By Tom & Karen - Posted Friday June 15, 2018
A beautiful dog was abandoned in VanKleek Hill in Eastern Ontario and rescued by Animatch on February 11th 2008. Animatch is a wonderful Montreal dog rescue organization founded by Helen Lacroix in 1999. Animatch named the dog “Thor” and thought he was a Bouvier des Flandres.
Tom and Karen’s third dog Bridget, another rescue animal, had been put down in November 2007. Then we decided to wait a while before finding another companion. In the meantime, our friend and neighbour Robin Michetti had seen a picture of Thor on the Animatch website and thought we should check him out. The rest is history.
We were made aware that Thor needed Luxating Patella knee surgery on both knees. The first surgery was carried out on his back right knee by Dr. Raymond Plasse at the Lasalle Veterinarian Hospital on February 19th. By this time, we had decided to call him Beau and determined that his breed was a Black Russian Terrier. He was delivered to us on March 4th, along with a big cage that would accommodate a 95-pound dog, for his recovery.
Beau subsequently had surgery on his back left knee on May 26th 2008. Then on January 9th 2009 Beau required ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) surgery and then again on November 13th 2010 a follow up lesser surgery to remove a pin. Finally, Beau required another surgery to extract a canine tooth on January 23rd 2016. This also exposed a cancerous growth in his mouth.
Throughout all these medical interventions, Beau always bounced back with energy and vigour. We were thankful for this. Dr. Plasse and his staff were always caring and helpful. As Dr. Plasse always had a large supply of doggie biscuits, Beau knew what was coming and never resisted going into the examining room.
Tom decided that he would “train” this new dog. He signed up for Obedience Training Programs at the Lakeshore Dog Training Association beginning in 2008. In his first class, Basic Obedience Training, Beau was awarded First Place and we have the plaque to prove it! We continued with several other levels of classes up until 2010 and even entered a few obedience trials.
Beau was an exceptionally handsome dog, often referred to as “gorgeous”. We have been asked repeatedly as to what breed he is.
He brought a smile to so many people every day and he will be greatly missed by many of us including Cedar Park dog walkers, neighbours and friends. He was friendly with everyone he met.
We will miss him in many ways but know that he has had a good life with us.