From Peter's new owner:

Hello!


As promised, here is Peter in his new life. He is hilarious. He loves the dog park, he likes to be chased. I think all the other owners are thankful for Pete cause he tires out all their dogs. He is FAST!!! He has learned how to sit. Next we are working on the sit-lay down combo. He has made a few friends as well. I have attached a photo of him and his cousin Jeep! A 12 year old dachshund. That photo is after a day at the farm where he met 3 other dogs as well.


We have had a few accidents in the house. However, our 'Pete-No- Pee' calendar is at 3 days!!! so we are doing good. He loves his toys as you can see... He has a bed full of them. Its a hoot!! He hides them all around the house. Under the shoes, behind the table, and beside the refrigerator. Its as if someone might take them away! If we see him hide them, he waits till we are not looking and re hides them. Its so so funny to see. He is still doing great in his crate during the week days, thanks to his noon dog walker. We just love him. He is such a great addition to our home.


I hope you enjoy these photos!


Thanks again for allowing us to have Pete in our lives!!! We will be forever thankful!





2 Comments to “Update on Peter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    what wonderful people! Lucky Peter and his new cousin Jeep!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Aw, thanks, this makes me so happy. A tip for Peter's owner - beagles are very food orientated and if you give him a treat every time he pees or poos outside (and don't make a big deal of accidents in the house), he will very quickly learn that it's better to go outside. I have a rescued beagle that was not solidly housebroken for almost a year (!) and once I started giving him treats, he understood what was expected!

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