Do I seem a bit shy and a little sad to you?

Well, that’s because I am pensive. Thinking.

I come from Blue Tick and Beagle stock.

Therefore, I am sturdy and not so talkative or yappy. I have the long legs of a hunter and often dream of chasing a deer.

Stop by and we can get nose-to-nose and exchange our views on the weather and the national situation. We can talk about the best sort of food for a dog, and what sort of function a fellow like me would have around your house.

I am four or five years old and will not be fussy about your age.

At roughly twenty-five pounds I will take up only a little space in your home, but will occupy a large part of your heart.

by Benny, as told to Jed Duvall