eblast sent out Nov 19, 2018
I remember Boone's untimely arrival from the Niagara Falls Humane Society in the
summer of 2017. The approximately 10 year old stray beagle had a significant heart murmur. We took him in even though it meant
we'd be flying by the seat of our pants. We had no foster home available at the time. Boone's first stop was our vet clinic
for a full work-up which eventually led to an appointment with the Cardiologist at the VEC. I took Boone to that appointment
personally. He made his presence known in the Waiting Room that day. I didn't know he had it in him. Despite his small frame,
he was a Baritone through and through. He bellowed out his deepest richest howl and, much to my relief, he was met by a tolerant
audience. In fact, I think he gained a few fans that day…
Boone was a trooper at that appointment but he was happy to hop back in my car
afterwards. If only I knew where we were going. I still didn't have a foster home for him. A Foster Applicant lived close
by the hospital though and I had high hopes but a family emergency had arisen for them and the foster arrangement fell through.
That's when I looked at Boone and Boone looked at me, "We're in a pickle, Boone." I said and shrugged.
But that's when I suddenly received a call. It was from Pencil's
foster mom. She was asking about Boone. I told her that I was just enjoying a car ride with him as a matter of fact, trying
not to sound too frantic. But she caught on. That's when she said, "Bring him here, Marna. We'll give him a home."
They had a house full of beagle boys already, but Helen and Paul have hearts the size of Montreal. It didn't matter that Boone
had a very bad heart. It didn't matter that he couldn't be neutered because of that heart. It didn't matter that he'd be on
a few different medications that would practically require his own medicine cabinet. Boone needed a family to love him for
as long as we would be given to love him and that was that.
Last night, Boone's forever foster family had to say goodbye to their beloved little
boy with the bad heart. His back had given out of all things. And his heart, and his age for that matter, didn't make him
a good candidate for surgery.
There is no preparing for
loss like this. Even if you know its coming, your heart can never armour up enough so it won't hurt. It always hurts. Especially
when you'd do anything to fix the little beagle looking back at you.
But we had you for a while, Boone. Long enough for you to acquire an alias --- Oden the Viking God. Long enough for all
the boys in your family to form a close bond. They were quite a team - Pencil, Patrick, Molson and the Viking God.
You're somewhere out there, Boone. Wearing a winged helmet, ruling other worlds. One day, we'll meet again. But for now, we
send our eternal love. And like a true Viking God, our Boone would say to us in return…
Don't waste your time looking back.
You're not going that way.
August 21, 2017
Well, so much for our crossed paws. As it turns out, poor Boone has a severe heart murmur and although he is not
in heart failure, he does need to be on heart medication for life (Vetmedin & Fortekor). Boone has become yet another
costly case for our little beagle repair shop. After seeing our vets at Beaches Animal Hospital, we had to take him to the
Veterinary Emergency Clinic downtown to have a full assessment by a Cardiologist. That's where we got the news about the heart
medication. But at least he could proceed with his neuter operation which will help to protect him against other health risks
down the road. Boone is doing wonderfully post-op and enjoying his new foster home! He's especially fond of his one beagle
house-mate, Molson! He likes his other beagle mates too, BOB beagles Pencil and Patrick! He also enjoys the resident kitties!
We're very glad we were able to take on Boone and ensure he receives the medical care he needs moving forward. But the financial
blow to our funding has been tough. We're currently working on a Sponsorship Program to help cover ongoing costs for beagles
like Boone. Stay tuned!
July 27, 2017 eblast
How could we say no?
you know, our funding is at a critical level after several medical emergencies. We were going to lay low for a while and focus
on some fundraising initiatives.
But then along came BOONE.
The Niagara Falls
Humane Society sent us a message…
We have a senior
stray beagle that came in to our shelter last week. Since he is a senior it is hard for us to find him a home. They usually
just stick around the shelter for months and months. Its so sad. This guy is super friendly and active. His teeth are yellow
but minimal tartar build up. He has the starting of cataracts but still can see fine. He loves to eat treats and will sit
and shake a paw for them. If your rescue can help out by taking him in that would be greatly appreciated.
I'll never understand why the average adopter could
ever overlook a senior. Especially a senior beagle! They almost always refuse to get old!
And so we bundled up the little cutie this morning (Big Thanks to
Maxwell Smarty-Pants' daddy for doing the driving!) and delivered him to our vets in the Beach to undergo some
bloodwork and his neuter tomorrow. Paws crossed, he'll be one of the lucky 10 Plussers with no serious health issues and a
whole lotta love to give somebody out there!