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Heart-Wrenching Tale of a Beagle’s Journey from Animal-Testing Lab to Love

Last Updated: March 4, 2024

In an emotional recount, Samantha McGraw shares the story of Ted, a senior rescue Beagle with a traumatic past, who recently suffered a panic attack at the groomers.

  • The heartfelt story of Ted, a senior Beagle, overcoming his traumatic past from animal testing to face new challenges.
  • An emotional moment at the groomers highlights the lasting impact of laboratory life on rescued animals.
  • The owner’s dedication shines as she navigates Ted’s recovery, advocating against animal testing through her personal experience.

McGraw, a lifelong animal lover, adopted Ted, who spent his first five years in an animal-testing lab, making his transition to a normal dog life fraught with challenges.


I have had Ted for over 5 years and it still breaks my heart when he gets his anxiety attacks. He usually does ok with the groomers, I stay on site and they do a “vip groom” which involves 1 groomer and no cages… the groom is just a bath and nails and takes no longer than 25 minutes. Today the groomers was too nerve racking for Ted. He was screaming and went to the bathroom, he couldn’t help it. The car ride home broke my heart. Small things can trigger animal tested dogs. We must be gentle and patient. End animal testing. #endanimaltesting #crueltyfree #doganxiety #dogmom #beaglefreedom

♬ what was I made for? – Instrumental – Wheeler

Ted’s ordeal began at McGraw’s University, where he was one of 40 Beagles destined for veterinary education before a fortunate twist of fate led to his adoption.

From Trauma to True Love

Ted, the last to be adopted, was notably the most traumatized. His story sheds light on the controversial practice of animal testing, which sees over 60,000 dogs used in experiments across the U.S. annually, with Beagles often chosen for their docile nature.

Despite the uphill battle, McGraw has dedicated herself to Ted’s recovery, emphasizing patience, love, and understanding.

Ted, now on anxiety medication, finds solace in a structured routine, naps, and treats.

Instagram: @sammcgraww

However, his past still haunts him, as seen during a recent grooming session where the noise of a vacuum triggered a severe panic attack, leading to an early end to the appointment.

McGraw’s commitment to Ted’s well-being is unwavering, and she plans to handle his grooming at home to avoid further stress.

Through sharing Ted’s journey on social media, McGraw hopes to highlight the lasting impact of animal testing and advocate for alternative research methods.

Ted’s story is a poignant reminder of the resilience of animals and the power of compassionate care, which we love to share at World of Dogz, along with other tales of dog adoption.

Sharon Waddington
Sharon Waddington is the founder of World of Dogz. With over 30 years of experience working with dogs, this former Police Officer has seen it all. But it’s her trusty German Shepherd, Willow, who steals the show as the inspiration behind this website. As Sharon’s constant companion Willow has played a pivotal role in shaping her passion for dogs. Recently, Sharon has become deeply passionate about the plight of rescue dogs and is an active advocate for dog rescue, striving to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need.

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