Dogs: Plus 2 States and the Etymology of “Beagle”
It turns out the dogs doubled the number of states they were in this past weekend. Our route to Asheville took us through Tennesee. Here are two photos documenting their passage:
Jimmie in Tennesee
Jimmie in North Carolina
As you can see, the different states had a profound effect on Jimmie’s demeanor.
When I checked into the hotel, they had me sign a pet disclaimer. The very first thing on the list read, “There is a $50 charge if you leave your pet unattended in the room and your pet causes a disturbance to other guests.”
Obscenities raced through my mind. In horror, I recalled that I have a beagle. Beagles are synonymous with disturbance! Skeptical of my claim? Look no further than the etymology sections of these common dictionaries:
-Random House Unabridged Dictionary
[Middle English begle, possibly from Old French bee gueule, loudmouth : beer, to gape (variant of baer; see bay2) + gueule, gullet (from Latin gula).]
– The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
c.1475, possibly from O.Fr. becguele “noisy person,” lit. “gaping throat,” from bayer “open wide” (see bay (2)) + gueule “mouth.”
– Online Etymology Dictionary
Luckily, I happen to have a rare wuss strain of the breed. Henry is so fearful of new environments that he is literally scared straight. He doesn’t have accidents in new environments (especially lucky for Kevin Ledman) and it takes him a day or so to feel comfortable enough to resume barking at every suspicious sound.
So…it turned out to be okay. Timid little Henry watched reruns of Man vs. Wild and The Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel and apparently refrained from any disturbance-making. Sean and I skated through without any complaints or extra charges.
This weekend, it seems, Henry did not live up to his breed’s name.
P.S. A couple of years ago, I was so amused by the etymology of “beagle”, I made myself Beagle Etymology T-shirts and stickers thanks to CafePress.com.