Ain't nuthin like ridin' a fine horse in a new country - Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove

HH Fire Walker's Rascal

"If there are no dogs in heaven, I want to go where they went."
Will Rodgers

HH Fire Walker's Rascal - Born: April 17, 2009

We had a bit longer search this time to find a Beagle puppy... Rowdy's breeder was no longer breeding dogs, but we did find two breeders in our area - both expecting litters. We planned to wait, but to our surprise; Heidi McKeon at Tradewinds Beagles - contacted us on June 21st. The sale of one male puppy had fallen through. We made arrangements to visit on the 27th & returned home with Rascal!
Kitt first touches noses with Rascal~

At just over a year, Rascal attained 15" & 30 lbs., a Field size Beagle. Both Abby & Rowdy had been the smaller 13" Show size. He has substance, a nice big square head & large paws! He loves the grand-kids & is jealous of oldest grandson Ben. Kitt tolerated his presence & allowed him to lay beside her in the sun.

11-1-2009 Kitt & Rascal on a sunny fall morning~

As Kitt aged, Rascal made it his job to look out for her. He was with her constantly - what surprised us was that she didn't seem to mind. He was only three when we lost Kitt, his howls at her passing, we will never forget...

Rascal & Kitt, March 21, 2012

We call Rascal our Special Needs Beagle :-) He's more Hound than we bargained for & has numerous ticks... Licking his paws, shaking the minute you try to pet him, shaking on his lead every few steps, over drinking water - the list goes on. He's dug out from under the fence more times than we can count & has to wear his Invisible Fence collar full time. If the batteries go dead - we find out - because he's dug out! You'd think with acres to run - it would be enough, but Beagles like to follow their nose & his is always working overtime!

7/30/13 - His favorite spot in the camper :-)

He was so happy to have a friend again, when Nika joined our family - even if she demanded all our attention - hence her nickname; The Princess. Partial to me, Rascal & I share a chair in the evenings for our togetherness time :-) He's handsome, always turns heads in public & we have to constantly remind people that as cute as they may be - managing these independent hounds can be a challenge!