Freedom and Beyond Series
This was a fun one. I got 3 for the price of 1!
I met Baxter's mom, Caroline on the day of the Midwest 10 Rescue. Turns out she's a Georgia girl just like me and we hit it off right away.
Gail and Neil are the parents of Rousseau and Sally (rescued from ARME) and they couldn't have been more loving and wonderful the day of our meeting.
The story goes that Baxter and Rousseau were the "troublemakers" of the Midwest 10. Baxter had to take some time inside the guest house and Rousseau was in the middle holding pen outside.
I'm not 100% sure but that could be Rousseau in the pen pictured above. These pups were so overwhelmed with the chaos all around them that sometimes they needed a time out . It wasn't just 10 dogs coming out of their cages for the first time. That in itself is a lot to deal with. But now add dozens of volunteers and media in a small backyard with camera's and all kinds of different energy. You'd need a break too!
Below are two of my favorite images from that rescue. It's Baxter finally figuring out that these humans might be okay after all.
THIS is Baxter today.
Baxter is the first Beagle Freedom Dog I've met that is a single dog. Usually, they have companions. A canine friend to teach them the ways of the world and the rules of their new homes. In this case, however, Baxter had 3 different fosters and had a hard time getting along with the other animals in those homes. But in Caroline, he found his match. His love. His heart and soul. The dog I met was gentle, friendly, sensitive and inquisitive (read: true Beagle). And there was just something about those whiskers of his.
Rousseau was a supermodel! I didn't need to give him any direction whatsoever! (It also could've been because it was 95 degrees outside but… whatever) He and Baxter (and Sally, too) were so happy to see each other! They were like old friends who'd made it through the war and lived to tell the tale.
Both families told me that these guys still have pretty bad nightmares. I can't even imagine the hell of what they've gone through. The only comforting thing I can say is that at least they wake up now. Their lives are one million times better! Today they live.
I'll leave you with just a few more images of these beautiful creatures living the lives of happy, free dogs.