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


1) In having a discussion with several members of the BHRR BOD; we shall be open as of Septermber 1st – subject to change if need be – for the intake of completed applications ONLY to consider for approved adoptions.

BHRR ONLY places per right matched personality fits and has an extremely thorough adoption screening process.

2) Unfortunately, again….in 2020 we will not be doing a BHRR Calendar. The cost is too high for what comes out of our personal pockets when that is monies that are desperately needed to keep BHRR open.

3) ISO: Auction Items for our upcoming 9th Annual Dine with the BHRR Doggies Event. Human, dogs, cat, gift baskets, gift certificates etc. ALL are welcome!

We also need draw prizes!

Please do not post your kind offers here, please do email

4) It is that time again! Time to think about being a special Secret Santa to the BHRR doggies! 2020 marks our 18th year doing this!!

As of today, we still have 21 deserving BHRR doggies in need of a special SS to call their very own!

To learn more and to sign up, please do visit the link!

5) BHRR is in urgent need of the following items:
Garbage bags – all sizes
Laundry soap
Fabric Softner
Fabric Softner Sheets
Giants Sized Dog Toys
XL Costco Dog Beds
Blankets, Duvets, Towels
Paper Towels

6) Please do reach out if you or someone you know has a Great Dane/Giant Breed Dog in need. We are also a highly/strongly focused special needs rescue so take in other breeds as we can that are also: Deaf and/or Blind, Sick, Senior, Neuro, Injured, Pregnant, Palliative, Nursing, Other Medical, Orphaned & Behavioural

It hurts our hearts to see dogs being put to sleep when there is an organization – we have been around since 1996 – OR to see these dogs end up in disreputable places.

Please do email if you or someone that you know needs assistance.

BHRR’s Nimbus says Gwennie is home!

He is the 14 month old Giant Schnauzer that has a bite history that we took in July 25th.

He very much has lacked boundaries, manners and has felt that he can rule the world. On the flip side, he also did not have his own needs/wants met as they should have been.

From the moment I first brought him home, not once but twice, he has lifted his leg upon first meeting Sean to urinate on him.

He has jumped, mouthed, has demonstrated serious intent to bite – especially where his collar is concerned. He is extremely sensitive/reactive to his collar/neck being touched.

We do not attempt to touch his food or toys at the present, items that he only gets when he is in his crate or in the one fenced in yard or in a room by himself to enjoy. We are a long way off from sharing water bowls too with the other dogs.

When he first arrived, he was wearing a muzzle that his previous O.’s had put upon him – the man in particular was highly fearful of him. We managed to swap out the collar he was wearing to a martingale – as his previous loop collar was ill fitting and he is a big flight risk – and then took the muzzle off.

He has been doing well with his crate training – yet, is reactive in any situation he feels cornered.

He has proven to be excellent with the dogs he has been integrated with to date – BHRR’s Fred – who has his own bite history prior to coming to BHRR; BHRR’s Walter and my two Wolfies, Torin plus Brogan. He has zero issues with BHRR’s Caramel; yet, as always Mr. Caramel feels threatened and worried about any new dog and thinks they may eat him so, he barks at Mr. Nimbus…so, baby steps. Mr. Nimbus was also excellent with BHRR’s Valour may that sweet soul RIP and was the first one to get her to do a bit of a play bounce.

He is riddled with anxiety and has been torn between wanting to hurt me and wanting desperately to trust me and have me take care of him. This picture demonstrates that I am very slowly getting through to him as he was so happy to see me!

Before anyone steps up to impart their own opinions; I have not just a Masters yet a PhD in Psy(behaviour and development) and for many dogs; BHRR is the end of the road. If it were not for us; many a dog would have been euthanised instead of living great quality filled lives……

I am not going to rush out to have him put to sleep due to his behaviour – which is what his breeder wanted his O.’s to do as the breeder refused to take him back, plus the one O. was open to doing. We know many a group wanted him due to his breed; yet, many a group would not have been prepared, experienced, knowledgeable to manage him.

Behaviour is NOT changed; it is modified to be the best behaviour that it can be. Due to his resource issues, he has been allowed to rule his previous home and there was a set up for failure when the one O., who was already fearful of him; attempted to take something away and Mr. Nimbus snapped, made a connection with the O. While the previous O. did not need sutures/staples; he did go on both oral and IV antibiotics.

We take in the special needs, that is our focus – be it medical and/or behavioural and there is no timeline for these often lifetime labour of loves.

He has been moved to our Haven program – will he be moved back; who knows and it does not matter. BHRR has never been about adopting dogs…we have always been about assisting the next one in need of our highly specialised programs and if, said dog could be placed up for adoption, fine; yet, our Haven program is a massive part of what we do.

There is no rush, we are not desperate and though, originally Mr. Nimbus(what we are calling him) developed an early connection to Sean; it is now myself that he is very slowly developing a relationship with.

One small step at a time to get him to realise that trust and respect work both ways; that there shall be rules – we are a positive balanced approached program – that we will be clear and consise in our communication so that there is not any confusion with what we are asking of him.

There shall be structure, consistency, stability, obedience, love, patience and understanding and right now, he is figuring myself out and I am still learning about him.

We do not operate or rule with fear….he is realising that….we do not use prongs, chokes or shock/e-collars. Almost 30 years into working with animals – with knowledge, experience, formal education – 14 years post secondary let alone all of the continued CE.

I am beginning to get genuine nubby tail wags. I am getting more relaxed body expression. I am getting proper eye contact now. I have not been rushed or lunged at in days and he plus I are coming to an understanding…..there are compromises on both sides on some things as we work towards moving from the small picture to the bigger picture and that there shall not not be any compromises on others.

He is learning that his non verbal and verbal cues are being read and listened to. He is learning boundaries. He is learning praise and treats and that his tolerance/threshold is going to be listened too.

We have so much time to work on in expanding appropriate displays of behaviour and for the present, it is Gwennie Dog Boot camp….seeing how happy he was to see me when I arrived home today; small yet, also huge progress is being made…..Setting up for success!

hanks to Cassy, BHRR’s Nimbus(what we are calling him) is safe with me now!

He weighed 38.7 kgs (85.14 pounds) at work and we did bloodwork for heartworm and tick borne diseases – negative – as well as pre-operative bloodwork in preparation for being neutered.

He is scheduled for August once he has had more time to settle in.

He is a 13 month old lacking serious manners and boundaries. He and I had a couple of ‘talks’ at work re: getting on the scale and then getting blood.

It is not ok to pull and yank and it is not ok to jump, mouth, try to bite and to not do something by attempting to throw your weight around. It is not ok to try and intimidate and threaten either. This was how he was running the home he came from.

This is the Giant Schnauzer that has serious resource issues and one of his previous owners went to take a high value item away and he snapped. He made contact and the Male owner ended up with two punctures. He did not require sutures yet, is on both oral and IV antibiotics.

He was quarantined and now that the health inspector has done their inspection; he could come to rescue.

Welcome to BHRR & Gwennie’s boot camp Mr. Nimbus!

I already know that you and I are going to have quite a few ‘conversations’ in our journey together!

Thank you also to Michelle and Cody and Jocelyn for their assistance at work tonight with him!

Next in need of BHRR!

I year old unaltered Male Giant Schnauzer. Born June 11th, 2019

Owner surrender. He is way too much dog for them, lacks manners/training, has resourced the female owner and also toys or anything he feels is high value since they got him at 7 weeks of age..

Mr. was already very nervous of him and went to take a high value item away and dog snapped; made a connection and Mr. got two punctures from the dogs canine teeth. Mr. did not require sutures yet, is on oral and IV antibiotics.

Breeder will not take back. Breeder said to put him to sleep, Mr. wants him put to sleep and Mrs. feels he has potential. Her deep love for him prompted her to reach out for rescue assistance.

As a GD/Giant Breed strongly focused special needs rescue – medical and/or behavioural; he represents 100% the kind of dog we are here to assist.

BHRR has assisted many Giants Schnauzers over the past 25 years and look forward to his arrival.

This is a strong breed and in the wrong inexperienced hands, not the setup for success for home/dog.

ETA being worked on.