ADOPTED – Sweet Reese – Adorable Obedient Beagle / German Shepherd Mix Dog Chicago, IL

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Reese has been adopted.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois (Near Chicago) – Reese is the ultimate family dog! He is so friendly, obedient, devoted and affectionate! He’s very handsome, too, kind of like Snoopy and Rin Tin Tin mixed into one delightful, medium sized pooch.

Reese is very healthy. He is 7 years young and weighs about 45 pounds. He has been neutered, and is up to date on vaccinations. He’s perfectly house trained, great with kids, good with other dogs and accepting of strangers. What more could you ask for in a canine companion?

Reese’s owners are very sad to have to make the difficult decision to look for another home for him. Unfortunately their lifestyle and very busy schedules leave little time for Reese. Hes home alone so often that they know he is lonely and sad. It is not a good situation for him, and they feel that he deserves better than they can offer.

They are dearly hoping to find Reese the home he needs and deserves. A family who have lots of time for him, a securely fenced yard, maybe another dog to play with, and unconditional love. He is one of those dogs who gives back far more than he gets.

Reese will be rehomed with all of his supplies, along with the sincere appreciation of his owners, who only want the best for this sweet boy.

Please offer Reese the home he needs and very much deserves today!

 


All About Reese

Name of Pet: Reese
Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, 60169
Type of Pet: Dog
Breed of Pet: Beagle German Shepherd mix
Sex of Pet: Male

Age of Pet: 7 years
Spayed/Neutered?: Yes
Health Problems: No
Up To Date on Vaccinations: Yes
Gets along with cats: Unknown
Gets along with dogs: Yes
Good with Children?: Yes
House Broken or Litter Trained?: Yes
Crate Trained?: No
Accessories Included: He really doesn’t have a lot of his “own” stuff. We used to have a dog bed for him, but he inevitably ended up on our bed, couch, chair, etc.

He’s got food/water bowl, food, rawhide bones, collar, leash, etc. but not much else.

Reese’s Personality

1. Great temperament – not easily angered (has been extensively tried with children!)
2. Easy to have around/relaxed – he likes sleeping on couches and beds, being wherever people are.
3. Likes to play with kids — we can get Reese tearing around the house and it makes the boys laugh hard
4. Obedient – he knows what we expect and he definitely knows when he’s crossed a line
5. Affectionate – he loves belly rubs, scratching behind the ears, and licking your hands/face

Reese’s Current Home Environment

We are family of four, including two little boys ages 5 and 3. Reese has been around them for a long time, and even readjusted to them after an extended period living at our friends house (when our 2nd child was born).

We recently moved from Kentucky to Illinois and downsized our 3 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom condominium, so things have definitely gotten tighter. My wife and I work during the day, so Reese stays at home by himself from about 8:30am to 5:30pm. We can usually get home around lunch time to let him out and take a walk. So obviously, Reese is indoors and alone most of the time.

The weekends are a little higher energy — he gets out more — but on the whole, he’s inside or hanging out with us. It’s hard to keep up with 2 little kids and a dog on an outing, so we often don’t bring him with us.

Reese’s Current Family:

My wife and I rescued Reese from a pound in Kentucky when he was about 6 months old. Our first son, Wyatt, was born with Reese in the house and grew up with him until about 2. When our second son, Emmitt, was born, we tried to simplify our home life (both of us were working and Reese was home a lot by himself) so some great friends of ours took him to live with for awhile.

Since Reese came back to our house last year, he’s immediately locked back into his old routines and has been great with the boys. They treat him relatively well, although our 3 year old can be a bit rough.

The move to Illinois has been good, but it’s been difficult living in a smaller space. Also, with our life pace changing (I now travel for a living), getting time with Reese or getting him out and active is much tougher.

Reese’s Favorite Toys, Foods, Activities?

Reese doesn’t have many toys. We used to get bones, balls, etc. but he mostly chewed them up. We still do rawhide bones, but for the most part, he just plays with us – not with toys.

He loves ALL food. He tolerates his dog chow, but would easily sit at the table with us and eat anything we give him. Not sure he has a favorite — he wolfs down any human food he gets.

I think Reese enjoys being outside, running without a leash, playing fetch. That’s when he seems most relaxed and fun.

Cute Reese Story:

When we let Reese go live with our friends, we made sure they knew it was just for as long as they wanted it to be. We wanted Reese to be in a great situation and were just trying to figure out new rhythms. However, as time passed, we quit checking in as frequently. After some time, we checked in and found that they had given Reese away to an older person in a country area nearby. We didn’t know who this person was, but we trusted our friends.

However, in December 2015, we got a call from an animal shelter saying that they had found our dog (we had a chip inserted when we first got him). It turns out he had been living on the Interstate for 6 months, living off the generosity of people (he gained 20 lbs from cheeseburgers & chili!) and being pursued by some animal lovers who wanted to rescue him. We had absolutely no idea he had been abandoned!!

There was a big reunion right around Christmas and Reese came home to live with us. We never wanted anything bad to happen to him, nor did we want to get rid of him. It was a Christmas miracle for sure — and it’s been great for our family to get to know him again.

Why is Reese Being Rehomed?

When we took Reese back in, we knew it was a commitment — and we were ready. In fact, we were grateful for the second chance to care for and love him. However, since then, our life has changed dramatically.

We moved from Kentucky to Illinois and lost the house space we lived in (downsizing our home and losing our yard). My job became weekly travel, eliminating the possibility of getting home easily to let him out. We have no friends or family close by to help with Reese, in case we can’t get to him. The very reason we let him go live with our friends — that he was alone mostly all day — is happening again, with even less interaction with our family due to our schedule.

The simplest answer is that we want a better situation for Reese to live in, and we no longer feel like we can provide the interaction, activity and consistent care that he needs. We love Reese, but we love him enough to know that spending 8+hrs alone in an empty house isn’t ideal. And on a personal level, our lives and schedule don’t give us the time, energy or bandwidth to care for a dog the way that we want to.

Reese’s Perfect Adoptive Home Will Be:

Would love to find a young family like ours that are looking for a loving, sweet-natured dog that is great with kids. We think that an active, young family would be a great fit for Reese. It’s who we have been in moments, and who we’d love to be, if circumstances allowed for it.

An older person in need of an affectionate companion would also be a good fit, though Reese’s loud barking over potential threats can be a little startling.

Additional Comments:

It would be best for our boys if we knew that Reese went to live with a new family in a great home. They are not deeply emotionally attached, as they are so young, but we wouldn’t really plan to “keep in touch.”

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