It’s been three months…

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Published on: November 28, 2017

… and the pain is still unbelievably strong. When people spoke about their “heart dogs”, I just thought I loved each of my dogs. Well, I do, but maybe in different ways. Andrew and I both feel a huge sense of loss with Leia being gone. It’s so quiet at home, our arms don’t have scratch marks from wanting demanding to be patted. Our bed is empty from where she would stretch out and snore her little head off. But, we must move on, right?

I wish I could get over the loss as easily as our pack seems to have. I think they’ve grieved and just moved on. Whilst I have grieved, and I have moved forward, the sense of loss is like nothing else. I miss her so much. Time doesn’t stop for no one.

On Sunday, it was their 11th birthday. As hard as this day was, I put on my big girl pants, my brave face, held back those tears and we went to the beach for a sunset run. I love being able to take these photos and capture the memories our minds will one day forget. Sally and Leia loved the beach, so what better way to celebrate Sally’s birthday than a trip to the Spit at Southport, Queensland.

My happy place, my heart.

Happy birthday Sally and Leia <3

My Bears – I hope they had a beach, a remote control car and grandma’s cupcakes for you over rainbow bridge.


No matter when it happens, it’s always too soon…

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Published on: August 22, 2017
Leia “Bear” Ison – 26/11/2006 to 17/08/2017

Where do I start?

The past few weeks have been tough, and at no stage did I think we’d have to be saying good bye to our sweet heart Leia, or Bears to us.

On the 17th August, 2017, the shining light in our lives, left us for Rainbow Bridge. Leia was 10 years, 8 months, and 27 days old. Of that, we got to spend 10 years, 7 months and 3 days with the most amazing dog.

She had a quirky personality, she was very vocal, her internal alarm clock for 4pm was just amazing – it was spot on every time!

When we went to pick out a puppy, it was Leia we chose. On the drive home, Andrew and I decided that we wanted another one and there were two left. Ricky and Sally. We decided to choose Sally and from then, they were together every day of that 10 years, 8 months and 27 days Leia lived on this earth. When we went to pick them up as babies, we asked which ones were ours and Belinda exclaimed “that one over there escaping, and the one sitting there barking”. Great we thought, what have we got ourselves into! Everyone told us we were stupid for getting a beagle, and crazy for getting two!

Fortunately for us, Sally and Leia were amazing dogs. They taught us so much, and their love and devotion for us was second to none. People always told us to get them used to “being apart” so they wouldn’t rely on each other. But, us knowing so much more than other people with our first ever dogs, decided we knew better and we let them be together. We got them so they could be together, it seemed stupid to separate them. The bond they had started from babies when we were told from Belinda that they were always together and she was glad they went together.

On the 19th January, 2007, our adventures into beagledom started. Sally and Leia are responsible for a lot of our life choices. We had to buy a bigger car and move from our inner city house to acreage. We’ve met some amazing people along the way, who we regard as wonderful friends. There was one particular special person who once told me, “Once you get two, then comes three, then four, then comes the van, then a bigger house, and before you know it… ” Here we are.

As Leia lied on her favourite bed from Grandmas in our back yard on a gorgeous winter’s day, we reminisced about her adventures in life, the beach trips, the farm visits, beagle walks, beagle camps, lurecoursing, Christmas in July in Gympie…  I told her she was responsible for all of this as I kissed her gorgeous little face. The Beagle Bus, the acreage and the 9 other dogs that were lying around her as if they were forming some guard of honour. It was all for you Bears.

My fondest memories will always be of Leia at the beach and how happy she was. She was in her element, the wind blowing her ears back, trotting along through the water. It was her happy place.

I hope you had the time of your life Bear Bears, I miss you so much it hurts 🙁


Introducing…. CH Dins!

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Published on: August 3, 2017

If you’ve been following my posts on the blog, our little “Tan Head”, or Dinnies to us, can now Officially be know as Australia Champion Asalei Monkey Shenanigans (AI).

Dinnies is a very sound dog, with lovely sound movement, reaching side gait, solid topline, gorgeous pleading expression, and a gay tail. The gay tail let him down, and whilst it is a fault in the standard, no dog is perfect. I felt Dinnies had a lot of things right, that others have wrong and deserved to gain his title. I just needed to find those judges who saw his positive virtues, over his gay tail. The challenge points he did receive were quite large ones and he earned his title in style with a Best of Breed over his mother, and Australian Bred in Group under Mr Graham Kerr. Mr Kerr has previously had beagles and exclaimed how gorgeous Dinnies head was and the pleading expression he has.

I decided to keep Dinnies and continue showing him, as while yes, he does have a gay tail, he has many other great points, along with the best health testing results out of all my dogs.

Here’s to 🌟Champion Asalei Monkey Shenanigans (AI) 🌟! Abby’s second champion progeny and our second home bred Champion!


More great results!

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Published on: August 3, 2017

Keeper and Oscar have both continued their winning ways recently with classes in group and Keeper converting one to a Reserve Neuter in Show under a Beagle Specialist!

Oscar continues to consistently receive the reserve challenges behind two Supreme Champions and has on a few occasions, beaten his Grandmother for Runner Up Best of Breed!

I’m so extremely proud of how these two boys are showing! Oscar took a back seat while I was showing Dinnies (… more on that soon!) and hasn’t really been shown much. But lately he’s certainly making his presence felt! I look forward to what the future holds for Oscar!

Abby and Noosha are on a roll with winning the Bitch Challenge points and we are edging ever so closer to her Grand Championship Title!

Keeper winning Neuter in Show at The Hound Club of QLD
Keeper winning Reserve Neuter in Show under Beagle Specialist, Mr Peerapong Pisitwuttinan
Oscar winning 1st in Puppy Sweepstakes under Ms C Gunn

The power of photography

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Published on: July 14, 2017


Photo by Alicia Adamopoulos

Being behind the camera most of the time, there are never really photos of me with my dogs, other than selfies and dog show win photos.

Nearly 10 years ago, Alicia and Alex Kennison from (then) Savvy Studios photographed our wedding on the 07/07/07. I desperately wanted our little girls in the photos, but family and friends said that was silly. What if they barked? What if they jumped on my dress? My response was “who cares!” So I never got those wedding photos with my girls on our wedding day.

Nearly 10 years on, Sally and Leia are still here. While they are aging, and ailing… they are still here. I wanted to capture them in their senior years, and how I want to remember them for eternity.

When they are gone, photos are all you have. Don’t wait, go out there and get those photos done if you want them!

I can’t thank Alicia enough for creating these amazing photos and giving me some wonderful memories that I will treasure, forever.


It’s Show Time!

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Published on: May 4, 2017

Now the weather is starting to cool down, it’s time to start hitting some shows! We ventured to Durack last weekend for the Western Suburbs Kennel Club shows under an international panel. My boys did me proud and came away with some frilly ribbons.

Ch & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit “Keeper” was Neuter in Group under Mrs P Lanctot (Canada). Mrs Lanctot had lovely words to say about my beautiful boy and wondered why he had been neutered. Sometimes, we just have to make those decision, for the health and well being of our babies. Keeper is now such a happy dog who’s enjoying life and due to Neuter Classes, I’m still able to exhibit this beautiful boy for Judges to look at. I always wonder what he could have been capable of achieving if he were still entire…. But at the end of the day, we still have our gorgeous boy in our lives to enjoy and love for the rest of his life. THAT is worth more than any show wins.

Ch & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit


Our young boy Asalei Golden Keepsake “Oscar” also had a great weekend, being awarded Puppy in Group on Sunday under Ms Mary White (USA) and Reserve Challenge Dog against older competition on Monday under Mrs P Lanctot (Canada). Oscar is still really only a baby at under 9 months of age, he’s only had four shows where he’s been eligible for the Challenge and has walked away with two Reserve Challenges. I’m very proud of this boy! He will take time to mature, but I’m willing to wait. He still shows the great promise he did as a baby! Oscar is the Grandson and Nephew of Keeper.

Asalei Golden Keepsake – 8.5 months


Thank you to Stephen Uebel for the photos of our boys.

What’s Easter without the NSW specialties?

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Published on: April 13, 2017

This year will be the first year in 7 years that I haven’t made the trek to Sydney for their specialties. I do kind of feel like I’m missing out, but I can’t selfishly expect my husband to drive to Sydney and back over 4 days when he’s been working 60+ hour weeks for quite a few weeks now in our business. Sometimes, there’s other things that need considering before a dog show.

I’m sure our dogs won’t complain about not having to sit in the car for 12 hours! We usually do the trip through the night, so the dogs can sleep as normal.

I thought I’d share some wonderful memories of Sydney that I’ve had with Abby over the years. From her very first specialty in NSW where she went Baby in Show under Mrs Sally Kimber, to her numerous class in shows, many best headed bitches, and class placements in big classes.


Good luck to all those showing over Easter!

Our amazing results for 2017 continue!

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Published on: March 29, 2017

Our second show for 2017, and another fantastic result for our beagles. Poppy (Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads) was awarded a 17 point Best of Breed, and then went on to win Runner Up Best In Group (Group 2) from 108 hounds entered under hound specialist, Ms Liane Horne (QLD).

I haven’t shown Poppy much since she arrived 12 months ago, but the times I have shown her, she’s done very well and exceeded my expectations.

I look forward to what the future holds for Poppy!

Thank you to Patrik Berger for these wonderful photos of Poppy from Saturday night.

Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads – Photo by Patrik Berger
Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads – Photo by Patrik Berger

Show Results- Our first show of 2017!

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Published on: March 3, 2017

So, we finally went to a show for 2017 and what fantastic results for our beagles! This is the second year in a row I have won Best In Show at The Beagle Club of QLD Inc. Open Show. Last year was with Keeper at his last show before he was desexed, and this year was with his half sister Poppy at her first show of the year.

CH Houndmaster Gold Threads – Best In Show (OS) under Judge Mrs Lynda Trotter


Not to be outdone, Poppy’s son, and our home bred boy Oscar (Asalei Golden Keepsake) was Reserve Dog (2nd best dog) and Minor in Show! I wasn’t going to show Oscar at this show as I just didn’t feel he was “ready” and past his gangly/fugly puppy stage, but he certainly proved me wrong! I am very excited about the dog he’s maturing into.

Asalei Golden Keepsake – Reserve Dog and Minor In Show


Keeper was awarded Best Neuter in Show at the same show he was BIS at last year. Judges always ask me “why neutered”? Yes, he’s a beautiful boy, and I would have loved to do big things with him as an entire dog, but at the end of the day, his health and ensure we have many many years with him, was more important than any ribbons he could have won. And, we have the best of both worlds now, he wins pretty ribbons, AND he’s fit and healthy and going to be around with us for a long while yet! We love our Keepie <3

CH & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit – Neuter in Show


Dinnies was placed 3rd of 7 entries in Intermediate Dog class, and was awarded Best Headed Dog.

Asalei Monkey Shenanigans (AI) Best Headed Dog


Overall, a wonderful night for our beagles and a great start to the show year ahead!

I don’t ever recall it being this hot for this long before.

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Published on: February 8, 2017

We haven’t been doing much lately due to the extended periods of heat we’ve been having. I’ve been entered in dog shows, but haven’t been attending as the health and welfare of my dogs is far more important than any ribbon or points could ever be.

My babies spend most days inside in the aircon. They eventually venture outside about 4pm once it’s cooled off a little bit. We are heading into another hot weekend again this weekend with predicted temps at home of 37°C (98°F) and 39°C (102°F). There are dog shows scheduled for this weekend in hotter temps than at our house as they are further out west. I will never understand people putting their dogs through the stress of driving to a dog show in the hottest part of the day, and sitting in the heat… for no other reason than to attempt to win a ribbon or get those extra points for the point score. No ribbons or points are worth more than the life of my dog.

Once it starts to cool down again, we will be heading back to the show ring!

Our August litter have turned 6 months old and are just so beautiful. Hard to believe they are 6 months old, but it feels a lot longer ago than 6 months! Time just goes way too fast these days. Oscar is a gorgeous combination of his mother and father and we see so many traits of both of them in him. Now, if he could just stop taking everything inside out, and bringing everything outside in… that would be great!

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