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This page is dedicated to Zucker,

who would have been one of CBR-East's first beagles:



(I.D. 1307)



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.  

Our Furry Friends...





Claude Monet







Jessi - CBR

Jessie James






Their caretakers...


Mary Jane Sabino

Joann Miller


In memory of Zippy...

The "superdog" who flew into the hearts of Claudia and David, and will remain there forever. 

Rest in peace.


In memory of Millie...

Every 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 here.

Rest in peace, little angel...

July 2006.


In memory of Jake...

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...

July 2006.

CBR-East 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 their place.


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 to the American Cancer Society.


Pattie Scully

Director, CBR-East

December 2006

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 the Rainbow Bridge where she can run and sniff to her heart's content.  She is still much loved and will be truly missed.

Rest in peace, "Puppylove"...

February 2007


In memory of Claude Monet...

Claude was my best friend's best friend - her loyal companion for many years.

Claudie is sadly missed by his Mom, his family & friends. 

Rest in peace.

May 2007

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.



CBR-East is saddened to report the loss of a very special person & one of our core volunteers: 

Joann Miller


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.


Pattie Scully

Director, CBR-East

September 2007

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

Mandy went "Night Night", one last  time:
February 19,2008

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  "Perfect Dog"

Rest in eternal peace and "run like the wind",  Bud!

In memory of Maggie...

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 Ceili...

October 28, 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 Beagle

October 20th, 1996 -- December 6th, 2008

Well, Thomas, it is over,
This adventure we have shared.

So quickly you have left me

When I wanted to hold you forever,

To feel your silken ears against my cheek,

Stroke your fur,

Smell your sweet scented Captain Crunch coat.

You spent your life under the water’s waves,

Buried beneath the sea,

Seemingly forgotten.

But there came a time when you were

Recalled to life,

When a kind person fought for you,

You, the one no one had ever fought for before.

And she brought you up out of the deep ocean

From the unexplored depths

And began to plumb your own depths,

Just scratching the surface before she then

Turned you over to me.

She had dived for treasure

And she gave me the treasure chest to keep opening,

To keep discovering more and more riches

Beneath the surface and hidden in your heart.

Compressed all those years in a cage,

You became the Blue Carbuncle of beagles,

The richest diamond in the rough.

And when brought together

We smoothed each other,

Learning together,

Learning each other,

Untangling the mess

That life can sometimes make of lives.

Didn’t we growl at each other sometimes

As we were learning,

Sometimes caving into the frustration

That comes from being strangers in a dance?

And yet, when it came time for you to leave me

We were Dancing beautifully together.

In so short a span of time.

In too short a span of time.


You blessed me Thomas.

You blessed me.

With the treasure of you

You showered me each day,

Drawing from me all the caring and love

I could muster,

Inspiring more each moment,

So that I grew more love to fill the treasure chest

In which your heart beat for me

And this life we shared.

I grew in the years we shared

As you unfolded to me,

Opening up to Life;

I grew because I loved you

And had the honor of caring for you.

I am more than I was

And now I am changed again,

Suffering my own death with yours

As the me that had you in my arms

Is also no more.

We died together today, Thomas,

And I am left now to walk forward

And resurrect myself from these ashes,

As you once did

From the ashes of the laboratory death-in-life.

But even as you passed from this life

That you loved

You have taught me something of courage.

You wagged your tail today,

Taking in the comfort offered to you

By those who would strive to save you

And with that gift,

That wave perhaps, you strengthened me for the road ahead.

You are present to me now;

I feel you;

I see you wagging your tail

In peaceful acceptance of the circumstances

With no fear,

And I smile.

Even in your death, I smile –

Because that was the last treasure

That you left me,

My inheritance for loving you,

The reverberations of happiness

Echoing through the pain.

-Michele Krause, Thomas' forever mom


In memory of Thomas à Becket Beagle...







In loving memory of Tucker...

April 13, 2009


From the arms and mouth of a true rescuer...Tucker's mommy, Pattie Scully retells some of Tucker's antics. 


Best friend to his mom, he will be missed like no other... 


Godspeed Tucker...see you at the Rainbow Bridge....

"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 reward.

I could spend hours telling stories like that but some I'd like to keep to myself.

He 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 treasure."


Memorial donations:

In memory of Tucker Scully - with love, Bonnie and Donna

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

Cheryl Kresen


In memory of Buddy...

October 28, 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 his way through fields and marshland. He was around 13 or 14 years old when 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.

Memorial donations from:
Susan Bynum
Joshua Radzin

In loving memory of Jessi Fairweather...

February 5, 2008 - August 8, 2009

CBR-East 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 foster dad. 

Godspeed Jessi Fairweather. 
We all love you very much.
In loving memory of Jesse James...
August 2009

Jessie 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 heart.

Ride with the wind, my good friend until we meet again.

Lou Miller


See you at the Rainbow Bridge, Clipper...
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,  

Abbey, 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 stolen treat. 

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

In loving memory of Archibald J Beagle (AKA Archie), Xeres and Hannah....
March 2010

We thought 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

So 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

Fragile Circle

"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 adventure. 

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.


Personalized Rainbow Bridge Poem
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Just 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;

those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,

just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;

they 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 quivers.

Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,

his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,

you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,

and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,

so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

- Author unknown




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