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A Special Tribute to 5 Beagles Who Bid Us Farewell this year...
The losses started in the Spring when things got very hectic for us. I was in the midst of moving and we had two fundraising events to prepare for back to back. But these losses were not lost on us. They have touched us deeply and we wanted this opportunity to recognize these special beagles and their impact on our lives and in our hearts. They will never be forgotten.  


The summer of 2009. That's when Erica and I met Petey at Kennel Inn animal shelter. He was labeled a "fear biter". Life could have ended for Petey right then and there but the staff were as special as the beagle. They saw something in him worth fighting for. We saw it too. But if it were not for Andre of When Hounds Fly, Petey may never have had the chance to shine as brightly as he did over the last 8 glorious years. Back then, Andre was only dreaming of running his own dog training business. He was in training himself and he needed a dog to train right along with him. But Petey did more than learn the basics from his ever so patient foster-dad-turned-perma-parent. He won ribbons! He was a shining star. And he always will be.


Heartfelt thanks to Andre & Hyedie for all the love you gave to our Petey


Yes, we know. He doesn't look exactly like a beagle. But he was close enough. Our not-quite-beagle was found on the side of the highway after being hit by a car up near Bancroft in January 2007. HART (Highland Animal Relief Team) came to his rescue first after cottagers heading home discovered him. They rushed him to their vet to tend to a broken hind leg along with severe dehydration. Aptly named Highway found his way to a foster home with HART for his post-op recovery. But when his foster dad became ill, Highway made his way to us and eventually to his forever home with Clive & Natasha who named him Lapkin.


Life didn't end on the side of that road over 10 year ago, thanks to his family.

Instead, it was that same highway that led him HOME to us and to a life filled with adventure and love.


Emma may not have been a BOB beagle, but she made all the difference to a BOB beagle and for that we will always be grateful. It was November 2015 when we took little Ezra into our rescue from the North York branch of Toronto Animal Services. He needed an eye removed due to severe glaucoma. Dr. Peter Copeland of TAS kindly offered to do the surgery at no cost to our rescue. All we had to do was welcome the little one-eyed-beagle into our rescue family. That was made easy when new foster parents, Mark & Kelly, came along. They had a feeling their sweet beagle girl Emma would welcome him too. And she did. In fact, Emma soon became Ezra's favourite pillow.


Here was this well loved Only Child enjoying her life center-stage when suddenly appeared a "Stage 4 Clinger" in the form of Ezra. Life would never be the same for Emma. But here's the thing about Emma. She opened her heart and her personal space to the little beagle with the one eye. And in the end, it was as though they'd been together forever.


She may be gone from sight now, but I just have to believe she's still watching over him.


On behalf of our Ezra, thank you Emma for all the love you gave him. I know you are missed by your family but because of you and all that was wonderful about you, your parents continue to open their hearts to beagles in need. They are now helping Maybelline find her place in this world. And Ezra is taking your place in happily guiding her along the way.


Abby wasn't a BOB beagle either, but she was the baby of our dear friend and board member - Deanna. In the rescue biz, we have to endure the heartache of dogs abandoned by their owners on a regular basis. It never gets easy. If only every dog could experience the love that Abby experienced with Deanna and Andrew. But her people would refuse to take any credit for that. Abby was always their inspiration. Despite all her health issues, she was this powerful force of beagle positivity!

She was pretty darn cute too.


Abby, you inspired us all to see the beauty in everything.


To my Matthew, my precious beautiful boy. There are no words. I'm still not quite ready for that.

But you know you have my heart forever.

And you know that I owe you so much for all those years of Matthew-style joy & madness that you brought to our lives.


In your honour, I named our latest rescue case "Boone" - the name you were given when taken in by Anne & Pete of Project Jessie before we took you home as our 'foster' beagle and never let you go.


You had that big "M" on your forehead. I had to name you Matthew.


There will never be another Matthew…


What a year this has been so far! 2017 will go down in history as The Year of Medical Emergencies for this little beagle repair shop! Its times like this that make us especially grateful for YOU! Your support makes it possible for us to keep reaching out to beagles requiring expensive, live-saving surgeries. The more money we raise, the more beagles we can save. It's that simple and that's why it's never too late to lend your support. We're asked to come to the rescue of abandoned beagles on a daily basis. Please help us continue to reach out to beagles in need throughout this New Year. You can make a gift to our beagles for yourself or in honour of a loved one. We'll send them a card on your behalf so they know the impact you've made in their name. You'll be making twice the difference for that special someone AND for a rescued beagle!


Wanna make a difference ALL year long? Join our family of Monthly BOBefactors by setting up a Monthly Gift for our Homeless Howlers!

Your monthly gift of $10 or more really can make a difference for our beagles in hearbeat at a time!


On behalf of our beagle babies, THANK YOU and best wishes for good health and happiness throughout 2017!


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