Abbie is a lovely 4 year-old Beagle who came into a county dog shelter over the summer with an injured back rear right leg. Although the injury was old, the shelter vet tried to repair the leg but the surgery was not successful. Abbie made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she could get the additional medical attention that she needed. Our vet determined that the best course for Abbie would be to have the leg amputated since she wasn’t using it and the leg and hip joint could not be repaired. She had her amputation surgery on October 17 and has made a terrific recovery in her foster home. Abbie is now ready to find herself a fantastic new home! The following comments are from her foster mom–

“Abbie is sunshine in a 3-legged package! This little girl charms the pants off of everyone she encounters, and for good reason. She is always in positive spirits, showing kindness and affection to all humans without being overbearing. She is very happy to curl up on the couch and relax, and is an incredible sleeping partner if you’ll let her join you in bed, but she also has a very playful streak! She loves stuffed animals (the bigger the better!) and is impressively good at playing fetch (both the chasing AND the returning) as well as tug-of-war. She walks perfectly on a leash and can keep up with a quick pace–you’d never guess she was down a leg! Her energy is very balanced overall and would be suitable for most lifestyles.

She is wonderful with other dogs and enjoys playing with the friendly ones but is incredibly patient and non-reactive to the less friendly ones (like her 10-lb foster brother, who has snapped and snarled at her several times without her having any negative reaction at all.) She has also met one cat and wanted to play with it at first (in the friendliest way) but left the cat alone quickly after realizing it wasn’t interested in playing with her.

Overall, Abbie is extremely quiet and I have never heard her bark/growl/whine in my presence. She does, however, become EXTREMELY vocal when I leave her alone in the house. She will do a very stereotypical “beagle” combo of crying/howling/barking for several minutes until she calms down, which may be an indication of some separation anxiety, but luckily this has never been accompanied by any chewing/destruction of items.

Abbie’s only major challenge so far has been housebreaking. In my experience, she will not go to the bathroom when she is tied out in my backyard regardless of how long she is out there, and I think this may be due to some anxiety with being left outside alone. She WILL pee and poop if you take her for a short walk (5-10 minutes) around the block, so her new owners will need to be comfortable doing this a few times a day while they train her to feel comfortable going in their backyard. Even with walks, Abbie will still have occasional pee accidents in the house when she is able to sneak away and go unnoticed. She is a very bright dog who is eager to please (and treat motivated too), so I think with some consistency and patience she can become housebroken. Unfortunately, I do not work from home so she has had to be home alone for 8-10 hours a day which is not ideal–a home where somebody could let her out more regularly would likely be very beneficial to her housebreaking!

In summary, you won’t find a more loving, even-tempered gal than Abbie. I think she could be wonderful in a home with kids or another dog, but also would be happy with a single owner as long as she gets an ample amount of daily love and attention.”

Abbie weighs about 25 pounds and her adoption fee is $250. She’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea and tick preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Abbie. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children under 7 years of age. We correspond via email so please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.