BIG UPDATE! - 8 OCTOBER 2016: Hi there. I’m Leah and I got tired of waiting for my foster mom to send in this update, so I’m doing it myself. People remark on my coloring a lot – yes, I am a brown/black beagle. If you don’t believe it, just watch me sniff out a tasty morsel from the people food on the table. After I’ve worked really hard to find it and planned my approach, my foster mom invariably slips it right out from under my nose. She won’t feed me people food because she says the family that adopts me might not want to share. Well, where are you? I’ve been here for almost four years and I really want a chance at that yummy looking dessert.
The vets at BREW think I’m between 7-8 years old; I’m not telling. Besides, it’s rude to ask a lady her age and numbers don’t mean anything anyway. What you need to know is I’m an adult female beagle, I dearly love people and expect that they will reward that love with LOTS of belly rubs. I don’t bark a lot; in fact, compared to most beagles, I’m really quiet and I’m good with older children and with other dogs. At ~37 lbs. for the last few years (the vet was really impressed) I still think I’m a lap dog. I like children; it’s just that I don’t know my own strength and can play a little too rough for young ones. Other dogs are OK; just don’t get in my way for treats or belly rubs. I have this way of using my hip to move them out of my way. It’s really impressive.
BREW doesn’t know much about my early life; I was a “stray”. I’ll never tell, but I could easily have gotten lost after running away. You see I love to run. Anywhere; any time. In fact, I like to run so much that I’ve become adept at finding my way out of just about any yard you may try use to contain me. Fences, trees, just about anything can serve as a jumping or climbing start to an adventure. I’ve also been known to dig and dig and dig, if I thought it might give me a way out. Once out, I can move really fast; I will come, if called, sometimes, when it suits me.
Two different times, I’ve been adopted and come back to my foster mom. My foster grand mom says it’s because I want to come back to be spoiled. The first time I was adopted, I was never crated, and never quite figured out who was in charge. I wanted it to be me and the resident dog didn’t like that so things didn’t work out well. I’ve never had problems with other dogs at my foster mom's house. In fact, there have been as many as three other dogs in the household and I’ve usually gotten along well with all of them. The second time I went to the home of a very nice couple. I really messed up there. I kept trying to get loose and proved to be just too much for them to deal with. Even though at both adoptive homes I walked a lot, I was just too energetic and too focused on getting loose. At my foster mom's house I get to sleep on the people bed (even during the day); also, during the day, I’m let out on a very long lead so I can be either outside or inside. When my foster mom goes out without me she leaves me in the crate. I don’t like it very much and will cry/howl for a little while, then settle down until she comes back to let me out. I really like rides but I want to keep moving all the time; I ride in my crate for my protection.
All in all, I’m one big lovable beagle lady. There’s now some white in my muzzle; otherwise I’ve kept my lovely color. If you would like a companion that will love you, unconditionally and will keep you on your toes, I just might be the beagle for you. I love my foster mom but I’d really rather have a forever family of my own. Both of my foster sisters, Amber and Polly went to the Rainbow Bridge this year, so for right now I’m not sharing my foster mom with anyone. I know it will make her sad if I leave her too, but she will be so happy for me to have my own family that she won’t be sad for long. Come and see me at an adoption day or other BREW activity; I’ll be the one hogging all the belly rubs!
8 FEBRUARY 2016: Leah continues to be a rambunctious, loving gal, and she would very much like to find her forever home!
10 AUGUST 2015: Leah remains a wonderfully affectionate dog who loves to run and play. She needs to be tired out every day. The addition of a treadmill to the household may help that. The only thing Leah likes better than her people is to run as far and as free as she can manage. Therefore anyone considering Leah as an addition to their family needs to be aware she needs to be under your physical control any time she is outside, even in your back yard. Leah is incredibly smart and will find and exploit even the smallest opening or foothold, if she thinks it will get her out.
I keep a halter on her rather than a collar. Even so, she has slipped it several times recently; each time she has either come when I called or come in on her own. Given her history, those few times are not enough to get her dog door access during the night. Since the last post, she will sometimes go in the crate without trouble but not always. Then we employ the wheelbarrow.
Leah will stand at my chair and look up at me; if I say no, she will go away; if yes she happily jumps up and cuddles on my lap for a while, sometimes going to sleep. She is usually good with her two foster sisters but won’t hesitate to do a hip swing to make room if there is something interesting going on. Her idea of a walk on the leash is to run full tilt or as fast as you will let her. Leah definitely needs obedience training and is smart enough to benefit from it IF she wants to.
All in all, Leah is a truly wonderful handful. You just need to know her priorities and be ready to deal with them. She’s great with children; she can be overwhelming in her welcome so would not be suitable for smaller children unless she settles down appreciably.
6 APRIL 2014: Leah is a friendly, active gal who on the lookout for a foster and/or forever home that can provide her with plenty of exercise. She loves people and other dogs. Leah was adopted by a wonderful family in February 2014, but unfortunately, she repeatedly escaped from their yard, and they made the difficult decision to return Leah to BREW to find her a home with a more suitable yard. Leah will require a yard with a privacy fence that she can neither climb nor dig under, and she also needs regular run and play time. Leah is currently back in her original foster home, but BREW is also keeping an eye out for a foster home with a more "Leah-proof" fence situation. If this smart, active gal may be a good fit for your family, please let BREW know!
29 JULY 2013: Leah continues to be a lovely, affectionate beagle. She is learning some more commands like “wait” and “don’t sit on Hoosier”. She loves to run and to cuddle and will jump up on any available lap any chance she gets. Whenever there are hugs or food available, Leah is right there. In fact sometimes she gets a little pushy and needs to be reminded there is plenty of love and treats for everyone. She exhibits no food aggression but will protect her food from a potential poacher.
Leah is completely housetrained and enjoys the outdoors under any conditions. She chases birds, her foster siblings and anything she thinks might play with her. Leah likes to dig and has tried to dig out of the yard. She’s also willing to climb anything she can in order to get to a good smell both inside the house and out in the yard.
This is one of the smartest beagles I’ve met. She knows if something she wants to do is on the prohibited list and will wait for a chance to do it while alone in a room. For that reason, Leah is crated when there are no humans at home. She doesn’t like to go in and we do the wheelbarrow – lift the front paws in, pick up the rear end and walk her into the crate. She will howl as though inconsolable for a few minutes then calms down. When we get home she waits patiently to be let out.
Leah is very cooperative and will potty on the leash. She loves riding in the car, only becoming impatient if not moving. Smart as she is, she doesn’t quite get waiting for traffic. Told to quiet she will nap in her crate.
Children are a great source of cuddling and treats and play. She is very good with them. I’ll just repeat she should not be with toddlers unless closely supervised as she moves quickly and could play a little too rough for smaller children.
Other dogs don’t bother Leah at all. She will play with them or cuddle or ignore them. Right now she shares the house with the resident female senior beagle, another senior foster sister and a senior foster brother. She’s the youngest of the pack. Any disagreements among them are quickly dealt with and she goes on as though there had never been an issue.
Leah is a great dog who would love an active family that likes to walk and play. She does need to be crated while alone until you and she reach a time that you are comfortable giving her the run of the house unsupervised. This is where she ran into a problem with the previous adopter who wouldn’t crate her until she learned the rules.
If you want an adult, beautiful, smart wonderful beagle to share your life, Leah would love to meet you.
26 JANUARY 2013: Leah first came to us in early September, 2012. She was adopted in December but was returned in January, 2013. The adopter was unable to deal with the steps necessary to the retraining of an adult dog.
Leah is a young adult beagle. She is very active and agile and is interested in everything around her. She thinks it her duty to explore everywhere. Although ~30 lbs she still wants to be a lap dog and will happily cuddle.
Leah is very affectionate with people and other dogs. She loves to roll around on her back and her long legs flail around with abandon. She wants to play and will grab anything she can get and run away, hoping someone will follow her. Her two foster sisters are seniors and couch potatoes that either ignore her or send her away most of the time; she doesn’t give up but keeps going back to try for playtime
She has not yet been tested with children. Given she doesn’t seem to recognize her own strength, she should not be around smaller children without constant supervision. Leah will stay in the crate but doesn’t like it and has to be urged to go into it. Once there she is quiet as long as there is someone around; if I leave she tends to howl and bark.
Leah is food driven; she is learning to sit for her meals and treats and will follow me while I feed the other dogs, then follow back into the kitchen for her food. She is not above grabbing food from any source and is a typical beagle in that respect. Leah is very smart and if bored can get into trouble.
We have a dog door into a fenced back yard and Leah likes being able to go out at will. She was housetrained when she came here and had accidents only when I wasn’t paying attention to her signals. She will walk and do bathroom chores on the leash. She wants to check out everything around her and needs leash training. She likes riding in the car in her crate.
While we don’t know where Leah came from, she was immediately at home in the house; none of the normal household noises bother her. She is not afraid of thunder and is good when my resident senior beagle gets scared. Leah likes to sleep on the bed or cuddle up in the numerous dog beds where she can see the household.
Leah will make a great addition to a couple or family who are active and willing to spend time with her.
Leah is a 3-4yr old black/tan female that is fully vetted. She is friendly and good with other dogs but was a stray in Madison Co. so her history is unknown.