ADOPTED! April 3, 2017
|In foster Home:||Yes|
|Crate Trained:||Not Necessary|
(he’s stressed around little ones)
Griff is a middle aged beagle. His owners wanted to do what was best for him and remove him from the home where he was stressed out by small children. Griff has been with the family since he was a puppy and sometimes when life change at home dogs have tough times adjusting. This was a very difficult decision for the couple who have owned him his entire life but out of respect for the dog they decided to enlist us to help them find him a home. Griff will be moving into a foster home with two other dogs and a quite atmosphere. We will report back how his adjustment period goes and then be sure to match him up with a forever family.
Griff would do best in a home with older children and no cats. A fenced yard is a plus!
FOSTER CARE REPORT
Griff is a really great hound, a pure-bred 7 year old with beautiful markings and that loud beagle howl. He is super friendly with people and other dogs. Since he’s gotten over his initial nervousness, he is starting to enjoy playing with my two and they love chasing each other around the house and the yard. He also loves relaxing in a recliner and taking long naps. He is pretty good on a leash, just pulls a bit when he first starts on a walk. Like most dogs, he does react to squirrels running around but doesn’t really try to chase them. He’s also okay in the car and likes sticking his head out the window and seeing the sights. He’s mostly house trained and sleeps through the night (except when my two want to go out!). He will investigate waste baskets on occasion and he’s very interested in food, his or anybody else’s.
The biggest negative about Griff is his desire to always be with someone. He gets scared by himself and that’s when he will have an occasional “accident” in the house and entertain the neighborhood with his voice. He’s okay for short amounts of time but not if he’s alone for several hours. He can be inadvertently destructive and knock things down because he tries to look out windows to see if his humans are arriving home. I think Griff would do well in a home where people are around most of the time and there is another dog to run around with in a fenced yard.
Griff is a sweetheart and would be a wonderful companion.
FORMER OWNER REPORT
Griff is a very friendly, kind dog. He loves people and is often very energetic and jumpy when he sees new people, even people that he already knows. Often it takes him a while to settle down when someone comes over to the house (anywhere from 5-15 minutes). He is housebroken and knows how to ring a bell on the doorknob when he needs to go potty. He goes outside at our house on a tie-out. If he gets outside on his own, he will run away (typical for the breed) so a fenced yard or tie out is recommended. Which he has done at least 5-6 times here.
He is very good with children. We have a 3 year old and a 6 month baby. He is very patient and sweet with them, letting them climb on him, pull his ears, take his toys, etc. I have never seen him show any signs of aggression. However he does not like when either of them cry or throw tantrums. I think it stresses him out and he hides under our bed.
He seems fine with other dogs, but he does not like cats. He has never interacted with them personally but he definitely hates when the neighborhood cats get in our yard.
He can be very mischief still, he eats any and all food that is left unattended, even for a minute. He gets into the garbage and the dirty diapers. He doesn’t really chew stuff anymore, but he picks stuff up to carry it around, and thus some of my sons toys often have bite marks . He definitely has separation anxiety, which started after the kids were born. He also does not like to be separated from us at all, for example when we have company, sometimes we put him downstairs if it is too much, and he will cry and scratch on the door the whole time never calming down. At our house he is allowed on furniture, He used to sleep in our bed with us, but now he mostly sleeps on our couch, or in our room underneath our bed.
He is very energetic and wants to play all the time and probably should have 2 walks a day, which we can not always do. He used to be very affectionate and want to cuddle and lay on my lap. But he has not done that recently. I think he is jealous of the kids.