Category Archives: Adopted

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Tralee: From Puppy Mill to Rescue to Happy Home!

Life wasn’t kind to puppy mill survivor Tralee during his first six years, but this plucky little boy has had a change of fortune. After months in BCFS’ foster care program learning how to be a dog, Tralee has found his forever home!

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Tralee has not only gained a new mom and dad this month, but a new brother — five-year-old rescued mini-poodle Baylee! Puppy mill dogs do much better when they have other dogs to learn from. Even better, new parents Sheryl and David have experience with puppy mill dogs. Their rescued bichon Bella was a puppy mill survivor who recently passed from old age.

We’re delighted to have just received an update and short video from Sheryl:

“Just a short note to let you know that Tralee is settling in just fine. The cooler weather today is so much nicer, and the boys have been out back doing mad acts and running like little bandits. He’s gaining more confidence every day and as you can see from the video, he’s pretty relaxed. :) He’s just a little cutie pie and we are really enjoying him.”

Cute video clip here: https://youtu.be/hbCKpZSn4EU

During his endless long days and nights in a puppy mill cage, could Tralee have ever imagined the life he has now?

traleecuteSafe at BCFS, Tralee awaited his forever family

It’s a wonderful new life indeed to look forward to, from a big soft bed and toys to his new playmate and teacher Baylee, to a family who’s home much of the time with him, to a fenced-in backyard and when he’s ready, daily walks on a river path. Most of all, the patience, understanding, love and time he needs to continue growing, learning and trusting.

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In his months with us, like many puppy mill dogs, Tralee has had a long road to learn everything that dogs usually learn from puppyhood. Caged in the puppy mill for most of the first six years, he’d clearly received no socialization or experience with the outside world.

At first, Tralee was anxious and would cower and shake or run, poop in fear, was terrified of men, and seemed flat with none of the joy dogs usually express. He didn’t seem to know he was a dog, or how to be one.

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Over time, Tralee began to come out of the shell he’d withdrawn into, found his voice, began to cuddle and discovered he loves toys.

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He learned from his foster siblings and took comfort in their presence, as well as taking his behavioral cues from them.

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Tralee started showing curiosity, sniffing hands, wagging his tail, learning to go for walks on a leash, and welcoming affection. All good milestones for him to pass.

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After many months of rehabilitation, Tralee bounced and played with his friends during morning walks with the sanctuary pups, and Amy knew it was time for Tralee to find his forever home.

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His recovery from the deprivation and trauma he suffered for years will continue with his new family.

Sheryl and David have the experience and knowledge of puppy mill dogs Tralee needs, and have a plan for Tralee’s integration into his new home and family, including his own dishes and toys, gradual access through their home, yard and outdoor walks, taking their cues from him, sensing when he wants loving or when he needs a little space, patience and positive reinforcement.

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Thank you to Sheryl, David and Baylee for welcoming Tralee into your home and hearts, and changing his world.

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Roscoe Gets His Dream Home – Adopted!

Some of us fall in love with certain breeds and stick to that beloved breed when adopting, which is how Roscoe lucked out finding his new dad!

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Adopting the same breed has the advantage of knowing their characteristics so well. We “get” them. Who better to understand border collie/black lab mix Roscoe than new dad Larry, who’s had two previous border collies?

We’re happy that Roscoe has been adopted into an ideal home — a farm like Amy knew would suit high-energy Roscoe best, with a new dad experienced with border collies. This is what we strive for, to match each dog with the most suitable family and home.

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Roscoe is five years old with an incredible amount of energy who likes to keep busy and needs a lot of daily exercise.

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In foster care with BCFS he’s impressed us with agility, fly ball, barn hunting, hiking, camping and swimming, and with his bravery!

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Burning all that abundant energy off during the day lets Roscoe relax so he’s a good sleeper at night, with the bonus of being crate-trained.

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Roscoe’s an obedient boy who’s had professional training by Scott Conway, and has amazing recall. This handsome boy is superb on a leash, which he’ll be kept on until he’s acclimated to his new home and knows his boundaries.

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He’s such a great dog and we’re so pleased he’ll be a wonderful companion for Larry, after losing his last rescue border collie to cancer recently. We hope Roscoe’s affection and energetic presence bring his new dad joy for years to come.

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We knew Roscoe is a keeper and are thrilled he’s found his perfect forever home. Happy trails, Roscoe!

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Sibling Kittens Ginger and Ale – Update!

We love getting updates on our adopted rescues, and were pleased to hear from Ginger and Ale’s adoptive family, with new photos of these adorable kittens.

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You may remember these siblings came into BCFS rescue in April, along with their four siblings and mama.

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Sadly three of the weakened kittens passed in their sleep and mama had to be euthanized, due to a spinal cord injury caused by trauma. Ginger and Ale were adopted together in June and their surviving sibling Marlo went to a different home.

Cuties Ginger and Ale are growing up!

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Ginger and Ale’s mom and dad Denielle and Liam write,

“The babies are doing well and we are very happy to have them.  They love to nap and play and sleep together all day.  They also love to wake us up at 5 every morning for their breakfast.”

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Ale has the prettiest green eyes…

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And Ginger is a big fan of naps…
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Who doesn’t love pretty pink kitty toes?

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Thank you Denielle and Liam for your wonderful update and the sweet life you’re giving Ginger and Ale!

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Adopted! Sweet Pea Finds the Perfect Home!

We’re delighted that our little Sweet Pea has at last found her forever home, and she lucked out with the perfect new family, two-legged and four-legged!

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This adorable goat came to BCFS in the summer of 2017 along with MT, her duck friend.

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They were enjoying life with our animals in foster care while awaiting their forever home, when MT sadly suffered life threatening injuries last month and was euthanized.

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Fortunately, we heard from a lovely couple experienced in animal rescue that they were interested in adopting Sweet Pea. They’d just lost one of their goats and wanted to give Sweet Pea a good home with their female goats, donkeys, ducks, chickens, cats and dogs who were also rescued!

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Sweet Pea off to her new home

Sweet Pea may find her new family of kindred spirits helps ease her loss of MT, with whom she was closely bonded. She’s already making friends with all the animals, and Jim writes, “I should note that neither Isabella or Betsy had ever shown an interest in being elevated, before she arrived.”

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They have a spacious farm and barn that’s heated in winter and cooled with fans in summer, which Sweet Pea has already made her home sweet home. She has two acres of fenced pasture to graze and romp in with her new friends, too!

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They write, “First pasture with everybody at 4:30″.  Sweet Pea fits right in!

We’re thrilled to already have new photos and updates on Sweet Pea from her adoptive dad and mom, Jim and Faye, whom Sweet Pea has clearly taken to.

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Inside the barn. “Our dogs don’t seem to be an issue for her, and the donkeys and goats think she’s swell.”

They understand rescues have a period of adjustment in a new home, are patient and say their own animals introduce new ones into the family. Sweet Pea should have a smooth transition and her happily-ever-after with such a friendly welcoming committee!

We couldn’t be happier for Sweet Pea, and are grateful to her new family for giving her the loving home she deserves. Thank you, Jim and Faye!

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Lacey 9 year old female shih tzu – Adopted

Sweet Lacey was napping in her bed when we went to meet her. There had already been so much change in her life and here we were to make even more.

Lacey was an owner surrender by a family unable to care for this sweet girl. There was nothing wrong with her… or so we thought.

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Once in her foster home Lacey refused to eat and had diarrhea. We took her to our vet and did some tests to find out she has C. Diff – an infection in her intestines. Three weeks of antibiotics should do the trick! She’ll be retested prior to adoption.

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After medications were started and a week went by Lacey started to feel better and began to play and look happy.

She is housebroken and even figured out the dog door in the first few days. She loves car rides and is good with cats and other dogs.

She’s smart, sweet, a cuddle button and a lover.

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She’d love a home where her family was with her most of the time as she’s lived with a retired couple for her entire life. She’s calm, relaxed and excellent on leash. She’s a perfect little shih tzu.

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We have an adoption pending for Lacy!

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2016 Year in Review!

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and that’s what BCFS made in 2016.

It takes a lot of planning, hard dirty work, sweat, money, worry and hope to build a new sanctuary from the ground up. But that’s what we’ve done, building on the initial groundbreaking and construction we started in August 2015.

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We’re proud of our bright red new barn and Q-hut, our beautiful stalls and fenced enclosures.

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Work has continued all year to make our Little g Ranch a refuge for unwanted and unloved animals. Here in our care, dozens of permanent and foster animals have found healing, love, warmth, comfort, training and sanctuary this year.

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We made a new beginning by relocating to our new sanctuary in Wainfleet. It’s tucked away in a secluded, wooded location that affords our animals the privacy, peace and serenity, and safety they deserve.

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In April 2016, the big day came and one by one, we moved the animals to their new home. Our blind pony Splash…

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Hershel, our pot-bellied pig who was fostered while we built, came home to his friends here…

hershelandzigWe were glad for our old friend Gus to live long enough to experience Little g with us.

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While we were busy building and relocating our permanent residents to our new location, we were also rescuing, fostering and rehoming many dogs, including one of our longest-term fosters, Verena.

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Puppy mill mama Verena arrived in January frightened and unfamiliar with the world outside of the cage she’d spent eight long years in. During more than 7 months in our foster care program in 2016, yorkie poo Verena learned to love, trust and live as a dog, and found her forever home in August. Verena is just one of our success stories this year.

In all, during 2016 BCFS rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed – or provided permanent sanctuary to – dozens of animals. Including these souls for whom BCFS was their last chance:

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We also successfully rehomed the mini horses we rescued in November 2015 – including an unexpected but beautiful fifth mini horse, Cooper who was born to mama Montana and papa JB, all of whom found forever homes through us.

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BCFS PERMANENT RESIDENTS

We decided one of the mini horses we rescued, Heidi, was more suited to a permanent home with us due to her age and health issues. She’s happily living with our blind pony Splash here at BCFS.

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Amy writes,

Heidi began to deteriorate in late September 2016 and we were very worried. Dr. Sherry (our large animal vet) came out to assess the wee mini horse. Heidi has swelling to the left side of her face and Dr. Sherry said it was likely a tooth abscess. 

We started Heidi on a regiment of antibiotics with little success.  After weeks of medications Dr. Sherry started talking about removing the tooth, but that’s a big deal with horses. They have to cut open the cheek to access the back teeth. It’s a big procedure and minis don’t generally do well with anesthetic, but we wanted to try.

This was on a Friday afternoon and Dr. Sherry promised to make some calls on Monday. On Saturday afternoon Heidi showed signs of colic and severe discomfort. She was drooling foul smelling pus from her mouth and was rolling in the stall.

We called our emergency vet line and Dr. John came out to see our skinny little mini. I told Dr. John that we’d been fighting a tooth abscess for weeks and he said “… well, lets have a look.”

Dr. John stuck his big hand in little Heidi’s mouth and searched blindly for the offending tooth. “Ah” said Dr. John as there was a popping sound and Dr. John pulled a molar broken into four pieces out of Heidi’s mouth! Pus and blood oozed out of Heidi’s mouth as she dropped her head to the ground. I stared in amazement at Dr. John: he was our hero!

Dr. John treated the colic and gave Heidi more antibiotics, but he said she should be just fine.

It’s December and Heidi is doing great! Eating and pushing around Hershel the pig just for fun. It was touch and go through the fall for Heidi, but she’s made a full recovery!

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Speaking of Splash, we’ve worked to ensure her lack of sight doesn’t prevent her from living life to the fullest. This year we’ve been fortunate to have our volunteer Megan come work with Splash, taking riding lessons, building a relationship of mutual trust, and making some pretty impressive strides together.

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Splash relies on Megan to be her eyes, and that’s enabled Splash to take walks and even canter on the shores of Lake Erie. Splash has happily gotten wet in the water’s edge.

splashmeganseptember24th2016Splash also learned to pull a wagon, no small feat for a blind pony. Click here for video! The exercise and new learning experiences are part of what we do in providing lifelong sanctuary for this sweet pony.

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Elsa

In February we rescued a baby goat we named Elsa whose mama had abandoned her in the snow. Elsa got ‘round-the-clock care with bottle feedings, naps on Brent’s chest, and a village of caring volunteers who came to feed, play with and socialize Elsa.
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Even though Elsa is growing up, she still thinks she’s Amy’s lap goat.

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Elsa outgrew her hijinks in our dishwasher and on our kitchen counters, and eventually moved to the barn to hang out with our senior goat Nelly and beloved pot-bellied pig Hershel.

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Believe it or not Nelly is still hanging in there! She’s going to be 18 years old in 2017 and she’s still the boss. She’s battling tumours in her udder; one burst at the end of September 2016 and she’s been much more comfortable since.

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She’s on pain killers for her arthritis and manages to make her rounds.

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Hershel is still going strong and you can hear him greet you in the morning with his happy snorts. He had his tusks trimmed in September 2016 by Dr. Sherry who trimmed his hooves then as well.

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With he cold weather he spends most of his time in the heated barn, inside his igloo (when Nelly isn’t napping inside the igloo). He still loves his people and his treats.

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Blue is a white husky with blue eyes who came to BCFS as an adult from the far north. He was special to our northern connection and was the pack leader in his home town.

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This means Blue has some issues, so he’ll be staying on at BCFS to manage his behavioural issues.

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Blue’s favourite thing is to run through he bush and patrolling the fence lines of HIS FARM.

Blue has taken full ownership and responsibility of the property and animals of BCFS. He tolerates little shenanigans and we’re thrilled for the extra protection.

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Zig has also come a long way in his quest to find his place at BCFS. He’s friendly with strangers and we’re 57 days without a bite!

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Sanctuary and Donations

Our sanctuary has large areas to run, play and heal. Where animals are given the time and direction needed to feel good and to feel loved.

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Our biggest cost aside from veterinary care is hay for the large animals. The price of good Hay has gone up to $7 bale and it’s only December. If anyone knows a good hay supplier who can help BCFS please contact me at mybremner@yahoo.com

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A Forever Family and New Sister for Ruger!

Ruger is the eldest son in a family of five that BCFS brought into our foster care program through our good rescue friends at Furever Friends Rescue of WNY, and we’re happy to announce Ruger has found his forever family!

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Ruger is the quintessential bossy big brother who likes to push around other male dogs like he did his younger brothers, especially his youngest brother Fenton, while in our foster care. BCFS recommended that a family with a strong female dog would be ideal for this tough guy who was known to be a bit of a bully.

A strong female dog will keep Ruger in line and not let him get away with any shenanigans, especially since Ruger prefers the ladies and treated his mama Delana with respect.

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We got lucky! Ruger now lives in an all-female household with his new mom Allison, her daughter Shannon and their lovely dog Mabel!

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Ruger is only three years old, a shih tzu cross who’s a little shy but thinks he’s a whippersnapper. His new sister Mabel is the perfect match for Ruger.

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His sweetness and vulnerability came through when we groomed and bathed this little guy..

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Thank you to Allison, Shannon and Mabel from BCFS for giving Ruger his loving forever home!  Happy trails, Ruger!

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Pippi Adopted!

Never have I see a dog “fly off the shelf” like Pippi. We’d barely gotten her dental done before she met her new mom and dad.

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Pippi first jumped on the couch in her foster home to sit next to her soon to be mama; then she walked demurely over to sit with her soon to be papa.

Not, so much sit with papa as curl up on his lap for a sweet slumber. It was as thought Pippi had chosen her new family.

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Pippi is a sweet kind soul without an ounce of meanness. If you want her food, I believe she thinks:

Please take it. You must need it more than me.

If you want her toys, her water, her sweater or her leash?

Please take it. You must need it more than me. My cookies? Of course, please take it as you must need it more than me.

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We all could learn a lot from Pippi.

Congrats Pippi on your new family. You certainly deserve it.

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Nestled in Love – Allura’s New Family!

BCFS is happy that our rescued shih tzu/Jack Russell cross Allura has not only found loving new adoptive parents, but she’s gained a big furry canine brother named Murphy and two kitty siblings, too! Puppy mill survivor Allura is now playing and snuggling with her new family!

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Allura’s new family has renamed her Molly and mom Amanda sends us these sweet pics and updates – her first one came shortly after her adoption:

I wanted to give you ladies a quick update and let you know that everything is going really well and we had a great first night. She and Murphy are really enjoying each other’s company and they’ve had a few good plays together. It’s quite funny to watch them romp around together. We lifted her into our bed last night and she plopped right down in the blankets beside Murph and slept the whole night. It’s a good thing we have a king size bed, so there is lots of room for us and the fur babies. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to adopt such a sweet dog. We are so happy to have her here and look forward to our future together.

Allura/Molly is settling in beautifully with her new family and we’re especially glad she has another dog to play and live with and to learn from. Dogs are the best teachers for other dogs, especially puppy mill survivors who are shy and just learning what it is to be a normal dog.

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As happy as we were with Amanda’s first update, her new one makes us smile from ear to ear:

Now that we’ve had Allura for a week I thought I would give another update. We did decide to change her name to Molly and she is already responding to her new name! She is such a smart little girl and she catches on very fast!

In the week we have had her she has come a long way. We crate her when we go out and if I say “Molly, cage” and snap my fingers by the door of her kennel, she goes right in. She also now goes up and down the stairs mostly on her own with a little bit of encouragement.

Murphy loves having a friend and Molly looks to Murphy for guidance and cues on how she should act in different situations. We couldn’t have asked for a better match with Murphy and Molly.

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We also went to Grant’s parents’ house yesterday for his grandfather’s birthday. We brought Murphy and Molly so we could expose Molly to some new people and a new place (this is where the dogs will go when we need someone to puppysit). They have a massive backyard and they both ran around all afternoon and they had an amazing time!

Molly also met some new people of all ages and she was really good with everyone. She is shy at first, but after a pet or two, there was a couple people she kept going back to for more pets. She is such a wonderful girl! When she was running around with Murph yesterday with her tail wagging and a big smile with her tongue hanging out, it actually made me tear up a little to see what a happy little girl she is. I know, I’m a sap :)

Also, this morning when we woke up, she was bouncing around on the bed wagging her tail and she gave me my first couple kisses on my hand. That was a great start to our day!

Thank you so much for allowing us to give this special girl her forever home! We couldn’t ask for a better furry addition! :)

And we at BCFS couldn’t ask for a better forever family than Amanda and Grant, Murphy and their kitties. A perfect match!

Allura/Molly is five years old and came into BCFS’ foster care program in September along with her mother Delana, seven years old. Both girls were shy and scared.

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Allura had known little of the outside world and was initially fearful.

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A strange new environment, new people, new sights, smells and sounds – getting used to the peace and safety of BCFS. Our other rescued dogs like Naji and Walter helped Allura and Delana come out of their shells. Both girls made big strides in just weeks.

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Allura’s mom Delana and her brother Fenton were adopted recently and now Allura (renamed Molly) has a forever family of her own, too.

Thank you to new parents Amanda and Grant and to their dog Murphy for making Allura/Molly their own, and for your wonderful updates and photos!

Please remember to adopt, don’t shop. These are the precious lives saved when caring people choose to adopt.

 

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Adopted! A Family for Delana

Delana is a seven year old shih tzu/Jack Russell cross who has gone from living in a box to fostering at BCFS to her loving forever family and walks in the park!

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Some big and very happy changes in a short time for this puppy mill girl we rescued in September along with her daughter Allura and later, her three sons Bergen, Ruger and Fenton.

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Delana was initially very shy and fearful when she arrived in our foster care program but it wasn’t long before she was romping around, enjoying her newfound freedom.

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Puppy mill dogs always do better when they have other dogs to socialize with, and both Delana and Allura were happy to hang out with our other rescues like Naji and Walter.

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Have we mentioned how grateful we are for people with big loving hearts who adopt older dogs like Delana? Her new mom Marilyn sent us this short update on how Delana is doing in her new home:

Dalena is adjusting. She had a walk in the park this morning and she did all her jobs outside. She is very curious about her surroundings in and out. She certainly is food oriented both for wieners and cheese but not dog food yet. At the moment she is enjoying private time behind the couch. Thank you for our beautiful girl!

Delana may always have a shy streak but with patience, kindness and love, she’ll continue growing and learning what it is to be a dog and living a normal, happy life.

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No more boxes or puppies for Delana. She’s been spayed, brought up to date on her vaccinations and is a healthy girl with lots of life, lots of love to give and a future to look forward to.

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Thank you to Marilyn for adopting Delana and giving her the second chance at happiness she deserves!