It takes a village. We at BCFS have a mantra that we lean on in times of question: Help the animals. We can help more with a village than as an individual.
Insomniac fingers were flying as we neared midnight on November 10, 2014. It was the last and final round of bidding, and our supporters had had their eyes on certain items since the moment we published them. We commend you for sticking with the process!
We don’t really need a special month to sing the praises of our ‘well tempered’ adoptable dogs, but if the world is on board with November being Adopt a Senior Pet Month we are too!
Running an animal rescue, and more specifically a sanctuary that often takes animals considered ‘hard to place,’ means our team is, de facto, a champion of senior pets. “They are low maintenance,” states Amy, “and have a lot of experience that makes them wonderful companions. Anything that brings more awareness to their amazing qualities is a good thing in my books.”
Any dog seven years or older is considered a “senior,” but the size of the dog is also factored into the reckoning – the smaller the dog, the later in life they are considered a “senior.” And of course different species are considered senior at different ages. Resident Clydesdale horse Autumn is 23 years old, and Amy feels she is just now reaching her golden years. A horse’s chronological age certainly plays a role in whether he or she is considered old or not, but many feel it’s important to consider the horse’s physical condition, mental condition, history, and any health problems that might be present to know what is “old” for a horse.
Be aware, like any creature human or animal, senior pets have their own peculiar quirks. “They drink your whiskey and smoke your cigars,” warns Brent, “and sometimes they get forgetful and poop in the house. But we still love them no matter what.”
Use this month to educate people on why it’s awesome to have an older pet! Help senior pets find homes — tell one person this month why senior pets are great companions and you’ll be helping people and dogs in need!
Congrats to Sophie our adorable Bichon Poodle and her new family! Sophie was whisked into rescue, met her perfect second family at our Fall Open House, we completed all our checks and processes quick as we could, and voila, she went to her forever home just in time for Halloween. Her gotcha day will be easy to remember. Here’s how it happened … Continue reading →
Furever Home TV on site with Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, following stories at the front line of dog rescue for upcoming series on The Pet Network.
An exciting new development for our charitable rescue that is sure to help us reach our goal – educating the general public about animal rescue and animal welfare. The documentary series, Furever Home, produced in collaboration with cable broadcaster The Pet Network. will be spending the next few months living here on the farm. And when we say “living,” we mean actually residing here at Beaver Creek’s Sanctuary 24-7, immersed in the daily flow of life in our animal rescue organization.
“When you work on the front lines of animal rescue, you do tend to get so immersed that some of the fundamentals of outreach get overlooked. Having Furever Home here shooting, interviewing and observing with fresh eyes is having a terrific effect on how we grow, a benefit we could not have foreseen when we agreed to host the project.” – Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Founder Amy Bremner.
In documentary television parlance, this process of film and television production is called being “embedded.” Its similar to the process a journalist would undertake when they accompany their subjects into the front lines for a feature or in-depth news story. Imagine, for example, a military zone or a political campaign. Although animal rescue does not involve armed insurgents or suspiciously-financed politicos, it certainly does have its share of conflict and subterfuge. We hope to help the TV crew capture a taste of that to share with audiences; especially viewers that may not be aware that rescue organizations even exist.
Furever Home TV Producer Judith Keenan, herself an active animal rescuer, explains “to get the best perspective on how a dog transforms through the three “Rs” – Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-homing – you have to know where the dog in starting from upon first arrival, see the incremental steps in healing, and be witness to the sometimes-sweet, sometimes heart-breaking end result – getting the dog a furever home. There’s no more effective way to watch that happen than to literally be there as it does. You have to gain the trust of the dog as well as its caregivers to get the real story.”
Read more about Furever Home TV
Furever Network is the online home base for Furever Home TV – you will find more behind-the-scenes segments as we move through production this fall – check it out on Furever Network here!
About The Pet Network
For Canadians who love pets, The Pet Network is the only television destination entirely dedicated to delivering entertaining and informative stories about the beloved animal companions who share our lives.
Tonight at 6pm we closed the bids for the first 14 items in the Beaver Creek Auction on Facebook! A huge “thank you” and good karma to our supporters who have won their coveted packages by virtue of being the highest bidder!
Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is privileged to count many donors in their camp. That’s why we are able to offer even more great stuff in Round Two! Watch the Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/beavercreekauction – for more items going live tomorrow, Tuesday October 21 starting at 6pm.
Christmas Warmer Basket – never too soon for holiday shopping
For the info geeks families – a whole collection of “How It Works”
Faux Fur glory – as modeled by donor, volunteer and Fab Gal Gayle!
After months of paperwork, research and development Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary achieved its Registered Charity Status 828253435RR0001
Acquiring this title allows us to apply for corportate and government funding to help more animals.
Thank you to all those who have supported us and followed in our adventures.
In the next year we are hoping to take further steps to expand our sanctuary and we look forward to future endeavours with our established friends of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.
If anyone has experience writing or applying for government grants, knows organizations that support animal rescue or works for a corporation that supports registered charities please contact Amy at mybremner – at – yahoo.com.
It’s been a long two months since the website was temporarily shut down due to an unpleasant harassment issue, but after some thought we decided it was time to start posting again. The farm is about forgiveness and healing. The farm is about a safe place to come and be comforted. To enjoy a beverage on the patio and some tasty treats.
Welcome back everyone and lets gets ready for summer.
The flies are already driving Autumn crazy and after a bit of internet research I’m considering getting some fly predators. These are little bugs that eat fly eggs and don’t bother livestock or people. They’re living creatures, so obviously organic and they only live for thirty days, so they’re self-limiting.
Brent and I spent a quick hour putting a fan up in Autumn’s shelter to help with the heat and the flies. We’ve also switched from straw to shaving for bedding. Cooler, cleaner and better for her breathing problems. The goats are enjoying the new and improved shelter too.
We decided to give Gus a shave after he stopped eating. I did more internet research and everything said the kuvasz should not be shaved as their coats have a natural cooling ability. Unfortunately after hours of trying to brush Gus we discovered that his undercoat was badly matted. Ten years of neglect had caught up to Gus, so I armed myself with my best corded clippers and I started clipping. He got smaller and smaller and smaller, but he’s still huge.
He seems much happier with his new haircut and we’ve taken the precaution of allowing him to sleep in the house at night. We don’t want him to get chilly or eaten by bugs. The ticks are bad this year, but I find with the revolution the ticks are dead before I pull them off.
Every night we line up for tick check (Brent too) and I usually find one or two ticks in total. Usually Taz is sporting the tick under her chin, but she sits still as I use tweezers to pull out the head. Brent is a little more trouble as he wiggles around and runs away from the tweezers.
Yesterday one of the sticky fly strips fell onto the floor and became tangled in Taz’s long tail. Brent called me at work to let me know “we had a problem”. It was Brent’s turn for a little internet research where he learned that olive oil would remove the stickies. I came home to a Super Taz with tail intact, but very very oily. I tried to wash the oil out, but no luck. She’s incredibly soft.
Jackson is a cuddling delight and likes to play with toys. One of his favorite toys is Taz’s tail when she runs. There goes a flash of blonde quickly followed by a flash of black and white as he tries to keep up. His little leg muscles are slowly building, but we’re still very careful with our baby Jax. He seems so fragile.
Oh yeah… and I cut off all my hair!
Poco is starting to have some senior moments where he sniffs the air and pretends to see things that don’t exist. He seems happy and will come to be comforted during times of stress. His blind eye was getting red and inflamed often, so the vet recommended an occasional drop of steroid which has worked very well.
Brent and I are doing well with the odd squabble when we’re tired or over-worked. The beach is nearly ready for summer visitors and we’ve even managed some gardening at the farm.
Brent planted a row of twenty white pine trees along the front of the horse paddock. I can’t wait to see them a few feet tall in a few years.Yes, that is our idea of a little gardening.
Life has continued as per usual on the farm. Except, we did get a bylaw changed in the last month.
Me: “I’m not special”
Brent: “Of course your special. Do you think everyone gets a bylaw changed?”
Farm owner’s by-law amendment request granted by council
The Stevensville resident made a delegation at Tuesday’s council-in-committee meeting, asking for an amendment to Fort Erie’s by-law, that limits the amount of dogs one can have residing on a property.
She is a member of the Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CCRT) organization and petitioned local politicians to allow her to foster more dogs, outside of the three-dog limit.
Her request was unanimously supported, but this doesn’t mean anyone in Greater Fort Erie can own more than three dogs so easily.
Anyone hoping to take advantage of the recent by-law amendment must live on a agriculturally zoned property. They must also be a member of a registered dog-rescue organization and are not allowed to exceed having two additional rescue dogs, if there are already three who call the property their home.
Before a dog is fostered at a local rural home, all dogs have to be spayed and neutered and must be vaccinated and on heart worm medication. The dog must also have a microchip implanted, prior to adoption.
Bremner has been an active member of the CCRT for five years and until recently, when she and her husband adopted a rescue dog, there are currently three canines living at her farm on Bowen Road.
To continue, she needed this by-law to be amended.
Her property is a 23-acre hobby farm and has several areas, fenced off and secures for dogs to roam freely.
“It’s perfect for rehabilitating dogs,” she said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Since starting her mission five years ago, she has fostered 20 canines that were given another lease on life, thanks to the time at her farm.
“That’s 20 dogs that would have been destroyed or not found loving homes,” she said.
The CCRT is privately funded and relies on donations and fundraising from its members. Anyone who applies to take a foster dog into their home, is certainly asked questions about the quality of life they are able to provide too.
“Our potential adopters go through a rigorous screening process,” said Bremner.
She says the decision made by council to grant her request is gratifying and that she will continue to do what she loves, saving animals.
“I’m really lucky I have the time, the space, dedication and finances to follow my dream of saving rescue dogs, one at a time.”
After a handful of minor questions raised by members of council, Ward 1 Coun. Stephen Passero told Bremner that he was impressed with the amount of information and research she provided in her presentation.
“You could probably run not just a dog rescue operation, but a clinic on how to change a by-law in the Town of Fort Erie,” said Passero.
I’ve been a little crazy with the wedding stuff, but it’s important to write this down.
First of all: The Farm Update!
Mr & Mr Smith are learning to fly! I’ve found them in the driveway, the bunny pen and beside the house. They’re usually hunting for bugs. I call them and they waddle over excitedly and follow me back into their home. Even on their own they return to the safety of their pond at the end of the day. Once winter comes, the bugs are gone and the only feed is the stuff I provide I imagine they’ll hang out for the winter to eat and take shelter. They seem a little more aggressive and I believe a female might be in order.
The pigs: no change. Still fat and happy strolling around their paddock that they share with the goats, chicken, bunnies and Oreo the cat.
Nelly and Willow are doing well… except…. well, Willow has grown to take great pleasure in head butting everyone who enters her paddock. She does a playful little dance and then: POW! Usually right in the bum. Nelly looks healthy for a nine year old goat. She really needs her hooves trimmed, but I think it would be more of a struggle than it’s worth. Pick your battles.
I watched Willow and Oreo have a play fight yesterday. Nothing like seeing a cat and goat duke it out to remind you that size doesn’t matter, but claws do.
Nugget looks good and her passion for Ginger the pig has grown. The pair spend all their time together under the watchful eye of Charlotte. Nugget gets so excited when I cut the grass stirring up all the bugs. She has grown to love the sound of the lawn tractor.
Gizmo is really coming out of his shell and runs around playing more than ever. It’s very heartwarming.
Many months ago Gizmo stole a plastic teething ring from JR and every night he insists that we play a rousing game of fetch. It usually lasts ten minutes before he feels the need to wander over to the feed dish, but it’s a delightful ten minutes.
Taz is doing well and takes her career as bunny/kitty patroller very seriously. Our large feral ragdoll cat Athos is currently sitting under a tree outside the livingroom window driving Taz insane. He’s sitting and staring at the house. When Taz first spotted him she tried to go through the window head first. It did not go well. Taz and Athos are about twenty feet apart and separated by a pane of glass. It’s a little creepy that the cat is trying to watch us as we watch Monday Night Football.
I decided to try my hand had making home made dog food. I use chicken, rice and veggies and grind everything up in the food processor. Brent loves the stuff even if it’s a little bland. The dogs love it too and they seem to be having healthy poops and less scratching.
Poco has taken a bit of a downward turn. He’s become more aggressive and confused. He seems to be losing his vision and is very wary of everything. He seems so unhappy. He shakes most of the time and we can’t trust him with anyone in case he has a bad moment and tries to bite. I feel so badly for this little guy and I’m at a loss as how to help him. It might be time for some more serious sedation to help calm his nerves. This constant state of fear can’t be good for his heart.
Brief Wedding Update: It’s Saturday!!! Oh MY! I’m mostly excited and a little nervous. Brent is all the way excited and it’s contagious. We’re back to laughing and smiling and joking about everything. It’s at a point where whatever happens is going to happen and we’ll make it beautiful.
Brent and I didn’t register. We weren’t comfortable registering. We tried to think of stores we liked and places we could go, but it didn’t seem like us. I’ve had lots of people ask what sort of gift, so I came up with the following:
We’re heading south after the wedding for two weeks. A gift certificate to a restaurant where could have a honeymoon dinner might be nice. We love to camp, so fun devices that don’t require plug in power.
We love our dogs… so any kind of doggie gift would be fun. Gizmo has bad allergies, so grain free treats please!
Any fun thing that would work on a farm or the beach is a good idea. I think we’re pretty easy going for the most part.
Okay… those are my ideas, but please don’t feel the need to buy us anything. We’re so happy you are able to come out to our special day. Thank you.
I have twelve hours of work separating me from being engulfed in insane wedding planning… I can barely wait!! I had no idea you could do so many things with your hair.