Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toys, games and fun -- what Lulu the beagle likes to do

This is Lulu.

Outside, she is all business. She likes to sniff and run and chase dogs and other animals (read: squirrels).

But inside, when it's just her and me, she is a playful puppy. Especially when she wants my attention.

And this is her favorite game when that happens.

She brings me a toy -- usually a rope, or this old cloth snowman toy she has.

I swear that thing had more fluff... and a squeaker... at one point. But, she still loves it.
So she brings me her toy, and I go to take it from her, but she doesn't give it to me. She walks away.

 So I go to grab it from her. Now there's a chase around the room. And when I finally catch her, there's this:

And we tug and tug until finally, she drops the toy. 

And now, she's done!

Now, I'm sure there's some bad behavior in this, particularly in the refusing to give the toy, that I shouldn't condone. But she's generally pretty good with other stuff, so I think as little keep away just keeps her entertained.

What kind of games do you play with your dogs?

Friday, July 27, 2012

More beagles need homes: This week's featured shelter dogs

UPDATE: Good news and bad news. Tyler got adopted! Unfortunately the nine-month-old puppy at Orange County Animal Services had to be euthanized because of parvo. The rest of the dogs are still up for adoption.

I made sure to call this week to check up on last week's featured rescue dogs. I'm happy to report that Highway, Caleb, Gypsy and Buddy were all adopted in the last week! Not saying I had anything to do with it, but I'm glad to hear that these dogs are finding homes.

The one dog still waiting for a new home is Tuson:

Tuson is still at Seminole County Animal Services. Click on the link for contact information, 

And there are plenty of other beagles looking for homes. Many of them have sad stories,

Take Tyler:

This 9 and a half year old boy is at the Sanford SPCA because his family got divorced and could no longer take care of him. He had two other beagle friends at the Sanford SPCA. They are:


And Max:

Information on all three of these dogs can be found at the SPCA of Central Florida website.

Meanwhile, in Orlando, we have two young beagles at Orange County Animal Services. Both do not have names:

There's this 9 month old puppy, who goes by Animal ID: A241225. Then there's this poor one-year-old boy, who has tested for heartworm positive. He's listed by Animal ID: A239901. No just because a dog is heartworm positive does not mean he is too far gone. If they catch it early enough he can be saved. But treatments can be quite expensive.

To find out more about both dogs, contact Orange County Animal Services.

As always, check out petfinder.com to find more beagles and other breeds in need of rescue in our area.

You can also check out these beagle rescue groups:

As always, you can also find more beagles for adoption at the following websites:

First Coast Beagle Rescue -- Jacksonville, FL
Southeast Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Ziggy Beagle Rescue -- Palm Bay, FL 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Doggy Meetup? Getting dogs (and their owners) together in Orlando

I went to my first Tweetup last month at Crave in Orlando. It was fun. I enjoyed finally talking to people I've only ever seen on Twitter. And I decided I wanted to do it again -- but this time I want to bring Lulu, since she really is the star of this blog.

And she knows it.

Anyway, I've looked for dog meetups in Orlando on meetup.com, and I haven't found any. No real puppy playgroups, no breed-specific groups, nothing. Could it be we're all too busy?

Well, I want Lulu to meet some dogs she can see on a regular basis. And if there's one thing I've learned about becoming a dog owner, it makes you more social. Maybe we have to commiserate more than cat owners?

So I'd like to set a doggy tweetup for the fall, assuming my schedule is conducive. I'd set it at a park -- likely in Orange County. Barber Park is very nice:

It's more centralized, and a really nice park. I think I would have to ask Orange County for permission to use it at an event though, right? And of course the problem with all these parks is that they are broken up between small and big dogs. I would consider Fleet Peeples Park in Winter Park, which isn't, but I've never been there and I don't really want to deal with the city.

Any local people have any suggestions, or experience in doing this?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Woof Wednesday -- Meet some Central Florida beagles who need good homes

UPDATE to this post: Checked Thursday, 7/26. Every dog but Tuson has been adopted! Not saying I had anything to do with it, but if you know someone who adopted one of these beautiful beagles, please let me know.

Last week I introduced you to Molly and Frankie. I haven't seen an update on on Frankie yet, and he is no longer on Petfinder, so I'm hoping he found a home. Molly is still in her foster home, recovering from surgery.

But here's a bunch of adult and senior beagles in my home area (Central Florida) who need a good home.

At Seminole County Animal Services in Sanford, we have Highway:

And Tuson:

These three senior beagle boys are all waiting for a good home. Older beagles are much easier to take care of, and beagles in general can live a long time. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave an animal a comfortable life in their golden years.

You can find out how to adopt one of these boys at Seminole County Animal Services. They also have four mixed breed beagles available.

At the SPCA of North Brevard in Titusville, Florida, we have Gypsy:

Poor Gypsy's owner had to give the dog up when she lost her home. North Brevard County has been hit particularly hard by the recession and the loss of the space shuttle program. Gypsy is 7 years old and she looks very sweet. It says she's actually a beagle mix, but doesn't say what the other breed is. 

Contact SPCA of North Brevard at 321-267-8221 option 3.

And up in Volusia County, we have Buddy:

Poor Buddy has been waiting for a while to be adopted. He was at Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, but he was moved to Southeast Volusia Humane Society in New Smyrna Beach in the hope that he would have a better chance. He is 5 years old, and you can find him at Southeast Volusia Humane Society at 386-428-9860.

As always, you can also find more beagles for adoption at the following websites:

First Coast Beagle Rescue -- Jacksonville, FL
Southeast Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Ziggy Beagle Rescue -- Palm Bay, FL

And don't forget to check out Petfinder.com for more rescue groups throughout the United States.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HELP: How do I deal with a barking dog?

Lulu's howl was part of the reason I asked my parents if I could have her after my apartment was broken into last December. But lately her bark has become a problem.

In the last two weeks, Lulu's been howling at every thing -- people outside my apartment building, people on golf carts, kids on skateboards. She even tried to chase a moving truck the other day.

Today was the worst though. There's a man that owns this big black dog in my neighborhood. Now, Lulu's not had any problems with the man himself, but every time that dog is around she barks in a very defensive manner. It's very clear she's barking to let the dog know to stay away from her.

Well today, that went from defensiveness to downright hostility. I had to wrestle Lulu to keep her from trying to go after the dog when we went on our walk. I grabbed her and held her up and tried to get her to calm down, but she would not. I eventually dragged her into the house. Since the ground was muddy, she was a mess, so she needed a bath.

I don't know why she's suddenly become so crazy. The only thing I can think of is that she had her distemper vaccine last week, and maybe it causes behavioral changes similar to the rabies shot? But I can't find anything about it.

What do you think? Any ideas? I don't know what to do and I'm worried she's going to get into trouble with the leasing office.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Woof Wednesday -- Beagles who need rescue

In trying to make sure I post weekly, I've decided to add a new section on beagles who urgently need rescuing. They are, sadly, not hard to find in America. Many beagles are given up because they are no longer able to hunt or breed, no longer of use to a research laboratory, or just because they are too old. They all need good homes.

Beagle Freedom Project, which I've talked about in a previous blog post, is helping many beagles who have been wrongly discarded find new homes.

One of their most urgent charges is Molly:

Listen to Molly's heart breaking story:
From speaking to numerous veterinarians who have seen Molly and local rescue organizations, this is what we believe may be Molly's background...

There is a testing lab in North Carolina and Molly spent her entire life of 7-9 years in South Carolina as a breeder dog. In South Carolina there are hunters who have beagles exclusively and keep them in wire rabbit hutches. Molly was most likely kept in one of these tiny cages and forced to have litters twice a year, each year, for her entire life.

They are given no medical care other than a "country vet" that comes by yearly to administer rabies vaccines by NC/SC Law. Once they are physically unable to have babies, they have outlived their usefulness and are dropped off a few miles away, often in the woods, to wander until they are attacked by another animal, hit by a car, drop dead for a number of ailments or are rescued. Some breeders will spray paint "DO NOT RESCUE", "DO NOT SAVE" or simply X them in orange spray paint so that people cannot take them to animal control or to a shelter. Luckily, someone saved her anyway.

Molly may have been a breeder dog whose puppies were sold to laboratories but we cannot say for certain. In any case, Molly has undergone the worst conditions of any animal and was almost put to death a second time as she was on the PTS list aka Death Row in the animal shelter. Today, Molly is free and with her foster in North Carolina but has a long road ahead...
Molly still needs a lot of help. She has glaucoma in one eye that is causing her pain. She also has heartworm, four tumors and a hernia. She is getting help, but Beagle Freedom Project needs money to help pay for her care, and she needs a permanent home.

Beagle Freedom Project says you can donate for Molly here: http://beaglefreedomproject.org/donate

Then there's Frankie:

This poor boy was found in the country as a stray, mostly likely set loose because he was no longer of use to hunters. He is currently in a temporary foster home, but he comes from a high-kill shelter in Owensboro, Kentucky. He needs a permanent home. You can find more info about Frankie on the Petfinder website.

Now if you are not near any of these poor animals, there are ways to get them and transport them to you if you want to adopt them. There are groups like Pilots n Paws that will fly pets to forever homes. You can apply for transport here.

As always, Petfinder is a great reference if you're looking for groups in America or Canada. You can also use beagle.rescueshelter.com to find groups in other countries.

Since I'm from Florida, here's a list of Florida rescue groups for beagles:

First Coast Beagle Rescue -- Jacksonville, FL
Southeast Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue -- Tampa, FL
Ziggy Beagle Rescue -- Palm Bay, FL

Don't forget to check out Life With Beagle via Twitter and on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We're back! Lulu the beagle is back to blogging

We've been gone for a month while getting some things together. We survived Tropical Storm Debby and a week stuck inside, and she has survived her first vet appointment in that time. We also have a new friend.

There's been a lot of this the last month for Lulu. I had to reschedule her vet appointment, which means she couldn't get a heartworm check, or pills. So I've been avoiding bringing her to the doggy park. On top of that, Tropical storm Debby, while not that terrible, did make a muddy mess of the little doggy run area we have at my apartment complex. So she has been stuck inside the last few weeks -- not the best place for a beagle.

The good news is yesterday at the vet she tested heartworm negative. Today she got her distemper shot because they wanted to make sure she had benadryl in her system (if you remember, she had a bad reaction to her rabies shot back in April). She is now cleared for doggy park fun!

Meanwhile, we'll be talking soon about Lulu's new buddy:

This is Cappy. And he and Lulu definitely have some jealousy issues.

Some announcements:

SPCA of Central Florida is in need of dog and cat food and kitty litter. If you can help, please contact the shelters in either Sanford or Orlando, via their website: http://www.ohs-spca.org/

Don't forget to check the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orlando, where there are lots of dogs hoping to be as lucky as Lulu and Cappy. Find them here: http://www.ocfl.net/?tabid=221

Don't forget to check out Life With Beagle via Twitter and on Facebook.