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This whole family needs family counseling,

Good lord that's one of the most presumptuous things I've read on a ng in a long time. Talk about an armchair diagnosis.

You murdered your family dog. That was not armchair execution. You were in the driver's seat.

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My children, dog not withstanding, are well-behaved, socially adjusted, do extremely well in school, and score extremely high on the state tests.

But we're talking about the dog. What your kids did to your dog is wrong, and they need to understand that and learn not to do it anymore. So, "dog notwithstanding" kind of misses the point.

The point is not missed - everyone realizes where the fault lies.

And it's also not a trait of theirs - they do no such things with the other
2 dogs.

I believe it was just to get the beagle to do the hound-dog howling bark that they do.
Not that it makes it right, mind you. I'm just taking a gander as to why the only teased the beagle.
I insist, it isn't normal at this age for kids to tease animals.

I think it's very normal for 11 and 12 year old boys to do stupid things like put pillowcases on their heads and make noises to get a beagle to sing.

I think it's an injustice to assume that they did it purposely to hurt the dog. Don't forget, the kid was actually bitten when he hugged the dog.

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I insist, it isn't normal at this age for kids to tease animals.

I think it's very normal for 11 and 12 year old boys to do stupid thingslike put pillowcases on their heads and make noises to get a beagle to sing.

i agree with you. hell, you should see the silly things i do to try to get my dogs to "speak".
i think it's pretty absurd to expect kids to act like little adults. it kind of takes the fun out of being a kid. that said, they should still be accountable for their actions. things like this are how we learn, how we grow.
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I have to agree with flick here. As a mom of three boys (14, 10, and 6) who have been raised with everything from hamsters to horses, I expect that they'd know how to properly treat animals after age 3 or so, and that by age
11 and 12, they'd have a lot better things to do.
Then we disagree. (Leah's in there too.) I've read over my original statement and stand by it. I believe forcing ... love being killed is cruel and unusual. I'll let it rest now, not repeat myself and move on to this:

OH MY! I haven't been around for a few days again and was just reading this thread tonight. I told myself that I wasn't going to comment on it until I got all the way through it..but I can't help myself! My newsreader is on comment no. 102 of 142.
I'm sorry Julia...but "forcing" children of that age to watch the direct consequences for thier actions is something that I agree with. These weren't little kids! If they loved that dog so much than why were they teasing it like that?!?!?
Have you ever had a Beagle? They are the most docile...people loving breed I have ever known. I can't imagine what this poor dog went through to "push" him that far to bite! There is a reason why (unfortunately) that Beagles are often used in testing facilities. Think about it.
The OP spoke of another dog tonight that was 21 years old? Obviously then..the kids were around this dog growing up and should have been "taught" how to treat animals. Because they weren't taught...or ignored their "teachings"..either way...I feel they should "feel" and see the consequences of their actions. Hopefully, they will "learn" something from it.

Jan