Red renamed Reggie is an adoptable Maltipoo puppy now in Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary’s dog foster program. He is about seven months old. Reggie proudly boasts a three quarter Maltese and one quarter Poodle heritage. He’s considered a non-shedding mix, an advantage for some furever families. This debonair little puppy is now adoptable and looking for the perfect furever home!
Muffin had been abandoned in an apartment and left for dead. The apartment had been empty for over a week when the downstairs tenant heard a dog and called animal control.
What they found was a two year Shih Tzu who had never been groomed. Her legs were so matted together she could barely walk. She was carrying months worth of feces and urine locked against her skin. It was a wonder the neighbour heard anything at all.
The shelter staff had to anesthetize Muffin to conduct the “grooming.” Four pounds of hair and waste were removed to uncover a beautiful little dog with a fearful attitude.
The shelter setting with its scent of panic in the air often leads dogs to behave negatively, against their nature. They might bite or lash out to protect themselves. This is what Muffin did.
She was terrified and went to teeth to fight off any touch, because any touch was bad. It didn’t take long for the shelter to realize that Muffin needed in-home care. She was completely unadoptable in her current state.
To make matters worse for Muffin she had a medical condition – cherry eye – where the tear gland herniates through the third eyelid and causes a pink ball of tissue to protrude from the corner of the eye.
We got the message from the shelter that they were looking to transfer her to a rescue group. Even with the long list of issues on Muffin, it was with little hesitation that we accepted her into Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary’s foster program.
We were determined to show her love, and give her a home base from which we could help her heal spiritually, medically and behaviorally.
Cherry Eye Surgery for Shih Tzu Muffin
The simple surgery didn’t work. Muffin’s cherry eye popped back out, which is not uncommon. The second surgery occurred a week later and the gland was returned to its home base.
After that, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. In the second procedure, infection had set in and a stray stitch had caused an eye ulcer. Three surgeries later Muffin finally came back to the farm to recover.
Muffin from Rags to Riches…
Muffin’s angels came knocking on BCFS’s door posing a kind loving couple from out east. They accepted the challenge, adopted Muffin and months later we received this update.
Muffin June 2015 Update:
Muffin is doing great and is fitting into our lifestyle and family perfectly!! We absolutely adore her!
We thought she might have some issues with a few things:
1. Our stairs She wasn’t good with them at first we would have to coax her up and down but now she flies up and down them with no problem I even have to tell her to slow down now.
2. Our seasonal business. We didn’t know how she would adapt to this so we bought a child safe gate so she could stay in our back area of the building where she has everything she needs even a doggy door to our fenced side yard but no way she let us know very quickly the gate into the store had to go She became socialized very quickly . She is now our official Beach Store greeter and is getting very well known. Customers come in and if Muffin is on her break (napping) in the back they will ask to see her. When we go for our morning and evening walks the neighbours all know Muffin the beach store dog!
3. Our travel. We are on the road quite a bit when our summer business is closed so we take her with us and she is the best traveller. Our daughter has 2 cats and lives in Ottawa we weren’t sure how this would work out so we bought the child safe gate just in case they needed segregation but no way the cats were not having that! They would just jump over it and after a couple of hours of letting them sniff around and figure out their places and some great entertainment for us things settled down nicely. ( Muffin loves their big cat bed!!!)
4. Our daughter. She is a huge cat person. She wanted no part of a dog in the family so they started off a little rocky but things are coming along. LOL! When Meghan was five we decided it was time for a pet she loved cats. So we got a kitten they literally grew up together. When Meghan left home and moved to Ottawa she wanted to take Jynx but to move a 19 year old cat wasn’t right so after much debate Jynx stayed with us. We had her for another 5 years she was an amazing cat and it was a very hard day for all of us when we had to say good bye to her so we thought we would never be able to do it again. Fast forward a year and many life changes later and we were ready to open our hearts and lives to another family pet.We had Muffin for her eye check up at the Lancaster eye care center in New York . Great news all is well and she doesn’t need to go back for a year. Of course she will still continue with the eye drops which were only available in the states but after some research we found a pharmacy in Canada that can mix them as well. Grooming is getting much easier as she is starting to trust again. We see a huge difference in this little dog that almost didn’t get a second chance she is a gem and oh so smart we easily taught her to do lots of tricks!!
Thanks to my Mom for finding Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary online. A huge shout out to Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary for saving Muffin and for all their hard work and professionalism in working with us and helping us make the best decision and for making a perfect match!
All the best!
When asked to contribute to the Fort Erie Animal bylaw we had to put a great deal of thought and research into the answer. There are a few ideas that are cutting age and a few ideas I wish would happen, but I am not in charge of changing the bylaws. The only people who have that ability are our town councillors and our collective community.
We’re grateful to have been given a voice!
A few months ago we went through a rather long and complex surrender and adoption process for a cross eyed multi-toed cat named George.
From Anxiety to Day Long Naps
It took some time and he had some struggles in his foster home, but we’re thrilled at this latest updated.
Forever Home Update on George:
thought you might like an update on George……He is doing amazing……l love him so much and l can’t imagine not having him……so this is how most of his days go…..he sleeps with me everynight….when l get up he does too…follows me to the bathroom and then to kitchen….by the time l have gotten ready for work he is already back in bed……now l know he leaves the bed during the day to eat and use the litter box but everyday when l get home he comes out of bedroom guessing off the bed…lol….and greets me at the door……till bedtime he is my shadow…..if l sit on the couch he must sit on me…if l sit at computer then he insists sitting on my lap but no matter where l am he is never more then a few inches away from me….he’s very social with company tho l warn them don’t touch his tummy….lol…l had some health problems a few months ago and it was like he knew…..coming up and licking my hand almost telling me he is here for me…..l love him so much…thank you from the bottom of my heart for picking me to be George’s mom…hope everything is good for you…..Donna
Yes, they managed to shut us down until we can change the bylaws.
Yes, they have been harassing us since 2012.
Yes, we have continued to fight to help animals, but we are not alone! We are strong.
Animal rescue takes it tole on your heart, your mind and your body. I am willing to sacrifice all those things if it means helping an animal in need. I am willing to fight for those lost souls and bring them home. I will wage war on those who would hurt animals. I am a fighter.
But, our latest enemy is one I’d like to friend. Our latest battle wages not in the trenches of animal rescue, but with another registered charity.
All the studies show to save animals rescues and SPCAs need to work together to save souls, but the Fort Erie SPCA does not want to be our friend. We share the same goals — to help animals, but they focus so much attention on me personally and “my rescue” trying to not only shut me down, but drive me out of the town of Fort Erie.
Below is the latest letter from the FE SPCA trying to drive me out of town. Like the emotional strain of holding the head of a dying dog isn’t challenge enough, they are forcing me to walk away to let the dog die alone, unloved and forgotten.
I will fight this latest attack with lawyers. I will fight with tooth and nail to keep Beaver Creek alive, because if we die than they all die alone.
If you want a little reminder of what we do, please, I insist you watch Nobody’s Dog, because we are the last line of defense.
Don’t tell me you can’t watch it. Watch it and remember everything that we do here at BCFS. We make a difference. Below is Mandy — from Lebanon — now in a loving forever home thanks to BCFS.
Mandy today, thanks to rescues working together.
We would like to thank the seven wonderful, compassionate Reiki Practitioners who came out to to participate in a Pet/Animal workshop. The world is a better place when people focus on helping to heal animals.
Silvana (pictured above with her canine partner Lexi) is a Reiki Master and animal lover who had been contemplating developing and teaching a Pet/Animal Reiki Workshop, but was missing a crucial link: the opportunity to connect with diverse animal energy.
People and Animals coming Together to Help Each Other!
Last fall Silvana joined the BCFS volunteer team as our Adoptions Coordinator and the farm animal division provided the much needed diversity of animals.
A win-win-win situation!
Silvana achieves her goal of creating and teaching a Pet/Animal Reiki Workshop, which creates more individuals in the world committed to helping heal animals and the BCFS animals get extra Reiki for a day!
I had a dream one February night. It must have been the cold freezing my brain that brought on the crazy maltipoo dreams. I couldn’t remember a colder winter than the one of 2015, but I digress…
I’d like spin a little yarn for your entertainment about a dream detailing the largest intake of dogs by Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.
The Dream: A Tail of Too many Maltipoos
I sit in the old farm kitchen waiting and I am not comforted by the glow of the fireplace or the feel of the warm terracotta tiles under my feet.
I pace the worn floor fretting at our next intake. There are stalls to clean, dogs to walk and farm animals that need tending, but I’m wrapped up in a tight ball of tension as I wait for the crazy pack of Maltipoos (maltese / poodle cross puppies).
Or, at least, the potential of a crazy pack of maltipoo puppies.
Linda Marlene Ranalli of Niagara Non-Perishable Auctions is throwing a Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Fundraising Pirogi Father’s Day Dinner on June 21, 2015 at Willoughby Township Hall! Two seating times: First at 430pm and second seating at 6:30pm.
Willoughby Township Hall at 11211 Sodom Rd, Niagara Falls.
Does Dad love animals? Do you love animals and your dad loves you?
Bring Dad out for Father’s Day and his gift is all wrapped into one event! Dinner out and saving animals!
Maybe we can get a few of the Fort Erie Town Council Members out to the dinner and we can all let them know that our community supports animal rescue with BCFS? Email them today and let them know you’d love to see them at the event to talk in person.
Chris Knutt: CKutt@town.forterie.on.ca
Marlene Butler: MBustler@town.forterie.on.ca
There will be good food, games and prizes. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children.
Pirogies with bacon and onions, or just onions (for those who are big fans of Hershel), sour cream, sauerkraut, two salads and a Vegan Dish available (let us know in advance)
There will also be cabbage rolls, and a choice of three desserts!
Chose from pop, water or juice.
There will be games for both kids and adults.
Come on out for a fun night of food and games!
Tickets can be bought in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name , time of seating and number in your party. We have limited space. Tickets must be paid for in advance by cash or etransfer.
Willoughby Township Hall at 11211 Sodom Rd, Niagara Falls.
Keeping our supportive fans and champions up to date with events, here is more on the Bylaw Council Update of May 27, 2015. We received an email on May 26, 2015 asking for a meeting with the two councillors who have been assisting us with some positive bylaw change.
This time I did not sit alone. Our Adoption Coordinator and our Operation Manager joined me at the table to bear witness and give support. I felt less exposed and stronger with their physical presence.
Chris explained that they had a few meetings with the Town Clerk and the Fort Erie SPCA to work out some initial details regarding the bylaws.
We were worried when Marina stated that “the main bylaws for dogs are good.” Really? They weren’t going to work on all the animal bylaws to make them more progressive? Hamilton has added potbellied pigs to their animal bylaws allowing people to have them in their homes complete with pig tags and registration.
I could almost hear the panic in my voice when I thought of all the charges coming my way. They wanted to write more bylaws, not better ones.
They want to write a bylaw just for Sanctuaries — including Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary. There are exactly two registered charities in all of Ontario. The other one is in King City. Does that justify an entire bylaw?
So, council wants to write a bylaw for BCFS. The next day an email comes requesting my wish list for a “Sanctuary Bylaw.” Should I be happy? I feel like I am writing my own suicide note.
I have to take a deep breath and appreciate that BCFS has been invited to participate in the creation of something new and positive. Bylaws that will help us rescue animals? You can see our trepidation.
I understand their point of view. They don’t want to give rights to just anyone who wants to start a Sanctuary. There have to be laws and regulations to prevent hoarding and promote animal rights. We’re still worried about the policing part, but we’ll come to that bridge when it’s set on fire.
Sorry. Three years of fighting makes me a little punchy.
Chris promises to look at the foster dog licence. The bylaw listing alpaca as an “exotic” animal is going to be updated. I’m very happy to hear this news. We offer two experts on alpaca who will explain scientifically why alpaca are not considered exotic, but the councillors state it won’t be necessary. No other town in the Niagara Region lists alpaca as exotic. Slam dunk.
I have been asked to provide an outline of what BCFS would like to see in a Sanctuary bylaw and I’m grateful to have a team of people researching.
So we started focusing on what our “dream animal bylaw” would contain. Let the research begin….
For more about Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary and its interactions with Fort Erie SPCA and Town of Fort Erie Bylaws, read these related posts: