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Smokey fits in great! ...

Dear Connie (and all the other people and pooches at B&B),

I just wanted to send you a progress report on Smokey. We have changed her name to Dakota, and she is learning it very quickly.

The first couple days were a little rough! Dakota and our original dog, Dodger, had some scuffles that scared us half to death. Rory and I really appreciate you getting back to us so fast with your advice on the matter - we did as you suggested and let them work it out with no intervention from us. By the end of the first week they had everything sorted out.

They are great playmates now, wrestling together and chasing each other all over the place. The two of them have formed a very effective tag-team to beg us for belly rubs and head scratches. They love taking walks together, getting combed out in the evenings, and snuggling on the couch when they have finally tired of the living room-to-office-to-kitchen-to-bedroom-and-back chase circuit.

Dakota is just a gem of a dog, and we couldn't be happier to have her in our family. It was touching to see how excited she was to have her own toys and her own bed on the first night we brought her home. She's definitely a dog who appreciates the simple things in life! She is so sweet, so eager to please, and so well-mannered. She has so much personality - one minute she is downright regal with her poise and elegance, and the next minute she is sucking on her hind foot like a total goofball. Thank you thank you thank you for taking care of this lovely lady until we were lucky enough to meet her. It's hard to remember what life was like without her, even though it was just a few weeks ago!

I've enclosed a few pictures of Dakota in her new surroundings. There are two nice portraits, one of her in her bed, one of Dodger "saying goodnight" to her, and one action shot of the two of them wrestling. You can't see their faces in that last one, but I like how Dakota's ears are flopping around like crazy. :) I tried to save them as smaller files - I hope they don't clog your bandwith too badly.

We'll be in touch! Thanks again for helping to pair us with Dakota. I tell everyone about your organization and the great work you do.


Julia Humphreys, Rory King, Dodger and Dakota [10.8.01]

Ricki marti is one smooth woofer!

Beagles and Buddies!

This is just to let you know that I adopted Ricki Marti (now Micah) and he is doing just fine. Already has taken over the whole house and won the hearts of all the children that we have(6, all grown and away from home). He is so funny and breaks all the rules, but is so cute about it that we have had many good laughs and lots of fun. He can climb gates but is housebroken and that was a definite plus. Has very definite ideas about how important he is and feels we all should know it. He pouts when he does get in trouble by turning his back to you and hanging his head until you laugh or give in, usually both. He is an absolute bed hog and must be covered up and next to a warm body. He is not a morning dog, prefering to loll around in the bed at least till 9:00 every morning and just cannot function well before that. He already has some traits that show us that he was very much adored before, he must have gotten away somehow, like climbing the gate. He's such a sweetheart that I'm sure that his previous owner must have been heartbroken to lose him. Their loss and your kind hearts have been a big gain in a tiny package for us.

Thank you for all that you do and may God Bless You all. [09-18-01}


How do new dogs and babies get along?

The baby and the dog should never be left alone together.

However, Bassets are the least likely to be dangerous. There are other breeds such as the Labrador, the Golden Retriever, and the Collie that are unlikely to snap at children.

Adopting an older dog that has had experience with children is much better than adopting a puppy or a young dog without experience.

With puppies, teething is part of growing up - and sometimes they don't know the strength of their own jaws. Rather than riskng it, go with an older dog. That way, both parties can have fun & respect without getting into any trouble!!

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