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adopted Penny through
your wonderful organization in August of '99. She was
born July 4, 1998. (That's one birthday I'll never forget.)
Like all the other lab rescues, she had no name--just
numbers tattooed on the inside of her right ear.
Since 1969 four beagles had come and--sadly--gone before
Penny. The first one I got as a puppy for a gift. From
that moment on I was a beagle boy. The next three all
came from shelters--Alameda, Santa Cruz, and Marin.
Penny was the first one that I got from you folks. Watching
her become a city dog after her year in the laboratory
has been great fun. I worried that she would be afraid
of strangers, but she'll go up to anybody and any dog.
The one bad thing that I feel has resulted from her
time in the laboratory is her fear of long, thin objects.
If she sees me with a ruler, yardstick, pepper mill,
long knife, whatever, she runs and hides. I guess she
connects such objects with needles or some other medical
Now we come to eight months ago when I decided I wanted
a second beagle. By then I had acquired a personal computer,
so I no longer had to travel from shelter to shelter
or scan newspaper ads. I finally connected with the
web site for the Sacramento SPCA. There I spotted Millie's
picture. Even though I had yet to meet her, I knew she
was destined to join Penny and me. You see, the name
of my first beagle's mother was also Millie. To adopt
another Millie was to complete the circle. (I should
add that I am 61 and have been told I will die in the
next two or three years. Obviously Millie will be the
last dog I will adopt.) Millie is unlike any of my other
beagles. She is very aloof, will growl if she is hugged
for more than a moment, but the funny thing is she exudes
love in her own way. She absolutely adores stuffed toys--something
none of the other dogs could be bothered with. And she
follows me everywhere. She loves just curling up at
my feet. Of course if I get down on the floor and hug
her, she grows and gets up and leaves the room. But
she soon returns. And when she's in the mood, she plays
chase with Penny. And of course at night when they're
both on the bed with me, Millie has to have her head
on the pillow right next to my face. Clearly this dog
loves me; she just doesn't like displays of affection.
Like Penny, she is about 7 years old, so we three should
continue to have at least a few more good years as a
family. (By the way, for those of you wondering what
will happen to my dogs after I'm gone, my best friend--
who has a 3-legged beagle--is planning to adopt them.
All the dogs are familiar with both households, so there
will be no problem.)
Thanks for letting me share my story. This is the first
time I've summarized my years with these two rascals.
and I adopted Mia from NCAL Beagle Rescue almost
3 years ago now. Neither of us had ever owned
a dog before, so it was a big change for us to
adopt a dog. We tried to get Mia the first time
she showed up on your website at age 8 months,
but someone else had gotten to her first. Luckily
for us, she showed up again about one month later
and we got her!
has been such a great little dog. She is energetic,
but she is also a great couch potato. She is a
very sweet girl, without an ounce of aggression.
She loves all people and she is very fond of cats
(but they don't seem to like her much).
If you are considering adopting a beagle, believe
what you hear. They require regular exercise and
attention, but the payback is worth it.
has been very well behaved, but we keep a close eye
on her to keep her out of trouble. Because Mia has been
such a great addition to our family, we are seriously
thinking about adopting another beagle next year.
January 2, 2005 I went home with a new family and
left my foster parents. My new family had recently
lost their 14 year old Beagle to heart disease and
wanted to share their home with another dog. When
I saw my new parents, I knew immediately that I
was the Beagle for them!
My new parents call me Little. I have lived with
them for almost a year now. I am a happy and healthy
guy. I love to take walks in the park and run around
chasing birds in the back yard. Mom says I have
discovered a few bad habits too. Sometimes I dream
of being a mountain goat and I will push a chair
over to the counter so I can climb up to get snacks
or get into the garbage. Dad says that’s just
my beagle nature shining through.
have discovered lots of new activities. I love to go
camping with my family and my cousin Josie (a lab/whippet
mix). Mom and Dad even took me to Beagle Fest 2005 so
I could see all my old friends and tell them about my
July, I got a new brother so I wouldn’t be so
lonely. Mom and Dad brought home Fredrick Winston the
first (Bassett Hound). He sounds fancy, but he’s
a regular guy so we call him Fred. I love being with
Fred. We play and sleep together all day long. Sometimes
we have howling contests in the backyard!
you NCBR for helping me find a loving family!
I know that my Mom and Dad love me very much.
Little a.k.a. Littlefoot
I included my 2005 Christmas photo with my new
Research Beagle Adopted October 2004
Before I started as a volunteer for the Northern
California Beagle Rescue, I was a regular visitor
to the available dogs page of the Beagle Rescue
site! I would scroll up and down the list to see
who was currently in rescue. Oh there were many,
many beagle babies that I would have loved to
adopt into my Barnhart BeagleVille Pack!!
I had three girls, Penny (Momma), Cindy (daughter)
and little Miss Higgins (we call her Puppins forever
because she is small 13" beagle).
a friend of ours had a litter of beagle pups, I wanted
to adopt one so badly. We went to see them but all were
spoken for, so I went back to checking the available
dogs of NCBR. I saw an ad that the rescue was getting
a load of rescues from the research lab. And two of
them happened to be girls!!! I knew I wanted one of
those poor babies to bring home and love!! I emailed
Miss Eva with my statistics and sent her pictures of
my current three beagles. We communicated back and forth
and finally made a day for my daughter and I to head
to the Sacramento area one Sunday morning to meet "Frita".
When we got there, and met that sweet baby, it was a
done deal!! We had a plan to name her "Lilo"
(my daughter loves Lilo and
Stitch) She started to come to her name right a way.
We brought her home to meet all of the rest of the pack
and it has been a family ever since. and the greatest
thing is that even though Lilo was de-barked in the
research lab, since she has been living with my three
she has developed a deep husky bark of her own!! Now
I think that is justice at its finest!! Oh yes, and
she is called Lilo the Peelo sometimes because if she
is so excited, she lets go with a little Peelo!!!! We
love our Lilo and I cuddle her a little extra most days
to try and make up for
the months she spent in those cages being tested on!!
that I volunteer as a foster home, Lilo gets to meet
new and special beagle friends and maybe in her own
way let the newbies know that their life will be perfect
and sweet with a forever home like hers is!!
about a month of so ago, Sydney the basset came
into rescue. I think I had pulled a couple of beagles
from the SPCA just before the call came in from
Lizz telling me that they had a female basset, named
Sydney, who had failed her behavior evaluation for
"food" like so many of our hound friends
do. We have had good success placing bassets (with
the exception of Hank, my foster who has been with
me since October...however, that will be a story
for another time), so of course I was not going
to turn our Sydney away.
said "yes" to Lizz, I was now in the position
to quickly find a foster. With all of us being full
and knowing that many prefer our little beagles and
although many think their basset buddies are great..they
may not be their cup of tea to foster.
calling Christy seemed only natural, knowing that she
had a delightful basset named Ruby, however I did so
with hesitation knowing that she was also full and adding
one more to the mix would not be easy. Without a second
thought she told me to bring Sydney and within hours
Sydney was with Christy, in her beautiful home in Roseville,
being greeted not only by Christy but the house canine
residents as well. Initially Sydney was unsure and uncertain,
however as each day passed she became more comfortable
and confident, as she was in the care of Christy and
her family where she was treasured and loved. Every
few days Christy would provide me with updates of our
wonderful Sydney and I could tell by her voice that
Sydney was home. By now you may have guessed how this
story will end, and without saying more, Sydney has
found a home with Christy and her husband. A home where
she will be cared for, loved, and treated kindly. Please
enjoy the pictures below that Christy sent me this evening.
Our Sydney is on the right, a beautiful basset girl
with her basset sister Ruby. Such a happy ending for
Hi, my name is Dylan (I'm in the bow of the kayak wearing the yellow life jacket) and I wanted to share my story with you. I started out in a research lab, but all of us in the lab were cut loose when we were pretty young. I was about 8 months old when NorCal Beagle Rescue saved me. My foster mom was Pearl & she just loved me so, so much.
Now, life in the slammer can be tough because we don't really learn much about being a dog, we don't know what it means to play, and we're not too sure about humans in general. But I learned to relax with Pearl and began to feel more comfortable around humans and other dogs.
When Pearl brought me to an adoption event in Milpitas there were so many dogs there I just started salivating all over the place (that's what I do when I get really nervous). But this man came up to us and talked to me real sweet and gentle like. He brought over a woman and another beagle. I didn't know it then, but they were about to become my forever family. The other beagle, Barkley, was also rescued from NorCal; his foster mom had been Linea (he was called Timmy but the humans thought Barkley seemed to fit him). Barkley had been rescued from a breeder who had way too many dogs. Barkley has turned out to be my best pal ever: He taught me how to be a dog, showed me where to pee & poop, how to sit quietly for my food, and how to PLAY!
When I first got home the humans would throw things around, but I really wasn't sure what they were up to. Barkley showed me that it makes the humans really happy when we pick up those things, run around, and give them back to the humans. Oh, my – how the humans make such a fuss every time I bring something back to them. I'm still learning a lot – like the time I walked right into a pool because I didn't know it wasn't as solid as the ground. But they helped me out and I even learned to swim. They take me for hikes, they play with me in the backyard, and I do my best to keep all the squirrels away from the vegetable garden. Sometimes they take Barkley and me kayaking. We have our very own life vests and you can see from the picture that we like being on the boat.
If you're thinking about rescuing a beagle, you're in the right place. Because I had been in a lab, it was really good for me to join a house with another beagle. My new pack has been so great and, in return, I give them as much love as I can every single day.
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