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ALUE, Waiting to Escape

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This was our dog Alue. We had to put her down in April, due to a mass of cancer in her
stomach. For a beagle, this is a death sentence as ALL they want to do is sniff out the next
morsel and look for food to eat.

Alue was one of those dogs, a beagle we will continually talk about long into the future. The
stories outlining her adventures were numerous. She did all sorts of antics…. mainly driven by
her keen sense of smell. Her nose led her into TROUBLE. We would get a call from the
neighbors telling us she was running down alleyways to mysterious corners of Southridge. She
would hide under a bed, having just eaten someone’s snack or ripped apart a backpack full of
granola bars left over from a hiking trip. One memorable time was at Easter when the kids spent
ve hours making little “egg people”, only to come home after a family supper to nd that she
had eaten them all from the baskets on the table.

As with most dogs, she loved go for walks and ride in a vehicle. My husband Terry spent many
hours with her in the big truck for a “run-run” out at the farm. This was her favorite thing to do.
She would hang out the window with her tongue lolling about and when he crossed the
cattle-gate to enter the long-range road for the farmhouse, she would howl at the top of her
lungs. Terry would let her out (because you couldn’t stand the sound) and she would run after
the truck as fast as her little beagle legs could take her. She would end up at the watering bowl
completely exhausted, but happy.

Lessons learned:
No matter how much you train a beagle, they’ll always be looking for FOOD. Keep the buns and
bread to the BACK of the counter or she’ll eat the whole bag, including most of the plastic. Keep
her tied up when opening the door or she will BOLT down the street, and most importantly, love
them with all your heart because time is short.

I was glad I could capture her essence in this art piece. The photo was taken last summer at
Shuswap Lake. I had opened the door to the trailer and she was desperately trying NOT to look
at me as I was telling her to stay!

RIP
ALUE~2003~2017

NFS
16 x 12 in
Acrylic & Mixed-Media on Birch