BHRR’s Flame(GDx) was ADOPTED tonight!

As I have said it before it only takes one application, the right one for an approved adoption to occur and in the 5+ months we have been waiting patiently for her right matched forever loving home to find her, she had not one application….

Well, she finally had one recently and it was the right one!!

Thank you Julie and Sean for assisting me with this home-visit and thank you to this lovely home in opening up their hearts to a BHRR dog in need of a home to call her very own.

Wonderful home and another heartwarming experience….

BHRR’s Flame, I am so going to miss you….I really am yet the tears in my eyes are ones of not sadness yet deep happiness for you and your new family!!

You are adored and always shall be and now your new family will continue on where we started and give you so many future chapters in your story of love, happiness, great experiences and memories.

I know your Mama GD BHRR’s Eve’s own special home is out there also and we remain patient….

BHRR’s Flames adoption fee shall go towards our hope/goal of raising the $5,000 more we need to bring the three deaf/blind Brazilian Dane Babies to our Haven Program. Please do consider their worthy cause and help us…

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BHRR’s Flame is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We promise to keep you updated as we can.

 

*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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We are just 5 SLEEPIES away to our biggest Fundraiser Event of the year. 馃檪 July 10th!

Thank you to everyone that is making this a most promising and exciting event again for 2016!

What has traditionally been the largest microchip fundraiser in Canada!

Kanata Animal Hospital’s 9th ANNUAL Microchip, Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser!

There shall also be ear cleaning, a silent auction table, baked goodies for humans, doggie treats, Canine Water Wellness shall be there, Pet Valu shall have our dog cooling/treat station again in 2016, Pet photography, Face-painting and so much more!

Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! 馃榾

No appointments necessary!
Rain or Shine!
9 AM – 4 PM
440 Hazeldean Road

Here is an update on what we are still needing:

BHRR is in search of the following items for our event for 2016!!!
Thank you in advance for any consideration!!
STILL ISO:
1) Volunteers to put up posters in their local community including training facilities, work, friends, family, neighbours etc. Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
2) Donations of pop, bottled water, & small bags of chips.
3) NEED DRAW PRIZES! Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
4) Bags of ICE! ICE! ICE!
5) Silent Auction Items
6) Human Bakers
7) Dog Treat Bakers
8) Gift cards – please email contactbhrr@gmail.com
9) Coolers to borrow for pop/juice/ice
10) Tables
11) Chairs
12) 1 more Tent – I have three, PV Stittville will have one, CWW will have one, Doogie will have one, The Maracle Family will have one.
***This event is such a great time!***

Here is the Facebook Event Page to join and stay updated! 馃檪

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A little blurb on BHRR’s Flame from her date home. Thank you for the pictures and in giving her this wonderful experience!

“We decided to go about our business and normal stuff at home and suddenly she was beside us in the kitchen! I have taken her for a very gentle walk around the block now that the rain has stopped and wish I could have snapped a picture of her cocking her head trying to figure out what the sewer/rain water noise was all about near our park! She is still feeling timid and unsure but has started exploring the house slowly. A bit of counter surfing which we are correcting quickly, her obedience and leash manners are lovely!!”

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Though the weather outside is truly made for ducks today and our neighbours’ ducks are having a grand time, we have two lovely BHRR doggies on their special picnic dates today!

BHRR’s Flame(Available for Adoption – 6 months of age and is a GDx. She will never be a giant in size- takes after whatever her sire was for is nothing like her GD mama in size, or even be a large dog yet she is giant in heart, personality and soul.) – shown in this awesome photo taken by her date home! Her mama GD Eve is also available for adoption!

Many may remember when she came to BHRR with her one remaining surviving sibling, BHRR’s Ember at just 2 weeks of age with their mama GD BHRR’s Eve.

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BHRR’s Bell(Available for Adoption) – picture is one, I took on the drive in on my iPhone. Quality not the best…..yet still a good shot of this lovely gal! She is blind/deaf on one side and has come a long way she she arrived to BHRR. Incredible social and affectionate girl. Not to mention how beautiful she is. 馃檪

That makes four special dates out of 16 done this week and another six are already booked for later this month. 馃檪

Thank you again to all participating homes for giving these amazing BHRR dogs these positive experiences and for the photo’s and the write-ups for their blogs!!

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BHRR’s Flame – April 10th, 2016 – GDx

Today, she is ready to make her big special announcement!

She is now AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She did it! She beat so many odds and she is truly a miracle baby! She is ~4.5 months of age now and she has had regular exams – ~ every 2 weeks – since she first arrived to BHRR at 2 weeks of age.

She has had the proper de-worming protocol since 2 weeks of age, fecals, her three round of puppy vaccines (we do not just give one round and then let our approved adoptive homes do the rest), had pre-op blood-work done and was spayed. We also microchipped her.

She is going to need a dog experienced home, not necessarily a Dane experienced home for she is a big personality filled gal!

We are not sure what breed her ‘dad’ is, yet she takes after him in size and a lot of in personality for she is incredibly headstrong – no fear! – brilliant to a fault, feisty and she needs a home that is going to give her the continued proper structure and obedience she needs to keep her being such a great gal yet at the same time a home that shall never break that incredible BIG heart and HUGE spirit of hers!

She is loyal, extremely so…win her trust and she would do anything for you….well, as long as she thought it was a good thing to dog!

She thinks, and is great at problem and puzzle solving. An active home, yet, one that is not too crazy busy that she would be flooded or over stimulated. She deserves to have so much time and focus spent on her and giving her the great future she deserves!

She is housebroken – yet, thinks she may melt in rain or snow! She would be fine as an only puppy in the home as long as she has a great social network of her own AS she needs it to keep her minding her p’s and q’s plus friends are important!

She sleeps through out the whole night and has since she was so wee. Crate trained and is so good about only chewing on things that she should…you just have to show her at times what is and is not ok…she is still very much a baby….so, patience, time, consistency and not only oodles of love are needed.

She has proven fine with cats and her BFF here is BHRR’s Steam so, a right matched personality fit dog in the same home would be great….

She is playful, excellent recall, has that sit down to a perfection and her leash manners are really quite fine.

She is quiet and will only tend to ‘woof’ a bit if she hears other dogs and corrects beautifully.

She can go to a home that works ft, pt, from home, semi retired or retired etc. She is another amazing BHRR versatile dog.

She can be a bit of a bossy bit of goods and once again, corrects well. It is that strength and backbone that has made her a survivor. She was only two pups to survive to make it out of the shelter and her sister, BHRR’s Ember fought the great battle for 6 days and then passed away…I think her sister would be proud of her sister.

She will never be a ‘giant’ breed dog in size, she is just over 40 pounds now yet, ~75 without a home getting her fat is a quite reasonable expectation to how she may end up…one never knows with this stunning mixes. She may end up ~ 65 she may end up 80….who knows yet, as long as she is not fat – a BIG pet peeve of mine in seeing dogs overfed when they had been adopted, lean, full of muscle mass and looking incredible. We have in our adoption packages great detail re: proper weight and yet, we still end up seeing fat dogs. OK! Off my soapbox!

BHRR’s Flame has gone to community education and public awareness events since she was healthy and even has had some special play visits. She is well balanced and rounded and she makes me SOOOOOOO proud!

Also, she keeps me on my toes! AND, I love that about her…..

When that right matched home comes along and finds her, this journey with BHRR’s Flame shall end in my home yet the tears I shall shed will be the best ones for she DID it! SHE DID IT!

GO BHRR’S Flame GO! You are incredible! You are inspirational and thank you to the KHS for entrusted her and her Mama GD Eve and her sister to us…..

Thank you Melissa for the gorgeous photo’s of her and for Sandra for the loving hands yesterday for this photo shoot!

As a fyi, the shaved patch on her leg is from her IV line when she was spayed. 馃檪

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AND while BHRR’s Gentle Jake snoozed in the rare to be seen of late sun on our way home from the professional photo’s, this was BHRR’s Flame’s face as we were driving! She was now all ‘revved’ up and ready to go!! LOL

She is such a character!!

Special announcements to be made once their prof photo’s come in!

Thank you again Melissa for your time plus talent and to Sandra for the extra hands!!

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Someone was so sad yesterday when I went to pick her up…..then when she saw me, she was so happy.

BHRR’s Flame had her ‘big girl’ day yesterday (pic taken at the Hospital is not the best for once she saw me, she wanted out!). She was spayed and microchipped.

She weighed 13.6 Kgs so has not yet even crossed 30 pounds at four months of age and so a ‘wee’ giant who is not taking after her GD Mama Eve at all! At this rate of growing, she may make 70-75 pounds and 100% feisty!

In about a week or so, she will have her own special announcement to make and I am going to feel like such a proud ‘parent’! Hard to believe that she once was 2 weeks of age being held plus tube fed in my hands….

She had a quiet yet a really good night and took her Tramadol like a champ with a small amount of food and lots of gentle cuddles…even fell asleep in my arms as we pulled her iv line out last night…

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This morning, Miss Flame had her Xpen door open and it did not take long to find out where she decided to finish out the rest of her sleep….

Smartie pants at four months of age has now figured out how to slide the pins on the door of her Xpen!

BHRR’s Flame(GDx) shall be spayed and microchipped on Thursday and shortly after, will have her special announcement to make!

She says Happy sleepy Tuesday to all!

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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

BHRR’s Flame had her final boosters tonight!

She was 12.3 KGs(27.06 pounds) tonight and was SOOOOO good! She is 3.5 months old now.

She showed everyone her lovely manners and was great other than one ‘moment’ when doing her nails….bossy bit of goods!

So, she has slowed down even further with her growing and so, taking after her sire even more now, whatever breed(s) he is! At the rate that she is now growing, she may make 70/75 pounds.

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Her spay is scheduled for the end of March and from there she shall be ready to make her special announcement!

In this picture as Sean/Kinsley ran into Costco, she and I hung out in the car tonight and she decided that she was going to ‘hold down’ the driver’s seat while we waited for Sean/Kinsley to return.

She has been an absolute treasure to have here….in so many ways!

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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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BHRR’s Flame – 3 months of age
March 12th, 2016

Her St. Patty’s Day ‘bow’ is too big for her!

She had a marvelous day on Saturday at PV Stittsville at our 2nd community education / public awareness event of 2016!

She is heading in for her final boosters this Wednesday and her spay is being rescheduled until most likely next week. From there, she will have her special announcement to make!

Thank you to Melissa of Bella Photography for this beautiful photo of this gorgeous GDx puppy!

Miracle baby….

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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!

BHRR’s Flame is now passed out from today’s BHRR’s Private ‘EXPERIENCE’!

She charmed her way even deeper into the hearts of the folks here today!

She is now crashed as is the wee fireball of BHRR’s Steam!

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BHRR’s Flame – March 6th, 2016
3 months of age

She is waiting for our guests to arrive for their BHRR Private “EXPERIENCE”!

She promises to be on her best behaviour *cough* and what a great day for this Private EXPERIENCE!

-2 degrees under almost complete sunny skies!

We have lots of great things planned for the home that is coming out today!

Happy Sunday to all!

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BHRR’s Flame – 3 months of age!
Someone found the couch….*cough*

BHRR’s Flame has one final round of boosters to have(BHRR ensures that every canine under our care receives the full round of booster series prior to being placed up for adoption) and is scheduled for a pediatric spay – March 17th.

As she is not a single bred Great Dane and is beginning to take more and more after her sire – leaning towards possible GS – in size(will be a large not giant dog when done growing), we are comfortable spaying her at 4 months of age…..

At that time, she will then be ready to make her special announcement and we shall begin to take applications for homes to adopt her.

Like all of our BHRR dogs, she will only be placed with that right matched forever loving home.

She has been an absolute special girl to have had with us…..she is going to make me bawl many tears of such joy….and some sadness. Having had her in my hands at just 2 weeks of age and seeing her now, what a heart-warming and also heart-wrenching journey it has been.

She is the lone survivor of her litter and my heart is going to feel so much happiness to see her in that right home meant for her!

At this time, she shall also be gracing us at PV Stittsville either the Saturday March 12th or the Sunday March 13th – NOT yet determined.

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Someone had her booster tonight! BHRR’s Flame is now 12 weeks of age!

She weighed 10.2 kgs(22.44 pounds!). So her growth has really slowed down and at the rate that she is now growing she may reach 70-75 pounds yet, no matter how big or small this gorgeous GDx baby is going to be, she is 100% special.

She rocked her exam, aced her latest nail trim and charmed quite a few folks. So many of those at KAH have watched her grow up from 14 days of age onward.

Sorry for the poor photo quality, dark outside! She is watching for Mason to come out of the fish store we went to after her Vet visit. She and I stayed in the car and she kept a close look-out for her ‘kid’

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BHRR’s Steam says THANK you to all the brave folks that came out to visit us at Pet Valu Kanata Centrum today! It may have been cold outside(apparently colder than the North Pole today! OUCH!), but, it was nothing but warmth inside!

Our mini-microchip clinic saw three more amazing animals chipped – one gorgeous cat and two stunning dogs – to help them get back home should they become lost or stolen.

We did 6 nail trims and 1 ear cleaning on one beautiful Newf! Total $70

We had donations of $150.40 that included our red carpet pooch smooch sessions and $10 in merchandise was sold.

We gave out roses and chocolate bunnies and thank you Dawn for the brownies! Aaron immensely enjoyed the candy hearts we brought too!

Final total raised today was $350.40 and we are back at Pet Valu Kanata CENTRUM (300 Early Grey Drive) tomorrow from 11 AM – 4 PM

Tomorrow, we are planning on bringing BHRR’s Whisper(her d茅but), BHRR’s Salem and quite possibly BHRR’s Hercules(tripod extraordinare) to smooch and snuggle with their fans!

We will be doing Nails, Ear Cleaning and Microchipping again tomorrow and our famous red carpet pooch smooch sessions shall be in full swing!

Thank you to Aaron, Cherie, Grace, Dawn and Sean for the extra hands! We are NOTHING without our fabu Volunteers.

Thank you to Regan and her outstanding staff for welcoming us with such openness plus kindness. Thank you also again for the donations of food!

Thank you to all that believe in what we do, came out to hang – BHRR’s Steam had several visitors that took on the cold to see her!, talk BIG DAWGS, came together in friendship, and to support the animals of BHRR! We are so filled with appreciation!

BHRR’s Flame ROCKED her own d茅but today!

BRING on tomorrow, the BHRR and Boerskins are ready for another special day!

*This photo of BHRR’s Steam is courtesy of The Maracle Family*

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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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HRR’s Flame says that with all the excitement of the DNA game, that she is pooped…..she will make her announcement tomorrow…

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Someone says ‘pssst….come close…..no, closer still….even closer….smooch!’

BHRR’s Flame (11 weeks of age!) wants to say that she has an exciting announcement to make later tonight…..

Stay tuned…….

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Nap-time is always better with a snuggle buddy!

BHRR’s Flame(10 weeks of age!) and BHRR’s Steam AKA Steamboat(1 year).

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BHRR’s Flame loving the gorgeous weather day today! AND helping me bring the groceries in.

10 weeks of age now and every day I fall in love further!

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Someone is crashed……finally from all the excitement of our first BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house of 2016!!

BHRR’s Flame at her first EXPERIENCE herself! 9 weeks of age and a huge hit!

Another great day being had!

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BHRR’s Flame weighs 8.15 Kgs(17.93 pounds) at 9 weeks of age. A small girl she shall not be…though, she does not resemble Mama Great Dane Eve in looks and shall not be her size(almost 115 pounds and still putting on some weight Mama is), BHRR’s Flame is not going to be a medium size dog…she may well top 90-95 pounds at the rate she is growing. I have many other blogs to update in her history and shall continue to do so over time.

What is she mixed with?! One of the biggest questions I get and I do not know…the shelter did not know and the O. that dumped Mom and babies at the shelter ‘thought’ GS or Hound yet, they did not even know. Well, I see possible GS in this cutie patootie yet, she is what she is….and, it does not matter. We may do a DNA test for ‘fun’, we may not. Does not matter at the end of the day and nor shall it matter to her right matched forever loving home.

She is beautifully in proportion and continues to show all how brill she is, sitting for treats and not even being prompted to sit and demonstrating her ‘check in’ abilities also.

She would make an excellent obedience dog and she sure loves to climb! I think she may well be part ‘goat’ 馃榾

She was extremely well behaved, great with obedience(recall etc.) and truly melts my heart….from 14 days to 9 weeks in a blink!!

One her bloodwork comes back, and we anticipate all as being normal – she has also been de-wormed to date per proper Veterinary protocols at 2, 4,6, and 8 weeks so far and her fecal was negative – we will be making a notification re: her about when she will be placed up for adoption and the intake of applications for her.

At this time, we continue to NOT take any applications on her for any home to be considered as a right matched personality fit for her.

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BHRR’s Flame is on her way to KAH! Booster and blood work time!

She is now 9 weeks of age and doing well!

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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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It is puppy weigh day, December 13th, 2015. They are a miraculous 3 weeks now.

BHRR’s Flame is bombing along now and BHRR’s Ember, while still on antibiotics herself is catching up. What a roller coaster 6 days it has been….

Mama Great Dane, BHRR’s Eve still is struggling. Ups and downs with her still.

BHRR’s Flame is now 2 Kgs(4.4 pounds)
BHRR’s Ember is now 1.82 Kgs(4.004 pounds)

This is BHRR’s Flame in the weighing ‘pot’ on the scale on the left and BHRR’s Ember on the right! BHRR’s Ember, she is not a ‘camera stealer’ kind of gal. She much prefers her sister get the lime-light…a bit camera shy. She was always moving away from Sean’s phone.

We call them our ‘Girls ON Fire’ or ‘Fire Girls’

For those that have offered up items to help us with this ‘wee’ Rescue Family, and are asking where to drop them off:

Kanata Animal Hospital – 440 Hazeldean Road –
3:30 PM Monday December 14th
8:00 PM Tuesday December 15th
8:00 PM Thursday December 17th

Birch Haven Rescue –
2:00 PM Saturday December 19th

Our most urgent needs are:
1) Pee Pads
2) PVD Essential Care CANNED Puppy Food
3) Esbilac Milk Replacer – Mom is producing little milk and only able to nurse them now a couple of times a day – puppies are currently being tube fed and eating a small amount of a ‘gruel’ mixture of milk replacer/corn syrup + water 1:10 ratio/PVD Essential Care Canned Puppy Food
4) Towels
5) Soft Blankets
6) As they age, small appropriate puppy toys
7) All three have an account at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 – ‘Eve’, ‘Puppy A’ and ‘Puppy B’ all are under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) account and the bills are mounting up fast. It is close to XMAS and we know we really do not have any right to ask for monetary donations.
We know that times are tough for so many and, if anyone does have $5.00 to spare, please perhaps consider donating to help this 6 year old Mama Great Dane and her 2 surviving babies. Must have been so hard for her to lose her other babies.
8) Prayers, blessings and well wishes….they need them….

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VIDEO of BHRR’s Ember and BHRR’s Flame having their 1 AM feed!

They are 100% adorable and so different in personality. So young yet those temperaments are quite apparent. As BHRR’s Ember becomes healthy, it shall be great to see the ‘true’ her also.

Passed out after a visit to the milk bar – BHRR’s Flame!
20 days of age!

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Great news! Mama Eve got to have her IV line pulled today!!! As long as Mama keeps eating and drinking more and more, she can stay of the IV.

Here is Mama Eve and BHRR’s Flame and BHRR’s Ember.

BHRR鈥檚 Eve and BHRR鈥檚 Flame and BHRR鈥檚 Ember鈥檚聽 Miracle Angels: $1,225 donated to date & Bills $4,509.93
*before paypal fees
Lianne 鈥 Dog Bed for Mama GD Eve
Jan
Gracie 鈥 IKEA Pillows, two towels and some wool blend packing blankets
Julie B.
Christine 鈥 Some puppy toys
Karen
Kim
Dawn
Lianne – Donation towards a case of PVD Essential Care Puppy
Maddie – Case of PVD Essential Care Puppy, 3 cans of Esbilac milk replacer, PV Valu Paw Print Mat 60″ x 30″

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Babies now have names!

I picked them and Gwennie filled in their description of the why they are named such.聽 馃檪

Puppy A – BHRR’s Flame – she is feisty, strong and quick to ‘combust’ to action and melts your heart. Ever-changing, independent and beautiful.

Puppy B – BHRR’s Ember – never rule out the importance of the slow burning embers of a fire…..slow and steady she goes, determined, possessing her own inner strength, not easily ‘snuffed’ and fills your heart with such warmth. Not to meantime the beauty of the embers of a fire!

Here are our current needs as promised and as requested by several angels wanting to step up to help us with the 6 year old Mama Great Dane, now named BHRR’s Eve and her 2 x 2 week old babies, both girls.

BHRR’s Flame – has a fiery and feisty personality
BHRR’s Ember – is full of inner strength and determination

1) Pee Pads
2) PVD Essential Care CANNED Puppy Food
3) Esbilac Milk Replacer – Mom is producing little milk and only able to nurse them now a couple of times a day – puppies are currently being tube fed and eating a small amount of a ‘gruel’ mixture of milk replacer/PVD Essential Care Canned Puppy Food
4) Towels
5) Soft Blankets
6) As they age, small appropriate puppy toys
7) All three have an account at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 – ‘Eve’, ‘Puppy A’ and ‘Puppy B’ all are under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) account and the bills are mounting up fast. It is close to XMAS and we know we really do not have any right to ask for monetary donations.
We know that times are tough for so many and, if anyone does have $5.00 to spare, please perhaps consider donating to help this 6 year old Mama Great Dane and her 2 surviving babies. Must have been so hard for her to lose her other babies. 馃檨
8) Prayers, blessings and well wishes….they need them….

Both puppies were at high risk as was mom to die earlier this week…….we are taking each day as it comes and I am becoming an expert in 20-30 minute power naps!

One of the Vets on this case said to me yesterday that she would not have been surprised to have seen one, if not both puppies and also mom die(stress bloated) between Tuesday and Wednesday, they were that critical. Whatever Puppy B(BHRR’s Ember) had developed at the shelter, Puppy A(BHRR’s Flame) picked up.

Puppy B(BHRR’s Ember) also remains on liquid Clavamox antibiotics at this time.

Thank you everyone for reading this post.

Welcome to BHRR our beautiful rescue family……you are surrounded by so much love, heart plus soul and a village that is mighty, supportive and so caring……

As many are now aware, BHRR was contacted on Sunday December 6th re: a request to assist a 6 year old Great Dane Mama(bit unstable and somewhat unpredictable) and her 2 week old Puppies at a shelter we have worked with in the past.

We mobilised fast and picked up Mama Dane(now named BHRR’s Eve) and what we then learned remained of her litter – just two puppies on Monday December 7th. Both remaining puppies are wee girls.

It has been a really long, busy, stressful and roller coaster few days with Vet visits etc. and an album shall be created so we can share in detail their story plus journey.

Mama Great Dane, BHRR’s Eve has had two stress bloats. Critical state.

Puppy B(BHRR’s Ember) – had been sent off to the shelter vet shortly before we arrived on Sunday for bloody nasal discharge and congestion. Prognosis is now up to a 60%+ chance of survival. Has moved from a critical status to cautious.

Puppy A(BHRR’s Flame) – began to shortly develop the same symptoms en route to BHRR. Has moved from a cautious status to a good to great chance of survival.

We do plan on posting their needs ASAP also…..

Our Facebook page has naturally been quiet as my time/priority has been spent on trying to ensure the survival of these lives, our newest rescue family…..

Update:
Puppy A(BHRR’s Flame) – prognosis is an excellent one now…..hope no relapse

Puppy B(BHRR’s Ember)聽 – prognosis of survival rate increased from 50/50 to almost 60%!!! Go baby go!

Mama Eve – is showing me the strength plus heart she passed on to her babies. She is drinking more for me, not quite enough to pull her line, yet getting there!

She is eating better and sigh of relief……and some tears for all three!

She has moved to a 50/50 chance now of survival……

Description of why the puppies are named the way they are:

Puppy A – BHRR’s Flame – she is feisty, strong and quick to ‘combust’ to action and melts your heart. Ever-changing, independent and beautiful.

Puppy B – BHRR’s Ember – never rule out the importance of the slow burning embers of a fire…..slow and steady she goes, determined, possessing her own inner strength, not easily ‘snuffed’ and fills your heart with such warmth. Not to meantime the beauty of the embers of a fire!

BHRR鈥檚 Eve and BHRR’s Flame and BHRR’s Ember’s聽 Miracle Angels: $225 donated to date & Bills $3,851.09
*before paypal fees
Lianne – Dog Bed for Mama GD Eve
Jan
Gracie – IKEA Pillows, two towels and some wool blend packing blankets
Julie B.
Christine – Some puppy toys
Karen

If you are going to be a ‘giant’, one must learn at a very early age – 19 days – the art of bed hogging in a giant way! She is smack right in the middle of mama Eve’s bed.

BHRR’s Flame

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Update: new weights on the piggies. Good news for their weight gain. They are now 18 days old.

Tuesday: Piggie 1 (BHRR’s Flame) was 3 pounds and is now 1.57 Kgs(3.45 pounds)
Tuesday: Piggie 2 (BHRR’s Ember) was 2.8 pounds and is now 1.45 Kgs(3.19 pounds)

So, they are gaining!

Update:
Wee piggie #1(BHRR’s Flame) is going strong right now!
Wee Pigge #2(BHRR’s Ember) survival rate has been increased to a 50/50 chance now
Mom’s prognosis is still not good.

Wee piggie #2(BHRR’s Ember) – the more critical ill pup

17 days old

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Gwen is my hero is all I can say. Mom will not allow me near her or the pups. So, I am not much help in that way.
The round the clock care Gwennie is giving them is top notch as always, incredible amazing care, still working her schedule shifts yesterday and today, and all the other full plates she handles so expertly. Sleep is never part of her routine! She has had no time to post on the BHRR fb page with her priority being to seeing all three survive. She promises to post needs and updates as possible. Gwennie’s will power alone should make them thrive!

Tera, Gwen was going to message you today re: using your nursing mom and one of the Vets(shows Dobermans) that she works with was in today. They had a conversation with her re: food options and Gwen came home and both puppies are now eating. Not getting much milk off mom as Mom had her second stress bloat this afternoon yet both pups are eating right now.

The more critical pup has moved to a cautious status with the antibiotics greatly helping and has more energy than we have seen since all came into rescue late Monday night. The second pup is bouncing to health considerably well. Yet, no one is singing great news as of yet.
Mom is not doing well – has not eaten much since late Monday night. Drinking is minimal. She loves Gwennie.

So, none of them are out of the woods yet, ups with pups for today and still downs with Mom. Tomorrow, is another day.
Here is a photo of the wee piggie #1(BHRR’s Flame)

17 days old today.

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Both remaining Babies are ill, one critically so(BHRR’s Ember) with something picked up at the shelter and Mom was not faring well herself there.
It is going to be so tragic if there is further loss of life.

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UPDATE: it has been a rough and tough day.
We cannot get either pup to latch to a bottle(different nipples of shapes and sizes tried) and they are fighting tube feeding and Mama being stressed refused to nurse. She has pretty much ignored them, even stepping on them in her indifference. 馃檨 The longer she does not nurse, the less milk she shall have and increases her own risk of mastitis.
The one puppy actually has a pus discharge now(cytology done) and has been placed on Clavamox drops.
Both puppies are wanting to feed yet are not able to figure things out and the fighting with the tube feeding is tough.
The sicker puppy actually had lost weight since they saw the shelter vet yesterday and that is not good. She is so congested now. 馃檨 Hard to suckle when you cannot breathe. 馃檨
Now, I am on my way to emerge as mama stress bloated not long after I got home with her. 馃檨 Poor girl, the stress of the day caught up to her.
Keep all in your blessings…..

Puppy A(Flame) is nursing well. Puppy B(Ember) is not and I have mom and pups at KAH with me now. They will be seen first thing this AM.
I do not like that I had to disrupt mom as she was nursing last night and settling in yet, I have to make sure mom and babies are ok.
Mom is already bonding with me and that is a good sign.
Will update as I know more..

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Here is my last post for now….
Mom finally laid down to allow pups to nurse. I and Mason had to hold them in the air before this to nurse as mom was so stressed and would not lay down yet, was calm with the standing to nurse. She is terrified of Sean and ‘quirky’. He has been hand-feeding her some treats which she is taking gently.
She drank twice for me, ate a tiny bit and is resting uneasily.
Per the shelter, babies were premies as is and so tiny.

We are going to call Mama Dane BHRR’s Eve. I dreamt of that name all last night…..and, I did not even have a clue what she looked like yet that name just called out to me. Sean was ‘good’ with it. smile emoticon
Babies, well, we have to wait for Sean to decide!

Gwen has all emerge hospitals on alert right now in case she has to rush them in. Unless absolutely necessary, it was believed by the Vets that they stay with mom and nurse and stay away from the sickness of a Vet Hospital.
The Vet that the shelter sent the one pup to this afternoon before Gwen/Mason arrived gave a list of possibilities that it ‘could’ be. He did not know. He mentioned ‘sinuitis’, ‘distemper’, ‘milk inhalation’, ‘virus’.

That both pups now have signs(bloody nasal discharge etc.) is doubly distressing plus concerning. Aspiration pneumonia concerns us.

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I am now home….long trip home.
Sadly, the second pup has turned for the worse also. 馃檨
I am going to be with them throughout the night and we shall post on our BHRR fb page tomorrow, to go publicly to all about the new additions! smile emoticon
We may well end up in emerge.
Hoping it shall be good news….
The sicker puppy is in the collar…..

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Here is mama at the shelter. We are hanging getting to know each other. 馃檪
One baby had to rushed off to the Vet as there was some bloody nasal discharge and is now back and we are doing the paperwork.
Sadly, only two puppies have survived from her litter. 馃檨

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My last post of my night is a sneak preview of what BHRR has been urgently working on behind the scenes since Sunday.

On Sunday, we were contacted by a shelter that we have such a pleasure working with re: a Great Dane Mama and her 2 week old pups. We mobilized fast and they were picked up earlier this evening for mom was really not doing well in the shelter.

Sadly, we also learned that only 2 of her pups survived and we shall share more re: these pups, their medical status and mom on Monday. The Shelter also believes that these pups were premies.

We will say that we are calling Mama Great Dane, BHRR’s Eve, the two surviving pups(both girls’) will need names. Sean has his thinking cap on and name guru’s, please feel free to throw out suggestions!

They are safe at BHRR right now and settling in……

It has been a very long day for me personally and now that Mom and babies are safely here, I am glad that this day is almost over…..

They will need special Secret Santa’s if anyone is interested! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org

We shall also post our needs such a pee pads and gently used human pillows etc. tomorrow if anyone may consider a donation to them!

Welcome to BHRR wee one’s and Mama Great Dane Eve!

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