LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Little puppy Sami has the world on his paws.

“It’s wonderful to see her so happy,” said Karen Shrader, whose family is serving as a foster family for the eight-month-old Beagle.

“It’s a partnership,” she said. “We love her and she loves us.”

The scorching summer days could be coming to an end. For Karen, her family and Sami, their days are just beginning.

“I knew the Beagles were coming and said if they had a Beagle that we could have we would love to have one,” she said.

Shrader says the Beagles were never on his radar.

“Now she can be a puppy and learn to be a dog,” Shrader said. “Which of course she knows how now!”

When 4,000 Beagles were rescued from a kennel in Virginia, Sami wasn’t the only one who gained something.

“We enjoy it as much as she does,” Shrader said. “My husband has Parkinson’s disease. And he’s not as able to move as he used to be.”

Shrader says her husband, Ken, comes out to watch Sami run. She says Sami will go to him and want to be petted.

Although Karen and Ken provided a loving foster home for Sami, placement is not always a permanent situation.

When LEX 18 asked Karen what was next in their relationship with Sami, the answer was quite simple:

“Adoption of course! We’ve said it before, we’re going to adopt her. She’s won our hearts!”