We’ve all dealt with an anxious animal at one time or another, whether it be thunderstorms, nighttime, separation anxiety or a little dementia that comes with age.
We’ve tried all sorts of methods to calm the savage beast, some work and some don’t. Find what works for you.
My humble suggestion
What works for my anxious little shih poo Super Taz is meditation. Its a lot of work on my part, but there’s no chemicals, no drugs, nor constrictive clothing.
I started meditating to help my own anxiety and was surprised at how it affected my canine counterparts.
I like to set the scene.
Turn the lights on low, play meditation music (just ask Alexa for spa or meditation music), light a candle, light some incense if that pleases you.
Sit or lay down and try to quiet your busy mind. Even if you do it for fifteen minutes it will bring your pets closer to you. I find with my nervous little dogs they like to lay with me, touching me and falling asleep.
My Super Taz hates thunderstorms and I’ve tried everything: thunder shirts, sedation, aromatherapy, cuddling, distraction, talking, not talking, quiet spaces etc…
Durning a particularly bad storm I decided to mediate and she came right over, shaking and panting seeking comfort. I placed my hands on her body and just took deep breaths calming myself and the energy travelled down to Taz.
She stopped panting and shaking.
At first I had to do the full on set the scene to get her to relax, but now I can hold her and put my hands on her body and breath deeply and the shaking stops.
I practise everyday and the more I practise the better I get at calming my canine companions. It works at the vet’s office, in the car and during the dreaded thunderstorms.
Sometimes its the only thing that works.
Meditation is good for your companions as well as yourself. You’ll find yourself better able to manage stress, critical thinking and helping those around you.
Whether it sounds hokey to you or not… it works for your companions.
They don’t have our hang ups.
Teach your children to sit and be still. To breathe. To get in touch with calmness. Make a routine, so when that day comes that the sh!t hits the fan you’ll be better able to manage.
We would like to thank all who wanted to help us find a permanent foster for Tigger. We have found the perfect foster for Tigger and want to thank Beth for stepping up. Beth is well versed in cat care having had many cats in her life and we are confident that Tigger will be well cared for. As with all rehoming, there will be an adjustment period but patience and love will make the adjustment as easy as possible.
Surrenders aren’t always emotional, but Tigger’s held many tears. Tigger is a 17 year old cat who was very much loved by his owners. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control Tigger needed to be rehomed.
Beth was kind enough to make the trip to Tigger’s home for pick up which helped to keep stress levels as minimal as possible for Tigger by only moving him to one location. Having the foster and owners connect with each other before surrender and during the surrender helped everyone feel more at ease about a very difficult situation.
Owner, Foster & I shed tears and shared hugs.
As we go through life, there are many lessons to learn. Our pets are pure of love and intention and are here to help us become better people. There were comments made about “How could someone give up a pet after 17 years”.
Having facilitated Tigger’s surrender, I can assure everyone that it was a decision made in Tigger’s best interest and very emotionally charged. We all need to learn not to judge other’s actions, especially when we are not walking in their shoes.
The message we would like to send out to all pet owners is that if you are in the situation where rehoming your pet is the only option, then please do not advertise your pet for free on Kijiji, Craig’s List or any other type of classified lists like these. Take the time to search out reputable rescues. Even if one rescue is full and cannot help, continue to seek out others.
Do NOT give up!
Reputable rescues will do the leg work to ensure your pet is placed into an appropriate home that will take good care of your pet and make sure no harm comes to them.
BCFS relies very heavily on foster homes. Fostering is not always easy but always rewarding knowing that you are helping many pets find forever homes. Afraid you will become too attached to the pet you are fostering and won’t want to give them up? No problem we always check with the foster first to see if they want to adopt before going to applicants.
We received this update from Beth on Tigger’s first night:
“I’m glad to say Tigger did really well in the car and settled in nicely. When we got home, I let him out of his carrier in my walk-in closet with his litter, blanket and some water.
Lola and I left the house for a walk to give him some time to depressurize. He was a good boy and used his litter while we were out. I opened the door into the bedroom to let him explore that space a bit, and he had a good visit with me while I put out his scratch pads and gave him some kibble (which he had a snack on). I think he really likes the Feliway atomizer – he goes right up to it to face bump it and smell it. He is clearly interested, so I hope it is helping to make him feel more secure. I put his scratch pad right next to it, and put some catnip on it. He has tried it out and likes using it as a pillow. At bedtime, I let him into the rest of the apartment, while Lola and I stayed in the bedroom. He was not at all vocal, and used his box again during the night. He is back in the bedroom now, with the door open a crack, so he and Lola can see each other a bit. I think he would actually like to come out and meet her, but I am taking their introduction slowly. She is pretty much just ignoring him, though she did give his blanket a sniff. So far, everything has gone really smoothly.
There has been no hissing, barking or drama of any kind.
They are both very calm animals, and I anticipate they will get along well. Tigger is mostly hanging out under furniture at this point, as I’m sure he’s not fully secure and hasn’t established his “places” in the house yet. He’s not terrified, though, and does come out for pats when I go in the room or call him. He has already started grooming me just a little. Tigger is a very affectionate old guy and I think he’s a good fit. My family is looking forward to meeting him. It’s so nice to have a cat! “
We are very happy that Tigger is settling into his new foster home and we can’t thank Beth enough for taking him in.
Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary would like to send out a big thank you to Emilio. This amazing 5 year old decided that he wanted to help the animals with donations instead of receiving gifts for his birthday. We would also like to thank mom Lisa and dad Mike for their continued support of BCFS.
ATTENTION CAT LOVERS, we are looking for someone to permanently foster Tigger for BCFS. Tigger is a healthy 17 year old Orange Tabby who is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. He is friendly and has lived with a cat and dog therefore would be fine in a home with other pets. He is litter trained but does like to roam outside in an enclosed space when given the opportunity and will do his business outside. Sadly his owners need to re-locate out of province and cannot take him with them. If you are interested in fostering Tigger for us, please let us know asap. Thank you.
I was asked to write about my experience at Beaver Creek. To start off, my name is Jordan and I am a Sheridan College student, currently graduating Animal Care. For my 2 week placement I decided to go local and volunteer my time at BCFS.
I was initially very hesitant, I’ve worked at farms and rescues for livestock before so the idea that I’d be mucking stalls most of the time didn’t bother me. Most of my adult life, I had been petrified of horses. I’d had lectures on horse anatomy, behaviour and genetics, so I understood the scientific aspect of them, but they just seemed so big and unpredictable that I would rather do anything else than work around these giant beasts with hooves that could break bones and deliver powerful kicks.
Then I met Splash.
I was nervous, of course, trying to hide it so as not to make a fool of myself in front of Megan. I offered her my hand to smell, talking in a low voice. She was blind, having had surgery to remove her eyes long ago, so I expected her to spook in her stall. Even though she had no eyes to set on me, she looked ever so kindly at me and snuffled at my hand for treats. I smiled after a minute, my fears immediately dissipating. They weren’t so bad after all.
Over the two weeks, I grew even more fond of Splash, Heidi and Chevy, the three horses currently residing in the rescue.
Heidi watched from a distance as I mucked the pasture. I eventually learned she loved scratches behind the left ear the best and would lean her little head as hard as it could go into my hand.
Splash would check in on me while I was in the pasture, coming up to me every time she heard the squeaking of the wheelbarrow as I pushed it to the next spot. She demanded pets, which I gave her, and she would rest her head gently on my shoulder for a few moments as if to calm me down before trotting away. She was gentle and sweet, an old soul if I ever saw one.
Chevy was nosy and childish, but always careful with me. He seemed to hold as still as he possibly could while I groomed him, glancing back at me every time he shifted his stance. Although he was pushy when it comes to treats, Megan would come over and push him away if he was being a brat and stealing treats from little Heidi. Eventually I mustered up the nerve to be less cautious with him and shove him away when he was being silly, which gained some measure of respect.
Elsa the goat was a little brat, but even through her near constant headbutting I loved her all the same. She was constantly trying to get me to loosen up and play with her, which was funny if not a little painful.
Cecil, Ziggy and Mickey were my constant helpers and companions, following me everywhere with wagging tails and happy faces. Even Ziggy, who at first was more than reluctant to accept me, was all too happy to take treats and even let me pet him a little!
My time at BCFS helped me understand the animals there beyond the textbooks and lecture notes, and gave me a sense of community in my short time there. Although I won’t be logging quite as many hours as I did these past weeks, I will happily be returning to help out when I’m needed.
I would like to thank the BCFS volunteers, as well as Leisa at The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary, for making this the highlight of my school year.
Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the talented help of Wendy and the folks at Magical Mediterranean Munchies! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to the people that made this event what it was, and helped raise money for the sanctuary.
Our first adoption of the new year has settled into her new home wonderfully, we couldn’t be happier that Bailey is doing well!
We reached out for an update, and this is what her owners Bert and Linda had to say:
“Bailey has adapted well to her new home and her 4 legged siblings and has become an integral part of our family. Bailey is a real sweet dog and we couldn’t be happier with her. She fit in immediately, it’s as if she’s always lived with us.”
Earlier in the year, Bailey underwent surgery to remove a growth on her eye, as well as some dental work while she was under anesthesia. The cone of shame is a bother but we have to admit, it’s pretty cute on her!
Bailey’s made lots of friends, inside the house and out.
“Bailey is Linda snuggle buddy. Lots of cuddle time in the evening.”
“Chloe our 20 year old Cornish Rex cat has really taken to Bailey. Bailey does get a bit annoyed when Chloe walks over her or sits on top of her.”
“As soon as we let Bailey out in the back yard she makes a b-line out to the side fence to see if our next door neighbour’s dog Sadie is out. Bailey wants to be friends with everyone.”
Bailey’s update is inspirational for all of us at Beaver Creek, as senior dogs are often overlooked at shelters and rescues. Bailey’s story proves senior dogs can be just as loving and playful as any other dog.
Thank you Bert and Linda for giving us a sneak peek into yours and Bailey’s happy lives together!
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!
Bailey and her new mom and dad!
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.
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.
We’re so pleased they adopted Bailey this past week!
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.
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.
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.
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!
We have had a lot of fundraisers over the years but never one as tasty as this one.
2 x 4 Jam Company from Virgil, Ontario is running a jam sale to help the animals at Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary. Most of these delicious jams are made from local fruit from their farm, except strawberries as they source those from Jordan and the figs are Turkish. Jams are made in a health inspected kitchen, all done by hand and homemade in small batches. They make between 6 to 9 jars per batch. All jams and butters have between 3-4 ingredients and no preservatives.
Jams/butters can be purchased 3 for $10.00 or $4.00 per jar.
The jams are sold in 8 oz jars except for Jalapeno & Fig Jams as they only come in 4 oz jars.