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I did the unthinkable this week ... actually not so unthinkable if you know me well ... took in another homeless precious beagle. Yes, that makes five. LOL. I named him Snoopy. Poor little 10 yo from Ohio that was going to be gassed to death. God help me. He's essentially a 3-legged beagle - an old injury to his hind right leg was never taken care of properly, the leg juts out from the hip and the poor thing has no use of that leg. Plus, it looks like his vision is limited. His hearing is suspect too. We have a vet appointment on Tuesday to prepare him for his neuter and find out exactly what all his health issues are.

I am sick over the condition of this little precious. About 10 pounds underweight. The leg is obviously a sickening reality that this poor thing has had to live with for God knows how long. He can barely poop, standing on one leg, the poor thing. He hobbles around ... I've been bawling my eyes out for four days. I can't imagine how he suffered when he was injured and went without any vet care.

On the plus side, he is gentle, sweet, loving, adorable, gets along with the other beagles just great, has a good appetite, loves to go for walks (albethey shorter than we normally do because his energy is poor), he's an amazing dog. Oh, and he's HW negative - bonus! Being from OH, that's quite a feat. He's a nester, he loves to crawl under the covers and pillows and he sleeps really well. He's learned a few of the rules here despite his hearing being suspect. I taught him to jump up on the little ottoman that's by the bed, it makes the leap up to the bed easier. Not that he could make it all the way up without that ottoman ... but I digress. He imaginary buries his chicken wings like a champ. Good boy! He smelled so bad of the stench of dirt and death when he came, but I took him to the groomer on Friday and he got all cleaned up, the staff loved him there.

Guess I just want to share, I have never grieved over a personal dog like I have little Snoopy. He will feed off of my emotions so I don't want to upset him or the others. Agnes, Bailey, Dugan & Buddy have been wonderful ... but they sense my pain and are staying close by as they always do, those precious little gifts from God above. My husband is away on business right now and won't be home until this coming Friday. I have yet to tell him about the newest 'acquisition' LOL. That part is easy. Giving Snoopy the best life possible is the hard part. We're going to see an orthopaedic vet in Green Bay week after next for a consultation. Wish us luck!

Let me figure out how to post pics and you'll see the little guy ... please pray for and send good thoughts for him. He needs it. He is a darling who deserves much better cards than he's been dealt in life.
 

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It sounds like Snoopy's found his forever home, and you are wonderful for taking him in and giving him the quality of life he deserves. Having grown up in a rural area with outdoor family pets and busy roads, I've had my share of 3-legged animals who were some of the most spirited and memorable pets I ever helped care for.
 

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You are an angel for taking in Snoopy and showing him the love and affection and care that he has been lacking. Don't cry sad tears over his past, cry happy tears for the wonderful future he has, so full of love and acceptance.
 

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You are so wonderful for giving Snoopy a home. It sounds like he has already figured out that he is in a safe place. I bet he has shared some terrible stories with your other pups.
 

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Poor Sweet Snoopy. He is very lucky to have found you. Don't grieve over his past. You can't change it. Just do your best to make the rest of his life happy and peaceful. I'll keep you both in my thoughts and I'll say a little prayer for Snoopy. You're his angel. I hope all goes well at the vets and Orthopedic doctor!
 

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Oh, bless you, and bless Snoopy! Thank you so much for rescuing him.
His story brought tears to my eyes, but he's in a good place now, and I'm sure he realizes it.
 

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Thanks for the positive words everyone! I don't feel like an angel. I feel helpless, watching that little one struggle to walk, it's heartbreaking. He is such a good boy too, maybe I need to learn something from him ... not letting the setbacks change who we are. I'll post again when I see the orthopaedic vet next week - hopefully there will be good news, maybe we can do something to make his life better. Thanks again for the support. Snoopy sends lots of kisses and hearty arrrrooooos to you all and your beagles!
 

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Are you planning on keeping little Snoopy? I'm looking for a Beagle and just have not found the right one yet. Are you in WI? I'm in MN. At any rate, you ARE an angel and Snoopy sure is lucky to have found you. Bless your heart and he is in my prayers!
 

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Just a couple of more quick thoughts. I don't think he's been abused or misteated, because he allows me to touch him all over, mouth, snout, head, paws, even when he's sleeping, he doesn't exhibit any behaviours that would indicate that he's fearful. He is soooo not housetrained though! LOL. I have an industrial grade Rug Doctor so it doesn't bother me one bit but I have been umbilical-cording him so he gets it sooner than later.

He is also more on the submissive side. Typical beagle behaviour! My Bailey (my mix) has been trying to exert a little dominance over him (which I have been keeping in check - I'm in charge, after all!) and little Snoopy runs off, the first two days he ran away from Bailey and now he runs to me for safety. Good sign! He's getting it.

Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Amazing. We appreciate it so much!
 

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Originally Posted By: Chantel(P-Nut)Are you planning on keeping little Snoopy? I'm looking for a Beagle and just have not found the right one yet. Are you in WI? I'm in MN. At any rate, you ARE an angel and Snoopy sure is lucky to have found you. Bless your heart and he is in my prayers!
Yes ma'am, he is staying for sure! When I take one in it's for keeps, come what may. Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words. There are so many precious beagles in the shelters all over the place. MN is no exception. All mine are rescues. I have been working in rescue for the better part of four years now, if you choose to adopt from a rescue or shelter I could likely help with advice and maybe some legwork too if necessary, transport for example. Wishing you beagle kisses and love in the very near future!
 

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Oh my, sorry to go on and on here, but forgot to mention that he was dropped in the night drop-off box outside the shelter in Knox County, OH. The cowards didn't have the decency to hand him over in a proper manner and give any information about him or his medical history. ARGH I HATE THOSE BOXES!! Never mind, it's a fact of life. Can you imagine, a precious life, dumped like yesterday's garbage, anonymously. I know it happens every day all over the country but it still shocks the hell out of me. That someone could be that heartless, knowing what his fate would be. It was by the grace of God and the love of the shelter staff that he was given two reprieves from the gassing box. He was two days away from losing his life in that horrific manner, just because he is old and has a 'disability'. Disgusting. I can't believe people sometimes. Argh!!!!!
 

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Good luck at the vets. Snoopy is one lucky beagle to have been saved at this stage of his life. Thank you.
 

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Mto3B,

He is in you care now. His past is moot, so don't concern yourself with it. His future starts with you, remember that.

As for the bad leg, even if they can't do anything for it, dogs adapt very quickly. Right now he just needs some TLC (which he is already getting), good food, and time. Things will improve, trust in him, trust in yourself.
 

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You're doing a FANTASTIC thing for a beagle that may be down on his luck. Thank you for adding a little more kindness to the world!
 
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