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Cricket: The Deeply Misunderstood Chihuahua

When Cricket first came to BCFS months and months ago, when summer was just a flicker in the distance, we thought he was one tough case.

He was all teeth and nails, and no cuddle. He was four pounds of cute as a button, I swear I’ll take your toes off with my teeth… sweetheart?

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Cricket was picked up as a stray from the streets and street life made Cricket a little ornery. Maybe even down right mean. He didn’t trust anyone and there was nothing anyone could do to gain his trust… or so we thought.

He didn’t think I was watching one day as he laid on his back in a stream of sunlight and mouthed a plush toy pig. Wiggling back and forth he looked joyful. He looked happy. I didn’t intrude, but I had the key to unlock his closed heart.

You see, there’s always a key, its just a matter of finding it. Sometimes its food or a toy or patience or love. With some it takes years to find, with others it takes a day.

With Cricket his weakness was plush toys.

IMG_3565A few weeks later I sat on the floor and picked up a plush toy and squeezed it once, it squeaked delightfully. Cricket stopped in his tracks and looked at me, while Jackson ran over to play with unabashed delight.

I squeaked and Jackson gave a little woof before bounding after the toy. Cricket watched for a moment looking from me to Jackson until he caved and bounced over stealing the toy.

He ran off, so I grabbed another toy and started squeaking. Day after day we had our play time until Cricket started following me around the house, guarding me in the shower and going for walks.

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No more teeth. Cricket was actually a little ball of cuddling love. Please read on….

We quickly learned that I was Cricket’s person. He loved me most and tolerated Brent. What he didn’t tolerate well was intruders, or as we call them: guests.

We’ve done our best to curb his desire to snag pant legs in his teeth and nip at ankles, but the truth is Cricket will see every stranger as an intruder. He’ll need a special quiet home with little activity.

We are confident we can transfer his love to another as long as another is chihuahua savvy.

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Cricket gets along well with other dogs (regardless of size) and dog savvy cats. Cricket and our cat Bill have a love-hate relationship antagonizing each other – usually at 2am on top of our heads as we try to sleep.

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Cricket does have a high prey drive and wouldn’t do well with small animals. He also has little tolerance for children. He would make a good apartment dog as long as he wasn’t left alone for too long.

Do you have the patience and love to fill four pounds of fury? Could you be the right home for Cricket? Think carefully, he’s a firecracker with a cuddly side.

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Update on Wink

Wink, a darling 3-year-old Persian, came to Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS) in August 2017 having suffered severe neglect. After having surgery on her ruptured eye, Wink was quickly scooped up and welcomed home by a wonderful family.

According to her adoptive mama, Wink is doing very well in her new home:

“Wink is doing great!! She still isn’t sure about stairs so has been living upstairs and just loving it. Her favourite toy is a crinkly ball and she loves sleeping on either a shelf or a roots shopping bag with my reindeer slippers haha. Wink is also obsessed with chasing the vacuum around and sneaking up behind her cat sisters. She’s a character! Her favourite is getting petted on her forehead and massaging her shoulders. 

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Wink is a piggy and is pretty close to 6lbs now if she isn’t there already! We just love her. She is the happiest little cat!!

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We are so happy to hear that Wink is doing so well and living the life she deserves. Thank you to Ellen, Alexander, and the rest of the fur family for providing such a great home for Wink!

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Annual FB Auction: Donate an Auction Item!

It’s that time of year again!

BCFS is looking for donation items for the annual Facebook Auction!

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The Auction will start November 1, 2017 at noon and end on November 19, 2017 at noon. We’d like to have items in our possession before November 1, but will be accepting items up until this date. Items collected after the start of the auction will be saved for another fundraising event.

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We have drop off locations in Niagara Falls, Welland and Wainfleet. Please email mybremner@yahoo.com if you have an item you’d like to donate.

100% of the proceeds go directly to help the animals either via vet bills or feed bills or bedding or special medications.

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We’ve helped many animals over the years and increasingly we have more staying as permanent residents. We see our vet bills and special feed bills climbing annually.

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Supporting BCFS supports the animals that have medical issues. We are rescue friends with other Humane Societies and SPCAs and mostly accept animals on the euthanasia list. BCFS is the last stop for many and with big hearts we are determined to give these animals the best life for the time left.

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Thank you so much for the support and the donations. Without your help we couldn’t continue to help the animals.

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Bunnies…

After a lovely week at a cottage, on the drive home a wonderful family stopped for a coffee beside a farm that was breeding rabbits for meat. But the old farmer had had enough of rabbits and was only looking to get out of the meat business. The sign read: Rabbits for Sale.

IMG_3973On a whim the family became rescuers and brought home all the baby bunnies they could carry – eighteen in all.

IMG_3979Being a responsible family they chose to have the bunnies vetted before finding homes for them. Through paramedic connections the family found BCFS and put out the word that they required assistance.

BCFS was able to take six male rabbits into their foster care program. The bunnies were sent to vet for assessment and to be neutered.

Unfortunately, one of the bunnies had a negative reaction to the anesthetic and perished during the neuter. Rabbits are very delicate animals and its a chance we take to neuter or spay a rabbit. Without the procedure the bunnies make poor pets as they become aggressive and spray urine.

IMG_3961Once neutered or spayed the bunnies are lovely companions and easily litter box trained. These five bunnies are flemish giant x californian which means they’re going to be big bunnies at approximately fifteen pounds full grown.

The bunnies are currently just shy of five months old (except Chunk, who is a month younger with some special needs) and are neutered and ready for adoption.

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Please meet the boys: Thumper, Squash, Chunk, Blue and Theodore

Thumper is the largest white bunny and is quite friendly. He enjoys hopping, bopping and playing. He’s also the first one to crash after snacks.

IMG_3978Squash is our shy boy the colour of a lovely fall squash. He tends to be the first to run away, but his curiosity gets to him and he’s creeping back into the fun.

IMG_4007Chunk is the wee one with a chunk missing out of his ear. He also has a wonky front paw, but he loves to cuddle.

IMG_4010He might not be as big as the other bunnies and was physically traumatized while still quite young. He’s more of a walker than a hopper and an expert cuddler.
IMG_4011 Blue is a grey bunny with blue eyes who is the friendliest, most gregarious and delightful bunny. He loves to be fed treats by hand.

IMG_3977Theodore is sweet and medium sized. He might not be a giant bun when full grown, but his heart is full of joy.

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If you’re thinking of adopting one of these boys please keep in mind they will be approximately 12-18 pounds full grown. They are litter box trained for urine and we’re working on the poops. They are happy and healthy neutered bunnies looking for loving homes.

Generally, big bunnies tend to be quiet and calm making for lovely house bunnies. These boys were neutered young and don’t have any behavioural issues.

Please consider a quiet little bun to cuddle for the upcoming winter.

 

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Wink Has Been Adopted

Wink, a 3-year-old Persian, was welcomed into Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS) in August 2017. At that time, BCFS was approached by a local humane society to take in a cat, renamed Wink, who had been rescued from a breeding situation in the Niagara Region.

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Wink had been subject to severe neglect and came to BCFS with an ulcer in one eye and the other eye having ruptured. Wink required surgery on the ruptured eye to remove the remaining tissue, clear up the infection, and sew up the damage. We knew that Wink deserved a chance at a pain-free and loving life, and with financial support from the community and Dunnville Vet Clinic, she was able to get the treatment she needed.

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Thankfully, Wink did very well with her surgery. The team at the Dunnville Vet Clinic were able to clean out her eye socket, close up the lid, and spay her. The staff instantly fell in love with Wink and said she was an “adorable wee girl” – but we already knew that! While in recovery with her foster mama, we also learned that Wink cries if left alone, is very sensitive to and aware of the sound of her human’s voice, and purrs like crazy!

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It seemed that Wink’s good luck did not end after her successful surgery. Soon after her recovery, our sweet girl received an adoption application from a wonderful couple with rescue-cat experience. We are happy to say that Wink has now gone to her forever home, where she will be welcomed by her lovely new parents and fur-siblings.

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Thank you and congratulations to Ellen, Alexander, Wink, and the rest of the fur family. This charming girl deserves a wonderful life and we are delighted that Wink has found her perfect match.

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Update on Mia – “We Could Not Love Her More”

For long time followers of the work of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS), you may recall our involvement in the rescue of six dogs from Beruit, Lebanon back in 2014. The dog who started it all, Mia, came to BCFS blind in one eye and with a leg that had been chopped off. Mia experienced extensive abuse while living on the street, because she was considered a ‘nuisance.’

Once in the care of BCFS, it didn’t take too long before Mia was adopted by her fur-ever family, where she truly hit the jackpot. We are delighted to have recently received an update regarding Mia.

In the word’s of Mia’s adoptive mama…

“Mia is my heart and soul. When I look at Mia, I see her glowing aura of joy and light.  She is resilient beyond measure and she shows me every day what it means to live in the moment and to exude pure delight at the simplest things – a reliable meal, a warm home and comfy bed, a kind touch, a bottomless well of love. Every being should have these things.

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Those who meet Mia for the first time are sometimes taken aback by her appearance – the evidence of her past – and they may think for a moment that she is broken… Then she greets them with a huge snaggletooth smile, frantic wags of the stumpy tail and an abundance of glee.  At that point I imagine that they begin to see that glow of joy and light that I see always.  For some people, she will bestow a kiss – she is selective with her kisses and we know that those she chooses to kiss are truly special.  

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We start and end almost every day with cuddles in bed – Willie and Mia know this this is part of their routine now and the day doesn’t seem quite right if our schedules mean that we have to miss a day.  When cuddling in bed, she will build a little ‘nest’ out of blankets and pillows and will get all tucked in.  Although Mia loves cuddle time and she will start out the night on sleeping our bed – invariably she will jump down to her own bed.  She loves her own bed – I think she loves that she has a spot all her own. Willie doesn’t go on her bed – it’s all hers.  In the morning, when we wake up and bring our cups of coffee back into bed – she will have jumped back up and be waiting for the morning cuddles to start.

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Mia and Willie have an amazing bond and they are never too far apart from each other. Willie tends to be her protector and will often sit right next to her and she will follow him.  She loves the attention from him.  While he may be more agile, she can easily out pace him in playful energy. She will chase him, nipping at his legs and try to trip him up.  She loves to tumble around and I think quite purposely does little summersaults, just for the joy of it.  Sounds crazy, right.  We are lucky living on the golf course and surrounded by trails, we are blessed with wide open spaces for the Willie and Mia to run and play.  She has become so strong and has built up amazing stamina.  When she is tired, she simply plops herself down for a little break, and pops back up to run some more when she is ready.  She loves the water and is keen splash her way down a creek and then lay down in the middle of it for fun.  In the winter we dig out a little path system all around our backyard – she will get Willie to chase her around the snow path then hide behind snow banks and pop out at him.   Similarly in the summer, she will hide in the cedar trees and pop out to chase him.  When she first started doing this I couldn’t stop crying/laughing – it is just such a perfect example of her playful and mischievous personality.

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When I travel for work I take them to Family Pet Services – still the only doggie camp we know of that is cage free, run by Mary and Cam (Mary was one of our references during Mia’s adoption process).  Mia has fit right in with the pack and loves being in the middle of the action.  Mia holds a special place in Mary’s heart and she just adores Cam.

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I’m not certain how to wrap-up this message other than to thank you for bringing Mia into our lives.  We could not love her more.”

It sounds like Mia is truly living the good life – a life that she certainly deserves!