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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.

zigtuckersawyeranimalsbcfscroppedProverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” BCFS goes together, with our supporters’ help

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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Nelly

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.

Blue

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!

img_2422Zig has a special attachment to Amy and Brent and demands pick up cuddles every morning. We’re happy to have found a place for a dog that had no place left to go.

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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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Walls go Up! Little g Ranch

.. And so we build… 

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 Walls and walls and walls and walls. 

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All four walls at the end of a long week rest on the ground waiting to be stood in place. Our Q-Hut waiting for a new end walls stands sentry over the rows of two by fours.

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And in a single afternoon — we have walls!!

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Four walls actually!

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August 19, 2015: it’s more than a dream. We’re watching the next generation of BCFS and Little g Ranch come to life.

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Also framing the Q-Hut end walls is a support building to the new barn. This will hold our hay, tractors and a work space (and a small indoor dog park if I can convince Brent).

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When will the trusses come???

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Trusses are here! The trusses are here!

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Down and Dirty Ground Prep! Little g Ranch

Boys and their toys tearing it up during site preparation for our new barn affectionately called Little g Ranch. We started with a treed space and had to pull away all the dirt till we found a solid foundation. All good things must be built on a solid foundation. 

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Watching the machines dig into the earth and clear the way was a bitter sweet moment. I know we’ll be doing something to help animals, but I’m always a little sad to see the land tore up for human consumption.

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Wildlife Habitat

Which is why we’re working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Niagara Conservation to create a new habitat for wildlife in 2016!

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They dug and dug and then hit a solid surface where they started dumping stone. Tons and tons of stone… and I mean tons and tons.

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Once our site was prepared we built the concrete form and we installed the drainage system.

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Next went the infloor heat. We’ll never lose another animal due to cold weather!

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The regulator was very complex and expensive, but worth it since we’re burying the line in concrete.

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The big Lafarge truck came and brought the concrete. We tested the infloor heat system and can only hope it works!

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They poured the concrete in one day.

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They hand textured the entire area.

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Now, that’s a solid foundation! A foundation we can build something wonderful and solid.

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We put our mark in the concrete for the future site of BCFS.

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Little g Ranch — A New Beginning

From the Desk of Amy… 

I was very sad when I realized our small town would not become pro animal rescue. I had coffee with a good friend during our struggles and she gave me some amazing advice:

I spent my entire life trying to do animal rescue in this town and they won’t let me, and now I’m too old. Don’t waste your life trying to change a place that doesn’t want to change. Go live your dream — get out of this damn town.

As I dried my tears I realized she was right. This wasn’t the place for me and my dreams. I woke one morning and remembered a dream I had about maltipoos; and realized I was wasting my energy fighting an unwinnable battle to volunteer.

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It hurts on a visceral level to say farewell to the farm and all its childhood comforts for me, but that energy needs to go towards my dream of helping animals.

Through a dark storm comes the rising sun pushing me into a place of light and love where the dream of a new place is born. A new town, a fresh start and a new beginning.

Ground Breaking for Little g Ranch 

July 22, 2015 — Ground Breaking for Little g Ranch and future home of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary in Southern Ontario.

Here begins the next chapter of our lives! 

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What does little g stand for? It stands for many thing — like the challenges of little government.

The lower case g is the mutt of letters.

The letter g is a hodgepodge of geometric shapes: a circle a line and a curve. The letter g starts the word God and ends the word dog. For some g is the symbol of a deity, science and geometry.

Others say the letter g is completely unremarkable.

The three Greek letters, Gamma, Omicron and Delta may be combined in a monogram to form a very fair conventionalizing of our letter “G” inside a triangle which looks not unlike our modern square and compasses. Building, guidance and direction. 

All of these definitions of “g” work and so it shall stand!

Little g Ranch and a paw 

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Little g is also for an unwanted little brown puppy mill dog named Gizmo. He taught us about rescue, love, forgiveness and passion… and we failed him. What started as a penance turned into love and passion.

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.. And so we build… 

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Our grief at the death of BCFS East is eased by the birth of BCFS West at Little g Ranch. We mourn what we have lost, but celebrate for the future and grateful for all we’ve learned.

Join our excitment! We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with construction of the stalls, Headquarters and Q-hut support building in the coming months.

Estimated Grand Opening will be Spring 2016! 

Thank you for your support!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary

The farm has history dating back to 1983 with my mom who recycled other farmers unwanted animals. She didn’t consciously think of it as rescue, it was simply the way she worked. Mom intrinsically took the ones that were abandoned or neglected. She filled her life with unwanted potbellied pigs, chickens, ducks, peacocks, horses and goats. Back in the 80’s it wasn’t called rescue, it was free recycling. I learned these wonderful ideas from my mom and I was immersed in the world of animals.

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Fencing

For some strange reason Brent and I decided to do some more fencing at the farm. The property behind the barn is a lawn tractor blade killer with the big protruding rocks. The blades bend and then get stuck in the ground. Time and money wasted. Not the way to live life on the farm when we own several perfectly good four legged grass cutters.

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Welcome Home… The Beginning

Below is the very first story I posted about Beaver Creek Farm back on April 13, 2010. My good friend Chris offered to set up a website and we discussed it for a long time (months in fact) and it wasn’t until Blogger started freezing that I approached Chris about starting the website. I am unable to change the layout on my blogger website, so with Chris’s help we’ve started this site. I hope you’ll enjoy the new stories and some golden oldies. Enjoy the beginning.

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