Where to begin our story of Velvet?
Well, for us, the story began at precisely 8:56 Tuesday morning when we received an email
from the Region of Durham Humane Society. We'd never taken a beagle from this shelter before but we are certain to work with
this phenomenal organization in the future. They've gone above and beyond for Velvet.
As it turned out, Velvet was a face we'd already seen in a posting
by Team Chelsea at the end of November.
She'd wound up at the local pound and after not being claimed by an owner, she was transferred to RDHS where
she received "The Works" in medical care. Because you see, Velvet was in terrible shape. The shelter staff described
her teeth as being practically green with rot, some literally falling out. She also had a worrisome mass on her chest. But
her heart was good so they did a dental, removing almost all of her teeth, and biopsied the mass. Sadly, the results from
the biopsy lean towards a malignancy so the shelter vet went immediately back in and removed the mass entirely in the hopes
they could stop the possible spread of cancer.
They did this for a dog past her prime, guessed at 12 years old.
They did this for a dog they knew they probably couldn't adopt out
given her age and health concerns.
But they did it all anyway.
They had to give her a fighting chance at a happy life.
She'd won them over with her positivity, with the hope in her eyes.
And that's where we came in.
We've never had to suddenly scramble a week before Christmas
to take in a beagle but she won our hearts too.
The moment we met her yesterday afternoon was the moment we knew we'd find a way to make a Christmas
miracle happen for Velvet.
We wrapped her up like a present with a pretty new collar, harness and leash and took
her straight over to our vets in Bowmanville for a customary exam. It was just about time for her re-check anyway following
her surgery through the shelter.
But there were other things that needed addressing. She has a fairly bad ear infection so we cleaned out those adorable
ears and treated them. Some irritation of the skin was discovered around her neck, cause unknown. Could be she once suffered
a bad flea infestation, could be she wore a collar or a chain or a rope too tight around her neck for too long. Who is to
You'd think after
spending the last few weeks in a shelter, undergoing two surgeries, and now being poked and prodded again at our vet clinic,
she would have had enough of us meddling humans but our Velvet is a brave soldier and the hope has not left her eyes. I think
we owe a lot of that hope to the staff and volunteers at the shelter who adored her, walked her daily, and played with her
all the while she was with them.
She may not understand it's Christmas. She may not understand the concept of a dog bed --- we wonder if she was chained
outdoors. She may not know much about being loved beyond measure…BUT SHE WILL.
You can count on that.
There is some major thanking to do here.
First, our immeasurable gratitude goes out to the amazing
staff at Durham Region Humane Society.
Beautiful compassionate people!
Our thanks also goes out to Carter Veterinary Hospital in Bowmanville!
We are so glad we found you to look after
our BOB beagles in the Durham Region!
Last but never least, our thanks to YOU.
We are still shaking our heads in disbelief at the overwhelming response to Velvet the
moment we posted her
our FB and Instagram pages.
know your kind offers of help have not gone un-noticed.
But with it being so close to Christmas, we simply cannot process any applications right now.
We will find a spot for Velvet to spend
the holidays with someone we know and trust.
In January, we can look for her Forever Home.
Here's another reason to consider applying to our Foster Care Program. In emergencies
like these, it would be so helpful to have fully approved foster families ready to open their home and hearts to a beagle
our foster homes are full. Please consider applying in the New Year!
And just one more thing --- for those who had a thing or two to say to Velvet's previous
owner on FB, we understand the frustration but we don't want to dwell on the negative --- especially at this time of year.
There is already too much
anger and hate in the world today.
Let's focus on the LOVE. We might just change the world for the better if we do.