Arrival Story: Hi there, Iâ€™m Ralph! (my foster-family calls me Ralphie) I spent most of my life in a laboratory. Iâ€™ve only been out in the â€œreal worldâ€ for about a month, and boy is there a LOT to learn, but itâ€™s SO much fun!
Bio: Iâ€™m a 5 Â½ year-old beagle boy. Iâ€™m one of the smaller beagles here at my foster home, I weigh about 20 lb. I probably need to put on 1-2 lbs â€˜cause when I first came out of the laboratory my tummy was really, really upset and and I lost weight, but itâ€™s all better now and Iâ€™m doing well on a diet of Natural Balance. There are a BUNCH of other dogs here at my foster home and they do things Iâ€™m not sure about yet, itâ€™s called playing. It looks like fun, but Iâ€™m not really sure how to do it, so I sometimes just run alongside and bark. Oh, yea, I can bark, too. I like running up and down the fence-line at my foster home and try to get the people in the next yard to run with me, but usually only the little humans will do that. I get very excited when they do and I bark then, too. I think I like the little humans. Iâ€™ve met a few and my tail just goes and goes when theyâ€™re around!
The first time I saw the big dog in my foster home I didnâ€™t want to go in the yard, but Iâ€™ve learned that heâ€™s just big, not mean or scary. Iâ€™m still cautious of NEW big dogs, but they donâ€™t make me that scared any more. I like cats, too. There are two in my foster-home and a â€œstore catâ€ at the local pet-supply store and I like touching noses, but if they hiss at me I donâ€™t think that theyâ€™re fun to play with anymore and go find something else to do. I donâ€™t bark a lot or all the time, but I do bark enough that I probably would not be a great dog for an apartment or condo. I do pretty well on the leash, but a harness is strongly recommended â€˜cause there are still things that startle me and I might pull loose from a collar. When I eat (I eat in my crate) I lie down next to the bowl and eat while Iâ€™m laying down. My foster-human thinks itâ€™s kind of funny, but I donâ€™t know why.
I like to join the humans on the couch â€“ sometimes for a snuggle, sometimes I want my own â€œspotâ€, but I think furniture is SOOOO cool! Dog beds are nice too. I hear that some of my fellow laboratory retirees prefer the floor â€“ , boy they donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re missing! I LOOOOOVE to roll around on the couch and dog beds, itâ€™s FUN (and it feels good, too)! Iâ€™m still working on mastering a full flight of stairs. I have no problem with the 4 steps up to the porch but that straight flight all the way to the 2nd floor is kinda scary and the first time I tried it one of my foster-brothers knocked me back down when I was about Â½ of the way up. I havenâ€™t tried THAT again.
Iâ€™m doing really well on the â€œhousetrainingâ€ thing, but still have accidents once in a while. A big part of my â€œsuccessâ€ is that Iâ€™ve trained my foster-human that I need to go out RIGHT AWAY when I first get up, when somebody first gets home, right before I get crated if my foster-human is going out, and of course right before bedtime. (If Iâ€™m already sleeping when it is time for â€œlast outâ€ I try to be real small and not get noticed so I donâ€™t have to get up, but they always find me, anyway).