May 11, 2018:
We are still desperately looking for a foster placement for sweet Flavio. He
is still in the care of an animal shelter. The shelter staff doesn't want to give up on him and neither do we. They are
as hopeful as we are that we find a loving foster home for Flavio sooner than later. He's starting to show signs of depression
at the shelter. He needs to come HOME. The article below will soon be published in the Beach Metro News community newspaper.
We hope it will inspire someone to step up for this special boy...
PET OF THE MONTH!
To be published in the May 2018 issue of BEACH METRO COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
Anything for Love! We get that. Heck, Meatloaf
wrote a song about it. When we fall head over heels, we can somersault all the way to the moon and back without hesitation!
No convincing necessary!
But for the dog waiting in a shelter, finding someone to love them beyond measure isn’t always easy.
The competition can be fierce. If a dog hopes to win the love of visitors in the Adoption Room, it certainly helps to possess
a pawsome talent or heart-melting face or the voice of an angel! It is
one serious canine idol competition on the inside! If you don’t stand out head, nose and tail above the rest, love might
pass you by.
That’s where the rescue groups come in. The agents for the underdog! When a shelter dog unlucky in love is
lucky enough to have a rescue group swoop in like Meatloaf on his motorcycle, then that dog suddenly has a leg up…so
Flavio really needs
a leg up, figuratively and literally. Sure, he’s got a face that can melt hearts, but he’s also got a health issue
that’s melting away his chances at finding a forever love. It’s a manageable condition but don’t forget
the stiff competition in an animal shelter.
Flavio has been diagnosed with Cystine Crystalluria. It
sounds kind of pretty, but it’s not. In short, he’s prone to forming painful kidney stones. Flavio will need to
be on a special diet for the remainder of his life to help combat the condition. He should also be given plenty of water to
drink throughout the day so he gets a literal leg up more frequently. This way, he’s effectively flushing out
any crystals before they have time to form stones. If stones do develop, they have to be either hydro-pulsed out or removed
surgically. Neither procedure would be fun for Flavio. It’s recommended that dogs with this condition go to the vet
every six months for a urinalysis and every year, for bloodwork. On rare occasions, Cystine Crystals can be associated with heart concerns, hence the annual check-up.
of takes the romance out of things a bit, I suppose, but Flavio is a diamond in the ruff…no reference to crystals intended.
He really does shine like a diamond with the potential to light up the world if someone would give him the chance. Flavio
loves people and all the adoration people have it in them to lavish upon a shining star like him. He also loves other dogs.
Thanks to a fenced in yard at the shelter, Flavio has the opportunity for regular play dates with other adoption hopefuls
and that boy can play for hours! He’s got the energy of a puppy but not the crazy. At 3-years-old, Flavio has struck
the perfect balance of playful and peaceful. He can go from hoots & hollers with his dog-mates to pillow talk with you
in a heartbeat because nothing quite compares to cuddle-time with a doting human. And so it is our mission at Big
On Beagles Rescue to find Flavio someone who will gladly share their pillow with a boy howl-bent on being
the love of your life.
At the time of writing this article, our foster homes were full. Flavio
and his caregivers at the shelter were still anxiously waiting for us to come up with a miracle. Hopefully, by the time you
read this article, young Flavio will be home with us marking the beginning of the rest of his life. If we have anything to
say about it, (*perhaps even with your help should you wish to inquire about adoption!), that life will be a long
and happy one!
It takes a mighty effort to buff up
diamonds like Flavio, but the veterinary expense and specialized care is so worth it in the end. Take it from us and all the
other wonderful rescue groups within our community.
Speaking of those groovy dog rescue groups, we’re
coming together for a BIG LOVE-IN at Woodbine Park on the last weekend of this month! WOOFSTOCK is celebrating
its 15th year as THE biggest outdoor dog event in North America! There’s a throwback theme this year too!
Call it an homage to Sixties Woodstock, baby! So get out your bell bottoms & psychedelic tees and join us! It’s
going to be Outta Sight!
like Flavio. He’s totally outta sight…but never out of mind. We’re not giving up on him. There’s
no question he’s got the “it” factor. His caregivers at the shelter say he just prefers to be subtle about
it. First, he starts with “the Look” followed by the soft paw tap on the knee. And then he takes it home by nestling
his head on your lap, looking up at you with those sweet baby browns all the while. He’d stay there for eternity if
you asked him to. You see, Flavio would do anything for love.
Flavio is a
3-year-old beagle who would definitely do anything for love! He’s currently in the loving care of an animal shelter
east of Toronto. Big On Beagles (BOB) Rescue is working on finding him a foster home and then a forever home…nudge, nudge, wink, wink! BOB is also preparing
for WOOFSTOCK together with 14 other dynamic dog rescue groups that dearly appreciate your support! To learn more about Flavio
and BOB’s foster & adoption programs, visit www.bigonbeagles.ca; to get all the groovy details on WOOFSTOCK’s 15th Anniversary Love-In at Woodbine Park on May 26 &
27, visit www.woofstock.ca!