• Devorguilla, The Original Baying Hound {Obituary}

    by  • December 29, 2013 • Family, Featured • 23 Comments

    dog obituary

    Devorguilla, a.k.a. Devie, our blue tick coon hound mix, died today, December 29, 2013. She was approximately thirteen years old, having been adopted as a young adult at the Capital Area Humane Society in January 2002. She is survived by little hound Hawise, cats Moonshine and Nightshade and people Alex, Lillian, and Rachel.

    Despite our attempts at training, Devie was a headstrong troublemaker. She bayed at everyone who entered, stopping only when she was ready. Barking was how she related to other dogs and while we understood her noise to be playful, most other hounds cowered away from her. She surfed counters, scavenged floors, and ate anything possibly food-like. In her twelve years with the Tayse Baillieuls, she consumed the following in addition to regular meals: human birthday cakes, six packages of raisins to include packaging in one sitting, several bronze ring nails and the plywood they were attached to, boozy fruitcakes, chocolate truffles, a sheet pan of cookies, compost, a bag of flour, trash, and countless breakfasts, lunches, and dinners left unattended for a few seconds. Devie’s stomach of steel allowed that these indiscretions were uncomfortable for her but didn’t results in messes for her family beyond the missing food.

    hugging devie

    While she was difficult to live with, Devie was easy to love. Friends and neighbors who understand hounds carried on howling conversations with her. Many admired Dev’s unflagging devotion to food, annoying as it was.

    She was extremely gentle, especially around Lillian. Devie not only tolerated but seemed to enjoy being dressed up and always won ‘cuteness contests’, Lil’s habit of dressing up pets and stuffed animals for fashion shows. Devie’s coloring was beautiful and inspired our first business name, the Baying Hound. After losing an eye to persistent infection in 2010 she became even more striking.

    We noticed Devie slowing down this autumn. When she stopped enjoying food, her one true love, this week, it was our signal that organ degeneration or cancer had progressed enough to severely affect her quality of life. We made the difficult choice of euthanasia. She was buried at home.

    Rest in peace, Devorguilla. You will be missed.

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    23 Responses to Devorguilla, The Original Baying Hound {Obituary}

    1. December 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      She was a beautiful dog and obviously lived a life full of love. My condolences on her loss.

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Thanks, Christina.

    2. Jess
      December 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I am so sorry, but so happy she had a happy life. I’m sure she was a Good Dog. :)

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Thanks Jess.

    3. Dave
      December 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I’m so sorry.

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

        Thanks Dave.

    4. December 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      So sorry for your loss. We know how the furry ones become a part of the family. We send our love!

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

        Thanks, Gretel. I know you understand this loss all too well.

    5. December 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      So sorry to hear this. A hard decision, but they always seem to find a way to let you know when it’s time.

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Thanks, Eric.

    6. December 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      A lovely tribute for a lovely dog. I am so sorry for your loss.

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Thanks, Candi.

    7. Melinda Baillieul
      December 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

      So sorry for your loss of a family member. Having been faced multiple times with the same decision I know how difficult it can be to let them go. You must know you did the right thing. Sounds like she had a pretty extraordinary life with a very caring family.

      • December 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

        Thanks, Melinda.

    8. December 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Our dogs are so ingrained in our family life, that the loss is felt deeply. I’m sorry for loss.

      Happy Anniversary – 13 years is pretty nice.

      • January 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        Thanks, Diana!

    9. Joyce Ward
      December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

      So sorry to hear about Devie and I know you’ll really miss her. While her habits may have been annoying at times, her disposition cancelled out the annoyances. She was a good introduction to dogs for Lil, too.

      And I should have wished you Happy Anniversary when you were here. Better late than never.

      love, Grandma

      • January 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        You’re right about Devie being a good introduction for Lil, Grandma. Thanks for the anniversary wishes. :)

    10. December 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I’m so sorry about Devie. What a great hound. May her memory always be a blessing to you.

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    12. January 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I am so very sorry for your family’s loss! You will always be “Two Hounds in the Kitchen” to me. :)

      When our beloved old Jack died, we found this inscription for his stone, which fit him perfectly:

      Often a bad dog. Sometimes a great dog. Always a good dog.

      It sounds like that may have fit your Devie, too. Wishing you many fond memories until you meet again on the Rainbow Bridge!

      • January 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        That’s a great inscription. Devie, and I’m sure Jack, were good dogs and I’m convinced the great dog memories will outshine the bad dog ones.

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