The hound dog in the tub with the big dreamy eyes has only one New Year’s resolution, aside from keeping sparkly clean. He’s howl-bent on being a better dog.
His initial motivation is sure to break your heart. Our bubble bath boy was hoping if he accomplished his objective, his ‘humans’ would come back. But he wasn’t quite sure how to achieve this lofty goal. He thought he might have known the secret once upon a time, but that was nearly 10 years ago when he was still a puppy. He remembers feeling like a part of the family in those days. Maybe they just liked him more back then for some reason. They used to pat his head and call him by name. He barely recognizes his name anymore. Perhaps it’s just as well – they named him after booze.
He was a farm dog. You might think that would be fun, but it all depends on whether you’re considered family. For some dogs, it can be a lonely life left tied outside. For some dogs, days are spent waiting and wishing for an occasional pat on the head.
The farm where he lived was sold and his humans were preparing to move. He assumed he’d be joining them, especially when they helped him into the car a couple weeks before Christmas. He loves car rides! But the excitement was short-lived. They brought him to a strange place, signed a piece of paper and left.
He’d never been inside an animal shelter before. It felt crowded with so many sad dogs barking around him. But he didn’t know it was over-crowded. He didn’t know the kind staff had some difficult choices to make. He didn’t know he was among the ‘unadoptable’ because of his age. He didn’t know it didn’t matter if you were young at heart. But he also didn’t know the nice lady who gave him a soothing bath soon after his arrival and let him hang out with her in the front office whenever she could, was desperately trying to save his life. She made a phone call and, afterwards, she bent down to meet his soulful eyes and told him to cross his paws.
Christmas came and went. If not for the nice lady, he may have given up all hope. Despite the circumstances, his tail remained operational. That’s because of all the attention she gave him. It made him happy, and happiness is always worth a tail-wag. Little did he know things were about to get even more wag-worthy! The nice lady had finally found him a fairy tale happy ending with Big On Beagles (BOB) Rescue. He didn’t know he was only one exciting car ride away from a foster family anxiously counting the days until they could pat his head for the first time. He also didn’t know someone had been working on a new name for him. It needed to be one that sounded close enough to his old one – just in case he vaguely remembered being named after booze – but much nicer.
We named him Wesley, after the farm boy in The Princess Bride… “Poor and perfect, with eyes like the sea after a storm.”
There’s nothing quite like true love to kick off a new year! We loved Wesley before we even met him. The stories passed along by his devoted office mate at the shelter and the family who gave him temporary lodging a week before his one-way trip to Toronto, was all it took to win our hearts. Wesley loves hugs. Wesley loves walks. Wesley loves sleeping in the people bed. Wesley loves cheese and crackers.
He’s still working on that resolution but with a different goal. He figures if he keeps striving for perfection, his new humans will give him even more loving…if that’s possible. Wesley is a bit of a perfectionist, especially if his efforts might lead to more cheese and crackers. Of course, he’s got our full support. Don’t we all want to be a better version of ourselves? Despite how perfect he already is in our eyes, we resolve to cheer him on with a pat on his head and a whisper in his ears: “As you wish!”
Here’s to worthwhile resolutions! Our thanks to Sarah at Kingston Humane Society for resolving to save Wesley by calling BOB Rescue, (bigonbeagles.ca)! We also thank brand new foster parents, Ben and Catherine, for their own timely resolution – to give a less fortunate beagle the chance to find true love! Finally, we thank YOU for resolving to inspire rescue groups like ours year after year, resolute dog after resolute dog. Happy YAPPY New Year, everyone!
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Born and raised in the Beach, I now reside in the Kawartha’s where I am involved with an
animal shelter. This article brought a few tears, but such a heartwarming story to read and know that Wesley is now in a safe loving home. I have printed it out to show the others at the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society. Kudos to Sarah and BOB Rescue