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Lucky Has Been Adopted!

Lucky, a 7 year old Chihuahua, was transferred to Beaver Creek from North Toronto Animal Services back in February 2017. Lucky needed socialization due to some aggression during veterinary appointments and nervousness around other dogs.

While living in his loving foster home, Lucky’s sweet and affectionate personality really came through. He loved to follow his foster mom around everywhere (even into the shower!) and adored being snuggled and giving kisses.

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Lucky was ready to continue to spread the love and find his forever home. We can now gladly say that he has – and an amazing one at that! Lucky has gone to a wonderful home with a patio for him to lounge on, a backyard to play in, nearby parks to explore, and a human to give him lots of love.

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Meeting Lucky’s new dad, it was clear to see just how perfect he was for Lucky and how much he would spoil him. This was made even clearer when he arrived to pick up Lucky with a new bed full of toys and treats. Lucky quickly found his new bone and after that it was hard to get him to look at the camera.

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Congratulations to Mitchell and Lucky!

 

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A Big Change

Due to personal reasons and life struggles Amy Bremner is opting to tentatively step down as a board member and President of BCFS.

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Amy will always be the founder and hold a special place in the hearts of many, but she needs to take some time to work out the next phase of life.

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Brent Lindhurst has been appointed by the board of directors to be the interim President and board member.  Silvana Cronier will be donning many hats beyond her role as Adoption Coordinator. Ellyse and Lori are working on grants, fundraising and posts for the website. We have a new writer Shelley Labreaque, a professional writer, who will be contributing to BCFS posts. Megan and Lauren will continue to care for the permeant residents in Wainfleet.

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We appreciate all those who are stepping in and stepping up to keep BCFS a float during this time of change. We’re proud to say BCFS is more than just Amy Bremner, its a whole crew of animal lovers looking to change the world…  one animal at a time.

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Thank you.

Update on Cole

Yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of visiting with Cole in his new foster home.

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Between his enthusiastic tail wags, rolling around on his back waiting for belly rubs, and chasing after his ball, it was clear to see that Cole is thriving in his new foster home. Although Cole is nearly 13 years old, he still has “vim and vinegar” left in him (as his foster mom lovingly puts it).

In between these bouts of excitement, Cole loves to curl up in his crate.

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Having spent three weeks in this foster home, we asked Cole’s foster mom to provide some insight as to what would be an ideal fur-ever home for this delightful senior pup. Based on her suggestions and what has been noted by others involved in Cole’s care, the perfect home for Cole would be one where:

  • There are no other dogs (Cole wants to be the king of his castle)
  • Someone is home most of the time (Cole loves his people and prefers them to be nearby)
  • He can be taken for short walks (Cole does not require a lot of exercise, but still likes to explore and check out the neighborhood)

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Perhaps you work from home or are recently retired and looking for a sweet companion to share your time with. If you think you might be the right person to adopt Cole, please consider filling out an adoption application and e-mailing it to our adoptions coordinator (Silvana Cronier, scronier@rogers.com).

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Monique gets Adopted!

It’s tough to find a home for a special dog and sometimes it can take months, but we’re patient and don’t mind waiting for the right people to come along.

This is the case with Monique. She’s a delightful girl, but needs a bit of time to warm up. Yes, she chases squirrels, cats and the occasional bird. Her short little legs rarely move her fast enough to catch anything, but she does put in a valiant effort.

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Monique has been in BCFS’ foster care program for five months, so you can imagine our surprise when we got not one, but two applications in on Monique at the same time!

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Both wonderful families with much to offer, but we really needed to think about Monique and determine which was the best home for this special girl.

The adoption process seems to work well in deciding the right choice. We also take into consideration how the dogs react to the people and how the people take the challenge of a dog who isn’t a typical dog.

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Well, we found it and now Monique is basking in the love of her forever home. She’ll be sleeping with her new family in their big bed and basking in the glow of love.

When Paul said he wanted “a partner in crime” we laughed and couldn’t have described Monique any better.

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Congratulations to Paul and Monique on finding a lovely match!

 

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Goodbye to Sabre

Sabre was an 11-year-old Rottweiler who was rescued from an abusive situation. Despite the bad things that had happened to Sabre, she had a very sweet personality and found a loving forever home to spend the last days of her life.

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Saber was living with a family that abused her and let other dogs abuse her as well. She was messy when she drank her water so her owners often took it away and she was severely dehydrated when rescued. She had ear and eye infections, mammary gland tumors, and her coat was dull and thin.

When Sabre first arrived in the BCFS foster care program she was given veterinarian care to treat her physical issues. Most importantly she was given a safe place to sleep and a loving foster family to teach her that not all people would treat her badly.

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Although Sabre was still afraid in new situations and showed fear aggression with other dogs and cats, her sweet nature began to show. She would follow her foster Mom around and place a little plush toy in her lap like a prize. As Sabre became more comfortable and less afraid, she showed what a great family dog she was going to be. Her trust level increased and she was good with children, completely housetrained, and wagged her tail when meeting new people. As her infections cleared up and she relaxed it was easy to see what a beautiful dog she really was.

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Sabers’ forever family found her to be the perfect addition to their family. Her Dad Chris wrote that “Sabre is doing awesome a very playful dog for her age she seems to be very happy”. Although Sabre was hearing impaired it did not hamper her ability to enjoy life – she would often happily sit on the floor while the two kids hugged and petted her. With caring and patience from the new people in her life, Sabre became a wonderful family dog. She died peacefully at home with her real family.

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Adopting a Dog – Tips For Success

Adopting a dog is a wonderful way to help a dog find a new home. All kinds of dogs are surrendered to shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue groups for many reasons. For example, many places have laws in place to help protect pets in rental situations or to help renters find a place that welcomes dogs, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Also, if an owner has not made arrangements for their dog, either in a will or through discussion with family and friends, then a death can leave a great family dog with nowhere to live. Senior dogs can be a great new addition to a family as they are through the puppy stage, have often been trained, and are generally calmer.

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There are of course exceptions, but there are frequently a large number of issue-free dogs up for adoption at any shelter. Another advantage to adopting a rescue dog is that they often have staff and foster parents that get to know them well and can help you find a good match with your family.

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Do Your Research

Before visiting an adoption site, or a specific dog, do your research. You want to find a dog that fits into your lifestyle so both you and the dog will be happy.

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Determine the Needs of Your Family

Family characteristics such as energy level, small children, other pets, and allergies are important. Matching the activity level of your new dog to the activity level of your family is particularly important. If your family enjoys a lot of TV time and prefers hanging out at home, as opposed to frequent walks and high energy activity, then a dog that doesn’t need a lot of activity will fit better than a dog that always wants to run and be outside. If you won’t be home most of the day, a wise choice may be a dog that is both comfortable being alone and who doesn’t need a lot of exercise, instead of a dog that needs constant companionship.

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Many websites exist that can help you discover the main characteristics of different breeds and the type of dog that will adapt well to kids and other pets. For example, the Animal Planet website includes a breed selector questionnaire that can help you to decide on the important traits a dog should possess to suit your family.

Find a Shelter, Sanctuary, or Rescue Group

Search for reputable shelters, sanctuaries, or rescue groups. Visit websites, read reviews, look for news articles, and talk to other people who have adopted dogs. Talk to the staff and volunteers at several different places about both your family lifestyle and the kind of dog you would like. The staff and volunteers usually have spent time with all of the dogs in their care, know how the dogs act at different times of the day and when hungry or tired, and if the dog has any type of training or particular issues. Often, by discussing your needs, the shelter staff may know of several dogs that could work with your family.

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When you find an organization that you feel confident working with, fill out an adoption application and submit all paperwork. Good organizations may ask for a veterinarian reference, several personal references, and perform a home visit. Remember the organization is not only trying to establish that you can provide a good home for a dog but also getting to know your family to ensure a good match when the time comes.

Observe and Get to Know the Dog

When deciding on a specific dog, take the time to observe and get to know the dog a little. Everyone in the family should meet the dog. Watch how the dog acts while away from other animals, walking on a leash, and interacting with different members of your family. When you meet your possible new dog, teach it how you want it to act from the beginning. Do not accept bad behavior. If you are not going to allow jumping up, correct the behavior the first time it happens. Remember to praise the good behavior that you want to encourage for the future. Keep in mind your list of needs and wants in a dog. It may be fun to cuddle with a low-energy dog for a while; but, if you want to run and hike with your dog, make sure the dog is capable of that kind of activity as well.

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Taking Your New Dog Home

After you choose your new dog and have gone through the adoption process, it is time to take your new friend home. Remember that the dog may act differently when moved from the shelter and it may take some time for its true personality to emerge. The dog may have been moved around frequently and it may be confused and overwhelmed at first. It is best to introduce your dog to its new home in a controlled and calm manner to give it time to learn that it is safe and can relax. The following general tips can help with a smooth transition:

  • Take your dog for a long walk through his new neighborhood before you enter the house. A long walk gives the dog a chance to go to the bathroom (to avoid accidents later) and to get rid of any nervous energy and anxiety. If your dog is a little tired and calm when he enters his new space, his behavior will be much easier to correct.

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  • Show the dog how to get to his bathroom area and let him out often until he learns where to go. Occasionally, even reliably house-trained dogs have accidents in a new environment. Accidents are a result of the stress of new people, smells, and sounds and are usually temporary.
  • During the first few days, set the structure and expectations for his behavior. The dog may be confused and not know what behaviors are acceptable, so be consistent and show him how you want him to act.
  • Set up a dog-friendly area where your dog will be comfortable, can explore his new environment, and make sure to give him a place to be alone and relax.
  • Find out what the dog was fed at the shelter and what the feeding and exercising schedule was like. Try to keep the same schedule and brand of food for at least a few days. If you want to change his food and schedule to something that better fits your lifestyle, begin making small changes by adding some new food to the old food and adjusting the feeding times to your routine. Gradually add more and more new food until the dog has adjusted. A slow transition is key – gastric distress is no fun for anyone.
  • Try to keep the excitement level down for a while to give the dog time to adjust. Let him get used to your family and the routine. Try to keep visitors to a minimum until the dog has a chance to settle in. By keeping to a schedule and being consistent, your dog will know what to expect and it will allow him to become more comfortable.
  • Keep a close eye on your dog. Watch his body language around other dogs, pets, and people. Spend lots of time together as your dog will also be observing you. Use this time to discover the quirks and individual behaviors that make your dog special.

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  • You may be surprised to learn that your dog knows commands and different manners taught by a previous owner. You can accept and enjoy these things or decide to change the behaviors. Your dog will learn, it just takes repetition, consistency, and patience.
  • If you encounter behaviors in your dog that you don’t like, you can talk to your veterinarian and look into professional training. Call the shelter where you got the dog and see if any of these things have happened before and how the staff handled it. Any type of behavior can be changed and you can settle into a happy relationship with your new friend.

Allowing your dog the chance to get to know its new environment and family in a calm manner will help to make a smooth transition. Taking the time to get to know the habits of your new dog, establish rules from the beginning, and using patience and compassion should help your new family member settle in quickly.

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Cole Finds Foster Home – Ready for adoption!

Cole has found himself with a lovely senior lady looking for a bit of company after her best canine companion passed away.

She has some challenges walking, so we thought our ambling ole man Cole would make a dapper companion to our new foster home.

Cole has been living in our barn, and its a lovely barn with rugs, mats and heat, but its no home. Cole deserved to live in a home with his people. To curl up at night and enjoy a nice warm fire.

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We’re so happy Cole has found a safe spot to rest with no other dogs, where he can bask in the quiet life for his retired days. Cole is still looking for his forever home and we’re grateful his foster mom is in no rush to see him adopted.

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Hugs and thank you Ms Lady for accepting Cole into your home. We greatly appreciate our foster homes! Cole is available for adoption to a home with no other pets. Please fill out an adoption application and send it to us from the documents page on our website www.beavercreekfarm.co

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Blue finds Forever Home – Adopted!

Blue Adopted!!! 

It took a while and a lot of trust building before Blue was ready for his forever home, but we found a great one that’s not only dog savvy, but husky savvy!

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Blue is welcome into a loving home where there will be lots of people time – Blue’s favourite thing is people. Lots of walks, cuddles and treats. He’s finally getting the life he deserves.

His new sister Laska is a black husky cross with bright blue eyes. She’s a senior and its nice to see both dogs so laid back.

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A Brief Overview of Blue

The first thing we knew is that his name was Blue and he was considered the godfather of a pack in Northern Ontario.
We were shocked by the colour of his arctic blue eyes, but there was a deep radiating sadness that surrounded him like a transparent cloud of anguish and heartbreak that  choked us up.

IMG_3250Blue 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.

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 by the people.

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.

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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We booked an appointed with Dr. Rachel and gave him the once over: bloodwork, vaccines, fecal tests, OPG (to test for giardia), microchip, heart worm test and drontrol for deworming. This is known as the BCFS Special at Thorold Vet Hospital.

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.
Blue had been beaten and possibly tortured in the far north. He was the alpha male of a large pack of dogs and he ran his pack in a quiet, deadly and efficient way.

December 2016 – by Amy 

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.
It happened slowly. One morning he wagged his tail when I patted his head in passing. Then he started following me around the paddock when I fed the horses – but only when I wasn’t looking.

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On our walks he started to venture farther, but stayed close to me at night. He made me feel safe; like having Jacks Teller from Sons of Anarchy decide he was going to protect you whether you needed it or not.
He never played with the other dogs. He watched them. Carefully.

Fast forward to March 2017

Blue has become a relaxed boy who wants nothing more than belly rubs. He’s an absolute snuggle bum who will crawl up on the couch for a snooze and a movie.

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Blue was ready for adoption and Peter was ready to adopt. Congratulations!

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Blue’s transformation took time, patience and love. With these things (along with fresh water, food and cookies) allowed Blue to be the dog he wanted to be – incredible. In this case we’re not sure who just won the lottery – Peter or Blue?

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Happy days ahead!