Spring Videos

Tomorrow is June 1, 2012 and we’ve already enjoyed some summer like weather. These are a few videos of the farm. You can see the dramatic changes in Gus and Jackson. You can see they love each other like siblings and often fight like siblings too.

I hope you enjoy… and keep in mind as you watch that we’ll be transforming the pond into something more landscaped in the next few weeks. Our newest project.

Taz and Jackson: Big Bear Fighting May 2012

Testing to make sure that Taz’s Licker isn’t broken.

In early March we had a warm snap that brought all the gold fish to the surface of the pond. You can see it hasn’t gotten green yet and Gus still has all his fur!

This farm has gone to the dogs! Several visitors come to enjoy the fresh green grass, ample shade and big pond. Cameo by Stewie and Madeline. Excellent shot of Gus and his new found contentment.

Stewie (Billy’s Dog) spends nearly thirty minutes trying to pull a water logged – log out of the pond. Billy ended up pulling it out the last 2 feet, but he gave it his best shot!

Glad to be back in the saddle writing again, but it really in time to get back in the saddle!


Long Two Months

It’s been a long two months since the website was temporarily shut down due to an unpleasant harassment issue, but after some thought we decided it was time to start posting again. The farm is about forgiveness and healing. The farm is about a safe place to come and be comforted. To enjoy a beverage on the patio and some tasty treats.

Welcome back everyone and lets gets ready for summer.

The flies are already driving Autumn crazy and after a bit of internet research I’m considering getting some fly predators. These are little bugs that eat fly eggs and don’t bother livestock or people. They’re living creatures, so obviously organic and they only live for thirty days, so they’re self-limiting.

Brent and I spent a quick hour putting a fan up in Autumn’s shelter to help with the heat and the flies. We’ve also switched from straw to shaving for bedding. Cooler, cleaner and better for her breathing problems. The goats are enjoying the new and improved shelter too.

We decided to give Gus a shave after he stopped eating. I did more internet research and everything said the kuvasz should not be shaved as their coats have a natural cooling ability. Unfortunately after hours of trying to brush Gus we discovered that his undercoat was badly matted. Ten years of neglect had caught up to Gus, so I armed myself  with my best corded clippers and I started clipping. He got smaller and smaller and smaller, but he’s still huge.

He seems much happier with his new haircut and we’ve taken the precaution of allowing him to sleep in the house at night. We don’t want him to get chilly or eaten by bugs. The ticks are bad this year, but I find with the revolution the ticks are dead before I pull them off.

Every night we line up for tick check (Brent too) and I usually find one or two ticks in total. Usually Taz is sporting the tick under her chin, but she sits still as I use tweezers to pull out the head. Brent is a little more trouble as he wiggles around and runs away from the tweezers.

Yesterday one of the sticky fly strips fell onto the floor and became tangled in Taz’s long tail. Brent called me at work to let me know “we had a problem”. It was Brent’s turn for a little internet research where he learned that olive oil would remove the stickies. I came home to a Super Taz with tail intact, but very very oily. I tried to wash the oil out, but no luck. She’s incredibly soft.

Jackson is a cuddling delight and likes to play with toys. One of his favorite toys is Taz’s tail when she runs. There goes a flash of blonde quickly followed by a flash of black and white as he tries to keep up. His little leg muscles are slowly building, but we’re still very careful with our baby Jax. He seems so fragile.

Oh yeah… and I cut off all my hair!

Poco is starting to have some senior moments where he sniffs the air and pretends to see things that don’t exist. He seems happy and will come to be comforted during times of stress. His blind eye was getting red and inflamed often, so the vet recommended an occasional drop of steroid which has worked very well.

Brent and I are doing well with the odd squabble when we’re tired or over-worked. The beach is nearly ready for summer visitors and we’ve even managed some gardening at the farm.

Brent planted a row of twenty white pine trees along the front of the horse paddock. I can’t wait to see them a few feet tall in a few years.Yes, that is our idea of a little gardening.

Life has continued as per usual on the farm. Except, we did get a bylaw changed in the last month.

Me: “I’m not special”

Brent: “Of course your special. Do you think everyone gets a bylaw changed?”

Farm owner’s by-law amendment request granted by council

By Kris Dubé, Fort Erie Times

Amy Bremner with her dogs Poco, Jackson and Taz.

Amy Bremner with her dogs Poco, Jackson and Taz.

Amy Bremner is a healer and soul saver.

The Stevensville resident made a delegation at Tuesday’s council-in-committee meeting, asking for an amendment to Fort Erie’s by-law, that limits the amount of dogs one can have residing on a property.

She is a member of the Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CCRT) organization and petitioned local politicians to allow her to foster more dogs, outside of the three-dog limit.

Her request was unanimously supported, but this doesn’t mean anyone in Greater Fort Erie can own more than three dogs so easily.

Anyone hoping to take advantage of the recent by-law amendment must live on a agriculturally zoned property. They must also be a member of a registered dog-rescue organization and are not allowed to exceed having two additional rescue dogs, if there are already three who call the property their home.

Before a dog is fostered at a local rural home, all dogs have to be spayed and neutered and must be vaccinated and on heart worm medication. The dog must also have a microchip implanted, prior to adoption.

Bremner has been an active member of the CCRT for five years and until recently, when she and her husband adopted a rescue dog, there are currently three canines living at her farm on Bowen Road.

To continue, she needed this by-law to be amended.

Her property is a 23-acre hobby farm and has several areas, fenced off and secures for dogs to roam freely.

“It’s perfect for rehabilitating dogs,” she said at Tuesday’s meeting.

Since starting her mission five years ago, she has fostered 20 canines that were given another lease on life, thanks to the time at her farm.

“That’s 20 dogs that would have been destroyed or not found loving homes,” she said.

The CCRT is privately funded and relies on donations and fundraising from its members. Anyone who applies to take a foster dog into their home, is certainly asked questions about the quality of life they are able to provide too.

“Our potential adopters go through a rigorous screening process,” said Bremner.

She says the decision made by council to grant her request is gratifying and that she will continue to do what she loves, saving animals.

“I’m really lucky I have the time, the space, dedication and finances to follow my dream of saving rescue dogs, one at a time.”

After a handful of minor questions raised by members of council, Ward 1 Coun. Stephen Passero told Bremner that he was impressed with the amount of information and research she provided in her presentation.

“You could probably run not just a dog rescue operation, but a clinic on how to change a by-law in the Town of Fort Erie,” said Passero.