We love to hear from stories from our adopters! Each one of these beagles touches our lives in a special way - hearing the "Happy Tails" makes everything we do worthwhile! Below are just a few examples of some of our happy beagle tails!
Read all of the Happy Tails by paging through them below (stories are listed from newest to oldest) or click on a name to go to a specific article.
Do you have your own Happy Tail story about adopting a B.O.N.E.S. beagle that you'd like to share? Please send it, along with any pictures, to email@example.com.
We have all experienced loss in our lives, some of which affects each of us more than another. This is how I felt in July of 2006 at the loss of my beloved Copper, a redbone coonhound of 17 years. I had lost pets before, some had been with me longer than Copper, but she was special to me, and my heart was seriously broken this time. No way was I ready to even think about adding to our household permanently.
My heart felt icy at the thought of it, but without her, our house was much too empty with only one beagle. That is one reason we decided to apply to foster for BONES. Once our application was approved, we couldn't wait for our first foster, so my teenage son and I drove 4 hours to Maine to pick up our first foster from a shelter. Within the next 6 weeks, three fosters came and two went. The third foster was Keifer. When he had been with us about two weeks, he went to a family for a foster to adopt. Within a week, he was back in our home - the foster to adopt had failed. Another foster came shortly thereafter, and now our house had three beagles. Very soon, we were back to two; the other foster had been adopted. It was just our beagle Prince, and Keifer once more. Christmas and the New Year came and went, and still Keifer remained. By the time he had been with us for 6 months, my husband and our teenage son both knew he was meant to stay. One evening as I came home from work, they met me at the door and told me "We think you need to adopt Keifer." "He makes you happy again" they said. "Happier than you have been in months." (They meant since Copper.) As I stood there absorbing what they were saying, I realized that they were right.
My broken heart had healed much sooner than I had ever imagined, the icy feeling had melted away - all because of one very happy-go-lucky brown and white beagle with golden eyes and a lust for life. While the week he was gone to the failed foster to adopt home may not have been the best experience for Keifer, I will always be grateful that it did fail. It brought Keifer back to us, where he belonged all along. I just had not been ready to see it until now, and I am grateful to BONES for allowing us to adopt Keifer and make him a forever part of my family. We continue to foster, but now we have two of our own plus fosters.
The house is definitely not empty anymore!
Jeanne Faircloth, March 2007