Today Is ‘Braxton’, Our Rascal Rescue Beagle’s Official 1 Year Birthday.
by Anura Guruge
>> Braxton at play —
>> Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Getting Braxton
>> — Sep. 28, 2013.
>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness
>> — Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>> — Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’
>>— Sep. 16, 2013.
We got him, as a rescue, on September 28, 2013. He was 10 or 11 weeks old at the time. They didn’t know when he was born. So Deanna decided to make ‘July 20’ his ‘official’ birthday — that being her now deceased father’s birthday. So, Braxton, a joyfully playful beagle, as mischievous as they come, is one year old today.
Teischan made him a birthday cake and later today, per the family custom, he and Maya will go to McDonald’s for a burger each. That, for the last 7 years, has been a family tradition. The dogs go to McDonald’s for burgers on their birthday. Did it with Ulysses, then Maya and now Braxton. Yes, we take them to McDonald’s when it is not there birthday also because they like their burgers. Maya knows McDonald’s. As soon as we pull in she sits up and waits for me to come back with the burgers. Braxton has yet to figure it out — but he is young.
He is about 3 times as big as when we got him. I, purposefully, feed him slightly more than what he should get. He actually now eats MORE than Maya! But, that is OK. He loves his food and gets MORE exercise than most dogs. He runs at least 2.5 miles with me 5 to 6 times a day, in addition to all his other walks, romps around the yard and playing in the house. He is a very healthy and happy dog. Such a ‘little boy’ — though he is fixed. A bundle of joy.
He is the first beagle I have ever had. I am a ‘Golden’ person. I have had Goldens, with no interruption, since 1988. I really didn’t know anything about beagles until we brought Benny/Braxton home. Then we started hearing and reading about the horror stories. How they take off, how they howl etc. etc. The running away is NOT a problem. He runs, off leash, with me and has been doing so for over 8 months. That Maya runs, off leash, too is, of course, a big factor. But given that I have run with dogs, near daily, for 20 years, I have worked out many things — a key among them being that running as a pack is very IMPRINTING to a dog. It has to be running as opposed to walking. They know the difference. The running is a pack thing.
We are glad we got him. As Deanna loves to tease me he was everything I had always said “I don’t want”. I like my puppies as early as I can get them. Maya was 8 weeks old when we got her and I thought that was old! Braxton was 10 or 11 weeks old. Prior to that anytime somebody mentioned a puppy that was even 9 weeks old, I would say “Nah, too old”. Plus it was a little dog and everybody knows that I like big dogs, the bigger the better. But, Braxton makes my day. Though he will steal food, destroy anything he can get his snout at and generally only does 40% of what we ask him to do, he has this wonderful personality! When we got him, having lived in a crate for much of his life, he was very thin and nervous. Now he is a very confident dog. That makes me happy.
So, happy birthday Braxton, my rascal boy that Deanna spoils like there is no tomorrow and is Teischan’s plaything.