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Dogs From Shelters

Updated on August 23, 2017

How Could I Go For A Puppy And End Up With A Deaf Old Dog?

I am going to the shelter to find a puppy, I want another Dalmatian. I really have missed having a dog. I am getting really excited I am almost there. I am finally ready to get another dog. I have had dogs my whole it was going to be a great day, one that I will remember. I almost felt like I was getting a new baby. I like dogs full of energy and ready to hop in the car with me. I knew I needed to be careful not to look at other dogs until after I chose my puppy. I have always had a hard time with looking at dogs with those expressions of Please Take Me Home.

I got to the shelter and the first thing I found was this little dog wagging her tail but she had a sad look in her eyes. I couldn't help myself I asked the lady why the Beagle was in the cage. I figured she got lost I was wrong! She was ready to be put to sleep.No one was coming for her. She lifted her paw up and tried to touch my hand. She licked my hand and just kept looking at me with those sad eyes. Those eyes were haunting me. I started toward the back where the Dalmatian pups were but knew I was not going to let this little girl stay here.

I was waiting for the lady to come to show me the pups.I started to think, what if I don't bring a pup home, what will my husband do? He likes all dogs, and I know he is fond of Beagles because he had one when he was a boy. There is something special about this Beagle. She is so gentle and sweet. I found my dog.As you all probably guessed, I never went back to the spot where the shelter was keeping the Dalmatian pups, I started to but turned back to where the cute little Beagle was still waiting. I knew she didn't have to wait much longer. The shelter got her paper work started and she was sent to the vet to get fixed. Within 2 days I was bringing her home she is adorable.

She definitely knows what a leash is used for. If I grab the leash she goes to the door. She then sits down and waits for me to fasten it to her. Trixie is one smart dog.My Beagle was 5 years old when I adopted her, she is now 8. It has been great, Trixie so far has been one of the sweetest dogs I have owned. She loves everyone especially my grandkids. The one fact the shelter didn't tell me is that Trixie is totally deaf. It took me a day or two to figure it out. We love her now and would not trade her for nothing, so it really does not matter. I think the shelter was counting on that so we would keep her.

Make no mistake, I was supposed to have this wonderful little Beagle. This is where the Lord led me and I knew it was the right dog. I had been depressed after I found out I was sick, but not any more. Trixie has really helped. I think animals can really help people with depression. I know that these dogs make wonderful companions for people she is one of my best friends. You can get a little Beagle to brighten your day.I thought about the advantages of getting an adult dog and they have a lot.

My Girls

My 2 girls love to play.
My 2 girls love to play. | Source

My Beagle - To Tell or not to Tell

Does anyone think the shelter should have told me that Trixie was deaf?

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Trixie waiting to go camping. She loves to ride in the motorhome.Trixie after a hard day of camping loves her bed and pillow. She gets up when ever we get up. She is very accommodating.Trixie loves to ride and travel.
Trixie waiting to go camping. She loves to ride in the motorhome.
Trixie waiting to go camping. She loves to ride in the motorhome.
Trixie after a hard day of camping loves her bed and pillow. She gets up when ever we get up. She is very accommodating.
Trixie after a hard day of camping loves her bed and pillow. She gets up when ever we get up. She is very accommodating.
Trixie loves to ride and travel.
Trixie loves to ride and travel.

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Good Beagle Qualities

Beagles from my experience are:

Friendly

Great with kids

Intelligent

Happy

We Love our Beagle

Trixie Is Awesome

My husband came to pick me and Trixie up from the shelter, he brought our 9 year old mixed breed Sam to meet Trixie

My husband had a stunned funny look on his face. A year latter and he would not trade Trixie for nothing. We love our little Beagle. I told him it's a woman's right to change her mind.

My husband really loves Trixie and takes good care of her. Trixie always goes wild when my husband comes home at night. She actually squawks and makes some other sounds, she does the same thing for me. You would think we were away for a month the way she carries on.

We studied the sign for deaf dogs. I made these up myself but Trixie makes them work. She is so intelligent for a dog. She is also well behaved we can take her anywhere. The first night we brought her home it was like she lived hear her whole life.

Trixi 2nd Place at prade
Trixi 2nd Place at prade

Collars

The dog collar is a very important item. Every dog needs to have a collar on.The collar will serve different purposes. the collar should have the dogs tags on the ring part. One tag will give a phone number if your dog gets lost. The other tag should be the rabies tag. These collars should serve your needs. The collar is made of a strong nylon. I like them because when the collar gets dirty I wash them in the wash machine. The collar comes out looking new.

So Many Trixie's Out There

Please Think About Older Pets

I may not have gotten the pup I thought I had to have but I sure got more than I deserve. We all need to think about adopting an older dog. I knew the Dalmatian pup had a better shot at being adopted. I use to buy my Dalmatians except for one my husband found. I have for the last ten years gone to the shelters. We do not need anymore dogs just need to help unload the shelters.

After being in the shelters and seeing all the dogs that need homes and all the homeless dogs we have during November and December, I would never buy another dog. I am ashamed to turn my back on these poor animals Who ever thought a homeless dog would come in 2nd, she is special.

If you can, think about adoption its the right thing to do. I have never regretted getting an older dog. This is the first time I have ever adopted a dog this old. I am glad I did as it saved a tremendous amount of work and I still have a dog I love.

Update Jan.4th, 2015 We are in the process of adopting another 13 inch beagle pup from the Humane Society in South Florida. They have the mother who is soon to have pups. We are going to pick out one pup.

A Dog From The Shelter

The book teaches valuable lessons on taking care of your dog. People are amazed to find out some of these dogs are so intelligent. Angle is a shelter dog who is so smart she is trained to be a therapy dog. These dogs will amaze you if you have never had the opportunity to see one working. My dog Trixie is also a therapy dog and she goes to the nursing home to visit patience.

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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Oceansnsunsets, Love my Beagle, they are such a loving dog and good to the kids. Glad you have one of your own. Thanks for reading .

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    Paula 

    3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Hi Stella, when I saw the picture of your beagle, I knew I had to read this hub! I got tears in my eyes, seriously, as I was reading this. Her life was saved because of you, wow! We have a beagle that is now getting much older, but I got her from a shelter too! It was overcrowded there, several dogs in a cage. Anyway, long story short, I love my Molly and she is the sweetest beagle. So I related to every part of your story! I would do it again in a heartbeat. She is part of our family. I love that you are getting a new one also, how special!

    Thank you for sharing your story, and for the encouragement of others to get an older dog. You bring up excellent points. Wishing you the best, and your dogs too! So happy you are all a family together. That is just precious!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    That's great I wish all the shelters had a no kill rule.

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I rather like Beagles but have never had one. generally we end up with mix breed dogs from a shelter. By the way, I think our shelters have a "no kill" rule.

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    Elsie Hagley 

    3 years ago from New Zealand

    Beautiful story, as I was reading it I felt as though I was you, I knew you wouldn't get a puppy, it brought tears to my eyes. I think the shelter should have told you she was deaf, but I don't think it would have been any different you would still have given it a home.

    I'm an animal lover, I used to have dogs (cocker spaniels) but I don't now, I would love one though, maybe one day when I don't live in a area where we are protecting the kiwi (a bird).

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Tank you, Trixie is great.

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    Peggy Woods 

    3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I am a big believer in adopting from animal shelters. So glad that your Trixie won your heart and that you now love her as well. It was meant to be! There are many advantages to adopting older dogs beyond that destructive chewing stage and housebreaking stage that goes with puppies. Up votes and sharing.

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

    3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

    "She is never loud only when I come home and then she makes funny sounds like she is trying to talk. You would think I have been away for a month instead of a day."

    LOL! We are the only entity that exists in their lives. You may be aware that dogs never wag their tails when there is no living entity with them.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    She is never loud only when I come home and then she makes funny sounds like she is trying to talk. You would think I have been away for a month instead of a day.

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

    3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

    Beautiful article on your furry friend. Well, I think that the shelter should have told you about the deafness, but in the end it doesn't matter. For a right human, all dogs are most welcome. I salute you for your courage and the brave choice you made.

    Btw, I had heard that beagles are a bit loud. How is your experience even though because of her disability she may be different?

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