Our friends across the street (who already have three dogs) agreed to foster this boy, who they're calling Scout, and asked if we'd be willing to watch him occasionally when they have to be out of town. Yesterday was his first visit at our house. They estimate his age to be five years, but he's a very timid, skittish dog. It appears he's never lived inside a house. He's so curious about everything, but also so very frightened. He was a lovely houseguest with very good manners. He spent much of the day exploring our house and sleeping on a spare dog bed in the sun (it seems all dogs love to nap in the sun!). When I needed to put him in his crate, he went in nicely and didn't whine or bark. He's very sweet-natured. He has long legs and a long body and is much larger than a beagle. To me, he resembles a harrier, which is a hound that looks like a beagle, only larger. The harrier is a very rare breed though, so it's more likely Scout is some sort of beagle mix -- and a very handsome one indeed!
It was fun having a new dog in the house yesterday. Henry seemed happy to have the company of another boy. Ella ... well, she was less enthusiastic. For the most part she ignored him, but she did snap at him twice when he sniffed around her face. She put him in his place, by golly! Poor Scout, he's nearly three times Ella's size, but he took off like a shot!
Heartworms are easy to prevent with a monthly pill, but difficult and expensive to treat once a dog is infected. If you're a dog owner or thinking about becoming one, it's important to understand prevention of this deadly parasite. Please read this WebMD site for more information about heartworms.
And remember, "Adopt, don't shop" for your next pet! There are thousands and thousands of wonderful dogs like Scout (and our dogs Henry and Ella) in shelters across the country waiting for their forever homes. You can find puppies, adults and seniors, mixed breeds and pure breeds. Every single day too many dogs and cats are euthanized -- I can't even bear to think of the numbers! Spaying and neutering your dog or cat is very important to control the number of unwanted pets who end up on the streets and in shelters. So please, when you're ready to take in a new pet or add to your pack, please visit your local shelter and adopt your next best friend.
Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that dog, the world will be changed forever.