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Pretty Potcake Girl – Here’s Zuma! – Adopted

Meet Zuma! BCFS has recently welcomed this beautiful Potcake girl into our foster care program and she’s doing well. Zuma is a 5-year-old honey colored lab mix with lots of love to give.

Zuma and her brother were rescued from the Bahamas where they were born. Wasn’t Zuma an adorable puppy?

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Zuma is all grown up now, and foster mom Pat says Zuma is quiet and calm and easily attaches to one person. She’s friendly, gets along well with cats but is not so fond of other dogs, so Zuma would do best in a home without other dogs.

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Zuma is well-behaved, walks nicely and understands “sit” and “wait”, is housebroken and crate-trained so she should be an easy girl to welcome into your family right from the start.

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And, she’s good in the car, too! Maybe Zuma would be your perfect companion for leisurely walks and pleasant Sunday drives?

Zuma is tolerant of children over 5 years old. A home with lots of one-on-one attention for this sweet girl would suit her, and she’d become your shadow, quickly bonding and following you everywhere.  The devotion of dogs.

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She’s a nice size, about 35 lbs., up to date on her vaccinations and available for adoption.

Do you wonder what a Potcake dog breed is? Potcakes are a mixed breed that originated in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. Their name comes from the “cakey” rice and pea mixture that locals traditionally have fed them from the bottom of a cooking pot. They can vary in appearance but often have cute cocked ears like Zuma has. The breed is known for their intelligence, loyalty and loving nature.

Zuma will make a wonderful companion for the lucky family who adopts her.  If you’d like to meet Zuma, please download and complete an adoption application and then send it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you!

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Roxy from the Far North Adopted!

We love happy endings at BCFS. Roxy is now a two-time graduate of BCFS’ foster care program with her second adoption! When her first adoptive mom’s living situation changed, Roxy came back to BCFS this month.

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We had a feeling it wouldn’t be long before Roxy was adopted again because she’s a beautiful, healthy and super-friendly Siberian husky mix who loves everyone. Sure enough, Roxy was only in BCFS’ foster care for about a week when the perfect family fell in love with her.

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Roxy’s new family had always had dogs, including a previous rescue, and missed having a dog for their children to grow up with. Their two young sons will now have a playmate to love, and Roxy has an active family for daily trips to the park.  Roxy is good with children, adults, dogs and cats and is a terrific match for her new family.

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Roxy’s happy ending is especially sweet considering the harsh start she had in life. Roxy was a stray born in the far north of Ontario, where dogs often starve or freeze to death. Luckily BCFS has a rescue friend who travels to the far north and works with us to rescue needy dogs, and flies them south to BCFS for vet care and adoption.

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Roxy first arrived last year with health problems including a uterine infection that was cured with an emergency spay that saved her life. She was initially suspected to be pregnant and it’s fortunate she wasn’t, because Northern dogs typically have litters of 9-14 puppies. A lack of spay and neutering in the far north is a serious problem, and some vets in Southern Ontario are now sending teams north for spay/neuter clinics to help control the overpopulation of loose, wild dogs.

Please, always spay and neuter your companion animals!

After her emergency spay, we got Roxy healthy in our foster care program and her then-foster mom fell in love with her. Who wouldn’t adore this sweet, loving girl? But alas, she wasn’t able to keep her forever as thought and Roxy has now charmed her new family.

Roxy is one of the lucky few Northern dogs who found a new life and loving family here in Southern Ontario. Thank you to Roxy’s new family for opening their hearts and home to this sweet girl.  Happy trails, Roxy, from all of us at BCFS!

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Walter, an abandoned senior shih tzu mix-Adopted

He was trembling and cold in the corner of the kennel when I went to pick him up. He’d been there two weeks and the saving grace was his blindness and his lack of hearing to the frantic cries of the dogs in the kennels beside him.

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We were told they removed four pounds of hair and filth from his body. Our x-rays showed junk in his lungs that we hoped would clear. He could barely walk from his nails that twisted over and around each other.

He stumbled out of the kennel on a short leash and was encouraged to move towards our crate where he would enter rescue. He nipped at the slightest touch.

He moved constantly for the first few days and fought every attempt to medicate his eyes and his ears. We persisted and with the help of a blanket we managed to get the drops into his eyes.

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He was given antibiotics for the multitude of infections his body carried and every day was a struggle to touch him without the risk of an all out war. Walter did not trust us – yet.

Walter’s first reaction to anything is to bite, but with horrible teeth he never broke the skin.  It wasn’t until after Walter’s dental surgery that removed 23 rotting abscessed teeth that he started to change.

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He let me scratch his bum with my foot and then my hand.

I worked my way up his back to the side of his head, but his tolerance ended there. No touching those eyes. Ears were fine, but those eyes were still too sore. What to do about those eyes?

Walter barks to go out and has never had an accident in the house. He quickly learned that he gets a treat after coming in from a potty break and that’s when he danced.

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Yes. Danced and barked and was joyful. I got misty when I saw him get excited about life for the first time. He’d been with us for just over ten days when he danced and I knew there was hope.

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He rests peacefully in front of the fireplace on a bed far too big for him, but he sleeps deeply with his silly tongue flopped outside of his mouth giving a constant flip off to the world.

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Walter still needs more work on his eyes, but he has a great love of life that has kept him alive much longer than the average dog.

Walter is exceptional. We’d love to see Walter go to a forever home, but would certainly enjoy seeing him in a foster home with lots of one on one care.

He does well with cats and other dogs. Kids move too quickly and would be at risk of a quick nip (with only ten teeth left we’re more worried about the stress than injury), so no kids.

A quiet home with a loving family who enjoys slow walks and napping by the fire. Walter is an easy keeper.

Is your heart big enough for a senior? Walter is very special and needs a special place to call home.

 

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Lori’s Gram

It’s been a heavy hearted time here at BCFS and it’s not just animal losses that we suffer.

Our good friend and lead writer for our website Lori has lost her beloved Gram this week as well.

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Lori adopted Bailey, a senior shih tzu, in January 2015 and quickly became a wonderful addition to the BCFS team.

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Bailey inspires Lori to volunteer for BCFS and use her writing skills to help other dogs and all animals find loving forever homes.

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Lori’s Gram loved animals and helped instill that same love in her, along with Lori’s parents. A wonderful thing to pass down to children and grandchildren, love and compassion for animals.

In addition to her volunteer writing for BCFS, Lori co-admins the Facebook page Friends of Lucy, advocating for the lonely elephant Lucy at the Edmonton Valley Zoo to be transferred to a US elephant sanctuary.

Lori’s colleagues in Edmonton whom she collaborates with, the group Lucy’s Edmonton Advocate’s Project (LEAP), honoured Lori’s Gram with a donation to BCFS after her Gram passed away.

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Her friends know how much Lori loves BCFS’ work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted animals, and wanted to do something to both honour her Gram and help the animals BCFS saves.

Through animals, to people and back to animals we unite to provide support to friends of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

Thank you LEAP for your donation to BCFS in memory of Lori’s Gram. We hope someday Lucy will be freed to a sanctuary.

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Thank you from all of us at BCFS.

 

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Autumn, a sad Farewell

Autumn is  a large draft cross horse. She’s big, strong, powerful and loving. She’s taken care of many beginner riders and has given the first ever ride on a horse to many people with kindness and patience.

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Autumn has been loved and cherished by us for years and when she developed a breathing disorder four years ago we vowed to do what we could to help her be comfortable for as long as we could.

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Those comfort days were drawing to a close and I was looking at Autumn when I called Dr. Sherry on a bland Wednesday morning. “Autumn looks rough.”
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I started crying and Dr. Sherry apologized with such kindness that I cried harder, but I knew she was right. I knew it was time. The kindest thing we can offer, is a peaceful end of days. It would be selfish of me to keep Autumn going on medications that were damaging her system. She was a skeletal shell of who she once was…

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I knew Dr. Sherry spoke the truth, but until I heard the words it hadn’t become real. I told Dr. Sherry I would speak to Brent and we would make a decision.

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On Friday I called Dr. Sherry and we booked an appointment for Monday.  We had the weekend to enjoy Autumn.

I gave her extra treats and plenty of grain. I kept her medication at the high dose, so she was comfortable.

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Brent walked Autumn out to the pasture where Dr. Sherry gave her a sedative. A few minutes later Autumn laid on the ground and Dr. Sherry gave Autumn a lethal dose of drugs that would stop her heart. This is the first horse I’ve witnessed euthanized. It’s crushing and heart breaking, but in the end it brought peace.

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Dr. Sherry’s stethoscope has a happy face on it under glass. When she lifted the happy face away from Autumn’s chest she nodded at me… Autumn was gone.

I stroked Autumn’s face and murmured sweet nothings in her ear before I got up and hugged Brent. We turned and followed Dr. Sherry back down the path to the barn. Now, two heartbeats missing.

I asked if it was appropriate for the other horses to be brought out to see Autumn and she agreed. Dr. Sherry said “animals need to grieve too.”

After Dr. Sherry left we led Splash, JB, Heidi, Nelly and Elsa down to pay their respects to Autumn. Heidi (the oldest mini horse) sniffed Autumn’s nose and her eyes went wide as she backed away. JB sniffed Autumn’s nose and nickered softly and then loudly. He bit her nose and got no response. He stood quietly and sniffed Autumn for a long time before walking away, his eye full of sadness.

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Nelly and Elsa gave a quick sniff and wandered off to eat. I suppose goats live in the moment.

It was Splash that had our hearts breaking. She wouldn’t go near Autumn at first and then she sniffed once at Autumn’s belly and buried her face in my arm. I tried to bring her near Autumn’s head and nose, but Splash would hide behind me and stand very still.

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We realized Splash was confused and gave her a bit of time, but after the first sniff she refused to go back. Splash continues to call for Autumn.

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Animals grieve. People grieve. Time.

As we laid Autumn to rest I thought about all the wonderful times we’d spent together. Galloping on the beach.

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Riding through the short hills, teaching her to jump, spring baths on the first hot day and how she would gaze at me with those soulful brown eyes. She knew all my secrets and loved me just for me.

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I’m going to miss that big bay draft cross… Rest easy big girl and say hello to Gus…

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Adoptable Bunny Perry Rescued by BCFS!

Meet BCFS’ newest rescue rabbit, handsome young Perry who’s ready to hop into your heart and home! Think Perry Como ~ bunny Perry is handsome, smooth and suave, too!

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BCFS recently welcomed Perry into our foster care program and he’s making himself right at home with his new friends like BCFS’ permanent resident shih tzu Baby Jackson.

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You can tell Perry is a big boy, he’s about 12 pounds. A gorgeous caramel and white bunny who we think is quite young and hasn’t yet grown into himself. Perry has beautiful coloring and his gorgeous fur looks just like the pretty marble on our shower walls!

He’s an active guy who’s social and friendly but not yet too fond of being picked up and will need to learn to be handled and cuddled without nipping a little.

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Perry is neutered, litter box trained and social and friendly with bunn-savvy dogs like Jackson. Perry is pretty laid-back and likes to hang out all day, currently hanging with four chicks BCFS just rescued. Life is sweet at the sanctuary but would be even sweeter for Perry if he had a forever family to love him up.

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Would Perry make a good family member for you?

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If so, and you’d like to give a forever home to handsome Perry, please download and complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you for considering Perry!

 

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Goodbye, from under the Willow Tree

From the desk of Amy…

It’s a beautiful day in June, a little breezy, but the sun is shining and I can hear the leaves rustling in the trees. Brent walks Gus out of the barn and down the gravel driveway. Gus walks a few feet before his back leg gives out and it just happens to be under a willow tree.

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We don’t notice the willow tree, but our vet Dr. Sherry does, “this is a lovely spot under a willow tree”. Elsa is eating weeds beside us and Dr. Sherry says “I don’t think you should be eating those weeds Elsa – it might be poisonous”. On command Elsa spits out the weed and gives Dr. Sherry an annoyed look that only teenagers can make. We laugh too loud.

People ask me why it’s so difficult to euthanize an animal and all the reasons get stuck in my throat and I can’t find the answer.

“Do you have a mat or something for Gus to lay on?” asks Dr. Sherry.

I am amazed that I didn’t think of it and I run to the barn and grab Gus’s beautiful memory foam bed. This is a special bed donated by Gus’s red headed girlfriend years ago. Molly is a very attractive golden retriever who fell in love with Gus. The bed brought great comfort to Gus right up until his final breath. Thank you Monika & Molly.

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I give thanks for kind people as I put the bed on the ground under the willow tree. Gus immediately lays on his bed and takes a deep breath as the breeze ruffles his ears. His muscles relax as the sedative takes effect. He’s suddenly tired and rests his head heavily on the bed.

Euthanizing an animal is difficult because they are a part of our everyday life. They rely on us for shelter, food, care, medicine and love. We are their world and they are mine.

I watch his chest rise and fall for the last time. I stroke his head and tell him that we love him, there are many people who love him and will miss him. I tell him Uncle Bill and Megan send their love. Gus has no idea how many lives he’s touched. Gus has no idea that our tears will pave his way to heaven.

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When a person dies there is a team of people to help with the process. The funeral director, the mortician, nurses, doctors and grave diggers. Family and friends visit, bring food, bring love, bring support, flowers and kindness.

My tears soak his white fur as his muscles relax and I look at Dr. Sherry as her eyes meet mine. Her stethoscope comes off Gus’s chest and the look she offers is deep and meaningful. He’s gone. Dr. Sherry has sparkling blue eyes and they look sad as she drops the syringe into her pocket.

At a funeral there is a ceremony and people stand up and tell stories, sing songs and celebrate. There is comfort in sharing grief. There is peace.

Dr. Sherry gets to her feet as Brent and I pat Gus’s head one last time. He’s gone and the tears soak my face as Dr. Sherry says “group hug”. We gather and hug. “I’m so sorry for your loss” the willow tree whispers in the wind as a butterfly lands on Gus’s nose and rests.

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Dr. Sherry gets in her car after washing her boots and drives away, leaving Brent and I with after care. I stare at Gus’s body on his lovely bed under the willow tree and think, he was loved. I cry hard for a long time.

At the cemetery the hole in the ground is ready to receive the deceased. There is red carpet leading the closest friends and family to the grave site. Family gathers around as the body is lowered into the ground.

I sit on the freshly dug earth as Brent pushes the dirt over Gus’s body and my tears soak the ground. There are no family and friends to bid good bye to Gus. There are no flowers covering a casket. There is just Brent and I laying Gus to rest.

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After a person is laid to rest there is a gathering where everyone tells stories about the deceased. A celebration of life.

Alone, I sit in the house and think about my handsome boy. I send a few texts to close family and friends letting them know that Gus has died and is at peace. The messages are supportive and loving.

We will miss Gus desperately. He was a part of our daily life. We loved him and he survived  four and a half years longer than anyone expected. He was our light, delight and love. He was a wonderful dog.

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In early June of 2016, we laid our boy Gus to rest. He’s at peace running without pain or responsibility. He’s surrounded by love. He has a great following with BCFS and we send this message to all those who loved Gus:

Please help save a dog in Gus’s name… it’s what he would have wanted. Please share your good deed, thought, prayer on the comments below. We get great comfort knowing how many lives Gus has touched. 

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As for me? Jackson is giving me cuddles and Super Taz  is doling out kisses. My support team is in place and I feel lucky to have had a special dog like Gus in my life.

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Cheers my boy resting under the willow tree. I will always love you.

 

 

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Hershel the Pig back at BCFS!

After a brief stint in a foster home (thank you Sandra) while we built the new red barn Hershel has returned to BCFS!

Hershel is a real fan favorite with his dapper tuxedo and delightful personality!

He’s waddled into the new red barn at the Little g Ranch as a resident of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary and is settling in nicely.

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Hershel’s mom died during labour, so Hershel was hand raised and bottle fed since day one, so he’s not your average pig… He is particular bonded and sensitive to all creatures.

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Hershel was destined to be a favorite with all animals (whether you have two legs or four). Here he is playing with a tiny, frail 1 pound kitten who was recovering from tummy troubles.

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Daisy came to BCFS terrified and shut down, so Hershel did the only thing he could to comfort Daisy – cuddling is his speciality. Slowly Hershel helped Daisy come out of her shell and start to eat again. He’s a super hero pig.

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Hershel loves to roam and forage for fresh vegetations in our three acre pasture. He’s building muscle from all the walking and is a very solid pig.

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Hershel shares his space with all the other residents of BCFS, including Heidi the mini horse (back), Nelly our oldest goat (middle) and in the lead: Hershel.

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When Hershel returned from his foster home he brought a very special friend. Zig is a shih tzu cross who has some intense behavioural issues and will be residing at BCFS. Zig has a horrible past, but he’s bonded with his best buddy Hershel. The only thing they don’t do together is eat, because Hershel can be such a pig about his food!

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We are so happy to have our Hershel back!!!

 

 

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Sabre, an old Rottie, but not forgotten

Sabre really loves people.

Kids included. She’s the regular old rottie that we’ve seen before… the one who loves a good bum scratch and does the lean against your legs.

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She sits on the floor and lets the kids hug and pet her with love shining in her eyes. Sabre has had a rough life, but has landed at BCFS where we’ve taken care of most her physical problem.

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Her ear infections are much improved and we’ve removed six mammary gland tumours. She’s been spayed and brought up to date on her vaccinations. Her flea infestation is gone and her coat shines with life.

You’d never guess she’s 11 years old…. this is Sabre on intake:

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Today, Sabre’s eyes and ears no longer weep. She’s put on a great deal of weight and her head is no longer sunken. She’s muscled and radiates health.

Sabre will need ongoing treatment for her chronic right ear infection and needs to be in a home without any other pets. She’s  dog aggressive, but we’ve made great progress and she’s friends with Gus, Taz, Jackson and Zig. She’s better with little dogs than big ones.

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She’d love a home of her very own. Will you consider this lovely senior?

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Sensitive, thoughtful and loving…

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