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Category Archives: Pet Memorials
It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our beloved Brownie girl in March 2014. We joked for years about the little beagle’s innocent photo on the BeaglePaws poster we noticed at Starbucks back in May 2004 which brought Brownie as a foster to us, although we knew in our hearts the first day she came for a visit we would always have a home for this hound. Brownie we will always remember the MANY times we ran after the independent beagle you are at the off-leash park, we miss you travelling in the middle perch of the vehicle, you sleeping under a blanket next to us watching TV, and how you always turned running from the camera.
You touched so many hearts and we miss you more and more every day Brownie girl. XOXO
It is with sadness that we said goodbye to foster dog Bagel. Bagel was a rescue from the city pound almost two years ago. He was pretty old at the time and no-one wanted an old dog so Beagle Paws became his family. He was a sweet, happy little boy who still liked to take himself for the occasional walk without his foster mom. He touched the hearts of everyone who knew him. He is greatly missed by all.
God looked around His garden
And He found an empty place
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your precious face
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest;
God’s Garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew you’ d never ever
Get well on earth again.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine ”
Then He took you up to Heaven
With Hands so gentle and kind.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God welcomed you home.
You will be missed Bagel,
The volunteers at Beagle Paws
A Tribute to Kirby: Today we said good bye to one of our oldest and most beloved Beagle Paws dogs. Kirby was pushing close to 17 years of age. His little body could not keep up with him anymore and it was time to let him cross the rainbow bridge with dignity. Although Kirby never did find a forever home while in the care of Beagle Paws. He did find “forever LOVE”. Every volunteer who met Kirby loved and cared for him like one of their own. Kirby’s life before Beagle Paws was lived at the end of a short chain tied to a terrible dog house. Once in our care Kirby never had to look back or think about that horrible life again. Instead his days were full of trips to the dog park, lots of great food and most importantly lots of love. This story is not meant to make you sad but to help everyone celebrate the great life that Kirby had in his last years. It is not the quantity of days he had with us but the quality that counts. You will be forever in our hearts little Kirby boy.
Beagle Paws Volunteers
Our little Sally passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was out lying on the grass enjoying the sun and took a turn for the worst, by the time we got her to the clinic she was gone.
Sally was one of the very first rescues through Beagle Paws and a very personal one for me, as Chris (my husband) made the initial visit with me out to a small rural community to see her. She was living outside as a stray with a litter of pups (a local person was feeding her). On the way home we had to come up with a name for her and we both spontaneously picked “Sally” at the same time.
The next weekend, Elizabeth Lockyear and Annette Anthony (both original founders of Beagle Paws) made the trip out with me to collect Sally and her pups. It was quite an adventure, on our way we spotted another mommy beagle (who was later rescued with her pups and we named her “Scarlet”).
Sally had a great life after she was rescued and was the best dog I have ever known. There will never be another Sally.
EULOGY FOR HOOLIGAN – 2004 – June 25th,2013
We lost our sweet little baby girl Hooligan. She was 9 yrs old when she passed away. We got her at age 2 from our Vet. You see people, the ones that owned her would beat her so bad that it gave her cauliflower ears. They told the Vet’s Office if they didn’t find a home for her to put her down when they closed.
So here is our story of how our beautiful little Hooligan came to live with us.
I had lost by Siberian Husky named Lakota to kidney failure who passed away in April 2006. I was sitting outside of Co-op waiting for Michael to get off work on a sunny June day. I looked up at the sky and said Lakota please give me a sign to let me know that you are okay and lord and behold this little Beagle showed up and ran into a spot by the Co-op which you could only get out the same way you went in. I watched for about 20 minutes and nothing was happening so I got out of the car and looked around and the dog was gone. When Michael comes out I tell him about it and we looked around some more and then we see her way across the parking lot and someone is picking her up. This was on a Thursday and I just kept thinking about her. Late Monday night into Tuesday morning one of our cats named Tank gets sick, you see Tank & Lakota were very close. We go to the Vet’s and Tank has to have emergency surgery and they didn’t know if he was going to make it or not. Now here is where it gets real good. I kept going in all Tuesday to check on Tank and Wednesday at lunch hour I go in to bring Tank his get well cards and the girls say go right in. They all knew that we were thinking of getting another dog. When I go into see Tank he is recovering really well. I see this Beagle in a kennel and she is crying and she is beautiful. The staff had followed me into the room and they opened the door to the kennel and the little Beagle came running into my arms giving me kisses and the staff told me they needed a home for her before 5 o’clock tonight for her owners said if they can’t find a home to put her down. I looked at this dog and said OMG I recognized her by her purple dog collar so I told the story about Lakota and I took the little Beagle home so that she could begin her new life with us and be part of our family.
Hooligan had a unique personality and trust me folks her name suited her to a “T” but in a good way. She loved all our cats and Hooligan and Tank became best of friends. We never had to worry about our cats having dirty ears for she was always cleaning them and even tried to clean ours a few times. Hooligan went every where with us and stayed in a lot of hotels when we would go on vacation. Hooligan would let us know if she didn’t like the hotel and we would never go back to those ones, she loved to go camping and had her own little chair and would sit around the bonfire with everyone. Oh and when she snored wow was it loud so I would Video her and then show her. I could go on & on about her. Then 3 years ago a stray dog showed up at our house scared and starving, should I say more we kept her and named her HeyGirl. Hooligan and our cats fell in love with HeyGirl and they all became very close friends. Hooligan taught HeyGirl how to crack open peanuts and to eat vegetables. When we would take the dogs for a walk one of our cats that goes outside Tank would come with us and we called them the 3 Amigos.
Hooligan had a lot of problems with her ears so we did everything we could do for her and sadly to say Hooligan took sick the end of May/2013. She was doing really well and on June 20th the Vet said this is the best that her ears have every looked and on Monday June 24th she took a turn for the worst and passed away in the wee hours of June 25th/2013. We are now just waiting for her ashes to come home so she can be placed on the stand next to Lakota. Hooligan was my shadow and attached to my hip and has been there for me after I had my brain surgery.
We miss you so much Hooligan and we are so very grateful to have been chosen to give you 7 awesome years and I know that we will meet again at Rainbow Bridge. Sweetie you are now healthy and running around all over the place with Lakota & SoBad.
Mommy, Daddy, HeyGirl, and the cats Tank, Stympie, Mikey, Tuffy and the 2 fishes miss you so very much and would do anything in this world to be able to hold you and kiss you once again. You touched our hearts and gave us so much joy and we thank you for that. Until we meet again Hooligan take care. xoxox ♥ ♥ ♥
? to June 20, 2013
We were not sure of the life you lived before us or just how old you were but when you came to us you were half the size of our first beagle Ginger and we jokingly said that we should send you back or get half our money back.
A friend to all dogs you captured the hearts of everyone you met as you pranced around. You were feisty and a fighter but loved people. We remember the several times you escaped and could hear you as you caught the scent of something up on the hill and howled and howled off in the distance then came back and slept for hours sucking on your favorite blanket. Those were the good years.
Then you started to cough and refused to go for walks and your breathing got funny. You had suddenly gotten very old and had a hard time to go up and down 3 steps. It was so terrible to watch you suffer. It was with heavy hearts that on June 20, 2013 Shirley & I made the decision to let you go with dignity. We wanted to give you the opportunity to once again prance around proudly with your new friends we know you will make little Stormy.
We would do or give anything to have you back. We miss you so much. You are, and will always be, truly missed. We do have peace now knowing that you are no longer suffering.
We thank you for being such an important part of our lives and we know you will be waiting at the Rainbow Ridge to see us all again. You are walking around in our minds right now with big paws mister.
We’d like to thank Beagle Paws for allowing us to adopt both Ginger and Stormy and for providing all your rescue beagles the opportunity to experience genuine love (no matter how long or short the time) before they to cross over this same bridge.
It’s been a month since my beautiful Evey passed on to a better place. I miss her more and more every day.
I began fostering Evey in December of 2011 as a long term foster. The petite girl had a big personality. From the moment she sat on my Dad’s feet at the Beagle Paws Shelter and stared up with her glassy eyes, we knew she would be a big part of our lives. From her cute wobbly strut, to her flip floppy ears, every part of her personality took up a big place in my heart. At the time I was struggling with my own health issues, and I needed her companionship as much as she needed mine. We took care of each other and became the best of friends. She came everywhere with me. She liked to sleep most of the day. But if I moved, she followed right behind me. For instance, when I would shower, she would wake up, waddle in the bathroom and poke her head in behind the shower curtain to make sure I was still there. More than once she knocked over all the shampoos while taking a look. Then, she would lie on the bath mat until I was done. I swear, if I could have put her in a baby carrier, I would have taken her everywhere I went; as she was happiest when she was right by my side. If I left the house, she would cry at the front door until I came home. As a result, I would never leave her for very long.
Evey’s passing is still so new. I miss her so much. I catch myself trying to talk to her. Or, turning around and see if she is okay. I especially miss her sleeping between my feet and when I drive in the car. You see, Evey had a pink doggy seat belt, and she would sit in the back seat right behind me. She loved driving in the car. One time, after a walk downtown St. John’s last summer, she fell asleep in her pink seat belt with her head in her water dish. She was so tired she fell asleep while taking a drink. It was so cute.
Evey was such a unique and special dog. I am so sad that our time together was so short. However, the emotion is bittersweet because I am so grateful that we had that time together. I know she is in a better place where her illnesses no longer plague her. Evey had congestive heart failure, fluid on the lungs and disc disease. But she never let those illnesses get her down. Her strength and sunny disposition were inspiring. I try to channel her strength as I battle my own illnesses. Also, I tell myself “that when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure” because that is truly how I feel. I treasure every moment that I spent with Evey. She left her paw print on my heart.
My sweet Jiggs, it has been a year since you left and I’m still not sure it’s real. I finally tucked your collar and leash away in a safe spot but your meds still sit on the shelf waiting for you to come home. You were absolute joy to me. You filled my life with your grace. I’m convinced you were heaven sent. I still can’t believe that God chose me to care for you. How come I was the one who was blessed? It was an honour and privilege to have been allowed to have had you in my life. God bless you my darling.
As I see the Gates of Heaven
And I know I’m headed home
I see the great St. Peter
But alas, he’s not alone.
The tears have blurred my vision
But I’d know him anywhere
He sits and waits so patiently
He knows I’ll soon be there.
I drop to my knees and call his name
He responds with bounding glee
He whines and he cries
The joy is in his eyes
He’s waited so patiently.
I know it’s truly Heaven
For that it’s plain to see
My faithful friend and companion
Is once again with me.
Zoe was a beautiful 5 year old whose life was tragically cut short. She spent her last few months in a loving home where she learned to re-build trust and had two children to love and adore. She will be missed by all who knew her.
You left a paw print on our hearts.
We only knew you for a short time but you grew in to our loyal friend.
We will always remember the funny little things you did with fondness.
How you loved your stuffed toys and would play for hours.
How you would create a space for yourself wherever ‘your’ people were.
We loved you and will miss you.
Beagle Paws Volunteers, Calgary Chapter
Buster was a senior dog when he arrived at Beagle Paws and he also came with some heath issues but that did not stop him from enjoying his life. Affectionately known as Buster Brown he was a goofy old boy with a bark that sounded like a seal. His foster mom took him home with her and gave him the best three years of his life where he was loved and he dearly loved her.
We wish we could have told you,
in words you’d understand,
We wanted you to stay with us.
This wasn’t what we’d planned.
We wish somehow to tell you,
How empty we now feel.
A part of us went with you,
A part that time can’t heal
We wish we’d once more hear you,
in your funny little bark,
and look into your eyes again
that were always full of spark
We wish we had you back again,
to fill this empty space.
But one day we’ll be together
in a far, far better place.
We will miss you sweet boy. Your foster mom Shirley and Volunteers at Beagle Paws.