Maggie’s play date
Stace and I have been talking off and on recently about the possibly of getting Maggie a friend. Unlike a lot of breeds, Beagles are seriously PACK dogs. As a matter of fact, they recommend that a single person not get just one beagle because the dog won’t be happy unless they feel like they are part of a pack. Now… we know that Maggie seems pretty happy, but we had talked about getting another dog because we think it would make her much more happy.
The thing is that Maggie LOVES to play. She would play 10 hours a day, sleep 13 hours a day and squeeze everything else she needed to do into that last hour if she could. We both try to play with her for good long stretches during the day but let’s be honest… I’m only going to play gonna-get-your-belly-while-you-growl-and-pretend-like-you-don’t-want-me-to for so long. Hence, the conversations about getting a second dog so she would have someone to play with.
But we had no idea what to expect with a second dog in the house. So a good friend of ours, who recently added an adorable stray to her household, suggested that we keep her new dog a couple of days to see how Maggie would react to a potential buddy. We thought that was a great idea, so she brought Abby over for a couple of days. Abby is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet and incredibly laid-back. Maggie isn’t around dogs much so it took a bit for them to get friendly, but then everything took off.
Maggie spent the entire three days working hard to get Abby to play with her. I’m talking from the moment they woke up until they finally flopped out exhausted at night Maggie was trying to get Abby to play with her. She pranced in front of Abby waving her front paws around in the air. She rolled around on her back in front of Abby kicking her feet like she was possessed. She stalked Abby just like Snoopy slithering through the high grass. And what did Abby do? She sat there and watched Maggie jump around like a lunatic. Well that’s not really fair — Abby did play some, but only a fraction of what Mags would have liked. Still… Maggie had a ball with Abby.
I think the verdict is in… Maggie would seriously enjoy having a playmate. We’re going to keep our eyes open and see if we can’t find a Beagle about a year old that would be a good fit into the family. Preferably one with a lot more energy than Abby who loves to play constantly.