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  • #41
    jingles from Ontario and special jingles from mr Horseymum as he had beagles growing up and remembers them fondly.


    • #42
      I have a little beagle/schnauzer mix pup and he is THE BEST.

      But when the beagle half comes out he is definitely "a nose with legs". DH and I joke that when the nose turns on, his brain falls out of his ear and he forgets what planet he's on, does not know his name, etc. I had to work a lot with him on his recall and just teaching him to be aware of me when we are outside off the leash, and while he's done really well, it took the better part of the last year we've had him to get him there. We also did not get him as a very young pup, he had been with another family until he was 8mo, and did not get any training whatsoever until we adopted him. Housetraining was/continues to be a challenge with this one too! He will "get it" for months at a time, and then have an accident out of the blue. He's taught me that hounds are definitely on their own wavelength when it comes to training!

      But he is the sweetest, happiest, friendliest, funniest, most social little dog in the world. We love our little beagle mix, even though sometimes I wish there wasn't quite so much beagle in him.
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      • #43
        Have a part beagle part pit bull now who is very sweet and cuddly. He was really hard to allow off leash early on as he'd lock onto a scent and be so focussed on it that when I called, he really didn't seem to even hear me, no ear flicker or anything. After a lot of online research, I bought a Dogtra IQ dog collar with a remote. It has 3 buttons - push one for a teeny vibration (like a cell phone), another for a teeny shock (like mild static electricity) and another for an adjustable shock that can go rather high. Now, if I call him a couple of times and he's not paying attention, he gets a vibration on his collar and that's all he needs. (I've only used the shock feature maybe 10 times.) Another cool thing is that he can be called back via this collar when he otherwise wouldn't hear me due to loud sounds of waves (we're on a beach) or wind. The thing has lasted well so far (2 years) and is waterproof.

        My previous dogs were Shepherds who were instantly obedient but fought with other dogs sometimes. This little new guy thinks for a moment or two before doing what I want... but never fights with anybody.


        • #44
          how about Paddy? It's a nickname for Patrick.


          • Original Poster

            Alfonsina, that collar seems like a really good suggestion.

            Evening report is that he's a bit perkier. He's started wagging his tail a bit and he's definitely drinking and peeing normally. He spends 98% of the time curled up in a ball on his dog bed in a nest of blankets sleeping/dozing/resting.

            We go tomorrow morning for some vet work, will report back if I learn anything.
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            • #46
              I think the name Reilly is super cute.
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              • Original Poster

                Wednesday morning update: he saw the vet. He weighs 11.5 pounds (and should weigh at least 20). He has a broken tail, which is why his tail is always held low. I'm going to deworm him later today. He's much perkier, and starting to follow me around the house.

                More later!
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                • #48
                  You know there's a bond forming between you and this little guy! So glad things are looking up for him.

                  Bless you many, many times for taking care of the poor guy. Bet he's so happy to be getting love, care, and food.


                  • #49
                    Originally posted by SMF11 View Post
                    Wednesday morning update: he saw the vet. He weighs 11.5 pounds (and should weigh at least 20). He has a broken tail, which is why his tail is always held low. I'm going to deworm him later today. He's much perkier, and starting to follow me around the house.

                    More later!
                    I am so happy he's getting the care he needs. Good for you OP! I hope he totally steals your heart.

                    *squinches up face* broken tail? Ouch!


                    • #50
                      that collar seems like a really good suggestion
                      I highly recommend the vibration collars for hound owners- Dogtra iQ or Element, DT Micro-idt plus, Petsafe's vibration-only collar, the mini-Einstein. All affordable, sturdy, waterproof, easy to use.
                      A few minutes of prep training: vibrate-call name-feed treat to teach the hound what it means, and now you have a tool to break the dog's intense lock on its nose. I honestly believe their ears literally turn off when they focus on their nose, so calling them does no good; but a little prod with the vibrating collar and it snaps them out of it so they can hear you again.
                      I've used both the Petsafe vibration-only collar (used to be called Control Unleashed- I loaned mine to someone with sighthounds and never managed to get it back) and the mini-Einstein with my hound. She enjoys her off-leash freedom safely due to them.


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                        Thanks for more info on the collars Wendy.

                        I forgot to add that besides the broken tail, he also has a funny gait and his face is a little asymmetric. The vet was wondering if he'd been kicked at some point (by a person).

                        He *is* growing on me, but I'm not sure I'm keeping him. Besides WWII1/2 that would have to be fought in my house, I just don't think he's the kind of dog I need. A horse colicked yesterday evening and I know I really appreciated my english shepherd when I went back to the barn at midnight to check up on the horse (all was fine). I know my dog has my back and if anything human or animal was a threat he'd do his best for me. Sweet as this beagle is, he'll never be able to do that . . . in fact, he's more likely to attract coyotes etc than repel them.

                        But, Woodrwo, who found him, and my veterinarian friend who's caring for him free of charge, both have leads on good homes for him. So we'll see.
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                        • #52
                          They suck. My parents have one and I can honestly say he is the DUMBEST DOG ALIVE. That being said, we love him to pieces. He's a great lap dog (all 40 pounds of him!), he loves our cats and is very loyal. He is NEVER off the leash when outside of the fenced in yard though, even in the barn.

                          SMF11 you should give him a chance, it sounds like he needs you. Praying for a positive outcome.
                          Originally posted by EquineImagined
                          My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


                          • #53
                            I have two Beagle bitches that I hunting rabbits with regularly and would gladly add an additional two more into my "pack" if I had the money to upgrade my tracking system to two more collars. I ADORE them!

                            My girls are obedient house pets by night (just try to pry them off my lap in the recliner) and live in a half acre well fenced pen during the day. They are sweet, happy and work their little tails off when hunting.

                            That being said, I would never leave them off leash loose without their e-collars and trackers on. They have been trained to their collars from three months old, have perfect recall with one beep and know their job. No, I sure can't leave them loose while I am putzing around the barn because the nose knows what it wants.....plenty of good rabbit scent. For me, there is no other breed of dog.

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                            Mariah tucked in for the night

                            Jingle for your new foundling where ever he may land.
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                            • #54
                              Beagles are the spawn of the Devil.

                              I live on a farm and own one. Actually, she owns me. She's the most obnoxious, terrible dog I have ever owned. I adore her.

                              She's not much of a guard dog, though she did bite a politician.

                              If you can't keep the beagle, I'm sure you'll find a good home for him. He might have been bred to hunt - but at that age he would have been too young to start. You'll not know if he's got that irrepressible urge or not until he recovers. Chances are he's got a wonderful beagle like personality that is just temporarily suppressed because of his hard start in life. Once he's 100%, you'll have a delightful and horrible Beagle on your hands.

                              Keep him away from politicians.
                              Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                              Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                              -Rudyard Kipling


                              • #55
                                Keep him away from politicians. [/QUOTE]

                                Oh my Goodness! SMF11 with THAT I think you need to keep him! Tell the Hubby that they are known for being aggressive to Politicians, might help your cause.

                                Still wondering if they are any good with Invisible Fencing.


                                • #56
                                  He might have been grazed by a car to cause that damage too. My grandparents got a springer from a rescue (Nebraska Springer REscue-TOTALLY misrepresented the dog!) that had about the same history as your beagle dog, complete with being starved and having the asymmetrical face. He also has severe behavioral problems; food aggressive to the extreme which is understandable being a starved stray. He also had tons of tooth damage and continued problems because he had some sort of damage to his face. He also seemed like he had vision problems, he would attack at the strangest things and cling to my grandmother like he just doesn't understand the world. Fights with other dogs, afraid of men including my grandfather and would growl/attack my grandpa if he got up in the middle of night. Lordy, what a mess. Hopefully this beagle doesn't even have half of the same problems but my g-parents' dog has been a nightmare for even THEM but they feel guilty and responsible for him and won't give him back to the rescue or pursue much of anything else.

                                  It is also extremely possible that my grandparents' dog was kicked and abused instead of hit by a car-it was that bad.

                                  Point being-maybe stay reserved about him until you know him better. Had I not known my grandparent's "rescue" dog I wouldn't even think about it but that starved and asymmetrical face reminds me...
                                  “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                                  • #57
                                    PS if you end up naming him I think you should call him Woodrow b/c that is what I read every time you mention Woodrwo!
                                    “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                                    • #58
                                      Originally posted by woodrwo View Post
                                      Keep him away from politicians.
                                      Oh my Goodness! SMF11 with THAT I think you need to keep him! Tell the Hubby that they are known for being aggressive to Politicians, might help your cause.

                                      Still wondering if they are any good with Invisible Fencing.[/QUOTE]

                                      From what I understand, The Nose is more than willing to tolerate a brief shock as the beagle attached to it leaves the yard in pursuit of whatever delicious scent has caught its attention. That is, I wouldn't trust a beagle confined with an invisible fence.

                                      What has worked for my dad and stepmom is a sturdy 6' fence, buried a couple of feet. Further digging was discouraged by an inner border of pavers about 2' wide. Said fence not only contained the beagle (no longer with them - he died of old age) but also an adventuresome lab.


                                      • #59
                                        SMF-I agree with you, and think that he'll do better in a single dog household, or a home with a compatible buddy. You've given him a wonderful start at a new life, and maybe your home is just a stop on his journey to his forever home. I think you've done the best deed ever for this little guy, and rehoming to a great home is such a generous thing.
                                        Last edited by JanM; Mar. 21, 2013, 07:36 AM.
                                        You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                                        • Original Poster

                                          Originally posted by cowboymom View Post
                                          PS if you end up naming him I think you should call him Woodrow b/c that is what I read every time you mention Woodrwo!
                                          Well, Woodrow IS Woodrwo's real name, I have to say -- she just didn't check her spelling when she signed up for COTH

                                          Thanks everyone. This guy is reserved but not aggressive in the least, even around food.

                                          I will say, we feel terrible eating dinner in front of him. With apologies for tastelessness, it is like eating in front of an Auschwitz victim. I have to remind myself that his belly must feel full, because he's eating every 2 or 2 1/2 hours.
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