BHRR Animals Available For Adoption

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

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

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

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

BHRR only places per best matched personality fit.

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


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

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

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

BHRR’s Mollie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 28th, 2019 – *Standard Poodle/Saint Bernard

BHRR’s Percival(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE February 8th, 2020 – *Fox Red Labrador – PENDING ADOPTION Since May 21st

BHRR’s Lilly(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 28th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Caramel(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE June 13th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Walter(M ) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 10th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Volt(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE SINCE July 15th, 2020 – *Rottie 

BHRR’s Coupe(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL January 13th, 2020 – *NewfX(Possibly with Lab)

BHRR’s Devaney(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL ETA July 7th, 2020 – *Black Labrador





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

1. Our Drive-way Nail Trims/Ear Cleaning Events!

2. Our 9th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction runs until Thursday July 9th @ 9 PM EST

3. Our 9th Annual DINE WITH THE BHRR DOGGIES is on September 19th, 2020
*83% SOLD OUT!

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

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

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

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any applications for approved adoptions until at least August.

We will re-evaluate this closer to that date as to if we need to extend that date.

We will not be accepting any applications or any non-refundable applications fees during this time. 

This is for several reasons:

1) BHRR requires a Vet Reference and as someone who works in animal medicine, I know how absolutely insanely busy we are at this time with our staff/hours. We are NOT going to jam up the phone lines doing vet references when people are trying to get through to make urgent appointments, asking for refills of lifesaving meds, needing prescription food etc.

Additionally, the government has announced that Veterinarians can ONLY operate on an urgent basis.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for urgent reasons. Not for Vet references.

We need to focus on patient care at the Hospital and we respect and understand that other Hospitals need to do the same. We are an essential service and need to be able to provide that service to the best of our abilities and checking Vet references does not fall under that criteria.

2) We cannot nor will we do home-visits. I put my life and my family’s life at risk every day that I go to work to take care of other people’s pets. Doing a home-visit is not responsible nor does it follow the policy set forth from the government that we need to be practising self-isolating to flatten the curve.

Doing a home-visit is not urgent during this COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, I go to work, utilize the ever dwindling supply of PPE available, I go home, I buy groceries, get gas and that is it for my public appearances. I am thinking NOT only of my dogs, yet, my family and you…I am thinking of all of the other people out there….

3) It does greatly concern us with the number of inquiries coming our way over the past couple of weeks.

On a ‘good’ day, I get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past four weeks; we are up to almost 2,000 emails and almost 125 phone calls a day.

People telling us that they now have time on their hands. If you did not have time before you stopped working; what makes you think that you will have time once you go back to work?

Additionally, even with people going on EI; the monies coming in are not the same as if you were working and if you feel that you are struggling to pay bills, buy groceries, how do you feel that you can take on the costs of having a Giant Breed dog?

The average cost – and I have been tracking this since 1996 – of owning a giant breed per year, PRIOR to emergencies is $2,400.

All of this to say; we will not be processing any applications until it is ideal plus safe to do so.

If you send us a completed application along with the non-refundable application fee, we will be responding that we are not accepting nor reviewing applications and when we do feel that it is safe to do so, we shall begin to slowly open up. 

Our Petfinder and home websites as posted are kept up to date and all details re: said dogs are on their individual blogs. Once, we do open up again for applications, we will remain ONLY responding to completed applications. You would be welcome to re-submit your application along with the non-refundable application fee at that time for members of the BHRR BOD to consider. We will NOT be holding on to your applications nor the non-refundable application fee from now to then. 

**EXCEPTION: We shall no longer be covering the cost of any banking or PayPal fees should people send this non-refundable fee. In May/June, we were out of pocket almost $100 as people were not be mindful. This is much needed money being taken away from the animals as we are covering the fees out of our own pockets and that is money that we would have used for the BHRR animals.**

Asking us what the cost to adopt is or asking to meet a dog; is all information found on our websites. We are not a pound, shelter or facility. We are an all Volunteer organziation that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups and as it is their prerogative to adopt out during this extremely difficult time and it remains our perogative to not do so.


My final post of my night!

All of the winners of our flash online auction have now been notified via posts in the album, so please check the item(s) that you bid on! 

Additionally, with spring, it brings mud and it means lots and lots and lots more of daily laundry and in this picture; we are down many dogs beds as we work both of our washers nonstop to get them constantly cleaned!

For those not yet aware, BHRR’s Coupe – seen in this picture -is also now bunking in with The Boerskins and has settled in beautifully. He is such a low maintenance chill dude! 

With COVID-19 on the minds and conversations of so many, we sincerely hope that everyone is doing as well as can be expected during these uncertain and worrisome times.

Per a previous post made, The Boerskins are in self-isolation as Sean was away in SF and while he can work from home; I sadly; cannot and no work means no income and we deeply can empathise with everyone that is in the same situation. The Boerskins are all doing well overall and we are keeping the world in our hearts and best thoughts……

I do know that I find it hard not working as I know how busy my fellow veterinary team members have been at EVC and I wish I could be there assisting them.

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes are being sent and please do remember that, if, we can do anything to assist you during your own time of need; please never hesitate to reach out……as a community we must be there for each other, united and keeping that social distancing so that we can flatten the curve.

THIS came on my radar last night!

Nicki is making handmade bracelets to benefit our Giant Breed Rescue & Rehabilitation Programs!

100% comes to BHRR and she is doing this indefinitely!

HOW creative, thoughtful and generous is this?! 

I already bought mine!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & to purchase yours:


“This bracelet is to support the Ottawa Birch Haven giant dog breed Rescue and Rehabilitation centre. (BHRR).

The unakite beads are a stone that is believed to help with feelings of abandonment and separation issues – very fitting as a representation for dogs that have lost their homes for various reasons. The cost of feeding, medicating, and housing giant breed dogs is much higher than rescues for smaller breeds so every little bit helps.

Paw print charm is made of brass”


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 almost 25 years.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 20th, 2019 to Friday January 3rd, 2020 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Saturday January 4th, 2020!

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

BHRR’s Winter Wonderland
November 11th, 2019

As always, they thrive best with consistency, structure and routine and are ‘on alert’ waiting patiently for Kinsley to come home from school. That time of day!

THAT we are currently receiving 15+cms of snow and it is a snow day, does not cross their minds!

AND there is always one or two that march to their own drum – Summit (Deaf/Blind) & Salt (Deaf/Visually Impaired) are the only SMART ones, realising that Kinsley is actually in the house and are facing the house! 

Nothing wrong with their noses and they have excelled with their scent training!  Summit & Salt win in knowing exactly where Kinsley is!

A great day for fun filled snow play and now all are crashed out by the fireplaces having nice snoozes!

Play Date Today!
April 20th, 2019Today, we had a play date @ our home and ONE of these dogs – our own GSD named Denali – is NOT like the others!  

Some are looking at Sean, some at me and some are looking for their friends that were driving in when I snapped this picture! 
We had a total of 27 dogs come out to play/visit! It brought me so much joy to see quite a few of our Fosters & Haven Dogs come out….

***EDITING to add as several seem to think that this GSD is BHRR’s Juneau, he is NOT. This is our own GSD Denali, a PTSD in training. 

Anyone that has been following BHRR’s Juneau would be aware that any interaction of this kind would have been disastrous.***

Thank you to everyone that came out today to our last 2018 hosted event at BHRR!

Our 7th Annual Chain of Success Thank You Pooch/People Potluck.

We had a total of 31 folks come out to spend the afternoon and evening with The Boerskins! Sadly, we had three homes reach out to us to say that they were sick and could no longer attend and we sincerely hope that you feel better soon!

We feel deeply honoured to have had so many wonderful folks grace our home and thank you Bruce for the donation of your 50/50 winnings back to BHRR! That will all go towards BHRR’s Char’s mounting Vet Bills.

Thank you from our hearts for the paper towels, the laundry detergent, the fabric softener and the Lysol Wipes….so desperately needed and deeply appreciated!

Each of you are truly lovely and we are privileged plus humbled to have your support.

We hope everyone has a really wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

A pic – the others would not post so will post on the thread instead! – from when most people other than Mary, Jacob & Nate had left!

Warmest good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters!

Our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction now has 109 amazing items up for bids!

We have just added our last wonderful 12 items!

Auction ends TOMORROW – Thursday November 29th @ 9 PM EST!

We have just added more of Kimberly’s incredible homemade vanilla and also Bailey’s fudge, kitchen towels, 3 x gorgeous The Crazy Dog House Key Chains plus a See Sawyer Run Web Master Harness!

Thank you’s extended once more FROM our hearts to Kimberly, Jan & Uta for their lovely donations!

To learn more and to bid on any of the wonderful gems up for grabs, you have to visit the Auction!

**NOTE: PLEASE note the pick up area(s) for any items you may be interested in. NOT all items can be shipped!**

For anyone that may have an item to donate, please do email It is not too late to consider our cause. All monies raised shall go to the emaciated/severely neglected GD BHRR’s Char!

We remain so devastated that we could not save BHRR’s Bane yet are hoping that you may continue to consider supporting our rescue efforts so that we can help BHRR’s Char.



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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

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

BHRR’s Gravel! 
~6.5-7 years old

Mel & Danya, you would not recognise this boy now from when he first arrived – emaciated, terrified and almost never made it out of the high kill pound!

Danya – this is the boy that you left work to help out and get him on a transport to us.

He has put on over 62 pounds since he first arrived into Rescue of much needed muscle mass and weight. He now weighs just under 117 pounds. 

While he much rather prefer to be a home body, he travels great in the car and once he has some time to settle when we are out and about, his tail will begin to wag once more.

The days of his tail being all tucked up tight to his belly are no more…..

He continues to love teenage girls and puppies! Just adores them!

He had a great annual vet visit tonight!

VJ – ‘your boy says hello!’ 

This is Gwennie!

Many of you may not know this face for she is always hiding from the lime-light.

Today is a very special day for today is Gwennie’s Birthday! 

If it were not for this truly amazing woman, BHRR would not exist and thousands upon thousands of animals/people would not have been helped over the past 22+ years.

The truly broken physically and/or behaviourally…Danes, Giants and Honourary that have been saved thanks to her. Dogs & Horses that many others would not or could not help. 98% of the dogs that come to Gwen are special needs for this was her mandate for BHRR and are often the dogs’ last chance at having a future. AND Gwennie delivers. She gives these dogs the best of everything.

Many friendships would never have been formed if it were not for this great woman either.

She has not only brought many dogs and people together, she is the glue that keeps those links on her BHRR Chain of Success so strong and stable.

She is often giving credit to others, even when it should come to her….content to stay in the background and let others be the focus of attention. Humble, generous, thoughtful and caring, nothing Gwennie would not do for anyone she felt was worthy.

Loyal to a fault and though trust is hard earned, once earned it is steadfast and solid. Break that trust and that is a whole different story! 

Where Gwennie does not take a back seat is when it comes to the animals and people in need. She has no hesitation in standing up for what is right, takes a zero tolerance approach and will go toe to toe in any situation that there is a need.

She has never once waivered in her vision over the past 22+ years for BHRR and has kept BHRR being a highly reputable, responsible and quality filled rescue. No animal lacks for anything and corners are never cut and she has kept BHRR small, personable with having second to none success rates.

She creates miracles every day…..many have born witness to this. She has never shied away from the difficult, heart wrenching and financially demanding animals in need. Even knowing that her heart will be ripped to shreds again and again, Gwennie continues to find strength and heart to save the next in need of her.

These animals are treated like cherished family members and anyone that visits BHRR has seen firsthand how the dogs follow and look for Gwennie. People can see how they look at Gwennie, the trust, the mutual respect, the love that they have. It is a beautiful and humbling thing to witness as these animals learn to be dogs and blossom plus grow under her care.

Time and time again, Gwennie has worked magic and has successfully rehabbed dogs to either be placed up for adoption or kept safe in BHRR’s Haven Program. She has given life to so many, great life.

Gwennie does without to ensure that the animals get everything…the big joke is how Gwennie does not even own a winter coat or boots!

It would be lovely if we could come together as her village and community and donate some funds to help Gwennie continue the extremely important work that she does.

**Email Transfer or PayPal:**

Do also join us in wishing her a wonderful day as we celebrate her!

HAPPY Birthday Gwennie! 

Your Loving BHRR Family/Team

**$410 Donated To Date**

ISO: Human and/or Doggie Treatie Bakers!
Our 5th ANNUAL ‘Breaking Bills Bake Online’ Auction is coming up fast! Starts Saturday January 20th!
Last year we had 67 incredibly donated yummy items and $1,158 was raised to help Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson! ??
Monies raised in our 2018 extremely unique & 1-of-a-kind annual event shall be divided up between BHRR’s Booker(DDB Puppy with the back broken leg) & our FCE Puppy, The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg. ?
If anyone may consider donating an item or more of either a Canine and/or Human baked goodie – does not need to be made until after the fundraiser is over – so is fresh! – please do EMAIL
We only host five planned fundraisers a year and this is our first one of 2018.
Thank you deeply from our hearts if you may consider their worthy causes to support!
More details re: our amazing fundraiser can be found in this LINK.

As we head into New Years Eve, here is Sean’s end of year statement.

Sean is Co-Founder and a BHRR BOD Member of BHRR. This photo is of him and BHRR’s Daffodil from our traditional XMAS Even Photo shoot – December 24th, 2017! She remains Available For Adoption!

In Sean’s Words:

‘Here we are again – at the end of another year. Time to reflect on the great, the good, the bad and the ugly and set our sights on the year to come.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t specifically take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made a positive contribution to BHRR. I couldn’t possibly name everyone – but you certainly know who you are!

The contributions you’ve made through time and effort, vet bills, food, auction donations, cleaning supplies, transport, etc. is precisely what allows us to do what we do! We are a community – and stronger because of it. I offer my most heartfelt thank-you to all of you. I count our interactions with all of you as part of the highlight reel.

So many wonderful people have come into our lives.

Together we’ve done a lot of great things in 2017. There are so many BHRR dogs in forever loving homes, there have been successful events for awareness, education and fundraising. One of the most significant and recent successes for this year is The Bakers Dozen and demonstrates perfectly how everyone came together as strong links on the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ when needed.

This was a huge outpouring of support!

It blows my mind to contemplate the amount of puppy formula that was donated and consumed! This would not have been achievable without the enormous outpouring of support given. Seriously – the amount of formula we went through would make several mortgage payments look like chump change!

And the ugly…… I’m not generally one to dwell on the negative – but I think it is important to acknowledge and address what I feel is a growing and unfortunate trend. Let’s address something that is very real yet seldom openly discussed.

A trend not just with us, but across the internet, business and personal interactions all around. Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of destructive and abusive interactions.

This year we were subjected to a new low – as at least one person out there already knows – BHRR was subject to a malicious attack. In the end, we were proven/validated to be operating a stellar, highly responsible, excellent and much needed organization for the animals. As this was not based in fact or naive ignorance, they received a cautionary warning and we are now investigating possible further legal venues.

However, our initial response from the actions of this vindictive individual was a ‘Wow – never saw that one coming…’

We have hosted regular BHRR events here – 6 a year for over 2 decades – for people’s benefit and for the animal’s of BHRR.

We open up our home to the scrutiny of strangers and, we have done so gladly, and, openly for we have nothing to hide………..

We commit to giving up what could be very precious, valuable coveted family time for the sake of our guests. We feel it is so important for people to witness firsthand what we do and, why we do it and, that we are not like ‘every’ other group or org. out there…..

We have even had people from approved Volunteers, the curious, the interested, stay here overnight, for days and even weeks at a time.

We have always remained full of disclosure and have shared the ups, the downs, the good, the bad and the ugly with all of our followers, supporters, friends and family.

But to the individual responsible for a baseless complaint – thank you so much for putting our family on edge and under the microscope. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the surprise and shock instead of an open dialogue with anyone who may have had questions or concerns.

So much better to lob a hand grenade from the bushes and run away. This doesn’t feel constructive, or motivated by the best interests of the animals – this feels very personal and malicious. We are very proud of what we’ve done with our lives – can you say the same?

While I’m also not prone to extolling our own efforts – we have dedicated almost 22 years of our life to the protection of animals, particularly the special needs dogs and the giant breeds – those least likely to be picked up by high turnover rescues. Animals others cannot or will not assist. 99% of those we help are the truly medical and/or behaviourally broken, We are small, personal and dedicated. We’re not trying to be dramatic when we say this – even those who know us have absolutely no idea the level of personal commitment and sacrifice this has taken from our family. The sheer amount of physical work, the hours night and day, the successes and the heartbreaks.

Responsible/quality rescue is 24/7. We do not ‘dabble’ in rescue, only do the ‘fun’ things, hang out, visit and then get to go home to relax and enjoy 9 hours of restful sleep. The stress, lack of sleep, financial drain and complete lack of freedom for something as simple as a family vacation – or even a movie or dinner night out is our lives day in and day out and we have done this gladly! The cyberbullying endured, the tens of thousands of pounds of food transported and stacked. Hydro bills – OVER $1,100/ month and enough laundry – up to 12 loads daily – to choke a laundry mat.

We’re not looking for the thanks, the praise, the accolades, or parades in our honor. We do this for the dogs, not the recognition or for any ‘pats on the back’.

At the same time, we have grown even less tolerant of the abuse, the hand grenades thrown from the sidelines, the armchair quarterbacks who find it so easy to second guess and criticize – to judge, without ever actually seeking to understand or becoming involved.

Cyberbullying is a very real problem and after much research and conversations held with cyberbullying experts, professors and lawyers, note that regardless of the occupation, paid or volunteer, everyone has the right to work in an environment free from personal threat, free from worry about emotional and/or physical harm and the right to not be bullied. This is punishable by law.

Social media is an amazing thing, it is also an awful thing that so many spanning across a vast amount of businesses, non-profits, other professional venues and personal arena’s have been enduring some level/form of bullying.

Those who want to blame, point fingers instead of learn and understand, shame on you. Those who want to take shortcuts and then foist their problems on us, shame on you. Those who want to be coddled and told they are doing everything properly when in fact they are the issue, not the animal, shame on you. Those who are turned down for an adoption and respond by spewing accusations, sour grapes and names, shame on you. Since our inception in 1996, we have retained a zero tolerance approach with the amount of nonsense, armchair quarterbacks and negativity endured.

Setting our sights on the year(s) to come – what’s next for Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services? Same wonderful people – same Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – same strong rescue mission. Absolutely nothing will change 
overnight – we will continue to do what we have always done. We continue to help the next dog in need – we continue to place adoptable dogs into their right matched forever homes and we continue to provide a safe haven for those animals that need us.

Over the coming years – we will gradually transition to our long held vision of more of a haven program (which is already a large part of what we do). We will always focus on the giant breeds and canines/horses with special needs. These are the ones that need us – these are the ones we feel we can provide the greatest benefit to with our education, experience, knowledge and heart.

As of January 2018, one of our changes shall be to our adoption area’s covered – we will adopt up to an including the Barrie and Cambridge, Ontario area’s from our location and into Quebec, we will cover up to the Montreal area. We will still rescue all across the world.

Over the next year, will also be implementing an ‘Advisory Round Table Board’ of like-minded BHRR approved Volunteers in addition to our BHRR BOD Team.

We will be adding two more BHRR approved Volunteers to our Community Education Liaison Member Team too.

I look forward to working with all of our supporters in 2018 – let us do as many wonderful things this coming year together as we were able to accomplish in 2017!

BHRR Co-Founder
BHRR BOD Team Member’


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 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. 

BHRR’s Gravel

He is ready to make his own special announcement and I could not be more proud of him or happy for him!

He came to us reactive to humans – note: a reactive dog is not trying to give us a hard time, they are trying to tell us that they are having a hard time – and almost did not make it out of the pound as no one could get near him, he was so fearful. Well, someone special did manage to get near him and we are forever grateful to them for not only asking us to assist yet jumped right into action and went straight to the pound to get him to us! 

Dogs like BHRR’s Gravel are common and he needed structure, consistency, patience, love, time and obedience to help him realise that he was not alone, could like himself, to build up his confidence in the correct manner, give him the tools he needed to learn self-control, that it was ok to trust, that we understood him and would not set him up for failure…..

Fast forward several months later and look at this boy now! Relaxed body, calm, happy, head up and so unbelievably handsome! No longer skinny and stressed.

He is wonderful. From degrees of being shutdown to fearful to asking for attention and taking treats and even at the Vets, though nervous, he is super brave and no longer as stoic as he once was.

All he wanted was to be left alone when he first came in….the videos I was sent of him at the pound, curled up either in a tight ball on the hard floor or crammed tightly into a corner of the run really broke my heart. He worked so hard to communicate and kudos to the people that listened…heard his need and ensured he would be safe! 

He travels great in a car!

He is quiet other than at dinner time as he gets so adorably excited and goes back and forth between the Xpen where he eats and us and that butt of his is up and down and up and down as he works hard to stick his sit.

He is crate and xpen trained and now has earned the trust to have freedom in our home yet as always, we never recommend a home giving any dog too much freedom to start. It is important for a dog to feel comfortable in a crate or xpen should they ever have to be on crate rest for injury or sickness and a great safe spot for them too!

He is great with other dogs and can go to a home as an only dog or to a home with an already right matched personality fit dog. Cats are unknown!

He is fine to do nails, ears and bathe and his leash manners are still a work in progress yet greatly improved.

He is wary yet curious in new surrounding now. We have worked to encourage him to make new friends and to check out new things.

Where once he would not take treats from strangers, he will upon occasion…rarely but it does happen these days. He does not growl or bark at strangers. He watches and observes.

He needs a very experienced, knowledgeable dog home, not necesssarily one that is also Dane savvy. We have earned his hard won trust and he must never be set up for failure. That would see him take huge steps backwards.

We do not find him a high maintenance dog. One just has to be educated on nonverbal body language and understand when he is getting uncomfortable. We deliberately stop to talk to people when we are out and just ask people to not touch or talk to him….just be around him and let him just soak up the positive safe vibes and BHRR’s Gravel will actually look for people now. 

He is learning about so many amazing things this world has to offer and that we do not expect anything from him that he is not ready to give. We do not want to make him into a dog he is not. We want to help him be the best dog he can be and truly, he is something pretty special!

While he loves kids, we do not feel that he should be in a home with them. Fast flighty unpredictable movements are not what he should be surrounded by. Yet, he really adores kids and young teens. He does cry as he wants to see them. He did come from a home with children and he adores my own two teenage kids.

He can be adopted to a home that works full-time, pt, from home, semi-retired, retired etc., as he is another fabu versatile BHRR dog.

He has so soaked up the comforts of Costco dog beds!! More than once, you can see him drag over a bed to put on top of another Costco Bed! LOL

We do not wish to portray him as being a dog that lunges, barks or snaps at people. He has never barked at me and the only lunge and lip curl I ever got from him was when I was trying to get him out of the run at work that day he arrived. I was able to take him without any issue from the car of the angel who helped transport him to me and put him in no problems into the run for the final 15-20 minutes it took to get ready to leave. Once he was in the run, he was terrified again and that took patience and understanding to get him out and once he was out, no more lip curling in fear.

He has never done any of these behaviours to anyone else throughout his whole rehab journey and we would never want him to ever experience the level of terror he has felt in his past. The fear growling is long gone too. That is why we want him in an experienced dog owner home. We never want him to ever feel that scared again.

Love this boy….I really do. He is a smaller male yet full of so much affection and those eyes….whenever he comes over to me when I am on the computer and gently bumps my elbow, I stop whatever I am doing….praise him softly and give him all the time he wants for he finally realises that he is worthy and it is ok to ask for what he wants! 

I know that this post shall chase away a lot of homes that may well be a great match for him yet I want to ensure with all of my heart that he is only set up for success.

To my home he is really a wonderful boy and has been no trouble in our home…..he is perfect in all of his imperfections which is no more than the flaws many out there have!

I adore you BHRR’s Gravel and we are all hunkering down to be patient for that home that is meant for you to find you!

Thank you Liz yet again for the gorgeous photo’s!

Tonight’s good night wishes are from BHRR’s Gravel!

He shall soon be making his own special announcement! Still working on getting a few more pounds on him and his rehab progress has been truly inspirational. What a really wonderful dog!

As soon as he arrived and he knew we understood that he was reactive and was not aggressive, he has just made huge leaps with his journey….as I have typed many times, a reactive dog is not trying to give us a hard time, they are trying to tell us that they are having a hard time.

He is reactive no longer for we worked to set him up for success and not have him set up for failure. We do not leave him alone in situations with adult humans that do not wish to learn to understand him and how nervous and uncomfortable he may end up feeling. His first reaction is to shut down….to then avoid and walk away and if feeling that no one is listening to him, to lip curl/growl in his escalating efforts to communicate his level of anixety, fear and nervousness.

He has learned to relax, trust and is so stoic in some ways….such a brave boy. He had to truly been pushed to his limits of his comfort zone to have been so reactive upon arrival, the poor thing. He does remain enthralled with kids, young teenage girls in particular yet with his nervous tendencies, we prefer a no kid home. He is so solid in our home….Great with the dogs and with us.

At dinner time, he is a complete goof! Bouncy all the way to his xpen and long before his bowl is placed in front of him, he is sitting in the most awesome attentive sits!

Danya & Mel – look at this magnificent boy now!!

Liz – thank you again for such stunning photo’s. 

BHRR’s Gravel is sending good night wishes to all of our friends, family & supporters!

These two beauties had their professional photo shoot today!

BHRR’s Gravel & BHRR’s Flyn. 

BHRR’s Gravel still needs a few pounds yet is doing awesome! So amazing. He came from a home with kids. While adults once terrified him and he felt threatened, he has loved children. He soaks up all the love given to him when Kinsley is here with her friends.

BHRR’s Flyn has had a really tough recovery from her mature spay last week and I almost thought we may have to forego her own photo taking today yet over the last 24 hours she is finally bouncing back. She was put on a new pain management regime and that seems to working for her. She remains such a mysterious girl and love it! AND Liz captured her fabu ears in full action!

Cannot wait to see the pics of them both and if all goes well within the next 10 days or so both could have their own special announcements to make!

On a side note, I know many have been waiting to read what we know shall be a thumbs up report of BHRR’s Ryder’s Vet visit.  Tonight, he was to have his own Vet visit yet that has been postponed and we do promise to update once he is seen for we are all excited to see what he weighs now – no longer an emaciated 48 pounds for sure!  AND we want to move not just on his neuter but to have his eye surgically addressed. He is a true love…..his coat improves daily and it is becoming so shiny and glossy as he sheds the old, dull, coarse, sun exposed, poor nutrition fur he once had.

AND the Saint pups, BHRR’s Cagney & BHRR’s Lacey are equally doing great in their emerge temp foster home. 

BHRR’s Gus the Neo is learning much needed manners, is a total ham of a character and is recovering well from a wasp sting to one side of his mouth. Puffed up his lip and flew to look like an adorable hippo on that side. Such a trooper and gosh, he is going to make a right matched forever loving home the best of additions! He is outstanding!

These two cuties were at Kanata Animal Hospital last night!

BHRR’s Gravel – he has put on another five pounds! He is now 48.3 kgs(106.23 pounds). He could still use another 7 pounds or so. Mel & Danya, remember the terrified reactive boy at the pound?! Remember how you had to rush down to the pound Danya?! Look at him now. Chilling, relaxed and comfortable as he waits his turn to see the Vet.  He can be a real ham at times now. Love when he has those moments as he is really enjoying life when he does.

BHRR’s Flyn – she has put on 11 more pounds! She now weighs 47.3 kgs(103.4 pounds) She needs about 5 or more pounds herself. She is a super quiet and calm girl. Very mysterious in many ways as she slowly continues to reveal herself to us. Really liking this girl….she is so much more than meets the eye and earning her trust has been sure and steady.

Both are doing great! Their Vet just loves their coats. BHRR’s Gravel’s once dry, seborrhoea coarse unhealthy coat is now shiny and healthy!

BHRR’s Flyn’s is slowly turning into a glossy shiny black herself! All that old sun exposed, dull hair is leaving!

Both have gained beautiful muscle tone and mass and are really gorgeous Danes!

Both were quite easy going for their boosters plus exams and BHRR’s Flyn can now safely have her spay now that she is healthy.

Today, they were to have their professional photo’s done in prep for their future special announcements yet the heat was really unbearable. They have both been rescheduled to next Tuesday.

Soon, my amazing journey’s with these two gorgeous Danes shall begin a new chapter….

Thanks again Mason for coming with me with them last night!

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!

Guess who?!

BHRR’s Gravel!

He was finally ready emotionally and physically to go to the Vet.

AND he rocked it! This once severe fear barrier aggressive boy was just solid.

Zero issues getting into the car, travelled great – was fairly relaxed and quite calm, looking curiously at the world around him. Leash manners were almost impeccable too.

He weighed 46.1 kgs (101.42 pounds) tonight. That means since his arrival to BHRR on April 17th, he has now put on 45.42 pounds and while still skinny, he is no longer emaciated. WTG! Well done BHRR’s Gravel! He has been developing much needed muscle tone and mass and he will need another good 12-15 pounds of weight before being considered at an ideal weight. So, for him, weighing around 115 pounds would be great. He is a smaller male Great Dane yet big in heart this sweet boy is.

He was a bit nervous when we first arrived yet such a solid boy overall. We had blood drawn for Heartworm plus Tickborne Borne disease testing and he stood on the scale like a champ.

He was calm and tail wagged stronger and more confidently the longer we were there. He laid down in the reception area and looked with wonderful interest at the other dogs that were also waiting for their own apts. He had zero worries with dogs or people and while he was not comfortable enough to take treats from anyone at the Hospital tonight, he at least smelled them.

His Vet had so many wonderful comments re: his coat and how shiny plus healthy it looked. ? No longer filled with tons of dander, old hair, dust and dirt.

His Vet agrees with me after doing their exam that he is most likely younger than 7. Perhaps 5 max. His eyes in particular did not indicate to be the eyes of a 7 year old dog.

His heart plus lungs were given a thumbs up and he was deemed healthy to begin his vaccine protocol.

We had de-wormed him upon arrival to our Rescue and he was placed on Heartworm/flea plus tick preventative at that time.

He was so quiet and accepting of the examination and I am deeply proud of him and the progress he has made since he arrived.

Mel & Danya, remember his transport from the pound? How you had to go down to the pound to try and get him out of the run Danya and attempting to get him into the car was a momentous feat. Look at him now?!

He really is a sweetie and when he buries his head gently into my lap or lays his head quietly upon my knee, my heart melts…..into total mush.

He is getting better and better at holding himself up with head held high with beautiful confidence and he is truly one uber handsome boy! When he lifts his head up and stands with belief in himself and trust in those around him, one really can see just how magnificent he is. His eyes shine with so much wisdom and heart. There is so much depth to this boys soul and every day feels like he trusts a bit more and is allowing us into his world.

To see him be happy almost 90% of the time now is a thing of beauty…..In time, it shall be 100%.

Guess who just ran around outside playing for the last half hour….YUP! BHRR’s Gravel!

Oh yeah! Yay! Yipppeee!

UPDATE: Tonight was a big step backwards yet that is also not abnormal or unexpected. I am the only one that can now handle him and he is suddenly depressed.

If he is not back to being more perked up tomorrow AM, I will have to stress him out somewhat as I do not want him getting dehydrated and will bring him into work with me. The poor boy does not have much in ‘spares’ in his body and as long as he was eating and drinking even some….those were positive ‘move forward’ signs….

When I pet him, even his shoulder blades are prominent.

As has been my motto for years, tomorrow is another day. He and I took a small stroll outside and he is resting in his crate now.

Sean has made a decision!

He has named him BHRR’s Gravel!

AND the fecal that I ran was negative yet we still de-worm as that does not necessarily mean his parasite free.

Still nameless and the push is on o get him named by end of today. A NEW name befitting his new amazing future!

UPDATE: He had another good night! Easy to take in and out of his colossal crate, no issues with collar handling – we are gentle and slow, goes outside, comes back inside, and eating plus drinking is still very minimal.

Not uncommon and the more settled and safe he feels, the more he will relax and begin to eat/drink.

He has been out in the 3+ fenced in yard twice so far this AM and the second time, he felt most comfortable with me near him – YAY! Yet, what I do not desire to happen is SA behaviours, so will find that right happy medium as we move forward.

AND, I got a small tail wag this AM. Very small BUT it was there, a little more than the tip….YAY!

Danya & Mel  – he is doing thumbs up, all things considered! What a rescue this was and thanks to you both plus Daniele again.

I am hoping to be able to bring him to work with me on Monday to start his full proactive/preventative vetting protocol yet we will see how he feels by then.

Another day together and getting to know each other!

He will get there…..and I have all the time and patience with love in the world for him. This is what we do!

I shall not share the video’s taken of him in the pound. We need to look towards his future and give him the present he deserves. He is extremely fearful and I now have to give him reasons to trust me….I need to earn that from him and the other dogs here will help him too with that.

BHRR was founded to help the dogs just like him……and we shall…..

AND I now have the newest addition to BHRR, the ~7 year old male Merle Dane.

Thank you to Danya – for rushing to the pound to safely get him out of the run and Daniele – for driving him all the way to KAH as I was working – to get him to me. This would have been his last day if it were not for you both today. I am forever grateful and indebted.

This boy still needs a name and he is almost a mirror image to BHRR’s Black Diamond in terror, lack of socialisation plus handling. This boy is also pretty close to being emaciated and I would say it is a fair statement to say he is. All hips, ribs and spine really showing. I was not able to capture in pictures truly how painful he looks.

I was told that he had also not eaten in three days…..

Nails, bath, exams, vaccines, blood-work etc., shall all have to wait for he needs to settle in first. He did provide me with a fecal sample out of fear – he also did that at the gas pound – and so we are sending it to the lab to test.

This is a photo of him & I are our way home. Not a great photo as he is so scared.

I am in urgent need of high quality canned dog food. For him and BHRR’s Sambuca. If anyone may consider assisting us in filling this need, please do let me know.

Thank you in advance for any consideration.

This boy is seriously emotionally broken….yet, as with BHRR’s Diamond, tomorrow is a new day. One step… day….at a time.

Welcome to BHRR you dear sweet boy…….This boy was dumped as the home has kids….he was skinny before he was even dumped….undersocialised and lacking training.

All that white hair and drool is from BHRR’s Sambuca! Car to be detailed again soon!



BHRR’s ????
As always, so many in need and never enough spots.

This 7 year Male Merle GD has ended up in a high kill gas pound and had only four days to get out. We were contacted to assist and the rest shall soon be history.

He is said to be skinny, not up to date on vaccines, and was dumped as the home has kids. He is undersocialised and fearful.

To those that question many groups position re: their child adoption policy, here is another recent drop off to a high kill place – BHRR’s Rickards is another example. Homes having kids is one of the top five reasons why dogs are given up, especially for Giants and the child adoption polices that groups have in place are there for excellent reasons.

Lack of obedience and socialisation are other top five reasons for a dog being dumped.

This boy is a poster dog for no less than three of these top reasons.

How could we turn away from him in his time of need?!

ETA to BHRR being worked on.

He shall be #6 for BHRR to be able to help this year.

Thank you to the angel that donated towards his pull fee. I was in surgery yesterday with BHRR’s Sambuca and offered to pay it all yet saw a posting later with this person’s generous contribution and when I was able to, I paid the remaining $50 owed to get him out of the pound.