On Saturday, we enjoyed a beautiful spring day reuniting with friends and supporters for BEAGLE DAY at Toto Park!
On Sunday, we saved this sweet old guy.
We named him Patrick (hoping
he has the luck of the Irish). Patrick came completely out of left field for us, or more accurately, straight off the 401.
Just when all focus was on Billie Howliday's rescue and subsequent recovery from spay, hernia repair
& dental surgery (she's doing great, by the way, and will soon be available for adoption!) and with arrangements for Bunny's
rescue in progress (more on Bunny soon!), we got an email we couldn't refuse from the good folks at Guelph Humane Society.
Could we come to the rescue of this very sweet approximately 15-year-old beagle found wandering along
the 401 in Guelph?
An initial examination at the shelter made it quite
clear he would need extensive diagnostics to determine all his troubles. Covered in masses (including one between his toes
and another on the top of his head), a ghastly open sore on his neck that is likely a burst cyst, a significant enough heart
murmur, and of course a mouthful of yucky teeth, we've got our work cut out for us. There's a faint trace of a CKC registered
tattoo in his ear but not one trace of any decent care for a very long time. Most concerning of all is the tilt to his head
and the lack of proper balance to his step. With no indication of an inner ear infection or vestibular disease, the behaviour
could be caused by some other neurological issue.
Patrick will be a costly venture.
Why would we bother?
I could fill
an entire book with why we'd bother, but I don't need to. The answer is in Patrick himself. Mr. Adventure! Bubbly, busy, constantly
hungry, totally adorable Patrick. You can see it in the picture I took upon his arrival to our veterinary clinic, and in the
video the shelter staff took - not only to prove his congeniality towards other dogs - small, big or annoying, but to prove
without a shadow of a doubt that this little powerhouse of a beagle has more mountains yet to climb.
I don't think we've ever been more happy about two
upcoming fundraising events than we are now. From Buddy Howly's constant struggle with stabilizing his Diabetes (he was at
Beagle Day too, by the way, clowning it up like any self-respecting beagle), to Billie Howliday's $2,000 surgery - double
the cost we anticipated due to 8 teeth being pulled, to Bunny's estimated $3,000 TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate ligament
which we'll need to finance immediately following her arrival to our repair shop, to little Patrick's multi-faceted health
issues which will likely require visits to more than one specialist, to the life-long care of our permanent 4-legged residents
at Sheba's Haven…we've got plenty of BOB Poster Beagles to inspire you!
This week, we will be feverishly
preparing and unleashing BOB Pledge Forms for the 2 separate Wacky Walkathons coming up in just over a month!
On the last weekend
of May, K9 Rescue Me will be hosting its first Great K9 Scavenger
Hunt at WOOFSTOCK!
But there's no rest for the
The following Saturday, June 4th, we'll be hosting our 3rd
Annual BEAGLE WIGGLE WALKATHON at SLOBBERFEST!
We've got paws
crossed YOU and your beagle will participate at one or both of these FUNdraisers for our homeless howlers!
But even if you
can't make it in-the-fur, you can always make a pledge to one of our…Poster Beagles!
We'll be setting
up an on-line Canada Helps Fundraising Page for Billie Howliday (BOB's official Poster Girl for The Great
K9 Scavenger Hunt at WOOFSTOCK), and for the new guy in ~ Patrick (BOB's official Poster Boy for our 3rd
Annual BEAGLE WIGGLE WALKATHON at SLOBBERFEST)!
Yes indeed, each
step we take together is like a heartbeat and behind each heartbeat is a beagle bubbling over with tail-wagging gratitude,
joy and maybe a little of that oh so familiar beagle-patented impatience as they lead the way up the next mountain.
Who said we'd never make it to the top…