Mission Statement To place Beagles in need into
loving, permanent homes and to provide educational resources to help
prevent future displaced Beagles.
Our program is funded by private
donations. Your support is appreciated!
I am a 2-year-old sweet beagle who loves
everybody. My former owners didn’t love me back. It was
the 4th of July and there was
a big party at my house. When the fireworks started going off, I got
very, very afraid. I accidentally pooped in the living room in front
of company. When my owner saw what I had done, he started screaming
and kicking me. I was so sorry I did that, but I couldn’t help it.
He was kicking and kicking and I could no longer stand. I tried to
drag myself to a corner to get away from his abuse, but the last thing
I remember is his foot coming toward me. I lay in pain all night not
knowing what to do to help myself.
The next morning, I was taken to the ER
hospital and my owner told them to put me to sleep because he didn’t
want to pay for treatment and he just didn’t want to be bothered with
me anymore. The wonderful doctor at NWVS was so kind to me and spoke
so sweetly to me…but she had a look of despair in her eyes. She went
to a back room and discussed my fate with other vets. They decided to
call CBR and ask for help. CBR immediately said YES, they would help
me…and my life was spared.
In the arms of the neurosurgeon,
Braveheart hangs onto life.
Hands helping Paws
The hard part now is that I can’t walk.
I have a severely inflamed spinal cord causing paralysis from my
mid-spine down to the end of my tail. I cannot walk or go to the
bathroom by myself. I have a lot of special needs right now. I need
a special bed and for now, I need a sling or a doggie cart to help me
get around. The specialist thinks I will walk again some day, but it
may take a long time. I am beginning to get sensation in my back
legs, but I still can’t move them or even wag my tail. In the
meantime, I need monetary help to purchase the supplies I will need
and also to help pay for my continued medical care.
Paralysis obvious, Braveheart is
thrilled to have visitors in the hospital.
Braveheart takes his first walk in a
sling, 4 days after his injury.
Braveheart tries out his temporary
cart. It's a challenge, but he's up for it.
Here is a list of items I will need: a
special orthopedic bed so I don’t get bed sores, special booties so my
feet don’t scrape along the ground, doggy diapers, a doggy cart and
sling, and special cleaner because I can’t control my bladder. Some
of the medical help I need includes hospitalization, rehabilitation,
and physical therapy.
I understand all of these things cost a
lot of bones…and right now I don’t have any. But if you could help
me, I promise I’ll work hard to repay you…with love, kisses, and
whatever bones I haven’t yet eaten (I am a beagle after all)! Thank
you for caring so much and for bringing hope back into my life.
Tinker Sarver, "You can do it buddy!". - Caron & Drew S.
hugs to Braveheart! - Forrest & Kelly M.
prayers are with you. In memory of Radar and Rowdy - Karen H.
loving memory of our beloved beagles, Bagel & Barney - Vicki S.
strong Braveheart. We are all pulling for you to make a full
recovery. -Joyce A.
loving memory of our beloved beagles, Bagel & Barney - Rick & Mary
go Braveheart, I am so sorry you humans treated you so
badly. That has me in tears. I know this isn't much but I would
like to help you with what I can. God bless. - Julie T.
Texas rescued basset hounds and their basset slave are sending
lots of healing drool to Katie, Braveheart and their CBR
caretakers (i.e. foster 'angels'). God bless CBR as they take on
the challenge of helping Katie and Bravehart heal from their
physical and emotional wounds. Maggie, Jackie, Kim, Rosie (ATB
9/3/05), Daisy (ATB 5/27/04) - all at one time my foster basset
hounds through North Texas Basset Hound Rescue, Inc. - Janet D.
when I read Braveheart's letter. How can someone be such a
monster. My beagle, Bella is in the final days of the B.O.N.E.S
2007 Calendar Contest. The money I was going to use to add more
votes for her, I'd rather send to Braveheart. God bless you for
taking him in and caring for him. Will charges be brought against
his former owner? I sure hope so! - Ron J.
Braveheart, From Duke & Joy, former Tesoros Beagles, currently
living the good life in Huntington, TX - Anthony Z.
another beagler never feel your pain - keep your spirits up and
good luck, Braveheart! - Love, Bailey, a beagle from PA
Marilyn and Chaos
memory of Mia who never knew an unkind act
memory of Hutch
give up. A lot of people love you! - Roger P.
a beagle, but I was abused too. I have a loving home now, and so
will you. Love, Penny
BraveHeart, you have the sweetest face. I pray for your rapid
healing and that you will have the best forever family ever.
NancyAnn in Oregon
you feel better soon! - Tanya S.
your beagle buddies, Blue and Bella, a former CBR beagle who found
her home with humans who would NEVER hurt her and love her and her
brother dearly and are so sorry for you. In memory of Tucker and
the person who did this will be prosecuted!Sometimes you really
wonder about humans! Hang in there you are in kind hands
now. - Beagles Chloe and Murphy
you have lots of reasons to practice wagging that tail! - Doranna
there, buddy! Lots of hugs & kisses to you. - Nikki & Ray and
beagles, Hunter & Ally
Braveheart: Get Well Soon.
Braveheart- Here's hoping you find a home as lovely as mine. From
one dearly loved beagle- who is also scared by fireworks- Gabby.
an apt name you have, Braveheart. Keep fighting. Much love,
sold a puppy today so she is sending part of the money to
Braveheart. -Irish Coffey Beagles
honor of a beagle named Rusty Blue & a collie named Seamus who are
proud to help Braveheart & Katie.'
their buddy, we know you can do it! Your beagle buddies, Scooter &
Autumn Your golden retriever buddies, Mollie, Bennett, & Sydnee
Braveheart, How could anyone be so cruel. Be strong sweetheart and
fight on. I hope you find a forever home soon. Hellen, UK (owner
of Caleb and Foxy-Roo - beagles)
& Thurston Howl V hope you get well soon and find the family you
you and may you recover and never be in pain again.' Valerie,
Dwane, Beauregard, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Mikey ATB
its great seeing you on the Web CAM and the progress you are
making. Bella and I have decided to stop our Sunday ritual of
ordering pizza and we will be sending the $20 we would spend to
you every week. When I'm depressed I just go to the Web CAM and
you make me feel better. Thanks. - Ron J.
well Braveheart and know that there are many who love you and are
praying for you. God Bless - Audrey R.
Hang-in there Braveheart! - Betsy S.
July 13, 2006:
Dr. Prouty is discharging Braveheart tomorrow! CBR's Critical Care
Team, including his fabulous foster, will be trained by our vets on
how to care for him. He still has no bladder or bowel control, but
today he exhibited a slight flex in his right hind leg and tucked his
tail! He will be in intensive rehabilitation in the next few
days...watch for updates and pictures! BRAVEHEART sends AROOOS to all
of his supporters.
23, 2006: What a huge heart and gentle soul this sweet dog has!
He seems to make improvements every day...small improvements, but
improvements nonetheless. One of our greatest days was when he began
to be able to wag his tail to greet us! Just say "BRAVEHEART!" and he
wags his little tail. He is beginning to be able to bear weight on
his legs while in the sling, but cannot stand on his own yet. He is
able to control his bladder as of a couple of days ago...a huge
step! This little guy is set up in our office in a baby crib and he
hangs out with us all day. He watches every move and lets us know
when he needs to go outside to relieve himself. During those times,
we set him into the sling and let his front legs do the walking right
out the door! Such a love. Braveheart sends his greatest love to all
of you who have helped him. He will have a long road ahead of him,
but with the whole country sending him strength, how can he not make
it? THANK YOU! Watch for updates from his vet visit coming up on
July 26. He also has his first rehabilitation appointment that day.
Most days you can view Braveheart on the web cam, by logging into
Yahoo! Messenger, and adding sobrien1 to your buddy list. Click on
"view my web cam" to watch him! If you get stuck, email Susan O'Brien
and she'll walk you through the process!
31, 2006: It's a beautiful sunny day and Braveheart is still
making tiny improvements. He has another rehab session tomorrow.
He decided he wanted to go outside like all of our other beagles
and bask in the sun! Take a look at how happy this boy is now
that he's feeling better and sees a ray of hope! Notice his brand
new harness and collar! He is able to bear weight enough to
remain standing, with help, for almost 30 seconds. He is starting
to move his back legs forward in a walking motion, but they're not
in sync yet. His tail...oh, that tail! It wags and wags...a very
rewarding sign of progress! THANK YOU to all Braveheart fans! He
remains on the web cam daily!
August 2, 2006:
Braveheart continues to make small improvements...actually BIG
improvements! He just completed his second rehab visit and he
actually was able to go from a sitting position to a standing
position! Wobbly, but successful. He had his first underwater
treadmill session too! At first he just thought the big tank was
for drinking...then, with the technician's help, he figured out
that his feet could actually MOVE while under water. The tech
manually moved his hind legs in a walking motion, then he started
this motion on his own! Through the tears, he was encouraged to
keep going...and he did. After this session he was exhausted and
had a long nap. THANKS to our donors, this therapy is possible!
Braveheart says THANK AROOOO!!!
is me taking a stroll down the hall with the help of Dr. Shaw and
mascots Savannah (rottie) and Daniel
Therapy tank starting
guide my feet!
Look at me go!
August 8, 2006: Braveheart stood on his own today! It was
like a miracle just happened! We were cleaning out his pen and laid
him in a bed outside the pen. We turned around and there he
was...standing there wagging his tail! In therapy today, he was able
to do 8 minutes on the underwater treadmill...without assistance from
the tech! It is such an exhilarating experience to see him progress
from total paralysis to taking his first steps. He couldn't have done
it without the words of encouragement from all of his on-line fans!
Oh...Braveheart has his own email address now:
Feel free to contact him. He personally answers each email! Also, the
web cam has been down for a few days, but it's back up now. Please
log on (see above) to view him!
October 10, 2006:
Braveheart continues to grow stronger...and is getting quite spoiled as he
deserves! His favorite activity now is to empty ALL of the stuffed
toys out of our giant toy box and carry them one by one outside on the
deck. When he gets enough of them out there, he will then start
rearranging them....carrying some of them to the other side of the deck.
The end result is that there are 2 piles of toys outside and nobody better
disrupt them because he'll know! There could never be enough toys
for this boy. He also absolutely loves going to therapy twice a
week. He gets to excited there that he whines and wags his tail so
hard it's blurry. We are thrilled that on September 17, 2006, he and
Katie were adopted...by the same family. As soon as he is released
from medical care, he and Katie, who are being fostered together, will be
moving to Idaho. This is such a inspirational story...one where a
beautiful, sweet beagle was literally about to die from the abuse of his
owner...but now who will get to live happily ever after with a new family
who will love his every move. Katie & Braveheart (who will be
renamed "Sebastian") have a Godfather, Ron Janick and Gail Wilkening is
Denise & Susan, CBR's co-founders are
Katie's Godmothers! BRAVEHEART THANKS ALL OF HIS SUPPORTERS
for caring enough to reach out to help him and his sister, Katie!
Because of YOU, he is walking again, and has regained a tremendous amount
of muscle tone! He still has some work to do, but he's on the home
stretch. We are confident that he will lead a near-normal life now.
Dr. Shaw even gave him permission to attend CBR-West's upcoming BARKTOBER
'FEST on 10/29! Just think what an emotional day that will be for him..he
will get to go on an outing at a park with other beagles, many of which
were rescued too!
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