I mentioned this in another thread, but didn't want to totally hijack it, so I thought I'd post here. We adopted one of our beagles in January of 2006. Her story makes me sad and angry, though in the end I'm glad she got away from all of that and is with us now. She arrived at our local humane society when someone found her and her puppy on the road. The puppy was several months old, and by the sounds of it she had a litter and they (her old owners) kept one of them, meaning the puppy was never really weaned and they were super attached to each other. Her old owners came to the shelter, took the puppy, and left her there. The shelter staff said it was heartbreaking to watch them take the puppy away from her. Kizzy had to spend about a month at the shelter, even though we adopted her shortly after she arrived. They had to wait for her to come out of heat before she could be spayed, so we waited. In just a few weeks, this poor dog ran away from her home, was picked up on the road by a stranger, had her puppy taken away from her, had to live in a shelter, was spayed, and went to a strange new home with a strange new dog. That's a lot to go through! She settled into our home quickly and was sooooo happy to be loved on. She became VERY attached to us very quickly, and proceeded to have some separation anxiety issues immediately. It was like she latched on to the affection and was terrified of something else being taken away from her. She's such a sweet, fun-loving dog, and we just love her. I just wanted to post to show the difference in a dog. She wasn't abused (just maybe not loved the way that the rest of us love our dogs), but you can see in the first picture (the one that was taken at the shelter and posted on their adoption site) how lost and confused she was. At the shelter: And now (I guess you could say they're "the after" pictures): I'm not sure if the difference is as noticeable to anyone else, since we obviously know her very well, but I think there's definitely a difference in the look in her eyes. It's like she has an identity now and can be sure of herself and who she is.