In many ways, Buddy is the epitome of a Northern Dog. He came from very far Northern Ontario where he survived the cold as well as a series of injuries. His front right leg was broken, his ear was burned and he has scars from a smashed leg joint.
And he is an extra-ordinary dog too. In spite of all these injuries Buddy is an amazingly friendly and loving dog. He’s well balanced, loves people and other dogs, and takes his time to think through a situation. Life has made him very smart indeed. His muzzle is scarred, but his spirit remains undamaged. Buddy only wants to be loved. He’s a fascinating dog with a story to tell. Continue reading
Ozzie is a typical friendly Shih Tzu who is housebroken, good with other dogs, but chases cats, and is good with kids too. He’s 5 years old, walks well on a leash and is not a barker. He’s got the handsome cream and white markings of his breed, and though he currently has a puppy cut, could easily grown out his gorgeous Shih Tzu coat if one were prepared to groom him regularly. Continue reading
We got the call from Lincoln County Humane Society in mid August 2014 about a pair of chihauhaus they were unable to home that were not thriving in the kennel environment. We agreed to have a look at the pair.
When we arrived the pair of chis seemed chipper, if a bit shy and after a few moments of interaction, the volunteer and I began discussing a different dog in need.
The LCHS volunteer said quietly “can I show you another dog?”
In the early summer of 2014 I was scrolling through facebook and saw a picture of a dog named Mia that broke my heart. In a knee jerk reaction I reached out to the rescue organization in Lebanon to see if BCFS could help.
Mia is a two year old yellow lab mixed breed found on the side of the road by workers. She is blind in one eye and missing a leg. Not just missing, but chopped off.
Mama arrived on Saturday evening as the sun was dipping into the western sky and when she turned and looked at me her eyes glowed eerily amber in the twilight. She looked like a wild thing.
It was late on a week night when I received an email from an unfamiliar name desperately seeking help to save a few dogs. The email said she worked as a nurse working in Northern Ontario and she was trying to save three dogs. I emailed her back and she told me about her experience.
My good friend and co-worker Kathy saw the little yorkie on a “free to a good home” ad on kijiji and brought it to my attention. I emailed the people with little hope they would email me back as most don’t bother.
My fear of a “free to a good home” dog is that the dog will end up in a bad situation such as a breeding facility, used as a bait dog or bounced from home to home developing behavioural problems and separation anxiety. Many of these dogs are sick and need medical attention. I contact people who post these ads to try and help the dogs find the right loving family.