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2 1/2 years ago we adopted our "Murphy".
He was actually adopted as my then 10 year old son's
dog. We already had a senior beagle in the house
named Sparky, rescued years ago from another rescue.
Eva made arrangements for Murphy to come down from
Eureka to Linea's house. We met Murphy at Linea's
and it was love at first sight. He was a chunky
guy, still is despite all the exercise, diet food
and thyroid checks. But he was such a sweet guy
we couldn't help but fall in love. He and my son
hit if off from day one and are best buddies to
this day. Murphy sleeps with "his boy"
every night, runs to greet him after school when
he hears the garage door open, and follows him from
room to room.
Last summer Sparky passed away and Murphy became one
spoiled Beagle Boy. Murphy was happy with the attention
from the whole family now, but during the day I could
see he was kind of bored. He'd go from the couch, to
the floor, to my son's bed, to the yard, etc. Not sure
what to do with himself while his boy was at school.
I did some doggie daycare for a while and that worked
out well, but when that job ended Murphy was bummed.
Our family discussed getting Murphy a buddy, and after
much soul searching decided the only way to go was to
rescue another beagle. At the end of May we went and
met "Barney" at his foster home. We brought
the whole family and Murphy of course. The dogs did
great so we decided to do a sleepover. My 5 year old
daughter decided the dog should be named Steve, so the
name change went into effect immediately. We realized
he actually answered to Stevie better so that is what
he is now lovingly called. Murphy will be 4 in November,
but Stevie who we actually think is just about 2 (according
to our vet) has him playing like a puppy again. Watching
"the boys" together is so fun. Murphy still
sleeps with my son, but Stevie has melted my husband's
heart and worked his way onto our bed (a first for any
Our two beagle boys are a wonderful pair, we can't imagine
life without them. We are so thankful to all the volunteers
at NCBR and the wonderful foster homes our boys lived
in during their transitions.
Nicole McNeil Smith
Years with Snoopy!
adopted Snoopy on July 31, 2004. Since then he
has become a wonderful friend and companion. He
follows me from room to room and lays down and
relaxes near me. I have a pillow for him in nearly
every room, so I guess he's a little spoiled.
I lived in San Jose, California when I adopted
Snoopy, but have since moved to Spokane, Washington.
Up here in Spokane I have about a 1/2 acre fenced
in back yard. Snoopy just loves his expansive
yard of grass to run and roll around in. I take
Snoopy for a walk every day and if I forget he
sits in front of me and stares at me to let me
know. He really lives for those walks, they are
his favorite thing.
Snoopy's previous owners lived in San Francisco and
I hope that they see this message so that they can
see that Snoopy is living a happy life and is very
loved and well cared for. I got one of those electric
dog doors that automatically open when he approaches.
He absolutely loves that thing. It gives him the freedom
to hang out in the house and go out when ever he wants.
Snoopy will turn 10 years old at the end of this year.
I look forward to many more happy years with my buddy
husband and I adopted Toby (aka Yen) and Rollo
(aka Hamlet). Toby was a research beagle and we
brought him home 2 years ago. He is a great, sweet
boy. He has the odd phobia of grass but LOVES
the beach... and REALLY LOVES the couch.
was a beagle that had been in the shelter. He
is a lemon beagle that is rambunctious and loving.
We brought him home 1 year ago to keep Toby
company after we lost our first two beagles
old age (the sweet Tyler
15 years and beautiful
Cori at 16 years). Rollo is teaching his research
born brother the joys of the outdoors and how
love them both and enjoy those times in the
evening we we can all pile on the couch and
I wasn’t going to leave him home alone.
Misha, although a narcotics detection and protection
dog, was as sweet and loving as any German Shepherd
Dog I had ever known. And he loved other dogs!
So I decided I was going to get Misha a dog.
day in the summer of 2008 I was sitting
at home in Colorado browsing the internet
and I came across the Northern California
Beagle Rescue website. Just for fun, I
clicked on the tab marked “Available
Dogs”, scrolled down and then I
saw him (back then he was called Reggie,
now he is Hershey). It was love at first
sight. I knew that my police dog Misha
and I would have to make the 2500 mile
round-trip drive out to Folsom to meet
our new friend.
I had been a Police K9 Officer for the
past four years and had never thought
of getting a Beagle before. After all,
my mom raised German-bred German Shepherd
Dogs and my police partner was 5 ½
year old German Shepherd Dog ‘Misha’
from Poland. Misha had recently developed
kidney problems and had gone into renal
failure so retirement for Misha was imminent.
Well, after lots of contact with Hershey’s
foster mom, Susan in Folsom, I loaded up Misha
into the car and we headed for California. We
had decided to make a vacation out of this trip
to pick up Misha’s new adopted brother.
We headed for Reno first. I had two free nights
in Reno. We played around Reno and Lake Tahoe,
and then it was time to head to Folsom to meet
Hershey. We were so excited that we got to Folsom
early in the morning, even though our appointment
with Hershey’s foster mom Susan wasn’t
until the afternoon. So we played around Folsom,
went to two different Pet Smarts to buy toys for
Hershey. At last the time had come to go meet
Hershey and his foster mom Susan. We drove over
to Susan’s house and Susan was outside.
She invited us in and as we walked up to the fenced-in
front porch, we saw him. There was the most beautiful
Beagle we had ever seen. There was our Hershey.
As we walked into the fenced-in porch I knelt
down and Hershey jumped in my arms and gave me
lots of Hershey kisses! On the way back to Colorado,
we stopped in Salt Lake City to visit two of my
aunts, Shirley and Heidi. They both thought Hershey
Well, now we are back in Colorado and Hershey
has melted right in to his new Colorado lifestyle.
Hershey and Misha are the best of friends. Misha’s
prognosis was only “weeks” when we
left for California, but Hershey has made Misha
young again, and now they say Misha may have months,
and in fact, possible a year or two. Really, we
owe Hershey the thanks for that. Misha and Hershey
play almost non-stop and when they are not playing
they are curled up together fast asleep in the
shade. They really do love each other. They are
like Mutt & Jeff, Misha at 92 lbs and Hershey
at 32 lbs!
Hershey makes you laugh until you cry. He is quite
comical. As of late he has taken to wearing clothes
on his own. He will wear anything really. A towel,
blanket, sheet, jacket, shirt, you name it. He
dives his head beneath the garment, flips it over
his head and back and will walk around for hours
with a sheet covering the top of his head and
back dragging a cape behind him. He is a lot like
Another funny thing about this crazy little dog
is that he has taken to sleeping in the rabbit
hutch in the back yard. It is as big as a large
dog kennel and up on legs and there is a ramp
up into it. He barely fits through the door at
32 lbs, but once in there, it is lots a room.
He carried a blanket it there and is now sound
asleep soaking up the sun in the rabbit hutch.
The irony is that Beagles have been bred since
200 AD (2000 years) to hunt rabbits and he sleeps
in a rabbit hutch!
Hershey has another purpose in life. He and I
have started him in tracking (trailing) training
with a Durango-based Search & Rescue group.
We think Hershey will make an excellent trailing
dog and that he will be able to save lives of
those who are lost.
Hershey is a remarkable Beagle and this is our
“Happy Endings” story.
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