Tammy – KS
I get very discouraged at this time of year when I start to see an increase in the number of former hunting Beagles who have become old enough to be dumped in local shelters.
Colby – FL
Most hunters do much better by their companions but a few decide that from about the age of seven up they could replace their dog with a younger, perhaps more agile dog.
Lizzy – MN
So much for the value of experience to some folks.
Bonnie – MI
As I was looking on Petfinder today, I saw that Beagles are in shelters EVERYWHERE. Some are there because their families can no longer care for them.
Mollie – NJ
Charlie and Sallie – UT
Some had senior owners who are now moving into nursing homes. Some are just abandoned.
Lily – AK
Chuck – (U.P.) MI
There are over 9,000 Beagles in North America looking for new homes as I write this.
Gomer – PA
The dog pictures I’m using today are of available Beagles listed on Petfinder waiting for someone to adopt them.
By the time you read this some of them will have been adopted; others however, will still be watching the door to their shelter-pen, hoping that someone just like you will come and take them home.
Seamus – WI
Sarge – TN
It is true – a Beagle can be a barker. That is due to the fact that some people seem to think that a Beagle can live outside alone. Not so. Beagles are pack animals and in most cases people have become their pack members.
Not too many folks have a set up that allows them to keep a kennel of Beagles who get out and are exercised by the kennel master…the kind of life the breed was originally designed for.
Betty – SD
Rosie and Daisie – ME
We now keep Beagles as individuals or maybe in pairs and they rely on people to provide the social interaction and company that they crave.
Shelby – Alberta
Even former kennel dogs that have lived outside are pretty quick to house train – they want so much to please people. A couple of walks during the day, or a walk combined with some playing and a Beagle can settle right into a home and be a great companion…just don’t leave them outside by themselves for long stretches of time because they will wander and they will bark.
Freckles – NY
Beagles were originally bred to be hunting dogs. Some people still use them for rabbit hunting. A Beagle has a powerful sense of smell and a brain that is hardwired to follow the smell of animals.
Sylvie – CA
If you let a Beagle loose and it smells something like a rabbit, yes, it will take off running even while you call.
Junior – WA
The 75% of the brain that is wired to respond to smell outweighs the 25% of the brain that will listen to sound – every time. If you have to let a dog run while you walk it, then adopt a senior Beagle who is more interested in sticking closer to you then running any distance.
Patty – Ontario
I’ve written in praise of the Beagle before but as I see so many of them sitting in shelters waiting for new homes — ranging in age from puppies to seniors — I just have to remind people what a fantastic buddy the Beagle makes.
Lulu – TX
Passion and Lucille – NJ
The added advantage of adopting an adult member of this breed is that they will train that much more quickly, you can see the size the dog will be, and they are ready to give a ton of unconditional love to the person who gives them an upgrade in their life.
And how can you look into those deep brown eyes and not realize what a great thing you’ve done by adding that sweet little dog to your life?
Gus – IL
Lola – WI
Charlie – MN