UPDATE - 19 OCTOBER 2018: Sampson has healed from his back surgery and is now available for adoption. Check out the new pictures of this handsome boy. He would probably do best in home without young children, but he is friendly with other dogs. He doesn't like being in a crate, but he is excellent on a leash and is 100% potty trained - both on a leash or when allowed to go outside in a fenced yard. He weighs about 29 pounds, and he is estimated to be about 7 years old.
UPDATE - 25 APRIL 2018: Poor Sampson has been having some back problems, so he is not available for adoption until after we make sure he is okay. He may need surgery, so please consider donating to BREW to help with some of our expenses. He is a precious boy, so we are hopeful that we can help him feel better. In the meantime, his foster family is giving him lots of TLC.
UPDATE - 3 FEBRUARY 2018 (from his foster mom): Sampson is a lover of the simple things in life. A nap in the sun, a saunter around the yard, a peanut butter filled kong. He gets along well with the resident beagle and with all dogs he has come across, but people are the apple of his eye. He is never more that one step away from any human available to him and his first napping spot is always the lap. If he is refused that prime spot, he will make do with curling up as close as he can get, with his head resting on a leg or foot. With his imploring eyes and the way he cocks his head when you speak to him, he wins over all humans.
His reputation for barking preceded him, but he has demonstrated that there are only a few things worth alerting the entire neighborhood for. The sighting of a deer tops the list of notable events, but cats, squirrels, and delivery trucks don't make the list. He barks during play with other dogs and when he is frustrated. He has proven adept at learning commands, but if he cannot figure out your request and a treat is withheld, he will voice his displeasure.
Sampson didn't have the benefit of growing up in a house, but he has proven to be a quick learner in many regards. Potty training was a breeze, he loves the crate (or at least the kong that accompanies a period of crating) and displays no signs of anxiety at being left alone in the crate. He rides nicely in the car. He is not phased by any noises and he does not bark when people come over. Perhaps because he never had toys before, he is possessive of his toys, so humans and other animals should stay clear when he is munching on a treat. He sometimes growls if he is feeling possessive of something. And with a bit of a mischievous streak, his toys could include a nabbed shoe or ball of yarn. He is also still learning to walk on a leash without pulling.
UPDATE - 20 JANUARY 2018: Sampson just went to his new foster home. Stay tuned as we get to know more about him!
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Sampson is a neutered male beagle who was surrendered to the Green County Animal Shelter in Virginia due to the owner's daughter not taking care of him. He has been neutered and is up to date on his shots. He is around 6 years old. He was a pet but was not kept inside. He can be vocal so he may not be suitable for a townhouse or apartment. He is available for fostering or adoption.