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Scarlett: From Unwanted to Beloved

Wee moppet Scarlett is one of our most heartwarming rescues this year. This beautiful 8-lb. girl was discarded at the tender age of two, and she’s blind due to the loss of one eye and later blindness in her remaining one.

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But Scarlett was in New Jersey. When BCFS’ founder Amy learned of Scarlett’s plight, she asked for help getting Scarlett to Canada. And boy, did kind-hearted people step up! A team of volunteers took turns driving Scarlett the multiple legs of her 450-mile journey from New Jersey to Ontario, where she entered BCFS’ foster care program.

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So much heart and selfless work went into Scarlett’s rescue, and most heartwarming is that Scarlett now has a lovely home, a pup sibling and a mama who adores her.

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Mom Joy adopted Scarlett in May, just weeks after her journey from Jersey, and Scarlett fits right in with Joy and her Maltese-Shih Tzu mix Hailey.

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Joy sent us this happy update just before Christmas:

“Scarlett has made such progress and I can’t believe I have had her for 8 months now. The dainty fragile little princess I thought her to be is totally opposite now. She is super playful and friendly to everyone.

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She loves her walks. We go 2-3 times daily for approx. 40 min. I only wish Hailey was much younger so she could play with her. Hailey is not interested in that sort of thing so she will growl or go into hiding. I guess I will have to think about getting another young small dog just for Scarlett.

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She is venturing onto grass now to pee and poo. She scampers around almost running. It’s so cute to see. I was amazed at her in the snow and ice we have had. I thought she wouldn’t want to walk. She goes a little slower but she still goes the whole distance. That was a big concern of mine since the winter will be long and cold. What a relief for me. Hailey loves the winter and walks so much better when it’s cold. It’s a good thing I have Hailey because Scarlett follows her like her shadow and without a leash. She’s into the tree sniffing and everything else along the way.

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She has a really good appetite but I monitor her intake so she doesn’t become a fat little porker. I think she has put on about a pound. She is not boney as before. When they go for walks and it is wet and muddy I put the 2 of them in the bathtub together with about 2 inches of warm water to wash their feet. That is a real cute sight to see.

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She rarely makes mistakes in the house anymore, only when I go out when I come home she hears the noises of the garage door, car and front door that makes her nervous and excited. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch at night watching t.v. so they don’t get their later night outing and she can last till the following morning to go. Thank goodness for that.

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They have been walked this morning (out at 7:30 a.m.) and fed and now they are crashed on the couch-Hailey is on my right and Scarlett on my left. So that pretty much sums up the report. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Sincerely, Joy

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Thank you, Joy! We’re happy to have given Scarlett her second chance, and that she has a wonderful family and life now.

We’re not surprised that Scarlett is able to enjoy life even without sight, because blind dogs do very well and often learn to navigate their home quickly, as Joy described to us in a previous update. If you’re dog-savvy and thinking of adopting, don’t let a dog’s lack of sight stop you! They will surprise you.

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Eight months after BCFS rescued this tiny shih tzu, Scarlett shows us how she went from being unwanted in the world to beloved. It changed Scarlett’s world, and that makes the world a little happier place.

BCFS… saving the world one animal at a time

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Welcome Bailey – Cavalier King Charles Mix – Adopted

Meet Sweet  Bailey.  Bailey is a Cavalier King Charles Mix with the sweetest disposition.

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Although she is 11 years old she still is very spunky and loves to go for walks.

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Bailey loves her people and loves to cuddle.  She is good with dogs and as far as we know cats are not an issue.  She has had limited exposure to children (10 years and up) and is fine with dog savvy children.

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She is house trained and crate trained.  Bailey would make a wonderful companion for someone who is home most of the time as she really does like to spend her time with her people.  She is also very good being at home with another dog.

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Do you have  enough love in your heart for this sweet girl.

If you are interested in meeting Bailey please fill out our adoption application  Click here for on-line form.

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A Special Christmas Post: Ashton Update!

Ashton is a remarkable, loving dog who doesn’t let being ‘special needs’ interfere with his abundant love of life. His eyes never developed, so Ashton has been blind from birth and also has a cleft lip. His lip and nose may look unusual but fortunately do not cause him any health issues.

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Ashton had just turned two when we welcomed him into our foster care program one year ago, initially named Ashling. Within a short time, he became a foster graduate: his foster family adopted him in January 2018!

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Mom Leah, a longtime BCFS foster, is clearly head over heels in love with Ashton.

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And Ashton is equally besotted with Leah!

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We’re honored to share her joy and photos of this beautiful happy boy. Leah writes,

So what can I tell you about Ashton over the last year… well for starters he is the best pup EVER!!!! I was very hesitant to foster a special needs dog and I’m so happy Amy talked me into it.

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As he won me over so quickly I knew I couldn’t live without him (my first foster fail) I was worried he would get hurt at our farm or our other 3 dogs would pick on him.

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Well this dog is an amazing little creature. He is so daring and adventurous. He memorized our house (and several of our family members houses) in a matter of a few days. He runs and plays and doesn’t take any attitude from our very bossy chihuahua. He rolls in the snow and runs in the field like a free dog. You would never know he’s blind or special needs.

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He finds all the toys and hoards them on his bed. He jumps on and off our window seat and bed. He figured out how to open the doggie gate and get into the “dog free zone” aka our living room lol! He loves to learn and figure things out. He is an extremely smart little dude.

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I love watching him in new situations whether it be meeting someone new, going to a new place, meeting new animals as he is always full of happiness.

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This dog radiates HAPPINESS from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed. He makes me smile all the time and he loves to give kisses with his cute little face!!!! I brought him to dog camp back in September and he participated in several different dog sports including Rally, Rat Hunt and Musical Free style. He learned and performed an entire dance routine!!!! He is such a trusting dog.

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I’m so unbelievably joyed he came into my life because he makes life so much better! Blind dogs truly see with their hearts. Thank you BCFS for bringing this little fluff ball into my world! I will love him always.

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Leah’s update makes our hearts full and reaffirms our belief in special needs dogs. Thank you, Leah!

BCFS has rescued a number of special needs dogs over the years, because we believe every dog is worthy and every dog deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest. And — we know that dogs are remarkable at adapting to what society considers a disability. Special needs dogs are able to enjoy life as much as any dog.

We are in need of foster homes for all the dogs we rescue, those who are fully able-bodied but particularly for special needs dogs. BCFS is a foster-based rescue. We cannot do the life-saving work we do without volunteers to temporarily care for these perfectly imperfect dogs in their homes.

We’ll have an entire post on that soon, but if Ashton’s story has inspired you with a can-do attitude to care for a special needs pup while they await adoption, please click here to fill out our online volunteer application.

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Thank you, and Merry Christmas from Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!

 

 

 

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Dexter’s Christmas Wish Fulfilled — Update!

Lovable St. Bernard Dexter was 7 years old when he came into BCFS’ foster care program one year ago. He must have asked Santa to bring him a loving family last Christmas, because that’s just what he got when he was adopted in January.

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So to spread a little Christmas joy, we have a wonderful update on Dexter and his new life to share with you. His mom and dad Sonja and Aaron sent these new photos and write,

“Dexter has thrived out here in the country enjoying all the trails and adventures.”

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“He has the loudest snores and loves sleeping in our bed (even if he isn’t supposed to). He has amazing energy and always wants to come with us wherever we go.”

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“His cat brothers Dolce and Jimmy enjoy his company too. It has almost been a year since we adopted him and could not imagine our lives without him!”

We’re thrilled for this big 150-lb. boy, to love the life he’s found with a family who cherishes him.

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Now he’s spending his first Christmas with Aaron, Sonja and his cat brothers ~ and Santa paid a visit!

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Ho, ho, ho, from all of us at BCFS to Dexter and his family!

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Takota Update — All Grown Up!

Northern pup Takota’s mom Cindy explained to us in her last update that Takota’s name means “friend to all”. In the year since Takota was adopted as a puppy, he’s become living proof of his name’s translation.

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This joyful boy, who came into BCFS’ foster care program from Ontario’s far north last year with his seven Husky/Lab/Shepherd mix siblings, is now best friends with his family’s adult dog Maizy.

Growing up with Maizy to play with, show him the way and be his best friend has been wonderful for both Takota and Maizy. And we have video clips! :) We took still frames from Cindy’s videos to preview her delightful short clips of Takota:

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1) As a puppy playing with Maizy in their yard — Click to see video

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And, 2) As an adult romping with Maizy! Click to see video

Clearly these two are best friends! Dogs are incredibly social, and having a canine friend can help bring out the best in both dogs.

Cindy also sends a note:

Thought you would like to see how handsome this little boy is!!! It has been a little over a Year… he has been wonderful for Maizy… his calmness helps her.

While he has not been anywhere near an angel… ate our thanksgiving carrot cake off the counter as well as Ed’s nice head phones, he is 100% love and the most popular puppy at his Tuesday puppy play.  Thank you again for letting us adopt him!!! Cindy

Well, the carrot cake and headphones might not have survived, but what Takota lacks in manners, he makes up for in lovability.

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Takota has been given a life of joy, fun and love from his human, canine and feline family (he has a kitty sibling, Taz, too!) All because volunteers worked so hard to enable BCFS to rescue Takota and his siblings, and because Cindy and her family chose to adopt. We’re grateful to all.

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As the year 2018 winds to a close, we hope the wisdom and compassion in the #AdoptDontShop message continues to spread and be embraced. Puppy, adult, or senior, healthy, sick or disabled, BCFS is there for them all.

BCFS ~ Saving the world one animal at a time…

 

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Candle Sale

Christmas is just around the corner.   Are you still looking for a gift for your special someone?  Why not purchase a candle and help Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary in the process.   It would truly be a wonderful gift for the animal lover in your life.   Or purchase one for yourself and make your house smell inviting this holiday season.

We have a limited supply of Soya candles left over from our candle fundraiser and they are going fast.

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Candles pictured above come in small – 10 oz (jar included in weight) for $15.00, medium – 11.5 oz for $20.00 and large – 20 oz for $35.00.  Scents are Tropical Twist (Ecalyptus), Pure Innocence (Vanilla), Bayberry Cinnamon, Lemongrass & Citrus Balsam (Everygreen).

Don’t delay, contact Silvana at   silvanacronier@gmail.com                     today to order your candle.

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Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary is 100% volunteer based and all money raised goes directly to taking care of the animals. merry-christmas-dog

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

 

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Candle Making BCFS Fundraiser

When my friend Cyndi asked if I wanted to make candles as a fundraiser for BCFS, I hesitated briefly.

I am not a crafty person and I found this project daunting, but,  I said yes.

I considered it an adventure. I walked into Cyndi’s amazing Victorian painted lady home, into her warm kitchen and saw the supplies sprawled across endless soapstone countertops.

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Her house smelled like essential oils mixed with soy wax. It was warm and inviting. We enjoyed a quick salad and then rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

I glued the wicks to the bottom of the jars and positioned them with plastic holders, while Cyndi was in the kitchen proper doing some incredible math in her head, mumbling to herself and glaring at the the little kitchen scale on the counter beside the stove.

“Zero” she said. “Come on scale, Zero!”

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I had no idea there was so much measuring and weighing in candle making. The wax must be at a certain temperature to accept the scents and then must cool before being painstakingly hand poured at a slow speed into the various jars.

Then we wait. With our reward of  red wine.

The candles turned white and the scents filled the house. We sat on the couch chatting and enjoying our wine.

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Apparently, I can handle this crafty stuff, especially when it comes with wine. lol.

The candles will be available for sale starting this Sunday, Dec 16, 2019 from 3-5pm at the BCFS barn. Please email mybremner@yahoo.com for directions or if you’re interested in buying candles.

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Min Pin Roo: Adopted and Loving It!

You’ve heard of rags-to-riches stories about humans, but in rescue there are similar stories for dogs whose tales begin in dire circumstances and end in joy. Roo’s story is one of them.

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From shelter—to rescue—to-rescue—to happy home

Roo is a senior miniature pinscher who, at age 11, was dumped at a shelter with painful abscessed teeth and a prolapsed rectum. Her first lucky break came when a rescue took her in and treated her medical conditions. Roo was vaccinated, her rotten teeth were removed and her prolapsed bottom was surgically repaired.

The rescue wasn’t set up for her long-term care, so BCFS said yes to accepting Roo. How could we say no to this sweet bean?

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How happy this lovely, vulnerable little min pin was with the simple things in life: a heated soft bed, food and water, foster sibling pups for company, gentle walks, love, and time to recover.

Then, Roo’s life took another good turn when a family saw her story, and as her new mom wrote, “When I saw her, Roo, I knew I could give her a home for the last few years of her life.”

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Roo, at eleven, was a good fit with Alana, Michael and her new senior siblings — a 13-year-old female shih tzu and 11-year-old male min pin. They’re a trio of Golden Pups!

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Roo and her new siblings eat soft food which is easy for a girl without too many teeth like Roo to chew, they have a fenced yard, and from these new photos mom Alana sent to update us, soft beds by a cozy fire!

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Alana sends an update:

Hello Silvana, just want you to know that little Roo, has just blended into our family beautifully ❣️

We love her so much already ❣️

I am on the couch recovering from a total knee replacement, so both Michael and I are home  full time, all the pups seems to love that!

Couldn’t be better for them!

Thank you for her, for as long as we have her!!!!!

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Well, maybe Zeus would not thank you as much as us!!!

We are tickled pink to hear how well Roo is fitting in, how comfy and loved she is, and happy to have helped make her “rags-to-riches” story come true.

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Thank you, Alana and Michael, Bailey and Zeus for welcoming little Roo into your home and hearts!

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Leo 11 year old blind shih tzu

We can only imagine a dog’s life before they came to BCFS. Regardless of what people say about loving their pet…

… the pet’s body tells another story. 

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This is the case with eleven year old blind shih tzu named Leo. 

The family claimed love, but Leo was flea infested and his legs and undercarriage were covered in heavy mats the fleas had taken up residence.

When they set him on the ground covered in Avon skin-so-soft “to help the itching” Leo ran around the barn scratching and crying in discomfort. Even the family acted alarmed.

This poor guy was being chewed up by fleas. As we cuddled Leo the fleas jumped onto our skin and crawled. We continued to cuddle the filthy, flea infested dog because that’s exactly what we do.

A simple flea bath and a dose of revolution took care of the flea infestation and Leo slept for 24 hours. We had to wake him up to go for potty breaks.

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We then noticed that Leo’s anal glands were causing him a great deal of pain. We gave him some painkillers and antihistamines to help when we started cutting out the heavy matting. Leo cried in pain at points and it took nearly three hours to patiently clip out the mats with frequent breaks.

Leo was so uncomfortable that when he was awake he cried in discomfort. He was confused, disoriented and in a panic ran around the living room. We used cuddle therapy to calm him down, along with a sweater and a heating pad.

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Once we got him shaved down from the mats that left sores on his skin and his right front leg was swollen from having a mat that went the circumference of his limb.  We noticed he also had an eye infection.

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We’re questioning a urinary tract infection as well from the frequent urination. Turns out we were correct on the UTI and he is being treated for rods in his urine.

The good news? He eats like a horse! He a monster cuddle bug and he’s easy to handle. He will be very special needs and reminds me a little of my Baby Jackson.

He loves people, especially children, but as he is entering his golden years we recommend a house without small children. A quiet place he can live out his days being cared for appropriately and loved.

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Leo hasn’t been vaccinated in years, nor heartworm tested. He’s received no flea or heartworm treatment or any veterinary care since 2015. Beyond the lack of physical care Leo looks down right sad. The emotional turmoil is catastrophic.

The family had multiple traumatic events and did the right thing by surrendering Leo to BCFS. One look at this little guy in pain and we couldn’t say no.

Leo is up for adoption pending his veterinary visit. He’s 11 and is blind, with a head tilt that tends to spin him in circles. He loves to be outside and will potty outside if taken regularly. He’s great on a leash and gets along with other cats and dogs, but doesn’t need a canine companion.

Leo is definitely  special needs are you able to care for a baby Leo as he enters his senior years? He certainly has lots of spunk left! Don’t worry… he’ll get cuter as he heals.

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added to end of article Dec 7: We took Leo to a specialist who stated based on Leo’s behaviour and physical exam, she believes Leo has a brain injury and a spinal cord injury. We are not speculating on the type of trauma. His head tilt, walking in circles or aimless wandering will be a permanent condition with few treatment options.