Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Recap: BREW Beaglefest 2008

Earlier this summer, June 7 to be exact, Diesel, Marvin, Mark, and I drove to northeast Illinois to attend BREW Midwest's annual Beaglefest. BREW is the rescue group we adopted Marvin from just over a year ago – on what day, you ask? June 7! Which means this year's Beaglefest was held on Marvin's one-year adoption date. What a way to celebrate his first Gotcha Day! A happy coincidence indeed.

Last year, Beaglefest was held in May and we had just become an "approved family" through BREW's home and phone check program when we attended. We had seen Marvin online and thought him a handsome boy. We met him for the first time at Beaglefest, and, well, once meeting him, how could we resist? He worked his magic and came to live with us less than a month later.

Beaglefest this year was a much-anticipated reunion for us. We caught up with Nicole, the BREW volunteer
(now my friend and fellow Whole Dog Journal enthusiast) who did our phone interview; Kate, the volunteer who came to our house for our home check; and, of course, Toscha, Marvin's foster mom. The following photos are a brief recap of this year's festivities …

Diesel is never completely comfortable in large crowds, whether they be crowds of people or dogs. He was our little shadow for the day.
(Please note the lovely collar, handmade by Patience!)

Marvin, on the other hand, can't get himself in the middle of the action fast enough. Who owns who here?

Just when Marvin thought he had one pinned, he gets charged by another.

And the motive here is …?

Checking in. Good boy.

Under the picnic table, hoping we drop our hot dogs.

Time for a stroll and a sniff.

Marty – a lovely beagle/boxer blend.


A tender moment between Diesel and dog dad.

Marvin, captive at last.

Diesel found a quiet haven in the climbing gym.

And then it was time for agility practice!

Diesel surveys his surroundings.

Marvin – now you see him, now you don't.

A family photo with Toscha, Marvin's foster mom (and BREW Midwest's co-director). Marvin is named after Toscha's grandpa and I think our bluetick boy will always hold a special place in her heart. We love Toscha.

This photo, taken on our drive back to Milwaukee, was just the beginning of a really long night. We arrived home in the middle of a storm that would bring us five inches of rain in three hours, with about the same amount the following night. For the first time in the ten years I've owned our house we had water in our basement. We were up all night both Saturday and Sunday nights wet vaccing to keep the water in check and moving all that stuff I should have thrown out years ago. We were very fortunate compared to some, especially since it initiated a good basement clear-out the following weekend (with more yet to go!).

If it weren't for this little blip on the screen I would have posted our Beaglefest photos the day after the event. I apologize for the delay. ;)


Blogger River said...

Marvin certainly never meets a stranger, does he? At least Diesel found a place to get away. My mom has worked with BREW in Fairfax (that's her original home) but never got to go to a Beagle Fest. That looked like a great (safe) place to meet, too. Stay cool!

love & wags,

July 22, 2008 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Patience-please said...

The servant gets such a kick out of seeing the collars on their dogs! Thanks for posting the picture.
Looks like a great fun time, but oh sorry about the basement. That was not fun at all...

wags from the whippets

July 22, 2008 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Truman Tales said...

BREW looks like a fun event! I LOVE the photos of Diesel on the slide - precious. Sorry about all the rain and the basement flooding, what a headache!

July 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM  

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