UPDATE 10/9/16: Red sailed through his eye surgery with not a single bump in the road and has blossomed into... dare we say it? A PARTY BEAGLE! Our man Red is always in a good mood. The tail is up and wagging and he is ready to find a family who will appreciate his happy, outgoing nature. He is definitely not fond of being crated, but with the exception of a shredded roll of paper towels, he is pretty well behaved while his foster folks are working. He is not particularly vocal, but will bark to let you know when he wants to come in. He uses the dog door with regularity and wants nothing more than to be with his humans. If his foster mom goes up and down the basement steps 20 times a day, Red is right behind her each and every time. His vision is vastly improved. He is remarkably good natured in a household of old crotchety females who are not fond of his joyful nature. One of them repeatedly picks fights with him and although he outweighs her by 15 lbs and could easily put her in her place, he never takes the bait. Red is an easy boy to love. Pictures just don't capture his personality.
UPDATE 08/01/16: One eye had to be removed. He was in constant pain. But we were able to remove the cataract from the other eye to restore the sight. His life is so much better now.
UPDATE 7/11/16: Red's foster mom pulled him out of boarding after 10 weeks of miserable confinement. He came home on a Friday night and by Saturday morning had figured out the dog door. He has learned to navigate the yard and the house with amazing speed. It's common (even recommended) to crate a new arrival at night until everyone has settled into the new normal, but Red's been such a good boy that by the second night he was allowed to sleep in the bedroom (or wherever else he wanted). His vision is worse than we originally thought and he will soon be seen by a specialist. One eye has an enormous cataract, the other has suffered some trauma. We'll keep you posted. Holy cow, this is a nice dog! When visiting the vet, his tail wagged even while getting his temperature taken - and let's just say they didn't put the thermometer under his armpit... This boy has an extraordinary temperament.
Whatever neglect or cruelty that lurks in Red's past is firmly behind him. He's forgiven and bears no grudges. He was found wandering as a stray - and had obviously been attacked by something WAY meaner than himself. His wounds have mostly healed and all that remains are the small shaved areas where they were treated by the shelter folks. Red has some impaired vision issues. Although he does not appear completely blind, he bumps into things too often to think his vision is 20/20. He does suffer from a serious case of Happy Tail. After 16 or so hours on the transport from Kentucky, he arrived at the vet's office and proceeded to greet each patient in the waiting room with a smile and a madly wagging tail. He is as friendly and lovable as they come. Red is SUCH a nice boy - a stocky red and white beagle who is going to make someone a devoted companion. You know he's a keeper when the transport driver introduces him by saying, "I just love this boy!"
Red immediately snagged himself a foster home, but he was quickly returned to us due to his unwavering fixation on the family cat. We're not sure his intentions were strictly honorable (The cat seemed to think they were not.) and to eliminate any future problems, we're going to go ahead and say NO CATS to any future fosters/adopters.
Red is a beagle through and through. He is friendly, happy-go-lucky, stubborn, very smart and willing to avail himself to any offered snack. At only 6-8 years old, Red's got plenty of pep and curiosity. Due to his limited vision, it would probably be best if his home had a fenced yard as walks could be confusing for him. Please do yourself a favor and meet this handsome redhead. What a NICE, NICE boy!
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