Dec 4, 2019 eblast:
Yesterday, we received difficult news. We were expecting the worst, but it still
doesn't make it any easier to accept.
was supposed to undergo cruciate ligament surgery last week. While we were tidying things up after another successful BASH,
Flo was being prepped for her operation. But the operation never happened. The surgeon discovered a mass at the back of her
throat. He took a biopsy and we've been waiting on the results ever since.
Yesterday, we received the news we were dreading. The mass is a spindle cell tumour, likely Osteosarcoma.
The same type of cancer that Terry Fox had. Bone cancer is aggressive, spreads quickly, and can be very painful.
Soon, we will have no choice but to say goodbye. After
only one year.
It really was almost exactly
one year ago, after wrapping up last year's BASH, that we got the call from TAS about this clingy approximately 8 year old
stray big-boned gal with about a million endearing freckles that liked nothing better than to kiss accommodating strangers
Before you go, dear sweet Flo, can we look back on this beautiful year? The fluffy
'Flo throws' you've been spoiled with, the toys, the walks, the cuddles, the talks. How you helped heal the hearts of your
foster parents when they lost their beloved beagle, Daisy. How you welcomed the new girl, Layla, with an open heart and a
waggy tail. And that family trip to the West Coast, the picnic you crashed while there, and all the hearts you've melted along
Indeed…a lifetime of memories
in this one adventure-filled year.
Before you go, Flo, can you
…just a little longer?
All our love to Flo's forever
foster parents, Christine & Dave, and their beagle, Layla, as they brace their hearts for this goodbye.
Rest assured, dear sweet
Flo, Daisy will be there to welcome you across the bridge.
Dec 5, 2018 eblast:
We got the message
about Florence just as we were wrapping up another successful BEAGLE BASH FOR CASH.
Our next plan was to arrange
our Ugly Xmas Sweater Beagle Meetup and head home to our families for Christmas!
We were not expecting Florence (although we've
been saving up the name for just the right beagle!)
And we're not prepared for Florence either.
Our foster homes are
full with long-term care babies.
But to HOWL with all that.
Florence needs us.
Here's what our friends
at the shelter have to say about Miss People Pleaser…
Would you like another beagle?
Our girl is an approximately 8 year old beagle that arrived as a stray but was never claimed.
As per usual she has been spayed, microchipped, had her DA2PP/Rabies/Bordatella vaccines and dewormer. While she was anaesthetized
we also removed 3 ugly skin tags and a sebaceous cyst. She is a little overweight and has an oily/flaky coat that the vet
feels is due to a poor diet. She also has some pigmentation in her ears which may indicate chronic (but not severe) skin issues.
She will still need a dental procedure with at least 2 extractions. To complicate things a little bit she has a heart murmur.
The vets were comfortable altering our normal anaesthetic protocol for a dog with a heart murmur and she did very well under
GA for her spay.
speaking, she is CLINGY. All she wants is for someone to love her. She is constantly putting her front feet up on people and
seeking attention. If you sit on the floor with her she climbs in your lap and licks you non stop. While this is totally adorable,
it can also be a little uncomfortable as she is a whopping 20.5 kg. (Just
ask our rescue partner's son about that when Kelly took him to meet her on Sunday! The kisses were flowing for Florence!)
Her behaviour assessment is flawless. There are no issues with handling, other dogs, etc.. but she can be vocal (whiny, sometimes
barky if you leave her sight).
If you're interested
in possibly fostering Florence, don't hesitate to email us at this address. We feel Florence will need someone home more often
than not. She may also benefit from another dog in the house but it does appear that she's more focussed on humans so if there
are other dogs in the house, they need to be okay with sharing mom/dad. We do think she could be prone to some separation
anxiety but being in a shelter circumstance is stressful on its own and we're hopeful once settled in a loving home environment,
she will improve over time. The shelter staff think she'd be indifferent towards cats. They only have semi feral/poorly socialized
cats at the shelter right now and feel it would be unfair to subject them to a dog in their space so she's not been formally
introduced to any cats while at the shelter. In other encouraging news, Florence appears to be housetrained, keeps her kennel
clean overnight. She does, however, have an adorable habit of trying to bury her food for late night snacking and she often
tips her bowl in her excitement and knocks things into her water bowl so she's a bit of a messy eater/drinker! But we can
forgive the mess when it comes to the beagle's Prime Directive --- FOOD!
Dec 14, 2018 eblast:
On the Dog Days of Christmas, our true loves gave to us…
4 Happy ADOPTIONS!
New Fabulous FOSTER FAMILY!
and an AMAZING ANONYMOUS GIFT through United Way!!!
...that New Foster Family? Monthly Supporters, Christine & Dave!
They opened their hearts and home to our Florence!!!