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Tinkerbella is a midget Beagle. Everyone outside who stops to say hello to her thinks she's a pup and I say, No, she's full grown, and they say, No, I don't think so, and I say, Yeah, I'm pretty sure she's full grown, and they say, No, she's not big enough, and I say, No, she's about as big as she's going to get, and they say, Can't be more than six months old, and then I point out the sagging teats and say, She's just finished nursing a litter of puppies so I'm pretty sure she's full grown, and then they say, OMIGAWD is she ever TINY! What a cutiepie! and then someone else comes up and says, Is she a puppy? and the people who I've just been talking to say, No, she's full grown, and the new people say, No, I don't think so, and round it goes.

A lot of times, Beagles aren't recommended for condos or apartment dwellers because they can be a bit vocal but Tinkerbella, aside from being very tiny, is also very quiet so if you live in close proximity to your neighbours and your walls are semi-transparent, Tinkerbella might still be the dog for you.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

7 Comments to “Tinkerbella - Beagle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Fred: How you write truly transports me into the land of love. You manage to say so much more in between all the words you write, that my heart nearly busts from the happiness of it. Yes, you sure were given special special gifts for this weary world that needs them so much. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DELIGHT, ALL THE WISDOM, AND ALL THE SHEER FUN. YOUR SITE IS ONE THAT FILLS ME RIGHT UP AND MAKES EACH DAY THAT MUCH BETTER.

  2. Chelsea says:

    LOL- our dog is a mix of a lab and mini beagle. By the looks of the pictures, I have a feeling they are fairly close in size. We get asked ALL the time if ours is a four month old puppy.
    Personally, I think it's like having a forever get the innocent little puppy face with the intelligence and experience of an older dog. Best combo! Some family is going to be luuuuuuccckkkkkyy to bring her home :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    She is so pretty and tiny. My two full grown dogs still look like puppies...I call them my forever puppies.

  4. GoodDog says:

    I can't tell how tiny she is... You need to do a picture with her next to something for perspective like a quarter. :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is a tiny beagle any less active and vocal, or do they just have to run faster and bark louder? Enquiring minds want to know....

  6. Fred says:

    Anon, I've never met a Beagle as tiny as Tinkerbella so I can't say for sure but Tink is most definitely less driven by her nose and more people focused than most I've met.

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The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

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