Health Status: HEALTHY! We would ideally like to do a transitional adoption with Mr. Simon to ensure that he is not anxious or stressed. He internalizes his worries which then can manifest with him doing excessive grooming. We had to place him on a very low dose of Trazodone to help him from self-comforting by licking his feet/lower legs.

Age: ~3.5 years old!

Weight: ~105 pounds – still relatively lean & could use a bit more in muscle mass/weight

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Simon: He is an overall chill, calm boy. He likes his walks and interacts well with people he meets, yet, he needs a quieter/peaceful physical activity level home. A home that understands that he once used to live in a barn and to help him learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. He has come SO far with sights, smells, and sounds! His current foster resides in Kemptville, so he sees/hears/smells many incredible things. They live off a busy road – the 43 –, and he does great. What we want is for him to live a quality, filled, wonderful life.

We want him to be happy, to live his best life each and every day. We want him to reach his full potential! We do not want him kept in a bubble, yet there is that balance in ensuring that he is not overstimulated and then feels overwhelmed. He will then shut down. It has taken a long time to have him/Mr. Lewis, too, decompress. He can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home is semi-retired or retired, etc. He is another versatile BHRR dog! He will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. He should go to a dog-experienced home, one that remains committed to his obedience, structure, consistency, and to be patient, kind, understanding, and not hermits.

He does not have to specifically go to a Saint Bernard experienced home. A home that is not over the top social – he can alert bark when people first arrive at his foster home. He has been given treats, then passively ignored, and even placed in his Crate to process the new arrivals. Gwendilin Boers was over recently, and this approach worked excellently by meeting first outside, then going inside. He made only one soft ‘woof’ in his Crate, and when he came out, just a calming word, passively ignored, given lots of treats, and they were fast friends. A home that has anxious owners is not suitable for a dog that has been working through his own level of anxiety. He needs a quietly confident owner(s). He is not be babied or felt sorry for. That is not in his best interest. He needs a human leader(s) that will help guide, direct, and instruct in a positive, balanced manner that demonstrates to him that he is ok. He loves home, yet; he also likes his walks. We are not advocates of dog parks. He needs a home that will give him new positive and great safe, memorable experiences. If you are a home that likes to take long slower walks/hikes/strolls, Mr. Simon could be for you. He will never be a marathoner, and is not meant to be a running partner, yet he is lovely to have as a great companion for way more than a block or two of walking, etc.!

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home yet can be vocal when visitors arrive. He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, active in his way, gentle, plus kind. If not handled properly – he has the potential to develop SA behaviours. He is not an overly active dog. He needs consistency, structure, routine, plus clear open communication so that he understands exactly what is being expected of him. He has mastered the lawn rolling, is figuring out how to play, and is still learning what a dog bed is for!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is required per the above. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – he has been OK with both males/females, yet leaning more towards a female, it is not a deal-breaker. He lives in a foster home with a female Newfx, rabbits, and a cat who thinks he is a dog(Gwennie LOVES this cat!) and interacts well with them!

Good With Cats: His present foster home has a cat. Integration is always crucial.

Good with Pocket Pets: His current home has pocket pets & operates a Rabbit Rescue.

Good with Children: NO children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible teenagers 16+.

Grooming: He is OK to wash and do nails. He needs to be brushed regularly, and we recommend a few sessions yearly of professional grooming – with an experienced groomer – to keep his gorgeous coat looking its best.

Car: He has also come SO far with car rides – getting in and out of the vehicle. He is learning that the world has so many fab adventures to experience!

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained – he sleeps in a colossal crate. We never recommend that any new addition be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating for them.

Obedience: He requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help him become the best dog that he can be. His potential is enormous! His leash manners have come a long way. He can pull at times, yet he is learning.

Activities Suited For Him: He is calm plus has fantastic manners, and to us, he is low maintenance.

He would excel in being an incredible loyal family member.

Loves & Bad Habits: He can drool. He does bark when visitors arrive.

He loves treats – Benny Bully Liver treats are the best!

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

He is an exceptional boy!

Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having him learn to not only like yet enjoy his own company. As we need our alone time, he must do too. He is a solid and stable dog, yet anxiety does brew under the surface as we work through years of being kept in a barn. It shows up with him licking his feet/lower legs. He BONDS fast to his humans.

As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that cannot be placed up for adoption due to medical and/or behavioural reasons.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 5 dogs to date.

After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.

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

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

You have come so far, Mr. Simon, and we are delighted that you are making your special announcement!



1. BAKE  & GARAGE Sale For BHRR – Saturday, May 21st – 1466 Windsor Drive, Brockville, Ontario!
2. Our 3rd Annual ‘Driveway Nail Trims/Ear Cleanings’ – we can also do Anal Glands – COMING TO A DRIVE-WAY NEAR YOU SOON!
*If you would like to host us in 2022 – please do EMAIL us!
*we just need your driveway!
*we will have some merchandise for sale, collecting Empties plus Canadian Tire $
*self-distancing is easy to do
*we take cash, debit, cc

a) Sunday, May 29th, 10 AM – 3 PM – 1466 Windsor Drive, Brockville, Ontario – BBQ too!
b) Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM – 68 Meadowbreeze Drive, Kanata Ontario
c) Sunday, June 19th, 10 AM – 3 PM – 37 Dressler Avenue, Kanata, Ontario
d) Sunday, June 26th, 10 AM – 3 PM – 1728 Harvest Cres., Orleans, Ontario
e) Sunday, September 18th, 10 AM – 3 PM – 68 Meadowbreeze Drive, Kanata Ontario

3. 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 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/right 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 Lilly(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 28th, 2020 – *Great Dane(Deaf)

BHRR’s Athos(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 13th, 2021 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Romeo(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 28th, 2021 – *Mix (BostonX, maybe HoundX or BoxerX)

BHRR’s Rosie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 4th, 2022  -*Redbone Black & Tan Hound

BHRR’s Simon(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE MAY 19th, 2022 – *Saint Bernard

BHRR’s Agatha(Aggie)(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *Great Dane

Mr. Simon enjoying his own time outdoors!
Big change from living in a barn…..
He was at the Vet last Wednesday and his weight was slightly down – .3 of a kg. So, being still thin, we have talked to his amazing foster home and adding in canned food again to his meals.
We want and need him to keep going up and his foster is doing a fabulous job with him.
Not only was he seen for the licking on his legs – I had asked his foster mama re: if any pattern was noted for I suspected that this could be behavioural over, or in addition to possible allergies, yet he had begun to have some sudden diarrhea.
The Vet agreed that based upon where he was licking when he was doing it was likely behavioural over possible allergies at this time.
These dogs have had a lot of decompressing to do, so much stimulation with sights, smells, and noises – no matter how much exposure has been attempted to be slowly done, it has been a lot for him and Mr. Lewis.
So, we placed him on a low short-term dose of Trazodone to ease any stress/worry.
His foster continues to work with him learning to not only like yet love himself and to appropriately self-soothe, self-comfort, etc.
It is too easy to create SA behaviours, and we are not doing these dogs any favours by not doing right by them. We do not feel sorry for them, we do not spend 24/7 with them, we do not enable them, we work to help them reach their full potential and make them the best dogs they can be.
AND they are really fantastic dogs!
We do not want the licking behaviour to become behaviourally ingrained, and then a habit.
He is dewormed monthly and so parasitic causes as to his diarrhea were believed to not be the case. We did ask his wonderful foster to bring in a sample if they could – when the stool is very liquidy, that is hard to do.
He was placed on Metronidazole plus Forti Flora(an amazing probiotic), and his stools are back to normal. Yay!
We are also adding some omegas to his diet as his coat was a bit dry and flakey in spots when he was seen.
So……..we feel comfortable again with him moving forward in making his own special announcement. Which he will do shortly!
Thanks to his incredible foster mama for the fun photo! He is learning to be a dog!!! 

Mr. Simon!
Someone still has not quite figured out the proper use of his dog bed…..
At least he is now using it as a pillow. 
He was going to make his special announcement yet, his foster home advised that he has been licking his legs, so being the proactive responsible group we are, he is scheduled for another vet visit – the 18th of April – to investigate.
We like to have all of the information possible on our dogs prior to placing them up for adoption.
After that visit, we plan on him making his own special announcement.
Thank you to his lovely foster home for the photo!!

Stay tuned!
Mr. Simon shall be making his own special announcement shortly!

Mr. Simon was at the Vet today for a re-weigh and for his boosters. Another THUMBS up vet visit!
We are thrilled to say that he has put on another 5.7 kgs since his last visit(12.54 pounds). He needs to put on some more weight yet is getting there! He now weighs 104.94 pounds.
When he was neutered by the mobile vet clinic, they had estimated his weight to be 47 kgs yet, he was barely close to 35 kgs. However, he is NOW past that original estimate!
AND on that note: he will be ready to make his own special announcement shortly!
THANK you to his wonderful temp foster Mama/home for taking excellent care of him! 

From Mr. Simon’s foster Mama:

“I love that Simon has learned his crate can be a safe space to enjoy! I’m in my office studying tonight and he has happily chosen to hang out in his crate with me. He is a little sad as his favourite blanket is currently in the wash.

We love him so much, he is getting goofier by the day too!”

Great pic of Mr. Simon from his lovely foster home!

Good with cats! 

Look who is all super spiffy now! Mr. Simon!

His amazing groomer, Morgan – from K9 Bark ‘N Shine messaged me to say that she donated her time today to groom him so no cost to us/BHRR.

Morgan has groomed several of our dogs to date including Miss Olive, my own IS and she will also be doing Mr. Lewis.

This is incredibly generous and kind of Morgan! Thank you!

She took her time, was patient – gave him breaks, was kind and loving as Mr. Simon is understandably nervous. He bonds fast, is unbelievably sweet, and while it is hard to tell – he remains sadly so skinny underneathe his hair. She even did his nails.

We are working on his weight gain plus the building up of his muscle mass, tone along with his confidence.

Per Morgan, his coat was quite dry and he has urine burns on the pads of his feet plus urine/feces stains all over his tail. Continued correct diet along with proper groom care will take care of that!


Thank you immensely to Aaron & Cherie for ensuring Mr. Simon was picked up & safely dropped off to his professional groom apt. this AM!
This is a picture of him!

If anyone wishes to make a donation towards Mr. Simon’s or Mr. Lewis’s own future professional grooming, it would be so appreciated.
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
Nothing but the best for the BHRR dogs!! 

This is him with his rescuer boarder angel when we came to pick him up yesterday. The picture was taken by JoAnne.

We got them!

More soon!

This is them loaded up in their respective transport vehicles – one with me, one with JoAnne!

Mr. Lewis and Mr. Simon are safe AND both are now heading to their emerge temp fosters.

We have been told this makes about 68 dogs brought to freedom to date.

Thanks to a village for coming together to make this happen.