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August 18, 2022 eblast:


One week ago, Cooper (formerly known as Adagio) bid us farewell. Normally, I write the Tributes for our BOB beagles and honour their forever foster parents or adoptive parents or both as in this case. But I'm not going to do that this time. Cooper's Foster turned Perma Mom wrote this below for her own sake, to remember the story of her Cooper. To tuck it away somewhere safe and read it again in her old age.


It is just too beautiful not to share…



There was something about you the first time I saw your picture in Marna’s email.

And the story about how you were left behind in an abandoned apartment in Windsor.

I was hooked when I looked into your eyes…


I emailed Marna to express my interest in fostering you, had an interview with her, and was told that another lady was also interested in fostering you. Your transfer from Windsor to Beaches Animal Hospital was delayed by a week due to a kennel cough that you had developed.

When you finally arrived and had initial vetting, I brought your two brothers to meet you.


I had offered you kibble when they brought you out and you barely sniffed it. You didn’t even look at me.

The walk with the three of you, along with Marna, Steffie and Dad was uneventful.

BUT…at the end, you had wanted to go into our car even though Luke barked in protest at you.


The vet thought you had kidney disease, and you needed to be observed a while longer, and neutered prior to being sent to your foster home.


In the meantime, Marna had chosen us to be your foster family!

We had planned to have one or two more walks with you and the boys; then Covid happened!


Marna called to say that your neuter was postponed indefinitely as all vet clinics were on reduced hours and non-essential procedures were on hold. She asked whether I would mind taking you home before you had  your surgery.

So we scheduled one more walk with Steffie and your sister Melissa.

Long story short, at the end of the walk, we brought you HOME along with a bag of kidney diet which you detested!


Right from the start, you had attitude!

You demanded dinner around 5:30 every night!

But that very first night, you had difficulty breathing. Marna and I discussed your situation by phone, and I brought you to Oakville Emergency Hospital.


Over the next three weeks, we spent a lot of time at vet clinics - well actually, I had to wait outside the vet offices.

Finally, towards the end of April, you were diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis at the VEC, and underwent corrective surgery the same day.


Marna had called to warn me about the possibility of a bad outcome, but you pulled through!

I had to go home and pick you up the next day.

From then on, you couldn't wear a collar, couldn't go swimming, and could never go on long walks when it was too hot.

But you didn't mind! You were a totally different boy with the surgery and on the road to gain some much needed weight (not to mention, grow some hair).


After your surgery, your voice became deep and dinosaur-like, and you fooled many coyotes keeping them at bay.

Of course, you became quite well known in the neighbourhood.

Although you couldn't hear, you responded well to hand signals - you were such a smart boy.


Somehow, you were able to "hear" your brothers. Often during walks, I would tell Mitch in advance to tell you to be quiet when meeting other dogs, and that was what you would do. Otherwise, you would bark like a little fool at them, especially those who were bigger than you; except Andy the Golden Retriever - you had taken to Andy like he was your long lost brother.

Then there was a short but sweet crush that you had on Tulip the Jack Russell!


It was recommended that your food have the consistency of a meatball, so you continued to have kibbles mixed with thickened congee and chicken. Speaking of chicken, you loved the smell of Costco chicken and would have jumped onto the counter to steal it if your legs were strong enough.

Your love for Costco chicken diminished over time when you were introduced to beef and salmon though. I think salmon was the final winner.


You and Mitch formed a strong bond. It was Mitch who you preferred to sleep next to and spend time with. When we lost Mitch, you and Luke sat side by side for days out in the backyard, waiting for his return. It both broke and warmed my heart to see you and Luke together, comforting each other.


I'll never forget your first Christmas with us. The three of you each got a new bed and blanket.

Yours had dinosaur prints on it, naturally.

You just curled up in the middle of it and didn't budge while all the other presents were being opened.


You always joined in to defend the homestead.

Funny to remember it now, but this is what usually happened when someone was at the front door…Mitch or Luke would bark at the front door, but you would always go to the back patio door (as there might be coyotes at the back!) and HOWL; the other two would suddenly think there was action at the back and would race to join you, howling all the way. It would take up to 5 minutes to restore peace in the house.


When I would pet you, you would always move your head to cover my arm in order to keep me right there; it was so nice to lie next to you and whisper your name close to your ear so you could perhaps “feel” your name - GOOD Boy COOP GOOD Boy!


Although we only had 880 days together, you really made an impact in such a short time.

No one can ever replace you.

You will forever be fondly remembered as walking proud, with your tail held high, twirling it like a helicopter whenever you got excited.


Take care my Darling Coop, aka Remington Adagio Cooper Young-Wong.


Our song will always be “Love Me Tender”


Lucky to have been your Mom,








April 2, 2021 eblast:


We needed this so much. A reason to smile again.

We're not only smiling, we're doing the bouncy bunny hop straight through to Easter Sunday!


Last week, we posted to FB about Adagio's 13th birthday celebrations with his fab foster family and hinted about dropping by their backyard this week with a gift of our own.


To refresh your memory, Adagio came to us just over a year ago (right before the Pandemic lockdown hit us for the first time).


A heart-wrenching story of neglect and abandonment. Left behind and near starving in an apartment. Malnourished and ravaged by a flea infestation, multiple scarring and bald patches from head to tail, the few teeth remaining - nasty and decayed, nails painfully overgrown.


After extensive medical care, an exhausted Adagio finally made his way home to a jackpot of a foster family that included two beagle brothers - Mitch & Luke. But his troubles were not over. From the get go, Adagio was in and out of hospital for severe breathing difficulties. At long last, we discovered the cause thanks to the specialists at VEC.


In the midst of a full blown Pandemic, Adagio received life-saving surgery for Laryngeal Paralysis.

Ever since then, he's been making up for lost time with a foster family only too happy to fill that time with oodles of unconditional love.


Sooo, what did we bring the beagle who has everything?


Tucked inside a gift bag containing treats (a necessity for any celebratory or otherwise beagle) and a pink polka-dotted dinosaur that roars when you squeeze him in just the right way (although Pinky is no match for Adagio's Brontosaurus Bellow!) were two very special sheets of paper.


Adagio may not be able to read but I think he knew just the same that those papers meant he was never going to be abandoned again.


Happy Adoption Day, Adagio (now Cooper)!!!


All our LOVE & Congratulations to YOU and your Foster-turned-FOREVER Family - Lorita & Ming, human sister Melissa, and of course those two equally handsome beagle brothers, Luke & Mitch!




April 2020  After much struggle, we finally determined Adagio's medical condition to be Laryngeal Paralysis. On April 27th, he underwent surgery at VEC to resolve the life-threatening condition. We are so happy to announce the surgery was a success! Adagio is doing wonderfully with no further struggle breathing/eating. He's one happy boy!!! Big thanks to the VEC and to all our supporters for getting us through this costly procedure. 

excerpt from March 20, 2020 eblast:


Adagio is settling in nicely with his foster family after a rather bumpy start! On his first night this past Sunday, he was rushed to an emergency hospital due to laboured breathing. Although not yet confirmed, he may have a bout of pneumonia. Now on antibiotics, he's feeling much better and even had a shower & a blow dry today! When that elephant in the room decides to move out, we hope to have Adagio into the vets for another re-check followed by dental & neuter surgery - a procedure that is so important to his long-term health.


Feb 20, 2020 eblast:


We wanted to let you in on this boy. This adorable boy. We simply cannot get him off our minds ever since the shelter contacted us about him earlier this month. Despite how overwhelmed we are with our new rescue cases and all the serious medical demands we've been facing for both the newcomers and the old-timers in long-term care, this boy is weighing heavy on our hearts. It's been a head-spinner of a year so far. But he doesn't know that. He just needs help. And we just have to figure out how we can fit one more in the repair shop right now.


You know us. We have a tough time saying no to beagles with heartbreaking stories like his.


He was abandoned in a rental unit by his owner. The Landlord surrendered him to the shelter. He's guessed at about 12 years old. Name unknown. Whether he's ever seen the inside of a vet's office before is doubtful. This beagle has been severely neglected. First, his body condition. Described as emaciated. You can count all his ribs. His nails so long that they had curled into his paw pads. Covered in fleas. Significant hair loss. Dental disease with missing teeth. Enlarged prostate. Concerns of possible kidney failure or Addisons Disease or a gastrointestinal disease. Did I mention cataracts?


Yeah, this guy needs us. Is he going to be an easy case? Definitely not. Is he going to cost the moon? Of course he is. Would he be easy to foster? Probably not. Given the shape he's in, it's unlikely proper training was ever a priority. He does seem to like cats though and smaller female dogs, but he's wary of male dogs his size or bigger. It's unlikely he's ever had a playmate. Keep in mind, he's not yet neutered. But his medical issues require our focus first and foremost. We must get him to our vets for a full medical workup. But then, he's going to need to come HOME. He's going to need a peaceful, loving foster home and the gentle reassurance of someone special to help him cope as we sort through his health issues. That piece of the puzzle is as life-saving and crucial as his medical care.

It's times like these, we wish we could clone our wonderful foster parents.