We’ve been fostering four little beagle mutts for the past couple of weeks (and puppy-sat their two litter mates last weekend, which was three days of chaos). It’s time for them to go back to the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA to be altered, and then they go up for adoption. Naturally, I want to promote them here in hopes that they’ll all find homes!
All four of them know their names, they all know how to sit on command, and they all know that they have to sit in order to get attention. They’ve all been socialized pretty well, and none show any bad signs like food guarding or defensiveness.
This is Bruno, a serious little man. He’s lazy, if such a thing is possible for a puppy, very easy-going, and generally calm. He plays with his brothers and sisters, but often while they’re tearing around the house, he’s kicked back in his crate, watching from under sleepy eyelids.
And this is Hugo, the second boy. He’s the biggest of the bunch. Though he tries to act manly, like Bruno, he’s really a lover. Hugo is definitely a people-dog. Between the two boys, if somebody is crying for attention, it’s bound to be Hugo.
Here’s one of our two girls, Dizzy. She’s so named because of her playfulness outstripping her own balance—she routinely gets so excited as she frolics around that she simply collapses in a heap of legs, always popping right back up and dashing off again, only to get tangled up again. She’s pretty independent for a little puppy.
And, finally, there’s Kate. She’s our favorite. When the others are asleep in a puppy pile in their crate, Kate is up at the gate that blocks off their room, waiting hopefully for one of us to come and play with her. She’s clever, very affectionate (you’ve got to like puppy breath to adopt this one), and more than a little mischievous.
My wife taught Kate to bay a couple of weeks ago—something every good beagle puppy should know how to do. Here’s Kate, baying along adorably:
Kate will probably have to live with us for a couple more weeks—she’s got a cold, and needs medication for a while, which will delay her spaying. But we’re happy to make an appointment if anybody thinking about adopting Kate wants to come by and meet her. The others go back to the SPCA this morning.