A Pair of Beagles Were Left to Wander in the Snow—Until a Kind Stranger Took Them In

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A pair of beagles were left on their own in the solitude of a snow-covered countryside, their melancholy howls resonating through the chilly winter air. A random stranger’s prompt action prevented the dangerously close scenario from ending in tragedy. It was a scene of abandonment and misery. This is the tale of two beagles abandoned to fend for themselves in the snow and the incredible rescue efforts of one man that ultimately proved lifesaving.

A Cold and Desperate Situation

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These two beagles’ tales started in a remote location, far removed from the warmth and convenience of a caring home. With no food or shelter left to wander the wintry terrain, their prospects of surviving were quickly diminishing. If not for the kindness of a single stranger, the dogs may have never found hope or rescue.

A Compassionate Samaritan Steps In

Fortunately, a kind stranger happened to come upon the situation. He was inspired to act after seeing the two abandoned beagles trembling in the snow.  Suddenly recalling the words of  Mahatma Gandhi: 

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

He made the decision to save the two beagles from their horrible situation, keeping those remarks in mind.

A Difficult Rescue

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It was no simple task to rescue. A mixture of dread and desperation greeted the stranger as he approached the beagles. Disoriented and scared, the beagles had come to distrust people. The stranger was resolved to provide these creatures the assistance and care they sorely needed since it served as a sobering reminder of the negative effects of abandonment.

The Warmth of Compassion

The stranger gently approached the beagles and used a lot of patience to get them into his car.  The dogs did not trust the man or his intentions.  It took nearly an hour to coax the beagles towards him with some leftover turkey he happened to have. Finally, the man was able to lift the cold and feeble dogs into the back seat of his car. It was a triumphant moment, demonstrating the strength of empathy and the enormous influence of a single act of kindness.

In the words of Anatole France:

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” 

The stranger had indeed awakened a part of his soul by reaching out to help these abandoned beagles.

The drive home took nearly an hour, with the beagles silently shivering and whimpering in the back of the car for the entire ride.  It wasn’t until he got home and cleaned the dogs up that the stranger realized just how close to death these two dogs had been.

The Road to Recovery

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For the two beagles, the journey to recovery was just getting started. The man brought the dogs to a neighboring animal shelter the next day after plucking them from the hard and frigid winter landscape.   There, they found the attention, warmth, and sustenance they had been denied for far too long.  The man who rescued the dogs knew the two women who ran the shelter, and was confident that they would provide the care and attention that these two beagles needed.

Their recuperation served as evidence of both the healing potential of human care and the tenacity of animals. As Albert Schweitzer put it,

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret… It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”

A Second Opportunity at Life

The beagles started to get better as the days stretched into weeks. Their morale improved, and they began to have more faith in others. It was an approach that emphasized Margaret Mead’s words: 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

A small group of animal enthusiasts and neighbors regularly visited the animal shelter who had taken them in, all of them pouring love, attention, and treats on the beagles as they continued to get well. It was a team effort that demonstrated the possibility of good things happening when people band together for a shared goal.

Finding Forever Homes

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The two beagles recovered their strength and won the hearts of everybody who had helped with their rescue with time and care. Many people’s lives were touched by the tale of their rescue. In fact, it brought so much attention to the animal shelter that their adoption rate went way up.

Charles Darwin’s words come to mind: 

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

Both beagles eventually found lifelong, loving homes. They were taken in by loving families who gave them the warmth, security, and love they had so desperately sought. The beagle’s tale offered as a powerful example of how compassion may alter an animal’s destiny and have a transforming effect.

One Act of Kindness’s Impact

Many people’s lives were touched by the little act of compassion that resulted in the rescue of these beagles. It brought to mind Jane Goodall’s comments for us all: 

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

The stranger’s decision to rescue the beagles from their perilous situation had a profound and far-reaching impact. It highlighted the power of empathy, the capacity for change, and the difference that one person can make in the lives of others, both human and animal.

The Ongoing Mission of Compassion

The beagles’ story does not end with their rescue and placement in loving homes. It serves as a call to action, encouraging others to recognize the importance of compassion and to extend it not only to their fellow humans but to all living creatures.

In the words of Leo Tolstoy: 

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” 

The beagles’ rescue exemplified the potential for moral progress and the importance of extending compassion to all beings, regardless of their species.

Despite the troubled times that we live in, we can still learn lessons from compassion towards animals that can extend to how we treat one another.

A Beacon of Hope

The story of the two beagles left to wander in the snow and their subsequent rescue is a beacon of hope. It serves as a reminder that even in the coldest and most desolate of circumstances, the warmth of compassion can shine through. It is a testament to the potential for positive change that lies within each individual and the transformative power of kindness.

In the words of Albert Schweitzer, 

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” 

The stranger who rescued the beagles did not look away from their suffering, and in doing so, they brought light into the lives of these abandoned animals. Their story is a call to action, encouraging us all to embrace compassion and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

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Jamie Dwyer

Formerly a school counselor, Jamie is now a wife and stay at home mom to two beautiful children who does freelance writing in her spare time.

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