Age: 3-4 years
Update on March 15, 2011: Dude has been with us for almost a month now. He has really come a long way from the first week he was here. What a great little dude he is. He had a few accidents in the very beginning (first 4 days), but has since only gone outside. He even holds it all night and actually has to be encouraged to go outside in the morning. He uses his doggie door very well and independently.
Walking is such a joy with him as well. He is a bit cautious when cars drive by, but he walks right beside you. Dude is much more comfortable with his surroundings and is playing with toys and dogs very well. Dude would probably do best with another dog, preferably a female. He gets along with male dogs very well, but he is definitely a ladies dog. Dude will often observe our other dogs and follow their actions. He has picked up on "sitting" for a treat that way as well. Learning to be a "dog" again is best when you have a friend to help you.
He loves to run beagle figure 8s in the backyard with our other beagle. Dude has no problem roughhousing with our beagle...but he is a bit shy when it comes to playing with people. He is happy to tug or fetch with people, but he doesn't like to be picked up. He loves to be chased by dogs...but he doesn't understand when people try and chase him, he thinks he is due for a punishment. He may have had some abuse in his past..but he is getting more comfortable every day.
We have been to the dog park and Dude was a little bit shy in the beginning, but after introducing himself to other dogs he warmed up to the idea. He loves to curl up next to you and get his belly rubbed. The car trips are fine for Dude, no whining or pacing. This beagle also doesn't bark very often. We have heard him bark maybe on 3-4 instances in the last month.
He's a pretty mellow dude. Until you see that tail. Wow. Can that thing move. When you walk through the front door and he is thrilled to see you...his tail actually controls his whole body..even though the tail is out of control!
Come by and visit with Dude to see if he is a good fit for your home. Be warned, once you meet him...you will want to take him home! Just ask my neighbors...they are always offering to dogsit Dude..
Dude has a heart of gold. Every time I look at him, I think what a brave boy he is. Dude was found by the side of the road in Southern Virginia. He survived on his own for who knows how long with no one to care for him. Dude is approximately 3-4 years old and he has been a joy to have in our home for the last 7 days. His favorite thing to do is cuddle on the couch right next to you. His priority in life seems to be making his owner happy...oh and filling his tummy with food...but that's how you know he is a beagle. He was a little shy at first, but he has warmed up so much to us. What a generous and kind boy he is to our female beagle. When she comes in the house after getting wet from the rain, Dude cleans her. He plays very well with our female beagle and also loves to play with the male Sheltie next door.
Dude doesn't pull on the leash when on a walk and usually spends most of the time walking right beside you. Dude loves to run around and play in the yard..but it seems the couch is probably one of his favorite places. He is a good balance between active and relaxed. He often follows a family member around the house hoping to go on an adventure with them. Dude is also starting to get interested in toys. We are working on the crate training...and he is pretty much housetrained. We had a couple of accidents in the beginning...but no accidents/marking for 4 days straight. You can see how happy he is to be with people and animals who care for him..
Dude is a 2-3yr old neutered male beagle boy. He's a built like a little Mac Truck, he is short and stocky, may be considered the "bench leg" type. He's friendly, good with other dogs but was a stray in Amelia Co. so his history is unknown.