WHEN ARE WE GOING TO LEARN, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CARE?
Ths time it has happened in Virginia, Virginia Beach to be exact. I got a call this morning, January 7, Last night a couple was driving with their 6 month old beagle puppy, the puppy was sitting on the lap of the passenger, and the car window was open. Apparently they turned a corner and THE PUPPY JUMPED OUT OF THE CAR. He has broken multiple bones and needs surgery, The reason I got a call? The family can't afford the $3000 worth of surgery....so this 6 month old puppy may die because of this family's ignorance.
DOGS, LIKE CHILDREN, MUST BE RESTRAINED IN THE BACK SEAT OF A VEHICLE, anything less that this is animal abuse. If this had been an accident and the airbag had inflated, this puppy would have been splattered all over the passenger.
If you can't protect your dog when traveling in a vehicle, then leave him home.
In the evening of January 25, a 7 1/2 month old puppy named Dylan died, not IN a car accident, but BECAUSE of one. He was sitting in the front seat of his owners' car, accompanying him on a short local errand. His car was hit head on by a driver running a red light. The airbags deployed, amazingly Dylan survived that, but his owner opened the drivers side door to get rid of the smoke and smell from the airbags. Dylan bolted in fear, ran across his owner, onto the 5 freeway where he was hit by 2 cars.
Dylan's owners waited 17 years for the right time in their life to get a puppy....he was their child. But if he was a human child he would have been secure in the back seat in a baby seat.....and would have been alive today.........
It was fortunate that no one else was injured or killed.....a dog darting across a freeway could have caused other accidents.
PLEASE, PLEASE, RESPECT YOUR DOGS. SECURE THEM IN THE BACK SEAT IN A CRATE OR HARNESS, WITH A QUICK RELEASE STRAP.
I have moved to Virginia and am now doing rescue in Southern California by referral only.
If you are looking for a beagle to adopt, go to the Pet List. I will be posting information on beagles available at shelters or with their owners who need to give them up. Contact info will be there as well. Please research this breed before adopting. There is some info on the beagle towards the bottom of this home page, or please feel free to give me a call.
If you need to give up your beagle, I will post the information on this web site for you so you can do a private adoption. Please be sure this is what you really want to do before contacting me. I will need the information on your beagle and a photo, and will need to talk with you before I can post it. Please call me at 804-829-5106 (home) or 804-239-6019 (cell).
Do You Live in Nevada?
The Dewey Animal Shelter in Las Vegas almost always has beagles available, so check them out on Petfinder.com as well. The animals in this shelter are only given 6 days, so please act quickly!!
A Serious Commitment
Bringing a dog into your life is a serious commitment; although no guarantees can be made, beagles can live to 17-18 years. And no matter what kind of dog you get, it will require lifestyle changes: a commitment to keep the beagle must be made before the dog is ever adopted. As difficult as it is for some people to give up a dog, understand that the dog goes through an emotional trauma as well. Imagine ending up in a shelter, then going to a rescue, then going to a new home, then being returned to the rescue.......... The dog doesn't understand any of it, and we've seen beagles go through severe depression.
So, please do not get any beagle if
You cannot commit to the years of care, physically, mentally, financially.
You're looking for perfection; beagles can be frustrating and aggravating. They go through trash, escape through open doors, have selective hearing, chew the kids' toys, and maybe your shoes, steal food; no beagles will ever be 100% perfect at any time of his life.
You're expecting your children, regardless of age, to care for the beagle. It's not going to happen!
You don't want an indoor dog.
You have a yard that is not secure, not solid, so the beagle can see out and bark at people, if you have adults or children coming in and out of your yard during the day when you're not home, your family and friends cannot be trusted to keep gates and door closed.
You live in an apartment or condo with no yard.
All members of the family are gone all day.
Your lifestyle includes activities where it would be inconvenient to keep the beagle on a leash at all times, such as camping, hiking, etc.
You and your family lack the time to train the beagle, ie, take him to classes, have a trainer come in, and follow up, or if you want an easily trained dog who will always do what you ask or have had a dog like that in the past.
You don't have a sense of humor!
Beagle Adoption and Rescue Center of So. Cal. Inc
P.O. Box 67