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BFP Beagle Freedom Project
December 2017

Laila found her people. And her people found Laila. And boy do they love each other hard. This sweet girl with a noticeable scar on the top of her head from the glue of MRI wires has flourished so much she wanted to tell her own story about what makes her family so special.

Beagle Laila
Laila

Find Your Tribe. Love Them Hard.
- Danielle LaPorte

Laila found her tribe. And oh, how they love one another. The Webster/Zgainer family from Alexandria, Virginia owned two male beagles, Ralphie and Mason. Little did they know what a perfect match theyíd find in a female fighter named after a famous boxer. With the help of her big brothers, Laila quickly blossomed conquering her fears of walking on a leash and climbing the stairs. While still fearful of TV screens and bright lights, she has mustered up the courage to ride in the car, which is a necessity when one loves to hike as much as Laila.

In fact, this sweet girl with a noticeable scar on the top of her head from the glue of MRI wires has flourished so much she wanted to tell her own story about what makes her family so special.

Beagle Laila

BFP: How did you find your family?

Laila: My family showed up in a big back yard in Pennsylvania and opened my cage, allowing me to walk on grass for the first time. I wandered around the yard for a while before honing in on them melting their hearts with my sweet eyes. I knew I was going home with them.

BFP: How long were you in the lab?

Laila: I was in a lab for 5 years, my whole life up until my rescue. It was rough, but I feel lucky that I got to retire early. Now I hang out on Dog Beach, eat bones, walk in the woods, and sleep anytime I want.

BFP: Tell us about your adjustment after that big day in Pennsylvania

Laila: I got a gentle bath, a big bed, soft blankets, and lots of snuggles and I pretty much took to retirement right away. I am still a bit afraid of the TVÖ.itís so bright! But I get braver all the time. Sometimes my parents temp me to hang out around the TV with treats, but mostly they just turn the TV off to make sure I am happy and comfortable. I used to be afraid on walks. I would be excited, but then a loud noise or unfamiliar corner would scare me so I would just freeze. Walking with my brothers helped. They showed me that itís actually pretty exciting to sniff the neighborhood every day. Now I walk without fear and even lead the way!

BFP: Tell us about your big brothers, Ralphie and Mason?

Beagles

Laila: Ralphie is my age (we are both 5), but thinks heís a big brother so I let him protect me and clean my ears. Old man Mason is technically my brother but he is really more of a grandpa. In dog years, I think he is 80 or something. He sleeps a lot but seems happy to have me around.

BFP: We know all BFP pups have nicknames. What are some of yours?

Laila: My mom likes to call me Laila Bug, or love bug. Papa calls me sweetie pie, but he really wanted to name me after another strong female from the cartoon Futurama, so sometimes he calls me Captain Turanga Leela, but we all agree that it doesnít really roll off the tongue.

BFP: Do you have any tricks?

Laila: I can do a move called the Frankenstein. I stand up on my hind legs and can walk toward people with my arms out. I keep waiting for mom and dad to let me join a Thriller flash mobÖmy zombie arms are on point!

BFP: Ahem, how about worst habits?

Laila: Well, I took to home life overall, but sometimes I still like to potty indoors. Can you believe these people clean my pee and poop and they donít even seem to mind? Talk about being puppy whipped.

BFP: Who is your best friend?

Laila: Ralphie likes to snuggle me, but I think my mom and dad are my best friends. Actually, they are kind of obsessed with me. Mom ran out of storage on her phone because she took so many pictures of me. I was like, hello, have you heard of the iCloud?

BFP: What about pet peeves?

Laila: Oh jeez, itís when they donít feed me at 5AM. They are so lazy in the mornings. I step on their face, and poke my nose into their eyes, but sometimes they still sleep in until 6 or 7!

BFP: Last question for you Laila. Any favorite things?

Laila: I love when mom and dad build me a pillow and blanket fort so I can hang out with them without seeing the stupid TV. They make me a little nook so I can snuggle them and not be bothered by the flashing lights.

As you can see, Laila found her people. And her people found Laila. And boy do they love each other hard.


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