Yearly Archives: 2007

Angus (October 24, 2007)

Just this side of heaven is a place called The Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

This is where our special Angus is now, his heart that failed him here on earth now beats strongly on the other side. Angus is reunited with his beagle sister “Sadie” who also recently passed. And we know they are both happy together in their new home.

It is very hard for us to say goodbye to one of our senior dogs, but we take comfort in the fact that we were able to provide them with a life of happiness and love that they never knew in their life before Beagle Paws.

Angus you remain forever in our hearts,

Volunteers of Beagle Paws

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Doogie (1996 – Sept. 21, 2007)

Dear Doogie,

Do you remember that day in August when I was called to come get you? I’ll never forget that day. When I first saw you it was obvious to see that your spirit had been broken and that your body had endured things no dog should have to. That day I felt so lucky to have been chosen to be your Mama. I nursed you back to health and gave you more love than your little body could take.

Doogie, you were loved by everyone who met you. You weren’t just my Doogie, you were everyone’s Doogie with your Eeyore ways. Those dark brown eyes, huge floppy ears, you were so adorable. You were my funny “old man”, as I called you with your crooked smile and your bowed legs. You were truly the most unique and precious canine to walk this earth.

We all know that our time on earth can’t last for ever. There comes a time when we must let go of the ones we love and it was your time baby. I could not bare to see you in pain and I knew I had to do what was right for you. As I held you in the end, I knew it was right, you were at peace.

Doogie, be free, run the glorious fields at Rainbow Bridge. Smell the green grass and flowers, chase rabbits and butterflies…. let that one of a kind howl be heard! Be happy, be free of pain my angel.

One day you’ll look up with those big brown eyes and I’ll be on that bridge and we’ll be together again.

I will miss you always, my precious beagle.

Love, Mama

“A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight
And walks besides you in the shadows.”

Sadly missed and forever loved, The Clarke Family of Paradise, NL
Wendy, Jim, Meghan and Bryan

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Theolonius/Theo (June 10, 199 – July 24, 2007)

Theo was named after a great jazz musician, and his love of ‘singing’ was apparent to the entire neighborhood. He even taught our cocker spaniel Tucker to sing, and together with Reg and I (dad and mom) we would “pack howl” together at least once a day to get the yaya’s out. We can’t sing anymore- we have lost our lead.

We bought him an extra-large yard and he loved to sprint at top speed, baying the whole way and chasing anything that moved. He loved to play “range dog” by hunting mice in the fields by our home. Always up for a walk, tug or tag, Theo was equally happy to curl close and watch a movie. He wished we would share our popcorn more generously. He was a great conversationalist as well, and a superb listener. Theo loved his cocker spaniel brother Tucker, who misses him a lot, and cousin Piper, who welcomed him at the Rainbow Bridge. Theo passed peacefully after sudden complications during a battle with lymphosarcoma. We miss him terribly but are so blessed to have known him.

Gaylene Schreiber and Reg Wilkes, Leduc Alberta

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Emma Says Good Bye (June 2007)

The first day of summer was also the end of days for a loving Beagle this year.

Our special little girl and movie star “Emma” crossed the rainbow bridge on June 21. Her family was very sad to have to say good bye, but she will always be remembered in our hearts and will live on in the documentary “A Foot of Rope”

Treasured Friend

I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And share her silent thoughts with me…

She’ll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more her treasured ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to His golden throne.

Although me eyes are filled with tears,
I thank Him for the happy years
He let her spend down there with me
And for her love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go
And join her there, this much I know…
I shall not fear the transient dark
For she will greet me with her bark.

Author Unknown

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Porter (2007)

Porter was very special to all of us at Beagle Paws. Rescued by the great folks of the Clarenville SPCA he soon made his way into the Beagle Paws family. Porter touched the heart of everyone who met him. Sadly this gentle boy crossed the rainbow bridge in May 2007.

We all feel very blessed that we had the opportunity to know this very loving boy, even if only for a short time.

Til we meet again Porter, you remain always and forever in our hearts.

Beagle Paws Volunteers

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Nicki (1992-2007)

Nicki was our family’s first dog, and she will always be number one with us.

She was the runt of her litter, and from the very first day that we brought her home, she endeared us all with her little quirks. She absolutely loved raw carrots, was terrified of storms, and would swish around on the floor on her back to ask for a belly rub. Nicki hated to see suitcases being brought out because she knew it meant that one of us was leaving her, and she would stick very close to those suitcases to make sure that no one left without saying goodbye to her. When she was excited, she would make her signature noise that was somewhere between a bark and a squeal. She was definitely a unique dog!

Some of our favorite memories of Nicki took place at the family cabin. She loved the boat ride on the way to the cabin, and used to get so excited upon seeing our wharf that she would try to jump out of the boat to swim towards it herself. If we put out any food for the birds or squirrels, she would get jealous, and she would collect it in her mouth, sneak off, and bury it in the woods…it took us a while to catch on to that trick of hers! After a long day of scampering around the woods, chasing birds and burying crumbs, she would curl up in front of the fire and wouldn’t budge until daylight.

Nicki was incredibly loyal, and she instinctively knew if anyone in the house was sad, angry, or ill. If something was bothering any of us, Nicki could sense it, and she wouldn’t leave our side. She always knew when we needed comforting, and her love and snuggles were always the best medicine.

Nicki died peacefully at home on Easter Sunday, in her sleep and surrounded by her family. We are devastated at losing her, but comforted by the fact that she did not suffer. She gave us fifteen amazing years and introduced us to the world of beagles, and we will be eternally grateful for the joy that she has brought to our family and our friends. There will never be another Nicki.

Nicki girl, we will love you and miss you always.

Doug, Helen, Melissa, and Jon and her beagle sisters Patti and Abby

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Henry (January – March 2007)

Henry’s time on earth was so short, yet he made a tremendous impact on those of us who cared for him during his last few days.

As a teacher living and working in a remote community in the North, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the horrible neglect of dogs while helping those that I could. Another teacher and I have developed a system of getting dogs shipped out of the community to another lady in the “south”. She sees to their medical care and finds good permanent homes for them. Henry’s story, unfortunately, ends differently.

We received a call saying that a puppy needed some help, so off we went to collect him. It was quickly obvious that Henry had some serious medical conditions that needed immediate attention. Of course, it is no simple feat to get a dog on a plane and out of the community. For Henry, this process took 3 days.

During those 3 days, Henry was in our care. He had all of the water, food, warmth, attention, and love that a little puppy could handle. During those 3 days we saw him go from lethargic and weak, to having the pleasure of seeing his little puppy personality start to shine through.

Once out of the community and in the care of our “dog lady” down south, Henry went to the vet. Sadly, the nature of his medical conditions were too much for his little body to overcome. With great sadness, the decision was made to have him put down.

We take comfort that Henry got the opportunity to experience true love and care and that he didn’t have to die a slow and painful death. For that we are thankful.

We will never forget you Henry.

Claire, Sharon, and Karen (Henry’s “Rescue Team”)

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Missy (Unknown- January 2007)

Our little girl “Missy” was tragically killed Friday Jan.26/07. We adopted her from Beagle Paws in January 2006, and although her time with us was short, it was truly one of the best years of our lives.

Missy, formerly known as “Mistletoe”, was such a joy of a dog. She was always smiling and so happy and full of life. She also had the most peculiar bark and it always made everyone around her laugh. We loved her dearly and are truly devastated that she had to be taken from us so soon.

Missy was struck by a car when she accidentally got out through the front door. She saw another dog on the other side of the street and was probably running to have a quick play. She loved to play, especially with her big sister, our other beagle Meeko. It will never be the same without Missy and no other dog will ever be able to replace her. We miss her so much.

We are hoping that this can serve as a reminder to all BEAGLE owners that you can never be too careful. Beagles are known scent hounds and sometimes the nose tends to get the better of them. Your front door can be very dangerous and if at all possible, it is better to prevent the chance of your beagle getting the chance to escape.

All we can hope for now is that Missy is with the angels above and she is still smiling and playing.

We love you Missy and we will never forget you…

Glenda, Albert & Meeko
Calgary, AB.

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