Duke is around 6 ½ years old, and is a tri-color Beagle mix.
Duke is from another state and was surrendered to a high-kill shelter with a female Beagle and a litter of puppies. Everyone in his pack was adopted except Duke, who was then rescued by Midwest Animal Rescue Services (MARS), through which we adopted him. At least one other family had adopted Duke from MARS and returned him prior to us adopting him. All this has caused Duke to have terrible separation anxiety, which Animal Wellness Center has been a lifesaver for. It is his second home and we know he feels safe and loves hanging out with everyone there.
We decided Duke would be the right dog for us because he was adorable and very loving. We didn’t realize how energetic Beagles are, but it’s good for us. He takes us on walks and we have met many of our wonderful neighbors because of him.
Duke loves adventure and hunting for critters at the park, when it’s nice out he sits by the garage door whining to go somewhere; he loves his smoked marrow bones from the butcher shop; loves to sleep in (he is not a morning guy), he yawns very loudly when he wakes up; he barks at any large vehicle; he licks the windows in the car to calm himself; he rounds everyone up for bed when he’s ready by coming to us and whining (until we’re ALL in bed). He loves his little bear toy that squeaks, he’s very social and loves people, he barks when he’s excited and he loves rolling on his back outside (on snow or grass) and loves to sleep on his back.
One of my favorite stories about Duke happened a couple years back during a Superbowl party we were hosting. Duke likes to lay in people’s warm spots when they get us, so that night, every time someone got up to go to the bathroom Duke would steal their spot. Nobody had the heart to kick him out when they came back so they would just laugh and find another (less comfortable) place to sit. It happened at least five times that night.
Duke has had many wonderful days at AWC. Of course, being a regular at daycare, he knows and loves everyone there, and everyone has been so good to him. We love getting pictures of Duke just hanging out with the other dogs during the day. The stories are great too; one of my favorites is how Duke has his spot on the bench where he naps and his friend Casper has his spot on the desk. Once summer comes, I know he’ll be sunning himself outside again, one of his favorite things. Although he’s getting better, Duke still barks while being walked past the exam rooms going back to day care. It’s great when I hear him bark and then someone yells out “Good morning Duke!”