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Bailey’s 2019 Fresh Start—Adopted!

Bailey has met her perfect match! BCFS is delighted to announce our first adoption of this shiny new year with Bailey’s fresh start in life!

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This darling senior King Charles Spaniel mix entered our foster care program in December, and our hopes for Bailey’s perfect family in our first post for her are exemplified in the lovely couple who adopted her.

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Bailey is 11 years old, a senior but with a lot of spunk and life to live, ideal for her new dad and mom, Lambert and Linda.

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We’re so pleased they adopted Bailey this past week!

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She’s a girl who loves to cuddle and will thrive in her new home with her dad and mom who are retirees and have the time, experience with rescue dogs, and love to give Bailey.

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Bailey will have her family with her most of the time as she settles into her new home and life, and as the years go by.

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She’ll get daily walks and also has a completely fenced backyard to relax in, and have the run of the house which she’ll share with their three dog-savvy cats.

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This beautiful girl is in good hands. Linda and Lambert have already sent a quick update on Bailey, including her planned surgery to remove irritating growths on her eye and a dental:

“Just a short update on Bailey. She has adjusted to her new home really well and is part of the family. She loves her walks with me as well as relaxing on the couch with Linda. 

She goes in for her surgery tomorrow. As well as dealing with the growths by  her right eye lid, we have decided to get some dental done so she only has to have anesthetic once.”

We’re hopeful for a successful outcome for Bailey. Thank you, Linda and Lambert, for making Bailey a part of your family.

A little reminder from BCFS: Often, adopting a senior dog is a wonderfully suitable choice for retirees, seniors and middle-aged people who tend to lead more relaxed, quieter lives than young whippersnappers.

Senior dogs are usually easy keepers, not as much work as rambunctious puppies and younger dogs, already house-trained, know a lot of words already so are easier to manage and train, and they’re amazing company to curl up on the couch with, walk or just sit with or to listen to your thoughts. It’s a win-win for both the rescued dog and his or her family. We hope you’ll please follow our rescue work this year and consider adopting any of our future seniors!

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See What BCFS Did This Year, and Help us in 2019!

As we bid farewell to 2018, we wish to express our thanks and profound gratitude for your support. Whether you foster, volunteer, adopt, donate, host events, bid on our annual Facebook auction, or follow and share our work on social media, you enable BCFS to save lives and care for our permanent residents. Thank you.

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On this first day of the year, we’d like to show you how your past support helped BCFS save animals from late 2017 through 2018, what we believe in and do as our mission, and humbly ask that you make a donation in 2019. (If you can’t give, we understand—please  keep reading anyway!) :)

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BCFS is a registered charity and Canadian donations are tax-deductible. We’re 100% volunteer so every penny goes to the animals, and we are reliant on your kind donations.

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Rescued … and Adopted!

These beautiful souls are our “graduates” in the past year, who were all adopted* from December 2017 through December 2018.

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Clockwise from top left: Bud, Cricket, Kevin, Sweet Pea and MT, Scooter (formerly Scout), and Parker. Center: Annie (formerly Roxanne).

2018adoptees3blackBLUEDIFFUSETHISTop row, L-R: Gus (formerly Kernel), Roo, Barbara. Middle row: Blue, Scarlett, Rocky (formerly Roscoe). Bottom row: Mickey and Knuckles, Leo, Bailey (*Note: Leo is still available for adoption and Bailey has an adoption pending).

Several, like Keller and Cricket, entered our foster care program earlier in 2017 and spent many months with BCFS before finding their forever homes. We appreciate our volunteer foster families!

And who can forget our epic rescue of eight puppies from Northern Ontario?

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They were all quickly adopted into loving homes by the end of last December. One pup, Cecil, was returned to BCFS because his family could no longer care for him, and he’s now a permanent BCFS resident.

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Cecil suffers from bilateral elbow dysplasia which was debilitating and made it uncomfortable for him to lay down. He had corrective surgery in October and is healing. We’re grateful to all who donated to Cecil’s surgery fund. Thank you!

What else did we do in 2018? BCFS continues to provide love, vet care and husbandry, stimulating activities, fun, nutritious food,  and a safe haven to our residents Splash, Chevy, Heidi, Elsa, and Zig.

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This year we said goodbye to our senior goat Nelly at age 20, who had been with us since 2009; Larney, our special needs horse whom we gave a peaceful and loving last year of life; permanent foster Cole, a senior Cesky terrier; MT the duck, and Bill the cat, with gratitude that we were able to give them peaceful sanctuary until their end of days.

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Some good news: Our permanent foster Harriette, who suffers from and is being treated for Cushings disease by our specialist foster family, is doing well and we’ll have an update post soon with more!

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BCFS’ Adoptions Coordinator and Reiki Master Silvana Cronier held another Pet/Animal Reiki Fundraising Workshop in September, teaching how to give Reiki energy and healing the animals.

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Our permanent resident Larney received healing Reiki energy to help prepare him to cross over. He was humanely euthanized several days later due to the progressive, incurable genetic disease called degenerative suspensory ligament.

silvanaportraitSilvana donated half the registration fees to BCFS. Thank you, Silvana!

BCFS was also fortunate to be invited to the Port Colborne Pet Valu several times this year, to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.

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Pet Valu also honored us by selecting BCFS to be their sponsored rescue for their Thanks for Giving Event for October 2018! Thank you from our hearts!

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At BCFS we believe every animal matters, and we take in the animals who often need time in foster care to be rehabilitated, veterinary care to heal, training to become adoptable, and love to heal their wounded hearts.

We are especially proud of the number of senior animals we’ve rescued, this year and in the past.

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Every dog is an individual and some seniors may need special care while many are easy keepers. We’re grateful for the families who’ve adopted the “oldies but goodies” we rescue, and highly recommend it!

As we close this post and this year, BCSF hopes you value our work to rescue, rehabilitate, rehome and care for the most vulnerable animals. We are dependent on donations and can’t keep rescuing without funds.

Our biggest expense is veterinary care; 75% of our funds go to vet bills. Every animal BCFS rescues receives a veterinary exam, and if needed, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchipping, and dental care. Some of our animals have required expensive surgeries, antibiotics for infections, or other medicines to heal them prior to adoption.

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Our permanent residents also need hay, grains, dog food, fresh produce, supplements, bedding, regular vet care, a farrier for our horses, supplies, heat and electricity for the barn. We hope you will consider a donation to help BCFS continue our lifesaving work.

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Thank you for your support, and may the New Year bring you and yours joy, good health, peace and a kinder world for all. Cheers to 2019!

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Scarlett: From Unwanted to Beloved

Wee moppet Scarlett is one of our most heartwarming rescues this year. This beautiful 8-lb. girl was discarded at the tender age of two, and she’s blind due to the loss of one eye and later blindness in her remaining one.

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But Scarlett was in New Jersey. When BCFS’ founder Amy learned of Scarlett’s plight, she asked for help getting Scarlett to Canada. And boy, did kind-hearted people step up! A team of volunteers took turns driving Scarlett the multiple legs of her 450-mile journey from New Jersey to Ontario, where she entered BCFS’ foster care program.

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So much heart and selfless work went into Scarlett’s rescue, and most heartwarming is that Scarlett now has a lovely home, a pup sibling and a mama who adores her.

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Mom Joy adopted Scarlett in May, just weeks after her journey from Jersey, and Scarlett fits right in with Joy and her Maltese-Shih Tzu mix Hailey.

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Joy sent us this happy update just before Christmas:

“Scarlett has made such progress and I can’t believe I have had her for 8 months now. The dainty fragile little princess I thought her to be is totally opposite now. She is super playful and friendly to everyone.

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She loves her walks. We go 2-3 times daily for approx. 40 min. I only wish Hailey was much younger so she could play with her. Hailey is not interested in that sort of thing so she will growl or go into hiding. I guess I will have to think about getting another young small dog just for Scarlett.

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She is venturing onto grass now to pee and poo. She scampers around almost running. It’s so cute to see. I was amazed at her in the snow and ice we have had. I thought she wouldn’t want to walk. She goes a little slower but she still goes the whole distance. That was a big concern of mine since the winter will be long and cold. What a relief for me. Hailey loves the winter and walks so much better when it’s cold. It’s a good thing I have Hailey because Scarlett follows her like her shadow and without a leash. She’s into the tree sniffing and everything else along the way.

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She has a really good appetite but I monitor her intake so she doesn’t become a fat little porker. I think she has put on about a pound. She is not boney as before. When they go for walks and it is wet and muddy I put the 2 of them in the bathtub together with about 2 inches of warm water to wash their feet. That is a real cute sight to see.

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She rarely makes mistakes in the house anymore, only when I go out when I come home she hears the noises of the garage door, car and front door that makes her nervous and excited. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch at night watching t.v. so they don’t get their later night outing and she can last till the following morning to go. Thank goodness for that.

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They have been walked this morning (out at 7:30 a.m.) and fed and now they are crashed on the couch-Hailey is on my right and Scarlett on my left. So that pretty much sums up the report. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Sincerely, Joy

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Thank you, Joy! We’re happy to have given Scarlett her second chance, and that she has a wonderful family and life now.

We’re not surprised that Scarlett is able to enjoy life even without sight, because blind dogs do very well and often learn to navigate their home quickly, as Joy described to us in a previous update. If you’re dog-savvy and thinking of adopting, don’t let a dog’s lack of sight stop you! They will surprise you.

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Eight months after BCFS rescued this tiny shih tzu, Scarlett shows us how she went from being unwanted in the world to beloved. It changed Scarlett’s world, and that makes the world a little happier place.

BCFS… saving the world one animal at a time

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A Special Christmas Post: Ashton Update!

Ashton is a remarkable, loving dog who doesn’t let being ‘special needs’ interfere with his abundant love of life. His eyes never developed, so Ashton has been blind from birth and also has a cleft lip. His lip and nose may look unusual but fortunately do not cause him any health issues.

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Ashton had just turned two when we welcomed him into our foster care program one year ago, initially named Ashling. Within a short time, he became a foster graduate: his foster family adopted him in January 2018!

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Mom Leah, a longtime BCFS foster, is clearly head over heels in love with Ashton.

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And Ashton is equally besotted with Leah!

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We’re honored to share her joy and photos of this beautiful happy boy. Leah writes,

So what can I tell you about Ashton over the last year… well for starters he is the best pup EVER!!!! I was very hesitant to foster a special needs dog and I’m so happy Amy talked me into it.

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As he won me over so quickly I knew I couldn’t live without him (my first foster fail) I was worried he would get hurt at our farm or our other 3 dogs would pick on him.

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Well this dog is an amazing little creature. He is so daring and adventurous. He memorized our house (and several of our family members houses) in a matter of a few days. He runs and plays and doesn’t take any attitude from our very bossy chihuahua. He rolls in the snow and runs in the field like a free dog. You would never know he’s blind or special needs.

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He finds all the toys and hoards them on his bed. He jumps on and off our window seat and bed. He figured out how to open the doggie gate and get into the “dog free zone” aka our living room lol! He loves to learn and figure things out. He is an extremely smart little dude.

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I love watching him in new situations whether it be meeting someone new, going to a new place, meeting new animals as he is always full of happiness.

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This dog radiates HAPPINESS from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed. He makes me smile all the time and he loves to give kisses with his cute little face!!!! I brought him to dog camp back in September and he participated in several different dog sports including Rally, Rat Hunt and Musical Free style. He learned and performed an entire dance routine!!!! He is such a trusting dog.

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I’m so unbelievably joyed he came into my life because he makes life so much better! Blind dogs truly see with their hearts. Thank you BCFS for bringing this little fluff ball into my world! I will love him always.

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Leah’s update makes our hearts full and reaffirms our belief in special needs dogs. Thank you, Leah!

BCFS has rescued a number of special needs dogs over the years, because we believe every dog is worthy and every dog deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest. And — we know that dogs are remarkable at adapting to what society considers a disability. Special needs dogs are able to enjoy life as much as any dog.

We are in need of foster homes for all the dogs we rescue, those who are fully able-bodied but particularly for special needs dogs. BCFS is a foster-based rescue. We cannot do the life-saving work we do without volunteers to temporarily care for these perfectly imperfect dogs in their homes.

We’ll have an entire post on that soon, but if Ashton’s story has inspired you with a can-do attitude to care for a special needs pup while they await adoption, please click here to fill out our online volunteer application.

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Thank you, and Merry Christmas from Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!

 

 

 

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Dexter’s Christmas Wish Fulfilled — Update!

Lovable St. Bernard Dexter was 7 years old when he came into BCFS’ foster care program one year ago. He must have asked Santa to bring him a loving family last Christmas, because that’s just what he got when he was adopted in January.

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So to spread a little Christmas joy, we have a wonderful update on Dexter and his new life to share with you. His mom and dad Sonja and Aaron sent these new photos and write,

“Dexter has thrived out here in the country enjoying all the trails and adventures.”

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“He has the loudest snores and loves sleeping in our bed (even if he isn’t supposed to). He has amazing energy and always wants to come with us wherever we go.”

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“His cat brothers Dolce and Jimmy enjoy his company too. It has almost been a year since we adopted him and could not imagine our lives without him!”

We’re thrilled for this big 150-lb. boy, to love the life he’s found with a family who cherishes him.

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Now he’s spending his first Christmas with Aaron, Sonja and his cat brothers ~ and Santa paid a visit!

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Ho, ho, ho, from all of us at BCFS to Dexter and his family!

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Takota Update — All Grown Up!

Northern pup Takota’s mom Cindy explained to us in her last update that Takota’s name means “friend to all”. In the year since Takota was adopted as a puppy, he’s become living proof of his name’s translation.

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This joyful boy, who came into BCFS’ foster care program from Ontario’s far north last year with his seven Husky/Lab/Shepherd mix siblings, is now best friends with his family’s adult dog Maizy.

Growing up with Maizy to play with, show him the way and be his best friend has been wonderful for both Takota and Maizy. And we have video clips! :) We took still frames from Cindy’s videos to preview her delightful short clips of Takota:

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1) As a puppy playing with Maizy in their yard — Click to see video

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And, 2) As an adult romping with Maizy! Click to see video

Clearly these two are best friends! Dogs are incredibly social, and having a canine friend can help bring out the best in both dogs.

Cindy also sends a note:

Thought you would like to see how handsome this little boy is!!! It has been a little over a Year… he has been wonderful for Maizy… his calmness helps her.

While he has not been anywhere near an angel… ate our thanksgiving carrot cake off the counter as well as Ed’s nice head phones, he is 100% love and the most popular puppy at his Tuesday puppy play.  Thank you again for letting us adopt him!!! Cindy

Well, the carrot cake and headphones might not have survived, but what Takota lacks in manners, he makes up for in lovability.

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Takota has been given a life of joy, fun and love from his human, canine and feline family (he has a kitty sibling, Taz, too!) All because volunteers worked so hard to enable BCFS to rescue Takota and his siblings, and because Cindy and her family chose to adopt. We’re grateful to all.

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As the year 2018 winds to a close, we hope the wisdom and compassion in the #AdoptDontShop message continues to spread and be embraced. Puppy, adult, or senior, healthy, sick or disabled, BCFS is there for them all.

BCFS ~ Saving the world one animal at a time…

 

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Min Pin Roo: Adopted and Loving It!

You’ve heard of rags-to-riches stories about humans, but in rescue there are similar stories for dogs whose tales begin in dire circumstances and end in joy. Roo’s story is one of them.

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From shelter—to rescue—to-rescue—to happy home

Roo is a senior miniature pinscher who, at age 11, was dumped at a shelter with painful abscessed teeth and a prolapsed rectum. Her first lucky break came when a rescue took her in and treated her medical conditions. Roo was vaccinated, her rotten teeth were removed and her prolapsed bottom was surgically repaired.

The rescue wasn’t set up for her long-term care, so BCFS said yes to accepting Roo. How could we say no to this sweet bean?

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How happy this lovely, vulnerable little min pin was with the simple things in life: a heated soft bed, food and water, foster sibling pups for company, gentle walks, love, and time to recover.

Then, Roo’s life took another good turn when a family saw her story, and as her new mom wrote, “When I saw her, Roo, I knew I could give her a home for the last few years of her life.”

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Roo, at eleven, was a good fit with Alana, Michael and her new senior siblings — a 13-year-old female shih tzu and 11-year-old male min pin. They’re a trio of Golden Pups!

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Roo and her new siblings eat soft food which is easy for a girl without too many teeth like Roo to chew, they have a fenced yard, and from these new photos mom Alana sent to update us, soft beds by a cozy fire!

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Alana sends an update:

Hello Silvana, just want you to know that little Roo, has just blended into our family beautifully ❣️

We love her so much already ❣️

I am on the couch recovering from a total knee replacement, so both Michael and I are home  full time, all the pups seems to love that!

Couldn’t be better for them!

Thank you for her, for as long as we have her!!!!!

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Well, maybe Zeus would not thank you as much as us!!!

We are tickled pink to hear how well Roo is fitting in, how comfy and loved she is, and happy to have helped make her “rags-to-riches” story come true.

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Thank you, Alana and Michael, Bailey and Zeus for welcoming little Roo into your home and hearts!

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From Foster to Forever: Barbara’s Adopted!

One of the saddest things in the world is when a senior dog is dumped at a shelter, so we’re especially happy for the sweet pug Barbara we brought into our foster care program.

Eleven-year-old Barbara’s become a foster graduate! Her foster family says they “fell in love with Barbara” while caring for her!

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Who could resist such a sweet senior girl with big googly pug eyes and a tongue that hangs out from having so few teeth? Best of all, Barbara is super-cuddly and loves nothing more than to snuggle (OK, well, maybe food!)

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Barbara has lots of companionship, now, too: new parents Shaun and Debra have three children and a senior female sheepdog who is the same age as Barbara. She has the run of the house and a securely fenced-in yard to play in.

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We’re beyond happy for Barbara. No dog deserves to be dumped in their golden years and we’re glad she came to us and found her forever home. A wonderful outcome for Barbara to be adopted by the people she’s come to know, trust and love.

Thank you, Shaun, Debra and family!

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Tralee’s Transformation – Update!

The weather may be turning cool, but our hearts are warmed by the update and sweet photos we’ve received from Tralee’s adoptive family.

Tralee spent nearly six years in a puppy mill cage, and many months in our foster care program before his adoption in September.

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His adopters Sheryl and David write,

“Tralee is such a joy to have around. Mad acts every morning, and very busy along with our poodle Bailey chasing squirrels and generally getting into trouble :) . Still a little nervous on his walks, but getting more secure every day.”

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“He has taken to the couch like a champ, and enjoys racing through the house stealing every slipper he can find. We just love him to bits and are so glad to have found him.”

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The meek little boy who arrived so frightened, so broken, so unschooled in being a dog, has been transformed and will continue growing into his new life.

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Like other puppy mill survivors – the few who are fortunate to get out alive and to a rescue or shelter that devotes the time and intensive, patient, loving care to heal them – Tralee suffered from his past trauma, neglect and lack of socialization.

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Gradually, Tralee passed milestones that would seem tiny to most, but are big steps for dogs confined in a cage for years.

He went from cowering and pooping in terror to learning housetraining, began sniffing hands in curiosity and wagging his tail, playing with toys, welcoming affection and belly rubs, walking on a leash in the big scary outside world (a work-in-progress!), playing with other dogs and learning from them, and experiencing joy.

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We’re grateful that Tralee found the perfect family to love and be loved by. Sheryl and David have experience with puppy mill dogs, and their poodle Bailey is the canine friend and teacher Tralee needs to continue growing into the dog he was meant to be and love life.

Tralee is at last  experiencing the joy and love every dog deserves. Thank you, Sheryl, David and Bailey!

Be all you can be, Tralee!

 

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Northern Pup Takota (formerly Lemon) Update!

Remember the eight Husky/Lab/Shepherd puppies BCFS rescued in November, 2017 from the far north of Ontario?

This epic rescue involved flying them partway, then a 40-hour round trip drive for the amazing volunteer “C” who weathered a snowstorm to bring the pups safely to BCFS.

Takota was one of those lucky puppies, and we initially named him Lemon.

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We knew he was a special boy who’d need a special home. All the puppies were in high demand and quickly found loving homes. Takota was just a wee fluffball on his adoption day.
lemon-nowTakotaHis new family was thrilled with him and sent happy updates expressing how well this laid-back boy fit in with their family, including their dog Maizy and cat Taz.

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Mom Cindy sends us this wonderful new update and photos:

A great update… When we renamed Lemon “Takota”, I chose the name as it means “friend to all “in the translation I found. Now after almost one year with us, it is soooo appropriate! Takota is the happiest animal I have ever been blessed to encounter, and everyone.. from neighbors, to repairmen, to the vets and technicians there, to the puppy play center he goes to on Tuesdays, love him.

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He always has that huge tail wagging and thinks everyone and everything is wonderful. He and Maizy are quite a pair and he now can keep up with her when they play.. though he is only 50 pounds to her 80.

He has learned to quietly creep onto the bed after we fall asleep and manages to worm his way in between Ed and I, but if he sleeps with us he sleeps in till almost 6 am so I usually pretend not to notice.

He eats everything and anything – from stray cat poop, tree leaves, weeds, and clumps of mowed grass….goose poop is apparently quite a delicacy as walking through the goose field and road is like walking through a mine field. He loves to swim , he runs more like a horse – both front legs forward at the same time, and he still manages to get under the bed o sleep with the cat in he mornings.. then we have to work on getting him to crawl out as it is a tight squeeze. Not the brightest in the pack, but definitely the sweetest.

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Thank you again for going out on a limb and letting us adopt him. I am sending some photos – the one in the car baffles me – he has the entire back but this is how he always sits when we are driving anywhere. Best Wishes, Cindy

Thank you, Cindy, for your wonderful update and for loving this sweet boy! We’re happy and gratified to know Takota has such a caring family, friends and good life now.