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Hi, everyone! My name is Tara. I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, a German shepherd named Raider, and now a beagle! She's our first beagle. My oldest son, age 9, has wanted a beagle since he was 5. I started looking around a few months ago, and I just knew my hubby would find a Christmas puppy for me. Well, that didn't happen, but I now know it's because our beagle was patiently waiting for us to find her! I saw her on the Petfinder website and went to meet her a few days later. She and her mother were dropped off at the shelter in the middle of the night, so we don't know much about her. Her mother was adopted, so Elizabeth was on her own. She's about 1 year old. We fell in love with her immediately, but we had to wait six long days to bring her home. She's been with us for four days now, and she's starting to come out of her shell. She's such a quiet and sweet little girl! She was obviously not kept indoors before, as housetraining has been quite a challenge! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif She gets along very well with our German shepherd, though they make quite an odd-looking pair! I'm so glad I found this site and I look forward to getting to know everyone!
 

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Welcome to BW, Tara and your pup (is her name Leigh?)! She is so sweet looking. Many of us have rescue pups (and it is a very rewarding experience. I adopted my Maggie when she was about 1 year old and she is now 11 1/2. Your beagle will bring many, many joys and adventures to your family's life. This is a great forum -- it's a great place to share as well as learn about beagles.
 

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Welcome to you and Elizabeth!

Bless you for rescuing her! You will be so happy that you did.

Our Henry was a rescue last year...he is between 2-5 years old. I can't remember life without him.

Housebreaking seemed endless but it really wasn't it. He had setbacks because he was very sick from heartworms. But one day I looked up and the sickness and housebreaking was all behind us.

I learned that when he gets up and wanders around rather aimlessly with his nose to the ground or looks at all restless, I immediately take him out. Especially if he has been napping. Even if he had just been out 10 minutes ago or if it's two in the morning. I just stayed on top of him.

And if there is an accident, others here will agree, do not raise your voice, certainly do not spank him...that only frightens them. Just stay even-keeled and bring them out.

It will happen.

Oh...where in VA are you? I would love to find a beagle playmate for my Henry here in Roanoke.

Send pics...
 

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Welcome to Beagle World and a welcome to your new rescue, Elizabeth. Beagles were breed to get along with all dogs so Raider should have little if any problems with his new little sister. Time and patience fades rescue baggage. Beagles really love to please their pack (That include you Tara, your DH and kids). Anticipating her need to poop or pee, escorting her outside, and making a delightful fush when she goes (Oh what a good doggie is less embarrasing if you have nieghbors than what many do) will hasten her housebreaking. There a lot of threads on potty training! Do feel free to post questions in the general discusion portion of the site, there is a wealth of beagle knowledge here!
 

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So happy to welcome you, Tara :wave:

It's nice that we have another rescuer in the group. Not that it's bad to buy a puppy, but when you think of all the babies that have no forever home, a new rescue makes for a sigh of relief.

Hang in there with the potty training, it'll get better as time goes by. Your new baby will bring you many happy times. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

You'll have lots of help and fun here. :computer:

Monica and Daisy /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Welcom to BW, Tara and little Elizabeth!! :wave:
She is so pretty! How cowardly of her former people to drop her off in the middle of the night /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif but I'm so glad you found her. Thank you for giving her a forever home. (My son wanted a beagle too--that's why we have Shiloh, as in the children's books) It will take a little time with the housebreaking, I'm afraid, but don't give up on her--a beagle is well worth the extra time it may take to train her!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Good luck to you and your family.
 

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Welcome to you and Elizabeth. There are lots of us with rescues here so I'm sure you will be able to get lots of helpful advice.

Arrroooo!
 

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Thank you all for the warm welcome, and for the beagle advice! We just took Elizabeth for her first visit to Grammie and Grandpa's house. She did great and we made it a whole day with no accidents! :happyhappy: Of course, I watched her like a hawk! My mom, who has never been a dog lover, just adored Elizabeth and even offered to keep her when dh and I are both working! We're so happy that she won't have to be alone.

Elizabeth and Raider (German Shepherd) are quickly becoming great friends. Even though Raider outweighs her by about 80 pounds, she manages to put him in his place when needed!

I'll post more pics soon. We've already taken loads of them!
 

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A very big welcome to beagle world. So pleased you have rescued a beagle, please keep us up to date on her prgress. If you need any help, fire away with questions, lots of us have rescues.
 

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Welcome to Beagle World!! :wave:
We rescued a little Beagle puppy in November and have those same potty training issues...
hopefully soon she will get it all figured out! :hi:
 

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Welcome Tara and Elizabeth !!!

Looking forward to seeing lots of pictures !!
 

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Welcome to all of you. Elizabeth is simply gorgeous. She looks a bit cheeky though too. Most beagles have that little mischevious glint in their eyes. I'm glad Elizabeth still has that with everything she went through to get to you. Thanks for giving her a forever home where she will be well cared for and loved.
 
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