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 22nd, 2018 to Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Thursday January 4th, 2018!

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

AND thank you to Xandria for surprising us so wonderfully wiith this fabu photo! 

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

In 2017/18, BHRR is going to book ONLY 4 Community Education & Public Awareness Events

1. BHRR’s 15th Annual SS(Secret Santa) to the BHRR Doggies is coming up fast! This is our unique and creative annual event. At this time, BHRR has 1 more amazing dog in need of a special secret Santa to call their own! Please Please EMAIL if you can help us give the BHRR Doggies a most wonderful XMAS spoiling time!

2. Our 5th ANNUAL “Breaking Bills Bake” Online Auction Starts Saturday January 20th!
If you would consider our cause and donate a baked goodie(s) for humans and/or canines! Please EMAIL

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.

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*NOTICE*: 
BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Monday October 23rd to Wednesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other 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 and will network these requests to r/q organisations for we remain closed for intake. 

This photo is of BHRR’s Navy. 

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!

This is BHRR’s Giselle!

She went in to KAH for her spay on January 10th and this is what was found when she was shaved…a scar….I was so surprised to see this scar once she was shaved as the shelter had insisted that she was not spayed…..I went back and forth a few times on her case with the shelter as we wanted to be sure to spay her if she was not already spayed.

We dialogued if this was a c-section scar, umbilical hernia scar etc…I was told that ‘no, this was almost without doubt a spay scar.’

We were advised to do a progesterone test(expensive… ) to rule out via hormones if she was or was not spayed….we believe in doing all proactive and preventive vetting required/necessary on our dogs and without hesitation agreed. We go up and beyond as we want the very best for the dogs….

We did the bloodwork that same day and were told the next day that the results indicated that BHRR’s Giselle was in fact spayed.

Fast forward to Sunday February 5th and at our BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house, and some of the Pet Valu Stittsville lovelies that were visiting, grabbed me to say they thought she was in heat.

I go over and sure enough there are drips of blood and they do not ‘appear’ to be typical heat drops and ‘seemed’ possible it could be UTI related. Her last UTI was successfully resolved upon arrival to BHRR in September. BHRR’s Giselle was not doing any straining or frequent urination, there was no odour to her urine and her urine looks normal. Yet, still could not rule out another UTI.

So, I mentioned to all that I would get her back to KAH and so I had her there tonight.

As BHRR’s Giselle is on specific meds, most UTI’s, not all, yet most would be being treated soooooooooo, the Vet believes that quite possibly BHRR’s Giselle has a remnant of an ovary or that this scar is from another scenario including those listed above and another option could have been from an enterotomy. We do not know her past….we have no records of what she had and did not have prior to rescue.

Once BHRR’s Giselle stops her drips, we will go in and ‘explore’ her women bit area….

For us, we have only ever had one other Dane in 21 years have a remnant of an ovary and now we have possibly BHRR’s Giselle AND in dialoguing via email and also in person earlier today with BHRR’s Maple’s surgeon re: her own histio results, there is the strong possibility that she also has a remnant of an ovary as her medical condition(mammary masses) per the specialist is ‘hormone dependent’. BHRR’s Maple was spayed in August of 2016, the same day I also had BHRR’s Limerick spayed and BHRR’s Rubble neutered.

What are the chances that we have not one but two Danes with the exact same medical situation?!!!

So, yes….I am confused and a bit frustrated as we work so hard to do right by all of our Danes and now, more surgeries and more $$$ plus healing time for these sweet Danes shall be required…..

The last thing I want to do is put BHRR’s Maple through her third surgery since August and now BHRR’s Giselle to have to get back on the table herself….

 

 

UPDATE: Dr. Liston called me prior to them beginning to operate.

He does not feel confident that this just a mastitis mammary mass. He believes that it is cancer.

She has also begun to now develop small lumps on the other side.

We have discussed in great detail over what do to and we have decided to remove this mass and send it to histio/pathology. We want to make her as comfortable as possible and give her as much time of QOL as possible.

He cannot remove all masses(this and the small new ones developing) on both sides in one surgery either. There is just not enough skin.

We agreed that for her comfort sake that we will take off the whole mass that she has now and if this comes back as malignant, then we will provide palliative care as her lymph nodes are affected.

Should this come back as benign, we will go back in and remove the other growing lumps.

Sadly, her one lymph node is enlarged and that along with the mass shall be removed. Dr. Liston says that this is not presenting well.

BHRR’s Maple’s histio/pathology report from her December 9th biopsies surgery is in a previous blog post. No mention at all of any possible cancer. It was a large mass back in December and it is possible that the malignant part of this mass was not in the biopsies submitted. She had been placed on strong antibiotics back in December to treat the infection and to decrease the mass and to then do a removal.

Keep this beauty in your thoughts.

This beautiful girl is having her mass removed today!

Keep BHRR’s Maple in your best wishes and thoughts!

We shall update as we can!

Thank you Elizabeth for the extra hands this AM with Brazilian Baby Jackson while I dealt with Miss Quirky Entertaining Pants!

 

Today BHRR’s Maple headed to LAH to see about the removal of this mass since she is now done her course of antibiotics.

Upon exam, Dr. Liston noted her one lymp node by the mass was swollen. He was also able to extract some ‘amber’ fluid with his fingers on one of her teats.

The mass has shrunk since her antibiotic course has ended yet is still substantial as noted in the picture below.

He felt that she still most likely had some infection left and explained his theory on how BHRR’s Maple as a spayed female had mastitis. He believes that she most likely had been close to having a false pregnancy at the time of her spay in August of 2016 and that this could be the possible underlying cause of her current mass condition. There is no definitive answer of course yet a theory given.

We had done blood-work in December and her mass removal surgery has been scheduled for January 25th.

We know many have been patiently….or, not so patiently waiting!!!

Here is the THIRD instalment of our 2016 Traditional December 24th XMAS Eve Photo’s!

As most dogs remain in their approved Temp Fosters, not all doggies could have their photo’s done BUT, we got those that we could! We will be posting over the next few days over 50 photo’s of BHRR doggies & a few of our own!

We have had quite a few come back for the Holidays as their families are travelling.

ALWAYS a blast for us at BHRR!

We cannot SHOUT out enough big thanks of our deepest appreciation to ALL those that stepped up to be part of our 14th ANNUAL SS to the BHRR dogs!

Another amazing successful year THANKS to so many angels that made it possible!!!

We only had 1 person not send their SS’s yet, as we had other kind plus thoughtful generous people send extra goodies to help cover any that were missed, we are so BLESSED to say that, each BHRR dog had something special to call their own this XMAS!!!

Many of these dogs are experiencing their very first XMAS of love, shelter, with enough food and, tons of helping hands, not hurtful or neglectful ones…. THANK you’s being sent out again to every wonderful and lovely Secret Santa that made this possible!!!

I am inspired by your caring, giving and, incredibly beautiful hearts!!! A million thank you’s being sent again!

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THANK you to all that came out yesterday to attend our 5th Annual ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ Thank you Pooch/People Potluck!

Here are 13 of the dogs waiting for our almost 40 guests to arrive!

AND, here is part of the post I made in the Potluck Group to all of our attendees!

“Now that the horses and dogs have been fed plus watered and rotated and are settling down for the night….it gives me the proper opportunity to say thank you to our 35 absolutely amazing and incredible guests!

Thank you for the laughs, the conversation, the memories made, the food and the kindness of Secret Santa gifts for the BHRR dogs and to BHRR!

Thank you for the great experiences given to our BHRR dogs as so many have come to BHRR broken, beaten, scared and lost….what you give to them with loving touches and kind words, I shall truly be forever indebted to all for. So many have never had a gentle caring hand or heard a soft loving word prior to our rescue and each of you are showing them that not everyone is cruel and are assisting in building up their confidence plus helping them heal….

I am so grateful of your time and this is a gift that you are giving each BHRR dog when you visit. Thank you for that!

Thank you to Brooke and Elizabeth for their time, patience and sense of humour with spastic Baby BHRR’S Kaos as we attempted photo’s of him to make his own long awaited, much anticipated and truly wonderful special announcement!! You did it sweet precious boy!!!

Our 50/50 was $205 and Elizabeth with her beautiful heart donated her winnings back($102.50) for us to help pay off BHRR’s Maple’s Emergency Surgery bills! Thank you also to those who dropped monies into the donation jar – $50 CDA & $120 USA. Humbling….

Thank you to BHRR BOD Mary for being such a great treasurer!

After a tough week and a bit – so much worry & and stress on a couple of *fronts*, so, having today with all of you was really wonderful……just to be around all of you is comforting and inspirational and motivating…..in my darkest rescue moments, it is days like this I hold close to my heart and gives me the strength to fight again for what is right…….please know that you give me this special gift when you come to visit!

Thank you to everyone that made today the WOW & amazing day it was!

Until next year….may Santa spoil all rotten!”

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BHRR’s Maple’s histio/pathology report

Please keep this sweet beauty in your best wishes today!

BHRR’s Maple is in for an urgent surgery this AM for a sudden mass biopsy and possible removal(Her vet may wait to see the histio/pathology results first of the biopsy).

She weighed 113.52 pounds when I had her in for a needle biopsy, exam and bloodwork late last night. 10 cc’s drained until BHRR’s Maple became too uncomfortable. Acellular results.

Her approved foster home reached out to us last weekend to say that she had a small lump and were going to take her to their own Vet for addressing later that week.

I then received a call on Tuesday night to say that the ‘lump’ was much bigger. I drove immediately after work to pick BHRR’s Maple up and then had her in to see one of our Vets.

This was not a lump. It is a substantial mass – measured at over 4″ in length and it is along her mammary chain.

BHRR’s Baby Kaos is also here today as his ortho specialist(unfortunately, they had to cancel his last two apt.) is going to re-examine his leg again as part of his continued follow-up plan with Kaos. His ortho specialist was last leaning towards more surgery to scope that knee again and possibly do a TPLO yet one step at a time!

Will update as we can……

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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 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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BHRR’s Maple is ready to make her own special announcement!

She is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

This was the extreme fear aggressive Dane that we were asked to assist in August of 2015. She is now about 22 months of age.

Yes, August of 2015. It took 6 months before I could even make her comfortable enough to be touched and handled and then get all of her vetting done. Her trust, once hard won has helped her to relax and enjoy life as a dog instead of feeling like she only had herself to rely on and had to step up to *show the world* that she wants to just be left alone.

Never any rush….we work at the dogs’ pace with their rehabilitation.

She has learned about helping, caring, loving hands, not hurting or cruel hands.

Many have now met this goofy, affectionate, quirky, loves to counter surf stunning beauty and have witnessed how far she has come along in her journey down a road of learning that she will not be hurt, manhandled or neglected.

She was extremely undersocialised and she feels so much more confident plus comfortable in social settings now and exhibits much better dog to dog communication in meeting new dogs. Before she was stressed and intimidated and it was a rush up and *I must body bump them and demonstrate that I am the boss and they will leave me alone* attitude.

Now, she shows interest in any new dog, and she is much more likely – no issues here with any new dog interactions as she knows that we will take care of all – to show curiosity and friendliness.

She was never a mean dog and most certainly not a bad dog…she was a clearly misunderstood dog and once someone understood her, her worries, her stressors, her triggers and gave her space, time, patience and understanding with structure plus routine(so she never had to *guess* what was expected of her), not to mention love and quite a few treats in the beginning!; she has revealed how truly loving, and wonderful she really is and has been hiding deep inside her.

She needs an experienced dog home, not necessarily an experienced Dane home that will show her boundaries, not cross them yet continue to give her life experiences to show her that the world is a big oyster of so much joy, happiness and fun!

She is housebroken, crate trained, travels wonderfully in a car, and once she trusts a human, that trust is solid. When her trusted humans are not around – ie when she was dropped off to be spayed – where first she was an uber loving goof to the staff – she was then worried and nervous. That is ok! Slow and steady she goes….

She can go to a home with or without a right personality matched fit other dog already in the home. She enjoys the company of other dogs and when she plays, *game on!*. As long as she has her network of friends that is what is most important to keep her being this truly magnificent dog that she is.

We have noted that transports on the highway tend to make her sit up and while she is not showing fear and does not bark, you can tell that every once in a while, a semi will make her feel a bit uneasy. I just give her a calming word, she looks at me and then lays back down. Nothing major, just a notation. 🙂

I shall never forget when I went to pick her up and she was in the run….she was terrified and barking at me….she was completely and utterly scared.

Those days are long gone and she has met so many great people both here and out and about and people marvel at how far she has come. I am proud of you BHRR’s Maple. So proud…..

Your quirkiness is a part of you and makes you that amazing dog you are and that right matched forever loving home will *get it* and continue to build upon the strong foundations we have built here.

BHRR’s Maple has now *told me* that she is ready…ready to have that home meant for her to find her! 🙂

She is such a mixture of spice and sugar this one! 😀

Thank you Liz again for the beautiful photo’s and to Julie for the extra loving hands at this professional photo session on September 14th.

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Today, we have two BHRR lovelies getting their professional photo’s done!

This is BHRR’s Maple and also BHRR’s Limerick!

Once their professional photo’s are then in, they shall be ready to make their special announcements!

BHRR’s Maple on the left and BHRR’s Limerick on the right!

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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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Guess who?! This uber handsome blue Great Dane is BHRR’s Rubble!

He came to work today to be de-twinkled! Sean dropped BHRR’s Limerick and BHRR’s Maple off earlier in the day for their own spays.

BHRR’s Rubble has put on another 22 pounds of awesome solid muscle mass and weight!! Well done!! He looks incredible!! He now weighs 140.80 pounds. 🙂

BHRR’s Maple has put on another 6 plus pounds herself!

All their spays and his neuter went well and BHRR’s Rubble had one testicle that was underdeveloped yet nothing abnormal that the Vet felt it needed to be sent off to histiopathology.

Great news for BHRR’s Limerick, her knees look good! Her hips seem to be the source of her gaiting the way she is and she shall be monitored as she builds up more muscle mass plus strength. 🙂

All are now at home resting!

In a couple of weeks time, they all should be ready to make their special announcements! They have all come so far since they came into rescue and all three will need those right matched adoptive homes that shall continue to build upon the strong foundations we have been laying here for them. Each of these dogs are a true gift!!

Good night wishes from our home to yours!

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BHRR’s Limerick, BHRR’s Rubble & BHRR’s Maple are all scheduled to be altered on August 4th.

From there, we will see how BHRR’s Limerick’s knees and hips are doing.

AND not long after these alters, BHRR’s Rubble and BHRR’s Maple should be ready to make their special announcements!

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!

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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My last post for my night is all about BHRR’s Maple! Gwennie novel time! 

BHRR’s Maple was finally after almost 6 months of in-depth rehabilitation ready to go to the Vet last night!

This was the extremely fear aggressive Great Dane that we were asked to assist last August. She was so scared. We had wondered at one point would we be able to even place her up for adoption, she was that fear aggressive. She would have been a cherished BHRR Haven dog if she could not be placed up for adoption.

Yet, time, patience, consistency, structure, soft caring hands, loving touches, obedience and even more time has seen her blossom slowly….she did really well at our private BHRR “EXPERIENCES” and totally rocked our December annual “CHAIN OF SUCCESS” Potluck…..

At that point, I knew for sure that we were getting closer to seeing her go to the Vet to get blood-work, update on vaccines and to get ready to spay her for she was really sexually immature looking. She could not go in any earlier for she could not be safely handled. I did not want any bad experiences for her either. Set-up for success always…..

Now she could have had paediatric spay or was much younger than the shelter thought(they thought ~2-3 years) and I thought no more than a year and had not yet had a heat.

I had said to Sean in August, watch February come and her have a heat…and yup, after we had our latest BHRR “EXPRERIENCE” Mini open house at the end of January, I knew that she was really ready for this next brave step into the world of so much in great experiences plus kindnesses!

I get her to KAH, we get a very wiggly over 47 KGs (103.4 pounds) and she is more than that – lean, putting the weight still on yet was wiggly.

Someone asks did she chip a nail for there were a few spots of blood on the floor….looked her over, nope, no nails cracked or chipped.

Then, ten minutes later, some more blood on the flood and take her to the back and the blood has increased to more steady drips….Mason looks at her inner leg and sure enough, she is now in heat…..so, that answers the question for sure if she was a paediatric spay or not.

So, we still ran bloodwork for her future spay(4-6 weeks post heat) and for her Heartworm plus Tickborne diseas panel and she received her Rabies plus DAPP. She had been de-wormed back in August and placed on revolution.

The Vet examined her including heart plus lungs and throughout it all, only one fear growl and it was more of a ‘I do not want to be restrained any longer’ over true fear.

She was SO friendly and socially interactive with all that she met, she showed people how well she could sit and give a paw and give the other paw and her gorgeous ears were admired plus loved on a lot! She loves her treats!

I was so proud of her!!! The journey she has traveled since August, massive! MASSIVE! OMG! Wow!

She is going to make that right matched forever loving home that eventually finds her when she is ready to be placed up for adoption, a fabu addition.

That right matched fit home will also be more than prepared to take on her strong personality and remind her in a balanced positive way to mind her ‘p’s’ and ‘q’s’ for she is a strong willed lovely. She corrects wonderfully yet, you have to be aware of her tendencies to be a ‘gooberhead’.

Hard to believe that this photo is of her in February! No snow, leaves found on the ground! Looks more like fall!

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BHRR’s Maple was to go in tonight for her pre-op bloodwork and exam prior to being spayed. We will reschedule when it can be just her going in so that I can have both hands to reassure her gently that she is ok……

She is doing so well….hard to believe that she was once this extreme fear aggressive Dane yet, she is still nervous in strange settings and so, I made the decision to change her appointment when it can be just her and I going in(tonight BHRR’s Flame was also scheduled)……so, she can have all of me and my attention and all the time necessary.

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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Christmas Eve traditional photo shoot! What a nut-bar she now is! 🙂

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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!

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.

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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I have many updates to post and quite a few blogs to update and so this page is going to be flying for a bit…. 

This is BHRR’s Maple, the untrained, fear and barrier aggressive Great Dane that was dumped at a shelter. Ignore the reno’s…..new baseboards are coming!!

She has been settling in well herself. I have a short video of the night I picked her up and, she is a far cry from that terrified dog….yet, she also likes to try to bully her way about things and that has also been a work in progress.

She bonded to Sean fast and took a day or so longer to be the same with me yet, Sean is still a clear fav for her. 

She has zero manners, like a beautiful Mack truck in a China store and is reactive if she feels a dog is posing a challenge yet also wants to make sure that she establishes herself as Queen B quick right from the start, especially with any girls. She is not a ‘dainty’ gal! 

She has not been integrated with many dogs and shall not be for some time and she is being mindful to back away and step down when told to and, she is going to be in Rehab a long time. She is totally fine with Lion King Pumbaa, BHRR’s Mavie, BHRR’s Comet, BHRR’s Pearl and BHRR’s Bell. She was a bit ‘off’ with BHRR’s Angel Noelle at first and also with my own 11 year old Female Cherokee. BHRR’s Hercules, she thinks is a loveable nut I am sure!  We remind her firmly at times to ‘be nice’ and she throws off the bully Cape and is great.

She does not know how to properly communicate, seriously lacks some social dog to dog proper skills and, yet, in just the short period of time she has been with us, she has made remarkable progress. With clear effective guidance and learning that no one is going to hurt or manhandle her – dog or human – boy, has she been coming around. 

As she understands more about what is expected of her and that we are gong to be very supportive, positive yet, balanced with her training with consistency, patience, time, understanding and lots of structure that includes obedience, she is responding. SO well.

Sean and I can both pretty much touch her anywhere now and she is sporting a rash on her lower belly that will be medically addressed.

She is a strong big gorgeous Dane and she is listening better and her true bestest of friends is BHRR’s Dune! Those two are a hoot!!

She and he are bff’s!!!

She lacks confidence in some ways and so we have been working with a calming word and signal(touch). She is relaxing more and we are seeing less hackles when strangers come by and barking also.

Her hackles go up yet no barking occurs around strange or new dogs.

She is eating well and drinking and is 100% housebroken. She is about 12 months of age and loves to ‘nest’ and ‘baby’ this one toy. She is not yet spayed and shall be as soon as we can get her comfortably able to handle the Vet visit.

Quite affectionate now to both Sean and I and thinks Mason is quite the teenager. 

She has a lot of potential yet, she has her fair share of triggers right now that ‘set’ her off with hackles right now and one day at a time….one baby step at a time.

Her beautiful face reminds me so much of our FREEDOM Dane, BHRR’s Gretta.

So much I could write here yet, mini Gwennie novel I shall end for now. 

Welcome to BHRR, beautiful young lady!

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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 small video of BHRR’s Maple when I went to get her tonight at KAH.

You can see how fearful she is….she had huge barrier aggression at the shelter.

Patience, treats and time enabled me to be able to put her on a leash and take her home.

I look forward to posting a video of when she is much less fearful and more comfortable.

VIDEO – BHRR’s Maple August 12th, 2015

So, Nancy so generously and wonderfully has picked up the female Fawn with Merle & White Great Dane! STILL nameless!

She says that she is a ‘sweetheart’, traveled well and I am on my way shortly……..

Nancy would not even accept any gas money from me. I am beyond grateful for the fast stepping up to assist us with getting this GD out of the shelter as she was so urgent and, I could not even get Nancy to take one dime for all of her time, effort, gas and kindness. She asked me to put any donation I would give her way to this Dane’s Vet Bills and I shall do so!

Nancy, never could I thank you enough for helping me to mobilize so fast to get this girl safe into rescue. I am truly one lucky person to know you……..THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Soon……..she will be at BHRR soon………..

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She is arriving tomorrow or the next day. Poor girl has been in at least three homes to date, is only 12-18 months of age, extremely fearful, no training and, needed out of the shelter ASAP. 
Thank you to Nancy for her help in driving this transport as I am at CHEO all day tomorrow with my daughter and cannot drive to get her myself.

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