Black Dog, Second Chance
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Beagle : : Male (neutered) : : Adult : : Small
I’d like to introduce you to Iggy. While we don’t have a complete history on him and all that he’s been through in his short three years, we do know this: He started off his young life as a “vet tech” puppy. Although we’re not sure exactly what that meant for his daily life, we do know he was possessed by a local college which obtains multiple purebred Beagles to be used in their training program. It seems the beagle is the dog of choice for this purpose. At some point Iggy was then made available to be placed into a home. It’s not clear exactly when this happened, although all his vetting records end in April 2008. We’re told Iggy found himself in the care of a young man who, being a busy college student, ended up leaving him crated multiple hours. A young beagle and long lonely hours never mix well and Iggy found himself being passed on to a new home. Details on this home are even sketchier but it may have involved a gentleman in a wheelchair who just could not keep up with the demands of a young dog. And now, through the kindness of strangers, Iggy has found his way to us. We vow to search for his new, forever home where he can be sure to live out the rest of his happy beagle years in love and security.
Iggy is a sweet little dog who just needs a chance at a good stable life. When he first came to us I had been forewarned that he wasn’t good at meeting other dogs so I was prepared for a long slow intro. He was admittedly a bit growly toward each of my pack, regardless of size or level of interest. But it appeared to be out of fear rather than aggression and I felt he just needed to feel safe and he would be OK. Once I knew none of my guys were going to react to his sensitivity, I just sort of let Iggy have his space and gave him a chance to decide for himself if he wanted to join us or keep tucked in a corner. I honestly didn’t know how it was going to go and thought it might take days if not weeks before he felt comfortable. He showed no people fear, and would give a wag if you petted him but it wasn’t until my husband came in that he really perked up. It looks as if Iggy is a man’s dog! His reaction to him was unmistakably more enthusiastic.
I noticed many quirky things about Iggy that first night. He rides in the car so quiet you’d forget he was there. But be warned, he DROOLS. I’m not sure if it’s out of nervousness (because he looks pretty calm) but it’s quite impressive. Maybe his college friend liked to take late night runs for burgers and would bring Iggy along for a treat! He definitely has experience with people food. He knew what the garbage can was (and how to pry up the lid). He knew cabinets and counters meant food prep and possible tidbits. (We have to be on guard and not leave anything in reach on a lower end or coffee table). He absolutely knew an open fridge was full of delicious smells- that beagle nose went into over-drive for that one. He has no problem with stairs; in fact he scaled our open, metal spiral stairs as if he’d been doing it his whole life. (Of course he was following the MAN up them). But he didn’t know to drink water from a dog bowl. I actually realized it when later at night he proceeded to follow me into the bathroom and hopped into my tub and began licking the faucet looking for a drink. Of course I immediately cracked it open for him. I figured we can work on that one as time goes by. He does fairly well on a leash. He pulls a little but not excessively. I did believe if he were free he would just keep on heading toward wherever his nose was leading him. He jumps up a little but takes correction well and with some consistent guidance I believe he will learn quickly. At the very least, you will get a laugh out of his “bounce” I call it. When he knows he can’t put his feet on you but still has to jump, he goes into a beagle bounce like none I’ve seen. Watching his head popping up in the air is comical to say the least. He slept in his crate without a peep and without any mess. I didn’t try leaving him loose for his security but I don’t know that he wouldn’t just curl up in one anyway. But I’d have to say the most unique thing about this guy is his tail. If you look closely at his pictures you can see it. It has a sharp bend about ¼ from the end. If you run your hand along it, you can actually feel where the tail bone bends at a right angle. We don’t know if it’s the result of trauma or birth defect but it doesn’t appear to be painful for him at all. I say it just adds to his character.
It’s now only about 48 hours since Iggy came here and I’m stunned at his transformation. He gradually seemed less inclined to observe from a distance. I first noticed he was able to walk past one of my other dogs without tucking his tail and running past like he’d get attacked if he didn’t. And then I noticed he was getting more comfortable going in and out with the pack (instead of preferring to stay in the garage until I led him in by hand). And he started joining with them in the “treat circle” where everybody gathers around and waits patiently for their name to be called and a treat handed to them. But the best improvement by far was that he suddenly started playing. First a little tussle in the house, then a quick game of chase. But when I put him on my long forty foot lead today, and let him feel like he was loose with the pack on our daily field walk, he suddenly broke out in this silly, clumsy puppy-like run and started teasing one of the other guys to get him to chase him. Boy was that a wonderful thing to see.
So, I think Iggy will be just fine. He just needs someone who can give him stability. Someone who can show him that life is not just about crates, and medical treatments, and fear. Someone to show him that a drive in the car just brings you back home and not into the hands of a new “owner”. Someone to say that it’s OK to trust and feel secure. Someone to help him learn how to be with a family. I’m making a pledge to help him find that someone. If you think it’s you and you can offer this special boy what he so very much deserves, I can’t wait to hear from you.