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UPDATE ON TRALEE

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.

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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.”

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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:

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

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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.”  

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Update on Lacey

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Her favourite spot is under the coffee table.

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

 

 

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PARKER HAS BEEN ADOPTED

Parker came into Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary’s foster program in February of this year and it did not take very long for his foster family to fall in love with this Adorable little pot bellied pig.

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He gets along very well with the hens on the farm and will be a good protector of the hens from the raccoons that occasionally find their way onto the property.

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Although Parker’s first meet with their present pig Rueben went fairly well, they are being kept separate for now.  It takes quite a bit of time for pigs to bond properly.  Parker is 6 months old and at only 40 lbs. he still has a lot of growing to do.

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Parker is a super friendly, curious little pig.  He loves attention and belly rubs but does not like to be picked up.

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Congrats to Parker, Leah & Nathan.

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 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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REIKI/ANGEL READING FUNDRAISER

From the Desk of Silvana

Thank you to all who responded to my Reiki/Angel Reading Fundraiser for Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary.  I am happy to report that $300.00 was raised and donated to Beavercreek which will go directly to helping the animals.

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Heidi pictured above had several abscess teeth removed and is doing wonderfully now thanks to Beavercreek’s continued commitment to help all animals in their care live a happy and healthy life.

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Beavercreek rescues companion and farm animals, many who find their last chance of survival here.  Beavercreek is 100% volunteer based and all money raised goes directly to housing, feeding & vet care for the animals. Vet bills can really accumulate as they go above & beyond.

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PET/ANIMAL REIKI WORKSHOP FUNDRAISER

Thank you to the Wonderful Reiki Practitioners who made the second Pet Reiki Fundraising Workshop a great success.  The world is a better place when people focus on helping to heal animals.

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Silvana (pictured above with her canine partner Lexi) is a Reiki Master and animal lover who is passionate about using Reiki energy to help heal the animals at the Sanctuary.  The success of the last Workshop in May of 2015 prompted her to continue teaching other Reiki Practitioners how to best help the animals.

Silvana Explains the Process

Animals are Divine Beings with souls that play a very important part in our lives. Animals will respond to Reiki quicker than people.  This is because they do not have blocks like we do from rigid mindsets. They are able to accept the Reiki energy for what it is without trying to analyze it.   A few examples of how Reiki healing can help animals is with pain relief, minimizing stress caused from changes of ownership or other home circumstances, it helps with grief, and it has been shown to boost the immune system.

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The Workshop! 

The morning of the workshop was spent going over the practical part of Pet/Animal Reiki, using the manual Silvana put together as a guide.   After going through the manual it was time to do a mediation to prepare for working with the animals.  The practitioners where also given a picture of an animal to give distant Reiki to and then they all shared the impressions they received.  All the practitioners received wonderful inituitive information about their animal.  After a light lunch it was time to use the newly learned information to help the animals at the farm.

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Each animal accepts Reiki in their own way.  Some enjoy hands-on while others prefer Reiki beamed to them from a comfortable distance.

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Splash enjoying hands on Reiki with Rhonda, Shelia and Lili

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Hershel loving his hands on healing from Theresa.
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Hershel enjoyed receiving Reiki and loving attention from Susan, Julie and Theresa.
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Nelly saying thank you to Julie for the healing she received. Nelly has a tumour in her utter and after receiving energy from a group of the Practitioners she was moving around pretty good and enjoying some carrots.

What the Students had to say about the Workshop:

“Thanks for the great day, Did my Reiki on the birds at the rescue and for the first time in 10 years the room was quiet, even the one that attacks everyone, he just whistled. The big McCaw Thumper is really sick with a skin infection and he fell asleep.  We have a pair of breeder Goffins and they are not friendly at all, they just want to bite you, but they came to the front of the cage and just stayed there for the whole time. That made my heart skip a beat.  I am doing it from home every morning for my feathered friends.   Thank you very much for the experience.”   Susan

“Thank you so much for offering the workshop, Silvana. It was very informative, fun and I met so many great people. Working with the animals was thoroughly enjoyable and the highlight of my day. ”  Rhonda

“Thank you again for the workshop yesterday. I enjoyed the networking and being with the animals.  I liked the information presented. Some of the information was new to me and some confirmed that I was doing things right so far.  I look forward to working with you and BCFS again soon. ”  Sheila.

A Special Thanks!

A special thanks to Silvana who donated $400 (half of the registration fees plus an extra $50 from Susan Winning, thank you Susan) to Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary that will go towards paying for Tashi’s spay, our very special senior dog.

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Another Pet/Animal Reiki Workshop is in the works and hoping for late June of 2017.  See you then.

 

Pet Reiki Fundraising Workshop – Last Chance to Register

Last Chance to register for this workshop.  Open to all Practitioners that work with Energy.

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Adoptions Coordinator & Reiki Master Silvana Cronier will be running another Pet Reiki Fundraising Workshop with half of the registration fees being donated to BCFS to help care for the animals.

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Calling on all Reiki Practitioners who are animal lovers and feel a strong connection with the animal kingdom to come out and learn valuable skills in giving Reiki to animals.

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The Workshop will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at BCFS’s new farm location in Wainfleet.  Workshop fee is $100.00, with half going directly to BCFS and a charity donation receipt will be provided to each Practitioner.  Practitioners will receive a reference manual and be able to work hands on with the animals at the farm during the workshop.  Practitioners will be required to have their Level 1 Reiki to attend.  Pre-registration is required before Wednesday October 12, 2016.  Lunch will be provided. Please email Silvana at scronier@rogers.com for a registration form.

Follow this link to read about last year’s workshop:

http://beavercreekfarm.co/pet-animal-reiki-workshop-report/

PET REIKI FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP

 

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Adoptions Coordinator & Reiki Master Silvana Cronier will be running another Pet Reiki Fundraising Workshop with half of the registration fees being donated to BCFS to help care for the animals.

silvana reiki for animals

Calling on all Reiki Practitioners who are animal lovers and feel a strong connection with the animal kingdom to come out and learn valuable skills in giving Reiki to animals.

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The Workshop will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at BCFS’s new farm location in Wainfleet.  Workshop fee is $100.00, with half going directly to BCFS and a charity donation receipt will be provided to each Practitioner.  Practitioners will receive a reference manual and be able to work hands on with the animals at the farm during the workshop.  Practitioners will be required to have their Level 1 Reiki to attend.  Pre-registration is required before Wednesday October 12, 2016.  Lunch will be provided. Please email Silvana at scronier@rogers.com for a registration form.

Follow this link to read about last year’s workshop:

http://beavercreekfarm.co/pet-animal-reiki-workshop-report/

 

 

DONKEY FINDS FOREVER HOME WITH FOSTER FAMILY

BCFS is so very happy to announce that Donkey has finally found his forever home.

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It was no surprise to us that foster mom Miranda and her two girls Hannah and Heidi fell completely in love with this laid back guy, and decided to give Donkey a forever home with lots of love.

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Donkey, the 15 pound, male Californian Rabbit loves to spend his days lounging about and doing very important bunny things like napping and hopping.

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Donkey is an adult bunny and was found abandoned in a local cemetery along with some other rabbits. Needless to say, that is no way for a little one to enter the world, but Donkey has been thriving, is neutered and in good health.

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A bunny lives for an average of eight to ten years, when properly cared for, so Donkey has many good years ahead of him.

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Californian Rabbits are known as a “Fancy Breed” due to their luxurious white coat, and coloured points on their ears, nose and tail.

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Originally they were cross-bred with Himalayan breeds and the standard Chinchilla Rabbit.

Bunnies are active animals and enjoy a few hours a day of freedom outside of their cages daily so that they can do the Bunny Hop and slides and jumps that keep them healthy and happy.

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Keeping busy, checking things out

Like most small animals, bunnies tend to startle easily when they hear loud noises, but as he settles down in his new home, he will learn that once again he is safe and will make an ideal companion.

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Since he came to BCFS, we believed Donkey was a rabbit of the Flemish Giant sort.  Further research getting to know him better has proven that he is in fact of the Californian breed.

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Donkey was found with some other rabbit friends wandering around a graveyard the summer of ’14.    He was a little lighter than he should have been, but no worse for wear.  We tried to call him Shrek because of his size, but for some reason Donkey just stuck. He’s friendly and good with dogs and cats that won’t chase him.

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HAPPY TAILS DONKEY!

 

 

 

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Adoptions Coordinator Silvana’s view on Malti-poo Adoptions

From the desk of Silvana, Adoption’s Coordinator: 

Of all the adoptions I have been involved with the Malti-poo pups were certainly the most challenging. Twelve malti-poos came out of a hoarding situation, which meant they were under-socialized and had behavioural issues. There was a tremendous amount of interest.   Everyone wants a puppy, but most people don’t really understand what they are getting into with young pups.

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Puppies are a lot of work, and puppies coming from a hoarding situation where they are left to run amuck are more work than most people could ever realize. We tried very hard to match all the pups with the right forever home. Most of them ended up staying with their adopted families working through any issues they had but, unfortunately, a few of them came back to us.

As a rescue, we are always learning. One of the things we learned from adopting out pups from this kind of environment was that it was not a good idea to home one of these pups with someone who has never had a dog. A dog-savvy home was definitely the best option.

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