Friday, December 21, 2012

The Pup Under the Porch

It was summer 2010.  My parents were living in the country with their two beloved dogs, Elwood and Hunter.  Their family was about to have a big change that came in a little tri-colored package.


One day that summer, a beagle showed up at my parents' house.  He was running around with the neighbor's dog, Ziva.  Mom and Dad were at first very apprehensive about this little visitor.  The beagle looked quite ragged and unhealthy.  They asked their neighbor if he belonged to them; he did not.  He simply showed up one day and made friends with their dog. 

The beagle would come and go for days at a time.  He would always come back though.  He slowly got to know my parents.  He would come up to them on the porch and try to get some pats and snuggles.  His cuteness wore my parents down, and he got attention when he would stop by to say hello.

The beagle would hang out at my parents' house from time to time.  He would sleep under their porch to keep cool in the Indiana summer heat.  He would lay in the garage on an old dog bed when Dad was out working.  He became a regular guest.

One day in October, the weather changed.  The first truly cold day of the year came.  It just so happened that on this day, my dad forgot to shut the side door to the garage.  They came out the next morning to find the beagle curled up on the old dog bed in the garage trying to keep warm.  Seeing his little body shaking from the cold was just too much for my parents to bear.

They immediately called the neighbors that had been feeding him since he showed up as a stray.  The neighbors said he still wasn't their dog, but that they had been feeding him and calling him "Ralph".  My parents told them they wanted to take the beagle in and make him a family pet.  Even though they already had a house full of dogs, there was room for one more.

The beagle, now known as Barney, was a permanent member of the family.  My dad had to pick up Barney the first time he brought him in the house.  The second time Barney came in the house, Dad had to help him through the door also.  The third time, however, ZOOM!  Barney ran in on his own because he knew he finally had a home!

Barney the beagle had a home of his very own.  He had a brother and sister to play and snuggle with, and he had a mom and a dad of his very own.  He most certainly had a warm winter that year with blankets and beds to snuggle in.  It was probably the first winter he had shelter to keep his little beagle body warm.  He was one grateful pup. 


Barney quickly grew accustomed to his new life.  One might say he became king of the castle.  To this day, he walks his yard and protects his kingdom.  If you walk by, you most certainly will hear a "Baaroooooo!!!" from a lucky beagle named Barney.

Adopting comes in all shapes in sizes.  Please consider adopting from your local shelter or rescue group.  Or maybe a stray will show up under your porch one day.  No matter which avenue you take, adoption is one decision you most certainly won't regret!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Laura

14 comments:

  1. Love it as always

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  2. Barney sure got lucky. So glad he found a wonderful forever home.

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    1. He certainly is a lucky pup, Bongo! I tell him all the time he certainly picked the right porch to sleep under:)

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  3. Thanks for telling Barney's story! Our two labs welcomed him into our home and Barney quickly became an important member of the family. I am especially grateful for his addition to the family because having him to love helped me get through the passing of first Hunter a year ago then Elwood this fall. Now Barney is welcoming our newest family member Ryder!

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    1. You are welcome, Mom! I am glad you liked it:) It just goes to show everything happens for a reason. Barney showing up on your step was meant to be! What would we do without "Barrroooo's!!" in our life? :)

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  4. What a wonferful story! You lucky dog Barney. It reminds me of how I got my dog Sheeba years ago. She was a stray who was either dumped at my house or found her way there on her own. I got her at a time when I already had five other dogs.

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    1. It sounds like Sheeba was one lucky pup, too! Lucky number six! Thanks for adopting! :)

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  5. How lucky was Barney to find such a wonderful home

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    1. Barney certainly is a lucky beagle, Gizmo!

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  6. Hey Cooper, Hey June, Hey Buddy, Jet here. Hi Miss Laura.

    What a beautiful story. Now we know for sure where you get your kind and loving nature. As you know, all furfamily members at Casa Jet have come to the family via adoption, so, we agree with you completely.

    You painted vivid, moving images of Buddy/Barnie's sojourn. He has earned the wonderful life he has with your equally wonderful parents. :)

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    1. That is most definitely the sweetest comment I have ever gotten! Thank you so much for your very kind words!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Barney's story reminds me of my Rottweiler Dory. Coming home from Perfect's one night, I see a Rotty laying by a stop sign not too far from my house. I thought it was odd but continued on my way. The next night when I arrived home, I saw a shadow by the garage. Being the chicken that I am, I yelled for my dad to investigate. Up the driveway came a Rottweiler. She was thin, cold, wet (it was sleeting), and hungry. All she really wanted was in the house! Dad and I feed her a little bit then took her to a neighbor's kennel. 5 days later, after much searching for her owner, our neighbors said they could no longer keep her. I brought her home and just knew that I could not part with her. She was timid, and scared of loud noises and her feet appeared to have been shackled. To this day she does not like you to touch her feet. This is how Dory became a part of my life. She is the most loving, caring, loyal, docile Rottweiler you will ever meet. She has never been aggressive and wants nothing but love. I just cannot imagine life without her!

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    1. Oh what a sad start in life Dory had! I cannot believe the way some people treat their animals. But she truly is one lucky girl to have found such a wonderful home with you! You are an awesome person for taking her in and giving her the love and life she most definitely deserves!!!

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-Laura

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