October 25, 2021:
It is with aching hearts that we announce the passing of Palliative Care Foster
Beagle "Madison" (aka Matilda aka Mattie).
It happened quite unexpectedly yesterday morning, just hours before our Halloween Meetup. She'd been struggling with
a multitude of health issues.
But Mattie was howl bent on attending the Meetup, the first in-person meetup since the Pandemic broke out. She and her
devoted Foster Mom, Kathy, were looking forward to it. We've all been looking forward to it.
Yesterday morning was a very difficult one for the BOB Family. Every single beagle
we rescue becomes a permanent a part of us, whether they remain with us for life or they move joyfully onto Forever Adoptive
Families of their own. They never stray from our hearts.
But the Show Must Go On, as they say, so we put smiles on our faces and headed to Thomson Park for the sake of all our
members, friends, supporters, and especially for all the beagles that had been anxiously waiting for that moment.
We may have entered the park with broken hearts yesterday
but that's not at all how we left it.
joy on everyone's face changed everything. Reuniting with old friends. Meeting new ones.
And those crazy beagles of ours.
How do we even begin to describe the beagles?
Some were in adorable costumes.
Some were halfway in adorable costumes, doing their very best to tolerate their owners as they frantically tried to prepare
them for the Costume Contest.
While others (the rebels of the crowd) were naked as the day they were born, refusing to comply, nothing more than a
blur of fur as they darted past us, howling all the way in hot pursuit of the beagle in front of them.
And just like that, our spirits were lifted.
I'd like to think Mattie had something to do with it all. It would be just like
her to make such magic happen.
The first thing Mattie did when she waltzed her way into her Forever Foster Home when we took her in from the animal
shelter back in the summer of 2016?
Well, didn't she just march right up to Kathy's cat, Mr. Blue, and plant a big fat kiss on his unsuspecting face! They
were thick as thieves from that moment on.
That was Mattie. Pure Love. No hesitation. Always up for a tailwag…and a kiss.
I'd also like to think that she's been reunited with Kathy's beagle, Joey, up
there in heaven. He once won First Prize for Best Howler at one of our events. Anybody who knew Joey wouldn't be surprised
about that. And everybody knew Joey.
I'm guessing she HEARD Joey at the gates of Heaven well before she saw him.
Please light a candle for our Waltzing Matilda…
And for her Foster Mom, Kathy, who was there for her precious Mattie every dance step of the way.