NJB's Adoption Stories
It is so hard to finally make the decision to part with one of our adult dogs. They're so special to us and so much a part of our family and lives. One thing that makes saying "So long," not "Good bye"a little easier is knowing that we put just as much care into placing our adoptive beagles as we do our puppies. Usually our dogs are placed with families that are already part of the NJ Beagles community. It's special for all of us, but most for me as I can keep in touch with the family and get updates of the dog.
I have to thank every single family who has adopted one of our adult beagles for staying in touch with me through photos and email, or even visiting us or participating in our beagle reunions, thus allowing me to still stay involved in their dogs life. You'll never know how happy you have made me.
Some people say to me, "Terry, I don't know how you are able to part with your puppies." I say to them, "It's my adult dogs I have trouble letting go. These are the dogs that I've shared so much of my life with, and although my heart is breaking when they leave, I know deep down they will always be a part of New Jersey Beagles, no matter where they live.
Thank you to those of you who have taken one of our wonderful dogs and made them truly a part of your family.
If you're interested in possibly adopting one of our great adult beagles, click here to visit them on our "Adult Beagle Adoption" page
Here is what some of our families had to say about the adult dog
they've adopted from New Jersey Beagles
Parkway Cutie Pie
adopted Spring "2006"
Cutie Pie is the best thing we have brought into our home. She always puts everyone in a good mood, despite what kind of day we've had. We absolutely love her!! :) Here are some pictures of my niece Leah with Cutie Pie. Leah loves her and hugs her all day long. Thanks again for such a wonderful dog. Dara
Cutie Pie was adopted Spring "2006" @ 7 yrs. old
New Jersey Beagles Sunrise Jake From Camelot
Jake is really a great house dog! When indoors, he is so calm, patient and is such a gentleman. He just wants to curl up next to us waiting for the next hug and kisses and always is in the same room as we are. He can sit in our laps for hours while partaking in his favorite activity – big belly rubs. When we go for walks or go to the dog park, he turns into such a little beagle and appropriately so - full of energy, taking in all the smells with nose to the ground, runs around and is curious and inquisitive about all of his surroundings. He loves to smell squirrels, but he goes crazy over smells from chipmunks... which he gets when we visit friends/family in the suburbs or parks out in the country. As we live in ‘the big city’ there aren’t that many scents for him to track. He is especially well behaved in the dog park. He interacts and socializes with the other dogs, but always remains a gentleman. We love to go to the outdoor cafes for lunch and dinner and he goes right along with us and curls up under the table and waits patiently. Of course, he gets served a bowl of water before the humans get water – seems to be a norm here in Philly. Everybody in the neighborhood knows Jake (many don’t know us but they know him) and have affectionately named him ‘Prince Jake of Rittenhouse’.
We must admit, we were wondering how it would be for a dog who has always lived in an outdoor kennel to adapt to house living and how long it would take for the adjustment. We thought we may be facing many months to years… we just didn’t know. But, it was instantaneous. He is the smartest little guy and learns very quickly. From the day we brought him home, he knew to go outdoors to eliminate... of course, we encouraged that by taking him out frequently the first several weeks.
We worked with him on learning commands and still practice these daily even after 4+ months of him being with us. He has learned the commands of: sit, down, off, stay and 'easy' when starting to tug at the leash. He understands 'are you hungry, do you want your food', 'would you like a treat?, ‘let’s go to bed', and 'want to go for a walk' and more. The tail starts wagging and he gets very excited except when hearing ‘let’s go to bed’... then he heads upstairs and jumps into the bed. He is more motivated by praise than food treats.
He is apprehensive about being in a cage. He will sit in his cage and sleep in his cage when the door is open, but shut the door and it is almost as if he becomes claustrophobic (I can appreciate this as I too can get claustrophobic!). He starts to pant and lick the side of the cage - but he doesn't bark. Initially, he would whine and rubbed a few raw spots on his nose... but with time this has improved greatly and we are confident he will continue to improve. We started with desensitizing him to the cage 5 minutes at the time. Now we are up to 2.5 hours and in our case, as retirees, will never have to do more than this. Within a few months, we feel he will be fine alone in the house without being caged. We went the cage route for his safety. We did not want him to get into anything that could potentially hurt him while we were gone. After hearing from other beagle owners and some on your NJB forum - many beagles seem to be like this and not want to be left alone. They truly are pack animals and that is part of their charm.
Have to give you a compliment Terry in that Jake has seen three different veterinarians (although in the same practice) and they have all said the same thing: That he is so well socialized, loving to people, and so sweet, etc., that they are surprised he was in a kennel. They’ve said the breeder must have shown him a great deal of love and spent a lot of time with him showing him affection and socializing him... we say yes, that is Terry and how she treats her beagles.
We have only had this one experience with adult dog adoption - but it has been a great one. Jake is the most special, wonderful and fun little guy - he is truly a joy to be with. As you know, we were in line for a puppy at NJB, but when we saw Jake's picture on your website as available for adoption, we fell in love. As an adult dog, we didn't have to go through ‘the puppy stuff’ - which we were fully prepared to do. Instead we got a perfect dog ready to go, if you will. Can you tell we are totally smitten with the Prince? All we can say is that we are very fortunate to have wandered onto your NJB website strictly by happenstance. We now enjoy being part of the NJB forum family and your Beagle Meets and can only say thanks again for everything.
New Jersey Beagles Lady Blue Belle
Adopted 9/2008 @ 6 yrs. old
We came to adopt Belle's last baby girl but then brought Mama Belle home with us and life hasn't been the same since that day. That day was September 8, 2008, and we had just lost our cocker spaniel only nine days earlier to kidney failure. After two cocker spaniels we were ready for a change, a different breed, a "horse of a different color" of a dog, so I was thinking it would be nice to have another beagle, like the one I had while growing up. It was on the first Google search that we found New Jersey Beagles and explored the site....David came home and I said, "Honey, can we get a beagle?" He says, "Don't they howl?" I didn't care -- they are so sweet and have such a gentle disposition, always playful, and forever have that child's face. By the way, she doesn't howl at all -- but she does have her way of telling us what she wants!
So there she was on the adult beagle page, up for adoption. We arranged for a visit with Terry, actually playing in the yard for over an hour with the whole gang. After a long painstaking period of decision making, it was decided by Daddy that he wanted Miss Belle. She was just perfect; and he was smitten with her, and she with him. We took her home that day to Pennsylvania, where we had lots of adventures in store, many we hadn't even discovered yet.
We immediately got her a harness, which I highly recommend, and started walks around the yard and in the neighborhood. It wasn't long until we were taking walks into the woods and under bushes, into places where we really probably shouldn't be going, but she was taking me on an adventure too, to wherever the hound nose took her. We walk for at least an hour a day and we stop by the cleaners (for cookies), the bank (for cookies), wading through the puddles, and by the florist to look at the cat in the window. She loves to go to the country north of here, where we spend a lot of our time in the summer at the cottage. Lots more smells there, bushes, woods -- and a pond!!
Dad took care of the house training. She was put on a schedule much like a pup, first thing in the morning and last thing at night before bed, etc. It didn't take too long to get her the idea to do her business outside; after all, all she knew was the kennel. We had to be patient and accentuate the positive, which was really quite easy to do.
Well, Dad's relationship with Miss Belle? He is definitely smitten with her -- as soon as he comes home from work in the afternoon Belle runs outside to the gate and the games begin.....romp time!!! These two romp for at least 30 minutes -- hiding from each other, dad making scary sounds and chasing her, keep away games. We don't need kids -- we have Miss Belle!!
She's a wonderful dog and we're so lucky to have her. Belle will, however, always have dual citizenship, Pennsylvania -- and the Jersey girl, from NJ Beagles. She lives in Mama Terry's heart and our hearts forever. Many folks along the way have told us that she just wraps you around her heart and stays there. It's true; she's wrapped herself around our heart and we love her very much.
Thank you very much for allowing us to give Miss Belle that forever home!
David, Linda and Miss Belle
NJB's Handsome Harley Brown
Adopted 3/2009 @ 1 yr. old
Adopted 12/2009 @ 8 yrs. old
Bonnie is a wonderful dog and she is adjusting to our family well. she is my cuddle buddy when i read and knit. Cara loves taking her for walks and our weekend routine is to take her to a park for a long walk. Bonnie is a very popular dog with many children when we go to the park. Just about everyone stops to remark on her beautiful coloring and everyone loves how loveable and gentle she is with kids. She loves her new home, likes to play with Cara's toys. I think she just likes being with a family. She sees Brady (Bonnie's son) alot and gets very excited when she hears other dogs in our neighborhood. There is a house next to Karens (Brady's owner) that has about 5 dogs and when the owners let them out Bonnie bays at the living room window like a true pack dog that she is!
Adopted May 6, 2012
It was July 2011 "Puppy Pick Out Day" at NJ Beagles, when my husband Jeff and I picked out Maggie, one of six pups available from parents Ally and Ricky. Terry usually allows the families to spend some time with the puppies and in our case, Mama Ally was there with her pups. While Jeff was holding Maggie, I went over to see the other pups and Ally. Ally stood up on her hind legs, and put her head on my shoulder. She stayed like that, almost hugging me with her sweet face. I melted right there. I told Jeff on the ride home that if ever Ally goes up for adoption, I would love to adopt her, the sweetest dog I had ever met.
We came back to NJ Beagles in August to pick up our little love, Maggie. My daughter Jaime was with me, and we were able to see Ally in the yard along with the others. My feelings hadn't changed about her. Around this time, Terry had mentioned she planned one more litter for Ally.
Terry announced in December that she was putting Ally up for adoption. We brought Ally home on February 26, 2012. The first night home, in our bedroom, she slept soundly all night in her crate, alongside her daughter, Maggie, who's crate sits right next to her.
Ally was (almost) six years old when she came to us. Our vet reassured us that, although it will be so worth it, this adjustment may take months, not just days or even weeks; and that we must be patient with Ally. Even climbing a flight of stairs to the bedroom was a new learning experience for Ally. But most important, we needed to earn Ally's trust. She was taken away from her kennel (her home) and her kennel mates (her buddies) and from Terry (who she dearly loves and trusts); placed into a house with strangers and not understanding how to tell us she needs to go out to do her business. However, our vet was right; the time and patience it took for her to adjust was so worth it. Ally has fit into our family beautifully and I know now we have earned her trust and her love. Ally is our sweetheart.
We highly recommend adopting an older dog from NJ Beagles. When you meet Terry, you will immediately see and feel the love she holds in her heart for all her puppies and adult dogs. After losing our old beagle, Lucy at the age of 14, we needed the reassurance of knowing our next puppy was coming from a healthy, clean environment where the dogs were very loved. We are grateful to Terry, who has been there for us every step of the way for both Maggie, and then through the adoption process for Ally.
Besides now living with two exceptionally sweet, adorable beagles (mother and daughter), we have also been fortunate enough to meet so many wonderful people who belong to the NJ Beagle family. We chat on the forum, facebook, and meet at the dog park twice a year. A big “Thank You” to Terry for bringing us all together!
Joyce, Jeff, Ally and Maggie-Lou
Sweet Josie Mae
Adopted 10/12/12 at 4 ½ years old
We first met Josie on Terry’s Ustream site in December 2010 while eagerly awaiting the birth of her puppies. We fell in love with her immediately. We stayed up Christmas Eve into the wee hours of Christmas to watch her deliver. The puppies were beautiful and it didn’t take long for us to make our choice. We picked a beautiful tricolor and named him Hunter.
We brought Hunter home in February 2011. As Hunter grew, we decided we wanted a playmate for him and thought of getting an adult dog instead of another puppy. We kept coming back to the idea of adopting Josie and mentioned it a few times to Terry in conversation. In July of 2012, we stopped by Terry’s kennel with Hunter. We spent some time with the kennel dogs and admired Josie’s affection and constant tail wagging. We knew right then and there that Josie would fit in with our family. Terry told us that if we wanted Josie, she was ours, when she was ready for adoption. We were thrilled!
We brought Josie home on October 12, 2012. We knew it would be an adjustment for Hunter, Josie and us. She and Hunter became fast friends and have been inseparable. Josie is our little snuggle bug. She loves to sit on your lap or cuddle up right next to you.
Josie quickly adapted to the “home life” and enjoys activities such as boating, playing in the yard and attending weekly obedience classes with her son Hunter. We cannot believe it’s only been a year as it feels like she has been with us much longer. Everyone comments how beautiful she is and cannot believe she is 5 years old and not a puppy since she is so playful!
Thank you to Terry and Pam for giving us your girl Josie. We love our little escape artist to pieces and yes, that tail still wags constantly!!
Bob and Charlene Middleton
NJB'S Stunning Stella Delight
Last December we were lucky enough to adopt Stella. It was an easy decision, since four years earlier, we had adopted Sam from Terry and Stella is one of Sammy's daughters. When we first brought Stella home Sammy gave her a warm welcome, he was so happy to have another beagle in the house. Stella's first night, she just curled up with Sam, gave a big sigh and fell sound asleep.
Stella loves to be outside, but she wasn't so sure about being inside. She wasn't thrilled with the tv, the ceiling fans or all the Christmas visitors. So we found we needed to give Stella plenty of space and time and lots of hugs and pets to help her feel at home. Over time she became more and more comfortable with her new home.
Stella has really settled in, she and Sam are best buddies. Stella is the sweetest little thing, a real cuddler. She has that wonderful NJB temperament, her tail is always up and wagging. When outside her nose is to the ground checking things out. We couldn't be happier that Stunning Stella Delight is now part of our family. Thank you Terry and Pam for raising such a lovely little beagle and sharing her with us!
Born: July 12, 2008
Adopted: June 9, 2013
We never thought that we would ever have 2 dogs, but thanks to Terry we
do now! We first met Terry on January 3, 2011 when we decided it was
time to get another beagle after our 16 year old beagle had passed away.
Our puppy, Bella, was born on January 12, 2011 from Ruby and Ricky’s
litter. Bella is your typical beagle puppy- loving, happy, playful, and
full of energy.
We first met Cuddles on USTREAM when she was giving birth to puppies.
We commented how calm and laid back she was. When we heard that Terry
was looking for a home for her, we immediately messaged her. We
were going on vacation in a couple weeks and Bella was going to stay at the
NJB kennel. We said that if Bella and Cuddles became friends, we would
take Cuddles home with us. When the day came to drop off Bella, everyone
was upset to leave her. When we arrived at the kennel, we went in to
meet Cuddles. We all fell in love with her right there and told Terry
that we would adopt her.
We left for vacation the next day, the whole time on vacation everyone
was excited to come home and bond with Cuddles. When the plane landed
we all ran through the airport, loaded into the cab to come home, threw
all the suitcases in the garage and immediately drove to Pet Goods to
get a new crate and bed for Cuddles. We then drove to the kennel to get
It didn’t take long for Cuddles to adjust to inside living. The hardest
part for her was finding a way to get up on the couch! We now have
doggy stairs leading up to the couch for her. Cuddles loves to eat,
sleep, and well cuddle! She certainly lives up to her name.
We’ve had Cuddles for a little over 4 months and can’t remember our life
without her! Adopting Cuddles from New Jersey Beagles was the best thing
we ever did! Thank you Terry and Pam for letting us adopt Cuddles; she
is the best addition to our family.
The Rogers Family
Rich, Joanne, Emily, Michelle, Bella, and Cuddles
Lanbur MyTee Fine Knight-Ryder Ricky
Lanbur Don't Rain On My Parade
I fell in love the moment I saw Dollee. A special feeling, a connection. She was a puppy and she was not available. Driving home, I remember telling my husband that we would wait, as long as needed, and hope that someday Dollee would find her way to us.
When Maddie and I went to pick-out Leo (from Lucy’s 1st litter) we fell in love with his mother, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. She was gentle, sweet and quietly demanding your attention. I told Maddie that day, if Lucy ever comes up for adoption I would like to welcome her as part of our growing Beagle pack.
In September 2013, our wishes came true. Lucy became available for adoption and Maddie and I jumped on the opportunity to adopt her. Since that day, she has been a refreshing addition to our home. She is everything we thought she would be and then some. When Lucy came home she initially struggled with everyday sounds of a home. Her adjustment was made easier because Terry voluntarily came to our house several times to help Lucy transition to her new life.
Lucy has been a delight in our lives, she has brought comfort and companionship to our other dogs and kids. Lucy is a joy to walk and in fact walks on a leash better than our other 4 dogs. She listens to our commands and comes when asked. She is funny to watch as she plays with the pack and often presides over their antics. To date, she has never had an accident in the house. She is the quiet alpha of the house.
She loves her belly rubs and insists that you rub her first thing in the morning. When you rub her belly, she throws her head back reminiscent of a Hollywood fem fatale. When you stop touching her, she gently reminds you by pawing your arm.
She has taken ownership of one of the couches—which is now know as “Lucy”s couch”. Often times you find her stretched out while the rest of us are crammed on the other couch. When she sneak on our bed, she enjoys the luxuriously benefit of a Temper-pedic bed. Life is good and Lucy is definitely one of the shining stars in our home.
While we are delighted to have Lucy with us, our hearts melt when she is reunited with Terry. At one of the beagle meets upon noticing Terry Lucy leaped over other dogs to get to her. Recently, we took Lucy up to visit Terry and upon entering the kennel again Lucy took off with the pack thrilled to be reunited. Lucy’s reactions to Terry and her kennel home speak volumes as to her care and the level of commitment to her. We are blessed to have Lucy in our lives and look forward to many years of laughter with her.