peel, the bottom line is this: In reality, you have all the power in this relationship.

32. Michael - March 24, 2009

I’m saying this on the basis of a fundamental assumption, which may not be true. But, the assumption is: She needs me more than I need her.

Actually, I really assume more, if you are an adult.

You don’t need her at all. You would just like to be her friend.

33. Mrs. Peel - March 24, 2009

Thanks, Michael.

Anyway, LS, the battle would be over quickly, because I am bringing my loudest pair of pajamas, and they will blind you. So, best to just give up now.

34. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

And Peel, I’ll email you my real name so you don’t have to tell your mom you’re sharing the girls’ wing of the house with someone named after a female wrestler.

35. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

*Digging through dresser for the leopard spotted pjs*

36. Michael - March 24, 2009

My kids both went through this with me. It was painful, but they declared their emotional and financial independence from me, in their own way. I was proud of them.

It’s just part of growing up.

37. Mrs. Peel - March 24, 2009

The hell of it is that I do need help on occasion. (For example, I seriously fucking hate making phone calls to people whose voices I don’t know in situations where their responses are not easily predictable. I can do it, but it’s very hard for me, and I sometimes have to ask for help.) And there’s not much I hate more than asking for help. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

I mean, I spent 45 minutes finely chopping walnut halves with a butcher knife this weekend rather than ask my parents if I could borrow their chopper thingy. They’re a 10-minute drive away. That’s how much I hate asking for help.

That reminds me, I have some baklava in the refrigerator!

38. Mrs. Peel - March 24, 2009

Ha! Your mere leopard spots will fade into insignificance besides the glory of my Loud Jammies. REPRESENT.

ok, I really need to go to bed now. I tried to shift to an earlier work schedule (6:30-3) to avoid traffic (one of the major roads sorta-near here is closed, and the additional traffic spills over onto my route). Did pretty well the last couple of weeks, but it’s been all FAIL this week. 😦

39. Michael - March 24, 2009

*Digging through dresser for the leopard spotted pjs*

I don’t really want to see a Sasquatch in leopard spotted PJs. Can you please do that after I pass out?

Thank you.

40. Michael - March 24, 2009

That reminds me, I have some baklava in the refrigerator!

You should not have said that.

I like baklava almost as much as I like snickerdoodles.

Bring us baklava!

Yes, just do it, you helplessly compliant little wench!!!!

41. Lipstick - March 24, 2009

I’ll give Michael nightmares of huge creepy creatures!

42. PattyAnn - March 24, 2009

Michael. We always put the ugly side toward the inside because those crosspieces make such lovely ladders for thugs wanting into your gated and locked backyard. Sure, they can still get in, but would be easier to go to the neighbor’s yard with the ugly on the outside, wouldn’t it?

43. sandy burger - March 25, 2009

People walk their dogs their.

Tee hee hee. Thanks, Michael. You just made my day.

44. sandy burger - March 25, 2009

Will guile and cunning beat age and weight?

As the saying goes:

Youth and skill are no match for old age and treachery.

45. sandy burger - March 25, 2009

On the fence issue, I’m an “ugly side in” guy. (Or at least, I would be if I were a homeowner instead of an apartment dweller.)

First of all, the “ugly” side isn’t necessarily ugly, it’s just more complicated. But that’s OK. Consider this: the exterior walls of your house are flat, but the interior walls are often covered with cabinets and shelves. And presenting the smoother side to the outside is more intuitive if you’re thinking of the fence as armor.

By the way, I have no idea why I’m still awake now. Man, I have the insomnia something fierce today.

46. Tushar - March 25, 2009

Peel, you asked Michael about driving up early, but you included the dreaded word in it.

All Michael read was: SNICKERDOODLES!!!!!!

47. daveintexas - March 25, 2009

Totally OT, yesterday when I was home out back looking at the ugly side of the fence, and seeing I am going to have to start rationing food for that meatball Moses, a B-17 flew right over my house, maybe 300 feet. It was so awesome I got a woodrow.

There are only a couple still flying. I assume he was heading back from an air show and stopped here to refuel.

Oh, Mrs. Peel, ix-nay on the oodrow-way with om-may. No talking!

48. Mrs. Peel - March 25, 2009


I think the baklava will be gone by then, Michael. And it’s not authentic, anyway…I don’t have a recipe for the crust, so I used the pillsbury crescent roll dough. It’s still good (a Lebanese guy at work approved) – it’s just not really baklava.

49. skinbad - March 25, 2009

If you have the posts on your side of the fence, you always have the option of a convenient toe-hold to stand on if the hot gone-to-college neighbors’ daughter is home for the summer and likes to sun bathe on the trampoline.

/hypothetical 12-year-old childhood memory

50. geoff - March 25, 2009

Man, the IBMMP is hurtling toward us with appalling speed. I’m completely unprepared.

Better get my war face on.

51. eddiebear - March 25, 2009

I reviewed Southwest’s Policy regarding bringing unloaded firearms onto the plane. I have a hard sided case that markets itself as “FAA Approved”, and can be locked (just need to make sure the keys are around. That could be the sticking point), and I would pack it into my checked luggage. I guess the next thing I need to do is when I go to the counter at the airport, tell them what I have and that I need to declare it?

I just don’t want to say the wrong thing and wind up in the clink.

Also, which one to bring? My 22 or Taurus Judge?

52. daveintexas - March 25, 2009

Eddiebear, those are the basic rules, aside from keeping the firearm unloaded. You are allowed to carry ammo in a separate container *usually they say the box is came in* but that’s a hassle.

At the counter, you simply tell them you are declaring a firearm and follow their directions.

Also, do NOT run around the airport waving it over your head and yelling “I’VE GOT A GUN! I’VE GOT A GUN!”

That’s not in the rules, but I don’t recommend it.

53. Russ from Winterset - March 25, 2009

Why not take your .38, eddie? That would be a good one for the shootin’ party. Of course, the .22 will help you place higher in the accuracy competition (Yeah, I used a .22 in last year’s shootout and placed second), so I would recommend that you take BOTH the .22 and the .38 special. Maybe check with everyone else to see if anyone’s interested in shooting that big ‘ol Taurus hogleg. If they are, it could be the source of some mirth at the range.

Oh who am I kidding. Me? I’d bring ’em all. Just in case.

BTW – anyone else here shoot a .357 magnum? I know Mr. Minority has one he’s fond of, but does anyone else have one? I’ve had one hell of a time finding ammo for it lately, but I just found some Sellier & Bellot (pretty good quality Czech ammo) 158 grain SP ammo on sale for $18.50 a box including shipping. Where you can find it in stock on the intarwebthingy, you’re usually paying that much AT LEAST for the ammo itself with shipping on top of the price. I ordered a few boxes of it, and that’s my entire ammo budget for the next 2 months. I love shooting my .357 rifle & pistol, but I think I’m going to put ’em on the shelf as regular shooters until I can be sure that I can get replacement ammo at non-panic prices. I like to shoot the Federal American Eagle in .357, but its all been over $24 a box – when you can find it. Hell, all the AmEagle ammo I’ve got down in the rumpus room was bought for $13 or $14 a box, and I thought it was high priced back then. Of course, I was also buying .38 special lead reloads for $8 a box at the same time, so that tells you when I last stocked up.

Back in January I was buying .45 ACP Blazer Brass ammo at local Wal Marts for anywhere from $14.50 per box to $17 a box, but its all gone now. I stopped by the Wally World in Indianola Saturday morning, and all they had left for pistol ammo was two boxes of .25 ACP. I think I scooped up all the bargains within 50 miles of home, and now they’re all short on ammo.

54. forged rite - March 25, 2009

Here’s a question: In Texas, the wrong (i.e., ugly) side of the fence invariably faces in to the yard. Why is that?

A few people in my neighborhood have put their fences ugly side out, These people are what we call “dicks”. Seriously though, nice side out just gives a better overall feel for a neighborhood and makes it harder for the illegals to climb over, they see a fence and just got to climb, it’s in their blood.

55. forged rite - March 25, 2009

Mrs. Peel, i ran across this song a few weeks ago and thought it kind of sounded like a swing song. Not sure if it actually qualifies as one, but i thought i’d send it your way.

56. Mrs. Peel - March 25, 2009

Thanks for thinking of me, forged rite. I will give it a listen.

57. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

Dave: Thanks for the advice. I probably should hope I don’t see a friend of mine named Jack and say “Hi” to him.

Russ: I went to the range a few weeks ago, and the damn 38 wouldn’t open. I tried pressing the thumbpiece, but the cylinder wouldn’t open.

Thankfully, it was unloaded.

I asked my friend’s dad who is a cop what he thought, and he was flummoxed. He suggested taking it to a local smith.

I have yet to go, owing to the fact the guy has shitty hours, and my real world life has been incredibly bad the last few weeks, so worrying about a piece is not at the top of my list right now.

But, if the weather is rainy Saturday, I may take a run out there and wait the 2 weeks he quotes on lead time.

And what sucks so bad is that I love shooting the 38. But it’ll be good as new (and hopefully better) once I take it and get it back. That is why the 22 Ruger and (maybe) Judge will come with me.

58. Russ from Winterset - March 26, 2009

Eddie, you’ve got the Smith & Wesson Model 15, right? Blued steel with adjustable sights? And the cylinder doesn’t open?

Does it feel like it’s stuck solidly, or does it have a little play in it but won’t swing out? I’ve got a Model 15 too, and mine has NEVER given me any trouble. If its got some play, it could be something sheared off in the internal mechanisms. Here’s a schematic and parts list from Numrich Arms, and I think the part you might be having problems with could be the bolt (part #22).


Not that it would be a good idea for you to open the gun up and start messin’ with stuff, (I might, but don’t use me as an example of how to live your life, FOR GOD’S SAKE) but its always nice to have an idea of what’s wrong before you take it in, so you can help the gunsmith get off on the right foot. The schematic at that link blows up into a readable version, if you left-click on it.

59. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

It doesn’t budge, yet I can squezze the trigger and get the cylinder to rotate a few times.

Thanks for the schematic there. I’ll mention that.

60. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

And what pisses me off is that I clean the ting and treat it right, and what does it do? It betrays me!

Kinda like a woman.

61. Russ from Winterset - March 26, 2009

Does the thumbpiece itself move at all, or is it locked up tight? If it does move, when you move it forward look at the ejector rod catch under the barrel to see if the center rod extends past the fixed piece when the thumbpiece is pressed forward.

Not claiming to be Mr. Gunsmith here, but diagnostics fascinate me. It’s like being Dr. House, except you work on deadly weapons instead of human bodies.

62. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

The thimbpiece moves (slightly), but the ejector rod catch doesn’t move at all.

63. skinbad - March 26, 2009

Russ is locked in his bunker–sound of pounding on the door.

“Not now, Janis! I’m on a case!”

64. Dr. House from Winterset - March 26, 2009

*pops a handfull of vicodin*

Well, eddie, it sounds like the bolt is either broken or hanging up on a burr in the metal somewhere. Possibly you’ve got a piece of debris in the action blocking the bolt from moving, but that’s not too likely since S&W Revolvers are pretty tight. Probably a broken/worn piece in the interior. Your gunsmith should be able to fix it pretty quickly after he takes off the sideplate.

Don’t take off the sideplate on your pistola, unless you’re willing to invest in a set of gunsmithing screwdrivers. Regular screwdrivers have more rounded edges which work fine in regular screws; but gunsmithing screwdrivers have sharp, square edges that fill up the screw slots completely & don’t let it move around in the slot. That is done to keep the screwdriver from turning slightly in the slot & marring the screw slot. The gunsmithing screwdrivers aren’t too expensive (about $30 for a good set), but unless you work on your hoglegs enough to justify getting them, they’re a luxury. I’ve got some, mainly because I like to tinker on my guns a little more than the usual moron does. I also have a couple of guns I bought back before I learned that regular screwdrivers can strip screw slots, and the screw slots on those guns show the abuse I inflicted on them.

Smith & Wesson wheelguns have a reputation for being very robust, and any good gunsmith should be able to get your gun going again in no time flat. Make sure you get a ‘smith who knows his way around wheelguns. I don’t think too many people with .38 revolvers go to the gunsmith to get their gat “pimped out”, and I see a lot of ‘smiths who more or less specialize in .45/.40/9mm autos because those are the people who like to have alterations made. Fortunately, any ‘smith who’s got any sort of formal training should be familiar with S&W revolvers, since they are more or less the gold standard for the industry.

*Writes eddie a prescription for some scotch & a bag of Nutter Butters to keep himself occupied while the ‘smith works on his gat*

65. daveintexas - March 26, 2009

This kind of problem is what gunsmiths are for.

66. The Lovely Janis - March 26, 2009

#63 Skinny–That’s funny!!! As you may know Russ has his own man-room now and he really does (has to because of all the small parts and Moses) close the door on us and tinkers with his guns!!!

67. eddiebear - March 27, 2009

Thanks. The one I will go to is the one my friend’s dad used to take his 357 to get worked on, so I figure this guy may have some revolver experience.

That’ll teach me to buy a used gun.

68. eddiebear - March 27, 2009

Oh, and Russ:
I have my Judge now, and a few spare coins rattling around in my pocket after pouring more into my daughter’s 529 and my 401k, side IRA, and my private IRA (3 separate logins? sheesh!), and my dad needs to go this afternoon to the gun store to pick up his Cowboy Single Action 45 LC (Schofield, I think) he special ordered.

This should end well.

69. Russ from Winterset - March 27, 2009

Your dad special ordered a Schofield? The top-break model in .45 Colt? Dude, that’s suhweet!

70. eddiebear - March 27, 2009

^in the revolver, yes. It looks very nice.

71. eddiebear - March 27, 2009

There is some Italian company that makes replicas of the old cowboy single action shooters (Uberti, I think). They had a 45 LC Hombre for $415 and a Schofield Replica for $900. Since the cowboy shooters don’t move as fast as the other stuff up at this place, I have some time to wait and see.

72. eddiebear - March 27, 2009

My dad has spent more in one purchase than I have (and then some) on all of mine combined.

73. Retired Geezer - March 27, 2009

Man…. I missed this whole gun thread.


74. Russ from Winterset - March 27, 2009

Yeah, Uberti or Beretta makes the top break revolvers. The Uberti ones are more “traditional” but they’re both NIIIIICE. Big honkin’ manly guns.

75. Lipstick - March 27, 2009

Where you been Geezer?

76. Mrs. Peel - March 27, 2009

He’s probably been blowing sprinklers.

wait, what?

77. BrewFan - March 27, 2009

Who is Sprinklers?

78. Retired Geezer - March 28, 2009

I’m going to miss helping Mrs. Peel and Lipstick with their shooting skilz at the IBMMP.

crap again

79. Mrs. Peel - March 28, 2009

We’ll miss you too, RG. 😦

80. New 'Old' Recruits?? - PPRuNe Forums - August 25, 2009

[…] Age and treachery beats youth and vigour every time. […]

81. kufyuehj - January 20, 2011

THE dog is fat

82. simone - September 4, 2013

the dog is really fat for a beagle1

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