While out on a walk one evening, Kristin von Kreisler came upon an abandoned beagle, a refugee from an animal research laboratory. Unwilling to return the dog to such a home, von Kreisler took her in and named her Bea. “I did not know then that I had years of worry ahead of me – difficult yet supremely rewarding years,” she writes. “Our new houseguest was going to change my life.”
So begins For Bea, the account of a mute, malnourished, and damaged little dog who became a diva. Accustomed to sharing her life with animals who reciprocate her love, von Kreisler found it hard at first to understand a beagle who vibrated with fear around strangers, who had no comprehension of the concept of play, and who, worst of all, rebuffed her every kind overture.
But Bea, it turned out, was a beagle of many talents. Over time, she drew on a bounty of inner courage to find her bark and her spirit. Freed form the haunts of her past, Bea became a beguiler who entered rooms with the confidence of a model swishing her skirt on a Paris runway; a stubborn manipulator whose melodramatic postures and repertoire of tail wags guaranteed the fulfillment of her every wish. A butter thief with a blood lust for rodents and a hatred of dental hygiene, Bea treed a raccoon on the laundry room ceiling; mastered the art of toothpaste spitting; and when put on a diet, chewed the fuzz off tennis balls, the leaves off potted plants, and two square feel of padding from under a rug.
Chronicling these and other adventures For Bea is the tale of an unforgettable canine heroine and the human she inspired with her ability to overcome past grief and live utterly in the present. If you’ve ever loved a dog – especially a beagle – this charming story will touch your hearts.