BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

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

NOTICE:

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
BHRR

BHRR UPDATE!

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 contactbhrr@gmail.com

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
Pinesol

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 contactbhrr@gmail.com if you or someone that you know needs assistance.

BHRR’s Valour
? – Friday July 31st, 2020

I am not new to Rescue – almost 25 years with BHRR. I am not new to medicine – I was a Paramedic for 16 years and now am working in animal medicine for the past 16+ years.

I am not new to working with Danes or Giants – tens of thousands over the past almost 30 years between rescuing, owning, training, doing behavioural modification, rehabilitation etc.

I am not new to working with the special needs. That is our focus, our strength, our mandate.

I am not new to loss, the painful devastating painfilled loss that comes with having to let go or say good-bye to an animal in need.

We are here for the behavioural and/or medical dogs that others cannot or will not take on and as such, our devastating losses are higher than most other groups.

I am not stupid, dumb or uneducated. I even have a Masters and a PhD…. and I have NEVER experienced such a knife stabbing loss like yours BHRR’s Valour.

What I am new to is the not being able to explain nor understand why a dog died less than three hours after we got her home.

I think back to the time of her rescue, the findings I had, the taking her into the Vet the very next day, the emergency surgeries she had the day after that, her post op recovery, how she was when I took her home; how she was when Sean helped me bring her in – she was sluggish – she had a very long day/night; how she was when we settled her into our custom renovated recovery suite, how she was when I took her vitals after she arrived home…making the comment to Sean that she was a bit ‘off’ (we may not have had her long, yet we already were getting to know her); and we knew that she had gone through so much and it really was a really long day/night for her. We knew that she was not 100% well heading into her surgeries.

We got her settled in; I hunkered down in the same room with her ~600 square feet that has been put aside a dogs’ recovery oasis and monitored her closely. Her vitals were good at that time and the plan/recommendation – as it is with all of the dogs recovering; was to see her get settled in, rest and then offer her a bit of food/water and to take her next round of meds. We never got that far.

Shortly; her tongue came out, she turned purple, then blue, panted, flopped over and then died within mere minutes…from the first moment she turned purple, I was calling loudly for Sean and dialing Alta Vista with the other hand, to advise them that we were bringing her in.

We never got to bring her in….she died…..right then and there. It was surreal, it was shocking; it was horrifying.

Guelph college campus was not open for us to drop her off to have a necropsy done as we wanted one done for after she died so fast, she also then had bloody tinged fluid draining rapidly from her nose.

I am shocked, I am stunned….this girl was not just beautiful on the outside; she was beautiful all around.

Truly sweet and after fighting for well over a month to get her to safety in our rescue; she is now dead….

I have questions that I have nor shall ever receive the right answers for; I have regrets, I have doubts and I remain feeling like I have been hit with a ton of bricks….

YOU deserved so much better in your life prior to rescue and I wanted so badly to help you feel better and get the life of kindness, happiness and health that you deeply were so worthy of BHRR’s Valour.

I am still trying to figure out what the lessons are to be had in this tragedy….yet, I do know that when the time comes to help another in need; I will be an even stronger voice…I will work even harder to get the next one into rescue sooner and I will be a much stronger advocate. I will not take a backseat at any point and I am determined to remain front and centre for what is in the best interest of our dogs in need.

I have not slept since Wednesday night…..I am haunted….I am very sorry….just very very very sorry Miss Valour.

You will be remembered as the Dane who was beyond precious, sweet, gentle, wanting so desperately to trust, who began to lean into me with said trust beginning to show. I will always smile when you did a bit of a bounce outside enjoying the grass and sand in early morning sunshine.

Who did what was asked of her, despite her fear/worry….due to that trust and will always forever feel that I did not deserve said precious fragile trust in the end as you died….you died…just saying it, is still brutally difficult.

I am hurting hard and we shall plant a Bleeding Heart bush in your place of eternal rest for my heart shall forever be bleeding and you will forever be in my heart.

We shall not be collecting any more donations for they were to be lifesaving ones….

I will work to pay off her remaining thousands in bills out of my own pocket….

I wish I could understand the ‘why’ of her life, how awful it was prior to rescue……and then extremely short after her arrival into rescue. I wish many more people could have been touched by your incredible beauty and soft spirit……even with you feeling just poorly, being sick, having been horribly treated, it radiated from you…..you were a one in a million special girl…..one in a million….

RIP stunning gorgeous BBBBB Valour…..sorry, is just not enough to say to you with how I feel right now. 

*picture is credit to Rachel Ng*

UPDATE: Miss Valour is in recovery….

It has been a very long day for her and I! I had an over 13 hour work day….

Miss Valour has now had her emergency pyometra surgery, her bilateral entropion surgeries and had the mass removed from her head. The mass will be sent to the pathologist for review.

I gave her a much needed nail trim while she was under plus thoroughly cleaned those infected ears. We also looked at her teeth to be sure that nothing was broken or that there was anything that needed immediate attention/surgical intervention.

Her bills shall be extensive, she is WORTH every nickel and she really needs your support…..If anyone has even $5 to spare, please know how grateful we shall be for the consideration.

She was the victim to anothers greed……she was never given proper proactive/preventative Vet Care, she deserves so much love, caring hands, kindness and support….

Please from our hearts thank you SO much for your love and kindness to date. When I had the opportunity to check the BHRR emails, tears were threatening to spill over to see ALL of the love in words and financial support sent to Miss Valour so far.

She remains in need of donations to help pay for her extensive yet truly excellent vetting – will post a copy of her bill once all of the billing has been completed.

Her Vet said her surgeries went really well and that is such great news!

Donations can continue to be made direct to her account at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please let us know the password

Will post another update ASAP…..AND on behalf of one really withdrawn, shy worried sweet Dane that has truly gone beyond hell in her life prior to rescue; please know that ALL of you are her rescue angels…..YOU are making a lifesaving difference to a dog that deserved so much better than she received in her life up to her rescue….

Miss Valour needs your help!! Urgently….

As indicated I had her in to the Vet after her arrival to BHRR as I had some serious concerns. She is very ill.

She is shortly heading into emergency surgery.

She has Pyometra. 

Her temperature was 40.3 and she does also have infections in her ears and eyes plus her skin and will be having a lump removed from her head too.

She also needs bilateral entropion surgery.

She desperately needs your assistance…

She is the Dane that has gone through hell and she needs the BHRR village to surround her with support. This girl has not known any kindness in her life prior to Rescue.

If anyone has even $5 to spare, please know how grateful we shall be for the consideration.

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic – 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please tell us the password.

Will update as I can….and please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts for despite everything, and despite being shutdown with worry; she is so sweet.

UPDATE: She has an apt. tomorrow night at 10 PM at work…will post as we know more.

BHRR’s Valour(what we are calling her)
~2.5 years of age

When I got home with her, we did a thorough examination and she will not be able to wait to get into the Vet based upon our findings.

I had hoped to let her settle in a bit – she is quite shutdown and nervous, yet, seems super sweet. Tail tucked right up to her belly the poor girl.

I also experienced the fear panic pull and have ended up with one smashed knuckle in having it get caught up in the leash. Poor thing…..

She does have eye infections and her own serious entropion concerns. I have not yet looked into her mouth so as to not stress her out any further than needed. She has a bleeding wound on her chin too.

She needs a good grooming, to be de-wormed, to have blood work including for heartworm and tickborne diseases and pre-op. She has never had any of this done and what vaccines she had are long over due.

She came from Texas almost 1.5 years ago – bought from a kennel there at about 11 months of age – and in learning more, it was this home that drove her all the way back on an open trailer…how terrifying for her.?

In this picture, if you look; you shall see just one of her enlarged teats on her mammary chain. I can also secrete a purulent and serosanguineous fluid from them too.

She has had her share of litters the poor girl. Her poor elbows are all calloused too.

I have reached out to work in re: to seeing if I can get her into them after my work shift ends tomorrow.

For those wishing to send donations to her care; that is so loving and generous yet, please wait until she sees the Vet as we will have a much better idea of her needs, including urgent at that time.

Welcome to BHRR, Miss Valour!

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

Got her!!

Thank you Rachel!! Thank you for your assistance once more to help me get her!!

She definitely has an eye infection and will need her own bilateral entropion surgeries.

Now to make the almost 4 hour drive home!

Rachel has her!!!

The terrified Great Dane that has gone through unimaginable hell….

We are calling her BHRR’s Valour.

Looks like she has an eye infection too….we will get her seen by our Vet ASAP.

I am now on the road to meet up with them. Will post an update when I get her…

Drive safe and see you both soon!

NEXT IN NEED – Picture quality is poor!

Female – Great Dane – ~2.5 years of age

Mrs. was visiting in Texas, when she got this Dane in March 2019 from an ad from a kennel they had been following – was in the back of an open trailer – two hours tied up on the highway and had been sprayed/traumatised with a hose while tied up in the open trailer, when they met somewhere to pick her up.

The O. originally sold her – unspayed female, needs eye surgery – cherry and entropion surgery, EXTREMELY FEARFUL, not vetted etc. The Dane came back to her three days later.

Spouses are fighting over what to do with her – Mr. wants her gone now or killed, Mrs. was trying to do the right thing and sold her but she is now back with them and more fearful then ever.

She has now been signed over to BHRR.

ETA to BHRR: Friday July 28th

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.

BHRR’s Singe
2014 – February 20th, 2020

As those who followed my previous post about losing not one yet two beloved BHRR dogs in the space of 8 days; I am finally ready…not really ready though; yet, am doing it anyway, posting what I hope is a somewhat fitting memorial to the first of these two amazing dogs.

BHRR’s Singe was lost to us due to a stroke.

To think that this dog overcame so much…he was emaciated and it took forever to figure things out for him to get that weight on him.

Many will remember his condition and many still will remember how amazing he finally came to look

Those flews, the drool, his eyes that reached deep inside of you, the way he would gently roll slightly off of his side and lift up his left front leg to get me to rub his chest more….

His chest and belly were so soft…just so incredibly soft as was BHRR’s Singe’s personality.

The way he came to love food..the way he would bounce and trot awkwardly with his wonky hind end back and forth to his feeding area to the bowls…..

His soft stunning brown eyes….the way he spoke volumes without making a sound.

That even with how bad his back end was and the strength plus muscle mass that we developed in him; would allow him to jump our hinged door just because he chose that he did not want to be in the hallway any longer…that he never realised that this gate was never locked is beside the point!

The way he would greet me when I got up or arrived home…that big ol’ noggin of his pushing under my elbow, nudging right up under my armpit blowing his hot wet breath!

The pleasure he took settling in by one of the fireplaces plopping down after much circling with the biggest sigh of contentment, rocking the pictures on the wall!

The way that you would romp and run; it truly was like watching Bambi! Those long model legs, so un-coordinated and the memories of witnessing your joy as you believed that you were running as fast as the wind!

You could look so regal and noble standing still yet, we well knew that you were one big puppy goofball in personality and movement!

The bumping into me as you had zero judgement of spacial awareness making me teeter…well, maybe not so much fun!

All of these things and more shall I forever miss about you dear BHRR’s Singe…My Singey……

I continue to often question the universe why bad things happen to such good people and animals etc., and to date, I have never received an answer back….

With each loss comes more heartache and pain and questions…..

The final gift that I could give you dear man is to hold you close to my heart and soak your soft fur with my tears of anguish crossing you over.

I adore you, I miss you from your nose to your tail and the soft and not so soft chewbacca sounds you would make…..

That my hand could be engulfed into your mouth as you gently took a treat leaving my hand and fingers dripping with slime/drool is also an experience, I would dearly love to have a million more times…

RIP my dear man…..you are visited each night with so many others in my dreams and until we meet once more; I will continue to visit you there…..

BHRR’s Glacier running with total confidence and you can see his brother Summit right behind them, equally running with purpose!

These are two of our three deaf / blind mice. All siblings.

Both picked up my scent from the moment they left the house and immediately headed right to me…without hesitation or fear. They are not timid, they meet the world head on!

They make my heart sing with so much joy!

BHRR’s Glacier – one of our three deaf/bind mice!
February 13th, 2020
Born: October 21st, 2018

Look how wonderful he looks! Yes, he is deaf and blind and his tail is wagging, his head is up high, his body posture is confident! He feels comfortable in his ability to navigate in a world that he cannot see/hear and he does this with exceptional skill/ease having been a star pupil with the scent training.

Just because he is deaf/blind does not mean that he is stupid nor does it mean that he does not have a heart/feelings, wants or needs.

He honed right in to where I was in the 3+ acre fenced in yard and once he found me….he stopped and ‘looked’ right at me.

We may have had to do a bilateral eye eneucleation on him a year ago yet, he was already blind, in brutal pain from the severe microphthalmia which caused entropion plus chronic eye infections.

He was born this way. He was born this way. The product of a merle to merle breeding.

He did not ask to be born. Yet, he was…..and that he was, he deserves to live his best life each day and we are doing that for him and other special needs Danes/Dogs.

He does not feel sorry for himself. We do not feel sorry for him and you can see that he is not suffering!

Education is so important and he is ‘normal’ to him and to all that love him. He is housebroken, he is crate trained, he is gentle about taking treats from your hand, he knows commands via touch training(we do not use shock or vibration collars) and scent training and he is 100% amazing!!!

He is a gift and one that we treasure along with his siblings and the other awesome special needs Danes we are so blessed to be here for.

If you know of a special needs Dane that could use a safe spot to land, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have been the local Great Dane Rescue since 1996 and care deeply to what may happen should these beautiful creatures end up in the wrong hands….

Bell(Deaf/Blind on left side)
February 1st, 2020

I truly do not know why I even bother trying to put xpens around my desk to try and get some work done  – working to put winners in touch with the donators from our recent 7th Annual Breaking Bills Bake Auction!

I feel like I am being ‘watched’ AND when I turn around and see not one, not two, not three yet four stunning white beauties honed in on me!

So, time for a walk, a few treats and a break from my computer!

For those still waiting for their auction funds to be collected and to then be put in touch with the donators of your beautiful winnings, you are now going to have to blame the 3 Blind/Deaf Mice & BHRR’s Bell for the further wait! 

I live a blessed life and when they need me, I must go and be with them!

Will continue the auction communications ASAP and for those that have not yet paid, please do check your emails!

I truly shall never get tired of seeing all of these gorgeous special needs Dane mugs!

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:

Gemstone

“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”

Happy New Year to all of our friends, family and supporters!

2020 marks our 24th year of operation and none of this would have been possible without EACH of you!

Thank you from our hearts for your belief in what we do and why we are so needed in the community! 

Some updates on our upcoming BHRR Events for 2020!

1) We still have 3 tickets available to our January 16th @ Don Cherry’s in Kanata – Make Your Own Custom Sign event! Over 500+ designs or make your own!

$15 from each ticket comes to rescue and between the Boerskins and The Maracles, we have a Bakers Dozen of homemade Cinnamon Buns and an Apple Crumble Pie entered into draws for all of our attendees!

Please visit the link to buy your ticket(s)!

2) Our 8th Annual Breaking Bills Bake Online Auction will start January 18th and we are seeking Bakers! You do not need to be located in our area to donate!

We will post your item(pics are lovely!) and the location(s) of where said items can be picked up.

Do note that please do not offer up an item(s) if you will not honour your donation.

Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you would be willing to donate a baked item for humans and/or doggies!

3) We are still in conversation as to whether we shall host a February BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house. We did so for close to 18 years and then stopped holding the February event due to several reasons.

With how popular they are, we are still deciding if we shall offer up one in February. Stay Tuned!

The 3 blind/deaf mice are seen here with Mason as part of our annual traditional Xmas Eve photo’s. This year, as I was working throughout the Holiday Season, we did our photo shoot tonight instead!

They are sporting their Wiggle Bumz Collars that I purchased for them in 2019 and if were not for your support, their futures would not be as it is today…ones of such happiness, the best of health possible considering that they are DM and a life of such quality!

They will be 15 months of age on the 21st of January. Far surpassing the life expectancy that several gave to them…..

They are coming up due for their annuals and that is going to be an adventure! 

If you believe in what we do, please do consider supporting our cause….today alone, we have received 263 emails requesting our assistance for urgent animals in need of our highly specialised programs.

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-3881

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Once again please know how much what our friends, family and supporters do for the animals of BHRR means to us….

You are those strong links on that BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS’

We look forward with you standing by the sides of those in need of our programs to have our best rescue year to date for as much as we would wish that r/q Rescue did not have to exist, it is a necessity…….

Since our three blind/deaf mice are SO popular…sharing another photo!

Tonight, I was trying…yet, again, to get some work done on my computer and put two x-pens around my computer…well, how does one get any work done being ‘stared’ down!? Even my Matrix(my one eyed flirting pirate is behind them also staring me down!) ?

It was clearly time for walkies before rest and dinner and now that the sleet plus freezing rain is coming down fast, no time too soon to have made that happen!

AND…….what better way to attract your attention!

We ONLY have a few more days to go to sell 10 more tickets.

If we do not sell 10 more tickets by January 2nd, 2020, sadly, I shall lose my $100 deposit and the animals shall also miss out on some truly much needed support.

AND to sweeten the pot to all that have already bought tickets or will buy a ticket(s), your name will be entered into a draw to win a bakers dozen of The Boerksins famours homemade cinnamon buns!

Make Your Own Sign Nite!
January 16th, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM Start
Location: Don Cherry’s in Kanata

$15 for every ticket sold comes to Rescue and we shall be splitting the proceeds with Ottawa Rabbit Rescue.

You can choose a stencil from over 500+ designs OR custom make a sign all of your own.

Joyce shall be our amazing hostess once more AND come early, grab some drinks, snacks or dinner!

Please click on the LINK to purchase your own ticket(s)!

Please do consider supporting our cause….2020 promises to be our most needed year to date since our inception in 1996. ? We already have many new requests for our assistance of dogs plus horses in need of our highly specialised programs.

Thank you in advance for considering to come out to our Sign Night!

My last post of my night!

Even by putting across an xpen to keep them out of the kitchen for safety, trying to bake some famous homemade Boerskins cinnamon buns meets with a fan club! 

Our three blind/deaf mice and you can see their Mama – BHRR’s Meadow in the background.

We want to send out our biggest and most heartfelt of thanks to everyone that stepped up to be special Secret Santa’s and to those that sent extra pessies to help make sure that no one was missed! YOU have given the BHRR dogs a really amazing XMAS! One that so many have never experienced in their lives of safety, health, happiness and love. THANK you! 

I know people are waiting for our traditional Xmas Eve Photo shoot yet, in working XMAS Eve and throughout the Holidays, this photo shoot will have to be delayed for a few more days!

Thank you also from our hearts to each and every person that stepped up to assist us with the blind/deaf mice! They are now over 14 months of age and only BHRR’s Glacier is beginning to show some of the DM health signs of IS at this time……

I shall also be removing Summit’s remaining eye – he does not see from it – yet, our hope to allow him to keep it, has not panned out as we wished. He also is battling chronic eye infections and is in great discomfort these days. He will join his siblings who had double eye eneucleations earlier in 2019.

Without all of you, they would not have been able to have this opportunity of a great quality filled life and they live their best lives every day!

They romp and roam in our 3+ acres with all of the other dogs and we continue to not treat them as being different.

Their noses are finely honed in with the scent training I have done with them and their touch training continues to excel.

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, please know how much we appreciate you and do be safe out there over the next day or so….the weather and roads shall be brutal. Good night from us to all of you!

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 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!

My last post of my night!

I have a very rare thing happening and that is two days off in a row from work at the Hospital and am going to enjoy every minute tonight with family!

Here are the three blind/deaf mice ‘telling’ me earlier that it was time for dinner! I tried putting an xpen around my desk to attempt to get a little bit more work done, yet, their internal clocks said ‘NOPE, it was dinner time’ and so, it was! 

Hard to believe that they are almost 1 year of age!

You can see Summit’s one eye and sadly, it too shall have to be enucleated. Though, he also had no sight in the eye, it was not bothering him the way his other one was or for his siblings when they were wee.

Now, sadly, he has developed a cherry eye and he is also battling his own level of chronic pain and infection.

We had hoped(his specialist and I) that it could be saved yet, it, too shall have to be removed.

The three of them are thriving otherwise and we still may have to remove teeth yet, to date they mouths/jaws are developing overall quite well.

To those that felt that they did not deserve a great quality filled life, I still say ‘shame on you.’. To those that have met them and even at our annual DINE WITH THE DOGGIES EVENT, they were perfectly behaved, our guests saw how much that they are living their best lives each and every day.

They go out with all the dogs, they can maneuver in the 3+ acre fenced in yard independently due to all of their set up for success scent training and they are treated no differently than any of the other really deserving amazing dogs here!

I have said this many times over, they are normal to them and to us…as, they know life in no other way!

They are healthy, strong – BHRR’s Sleet is not as hardy as her brothers YET, never tell her that! She keeps Summit in line, they are happy, they are smart, they are affectionate, loving, gentle – well, most of the time, they stand their ground and are not light weights in allowing anyone to push them around and this is because we have been bringing them up that there is nothing that they cannot do, that they are not different, that they are not to be babied, that we do not feel sorry for them, we taught them that they are important and deserving and that they are deeply loved! They are so much more confident plus comfortable in their own skin now.

They are not perfect…far from it…they have behavioural quirks and traits and we have to be careful re: over-stimulation, especially for BHRR’s Sleet yet, she ROCKED over 40 guests at our house at the end of September without hesitation.

We will see in time what other health issues they may develop as that is the nature of the beast with these special needs Danes. The closer they will get to age three the more the genetic markers of behavioural and medical issues shall really emerge.

They are a lifetime of deep commitment and dedication and we will give that to them!

AND If you know of a special needs Great Dane that needs rescue assistance, please do reach out to us! This is our mandate! Why we exist.

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

Another piece of my heart died tonight…..

BHRR’s Salem. 

From once terrified, confused, suffering and alone in a high kill pound to a bit shy to start yet, extremely loyal to a fault and deeply loving.

You are the dog that would have laid her life down for those that you trusted and adored.

There were no half measures with you. You were all in or out. One always knew where they stood with you. Such an honest dog. .

You also recognized insincerity in people in an instant. You easily knew who was a good person and who was not. Your stunning wise eyes did not just see into people’s souls, they read them.

Your heart, your beauty, your intelligence and BHRR events shall never be the same again knowing that you will not be there plunking yourself down in the ‘prime’ real estate parts – front door and cash – to get the maximum number of belly rubs possible! 

AND those high-fives! World champion high fiver! You expressed so much emotion in your high-fives.

You have been taken from us way too soon….7 years young is not near enough time to have made enough memories and for you to have had enough experiences of loving kind caring hands….not hurtful, abusive cruel ones.

As with all of our doggies lost to us; there are no words that will ever truly do you justice BHRR’s Salem.

You will be dearly missed and at least when it was your time to cross over you were held in my dear embrace, stroking your fur gently and telling you what a beautiful special girl you are. How cherished and sorry that I was that you would not have another sunrise or sunset……

Though, this was my first time back at KAH since I left on June 1st after 15+ years; I could not imagine not having had the people that have been there for you since Day 1 – me too! – by your side.

Thank you to my KAH heart family members of Dr. Adams and Chelsea who not only warmly welcomed me yet comforted me with words and yup, two hugs – right into my Gwennie bubble…..

RIP glorious lady Salem…..and as with all of our beloved animals, I will meet you in my dreams until we shall meet in person once more….. 

BHRR’s Singe!

He had his annual tonight and did so well! He is always a bit shy to start with people he does not know and warms up quite well. Once he makes friends, he likes to share the drool of love, the Dane leans plus get tummy rubs. 

He now weighs almost 136 pounds and though still very lean, even for me a bit leaner than I would like, he has now put on another 8.52 pounds since we last weighed him. Since he first arrived to us, he is now 27 pounds heavier!

Slow but sure..as told to his Vet this boy has been a big struggle with the weight gain and we still feed 5 small frequent meals daily including the one that he gets just before bed as that has been the biggest difference for getting him to put on the weight.

He was given a thumbs up – he is so much stronger in his hind end than he once was and always will have some issues and that is him from his past care – and thank you to Dr. Ammar, Tianna, Morgan & Ashley for giving him such a great experience! 
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AND he did fantastic with the Clinic Cat – Miss Pearl! 

He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home and this boy will be a transitional adoption so we do not have him go backwards in his weight. 

AND said home must be within 1 hour of our location. 

SOMEONE fell asleep on the job! 

THIS is not a staged photo! I put the broom against the hutch to go do another load of laundry and came back to BHRR’s Glacier(one of the Three Blind/Deaf Mice) asleep like this!

Sean took this picture!

The Boerskins are busy getting everything ready for our upcoming BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ Mini Open House and also our Monday Volunteer Information Session.

On that note; we have had a home cancel for tomorrow’s BHRR “EXPERIENCE” Mini Open House. This was a full registered attendee event.

If there is a home that wishes to attend, please do email myself gwen@birchhaven.org

Our next BHRR “EXPERIENCE” mini open house shall not be until June 2020.

My three blind/deaf mice are growing up!

They are now 7 months of age and not much difference between them and my special needs GD ‘Salt’, who turned 4 in April. 

AND all are never far from where I am…..even dragging blankets around to be near me! They find it hard to drag the XL Costco dog beds around….for now! 

AND yes, Summit is a bit dirty – lots of fun digging with BHRR’s Volt in the dirt! 

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, good night wishes being sent!

May 1st, 2019
ALL I wanted was to do a weekly clean/purge of the fridge prior to making dinner….brought the garbage can in and thought that I could throw a load of laundry in before I started….

Had the kitchen free and clear and came back to this….Salt even grabbed a blanket and dragged it in to lay on! 

Had a few (8) supervisors overseeing my work!

Talk about ‘laying down on the job’ though! 

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters warmest good night wishes being sent!

The Dane Trio(My 3 blind/deaf mice)
March 24th, 2019

BHRR’s Glacier & BHRR’s Sleet are smelling something wonderful – no idea what!? – and Summit is loving the ice/snow! 

They are looking fabu in their Wiggle Bumz Collars!

Thanks SO much Ellie & Jennifer!

Miss Flower UPDATE: 

Unfortunately, I must sincerely apologise that quite a few of our supporters are already aware before BHRR had the proper opportunity to post that Miss Flower was euthanised today.

Sadly, I was at work today when she was taken to the Vet by Poet’s Vision due to rapidly declining health – stopped eating, drinking and walking – and I was not in a position to post an update on our page. 

We believe in full disclosure and our intent was to make a post ASAP. I remain so sorry that our post on our page is coming at this time. 

I truly cannot express to all of our friends, family plus supporters what it has meant to our hearts to have had you rally so strongly around this 7 week old Maremma baby in our efforts to give her the best chance possible. 

We never even made it to the MRI stage. 

An already horrible day has just been that much more devastating with this wee pups loss. 

To the kind angel that donated funds for an XL Costco dog bed, you have now been refunded.

To the other kind angel that donated yesterday, your monies have also now been refunded.

All other generous loving donations that came directly to BHRR for Miss Flower were used towards her Vet Bills including for a fecal, food, de-worming etc. and please do know how incredibly appreciative we remain for your kindness. 

Once, we obtain the credit for the food return – wet & dry, should anyone wish to have their beautiful donation returned, please do not hesitate to let me know – gwen@birchhaven.org

Please do join me in lighting a candle for a sweet soul whose life was over far too soon….

What a really brutally terrible day it has been……

Miss Flower! UPDATE:

Held lovingly in my arms at Alta Vista Emerge.

She had her consult with the neurologist yesterday and Dr. Jull feels she has either hydrocephalus and/or a cyst located in or near the cerebella that is causing pressure on the brain stem.

There is a possible condition that can cause increased pressure and a random pain response they are wondering if that is why there is so much vocalisation. At this time, I do not have the name of that condition. I was not able to be at the consult yesterday and I am very thankful to Tanya for being able to take her and then coming to see me at KAH afterwards!

Her weight was 7.1 kgs at KAH. She has not yet gained since she came into rescue and we are hoping that this shall come shortly. For she is quite skinny.

At the moment they do not feel there is a malformation of the brain stem itself.

Doing a MRI is the next step for Miss Flower.

Depending on what they see – potentially having a stint placed or medical management.

They also found what they believe is none related pain at the thoracic and lumbar spine, at the moment it’s nothing concerning but they needed to mention it.

Attached in the thread is a copy of the estimate provided….there is also a cerebral spinal fluid tap on the estimate.

We did run a fecal, she is being de-wormed and her special food should be arriving today.

I am in touch with Wigglebumz to have a custom balance harness made for her. With her blindness, neuro issues and severe hearing impairment, this is most safe for her.

I am sending to Tanya who is going to temp foster her moving forward – thank you again to Randy/Emily FOR all you have done as her temp fosters!, a Giant stuffie donated to us by the truly lovely Martina.

I am also stealing one of my XL Costco dog beds from one of the dogs here for her yet, if anyone may consider donating one for her, we would be so so so appreciative. Do let me know!

We also picked up another week of meds for her from the neurologist- Keppra, Omeprazole and Trazodone. We will order those moving forward from KAH.

Tanya from Poet’s Vision is hosting a flash auction so please do consider looking over the beautiful items! Link below.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/poetsvision/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2310935585639815

If anyone may consider this 7 week old Maremma’s cause, donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

On behalf of Tanya, Miss Flower and myself, a million thanks many times over for the love plus support that has been given to date! 

This puppy needs her Army to give her everything that she needs…..we remain deeply humbled for any consideration given.

BHRR’s Juneau UPDATE

Having a wonderful roll….the simplest of things give him so much pleasure. 

We had an ECHO, X-rays & an u/s done – he got a big thumbs up as being a reactive dog, it was not easy on him yet I am so proud of him.

Trazodone has been a big aid in assisting in bringing down his anxiety and stress levels.

For we needed to do these diagnostics and ASAP. Confirmation is that yes, he does have a Grade 3 HM & a mass/tumour in his intestines.

Information shared with us……

German Shepherds are one of two breeds – Collies are the other that are most represented for intestinal tumours. Males also being most represented in respect to intestinal tumours.

Bloodwork indicates an abnormally low level of protein plus elevated liver enzymes. A calcium test showed elevated levels.

Xrays show that his lungs are clear at this time yet his liver and spleen are enlarged.

We are waiting on the interpretation report yet possible lymphoma has been discussed.

Still so surprised and saddened that we were not provided with the paperwork/information of the HM and the mass prior to his arrival. We received a hardcopy of these medical findings when we met the transport to pick him up.

While it makes nor would have made a difference re: our commitment to him, it would have helped us be better prepared for his arrival to ensure that whatever he needed was done even more promptly.

His skin issues and allergies are the least of his problems….

Treating each day as a gift with him! 

Thank you to every generous plus caring angel that has made a donation to date for his mounting Vet Bills.

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Oh behalf of BHRR’s Juneau sending good night wishes to all of our friends, family plus supporters….

Easter dinner is best when it is pulled off the stand and then shared with family! ??

Two of my three blind/deaf mice! They turned 6 months old today too!

Miss *Flower* UPDATE & Video #2

As promised, we are now providing the second video and most recent update on the 7 week old Maremma puppy.

At Alta Vista Animal Emergency, the truly wonderful Dr. Jones did a thorough exam including a neuro assessment. She then conversed with Tanya, myself and her amazing temp fosters Randy/Emily.

The next step was for Dr. Jones to reach out to Dr. Jull, the neurologist and discuss a plan to be put in place.

Miss Flower has now been scheduled to see Dr. Jull @ 11:30 AM tomorrow.

Miss Flower was placed on the following medications to help ‘slow’ down the firing of her brain, to calm her down re: agitation and she was also placed on Omeprazole 5 mg – 1 BID. She was put on Keppra 250 mg ½ tablet TID and Trazodone 50 mg ½-3/4 tablet to be given BID and can be given up to TID.

We received the results of her bloodwork a few minutes ago and they are normal for a puppy of her age. Tanya will be dropping off a urine sample as part of the panel that we paid for over the next several days.

I will be ordering special food for her tomorrow and once a copy of her Vet Records are sent to KAH, we can begin her de-worming protocols plus do a fecal test.

This Video was taken the next day after being at Alta Vista Animal Emerge.

She still turns right and she still does cry YET nothing like she was!

Please take note that NONE of this would be possible without EACH of you, her incredible rescue angels that have stood up to help us in her extreme urgent time of need! You are inspirational, you are awesome and you are lifesaving with your kindness plus generosity. Thank you!

Is this a puppy that should have been instantly killed? Does this look like a puppy that does not deserve the opportunity for Poet’s Vision and BHRR and her ever growing team of Vets plus Specialists to first find out what is going on so that we can make the best informed decision re: her future?

AND to the one person that felt that the Breeder was doing the right thing in wanting to kill her…that Breeder did NOTHING for her, other than threaten to kill her if Rescue did not step up. Puppies are to be de-wormed beginning at 2 weeks of age and every two weeks up to 10 weeks of age after that for starters – this was not done; there were not any fecals done, no progress Vet exams, no monitoring to see if she was gaining/thriving etc. She was kept in a barn. This is not a r/q Breeder that cares about preserving the Maremma breed and to continue to improve upon their own lines.

Thanks to Poet’s Vision and BHRR coming together to step up to help this wee doll, she will lack for nothing and be given all that she needs and any decision regarding her welfare shall only be made based upon all the information possible to be gathered.

Both of our Rescues are special needs groups and we deal with heartache, devastation and horrors daily and we remain deeply humbled plus forever indebted to all those that continue to believe in not just the efforts of our respective organizations YET also believe that animals like Miss Flower deserve this chance…..

For anyone that may consider her cause; donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

I am working tomorrow so shall not be at the neurologist appointment yet Tanya shall be there and we will then update ASAP after that. After the appointment, with my own home being full right now, Tanya shall take over the temp fostering of Miss Flower for this puppy is clearly not ‘just’ blind as originally told to us. There is a lot more going on. THANK you Randy/Emily for ALL that you have done for her! You are both absolutely fantastic fosters!

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.***

*Flower* UPDATE

This is Video #1. There shall be TWO Video’s posted of Miss Flower.

This video is to demonstrate why we were at the really amazing VCA Canada Alta Vista Animal Emergency Hospital yesterday.

I took this video(her lovely foster Mama Emily is holding/rocking her – Miss Flower has already scented off her). Emily and Randy are her wonderful foster parents.

This is her crying and as mentioned in our first URGENT EMERGENCY Post; she cries like this when she is awake, all the time and also continually goes to her right. That is what brought all of us straight to the Emergency Room yesterday.

She is a 7 week old Maremma puppy and two special needs rescues – Poet’s Vision plus BHRR have come together to step up and work together as a team to assist her.

AND THANK you from our hearts to her temp foster parents, to the truly wonderful Dr. Jones and to the equally wonderful tech Kristina at Alta Vista AND to each of YOU, her beautiful supporters of both Poet’s Vision plus BHRR that have come together to surround this girl with love and kindness with your caring words plus life saving donations in her big time of need! 

Both BHRR and Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue are in a huge financial strain right now and by working together, we work to give Miss Flower the absolute best of both groups.

We were informed by the Breeder that this puppy was blind and it quickly became apparent that there is a lot more going on than just blindness. The Breeder was planning on killing her should she not be taken in by Rescue. We did not even know if she could hear and both Tanya plus I greatly suspected that something neurological was playing a big factor.

Her Vet at Alta Vista concurs – per their notes – 
‘Presenting Concern – Neurological
Diagnosis- open – infection, congenital brain disease, hydrocephalus’

A plan was put into place and we will post our second video to demonstrate in more detail what that plan is and how the implementation of it is going……

Donations to her care can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com AND I also know that Tanya is posting on her Rescue page – Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue.

AND to assure all that our focus in our respective organisations is always about quality over quantity and all decisions being made are informed ones.

 

BHRR’s Juneau UPDATE:

Upon his arrival to myself on Wednesday evening, I was handed a folder. In said folder was what I believed to be the records for what we had been informed to date on him.

We had already received a soft copy of his owner surrender plus the vaccines that he was given in March. We were missing all of the documentation re: why he was on pred, cefaseptin, special diet etc. and felt that the Vet’s findings and notes would be in the hardcopies given.

Unfortunately, those records were not given yet we were given records re: medical concerns that we had not been aware of. He has a Grade 2/3 HM and also a mass/tumour was felt in his caudal abdomen. The words of tumour, lymphoma and intestinal tumour were used and the recommendation to have an Echo and further diagnostics were given. We also were not aware that he had originally been surrendered to one pound on March 7 and transferred to another pound in April – the day after he was neutered.

We had stepped up to commit to this GS and if we had known about these additional medical conditions, we could have better prepared for his arrival and get everything needed in place for him.

We were heading into a long weekend and now are incredibly concerned re: these findings in that paperwork.

I brought him to work with me yesterday and we got a weight on him – he is down and he is quite thin.

The other thing I wanted and anyone that knows me knows I am not a Med pusher and rarely use, then only as necessary and this poor dog needed more Trazadone. We need to get him to a level that he can focus again and go back to basics and build him back up.

I do not believe in using these meds as a crutch. I believe in his case – and I deal with the severely behavioural dogs – that the meds’ that they had him on at the pound should continue and we can take it one step at a time to get him to a good place and go from there.

He is so messed up in his head. He does not know if he is coming or going nor what is expected of him. He is confused, scared, lacks confidence and has been trying to understand and take care of himself in a world where he has not been given any choices and is emotionally hurting. His anxiety level is high yet already we are coming down…..used classical music at work for him too when he was in the run there and very proud of him!

I do not know what his exercise level was before he was dumped at the pound – I could make an expert input position statement on that – for his mental and physical stimulation plus wellbeing yet since March 7, I can guarantee that he did not have those needs fulfilled.

He is frustrated…..so today, and while it rained like a holy terror – we are getting up to 60 mm of rain today – it was perfect for him and I to go to a small subdivision near us and walk….

Not too much outside stimulus in this weather and we got to know each other better – he loves water and he also got to roll in what at some point in time, I believe shall turn into grass! 

We got back to nature and the first loop we did, you could see his mixture of hyper alertness with lack of confidence mixing in with the sheer joy of a walk, even in this brutal rainfall. Yet, the more we walked, the more confident he became…his head came up higher, his tail and body posture relaxed and he began to do a more beautiful typical GS movement over slinking/crouching.

We took lots of opportunities to sniff – not overly interested yet he rolled on the ground and splashed in puddles and by the time we finished our second loop, he was enjoying himself a bit. Each time he saw my car he wanted to pull me over yet, a small word plus touch of reassurance, passively ignoring and I was patient. He would then proceed in the direction I asked of him.

I am not getting into a tug of war match nor going to force him or any dog yet I presented him with opportunities and at times, he got to choose what we did or rather he did – I was NOT rolling in the dead grass or puddles! – and at times, I made the decision. What this did for his mental state was huge….he will realise he is important and that I am not going to bully him or drag him.

He was fine with what few cars went by other than one and he made a half sorta effort attempt to jump yet collected well under direction.

I was told how strong he was on his transport and as someone who deals daily with 150+ Pound idjit brained untrained Giants, he was a kitten…. Yet, manners 101 is what we want and by the time our soggy walk was over, there was virtually zero pulling.

Tons of praise for him!

AND tons of praise to him for there is this one home that does not keep their dog in check and on our last loop, the dog came right for BHRR’s Juneau and was barking and circling him and not one peep or lunge from BHRR’s Juneau. I made sure I placed myself accordingly too.

The owner came out, hauled their dog back across the street to their property and stupidly enough, let their dog go yet I was ready and so was BHRR’s Juneau. Not a peep, body stance very aware and he did a re-direction jump towards me as he was trying to keep his eye on the dog and his stress level began to escalate and I remained calm and told him three times he was ok and what a good boy he was. The owner dragged his dog back again and throughout it all, I said not one word to the Owner or his dog.

My focus and attention was solely on BHRR’s Juneau and he handled this pressure moment exceedingly well.

People may note his muzzle….this is a basket muzzle and it gives him impulse control plus self-control. It is also not a crutch. It is an excellent training and behavioural aid.

Dogs can wear basket muzzles for many reasons ranging from those that hoover everything in sight when they are out, to medical – recovering from surgery or in BHRR’s Juneau’s case, to keep him away from his skin to breed bans – which I do not agree with breed bans.

This boy is reactive and this gives him a measure of calm and it is amazing how he just relaxes when it comes out. I associate it with something good when it goes on – PB and leash for a car ride or walk – and is not a punishment.

This boy needs a lot of work to get him to a point of liking himself, being able to make good choices – and he may well never 100% get to that point in all scenarios and that is ok!, having the proper level of confidence, to learn how to trust and for him to know that I shall never lay a hurting hand on him. Ever. No one ever shall again.

We have much to figure out more re: his heart and that tumour/mass and today was his first step in learning how to be a dog and seeing that I gave him a good experience and I was open in my clear plus effective communication that hopefully shall make tomorrow an even better day….

There will be many steps backwards yet this boy has tons of potential and I commit myself to him with my whole heart in helping him become the best dog he can be.

Gwennie Novel yet to all of his growing fan club and to even those who think GS are evil, it is important to update you! For without our supporters, we are nothing…..I could not do this without your belief…..

Thank you with sheer humbled warmth from my heart for that…. 

**URGENT!** **EMERGENCY!**

Yesterday, fellow rescuer Tanya of special needs dogs – Poet’s Vision reached out to myself asking if BHRR could take in a blind 7 week old Maremma pup.

Poet’s Vision is in the same position as BHRR, a big financial crisis yet, together we made the commitment that we would work as a team to give this baby the best chance – we were told that the Breeder was planning on killing the pup – and so we would dig deep and then even deeper to step up to help. We then put a plan in place to rescue this puppy.

Poet’s Vision, if you do not already know them, takes in dogs like BHRR, as their mandate is also to assist special needs dogs – we focus on the giants and they the smaller dogs & we both have the same goal at heart. 98% of the dogs we help are special needs and same goes for them. There are extreme few groups that do this and we are so appreciative of all those that surround these dogs in our respective groups with their caring support…. 

With this kind of rescue comes not just huge time plus emotional responsibilities yet big financial responsibilities too. The commitment and heart that it takes to do this to the quality level necessary is immense.

This little girl was picked up yesterday and not long after it became very apparent that there was more than just blindness going on. She screams constantly while she is awake and turns to the right continually. We are not even sure at this point if she can hear. Her head is misshapen and almost swollen.

On behalf of this sweet baby if anyone has anything they may be able to spare, with the most heartfelt humbled thanks from my heart, we would be immensely thankful plus forever indebted….

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

Alta Vista Animal Hospital does not collect donations directly any longer.

This pic is of *Flower* laying on my chest at Alta Vista. The only time she is not screaming is when she sleeps….

We are also doing a thorough blood panel on her including UA.

We will post an update ASAP and I know Tanya has also posted a plea on her own group page – Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue.

I know it is Good Friday and it is time to be with friends plus family and today, I am with part of my cherished rescue family at the Emergency Hospital and thank you to my human family at home for being understanding of where I am needed right now….

R/q rescue is about sacrifice and thank you Sean, Mason & Kinsley for being who you are…. 

Got him!

Thanks so MUCH Maira and to all of the Freedom Driver transport angels for helping to get him closer to me…..

On my way home now…

GS Transport UPDATE:

Maira has him – we are going to call him BHRR’s Juneau – and I will be leaving shortly to meet up with her.

Maira found him to be ‘super friendly and not aggressive at all’.

It is so disturbing how people can label dogs. This has cost many a dog their life and that is beyond tragic.

People need to remember that 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. If, we as humans do not listen to this, they ‘can’ cross that threshold into aggressiveness. Therefore, we MUST listen and act accordingly.

As someone that has put 14 years of post secondary education into behaviour plus psychology; is the expert behavioural consult for several pounds, shelters plus busts, who takes CE courses, seminars plus classes yearly, it really distresses plus frustrates me to see so many amazing dogs ‘given up on’ by having been given a label.

Labeling is dangerous…….this dog almost died April 10th and if I, by sheer chance did not see the final plea post by those angels working so hard to save him, he would have been killed. This happens daily to thousands of dogs across North America, they are destroyed. 

Remember that behaviour is not just genetic in nature, environment plays a huge part.

Soon….very soon we shall meet….at last BHRR’s Juneau. 

You may not be a Great Dane/Giant yet you fall well within our mandate as you are a special needs – medical and behavioural. AND that is why we are here!

He is ON his way!

To all involved, please drive safe and Maira see you tonight! 

Maira – an extra special shout out of thanks being sent to you for offering to do the extra legs so that he can be in the least amount of hands possible. 

We have been told that since he was dumped at the pound, he has air snapped – at a Vet while two staff were restraining him, hates his collar/neck touched and in general being manipulated.

This is VERY revealing plus important information re: his current level of high stress and also his past……

He has medical issues of allergies, skin infections and is on meds – antibiotics and pred.

Soon dear boy….soon…..I cannot wait to meet you! It has been a very long week….

AND thank you to all of the rescue angels that have made a donation to date…..

PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org OR via Email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

AND a gentle reminder to anyone that feels that as a GS he is not worthy of being helped and think that he should have just been destroyed as he is a ‘bad’ dog; that really is not a fair or kind statement.

As always, people are welcome to their own opinions yet our page is not the forum that will be used for anyone to promote breed fear or false information re: GS or any other breed for that matter.

His breed does not automatically make him a bad, evil or what one person said ‘a baby killer’ breed type of dog. That is such an awful, horrible comment to have seen someone make the other night. His breed should not automatically mean he should have been put to sleep.

Thank you also to those that continue to support our efforts and believe as strongly as we do that this 1 year old boy was deserving to have us offer to help him in his final moments of life for his time was up at the pound….. 

GSD Update:

Transport is being attempted for Wednesday….everything crossed. 

This rescue will be burned in my soul forever…..he literally had run out of time…..

For those who did not see my original post on April 10th, here is a copy:

1 year old Male GS – Not a Dane/Giant yet he is special needs

This is whose time was up today and at the tender age of just barely 1 was to be put to sleep.

His crime? Being special needs – like many Sheps, he has skin issues – allergies and is on special food, antibiotics plus Pred. His other crimes? Being smarter than his previous owner and being a GS.

He has inappropriate displays of behaviour and medical needs. Nothing that should have given him a death sentence…..he deserved a proper opportunity re: having a great future.

His story is not a new one for many dogs out there and his time ran out today….

I was actually shocked to note that no group had stepped up for him previously and today he came on my radar as not having been saved as of yet….

AND we posted an urgent call for one of our BHRR approved Volunteer homes to please consider emergency temp fostering one of the following dogs so we could step up to assist – BHRR’s Burst(Lab/Dane), BHRR’s Sawyer(Saint/Pyr) or BHRR’s Char(Dane) – and for the first time in over 23 years no one stepped up…. 

I knew that going to bed tonight with the knowledge that this dear young GS, like so many others was going to be put to sleep with his last days having been in a pound….his anxiety levels had greatly increased over the days spent there and he would not have a loving soul hold him as he took his last breaths, tormented plus haunted me.

So, I did step up to help him in his final hours of life and even though none of our approved homes reached out in this urgent time of need to emerge temp foster, I could not let this boy be killed.

So, what we are asking at this time is if anyone may consider making a donation so we can pay for temporary boarding for one of our BHRR dogs….

Any donation can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for any consideration for not only would I be deeply humbled, I know if this young GS could talk – with manners! – he would equally like to thank you for helping to save his life….

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters may all of us be able to rest our heads in relative peace tonight…..

*Photo is one that was sent to us of him*

These are double merles Danes. Mother is a heavily blanketed Harle and Dad is white. 

For Dalmations it is the ‘Piebald’ gene and in Aussies is also the ‘Merle’ gene.

Dogs with the merle, piebald, or extreme white piebald genes can all be special needs.

Congenital deafness has been found in over 80 different breeds, but it may be found in any breed. Those dogs with spots, dapples, or merle coats or those with white skin or fur are predisposed to congenital deafness. The most commonly affected breed is the Dalmatian, of which there are almost 30% that are deaf.

Congenital Blindness

Affected dogs have prominent third eyelids and small eyes which appear recessed in the eye socket (enophthalmos). A defect early in development results in the smaller than normal eye (microphthalmia).This is often associated with other eye abnormalities, including defects of the cornea, anterior chamber, lens and/or retina. Microphthalmia is also seen with coloboma – a cleft in a portion of the eye, particularly the iris.

Microphthalmia with multiple defects (ocular dysgenesis) is often seen in dogs with a merle hair coat with excessive amounts of white or all white.These dogs are frequently blind.

There is no treatment for the structural defects. Complications that may develop are things like glaucoma

 Ocular abnormalities that may be seen with ocular dysgenesis and merling with excessive white in the coat, include microphthalmia, microcornea, heterochromia irides, cataract, staphyloma, retinal detachment, irregular pupil, white to blue iris (albino), angle dysgenesis, iris coloboma, and blindness.

Anterior cleavage syndrome,or anterior ocular dysgenesis, has been seen in association with microphthalmia. In addition to other ocular abnormalities as seen above, the anterior chamber, pupil and iridocorneal angle are not formed. The anterior uvea is continuous with the posterior cornea. Pups are blind.

1 year old Male GSD – Not a Dane/Giant yet he is special needs
This is whose time was up today and at the tender age of just barely 1 was to be put to sleep.
His crime? Being special needs – like many Sheps, he has skin issues – allergies and is on special food, antibiotics plus Pred. His other crimes? Being smarter than his previous owner and being a GS.
He has inappropriate displays of behaviour and medical needs. Nothing that should have given him a death sentence…..he deserved a proper opportunity re: having a great future.
His story is not a new one for many dogs out there and his time ran out today….
I was actually shocked to note that no group had stepped up for him previously and today he came on my radar as not having been saved as of yet….
AND we posted an urgent call for one of our BHRR approved Volunteer homes to please consider emergency temp fostering one of the following dogs so we could step up to assist – BHRR’s Burst(Lab/Dane), BHRR’s Sawyer(Saint/Pyr) or BHRR’s Char(Dane) – and for the first time in over 23 years no one stepped up….
I knew that going to bed tonight with the knowledge that this dear young GS, like so many others was going to be put to sleep with his last days having been in a pound….his anxiety levels had greatly increased over the days spent there and he would not have a loving soul hold him as he took his last breaths, tormented plus haunted me.
So, I did step up to help him in his final hours of life and even though none of our approved homes reached out in this urgent time of need to emerge temp foster, I could not let this boy be killed.
So, what we are asking at this time is if anyone may consider making a donation so we can pay for temporary boarding for one of our BHRR dogs….
Any donation can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
Thank you in advance for any consideration for not only would I be deeply humbled, I know if this young GS could talk – with manners! – he would equally like to thank you for helping to save his life….
From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters may all of us be able to rest our heads in relative peace tonight…..

As they get ready to go to bed shortly – they are hanging out by my computer snoozing! – The Dane Trio(6 months old now) would like to gently remind everyone about our 8th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction!

To view the 26 amazing dates that we have up for grabs – we have DAY and OVERNIGHT Dates – please do visit THIS LINK for all of the details and to bid!

We currently have bids of $600! 

Our unique Date Auction Event ends 9:00 PM EST on Thursday April 18th, 2019!

BHRR’s Connery

Waiting patiently in line for his timbits for being such a good boy!

Per the recommendation made, we did both a CT and a MRI for while CT images will identify most meningiomas and choroid plexus papillomas but can fail to identify gliomas. They did not offer a CT biopsy option so that we could biopsy the tumour at that time to determine just what tumour.

It had been suggested to us that the BHRR’s Connery had a brain tumour and so we proceeded to doing the further diagnostics required. 

From there palliative care based upon his physical symptoms and behaviour was strongly recommended.  

We will be continuing to host small flash auctions as we can for we now have two MRI’s and one CT scan as part of our mounting Vet Bills. 

My heart does break for this handsome boy…..he was once emaciated – he has put on over 40 pounds to date, neglected, abused, had parasites, eye infections, skin and wound infections, trauma from being a HBC and then finally being diagnosed as having a brain tumour. 

This year has seen us assist dogs that came to us as special needs as that is what we do and upon arrival they were far more special needs than originally indicated.

Well that looks awkward!!! 

The Dane Trio of BHRR’s Glacier had a great play session in this glorious weather & is now out like a light! 

Crashed out right on top of the giant turtle stuffie donated so generously by Martina. 

Summit was not far behind though! 

WTG!! Very proud of their target practise results! 

BHRR’s Glacier was still snoozing away in the back seat at this point! 

AND the moment BHRR’s Sleet *scented* off Kinsley when she got off the bus! 

Immediate ‘hit’ on target! Yes!

Good girl BHRR’s Sleet! 

Summit was still busy nuzzling me! 

Summit & BHRR’s Sleet would like to gently remind everyone that our flash auction ends tonight – Friday March 29th @ 9 PM EST. 
*this pic was taken as we waited at the end of our laneway for Kinsley*

Like many groups we have unexpected medical costs associated with several additions to our program and as a highly focused special needs rescue – especially with the Giants, those bills are running very high.

BHRR’s Connery saw Dr. Philibert today for his ortho consult. 

We will be now moving to a neurological consult and will have an appointment sent up with Dr. Jull.

I had sent four video’s to Dr. Philibert of BHRR’s Connery walking, trotting and almost running plus the pictures of the x-rays that we took at the time of his neuter in February.

Per Dr. Philibert today:

“He seems to have mild muscle atrophy on his left hind limb compared to the right. However I cannot find an explanation on orthopedic exam. Radiographs of the hips look normal. The stifles are also normal although I see mild small flattening of lateral femoral condyles but that flattening is actually more obvious in the right stifle. The possible cause of this, if not normal for him, would be Osteochodrosis. But since there is no swelling or effusion and palpation of his knees is normal, I doubt it is a significant source of pain or lameness. 

What worries me more is his wide stance on the hind legs, and poor placing of his hind feet. I recommend you have a consult with Dr Jull to see if he agrees that his problem may be more neurological, like Wobblers, and if it is, what work up would be needed.” 

We are determined to keep quality of life first and foremost as a priority for him and will keep everyone posted as we can.

This photo is of him batting at me to rub his chest over taking a picture! 

AND we now have 51 items in our latest flash auction to keep working on raising the much needed funds to pay for the mounting Vet Bills……

AND we will keep working to host flash auctions in our efforts to pay for the mounting Vet Bills. 


AND this is what happens when your shoelace comes undone and you trip on it….falling on your tush! 

You become ‘fresh meat’ for the extremely affectionate deaf/blind Dane Trio Puppies! They all think they are lap babies and want to be in my lap and snuggled plus lick my face….the problem is they are too big now.

AND there are three of them and only one lap of mine!

AND thanks so much Sean for taking a picture FIRST before coming to “rescue” me! LOL

I have to say though that one of my most precious moments is at night when BHRR’s Sleet comes on to my lap, puts her head on my shoulder and just wants to be held and rocked….it is so soothing to her. No matter how big she gets, we will continue to have this nightly moment of love!

I shall update after they have their latest recheck at the Vet today. 

Happy Sunny Monday to all!

Another great walking pic of them.

Tell me how many hearing/seeing dogs, especially at the age of 5 months can walk so well all at once! 

That is a lot of training, time, patience, love, understanding, structure, consistency, routine, knowledge and experience put into helping these deaf/blind Dane babies reach their full potential. 

The Dane Trio – AKA my gorgeous Three Blind/Deaf Mice.
March 24th, 2019

5 months of age!

THIS is what your incredibly generous plus much needed support enables us to do.

They are all deaf/blind and we had to do double eye eneucleations on both BHRR’s Glacier & BHRR’s Sleet.

At this time, I only removed the one eye on Summit based upon detailed conversations with his Vet Team plus Specialist, Dr. Philibert. We all well know that we may end up having to remove that eye at some point due to continued chronic eye infections.

Today was a glorious day for a walk!

They are wearing their Wiggle Bumz collars!

We cannot do what we do without the truly amazing support of our friends, family plus supporters.

Thank you in not only believing in us yet in believing in all of these really inspirational special needs dogs that we are here to help live the best in quality filled lives.

Tomorrow, they are back at the Vets for their next recheck and we will be doing their next nail trims at that time too for as many who know me, know that I am always putting the dogs into the hands of others when they are ready! While it is a breeze for me to do their nails at home, even all by myself, I want and need them to keep being handled by others.

This is so important to help them become the most well rounded plus balanced dogs they can be!

Their training is going fantastic and they have been excellent students!

I think I need larger stuffies soon….what size comes after Giant?! 

After a lovely outside play, a nice nap is in order… 

The adorable ‘three blind mice’ AKA The deaf/blind Dane Trio.

They are 5 months old now!

Monday March 25th
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: KAH

~1.5 hours needed.

Happy sunny Sunday wishes being sent to all!

They are now 4 months of age and yes, they still like to Puppy Pile on top of each other for nap time!

I think I am going to need biggie Stuffies soon! 

Someone recently posted on our facebook page after seeing the Video re: housebreaking and if we are still paper training them. Here is my response:

We never paper trained BHRR’s Sleet or BHRR’s Glacier. 

As Summit came to me super young – barely 6 weeks, he had pee pads for all of 24 hours for he picked up housetraining super fast. A friend of mine took care of him while I had to be away and she also found him really brill with his housetraining too. 

Do the puppies still have the occasional accident, yes, but rare. They are only four months old and any accidents they do have is not their fault, it is the fault of the humans. 

Like any new rescue, regardless of age that comes to us – for many 1, 3 or even older dogs often come to us not housebroken – they all go through the same training for housebreaking. After every play session, nap, eating or first thing in the morning or time-wise – we start at every 20-30 minutes and work our way in ever increasing time increments, they go outside. 

We teach scent training and use a faint scent on the door we want them to use to ‘ask’ to go outside and it is a soft fruity scent. So, they learn on their own first by scent and then also by sensation – temp changes, breezes, sun, rain, snow etc., 

Most of these rare accidents will often be right in front of that door.

The Dane Trio rarely even messes in their crates either as I got up every couple of hours to let them out when they first arrived and now they sleep 6 hours straight wonderfully. 

They all go out right before bed, are given their special yummy treats – often I will find them already in their crates waiting for me after I open up the door to let them back in and go get their treat, if I had not taken any with me when letting them back in.

What any dog needs is consistency, patience, time, structure, routine and clear open communication in a positive balanced learning and supportive environment. 

In the mornings, they all now trot out the door and do their thing.

It was longer to teach then how to use the small ramp that Sean built for our mobility challenged dogs than it was to housebreak them. 

Now, they think the ramp is a big game – up and down! 

I always tell my behavioural and training clients, if you put all of the necessary efforts and work into things right from the start, you avoid bad habits developing.

We want dogs to be assets to home plus community and the Dane Trio are wonderful pups!

Someone recently posted on our facebook page after seeing the Video – and has not been the first time – re: their hearing and here is my posted response:

BHRR’s Sleet is 100% deaf

BHRR’s Glacier & Summit hear less than 5% – they can only extremely faintly hear some ‘tones’ and even then have no idea where it is coming from. They fall well under the definition of being defined as legally deaf.

It is the vibration they love of the squeaker & the mouth sensation of ‘squishing’ the squeakers.

They have a wide variety of toys that squish and crinkle and even rattle and some ball & KONG toys that even squeak.

They just loved this skinless stuffie that squeaked. 

They have skinless stuffies yet none of them squeak and it is a new toy to them, so a big novelty.

I rotate toys every two weeks for all of the dogs to keep things fresh and stimulating.

Someone recently posted – and has not been the first time – on our facebook about how can I tell the Dane Trio Pups apart. Here is my posted response:

As the saying goes, ‘A mother knows’. They are all their own individuals with different personalities, likes/dislikes and they look quite different and are all uniquely their own dog. They are much more/different than just predominantly the colour of white.

They are all different sizes with BHRR’s Sleet being my small, feisty yet mighty girl and will take none of Summits’ ‘crap’. Such a beautiful girl. She is a survivor all the way. She is the most special needs of all three and no one better ever think about putting her into a bubble for she will burst out of it, offended and ready to prove to the world that she is no different than any other dog. 

When things get too exciting for her or she feels overwhelmed, I have been the only one to be able to get her to sit, take the deep breaths in, re-collect and be able to come back and focus. When she is overwhelmed, she would grab and shake things to try and release her tension….she is so much better already.

She was really closed and shut in, frustrated that no one could understand or speak her language and now, she has been relaxing and being able to love life in ways that were once closed off.

She is a thinker, does not like to be told ‘no’ and can solve puzzles so fast. She is brilliant! She has done more for Summit’s bad boy ‘tude in a short period of time than I have done in many weeks. She so rules!

She has learned how to open xpens and crates and when she sets her mind to something….watch out! 

She is a big risk taker….no fear this one! 

She has taken a long time to love to snuggle and cuddle and now, she loves it and is alway crawling on my lap and laying her head on my shoulder. She loves to be rocked. Many special needs dogs can feel threatened by being held and I have worked very hard to demonstrate that touches are good and hands are loving and helpful, not hurtful.

She has had the most anxiety in the car almost from day one and so much improvement being made one baby step at a time.

BHRR’s Glacier is my ‘soft’ boy. Loves everyone and everything. He is happy from the moment he gets up to the moment he falls asleep. His world is full of so much sunshine and rainbows and happiness. 

He is very smart in his own special way and he is incredibly loving.

He is my sensitive one. I have worked to build up his comfort and confidence and he is the follower, not the leader. Every time he does do something all on his own, he is praised and encouraged. 

Due to his lowered confidence level, he has been the resourcer of the Trio and much patience, consistency, understanding plus time has and remains going into his training program in regards to this. Sharing the communal water bowls is pretty much a non issue now and the rest will come. He is only 4 months old and has already made wonderful progress. With no structure prior to myself getting them, it was a ‘fend’ for yourself mentality and now he is learning, we are here….we will take care of things and no one will lack for anything. He is learning he will get enough food and water and love and things will be ok.

If he could, he would be held in your arms all day, 24/7. He loves human contact and all of the dogs – his loves everything! – and he is the one that relies most strongly on finding my scent and needs to know I am ‘close to him & very around’ yet he is becoming more independent as learns that he is ok on his own four feet. 

He is the one that will come to me to ‘tell’ me if one of his siblings has been doing something they should not – ie Summit grabbing a paper towel roll. He is getting so much better at being part of the mischief these days and that is fantastic!

He is honest and soft and so sweet. He just melts your heart in a million ways. He has a monkey side that we are seeing more and more of and he is getting much better at holding his own against his siblings. 

We have been working on his excitement level for when he is excited, he wants to grab and jump and that is a big growing Dane. He is a big baby and so proud of his progress too!

Summit – he is my ‘bad’ boy! Very intelligent and loves being cuddled only on his terms and when he is done, he is done! 

No fear for this boy! Another big risk taker and as he has been maturing, he is settling into a fine young man. 

He was a bit of an inside out bully as I term it and he has come a long way with his manners and he is a star pupil – most days now! 

If there is trouble to be had or mischief to be done, you can bet that this fine young man had something to do with it! 

He is a delight mix of ‘old’ soul and bratty baby and I have a feeling that he was the one to ‘look’ out for his surviving siblings – 5 of them – and we have been working on showing him that he can be a puppy and let us be the ones to take care of him.

He can be so serious and grown up many times over. Pulls at your heart in some ways and it warms my heart to see him be a puppy. 

I could write Gwennie novels about them all, all day long. They have their similarities yet they are very very much their own dogs.

It would be so wrong and it would be doing them an injustice to say they were all the same. 

I am so proud of them all!

They are all treated and trained to help each of them reach their incredibly amazing full potential.

The Dane Trio VIDEO 
4 months of age – March 9th, 2019

Today was so gorgeous that I began to do kitchen spring cleaning – right before the next big snow & ice storm hits tomorrow – 15+ cms expected! – and I had the whole kitchen dismantled with cupboards emptied, doors off, counter tops piled high as I wiped out, purged and got all tidied up again!

That being said, The Dane Trio kept me company and supervised my efforts! 

They are never far away from me…..they always find me! They have been excellent pupils with their scent training!

AND like typical children, they all wanted the same toy – one that squeaks and was given to BHRR’s Connery by his emerge temp foster family! My three beautiful blind mice clearly stole it from him!

I will have to go out and buy The Dane Trio their own squeaker stuffies! 

 

All I wanted to do is make a lunch snack and then load the dishwasher and my gorgeous Dane Trio just had to ‘supervise’.

They dragged toys and giant stuffies into the kitchen and got all settled in!

Sleeping on the job they are and no way am I going to be able to get into the dishwasher now to load it up!

Took me almost 25 minutes just to make a sandwich….and loved every minute of the adventure! 

They are now 4 months of age and we will be posting our next flash auction shortly.

Happy Thursday to all of our friends, family plus supporters…… 

On a side note: I think my rugs are shrinking for no way can I accept that the Dane Trio babies are growing up! 

The blind/deaf Dane Trio Puppies!
February 15th, 2019

This picture is one that I took after I got them home from their eye eneucleation surgeries.

Despite all of the comfy dog beds, they wanted to be by my feet as I prepared the other dogs’ night time snacks.

I had promised to update and while I would have liked to have done this sooner, they needed me round the clock.

As always, they have very detailed blogs for anyone that is still not familiar with their story and may think that we just decided to take out their eyes without just cause.

The day of surgery:

BHRR’s Glacier weighed: 20.9 kgs
Summit weighed: 23.2 kgs
BHRR’s Sleet weighed 19.1 kgs

I have already made an extremely detailed post re: Summit and he continues to do quite well.

BHRR’s Glacier – The specialist had the hardest time with his eyes.

They were extremely deformed and difficult to remove. BHRR’s Glacier had to have his eye sockets packed in efforts to stop the bleeding.

Dr. Philibert had felt at one point that he might wrap his face/eyes yet then decided that it may bother BHRR’s Glacier more.

BHRR’s Glacier was the only one – at that time placed on antibiotics also and all three puppies had their fashionable cones to work to prevent them getting at their own eyes, alter incisions and BHRR’s Sleet her umbilical hernia repair.

BHRR’s Glacier did not wake up from his anesthetic well. As soon as I heard the screaming, I went back, put my hand to his nose so he could scent off me and stroked his back and neck soothingly….in a matter of moments after some deep breaths, he settled, was given more pain meds and went back to sleep.

If ever there was a valid reason for scent training, this was it! I am ‘home’ to him and I mean ‘safety’ and he trusts that he will be ok.

More than one staff was in awe of how fast he picked up my scent and relaxed yet I have worked so hard preparing these puppies for this day…I had been working on them being near each other yet apart and having their Giant Stuffies for comfort and all three puppies ROCKED their very long day at the Hospital.

THEY just rocked it! They were calm and quite comfortable. VERY proud of them!

Not even 48 hours post surgery and BHRR’s Glacier bumped into the kitchen island and he, too began to throw some blood clots from his nose.

He managed to get his cone at just the right angle and pull out a couple of his sutures by rubbing…..

BHRR’s Sleet – she kept throwing big blood clots from her nose in post-op recovery and it was monitored closely.

Over the net 48 hours, the clots started to resolve.

She has been the most resourceful one and has managed to use her own cone to rub out some of her own eye sutures plus on her alter/hernia repair site.

So, Miss Sleet also went on antibiotics.

The first night, their IV ports were left in so I could administer their Buprenorphine via IV and I stayed with them all night.

The ONLY time I was away from them was to go to the bathroom and BHRR’s Sleet, the wee monkey managed to get at some of her Vet Wrap covering the PRN(IV catheter plug) off and then get the PRN out.

So, I came back a few minutes later to well….a small scene any horror movie would have been proud of.

So, a bigger cone was put on Miss Sleet and I pulled her catheter out.

AND it was ice packs all around from eyes to private parts and BHRR’s Sleet’s belly to work on getting the swelling down. 

Their sutures were to come out between Day 10-14 yet they did not come out until today as being special needs, their healing process has been slow.

We remain incredibly indebted to all that stepped up to help contribute to their mounting Vet Bills.

With their ensuing Vet Visits, additional antibiotics, pain meds etc., we still owe $900 yet will continue to host flash auctions in our efforts to cover those bills.

AND, with BHRR’s Connery, BHRR’s Volt and BHRR’s Barney’s own pressing medical bills, not to mention myself managing to track down the mother of the Dane Trio and as a result, also finding their special needs father – still working on getting them into BHRR; we continue to battle huge bills yet are taking it one breath at a time……

FOR anyone that may think we did not know what we were doing when we had their eyes removed, you would be 100% incorrect. We are the experts with special needs Danes/Dogs as are their incredible Vet Team including their excellent Specialist.

They had a large team at KAH the day of their surgeries including three Vets, one being their Specialist, Dr. Philibert. They were in the best hands possible. 

AND……

If anyone may consider donating an item to one of our upcoming flash auctions, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

If anyone may consider donating directly to the Vet Bills of these beautiful dogs; you can contact Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 directly as we have an account there

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org(friend and family option please so we do not pay fees)

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

*Please note that yes, there is a different address for email transfer over PayPal.

For all of those that have been blessed to meet the Dane Trio puppies to date, remember how happy they were? Even being in such chronic brutal pain, battling constant eye infections?

WAIT, until you meet them now…….even more happy, healthy and normal to them and to all those that love them!

Remember, they did not know life as hearing/seeing dogs to begin with, this is their normal…..now, they will know a future pain-free too!

From our home to all of our friends, families plus supporters, warmest good night wishes are being sent!

BHRR’s Connery! 
February 27th, 2019

Waking up for surgery! That tongue!  Freakin’ awesome adorable!

Current Weight: 130.68 pounds

So, as he is finally at a healthy weight, we could move forward in putting him under to begin the diagnosis process on those hips and knees.

From when we were first contacted to assist him and he was at the Vet in Tenn., this once emaciated boy has put on 28.82 pounds. Does he still need more weight, for sure yet as he is also a young maturing Dane, that will come in time.

Thumbs up to his emerge foster home for doing such a great job! As I told them again last night when I picked up BHRR’s Connery, while his foster mama felt so terrible about what had happened, BHRR’s Connery was saved because they had stepped up to emerge temp him when we posted our urgent need.

While we all may wish that what happened did not, it did and we must move forward. He has been placed in our Haven Program and while he was not scheduled to come back to me for another 5 weeks, he has settled back into my home so well.

Today, we did his x-rays on his hips plus knees and some of his lower back was also captured. His hips plus knees were also thoroughly examined by his lovely surgeon and their findings plus the x-rays shall be sent off to our favourite specialist, Dr. Philibert to also review.

In the meantime, we can post that he does have some notable spondylosis in what was captured in his spine x-rays and Dr. Philibert may ask us, after reviewing them, to bring him back in for further x-rays of his spine and we will gladly do so.

Dr. Philibert shall advise as to his own findings re: BHRR’s Connery’s knees and hips etc. We need to diagnose why his hind end is the way it is plus that back left leg.

BHRR’s Connery is the emaciated Great Dane that two Vets also believed had been hit by a car and was untreated prior to his rescue angels picking him up and then reaching out to BHRR. Samantha and Karen are his first rescue angels and I am truly so appreciative to them! 

This boy came from a horrendous location and how awful that he was left so neglected and abused….

BHRR’s Connery’s wounds have now all healed up and he is almost done his course of antibiotics for his one leg wound and his eyes look good, so those meds are now stopped. 

We de-twinkled him today and he was microchipped. He was such a good boy!

As he weighs more, to keep him on a great pain management regime, his dosing of Gabapentin has gone up and we have an order of almost $300 in more meds placed. He will remain on the Deramaxx daily too.

His Vet Bills including his meds are over $1,000 for today and if anyone may consider his cause, you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

AND gentle reminder that our Flash Auction #2 ends tomorrow night – Thursday February 28th @ 9 PM EST!

CLICK Here to view the 12 amazing items is below and if anyone may have something they may consider donating to our next flash auction, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org

As always, thank you’s being shouted out for any consideration! 

BHRR’s Connery

He is the Emaciated, HBC Great Dane.

We want to thank his truly amazing emerge temp foster home immensely for all that they have done for him since he went to their home on February 4th. You have done so much for him and we will forever be so grateful. 

We also wish to impart that he is coming back to us tomorrow night and we shall continue to work on his rehabilitation journey here.

While he was to stay with them for 2 months, due to an unfortunate incident that occurred in the home, he is coming back to us early.

BHRR believes in full disclosure and has always worked to post the good, the great, the bad, the ugly and all that is the reality of a situation.

Let me also preface the following by saying that we will be taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone that may wish to blame BHRR’s Connery or blame the home for what transpired four days after they opened up their hearts plus home to him.

This is an emaciated, neglected, abused, untrained, adolescent giant breed dog that if he had wanted to, could have caused significant damage. He was only four days into his newest pain management protocol also. This is a giant breed dog with a giant breed mouth.

He is not a bad dog and the home is most certainly not a bad home. Both are amazing and wonderful and we are standing strong by all.

He was warning in the only way that he knew how to communicate in being in pain and startled. He growled and snapped and he made a connection and made several punctures, breaking skin. At the end of the day, this is an animal, a giant breed one at that.

The fostermom did not require sutures yet she did go on antibiotics as a precaution, as the one puncture was near a joint on her ring finger.

His home quarantine period is now up and no one feels more horrible than his wonderful temp foster and this is not an inexperienced home – they had even adopted from BHRR in the past.

We have worked to support all 24/7 in whatever was needed during this difficult time.

BHRR’s Connery will not be placed up for adoption once his rehabilitation journey has been completed. He will remain safe and loved in our Haven Program for what we sincerely hope is a very long, quality filled life.

This Danes past was horrendous, where he came from was horrendous and we shall continue to work on making his future one of him reaching his full potential.

He has touched many lives from across the USA and Canada as quite a few came together to help him. He was an extremely popular transport companion.

Even his Vet team has found him to be friendly and I look forward to seeing him again tomorrow night.

Drive safe wishes being sent to all…….

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Glacier & BHRR’s Sleet!

Their heads are pink from the prep solution for their surgeries on Friday.

Snuggled up with their giant stuffies – as people at work can attest to – each one had a giant stuffie when they were dropped off and in post-op! 

Thanks Gail for the donation of more stuffies!

Tomorrow, I shall give updates on BHRR’s Glacier and BHRR’s Sleet.

THANK you to all of the rescue angels that have been there for these deaf/blind puppies! 

Donations can be made to Kanata Animal Hospital
613-836-2848(They cannot take Visa Debit or M/C Debit over the phone)

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (Donations can be made from any Country)

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com (For Canadian Supporters only as we are located in Canada)

We do not have a gofundme page as they take a sizeable percentage and we will not see any funds be taken away from the animals.

Note: As more people come on to follow our page, please do know that BHRR is a highly focused special needs rescue.

We are federally registered and have been around since 1996. This is what we do, why we are here and we are not newbies nor do we dabble in rescue. We have dedicated our lives to rescue and to doing it the right way.

We are not here for the quantity, we are here for the quality!

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, warm good night wishes are being sent!

Summit UPDATE!

Thank you to all that have been so patient plus understanding that after a very long day – almost 13 hours – for their surgeries on Friday, that I have needed to be with the Dane Trio Pups 24/7.

They have had to be the priority yet, as promised, I am updating.

I am going to do the updates in three separate posts so that the Gwennie Novels are not as large! 

First of all, I have so many to thank for making generous, loving and supportive donations along with sending the beautiful well wishes! 

In having to obtain additional Buprenorphine to administer via their IV ports for pain control and fashionable cones too, their Vet Bills have increased from one of my last posts.

BHRR’s Sleet’s & BHRR’s Glacier’s Surgery Bills: $5,085.09

The original quote was for $4,000+tx.

BHRR’s Glaciers’ eye removal surgeries were also much more complicated due to the severity of the abnormal condition of his eyes. He was placed on antibiotics due to the extensive difficulty with his surgery and the amount of bleeding had.

I was able to put some of my own pay check on to their bills on Friday to also help do my part in helping them too!

STILL NEEDED: Just over $1,100

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848
(they cannot take Visa Debit or M/C Debit over the phone)

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (Any Country can donate)

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com (Canadian based supporters only can contribute via email transfer as that is where we are located)

NOTE: I am covering Summit’s own bill of $2,503.63 completely out of my own pocket and will get that paid off as I can.

This picture is of BHRR’s Summit after his neuter and getting ready to have his right eye removed.

Dr. Philibert and I conversed in great depth re: the removal of both eyes and the decision was made to leave the left eye in with Summit for now.

If it does have to be removed in the future, then we will address it at that time.

His one Vet also checked his bite as all three puppies have had issues and they found marked improvement as he has been maturing plus with what they referred to as ‘ball therapy’ that we had been doing with them and not aware that it was helping that much!

The specialist Dr. Philibert felt his surgery went very well and out of the three puppies, he is bouncing back the best, easiest.

All three puppies pre-op bloodwork indicated lymphocytosis. Per Dr. Philbert, he believed it may be from the chronic abnormalities with the eyes for they have an inflammatory or secondary infection component.

We even repeated BHRR’s Sleets’ bloodwork the day of surgery as she was showing indicators of being anemic and she is the smallest and most DM affected of the three puppies. She may be feisty yet all three are quite fragile with their DM compromised auto immune systems.

We wanted to be sure it would be ok to proceed. Dr. Philibert had been considering after her first round of bloodwork to only do her eye eneucleations and then later spay plus address the umbilical hernia. Her bloodwork remained stable and the whole Vet team were in agreement that it would be safe to proceed.

Summit weighed 23.2 kgs(51.04 pounds) at 3.5 months of age.

I also microchipped all the puppies on Friday.

These puppies are not available for adoption. They will remain in our Haven program and they reside in our extremely experienced, knowledgeable loving home, NOT a cage or kennel.

Summit is eating and drinking well and other than being a bit grumpy, he is bombing along quite well with his recovery!

THANK you to Dr. Philibert, Chelsea, Simon, Holly, Dr. Ashdown, Nadine, Dr. Zak and Nadine for ALL they did on Friday. I work with such an amazing team of people. 

AND thank you to anyone in advance for any consideration you may make to their so deserving cause!

The 3.5 month old deaf/blind Dane Trio Puppies are now dropped off! 

They will be under the experts hands of Dr. Philibert, whom many know as one of Ottawa’s incredible specialists. 

He shall also be under super tech Chelsea’s care plus Holly and I am so grateful to them both too! 

We have had a total of just under $2,100 come their way to date for their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus BHRR’s Sleet’s umbilical hernia repair. 

We are still short $1,900+tx as we were given a quote of $4,000+ for their surgeries.

We will be working on a flash auction ASAP and please if anyone may have even $5.00 to spare to go their way, we would be so so so touched.

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 

OR via email transfer contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

Please with all of my heart and who I am, if you may consider their truly deserving cause to support, I would be beyond humbled….

Thank you in advance…. 

Please also keep them in your best wishes….it is going to be a really tough day on me too….

NOTE: We have posted this many times over and posting it again:

These three deaf/blind puppies not only have recessed pupils, they have severe Microphthalmia. They also have extreme Entropion and not just the lower lids.

This causes their eyelids plus lashes to fold in and are scratching their eyes, causing constant infections not to mention giving them a brutal level of pain.

People need to stop making erroneous assumptions about what they believe to be in the best interest of these puppies. 

We have been doing this for almost 30 years as a highly experienced plus knowledgeable special needs Great Dane Rescue, they also have an incredible experienced Vet team including a specialist deeply involved in their lives.

BHRR’s Potter
August 2008 – February 14th, 2019

Deaf/Visually Impaired and a LEGEND!

BHRR’s Potter, you beat so many odds…yet, in the end, your failing body could not beat the passing of time. 

I will never forget that day in 2009, when I made the drive with Kinsley to pick you up….

No one wanted you – every rescue that had been contacted did not want you for any number of reasons, we were told – you were natural earred, natural tailed, deaf, visually impaired and had been abused plus neglected.

Well, without even seeing a picture of you, I was already in love like many other dogs that we are contacted to assist….

Broke my heart when I went to pick you up and I promised you then that you would never know another day of anything but helping loving hands.

After getting you, I learned that you had a bite history – perfectly understandable and we knew that you would remain in our Haven program, loved, understood and accepted.

I also knew that you were testing me….the way you looked at me, I knew that you were just waiting to see if I was ‘just like those that you knew in your past.’

You did not have a name for we were told ‘why give a name to just a dumb dog.’ You were allowed to run on the I81 in New York and I cannot believe that you never were hit. Makes me sick to my stomach.

NO wonder transports terrified you for so long. YET, you learned to love car rides and opening up a car door was how we could get you to stop doing your walk-abouts after your ever famous ‘houdini escapes’ that became a huge fav for all of our guests at events here!

AND I knew that you picked up the sign for sitting and so much more so fast yet you needed to know that you could trust me…..

It took one month and one day, I looked over and you were sitting by the treat bin with a half hoping and half defiant look on your face.

Inside, I was welling up with tears at the trust that you so badly wanted to give….outside, I was calm and went over and gave you your treat…..and then another one.

From the kids soccer games – oh man were you a hit! – to dismantling crates to prove to me that you had no need of one, to you deciding when you were ready to integrate with the other dogs and leading the charge thundering with such joy through my house, you have left your mark on our hearts plus home forever.

You are a true legend that at barely three months of being with us, I found a small lump in November 2009 and I was so worried that it may be a MCT and it was. 

Within one week, your leg was amputated at barely one year of age and we were told that you had an 85% chance of it coming back within a year and that you would mostly likely not see your second birthday.

Well, you challenged that! BIG time!

AND you ran faster than the Danes with four legs!

AND, in 2016, that nasty cancer beast came back to try and steal you again from us and you again proved them wrong!

You have beaten the odds in so many ways dear Potterman.

We shall never look at tennis balls in the same way for that was your ‘thing’….the sheer joy you took from a simple tennis ball really made us smile.

AND as much as you loved me, when you could get over Sean’s snoring, you and Sean were true family.

As much as my heart pains me and it surely does….it shatters so much more for Sean and the heart ache that he is experiencing.

You were there for Sean’s own Cancer surgery and as he battles that horrible monster too and to see Sean look over to the bed beside his computer and realise again and again that you are no longer there, makes me sob so much.

While many people spent their Valentine’s Day in a much different way, this day will forever hold special that we were with you in our loving embrace, being able to let you cross over with dignity and adoration in our tears.

It is so distressing to see how much your heart and mind are all there yet your poor failing body could no longer properly support your hind end…you tried, you tried so hard…..

You had spondylosis from before you were 1 and to then add in being a tripod with degenerative myelopathy, this was a fight that would in the end take you away from us……

I feel I never do any of our dogs the true justice they deserve with their memorial posts and yours is no different.

We really cannot believe that another era has ended with your devastating loss…..

You almost made it to age 11….miraculous, I know…yet, we want to be greedy and have had so many more years with you….

We promised you quality of life from the moment you came to us and we refused to be selfish…..we needed to do right by you and this picture taken January 20th, 2019 during one of our BHRR Winter Wonderlands – something you always had to be a part of and they shall also never be the same moving forward! – will hold a special place in our hearts…we will remember how much you loved people and meeting new dogs and your ‘tude!

Your ‘tude shall be missed dear Potterman….you sure packed a WOW punch with your personality plus heart….

Each and every new dog that came into our home, you were always so excited….for about 10 minutes! Then, they were simply enfolded into your heart as a valued member of your family pack.

SO much to remember and no more time left to make new memories with you…that is a horrible blow, that there shall be no more memories made or experiences had with or for you…. 

RIP BHRR’s Potter…..

BHRR’s Connery! 

You are so undeniably handsome! 

Thank you to his wonderful foster mama Lindsay for this adorable picture of him!

Note: he does not have a cherry eye….he has haws, common with many Danes and their breeding – especialy those with genetic lines of large flews(lips). It is his third eyelid.

BHRR’s Volt & all of the puppies at one of our amazing puppy love valentine event visits today! 

Thank you to Jane, Gerry, Cathy & Bruce plus all of their lovely friends plus supporters for coming out!

Zack and Finnigan at Home is such a beautiful place!

My heart is filled with so much warmth with all of these truly special puppy love valentine visits!

AND puppy love valentine date #2 is now complete!

On to #3!

Thank you SO much Canadawide Scientific for a great visit!

This is BHRR’s Sleet!

AND we are at our first puppy love visit!!

Thanks Veronica & Elizabeth & Amelie etc.!! 

What a riot of a visit!

Thanks for hosting us ixceed Packaging Solutions!

This is BHRR’s Glacier!

BHRR’s Sleet!
3 months old!

She says that TOMORROW is the day and on behalf of her siblings plus BHRR’s Volt, they cannot wait!

Tomorrow is our twist on our 8th Annual BHRR Doggie Date Event – it is our Puppy Love Valentine Event!

Our day shall begin bright and early with their first date happening at 8 AM and their last date ends just before 5 PM!

Thank you to all that are participating to help us raise much needed money to go towards the $4,000+tx required for their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus BHRR’s Sleets umbilical hernia.

If anyone may wish to donate to their cause; you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 as Dr. Philibert, the specialist is coming into KAH to do their surgeries on February 15th.

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Like many groups, Vet bills are mounting and food is decreasing yet we will do whatever we need to in order to make sure that each and every dog in our care is done right by. 

We know that our efforts cannot be successful without the BHRR village!

BHRR focuses strongly on the special needs and 98% of the dogs/horses we assist are those that others cannot or will not assist. 

It is our position that that these animals are equally deserving and are so worthy!

AND tomorrow, BHRR’s Volt and The deaf/blind Dane Trio are going to not only love on so many people, yet we know that they will inspire so many too! 

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, warmest of good night wishes are being sent!

Last post of my night!

It has been an incredibly busy day!

BHRR’s Connery is settling in well to his emerge temp foster home. I so miss him yet he is in excellent hands! 

This is the ~15 month old emaciated Great Dane that was picked up as a stray in a really bad area(O. believed to be known and never claimed him) and is suffering trauma – believed to be a hit by car. 

His detailed bloodwork has come back as excellent and no surprises to note. it demonstrates that yes, he is battling an infection and he is on antibiotics – one for his eye infections and one for the back right hock that has the wound on it.

He is Deramaxx along with Gabapentin for his hind end and the strongly suspected blown cruciate and once he is no longer emaciated, we can move forward to sedation and doing x-rays as part of our further diagnostics.

His emerge temp foster home will take him in for regular weigh-ins, is feeding him small frequent meals and is providing him with so much love and acceptance, patience, understanding, structure plus consistency.

As his fecal tested positive for whips and hooks, the de-worming protocol is causing him to have some diarrhea and it is being monitored closely. 

He is eating and drinking and his emerge temp foster home finds him equally sweet, lacking manners and are loving their time with him. 

AND I remain completely and truly indebted to them for stepping up to emerge temp foster him after we could get him here, vetted him again – we had him vetted in January with his original rescue angels!

For I have the Dane Trio deaf/blind puppies that will have their eye removal surgeries on the 15th plus have BHRR’s Volt here too. 

From our home to all of our friends, family plus friends, good night wishes being sent! Be safe out there! It is a veritable ice rink at my place right now and for those who know our laneway/hill; it is not fun!

BHRR’s Connery!

I have just dropped him off with his emerge foster mama to be for the next couple of months and it was so hard yet he will be in excellent hands! 

I fell in love with him when we were first asked to assist in January and when I finally got to meet him yesterday when meeting the transport to pick him up, I loved him even more….if that were even possible! 

He just loves everyone and everything!

He is an absolutely incredible young man, about 15 months of age and his body tells the story of what a hard life he has has to date. 

He is full of pressure sores/callouses, healing wounds, scrapes and raw area’s.

He is emaciated at 109.78 pounds today. He has put on almost 10 pounds since he was first rescued by his angels and he has a long way still to go. That is his hip bone in the pic and if you enlarge it you can see every vertebrae plus rib.

The ulcer in his one eye – the right has now healed and his Vet today, did another flurorescein eye stain and also froze his eye to get a really great look at it. 

He is still battling horrible eye infections so more eye meds were dispensed. 

He has an infection on his back right hock from some trauma – agreement seems to be hit by car – and so he is on antibiotics for the next 10 days.

His ears are super waxxy and will be cleaned. He is in sore need of a bath too and I told his emerge temp foster mama that I will pay for him to be done once he settles in more.

As many know 98% of the dogs we help are really special needs and this sweet boy is no different. 

Both of his front legs/feet bother him and the left side of his body is worse – his back left hip pains him dearly and his Vet concurs that with his thickened left knee, that we are looking at a blown cruciate. 

His back right hip does not pain him as much yet he has severe atrophy happening in his hind end. He shifts his weight constantly and alternates holding a leg – front and back – up to attempt to get some relief. 

His Vet has put together a great pain management program for him – Gabapentin- and once we get the blood panel back that we did today – we will know more if we can also add Deramaxx as an NSAIDS to his pain management program. 

AND throughout all of his much needed poking and prodding plus blood work, he was incredible. To know that the level of discomfort that he is in has to be brutal and for him to be so good natured, is a true testament to his WOW personality.

As he is still so emaciated, it is not safe to sedate him to X-ray to determine the exact nature of his injuries etc. 

So, while I am worried re: any kinds of fractures, I am reassured by the expertise of his wonderful Vet that we need to keep getting him more physically healthy and then proceed with the next diagnostics steps. 

His Vet Bills between two Hospitals to date are just under $1,000 and this is just the beginning of his own long rehabilitation journey. 

Lindsay – thank you again so very much for meeting me partway tonight so I could hand him off to you for you and Josh to be his Emerge temp foster loving home for me. 

As I work to get the Dane Trio plus BHRR’s Volt healthy themselves, I am so grateful that BHRR’s Connery will have all that he needs with Josh & Lindsay! 

Fostering saves lives!! 

As I work my way back home in yet more freezing rain, good night wishes are being sent to all of our friends, family & supporters! It has been a very long day between work, BHRR’s Connery’s 1.25 hour Vet appointment and now the round trip drive to ensure that he got to Lindsay safely!

 

 

BHRR’s Connery!

He is here! Finally!

While most people have birthday breakfasts in bed, visit spa’s, have lunch out with friends, go shopping and/or have a romantic dinner with their partner to enjoy their special day, what I did today was drive in the freezing rain to meet the next leg of his transport to bring him home! 

I could not have wished for a better birthday present to see BHRR’s Connery here at last! 

He is no more than 15 – 18 months of age tops, most likely closer to 15 months of age. He has SO much maturing to do and he is still so emaciated.

He has been in safe keeping with his rescue angels for almost a month and I remain so grateful to them for saving his life.

He was picked up in a really bad area and while his owner was believed to be known, they never claimed him, which to me is a big relief as he is in terrible shape.

AND I must thank Jane of Just Paws also once again for helping to get him here!

Though, we had him vetted in January, it was hard to handle him at that time – just unsettled, not reactive or aggressive at ALL – and as he was in poor body condition, further diagnostics were not possible. The Vet believes that he was a HBC and/or has HD.

He was placed on a pain management regime and treated for eye infections. Bloodwork indicated that he was tick borne disease plus heartworm negative.

His fecal was positive for whips and hooks and he has been placed on treatment. He was also put on flea/tick meds.

He is coming to work with me tomorrow and we will get a treatment plan together for him. He bunny hops on the hind end, he is more ‘off’ on his left knee than his right – yet his right is not much better and his front legs, especially his left leg plus foot bothers him too.

THANK you’s sent out also to Lucy AND to all of his transport plus overnighting angels that helped him get here!

AND thank you to Lindsay plus Josh for stepping up to be his emerge temp foster parents for the next two months!

AND last but not least I wish to extend a deep thanks to The Maracles for the generous birthday donation. It was so touching and with Vet bills running high and food running at a crisis for us right now, it was so appreciated.

This is BHRR’s Connery! He put his head by the through the space of my barrier cage and was my co-pilot all the way home!

AND another comment from Natasha who met him last night on one of his transport legs:

“I met him last night . Oh he is so sweet .

From another of his transport driving angels – Laura – that helped get him closer to us:

“We were also one of his transporters – London to Guelph. He is what we consider a “teddy Dane” & as he rested his giraffe-sized head on my shoulder during transport, we wished him the best in his new life. TY BHRR for all that you do for these giant breeds & wishing (and will follow) his journey.”

From one of his transport driving angels – Jacquie – that helped get him closer to me:

“I was one of his drivers on his freedom run on Saturday. He was certainly a transport favourite. Wishing him all the best in his new life in Canada.”

AND he is finally on his way!

The GD that we are calling BHRR’s Connery. 

He had been in safe keeping for us by his rescue angels Samantha and Karen for weeks and now he is ready to finally make the journey to BHRR.

Thank you also Jane for everything you have done to help get him to us safely! 

He started this AM and from what I am told, is safely in his first of two overnighter homes. 

Thank you to Lindsay and Josh for stepping up to be his emerge temp fosters for the next couple of months!

He has been battling eye infections and the Vet that saw him to date is not sure if his hind end is painful due to a possible HBC or if it is HD.

He was picked up as a stray(O. is believed to be known and he is always left by himself) and O.’s never claimed him. He was from a bad area. 

As he was so unsettled and emaciated(weight was barely over 100 pounds when first picked up and now is 113 pounds), it was best not to sedate him to investigate his back end further at that time.

He was placed on meds for his eyes and put on a pain management regime. 

He will be vetted again on February 4th at KAH. His ETA to BHRR is Sunday February 3rd – AND I could not imagine a better birthday present than driving to pick him up, another boy in huge need! 

 

 

The Dane Trio pups were at KAH tonight for their boosters plus pre-op bloodwork and latest exams! 

I want to thank Martina with all that I am for I could not have done this without her! She also helped clean up two pees plus one poop and anyone that would do that is a superstar great person in my books! 

They are now three months old! 

Summit was 19.1 Kgs(42.02 pounds)
BHRR’s Sleet was 15 Kgs(33 pounds) 
BHRR’s Glacier was 16.4kgs(36.08 pounds)

I am so proud of my babies as they were so great with everything! Poked, prodded, examined and I even did nails. 

Per their truly lovely Vet, she feels that it also may be best to remove Summits second eye too. I will reach out to the specialist, Dr. Philibert to let him know and when he examines them the day of surgery, if, for any reason he thinks that eye could be saved, he can advise.

This picture is of the extremely affectionate, snuggle bunny handsome BHRR’s Glacier with the beautiful Martina. 

Even their Vet commented on how much better yet, again from their last Vet visit they were with handling, touching and all of the sights, smells etc. 

Their noses picked up the scent of treats in a nano second as soon as we got into the one room! 

We are still needing just under $2,700+tx for their eye eneucleation surgeries which will include their alters plus BHRR’s Sleet’s hernia repair. 

We will have our flash auction up and running by Sunday night and there are still three spots left in our February 8th business and/or home puppy love Valentine Event!

 

LAST CALL! Auction ENDS in 20 minutes!

BHRR’s Glacier is pulling out the cuteness factor hoping that you may consider bidding in our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction that shall end TONIGHT – Sunday January 27th @ 9:00 PM EST. 

We have 76 absolutely incredible item in this year’s Online Auction!

To view all of the lovely items available and to bid, please visit the below link. Please also note the pick-up location(s) of any item(s) you may be interested in!

There are goodies that can be picked up in Oshawa, Pickering, Kingston, Oxford Station, Kanata, Orleans, Ottawa, Vernon and so many more locations!

Your assistance to raise the $4,000+tx that we need for the deaf/blind Dane Babies to have their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus for BHRR’s Sleet to have her umbilical hernia also repaired is so appreciated.

Their urgent surgeries are scheduled for February 15th.

AND we will be posting shortly re: our special twist on our 8th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction. We will be doing a Puppy Love Valentine Event for the special needs Dane Babies! 

Yet, do not worry, we will be still hosting our usual fabu 8th Annual BHRR Date Fundraiser in April!

The Final Countdown is on! Less than 6 hours to go!

BHRR’s Sleet of The BHRR Dane Trio says time is running out! So move quickly to get your bids in before it is too late!  She moved in on me so fast with her tracking, picked up my scent, honed in and I only managed to snap one shot before she knocked me flat on my rump! 

Our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction that shall end Sunday January 27th @ 9:00 PM EST.

BHRR worked so hard to come up with our truly unique, one-of-a-kind Fundraisers and we ONLY host 4 a year, so we remain so thankful to everyone for supporting our efforts!

We have 76 absolutely incredible item in this year’s Online Auction!

We have nut free items, we have gluten free goodies, we have vegan delights, we have goodies for doggies, we have delicious cupcakes, pies, cookies, cakes, perogies and so much more plus we even have a private dining experience @ BHRR too! 

To view all of the lovely items available and to bid, please visit the link. Please also note the pick-up location(s) of any item(s) you may be interested in!

Your assistance to raise the $4,000+tx that we need for the deaf/blind Dane Babies to have their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus for BHRR’s Sleet to have her umbilical hernia also repaired is so appreciated.

Their urgent surgeries are scheduled for February 15th.

AND we will be posting shortly re: our special twist on our 8th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction. We will be doing a Puppy Love Valentine Event for the special needs Dane Babies! 

Yet, do not worry, we will be still hosting our usual fabu 8th Annual BHRR Date Fundraiser in April! 

DONATED TO DATE: $515.99

BHRR’s Glacier of The BHRR Dane Trio!

He says that he has to take a power snooze from all of the excitement of our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction that shall end Sunday January 27th @ 9:00 PM EST.

BHRR worked so hard to come up with our truly unique, one-of-a-kind Fundraisers and we ONLY host 4 a year, so we remain so appreciative to everyone that supports our efforts! ?

We have just added Item #76 to this Online Auction!

We have decided to add a ‘take’ on our extremely popular BHRR PRIVATE ‘EXPERIENCE’.

This shall be an intimate, relaxed casual dining experience evening(~4.5 hours) at BHRR. We will make you a homemade Dinner including our famous Boerskins Cinnamon Buns for dessert. This special dining experience is for up to 4 to come to BHRR and to be surrounded by ~20 amazing Giants including the Dane Trio!

To view all of the lovely items and to bid, please visit the link. Please also note the pick-up location(s) of any item(s) you may be interested in!

Your assistance to raise the $4,000+tx that we need for the deaf/blind Dane Babies to have their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus for BHRR’s Sleet to have her umbilical hernia also repaired is so appreciated.

Their urgent surgeries are scheduled for February 15th.

AND we will be posting shortly re: our special twist on our 8th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction. We will be doing a Puppy Love Valentine Event for the special needs Dane Babies! 

Yet, do not worry, we will be still hosting our usual fabu 8th Annual BHRR Date Fundraiser in April!

Tonight, BHRR’s Glacier of The Dane Trio would like to be the one to send everyone good night wishes and for all still on the roads, to please drive carefully!

This is him *tracking* me and the moment when he picked up my scent and honed in on my exact location! He was so proud of himself and what a happy, sweet, easy going, huge cuddly baby he is! 

AND I am so proud of him and his litter-mates with all of the progress they are making and believe me housebreaking puppies is hard enough, let alone puppies that no one did anything with for 9 weeks of their lives, puppies that are both deaf & blind and training them flash in and out of the house because of -40C temps.

They have been super stars!

AND, BHRR’s Glacier wants to share that as we end our fourth day of our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction, we have had bids of over $750 to date!

We remain feeling so blessed and fortunate to everyone for helping to make our creative one-of-a-kind Fundraiser so successful!

To view all of the items and to bid, please visit the link. Please also note the pick-up location(s) of any item(s) you may be interested in!

Your assistance to raise the $4,000+tx that we need for the deaf/blind Dane Babies to have their eye removal surgeries, their alters plus for BHRR’s Sleet to have her umbilical hernia also repaired is so appreciated.

Their urgent surgeries are scheduled for February 15th.

We will also be posting a small flash auction plus we are working behind the scenes on what I am calling a ‘Puppy Love Valentine’ Event to hopefully help raise more of the much need monies we need for these surgeries. 

AND our 6th Annual “Breaking Bills Bake” Online Auction is now LIVE!

We have 75 absolutely amazing delicious items!

**Also, please NOTE the location pick-up on the item(s) you are interested in!**

AND in our first day of bidding, we have had a beautiful $396 in bids! 

Our unique creative Online Auction ends Sunday January 27th @ 9 PM EST

We have items up for grabs located in Oshawa, Kingston, Pickering, Belleville, Ottawa, Orleans, Oxford Station, Kanata, Stittsville AND more!

AND this is who you are helping with your very generous donations, the sharing and/or the bidding on this auction – deaf/blind Dane Babies that require their eyes to be removed, their altering, and also for BHRR’s Sleet’s umbilical hernia to be repaired.

SO THANK you with all that I am for your help!

Their Bill for their urgent surgeries scheduled for February 15th – as their eyes greatly pain them and are constantly infected – is $4,000+tx.

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, warmest good night wishes are being sent!

DONATED TO DATE: $506.58

BHRR’s Maple
January 20th, 2019

As we continue to get pounded with the snow – 40+ cms and still coming….and we are battling temperatures of -35, she prefers to ‘chill’ on the bench in our sunroom.

Radiant floor heating and comfy Costco Dog Beds and the bench is her ‘thing.’

She was basking in some of the winter sun that was streaming through the window…..

This girl once was so terrified plus skinny and she could not easily be touched. She was slated to be put to sleep yet we were contacted and the rest is history! 

She has such a personality presence at all gatherings here! 🙂

She may have her quirks, yet she is super affectionate with a very happy tail that actually does circles when she wags it! Which is almost always, even in her sleep. 

Still ISO: Bakers for human and/or doggie treats for our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Online Auction’.

Begins Saturday!

Items do not need to be made until the Auction is over – so after January 27th.

Location does not matter for we have supporters all over! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you may consider an item to donate!

We currently have 20 generous bakers! 

All monies raised shall go towards the eye enucleations, altering plus repairing BHRR’s Sleet’s umbilical hernia.

We have an estimate – $4,000+tx and their surgeries are scheduled for Friday February 15th. Their Microphthalmia eyes, including having deep recessed pupils are greatly paining these deaf/blind babies. They remain being treated for infections. We need to move on their surgeries as an urgent situation for their well being.

They will have their boosters spaced out between two appointments and then have their pre-op bloodwork done in preparation for their big surgeries on February 15th.

Dr. Philibert will be their specialist surgeon and they will be in excellent hands. 

So between now and then, we need to figure out our fundraising for them…..

I will have one flash auction item and working on another idea, that I am calling “Puppy Love”.

Donations to their bills can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital as Dr. Philibert will be doing their surgeries there 613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (Use the Friend & Family option please so we do not pay fees)

On behalf of the amazing 11 week old Dane Trio, to all of our friends, family plus supporters, stay warm and good night wishes being sent!

 

Mantle GD – Male, ~2-3 years of age

Picked up as a stray in a bad area, emaciated(102 pounds – we had him at the Vet yesterday), trauma to his hind end – possible HBC.

Said to be ‘amazing.’ 

We are calling him BHRR’s Connery.

Thanks to Samantha & Karen for saving his life and picking him up! AND also getting him to the Vet so fast!

 
 
 

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Mama Eve to our Haven Program.

She will continue to be cherished plus done right by.

Posted in Eve

BHRR’s Big Ben(Benjamin AKA Gentle Ben)
January 7th, 2010 – January 12th, 2019
*Picture is from December 24th, 2018*

As many are aware we made a post re: BHRR’s Big Ben in May 2018 re: how he had been diagnosed with an inoperable nasal tumour.

He had been having nosebleeds since that March and after many diagnostics plus seeing a specialist, he was diagnosed with this horrible tumour.

Other than the intermittent nose bleeds,one would not know at that time that something horrible was growing inside of him…..

Due to his age, he was not considered a great candidate for radiation or chemo either. We wanted the time that he had left to be the best that we can give him and we did whatever was recommended for him by the experts.

BHRR’s Big Ben was also placed on the Chinese Herb, Yunnan Baiyao. We have used this herb many times over the past almost 10 years with great success and it was to also prove to be the case for BHRR’s Big Ben.

While we were not given a set time line to expect to say our good-byes to this really wonderful plus handsome black/tan Great Dane, we were told that it would be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Our wish was to see him be with us as long as possible and miraculously he was with us for our June BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ Mini Open House, our annual September ‘DINE WITH THE BHRR Doggies’, our annual December Potluck and on December 30th, we had friends over – Aaron/Cherie – for dinner and he remained happy, healthy as could be and strong.

Unfortunately, after celebrating his 9th Birthday, his nose bleeds came back with a vengeance, his muzzle became swollen almost overnight and his breathing began to be a bit wheezy.

We would never see any of our dogs suffer and we knew that it was time….as difficult as this decision was to make, we knew that it had to be done.

BHRR’s Big Benjamin, you were laid to rest held so warmly in our loving embrace and though I tried so hard to choke back the tears, they fell in ever increasing drops on to your soft fur as my heart began to shatter into ever increasing pieces in having to finally say our good-byes.

I have been connected to BHRR’s Benjamin for many years….I watched him be put up for sale again and again since 2010.

He had been kept outside in the freezing cold, had frost bite, had untreated diarrhea and it was said that he could never be trained.

I have never met a dog yet that could not be trained….

It broke my heart over and over as this person refused to hand him over to rescue. They wanted to get money for him. Over and over again he was sold and returned to them.

AND it broke my heart when we learned after the fact of a person who was aware of his story and how hard we had been working to get him, bought him and then returned him right back to his original owner, a couple of days later as they said they could not handle him, instead of doing the right thing.

Then, he disappeared off our radar and the next thing I knew, I was receiving an email from another rescue that he had been surrendered to.

They felt they were not in the best position to help him and on January 29th, 2011, I picked him up.

The dog that was said could not be trained entered an obedience competition with myself after his rehabilitation. We came 3rd out of a field of 25 entered. I knew we could do better yet there was a boxer in the ring and well, BHRR’s Potter – a boxer in our Haven Program and BHRR’s Ben were best buds – so, when the Boxer that was in the obedience competition saw BHRR’s Big Ben and vice versa, I knew we had lost! Those two became quite focused with each other and later I learned that this Boxer lived in a home with a Dane all of their very own so it was fate that these two would lose focus in the ring together! FOND memories!

We did end up adopting out BHRR’s Big Ben yet sadly he came back to BHRR in 2016 – 4 years and 7 months after his approved adoption due to a divorce.

We made the decision that he had gone through more than enough in his life and he became a treasured Haven Dog.

He was an outstanding ambassador for his breed and a big favourite for so many BHRR supporters. He had a massive fan club and was a very popular boy for play dates!

BHRR’s Big Ben, going to bed last night was painful….every night I would tell you how much I loved my “Benny Boy”, gave you your treatie, said for you to have a good sleepies plus that I would see you in the morning.  I always made sure that you were tucked in with your favourite blanket on your bed.

When I woke up this AM, the cold reality of you no longer being here set right back in….

Gentle, kind, caring, sweet, gorgeous inside and out, loving and so forgiving of all that had transpired in your life, you really are a gem of a dog.

I so wish I could have given you longer in this world….to show your more, to give you more and to make you whole again and my heart breaks that this is not the way things are…..

Please forgive me dear sweet Benny….I wanted so badly to give you so much more…..

Until we meet again, you and I will continue to meet in our dreams as I do with all those that crossed before you. I love you with all that I am….

Special Needs Dane Trio Update!

First of THANK you’s sent out to both Elaine plus Kathryn for the puppy wrangling help tonight at their next Vet Visit! 

BHRR’s Sleet – 23.76 pounds(Up 5.94 pounds since January 2nd so gaining really well!)

Her anxiety was better in the car this time around – she lasted 15 minutes before it set in and she was the most ‘busy’ of the three tonight at KAH due to her level of stress/anxiety. 

When she crashed, she crashed big time….she is better than she was and in having her such a short period of time, she has really made progress!

Her small abscess on the top of her head is healing well – we still do not know how she came to BHRR that way.

She will require a double enucleation (both eyes to be removed as they are paining her and causing constant infections).

She was healthy enough for her boosters and I also did a nail trim. 

Her teeth appear to be placed in her mouth ok and she has an immature digestive system.

She is completely blind/deaf. 

BHRR’s Glacier – 25.52 pounds(Up 5.94 pounds too! AND gaining wonderfully.)

Such a love….big cuddler, wants to be held and the sweetest boy. 

He will also require a double enucleation(both eyes to be removed as they are paining him and causing constant infections).

We know that BHRR’s Glacier can hear a very tiny wee amount of ”sounds.’ Has to be at a certain tone/level and he has zero idea where it is coming from and is considered 98% deaf. 

He is also blind. 

We did a nail trim,had boosters and he has one side of his mouth that his teeth are embedding into his gums. We will see how his adult teeth come in and if need be, do extractions.

Summit – 28.16 pounds(So YUP!, he is also exactly 5.94 pounds more than January 2nd!) HOLY! Talk about freaky! 

All three puppies are up exactly the same amount of weight, 5.94 pounds! What are the chances?!

He will require one eye to be removed, we will continue to monitor that twisting left front leg that also twitches. 

He is deaf and can see out of one eye about 1-2%, so is also blind. 

He has both sides of his mouth with bad teeth alignment and we will see how his adult teeth come in to determine how many extractions are required. 

I also did his nails plus he had boosters.

I want to thank Emily again for the cupcake collars for BHRR’s Sleet and BHRR’s Summit!

I also wish to thank Holly once more for the toys for the Dane Trio!

BHRR’s Sleet & BHRR’s Glacier were so much better with their handling – they had zero prior to myself getting them – and were much easier to exam tonight. 

AND thanks sent to Jen for coming into Kanata Animal Hospital yesterday and putting on to their account a truly caring generous donation to go towards their Vet bills which will amount in to the many many many thousands. 

I will be putting together a flash auction on an item that I have and we will be brainstorming on how best to fundraise for these puppies that were so wrongly done by.

I am also working on our next BHRR Information Get Together to give people the opportunity to learn more re DM Danes and BHRR plus to meet/learn more about them. 

Gwennie Novel and here is another photo of the Dane Trio konked out! Hard to capture them awake…they are just white blurs! 

As always, from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, stay warm and good night wishes being sent as we head into a deep freeze!

DONATED TO DATE: $381.58





Summit & BHRR’s Sleet!
10 week old Deaf/Blind Great Dane Puppies
Power napping! 😀

The Dane Trio are scheduled for their next Vet Visit tomorrow.

AND we currently have 17 amazing people that have signed up for our upcoming 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Baking Online Auction.’ THANK you!

Still ISO: More baking Angels to make human and/or doggie baked goodies!

Starts January 17th!

All money raised shall help the newest additions to BHRR – BHRR’s Glacier & BHRR’s Sleet – two of the special needs 10 week old Dane puppies.

The baked goodies do not have to be made until the auction is over, which is January 27th!

If you would be interested in donating an item or more, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Please do not post here as your lovely offer may be missed!

Your location does not need to be near us! People support us from all over and this unique, one-of-a-kind fundraiser gives so many people the chance to participate!

Thank you in advance for your consideration and good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters!

DONATED TO DATE: $331.58

ISO: Bakers to make human and/or doggie treats for our upcoming 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills Baking Online Auction.’

Starts January 17th!

All money raised shall help the newest additions to BHRR – BHRR’s Glacier & BHRR’s Sleet – two of the special needs 10 week old Dane puppies.

Both are back at the Vet again this week – January 10th as we continue putting together the best medical treatment plans for them.

The baked goodies do not have to be made until the auction is over, which is January 27th!

If you would be interested in donating an item or more, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Please do not post here as your lovely offer may be missed!

Your location does not need to be near us! People support us from all over and this unique, one-of-a-kind fundraiser gives so many people the chance to participate! 

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Dane Puppies Cupcake #1 & #2 thank you as do I!

This is them in their gently used beautiful cupcake collars that were generously donated to them by Emily!

They are now 10 weeks old and these are deaf/bind Great Dane Puppies.

BHRR’s Glacier, Summit & BHRR’s Sleet.

From our home to all of our friends, friends plus supporters, good night wishes being sent!

Sean is calling the Dane Puppy Trio ‘Pinwheel Puppies! 

ISO: 2 BHRR Approved Puppy Wranglers for January 10th @ 4:15 pm @ KAH for their next Vet Visit!

Please email gwen@birchhaven.org over posting here as your kind offer may be missed. 

Good night wishes being sent from these three really incredible, super amazing blind/deaf 9 week old Dane Babies!

DONATED TO DATE: $231.58

My last Gwennie Novel post of my night!

The amazing 9 week old Dane Trio were at KAH tonight.

First off, thank you SO much to Cherie & Holly for meeting me there to lend caring and much needed hands for the lovely trio! Could not have done this without you both!

BHRR’s Sleet – she weighed 8.1 KGs(17.82 pounds). She was confirmed as having an umbilical hernia, infected eyes and she provided a stool sample so we will test her loose stools. Her eyes will be monitored as she grows to best determine if she also needs an enucleation or two.

It was not easy for the Vet to examine her eyes too closely as she was a squirmy worm.

On a side note, these two puppies were not handled or socialized properly prior to us getting them. That is very obvious.

No attempts were made to housebreak them either and going outside is completely foreign.

They have been given zero direction or guidance and are so lost and confused yet already a big improvement from yesterday and they are quickly becoming more confident!

Both were dirty and reeked of heavy smoke when we picked them up.

BHRR’s Sleet will be on a gastro food, de-wormed with Panacur, placed on Interceptor Plus and we are already giving her Forti Flora and shall continue to do so.

BHRR’s Glacier – he weighed 8.9 KGs(19.58 pounds). He was also confirmed as having infected eyes and his eyes shall also be monitored as he grows to best determine if he also needs an eneucleation or two. He has one eye worse than the other yet both eyes are horrible just as with his litter-mates.

Same thing as he was quite squirmy, harder for the Vet to properly examine him.

He also will be placed on Panacur plus Interceptor Plus and has been getting the Forti Flora.

Temps were normal for both, good heart, lungs and in a couple of days, their Vet advised to let them know how BHRR’s Sleets’ stools are doing in case we need to add metronidazole.

As for Summit, he came out for the ride and now weighs 10.1 KGs(22.22 pounds). At 6 weeks he was 12.01 pounds.

He will have his own next round of Panacur plus Interceptor Plus. He remains on Forti Flora himself.

They have files set up at Kanata Animal Hospital and anyone wishing to make a donation to BHRR’s Sleet’s and BHRR’s Glacier’s care can do so directly to the Hospital: 613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

All three puppies are quite lean and had some wonderful cuddles and loving by Holly, Cherie and their Vet. This is so important for all of them……

Now home, they have had a snack, water, played and are slowly crashing….

Tomorrow is another day with so much for them to learn and do and explore and for me to learn and do and explore with them!

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

PS: We are still in search of Volunteers to make human and/or doggie baked goodies for our upcoming 6th Annual Breaking Bills Baking Online Auction!

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you wish to donate an item or two!

DONATED TO DATE: $50

My last post of my night as it has been a truly exhausting, stressful plus worrisome journey to save these puppies…..for many many weeks.

Three of the five that survived in this litter are now reunited, all five are special needs. BHRR’s Glacier, BHRR’s Sleet & Summit.

I think they remembered each other! 

To all reaching out to us asking what they need, at this time we could really use no slip bowls for the floor and after we have our own trusted team of Vets examine BHRR’s Sleet & BHRR’s Glacier tomorrow night, we will know more re: their Vet Bills.

As people may remember from an earlier post, we will be removing Summits one eye, he battles constant eye infections – and are monitoring his other eye closely, have to remove at least four teeth and those are just his baby ones…we will have to see re: his adult ones plus he has his left front leg twisting. He has IBS issues too. He is deaf/blind.

These are special needs Dane puppies and they can come with a whole list of medical concerns ranging from skin, heart, neuro, eye, ear, auto immune, have IS etc.

Summits litter-mates are also deaf/blind, both have eye infections, BHRR’s Sleet has an umbilical hernia, has a small amount of coloured nasal discharge and her brother is also a bit wonky on his hind end.

White Great Danes are not rare. They are all too common and it breaks my heart that people Breed to line their pockets and care not for what happens to these puppies when they are born. 

Our first fundraiser of 2019 is coming up soon and all monies shall go towards their mounting bills. We are ISO of Bakers for human and/or doggie goodies for this Annual Fundraiser. It is our 6th Annual Breaking Bills Baking Online Auction! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you would like to donate an item or more!

Nothing needs to be made until the online auction is over, so it is fresh and your location does not have to be near us as people support us from all over and gives people a chance to bid on goodies in their own area(s)! 

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, Happy New Year to you and good night wishes being sent….I know I shall have some peace in my heart tonight…

Happy New Year! 

Instead of posting my own rescue year end statement, I am going to post my rescue beginning year picture…..while many were at home enjoying the New Year’s day with family and/or friends, we were out doing our first rescue of the year…..

Rescue is 24/7, 365 days a year! 

AND! We got them! Both Special Needs Great Dane Puppies. This picture is moments after we got them and gave them some food. 

Thank you’s extended to Elizabeth once more for coming with me on such short notice to bear witness plus to help. We ended up paying $300 for the one puppy, not $600. We had $250 in rescue saving donations given and I covered the remainder from my own pocket. What we wanted or ideal? No, not at all. Do I worry about this being a dangerous precedent yes, yet, we now have both puppies safe from harm. 

Both will be heading to KAH tomorrow for vetting. Both have eye infections, both are deaf plus blind, the female also has an umbilical hernia plus we have to get a closer look at his hind end. Both have now had much needed baths and will be getting their extremely long nails trimmed shortly. They will receive thorough exams, have their next de-wormings plus fecals also done. 

ISO: a BHRR Approved Volunteer for extra hands tomorrow night at KAH 6:45 PM to help love and hold them. Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Please do not post here as we may miss your kind offer!

Before anyone asks…..They are NOT available For Adoption. 

These puppies are barely 9 weeks old and what they have gone through to date has been so wrong. We will right that wrong…..

Her name is BHRR’s Sleet & his name is BHRR’s Glacier. Sean has spoken! 

Welcome to BHRR Babies!

UPDATE: On the 2 special needs Dane puppies.

The one home is still prepared at this time to surrender their shelter foster puppy without payment and the other home remains holding strong to wanting $600. 🙁

Thank you to the three angels that donated a combined $200 to date to assist towards going towards this puppy if it came down to it. We really do not wish to find ourselves in the position of having to pay and to go down what I have already termed setting a dangerous precedent. 🙁

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These are the next two in urgent need of BHRR

2 x Special Needs Great Dane Puppies
9 weeks old
1 Male & 1 Female
ETA Being Worked On

This was a litter of five that I had been asked to assist since they were 2 weeks of age.

Their mother had died and a litter of 10 was put into a shelter. Sadly, 5 of the puppies passed away.

BHRR was then reached out to as a strongly focused special needs Great Dane Rescue. We were more than happy to step up to assist.

When the puppies were 6 weeks of age, the shelter placed two into foster to adopt homes; I took in one as my own the one assessed as being the worse and the other two were placed into foster care by the shelter.

The shelter was happy that BHRR was here to assist in any way needed and I gladly made the almost 6.5 hour round trip drive pretty much daily to help with feedings and care up to when they were placed into separate fosters.

Unfortunately, the two puppies that were placed by the shelter into foster homes felt understandably overwhelmed – these are special needs puppies and with that comes special care and special dedication plus special big responsibility.

The shelter indicated to the fosters that they were not in a position to take them back into their own care and directed these two homes to reach out to BHRR.

Both homes wanted BHRR to pay for these puppies when all vetting, food, toys, formula, supplies etc. to date had been paid for by the shelter along with BHRR.

It has been a big touch & go difficult situation as both homes stressed that they would put the puppies to sleep unless BHRR paid for them.

BHRR does not believe in paying for animals to bring into rescue and has spent a lot of time conversing with the homes in this delicate situation.

At the present, we now have one home willing to surrender their special needs puppy without BHRR paying for it.

The other home is still insisting that we pay $600 for the puppy and we continue to attempt to get the home to do the right thing. We are walking a very fine delicate line right now.

The Shelter feels that they they cannot enforce their contract with this home as they had already told them that they could not take the puppy back.

We truly do not want to be getting into a situation that we would be forced to pay $600 to save this puppy. That sets up a dangerous precedent.

Of course, we want to make sure that the puppy is not put to sleep, dumped outside somewhere etc. either.

This is an extremely stressful time right now. 

We will continue to update as we can…..and may 2019 bring both puppies safely into our care.

Merry Christmas! We hope all are having a safe, healthy & happy Day!

These are the next two in urgent need of BHRR

2 x Special Needs Great Dane Puppies
8.5 weeks old
1 Male & 1 Female
ETA Being Worked On

This was a litter of five that I had been asked to assist since they were 2 weeks of age.

Their mother had died and a litter of 10 was put into a shelter. Sadly, 5 of the puppies passed away.

BHRR was then reached out to as a strongly focused special needs Great Dane Rescue. We were more than happy to step up to assist.

When the puppies were 6 weeks of age, the shelter placed two into foster to adopt homes; I took in one as my own the one assessed as being the worse and the other two were placed into foster care by the shelter.

The shelter was happy that BHRR was here to assist in any way needed and I gladly made the almost 6.5 hour round trip drive pretty much daily to help with feedings and care up to when they were placed into separate fosters.

Unfortunately, the two puppies that were placed by the shelter into foster homes felt understandably overwhelmed – these are special needs puppies and with that comes special care and special dedication plus special big responsibility.

The shelter indicated to the fosters that they were not in a position to take them back into their own care and directed these two homes to reach out to BHRR.

Both homes wanted BHRR to pay for these puppies when all vetting, food, toys, formula, supplies etc. to date had been paid for by the shelter along with BHRR.

It has been a big touch & go difficult situation as both homes stressed that they would put the puppies to sleep unless BHRR paid for them.

BHRR does not believe in paying for animals to bring into rescue and has spent a lot of time conversing with the homes in this delicate situation.

At the present, we now have one home willing to surrender their special needs puppy without BHRR paying for it.

The other home is still insisting that we pay $600 for the puppy and we continue to attempt to get the home to do the right thing. We are walking a very fine delicate line right now.

The Shelter feels that they they cannot enforce their contract with this home as they had already told them that they could not take the puppy back.

We truly do not want to be getting into a situation that we would be forced to pay $600 to save this puppy. That sets up a dangerous precedent.

Of course, we want to make sure that the puppy is not put to sleep, dumped outside somewhere etc. either.

This is an extremely stressful time right now. ?

We will continue to update as we can…..

Sean and BHRR’s Potterman – December 24th, 2018

Part of our traditional Christmas Eve Photo Shoot.

BHRR’s Bowen – Severely Neglected Great Dane needs your continued help….

Yesterday, he had his second urgent surgery – this one on his mouth.

First picture is of his badly broken tooth extracted and he had a really great cleaning done. He had to have a long surgery to get his mouth into a healthy condition. So tragic the neglect that this poor boy experienced in his past.

Unfortunately, Mr. Bowen has not bounced back well and he ended up seeing a Vet last night and was back at KAH this AM, not able to walk plus with a fever of over 40 degrees. Understandably, he has not wanted to eat or drink.

He has been placed on fluids, being given his pain meds and even has a fan on him. His fever went down a bit and then went back up later this afternoon.

His wonderful Vet does not know why he has this fever – we have been told by two Vets that it is too earlier for it to be infection related.

May we please ask everyone to keep him in their best wishes and if anyone may be willing to be one of his Christmas Miracle Angels, his Vet Bills are mounting even further…..

Donations to his care can be made directly to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848. He remains under their amazing care and I will be back there later tonight to see him.

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

AND as mentioned, please send him tons of get well wishes too!

After losing BHRR’s Bane who had been horribly abused/neglected, my heart is extremely extra emotional re: dear Mr. Bowen right now. 

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!

BHRR’s Singe!
~3.5 years of age
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

All of our adoption processes, policies & procedures:
http://www.birchhaven.org/contracts-policies/application-fees
FAQ’s & Information: 
http://www.birchhaven.org/contracts-policies/before-applying-to-adopt

For those who saw this emaciated, collapsed in the hind boy upon arrival and even as recently as September, LOOK at him now!?!

We never gave up!!! 

After almost 30 years working with the Danes/Giants and focusing so strongly on the special needs, as much as I am an expert on them…each one continues to teach me SO much!

We struggled for so long to get that weight on him…so long….

AND what worked the best is what always worked with my cherished beloved now RIP Big Blue Bronson – NOT just offering him many smaller meals through the morning/day/evening YET giving him a bowl during the night before my own bedtime – around 3:00 AM!

Sounds so simple….just the one extra small meal between the hours of 3:00 – 5:30 AM made ALL the difference. 

LOOK at him?!!! 

Head up, regal, uber handsome and so much stronger in the hind end and has put on so much muscle mass/weight!

This boy is amazing! Full of personality, loves the car, so affectionate and full of drool with those flews of his!

He such a mixture of emotions from calm to spastic puppy when running and that he will be so persistent asking for love is just fantastic!

He used to stand so quietly and hopefully by my elbow while I typed on the computer waiting patiently and looking so soulful for me to notice him and notice him I would do! Yet, I wanted to help build him up so that he knew it was ok to ask for love and not feel rejected and yup, he has that down pack now! 

He can go to a home that works full-time, part-time, works from home, is semi-retired or is retired. 

He is great with the other dogs, fascinated by cats – can be a bit playfully rough and loves to leave drool all over and did I mention yet how handsome he is?

He is an absolute DREAM to do nails! Such a dream. Bathes easily and likes to ‘chat’. 

He will only go to a home, should said right matched personality fit home have children no less than age 8. 

He would be fine as the only dog in the home as long as he retained a good strong doggie network to have friends. We all need some friends in our world. 

He will ONLY go to that right match personality fit home that understands that he needs to eat smaller more frequent meals throughout a 24 hour period still.

We will also be doing a transitional adoption for when he first arrived to BHRR, he would not eat and then he would ONLY eat for me and it took a very long time for him to feel comfortable eating for the rest of The Boerkskins.

We will not SEE him go backwards in his journey to health and happiness. 

Therefore, we will ONLY consider homes within 1 hour of our location in Oxford Station so that we can do the proper transitional adoption that this boy requires. We have had to do transitional adoptions on many a BHRR doggie over the years and we need to have set up for success for home and our dogs. 

He is so sensitive, gentle, slobbery and LOVES his butt rubbed….and be careful when you sit down for he is a pro at spinning and getting that butt of his plunked into your lap fast. 

BHRR’s Singe, we talked much about whether we should place you up for adoption yet I strongly feel that should that right matched personality fit home find you tha they will continue to build upon all of the strong foundations we have put in place for you here to keep you set up for success.

You do not need me any longer and it has been an absolute pleasure having you in my home and you will forever be in my heart. 

AND if that right matched forever loving home never finds you, our home will always be your home! Forever…..

You have caused me to have many a grey hair yet together we figured out what worked best for you and LOOK at you now…as they say…you have come far baby!

WTG!

He is such a hoot! He LOVES his car rides! 

The dangers of calling out ‘Singe! Car Ride!’

Yet, managed to take a quick pic – blurry yet there! – and still get out of the way…barely JUST in time! 

How such a big boy can contort like that?!!!

He is all floppy uncoordinated Giant puppy when he runs!

THIS photo is not doctored in ANY way!

Sean snapped this photo of a special someone who will be making their own special announcement tonight! 

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 contactbhrr@gmail.com 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’s Bane

BHRR’s Bane, this post is so unbelievably difficult to make yet it must to be done. I will continue to do my best in doing right by you.

I am so sorry that so many failed you….I am so sorry that I could not save you in the end and I have been working so hard behind the scenes working to get what justice I can for you.

You touched a community BHRR’s Bane….and that community needs to know that your story continues, even after you were laid to rest at BHRR. Letting you go was positively horrible. Your life was hell before you came into Rescue and we wanted to give you a future full of promise, free of pain and one of health, happiness plus spoiling hands.

To update everyone – we have not one yet two cases that have taken much time to pull together for I cannot sleep at night, I cannot eat well, I have nightmares for what BHRR’s Bane went through, not just in the hands of those who severely neglected/abused him; yet in the hands of supposed medical professionals in TO. It was wrong on so many levels.

This is not a post to honour your incredible memory, dear sweet BHRR’s Bane….that will come for you deserve a post dedicated all to you and not to the things that this post shall be addressing. You deserve a post not of anger, pain, disappointment, frustration, etc…you deserve so much better/more. That will come….you will never be forgotten. I promise you that… 

To all of our supporters, friends plus family, thank you immensely for your understanding that even though we had not yet made a post re: this precious boy, that if one had not yet been made that there had to be very valid reasons why. Thank you also to all of our supporters, friends plus family that know us well and that since 1996 we have always made the tough posts that needed and should be made, believing 100% in transparency and full disclosure.

We have always made the good, the bad, the great and the ugly in updates as we believe that we are accountable not just to the animals in need of us, or to those that have asked us to assist these special animals yet to all those that have given of themselves in time, well wishes, donations be it financial and/or otherwise plus have been there for us/the dogs. We are nothing without our BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS” links and you have proven to be so strong and kind many times over since our inception in 1996.

To those closest to BHRR’s Bane’s unbelievable fight for his life, they had also been kept regularly updated of all the ups, downs, heartaches, the amazing, the truly brutal and the reality of his story.

When we were asked to assist this boy, he had already been to a Vet and this should have been a ‘straight forward’ severe emaciation case. What none of his rescuers knew at the time was that he was far sicker and far more abused/neglected. He is literally one of the worst cases I have ever worked to help save in almost 30 years in rescue AND we focus on the truly broken/in need animals. With that one first Vet prior to us assisting him not properly vetting him, unfortunately, and unbelievably another Hospital in TO – one we never used before and never shall again – also did not do right by him. We are hoping for a ruling in our favour from the one case we have worked hard to pull together to submit. We will share more on this as we can.

To think that anyone would believe that we would never update re: BHRR’s Bane yet would ‘take money’ after he was crossed over, when we well knew how many came together to root and cheer and cry along with us, no longer shocks us.

AND to state very clearly there was only one donation accepted AFTER the decision was made with his wonderful Vet voicing what Sean/I had already discussed to humanely cross over BHRR’s Bane. That was from Maia who sent us an email for a Hospital Staff member had told her when she was at a Vet Hospital about BHRR’s Bane. This kind soul emailed us and insisted that we still accept this caring donation and we put it towards the still outstanding almost $4,000 in his Vet Bills. They had reached out to us saying they understood why we had not collected the donation and wanted us to still collect it.

We have NEVER taken one nickel, dime, quarter or otherwise since he was let go. Sean/I have been working to pay off his remaining almost $4,000 Vet bills out of our own pockets. Anyone who contacted us wishing to make a donation or did make a donation, was informed that we were no longer taking donations and the appropriate action taken.

We will NEVER see any dog suffer and when it became clear that an infection had spread to his lungs – one possible cause was that the bad infection from his spine – and it was believed that he had the infection in his spine from the horrible infection spreading from his bladder/kidneys etc. – was the reason why – and that his chances of survival became beyond a poor prognosis, he was humanely crossed over. To see him go downhill so fast was very hard and in looking into his eyes, I knew what his heart was telling me. Would he keep fighting, I know he would for me yet he could no longer breathe easily and it was getting worse so fast. In the space of less than 24 hours, this quick deterioration had occurred.

I have always given credit where credit is due. I have always thanked with all of my heart and with truest genuine thanks as that is how I feel and felt with each and every life saving gift that was sent to help us help this sweet poor Dane OR any animal.

I wish to thank again each and every WOW angel that came together to help BHRR’s Bane for the right reasons. The angels that did not make this about them, wanted the pats on their back, felt they were more entitled or were important than all others who gave of their own selves to help.

To us, every person who shared a well wish, shared his story, cried with us, smiled with us, cheered/rooted for him, donated material items and/or made financial donations – ALL of you deserve our deepest thanks, our forever indebted gratitude, our appreciation, our humbled words of the biggest kind for all you did for him. To us $5 is huge and whether it was $5 or $500 that came his way, you made a BIG difference towards his over $12,000+ to give him all that he would need for this fight, to show him loving hands over hurting hands etc.

I remain so beyond filled with warmth over your hearts…..

BHRR’s Bane, please forgive me that you could not be saved….I wanted so much more for you….you deserved it.

PS: To anyone that has physical contact information for those responsible for his condition, as always, please do email it to contactbhrr@gmail.com First hand witness accounts also still being accepted.

BHRR’s Bowen!
November 23rd, 2018

He has put on another small amount of excellent weight plus muscle mass gain and he got the thumbs up to have his boosters and the ok to move forward with his second surgery! 

His coat looks even better and the strength he has developed in his hind end since his arrival is so fantastic. Plus, his rectal area looks fabu now! We will take more pics when he is under for his urgent dental surgery. 

So much stronger, healthier and happier! 

WTG you flirt of a man! You may not see well yet you still can easily find the pretty ladies! 

Thank you Britney at KAH for the photo and yes, he is wearing a coat….finally he  & I came to an agreement! With the brutal cold temps here right now, he really needs a coat, even for the few moments he has to be outside to go to the bathroom.

Ellie White – remember when he could barely stand the night we picked him up? How his hind end would shake and he would stumble and sink down?

Look how strong he is in the hind end now! His Vet has been so impressed with his weight/muscle mass/toning! 

November 16th, 2018

BHRR’s Bowen(Severely Neglected Senior Great Dane)
November 16th, 2018
BHRR Winter Wonderland Day 

His face when I wanted to put a Dog Coat on him! LOL 

He is back at the Vet on Friday for a recheck and his second surgery is scheduled for November 28th. 

Vet Bills To Date: Over $3,000

BHRR’s Bowen along with the newest addition taking a walk about!

He has completely taken her under his wing…if anyone understands what it is like to be severely neglected, BHRR’s Bowen does….

He is scheduled for his next recheck on Friday and then is scheduled to have his next surgery on the 28th. We continue to forward on all documentation to the SPCA of Welland. He has an investigator assigned to his case. 

I do not believe our newest beauty is 18 months of age. I believe that she is younger. Once she settles more, I will get a good look at her molars etc. 

She makes my heart just pitter patter. She is so precious and to think that someone would knowingly chain her up outside and starve her is so heart breaking. This young lady already had a prior history of being hit by a car and the locale humane society paid to fix her leg. 

A special shout out to Karen plus Samantha of Coffee County AC plus to Just Paws for tagging us to assist her! 

Thank you to each and every angel that helped transport her, to those that overnighted her on Friday, to Sandy for overnighting her last night AND also for your generous donation of that lovely coat to help cover up that poor emaciated body in this cold. 

To whomever gave her that cute collar, THANK YOU! 

AND here is the link to our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction to help with her bills. Currently, we have 70 items up for bidding! 

All money raised shall go towards her mounting Vet Bills. She is back at the Vet on Tuesday. She has lick granuloma’s, we want a re-weigh and to do a more detailed blood panel on her etc.

The progress this girl has already made has been amazing! Just amazing! When she was first rescued, she could not be touched at all……and the weight gain she has already had. YOU go sweet girl!

She is still nameless…so keep the great name suggestions coming! 

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. 

It is such a sad reality that these great animals are often overlooked to be adopted.

As November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, we hope, with your help, to assist these amazing older pets by spreading their stories in the wish that their right matched forever loving homes may find them.

Available For Adoption is BHRR’s Eve! 

Bio: 
Age: 8.5 years young
Loves: Her butt rubbed/scratched – she will instantly become your best friend! Talk about an ice breaker with her! 
Hobbies: 1) Stealth mode approaching and standing quietly by your elbow as you type & staring at you until you get the feeling you are being ‘creeped on!’ 
2) Master at food sneaking in a nano second 
Dislikes: Not being fed on time and it is like she can count. She knows if someone may get two treats and she only gets one! She does not care if the two small treats are the same size as the one she gets. 
Health Issues: NONE

As is said, ‘you have come a long way baby’ and she has. Very proud of you, gorgeous girl.

Her very thorough blog journals her whole story from the very beginning. It will answer all of your questions.

All of our adoption processes, policies and criteria can be found on our home website too. – www.birchhaven.org

After reading all of the detailed information, should any home feel that they may qualify to adopt her, please do feel free to submit an application to the BHRR BOD to review.

Posted in Eve

GENTLE Reminder!

Ends tonight!

We know of 25 peopled signed up to date! Every year, we have several others that then surprise with their own contributions!

More details in the poster!

All monies raised shall go to assist BHRR’s Bowen with his bills. He is back in for a recheck on November 23rd and is then scheduled for his next surgery November 28th – this one on his mouth – he has at least one tooth broken at the gum-line, one cracked tooth and until he has his dental x-rays, we will not know how many extractions he shall require.

All documentation continues to be sent to the SPCA of Welland who has informed us that an investigator is assigned to his case.

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 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 Bane – Severely Neglected/Abused GD
Kanata Animal Hospital

After having his latest x-rays. Recovering from his sedation. 

He deserves to be our Cover Boy.

You are so dearly loved……….

I shall post an update shortly and thank you to all of his amazing supporters, his incredible army plus his beautiful KAH family for everything….

AND thank you to those closest to his story for allowing us to post as we can.

His Bills are over $12,000 & we still owe almost $4,100 on them.

He had his own recheck exam on October 11th and I shall post more re: that soon! He did get the thumbs up that he is healthy enough to go in for his second much needed surgery – he has one tooth broken at the gumline, at least one cracked tooth and severely worn front teeth. He shall require extractions and dental x-rays will be done to determine just how many are needed to be removed. Poor old sweet man.

AND we have received confirmation that an investigator has been assigned to his case for I reached out to the Welland SPCA as his condition was absolutely brutal upon arrival into our Rescue.

AND please do let this posted picture speak volumes as to how he is rehabbing with us! 

TOTAL DONATED: $1,474.73
BILLS TO DATE: $2,906.59

BHRR’s Bane

We are watching him closely and most likely shall end up back in emerge shortly for I do not like the sounds of his ‘productive’ breathing. 

On Monday October 8th, Alta Vista felt that BHRR’s Bane was clinically medically ready to leave the ICU – he had been in the ICU for 8 days.

When I went to get him, I asked what his current weight was and I was told 45 kgs, which was down from the 45.2 kgs and that was down from the previous weight and so on….

I asked when was the last time he was weighed and I was told he was due to be weighed again and I weighed him and he was ONLY 43 kgs. I was incredibly alarmed.

The amazing team at Alta Vista felt that clinically he was doing better and that they were not in a position to give him the 24/7 TLC he now needed.

So, on Tuesday October 9th, he was transferred to the wonderful Kanata Animal Hospital where I put him in a coat – body score 1/9 – as he has zero fat and no cushion.

He spends his days at KAH on IV fluids and Burprenorphine was added IV as the Tramadol plus Gabapentin being given orally is not covering his back pain. He remains on antibiotics and metro, forti flora etc. too.

He spends his nights with me on fluids/meds(second photo) so I can continue his 24/7 round the clock care. We have the radiant floor heating on for him and he is toasty warm and does not need the coat at home.

His first reading of his CT scan – done on October 6th – had a re-reading with the results sent to KAH on the 11th.

One of the Vets on his team at KAH called to discuss the results and the Vet also reviewed in depth his x-rays taken during his time at VEC Toronto and stated that he can see Discospondylitis. Discospondylitis, also spelled as diskospondylitis, is an infection of the vertebrae and the surrounding cartilaginous discs. It is also referred to as vertebral osteomyelitis and the swelling created by this disease can cause severe pain as well as nerve damage in afflicted dogs if left untreated.

He had the CT Scan due to the crepitus and extreme pain he was in and suspected trauma. The CT Scan also revealed some compression and disc herniation.

We need to know if the organism found in his U&C testing for his severe UTI/Kidney/Bladder infection (he also has battled sepsis) is the same one that is in his spine. We were told that an infection can travel from the kidneys to the spine if it was bad enough. 

If it is a different organism, he will require an additional antibiotic.

He will require antibiotics for up to 6 months to treat that infection from what both Alta Vista AH and KAH informed me.

We also need to know re: his back for possible surgery.

He is scheduled to see Dr. Jull, the Neurologist – the only one in Ottawa – to figure out the next steps based upon his CT results.

This dog was severely neglected and abused and it has been like pieces of a truly difficult puzzle working to fit them together to figure out how to best assist him. He does not have just one or two things that have been wrongly done to him.

He has a team of Vets/Specialists that span 4 Hospitals to date.

AND every single person that has met him has fallen so in love with him….

He certainly can tell you what he wants and is thinking without saying one word!

NO dog deserves to have been treated so badly and his bills to date are now over $10,500 and will continue to rise as we help him fight this good fight.

We remain incredibly humbled plus forever indebted to everyone that has shared their best wishes and/or sent a donation.

At this time donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital – they will take donations in person or over the phone) 613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org(please use the friend & family option so we do not pay fees).

We will be repeating his bloodwork on Tuesday too.

AND to those that think he is not worthy, I am sorry but he is…he did not ask for anything bad to happen to him….he did not ask to be treated so horribly and when I see his tail wag for me and I get a slobby kiss, I become that much more committed in doing what is in his best interest.

I value immensely what his Vet Team has been advising and no one feels that he should be given up on. NO one.

Today, was a good eating and drinking on his own day and we will take the small victories as they come our/his way.

AND we shall continue to fundraise for his cause and our rescue doors shall remain closed as he needs everything we can give him……

BHRR’s Bane UPDATE:

I aplogise to all that I have not had time for much more than giving updates as I can on this incredible fighter….

We wanted to have two amazing BHRR dogs make their own special announcements this weekend yet do forgive me as I need to give all that I am and have to BHRR’s Bane right now.

He 100% represents the mandate of our special needs Great Dane/Giant Breed organisation and we need to give him everything for him to have the best chance of surviving.

Last night when I went back to visit with him – Thanks Kinsley for coming and thanks Martina for offering to come! – the lovely staff at Alta Vista let me visit him in a room over ICU, so we could spend some truly private/quality uninterrupted time together.

The first thing he did when he saw me as he wobbled and bobbled his way in, was give me the best, and I mean the best of a small tail wag! As weak as he is, he knew who I was and yup, my heart fell in love all over again. 

We put down a nice big thick comfy blanket, he slowly lowered himself down and immediately put his head on my legs….then within moments, he shifted, layed out along my side and fell fast asleep…. If I moved even an inch, I got his small talkative ‘groan’ of protest! I had lots of tingling numbness when we left but so worth it! 

His latest update is that he continues to eat and drink on his own quite well and his overseeing Vet Team is working on weaning him off the high dose of IV pain meds – Hydro and switching to Gabapentin plus Tramadol as oral meds.

His urine C&S is back and his nasty UTI/Bladder bug has proven to be susceptible to the antibiotics being given and they are leaving him on just the one antibiotic and taking him off the IV Baytril.

He is urinating and having bowel movements and starting to wobble his way better outside to go to the bathroom and the Vet talked about de-worming him which was on our list from when he first arrived. I asked re: the fecal sample I brought in on Friday and the Vet had not been aware one was in the fridge and will collect a fresh sample to send to the lab.

The last weight I have is now up to 99.44 pounds (from two nights ago). Body score 1/9.

Our bills are now over $9,000 to date since October 1st for his ICU care.

Sean & I reached out to our bank and can skip two mortgage payments and we remain so beyond thankful to each and every person who has sent a donation for his care!  Please also keep the well wishes coming!! I share them all with him! I tell him he has an army standing so strongly by his side and he can lean on all of us….

We do desperately need to raise another $2,000 (his CT scan was $2,000 alone) over the next couple of days. Our coffers have been emptied with not one but two severely neglected Danes coming into BHRR over a 10 day period and we had no idea until they arrived, just how bad they were medically. Both are very extreme cases. 

Please please please with so much gratitude in my heart plus soul and tears in my eyes, if you have any change to spare, we would embrace your support with eternal gratitude. So so so indebted to so many to date for their kindness demonstrated. THANK YOU!

We do have a second pair of Hockey Tickets up for grabs in a flash auction that ends tomorrow – Tuesday night @ 9 PM EST, link below & then will have a $500 value gift basket available in another flash auction.

https://m.facebook.com/…/a.1941108173224…/1926622374071251/…

Please save your EMPTIES for us too!

I also want to shout out a thank you to my family who has without complaint, sacrificed our plans for this Thanksgiving long weekend to allow me to be where I am needed most. I love you all so very much!

Donations to BHRR’s Bane’s care – as Alta Vista will not take direct donations – can be made via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR Via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

My heart also goes out to the family plus to the 6 month old GSx HBC puppy last night for they reached out to us – they went to Alta Vista AH last night – to see if we could take on the $7,000+ plus surgery that puppy needs. Unfortunately, our doors remain closed and will remain closed for a long time to come……I made several recommendations to them. 

BHRR’s Bane – Severely Neglected Great Dane
October 6th, 2018Alta Vista Emergency Animal Hospital & Speciality Services 
Emaciated(Body Score 1/9), Severe Bladder/UTI & Sepsis plus skin issues 
Suspected trauma due to extreme pain & crepitus (on Fentanyl & Hydro) – CT Scan done yesterday & we are awaiting results

VIDEO OF BHRR’S BANE October 6th, 2018 @ Alta Vista Animal Hospital 

He has be in ICU since October 1st.

Bills are over $8,000 & mounting

Sean & I went last night after his CT scan($2,000) and spent time with this really super sweet precious boy. While many are having turkey and ham with family & friends – please tell your loved ones how thankful you are for them  – I gladly re-arranged my life to be in the ICU with him this long weekend. I will be back again today and tomorrow and for however long it takes.

This boy has a hell of a rehab journey ahead of him and please pray for good CT results so that we can give him this deserving opportunity. Per a previous post & above he had the CT scan due to suspected trauma for ‘crepitus and referred pain.’

He is a victim of horrendous neglect/abuse and we desperately need your assistance to help him. We really do. I am begging with all that I am to please consider donating to his cause. 

I sound like a broken record yet even $5 is not too small. Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to these innocent creatures, I would grovel, plead and sell a kidney if I had to. Please consider giving him a donation as a gift of life….

We have been helping Danes like BHRR’s Bane since 1996 and he really is one of the worst cases ever. Just horrendous what was done to him. 

He is in the ICU at a Alta Vista Animal Emergency & Speciality Services Hospital.

Donations can be made via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

Alta Vista Animal Hospital has confirmed that donations cannot be made direct to them yet I will post a copy in this thread of his current bills there(he has had a many multi thousand bill in TO too) as of last night.

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and humbled forever indebted thanks for your consideration. 

We will update as we can….

AND copy of his invoice as of last night at Alta Vista AH

BHRR’s Bane

On our way to be transferred Alta Vista Animal Hospital Emergency & Specialty Hospital yesterday.

Also attaching an estimate for his first two days in ICU there. He has a many multi thousand bill remaining at VEC Toronto also.

Alta Vista AH has also confirmed that donations cannot be made direct to them and we remain so eternally grateful for anything his surrounding village can make to help him!

Donations can be made via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We will update as we can.

Please keep this truly sweet emaciated battling for his life boy in your thoughts for in meeting him myself for the first time yesterday, he never deserved any of this horrible neglect….he is as precious as Lindsay, his emerge temp foster Mama says he is….

This is the weekend of Thanksgiving and please do know how thankful we are for everything that you have been helping us do for him. 

BHRR’s Bane – ~ 5 year old GD
VEC Toronto ICU 
*Under the care of the Internal Medicine Specialist

We are going to be transferring his care to one of the most trusted places we have ever felt privileged and blessed to have worked with – Alta Vista Animal Emergency Hospital & Specialty Services.

Alta Vista AH has been there for many of our dogs since 1996.

We have been working hard behind the scenes and for Lindsay and myself it has been a brutal week.

This emaciated 98.4 pound Great Dane is currently being treated for a severe UTI & Bladder infection along with Sepsis.

VEC Toronto has now done two u/s, a UA, a Urine Culture & Sensitivity, blood-work, X-rays of abdomen and hips, tested for Addison’s, ruled our ruptured spleen, tumours/masses and any FB or sliding obstruction etc.

Yesterday, a Neurologist ruled out any ataxia related to neuro issues and his neuro testing response is normal. Therefore, his weakness and current body plus medical condition/state are due to his severely neglected condition.

Cortisol was added to the antibiotic and fluid therapy he is on and a feeding tube was inserted.

The great news – his urine is not as bloody looking, he is back to eating his small meals every 2 hours and drinking water on his own. He does still have a feeding tube at this time though.

He is slowly being moved off the Fentanyl to Tramadol & Gabapentin etc for pain management.

Lindsay – I will have to rely on you a bit to make sure that I have missed nothing big for your updates from being there in person have been far easier to obtain than mine from home.

As of yesterday, his invoice said his bills were already $4,639.68

YOU have helped raise a beautiful tear welling up of $2,010 at this time.

We continue to beg for him and are putting on our thinking caps re: fundraising.

Per a previous post, I had called the VEC Toronto Hospital and they said they will not take donations over the phone.

Donations to this severely neglected Great Dane can be made direct to email transfer of gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We have been also collecting and holding into safekeeping all documentation sent our way re: those that have any factual prior knowledge of this Great Dane.

Once we get to Alta Vista AH, we hope to be in a much better position to pull aside the official veterinary documentation we shall also require to move forward in opening up a case with the OSPCA.

Just as BHRR’s Bowen did not deserve to be severely neglected, neither does BHRR’s Bane OR any dog….and we will do right by these Danes.

Please continue to keep this dear sweet boy in your best wishes AND know that even if you can spare $5, that to us and to BHRR’s Bane, it is helping us to save his life……

AND Lindsay, I am a broken record I know yet you are exceptional as his emerge temp foster Mama. You have put your own work and private life on hold to be with him throughout each day and night, you have also donated to his cause via financial contribution and equally important is you are ‘his person’ and he continues fighting strongly!

You are outstanding….simply an incredible person who I admire and am honoured to know. You are selflish, dedicated and caring! THANK YOU and in a matter of hours I can finally kiss this sweet boys’ face myself in person….I cannot wait….

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, we are sending the best of good night wishes along with our tears of thanks for standing by this special Dane.

UPDATE: to date $1,706.80 has been raised for BHRR’s Bane including $510 from our recent flash auction. I rounded that up and as Gracie Honalulu – his emerge temp foster Mama who has been with him at the emerge Hospital of VEC Toronto – can confirm $1,200 was sent yesterday and just now another $510 has been sent towards his mounting Vet Bills.

The flash auction was going to be split between both severely neglected Danes yet we need to direct all funds to BHRR’s Bane as he is currently in ICU and has been there since he was admitted via emerge yesterday.

This is a pic taken of him tonight at the emerge hospital. He is in ICU and was transferred to the care of the internal medicine team today.

Today, truly has been a brutal day and Lindsay can also vouch for how sick I am right now trying to make sure that both of these neglected Danes are done right by. So many obstacles and opposing forces that needlessly have had and remain to be overcome just to make sure they get what they need and deserve. 

Gracie Honalulu – I have said it before, yet let me say it again, you are BHRR’s Bane’s person right now and you are as much a part of his fight to live as all of the medical diagnostics, testing, exams, consults, medications and procedures have been. You have been solid in your strength, strong in your conviction and dedication to his wellbeing.  You give him the will and you give him such love.

BHRR’s Bane – we have not yet met, yet I love you with all that I am and I promise that I am doing all I can to save you…..please keep fighting the good fight….

Tomorrow, I sincerely hope to update all on the status of things to date….

Tonight, I am positively drained….

For any that may consider his cause thank you , I have asked the VEC Toronto Hospital and they will not take donations directly, so our email address and PayPal address is below:

Email transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

I sincerely hope my deepest appreciation and sincerest of humbled thanks is felt by each and every one that has donated to his care and/or has passed along best wishes. I am humbled, I am touched, I am filled with tears of the biggest gratitude. 

No Dane deserves to be put in a state of being emaciated to the point of being barely 100 pounds….  He was given a body score of 1/9.

UPDATE: we are going to do an ultrasound and should know even more in a couple of hours. 

He is running a fever and per the VEC Toronto ER Vet is very sick…which all of us know. 

We will know more in a couple of hours based upon the ultrasound and the repeat plus additional detailed blood panels etc., what we are looking at so we can make the best decision for him. 

They do not have a critical care specialist at their Hospital any longer so we would have to transfer him. 

They are going to converse with their internal medicine team also.

My heart is so heavy….

We have had him at the Vet three times in four days trying to figure things out and help him. 

UPDATE: he has been transferred to emergency in TO and we will update more as we can. 

If I have to drive through the night to pick him up and bring him to Alta Vista Animal Emergency & Speciality Hospital I will. They have worked with me on many a severe case over the years. 

We are now awaiting the results of repeat diagnostics and further testing….

Please keep him in your hearts and thought…

My heart hurts so much and please keep his emerge temp foster Mama also in your best wishes. She has stepped up to the plate in such a difficult situation without hesitation when asked. 

BHRR’s Bane

When you are nothing but a skeleton, it is painful to lay down so couches make for a great resting place for your head…..

Also, he was to be back at the Vet today for a recheck, re-weigh, re-visit that hind end/left back leg plus toe and further diagnostics including possible anitibiotics, a better de-wormer etc…yet this is his urine. Per his emerge temp foster home when I asked when she picked him up and for updates since then, his urine has been concentrated yet not like this.

He has also stopped eating….

This boy has so many medical concerns and his strength is not there as we would wish it to be…while he is no longer falling down and over, his poor neglected body has faced so much adversity to date…..

We will update as we can and please keep him in your thoughts.

We are still very much collecting donations for his and BHRR’s Bowen’s ever mounting vet bills.

Email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (please use the friends & Family option) so we do not pay fees….

We will not see him or any dog suffer and we keep his best interest in mind at all times…..

BHRR’s Bowen, the sweet Senior
One of the two severely neglected Danes we have taken in over a 10 day period.

This is him 1 Day post op from his first surgery on Thursday September 27th. 

Loving his pain meds!  He was able to lay out in the sun and soak up some wonderful fall sunshine. 

His second surgery shall be in a few weeks time once he is healed and becomes stronger. He also had put on almost 1 kg in just a week from when he arrived into our care. 

His second surgery shall address that poorly kept mouth of his. He has one tooth completely broken at the gumline, another tooth cracked and the front of his mouth have all worn down teeth. He will have dental x-rays taken at that time to determine just how many extractions he will need. 

As his BP had dropped a bit during his first surgery, his surgeon felt it best to let him recover and get stronger before going back in to address his horrible mouth. 

His histio report on the mass removed from his anal area was benign so excellent news and now that he is neutered, his perianal masses should continue to improve. A picture is attached of what his rectum looks like after 9 days of antibiotics and care. Great improvement! He will be on antibiotics for three weeks.

His second fecal test also came back negative – he was proactively/ preventatively treated with Interceptor Plus and also has been treated with Panacur and regular Interceptor.

We are still waiting the results of his fungal culture which should be in over the next week or so.

We continue to send copies of all Vet findings plus test results and photo’s to the Welland SPCA.

We also received a surprising call from our local HD that apparently the Niagara region HD – which Mr. Burnett never said anything to us during his call to us on September 25th re: a bite incident. 

The strange thing is that this Dane could not have bitten anyone in Wainfleet September 17th or 18th as he was in our care at that time – with witness, Vet and photo documented proof. Regardless, we were so open and invited Mr. Moussa out to our home 1) confirm that this Dane was alive and 2) do a visual inspection. This was all done on Friday September 28th. The HD acknowledged that there did seem to be some contradictory reporting and I left a vm with the Mr. Burnett of Niagara region HD to contact me when he is back in the office so I can ask why was this not stated to me when he called me on September 25th. Even Mr. Moussa felt it odd that I had not been told about this ‘incident’. 

AND when I first stepped up to assist this Dane, I had asked re: any prior bite history and had been told ‘no’. All of it is so odd and disturbing….

AND as far as we had been aware, this dog was not in this region since September 14th….

To all that have met this sweet old man, he does not have a mean bone in his body….he has gone through so much neglect and has been extremely tolerant, patient and even tempered throughout all of his exams plus treatments to date.

Donations for his continued care can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

His Current Active Medical Concerns:
Perianal gland adenoma 
Otitis externa 
Fractured tooth 
Worn teeth
Cracked tooth
highly concentrated urine 
Serum globulin concentration increased above normal
Seborrhea 
Defecation painful 
Hindlimb conscious proprioception deficit
Otitis 
Dermatitis 

TOTAL DONATED: $698.83
BILLS TO DATE: $1,912.90

Victim of a separation & passed around.

Surrendered to the amazing rescue group of Just Paws on Sunday September 23rd.

They were not made aware upon intake of just how bad his shape was. Pictures sent their way were of a supposed ‘160 pound Dane’. So, imagine their shock when he arrived in an emaciated neglected state. 

They had him vetted on September 24th and reached out to us on September 26th asking if BHRR could assist him and we felt honoured to have been asked. We specialise in the special needs Danes/Giants and were so touched to work with Just Paws to bring him into our care.

He was taken to the Vet on September 28th and his weight was 100 pounds.

His waist measurement is 53 cms and can be spanned by two hands.

His bw indicates that he is battling inflammation and an infection plus has a badly broken/ slightly infected toe nail, something going on with his back left leg, diarrhea and until he is more stable, we cannot do x-rays. He also has some skin issues.

He is back on Monday October 1st to the Vet for a recheck, to see if he is healthy enough to now go on antibiotics and to obtain a new weight. We do not feel that he will be stable enough to do x-rays yet we will see. He is now listed as ‘critically stable’.

He is eating 8 small meals a day – slows down the later the day becomes and is exhasuted. We have to slowly teach his system what food is. He is sleeping lots which will be excellent for his rehab plus taking very short strolls to help build up some strength.

He is on meds for diarrhea, forti-flora as a probiotic, a special shampoo for his skin and antihistamines. He also has hibitane for that toe area for now.

On Monday, we will pick up Interceptor to better de-worm him.

IF it were not for Just Paws Animal Rescue, this boy would have been dead within a week or so. He is in that bad of shape. THANK you Just Paws! AND thank you to your beautiful network for supporting your efforts!

He is weak, can barely stand and he is now the second severely neglected Dane that we have taken in over the last 10 days.

YOUR support means the world to us and to dogs like BHRR’s Bane and BHRR’s Bowen.

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital

613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal(please use the friend & family option so we do not pay fees) gwen@birchhaven.org

**WE ARE ALSO IN HUGE NEED OF TOWELS PLUS PINESOL**

DONATED TO DATE: $446.80

We have had another $100 in donations sent for his care and we are really thankful plus humbled….

This is BHRR’s Bowen in post op recovery….will update more tomorrow.

He will have his second surgery in a few weeks time once he recovers from this one and is even stronger….

TOTAL DONATED: $548.83
BILLS TO DATE: $1,789.87

BHRR’s Bowen – severely neglected Great Dane

In surgery – the lump on his side was full of blood, so a hematoma related to trauma is suspected.

His ears had cytologies and were cleaned – they were full of dark waxy yeasty debris with the one ear also having rods present so both ears will be treated with medication.

His one eye was running and will be monitored plus he had a good nail trim.

He had one of his anal masses removed and it will be sent off for biopsy.

He has one tooth broken at the gumline and another is cracked and he has his front row of teeth severely worn down – per his surgeon, these shall need to be addressed / extracted in a separate surgery as he had enough done today and we will also do dental x-rays at that time. His BP dropped a bit in surgery so to be safe, it is recommended to give him a few weeks to recover and then go back in.

Skin scrapings done and he was also neutered to help with his perianal masses

His surgeon also gave him a head to toe detailed exam including his legs/hips.

Donations can be sent direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 – he has a file under our Rescue account OR

Email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

All of the Vet Records & findings will be forwarded on to the Welland SPCA.

Please keep this truly sweet amazing senior Dane in your thoughts!

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to his cause to date and he still could use a XL Costco Dog Bed of his very own.

Thank you to everyone at KAH for taking such wonderful care of him today!! You are amazing!

This is ‘Bane’
~5 year old Great Dane
Severely Emaciated, Rashes

We were asked by a truly wonderful Rescue group to step up to assist him.

Just Paws Animal Rescue saved his life by taking him into their group on Sunday and then reached out to us last night to see if we could help him.

We have stepped up without hesitation and thanks to Lindsay for being so willing to emerge temp foster him – she picked him up today – and thanks again to Just Paws Animal Rescue for saving his life!

He is barely 102 pounds and he is the victim of a relationship breakup and was passed around. Apparently, he once weighed 160 pounds and I do not know if that was a healthy weight for him yet I do know that his current emaciated weight is horrific.

She is going to be feeding him 8 small meals a day to help get his body used to food and to jump start his gut again.

BHRR specialises in emaciation cases, especially with the giants and we remain forever grateful to Jane Smith & Tamee Osher-Diamonds of Just Paws plus their incredible support system by taking him in last Sunday.

I am also deeply indebted to Lindsay for stepping up….again in our time of need to emerge temp foster for BHRR.

Lindsay has said that no picture shall truly capture how terrible this sweet boy’s body condition is.

With the enormous needs of *Bowen* and now with this sweet boy, BHRR is having to shut our doors to others in need as the bills shall be enormous by the time these two are properly and successfully rehabilitated.

Bane, like Bowen has an account set up at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 for any consideration to their bills.

OR donations can be made via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We shall post more re: dear Bowen tomorrow and to keep you updated on Bane.

Thank you as always to everyone that may consider our efforts to support for BHRR focuses strongly and almost exclusively on the special needs as that is our mandate since our inception in 1996.

Please know how much your kindness means to not just us but to all the animals in desperate need of help.

We have some long roads to help these dear boys travel and cannot do it alone….

*First picture is what he used to look like, second two pictures were taken today by Lindsay*

 

This is *Bowen* – The Senior Great Dane from the Roadside Zoo of Ringtail Ranch & Rescue in Wainfleet, Ontario

This case has been sent to the Welland SPCA for further investigation. He has experienced severe neglect.

The night Ellie & I picked him up, he was even bleeding from his rectum area.

We were also contacted on September 25th by John Burnett, Team Leader at Niagara Regional Public Health Department. He reached out to make sure that we were aware of Echinococcus multilocularis(Coyote Tapeworm). He had intimate knowledge of this sweet senior boy and wished him well.

This Coyote Tapeworm is quite prevalent on this property from what we were informed by the HD AND does not exist in our neck of the woods. As recently as July, several cases of this parasite were found on the property. This is a very dangerous parasite.

We have been proactive/preventative with his fecal testing – will be sending out a special sample – a second one to be tested and he was put on Panacur, Interceptor and now Interceptor+ will be used for two treatments.

He also was placed on Revolution for possible mange plus for HW/Flea/Tick preventative.

We are going to let the legal governing bodies do their investigations and we are going to focus on what we do best, rehab.

Due to the high level of his medical concerns, his Vet had discussed with us on September 18th, if humanely euthanizing was in his best interest.

No one wishes to see a dog suffer and we dialogued in much depth with his amazing Vet and it was decided that we would wait to see what his bloodwork and UA indicated.

In the meantime, we ran a fecal, did a Woods lamp test, began de-worming, put him on antibiotics, Revolution, pain meds and began using a special shampoo.

His results came back that he was strong enough for us to proceed further and we put him on NSAIDS – Deramaxx, scheduled surgery for him – neutering is the only way to deal with his one perianal mass – along with antibiotics etc. and while he is under, we can further investigate those ears, mouth masses – two seen upon initial exam, rectal masses – do biopsies as needed on both mouth and rectal area, ear cytologies/cultures, more skin scrapings, check the lump on his side etc.

We have a fungal culture also sent off.

VET FINDINGS TO DATE:

Highly concentrated urine – to be rechecked later
Serum globulin concentration increased above normal
Seborrhea
Defecation painful
Hindlimb conscious proprioception deficit
Otitis
Dermatitis
gum masses
Perianal lumps
Nuclear sclerosis
Healing Punctures
Lump on right side

BHRR has taken on cyberbullying plus threats by 2 people in respect to our intake of this Great Dane and we have also been collecting all of this documentation. Legal council can address as the experts in those matters.

BHRR operates with a zero tolerance policy and we shall continue to do so.

These animals cannot speak for themselves and we encourage/urge anyone with firsthand knowledge of any animal being neglected and/or abused, to please use your own voice to stand up for them. They need you to do right by them. There are legal governing bodies that you can reach out to in re: to addressing these matters.

FOR ANYONE THAT MAY CONSIDER HELPING THIS DEAR SWEET SENIOR, donations to his care can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital:

613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

Thanks Ellie for coming with me to pick him up and for letting him sit in your lap! 

He has been scheduled to see the Vet tomorrow. 

AND a picture that Sue Barclay took at our BHRR “EXPERIENCE” Mini Open House! BHRR’s Whisper, Skor and of course, no one sees BHRR’s Potter on the couch!

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Salem to our Haven Program. If that right matched forever loving right match fit home does find her, then we can/would still consider a possible approved adoption – as we did with BHRR’s Ani – yet for now, we feel she is best loved and cared for plus lacks for absolultey nothing with us.

While no one to date has wanted her for the right reasons nor has a right match personality fit home found her – for she is NOT a guard dog, none of our dogs shall ever be; she is not a ‘status’ symbol’ and she deserves to be part of an adoring home, which she gets with BHRR. 

Tonight BHRR’s Giselle had her annual and BHRR’s Singe had a recheck on his ear infection and to have possible boosters.

BHRR’s Giselle weighs 52.7 KG(115.94)

The muscle BHRR’s Singe is putting on has made his Vet very impressed.  He still has a long way to go in the weight gaining department and we keep working on it.

BHRR’s Giselle has come a long way since her arrival to BHRR in manners and health and remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Singe remains in our rehab program at this time.

In the picture he is using her as a pillow! 

Also a reminder that our Flash Auction ends tonight – in 40 minutes!! All monies raised shall continue to help us help the animals! 

Link HERE:

What do you do when you are at the Doctor’s?

You take a seat, make yourself comfortable and patiently wait your turn! 

He was not able to have his boosters tonight as he is battling an ear infection. His Vet is hoping that by next week he shall be able to have his boosters. 

My last post for my night….

I sincerely wish it was a good news one….

BHRR’s Big Benjamin, one of our Haven Dogs had been having some sneezing with resulting nose bleeds. After being referred to a specialist, it has been confirmed and he has been diagnosed with an inoperable nasal tumour.

This fine man is just shy of 8.5 years young and this saddens us immensely. 

We always shall remain about quality of life and at this time, he is happy Big Ben, eating, drinking, breathing and resting well. Other than the intermittent nose bleeds,one would not know at this moment that something horrible is growing inside of him…..

Due to his age, he was not considered a great candidate for radiation or chemo either. We want the time that he has left to be the best that we can give him and we would do whatever was recommended for him by the experts.

We sincerely hope that he shall be going strong for our upcoming annual June BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house so that so many can love on him one more time……

As with the tradition that we started way back in the day, we are ensuring that he is visiting all of his favourite people and places and having extra special play dates plus visits.

This boy is truly exceptional and this is so unfair…..

On behalf of Big Ben, we ask that you hug your loved ones extra longer tonight and tell people/pets how much you do care, for no one knows what tomorrow shall bring….

A BIG shout out to the Deon Family (Ashley Deon, Lisa Jenkins Deon)!

They so generously collected beer bottles and cashed them in with the monies coming to BHRR! 

They raised $45! WOW! Amazing!

Thank YOU! SO very much!

Your kindness shall go towards helping BHRR’s Singe, the newest addition to BHRR!

For anyone that may consider donating their Empties to a good cause, BHRR’s Singe would be extremely appreciative!

Here are our drop-off locations if you wish to drop off your Empties instead of cashing them in and then donating the monies.

1. Rachel – 42 Stocks Lane, Aurora, ON L4G 0Y3
2. Rachel’s Parents – 885 Surin Crt, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8R3
3. Dawn – 424 Pickford Drive, Kanata, ON K2L 3R4
*’people can drop off at house anytime & just leave it on the front steps*
4. Gail – 47 Taylor Road, Ajax, ON L1S 2X5
5. The Maracles – 1728 Harvest Cres, Orleans, Ontario K1C 1V4
6. Maggie -391 Tillbury Avenue, Apt. #4, Ottawa, Ontario – EMAIL
7. The Boerskins – 2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station, Ontario K0G 1TO
*people can drop off in the donation shed across from the mailbox at road

Thank you SO much again to the beautiful Deon Family for your caring donation to BHRR!

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, good-night wishes being sent!

BHRR’s Singe is grateful – as are we – for all of the well wishes and best thoughts being sent his way!

You can see how his ribs show in this photo….

As his story unfolds, we will post updates…..

BHRR’s Singe!

I captured this lovely shot of him during one of our walks today! 

At the Vet tonight, he weighed a skinny 58.3 kgs(128.26 pounds). This boy should easily weigh 150 or so pounds and when he puts on more weight including much needed muscle mass/tone, he will look magnificent. 

You can see from how he stands/moves that his hind end is a bit of a concern. The Vet agreed and also found that his left side was worse than his right and they wish for us to have him develop more muscle mass and tone prior to further investigation such as x-rays etc.

The Vet did not believe that he had any cruciate issues yet it is hard to truly manipulate a giant breed dog’s stifles without sedation. The plan is to let him settle in more before re-visiting. He went through a lot tonight and was AMAZING!

The one growth is as I thought, a skin tag, nothing that needs to be addressed unless it changes size, colour, bothers him etc.

The growth on his penis is not able to be determined without a biopsy and as he went through more than enough today, we will hold off until his next visit – when he has boosters. His hind end will be re-examined at that time. The Vet did not feel that it was cancerous yet no way to really tell without sending to histiopathology. 

His resting heart rate was 20! He was so chill…laid on his side and pretty much almost fell asleep! 

Heart, lungs, ears, all given a thumbs up! 

According to the paperwork that was given to me upon his surrender – he was at a shelter in November and this previous home got him from there – he had bad ear infections yet his ears look good now.

Some tartar buildup on his teeth yet nothing that is urgent that needs to be addressed right now.

The raw area on his left rump area has new hair growth and his Vet was not overly concerned at the present time. 

We did bloodwork that includes tick borne disease and heartworm testing.

Per his shelter paperwork, he was only given bordetella and so, we began his vaccine protocol. 

Tomorrow, we will begin his de-worming protocol and put him on proper heartworm, flea/tick preventative. 

When he is more settled, we will do a much needed nail trim too. 

I truly cannot believe that this sweet boy had at least 3-4 prior homes AND also ended up in a shelter in his short life to date.  I really cannot believe it….

AND we are on our way to the Vet!

Will update as I can….

I have put a new collar on him….one I have had for a very long time waiting for the right special BHRR dog meant for it. 

My last post of my night – going to spend time with this handsome brindle boy – BHRR’s Singe – for the rest of the night.

He is scheduled to see the Vet on Friday.

We need to do a thorough investigation on his hind end – hips & knees, do bloodwork, check his teeth, exam two growths – one on his penis and one behind a front leg – plus a raw area on his rump, do bloodwork, check heart/lungs/eyes run a fecal and when he is healthy, vaccines, de-worm and put him on proper hw/flea/tick preventative etc.

He is quite skinny. A good 20+ pounds more needed on him plus he needs to develop muscle mass/tone.

He is a super sweet boy who likes to sit on my lap and gently paw me for more love when I stop. 

He also loves looking out of the windows and with a house built for passive solar heating, our whole front of our house is wall to wall windows for him to enjoy.

He is currently hanging out with me by my computer on a Costco dog bed donated to BHRR with such genuine kindness from BHRR’s Cagney’s Mama/her friend’s. 

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

Welcome to BHRR BHRR’s Singe.

We got him!! 

We are now on our way home!

He will need to see the Vet for a few concerns and he is booked for Friday.

He is ~37″ at the whithers, quite skinny, has a skin tag and another growth on his penis that we will get investigated, He has a raw area on his back left rump and his hips plus back knees need further investigation.

He needs an Accuplex – heartworm and tickborne disease testing, those teeth checked out, and he has not had all of his vaccines from the paperwork we were given. He will go on flea/tick and HW preventative also. We will de-worm him plus do a fecal on him too as part of proper proactive/preventative Vet Care. 

Thanks again to Elizabeth for coming with me to pick him up! 

Sean has named him ‘Singe’. 

Just waiting for Elizabeth to arrive and then we will be on our way to road trip to pick up this handsome brindle boy we were asked to assist……

We shall post an update once we have him!

We now have an ETA! 

This handsome brindle boy will be arriving April 25th!

Here is his story – copied from a previous post:

The next in need of BHRR! 

He is only the 4th dog that we have been able to assist to date in 2018 as we work hard to be able about quality, not quantity. 

We have been asked to assist an ~3 year old Male Brindle Great Dane.

This is his third known home plus at one time he had ended up at a Shelter.

This home has an 18 month old child and has had him since just before XMAS and while he has proven to be so patient with her, the home does not wish to set him or their small child up for failure. He is currently living with a friend of the family and has been for the last while as the home worked to find the best solution for him. 

Said to be good with dogs – lived with a female pug and cats are unknown and said to weigh about 150+ pounds.

***NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

The next in need of BHRR! 

He is only the 4th dog that we have been able to assist to date in 2018 as we work hard to be able about quality, not quantity. 

We have been asked to assist an ~3 year old Male Brindle Great Dane.

This is his third known home plus at one time he had ended up at a Shelter.

This home has an 18 month old child and has had him since just before XMAS and while he has proven to be so patient with her, the home does not wish to set him or their small child up for failure. He is currently living with a friend of the family and has been for the last while as the home worked to find the best solution for him. 

Said to be good with dogs – lived with a female pug and cats are unknown and said to weigh about 150+ pounds. 

ETA being worked on now.

UPDATE: Well, we now know for sure that she has raging eye infections. Here is a picture that Lindsay just sent…..

I have advised Lindsay that if for any reason she needs to take her to the emergency, to please just take her and we will get her seen sooner than tomorrow. 

I will not see any dog suffer….

Lindsay has been gently cleaning them. 

Poor girl…

An Easter Sunday Rescue happened this AM.

People talk about the Easter Bunny coming….well for this sweet Harlequin Great Dane, it was an Easter Angel that stepped up and came to her rescue.

Lindsay – I have said this several times already yet I must say it again, thank you deeply from my heart for offering to help us save this girl. What should have been a smooth owner surrender turned out to be a bit bumpy and I am so grateful to you in picking her up. So so so thankful to you.

This girl already has a Vet appointment scheduled tomorrow for 2:15 pm and will have a thorough exam – heart/lungs etc. – and we shall begin all proactive plus preventative Vet Care.

We want her eyes looked closely at – yes, she has heavy haws yet I am also suspecting possible infections – have skin, feet, hydration levels, those poor nipples(she was used for breeding) all checked. The daughter of the O. who is moving back to Slovakia today – said they were breeding for over 40 years. 

She is underweight, lacks muscle tone/mass, has calloused elbows and needs a nice pampered spa day when she is ready.

Undersocialised and skititsh yet already following Lindsay around – who wouldn’t follow such a caring soul?! 

She is only the third dog that we have been able to assist in 2018 to date and she is the perfect example as to why BHRR was founded back in 1996….for all the special needs animals just like her.

98% of those BHRR helps are the truly broken physically and/or behaviourally. Why we are here….

I cannot wait to meet this pretty ~5 year old beauty and in the meantime she could not be in more excellent hands with Lindsay. 

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, we hope that everyone is having a safe, happy and wonderful Easter Sunday.

We are calling her ‘Sunday’.

We thought about “Easter” as it was Easter Sunday that she is to be picked up, yet, Sunday feels like the right fit name for her.

“Sunday is a day of rest in most Western countries, as a part of the weekend. For most observant Christians, Sunday is observed as a day of worship and rest”

For us, we feel that she shall be worshipped and cherished from this day forward and that she can now rest as she is safe with BHRR. 

Her owner is moving back to Slovakia on Sunday April 1st as her husband recently passed away and we have to get her no later than by early afternoon that day.

Unfortunately, we cannot get her on Saturday or any day earlier. The daughter – who does not drive – is picking up the Owner – who also does not drive – on Saturday with help from a friend and bringing her and this Dane back to her place in Scarborough.

Our window is Sunday up to 3 PM.

We have been told she is very timid, not socialised – rarely had visitors in the home nor was taken out of the home.

I have also been told that she was used for breeding and has been used for breeding.

She shall ONLY be the third dog that we have been able to assist in 2018 to date.

My GD Salt, Mr. Squishie & BHRR’s Potter
February 10th, 2018

Mr. Squishie is getting his beauty rest for tomorrow!

This is my final post of my night as we are in big preparation for tomorrow for our Sweetheart SPA Event at Pet Valu Stittsville!

Mr. Squishie and The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Furry Murray shall be on hand to love on our visitors!

They are doing pooch smooch sessions on the famous BHRR Red carpet!

We are also doing dog washes, ear cleanings and nails! Doogie will be on hand with feathers for you or your pet!

We will have some baked goodies for sale – we are baking up a storm right now! – some merchandise for sale and have one of the BHRR famous raffle baskets up for grabs!

For those coming out tomorrow and they have Empties or Canadian Tire $ they would like to donate…we are collecting!

The weather promises to be great in the AM yet in the afternoon, not so pleasant so just as a heads up to those planning on attending. 

AND for those asking, my Salt who has always been there for all the dogs….has stepped up BIG time to help Mr. Squishie after he lost his bff of The Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Carlsberg and so has BHRR’s Potter. 

AND for those who know this ‘tudy boxer, they KNOW that this is huge…..he has taken this DDB puppy under his paw…both of them have.

AND BHRR’s Furry Murray has stepped up hugely in being one of BHRR’s Bookers’ besties when it comes to playing as has Salt. 

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

 

 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg
September 13th, 2017 – January 21st, 2018
His Memorial Movie

A post that I have been absolutely sick to my stomach to write for it makes the reality of his short life final…..

I wish to thank the few that were aware of his final chapter and allowed/respected us to have the time to try and grieve – it shall never end this horrible pain – and to collect ourselves to be able to post in his honour plus extend our incredible thanks to Team Carlsberg, his Fans & Supporters.

Dr. Chauvet – We could not have asked for a better Neurologist. From Day 1, you called yourself his ‘godmother’ and he could not have had a better one.

Nancy – You were his Rehab Angel at Alta Vista SS. Though, we wished you came into our lives a different way, we remain so grateful to know you.

Dr. McIsaac – I could not have asked for any better to be there when I rushed him back into Emerge January 21st. I know we keep saying to each other that we need to meet under better circumstances….and we really do. Thank you for your compassion and kindness.

If love alone could have saved this sweet boy, he would still be thriving.

As a few are aware, my goal in 2018 was to begin to make movies of all of the BHRR doggies and this is not how I wanted to do my first movie…. 

As Sean knows, I still wake up saying that I have to flip him, offer him water and food, make sure he is warm enough, make sure that he is clean and comfy, to do his rehab exercises, to love on him etc…

AND BHRR’s Booker does the same, looks for him and then cries…he was so distressed that his bff did not come home. My Salt has been helping him go through his own grieving process.

Kinsley, no pup could wish for a better ‘kid’ to have on their side, no mother either. You rarely missed a rehab appointment – always wanting to be there – and could always be counted on. You were his snuggle and cuddle person and on the days when he would not eat for me, he would for you and vice versa! Thank you for being you……your strength to be there to help him cross-over was powerful.

Baby Carlsberg and I have been closely together since I helped him take his first breaths – September 13th @ 12:15 AM – and 24/7 since December 10th, 2017.

Sean can attest to the night I woke up, just panicked as I could not find BHRR’s Carlsberg. He could only hold me until I fully woke up to realise that Baby Carlsberg was no longer there…

As with many of our BHRR doggies, to find the right words to truly honour them is a struggle and I sincerely do hope that one day I can honour this fine young man and how he honoured my life…what a gift he was.

This litter & Mama Gem were way behind the 8 ball from Day 1 and they had/have a Vet Team including specialists that spanned four Hospitals from the moment Mama Gem came into BHRR.

Responsible/Quality Rescue is not easy…in fact, it is hell in a lot of ways yet regardless of the evil and maliciousness of some in the world, I would not trade one moment, despite this pain that makes even taking one breath difficult. For without BHRR so many would never have been given a chance at a great QOL filled future.

We need to keep finding the strength to pick up the pieces and help the next one in need of us for so many others will not or cannot.

It is just so devastating that you cannot save them all…no matter how hard you try.

Baby Carlsberg….I was there by your side helping you take your very first breaths and I was there by your side when you took your last…..there is no greater love of selflessness to give than to embrace you with such adoring tears to ensure that you are not in any pain or suffering…..

You were surrounded by those that loved you and then you took your final ride to come home and be laid to rest next to my Big Blue Bronson who as Sean said ‘will watch over you and take care of you as he is doing for your siblings that passed away from FPS shortly after birth.’

HERE is BHRR’s CARLSBERG’S MEMORIAL MOVIE

I hope I came even close to giving justice to this beautiful boy…my heart bleeds……just shattered.

BHRR Winter Wonderland!
February 4th, 2018

We have some of our perma/temp foster dogs over for a play date today to hang out, visit and have fun in the snow!

They are waiting for other friends that just arrived to come into the 3+ acres fenced in yard to play with! 

My Ice & Zero are also in this picture so excited to be able to hang out with their old buddies!

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: gwen@birchhaven.org**

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**

Our 5th ANNUAL ‘Breaking Bills Bake Online’ Auction is NOW Closed!

THANK you to all of the generous and loving donators for their contributions to our unique and creative Fundraiser!

THANK you to everyone that kindly bid, shared and also otherwise wonderfully supported our Event!

I shall be in touch OVER the next 72 hours with all of the winners to confirm their auction items per the master logged auction list as stamped/documented by the wp software.

Please be patient as I co-ordinate everything! 

We are feeling so much in blessings and appreciation tonight…..in a time that has brought deep despair and grief this past week, tonight, we feel the support of our village strongly surrounding us.

There shall never ever be the right words to express to everyone how much that has meant. 

My GD Salt is crashed out from all of the excitement while Mr. Squishie is taking everything in stride as per his style! 

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest of good-night wishes are being sent.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg
January 19th, 2018
His Hyperbaric Chamber Session @ Alta Vista Animal Hospital Specialty Services.

After over a month of waiting patiently…it is finally up and operational….

He also made Canadian History that day!

He is the first ever to use the first Canadian installed Hyperbaric Chamber. The inaugural patient!

We are now calling it ‘Carlsberg’s Chamber!’ 

Thank you to Dr. Chauvet, his Neurologist for everything!

We shall post more re: this truly inspirational and adored puppy shortly…..

**NOTE: We ask that those few that do know more of his journey to please respect our wishes and allow us to post when we are ready.**

Thank you to his Rehab Angel Nancy for the pictures and for her own incredibly special and invaluable part of his life story.

He is in the chamber in both pictures!

I have now paid $1,626.08 at Alta Vista Animal Hospital for his mounting Vet Bills since being admitted through emerge last night.

Donated To Date: $300 

THANK YOU ANGELS!

UPDATE: I called for another update – long hold so I know they are busy (10:25 AM)

Apparently the Vet on duty will call us when they are done rounds yet we are concerned.

The person I talked to said ‘he has not been up for a walk yet’ and when he went on to say ‘that could just be because…’ and I stepped in and said he cannot walk! He is paralysed. So now my own worry levels are elevated further for does this mean they stopped flipping him?! 

I am going to have to wait until I talk to the Vet there and hope it is soon. 

He also said that he ate last night and once more since yet the person I talked to at 4:00 AM said he has refused all food to that point and was not interested. The times that they are offered food and when they eat should be documented. 

He then also said they are re-wrapping his IV yet did not tell me why they are doing so. 

All will be ok….we keep saying that to ourselves.

I just called for an update (4:00 AM). 

Vitals are stable. They are manually expressing his bladder, they are flipping him every four hours – I do every 2-4 hours here. They plan on doing some thermaltherapy on the right shoulder and I dialogued againthat this is great yet his left front leg is what needs it the most. ? We know that his right front leg is not able to be saved and other than making sure his circulation remains intact, the big focus from all of us on his team is to get him ambulatory on his other three legs…and if his left front leg which has its own concerns since his FCE cannot become strong enough to support him being a front end tripod then…. 

He is getting his already mentioned meds via IV plus is being given Pepcid and Sulcrate too. 

I am told he is BAR – bright, alert and responsive yet very quiet.

No interest in food. He cannot afford to lose more weight. 

He is such a soft boy and I was told that he was watching them and he does that….very soul reaching observant eyes. 

I may try to lay down for a bit myself…feeling lost without him here for me to watch sleep and to ‘chat’ me up when he wants something. 

 

He has been put on IV fluids, he is receiving IV meds for vomiting along with antibiotics. We are running detailed blood-work and another urinalysis (did one on Monday along with a specific gravity test). 

A fecal smear was also done. 

I am now home and it feels really empty…. 

Please keep The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg in your best wishes.

I rushed him into Alta Vista Animal Emergency tonight. 

They wanted to rule out Parvo which I would have been shocked/surprised if it was and it was negative.

So, they are treating for gastroenteritis and he will stay there for now….

The journey that he and I have taken together since the day I whelped him (and his litter-mates) and helped him take his first breaths on September 13th to now has been a huge roller coaster…..

I have also been with him 24/7 with only a rare exception since his FCE on December 10th and to have to leave him in Emerge was not easy yet he is in the best of hands.

His ‘kid’ Kinsley is beside herself too. She had to stay at home so could not come with me to Emerge.

Thank you to the absolutely amazing staff at Alta Vista Animal Hospital for being there for me and him and making me feel not so alone. Thank you to the lovely couple for sitting and chatting – they had to admit their own precious pet tonight and their Boy is keeping BHRR’s Carlsberg company overnight….

As mentioned to his lovely Vet in Emerge, we will figure out the bills….I must have faith…I do have faith….

I put down $800 before I left and the current estimate given was up to $1,782.26

I have also been in contact and have updated his Neurologist and his Rehab Specialist.

BHRR’s Carlsberg – I will meet you in my dreams tonight – if I can sleep at all – and I know the staff are going to flip you as needed and massage your legs, do ROM and will love on you…. 

DONATED TO DATE SINCE HIS FCE: $1,121.50

Today at his rehab session at Alta Vista Animal Hospitals’ Speciality Services.

It was not a great day yet tomorrow is another day!

Today we went to visit a possible new rehab location for The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg to frequent along with his bff and motivator Mr. Squishie BHRR’s Booker.

BHRR’s Carlsberg’s last intensive rehab session at Alta Vista Animal Hospitals Specialty Services shall be on the 19th as his fabu and much adored rehab angel Nancy is going on maternity leave.

We will be seeing Dr. Chauvet, his incredible Neurologist on the 19th as well for his latest re-evaluation/assessment.

So, today we headed off to visit a new place on Carling and to have them meet us/BHRR’s Carlsberg etc. Nancy Couillard thank you immensely again from our hearts for being there with us today! 

The plan is to do another 15 intensive rehab sessions to start and we are looking at $1,000 to do so. Whatever our FCE puppy needs to give him the best opportunity at a ‘new’ normal for quality of life, we are committed in doing. He has been going three times a week to date and without hesitation I make the three hour roundtrip drive (in good traffic/weather – much longer otherwise) to make sure BHRR’s Carlsberg gets to these extremely important and necessary appointments. 

I am also only working one day a week at the Hospital and am not taking on new behavioural clients to make sure BHRR’s Carlsberg’s 24/7 care and appointments are met. In turn, the loss of income means on our personal pockets less that we can financially give to his bills. BHRR is mostly funded personally from Sean/I. We receive no corporate, provincial or government support.

So, we remain asking people to please consider donating their Empties to his cause and all monies raised from our upcoming annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction shall be divided up between his and BHRR’s Bookers Vet Bills.

If anyone may consider making a human or doggie goodie for our Bake Auction, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Items do not have to be made until the auction is over and all winners shall be put in touch with the donators. 

We shall also be doing a small flash online auction and both puppies will be at Pet Valu Stittsville on Sunday February 11th as part of our special ‘Sweetheart Spa’ event! We are just awaiting the poster from Gracie to share all of the details. 

Donations to their bills can also be made:

Email transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

BHRR’s Carlsberg – Direct to Alta Vista Animal Hospital

BHRR’s Booker – Direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-691-0966

These photo’s were taken on Friday January 12th at Alta Vista Animal Hospital. BHRR’s Carlsberg had just finished his underwater treadmill session and Nancy was getting ready to do his laser treatment.

BHRR’s Booker is never far from his bff!  These two puppies bonded fiercely and fast and are an extremely rare true complementary bonded pair. 

Just three weeks apart in age.

The Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Carlsberg & BHRR’s Booker
January 11th @ Alta Vista Animal Hospital’s Speciality Services for BHRR’s Carlsberg’s session today.

No ONE can motivate BHRR’s Carlsberg the way that Kinsley & his bff BHRR’s Booker can! 
Thank you again Aaron Maracle for being with us today! The extra hands and loving on these two amazing puppies is so appreciative!

The second photo is of The BFFS!

Nancy is trying to do the laser treatment on BHRR’s Carlsberg after his underwater treadmill work and BHRR’s Booker says, ‘ok, you will just have to work around me as I am not leaving my buddy!.’ 

SHORT NOTICE: ISO: A BHRR approved Volunteer to assist me on Thursday January 11th @ Alta Vista Animal Hospital from 10:45 am – 12:45 pm!

Sadly, I got a call just now from the Hospital to say that Nancy is sick and is not able to do BHRR’s Carlsberg’s (our 3.5 month old FCE Puppy) intensive rehab session tomorrow. So he has been rescheduled to Thursday.

I need assistance getting his items in as I shall be carrying him. To have someone on hand to help encourage and root for him and love on him would be awesome!

I plan to also have Mr. Squishie BHRR’s Booker in tow so the extra hands would be amazing!

Please EMAIL if you can help! Thanks! 

Feel better soon Nancy! 

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.
 

A picture of BHRR’s Carlsberg working on the underwater treadmill today!

Another photo from Monday. As BHRR’s Carlsberg was receiving laser treatment after his underwater treadmill session – hence the towels, this is where his bff plunked himself down….right by his side! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg(FCE Puppy) & BHRR’s Booker(Broken Back Left Leg)
Best FrIends!

This photo is from today at BHRR’s Carlsberg’s latest intensive Rehab Session at Alta Vista Animal Hospital’s Specialty Services. As BHRR’s Carlsberg was getting his e-muscle stimulation on his hind end, BHRR’s Booker came right over and laid down close to him.

Mr. Squishie looks out for his bud, BHRR’s Carlsberg and every chance he got he was right by his side…..and Monsieur Carlsberg is encouraged, motivated and reassured by his bff. 

Thank you again Aaron Maracle for coming out today and for the extra hands, the love and support given! It meant a lot!

May we ask that people please please please consider donating your Empties for their causes!

Also Still ISO: a BHRR approved Volunteer to help on Wednesday January 17th from 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM to help me carry items in for BHRR’s Carlsberg’s session that day and to help cheer him on!

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, good night wishes being sent!

Underwater Treadmill VIDEO

A photo collage from today’s rehab session.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg (3.5 months old)
January 5th, 2018

He is truly inspirational AND shall be our new Cover Boy!

Here is the original post re: BHRR’s Carlsberg and having a FCE – A fibrocartilaginous embolism – on December 10th, 2017

https://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada/posts/1582629415137217…

It is NOT known what causes a FCE and BHRR’s Carlsberg is the youngest that the rehabilitation department at Alta Vista’s Speciality Services has ever seen.

There has been some thought amongst r/q Irish Wolfhound Breeders that there is a possible strong genetic link with very young IW pups & FCE. In reaching out to several in my own show network, this has been a strong consensus that there is much merit in this thought.

Also one article:

http://www.iwfoundation.org/articles_detail.html?item_id=37

‘A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a fairly common disorder in which a piece of fibrous cartilage obstructs the blood supply to the spinal cord. It is suspected that fibrocartilage from the soft gel like center (the nucleus pulposus) of an intervertebral disc enters a vertebral blood vessel, blocks the vessel and causes a “stroke” to the spinal cord. When the flow of blood is reduced or stopped, that part of the spinal cord goes without oxygen and nutrients and the neurons in the spinal cord become dysfunctional and can die off.’

There are no surgical procedures in existence that can remove the blockage.

We have been working side by side with his incredible Neurologist. Dr. Chauvet at Alta Vista Animal Emergency Hospital/Specialty Services since the spinal stroke on December 10th as well as with the wonderful home he had been approved to be adopted to (had been scheduled to be adopted to this home December 11th). In addition, we are working closely with Nancy, the rehabilitation fabu woman extraordinaire at Alta Vista’s Animal Hospitals Specialty Services.

In short – all four legs were affected – paralysed – and this was what was called an ‘ascending stroke’, the worst kind to have.

I happily make the 3 hour roundtrip drive, three times weekly to make sure that BHRR’s Carlsberg receives his intensive rehab.

As of January 3rd, we have had confirmation that there is no possiblity of saving that right front leg and his rehab team/us continue to work hard on getting him ambulatory to walk on his other three legs for QOL. . If that can be done, then we will amputate the right front leg.

We also continue to wait patiently for the hyperbaric chamber to get up and running at Alta Vista for him.

 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg!

We wish to thank Robyn for her amazing donation of Empties! Sean brought ours and Robyn’s in today to the Beer Store and $18.00 has been raised! 

Please consider donating your Holiday & ALL Empties to two incredible BHRR Puppies in need.

This is a photo from BHRR’s Carlsberg’s rehab visit today at Alta Vista Animal Hospitals’ Speciality Services. He goes three times a week.

AND, STILL ISO: extra hands for the following dates/times to help me with BHRR’s Carlsberg at Alta Vista Animal Hospital.

As I will be carrying BHRR’s Carlsberg, I need a pair of loving hands to help close the car door behind me, carry his blanket etc. and just to hang during his appointment. Offering him encouragement and affection would be great too!

Here are the following shifts I need assistance with & if an approved BHRR Volunteer can do even one or more, please do email me at gwen@birchhaven.org

I truly would be so so so grateful! 

Monday January 8th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Wednesday January 10th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Friday January 12th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Monday January 15th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Wednesday January 17th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm

Underwater Treadmill Video From Today

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg – 3 months old.

Our FCE Puppy is hoping that people are saving their Empties for him & for his fellow puppy buddy 11 week old BHRR’s Booker! Both could really use the extra help. 

Today BHRR’s Carlsberg was back at Alta Vista Speciality Services for his next intensive rehab session with Nancy.

He goes three times a week until Nancy leaves for Maternity leave on January 19th.

On that note, with Kinsley back to school next week, I am ISO: extra hands for the following dates/times to help me with BHRR’s Carlsberg at Alta Vista Animal Hospital.

As I will be carrying BHRR’s Carlsberg, I need a pair of loving hands to help close the car door behind me, carry his blanket etc. and to hang during his appointment to give him encouragement and affection!

Here are the following shifts I need assistance with & if anyone can do even one or more, please do email me at gwen@birchhaven.org

I truly would be so so so grateful! 

Monday January 8th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Wednesday January 10th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Friday January 12th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Monday January 15th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm
Wednesday January 17th – 10:45 AM – 12:45 pm

Kinsley will be hanging on the 19th so that shift is covered!

We are sparing nothing to give him the opportunity he deserves and he is in expert hands with his Neurologist Dr. Chauvet – who calls herself his Godmother – and with Nancy.

We work hard at home doing exercises, suspension work and I flip him every 2-4 hours. I am only working Saturdays in January at the Hospital so I can be with him and BHRR’s Booker 24/7.

While the loss in income is hard, what would be much harder is if he did not have the time needed for a proper rehabilitation program to be had. He is surrounded by so much love and dedication….

Underwater Treadmill Video From Today

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!

Sean
BHRR Co-Founder
BHRR BOD Team Member’

BHRR’s Booker is already ‘watchful’ over his best bud, BHRR’s Carlsberg. Neither can be with the ‘big dawgs’ – even the remaining Bakers Dozen are too much for BHRR’s Carlsberg right now. They play so well together despite BHRR’s Carlsberg inability to walk.

They nap and share toys and water and food and both are so mentally happy/stimulated to have each other. Being together is so healthy for both of them! 

Both have been with my own outstanding GD Salt yet Salt is amazing with all dogs and has helped ‘raise’ his share of dogs! 

These two pups are so special and we will make sure both are done right by….my heart is so in love with them both as I take these medical journey’s with them…..they are both gifts and both deserve the best chance possible at having the happiest and fullest of quality of lives!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg
December 24th, 2017 – 13 weeks of age

*Another SNEAK Peek Photo from our traditional annual XMAS Eve Photo Shoot!*

Here is the original post re: BHRR’s Carlsberg and having a FCE – A fibrocartilaginous embolism – on December 10th, 2017

BHRR’s Carlsberg MEDICAL Situation 


It is NOT known what causes a FCE and BHRR’s Carlsberg is the youngest that the rehabilitation department at Alta Vista’s Speciality Services has ever seen. 

There has been some thought amongst r/q Irish Wolfhound Breeders that there is a possible strong genetic link with very young IW pups & FCE. In reaching out to several in my own show network, this has been a strong consensus that there is much merit in this thought.

Also one article:

http://www.iwfoundation.org/articles_detail.html?item_id=37

‘A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a fairly common disorder in which a piece of fibrous cartilage obstructs the blood supply to the spinal cord. It is suspected that fibrocartilage from the soft gel like center (the nucleus pulposus) of an intervertebral disc enters a vertebral blood vessel, blocks the vessel and causes a “stroke” to the spinal cord. When the flow of blood is reduced or stopped, that part of the spinal cord goes without oxygen and nutrients and the neurons in the spinal cord become dysfunctional and can die off.’

There are no surgical procedures in existence that can remove the blockage.

We have been working side by side with his incredible Neurologist. Dr. Chauvet at Alta Vista Animal Emergency Hospital/Specialty Services since the spinal stroke on December 10th as well as with the wonderful home he had been approved to be adopted to (had been scheduled to be adopted to this home December 11th). In addition, we are working closely with Nancy, the rehabilitation fabu woman extraordinaire at Alta Vista’s Animal Hospitals Specialty Services.

In short – all four legs were affected and this was what was called an ‘ascending stroke’, the worst kind to have.

This is BHRR’s Carlsberg, one of our Bakers Dozen. 
DNA Proven To Be IW/Great Dane

**MEDICAL HOLD**

We will be sharing much more on his medical situation shortly and continue to do so as things unfold.

On December 10th, as I was in Hamilton getting ready to do BHRR’s Cagney’s home-visit for a possible approved adoption, Sean called to say that BHRR’s Carlsberg was not walking.

After asking some questions, Sean rushed to Alta Vista Animal Emergency while I called them to set up BHRR’s Carlsberg’s file and give them a heads up that Sean/Kinsley were on their way. After that, I reached out to his future adoptive home(he was to be adopted December 11th) to pass along what I knew to date and they also went to the emergency hospital.

After exams and x-rays – no trauma could be seen – plus more testing was done, a neurologist, Dr. Chauvet was called into the emergency to do a consult. Further testing (MRI) ruled out definitively that there was zero trauma and that this was a Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), otherwise known as a ‘spinal stroke’.

At 11.5 weeks of age, BHRR’s Carlsberg has had FCE.

It is NOT known what causes a FCE and BHRR’s Carlsberg is the youngest that the rehabilitation department at Alta Vista’s speciality Services has ever seen.

There has been some thought amongst r/q Irish Wolfhound Breeders that there is a possible strong genetic link with IW pups & FCE. In reaching out to several in my own show network, this has been a strong consensus that there is much merit in this thought.

Also one article:

http://www.iwfoundation.org/articles_detail.html?item_id=37

‘A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a fairly common disorder in which a piece of fibrous cartilage obstructs the blood supply to the spinal cord. It is suspected that fibrocartilage from the soft gel like center (the nucleus pulposus) of an intervertebral disc enters a vertebral blood vessel, blocks the vessel and causes a “stroke” to the spinal cord. When the flow of blood is reduced or stopped, that part of the spinal cord goes without oxygen and nutrients and the neurons in the spinal cord become dysfunctional and can die off.’

There are no surgical procedures in existence that can remove the blockage.

We have been working side by side with his incredible neurologist since the spinal stroke on December 10th as well as with the wonderful home he had been approved to be adopted to in addition to Nancy, the rehabilitation fabu woman extraordinaire.

In short – all four legs were affected and this was what was called an ‘ascending stroke’, the worst kind to have.

Right from the beginning his neurologist has called herself BHRR’s Carlsberg’s ‘godmother’ and has urged none of us to be rash in making any tough decisions and to remain patient.

To those ‘armchair quarterbacks’ who may feel they know more or better than the expert team on his case, let Sean, myself, the home he was to be adopted to and Kinsley be very clear, you do not and could not ever know more or better. They know his case best and we know BHRR’s Carlsberg best.

The delay in making his first post was for several reasons:

1) we truly did not know what that first week would bring and still do not have a crystal ball yet we have much better/more direction and a much more positive prognosis now. We are taking one day and one appointment at a time.

2) as the OHS so wonderfully recently stated…what has been their biggest/greatest blessing has also been their curse and as the numbers increase on our own page, there are going to be one or two or even more that are not going to agree with the move forward treatment plan put in place and that is fine.

However, since our inception in 1996, our position stands strong that we shall retain a zero tolerance approach to ‘armchair quarterbacks’. So, to those who think BHRR’s Carlsberg should have been immediately euthanised & wish to express themselves in an inappropriate manner, think twice.

Agree or disagree or agree to disagree is totally fine. Yet, unless you are his neurologist and rehab team and BHRR and the home he was to be adopted to, which makes us the experts on him and we know what is or is not in his best interest. Please respect that.

First and foremost is always quality of life for our dogs and he deserves the opportunity to have this…AND the prognosis is that he WILL walk again and while he may well require that right front leg to be amputated, we will take those steps as they come along.

3) we wanted to group closely together as a network with the home he was to have been adopted to. How things shall unfold moving forward re: this adoption is between them and us and of course we already offered them their adoption monies back should BHRR’s Carlsberg have to remain in our Haven Program or if a worse decision needs to be made. AND being the amazing home they are, they insisted it be kept for BHRR’s Carlsbergs’ care – was then used to go towards his neuter/Microchip Bills.

They also have stood solid beside BHRR’s Carlsberg and picked up half of his emergency Vet bill on December 10th. 

The goal was to try and get BHRR’s Carlsberg immediately into the hyperbaric chamber being installed at Alta Vista on the 12th, yet there was a delay due to the bad weather and then further delays for the 14th and again on the 18th.

Starting on December 18th, BHRR’s Carlsberg has been going to intensive rehab three days this week and after next weeks closure, he shall be going back three times/weekly until Nancy leaves for her mat leave. We will figure out where he will go after that.

He is doing treadmill work, ball work, having u/s and laser treatments and doing ROM plus flexion exercises and also having massages. We are doing everything for him.

We are doing exercises at home since day 1 and Sean even cut a hole in the ceiling so we can do suspension work. I flip him every 2-4 hours – yes, even at night.

His individual blog will be updated with all of the pics and videos of his progress and while donations to his rehabilitation would be lovely – Sean and I have pulled together from our own pockets/Xmas spending etc. $1,000 to cover the start of this journey – we just would like to ask if people at this time may consider donating their Empties this holiday season!  We have several drop-off spots if you do not wish to cash in your own Empties!

All funds raised from our upcoming end of January annual ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction will also go to his mounting Vet Bills. We shall figure out future fundraising as necessary.

AND may we please ask that people wish for Santa to help us spoil him this Holiday Season! 

 

 

BHRR’s Carlsberg – 2 days post FCE

 

BHRR’s Carlsberg and his ‘kid’ 

1 day post FCE

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! 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg at Alta Vista Animal Emergency and then later that same night at home.

He suffered a FCE – fibrocartilagenous embolism or fibrocartilagenous embolic myelopathy AKA as a Spinal Stroke. X-Rays and exams along with further testing was done and then a Neurologist was called in, Dr. Chauvet and a MRI confirmed a FCE. 

Trauma was RULED out as there was zero trauma found. It is not known exactly what causes a FCE. BHRR’s Carlsberg had all four limbs affected and had what is known as an ‘ascending’ stroke, the worst kind. 

More information found on a later blog post made on December 24th, 2017

***MEDICAL HOLD***

 

The Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Sprocket!
DNA Proven – Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane
11 weeks of age

She is the first of The Bakers Dozen to leave us for her forever loving adoptive home….

This is on our way in for her to officially fly Mama Gwennie’s Nest and while she did not exactly fly or race or even walk to leave me, she will be ok…..their time and love and consistency plus patience etc. will help her reach her full potential! 

I want to thank each and every Bakers Dozen Angel that has stood so solid and strong beside them and us during their intense rollercoaster of incredible highs and devastating lows. We have witnessed first hand how strong our BHRR village remains! What a heart touching and significant validation that all our round the clock efforts, our willing and enormous sacrifices of time, money, heart and sleep is acknowledged plus supported. Thank you!  

Thank you to those that have remained sensitive to how emotional this bittersweet sorrow of parting ways is for The Boerskins. These precious creatures are part of our 24/7 lives and saying good-bye is never easy.

We do what we do for the right of the animals and each one carves a deep wonderful PawPrint in our hearts and souls……no matter how long or short our journey’s are with them…. 

BHRR’s Sprocket only the best right match homes are meant for our dogs and you are in a most wonderful home and shall lack for nothing! You are already so dearly loved by your new family and I am so happy for you and them. Excited too!

Yes, I had a tear or two on my way in knowing that our chapter ends together yet in that tear or two was an equal mixture of a lot of happiness to see another one of our fabu BHRR dogs end up where they are meant to be! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg leaves us on Monday….another truly amazing filled with joy and also sadness day to come for all of us…..and we know he will truly be adored in his own forever loving home! 

Today at her spay, BHRR’s Sprocket – 10 weeks of age – weighed 13.5 kgs(29.7 pounds). 
Today at his neuter, BHRR’s Carlsberg – 10 weeks of age – weighed 13.2 kgs(29.04 pounds).

Th Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Carlsberg!
(Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound) 
ADOPTED!

He shall be going to his new forever loving adoptive home ~December 11th once he recovers from his neuter that is scheduled for next week. He will be microchipped at the same time.

Thank you to this absolutely lovely home for having us over tonight for this home-visit! Your new home is beautiful and very warm plus inviting.

They have been approved BHRR Volunteers for many years and now after going through our very thorough adoption process, shall welcome the amazing Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg into their caring home!

We are deeply blessed to have such kind people as part of our BHRR family and it shall be a true joy watching BHRR’s Carlsberg grow up and living an extremely wonderful life! We shall miss him so much yet he does not need us any longer.

This home has been part of his life since he was barely 3.5 weeks old helping out from his very first professional photo shoot! I guess I paired up The Bakers Dozen puppies quite well! 

We could not be more thrilled with this approved adoption! 

This photo is of the humans with BHRR’s Carlsberg. It was too precious to not share! In the thread I shall post a photo of the whole family…BHRR’s Carlsberg shall have a big brother named Cooper.

Good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters!

ISO: 4 BHRR Approved Puppy Wranglers!

This is for a fourth professional photo shoot for five of The Bakers Dozen(DNA Proven To Be Great Dane/Irish Wolfhounds).

They will then be 9 weeks of age and five are still available for future approved adoptions to right matched personality fit homes.

BHRR’s Everly
BHRR’s Juniper
BHRR’s Oliver
BHRR’s Fletcher
BHRR’s Poppy

Location: Nepean
Time: 2:30 pm for about 20-30 minutes 
Date: Friday November 24th

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This photo is of Kinsley and BHRR’s Carlsberg before we got on our way to the Vets on November 7th.  A quick snuggle before he was safely secured for transport.

At this time, BHRR’s Carlsberg is under a PENDING Adoption and we will update as we know more re: the status of if this application is going to be approved.

BHRR’s Carlsbergs’ DNA Certificate. All three in the litter that we randomly did came back as Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound like we strongly suspected this litter was based upon what we were told the puppymiller was breeding.

It has been a Bakers Dozen week and it is not over yet! 

We still have four more to be placed up for adoption and I shall continue that tomorrow. BHRR’s Murray remains on medical hold. 

All puppies(DNA Proven To Be Dane/Irish Wolfhound pups) were at LAH tonight for 5 pm for their next progress/recheck exams and vaccines, other than BHRR’s Murray due to his compromised immune system. 

It was a BHRR small yet mighty village invasion and before we went in, I snapped a quick group photo – MIA are Elizabeth & Christine who had not yet arrived. 

They are 7 weeks of age and weights ranged from(I have all of their weights and will put into their blogs) from 7.8 kgs(17.16 pounds) with BHRR’s Poppy, next smallest was BHRR’s Juniper at 8.1 kgs(17.82 pounds) and the biggest was BHRR’s Oliver at 9.8 kgs(21.56 pounds) and the second biggest was BHRR’s Fletcher at 9.5 kgs(20.9 kgs)! 

While born super tiny and emaciated, they are not any longer! They are mid to above average now for Giants. Go Babies Go! 

BHRR’s Fletcher’s dark brindling colouring is deceiving as many think he is one of the smallest but he is the second biggest. 

We will need to re-arrange the currently booked spay/neuter schedule as both BHRR’s Morty & BHRR’s Fletcher still have one undescended testicle and Dr. Liston recommends doing them last on the list – so December 8th – to give them more time to ‘drop’ if they are going to.

BHRR’s Murray had his temp taken – remains normal, had cytologies done on his ears – just skin cells, no infections and he is back at KAH on Thursday for another recheck, re-weigh and new dosing of his clavaseptin antibiotics & Pred meds. He is stronger in the hind end than he was with the strengthening exercises we have been doing and Dr. Parker, the ortho specialist will continue to monitor him as he grows as will Dr. Liston.

Dr. Liston found BHRR’s Oliver to not be as bad as BHRR’s Murray with his eastie eastie stance and ‘loosey goosey’ hind end yet noted that until he actually begins to move, he has some weakening in the hind end yet Dr. Liston did note that the slippery floor did hinder things. We will monitor and work on his own strengthening and stimulation further.

BHRR’s Poppy’s eyes were given a thumbs up so she will also be placed up for adoption shortly. 

I did all of their nails other than BHRR’s Murray as I just did them last Thursday and will do them again this Thursday at KAH.

We were in and out within 1.25 hours and none of this would have been possible without all of the amazing Volunteers who came to help me or the staff at LAH and Dr. Liston himself! 

This litter as with all that we have helped over the past almost 22 years has a village helping to raise them and thank you! Thank you for giving them different hands of love and kindness in touching and holding them.

Thank you for giving them further amazing wonderful experiences helping us help them become the best dogs they can be.

Thank you for the compliments on how calm and easy going and relaxed and social these puppies are….we have worked so hard as we do with all of the dogs we are entrusted with to do right by….

We remain truly forever touched by our committed and dedicated supporters for standing strong beside the animals! 

We are continuing to think of creative ways to pay for their mounting vet bills too!

 

 

***UPDATED WITH DNA BREED RESULTS***
Both puppies of The Bakers Dozen  – BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg are: Drumroll…..
Great Dane AKA German Mastiff(Mama Gem) & Irish Wolfhound(Dad)

Guessing TIME!

DNA Results are in for The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg! We are still waiting for BHRR’s Olivers’ results. We could only afford to do three out of the litter and did a draw as to which three would be done.

Some of you are going to be surprised! 

Any guesses as to what they are? Are they single bred Danes? Are they mixes? If so, with what breed or breeds? Are they dual sired?

Any guesses?

As many know, I had my own strong suspicions of what they may be…and did the DNA Results prove me wrong? 

Pictures of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg in this post for people to guess.

PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Carlsberg
AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION!
Almost 7 weeks of age!

Puppy #4 – Born Fourth – September 13th, 2017 @ 12:15 AM
Blue Brindle Male

Birth Weight: 515 g(1.13 pounds)
September 20th: 1 week of age: 1 pound, 5 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks of age: 2 pounds, 9 oz
October 24th: Almost 6 weeks of age: 12.1 pounds

This boy is so calm! He often has allowed the more ‘attention seeking’ puppies work to get the attention and in his eyes you know that he wants a piece of the action, and even looks a bit worried that he may be missed yet we have always ensured that this never happens. BHRR’s Carlsberg gets attention sometimes before the others, sometimes second or third etc. and we have encouraged him that it is ‘ok’ to ask for attention and he is getting so much better!

It warms our hearts to see him asking to be picked up and snuggled and cuddled. He has come a long way in such a short time! He loves to be close to his humans. If you have interpersonal space issues, while Danes are not meant for you, this boy most certainly is not meant for you!

He is so ‘soft’ in temperament yet it is so important for that right matched personality fit home to NOT ever baby him. This will set him up for big failure and that will ruin all of what we worked so hard to do for him to help him reach his full potential. He needs to continue to be exposed to safe, new situations of people, places and solid personality temperament dogs etc. This is extremely essential to his emotional and behavioural development. He has no clue just how many amazing experiences the world has to offer in sights, smells etc. and we want to make sure he is placed in that home that shall give this to him without flooding or overwhelming him. At the same time, he cannot go to a home that are homebodies or couch potatoes. He would be missing out on so much and become stunted in so many ways.

A home that is quietly social and while they go out, they are not busy bees or social butterflies. A strong and proper community of people/dogs are going to be key to this boys’ QOL.

He is not to be catered to in respect to his small anxiety or worry issues either as that will only create a ‘monster’. He is given a calming word/touch and he is learning so well that he is ‘ok’ and can self-soothe and self-comfort and that he can do these things not only by himself yet being surrounded by his siblings. We LOVE seeing him interact and engage with the other puppies and be a ‘pot disturber’ at times! GO BHRR”S CARLSBERG GO! He never would have done that prior to us encouraging and helping to build up a strong foundation for him to develop.

He no longer pulls himself to the corner of the stimulation area to lay down and peer at his litter-mates playing, wanting to be part of the action – the quieter, calm, sane action. He is actively engaging! He is so much more confident in play tug of war with toys instead of just letting go and laying down.

He is feeling more comfortable faster in new surroundings and while seeing Dr. Liston from LAH on the 24th and then going to visit KAH afterwards, he ROCKED it! So so so proud of him!

He was exploring and was curious and while always social to people – does best as one-on-one or in very small groups, he is was more outgoing social and a true adventurer! YAY!

Some homes may feel the urge to ‘coddle’ and ‘smother’ him and that will not help BHRR’s Carlsberg be the best dog he can be and while one mighty fine pup now, he is blossoming daily and makes my heart burst with such happiness for him! He is a HUGE favourite to so many for his kind, sweet temperament.

There is a true ‘ham’ inside of him and it emerges more and more and it just makes me smile!!

Many may overlook this handsome man for he does not live in the lime-light yet to me, as with his brother BHRR’s Morty, he speaks volumes if you just ‘listen’ to his non verbal communication.

His eyes truly are the windows to his soul….they also reach deep into others souls…he has a gift…he makes people feel calm and comfortable and no trying to hide your deepest darkest secrets from him. It is like he can ‘see’ deep within you and he accepts you for who you are…never judging….

He is a bit of an ‘old soul’ and very wise beyond his tender weeks of age!

We are doing DNA testing on him and two of his siblings, BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Oliver. We could only afford three DNA kits, did a draw and we are looking forward to the results. I suspect from being told what this puppymiller was breeding that he is is a Dane/Irish Wolfhound. We shall see!

We will approve a home for him that is not always on the go. He needs a settled, chill in human personalities and home environment to truly thrive in.

He will not be approved to be adopted to a home that has children or are planning on having children.

Easy to do nails and to bathe plus clean ears!

Travels wonderfully in a car and at almost 7 weeks of age, knows words such as his name, good, sit and boy and so many others!

He, like his litter-mates love their giant stuffies to and cuddle with. He really does…he more than many of his litter-mates has really needed them. Much comfort has been given by these stuffies as their Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem sadly rejected them shortly after birth.

He can go to a home either as an only dog or to a home that already has a right matched fit dog already in it. It is most essential that he has a strong dog social network. Our preference would be to see him in a home with a right match personality fit dog in it. One that is balanced, one that shall compliment BHRR’s Carlsberg and one that shall continue to ‘show’ BHRR’s Carlsberg the wonderful ways of the world.

Before applying to adopt him, please read our adoption processes and policies on our www.birchhaven.org

Photo is from his third professional photo shoot on November 5th at one day shy of 7 weeks of age!

He will be ready to go to his approved right match fit forever loving home by December 14th, 2017. He and his four brothers are scheduled to be neutered November 26th & November 28th(3 & then 2 on those days). His first vaccines are scheduled for November 7th.

He also has this individual blog:

Thank you to Melissa for the great professional photo’s and to Melissa/Raine for naming him and also in being his photo cuddle buds. Also thanks to Gracie for being his photo bud today!

Today The Bakers Dozen had their third professional photo shoot!

We managed to get pictures between the raindrops and at the very end, we all went under a tree for a quick human/dog group photo as the rain began to come down. Would have been nice to have gotten an all Bakers Dozen photo again yet the rain coming was not going to let that happen! 

We were in and out all within 20-25 minutes and thank you to all that showed up to help puppy wrangle! Could not have done it without each of you and Christine thank you for bringing John for in the end as we had another Volunteer not come, the extra hands were SO appreciated and needed! John, thank you again for loving on BHRR’s Oliver.

This is BHRR’s Carlsberg ( blue Brindle boy ) on the way home! What a cutie! This last week has seen them grow up in height…the legs some of them now have! Models would be jealous.  Three of them turn 7 weeks of age later tonight and the rest of their siblings turn 7 weeks of age tomorrow.

Each day I am putting one of these miracle pups up for adoption and already we have a Pending Adoption for one of the babies. 

I know we shall have more shortly too…. 

Melissa – thank you once more for your time plus talent!

Brenna, thank you for your incredibly generous donation and also to your friend for the comfy duvets for The Bakers Dozen!

Happy soggy Sunday to all of our friends/family & supporters!

We are now home, delicious afternoon snack given to the puppies and a nice cup of mint tea for me and presently, I have an adorable pack of puppies snoozing all around me. 

ISO: two puppy wranglers for tomorrow for The Bakers Dozen third professional photo shoot! 

Sunday in Manotick for 11:45 AM

We had two Volunteers having to cancel and please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can assist. Please do not post here as we may miss your offer!

They are now 6.5 weeks of age. 

This picture is from their second professional photo shoot on October 22nd. 

Kinsley & BHRR’s Carlsberg at LAH October 24th!

He weighed 12.1 pounds!

BHRR’S Carlsberg 
5.5 weeks of age 
October 22nd 2017

The Bakers Dozen
October 22nd., 2017
*5.5 weeks of age

Their second professional photo shoot!

I captured this candid with my iPhone! A bit blurry I know. 

Adore them with all that I am…..what a journey we have all taken together…..I am so beyond proud of them! So beyond proud…not a day goes by that I do not think of their lost to FPS Siblings and they will forever be known as the Miraculous Bakers Dozen! 

It was a glorious fall AM with amazing BHRR Approved Volunteers, Friends, Family and so much fun!

All have names other than the first one born – the wee black beauty who is not far off from some of her siblings now and the last born – the Brindle Boy. 

We hope that the winners of their Name Game Bid Auction have names for them soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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. 

Puppy #4 – Born Fourth – September 13th, 2017 @ 12:15 AM
Blue Fawn Male – Definitely has brindling coming in!
Weight: 515 g(1.13 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week of age: 1 pound, 5 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks of age: 2 pounds, 9 oz

This boy is so chill! Laid back, nothing seems to faze him much, takes life in stride, patient, he watches quielty as some of the more ‘attention seeking’ puppies work to get the attention and in his eyes you know that he wants a piece of the action, yet remains content to wait his turn….

What is MOST important is that he gets his turn and then some. Many may overlook this handsome man for he does not live in the lime-light yet to me, he speaks volumes if you just ‘listen’ to his non verbal communication

The Bakers Dozen – First Professional Photo Shoot!
AND THEY ARE OFF!
October 10th, 2017

Almost 4 weeks of age! Born September 12th & September 13th, 2017

There are 5 boyz and 4 girls.

Sadly, FPS stole from our hearts/arms our two handsome black boyz and a blue girl and a brindle girl on September 20th, September 23rd, September 24th & September 25h.

They will always be The miraculous Baker’s Dozen!

The odds they and their puppymill GD Mama Gem have overcome and continue to overcome is nothing sort of amazing…..

Sneak Peek!

One of the Candids I managed to snap tonight at The Bakers Dozen’s (almost 4 weeks old) first professional photo shoot! 

There are so many reasons why I love this photo and one of the biggest is that these amazing kind generous souls represent some of our small yet mighty fabu village that makes the heart beat so strongly for BHRR!

Thank you for coming out tonight to spend 1.5 hours giving these precious wee babies a positive experience! This is so essential to their proper development and reaching their full potential as they mature!

It is not ‘I’ that deserve any credit….it is all of you that are there for BHRR for you have done & do so much!

You are those strong links on BHRR’s ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ and The Bakers Dozen would not be doing as well as they are without such rescue angels giving of themselves by donating their hard earned money, much needed items and/or time to assist us…..YOU DONE SO GOOD as the expression goes! 

I am so grateful to all of you. I am blessed as are all the animals of BHRR for I cannot do this alone and my family’s belief and your belief has enabled us to be here almost 22 years later helping the truly broken, the urgent, the underdogs that others cannot or will not assist and helping them have such wonderful futures.

Each of you have helped write the next beautiful chapters for the journey’s of so many over the years….

You have my eternal gratitude, my humbled thanks and my forever appreciation….

From my home to all of our friends, family & supporters, Good Night!

 

AND we are on our way……shortly!

First a late afternoon snack on the porch of our cottage building. 

Tonight, The Bakers Dozen are having their first professional photo shoot! They shall be four weeks old very soon! Another huge milestone!

From there, we will do our name game fundraiser and begin to take applications for possible future approved adoptions when they are ready to go!

Blue Whelping Collar Boy – Is turning more into a blue fawn brindle as he grows!

BHRR Breaking News / Updates / Alerts!

1) I wanted to extend the biggest and most sincerest and incredibly humbled thanks to so many Powdered Esbilac Angels!  I have been witness to a lot of amazing and touching acts of kindness over the past 21.5 years BHRR has been around and what has come this way to The Bakers Dozen has warmed me right to my soul. I was so fearful of having our needs for Powdered Esbilac for The Bakers Dozen filled and when we posted our urgency, a wonderfully strong community of caring hearts came together to assist us. I am deeply and forever indebted to each of you….  Thank you everyone for helping us!! I have always said it takes a village to raise children and it is no different for a litter of puppies, especially those sadly rejected by a broken emaciated Puppymill GD Mama. She is doing quite well physically herself now and emotionally it shall be a lot longer to rehab. One day at at time!

Our remaining urgent needs are Pee Pads, appropriate Giant Breed puppy toys and donations towards their Vet Bills which will be into the many thousands.

PVD Essential Care Puppy canned & Kibble are also in big need – Vet Food

Accounts are set up at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 under their Mama Gem.

The Bakers Dozen are all back to Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th!

2) We ONLY have 7 more BHRR Custom, One-of-kind 2018 Calendars left available for ordering! $30 each and s&h if needed is $7 Email gwen@birchhaven.org 
We will take orders until October 12th @ 9 pm.

3) I hope to get the Flash Auction up soon. I am doing my best!

4) The Bakers Dozen have their next Vet visit scheduled for Tuesday November 7th @ 5 pm at LAH and I am seeking 8 more approved BHRR Volunteers for extra puppy wrangling…..I mean loving hands to assist me at this Vet visit! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help! Please do not post in this thread for we may miss your wonderful offer!

5) The Bakers Dozen shall be at Pet Valu Stittsville – 1250 Main Street – (if all is going well!) on Sunday October 15th from 10 AM – 4 PM as part of Pet Valu’s annual Thanks For Giving Event. We will be doing nails, dog baths, ear cleanings, have cotton candy, popcorn and baked goodies for sale too!

6) YES! By popular demand!  The tickets for our 2018 Annual Dine With The BHRR Doggies are now on sale! We are already more than 50% SOLD Out! 
This is a limited registration attendee event.
Date: Saturday September 22nd, 2018 – same place BHRR! Same times – 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
We are not raising our ticket costs. They have been the same price for many years and we shall keep the prices the same for 2018! 
$45/per ticket or $85/pair
Please email gwen@birchhaven.org to purchase yours! More information found in the below link. This year’s total raised is still being calculated yet I can say we are over $3,400 and counting!! How deeply humbling! 
http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-2008/sept-28-dine-bhrr

7) Yes, we shall be hosting our annual popular November BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ Mini Open House. Please email gwen@birchhaven.org for date/times! Attendance is by registration only and this is a limited attendee event. Attendance is a $10/pp donation fee to be paid at the time of registration. Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if interested! We feel it is so important for people to experience first hand what we do, why we do it and why we are so needed in the community.

8) BHRR’s 15th Annual SS(Secret Santa) to the BHRR Doggies is coming up fast! More information on our unique and creative annual event can be found in this link. At this time, BHRR has 31 more amazing dogs in need of a special secret Santa to call their own! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help us give the BHRR Doggies a most wonderful XMAS spoiling time!
http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-20…/2009-secret-santas

9) Our 6th Annual BHRR’s CHAIN OF SUCCESS “THANK YOU” Potluck is Saturday December 16th from 2 PM – 8 PM. 
FREE YET PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED & You can join our facebook group for more information and all the fun details!
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php…

This picture is of The Bakers Dozen today – 3.5 weeks of age – in the ‘feed’ part of their 8 x 5 x 4 pen. They are now devouring 38.5 cups of Powdered Esbilac a day!

We have also been introducing them to ‘slurry’ once a day – two cans of PVD Essential Care Puppy Food extremely well mixed into 6 cups of Esbilac with a dollop of corn syrup etc. They are not quite developmentally ready yet they are being exposed to it as no less than two puppies are quite texture phobic!

The area on the left that you see a crate piece covering is a hole we have in the custom pen Sean & Mason built that allows us to put one of the electric fireplaces on to add additional heat if needed into their pen. We have not had to do so since they were first born as they are regulating their bodies wonderfully!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, Happy Thanksgiving! We feel we have so much to be thankful for, even in the days we are feeling so much darkness….we know we have many blessings, even if we do not realise it at the time…

Mark Your Calendars! One Day ONLY!

We shall be at Pet Valu Stittsville (1250 Main Street) on Sunday October 15th from 10-4 pm!

The Bakers Dozen shall be there – no touching shall be possible yet they will be on hand to help us thank so many in the community for stepping up on an urgent basis to help us help them! Puppymill Mama Gem understandably shall not be in attendance.

We will be doing nails and dog baths and ear cleanings for $10 AND we are hoping to have some kind people step up to help us bake some goodies to offer visitors as this is all about The Bakers Dozen! ?? Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you would consider baking something.

We will have our signature/tradition of having popcorn & cotton candy for sale too!

We could use one more approved BHRR Volunteer for that day. Please email!

Thank you to Gail/Ryan for the spectacular poster and to Bre of Pet Valu Stittsville for inviting us to their beautiful store!

We will also be collecting Canadian Tire money, Empties, Pee Pads, Pet Valu Gift Cards at this event!

BHRR attends very few community education & public awareness events each year and this will be our second last of 2017!

ISO: Puppy Wranglers!

The Bakers Dozen shall be a miraculous 3 weeks of age shortly!!  Three pups were back at the Vet today – Liston Animal Hospital – for various reasons and all of The Bakers Dozen are doing so well….truly, one of the most exhausting and difficult top five things I have ever done in my almost three decades in rescue and also one of the most rewarding…..

As they come close to 4 weeks of age next week, we are preparing for their first photo shoot – at just shy of 4 weeks of age at that time – with the ever talented Melissa! She assisted us in documenting the BHRR Puppy Pile x 7 born into rescue in 2016 and it was a wonderful journey doing this with Melissa.

I am in need of 9….YUP! 9 BHRR Approved Volunteers to help love on and keep track of The Bakers Dozen puppies at this professional photo shoot.

Date: Tuesday October 10th
Location: Manotick – I will send the link to those that sign up
Time: 5:45 pm

Please do not post here for I may well miss your kind offer of help! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org

*NOTE: if you have a sick dog at home, please do not sign up….The Bakers Dozen are vulnerable.*

I posted this picture earlier in another thread yet this is of one of the Blue Fawn boyz(blue whelping collar) after a good feed at the milk bottle bar. 

Once we have the professional photo’s, we will do our name game fundraiser to help raise much needed monies for their care which is going to cost many many many thousands of dollars.

At that time, we shall also then consider applications for possible future approved adoptions. Note: We only place per right match personality fit and their temperaments have been present from birth and we have a whole range again in this rescue litter.

Puppymill Mama Gem will be with us a very long time before she will be ready to make her own special announcement…..one day at a time….

 

DESPERATELY NEED Powdered Esbilac!

Here are three of The Bakers Dozen! After a good feed at the milk bottle bar! 

Unfortunately, we are in a panic situation right now. Even though we have had several posts and/or emails of kind people offering to assist us and donate Powdered Esbilac, we have not yet had any come our way from our latest urgent request…. 

I did manage to find two large 794 g containers of powdered Esbilac in Barrie, Ontario today after doing the hv for BHRR’s Gus and that will enable us to have enough for The Bakers Dozen until Tuesday night.

This is a terrifying situation to be in and I am sincerely hoping with all my heart that some angels may help us with our urgent need of more Powdered Esbilac for The Bakers Dozen.

They are not yet even three weeks old and we need another 3.5-4 weeks worth…..

Please please please consider their cause….

**DROP-OFF – Powdered Esbilac can be dropped off to 424 Pickford Drive, Kanata – Anytime**

Email transfer or PayPal funds – gwen@birchhaven.org

First picture is Brindle Female, Second picture is Blue Fawn Boy(Whelping Collar Yellow) & Blue Fawn Female. 

Happy HUGE Milestone Birthday to BHRR’s The Bakers Dozen!

2 weeks old!  Happy Birthday!!

They are enjoying one of the last days of late summer in the rays/warmth of the setting sun getting some vitamins.

We remain taking it one feeding at a time….one step at a time….one breath at a time….

So many to thank, so many that we are deeply indebted to for the donations of everything from fitted flannel sheets, blankets, paper towels, laundry soap, Pinesol, towels, pee Pads, stuffies, toys, powdered Esbilac and monies to help us purchase what we urgently need.

We have a long road still to travel and I remain exhausted yet so dedicated/committed to doing all that needs to be done. Having been doing 12 loads of laundry a day for the last two weeks nonstop(we usually do 5-7 daily), our washer and dryer – not even that old – decided to die and to us, it is just one more thing thrown into our path as another obstacle that we shall overcome and keep going forward….we will not just lay down and give up…

This weekend, if all goes well, we can begin to introduce some soupy mush to the stronger babies.

They are currently drinking anywhere from 70 mls(wee baby black girl) to 140 MLS per feeding and I am now feeding every 2.5-3 hours with each feeding lasting about 1-1.5 hours. This means Gwennie gets to eat with the family, take a shower and nap….oh, those naps are so awesome! 

They are quickly outgrowing their latest sleeping tote and by Friday, we will have them 24/7 in their stimulation pen as they are beginning to really motor around – some more wobbly bobbly than others.

Most have at least one of their peepers now open and three remain on eye drops.

3 boys also remain on polysporin for their privates from their litter-mates sucking on them. Dr. Liston did say that this should stop once all of their eyes are open.

The one boy who is on Clavamox antibiotic drops plus yogurt as he had an aspiration during a feed on Monday is doing well. So easy for them to aspirate and develop pneumonia.

Their next Vet visit Road Trip has been booked and I shall post our Volunteer needs for it will be a wild adventure at that visit! 

AND in two weeks, we hope to do their first professional photo session with the uber wonderful Melissa and from there do our Name Game Fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for their care.

We still have URGENT Needs….

1) Powdered Esbilac 
2) PVD Essential Care canned Puppy – Vet Food
3) PVD Essential Care Kibble Puppy – Vet Food
4) Giant Breed puppy appropriate toys – we are going to need a lot!

Puppymill Mama GD Gem is eating a bit better now and drinking quite well and hopefully we can get the weight coming on her soon. Such a pretty wee thing and the little black female pup looks just like her Mama. 

Accounts are set up at both Kanata AH 613-836-2848 & Liston AH 613-591-0966 and

Email transfer or PayPal consideration can be sent to gwen@birchhaven.org

I am still slowly getting back on track with emails etc., so thank you to all that have been patient and so understanding! All urgent and emergency requests and calls etc., are being promptly handled and the rest I am addressing as I can.

From The Bakers Dozen and their Mama Gem, good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters. Please know how truly grateful I am to all…..

URGENT: I know I am a broken record yet we urgently need more Powdered Esbilac. We only have 9 days left at the current rate they are eating and that amount increases daily…..

Please consider helping us! 

Sadly, puppymill Mama Gem rejected them shortly after birth and we have had to go from tube feeding to dropper and bottle feeding with powdered Esbilac. 

9 days sounds like a lot yet it is not…they need to be on the Powdered Esbilac via bottle and then in their mush until they are on straight Kibble around 7 weeks of age. 

We need 5 weeks more of Powdered Esbilac to fill their needs….

Thank you for any consideration…..

The Bakers Dozen also thanks you…..this photo is of 12 of them on Wednesday September 20th. 1 week of age. Late summer warmth of the setting sun getting some important vitamins.

The Bakers Dozen – first road trip!

They will be turning 14 days old on Tuesday/Wednesday of this week! Big milestone. 

Off to Liston Animal Hospital!

All had thorough exams 
3 puppies are going on eye meds for a slightly goopy eye – eyes are just starting to open.
1 puppy is going on antibiotics & plain yogurt for he aspirated during a feed and is now sounding a bit raspy 
2 puppies weights are on the lower end of where all of us would like to see yet considering how emaciated they were when born….
All puppies were de-wormed 
A fecal was done on one of the puppies – clear at this time yet per their Vet, things like roundworms will not be found at this young of an age. If one puppy had something, all would as they share the same environment.
My wee black female that FPS has been trying to steal from me also was given a positive review today.  I am fighting hard as is she.
3 of the males need a bit of polysporin on their privates as their litter-mates have been sucking in that area. Dr. Liston said that will stop once all of their eyes are opened.

Here is a picture and as I have posted before those who have been stolen from our loving embrace all too soon, will never be forgotten and remain forever honoured as they are all part of The Bakers Dozen – a miracle birth story of survival for them and their puppymill GD Mama Gem.

Our URGENT NEEDS remain:

1) Powdered Esbilac – when I started to feed them, I was feeding 5 scoops per feeding and as of today, they are now getting 20 scoops per feeding. Mama rejected them shortly after birth so we have been hand rearing them. 
2) PVD Essential Care canned puppy – Vet food 
2) PVS Essential Care Kibble puppy – Vet food

Their is an account set up at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 under Mama Gem

Email transfer or PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org

 

Good AM! Or is it Good-Night?! 

The days and night are all blended into one! 

This cutie is Blue Fawn Girl – Born September 12th @ 10:56 pm. She was the second pup born out of The Baker’s Dozen. She weighed 460 g(1.03 pounds). 

All but 1 pup are reliably on the bottle now. BB – Brindle Baby Girl remains on the dropper.

Puppies are fed every 2-2.5 hours and feeding now takes me just under two hours each time. So, in doing the math…..I am always feeding. BB is offered food every 45 minutes to an hour….

So, there are times that I push the next feeding to the 2.5 hour mark so I can get a power snooze. Today, I am going to take a shower….Gwennie Goal #156 for the day to accomplish! 

Thank you to Sean for making me the best sandwich last night that I could munch at my leisure. Sean also ran out to Pet Valu Kemptville to pick up their remaining nursing kits. 

Puppies are eating anywhere from 15 MLS – 60 MLS per feeding. BB is about 5 MLS each time. She is feisty, vocal at times as she does have a bit of a mind of her own and continues to pee and poop and as long as she has fight, so do I. 

Mason and Kinsley feel that with each feeding, the puppies are getting bigger! They would be right. Three puppies were born really late on the 12th making them shy of five days at the time I type this. The remaining 10 puppies are just in the 4 day old range now. 

That all 13 were born alive and are still here is a miracle in so many ways….so many things can go wrong in such a large litter and also born without Mama having any proper prenatal care until we got her and Mama having rejected them quite fast. Yet, all are still here and I hold no false illusion that at any moment, one or more could devastatingly pass away. For now, I fight the great fight with them and can only express again my thanks to those who understand why we do not want all of these pairs of loving yet also very much stranger, germ hands here. They are so fragile, tiny and need quiet, calm and stability and they know my touch and scent and are feeding very well, reliably so. 

I know how each one wants to be held when feeding, I know how each one likes their Formula temperature-wise – some like it warmer then others and others like Brindle Boy born #13 could care less! As long as it is food, he is happy! Others like theirs cooler or even on the cold side. 

I know how much pee and poop each one is producing and which puppy tends to want to aspirate when feeding and how each puppy likes to be burped. Sean has become an expert burper and he is offen now doing that role for the harder pups so I can move to feeding the next one.

By having absolute control and consistency as to who is doing the feeding, any minute changes can caught fast and handled appropriately. Having people not love and hold them and try to assist in feeding has nothing to do with us not wanting to share! 

For those that know anything about me, they know just how much importance I stress on our dogs getting into the hands of others. Our popular and well copied play visitation and play date programs attest to that! Believe me, when they are ready, I shall be sounding the bell and pleading for people to handle them, love them, spend time with them etc. They just need time…time to get stronger and healthier. 

Feeding them is like a roller coaster…hi-lights and low-lights. My heart stops and my breath catches every time I look into their tote and does not start again until I know all are breathing and alive…..so stressful as I adore them all so much already and would give my left arm if it meant they would all thrive….

I know I sound like a broken record yet taking care of 13 vulnerable babies puts us into a position of having urgent needs….a few of them are below and vet files for Mama GD Gem 
& The Bakers Dozen are set up at:

Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 – first Vet visit is on the 25th! Sean, Kinsley & I have this visit all covered yet their 4 week one is going to be all hands on deck! We will post for Volunteers when that date/time has been booked. 

AND also set up at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

Email and PayPal donations can be made to gwen@birchhaven.org

Properly Vetting & caring for them shall cost easily $15,000-$20,000+ for we do not cut corners at BHRR. They all shall have proper de-worming at 2,4,6,8 weeks etc., Exams at 2,4,8,12 weeks etc., vaccines at 4,8,12 & 16 weeks, fecals, and all shall be spayed and neutered – courts wanted by 8 weeks of age and once again based upon my excellent long standing relationship with the authorities, we shall be able to alter this litter as we did with the Puppy Pile in 2016 closer to 10-12 weeks. Food, Esbilac, treats and more shall also add to their care bills. 

Everything I beg and plead for is for the animals….everything donated goes to them…and some our URGENT NEEDS are below:

1) POWDERED Esbilac 794 g containers if possible – I am going through 2 x 340 g containers a day. They are eating more and more with every feeding and at the present, this means I only have 6 days left of Esbilac. They will be on it until 7-8 weeks of age between now, in their mush and until they are consistently eating kibble well. 

2) Pee Pads

3) PVD Essential Care Canned Puppy – Vet Food

4) PVD Essential Care Kibble Puppy – Vet Food 

5) Pet Valu Gift Cards OR Costco Gift Cards(thanks Amy for the great idea!)

6) Pinesol 

As always, please know how much every email or text of support means, every phone message, every donation of every nickel sent our way and every item! 

My worry and stress is lessened with each kind and caring gesture shown…we are the little guys doing big things for special Giants and we cannot do it alone…

BHRR’s Chain Of Success links are being proven strong thanks to so many in our village!!  We are only at the beginning of this miraculous journey with The Bakers Dozen and not to be forgotten about Great Dane Mama Gem. I sincerely look forward to doing it with our supporters, family plus friends walking by our/their sides….

I am humbled and feeling so many blessings….

Note: I am going through 340g – one small container – of powdered Esbilac every 6 feedings. That means two small containers a day right now for they feed every 2 hours and as they get stronger and bigger, that shall greatly increase. 

They will be on Esbilac as a milk replacer and then in their mush & then kibble for up to 8 weeks of age.

My last post for tonight! Gwennie Novel Style! 

I am working hard to respond to people’s messages ASAP and please forgive for taking longer than usual for I am 24/7 on puppy duty right now. Thank you. 

We are still ISO: the items below as well as auction items, draw prizes and surprise loot bag items for our upcoming popular Annual Dine With The BHRR Doggies fundraiser coming up super fast! This year may be more about dining with the BHRR Baker’s Dozen! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you have an item for our cause. All money raised will be going to the Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem and her 13 puppies born between September 12/13th. 

Sean and I had our 21st wedding anniversary yesterday and we said to each other that the best celebration would be seeing all 13 babies thrive. No time for flowers, cards or dinner yet what was most important and special, we were both together last night doing something truly needed and amazing….helping Mama Gem & Her Babies. 

As promised, I am going to share the birth details and posting some of the same information shared earlier today. 

This photo is of BB – Baby Brindle Girl – #6 born weighing only 276 g(9.7 ounces) 

While Mama Gem will not feed them nor does she even have enough to feed 13 puppies even if she did….she will at least let 5 of them snuggle around her now for a bit of time. This is great for the babies. 

She is not the best herself, not eating well nor drinking well yet she just had 13 babies in under 12 hours. 

1:00 pm today was their first attempt with the bottle from tube feeding and I got at least 1 ml into each Baby with the stronger one getting 15 ml. The whole process took 2.5 hours. 

The next feeding, more progress was made and fast forward onward and I now have 9 babies strong on the bottle – I always worry re: aspiration- and 4 still not faring as well.

The more time passes, those getting stronger are pulling farther away from those not thriving as well.  I am not giving up….as long as they have fight so do I!

Gearing up for the next feeding and staying positive. Thank you to Sean and Kinsley for being the best wingmen ever in helping me! 

**’NOTICE: For those seeking to drop-off items, unless Gwennie has put you in direct contact with exact details of where items can become be dropped off to, no other place/s are approved. This is a public page for all to see. Unbeknownst until just now is that we have had someone taken advantage of and now much needed items & $225 cash has been stolen by another. Please email Gwen directly at contactbhrr@gmail.com OR gwen@birchhaven.org if you have anything to donate.**

URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS: BHRR’s Mama Gem & The Baker’s Dozen Pups

We shall need so much and we are already incredibly grateful knowing that there are a lot of beautiful folks wanting to step up at a moment’s notice!! We promise to update as we can, when we can on their progress. 

Here is a list of our current urgent needs and we remain forever indebted to anyone that may consider our cause. Every puppy shall have their own individual blog page too. NONE of them are available for adoption at this time and will not be for a long time.

May we also ask for people not to just drop by with donations. That is equally stressful on puppymill Mama Gem and if we are feeding at that time, greatly disrupts the stability we are trying to keep here. We have a super person in Ottawa – Brenda(lives near Bayshore) that generously offered up her home for donation drop-off, Dawn in Kanata has also kindly offered up her home and if people email us at contactbhrr@gmail.com, additional arrangements can be made. Please DO not drop off items/monies to anyone that we have not put you in touch with….

Mama Gem does has a file set-up at both Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 for anyone that may wish to donate direct to the Vet Clinics for the care of her and her babies. 

gwen@birchhaven.org is for email transfers AND
gwen@birchhaven.org is for PayPal Donations 

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
3) Pee Pads
4) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
5) Large to XL Stuffies
6) Pinesol
7) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
8) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
9) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
10) Auction items for our September 23rd Annual Fundraiser 

From our home to all of our supporters, family & friends, good night wishes being sent! Someone get a wee bit of sleep for me too please! 

**’NOTICE: For those seeking to drop-off items, unless Gwennie has put you in direct contact with exact details of where items can become be dropped off to, no other place/s are approved. Unbeknownst until just now is that we have had someone taken advantage of and now much needed items & $225 cash has been stolen by another.  

Please email Gwen directly at contactbhrr@gmail.com OR gwen@birchhaven.org if you have anything to donate.**

We have 13 babies born and with Mama rejecting them, all are tube fed. 5 will be ready to go to bottle soon.

URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS: BHRR’s Mama Gem & The Baker’s Dozen Pups

First and most important, we really want to take a moment to thank those that have reached out to us after learning that the puppymill Mama Gem gave birth to 13 puppies.  Angels! Just so many wonderful people in the community! I truly do have tears in my eyes for the love that is pouring out our way in messages of well wishes etc.

Please know that each and every offer/message has been appreciated and touches our hearts more deeply than you shall ever know.

I do want to explain why we cannot have strange hands coming in – as kind as I know they would be – and handling these really small babies – wee pup #6 BB girl was born at only 9.7 ounces and her litter-mates not a heck of a lot bigger. Average Dane puppies should be a birth weight of 1-1.5 pounds. That we had all 13 born live is a miracle unto itself considering the conditions Mama came from prior to rescue. Big thanks must again be shouted out to my 17 year old son Mason who stood solid by my side from mere moments after I whelped the first pup – a gorgeous BBBBB girl – and if it were not for him helping to tag team with me – we know that at least 6 babies may well not have survived much past birth. We had puppies coming as fast as every 6 minutes at one point and three puppies in a row were not good upon birth and need much stimulation.

Thank you Mason! We have 13 babies still alive and while none are even remotely out of the woods, all 13 are still here and we are working so hard to ensure their thrival.

We just cannot have these babies exposed to germs and the stress of outside hands plus smells. They need stability and quiet/calm and to be handled by so very few people right now to give them the best chances of survival. They are extremely vulnerable and fragile right now and I hope that people can understand that we all should want what is in their best interest. 

The Boerskins are not new to Danes or whelping rescue puppies, dealing with round the clock feedings – tube feedings at that and while we do not have a crystal ball to say how many or if all of these puppies will surivive, we have almost 22 years of experience through BHRR with rescue litters and in particular litters born to Mama’s that have had no prenatal care. We want to ask to please understand and let us do what we are experienced/knowledgeable at and know that as these babies age and get stronger plus healthier, we are going to need your kind, caring plus loving hands SO much as we did in April of 2016 and December of 2015 for example for other rescue litters we have assisted. ?

Prior to the litter being born, I had already lined up the fabu Melissa Roy for their professional photo’s development journey’s like we did with Mama Marbles’ litter. We shall need many hands to make that magic happen at 4, 6 & 8 weeks etc.

We will need an army of kind souls to help me get them to their Vet visits starting at 2 weeks of age! That is always an adventure unto itself! 

We will need our community to help us socialise and expose them to the fabu wonders of the world when it is time.

We shall need so much and we are already incredibly grateful knowing that there are a lot of beautiful folks wanting to step up at a moment’s notice!! We promise to update as we can, when we can on their progress. 

I am sharing this picture of the BHRR’s Bakers’s Dozen taken last night. A bit blurry as they were moving!

Here is a list of our current urgent needs and we remain forever indebted to anyone that may consider our cause. I will update on the litter and have pictures, birth weights etc. later today. Every puppy shall have their own individual blog page too. NONE of them are available for adoption at this time and will not be for a long time.

May we also ask for people not to just drop by with donations. That is equally stressful on puppymill Mama Gem and if we are feeding at that time, greatly disrupts the stability we are trying to keep here. We have a super person in Ottawa – Brenda(lives near Bayshore) that generously offered up her home for donation drop-off and if people email us at contactbhrr@gmail.com, additional arrangements can be made. ?

Mama Gem does has a file set-up at both Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 for anyone that may wish to donate direct to the Vet Clinics for the care of her and her babies.

gwen@birchhaven.org is for email transfers AND
gwen@birchhaven.org is for PayPal Donations

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
3) Pee Pads
4) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
5) Large to XL Stuffies
6) Pinesol
7) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
8) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
9) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
10) **Very Urgent: 4 x New Born Nursing Kits For Milk Replacers – PetSmart – picture in post**

 

UPDATE: 

Please know I am not ignoring calls, emails, messages etc.  I have been up since 5 AM Tuesday and after whelping puppies throughout the night/early AM then had to go to work for 8 hours, pick up some wonderful donations for the pups afterwards and have since been back home with family and puppies etc. I also spayed BHRR’s Daffodil! 

I am hoping that tonight I can get some rest between feedings and will post more re: our needs and on the pups plus Mama Gem tomorrow. 

We will be having a flash auction to help raise urgent funds for their care. 13 Giant Breed puppies to properly vet which includes de-worming from 2 weeks onward, their vaccines plus boosters, spays/neuters, fecals, food, etc…shall cost thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars. We do not cut corners at BHRR. Each puppy plus Mama Gem will receive everything they need plus more. 

I will say that right now all 13 puppies are hanging strong as can be.  Wee brindle baby girl born at only 9.7 ounces too.  Mason and I had spent a lot of time on her when she was first born and almost as much time on 5 other of the 13 babies to help them survive plus thrive. 

I leave all with a picture of the BHRR’s Baker’s Dozen taken a couple of hours ago. 

A bit blurry as they move about!

Update: another puppy born 9:29 AM 

That makes 6 girls and 7 boys and 13 puppies so far.

This is a Baker’s Dozen and they are going to need their village as are we to help ensure their survival. 

Mason and I had to spend some working on 6 of the puppies born and the smallest is only 276 g and so tiny….all the puppies are small. 

I am worried about all surviving….. 

UPDATE: we are now at 10 puppies and this photo is of when we had 8. 
FINAL PUPPY COUNT: 13! & all born alive!

Individual pictures and weights to come later.

Mama is doing well….Mama Gwennie also and to think I have to be up in a few hours to go to work! This was not the night I wanted them to be born! 

Do not think Mama Gem is done and the smallest is only 276 g a wee female

Puppy #4 Blue Fawn Male Born September 13th @ 12:15 AM

Weight: 515 g

BHRR’s Gem Update:

The stunning BBBBB once known a D211 – puppymill Dane #211 and we have called BHRR’s Gem is getting closer and closer to giving birth.

Yup…she was just a number to track how much money was made off the babies they forced her to pump out. 

She is barely picking at her food, nesting and Annette – one of the toys you sent our way, a Stuffie Penquin has become her ‘baby’.

She is finding it harder to get comfortable, doing some pacing, a little panting from time to time and has decided that instead of the 8 x 5 x 4 custom whelping box Sean & Mason made for her comfort( BHRR’s Marbles was made 6 x 5 x 3), she wants the futon bed I have beside her whelping box and have been sleeping on to be by her side. I am trying to have some casual dialogue with her that this would not be my preference! 

BHRR’s Marbles had wanted to have her own rescue litter in April 2016 under my desk and she & I had a few conversations about that not being ideal!

BHRR’s Gem’s wounds have been healing wonderfully yet her spirit, soul and heart shall take much longer to heal. While she still does some flinching when my fingers trail gently across her mid-back when she walks by me – she will now want to be around me, not too close yet she does watch me – she no longer drops to the ground or cowers. I just go about my day and passively ignore her and she is getting used to me being around and the trust earned is slow yet rewarding….

She really feels comforted with the three night lights to help her feel a little more safe at night.

Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson still ‘watches’ over her and she does derive peace in having him around.

Per a couple posts made, we have been busy working quietly behind the scenes as we ready everything for the litter of babies she is expecting soon.

She is only the 15th dog for us to assist in 2017. She most likely shall be the last we can assist in 2017 along with her unborn babies for we have to remain about quality, not quantity. Unless, we have more approved adoptions, our doors shall remain closed for intake until 2018.

In going through the list of items we still need for her and her puppies, I am posting an update of what we still need in case someone may have what what we are looking for or may consider our cause: 

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Duvets/Comforters/Sleeping Bags
4) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
5) Pee Pads
6) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
7) Large to XL Stuffies
8) Pinesol
9) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
10) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
11) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys

BHRR’s Gem has a file set up at both Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

Email Transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org 
PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

We will keep everyone updated as we can….

Thank so in advance to all for any consideration as always! 

This stunning BBBBB was once known a D211 – Dane #211. Yup…just a number to track how much money was made off the babies they forced her to pump out.  

She is safe now and while D211 was her identity to her horrific puppymillers, to us we have called her *BHRR’s Gem*. For she is one…precious and valuable.

Terrified, not even 100 pounds – and this is while heavily pregnant, covered in wounds/scars – you can even see some of them along her side, chest and neck in the one photo I will post in her thread, oozing infection, horrible overgrown nails plus has Giardia and is petrified of the dark.

She now has three night lights to help her feel a little more safe at night.

Yesterday, we were finally able to trim her nails back – her first nail trim in her life. Yesterday, we also managed to give her her very first ear cleaning.

Scared and ranging from catatonic to major flight mode, Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson has not left her side since I made the 20+ hour round trip to assist in this bust and then took her home with me as she needs us so badly right now….AND It took two days before she finally rested. He is her Guardian Dane and he is going to help her heal a lot.

She paces a lot less now than she did upon arrival and depending on the time of day, either wants to stay outside or refuses to go outside.

Per another post, we have been busy working quietly behind the scenes as we ready everything for the litter of babies she is expecting within 7-10 days. The object you see to the right is her custom whelping box that Sean’s & Mason made – 8 x 5 x 4. The one made for BHRR’s Marbles was 6 x 5 x 3 and BHRR’s Gem needs more room to feel comfortable.

We did an u/s the day after she arrived and I quickly saw ~5 babies and the Vet when they looked up, caught at least 3 before she became overwhelmed and we understandably stopped. We also attempted after giving her a break to get x-rays to gauge just how many babies she is expecting & to get a better idea of due date so we could best prepare yet in her fear, this was not possible. She lost control of her bowels, anal glands and urinated herself and I asked for the x-ray attempts to stop as nothing is worth seeing any dog that way. We know she is pregnant and will have to take things as they come. The x-rays that they managed to take were not useful and so be it. Her stress level needs to be lowered not further raised. I worry about her needing a c-section as she is so tiny yet her belly is so huge. Yet, one step at a time….I have been lining up my ducks in a row and several Hospitals, depending on time of day are aware that we may be calling upon them for their surgical assistance. We would also Spay her at the same time she had the c-section.

We did run a fecal and she is on treatment for Giardia and being proactively de-wormed. She is on antibiotics for her wounds.

She is only the 15th dog for us to assist in 2017. She most likely shall be the last we can assist in 2017 along with her unborn babies for we have to remain about quality, not quantity. Unless, we have more approved adoptions, our doors shall remain closed for intake until 2018.

In going through the list of items we still need for her and her puppies, I am posting here in case someone may have what what we are looking for or may consider our cause:

1) Flannel Fitted Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pillows
3) Blankets/Duvets/Comforters
4) Pet Valu Gift Cards
5) Pee Pads
6) Powdered Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
7) Large to XL Stuffies
8) Pinesol
9) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
10) 9 x 8 kg bags of PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
11) XL Costco Dog Bed
12) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
13) Laundry Soap
14) Fabric Softener

BHRR’s Gem has a file set up at both Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

Email Transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org 
PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

We will keep everyone updated as we can….

Thank so in advance to all for any consideration as always! 

She is naturally camera shy so pictures are not easy to get….

UPDATE: we now have an 8 panel plastic playpen to arrive Thursday(2 panel extension) & the 6 panel play pen to arrive Friday!  Thank you again Brenda! 

We are still ISO: wire/metal xpens in height from 34″-44″. 

ISO: a 10-panel Super Yard Play Pen.

We have one that we bought 17 years ago and it is done. Sadly, it will not stand another pack of rescue Dane Babies! The BHRR Puppy Pile x 7 did it in!

We truly did not expect that 18 months after assisting Mama Marbles, we would be asked to assist so soon another cruelty/neglect case pregnant Dane. 

We are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in order for the puppymill Mama Dane and her soon to arrive Babies.

The cost for a 6 panel pen at Babies R Us is $139.99+ tax and so we are hoping someone may have one they no longer need and would consider our cause for a reasonable price.

Seeking a 10 panel one preferably yet 8 panels would be ok.

We are also seeking wire/metal xpens in height of anywhere between 34″ – 44″ in height once the puppies are big enough.

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help us out with either request above.

We are in the big countdown…puppies should be arriving within the next 7-10 days max. Mama Dane Gem is doing well…getting some weight on her and building up much needed muscle mass and tone to help her become as strong and healthy as possible for her sake and her unborn babies.

Her awful wounds are healing as she remains on antibiotics and today we were actually able to do her nails. The very first time they have been done in her life. She also let me clean her ears which is also the first time they have been done in her life.

 

ISO: Auction Items!

Our popular Annual one-of-a-kind unique ‘Dine With The BHRR Doggies’ is coming up in September!

We are in need of auction items for both our live & silent part of our evening. Gift Certificates, Gift Baskets etc., would be so appreciated!

We are also seeking draw prizes and items(40 of each) to place in our surprise loot bags.

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you may consider our cause to donate to. Please do not post here for we may miss your most generous offer. 

This is always a SOLD out night and one that we love hosting! BHRR has only five planned fundraisers each year and this is #4 for 2017.

All monies raised in this year’s event will go towards helping another deserving Dane in need of our highly specialised programs. I will post more about her shortly.

She is a puppymill Dane, riddled with so many wounds and scars. She is emotionally and physically beaten. Even after almost 22 years assisting in busts and helping these beautiful animals, I am still shaken to my core with how cruel and neglectful people can be.

Where once she was just a number to produce as many babies as possible to line the greedy pockets of others, to us we have called this lovely girl – BBBBB ‘Gem’. She has an identity now and she will learn she is important and valuable and not disposable trash.

In honour of BHRR’s Sambuca and my beloved Bronson, we will help the next one in need of us. She is only the 15th dog we will have been able to assist in 2017. We remain about quality not quantity with our efforts.

She is precious as is the special ‘cargo’ she is carrying. In just less than 2 years, we have now been asked three times to help a New Mama with her surviving pups(BHRR’s Eve) or a Mama-Soon-To-Be(BHRR’s Marbles) and now BHRR’s Gem. Breaks my heart as to how so many animals are used for profit instead of being altered and cherished as beloved family members…. 

Your donations enable us to continue in these rescue trenches, helping those that have no voice and cannot step up to protect themselves.

We hope that you may help us assist BHRR’s Gem by donating an item to our upcoming Fundraiser. We would truly be so grateful…..

This is how special Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson is….

The BBBBB that is with him was once known a D211 – Dane #211. Yup…just a number to track how much money was made off the babiesthey forced her to pump out. 

She is safe now and while D211 was her identity to her horrific puppymillers, to us we have called her *BHRR’s Gem*. For she is one…precious and valuable.

Terrified, not even 100 pounds, covered in wounds – you can even see some of them along her side, chest and neck, oozing infection, horrible overgrown nails plus riddled with parasites (we will post more on her story on our Facebook page shortly). We will share with everyone just how special this girl is and that Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson knew instantly how special she was….for he is super special himself!

Terrified and ranging from catatonic to major flight mode, Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson has not left her side since I made the 20 hour round trip toassist in this bust and then took her home with me as she needs us so badly right now….AND after two days, she finally rested. He is her GuardianDane and he is going to help her heal a lot…..

Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson wishes all a good night…..he is so fabu!

BHRR’s Sambuca – Almost 10.5 years of age
HIS SPECIAL FACEBOOK POST

Passed away peacefully in his sleep August 23rd and I still cannot bring myself to type a proper honourable memorial for him…. 

For now, some Gwennie words and photo’s shared from his blog of a most inspirational, outstanding special boy….

In the time that he came into rescue, he went from head down, weak in the hind and scared – of feet and raised voices in particular to head up, telling me exactly how he felt with the best sounds ever, developing strength and muscle tone that he could run and race! We would do 2 x 1.5 km walks daily and he loved those walks…he loved them best wth my own 10 plus year old Dane and Wolfie by his side…he would trot and prance!

He went from not being able to poop without pain and avoiding going to the bathroom to comfort and ease once that horrible mass was removed.

He went from having the worst teeth his Vet and dental surgeon plus myself had ever see in our combined 56 plus years around rescue and bad teeth to once he had 22 removed, a great dental cleaning and months of antibiotics being able to eat more than just wet yet almost exclusively high quality kibble.

BHRR’s Sambuca did not have a mean bone in body. He was so quiet – until he saw me coming home! – and stoic and had an almost defeated look about him when he first arrived to being so happy and healthy and fit and asking for love plus knowing he was so worthy…..

Why he chose me as his human, I shall never know yet what an honour and privilege it was to have such a gift of him giving me such love and trust and saucy ‘tude!

Having not had time to grieve the loss on August 11th of my own amazing Double Digit Dane fabu boy – and I have not yet shared my boys tragic loss with many nor can do his own deserving tribute yet – as I have been so busy getting the Saint Ladies healthy again….now I have even more grief and pain tearing through my heart plus soul with BHRR’s Sambuca’s own loss….  Both you and my boy shared so many of the most noblest of gentleman qualities ever existed and neither one of you are now around for me to hold any longer, talk to, love on and to have you gently paw at me to keep rubbing your chest when I stop etc…..

BHRR’s Sambuca – choosing just one photo to honour you is not possible……it is not fitting for such an awesome boy.

I will post several in your facdebook thread and I decided on this picture (already is in your blog) for this post for you found the biggest pleasure out of the simplest of things that so many others take for granted…prior to rescue you had so limited time outside over the past 18 months at least….extreme little to none in fact that just being able to bask in the warm rays of the welcoming sun brought you so much joy. ?You and I would sit for as long as you wanted to in beautiful companionable silence…no words or sounds were ever necessary….

Car rides became a delight and you would become almost indignant when I went to assist you getting in for once you became strong and healthy, you loved your independence.  So proud you were of so many things you could now do and I was proud of you and so happy for you!

You would come to work and brought much peace to the hearts of others at the Hospital.

I knew you and My Wolfie Brogan were so sad when my Big Blue Bronson tragically died and you are both in heaven for I do have to believe there is one and one day I will see you both again….and, as I say always when we have a loss… for now, I will meet and see you in my dreams….

May I one day be able to do a tribute worthy of the truly superb Dane you are…..for now, my tears blurr my eyes and sobs threatened to pour forth from my soul as I am deeply and immensely shattered over losing two of the most WOW dogs ever….

As Mason said, ‘ one in a million’ for my own 10+ year old Dane Bronson and for you and so, we really did win the lottery having both of you grace our lives….

Thank you BHRR’s Sambuca for your gifts, your sense of humour, your slightly defiant bouncy ham movements when you wanted to go one way and the Boerskins wanted to go another! 

Thank you for the laughter and the enrichment you have given to my home….though our time together is measured not in years but months, that precious time proved that it did not matter how long we had known you…that love was instant and solid and is forever….

RIP Sammy AKA Sam-Sam…..

Thank you to all of his beautiful comfort angels in giving him such quality of life for the time he did have left. I can assure all that he lived each day as if it was his last….and passed away peacefully sleeping by my side……

 

Reminder! We are at Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg on Sunday August 27th!

From 11-4 pm!
BHRR’s Sambuca will be on hand to sincerely thank all of the Visitors for what has been done to assist him in becoming happy & healthy! ??

Kayla shall be doing Nail Trims and we will also have ear cleanings plus some merchandise for sale!

We shall be collecting Empties and Canadian Tire $ that day too!

BHRR’s Sambuca, the 10+ year old inspirational and uber handsome boy and us are so appreciative to so many for standing by his side!

Thank you to Gail for the beautiful poster!

This last week has truly been a nightmare in several ways yet I wanted to take a moment to share a warm photo…..does not take the stress, worry for the Saint pups nor the painful heartache of a personal loss away yet just seeing this photo gives me a moment to experience something happy during a horrendous time.

Mason fell asleep watching TV and when he woke up, this was the scene he faced….a no couch rule all the way here and they are listening so well aren’t they?!!! 

Thanks Mason for the photo….. 

Another picture of BHRR’s Big Ben at his special picnic play date. Apparently, this was how Sean & Mason saw him when they went to pick him up! Looks like he had a fabu day! 

 

While I have been at Alta Vista Animal Emergency with The Ladies, BHRR’s Big Ben had his own special picnic snack date on Saturday, the 12th.

This was Auction Date #14 and thank you to Sean & Mason for making sure he got to and from his date location.

Thank you to his special date for giving him a most wonderful day and for these sweet photo’s!

BHRR’s Rubble(special auction picnic play date #15) is today, the 13th.

 

Tonight’s good night wishes are from BHRR’s Sambuca! 10+ years old and 100% awesomeness!

We went for almost a km stroll tonight with Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson along with my Wolfie Brogan and own 10+ year old Dane Bronson. While it was no longer scorching hot and very pleasant temps, the deer flies plus mosquitoes were out in full force and all of us are sporting some bad bites….you can see on Sambuca’s ear and near his one eye where the deer flies found him delicious. 

He remains Available For Adoption and is now having a well deserved post stroll nap!

Gentle Reminder that he shall be at Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg on Sunday August 27th to thank all of his visitors for everything done for him. 

Good night to all of our friends, family & supporters!

 

his handsome boy is sending this evenings good night wishes!

BHRR’s Sambuca(10+ years old) and Available For Adoption!

Still putting his pre-bloat weight back on and doing great! 

This is his face when I asked him if he was ready for dinner! The second photo is of him off to get dinner….much purpose in his stride! AND look at the strength plus muscle in his hind end now! 

Good night from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters!

PS: he shall be at Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg on Sunday August 27th from 11-4 pm to thank all Visitors for everything that was done to help him become healthy and happy! 

 

BHRR’s Sambuca is ready to make his special announcement!

He is now Available For Adoption!

You have done amazing BHRR’s Sambuca since your arrival into Rescue.

You had a terrible huge mass removed, were neutered, had to undergo a second surgery to remove 22 teeth, beat bloat and you are inspirational to so many!

Though your body bears the wear and tear of your ten plus years of age, in other ways looking at you, you are mighty fine for a 10+ year old gent. 

Strong, healthy, active and have all of your wits about you as the expression goes.

You bring wisdom, kindness, gentleness and so much affection to the lives you have touched.

You have honoured me immensely in choosing me as your human and I know you think that you still need me yet I keep assuring you that you do not.

You are ready…ready to be loved, enjoyed, spoiled and treated like the amazing soul you are by a right matched forever loving home! One of your very own. A home that shall continue with all the proper preventive/proactive vet care we have been doing, giving you the right nutrition and a nice stroll or two daily plus so much love! 

Something you clearly did not get your fair share of in your past….yet, we look forward now. Never backwards.

You can go to a home that works full-time, part-time, is retired, or is semi-retired as you are so versatile.

You can go to a home with another right matched canine companion or be adopted as an only dog.

You have been fine with cats, travel great in a car – need some help at times getting in yet no biggie, love going to new places and what you love best is tons of soft bedding with the fireplace on or laying in the warm(not hot) sun on a cushy dog bed soaking up the beautiful rays. Things that seem so simple and taken granted by others are things that bring you the biggest joy.

You love late nights and later mornings!  Rainy days are for snoozing and cuddling and breakfast in bed.

BHRR’s Sambuca, our time together has meant so much to me and has been so special and even if your right matched forever loving home does not find you, you are most welcome to lay your head in my home. You are a big part of my heart.

Adore you….

AND you are going to make someone laugh and smile for underneathe that gentleman charm is a monkey with a mind all of his own and love you for that too!

So proud of you!

Thanks Liz Bradley for the stunning photo’s again!

This is how BHRR’s Sambuca feels about early rainy Saturday mornings!  Best to just stay in bed he thinks!!

He has a special announcement to make later today…..once he is ready to get up and face the day! 

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!

Two updates to post re: BHRR dogs yet I am going to start with a thumbs up update first!

Who does not love good news?!

Everyone’s fav ol’ gent, 10+ year old BHRR’s Sambuca came to hang out at work today and had his next recheck.

While still 3 kgs off his pre-bloat weight, he is putting all of the lost weight back on slow and steady.  He was up almost 2.5 kg since his bloat.

I cleaned his ears and he had a manicure/pedicure and got a thumbs up on his recheck!!

So, he was ready to have his vaccines and Hello Kibble, here we come! Will start to slowly integrate high quality kibble into his diet along with his 24 cans per day and slowly work towards a more even split between the two.

It will greatly help with the already building up of tartar on his teeth from when he had a detailed dental cleaning plus had 22 teeth removed. He still has halitosis yet nothing like he once did.

This boy truly is a piece of heaven and thank you to all of his Comfort Angels again for believing in him and the work we do at BHRR!

This is a photo of him hanging out at reception tonight.  Always a big hit no matter where he goes. Such a handsome gentleman.

 

Someone is up and about, enjoying the sunshine by having a small stroll.

BHRR’s Sambuca(10+ years old) with my own now older gent Big Blue Bronson(turns 10 years old June 11th).

Love these fine gentlemen!

We are working on the flash auction now and we will have ~20 dog beds up for grabs! All monies raised will go towards BHRR’s Sambuca’s bloat bills….

BHRR’s Sambuca (10+ years) is almost 1 week post-bloat and still defying the odds! 

His Vet Team is astounded by his progress, calling it almost miraculous and have felt that the 24/7 dedicated care we have been giving has been instrumental to his post bloat success to date.

As I told BHRR’s Sambuca’s Vet Team, it is not me – as much as he has chosen me as his human!, or Sean…..it is BHRR’s Sambuca himself that deserves all of the credit! 

He has taken his meds without complaint, he has got up when encouraged to take small strolls, after almost 48 hours he has begun to eat his small meals when offered every 3 hours, he has continued to drink when asked, he has continued to fight the good fight when I told him how much he was loved and that he has so many more beautiful experiences that I want him to have! So many more caring hands to touch him and to spoil him to experience. 

His prognosis is more than just cautiously optimistic, it is a positive feeling of the expectation that he will keep moving forward! 

Can you see me jumping?! Can you see me saying ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’? Can you feel my relief and my joy?!

BHRR’s Sambuca, I always knew you were amazing…..now you are a superhero to me! 

You keep proving the naysayers wrong! You are worthy! You are deserving! You are loved!

Tonight, I shall go to bed for the first time in almost a week and be able to actually sleep….to really rest…..

Tomorrow night BHRR’s Sambuca is hoping to offer up some items as part of a flash auction to help with his bills. Stay tuned! 

From our home & on behalf of BHRR’s Sambuca to all of our friends, family & supporters…..we are wishing all a Good Night!

 

UPDATE: Some have requested a separate post for BHRR’s Sambuca’s current status.

As per a previous post, he bloated Wednesday night.

At the present, he is eating and drinking small amounts every 2.5 hours and is urinating well. He had his first bowel movement late last night since his bloat. He can get up and while somewhat wobbly, gets a tiny bit of walking every few hours too.

He was making steady improvement throughout yesterday plus early evening and then he had a set back late last night with him back to bringing up more white foam.

He is on meds to help with nausea & pain.

He has had as good as of night as could be expected and today while I as working, Sean was with him and BHRR’s Sambuca first refused to eat/drink for Sean. Yet, around 9:30 AM, he decided that it was ok and has since had two more small amounts of food and drank some.

I am now home and he has had a bit more water to drink and he is far more alert and even more happy to see me than he was when I arrived home last night after BHRR’s Navy’s Vet Appointment. Yay!

While this improvement is positive and great to witness, his age of 10+ years is not to his benefit, having a poorer vascular system than a much younger dog. We remain optimistic!

Yet, he has more than beaten the odds to date and he is stronger than he once was!

For those ‘chiding’ me saying I should have posted asking for donations, thank you deeply for caring yet I do stand by the post I did make that I do not want anyone to feel that we were always begging for donations for him.  His Comfort Angels have done so much for him to date and I am humbled by that support. 

Additionally, to those who pointed out that I should be leaving it up to people to decide for themselves if they want to donate or not; I have heard you!  Soooooo……

Here is the information if anyone does wish to donate to his continued care. Anyone who has ever had to deal with a bloat, well understands the several thousands of dollars it can cost.

He is presently under the care of Kanata Animal Hospital:
613-836-2848
They will take credit card over the phone or debit/credit card & cash in person. He has his own account there under ‘Sambuca’, under the Birch Haven Rescue Account.

OR
via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR 
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

Yet, never do I want anyone feeling obligated or pressured to make a donation.

BHRR does not receive any corporate or government funding nor do we have any sponsors and BHRR operates mainly from the pockets of Sean & I.

BHRR’s Sambuca says that well wishes are equally important and thanks all of his Angel Network for the love…..

BHRR’s Sambuca bloated Wednesday night. 

I have a 100% success rate catching bloat fast.

Sadly, the success of survival from bloat and/or tort is not as high, not even remotely close to 100%. 

Being a 10+ year old gent, his vascular system is just not as strong as a much younger dog.

He is up and moving and drinking. 

I am now so happy to say that he finally had a small bite to eat. 

I did not post earlier as I did not want anyone thinking I was begging for yet more donations for him. His Comfort Angels have done so much for him and we still do not know what the outcome shall be. It is still too early.

It is important to us for people to know about his updates and when we felt the time was right, we are now sharing.

Somehow, we will get his bills paid off. Things somehow always seem to work out and I have faith and trust. 

He is worth every dime and nickel spent on his wellbeing. He should have been taken care of properly since he was born yet he was not and it is our place to make sure he is now done right by. 

AND when I see his tail wag for me and he lifts his head up to look at me as he recovers, I know he is feeling better and also staying positive…..

BHRR’s Sambuca on a small stroll tonight. He really is thankful! He will have a recheck exam over the next 10 days and hoping for good news on that stubborn infection on the one side of his mouth.

I took some of BHRR’s Sambuca by the patio furniture at the ponds and the mosquitoes were positively brutal! He and I were out of there in a flash!

I will stick with either the lawn or pool patio furniture for photo taking & hanging out for no27w! LOL

AVAILABLE: 
2 Tickets to our creative, unique and one of a kind annual ‘Dine with the BHRR Doggies’ Event

Date: Saturday September 23rd, 2017
Time: 5:30 onward 
Location: BHRR

We had someone recently contact us who bought their tickets last October for 2017’s Event that now can no longer attend.

This is always a SOLD OUT Event and we only sell a limited number of tickets to maximise the personal blast of a time awesome experience for our guests! We have many of our attendees that come back year after year to what is truly a big signature special BHRR Fundraiser. 

To learn more about our annual ‘Dine with the BHRR Doggies’ Fundraiser, please visit the link and if you would like to purchase these 2 tickets $85/pair, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org

BHRR’s Sambuca is excited for whomever purchases these tickets and gets to visit plus dine where he and so many other deserving dogs have had their rehabilitation & call ‘Home’.

100% of the money raised to the animals’ in need of our specialised programs.

http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-2008/sept-28-dine-bhrr

BHRR’s Latte(Neo) is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

Home-visit is scheduled for Sunday May 28th.

This is the home that had three possible right match fits and after visiting the home when BHRR’s Rubble was dropped off for his special overnight picnic play date, their place is sadly small to properly accommodate his size/happy tail….and, the space would equally be small for BHRR’s Salem.

This home fell in love with BHRR’s Latte when they met her at an event April 22nd – what is not to love! – and then fell in love when they had their overnight date with BHRR’s Rubble last Friday – again what is not to love! – and had originally fallen in love with BHRR’s Salem from the moment they found her detailed blog – truly, what is not to love?!!

Yet, for the space of their lovely cozy apt. plus yard and that BHRR’s Latte does not have any happy tail concerns – she is docked – at this time, she appears to be the best of the three for a possible right match fit and we shall update as we can.

BHRR’s Sambuca hopes everyone has had a wonderful, safe, happy plus healthy holiday long weekend!

The Boerskins took yesterday plus today to spend some much needed, rare plus highly coveted family time together and getting a lot of spring stuff done on the property. Tomorrow all of us are back at this crazy thing called beyond busy life again! 

BHRR’s Sambuca is enjoying freshly washed sheets and what is his fav dog blanket! 

He is now sporting the collar that was donated by his Transport Angels of Alex & Karen and tomorrow he has his professional photo shoot along with BHRR’s Black Diamond. She is then off to her temp foster home until July 3rd and we will re-evaluate her progress at that time. She is ready for this next step in her rehab journey and we are excited for her to have this adventure in the hands of another. It will be an adjustment for her to start yet in order for us to help these dogs be the best they can be, we need them to also be handled and loved by others to assist in helping them be as well rounded plus balanced as possible. 

BHRR’s Sambuca remains on his Antirobe meds battling that infection on the one side of his mouth yet he is doing so well overall. The rainy weather is causing his arthritis to be more active yet when it was sunny, my Salt – adore that dog….he does so much to help the other dogs – and he were running and playing in the 3+ fenced in acreage.

Quality of life always….. 

Good night from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters!

Gracie found a couple of great spots to scratch/massage on BHRR’s Sambuca while we were at Pet Valu Hazeldean yesterday. 

He loves the area under his chin to be softly caressed.

 

BHRR’s Sambuca says ‘Come closer…..he has something to say!’
*Yes, he has dried canned food on his face.

He wants to thank Marg and her lovely staff at Pet Valu Hazeldean for their hospitality and gracious hosting of us every May & November! This was our last community education/public awareness event until November.

BHRR’s Sambuca wants to thank all of our visitors that came out for dog washes and their understanding for the dog wash stations were closed, in need of repairs. Thank you to those that so sweetly plus generously made a donation anyway!

Thank you to Gracie, Margaret, Kinsley & Sean for being on hand today to help out! Gracie, you made a great masseuse for BHRR’s Sambuca and throughout the day, while he still watched for me when I had to leave for nails and/or ears, he became more content to lay with you.  Always great plus important to get the dogs into the hands of others as we go through their rehab journeys!

Thank you to all the visitors that came out to see us….well, mostly to see BHRR’s Sambuca!  He brought smiles to the faces of many and also his share of tears to others as they wanted to meet the dog that pulled so many together, so fast and with such strength in the belief that he deserved to have the best quality filled life as any other dog out there, despite being 10 years of age.  Age is but a number and he made people believe in him in his own special way!! He is so gentle and precious.

We feel incredibly blessed to have the village we do and $269.05 was raised today!

That money shall be used towards the two medical Danes arriving tomorrow:

1) Approximately 9 year old female Merle Mantle with a C-Section Infection
2) Approximately 3/4 year old male Blue with a back right hip issue
* Both were believed to be surrendered from the same home

Once I know more re: them, I shall post.

Thank you so much to all for making today so lovely and from our home to our friends, family & supporters Good Night!

Plus Go Sens Go!

AND we are at Pet Valu Hazeldean today to 4 pm!!

BHRR’s Sambuca is also hanging out with us!!

BHRR’s Sambuca says ‘While at the Vet Office, it is all about the animals being comfortable as they wait!’

I think KAH needs a bigger bench seat though….

He had his recheck from his May 4th, 22 teeth removal and sadly, as I thought…he is still battling an infection on the one side of his mouth.  So many teeth needing to be removed, makes him have a lot of ‘pockets’ trying to heal and food plus hair are getting stuck. Not all the holes could be sutured…..

AND as his mouth was truly horrible to begin with, not surprising in a way to know he is still fighting off infection.

His weight was down another 5 pounds.  He is now 61.1 kgs. We will try and get him to eat even more canned food. We cannot move as mentioned in another post to kibble or even softened kibble for him at this time for a number of reasons.

So, as he is battling infection, he is going to continue on the antirobe and when I went to pick up the called in prescription, it was not there. I had been told by the Hospital that the pharmacy had some and the rest would be ordered. Then, I was told when I arrived that it was on back order and they would have to call around and find more for him. The Vet wants him on for another 14 days.

So, tomorrow I will go back to the pharmacy.

We microchipped him tonight and he had a thorough cleaning of both ears. Just waxy debris.

As his system is not healthy as of yet, no vaccines for him. We will have him back in 2 weeks time for another recheck and go from there.

He is scheduled for his professional photo shoot for May 23rd and I will just hold on to the photo’s for when he is ready to make that special announcement.

Temperature, heart and lungs all normal and his remaining teeth were admired by many as they are so clean and nice looking now after his long dental.

He is such a love……