HHBCR Sponsorship Program
HHBCR has many dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” or “difficult adoptions” due to their health issues, or in some cases behavioural problems. These dogs, which are in forever foster homes, require ongoing care, mostly medical.
The Sponsorship Program allows those who cannot foster or adopt to assist in a very special way. You may opt to sponsor a special dog on a monthly basis, donating directly to medical costs, or even donate monthly for the cost of dog food.
If you would like to be an HHBCR Special Dog Sponsor, please contact us at [email protected]
Here are our dogs presently in need of sponsorship:
Pixie, our sweet 6 Yr old puppy mill survivor. Her foster mom Denise has written a wonderful biography for this sweet girl. “I have a thing for little white dogs. In fact, they are my kryptonite, my undoing and I am simply unable to resist them. I have a sneaking suspicion Sally knew this too when she approached me about fostering Pixie. I opened a message from her which began with a photo of a scruffy little white doggy. SO not fair, I was already done for at first glance. Sally followed up by asking me, “Denise, wanna help a poor little mill girl nobody wants? She is extremely fearful.” Well how could I say no to that?! After I agreed to foster Pixie, I proceeded to jokingly tell Sal, “ I love bichons, I hate you. Lol” Turns out Pixie is likely more a poodle mix, but you get the idea!
So, in September 2015, our journey with Pixie, a cute, sweet but most terrified and shut down white, fluffy dog began. To backtrack, Pixie’s life began as a breeding dog in a Missouri puppy mill where she lived for the first six years of her life until she was rescued locally and then by Hull’s. Well, upon picking her up when she arrived in Winnipeg, I quickly realized how shut down and terrified she was, shaking and cowering in the kennel. Frankly, she was clueless about how to be “a dog” and especially about living with us terrifying humans.
Pixie progressed as a “house dog” slowly and tentatively. EVERYTHING was new to her. She is a clever little girl though and due to her keen sense of observation, ALWAYS watching the dogs and us, she started to pick up and mimic the behaviour of my dogs and she learned to adapt to her new environment. She is a very smart girl and a pretty quick study. She started to figure things out. It took many months for her to not tremble or want to go into flight mode with human contact. She has had a difficult time trusting humans but she is well on her way now.
Although still timid and shy, Pixie has come a LONG way. Her explosions of excitement and silliness, which are becoming more and more frequent, are always so unexpected and funny, especially during mealtime when she is very demanding! She grunts, barks, pokes her nose into my calf as I prepare her food; and she shakes, rears up on her hind legs when her bowl of food is about to be set down. Her internal clock knows mealtime is not far off and most nights, she pokes her little snout under the door of my massage room and grunts at me to hurry and finish my appointment. She loves walks, has learned to lift her leg to pee on trees, to use her nose to sniff trees, fence posts and fire hydrants and to enthusiastically scratch the grass after she has done her “business”.
When I come home after running errands, she is so excited to see me that she does zoomies around the backyard, which inevitably ends up as playtime between her and her foster siblings! She also has learned that humans are ok. She now almost always runs to the front door to greet my clients and sometimes even lets them give her a chin scratch. But she is mostly brave to allow this affection only if her foster siblings are nearby. Her confidence grows a little more everyday. She only recently started coming to me for daily affection. And when I take my hand off of her, she comes a little closer, as if to say, “Don’t stop mom!” Pixie has even learned to jump on the couch and I frequently find her there having a comfortable afternoon snooze.
She is a darling, gentle soul who makes me laugh every single day. I am so grateful we have been blessed to be her caregivers and her forever foster family and to be on this journey in life with her. This past summer, Pixie was diagnosed with diabetes and she requires insulin shots twice daily and frequent visits to the vet to make sure we have her health under control. She is doing great! And she really has learned how to be a “dog” and to enjoy the comforts of a home, doggy siblings and a loving family. Way to go girl!”
Diabetic requires insulin and blood tests performed regularly
Requires pancreatic enzymes, and special food.
Sponsorship: $50 per month although any amount helps!
Lady, the Monarch and Sovereign
Lady, a blind senior cocker spaniel with a broken heart, is the reigning Queen of the dog world. Her wonderful foster family, has written her biography
“When Sandra first brought Lady to our house, we were expecting a short-term visitor, abandoned by her owners. Little did we expect an overweight bundle of excitement and energy. Lady’s first act was to pick up her favorite blue toy and invite us to play. She wanted to share something close to her in the faint hope of love and affection. She, instantly, won us over. At the time, in addition to a lack of basic grooming, she was also suffering from a heart condition and dental issues. Soon she received the necessary care and medical attention and was on the path to recovery. Luckily for us, whatever heart condition she was suffering from was clearly contagious, as everyone in our household soon fell for her charms. Even our cat warmed up to her Ladylike charms. Indoors she was a real lady – obedient to adults, playful with children and attentive to other pets; outdoors she was a bundle of energy and a magnet for attention. Unfortunately, Lady’s age (11 years) and health meant she was not the most suitable candidate for an adoption. We were pleased with this outcome though as we could not bear to think of letting her go.
Over the course of the next year, we had many adventures and misadventures with Lady. Lady went camping and on multiple hikes. She loved her morning strolls around the yard, evening petrol of the neighborhood, road trips, shopping runs, visit to dog parks and beaches. On a few occasions, she stole food from the table without detection. When we complimented the surprised household cat for cleaning up his food bowl, Lady sat under the table nonchalant, licking her lips. On one or two occasion, she seriously upset her foster parents by getting caught with her head stuck in the cat litter box.
However, one winter evening Lady suddenly took a turn for the worse and started showing signs of blindness. She was soon diagnosed with glaucoma. Within a week she had to undergo enucleation of both eyes. The day we brought her back after enucleation was one of the hardest for us. Initially she struggled a lot to adjust. The cone and the long ears did not combine well and confused her immensely at times. She also had to learn the whole diagram of the house and the yard through banging her head against objects. We in turn had to learn how to help her heal without letting her fall into depression. Lady recovered slowly but steadily. The most remarkable thing to happen is when we started taking her out for a walk. Lady showed her trust in us and let us be her eyes. Now, she uses words and tugs on her leash as directions. In the last few months we have also found some issues with her lung, which is being managed with medication.
Lady may be the Queen of the dog world but she only holds her crown thanks to the remarkable help and support she has received from everyone. The amazing and caring people at Hulls and Fort Garry Vet, the many volunteers and the generous donors – everyone collectively make her a people’s Queen and a true Lady.”
Requires ongoing vet care, regular medication, grooming, regular food. She LOVES Performatrin Large Breed Weight Management. In fact, that’s the only food she will eat!
Sponsorship: $50 per month although any amount helps!
Donations via Paypal:
Cheques or money orders,
please mail to:
Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue
c/o 88 McAdam St
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 0A4
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