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Lovely Beagle Girl Named Lady
I received a message regarding an adult female beagle
that needed to be surrendered. Her elderly owner had
been experiencing some major health issues and would
be going to live in Southern California with her relatives
there. Lady was temporarily going to be staying with
some other relatives in the East Bay until another home
could be found for her. She was described as an active
and loving 6 1/2 yr. old beagle, and we were sure that
she would be a cinch to place in a caring home –
that is, until we first saw her.
was born as a healthy, normal beagle pup - playful and
full of energy. However, over the past year before we
met her, she experienced great difficulties. Her elderly
owner had dementia and was unable to properly care for
her. We heard that Lady had been left in a crate for
hours on end and was fed anything but nutritional food,
mostly hot dogs. Unfortunately, her family was too far
away to know what was happening. As a result of a dangerous
diet and cramped quarters, she developed what is called
Collapsed Carpi Syndrome (CCS), also known as "down
in the pasterns". This rare condition is usually
seen in puppies as a genetic disorder and is more or
less correctable through diet and nutritional supplements.
In an adult dog, this is the extremely rare result of
poor nutrition and can be somewhat bettered through
diet changes and supplements, but often this is simply
not enough to correct the joint deformity. Below is
a picture of Lady’s disfigured legs.
husband and I were amazed as we saw this beautiful girl
dragging herself towards us, eager for a belly rub and
a kind word. She was so sweet and happy, not seeming
to mind at all that she could barely move herself a
few feet. We were determined to help her somehow. Tipping
the scale at 42 lbs., she definitely needed to shed
some weight. A wonderful long-term foster home was found
for her and she spent the next 6 months eating better
and getting regular exercise – she even lost 20
lbs. Her legs were still deformed and her front paws
are floppy at the joint but she manages a sort of scoot/walk
which is a definite improvement from dragging herself
with her front legs.
Lady had to undergo many tests and several surgeries
to help her walk upright again. Our vet generously donated
his time and resources to help Lady and made it his
personal mission to help better her condition, however
long that might take. She does take pain medication
as her bones grind on each other when she walks and
the vet suggested wrapping her ‘elbows’
when she is out on the pavement.
was permanently adopted by her foster parents and has
become a wonderful part of their family. They continue
to explore options with the vet to help her. She is
so happy and has been a joy to watch over the years.
had been without a dog since the summer of
2005. Lady, our Labrador-mix, had been put
down due to illness and old age. At the time,
we had no intention of getting another dog.
For the first time in ten years, there was
no dog poop in the backyard and no dog hair
on our clothes. That part was nice. However,
we missed the sound of happy barking, the
comfort, and the love that Lady had provided
for so many years. In the fall, Dad started
talking about beagles and the possibility
of getting one through a rescue organization.
I wasn’t even sure what a beagle looked
like. Of course, I found out, after Mandy
was brought home. Even though she was full
grown, she seemed so small compared to Lady
and she was afraid of everyone.
weren’t told much about her. We know
she’d been in other homes and none
had worked out. We were her last chance.
Mandy is so beautiful, with her sad eyes
and soft coat. Some of her favorite things
to do include ripping the squeakers out
of her squeaky toys, sitting by “the
box” (the refrigerator), looking out
the window, following us around the house,
sniffing about the yard, sleeping in while
we get ready, going on walks, and riding
in the car. She’s a typical beagle
who loves to play and really loves to eat.
Her walk is dainty, but proud. She’s
happiest when we are together.
We no longer miss the sound of happy barking
because Mandy provides plenty of it, along
with comfort and love. She will for many
years, just as Lady did, and for that we
are grateful. We love her so much!
my name is Borris and I’m 2 years old. In
February 2008, my future parents first saw me
at Petsmart, in Milpitas, during Beagle adoption
day. They asked me to sit and I sat politely.
My new parents had to wait a couple of months
until they could bring me home, because they were
going to move into a house in Hayward. But, they
did visit me every Monday at my foster parents
(Mike and Judy) home in San Jose. In April 2008,
I left my foster parents, but was very thankful
to have them, and I went home with my new family.
new home is a cool place. The neighborhood has rabbits!
I love to “play” with Rabbits. Only
thing though is that I don’t think it’s
fair that I have to be on a leash, when I want to
chase them so bad! But I have chased a couple of
things in the backyard. I got to chase a squirrel
and a mouse! I share the house with two fish. I
tried to grab them but my parents told me to stop.
I’m very spoiled! I have
a lot of toys! I attended Beaglefest last summer
and I even won a prize! My dad and I won 1st prize
in the Father/Beagle lookalike contest!
parents love football and hockey so they’ve
bought me jerseys. I was supposed to be Batman
for Halloween but my legs were too short for the
costume. So they bought me Dracula for next Halloween.
get a lot of exercise by my parents (But even better,
I get a lot of treats from my grandparents!). They
bring me to Doggie Day Camp at Petsmart, in Fremont,
at least twice a month. Although I’m only
a 15 inch Beagle, they have put me in the big dog
area! I always bring home a good report card.
have two “uncles” that live in Tracy.
One is named Pete – he is a Basenji and
the other is Sammy – he is a Border Collie
Mix. I visit them from time to time and I love
to run around the backyard. The best part about
visiting them is that my grandma here also gives
me lots of treats!
love to go “bye bye”. I carry my leash
to the door. My mommy’s SUV has a subwoofer
and I use it as a pedestal. I get to see all the
cars and people walk around. I love to bark at motorcycles.
I love to help cook. I love to help clean the kitchen
floor. I love to chase water from a hose. I love
to sit on Santa Claus. I love kids. I love to cuddle!
I ever get in trouble? That’s a hard one.
the first few months, I used to jump on the dining
room table. There were apples up there. So I grabbed
one and took it outside for snack. It was sour.
So I spit it out. My parents figured that I didn’t
like apples, so they sprayed “Sour Apple”
on things I wasn’t supposed to chew on,
like furniture. However, I did get my share of
chewing slippers, shoes, hats, and my dad’s
wallet (which I had to buy him for x-mas since
I destroyed it).
wasn’t supposed to dig either. But I couldn’t
help it. Once, I dug about 3 holes, rolled around
in it and came inside the house muddy. They were
mad while they were cleaning me off. But I did
help my daddy put new sod a couple of months ago.
I’ve had a blast with my new family and
I am really glad they adopted me. It’s been
a great year!
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