BHRR’s Harley went to his his new adoptive home on Friday November 4th!

BHRR's Harley has now been moved under an ADOPTED status! YAY! That was one of our fastest adoptions yet from the time the dog went as available to be adopted to when they actually were adopted!

We are now just working out the details on actual date to have BHRR's Harley go to his new adoptive forever loving home! Tentative at this time is the weekend after our annual Halloween close down period right after my surgery.


On Sunday October 30th, 2011 – Global Pet Foods – Kanata (AND yes, that is BHRR's Lil Linus on the front page with his tongue! LOL) is hosting Photo Sessions for $10 as well as $10 nail trims and they so very kindly have chosen BHRR as their Animal Rescue of choice whereby 50% of the proceeds raised shall come to BHRR!

Nail trims are by appointment ONLY!

Please contact Global Pet Foods – Kanata directly (613) 599-0660 to reserve your nail spot!


Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Place: Global Pet Foods – Kanata 700 Eagleson Road



BHRR's Harley weighed 121.22 pounds today.

BHRR"s Harley is NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! YAY! His abscess has healed beautifully and he is ready to go! What a great boy!!!

He likes to lay in an open crate here when he wants some 'space' and 'quiet' time as BHRR is a busy place. He is no longer crated at BHRR regardless if we go away for 20 minutes or 5 hours. I know sometimes he likes for me just to make sure the door is fairly closed for privacy at times as we do have BHRR's Brick & BHRR's JS, the two GD puppies and they can get really 'going'! 😀

ONE of his closest friends right now is BHRR's Brick, the almost 3 month old GD. He plays REALLY well with him! Sometimes he might get a bit rough with the 'thumping' of the front paws but he settles down with a reminder of 'gentle.'

This boy is very special and has been a great addition to BHRR in terms of helping to teach some of the gooberheads some manners! LOL

He has a mischievous side as he KNOWS he is not to horseplay in the house BUT he can be caught rocking the house with our 15 month old GD Sir Maestro. Many would find it hard to believe this boy turned 6 for he is active when he wants and needs to be and a model citizen of mannerisms and behavour when he should be….ok, for the most part for he does get caught up in playing with SIr Maestro at times.

This boy is such a lovely gentleman and may his forever loving home come along soon. DO NOT let the age of 6 turn you away from considering him NOR that he is a big black dog. He is kind, gentle(with treats, food and loving), sweet, affectionate and so special. A very calm, stable temperament and solid with his obedience. I have had two of my own almost live to just under 13, had a friend have one of hers live to 15 and another live to 17. The average lifespan is about 10-12 years, NOT 5-7.

He is happy, healthy and only the right matched home for him shall be considered!

Below are two photos taken on October 18th, 2011 at BHRR, enjoying the fall day. NOT the best due to lighting yet you can see how majestic he is. He also likes to 'pose' butt first. That is his 'signature' style! LOL

BHRR's Harley – October 18th, 2011


From Friday October 21st to Friday November 4th 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 to what we have been doing.

We do not believe it is on 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. 

When BHRR's Harley was at the Vet on September 1st, 2011, he weighed 121.22 pounds (55.1 KGs). The results of his biopsy were: majority of the areas were fat, a lot of ephithelial cells and no cells seen to differentiate. This is a nice relief for the Vet also had a bit of concern when she first felt and touched it! Unless there was just cause to remove it(there was very little to actually drain), we would monitor. There was a high incident of it rupturing or abscsesing due to the 'tampering' of it yet up this did not happen until just two days ago. He is now on a course of antibiotics and we shall go from there.

When I went away for 2 days at the beginning of September, it was perfect for when I came back, BHRR's Hailey from having to depend on Sean, was like a whole new dog! He was having zooming phases and was a lot less quiet!

These days, one would be hard pressed to think that this boy just turned 6 in June. He LOVES LOVES LOVES to play with my Sir Maestro(14 months of age). He can be quite the vocal player too and he has a mischeivous streak for sure the goober!!! LOVE it!!! He has no problem being part of any prank BHRR's Dana begins and is often found 'holding the bag' so to speak!!!

He is doing so well and has built up quite the muscle tone since his arrival. He still has no hair on many parts of his tail and they may or may not come back(believed to be rubbed off).

With the way that he has been doing – social to humans, dogs, kids and utd on vaccines etc., he shall be placed up for adoption most likely within the next week or so! YAY!

BHRR's Harley will do best in a home that have kids no less than age 8(time for him to receive more attention/love from all family members from what he was able to get in his old home), a home that works pt, ft, semit-retired etc. is of no matter, one that is active with liking walks yet also a home that likes snuggle time at home – especially on rainy days!!!! It has taken Mr. Prince Harley a wee bit to understand that he is NOT going to melt if he goes outside to pee! The look on his face the whole time he is peeing though as he watches me is priceless! HA!

He is an affectionate and kind and sensitive boy and would benefit from a home that does have at least one right matched dog for company. We would not decline an application that did not have any other dogs yet they must have a social network in place whereby BHRR's Harley does have continued exposure to other dogs. This will be important for his continued social network maintenance.

His food, treats are all taken with care and he likes to be fed in a crate yet as long as he is fed in a quiet spot, he will be fine and eat well. He likes quiet when he eats and so that he does not have to worry about any other dog bothering him.

He did FANTASTIC at our recent September BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House, flitting and floating from person to person and was calm, comfortable and accepting of all the noise, traffic and treats!

He has been a real pleasure to have had here at BHRR and he is really loving the freedom of our 2+ fenced in acres plus he is thriving under the structure of regular training and rules at BHRR. At night, he prefers to sleep in an open crate and once in awhile, he can be found on our Master bed having a snooze, which is ok as long as we are not the ones trying to snooze in it at the same time! 😀



BHRR's 4th ANNUAL Dinner Boat Cruise & Live/Silent Auction Fundraiser is being held on Saturday October 1st! We ONLY have 7 tickets left AND you can pay via PayPal (; email transfer to (please ensure that we have the pw) OR Bank Draft! The boat is reserved ONLY for BHRR participants and their guests.

BHRR is still looking for items for our Live & Silent Auction for this Fundraiser. BHRR ONLY hosts 3 planned Fundraisers a year and this is our second fundraiser event for 2011.

BHRR does not receive any corporate or federal/provincial government funding.

If you have any items that you would like to donate to BHRR; pleae email! THANKS so much!!!!!


Adoption Application Revisions

As of September 1st, 2011; the Board of Directors will be implementing some revisions to our BHRR adoption process. These changes involve age of children in homes for a possible BHRR adoption and the expansion of our adoption area to now include parts of New York, USA.

Revision #1:

As of September 1st, 2011; BHRR shall consider adoption applications to NOT only the whole provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada yet shall also consider homes in the state of New York, USA that are no more than 3 hours from BHRR. These areas in New York, USA shall include those listed below and all immediate surrounding areas AS long as the potential adoptive home is no more than 3 hours from the physical locale of BHRR in Eastern Ontario, CDA:
Alexandria Bay

Revision #2:

WE DO NOT place any dog with a family with children under the age of 8 unless the below additional conditions/requirements have been met to the satisfaction of the BOD of BHRR. Only then shall the BOD of BHRR consider those homes that have children younger than the age of 8 yet they must be over the age of 5:
a) ONLY homes that have no more than 2 children shall be considered if said children are under the age of 8 and over the age of 5
b) ONLY dogs that BHRR deem most suitable for homes with children within these ages shall be considered
c) ONLY homes that have prior suitable breed type experience ie Great Danes for a Great Dane possible adoption or a Saint Bernard for a Saint Bernard possible adoption shall be considered
d) ONLY homes that have no more than one dog already and that dog must be a right matched personality fit; shall be considered should any children be under the age of 8 and over the age of 5
e) ONLY homes that have all family members in attendance for the home visit and only those same homes that have all family members come to BHRR to meet us shall be considered
BHRR stresses that children and dogs should NEVER be left unsupervised together!
*This is a legal, insurance and moral obligation/responsibility that we will adhere to.

For complete details regarding the BHRR adoption process; please visit our Application & Fees page. BHRR shall continue to ONLY place per best matched personality fit and our adoption success rates were 100% for over 10 years of operating and as we are heading into our 16th year; our adopton success rates are 99%.

Quick Update! BHRR's Harley ate a small supper but has yet to drink anything. He has been fully integrated with all dogs other than 2 – Sir Maestro is still away and CH. Dyceman and BHRR's Shiva who went into the master bedroom to have a snooze! 🙂

He is doing really well, no issues and already is beginning to want to follow myself around.

BHRR's Goliath and Bleach are 'really' into his space as is BHRR's Lincoln at times in their curiousity and desire to make a 'new' friend and BHRR's Harley is tolerating everything so well. 🙂

He has taken himself out a few times and is now exploring the main area of the house very slowly.

I took his height and he is just over 36" at the whithers. Pretty close to 36.5".

I feel my heart already twanging with deep emotion of love for him! 🙂 DOES not take much and yes, he has those amazing eyes too! Just got to stop looking into these dogs incredible eyes! LOL

AND I got my very first hug and two kisses!!!! OH my….sigh….I am so touched. 🙂

BHRR's Harley has arrived to BHRR! We have his category as Harley(1) as we have had a Harley in the past and cannot have 2 categories exactly the same if I want to add separate slideshows. Glitch part of this blog software that we use for our BHRR Website.

We were contacted on August 20th, 2011 to see if we would assist a Great Dane as the home had a 20 month old child and did not have the time required for BHRR's Harley.

We have since learned that upon his arrival that he is older than what came our way AND it matters not how old or young he was, we would have assisted him regardless. His birth date is listed as July 22nd, 2005 so he just turned 6. He is neutered, and his rabies is not due until September 9th, 2012 and his DAPP + Lepto is due September 9th, 2011. We had been informed that his one vaccine would be updated before his arrival yet no worries that it was not.

We also discovered upon his arrival a lump on his side that we will investigate ASAP. He also has a skin tag on the same side lower on his leg(stifle area). I had scheduled an appointment for September 1st for BHRR's Harley yet upon noticing this lump shall move that up. We shall also give him a much needed manicure/pedicure. The other thing we noted was the bare/bald areas on his tail. We will do some skin scrapings when I bring him into work with me early next week.

The last weight given on his paperwork was 116.40 pounds(from September 2010) and he needs a bit of toning and to lose a few pounds, not too much as he is in really great body condition. For those that follow our blogs, his body type with headpiece is very reminiscent of BHRR's Mindy. That typical byber tall(around 35-36" yet will measure) and lanky body with a smaller snipey headpiece. YET to our eyes, he adds up to one overALLLLLLLL lovely plus ever so handsome boy and we are honoured to have been contacted to assist him!

His last HWT was September 29th, 2010 and he was also on HW preventative at that time. I noticed on his records no results from his HWT or fecals that had been done over the years. The records sent show that he has been a very healthy dog over his life and only on some flagyl and cephalexin back in 2006 yet no documenation sent as to why this was so.

To date, he is settling in well. Still some stress 'drooling' and he is proving himself to be a sweet mature gentleman.

What his previous home had to stay about him on August 20th, 2011:
"He is a great dog we just don't have the time anymore due to a toddler taking up most of our time, We love him but want what is best for him. He is great with children as we have a 20 month old. He does not seem to like cats as he barks at them when he sees them out side but has never lived with one. Also seems to be okay with other dogs but again has never lived with one. He is very friendly but needs a lot of attention. He also needs to go through training again, he needs to learn to ignore people on bicycles as right now he does not seem to like them (he barks and if on a walk seems to lunge toward them but not in a vicious way). He also seems to have some separation anxiety. Hope this helps,"

UPDATE: August 27th, 2011: from the kind person who transported him one leg of his transport:
"I was one of Harley's transporters(in Columbus, OH). What a sweet boy he is! Whoever adopts him will get a real sweetheart! I'm so eager to hear of his progress! GOOD LUCK, HARLEY!"

UPDATE: August 28th, 2011 from his wonderful overnight temp fostermom:
"‎"He wasn't too much into eating, but he is on his third toilet bowl of water, since he wouldn't drink out of the water bowl the other dogs use. I just have to keep flushing the toilet to bring more water into it. I gave up using those little automatic toilet bowl cleaner thingies since some of the visitor dogs drink out of the toilet too. Perhaps I could rig up an old toilet to be an automatic dog watering bowl? I might better bring him to the little river behind my house and let him drop the water level there a bit. Fair warning to X about potty breaks…… very mellow and good natured and get along just fine with the 2 other old dogs here and all the cats."

"Harley, the great dane, since he stood with his snout out the side hatch window behind me the whole way home I didn't realize that the danes are so drooly!"

UPDATE: August 28th, 2011 from one of his other amazing transporters:
"He's an absolute charm. He really likes being "part of the pack," and wants to be where you are. I love him to bits!"

UPDATE: August 28th, 2011:
We know that BHRR's Harley is great with other dogs and also cats(see blog post from his overnight temp fostermom). He traveled fantastically from his locale in OH, USA with other dogs, was temp fostered overnight with other dogs and he has already been integrated with the BHRR Saint Babies and BHRR's Windsor without any issues. We can also confirm he is great with kids as we have two. We have found BHRR's Harley to be a mature, quiet and mellow Great Dane and we have been exposed to thousands over the years! We will see what happens when the honeymoon period is over. He settled beautifully into a crate and even now is laying there quietly with the door open. He has demonstrated no separation type of behavours to date. Separation Anxiety is what I am doing my PhD dissertation on.

He can pull on his leash at time and in one photo sent our way he had been seen wearing a halti and that has now been removed. He will learn to walk on a flat buckle collar as they all do! 🙂

We shall test him with horses, bicycles and a whole slew of other things before he is placed up for adoption.


BHRR's Harley – August 28th, 2011 – 6 years of age – Day of arrival to BHRR

AND for those that are wondering, the Great Dane life expectancy is 10-12 years. We have had two live to just under 13 and we have had friends who had one live to 15 and one live to 17. SO, please do not let the young age of 6 deter any home from looking for amazing new addition! A great housebroken, well mannered, well trained, sweet, kind, quiet mature GD, over having the up all hours of the night, destructive, chewing, high energy zipping wild stages of those puppies!