Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meet Mr Baxter Brown the Beagle

Come meet Baxter Brown, a 6 years old sweetheart who is looking for a forever home to call his own.
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Baxter, a good-natured fellow is extremely fond of his meals and treats. His soulful brown eyes will tug at your heartstrings, especially when he is begging for his treats. Affectionately known as Bax or Baxy by his fosterer and many friends, Bax is your typical beagle who enjoys a few good howls and many tummy rubs.

Why?
Left to die
In the rain and storm
Can you see my tear?
Can you hear my cry?
Someone, tell me why?

A completely emanciated and tick infested Bax was found wandering on the streets in a forsaken place with another beagle. What a strange sight they presented, two pedigrees in an area where few cars drive past and no residents in sight. Together, the two homeless dogs were seen walking slowly on the road, battling the harsh rainy weather and hungry tummies as their noses searched for food and a place and shelter from the rain to rest their heads.

A feeder who frequents the area saw the strange sight and gave them food of which the other bigger and slightly rotound beagle hungrily took. Bax appeared aloof, as she said and just sat on, looking tired from his journey. The feeder saw that they had been bullied by other dogs and were badly bitten. Bax still bears the scars on his face and body from marks in the wild.

The feeder took pity on them and decided to try relocate them but it was late in the evening, in heavy downpour and she had nowhere and no one who could take in two big dogs. Bax's friend was whining piteously with anxiety when she tried to leave and so he was placed as the needier of the two. She managed to find a foster home for one dog and he was chosen to be relocated on the same night and unfortunately she had to leave  Bax behind and alone in the the streets till another foster home could be found for him. While the feeder did not know was, ironically, Bax was the sicker of the two. He had not been eating for many days and was dazed and listless from an infection in his tummy, probably caused by some bad food he ate. She had thought he was aloof but in fact he was too sick and too listless to care about his surroundings and even whining or barking was too much of an effort and required too much energy. (Now we know that that accordingly to the vet, had Bax not been relocated when he did, he would have died in two to three days for he was extremely malnourished and weak.) For many hours, poor Bax sat under the rain in the dark, shivering against the cold and just sitting there, looking and hoping that someone would come and help him. He didn't understand why he was abandoned and why this time, he had lost his only canine companian and he was truly and totally alone.


This is the photo of Bax when left behind after his friend was relocated.
This is the photo that caught the eye of the second foster family
who could not fathom how a dog could survive alone in the rain,
the storm, wet, cold, hungry and bitten by the other dogs.

But God had plans for Baxter Brown. When news about Bax and his photo was circulated, another family felt sorry for Bax after hearing his plight and took him in. Bax was rescued from the cold the next day and finally tucked into a warm bed.



Can any dog, much less a beagle not be tempted by food?
When this photo was taken, unknown to anyone then,
Bax was much too tired and sick to enjoy the cookie on his nose

He was given many delicious things to eat but to the fosterer's astonishment, Bax ate very little and was tired all the time. From the most delicious home cooked food to specially bought cans and recommended kibbles and dehydrated treats, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, eggs, cheese, essence of chicken and what have you, nothing worked and a visit to the vet was necessary because it is highly unusual for beagles not to be eating. Things didn't bode well, after all everyone knows that beagles just simply "live to eat" and Bax seemed indifferent.

To everyone's dismay but not unexpectedly, the vet revealed that Bax was indeed very sick, he had high liver and kidney readings, bad infection in his tummy, had fever and worse of all, he was severly anaemic from too many days of starvation. An emergency blood transfusion was needed urgently to preserve his life.

Handsome Baxter Brown shows his profile

To cut the extremely long story short, under good care and plenty of love, with many people praying for him and visiting him, Bax has since recovered and is in the pink of health. He now has a healthy 'beagle appetite' and points his nose for a sniff of a treat. Extremely fond of his human companians, Bax usually will howl excitedly when they return and follow them around like a shadow.


He gets along extremely well with other dogs, big and small, chihuahuas and terriers to big mongrels, Bax does not show aggression although he does get over excited at the smell of food and barges his way towards the source. He isn't what we call a hyperactive dog for he loves a good nap and enjoys time just being around people but beagles being hounds simply love walks. He is a great walker and does not pull his leash. He is very easy to walk and he listens to commands.

Beagles are extremely smart and Bax is no exception. Besides that he has a very good memory. He remembers things to a tee and if you tell him "No" about something, he stops doing it or if you bring him out at a certain time, he remembers and waits with anticipation, with pricked ears, cocking his head to one side, waiting for the sound of the leash. Sometimes he tries to communicate by running towards the door and back to you as if to tell you, "hey its that time for a walk again"... It was fast for him to learn to use newspapers for his pee and poo. He is such a neat freak that sometimes he uses his nose to roll the wet papers into a ball so he can use the dry ones underneath, clever Baxy.

Is Bax is dreaming of his forever home?
Can this be realised or will it be forever a dream?

However with the terrible ordeal he has faced and unlike most dogs, because Bax remembers well, he has become a little insecure and he needs someone who can understand his insecurities and willing to work with him on it. He is the sweetest dog with the most affection and love to give but marred by the abuse in his past, he can be a little unsure of certain actions and loud noises. We speculate that Bax was a former breeding dog and certain brushes against his body seem like 'pushes' and 'prods' to him and he reacts with fear and defense. We have discovered too, that Bax responds better to females and speculate that his previous abusers were males for he reacts very differently towards the two.

There are many holes in Bax' life, was he sick before he was kicked out, Was he not eating for a long time which was why he was thrown away, or Did he become sick only on the road. Questions like how come the other beagle was fat while Bax is so thin, and Were they both from the same place?  I guess we will never know and Bax can never tell us, but what we do know is he appears to have been badly abused before and traumatised by certain incidents. We can only pray that God will open doors for a committed loving family to open their hearts and offer a chance at a new life for Baxy because after nearly losing his life due to man's cruelty, surely, surely he deserves a good one now.

If Bax' story has moved you in any way and you if you think you are someone able to care for Baxter and provide him with a forever home, plus welcome him into the family, please email with full details of yourself, family, background, lifestyle, experience with dogs to homelessinseletar@yahoo.com.sg

Bax is not suitable for HDB as beagles are not HDB approved and we will adhere to the rule very strictly for we wish him to be a licenced dog and not have to relocate again. Someone who has experience with big dogs and can be his pack leader, his Caesar Milan or Barbara Woodhouse, leading with love and patience, postive reinforcement instead of beatings and abuses, will find themselves a very loyal loving companian and shadow as well as good guard dog.

Baxter Brown will be extremely happy to meet with you.... and so will we.

Mr. Baxter Brown
for Adoption


Full Details:
Name: Baxter Brown
Breed: Beagle
Age: 5 years old
Sterilised, microchipped, vaccinated
Paper and garden trained.



 

Please adopt
Do not buy
There are too many homeless
Innocent victims due to man's folly