13 years ago moved into our new home; approximately 1 1/2 years later, a mixed breed beagle type showed up on our property. He had a bullet graze on his side. I fed him and gave him water. Wouldn't let us touch him but he stayed and I made him a bed outside. For the next 2 years he lived outside on the porch never letting us touch him. Finally got 3 kittens, and he saw them in the house. Slowly he started to let us touch him and finally become an inside couch potato. It's been eleven years now. He sleeps on a bed in our room and is my husband's best friend. Long journey .