You can never get rid of the curse of the beagle

Halloween ain’t over, Rover! It’s time to do the Monster Mash at the Beagle Bash! Just when you thought it was safe to answer your door now that the ghosts and goblins have disappeared until next year, there’s a monster on the loose! He’s a one-eyed, one-tailed, flyin’ purple tennis-ball eater and he’s determined to […]

Curley, the Westie, wins her dream

Every stray dog has a story. But until we crack the Bark Code and learn the language, I’ll keep making them up. We’ve had directionally-challenged travelling sales-dogs, beauty school drop-outs and banished princesses to name a few. The cute little elf pictured here? I’m guessing she walked away from a decent job at Santa’s workshop […]

Curtain falls on great final act

This is the story of Elizabeth: The Girl with the Angelfish Tattoo. Only, it’s not her whole story. I missed the beginning and the middle, and a good chunk of the end for that matter. While some folks wouldn’t see the point of tuning in so late, there are others like me who figure the […]

How a beagle’s pen pal made a difference

When I was working in the fundraising department at the Toronto Humane Society, a big part of my job was responding to donor mail. My favourite letters were those sent by children. There was one in particular I won’t ever forget, and not just because the envelope was lumpy. The author of that letter became […]

Walkathon for a four-legged cause

According to walkathon legend, we have Diplo to thank for pounding the pavement first. In 1953, the actor/comedian walked 80 miles through San Juan, Puerto Rico, to raise money for the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer. In four days, he raised $85,000. We’ve been walking in his footsteps ever since. We walk to fight disease […]

Beautiful Angel needs heavenly home

Angels travel in packs. These gangs of good almost always have a leader too – the inspiration behind their unrelenting acts of kindness. The head halo is often elusive by nature, fluttering just out of identifying reach. But recently, I caught one by the wingtip and I absolutely refuse to let go. Of course, that […]

Try going off the ‘Deep’ end

I remember the first time bravely dog-paddling my way into the deep end of a pool. There was something about the ground disappearing from under my feet. That pool could have been as deep as the ocean for all the good it did me stretching my toes in a futile search for the bottom. And […]