Barooo….anyone there? This is Gemma talking. I’m a 5+ yrs old beagle mix, and I’m usually very quiet and unassuming, but this volunteer gave me the “microphone” to talk about myself on this blog, so here goes.
I like long walks, unless it is very cold out, like it has been recently, and I love to snuggle (especially if you happen to be a human space heater). I am still a little afraid of new things, like this very loud generator near the shelter, but with a little coaxing, I can be persuaded to come out of my shell.
A lot of volunteers tell me that I am one of their favorites to walk because I don’t pull, I don’t stray, and I stay close near them and just look at them from time to time. I don’t jump, scratch you, or even beg you for treats (I much prefer being snuggled), and I’ve been told that I’m very calm. One volunteer has even told me I may make a great therapy dog, if I had a little more confidence and I wondered what that meant, and she said it just meant that 90% of the job would involve being snuggled. I very much like the sound of that! One thing I don’t do often is to yodel like most beagles do. I’m not sure why, but I really don’t see the point, and there aren’t many squirrels around these days, anyway.
I’m a little curious around other dogs and would probably do well with another dog in the household; in fact, I’d love to have another dog (not necessarily older) around to show me the ropes. Not to mention…another dog means I can snuggle with him/her. Have I mentioned how much I love to be snuggled?
So…if you are looking for a dog who is calm and snuggly and sweet, come visit me. I’m in Kennel 11. For more information on Gemma, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org