Sometimes, I envy my dog’s ability (and time) to nap the day away. Perhaps somewhere along their domestication process, they’ve learnt the art and science of balancing work, play and rest. It appears that we have as much to learn from them as they learn how we’d like them to fetch.
I truly believe that a dog’s life is perhaps the best time of YOUR life. For 12-ish years, this animal will dedicate her entire life to you. She’ll love you unconditionally and depend entirely on you for her survival. You may have your friends and family (some of you do, I hope), but your dog will only have you. I believe there’s no other bond in the human-animal world that could come close to what you and your dog will have.
If you have a furry friend at home, you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you don’t, then perhaps you’re missing out on what could be one of the most memorable periods of your life.
Now, please don’t read this then run out to buy a dog. These furry friends need time, energy and dedication to lead a fulfilling life. I can’t speak for other dogs since I’ve only ever had a beagle, so here are five things you need to know about beagles if you’re considering this breed.
1. Beagles are greedy. I mean, seriously greedy. So you’ll have to be prepared for a beagle to always be begging when you have food nearby. Having said that, it makes it so much easier to train since their top motivation is to eat.
2. Beagles smell. They possess a strong body odor which is quite distinct amongst hounds. It’s sometimes strong enough that when someone walks into your house, they’ll be able to smell it. My bed smells of it all the time.
3. Beagles smell better. It seems their sense of smell is higher than the average dog. Good thing is, they can be trained to be sniffer dogs (usually seen in airport sniffing out food items in luggages), but the bad thing is they’re easily distracted by any scent the wind carries. Be ready when you go for walks.
4. Beagles are noisy. They make a unique howling sound called a bay. It sounds like a dog trying to sing and some people like it, some people don’t.
5. Beagles are stubborn. I believe it’s because they’re a relatively smart breed so they’ll try pushing the line of what’s permissible. However, they can be easy to train if you find the right motivation (see #1 above).
At the end of the day, the breed doesn’t matter because the need to bond with us is built into every dog’s DNA. My experience with my beagle is a fulfilling and rewarding one, though there are moments of extreme frustration. But come bedtime, when that face lies next to me on my pillow, everything is forgiven.