Beagle Freedom Project!

Hello friends!

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted, but I have been a traveling man! I was visiting family in Virginia and Indiana and then entertained guests up here in Chicago! Phew! Am I tired!!

Anyway, was browsing Facebook this morning and saw some wonderful posts about a pack of beagles that were recently rescued from their lives as lab rats. The Beagle Freedom Project ( is an awesome organization that helps to find lab beagles loving homes after their time in the lab is up. Recently 10 beagles were rescued from a lab in the San Diego area and all are looking for loving homes- so if you or someone you know may be interested, check them out! Here’s a great video of the gang in the outdoors!!!

According to their website, Beagle Freedom Project is a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME). Founded in 2004, ARME is a nonprofit advocacy group created to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach. ARME has found homes for thousands of homeless and abandoned animals! Woohoo!!

Ok- all for now as I am headed to Beaglefest by Midewest Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare in Park Ridge, Illinois! So excited! Barroooooo!


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What happens to your pet if something happens to you?


Hi Friends!

Winky here! Recently my mom was looking through the albums on Facebook of pets in need of adoption/foster/rescue and she noticed that there were quite a few that had ended up in shelters/pounds because their owner had passed away or was in the hospital and the family didn’t know what else to do.

So as a beloved pet, I would like to ask you all to think through who would take care of your pets if something were to happen to you, and then make sure you discuss it with your family and friends. And if you have a will, add the instructions into your will!

I also found some nifty cards online that you can print out, fill out and put in your wallet next to your driver’s license that will give instructions as to who should be contacted in the event of an emergency. I am including a few links that offer such cards- and all are free!!

So if you love your pets like I know you do, please take just a couple minutes to make a card, and be sure to bring up the topic with family and friends! Your pets will thank you!!! 🙂



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Allow myself to introduce…myself!

Arroooo! I mean, HELLO!

My name is Winks, but my friends call me Winky 😉 I am a wise older beagle gentleman who hails from Virginia originally, but I recently have relocated to the Chicago area.

As you may have guessed, I got my name from my cute permanent “wink”! My mom was volunteering at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA in Virginia back in 2007 when our eyes met! She hadn’t planned on adopting a dog because she was in grad school and living in a tiny studio apartment, but on Valentine’s Day 2007 I was the “dog of the day” and was set out in the shelter lobby to greet visitors. No one wanted to visit with me, though, because my eye had recently been removed (likely due to a hunting accident), so I still had stitches in it, which seemed to bother a lot of people- but not my mom!!! She found my unique look endearing and the rest is history!

The shelter said that I was brought in as a stray by animal control, so not much is known about my past since I haven’t yet mastered English, but based on my behavior it was obvious to my mom that someone wasn’t too nice to me previously- I was very nervous when people would reach to pet me and I scarfed down food like it was my last meal (still do- haha)- but I learned quickly that my life had been forever changed for the better!

I have had the pleasure of living in many different places and meeting many different friends thanks to my mom’s continued studies- we have lived in Virgina, Connecticut, Indiana, and I even got to spend some time in sunny Florida before we recently settled near Chicago. I have hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, walked the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, and even hobnobbed it in West Palm Beach on boat! So my life is awesome and I look forward to every day!! My favorite things to do include “rollie stretches” in the morning, after every nap, and in the sunshine outside, sunbathing, eating (especially dried sweet potatoes!), going for walks, and I LOVE car rides!

Nowadays I live with my mom, my feline brother Schnoz, and a recent foster addition, Barney the beagle. Schnoz also came from CASPCA- more on him in a later note, and Barney just came from the Chicago Animal Care and Control via Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance.

I am excited to join in on Daniel’s work and hope to offer some insight from a disabled senior hound’s perspective. I wholeheartedly hope that all states will soon end the use of gas chambers and opt for kinder methods of euthanasia, and my biggest wish is that all shelters and pounds work towards a no-kill nation so that other pets, such as myself and my brothers, will have a chance to know the love that I have been lucky enough to experience every day since February 14th 2007.

It was nice to meet you all and I look forward to our future conversations!!


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