Dogs: Plus 2 States and the Etymology of “Beagle”

May 28, 2007 at 9:16 pm 3 comments

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 Tennesee
Jimmie in North Carolina
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:

[Origin: 1490–1500; perh. < MF beegueule one who whines insistently, equiv. to bee, 3d pers. sing. of beer to be open, gape (by-form of bayer (see bay2) + gueule mouth (of an animal); see gullet]

-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. becguelenoisy 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

Entry filed under: Beagles, Henry, Jimmie, North Carolina, Tennesee, Travel.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Biltmore Estates « TGAW  |  May 28, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    […] 28th, 2007 Saturday afternoon, while the dogs were disturbance-free in the hotel room, Sean and I visited Biltmore Estates.  Biltmore was built in 1895 by the Vanderbilt family and […]

  • 2. Clint  |  May 29, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    There are some better sites than CafePress for making shirts, should you need to do so in the future.

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