Shiloh is a Beagle. One of the most good-natured hounds, the Beagle was bred as a pack hunter and naturally thrives on companionship, whether human or canine. It is an excellent child’s dog, always ready to join in a game or an adventure. They are easy-care family pets because they do not drool or have a doggy odor, and shedding is minimal.
Looking very important, Shiloh
is ready to go to work
The most famous Beagle of all is Snoopy from the comic strip “Peanuts.” Other well-known Beagles include Him and Her, owned by former President Lyndon Johnson, who also had a third Beagle named Edgar. And in 2008, a Beagle named Uno became the first of his breed to win Best in Show at the world famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Uno is also a Delta Society Pet Partner.
Where is that wascally wabbit?
Originally bred for trailing rabbits, their distinctive baying voices and white-tipped tails led the way along winding paths while hunters followed on foot. Beagles today are of two varieties, 13 inches and 15 inches high at the shoulder; however, in the 1800s there were several smaller sizes, including a “pocket-size” dog of only about 9 inches that hunters could carry if necessary. Their sense of smell is incredible, and they are often trained to sniff out contraband at airports.
Now Shiloh hunts for the best books!
Shiloh had to start out in therapy wearing a Halti Headcollar, which looks to some people like a muzzle. Attaching a leash to the Halti made it easier to guide Shilow gently, because he could be very strong when outside on walks if he spotted a rabbit. Delta Society says if your dog tests with it, then the dog must wear it on therapy visits. However, additional practice and training paid off, and the next time Shiloh was re-evaluated -- WOO HOO, no more Halti.