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 either brought to the locale of the animal in question for at least one meeting to take place, yet almost always, we bring said dog to the home as part of the 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 Leroy(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE June 4th, 2014 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Salem(F) – AVAILABLE NEW ARRIVAL SINCE February 5th, 2015 – *Great Dane/Mastiff

BHRR’s Ivy(F)AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE February 18th, 2015   -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Raven(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 8th, 2015 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Steam (Steam Boat)(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE Dec 1, ’15 – *Mini Aussie(Deaf/Visually impaired)

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

BHRR’s Whisper(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 14th, 2016 -*Great Dane(Deaf/Visually Impaired)

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

BHRR’s Rubble(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 19th, 2016 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Pearl(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE February 12th, 2017 -*Great Dane

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

BHRR’s Black Diamond(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE June 12th, 2017  – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Capone(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 16th, 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 Gus(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE August 20th, 2017 -*Neo(Mastino) – PENDING Adoption as of Sept. 16th/17

BHRR’s Cagney(F)  – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 10th, 2017 – *Saint Bernard

BHRR’s Lacey(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 17th, 2017 – *Saint Bernard

BHRR’s Daffodil(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL May 14th, 2017 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Ryder(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL July 11th, 2017 -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Gem(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL August 22nd, 2017 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Jade(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL ETA Unknown – *Great Dane

Puppy #1(F) –  NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 12th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #2(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 12th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #3 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 12th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #4 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #5 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #6 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #7 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #8 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #9 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #10 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #11 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #12 – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

Puppy #13(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL September 13th, 2017 – *Great Dane

 

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

In 2017, BHRR is going to book ONLY 4 Community Education & Public Awareness Events

1. BHRR’s DINE WITH THE DOGGIES Event – 6th Annual – STILL a few tickets left! 
For more information on this unique/creative 1-of-a-kind Fundraiser visit HERE! 

2. BHRR will be at Pet Valu Hazeldean on Saturday November 4th from 10 AM – 4 PM
*Our last community education & public awareness event of 2017!
Dog Baths
Nail Trims
Ear Cleanings
Some Merchandise for Sale
*We are seeking 3 more BHRR Approved Volunteers to hang out with us on Saturday. Please EMAIL

3. Our 6th Annual BHRR’s CHAIN OF SUCCESS “THANK YOU” Potluck is Saturday December 16th from 2 PM – 8 PM. 
FREE YET PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED & You can join the facebook group above for more information and all the fun details!

4. 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’.

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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.

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Sunday July 9th @ Pet Valu Stittsville – Our 10th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser AND So Much More!
*No appointments necessary

2017 marks our 10th year of hosting this exciting event!

BHRR has been precedent setting in the community in seeing more cats & dogs microchipped to give them the best chance possible to get home should they be lost or stolen.

More information in link above and in poster!

BHRR’s Latte(Neo) is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

Home-visit is scheduled for Sunday May 28th.

This is the home that had three possible right match fits and after visiting the home when BHRR’s Rubble was dropped off for his special overnight picnic play date, their place is sadly small to properly accommodate his size/happy tail….and, the space would equally be small for BHRR’s Salem.

This home fell in love with BHRR’s Latte when they met her at an event April 22nd – what is not to love! – and then fell in love when they had their overnight date with BHRR’s Rubble last Friday – again what is not to love! – and had originally fallen in love with BHRR’s Salem from the moment they found her detailed blog – truly, what is not to love?!!

Yet, for the space of their lovely cozy apt. plus yard and that BHRR’s Latte does not have any happy tail concerns – she is docked – at this time, she appears to be the best of the three for a possible right match fit and we shall update as we can.

It is a wild Winter Wonderland Day here! 30+ cms on its way!

Yet trying to take photo’s or video is proving to be an exercise in futility!

None of the doggies want to get more than a few inches away from me!! None of my photo’s are anything special! Lots of photo-bombing going on!

BHRR’s Salem, BHRR’s Leroy and BHRR’s Ivy’s butt!

 

NOTICE:

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 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 16th, 2016 to Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Wednesday January 4th, 2017!

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

Gentle Reminder!

We are at Pet Valu Hazdeldean this Saturday November 26th from 10 AM – 4 PM for our last community education and public awareness event of 2016!

We are looking at bringing BHRR’s Kaos, BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Whisper for our famous Red Carpet Pooch Smooch Sessions!

We will be doing nails, ear cleanings and dog baths – ALL inside too!

More details in poster!

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BHRR’s Baby Kaos is getting ready for Halloween! Not Yet Available For Adoption!

Remember to have safe Halloween practises for a happy Halloween for pets & kids!

NOTE: BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve adoptions from Monday the 24th of October to Tuesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many others Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need.

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*CORRECTION: Location Address is: 5919 PERTH STREET, Richmond, Ontario*

Our next microchip clinic is being hosted with Dr. Zak at Pet Valu Richmond on Saturday September 10th!

Dr. Zak has now been with us for 8 microchip clinics to date and this is #9!
*No appointments necessary
*We are inside so rain or shine!
*10 AM – 4 PM

Our accreditation per CVO requirements to host this microchip clinic shall also be posted.

We shall also be doing dog baths, ear cleanings, nails for cats & dogs and will have some merchandise for sale! Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! More details in poster.

All monies raised shall go towards helping to pay off the bills for BHRR’s Dyson’s partial tail amputation that is scheduled for September 8th.

BHRR has been precedent setting/instrumental over the past almost 10 years with our Microchip Clinics in our efforts of having more dogs/cats hopefully find their way home should they become lost or stolen by being chipped.

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What a most wonderful weekend!!

My heart remains glowing with such humbled warmth from so many that came together to make this weekend even possible!

A grand total of $703.50 was raised this weekend to help the Vet bills of the BHRR Puppy Pile!

Thank you again to Pet Valu Stittsville for your incredible hospitality again!! You make us feel truly welcomed and are so lovely!

Thank you to Cherie, Aaron, Serena, Sean, Dawn and Kinsley for your hands, hearts and time this weekend! I watched many times over how each of you were so helpful to visitors plus their pets and your knowledge of BHRR plus your belief in what this organization does, is a true blessing for the animals’ in need of our programs! Thank you for everything each of you do!

To every visitor this last weekend – one touching hi-light for me was seeing BHRR’s Lizzy adopted November 9th, 2012 – thank you very much! So many incredible human and dogs we met!! We loved spending time with you!

This photo is of BHRR’s Salem, a GD/Mastiffx who is available for adoption and BHRR’s Puppy Pile Granite, one of our Haven Dogs. Both had a super day and won many hearts as did BHRR’s Corbin and BHRR’s Ross yesterday!! 🙂

As we wind down for the night at BHRR, we promised to post the date again of our next microchip clinic – accredited by the CVO – September 10th at Pet Valu Richmond from 10-4 pm! We will make sure the poster is put up tomorrow. 🙂 🙂

All funds from that event will go towards BHRR’s Dyson’s Partial Tail Amputation bills.

Thank you again to so many amazing souls for being those strong links on BHRR’s CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ 🙂 We remain deeply grateful……

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We are just 5 SLEEPIES away to our biggest Fundraiser Event of the year. 🙂 July 10th!

Thank you to everyone that is making this a most promising and exciting event again for 2016!

What has traditionally been the largest microchip fundraiser in Canada!

Kanata Animal Hospital’s 9th ANNUAL Microchip, Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser!

There shall also be ear cleaning, a silent auction table, baked goodies for humans, doggie treats, Canine Water Wellness shall be there, Pet Valu shall have our dog cooling/treat station again in 2016, Pet photography, Face-painting and so much more!

Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! 😀

No appointments necessary!
Rain or Shine!
9 AM – 4 PM
440 Hazeldean Road

Here is an update on what we are still needing:

BHRR is in search of the following items for our event for 2016!!!
Thank you in advance for any consideration!!
STILL ISO:
1) Volunteers to put up posters in their local community including training facilities, work, friends, family, neighbours etc. Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
2) Donations of pop, bottled water, & small bags of chips.
3) NEED DRAW PRIZES! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
4) Bags of ICE! ICE! ICE!
5) Silent Auction Items
6) Human Bakers
7) Dog Treat Bakers
8) Gift cards – please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
9) Coolers to borrow for pop/juice/ice
10) Tables
11) Chairs
12) 1 more Tent – I have three, PV Stittville will have one, CWW will have one, Doogie will have one, The Maracle Family will have one.
***This event is such a great time!***

Here is the Facebook Event Page to join and stay updated! 🙂

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***UPDATE: 27 NEW Items Added Tuesday March 22nd to the Facebook Silent Auction***

The detailed rules of this Silent Auction are posted in the first photo in this album.

As many are now aware, Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of it is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

A short medical summary:

His third CT scan, this one on his chest has come back at this time clear of any enlarged lymph nodes and metastasis. His MRI not only confirmed that this was a complex surgery yet was even more complicated than once thought – ONLY two surgeries like he needs has ever been done to date by his two expert surgical oncologists.

His surgical team shall be upwards to 20 people now including his two surgical oncologists, his urologist and his ortho specialist plus supporting nursing team. His surgery is expected to be ~10-12 hours in length.

We now have a surgery date set of March 23rd.

We know that his one ureter is compromised, and that he may lose his one kidney. We know that he will have part of his colon removed and that his femoral nerve is at high risk of damage and./or removal. He will need to have his Psoas muscle completely removed and his Iliacus muscle will be partially removed.

He will also need to have the hernia repaired – the mass/tumour has herniated down his thigh and into his groin area.

They will send the whole mass/tumour off to histiopathology.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

*The BHRR Auction will begin NOW
*The BHRR Auction will end at 9 PM EST on Sunday March 27th, 2016
*All bid prices are in Canadian funds.
*Bids must be done in $2.00 or Greater increments.

Any questions, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org or call (613) 725-4279

As many know, BHRR is a Great Dane & Giant Breed Rescue that focuses strongly on the special needs and has been around since 1996. We are federally registered and are an all Volunteer Rescue. We also work with Equines.

We have a second to none adoption success rate and also provide a safe haven for animals that are deemed unadoptable due to medical and/or behavioural reasons. BHRR also has a program that works with the homeless and their pets each XMAS – Operation D.O.G. – Donating our Goodness plus we have a Helping Haven of Hope and Happiness that works with women/children and their pets in domestic abuse situations. We have been operating these two programs for over 15 years as part of our way of continuing to help animals and people in our community.

We are a unique one of a kind program out there like none other.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

With our wish to ensure that every penny that comes to BHRR goes direct to them for food and Vet bills or items of comfort like dog beds, Sean & I have been covering 100% exclusively all the rescue hydro bills -$1,040/month, Phone, Gas for transports, home-visits and vet visits etc. We cover almost 50% of all the food bills out of our own pockets – BHRR goes through almost 120 pounds of dog food a day. Vet Bills are the same.

As some are now aware, in September of 2015, my husband Sean was found to have a mass. It took until January of 2016 for the experts to diagnose said mass for he has an extremely rare cancer.

Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of his mass is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

To further complicate matters, this mass has herniated down into his thigh and groin severely compromising his ureter and femoral nerve. He has had three CT scans of which his latest has shown that to date his chest remains clear of metastasis and his lymph nodes are not enlarged. His MRI has shown that his case is extremely complicated and the surgery he shall specifically require, scheduled for March 23rd has ONLY ever been done twice before by the two expert surgical oncologists assigned to him.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

Since Sean’s mass was first discovered in September, BHRR has remained operating with top notch quality hosting successful events such as our annual creative ‘Dine with the Dogs’, BHRR mini Open Houses, BHRR ‘Private’ Experiences, community education and public awareness events and even our annual XMAS ‘Chain of Success’ Potluck.

We have successfully rehabbed and adopted quite a few dogs and assisted many other groups also during this time.

The quality and stellar standard of care of the animals’ in our care has continued without interruption and as the date nears for Sean and I to stop work as he prepares to head into his 10-12 hour surgery on the 23rd of March, it is time to now ask the BHRR village and our community to please consider helping us continue to help those in need of our programs so that we can get through the next 12 weeks.

We want BHRR to be around another 20 years and we hope that people will consider a donation to help with the expenses of the next three months.

BHRR has only taken in three new deserving dogs since January 2016 and hopes to continue with assisting more dogs once Sean’s surgery is over etc.

Thank you in advance for reading this novel….

This is a picture of my husband Sean….BHRR would not be here today without him and please do keep him in your best wishes.

We sincerely hope we can host a couple of successful auctions on with your help!!

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NOTICE:

BHRR shall be closed from Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 to Sunday April 3rd, 2016 inclusive to the intake of adoption applications for processing.

Any applications received during that time will be reviewed in the order that they were received as of Monday April 4th, 2016.

Thanks for your understanding!

On behalf of the BHRR dogs, we want to THANK all that came out this weekend to Pet Valu Kanata Centrum. Talk about a COLD weather weekend yet quite a few in true Canadian style, took on the brutal cold to spend some time with us and the dogs of BHRR!

A grand total of $548.10 was raised and that included my own personal donation to contribute to help those in need of our programs of BHRR.

This was our first community education and public awareness event of 2016 and thank you SO much everyone for making it as wonderful as it was.

Regan, and your staff at PV continued to welcome us, be patient as the BIG DAWGS in true ‘you cannot miss me style’ sprawled in really public places!

BHRR’s Whisper worked through her small amount of initial worry/anxiety about being left behind to deeply enjoy herself today. She took Cherie shopping! She took Aaron for runs and races around the store! She charmed, she educated and proved to all those that met her that she is ‘normal’ and happy, social and deserving of a great future AND she made all of us laugh and laugh some more!

It did not take her long to figure out what the opening of the front door of the store meant!

BHRR’s Salem, what can I say?! She continues to melt people’s hearts, make people shake their heads that she has not yet had the right application come in for her, to gently watch out for those she trusts, and parked herself more than once in the best places possible like in front of the cash counter or front door to get maximum exposure to all that came in!

Very proud of these gorgeous BHRR ladies!

Thank you to Dawn, Xandria, Cherie, Sean and Aaron for spending the day with me in the name of promoting responsible dog ownership, reputable/quality dog rescue AND talking all about the BIG DAWGS of BHRR.

To the person that showed up yesterday(I was talking to visitors elsewhere in the store) with many $100 bills in his hands wanting to ‘get a dog’, hopefully you left with the awareness of how a proper adoption process shall work. Sadly, from what I have been told by the wonderful BHRR Volunteers, you will find a group somewhere out there that will just take your money and hand over a dog that deserved better.

To the woman who lost her car key, the pleasure was all ours in helping you and talking to you plus with the young lady with you. We are so happy that they were found……

Each time we go out, I leave these events feeling so privileged to be part of such a great animal loving and caring community. I am honoured to be part of the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS” team with true, sincere, honest to good caring folks that believe as strongly plus passionately as I, in what BHRR works so hard to do for those in need of our programs.

Thank you again to all the amazing folks that took time out of their own busy plus wonderful weekends to hang!

May all have a lovely evening! My heart is just floating from such a lovely weekend……

We are not back out for our next community event until March now! Stay tuned!

*Thanks Aaron for this photo of BHRR’s Whisper*

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COMING up in four sleepies! Saturday February 13th & Sunday February 14th!

BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Flame shall be with us on Saturday and Sunday’s BIG DAWGS are as of yet TBA!

This is our FIRST Community Education and Public Awareness event of 2016! We have not been out since November of 2015!

No appointments are necessary and we are microchipping Saturday and Sunday and more details can be found in the poster below.

Cats and Dogs have to be minimally 8 weeks of age.

Thanks Regan and PV Kanata for hosting us that weekend! So touched as always to have your support!

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ISO: Bakers! Our 3rd Annual “Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction begins Saturday January 16th, 2016 and shall run through until Sunday January 24th, 2016!

We are in search of bakers for human and/or doggie treats for this unique online auction!

All items do not need to be baked until the end of the auction to ensure freshness!

Last year we had 41 amazing goodies up for grabs! We are hoping for an equally wonderfully successful fundraiser to help a most deserving dog in our Great Dane Rescue.

If anyone may consider donating a baked goodie to our creative fundraiser, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Please do NOT post on this thread for your kind and generous offer may be missed!

All monies raised shall go towards BHRR’ Mavie’s Vet Bills. He was back at KAH on the 14th of December for a post op recheck and to exam the swelling that has begun to develop again on that left front leg of his.  He was back to not eating as well and dropping weight again. Clear signs that something is brewing…..

His had swollen lymph nodes yet was not demonstrating a fever. He is back on the Baytril 150 mg – 3 Tablets BID and that is a cost of almost $300 for just over 8 days. We are also running more bloodwork.

So, our Iron Man is not yet out of the woods………..

Thanks in advance for any consideration………

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NOTICE:

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 so many years.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Thursday December 17th, 2015 to Tuesday January 5th, 2016 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed on Wednesday January 6th, 2016!

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will do intake.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

BHRR’s 8th ANNUAL ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction has now begun!

Runs through to Thursday December 3rd @ 8 PM EST!

Over 50 items listed to date and some more to come!

Please consider helping us help BHRR’s Mavie!

If anyone has any items that they would like to donate, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org FOR we would be so appreciative. We only host 5 planned Fundraisers a year and BHRR’s Mavie is going to deeply benefit from all money raised in this auction.

He has his surgery scheduled to remove that left front leg implant on Tuesday November 24th with his wonderful ortho specialist. He had a sudden rejection/infection to that left implant recently and now that the Baytril(almost $600 for 16 days worth of treatment) has worked its magic on the infection, he is ‘good to go’ for surgery!

BHRR’s Salem had her annual tonight and she truly charmed the pants off everyone! What a difference time, patience, obedience, consistency and lots of love have helped her blossom into the dog she now is!

Social is such a beautiful word to describe her now!

Unfortunately, her weight has ballooned up and she is now 63.1 KGS(138.82 pounds) and so, she is now eating back in a crate for clearly she is sneaking others food! Sneaky opportunistic girl!

I knew her waistline had disappeared somewhat and losing 10 pounds is going to be a good start for her!

She is young and still maturing yet this is too much weight for her at this time/age.

All of us continue to wait patiently(HER also!) for that right matched forever loving home to find her.

It SOON shall be time! You have been asking and patiently waiting…..get your thinking caps on! 

It shall soon be time to sign-up for our 4th(FOURTH) ANNUAL GIVE it ‘UP’ 4 Autumn Event!

The deserving BHRR doggie in 2015 to benefit from this one-of-a-kind unique Fundraiser is BHRR’s Baby Kaos. Past years have seen BHRR’s Lord Stafford, BHRR’s Breen and of course, BHRR’s Autumn benefit from the kindness of others!

This Fundraiser shall run from Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 @ 12:01 AM to Tuesday November 17th, 2015 @ 11:59 PM.

WHAT will you consider to ‘give up’ for 14 days to help BHRR’s Baby Kaos?’

Please do EMAIL us contactbhrr@gmail.com with what you are ‘giving up’ to participate! We hope you may join us in ‘giving something up’ to help raise monies for BHRR’s Baby Kaos!

In the past some have given up treats or coffee and put that money away to donate, others are giving up what the money they would have spent on lessons such as riding or tennis(or putting the equivalent in a jar to donate!) AND, others have put in their jar, donations for cravings that they have – chocolate, cigarettes etc. Feel free to be creative!

More information to be found on the poster below and here is the link with all the details!

Thank you Barry for this outstanding poster!

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Come VISIT us at PV Stittsville(1250 Main Street, Stittsville) for some HOWL-O-Ween Fun!

Saturday October 24th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & 
Sunday October 25th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dog Baths $15, 
Nails $10, 
Ear Cleaning $10, 
Microchips $40 including registration – Cats/Dogs must be minimally 8 weeks of age
Merchandise for Sale! 
Visit some of the ‘big dawgs’ of BHRR! Dogs TBA
*No Appointments necessary! 
RAIN OR SHINE!

**BHRR is still in search of a few approved Volunteers to lend a hand Saturday and/or Sunday! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you can help!**

All monies raised shall go towards paying off our current accumulated Vet Bills for amazing deserving dogs like BHRR’s Kaos, BHRR’s Raven and just this past week BHRR’s Porridge.

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NOTE:

From Monday October 19th to Monday November 2nd, 2015 inclusive, BHRR will not be open for adoptions or the intake of adoption applications.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many others Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

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We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need.

BHRR’s Salem is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION again!

I received an email yesterday that stated that one partner was not yet ready to add a new dog to the home. Our application even has a question that asks if all members of the home are in agreement in adding a new addition to the home.

We can only hope that BHRR’s Salem has not missed out on her right matched home being under a PENDING adoption on this home.

NOTICE: BHRR shall be closed from today to Wednesday September 23rd, inclusive. Our facebook page shall also be unpublished during that time for thanks to an incredible angel dream team network of our solid top notch beautiful strong village and community, we are making a dream come true for an extremely special young lady.

Any adoption applications that come in during this time shall be processed in the order they arrive upon the re-opening of BHRR.

ONLY urgent requests for assistance shall be replied to as we are here 24/7 to help the Danes and other Giants in need! All non urgent matters will be addressed upon the re-opening of BHRR.

Requests can be emailed to gwen@birchhaven.org or contactbhrr@gmail.com or text to 613-725-4279 or calls can be made to the same number.

For any offers of items for our September 26th Annual Dine With THE BHRR DOGGIES Event, – looking for brochures, pens, pencils, key chains, promo materials for 40 Loot bags – AND more auction items, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org We would be beyond grateful for any consideration to our cause.

We are a small group and host very few planned fundraisers a year and would embrace any gift certificates or other items for human, animal – cat, dog, horse, bird etc. – with such sincere gratitude plus appreciation. Thank you from our hearts in advance!

We are also going to stop our unique 2016 BHRR calendar sales at this time. If you have not yet ordered yours, we shall see if we have any left when we re-open to be purchased.

I leave all with this great photo of BHRR’s Salem below from her special picnic play date with the Maracle family! Thank you for the photo!

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BHRR’s Salem has a special announcement to make…..
She says that she is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! 

The home submitted their application prior to leaving for vacation so any home-visit shall not be done until after their return towards the end of this month, yet, their application has been processed to the point that we are going to move this gorgeous Dane/Mastiff to a pending adoption status as we determine if this is that right matched forever loving home for her!

Keep her in your best thoughts and wishes. This is another extremely special BHRR dog that means the world to so many of us!

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This Saturday!

Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg very kindly asked if we would do one of our popular mini microchip clinics at their location and we shall be at their lovely location

Saturday August 22nd from 10 am – 4 pm!
*No appointments necessary

*Microchips $40 includes registration
*Nails $10
*Ear Cleaning $10
*Face Painting and Feathers by the ever talented and kind Dee Dick
*Famous Pooch Smooch Red Carpet Sessions $5
*Merchandise from sale
*Some baked goodies

We are still ISO: Three approved BHRR Volunteers to help out this day! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com if interested!

THANK you Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg for this great opportunity to see more cats/dogs(minimum 8 weeks of age) microchipped!

All monies raised shall go to BHRR’s Kaos’ mounting Vet Bills. He is the 6 week old Great Dane puppy that we were asked to assist that has a growth plate fracture and a knee concern.

AND here is the event page to join!

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Here is a testimonial sent our way of BHRR’s Salem! Thank you Maracle Family.

“My family and I have been blessed with no less than four opportunities to spend some significant time with this wonderful lady. When I first got aquatinted with her at an event in April 2015, I could not believe that Salem had been labelled in the past as aggressive. This gorgeous female was so timid that she would just sit down suddenly if she was spooked or nervous. As the day went on and we won her trust, it became obvious that Salem has a wonderful personality and a lot of love to give. She was very curious with the children who approached her and patiently waited for them to pet her. While she may have been unsure about new people, Salem did not hesitate to take a treat or two from a strange hand. If someone ran out of treats or were not quick enough, Salem attempted to give them a paw in hopes of being rewarded. When she came to our home for a special visit in June 2015, I was amazed at how much confidence Salem had found. Gone was the shy girl who wanted to just lay in a corner quietly and in her place was a lovely lady who went looking for attention. She quite enjoyed my daughters and my wife and there were several times when she was content to offer her belly for some rubs. I would also consider this lady a bit smarter than your average dog. It took her all of five minutes to figure out if you stepped on the garbage can pedal, the lid would open and she never forgot that no matter where we moved the can. We were also very blessed to watch her play with our little pug mix. When Gwennie came to pick her up, Salem was so happy to see her that she broke into full play mode in our backyard. She would play bow, chase and play tag with our pug mix, who was not afraid of Salem at all. Watching the two of them interact made it even harder for me to understand how this wonderful dog could be labelled aggressive. I hope there is a forever home out there who will give this girl a chance.”

AND here is another photo’ from her special picnic play date that was on June 24th and one more from her professional photo shoot on July 9th!

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Here are some professional photo’s that I had taken of BHRR’s Salem on July 9th to hopefully help that right matched forever loving home find her. She is such a gorgeous girl…….I was never able to capture her beauty as it always should have been captured……Thank Liz!!

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HERE is the poster! To our 8th Annual KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being hosted at Kanata Animal Hospital on Sunday July 12th from 8 AM – 4 PM.
*No Appointments necessary
*Dogs/Cats need to be minimally 8 weeks to be microchipped
*Bake table
*Silent Auction
*Photography
*Face-Painting & MORE!

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BHRR’s Salem (Great Dane/Mastiff) had a good play date! The family is one that she has been developing a relationship with at our two community education plus public awareness events of 2015.

This home of BHRR Volunteers have been helping me – the goal is to get our BHRR dogs into other people’s helping hands to continue making them the best dogs they can be in balance and roundness -to bring her to the next step of comfort and balance and, I thank them for that!

She was super excited to see me and, after a goofy playful greeting(she is usually such an ‘old’ dignified soul) that almost took me off balance, she was happy to run and play a bit and even did a play bow or two with this home’s own dog.

She is such a great dog. With continued patience and understanding, this girl will continue to take on all new things in her life with more confidence and social undertaking. She is still a bit unsure in strange situations yet, she has come so far in leaps and bounds in trusting people she does not know and we are so proud of her!!! At our second public awareness event she was practically a social butterfly! Nothing phased her and she took on the day with happiness and wonder at all the fabu things the world has to offer her.

She loved the kids at this play date and, proved how smart she was by using her foot to open their garbage pail.
This girl has carved a deep trench into a huge part of my heart with her courage, her willingness to trust and her vulnerability plus her sweetness would melt even the most hardened of hearts out there!

She is a truly amazing dog inside in out in gorgeous beauty!

Thank you to the home for this photo. It is SO hard to get a proper picture of her to show off how lovely she really is. I have her scheduled for some professional photo’s in early July(the earliest I could get in) to hopefully with the combo of all her wonderful blog posts, will help that right matched personality fit adoptive home find her!

Thank you to the home for everything PLUS the donations to BHRR!! Deeply moved by your hearts!

I also learned today that being around tons of transports on the highway makes her a bit worried. I got her to focus back on the yummy knuckle bone and, she settled down well. By the time I reached the home for the play date(over an hour away), when we passed a transport, she would get up, look at it and then turn and lay back down. Wonderful!

AVAILABLE For Adoption!

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AND it is BHRR’s Salem’s turn! Special picnic play date time!!!
Dropped her off before work today and, though wanting to follow me, she was overall fairly ok settled with me leaving.
She is AVAILABLE For Adoption!
She such a superstar and has come a long way on her path to successful rehab.
Patience and, showing her loving helping hands has taught her so much about being more confident and, she is as sweet as can be!

Here are two photo’s – one of BHRR’s Herbie-licious and one of BHRR’s Salem from Saturday May 24th at our community education plus public awareness event at PV Stittsville. 🙂

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Two of our lovelies enjoying the nice weather today!

BHRR’s Herbie-licious, The Love Bug & BHRR’s Salem

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Here are two photo’s of BHRR’s Salem, courtesy of The Maracle Family from Sunday April 19th at the PAW Event at PV Stittsville!

Isn’t she gorgeous!!!

She had a great event! She did not think she was ready at first, yet, we knew she was and, it did not take too long before she realised that she was also.

Such a sweet, gentle loving lady. Just needs more confidence.

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AND so ends Day 2 of a truly superb weekend at PV Stittsville!!
Under sunny blue skies, the BHRR doggies – BHRR’s Salem ROCKED it, BHRR’s Herbie-licious, The LoveBug was his ever usual heart melting self and, Skor had the great opportunity to learn more about social manners!
The laughter, the stories, the friendships formed and, the store was filled with total goodness plus kindness today!!
At one point, I look around and, each BHRR Volunteer was talking to wonderful people that came to visit and, I felt such pride in knowing such amazing people and, blessed that they would choose BHRR to spend their time with today! I love being a small part of such a magnificent team!!
Aaron, Cherie, Tracy, Serena, Kinsley, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Bre(cannot forget you!) Thank you!!
Thank you for helping to make BHRR better and, for all your assistance! Nothing is possible without incredible volunteers and, together, it makes almost anything feel possible!
Stephanie – extra thanks for being our treasurer today!! Aaron, thank you for handling the draw money!
Brian Element – you win the Raffle basket!!! Congrats!!
Regan – you and your team at PV Stittsville deserve a big stand up ovation! All of you have outdone yourselves this weekend and, thank you again for taking this BHRR family into your store for the weekend and making us feel like part of your PV family!!
While we have a long way still to go to raise all needed for BHRR’s Hercules leg amputation, to every supporter, believer and, caring soul that helped promote this event, came out, donated, visited, put a loving patient hand on a dog, talk to us, passed along words of encouragement and, positiveness this weekend, you have made an massive impact on us!! Thank you from my heart!
As Sean said today to several, it is times like this, that confirms just how much good is in the world!!!
Below is a photo of Skor and BHRR’s Herbie crashed in the car on the way home….
From my home to all of yours, I hope everyone had a safe, happy and healthy weekend as always!
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Microchips $40 includes registration – for cats, dogs – minimum age is 8 weeks
Nails $10
Ear Cleaning 410

Saturday: BHRR Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Herbie-licious, The Love Bug, BHRR’s Angel Noelle and BHRR’s Riot
Sunday: BHRR’s Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Salem, BHRR’s Liberty and possibly BHRR’s Hercules – the third dog is not yet 100% determined.

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BHRR’s Salem and BHRR’s Victory are coming to do a visit with me on Thursday March 5th. BHRR’s Salem has already been to one visit to this approved BHRR home already in January and, this time, she will get to meet their cat, with a personality that is uber huge! BHRR’s Victory has not been to this home as of yet, so, we shall see how she does herself.

This home is looking at possibly temp fostering for BHRR, they are previous adopters and, regardless if these lovely BHRR Beauties do not prove to be cat ‘worthy’, they, will both have a great visit continuing to make them the best dogs they can be, assets to home and community. 🙂

BHRR’s Ivy and BHRR’s Salem came with me to do a hv on Saturday February 28th. BHRR’s Salem is getting better and better in strange situations and surroundings and, if people are not fast and flighty and, loud, she is settled and more comfortable. She has a lot more confidence when other dogs are around and, the more people that are part of her already set-up for success trust circle, the more comfortable and confident she is. She is not a dominant dog by any means and, we all agree that she is one stunning looking lady. I am very proud of her! She travels so well in the car and her leash manners are almost perfection now. She is going to continue to blossom and, become more confident and comfortable in that right match personality fit home. The home at this hv made a comment that if she is still a bit skittish, that perhaps she is not ready to be placed up for adoption and, I said that, while she is only going to continue to get better and better in my  hands, she does not need me to keep bringing her to these next level and steps.

She needs a home that shall carry on and continue to build upon the strong foundation I have given her at BHRR. She does not ‘need’ me any longer. She just thinks she does. She is more than ready for that right matched forever loving home to find her. AND, that scared, timid, shy, submissive almost broken creature that first arrived to BHRR is no more. AND, she is going to keep shining in the right hands. She has TONS of potential. She is so loving, playful and affectionate and, if you earn her trust and respect, she is going to lay her life down for you.

One needs to be patience, kind, loving, consistent and, committed. She is a fabu dog and, while it would be nice to see her in a home with another right matched personality fit dog, as long as she has her doggie friends and network, she shall be fine. 🙂 One has to remember that she is a Mastiff/Dane and, that her personality is not as easily trustworthy considering all that she has gone through. She is a flight dog, not a fight. She has not one mean bone in her gorgeous body.

BHRR’s Ivy on the other hand, she is a firecracker! LOL Personality like BHRR’s Dana that just beams from every gorgeous black hair! She is busy, active, curious, outgoing, mischievous and, like a two year old, into everything! I giggled and smiled and laughed at the number of times a member of the house at this home-visit found themselves getting up and finding just what has she gotten into next. If it was not mittens, it was barbells or the couch and, on and on. This dog is meant to do agility or obedience titles and, she makes me laugh so much! She is a high maintenance ball of fire and, I just love her! She can easily have a home with another dog or two. She is an absolute hoot! She is a diva! BUSY! BUSY! BUSY!

They both had a great experience at this hv and, that experience with more loving and helping hands, has helped make that much more well rounded and balanced.

GENTLE Reminder:
BHRR's Gretta's angels have been working quietly plus hard behind the scenes on a special Fundraiser event to help raise some much needed monies to help her with the bills from her cruciate repair surgery and rehab journey.
Thanks is appreciatively extended to Pet Valu – Manotick for helping us, AND, for hosting this event on Sunday February 15th, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM
This is the 'Grooming For Gretta – Sweetheart Spa' Fundraiser!
No APPOINTMENTS necessary!
BHRR is still ISO: two more approved BHRR Volunteers willing and open to helping lend a hand that day! 
This is not a community education or public awareness event for BHRR yet, we will have some merchandise for sale such as our signature leash sleeves plus magnets. smile emoticon
Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
THANKS once again MUST be shouted out to BHRR BOD member B. Cole for such an amazing poster!

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BHRR’s Salem – says ‘pssssst, come closer….no, closer still……’
She has a special announcement to make!
She is NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
She is a Great Dane/Mastiffx and, 100% amazing!

Her CBC and Anaplasma PCR results are back and, she is negative for any infection for Anaplasma plus Lymes & Ehrlichia. She does have antibodies towards the Anaplasma which means that she did have exposure to it at one point where she came from YET, does not have it, NOR is she infected and,she is 100% perfectly healthy! 🙂

We would like to see her in a home that is not necessarily Dane or Mastiff experienced, yet, a home that is dog experienced. A home that is calm and has routine, consistency, patience and, time to continue to to keep building up her trust and confidence. When you win her over, she is so affectionate and loving. She is so calm, and gentle and, her obedience has come along fabulously!

She so badly wants to love and be loved and, she is wonderfully affectionate. She had another great BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house and, as long as there were not major fast and flighty movements, she did not startle and step away quickly. She is a ‘flight’ sort of dog in uncomfortable situations, not a fight.

Treats really help show her that, people are helping and caring, not hurtful AND, as I keep telling people, it is not about her taking the treat, it is about her being shown that a friendly, kind gesture is being done and, not mean or cruel.

We really do not know how she is with cats, yet, she had no major prey or fixated drive when she came with me to do a hv fairly recently. Integration shall be key.

She is fine to be an only dog in a home yet, as, I also say so often, it is important for her to have her own dog social network and friends. Just as we humans do, it is also important for dogs. It shall also continue to remind her to share and, keep up her great dog-to-dog communication and social skills. She resides in a large multi-dog household and, she is has been totally super. Yet, we have rules and, we are positive effective leaders in enforcing them.

She will NOT go to a home that believes in prongs or choke collars, the way outdated and, completely inappropriate cruel method of alpha rolling, a home that wants a guard dog or a status symbol. YOU will NOT be considered.

She can be in a home with older children – 8 and up. She has had NO problems with younger children yet, she is an ‘old soul’ gal in some ways and, we also want her to be the focus in the home, which can be done with older children. NOT too much attention that SA is created yet, just that right amount between her having enough time to keep loving her own company and, independence and, quiet down time and, yet, still be active with walks/hikes, visit friends and, she is great in the car! She came all the way from KY, USA and, does wonderfully in a vehicle.

She has had free run in our home, while we are out without any problems for some time yet, we do strongly believe in crate training AND, we cannot stress enough the importance of crate-training for if she was sick or injured and required crate rest, she would not stress and, would also not panic in a Vet setting. We also do not believe in any dog receiving too much freedom to start.

As with all of the dogs that are successfully rehabbed to the point of being placed up for adoption, we are not about being desperate to place them. We are all about putting each and, every dog into their right matched forever loving homes, each and, every time.

To know ALL about her journey, scroll to the bottom of her blog and, read from the bottom up, skipping over any fundraising posts. All of our adoption policies and procedures plus processes are also found on both our home website plus PetFinder website.

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Winter Wonderland At BHRR
February 3rd, 2015
It was time for a new and updated Photo!
All of them are waiting for the kids to come home from school – what they do not seem to realize is Mason was already home! 😉
Part of how I got to spend my Birthday….many of our approved temp fosters have come to spend the day to play and visit – my own car would not start – darn cold! – and, so, instead of meeting at a local 'best kept secret' walking place, they came here to play on our 148 acres!

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I brought BHRR's Salem to work with me today to do a CBC and a Anasplasma PCR to see where we stand with that positive result she pulled. 

Will post results as soon as I have them. 

Back in December, Fran from Global Pet Foods Bank Street (1176 Bank Street) phoned plus emailed us to inquire as to our thoughts in being the rescue to benefit from the annual Global 'Show Us Your Heart' Campaign.https://www.facebook.com/GlobalPetsBank
Fran said that they have been following some of the great work that BHRR has been doing and, wanted to direct funds raised during their annual campaign in 2015, our way. 
To say that we felt humbled and deeply honoured, was putting it lightly. We feel so privileged to have been chosen by Global Pet Foods Bank Street, out of so many out there in the community doing such much needed and essential work helping animals…….
This exciting campaign begins January 31st and shall run through to February 14th, 2015
If you visit their store, you can make a donation in any amount you desire, and, you can write your name or that of your beloved pet(s) on a beautiful red heart and, it will be displayed with such pride and thanks at their store!
All monies raised shall go towards BHRR's Gretta's Vet Bills – she took a bad fall at her approved temp foster home and, we have to now repair the cruciate in her back left leg. Her surgery is January 29th at Liston Animal Hospital. It was the first surgical date we could get…….
Thank you Global Pet Foods Bank Street AGAIN for selecting our small r/q Rescue to support……be it $5 or $50 or more that is raised during your annual campaign, it will mean the world to us!!! AND, to BHRR's Gretta!
Barry, thank you SO much again for working with me on this poster. It is gorgeous!

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BHRR's Salem's bw came back and her HWT is negative 🙂

The BIG surprise to all, and, this is why we are so proactive and preventative in our Vet Care, while she tested negative for Lymes & Ehrlichia, she did test positive for Anaplasma. Shocking! She came to us overweight(not indicative of a dog that is positive for Anasplasmosis), she has had zero problems clotting(another sign of Anasplasmosis)  and, she has zero other clinical signs.

In talking in more depth with her Vet at KAH, she could have just been exposed to it as opposed to actually having it OR, she could have had it at one point and, no longer does. We discussed putting her on Doxycycline as the proactive treatment and, her Vet recommended to do a CBC and and Anaplasma PCR first to determine if this is even warranted. 

Someone is very tired after an extremely busy day! smile emoticon
She crawled into an open crate with a towel and, is getting ready to have a well deserved snooze now that we are home…..
BHRR's Salem came to work with me today and, her new weight is 52.8 KGs(116.16 pounds). MUCH better than the 58.3 kgs that she first arrived to BHRR weighing. She looks great! 
Her Vet remarked on her nice shiny glossy coat and, her great body tone and muscle mass. smile emoticon 
She did really well! She was a little unsure and, did only minor sounds of fear growling a few times here and there yet, made friends fairly fast and, loves the treats!!! wink emoticon
She had a manicure plus pedicure, her final DAPP booster and, I am doing not just a HWT yet, testing for three tick borne diseases as well, considering where she came from. I am not worried that any results will be positive….this is just part of our proactive and preventative vetting protocol that we like to do.
This is the last of her medical work-up(she is utd on all vaccines, already on heartworm preventative, has been de-wormed etc.) and, once she is more emotionally rehabbed, she is going to be ready to make her exciting special announcement! 
Her obedience was just heavenly with me today…..manners befitting a young lady! 
After work, she came with me to do a home-visit and, they won her over quite wonderfully with patience, kindness and, yes, treats to start….she was leaning into them not long after and, even layed down by their sides for a bit. We even saw a tummy flip into the air later on!
She made herself right at home in their beautiful home by drinking the water laid out and, sharing it across the floor, on top of a magazine and, their one coffee table. tongue emoticon
There shall never be enough words to express to the lovelies I work with plus this caring home, what their kindness in taking some time to give her more great experiences and, memories means…….
It is a wonderful gift and, each time, she receives one, make her more willing to trust and, becomes faster to trust and, it was pitch black outside and, she was so brave conquering her worries…….
She could smell their cat, yet, showed no interest in knocking down any doors to get at their feline and, she rocked those stairs once she figured them out! 
We shall see what our upcoming BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House is like for her and, I am incredibly proud of this gorgeous beauty!!!

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Our 2nd ANNUAL 'Breaking Bills Baking' Online Auction' starts TODAY – Saturday January 17th, @ 7 AM EST!


We will have 40 extremely generously donated and, delicious items. THANKS to all the baking angels that are making this annual event possible!!!
All monies raised in this Annual Fundraiser shall go towards BHRR's Maverick's Vet Bills. His current Bills are over $15,300.00 which includes three leg surgeries.
To read more details about the auction(those darn rules!) and, to view the items up for grabs so far….please visit the below link and scroll down the page…….Our latest new delectable array of items include Rice Krispies, Macaroons and, at least 5 l of the special pasta sauce that we served at our annual September "DINE WITH THE BHRR DOGGIES' event.

If anyone else would like to donate a baked goodie or goodies, it is NOT too late…all items do not have to be made until the auction is over to ensure freshness for the winner(s), please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com


Already 2015 is shaping up to be another extremely busy year for the special animals in need of us, as we have the Male Blue GD with the untreated broken leg and, have another Dane – BHRR's Gretta that will require a cruciate repair(Surgery is on January 29th) NOT to mention The Lord Stafford and his continued mounting Vet Bills.


We were able to assist 16 dogs in 2014, and, 24 dogs in 2013. We will assist as many as we can responsibly take on with quality and, resources in 2015.


THANK you Barry for working with me on this gorgeous poster!!!!
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BHRR's Salem
Female GD/Mastiffx
December 24th, 2014
NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
Thank you Brent/Whitney for being her very special SS!

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We will be out to visit around 11 AM on Saturday ourselves to get some photos' and, I am hoping to bring BHRR's Ichabod Crane, BHRR's Zayna and BHRR's Salem for their very first XMAS photo's!
I heard a rumor that BHRR's Mav 'could' also put in a celebrity appearance!

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NOTICE:
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 so many years.
Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Monday December 15th, 2014 to Tuesday January 6th 2015 inclusive.
Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed on Wednesday January 7th, 2015!
During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will do intake.
Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

How blessed are we that Chuck Desjardins Photography and, Pet Valu Innes & Belcourt(3838 Innes Road, Orleans, Ontario) chose our group as one of the two(Collie Rescue Network is the other r/q group) to benefit from their Christmas Photo's Fundraiser!
Photo's $15 Each OR 2 for $20
Date: Sunday December 7th, 2014
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
***This is not a community education event yet, we shall be heading on our to just hang and bring some of the BHRR dawgs to thank people!

Xmas Photo Campaign 2014 brochure final

TOMORROW!
BHRR's Stafford will be ready on his red carpet with roses in paw to hand out to his first 24 smoochers! I even heard that he may wear a bow tie!
BHRR's Maverick and BHRR's Ichabod Crane are also coming.

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BHRR's Salem did SO well at the BHRR "EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House held on Sunday! We let her out when there were about 15-20 people left and, she just floated around, without any major issues at all….It always helps, when people are mindful plus respectful of all the information provided to them in their participation packages. 

We ONLY had one home that was not respectful of what was carefully imparted their way both via the attendee package and, during their time at our home and, no further dogs were let out until they left and, even though they asked about the 'Mastiff Dog'(their words), I said, she would be out later. I was not going to see any more of my dogs set-up for failure than what they had already done in damage. Many BHRR Approved Volunteers, and supporters were upset and even, angry at the manner in which they conducted themselves, and, I myself was witness to them showing complete disregard when it came to BHRR's Canvas. A BHRR Volunteer grabbed me and, I had to step in.
They had been clearly told to leave him alone and yet, they practically cornered him and, stressed him out so bad, that he became even scared of those he trusted. We open up our home for others to come and visit and, give up precious coveted family time to do so, as it is so important to have people see what we do firsthand. In no way, was I going to see any more of my dogs, be in their presence and, we began to put dogs into their safe places so, less were out until they left….they will not be welcomed back…..As I tell many people, it can take moments to ruin months of rehab work and, thank you to all those that remained to help give the dogs that they set-up for failure extra positive experiences. If we have not had such a strong just shy of 15 year history hosting these events, we would have not wanted to host any further 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House events, because of people like that.

Back to BHRR's Salem though! Sean and I were watching closely to see if she would be skittish to men.,…or even, women yet, she was quite solid. She has been fully integrated with all the dogs of BHRR for some time and, was very much ready for this next big step….and, she handled it like a pro! 🙂

She has a special SS and, when her SS is ready, we are going to go over to their home for a visit and, they can give her their SS in person…this will be good for her to get out and about and, on to the next steps of her rehab journey. 

Below is a photo taken of her with a wonderful soul, and the photo is courtesy of them also. Thanks Dee!

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS – HERE 
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at 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 ‘Salem’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

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 gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Salem's Angels  $50* donated to date & Bills are $156.24
*Before PayPal fees
Nairn
Cynthia
Pam
The Maracle Family – Halloween 2014 and bottle reimbursement
Shallyn

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BHRR's 3rd ANNUAL unique 'GIVE IT UP 4 AUTUMN' Fundraiser shall benefit BHRR's Stafford!

WHAT will you 'give up' for 14 days to help BHRR's Stafford?'
Please do EMAIL us with what you are 'giving up' to participate! Some are giving up chips, wine, coffee, another is giving up chocolate, AND, one person is going to even put in their jar, donations for cravings that they have for the chocolate they are giving up. Feel free to be creative! 🙂

UPDATE: We have 21 participants so far!
Starts November 4th! Please consider 'giving something up' for a 14 day period and, then donating the funds saved to BHRR's Stafford's bills!

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE (You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at 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 ‘Stafford’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

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 gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees

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UPDATE: BHRR's Salem, the newest addition to BHRR – only our 9th dog that we could assist to date in 2014 – had a good night overall.
Men scare her, sudden movement and sudden noises scares her, cars make her skittish and she is a flight risk right now.
Yet, she wags her tail for me low and wants to love and trust and be loved…..
Her fear growling is all a front to express her unease and, stress and, she is so sweet.
She had a pee and pooped recently and, drank some water and, is eating a bit. I do not think she likes the de-worming… I do not blame her. I put her on revolution last night and, her overall body condition is really good.
In fact, she should lose some pounds and, she is severely lacking in muscle tone.
Cannot say enough about those gorgeous expressive brown eyes that she has.
I so look forward in getting to know her and, BHRR's Stafford is so enamoured with her! He is literally doing back flips when he sees her! The big flirt!
She is in isolation right now in her very own 600 square feet, with two fish tanks, a double bed, wall to wall windows and, her own gated patio/yard! Loving the renovations we are getting done here at the house. Sean slept in the same room with her last night and, she was crated.
When we walk, she can see and smell the other dogs and, she has shown no signs of aggression or strain.
Photo from a walk today. Her leash manners are fair, not great and she knows sit.
She is estimated to be no more than 2 years of age and, I agree with that.

NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!!!
 

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS – HERE 
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at 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 ‘Salem’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

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 gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Salem's Angels  $40* donated to date & Bills are $101.00
*Before PayPal fees
Nairn
Cynthia
Pam
The Maracle Family – Halloween 2014 and bottle reimbursement

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UPDATE From the other Transport Co-ordinators on this transport, Andrea as of 8:11 today per my request to ensure that this dog is double leashed:
"This dog is magnificent and just as sweet as they come but very frightened and leery of the whole transport thing.  She will need everyone to be extra kind to her and address her in soft loving voices.  She gets spooked easily but treats do seem to be a motivator just make sure there are no other dogs around to compete for the treats so as not to complicate the situation.  For the sake of caution, please use 2 SLIP LEADS on her.  I know that all of you will do everything you can to love this girl on to her new, happy life at Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation and our thanks for the extra care and attention you give to dogs like her."

AND, here is a photo from one of the amazing volunteers, Rebecca of this girl. We have now named her per my one blog BHRR's Salem. 🙂
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I know many wonder how we come up with the names that we do for the dogs. We try to make each one special and unique with lots of meaning.

I am calling this girl BHRR's Salem and for a number of reasons, 1) Salem Witch Trials and 2) that we are around Halloween and, 'witches' are very much part of the vocabulary during this time also.

The Salem witch hunt began in January 1692 and many were “trying to survive". Starting from that moment when the group of young girls accused three women of bewitching them, the Salem witch trials left a long paper trail, including transcriptions of dramatic examinations; false confessions, after people realized that confessing was the only way to avoid the gallows; indictments and death warrants; and petitions by friends and family members of the accused. With the additional recent small pox epidemic and the threat of attack by warring tribes, this created a fertile ground for fear and suspicion.

BHRR's Salem's own story can run a parallel journey to the above:
1) She was just trying to survive herself
2) She was falsely accused of being aggressive and, then convicted of said crime by being placed in a terrible rural high kill shelter
3) She was being sentenced to death for a crime that she did not commit
4) She was the one wrongly labeled as the 'witch' in this witch-hunt of trying to pass on to others, what her O.(s) should have been held accountable for
5) She was given this false label and death sentence for her byber to save face with friends and family
6) The fear and suspicion of dark dogs being evil and, mean was being kept alive with her falling under the BBDS
7) She was abandoned by the very system and people that should have been there for her, protecting her, taking care of her
8) Her basic needs were neglected and, she was abused….and tortured.

 

**The court was disbanded by Governor William Phipps in October of that year. The Superior Court of Judicature, formed to replace the "witchcraft" court, did not allow spectral evidence. The new court released those awaiting trial and pardoned those awaiting execution. In effect, the Salem witch trials were over.**
1) BHRR's Salem's 'witch trial' is now over thanks to her angels and, she was 'pardoned' by the shelter.
 

***As years passed, apologies were offered, and restitution was made to the victims' families***
1) It is my commitment to BHRR's Salem that I offer for the duration of her whole life my apologizes for how she was treated and kept her past – the victim of greed and neglect and abuse.
2) It is this same commitment plus dedication to BHRR's Salem that I will spend my life making restitution to her and, to all those I can that are equal victims plus their families(pups, siblings, parents, grand-parents etc.)

****The parallels between the Salem witch trials and more modern examples of "witch hunting" like the McCarthy hearings of the 1950's, are remarkable.****
1) AND, there are equal similarities through history of dogs over and over and over again, being falsely accused of being vicious, evil, aggressive and, labels also attached to their colour or size.
2) AND, there are equal similarities through history of dogs over and over and over again, being used for greed and, what should be their fundamental rights of deserving proper food, shelter, protection, love instead of neglect, abuse and deprivation.

BHRR's Salem's name is one of strength, survival, remembrance of what truly should be a priority in our lives, to seek, question and search out the truth, not to blindly follow or simply believe the accusations that are made by others. AND, that said truth be garnered through proper means, and, that said truth to be the real truth, and, nothing but the truth. That appearances are not indicative of the real nature of one. That prejudices against colour, age, size, race, religion is wrong……..

I could keep writing a Gwennie Novel on this one, yet, I think and hope, that people 'get it'.

This is the update from Jeff her overnight angel foster for her:
"She is a very sweet girl that growls. Growls a lot. It is not a threatening growl, and she has not shown any aggression at all. It is more of an “I am scared of you and this whole transport thing, so I want you to be scared of me” growl. It seems to reassure her and comfort her if you talk to her in a calm, quiet voice. She really is a sweetheart, and once she is given some stability and shown some love, I am sure she will show that love back a million times over.
Right now she is just scared and confused, so please show her a little extra TLC and understanding this weekend. We did cover her crate with a towel, and that seemed to help a little bit, so if you are crating her, it may be a good idea to bring along a towel. She is very calm, so I think she would be fine tethered. She rode home in a 42” crate, and had enough room. For those of you that are cramped for space, you will be happy to know that she is only 128Lbs, not 180Lbs. She walks fine on a slip lead. She does not pull, and walks at your pace. She does get spooked every now and then and will stop suddenly. She also seems skittish of cars when they drive by. She drank some water and  ate all of her food. She goes in and out of the crate with no problem, and jumped right into the back of the truck tonight. She is going to make someone a very good companion when she learns to trust again, and all that should take is a little love. She is going to Canada, and her paperwork appears to be in order."

This girl wen to the Vet today and, weighed 128 pounds and here is what Karen T., the lovely Volunteer had to say about her. THANK her as well for not only taking her to the Vet on my behalf(I called in my CC number to the Hospital to pay for all the bills incurred), yet, for the two additional photo's of her!

"She was a good girl at the vet"

AND, here some final instructions left with the amazing transport team by the transport co-ordinator:
"She was surrendered to the shelter and was very frightened there.  She was starting to come out of her shell but will likely be traumatized by the transport experience.  Please be patient with her.  Move slowly and speak softly to her.  I have tried to assign her to a driver with a van so that it will be easier to get her in/out of vehicles.  I really don't want anyone getting a hernia, trying to lift her.  It might be wise to bring along some yummy treats if you are transporting her to try to lure her into (or out of) your vehicle."

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Below is a copy of the information that went out to the transport team re: this girl. Most transports do not see dogs as giant as this Great Dane/Mastiff and, she was being said to be 180 pounds yet, I did not feel that was accurate. She was scheduled to see the Vet on October 31st, to get her rabies, exam and health certificate in order. I called the Vet, gave them my credit card information and, asked them to ensure that a correct weight was taken.
I am also told that she has worms and fleas. That will be proactively treated upon arrival to BHRR with all of her other needs such a heartworm testing, monthly Revolution or Sentinel etc.
She will start her journey on Friday October 31st(we are getting her pulled, she is seeing the Vet and then overnighting with a wonderful Volunteer). She will then begin her drive to my neck of the woods and, I will drive to Prescott, Ontario to get her.

"I believe she may be the largest dog we've ever transported.  She was surrendered to the Spencer County shelter and was very frightened there.  She was starting to come out of her shell but will likely be traumatized by the transport experience.  Please be patient with her.  Move slowly and speak softly to her.  I have tried to assign her to a driver with a van so that it will be easier to get her in/out of vehicles.  I really don't want anyone getting a hernia, trying to lift her.  It might be wise to bring along some yummy treats if you are transporting her to try to lure her into (or out of) your vehicle.".

On Thursday Oct 30, 2014 at 8:10 AM the shelter sent the following to my contact in the USA (they had inquired on the 29th how she was doing with other dogs) and, they forwarded to myself:
"She has not even growled at the dogs. She has played tug of war with the other pups. and one other doggie through the kennel.  She seems scared of louder aggressively barking dogs she instantly tucks her tail and moves towards the back of her run. She is going to do good I think and feel she was set up to be failed and I really believe she is an amazingly sweet dog.  Last evening she was full of greeted kisses and licks for me and walked great on leash.  She wants to please."

 

On Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM, the shelter sent the following to my contact in the USA and, they forwarded to myself:
"She is doing so much better and more relaxed and giving kisses and playing with us but she is still very nervous with new people.
Thank you for helping this angel thank you so much."

 

On Sunday October 26th, @ 11:11 AM, I received the following:
"Gwen —
I've now got the mastiff mix "puppy" — He is well under a year old and 76 lbs.  He is, however, very puppy-like, with a very sweet temperament.  He's strikingly beautiful and gets along well with other dogs.  In fact, I pulled a small spaniel mix at the same time and later learned that they were surrendered together, along with several others, who all lived together.  They are both in excellent shape, except for worms and fleas, which is easily corrected.  I took them to my vet yesterday, and he thinks the boy is a mastiff/boxer mix.

The female is still at the shelter and now urgent.  X spoke further with the workers there and learned that the dog-aggressive label on this girl is because she didn't get along with a female weimeraner at her house, after the weim was bred.  Prior to that, they played together.  And there were numerous other dogs with whom she also got along.  It's a damn shame when people label dogs as aggressive without providing all of the information available.  I don't even want to think how many die in our shelters as a result of this kind of misinformation.  It's very sad.  I am going to contact the shelter tomorrow and try to pry more info out of them and get them to test her, one-on-one, with other dogs.  X saw her yesterday but didn't have time to work with her at all because the shelter workers couldn't meet her until 9 A.M. and she had to pick up the 2 dogs and meet me an hour's drive later so I could make my vet appointment.  I'll let you know what else I learn, but I have a feeling this is a nice girl who deserves a chance."

**AND, the reason, why I(Gwen) am posting info. re: this Mastiffx puppy is that we have been monitoring to make sure that he did not slip through the cracks and, be pts.**

On Sunday Oct 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM, I said we would commit for she is the next in need of BHRR.

On Sunday October 26th 2014 @ 3:41 PM, I received the following with the information that this pup was NOT one from this Dane/Mastiffx female:
"She was an owner surrender from a different owner.   X said she's absolutely gorgeous"

Thursday October 23rd @ 12:01 AM: I sent an email asking if there were any details in respect to how she reacts to other confident dogs etc.

On Thursday October 23rd @ 8:35 AM:, I received the following:
"My contact is going to the shelter this Saturday to pick up another puppy for me and I've asked her to assess this girl while she's there.  She is with X and is very dog-savvy, so I would trust her assessment.  But it's always kind of a crap-shoot if the dog is being assessed while at the shelter.  Shelters definitely bring out the worst in most dogs. 
The pup is about 6 months old."

 

On Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 @ 3:37 PM, I received the following:
"Any mastiff fosters open up?"

On Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 @ 3:41 PM, I then received:
"I just looked closer at the post, and she's a mastiff/Dane mix?  She's alpha but OK with submissive dogs.  She's at a really bad, really rural shelter in the middle of KY.  There is also a mastiff mix puppy there — probably her pup."

Photo below is of her in the shelter, October 2014

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