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Welcome: Dexter St Bernard 7 year old Male- Adopted

After four years in his current home it was time for Dexter to find a new place to live. Dexter is in good health, neutered and up to date on his vaccinations.

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Dexter is house broken, 150 pounds, good with kids, cats and most other dogs. He tends to pull on his leash and his family say that he walks better on a harness.

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Dexter is a sweet boy looking to live out his senior years in large home with a fenced yard and lots of love.

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Do you have a spot in your heart for Dexter?

 

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Keller is Still Searching for Forever Home

Keller has been part of the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS) foster program since July, 2017. Having spent several months together, Keller’s foster mom has provided some additional details about this sweet lad.

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Quick facts about Keller:

  • Age: 9.5 years old
  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Breed: chihuahua mix
  • Medical needs: blind, no teeth, enlarged heart, pancreatitis (under control with low fat wet food from vet). Keller is otherwise very healthy and active and continues to enjoy life to the fullest
  • Neutered
  • Great listener and sense of smell
  • Very inquisitive and loves to explore everything
  • Loves to wrap himself up in a blanket and take a nap
  • Loves walks
  • Gets along with other dogs/cats
  • Not a morning person (gets a little grumpy when woken up in the morning before 9am)
  • Loves to rub his face on everything
  • Doesn’t love a small crate, but is good in a playpen during the day while foster mom isn’t home
  • Can stay on his own for up to 6 hours and will sleep most of the time.  Might bark once or twice when foster mom first leaves but then falls asleep
  • Very good with recall in the house (outside we are working on it – there are just so many new smells)
  • He occasionally marks in the house but on corners so he can navigate around the house
  • Suitable for a home with no young children

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If you think you might be the right match for Keller, please fill out an adoption application.

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Update on Blue the Bunny!

From the forever family:

So much has happened since we picked up Blue from your sanctuary..

He is settling in nicely, although I am not rushing bonding with Eric. We have a routine of swapping their living areas every evening. These areas are right beside each other and they are at liberty but separated.

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For the first week I had to wash their fluffy mats every day and dry them on the rads as they were having “I insult you with pee” wars…ha! But now they have left off that, use them to sleep on, and have always used the litters consistently for pee and are forced to use each other’s because of the daily swap. Now it’s just “poo” wars. They are contributing very nicely to my compost pile…very easy to clean (corner litters with just wire) and I put a little water in the bottom. We found a gigantic corner litter from Walmart for when he is bigger. We stopped off at Minor Brothers on the way home to get the same feed.

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Blue has learned his harness and extendable lead (both the backyard and further away, the back and front steps), and the main floor of the house. I thought of a way of having them both in the backyard at once during pre-playdates: the beautiful metal coop is clean and empty. So I let Eric be free in the yard before and after by himself, but then he stayed in the coop while Blue had his turn free in the yard. Blue was running, hopping, exploring and did a binky near to Eric 😄

He’s quite the charmer and early on when we went out to eat, we came back and Blue came running to us and skidded on his bum which made us laugh 😂

On “walks” I had people stop and he allowed them to pet him which made everyone happy. He’ll have to get used to being famous. Eric is in training, too. Blue didn’t want us to touch him much, he lets us pet his nose and head area, sometimes his back. And he just started to come when called (in the house). Just the one day he was outside for a couple of hours with Eric in the coop because it was nice. Soon will be cold. Everyone is falling in love 😙

Blue’s is not as strong as he will be after slow conditioning…his walks are very short. He flattens himself for cars that go by (when he was out the front, not a busy road), but not always, and the school bell across the road startled him. That was last Sunday, and he was comforted and calm before I took him back in (hopped up the cement steps). He has lots of confidence, as you noticed 😉 so should be fine.

He let us clip his nails (both were done the day before the argument), and wash his pee paws twice with a very nice natural fur whitening shampoo. Lookin’ good!

The day we got him we bought the same kind of treat balls as were donated recently to the sanctuary…one for each and they both enjoy them :)

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He likes to flop himself down on the hardwood behind the couch and the bay window with the silk curtains, which he doesn’t touch…good boy!

We give him hay and branches, too.

Rick had already made various “bunny” gates so that they don’t get into trouble.

Just today Mama Earth Organics offered to send along free leaves and such weekly for the bunnies! They were pleased I sent a picture of him helping me with the local farmers bin we get delivered😊

So, he’s currently resting around listening to mellow jazz..he’s a funny bunny that nudges us and hopped up on the chair in the living room after Rick and I were duscussing whether he should be permitted..haha ☺

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Quite often he and Eric mirror each other even though in adjacent rooms, so we’re hopeful!

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Welcome Peppa the Pig!!

Peppa was found wandering the mean streets where  a very precarious situation that landed her at the Humane Society.

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A volunteer found out about Peppa the pig and asked if we could help. Could we break Peppa out of jail?

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After the hold period we were asked if we could take Peppa into the BCFS foster care program. We had a stall open and agreed to welcome this pig to our sanctuary.

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Peppa found herself getting lots of attention and cuddles from our volunteer Megan. After a few shy moments Peppa became affectionate.  Megan learned that Peppa loved to be brushed. She settled nicely into her big pig bed with her blanket and a really good nap before diving, nose first of course, into a giant pile of hay.

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In a large stall with a dog door (pig door) to a large paddock, Peppa’s tail never stopped wagging. She was happy to explore – even in the snow!

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She’s a typical pig in that she gets into everything, flips everything over and will eat anything. Peppa is looking for a loving home on a farm where flipping a bale of hay isn’t frowned upon. She’s quite friendly and very tidy in her stall only going outside to potty.

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We do not know how old Peppa is, therefore we don’t know how big she’ll get. She’s approximately 80 lbs right now, but we expect her to get much bigger.

 

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Welcome from Mexico: Panchito 1year old medium mix breed-Adopted

We got the request through BCFS volunteer and foster home Ashley after she returned to Niagara from Mexico where she was donating her time helping with a spay / neuter clinic. The dog our Mexico Might Dog Rescuer Jane wants us to take is a sweet little mix named Panchito.

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From Jane:

17342561_1497794476911494_2663003335447810602_n(May 2017) This little guy is Panchito. For those who have been following his story, I rescued him from the middle of the road, near death in the small town of Chi Chi Suarez, Yucatan, in early February and he has been recovering at CLINICA VETERINARIA Y ESTETICA CANINA “ALEMAN” since then. He is only about 5 months old and he has been through an awful lot for such a little guy, but he has come a long way (and has grown a lot too).

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(November 2017) Panchito, who I rescued back in February 2017. Well today we celebrate as his vet has officially signed him off as “cured”. It turns out that what we thought was an autoimmune skin condition ended up being a very stubborn demodectic mange infestation. It’s taken 10 months, but we got him there! His fur is still growing back in spots, but it’s coming in nicely. My plan is to send him to Canada in the New Year, once his fur has fully grown in. Canadian friends: if you or anyone you know is looking to adopt, please consider this sweet little guy.

Now comes the hard part: We need to find him a home . . .

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They are considered cured after two negative skin scrapes.

Panchito also tested positive for Ehrlichia back in February 2017 when he was first rescued. He was treated and had follow up blood work done a few months later that showed his platelets as normal (he had to be free of Ehrlichia in order for him to be neutered, which was subsequently done).
He’s been on Bravecto since February so it is highly unlikely he’s been reinfected. An IDEXX SNAP in December 2017 show Panchito negative for Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis,  Leishmania and heart worm.

After all his health issues treated and cured thanks to the devoted support of Jane, Panchito is ready to find his forever home in Canada and he’ll be wheels down at Pearson on Monday, Dec 18, 2017. He’ll be transported by Ashely and go to a new BCFS foster home with foster mom Connie.

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He’s growing back hair and  is sporting some pretty awesome polkadots. He’s a rather quiet boy who is a survivor of the harsh streets of Mexico. Due to all his trips to the vet Panchito loves car rides, especially if he can be a front seat dog.  He’s very submissive with other dogs and would do well with another submissive dog.

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We will be working on his leash skills and house training while he’s in his foster home. We find these Mexico dogs are incredibly intelligent and pick up quickly on life in Canada.

Welcome Panchito!!!

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Welcome 2 year old American Eskimo Ashling! – Adopted

When I opened the door to the farm I wasn’t sure what to expect, but standing there calmly was a lovely boy named Ashling. He immediately came up and gave me a cuddle. I was smitten.

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Ashling just turned 2 years old, is blind with a cleft lip. The cutest cleft lip ever! Ashling has no special medical needs related to his cleft lip.

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Ashlings eyes never developed, so he has little to no vision, but manages to navigate his surroundings with complete and utter ease. He’s been blind since birth, but you’d never know it! He climbs stairs and has even figured out how to get up on his foster mom’s window seat.

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Ashling loves to cuddle, whether on the couch or in bed. He’s always in for binge watching netflicks. He also loves to play and go for walks. He’s a wonderful little fellow.

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Ashling is good with children and loves his people. He tends to be growly with dogs he doesn’t know, but learns to love and trust with patience. We aren’t sure how he is with cats, but since he can’t see them we don’t predict a problem.

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Ashling is house trained and looking for an incredibly special home that will love him forever. He is a very dapper gentleman.

 

Puppy Adoption Stories Part One

The intake and adoption of eight puppies from the far north of Ontario has been a whirlwind adventure of kindness and love.

“Kindness is love wearing work boots”

We’ve taken care of and watched the personalities emerge from each puppy. We’ve seen a glimpse of who they will be and how they’ll handle the challenges of life.

Lets start with Jeffery (I can’t have favourites, but if I could…) 

Laid back, relaxed, peaceful. Jeffery is an old soul. He’d rather lap sit than play with his siblings. He’d rather watch than participate. He’s ready to fit into any home.

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Jeffery shows his ability to be a couch potato watching TV with his new dad on his first night in his forever home!

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AQUA

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Aqua is one of the larger puppies with a strong desire to play and be a clown. He was looking for a family who would dote on him and give him the attention ONLY, an only child gets… and he found his loving forever home.

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UPDATE:

Brad and I just wanted to let you know that Aqua is now safely home, happily exploring and playing with his puppy toys. After howling a few times in the car, (the cutest howl I have ever heard), Aqua settled right down and fell fast asleep. Once again, we are both over the moon and want to extend our deepest heartfelt gratitude for everything you did for Aqua and his siblings, and for the wonderful work you do at BCFS.

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Lemon

Lemon was one of our special boys who would need a special home. He is mildly visually impaired and very thoughtful. He tends to take this long moment to take everything in when he’s in a new place. Like he’s meditating on his life. We were so incredibly lucky to find the family below who would take special care of Lemon.

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Update:

I just want to thank you for choosing the right puppy for us.  While I loved the coloring and personality of Brute, I am so glad we deferred to your judgment and brought home Lemon ( though he will have a new name shortly). His laid back non aggressive personality is exactly what fit with our pets. We “shut” him in with us and our senior cat, age unknown, and because he could have cared less about the cat, Taz was not threatened and was fine. We are hopeful they will bond eventually though Taz usually lives under the bed out of his fear of everything ” out there!”

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I am thrilled that Maizy has accepted him – to the point she let him on her bed yesterday- which is huge as she is very possessive of her things. This morning, the three of us went on a “walk” at 5:30 am – Maizy and I walked the 1/2 hour, and the puppy walked a few times, but preferred to be carried most of the way.   She just sniffed him and later wanted to play but was not sure how to do that yet as he is so small.   He has been great – only got up at 12:30 and then 5:30, still working on the house training – he is great if he is in his crate and has to go, but not so good when he is just walking around.  He will see the vet again tomorrow – we took him Saturday to have a quick look at his skin scabs, and put him on Benadryl and an oatmeal bath. He loves to be brushed and positively wiggles as he stands there.  He has already met the neighbors and will meet our trainer today.

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While friends of course told me I was nuts to take on a puppy with all that goes on in my life… my mom has dementia and I am there for a few hours 6 days a week, having this little bundle is what I needed to have a positive event going on… my mom had huskies while I was growing up and she loves to just let him sit in her lap and pet him.  His personality brings a smile to  all of us.  Vision wise we have not noticed anything really.  He has done stairs to go outside with no issues, The vet visit was he may have limited peripheral vision, but nothing seems to slow him down.

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Update Two on Lemon:

I can not tell you how thrilled we are all. It has been 7 days since we brought Lemon home and it has been tremendous! I will tell you he has a new name – Kelsey wanted Ferdinand as every time he went outside he would just sit and look all around without moving for awhile. I wanted something that meant Joy as that is what he has brought to me and how he greets every thing. I realized that one of the reasons I wanted a puppy was for the happiness to offset watching my mom decline with dementia – this puts such a balance on my life to have such a happy little guy! We were so worried about whether Maizy would be jealous, whether she would accept him etc . He is a gem and has won over every member of the household – even the scardy cat Taz isn’t bothered by him as there was no interest or aggression. Thus since there was no easy word for Joy, we chose Takota – which means “friend to everyone” and that he is. Tonight was perfection! Maizy is playing or as she is a bit awkward, trying to play with him, She chases him – he barks and chases her, they have been going at the chase and run for the better part of an hour. The gentleness which was previously unseen has blossomed and she is very gentle when she plays with him – though sometimes her paw gets a bit heavy handed! She waits for him when we go on our walk and he is so cute trying to walk at her tail. The 80 pound polar bear with the 10 pound munchkin! He is eating well and his itching is much better. We have him on an antibiotic and a special dried supplement for his coat. Though he still has accidents, we take him out at 10ish and he sleeps till about 6. He took her bed – though tonight she grabbed the end of it and dumped him off! He has 2 crates – upstairs with a small bed for sleeping and downstairs to eat in and escape when he wants to. He shows no sign really of any vision issues. Even tonight when we walked he was better than the first few nights. He may still have distance problems but has no issue with stairs which was a concern. Thank you again for taking a chance on us – he was 100% the right choice!

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Squash the bunny ADOPTED!

What a lovely story of Squash’s adoption into a home with two other female bunnies who were having trouble getting along.

The human mom and dad and four kids were excited to add another bunny to their household and it seemed like Squash was pretty sweet on their youngest girl.

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We said that Theodore had a sweeter personality for a family with four children, but Squash wouldn’t leave Hope, the youngest girl alone. He hopped around her feet and nibbled on her shoes. Hope was delighted.

So, they took Squash (now Charlie) home to meet his new bunny family.

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The UPDATE:

Here’s the week #1 update! It took Charlie (squash) less than 2 days to bond with our senior bun, Penelope. She was a bit weary at first, but his constant grooming had her bought in to a new bunny in the house.
We weren’t expecting to bond Baby and Charlie so soon. We wanted him and Penelope to have a solid bond first. They had other plans, though. On Saturday morning we woke up to all of the bunnies upset in their beds. We thought Baby was going to hurt herself the way she was bouncing, and Charlie was thumping up a storm. For their immediate safety, we let them all out of their beds so we could evaluate each buns needs.

Baby and Charlie connected immediately. Cautiously we watched, and within minutes they were grooming each other and I saw a calmness in Baby I had no idea was there!

After a few days of carefully combining everyone, and lots of encouragement, both my girls are totally in love with Charlie, are calm around each other, have been able to spend more than 10 hours a day as a Trio, and are so incredibly well groomed. Charlie is a true gentleman and is the star of the house. Thank you again for trusting us with this sweet soul.

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