Northern Puppies Six Month Update!

In November of 2017, we were involved with the intake and rescue of eight puppies from northern Ontario.

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These tiny bundles of love were scooped up quickly by their forever homes and, as it turns out, are not quite so tiny anymore. We are thrilled to share an update on each of these darling pups.

Scarlett (now Michiko)


“Michiko” is a very energetic, playful and sweet pup.  She loves her family and her comforts, especially the soft couch or bed. She enjoys hiking and playing with her toys.  We can’t imagine life with out her, she is the perfect match for our family!”



“Cecil has fully recovered from his puppyhood illnesses and continues to thrive in his forever home. He’s incredibly laid back and happy. He’s not on any medications and eats very well. He’s growing by leaps and bounds from the wee little sick pup that he was when he came in. Cecil is also very smart. We started with basic obedience and he’s a natural. Picked up on training so quickly. Due to Cecil’s calm nature and smarts we had him tested to see if he’d make a good medical service dog. Cecil passed the interview and assessment and is in training today to be a service dog. It often takes years before a dog finishes his service dog training, so he will be a long time in training. Whether Cecil passes or fails his service dog test he’ll always have a home with us. Cecil is one of the most incredible dogs we’ve met, but I might be bias, as his mom. We love him. (even if he did eat the bottom step on my stairs).”

Lemon (now Takota)


“He is such a sweet dog, we are so lucky to have him. Takota is actually the perfect name for him as it means ‘friend’ or ‘friend to all’ and everyone he meets falls in love with him.  Skin issues have cleared up and he is finally over 30 pounds.  He is doing fantastic and still a little cuddle nugget”

Red (now Sophie)


“She is 40 pounds now. She is very happy and a very energetic pup, she can be a little stinker and does get into things as you can see from her pic.  Juilet had let her out to do her business and she rolled in the mud and then came in the house and peed inside.  She has been a great companion for Juilet.”

Aqua (now Akira)


“Akira (formerly known as Aqua) is doing so well! He is an absolutely delightful, joyful puppy, with a beautiful sweet temperament, lovable nature and handsome face. He weighs a little over 50 pounds now, and he seems to be getting a bit bigger every day. Brad and I have recently completed our Foundation Skills training classes with Akira, and look forward to taking more training classes with him later this spring. We have booked Akira’s neuter with Queen West Vet later this month, and we will forward you a copy of his neuter certificate once it is completed. “

Jeffrey (now Hunter)

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“He loves to be outside and on his walks he always needs to have something in his mouth so we got him a toy he can walk with.”



“She is such a beautiful girl, inside and out!  She is cuddly, spunky, sweet, and sometimes full of mischief!  We all love her so much!”

Brute (now Ozzie)


“He is almost 60 lbs now and keeps me on my toes.”

 We are so happy that each of these pups is living the life that he/she deserves!


Farewell Cole

Cole came to BCFS in February of 2017 at 13 years of age and was bounced from foster home to forever home and surrendered back to his foster home. He had some serious behaviour issues and dog aggression.

cole and baileyIt was looking grim for Cole, until we found Sue, our heroine in this story. She saved his life by becoming Cole’s permanent foster mom.

Endless games of fetch video

Sue and Cole bonded, and Sue was able to manage Cole’s behaviour issues. Sue taught Cole sign language (because he was deaf), played endless games of fetch and catered to Cole’s every need….

…but like all creatures of a certain age Cole started to decline.

He was taken to the vet numerous times and an abdominal x-ray showed Cole’s spleen three times the normal size. His liver and kidney values weren’t quite right either.


On top of all this Cole was full of arthritis, deaf and was having trouble with mobility.

The board had to make the best decision for Cole and that decision was difficult, but it was decided that Cole should be euthanized for humane reasons.


The day before Cole was euthanized he stopped eating and drinking. He was becoming more aggressive . Cole was telling us it was time.

He died March 19, 2018.  After over a year in rescue.

Sue will especially miss Cole. Even though Cole never found his forever home, Cole had plenty of love, kindness, a warm bed, lots of food and fresh water in the loving home of his foster mom.

As Sue whispered in his ear “I love you” the light went out of Cole’s eyes. Rest easy Cole. You are loved.


Sue sent me this poster the day Cole died.




Bud the pig Adopted!!

Bud came to us through LCHS unneutered, mildly stinky and incredibly intelligent.


It didn’t take long for this handsome fella to land in his forever home. He’s cute, smart, mischievous, but most of all loving. He loved his human family and it took a few short weeks (and a neuter) for Bud to win over his foster brothers, Bert and Ernie.


In a matter of weeks Bud had his foster mom wrapped around his finger, he was living with Bert and Ernie and had his very own piggy family. Bud had never been happier or well loved.

Bud’s foster mom Lee just couldn’t imagine not having Bud, so he was home and Lee is a foster graduate!



Cricket! Adopted! Not Kidding!

The most amazing things happen in animal rescue. We found a wonderful lady who found the love in Cricket.


A bit about Cricket: 

Cricket is still a typical one person chihuahua, but he’s more accepting of company. He listens to corrections quickly and wants to please.

We’re very happy that Cricket is a happier dog. He climbs stairs, rides in the car and is more accepting of visitors, but it takes time for his to warm up to strangers.

On the sweet side Cricket is a champion cuddler, he’ll sleep snuggled with you all night on your bed and he’ll never be the first one up. He’ll sleep all day with you.


BCFS can’t explain how thrilled and excited that after ten months Cricket has finally found his loving forever home.


He’s getting extra cuddles and love everyday with fresh food, water and a comfortable bed – although, he prefers to sleep with his new mama. Curled up in her tummy sending her warm dreams.


Thank you to Cricket’s forever home for giving him a chance and waiting out those first few difficult days. He’s become just the dog you were hoping for.

We love when this happens! 





Tralee, our puppy mill survivor, was adopted early March 2018.

It was quite evident that Amanda and Tralee had a love connection at their very first meet.  Her present dog Peanut was curious about Tralee and vice versus.


We received an update the evening of the adoption from Amanda:

He does this Koala thing.  He wraps his arms and legs around me tight.  He is very strong.”

doubleHe’s already had a pee & poop outside and we had a great first night.  Everyone slept through the night.”


The very next day Amanda was able to get Tralee to walk on a leash around the block.  For a puppy mill dog, who was not leash trained, this is amazing in such a short time.  Amanda said  “Peanut is a good teacher”.

The video below is short but powerful:


Puppy mill survivors learn much quicker in a home with another dog(s) as they learn behaviour from the dog(s).


One week post-adoption we received this update from Amanda:

“Tralee is adjusting to his new home.  He is showing great signs of progress.  We are still working to overcome some of the trauma that he has endured but he is building trust with his new family.  He even wags his tail now!  Tralee is wearing a leash/harness and is now able to go for walks.  He takes treats (which he didn’t do initially).  He even does a little dance when he sees the bag!  He has also found his voice and will bark when someone approaches the house.  He sleeps well through the night but we are still working on potty training during the day and remains a work in progress.  He is a sweet and cuddly boy who loves belly rubs, and scratchies under his chin and ears.  His older fur brother Peanut (11) has been so patient and understanding towards Tralee.”  


BCFS would like to express our sincere gratitude once again to Amanda, David and Peanut for giving this adorable little boy a new lease on life.







Tralee, a bichon puppy mill survivor – Adopted!

The first picture we got of Tralee was a very sad looking bichon . He looked lost, forgotten and unloved.


Would BCFS take in this poor frightened puppy mill survivor, rehabilitate and find him a forever home? Did we have a spot open? Could we possibly turn him away? We couldn’t…

tralee side view

Our foster home welcomed Tralee with open arms, although it would take a few weeks for Tralee to welcome affection, we were patient.

We did notice his breath still smelled after having dental surgery, so we took Tralee to the vet for an assessment, blood work and antibiotics.

From the foster mom:

In terms of his physical health, he has three sets of stitches that will need to be removed sometime soon so will need contact info for the vet. He had many teeth extracted according to his accompanying papers but breath is quite rank. He enjoys his meals and in fact licks the bowl clean, is drinking, pooping and peeing. His urine is odiferous and concentrated.

Behaviourally, he remains quite anxious. He will not come out of his crate on his own in the morning, not even when coaxed with food. He continues to cower and run when I approach him even though we’ve spent hours cuddling. At least the above “run” is exercise otherwise he sleeps.
He has to be carried outside and simply drops and shakes, refusing to move, meaning that he is relieving himself indoors and occasionally in his cage. I’ve cautiously tried him on and off the leash outdoors with no luck.
I don’t see any of those joyful moments that I’m so used to in other dogs. He seems flat and only mildly responsive to tender touches……definitely evidence for a case against puppy mills.

Tralee’s blood work came back normal and the antibiotics were healing his mouth infection. Now that Tralee was on the road to recovery we found he became more outgoing. Foster mom talks about the first time she came home and he barked…  hope.


Leaps and bounds from the foster mom:

Tralee has been great today. Firsts barks out of the boy when I came home from shopping. Just so excited he couldn’t contain himself. Too funny!! Also took his first steps of many outside today. He had a good hour of exploring out there and seemed to really enjoy himself.

Breath is much better and gums are responding nicely to the antibiotics. So good!!
He’s really a different dog today. Is more curious, tail wagging when I approach and leaning in to sniff….all milestones since he’s been here


Even before we could advertise we had a family interested in Tralee from a single picture on Facebook. They were excited to open their home to Tralee and get their bichon a fluffy little brother.


Many thanks to Tralee’s foster mom for her dedication and patience to see this little man come into his own. Thank you!


We knew Tralee would need a very special home and a lot of patience and we are very happy that he has found the perfect home.  Congratulations Tralee and thank you Amanda and David on giving this special survivor a chance at a good life!  We are sure that their present dog Peanut and Tralee will become fast friends.


Update on Lacey


Lacey a Sweet 9 year old Shih Tzu was adopted in January of this year by a lovely couple, Ross & Marie.   I was lucky enough to visit Lacey in her new home to take pictures and do an update on her progress.


Although Lacey loves both Ross & Marie, she really has become very attached to Ross and follows him everywhere.  She is his shadow.


She loves to play with her squeaky toys but instead of making them squeak with her mouth, she prefers to roll on them until they squeak.


She is a good sleeper, loves her walks and loves to go for car rides.  If Marie does not wake up when Lacey is up she likes to put her paws up at the side of the bed and peak up at her.


Her favourite spot is under the coffee table.


All of us at BCFS are very happy that Lacey has adjusted extremely well to her new home.