Polo (now Tucker): Tucker is doing very well. He, Chester and Spencer are getting along well. Sometimes they curl up together. Tucker has started going outside without a leash following the other two. He is eating well and likes to get treats. However, he won't take the treat from us we have to leave it on the floor. He's still very skittish and runs and hides either in the bedroom or under a bed often. However, he's getting better at coming out on his own and rejoining the pack.
He hasn't started walking with the pack as he doesn't seem to trust being on a leash. We'll work on this when we go down to SC for vacation and it will be warmer outside so we can spend more time training.
He's very cute and I think he's warming up to us (he likes to sleep curled up next to Tom) and trusting us a little more each day. We are happy he's come to live with us and be a part of our home and pack.
Hunter Henderson: We love our Hunter. We bought him a christmas present and our daughter has it "hidden" in her closet. She won't even mention what it is in front of him for fear he will "hear" her. So cute. And he's just a doll!!! Here's a picture I snapped when Hunter climbed in the bean bag chair with her.
Otter (now Snoopy): He and Bailey are doing well. They look for each other in the mornings (we still crate Snoopy at night) and nudge each other to see who gets out the door to the backyard first. He is now 23 pounds and the vet was comfortable with his weight where we will keep him at. He is up to date on everything and will be ok'd to run soon. We are going to classes once a week and he is taking to the directions. The trainer was even surprised to see how well he was doing considering how many dogs and smells there were around.
Here's a picture of Snoopy sitting on my lap as I work on the computer. He is sooo sweet and easy going. We love having him as a part of the family.
Lucy Washington: Lucy and Ricky are both doing fantastic! It amazes us every day how much healthier Lucy looks now, and her energy level has increased dramatically. When we first picked her up she could hardly walk up stairs, and now she sprints faster than anyone else and jumps up to say hello every time we come home (so adorable that we don't have the heart to stop her). Ricky has healed well after his surgery, and doesn't seem to be missing the eye at all. He is Richard's miniature companion (compared to the rest) and never leaves his side. He continues to have difficulties with his hind legs, but it does not affect him in most cases. The vet told us that he gets along so well even with the slight lameness that having any reparative surgery would do more harm than anything.
We are going to do our best to come to the Beagle Bash this weekend with at least the two of them. I work almost every weekend, but am trying to get Sunday off. This has been the largest hurdle preventing us from bringing them out to adoption events recently, but truthfully it may have been selfishness on our part not wanting other people to steal them from us. I have no doubt that they would both be adoptable with their loving personalities, especially now that Ricky's eye has been taken care of and Lucy has slimmed down. Having said that, we officially fail as foster parents because we cannot imagine our lives or home without these two now. I never thought I'd say this (especially when we volunteered to help rescue these two last year), but our crazy beagle family wouldn't be complete if we gave them up and we have plenty of room (and love) for them.
We could not be more thankful that BRSM brought them into our lives!
Bernie: It’s been over 9 years since we adopted Andrea (now Molly) & Bernie from you. They were 2 of a litter of 5 pups born on 3/28/2004 to a black and tan coonhound named Katie Barbara. They weigh 100 lbs each & the vet’s best guess is that the father was an Australian Shepherd. That would also explain Bernie’s herding tendencies. They’ve been blessed with good health so far. Anyhow, I thought you might like a current picture of them. Bernie is on the left.
Slim Jim: It has been just over a year now since Jimmy came to live with us - his one-year anniversary was over the Columbus Day weekend. He is such an integral part of our family now that it is hard to imagine life without him! He has come so, so far in the past year that he is really a different dog in so many ways. When he first arrived last year, I would have to put a leash on him to take him outside, to bring him inside, to take him to his food, etc. Now, he comes and goes on his own wherever he needs to go and is becoming a very friendly dog. Brigid had a friend over on Saturday, and Jimmy was out with the girls in the backyard. When the friend's dad came over to pick her up, he came into the backyard, and Jimmy ran up to him to get a pet, and he had never met this man before!
We adopted a second dog in May - a shaggy black mix named Max. Max and Jimmy became best friends about three minutes after meeting each other. I think that Max has helped Jimmy open up to us more, and I feel like every month we see a new part of Jimmy. The two dogs love to run and play in our backyard. It is so much fun to watch them! And they are both in great shape from all of that running!
Both dogs sleep with Brigid, 7, and Fintan, 5. Usually there is one dog in each of their beds, and it is usually Jimmy who is with Brigid. He curls up right next to her, usually right by her tummy, and she drapes her arm across him. Sometimes she even uses him as a pillow! He seems to love it, because every evening he knows when she is getting ready for bed and he goes into her room and gets onto her bed. It is so sweet! Brigid has always liked dogs, but she is absolutely dog crazy now.
Molly, my 3-yr old who was always afraid of dogs before we adopted Jimmy, is now a dog lover just like the older kids. Aine, who was a newborn when you saw her, is now a crawling 1-yr old who cracks up at the dogs and loves to pet them.
Jimmy's health has been super - he hasn't had any ear problems, and we brush his teeth almost every night to keep them clean. He's a champ about getting his nails trimmed, although I need to do that more often (I'm always a little paranoid about trimming nails too short). His coat is so short and shiny that it seems to stay naturally clean. Amazingly, we have never given him a bath! We just give him a little wipe down on rainy/muddy days and he smells very nice, so I figure we don't need to torment him with baths. We'll probably give him one soon just to give him a thorough cleaning, though.
Thank you again for your part in bringing Jimmy into our lives!
Han Solo (now Snoopy): Nov, 2013: Four years later, Snoopy is still a spoiled and happy beagle. Since we adopted him, we have had 2 kids, and we couldn't have asked for a dog who loves children more. He is patient and gentle with our girls and is an important part of the family.
May, 2010: When we first adopted Snoopy (previously known as Han Solo) in November 2009, he was incredibly shy and nervous. He seemed scared to go on walks, or even just to be around us. Now he is so excited to go on his half-hour morning and evening walks - mostly because he knows that he will get to run in the grass, find some good sniffs, and then eat when he gets back home. This previously terrified dog has become quite an adventurer; he has flown on a plane to Miami for a week, gone on hikes in the mountains, and made several road trips.
That last point has been a bit of a surprise – Snoopy has turned out to be an excellent traveler. Once he learned that rides in the car frequently led to walks in fun places, he comes into the car, settles down in his bed or on one of our laps, and is good to go. We were nervous about taking him on a cross-country road trip for this summer, but he has been terrific. He is so cuddly; he just loves being petted and held. As long as he is being touched, he is one happy little beagle. Watching him become comfortable and confident with us has been extremely gratifying.
Snoopy starts every morning with what we have termed his turkey hunt. Basically, we tear up a slice of lunchmeat into little pieces and hide them around the room. He then gets to “hunt” by sniffing around the room looking for the pieces to eat. It is definitely the highlight of his morning and is something that he gets very excited about, dancing around in anticipation.
He also enjoys attacking his toys. He has already torn apart a rubber football and a stuffed alien. We got him a new alien and are taking bets on how long it will take for him to rip this one to shreds. Fortunately, he restricts his chewing to his toys. He is so well-behaved, he won’t chew on anything until we have offered it to him as a toy.
We are so happy to have Snoopy as a member of our pack and family! He is an incredibly loving dog and a true cuddler. Snoopy makes us very happy.
Boudreaux: Boudreaux has firmly cemented his place as part of our family. He and Lucy became pals, although she could not run and play like Boudreaux wanted to. He has had visits from our granddogs and he always has a great time with them because they can and do run and play.
Boudreaux’s progress physically has been fantastic. He had some water therapy in my brother’s pool, but he wasn’t very fond of it. He may have webbed feet, but he’s no swimmer. I would hold him up and walk around the pool with him, while he paddled his short legs. If I ever let go, he would swim right to my brother David and rest his head on David’s shoulder.
He has progressed extremely well from his FHO surgery. He is able to run and run fast. He does have a hitch in his get along, but that’s normal after FHO surgery. His hair has grown back completely. He is my little shadow. He knows his name and has definitely learned the meaning of the word NO!! Mr. Curious still has to stick his nose in everything from the trash bin to the dishwasher when the door is open. He thinks everything small in the house is a toy and every toy in the house is his toy. He knows where his beds are, but his favorite spot is still lying at my feet usually with his head on my foot.
Teddy Franklin: We adopted Addison in the fall of 2011 and Teddy in the spring of 2012, initially as a foster. Teddy was straight out of a rural shelter and didn't appear to have any experience as a house dog. Slowly he warmed up to us and to his sister and now he does everything she does-- especially rolling happily in the grass in an attempt to prolong their walks. Here they are, enjoying a beautiful day, rolling around joyfully in the sun.
Milo (now Riggins): Riggins at the beach! He's been doing well in his new home and my family loves him!
Cora Amelia: Two weeks ago Cora Amelia joined our family in Ellicott City. Our goal was to find a companion for our 11-year old beagle, Robin. Cora has proven to be energetic, intelligent, and, above all, affectionate. Cora and Robin have become fast friends and are now emotionally attached to each other. Cora is also very affectionate with my wife and me and our 4-year old granddaughter. She loves to play with us, and she loves to cuddle and readily displays affection. Cora quickly picked up the routine around our house, and she understands which food bowl is hers, and when she gets her morning and evening meals. We love Cora and we will provide her a happy and comfortable life with us.
Billy Biro: Update 08/18/13: In his online bio, Billy was described as a “very well behaved gentleman.” These few words and a photo of a handsome dog roped my husband and me in. It took us a little while, but we got our man. Billy is a sweet, mild-mannered dog who has made all the difference to us. He has fit in our little apartment perfectly. He is a joy to walk and even feeding him has turned into a special event for us.
Billy might not be effusive with his affection, but in three weeks he has gradually let down his guard. Over this time, he has shown us a few wags of the tail and he even licked my hand the other day (of course, I had just eaten a tuna sandwich). He always enjoys being petted. Even though he seems to seek out the nooks and crannies of our apartment to sleep, he follows close at our heels when we are about to go out or it is time to eat. Finally, Billy has become a little bit of a rock star in our apartment community as our fellow tenants coo over his beagle cuteness. We are very happy with our experience with Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland and so glad to have Billy as a member of our family.
We've also forwarded our latest video production of Billy, aka Lord William.
click here to see Billy the Spy II
7/31/13: He's doing great, gaining comfort in his surroundings. Will keep you posted.
click here to see a video of Billy's First Walk
Hailey Hughes (now Daisy): She is doing great! She loves her walks in the woods - she goes crazy sniffing and wagging her tail. I got a waist leash. Straps around my waist and then attaches with a clip to her harness - I still hold it but that way there's no chance of her getting loose. She follows her new beagle brother, Bingo, around and is getting more used to the boys. She is an incredibly sweet dog.
Shiloh Hughes: Shiloh is emerging bit by bit, exloring the house a little more on her own but loves cuddling. Our Holly is starting to take some interest in her. They played together in the yard last night for about 30 min. I think Holly is still pooped this morning and taking another nap.
Shiloh has captured everyone's hearts by being just the sweetest little girl. When she melts on the floor, our hearts melt and we just stand there laughing. She loves sleeping in bed with me but what a bed hog! I ended up having to sleep sideways in order to not disturb her. Am I well trained or what!
She hasn't had an accident in the house nor even considered any inappropriate chewing. Maybe this is all just the honeymoon stage but I have faith in her and make sure she isn't set up for failure. We hit the yard every 2 hrs and she 's always by one of our sides ( her choice.)
Bless you all for the work you do for these precious innocent sweethearts. They are life's joys and fill empty hurting hearts.
P.S. Our daughter pointed out that the white fur on the back of her neck is shaped like a heart....can she get any cuter?
Petey: Petey (the dog on the left) has very quickly adapted to our house. He and our other beagle, Lucy, get along very well. Lucy has become Petey’s best friend. Petey is a very very loving dog, and shows that every day. His tail never seems to stop wagging. Whenever we call his name, he runs to us and gives us kisses. It is almost as if he is thanking us every day for bringing him into our home. Integrating him into our family wasn’t always easy, but in the end it has been well worth it. We’ve never had a dog that was as loving, carefree and happy as Petey. Every day is an exciting adventure for him, and we are just glad that we can go along with him on all his adventures.
Cambrie: She is a wonderful little girl - still needs to learn some house rules and manners but she's getting there and she's very eager to please. She adores people and likes other dogs. I have had to take further measures to secure my yard as she's found out how to get out through the fence. She especially likes to do this when the kids are walking to school and I've chased her to the bus stop where she's in the midst of all the kids getting petted and made a big fuss over. She loves it. She is fine with the crate although I've started leaving her out when I'm only going to be gone a short while. So far that's working out. She has some allergies so I have her on Benadryl which seems to be working pretty well. She is extremely comical and expressive and really smart. I just love her. My two senior dogs grudgingly like her too. They have their moments but she seems to be figuring out what they will and will not tolerate and slowly she is working her way into their hearts as well.
Bobby George: Bobby is doing wonderfully. He had a dental on the 17th -- 8 teeth pulled, all on top. He had his re-check tonight and all is healing nicely. He's still on soft food for a few more days, but I don't think he minds the yummy canned food one bit :)
He's getting along great with Lolly & Maggie -- he and Lolly like to patrol the yard for squirrels and bunnies. Now, the squirrels I know come into the yard because of the bird feeders, but I don't get the rabbit. Of all the yards in the neighborhood, the rabbit picks the one back yard with 3 beagles in it. Either the rabbit's not very smart, or he just likes living on the edge :)
Bobby's such a SWEET little guy!
Kringle (now Fenway): Here are some pictures of our sweet boy. We've changed his name to Fenway. He's fit in perfectly to our family. Thank you for all that you do for the pups.
Snoop Dog: We love him to pieces and can't imagine life without him! He is so sweet and happy "all" of the time! He seldom barks, doesn't bother anything he is not supposed to and plays happily with his toys. It took him no time at all to master the dog door thanks to Quinn, his very patient playmate. We have not had one single accident since arrival. He is "constantly" wanting to wrestle with Quinn which has caused a slight adjustment problem between the two of them but we are getting there. He is very aggressive around other dogs but is all bark. Thanks to Quinn's calm and reserved manner he too is learning he doesn't have to be in a wrestling match all of the time.
He is a joy and we cant thank BRSM enough for our new lovebug!!!!
Annie Warbucks : Annie's a very happy girl these days. Her favorite things to do are eat (of course, she's a beagle), go on road trips, take walks, and relax with her brother, Mickey, a beagle mix we adopted from SPCA of Northern Virginia two years ago in November. She's gone with us to Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, New York City, the Jersey Shore, and the Rocky Mountains.
One of our favorite Annie stories is our attempt to train her. First, we tried to teach her to sit by using treats, simply telling her to sit, and once she did, giving her a treat. Instead, she decided to train us - whenever she wants a treat or food, she walks up to us and sits. For her, this is the command for, "Human, give me a treat." The same thing happened with trying to teach her to shake - we would pet her and tell her "good girl" whenever she gave us her paw, now she believes raising her paw is the command for "Human, pet me now," and it usually works. :)
She's a wonderful little dog, she's come out of her shell a good deal in the past three years, but she's still gentle and sweet.
Henry Ridgely: Henry's doing very well. The vet actually thinks he's about 5 or 6 instead of 9. More time with him would definitely be a good thing! The only thing we're really still working on is housetraining. He's doing much better but still has at least 1 accident a day in the house. I imagine he was kept outside all day in his previous environment, so we're just being very patient.
He loves his crate, enjoys playing with his beagle sister, Cassie (although she's still getting used to him 2 months later!), and loves to cuddle and give lots and lots and lots of beagle kisses. He's getting very good at sit and is learning the down command as well and seems very happy to be in his forever home. Thank you to BRSM for giving me the opportunity to love him and give him the life he deserves!
One picture I sent is Henry deciding to sit in the corner after he had an accident in the house (he put himself there!). I couldn't resist taking a picture. It was just too adorable.
Camilla (now Ginger): Update 04/21/13: We adopted Ginger (formerly Camilla) from BRSM way back in 2006. She is still doing very well. We recently adopted Baxter from our local Humane Society and they get along wonderfully. Ginger is back to racing around the yard and playing like she did when she was much younger. Here is a pic of the two of them relaxing on their loveseat. Ginger is on the left.
Update 5/22/08: We have now had Ginger for over 2 years, and boy has the time just flown by! Ginger is such a happy little girl. She loves to lay on our couch, but she especially loves joining us in bed and snuggling in the covers. I'm sending some pictures taken over the past year. Our cat Oreo just loves Ginger and there is even a picture of the two of them sleeping in our bed! I still love to hear that beagle bark and howl of hers when she wants to come back inside, or if we run into a dog that is bigger than her. She loves to ride over to my Mom's house where she plays with Penny (a beagle/terrier mix). She is just a joy to have in the house!!!
4/7/06-I want to send a big AROOOOOO to all of my friends at Beagle Maryland. Thank you all so much for helping me find my new home. I just love my new mom and dad. My big sister Lady is OK, too. She's a little bossy, but I hear that that is normal for big sisters. I've been home for about 2 weeks now and I'm fitting in nicely. My buddy Milton came with me and we get to sleep together in a huge crate at night. I really like Milton. We play and run around the house together. We share the couch, but we usually end up sleeping right beside each other or even on top of each other! I just love to collect things that smell like my mom and dad. I have a scarf that was my moms. She is letting me keep it all for myself. My dad took away his tools though. I don't know why he doesn't want me to keep them safe for him. I only chewed on them a little. I love my big fenced in yard, but I'm not allowed out without being on my lead. I found out that I am small enough to fit between the pickets on the fence and mom and dad don't want to lose me. They are going to put up chicken wire, whatever that is. Maybe I'll get to play with chickens then! I just love to play and I love meeting new dogs. I bark at the big ones so they know who's boss. Some of them are even scared of little old me! Well, I have to go play now. Thanks again!
Ginger aka Camilla
Jason Hughes (now Finn): Hello all. As we approach the one year mark, I just wanted to give you an update on Jason Hughes (now Finn)...
It was a bit of a rough start. After the first 3-4 weeks, Finn began peeing in the house. All over the house. The sofa, the bed, the floor...nowhere was off limits, and it could happen at any time. Finn would pee on the floor right in front of us. After making sure it was not a UTI, we became perplexed. Despite frequent trips outside and use of the enzyme cleaner that is supposed to deter pets from urinating, the behavior continued. Eventually, it evolved so that Finn was only doing it when we were gone or if he was scared (he went through a phase where he would not go in the backyard at night unless I, not my fiancé, walked him out), where he would cower down and "dribble". We still aren't sure where the behavior stemmed from, but we are happy to report that things have improved tremendously! Finn has only had one accident in the last couple of months and it was while his humans were out.
He and his brother Cecil get along famously. They love to play and snuggle.
Overall, Finn has brought so much joy to our lives and has actually helped Cecil with his separation anxiety!! We want to thank you for helping us find Finn and for allowing us to bring him into our family.
Finn: Just a note to let you know that Finn is a very happy little beagle boy. As
you can see from the picture, he makes himself quite comfortable, arranging the furniture to
suit him! He and his new sister are getting along well, although he takes
great pleasure in stealing most of her toys and, if we don't stop him in
time, disemboweling them. She pouts a bit, but we think she's mostly glad
he's around. We're still working on his manners, but he's proven himself
trustworthy while we're at work, so has said farewell to the dreaded crate
during the day and has settled nicely into his own cozy bed for nighttimes.
Finn is unlike any beagle I've had before in that he seems to be afraid of
being outside in the dark - so he's happy for the longer days and the warm
weather. But nothing is better than chilling in the recliner with dad, unless it's getting peanut butter and banana bites from dad, or trying to
sneak a lick of dad's scotch. This little guy is a would-be boozer! He's a
sweetie, a naughty one sometimes, but we're so glad he's now a part of our
Sparkle Williams (now Sparkles): Sparkles is the most amazing beagle. She is so quiet and calm but loves attention. She’s been going to the dog park and playing with the other dogs and running her tail off! She really loves her squeakable hedgehog and playing catch and fetch with it. So her nickname became "Squeakatron." She will bring it to you and just squeak and squeak and squeak it! It’s adorable. I love her very much. I am so glad we met each other. She is the happiest dog in the world. I can’t believe someone got rid of this angel.
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