November 26th, 2014

Due to the nature of the career that his new forever loving adoptive mom has, the respect for privacy has been noted and, her face has been blacked out. 

Thanks Rachel for assisting in the HV with me and, to Bernie also in helping to bring him to begin this new chapter in his wonderful future! 
I am so glad 40+ people were able to visit with him one last time on Sunday at our last 'BHRR' EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House of 2014, prior to him being officially adopted!
I am also glad that he had one more GREAT 'FRESH Meat' experience himself! πŸ˜€


BHRR's Last 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House of 2014!
November 23rd, 2014
*photo courtesy of Dee Dick
We cannot thank the 40+ attendees that came out to spend the day and, part of the evening with us!
These are just a few of the amazing BHRR dogs all lined up waiting for the latest 'fresh meat' arrivals to arrive to love on, lean on, drool on, sit on and, be spoiled in turn!
THANKS to all those that came, $628 was raised in donations and our 50/50(Thanks again to Terry for donating his winnings back $87 to help us with BHRR's Stafford's care!).
$204 of those monies raised came from Kathy Rader-Cahill's surprise! She sold dog treats in her home town and, yup, tears welled up……
So proud of all the dogs! The comments and compliments continue to roll in with how social, well behaved, trained and outstanding these dogs are – AND, to think many of them were *labeled* aggressive prior to r/q rescue….So unfortunate….
Even, our newest additions of BHRR's Oakley, BHRR's Victory, BHRR's Ichabod Crane, BHRR's Salem, BHRR's Merlin and BHRR's Stafford ROCKED it!
Thanks everyone for the support, kindness, those that dropped off their SS.'s Plus ALL the yummy food/drink items to help us host another fabu event AND, for understanding the importance of why BHRR exists and, that we, value you as each of our strong LINKS on our 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS'!

This is BHRR's Flint with BHRR approved Volunteer R. Ng and her sister (they came to our BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' mini open house) on his way back to the place, we did a hv with on November 21st. We are going to do a trial transition for three nights and, then touch base again to see how things are going.

This is a great home. We are just not sure if it is the right home for BHRR's Flint. This is for several reasons that we have discussed in length – 3.5 hours at the hv on Friday, with the home.

We will continue to post updates as we can.


BHRR's Ichabod is figuring out the 'fresh meat' of our BHRR "EXPERIENCE" Mini Open Houses well! LOL You can see how emaciated he still is. BUT, we are working on it!!
His friends(The Lion Kings, BHRR's Flint & BHRR's Potter) are showing him 'how' it is done yet, we will have to work on the jumping! πŸ˜‰
AND, the 'fresh meat' in this photo coming up the steps is BHRR Approved Volunteer, Bruce M.
Photo courtesy of S. Dowler

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AND, we are on our way!! Safe driving Rachel and, I will see you there!
BHRR's Flint is being a great co-pilot, per usual. Keep up those best wishes that this could be that right matched forever loving home for him.


The Home-Visit for BHRR's Flint's possible future adoption is on Friday November 21st, 2014. We will update his blog as we can.

BHRR's Flint has moved under a PENDING ADOPTION! We will update his blog as we can.

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! πŸ™‚

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!


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

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

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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!


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's Flint (AKA The Elephant!) is at KAH today for his annual! He was a very wiggly happy boy weighing in at a lovely 62.1 KGS(136.62 pounds) and, most likely weighs quite a bit more as he was leaning on the wall. :p

Small video of him with Dr. Zak on the grass today. He did not want me too far away from him! LOL
He was such a flirt and, wanted to see every person he met….that tail non-stop wagging and, not one brain cell to be found when it came to trying to get him to stay focused! LOL 
All loveable big mushball of love! Such a good boy in his run. 
He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home. πŸ™‚

BHRR's FLINT – VIDEO October 14th, 2014

Some very happy/excited doggies now that their 'kids' are home from school! They love their 'wee boerskins'


BHRR's Flint with 'Lisa', a 12 week old kitten from OHS that arrived while we were at PV Stittsville
October 4th, 2014
She was fascinated by BHRR's Flint!!!! She kept batting his face and, jumping over to see him……is this the face of a 'vicious, fear aggressive dog? πŸ˜‰ He saw almost a hundred people on Saturday AND, no problems or issues with humans of all shapes and sizes and ages NOR with dogs and, here is the proof that he is amazing with cats! πŸ˜€ His fan club continues to grow and, we all remain patient for that right matched forever loving home to find him and, to realise that 'he' is a fabu dog! He goes out to as many community education events as possible for we have zero concerns! He is a very solid and happy, healthy and wonderful Neo! πŸ™‚
AND, he had a FANTASTIC time with the 40 guests we had last Saturday September 27th at our 7th ANNUAL BHRR 'DINE WITH THE DOGGIES' Event at our home.
We are back at PV Stittsville again TODAY and, hope to see many of our friends and, meet new faces!
We are microchipping, doing nails, have photography, merchandise for sale and, BHRR's Porridge, BHRR's Angel Noelle AND, BHRR's Moncton shall be present!
This is ONLY our 3rd public appearance in 2014 for community awareness and, we only out one more time for 2014, and, that is in November!
The weather looks glorious and, thanks to ALL that came to visit yesterday plus for the extra hands, Bruce J. Moquin, Margaret Aris, Aaron & your gorgeous daughter AND, Ashley Beland, Breanne Jacklin, Regan, Melissa Gingras-Lepage AND, all the rest of the amazing staff at PV for making our day so wonderful!
We had lots of incredible visitors and, made many new friends AND, "Fergus" the woflie and his mom have signed up to join our walking/hiking group! Please EMAIL if you want to join our GD & 'GIANT AT HEART' hiking/walking group of over 250 members! We have been around almost 19 years now! πŸ™‚
Excited for what today holds! There is at least one home coming out to visit BHRR"s Moncton that is interested in possibly submitting an application for him when he is ready to be placed up for adoption also!

THANKS to everyone for a beautiful Saturday once again!

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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 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
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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Testimonial from BHRR Approved Volunteer Bruce J. Moquin:

BHRR Flint… An amazing puppy…

Honored as I am to write a testimonial on this Neo, whose primary job and role in life is to love everybody.  He does it so well. I begin to think back to the stories of where I have met this "cool dude" of the dog world.

I think back to late last year, where I was fortunate enough to watch Flint. We walked around Pet Valu, we walked around the parking lot. The entire time people stopped me, asked me if they could pet this wonderful dog. Flint's response was nothing but acceptance and encouragement.

The next time, I met this puppy was when I was helping to look after the BHRR clan while Gwen and family left on holiday in March. Flint was again there waiting for his turn, offering nothing but acceptance and an ear to scratch.  Then I heard that Flint had been adopted and a little piece of my heart broke, but I was super happy for him. Knowing that he was with his forever home. An amazing story for an amazing dog! What happens next – well you know!

In knowing that BHRR's Flint is coming to the microchip clinic, the entire trip from Casselman to Kanata, I was reminded with his recent experiences don't be surprised is a Flint is a little apprehensive to you. Understandably, however when he exits the car, and sees me he comes running towards me. Again that connection is made where a Flint offers nothing but acceptance and encouragement. 

How many puppies can say they have the ability to change someone's schedule just because they have a date in their calendar? If I arrive at the movie night first, perhaps I will be lucky enough to have BHRR as my "date" for the movies. I know Flint will offer up nothing but acceptance, love and that amazing ear for scratching…

BHRR Flint is an Neo , who has the ability to stop people on the street and offer his wonderful ear for scratching, and is ready for his forever home. 

BHRR's Flint – July 13th with Bruce at KAH/BHRR's Annual Event

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BHRR's Flint had a great time at our 7th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser! Despite the rain that poured for 5 out of our 8 hour event(the first time ever, we had rain), over $6,500 was raised for the animals' of BHRR!

From the moment he arrived, he was snatched up by approved Adopters/Volunteers who also ran the PV Stittsville Tent(Dog Cooling and Treat Station plus our blow art tats and memory paws) and, he hung out there for the whole day. He was in Bre's hands and Bruce's hands and, did amazing! Like there was any doubt. πŸ˜‰

I have asked for more testomonials to add to BHRR's Flint's blog. Below are some photo's of his WOW day! He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! Photo's below are from Ashley of AMB Photography with the third photo being compliments of B. Jacklin.

In the last photo, he is reunited with the same little boy that had his photo taken with him at the THANKS FOR GIVING Event that PV Stittsville hosted last fall. πŸ™‚ Friends for life! πŸ™‚

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Tomorrow, he has his special picnic date! Busy boy! When you are this social, you are in high demand. LOL On August 30th, should he not be adopted by then, he will be attending as one of our BHRR guests to the 3th annual movie in the park event in Ottawa, Ontario hosted by the Hintonburg Community Association and Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg. Each year, up to 25 of us get together, bring dogs, chairs, snacks and, watch a movie in the park. πŸ™‚ I am told that he is being fought over by several to be 'their' special date. πŸ˜€ This event usually sees hundreds of responsible dog owners gather for a great evening under the stars.

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HAPPENING TODAY! Sunday July 13th!!! DO not forget mark your calendars!!! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™
AND, we are prepared for the weather to make your day a blast! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Microchips for cats/dogs & Nails for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits etc! πŸ™‚

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 or call (613) 725-4279

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BHRR's Flint had an AMAZING BHRR "EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House on June 22nd, 2014! He was always the first at the gate, sitting waiting for all the 'fresh meat' to arrive! πŸ˜‰ He was a HUGE and, I mean HUGE hit to all 40+ folks that were in attendance. He was everything that I know he is and, what others know he is also! Just beaming over here! He was so well mannered and, a perfect gentleman.

We continue to bring him out everywhere so, that more and more people get to see and be witness to the 'real' him and, that us taking him back from this failed adoption was not any fault of his. This dog is not fear aggressive AT all. He does not have a mean bone in his body.

Below are some photo's from the BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open house compliments of S. Dowler.

He shall be coming to our upcoming 7th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser at Kanata Animal Hospital on July 13th, 2014. BHRR's Angel Noelle, BHRR's Zayna and BHRR's Triump shall also be in attendance. He will be left in the hands of three separate BHRR approved Volunteers throughout the 8 hours as additional documentation of how amazing he is. That we would trust him in our home with 40+ folks, many that he has never met and, then also bring him to what has become Canada's Largest Microchip Event is saying something so important about how trustworthy, fabu extreme and solid this boy is. πŸ™‚

AND, his seroma was healing yet, still visible to all of our attendees.

BHRR's Flint & BHRR's Flint with friends including human friend Rachel at our BHRR "EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House – June 22nd, 2014

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I am going to begin to add some of the testimonials sent my way on this incredible Neo. I am also going to post the three photo's that our approved Volunteer Rachel took on May 28th, 2014, when she picked him up and before, we met. I am looking forward to our upcoming BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House so, that another 40+ people can interact with him, either again or for the very first time and, obtain even more testimonials. It is so important for people to understand just who this boy actually is and, any dog at BHRR is like for that matter. Full disclosure, so important and, for people to know that none of that adoption failure is BHRR's Flint's fault…..none….

#1 Bre & Andrew Jacklin(BHRR Approved Adopters/Volunteers):
"No words can express how we feel about BHRR's Flint. I first met Flint shortly after his arrival at BHRR, he was a sweet boy, my little elephant!! Flint was quick to fall asleep in my lap  and stole my heart after lying with him for an hour or so. During that day he won over all who met him including children, adults and seniors everyone just couldn't get enough cuddles! Flint even let my 3 year old son walk him around and posed for a professional picture with him!

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to watch over and help with feedings for all the dogs at BHRR while the Boer's family was vacationing. We got to spend 10 days with Flint and fell even more in live with him! Every night we left my husband would try and convince me that we needed to adopt him and if it weren't for our current situation I would be completely on board! He was always so excited to see us and was always waiting for affection! Not once did he ever show any signs of fear or aggression towards us or any of the volunteers.

BHRR's Flint, My little elephant would make an amazing addition to the right family and bring so much love and joy  and affection to their lives."

#2 Tracy Barbe:
"I had the pleasure of meeting Flint at the BHRR Open house and the Pet Valu PAWS Event in (Stittsville) this year – April. The adorable Neapolitan Mastiff pup was cruising around the store with his very calm cool and collective stature. There wasn’t a person who didn’t stop to pet his ever so cute wrinkly body that he hasn’t quite grown into yet.  Very well behaved he just sat or laid there and pretty much let anyone of all ages get all the loving in they wanted with him.

 I would have to say he loves his treats… while in the store I offered to take him for a little walk around the store, and any chance he got to sniff or test a treat on a lower shelf he went for it, I couldn’t help but laugh and allow him to have one. He’s too cute to say no to!

While at the BHRR open house you truly got to see Flint in his element with his BHRR family, surrounded by the other dogs, some small and some so much bigger then him. To see Flint with the other dogs and interacting with Gwen and her family is a site to see, one big happy lovable family. It’s moments like these that are forever etched in my memory!! :)"

#3 Rachel Ng(BHRR Approved Volunteer):
"Where to begin in describing BHRR Flint??

I have had the privilege in meeting Flint on many occasions; at Birch Haven as well as at public events, in the hands of Gwen as well as in the hands of volunteers (including myself).

What first comes to mind is a goofy, eager to please puppy, who is still figuring out where his feet are in relation to his body. I picture giant drooly jowls flapping in the wind as he runs tail wagging. I also see a forgiving puppy who is trying to put his past behind him and learn that the world is not scary and out to get him.

Yes, I have heard a low uncertain growl from him, but he has been easily redirected. With a gentle touch and a calm "no" he settles fine. Treat in hand coupled with patience, and said scary person is now a new best friend to Flint. 

Under careful guidance, his eyes no longer show uncertainty, but rather, curiosity. His body is no longer tense with fear but relaxed and ready to take the world head on.  

With careful molding and shaping, Flint has big potential and he will be a great ambassador for Neapolitan mastiffs."

#4 BHRR BOD Mary Leung:

"Hi Gwen,

Please allow me to add my five cents' worth (okay, maybe a toonie) about Flint. Poor Flint.  What is being described is definitely not the sweet boy I was holding and walking. Flint accidentally stuck his head through the handle of an Easter basket, and he just continued to wander with it hanging from his neck without being fazed at all."

Flint has turned out to be such a sweet and gorgeous boy, and I just love him.  I first met him after the Dine with the Animals event last year shortly after he arrived at BHRR.  He was such shy little thing.  I could see he wanted some attention, but by being patient and waiting and not pushing, he eventually came to me and a couple of other late hangers on for a few pats.  

When I saw him again at the November open house, Flint was making the rounds going from person to person for some loving.  He was a huge hit, and I was happy to see that he was not showing any ill effects from the attack on him. There was such a major improvement in his friendliness and comfort level among so many people/strangers.  It was after everyone left that I got my one on one time with him.  What an amazing difference from our first meeting.  He was not shy about nudging me gently for his share of my attention and fell asleep with his huge head on my foot!  I believe I fell in love with him that night!

I didn't get to see Flint again until the Saturday of the Pet Valu Stittsville community awareness event in April, as the February open house was canceled.  I couldn't believe how huge he had gotten – that head and those paws! – and what a lovely boy he had become.  He was so open and friendly with all who came into the store and was especially excited to meet the children.  Flint would lay down to be at their level so that they could pet and fuss over him.  He was incredibly patient with the little ones and so gentle when taking treats from them.  Again, he was a huge hit with everyone from our volunteers to the store staff and customers.  Flint was just as happy to wander around the store and BBQ area while with me or to stay quietly behind the table as I dealt with questions from people interested in BHRR.  He was a fantastic ambassador that day!  On a personal level, Flint was a dream – he listened and walked so well while on leash, and he would look back at me when we were walking to check on me. 

My favourite memory of Flint that day was walking him around the store and letting him explore.  Easter baskets had been set up as part of the photo area, and Flint eagerly stuck his head in one to check what was inside.  When he lifted his head, the long handle of the basket slid over his head and onto his neck.  He looked up at me in surprise, and I told him it was 'okay'.  As I reached to remove it, Flint walked off to continue exploring with the basket hanging from his neck (think St, Bernard with a mini keg – LOL!).  There was no anxiety or fear at all.  A couple of store employees saw him and laughed.  Flint was so cute.  Unfortunately, the photographer was not there and we didn't have a camera/cellphone because I would have paid good money for that picture! πŸ™‚  I let him wear the basket for a couple of minutes before taking it off.  

I had never thought about owning a Neopolitan Mastiff before being partial to black Great Danes as many know, but I decided that night to bid on Flint as my Date as the auction had just started. I checked with Gwen about my available day for the date should I win, but did not tell her who I would be bidding on as I wanted to surprise her (all my previous 3 dates had been with black Great Danes) .  I held off a bit before putting in my bid on him and had a couple of other bids in the works as well.  I ended up in a bidding war with other interested parties, but I was determined to have an exclusive date with Flint so much so that I forgot to monitor my other bids in the last fifteen minutes.  I can't tell you how excited I was to win the date with Flint and even more excited for him to learn that he could potentially be adopted before our date.  

Flint is a superb dog, and I have never encountered any aggressive or negative behaviour from him towards people or other dogs.  With consistent training and reinforcement of the groundwork laid by BHRR, I have no doubt that Flint will continue to be the fabulous well rounded dog that anyone would be proud to call their own as he matures.  When I am ready for my next dog, I will have to give serious consideration towards the Neopolitan Mastiff thanks to this wonderful, sweet puppy boy – for he is still very much one!

Mary Leung"

#5 J. Bethune (BHRR Approved Adopter/Volunteer:

I was so surprised to read that Flint is back at BHRR, but THANK GOODNESS he is!  Wow!  What that person wrote about him being fearful and growling just didn't sound one bit like the sweet Flint I met last fall!  He met so many people at the Dine With The Dogs and at the mini open house (me included) and was so friendly and so receptive of pats and loving!  When I read that he submissive peed when he saw Sean, my heart just broke.  Something bad must have happened in the short time he was at that adoptive home. πŸ™  I'm glad Rachel was able to pick him up and get him to you right away!

Please give wee Flint a hug from all of us.


BHRR's Flint – May 28th, 2014

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Much to update on BHRR's Flint. It has taken me almost a week to be able to write a blog update on this incredible dog and, thank you to everyone that has submitted testimonials on him to date. So important, for people to not just 'trust' my word, despite my education, experience, knowledge and that fact, that I have lived with this dog since September 19th, 2013. This boy has been exposed to hundreds and hundreds upon hundreds of folks – from friends, fans, strangers, vets, family, volunteers, adults, kids, seniors, infants, men, women etc.  from the time he has arrived, both in our home, at community education and public awareness events and, at work, play dates, play visits both in my hands and, with many others for all of the above. He is one of the most popular of BHRR's dogs. AND, for our third annual special picnic date online auction, BHRR's Flint was the biggest winner for funds raised and, had quite the bid war.

When I left this dog at the adoptive home on Sunday May 25th, 2014, I left a dog that was happy, wagging his tail, exploring the home and, going upstairs and downstairs friendly and calm. The only 'nerves' he showed was when he first met the adoptive home resident as that person is 6 foot 3 and 260 pounds and, when I asked that person to sit down(and, more than once), BHRR's Flint was right over wanting to make friends and be loved. He also spooked himself when he saw himself in a mirror yet, made 'friends' with himself in the mirror not long afterwards. πŸ˜€

I even left two types of bones, a collar, a leash, a bag of FROMM also with him.

Each dog that is adopted has a very detailed information package emailed to the home prior to the adoption. We also discuss over the phone the dog with the applicant.The blogs are very detailed on the journey our dogs go through and, nothing is hidden. The good, the bad, the great and the ugly are all posted.

We have been operating over 18.5 years now, and this is the 6th dog that we have taken back in that time. Our adoption success rates were 100% for over ten years of operating and were 99% up to last Wednesday May 28th, when I brought him back. Actually, the adoption failed on the 27th of May, not even 48 hours after the adoption occurred. It is so important that we do the best we can and 'right' by each dog that crosses our doors and set-up our dogs and any possible right matched homes for success. We did discuss with the home re: CM tactics as the home was a big fan of CM and, how we do not support any corporal or punitive practices and, sent on literature plus video of examples what CM has done to dogs in the past.

As per our follow-up protocols, I sent our a follow-up email on May 26th at 1:19 AM

At 9:30 AM on the 26th, I received the following email:

"Hey Gwen! 

I think its goin ok! Flint has met a couple new people already. He seems unsure when first meeting people but warms up fast. I've taken him for a few walks around the block, he tends to pull very hard on the leash. He sometimes does ok on correction but it will take awhile to be  good on leash.  He spent the night in the cage and did ok! I'm lookin forward to starting obedience training as I think that will solve a lot of issues. 

He misses you guys!"

So far, nothing really terrible in this email on the surface. BHRR's Flint is great on a leash yet, as I told the home, BHRR's Flint has to know that the home knows that BHRR's Flint knows about manners. Yet, I had planned on sending an email ASAP to address the leash manners for, he should not be taking time to be good on a leash. AND, the comment about 'solve a lot of issues', concerned us. This also was in the plan to delve further ASAP. Like all of those that Volunteer for BHRR, I am also a Volunteer of BHRR, and, do have two pt careers outside of my ft work at BHRR and, have a family and other commitments and, as so many are aware, I am up to 5 or 6 AM almost every day, working to help animals and people in need out there, as a Volunteer.

However, I did not even get the chance to respond, for, I then received the following and, I was stunned, shocked, deeply concerned and emailed back as soon as I could and also alerted the rest of the BHRR BOD. We have gone from the home stated as being 'seems unsure when first meeting people but warms up fast' in the first email to what is in no way BHRR's Flint. We have also gone from 'goin ok!' to this…..

AND, I am posted this as, for anyone else that may consider applying to adopt BHRR's Flint, do know that, we remain full of full disclosure and, want people to understand that this adoption failure is not BHRR's Flints fault.

On May 27, 2014, at 12:53 PM, this is what I received re: BHRR's Flint's behaviour in email and, it was similar in the vm left and the word 'aggressive' was also used.

I tried calling and left a message. I want to be honest with you and myself. The first couple days with flint have been hard. At times I see this happy go lucky softy. At other times I see a very fearful dog. I have had a couple instances where flint was very fearful especially when meeting new people at my home or on walks. Flint has growled at me (after waking up from a dream and you could tell he didn't know where he was or was unsure of his surroundings, it took more than 20 minutes for him to calm down), growled at visitors to my home, and growled and even showed his teeth at a passer by on a walk. I was afraid he would snap at the person, so I quickly just got out of the situation and apologized."

Though, per the adoptive homes signed contract, it was their responsibility to bring BHRR's Flint back to BHRR safely, I jumped on this. Something was seriously wrong. Thank you to Rachel for answering my request for assistance and, arrangements were made for her to get him on Wednesday and, I would then get BHRR's Flint from her. I am grateful to the home for emailing me so, we could act fast.

Our dog is back safe with us, and, we are keeping BHRR's Flint the priority.

When the BHRR approved Volunteer got BHRR's Flint, he was not nervous or scared to see her and, she then texted me to say that she was taking him to a dog park and, when I met her, she also told me she took him to PetSmart. This person had not seen BHRR's Flint since March, almost 10 weeks prior and, no signs of anything remotely negative to report. He met an elderly person, a pregnant person, kids and, all sorts of folks. God, he loves kids! The only unsure sign he gave was when they first walked in PetSmart and Rachel reminded him that he was ok and, off they went. She even purchased a big smoked dino bone for him.

There was no trying to lunge, eat, snap, growl or hurt anyone.  Some of us are not even sure how he could even bare his teeth with all those heavy long/big flews. πŸ™

What was also pointed out to me was a very large fluid pocket area on BHRR's Flint's lower side when I met the BHRR approved Volunteer to get him and, I did email the home to ask how that could have happened as it would really benefit BHRR's Flint and the Vet to help treat him. It was bigger than a large fist in size, very promniant. I did not get an answer as to the cause from the home. BHRR's Flint is now on antibiotics for what was diagnosed as a seroma. 40 cc's were drained and, if need be, more will be drained if required.

Before I even met the Volunteer, I stopped a piece away from the meeting locale and, observed from a distance how he was with the BHRR Volunteer. He was great…curious with the cars that slowed down and looked and talked to him in the parking lot. He was sniffing the grass and trees and no problems noted. When I parked and, was walking over, and, he saw me….that greeting of his, just melted my heart….I sniffled back the tears, refused to 'baby' him and, greeted him with a smile and plenty of pats. Treated it as no big deal……yet, inside, I was sooooooooooo happy to have witnessed how great he was doing with Rachel. πŸ™‚

When I arrived home that evening from making the drive to meet our BHRR approved Volunteer, BHRR's Flint was nervous of my 13 year old son Mason and I just handed him the leash and, all was fine again. What did distress me is that when he saw Sean, he submissive peed in the fading daylight. That disturbed all of us immensely to see that.

It took me until the wee early hours of Saturday May 31st and, was so worth only getting 2.5 hours sleep – to successfully integrate him back into the pack here. He would stand between my legs and shake. This dog does not have a mean bone in his body. Never has. It was heartbreaking……. πŸ™ πŸ™ Yet, he is now back into the groove and, no longer wanting to hide in a crate or between my legs and is eating, drinking, and, playing back to normal again.

I shall add photo's taken last Wednesday by the BHRR approved Volunteer and the testimonials sent so far in another blog. This one has become long enough………..

BHRR's Flint has been ADOPTED!

***I held him close, whispered into BHRR's Flint's ear and told him just how proud I am of him, that he deserves nothing but the best and, to keep being such an incredible asset/ambassador to his breed!
I told him how brave he was, thanked him for making me a better person and enriching our home plus heart and, that I would miss him dearly yet, he does not need me any longer…….LOVE you so much BHRR's Flint! CONGRATS!

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BHRR's Flint's hv has now been scheduled for Sunday May 25th. Will update his blog as I can.

BHRR's Flint is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! We will update his blog as we can. Everything crossed that this is that right matched forever loving home meant for him.


Unfortunately, we could not successfully close off on the Vet reference for the home that had applied to be considered as a possible forever loving adoptive home for him. I have enjoyed conversing with the home over the past almost week, and do sincerely wish them nothing but the very best.

BHRR's Flint is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

I will update his blog as I can.

Below are two photo's from the PAWS event he attended on Saturday April 12th. He is always so popular no matter where he goes! AND, did fabu!

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BHRR's Flint – April 12th, 2014
*Photo's courtesy of AMB Photography


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


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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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!!! πŸ™‚

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HERE is the poster for our 3rd ANNUAL BHRR 'Special 1-on-1-Date' With A BHRR Dog Online Auction –
ENDS Thursday April 24th @ 9 PM EST! Details HERE!

  • The BHRR Auction will begin at 6:00 AM EST on Saturday April 12th, 2014.
    Unfortunately, bids submitted prior to this time cannot be considered.
  • The BHRR Auction will end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday April 24th, 2014.
    The highest bid on an item will be determined based on the time of the email sent as recorded by the time marked by our ISP

Winners to be located in the Ottawa, Kanata, Gatineau, Orleans, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, Kingston areas ONLY

THANK you BHRR BOD member Barry AGAIN for this awesome poster!!! So talented!

If anyone would like to help us crosspost this event and share this poster, please EMAIL!

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BHRR's Flint came to PV Stittsville with us on April 12th, 2014 as part of their weekend PAWS event! πŸ™‚ He has been a HUGE fav at the community education plus public awareness events that we go on and, he has been to many with us! πŸ™‚

So many remarked on how social and loving he has become and obedient! πŸ™‚ AND gorgeous AND, how large his feet are! LOL He was just shy of 111 pounds on April 3rd, 2014 at Dr. Liston. I was asked many times, how big is he going to get and, he is going to get as big as he is meant to be healthy and happy! πŸ™‚ He could be 130 pounds, he could be 150 pounds. All good! He is now around 9 months of age. Makes my heart so warm and proud of him! πŸ™‚ AND, I have a note from Dr. Liston that says that he DOES not require cherry eye surgery. He says that he thoroughly even checked his tear ducts and eyelids etc. and all is normal and healthy and his eyes are perfect for a Neapolitian Mastiff. He says that any cherry eyes that he had when he was younger has been grown out of and, I asked for his note to have for his file so that any right matched perfect fit home, and, their Vet can be assured that at BHRR, we remain full of honesty and in doing full disclosure and that NO dog does without.

His hips and teeth are good for now also!

Any Vet or home that would be approved to adopt this boy, can also discuss his eyes with Dr. Liston(an expert in cherry eyes with Neo's etc.).

I had felt they were now just wicked haws that the breed was prone to yet, wanted to cross all 't's' and dot all 'i's' and so………..on that NOTE, BHRR's FLINT is now AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! YAY!

He can go to a home that works pt, ft, from home, semi-retired, retired etc. ANOTHER wonderful BHRR versatile dog! I would love to see him a home with another dog, that right matched personality fit one. Male or female does not matter. THERE is not one mean bone in this boy. He is actually quite 'soft' and, he will ONLY go to a home, as with all of our dogs that believe in positive reinforcement(he is so eager to please me and bonds fast plus easily). He is a bit of an excite-man at moments and, has to be reminded sometimes, to sit, take a deep breath and, he will get to see the other dogs or people when he is not going to splat them! He continues to be great with cats also. He is quite mindful and respectful. πŸ™‚ Most of the time, he is calm and quiet and just the best of companions. He has quite the bark on him when he does decide to talk!

He is 100% housebroken and, we still put him in a crate from time to time(he eats in a crate) so, that he remains comfortable for as many know, if more homes crate trained, more homes would be safe plus the dog. If the time came that he was injured or sick and, had to be on crate rest, he would be comfortable and, would not stress when at a Vet Hospital or home. He often will lay in a crate with the door open just as a safe spot.

He is a real character when you get to know him and, he makes my heart thud and thump with such love. From terrified quivering abused mass of jelly to this wonderful social and well mannered and even tempered boy.

I am not seeking a Neo experienced home specifically yet, a dog experienced home and, he is not a guard dog and he is a cherished member of our family and nor is he a status symbol. He is simply the magnificent BHRR's Flint! πŸ™‚

He was the last dog that we were asked to assist by a wonderful wonderful wonderful woman that passed away suddenly last year and, we were the last group to save a dog in her life and, BHRR's Groves was the first one she saved in her death. THANK you Debbie(RIP)! AND, Joy! Power Rescue DREAM TEAM! πŸ™‚ I still have four blog posts to add to his section and, am, slowly getting them done. I did another three updates just now. I like the blogs to be detailed and current and, I had fallen behind in 2013 due to the ft management of our BHRR Fb page etc. With that being unpublished for 2014(perhaps even 2015, we shall see), I am catching up immensely.

No other organization provides such detail, with photo's video's etc. of their dogs' and, I am hoping to get his finished shortly. BHRR's Flint also has quite a few holes still but getting there! πŸ™‚



BHRR’s Flints’ bilateral cherry eye surgery has been rescheduled from March 27th at KAH to April 34rd at LAH with Dr. Liston. His Vet at KAH feels more comfortable sending him elsewhere for this procedure being a Neo.

Below are two more photo’s of him. September 21st @ PV Stittsville and in October at the THANKS FOR GIVING Event at PV Stittsville with the Store Manager’s son – Bryson…the WUV him! πŸ™‚

He is now over 8 months of age and, old enough that we hope that the cherry eyes surgery ‘takes’. Dr. Liston may not do the ‘modern’ method of tacking with him. He may do the traditional method of ‘cutting.’ With the latter method, dry eye could be a possible side effect and, something to note for any possible future adoptive home for him. I will update once he has the surgery and what method Dr. Liston felt best for him.

Once he recovers from his surgeries, he will have an exciting announcement to make! πŸ™‚

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GENTLE REMINDER & UPDATEThis event will NOW also be used to also help BHRR’s Porridge – Rushed into KAH March 19th for when I returned from being out of the country, he was not well. He had dropped 3 KGs(6.6 pounds) – he is down to 74 KGs, had a nasal discharge, flared nostrils, no temp yet, belly breathing and could not breathe with his mouth closed, had not drank anything in over 24 hours, minimal eating, lethargic, swollen lymph nodes and, could not rest on his side(his fav resting spot).

PORRIDGE VET RESULTS TO DATE: Full exam done, lungs sounded ok, did a full blood work up including a heart blood test(awaiting results, we could not use Dormitor(if he did have a heart condition, this would be not in his best interest) to sedate for x-rays and the Torb barely took his anxiety edge off(we were not able to do his nails as he needs the Dorm also to sedate him) and, we could only get the right lat for x-rays yet, the heart on that side look almost completely normal. There was no noticeable bulge or significant enlargement yet, we had to take four shots to get his full chest and lungs just of the one side and the left side could not be completed at this time. We took biopsies of his lymph nodes, heart rate was elevated. The staff there noted how poor his energy level was from his norm ‘must maim with my happy tail and enthusiasm hyper harle happy boy ‘tude’ and while, he did eat some wet canned food, he had a hard time trying to eat anything dry and could only take one dry piece of T/D that was offered to him. The Vet has prescribed Doxy for him 4 tabs BID of the 100 mg IN case it may be infection related yet, he would not be presented ‘classically’ if that were the case. Yet, we are being proactive from all angles.

He went down hill so fast while I was away and, I thank all for monitoring him and I have trusted and do trust that those that were here, did keep his best interest at heart and, did not see fit to bring him in. I was completely ok for hi to go in for peace of mind and, I had been told that he was eating and drinking well and energy level was ok, no nasal discharge and lungs were clear(one person here is a nurse). In discussing him in more depth tonight with some of the wonderful souls that were here, it was noted that a weight loss had been seen, that drinking levels had gone down and energy level had changed. He was apparently fine and completely normal up to late last week and, I arrived home on Tuesday early afternoon. Whatever he has, it is aggressive….. πŸ™

AND, in the 24+ hours that I have been home, his condition from there worsened further and, I jumped in bringing him in ASAP. Even called KAH to change his appointment to an earlier time slot.

Possible diagnosis at this time range from early heart to early lymphoma to early nasal tumor. Good case scenario, an infection of some sort.

AND, here is the PV Stittsville, Nail Trim Event Poster! $15 for grinds/$10 for Trims on Saturday March 22nd from 10 am – 5 pm, and, all money shall benefit BHRR’s Coach, our ‘heart’ boy!

Purse Puppy Coach shall be coming with me after my work shift on March 22nd,Β  – around 2:30 PM to visit and thank all those that will be there AND, he will be doing ‘KUDDLES 4 KASH’ to also help raise some money for his bills. AND, for those that have had the pleasure of hugging this boy, he is DELIGHTFUL! I may also bring BHRR’s Angel Noelle or perhaps BHRR’s Torque! πŸ™‚

On Tuesday March 4th, BHRR’s Purse Puppy’s Coach weight was 14.9 KGs(37.78 pounds)! Since his arrival into Rescue, he has put on 34.28 pounds! πŸ™‚ In just 14 weeks! πŸ™‚

I have a huge blog post to make from this Vet visit and then coming back the next day for emergency x-rays and an ECG (the results were suppose to be back within 24 hours….) and, from there, the next steps for him. I have the report from the one Vet to post and, I have passed along all information and details to PVAR who have the other two puppies and who adopted the mom. At the minimum, it is believed that he has a congenital condition. πŸ™ AND, the chances that HE is the only one in that large litter to have this condition is slim to none.

As I am heading offline for the next week+, blog updates will be to a minimum to none – SORRY! πŸ™ I am going out of the country and later this year, also plan on going back out of the country as I have been invited to Costa Rica and Nicarauga to assist/train/mentor in a spay/neuter clinic and, to work with the strays etc. over there.Β  So, I will post as I can and, thanks to all that follow the blogs!!! πŸ™‚

Now, we just have to have those right matched forever loving homes find all of these great BHRR doggies that are AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! πŸ™‚

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Please consider heading to PV Stittsville to participate in our FIRST EVER(Annual or Bi-Annual – not decided as of yet) $5(Five) 4 Food Fundraiser – February 1st to February 28th inclusive!
$1,518.00 DONATED To Date as of February 22nd, 2014!

I want to thank PV Stittsville immensely for being so open and supportive for BHRR to have our unique and creative Fundraiser at their lovely store! All money donated is being used to buy Dog Food from their store. As the generous, kind and extremely thoughtful donations are coming in, the incredible staff at PV Stittsville are using the funds to buy dog food as we are in our food crisis now. Sean has already gone in to pick up what food has been bought to date and, I will be in on Saturday to pick up the next bags that thanks to the community's big hearts, more is continuing to be able to be purchased.

We are hoping that this Fundraiser shall be successful! We are so happy to be showing our own hearts in turn to the store that is making this all possible and to buy all the food we can with the monies that come in. THANK YOU to the village that is surrounding BHRR and, PV Stittsville!!

AND, the 2nd annual PV Stittsville Secret Admirer Sweetheart Knuckle Bones Event is in full swing! 11 have already been purchased to donate to the animals(each BHRR dog has a photo attached to one bone) of BHRR! TY! TY! Be sure to visit PV Stittsville, while BHRR DOGGIES LAST! πŸ™‚
**As OF FEBRUARY 15th, 2014, ALL BHRR DOGGIES HAVE A Secret Admirer Sweetheart Knuckle Bone!**

AND thank you to BHRR BOD member Barry Cole for working with me again on this fabu poster!

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Since December 22nd, 2013, Sean & I have been working to renovate our Sunroom. It was time. Though, we have re-painted it twice since we moved in, the tiles that we put in back in 2000 were worn and the room needed aΒ  ‘face lift’ in many ways.

Yet, it is very difficult doing renovations with animals and kids, especially when we installed radiant floor heating and we put it on and, the dogs took over in this cold! LOL

Below is a photo of them enjoying the new tile we laid(porcelain) with the radiant floor heating on. It has been so cold, that, even the Wolfies and Saints and Newfs are loving the floor! Makes it a bit hard to work around them to prime and paint and tile and, install a new door and a new fan and…and…and! I will be glad when it is is all done. IT has been a process. πŸ˜€

Those long legs on the right side are BHRR’s Maverick’s! He is back on January 31st for his latest x-rays to be sent off to Dr. Philibert to review.

BHRR – our ‘work in progress – we call our home ’25-life’ – sunroom – January 2014

OUR FIRST OF 2014* FOOD = LIFE for the animals of BHRR!
PLEASE consider our cause and donate a bag or funds for food! We thank you from our hearts for any consideration!
PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US with our dog food fund/needs!


LESS than 6 hours to get your chance to bid/win on our first ever ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction!
All items will be baked fresh! ENDS tonight(Thursday January 23rd @ 9 PM EST)

We have 32 amazing items up for grabs and this, shall be a yearly Fundraiser for BHRR moving forward!

BAKE SALE ONLINE Auction to assist with BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s(the beaten/abused puppy that was also picked up and thrown and had her one leg/elbow broken and was never treated that required a leg amputation) Vet Bills has begun!
Please consider participating and crossposting. THANK YOU!

She also has a YouCaring Fundraiser page!

BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s β€˜BREAKING BILLS BAKE’ Online Auction Fundraiser
*Items do not need to be baked until the Online Auction is over. πŸ™‚
ONLINE AUCTION: STARTS January 18th, 2014(7 AM EST) & ENDS January 23rd, 2014(9 PM EST) – We have 32 items to date!

Thank you to EACH person who has stepped up to help us with sharing this request for donations for this fundraiser, offering to make an item, sending those very precious notes of support and kindness AND, in believing in this very special ‘angel’! As always, thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! What a brutal start to 2014, we have had at BHRR. πŸ™ With being in a food crisis, BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s amputation and, BHRR’s Blooms’ gas bloat. πŸ™

All monies raised in this Online Auction shall go towards paying for BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s Bills.

This sweet Rottiex puppy used to live in a crackhouse. She lived a life of constant abuse and, at 12 weeks of age, she was abused, picked up and thrown. Her leg/elbow was broken and left untreated for another 12 weeks. She received no medical treatment during this time as my leg worked to try and heal on its own. I was terrifed and in extreme pain.

On Christmas Eve, an β€˜angel’ contacted Gwen and, asked if Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabiltition(BHRR) could assist. BHRR immediately stepped up and another β€˜angel’ came to her rescue and took her from this very bad place as β€˜because I whimpered in pain’, the Owners wanted me gone ASAP and would have killed me if I had stayed with them.

On Monday January 13th, 2014, her leg was amputated and her bills will be close to $5,000 once all of her rehab is finished. She still has to have post-off follow-ups/exams, vaccines, physiotherapy etc.



Here is a copy of a post that I made on our Birch Haven Facebook Page. For those that are inquiring as to ‘where’ the page went.

As we have many followers that are not on facebook, this is a post that can be ignored. πŸ™‚ For those that do follow us on facebook and, missed this post, here is a copy….

This is the final post as part of the ‘end of year statement’ for the BHRR BOD….that absolute privilege has fallen upon my typing fingers…

So much to say, a Gwennie Novel that would be a Gwennie chapter to truly capture it all!!

It has been an incredible year for BHRR, 13 WOW adoptions, so many faces put to names of lovely folks near and far, friendships plus relationships that have strengthened further and increased those links on that BHRR CHAIN OF SUCCESS, new kind and beautiful faces that have chosen our cause to support and believe in, the miracles of so many that were considered by several to be ‘lost causes’, r/q rescues working side by side making an much bigger positive difference to animals out there in need, the laughs, the smiles, the fun(Yes, r/q rescue can be fun!), the public education and community education events, play dates and play visits, the fundraisers(the crossposting!) the walks/hikes, the animals plus people that have touched us to the core and made our hearts just burst in warmth and happiness, the donations of lifesaving food and, other material items, the financial hand to help pay for much needed bills and more dog food, the driving and the more driving and the more driving, and yes, the hugs!
We thank each you that has been there and we look forward to what we hope promises to be an even better year for all ahead. We are NOTHING without you…..AND, to my BHRR BOD, thank you!

It has been such a hard year in others ways, and we take those important life lessons learned and will work that much more diligently in making better decisions/choices in 2014 and onward….we are focused in letting go of the things that we cannot change and that are unhealthy in the name of r/q rescuing.
We endeavour to practise what we preach, research, stay updated and keep walking the talk!
We have cried and still do cry over those that shall no longer be with us – human and animal and, candles are lit in the most honourable plus respectful silence of those that we can no longer physically touch and talk to and embrace……We miss you and, we are better in the having been touched by you…..

We thank all those that have assisted us in not changing BHRR yet, in continuing to help make it a better version of itself! I stand up and applaud each of you and then, I kneel down in the most humblest of thanks in turn, for I appreciate each and every gesture from a dollar to an encouraging word to helping to do nails or helping me to keep making dogs more well balanced and set-up for success! You may not think you have done much, yet, you have…especially on those dark trench days….

2014 MARKS year #18 for our small r/q Rescue and, that moves me into an announcement that I have been slowly sharing with people over the past few months….

The BHRR BOD has been discussing this for close to a 1 year now….

As of 11:59 PM on Wednesday January 1st, 2014; we shall be unpublishing our page….and, deactivating the BHRR BOD account.

This was not an easy step to take by any means for we understand how key networking and social media is….this page has brought us soooooooooooo much goodness and kindness and, we go into this knowing that we shall find ourselves most likely struggling even more financially and with food needs than we ever have had to date…..13 dogs were adopted in 2013, 17 in 2012 and this page is to be credited with these success stories…..

We are a small group and like many groups, we are Volunteers and lead busy lives outside of r/q rescue and, in frequent discussions with members of the BHRR BOD, the bandwidth is just not there right now for me to keep up the pace of this page plus what so many have originally been attracted plus loved about BHRR, the detailed blogs…that is very much a ‘signature’ BHRR arena and, it has had to take a backseat more often than I would have liked in 2013.

2014, is also year of much excitement(and some stress!) in my own professional and personal life – I will be defending in 2014 in re: to my PhD that I have worked pt on for too many years now…, I am furthering my training to do more work internationally with strays, street dogs and spay/neuter clinics and teaching and being mentored….I have been invited to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and, I will also begin to shadow at other Hospitals to increase my own skill set and education with qualifications plus experience. AND, I also look forward to my time at the ES when I can get there. As a result, I shall also be deleting/deactivating my personal account. Barry, Catalina and Mary will remain our eyes and ears out there in fb land.

My priority has always been to the animals under our authority and being hands on and keeping our success rates unparalled out there….that, shall not change.

It is my sincerest of wishes that by this time next year, we can publish this page again….it has become such a staple to my day and, I look forward to coming back to post of daily tips and questions and quotes and all things BHRR plus beyond to help other groups also network their own events/animals and throw our support into their corner!

I have sincerely enjoyed sharing the ups and the downs as part of our commitment to full disclosure and that, we are only perfect in our imperfections as humans….

So, it is will deepest regret that this shall be my last post on this page for some time……..

The BHRR BOD is still trying to figure out how best put forth our requests for assistance and right now, we shall go back to using the website for postings…so, please do visit uswww.birchhaven.orgΒ for YOU are the real hearts and souls of BHRR, along with the animals…..

May love, happiness and health find their way and stay with you and yours in 2014….that is my wish for you!

Raising my glass to all of you in a toast of my heart to you!

FROM myself, words truly do fail me with how beautiful these cards are plus the stamps AND Anna’s heart…..Thank you! THANK YOU!

From Anna G-h:

“We are delighted to announce that we have note-cards and matching stamps (domestic permanent) available with all funds donated to Birch Haven to assist in vetting and food costs. Each are 4 for $5. Please let me(Anna) know if you would like to order any. We can mail free of charge once we have received payment for your order. These are blank inside so are perfect for many occasions.”

Anna can be contacted at: OR email HERE.

Payment can be made via PayPal ‘GIFT’ or via email transfer.

Simply stunning! The person in the photo for those that are not aware is Anna’s husband, Peter and the two lovely Danes are Kaitlyn and Kassie. πŸ™‚



This is not a community education or public awareness event YET, I plan on showing up with some of the BHRR doggies to hang and visit AND thank ALL that show up!

NOTE: THERE shall also be $10 NAIL Trims with all proceeds coming to BHRR!

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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 Shutdown period for this year is from Saturday December 14th, 2013 to Tuesday January 7th 2013 inclusive.

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

Our 6th ANNUAL 'JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS' Online Auction HAS started! πŸ™‚ We NOW have 87 items posted – LINK BELOW – and more to come daily! This is not a facebook auction. As we have supporters not on fb, we use a wp plug-in app on our home website.

YOU have to go visit daily to see just what is there! πŸ™‚ THANKS to all that have donated so kindly, generously and the animals thank you too! πŸ™‚

The BHRR Auction began at 7:00 AM EST on Saturday November 23rd, 2013.

The BHRR Auction will end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 5th, 2013

UPDATE: BHRR's Vet visit showed that he most likely has some minor nerve trauma to his left eye. I was told that things could greatly improve yet, not to be surprised if it does not. Everything else appears to be normal and they do not suspect any neuro damage right now…..
He does have an area on the back of his head that still is quite swollen……
He rock starred all the people he saw and only stood behind me with his head peeking out behind my legs a few times.
What a courageous boy he was!!

From Friday October 18th to Sunday November 3rd, 2013 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.

THIS is my latest GOOD WITH CATS UPDATE post adding on new dogs recently 'tested'!

This lovely Canine has proven to be 'good' with cats. YET, as always, careful integration is an VERY important key and the personalities also!

I also want to stress that BHRR's Groves & BHRR's Flint being part of this updated 'GOOD WITH CATS UPDATE' post are only mere puppies right now….their 'cat' goodness could well change as they mature.

BHRR's Nessie & BHRR's Treasure are the other two dogs tagged in this specific blog post. This post does not warrant or guarantee that they shall be good with all cats. Please check each animals' specific blog to read about whether or not, they have a 'thumbs up', a 'thumbs down' or an 'unknown' when it comes to cats.

We cat test our dogs as we can. Sean is allergic to cats and most of our own dogs are scared of cats and yet, doing thorough evaluations plus assessments and getting to know the BHRR dogs thoroughly, my knowledge of them and experience with them and gut/instinct have gone a long way in helping to determine if the dogs may or may not be good. Others do remain an 'unknown'.

UPDATE: BHRR's Flint is doing ok…..he had a 24 hour recheck today and he is back tomorrow for another one and then at 72 hours to start.
They are a bit worried with how droopy one eye appears to be and that his colour is not yet 100% yet, the swelling in his neck and lower face has gone down a lot and though, still a bit more quiet than normal and that he is sticking to me quite closely, he is doing really well…..
He is playing some with Matrix and BHRR's Groves and, at the first sign, of any real excitement, he will run off to a crate and sit in it from the safety of it and watch and observe and when he is comfortable, he will come back out.
Not putting him in a glass bubble, yet, you do fight(even with my own 25+ years of education and experience) the instinct to pick him up and hold him close and the desire to baby him……
He is eating fairly well, yet, we know with his severe underbite, he has issues eating like other dogs and, so, the Vets are happy with knowing that he is eating and drinking per almost his normal.
A whole new journey has begun for him… poor wee elephant. All of the fear rehab that had been done, well, we will just keep going onward….
One baby step at a time…….when he is ready, we will be back out there visiting and doing play-dates again. Could have happened to any animal out there(this dog that attacked BHRR's Flint has killed cats in the past and grabbed and hurt other dogs), and, still feeling so fortunate and blessed that I have this amazing boy named BHRR's Flint still with us……one, replays in their mind over and over again, the 'what it's' and 'could I' and 'I should have' and, and, and, and….
At the end of the day, I have resolved to the best that I can within myself, that I took all precautionary methods as I normally do in visiting with my dogs to homes of our friends, family and approved Volunteers and, I did what I had to, to get this dog off BHRR's Flint. I have no regrets stepping in and would do so again, if need be to save a life.
The home of the dog continues to pay for BHRR's Flints bills and I am to continuing to *work* calmly and on educating properly re: their dog. By-law is involved.
May everyone have a wonderful rest of their night. Tell all your loved ones how much you care about them….it is important!

Today, BHRR is grateful and appreciative and humbled by SO much. I have a HUGE Gwennie Novel to post re: JUST how emotionally affected I have been by the generous natures, and, beautiful hearts of quite a few to BHRR………..

Yet, this post is one that I am making is to express my thanks FOR another reason, to all the powers that may be that our dear BHRR's Flint is still with us….

I feel very blessed….

Late this afternoon, when we stopped to visit some extremely lovely folks with some of the dogs(we brought the Bluez boyz – my own two Multi CH. GD's, BHRR's Flint and BHRR's Groves) to also visit. Very commonplace for here to take dogs wherever we go.

When we were parked, about 75 – 100 m from the home, we began to take the dogs out of the truck.

As I turned to bring out Mushmouse(my Tain), I caught a glimpse of a dog making a very fast beeline for us. I did NOT like the body language at all.

I turned and as, I called out for help, the dog grabbed BHRR's Flint, had him pinned and was choking him. Not shaking, not making one sound – no growls, no snarls, not a peep. The dog was a big boy, and, in a different setting, I would have admired his beautiful coat, a mixed breed stunning dog. Yet, not this evening.

Tain cowered in the back of the truck, Bronson was going back and forth very concerned and BHRR's Groves planted himself squarely between my feet and sat and shook.

Our friends came running towards us, got the rest of the dogs out of the way while(and, I am sorry for the words I am about to utter yet, I had to get this dog off BHRR's Flint…I would never harm anything if I could avoid it…. ), I began using what physical force I could. The dog did not have a collar on and, I kicked and I punched and I yanked. I was like a fly on the back of a horse…..

So, I made the decision that I had to get my hands in this dog's mouth to get it off BHRR's Flint. He was crushing his throat and BHRR's Flint was going limp….

Then, I had to wait…I knew it was coming…I knew that at some point, the dog was going to release to shift to get a better grab on my wee man and as I felt it happening, I shoved my hands further between BHRR's Flint and the teeth of this dog.

When, this happened, and, I knew it was going to, the dog re-directed towards me and I put myself then between BHRR's Flint and the dog, standing almost over my poor boy, now laying limp and feeling helpless, as I could not yet, begin to check him out.

As the dog moved in, a neighbour to the home, we were visiting, had a shovel and shook it over his head and yelled and hollared and with that combined with our friends also making noises and becoming a bit of a 'mob', the dog took off.

I just sunk to my knees and was very careful in assessing BHRR's Flint….he was so white…not just a bit pale, white. Shock for sure and I had no idea what other, especially internal injuries he may have sustained.

He was breathing, he only had some very small punctures, not tears – the dog was crushing him to death…..yet, what was going on inside of him?

We carefully lifted him into the truck and covered him up, put up the heat and drove to the emergency….

My boy spent quite a few hours under observation, after being examined, poked, prodding, put on fluids, had blood drawn, x-rayed and though, he does have some trauma to his neck plus neck, a ruptured saliva gland, BUT, he is going to ok. Until, I heard those words, the world felt very surreal… just work and move on auto pilot in motion….

His colour is almost normal now, he is alert(understandably not his fast usual becoming perky self) and he is going to be OK! He is going to be OK! Yup! You can believe the tears that welled up…and overflowed…..without shame…..or worry or are that anyone was looking.

I am now in dealings with the O. of the dog that was at large….apparently, a 'problem' in the area and trying to educate and not just point fingers and blame…..

They are finally going to be taking care of BHRR's Flint's bills….as they should in my opinion.

For me, I was given a miracle late this afternoon…..and, I am feeling blessed….BHRR's Flint is still with us….

I always check before letting dogs out that everything is ok…this dog moved fast…never saw the dog before(it lives several blocks over from where I was visiting) and this is my last post of tonight, for, I am now going to go snuggle with BHRR's Flint and all the dogs here and tell them that they are all ok and safe….

Please hug your loved ones…..precious life can be snatched away from you in a blink of an eye.

BHRR's Flint is hanging with me at work today and his new weight @ 4 months is now 30.6 Kgs(67.32 pounds) – he almost weighs as much as our HOBBIT who is 8 months of age.
In just three weeks he has put on another 13.42 pounds! No longer uber skinny and terrified, he is rocking the world! He had a FANTASTIC two days at PV Stittsville this past weekend. Only two small moments, one with a man – soft woof and then we made a new friend! and then on Sunday with two girls and was just re-directed.
His baseball bat of a tail has been wagging non-stop and it was so heart warming to see how many people who saw him when he first arrived and then again this past weekend and noted JUST how amazing he is continuing to be!!!!
We will do pre-surgical bw today and boosters and check out those bilateral cherry eyes again and when he is older, we will have them fixed!

UPDATE: The Vet has thoroughly examined him and his severe underbite is much worse and so, when he is under for his cherry eyes – his left eye is much worse than his right, those teeth will be addressed. We also shall get a much better look at those back hips of his…..

WHAT a brave man he was!!!

UPDATE: On September 24th, BHRR's Flint came with Kinsley & I to visit – end up being ALL too short – with Tanya and Natasha at the Timmie's in Kemptville. HE woofed in the car a bit and only slightly out of the car and did FABU! πŸ™‚

Day by day……

On Saturday September 21st, I took BHRR's Flint after work to PV Stittsville to hang and have some more good experiences! He is doing well! He is a HUGE HUGE HUGE hit with all! I had people give him treats and, he sat for them so nicely. I put him into the hands of others that were there – THANK you Lesley and Martin – in helping get him feel more comfortable and, realizing that not all hands are going to hurt him. πŸ™

He has a TON of potential, is uber sweet, and has bonded so fast to me.

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BHRR's Flint – September 19th @ KAH & September 21st, 2013 @ PV Stittsville

If you are not familiar with this incredible breed, here is some information:


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The Neapolitan Mastiff is a serious, powerful dog. The body of this massive, rather rectangular looking dog has abundant, hanging wrinkles and folds on the head and a very large dewlap. The wide, flat head is large in comparison to the rest of the body. The muzzle is 1/3 the length of the head and is as broad as it is long with a well-defined stop. The large nose has well-open nostrils and a color that coordinates with the coat. The teeth meet in a scissors, pincer or slight undershot bite. The deep-set eyes are almost covered by the dropping upper lids and come in amber to brown, depending on the coat color. Puppies begin life with blue eyes, which later darken. The ears may be cropped or left natural. Many owners opt out of docking and cropping, preferring the natural look, as it is painful for the dog. The tail is carried straight up and curves over the back. In dogs that are shown in the AKC front dewclaws are not removed. The round feet are large with well-arched toes. The straight, dense, short coat comes in gray, blue, black, chocolate, mahogany and tawny, sometimes with brindle and white markings. A little white is permitted on the chest and toes. No white should be on the face. Chocolate dogs are rare.


The Neapolitan Mastiff is not a breed for everyone. This breed looks a bit intimidating, but is actually affectionate, calm, peaceful and loving. They enjoy family and friends. This breed is a heavy drooler, particularly in hot weather or after getting a drink. Males may drool more than females. They are very keen to their owners’ commands. Intelligent, very protective, courageous, serious and mild-mannered. Generally quiet, they tend to only bark when necessary. They can be reserved with strangers; socialize them well with people, places, sounds and animals. These dogs are usually very loving with children, provided the children know how to display leadership skills. A Neo can get along well with non-canine pets if raised with them from puppyhood and/or properly socialized. Obedience training is very important. Teach them to heel on a lead and to go in and out door and gateways after the humans. This breed needs a dominant owner who understands and is capable of controlling them properly. They will be easiest if this is established when the dog is still a puppy, but it is still possible to communicate with an adult Neo that the human is in charge. Children should be taught how to be pack leaders. Socialize this breed while they are young. This is a natural guard dog and protection training is not necessary. You cannot breed out the guard in the dog, no matter how submissive they become. If they sense there is a threat to the home they will react unless the owner is there and tells them everything is OK. Be sure you are consistent in approach and do not keep repeating commands the dog has failed to obey. If they are not listening, try a different approach, making sure you are in a confident state of mind. Neos will not listen to meek owners. These are not dogs for beginners, but it is an exaggeration to describe them as difficult in their association with others. A calm handler with natural leadership will achieve the best results. With comprehensive training and an experienced, dominant owner, the Neapolitan Mastiff can be a wonderful family pet. This breed has a high pain tolerance. Neos that do not have a firm, confident, consistent owner who provides them with daily pack walks to release mental and physical exercise will become willful, over-protective and dog aggressive. When correcting this dog, the owner's correction must match the dog's level of intensity, and the timing of the correction must be precise.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 26 – 30 inches (65 – 75 cm) Females 24 – 28 inches (60 – 70 cm)
Weight: Up to 165 pounds (74 kg)
The largest male Neapolitans may be nearly 200 pounds (90 kg)

Health Problems

Prone to cherry eye, hip dysplasia, bloat, pano-ostiosis (joint pain from growth can occur at 4-18 months and usually goes away on its own). Pups are usually born via caesarian section.

Living Conditions

The Neo will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Take extra caution in warm weather to provide shade, water and a cool place to lie.


They should be taken on daily walks at least twice a day.

Life Expectancy

Up to 10 years.


These giant, shorthaired dogs are easy to groom. Remove loose, dead hair with a rubber brush. This breed is an average shedder.


All European mastiffs are descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, the most ancient member of the canine species. The first Asian mastiffs were probably brought to Greece from India by Alexander the Great around 300 BC. The Greeks introduced the dogs to the Romans, who adopted them enthusiastically and used them in circus combats. The word "mastiff" derives from the Latin word “masssivus,” meaning massive. English experts, however, have another theory. They contend that the mastiff was brought to Britain by the Phoenicians in about 500 BC and spread from there to the rest of Europe. In any case, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct descendant of the Roman Molossus. While the breed became extinct throughout the rest of Europe, it continued to survive in Campania, despite the perils of weather and war. One can therefore say that the Neapolitan Mastiff has existed in Campania for two thousand years, even though it was not officially recognized until 1946, and its standard was not set until 1949. The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred for use in war and in bloody Roman arena spectacles. Today this powerful breed has a well-deserved reputation as a formidable guard dog. Neos have been used by the Italian police and army and by that country's farmers, business establishment and estate owners to protect people and property. Though the Neapolitan Mastiff was first shown in Italy in 1946, the breed is still quite rare in the United States. The Neapolitan Mastiff was recognized by the AKC in 2004.





BHRR's Flint as we are calling him arrived safely to KAH today. As soon as I picked him up, and, drove out of the parking lot, I knew that I had to take him to public venues ASAP. He had been taken from the shelter, driving to us, put into a run at KAH until I could arrive and get him. What a stressful day, EVEN if it was all to get him into a good place and, to have a great future! We drove to PetSmart in Kanata and walked the aisles……..he was SOOOOOOOOOOO scared and had, wicked fear aggression in the car, made worse in the dark. Poor thing. He is such a sweetie and so gorgeous so, lots of socialization in his future!!!

As we walked up and down, it was nice and quiet and, the few people we saw there, were very understanding plus respectful and supportive, you could see him visibly relaxing. We needed to get into a lighted venue/arena area and it was working. We did not stay long…..just enough for him to have a chance to catch his breath and settle.

Below are some photo's of him at KAH and at PetSmart!

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BHRR's Flint – @ KAH September 19th – three photo's and last photo is at PetSmart Kanata
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On September 18th, we received the following email @ 3:49 PM about a Neo puppy from two people:

Person 1: "Male fixed not yet 4 months old. Bit hand shy at first, warms up quickly. Any chance dog could get out on the weekend?"

Person 2: "I need to get this puppy out ASAP.  Would you be interested?  He was dumped at the shelter….No issue puppy but does show cage aggression.  Just needs a little socializing."

At 4:02 PM, I said 'yes, we would commit to him.

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BHRR's Flint – ~ 3 months of age