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A Loving Tribute to Bert

By Don O.

Bert My wife and I met "Herbert" the Beagle at the Kalamazoo Humane Society's Dog Walk in 2009. He was about 12 years old and was on an outing from Animal Services, where he had been left as a stray. He seemed to be a very sweet guy, but we knew at his age nobody was likely to adopt him. It was like looking at a dog we knew was soon going to die, and we didn't want to leave him to that fate.

Through our many years with KAR we had worked closely with Dusty and knew of her big heart and many animal-friendly connections. We told Dusty about this Beagle, knowing that he had a much better chance of finding a permanent home through her than if he was left at Animal Services. Dusty went to visit him and evaluate his adoptability. As a result she sprung him from the confines of the shelter and made him a KAR foster dog.

So naturally we went to see him and ended up adopting him near Labor Day. We always thought of Labor Day as his birthday.

Bert’s teeth were really bad and he had most of them pulled, but that never slowed his lust for food. And without the pain some of those teeth had been causing he perked up from a dog that just laid around to one who sometimes liked to chase balls, and always loved going for walks.

Bert had all the typical Beagle Quirks. He didn't like being left alone and he was very vocal about it. People knew when we were gone because they could hear him howling across the yard (fortunately our neighbors are family). He was also great at getting in the garbage and hiding cat cans in his bed, licked clean of every scrap of cat food.

We spent four happy years together running the streets and fields of our little town of Scotts. Eventually his walking slowed down and his Beagle Appetite went downhill too. He just got old and couldn't go on any further. Our time together was short but fun. We didn't want to leave him when we met and we still haven't. We had him cremated and still have him with us.

When I wrote Dusty to let her know Bert was gone, I mentioned we would eventually like to adopt another older dog. Probably in the spring. Probably another Beagle. Her response? She was fostering another Beagle that would likely still be there in the spring. When we saw her picture she looked so much like Bert that we couldn’t resist going to visit her. Long story short, Molly the Beagle found her forever home with us last October.

Check out the loving tribute to Gabby on our Blog.

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Sign Up for an eScrip Community Card ... It's Free

eScripIf you shop at Harding’s Friendly Markets, with pet-friendly merchants, or dine at participating restaurants anywhere across the country, you can earn cash for KAR. The eScrip program makes contributions to a group you designate, like Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, at no cost to you!

Participation is easy . . .
  1. Pick up a personal eScrip Community Card at any Harding’s store or contact KAR at newsletter@kalamazooanimalrescue.org and we will send a card to you.
  2. Register the card by calling 1-800-931-6258 or activate the card online
  3. During registration, select Kalamazoo Animal Rescue as a charity you want to support.
  4. If you already have an eScrip Card, you can add KAR to the charities you support.
  5. Register your grocery, retail and drug store loyalty cards as well as credit and debit cards with eScrip to earn even more money for your favorite charities.
When you go shopping . . .
  1. Shop using your registered credit or debit cards at any participating eScrip merchant or at the eScrip Mall including pet stores like Petco and PetSmart 
  2. Dine at participating eScrip locations
  3. Show your eScrip card to the cashier during checkout.
Participating merchants make a donation to KAR based on everyone’s purchases and they send a donation check to the rescue four times a year. In 2013, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue received $1591.96.

In 2013, KAR made the eScrip Honor Roll. Our group’s earnings were in the top 5% of all 50,000 participating eScrip organizations. Many thanks to our volunteers, friends and supporters  who shopped and helped us reach this milestone! And, a special thanks goes out to Hardings Friendly Markets for their support. Every dollar KAR receives goes toward the care of the cats and dogs we rescue.

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