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Meet the official beagle walkathon wiggler

Don’t tell anyone, but before I started my little beagle rescue, I had a habit of mixing up beagles with basset hounds. I know the difference now. While they might both resemble cartoon characters, beagles are less exaggerated. No offence to basset hounds of course, but the body parts of your average beagle are in […]

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A furry story of revival

This is a revival story. It seems fitting for the time of year, even if the carelessly optimistic flower buds in my garden were covered by an inch of April snow when I sat down to write this article. Hopefully by the time you read this story, my tulips will have recovered from the shock […]

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Pint-sized Chip has personality to spare

This isn’t my first crush on a dog sporting an underbite. Back in my volunteer dog-walking days at the Toronto Humane Society, I fell hard for a boxer named Brady. That bottom jaw jutted out worse than Private Bubba’s in Forrest Gump. It only added to his charm, but before I could make the conversion […]

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Have a little Faith

Is it just me or do dogs seem to have the whole “Why are we here?” thing figured out? It’s probably just me. Blame it on an overly active imagination fueled by a beagle-like need to know what’s on the other side of the fence. But who knows? By the time you finish reading this […]

Jolene may steal your heart

Dolly Parton once wrote about Jolene, “your beauty is beyond compare … please don’t take my man … don’t take him just because you can.” The Jolene pictured here looks perfect for the part. Just ask the frisky cast of the famous musical production CATS. Jellicle cats of any persuasion possess an exquisite sense of […]

Take a left turn with Franky

I bought a T-shirt this summer with a great saying printed on the front: “When nothing goes right – go left.” If the 11-years-young beagle pictured at right were to have her own motto that would be it. She’s got a quirky sense of humour. She’s also got brilliant navigating skills when following life’s crazy […]

‘Baseball Boys’ find homes

It’s funny how a block in the road can lead you down a path perhaps you were meant to take all along. I was planning to write about a parrot rescue, but it fell through at the last minute leaving me with nothing to chirp about. That’s when I started thinking about how my Beach […]

Celebrate canine kisses at Slobberfest

As far as I know, no dog has ever mastered the classic silver screen kiss. Too much tongue. Too much slobber. But that’s a dog for you. I’m inclined to believe the more grateful the dog, the messier it gets. On Saturday, May 30, we will be celebrating the slobber at Slobberfest. The dedication to […]

Kobi is out of this world

SPACE … the final frontier! The destination for every dog I write about – to explore strange new worlds (aka the centre of the couch on movie night and every square inch of our beds after the movie); to seek out the ultimate spoiled life with human civilization by always stealing the best spot; to […]