September 21, 2022:
Roxy aka Doodle-Bug
has not been a good year. We've lost far too many beagles. We now sadly add Roxy to that number.
it can be so hard to see a bright side at such a dark time in our history, there truly is a bright side when it comes to Roxy.
Like there is for every beagle we've loved and lost. Because we had the good fortune to not only save them but to fill their
lives with love and joy no matter how long or how short the time we were given to do that.
is in the moment, after all.
So when it comes to Roxy, these last 2 1/2 years have been an
If it were not for some very special people along the way, some
of whom don't even know all the happiness they made possible, we would never have known this dear little girl who has now
left a permanent mark on the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
If only we could
thank the vet who refused to euthanize Roxy and her big brother Sox back in January 2020.
Their owners had
split up. One got the kids. The other got the dogs. For a brief time, husband and dogs lived in a motel until the day the
husband decided he couldn't manage their care anymore. That's when he brought them to a vet clinic to end their lives. They
were 10 and 12 years old. They were healthy for the most part. And like most beagles, despite their age, they still had plenty
of ants in their pants. They deserved so much more. Because of that vet, they had the chance to get what they deserved and
We also thank the animal shelter where they wound up next. The compassionate shelter
staff could see how precious the pair was and how much they needed a second chance at a lasting love. Thank you, Muskoka SPCA.
Here's where we get the proverbial shiver down our spine. Here's where the stars aligned.
How everything seemed as though it was meant to be.
BOB Forever Foster
Beagle, Sylvia hailed from the Muskoka SPCA. She bounced her way into our arms back around Christmastime 2017. You'll be delighted
to know she's still keeping her forever foster parents on their toes 5 years later.
mom, Leanne, kept her ties with the Muskoka shelter as a devoted volunteer.
When she met Sox & Roxy, she knew just
who to call!
But would we be able to find a loving family ready and willing to open their arms
to both beagles?
Well, as a matter of fact, we did.
and Helen had been following our rescue work through social media for some time. They'd been thinking about reaching out to
us over the years but hadn't been quite ready to take the plunge.
Until they saw
That's when their hearts knew.
It was time.
So for the last
2 1/2 years, Roxy and Sox have turned their lives completely upside down and they could not be happier for it.
faced many challenges with these two, beginning with Roxy's extreme shyness and Sox's extreme exuberance about absolutely
everything, not to mention plenty of health issues along the way. So many health issues, in fact, their vet clinic is their
But they did it all for the love of these two. For the pure joy of these two.
they lost their precious Roxy. Their DoodleBug. Sox's little sidekick, although Roxy would insist she was always the boss.
Her downfall was likely due to cancer. We know she had a mass on her heart and she'd been
struggling as of late.
There was nothing more we could do and so this little family that only became a
family in these last 2 1/2 precious years of nature trail walks and cuddles on the couch said goodbye to their Roxy as though
she had been a part of the family her entire life.
I know far too well what such loss feels
like when you return home without that member of your family. My heart goes out to Gary, Helen and Sox now as they support
one another during this sad time. I just want to whisper to them, "Remember all that light you brought into her life.
It made up for everything that happened before you. She'll carry it with her now. Heaven is better because of it."
Roxy's behalf, THANK YOU.
Please light a candle for Roxy tonight. And to her Family. Her Forever Family.