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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!!!  

Introducing...Our New Year's Baby for 2015!!!



Beagle of the Month: Rosebud!

Rosebud's Proud Family: Big On Beagles Rescue


The Story of Rosebud...

Rosebud arrived 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! 


Mr. December: Douglas!

Mr. 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 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" 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
Newmarket, Ont.




In Celebration of Our Biggest, Bestest Fundraising Event of the Year...

we pay tribute to Miss Scarlet aka Mouse 


Miss November:  In Memory of BOB beagle, Scarlet JoHOWLson

Miss November's 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.

This 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...


Delray (aka BooBoo)

Vern (aka Bubba aka Chance)





Scarlet (aka Mouse) 


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.

 Scarlet 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 Priceless

Mr. September #2 (on the right) - Teddy Bear


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


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...

"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...


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


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.





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.



(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 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?




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


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?