|In Loving Memory of Hattie
Hattie . . . my wise old beagle and my inspiration for joining your Monthly Giving
Last August, I adopted Hattie and Mavis through another source. They
were from Kentucky. Mavis was about seven years old then, and Hattie was about twelve. Hattie had several serious health issues:
mammary tumours, a heart murmur, and a kidney issue. She’d likely come from a puppy mill, and hadn’t lived in
a house before: she had to learn to climb stairs. She’d had a tough life; if I made a quick movement, she’d flinch.
It took a while for her to trust me, but once she felt comfortable showing her true self, she was trusting and sweet
and gentle. And funny! Hattie and Mavis would be on a scent and Hattie would bray - scream - a huge noise from a dainty little
Hattie’s proteinuria was always serious, but we managed with medication.
Then one morning in January 2021, she was a little off, then queasy, then rapidly progressed to hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.
I’m sad that her time as a pet was so short, and I’m grateful that she spent her last months with me.
I’ve been following BOB for a while
on FB. When I saw Harriet, my heart hurt. Poor wee soul. Helping Harriet and BOB in my small way feels like the right thing
Mavis is still
with me, of course, my silly little pal. She’s a clown in a dog-suit. She makes me laugh every day.
Thank you for all the work you do, with all its joy and heartbreak.
Growing up, I was extremely shy. I gravitated towards
animals as easy friends who give and receive love without judgment. My love affair with beagles began with Snoopy and progressed
at 17 when my Dad got a beagle puppy named Ralph shortly after my parents split up. Ralph gave us something to play with
and talk about during awkward visits. When I finally got my own house with a fenced-in yard, I knew I was ready
for a dog and a beagle was what I wanted. We searched local rescues and finally found Bailey, and she has been an amazing
addition to our lives for the past 6 years. When I discovered Big on Beagles,
I wanted to help however I could. Beagles are such special dogs and I admit I have that feeling of wanting to save every single
one. I had donated money on a few occasions but then realized that donating monthly helps both me and Big
on Beagles; BOB can budget more easily and so can I! I love knowing that my contribution is being counted
on to help current and future beagle rescues. I feel like I get to know every beagle that comes through with the photos and
pupdates we receive; getting to meet some of them at meet-ups is nice too! I have always tried to give a certain amount to
charity every year anyway, and I truly believe it couldn't go to a better organization.
|The Mills Family - Robbyn with Zinger & Dorian with Zoey!
I (Dorian) have always loved animals, but never really considered having one of my own. That
is until Robbyn and I met, and she came packaged with our wonderful boy, Zinger. We got off to a cool start, as I had
a history with allergies, but he soon melted my heart and became my boy too. This love has led us to take in a foster
beagle (Elsie), who unfortunately passed after only 6 weeks, which broke our hearts...but planted a seed that will be with
us forever. Soon after Elsie, we rescued our bagel (bassett/beagle) Zoey from a nearby pound and have had to fight with
ourselves to not save every beagle we see since. Zinger is 12 and blind, and currently enjoying his "retirement";
Zoey is our 5 year old boundless bundle of unbridled puppy love. They have brought so much to our lives that I can't
imagine life without them.
When we discovered Big on Beagles while
looking for adoptions and rescues, we realized we could help out in another way; by giving a courageous person like Marna,
with a heart big enough for every homeless howler, a helping hand. When we get a message every month that a donation
has been made on our credit card to BOB, we feel fantastic and thankful to have the opportunity to help such an amazing and
generous organization. It breaks our hearts to read the cards life has dealt some of BOB's beagles, as we can't imagine
abandoning or surrendering our beautiful pups. But it is good to know that BOB and Marna are out there - to find the
forever homes, foster homes, or last few days or weeks of comfort and love these beautiful and caring doggies deserve.
Tailwags & love,
Dorian, Robbyn, Zinger & Zoey Bean
Growing up on a farm in Southern Ontario, I was surrounded by beagles - the best breed of dog anyone
could wish for. It wasn't long into my married life that we adopted our first dog - a Beagle-cross called Bronte. She was
a loving motherly type and perfect in every way. When Bronte passed on, it was very difficult and we were not sure if we should
get another dog. As if by fate, a little boy came into our lives and we knew we had to adopt him. Ranger was playful, energetic,
and handsome; he had the biggest ears we had ever seen on a beagle eventually “growing into” them. He was gentle,
protective and quite a ladies man. You couldn’t resist Ranger. He loved everyone and everything, signaling his friendly
nature by the ever present wagging of his flash white tail. Sadly, we recently lost Ranger to cancer but we wanted to make
a difference in the lives of other beagles. We are delighted to be BOBefactors and know that Ranger and Bronte would be proud
that we donate to B.O.B. and the great work that this small but mighty organization does.
Ranger and Bronte will be forever in our hearts.
Phil and Roseanne Armstrong
|Allan's beloved beagle, Ella (In Memorial)
Ella turned 13 on Aug. 1, 2013, and on the same day we also
celebrated our 4th anniversary.
She was originally rescued in 2002 from the Quinte Humane Society by a kind beagle lover. Ella was anxious
and shy and frightened of much in the world, including people carrying brooms, loud noises and planes flying overhead.
In the summer of 2009, her rescuer could no longer look after her and Ella needed a new place to hang her leash. I heard
about Ella’s situation, but my beautiful beagle Roxanne had just died and I wasn’t sure I wanted to adopt a new
beagle so soon. But I went to meet Ella and guess what? Four years later, we have developed into a great team and I am thankful
every day for the fun and joy and silliness little Ella brings to my life.
I’m also in awe of the fantastic work that Marna and all BOBateers do to
help beagles experiencing troubled times. Ella and I are happy to make a monthly contribution to support other beagles.
(Sadly, Allan lost
Ella since sending us her beautiful story. This will now be our tribute to this special little girl.)
|Candice's beagle boy, Barney (In Memorial)
Barney and I were awfully lucky to find each other eight years ago, and we hope that others will find
the same happiness.
February, 2014: Our Hearts go out to Candice after losing sweet Barney earlier this month.
|Snoopy & Woodstock are filling in for monthly BOBefactors, Mary & Fred
Our family (including the many sweet beagles who have shared our lives over the years)
have always been awed by the important work that Marna and Big on Beagles does to help those beagles who are in need of support.
As lifelong dog lovers, we know how much it takes - financially and emotionally - to care for a dog - never mind one that
has had some trauma in its life.
The decision to support Big on Beagles on a monthly basis through our creditcard
was an easy one. We set the amount (which we can always change or cancel), we get a tax receipt and a thank you note every
time the monthly payment is processed. Easy, quick and automatic! But most importantly, we feel good knowing that in our small
way we are providing Marna and Big on Beagles with a steady source of money (albeit a small amount) every month that she can
count on. This is the least we can do when we cannot always respond to her need for adoption or fostering!
For the love
of all the beagles who enrich our lives, please consider monthly automatic donations to Marna and Big on Beagles! We are very
glad we did.
Fred, Mary and Emma (our 9 year old beagle)
Sadly, Fred passed away in 2017. We
will never forget you, Fred.
|Lorna's beagle Lilly (on right) & Friend at WOOFSTOCK!
Lilly wants to help cover veterinary costs for other rescues like her!
Our dear friend, Lorna, lost her husband Bill in 2018. He will always be in our hearts. We won't ever forget
the weekend Lorna & Bill hosted a yard sale for our little beagle rescue. It ended with pizza and beer on their front
porch, and Bill making us laugh all the while.
|Kathleen's girls - Bella & Millie
On February 14, 1998, I went looking for a dog. The first place I hit was the Toronto Humane Society.
I had no idea how important that particular Valentine's Day would be. I walked around and found dozens of
great dogs looking for their furever homes. And then, I came across a little black dog in a cage that was recently
surrendered. Only 10 months old. She was half spaniel and half beagle. And she was all black. She
was my Zara Puppy, my black beagle. As far as Zara was concerned, she was ALL beagle - stubborn, food obsessed,
escape artist, couch eater, and, of course, full of love for everyone. No one was safe from Zara's wiggles and
licks. It never occurred to her that someone might not love her back. From that moment, I was in love. Zara
lived to be 15 1/2 years old. She was slow and lumpy in the end but still the cutest black beagle you've ever seen.
Zara turned me into the beagle lover I am today. Sadly, Zara became sick with Cushing's Disease and struggled
at times with her arthritis when it was time for the walks that she previously always loved. I lost her last September
and I still miss her every day since. I now have two beautiful beagle babies named Bella and Millie who never cease
to amaze me every day with nothing but love, just as Zara did. If I could surround myself with hundreds of beagles,
I would. There is just something about those eyes that bear into your heart and never let go. My monthly donation
is for those poor senior dogs, as Zara was, who may not move so good, or hear so good but whose love never diminishes.
They deserve to be loved and cared for properly. Thanks, Big on Beagles for everything you do!!
Kathleen, Bella & Millie
|Sam & Her Boys, Charlie & Dunkin (In Memorial)
My goal was simple, to donate monthly to BOB in memory
of my boys, Charlie and Dunkin. I think I was a natural born animal rescuer since I was a child. I always brought home
strays and tried to mend their broken wings. In my twenties, I volunteered for different cat & dog charities. My
first foster dog was a 6-year-old beagle/lab. I laugh now, as she had no personality traits of a beagle. I decided
she was so good I would rescue another beagle on my own. That was Charlie. He was sweet and timid but was a typical stray
hunting beagle with no petiquette. I spent many nights in tears not knowing how to manage this poor lost soul. Housetraining
was difficult but his separation anxiety was the most challenging, especially while balancing a new marriage and career.
Many times, I considered adopting him out but his sweet trusting eyes wouldn't allow me to give up. I changed my
life for Charlie, stayed home more often and kept a consistent schedule to keep his stress level down. Charlie was a
doll, he wouldn't hurt a fly. A real old and caring soul. I imagined him being with me forever. He never
pushed to be Number One with all the other dogs that came and went, but I would catch him staring at me from afar hoping I
wouldn't forget him. I would often whisper to him that he was indeed my Number One and that one day, it would be
just us. But then came Dunkin. He came through a rescue but during his stay with me, he injured his back. We
later discovered he had a significant heart murmur and I spent a small fortune between the two ailments. Dunkin was quite
opposite of Charlie. He had no problems pushing to be Number One and was much more independent. Both beagles helped
me through some difficult times, including a divorce and multiple moves. With Dunkin's health issues, I always thought
he would go first. It was a terrible shock when Charlie was diagnosed with cancer and I had only one last day
to come to terms with losing my best friend that I promised would be Number One when all the others were gone. That
was in 2010. I still miss him dearly. Dunkin was a trooper but after losing his buddy Charlie, he took over as the
needy and anxious boy wanting to be by my side every minute of the day and never happy when I left. I still miss him sitting
under my chair while I work from home. He lived much longer than the vets had anticipated, but it's never long enough. I
lost him this year and now have no beagles to keep me company.
I miss my boys every day. Their memorials
now sit perched on the dresser on my side of the bed. For the first time in many years, I simply cannot bring
myself to take another homeless dog into my life. I am just not ready. So, I give my gift to BOB to support those
foster parents taking in beagles like my Charlie and Dunkin while they fall helplessly in love with that
charming beagle personality.
|Tanya's boy, DJ (In Memorial)
|Tanya's "Ace of Hearts" - In Memorial
I had DJ (my Regal Beagle) for over 13 years. I loved
him from his puppy years through his golden years, but loved him best as a senior dog. He was a scaredy-cat dog, but when
I was going through a personal crisis, I watched him overcome his fears and become brave for me (well, except for thunder,
lightning, and fireworks - he never liked those). Once he left me to go to the Rainbow Bridge, my cat Mikey (who adored DJ)
and I were both heartbroken. I didn't think I could ever have another dog. Eventually though I missed the clicking of beagle
toenails on the floor, the snuffling of the infamous beagle nose, and the sheer beagle mischievousness and chutzpah. I knew
that one of the best ways I could honour my Regal Beagle was to help another beagle. I adopted Ace (aka Ace Of Hearts), an
8-year-old beagle in need of a good teeth cleaning and a bit of training, from my local shelter. Mikey and I are both glad
I did; Ace is such a great fit with our family, even though he insists on stealing my spot on the couch and the bed.
I stumbled across the Big On Beagles site accidentally, and was taken with the fact that it's a local beagle rescue
group with a Meetup group for beagle owners to interact with each other and to raise awareness for the rescue group. While
I would love to be able to adopt all of the beagles that need help, I know that's well beyond my means. However, if I just
give up some of my Timmie's coffees each month, or rent a movie instead of going to the cinema, I can help BOB help other
beagles. And just imagine what BOB could do if enough of us help. Barrooooo!
Sadly, Tanya lost her "Ace of Hearts" in April, 2017 due to cancer. Ace will always remain
in our hearts as a BOB Bad Boy after winning 3rd place in the BADDEST BEAGLE in the UNIVERSE Contest for his obsession
with mommy's panties...You'll never be forgotten, Ace.
|Bruce and BOB Grad, Emily (now Tess)
I was sitting in my backyard with Tess beside
me today, Thanksgiving (2013), and it occurred to me that a year ago when I began to foster Tess, she would not have been
emotionally able to do this as she was too scared to want to be anywhere but hidden. I felt both wonderful and sad to be with
her now. How humbling to watch Tess, with kindness and time, begin to overcome her physical and emotional injuries. To see
Tess rediscover that faith in life and humans, that puppies seem to be born with. But it was not just kindness and time and
Tess's own inner strength that achieved this. Without Big on Beagles,
Tess would not have been rescued. Her medical needs would not have been tended to while being cared for until her foster
home was found with me. If not for all this, Tess and I would never have met and she would never have ultimately adopted me.
The care and time that Big On Beagles volunteers provide cannot be
measured in dollars. But the costs of veterinary care, food, etc. ARE measured in dollars. Without continuing support for
Big on Beagles, Tess would not be with me now. Abuse of these wonderful dogs
sadly occurs year round. To save beagles like my Tess, money is needed year round. This is why I decided to not just donate
money once or twice a year, but do so on a regular monthly basis.
(Tess passed away in May 2019. She will never be forgotten. In her loving memory, she's paved the way for
Bruce's new BOB Foster Beagle, Greta.)
|Bailey & Maddie strike a pose for the camera
Above is a picture of my beautiful babes ~ Bailey (left)
and Maddie (right)!
Since my husband and I relocated to Toronto, I discovered Big on Beagles on the internet while searching
for a potential doggie meetup group for our girls and to meet others in the GTA that share our love for beagles.
I began receiving the e-newsletters from BOB then and it was so hard to read about all of the beautiful beagles in need, young
and old. We don't have the ability to open our home to more adorable beagles (though, if you asked my husband, I've sure tried
anyway), and can't even foster because we're in a condo near downtown.
I envy everything that BOB does for beagles
in need. After seeing a number of the stories, I wanted to at least try to play a tiny part in the good that this
Rescue is doing in the lives of these deserving dogs. My monthly donation is nothing compared to the good BOB does, and
it doesn't compare to what the wonderful foster parents and adopters provide for those beautiful pups either, but I hope it
can continue to help nonetheless.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many beagles!
Molly and Shawn McCort
|Oscar (In Memorial) and his buddy, Alex
Beagles are the perfect combination of cuddles,
silliness, intensity, and trouble. We are proud to be monthly BOBefactors in memory of our first beagle, Oscar, who we lost
in an accident at 3 yrs old. We miss him very much.
After Oscar, a beagle named Ringo found his way to
us when he needed a new home. He has taken on the job of keeping our dog Alex company, giving everyone affection, cleaning
up any "spare" food that may be sitting around, and keeping us on our toes - all tasks that Ringo takes very seriously.
There's never a dull moment with a beagle around, and our home wouldn't be the same without one.
Thank you for the work you do,
Leanne & Leith
|Caroline with her beagle, Charlie
|Charlie at his second home in St. John's, NFLD
I've been trying to answer 'why did I decide to donate monthly?'. For many reasons - partly because
I think BIG ON BEAGLES does very good work; partly because I volunteer
while I am in St. John's at the local SPCA and see how many beagles come through here and how poorly treated they have been
(there is a very good beagle rescue here, as well); partly because my own dog is a rescue, although he came from Speaking
of Dogs and partly because ideally I do think that small amounts, taken together, allow for greater stability and
therefore better work. And less time spent soliciting funds.
Thanks for all you do.
|Loretta with her Monty (In Memorial)
Why do we support Big on Beagles? One word: Monty. Monty was our
first love – the love of our lives. We didn’t adopt him through Big on Beagles, but it was the day he died –
December 12th, 2011 – that I read an article by Marna in one of the local newspapers. I knew I had to do
something, so on that day I made a donation in memory of the beagle of my life – Monty.
Truth is I’ve loved beagles ever since I was a little girl. I don’t know – there’s
just something about beagles that warms my heart. When I moved on my own and got married, we decided to adopt a dog and my
heart led me once again to beagles. We stumbled across Monty on a website (then named Charlie) and the rest is history.
I’m writing about Monty because today is the 2 year anniversary of his death and
I want my monthly support to be in honour of this very special beagle. I also strongly feel that Big on Beagles does amazing
work by helping homeless dogs who would otherwise be forgotten: the elderly and the sick. Big on Beagles reminds us that there
is hope for all of us. Monty was the embodiment of hope: he woke up every day with excitement for what the day would bring.
It is my goal to try to live with some of that hope.
Monty was also the
embodiment of pure love. He was the purest love I’ve ever known or am likely to know. He loved with his entire being.
We called him “a heart wrapped in fur”. After he passed away, we wanted to give back some of his love to others
and so that is why we became supporters of this wonderful organization. Like Monty, Big on Beagles loves unconditionally.
|BOB Grad, Ritchie Berngards
My name is Ritchie but my family and buddies call me Ritchie-The-One-Eyed-Wonder-Beagle! My Mom and Dad had a beagle named
Freddy before I came along and they knew they wanted more beagliciousness in their home. That's when they heard
about BIG ON BEAGLES and met Marna. I had some pretty crumby experiences in
my past, and Marna just knew they could give me so much love that I would never think about those days again. She was
right! I even have a new sister, Miss Magnolia Pearl, also a BOB Grad! Please remember, there are so many beagles
in need out there and emergency expenses are practically an everyday occurrence for BIG
ON BEAGLES. Setting up monthly support for Marna and the beagle brigade is super easy and you
know the best part? You'll be helping create happily-ever-after-magic for beagles just like me! Thank you!
(He had a little help writing this lovely
note from his Mom & Dad, Terry & Guy)
Ritchie passed away in 2015 and his family have moved on now
but we keep him here on our HOWL of Fame to honour him always - as we have for Magnolia Pearl too.
|BOB Grad, Magnolia-Pearl Berngards aka Ritchie's sister
My name is Miss Magnolia Pearl - Ritchie's sister! I just came back from the beauty parlour as I wanted to look pretty for
the Howl Of Fame! Marna is the absolute best! I was just a stray lady of the streets with a sad tale to tell when BIG
ON BEAGLES rescued me! Before you knew it, doctors were checking me out and making
me feel brand new again! When I was ready, Marna found me a wonderful home with another BOB Grad named Ritchie!
Everything is coming up roses now...or should I say, magnolias! I get tasty meals every day, I'm in much better
health, and best of all - I've got myself an endless supply of tummy rubs! Life is good at last. Please consider making life
good for other beagles by becoming a monthly contributor. There are lots more rags to riches stories waiting to happen out
there! But helping once neglected beagles like Ritchie and me means big veterinary bills for BIG ON BEAGLES. With your help, they can cover the costs to make lots more success
stories like mine come true!
Whisker Tickles & Tailwags,
Magnolia Pearl Berngards (with a little help from Mom & Dad, Terry & Guy)
|Beagle Rosie and her little sister/throw pillow, Lola
childhood dog was a beagle named Sparky (the name seemed original at the time) that I absolutely adored. So when my wife and
I went to Animal Services and we saw Rosie, it was love at first sight and I knew we had to adopt her. We've had her
for 2 years now and it's absolutely the best decision we've ever made (well that, and the whole "getting married"
She was a stray found in Sarnia and brought up to Toronto. I have no idea why someone would let such
a sweet, gentle dog go (even if she ran away, no one came to claim her), but I'm so happy she's with us now. She's unusually
quiet for a beagle, never howls, only the occasional whimper. It's when the scent of a squirrel arises that we see her true
beagle side come to light. And she LOVES affection. We also have a little chihuahua-papillon mix, Lola, and if Rosie isn't
curled up next to us, it's because the two of them are snuggling together.
I love all dogs, but beagles will always
have a special place in my heart and I think it's fantastic that organizations like Big On Beagles
exist to help older beagles in need. If I ever win the lottery, I'm building you guys a beagle sanctuary/palace!
Thanks for all
the work you do, Dwayne and Antonella
|Charles and Daisy (In Memorial)
I decided to become a monthly BOBefactor as a way to honour my sweet Daisy who passed away much too soon in September
2013. Daisy was a special part of my life for 8 years since the day I found her back in 2005 near Flesherton in Grey County.
She had most likely been abandoned up there or had been living on her own for some time and wasn't in great shape. It took
a few months for her to recover and then to get used to city life, but soon she seemed right at home and loved going for runs
on the beach or nature hikes in the woods and parks around Toronto. I miss Daisy and our daily walks and cuddles. She was
a wonderful companion and such a gentle soul. She was amazingly quiet for a hound and never howled or barked. She was very
shy around other dogs and preferred the company of people! She had a phenomenal way of staring and looking at
people with those beagle eyes! People were always saying how she seemed such a wise old soul. So true! I never did know her
exact age but I'm guessing that she was at least 10. I so wish she could still be here with me but I'm so grateful for having
had the chance to take care of her, give her a home and a new outlook on life.
had never planned on adopting a dog, but as many dog owners know well, it seems that she chose me! I had some experience with
beagles as my parents had two of them, Amanda and Henry. Typical beagles both, howling and getting into all kinds of food
and trouble all the time, digging under fences and running away. But both sweet and loving dogs who adored being with my family
and were happiest cuddling on the couch.
I admire Marna so much for all of the wonderful
work she has done over the years for our beagle friends and especially the senior dogs, the abandoned ones and those with
health issues. I am happy to support BOB and am so grateful that there are so many caring people out there who feel the same
way and have supported, fostered and adopted so many beagles in need. I hope to bring a beagle into my life again one day,
and until then will be proud to support the BOB gang and happy that all of us together are making a difference in the lives
of these adorable creatures!
|Lapkin enjoying a glorious tongue-out snooze!
Hi there! My name is Lapkin. Looking at me, you might not
guess that I am a beagle (or that I am about 12 yrs old), but I have documents to prove it! My servants wanted to find out
about my royal lineage so they sent in one of those Q-tip cheek swabs for genetic analysis. WELL...it turns out
that I was declared to be a PURE BREAD beagle! This made me feel much better as I never did like that beagle cross label.
It just proves that looks can be deceiving! *It turns out that if you have 70% or more of one breed, you are considered pure
bred as far as the testing company is concerned)!
I came into my servants' lives through BOB and I know that they are
very grateful to Marna for granting them this honor. When I was first rescued, I was given the name Highway
after being rescued off the side of a busy highway up north, but it was soon decided that this was not appropriate for a dog
of my status and I was joyfully re-named! Since then, I've shared my home with a distinguished beagle named Bublic who
had the honor of winning the first ever BADDEST BEAGLE IN THE UNIVERSE award at the BEAGLE BASH FOR
CASH! I've also shared my home with Walter (the sweetest farting beagle ever known). Both of these noble companions
are now sadly gone. I only have Marquis, my servants' 23 year old cat, to contend with now.
My servants decided to give
monthly donations to BOB because it is just the right thing to do. We beagles have special needs and the people at BOB understand
that. My servants were at first concerned that the monthly donation was too small to make a difference but my friend
Marna set them straight. Every little bit helps and it is very important to have a steady source of funding. So as a pure BREAD
beagle of distinction, I appeal to you all.... please help! Every little bit counts and every beagle counts!
Sincerely yours (all beagles are sincere, don't you know)
In the Spring of 2017, Lapkin's
beautiful family lost their precious boy but he will always hold a special place in all our hearts.
|Macy (aka Our Miss January 2014)
was not a rescue although I have always wanted to rescue a dog. When BIG ON BEAGLES
rescued Duke in March 2014, his sad story really touched me and so I joined the BOB Family of Monthly Supporters.
Beagles are so sweet, friendly and mischievous. They all deserve to be happy like my Macy who graced the BOB Home Page
as Miss January 2014! Macy loves other beagles, all dogs as a matter of fact, and
of course she loves People! Let's just say, she loves EVERYTHING! :)
Her Doting Servant,
girls Cheshire & Dover are the reason I became a Monthly BOBefactor. They came to me in 2012 from a Beagle shelter in
Newfoundland - the sisters had escaped from a backyard where they were being groomed as hunting dogs while living in squalid
conditions. The girls came to me at 7 months old. They are the darlings of our household! We love them dearly and
are blessed to have them in our lives.
enjoy the little montage of Peanut and Kona! I had been meaning to sign up for monthly support ever since
attending the BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH. Mike and I love the work that BOB does and
we wish we could come to more BYOB (Bring Your Own Beagle) meet-ups! But since our little (human) boy came on the scene two
years ago, it's been a bit more challenging! Nevertheless we just want to say thanks for all the great work you do for beagles
in need, Marna!
Mike & Natasha
One evening, driving back from
the cottage, I was following a debate on the radio about the fate of dogs used for testing in medical facilities. This
was new for me. I had never heard about these dogs and the conditions in which they live. Some people were speculating
the dogs are not actually unhappy, as they do not know anything better than being in a cage all their life. The discussion
shocked me to the core. It also motivated me to help.
After a week or so, while checking the web site of my local Humane Society, I came across a 5 year old
Beagle in need of a home. I wondered whether he was one of the retired medical dogs I'd learned about.
So I went to visit him and found this tiny Beagle (first pic
above) who was not looking at all like a 5 year old. You'd think he was a puppy! The staff assured me that he was
5. I also learned that he had not been used for testing but his past was just as sad. He'd been rescued from a puppy-mill
in Woodstock. When I got him home, I discovered he had much to learn. He didn't know how to run, how to climb
stairs, how to enjoy treats, how to jump into a cozy bed or hop in a car in anticipation of a trip to the cottage,
or chew a bone, the list goes on. He had never even walked in a park before. He didn't even know what grass was or how much
fun it is to roll in it. It took me a couple
months to introduce him to all these wonders, to train him and to help him gain his confidence.
The name Leto comes from a famous science fiction saga: Dune, by Frank Herbert. Leto was the Great Emperor of the planet Dune! I mention this because everybody asks me where the name came from. I thought Dune was quite a famous novel but it seems not too
many people ever heard about Leto. Sometimes
I wonder whether I chose the right name for him. (LOL)
Anyway, this is our story and this is why I appreciate so much the work that BIG
ON BEAGLES does on behalf of beagles in need. That's why I wanted to help as much as I can by joining
the Monthly BOBefactors.
|Lori with BOB Grad, Lollie (now Molly) & her poodle sister, Islay
Why I chose to join the Monthly Giving family: Because every time I look into Molly's eyes I feel such joy that she is home and
safe where she belongs. It's Marna who made it happen and I will always be grateful for that. I hope she never stops
helping other Beagles.