‘PENDING ADOPTION’
Sean and I could not be more thrilled in adding these words to Mazda’s blog. We really believe strongly that this is in Mazda’s best interest to be adopted despite the length of time she has spent with us; especially with the loss of her deepest and closest best friend BHRR’s KB/JB in July. We have always maintained that BHRR’s Mazda has no more need of us or our program and perhaps; it was one of her many amazing callings to have been back at BHRR with her bud and to support and be there for him as KB/JB battled OsteoSarc. I do not know. What I do know is that THROUGH no fault of her own; BHRR’s Mazda bounced back to us twice and as so many know; I still feel like I failed her for then the public who does not really know ‘who’ we are; wonders ‘what is wrong with Mazda’ despite every blog on our board being about full disclosure and that we talk about all the good, the bad, the great and the ugly of any dog at BHRR. There is nothing wrong with Mazda at all and Sean and I are positively filled with the best of emotions of this one BHRR approved home adopting her. I feel very much at peace and not the ‘nervous’ wreck I thought I would be over her being possibly adopted again(and me possibly failing her…yet again) and that means that ‘it is right’ and so if all goes well; BHRR’s Mazda shall go to her new home in early 2010 due to timing reasons. Mazda; we just burst with happiness for you. You have taken us down many unchartered paths of ‘firsts’ for BHRR and your inner plus outer beauty plus strength shall continue to shine and be cherished in your new forever loving home! πŸ™‚ Parting shall not be easy yet this is just the beginning as the saying goes…..

This week has found more than the usual pressure put on BHRR and we continue to thank family and friends for their support and understanding as Mason and us too; mourn the loss of his sweet LHL(Long Hair Lenny). Additionally, there is much to be updated with pictures and blog posts on the Canines and I hope to be on that soon for our house has been riddled with sickness; I being one of the more healthy of the house yet ‘Mom’ was very much in demand. We also would like to politely re-iterate that our BHRR’s Online Auction does not commence until November 21st @Β  7:00 AM and any bids before that time, unfortunately, cannot be considered. In 2010, we may go back to an ‘invisible’ format until right before the auction launches to lessen any confusion and to perhaps reduce the amount of influx emails from a couple of people. We had hoped that by having this page on display the public would have the opportunity to see what is being offered up for bidding before our auction began.Β  πŸ™‚ We also would like to again profusely thank those that have made donations to this auction!

BHRR will re-open again to the intake of inquiries plus applications of animals in our progam(s) as of Saturday November 7th.Β 

OK! November playdates, daytrips and playtrips for the BHRR animals are listed below. Please contact Gwen if you are an approved BHRR Volunteer and would like to take a cutie out for some extra socialization plus spoiling and just learning more about what fun it is to be a dog!

Monday November 2nd – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday November 4th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Friday November 6th – Anytime between 2 PMΒ  – 8 PM
Monday November 9th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday November 11th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Friday November 13th – Anytime between 2 PM – 8 PM
Monday November 16th – Anytime between 4 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday November 18th – Anytime between 4PM – 8 PM
Monday November 23rd – Anytime between 4 PM – 8 PM
Saturday November 28th – Anytime between 8 AM – 4 PM

From Friday October 23rd to Friday November 6th 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 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 Mazda proved to us at our BHRR Mini Open House on Saturday that she is truly not quite back to her ‘normal’ self. She was all excited and happy when people and dogs first began arriving and then she went into the one bathroom to stand there. She was just a wee bit overwhelmed. πŸ™ Sean then took her down to our Recreation room, which is still her #1 most favourite place to be as she continues to mourn her BF KB/JB. This is her ‘safe’ place to be and she was feeling more comfortable shortly afterwards. I am hoping that she will still continue along her slow path to healing and moving forward and I have posted new playdates for October for our approved BHRR Volunteers to possibly take her out for some extra loving and attention. She did show her ‘monkey’ self when she continued to get on our leather couches and as soon as I got her off one, she would plunk right up on the other and when I pulled out the spray bottle, she gave me that ‘old’ Mazda look of ‘mulish’ behavour! OMG! I tried hard not to laugh at her antics as she exhibited some of her old spirit AND she can be so persistent when she wants to be! I have also uploaded two new pictures of her #28 & #29. We did have three homes interested in Mazda for a possible adoption after meeting her on Saturday and the one application received; unfortunately, cannot be considered at this time and we are awaiting to see if any more applications shall be sent for her. We are really rooting for Mazda for a great forever loving home. Our home at this time, retains far too many memories of KB/JB. πŸ™ Those that met her, just adored her on Saturday and people continue to be stunned that she has not as of yet been adopted. She is not only a stunning looking GD; she is also a real dream dog with her lovely personality.

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BHRR’s Mazda – September 26th, 2009 – BHRR Mini Open House
*Photo Courtesy of C. Desjardins

Here are the October ‘PlayDates’, ‘DayTrips’ & ‘PlayTrips’ for our approved BHRR Volunteer Homes. Please email Gwen if any or our approved BHRR Volunteers are interested/available in taking a BHRR doggie out and about for some extra spoiling pleasure!

Monday October 5th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday October 7th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday October 10th – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday October 14th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday October 16th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday October 21st – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday October 24th – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday October 28th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday October 30th – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Just want to put out an ‘official’ word that our blogs are updated regularly with new pictures when possible and all animals listed are ‘current’ in their status be it as a Haven Dog or Available For Adoption. Not sure where the confusion is lying for we received another vm today from someone who was ‘not’ sure if the animals listed here were current in their ‘status’. BHRR is always open to feedback and if we could be doing something better with our website, blogs etc., please do let us know!

OK! As promised and requested πŸ˜‰ , I am posting dates for our approved Volunteers for possible playdates, daytrips and playdays. Please contact Gwen if you might be interested! As we head into the fall with the beginning of the school year plus the return of many of our ‘Summer’ Break Volunteers; we should be in a much better position on this front yet BHRR can always use more Volunteers for our animals including our Therapy plus Humane Education visits plus speeches. A Volunteer/Foster Application can be downloaded, completed and returned to BHRR. We are always in need of more approved Foster homes. The more approved homes we have, the more animals we can continue to assist.

Saturday September 5th(anytime between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM); Tuesday September 8th(4 PM – 8:00 PM); Tuesday September 15th(4 PM – 8:00 PM) & Saturday September 19th(anytime between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM).

We are also looking for approved BHRR Volunteers that might like to come out on Friday September 25th, 2009 as part of the Ashbury College Leadership Through Volunteering Day. We shall be doing Humane Education plus having hands on time including grooming with the Giant Breed Canines and Equines at BHRR. If you are interested, please contact Gwen

We are just so appreciative of all those stepping forward to assist us at BHRR with extra playdates, daytrips and playdays! I would love to see BHRR’s Abbi, Lil Linus, Parker, Potter and Mazda get in some more over the next while. For this upcoming week; I am looking at Wedneday August 26th(4-8 PM), Thursday August 27th(4-8 PM) or even Sunday August 30th(noon onward). For the following week; I am looking at Tuesday September 1st(4 – 8 PM) at this time. Will post more dates as I can. Please do email mail Gwen if you might be interested. On behalf of all of the animals here; thank you so much for your continued support.

I am moving BHRR’s Mazda back to ‘available’ for I think we are ‘over’ the worst of things and she is moving forward slowly. I would like to see her have some more playdates plus daytrips and we also have 5 new Volunteer Applications under review and that shall greatly benefit the BHRR animals!

We want to extend our most sincerest of thanks to everyone that has been helping us with extra playdates plus daytrips with the Dogs here to help them move forward with their own healing processes. It has been so appreciative! I have some additional dates that I would like to put out there in case any of our approved BHRR Volunteers and/or adoptive homes might be open to taking the dogs out for some extra loving. August 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th. THANKS so much in advance and please email Gwen if you are interested in assisting.

Mazda has been having an absolute BLAST from her playdates! What I would really love to have is also playdates or daytrips for her on Wednesday August 5th, Saturday August 8th & Sunday August 9th. If any of our approved BHRR Volunteers and/or Adoptive homes would be willing to have her join you for some added wonderful healing memories; please email Gwen. She is still quite thin yet I can finally see as of today; the difference the extra special time plus loving she is enjoying; has been doing for her mental frame of mind. She is ‘almost’ back to her smiling facial expressions and the light in her eyes is slowing coming back. THANK YOU to everyone that has stepped up to help us here with her and BHRR’s Mr. Parker, Lil Linus & Abbi to date! Today is the first time since we lost her best of friends BHRR’s KB/JB that she did not immediately run down to the recreation room upon her return to our place from a play adventure today! It has been very hard to drag her away from that room as that is where she and BHRR’s KB/JB have loved to spend so much of their time together. Huge progress! I also like the fact that she is beginning to wag her insane ‘happy’ tail like mad again….I do not like how thin she has become due to her minimal eating(though the Volunteers and Vet(s) think she looks pretty darn good!) and how dull her coat has become yet I remain optimistic that we will get her past her depression of losing her best friend and hopefully, she will be open to new close friends back in her life soon! AND she shall continue to remain in our BHRR Haven Progam at this time. I am not sure what the future shall hold. She has been with us longer than any other animal; THROUGH no fault of her own and Sean plus I have to wonder what is going to be in her best interest. Day by day. We are now sadly down to 4 Great Danes ourselves due to our tragic losses; and as long as BHRR’s Mazda is in our home; she shall continue to be treated no differently then they are and loved no less!

We wish to post that BHRR continues to Rescue and take request for assistance ALL across North America. There seemed to be some question as to our continued ‘locale’ of Rescue assistance due to a number of recent groups opening up their doors in areas that BHRR has been a huge part in helping out in the past. This does not change anything for BHRR. I have been involved in Rescue for over 22 years and BHRR has been around for almost 14; since I first founded this organization back in 1996. We are still here and we still continue to be where we are needed, when we are needed.

We are going to be giving Mazda some daytrips and playdates with dogs and people she loves over the next week plus instead of staying with someone. That does not seem to be working out to get her that mini-vacation; so hopefully; this will also be in her benefit. With us re-doing our floors(we do them twice a year) and Sean plus Kids heading off to NB in the wee hours of Saturday AM; I had hoped to extend her Vacation in a home from Friday to the 9th; and now that we are in very short notice with August around the corner; I am not hopeful of finding another approved home on such short notice yet I am sure that all will be ok. πŸ™‚ Though, we are limping along here; I shall keep things as consistent and constant for Mazda as I can while our home is in a bit of dissarray over the next week+ and everyone but myself is away. She is slowly improving with eating plus sleeping and may the new memories plus experiences that she will be given and the seeing of old friends, both human and doggie greatly assist her on her journey to healing.

Thank you to everyone that has answered my call for assistance for BHRR’s Mazda. We received 31 replies to my message sent out on our BHRR Facebook Group and we are delighted to say that she shall be going back to a home that she knows and she adores their current Dane and I shall rest more in peace knowing that she is going on a mini-vacation(she loves those!); for our home continues to be full of confusion and such sadness for all. She needs to continue to heal and I want her to try and move forward and the new memories that she will be having from August 2-9; will go a long way to mending her own broken heart. I wish I could just take her and all of the rest of our dogs; pain away…… A huge thank you being sent out again to all for stepping up and continue to support us with the hell that we have been experiencing with our losses from July 17th – July 24th.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to offer up prayers and blessings of support and strength as we went through the unimaginable on Friday July 24th. As per my worry posted in BHRR’s Potter’s Blog on July 22nd, I rushed in with our Grayson Dane’s Babyz Dragonz(almost 8 and BLK’s Maggi’s bestest of friends) just after 11:30 AM on July 24th as he was bloating and after valiantly trying to save him for almost 3 hours; I humanely let him go. Thank you to Dr. Adams, Kenda, April, Marie and Dave at Kanata Animal Hospital for working with me so hard in trying to save him. We honestly thought we β€˜got’ him in time yet with his advanced age and vascular system; he just kept continuing to fill up with gas and with each digital X-Ray we took after working on him; we began to see his torsion and his spleen had been pushed way down and over. He was not well when I arrived with him; but we truly felt we got him turned around yet sadly, he was becoming more weak and shocky. When one loses one pet, it is truly heartwrenching; two pets, devastating; but in having lost three of our own Great Danes in a week; I feel just sick and even my hands are shaking from my own shock. I truly thought my knees were going to buckle at one point and the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life is tell my 6 year old daughter that I could not save her beloved β€˜Babyz Dragonz’. 22 years without a bloat in one of our own Great Danes and we have now had two in one week plus the tragic loss of BHRR’s KB/JB. BHRR shall remain in a shutdown mode as we continue to stumble and struggle our way through these devastating tragedies. I am also seriously considering moving BHRR’s Mazda to an approved Volunteer or Adopter home for the next while for with my worries about Dragon after his bf Maggi bloated; and then we ended up losing him; I remain extremely concerned……… πŸ˜₯ I have spent quite some time talking to some of my Show Mentors and many have told me that in their own multi-dog kennels/homes; they have gone through losses like this or have had friends who have. Apparently,a nightmare of this type is not as uncommon as one would have thought or even had hoped would be the case. Armed with this information; it makes me just that much more determined to stay proactive with the wellbeing plus health of all those that are in our home and hearts. I watched Dragon like a hawk the whole week since his bf Maggi bloated; yet I still could not save him in the end. I also remain watching our 10+ year old Kona; NewfX too but she seems to be bouncing back somewhat at this time. Maggi was a really close friend of hers too. Kona is the last of the FANTABULOUS ‘5’ in our home. She is also the last of the FANTASTIC ‘4’ that we moved into this house with back in August of 1999.

We were hoping to bring Mazda to our July 12th Fundraiser yet we could not pull her away from KB/JB. She just did not want to leave him; so we left her at home BUT it would have been the best of opportunities for people to truly see YET again what an incredible girl she is. She would not have been happy leaving KB/JB behind and his leg would not have stood a whole day out and about. Now, we are in a new concern for with the tragic loss of BHRR’s KB/JB last night; Mazda has refused to eat and she is very depressed. I knew she would mostly likely be this way and so, while I am not surprised; I am still worried about her…very much. We will be watching her closely and I am moving her to our BHRR Haven Dogs program at this time for I believe it to be in her best interest. People can still continue to provide support in being a VF or donating items for her or even Virtually Foster her; yet I am pulling her from our ‘AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION’ list at this time. Her welfare and being is our top priority and we need to mend her own broken heart and spirit for it is not just us humans that are in deep mourning over the passing of our BLK’s Maggi and BHRR’s KB/JB; our dogs are also hurting. πŸ™ Our dogs have been very quiet these past 4 days and the atmosphere in our home is of sadness for all. This is why we are going to go into a quiet mode for the next while and take the time that is needed to properly grieve and support ourselves plus our animals through the loss of two very incredible Danes in such a short period of time. We continue to pass along our most sincerest of appreciations for the hundreds of emails, messages, phone calls, cards etc. that have been sent our way. We feel your love and caring and we feel your hugs even if you are not physically here to give them in person to us or the dogs. THANK YOU!!!!

We appreciate the understanding of everyone that we are requesting some private time over the next while. With the loss of our sweet precious BLK’s Maggi on July 17th to bloat; we are now battling a new wave of pain with us having to let go BHRR’s KB/JB just before 6:00 PM tonight. I received a call while I was at the Lombardy shows around 4:30 PM from Sean that KB/JB was not doing well. From talking to Sean, it sounded like a stroke or seizure and I rushed off to meet Sean as he headed to the hospital. Sean’s initial worry was that it was bloat(I completely understand his fear as Maggi bloated on Friday while I was at home but Sean was at work and has had no real experience with bloat) yet from asking him questions and then seeing KB/JB myself and the Vet concurred, he had most likely had a stroke and that is why he lost control of his legs, especially in the hind end. When I felt his legs and feet, they were stone cold. We knew that we would only have a short more while with him due to his aggressive osteosarcoma yet we did not think that we would lose him like this. So, thank you to everyone for respecting our need for some privacy to properly mourn the losses of our incredible and amazing Danes; BLK’s Maggi(January 1st, 2001 – July 17th, 2009) & BHRR’s KB/JB(August 2002 – July 21st, 2009). The last four days have been just a walking nightmare for our home. πŸ˜₯ We sit in stunned pain right now.

Today, we finally received a certified check for the funds that were meant to come to BHRR including coverage of the NSF fees. I picked up the check on my way to work at the Hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, I was informed that the instructor from the course had called and that surprised me for this was a BHRR matter. I then received a call at KAH on this same BHRR matter a couple hours later and we continue to request that all BHRR matters be taken care of away from the Hospital for my work there is separate from my work at BHRR. The call I received was from the instructor S. Candow of the Communications Course at St. Lawrence College and who was the organizer of the April 7th Speaker Day. She wanted to not only confirm that we did receive the certified check, which I had just received on my way to work today yet also strongly requested that I remove the blog about the funds bouncing from our site as it caused the College ‘distress’ and that her communications class was mentioned. As I very clearly explained; BHRR believes in full disclosure and this was the facts of the situation and as BHRR was not at fault for funds bouncing that were meant to come to us and that while I was very happy that in four years this had never happened to them before; the error was not ours, we have nothing to hide and BHRR was very much ‘distressed’ by having to be the proactive one to have this matter addressed. We are now at the end of May and finally getting resolution and the Speaker Day was April 7th. The student who bounced the check could have showed intiative to have this matter rectified as soon as she realised that the check would bounce yet did not. Our calls could have been returned sooner yet were not etc. Not only that, it put us into a very difficult and uncomfortable position for as mentioned; KAH has been very kind to accept checks on behalf of our Rescue for the last almost 5.5 years. That priviledge could have very easily been taken away from us. I firmly said that ‘no, I would not remove our blog’ for it is the truth of the matter and I was then informed by S. Candow that she wanted a blog posted that this matter had been rectified. I once again explained that BHRR believes in full disclosure and that when I was NOT working at the hospital and at my earliest opportunity; I would post that resolution was finally achieved yet once again; I WOULD not be removing any blog about something that was not our fault and that I would not remove something as if we were to ‘blame’. I stand by our position that this should have been more professionally handled and this latest experience today has reinformed my position that this has not be a very pleasant experience. At this time, as far as myself and my BOD of BHRR are concerned, this matter is now closed for we have finally received the funds that were originally meant to come to help the animals in need of our BHRR programs and we will not have any further contact on this topic. A huge thank you is extended to all for their continued support and also patience for in the dealing with this situation; it has taken away from being able to update blogs, post new pictures etc.

As some are aware, BHRR has been dealing with a situation to try and obtain resolution on some funds that were specifically raised for BHRR by members of a Veterinary Assistance team at St. Lawrence College in Kingston when BHRR was there to present for their Speaker Day back in April 2009. As part of their course ‘task’; this team was to raise funds for the guest organization that came in to speak and $300.00 was raised for BHRR; yet the check that was given to us; bounced and now we are being charged with a NSF fee. Kanata Animal Hospital has allowed us to have checks written out into their name as they have believed in BHRR and our programs and this is the first time in my almost 5.5 years working there that this has happened. I have emailed my ‘contact’ person; T. Belbeck from the Speaker Day and I have also left a message with the instructor; Sandra of their Vet Assistant Communications course who hosted this “Speaker Day”; yet to date; we still have not been given a replacement check(I have requested this to be a Money Order or Bank Draft this time around) nor has an appropriate resolution been sent our way. As mentioned in my one email sent out on this matter; we shall take whatever steps are necessary for this is completely unacceptable for monies that were specifically raised and meant for the animals at BHRR to have been kept by another(s) and now BHRR is out the $300 plus a NSF charge. This is one reason why our blogs have not been updated this week; for this situation has occupied much of my time since last Tuesday. The BOD of BHRR is beyond unimpressed with what has happened plus how it has been handled to date. In fact, we are absolutely dismayed with what has taken place and one of our next steps is also going to be contacting Chris Whitaker; President & CEO at St. Lawrence College.

I brought Mazda in with me last night and as always what a happy ‘tail’ Kanga-Dane of a gal she was! LOL She weighed in at a very nice and lean 53.4 KGs(117.48 pounds) and continues to steal the hearts of all around her. I much prefer Mazda at this weight or even a wee bit thinner. I have decided to add another section(will be under construction as with many things on our site) on how to tell if your Great Dane is too skinny or fat. I have been seeing FAR too many Great Danes grossly overweight to the point of obesity and yet their owners call them ‘solid’, ‘full of muscle’ or ‘lean’. In fact, I have just recently seen some new pictures of some of our adopted Danes over the years and it very much concerned me over how unbelieveably fat they were. You are not doing your Dane any service by feeding them to the point where they are a head and a big body on spindly legs. *IF* you CANNOT see the last two ribs faintly on your Dane; they are too fat. If they have no ‘defined’ stomach as in they are ‘tucked’ your Dane is too fat. We are going to see even more problems with hips and hearts, should owners continue to overfed their Danes like this. That being said, I will add a section under ‘other places’ to visit on this topic.

I have had to postpone Mazda’s annual until Tuesday March 24th as I had to bring Bronson in to X-Ray his right front paw on Friday(he has had swelling since the OKC show) & I had rescheduled her for tonight yet I then brought Tain in for his eyes. SO, Mazda’s turn is tomorrow! LUCKY GAL! πŸ˜› I will update her blog with current weight etc. after her visit.

I have booked Mazda’s annual including HWT for March 20th. It will be nice to see how much she weighs now and I know that she loves visiting the hospital. JUST pray that in her enthusiasm, that she does not ‘bang’ that happy tail of hers! πŸ˜› Hard to believe that another year has come around and her right matched forever loving home has not yet come. As one wise person said to me recently in an email; it ‘appears’ that she is mostly likely not yet done teaching/showing me things and I do agree that this is very possible and I also believe that her one amazing purpose right now is to be with her best friend KB/JB as he battles Osteosarcoma. We will have to get new pics up of her. I know I have been remiss with the round clock care we are giving KB/JB and with the recent loss of our beloved BHRR’s Klondike. I am hoping that this week, I can catch up on blogs and add pictures. Thanks as always, for the support shown to the animals of BHRR and to us.

We would like to clarify that while BHRR will most likely be moving locales in the forseeable future(locale TBD); we are still very much open for adoptions to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec at this time. We ALSO remain very active in the assistance of animals in need and are open 24/7 for that assistance. THANKS! πŸ™‚

We are taking Mazda off ‘PENDING ADOPTION’ for this does not appear to be the best right match for her or them and so we are taking inquiries and applications on this most wonderful of Great Danes again. I know that KB/JB is very delighted to have her here still and my heart goes out to Mazda….she is just so incredible and we remain eternally hopeful that her forever loving home is out there! AVAILALBLE FOR ADOPTION!!!!

A huge thank you from us at BHRR again for the understanding that most have shown us as we work around the clock resolving the BHRR Computer issues. We are getting there and updates plus pictures should be able to be uploaded within the next few days. We know that the fans of BHRR have appreciated how unique we are in keeping updating blogs and pics on the animals in our care and for those that are attending our upcoming BHRR Mini-Open House; you will at least get to see everyone in person to know how they are doing!!!! We are looking forward to the Open House as we have not had one since September. I know the horses and dogs cannot wait too. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support BHRR!

As per our home page:

*****ALERT! Our BHRR computer has been compromised with the harddrive plus both servers affected with several malicious viruses which has even corrupted our current anti-spyware software. Please bear with us as Sean assists me in righting this situation. We have had to buy a brand new computer etc. and it is going to take some time to resolve. Sorry for any inconvenience and the best way to reach us at this time is on our BHRR line (613) 725-4279 for any matters relating to rescue. Email & Internet cannot be accessed!*****

Our 2008 Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Online Auction started on Saturday November 22nd @ 7:00 AM EST and shall run through until Thursday December 4th @ 9:00 PM EST.

To learn more such as bidding rules, items up for grabs PLUS to begin bidding; please click on the below link:

2008 BHRR’s Online Auction

On behalf of everyone at BHRR and especially all the animals in need of our BHRR Programs; THANK YOU for your consideration in participating. Additionally, if anyone has any items they would like to donate to support this worthy cause; please email Gwen

***NEW ITEM #52 ADDED AS OF DECEMBER 2ND!***

I am moving Mazda under a PENDING ADOPTION at this time and we will not be answering any more inquiries or accepting applications for her at the moment. *When* or *if* she is adopted in 2009 or if it is determined that this is not the right matched home for her; I shall update her site. I also have some new pictures to post of her. Thanks to everyone in rooting for Mazda and wishing that her forever loving home would come along and keep her in your thoughts that we could be one step closer to finding that best match for her! In the meantime, she is going to go back to one of my Client’s homes this weekend for another playdate time and I know she is going to LOVE it!

Mazda was picked up on Friday at KAH by one of my Clients for her play weekend and from what I have been sent; she is having a blast and they are having a blast with her! Due to our Cherokee’s sudden onset of vomiting up sheer blood; instead of picking up Mazda tomorrow(Sunday); I will pick her up from them after my work shift at KAH on Monday. I am very appreciative of them keeping her an extra day yet according to them they are loving and spoiling her to bits! πŸ˜€ They have found her to be quite amazing and I am so proud of her AND of them in working with her. I have added two new slide pictures that they sent to me of her # 26 & #27 and I feel very comfortable with her being in their hands. Her tail tip was doing great until I put her into the car to go to KAH yesterday, sigh….yet I have not heard if anything has become worse while she has been with them. I gave them her antibiotics and told them that she is great about you holding her tail and ‘calming’ down as she is almost a full body wiggle/tail wag and she rocks in cleaning her tail too. No matter how many dogs we may have here; I always ‘miss’ one when they are gone and Mazda’s HUGE personality is definitely missed. I am also thankful on a sidenote that Noreena has taken Tain for me until tomorrow night(as was our plan anyway) yet with Cherokee the way she is; I am very thankful to know that I do not have to worry about his special needs right now.

I brought Mazda in to work with me last night. She weighed 55.4 KGs(121.88 pounds) and no sooner than we got in the door and she had blood spraying everywhere from that tip of her tail as she bumped it on the wall where our weight scale is…ugh….She just wags with her whole lower body and tail that it is almost impossible to keep her ‘still’ when she is just so happy to see every one and every dog! We did a FNA on her lump(cyst) in the scar area from her past tail injury and decided to keep her on the Cephalexin for 2 weeks at 250 mg tabs x 3 BID. The tip injury just keeps coagulating and then re-opening due to her antics. The kennel run was almost a blood bath and it took me quite some time along with a collegue to clean all the blood off the walls, doors etc. None of it bothers Mazda in the least, she just kept banging her tail as happy as can be. My scrub bottoms were not so ‘surgical green’ anymore after my shift. She was suppose to go over to one of my Client’s homes for the weekend(Friday – Sunday) for a playdate and sleepover mini-vacation yet we will have to monitor the next 24 hours. Our home is very open concept with very little things that she can bang her tail on; this is not the same with many other homes. The focus is on getting that tail tip to heal. I want my Client’s and Mazda to have the best weekend possible and we shall see what the next day holds. I would hate for her to miss out on being with them and vice versa as this could be a possible future ‘great match’ adoptive home for her and would be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to just spend some more great quality time plus fun together. She does not lick or bother with her tail at all yet I have my aresenal of E-Collars at home just in case.

I took Mazda with me last night when I was visiting Clients and I could not have been more proud of how she handled herself. She walked beautifully, had impeccable manners, listened wonderfully and really proved herself as being the amazing Dane we always said she was! She did have her massivie ‘happy’ tail syndrome and even before we got fully in the door; she cracked the tip and split it open. Once I got her home; I took a closer look at it and shaved off the hair and she managed to slice the tip down the middle. I have put her on antibiotics, cleaned it up yet as I am working on Wednesday; I am going to bring her in. It will also be a good time to recheck the ‘scar’ area and lump that she has on her tail from us healing her last tail injury when she came home to us from her failed adoption. I like to stay up on that area to be assured that nothing becomes more serious as tail injuries are just the worst to heal. She just wags her whole lower body when she is happy and gets that tail a rockin’. She really loved her visit and loved her short play sessions with their GD. I wish I had brought my camera for seeing Mazda all curled up on their Danes couch and then sitting with her butt on the ‘human’ couch was just a riot! I think that my Clients also really enjoyed having her visit; despite the bloodbath of her tail spraying. Everytime, I have her out and about; I just marvel at how far she has come and how amazing our journey has been and just what a special Dane she is. The other thing I want to do on Wednesday is get a current weight on her, my little ‘mac’ truck/tank. πŸ˜› She had such a great time coming out with me last night and had a good snoring snooze with her head on my arm on the drive home. Just don’t tell Mazda that she can snore though…LOL We continue to remain patient that the home meant for her shall come along yet we continue to get inquiries from people who want her for the complete wrong reasons such as being cropped or that they want to replace a Dane they have now with her for she reminds them of their current Dane. We want Mazda loved for her and not any other dog out there. She deserves that and so much more. In the meantime, she continues to hold down the fort here and loves her time with her best buds Cherokee and KB/JB.

We had another application for Mazda yet we were unable to receive a response back in our efforts to obtain additional information/clarification on that potential adoption applicant’s home and so, Mazda continues to be available. I really do need to post up some new pictures of the beautiful Mazda. She just oozes personality and is such a happy Great Dane. She and KB/JB are extremely close and some days; I do worry about how Mazda’s adoption will affect the both of them yet we still firmly believe that it is in Mazda’s best interest to become ‘queen’ of her own home. πŸ™‚ We continue to remain patient.

We have been unable to close off on the references of the application received at the beginning of August and so we have had to put their application on ‘hold’ and Mazda remains available for adoption. We continue to try to remain hopeful that we will receive that serious right matched inquiry on her.

We have received an application for Mazda that we are willing to consider to see if this could be the best matched home for her. We have been having some trouble completing references in order to make the most informed decision to move to a home visit and hopefully; we can made some contact soon. Mazda is doing well. The sun has really sunbleached her to a very light/blonde brindle colour on a lot of her gorgeous coat and she is still that ‘ham’ of a gal! She loves her runs and will just zoom and zip back and forth! Her recall is almost to perfection now in distraction situations yet every once in awhile she can still be that growing Dane and the brain just ‘goes out to lunch’ LOL She is still as food/treat motivated as ever and man, she just becomes more and more muscled! She is a powerhouse of a Dane and we continue to work on her ‘sharing’ for she first just wants to grab all the toys and put them into a pile and decide which one she wants THEN leave the rest others to play with….HOG! She is just as brilliant as ever this one!

Sean and I have spent a lot of time talking in depth about BHRR’s Mazda and what is truly in her best interests. I have also had many conversations with my BOD, other head’s of Rescue organizations that I respect/believe are highly reputable/quality in respect to how they handle long-term dogs in their programs etc. I have also had many an email from the public who have been closely following Mazda’s story and listening to their feedback about thought processes on her welfare. Bottom line is that everyone wants what is best for Mazda and that is our priority. What catches us up is that Mazda has no need of us as a BHRR Haven Dog for she is neither physically nor behavourally affected and there is no reason for her NOT to be adopted. As we have never been in this situation after 12+ years of operating in having such a healthy, normal and behavourally/physically sound animal still in our program after this length of time; this is unchartered waters for us. Do we love Mazda, of course we do! Yet, we are very much aware that she would do best in a home of her own to continue to flourish and have the strong foundations that we have given her built upon. This being said; SeanΒ & I have after much talk including all my conversations/emails with numerous others; we are going to keep Mazda up for adoption. To say that we do have mixed feelings about this is putting it lightly yet we must continue to think about what we truly feel is in Mazda’s best interests and what BHRR is all about and the mandates/rationale behind having a BHRR Haven Dog program and we do not believe that it is meant for dogs that are perfectly well adjusted, normal and healthy yet just have not had their right forever loving homes come by yet. We do not wish to ‘keep’ a dog back just because the timing has not been right for Mazda. We pride ourselves on our patience and in not rushing adoptions and I do not think that a time limit should be opposed on any animal in this situation in our program. She is not at any risk of euthanasia so we do not operate under that type of time restraints and unless we make a ‘personal’ decision to truly take her on completely as our own; to keep her as a BHRR Haven dog does not seem to align with what our BHRR Haven dog program is about. Are they grey areas; of course; yet I think that we must pull ourselves more emotionally away from Mazda’s situation and really look at the bigger picture her and what we truly feel is right for her and make that best end of day decision for her without the emotionally charged feelings(to be more objective). To keep her as a BHRR Haven dog because that right home has not yet discovered her; could be holding her back from what should be rightfully hers. Are we torn, we sure are as we adore Mazda yet the more that I have objectively tried to handle this with all the input that has been sent my way; Sean & I feel strongly that Mazda should remain ‘UP FOR ADOPTION’ at this time. We will re-visit things later and we are well aware that Mazda could wonderfully live out her years here having fun pushing KB/JB off the bedΒ :-P, racing to see who gets theΒ ‘prime’ real estate spot on the bed first(GOSH! She loves this game!)Β and bulldozering in her playful manner around the home/yard with complete happiness but it is an intangible that speaks to me at this time that it is felt that she could be JUST that much more happy and content in a place of her own. I am also well aware that not everyone will agree with our positioning at this time and I do understand for I have some of those exact thoughts myself yet if you have ever met Mazda; you would see that we have given her what she needed, when she needed it and now she is ready to TAKE on that big world with a family of her own and continue to blossom; thanking us for giving her a helping hand yet ready to show others what an asset she is to their own homeΒ plus community, sharing with them the gifts that only she can offer.Β I find it almost hard to explain what it is when I look into her eyes and ‘feel’ from her. I just sometimes feel that by keeping her here in our BHRR Haven program(which is very much continue to love her as one of our own); she thinks we may have ‘given’ up on her and that is not the case. We will adore Mazda whether she is here one more month or 100 more months; that is one thing that is certain. If I ever felt that she needed to be part of our Haven program; there would be no question or if she was telling us that we are that right forever matched home(which = our BHRR Haven Program in love/care); than she would be staying; but I do not 100% believe that we are there yet. Maybe in X amount of time and if that day comes; I know that Mazda will be the first to tell us. She most certainly does not act like a guest in our house NOR is she treated that way(no dog is here) that is for sure and she is so close with Cherokee and KB/JB but I think she is waiting for something else to help make her complete and we will wait patiently with her…….I thank every single person who has emailed, called, written their thoughts and views on Mazda and it is very much appreciated to have Mazda’s welbeing so well thought about. πŸ™‚ I just do not wish to make a terrible mistake in ‘keeping’ Mazda when maybe we should not and in the end failing her in some way. πŸ™ Sometimes, I wish life were not so complicated! We will continue to keep her blog updated.

Mazda is doing as well as ever! The muscle that this gal has is incredible! She is full of life and love and though we have received some emails in respect to her; we are still no closer in her finding that right matched forever loving and spoiling home! We shall take some new pictures this week to post of her. June 30th is fast approaching and Sean plus myself are losing hope that she might become queen of a great adoptive home outside of ours.

FINALLY! New pictures of Mazda now posted – Slides #16 – #25. πŸ˜€ She is doing really well and Sean and I have decidedΒ after much conversation that we shall extended her adoption until June 30th, 2008 and then if she is not adopted; she is ours forever and ever. It was a very difficult decision to make yet I guess we cling to the hope, however; small it might be that her right forever matched home is out there and on the other hand; maybe it is just meant to be that she remains in our hearts as ours. We have had many inquiries on her; yet no applications and once again, most people are contacting us about her for the wrong reasons. Sean and I just cannot believe how hard this has been for Mazda. πŸ™

I wish to thank everyone sincerely from our hearts that have been contacting us via emails very recently in respect to Mazda and that they would be open to maybe taking her into their homes. I say this in the nicest way possible that Mazda is not desperate for a home and we won’t be settling on a home just to try and place her by the end of the month. That is not what BHRR is all about nor the vision of what I had when I founded BHRR in 1996 for the animals in need of our assistance. Sean and I are aware that each and everytime that we bring an animal into our program that we accept full responsibility for their wellbeing for the rest of their lives be they become adopted or not. We understand that any animal might not be adopted and if that is the case; then they remain as beloved spoiled members of either our home or in some cases; as perma-fosters in those homes they were being temp fostered in. Our progam is a Haven for a reason and while we remain just stunned that Mazda has not been adopted; we are not devastated or feeling resigned that she is ‘stuck’ here with us. While we wish that her forever loving home could come along; should it not happen, we are ok with that as well. We adore her, she is settled in here(QUITE well! LOL) and for those that are seeking to adopt her out of pity or are sorry for her; while we thank you; those are not the ‘right’ reasons for her to be adopted. She should be adopted to the right matched home for the right reasons and if this does not happen; all can be assured that she is not going to be at risk of being pts etc. THAT is not what BHRR is all about. Each and everytime an animal crosses our doors; there is that chance that they shall never be adopted; be it medical, behavoural and in this situation(the first in over 12 years of operating and it was bound to happen at one time or another) just because her right home has not come along. Have we set the bar up even higher since her failed adoptions(which I want to reiterate YET again THAT this is through no fault of her own); no, we have not. I would not hold back her adoption to the ‘right’ matched home due to those that failed her in the past.Β For those that come to our mini-open houses every month; they can truly attest to just what a wonderful gal she is and with each day that passes; we just become more comfortable that her destiny and ours might be meant to be. She will be moved under our BHRR Haven Dogs and people can continue to follow her antics and have the option to donate to her care. πŸ˜€ Sean and I are under current and very serious conversation in regards to whether we should be extending her adoption availability as spring/summer have higher adoption rates. IfΒ we do extend this; it won’t be for very long; perhaps June 1st. Will update when we make a decision.Β  We just do not wish to keep things in limbo for Mazda for much longer of which I am sure many can appreciate that position.

We are no closer to having that right matched home apply for Mazda. It is just such a sad situation in one way yet in another; maybe it is something that is just meant to be. She is really a delightful girl and while we shall adore her deeply; she is a Dane that truly does not need us and we just wished that her forever loving home would have appeared. The end of April is fast approaching and I just sit in almost shock that she is still with us. She is incredible! To think of all the dogs that have blessed our hearts; that one such as Mazda would be the first dog ever to be in our program the longest yet she has no behavoural or medical issues to warrant her becoming one of our Haven Dogs is just unbelievable. πŸ™ Dear Mazda; please know that you have done no wrong and I shall carry within me for who knows how long; the guilt that somehow I might have failed you. I am so very sorry for that and we shall have the rest of our lives for me to show you just how important you are and how special you are and how much you are deserving of great things. I look forward to that immensely as that path that our souls are meant to take draws nearer with the passing of each day. I know that KB/JB and Cherokee are very much your pals and the three amigos you all make! πŸ˜€

Mazda had her annual tonight and did GREAT! She is a pleasantly plump 54.2 KGs(119.24 pounds). πŸ™‚ I have revamped our vaccine protocol for our own dogs and those in our Rescue program and no longer administer the Lepto vaccine. She was such a hit as always and hung up at the front at reception greeting everyone and every animal! She still has that heart rate that does an extra beat every now and again yet with having two vets look her over (one of them was the vet from last year as well) and she was deemed healthy as a horse as she has always been!!!!! LOL πŸ™‚ Many commented that it was such a shame that her forever home has not yet come by and I was very honest that should this not happen by end of April, she shall become one of our BHRR Haven dogs. She is a very close play partner of both KB/JB and Cherokee and is one of ‘Sean’s Babies’. I really do need to post new pics of her!

Mazda is scheduled for her annual on March 11th, 2008. Should she not be adopted by April 30th, 2008; she will become one of our BHRR HAVEN dogs.

I have to take new pics of Mazda and to post them. She is literally a small tank right now this girl! She also possesses an incredible calming effect on our KB/JB and so along with Cherokee, one will often find the three of them as three peas in a pod be it inside or outside. All too fast, the end of March is coming and we are no closer to finding the forever home for Mazda that she deserves. While we adore her and will always do our best by her etc., we really feel that she should be queen of another home and it is very distressing to see that this has not yet happened for her. She is quickly becoming the animal that has been in our program the longest in the 12 years that we have operated and there truly is no need for this to be this way. She is so beautiful inside and out, is eager to please and would make an excellent addition to a family and loves to play, has an lovely plus hilarious enthusiasm for life.

Sean and I have made the decision that if Mazda is not adopted by March that she will remain as one of our own beloved furbabies. It is truly heart wrenching that despite our full disclosure on her; that some people really do believe that Mazda, herself is at ‘fault’ for not still being in a home. sigh…….that could not be further from the truth and it really breaks our hearts.

Due to a recent negative experience with an applicant whose home was declined; please note that all of our policies, procedures, mandates and processes are clearly posted on both of our websites and that we will not make any exceptions. Making demands of us is not going to make us rush the process of a possible adoption and the bullying of any of us Volunteers is not appreciated.

Mazda is settling in well. I just put in another couple of hundred dollars into her tail tip last week and it is healing wonderfully. Sean and I have had several very long discussions about what is in the best interest of Mazda after this second ‘bounce’ and at this time remain strong on the feeling that she does not need us and that right home for her has to be out there. We have a very full home of love and our haven is also full at this time and we do not wish to compromise any quality for Mazda or them in the long term should we make the decision to keep her because of two failed adoptions. That does not seem in the best interest of Mazda whom is back here through no fault of her own and we should not be keeping her, because I am worried of making yet another error in placing her. Thanks again to all those who have showed her and us support in this matter and please be assured that Mazda is not desperate for any home and that we will remain committed to our adoption mandates and review applications as before. After several very long conversations with my BOD; we are still quite confident in our procedures and do believe that due diligence was shown in each of her failed adoption situations. Mazda is enjoying playing with Cherokee and KB/JB the most at this time and has been fully re-integrated with the masses here! She is as always, very much Sean’s girl! πŸ™‚ We will have to take more pictures of her to post and hope to do that soon.

I feel compelled to type another update so soon. I have deeply appreciated all the emails and calls of support over Mazda and it has been very touching the number of people that have been so willing to open up their home/hearts to such a wonderful Dane. Mazda is going to be ok and she will be adopted when we feel that the right home has come along…again. AND no one is more terrified than I of making a mistake. I also wish to acknowledge the ‘hate’ emails of the two that feel that once again; we, or more like myself have failed Mazda in this latest home selection and all I can say is that no one feels more sick to their stomach than I over her second failed adoption. I am only human and we have a very detailed and thorough adoption process and at some point, trust has to come into play and yes, Mazda is now back with us. We do the very best we can and I am the one that has to go to bed at night over all of this and no one is harder on me than myself over what has happened to Mazda. I am the one that sees her confusion, is dealing with her tail injury (of which today alone we put almost $400 into vet care) and I am the one that will beat myself up the most over feeling like once again, I have failed an animal in my authority. It is so easy for many to sit back and point fingers and make judgment calls and some days; Sean and I just feel that it is just not worth doing anymore with people breaching adoption contracts, people lying on applications, people not doing right by the animals they have adopted yet then we receive that call or email that an animal needs US and that it is believed that BHRR is the BEST place for them; and we pick ourselves back up and carry on……….at least for another day. We also see the animals that we have placed into the ‘right’ homes and know that this is what it is all about. Truly, if people feel they can do better than us; I will be the first person supporting them, not critiquing them from the comfort of my couch(gosh! I think I can count on my two hands in the last 8 years I have even had the time to sit on my leather couches!) without a clue of what it is like to be in these Rescue trenches every day. I invite people to look over the REALITY section and see what we deal with on a daily basis and I work almost 20+ hours almost each day, 7 days a week on top of everything else we are trying to balance in our lives to continue to do something we believe in. I will always be the first to admit that no Rescue is perfect and that every Reputable/Quality Rescue can be improved upon and remain open to any positive suggestions/feedback on how to improve our program. At this time, what Mazda needs is a sponsor or two to help us with Vet bills and her rehabing and I thank Deanna from my heart for sending us PayPal funds that will greatly assist Mazda. Mazda is on antibiotics at this time and has glued herself to Sean. Mazda spent last night with him sleeping in the recreation room and he will be doing the same until such time as she bounces back with her confidence, spark and level of security.

Mazda is available for adoption again. Words truly fail me to express how I feel at this time. Mazda developed a tail injury in the home she was placed in due to the natural propensity of Great Danes to have ‘happy tail’ and this is an injury that takes many weeks and training to heal properly. During Mazda’s home visit; I was very clear about her happy tail and how things should be handled & not through docking (we live in an open concept home and never had one issue with her tail & her tail is not even that long/happy compared to many Danes we have adopted out to similar set-up homes), that Mazda needed continued socialization and how important play dates with other dogs needed to be due to her age as she was living with an older dog. After 5+ weeks; the home that she was placed in does not feel that she can commit to what Mazda needs and she has come back to BHRR today and so we will begin the dedicated work in now getting her tail injury to heal (this can take 6-8 weeks if not longer of constant supervision and care) and to now; once again deal with her ‘bounce’ back to us over something that was not Mazda’s fault. I stressed how important all of this was for Mazda with this home throughout the whole adoption process) and could not be more full of emotion at this time over these events. BHRR has never had a ‘double’ bounce in their almost 12 years of placing animals and all I can think of is how awful this is for dear sweet Mazda. It is going to take a bit of time to work through Mazda’s obvious confusion and mental state over what has now happened to her twice. It was hard enough the first failed adoption for many people to understand that none of it was Mazda’s fault and now to have her come back yet again is just going to be just that much harder for her to find that home as many will not understand that it was never her fault. She has spent most of the night just glued to Sean and it is truly heartbreaking. This is why we try to get it right the first time round.

I will be going tonight to do the hv for Mazda. It was postponed from yesterday.

If all goes well; Mazda will be going to her new home on July 15th, 2007 as that is when I will be doing the home visit with Mazda.

PENDING ADOPTION!!!!

NEW PICTURES below!

I have new pictures of Mazda. I just need to download and resize them first.

Every year; unfortunately; we receive one or two emails from people who feel the need to email to tell us that we are completely wrong in how we operate with our adoption mandates. I received an email earlier this week from NY who felt the need to let me know that I had to be a very strange and crazy person for wishing to continue our almost 100% successful adoption process in adopting out by placing by best personality matches to each approved adoptive home. He felt that we were very wrong to not wish to place Mazda in a home that would only want to have her as a guard dog or to someone who only wanted the ‘biggest dog’ on the block. Mazda will stay as a member of our family over ever allowing her to be adopted to a home that would not want her as a beloved/cherished addition of the family.

What has become a bit frustrating is the number of inquiries that have come in on Mazda and people are wondering ‘what she did wrong’ to have come back to us. Mazda has done nothing wrong and is a fabulous girl. Now that the weather is nicer; we will take new pictures to post and see if that will generate the right inquiries for her.

Mazda has decided to follow in Boba’s footsteps of hurting herself and put two small cuts on her face from racing through the bush.Β  She is on a course of antibiotics at this time.

Mazda’s HWT is still negative! πŸ™‚

Mazda came with me to work tonight and MAN! WHAT a blast! She was a model citizen, hung out on her blanket with her pink hippo and chewstick. Mazda made friends with everyone she met and more than one person wanted to ‘steal’ her away! πŸ™‚ She weighed a FABULOUS 49.4 KGs(108.68 pounds) and we updated her vaccines. I gave her a manicure and pedicure the night before and she just gets better and better in handling her feet done. She also had her HW test done and remains on Sentinel monthly. She had a slight runny nostril on the left side and we will monitor. The Vet was not too concerned and one of her lymph nodes in her neck was slightly swollen; also not a concern for the Vet. Something to note was that this Vet thought that there might possibly could be a slight irregular beat in her heart like the one Vet found last May yet once again not a huge cause for any concern. There was no discernible medical problem found with her heart when she was spayed and we believe in full disclosure and wanted to ensure that it was just noted in her updates here. I was so impressed by how far she has come with her ‘lady’ like manners even though she will always be a TOMBOY at heart! πŸ™‚ She listened wonderfully and MAN! SHE is still so treat motivated and that butt of hers will hit the floor in an instasecond for a treat! πŸ™‚ SHE is just a true delight of a gal and I know that I will be bringing her back to the Hospital more often to hang out for she made an incredible ambassador of the Great Dane Breed!

Mazda has settled in well after a few very ‘close’ nights with Sean that one could barely fit a piece of paper between them for she was so glued to him. Mazda was also a little ‘funny’ around one of her best friends Cherokee for a week or so after her failed adoption. We have never known Mazda to be even remotely ‘testy’ towards any animals and she was towards Cherokee and so we went about doing a slow re-integration with her and the animals here and she is pretty much back to her normal self. She went through a ‘confusion’ period as well and thank goodness that was very short lived. This is why we try so hard to do things ‘right’ the first time around when it comes to adopting out any BHRR animal. For a Dane as wonderfully confident as Mazda to act the way she did when she returned to us; reinforces that even though we have been operating BHRR for over 11 years now; we still can find ways to improve our adoption processes/procedures and mandates. Mazda makes our 2nd failed adoption in 11 years and we have since implemented a change since Mazda’s return to try and eliminate this particular situation from happening again. Mazda has also begun to put her brilliant mind to other uses and has begun to open doors! She just won’t close them behind her and likes to let out ALL the dogs she can to play outside while she is out there too! πŸ™‚ Mazda will be going to the Vet for her annual exam and Vaccines on March 12th. At that time, I will do a re-weigh and a manicure plus pedicure on her. Will also try to put up new pictures of her. What is important for people to understand is that this failed adoption WAS not Mazda’s fault whatsoever.

I received a phone call last Thursday about Mazda. This is less than 2 weeks after she went to their home. I was told how great she was and how well she has settled in yet as per my concerns above; it is their other dog and their jealousy etc. We all must make the best choices/decisions we can for our dogs and it is in Mazda’s best interest to come back to us. She was dropped off on January 21st at our home and we are just awaiting the return of all of her paperwork. As per the person that dropped her off; he said that he almost turned around 4 times on his way to our home as this is how much they really have come to love Mazda. It is just another re-affirmation as to how amazing Mazda is and while I am not happy about the failed adoption; I am also not surprised. As indicated to the home; with the right integration, time, dedication etc.; I believe that this would have been successful yet I do not want Mazda to suffer nor their other dog. This is my second failed adoption in 11 years of operating and we are back to taking applications for Mazda. AVAILABLE AGAIN FOR ADOPTION!!!!!

Mazda went home with her new family today and when they were here; we went over the concern on the social issues with their current dog and how integration plus proper handling of any reassurance etc. will need to be done correctly. I also went over my positioning, concern and my thoughts on the matters of weight, communication, animal behavour/language plus respect for Mazda and her obedience. We also re-visited items that have been posted on Mazda’s updates on our website such as age and her old pressure sores and there seemed to be some question as to her age plus how long she has been with us. I am hopeful that should the advice be headed that things will work out just fine as they were not aware how the two last ribs on a Dane should be slightly visible and it was demonstrated to them on their own dog and even with my own EM that both of those dogs are a tad on the heavy side and one should have Danes lean. Mazda is still very much a puppy and has more filling out and with that will come some more added weight. We did APPROVE this adoption and we shall see how the obedience goes.

Mazda’s potential new family will be coming to visit her on Saturday and if all goes well; she will go home with them as their new family addition.

ADOPTION PENDING!!!! If all goes well Mazda will go to her new home in the New Year!

The best fit for the foster home was Thor as Mazda played ‘really hard to get’ and was very ‘queen’ like aloof. especially in the beginning with her interaction with their Dane. It was a hoot to witness yet what I wanted to their Dane this time around was a Foster that their Dane could really interact with and Thor plus their Dane hit it off from the get go……Mazda would have been fine in their home yet we also looked at the factor of Fancy losing another best friend who has been living with us since March whereas Thor has only been here for a month+. So, Mazda is still stuck with us right now!

We did Mazda’s manicure and pedicure tonight and WOW! She did awesome! Sean held her collar and I was able to do them no problemo. SHE is very gentle in taking her reward treaties too! Her quicks have been trained back really well and whomever adopts her can continue to work on them. She looks really good and her pressure sores are all healed up now! With all the extra bedding, she has no choice but to lie on something soft! πŸ™‚ She really adores Sean and I love how her tail is almost always wagging! Tomorrow night, it will be either Thor or Mazda that will head off to one of our Foster homes that is just coming back online from having had a break since May. We will have to take some more pictures of her to post!

We continue to work on placing Mazda in the right matched home. We so would have loved to have seen her in her new forever loving home for XMAS.

I want to thank S. Smith so very much for very generously donating $200.00 of Sears Gift Cards so that we can buy more Beanbag Chairs/Blankets etc.!

We could really use some more 102 cm beanbag chairs, dog beds, comforters and duvets so that we can put more down while we clean others as Mazda has taken to lying on the hard surfaces and she has a couple of pressure sores on each hip. I am hoping to get enough of these items to completely cover our hardwood, slate and tile floors so that she has no choice but to lie on the softness as opposed to liking the coolness of the floors. She is just like our EM Guinness in desiring to lie on the harder or more firm surfaces to stay cool and hopefully; with Winter coming; she will migrate more to the softness of the bedding. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them; Mazda would be very appreciated! She continues to be given free run of the house without any worries of destruction.

Since my last update; I have kept an even closer track of the amount/type of ‘inquiries’ that have come in on Mazda. It is clearly stated that Mazda gets along with other dogs and yet I have received 17 inquires asking that question. I have even mentioned above her relationship with Fancy and pictures are posted with them together. I have received 21 inquires in respect to wondering if she has been spayed; 15 inquiries as to her age; 29 inquiries asking if her ears are cropped; 9 inquiries as to whether or not she has yet been adopted; 35 inquires as to whether she is social plus affectionate; 18 inquiries as to her colour; 11 inquiries as to what our adoption processes are for her; 13 inquiries as to whether she is a female or male and the list goes on and on. All of this information is posted on our websites and so please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself in respect our animals plus our program/processes/policies/procedures.

Despite our last update; we are still being bombarded with questionable inquires about Mazda. Things like ‘so how long is her crop and is it in proportion to her face and body as we do not want a weird looking Dane’ or another inquiry was ‘do the tips of her ears tip in or tilt as we do not want imperfection in one of our animals’ or ‘will her stripes get darker or will they fade as we are not looking for a brown dog’. What people need to understand it is not just about them wanting to adopt a Dane from us; they have to be approved and that means completing the BHRR application process successfully. One person stated ‘well, if she is such a hassle; let me just take her off your hands.’ Mazda is and never has been a hassle and with my write-ups; I am demonstrating due diligence that we must tighten down the hatches even further in keeping her wellbeing first and foremost. I am also making it that much more clear to those that believe they are interested in her that we don’t adopt to the homes that are looking for such things as listed in my updates above. WHAT about her personality? That should mean something to someone and it will to the right home. Only fully completed applications with the non-fundable fee will be replied too moving forward, no further inquiries shall be addressed. I honestly have never seen anything like this in almost 11 years of operating BHHR. Mazda deserves so much more and she, just like every other animal that crosses our door; will not be going to ‘just anybody’. We are very patient and not in any rush whatsoever to just put her into any home.

We find ourselves becoming quite protective of Mazda as most of the inquiries we are receiving are about her ‘looks’ and the impression she gives off through her pictures and how that will fit into the ‘status’ of their community. Many of these inquiries are seeing Mazda as a ‘status’ symbol and that is not how BHRR adopts out animals. Yes, she is stunning but we will always place as per best matched personality into the right homes. She will also not go to any homes that have contacted us seeking her as a guard dog, those wanting to use her for breeding purposes (she has been spayed as are all of our animals in our program), those that want the ‘biggest’ dog on the block or those that wish to have her as an outdoor dog. Answering these inquiries of which we are averaging almost 20 a day just on Mazda; will no longer be done. Serious inquiries plus those that submit an application along with the non-refundable application fee will only be reviewed and answered moving forward. Mazda deserves that loving spoiling home like every other Rescue that comes into our program and our responsibility is to her wellbeing.

Mazda is healing well after her spay. Her first night home was a wee bit rough with a couple of vomits and then diarrhoea for a few more days after that. We now have her posted on our PetFinder site and applications are begin to come in to be considered in adopting her. THIS girl is stunning inside and out and she really does not need us or our program anymore. She is very social, friendly and will have very little trouble settling into a new home. Her obedience will need to be continued as she is a very strong girl both physically plus mentally and for the wrong inexperienced home, she will walk all over you. I call her lovingly my ‘mule’ for if someone is trying to walk her that is unsure or hesitant, she will only listen if treats are involved. Otherwise she will just sit or stand with this ‘look’ on her face that I could only compare to a mule! LOL With me, she knows that when the leash goes on, it is time to walk and off we go and she is expected to walk in a heal until I ‘release’ her. She knows that walking for me is not pulling, yanking or even being a ‘mule.’ She knows authority when she hears it and listens beautifully yet if you hope to have her share your bed; you better make sure it is a King Sized one as she has no qualms about taking over what space she feels she needs! πŸ™‚ Sean is forever waking up with a number limb as she is lying on him! While not a violent cuddler, she is soooooooooo affectionate and has really claimed Sean as her own. This girl has personality+ and she is like a star burning brightly and making our lives shine!

Mazda was spayed today and everything went really well. Her uterus was very small despite having had a heat and also being a Giant Breed. Mazda’s weight was very hard to obtain as she was being very difficult about getting on to the scale. We know that she easily surpasses 100+ pounds(we got that much) and when I pick her up from the vet’s tomorrow(I left her there as her surgery was not over until close to 5 PM today and she was very groggy and found it hard to stand when I was there). The vets also looked at a small lump that was under her tail and it turned out to only be a haematoma. We did a fine needle aspirate to be sure. Mazda plays quite rough with Fancy and she could have easily gotten this bruise from playing with her. We also did another thorough Cardiac exam on Mazda and her heart is awesome! Mazda also had a manicure plus pedicure today at the Vet’s. Mazda is now available for adoption for with how long the adoption process takes and with how long it might be to have that right matched home apply for her; she will have recovered completely from her spay by then.

Due to more scheduling problems at the Hospital, Mazda’s spay has now been pushed out one more week. It is now scheduled for Wednesday June 28th. This now means, there is a good chance that she will accompany me to the Pet Expo this weekend.

Due to Vet scheduling changes, Mazda’s spay appointment has now been moved to Tuesday June 20th. It is most likely that she will not be accompanying me to Pet Expo now that her spay has been pushed back one week.

Mazda is doing great! She and Fancy have become quite close and play for hours outside. We have begun to cut her back on her food portions as (delicate cough here) she has become a wee bit plump. She is just stunning and her personality is all sunshine and blue skies.

Mazda has her own Cafepress items for sale whereby the monies raised will be used to help support animals that need BHRR

Should Mazda be well enough from her spay by the time we attend Pet Expo 2006; she will accompany me. So, if you would like to have the opportunity to meet her, she could be in Port Hope on June 24th! I have new awesome pictures of Mazda, see below! Mazda will have her own Cafepress Online Store whereby the monies raised by your shopping will go towards helping other animals in need. We are currently working on the items. STAY TUNED!!! New pictures of Mazda posted below!

Mazda’s HW test has come back Negative.

Mazda’s spay appointment has been scheduled for June 14th.

I have been meaning to write an update for Mazda for awhile now. When she arrived, it was clear that she had not been thrown from a vehicle as previously told to us. She did not have one mark on her to indicate any trauma of that type. Mazda went to the vet’s tonight and her weight was hard to obtain as the Hospital was busy and I also had Buster. She went up on the scale beautifully, yet no one was there to catch an accurate weight and with Buster there, I was not comfortable handing him off to anyone else to hold to try again. We will re-weigh her when she is spayed yet from what we could gather she is around 46KGs(100 lbs). I did her nails tonight for they are very long and we will work on training the quicks back. The Vet believes her to be about 1.5 years of age (November 2004) and definitely less than 2 years; so he concurs with my thought process that she is not less than 1 years of age. In respect to her ‘heat’; it looks like she is about 4-6 weeks out of her heat and the vet could feel no sign of puppies inside of her. We will wait until the swelling goes down a bit more and her uterus has some more time to get back to normal before spaying her; so probably in another 6+ weeks. We did a HW test and also microchipped her while we were there. SHE is an amazing girl! So calm, gentle and patient. Happy and wagging her tail to all that walked by and her behavour is so much more like an older Dane than one that is still a puppy. She is a real doll of a Dane and is going to make someone’s home very enriched! The Vet also said while I was there, that he cannot be sure yet there was the extreme smallest of possibilities that she might have a very very very faint HM. He was not concerned or worried for he said it was a very remote chance and we will monitor and do a follow-up at the time that she is expected to be spayed to know for sure. With Buster also there tonight, ultrasounds, X-Rays etc. were not possible. This Vet sees my Frost “T” and also saw McGee and is very experienced when it comes to ‘heart’ dogs; so I am not concerned at this time either. We will monitor and be proactive yet wanted to post all vet findings for anyone that might be considering applying to adopt her for we believe in full disclosure. Her heartbeat and pulse were not abnormal. Updates will be posted. Other than the one pee accident in the house shortly after her arrival; Mazda has been a model Gal! She is very quiet and ladylike inside the house yet will play with any Dane that is willing outside. She is interacting with 9 other Danes to date without any issues. The only issue comes when she eats inside her crate and Fancy gets too close(she will grump)yet when it is bedtime they both share the bed with Sean without any problems. When I was driving to the Vet Hospital tonight, she sat on the front seat with her front feet on the floor looking like the ‘Queen’ she is out surveying her kingdom. She took the treats offered to her from the vet very gently and on the drive home; she slept with her head in my lap. This Dane is so wonderful.

Mazda is now here safely and there are many people very happy to see her finally where she belongs. The support for us has been beyond appreciative in ensuring that we had the resources we needed in following this Legal matter through. Mazda came in a harness that was a bit too big for her and also allowed her to try and do her ‘houdini’ routine. She is now sporting a collar donated to Rescue just for her. Until today, we had not even known what she looked like and she is a beautiful girl. Her facial bone structure is FABULOUS!!! Mazda will not ‘listen’ to anyone if they do not show her the correct manner of handling. Even though she is very treat motivated, those treats are not needed in ensuring that her leash manners are good. With the correct tone and control on her leash; she walked wonderfully with me. She has no qualms about running circles around anyone not ‘aware’ of what her game is. She is positively brilliant and I am going to have so much fun with her! She is very social with tail wagging and had no issues just coming into our home and ‘taking’ over! πŸ™‚ She is “Queen” Mazda and she has already been comfortably drinking and eating. She knows the name of ‘Mazda’ vaguely and she could afford to lose a few pounds. I believe she is older than 1 years of age and we will see if the Vet concurs. Her nipple condition suggests that she has either already had a heat or at least one litter in her life. She was a little intimidated in seeing some of the other dogs as she was put into her crate(she is crate trained); yet she is settling in well. She will be going to the Vet on May 5th with Dodger whom she has made a fast bond with and will be microchipped, HW tested and we will do cytology slides on her to determine her cell stages in respect to when it will be safe to spay her. She will be put on Sentinel and de-wormed shortly. Right now what comes to mind when I think of Mazda is ‘ball of fire’ with her. It is her fascinating and intelligent mind that makes me think this and not her energy level for that has been quite normal for a Dane. THERE is so much to learn about her and I can’t wait!

This Dane has now been relinquished and is now being safely fostered as we organize her transport for this weekend. Her foster parent’s state that she has been just fine with their cat, their dogs and even their kids. We have also been told that it looks she is ready to go into heat, so like Gracie she will not be spayed until her heat is over and her uterus has a chance to return to normal. We also do not know what exposure Mazda has had with any intact males while in the home of this individual; so we will monitor her situation closely. We look forward to her arrival. We will post updates and pictures when we are able too.

I have left a message with the Lt of the Police Department. I have also been in touch with Legal in moving forward. Lt. Davis did get back to me later today and I now have the Police Report #60-05528 filed in Richfield, OH (Summit County) and he will be sending me a copy of the report and I will post. He has offered up whatever services they can provide to assist us, even with it being a Civil and not a Criminal matter. He has also given me contact information for the local Civil Prosecutor. Legal will be sending out a Letter of Demand to Comply to this person, tomorrow as she declined to comply when the Police met with her and we have looked into filing suit in both ON and OH as it is unknown as to which court will best be determined to handle the case. We have also been in discussion with Legal as to the damages caused and what else we should be suing for settlement such as our legal costs and other associated fees with this case.

We are now in touch with the police over this Great Dane as the person who signed her over is now trying to sell the dog to one of her neighbours. The signed OS contract along with all email documentation has been sent to the Police Department. I have been advised that they will be sending out a patrol car and will be in touch with me tomorrow. The person thinks because we do not have the original contract that the police or the Civil Prosecutor for the City Animal Control will not be able to assist us. We have been advised differently. We have a copy of the OS contract with her signature on it. We will post updates as we can. We have a temp foster home lined up for her and her transport is being arranged for this weekend.

The person that was suppose to meet us @ 5:00 AM today with Mazda did not come. Therefore, she is not in our program and with three other Danes on our waiting list in urgent need to get into our program; we are trying to get her here this weekend, April 22nd.

BHRR’s Mazda – Female Brindle Great Dane, cropped ears, utd on shots, approximately 1< years of age and not yet spayed. (April 2005). We are told that she is not housetrained. We will get a better approximate on age and her health situation when she arrives. We have been told that she was seen thrown out of a moving vehicle a week+ ago. She will be arriving April 16th.