After months of talking about it, me and B went to the dog shelter on Friday and met this cutie:
He is a beagle/basset hound mix (a bagel!). He's small like a beagle, but also a bit longer like a basset, and has a gorgeous bassety face. His ears are kinda halfway between beagle and basset. He is 5 years old, and was found on the side of the road and taken to this shelter. It turns out that this was the shelter were he was originally adopted out from, and they still had the info for the owners. When they called the owners, the owners said the dog had 'ran away' and surrendered him to the shelter.
Any good scent hound owner knows they can't really be let off leash without extensive training, because they will find something interesting to smell, wander off, and get lost. And why just surrender him to the shelter if he did? It probably means they were bad dog owners, and maybe even abandoned him on the side of the road. :( I don't know why though, he is such a sweetie, and was really quiet and well behaved when we met him. I don't understand pet owners who can just throw out animals like trash. :(
We put in an application and will find out tomorrow or Tuesday if we can take him home. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, as I read one review of this shelter that says that someone applied for a dog and they adopted the dog out to another family like a day later, and didn't even inform them until they called the shelter 2 days later. But we have our kitties up to date on their shots, neutered/spayed, and our landlord has given us permission for a dog, so hopefully it will work out. I really really like this dog, so I really hope we get him. I've been reading all about how to handle dogs, teach them commands, take them on walks, and introduce them to kitties. We will most likely crate him for a few months at first when we leave the house, cause I don't want to come home to dead kitties.
We are thinking of naming him Moody (since he looks moody, after hank and mad eye moody). Or maybe Archimedes.