Baxter first came into our lives in October, 2007. As you can see, he was happy to be part of our family from the first meeting with us. We lost him on May 12, 2012, and have missed him ever since. We had four BREW Beagles at the time, but it was Baxter more than anyone who reminded me of Snoopy. It suddenly did not seem so strange that Charles Schulz drew Snoopy flying an airplane, playing baseball and golf, and sitting on top of the doghouse instead of inside it. Baxter had that sort of powerful spirit, and when he set his mind to something he was going to do it. Any time we walked the dogs, the other three seemed always to want to stretch their legs, but Baxter did not want to move forward until he had thoroughly sniffed each inch of ground, though if something worth chasing appeared the hunting dog in him would come out.
We learned quickly that no crate could hold Baxter. He would push the bars apart with his nose and get out. He quickly figured out how to use chairs as steps to get on the table and the levels in the Lazy Susan to get up to the kitchen counter if we left out any food which was not covered. Like Snoopy, he loved to eat and did it thoroughly. The other dogs would have stopped eating long ago and he’d still be trying to tip his own dish and then theirs, pushing them around with his nose, up against a chair or a wall, to get at that bit of food
which was otherwise out of reach.
Like Snoopy, he also had classic Beagle looks and a look on his face that made you wonder what he was thinking. Baxter would often sit down on his back legs, with his front legs out straight, looking right off the cover of a catalog for Outdoor Wear. More than anything, though, Baxter was a loving member of the family, who made you understand why dogs are called “Human’s best friend.” He was always ready to sit in your lap, or sit down beside you while you were watching TV, or lay down beside you at bedtime. No matter how long and hard the day was and what was going on, he had a way about him that would melt your heart and bring a smile to your face.