Jami - Thanks for sharing your knowledge. This excessive anxiety was a one time thing - I hope, but it was horrible. My daughter has actually left the webcam on when we've left her and she was fine. She chewed a bone for a bit and then got in her bed and slept after playing a little. We do try to leave her when we know she wants to sleep so that helps. When I console her at other times, which were nothing like tonight, she does calm down. But we need to nip what occurred tonight in the bud. Thanks again.
Arlene - Horror stories about drunk driving accidents last night and now horror stories about beagles tonight. What's on tap for tomorrow I wonder.
We love Ruby to death and must say how cute she is 100 times a day. Actually if you want to see how cute she is in action, there is a short video of her doing tricks on the hub I wrote about training dogs to do tricks. You'll see she's a bit silly.
I was cracking up at your comments and so was my husband as I read them out loud because it is all so true. Sometimes we call her "the shredder." I cannot believe how fast she can shred an unpaid bill - she prefers those over the paid ones for some reason. But I did find a cure. A quick squirt of water and the problem is solved. I've only gotten her wet maybe 3 times and if she is in a naughty mood I just have to put the squirt bottle where she can see it. And I should invest in the underwear and sock industry after all that we have had to replace.
Your PETCO story struck a chord too. When we go into PetSmart some well-meaning employee always hands us a flier for dog training classes. She's actually very well trained but LOVES all other dogs and people and expects a greeting from all of them. Of course she disturbs the classes that are in progress when we are there. It's actually quite funny. At first I was horrified, but then I figured this is really good training for the other dogs to see if they can ignore a huge distraction. She's a great dog, but I never, never can let her separate from one of us when she is not in the comfort of her own home. What we do for our pups. Thanks again for helping out.