Here are just a few samples of beagles we
chose to grace our Home Page in previous months. Maybe your beagle will be our next Pin-Up Beagle!!!
We're always looking for the most precious beagle faces to brighten our Home Page! Here
are some tips! Take a seasonal photo to make your entry stand out for Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall! If your beagle
likes playing dress-up, consider entering a photo to celebrate a favourite occasion or holiday, i.e. Valentine's,
St. Patrick's Day, Easter, or HOWL-o-Ween!!! Natural shots are always welcome too! The best ones are close-ups of a happy
beagle face, or an action shot outdoors! Make sure you use High Resolution settings on your camera and most important, have
Recently, Board Member Mary Connolly, lost her
little beagle boy Sammy. We thought it only fitting to choose Sammy to be our Mr. July in memory of summers shared with this
adorable face. Our love and sympathy go out to Mary and Jan as their hearts gradually mend with each passing day...
Introducing Sammy...Our Mr. July (In
Mommies: Mary Connolly & Jan Gale
Here's what his family had to say about Sammy...
We found Sammy at the Toronto Humane Society back in 2000.
We certainly were not looking for another dog as we already had 3. However, we expressed interest in him as he
was so darn cute and in a sad little crate while recovering from an operation. Five days later, I got a call letting
me know "your beagle is ready to be picked up". Since we had forgotten about this chance encounter, we were
a little shocked, but who can resist a cute little beagle in need of a good home?!
Sammy spent 14 years with us. His
middle name was TROUBLE, but we will leave that part out for now. He loved us and we loved him. We miss him! The
house is very quiet without him. We are so happy that we still have our other 3 beagles to keep things interesting. We can't
imagine ever coming home to an empty house!
Goodbye Sammy! Miss you!
Mommy Mary, Mommy Jan, Brother Dexter and Sisters Rose & June
We're over the moon for the Month of June!
Month of May brought more than flowers for BIG ON BEAGLES!
Thanks to you, we raised $13,000
for our BEAGLE WIGGLE WALKATHON at Woofstock!
We know that behind
every wonderful supporter, there's a wonderful beagle that serves as their greatest inspiration.
In celebration of our greatest inspirations, we give you Tommy ~ our Mr. June (In
Tommy is the inspiration behind his mom,
Shereen Mcleod, who was awarded Top Walker on May 25th.
Here's to you, Tommy
Tommy (In Memorial)
Mr. June's Forever Mom: Shereen Mcleod
Shereen's story of Tommy:
In Winter 2009, we were ready to take on another four legged family member to complement our Golden Retriever,
Sandy. We saw dozens of pictures of dogs, but a distinctive one stood out from all the rest. “Thomas the beagle”,
10 years old, had a desperate story. It was his 'Last Call'. He would soon be euthanized. He
had overstayed his time at the pound and sadly, there were no potential adopters for him likely because
of his age.
The rescue group advocating on his behalf was “Take me Home Rescue" in Mississauga. We
later learned he was in a pound in Mansfield, Ohio. I quickly applied for his adoption but was
told that he had a heart condition. They suggested we consider another dog and that he really wasn’t adoptable.
I would have nothing of the sort! I had set my heart on Tommy the moment I saw his sad picture and read his heartbreaking
story. I was determined to be “Tommy’s” new mommy no matter the cost.
After close to a month
of negotiating and discussion, Tommy finally made the trip from Mansfield to Mississauga. I simply wouldn't take "No"
for an answer. I guess you could say I'm as stubborn as a beagle!
Tommy's journey home to me included a brief stay with a foster family
in Ohio. We were so anxious to meet Tommy upon his arrival on March 21st, 2009. I'll never forget that
day. He emerged from the transport crate shaken with fear. I don’t know if he felt my excitement at seeing him
for the first time or sensed that my love was forever but suddenly, it seemed his fear disappeared.
When we got him home, he inspected each room in the house. It was as though he couldn't believe he'd
found his forever home, at last.
We soon learned about beagles and their noses! Tommy broke into a number of good smelling
places (namely in the kitchen) to steal food. We gently disciplined him and of course, he learned pretty quickly
that he would never miss a meal again - we made sure of that. From that moment on, for the next 4 years, it was utter bliss
with Tommy. His beautiful beagle coat improved with a healthy diet and he put on the weight needed transforming
him into quite a handsome boy! He got so many compliments that we were thrilled to show him off to everyone.
health improved right along with his appearance, at least until the fall of 2011. That's when his health began to fail.
We met with several veterinarians to discuss options on treatment for heart and kidney disease. He followed me like a
shadow after suffering through a brief hospital stay without me. Back home, when he eventually had difficulty climbing stairs,
we carried him up and down the stairs. He just knew to stand at the top or the bottom of those stairs showing his
eagerness and we were there with open arms.
Tommy hated the cold and rain with
a passion. So, he was escorted out with an umbrella hovering over him during rainy days. Otherwise, he just
wouldn’t go out! He certainly had us trained.
health deteriorated to such a degree by April 2013 that we were forced to make the fateful decision to bid him farewell
on May 10th of that year. That's another day I will never forget. He took a part of my heart when he left, but I know it will
be whole again one day when we meet in heaven.
I learned so
much from Tommy. He loved life and he let us know that each and every day. Tommy even said his goodbyes to Sandy and
Simba before leaving on that fateful day. He was so selfless which I now know is a beagle trait admired by all who
love the breed.
There was a huge void in
our lives after losing Tommy. That's when my husband told me about BIG ON BEAGLES. I was amazed by the work this rescue was doing on behalf of homeless
howlers. It was the best tribute I could give Tommy by supporting this group and the remarkable work they do for the breed
I've come to love so much. Since it was the first anniversary of Tommy’s passing in May, I dedicated my pledges
for the Beagle Wiggle Walkathon in his memory. I know he would want me to help other beagles in need
so that they can find the love of family and home like he did with us.
BEAGLE OF THE
SERVANT: Monthly BOBefactor, Allan Ryan
Although she didn’t come through the BOB program, Trudy was one of the many beagles out there in the wide world
who needed some help, or who knows what might have become of her.
This little beauty is about 5-1/2 years old now. According to the story I was told, she'd
been purchased at two years old with the intention of turning her into a hunting dog. But that didn’t go over well
so, to earn her keep, she was bred a few times and had some litters.
Just before Christmas, her owners put an ad on
Kijiji that was noticed by a friend of mine. The ad said they were leaving on a five-month trip the next day (!!) and needed
to find a new home for Trudy immediately. I hesitate to think they would have handed her over to the first living, breathing,
semi-coherent person who showed up, but in this case it was yours truly. I met Trudy for 10 minutes at the owner's business
north of Barrie, Ont., and brought her home. (Kind of like speed dating, except you decide to get married after 10 minutes.)
To their credit, the owners did want a good home for her, though they certainly left the details to the last minute.
I think maybe they knew she should be spayed for her own health, and didn’t want to bear the expense.
She is an adorable little creature,
the same small beagle-type (about 25 lbs) as my Ella, who died in August. I've never met a beagle who loves to snuggle more
than Trudy—she is so happy sitting on my lap or curling up next to me in bed. She's well house-trained and rarely
barks, which is important since we live in an apartment in Toronto during the week. We’ve been having fantastic
walks and Trudy is getting bolder and friskier and more playful by the day. Just last week, she was throwing a stick up in
the air and then pouncing on it, tail wagging mightily. A big, positive change from the cautious, uncertain beagle who came
home with me.
some time after Ella died to even think about another beagle, but then the right one came along and, you know, I’ll
bet Ella had something to do with that.
For those beagle lovers who can, please consider setting up an on-line monthly
gift for BOB via their secure Canada Helps Giving Page (see the button on the left side of the home page labelled
HOWL of Fame . . . Meet Our Monthly BOBefactors). It’s one way Marna and the rest of the BOBateers can continue
to do their fantastic work helping beagles experiencing troubled times. The program provides funding that BOB can count on,
and that means more help for our beloved homeless howlers. Please arrange monthly giving if you can.
(Trudy's Forever Dad)
Beagle(s) of the Month (December, 2013): Grandpa Louis, Laura-Bell & Haven
Humble Servants: The Gang at BIG ON BEAGLES RESCUE!
We were busier than beagles at a Squirrel
Convention preparing for our 8th Annual BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH on Nov 24th!
We had time for little else…
until we learned that TIME was something these three dear souls didn't have.
That's when we did just what you would expect us to do.
We saved them.
They were dumped at a pound in Kentucky by their owner. All 3 of them. Why? Because they're old. That's their
We never rescued any beagles from Kentucky before
but time was running out and no other rescue had room. We reached out.
at those faces. How could we not?
They didn't come with names. Well, the male
beagle was apparently called "Bull". We're hoping he's not that attached to it because we googled "Famous Kentuckians"
and came up with beautiful new names for their new life with us!
Country Music Hall of Famer Grandpa Louis Marshall Jones, born exactly 100 years ago, was a banjo player from Niagra, Kentucky.
He was also a cast member
Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1981, Laura Bell Bundy has become a Broadway actress and singer!
and SongWriters Hall of Famer, Haven Gillespie, was born in Covington, Kentucky back in 1888.
He wrote "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"!!!
Give our 4-legged version of these famous Kentuckians a little time.
They'll be playing banjo, hitting the stage and writing Christmas
songs before you know it!
if it wasn't for YOU, it could never come true..
Grandpa Louis, Laura-Bell & Haven are Coming to Town!
I think they're gonna like it here, don't you?
I'm dedicating the Month of September
2011 to Cy (aka Porthos. After living with him for the last couple weeks, the muskateer handle wasn't fitting but "Cy"
short for Cyril or Cyclops fits him to a T). Our Mr. September is a new arrival to our rescue and a special one at that. Cy
was found a stray in Ohio. He was missing his right eye. At first, there was no way of knowing whether he'd been born that way or whether he'd suffered a traumatic injury
causing him to lose the eye. Following surgery, however, our vet is leaning towards a birth defect. Whatever the case may
be, Cy is one brave little soldier. He also seems to possess the soul of a very wise old man despite his estimated age
of 2 years old. He braved through surgery sewing closed the eye socket in order to protect him against infection.
He's now recovering in my care and capturing my heart at the same time. Since his arrival, a song has kept playing in my head.
I thought I'd share it with you, changing the words a little to suit the subject matter...
Beagles Don't Cry
not in love, so don't forget it
just a silly phase I'm going through
just because I call your name
wag your tail, don't think you got it made
I'm not in love, no-no
I like to kiss
you, but then again
mean you mean that much to me
if I kiss you, don't make a fuss
go howling about the two of us
not in love, no-no
Be quiet, big beagles don't cry
Be quiet, big beagles don't cry
Be quiet, big beagles don't cry
I keep your picture up on my screen
It keeps me smiling while I'm working there
So don't you ask me to take it down
I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
I'm not in love, no-no
Oh, you'll wait a long time for me
Ohhhh, you'll wait a long time...
I'm not in love so don't forget it
It's just a silly phase I'm going through
And just because I'm singing this song
Don't wag your tail, don't think you got it made