And Dalton Makes a Menagerie of Mutts

Several days ago, my wife posted a video on Facebook about several lab beagles who had been set free and were looking at sunlight and grass for the first time in their lives. Since I have no heart to speak of, I will admit only that my allergies started acting up at the time of the video.

Watching the video led me to the Arizona Beagle Rescue website. For those who don’t know, Tobey – the canine marketing star of the website is an AzBR alum, having come to our family back in 2004. (Morgan was bought as a puppy and Charlie came to us from the Arizona Humane Society.

There never was an intent to get another dog – three beagles have been more than enough – but then I saw a photograph of one dog in particular. Not only was his name Dalton, but he also looked much like a mix of two of the pups we already have.

That was on Friday. Last night, Dalton officially joined the pack.

We’re discovering some interesting things about Dalton already. He craves attention even more than Morgan, the king of co-dependency. It’s difficult to feed the others with him around because he’s likely to finish off their bowls for them whether invited or not. And while all the other dogs get anxious when they hear food being poured, Dalton dances around on – often on two legs – determined to get the first bowl, which then is devoured in two to three gulps.

It’s our guess that Dalton must have been a stray at some point as he has a “don’t know when the next meal is coming” demeanor to food. Yet he has an endearing, sweet demeanor and already has started claiming couch and lap space in his short time here.

If anything, the most difficult part of the adoption was hearing the foster family’s 3-year-old ask when Dalton would be coming back to their house. Such is part and parcel of being a foster family, though she’s a bit young to understand that part.

For reasons unknown, Dalton has been returned to Arizona Beagle Rescue three times prior. I can assure you, there will not be a fourth.

Where else would we end up with, as my eldest’s boyfriend puts it, Dalton Squared?

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at