You may have noticed Ralph, our foster dog, appearing a couple of my most recent posts (like here, here, and here) and wanted to learn more about him. Maybe it was because I promised I would write about him. Or maybe it was because he just has the most awesome pointy ears ever.

Well I put it off and then it got to the point that I was waiting to announce big exciting news for him. Well, today is finally that day. That’s right little Ralphie finally found his forever home!

Ralph in the snow for the first time.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s back up to Ralph’s rescue story.

Ralph’s Rescue Story

We started fostering Ralph through an amazing rescue organization called Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. I first became aware of Homeward Trails when we attended a fun pet friendly trick or treating event in October. Since we had such a great time at the event and all the volunteers were so nice, I decided to sign up to be one myself.

Not long after I did, I received an email about an urgent need for fosters because Homeward Trails had just accepted numerous dogs from Animal Rescue Corps‘s (ARC) Operation Resolution and their adoption center was too full. Over 130 animals (dogs, cats, and a potbelly pig) were rescued through five rescues under Operation Resolution in five counties across Tennessee. Ralph came from Operation Resolution Part 4.

In this rescue, ARC helped bring in 31 dogs that were surrendered by a man, Tony, who had been living in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park for 16 years. He was finally accepting help from the community for medical care and a place to live, but refused to leave until he knew the dogs would be safe.

You can see Ralph’s rescue and the rest of Operation Resolution in this ten minute mini-documentary, but be warned that I bawled my eyes out, especially when it got to Part 4.

You can also see even more about Ralph’s story and Operation Rescue Part 4 from these sources:
A Lasting Solution at Long Last: My Experience with Tony and His 31 Dogs
Animal Rescue Coprs Rescues Dogs Living with a Man in Natchez Trace State Park
ARC Photos from Operation Resolution Part 4
Mysterious Mountain Man Surrenders Life In The Woods With His Dogs

If you are interested in adding a new dog to your home with an incredible rescue story, be sure to check out the current dogs available for adoption through Homeward Trails!

I have no idea what kind of dog Ralph is, so if you have any guesses leave them in the comments! But, I do love his giant pointy ears and his contrasting black and white coloring. I can’t get over his white, speckled paws. It looks like he just walked through a bunch of white paint!

Ralph has been getting more and more affectionate and is always happy to see my boyfriend and I when we come home. He uses his paws for everything – holding his food bowl down so he can lick it clean, prancing around to show excitement, and slapping us in the face to say “Hi I’m Ralph” for attention.

I know. I know. You’ve already grown so attached to Ralph. How could he not be featured on Beagles & Bargains anymore?

Surprise!! He’s not going anywhere!

Little Ralph stole all our hearts – especially my boyfriend’s – and has become Luna’s absolute best friend, so we’ve decided to add him to our family permanently. But, let’s be honest. He has always been a part of the family, since the day we first brought him home. Talk about a foster failure!

And now he even has his own Darth Vader dog bed!

Hi Iā€™m Ralph

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • He is such a cutie! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and Luna, too! <3

  • Jackie Lochridge

    Foster failure is the best kind of failure!

  • SGilbert

    OMD!!! That is so awesome!!!! What a perfect brother for Luna! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for all of you! So glad Ralph has a awesome family!

  • Kim Henry

    I am so glad you decided to keep Ralph! How could you not?? He’s a sweet boy, and Luna obviously likes having him around. I am a foster failure too! Ferris has with us for 6 years.

  • Jackie Preas

    Awesome addition!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    Girl – I was getting mad at you as I read this story. I was like “say what???? she didn’t keep him?” I’m sitting in StarBucks now with this big cheesy grin on my face – looking like I’m crazy because I finally got to the last paragraph. Good for you – great for Luna and what a blessing for Ralph. PS: I’m not mad at you anymore LOL

    • beaglesbargains

      Bahaha! That made my day!

  • annstaub

    OMD – congrats! I see him on social media and he’s adorable. šŸ™‚

  • Congratulations to all of you! This is wonderful news. šŸ™‚ Welcome (officially) to the pet blogging community, Ralph! It will be fun to see what adventures you and Luna will have together.
    -Purrs from your friends at

  • Mazal Tov šŸ™‚

  • Wow that video is just… tears. And yes part 4 like you warned about. It’s always so inspiring to see people coming together to help out animals in need.

    And well when it comes to Ralph as mentioned in another comment foster “failures” are the best kind of failures šŸ™‚ Congrats! And it’s so awesome to know he’s ended up in such an awesome home.

    • And I’m no good at guessing breeds, but I have to say those little speckle feet get to me too šŸ™‚

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  • Linda

    Congrats! He is so sweet!

  • Carolyn

    I was wondering when you were going to announce that you realized he was part of your family!

  • Christine Aiello

    I am so so happy to hear that Ralph is staying with you. I was hoping that would happen when you first started fostering him. I love foster failure stories! Congratulations Ralph on your new furever home! He is such a cutie pie!

  • sandy weinstein

    i think it is great that you are fostering a dog. i would love to foster, but i have 3 gals now. also if i fostered i dont think i could give the dog up. i get to attached to dogs. i would e a foster failure as well. so glad that Luna gets along with him. congrats on the new addition.

  • Mary

    What a cutie!

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  • Lisa F.

    You’re not a foster failure…you’re an adoption success! šŸ™‚ Congrats to all of you.

  • Maria C.

    This made my day. Thanks you for sharing. I always admire people who rescue animals. Blessed your heart. He is so cute!

  • My previous dog which we had for over 10 years was from a shelter. He was so scared when we got him but that soon changed. He was my best friend and I am sure I was his. šŸ™‚

    • beaglesbargains

      Awww I’m sure you were too!

  • Daniel Scott

    My wife volunteers for a rescue group and foster homes are the backbone of their rescue. It is amazing how love transforms these dogs. Thank you for fostering Ralph.

  • Amy A

    Ralph is too cute! Having two dogs is too much fun. I recently added a second dog to the family too and while it is twice the fun at times and double the amount of laughs and smiles it can also be double the trouble especially since now we have two terriers.

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  • Ellen Reardon

    so happy for ralph. he is such a cute pup! and looks like my boy Apollo šŸ™‚

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  • sandy weinstein

    i did not realize Ralph was a pup, he will be much bigger than Luna when he is full grown. i have 3 gals and i wish i could afford to have more.

  • Daniel Scott

    We love our rescue dogs and are grateful for the people who fostered our dogs, saving them from the high kill shelters.

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