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Finds a Home
huge animal lovers, and having cats and reptiles,
we did a little research and discovered that beagles
are one of the best breeds to have around kids.
We also found Northern California Beagle Rescue,
and we fell in love with at least 6 cuties just
from the pictures! Then- we spotted cute, sweet,
older Sally, curled up and asleep for her picture.
We were looking for a dog who would be ok being
inside most of the time, with a wild and crazy 4-year-old
boy running around.
I met Sally on a Friday, and she came home that day.
She had just lost a toenail, so she was limping and
not 100%, and a little leery since she had been in 2
potential homes already and had been returned to her
foster mom, Barb. It took Sally about 2 weeks before
we saw her true personality- and she's been surprising
us ever since!
Everyone thinks Sally is a pup, because she's small
and when we are out walking everyday, she's got a spring
in her step. (Sometimes I can't keep up with her...).
Sally has adjusted to life with 2 WILD cats (and she'd
never been around any cats before)- sometimes even joining
in the fun. The kitties also think it's funny to steal
Sally's favorite blankie whenever she gets up. Sally
has also gotten used to having a "little person"
who is loud and funny running around and playing chase
with the cats all day.
Sally has been out meeting people and is getting better
with strangers. She's also really gotten the hang of
going out to potty, on a leash! Strange and new for
her. Even though she had been debarked, she has the
cutest, sweetest bark still. I cannot believe we've
only had Sally in our home for 2 months- she is a family
member and it feels like it's been that way forever.
Now, I just have to convince my husband (in a couple
months...) that Sally needs a beagle buddy to keep her
Thanks to Eva and all the fosters. Eventually when I
am done with graduate school, I would love to be a foster
mom to deserving and loving beagles.
Karen, Warren and Noah Snell
we were not looking for an 8 year old dog, but we
did want a dog that was well on their way to be
potty trained and really loved kids. In November
of 2004 we brought Roxy home for a sleepover. OK,
so I knew before we left Sacramento that I would
never get the dog away from my eight year old son,
but I wasn’t letting on that I knew that.
From the moment Roxy came into our home I knew that
she was meant to be with us. She was about 8 when
we got her, although not a youngster she still has
plenty of pep in her step (especially if the door
is left open), but she makes the perfect cuddle
timing for bringing a new dog home was not the best.
We picked Roxy up the weekend before Thanksgiving, it
was my turn to host my sizable family of 30 and I just
wasn’t sure how Roxy would handle all of those
people while still trying to adjust to her new home.
Needless to say, I was worried for nothing. She made
the rounds to every family member on Thanksgiving old
and young alike. Introducing herself with a nuzzle and
then a jump up on the lap. She was good through dinner
and sat quietly watching every bite, but from a distance.
first Christmas brought many gifts from Santa and a
trip to what has turned out to be one of her favorite
places… The Vet. Good thing too because she would
have to go at least once sometimes twice a month for
the next year. First it was an ear infection and then
some kind of skin mites. Uncle Ken (the Vet) would greet
her with open arms and she him with a whimper and nuzzle
(geez)… We are past all that now, so we are back
to the annual senior check up (I still haven’t
told her she is a senior) shots etc. It took Roxy a
good six months before she would bark, but once she
started she was on a roll. She doesn’t bark often,
but when she does it’s that deep throaty hound
voice we all know and love. It is so much fun to watch
her ears fly back and her front paws lift off the ground.
It really looks like work so maybe that is why she doesn’t
bark that much.
moved almost a year ago which shrunk the size of Roxy’s
yard, but made it much more secure for her. She quickly
made friends with the Greyhound across the street, but
there is a little pesky black dog down the street that
wants nothing to do with Roxy. She try’s but gets
rejected every time. Roxy has settled into a life of
staying home with her Grandma during the day, walking
to school to pick up her boy in the afternoon and snuggling
with me at night. Each of us serves a very specific
purpose for Roxy, she has a companion in my mother,
a loving and playful friendship with my son, and me…
I am good for walks, food, a warm bed to sleep in and
oh yeah rides to see the Vet. She loves going to the
dog park, but loves getting out on the walking trail
by the Bay even more, there she can sniff and search
all she wants. She does like to cuddle, but on her terms.
Roxy does not believe that you can cuddle and read anything.
So if it’s time to cuddle, the book, newspaper
or magazine should be set aside and all attention should
be given to her. I recently went back to school and
I spend most nights up late doing homework. This has
been an adjustment for Rox because she is used to going
to bed about 11pm. She will sit and watch me work for
a while, whine for a while and then bark at me a few
times. If she still doesn’t get me to go to bed
with her, she will finally gives up and go by herself.
has become quite the traveler. She enjoys camping at
the Russian River (as long as she doesn’t actually
get wet). Very much enjoyed the Spa in Napa, loved spending
Thanksgiving weekend at the Sir Francis Drake and all
the wonderful smells of Union Square in San Francisco,
and really enjoyed the warmth of Palm Springs. I am
amazed at just how many places dogs can go (with a small
deposit of course) and she will go on her first airplane
ride this December. We couldn’t possibly leave
her home with friends while we visit family for the
holidays, so if she is healthy she will fly back East
I watch my son and Roxy together it makes me smile.
She is so patient and tolerant with him. She does her
best to keep up, but almost always has to stop and take
a rest before jumping back into the fray. They love
to take walks together, and she loves going to school
to pick him up. She has made many friends at and on
the way to the school and will even take that walk when
want to thank Northern California Beagle Rescue and
especially Eva for working with Roxy to find just the
right family for her. The joy and happiness that she
has brought this family is tremendous. She doesn’t
always follow directions, but she always says she sorry.
We have been blessed to provide this magnificent animal
with a home and in return have been given lots of love,
entertainment, motivation to exercise and lots of other
things. We have a new member of this family and she
has made us more than complete.
Nick, Roxy and Grandma
Finds a Home
was adopted around the middle of December 2004
at six and a half months old. At first he was
terrified of just about everything because he
lived his entire life in a cage at a research
lab and didn't know anything about the outside
world. After awhile he got used to his surroundings
and now he thinks everything is his. He makes
himself at home anywhere he goes.
was debarked at the research lab, but three weeks
after being adopted he slowly found his voice.
He can bark, whine,
howl and growl just like every
Beagle around. He makes himself known at any chance
possible. In fact, as I write this, he's whining at
me to play fetch.
Over time Mayday learned the house rules. He's a good
dog and usually follows the rules. He still hasn't learned
he can't play with cats the same way as other dogs,
but I'm hoping that will change over time.
Almost everyone that has been around Mayday said he
is the happiest dog they have ever met. He'll give anyone
that's willing (some times even unwilling) undying attention.
May loves people. I've never met a dog that won't get
over protective over toys until I met Mayday. Whenever
he sees someone he knows he starts to whine and his
whole body starts to wag, not just his tail. He wags
his tail so much I think it's going to fall off one
I'm glad Mayday is in my life. I wasn't sure about getting
a dog, but now I definitely wouldn't want Mayday out
of my life.
As stated in different stories, Beagles do need a lot
of exercise, but they're great couch potatoes. Mayday
can run around and around (and around) but he'll also
lay down and watch TV with me on the couch and be happy.
beagle boy has had a lot of names. The research
lab tattooed him #11. Six years later his wonderful
foster parents gave him his first real name –
Amos. Last September my son insistently named
him Joey before our car pulled away from the curb
at his foster home.
our surprise, our 3-year-old female, Winter, picked
Joey from the pack of adorable pups howling at
us through the window of their foster home. Winter
is a very cautious girl, and until that day she
didn’t seem to like boy dogs. Somehow Joey
the two of them are great friends. Joey is teaching
Winter how to come out of her shell and Winter is teaching
Joey how to bark at pizza delivery men and sniff out
squirrels in the backyard – things he never learned
to do back at the lab.
The most surprising thing of all is how sweet, gentle,
and loving Joey is, even after all he has been through.
Today Joey still has a number of names; sometimes we
call him Joe, sometimes he’s MoJo, and sometimes
he’s JoJo the Wonder Dog.
I wanted to let you guys know about Murphy (formerly Dodger) who we adopted from NorCal Beagle Rescue in March 2012.
He is such a loving little boy, sleeping at the bottom of our bed every night to protect us. He loves cuddling up with his big beagle brother, Blue, and racing around the yard. Murphy is very scared of new people, particularly men (understandable when you think what the men in the lab did to him) but with patience and time comes familiarity.
His favorite things are going for sniffs and giving kisses. He can sit and shake as well as find his leash when the word sniffs is mentioned. Thank you so much to lisa and everyone at NorCal beagle rescue, for saving him and bringing him into our lives.
Rocco's Rockin' New Home
We have a hound/fox terrier mix, named Wyatt who was lonely when we had to be out to run errands. We are a huge hound loving family of 4 people and 1 dog. We began looking for a new hound dog.
We found a dog named George on the Nor Cal Beagle site and we looked into adopting him. Unfortunately, George was already starting his sleep over with another family. We are so thankful that George found a loving family because that lead us to our little man, Rocco.
Our family has expanded by 4 sweet furry feet. Rocco and Wyatt are great friends and our two boys (ages 6 and 9) are non furry brothers for Rocco and Wyatt. We are so happy to have Rocco join our family. We have even begun to look for one more addition to our hound loving family. Thank you Nor Cal Beagle Rescue.
Jeff, Christine, Will, Joe, Wyatt & Rocco Thorne
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