UPDATE: He has had 6 seizures today to date.

Per his Vet, the seizures that he had in the Hospital lasted no more than 3 minutes.

She gave him one very light dose of valium and a light top up dose of phenobarbital with the first seizure, and one additional top up dose of phenobarbital with the second seizure.

We are awaiting the results of the bloodwork to see how his liver is handling the Phenobarbital.

THANK you to everyone that has been so unbelievably kind, caring and generous to send and post supportive words AND for the financial consideration to his Vet Bills.

We are forever indebted for your consideration!

UPDATE: Sadly, Mr. Oslo has had yet, another seizure event.

The good news is that he is presenting well between his seizures.

We are SOOOOOOOOO beyond grateful and appreciative and humbled by the words of support and the financial contributions to assist with his Vet Bills. 

Donations can continue to be sent direct via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password.

We will update as we can…..


BHRR’s Oslo, the 7 month month old puppy has been rushed to the Vet Hospital by his great foster family. 

He has now had four seizures since early this AM and has been admitted to the Hospital for care.

He has been in our rescue since October 11th with no seizure activity.

He has been taking his medications – was increased by his previous Vet prior based upon his blood results – prior to us taking him into rescue.

He was scheduled for his repeat blood work tomorrow AM to check his phenobarbital levels; yet, sadly; today; he has had seizure activity.

If anyone can spare, even $5 towards his emergency vet care – we will find out if people can donate direct to the Hospital they use in Amherstview – yet, donations would be so humbly and gratefully received by:

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password*

We will update as we can.

His foster mama has been a solid strong rock for Mr. Oslo as seizures can be very scary and stressful to the animal and to the humans.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration to this sweet boy! 

BHRR’s Oslo, the Cane Corso puppy!

He has been settling in beautifully with his awesome temp foster home. 

He has not had any seizures since his arrival and we have had him into the Vet to obtain some flea/tick/heartworm meds along with de-worming. We also picked up more Gabapentin for him.

He weighed 36 kgs(79.2 pounds).

Being so straight legged in the hind end; he lacks rear angulation and a quick neuro test; determined that he is weaker in the one back leg over the other.

He is getting plenty of appropriate level of exercise as we work to build up his muscle mass and tone to make him stronger.

As he adjusts to the higher dosing of the phenobarbital; he is also going through some understandable ataxia. In the next week; he will be back for a repeat blood test to check his levels to help determine if this adjusted dosing remains best for him.

As a growing puppy (7 months of age); he will need dosing adjustments.

We are also closely monitoring his eyes as they are sometimes red and a bit runny so when he goes in for his recheck blood test, we are going to have his eyes checked. His left eye does have more prominent haws. Yet, If he needs to go in earlier for them; we will make it happen!

He has been making safe bubble COVID-19 human plus doggie friends and he is in excellent hands with his foster family and we continue to ensure that he lacks for nothing. 

Thank you to his wonderful foster family for everything!




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

1. 9th Annual ‘GIVE IT UP 4 AUTUMN – Starts November 5th!
Please EMAIL with what you will ‘Give Up’ to help BHRR’s Symba & BHRR’s Coupe!

2. 18th Annual Special Secret Santa to the BHRR Doggies– 0 more deserving dogs need a special Secret Santa! Please EMAIL

3. 12th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS Online Auction! – Starts November 21st – Please EMAIL if you have any items to donate!

4. STAY Tuned – Our Popular Drive-Way Nail Trim & Ear Cleaning Events will start up again in April 2021
Times: 4-7 pm(M-F) or 11 – 3 pm(S & S)
Please EMAIL if you would like to host us in your Drive-Way!
*easy to self-distance
*we can take cash, debit or credit
*no appointments necessary

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

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

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

10% of sales of her products will come to BHRR!

*You can purchase t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, totes, greeting cards and SO much more! She will be adding products regularly.

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

BHRR’s Oslo!
6.5 month old Cane Corso Puppy who has IS.

He has arrived safely into the caring kind arms of his foster family and is already settling in nicely. 

Please do keep his previous home in your thoughts for this was not an easy decision for them.

Thank you to Lucie & Judy/Ron again for their generous Volunteer transport assistance.


My last post of my night!

This special cutie arrives tomorrow!

He is the 6.5 month old male Cane Corso that has Idiopathic Seizures.

Drive safe wishes to the amazing kind hearted Volunteers for helping to transport him AND thank you to Judy/Ron for stepping up to be his fabu temp foster parents!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!


Unfortunately, we find ourselves having to address the below issues once again. Every few years it seems we must re-visit this despite being very clear on our website, Facebook and Petfinder as to how we operate.

This last 24 hours we have had not one yet, two extremely unpleasant moments.

Let us be extremely clear that if people continue to disrespect what is openly stated; we will involve legal and take the necessary action(s).

Our camera’s are running.

1) we are a foster based rescue that operates out of our home and our approved fosters. NOWHERE does it state that you can just drop by, visit or ‘get’ a dog because you want one.

It is NOT even ok to leave a voice message as a ‘courtesy heads up’ that you are on your way or will be on your way shortly to our PRIVATE property which is our home.

We would never do this to you; so do not expect it to be ok to do it to us. We get so little quality family time as it is and your blatant disregard for being mindful of our family time is not going to be tolerated.

We have a very thorough adoption process which is and has been posted over and over and over again in the last shy of 25 years.

All of the steps to be considered for a BHRR approved adoption is found on our websites and even in the application. We have done our job to have the information there. It is now up to you to read and follow the instructions.

We have posted many times over that only completed applications shall be considered/reviewed. We are NOT going to respond to ANY inquiries sent via email, text, voice message, Petfinder or Facebook. This is and has been posted many times over. So Stop. Spamming via email, text, phone, and/or Petfinder is not going to receive a response. They will be deleted and if you continue, marked as spam/junk/blocked.  It is equally NOT acceptable for you to come uninvited; to our home, private property with or without any completed application in hand.

As we also post, if a dog is listed on Petfinder, on our Website or on Facebook page as being ‘Available For Adoption’, YES, that dog is still available. We directly state that we work to keep everything up to date.

We have equally posted many times over that we are not going to make exceptions to our adoption contract, processes, policies and procedures.

2) the steps to surrender a dog is also openly stated on our website.

Do NOT leave a message and then only a couple of hours later show up at our home expecting us to drop everything and put your request above all of the other needy dogs that are equally ‘urgent’.

This is our home. This is private property.

AND do not say to one of us that you left many emails or voice messages re: said dog when we communicate closely with each other and know that this is a lie.

YOU are making our work more difficult that it ever should be and trust me, operating a highly r/q Rescue is damn hard.

BHRR is not about you; it is about the animals and please allow us to do our jobs; our non paying, 24/7, 365 days a year jobs.

We have been doing this since 1996; know what we are doing, are the experts in what we do from rescue to transport, to rehabilitation to adoption, from feeding to vetting, to training to behavioural modification and so much more.

If you want to adopt; please follow the process. If you have a dog in need; please follow the process.

The Boerskins


This is a 6.5 month old male Cane Corso puppy that has idiopathic seizures.

I have spent the past few weeks talking/supporting this home via phone and email; hoping that his owners would become comfortable in working to manage the seizures.

If we can help keep dogs with their wonderful owners, that is what we would love to see.

However, they have reached a level of being overwhelmed with quite a few other factors coming into play so, they have made a really selfless choice wanting to surrender him to our highly focused and experienced special needs rescue.

Please join us in surrounding this home with kindness.

ETA October 10th