For Bea: The Story of the Beagle Who Changed My Life

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Harried from recent changes in her life, the last thing Kristin von Kreisler needed was another dog. But when she came upon Bea, a scrawny beagle abandoned by the roadside, she couldn't turn her away. Bea became part of her family, and changed it forever.

Disheveled, malnourished, and terrified of human contact, for months Bea seemed damaged beyond repair. But gradually, she began to trust von Kreisler. After resisting her touch again and ...
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Harried from recent changes in her life, the last thing Kristin von Kreisler needed was another dog. But when she came upon Bea, a scrawny beagle abandoned by the roadside, she couldn't turn her away. Bea became part of her family, and changed it forever.

Disheveled, malnourished, and terrified of human contact, for months Bea seemed damaged beyond repair. But gradually, she began to trust von Kreisler. After resisting her touch again and again, the dog one day leaned in and nuzzled von Kreisler's neck. From that moment, Bea began to give love as well as receive it. With the typically unforgettable personality of a beagle, over the next decade and a half she taught von Kreisler the value of living utterly in the present, of meeting each day with a good bark, of going on in life without being dragged down by past grief.

Written with rare eloquence and down-to-earth wit, this memoir of Bea and von Kreisler's 15-year love story will charm "beaglers" and touch the heart of anyone who's ever loved a dog.

Kristin Von Kreisler is the author of Beauty in the Beasts and The Compassion of Animals, as well as articles on animals for publications including Parade, Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a member of the heroic pet committee of the North Shore Animal League, and cochairs a national campaign for In Defense of Animals.
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While on a walk with the family German shepherd, journalist von Kreisler (Beauty in the Beasts) found a little beagle cowering by a culvert and promptly took the pathetic creature home. Soon after finding a tattoo on the dog's ear, she learned that it was an escaped or released laboratory animal. The beagle, later named Bea, was in poor physical and emotional condition, but von Kreisler was determined to earn her trust and make up for the inhumane treatment that she suffered. Their story alternates between joyous and deflating moments as Bea slowly begins to live the life that she was intended as a loved family companion. The pupil was very much the teacher, with von Kreisler learning as much about love and caring as Bea learned about trust and understanding. The narrative ends with two brief chapters highlighting the reality of animal research and then outlining some of the steps interested readers can take to help remedy the situation. There is also a lengthy recommended reading list. A worthy addition to collections of true dog stories and reminiscences, this is recommended for young adults and for libraries where pets and animal rights issues are popular.-Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585422227
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/9/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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Kristin von Kreisler is the author of Beauty in the Beasts and The Compassion of Animals. She is a member of the heroic pet committee of the North Shore Animal League, and cochairs a national campaign for In Defense of Animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Very touching and devoted

    A well written story on how even a tortured beagle changed and filled her new family with love. my favorite passage from the book is 'If dog-show judges rated beagles on decency and goodness, dusting Bea's trophies would have taken all my time' page 93

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    good beagle book

    A good book about how you can learn from a dog. I have a beagle an I can relate to this story. Adefinite 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    What a remarkable tale of love and devotion!

    Recently adopting our first Beagle, and being delighted at the uniqueness of this precious creature, this entire book was incredible. Daisy, our Beagle, can be described in one word, 'Clown'. She personifies a love for life and playing and loving, just like Bea. The family that had her as a pup, wanted to get rid of her, because she scratched on the door to go out, and it damaged the wood. Their loss, our gain. Just like Bea, life is just one big playground, and it was as if I was reading Daisy's story in so many ways. Bea was a remarkable find and I wish I could have known her, but in so many ways, I feel as though I did. The author wrote with such love, that the story just seemed to take you into their home. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved a their four legged child and a must for a Beagle owner, that is new to the breed, the way we are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    What an Angel!

    Becoming a dog owner for the first time in the last year, I am the proud parent of two beautiful beagles. As in this book, I have discovered that a beagle is just an angel in a furry body ¿ you can¿t find a sweeter, more gentle, loving pet. This book tells Bea¿s story, but also is sprinkled with beagle facts and information on animal testing. This book maybe too 'fluffy' for some guys, but I think that overall anyone whose life has been touched by a beagle will enjoy reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    Sweet, Happy and Sad

    I got the book for a gift and started reading that very minute. I stopped halfway through so that I could enjoy more on another day. What a sweet, happy and sad story. I could relate to so many things that the author wrote, since I have also rescued strays with problems. Bea was a very lucky beagle. The end of the book with all the information on the animal testing was heart breaking. I plan to loan this book back to the person who gave it to me, then I want everyone and everybody I know to read this book. Dogs are our children. We love them as much as if we would have given birth. Everyone will enjoy this very warm story. Great Read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    A book full of love and encouragement

    A must-read for those who believe in the greatest gift that pets give to us humans ---their unconditional love. This book not only touches your heart but also your soul. I've read this book several times and it's amazing how I feel the magic it brings into my life each and every time I read it. I've bought several copies to give as a gift to my friends and relatives.

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