This post is somewhat a departure from my normal blog posts. Rather than being an informational article, this is more of a direct appeal for help. This appeal comes from Michelle, a visitor to the My Dear Whippet blog, regarding her adopted Beagle Whippet.
Michelle came across my article about the Beagle Whippet mix. After reading it, she sent me a direct message with questions about her recently adopted “Whipbeagle“. Her message was so detailed and heartfelt, I felt it deserved a post in its own right. My hope with this is to generate some feedback from other readers to help Michelle and her predicament.
With this in mind, please take some time to read Michelle’s story. If you have some advice for her about her Beagle Whippet, please leave it in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
So here’s what Michelle had to ask…
Michelle & Her Adopted Beagle Whippet
Last week I took in a Whipbeagle from a foster organization. She came from a tragic situation (homicide/suicide) and was in the house at the time and naturally has left her traumatized. However, she is very loving towards me but as you can imagine very skittish to noises.
Two weeks ago I had to say goodbye to my 14 year old mixed Yorkie and as you can imagine it’s heartbreaking. My 12 year old male mixed Yorkie and I have felt empty without Kelsie.
I received a call from the foster organization a week ago asking if I would be interested in providing Daisy a nice quiet environment. Considering the circumstances and knowing she needed a quiet peaceful environment it felt like the right thing to do and it has turned out to be so.
After reading your blog I understand her a little better. Naturally, I still have questions about her breed and common characteristics. I have discovered that she likes wrapping herself in covers with only her head exposed… if that.
Is this common for this breed or is it perhaps due to her recent trauma?
Also, I read that they can suffer from separation anxiety after 4 to 5 hours. I have found that to be true. She can’t get close enough to me when I return home from work. Unfortunately I have to work 10 hour days, and although my Sammy is home with her I can definitely feel her anxiety when I return home.
She’s a great dog that’s totally trained to go outside, she hasn’t torn up anything this past week except my bedding that she makes a cocoon out of…lol! She is 4 years old and came to me with the name Daisy. Considering her circumstances and the void she’s filling for me and my boy, I feel it was the grace of God that we have found one another.
I would like to change her name to Grace but I don’t want to confuse her. I would like for her to have a new beginning and not hear that same name that was given to her nor do I want to say it.
Do you feel that would be appropriate?
I have learned that her mama loved her very much and I don’t want to confuse her anymore than she already has been. I’ve tried it out on her the last day or so and she responds but I don’t know if that’s just because I’m speaking to her. And yes, I do plan on keeping her 😊
Any thoughts and suggestions would be most appreciated!
If you have any advice or guidance for Michelle and her Beagle Whippet, please provide it in the comment section at the very bottom of this page.
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