I am just back from meeting up with BHRR’s Mindy’s new adoptive parents and I am soooooo happy for all of them BUT it always makes my eyes prick with tears in the saying of good-bye yet as I told them, it is a good thing that BHRR does and it is what we do and it is the right thing to do for these incredible creatures!!! BHRR’s Shiva is going to be so sad and they also made a caring comment about her and that was lovely to hear. I will ensure that BHRR’s Shiva gets some extra loving and adventures herself this next while to keep her busy and happy! ENJOY your new home BHRR’s Mindy and I look forward in seeing how you excel in your obedience classes!!!! I am sure that you shall continue making me so proud!

BHRR’s Mindy is being placed under an official “ADOPTED” Status and should all go well, she will head to her new forever loving home on Saturday August 7th! I am so happy for you BHRR’s Mindy!

Should all go well, BHRR’s Mindy could be in her new forever loving home by Saturday August 7th. Will update as I can.

We had a couple come to our BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE” Mini Open House this past Saturday to visit with us and the Danes under our program plus to meet many others that are seeking to support BHRR or current adopters and/or Volunteers of BHRR. It is so important for us to have people see first hand what they are looking into supporting and to visit with not just us but all the animals and other people that are involved or looking in becoming involved with BHRR. They were originally interested in either BHRR’s Shiva, BHRR’s Mindy or BHRR’s Dana and I am so happy they were able to make the trip and it turns out that they would like to be considered for BHRR’s Mindy. Their original interest was in a black female Great Dane and BHRR has three of those lovely beauties! So………..at this time I am putting BHRR’s Mindy under PENDING ADOPTION’ and shall not be taking any more inquiries or applications on BHRR’s Mindy until we determine if BHRR’s Mindy will or will not be adopted to this possible BHRR approved home. As for BHRR’s Shiva – she was not quite her normal amazing sweet self after her recent experience which was most unfortunate and as for BHRR’s Dana – she is truly not meant for a first time dog home the michievous wonderful MONKEY she is and/or first time Great Dane owner home plus also resorted back to some ‘excite’ jumping including once on myself on Saturday and so, I am also content at this time to consider BHRR’s Mindy for this home. They have been made aware that she is not a young puppy and also has her ‘interpersonal’ space preferences the regal queen she is and please keep BHRR’s Mindy in your thoughts!

On Friday May 28th, I did a HV for a possible new temp home for one of our BHRR animals and I brought both BHRR’s Shiva plus BHRR’s Mindy along with me. I felt that either one of these two black beauties could be a good fit for this home should the homevisit went well. Either one would be fine in a home that worked full time and to be the only dog AS long as the home ensured that they were going to have the temp foster be part of a regular dog social network. It was a good visit and both Great Danes were model citizens! I was so proud of them!!!! Upon leaving, I told the home once again that they could now talk and decide which one they felt would be a better ‘bond’ and ‘fit’ to their home and gave my own feedback; yet was open to either one being temp fostered by this home. I then received an email that they were finding it hard to choose between them and asked me what my own viewpoint was and in regards to personality; either one; yet with the layout of their home plus the size of their backyard(they indicated they would also be making repairs on their one side of fencing this year and we will re-visit that before winter); I professionally felt that BHRR’s Shiva was a better fit as BHRR’s Mindy is quite a bit taller and bigger than Shiva. YET, when it came down to it, I still was open to either being temp fostered. The home said that they would love on BHRR’s Shiva as a temp foster for BHRR and plans have been made for Shiva to go to this Temp Foster home on Friday June 18th. We will stay in frequent contact and make any adjustments as needed. HOPEFULLY, they will send lots of pictures along with the updates to come our way, so that we can keep her fans updated. Whether BHRR’s Shiva stays with this home for one week, two, 5 weeks or even months; it is of great benefit for more people ‘out’ there to meet this wonderful dog and then they may consider possibly adopting her. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This home will also have the opportunity to experience a Great Dane firsthand! With us knowing that this temp foster home could be coming on board; we did take on BHRR’s Apollo and with his imprending surgery plus that BHRR’s Ava Marie requires another surgery herself; BHRR still is very much full. We could always use more wonderful foster homes!!!! If you are not yet ready to adopt a Great Dane yet would like to assist Rescue, learn more about Great Danes etc.; then fostering might be for you!!! It is a huge win-win for everyone!

There are just not enough pictures of BHRR’s Mindy and so today in the chilly yet glorious morning of sunshine, I took a few and like always as soon as she knows I am snapping pictures, she closes her eyes! LOL So pictures # 7 –ย  #9 have now been added to Mindy’s slideshow and I am posting two below. For those fans of the ‘greying’ or ‘white’ muzzles like myself; you are going to love her frosting! She can be a real ‘pup’ some days and others days she is the ‘queen’ of decorum. What a hoot! AND those flying nun ears of hers, full of personality and character! She continues to patiently wait for her forever loving home.

BHRR’s Mindy(4+) – April 12th, 2010

I am so proud to say that Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) has met all the pre-approval compliance requirements for PayPal as a registered non-profit/charity organization!!!! I faxed over 40 pages of documentation including CRA forms, Banking and Legal information plus contacts last Saturday March 6th and today, I have heard back that all is in order from their extensive review and BHRR is now PRE-APPROVED as we move to our next status level from our registered non-profit to registered charity with the CRA to continue to collect much needed funds/donations via PayPal (account is gwen@birchhaven.org).

Additionally, per their User Policy Agreement; their policy includes a restriction on activities that involve an entry fee and a prize, such as raffles, drawings or lotteries. Therefore, just a HUGE reminder that for our upcoming Spring Fever Basket Raffle; please note that we will NOT accept payment for these raffle tickets via PayPal. BHRR will ONLY take Visa/MC/Amex/Cash/Email Transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or Check/MO/Bank Draft to โ€˜Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services’ for this raffle that shall commence on Friday March 19th.

Today before going to bed, I decided to do some ‘face’ shots of some of the BHRR Dogs. As I have not posted any new pictures of BHRR’s Mindy since her arrival to BHRR, I am adding two new pictures to her slideshow, #5 & #6 plus I am going to add one of those below. This girl is just so booootiful! She is extremely low maintenance these days now that the house rules are in place and Gwennie’s Doggie BootCamp went into full swing and she has come along really well with the sharing. You will often see her drinking at the same time for a dog bowl with at least one or two others now. YAY! She is also learning to not be so disgusted in her looks with how the antics of the young ones can be and she is really close to BHRR’s Shiva and they play a LOT together. Just do not tell Mindy that we can see her while she is playing like this! LOL It might upset her ‘princess’ tudness! ๐Ÿ˜› Once she had order in her life, she just has settled down really well and is no longer as unsure or nervous about things. Like all animals, she needs structured, routine and consistency plus training to giver her strong foundations to be built upon. She knows what is expected of her and she has responded wonderfully. She still is a bit handshy and will squint her eyes shut sometimes yet has gotten a lot better. She has discovered my kingsize bed and can often be found just lounging there. She continues to have full run of the house and has not destroyed or touched anything she should not. May her right matched home come along and she will be missed as she is a really lovely Great Dane!!!

BHRR’s Mindy – March 9th, 2010 – 4 years old


HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR ANIMALS RAFFLE – ONLY 300 Tickets available – *ENDS February 25th

On February 5th, BHRR Inc. was donated an amazing pair of Hockey Tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Montreal Canadians(The Habs) on Saturday March 20th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto starting at 7:00 PM. The seats are just inside the blue line – Row 12 section 107 and are excellent seats! The value on these pair of tickets is $400 CDA.

We shall only be selling 300 tickets and they are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. The ‘HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR INC. ANIMALS RAFFLE’ ticket sales shall begin on Tuesday February 9th starting at 8:00 AM EST and shall end on Thursday February 25th at 9:00 PM EST. The draw shall take place on Friday February 26th at 8:00 AM EST and the tickets can be couriered at no cost to the winner for their convenience to their place of business or home.

To purchase your raffle tickets, please email Gwen with your full name, phone number including area code, number of tickets you would like to buy and please indicate your method of payment.

Our deepest of thanks being sent out again to the generous donors of these WOW! Toronto vs. Montreal Hockey tickets to help BHRR Inc. continue to help animals in need of our program(s)!


B. Element of Ottawa, Ontario! CONGRATULATIONS! ย 

128 tickets SOLD & $1,120 raised!
Deepest of thanks being sent to everyone who has supported BHRR in this raffle! The funds raised has enabled us to purchase enough food to bring our resources to over 40 days(as of February 26th) AND to lower our current Vet bills to $2,700+

BHRR’s Mindy is doing great! She has been a wonderful influence on BHRR’s Dana and vice versa. Dana has taught Mindy to ‘chill’ a bit and to be more relaxed, playful and to not take life so seriously and Mindy has taught Dana how to be more of a lady here and there and not so much of a mischeivous ‘monkey’!ย  ๐Ÿ˜› They have a really good mutual understanding of each other and have really benefited from each others personalities. I love to watch Mindy with those long model legs get her playful zoomies on outside. She is really coming out of her own shell and has been such a low maintenance Dane to have here. She is 100% trustworthy in the house when we are not here and other than some barking at the coyotes; has rarely made a peep. She is quietly affectionate and eager to please and you just have to be careful about raising your voice too loud for she will flinch a bit and go to a bed to lay down. With a busy household, sometimes our voices have to be a bit louder than normal and this does affect Mindy and she has been adjusting really well. We are remaining as patient as can be that she and our other two black beauties of BHRR’s Dana plus BHRR’s Shiva will find their forever loving homes. I took some new pictures of her this week yet due to the lighting(at night) and her lovely dark coat; they did not turn out the best. So, I will take more this weekend to post. She tends to squint her eyes or shut them when we take pictures, even without the flash.

I wanted to post a INCREDIBLE note of public thanks to everyone that has supported BHRR Inc. for my `milestone`Birthday on February 3rd, 2010. An amazing $435.00 was raised in one day with the Gwennie’s 40th โ€˜Fight’ to Help the Animals Drive’ – Feb. 3rd, 2010 – Surprise for Gwennie’s 40th Birthday – *Goal $400 and a total of $858.00 has been raised from that Fundraiser plus those have sent in funds or attended a surprise bash for me on February 6th. I just cannot thank people enough for their continued belief in what BHRR Inc. represents and in reaching out to support our program(s) for animals in need. We were able to bring up our food resources to 60+ days and bring down our current Vet Bills to just over $3,200 with your donations. My most heartfelt appreciation and gratitude is sent out to everyone for this kindness shown. We are truly humbled…..

BHRRs’s Mindy is officially now “AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION”. She was a HUGE hit at our BHRR Inc’s Mini Open House yesterday! Another great time had by all! Our next BHRR Inc’s Mini Open House shall not be until June. Please email Gwen if you are interested in attending. We will only take a limited number of registrations(20) for attendance.ย 

On Wednesday February 3rd, 2010 there shall be a Fundraiser Dive whereby we are asking people that visit/hit the BHRR Inc. website to consider donating at least $5.00 in honour of Gwen’s milestone Birthday.

We are calling it ‘Gwennie’s 40th ‘Fight’ to Help the Animals Drive’ Our goal is to see if we can raise $400 in one day as a surprise to Gwen to help ease a bit her constant worry about much needed funds required in her fight to continue to save animals in need. Already 2010 is shaping up to be a really bad year for the requests for assistance have been many to date. If we take the average number of people that visit the BHRR Inc. site daily; 135; and each person donated just $5.00, the difference that can make to animals in need of this organization that Gwen founded back in 1996 would be big. If you believe in what BHRR Inc. represents our grateful thanks being extended to you for your consideration to help Gwennie continue with her vision of BHRR Inc. and to help even more animals deserving of a better chance of life. Updates will be posted throughout the day on the BHRR FB Group and on the BHRR Inc. website.

You can pay by PayPal or email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

The BHRR Inc. โ€˜I Believe’ Team


BHRR’s Mindy came to work with me on Saturday January 23rd and she weighed 50.2 KGs(110.44 pounds). I would like to see about another 7-10 pounds on her maximum. As posted in a previous blog a while back, too many people overfeed their Great Danes and that is of no benefit to their hips, joint, heart plus overall health. Mindy was given her DHPP booster and Rabies plus a HWT. Her heartworm test came back negative and even the Vet feels that what a terrible thing it must have been for Mindy to have been tied outside for her hair is so thin and literally non-existent on her belly. She interacted great with all humans plus dogs she met and even wanted to be a Vets’ Assistant at one point by trying to walk into an exam room! She is in glowing and excellent health. YAY! In driving to and from the Hospital, she likes to sit on the back seat with her front feet on the floor and look out the front window! ๐Ÿ˜› Other than some bad leash manners, her obedience is quite good and she is only crated for food sessions now due to how long it takes for her to very ladylike pick and eat her food. She is 100% trusted in the house at night and while we are away. She is a really great dog, a ‘princess’ yes and likes to do her own form of being a ‘brat’ and she is no wallflower; as she will stand up to BHRR’s Dana when she has had enough of Dana’s monkey business! Mindy truly does not need us much longer and I feel that after our upcoming BHRR’s Mini Open House in early February, we shall place her up for adoption. Her new forever loving adoptive family can continue on this front and the weight gain I would like to see, including muscle mass; will come in time. I have also microchipped Mindy and other than a small look of ‘disdain’ my way LOL; she was a doll. We shall see where nail trimming brings us this week yet I am not worried. She is a great dame of a dog and I also wanted to mentioned that the Vet also finds it hard to believe she is 6. I am going to change her status to 4+ years of age with all of our findings. Yes, she could very well be 6 despite all of her teeth, body condition, personality etc. and I shall be most honest in stating that! Mindy has been a joy to have here and may her forever loving home come along soon. She only needs minor ‘tweaking’ in her mannerisms(counter surfing, leash manners etc.) and even no longer barks incessantly like when she first arrived when she was outside(having been tied up outside explains much of this) and she comes in and out without nary a murmur these days. We still would like to see her go to an experienced home and one that if they have another dog; is compatible with her own energy level for she is a ‘princess’ and god forbid that a dog is too energetic as she just stands there with a most ‘put out’ expression and appears to roll her eyes. She would do best with another dog in a future forever loving home as I feel with most dogs they need their own social networks and this dog could be male or female. She gets along best with the dogs that are 3.5 or older here. The younger crowd just does not ‘mesh’ with her ‘tudeness. She just takes herself away from all of the action and lies down to look at them to say ‘why are you bothering to even begin to make yourself like an idiot!’ LOL Never a doubt as to what Mindy is thinking or feeling!

BHRR’s Mindy is fully integrated with all the dogs now and doing great. We are working on the ‘princess ‘tude’ and she is one brilliant girl that is for sure! She is feeling better and while still not eating normally, she is beginning to fare better and she will be coming with me to work on Saturday to the Vet Hospital for her vaccines/exam etc. I will try to take new pictures shortly!

BHRR’s Mindy did not have a great night. After she puked some yesterday, we fasted her for supper and when I went to bed around 3 AM, all was great yet she woke me up just after 4 AM and had puked all over her crate. I cleaned things up, she went outside to walk around and things seemed ok yet when I got up a wee bit later; she had puked again. I am going to monitor her for the next bit and if things do not improve, I shall bring her in.

OK! Measured BHRR’s Mindy, she is 35″. I will get a current weight on her on Saturday. She has been fully integrated with all the dogs except BHRR’s Albert and Storm. As predicted, BHRR’s Dana went right up to Mindy to see if she could find a new ‘partner’ for her mischievous crime waves and as expected, BHRR’s Mindy was not having anything to do with that. There was a very mild exchange of ‘words’ and this put Dana into a bit of a spin going up to Sean a bit unsure of things and looking for re-assurance. If ever there was proof that Dana is ‘hot air’ and ‘bluff’ without a mean bone in her body, this is it. BHRR’s Mindy has made it clear that she is going to want to be the leader female(if she has her way) and that is it. Just by a look she had BHRR’s Parker running into the bedroom to lie on the bed. LOL She is very set in her ways yet we share in this house and she will learn. We share our water bowls etc. She looks most put out by all the dogs milling around and wanting to smell and play with her and the stares she has given me to express her complete level of being unimpressed is hilarious. She has this way of ‘looking down’ at you with her head and chin tilted up and she is just so marvelous to watch in all her glory. Poor BHRR’s Potter is so ‘hurt’ by this lack of return affection and he is now pouting. The ‘princess’ ‘tude will be worked on. She knows when we say ‘no’ and mean it and she is being mindful of that right now. Cannot wait to see what happens when the honeymoon period is over if this is how she is now! She is not going to be able to go to an inexperienced home, that much I do know. Poor Dana is now continuing to try and ‘win’ Mindy’s approval and what is really needed, is a dog to put Mindy in her place in an appropriate manner. Not sure who is going to step up with that one at this time. It is going to be very fascinating to watch how the dynamics change in the house again with Mindy’s arrival. She is one smart cookie and I am looking forward to the magnificent challenges that lay ahead between her and I as we come to an understanding of how things are suppose to work and shall work!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I so love personality+ filled dogs and as much as a goober she is going to be, her affection and sweet side is worn on her ‘sleeve’ too. Her recall also totally sucks at this time and I know that I am going to have to ‘earn’ not only her trust but more her respect for her to feel that she should be listening.

BHRR’s Mindy arrived today. I have added 4 pictures to her slideshow and put one below. She has personality inside that quiet demeanor of hers! She is very tall for a female and I will measure her tonight yet I think around 35″. For all that have met BHRR’s Shiva; you will understand what I mean when I say that BHRR’s Mindy is a ‘taller’ version of her. She needs a pound or two and some muscle toning yet is in excellent shape and though her paperwork lists her as having a birthdate of January 11th, 2004 on the shelter paperwork(yet owners can put down wrong information); I am finding it very hard to believe she just turned 6. I would say 4+ years if I was a betting woman. The white on her face means nothing. With the ‘masking’ gene, many Danes are white/grey by the time they are 1, our Brindle RIP GD Dragon included. I SO love that look!!!! Her teeth, body condition etc. are just amazing! She is defnitely spayed and clearly has never had a heat nor litter in her life. She was a great travel buddy on the way home, looking out the window, asking for some love by sniffling my hair or bumping my elbow and she came to the post office with me, through Timmie’s and just did marvelous. It was because she was such a great travel buddy that I did some errands with her. She was clearly given a nice sweetsmelling bath before I got her and had a nail trim yet for some reason, she was reeking of cigarette smoke. She came home, had a nice pee and some diarrheoa outside and when she came in, she was fine with our almost 11 year old Kona yet was not too enamored with BHRR’s Potter, who was very excited to think that there was a new playmate for him here. She was really good about trying to communicate her displeasure with him and his e-collar. Well done Mindy! Poor Potter, Albert wants to love him, he does not want to be loved by Albert; Potter wants to play with Mindy and Mindy wants nothing to do with him!ย  ๐Ÿ˜› Mindy was not very keen on going into her crate and with some persuasion of food, we got her in and she did vomit up some of her food a few hours later. I have begun to de-worm her under our Panacur protocol. I have put her on Sentinel and on Saturday when she sees the Vet, I will bring in blood for a HWT and have her DHPP booster done plus Rabies. I would think that in a couple of weeks, BHRR’s Mindy will be put up for adoption. I just want to get to know her better and to best determine what home she will be well suited too. Though, she has loved all humans and is calm, comfortable and confident; she has been a bit displeased with the dogs going up to her crate to investigate her(not abnormal behavour by any means for a lot of dogs). She has done some barking in her crate to tell me how she feels about being in there and us out here.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think I am going to LOVE this girl very much! Overall she has settled in her crate wonderfully. She showed deep interest in the horses, yet was not fixated. She noticed the guinea pigs yet also did not seem particularly taken with them or not taken with them. Tonight, we shall integrate her with some of the other dogs and see how things go. Her leash manners leave a bit to be desired too. As Sean was trying to work on his laptop today, she kept going up and bumping his elbow and ‘talking’ to him for some attention and loving. A princess in the development she could very easily be. I know that BHRR’s Dana has her knicker all twisted right now, anxious to meet her and set about the ground rules.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am looking forward in getting to know her better. She has also now been integrated with Cherokee and BHRR’s Parker and all seems to be fine. A busy household we have been these past couple of days with the addition of BHRR’s Albert plus Mindy. WELCOME BHRR’s Mindy to the family AND know that WE want you and that YOU are deserving of all the great things life has to offer!!!

BHRR’s Mindy – Day of Arrival – January 19th, 2009

I want to express our deepest of thanks to Liz Bradley of The Ottawa Dog Blog who posted a very heartwarming post on her blog on January 13th, 2010 on behalf of The BHRR Team in regards to our food shortage. What a touching surprise. For the next week; we will post the total of food plus monetary and other donations that come our way. Even a $5.00 contribution to BHRR is huge, so please do not feel that something might be too small to donate. Your $5.00 adds to someone else’s which adds to another person’s and together, we can do great things with your kindness! This past year has been a really bad one for food for BHRR. This is the third food shortage we have hit since last spring and the requests for assistance are increasing. BHRR cannot commit to more Giant Breeds at this time without more monetary and food resources at our disposal.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฅ It really does tear me up to think of the dogs that are being kept outside in this cold weather without shelter or food, those that are being abused with starvation, being beaten, being forced to have litter upon litter, those that are living in physical pain as they have injuries or illnesses left untreated, the emotional abuse etc. and I say this because it is the reality of what is happening out there; and not to just be dramatic. BHRR can do so much more if you would just consider supporting us. Please…. Think what it costs to feed your one or two or even three dogs and times that by 10 for the animals that are or will be here by next Tuesday with BHRR’s Minday and Albert arriving. PLUS we have another 22 Great Danes that are under BHRR’s authority in the USA by the Court having asked Gwen in March of 2009 if she would assist them for otherwise; their fates would be even more unknown; as they await the court date to decide their future due to a hoarding seizure. All have needed to be fully vetted, more than half are also on Thyroid medications AND should the court rule in the dogs favour; all will need to be altered. This was a huge undertaking by BHRR as we are a very small Rescue yet we could not turn our backs on them. The great thing is that should the ‘good’ guys win; 20 of them have homes to call their own permanently and we think they all might be foster failures when the time comes! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yet our adoption fees are only a few hundred dollars and BHRR spends over $2,450 just in food alone per month at this time. Here is a link to our REALITY page. This is why BHRR exists.

Total $ Raised to Date: $485.00
Food Raised to Date: 200 pounds of dog food from Pam at Global Pet Foods – Ancaster
Other Donations:

I have BHRR’s Mindy booked to see the Vet for Saturday January 23rd, 2010. Looking forward to Tuesday and seeing you Mindy!

Looks like we can get a transport organized for Tuesday January 19th for BHRR’s Mindy to come here and we have learnt that she is spayed and we will do her HWT and other needed vetting upon her arrival. Cannot wait to meet you!

After coming out of a meeting a short while ago, I opened up my email and I saw funds donated to BHRR for Food. AND when I popped on my FB Page, I saw that a friend of ours; who is celebrating a birthday today; has asked that people donate to BHRR for his birthday. As I wrote in his wall; I could have just reached through the computer and hugged him. BHRR has enough food for the next 8-9 days maximum. Today, when donations come in via PayPal or email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org OR when someone sends us an email indicating that they will donate a bag of food; we will put the tally here to show our true public appreciation of emotion to everyone that contributed to helping BHRR save lives for as many hear me saying so often; ‘FOOD IS/MEANS LIFE’ to BHRR.

For my birthday please consider donating even $5 to BHRR they are in a major FOOD CRISIS*****Please consider donatating a Bag of food to Birch Haven Rescue andRehabilitation Services or paypal funds would also be greatlyappreciated……….birchhaven.orgย 

Total Received To Date From The ‘Birthday’ Food Angels:

Monetary Donations: $200.00

I feel that this is an important blog to make as many people seem to be under the ‘myth’ that Giant Breeds only live to between 5-7 years of age. With the recent commitment by BHRR to two Great Danes, aged 6 and approximately 7; we have received several emails from people asking ‘why’ would we want to help two dogs that would be dead soon as Danes only live to up to 7. That just took me aback somewhat. We have had Danes live up to over 12.5+ years of age and have friends that own Great Danes 10, 11, 12 etc. Our Maggi lived to almost 9, Dragon almost 8. AND yes, we have had Danes that we lost at 5.5 months of age, 11 months of age, 3.5 years of age. We had one friend lose hers at 15 and another one at age 17. There is no crystal ball that will tell you how long your precious pet will live yet with today’s increased knowledge of better nutrition, exercise plus vetting, Giant Breeds are living longer and higher quality lives than ever before. Many people, experienced with Giant Breeds will say 8-10 years for life expectency, others 10-12 yet the reality is that when you open up your heart to a Giant Breed, you know that they are not going to live to 20 or 22 years of age like quite a few smaller dogs. With their giant sized hearts and bodies, living takes it toll yet in those years these incredible creatures are with us; they pack so much life into what time they do have on this earth if given the chance and BHRR is about helping the next one in need; not turning their back on a Dane because some feel they are ‘too’ old and we are wasting much needed time plus resources including a spot in our program to them. One person stated that they would not contribute any funds to our program(s) for much needed food as we are planning on assisting BHRR’s Albert and BHRR’s Mindy. I guess this person was not around when we assisted 8 year old BHRR’s Olivia and she lived to just over 12 years of age; passing away in 2009. OR BHRR’s Sampson George or BHRR’s Arlo or…or…or… BHRR will not turn away a Dane because they are black(big black dog syndrome), blind, deaf, senior etc. and while we are in great need of funds to purchase food or food donations themselves; we are not going to say ‘no’ to helping Danes in need of BHRR because someone refuses to believe that all wonderful dogs in need of rescue are deserving of great lives. I am saddended by this position and hope that this attempt to educate the public is understood and that opening up your heart to adopting a Giant Breed in need means just that; opening up your heart to a Giant Breed in need for however wonderfully long(and we hope it is) or short it might be. Just think, these dogs are often housebroken, past the teething/destruction stages, many can have some obedience and that means leash manners and for anyone that has gone through the puppy stages; many can attest to many a sleepless night, yet another pee or other ‘pressie’ in the house; having to buy a new pair of gloves, shoes etc., the sometimes socket wrenching yanking on the leash, the jumping up and getting fat lips or black eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Puppies are great, without a doubt yet so are those 3 year olds and those 6 year olds and those loveable greying faced Seniors. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Saying to me to not help an older dog in need is like saying to me to not help a deaf dog or a blind dog or a dog like BHRR’s Jaxson who needed a leg amputation or…..or….or….it just not going to happen. BHRR focuses on the SN’s for a reason and all of our supporters, volunteers, adopters etc. believe in our program(s) and understand why we do what we do. As for the others, I am truly sorry that you cannot see past age, eyes, ears, colour etc. to what really matters.

Here is some of the information that we have on BHRR’s Mindy. We are now trying to co-ordinate date/time for BHRR to bring her into our program(s). We have no idea at this time if she has been HWT, spayed(most likely not) and what colour she is and as always, it matters not. She will receive some vaccines and begin a de-worming program before leaving the shelter. Please consider donating to our food resources for with two more Danes in need of BHRR; we have enough to last us until around January 22nd, 2010. We are getting in a desperate situation again. Thanks in advance for the consideration as always from our hearts!

She was brought to the shelter because her previous guardian had a daycare at home, and parents thought that she was intimidating for the children. As for her previous everyday life, her family didn’t have time to go for runs with her, but she was free in the house, and tied up when she was outside. She runs away if she is loose outside for more than 15 minutes, although she doesn’t always run away if there are people with her. She barks if she is left alone outside.

Her previous owners informed us that she is fearful and aggressive with men, however here, she was handled by both men and women, both employees and volunteers, without any problems. Previous family says that she is friendly with women, as well as with children and dogs, but aggressive with cats (we did not put her in contact with a cat here at the shelter). According to prev. owner, she is not protective and she doesn’t have fears. She can be calm, nervous, or happy during car rides. She is used to dog parks, likes to run and to play with other dogs. She is very docile and doesn’t take a lot a space in the house, according to the prev.owner. When an employee here took her for a walk and met a small dog, Mindy didn’t pull on her leash to go see him, although he caught her attention. All in all, she seems to be a nice girl who simply longs for a loving home.

BHRR has been asked to take in a 6 year old Female Great Dane from Sherbrooke, QC. We are awaiting more information on her yet have been told she is quite social. I have also been told that she has been at this shelter since before XMAS.