Beagles are arguably the cutest dogs out there - and I've been waiting for nine months to get one on my books - then TWO come along at once! Bart and Lisa have recently moved back from Holland with their family and are back in their original home of Twyford.
Bart is four and Lisa is three. When I went to meet them, their owner told me that both of them had a bad experience with big dogs when they were very young and as a result both tended to fall on the scared side when meeting other dogs. I reassured her that ALL of the dogs I walk are highly sociable and very friendly towards other dogs. I took them out together on their own for the first week, so that they were able to get used to me. 'Would you rather I kept them on their leads?' I ask, 'oh no, they are happier off-leash'. I must admit that I was slightly apprehensive about beagles being off-lead as they are renowned for running off! But I needn't have worried, these two are never far from my side.
After introductions to Polly, Toto, Lewis and Phoebe, the beagles fit into the pack perfectly.
It's hard to tell them apart by the way they look; their different personalities are the easiest way to know who's who. Bart tends to keep himself to himself and prefers sniffing rather than playing with the others. As long as he can see me he's fine - in fact he'll stand and sniff something for the whole walk if you let him! As soon as I'm out of sight, he comes running. Lisa is the more adventurous of the two. She loves exploring in the woods with Polly and not bothered if I'm not in sight, but she always comes back when I call.
They do have one thing in common though - they both LOVE rolling in fox pooh.......