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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 fun!!!  

 

In celebration of the Month of August (and Powder Rooms!), we give you BOB Graduate "Magnolia Pearl"!

Our Miss August came to us from the Windsor Humane Society back in May, 2008! She joined Ritchie's family (another BOB Grad) and has been getting into mischief ever since! Check out what Magnolia Pearl's mommy has to say about her little 4-legged (TP) Princess...

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"Yes, I know you buy me toys. Why do you ask?"

 

BEAGLE OF THE MONTH: Miss Magnolia Pearl

Maggie-P's Humble Servants: Terry & Guy

Maggie-P's More Angelic Brother: Ritchie-the-one-eyed-Beagle

 

All About Magnolia-Pearl...


Miss Magnolia Pearl ("The Maggster" to family and friends) wiggled her-then skinny beagle butt into our hearts six years ago. We were already hopelessly in love with Ritchie-The-One-Eyed-Wonder-Beagle, (another BOB success story!) and knew more beagliciousness was in order. She filled the bill and then some! Now, she is happy and healthy. Every day is a treasure! Well, except for running out of t.p. all the time...

 

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...

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Introducing Sammy...Our Mr. July (In Memorial)

 

Sammy's Devoted 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!

Love, Mommy Mary, Mommy Jan, Brother Dexter and Sisters Rose & June

 

 

 

 

We're over the moon for the Month of June!

The 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 Memorial)

Tommy is the inspiration behind his mom, Shereen Mcleod, who was awarded Top Walker on May 25th. 

Here's to you, Tommy

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Mr. June: Tommy (In Memorial)

Mr. June's Forever Mom: Shereen Mcleod

 

 

Here's 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.

Tommy’s 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.


Tommy’s 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.

 

 

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BEAGLE OF THE MONTH: Trudy!

DEVOTED SERVANT: Monthly BOBefactor, Allan Ryan

About Trudy... 

 

 

 

Here’s Trudy!

 

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.

 

It took 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.

 

Allan

(Trudy's Forever Dad) 


 

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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 crime.

 

We never rescued any beagles from Kentucky before but time was running out and no other rescue had room. We reached out.

Look 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 on HeeHaw!

 

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!

Yep, 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?

   

 

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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...

Big Beagles Don't Cry

I'm not in love, so don't forget it

It's just a silly phase I'm going through

And just because I call your name

Don't wag your tail, don't think you got it made

I'm not in love, no-no

(It's because...)

I like to kiss you, but then again

that doesn't mean you mean that much to me

So if I kiss you, don't make a fuss

Don't go howling about the two of us

I'm not in love, no-no

(It's because...)

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

(It's because...)

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

BEAGLE OF THE MONTH!
MR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 2008
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Copper aka Our King aka this year's BADDEST BEAGLE OF THE UNIVERSE!
Lovingly Served by his Accepting Parents, Margo Harvie & Richard Fine

 

This year at the 3rd Annual BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH held Sunday Nov 9th, we had to choose from 3 ever so deserving candidates for the highly esteemed award - the BADDEST BEAGLE OF THE UNIVERSE!

We thought it was going to be a difficult choice, but after reading Copper's submission, NOT SO MUCH!

Of course, we made honourable mention to his running mates...

First, there was our very own BOB Rescue Beagle and Long-Term Foster, the illustrious St. Nicholas! There’s no doubt Nicky has what it takes to score the crown one of these years. Hiding a raw chicken leg in the cushions of his Foster Parents’ couch definitely scores high. Keep on working at it, Nicky! One day, you’ll be King!

Our 2nd Honourable Mention went to running mate, the infamous Surfin’ Benny – one of our bodacious BYOB members! Benny likes to chew…EVERYTHING! From antique buffets to dryer fluff from the laundry room! Be proud Benny, you came close!

But Copper (our Mr. November), won this thing paws down.

Our New KING (also fondly known as the Destroyer of Peace by his doting parents) is a combination of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Damien.

Do you remember the movie, THE OMEN? Remember the scene where Damien is being taken to church for the first time? Yeah, that’s our King when he’s taken to the vet’s and he goes to the vet's an awful lot!

There’s simply not enough space on this Home Page to list all his attributes but here’s a few:

1.                 Animal Control’s "MOST WANTED"

2.                 Avid Roadkill Hunter, Eater & Collector (will choose over       smoked ham any day!)

3.                 Kidnapper of Unsuspecting Neighbour’s dog (just for kicks!)

4.                 Roof Climber if the Pursuit of a Squirrel requires it

Considering all the reasons why he won the title, I would like to pay homage to his owners/servants, Margo and Richard, and for all you beagle owners out there for that matter! It isn’t easy being parent to a beagle! Like I always say, we beagle owners must come with a great sense of humour to accept our life sentence! Give yourselves a HUGE round of appaws!

Congratulations Copper! Not only were you crowned this year’s BADDEST BEAGLE OF THE UNIVERSE! but you also earned the esteemed title "Mr November"! Don't let these things go to your head, okay?