The day we brought her home, we made a big deal of saying goodbye to Lois’ Grandmother, Mother, Father, Brother and Sister who were all still at the kennel. Once we were in the car, my youngest son, who had just turned 6 years old, started crying. Softly at first, then louder and louder.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“She can’t leave her Mommy! Take her back!” he wailed.
“A-ROOOOO!!! A-ROOOOOO!” Lois howled her sad beagle-hound-puppy howl that was the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.
“But her Mommy is so happy that Lois is going to a nice home with two fun little boys who will love her!” I tried to convince him.
“TAKE HER BACK!!!!”
“She misses her MOMMY!!! TAKE HER BACK!!!!!”
The harder one cried, the harder the other one howled. My older son and I tried our best to calm the two little ones, but they both cried all the way home.
We would often find that Lois had “invited” him in to keep her company. Don’t call child welfare. He did it himself and could easily get out. I swear! Lois is saying, “Will someone please get this kid out of here?”
That’s why, on her first birthday, we took Lois Lane back to see her Mommy as a little surprise for her. I was nervous they wouldn’t “bond,” and my son would be crushed, but lo and behold, it was like the best family reunion ever! The photo above shows one year old Lois saying hello to her Brother Dennis (the Menace) and her dear Mom. Lea, the breeder and expert on all things “beagle” is supervising.
This is Lois talking to her Sister on their one year old birthday. Lois eventually decided she liked our house and wanted to stay, and my now teenage son still loves his beagle like crazy. She sleeps in his room every night and has had nine great years with us, with many more to come.
And every now and then, when we are strolling in lovely downtown Fairhope, we run into Lea, who was Lois’ first Mom and breeder and still has her brother. Lois has a very good life and many friends around town. Happy birthday, hound dog.
To read about Lois choosing Beagle themed china, CLICK HERE.
To read why Santa put Lois on the naughty list, CLICK HERE.
To see how sad she looks in her cone of shame, CLICK HERE