Roy is the best running buddy

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 5 June 2014 | 5 Comments


This is just a quick update on Roy (formerly Lucas) who we adopted last October.

Roy - Adopt Me!

We chose Roy because I grew up in Ireland with packs of harriers roaming fields around our house. We also had a 1.5 yo beagle (Murphy) and so figured we understood hounds and had the patience and loved encouraging them to use their amazing sense of smell, even if that meant a 45min walk takes 1.5hrs with all the sniffing stops.

Roy settled in straight away and made himself at home. He slept a lot the first week. Roy had received some training but we had a bit of work to do not just in terms of obedience but also encouraging him to play with toys and enjoy tug and chasing balls with us. He must not have much play time with humans in his previous life.

One thing he needed no encouragement with was playing with his new beagle brother. The two of them are inseparable since the day they met. They are very polite around each other when it comes to food and sharing toys. Whilst Roy is the bigger dog, he is younger and relies on Murphy to lead the way. Roy learns all his tricks from Murphy as well. It took a few months but Roy is really good now at using his nose to sniff out his breakfast biscuits scattered around the garden. He's figured out all the treat dispensing toys as well much to his own delight.


Roy - Adopt Me!

Roy loves loves loves going for walks and sniffing every tree, pole, parking meter he passes. We've worked very hard to train him to walk loose lead but his tracking skills kick in every time and he pulls to go after a scent he's picked up so we use a gentle leader now. He still gets to sniff just at a slightly slower pace. Harriers are natural born athletes built to cover 40km in a day and Roy has turned out to be the best running buddy I have ever had. He motivates me every day to get up and get out and run and I'm the fittest I've been in a long while and I have a tired = happy dog.


Roy loves cuddles more than anything. He will do anything for a belly or ear rub. He also thinks he's small (he's 30kg) and likes to climb right up onto our laps for more cuddles.

All in all he's been a lovely addition to our family and we adore him. Thanks for looking after him until we found him.

Kind regards

Pamela Lee

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  • Oh I loved Lucas, he was so well behaved when I took him to the Royal Show.
    I'm so glad to see he is so happy with a family who understands Harriers. He looks very happy with his brother. Thank you for sharing

    Posted by Liz, 27/06/2014 8:03pm (4 years ago)

  • They look so lovely together! =)
    So happy for Roy(Lucas)... =)
    He's so lucky to find a family that understands his needs... =)

    Posted by Johnson, 08/06/2014 8:54pm (4 years ago)

  • What a great story,he looks right at home there,it's great that he has found a wonderful family that care.

    Posted by Dot , 08/06/2014 8:47am (4 years ago)

  • So great to hear this! I took Lucas along to the Royal Show last year, he won a lot of hearts :) Thank you so much for giving this beautiful dog the amazing home he deserves. May you have many wonderful years together!

    Posted by Sarah, 07/06/2014 10:54pm (4 years ago)

  • So happy to hear that Roy has found a wonderful home with a lovely sibling and experienced guardians!

    Posted by Ali, 07/06/2014 9:56pm (4 years ago)

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