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Walter’s Wish Comes True – Adopted!

Do you remember Walter? We think he’s unforgettable. BCFS rescued Walter, a nearly blind and deaf senior shih tzu who was severely neglected, on May 29th this year.

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On intake Walter had eye, ear and skin infections. He spent the summer in BCFS’ care while we helped him regain his health.  By September he was brimming with vitality.

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A foster family stepped up in September to help him continue his journey. Walter is one of those very special, exceptional dogs who melts your heart like butter.

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His foster family thought so, too, and BCFS is happy to say that they’ve adopted Walter!

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Walter was in poor shape when BCFS rescued him on May 29th. He’d survived unimaginable neglect and the Lincoln County Humane Society shaved 4 lbs. of hair and feces off him on intake. Walter trembled in fear at the shelter for two weeks, not being able to see, hear or understand what was happening.

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The shelter knew Amy and BCFS were Walter’s hope. And we were. On intake Walter had eye, ear and skin infections. Within a month Walter was improving.

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By September he was brimming with good health.

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The road to good health has been a long one for Walter. When BCFS took him into our foster care program, we struggled to administer eye drops to save what’s left of his vision, gave him antibiotics for his ear and skin infections, and endured nips from this petrified dog who’d clearly not been treated kindly in life. After a dental to remove 23 rotting abscessed teeth, Walter started to change.

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Amy was gradually able to pet him, and one day Walter danced with happiness! There was hope. Walter was healing in body, mind and spirit.

He spent a week in late June being puppy-sat by a BCFS volunteer and also danced at her house. After spending a lot of time with Walter, she wrote,

“Walter didn’t come through his trials unscathed but he seems to have chosen to forgive or forget whomever neglected him and make a fresh start. Walter has a very special quality to him, of vulnerability, of wanting someone he can trust and place his faith in, wondering if anyone loves him, if he’s wanted in the world or not. He has a bit of a wounded heart, but also seems to know he has a great deal of life left to live. He wants a future to look forward to. It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Walter.”

At the end of puppy-sitting, Walter went back to BCFS and continued his healing process in the company of our other rescued dogs.

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When Walter had recovered well enough to be fostered, in September his new family offered to foster him. Then love bloomed as they realized how special Walter is. They renamed Walter “Ray” and wrote to us,

‘Ray let me touch his head the other night! I got to scratch behind his ears which he loves btw! Lol. So awesome!! I’m over the moon! We were going to wait until after the vet visit today to speak with you, but we want Ray. We love him so much that we just can’t bear the thought of him going to someone else. He is such a special boy, not everyone would “get him”. We “get” him.’

Walter’s follow-up appointment with the vet revealed his left eye has improved, thanks to his daily medicated eyedrops. Afterwards, his foster mom wrote,

“He is now laying in his bed in our room. A great sign. With Ray, you just gotta rip the bandaid off and show him we aren’t going to hurt him or let him down. He will trust us..in time. But that face! Omg! My heart just explodes.”

Walter, now named Ray, has a loving forever home with a mom and dad and their 12-year-old daughter whom Walter adores, a senior shih tzu brother and two kitties for companionship. Walter got his wish: he’s wanted and loved.

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BCFS is so happy for Walter/Ray and for his lovely new family who saw his beautiful soul and made him a part of their family. Thank you to his new family from all of us at BCFS, and to everyone who donated to us for Walter’s veterinary care.

If you’re considering adopting, please think about adopting a senior like Walter. Seniors are special dogs who are often easy keepers, and every dog deserves to be loved and cared for until their end of days. Anyone who’s adopted a senior will sing their praises and you’ll be rewarded with the love and devotion of a dog who holds you close in their heart and only wants to be loved in return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue, just Ain’t your Colour

The first thing we knew is that his name was Blue and he was considered the godfather of a pack in Northern Ontario.

It wasn’t just the colour of his arctic blue eyes, it was a deep radiating sadness that seemed to surround him like a transparent cloud of anguish and heartbreak.

Blue is the epitome  of still waters that run deep. Before he arrived from the far north of Ontario we were told he had aggression: people, dogs and possibly other animals. If we didn’t know better this dog sounded dangerous.

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Blue had one friend in the north who was trying desperately to save his life. Given Blue’s iconic mistrust in people he hadn’t made friends and he was being hunted for euthaniza.

All this turmoil going on under our noses and we were happily cuddling puppies and grooming horses.

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We got the call on a Saturday that Blue would be arriving the next day. Our knee jerk reaction of accepting a possibly violently aggressive dog into our foster care program was a little daunting.

Luckily, Gus had guided us through this process and we felt able to care for another “mini-Gus”. Coming in we knew Blue would be a sanctuary animal and not one we could adopt out with his history.

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Blue arrived and was disturbingly quiet. He didn’t interact. He didn’t show a single hint of body language that would give us an idea of his behaviour.

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He was completely dissociated. Shut down. He sat in the corner and refused to interact. He stayed that way for weeks. No tail wag. No interest in eating. No interest in walking or talking. Barely signs of life. We considered the possibility that he might be sick. Many of the northern dogs come down with some unusual parasites.
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The results came in a few days later: nothing. No worms. No heart worm, Blue was healthy, so his issues were all mental and emotional.

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I brought Blue into my house and he curled up on the floor and didn’t move. Clearly the only thing I was worthy of was being ignored. This went on for days.

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Finally, he began coming to me for cuddles or cookies, and once the trust was built he became my shadow. He looked at me with trust and maybe the start of love.

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He never played with the other dogs. He watched them. Carefully.

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I had no idea how deep Blue felt about me until the one day I was working with Sawyer…. 

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I had tried the treat trade-off and Sawyer wasn’t interested, so I stepped forward and encouraged him to take a step back. Sawyer did step back, but not without growling and snapping at the air. This was considered positive for Sawyer as he wasn’t lunging anymore and I was about to praise him, that would end his growling when Blue stepped in.

It happened in an instant, like an alligator attack, Blue launched himself at Sawyer and sent him flying. Sawyer never knew what hit him and Blue was gone before I could take a breath.

Dog behavioural training is about timing and nobody does it better than another dog. Blue didn’t hurt Sawyer, he just let him know that it was unacceptable to growl at me and don’t even think about biting or attacking.

From a distance Blue glanced at me and then walked quietly away.

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Wow. Did Blue just correct Sawyer in a way Sawyer completely understood? Sawyer has never challenged me since.

Still waters ran deep in this dog and I felt a strong connection. We could never place Blue in a home with children, other dogs or perhaps any place where aggression might happen.

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Perhaps Blue had seen enough trauma in his life. Perhaps he has PTSD and needs the stability of BCFS. Perhaps Blue was meant to be a permanent resident of our sanctuary.

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After speaking with Dr. Rachel who also noticed Blue’s lack of interaction and body language that was concerning, she suggests he stays with BCFS and is not adopted out.

I suppose Blue maybe our mini-Gus?

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The similarities are uncanny…

 

 

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A Happy Christmas Tail!

A Christmas Update from Molly (Allura)! 

Hello again! :)

We all just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year! Attached is our annual Christmas picture we take and send out to family and we are so thrilled with our newest furry addition. We try to get the cats in the picture, but they are so wiggly and don’t stay still. They were there in spirit :)

I also forgot to mention a couple things in my last update. I wanted to say that Molly is always wagging her tail now and it’s always up and has a cute little curl to it. Every night when Grant gets home from work Murphy and Molly get super excited and bring him their favourite toys and he has to sit on the couch and the dogs jump up and cuddle with him and get their time and pets in with their Daddy. It’s really sweet! :)

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I went to visit my Mom and Grandma for a few days, so the pups went to Grant’s parent’s house for the three days and Molly did really well. She didn’t have any accidents in the house and she confidently navigated the house and backyard even without Murph! She also made herself at home and they slept in bed with Grant’s parents every night. Once I got back and saw Murphy and Molly it was quite the celebration. I was worried Molly would forget me, but she definitely remembered me! I’ve never seen that little bum wiggle so much before. She is such a happy little dog! She is still nervous around new people and people she doesn’t know well, but with some cookies and pets she comes around.

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Anyway, we just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and send you a copy of our Christmas photo. I know two cute pups that are going to be rather spoiled this Christmas :)

Yours truly,
Amanda, Grant, Murphy, Molly, Calli and Oliver <3

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Tashi’s Ear Tumour and the Adventure of The Scope

Tashi is a wee under ten pound shih tzu that came into BCFS’s foster care program with multiple issues. The first priority was her broken jaw. We needed to fix this, so she could eat. She was barely six pounds.

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Aunt Rachel did the surgery to remove her rotted teeth and fix the jaw. It took weeks for Tashi to recover, but finally she was able to eat on her own. She went from six pounds to nine healthy pounds in three months.

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Teeth fixed, we moved on to the spay.  Her uterus was well used, but no signs of tumours or cancer.

Another few weeks for Tashi to recover…

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Now, we moved onto the tumour in her ear. Tashi had reoccurring stinky ear infections and Aunt Rachel visualized a tumour in the ear canal. We began discussing removal.

Aunt Rachel suggested a vet clinic in Buffalo, NY that had a scope. She’d never dealt with this clinic, but it was worth a consultation.  (For sensitive readers: this post includes veterinary surgical images below.)

We made an appointment and I hustled into the clinic eight minutes late. I had struggled through the 90 minute drive that included crossing the  Peace Bridge and the traffic on Transit Road.

I arrived frazzled.

The doctor of veterinary medicine, the specialist, the man in charge looked at me from behind the desk and frowned. “No” he said, “I can’t see you now! You had fifteen minutes and eight minutes are gone. I can’t see you now.”

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My eyes must have popped out of my head with disappointment and shock. “Well, I could see you at 5 o’clock if you want to wait two hours and come back.” was his response.

He turned on his heel and left me staring after him in shock. I left the clinic and as I drove around the unfamiliar area I set my disappointment aside, took responsibility for being late and kept asking myself the same question: “what decision will help Tashi?”

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I calmed myself with an herbal tea and let my mind wander. If this vet was the key to Tashi’s health I shouldn’t let my personal feelings interfere with the medical process.

After a good conversation with Brent, I decided to wait the two hours and go back to speak with the “surgical specialist”.

I returned to the clinic promptly at 5 o’clock. The staff showed me to an exam room and told me Dr. V would be in shortly.

Was it ironic that he kept me waiting for exactly 8 minutes?

He walked in and shook my hand with a watery shake. Dr. V focused on Tashi’s broken jaw rather than the ear tumour.

He asked if Tashi’s fractured jaw was from trauma and rotting teeth. I said we really didn’t know. He said it was likely rotting teeth… I didn’t share that Rachel suspected it was trauma. What did this have to do with her ear anyway?

When he finally got around to talking about the ear tumour he advised me of this, his treatment plan:

  1. take a biopsy and see if the tumour was malignant or benign. $1000
  2. If it was benign do a vertical ablation on the ear. Slice the ear open on either side and remove the entire ear canal. $2500 This is a very invasive procedure and BCFS was not planning on putting a senior dog through this. We were looking for a procedure that would improve her quality of life.
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  5. If the tumour was malignant – do nothing. $0

Perhaps I’m a little simple, but our goal is to remove the obstruction in hopes of decreasing the infections and making Tashi more comfortable. I’m not a vet.

I’m just a girl looking to help a dog.

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Dr. V advised me the appointment was over and he would write  up an estimate to take a biopsy of the tumour. Nothing more. He wouldn’t even consider removing the tumour without first doing pathology on the tumour. I appreciated his rigorous devotion to procedure, but this was a 12 year, old under ten pound shih tzu, who wouldn’t fair well with an ear ablation – could he please listen?

I returned to Dr. Rachel and gave her the run down of the appointment. At one point Dr. V suggested my “regular vet” just go in with a pair of alligator clamps and pull a piece off as a biopsy – he said “its a simple procedure. Your vet should be able to do it

Aunt Rachel said she would if she could, but she didn’t have the equipment, the scope. If she went in with a pair of forceps blindly and pulled off a piece she was afraid it would start bleeding and she couldn’t stop it without the scope.

tashi at the barnI asked Dr. Rachel for other ideas and she said Morgan Animal Hospital has a scope. I began making calls to Morgan Animal Hospital.

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We had an appointment within a week for an ear scope. When I met with Dr. Todd Morgan he agreed that an attempt to remove the tumour – as long as we understood it might grow back – would be the best avenue to Tashi.

I left Tashi with Dr. Todd Morgan for the day and when he called at noon he told me the tumour looked like a cauliflower and was only attached by a stem.

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He was able to remove the tumour with the scope. The tumour was blocking Tashi’s entire ear canal, so the removal should make her feel better immediately.

We are so happy that we’ve improved Tashi’s life for however long she’s with us. The obstruction is gone and any residual infection will finally heal.

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We can’t thank Dr. Morgan enough for his skill with his special scope. As I walked out with Tashi under my arm I asked Dr. Todd Morgan if we could come to him in the future if we had other cases that would need his magic scope.

He said “I’m the only vet in the area with a scope, so I guess we’re stuck with each other.” he has a charming smile.

I smile, kissed Tashi’s head and walked out.

A few days later we got word that it was a benign tumour and there were no anticipated troubles.

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The bottom line: continue to make the best decision for your dog, even in the face of adversity.

Every day brings an opportunity to learn. I’ve learned that BCFS is incredibly grateful to have Dr. Rachel and all the staff at Thorold Veterinary Hospital helping BCFS help animals.

It probably time to send them a big basket of chocolate for Christmas.  

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Sawyer – Misunderstood Lover now Ready for Forever Home

Sawyer came to BCFS from Credit Valley Humane Society. He’d been adopted out three times and returned three times for guarding behaviour. Aggression with both food and toys.

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We put Sawyer in bootcamp for a week to see what would happen and we saw a rise in his anxiety and his insecurity.

We thought he was a king, but it turns out he’s a jester. The first time Sawyer showed aggression towards me he peed himself. He was afraid. Often people are rough when dealing with big dogs, because they’re big, but really he’s a shih tzu trapped in the body of an 80 pound akbash  mix.

My tactic immediately changed and I softened my voice and crouched down to his level and I spoke softly,

Oh Sawyer, are you just afraid? You aren’t really mean, you just are so insecure you go to the only thing you know to defend yourself. Sawyer my boy… you’re actually a lover – not a fighter.

This realization was instrumental in his rehabilitation and so was Tucker a ten month old fox hound mix who came to be his best friend. The pair healed the anxiety that lived within both of them.

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The best rehab often comes from another animal. Tucker has since been adopted and Sawyer remains anxiety-free and happy.

Sawyer is a lover. He’s a big 80 pound lover who thinks he’s a lap dog. He’ll slobber you with kisses and roll on his back for tummy scratches.

Sawyer does need to get to know you and when he has any doubt he can make a lot of noise, but if you’re calm and quiet and give him confidence he’ll be the best loving boy ever.

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Sawyer is strikingly handsome, a little goofy and would love to have another big dog as a friend. We are hesitant to put Sawyer in a home with young children as he’ll find them unpredictable.

Sawyer needs a family he can build a trusting relationship with and once that bond is built you will never have any issue with this lover.

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Sawyer has lots of energy and would make a good running dog, hiking dog, camping dog and any other activity you can think of that lets him play and release energy.

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Sawyer deserves to sleep in a warm bed at night and be loved by a dog savvy family. Could that possibly be you?

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If you’re interested please fill out an adoption application on our website and/or email mybremner@yahoo.com for more information.

He’s a very amazing boy for the right home.

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Tucker Meets his Match and Finds a Home

Tucker came from the the SPCA serving Erie County and after a brief adoption period with a family they returned him to the SPCA with the following note:

Tucker is very destructive with severe separation anxiety. He has eaten our couch and urinated all over the couch and our house.

The SPCA serving Erie County asked us to take Tucker and see if we could turn him into a more balanced and confident dog. Given Tucker’s high energy and excitability we could see Tucker getting this note, but we recognized it wasn’t Tucker’s fault. He was just misunderstood.

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On day one Tucker was a handful, but he was also a lover, not a fighter. He would curl up for cuddles and crawl into your lap for love. He showered you with affection, but he would then race around the yard barking like a maniac.

Tucker needed to develop some confidence and he needed to learn how to self soothe when alone. Meaning: he needed to learn to comfort himself.

At the same time Tucker came into BCFS, so did Sawyer – a dog with guarding and anxiety. It was great timing! We put the two dogs together and it was an instant friendship!

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When Tucker would get anxious Sawyer would jump on him and when Sawyer would get anxious Tucker would be there to distract.

It was wonderful to watch the transformation. Yes, there were times of barking, playing, anxiety and stress, but in the end both dogs ended up with confidence and peace.

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Tucker was ready, but we knew he’d need to go to a home with another big dog who shared his love of playing. And we found the right family with the right dog: Lexi.

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His new forever family was willing to work with Tucker and were dedicated to his daily energy needs. It was clear Tucker had developed confidence when he met Lexi and showed her to play respectfully. Lexi had shown some dog aggression in the past, but with Tucker’s help she learned to play and relax. See video:

Tucker and his new best friend. 

Tucker now spends his days relaxing with his family and playing with his canine companion. Rather than eating the couch, he’s discovered its much nicer to nap on it.

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Boozoo finds love

When the young couple interested in meeting Boozoo walked into the barn all the dogs ran to greet them, but Boozoo planted himself at their feet and stared into their faces.

I could hear his questions: “Friendly? Love me?”

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Love simply shone from Boozoo for everyone. He would often crawl over to people in hopes of some affection.

Holli got right down on the floor with Boozoo and soon both were cuddling and loving. He gave her kisses and she gave him kisses back. Looks like they had both found what they were looking for.

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We spoke openly about Boozoo’s front legs, the deformity, his limping and the inevitability of arthritis. Holli looked at me and said “we’re okay with that

We stressed that Boozoo was not one for hiking, but did enjoy his walks. He was more of a couch potato who loved his food.

Holli laughed and nodded her head “we’re definitely okay with that!”

When Holli and her family came to pick up Boozoo they were beaming and quickly fell in love.

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I have no worries that Boozoo and Holli have found love together. This picture is from Holli and she says that Boozoo is in love with Pottery Barn blankets.

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Congratulations and thank you for giving a rescue dog a second chance at life.

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Now that Whiskey and Boozoo (brothers) have found a home, will anyone consider adopting their twenty-five pound mama? Monique is still looking for her special home.

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Popcorn!!! – Adopted

Meet Popcorn! This sweet 4-year-old bichon cross is doing wonderfully in BCFS’ foster care program after enduring a bad situation. He was left in a hallway for a year without any grooming or care. Four pounds of hair were removed when he was rescued.

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Our foster mom caring for him reports that Popcorn is now fine with being picked up, though on intake he wasn’t happy about it and would growl and snap. After being neglected for so long the socialization of a caring foster family with dogs of their own is doing wonders for Popcorn.

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Popcorn is great on a leash and gets excited when he sees his leash! Popcorn loves running around and is very playful with his foster dog siblings and his favorite toys.

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Popcorn is happy when he can be with his people and follows his foster mom around the house. He’ll be a devoted little boy for a lucky family!

He’s become a happy go lucky guy who will make a wonderful family member. A family with kids isn’t suitable for Popcorn, though, due to his unpredictable behaviour. He gets along well with other dogs and cats.

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This fluffy guy loves to play ball, walks well on leash, has a winning smile and is ready to love. He’s healthy, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and waiting for his forever family to come along.

Are you perhaps Popcorn’s forever family? If you’d like to love him up for life, please complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you for considering adorable Popcorn!

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Good Golly Miss Molly! Update on Allura/Molly

If you’ve ever thought, “Oh I could never adopt a puppy mill dog”, this amazing update from Allura’s new mom Amanda may help change your mind. Amanda and her husband Grant adopted Allura in October and renamed her Molly. We love her new name and how 5-year-old Molly, a puppy mill survivor, is blossoming in her forever home!

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Amanda sends us these new photos and marvelous 6-week update:

Molly is doing extremely well and we believe she is now fully adjusted to her new life and routine. Since our last update Molly has come a long way and she has blossomed into a wonderful little pup. Her personality has really started to shine and she is such a goofy girl and she has an amazing personality!

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Molly has also overcome a few speed bumps in these last few weeks. She now goes up and down the stairs 100% on her own and her confidence has really developed. She also wanders the house on her own without her humans or Murphy (usually when she is looking for one of her toys). She also loves going for car rides and is beginning to know that the Tim Hortons drive through means that her and Murph will be getting a plain timbit as a treat which we do on the way to the dog park every weekend.

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She is doing really well on leash while walking, as well as off leash at the dog park. She has been to the dog park a few times now and she enjoys running around and trying to keep up with Murphy. She knows her new name and she has excellent recall when we are at the dog park. When I call her name and clap my hands excitedly for her to come, she runs as fast as her short little legs can go and comes running at us with a smile and waggy bum.

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She also knows several words such as “outside” and “cookie” and she now sits on command and waits patiently for a cookie.

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We’ve also taken her to PetSmart and Rens a few times just to expose her to different environments and smells and she loves walking around the pet stores and sniffing everything. She also loves getting treats from the cashier on our way out.

Murphy and Molly are the best of friends and they do everything together! It’s hilarious to watch them play together and the longer they are together, the more we are in awe of what an excellent match they are.

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I recently entered a picture of Murphy and Molly in a contest to win a gift card for Rens Pets Depot and they won a $25 gift card! They were definitely spoiled! :)  I’ve attached a few recent pictures :) Yours truly, Amanda, Grant and all the fur babies

Thank you, Amanda for your wonderful update and photos! And to Grant, Murphy and your two kitties for being such a perfect family for Molly!

We don’t know which photo of Murphy and Molly won the gift card but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was this super-cute one Amanda sent us in October of Molly resting her head on Murphy’s tush shortly after her adoption!

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Molly’s a lucky girl, rescued along with her mama Delana and three brothers Ruger, Fenton and Bergen, all from a puppy mill. Bergen is still available for adoption.

Molly may have spent the first 5 years of her life unhappily but now thanks to Amanda and Grant, with Murphy’s help, Molly is learning how to love life as a normal, happy dog.

Puppy mill dogs who are rescued deserve love and a forever home just as much as any other dog. BCFS and our experienced, dedicated foster families (like Raye and Paul who fostered Molly) work hard to rehabilitate puppy mill survivors and prepare them for their new lives.

This is animal rescue and we couldn’t do it without our rescue friends, foster families, volunteers, donors and the caring people like Amanda and Grant who take a chance on a puppy mill survivor like Molly. Beautiful updates like Molly’s from Amanda make it all worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pippi Update – Life is Sweet!

One of the advantages of adopting a senior dog is how well-trained they usually are: housebroken, great on a leash, good in the car and often know a lot of words. Seniors are easy keepers who appreciate the simple things in life.

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Senior dogs often blend quite seamlessly into their new families, grateful for the love offered them. That’s 12-year-old Pippi. She came to us after the owner she’d loved since age 4 passed away, and she’s now fallen in love with the perfect couple who adopted her. Pippi’s new mom sent us this sweet update:

“She made herself right to home the first night.   We got her a little bed and when we go to bed she crawls in it and sleeps all night.   She is such a good dog, goes for a walk, eats and sleeps.   

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When we go out for an hour or so and when we come home she just goes wild, she is so happy to see us.  She jumps all over, runs and get her toy.   She loves to go for a car ride and gets in the back seat. 

We took her to the home the other night to see Ross’s sister and she just sat beside the wheelchair and let her pet her.  Some of the other residents wanted to pet her too and she was so gentle with them.   She is such a good doggy and we just love her.  She has met more than our expectations.

Thanks for asking about her and if you get the chance, drop by and see her.. Thanks for all your work that you do for these animals.”

We’re grateful that this sweet and kind senior shih poo we rescued found love a second time around with this lovely couple, especially since November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. How fitting for Pippi.

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Thank you, Marie, for sending us this update on Pippi and for the love you, Ross and your family are giving her!