THE ONLINE FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER FOR BHRR IS NOW LIVE!

Over 200 items!

HERE IS THE LINK TO JOIN!

Post from the wonderful organizers!

“Welcome to the online Fundraiser for Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation.
A HUGE thank you to all of the local businesses and individuals who donated to make this auction possible.
100% of the proceeds raised will go to the rescue.
All the donated businesses have been linked in each item, if you are interested in an item, please consider clicking on their Facebook page and Like/Follow them.
Please read through all of the auction guidelines below.
Auction Guidelines:
1) There is a starting bid on all items
2) Please bid in a minimum $1 increment (just to clarify, you can bid any amount as long as it is a minimum $1 increase, it can be $2, $3, $4, $5 etc.)
3) The auction closes Sunday, October 9th, at 8 PM.
4) The winner will be contacted via Messenger with a pickup location, there are pick-up locations in Brockville (North End), Oxford Station, and Kanata.
5) Payment is due immediately following the end of the auction once notification has been received that you are the successful bidder
6) Payment is due via eTransfer to carol_bruck@hotmail.com
No password is required.
Happy Bidding, and thank you for your support!
Please see the album below to bid, thank you for your support and generosity for those currently in the rescue and those to come.”

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 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 Agatha(Aggie)(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 17th, 2022 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Titan(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 5th, 2022  -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Jack(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 23rd, 2022 – *Australian Shepherd – Visually/Hearing Impaired

BHRR’s Nola(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 -*LabX

BHRR’s Beaver(Bev)(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Albar(M) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Maybelle Cutie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Ayla(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Chrissy(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *Australian Shepherd -Visually/Hearing Impaired

BHRR’s Bruce(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *Great Dane

Yesterday, I spent a few hours with this handsome dude & his wonderful foster fam!
 
BHRR’s Mr. Titan!
 
He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
He is a WOW dog! He LOVES everyone, every dog, everything – gets so excited and is such a happy boy! Even with the one cat in the home, he has come so far – she is not a black squirrel to want to chase! He has had zero issues with their other cat. He is learning…..
 
You have come far, Mr. Titan, with your health, and now we work a bit more on those leash manners as you just want to see everyone!  You rocked our training session yesterday with me/your foster family, and it was truly lovely to see you again…… 
 
The healthier plus happy you have gotten, the younger you appear to be! I am still going to say ~5 yet, most likely a bit younger than that. You can ‘kanga-dane’ with the best of them! 
 
You will make that right-matched, forever-loving home THE most amazing of additions!
 
 
 
 

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

1. Saturday, October 22nd, Pet Valu Brockville – Bake Sale, Raffle, Items for Sale – Possibly The Beans will be there too! 10 AM – 2 PM

2. Our 3rd Annual ‘Driveway Nail Trims/Ear Cleanings’ – we are also doing Anal Glands – COMING TO A DRIVE-WAY NEAR YOU SOON!
*If you would like to host us in 2023 – 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, cash

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

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Titan is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Health Status: HEALTHY!

Age: ~5 years

Weight: ~130 pounds. We want to keep him lean/muscled and fit.

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Titan: He loves his walks and car rides and interacts well with people/dogs he meets, and we are hoping for a quiet, socially low-active level home. A residence that, while visiting family plus friends and has people over, is not hosting frequent BBQs or gatherings of large groups of people. We do not want to see him in a home with a high level of travel, with other people taking care of him. He is loyal and loves his humans, and we want him part of the family if they go camping, go to the cottage, or do other fun travels. His quietly social and needs a home that is like him. He would adore cottage life or hang out at home with his family. Visiting friends, family, pet stores, and pet-friendly places are great too.

A home that understands and shall continue to help him learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. We want him to live a quality, filled, wonderful life rich with experiences. He missed out on so much before his rescue. He is being fostered in a wonderful home in the city yet can equally live comfortably in the country. We had fostered him in our house when he first arrived, and he is equally lovely in either environment.

We want him to be happy, to live his best life every day. We want him to reach his full potential!

He is another versatile BHRR dog! He can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home, semi-retired or retired, etc. He will ONLY go to a home prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc.

He does not need to go to a dog or even a Dane-experienced home. The home must be committed to his obedience, structure, and consistency, and to be patient, kind, and understanding, and while not hermits, they are not doing a hundred things each day. We want him to be treated as a cherished member in a right-matched forever-loving home.

He shares the communal water bowls and toys and understands that no human or dog will take his high-value food. He is fed in a quiet place and knows that he will be fed enough food, fed on time and that no one will take his food away.

He is very gentle in taking treats!

He loves home and his friends – he needs canine friends! He also loves to explore, go on small hikes, walks, and car rides, and visit people/places that are not over the top busy. 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 infrequent walks/hikes/strolls, Mr. Titan is not for you…he is a healthy Dane and needs to be kept emotionally and physically stimulated. He would make a great companion to get out into nature, explore and even enjoy the beach and having other small adventures! He also makes the best movie and book reading companion.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home, yet loves to get outside to romp, run, and is figuring out so much more about playing! He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, active, affectionate, gentle, plus kind. He thrives with consistency, structure, routine, and clear open communication to understand exactly what is expected of him. He is such a character!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – it is not a deal-breaker. He needs a doggie friend network. That is so important. We have friends, he needs friends too. He has enjoyed meeting other dogs! He has gotten along with every dog he has met in our home, and his foster has not said otherwise during his time with them.

Good With Cats: He has been OK with our clinic cat, and while he is fine with one of the cats in his foster home, he still does show some interest in their other cat. We are therefore leaning on him being placed in a no-cat home. We have been told that squirrels are his mortal enemy!  

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown. We would not recommend it.

Good with Children: NO small children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible children 12+ and no more than two children in the house. A home without children is our first preference, as we want Mr. Titan to be the priority. He has not had any issues with children.

Grooming: He is fine to wash and do his nails. He only needs a soft bristle brush on his coat once a week, and we recommend a monthly bath.

Car: NO issues travelling in the car. He settles down beautifully.

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained. 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 harness manners are still a work in progress. He becomes excited when he sees other dogs on walks. Distraction training is being worked on, too, in this area. He is fine walking on the way back home on a loose lead.

Activities Suited For Him: Cherished family companion!

He loves tug of war, his walks, ‘dance’ parties where he prances with happiness! Keeping you company while you work on the computer – the best kind of supervisor!

Loves & Bad Habits: While he is excellent with one of the cats in his foster home, he still does show some interest in their other cat. We are therefore leaning on him being placed in a no-cat home. We have been told that squirrels are his mortal enemy!  

Per his foster home, ‘full on early AM head/face rubs are a must!’

He does still pull on his harness when out and about. He is so excited to be soaking up and experiencing all of the things that he lacked in life before being rescued. On the way back from walks, he can be on a loose lead, yet, he becomes super excited when he sees other dogs – does meet and greet appropriately – that he will bark too. All things that are being worked on. He is like that four-month-old puppy in a five-year-old Dane body.

He loves keeping his one human company while they work from home.

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

He is an awesome dog! So low maintenance!

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, and we do not want any SA behaviours to develop.

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 15 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, 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. Titan, and we are delighted you are making your special announcement!

Stay tuned! Mr. Titam is going to make his special announcement soon!
 
Mr. Titan had his paparazzi photo shoot yesterday – Thanks Alison!
 
Here is one of the photos from yesterday.

This handsome dude is having his paparazzi photo shoot tomorrow!
 
Then, once we have the pictures, he shall be ready to make his own special announcement.
 
So many are to thank for stepping up to help us save this amazing Great Dane! 
 
Mr. Titan, you are such a wonderful boy!
 
From his amazing foster mama:
 
‘Fun facts about this fella,
He loves tossing the pull toy. We have a side tube with a handle that he loves to fetch and return and tug.
He loves dance parties. If you dance he will chug and dance around you with a few bounces. Never jumps on you. Squirrels remain his mortal enemy. Full on early morning head and face rub is essential to start his day.’
 
Leash manners with distraction training are still a work in progress. He is like a 12-week-old puppy exploring the world, yet in a 5-year-old Great Dane body!
 

Today, Mr. Titan had his big day!
 
His re-weigh was 58.4 kgs(128.48 pounds).
 
We did a repeat UA, ear cytology, ear cleaning, boosters, repeated bloodwork, microchipped, neutered, nails, checked his hind end/knees/feet, and did a dental on him. Nothing but the best for the BHRR dogs! 
 
It was so awesome to see him again from when he was sent off to his amazing temp foster home! He is so amazing!! 
 
He is so happy and healthier – now have to watch his waistline!
 
This boy will make that right-matched forever-loving home the best addition when it is time for him to make his special announcement!
 
Some pics -from when he got his premed, after the pre-med kicked in, intubated, and his neuter being done…
 
Thank you to his really wonderful foster home for taking such excellent care of him!!
 
His collar was a hit with my work colleagues. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Time for a Mr. Titan update. 
 
He is scheduled for his neuter, dental, boosters, repeat UA, etc., on Tuesday. He is still dribbling a bit of urine at times. He had a horrid UTI, so we want to be sure that it is gone, and hopefully, neutering will resolve any lingering issues. An enlarged prostate is possible being a mature boy.
 
We have also been told re: him twisting one of his feet at times when he gets up, and we will investigate further.
 
I have been told that he is doing well with the one feline in their home and is still interested – much less! – in the other.
 
I am told that he has excellent manners and an appetite!
 
One of the things I loved reading was that he is very interested if you have ice cream! 
 
Thank you to his amazing foster home for stepping up to temp foster!! 
 
 

On our way!
 
Today, Mr. Titan is off to his foster home.
 
Not the best picture as it is a torrential downpour out there….we are expecting close to 60 mm’s of rain today! We are under a huge weather alert.
 
He has been with me just shy of 10 days(in his time, 3+ months), and my heart is full of such mixed feelings.
 
He has bonded strongly, and the healthier he has gotten, the more his amazing affectionate, loving personality has begun to shine through.
 
He is such a special boy and has gotten along fantastically with all the dogs here.
 
He has begun to wag his tail a lot, do the Dane lean, and how he looks at me humbles me deeply.
 
It is time for you to now go to your lovely foster home, and I know their Dane- BHRR alumni- will continue to show you how to be a dog, to enjoy the awesome comforts of soft bedding, plus how to play with toys.
 
You keep asking for attention and loving BHRR’s Titan! That you feel more confident in doing so without fear of being hurt and rejected is wonderful. 
 
The home lives close to Alta Vista Emerge, bringing me a lot of peace should he need further emergency care.
 
It is amazing how fast we fall in love…..Mr. Titan, I shall miss you yet; we can now assist a dog from a cruelty case. We have been advising as a resource up to this point.
 
 

This is Mr. Titan’s leg 72 hours after the first Hospital (who put this catheter in) from the previous place that had him before our rescue took over his care.
 
I have been in vet med for almost 20 years, and I have never seen such clipper injury/damage.
 
We are keeping it clean and dry and have some cream from work to help…..he is already on two types of antibiotics, and it is already drying up and looking so much better.
 
I wanted to try and get a pic yesterday, yet it was an extremely busy day with him, school, and work.
 
Poor boy…. 
 
He had another really good night! Later today, we will be starting to slowly re-introduce some kibble into his a/d and gastro food with water mixed in.
 
He is such a good boy….his spirit is starting to shine through, and I can tell he is a real character with a mind of his own! So freakin’ special he is….
 
There will never be enough words of thanks to shout out to Alta Vista & LAH for being there for him & to all of his Titan Angels that have contributed to date to his over $6,500 bills between three Hospitals.
 
 
When he is healthy – he is booked for August 9th for repeat bloodwork and to be neutered plus to get his final boosters. He is not well enough right now….and one step at a time! 
 
This boy never had anyone on his side – most likely was used for breeding, and the calluses and scars on his poor body speak volumes.
 
He certainly has not travelled often in cars as he is still figuring out how to balance.
 
Such a great vehicle passenger too!
 
Mr. Titan, my heart is head over heels in love with you…..you are a true sweetheart!
 
 
Donations to his mounting vet bills can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
By the time his rehabilitation is done, he will be a $10,000+ Dane.
 

Mr. Titan!
 
Transferred from Alta Vista’s ICU to the care of my Hospital.
 
After a good night, came to work with me and as he was drinking well, pulled his IV – will run another one if needed, his poor leg sure did get cut with his last one put in by Upper Canada.
 
Gave him a Cerenia injection, took his meds like a champ, ate his a/d snack with water mixed in, and hung out. Picked up more meds – Alta Vista gave me a couple of days and I picked up the rest at my Hospital.
 
Still medical jail yet, no longer having to have conversations re: doing CPR, going septic, and the poor prognosis…
 
Keep getting stronger, you big ol’ sweetie!
 
Weak, lacking so much muscle mass and tone and anorexic, yet, we all got your back Mr. Titan!
 
The number of angel people that made a lifesaving donation to help us with your emerge bills has made me well up with so many tears…..
 
We could not keep you there any longer – they were happy to release you into my experienced Dane/Tech care, and you are doing well off of your nasal cannula. Everything else we can do at LAH. We would bring you back if we have to….In a heartbeat, we would.
 
He has been an excellent patient….has not bothered with any of the dogs nor showed any interest in our clinic cat either….
 
 

Look who I busted out of ICU medical jail at Alta Vista Animal Hospital?!!
 
He had a good night…I did not leave his side. Took his meds, ate his a/d snacks, and had many pees…..
 
Mr. Titan! 
 
More soon!

Mr. Titan UPDATE
 
Here are his UA results. He was already on IV fluids and had begun antibiotics when this UA was done.
 
He is on two kinds of antibiotics – Zeniquin & Clavaseptin. He is also on Cerenia, Forti Flora, Metronidazole, Mirtazapine.
 
He has an SPO2 of 90% without supplemental 02. 92-93% with O2 assistance. Ideally, we want at least 95% unaided.
 
He is so skinny; his coat is dull and flaky, and he remains pretty dehydrated.
 
He has eaten some a/d for Gwen, urinated several times, and drank some water. Gwen says that he is an absolute sweetheart!
 
Donations to his vet bills can be made via PayPal(friend and family option) to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com – we know email transfer is down for many. 
 
We are grateful for anything that anyone may consider donating…..
 

Mr. Titan Medical UPDATE:
 
He had a good night. His Oxygen levels are lower than they would like – 92-93% , and last night, he was 95%. He remains on O2.
 
He has eaten a small amount, his respiration rate has gone down, his fever has broken, and the Vet would like to keep him another night so that he remains on supplemental oxygen, and they work to get him from IV meds to oral medications.
 
Unfortunately, this means another $3,500-$5,000, and we are still short $3,200 for the first 24 hours.
 
Gwen has been in discussions regarding transferring him as he is stable and plans to see him around 6 PM tonight.
 
When Gwen was talking to the Vet, he had to go, so we do not have an update re: the urinary issues.
 
If anyone may consider donating to his care, donations can be made via Paypal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Alta Vista no longer takes direct donations.
 
Anything would be appreciated.

The estimate for Mr. Titan.
 
We need to raise another $3,300 by Friday ~ 5 pm for the estimate deposit.
 
We have had $1,200 extremely generously donated to date. Thank you Titan Angels! 
 
Poor dog…..
 
He is ~5, not 7 and is a merle yet, those are moot points right now….
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR
 
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance to everyone for any consideration…..
 
We will post updates as we can……

UPDATE: SO severe pneumonia in both lungs and aspiration pneumonia in the right lung. He is on O2, heavy antibiotics, IV fluids, and we also investigating urinary issues. I remember when we were first contacted about him in May that there was mention of urinary issues, and when I followed up, being told by the wonderful network contact person who was in touch with both kennels that there were not any issues.
 
His bloodwork indicates severe dehydration and high globulin levels – battling inflammation/infection.
 
How could so many people fail this dog in his life.
 
We still need $3,500 by early evening tomorrow for him.
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
We would be so grateful for anything…..
 

UPDATE: I have had two conversations with the Vet – he had to call me back.
 
1) They need to repeat x-rays(they will take three views) – and send off to an x-ray specialist – the images from the Hospital he was at earlier today are not as clear as he would like to see, and while this ‘could’ be pneumonia, the Vet is not sure if they see a ‘nodule’ and it is pneumonia AND something like Cancer or one or the other
 
2) He has a fever, and they are going to hit him up with strong IV antibiotics and continue supportive care
 
They will reach back out once they hear back from the x-ray specialist.
 
Estimate is still $4,500 for the first 24 hours.
 
As soon as we know more, we will post.
 
Thank you to date to all that have generously donated.
 
We need to raise another $3,500 over the next 18 hours for him……
 

****URGENT***

Initial estimate $4,500 for the first 24 hours.

Mr. Titan , the Great Dane, is now at Alta Vista Animal Emergency.

Here is one of his X-rays taken today before transport.

I am on hold, waiting to talk to them.

A dog who never had anyone standing on his side was dumped at a high gas kill pound needs a strong village right now….

Donations to his care can be made via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

We have had $100 generously donated to date! 

We thank you in advance with so much gratitude for any consideration to his cause……

 

He is being transferred to Alta Vista Animal Hospital.

An initial estimate is $3,500-$4,500 for the first 24 hours.

UPDATE:

Just as we had a foster home step up to assist us with Mr. Titan – Thanks, Amy/Ben!, before we could move on this offer, he ended up being seen not once, yet, now twice – and is admitted into the Hospital.  He was just admitted today per what we have been told by the network that has been working so hard to save him – he was pulled from a high kill gas pound in mid-May.
 
No dog does well in a kennel, Danes even less so. He has been in two separate kennels since May 31st.
 
Mr. Titan will remain in Hospital at least for the night – however, no one is there overnight.
 
Gwen is working to re-arrange her schedule – she has also been so ill this past week yet, still pushing through work, etc., to get him into the care of her Vet Team that she works with.
 
Mr. Titans’ first Vet bill was just $575.85 – Upper Canada saw him.
 
This next bill will be so much higher.
 
Any donations to his care would be so deeply appreciated. 
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
We will update as we can.
 
We are trying so hard to save you Mr. Titan…..so hard.