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hi everyone!

just want to introduce myself and my dogs....sorry i'm so long!

i have 2 adult german shepherds - both rescues - my male luc is 5 years old, i have had him for 11 months, and before that he was in a no-kill shelter for close to 3 years (i adopted him from a rescue that pulled him from the shelter). he's a great dog, with some exposure issues, but he's come a long way.

i adopted my female teagan, who is 5.5 years old, from the local animal services at the end of last october - she is a sweetheart but is territorial, highly prey driven (with an emphasis on killing) and is aggressive towards strange dogs (with work, now just strange dogs coming near our home, and we're still working on it). she has some rank issues, and has shown the capacity to be aggressive towards people (last xmas renting a cabin, the owner and his former police dog and police dog washout attacked us - the owner did nothing. in the aftermath (luc had slipped his collar, he is nervous around strange dogs), when the owner moved towards her, she went for him. however, she is generally fine with people, it's more an FYI for me. i certainly keep her under tighter control than luc, but we've had huge improvements by setting up clear expectations and being consistent.

i was collecting some donations for a new husky rescue, and in talking to the volunteer, ended up going on their website about 3.5 weeks ago and watching video of a litter of husky/lab/beagle puppies - i'd been thinking about getting a third dog, and really liked the way one of the puppies interacted with his littermates - playful, but not pushy, nice, middle-of-the-pack dog. i adopted him - i wasn't going to take him home until next week or that weekend, as i am away this coming weekend, but his mom was adopted and the foster home needed me to take him - she'd taken in another litter plus adult fosters and her own dogs - so he will be petsat this weekend. it's not ideal, but there we are - he's only 6.5 weeks old!!!!

his name is neb, short for nebekenezzer, and he's doing really well, picking up housetraining and learning to come, his name, and we're working on sit. luc is alternately nervous and excited about him, and teagan just adores him, i supervise him and the adults closely of course, but she sits calmly while he climbs her muzzle or plays with her tail, when she's had enough, she just gets up and leaves (i make sure she has a neb-free area).

he's a chatty little guy, and he has a baby beagle or husky-style howl!

anyways, i'm here b/c i'm hoping to learn more about beagles and their behaviour so that i can be the best home possible for neb.

i do run - luc runs w/me, teagan has hip dysplasia so we mostly walk or do really short (1k) runs (she loves them). luc can run 25k+, i'm injured at the moment, but he has gone out w/my bf, who is a runner and triathlete. i also like to do a lot of hiking and backpacking, and of course the dogs come. neb will be a runner when he is old enough. at the end of june we are going to do some car camping and hiking in killarney (great backpacking there!), and he will come w/us, and i'm going on a 5.5 day canoe trip in temagami w/a friend mid-july, and he will come with us (she has adult dogs too, so neither of us are bringing the adult dogs) - i've already got neb a lifejacket! neb will also go to my bf's triathlons for socialization, and in september after some big races, we're going to be doing a 10+ day backpack in temagami, of course the dogs will come (between teagan's HD and neb being young, plus immediately post-half-ironman, we aren't going to push daily distance on the trail for that trip).

here is a link to pics of neb from sunday, his first day home - if anyone has any thoughts about his mix i'd be curious - how much beagle you think he is, if you think that guess is correct. that's all based on mom, no idea about dad:

http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a384/mitchthecat/Neb/
 

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to all 4 of you! Neb is adorable. I can definitely see a husky and beagle there. His one blue/one brown eye combination is beautiful!!!

Thank you for rescuing all 3 of your dogs - sounds like a full house there
 

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Thank you for rescuing. My beagle, Li'l Girl, is a rescue, too, as are 2 of her 3 canine siblings. We also have a calico cat, Miss Priss, who came by our house 15 years ago, and decided to stay.


Neb's a cutie.
 

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thanks everyone! i've always rescued, though i do hope to get a malinois one day and do french ring with it - i've already done research into reputable breeders and have visited french ring training near toronto and in montreal (actually am away this weekend to watch a french ring trial in montreal) but i realized i'll need to buy a car to get to training and i just don't see that happening soon, but i have space and time for a third dog and have always rescued, so....i saw neb and he just had the perfect personality to fit in with my guys.

though more i look at neb, the more i can see the beagle


i actually also have 2 rescued rabbits (tee hee with a beagle mix, i guess), 2 rescue guinea pigs, and 4 cats - 2 are mine, both rescues, one is a foster with a rescue i used to help run and one i refer to as a refugee (she is a semi-permanent foster and belongs to a friend of mine w/2 dogs, one of whom punctured her esophagus over food aggression issues....my friend is kind of lazy about managing her dogs).

teagan's prey drive (and that it is focused on killing, not playing) means i have to carefully manage them - we recently moved to a house from an apartment, so all the small animals have their own rooms that they are in during the day, and teagan is crated at night, and they're free to roam them. luc is great with the small animals and i will socialize neb to be the same. i knew when i adopted teagan straight from a shelter it was a risk, but it's not her fault, and while we've worked on it, i don't see her as trustworthy - she's not being bad, it's just how she's wired.

moving to the house has also been good b/c we used to live in an apartment on the second floor of a house - she was diagnosed w/hip dysplasia by the sixth week i got her, and while supplements, meds, and weight loss have really helped her, i like that we have a bungalow now as i think in the long-term it will be easier, as she ages.
 

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oh! and he's not only a smarty about housetraining (we're not perfect, but it's only the second day he's ever seen a yard, and i'm switching him from paper training, so he's doing amazing!), but he's learning come (not perfect, but surprisingly good), his name, and sit. i'm also working on tugging with him to build drive and confidence - we're having a great time!
 

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What a cutie! And what a wonderful menagerie you've got going. I'm sure everybody will be happy with the house arrangement. I admire your coordination
 

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Wow, you certainly have a house full. The pup is adorable and I'd say the head was husky and the rest beagle. Our two are rescues, ex research beagles, so we are always pleased when people take rescues.
 

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to BW! Kudos to you for rescuing but also for dealing with some challenging pups and situations. I also have a rescue -- my Maggie came to me when she was about 1 year old and she will be 13 this month. One initial thought re Neb: if he has a lot of beagle in him (and he does look as though he does), you may not be able to have him off-leash on your walks. Scent is key with beagles and, if they get whiff of a good one, they are gone! There are other BW members who do trail hiking -- if you post in the discussion section about this, you'll get lots of responses.
 

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Welcome to the BW pack!

My main concern with your puppy adoption is Teagan's aggression towards strange dogs and her prey drive. Please think about Neb's safety first and foremost.

As for how a mixed breed pup will behave... who knows? As Neb grows up he may show traits of both or completely one side only even though he is obviously mixed. HOW WELL he behaves depends mostly on you... but you know that already.
 

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thanks guys!

judy - i normally actually hike w/my guys on leash. teagan's aggression is good when i'm there managing her, but i don't want to risk it. i mostly do it for their own protection, you never know who/what you'll meet. i'm possibly a control freak


murphy's dad - that was actually a huge concern of mine. i spoke to some breeders on a german shepherd forum i am on and they said it would be abnormal behaviour for a prey-driven dog to target a puppy. that said, i still was very concerned. i've supervised them very close together - even when neb was in his crate the first day, teagan was tethered to me. but she's been great - i have noticed in her a tendency to respond really well to helplessness (as long as it's not a prey item), and she's been calm and gentle around neb from the first moment. she spent most of the first day lying around gazing him, completely calmly. they've been together now (both leashed, and at first i held the handle on teagan's collar and had one hand on her head) and she's been totally calm and gentle with him. she actually has let him climb up her muzzle, and play with her tail, and she sits there with the most blissful look on her face - when she's had enough, she just gets up and leaves. i do make sure she has her own spaces she can go to that neb can't. i'm still tethering (leashing) them both, and highly supervising everything - i mean, the size difference alone - but so, she's been very good.
 
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