08.19.2014It’s hard to believe, but this is the face of abuse

We adopted Murphy through a great rescue agency, Bones (Beagles of New England States).  We found out about them through some neighbors and we are thrilled that we were able to help provide Murphy with a loving home.  It is so hard to look at him and imagine that anyone would raise their hand in anger and abuse to such a sweet face.  As a result of that early mistreatment, he does have a few issues, the most problematic of all being his mistrust of other humans which means we rarely have guests because of his aggressive and protective behavior.  As he ages , we have finally convinced him that humans visiting us provide him with treats and he is more receptive….as long as the treats keep coming. 🙂 He’s been with us for over 10 years now and, with us, is the sweetest and best behaved pup we could ever hope for.Murphy-081814-600WebI mentioned in a comment on the previous post that I would post some beaver images.  My bad…I already did twice, so here is a link for anyone who wants to see them.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 08.19.2014It’s hard to believe, but this is the face of abuse

  1. Andrew says:

    He’s a fine looking dog and a very lucky one. Kindness is repaid with kindness – and treats.


  2. I admire people with big heart who help rescued animals and give them a good home. Good hearts with animals, are good hearts with people. Lovely portrait.


  3. Lottie Nevin says:

    Murphy has really landed on his paws with you guys. How wonderful. Colin has issues too but we are lucky in the sense that he LOVES people and relishes company. His main problem is being left for any length of time but slowly, slowly he’s getting more relaxed about it.


    • Murphy is most unusual in his attitude towards other people. Most beagles are friendly like Colin. We were lucky that he was not at all destructive…..aside from the three remotes that I was not smart enough to keep out of his reach. The other thing was magazines. We piled old ones under an end table…..called it his library….and he would pick one out and tear it to pieces.


  4. Enjoyed B.O.N.E.S. … our local shelter is PAWS (Promotion of Animal Welfare and Safety) … what is it with the places and their acronyms? Murphy looks likes like a nice guy. His eyes express his affection for and appreciation of you. We tend toward working dogs here on the farm and have Anatolian Shepherds to watch over the livestock. We have an ‘indoor’ dog as well, a Keeshond (Mr. Darcy) who is quite the companion. Also, thanks for the nice shots of Castor … either they are fairly trusting animals or you are one quiet and patient wildlife photographer! D


    • Most are not trusting, David. As they swim in your presence they will often slap the water with their tail as a “warning” to clear out. I’ve heard that some can be aggressive but have not witnessed it. Usually it is just a “get out of town” message. I try to be quiet and patient, but as one of my friends could tell you, I often do something that spooks them. That’s why you see more flowers and landscapes here than deer and birds.


  5. shoreacres says:

    He’s a fine looking dog, with beautifully expressive eyes. My cat had some early experiences that shaped her behavior, too. I got her when she was about four months, but the influence of her earliest days still lingers. It takes a good bit of patience to get beyond such things. It sounds as though you’ve done a great job.


  6. Wonderful pup and wonderful story. Good for you and your family, and of course Murphy.


  7. Just Rod says:

    Murphy looks and sounds like a gear dog. It us wonderful how many more people are taking rescue dogs these days. On the other hand it us very troubling that there are so many dogs and cats that need rescuing.

    Murphy’s photo was better than a beaver, they just care about their work anyway.


    • Those beavers are industrious little tykes, aren’t they? 🙂

      Unfortunately, domestic animal abuse and abandonment are symptomatic of some of society’s failings as a whole, Rod. Thank goodness there are people who care enough to pick up the slack.


  8. A truly beautiful portrait of Murphy. I really like this one but of course I’m partial. His eyes tell volumes and I know that you and Mary Beth have been repaid ten fold through his love for you and the wonderful home that he has been given. He looks like such a gentle soul. The aggressive behavior is merely a defense tactic as he has hard wired abuse memories from his early days.

    I’m so glad that you finally posted a pic of him.


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