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Abby.

I adopted her from the shelter this morning. The ride home from the shelter is about 40 minutes and she rides perfect. I didn't have a crate large enough for her so I tossed a blanket over the passenger seat. Abby sat perfectly and looked around. I rolled the window down a bit and she spent some time with her nose out the window, then sat back down and just looked around. She seems to love car rides.

Once we arrived home we met Murphy and my wife out in the front yard (relatively neutral territory). Murphy, being only 7 months and a bit bossy immediately wanted to jump and play. Abby had to snap a couple times, but overall did great.

We then went into the house and let her explore on the leash. She was a little nervous (totally understandable) but did fantastic. After a few minutes of exploring I asked if she wanted to go outside and go potty. Yes! Right to the door, we went out and she went potty.

We spent time exploring the space that she'll have in the yard (about 2 acres) then went back inside. Murphy was with us, occasionally getting in Abby's face and occasionally getting scolded.

We decided to give her some space away from Murphy so we went down to the family room and my wife stayed upstairs with Murphy. After a few minutes I realized that this is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. I sat in a recliner and, after exploring a few minutes Abby came over and I invited her into my lap. She loves her belly scratched and loves to cuddle.

Murphy and me had to go to class this afternoon so my wife spent time with Abby. Twice while we were gone my wife asked Abby if she needed to go outside and go potty. Both times Abby became excited, went to the door, went outside and went potty (Yes!).

This evening after dinner we went for a walk. Abby is a little overweight and out of shape-we only did 2 miles and it was clear she was tuckered out when we got home. Completely understandable having been in a shelter for the last 3 months. We'll have her whipped into shape in no time.

Abby's really making herself at home. She's a little nervous and when she rests she does so under a table. I picked up a large enough crate so we'll make that her den. I'm sure she'll be more comfortable in the crate at night too. She is incredibly sweet and well behaved. She appears to know sit (for a treat) so I'll be working to find out what else she knows. She seems to be a very fast learner.

We questioned whether or not Abby was a pure beagle. She looks like there might be a slight mix of something else, but very slight. When we were walking this evening Abby saw a rabbit about 20 feet away. She found her voice-no doubt about that being all beagle! I also question her age; I think she may be closer to a couple years old rather than just a year. I'll double check that with our vet this week.

I'm thrilled to have Abby here and once Murphy settles down a little I'm sure she'll feel more comfortable. She's a great addition to our family and she now has her forever home.
 

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She's beautiful! Such a sweet face. Congrats! Your story sounds so similar to ours with Violet, she is also a big cuddle bug and so sweet and fit in our family perfectly. I'm so glad Abby found her forever home!
 

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Yay! I was hoping for an update tonight with good news! It sounds like she is well equipped to keep Murphy in his place - and hopefully in no time they'll become the best of friends, too.
 

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Sounds like a great addition to your pack...congrats!
 

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Murphy (foreground) likes to jump, play and get into Abby's face (he's sneaking up in the picture). Abby does not appreciate puppies in her face, and we had a smackdown this evening. Everyone is ok, but my wife was a little rattled. I see it as pretty normal and I'm confident things will work out.

It's a challenge now, but I'm sure it's a good lesson for Murphy. In a few months we'll all look back at this and laugh
 

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I agree - I think it is a normal part of the two establishing boundaries... and it sounds like Murphy is pushing them and Abby is making clear where hers are. Each adoption we've done the younger dog has been the newly adopted one, and therefore it has always worked the other way around, but hopefully they will sort it out without too much angst for you and your wife!
 

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Thank you for adopting a rescue. Abby has her perfect forever home and Murphy will soon get used to her.
 

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Congratulations!!!! Abby sounds like a wonderful dog! Certainly to be expected that the two will have to work it out on who gets to be the Alpha, but I'm sure they will be cuddling together in no time!! She is as cute as can be!
 

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A big BW
to Abby! She is just gorgeous and it sounds like she is very grateful to have found her forever home. She and Murphy will work things out and you sound like you understand that you will be intermediaries for a bit until that happens.
 

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What a sweet looking girl! My Li'l Girl was a year to 18 months old when we adopted her, and she's been a sweet and wonderful pet.
I hope Abby brings you as much joy as my rescue has brought me.
 

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Congrats. My daughters name is Abby so great choice in naming her
She is lucky to have your family.
 

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They are beautiful together. And we all know they will define who is the main pup in the house. I will not be surprised if Murphy doesn't put a little pup back in Abby's strides. Congrats, she couldn't have come to a better home.
 

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Originally Posted By: BookerMooseHow was Abby's first night?
Simply put her first night was fantastic.

We had purchased the crate for her and it's in a corner of the bedroom. At bedtime I opened the door and only had to motion her in. She slept all night in the crate without a peep.

I awoke shortly after 5:00 this morning and as soon as I was up I heard her tail wagging. I let her out and, after a quick lick to my hand she bolted to the door ready to go outside. She is very well housebroken.

Murphy, Abby and me all took a walk this morning. My original assessment yesterday was wrong. I don't think she is overweight-she's built stocky. I now think she was simply tired yesterday; we did 4 miles this morning without a problem. Since she'd been in a shelter last night was probably the first good nights sleep she's had in a while.

The only walking issue is rabbits. Holy buckets, when she sees a rabbit you know she's a beagle. That little lady has quite a set of pipes on her and at 6:30 AM it's earshattering!

She's a great dog and I couldn't have asked for anything better!
 
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