Yearly Archives: 2009

Sophie (2003 – Dec. 2009)

Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.
But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

Author Unknown

“Your paw prints will be forever on our hearts.”
Debbie, Barry, Amanda, Michael and Krista Jacobs and Beagle Paws sister and brother, Bailey and Jake( Mt. Pearl, NL)

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Chance (October 2009)

The infamous Chance dog, passed away early this morning. Recently, he had slowed down a lot due to losing his muscle mass from having Cushing Syndrome. He never knew he had a problem. He was the happiest dog in the world. Right up until last night he came to me with a big, dumb stuffed frog in his mouth. Tail wagging. ‘Well? Are ya going to play with me?” Bless his heart.

What some of you may not know is that my dog Chance actually saved my life. I’ve never known a love for an animal like the love I had for my dog. He truly was my best friend.

After noticing that he could barely do the stairs without falling over last night and during the night realizing he couldn’t stand anymore I took him to the emergency clinic and the Dr. there, without charge, looked at his heart and belly and it turns out that Chance had a Mass on his spleen and it had burst and his poor belly was full of blood. There were no questions from me as I knew that my 13 1/2 year old friend was tired and ready for a very long sleep. I’d had a long visit with him during the night as I was on the floor with him for a few hours, and of course I held his beautiful head while he quietly and gently slipped away.

I feel like I was the luckiest person in the world to have had that dog in my life. We should all be so blessed with his love and joy for everything around him.

Sleep well my dearest Chance. Murray and I will miss you terribly but will be so happy for having had you in our lives.

Sharon King, Calgary, Alberta

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Spanky (Jan. 1995 – Nov. 2009)

Spanky Hercules Fitzpatrick was born on January 24, 1995 and was a litter of one, he was such a big pup. His mother Nibbles was a Beagle, his father Tubby was an Australian Cattle Dog. Spanky looked like his dad, but inherited the Beagle personality. He lived his whole life with us, and we cherished every moment of it.

He was our angel, he would make us laugh with his antics.

In 2003, we had to put his buddy Zack to sleep and how Spanky grieved for that cat. In order to give him some comfort, we adopted Charlie from Beagle Paws, and the two of them became fast friends. In 2008, Spanky was ill and spent a considerable amount of time in hospital. Charlie was frantic without him, and so we adopted Tula, also from Beagle Paws, so that Charlie would have company if something should happen to Spanky. Spanky recovered and came home and then we had three beagles.

There is nothing like a beagle in the house to make you feel loved; can you imagine what it is like with three?

Spanky grew older and started to suffer from the common complaints of old age. On November 10, 2009, he was sent to be with his mom, dad and his buddy Zack and now he is free of his pain.

We will cherish his memory forever, and will miss him dearly.

Mike & Anita Fitzpatrick and his best-buddies Charlie & Tula Fitzpatrick

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Logei (August 2009)


We were the bridge between what was and what could be
We were the pathway to a new life
We are made of mush, our hearts melted when we first saw you
Scared and unsure, lonely, feeling unwanted and afraid to love
You will be ours forever
We will feed you, care for your every need
We will love you with all our hearts
We will make you whole again
After loosing two beagles only months ago
People say we have courage
Logei gave us the gift of courage
So sorrowfully endowed
Through these last few days
It was Logei who had the courage
The cancer is progressing
You’re no longer well
Your eyes no longer shine
Your tail no longer wags
Now comes the difficult decision
We must let you go
There will be many tears
But no regrets
Even for a short time
You had a forever home
But tomorrow will never come

Thank you to all of Logei’s doctors and our friends for you continued support.

Deborah and Peter Dixon
Nikki, Austin, Ryeleigh(Dixon critters left behind)

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Polly (August 2009)

I thought I was adopting a senior dog? That was my first thought as I was dragged through the airport at top
speed in tow of a dog that had to pee very badly. Polly was a little firecracker of a 12 year old as we would find out in short order. She was mostly deaf and I fell in love as soon as I saw her picture. In the first few days I was amazed to watch her romp and bounce around the backyard and the house (especially at feeding time) and astounded to watch her outdistance my other younger dogs. She was so soft and snuggly and I just couldn’t believe that I had adopted an angel such as this. Her eyes sparkled with mischief and love.

I prepared myself to only have her for one Christmas. I spoiled her rotten and thanked my lucky stars she had at least that much time. Then came her October birthday and I spoiled her rotten and was happy for a whole year. After 3 Christmases together I was so grateful to have been able to give her some happy years after a life I couldn’t imagine before she found her way to Beagle Paws. I am so grateful to Sheila and Chantelle for caring for her until this special girl could come enrich my life in so many ways I am still counting. The last few months were so hard to watch her lose her ability to walk most days and seem to withdraw. I would have carried her up the stairs to bed every night for the rest of my life if she didn’t look up at me in those final days as if to say “I am ready to run again mommy. I am ready to go to the bridge”. It was the worst decision and the hardest, but I know in my heart it was the right one for her. I ache with the loneliness her absence has left, but I see her in my minds eye running again with Callie and smile with the tears.

Run free little girl….I’ll see you again.

April & Dale (Calgary)

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Callie (June 2009)

Callie was our savior. She came to us as an angel and a miracle. We had just lost our beagle Capone and after taking some time to mourn his colossal loss we decided a little girl would best suit our other beagle Bugsey. I said I would like a little lemon coloured girl and I wanted to rescue this time having done more research. We contacted a few rescues and thankfully Beagle Paws had exactly what we were looking for. We drove down on our wedding anniversary trip to see her. A week later we brought Bugsey to meet her. It was unanimous…..we loved her.

Callie was a reject. Some family said she didn`t play enough, wasn`t snuggly and they gave her back. That was our lucky day. They didn`t know that she didn`t know how to do those things. That no one had given her the chance to be a playful pup and she was shy around children. With very little time and effort we turned our girl into a snuggly little dancing machine.

We gave her permission to be a dog and she blossomed. A bit of positive reinforcement and persistence and she could tolerate children. A few treats and some love and she was no longer afraid of loud noises. She was the perfect dog. Everyone who met her wanted a dog just like her. She came to do home visits and charmed all. I think Callie alone is responsible for rehoming more dogs than I am.

Then she developed Cancer. We did all we could to save our brave girl. She went through rounds of Chemotherapy and was the first dog in Western Canada to receive directional radiation treatments. She did her best every day to keep smiling and put her best paw forward despite infections and pneumonia. Even to her very last week she was going around to the other sick dogs in the hospital to visit and greeting the doctors and techs with a wag. She tried so hard to stay, but her tiny body just couldn`t take it anymore. She took on last struggled breath and lay down and never took another.

I miss her so much still it is hard to breath. I am torn between wishing I could still snuggle
my little Lou and happy that she is out of pain and playing with Capone at Rainbow
Bridge. Her special spirit came from heaven and has returned.

April and Dale
Calgary, AB

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Hershey (February 2009)

I’ll never forget that night when we first met you, the beagle that would become our beautiful baby boy. You created such a fuss that night and I thought your dad was crazy to want to bring you home. He knew from the moment he saw you that you were the one, but I wasn’t convinced. It took nearly a month for me to warm up to the idea of you being the one that would change our lives forever and I am so thankful that I fell in love with you.

You were such a unique boy and we loved you more and more each and every day. We loved hearing you squeak your football over and over again, despite it being so annoying at times. We would give anything to hear that squeak once again and to see your happy face when you got a new toy. Your love of toys was like no other we have seen before… simply couldn’t get enough of them and I guess we were partly to blame. You were definitely a little spoiled when it came to getting a new toy every time we went to the store, but we couldn’t resist seeing that face when you found it in the bag.

There are so many memories that we will never forget, memories that made you so special to us and everyone that met you. How could we ever forget how you loved to make a comfy bed in the clean laundry in the chair; how you had to check each and every bag when we came from the store to see if there was anything special in it for you, which in most cases there was; how you loved to sing for your mommy and daddy, especially when I played the recorder; how you were so mischievous and would steal a full bag of treats or anything that was in your reach when we weren’t looking; how you would stomp your paws and try to “talk” to us when you wanted something or was excited; and how that little stumpy tail wagged like crazy all of the time.

I will be forever grateful that your dad fell in love with you the moment he met you that first night. You were a perfect match for our family, a family of three that will never be the same without you.
You are forever loved and missed more than anything in this world.

Mommy and Daddy
Patricia and Paul

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Jayk (March 1996 – January 2009)

I can hardly see through the tears… we sent our best friend of 11 years somewhere he had to go, where pain and sickness he won’t have to know. He’s been with us ever since he was 1 ½ years (we were his fourth home)….today we’ve had to give him up. He was sick, we both knew and we wouldn’t put him through it.

Thinking back to when Peter brought him home, I told him that I didn’t want him (you see he peed on my fireplace and couch 30 seconds upon entering for the first time). I can’t believe I felt that way, didn’t know in the end, he would be my dearest friend, didn’t know that Jayk would be the greatest gift that ever came our way.

How did we deserve a friend who wanted just to serve? When we looked into his eyes, never did he criticize. Never did he hold a grudge, nor did he try to judge.

One year ago, on an anxious day, heart disease was detected, nothing much that we could do but keep him comfy until he’s through. The past few weeks we had to try to find a way to say goodbye and in that time we told him more than ever before just how much we loved him so.

Then today was no mistaking, we made the decision, our heart was breaking. We got down on the floor by our boy who was dying, and we just didn’t care who saw us crying.

As Jayk slipped away, the last things he felt were the kisses and hugs of his family who knelt on his “blankey” beside him to bid him goodbye, who had just one more minute to tell him, to try to say thanks to our boy for a lifetime of love. Dear God let us see him in heaven above, but for now, please hold him, watch over his rest, if he wakes in your arms tell him we will love him forever.

Jayk lost his battle with heart disease today, we promised him 11 years ago that he would endure no more suffering and today we honored that promise and let him go…….

Jayk was 35 lbs of pure love and faithfulness to us and all that crossed his path.

Thank you to all who touched Jayk’s life. A special thank you to Dr. Susan, who without hesitation, went above and beyond the call of duty.

Peter and Deborah Dixon
Nikki,Austin,Ryeleigh (the Dixon critters left behind)

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