It’s been a while…

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Published on: November 15, 2018

How quickly is this year passing us by? I feel like I could sleep for a week!

In August, our gorgeous Poppy had her second litter through surgical AI to Zeus. I decided to use Zeus for her second litter as his DNA tests came back as clear for everything I tested for. I needed a dog with clear DNA results, particularly for NCCD and Lafora Epilepsy, as Poppy is carrier for both of those. Another reason I chose to use Zeus, is he seems to produce leg in his progeny, and I feel this is something I need in my beagles.

Poppy had a very long labour, 33 hours to be exact. I was in consultation with Dr Phil Thomas through her labour and he was comfortable to let her keep going. She was progressing, and not showing any signs of distress, other than normal labour signs. She started shivering and panting on Tuesday, 7th August which was her due date. She laboured through the night, and through all of Wednesday. With no discharge, or distress, I was happy to monitor her and let her go. On Wednesday night, her contractions were very strong. Her little stomach was just a ball of contraction. I again phoned Dr Thomas and he was still ok to let her proceed. I gave her a cut off of 6am to start doing something, before I threw her in the car to bear traffic, and head to the vet.

5am, she started pushing, and by 6:10 she’d passed an empty sack. By 7:50am, she had naturally whelped 5 beautiful little puppies. Four boys, and one girl. I had words with Poppy after the 4th boy, telling her she better be giving me a girl!!

Unfortunately one of the boys had to be put to sleep at 5 weeks and 1 day. I will post separately about him.

The babies are now over 3 months old, and ready to enter the big bad world! I look forward to showing my new little princess Callie, and seeing how she develops with time.

Artie and Sammie have gone to have life long adventures together and Brian (or Hercie to us!) has gone to live with a family who has his half sister Georgie. We wish all our babies a life full of adventures, fun, love and cuddles xo


Life must go on

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Published on: July 24, 2018

Sometimes, it’s very hard to face the fact that life must go on. Unfortunately, it must, and without Sally and Leia in it. It’s been nearly 12 months since we lost Leia, and 7 months since we lost Sally. I still can’t think about them without getting teary. I certainly can’t look at photos of them without bursting into tears. It really is amazing how much a dog can impact your life. I never thought, all those years ago, when we brought those two naughty little puppies home, that our whole life would be impacted by them. The direction we took, the decisions we made… They all revolved around these two small puppies, which quite quickly became four, six, nine little puppies.

With life moving on, we decided it was cool enough to start attending some shows. Abby has had some wonderful recent wins with her gorgeous friend Noosha! I’m so proud of these two, and the points they are picking up. We are edging ever so close to her Grand Championship. One day, not long ago, that was just a dream. Imagine, my first show dog. A girl who I have such an amazing bond with, going on to get her Grand Championship? It’s closer than just a dream now, and the closer that dream becomes to reality, the more reality hits me in the face and I start crying. Why? Because it means that part of our journey will be over. It means Abby won’t be gracing the show ring and competing for challenge points anymore. But by gee, what wonderful wins and memories we’ve had along the way. Wins I know my gorgeous girl won because they judge loved her. Not me, not Noosha, but they genuinely thought Abby was worth awarding. The day that dream is achieved will be emotional, on so many levels. But Abby won’t know, she’ll just wonder why her mummy is a sobbing mess. She’ll still be jumping around like a fool, just wanting that little morsel of chicken nugget.

Because, Monkey, you did great!

CH Baldev Blonde Bombshell


Keeper also decided to get off the lounge and head on out to The Hound Club of QLD Championship show and won Neuter In Show under Ms J Townsend (NZ). This is the second year in a row that Keeper has won Neuter in Show at the Hound Club! I haven’t shown him much this year due to health issues, and concentrating on Abby… but he might need to make another few appearances shortly!

CH & Neuter CH Beagelee Keep The Spirit


Ode to Two Small Puppies

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Published on: January 16, 2018


In memory of Sally & Leia Ison, the original Two Small Puppies.

They spent their entire lives together, and now will be together forever over Rainbow Bridge.

We passed so many milestones with Sally and Leia by our side – we bought a house, we got married, we moved house, we sold a house, we bought a business. They travelled interstate with us in a Mitsubishi Mirage, a Subaru Forester and a Hyuandai iMax. They learned tricks to entertain visitors at pet expos. They showed us the pure happiness of Beagles off-lead at the beach. They kept a dozen foster dogs company, they welcomed another 7 dogs in to our lives, and they did it all together as constant companions.

They were meant to live so much longer. They were supposed to get old together, get cantankerous together and start telling off the young whipper snappers together. But cancer took them from us too soon.

We take solace in the fact they remain together.

We miss you Wally and Bear.

They are meant to live forever…

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Published on: January 3, 2018


Life can be so cruel. I can’t believe here I am, 4 months after losing Leia, that I’m now paying tribute to our beautiful Sally “Wally Wals” Ison. Our beautiful sisters. The ones responsible for all this.

On the Thursday before Christmas, Sally was devastatingly diagnosed with Lymphoma. The vet informed us she had 4 to 8 weeks to live. We never had the chance with Leia to do her favourite things before she passed. In this sad time, we were thankful to be given an opportunity to make that up and give Sally some great days doing her favourite things. These things included snacks (she was a beagle after all), the beach and running the car.

Unfortunately, the universe had other ideas. We were fortunate that we were able to take Sally to the beach on Christmas eve with her friends, and Christmas Day with her pack. During Christmas day, Sally deteriorated. I was hoping she was just not happy with the approaching storms on Christmas night. Wouldn’t it have been nice if that was the case.

At midnight, she woke me up panting and trembling, and I knew what this meant, but I didn’t want to believe it. I just couldn’t believe after 4 months, we were going through the exact same thing. I tried to offer her food to take a pain killer, but she turned her nose up. We wanted to say goodbye to Sally at home, surrounded by her family, but that wasn’t meant to be.

If I had of known we had days, not weeks, I wouldn’t have let you go. I would have hugged you and kissed you endlessly so you knew how much we loved you.

Sally was the beautiful, dignified lady of our pack. She was top dog and led the morning chorus for breakfast, was always first off lead at the beach, loved her toys, and as each new generation of Asalei beagles was introduced, she was first to teach them manners.

She was a loved member of the family and she will be greatly missed.

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