What Chloe's Mommy said. Snickers looks very unsure of herself but she is adorable and I never thought I would say this about a beagle but she is a wee bit slender. Those are great "before" pictures, I can't wait a month os so for the pictures "after" a month when she has been loved and appreciated. Bless you for rescuing her!
To be honest, all we know is that she was given up because she "costs too much." I'm not sure what that means, but we're ecstatic and extremely lucky to have her. I agree she is very slender, we're feeding her 2 cups a day of dry kibble. Will this be enough to fill her out? And we knew that buying a Beagle would require massive amts of patience.
Check on the bag for feeding quantities. Whatever is written there, that's the dailay portion, devide it to how many ever meals you want (2 is good though). She probably lost weight just being at the shelter, bored and sad. I'm sure she'll be fine.
My Chloe, who was never at a shelter (I got her from a breeder in MO) is a skinny little girl. I tried getting her to put on another lb or 2, but she won't. She is not too thin though.
As long as you cannot SEE her ribs, but can feel them when you pet her - she's fine!
It sounds like you know what you are getting into with a beagle!! LOL!!! It is such a blast. Snickers will give you so much love and so many laughs!!
On the food, I would think 2 cups a day will fill her out very nicely! Watch, though, once she fills out a bit, you may need to cut back! Your vet can tell you what she should weigh, but for an example 1/2 a cup twice a day (1 cup total per day) maintains Toby's weight at just under 30lbs. Again, that is just Toby who is only 12 inches tall (your vet will tell you what is right for Snickers) but Toby would eat 10 times what he gets if I would let him!! LOL!! You can see why beagles are so prone to obesity!
Welcome to BW!! Looking forward to hearing stories and seeing more pictures of Snickers!!
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/help.gif to you and Snickers! I join everyone else in thanking you for rescuing him. Looking forward to hearing lots more about his adjustment to your family and seeing many more pics.
You know, getting our beagle has been a LOT of hassle and work...and money, too. But it's all worth it when you have a little beagle curled up on your lap sleeping at the end of the day or sitting at your feet with those big brown eyes just pleading silently with you for a bite of your snack.
They're wonderful little dogs...but they're horrible little dogs, too. HA HA HA.
Right now she's really curious and sniffs all day around the house, so I'm assuming since she's only been home for 3 days, she needs a bit more time getting acquainted with her new home? Saturday she urinated in the house 5 times and by Sunday, it was down to 1, so we're really happy about that. But she's pooped in the same bathroom twice already. I know she's smart enough to go in the bathroom for her business, but what method should I use to make sure she goes outside?
and here's a picture from the day we found her at the shelter:
Rescued dogs are the best! My Henry is a beagle/German shepherd(?) mix. As for the bathroom issues, since she's an older beag I would keep her with me all the time and take her out whenever she gets antsy. She'll have the bladder and bowel control that a puppy won't, but she may have never been properly housetrained. If she has to stay home alone, I would read up on crate training. Most shelters and lots of owners recommend it. Welcome aboard!
Thanks for the advice, I'll have to look into crate training. So we made the mistake of leaving not closing one of the doors to our house. The room happen to have the cat in there and needless to say, Snickers has a battle scar. I wanted to /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif .