The Bravest Beagle

This is Vinnie, the Beagle. I met Vinnie and his owner at Skylarks Nature Reserve. When they walked along behind us, Vinnie shied away from Jan’s mobility scooter and I commented that dogs often did that. But the real explanation was actually heart-breaking. Vinnie had spent the first three years of his life in a laboratory in France and been with his new owner for just a month. When I bent down to stroke him, he flinched, and any movement, however small, had the same effect. Eventually, after nearly a quarter of an hour’s conversation, he approached me and had a good old sniff, although I still wasn’t allowed to pet him. Vinnie had to be carried back to his owner’s car because nothing would coax him to walk past the scooter. At all times, his owner talked to him in a slow, calm voice and said Vinnie was getting better all the time but it would be a long job. I consider myself a tough old bird, but I shed tears for that dog. I have never given much thought to ‘animal rights’ but you can be sure I will do in the future … and more than just think about it. I hope to meet Vinnie again and see him grow in confidence and courage.

4 Comments on “The Bravest Beagle

  1. Sadly Beagles are used all over the world for out dated and unnecessary experimentation. I have friends who have been used and they suffer from all sorts of anxiety and panic for years. Gradually they can be brought closer to a normal life with love, although it is gradual.


  2. That’s a real treat to hear that Vinnie is on the mend. I love a story with a happy ending!

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  3. I’m sure that Vinnie will recover, and possibly in times to come will be bounding about all over you. In the meantime loving care is what he needs and seems to be getting.

    They used to say in the navy that “some folks should be stood against the wall and shot with a ball of their own sh!t” and this is too good a fate for people who do such things to the innocent.

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    • This is an oldish post, re-posted during the recent shake-up of my blog. I saw Vinnie a few weeks ago; he is now playing with his dog-friends at the park and came up to me freely for a bit of ear-tickling. It was wonderful to see. (And I agree wholeheartedly with your last sentence)

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