BHRR’s Ethel – 2009? – September 26th, 2016

I have the most heartwarming post to make from our 9th Annual BHRR Dine Event on Saturday yet, I hope many will excuse my *radio* silence over the last while as we prepared to cross over a beloved BHRR Haven lovely who more than earned her angel wings on earth and now in heaven….

We almost said good-bye to dear BHRR’s Ethel on Friday yet I knew we could give her a few more days of absolute quality in life and it gave 40 people on Saturday to also say their own heart touching good-byes…

Tears from many of us on Saturday…..so much emotion….

This fine grand dame had a terrible life before coming into rescue. That she even survived as she did on the roads in a First Nation community that believes in culling, almost blind and deaf battling one of the worst UTI’s we have ever treated in our history of operating since 1996, is a true miracle. She had super bad hips and terrible bad knees to match.

It showed that she had spunk and she sure was a crotchety old gal! People quickly learned not to feel sorry for her for she did not survive all she had by being a wall flower. She was not shy about expressing to all that it was ‘her’ human or ‘her’ bed or ‘her space’. 馃榾 She had a backbone of steel this one.

She was taught scent training and learned words to help her know when we were approaching steps or a door and when we were getting into the car. She was such an independent soul that fast became a Fav for so many during her over 2.5 years with us….

A few felt it would have been better to have just crossed her over after she came into rescue….well, we disagree and so did BHRR’s Ethel!

Anyone who met this truly special creature of heaven was inspired by her and BHRR’s Ethel was not hesitant about wrapping her paws around many a heart!

Fiesty and spicy she was yet a most affectionate sweet grand dame she also was. She soft and sweet in so many ways and great with every human and dog she ever met!! She was so fascinated by the BHRR Puppy Pile when they were born….totally enamoured with them and a great *grandma* she was to them….always worrying about the safety yet, spoiling them with so much attention and love!

She learned to take treats gently so I could keep my fingers another day! :p She loved the wind blowing her sweet ears (damaged by fleas and more than one crunch from her past history of trying to fight for her own right to survive ) about.

I swear if ever a dog could smile it was BHRR’s Ethel!

She had strained her eyes so bad trying to see during her time all alone on the roads, she literally *popped them*. We saw the specialist and were assured that she was not in pain and her eyes were as distinctive and unique as the rest of her.

Loved her frosting and she was small yet mighty!

When BHRR’s Ethel entered a room, everyone knew! 馃榾

BHRR’s Ethel we wanted to give you many more years of happiness, special dates, wonderful experiences and to have you teach more people that to be special needs does not equate no quality of life! I am so sorry that your body so broken upon arrival could never be 100% repaired….

Yet what never was broken was your incredible spirit and beautiful heart!! You ruled BHRR’s Ethel and may heaven be prepared for you as the party is going to start!!

My home and heart is feeling so lost and empty….I miss your snoring and talking in your sleep. I miss how you could express more feelings in one look than most humans could do in words!! Never any doubt how you felt!

I miss how you *told* us off if you felt dinner was late or that you were outside a nano second longer than what you wanted! You and BHRR’s Potter sure have that in common! LOL

Your obedience and leash manners became a dream and your trust of me brought me to my knees.

I am a better person in having been touch by your gift of you being you BHRR’s Ethel. Thank you for blessing me and so many with your grace, your charm and your heart that was as big and kind as the world…you knew no limits BHRR’s Ethel.

You proved many times over if there was a will, there was a way and thank you for re-inforcing to me why BHRR needs to be here and why we exist!!

RIP my angel…we will see each other in my dreams until we meet again….

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*CORRECTION: Location Address is: 5919 PERTH STREET, Richmond, Ontario*

Our next microchip clinic is being hosted with Dr. Zak at Pet Valu Richmond on Saturday September 10th!

Dr. Zak has now been with us for 8 microchip clinics to date and this is #9!
*No appointments necessary
*We are inside so rain or shine!
*10 AM – 4 PM

Our accreditation per CVO requirements to host this microchip clinic shall also be posted.

We shall also be doing dog baths, ear cleanings, nails for cats & dogs and will have some merchandise for sale! Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! More details in poster.

All monies raised shall go towards helping to pay off the bills for BHRR’s Dyson’s partial tail amputation that is scheduled for September 8th.

BHRR has been precedent setting/instrumental over the past almost 10 years with our Microchip Clinics in our efforts of having more dogs/cats hopefully find their way home should they become lost or stolen by being chipped.

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***UPDATE: 27 NEW Items Added Tuesday March 22nd to the Facebook Silent Auction***

The detailed rules of this Silent Auction are posted in the first photo in this album.

As many are now aware, Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of it is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

A short medical summary:

His third CT scan, this one on his chest has come back at this time clear of any enlarged lymph nodes and metastasis. His MRI not only confirmed that this was a complex surgery yet was even more complicated than once thought – ONLY two surgeries like he needs has ever been done to date by his two expert surgical oncologists.

His surgical team shall be upwards to 20 people now including his two surgical oncologists, his urologist and his ortho specialist plus supporting nursing team. His surgery is expected to be ~10-12 hours in length.

We now have a surgery date set of March 23rd.

We know that his one ureter is compromised, and that he may lose his one kidney. We know that he will have part of his colon removed and that his femoral nerve is at high risk of damage and./or removal. He will need to have his Psoas muscle completely removed and his Iliacus muscle will be partially removed.

He will also need to have the hernia repaired – the mass/tumour has herniated down his thigh and into his groin area.

They will send the whole mass/tumour off to histiopathology.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

*The BHRR Auction will begin NOW
*The BHRR Auction will end at 9 PM EST on Sunday March 27th, 2016
*All bid prices are in Canadian funds.
*Bids must be done in $2.00 or Greater increments.

Any questions, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org or call (613) 725-4279

As many know, BHRR is a Great Dane & Giant Breed Rescue that focuses strongly on the special needs and has been around since 1996. We are federally registered and are an all Volunteer Rescue. We also work with Equines.

We have a second to none adoption success rate and also provide a safe haven for animals that are deemed unadoptable due to medical and/or behavioural reasons. BHRR also has a program that works with the homeless and their pets each XMAS – Operation D.O.G. – Donating our Goodness plus we have a Helping Haven of Hope and Happiness that works with women/children and their pets in domestic abuse situations. We have been operating these two programs for over 15 years as part of our way of continuing to help animals and people in our community.

We are a unique one of a kind program out there like none other.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

With our wish to ensure that every penny that comes to BHRR goes direct to them for food and Vet bills or items of comfort like dog beds, Sean & I have been covering 100% exclusively all the rescue hydro bills -$1,040/month, Phone, Gas for transports, home-visits and vet visits etc. We cover almost 50% of all the food bills out of our own pockets – BHRR goes through almost 120 pounds of dog food a day. Vet Bills are the same.

As some are now aware, in September of 2015, my husband Sean was found to have a mass. It took until January of 2016 for the experts to diagnose said mass for he has an extremely rare cancer.

Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of his mass is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

To further complicate matters, this mass has herniated down into his thigh and groin severely compromising his ureter and femoral nerve. He has had three CT scans of which his latest has shown that to date his chest remains clear of metastasis and his lymph nodes are not enlarged. His MRI has shown that his case is extremely complicated and the surgery he shall specifically require, scheduled for March 23rd has ONLY ever been done twice before by the two expert surgical oncologists assigned to him.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

Since Sean’s mass was first discovered in September, BHRR has remained operating with top notch quality hosting successful events such as our annual creative ‘Dine with the Dogs’, BHRR mini Open Houses, BHRR ‘Private’ Experiences, community education and public awareness events and even our annual XMAS ‘Chain of Success’ Potluck.

We have successfully rehabbed and adopted quite a few dogs and assisted many other groups also during this time.

The quality and stellar standard of care of the animals’ in our care has continued without interruption and as the date nears for Sean and I to stop work as he prepares to head into his 10-12 hour surgery on the 23rd of March, it is time to now ask the BHRR village and our community to please consider helping us continue to help those in need of our programs so that we can get through the next 12 weeks.

We want BHRR to be around another 20 years and we hope that people will consider a donation to help with the expenses of the next three months.

BHRR has only taken in three new deserving dogs since January 2016 and hopes to continue with assisting more dogs once Sean’s surgery is over etc.

Thank you in advance for reading this novel….

This is a picture of my husband Sean….BHRR would not be here today without him and please do keep him in your best wishes.

We sincerely hope we can host a couple of successful auctions on with your help!!

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NOTICE:

BHRR shall be closed from Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 to Sunday April 3rd, 2016 inclusive to the intake of adoption applications for processing.

Any applications received during that time will be reviewed in the order that they were received as of Monday April 4th, 2016.

Thanks for your understanding!

COMING up in four sleepies! Saturday February 13th & Sunday February 14th!

BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Flame shall be with us on Saturday and Sunday’s BIG DAWGS are as of yet TBA!

This is our FIRST Community Education and Public Awareness event of 2016! We have not been out since November of 2015!

No appointments are necessary and we are microchipping Saturday and Sunday and more details can be found in the poster below.

Cats and Dogs have to be minimally 8 weeks of age.

Thanks Regan and PV Kanata for hosting us that weekend! So touched as always to have your support!

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AND another photo from BHRR’s Ethel’s awesome picnic play date!

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Some pictures taken from BHRR’s Ethel’s date of her time with them! I think she had a great day! 馃槈

Blankets were even warmed up in the dryer for her! 馃檪

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BHRR’s Ethel is heading for a special picnic play date today!! She even helped me make the picnic.

Well, she shall most likely sleep over playing.

I was so so so touched when she was chosen for a date for an extremely and unique popular auction BHRR item we auctioned off at our annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ auction.

She may be almost blind and deaf, and an older Dane yet, she ‘sees’ so much with her heart, ‘hears’ so much with her soul and age is but a number! When she is playing, she is an absolutely hoot to watch! Her hobbly bobbly trots are adorable!

Thank you to this home in giving her this beautiful experience!

AND a photo of the picnic that BHRR’s Ethel helped me make and she did a fine job! 馃檪

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BHRR’s Ethel is going to have a special picnic play date on the 30th! So happy for her!!!

ISO: Bakers! Our 3rd Annual “Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction begins Saturday January 16th, 2016 and shall run through until Sunday January 24th, 2016!

We are in search of bakers for human and/or doggie treats for this unique online auction!

All items do not need to be baked until the end of the auction to ensure freshness!

Last year we had 41 amazing goodies up for grabs! We are hoping for an equally wonderfully successful fundraiser to help a most deserving dog in our Great Dane Rescue.

If anyone may consider donating a baked goodie to our creative fundraiser, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org Please do NOT post on this thread for your kind and generous offer may be missed!

All monies raised shall go towards BHRR’ Mavie’s Vet Bills. He was back at KAH on the 14th of December聽for a post op recheck and to exam the swelling that has begun to develop again on that left front leg of his. 聽He was back to not eating as well and dropping weight again. Clear signs that something is brewing…..

His had swollen lymph nodes yet was not demonstrating a fever. He is back on the Baytril 150 mg – 3 Tablets BID and that is a cost of almost $300 for just over 8 days. We are also running more bloodwork.

So, our Iron Man is not yet out of the woods………..

Thanks in advance for any consideration………

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NOTICE:

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

Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for so many years.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Thursday December 17th, 2015 to Tuesday January 5th, 2016 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed on Wednesday January 6th, 2016!

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will do intake.

Thank you for your continued understanding 鈥 The BHRR Team

BHRR’s 8th ANNUAL ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction has now begun!

Runs through to Thursday December 3rd @ 8 PM EST!

Over 50 items listed to date and some more to come!

Please consider helping us help BHRR’s Mavie!

If anyone has any items that they would like to donate, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org FOR we would be so appreciative. We only host 5 planned Fundraisers a year and BHRR’s Mavie is going to deeply benefit from all money raised in this auction.

He has his surgery scheduled to remove that left front leg implant on Tuesday November 24th with his wonderful ortho specialist. He had a sudden rejection/infection to that left implant recently and now that the Baytril(almost $600 for 16 days worth of treatment) has worked its magic on the infection, he is ‘good to go’ for surgery!

It SOON shall be time! You have been asking and patiently waiting…..get your thinking caps on!

It shall soon be time to sign-up for our 4th(FOURTH) ANNUAL GIVE it 鈥楿P鈥 4 Autumn Event!

The deserving BHRR doggie in 2015 to benefit from this one-of-a-kind unique Fundraiser is BHRR’s Baby Kaos. Past years have seen BHRR’s Lord Stafford, BHRR’s Breen and of course, BHRR’s Autumn benefit from the kindness of others!

This Fundraiser shall run from Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 @ 12:01 AM to Tuesday November 17th, 2015 @ 11:59 PM.

WHAT will you consider to ‘give up’ for 14 days to help BHRR’s Baby Kaos?’

Please do EMAIL us contactbhrr@gmail.com with what you are ‘giving up’ to participate! We hope you may join us in ‘giving something up’ to help raise monies for BHRR’s Baby Kaos!

In the past some have given up treats or coffee and put that money away to donate, others are giving up what the money they would have spent on lessons such as riding or tennis(or putting the equivalent in a jar to donate!) AND, others have put in their jar, donations for cravings that they have – chocolate, cigarettes etc. Feel free to be creative!

More information to be found on the poster below and here is the link with all the details!

Thank you Barry for this outstanding poster!

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Come VISIT us at PV Stittsville(1250 Main Street, Stittsville) for some HOWL-O-Ween Fun!

Saturday October 24th 10:00 AM 鈥 4:00 PM &
Sunday October 25th 11:00 AM 鈥 4:00 PM
Dog Baths $15,
Nails $10,
Ear Cleaning $10,
Microchips $40聽including registration – Cats/Dogs must be minimally 8 weeks of age
Merchandise for Sale!
Visit some of the 鈥榖ig dawgs鈥 of BHRR! Dogs TBA
*No Appointments necessary!
RAIN OR SHINE!

**BHRR is still in search of a few approved Volunteers to lend a hand Saturday and/or Sunday! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you can help!**

All monies raised shall go towards paying off our current accumulated Vet Bills for amazing deserving dogs like BHRR’s Kaos, BHRR’s Raven and just this past week BHRR’s Porridge.

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NOTE:

From Monday October 19th to Monday November 2nd, 2015 inclusive, BHRR will not be open for adoptions or the intake of adoption applications.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many others Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

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We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need.

NOTICE: BHRR shall be closed from today to Wednesday September 23rd, inclusive. Our facebook page shall also be unpublished during that time for thanks to an incredible angel dream team network of our solid top notch beautiful strong village and community, we are making a dream come true for an extremely special young lady.

Any adoption applications that come in during this time shall be processed in the order they arrive upon the re-opening of BHRR.

ONLY urgent requests for assistance shall be replied to as we are here 24/7 to help the Danes and other Giants in need! All non urgent matters will be addressed upon the re-opening of BHRR.

Requests can be emailed to gwen@birchhaven.org or contactbhrr@gmail.com or text to 613-725-4279 or calls can be made to the same number.

For any offers of items for our September 26th Annual Dine With THE BHRR DOGGIES Event, – looking for brochures, pens, pencils, key chains, promo materials for 40 Loot bags – AND more auction items, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org We would be beyond grateful for any consideration to our cause.

We are a small group and host very few planned fundraisers a year and would embrace any gift certificates or other items for human, animal – cat, dog, horse, bird etc. – with such sincere gratitude plus appreciation. Thank you from our hearts in advance!

We are also going to stop our unique 2016 BHRR calendar sales at this time. If you have not yet ordered yours, we shall see if we have any left when we re-open to be purchased.

I leave all with this great photo of BHRR’s Salem below from her special picnic play date with the Maracle family! Thank you for the photo!

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This Saturday!

Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg very kindly asked if we would do one of our popular mini microchip clinics at their location and we shall be at their lovely location

Saturday August 22nd from 10 am – 4 pm!
*No appointments necessary

*Microchips $40 includes registration
*Nails $10
*Ear Cleaning $10
*Face Painting and Feathers by the ever talented and kind Dee Dick
*Famous Pooch Smooch Red Carpet Sessions $5
*Merchandise from sale
*Some baked goodies

We are still ISO: Three approved BHRR Volunteers to help out this day! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com if interested!

THANK you Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg for this great opportunity to see more cats/dogs(minimum 8 weeks of age) microchipped!

All monies raised shall go to BHRR’s Kaos’ mounting Vet Bills. He is the 6 week old Great Dane puppy that we were asked to assist that has a growth plate fracture and a knee concern.

AND here is the event page to join!

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HERE is the poster! To our 8th Annual KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being hosted at Kanata Animal Hospital on Sunday July 12th from 8 AM – 4 PM.
*No Appointments necessary
*Dogs/Cats need to be minimally 8 weeks to be microchipped
*Bake table
*Silent Auction
*Photography
*Face-Painting & MORE!

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Microchips $40 includes registration – for cats, dogs – minimum age is 8 weeks
Nails $10
Ear Cleaning 410

Saturday: BHRR Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Herbie-licious, The Love Bug, BHRR’s Angel Noelle and BHRR’s Riot
Sunday: BHRR’s Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Salem, BHRR’s Liberty and possibly BHRR’s Hercules – the third dog is not yet 100% determined.

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BHRR’s Ethel and BHRR’s Braveheart have been moved to our BHRR Haven program due to the severe internal organ damage that has occurred due to food contamination. They are a number of dogs that have been terribly affected by food donated our way by another group on January 17th, 2015.

BHRR’s Merlin was the first death that occurred on January 21st, 2015 and, then we lost one of our own, our EM Caffrey(she was not fed the rescue donated food yet, she eats vomit and, sometimes poop and, at one point we were cleaning up over 52 piles of diarrhea and vomit. With her advanced kidney disease(AND, she was doing great…and, had been for years!), her body could not handle the toxins.

BHRR’s Porridge, BHRR’s Braveheart, BHRR’s Salma and BHRR’s Ethel were also severely affected and, more minorly BHRR’s Oakley. I will update his own blog later for he also has been moved to the Haven Program yet, not due to food contamination. Here is a copy of the blog post that was made on BHRR’s Blog. We made the exact same post on our BHRR Fb page under his memorial photo. All the other dogs have already bounced back or, are still doing so.

BHRR’s Merlin 鈥 ? 鈥 January 21st, 2015
*Victim to Food Contamination*

Tragically, he is the first of several dogs deeply affected at BHRR by food sent our way by a group.

We have learned a lot more than we ever did before about food contamination and, how easy food can be contaminated once it leaves a manufaturer’s hands and, the more hands it touches plus transfers from, the higher the risk of problems occuring.

This memorial posting is only being made now for a number of reasons.

1) I wanted to touch base with the animal control person that I have worked with for well over a decade saving amazing dogs such as BHRR’s Licorice, BHRR’s Thor, BHRR’s Ava Marie, BHRR’s Potter etc鈥.they entrusted this amazing GD to our care and, it was important to converse with them directly and, not for them to find out on a blog or a fb post that he was no longer with us. Many tears were shared over his loss鈥

2) I and the control officer finally made contact on Monday February 16th after much tagging back and forth and, it was like ripping a fresh scab off a very raw enormous wound and, I needed a few more days.

3) We have been in contact with two food testing and analysis companies 鈥 both in Mississauga and, it has been extremely informative plus educational. One could have a 1,000 bags of food, it only takes one bag to be contaminated to affect a life and, a whole bag also does not need to be contaminated for a life to be negatively affected鈥

We had been told that no other org.’s donated this food by this group, were affected. Then a group did reach out to us to say that they also had dogs affected.

We do sincerely hope that no more deaths or even vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, excessive gas etc. occur to any of the groups involved. No one should go through our experience.

We went through 72 hours of the worst hell imaginable with vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, gas and, now loss.

We are even now still trying to get weight back on, after purging their systems and, re-introducing food slowly 鈥 many witnessed at our February 1st BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house, the new thinness of many of the dogs.

Each day is better and better for most of them now. Thank goodness鈥..

Yet, sadly, we have a number of other dogs including BHRR’s Porridge, BHRR’s Braveheart, BHRR’s Oakley, BHRR’s Salma(HQD), not to mention one of our own Caffrey(though she was not fed any of this food, she does like to eat vomit and sometimes dog poop) and, at one point we were cleaning up over 52 bouts of diarrhea/vomit 鈥 lost count after that 鈥 inside and out of the house) adversely affected.

We have spent much money on exams, blood-work and UA’s to see how the internal organ functions have been affected and, how much if so.

At our recent BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house, it was so sad to learn of not one but two other groups that were in attendance that have experienced their own losses over the years due to contaminated food 鈥 it is so easy for food to become contaminated 鈥 how it is stored, how it is transported/transferred, mouse droppings, moisture, birds, freezing and thawing etc. No one’s intentions were ill with the donation of this food, yet, the results have been devastating to BHRR.

We began to feed the food the same day it was donated 鈥 January 17th and, it was mixed appropriately and, the food bags were stored properly.

Since learning even more about food contamination, we are taking even more precautions on our end re: food donations and storing and, handling.

We have operated BHRR for over 19 years and, we have never gone through an experience like this and, may we never do so again.

Our wish would be for no organization or group to do so.

We did inform the group that donated the food 鈥 they originally wanted us to take food back in December, we did decline as we had just bought food and, had some donations sent our way 鈥 SS etc. and, we never wished to see another group do without.

In January, we were contacted again and, this person was quite insistent to assist our group with food for they did not wish to see it go to waster/bad and, we then accepted with our grateful appreciation 8 bags.

We also had two dogs in foster care also affected and, not just the rescues residing here at BHRR.

We showed the proper due diligence in informing this group about the food as were were aware others had also received some.

We respectfully request that any posts made in this thread be made in BHRR’s Merlin’s honour plus memory鈥..

If only we could turn back time鈥︹.we tried so hard to save you, you were getting healthy day by day, putting on the weight slowly, your skin issues were resolving, did blood-work and UA’s and, we even saw a specialist for your eye, biopsied all your lumps and bumps and, yet, your poor special needs neglected broken abused body just could not handle the food鈥︹︹

BHRR deals with extremely compromised immune and digestive system medical cases such as severe emaciation and, these special needs dogs could not deal with the food.

BHRR believes in full disclosure and, the BHRR BOD can be reached at contactbhrr@gmail.com

RIP BHRR’s Merlin鈥︹..we will miss your special ‘purring’鈥.

GENTLE Reminder:
BHRR's Gretta's angels have been working quietly plus hard behind the scenes on a special Fundraiser event to help raise some much needed monies to help her with the bills from her cruciate repair surgery and rehab journey.
Thanks is appreciatively extended to Pet Valu – Manotick for helping us, AND, for hosting this event on Sunday February 15th, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM
This is the 'Grooming For Gretta – Sweetheart Spa' Fundraiser!
No APPOINTMENTS necessary!
BHRR is still ISO: two more approved BHRR Volunteers willing and open to helping lend a hand that day! 
This is not a community education or public awareness event for BHRR yet, we will have some merchandise for sale such as our signature leash sleeves plus magnets. smile emoticon
Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
THANKS once again MUST be shouted out to BHRR BOD member B. Cole for such an amazing poster!

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Back in December, Fran from Global Pet Foods Bank Street (1176 Bank Street) phoned plus emailed us to inquire as to our thoughts in being the rescue to benefit from the annual Global 'Show Us Your Heart' Campaign.https://www.facebook.com/GlobalPetsBank
Fran said that they have been following some of the great work that BHRR has been doing and, wanted to direct funds raised during their annual campaign in 2015, our way. 
To say that we felt humbled and deeply honoured, was putting it lightly. We feel so privileged to have been chosen by Global Pet Foods Bank Street, out of so many out there in the community doing such much needed and essential work helping animals…….
This exciting campaign begins January 31st and shall run through to February 14th, 2015
If you visit their store, you can make a donation in any amount you desire, and, you can write your name or that of your beloved pet(s) on a beautiful red heart and, it will be displayed with such pride and thanks at their store!
All monies raised shall go towards BHRR's Gretta's Vet Bills – she took a bad fall at her approved temp foster home and, we have to now repair the cruciate in her back left leg. Her surgery is January 29th at Liston Animal Hospital. It was the first surgical date we could get…….
Thank you Global Pet Foods Bank Street AGAIN for selecting our small r/q Rescue to support……be it $5 or $50 or more that is raised during your annual campaign, it will mean the world to us!!! AND, to BHRR's Gretta!
Barry, thank you SO much again for working with me on this poster. It is gorgeous!

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Our 2nd ANNUAL 'Breaking Bills Baking' Online Auction' starts TODAY – Saturday January 17th, @ 7 AM EST!


We will have 40 extremely generously donated and, delicious items. THANKS to all the baking angels that are making this annual event possible!!!
All monies raised in this Annual Fundraiser shall go towards BHRR's Maverick's Vet Bills. His current Bills are over $15,300.00 which includes three leg surgeries.
To read more details about the auction(those darn rules!) and, to view the items up for grabs so far….please visit the below link and scroll down the page…….Our latest new delectable array of items include Rice Krispies, Macaroons and, at least 5 l of the special pasta sauce that we served at our annual September "DINE WITH THE BHRR DOGGIES' event.

If anyone else would like to donate a baked goodie or goodies, it is NOT too late…all items do not have to be made until the auction is over to ensure freshness for the winner(s), please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com


Already 2015 is shaping up to be another extremely busy year for the special animals in need of us, as we have the Male Blue GD with the untreated broken leg and, have another Dane – BHRR's Gretta that will require a cruciate repair(Surgery is on January 29th) NOT to mention The Lord Stafford and his continued mounting Vet Bills.


We were able to assist 16 dogs in 2014, and, 24 dogs in 2013. We will assist as many as we can responsibly take on with quality and, resources in 2015.


THANK you Barry for working with me on this gorgeous poster!!!!
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BHRR's Ethel's Traditional XMAS Eve Photo's! She is still AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

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We will be out to visit around 11 AM on Saturday ourselves to get some photos' and, I am hoping to bring BHRR's Ichabod Crane, BHRR's Zayna and BHRR's Salem for their very first XMAS photo's!
I heard a rumor that BHRR's Mav 'could' also put in a celebrity appearance!

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NOTICE:
BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.
Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for so many years.
Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Monday December 15th, 2014 to Tuesday January 6th 2015 inclusive.
Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed on Wednesday January 7th, 2015!
During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will do intake.
Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

How blessed are we that Chuck Desjardins Photography and, Pet Valu Innes & Belcourt(3838 Innes Road, Orleans, Ontario) chose our group as one of the two(Collie Rescue Network is the other r/q group) to benefit from their Christmas Photo's Fundraiser!
Photo's $15 Each OR 2 for $20
Date: Sunday December 7th, 2014
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
***This is not a community education event yet, we shall be heading on our to just hang and bring some of the BHRR dawgs to thank people!

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TOMORROW!
BHRR's Stafford will be ready on his red carpet with roses in paw to hand out to his first 24 smoochers! I even heard that he may wear a bow tie!
BHRR's Maverick and BHRR's Ichabod Crane are also coming.

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BHRR's 3rd ANNUAL unique 'GIVE IT UP 4 AUTUMN' Fundraiser shall benefit BHRR's Stafford!

WHAT will you 'give up' for 14 days to help BHRR's Stafford?'
Please do EMAIL us with what you are 'giving up' to participate! Some are giving up chips, wine, coffee, another is giving up chocolate, AND, one person is going to even put in their jar, donations for cravings that they have for the chocolate they are giving up. Feel free to be creative! 馃檪

UPDATE: We have 21 participants so far!
Starts November 4th! Please consider 'giving something up' for a 14 day period and, then donating the funds saved to BHRR's Stafford's bills!

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE (You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Stafford’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services C/O Gwendilin Boers 2425 Totem Ranch Road West RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees

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This is BHRR's Ethel's REALITY Slide
She came to us at barely 64 pounds and has put on over 36 pounds in her successful rehab journey with BHRR!
All medical concerns were addressed, which included being spayed, having bloodwork done, de-wormed, specialist consults for her eyes, mirochipped, fecal, put on revolution, having urine cultures, vaccines and all other necessary plus proactive preventative procedures done.
She went through emotional and behavioural rehab at BHRR and she has also learned leash and house manners and, is a real personality filled classy lady!
She is currently AVAILABLE for adoption for that right matched forever loving home!
**BHRR has a huge expertise in the emaciated cases and, BHRR's Ethel is just one of almost 25 emaciated Great Danes that BHRR has been asked to assist over the last 18+ months.**
THIS is what your support enables us to do!!

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Please consider going to the Helping Ottawa Fur Kids Facebook Page and, 'liking' our photo and, then putting in the comment section 'this amazing rescue gets my vote!' Contest ENDS Wednesday October 22nd at NOON and, each of the 6 rescues participating will receive a monetary donation, based upon where they rank upon the close of the contest. THANKS in advance for your consideration!

NOTE: 

From Monday October 20th to Monday November 3rd, 2014 inclusive, BHRR will not be open for adoptions or the intake of adoption applications.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many others Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

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.

BHRR shall be attending our THIRD of ONLY four community education & public awareness events for this year, on October 4th & October 5th! The last community education/public awareness event that we attended was in May!
Pet Valu Stittsville so very kindly has invited us back in 2014 to be at their locale on October 4th & October 5th for their 'THANKS FOR GIVING' Event and, shall help us host some great activities!
AND, we will have BHRR doggies in attendance! Please visit the below link to find out which amazing BHRR doggies are coming which day!
From October 1st – October 16th, Pet Valu Stittsville will be selling 'Paper Pumpkins' for a donation and, your name and/or that of your pet(s), will be proudly displayed on said pumpkin put up at Pet Valu! Pet Valu will also be collecting material donations for BHRR during this time – we are in need of xpens(36" & 48"), Pinesol, Paper Towels, Lysol Wipes, Costco Dog Beds and, bath mats!
BHRR's EVENT PAGE For The 'THANKS FOR GIVING' WEEKEND AT PET VALU STITTSVILLE!
BHRR is still seeking 1 BHRR approved Volunteers to hang with us and zee big dawgs on the Saturday and one to hang with us on the Sunday! Please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com
Thank you's must be extended from my heart to Bre and her fabu staff at Pet Valu Stittsville, to Melissa of Groomingdale's who is donated all nail trims and grinds(Friday/Saturday/Sunday) to BHRR AND, also to Ashley of AMB Photography!
AND, last but never least, thank you again to BHRR BOD member Barry for working with me on this great poster!

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HERE is our poster for our NEXT Microchip Clinic! PV Innes & Belcourt, Orleans contacted us months ago to see if we would host one of our established Microchip Clinics at their locale. Honored again to be able to have the opportunity to chip more dogs & cats to help ensure they have a better chance of finding their way home if they are lost or stolen. SO important to microchip!

PV Innes & Belcourt, Orleans, Microchip & Nail Trim happening on Sunday September 21st, 2014!
*NO appointments Necessary
**Cats & Dogs – as long as they can comfortably be held
*RAIN OR SHINE – We are indoors that day!

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BHRR's Ethel is NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Another versatile dog! She can go to a home that works ft, pt, from home, away from home, retired or semi-retired. She is about ~5 years of age.

She can be an only dog or live with another right matched personality fit dog. It will be important for her to have continued exposure to other dogs for, with her being almost blind and, slightly hard of hearing, I do not want all the groundwork laid by BHRR to go by the wayside as, she lives in a multi-dog home and, is solid with all dogs. Meeting strange dogs can still be a bit worrisome to her and, as, it is important for us to have our friends, it is the same with dogs.

She is such a personality filled dog. She is NOT good with pocket pets and, I would not trust her with cats, yet, she has not had any issues with cats that we have seen at work, at the Hospital or at PetSmart, Pet Valu etc. I still would not feel it in a feline's best interest to approve a home with a cat or two or more.

She has proven 100% trustworthy in our home and, has full run of the house and, remains crate-trained(she loves going in a crate for quiet time) for as many know, it makes life so much less stressful on them and, the home and, a Vet Hospital should a dog have to go into a run or be on crate rest due to an illness or injury. We do not recommend any right matched home to leave her with full access until she has settled in and, all of this is covered in our very detailed adoption  info. packages sent out to all of our approved homes.

hank you to Liz Bradley for meeting with me to do this wonderful Rescue PAWTRAIT session on August 24th. YOU are so talented!!!
She is still putting on a bit of weight, and, though, she is almost blind and, slightly hard of hearing(some of that is selective!), she has just made me so proud of her accomplishments since her arrival to BHRR on April 27th, 2014.
She is going to make some lucky home a very personality filled and extremely affectionate one! WTG! Beautiful gal!
She has put on almost 35 pounds and, this once emaciated, puppymill Mama with an extremely severe UTI, with zero training is, beautifully rehabbed! She is a thrivor!!!

She is a riot! She may have had her body crushed and broken yet, they could not break her spirit or will to live…..how she survived being so starved, almost blind, hearing affected, severe and, I mean a severe UTI and, then dumped on a road to fend for herself when they had no more use for her, is a true testament to her backbone and strength…..she really did not have much more time though, and, I am so glad that she was picked up when she was and, we were contacted to assist her. She really is a hoot!

She and HQD are like two ol' mother hens! She has such a spritely springy step when she trots.

BHRR's Ethel – August 24th, 2014

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BHRR's Triumph(l), BHRR's Ethel(r), Mason and I went on a 'secret' mission today (big reveal early next week!) and, afterwards, we went to PetSmart at Kanata Centrum. Here are two photo's of their trip. 馃檪

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BHRR's Ethel was spayed on July 30th and, everything went well. When it came time to remove that tiny growth/lump that had been discovered on July 15th to be on the bottom of her foot, there was not trace to be found of it….all, feet were double checked and triple checked and, it is gone. If it were not for four staff and, a Vet that witnessed it already, with it being there on July 15th, all of us would have thought we were mad! There is no sign of it anywhere…..clearly gone and, no sign of whatever it was coming back either. No one was concerned about it, yet, the Vet that did her spay is wondering if it was not some tiny sliver that, resolved. I am happy that there is no worry about there being a 'bad bump/lump/growth!' Never bothered her either.

I had a detailed conversation with the Vet who did her spay and, her uterus was definitely one of having had puppies in her past. 馃檨 馃檨 There were spots/marks, healed lesions where tiny placenta's had attached to her uterus and, her uterus was stretched. WELL, no more babies for her, and, I knew when she first arrived, that it would have been shocking to believe that she had been already spayed….picked up in a first nation community, starved, almost blind, with very noticeable breeding signs on her.

YET, those days are long gone…no more babies for her and, she has been developing lots of muscle mass/tone and, she really is so full of personality!!! 馃檪

Some photo's below!

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Donations to Date: $403.17 & Bills To Date: $1,824.90
*Before PayPal fees
PV Hazeldean Community Education/Awareness Event(50/50 split with BHRR's Nessie)
Nevenka
Sarah D – Bath Mat
Pam
Cynthia
Andrea
Geoffrey
Nairn
Dawn
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First three photo's are from July 30th, 2014 & last photo is from August 7th, 2014

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BHRR's Ethel VIDEO FROM TODAY – July 29th, 2014

A wee bit blurry as BHRR's Ethel wanted to be right on top of me! 馃榾 Yet, look at her now! NO longer emaciated! 馃檪 She has put on 30+ pounds of muscle mass/weight and, shall be spayed on the 30th of July. She was to be spayed today yet, the Vet rescheduled it to tomorrow.
From there, in about 10-14 weeks time, she will have her own special announcement to make! We are also removing a tiny wee growth we found between her toes on her hind left foot and will send off to pathology if necessary. At this time, no one seems to be overly concerned about it and, we hope that remains that way! 馃檪
Just love this prancing and happy grand dame! Lack of eye sight DOES not hold her back at all!!!! 馃檪 馃檪 She practically springs when she moves as she is so happy now. 馃檪 AND, she has a nice shiny glossy coat.

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Donations to Date: $393.17 & Bills To Date: $1,316.02
*Before PayPal fees
PV Hazeldean Community Education/Awareness Event(50/50 split with BHRR's Nessie)
Nevenka
Sarah D – Bath Mat
Pam
Cynthia
Andrea
Geoffrey
Nair
Dawn

photoBHRR's Ethel – July 29th, 2014

BHRR's Ethel's spay has been scheduled for July 29th. About 10 days after that, she shall have a special announcement to make.

BHRR's Ethel is at KAH with me today!
AND, her new weight is now 41.1 KGS(90.42 pounds). She was first rescued at barely 64 pounds and, this means that she has put on OVER 26.42 pounds since she arrived to us on April 27th, 2014! She still has about 10 pounds to go yet, THUMBS up Ethel!
We did her pre-surgical bw for her spay(we cannot find a spay incision to confirm already spayed), she got her latest revolution dose, had a mani/pedicure(ROCKED it), and, a very small growth was found between the toes of her back left foot. When she is spayed – scheduled for July 29th, we will remove it and send off to pathology if needed. The Vet looked at her eyes again and, she has limited menace capabilities and PRA is still the diagnosis for her almost complete blindness.
She also co-operated and, a current fecal shall be run.
She has blown through her touch and scent training and the flicking on and off the lights to come inside has been picked up like a pro for her.
The hard thing for me is to get updated photo's of her…she is so affectionate now and, likes to be really close to 'see' and feel you.
I will try again at the Hospital.
The Vet loved how nice and glossy and shiny her coat has become and though,. she still has some small dandruff here and there, her coat has really has made a beautiful turn!
After she recovers from her spay, she shall have her own special announcement to make! This gal was a MASSIVE hit at our June BHRR "EXPERIENCE' mini open house. 馃檪

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Donations to Date: $293.17 & Bills To Date: $1,316.02
*Before PayPal fees
PV Hazeldean Community Education/Awareness Event(50/50 split with BHRR's Nessie)
Nevenka
Sarah D – Bath Mat
Pam
Cynthia
Andrea
Geoffrey
Nairn

HAPPENING TODAY! Sunday July 13th!!! DO not forget mark your calendars!!! 馃檪 RAIN OR SHINE!!!

BHRR ONLY hosts 4 planned Fundraisers a year. This is our 2nd one of 2014.
We know and accept that for the first time ever, that we shall be seeing some showers in 2014. BOO! 馃檨
AND, we are prepared for the weather to make your day a blast! 馃檪

AND Microchips, Nails per our protocol plus the Silent Auction & BOW WOW Butchers shall be inside the Hospital.
We have 8 tents with a spare on hand to keep everyone dry for ALL the outside activities! 馃檪

Microchips for cats/dogs & Nails for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits etc! 馃檪

Rogers Community Cruiser shall be in attendance 9:30 – 11:30 AM with complimentary coffee/timbits

Dr. Amy Jewiss shall be present from 10 AM – 2 PM to discuss acupuncture and other services she now offers at Kanata Animal Hospital

Daryl of BOW WOW Butchers WILL also be in attendance!

Facebook 'PRE-EVENT' Mini Auction – 7 For 7! – AUCTION ENDED JULY 12th AT 12 NOON EST!

FaceBook Online Auction Album can be found HERE
There are 7 items(in honor of this being our 7th YEAR hosting this one of a kind Fundraiser) AND, shall be hosted for 7 days, that shall be available for bidding as of Saturday July 5th!
*The BHRR Auction will begin at 6:00 AM EST on Saturday July 5th, 2014. Unfortunately, bids submitted prior to this time cannot be considered.
*The BHRR Auction will end at NOON(12) PM EST on Saturday July 12th, 2014.
*All bid prices are in Canadian funds.
*Bids must be done in $2.00 or Greater increments.
*S&H is available on all but one Item – Item #3
Any questions, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org or call (613) 725-4279

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BHRR's Ethel is scheduled for a re-weigh(CANNOT wait), a recheck including eyes, obtain her rabies(now that she is not emaciated) and, from there – hopefully to schedule her spay – on July 9th.

She was a HUGE HUGE HUGE fav at our June BHRR "EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House. So many said that if they could take one dog home, it would be her. 馃檪 She is a cranky ol' spry, likes to almost prance and bounce grand dame! 馃榾 Still think she is no more than age 5 with her energy level, teeth and overall conformation. 馃檪

She is 100% housebroken and, no longer goes into a crate when we leave or at night. She likes to sleep in an open crate yet, has proven 100% trustworthy in our home.

She and HQD have an understanding….it is so funny! One climbs up on one couch and, the other, tries to climb up on the other. AND, I spend my time telling them about the 'no couch' rules! 馃槈

The only thing I am looking for her right now are pillows and fuzzy/soft bath mats with the good underside that 'sticks' for her balance. Please do let me know if you may have any to spare/donate her way. :)

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Donations to Date: $233.17 & Bills To Date: $989.07
*Before PayPal fees
PV Hazeldean Community Education/Awareness Event(50/50 split with BHRR's Nessie)
Nevenka
Sarah D – Bath Mat

Here are a couple of photo's from today. She is going to keep getting better and better as she is fed a proper balanced diet, receives the top notch Vet care she had been denied in her life before r/q Rescue AND, good exercise with lots of fresh air, grass and trails! Cannot forget the large dose of love and spoiling that is a must 'add' for any successful ingredient of making her whole and happy!

Her leash manners are slowly coming along. She is a strong girl!

The only thing I am looking for her right now are pillows and fuzzy/soft bath mats with the good underside that 'sticks' for her balance. Please do let me know if you may have any to spare/donate her way. 馃檪

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Donations to Date: $233.17 & Bills To Date: $989.07
*Before PayPal fees
PV Hazeldean Community Education/Awareness Event(50/50 split with BHRR's Nessie)
Nevenka

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BHRR's Ethel – May 8th, 2014
**In the first picture – her waist is by my shoes – bottom of photo. That is how skinny she is. 馃檨
**In the second photo, her head is where my son's bare foot is

BHRR's BW is normal, her HWT is negative! 馃檪 We are still waiting results from her Culture.

We did change her over to the Baytril – 1 x 150 MG SID and also put her on Deramaxx for comfort.

Her hearing is still something I am trying to figure out more – She is pretty much clueless that anyone is talking to her. Is this a) because she is deaf 2) because no one has ever addressed and 'talked' to her and she has no clue that life is now ABOUT her? 3) selective hearing 4) any combo of the first three.

I know she 'feels' vibrations for when you 'boom' your voice from the diaphragm, her ears will twitch.

The way she looks so intensely at me with those 'boston terrier' eyes, the most you feel that she is looking deep into your soul. She is quite visually impaired YET, that does not hold her back! She is like a wee giant ram in a china shop when she wants to go somewhere or go someplace.

She is a tough cookie and she and HQD are VERY much alike. They were either going to be like bosom buddies or, they were going to 'repel' each other and, to date, they are a sign of solidarity! UH OH! Another boot camp for me to figure out who is in whose!

She is learning to share. Water bowls are slowly getting better. 馃槈 She is eating better and, I am now feeding her five smaller meals a day.

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Bills To Date: $989.07
*Before PayPal fees

GENTLE REMINDER!

We are at PV Hazeldean – 457 Hazeldean Road on Saturday May 3rd from 10 AM – 3 PM!

This is s ONLY our second Community Education & Public Awareness Event for 2014 and, we are ONLY doing a total of 4!

MORE Details HERE!

In attendance representing BHRR shall be:

BHRR's Ethel
BHRR's Groves
& I will be bringing my own GD Matrix – I am neutering him on Friday and, so, he is going to be on Gwennie watch!

UPDATE: Below is the lovely board that Bre of PV Stittsville has put together in support of PAWS for BHRR!
Total of PAWS/Event Sales/Donations as of April 30th, 2014 – THANK YOU to all of the supporters: $5,140
*The goal that PV Stittsville has set for the month that includes the April 12/13 activity weekend: $5,000

We shall be bringing: Saturday April 12th, – BHRR's Flint,  BHRR's Noelle and BHRR's Leroy
We shall be bringing: Sunday April 13th – BHRR's Torque, Mr. Bubbles and BHRR's Treasure

AND, the councilor shall be at PV Stittsville for around 11 AM – 12:30 PM along with the paper!

AND, we will be doing doggy tattoos for a $5 donation!
**Blow pens and stencils and non toxic materials to be used

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ON Saturday April 12th – BHRR will be at their Store from 10 AM – 3 PM with BHRR Dogs TBD!
ON Sunday April 13th – BHRR will be at their Store from 11 AM – 4 PM with BHRR Dogs TBD!

MARK your calendars! HERE is the poster for PV Stittsville's annual PAWS Event! BHRR was so incredibly touched to have been chosen again in 2014 to be the recipients of this event! 馃檪 If anyone wishes to have a copy of this poster to help crosspost and share this event, PLEASE EMAIL

We would be so grateful for all the assistance in getting the word out!

For the whole month of April, PV Stittsville(1250 Stittsville Main), for your kind and giving donation, will have 'PAWS' that your name OR your pet(s) name will be written on and put up in their store in BIG appreciation. Funds from this Event will be used to help pay for BHRR's Purse Puppy, Coach who has been diagnosed at this time with at minimum, a congenital heart condition AND BHRR's Porridge, diagnosed with a nasal tumor.

BHRR shall only be making a maximum of 6 Public Awareness & Community Education appearances in 2014 and this is our first! 馃檪 We are booked for four to date, and, one more is in the works! COME on out, visit with us, some of the BIG DAWGS of BHRR and, have some fun! 馃檪

BHRR shall be at PV Stittsville on Saturday April 12th(10-3 PM) & Sunday April 13(11-4)!

FOR more details of this MUST ATTEND Event, please visit HERE!

Thanks to BHRR BOD member Barry once again, for hammering out with me this incredible poster! So talented!!! AND, thank you being publicly extended to our much loved extended fam at PV Stittsville for inviting us back again in 2014!!! 馃檪

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UPDATE #3 For Today:
UPDATE: OK! The Vet has now seen this classy lady. FINDINGS:


1) Her eyes are not as bulging today as yesterday so, they most likely were bulging more due to no leash manners plus stress and, I am relieved to note that we can officially rule out glacuoma at this time. It is most likely something similar to PRA(Progressive Retinal Atrophy). The Vet shall research further. She is already doing great with her nose, so shall give her some scent training to help her plus touch training for quality of life enhancement. Her hearing is limited and we also checked for infections.


Heart and lungs are great.

2) The Vet agrees that she does NOT have a spay incision and that she is not spayed. We will spay when she is healthier.

3) We are going to hold off on rabies as she is so painfully skinny


4) We will repeat bw and look closer at her eyes when she is spayed – when she is more healthy


5) We are discussing switching to Clav & Baytril for her UTI and will be adding Deramaxx to her protocol for she is very uncomfortable. Odd results with the UA as her urine is so acidic. We will repeat now that she is with BHRR by cysto and also culture


SHE is so so so freakin' awesome! So affectionate, bonding already and, so nosy and, full of beans!


OH, the Vet also thinks between 5 and 6.

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels Bills To Date: $989.07
*Before PayPal fees

UPDATE #2 For Today:
I am suspecting her age to be between 5/6. She has the clear masking gene that may give people the feeling that she is a lot older yet, her teeth, body condition(even despite being so skinny), energy level etc., does not scream senior to me…she is not a spring chicken yet, she is feisty and bouncing and also exhibits the behaviour of a dog that had been tied up for years….strong muscles in the buttocks from jumping up yet, is extremely wobbly when trying to walk or trot and, that comes from not being able to do so….. So, she was most likely tied up or penned in a small space. Once we get those nails trimmed up, she will also have better movement.

I have her at work with me today and she weighed in at 77 pounds. In looking through her records, she was picked up at 64 pounds, reached 68.2 pounds by April 24th and is now 77 pounds as of April 28th.

So, based upon her weight today, I would like to see another 20 pounds on her and, that would put her around 100 or pounds at ideal. So, since she was picked up as a stray she has put on 13 pounds and for those that have seen her, you know how uber skinny she is still.

So, from where she was to where I want her to be, that will be 36 pounds of weight needed. Poor thing…

The scar that the shelter feels is a spay scar, I think perhaps it is a c-section scar possibly. The chances that this dog was spayed in a first nations community is not high. Possible, not likely yet, we will all get a better look – I have not yet looked myself as of yet either.

We will look closer at a few of her nipples…they are not normal looking yet, dogs that have been over-bred can have them look this way.

Her eyes and hearing will also be further assessed.

Poor thing has anxiety issues and so, she is in boot camp for that.

AND, she had a surprise visitor today at KAH, Auntie Margaret Aris dropped by and, got to visit with BHRR's Ethel!

BHRR's Ethel WUVED Auntie Margaret!!!

The only thing I am looking for her right now are pillows and fuzzy/soft bath mats with the good underside that 'sticks' for her balance

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels 
*Before PayPal fees

UPDATE #1 For Today: She is coming to work with me today as from the very first time I saw her shelter photo's, I suspected eye issues and now, that she is here, getting her in, is even more urgent. I also suspect hearing impairment. She was sent with simplecif for her UTI that was discovered with an UA done at the shelter yet, it is so bad that I think I want her switched to a Baytril combo with Clav and want to do a culture. She is a bit of a hot mess and love her already!

One very needed nail trim coming up also plus a nice oatmeal bath.

She is a feisty wee thing!

Below is a photo of her on the transport leg that Mason & I did.

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels 
*Before PayPal fees

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BHRR's Ethel – April 27th, 2014

On April 21st, I received an email asking if we would consider helping a 'skin and bones' Senior GD, picked up as a stray and brought to their shelter on April 8th, 2014. They estimated her to be around 7 years of age. With BHRR's Torque being adopted on April 22nd, we committed. This Great Dane is ONLY the 2nd dog that BHRR has committed to in 2014. BHRR's Leroy, on April 5th was the first. We were told that she is a very sweet and a gentle girl. She is a Mantle Great Dane.

Her weight was 31 KGs(68.2 pounds). Emaciation cases is something, BHRR is very experienced plus knowledgeable in handling rehab successfully. 

With one more BHRR dog adopted – BHRR's Torque very recently and three more dogs under a pending adoption, we were comfortable taking one more special dog in and, she was the next in need after Torque was adopted.

She is ONLY the second dog in 2014 that BHRR has been able to commit to as we work to bring down our numbers. So, 7 dogs out and two in is good statistics to accomplish that, though, losing them to health reasons is not how we want to see our numbers go down …..and, we continue to network with other groups to save as many dogs as we can and, help dogs out in other means…..

By June, we are hoping to be able to be to be in the position to help one more dog.

Here is the additional information that we received after we stepped up. It matter naught to us what she looked like(we committed before even seeing photo's), medical status etc. She was the next in need and BHRR, is here to help the next one. They believed that she would not do well on their adoption floor.

"Our vet of record is going to be in house tomorrow(April 24th) so she is going to take another look at her to see if she is spayed and to make sure everything else is good with her.  She is 31kgs in weight. As of April 8th, she will be weighed again tomorrow. She had a booster and a nasal vaccination on April 8th and will be getting another booster before she leaves.  She has been heartworm tested and had some other blood work done as well that we would send copies with her.  She came to us on April 8th  from around 6th Nations.  They just found her wandering around the road and the kind finder brought her into the shelter. "

We began to try and work on transport for the weekend of the 26th, otherwise, she was going to have to wait another week.

I am surrounded with such generous and caring plus giving folks for, we mobilised and fast and, had this transport filled in short order! She had bw (normal and HWT is negative) and a UA and, she is battling a nasty UTI. She is on Simplicef 200 mg SID yet, I may get her switched over to something like Baytril. Her UTI is nasty. 馃檨 Thank you SO much to the shelter for doing all they did for her. Per her paperwork, they wrote there is a 'spay scar'. We will also check. She has at least one nipple that is enlarged, poor thing and, I will have my Vet team look closer. The Shelter Vet did not note any concerns though. :). I am already proactively de-worming her, after she arrived safely to us on the 27th of April. Will make another blog post with input from the angel tansporters that helped me get her closer to BHRR!

I am calling her BHRR's Ethel – meaning 'noble' and a version of Ethel means 'wise advisor', 'noble & strength' & 'intelligent'. When I posted seeking name suggestions for her, 88 posts made! WOW! – Charlotte made the suggestion that she needed 'a classy older lady name'. 馃檪

NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BI-WEEKLY AUTOMATIC DONATIONS OR EVEN MONTHLY DONATIONS HERE
(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Ethel’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Ethel's Angels 
*Before PayPal fees

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BHRR's Ethel – @ Shelter April 2014