Pepe is a 6 year old male Beagle. Pepe originally came to us back in 2013 when he was just 9 months old and his journey to happiness has never gotten any easier for him since then.
As a youngster Pepe was soon adopted but was sadly returned to us over a year later due to his owner’s terminal illness. Again, Pepe was adopted once more but was returned after only a few months as he began to display some resource guarding behaviour which he hadn’t done previously.
Pepe will guard items such as toys, however he is very good at communicating and showing you when he is unhappy about a situation! If you read his body language this can be easily managed, however Pepe can be quite intimidating when he displays this behaviour so a confident owner is essential. Any future home needs to understand this and be fully prepared to commit to him and work with our behaviourist.
Pepe will require a quiet, relaxed adult only home free from visiting children and without any children planned for the future. He needs a sensible owner with experience of rescue dogs and preferably experience of dogs with behavioural issues. Pepe can also be reactive towards other dogs on walks and will need to be the only pet in the home.
Pepe is generally a very loving and outgoing boy. He is a typical Beagle who loves his walks and will therefore need an active home. He walks well on the lead and loves to bury any sticks that he may find on his travels! He is quite an easy going boy who spends most of the day snoozing in his bed. Care does need to be taken when introducing him to new people as although he can appear to be quite friendly initially he does not always trust strangers.
The full extent of Pepe’s behaviour is not always apparent when you first meet him so his new owner must be prepared to spend several weeks getting to know him. Ideally they will need to live locally so that they can take Pepe home for slow introductions into the home before adoption.
In November 2019 Pepe was diagnosed with Luxating Patellas in both of his legs but does not require surgery or medication at this stage, however he may sometimes limp on walks. It is likely that this may progress as he ages and will need to be re-assessed if it starts to cause him any problems in the future.
Pepe has had very little consistency in his life and has never truly found somewhere he belongs. We all love him here but it is sad to see him spend year after year in kennels when we know that with the right person who will take on board all of the advice given that he will make a wonderful friend. He needs someone that understands him and is willing to work hard to overcome any problems to help him become a happy, well balanced dog.