A Beagle's Soul Leaves Pawprints on Your Heart
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This page is dedicated to Zucker,
who would have been one of CBR-East's first beagles:
The little boy with no name...
The Directors of CBR-East are VERY saddened to report that after
arranging to bring in our very first (two) beagles from an Ohio high-kill
shelter, we were notified that one of them passed away just one
day before starting on the road to a new life through CBR-East.
He came to arrive with the dog warden after having been thrown
from a car by his "owners," after which time he had a seizure.
He had not had any more seizures during his time with the warden,
but when they sedated him to perform his neuter, he had a
massive seizure, and had to be humanely euthanized. They
believe the seizure was still a direct result from having been
thrown from the car window.
No one cared enough for this sweet soul
during his life, but we will honor the little boy in his death. CBR-East
Director, Pattie, had already named him Zucker (German translation for "sweet"),
so that is what we will call him. We tried to rescue him, but were unfortunately too late.
Inhumanity got to him first. CBR-East is dedicated to saving
the lives of little beagles just like Zucker.
Rest in peace, little Zucker.
In memory of Zippy...
who flew into the hearts of Claudia and David, and will remain there
In memory of Millie...
rescue beagle is special, and each one who enters our lives touches us
in a unique way, so that we never forget them. Of course, there
are those who enter our lives for some special purpose, and touch us
in such a deep and powerful way that our lives are forever changed.
All of us at CBR were touched by this special little girl in the short
time that we knew her. She was loved and cared for by her
guardian angels, Chuck, Harriet and Helena for longer than any of us
thought possible. She is now at peace at
the Rainbow Bridge, and
will be missed and continued to be loved by those she left behind.
To read more about Millie's story, click
Rest in peace, little
In memory of Jake...
was an important part of our lives for 11 years. He was truly a
great family member. We all loved him, he will be missed.
Rest in peace, Good Buddy...
is saddened to report the loss of one of our volunteer rescuers:
Mary Jane (MJ) Sabino
When someone we care about
passes from this earth, I believe a star is added to heaven's galaxy in
I had the great fortune of
having a wonderful friend who was special to me in more ways than one.
I met Mary Jane Sabino when she and her husband Anthony adopted my very
first foster dog, Harley. In the process of screening her
application, I knew that I had found a rare individual who was full of
grace, warmth, compassion and kindness. Mary Jane opened her heart
to souls who needed her love and gentle touch. She was mommy to her
"girls" Phoebe, Harley, Nell - in addition, she was a wonderful mother to
her boys - and no doubt her husband is feeling the tremendous void in his
life. The Sabino's had only recently celebrated 20 years together.
MJ used to sit at her sewing
machine creating coats, blankets and sweaters for all of my own dogs and
foster dogs. She even made me a matching t-shirt personally
embroidered - she always stepped up to answer the call for help and in
doing so, she gave to rescue things that make me feel humbled. Cancer took
a very special soul far too early in her young life. She had so much
left to do and her departing has left a space no else can fill.
MJ - you may no longer walk
among those here on earth but when I need to remember a friend I've lost
(but will someday meet again), I'll need only to look skyward and think of
you. In memoriam, please consider making a donation in MJ's memory
American Cancer Society.
In memory of Jessica...
Sometimes, these special
girls come into our lives when we least expect them! Jessica's
guardians went to the shelter to see a totally different breed and age of
dog, but were actually chosen by this special little beagle. Jessica
knew she had found her forever home when she met them. Jessica was
right, and she lived the remainder of her long and wonderful 7 years with
Stephanie and her parents. Jessica went through life as a content,
happy. laid back beagle who probably never really knew all that she
brought to her family - love and comfort during those difficult times in
our lives when we look back and realize that our furry friends were the
ones who were always there for us. When Jessica's time had come, and
her body could not hold on anymore, Stephanie was there for her - to help
her cross over to
Rainbow Bridge where she can run and
sniff to her heart's content. She is still much loved and will be
Rest in peace, "Puppylove"...
In memory of Claude
was my best friend's best friend - her loyal companion for many years.
is sadly missed by his Mom, his family & friends.
Rest in peace.
With the Angels she took flight.
Though time has passed since she's been gone,
Within our hearts she lives,
Her love and joy and laughter,
Is the legacy she gives.
is saddened to report the loss of a very special person & one of our
Wictionary defines the word “character” as someone with distinctive
traits that leaves a mark or stamp on all they do. To say that Joann
was a “character” is an understatement. She possessed so many
endearing traits – her smile, her laugh, her love for dogs and her
sense of humor. Oh and that salesmanship – simply amazing! At events
she attended Joann was in the spotlight and outshined all of us with
her ability to draw people to our table. I can picture her now,
baseball cap perched on top of her head calling – no shouting over the
crowds “Beagle Rescue!!! Come on over”. And God help you if you
didn’t! She’d all but chase you to get your attention. When Joann
was at the helm we’d all step back and let her do her “thing”. It was
funny to watch but it worked and because of it, our events have been
profitable and entertaining to say the least! I teased her that she
could sell the devil back his own soul – at a discount!!
Although she had an unfair share of health issues Joann never let that
affect her spirit. It’s difficult for me to believe she’d ever give
up but ultimately it was the will of a power stronger than she that
her time with us ended all too soon. The Millers had only recently
celebrated 31 years together and just this month Joann turned 57.
Joann, you were an inspiration to me and I’m honored to have known
you. You’ll be missed by those of us who knew you and had the great
fortune of calling you a friend. Godspeed on your journey home – rest
easy knowing you did leave your mark here in our hearts.
As we watched you growing older
we were sad at what we found.
You were starting to be feeble -
It was hard to get around.
Though your spirit still was willing,
The flesh was becoming weak
And it grieved us to be thinking
That your life had passed its peak.
We had wonderful times together
And you were our faithful friend
Words can't tell how much we miss you
Since your days came to an end.
We know somewhere there's a heaven
For beloved pets like you
Where you've found a special place
And you're just as good as new
went "Night Night", one last time:
We were looking for the "Perfect Dog"! It was May 28, 1998 and we met
Mandy, rescued by Second Chance Pet Adoption League. She was at Animal
Clinic of Morris Plains, here in NJ. She didn't start out so perfect
as the destroyed window treatments, torn lamp shades, soiled carpet
and scratched furniture tops
would attest to, BUT, she became her Mommy's "Baby" and
her Daddy's "Secretary"! Given two weeks to live in 2005 she was
known, by her vets, as the "Wonder Dog", as she battled to stay with
us for almost three more years. For us; Mandy had become the
Rest in eternal peace and "run like the wind", Bud!
In memory of
August 24, 1999
- May 21, 2008
Maggie Mae, you
will always be my "Chubby Dog",
You were the sweetest girl I knew.
This should not have happened to any dog,
Especially one so loved as you.
Each day I miss you so very much, it's hard to
explain how I feel.
But looking at your pictures and remembering the
happy times is helping me to deal.
You and Maxie are our "Girls" and we love you with
all of our heart.
Just please remember this even though we are
so very far apart.
One day we will all be together again and
reunited forever but until then my
Maggie Mae, I will love you forever and ever.
Love you always,
Jenny, Lee, Jameson
Maxie, Sammie, Boo & Minna
In memory of
2006 - August 7, 2008
Ceili, you weren't in our lives for very long but for the time you
were with us, you made imprints on our heart that now have been
replaced with a hole....... we loved you in spite of it all and
will miss you forever.
Rest in peace.
The Blue Carbuncle
20th, 1996 -- December 6th, 2008
Thomas, it is over,
adventure we have shared.
quickly you have left me
wanted to hold you forever,
your silken ears against my cheek,
your sweet scented Captain Crunch coat.
spent your life under the water’s waves,
beneath the sea,
there came a time when you were
Recalled to life,
kind person fought for you,
the one no one had ever fought for before.
brought you up out of the deep ocean
the unexplored depths
began to plumb your own depths,
scratching the surface before she then
you over to me.
dived for treasure
gave me the treasure chest to keep opening,
discovering more and more riches
the surface and hidden in your heart.
Compressed all those years in a cage,
became the Blue Carbuncle of beagles,
richest diamond in the rough.
when brought together
smoothed each other,
Learning each other,
Untangling the mess
life can sometimes make of lives.
we growl at each other sometimes
Sometimes caving into the frustration
comes from being strangers in a dance?
yet, when it came time for you to leave me
Dancing beautifully together.
short a span of time.
short a span of time.
blessed me Thomas.
You blessed me.
With the treasure of
showered me each day,
from me all the caring and love
Inspiring more each moment,
I grew more love to fill the treasure chest
which your heart beat for me
this life we shared.
in the years we shared
unfolded to me,
up to Life;
because I loved you
the honor of caring for you.
more than I was
I am changed again,
Suffering my own death with yours
me that had you in my arms
together today, Thomas,
am left now to walk forward
resurrect myself from these ashes,
the ashes of the laboratory death-in-life.
even as you passed from this life
have taught me something of courage.
wagged your tail today,
in the comfort offered to you
those who would strive to save you
with that gift,
wave perhaps, you strengthened me for the road ahead.
present to me now;
you wagging your tail
peaceful acceptance of the circumstances
your death, I smile –
that was the last treasure
you left me,
inheritance for loving you,
reverberations of happiness
through the pain.
Thomas' forever mom
In memory of Thomas
à Becket Beagle...
In loving memory of
April 13, 2009
From the arms and mouth of a true
rescuer...Tucker's mommy, Pattie Scully retells some of Tucker's
Best friend to his mom, he will be
missed like no other...
Godspeed Tucker...see you at the
"Thru the years he pulled some stunts that I still shake my head
at - he had the talent of unwrapping a tootsie pop, sitting with
it - stick between his paws and he'd eat that stupid "golly" pop
without biting it almost down to the stick. He'd get his whiskers
and chin full of sticky sugary goo - but he LOVED them and stole
them whenever he could.
Tucker also was quite a burglar. We had a game that HE initiated.
I'd go to bed, he'd follow me. Give or take in 5 mins, if he
didn't get a biscuit he'd hop off the bed and go out into the
dining room, open the bottom of my curio cabinet, steal a tea cup,
bring it back to bed and would NOT give it back until I got a
treat for him. He'd growl if I tried to get it before he got a
I could spend hours telling stories like that but some I'd like to
keep to myself.
was my very best friend thru all the awful things and some of the
wonderful things that have happened to me and I'll never be the
same for having had him - nor will I ever be the same for having
loved and lost him.
Godspeed to you
Tucker - you were NOT an unwanted throw away. You were the best
dog any one person could have ever asked for and you may have been
someone else's "junk" but you will always forever remain my
In memory of
Tucker Scully - with love, Bonnie
In memory of the
most beloved beagle, Tucker - Susan Bynum
You were your
Mommy's baby boy - Carolyn
In memory of
Tucker - Steve and Tony
In memory of
2006 - August 7, 2008
"Buddy" was an older, sadly neglected guy who was placed in a local
shelter where "Big Mike" adopted him from. He spent his
last several years in "beagle bliss" on a Pennsylvania farm sniffing
way through fields and marshland. He was around 13 or 14 years old
it was time for him to cross over to the Rainbow Bridge. His familiar
old HOWL will long be remembered by all and especially by his rescued
beagle sister "Lucy".
Rest in peace.
In loving memory of
February 5, 2008 -
August 8, 2009
said goodbye to one of its own. Jessi,
one of the laboratory retirees in our care passed to the Rainbow
Bridge after being in the loving care of her foster home for one
month. Jessi was used in biomedical research and had only
1-kidney as a result of this research. We have accepted over
20 such dogs through our
Laboratory Beagle Adoption Division, but it
seemed that Jessi was "not right" upon arrival at CBR-East.
We've been keeping an eye on her, but it was finally determined that
this special little beagle was in renal failure. Something
about the surgery was unsuccessful, and it was something from which Jessi would never recover. This was crushing news to all of
us, but a reality we knew we would face one day. Jessi was loved as
any other dog in the loving home of her foster parents, Jen & Mike.
We are at least thankful that we could offer this little 1.5 year
old beagle the opportunity to experience "the real world" for at
least a short period of time so that she could run with grass under
feet and sleep on a comfortable bed or in the loving arms of her
Godspeed Jessi Fairweather.
We all love you very much.
In loving memory of Jesse James...
James was a legend (at least to me!)
He was not only an Outlaw, he was a thief. I would hear him at
night in the back bedroom under the bed (his place), gnawing on
something noisy. I caught him once with a can of Tuna,
flattened like a coin He punctured it and ripped it open with
his teeth just to get at the juice and to boot, he got most of
the tuna out of that can. Crazy dog!
On another occasion our dog walker (pro) came to the house for
dinner. She put her wrapped sandwich on the cocktail table,
took the boys out for their walk and when they came back in she
went to the kitchen for their goodies. Jessie went straight to
the living room, took her sandwich (out of the wrapper) and ran
under the bed with it and ate about 1/2 of it, before she got in
there. That was 1 of his idiosyncrasies.
I'm going to miss my buddy more than you know but he is in a
better place and I know that Joanne was waiting for him at the
bridge and they're together now, as it should be. My hope for
Jessie is that wherever he may be, when he looks down to see how
I'm doing, he'll know that his memory will always be in my
Ride with the wind, my good friend until we meet again.
See you at the Rainbow Bridge,
October 13, 1993 to July 31, 2009
In loving memory of Biloxi Bohn
December 4, 2004 -
September 15, 2009
Gone too soon...
I always took for granted,
what I thought I’d never lose.
Because I never thought it would happen,
until I heard the dreaded news.
They say you were chosen for his garden,
His preciously hand picked bouquet.
“God really needed him,
That’s why he couldn’t stay.”
Saying goodbye is never easy,
It’s the hardest thing to do.
But what hurts me even more
Is not the chance to say it to you.
So today, Biloxi, if you are listening
in your new found home above;
Would you please give me the chance to say
you filled my heart with love
A Final Tribute,
Abberdoodle, Abberdabs, Abbeygirl, she
responded to them all, knowing that whenever I used those names
something fun would happen.
Whether we were going for a ride to the shore or around town.
She was well known, and often received several treats from
people where ever we happened to go.
She was the friendliest dog around; her goal in life was to
get her tongue in as many mouths as possible.
She was good at it, many times she would find a willing
participant start licking their face, and dive in.
I only knew her to growl at something once in her life.
It was when we planted a new tree in “her” yard, it didn’t
belong, and she didn’t see it come in – she growled and barked like
she meant business at it.
She was protecting me from the tree.
Gone way to soon but gone just the same, Abbey,
you will forever have a special place in my heart that none
other could ever replace. Mere words cannot express the emptiness
that your passing has left me.
My house is quiet, the sound of your bark at the window
alerting me of rabbits is silent. I never thought I would miss that
sound as much as I do.
Abbey, your life brought me great joy, and thank you for your
unconditional love. You
taught me patience, taught me to stop and smell the roses.
To find the joy in the simple act of a walk, car ride, or a
I miss you more every day!
Rainbow Bridge must have needed your special talents, more
than I, and I will meet you there someday, until then my friend,
continue finding the joy in the simple things, and I will too.
Thank you Abbey -
short time here on Earth but forever in my heart.
In loving memory of Abbey Rankin
August 16, 2004 - January 28, 2010
loving memory of Archibald J Beagle
(AKA Archie), Xeres and Hannah....
we knew WHAT loss once meant
and then some fateful day
Your lives were ended far too soon
but why we cannot say
As humans we forget oft times
that life can bring us tears
We had you for so short a time
But are thankful for the years
we got to hug and kiss you each
and oh how the time flew
We loved you with all our souls
And we believe you knew
as you watch us from blue skies above
Please never have a doubt
With each breath we took so grew our love
And now we are without
But never have a fear because one day
we'll meet again
until that time to each other be kind
be faithful, and true friends
"We who choose to
surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live
within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept
its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory
as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the
necessary plan." - Irving Townsend
A story of a lucky little beagle whose luck finally ran out.
Pen Pen as she was called by my brother’s family was a special
beagle. My brother got
her for his family 14 years ago, and she led us on a merry beagle
Many of Penny’s stories revolve around food as most beagles
do. The first one is
about a box of chocolate donuts.
One day the family had chocolate donuts on the table for
breakfast, a seemingly safe distance from the young dog.
Not so. Penny
managed to get the box of donuts down from the table and eat the
entire box while the family was out.
Thankfully there were no ill effects from the feast.
One of the funnier stories was about an older Penny barking
and carrying on over a squirrel in the yard.
This was a surprise, as she stopped chasing squirrels and
rabbits long ago. Pen
was at the door –going nuts over this squirrel – my brother let her
out to chase it – the squirrel took off dropping the bagel piece it
was carrying. Pen ran
over to the bagel picked it up and chowed it down then came back to
the door. The squirrel
was never the cause for the excitement – the bagel was.
She was upset that the squirrel was eating the bagel.
My own story about Penny was the day she jumped out of my car
window – I had my nieces in the car with Pen. Pen was in the front
seat, leashed to me – sitting with my young niece.
I kept trying to get Penny to sit on the floor – she was not
having it – she was on Jess’s lap front paws on the car door – we
stopped for a light – Penny jumped out.
We then literally pulled her into the car (she climbed up the
door) as traffic honked and whizzed by us.
The door held her claw marks as proof of the adventure – not
sure who was more scared me, Pen or the girls – needless to say the
window was never again down when she was in that car.
Penny and Abbey were often together and Penny loved to take over
Abbey’s crate and bed – I have many pictures of them both in Abbey’s
puppy crate, and later on her bed wherever it was – Penny taught me
much for Abbey and in the end Abbey taught us how to cope with
Penny’s passing – these two special beagles are linked in the hearts
of the entire Rankin family.
Godspeed to Rainbow Bridge, Pen.
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this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that
pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our
special friends so they can run and play together. there is plenty of
food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops
and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,
legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved
look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...
- Author unknown
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