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Here’s your chance own a piece of the A’s

by Jeff Miller

It was raining when the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane came across a forsaken dog near Network Associates Coliseum, the first step in what resulted as a chance for Nevada County residents to own a furry member of the Athletics family.

Named “Beanie” for his savior, the formerly-stray dog was passed among many caretakers. Beane, who was in no position to keep, train, and take care of a dog, passed the pooch to long-time friend Tony La Russa, former A’s manager and currently the St. Louis Cardinals’ skipper.

La Russa, a well-known friend to animals as founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), forwarded Beanie to his Oakland-based program where he was neutered, vaccinated, and assessed for potential medical and behavioral problems.

Soon thereafter, it became apparent the Beanie was unsuited for city life in Oakland, being a medium-sized dog with constant needs of physical activity.

As is the case in the major leagues – where baseball organizations are very familiar with other franchises – areas with pound alternatives, such as ARF, are all closely linked.

And so came Beanie’s next, and hopefully final, home.

On May 6, after more than a month in the care of ARF, Beanie was sent to the open-air, skyscraper-free foothills where the Grass Valley AnimalSave program resides.

Now in the care of Jean Shannon, AnimalSave’s vice president, Beanie awaits adoption into a Nevada County home where he can enjoy the space he needs and be cared for with the amount of loving attention a dog requires.

Shannon trusts that the dog, assumed to be around two years old, would make a great addition to any family with enough land for him to run freely.

“We’re hoping that an Oakland (A’s) fan might step to the plate,” she said. “He’s just a wonderful dog, and he would like to have his own field.”

Troublemaking is a non-issue, Shannon said, after Beanie had his own trainer for more than a month in Oakland. And although he is a high-energy pet, the four acres he currently has to roam on at her home are more than enough.

“He needed room to run,” she said, “and we hope that he’ll be placed in a home that has that.”

Brenda Arnette, one of the ARF directors, has the same feelings about Beanie.

“Being in a kennel situation is not right for him,” she said, “he has too much energy for that.”

Any person wanting to take on the responsibility and joy of bringing Beanie home should contact Shannon at 477-7902 or AnimalSave’s office at 271-7071.


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