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.

Our XMAS Shutdown period for this year is from Saturday December 17th, 2011 to Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 inclusive.

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

BHRR's Lily Belle was officially adopted to her new home tonight!!!! YAY!

BHRR's Lily Belle is moving to an "ADOPTED" status! If all goes well, she shall be placed in her new forever loving home for Wednesday December 14th, 2011

We are moving BHRR's Lily Belle to an UNDER a  'PENDING ADOPTION' status. We will update as we can.

BHRR's 4TH ANNUAL 'JUST IN TIME' FOR XMAS Online Auction shall begin Saturday November 19th @ 7 AM EST and shall run through until Thursday December 1st @ 9 PM EST.

If anyone has any items they would ike to donate inluding services, gift certificates or gift cards; please EMAIL. We will take donations right up until the day the auction shall end. BHRR only hosts three planned Fundraisers a year and every penny goes back to the animals!

We have many bills coming up for some very special animals including BHRR's Bloom and your support would be so appreciated!

Click on the poster for more information!

PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST and if you would like a poster to put up at your work, local businesses etc., please email us for one!

KEEP CHECKING BACK AS MORE ITEMS SHALL BE ADDED DAILY!

Update sent November 15th, 2011 from her awesome temp foster home:

“As for BHRR's Lily Belle, she is still a goof ball and loving life.  She is not as into playing fetch as X but she does enjoy the squeaky sounds and playing hide the toys under the couch LOL  I'm thinking fall has now become her new favourite season.  Lots of yummy pumpkin, squash and the cool weather is great for running around at the dog park. Such a cutie!“


BHRR`s Lily Belle – November 2011

‘Spare a Loonie for Bloomy’

Hello Everyone!!

We are now launching the ''Spare a Loonie for Bloomy'' campaign, starting November 1st, 2011 (11-1-11) and running until December 1st, 2011 (12-1-11); We would like to encourage everyone to invite their family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to donate $1.

Even if you think that $1 won't make a difference, one thousand loonies certainly will! You can drop off the money at DögHaus (5671 Sherbrooke West) in Bloom's piggy bank or donate directly to Bloom's file (100861) at by calling the DMV (514-633-8888).

OR you can donate via Paypal ( gwen@birchhaven.org) or by email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org (make sure you send the pw) or by mailing a bank draft out to 'Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabiltation Services(BHRR)' and mail to:

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

Many places have 'casual' Fridays and considering choosing BHRR's Bloom's cause for one of those office days!

Please share this message with everyone you know, we can use all the help we can get to reach our goal!

Let's make a change with change!!

**Keep in mind that it costs the DMV money every time they process a credit card transaction, and many companies enforce a $5 minimum rule.***

BHRR's Bloom's Angels:

Stéphanie
Bloom's Carnival Fundraiser Angels
Brian
Anonymous
Anonymous

 

Total Raised To Date: $965
Total Needed to Raise: $4,000

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!

THIS FUNDRAISER IS FOR DOGS AND CATS

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

 

**PLEASE CROSSPOST**

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. 

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 (gwen@birchhaven.org); email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org (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!!!!!

 

I had the pleasure of seeing BHRR's Lily Belle last week on September 1st! Thanks to her temp foster mom in bringing her by the Hospital as I had to give her BHRR's Lily Belle's September HW preventative and also more food.

We weighed her when she arrived and she was 61.3 KGs(134.86 pounds). SHE has filled out so much as she matures and is losing that 'puppy' look.

The one comment that I want to make is how impressed I was for both the Saint owned by BHRR's Lily Belle's temp foster mom and BHRR's Lily Belle were very well mannered and layed down quietly in the waiting room. In dividing up my time between both the front and back that night;  I was able to witness first hand how amazingly behaved both were! Now, BHRR's Lily Belle was not so keen to share her weight and her Saint pal was more than eager to stay on the scale yet other than that, she was a model citizen. πŸ™‚

BHRR's Lily Belle plunked her butt right down on one of the seats beside Clients waiting for their own appointment and wanted to befriend every cat, dog and person she met! LOL BHRR's Lily Belle is great with cats and still lives with one at her temp foster home. She is such a social creature!!!

BHRR's Lily Belle sure does like to drink out of toilets and nice to note that she still LOVES to share her drool with all around her!!! cheeky

The photo below is of BHRR's Lily Belle enjoying the 'freedom' of being allowed on her temp foster home's couch! I am loving that look she is giving out of the corner of her eye. πŸ˜€


BHRR's Lily Belle – August 2011
*Photo courtesy of H. Surman

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:
Oswego
Alexandria Bay
Massena
Watertown
Antwerp
Syracuse
Clayton

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!
NO EXCEPTIONS.
*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%.

JUST two SLEEPIES until the 4th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being held at Kanata Animal Hospital – 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario on Sunday July 17th, 2011

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY & RAIN OR SHINE!

There will also be Pet Photos, Caricatures, Face Painting, Free Draws, Human Bake Table, Doggie Treats, Leashes, Collars, BHRR Bracelets, Tug Ropes and more!

Microchips$40 – For Cats & Dogs
Nail Trims$10 – For Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pigs & Rabbits

The Rogers Community Cruiser shall be on hand from 10:00 AM – Noon with free timbits & coffee

Complimentary Behavoural/Training Consult Sessions to be had with the Founder of BHRR & Animal Behavoural Student G. Boers

The microchips are from 24PetWatch and they meet the requirements of the revised Canadian standard for electronic identification of companion animals. These microchips are also accepted by the CKC. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades.

Every year millions of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters, pounds, humane societies, SPCA's and rescue organizations. Of these animals only about 15% of dogs and 5% of the cats (estimated numbers) are ever returned to their homes. The primary reason that the statistics are so low is, because the pets are unidentifiable. Microchipping provides the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet(dogs and cats-especially outdoor one's!) and networking the animal back to their owners. If you want to improve your cat or dog's chances of getting home; microchipping is your best option.

Out of 20 dogs gone missing in our area, only 7 have been found to date; of which 4 were microchipped.

This is the largest Mircochip Fundraiser in CANADA!

BHRR wants to stress the following:

All of our adoption mandates, processes plus policies are clearly posted on both our PetFinder and Home Website. Additionally, our application is very detailed in respect to the same and each animals' blog on both PetFinder and on our Home Website; advises to become familar with our adoption criteria, before submitting an application to be reviewed.

If for any reason you do not agree to what BHRR requires of a BHRR adoptive home; pleae do not apply. This includes not being in support of our non-refundable application fee, our mandatory obedience clause, requiring a signed letter of permission from a landperson if renting,  no adoptions to homes with children under the age of 9, that we are a Special Needs focused based Rescue, that you refuse to keep pets safe, refuse to alter any non-show pets etc.

BHRR's requirements are written very specifically and are explicit in detail for anyone visiting our sites. We are always most happy to answer any questions, yet will only do so to those that are courteous in their manner plus approach.

BHRR is a highly reputable/quality registered NPO operated by an ALL Volunteer team, without any salaried employees and many of us have families plus full time Careers and other commitments outside of Rescue. I am deeply disturbed by what members of the BOD of BHRR had to address recently over an application that was submitted for review.  I feel for those BHRR members that took on the responsibility to continue to try and educate and be professional when this application was declined. Here I was sitting in emerg waiting to address clearly broken bones and am most unappreciative to witness what was sent BHRR's way after this application was declined in a professional manner with much explanation as to the reasons why their application could not proceed.

If they had just read and respected what was clearly posted, they would be well aware that we are not going to make ANY EXCEPTIONS on very important clauses, clauses that has given BHRR a second to none adoption success rate of 100% in over 10 years of operating and now is 99% as we are in our 15+ year.

In addition, your occupation as what has been stated before, is no indication that you are going to take proper care of an animal. BHRR's Lexi and BHRR's Hailey both came from a very bad domestic abuse situation where they were sorely mistreated and the one Owner is a promimant member of his own community. Abuse is not limited to specific Careers, race, colour or creed. It knows no boundaries. πŸ™

You might believe you are a wonderful home yet the application process is our way of getting to know you and to determine if your home would qualify for a BHRR animal. All members of BHRR are part of our extended family and we are always seeking to have new approved Volunteers and Homes join us!

Please refer to:

BEFORE APPLYING &
APPLICATION AND FEES &
FOSTER AND VOLUNTEER

In summary; PLEASE DO NOT apply to be considered if you do not meet these very detailed and visible mandates plus clauses and respect them.

Rescue is hard enough in trying to save animals in need and their wellbeing remains one of our top priorities.

 

 

LAST Gentle Reminder: The FACEBOOK BHRR Discussion Group has MOVED to! – http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada

Hello,

This is just a last gentle reminder that our Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Group has moved!

NEW FAN PAGE – http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada

With the 'upgrade' and 'archiving' of the current discussion groups on Facebook, we believe that the needs of our Rescue & Rehab organization cannot sufficiently be met any longer and hence the change to a BHRR FAN PAGE Format.

As of June 1st; the current Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP had all members deleted and then the group was permanently disabled and so as of the evening of Thursday May 5th, 2011 we have since moved to a Facebook Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE format instead.

http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada

Our BHRR FAN Page is very interactive, user friendly and fosters great networking plus social friendships and it also feeds into our BHRR Twitter account! We already have had some good discussions with insightful comments happening!

So, to stay abreast of all things uniquely BHRR including requests for assistance, Event/Fundraiser Announcements, upcoming 'EXPERIENCE' Open Houses, GD & Honourary GD Walks/Hikes INCLUDING any Lost & Found Animals, interesting tidbits, Animal Welfare topics, courtesy postings for other reputable/quality organizations/groups, community events etc.; do come and 'LIKE' our Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE –
http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada

Sorry for any inconvenience caused! πŸ™

http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada is the URL to crosspost! As of now, we have 226 Supporters & counting! Thanks for joining the migration! πŸ™‚

Thanks everyone for your understanding plus patience as we make this necessary transition to continue to have the best network in place to continue to assist animals in need of our programs with your strong 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS' support!

The BHRR Team

Since we have launched our NEW Facebook BHRR FAN PAGE , (see below blog); BHRR is going to be implementing some changes to our blog posts currently being made on here, our home website. With how wonderfully interactive plus informatively laid out our NEW Facebook BHRR FAN PAGE is, we shall no longer be doing as many posts on the Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services home website blogs yet instead posting on our BHRR FAN PAGE almost exclusively! Our BHRR FAN Page is very interactive, user friendly and fosters great networking plus social friendships and it also feeds into our BHRR Twitter account!

So, to stay abreast of all things uniquely BHRR including requests for assistance, Event/Fundraiser Announcements, upcoming 'EXPERIENCE' Open Houses, GD & Honourary GD Walks/Hikes INCLUDING any Lost & Found Animals, interesting tidbits, Animal Welfare topics, courtesy postings for other organizations, community events etc.; do come and 'LIKE' our Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE

As of June 1st; the current Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP shall have all members deleted and then the group permanently disabled/deleted and so as of the evening of Thursday May 5th, 2011 we have since moved to a Facebook Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE format instead.

All 256 members of our current BHRR DISCUSSION Group have now been notified of the change to our NEW Facebook BHRR FAN PAGE and we shall send out another notice as a gentle reminder a couple of days before deleting all members from the old Discussion 'GROUP'.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused! :(

http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada is the URL to crosspost! As of now, we have 132 Supporters & counting! Thanks for joining the migration! :)

Please inform those you know that follow us on the BHRR DISCUSSION GROUP that this GROUP will be deleted as of June 1st, 2011. We have so many that still have not moved over, so please help us get the word out! Please re-direct them to our NEW FACEBOOK BHRR FAN PAGE! Please come on over and 'LIKE' us!

Thanks everyone for your understanding plus patience as we make this necessary transition to continue to have the best network in place to continue to assist animals in need of our programs with your strong 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS' support!

 

 

BHRR's Lily Belle weight today was 60 KGs(132 pounds)! WTG BHRR's Lily Belle!!!! YAY! She is now off having a blast of a time at a play date with an approved BHRR Volunteer and I get to work! cheeky

As of June 1st; the current Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP shall have all members deleted and then the group permanently disabled/deleted.

Since the evening of Thursday May 5th, 2011 we have since moved to a Facebook Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) 'Like' FAN PAGE format instead.

The current DISCUSSION groups are going to be archived & even for those that qualify to 'upgrade', groups shall lose the ability to 'interact' with all members. We depend on that important function to save animals in need through our posts for urgent requests and to update our supporting members on BHRR news.

All 256 members of our current BHRR DISCUSSION Group have now been notified of the change to our NEW Facebook BHRR 'LIKE' FAN PAGE FORMAT and we shall send out another notice as a gentle reminder a couple of days before deleting all members from the old Discussion 'GROUP'.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused! :(

http://www.facebook.com/BHRRCanada is the URL to crosspost! As of now, we have 96 Supporters & counting! Thanks for joining the migration! :)

Please inform those you know that follow us on the BHRR DISCUSSION GROUP that this GROUP will be deleted as of June 1st, 2011. We have so many that still have not moved over, so please help us get the word out! Please re-direct them to our NEW FACEBOOK BHRR FAN PAGE! Please come on over and 'LIKE' us!

Thanks everyone for your understanding plus patience as we make this necessary transition to continue to have the best network in place to continue to assist animals in need of our programs with your strong 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS' support!

 

BHRR's Lily Belle is now booked for a play date on Tuesday May 10th! πŸ™‚

Here are the May availability dates/times for play dates, day trips and play trips for the BHRR dogs for our approved BHRR Volunteers to consider.

Please email if interested in giving a BHRR animal extra BLAST of a time social/training experiences!

Monday May 2nd – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Tuesday May 2nd – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday May 4th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Tuesday May 10th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday May 11th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Friday May 13th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Saturday May 14th – Anytime between 8 AM – 4 PM
Monday May 16th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Tuesday May 17th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Friday May 20th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Saturday May 21st – Anytime between 8 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday May 24th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday May 25th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
 

BHRR's Lily Belle already has a special request for a Playdate! She is very loved by so many, the wee ham!!! Therefore, tomorrow she is off to have some fun while I get to work! LOL πŸ˜€

BHRR's Lily Belle is ONCE more AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. The home that had applied to adopt her is planning on moving in with a partner that has three children, two of which are currently under the age of 9 and per BHRR's adoption mandates; we do not adopt to homes with kids under the age of 9.

Our adoption success rates were 100% for over 10 years of operating and now is over 99% in our 15+ year and BHRR remains patient that her right forever loving home shall come along. We shall not rush anything for the best interest of our sweet, playful and silly BHRR's Lily Belle plus her future forever loving home!

BHRR's Lily Belle's hv has been postponed from tonight and we will update her blog as we can re: her 'PENDING ADOPTION' status.

Below is a photo of Sunday's GD & Honourary GD Walk/Hike! Some of us are behind cameras taking the group shot. πŸ™‚ We were 14 in attendance! With 4 others also 'there' yet were very late and were unable to find the 'herd' of us. So, just under 20 that came out on such a glorious spring day!

BHRR's Lily Belle & BHRR's Porridge were in attendance from BHRR and one of our already adopted Great Dane's; BHRR's Koop also showed up with his new forever loving family! Our next walk/hike is scheduled for May 15th and if you are interested in being put on our 100+ member invitee list; please email. We have been organizing these walks for over 15+ years now and they are always a blast. What makes it this way is that everyone attending are responsible/accountable dog owners. We change locations throughout the Ottawa region including going to Limerick Forest in Kemptville plus to Contstance Bay Beach in the summer. πŸ™‚

 

We are placing BHRR's Lily Belle under a 'PENDING ADOPTION' until such time as we can best determine if the application we have recently received is the right match best personality fit for her and this home. Until this dermination can be made, BHRR shall not be accepting any more applications on BHRR's Lily Belle. We thank you in advance for your patience and it should not be too long before we can post an update.

HE SHOOTS! HE SCORES! AND YOU CAN TOO!

'HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR & DiD ANIMALS' HOCKEY TICKETS – High Bid 'War' – CLOSED!

Thank you to all that helped raise much needed monies for both of our Rescues!

WINNING BID: $265
WINNING BIDDER: K. Shields

 

Two Ontario Great Dane Rescues – Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) & Danes in Distress(DiD) have come together to host this 2011 High Bid "War" to benefit animals in need of both of our programs.

These amazing pair of Hockey Tickets are to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Ottawa Senators game being held on Saturday April 2nd, 2011 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa starting at 7:00 PM.

These seats are in the 100L- Section 109 Row C and are fantabulous seats! The value on these pair of tickets are $400+ CDA.

TOTAL VALUE: $400+

The ‘HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR & DID ANIMALS HOCKEY hig' Bid 'War' began on Wednesday March 23rd @ 8:00 AM EST and shall end on Tuesday March 29th @ 9:00 PM EST.

Tickets can be couriered at no cost to the winner for their convenience to their place of business or home.

To bid on the Sens vs. Leafs tickets, please email contactbhrr@gmail.com with your full name, address, phone number including area code, and please indicate your bid amount.

Bidding shall start at $100 and the website shall be updated regularly.

Note: Payment for the winning bidder must come direct to BHRR and BHRR will ONLY accept a payment of M/C OR VISA OR AMEX OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org (please ensure that we have the password).

Danes in Distress(DiD) shall NOT be accepting any payment for these Hockey bid tickets and will be directing all interest to BHRR. Any payment made direct to DiD shall be considered a donation and not as payment for these Hockey tickets for this Fundraiser.

Note: BHRR shall NOT accept any PayPal payment per their rules & regulations. Any monies sent via that method will be considered a donation.

Note: BHRR shall NOT accept personal checks.

Note: NO REFUNDS GIVEN

After confirmation of receipt of payment sent to BHRR, BHRR will make arrangements to get your winning tickets to you ASAP.

Our deepest thanks being sent out in advance to everyone for your consideration in participating to help both BHRR and DiD continue to save animals in need of assistance! By showing your support, you are representing a wonderful effort to a great cause!

  • The BHRR Auction will begin at 8:00 AM EST on Wednesday March 23rd, 2011. Unfortunately, bids submitted prior to this time cannot be considered.
  • The BHRR Auction will end at 9:00 PM EST on Tuesday March 29nd, 2011. The highest bid on these tickets will be determined based on the time of the email sent as recorded by the time marked by our ISP.
  • High bidders will be identified each day ONLY by their first name and last initial.
  • All bid prices are in Canadian funds.
  • Bids must be done in $5.00 or Greater increments.
  • When bidding please include your first and last name plus a phone number that you can be reached at if necessary.
  • All Bidders must be at LEAST 18 years of age or older.
  • All bids are considered final and binding, please do not bid if you do not intend to follow through on payment. Also, please do not bid on behalf of anyone else without their explicit written permission. The owner of the email will be considered the bidder and responsible/accountable for the bid/payment should their email be the winning bidder.
  • High Bidder will be posted every day of the BHRR Auction and on the final Auction day; the bids shall be updated with postings made regularly until the BHRR Auction closes.
  • If you wish to leave a "maximum" bid as you will not be around to monitor the auction closely yourself, please indicate that in your email when making your bid. Only emailed bids will be accepted.
  • FULL payment is required within 24 hours of being notified of being the winner.
  • Should you be in default of not honouring your bid(which really affects the animals the most), the next person with the highest bid shall be offered the Tickets as the winner.
  • There are NO Returns or Exchanges and BHRR is not responsible for the condition of the Hockey Tickets upon receipt to the winner(s).

About Taxes: You are not actually buying these tickets in this online auction. What you are doing is making a donation and then receiving the item in turn as a thank you. All taxes have been paid on the items you are bidding on.

PERMISSION GIVEN TO CROSS POST!

The BHRR & DiD Teams

The ‘BHRR’ Experience – One Volunteers Blog

Below is a note that the approved BHRR Volunteer wrote on her fb wall about her BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' in taking care of BHRR/our home while I had my first family vacation in almost 6 years. With her permission, it has been posted below. As I say so often to others plus posted this as a response to her fb wall post:

"AND I would love to 'share' your note with others interested in BHRR – either by adopting, volunteering, learning more about our stellar programs etc. – with your permission. I could never say any words better than what those themselves that are involved could say about the BHRR 'EXPERIENCE'. It is all of you that are the 'voice' making that 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS' so strong…"

 

Day 12 – Novice in Rescue , My Adventure at BHRR – Home coming for all

by Suzanne Desjardins on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 9:13pm

 

Is there ever anything sweeter than being home ???? I am very certain Gwen,Sean and kids feel the same…I have made some personal journeys in life but this is one for the bucket list 4sure …

I  will never think of rescue in another way except wow, the work involved is just staggering ….and i wasn't even training or rehabbing…..just reinforcing.  BUT the REWARDS are PRICELESS………

If anyone reading this note or my prior notes wonders how they too could be involved…DONATE DONATE DONATE…The amount of food that i fed over the 12 days was mind boggling …FOOD is life for this small respectable,reputable ONE OF A KIND rescue ….so the next time time you are in the pet store or grocery store , buy a bag and and let Gwen know you have food……..Towels, sheets, comforters, pinesol, treats, ALL very much needed …………..

I had tears in my eyes as I left today… there are several that I loved prior to this, and they have cemeted themselves in my heart forever…Potter, Soul and Albert, his trust in me was moving….Bleach is AMAZING for a deaf/blind puppy ….the way he motors around is nothin short of WOW………

 Gwen…. I thank you …………

HE SHOOTS! HE SCORES! AND YOU CAN TOO!

'HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR & DID ANIMALS' HOCKEY RAFFLE – ONLY 350 Tickets available – *ENDS Wednesday @ 9:00 PM EST
 

*CONGRATULATIONS TO D. Harbin of Ottawa, ON & to all in participating to raise funds for GD Rescue!*
 

Two Ontario Great Dane Rescues – Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) & Danes in Distress(DID) have come together to host this 2011 Hockey Raffle to benefit animals in need of both of our programs.

These amazing pair of Hockey Tickets are to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Ottawa Senators game being held on Saturday April 2nd, 2011 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa starting at 7:00 PM.

These seats are in the 100L- Section 109 Row O and are excellent seats! The value on these pair of tickets are $400+ CDA.

Furthermore, a Parking Voucher for free regular parking is included for the winner's added bonus!

Furthermore, Linda @ PJ Quigley's located @ 250 Greenbank Road donated a pre-game dinner for 2 (up to $25) to the winner!

TOTAL VALUE: $450+

We shall ONLY be selling 350 tickets and they are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00.

The ‘HELP SCORE FOR THE BHRR & DID ANIMALS HOCKEY RAFFLE’ ticket sales began on Monday February 21st @ 8:00 AM EST and shall end on Wednesday March 9th @ 9:00 PM EST.

The draw shall take place on Thursday March 10th @ 8:00 AM EST and the tickets can be couriered at no cost to the winner for their convenience to their place of business or home.

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

Note: All payments for raffle tickets must come direct to BHRR and BHRR will ONLY accept payments of M/C OR VISA OR AMEX OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org (please ensure that we have the password).

Danes in Distress(DID) shall NOT be accepting any payments for these Hockey raffle tickets and will be directing all interest to BHRR. Any payments made direct to DID shall be considered a donation and not as payment for Hockey raffle tickets for this Fundraiser.

Note: BHRR shall NOT accept PayPal payments per their rules & regulations. Any monies sent via that method will be considered a donation.

Note: BHRR shall NOT accept personal checks.

Note: NO REFUNDS GIVEN

Note: Odds of winning are based upon total number of raffle tickets sold.

After confirmation of receipt of payment sent to BHRR, BHRR will email a copy of your raffle ticket(s) in a pdf format with your individual raffle tracking ticket number(s).

Our deepest thanks being sent out in advance to everyone for your consideration in participating to help both BHRR and DID continue to save animals in need of assistance! By showing your support, you are representing a wonderful effort to a great cause!

 

PERMISSION GIVEN TO CROSS POST!

The BHRR & DID Teams

BHRR's Lily Belle & BHRR's Ava Marie are going to be temp fostered for some extra fun up until March 23rd, 2011! Going to miss these two beauties yet experiences like this shall only continue to enrich them plus expose them to new people, places sans myself and one never knows if their future forever adoptive home might meet them out and about! πŸ™‚

 

BHRR can always use more approved foster homes & Volunteers for play dates, day trips, extra hands at fundraiser and please visit our Foster/Volunteer page for more information.

BHRR mourns the February 18th, 2011 loss of a treasured friend to many – Victim to Bloat/Tort.
Trice, beloved best friend of BHRR Board of Director member Barry.
As per Barry's wishes, Trice has been laid to eternal rest at BHRR, missed by all.
May all those that have been touched by Trice, cherish the incredible gifts that he has bestowed upon them.

Though Barry has requested that any donations in honour of Trice's memory be sent to BHRR; I would like to respectfully ask of each and every person that has had the special pleasure of being blessed to be touched by Trice; to share a photo and/or memory Barry's way. AND to please pass along your support of heart plus caring.

This was not the week it should have been for either one of them when they travelled up from the east coast earier that day. Trice was to come to BHRR for training/tweaking and the week was to be full of fun GD/Human hikes/walks, good training sessions, fantastic play dates, lots of laughter and tons of great memories with friends to warm the heart plus soul. 

I am blessed myself to have been called and upon directing all to meet me at AVAH; to have had the 'gift' of opportunity to pass along my good-byes and tears of heart ache on the night of his passing. This is a dog that I very much adored, has made me a better behavoural expert/trainer plus person and he has touched me very deeply since he plus Barry first crossed my path many years ago. To say that I love the 'Trices' of the world is putting it lightly. I live with a "Trice", I understand/accept the 'Trices' of the world and I feel truly fortunate to have had my life touched by this special Trice!

His loss has affected so many and I know that CH. Dyceman is completely crushed not to have had the opportunity and experiences that should have been theirs during the week that Trice was to be at BHRR. Trice was truly Dyce's best of friends and it has been a week of deep mourning for all……


A portrait of Trice by Barclay Guinn Fine Arts (an example of Barclay's work that had been shown at our 2009 BHRR Boat Cruise Fundraiser)
& BHRR's Kingston with Trice – August 28th, 2009(one of my fav pictures).

Honouring my 'promise!' Here are 2 pictures of BHRR's Lily Belle from her temp foster mom during her recent stay with them!!!


BHRR's Lily Belle

I have had not one, not two but THREE people email me to 'make' a deal! LOL AND that deal is that they will purchase tickets to our currently running BHRR/DiD Hockey Raffle Fundraiser in exchange for me posting new pictures of the dogs! Let me think about this…..UHMMMM! OK! YOU are on!!! Let the picture posting and raffle tickets sales go on! πŸ˜€

Perhaps, it might make others consider participating such that we can raise much needed funds NOT just for BHRR yet also for another Ontario GD Rescue – DiD(the oldest operating GD Rescue in Ontario at that!). Each penny that is raised is so desperately needed by both of our organizations and please, please, please do consider participating. Even if you are not  a Hockey Fan or would be able to attend the game on April 2nd yourself, purchasing a raffle ticket or two or three; MAKES a great gift for another!

These are fantastic tickets – 100 L, a Parking Voucher is included PLUS a very generous $25 pre-dinner for 2 at P.J's Quigley's on Greenbank in Ontario has been donated by Linda Price. We shall be selling Raffle Tickets until March 9th, 2011 @ 9:00 PM EST.

 

 

BHRR's Lily Belle shall be temp fostered from March 9th – March 23rd for if all goes well, I shall be headed on my first vacation in almost 6 years!

Another update from BHRR's Lily Belle's Temp Foster Mom:

Lily Belle is still doing amazing.  She just gets more cuddly everyday and oh my gosh does she love to be brushed.  Have been taking lots of pictures too, will send a few your way soon.

I shall be bringing BHRR's Lily Belle back to BHRR later this week so that she can be here for the BHRR's 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House this weekend. For anyone interested in attending, please email for details and to register.  Our next BHRR' EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House shall not be until June of 2011.

In honor of Gwennie, the Founder of BHRR, wishing her a most wonderful and special of birthdays today – February 3rd, 2011

If you believe in BHRR; enjoy all the blog updates, pictures, open houses, GD hikes, Gwennie novel posts, her educational articles plus links; please make a donation in support of her rescue efforts. This fundraiser shall run through until 11:59 PM today – Thursday February 3rd, 2011

This blog post was made without Gwennie's awareness, so imagine her surprise when she sees this later today!

You can help ease her stress and concerns a bit today about always worrying about money to save those in need of the programs she has worked so hard for. You can help ease her stress and concerns a bit today about coming up with funds for food and other essentials for the animals. You can help ease her stress and concerns a bit today about the mounting bills for BHRR. Together let's make that BHRR 'chain of success' for Gwennie even more strong today!

Email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org, PayPal (account gwen@birchhaven.org) or even call Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and make a donation on to the Birch Haven Rescue account with your Visa, Mastercard or Amex. A receipt will be mailed to your attention. As Gwennie states so often, there is no amount too small.

I recently asked Gwennie what she wanted for her birthday and not once did she mention anything for herself. Always her family, friends or animals. Help us make a birthday very special today for Gwennie by making a donation to BHRR.

Total Raised to Date$385 & 14 Days of Dog Food & New Logo for Behavoural/Training/Gwennie's Dog Boot Camp Programs
*PayPal took $1.03 in fees

Gwennie's BHRR Believers & Supporters:

Anonymous
Sean
Mason*donated his bi-weekly allowance
Kinsley*donated her bi-weekly allowance
Alex & Karen
Global Pet Foods – Kanata – 10 Days of Dog Food
Simone – On BHRR's Potter Bills @ Kanata Animal Hospital
Lisa – 13 KG bag of Natural Balance Dog Food
Mary
James – Bag of Dog Food
Jan & Her Boyz
Michelle
Luanne of Rusty Dawg Pet Products

Here is an update from BHRR's Lily Belle's Temp Foster Mom:

Hi,
 
Just thought I'd send a quick update on how Lily Belle is doing πŸ™‚  She is quite the social butterfly, we had an awesome trip to Bruce Pit on Saturday.  She was her adorable goofy self and had a blast playing in the snow.
Her and Neffie have been having a great time together in the backyard playing, cuddling on the dog bed and being sure to give me lots of kisses πŸ™‚  They were two very happy snow covered puppies today with all the fresh 20+cm snow.
 
Loving having her here,

In order for us to assist BHRR's Big Ben, we had to send out an 'URGENT" on the BHRR Network that included our BHRR FB Group for a temp foster home for one of our current 'AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION' animals and within minutes, the response again was heartwarming by our supporters! THANK YOU!

BHRR's Lily Belle shall be going back to the same temp foster she had before XMAS for some fun, games and extra special social time and in turn, this shall enable us to bring in BHRR's Big Ben direct to BHRR to take care of his much needed/required rehab needs. Truly, cannot believe that she has not yet been adopted yet I know that her temp foster mom/dog love having her and I know that Sean/I love having her here too, so we remain patient. πŸ™‚

 

BHRR's Lily Belle is now booked for a Playdate for Valentine's Day! πŸ™‚ The rest of her availability for February 2011 is listed below for our approved BHRR Volunteer(s) to consider taking her for a Playdate, day trip or play day. Please email.

 

Friday February 4th – Between 4 PM & 8 PM
Saturday February 5th – Between 8 AM & 4 PM
Monday February 7th – Between Noon & 8 PM
Tuesday February 8th – Between Noon & 8 PM
Wednesday February 9th – Between 9 AM & 4 PM
Monday February 14th – Between 4 PM & 8 PM*BHRR's Lily Belle BOOKED
Friday February 18th – Between Noon & 8 PM
Monday February 22nd – Between Noon & 8 PM
Wednesday February 23rd – Between 9 AM & 4 PM
Friday February 25th – Between Noon & 8 PM
Saturday February 26th – Between 8 AM & 4 PM

BHRR's Lily Belle had her annual exam/visit tonight and BHRR's Lily Belle weighed 56.4 KGs(124.08) pounds – very wiggly to boot yet eager to please! LOL She was AWESOME in the car and at KAH! WHAT a love bug, so filled with happiness! She is most like going to be one of the dogs that I shall be bringing to our upcoming GD Walk/Hike & Honourary GD Walk/Hike on Sunday! We can be as few as 6 at times and we have had as many as 40+ in attendance and our distribution list for these walks are now up to over 100!!! For anyone wishing to join us; please email and we only take responsible dog owners and their dogs. In having held these walks for 15 years now; we have never had an incident and we are all very diligent, committed owners and there is always room for more. Nothing like seeing all of these Giants and 'honourary' giants out and about. We also regularly change up the locations so that we have different venues.  We have meet ups in areas such as Orleans, Ottawa, Kanata, Sittesville, Constance Bay, Carleton Place and even in the Kemptville area. We have another group that regularly meets up on the Brockville and Kingston areas too! Our next planned walk is this Sunday January 16th. :)

BHRR BOD Member Barry's 'Special 30th Birthday Request for BHRR' –

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services Board of Director Member, Barry Cole is celebrating his 30th Birthday today. Here is his posted request:

"Can't believe I'm 30 today!! Not that im expecting presents but would appreciate Donations to www.birchhaven.org help a GREAT rescue continue to do their amazing work!!"

Will keep a running public total of all monies raised in his honour to continue to help animals in need of BHRR!

Thanks in advance for the consideration!

Total Raised to Date: $165 – PayPal took $2.34 in fees

 

Barry's Birthday BHRR Buddies:

Stephanie
Chelsea

Mason*donated his bi-weekly alllowance
Kinsley*donated her bi-weekly allowance
Carbon/Digby(Mary)
Suzanne & Chuck
Barry
LT & Lil Linus(Jan)

It is our 'traditional' XMAS picture posting time for the BHRR animals and here is one of BHRR's Lily Belle from December 25th, 2010! She is one G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S dog!

BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of a new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many. Our XMAS Shutdown period for this year is from Saturday December 18th, 2010 to Monday January 3rd, 2011 inclusive.

BHRR's Lily Belle weighed 55.80 KGs(122.76 pounds) today and is off with me later tonight with BHRR's Windsor to do a home visit for BHRR tonight. πŸ™‚ I was soooooooooo happy to see her! πŸ™‚

BHRR's Lily Belle is coming back to BHRR on Saturday December 18th. We could not be more appreciative to her temp foster home for taking her for a bit!!!! I have added three pictures to her slideshow #18 – #20 and have put one below. It is going to be soooooooooooo good to see her again!!! She looks like she has grown from her pictures. πŸ™‚

With the loss of BHRR's Storm, BHRR's Koop's pending adoption and that I managed to track down BHRR's Lexy's Breeder; we shall have room once more at BHRR. So, BHRR's Lily Belle shall be leaving her temp foster home on Satudray December 18th and coming back to BHRR. I cannot thank her temp foster mom enough for taking such awesome care of her while we worked things around at BHRR to accomodate the arrival of BHRR's Lexy  & BHRR's Hailey.

 

Short update sent this AM on BHRR's Lily Belle:

The dogs are getting along great.  Lily Belle seems fully adjusted to the house rules and routine.  I'm loving the extra cuddles and kisses.  She's so sweet!
 

BHRR's Lily Belle's annual appointment has been booked for January 14th, 2011.

UPDATE Sent today on BHRR's Lily Belle from her Temp Foster Mom:

Hi Gwen,
 
Everything is going great, both girls are currently fast asleep on the floor at my feet.  They had a busy morning playing in the fresh snow.
Lily Belle is eating well, drinking lots of water and slept great through the night.  She is so sweet and super cuddly πŸ™‚
 
I'll also be coming to the walk on the 12th, all three of us if Lily Belle is still here.
 
 

BHRR's Lily Belle went to her temp foster home today. Going to miss her yet what an exciting time for her to have this wee 'mini' vacation away from BHRR. πŸ™‚ She weighed 52.6 KGS(115.72 pounds today). SO, YAY! She has put on another 2.42 pounds in one week. πŸ™‚

To learn more about how to become an approved BHRR Foster/Volunteer home please visit our appropriate page here.

In order for BHRR to assist the extremely 'urgent' situation of 2 Great Danes and their former owner in a domestic abuse situation; BHRR's Lily Belle and BHRR's Ava Marie are going to temp foster homes! THANKS to everyone that stepped up so fast and for all the encouraging plus supportive emails, voice messages etc. From the point of notification of this situation from one of the most wonderful of people I have met to date(she is involved with animal rescue herself plus works with women's shelters) to the point of actual mobilization of these two Great Danes of BHRR's Hailey and BHRR's Lexy  to arriving under BHRR's authority it was less than 36 hours! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Will update the blogs of our newest additions ASAP yet they are both LOVELY! Just lovely girls!

BHRR's 3rd ANNUAL 'JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS' ONLINE AUCTION

ENDS THURSDAY DECEMBER 2nd @ 9 PM EST!

The BHRR ONLINE Auction shall END on Thursday December 2nd, 2010 @ 9 PM EST

This is BHRR's last organized Fundraiser of 2010 and our next planned organized Fundraiser at this time is not until July of 2011, so each penny raised will be desperately needed to allow us to keep helping animals in need of our BHRR programs.

*To donate gift certificates, baskets, handmade crafts or any other items – Email BHRR (contactbhrr@gmail.com)

*We have 153 Items to date!!!!

Permission to Cross Post is given!

BHRR's Lily Belle weighed 51.5 KGs(113.3 pounds) today. πŸ™‚ She has put on 14.08 pounds since she arrived to BHRR. Very slow but sure with her weight gain.

BHRR's Lily Belle is going on a playdate this Saturday November 27th with one of our BHRR Approved Volunteers and I also cannot wait to get a new weight on her!!!!

To learn more about how to become a BHRR approved Volunteer; please visit our Foster/Volunteer Section.

I have added 2 new photos from September 23rd, 2010 to BHRR's Lily Belle's slideshow and am putting them both below. She is doing GREAT and I wish I had more hands for I would have also loved to plan to bring her to our next regular GD Walk/Hike & Honourary GD Walk/Hike on Sunday. I so need to get a new weight on her! She is still very tall and has packed on some weight plus lots of muscle and we are still working on getting her to put on even a few more pounds. She is eating so well these days and is just thriving in this cooler weather! She is missing BHRR's Bean something fierce and as with BHRR's Frank, I would like to get her out and about for some extra play dates, day trips and play trips. SO, if any of our approved BHRR Volunteers would be interested; here are the dates/times below for your consideration. BHRR's Lily Belle is super sweet and we remain amazed that she has not yet been adopted. Yet, we are verfy patient and will await for that right forever matched loving home made just for her. πŸ™‚ She is coming into her own with confidence and has realised that she is not so 'tiny' and can take other dogs 'off balance' by bumping them and just loves doing it as a 'surprise/sneak' thing. She thinks this is a grand game yet BHRR's Ava Marie is not impressed FOR that has been her own 'monkey trick game of amusement'! LOL

Friday November 19th – anytime between 10 AM – 8 PM
Monday November 22nd – anytime between Noon – 8 PM
Wednesday November 24th – anytime between 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Friday November 26th – anytime between Noon – 8 PM
Saturday November 27th – anytime between 8 AM – 4 PM
Monday November 29th – anytime between Noon – 8 PM
Tuesday November 30th – anytime between Noon – 8 PM


BHRR's Lily Belle – September 23rd, 2010 – 1 year of age

From Friday October 22nd to Friday November 5th 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.

BHRR is in its 3rd food crisis of 2010. We only have about 30 days worth of dog food left and we currently have 23 dogs under our authority between our BHRR Rescue/Rehabilitation Program, BHRR Adoption Program, BHRR Haven Dog Program & BHRR Foster/Perma-Foster Program.
BHRR is currently going through 600 pounds of dog food a month at a cost of a minimum of $825.00+ tax for the food.
Please consider donating to assist…. PayPal(gwen@birchhaven.org) or email transfer or check to ‘Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services’ and mail to:

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

September 19th, 2010$262.24 Donated to Date & 1,422.50 pounds of dog food since August 2010

BHRR’s Lily Belle is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION again as I am taking off the ‘PENDING HOLD.’ It was discovered that during the adoption application process that this home that had applied to adopt BHRR’s Lily Belle is not doing any routine regular veterinary care on their own current almost 7 year old dog and has not had any vaccines since 2006(4 years ago) or is even doing any titer testing, has not had a any heartworm testing nor has their dog ever been on heartworm preventative in their life. The last time the Vets had even examined their dog was in September of 2008(2 years ago) and BHRR cannot be assurd that if the home is not doing regular, routine and what we believe necesesary proactive and preventative vet care on their current dog; that we are going to be comfortable/confident that they shall be with one of ours. BHRR works very hard to place not only per best matched personality fit yet also to homes that are online with what we believe to be in the best interest of the dog(s) re: nutrition, vet care, training and exercise. This is why we have a very thorough application process and one of our questions specifically surrounds regular plus routine vet care with the animals. This situation is a great example of how a ‘home’ can appear to be one way on paper yet in going through the process, it is determined that what has been put on the application is not what is in fact acutally happening. May Lily Belle’s right forever loving home come along soon yet in the meantime, she shall remain with us at BHRR living the ‘high’ life and I know she is going to soooooooooo enjoy two more Saint Bernard puppies coming in to be her playmates for she deeply misses her two best friends BHRR’s Moose and Frost. AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AGAIN!

I am moving BHRR’s Lily Belle under a ‘PENDING ADOPTION’ until we determine if the application we are currently reviewing is the right matched home for her. Until we can ascertain if this is a best matched fit; BHRR will not be taking in any more applications nor inquiries on BHRR’s Lily Belle at this time. Thank you for your understanding and it should not take too long before a decision can be made. I am also adding two pictures taken from September 1st, 2010 of BHRR’s Lily Belle and her best of friends Frost, a GD pup around BHRR’s Lily Belle’s age that we were temp loving on for 5+ months and who left on Friday September 3rd after transport was arranged to send her back to her Breeder in the USA. Frost is missed very much at BHRR and is the great granddaughter of my own beloved RIP Maggi and great niece to my own beloved RIP Phantom. We were very blessed to have had the time we had with her. My intent is to bring BHRR’s Lily Belle into work with me one day next week to obtain a new weight on her. She is eating marvelously and is taller yet is still about 5-7 pounds less than I would like to see on her at this moment. She is quite active, drinking wonderfully, eating as mentioned marvelously and no diarrhea etc. and that weight shall continue to come. Her coat is just so soft and she is one affectionate girl and that ‘tongue’ protuding on her is simply adorable!

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BHRR’s Lily Belle with Frost, 9+ month old GD & BHRR’s Lily Belle, BHRR’s Windsor & Frost – September 1st, 2010

I have just added three new pictures to BHRR’s Lily Belle’s slideshow #11 – #13. They were taken by one of our visitors on August 14th to drop off some blankets, towels and a couple of treats for BHRR’s Ava Marie. I am also adding one of them below. These two Saints were very close and thank goodness Frost is still be temp fostered here for it has greatly assisted BHRR’s Lily Belle since BHRR’s Moose went on to his new forever loving home on August 14th. May BHRR’s Lily Belle also have a home to call her very own soon!

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BHRR’s Lily Belle(left) & BHRR’s Moose(right) – August 14th, 2010

If I were to hand out ‘NAIL TRIMMING’ Awards of Excellence, it would have to be BHRR’s Storm first with BHRR’s Apollo, BHRR’s Albert, BHRR’s Ava Marie and BHRR’s Hamilton The Newf all being a close second. OMG! These dogs are extremely easy dogs to do….what a dream! Bringing up in third place would have to be BHRR’s Shiva & BHRR’s Dana and just a smidge behind them would be BHRR’s Potter. If all the dogs were that easy, I would be doing nails every week and not every 2-3 weeks! LOL Coming in 4th would be BHRR’s Windsor, BHRR’s Koop and them BHRR’s Lily Belle. BHRR’s Porridge is still a ‘work’ in progress since he had his really bad experience with that tech student. BUT, I can now do his back feet myself most days and I know in time, he will be ‘ok’ again.

It was determined that BHRR’s Moose was the best matched fit for this recently approved BHRR adoptive home AND it was only because they have a very senior Lab(13.5 years of age) and BHRR’s Lily Belle is not even 11 months old as of yet. She is just a wee bit too much of a high maintenance ‘puppy’ for their current dog BUT what a hard decision it was for the home!!!! I remained ‘open’ to either one of our Saints being adopted to this home yet I did express ‘who’ I felt would be a better match and ‘why’ I felt that way AND it had nothing to do with BHRR’s Lily Belle not being a great fit, itΒ  had to do that I felt they were for BHRR’s Moose’s sake; that I believe this home in being not only an experienced dog home; they are an experienced Saint B. home AND are experienced with rescue Saint B.s that will require a wee bit of what I call that ‘labour of love’ to get them to their full potential and so, it was for BHRR’s Moose’s sake that I was hoping they might choose Moose AND truly felt that either one would thrive in this home for the homes sake and also felt in my heart that with BHRR’s Moose’s slightly older age and personality, he would not be so ‘puppy overwhelming’ to their current senior sweetie. They spent some time to talk and think things over and came back to say that they would be going home with their ‘new son’ and I told them that I was so thrilled and excited for all and especially for BHRR’s Moose and that I was not going to ‘well up’….. Β  πŸ˜› Β  This is a home that either dog would do well in and I just could not be more thrilled and delighted plus tickled for everyone!!! It was tough saying good-bye to my ‘MOOSEMAN’ yet he is going to have a great quality filled life! SOOOOOOOOO, the hold is now off BHRR’s Lily Belle and may her right forever personality matched home come along soon!!!!! I know she is going to miss Moose and vice versa and I am glad that she has her other bff Frost here still! So, we are back to taking inquiries and applications for BHRR’s Lily Belle! I have also added slides #11 – 21 on to Moose’s slideshow!

For those that might not be aware, BHRR’s Ava Marie is a Great Dane that came into BHRR on March 7th weighing 191.80 pounds and had two blown cruciates. After losing almost 40 pounds, BHRR’s Ava Marie had her first cruciate repair surgery on May 21st, 2010 at Liston Animal Hospital. After then battling a case of pneumonia since June 30th; Ava Marie is now well enough to have her second cruciate repair surgery, which has been scheduled for Friday August 13th @ Liston Animal Hospital.

With all the kindness shown to date with direct donations; we now ONLY have another $1,289.25 left to raise for this surgery.

To help BHRR’s Ava Marie; she is hosting an Online Auction which began on Saturday July 31st @ 7:00 AM and will run through until Friday August 13th @ 9:00 PM EST.

Louise Peterson, Lindsay Claire, Longaberger and many other items up for grabs! To date, we have 75 items and if you would like to donate an item, please do email Gwen. The more items we have – gift cards, gift baskets, throws, custom creations or work etc., the more $ we could possibly raise for BHRR’s Ava Marie.

Funds raised shall go towards the remaining $1,309.25 needed for Ava Marie’s 2nd cruciate surgery!

Permission given to cross-post!

Should you prefer to make a donation instead to her Bills; even $5.00 is not too little; you can donate by email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or by PayPal(account is gwen@birchhaven.org) OR you can write a check/MO or Bank Draft out to β€˜Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services’ with BHRR’s Ava in the memo section and mail to:

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

OR you can call Liston Animal Hospital at (613) 591-0966 to pay on Ava Marie’s Bill directly by Visa or M/C – Ava’s bill is under the account name of β€˜Ava Boers.’ Dr. Liston was the Vet that also performed both BHRR’s Jaxson’s and BHRR’s Potter’s leg amputations in 2009 plus did BHRR’s Apollo’s own cruciate/meniscal surgery on July 2nd, 2010.

Thank you so much in advance for your consideration!

At this time, BHRR is putting a ‘HOLD’ on both BHRR’s Lily Belle & BHRR’s Moose until such time as we ascertain if the current application for an adoption of one of our two Saints determines if one; and which one; if so; would be a best matched personality fit for this home and their current dog. Therefore, at this time, we are not going to take any more inquiries or applications on either BHRR’s Lily Belle or BHRR Moose. Thank you for your patience and it should not be too long before we can take this “HOLD” off.

BHRR’s Lily Belle was a GIGANTIC hit at our 3rd Annual BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday July 18th! I have added a photo to her slideshow from that day and also put it below. She proved to be a really well behaved girl and there were quite a few smitten with her! I took the opportunity wherever I could to explain about just HOW much grooming it takes to keep Lily Belle looking and smelling as lovely as she does!!! We took her weight that day and she weighed 48.4KGS(106.48 pounds). She was 99.22 pounds when I first weighed her in May and therefore, she has only put on 7.26 pounds since then. I had to re-weigh her twice as I thought she would be more than that. She is in a nice ribby body condition yet I would like to see her in not quite so thin still. She is eating three meals a day still and eating very well now and I would like to see her closer to 110-112 pounds at this time.

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BHRR’s Lily Belle – July 18th, 2010 – BHRR Fundraiser
*Photo courtesy of A. Bennett

We look forward in seeing many of our BHRR supporters and fans of the BHRR animals attend our 3rd ANNUAL Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being held tomorrow – Sunday July 18th!Β  8 AM – 5 PM at Kanata Animal Hospital located at 440 Hazeldean Road! *RAIN or SHINE! Pet Photos, draws including a $350USD Bracelet, Tug Ropes, Leashes, Collars, Homemade Dog Treats all part of the BHRR/KAH Experience!

At this time, we are looking at bringing both BHRR’s Lily Belle and BHRR’s Ava Marie as not only ambassadors for BHRR yet as ambassadors to their Breeds ( Great Dane & Saint B) to our upcoming 3rd ANNUAL Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being hosted at the Kanata Animal Hospital located at 440 Hazeldean Road on Sunday April 18th from 8 AM – 5 PM. NO appointments are necessary and so come on and drop by to visit us this Sunday, meet Lily Belle, Ava Marie and many other adopters plus supporters of BHRR! Dog Collars, leashes, toys, treats will be up for sale, enter our free draws, take a picture of or with your pooch etc! The weather is promising to be superb!

BHRR’s Lily Belle is OFFICIALLY now AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! May her forever loving home come along soon! πŸ™‚ I still would like to see some more weight on her BUT we are getting there and that can continue in her new adoptive home along with her continued obedience per our application obedience clause.

I took out BHRR’s Lily Belle’s spay sutures on Saturday. She was a ‘gold’ star pupil and even put herself on her back and was very relaxed. Sean and Mason were not sure what to do with themselves, she was so awesome! LOL YET, when I went to do her nails(the last time her nails were done here was when she was under for her spay on June 1st), she was not so ‘keen’ yet we worked through it wonderfully and she received her praise plus a treat as her reward. πŸ˜‰ She is still more thin that I would like to see and so, we shall continue working on that weight gain and hopefully, within the next couple of weeks; she shall be placed up for adoption! She sleeps out of her crate at night and we are still crating her if we are gone from the home longer than a couple of hours as she is still very much a puppy, one that is not quite ready to have free and total run of the house! She will require a home that is going to stay on top of her regular grooming for I am taking matts out of her more often than I am from our Newfs. She LOVES to be brushed and the biggest ‘matt’ areas are her lower tummy and behind her ears. To date, under her chin and on her neck have been great. Loving having her here and the size of her noggin(I am a huge headpiece person) just makes me want to smooch her often, which she does not mind at all! LOL I have added a new picture to her slideshow #9 from today and am putting in below too. She is a real beauty this Saint!

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BHRR’s Lily Belle – Just under 9 months of age – June 14th, 2010

BHRR’s Lily Belle was spayed and I microchipped her today too. Her weight was 48KGs(105.6 pounds), so she is gradually putting on the weight and while her Vet also felt she was still a bit thin, MUCH better than she was upon arrival and had no concerns. In respect to her teeth, it is just that, her teeth/bite – genetics – and so, her tongue just protrudes a bit when sleeping or resting or when she is relaxed! Her spay went great and she was loved on by all there and I have to get a height on her for she is fairly tall with those long legs! She was really enjoyed by everyone at the Hospital today. ‘SWEET’ is the biggest description given about her! AND it is so true. She did not eat any supper tonight when I brought her home, offered her about 1/4 of her normal ration and that is not abnormal after surgery. Once she heals from her spay and puts a few more pounds of muscle/weight on; she shall be placed up for adoption, so mostly like around the third or last week of June 2010. I just wanted to also update on her eyes that they are now fine. The BNPH worked! If anyone would like to make a contribution to her Vet Bills, please feel free to call Kanata Animal Hospital directly at (613) 836-2848 and they would be happy to take your donation via Visa/MasterCard or AMEX. You can also pay by email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org or by PayPal.

BHRR’s Lily Belle’s spay is tomorrow and I am looking forward to learning her weight. As most know, I have been a bit concerned with her weight gain. My son was AMAZING tonight for he offered to wash her in preparation for being extra sweet smelling and he did a really good job and Lily Belle was so good about getting into the shower and standing for him. She was NOT so great in allowing me to work out some behind the ear matts yet we worked through it and she really loved the treats afterwards! LOL She will have a nail trim while she is under tomorrow and I am also going to have her Vet take a look at her teeth more closely. I know that she is missing some – genetics – and her tongue tip seems to ‘hang’ out a lot and when she sleeps even more than that!Β  πŸ˜› I just want to be sure that everything looks really good and that there are not any problems that I can see myself with her being awake as I examine her. I am not concerned yet just want to take the opportunity to have the Vet look her mouth over very thoroughly, just in case. I have added a new photo to her slideshow #8 and will also post it below. My focus this next while is going to be on the active promoting of our THIRD Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being held at Kanata Animal Hospital on July 18th from 8 AM to 5 PM, so please bear with me that some of the blogs shall remain not as updated as normal. πŸ™‚ If anyone is open to putting up posters for this event, please do email Gwen to have one sent to you. THANKS in advance! I will post an update on BHRR’s Lily Belle after her spay. Think positive thoughts for her.

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BHRR’s Ava Marie – May 18th, 2010 – 8 months old

BHRR’s Lily Belle’s HWT was negative and Bord was given on May 12th, 2010 in Ohio per the boarding centres protocol. Her Fecal was also negative. On January 9th, 2010; she was given DA2PL/PV and a 1 year rabies. She has been started on Sentinel upon her arrival to BHRR. I brought her to the animal hospital with me last night and her weight was a thin 99.22 pounds(45.10 KGs). With all that she went through with being o/s, boarding and then transported to BHRR and in being a puppy, not surprising that she is somewhat thin. We shall remedy that! I also had the Vet take a peek at her eyes due to a discharge. She does not appear to have any entropian and could just be allergies. As I have BNPH at home, she is going to be given a dose BID for the next 5 days to see how that will go. The Vet did a tear test plus a fluorescein eye stain and all is normal. We drew pre-op bw for her spay and that was a fun job! LOL Took three of us to get the blood as she just did not want to stay still, the wiggle monster! We won! Her bw results came back today and they are normal so she is now booked for her spay on June 1st. Within about 2-3 weeks after that, she should be ready to be placed up for adoption as other than more work with obedience that we are already working on strong here; that can be carried on in her new adoptive home per our adoption contract. She is such a doll! SHE is just fantastic with all the dogs here and her absolute favoourite is BHRR’s Windsor. She should can get him tumbling and pinned and he loves every minute of it! LOL Her Vet bills to date are over $350 and her spay will be another $450-$500+. Donations to Lily Belle’s Vet Care can be made directly to Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 by credit card, debit or cash or you can email transfer funds to gwen@birchhaven.org or donate by PayPal.

BHRR’s Lily Belle arrived safely on Sunday and HUGE thanks being extended again to all that were involved with her rescue and safe transport to meet Sean in Kingston. I just wanted to post some more feedback given by others while she was enroute to BHRR. I have also added photos #6 & #7 to her slideshow. I have also posted one photo below.

From Michy –
Of course, since I got to run around with Lily Belle (boy, it’s good she wasn’t in my car, she might have just found her way to my house!)…
What a pleasure these dogs were, all so sweet!
MichyΒ 

From Jen
To Gwen and all – thanks for letting me help with the dogs this week. I had the pleasure of Lily Bell and 3 others crossing the border. The border guard was so taken with her that he wrote down all your info Gwen – maybe a new home for her? Whatever the case – I know she will wind up in a good place. More lives saved – a good day all around – Peace and love – Jen in BuffaloΒ 

From Margaret –
…..and of course, the lady of the hour, Lily Belle.

Thanks for the wonderful experience and the inspirational dogs!

Margaret

From Michel –

she is such a sweet gentle dog……..she rode in the back of my echo, she was as big as the big seat!…….no complaints from her……….

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BHRR’s Lily Belle – 8 months of age
*Photo courtesy of Merilee

BHRR’s Lily Belle safely began her transport to BHRR today. The feedback from everyone has been awesome! The Pet Centre said she was such a ‘sweetie’ and I am posting below something from the wonderful Volunteer that is temp fostering Lily Belle overnight AND this home has 4 other dogs, so good news with the dog interactions with Lily Belle:

Gwen, I am overnighting Lily Belle and just love her. She is just the sweetest girl. I have an acre fenced and we had a blast running and playing.

Regards,

Maria

AND this is what one of the Volunteers who met her today had to say about BHRR’s Lily Belle:

I so so so wanted to take Lily Belle home with me! OMYGOSH she is just the sweetest thing, and when I was running with her I was just totally in love! I didn’t get to drive her, which maybe is for the best….

Michy

Here is one of the photos taken from her transport today by Peg in theΒ Celina, OH to Findlay, OH transport transfer. I have added three pictures to her slideshow and one of them is with a dog named ‘Bright’ that is also on this transport going to another reputable/quality Rescue.

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BHRR’s Lily Belle on her transport to BHRR – May 15th, 2010

We were contacted on May 10th to see if we could possibly assist a 7.5+ month old female (born November 16th, 2009) Saint Bernard puppy in Ohio, USA. If BHRR did not step up to assist, she was at high risk of being dumped at a shelter and/or pts. She is currently being boarded at the Celina Pet Centre while her transport for this weekend to BHRR is being arranged. ETA is expected Sunday afternoon. Any assistance to help pay for her boarding fees and to ensure she is up to date on shots and has a valid Health Certificate to cross into Canada; would be so appreciated! You can pay by PayPal or email transer to gwen@birchhaven.org. Sean shall not be attending our ‘BRING YOUR DOG TO THE MOVIES’ Fundrasier this Sunday May 16th in order to meet the transport in Kingston to bring her back to BHRR. This is what we have been told to date on Lily Belle and I have posted one of her photos below.

She is house trained but loves to play outside, very good/loves with kids(Owners says they have 9 grandchildren), and ok with cats(has a play drive and tries to lick them). She has not had her around other dogs, and she is not spayed. . Her owners are moving from a country setting into a small house in town. The real issue, however, is that the husband has become wheel chair dependent and can longer care for Lily Belle while his wife is away at work. Worse, they are very concerned that in her puppy exuberance she will knock him over, or pull him out of his wheel chair.

NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

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BHRR’s Lily Belle – 7.5 months of age