February 16, 2012: We picked Malcolm up from the shelter on 1/25/12. He had been in the shelter for 7 months. As he saw us stop in front of his kennel, his tail started wagging and wagging! He was so happy, he flew out of the shelter out to their front grass. There Malcolm met Heaven, our other foster. He gave her a quick sniff but was really enjoying the grass. Malcolm was coming with us on a five-day trip which would include hotels and visting and staying at friends' homes before we would start back home. Malcolm rode perfectly in the car. We had brought a crate and a new bed for him. He got in the crate with no problem and settled down for the trip. We got to the hotel room about 3 1/2 hours later. He was pretty wound up in the hotel room for the first 20 minutes or so. Then he found the couch and that was that. He had a new best friend!! He has never once had an accident in our house, friends' houses or the hotel. We left the hotel two days later and Malcolm met our friend's dog. He did well with that meeting, also. We stayed with her and her family for another two days. She has three girls - 2 preteen and 1 teen. Malcolm was great with them, he loved to hang in the same room with them and they loved petting him. We then took him to my sister's house with a fenced-in yard with her two dogs, and let him run and play for hours. He was one pooped out dog when we were done for the day. He did the 10-hour drive home great, also. Getting back to our house with our 3rd foster and our two dogs was another activity filled meeting. That was Sunday. We went slowly and kept Malcolm separated from the rest of the crew until all were comfortable. I let him spend some time with them on-leash in the living room for short periods on the second day. By Wednesday, he was ready to join them full-time. And he became best friends with Sunny and Bear (our dogs). They all wrestle and play and love to run with each other outside. Malcolm has blossomed already. He would cower down when he heard a loud noise after the first couple of days out of the shelter. It's become less and less. If I reach to pet him unexpectedly, he fliches as if he's going to be hit. He doesn't growl or become aggressive, just flinches. Then realizes it's ok. He knows breakfast time and dinner time and gets so excited when I pick up the bowls to feed them. I feed them all together, but Malcolm is on leash during that time. He has a small bit of food aggression, something I am working with him on and he's already improved. I've been able to move his bowl pretty close to the others. Malcolm is such a happy dog and loves to be close to, though not on top of, people. The first few days of being at home he kept his distance from the house activity. He had his safe place away from the crew but would watch them. During the day, I'd have him in my office while I was working and would bring one other dog in with us, to get him used to everyone. He now sleeps right next to Bear (our boxer) at night in the bedroom. No more separation for Malcolm, no more gates!
Breed: Beagle/Hound mix
Age:7 years ( approx. birth date: 01/23/2005)
Level of blindness: Only blind in one eye, can see normally out of the other.
Cause of eye issues:Cataract
Health issues: None other then vision issues.
Weight: 48 pounds
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids:Yes
Currently being fostered in: Tennessee, but BDRA will arrange transport to an approved adopter
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