Today marks 8 weeks since Max and Daisy arrived at our home, so it’s time for our two month anniversary update!
Both beagles are adapting to the rhythms and patterns of our daily life. They get a walk or a trip to the dog park every day, and have a doggie door for access to the back yard day and night. They are good with people and other dogs, and are very loving with us.
I must admit Daisy has been a challenge. She is a hunter, always after squirrels and rabbits in the yard yapping like a crazy dog. We have resorted to using a bark-collar to curb that behavior, which is helping. Tiny enough to get through holes only 3 to 4 inches in diameter, when a scent is on the other side of the fence, and if the integrity of the wood at the base of the plank is compromised, Daisy rips right through it and the chase is on.
On the other hand, Max is content to hang out in the sunshine, though he would go with Daisy if he wasn’t as stocky as he is! Protective of her, when Daisy escapes, Max starts whining – a sure sign to me to grab their harnesses and start the search.
Fortunately my neighbors are very helpful and sympathetic with my plight, as Max and I trail my little scamp Daisy around their yards, through their shrubs and flower beds until, with their help, we eventually catch her.
This morning it happened again. Dear neighbor Dennis helped me corral her, and when we got home I told Daisy she has to keep her harness and leash on until I can get out there and mend the fence.
She wasn’t at all happy with this, as dogs have a keen sense of fairness, and if Max doesn’t have to wear his harness inside, why should she?
Max delivers a camelia blossom to me as I set to repairing the fence!