With COVID restrictions slowly loosening up, we are able to now do home-visits once more!

Health Status: HEALTHY!
*He has had two TPLO surgeries so, any right-matched forever loving home MUST understand that he has some arthritis. He is almost a $20,000 dog. He lives a high-quality life and only uses Gabapentin and Deramaxx as necessary. He runs and plays and is quite good about self-monitoring.

Age: 5-year-old, English Mastiff

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Symba: He can be in a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi-retired or retired, etc. He is another versatile BHRR dog! He will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. He does not necessarily need to go to a dog-experienced home yet; he does need to go to a home that is prepared to remain committed to his obedience, structure, consistency and be patient, kind, understanding, and are not hermits. He loves home yet; he also likes his pet store and other dog-friendly store visits, plus visiting friends. We are not advocates of dog parks.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet, sweet, social, playful, quietly active, gentle, kind, and if not handled properly – he has the propensity to develop SA behaviours. He can be a bit shy in new situations and settings and needs a home that will be patient, understanding while at the same time will not baby him. Just give him a bit of time; he warms up quickly and can quickly become the ‘class clown.’  COVID has made it harder for us to expose the dogs to all that we usually do and to the high level that we do, yet we have worked hard to make it happen for him. He has had playdates plus play visits and LOVES the attention!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. We would also prefer him to be in a home that already has that right-matched personality fit dog. It is equally important that he has a strong doggie network as he needs friends too – he is going to be that dog that will have some(# unknown) very close buds and shall be ok having a multitude of hundreds of acquaintances! He has been fantastic with all of the dogs here.

Good With Cats: He has been ok with the cats he has interacted with to date, yet we would feel most comfortable with him being in a home without feline members.

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.

Good with Children: He has been good with children, and we will consider homes that have children 10 and up and no more than 2 children in a home.

Grooming: He is good to wash, do nails. We take a soft brush and brush regularly, and this is a great bonding time between us – along with treats!

Car: He is good in the car. We have worked for him to have a positive association with car rides and that it is one of great fun and loving experiences.

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and crate trained.

Obedience: His manners have come a long way. He can still pull if distracted, so a properly fitted and comfortable harness is recommended in addition to his martingale. Overall, his leash manners are excellent!

Activities Suited For Him: He is calm and such a low maintenance, chill dog and would love to be champion of a couch – not that we support couch or bed-sharing!

Loves & Bad Habits: He loves the snow yet does not wish to be outdoors overly long(he tolerates a winter coat!) – walks, short hikes, and strolls, yet, loves home that best. He loves to go shopping for treats and toys yet loves coming home the best. He love to visit others yet loves coming home the best. He is social yet does love coming home the best!

He is an early bird – up around 5:30 AM, does his thing outside comes in, wants a small treat(benny bully liver treat), and tends to go right back to bed until around 8:00 AM and then it is back out, in, breakfast, rest and then his day really starts – with whatever that days adventures the day will bring! He is up to exploring and having some fun!

He loves treats and loves to be around his humans.

As for bad habits – he can be vocal when it comes to dinner time! He can get excited.

He LOVES his giant stuffies, and he loves to be my computer ‘supervisor’ as I work away. He is the best companion!

Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention so handsome!

Anxieties/Worries: He has the ability to develop SA behaviours, and we have worked extensively to set him up for success. He has learned to like and love his own company and to know that we are coming home. It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something!

He can be bossy and exhibit some rude behaviour when it comes to sharing attention, and he well knows the word ‘share,’ and the words ‘be nice.’

As we have stated for over 25 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that are able to be adopted and safe haven any others that, due to medical and/or behavioural reasons, are not able to be placed up for adoption.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 16 dogs in 2020 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2021, we have ONLY taken in 1 dog to date with two more dogs in the pipe.

After 25+ years, we remain knowing that we cannot please everyone, and that means that BHRR is clearly not the rescue to be followed, supported, believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.

Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!