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Small  |  Female

Arlington, VA


Meet Sandy. This sweet girl is ready and waiting to become your new best friend. She is a mini beagle at only 16 lbs, and comes from a rural part of SC where she was misused and repeatedly bred by a hunter. One day, she got tired of seeing all of her pups be taken away from her and made to hunt, so she packed her bags and went looking for greener pastures.
8/26/16 - This pretty girl is quickly setting into her foster home and getting more confident every day. Sandy is 2 to 3 years old, and we believe some blend of Beagle/Dachshund mix, weighing only about 16 pounds. She has a very affectionate and submissive nature, and is pretty quiet in the home. She loves to have her belly rubbed and scratched, and if she’s lying down and you come anywhere near her, she will roll on her back and show you her belly. She’s also an active dog who likes to keep a good pace on walks, and has some impressive jumping skills too.

Sandy’s a little timid when meeting new people and dogs, but is improving as she gets her bearings. She’s a country dog who’s not used to all of the noises around her new neighborhood - cars, sirens, air conditioners turning on, horns, kids. Her foster mom is working with her though, and takes her out for walks to socialize and teach her that these new noises are not dangerous. She’s also inviting more neighbors and friends into the house to see how she responds. Sandy is adjusting quickly and now happily walks behind her foster mom as she’s mowing the back yard, not scared off by the noise. She loves to follow her foster mom around and will stay right with her when she’s off leash in the yard.

Her foster mom is working with her on her house manners, potty training, and her leash walking skills. She can now put her harness on and off with no problems, and she’s getting better about listening to you and following your cues. She didn’t love the crate at first, but is also getting used to that. Her foster mom puts her in the crate when she leaves for work and then comes back for a break at lunchtime to let her out, and she’s adjusting nicely. She is going potty well on walks but she is still learning that it's ok to go potty while off leash in the back yard.

Sandy is good with other dogs, but prefers medium to low energy dogs, as hyper dogs and large dogs make her a little nervous. She’s only been in her foster home about 6 days but has gotten more comfortable each day.She has been bathed, brushed, had her ears cleaned, and is fine with being touched and loves to be petted and loved on.
9/5/16 - Sandy had her first meet and greet with other dogs and some neighbor kids this weekend, who are 5 and 8. They are both very calm and well mannered kids and "coachable" in terms of how to pet the dogs. Sandy is still scared of noises so her foster mom is working to desensitize her to the environment - i.e. when she hears cars or trucks, she gets nervous. Sandy has a medium energy level - she enjoys walks and seeing and smelling all the new things. She also loves a good nap and will sleep hard after a good walk. Sandy was good meeting all the other dogs, and run and played with the more submissive pup of the group.
Sandy would be great w/a family whose kids are gentle with her. Because she's still a little nervous around car and traffic noises, we feel a home in the suburbs is the best fit for her, a more quiet neighborhood vs. the city with a lot more traffic and activity.
10/5/16 - Sandy's foster mom has declared Sandy fully potty trained and confirms she has settled in well into her routine. She loves her daily walks, walks well on leash, and gets along great with all the neighborhood dogs. She's crate trained, has good house manners, and is a very affectionate and loving girl who will make an excellent family dog.
Don't miss out on this excellent pup. Apply today.
BREED ESTIMATE: Beagle/Dachshund mix
GENDER: Female
COAT TYPE: short length
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/hw negative
LOCATION: Falls Church, VA

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