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
Beagle of the Month: Blind Joey
His Loving Foster Mom: Diane
just wanted to pay tribute this month to one of our most recent rescue cases, Blind Joey, and his dedicated foster mom. Joey
was blind when we took him into our care. He'd been rescued from a First Nations Reservation where he'd been abandoned and
left to somehow survive on his own. Little did we know his eyes were causing him chronic pain due to untreatable advanced
glaucoma. And so, after consulting with an opthalmologist at VEC, we had the eyes removed. While it may be hard for our eyes
to see, Joey couldn't be happier. No longer in pain and surrounded by people who love him, he is blossoming into a very happy
little boy who likes to play with his toys and keep his foster mom literally on her toes by taking him on his daily
beloved walks on the beach! The only thing that would make him happier? Finding his permanent family!
Mr. March: Beni O'Brien (In Memoriam)
His Mom: Blanche
His Co-Rescuers: Big on Beagles and Project
Jessie, Animal Alliance (Ann & Pete Wilson)
All about Beni:
I've attached a picture of Beni......taken at the end of the summer 2015. He was never far from me at this point.......he
knew he wasn't well, and he knew I was the holder of the pills. He was always reminding me of the time. I find myself still
watching the clock for pill time. I just hope that people will realize, with a rescued dog (or cat).....sometimes we have
to conform our lives and routines to fit theirs. Eventually they start to find their place......but it takes time.
I truly believe we were meant to have Beni in our family. When
we got Beni, we had actually been looking for a "sister" for our Newfoundland dog Grace. One thing led to another
and we ended up at Ann and Pete Wilson's to see another dog. That dog was on a trial adoption and the dog in the kennel would
not come out of the dog house.........that was Beni. Pete asked if we wanted to meet him and I never imagined a beagle in
my wildest dreams. However, we brought him home and he and Grace bonded instantly........it took almost 4 months for him to
even sit with us.......and over a month to crate train him. My house is not the same without him. When we lost Grace to bone
cancer in 2010, Beni could not be consoled and we had to find a breed of dog that could handle his "quirks" and
"oddities"........so we got Lucy, a soft-coated Wheaten. She is missing him terribly. I do feel that Grace and Beni
are together now.........for 2 weeks prior to Beni's passing, we heard a dog scratching on the storm door........we even got
up to let a dog in or out but no dog was there. I just know it was Grace and she was waiting for her Beni Beagle.
We will always be grateful to Big on Beagles for getting
Beni out of the Scarborough shelter and and for passing him along to Ann & Pete because those actions taken on his behalf led
him to us that wonderful day back in 2004.
Miss March: Sadie Friedman (In Memoriam)
Her Family: Greg & Sonya
All about Sadie:
Sadie passed away on Tuesday, February 16th.
She had a six month fight with cancer. We had it treated with chemo, but then the cancer reappeared at the beginning of January
after previously being in remission. It was so unfortunate. We’ll really miss her. To her, I was “Chef Daddy”,
always spoiling her with gourmet food that she wanted, within reason. We would have late night snacks. I dropped pieces of
food in her mouth, which she loved. Sadie also had a PHD in suckorology; she knew how to make a face that would make you feel
guilty if you did not give her more food. When we learned Sadie’s cancer had
come back in early January, we were told she would have about 30 days to live. I treated each meal of hers like it had
to be her best meal ever. She normally slept on our bed at night too except for the last couple of months when she was too
weak to get up on our bed. Even though Sadie was not always into socializing with other beagles as she was more just on the
food lookout, I really will miss taking her to your Beagle Meetups.
Sonya and I adopted Sadie from a family in Mississauga
when she was almost 5 years old. So many memories to cherish since that day. I especially remember when we took her to
Muskoka and she raced me up a hill and won. Sonya always said that Sadie was “my daughter” and when I would come
home from work, Sonya would say “Sadie, your father’s home!” Even one of our neighbor’s introduced
me to her daughter as “Sadie’s Dad”. After meeting members of Big On Beagles Rescue at the Meetups and admiring
what you do for the beagle community, which is so much, I just had to pass on our sad news to you as I know you would understand
this loss. I’m sure I’ll see you all soon at an upcoming Meetup, even if I come without a beagle. I know I'm always
Hugs & Paws,
Mr. December 2015! (In
Winston arrived at our beagle repair shop (his
foster dad turned perma dad coined that phrase for us) back in December, 2011. He bid us farewell this past June. His "dad"
has been working on his tribute ever since. One cannot rush the heart. When Guy & Leanne are ready, I will be honoured
to add their tribute here. For now, I will say no more but Thank You to Guy and Leanne for coming to Winnie's rescue just
when we were running out of hope in finding this special boy a foster family in time for Christmas. For almost 4 years,
Winston knew the meaning of love. Way better score than your average Christmas present.
We think this beagle beauty is just PERFECT for
our favourite month of the year!
looks like she's gearing up for Our 10th Anniversary BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH!
BEAGLE OF THE MONTH: Amy!
HUMAN SERVANT: Tracy
This is my Amy. She's a 5 year old rescued beagle. She was
born on July 1st (Canada Day!!) Well that's the date I selected based on what our Vet guessed her age was when we got
her. We got her from the States. Sadly, she was a Puppy Mill Pup :(
At the time of rescue, she was emaciated and
covered in sores. She also had no food manners which isn't surprising considering her life in a puppy mill where dogs
often have to fight for their food or go hungry. But over time and with lots of love and training of course, she is the
fabulous, bold, brave Beagle you see here before you, climbing a tree at the local park, hunting Squirrels, and
loving her new life!
|A Special Tribute to Rosebud from her Family
Rosebud came to us just before Christmas last year. She had a
mouthful of painful teeth. Many needed pulling. But following her dental surgery, things started to blossom for Rosebud! First,
she stayed at Sheba's Haven while recovering from surgery. As it turned out, one of the Haven's volunteers knew of a family
member looking to adopt. The rest is history. Rosebud came to live with the most loving couple, Curtis and Lisa. It didn't
take long for her to settle into the family either. It was impossible for Curtis and Lisa not to adore everything about their
little flower child. Her favourite activity was her nightly visits to Grandma's for tea & treats! Rosebud was a very happy
little girl and so was the family who loved her. Sadly, none of us have a crystal ball. None of us know when our time on this
earth will end. For some reason, it was Rosebud's time back in August when both her heart and her back brought unbearable
pain into her life. Try as they might, the family's veterinary team couldn't fix her. It was time to let this flower spread
her beauty beyond the clouds. That's one garden that's more beautiful than ever imaginable, even for heaven, thanks to Rosebud.
Our love and sympathy
go out to Curtis and Lisa who brought so much joy into Rosebud's life, no matter how short the time spent. After all,
dogs have the great sense to live in the moment.
Forever loved by: Damion
Saliani, Irene Kozyrakis and Queen B
Here's what they had to say about their Rufus
in a letter to BOB Founder, Marna ~
You met our beautiful amber-eyed boy about 3 years ago at 2 meet ups.
Several years before that, in 2008, I reached out to you and you helped me cope during the loss of
our first beagle, Kayla. She did not make it to a meet up.
Rufus was not very social at the
meet ups and perimeter-surfed in Mississauga looking for an escape. He always hated confinement and certain dogs triggered
a negative response in him especially on leash.
Rufus was a TAS North rescue. He had been
there for 7 months before he came home. He was estimated at 6 or 7 years of age.
Rufus had GI issues
(likely kidney disease) which we managed with homecooking.
We clicker trained him with
ground beef and he learned to do things without food reward.
Rufus was SMART, gentle, loving.
He wore his heart on his “sleeve”
It took time (almost one year to wag his
tail and earn trust) but when it happened, the angels sang in heaven.
Rufus was a brat
and we loved him for it.
He was also respectful. Always.
our beautiful amber-eyed boy, was with us for 3 years.
Then in April of this year, after his routine physical
revealed an infection in bladder/kidneys, things started to spiral out of control.
Within 10 days,
he was in rough shape. Cancer diagnosis. Turned out to be tonsilar cancer and it had spread.
surgeries. He could never get one paw forward after those. Always 2 back.
His prognosis was
supposed to be good but Rufus could not tolerate cancer meds or antibiotics. His body could not cope or recover.
were told if not kidney disease then cancer would eventually find him.
It was the cancer
in the end. No amount of $ or praying or diet or holistics could help.
Our boy who changed our world...well, we had to let him go. To be at peace and rest eternal.
absence is profound.
If it was not
for Rufus, B would not be here. (B is our Treeing Walker Coonhound rescue from Gentle Jake’s)
had separation anxiety and when we were on our walks, he always pulled and gravitated to hounds. Always hounds. You could
feel him relax and enjoy with hounds.
We knew he needed a hound in his life. Female, stable,
slightly younger and good with dogs.
And there was B.
did wonders for him and protected him like a mama during his last 3 months. Mama B.
did wonders for B too. Especially her confidence in facing the world outside, meeting people and getting past so many of her
fears. It was all Rufus.
Rufus was and is our beloved.
love hounds and we love beagles.
We would be honoured on his behalf if you paid tribute
Thank you Marna for all you do, for the beagles who cannot speak . You are their champion.
thank you for thinking of our family.
made a donation to the homeless howlers in Rufus’ memory. Paying it forward. So that good may continue to happen,
to the hounds that Rufus loved (and us too, once bitten...)
Damion Saliani, Irene Kozyrakis and Queen B
Forever loved by: Liann & Matt
Here's what they had to say about their Chester ~
On Friday June 26th, BYOB Members Liann & Matt lost their beloved
beagle Chester to cancer.
Many of you may remember the 3-legged wonder dog from our meetups.
Here are a few beautiful words from his "mom" to tell us more about her special boy...
Chester was such beautiful boy. He was your typical beagle mix, always getting into shenanigans and causing
trouble but we wouldn't have changed it for the world. We were immediately put to the test when we adopted him. Not knowing
us just yet, he decided to run away and pick a fight with a train! Chester lived the next 5 years of his life with one less
leg but not an ounce of lost spirit. He was such an amazing dog and we miss him every day. We are currently living by the
cry because it's over, smile because it happened".
Thank you to everyone
in this group who has shown us so much support. It is wonderful to know there are great people in the world who love animals
like we do!
- Liann, Matt, and Myra (Chester's tabby sister)
Liann and Matt, our hearts are with you right now. Just like the great quote you shared with us above, we
know your tears will gradually be replaced with smiles whenever you think of Chester and all that made him so very special
and perfectly scrumptious. We'll be thinking of Chester too and how for a little while he brightened up our world with his
beautiful spirit. Heaven is brighter now thanks to Chester.
April Showers Bring May...HOWLERS!!!
Introducing Mr. May!!!
Beagle of the Month: Merlin Emrys (but
he will respond to just Merlin or variations of same - probably "dinnertime" would work too)
Devoted Human Servant: Saloni
Here's what Saloni has to say about her beagle, Merlin...
Merlin was born on June 13, 2013. (No sign of evil here!)
Merlin loves to eat EVERYTHING,
including the odd pair of shoes or decorative throw pillow!
But he's ever
so sophisticated too. He especially enjoys listening to the piano!
He is a very curious sort,
energetic, cute (obviously cute) and intelligent (obviously)!
we meet in pawson,
We're Fools for YOU, Russell!!!
BEAGLE OF THE MONTH:
BOB Grad, Russell
Devoted Human Servants:
John & Laura
A little bit about
our Beautiful April Fool...
If ever there was a rags to riches
story, Russell is it. Rescued by the folks at the Napanee SPCA back in 2010, Russ had been a victim of cruel neglect. Suffering
from sores and fur loss over his entire little beagle frame, he needed a special place to make him whole once again. We were
only too happy to embrace him! Thanks to his foster parents turned perma parents, John & Laura, Russell has never looked
back. He has a beautiful life because he's loved beyond measure. Sadly, Russ was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
We can't help feeling sad, but we must remember and learn from the dogs we love so much. They live in the NOW and right now,
Russ is happy. Here's to NOW, Russell, and all the love it has to offer you!!!
BEAGLE OF THE MONTH:
Biggest Fan, Family Member, &
Mr. March's Personal Photographer: Darryl
A little bit about our Mr. March...
enough, Bogart was a flea market find in North Carolina. Now, he's living it up as a hearty woodsman with a family that
adores him! Apparently, he likes to chase lizards when he's not taking joy rides in the family truck! We just love this photograph
and the houndly expression on his face! King of the Forest...and what a forest! Gorgeous dog! Gorgeous backdrop!
Introducing...Our New Year's Baby for
Beagle of the Month: Rosebud!
Proud Family: Big On Beagles Rescue
The Story of Rosebud...
to our waiting arms just 12 days before Christmas. At 10 to 12 years old, it sadly wasn't Rosebud's first time winding
up at the Ottawa Humane Society. She'd been lost by her owners on several occasions over the course of her life with them.
But this last time she wound up at the shelter, they never came back to claim her. Perhaps, it was just as well. Poor Rosebud
had a mouthful of rotting, painful teeth that needed removing. So she underwent a major dental surgery only days before
the HOWLidays were upon us. Bloodwork came back beautifully! Aside from those bad teeth that needed yanking, she's in excellent
health! After ridding herself of those painful chicklets, she's recovering nicely in her foster home but we all think
how much happier she will be when we find her FURever home. She's currently doing her best to fit in at Sheba's
Haven. So close to the holidays, the only space we could find her was at the Haven where she must share the love and
attention of the Haven's wonderful caregivers with over a dozen other dogs living there permanently due to chronic and terminal
illness. Little Rosebud is fortunate to be in perfect health and so deserves a family all her own. Could YOU be that
family? Don't hesitate to let us know by filling out an Adoption Application today!
*Rosebud's rescue is a clear reminder of how important our Foster Families
are to us. We have high hopes to find more dedicated foster families for 2015. Raising the funds to save beagles in need is
only one of our challenges. After all, money can't buy them love! We also need the Foster Homes or we simply cannot save
every beagle that needs a specialized organization like ours to come to their rescue! If Fostering is something
you'd like to consider, please don't hesitate to fill out a Foster Application today! Beagles like Rosebud need YOU!
Basking in the Afterglow of our 9th Annual BEAGLE BASH
FOR CASH, we give you Mr. December!
Not only is Douglas the perfect choice for the
HOWLiday Season, he was one of our guests at this year's BASH!
December's doting 'parents': Anne-Marie & Lou Pedron
A little bit about Douglas & his inspirational family...
We came across the BOB website after the
Rescue was featured on CP24's Animal HouseCalls a while back. We marked down the fundraiser date and went to it on Sunday
(Nov 23rd) with Doug! This was Doug's first time being with so many of his "own" and although I think he was
a bit overwhelmed, (he soiled the floor!), we think he had a fun time! We gratefully had his nails trimmed and bought a "spring"
coat for him along with beagle Christmas cards....it was a very enjoyable time too for my husband and me. We were also
glad to see Pencil doing so well although we hope the medical problems can be helped/resolved through his upcoming surgery
so when we got home, we decided to make a donation to BOB.
Doug is 6 1/2 years old. We got him at 2 months and we consider him to be "our third
son"! We love him dearly and live our lives around him! Doug has had his share of medical issues. At the age of 7 months,
he became very ill with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. After huge expense and a variety of pills and dietary changes to control
his health issues, Doug is doing well with only a couple of pills in the morning. He is fed 3x per day and I stay home from
an outside job to look after him because the food prescribed causes him to have 6-8 bowel movements/day and the steroids make
him drink a lot of water! If I went to work outside the home, I'd have to hire a dog sitter to do what I do each day for Doug
and my pay would be going to that person. So with my husband's support, I started my own baking business from home so I can
be home for Doug and still make a little cash on the side. Our kids are away at university so every day is with Doug and although
sometimes I wish I was out working with other people, I do love being at home with this sweet little guy who gives us so much
love and loyalty. We are committed to giving Doug the best possible life for as long as he lives. Unfortunately, the long
term steroid use will eventually cause him more issues as he ages but we'll cross that bridge when we get to that
point. For now, he is doing well and is an incredible little blessing in our lives!
This past Spring, we had another health issue with Doug when
he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck. We don't know how it happened. He just woke up one day in extreme
pain and stiffness. He likes to be silly jumping up and off beds so he might have hurt himself hat way. We spent about $2000
in xrays, pain meds etc and made the decision against having a risky $5000 surgery and $2000 MRI after the
neurosurgeon could only give us a 50% - 70% chance the surgery would work. So we took the "wait & see approach"
and fortunately over time, the meds worked and he recovered. We give him one low dose pain pill every morning to help with
any morning stiffness but otherwise he's doing well. He barks, runs and carries on like a silly puppy and we are so glad he's
back to himself! Doug seems to have 9 "cat lives"... and he's used up about seven of them!!
Doug is a creature of habit and we keep
him on such a routine that he seems to always know what happens next. He always knows when it's time to eat and when
his " daddy" is coming home from work! We don't know what life would be like without him. Doug is our furry 3rd
son and we love him more than words can say!
Anyway, thank you for all you and the other volunteers are doing by rescuing and helping other beagles
in need. I had a beagle as a child so when we decided to get a dog for our sons, I knew that special dog had to be a beagle.
Despite a lot of health issues and expense, we are glad that we have Doug because he has given us back an endless amount of
unconditional love, loyalty and laughter. We wish that all those sweet beagles that are rescued can find caring "forever"
homes....no animal should ever be unloved....
We will continue to watch for the BOB fundraiser activities and bring Doug again to see "friends".
We look forward to the next time. For now, thank you and all the other people involved with BOB and all the best to you for
the Christmas holiday and New Year! We hope Pencil and the other beagles in need will get the medical help they need to live
more comfortably and feel the love of their caregivers. They all deserve to be loved.....
Anne Marie & Lou Pedron
In Celebration of Our Biggest, Bestest Fundraising Event of the
tribute to Miss Scarlet aka Mouse
In Memory of BOB beagle, Scarlet JoHOWLson
Loving Family: John & Laura
We lost little Scarlet only a few days ago, so we wanted to pay tribute to her and to all the
BOB beagles we've lost this year. It seemed fitting to do it this way. After all, these wonderful beagles left this world
knowing they were loved. That's because we were there to save them. And we couldn't have done that without you.
picture of Scarlet truly represents the excitement that this month brings us each year. While she may not be here to
enjoy our 9th Annual BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH, we know she'll be there in spirit. Just like all the rest who have come before
her. And with your support, we'll be making more happy endings come true for yet another year.
To the BOB beagles
we've lost this year, you will forever remain in our hearts...
Vern (aka Bubba aka Chance)
A little bit about our Miss November...
BOB beagle Scarlet was rescued along with Cy-the-one-eyed-guy from the wilds of rural
Ohio about 3 years ago. Scarlet was a spunky little granny of a beagle who became a permanent fixture in the home of beloved
BOB foster parents John & Laura. You may remember John & Laura - they were the proud foster parents turned perma-parents
of the oldest beagle in BOB history - Huck was thought to be at least 20 years old when he passed away in 2010.
To know Scarlet is to love Scarlet. We want want you to know her
as her family saw her.
was an energetic beagle, running about and demanding things go the way she wanted, when she wanted...except when she was asleep!
She had a special chair where she'd sit and watch the world go by in the window. She walked and played
in the backyard and the local park every day. She got her favourite foods and had beds in every room.
We teach music to children in our home. They loved her so much too; she'd always be the first to run out and greet
them as they arrived for their lessons...the students that have been by this week are very sad.
It's funny we didn't tell you as many
stories about her like we did with Huck. I guess one of the biggest ones is how she came by the nickname
"Mouse", and answered to that more than anything. I think it was because when we first got her,
she had the stitches in her nose and I just didn't have the heart to shout "Scar" as a short form for her name.
We're going to miss our little princess.
Thank you for introducing us to her.
John & Laura
To John and Laura (and all the other foster parents and perma-parents of the other
beagles we've lost this past year), we are the ones grateful for you. They all left this world knowing the
very best of people because of you. Thank you for loving her beyond measure.
Mr. September #1 (on the left) - Vincent
Mr. September #2 (on the right) - Teddy
These two precious beagle/basset mixes are BOB Grads and
although they came to our rescue at different times, they were both adopted by the same wonderful family. Teddy came
first from a small rural shelter outside Windsor where his time was almost up. Vincent Priceless came along a few years later
in 2008, after winding up at Toronto Animal Services close to Halloween (that's how we came up with the name). They've been
brothers ever since! Sadly, Teddy has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We know his time with us is short, but
his family knows just what to do in such circumstances. After all, they adopted another BOB Grad before these two came
along --- little Geri (short for Geriatric) was in heart failure when they adopted him. They didn't care. They knew he
needed a loving home to call his own no matter how long he could enjoy it. It was much shorter than any of us wanted,
but he was loved completely and he left this world knowing it completely. We know Teddy (& Vinnie) share the same
unconditional love thanks to this incredible family! Here's to Wayne, Ellen and their two beautiful daughters - Emily
& Rebecca! We may have rescued your boys but you've done all the rest!
|Little Geri with Ellen in 2005
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...
|"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
Angelic Brother: Ritchie-the-one-eyed-Beagle
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...
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