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Hi Tamara,
We have two ex-research beagles. We adopted them 3 years ago, when they were aged 6. Susi came from a health research centre here in Germany, called the GSF Centre. Snoopy was also a university research beagle used for the students to practise on and as a sperm bank.
Susi Was forced to produce one litter after another, at the same time being polluted with pesticides. The pups were then killed and tested for damage caused by the pesticides. She was finally released and sent to the university where Snoopy was, to be sterilized. Beforehand though, they got her pregnant again and after a certain time removed the embryos and sent them to a hospital for research on embryoligy. Snoopy came free at the same time, having also been sterilized, and they went together to an animal shelter, where we met them. Not wanting to seperate these two beagles who had become close friends, we adopted both.

The early days were heart breaking, they were so nervous and Susi jumped at every sound, she also wasnt house-trained and had accidents until recently. She also had never seen stairs and we had to teach her how to use them to get up to the bedroom. They just wanted to sleep at first and we tried to leave them in peace as much as possible. Any strangers were met by growls from Snoopy and he would jump on the couch and just warn them to stay away. i think both were scared they would be taken away from their safe home. When we bought them baskets to sleep in they spent most of the day in them, probably couldnt believe that they had a basket all to themselves.
It took months before they felt happy in the garden, we would be sitting out there and they would be on the couch in the lounge.
I shall continue this later for you, a neighbour has just arrived.
 

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Part two of Susi and snoopy's story.
It took ages before they would explore the garden, but one thing they enjoyed straight away was going for walks. maybe because we kept them on the lead and they felt we were protecting them. Susi soon became a proper hound, nose to the ground, exploring the wonderful outside world. We live in the woods (or edge of) so its straight out of the house into the woods. To this day however, they bark the moment they are out as if to say 'we are coming, get out of the way'. Susi wails if another dog comes but Snoopy goes for it. The only dogs they dont attack are beagles.
We have tried to teach them to play, but they just look at us as if we are mad when we throw a ball. We made the mistake of giving them a soft toy to play with. Susi immediately took it and nursed it and growled at Snoopy if he went near. She thought it was a pup. So no soft toys are allowed in this house.

recently Snoopys brother Spike and their jail mate, Feivel, also became free. Unfortunately the GSF is not letting the animal rescue centre take any right now. Thousands of animals are destroyed once no longer needed. To think Susi and Snoopy might have been put down is terrible.
Snoopy, Spike and feivel were born in a mass kennels in Paderborn, Germany, most of the animals are bred purely to sell to research centres. I am not sure where Susi was born, but probably in the GSF.
If you have any other particular questions then please feel free to ask.
 
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