BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.

Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for over 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Thursday December 13th, 2018 to Thursday January 3rd, 2019 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Friday January 4th, 2019!

As always during this time, BHRR is available 24/7 for requests for assistance of animals in need. We shall also network accordingly for, as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority. We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

This December 24th, 2017 picture is of Mason & his Dane, Dynamo(Cookie Dough Dynamo) 

BHRR Animals Available For Adoption

This is a blog post, updated regularly as to who is available for adoption and the ‘quick’ status of others not yet available for adoption.
NOTE: This blog post is on each of the dogs’ individual pages.
All of our available dogs can also be found on our PetFinder website.
*To read a dog’s blog, scroll to the very bottom of that dog’s individual page and read upwards, skipping over any posts such as fundraiser posts. They will answer most of your questions re: age, history etc.*

**NOTE: As of December 1st, 2016; BHRR shall no longer be responding to any inquires to adopt. We are following the lead of other r/q organizations and ONLY completed adoption applications submitted to the BHRR BOD shall be considered/responded to.**

BHRR is a federally registered NP organization and requires an application/contract to be filled out, personal references including a vet reference if applicable and a home visit to be done before being approved to adopt.

We also require that at the time of meeting any BHRR animal (after completing the application process up to that point) that the whole family + any other currently owned animals are present for the mandatory home-visit.

BHRR only places per best matched personality fit.

We also require that within four months of having adopted your new addition that at least one full round/session of group classes of obedience (they can range from 6-18 weeks) must be started and upon completion; proof (registration + completion) must be submitted to BHRR’s attention at BHRR and with having your signature on the adoption application/contract; you will be in a legal breach of your contract should this not be done. The animal involved will have to be returned promptly & safely to BHRR at your own expense.



BHRR’s Bell(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE December 19th, 2015 -*Great Dane(Deaf/Visually Impaired)

BHRR’s Eve(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 13th, 2016 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Giselle(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 28th, 2017  -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Flynn(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE August 6th, 2017  -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Gravel(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE August 7th, 2017 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Daffodil(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 21st, 2017 -*Great Dane(Hearing Impairment)

BHRR’s Juniper(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 6th, 2017  – *Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound 

BHRR’s Oliver(M)– AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 8th, 2017  – *Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound

BHRR’s Sawyer(M)- AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 26th, 2018 – *Saint/Pyr 

BHRR’s Burst(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 23rd, 2018 – *Lab/DaneX 

BHRR’s Colt(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE August 6th, 2018  – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Bogart(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 15th, 2018 – *Weimaraner 

BHRR’s Keg(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 16th, 2018 – *Bernese Mountain Dog

BHRR’s Hollywood(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 1st, 2018 – *BoxerX

BHRR’s Singe(M) -AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 17th, 2018 – *Great Dane




BHRR ONLY books 4 Community Education & Public Awareness Events Per Year

1. Our 11th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction
Starts Saturday November 17th – Thursday November 29th!
Seeking Auction Items. Please EMAIL

2. We are back at Pet Valu Stittsville – 1250 Main Street – for their annual Santa PAWS photo’s!
Saturday December 8th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*No Appointments necessary! 
Pics of your pets – furry, scaly or feathers! AND or you too! 
We shall also be doing nail trims that day – $10
AND Gift Wrapping – Min $10/Donation
Hot Chocolate & Candy Canes!
Seeking 5 more BHRR APPROVED Volunteers to assist that day. Please EMAIL

3.  Our 7th Annual ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ Thank you Pooch/People Potluck is Sunday December 9th, 2018
This is a pre-registration event and registration is free YET registration is required to attend.  Please EMAIL
Time: 2:00 pm – 8:00 PM
Here is our BHRR Potluck Group Page to join and to stay updated!

4. We are back at Pet Valu Stittsville – 1250 Main Street – for their annual PAWS Weekend Event!
Saturday April DATE TBA from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday April DATE TBA from 11 AM – 4:00 PM

Dog Baths – $10
We shall also be doing nail trims & Ear Cleanings – $10
Seeking 5 more BHRR APPROVED Volunteers to assist Saturday and/or Sunday. Please EMAIL

5. We have been invited back to Pet Valu Hazeldean! – This shall be our first Community Education/Awareness Event of 2019
Saturday May 11th, 2019
Time: 10 – 4 PM
Nails – Dogs, Cats & Exotics, Ear Cleanings & Dog Baths – $10
Famous BHRR Red Carpet Pooch Smooch Sessions – $5/Session
Some Merchandise for Sale, Baked Goodies, Raffle Basket & MORE!
We are collecting Empties & Canadian Tire $ That Day
Seeking 5 more BHRR APPROVED Volunteers to assist that day. Please EMAIL

7. We are back at Pet Valu Stittsville – 1250 Main Street – for their annual THANKS FOR GIVING Weekend Event!
Saturday October DATE TBA from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday October DATE TBA from 11 AM – 4:00 PM

Dog Baths – $10
We shall also be doing nail trims & Ear Cleanings – $10
Seeking 5 more BHRR APPROVED Volunteers to assist Saturday and/or Sunday. Please EMAIL

8. ONGOING – On February 21st, 2013, I received a most delightful and touching email from a woman named Allie MacAlister that is so very active in helping others

She is extremely talented and more lovely than any words can ever be put down on paper and she has wonderfully surprised me with the very stunning and unique artful creation of an Irish Wolfhound, inspired by our Bunker Dude. She is calling it ‘Art For A Cause’.

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

10% of sales of her products will come to BHRR!

*You can purchase t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, totes, greeting cards and SO much more! She will be adding products regularly.

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

BHRR’s Colt & 6 year old Emma – they watched many a TV show together when he was emerge temp fostered! 

BHRR’s Colt!

This fine handsome amazing boy is ready to make his own special announcement!

He is ~4 years of age and so sweet, precious and loving!

He can go to a home that works part-time, ft, is semi-retired or retired or works from home. Another versatile BHRR dog! 

He travels wonderfully in the car and his leash manners, while not 100% perfect gentleman style, are mountains better than they once were! He is kind, willing to please and gentle and such a soft personality. 

He still huffs plus snorts when he is not comfortable and reassures beautifully with a soft word and/or touch.

Easy to wash and do nails plus clean ears.

Low maintenance and such a charmer!

Takes him a few moments to feel comfortable around strangers yet if you are patient, he will relax and his curiousity and social sides will see him quietly approach and want to be your friend.

He is such a kind boy….

He has been a true delight to have with us! 

He can be the only dog in an approved adoptive home or if a home already has a dog, it has to be a right matched personality fit. We have friends and so should he!

Great with dogs and he has been excellent with cats too!

We wish for him to be in a home that is not overly active or busy social butterflies. A social home for sure yet nothing over the top for him to thrive and be happy. He loves when we have small numbers of friends plus family over and he loves visiting small numbers in others homes. 

We will consider homes with children as young as 6 for him as long as said home has responsible adults plus kids. His emerge temp foster home has a 6 year old daughter. 

He is house broken, crate trained and makes an incredible best friend companion! Small walks, short hikes, cuddling watching a movie or TV show, keeping you company for trips to the Timmie’s Drive Thru, laying by your side on a dog bed while you work on the computer are all things he loves to do…..he is a true BFF! 

He loves just being around his humans, not being part of them like some Danes! 

The way he pushes his head into my side or stomach is positively adorable and endearing. 

It has taken him some time to feel comfortable asking for affection and we make sure that he is given love both when he does and does not ask….

He is a real gentle giant and Ellie White thank you again for emerge temp fostering him for us until we had a spot and thank you and Brooke again for the stunning photo’s of him!

He is an amazing dog and Meg, thank you again for asking us to help! 

For anyone interested in him, please do read his detailed blog and our adoption processes, policies plus procedures. For those who feel that they then may be approved to adopt him, you are more than welcome to submit a completed adoption application contract to members of the BHRR BOD to review. 

Good Thursday AM!

BHRR’s Colt on our drive in to KAH this AM!

I had cleaned my car over the weekend and he got to put drool and dog hair back over it! 

He gets to hang out at work all day…lucky him!

His weight is now hanging around 135 pounds. He still needs about another 10-15 pounds yet he is getting there and after battling some post-neuter complications, which caused him to drop some of his post rescue put on weight, he is back on track!

After he has his Vet Visit, we are keeping everything positively crossed that he can make his own special announcement! 

BHRR’s Colt!

This is my last post of my night!

Another great photo taken by Brooke while he was being emerge temp fostered by Elisabeth! These incredibly stunning surpise photo’s have been such a joy to me! So thankful!

Thank you also to The BHRR Bakers Dozen for continuing to lend him one of their gorgeous OnePawTwoPaw Collars….it looks amazing on him! 

Meg – ‘your’ boy looks awesome!

This handsome man shall hopefully have his own special announcement to make shortly….he is back at the Vet tomorrow and if all goes well…..stay tuned! 

BHRR’s Colt
June 2018

Another one of the amazing photo’s that his emerge temp foster Ellie White and her extremely talented friend Brooke took to wonderfully suprise me! Thank you both immensely again for such cherished pictures of such a gorgeous boy. 

Soon he will be ready to make his own special announcement!

He had some post neuter complications that are finally resolving and he had also lost a bit of weight from his post neuter recovery. For a boy that came into rescue emaciated, every pound put on is not a pound that we wished to see him drop back off yet we are gaining back well again! 

Isn’t he incredibly handsome?!

Meg – he is doing great now and what a LOVE bug! The way he just pushes his head into you, just melts your heart. Thank you very much again for reaching out to us to assist him and being a great ‘rescue partner’ 

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent….it has been a very long month for us and the next two weeks do not appear to be any less so yet truly, I would not have it any other way when it means that we can help a dog in need of us!

BHRR’s Colt!
July 2018

Today he was de-twinkled, had a good nail trim, had his ears looked at while under – cleaned plus a cytology was done to be sure it was just waxy debris, had a needle biopsy on that lump on his leg and it was mostly fat cells, had his hips & knees thoroughly examined and was given a thumbs up! 

So, how he walks and stands in the hind end is mostly likely due to some poor conformation and lack of muscle mass plus tone which is improving daily. 

This boy is so chill and while still quite skittish to people he does not know, what a lovebug to those he does trust!  He will become more comfortable with others in time and with patience. He is doing fantastic. 

He is playful yet so calm and quiet when it is time, loves to bury his head into you, has the Dane lean down to a perfection and the affection he has to give, touches my soul. His eyes are full of such stories and beginning to have less confusion, worry and stress and becoming happy with a sparkle of mischievousness in them! 

He was a bit stressed upon drop-off yet I went back to his run a few times and he began to settle down well….so proud of you brave boy! 

The picture is one I took of him on July 3rd at his first vet visit. He has been living with me since July 4th when I picked him up from his emerge temp foster Mama and this boy is just WOW! 

One of the things I love most about him is his horse like blowing/huffing and snorting when he is unsure….he makes it very clear he is not 100% sure yet reassures so beautifully. 

Thank you to his lovely Vet at KAH for being so wonderful!



BHRR’s Colt & His Emerge Temp Foster Angel Ellie White
June 2018Elisabeth suprised me so beautifully this AM with some stunning photo’s of BHRR’s Colt taken by Brooke during his time with her. 

They are gorgeous and this one I thought was incredibly beautiful of them both….for if it were not for Elisabeth stepping up when we posted for an urgent request….this boy’s future would not be one of such promise and hope and of a great life ahead of him…..
BHRR’s Colt has been living with me since July 4th when I picked him up from Elisabeth and there is not one day that does not go by that I do not feel such gratitude and thanks for all that she did for him/BHRR!Thank you!

I truly love this photo! Just love it!

Fostering saves lives…it makes a life/death difference.

BHRR’s Colt!
July 2018
His emerge temp foster Mama gave him a bath at one of the DIYS Dog Washes!

This picture is the best!

He was at KAH yesterday and weighed 60.4 kgs(132.88 pounds)

He was understandably nervous yet was very brave. it was awesome to see him again!

Heart and lungs given a thumbs up! Eyes look good, temperature normal and he was so good about doing bloodwork for his pre-op and also heartworm/tickborne disease testing.

With how naturally worried he was, it was not possible for his Vet to get a good examination on his hind end(BHRR’s Singe was the same way the first time he went in!) nor to properly investigate that lump on his back right leg. 

He also has a bit of a hygroma on his one front elbow.

Things that his Vet was not overly concerned about right now and we would be back in a month and he will be just that much more comfortable. We shall also look better in his mouth next time to see if he needs any requied dental work.

AND when he is under for his Neuter, his Vet said we could take the lump off at that time if necessary. 

We will monitor it and if it gets larger etc., we will get him back in ASAP. 

He had his first vaccines and was deeply admired by many! He was put on preventative/proactive de-worming, flea/tick plus heartworm protection when he first arrived. 

He has proven to be good with his emerge temp foster mama’s cats, other foster dog through another rescue, people and loves kids. She has a young child herself. 

We shall continue to work on those leash manners AND he is putting that much needed weight on and we will keep building up his muscle mass/tone. 

To his emerge temp foster Mama…thank you for keeping him safe since I dropped him off to you last Wednesday night and I will see you both tonight! 

LOVE this picture that Ellie White sent! Just LOVE it!

Another awesome picture taken by Elisabeth! 

He is so much more relaxed and calm and happy! 

BHRR’s Colt says Happy Canada  Day!

He is doing so well with Elisabeth, his emerge temp foster Mama!

The more he settles in, the more comfortable he is becoming and he is proving to be great with people and demonstrating a lovely interest in dogs on walks – no direct interactions as of yet yet no negative or reactive behaviours witnessed – and the one cat he saw out and about had him doing his nervous horse ‘huff and snort’.

I am being told the squirrels get him all excited  and day by day his leash manners are improving.

He has not yet been introduced to Elisabeth’s own cats yet even when I had dropped him off he had zero fixation on their scent.

He appears to love Elisabeth’s dad when he has come over and has done wonderfully with her young daughter.

He was nervous of the storms and fireworks that came through last night yet I am told that he managed well.

I am loving the great updates being sent my way and he is eating fantastic plus his SA is rehabbing wonderfully.

He is booked in at KAH for July 3rd and looking forward to seeing him again! 

Here is a great picture of the handsome man taken by Ellie White and we are also going to take this opportunity to send out a gentle reminder to all to please watch your pets with this extreme heat.

Today, my area is going up to 49 degrees and no Pet should be out in these brutal temps.

Make sure that fresh water is readily available and even at night with these record breaking temps, be mindful of their paws for they can burn in mere moments.

Thank you again to Meg and Elizabeth for helping us to save BHRR’s Colt!


AND I am now on my way home….successful drop-off at his emerge temp foster home! 

By the time I arrived, I could take off the old smelly leash and attach him to my nice new red one for him. AND by the time I left about one hour plus later from the emerge temp foster, I was able with Ellie’s distraction to get the martingale on him – borrowed from one of our Bakers Dozen – as the collar he hadon was not on right and was super loose plus was a quick release buckle and he is a huge flight risk.

Both his emerge temp foster mom and I breathed so much easier when we accomplished that. 

By the time I left, we both could pet and stroke him and we were getting some nice tail wags and he had many pees plus a poop plus ate some treats!

He shall settle in completely fine and looking forward to the updates on him and with his ‘horse like snorts’, I agree with Ellie – he needs a horse type name….perhaps! 

I am now on my way home….I worked a full day at the Hospital, then have been on the road over 5 hours doing this urgent rescue and I have yet to even eat any dinner! 

AND for those who do not think rescuers make sacrifices to do these urgent saves, today was my son’s high school graduation and I was not there….for those who wish to judge the rescuers who do things the right way and have dedicated their lives to helping those who cannot speak for themselves, please know it is not only sleep we give up….it is precious never to have quality time with family plus friends. 

Reputable/quality rescue is not easy.

Wishing all of our friends, family plus supporters, a good night and thank you again to Meg plus Elisabeth for helping us save this boy! 



Got the Great Dane!

Thanks Meg for everything and Ellie, I am now on my way to you!

Crappy weather, crappy driving yet this boy is now SAFE! Makes all the worry plus stress fade away knowing he is safe…..

So skittish and very afraid, poor boy…skinny and we have to investigate that hind end.

He shall NEVER spend another day or night tied up outside…..

A picture of the Dane in need tied up outside at his current location.


We have been contacted to assist a Great Dane in HUGE urgent need. 
Time is of the absolute essence.

We are seeking any of our already BHRR approved temp foster homes for an emerge temp foster situation for several days and yes, we are aware that this is the Canada long weekend yet we are still hoping! We are working on mobilising fast.

NOTE: if you are an approved BHRR adoptive home, you are also an approved Volunteer.

For any of our ALREADY approved BHRR homes, if you are able to open up your home for a few days to assist, please do email ASAP!

We provide everything – food, bed, stand, collar, leash etc., we just need someone to provide a safe place for a few days! NO more than a week!

We will consider any of our BHRR approved homes from the Oshawa to Montreal area if they can help!

*More details will be shared via email. We will not post on our public fb page any specifics.*