One thing I learned about Beagles as I was preparing to own one was that they get fat. Because Beagles are scent hounds, they are driven almost relentlessly by their nose – this is what made them great hunting dogs originally. However, in modern times, when dogs are not required to run through the forest to find their meal, this can lead to problems (such as Beagles getting fat).
Sophie is a Beagle through-and-through. From the first time, the boy & I met Sophie we knew she was an eater. The boy called her a “chowhound” as she climbed over other dogs just to get one more tiny treat!
Those hush-puppy eyes don’t help either, because when she is not squirming her way into your plate she’ll just look at you – and since she is on the leaner side and could do to gain a few pounds (she currently weighs approximately 23lbs but you can see her ribs), you have to give in.
So far, Sophie seems to be indiscriminate – she loves all foods: Beneful, liver treats, Snausages, chocolate pudding, pasta, broccoli, Cape Cod chips (but only the flat ones, not the folded ones) and especially McDonald’s chicken nuggets (after all, she is my dog).
The only thing I have found that Sophie doesn’t eat is apples. I gave her an apple slice and she spit it out. Interesting. She’ll need to like those apples when she gets fat.