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New Beginning for Otis
lives changed a little less than a month ago when
David and I picked up Otis from his foster family
at a shopping center in West Sacramento. I was very
excited about meeting him as my husband and I had
been “beagleless” for a little more
than three years.
As Otis and I settled down in the back seat of our
car for the trip home, I knew he was a keeper. When
he put his head on my lap, I melted. I had told
NorCal Beagle Rescue that I wanted an affectionate
dog that would keep me company while my husband,
who travels a lot, is away. I felt certain that
Otis would fit the bill.
in Danville and before returning home, we took Otis
to Pet Food Express for some supplies. While there I
took the liberty to get a tag for Otis to wear with
our address and telephone number on it. Upon return
home, I promptly emailed NorCal Beagle Rescue and told
them they could consider Otis “adopted”
and they could cash the check we had left with the foster
family. The intention of taking Otis home was supposed
to be a sleepover for two weeks at the end of which
the determination could be made whether things were
working out and Otis would be ours. However, having
had beagles all my life, I knew this was a special dog
that needed a stable home.
Over the next week, Otis settled in very quickly. As
each day went by, we got to know a little more about
this wonderful beagle boy. It was almost as if he were
on his good behaviour at first and was able to relax
a little more as each day went by. I’ll never
forget the morning that Otis stayed on the living room
chair while I went upstairs to take a shower. I remember
feeling a little disappointed and at the same time happy
that he was feeling “at home” enough to
Each day brought a small change in his behavior. He
got on his bed the third day we had him, even though
I had already showed it to him. Now he usually climbs
on it after he has his morning treat. He also began
to bury his “Greenies” and “pigs ears”
in various parts of the house. It was quite amusing
to me as I had not thought about this behavior for several
years. Another thing that I noticed he did was to begin
eating his breakfast or dinner by picking up several
pieces of kibble and spreading them on the kitchen floor.
After finishing the food in the dish, he always eats
the pieces on the floor.
As of this writing, Otis is at a kennel in Walnut Creek.
This is the same kennel that we took our other two beagles
to for at least 12 years until it was more comfortable
for them to stay at home and have someone stay with
them while we were away. Being aware of Otis’s
history of being shuffled around, we were very careful
to get him familiar with the kennel and its owners.
Previous to boarding him, I had taken him to obedience
classes as well as day care (at different lengths of
time) at this kennel. I hope this has made the kennel
stay less stressful for him and perhaps aware that this
stay is only temporary.
Before we got Otis I heard that when someone gets a
rescue dog, the dog spends the rest of it’s life
thanking you for it. At this point I’m not sure
who is more thankful - Otis or David and myself. I do
know that he is a very, very special beagle boy who
became part of our family in record time!
the Blind Beagle
was lucky enough to be given a second chance when
Northern California Beagle Rescue adopted me from
the shelter. I was suffering from glaucoma and had
suffered infections in both eyes. Unfortunately,
my eyes had to be removed and my new foster mom
wasn't sure whether she would be able to find me
the perfect home. I became quite attached to her,
so it was hard for her to let me go when the perfect
family was finally found.
My new family found me on the NCBR website. They
fell in love with my picture and contacted my foster
mom through email.
March 7, 2008, I met my new family and they took
me home. They were expecting me to be a lot more
work than a sighted dog, but I surprised them by
adjusting to my new home with virtually no problems.
I needed a little more help getting used to where
they keep all the furniture at my new home, but
after a couple of days I got the hang of it. They
were surprised at how trusting, loving,
and affectionate I was even though I didn't know
them yet. I was already potty trained and slept
all through the night.
now live in Santa Rosa with my Seeing Eye dog
Woody. He's a big 80 pound golden retriever. I
also have two Seeing Eye cats named Oliver &
Sasha. I have three Seeing Eye persons in my new
family. I have a ten year old little girl named
Katy who helps take care of me, and a terrific
mom and dad who talk me for walks several times
a day. They renamed me Homer (after the blind
poet). Mom calls me Mr. Beagles sometimes. They
let me sleep with them every night and can't imagine
life without me. My little girl Katy loves me
so much that she decided to donate part of her
allowance to NCBR in my honor. She wants them
to help more animals like to me to find permanent
and loving homes. A heartfelt thanks to Northern
California Beagle Rescue, Eva, and Suzie for giving
me the second chance that all dogs deserve.
gets a Sister!
Mia? We adopted her about 5 years ago and now
she has a sister, Chloe, who has joined the pack.
Chloe came to us from beagle rescue, but she never
showed up on the website. Chloe is about 17 months
old and still very much in the puppy stage. She
has been fun to have around. She and Mia play
a lot and Mia has lost a little extra weight as
a result. Chloe is very attached to Mia and we
think they will continue to bond as Chloe settles
into adulthood. They have distinct personalities,
but share common beagle traits. Mia is the tan
and white beagle and Chloe is the tri-color. Is
there a third beagle in our future? Who knows!
is the one we didn’t let get away!”
have been a foster home for beagles and
their friends since 2005. I think I have
helped find homes for more then 100 dogs.
It is a rewarding profession to be volunteering
in and the fact that I LOVE beagles is the
bonus!! I would love to own hundreds of
beagles on a huge ranch and have all of
them singing all at once, happy to be free
story is about one beagle boy that came
to us as owner surrender, in August 2008.
He was just one year old and his owner knew
that many hours stuck in his crate while
he worked, was not fair for this fine beagle
fellow. His first owner reluctantly made
the decision to surrender him to us in the
Northern California Animal Rescue Friends
he came with this cute beagle boy to my home, I
was “In love” right away. This beagle
boy was gorgeous. The most beautiful, fine beagle
specimen I have seen in a long time. Once we got
this little fellow settled, I turned to my husband
and said, “We can’t let this guy go!”
“He needs to be here, home with us!”
So we thought about it and I finally got the OK
from my husband that he thought that same thing.
This little fellow is now home! I put the adoption
proceedings into motion and now he is ours! Meet
LOUIE! The finest one year old beagle boy!!
course all of our girl beagles think he is
cute. Even the older girls are ok with this
young “Buck” beagle. So Louie
is home to stay, an unexpected treat for us
who have seen so many wonderful beagles cross
our path, any one of them would have been
a great dog to keep. Louie just had that magical
spark that caught both our eyes!!
Welcome Home Louie boy!!!
am Rosie, the Beagle formerly known as
Diamond, and this, my friends, is my story.
I am a gorgeous beagle (I know because
my mommy tells me all the time), who live
in the lap of luxury (well for a dog anyway).
Some people wanted me to write my Happy
Tail, but I thought you would rather hear
my story of Beagle Fabulosity, a sort
of Beagle rescue to family story.
new family had lost their beloved dog
Kona. Kona was a Labrador Retriever, and
he was 13. My mommy said she swore
off anymore animals because of the shedding
and really just not wanting to take on another
dogger. Well that lasted about a week she
said. Coming home to no four legged creatures
(of my beauty of course) was really hard
on her. She missed the unconditional love
that only a dog can give. So she talked
to Daddy and told him she always wanted
a beagle, and just my luck, I am a beagle!
So she went on to the rescue site and got
in touch with Susan who united us. We of
course had our sniff each other out meeting
first, then less than a week later on Labor
Day to be exact, I got to go home. Mom laughed
about the 2 week sleepover period, because
by day 2 she was so in love with me, I knew
I was in for good! She kept my Diamond name
tag though because she is doing an all about
first week, was a challenge… I was
really really shy. I didn’t want
to be left alone at home at all, I mean,
Hello? Strange house??? So Mommy talked
to her boss (aka Papa) and I have been
going to work with her ever since. I have
a really hard job at the office, I have
to sleep in all 5 of my favorite places
daily! Nana has treats in her office in
the lower right hand drawer, and I remind
her daily that is where they are in case
she has forgotten!
is my castle. Mommy calls me her little
princess, which of course I fit the bill
100%. I have my favorite sleep spots,
left side of the couch, the right side
of the couch, the foot of Mommy and Daddy’s
bed, and Maddie’s (my older sister)
bed. I visit Camden’s (my younger
sister) room, but she is such a lover,
I sometimes have to escape for a little
“me time”. I think I have
perfected “me time” as I go
monthly to my favorite spa for my aromatherapy
bath treatments (aka grooming). Mom likes
going there too, because there are plenty
of beagle sized clothes. She even got
me snow boots so when we go to the snow,
these paws stay warm and pristine!
dog park is one of my favorite haunts!
I have no idea why the call it a dog park
though, I have yet to see a dog there!
Just my furry friends. What is a dog anyway?
I love to sniff out and roll in the best
spots, and check out the St. Bernards
because well… They are a little
funny looking in a huge kind of way. Their
heads, get this, are as big as I am! I
felt like I was on Fraggle Rock when I
first saw one!
hardest part of my day is taking my
girls to school. We drive over there,
they tell me good bye and hop out.
I call after them but they just turn
and wave. I wonder when beagles will
be allowed to attend school? Beagles
we need to unite! They have huge sandboxes
and all kinds of stuff we can get
into! The best part is when we go
pick them up!!! M girls get into the
car, and it is a licking love fest!
I love my girls! I love my new life!
And I really love Susan with the Beagle
Rescue for helping me find my new
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