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Baxter III (originally named Durwood) was adopted from SouthEast Beagle Rescue in 2012 and has recently been returned to the rescue. Here is Baxter's original story: This handsome Beagle had only one loving owner from the time he was a puppy, but his life drastically changed when she had to go into a nursing home. Sadly, Durwood’s unconditional love was repaid with his owner’s family leaving him at the pound. You see, he lived a peaceful life thus far inside the house with his owner, but the rest of his owner’s family does not allow dogs into the house at all….. so they decided to give him up.
Durwood was then adopted by his second owner, renamed Baxter and lived a happy life for four more good years. But then he developed a thyroid imbalance which seems to cause him to drink a lot of water which then causes him to need to urinate frequently. As Baxter is very well housetrained, all would have been well if the family could have installed a dog door to the fenced back yard - but it was not to be. Instead, Baxter, now a sweet senior, is once again looking for a home. He is currently in a foster home with a dog door and there are absolutely no problems and his thyroid medication is inexpensive.
Baxter gets along very well with other dogs and will sometimes even play a bit although he is very low key. He very much wants to connect with his human and will regularly check in for a little conversation and some petting. Baxter's foster dad says he is a great dog, obedient and very low maintenance. Of course the thing Baxter loves most in life is food and he has learned at least three tricks we know of to earn a treat, sit up and beg (a very cute position!), lie down and roll over.
We do need to note that Baxter does not do well with cats!
Finally, it would be a shame not to mention one of his most outstanding features. Durwood has the most remarkably long tongue, which attracts attention from admiring passers by nearly every time we take him for a walk. It gently protrudes from his mouth just enough to make you wonder, “Is he sticking his tongue out or is it just like that?” Well, it is just like that!
If you have it in your heart to give a senior beagle a home, Baxter will certainly make the most wonderful addition to your family! He will melt your heart as soon as you get to know him!