The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

May 14, 2007

This is Linda Forrest, who runs the SOS Beagle Rescue. She was in New Jersey this weekend up from Tennessee where she lives, and Phillip and I hosted a small beaglefest at our house for SOS Beagle Rescue volunteers. Correct me if I'm wrong, Linda, but wasn't SOS the first beagle rescue in the country? If not, then certainly one of them, that's for sure. When Phillip and I set out to adopt a beagle in 1995 we got in touch with Linda, who lived then in New Jersey. We spoke with her, filled out an application and were approved. A few days before we moved into our new house we drove up from Baltimore to Linda's and met the beagles she had for adoption. She let an adorable beagle out of his crate, he walked over to us and did a butt-up. It was the cutest thing and we were smitten. "We'll take him!" we announced, and two days after moving day we drove back to Linda's and picked up Clayton. (Fast forward just a few days to the spackle incident.) The World Wide Web was just taking off then and I was, I guess you could say, on the cutting edge because we were using it big time at my job at Johns Hopkins. So I thought it might be fun to start a web site about beagles. One thing led to another and Beagles on the Web was formed, but more to the point of this story, SOS Beagle Rescue went onto the web and Linda's whole business model changed. We take it for granted now that you can look at photos and descriptions of rescue dogs on the web, submit an application online, but that wasn't the case ten years ago. I'm thrilled that I was able to help Linda put SOS on the web and to help get more beagles rescued. But let me tell you, it was a labor of love and Phillip and I can never thank Linda enough for bringing that little butt-up guy into our lives.