NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Snoopy visits NYC ASPCA Adoption Center at ASPCA Adoption Center on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Did you happen to see the story about the oh so adorable beagles that were brought to the MSPCA here in Massachusetts from Virginia? Some are ready for adoption now.

Ohmygod. The Humane Society stepped in and rescued four thousand beagles that were in a facility that was woefully unable to care for them. The beagles have been relocated all over the country and about two hundred of them will be available for adoption right here in Massachusetts in the coming weeks.

I can’t even think about what those poor dogs have been through. There were dogs of all ages at that Virginia facility; little puppies and adult dogs who can now live out their lives being cared for by someone who loves and cherishes them.

I would love to have a dog but after having one for fifteen years, I know the responsibility and the expense that comes with adding a dog to your family.

My little girl.

My little girl.

I currently live with a cat. Dogs are far more social than cats. You can leave a cat for the day to go to work. But a dog? I’ve left my cat for an overnight without someone looking in on him. But a dog? You can’t do that with a dog.

So, I look at these puppies and dream about bringing one home. But the reality is, at this time, I couldn’t give a dog the attention it deserves. Unless my workplace allows us to start bringing our dogs to work. That could be a possible game changer. Then again, mine isn’t the kind of job I can just stop down and take the dog out for a bathroom break.

So for now, I’ll just gaze into these cute little puppy eyes and hope they all get adopted by warm, loving people who make them forget they were ever in that awful Virginia facility.

(If I were able to get one of these beagles though, I’d think I’d name it Snoopy, after that most famous of beagles.)


Beagles from shuttered Virginia breeding facility coming to Massachusetts for adoption

Local A Virginia beagle breeding facility called Envigo was shut down in early July after federal officials found dozens of violations over the past two years related to the treatment of the dogs. Now, some of the 4,000 beagles rescued are coming to Massachusetts for adoption.

9 Must Have Beach Accessories For Your Dog

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The dog days of summer are upon us and it’s the perfect time to hit the beach with your best canine companion! Sure, you could just load up in the car and go but these must have beach accessories for your dog will make your shore adventure all that more comfortable. And if you are like me, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for your fur baby! Remember, a day at the beach gives us time to paws and reflect.

  • Dog Water Bottle

    Rave reviews abound on this Portable Water bottle! This water bottle is truly a godsend! I cannot imagine using any other travel water bottle for my pups! It is slim, fits perfectly in a bottle slot in my travel bag; it is lightweight and has a loop to put around my wrist when I walk with my pups. It is extremely convenient on car rides, when my pup is thirsty and needs a quick pick-me-up! I especially love the fact that it sucks the water back in, so that I am not wasting unused water. The 12oz bottle is perfect for tiny dogs. Anything bigger than 10 lbs, I would recommend you purchase the larger bottle. 

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  • Warren London Dog Sunscreen Spray Protection with Aloe Vera

    You can never be too careful, especially if you have a shorter-haired pet!  They can suffer from too much sun exposure just like the rest of us. Even for longer coated pups, you can apply to the exposed areas of the ears and snout.

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  • Dog Life Jacket


    I never thought I would be someone that would need a pet life jacket and then I adopted a bulldog with the swimming ability of a lead balloon!  Thankfully, this VIVAGLORY Puppy Dog Life Jacket is here to save the day! Available in many assorted colors and sizes, it keeps my dog safe during beach time.  Be sure to measure your dog before ordering.

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  • ChuckIt! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee

    ChuckIt! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee. “Ideal frisbee for dogs for high-flying games of fetch, designed for long-distance flight The Paraflight fetch toy floats in water – great for playing at the pool, beach or lake 

    Brightly colored making it harder to lose and soft on your dogs’ mouth and gums, this is a big winner for those games of frisbee on the beach! Reviewers claim it also stands up to your toughest chewers.  

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  • Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for cleaning the sand and dirt off your dog’s paws after a beach day, before loading back up in the car to go home. Rave reviews claim that it even works on the toughest mud and in-between doggy toes. It’s important to note the correct size for your dog when ordering.

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  • Portable Dog Water Bowl Dispenser

    This portable, large-capacity water dispenser is a lifesaver at the beach or really anywhere you are outdoors with a dog for long stretches of time. At a 77 oz capacity, you can be sure your large dog or your pack of tiny dogs always stays hydrated.

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  • Pawaboo Dog Baseball Cap

    Ok, while maybe not strictly a necessity, there is nothing cuter than a dog in a baseball cap.  With multiple styles and sizes, there is something for every dog here.  Just tell people it’s for sun protection and then bask in the puppy cuteness overload.

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  • Small Dog Goggles

    While the same cuteness argument is applicable for doggy sunglasses as a doggy baseball cap, these really do provide ample wind and sun protection for Fido’s precious peepers! This is more geared to your smaller pets (please see the sizing guide before buying!), however, there are options for your larger dogs as well.  With nearly glowing 8,000 reviews, this item is a home run for your pupper!

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  • iYoShop Hands Free Dog Leash with Zipper Pouch

    Currently only available in the large size, this item is perfect for running along the beach with your pet or being able to have him leashed while you fly kites on the shoreline.  The product description states “Removable Zipper Pouch: Easily store and access your smartphone, keys, poop bags, dog treats in the removable zipper pouch. It’s a good add-on for the leash for training, walking, jogging, hiking training and running” Reviews state that in addition to it’s usefulness, it’s also extremely comfortable to wear and use.

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