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Let me introduce you to Dudley. He is a beautiful chocolate, tan and white 8 year old Beagle. He weighs 30 lbs and is the perfect weight for a dog his size. Dudley came to us from a rural pound where he was left as an unclaimed stray. How anyone could abandon dear Dudley is beyond our belief. Dudley was in rough shape and needed a lot of TLC and some great vet care, but he has transformed in to the most beautiful mature guy and he is now ready to find love and a wonderful forever home.
Dudley was initially adopted out through our program to a wonderful couple who loved him dearly. But it became clear over time that Dudley wasn’t a big city dog…he was adopted out to Toronto and although he loved the parks and the smells on his walks and made a ton of doggie friends, he was never quite able to settle in. Dudley became anxious and nothing the adopters did would work to help him settle. As much as they loved him, the reality was he wasn’t happy there and the hard decision was made to return him and give him the chance at a home where he is truly happy.
Dudley is now being fostered in a rural setting and loves it. He is back to being the calm, happy boy that we knew he was. We will be looking for a rural or subdivision home for Dudley where he can have a good sized fenced yard to explore as smells are his biggest pleasure in life. He loves nothing more than being out in the yard sniffing away.
The nice thing about Dudley being a mature dog is he is nicely laid back. He’s very quiet and calm in the house. He sleeps in his crate at night with no problem. As a matter of fact he really likes his crate. He snoozes in there during the day and every once in a while comes out to lie in a different area but spends the majority of his time in his crate for snoozes. He likes the peace and privacy of his crate for rest time.
He’s fully house trained and will sit at the door to let you know he wants to go out. He has a cute quirk in that he does a little growl type sound when he’s lying down and relaxing. Kind of like us letting out a sigh. He’s not a fan of loud noise. He doesn’t like the vacuum and walks away when it gets close to him.
Dudley requires 1 or 2 good brisk long walks per day. He absolutely loves his walks. Contrary to how relaxed and settled he is in the home, when he gets outside he is all Beagle and loves to walk and explore smells. You would never know he is 8 years old when you see him out on a walk. He runs most of it and always wants to be off exploring. We call Dudley the “off the beaten path” dog as he never wants to walk on the trail; he is a true adventurer, if there is long grass he wants to be in the middle of it. He is nose to the ground the whole way and is in his glory getting all the smells along the walk. He adores wooded trail walks and never wants to stick to the trail; smells are so much better off to the side. We walk him with an extendable leash so that he can make the most of his sniffing opportunities but still be safely leashed. It’s important that Dudley never be let off leash as Beagles are known to get on the track of a smell and run off. We are looking for a family for Dudley that enjoy walking as much as he does and will ensure that he gets out every day for a long walk or two, and who have access to parks and wooded trails as these environments are so much more stimulating for him than simple sidewalk walks. That’s not to say every walk needs to be in a park or in the woods, but regular access is needed.
He seems to not be a fan of toys as we’ve tried a ball, a squeaky toy and chew toys but he doesn’t seem to be interested in any of them. It doesn’t seem like he was played with in his previous home. It was only recently that Dudley showed some playful spark and did a quick “zoomie” around the house, running and play-bowing. The nice thing about him being mature is that the zoomie was short lived and he then he went back to resting. Dudley still has some spunk, but he is well past his crazy puppy activity level. I think he would love to have a family with some older (over 9yrs) kids; he’s very sociable. But a home with young children would be too active for him. Dudley rides very well in a car. He sits in the front seat and looks out the window. If it’s a long ride he’ll settle down on the seat. He is a great travel companion and would love a family that would take him in the car with them on adventures. Dudley doesn’t have any food aggression and you can handle his dish when he is eating without issue.
It took Dudley a few days to warm up to us but now he comes to us and jumps on the couch to be with us. He loves to be loved. Massage his back or stroke his neck or scratch his chest, he loves it all.
He has a sad look on his face but once his tail starts wagging you know he’s happy. And he is happy a lot now. He is such an easy boy to love. He asks for little, just some love, good food, and chances to explore.
He is social with other dogs and would do fine in a home with another settled or mature dog who doesn’t wish to wrestle, but he wouldn’t enjoy a rambunctious dog to share a home with. We would prefer a home with another dog for Dudley to buddy up with as he does enjoy the companionship of his dog pack members and he is such an amiable guy, he gets along with everyone. He really enjoys going for walks with the other dogs in his foster home. If you have a sweet natured dog that you feel would enjoy the companionship of another dog in the home then Dudley may just be the perfect fit. Dudley is also being fostered with cats and he is quite cat friendly and doesn’t bother them at all. Our cats are used to dogs though and don’t bother him as well. Dudley would not enjoy a cat that would freak out and go after him, but if there was a cat that would accept his presence in the home then he would be fine with that.
One thing of note with Dudley is that our vet found he has a heart murmur. This murmur does not slow Dudley down at all but it is something that his new family will need to be aware of. With heart murmurs like Dudley’s, it is best to avoid over excitement, and luckily Dudley is past the age of getting too worked up over anything, so it’s been easy to manage. Dudley now has a clean bill of health and is being fed a quality diet to shine up his fur and benefit his health. He should have many more years to love his new family. Beagles are a long lived breed and many reach their mid-teens so with any luck and continued great care Dudley is just middle aged!
We don’t know how Dudley ended up as an unwanted stray. He’s such a great dog. He is a wonderfully affectionate, obedient, loyal and don’t forget house trained, beauty of a dog. He meets kids in the park and loves the attention. He has been nothing but gentle and sweet. He’s a dog you don’t need to worry about when kids approach quickly when you are out with him, he is always just his sweet self. He likes passersby to acknowledge him. He also loves all dogs. Some he just sniffs and moves on and others he takes longer to get to know. Anyone looking for a gentle, laid back, loveable and absolutely devoted companion, Dudley is your guy.
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