When Schenley Hutson Kirk saw Gregory the beagle’s adorable face, she fell in love. Poor Gregory was on the euthanasia list at the Ohio-based Franklin County Shelter and Adoption Center, so she knew she needed to act quickly if she wanted to save him.
This Little Beagle Has Plenty of Spirit
And after all, who could resist this face?
It’s likely that the little beagle was abandoned by his owner because he was a stray when he was found in Obetz, Ohio. He was lively and playful and sailed through his behavior assessment. Gregory seemed to be in excellent health, The Dodo reports.
But there was one unpleasant blip on that radar.
He tested positive for heartworm. Even with his energetic and friendly demeanor, the shelter listed him as “rescue only.” And treatment for the heartworm was going to cost $400, the shelter reported. If someone didn’t rescue him by May 3, he was slated for euthanasia.
Despite that bad news, Gregory was one lucky beagle
That’s because Schenley and her husband Gregory Kirk are the founders of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, the perfect place for the little two-year-old beagle and exactly what he needed. The Kirks expected Gregory to be happy, but they didn’t know he’d be ecstatic. His happiness took them completely by surprise.
“My husband took the day off work to drive to the shelter. While I stayed home to take care of the other rescue dogs,” Schenley said, per The Dodo. “On the way back home, he decided he was going to take a couple of selfies of our new rescue, which I got after him a little bit for since he’s not supposed to take pictures while driving — but considering the photos he captured, I couldn’t complain too much.”
This little beagle was full of surprises
Even though this was the first time Gregory met Joe, he couldn’t get enough. The adorable dog was safely tethered to the back seat, but his leash was just long enough for him to put a paw on Joe’s shoulder, and when her husband sent her the photos, Kirk was amazed.
“[Joe] sent me three photos, and in the last one, little Gregory had leaned his head over, as if to say ‘You saved my life. I knew I was going to die at that shelter, but you saved me today,'” Kirk said. “And the look in his eyes.— The appreciation and the love of this little dog — it’s as if he knows his life has been saved.”
Now the former stray is recuperating at the family’s home, having wrapped up his antibiotic treatment. Next, he was put on heartworm medication and he is definitely happy about being out of the shelter. He’s smart! He quickly learned “sit” and “stay.” This lovable and affectionate little dog has a brand-new start on life.
If you’d like to help other dogs like Gregory, you can donate here to the Hound Rescue and Sanctuary.
Featured image by Schenley Hutson Kirk via Facebook