|Barked: Mon Aug 26, '13 4:13pm PST |
|I know a majority of Charlie's past.
I was working at a doggy daycare where a regular brought him in(he was not either of her regular daycare attendent dogs), saying he was free to a good home if anyone was interested. When questioned further, she said he was about six months old, was house trained, crate trained, knew his basic commands, and that her cousin could no longer keep him because she had a baby, a two year old and bought a house without a fenced in yard, so she had taken him in temporarily, but could no longer keep him either.
I got to know him and fell in love.
With him, I got all of his vet records from as early as ten weeks old, which had his birth-date on them. He was not six months old when I got him, but was in fact eight months old. He also did not know anything but his name, had mild separation anxiety, HATED his crate, and was FAR from house trained. Going over his vet records, I also found that he had come from North Dakota, USA(I live in Canada), and likely from a backyard breeder.
He was sociable and good with children, dogs and cats - about all they did that was good for him(other than veterinary care), really. I assume he had been quite neglected and crated a majority of the time he had spent in his previous home.
Also, in going over all the vet records that I WAS given, I also discovered that in those eight months of age, he had had FOUR homes. The 'breeder', whoever bought him, the cousin, and then the daycare regular(he'd been with her for several months prior to her looking for a new home for him). The ONLY reason I can see for people having rehomed him several times, is not realizing the commitment required in caring for a dog, or not realizing how much energy a Beagle has, because he's INCREDIBLY smart and eager to please and was VERY easy to train.
Either way, their loss. I got the best little heart dog ever.
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