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November 24, 2022 eblast:


Do you remember the story of The Velveteen Rabbit?

A little stuffed rabbit that wanted to be REAL.


That's how we'll remember Velvet.


She was our Christmas Miracle 2018.

She'd been found as a stray but there were suspicions the person who "found" her was actually her owner.


And so the wonderful staff at the Humane Society of Durham Region named her Myrtle (fitting for an old girl of approximately 12 years old, we suppose) and went about fixing her up as best they could. They removed a mammary mass with a high probability for malignancy, removed most of her decaying teeth as they were practically falling out, and spayed her.


That's when they reached out to us,

"Our Myrtle is now looking for a nice warm home where she can spend the rest of her time HAPPY and comfortable."


She did more than that, I assure you.

(Right after we gave her a more Christmas-y Name!)


From trips to the East Coast, to Yoga Class workouts, to tiptoeing through the tulips at High Park.

Velvet did it all.

But not without challenges.

Eventually, our tough little cookie lost both her eyes due to painful pressure we could not control.

She struggled with many other health issues too, making her a "Regular" at Dundas West Animal Hospital.

She had so many fans at the clinic.


Speaking of Fans, Velvet really did have her own FB Fan Club!

Folks love "Cute and Determined", don't you know.

Folks LOVED Velvet.

And always will.


Even when she became threadbare and lost her button eyes.   


A Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit…  

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”



We understood, Velvet.

And we loved you to the Moon and Back and always will.


We lost Velvet last night due to health complications.

But rest assured, she was surrounded by LOVE.




This is the Velvet we will remember. The Velvet with sand on her tongue and a smile on her face.


Oh, the Adventures she had…our Velveteen Beagle made REAL with LOVE!


4 years packed with beautiful memories. 

Our thanks to the Humane Society of Durham Region for saving Velvet first.

And to our Calendar Designer Ben and his wife Catherine for giving Velvet her first Christmas with us.

And to the incredible staff at Dundas Animal Hospital for always rolling out the red carpet for our Superstar and giving her the best darned care a Princess like Velvet could have ever asked for.


And MOST IMPORTANT, Our Thanks to Velvet's FAMILY --- Andre, Hyedie (and beagle sister, Phoebe!)

for making her REAL from nose to tail these last 4 years!


Please light a Candle for Velvet tonight and for her FAMILY who are missing her more than words can describe.




Dec 20, 2018 eblast:


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 say?

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

on our FB and Instagram pages.

Please 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 like Velvet.

Right now, 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.