Gus is the resident greeter dog at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary. Any visitor who arrives at the Farm is first announced by Gus, whose deep bark sounds the call that someone has arrived. Gus is no ordinary dog, he is a survivor and has lived and thrived, against all odds.
There is no happier moment in a foster mom’s life than when your foster dog suddenly gets amnesia. That is exactly what happened when Dennis walked into the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary. No word of a lie, it took less than 30 seconds for Chichi our little senior black chihuahua to leap into Dennis’ lap, wiggly and ecstatic, and claim this man as his new furever companion.
Chichi the Chihuahua is looking for love in all the right places. He is a registered AKC, adoptable 10 year old Chihuahua, who loves one on one attention and gentle massages. Although Valentine’s Day may be past, this lover boy is only a little embarrassed to say that he is quite the romantic, and likes nothing better than to cuddle up beside a roaring fire with a friend, four-legged or two.
Friendly faces, both new and familiar, gathered at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary on January 24, 2015 for the first Volunteer Meetup of the year. Excitement was in the air as the volunteers and guests arrived. Welcoming faces from the BCFS team and the pitter patter of little paws greeted everybody. Amy, Brent, Judith and their helpers were feeling pretty stoked at the great turnout!
Baked goods galore, munchies and goodies of all sorts filled the kitchen thanks to the helping hands of Helen, Silvana, Heather, Gord and Ellen, Raye and Paul and the team.
A number of sweet four-legged friends roamed around enjoying snuggles and cuddles from the group. Feeling the love were BCFS adoptable dogs Chichi and Harriette, resident dogs Poco, Taz and Jackson; plus guests Gracie, Maggie, Cookie, Jake and Austin to name a few.
New friendships were forming and an air of anticipation lingered. The shared love for animals and desire to help and support Beaver Creek in their work was all around. The day was off to a great start!
Amy gathered the group and was totally pumped as she thanked everyone for coming out. A run-down of BCFS’s activities over the past year was given then an amazing documentary video was shown which captured the true essence of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary and their rescue operation (produced by resident filmmaker Judith Keenan of Furever Home – awesome job!). Silvana gave folks the inside scoop on what it takes to do adoptions, and Gord gave an inspiring pep talk about fundraising too.
The new volunteers were feeling super excited to sign up for new volunteer positions. Everything from fundraising, to helping with adoptions and fostering, transporting animals, communications, special events, farm operations and dog-walking were quickly and eagerly taken on. Such a strong sense of community and fellowship in such a short time together.
Volunteer Meetup for Fun AND the Business of Rescue
A little break to enjoy a hot drink, a snack and some mingling was next in tow. Afterwards, It was outside with Brent to meet the farm animals and learn how to care for them, especially in the harsh winter…AND to do some farm chores. Braving the damp cold, horse stalls were cleaned and the horses, pigs and ducks fed. Everyone did a great job! Good bye city life…Beaver Creek Farm we are here!
A big shout out to Tracy J. Drynan, Doctor of Chiropractic and also a BCFS Volunteer. She gave a spontaneous demonstration and orientation to canine chiropractic treatments with Jackson, one of our resident rescued Shih Tzu, the happy recipient of a comforting treatment.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out. The turnout was impressive and the year is undoubtedly off to a great start! The commitment of the volunteers is what makes the wheels turn at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary. We can’t do it without you.
Stay tuned for training and lots of new volunteer opportunities in the coming months. Hope to see you there!
NEXT VOLUNTEER MEETUP – SUNDAY FEB 22
In conjunction with Dog Foster Workshop lead by guest and Master Trailer Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts! Remember – new volunteers are always welcome at our Meetups
News from Bailey, our adopted Shih Tzu make any day that much brighter! Many thanks to adopter Judy G for sending in this Happy Tail update!
Bailey’s a beautiful little dog who was just waiting for his very own special family and it’s so nice to have him here with us …
The next BCFS Volunteer Meetup is scheduled for Sunday, February 22 at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, 11am to 1pm.
PLUS Foster Dog Management Training with Guest Dahlia Ayoub, Master Dog Trainer, Mighty Mutts. Dahlia will conduct an interactive workshop to help our foster families (or those considering fostering) manage all manner of tasks, from introducing new fosters to resident animals, setting up your home for success, foster care expectations, reading dog body language, managing meet and greets, and best practices for transport.
Bailey was a Shih Tzu in our Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Foster Dog program, and he was one of few that are actually fostered at BCFS itself. He became particularly attached to me when he first arrived, and as I always do, I put my heart into returning his faith. I was working the day he was adopted. That meant I could not be there myself.
We do good deeds for those in need, whether they be human or paw-ed, colleagues or strangers. Its the spirit of humanity and empathy that moves our volunteers to go the extra mile. That’s all the reasons why our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana managed Siamese George and his purr-fect adoption from start to finish. And what a lovely finish!