|Casey - April 2011|
I had made the long drive to Spalding's infamous "gassing" shelter after reading a post about a basset girl who "would only be available until May 9th - 4:30 PM. I always despised the shelters "signature line" because I knew what it meant was that at 4:31 PM the doors to the shelter would be locked and any of the pets left standing would be loaded up into the shelter's "home made" gas chamber and killed.
|How could anyone not love such a sweet boy?|
Upon arriving I was informed that the fine people at Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia has beat me there and snatched the girl basset. With a sigh of relief I did ask if they had any beagles who I could adopt instead, after all 150 mile round trip was along way to drive for nothing. Little Annie (who ultimately earned the nick-name Beagle) had so won my heart I thought well why not another beagle? As usual, the reply came back "go look for yourself".
|Casey before his surgery|
As I ask why the brown beagle wasn't on the "urgent list" the response of "well, nobody would want a one-eyed beagle" I snidely remarked back "well, I guess your wrong there, because that's just what I was looking for a good one-eyed beagle" to adopt. Here's your twenty bucks - what paperwork do i need to sign?"
After a quick ceremony where I named my new beagle "Casey Jones" he was leashed up and out of there we went. I hadn't really noticed his eye until I got him in the truck and we were headed for home. It was obvious that he had an eye injury that needed addressed so I quickly called the hounds vet (who somehow was on speed dial) to see if Dr Yeomans could squeeze us in.
|Nurse Zoe keeps a close eye on Casey|
His surgery was a complete success - so now I had that $500 one eyed beagle that I "was looking for".
Casey was probably only several months old when he somehow found himself in a gassing shelter. Since I can't imagine any responsible person not taking an obviously injured beagle to the vet for treatment I can only assume that Casey was the victim of domestic violence where after the "warring" humans make up he became a reminder of someones darker side. Doesn't matter - their loss and my gain.
|Casey - October 2002|
Here's too you Casey Boy - on your special day!