Neglected, pregnant stray Dotte became the best kind of failure there is…a Foster Failure!
Pregnant blue-tick beauty Dotte found herself in a rural North Carolina shelter one steamy July day. Volunteers knew that the shelter was no place for puppies to be born so they busted her out and got in touch with Triangle Beagle Rescue who welcomed her into the rescue with open arms. Dotte clearly lived a life of neglect. Her skin was bright pink and full of sores and boils and she barely had any hair due to poor nutrition. She had three puppies while in foster care and was a wonderful mom. After her pups were weaned, we welcomed her into our family as a Triangle Beagle Rescue foster dog.
Dotte was anxious when we got her home and she did not trust dogs or people. She was a picky eater and would bite and protect her food, a trait she most likely learned while living alone as a stray. We would find her hiding in a corner where she thought she was safe. We knew that under her tough exterior that she had a heart of gold and that she just needed some time to learn to trust and love.
The first month she spent in our home, poor momma was looking for her pups everywhere and it was heartbreaking. Then she gradually acclimated to our two resident dogs — Nika the Black Lab and Mitchey the Beagle boy. Funny enough, she would challenge Nika the Black Lab ( who is twice her size) but would heed our toothless, older beagle boy. The Labrador soon figured out how to engage Dotte by ceaselessly squeaking her toy and using her height to keep it just out of Dotte’s range. Little did Nika know that Dotte could walk on her 2 hind legs like a meerkat!
Dotte’s adoption journey was lengthy and difficult. When we started going to adoption events she was very nervous around dogs and people she did not know, so she was overlooked time and time again. She had some meet and greets and light adoption interest but no one knew and loved the real Dotte like we did. Eventually, our teen daughter expressed her love of Dotte Of Two Hearts (she has two black heart-shaped spots on her left and right shoulder blades) and asked if we could make an official member of our family. At this point we all realized that she was ‘home’ and she became the best kind of failure that there is….a foster failure!
It was amazing to see Dotte’s transformation from an anxious, untrusting, biting dog into a cuddly, fun, googoo-gaga playful pup doing circus tricks. Her physical transformation was equally as impressive and she now sports shiny, thick, beautiful hair. She certainly keeps the entire family entertained, laughing, and exercised. Dotte is a cuddle bug and a good runner, with a very rich vocabulary of beagle sounds. We are lucky to have her in our lives!