As I sit warmly hunkered down with a hot chocolate at Timmie's in Orleans waiting for rush hour traffic to lessen(took me just under two hours to get here but so worth the trip thank you GDR!); it is a good time to update all on BHRR's Maverick News!

BHRR's Maverick did amazing on Sunday at the Pet Valu Appreciation event in Stittsville!! He has come a long way in such a short period of time and yes, he is very bonded to me already….hauling some of our approved Volunteers closer to me if he felt I was too far away….working on ensuring he does not develop SA. We raised $170 from his 50/50 raffle for his bills over the weekend!!

On Monday, his wonderful Vet at KAH conversed with Dr. Philibert and surprising to both of us, he was not concerned with the unhealed leg from his surgery from last November done by his past Owner. In asking why, it was a question his Vet at KAH would re-visit on Tuesday for they were so busy as was Dr. P. Dr. P. from reviewing his x-rays believes that while he would not be able to completely straighten both legs, he could give BHRR's significant improvement. He would repeat ostectomies in both legs and use plates and pins.

I had a question re: doing this before him reaching maturity and that question was to be re-visited on Tuesday as well. Dr. P. was to be at KAH on Wednesday and we scheduled to have BHRR's Maverick in so that Dr. P. could examine him himself.

I am so grateful to his Vet at KAH and Dr. P.! We do not deal with the easy 'cases' at BHRR and they have been so good to the animals!! AND to me!!

I was told today that BHRR's Maverick was even more outgoing and social and curious today than when he was there last Thursday and was more comfortable with all the lovely ladies this time around and was just a bit nervous of Dr. P. and the male Vet at KAH. I was really happy to hear this news – thanks Shannon! – as he is making wonderful emotional progress in his rehab!

Dr. P. reviewed his x-rays again(I still need to post his right leg) and examined BHRR's Maverick.

He feels that both legs can be done and he explained that it is not abnormal for full healing or a closure to not happen with the type of surgery BHRR's Maverick had last November. He also says that he is not worried and to possibly expect that even after the repeat surgeries, this time with plates and screws; that full closure may not happen then either. News for myself and his Vet at KAH for sure!! We have never had a non healed case in our own history and so, this is new ground for us from the surgery his O. had last November for him.

Dr. P. would not do both at once either like what BHRR's Maverick had last November . Something I am happy to support for that is a lot at one time.

In regards to waiting, all are in agreement with me to wait until BHRR's Maverick is more healthy and weighs more. 🙂

AND in respect to his age and waiting until maturity, per Dr. Philibert, his growth plates fused early already and does not believe there will be significant growth from the age he is at now that would be essential to having to wait until he is older.

I am so grateful in having my questions and concerns answered plus addressed and all the patience and time that has been taken with BHRR's Maverick.

I was given Dr. Philibert's cost per leg that is just for the surgery. It does not cover all the other fees associated with any surgery plus meds etc. So, when all is said and done, we are looking at probably close to $6,000 for his bills. This boy is worth every dime and then some!! Only the best for the BHRR dogs!! AND Dr. P. is one of the best!

When I was first contacted to assist this GD and the one he was left at the shelter with, I 'knew' he needed BHRR…at that time, we were told about one deformed leg plus that he was black and he turned out to have two and after today, my heart tells me even more that this boy needs BHRR!!

This is why, I founded BHRR back in 1996 and why I get up everyday and why I work the hours I do…for all those like him that would not have had this opportunity for a great future and I already know that he is taking me on adventures and a journey that will enrich my soul tenfold!!

He is so sweet….so precious and it is not his fault that he ended up with two deformed front legs and I am so over the moon, knowing that he has a surgical option!!! YAY!!

Ok…huge Gwennie novel!! 🙂

Thank you from my soul and beyond for any possible consideration to his care……even a $1 donation is super!! His Bills shall be extensive! Yet, he is as deserving as any other dog out there of a helping hand.

(You do not need a PayPal account either)

People can donate to Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of 'Birch Haven Rescue' for 'Maverick'. They will take Debit or Cash in person too!

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to

OR via PayPal(please use the 'gift' option)

BHRR's Maverick's Magnificent Angels  $345 donated to date & Bills $1861.13
Rachel – Plus a Collar


BHRR's Maverick – April 6th, 2013 – on route to BHRR
THOSE long nails are LONG GONE!
*photo courtesy of R. & B. Ng