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Everything I know About a Beagle I Learned from Sammy

Updated on February 7, 2017
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Sammy's Story

Everything I know and learned about a beagle dog, I learned from our family beagle, Sammy. Sammy came to us in the spring of 1997 and sadly, left us recently to run and play in heaven. This is his story and our tribute to a special beagle dog. It is very true, that everything I know about a beagle, I learned the hard way (and sometimes fun way) by trial and error.

Even though you can read books on Beagles, you have to own one to know one. When I meet someone today who has a beagle in their family, we compare notes and laugh about how their personalities and behaviors are so similar. There is more to them than their soulful eyes and extrordinary sense of smell!

I mentioned Sammy was a family dog, in that he was brought home by my grown son, and lived back and forth between all of us. That is his story:

Photos in this story by Nancia

A Tri-colored Beagle Named Sammy

Tri Colored Beagle Named Sammy
Tri Colored Beagle Named Sammy
Beagle Handbook, The (Barron's Pet Handbooks)
Beagle Handbook, The (Barron's Pet Handbooks)

A recommended handbook or guide if considering owning a Beagle or if you already have a Beagle dog in your family and want to learn more about this wonderful breed of dog.

 
Sammy 6 Weeks
Sammy 6 Weeks

The Early Years

Sammy was born in April on a farm in rural Ohio. My son drove 25 miles down a dirt road to pick up Sammy for $25. A country beagle headed for the city of Cincinnati. The first night with my son was a tough one for the little guy (and Sammy too). The little beagle pup cried and cried and missed his mommy. After a time, Sammy quieted down and got used to living with my son. I do believe he may have been a bit young at six weeks to leave his mommy and developed a case of separation anxiety later on.

Oh, but the little beagle dog was so cute. He was a tri-colored pup with perfect markings. Sammy did not come with pedigree papers, but he was pure beagle!

I learned that a beagle pup loves to run. Sammy would love to go out in the grass and just run in circles. We called them "Sammy Circles". He was just so funny. One day I learned about his determined personality at only 3 months old. He got out into our front yard that did not have a fence, so I went to pick him up to put in the back yard, and he bit me. Hard. It wasn't a playful nip, but a bite to tell me he did not want to do what I wanted him to. That was my first experience with the stubbornness of a beagle. They do have minds of their own.

Our Beagle's Favorite Toys

Ethical Pet Plush Skinneeez 24-Inch Dog Toy, Raccoon
Ethical Pet Plush Skinneeez 24-Inch Dog Toy, Raccoon

Sammy loved toys with squeakers. It was a game for him to find and take out the squeaker, removing the stuffing as he searched. This flat raccoon was his favorite plush toy.

 
Sammy's Hunt for Food
Sammy's Hunt for Food

Their Love of Food

A beagle dog loves food. Not just their own, but everyone's food. I don't know if it is due to their keen sense of smell, but they seem to always be hungry. At least that is how they act. Also, in discussing beagles with other beagle owners, they all seem to love to get into the garbage, steal food when you are not looking and beg uncontrollably. Oh, those eyes look so sad! Sammy would steal food whenever he could.

When he went to live with my sons in Las Vegas, Nevada while they went to college, Sammy practiced his food-stealing skills. We still laugh at when my son had to fight Sammy to get his special 12 inch turkey sub sandwich back. Sammy would not let go of the package. Sammy taught us all not to leave any food items unattended unless you did not really want it. Later on, Sammy was in his glory when the grandson was born and would drop food from the high chair. The baby was Sammy's best friend!

My son worked in corrections and the department had a beagle dog on staff. He worked as a K-9 "sniffer". They will take him in to the cells to sniff out any drugs or contraband that does not belong in the jail. Beagles and other hound dogs are being used in jobs such as these or border stations since they have such a keen sense of smell.

Training Your Beagle (Training Your Dog Series)
Training Your Beagle (Training Your Dog Series)

I recommend a book on training prior to bringing your Beagle home. It will give you tips and suggestions on items to use for training your new pup.

 
Sammy Howling
Sammy Howling

Worry and Anxiety

I mentioned earlier that I suspect Sammy had a case of Separation Anxiety. He hated when anyone he was living with had to leave to go to either work or school. A beagle dog has a good sense of what is going on, and Sammy knew when we were getting ready to leave him. He started by getting that worried look in his eyes, then he would begin to whimper which led to the howl. Oh, have you heard a beagle dog howl? It is very loud.

My daughter-in-law has a funny story that she would literally have to go out her bedroom window to go to work so Sammy would not see her leave. The neighbors did not think a beagle dog howling was cute. Things got better when my daughter-in-law was able to work from home once she had her son. Sammy still did not like it when they left the house for appointments, but it wasn't as severe as when he was alone every day.

Beagles are naturally bred to run in packs chasing rabbits on the hunt. He thought the family as his pack and didn't want them to leave him behind. During his later years, he had the pleasure of living with my mother-in-law and her dogs in rural Utah where he could run free in the large yard and howl all he wanted.

Older Sammy
Older Sammy

Senior Years

When Sammy got older, I took him out of the city to live with us in the rural area of mid-Utah. He seemed to be much happier there than the city. He loved to roam the large yard and take in all the smells. A beagle dog has a great sense of smell due to those long ears and sensitive nose.

On one of our walks with Sammy in the middle of winter when ice was at least 6 inches thick on the ground, Sammy stopped and started to dig in the ice. We went to see what he found, and he found a donut on the ground under all that ice. Now that is a good sense of smell!

Sammy took sick with cancer. There were days when he could only drag along. Those eyes were so sad but full of love for us. We made him as comfortable as he could be with all his favorite toys. He left us in the winter of 2008 at only 11 years old.

I know that Sammy is running free and chasing rabbits in beagle dog heaven where all beagles run in packs and chase their dreams.

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Beagle Facts

I hope my story about Sammy gives you a glimpse of how special a beagle dog can be. They are great family dogs, very loyal and true to their "pack". They need lots of love, healthy food and a place to run and play. A couple years back, the beagle dog, Uno, won the Westminister Dog Show as Best of Show. I was cheering for that beagle dog all the way!

  • Member of the Hound Group

    Beagles are scent hounds bred primarily for tracking rabbits and other small game. This is called "beagling"; usually running in "packs".

  • Physical Description of the Beagle

    Most kennel clubs around the world recognize beagle varieties between 13 inches and 16 inches in height. Males weigh 22-25 lbs (10-11 kg) and females from 20-23 lbs (9-10 kg). Coloring is the popular tri-color of white with large black areas and light brown shading or white in combination with red, lemon or orange/brown.

  • Basic Health of the Beagle

    Beagles typically live 10-13 years which is the common lifespan of a dog this size. Fairly healthy in general, the beagle may be prone to epilepsy, hypothyroidism and some types of dwarfism. They also can develop disk disease, inner ear infections and eye problems. The most common problem is weight gain.

Personality Traits and Temperament

The beagle has a pretty even temper and gentle disposition which makes them great family pets. They are prone to separation anxiety since they are bred to be pack animals. They will bark at strange situations and "bay" or howl when they catch a "scent". Beagles are intelligent, but since they were bred for a long chase they are single-minded and determined which makes them hard to train.

I recommend doing some research and learn about the beagle dog before choosing this breed for your family. Once you understand the beagle, he or she will be the best pet ever.

Facts gathered from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle.

Sammy's Best Photos

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Playing in the SnowRunaway PupSammy at 4 MonthsSammy Hanging with BoBeggin' Sam
Playing in the Snow
Playing in the Snow
Runaway Pup
Runaway Pup
Sammy at 4 Months
Sammy at 4 Months
Sammy Hanging with Bo
Sammy Hanging with Bo
Beggin' Sam
Beggin' Sam

Sammy We Miss You!

If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever!

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      Nancy Johnson 2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Larry, thank you so much for your nice comment. I still miss our Sammy and talk about him all the time with my work friend who is a "beagle girl". She has two little girls, tri-colors that I enjoy through her! How wonderful that you have your girls still with you! The beagle has always been my favorite breed and hope I can adopt another someday when my life slows down a bit. Have a nice day!

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      I just ran across your hub. We are a Beagle family. Today we have two tri-color Beagles, Hannah and Annie. We had a third, a lemon and yellow named--Sammy. He had to be put down when he was about eight. There was something wrong with his spine that was beyond the ability of the vets to treat. During the time we had him he was an important part of the family. My son was in a serious car accident and Sammy appointed himself at the night nurse for him until he got better. He had a horrible bark, but was the happiest looking beagle I had ever seen. We have our two girls, we got from the shelter, when they were six or so (have to guess) and they are in the 15 year range. They are a little slower, but they are still with us.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for the nice compliment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Sammy was obviously very loved and very lucky to have you as his family.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @hntrssthmpsn: That is funny, is he a beagle too? Thank you for your compliments.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @MartieG: Thank you for the blessing and enjoying our story.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Your pictures are so sweet, and the story of the stolen sub sandwich made me laugh. My own dog, Inigo, is not to be trusted around a sandwich, either. It's the one food item he can't resist stealing.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What a lucky family and lucky pup to have had such a great life together. Pets are so special and I loved reading your tribute to Sammy ~~~Blessed~~

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @SteveKaye: Thank you Steve for the best wishes.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Pam Irie: Thank you, we do laugh at this story every time we tell it. Oh, and I forgot to mention DIL was pregnant with first grandson at the time. True story DIL just reminded me of.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @anonymous: I am so happy you had Rana Bee in your family for so long. Sammy left us too soon. Oh, the ding dong story reminds me know that Sammy once ate a package of large muffins from Sam's Club. Packaging and all! I know for a fact that Rana Bee and Sammy are running together in heaven. Two peas in a pod. thank you for sharing a little of Rana Bee.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thank you so much. Yes, Sammy taught us so much.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @VeseliDan: I wish you the lifetime of joy with your Sammy.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this touching story about Sammy. Pets like this truly bring joy into our lives. Wish you the best.

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this - what a beautiful dog.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Great lens. =)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thank you for sharing your story of Sammy. I loved that your DIL had to climb out the bedroom window to go to work. lol Priceless! The bond between a dog and his family especially is so strong. It sounds like he was so loved and that's the way it's supposed to be. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      had a tri-colored 13" beagle for almost 18 yrs. She got cancer too. You're right about the food..Rana Bee ate one whole box of ding dongs (foil and all). She would scrunch down as if to jump on the couch and when I looked at her she started stretching as if to say "I wasn't going to get on the couch"..didn't know dogs lied...Your Sammy looks a lot like Rana Bee..I'm sure we both have loads of "beage" stories we could tell. Maybe since I've read this they will meet.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Beagles are darlings.

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      robertwillams 5 years ago

      Lovely creation of lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a chocolate lab and an orange cat that I love to death. I had a beagle when I was younger and she was the sweetest dog ever.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sammy is a dear and a gifted teacher of life's lessons, congratulations on front page honors!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy to meet Sammy.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      Your Sammy is the best, I have learned from your experiances, I now have the same dog and the same name, it inspired me soo much, thank you! Blessed.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @ae dc: I am so glad you enjoyed Sammy's story. I can't wait to read your lens about your Lab. Dogs are so loving and loyal family members.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @checkyourvibe: Mr. Pup sounds SO adorable!

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      Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      Enjoyed this lens- my first dog was a beagle, named"Mr. Pup"- think he had a little terrier in him, but I still remember how much a part of the family he was-

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      rectus 5 years ago

      great story, Thanks for sharing

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such nice content an pictures.

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Love your lens! Wonderful read!

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What a great story, I was wanting a beagle once I love their coloring.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      So nice to meet Sammy and to read about his entire life in one family. No wonder he felt anxious when separated. ;)

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      this lens made me smile and almost cry. what a great tribute to sammy. i also wrote a lens about my lab. dogs are the greatest!

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      Charlotte Green 5 years ago

      You've got the beagle dog well understood!

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      stella-writes 5 years ago

      Cute Sammy. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to Sammy!

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      Nice to meet Sammy!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      We've had other hounds but never a beagle. Greatly enjoyed meeting Sammy!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you so much, I am so glad you enjoyed Sammy's story. We all miss him still, but even now he brings our family joy in remembering him and the fun we had with him.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I really enjoyed your beagle tale. Sammy sounds like he truly had a wonderful home with tons of love oozing out of every crack and crevice. He was indeed one lucky dog.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Wednesday-Elf: I am so glad that your puppy was found by your brother. My parents also rescued a Bishon Frise who lived in a cage for her first 8 months. They take her everywhere they can to assimilate her with people too. Home Depot employees usually have biscuits in their pockets! Thank you for sharing your story too.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks so much for sharing your Sammy with us. What a darling dog - love the photos.

      My brother currently has a Boston Terrier puppy, a rescue dog who suffers from 'separation anxiety' and is quite fearful around strangers. They are working daily with her to get her used to people by taking her to outdoor events and long walks where other people are out and about. She also has a trust issue from her early weeks of being abandoned by the mother dog at age 3 weeks and left alone for long periods of time while waiting to be adopted. Now she doesn't want her 'people' to leave without her and will only stay with certain people (me & one other relative) without my brother & SIL. :)