My final post of my night!

All of the winners of our flash online auction have now been notified via posts in the album, so please check the item(s) that you bid on! 

Additionally, with spring, it brings mud and it means lots and lots and lots more of daily laundry and in this picture; we are down many dogs beds as we work both of our washers nonstop to get them constantly cleaned!

For those not yet aware, BHRR’s Coupe – seen in this picture -is also now bunking in with The Boerskins and has settled in beautifully. He is such a low maintenance chill dude! 

With COVID-19 on the minds and conversations of so many, we sincerely hope that everyone is doing as well as can be expected during these uncertain and worrisome times.

Per a previous post made, The Boerskins are in self-isolation as Sean was away in SF and while he can work from home; I sadly; cannot and no work means no income and we deeply can empathise with everyone that is in the same situation. The Boerskins are all doing well overall and we are keeping the world in our hearts and best thoughts……

I do know that I find it hard not working as I know how busy my fellow veterinary team members have been at EVC and I wish I could be there assisting them.

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes are being sent and please do remember that, if, we can do anything to assist you during your own time of need; please never hesitate to reach out……as a community we must be there for each other, united and keeping that social distancing so that we can flatten the curve.

THIS came on my radar last night!

Nicki is making handmade bracelets to benefit our Giant Breed Rescue & Rehabilitation Programs!

100% comes to BHRR and she is doing this indefinitely!

HOW creative, thoughtful and generous is this?! 

I already bought mine!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & to purchase yours:

Gemstone

“This bracelet is to support the Ottawa Birch Haven giant dog breed Rescue and Rehabilitation centre. (BHRR).

The unakite beads are a stone that is believed to help with feelings of abandonment and separation issues – very fitting as a representation for dogs that have lost their homes for various reasons. The cost of feeding, medicating, and housing giant breed dogs is much higher than rescues for smaller breeds so every little bit helps.

Paw print charm is made of brass”

NOTICE:

BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.

Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for almost 25 years.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 20th, 2019 to Friday January 3rd, 2020 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Saturday January 4th, 2020!

As always during this time, BHRR is available 24/7 for requests for assistance of animals in need. We shall also network accordingly for, as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority. We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

BHRR’s Winter Wonderland
November 11th, 2019

As always, they thrive best with consistency, structure and routine and are ‘on alert’ waiting patiently for Kinsley to come home from school. That time of day!

THAT we are currently receiving 15+cms of snow and it is a snow day, does not cross their minds!

AND there is always one or two that march to their own drum – Summit (Deaf/Blind) & Salt (Deaf/Visually Impaired) are the only SMART ones, realising that Kinsley is actually in the house and are facing the house! 

Nothing wrong with their noses and they have excelled with their scent training!  Summit & Salt win in knowing exactly where Kinsley is!

A great day for fun filled snow play and now all are crashed out by the fireplaces having nice snoozes!

BHRR’S Meadows face! 
(Heavily blanketed Harlequin)

She remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

For those who do not remember, she is the Mama to the three blind/deaf mice and the fight was equally long and hard to save her. Sadly, I still cannot get the home to let the dad go(a white special needs Dane himself). I will not give up even though the hope gets slimmer by each passing day….

BHRR’S Meadow does not seem to be impressed by one of my Texans(Zero – deaf/visually impaired) not using the gate the proper way!

BHRR’s Bell(Deaf/Blind on her left side) is also seen in this photo! She is now part of our Haven program.

My Zero seems most interested in the yummy smells being emitted from the kitchen as we prepare for our family Thanksgiving dinner here. 

Whatever you are doing today, may it be a safe, happy and healthy day for all…..from our home to all of yours Happy Thanksgiving!

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Hollywood to our Haven program and she is going to be perma-fostered by an amazing home! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Oliver(IW/GD) is settling in extremely well to his foster home.

Has been great with their Dane and two chi’s, the geese, the chickens, horses and even one feisty kitten! 

He is getting lots of wonderful careful slow exposure to even more new things and people and they are managing his anxiety plus shyness beautifully.

They are a quietly well balanced social home so he will never be overwhelmed by huge numbers of people or places.

I am so proud of him. I have worked my butt off with this whole litter trying so hard to set them up for success and took criticisms from more than one person who felt they knew better about what was best for them.

I have been patient and have explained so many times over how genetics and not just environment plays a crucial role in how an animal is who they are.

All puppies are not born naturally bouncy, happy, social creatures.

Furthermore, their breed(s) also play a role in their individual temperaments. Additionally, throw in temperaments bred by puppy mills.

BHRR’s Oliver, your progress along with your litter-mates we kept back has been amazing and you shall continue to keep becoming the best dog you can be, as you are in the hands of a home that ‘gets it!’

I miss you and you did not think you could do this yet, we knew you were ready for this next step and you are MORE than doing it! 

AND since you are now in great hands, I can bring in the special needs (Deaf/Visually Impaired) Dane, Miss Lily into my own home tonight.

AND as we have posted several times, our doors will then be indefinitely closed….we are battling so many unexpected Vet Expenses. 

UPDATE: BHRR’s Oliver is now safely dropped off to his temp foster and a very brave boy he was!

He did not bother with their ducks, chickens or guinea pigs and was very respectful of their two chihuahua’s! 

What a great boy he is! 

AND I am off shortly to see if this may be a right matched foster for The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Oliver.

DNA proven IW/GD.

With him being fostered, I can then bring direct into my own home, the Deaf/Visually impaired GD Miss Lily. This will also be a great experience for him! He has come a long way with his play dates and he is ready for this. 

AND gentle reminder, as of Thursday August 1st once Miss Lily arrives(Special Needs GD), our doors shall be closed indefinitely until we can achieve financial health again due to so many expenses, many of them unexpected with dogs we have been asked to assist…..

So, any consideration to our cause would be deeply appreciated so that we can continue to help dogs in need of our highly specialised programs…

As always donations for Vet care can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

We will post an update ASAP re: BHRR’s Oliver!

 

***GRAPHIC PHOTO***

BHRR’s Fletcher it is official….you are either trying to kill yourself or me! 

When I got home from work last night or rather the wee hours of this AM, as is my habit, I check in with the dogs and love on them while I eat a snack before going to bed.

From the time the rest of The Boerskins had settled the dogs in for the night and when I got home – not even 1.5 hours later, this was my scene when I went to the sunroom – the place Mr. Fletcher likes to sleep at night….

He has to wear a cone as his leg recovers and he was sitting there with no cone and a rubbed raw bleeding booboo on his head…..

Back to emergency we went……..

BHRR’s Fletcher, the already low money coffers have been dearly taxed and with your now two emergencies this week, the financial cupboards are completely empty….

We also have not one but two new dogs arriving this week with their own extensive Vet Bills – Miss Penelope the Newf & Miss Lily, the special needs Great Dane. We also had BHRR’s Miss Tilly’s own surgery this past week for her spay, which turned out to be an exploratory per our recent post.

The defiant look on his face says it all as to how he felt about his cone…rubbed several spots on his face raw – this one is the worse and he even poked a hole in his head. What on earth did you do?!!

AND to top it all off, chewed the newly installed wood on our window frame with sheer ‘tude.

BHRR’s Fletcher, you have got to be kidding me!!!! You are lucky you are so handsome!!!

Thank you again to the amazing soul who had donated $100 to his vet care when he was hurt on his play date earlier this week…. 

He will be moving under Eagleson’s Veterinary Care shortly and while the Emerge Hospital no longer take direct donations, Eagleson does. They can be reached at 613-383-8381.

Or, donations can also be made….if any one may consider his cause – we are just under bills of $1,500 this week alone for Mr. Fletcher, donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

May Saturday become a much better day for him and me! 

**GRAPHIC PHOTO’S**

BHRR’s Fletcher is determined to give me more grey/white hairs or a heart attack…..

After successfully recovering from being caught in a poachers snare back in February while on a play date and de-gloving a good part of his leg and foot – took 5 surgeries….this is what he did on his play date just now! 

About one hour ago, I got a panicked call from the home saying that he was doing his usual with their dogs; running/playing through the bushes and trees and when he came back for his ‘check in’ treat; this was his foot….

We are back into Emerge and at least one more surgery plus lots of antibiotics/pain meds for him.

Dear sweet boy, you are so determined to be your own $10,000 dog in Vet Bills…..

Please keep him in your thoughts and if anyone may consider helping us with his Vet bills, donations can be made via:

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

This is not how I wanted his or my night to go…….

BHRR’s Rion & BHRR’s Sable are supervising me while I type!
 
They are our two Danes from the drug situation.
 
I had to put the xpen around my desk as both were SUPER interactive and enthusiastic in helping me type this post! 
 
I decided to take a break from fridge cleaning – hence, the garbage can in the background to post our sincerest plus deepest thanks to everyone that made our 12th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ with SO much more Fundraiser so successful! 
 
I desired to make this post earlier in the week yet, I was still attempting to make contact with winners of our Silent Auction and even though we still have one item outstanding, after a week of follow-ups, we are going to consider it a default bid. 
 
ALL money raised shall go towards BHRR’s Rion’s over $12,000 and mounting Vet Bills.
 
The winner of BHRR BOD’s Mary’s incredible Raffle Basket was: Aaron/Cherie!
 
The winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Joe – THANK you for donating your portion $61.00 back!
 
The winner of the draw for 1 year of dog washes at Pet Valu Stittsville was: K. Amorim!
 
THANK you to Emma for doing the draws in front of so many hopeful witnesses!
 
We did 35 nail trims & 31 dog washes too! 
 
Thank you to the almost 25 WOW BHRR Volunteers that came out to lend a hand to assist all of our visitors! We could not have have such a wonderfully successful day without you!
 
THANK you to all of the incredible Humans and their pets that came out to hang with us!
 
Thank you to everyone that shared and/or participated in our online Facebook Auction AND…….
 
Thank you to each and every kind angel that made a donation even though they could not be in attendance!
 
The weather was positively glorious and thank you to Bre and her fabu team at Pet Valu Stittsville for hosting us again in 2019!
 
In 2020, we will be making the move to a Saturday – Saturday July 11th, 2020 and are already working on some old favourites plus new activities!
 
Our beautiful total for what is our largest fundraiser of each year – I begin to work on this event 9 months prior to it happening! – is…….. DRUM ROLL:
 
$3,974.51
 
We still have over $7,000 left to pay on BHRR’s Rion’s current Vet Bills plus are still working on BHRR’s Volt’s and are deeply humbled by each and every generous, caring soul that is standing by their sides enabling us to make sure that they are lacking for nothing!
 
Our next Fundraiser is not until August 17th – Our 8th Dirty Dawg with Car/Truck Wash at Critter Jungle on Carling Avenue!
 
All monies raised that day shall also go towards BHRR’s Rion’s Vet Bills!
 
From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!

 

My last post of my night is one on behalf of Miss Sable & BHRR’s Rion!

She is quite sleepy with her head on my shoulder after a very busy day prepping for our largest fundraiser of the year!

Our 12th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser WITH so much more at Pet Valu Stittsville(1250 Stittsville Main Street)

A Silent Auction, Baked Goodies for humans/dogs, Some merchandise for Sale, Dog Baths, Face-Painting/Tempt Tats & Feathers etc.!

*9-4 PM
*No Appointments Necessary
*Dogs/Cats are to be minimally 8 weeks of age
*We will also do nails on pocket pets!

BHRR’s Sable wishes to say that we are also collecting Empties plus Canadian $ money tomorrow!

We will have one of our famous BHRR Raffle Baskets up for grabs with all money going towards helping her relative BHRR’s Rion. His mounting Vet Bills are now close to $12,000.

AND here is the link to our Pre-Event Online Facebook Auction!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest of good night wishes being sent and we hope to see many of you tomorrow!

The weather is going to be positively glorious!!!

UPDATE: BHRR’s Rion

He is one of the two Danes from the Drug situation.

This picture was taken today.

He was re-weighed and has put on ~17 pounds since he first arrived.

He remains having severe bruising along one whole side of his body – from armpit to groin. The trauma part of his horrible past is healing….yet, I continue to wonder what else may be going on…..

MRI, CT scan, U/S, X-Rays along with doing a scope/biopsy and absolutely everything else including bloodwork has come back clean.

His specialist team continues to grow and spans four Vet Hospitals now along with VIN.

He is still quite weak in the hind end and we are working on that for he and BHRR’s Sable were kept in horrifying conditions.

He is eating and drinking and the one thing that has now stopped is his regurgitation after eating.

Since I exclusively went to home-cooking, he has now put on almost 17 pounds plus has stopped regurgitating.

I had to to this with my Multi CH. Great Dane Tain as he was born with a small malformation in his small intestine. The only kibble that work for him was a low residue one from Euk – a puppy one, yet, the adult formula had just enough ingredient change that caused him to have severe issues again. He could not remain on the puppy one for a number of reasons.

So, I had to think out of the box and figured it out for Tain and once I did and I had to do it quickly, he lived a grand wonderful life and his internal medicine specialist at Alta Vista AH remained so impressed plus in awe of how he thrived.

So, I am back to thinking out of the box along with his incredible team of Vets/Specialists.

His Vet Bills are almost $11,000 and rising and I committed to him and he is the sweetest boy….so kind and loving and soft and gentle.

We are working on building up that muscle mass/weight in his hind end which is assisting him in becoming stronger too.

BHRR’s Rion, we are not giving up and you are improving….slowly yet you are…..

We go in for regular check-ups, continued testing, re-weighs and if anyone may consider his cause to support, you can donate via:

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via

Email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Thank you to anyone that may help by donating even $5.00 to his care. 

BHRR’s Rion(Severely Emaciated Great Dane from the drug situation) UPDATE:

I apologise that I have not yet updated re: BHRR’s Sable yet this past week has had to be very much more about poor BHRR’s Rion. 

Since his arrival, he has been regurgitating most of his food and though, he has great days for drinking; he has just as many not so good days.

He remains weak, lethargic, is dehydrated and yet, through it all he is so sweet……

As he was not getting the nutrition that he needed and with deep concern re: his regurgitation right after eating; we ended up in emerge.

Though, all of his bloodwork to date has come back normal – we well know that just because the results are normal; this does not make a healthy dog. 

He is negative for heartworm plus tick borne diseases. 

He was admitted for IV fluid, antibiotic plus pain treatment and I bring him home at night to continue his round the clock care. 

That redness/bruising from the suspected severe trauma remains all along his one side. We continue to do more testing, to see more specialists to rule out any deep underlying medical cause for this……

We have done x-rays to rule out broken ribs or anything else that may be causing his condition to worsen, not improve and also u/s. 

Our next steps is to move to a CT scan and/or MRI. 

When we were at Dr. Liston’s when the Dane Duo first arrived, he did not like the sounds of gurgling in BHRR’s Rion’s gut and that remains a big concern for his internal medicine specialist. 

He is continuing to be a mystery to his vastly growing medical team and we would be so grateful as would he, for continued consideration to his mounting Vet Care Bills. 

This week alone has seen another $1,700 in Vet bills come our way in our efforts to assist him. 

As the emergency hospital shall not take direct donations; donations can be made:

PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org OR

via Email Transfer: contactbhrr@gmail.com

This picture is of BHRR’s Rion at LAH. 

Please also keep him in your best wishes, he needs those too.

When I see his tail now wag a bit when he sees me, I know that he is fighting with all that he has and thank you to everyone that may consider helping us help him! 

He deserved so much better than he has received in life to date and he deserves this fighting chance……

 

 

My last post of my night…..

This is BHRR’s Rion – One of the two Danes from the Drug situation.

Sean has spoken and both finally have names – they did not have any names prior to Rescue.

As many are now aware, they belonged to a man who who went to jail for drugs and his father – also involved in drugs – took the two Danes.

Another man saw an ad on kijiji for chickens and when he arrived on the property, he was asked if he had any cocaine in exchange for two Danes.

The man said that he did not do drugs and when he saw the Danes – the male in particular is in terrible shape, he came back with his horse trailer and paid $100 for the Danes.

As the man was not comfortable with Giant Breed dogs nor did he know how best to assist them, they ended up with us. THANK you again Meg for all of your help! Picking them up and meeting me.

I had them both at the Vet immediately and the male weighs a severely emaciated 50.9 kg(111.98 pound). He will need at least 40 pounds of muscle mass/tone/weight to become healthy.

He is the sweetest boy. Reminds me a lot of BHRR’s Mr. Parker Paws in his handsomeness along with his lack of smarts – who on a side note also came to BHRR severely emaciated. 

He is flat in the pasterns, has lick granuloma’s – one is still bleeding, is very weak – cannot be on his feet or move for any extended period of time, is ‘wonky’ in his hind end – especially the back left, has healing wounds all over – one of the wounds around his eye is a really fresh one(he is very lucky that he did not lose the eye), he has scars all over his body/face, needs a dental, we did a testosterone test as it is believed that he could be bilaterally cyptorchid – Dr. Liston could not feel any testicles even in his inguinal ring.

His Vet found him to be quite nearsighted as we expressed a concern re: his inability to see treats etc. when offered and other than saying that he was nearsighted, the rest of his eye exam was perfectly normal. His Vet said that his own dog is quite near sighted and not a big cause of concern.

His Vet did say that he did not like how much ‘gurgling’ was going on in his gut. 

We also did bloodwork to see how his internal organ function is doing along with a Heartworm/Tickborne disease test. He is now being de-wormed too.

He was very smelly and his coat is full of dander. His ears were extremely full of dark waxy debris.

He has pressure sores and many callouses.

We are also deeply concerned re: what appears to be immense bruising all along one side of his body and into his groin area.

Dr. Liston could not rule out if this was only brutal trauma and not an underlying medical condition too. We are hoping the bloodwork may reveal some answers.

In this picture below, it still does not capture just how emaciated he is….it is hard to show his horrible level of emaciation being a black dog AND to put it in perspective, I can put both of my hands easily around his waist….THAT is not normal and not acceptable.

No dog should be in this condition. 

We are feeding him 8 small meals a day trying to very slowly jump start his gut/stomach.

I will post re: the female tomorrow. I once thought they were siblings, yet I think she may be his mother.

He is about 12-15 months of age.

Donations to their ongoing care can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital:

613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

His other needs:

1) A martingale collar to call his very own. As onepawtwopaw is on a short break, we are still going to WiggleBumz for our collar needs and they are equally lovely!

2) He needs an XL Costco Dog bed of his very own too.

Thank you to everyone from my heart once more that has contributed to their bills to date.

Their bills to date are just under $1,000 and shall continue to mount and I will post re: the female tomorrow. Sean has named her BHRR’s Sable.

We also wish to thank everyone for their words of support that has been given to us during this difficult time as I tragically lost one of my sisters, Barbara on Friday June 7th. Your kindness means a lot to our hearts/home.

THEIR STORY:

From what we have been told, these two Danes belong to a man who went to jail for drugs. 

The two Danes then went to his father who was also doing drugs.

Another man saw an ad on kijji for chickens and when he went to the property was asked if he had any cocaine in exchange for two Danes/Dogs.

The man explained that he did not do drugs, saw the two Danes, paid $100, got his horse trailer and took the Danes. Kept them in his horse trailer for 24 hours and from there searched for a rescue to take them as he was not comfortable around them and did not know what to do for them. 

Donations to the long rehab care that these two Danes shall require can continue to be sent to: 

Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org 

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

This is BHRR’s Sable, another BBBBB!

She is the second of the two Danes from the Drug Situation.

Her body condition is much better than BHRR’s Rion.

Her weight was 46.1kg(101.42 pounds) at LAH.

We suspect that she may be pregnant and per Dr. Liston, if she is, it is really early – less than 21 days.

As always, with our posts re: spaying dogs that are in the early stages of pregnancy……this post is not a discussion as to if it is or is not right to be spaying a dog if they are pregnant.

This Dane has clearly had litters in her past, and she is not that old herself…..~18 months or so.

AND she is not going to be having any more babies if, at all possible. There are so many dogs already in the world that need homes and many dogs are being put to sleep daily as there are not enough homes, that we do not need to be deliberately bringing into this world even more puppies.

We do not feel that Rescue dogs having babies is anything to celebrate and she has been scheduled for a spay.

During her exam, her Vet noted the many scars on her too. 

Like BHRR’s Rion, she will require a dental.

We did pre-op bloodwork as well as tested for heartworm plus tickborne diseases. Everything has come back fine on her.

Dr. Liston felt that she was healthy enough to begin her vaccine protocol also. 

She is also being de-wormed.

As with BHRR’s Rion, she could use a collar and an XL Costco Dog Bed to call her very own.

If anyone may consider her cause to support with a collar of her very own – with onepawtwopaw on a short break, we are purchasing our collars from an equally fabu place – Wigglebumz or an XL Costco dog bed, please let me know.

We continue to fight the good fight with BHRR’s Rion – no conclusive answers to date and his Vet Bills are close to $10,000. 

AND tomorrow, we shall be unpublishing our page for a couple of days for tomorrow is the funeral for my sister Barbara.

AND to those that have been asking re: sending flowers etc., donations to a cause that means a lot to your heart is being asked for in lieu……

From our home to all of our friends, families and supporters, please hug your loved ones as often as you can now…..as tomorrow may never come for some…..

SHORT NOTICE:

I meant to post last night yet my mind was so focused on getting the two Danes, time slipped by…..

ISO: a BHRR Approved Volunteer who is available for 12:45 pm to meet me at Liston Animal Hospital.

Both of the Danes from the drug situation are scheduled to see Dr. Liston for 12:50 pm.

If an Approved BHRR Volunteer is free, please email me ASAP gwen@birchhaven.org or text 613-725-4279

Thanks in advance!

AND thanks to all that have made lifesaving donations to date – will update right after their Vet visits and donations can also now be made directly to Liston Animal Hospital for their care:

613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*yes, a different address from PayPal

Thank you for helping us help them!! Posting the same pic as last night from Meg as I do not have new pics as of yet….

**UPDATE:**

Meg now has both Danes from the drug situation and is enroute.

The Male is in the worst shape per Meg.

Here is a pic….and if photos are said to put 20 pounds on, he is in dire straits.  Per Meg ‘this is so bad.’ 

I have Vet appointments made for tomorrow yet, if need be, will take them direct to emergency tonight.

If, anyone may have some change to spare to assist in what will be a very long medical, physical rehabilitation, let alone their emotional healing journey, donations can be made:

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*note, there are two different addresses depending on method of donation*

I promise to update ASAP and thank you to anyone that may consider their cause. 

Drive safe Meg….tell them they are already loved and that I am on my way!

*URGENT*

We have been working around the clock on an urgent situation with another group – 2 Danes from a drug situation. ETA to BHRR is tonight.

A man bought the two Danes for $100 to save them and has been keeping them in a horse trailer. However, this person is not comfortable around giants plus is not in a position to medically/behaviourally assist them. They need out ASAP.

They need urgent medical attention and this is a picture is of one of them – severely emaciated.

We are seeking emerge temp fosters for two of our current fully vetted & successfully rehabbed available for adoption dogs so I can bring these other two direct to me:

1) BHRR’s Sawyer – Saint/Pyr – good with cats/dogs
2) BHRR’s Miss Holly – BoxerX – good with dogs, no small animals

Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if YOU ARE a BHRR Approved Home – any Approved adoptive home is also a BHRR Approved Volunteer!

This is extremely URGENT!

Thanks in advance….

*NOTE: We are not seeking new applications for consideration. We are seeking already approved BHRR Volunteers!*

She really is not impressed with my efforts for photo taking! 

Yet, look at her amazing muscle tone! 

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood is off with Kinsley & I for her annual.

She is not impressed with me trying to get pictures of her! 

She remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

AND if anyone may consider donating a new collar for her; please do let me know. She really could use a new super pretty one…..

Today, we have two BHRR doggies on their own date auction play dates!

The GD/IW Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Juniper and also one of her brothers – BHRR’s Fletcher.

This is BHRR’s Fletcher when I told him we were going for a car drive! 

He had a good drop-off and the home has had a date with him in the past and knows to just passively ignore him. He always takes about 30-45 minutes to settle in, realise he is going to be ok and then he actually enjoys himself.

He and BHRR’s Everly remain the two most genetically affected in this litter with their anxiety, fear plus shy behaviour, just like their Mama Gem. 

If ever there were the best examples of how much genetics plays a role in temperament plus behaviour, this litter is hands down proof. We use the environment to make their behaviour the best it can be. 

Thank you’s being extended to Sean for helping me to get BHRR’s Juniper to her date while I took BHRR’s Fletcher to his! 

BHRR’s Meadow! 
~18 months of age
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Getting ‘still’ shots of this now uber happy full of zest for life girl is hard! 

While she still can be a bit shy/uncertain in new surroundings/people, give her a few moments and her desire to want to make friends, be curious and get loved on comes out…..

AND the longer you are around her, her bubbly sweet, kind, gentle, calm, beautiful personality just shines.

She is such a goofy gal…..and loves her walks/hikes and being with her humans!

The way that she will lift her head and look at me, humbles me immensely. It has been a real privilege bearing witness to her coming into her own, developing confidence, learning to love herself and helping her develop into this truly stunning soul!

She can go to a home that works pt, ft, from home, semi-retired, retired etc. Another versatile BHRR dog.

She is wonderful to wash plus do nails!

We do not wish to see her in a home with children under the age of 12. A home with children 10 or 11, that are mature, may be considered for that right matched forever loving home.

Fast flighty movements can initially spook her a bit so calm and steady is the way to go! A million times better that she once was and she will continue to get better and better.

A far cry from the life in a pen that she once was in, this girl is living the life now and we want her to go that right matched forever loving home that is quietly social – not over the top yet has small groups of people over and visits friends/family from time to time. 

We do not want her in a home that are strict home-bodies as that will not continue to show her that the world can be her big amazing oyster full of the best experiences and loving hands.

So, a home that is balanced. Not one that are social butterflies yet not a home that are hermits either. 

She can be the only dog in a home or a home that has a right matched pesonality fit dog is equally wonderful. It is most important for her to have a strong social doggie social friend network. We need friends, so does she!

She is great in the car and crate trained plus 100% housebroken. 

She is amazing and for those that are not aware she is the Mama to my 3 blind/deaf mice, the Dane Trio. 

Sean says that if there was a dog that he would want to keep, it would be her. 

For a girl that had little to no exposure to men prior to coming to BHRR, she is fabu!

Though, my heart remains saddened that the home that has the Dane Trio’s Dad still will not let him go….I am happy that this lovely Miss will no longer be having babies – babies having babies is not right – and can be cherished as she is meant to be for the rest of her life.

AND as always, should her right matched personality fit home not come along, she is living an awesome life with us and that is OK by us!

Miss Meadow, I am incredibly proud of you and all that you have accomplished and you shall be yet another dear BHRR dog that we will sorely miss!

AND for anyone that is interested in her, please do read her extremely detailed blog and our adoption processes, procedures plus policies. 

Should you then believe that you may be that right matched personality fit home meant for her; you would be most welcome to submit an application to the members of the BHRR BOD to consider. 

CONGRATS to you Miss Meadow!

Gwennie shall kill me for posting yet, this is just one candid picture among several taken over the years that demonstrate just how special this woman is to many!

That includes people as well as animals. Gwennie you are dearly loved, respected and valued.

I know you are hurting right now Gwennie, yet, know that you are amazing, inspirational, generous to a fault, dedicated, selfless, humble, brilliant, full of integrity and a whole hell of a lot more not to mention you remain my hero…. 

Here is the THREAD for all of the wonderful posts and likes/loves for The Gwennie!

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Clay to our Haven Program.

He has major issues with holding his collar. He will be fine 90% of the time and then when he is not, he will snap. 

There are no known triggers or pattern at this time that we have been able to narrow down as to the ‘why’ in order for us to successfully address this behaviour. He has not demonstrated reliable well rounded nor well balanced behaviour when it comes to gently taking his collar or even after holding his collar for a bit. 

It is in his best interest to be moved to our Haven program where we can continue to assess, monitor and work with modifying this behaviour as we can.  

STAY TUNED!

These two beauties – BHRR’s Meadow & BHRR’s Volt are very excited to share some news!

It has touched my heart immensely with how far these two incredible dogs have come in not just their physical yet their emotional and behavioural rehabilitation.

I have spent over 14 years working on my formal education – and continue to take courses – to help dogs like these and I am beyond proud of them and so many others that we have been incredibly fortunate to have assisted since our inception in 1996.

May 1st, 2019
ALL I wanted was to do a weekly clean/purge of the fridge prior to making dinner….brought the garbage can in and thought that I could throw a load of laundry in before I started….

Had the kitchen free and clear and came back to this….Salt even grabbed a blanket and dragged it in to lay on! 

Had a few (8) supervisors overseeing my work!

Talk about ‘laying down on the job’ though! 

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters warmest good night wishes being sent!

BHRR’s Miss Meadow
Rescued Mama to my rescued three blind/deaf mice
April 24th, 2019 – on our way back into KAH today

**GRAPHIC PHOTO’S IN THREAD**
IF YOU ARE BOTHERED BY BLOOD, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN*

As I was shopping for the family groceries yesterday afternoon, Sean called me to say that Meadow was suddenly actively bleeding from her privates.

Per Sean, there were not any signs of trauma and if, Sean says a dog is actively bleeding, I am going to move fast.

I immediately abandoned my cart of groceries and asked Sean to pack her up and meet me in Kemptville.

I called KAH and an appointment was made. I passed along what I knew to date from Sean.

Sean met me in Kemptville, we loaded her up into my car and on my way to KAH, I called them and updated re: her status.

Mentioned that she was passing massive blood clots and that I was taking her in through the side door as she was covered in blood.

Arrived to KAH and I shall be forever grateful to Dr. Ashdown, Cailey and to my *blood* partner Nadine who spent ages helping me to clean up after Miss Meadow…..the blood was everywhere and I mean everywhere..splattered and splashed and pooled and smudged.

Miss Meadow was throwing clots 5-7 cms in diameter and the amount of frank blood that was coming from her vulva was alarming.

Miss Meadow had not had any trauma, she was not exposed to any rodenticide on our property – neighbours do use yet her exposure to it was remote, we do not have her exposed to any intact males and she had been spayed elsewhere 13 days prior. Her spay incision was also nicely healed by this time.

She was having acute m3 vulval hemorrhage and every few minutes passing these huge blood clots.

No evidence of free abdominal fluid/hemorrhage seen on a brief ultrasound, PCV normal, bloodwork normal, elevated HR/BP – understandable.

She was placed on IVF and much discussion was had as to whether she should be transferred immediately to emerge – may need an exploratory.

Over the next couple of hours the bleeding slowed down once we got her into a run and quiet and the fairly probable cause of her hemorrhaging was narrowed down to a complication from her spay done elsewhere 13 days prior.

Possible erosion of uterine stump vessels or uterine stump ligature issue – so, complication from recent spay most likely the cause.

She ended up coming home on IV fluids as by the time 8:20 PM rolled around, the bleeding had pretty much completely subsided and though she had a clot protruding from her vulva, she was not passing any more clots.

The plan was that if she began to actively bleed again, we were heading straight to emergency.

She had a good night on fluids, drank, ate some small amounts of food & we were back first thing this AM.Temperature remained normal.

If there was limited improvement an emergency exploratory would have been done today at KAH or even at the Emerge Hospital.

PCV was repeated this AM and was normal and her personality while not quite back to normal, was getting back there…..

We wanted to keep her on IV fluids today at KAH yet she had other ideas…she pulled it right out from underneathe her bandages!

I am SOOOOOOOO grateful to her Vet Team at KAH for being there for her and I. So, a very special shout out to Dr. Ashdown, Cailey and Nadine. I could not have had her in better hands and as always you were amazing to work with!

AND she remains being closely monitored and should anything deteriorate, we will be into the Hospital or Emerge in a blink of an eye…..

What is so miraculous about this is that we were informed that these kinds of complications rarely resolve without surgical intervention and so we are all staying positive that she will not have to have surgery…..she is doing amazingly well. 

I also much thank the anonymous donor who took a HUGE financial pressure strain off of me by making an incredibly generous and loving donation….you are truly a life saver.

While I have so much to do – lost last night, was up all night with Miss Meadow, worked an extremely long day, had to get those groceries to feed the family and the list goes on and on….tonight, I am calling it quits early, going to snuggle this beautiful gem of a dog that has come so far in her time with us and going to hold close to my chest that an angel was watching over her….

From my home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes being sent…..

As Nadine and I began to clean up one area & an example of the blood clots she was passing.

Play Date Today!
April 20th, 2019Today, we had a play date @ our home and ONE of these dogs – our own GSD named Denali – is NOT like the others!  

Some are looking at Sean, some at me and some are looking for their friends that were driving in when I snapped this picture! 
We had a total of 27 dogs come out to play/visit! It brought me so much joy to see quite a few of our Fosters & Haven Dogs come out….

***EDITING to add as several seem to think that this GSD is BHRR’s Juneau, he is NOT. This is our own GSD Denali, a PTSD in training. 

Anyone that has been following BHRR’s Juneau would be aware that any interaction of this kind would have been disastrous.***

My last post of my night….

We are calling the newest addition to the BHRR Family – BHRR’s Clay.

This is for a number of reasons and I shall not bore all with a Gwennie novel as to why! 

Yet, one only has to look up some of the definitions to get a glimpse into why we chose that name for this really precious boy. 

No more basements, starvation – I am told that he has put on 20 pounds since he was first taken from living in the basement – neglect, being bred etc. for you sweet man. NEVER again shall you know anything but a loving caring supportive hand. 

We will post an update after his Vet visit tomorrow…….

BHRR’s Clay would also like to gently remind everyone about our 8th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction!

To view the 26 amazing dates that we have up for grabs – we have DAY and OVERNIGHT Dates – please do visit THIS LINK for all of the details and to bid!

We currently have bids of $775! 

Our unique Date Auction Event ends 9:00 PM EST on Thursday April 18th, 2019!

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, good night and try to stay dry wishes being sent!

 

Got him!

In the extreme weather system coming in fast, I drove out for the 3 year old Dane that had been living his life in a basement.

Thank you to Jane of Just Paws for reaching out to us and thank you to Donna & Roger for taking him in, loving on him and then meeting me today! 

From additional information I have been given, apparently he was starved during his time in that basement plus that the conditions were deplorable. 

Dear sweet man, though I know you are nervous – that you pulled to come to me when you first saw me makes my heart hurt knowing that you were missing out in so much love, proper care, attention and social experiences.

Tomorrow, he shall come to work with me and we shall walk your rehab journey together ……you are not alone…..

The next in need of us!

As already stated, while I am not giving up on the special needs sire to The Dane Trio(my amazing three blind/deaf mice), I am no longer as positive that he will come to us. 

In the meantime, we must move forward in helping the next that we can assist and is in need of us.

This is a 3 year old Male fawn GD that was once kept in a basement. He was then given to someone and is now residing temporarily with a friend of the person he was given to. 

Thank you to Jane of Just Paws Animal Rescue for reaching out to us. 

ETA being worked on……

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

BHRR’s Barney VIDEO!

75% Lab / 25% Saint Bernard puppy, very visually impaired & after arrival he was diagnosed with Grand mal seizures. Attempting to reach his previous owner to obtain any information / prior knowledge that could help his Vet Team including Neurologist proved futile.

It is not that we would have turned our backs on him if we had known re: his seizure activity…it just would helped us be that much more proactive right from the start of his owner surrender in helping him.

We love the special needs, 98% of the dogs we help are special needs, it is why I Founded BHRR in 1996 to be there for those others cannot or will not….it is BHRR’s Barney’s well-being that we want as a priority.

We still need another $2,500 for his MRI and our next flash auction shall be helping him and also BHRR’s Volt who is back at the Vet next week herself.

Next week shall be a busy one as BHRR’s Connery sees the ortho Specialist & The Dane Trio pups are also back to see the Vet for their own next recheck.

I so adore BHRR’s Barney and we continue to work hard on controlling his seizures and he deserves everything great that the world can offer! 

He is no longer sad or confused or abused….he is so cherished. Helping hands only…

We received another 15 cms of snow overnight and he is a hoot!

This is BHRR’s Meadow at KAH yesterday….those eyes….one day they will not be filled with so much worry……

BHRR’s Miss Meadow!

Today, at KAH, she weighed a fairly solid – some wiggling going on – understandable due to her level of anxiety 51.8 kgs(113.96 pounds). That she even went up on to the scale was a wonderful thing.

She is out of shape and lacks muscle tone yet that will come!

She did not have the best of nights, neither did The Boerskins yet we are used to that with a new rescue like her in the home. As her Vet said today, dogs like her ‘is not our first rodeo.’

I always tell my adoptive plus temp fosters in addition to my behavioural clients that as bad as the first night is, the second night is always worse and then there is that light at the end of the tunnel – you just have to hunker down and keep up the ‘tough love’ of passively ignoring and get into the house routine ASAP.

You cannot feel sorry for these dogs….you may want to cry on the inside, yet you cannot on the outside. You need to do right by them. You do not wish to create or enable SA behaviours and we start from the get go about teaching her to like herself and that it is important for her to have her alone time.

AND while today, I questioned a thing or two that happened at work, I do not ever question why I founded BHRR and why I am still doing this 23+ years later.

I only have to look at her and all the others like her over the years to know why I am still doing this.

I am extremely proud of her and as explained to one person today, a wagging tail does not mean that a dog is happy.

A low tail wag or a tail between the legs wag is not the sign of a dog that is 100% comfortable or happy. They are anxious, unsure and fearful. It is a communication sign to be cognizant of and to act appropriately.

Where the success was had in seeing that small low tail wag, is that her tail went from curled up to her belly and lowered as she began to feel a bit more confident and secure.

She remained panting and paced. These remain signs of a dog that is not 100% comfortable with what is going on.

She did eventually lick up some treats too. That was good!

She went from barking at all people to by the time I left, not barking at anyone. Yet, she did bark off and on in her run and that was very present throughout last night.

She has gone through a lot of change over the last 24 hours and this is a lot of stimuli she is being exposed too – car rides, people, dogs, sounds, sights and smells she has never had before.

She does not like getting into the car as that stresses her out – another understandable thing. However, in leaving the Hospital after work, it was just her and me and she did eventually put her front end in the car on her own and I hoisted up her back end. She is always tethered for safety.

She had a good exam – her Vet believes that she is not pregnant from examining her – yet, this is not 100%. We have moved forward with her bloodwork – what a good girl she was! – to do a pre-op plus her tickborne disease and heartworm testing.

I am waiting for her to give me a fecal sample to test. She has not had a bm since she has arrived yet with her minimal eating, not surprising. She is drinking better and better though!

Her Vet took her heart rate at two different times and it had greatly come down as she was becoming less tense.

Her ears were fine and her mouth will be looked at closely at a future Vet visit. There was no need to stress her out any further than necessary to get what was really pressing to be done today.

She began her vaccine protocol – rabies will be done later – and we will start de-worming her plus place her on flea/tick meds.

The earliest we could get her booked in for a spay – for if she ‘is’ pregnant, it would be super early – is April 3rd. I called LAH and their earliest is April 5th with Dr. Liston, so April 3rd at KAH it is!

This post is not a discussion as to if it is or is not right to be spaying a dog if they are pregnant. This Dane had babies when she was 10 months of age. Babies should not be having babies.

AND she is not going to be having any more babies if at all possible. There are so many dogs already in the world that need homes and many dogs are being put to sleep daily as there are not enough homes, that we do not need to be deliberately bringing into this world even more puppies.

AND in this case, we already know that any babies would be at big risk of being high special needs – the five that survived the last litter she had are all special needs – the three that I have are extremely special needs. The other five died from what had been told to us. Dad is a white Great Dane special needs himself.

This is a picture I captured of her today when leaving the Hospital.

Baby steps young lady….You will be just fine in time and as I said to some of the lovelies I work with, when we go back, you will be much more of an sassy goofy baby! It is in there, I already see glimpses. Your daughter is very much in your splitting personality image!

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

BHRR’s Meadow
March 17th, 2019

Sadly, my day did not yield what I hoped it would…..

After over 2 months of working so hard to investigate, research and then locate the Mama and as a result finding the Dad…then trying to get the parents of The Dane Trio Pups – whole story on how I found them on the Puppies blogs – with constant cancellations and re-scheduling, today was to be the ‘new’ day that I was to get both Danes.

I made the three hour drive and waited….and waited and waited some more. I kept their emerge temp foster homes updated and shared my anxiety and worries the more time ticked on by and still no Danes.

After almost 1.5 hours, no responses to my texts, calls or emails, I was getting ready to leave and then a vehicle finally pulled up. Like many o/s, the home did not want me to go to their place of residence and desired to meet in a gas station parking lot.

Yet, there was only one Dane inside, not two. 

The Mama was inside, yet not the Dad(special needs white male). 

I was told that in a couple of weeks, they would meet up for me to get the male.

This is the female – 15 month old heavily blanketed harle and extremely terrified. Undersocialised and I was also told upon pick-up that she did not like men. She has had very limited exposure to them.

We are calling her BHRR’s Meadow.

She came with a choke chain knotted on a lead and I asked the O. to place this martingale on her. It is a Wiggle Bumz collar that was won by Annette S. who then donated it so generously to BHRR. I then asked the O. to hook up my leash to the martingale, help get her into my car and distract her so I could tether her up for her safety….and mine.

She is SO scared and I spent the whole time on our long drive home, alternating between praising her for being such a good plus pretty girl, passively ignoring her and telling her that she will be ok.

By the time I got her home, I was able to remove the choke and knotted leash. I would like to shorten up the martingale a bit more yet I have invaded her space more than enough for now and she has tolerated things as well as can be expected so, it can wait another day.

I have tried to find out when her last heat was and if there was a chance she was pregnant again or if she is in a false pregnancy. I was not given any response to assist me in that area. She was housed with the intact male……

As scared as she is of me, she is ten times more of Sean and Mason.

This pic is one that Sean took when we got home – I was now her ‘safe person’ and she leaned into me and looked at me for guidance yet only barely in her absolute fear.

Her tail can be seen tucked up and this was before it reached her belly as that is where she wrapped it up tightly to.

I reached out to who was to be her lovely emerge temp foster Mama and we always have to take what information comes our way with a grain of salt and mentioned that perhaps we should switch up who goes to their home as this girl is going to need a lot of extensive rehabilitation.

She barks a lot with her stress and the one dog that seems to be ‘soothing’ her from a distance is BHRR’s Connery.

She is a long way away from being integrated with anyone….

Tomorrow, I will take her to work with me so that we can begin her vetting protocol and see if we can better rule out any possible pregnancy.

As soon as I saw her, I could see BHRR’s Sleet in her face and already I can see that Mama and daughter share some obvious similar temperament/behaviour traits.

We will post more as we know more and do promise to keep everyone updated re: the Dad – we did hear that he is blind yet, he mostly likely is deaf too. I worry about what health issues he has.

Today, was just not the day I had hoped it would be….I am distressed that I did not get both Danes yet I remain steadfast that BHRR’s Falco(the name that we are giving the Dad) will be safe with us in a matter of weeks too.

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

Also, a gentle reminder that our latest Flash Auction ends Tuesday March 19th @ 9 PM EST. HERE IS THE LINK!

BHRR’s Barney Update
75% Lab / 25% Saint

Not long after BHRR’s Barney arrived to BHRR, he became to have grand mal seizures.

In attempting to reach out to his previous owner, no response was had – not surprising – and we are scheduled to see a neurologist as part of the next steps.

All of BHRR’s Barney’s bloodwork had come back normal from what we had done upon his arrival to BHRR and the suspicion is that these seizures are trauma based.

May also explain his visual impairment, he is quite visually impaired yet, and as demonstrated in the one video we posted, is doing fabu with his scent plus touch training. As his confidence level increases, his comfort level and trust in himself also has increased and his movement, even in our 3+ acre fenced is almost completely natural now.

In what little information that I was able to obtain re: his previous vet history paperwork, there is not one mention of any visual concerns or problems at all….really odd for if his previous home ‘got him that way’ and had him at the Vet for exams twice(paperwork indicates they have had him since he was a pup – not 6 weeks as previously indicated), his Vet would would have noted it in the medical records.

LOVE this young man!! 

AND we are still ISO: items for our next flash auction as BHRR’s Barney’s own Vet Bills continue to mount.

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you may have something to donate. 

As always, thank you from our hearts for any consideration!

I so needed this beautiful welcome me home greeting today…..

They make every day special and today even more so.

BHRR’s Barney had a grand mal seizure on Wednesday February 13th, another one on Saturday February 16th, another one on Wednesday February 20th and another one on Thursday February 21st.

All of the detailed bloodwork that we did on BHRR’s Barney on February 11th can back normal.

We have been referred to a neurologist for it is believed that this seizure activity is neuro in origin – not chemical as his potassium levels etc. were completely normal. The one thought process is past trauma that may well also explain his vision impairment in that it may not be genetically related; it may be trauma.

Pheno has not been able to control his seizures at this time and Potassium Bromide is being added.

BHRR’s Barney!
February 12th, 2019 
Winter Wonderland Video

He is loving the start of the 45+ cms of snow that is expected!

He is severely visually impaired and in just a matter of days, his confidence is such that he can now do this and feel safe in our 3+ acre fenced in yard!

Yes, he demonstrates some clumsiness – he is also a puppy! – yet, as he is learning his world, he is flying! He just needed some encouragement and to know that he was not alone.

He has picked up scent training like a pro and now he is ‘off to the races’ as the expression goes. Big objects, he sees their shapes and for the most part their exact position. Small objects or when something is mid or higher or to the sides of his eye level is nil.

He is making such wonderful progress! 

He was at KAH with me on Monday and weighed 69.96 pounds – in really good body condition considering.

His fecal was negative yet that does not mean that he does not have parasites, it just means at the time that the fecal test was done, that the sample that was done did not note any parasites.

So, he remains being proactively/preventatively dewormed.

His bloodwork came back great including that he is negative for heartworm plus tickborne diseases.

I also microchipped him on Monday.

He is a super sweet boy that is just starved for affection and is slowly learning that it is ok to ask for it….poor boy….so worried about rejection.

Baby steps dear man…baby steps! You will get there and understand that you are worthy, that you are surrounded ONLY by helping hands and not one hurting hand shall touch you again…..

 

Words from his emerge temp foster Mama and Transport Angel; Gail, who helped get him closer to me:

“He is a handsome boy….so loving. I couldn’t help myself, i fell hard and fast in love with Barney. Miss you already.”
 

BHRR’s Barney!

I GOT HIM!

Today, I made the drive – the third time in just a week that I have made a drive for a BHRR dog in need!

No wonder my 2017 Mazda is almost at 120,000 kms!

This is the 75% Lab & 25% Saint that is said to see about 10% – in having him now in my care, yes, he is visually impaired yet he does sees more than that.

There is not a vision test available to date that can actually test for percentages of how much a dog can see. Other tools plus expertise are used to help determine visual impairment. This boy gets around very well though.

He is the 8 month old puppy that I had worked so hard to find an emerge temp foster spot for and then put into place transport arrangements for February 9th.

Then, on February 6th a message went out to the approved BHRR Volunteer that was going to pick him up and meet me on the 9th – I had put the two of them in touch to confirm pick-up time – that the O. had ‘lost it’ on this puppy(they had been very open about at least one of them in the home hating this puppy).

They had threatened for some time to not just our group yet others that they would dump him, including in the bush and stated again that they would do so if he were not picked up that very day.

As of the 6th, he has been in emerge temp foster care with Gail and with everything that happened to BHRR’s Fletcher, I met her today to pick him up instead of yesterday.

Thank you Gail for dropping everything, re-arranging your schedule and keeping him safe for me.

You are an exemplary example of how invaluable our BHRR Approved Volunteers are. You have made these past few days, a lot less stressful.

Knowing he was in such capable caring hands that would work to set him up for success, giving him loving positive experiences, being patient, kind and just accepting what he could give as he could give it; makes me feel truly indebted to you. 

You are the first strong link of what shall be a truly amazing BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS” in his rehabilitation journey moving forward.

This boy is so low maintenance, calm and sweet and though quite skittish now, that will change in time…..

AND yes, he is small!  He was 75 pounds earlier this week.

Other than his forehead and something about his tail plus back feet, he is literally all lab, no Saint and 100% stunningly handsome. 

He will come to work with me tomorrow to continue with his vetting protocol.

We gave him the name of BHRR’s Barney for a new name for the start of the rest of his amazing life that we have promised him that he deserves and shall have.

From there, after he settles a bit, he will head off to Bob/Hazel, who are going to be his fabu temp foster family!

Welcome to BHRR Barney!

You are safe….you are loved…..you are special!

 

UPDATE: On the 7-8 month old Lab/Saintx Puppy 
75% Lab & 25% Saint 
Blind – Sees about 10%

I had everything ready to go and organised for this Saturday for him to be picked up – I then put the O. directly in touch with our BHRR Volunter to confirm pick-up time – and today I received a call from the wonderful BHRR Approved Volunteer going to help get him closer to me.

Per what I was told, the owner stated that he ‘lost it’ on this puppy last night and if he were not gone by today, he was going to dump him. Threats had already been made in the past to our group and to other groups, that if he was not rescued shortly as one partner in the house ‘hates’ him, that they would dump him – even in the bush.

Thanks to our amazing Volunteer, she re-arranged her own schedule, picked him up and he is safe with her until we meet on Saturday. 

When it is said that fostering saves lives, a more truer statement could not be real for this handsome young pup……

I had so much worry re: finding a spot to save him in the first place and then after getting this call today, my heart just sank.

Yet, he is now out of that home and in the warm loving embrace of the angel who literally worked magic to open up her own schedule to get him out of this home so fast.

Here is a wonderful perfect example of the BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ in action. The strong beating heart of any r/q organisation are their fabu Volunteers and all of ours are so appreciated plus deeply valued! We cannot do this alone! 

Thank you Gail!

****REQUEST is FILLED! Thanks Hazel/Bob!**

ISO: BHRR Approved Emerge Temp Foster

Male, ~8 months old
75% Lab & 25% Saint
Dad(chocolate lab) & Mom(Saint/Lab)

This sweet boy only sees about 10% and his home does not feel equipped to best take that on. He gets around quite well so do not let his lack of eyesight deter you from stepping up. We will be with you in support, guidance, assistance 100% 24/7!

We have had four people reach out to us re: him including his present home.

He currently lives with three cats and another dog without any issues. Weight is ~75 pounds.

Good with kids and is silly, playful and loving.

BHRR cannot help him unless we have a BHRR Approved Volunteer Home step up to assist. Remember, if you are an approved adoptive home, you are also an approved Volunteer and if your circumstances allow for temp fostering, you are welcome to step up!

We need a commitment of 12 weeks from the time he arrives for this emerge temp foster and location to me is not as important as ensuring that he is safe for he is at huge risk right now for the one person in the home really does not want him. The other member is trying so hard to find a spot for him so that he is not dumped somewhere – even in the bush.

Please if we have any of our approved homes able to assist, please do advise ASAP for this is so time sensitive.

We will provide food, bowls, stand, collar, leash, dog beds and vetting etc.

We need you to provide a warm, caring, positive balanced, consistent structured plus safe home for him.

We cannot commit unless we have a spot for him as I cannot bring him into my own home right now with four special needs puppies needing me!

Thank you for any consideration!

AND we are going to call him BHRR’s Barney – you are getting a new name for the beginning of a new life that you deserve young man!

***URGENT***MEDICAL***URGENT***

BHRR has just been contacted by one of the wonderful emergency hospitals that we work with – Alta Vista – about a 3-4 month old Rottie puppy that has been electrocuted.

From what we have been told, this happened on Friday and she was brought to the emergency today.

She has severe oral burns and per the Vet, has a significant amount of dying/dead flesh, not to mention pain.

Per the emergency Vet, Dr. Jones – she was our amazing intake Vet when we transferred Bane to Alta Vista – they believe that she has a good prognosis and that is why they reached out.

This sweet puppy will need to be there for a couple of days, have a feeding tube, antibiotics, fluids, pain meds and her mouth wounds addressed etc. She has had zero preventative/proactive care in her life to date either yet all of that can be dealt with later. We need to get her healthy first.

BHRR had to act fast and thank you to Sean for being supportive in having us step up to save her. Like many groups, the bills run high, the food runs low yet……yet….

Sometimes, the right thing to do is dig deep and keep having faith that she will have a village surround her with what she needs.

The Emergency Hospital – Alta Vista – does not take direct donations any longer, therefore….

If anyone can spare even $5, please from the bottom of our hearts, donations can be made:

Email Transfer: contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (friend & family option)

We promise to update as we can and from my heart, my soul and with all that I am, please know that your consideration is truly lifesaving…..

 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Oliver were at the Vet today for their annual!

BHRR’s Everly weighed a very lean 102.08 pounds and still growing.

BHRR’s Oliver weighed a big boy 124.96 pounds!

BHRR’s Everly, you were so brave and the progress you have made has been truly outstanding. You are a complete goofy over the top affectionate girl around your small trusted set up for success circle.

Today, with even more loving hands to show you just how safe and ok you are, you took yet another big step forward.

Very proud! Baby steps my dear and you are doing it!

BHRR’s Oliver, you and BHRR’s Juniper have made the most progress of all in this litter and you continue to reach your full incredible potential more and more each day!

You certainly do not have any interpersonal space issues when you are comfortable! You soaked it all up today, meeting and greeting everyone and what a social ham!

While you started off a bit ‘wolfie’ aloof, the Dane in you did not take long to come out and the leans and the loving came on in earnest!

Getting pictures was not that easy yet here are two from their well deserved run after we got back home!

Special shout out of thanks to Holly at KAH for being truly awesome in helping me with them both and with poor BHRR’s Everly’s stress bm. THANK you again from my heart Holly! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Oliver were at the Vet today for their annual!

BHRR’s Everly weighed a very lean 102.08 pounds and still growing.

BHRR’s Oliver weighed a big boy 124.96 pounds!

BHRR’s Everly, you were so brave and the progress you have made has been truly outstanding. You are a complete goofy over the top affectionate girl around your small trusted set up for success circle.

Today, with even more loving hands to show you just how safe and ok you are, you took yet another big step forward.

Very proud! Baby steps my dear and you are doing it!

BHRR’s Oliver, you and BHRR’s Juniper have made the most progress of all in this litter and you continue to reach your full incredible potential more and more each day!

You certainly do not have any interpersonal space issues when you are comfortable! You soaked it all up today, meeting and greeting everyone and what a social ham!

While you started off a bit ‘wolfie’ aloof, the Dane in you did not take long to come out and the leans and the loving came on in earnest!

Getting pictures was not that easy yet here are two from their well deserved run after we got back home!

Special shout out of thanks to Holly at KAH for being truly awesome in helping me with them both and with poor BHRR’s Everly’s stress bm. THANK you again from my heart Holly! 

AND another picture of BHRR’s Char!




Another photo of this gorgeous BBBBB!

AND yes, her tail is up and wagging happily behind her.

BHRR’s Char!
~15 months of age
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She told me that she is finally ready to make her own special announcement!

ISN’T this BBBBB just gorgeous?!

Her scars are her badge of survival…a symbol of her incredible strength.

Though, others tried to break her, she is a thrivor.

She had her latest Vet Visit yesterday and she was deemed healthy for her third boosters and though she could still gain a bit more muscle mass and weight – she has put on almost 30 pounds to date – it is nothing that cannot be done in a right matched personality fit home.

THIS girl should not EVER weigh more than 100-105 tops, she should be lean and obese dogs remain one of my biggest pet peeves.

She is not skinny, she is no longer emaciated, she is looking beautiful…really stunning!

She can go to a home that works full time, part time, works from home, is semi-retired or is retired. She is another incredible versatile BHRR dog.

We will NOT consider any homes with children under the age of 12.

We do not know how she is with cats yet we would prefer a no cat home for her with how her play style is – can be quite rough – better than it was yet this is also her personality. She is a princess in many ways yet a tomboy in others.

She needs a quietly social home, one that is active for she loves her walks/hikes and car rides and she needs to have the proper level of mental plus physical stiumation.

She is young, happy, healthy and wonderfully busy girl.

At her Vet visit yesterday she was fantastic with EVERYONE!

She only did one moment of inappropriate attention seeking behaviour by giving some barks to a couple that were there to drop off some Empties for our Holiday Season Drive.

She corrected well and felt quite proud of herself, which while it makes me smile on the inside is not acceptable.

We would love to see her in a home with at least one other right matched personality fit dog. We need friends, so does she yet what is most important is that she has a strong social doggie friend network. Therefore, if that right matched personality fit home did not have another dog, they must have a network in place for her.

She is playful, affectionate, has learned to love herself and that her own company is ok, can be a bit pushy and when gently reminded, remembers her manners.

She is full of life, crate trained, washes well and is wonderful to do nails.

Her leash manners are now at a level of ‘diamond in the rough’ and she is very eager to please. So attentive almost 75-80% of the time now. WTG!

She sure has discovered the comforts of the couch and for a dog that was chained up outside in the mud, good for her!

She is not for the faint of heart. She has spirit and backbone and is sweet, saucy with a healthy dash of spicy mixed in.

She will never go to a home that would not accept her for who she is, work to help her reach her WOW potential and she needs a home that is patient, has a good sense of humour and will give her that positive balanced approach to living that she so needs.

She may be a smaller female Giant yet she is massive in personality…you know when BHRR’s Char enters the room.

She is a great companion to watch a movie or read a book and cuddling up with a cup of tea by the fireplace.

She is equally a great companion for walks/hikes and car rides are a thrill for her!

She took some time to settle in as she packed so much into each day as if it was her last of freedom and now she ‘gets’ that she will have so much time in our 3+ acre fenced in yard to run/play.

She ‘gets’ that she will not be starved and will be fed on time, fed enough food and that no other dog or person is going to take her food.

She ‘gets’ that leashes are not scary horrible things that will tie her up outside and leave her all alone.

She ‘gets’ that she will not be left outside and never be allowed to come in for warmth, love and comfort. That did break my heart when she first arrived…..she was so worried about not being allowed to come in. She needed reassurance that she is important and that she lives inside the home and can come in and out as needed.

BHRR’s Char ‘gets’ that she is worthy and her head is now held up high, her tail is not tucked tight up to her belly, that she does not have to slink around or rush from A to B as close to the ground as possible.

She is proud and happy and healthy and I am bursting with so much happiness for her.

She did it Karen and Samantha and Jane! She DID it! Thank you for entrusting her to us……

She is going to make that right matched personality fit home a really blessed addition.

BHRR’s Flyn  – A picture from our annual XMAS Eve photo shoot!

BHRR’s Char
December 24th, 2018Another sneak peek photo from our annual Christmas Eve Photo Shoot.

She is a hoot! When she does remember to focus, her obedience skills and manners have become impeccable!

She is a fiesty, pushy, mind all of her own kind of gal yet that has helped make her a survivor. She is affectionate, likes to often ‘talk back’, makes me laugh and giggle and keeps me delightfully on my toes with her antics.

She is a giant puppy and has come a long way in such a short time and her progress from emaciated, terrified, could not be touched to now is truly remarkable.

Love her very much!

She is a big personality filled girl in a small ‘giant’ Great Dane package!

She will be having vaccines soon and then not long after should be ready to make her own special announcement!

She is a bit of a black blur in almost every photo we took that evening!

Love this one with her tongue sticking out!

BHRR’s Char
NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
 
Today, she was up another 3.6 kgs(7.92 pounds) and weighed 87.12 pounds. She is now healthy enough to spay! 
 
With her body frame/structure and current young age, she should ideally be around 100 pounds and she has put on so much muscle mass/weight from when she was first rescued from being chained up outside in the mud. WTG!
 
While thin, you are no longer emaciated.
 
We had a plan in place based upon her past understandable anxiety/stress at work when she was first there yet other than a few ‘uhmm hey, I want attention’ barks, she was magnificent!
 
Calm, settled, happy and exhibited minimal stress. BHRR’s Char, the progress that you have made in your rehab journey to date has many of us beaming hugely!
 
I knew you would be greatly improved and relaxed as you have come to trust, yet today, you were beyond a rock star, you were a super star! My heart just burst open with such incredible pride over how far you have already come. You are really something amazing and we will keep showing you daily that there are a lot of helping hands to love on you and there shall never be any hurting hands in your present or future. 
 
You are learning to like yourself and from there, you will come to love yourself. You are self-soothing plus self-comforting in such a positive balanced manner and needing to do less and less of it!
 
A lovable personality filled goof to all but the surgeon…you were a bit nervous, made a few soft growls yet thumbs up to you!!!
 
Her Vet got a thorough look in her ears and we were able to really see the damage to those front legs from when she was hit by a transport. So brutal…poor girl.
 
Her spay went great and thanks again to all of the angels that donated, shared and/or participated in our recent 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction!
 
Sadly, we still have bids of $115 outstanding, two winners and we continue to follow-up….this is an enormous amount of money for us and BHRR’s Char’s Bills are now almost $1,800. 
 
AND she still has more Vetting to be done including Vaccines.
 
AND I want to shout out big time to the KAH lovelies for taking such fabu care of her today!!! 

BHRR’s Char – ~12-15 month GD
November 2018

She is slowly and so wonderfully putting on the much needed muscle mass and weight that she needs.

Yes, the way she is standing ‘hides’ quite a bit of her still current state of emaciation yet I love this photo as you can see how truly gorgeous she is! 

She is no longer cowering with tail tucked tight up to her body from the first pictures sent our way of her. 

Yes, she has scars on her face and on her body and survived being hit by a moving vehicle – one note stated train and AC who remembers the call have told us it was a transport – and also survived being chained up outside in the mud, starved plus neglected.

This BBBB is amazing! She is absolutely a beautiful girl…inside and out! Strong, feisty, a real character, small, mighty, playful and has been amazing with all the dogs to date.

Her eyes no longer hold terror and confusion. 

She does suffer from understandable SA and we are working through that one day at a time. 

Her manners are also greatly lacking yet baby steps….

I remain so grateful to Sam, Karen & Jane for all that they have done to help save her! 

Our 11th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction shall have all monies raised go towards her mounting Vet Bills. Auction ends Thursday November 29th @ 9 PM EST

Bills To Date: $645.33

Our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction now has 109 amazing items up for bids!

We have just added our last wonderful 12 items!

Auction ends TOMORROW – Thursday November 29th @ 9 PM EST!

We have just added more of Kimberly’s incredible homemade vanilla and also Bailey’s fudge, kitchen towels, 3 x gorgeous The Crazy Dog House Key Chains plus a See Sawyer Run Web Master Harness!

Thank you’s extended once more FROM our hearts to Kimberly, Jan & Uta for their lovely donations!

To learn more and to bid on any of the wonderful gems up for grabs, you have to visit the Auction!

**NOTE: PLEASE note the pick up area(s) for any items you may be interested in. NOT all items can be shipped!**

For anyone that may have an item to donate, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com It is not too late to consider our cause. All monies raised shall go to the emaciated/severely neglected GD BHRR’s Char!

We remain so devastated that we could not save BHRR’s Bane yet are hoping that you may continue to consider supporting our rescue efforts so that we can help BHRR’s Char.

 

Our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction now has 86 amazing items up for bids!

We have just added a Kobot RV353 Robotic Vacuum!
Description: Entry-level robotic vacuum. Can be programmed to run at a scheduled time. Includes charging station and pad for wet or dry sweeping.

Donated so generously by Dolores! Thank you!

To learn more and to bid on any of the wonderful gems up for grabs, you have to visit the below link! 

**NOTE: PLEASE note the pick up area(s) for any items you may be interested in. NOT all items can be shipped!**

For anyone that may have an item to donate, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com It is not too late to consider our cause. All monies raised shall go to the emaciated/severely neglected GD that arrived on last week!

BHRR’s Char weighs just under 80 pounds and though she may be emaciated plus on antibiotics for healing wounds etc., she is absolutely stunning!

BHRR’s Char, our newest BBBBB was at the Vet Today.

Yes, that is a scar on her face from some past trauma and she has many scars on her body. Does not detract from her stunning beauty though! 

She now weighs 79.2 pounds!

She has put on significant weight since she was first rescued and needs at this time – for her current age ~12-15 months and body frame – about another 20 pounds of muscle mass/weight gain. 

She did so well for her exam, especially for a Dane that recently could not even be touched. 

We could not get a great look in her mouth or ears yet nothing was alarming with what was seen and as she settles, her Vet will be able to examine her even more thoroughly. 

She has been placed on antibiotics for the wounds on her feet and we do not want her to develop any behavioural inclination towards continuing to lick at the sores. So, she wears a cone and we have Cortavance Spray to help with soothing the area’s. 

We did a more detailed blood panel on her today and it came back with great results! Once she has put on more weight plus muscle mass and is less stressed/anxious, she will be spayed.

To date, she has been tested for heartworm plus tickborne diseases, had pre-op blood work done, a fecal done, was de-wormed twice and we are de-worming again, was treated for fleas and shall remain on flea medication, has been placed on tick and heartworm meds, has been microchipped etc.

Her Vet noted in her records that it states that she was actually hit by a train and not a vehicle that caused that leg injury. This poor girl certainly has gone through a lot in her life. 

Her leash manners basically are non-existent and that will all change. 

She does some inappropriate displays of behaviour such as barking twice in the car on the drive in to get people to notice her plus in her run at the Hospital. 

She has anxiety mixed into the mix and a reminder to all to remember about a reactive dog is that they are not trying to give us a hard time, they are trying to tell us they are having a hard time. 

I called Sean and he left work early – Gosh, how I LOVE that man! – to pick her up and bring her home so that she did not have to stay any longer than necessary.

She is excellent in her colossal crate at home and her rehab journey is just beginning…

Her personality is vast like the universe and she has already determined that she is to be integrated with the other dogs! She is a force to be reckoned with this one and not going to be for the faint of heart! 

She is already working to keep me on my toes and I absolutely am loving every minute! ?

Just a reminder that our 11th ANNUAL ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ online auction is running and all money raised shall go towards her mounting Vet Bills.

We currently have 74 WOW items up for grabs!

Please pay attention to the pick-up location(s) as NOT all items can be shipped – and to bid!

We will continue to try and add items daily! Please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you may consider BHRR’s Char’s cause to support and wish to donate an item! 

Vet Bills To Date: $645.33
DONATED TO DATE: $250

 

BHRR’s Bowen along with the newest addition taking a walk about!

He has completely taken her under his wing…if anyone understands what it is like to be severely neglected, BHRR’s Bowen does….

He is scheduled for his next recheck on Friday and then is scheduled to have his next surgery on the 28th. We continue to forward on all documentation to the SPCA of Welland. He has an investigator assigned to his case. 

I do not believe our newest beauty is 18 months of age. I believe that she is younger. Once she settles more, I will get a good look at her molars etc. 

She makes my heart just pitter patter. She is so precious and to think that someone would knowingly chain her up outside and starve her is so heart breaking. This young lady already had a prior history of being hit by a car and the locale humane society paid to fix her leg. 

A special shout out to Karen plus Samantha of Coffee County AC plus to Just Paws for tagging us to assist her! 

Thank you to each and every angel that helped transport her, to those that overnighted her on Friday, to Sandy for overnighting her last night AND also for your generous donation of that lovely coat to help cover up that poor emaciated body in this cold. 

To whomever gave her that cute collar, THANK YOU! 

AND here is the link to our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction to help with her bills. Currently, we have 70 items up for bidding! 

All money raised shall go towards her mounting Vet Bills. She is back at the Vet on Tuesday. She has lick granuloma’s, we want a re-weigh and to do a more detailed blood panel on her etc.

The progress this girl has already made has been amazing! Just amazing! When she was first rescued, she could not be touched at all……and the weight gain she has already had. YOU go sweet girl!

She is still nameless…so keep the great name suggestions coming! 

Got her! 

I finally get to put my loving hands on her!

She will need a name also! Name guru’s?! 

More soon as there are so many to thank and my first post went MIA! 

Not the best pics yet here she is! 

AND here is the link to our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction to help with her bills. Currently, we have 53 items up for bidding! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gorgeous picture was take by Sandy who so kindly did one of her overnights!

THANK you also to Sandy for her generous donations towards our 11th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction whereby all monies raised will go towards her care. 

Per Sandy, she was incredible with their dogs, loved to play and even sat on their laps! Well, that sounds like a true GD! 

A photo courtesy of Holly taken on one of her legs of her transport!

I have been hearing how sweet and smitten people are with her. 

AND she is on her way….

The severely neglected/emaciated ~18 month old Female Great Dane. Where once she could not even be touched, amazing progress has been made – Thanks Karen, Jane & Samantha for all you have done for her! – and she has put on significant weight.

She had been chained up outside and starved. 

Last weight was just over 80 pounds. 

Safe travels pretty girl….I cannot wait to meet you. 

Soon….

Vet Bills To Date: $230
DONATED TO DATE: $250

NOTICE:

BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.

Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for over 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Thursday December 13th, 2018 to Thursday January 3rd, 2019 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Friday January 4th, 2019!

As always during this time, BHRR is available 24/7 for requests for assistance of animals in need. We shall also network accordingly for, as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority. We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

This December 24th, 2017 picture is of Mason & his Dane, Dynamo(Cookie Dough Dynamo) 

On September 2nd, we received an email from BHRR’s Hollywood’s adoptive home to say:

‘I am sorry to say that I do not believe that I am the owner for Holly. I  have come to realise that I do not have the energy or patience required to bring out the best in a puppy.’

The home went on to say that she did not trust her around her grandchildren. We had made it very clear from the moment this application was received that BHRR’s Holly was not to be set up for failure and be around young children. She was to have extreme little exposure. She is young, very active, extremely affectionate and we also were full of disclosure re: her tendency to want to resource guard at times. 

Throughout, the complete adoption process that included a home-visit, this home had been conversed with in respect to the above.

We also made it very clear that we would not adopt her to a home with young children or a home that would have young children frequently visiting. We were assured many times over that this would not be the case. We stressed that we were aware that they had grandchildren that lived nearby and that we did not wish to have BHRR’s Holly nor any human set up for failure. We continued to be assured that this would not happen.

We emphasised the big need for her to be kept active and mentally plus physically stimulated. We were informed re: their plans for walks, off leash time etc. 

We were full of disclosure re: BHRR’s Holly. We feel seeing a dog end up in rescue one time is one time too many and this breaks our hearts when a dog comes back to us. BHRR has a second to none adoption success rate and this is because we know these dogs inside out and we work to be beyond thorough in our adoption processes. 

Yet, unfortunately, in this case, BHRR’s Holly came back to BHRR on September 4th and this is through NO fault of her own. We must stress this. She did not do anything wrong in the home and we have kept her in our rehab program allowing her to settle back in. When she first arrived back to us, she was doing a bit of growling at The Boerskins plus the dogs. 

However, it did not take much time for her to relax back into our house. We then spent many weeks discussing if we should place her back up for adoption and we do feel hopeful that there is a right matched personality fit home meant for her out there so, she is now back as AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

We wanted to share that this poor female Dane is the next one in urgent need of BHRR.

She was chained up outside and brutally starved after being sold. She is barely 18 months of age, horribly emaciated, extremely terrified and we are working with two other organisations to get her safely to BHRR.

Being an unspayed female, we do also have to worry about a possible pregnancy. Pregnancy is hard enough on a healthy dog yet we know firsthand how hard it is on an emaciated dog and the last two Rescue litters we had to whelp, were to badly emaciated danes.

I had noted a leg injury and was told that prior to going to this home, she had been hit by a car in her previous home and that her local humane society paid for the repair.

I am also told that she was one of many dogs kept in such deplorable condition on the property.

Poor girl…. 

Thank you to Just Paws & to Coffee County AC for all that they do! Feel truly fortunate to be working with you both. 

We made the decision to move BHRR’s Raven to our Haven Program. 

We have now moved the Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Fletcher and BHRR’s Everly to our Haven Program.

We will continue to keep The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Oliver and BHRR’s Juniper up for adoption for awhile longer and should their right matched personality fit homes not find them, then, we will also move them to our Haven Program.

In just under 1 hour from now, 1 year ago today….I began one of the most difficult yet one of the most rewarding rescue moments of my life.

I began to whelp The Bakers Dozen – 1st puppy born 10:13 PM on September 12th, 2017 – BHRR’s Poppy & the last puppy was born 9:29 AM on September 13th, 2017 – BHRR’s Fletcher.

Tragically, emaciated, traumatized, terrorized puppymill Mama Gem(once only known as D211 to her greedy breeders) rejected her puppies. The smallest puppy, wee BB was barely even 9.7 oz. Giant Breed puppies, when healthy should be born 1-1.5 pounds each. She gave all she had to ensure that we had 13 live births.

Thank you SO much to Mason who worked with me to help whelp them and to stimulate them as several were quite blue.

From tube to dropper to bottle feeding to there being a manufacturer shortage of Esbilac, Sean & I experienced the absolute best in people yet sadly, the absolute worse in one person also during this life and death 24/7 journey for this litter/Mama.

I want to wish The Bakers Dozen a beautiful and special 1st Birthday! 

You have touched my heart and soul like no other time in my life has and while FPS tried to steal you all away; you fought hard to live. I was not giving up on this litter or Mama. So many health issues and so many battles won….and with tears in my eyes, some battles lost. 

RIP to those of my wee angels that were stolen away all too soon. I remain confused, hurt, devastated and so angry that you were taken away from so many that love you like The Boerskins do.

THANK you to every Bakers Dozen Angel that donated goods, monies & hands to help us assist them in their plus Mama Gem’s biggest times of need. Thanks also to our Vet Team that was right by their/my side every step necessary.

This is a bittersweet Happy Birthday moment for me…..I am so happy yet my heart is also very heavy with sadness.

BHRR’s Flyn!

This stunning BBBBB had her annual today and weighed almost a slightly plump 50.3 kg (110.66 pounds). Since her arrival she has put on almost 17 pounds and has gone from quite skinny to needing no more weight to be put on! 

She remains our ‘mysterious’ woman….cloaked in secrecy with her many depths and layers. 

She had a great day hanging out at KAH today while I worked and her Vet visit was a total thumbs up. I also did her ears plus had her nails done and she was so rock solid. 

Her Vet marvelled at how shiny/glossy her coat was and that she had shades of brown within it. This picture was taken in the rain when we got home so she is not as gleaming….

She is still a bit nervous/cautious in new situations yet from where we were first asked to assist her, her anxiety level was 8/10 then and now we are maybe a weak 2/10! WTG BHRR’s Flyn!

She remains Available For Adoption to that right matched forever loving home and has an extremely detailed individual blog that outlines the home that we are seeking for her. 

She is so lovely and that masking gene is becoming even more prevalent on her face! Makes her look all the more gorgeous. 

UPDATE: His surgery went well yet the undescended testicle was in his abdomen, poor boy.

I picked him up from LAH and then ended up driving immediately to KAH as on the drive home, he became very nauseous. A cerenia injection later and some tender loving, he is now tucked back into my car and we will continue to head home. 

He will be on antibiotics and pain meds for the next while along with tons of extra loving! 

**Graphic photo yet part of his incision…if extends up to his abdomen**

Thank you to both Hospitals for taking such wonderful care of my boy! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Furry Murray! 
*DNA Proven GD/IW

He was full of so much zipping and zooming this AM when I told him we were going for a special car ride! Was hard to even get any pics of this furry lean mean running machine!

I did not have the heart to tell him that this special car ride was going to be to the Vet for his de-twinkling apt… 

AND that means, he did it!! He beat Puppy Strangles not once but twice since November 2nd, 2017! 

It was a long, rocky and sometimes scary road yet he did it!! WTG! I adore this wee Giant with all that I am….he, as with quite a few of his litter, battled medical issues since they were born – he also had bone issues and could not walk at one time yet look at him now!

AND he is also now healthy enough to be de-twinkled today.

Three in his litter were cryptorchid and while BHRR’s Fletcher’s one testicle dropped prior to being altered, BHRR’s Mortimer and BHRR’s Furrry Murray’s did not.

This wee giant weighed 96.8 pounds today! He remains the smallest in his litter yet one of the mightiest. His personality is massive and his sheer love of life enormous. 

He will remain in our Haven Program yet he still has four litter-mates still available for adoption to those right matched personality fit homes. As with all of our dogs, only the right matched fit homes shall be approved and they need extremely specific homes.

Good Morning!

This gorgeous girl continues to just shine and is keeping her incredible emerge temp foster on her toes! 

She is loving everything and everyone and was up ready and determined to take on the whole world today!

I am enjoying the updates plus the *giggle* moment stories shared my way and Tracey – you are so amazing!

She now has a name and thank you to Melissa for the idea – keeping in line with the beer theme was perfect and in also wanting to honour The Bakers Dozen of Baby Carlsberg……BHRR’s Denmark shall be her name!

The beer Carlsberg is believed by many to have been named after the district located in Denmark….. 

Good Sunday AM to all from BHRR’s Denmark!

Cuddling with her rescue angel Tracey!

BHRR’s ??
Needs a name!

I am thinking that she is no more than 15-18 months of age from what I have seen to date and I am hearing that she is sweet, gives the best kisses, loves to play fetch, loves her turtle toy and is a true goofy goober! 

I remain so grateful to Tracey for stepping up to get her pulled from this pound so fast! 

She will need a name and I know this picture is a bit blurry/dark – lightened it up as I could – yet I love it! She is so so so adorable!

She was picked up as a stray and has a scar on one of her cheeks yet that only makes her more endearing!

Name guru’s help!

Tracey HAS her!

Look at the three lovely ladies! 

Thank you SO much Tracey! My heart is so at peace now knowing she is out of the pound and safe with you!

Tracey shall emerge temp foster her until the 12th and then we shall get her transported to her next foster rescue angel Ellie!

Thank you again to Kim for contacting us to help her!

WHAT a great rescue Saturday!

BHRR’s Bear – Amost 9.5 year old Saint
Born: May 9th, 2009

A picture that Sean took of him today with his Canon 77D!

More to post on this uber handsome Senior boy tomorrow.

I picked him up from his emerge temp foster family last night(have not seen him since I picked him up, vetted him and dropped him off to them June 21st) & GOT to visit with BHRR’s Peanut also – Adopted September 2012 and I have not seen her since then…HUGE HUGE HUGE hi-light for me! 

THANK you to The Janzens for letting me love and be loved on by her….AND for emerge temp fostering this big lug of love! You helped save his life…..so grateful.

He came to work with me to KAH today and more to come!

He deserves to be our Cover Boy and from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes being sent!

 

SHE IS SAFE!

Thanks to Tracey for stepping up, this girl will have a safe place to rest her head as of tomorrow night!

Tracey will emerge temp foster her until the 12th so that she can get out of the pound and then she will go to her second rescue temp foster angel – Ellie from there….

THANK YOU to you both for saving her life!!!

I can now rest more easily tonight and yes, I also suspect she is not a singlebred Dane. Does not matter…she is scared/stressed in this very rural pound and needed to be saved.

We have heard that once she is out of the pound she is so happy and goofy and in seeing this photo, what a mug!

Thank you to Kim for reaching out to see if we could assist.

This is Rescue #10 for BHRR for 2018!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes being sent!

***UPDATE** FILLED

ISO: URGENT EMERGENCY TEMP FOSTER FOR:

~2 year old female Great Dane
*Scared in pound yet goofy and friendly and happy when taken outside
*Has proven fine with dog testing – initiated play

As some are aware, I am trying…and trying hard…LOL to have my first Vacation with Sean in 19 years and we urgently need an emerge temp foster home for her. 

Looking for ~3 weeks – Until August 26th, 2018

If you are able to assist us with an emerge temp foster of this lovely Dane, please do email gwen@birchhaven.org ASAP

Please do not post your kind offer here, it may be missed. 

We supply the food, stand, bowls, collar, leash, beds, crate if needed etc…you supply the loving stable home! 

NOTE: If you are an approved adoptive home, you are already an approved volunteer and if your home circumstances allow for it, you can temp foster too! 

Thanks in advance for the consideration!

 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Fletcher had a GREAT DAY date!
DNA Proven GD/IW

The home did as requested….passively ignored him and sure enough in his usual ~1 hour time frame had self soothed and realised that he was ok and had that confidence!

By the time I picked him up Elaine was getting tons of kisses, paw requests for more belly rubs and layed right by her side. AND when he stood up, the Dane leans were in full swing! 

He went for a short walk in their neighborhood too! What a rock star! 

This is this particular homes third date with a BHRR dog in 2018 – his sister BHRR’s Everly had her own date as did Mr. Squishie.

Thank you SO much Elaine and to your mom again for everything!!

This is what it is all about….getting these fabu dogs into the hands of other people to help make them that much more well rounded plus balanced.

We continue to wait patiently for that right matched forever loving adoptive home to find him and should they not come along over the next couple of months, we shall move him to our Haven Program. We are committed to him as with all of our dogs for life…..he lacks for nothing and is deeply loved by us. 

He was #13 born on September 13th, 2017 @ 9:29 AM!

 

Good Sunday AM!

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Fletcher (GD/IW) is off to have his own special DAY date won in our 7th annual unique date auction! 

With every wonderful positive experience in the hands of kind caring souls, he continues to reach his amazing potential more and more……

He will always be Fletcher yet we work to help him be the best Fletcher he can be and as with all the dogs, he is one mighty fine young man. 

UPDATE:

I am so so so happy to say that BHRR’s Bear(Almost 9.5 year old Saint) has had an amazing BHRR approved home step up to temp foster him from August 7th – August 25th inclusive!

This home has adopted three BHRR dogs over the past many years yet this shall be there first temp foster for us!

THANK you to The Bethunes! SO much! 

He shall be getting his boosters on August 4th, then he shall be neutered. After that, he shall then head to his temp foster home for some new wonderful positive experiences including lots of love!

So grateful to this home for stepping up! Incredibly so!

BHRR’s Bear(9+ year old Saint) & BHRR’s Peanut(Freedom Dane from Paws R Us Seizure)

BHRR’s Peanut was ADOPTED September 13th, 2012!

BHRR’s Peanut has been showing BHRR’s Bear the ‘ropes’ and I have heard that he recently did his first play bow to her trying to get her to play! WTG BHRR’s Bear!

LOVE this photo of the two of them! 

URGENT NEED: STILL ISO: A Temp Foster Home for BHRR’s Bear (9+ year old Saint) from August 7th – August 25th, 2018

He shall be having his boosters and will be neutered at the beginning of August, then I am seeking a wonderful BHRR approved temp foster home from August 7th – August 25th! 

Please EMAIL

Thanks!

 

 

ISO: A Temp Foster Home for BHRR’s Bear (9+ year old Saint) from August 7th – August 25th, 2018

He shall be having his boosters and will be neutered at the beginning of August, then I am seeking a wonderful BHRR approved temp foster home from August 7th – August 25th! 

NOTE: If you are a BHRR approved adoptive home, you are already a BHRR approved Volunteer and can temp foster if your circumstances allow for it. 

Please do EMAIL

Thanks!

Somebody has finally figured out how the bed works! 

BHRR’s Bear
(Born: May 9th, 2009)

Please do keep him in your best thoughts as his emerge temp foster home reached out to me yesterday to say that he started to suddenly limp on one of his hind legs. So, something unfortunately happened and he is scheduled to see a Vet today @ 4 pm.

We will update as we can…back leg injuries in Giant Breed Dogs can be very serious yet one step at a time and we are thinking positive thoughts! 

We shall update as we can……

On a side note: I know many are waiting patiently still for our final totals of our biggest fundraiser of each year yet, sadly, I am still trying to make a connection with 10 people on their silent auction items. This will make a different of $154 should we not obtain successful closure so I will try for a few more days before calling it.

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood!
ADOPTED!So happy for her and her wonderful new forever loving adoptive family! 

They have been approved Volunteers for many years and we feel honoured that they would consider going through the adoption process to adopt a BHRR dog! 

She has a 9 year old ‘big’ brother Grissom and she really loved running around with him! 

We shall miss her yet she does not need us any longer and the home will ensure that she is properly loved and taken care of! 

She looks so pretty in pink!

Congratulations again!!

I am just getting ready to now make the drive home and wishing all of our friends, family & supporters a wonderful good night!

 

SHORT Notice:

ISO: A BHRR Approved Volunteer to assist in doing a home-visit with me on Friday July 6th.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Russell, Ontario

This is for BHRR’s Hollywood’s possible Approved Adoption.

Please do not post your kind offer here as it may be missed! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org

Note: if you are a BHRR Approved Adoptive home, you are already a BHRR Volunteer too! 

A close-up of that uber handsome mug! 

This how BHRR’s Bear spent his own Canada Day! 
(Born May 9th, 2009) 

Thank you to his emerge temp foster home for taking such excellent care of this fine senior gent that looks/acts way younger than 9+! 

With how amazing he is doing – he is no longer nervous of their own dog, BHRR’s Peanut, he now loves her plus he has always adored people – a huge social king to humans – we are becoming even more sure that there should be no reason for him not to be placed up for adoption to a right match personality fit home. 

He had extremely limited to zero exposure to dogs for many years prior to Rescue and he has been great to go on walks – ‘walking and talking’ does not give him time to think as much about his worry of dogs – and is learning all about the good things canine friends can provide in companionship with BHRR’s Peanut. 

With patience, consistency, time, stability, understanding and structure, he will be an excellent wonderful addition to a home. A home that will make sure he has frequent/regular access to water as he loves laying in it, is going to be a must! That is his favourite thing and we are not going to deny him this life pleasure. 

Yet, we will shall see how the next few weeks go – he has more vetting to come and I want to see more weight on him. 

He is so incredibly handsome! 

 

 

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We shall update as we can…..

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood
8 Months Old
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She is ready to make her own special announcement!

This girl is incredibly happy, social and has the best ‘wiggle butt’ in the world!

She travels great in a car, loves people, has been mostly indifferent to dogs – yet loves BHRR’s Burst & The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Juniper!

Her leash manners have come a LONG way and she can still pull in distraction situations.

She is so eager to please, loves to lean right into you or sit on your lap – right Liz? 

She is incredibly beautiful with soul reaching eyes. 

She is tolerant of baths and ear cleanings plus nails.

You cannot push this girl….she has been manhandled in her past and that will cause her to have so much stress. 

Patience, understanding, consistency, clear open communication so she is not confused about expectations is so important!

Structure, obedience and a ton of love are additional ingredients needed to set her up for success!

Her biggest thing is to not feel worried that someone is going to mess with her bowls or anything that she believes is high value – ie some toys. We have worked hard for her to trust us to be able to take away from her the things that we need to – ie at this professional photo shoot there was shredded pieces of material and I had zero issues removing it from her mouth and praised her hugely!

She is fed in her crate and she is relaxed. 

She has learned to share some toys and the communal water bowls yet there are still some days that are a bit of a work in progress yet HUGE HUGE HUGE strides taken.

She is housebroken and crate trained but still as a baby is not ready for full run of the house. 

She loves her ‘humans’ yet so as to not set her up for failure, we do not wish to see her adopted to a home with children under the age of 10. 

I cannot say in words just how happy this stunning girl is. She just packs so much life into her little body! 

She is a big personality and likes her long walks, short hikes and is playful, affectionate and extremely loving.

She can go to a home that works pt, ft, from home, semi-retired, retired etc. for she is another versatile BHRR dog. She is a baby still and has a lot of emotional maturing left to do. She is pretty much full grown in body size – she may grow another 1″, most likely not. She will fill out more yet any right matched personality fit home will ensure that she remains lean and fit. 

Where once she was skittish of things like collar holding or strange places – now she shows interest in them and we encourage her to be curious and explore. 

We do not know how she is around cats. 

We want her to be in a home that is calmly social.

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood – you have been a dream to have with us! 

AND to that right matched personality fit home, they will continue to set you up for success and keep developing upon the strong foundations we have put in place…she is comfortable, she has confidence she has learned that her own company is ok and to self-soothe. She has learned that she will not be forced, bullied or man handled.

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood, you have realised that you are not a wallflower and your strength of personality is amazing!

Thank you again Liz for the wonderful photo’s!

BHRR’s Miss Hollywood
June 26th, 2018

This is her waiting for her professional photo shoot!

SHE shall have her special announcement to make later today….stay tuned! 

So today this gorgeous happy creature and I are off taking a tour of the city and to do her professional photo shoot! ?

Miss Hollywood! 

Within the week – as soon as her professional photo’s come back – she will be making her own special announcement! 

What a doll of an 8+ month old puppy she is! She just needed someone to set her up for success and learn that we were not going to torment or tease her with her food, water or toys and the moment she realised that, she completely relaxed, all tension left her body and what a WOW puppy! There is absolutely zero reason why anyone should man handle or stress out a dog in situations that clearly they are not comfortable with. 

She is full of so much life and personality!

 

 

BHRR’s Bear!
(Born May 9th, 2009)

DONATED TO DATE: $305

His amazing emerge foster home is keeping us regularly updated and he is starting to settle in beautifully.  Their time plus patience is setting him up for success!

He just adores people!!

He is booked for a good grooming session in early July, once he relaxes even more – yet, you can see he is starting to figure out the whole bed thing!  – and he is being treated for a broken nail and being such a good boy….

He absolutely loves the water and likes to lay down in it. 

We are not yet sure if we will be placing this amazing handsome senior gent up for adoption at some point or have him placed in our Haven Program and cherished in one of our incredible perma-foster homes…..still really early to know one way or another. Stability is so important for any dog and we want what is best for all of our dogs. 

Thanks shouted out again to the Janzen’s (& BHRR’s Peanut) for stepping up to temp foster him! This is their second foster for BHRR and we are truly thankful….

BHRR’s Bear! (Born: May 9th, 2009)
DONATED TO DATE: $105

At just before 3:30 pm today, I did the hand off to Judy, his emerge temp foster home in Westport and she then took this handsome 9+ year old man back to her place in Kingston.

He had a really busy day and I am so proud of him from me picking him up in Quebec and bringing him to my work to see the Vet @ KAH and from there making the drive to Westport.  He loved every person! He travelled well – & hair bombed my car!

So gentle in taking treats too! It did not take him long to begin to bond with me and he takes a piece of my heart with him already! 

I have heard that he has already been in the lake at Judy’s and seems to know what the king size bed is for! 

I am so grateful to Judy, Ron & BHRR’s Peanut for stepping up to emerge temp foster him.

I shall update further once his bloodwork returns from his thorough Vet visit today.

We would appreciate any consideration to his mounting Vet Bills – he has more Vet visits plus a good grooming session to come – and he has a file ‘Bear’ under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation account at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR you can donate via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

My own day has been extremely long and a cold has suddenly come upon me during my driving today – I was on the road by 6:00 AM and got home just before 5 PM tonight yet so worth it all to see BHRR’s Bear all safely tucked into his emerge temp foster home. 

On that note from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, good night wishes are being sent!

BHRR’s Bear – at Kanata Animal Hospital 

What we know so far:
Age: 9+ (Birth Date May 9th, 2009)
*Owners owned him for his whole life 
Reason For Surrender: They are moving to an apt.

Last Vetted: September 12th, 2009 from the Vet Records surrendered with him

At KAH Today:

*Weight: 59.5 kg(130.9 pounds) 
*Not Neutered 
*Overgrown nails – yet, with all else we were able to do today, they can wait 
*Needs Grooming – home had washed him yet he needs a good groom session 
*Heart & Lungs sound good 
*great teeth for a 9+ year old 
*Very straight angled in the hind end yet moves incredibly well for a 9+ year old giant senior 
*mild arthritis in his hind end – remarkably so 
*we did a thorough clean on both of his ears as they were filled with debris 
*we did blood work to test for tickborne diseases plus heartworm 
*we did blood work for internal organ function and pre-op
*no presence of any skin conditions 
*thorough exam
*he had his first vaccines 
*he will begin a proactive/preventative de-worming protocol 
*he will begin a proactive/preventative heartworm/flea/tick protocol

Great with all people he has met – movers at the home, people at work
Travelled great in the car from his pick-up in Quebec to KAH

Now on my way to meet up with his emerge temp foster home Judy in Westport. She will then bring him to her home in Kingston. Thank you again so much Judy, Ron & BHRR’s Peanut for stepping up so we could save him! 

I have a new leash for him from my stash and a gently used collar for him for a new beginning.

I am told he loves water so he is going to adore Judy’s place! 

If anyone would like to donate to his mounting Vet Bills, you can call Kanata Animal Hospital directly at 613-836-2848 – he has an account ‘Bear’ under the Birch Haven Rescue account.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (friend & Family option).

Good Morning!

Long before many were even awake today, I was on the road driving to Quebec to pick up this handsome 10 year old Saint Bernard…’Bear’ 

We are now on our way to Kanata Animal Hospital to begin his vetting.

Will update as I can!

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Poppy
ADOPTED April 29th, 2018

With one of her litter-mates BHRR’s Furry Murray – Blue Fawn(Haven Dog). Not the best picture yet she was zooming and zipping and staying still was not easily in her vocabulary for she was so over the moon happy to see her litter-mate.

Last night Sean & I were able to visit and hang with BHRR’s Poppy’s wonderful forever loving adoptive home and the two siblings had a lot of fun together!

Thank you to this home for working and wanting to do right by BHRR’s Poppy and for giving her such a wonderful home.

We heard about how attached she is to their cat too! 

BHRR’s Poppy was extremely happy to see us, yet she knows ‘who’ home is and that made Sean plus I feel so thrilled.

BHRR’s Furry Murray was incredibly fascinated by their lovely drink tray by their patrol furniture! 

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Ivy to our Haven Program. If that right matched forever loving right match fit home does find her, then we can/would still consider a possible approved adoption – as we did with BHRR’s Ani – yet for now, we feel she is best loved and cared for plus lacks for absolultey nothing with us.

While no one to date has wanted her for the right reasons nor has a right match personality fit home found her – for she is NOT a guard dog, none of our dogs shall ever be; she is not a ‘status’ symbol’ and she deserves to be part of an adoring home, which she gets with BHRR. 

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Testimonial From The Home Who Had The Special Picnic Play Date With BHRR’s Oliver Today:

“He was an excellent guest. Very chill and loving fellow. He was quite content to follow us and receive pets. He loved Ms Sally and made an excellent companion to watch the World Cup with. 

 

AND they are getting ready for another round of play…he is blowing his blue puppy coat so looks a bit brown in places. Lord knows how much I hated showing my own blue boyz in the ring when they were not blue but brown splotched dogs during this phase! 

AND it was a fabu drop-off! A picture I took. So so so proud of the progress this gorgeous young man has made! 

New friend! This is BHRR Puppy Pile Sapphire! He loves their Pugx girl too, Sally. You can see Sally laying down!

AND BHRR’s Whisper got in on the action – she ended up having a sleepover at this home last night after her own day play date with another home.

AND on my way with special picnic play Date #4 of 5 for this weekend! Well, not a weekend for us but for others it is! ?

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Oliver!

This is what he thinks of early AM’s!  While he loves getting up between 5-5:30 AM, he likes his routine and after going out, he slowly wakes up, he eats breakfast, and then goes for a snooze around this time…. 

AND this is The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly! 

She had a good play date visit herself today! Nervous for the first ten minutes or so and for her very first play date completely without me, she truly did so well overall. Proud of you! 

She plunked down on their couch and spent a quiet day and thank you to the home that won this special date with her and giving her another amazing positive experience in her life. 

She comes away knowing that she was ok, that there are loving hands surrounding her and that Mama Gwennie set her up for success. 

She then came with me to pick up her brother BHRR’s Oliver from his own special picnic play date and hung out for a bit.

They are funny siblings as both want to be the first in the car and if they are not, the other one does not want to go in. 

This weekend turned out to see 6 dates had! WOW! 

BHRR’s Granite, BHRR’s Whisper(overnight) as I had to pick up BHRR’s Burst early for she hurt her shoulder playing on her own date & BHRR’s Oliver – thanks to the Maracle Family!
BHRR’s Whisper – thanks Sue B.!
BHRR’s Everly – thanks Elaine & to your Mom!

AND Denali also got to hang out and drain the kiddie pool at the Maracle’s when I dropped off BHRR’s Granite. 

I am so wonderfully exhausted from a busy weekend – between work at the Hospital, taking BHRR’s Burst to the Hospital x 2, Denali had his own Vet visit, visiting PV Stittsville, 6 play dates, 4 picnics, several errands, filling up with gas over and over, time at the drive-in with Kinsley and driving NO less than 2,000 kms between Friday AM & now!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, good night wishes being sent for I am heading home to spend some time with Sean as it is Fathers Day too! 

 THE Emerge Temp Foster REQUEST HAS BEEN FILLED!

THANK you Judy, BHRR’s Peanuts’ amazing forever loving adoptive Mama! 

This shall be their second temp foster for BHRR!

Another Picture of the handsome boy!


The next in need of us! 
10 year old Male Saint Bernard 
Reason For Surrender: O’s are moving to take care of sick grandparents & are going into an apt.

ISO: Emergency Temp Foster for him for ~6 weeks from one of our ALREADY approved BHRR Volunteer homes.
**Note: if you are an approved BHRR adoptive home, you are also an approved BHRR Volunteer. So timeline is to about August 1st.

Said to be: Good with other dogs, good with Kids, loves everyone.

We provide all the vetting, food, stand, bowls, dog bed, collar and leash etc.! You provide the love! 

You can email gwen@birchhaven.org if you are interested and wish to know more details.

ETA being worked on

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Murray!

May 11th, 2018 Professional Photo – Thanks Liz!

Furry Murray Update!

**$690 Donated To Date**
**$2,700+ Vet Bills To Date**

UPDATE: BHRR’s Murray has now been weaned down to 7.5 mg of Pred EOD and next week, should he continue to do well, go down to 5 mg and this is when he had his last relapse. So, in the weaning of his pred this time around, his Vet is going even slower and to date, BHRR’s Murray is responding great!

His bones continue to cause him issues and we have intermittent swelling plus limping on one of his front legs that is being monitored closely. 

AND through it all, Mr. Furry Murray has been a rock star! 

He may be a LOT smaller than his litter-mates yet he is mighty and strong and a thrivor.  Plus, he is so freakin’ adorable. 

Once he is healthy, we can then neuter this cryptorchid boy. 

His Story:

Unfortunately, as can happen with Puppy Strangles, BHRR’s Murray had a relapse and the relapse was worse. 

He was back at the Vet February 26th when he had the relapse. So, we had to increase the Pred(he has been on it since November 2nd, 2017) and he went back up to 25 mg BID from 5 mg EOD.

He was also losing weight.

His lymph nodes were still swollen. So, he was not able to be neutered at this time. He also remains cryptorchid.

AND once he gets into the exam room, he tries to jump and climb on to the exam table as this is where he has been examined since he was a wee squeaker.

Tried telling him that at over 75-80 pounds, perhaps the exam table is not ideal for being examined any longer yet, he feels differently! So, on the exam table he continues to go! LOL

He is responding well to the increased Pred and every two weeks, the dose has been dropping by 2.5-5 mg.

Since November 2nd, 2017 –

He was first rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd, 2017.

Then he has had appointments:
Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th 
Kanata Animal Hospital November 16th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 21st
Kanata Animal Hospital November 28th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 5th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 18th
Liston Animal Hospital January 18th, 2018
Kanata Animal Hospital February 12th
Kanata Animal Hospital February 26th
Kanata Animal Hospital March 6th

Months ago, we made the decision to move Monsieur Furry Murray to our Haven Program. He has had medical issues since he was born and has overcome much with his hind end and to all that meet him, he is not conformationally built like his siblings.

We adore him and his fan club adores him and we are committed to him and he will be given the best of lives….. 

For anyone who may consider helping us with his ongoing care:

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital:
613-836-2848 
*Murray has an extensive file under the “Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services’ account

OR

Via Email Transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

Via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

 

Another pic of this brindle beauty!

Miss Hollywood was at KAH tonight and we went strolling and did a walk-about too!

She weighed 30.4 kgs(66.88 pounds).

For a dog that we were informed was terrified of men, she does back flips to love on them and loves women – only slightly less than men and teenagers too!  She is totally enamoured with people! So excited to greet and love on them.

She has proven excellent with all the dogs to date – mostly indifferent yet has chosen BHRR’s Burst as her play pal and plays rough, so we are working on being more gentle. She is a ball of sheer vibrating love of life!

We did bloodwork and a thorough exam while she was here and she did fantastic. Her leash manners are a big work in process yet she would sit and lay down and stay when I asked and overall I am giving her an ‘A’ for being such a great girl when we were out.

She travels great in the car and Miss Social she is.

She needs a lot of work still on her obedience and manners and she is not yet fully housebroken yet these things shall come. She has only been with us since May 26th and incredible progress made.

She is happy, a big wiggle butt and she is slowly learning about sharing too. 

We may DNA this girl for she is very BoxerX – just for fun and sheer curiousity for what her papers say is not what she resembles, at least not as a single bred dog. As always, does not matter….she will be adored for who she is, not what she is. 

 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Everly
Almost 8 Months Old – May 11th, 2018
DNA Proven GD/IW

This is from their latest professional photo shoot! Thank you Liz SO much for doing this for BHRR. I know you are super busy!

BHRR’s Everly remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home.

 

GUESS Who?
May 11th, 2018

This is a Bakers Dozen Pup – BHRR’s Everyl! 

Right up close and personal with Liz Bradley at their latest professional photo shoot! 

he Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Fletcher 
Almost 8 Months Old – May 11th, 2018
DNA Proven GD/IWThis is from their latest professional photo shoot! Thank you Liz SO much for doing this for BHRR. I know you are super busy!

BHRR’s Fletcher remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home.

 

Another picture of BHRR’s Oliver!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Oliver
Almost 8 Months Old – May 11th, 2018
DNA Proven GD/IW

This is from their latest professional photo shoot! Thank you Liz SO much for doing this for BHRR. I know you are super busy!

BHRR’s Oliver remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home.

Got her! On my way home now!

Wee pretty thing! 

Thank to SO many for making this transport happen!! 

The face that I saw upon her arrival to KAH!

Picture credit to Christine T., one of her Transport Angels

Two more transport angel photo’s!

AND Miss Hollywood is on her way – She has been travelling since early this AM.

I have been told that she is travelling very well and in about one hour, I should have her in my own hands.

I look forward to meeting her, having her settle in and being able to properly assess/evaluate her and work on her training, social and resourcing needs and/or whatever else we learn/she needs when the honeymoon period ends!

My remaining Bakers Dozen will do so much in guiding and teaching her also!

Thank you again Annie for asking us to assist her….. 

The beautiful photo credits are to the Transport Angels that are helping to get her closer to me! 

BIRTHDAY: October 6th, 2017

Testimonal Sent From The Home Who Had The Special Overnight Play Date with BHRR’s Juniper:

“Juniper was a blast to have over. Once she settled and got comfortable she was quite the love bug. Not a fan of stairs but she loved bellyrubs and ear scratches. She barely even noticed the cats and chickens, too busy exploring the yard and house.  She is an independent fiery girl that will make a Fab addition to a loving family.”

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Juniper! 
*DNA Proven To Be GD/Wolfie

She had an awesome OVERNIGHT special picnic play date! 

When I arrived to pick her up, she was totally relaxed, social, happy and very comfortable.

I am so freaking proud of her progress!!!

She fit right into their home – they are perma fostering a BHRR dog, have another dog of their own and cats plus chickens and an over 10 year old human ? – and BHRR’s Juniper did fantastic!! 

A little wobbly on their stairs yet she got the job done!

Thank you again to this home for giving her this incredibly positive personal experience and in being open in sending us a testimonial for her blog.

We work so hard to set our dogs up for success and thank you for helping us do this for BHRR’s Juniper. 

She remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving adoptive home!

In the second picture, you can really see her beautiful Wolfie coat coming out. 

AND here is The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Fletcher on his own OVERNIGHT special picnic play date!

I hear that he is doing well! Took about an hour of them being patient and passively ignoring him and then he settled in and was comfortable exploring and is now like their shadow. 

This home also has cats as did the home of his last play date.

I remain very grateful to so many for helping us help these incredible BHRR dogs become that much more well rounded plus balanced! It is so important for them to keep getting into the hands of other kind souls.

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, good night wishes being sent!

 

Two of The Bakers Dozen Pups are on their own special OVERNIGHT picnic play dates.

We have a total 16 special Dates for 2018! 

BHRR’s Juniper – featured in the below photo and the home having the date says she is ‘adorable!’

BHRR’s Fletcher – is also on his own date and we have not yet received any update/photo’s and I shall touch base shortly with them to see how things are going!

 

BHRR’s Hollywood
The next in need of us!

She is a 7 month old CC. Surrendered as snapped at an adult over food – no contact made. The pound has found her to be uneasy when tested yet no snapping etc. noted.

She is undersocialised, resources and has territorial tendencies plus is shy. 

ETA to BHRR TBA

NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

AND then there were FIVE, 4 of which are still Available For Adoption!

The Bakers Dozen had their next professional photo shoot today! 

Thank you to Elaine, Ashley & The Boerskins for helping to puppy wrangle! 

This is a candid that I took! 

BHRR’s Oliver you thrived under the quiet calm and kind touch of Ashley as I knew you would! While slightly anxious, you were so much more relaxed this time. 

BHRR’s Fletcher, while you still had some anxiety, you rocked this session a million times better than February’s and the camera was not as scary to you! Good boy! You even allowed me to take more than a step away from you for your pictures as the camera made you not as nervous.

BHRR’s Furry Murray – what can I say?! You remain the class clown and a true ham! Content to do whatever as long as I remained within your sight….while you wanted to be closer to me, you were great at being Mr. Independent overall. 

BHRR’s Everly – as gorgeous as ever and as busy as ever! You gave Elaine quite the work out!  Such a delightful handful! 

BHRR’s Juniper – the queen of selective hearing and you are quite the busy bee yourself. 

You and your sister are not for the faint of heart and to all of my GD/Wolfie Babies, you did so well today….we can see where the distraction training has greatly improved from February’s professional photo’s and where work is still needed yet as almost 8 month old puppies, I remain very proud of your emotional and behavioural development! We battle your genetics every day and use the environment to help to make you the best dogs that you can be in being as well rounded plus balanced as possible!! 

Happy Friday to all!

BHRR’s Raven! 
May 2nd, 2018

This is the first really dry day that we have had to be able to work on spring cleanup on the property from all of the brutal winter damage and BHRR’s Raven is royally supervising our slow painstaking efforts!

Still so much water and snow in places yet we can at least begin in earnest now.

What a slave driver! 

We made the decision to move BHRR’s Dickens into our Haven Program and he now resides in a great match fit perma-foster home. 

These pictures are from his professional photo shoot that I had done on February 8th. 

This boy is what I call a ‘mirror image’ reactive dog and he has made leaps and bounds with his rehab journey. He will be what I also call a wonderful ‘lifetime labour of love’ and we will ensure that he lives the best quality filled life. 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Furry Murray Update!
**$690 Donated To Date**
**$2,500+ Vet Bills To Date**

Unfortunately, as can happen with Puppy Strangles, BHRR’s Murray had a relapse and the relapse was worse. 

He was back at the Vet February 26th when he had the relapse and first picture is of his tail. So, we had to increase the Pred(he has been on it since November 2nd) back up to 25 mg BID from 5 mg EOD.

He was also losing weight.

His lymph nodes were still swollen. So, he is not able to be neutered at this time. He also remains cryptorchid.

Second picture is from March 6th at one of his recheck visits – the wee hamburger!  He thinks the benches are for him as it is an Animal Hospital after all.

AND once he gets into the exam room, he tries to jump and climb on to the exam table as this is where he has been examined since he was a wee squeaker.

Tried telling him that at over 75 pounds, perhaps the exam table is not ideal for being examined any longer yet, he feels differently!  So, on the exam table he continues to go! LOL

He is responding well to the increased Pred and every two weeks, the dose has been dropping by 5 mg and as of tonight, he can go to 15 mg daily.

Since November 2nd, 2017 –

He was first rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd, 2017.

Then he has had appointments:
Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th 
Kanata Animal Hospital November 16th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 21st
Kanata Animal Hospital November 28th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 5th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 18th
Liston Animal Hospital January 18th, 2018
Kanata Animal Hospital February 12th
Kanata Animal Hospital February 26th
Kanata Animal Hospital March 6th

We have made the decision to move Monsieur Furry Murray to our Haven Program. He has had medical issues since he was born and has overcome much with his hind end and to all that meet him, he is not conformationally built like his siblings.

We adore him and his fan club adores him and we are committed to him and he will be given the best of lives….. 

For anyone who may consider helping us with his ongoing care:

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital:
613-836-2848 
*Murray has an extensive file under the “Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services’ account

OR

Via Email Transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

Via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

Special Snack Play Date Summary from his human date below. They have been involved in his life since he was almost 3.5 weeks of age. 

“I love him so much 

Respecting the no couch rule!  Photo compliments of his human date!

Close-up! Picture also complimentary of his human date.

BHRR’s Fletcher proves that he is cat friendly. 

Picture compliments of his human date. 

AND The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Fletcher is on his own special picnic snack play date!

This date was won by someone in our annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction and they asked if it could be given to someone else as a surprise gift. We were in 100% support of who they wished to gift this date to and we reached out to them. They chose BHRR’s Fletcher for their special date. 

What worked for them was March 11th yet that AM, BHRR’s Fletcher did a face plant on the ice and came up lame. So, his date was rescheduled to today and now he has been dropped off!

I am very proud of his progress….we had a good drop-off. He was happy and excited to have his collar and leash put on and pranced out of the yard, jumped into the car without issues and his anxiety in the car lasted no more than 10 minutes.

He took a few mini Natural treats and was given a calming word/touch and had a great drive in!

Some anxiety upon drop-off yet he is in good hands and already I am told his whining stopped shortly after I left and he was then off exploring.

In the right hands, this boy will thrive…in the wrong hands an anxiety ridden monster would be created/encouraged. He and BHRR’s Oliver have come a long way with their genetics of inherent anxiety and we have worked so hard to set them up for success with the right environment to help them to develop into the best dogs they can be! They ooze with so much potential!

He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched forever loving home and if they never find him, he lives a super amazing quality filled life with us. 

His human Date for the day remarked on how wolfie he is turning into and yup…the hair and face for all of The Bakers Dozen pups are really maturing into wolfie. Their wee beards are adorable!

Have a great day to you BHRR’s Fletcher and to your human! This date is going to be so fabu for you to help you become that much more well rounded plus balanced!

 

Please consider saving your Empties to donate OR return your Empties and consider sending the funds to help us help BHRR’s Valentine!

She is the 5 month old special needs Harle Great Dane in Brazil that we are working hard behind the scenes to save. She requires surgery on her hind end and is visually impaired. This is our second ever biggest rescue mission and she needs a village to surround her! 

She is currently being treated for KC and boarding alone is $30/day.

This is a picture of the Empties that Sean picked up – he made the almost 2.5 hour roundtrip – from Suzanne S. today!  So worth it! Thank you Suzanne!

He returned them and $41.60 was raised!

Our drop-off locations are:

1. Rachel – 42 Stocks Lane, Aurora, ON L4G 0Y3
2. Rachel’s Parents – 885 Surin Crt, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8R3
3. Dawn – 424 Pickford Drive, Kanata, ON K2L 3R4
*’people can drop off at house anytime & just leave it on the front steps*
4. Gail – 47 Taylor Road, Ajax, ON L1S 2X5
5. The Maracles – 1728 Harvest Cres, Orleans, Ontario K1C 1V4
Maggie -391 Tillbury Avenue, Apt. #4, Ottawa, Ontario

For those that may wish to donate to BHRR’s Valentine’s cause:

PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

Email transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org

AND here is her YouCaring Page

Updates are being posted there and also on our Brazilian Dane Baby To Canadians Group

We need another $6,000+ and we are not giving up on her!

TOTAL DONATED TO DATE: $893

Some things are just meant to be challenging I guess!
 
Today we learned that her birthdate is ~October 5th, 2017 and that she weighs 70.2 pounds(36 kg).
 
We are still waiting re: her height and figuring out vaccines and other proactive/preventative vetting schedule FOR we found out today that she has KC and cannot be boarded at the Vet Hospital. 🙁
 
The Vet has said that she has an ‘inverted knee’ and this is why she will need surgery. We also believe that she is at least visually impaired in the left eye.
 
This is a picture of her and a ‘puppy’ friend prior to Miss Valentine being picked up.
 
*we are rolling up sleeves and refusing to be beaten down!* 
 
TOTAL DONATED TO DATE: $846
 
 
Donations can also be made via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR
 
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
We are a long way off from what we need for her and working on a flash auction item to help raise funds.
 

UPDATE!

March 12th, 2018

On the 5 month old beautiful female Harl puppy we were contacted to assist in Brazil. We are calling her BHRR’s Valentine – first came on our radar February 14th – and she needs surgery on her hind end and appears to also be visually impaired.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get our hands on her last week. 

YET….we got her today! We were able to pick her up today! YES! YES! YES!

She does not stand much of future in Brazil and we believe that dogs do not know borders or countries.

I have just sent over to Maira $700 to help cover 14 days of boarding – $30/day, $100 for food and the rest for vetting to start.

We are trying to move as fast as we can to get her safely to Canada.

We are going to need some help to make this next miracle happen…..we really need Brazilian Rescue Angels to please surround her with support and help us help her. 

Thank you in advance for any consideration to her cause.

The earliest that I have been told that she can come is third week of April and here is the link to her Fundraising Page via YouCaring.

OR Donations can be made:

Email Transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org

OR

PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

ANYTHING would be SO appreciated….Even $5 is not too little.

BHRR’s Mama GD Gem
Beautiful Mama to The Bakers Dozen
March 2nd, 2018

So hard to believe that she was once so emaciated and heavily pregant at only 99 pounds with 13 babies. 

Then, after giving birth she dropped down to 84 pounds and today she is now a happier, healthier almost 112 pounds.

Liz, her talented, patient and caring professional photographer marvelled as to how she could have even carried that many babies….

I love this photo as she is truly such a ‘goofy gal’ to her small set up for success network of family/friends.

She contorts her body in all sorts of really awkward ways and oozes personality!

She can now hold her head up more often, does not always cower in a corner with sheer terror to be found in her eyes with body shaking…..she is no longer slinking around looking over her shoulder and the darkness does not make her whimper in fear.

She has a full bellly, is warm, lacks for nothing in comfort, love, consistency and vetting! She has many layers of comforters that she likes to ‘nest’ them into a big pile and bury herself into…how she just rubs her head with sheer pleasure amongst the blankets touches my heart deeply.

She shall be a BHRR Haven Dog and be cherished, kept safe and we will help her continue to be the best dog that she can be!

Once she relaxed around Liz – Liz was very respectful and gave BHRR’s Gem lots of space, she then began to show some of her goofball antics and contorsionist moves! 

Thank you again Liz Bradley for the photo’s for this BBBB deserved her own professional photo session!

Each day we try to show her that she is so wonderful, deserving and should have always been treated as a princess!

The Dane that was once only known as D211, being bred for greed, living in terror, neglected, abused, freezing and starved is a terrible thing of her past….never shall it be her present nor her bright future…my promise to her is that she will lack for nothing ever again.

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BHRR’s Ryder has another apt. scheduled with Dr. Liston on Tuesday March 13th as that part of his one eye has ‘failed’ again. 🙁 

His eye is not as bad as it was originally yet, part of that area has ‘popped out’ again. 🙁 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Fletcher 
DNA Proven to be GD/IW
February 15th, 2018
*Next professional Photo Shoot and THANKS again Liz*

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Temperament is very much genetically oriented and we have to use the proper set up for success in environment to help these dogs reach their full potential. Therefore, I am always handing off our dogs – when they are ready – to right matched people to help the doggies. So many think all puppies are bouncey and naturally social and over the top friendly and that could not be further from the truth. They are a big product of their genetics- Mama Gem’s genes live strong in these pups – and we have worked and remaining working hard to guide plus develop this litter into the Best Dogs they can be.

As such, like any of our dogs, they will only be approved to the right matched personality fit forever loving homes. Period. We provide so much detail in their blogs about the homes we want for each of our dogs and we do not want to see our dogs set up for failure. We will not compromise on what we know is in their best interest.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Oliver
DNA Proven to be GD/IW
February 15th, 2018
*Next professional Photo Shoot and THANKS again Liz*

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Temperament is very much genetically oriented and we have to use the proper set up for success in environment to help these dogs reach their full potential. Therefore, I am always handing off our dogs – when they are ready – to right matched people to help the doggies. So many think all puppies are bouncey and naturally social and over the top friendly and that could not be further from the truth. They are a big product of their genetics- Mama Gem’s genes live strong in these pups – and we have worked and remaining working hard to guide plus develop this litter into the Best Dogs they can be.

As such, like any of our dogs, they will only be approved to the right matched personality fit forever loving homes. Period. We provide so much detail in their blogs about the homes we want for each of our dogs and we do not want to see our dogs set up for failure. We will not compromise on what we know is in their best interest.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Juniper
DNA Proven to be GD/IW
February 15th, 2018
*Next professional Photo Shoot and THANKS again Liz*

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Temperament is very much genetically oriented and we have to use the proper set up for success in environment to help these dogs reach their full potential. Therefore, I am always handing off our dogs – when they are ready – to right matched people to help the doggies. So many think all puppies are bouncey and naturally social and over the top friendly and that could not be further from the truth. They are a big product of their genetics- Mama Gem’s genes live strong in these pups – and we have worked and remaining working hard to guide plus develop this litter into the Best Dogs they can be.

As such, like any of our dogs, they will only be approved to the right matched personality fit forever loving homes. Period. We provide so much detail in their blogs about the homes we want for each of our dogs and we do not want to see our dogs set up for failure. We will not compromise on what we know is in their best interest.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Everly
DNA Proven to be GD/IW
February 15th, 2018
*Next professional Photo Shoot and THANKS again Liz*

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Temperament is very much genetically oriented and we have to use the proper set up for success in environment to help these dogs reach their full potential. Therefore, I am always handing off our dogs – when they are ready – to right matched people to help the doggies. So many think all puppies are bouncey and naturally social and over the top friendly and that could not be further from the truth. They are a big product of their genetics- Mama Gem’s genes live strong in these pups – and we have worked and remaining working hard to guide plus develop this litter into the Best Dogs they can be.

As such, like any of our dogs, they will only be approved to the right matched personality fit forever loving homes. Period. We provide so much detail in their blogs about the homes we want for each of our dogs and we do not want to see our dogs set up for failure. We will not compromise on what we know is in their best interest.

 

She has a ‘ham’ side….it comes out here and there and more and more and this is her face when I said no more treats for now! 

She was ‘working’ it for more treats! 

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This stunning BBBBB rocked her own professional photo shoot today….. 

I use the word ‘proud’ often and I am! I am so beyond proud of the progress made by these once deeply broken and battered dogs.

For those who do not recognise this stunning girl, it is Mama GD Gem, once known only as D211. She is the mama to The Bakers Dozen. As Liz said today, it is so hard to believe that she carried 13 babies, she is so tiny. 

She went from an emaciated 99 pounds heavily pregnant to 84 pounds after giving birth and now is hanging around 110 pounds. Dainty in physical appearance yet strong in survival skills.

Mama Gem you ‘done good’ as it is said…though you were so emaciated – barely 99 pounds and heavily pregnant with 13 pups – you gave all you had to them and though you were never meant to be a Mama, to me, you are amazing.

The impact that this beautiful Dane has had on my heart and soul cannot be measured in words…..a mere baby herself to have lived the life she did prior to her Rescue, no dog should ever have experienced that kind of hell.

From being catatonic & terrified to trusting me and blossoming slowly like the most precious of flowers into what Liz saw today – cautious plus still worried around strangers yet bouncing and happy and so affectionate to me and open to displaying that love she is developing for life in front of Liz. 

While it has bothered some that so many ask about and want her pups – and to date only a mere handful have ever asked about Mama Gem – to me, I want BHRR’s Gem – wanted her since we were first asked to assist her – and she will remain safe in our Haven program for life….we will travel far together as there is so much that I want to slowly introduce her to and show her about the loving helping hands of the world….slowly take away the memories of the hurting hands that tortured and neglected and used her for their own greed.

BHRR’s Gem, your body, heart and soul may bear the scars of so many wounds of your past yet it is my life commitment to you to give you new memories and experiences, ones of so much joy, happiness and spoiling! I promise to keep you safe and cherish you forever. 

You shall never know another day of pain or sorrow….you shall never know another day without a soft bed to lay in, never know another day starving with a stomach empty of food, having a bruised and bleeding body, freezing and alone and being afraid of every sound and person…..the darkness shall not scare you any longer….

I adore you..accept you….understand you and am here for you…..

I love you and you are a gift….one day, may you know just how much of a gift you truly are. 

So today, BHRR’s GD Mama Gem had her own professional photo shoot and it was all about her and the princess she is and she deserved her own special time in front of Liz’s camera! 

She just shined!

Thank you Liz for your generous time and talent again today!

BHRR’s Gem, we founded BHRR for dogs like you and we are honoured to have you with us… 

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The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray
DNA Proven To Be GD/IW
February 15th, 2018 Professional Photo Shoot

*Sneak Peek* Photo!

Today, Liz sent me The Bakers Dozen’s latest professional pictures! Thanks so much Liz Bradleyfor everything that you do for so many! 

As things continue to unfold – and not as we would wish for BHRR’s Murray  – we shall update.

The scars on his face are from his continued battle since November 2nd, 2017 with Puppy Strangles.

Scars or not, he is one uber handsome boy, inside and out!

 

UPDATE:

So, Andrea, Maíra & I are an all go on our end to try and make another miracle happen…..

We are going to try a YouCaring Fundraiser Page this time as the fees are ‘less’ than the GoFundMe page. BHRR used YouCaring for BHRR’s Angel Noelle many years ago…..

It is going to cost us $30/day JUST to board her and she has to board at a Vet Hospital. Andrea is not able to board her.

We are also asking people to please consider donating their Empties to her cause.

I am working on a flash auction item to help with costs and we have a lot of work ahead of us yet Team ‘Valentine’ is ready and we hope that she will have a village step up to help us help her too! 

Here is her YouCaring Page and we shall update as we can…..

More details to be posted as we go along re: her story…..

February 28th, 2018

We are Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) located in Eastern Ontario, Canada. We are a federally registered Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue that has been operating since 1996. We focus strongly on the special needs and provide a safe Haven for those dogs that are deemed unadoptable due to medical and/or behavioural reasons. 

The purpose of this page is for supporters of the Brazil to Canada – Dane Angel Network to come together to help rescue/save another special needs Dane puppy. 

This sweet girl came on our radar February 14th and we are now in a position to mobilize to assist her!

We would like to call her ‘Valentine’ or ‘Cupid’. She is ~5 months of age, a female Harle GD. 

She comes from a horrific situation and she will require surgery on her hind end. She is also visually impaired. 

This is second biggest rescue effort to date and we need your support to make a miracle happen for this deserving puppy!

She is currently residing with an *independent* rescuer in Brazil and her chance of a quality filled future is slim. 

We will need to move her to a Vet Clinic to be boarded until we can organize all of her Vetting prior to transport such as Vaccines, De-worming – more than once, Fecals – more than once, Heartworm Preventative – monthly, Flea/Tick Preventative and she will need to have pre-operative blood-work in order for her to be spayed prior to transport. We will also need to test her for Distemper and make sure she is free from screwworm. 

We will need to pay for food, toys, blankets and other comforts too.

Boarding is $30/Day. She will need to be boarded for at least one month. 

AND we will need to figure out her crates size, Health Certificates that includes an International one and all Custom plus other legal paperwork required. 

Our strong position is that dogs do not know countries or borders. A dog in need is a dog in need and these are the next in need of our specialised programs. This is why we were founded in 1996.

We will be working with a local Pet Transport Company as we want to ensure that everything is done by experts to ensure her safe passage from Brazil to Canada. 

We know this shall be a costly rescue mission and our goal is to have her here within 6-8 weeks after we meet all vetting and paperwork requirements. So we have a tight deadline!

This You Caring Page is for angels to come together in support with  fundraising to help this sweet baby – we are told that she is really uber sweet! – that is deep in need of the BHRR Village to come together to surround her with kindness & helping hands.

For her to have any quality filled life – most dogs, not all – in Brazil are also kept outside, she will need a Haven such as Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) that can help her live to their full potential of happy quality filled lives! We will ensure that all of her medical, emotional and comfort needs/wants are committed to for her life!

Donations can also be made via email transfer too! gwen@birchhaven.org

Donations can also be made via PayPal too! gwen@birchhaven.org

Please also consider donating your Empties! 

Please help us help her…..with sincerest gratitude and humble thanks, please work with us to get them to Canada. 

Sneak Peek as to ‘who’ we are seeing if we can assist next from Brazil.

This is a 5 month old female Harle GD pup.

She first came on my radar February 14th and I would love to call her “Valentine” ? That is one big name though!

She will require surgery on her hind end and appears to be visually impaired from what we can see.

Much for Maíra Souza Monteiro, Andrea Glaucia C. Peixoto, Sean Boers & I to converse in respect to…….

Her past was horrific…..

I will be spending a lot of time on this tomorrow to see if we have a great chance of successfully being able to get her to Canada.

She does not have much of any future without BHRR.

We have made the decision to move BHRR’s Leroy into our BHRR Haven Program.

He shall continue be cherished, adored, spoiled and done right by for the rest of his days…which we hope is for many more years to come!

The Bakers Dozen!
February 15th, 2018

They had their latest professional photo shoot today and what a shoot it was!  Here is a candid I took!

Thank you to all of the Volunteers that spent about 35 minutes with Sean & I, puppy loving and puppy wrangling! Record time! Thanks Anne, Annette, Elizabeth, John, Meaghan, Sean & Brenna!

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as their heads were ‘not in the game’ and in the clouds instead! 

Annette you get the prize – and I will find something for you!  – for the true meaning of puppy wrangling!  You rocked that wrangle tackle on BHRR’s Juniper! 

This is why I love martingale’s so much for unlike the quick release buckles, they provide security and safety. NOT that BHRR’s Juniper would have gone far – super pack oriented to her siblings she is – yet case in point about the martingale’s being a much better collar. Unfortunately, we just do not have enough of them for their current size.

Thank you also Annette for the home-made treats! These pups were really distracted today and overall I plus Liz have to express how much more calm & less busy BHRR’s Everly was compared to November!  It was BHRR’s Juniper – who is known to be a busy bee herself – that truly was everywhere and anywhere!

BHRR’s Oliver – you have come so far with your anxiety and shyness!!  You were so much more solid.

BHRR’s Fletcher -yes, well…what can I say?! You remain such a suck and this is why you remain paired up with the person who will not unconsciously enable your own anxiety & shyness. While you would prefer to be glued to my side, from the moment you were old enough – barely 2 weeks – was never allowed to happen as I want you to become the best dog you can be! 

BHRR’s Poppy – wallflower you are no longer!

BHRR’s Furry Murray – you were so in your element!

This litter has been in the hands of others consistently since they were 2 weeks of age and have gone to public education/awareness events, have had five professional photo shoots to date, have been to so many Vet visits since they were born interacting with many and experienced plenty of dates both in and out of our home.

Anyone who knows me is very aware of our BHRR play date and visitation programs – around for over 22 years now – and how much they mean in assisting to help make our dogs the most well rounded plus balanced they can be. I am always putting our dogs into the hands of others as soon as the dogs are ready and we have now seen over the past five years just how many other groups have been following our lead to do the same.

Temperament is very much genetically oriented and we have to use the proper set up for success in environment to help these dogs reach their full potential. Therefore, I am always handing off our dogs – when they are ready – to right matched people to help the doggies. So many think all puppies are bouncey and naturally social and over the top friendly and that could not be further from the truth. They are a big product of their genetics- Mama Gem’s genes live strong in these pups – and we have worked and remaining working hard to guide plus develop this litter into the Best Dogs they can be.

As such, like any of our dogs, they will only be approved to the right matched personality fit forever loving homes. Period. We provide so much detail in their blogs about the homes we want for each of our dogs and we do not want to see our dogs set up for failure. We will not compromise on what we know is in their best interest.

Five currently remain available for adoption and BHRR’s Murray could be available for adoption by April.

Thank you to Brenna for the amazing $16.20 from the returning of Empties! AND for the generous $20 donation to add to our Sunday Event total! 

We are asking people to please do consider donating your Empties to help the BHRR animals! 

Thank you again to Liz for her time and own patience to try and capture these wiggling, distracted and really amazing 5 month old Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane pups!

Any one else see the perfect ‘7’ on BHRR’s Everly’s chest?! 

Too bad she was the 2nd born, not the 7th as that would be freaky!

We wish to SHOUT out the best and biggest thanks to so many that made our Sweetheart SPA event ‘pawsitively’ wonderful and so successful! 

DRUMROLL: $813 Raised! – $103 was from Empties!

Thank you to Bre of Pet Valu Stittsville in hosting us on Sunday and to her really lovely staff in being so patient with the BHRR invasion of dogs and humans! 

We want to thank our fabu BHRR Approved Volunteers who gave up a Sunday to spend it with us and with BHRR’s Booker & The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Murray! Aaron, Cherie, Gracie, Margaret and Doogie plus Sean & Kinsley, I remain really grateful for your support.

Thank you to every fabu dog and their human(s) that came out to visit us! At one point we had a line-up of incredible dogs waiting for us to pamper them! Thank you everyone for your amazing patience as we worked to give each and every gorgeous animal individual love and attention….their humans too! 

The smooching that went on, the roses that were given out – should have bought more as 24 were gone in a flash! – the baking was equally popular – Kendra I still think that your baking is a work of art!  – AND the tears that flowed….

This was a very emotional day for quite a few of us. The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg should have been there….and while his brother BHRR’s Murray, our puppy strangles pup – more on his own latest vet visit last night – rocked the day making me immensely proud – it was also such a heart wrenching day too. Thank you to so many kind and caring folks for the ‘gentle kicks, punches & hugs’ of support.  I remain so raw over his loss.

For those who have not yet seen the memorial movie or post I made February 7th, here is THE MOVIE LINK

Thank you to Jan B. who won our famous BHRR raffle basket & donated it back to BHRR. 

Thank you to Pauline for donating a doggie wheelchair to help us with a future BHRR doggie in need of one. 

Thank you to Doogie in making lunch for the Volunteers and staff at Pet Valu Stittsville. 

Thank you to those that donated their Empties – we still have to bring them back and will add them to the final total raised. 

Thank you to Jan H. & Jenny for donating new age appropriate toys for The Bakers Dozen and two toy storage bins. We were running very low on toys. 

Thank you to Margaret for the donating of future auction items that she bought in Florida – for our upcoming 11th Annual Microchip Clinic. 

Thank you to all of the BHRR Alumni adopters and doggies that came out – it always warms my heart and BHRR’s LT, I cannot believe that we are coming up on 10 years in June since your own meant to be approved adoption. We continue to work hard to dispel so many wrong beliefs and myths that Danes only live to age 7. This does our breed a huge disservice.

Too much in wrong information remains out there re: life expectancy, what constitutes proper diet, weight and exercise plus not all Vets should be seeing the giants so many of us adore. Giants are not like other size or breeds of dogs and as such need to be fed, exercised and vetted appropriately. That is why events like Sunday are so great….they provide a necessary and much needed invaluable opportunity to publicly educate and create the correct awareness re: Giants. Almost 30 years and thousands upon thousands of Giants we have been deeply involved with and our work shall never end.

AND as a small personable special needs strongly focused Rescue, we work extra hard to demonstrate to others how normal they are and how precious they are as beloved and cherished family members. No animal or person is perfect and we are all perfect in our imperfections!

AND if I am forgetting anything, that error is completely mine and please do forgive me. I was not operating at my absolute best on Sunday for a number of reasons and yesterday was equally stressful. 

The money raised will make another dent into what we owe in Vet Bills and we remain deeply thankful to so many for assisting us in helping those in need of our specialised programs. As people know, we have not taken in an Animal since 2017 for we must remain about the high standard of quality of our programs to each and every dog in our care.

When we can, we will re-open for intake and again help the next in need of BHRR. We cannot nor will not compromise on what each and every animal needs.

Some have been asking about our next event and at this time, we do not have anything concrete planned for March. We will be doing one more Flash Auction item and then have our annual BHRR date auction coming up in April etc. 

BHRR’s Murray was at KAH for a recheck and pre-operative bloodwork in anticipation of being neutered if he was deemeed healthy enough. He remains cyrptorchid. He is getting ready to reduce his Pred to 5 mg EOD. He has been on Pred since November 2nd, 2017.

His Vet remarked on how much better his skin looked and noted that his lymph nodes are about 1 cm. So, still swollen. He was given the thumbs up to reduce his Pred to 5 mg EOD. 

Isn’t he so handsome?!

ISO: 4 MORE BHRR Approved Puppy Loving Wranglers!

For The Bakers Dozen’s next Professional Photo Shoot!

Date: Thursday February 15th, 2018
Time: 3 PM
Location: Nepean

Please do NOT post your kind offer here, it may be missed! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help!

This photo is a throwback of The Bakers Dozen at their 4th professional photo shoot on November 24th, 2017! 

Five are curently Available For Adoption to ONLY the right matched personality fit homes and BHRR’s Furry Murray shall hopefully be available over the next 6 weeks or so!

He is doing SO well with his battling of the Puppy Strangles since November 2nd, 2017.

All the puppies were at LAH on January 19th for vaccines and re-weighs plus rechecks. THANKS to all of the approved BHRR Volunteers who helped wrangle that day!

BHRR’s Dickens!

On our way to his professional photo shoot! He will have his special announcement to make shortly.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Oliver (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Now 4.5 months of age

At 4 months of age – January 18th – He weighed 29.2 kgs(64.24 pounds)
*This litter has Been DNA Proven to be GD/IW*
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Photo is from November 24th @ his 4th Professional Photo Shoot

His next professional photo shoot is on February 15th.

His very detailed blog:

http://www.birchhaven.org/archives/category/adoption/puppy-10

He will ONLY go to a right matched personality fit home and we will not compromise on that requirement for him or for any of our dogs.

All of our adoption proceses, policies plus procedures can be found on the below link.

Should any home feel after reading his extremely thorough blog and our adoption criteria that they may qualify to adopt him, they are more than welcome to submit a fully completed application to the BHRR BOD for review. 

http://www.birchhaven.org/contracts-policies/application-fees

*THANK you to Liz again for the stunning photo’s!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Juniper (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Now 4.5 months of age

At 4 months of age – January 18th – She weighed 21.8 kgs(47.96 pounds)
*This litter has Been DNA Proven to be GD/IW*
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Photo is from November 24th @ her 4th Professional Photo Shoot

Her next professional photo shoot is on February 15th.

She will ONLY go to a right matched personality fit home and we will not compromise on that requirement for her or for any of our dogs.

All of our adoption proceses, policies plus procedures can be found on the below link.

Should any home feel after reading her extremely thorough blog and our adoption criteria that they may qualify to adopt her, they are more than welcome to submit a fully completed application to the BHRR BOD for review. 

http://www.birchhaven.org/contracts-policies/application-fees

*THANK you to Liz again for the stunning photo’s!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Fletcher (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Now 4.5 months of age

At 4 months of age – January 18th – He weighed 26.3 kgs(57.86 pounds)
*This litter has Been DNA Proven to be GD/IW*
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Photo is from November 24th @ his 4th Professional Photo Shoot

His next professional photo shoot is on February 15th.

He will ONLY go to a right matched personality fit home and we will not compromise on that requirement for him or for any of our dogs.

All of our adoption proceses, policies plus procedures can be found on the below link.

Should any home feel after reading his extremely thorough blog and our adoption criteria that they may qualify to adopt him, they are more than welcome to submit a fully completed application to the BHRR BOD for review. 

http://www.birchhaven.org/contracts-policies/application-fees

*THANK you to Liz again for the stunning photo’s!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Everly (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Now 4.5 months of age

At 4 months of age – January 18th – She weighed 23.5 kgs(51.7 pounds)
*This litter has Been DNA Proven to be GD/IW*
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Photo’s are from November 24th @ her 4th Professional Photo Shoot

Her next professional photo shoot is on February 15th.

Her very detailed blog:

http://www.birchhaven.org/archives/category/adoption/puppy-2

She will ONLY go to a right matched personality fit home and we will not compromise on that requirement for her or for any of our dogs.

All of our adoption proceses, policies plus procedures can be found on the below link.

Should any home feel after reading her extremely thorough blog and our adoption criteria that they may qualify to adopt her, they are more than welcome to submit a fully completed application to the BHRR BOD for review.

*THANK you to Liz again for the stunning photo’s!

BHRR Winter Wonderland!
February 4th, 2018

We have some of our perma/temp foster dogs over for a play date today to hang out, visit and have fun in the snow!

They are waiting for other friends that just arrived to come into the 3+ acres fenced in yard to play with! 

My Ice & Zero are also in this picture so excited to be able to hang out with their old buddies!

This is Gwennie!

Many of you may not know this face for she is always hiding from the lime-light.

Today is a very special day for today is Gwennie’s Birthday! 

If it were not for this truly amazing woman, BHRR would not exist and thousands upon thousands of animals/people would not have been helped over the past 22+ years.

The truly broken physically and/or behaviourally…Danes, Giants and Honourary that have been saved thanks to her. Dogs & Horses that many others would not or could not help. 98% of the dogs that come to Gwen are special needs for this was her mandate for BHRR and are often the dogs’ last chance at having a future. AND Gwennie delivers. She gives these dogs the best of everything.

Many friendships would never have been formed if it were not for this great woman either.

She has not only brought many dogs and people together, she is the glue that keeps those links on her BHRR Chain of Success so strong and stable.

She is often giving credit to others, even when it should come to her….content to stay in the background and let others be the focus of attention. Humble, generous, thoughtful and caring, nothing Gwennie would not do for anyone she felt was worthy.

Loyal to a fault and though trust is hard earned, once earned it is steadfast and solid. Break that trust and that is a whole different story! 

Where Gwennie does not take a back seat is when it comes to the animals and people in need. She has no hesitation in standing up for what is right, takes a zero tolerance approach and will go toe to toe in any situation that there is a need.

She has never once waivered in her vision over the past 22+ years for BHRR and has kept BHRR being a highly reputable, responsible and quality filled rescue. No animal lacks for anything and corners are never cut and she has kept BHRR small, personable with having second to none success rates.

She creates miracles every day…..many have born witness to this. She has never shied away from the difficult, heart wrenching and financially demanding animals in need. Even knowing that her heart will be ripped to shreds again and again, Gwennie continues to find strength and heart to save the next in need of her.

These animals are treated like cherished family members and anyone that visits BHRR has seen firsthand how the dogs follow and look for Gwennie. People can see how they look at Gwennie, the trust, the mutual respect, the love that they have. It is a beautiful and humbling thing to witness as these animals learn to be dogs and blossom plus grow under her care.

Time and time again, Gwennie has worked magic and has successfully rehabbed dogs to either be placed up for adoption or kept safe in BHRR’s Haven Program. She has given life to so many, great life.

Gwennie does without to ensure that the animals get everything…the big joke is how Gwennie does not even own a winter coat or boots!

It would be lovely if we could come together as her village and community and donate some funds to help Gwennie continue the extremely important work that she does.

**Email Transfer or PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org**

Do also join us in wishing her a wonderful day as we celebrate her!

HAPPY Birthday Gwennie! 

Your Loving BHRR Family/Team

**$410 Donated To Date**

This gorgeous BBBBB was back at KAH tonight for his boosters, a re-weigh, next exam etc.
 
BHRR’s Dickens!
 
He is up another kg(2.2 pounds) and while he still has another 10 or so pounds to go, he is looking really good overall now. The muscle mass and tone that he is getting is wonderful.
 
As a young growing boy – ~ 125-130 pounds should be a great ideal end weight for him when he has finished maturing. He is so nicely in propotion. Beautiful head on this boy and those ears…..
 
His Vet commented on how gorgeous and shiny and healthy plus glossy his coat is now looking. ? It was so coarse, dry, dull, flaky when he first arrived.
 
He is now fully integrated with all of the dogs and for a dog that we were told was ‘aggressive’ to other dogs, he has not had one issue. He jockeyed for position with BHRR’s Ryder a bit as both are the same gooberhead age and that has all settled down nicely.
 
His BFF is BHRR’s Rubble! Those two are such hamburgers! They will hang out and play all day together. Two very ‘manly’ dogs that seem to forget their tough big boy image when it comes time to play. They are awesome together!
 
His one thing is men in hats…that stresses him out and he still does have some barrier reactivity in the car so tonight, we again drove through as many drive-thru’s as we could and by the third one, he did not have a care in the world.
 
Remember that a reactive dog is not trying to give us a hard time….they are trying to tell us that they are having a hard time. There is a big difference and people often mis-use the word ‘aggressive.’
 
He has also come a LONG way with his obedience. His Vet was deeply impressed that he is actually almost a gentleman now! ? He showed how nice he could sit and takes treats gently and while another dog in the waiting room was barking and pulling, BHRR’s Dickens sat on the bench beside me calm and quiet and watched passively. PROUD of you!
 
The inside of his ears are still not something he enjoys having touched yet since he first arrived he has make leaps and bounds. We could even do two ear swabs on the left ear and other than some rare yeast found, both ears are healthy!
 
Temperature taking was a no-go via the ears.
 
He was a bit unimpressed with his back feet being lifted up yet realised that he was not going to be man handled and relaxed.
 
He has a super thin coat and his skin is quite pink, normal yet pink and so he wears a doggie coat.
 
He is scheduled for his professional photo shoot next week – the 8th of February and after some more obedience – his leash manners are coming along well too! – and manners 101 plus weight gain, he will then be ready to make his own special announcement.
 
He will go to an experienced home only. His personality is huge and he needs someone to be positively balanced in their approach to handling him. A calm, quietly confident home that is going to help him continue to be the best dog he can be and call him out when he is being a total boob yet know the difference between what makes him stressed and when he is just being an idjit.
 
He enjoys getting a reaction from people and a bit of an honest manipulator he is! LOVE him for it….if people are going to let him take an inch, he is going to take it and then try for more!
 
He is becoming more and more affectionate as he learns about helping hands not hurting manhandling hands.
 
He is so wonderful……and not for the faint of heart!
 
He is perfect in all of his imperfections and has a ton of potential that we are only just beginning to truly tap into as he allows us more and more into his world!
 

6 of The Bakers Dozen were at LAH today for their latest exams, to get updated weights and for vaccines!

BHRR’s Murray while still being weaned of off his pred  from his puppy pyoderma – now getting 10 mg daily – is finally healthy to begin his own vaccine protocol! YAY!

Here are their weights from today. For those not kg savvy, just multiply by 2.2 to get their weights in pounds. 🙂

Unfortunately, there is no group photo as Sean forgot to get one and as I had to be at Alta Vista AH as BHRR’s Carlsberg(one of their litter-mates) had been admitted the night before through emerge there, I could not take one myself.

BHRR’s Juniper was noted as having some slightly swollen lymph nodes on her face and the Vet felt it was due to teething.

BHRR’s Murray is still unilaterally cryptorchid(three in this litter were – BHRR’s Fletchers dropped prior to his neuter yet BHRR’s Morty’s did not and per his Vet once he was in doing the surgery, it never would have as it was stuck in the inguinal ring). So, definitely a genetic component with three males all having an Un-descended testicle!

AND this is what happens when you leave the baking alone for 1 minute!

Thanks BHRR’s Ryder! 

That has always been his ‘thing’ and it is NOT his fault.

Having been rescued at 48 pounds @ 10 months of age….food is his ‘vice’.

He is a countersurfer expert and is the first Dane in close to 30 years of working, owning, rescuing, training, rehabilitating them etc. that has ever been able to swipe food off the top of our fridge.

He was kind enough to leave 4 intact so, dessert can still be had for The Boerskins!  

ISO: Human and/or Doggie Treatie Bakers!
 
Our 5th ANNUAL ‘Breaking Bills Bake Online’ Auction is coming up fast! Starts Saturday January 20th!
 
Last year we had 67 incredibly donated yummy items and $1,158 was raised to help Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson! ??
 
Monies raised in our 2018 extremely unique & 1-of-a-kind annual event shall be divided up between BHRR’s Booker(DDB Puppy with the back broken leg) & our FCE Puppy, The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg. ?
 
If anyone may consider donating an item or more of either a Canine and/or Human baked goodie – does not need to be made until after the fundraiser is over – so is fresh! – please do EMAIL
 
We only host five planned fundraisers a year and this is our first one of 2018.
 
Thank you deeply from our hearts if you may consider their worthy causes to support!
 
More details re: our amazing fundraiser can be found in this LINK.
 

BHRR’s Dickens was scheduled to have his Vet Visit on December 28th yet due to another client at the Hospital needing to be seen, we rescheduled to Saturday December 30th.

He is just over 110 pounds now! Having put on almost 12 pounds since his arrival on December 7th. He is looking good! Some more pounds and more muscle mass plus tone and he is going to look even more handsome! He still has quite a bit of dander yet his coat is finally becoming more sleek and shiny. Excellent food, proper exercise, grooming and love is going to make his coat be very glossy. 

He was a good boy at the Vets. Did well for everything other than ear checking and the taking of his temperature in his ears. Having had ear infections when he was dumped at the pound, and not having had a good history of proper handling, he is understandably stressed and also due to lack of manners, he liked to try and ‘throw’ his weight around.

His leash manners are also still a bit of a bull in a china shop yet improving daily! Managed to get a weight without any issues though. WTG BHRR’s Dickens…baby steps. 

He was fantastic for his bloodwork and vaccines!

We are back in a month for boosters and a re-weigh, recheck and with even more handling and love and patience and time and consistency, will be even better. 

I was so proud of him for he trusted Sean & I and while a bit nervous here and there, overall was quite solid. For a dog that was dumped at the pound said to be ‘aggressive’, not one aggressive bone to be found in his body to date. Such an overused and wrongly used term for so many dogs. He is what I call ‘mirror reactive’ and as we are calm, positively confident and being open with our expectations plus communications, he is not confused and is equally calm and settled and a happy, goofy, affectionate boy he is demonstrating to be. 

He has had zero issues with any of the dogs here other than being a bit ‘woofy’ at BHRR’s Ryder and vice versus yet with both being around the same age….they are both ‘jockeying’ for a spot higher than each other in the hierarchy. Nothing serious yet being monitored closely. 

BHRR’s Dickens best friend is BHRR’s Mama GD Gem though. She likes to push/boss him around yet god forbid he goes too far away from her and then she is right at him giving him a piece of her mind for leaving her….and he is quite happy to have her devoted attention…she is such a tiny explosive kanga-dane now to all in her small set up for success circle. The public arena’s terrify her so much still yet one small step at a time….

This picture is of BHRR’s Dickens from our annual traditional Christmas Eve Photo shoot on December 24th, 2017. He did so well! 

As we head into New Years Eve, here is Sean’s end of year statement.

Sean is Co-Founder and a BHRR BOD Member of BHRR. This photo is of him and BHRR’s Daffodil from our traditional XMAS Even Photo shoot – December 24th, 2017! She remains Available For Adoption!

In Sean’s Words:

‘Here we are again – at the end of another year. Time to reflect on the great, the good, the bad and the ugly and set our sights on the year to come.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t specifically take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made a positive contribution to BHRR. I couldn’t possibly name everyone – but you certainly know who you are!

The contributions you’ve made through time and effort, vet bills, food, auction donations, cleaning supplies, transport, etc. is precisely what allows us to do what we do! We are a community – and stronger because of it. I offer my most heartfelt thank-you to all of you. I count our interactions with all of you as part of the highlight reel.

So many wonderful people have come into our lives.

Together we’ve done a lot of great things in 2017. There are so many BHRR dogs in forever loving homes, there have been successful events for awareness, education and fundraising. One of the most significant and recent successes for this year is The Bakers Dozen and demonstrates perfectly how everyone came together as strong links on the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ when needed.

This was a huge outpouring of support!

It blows my mind to contemplate the amount of puppy formula that was donated and consumed! This would not have been achievable without the enormous outpouring of support given. Seriously – the amount of formula we went through would make several mortgage payments look like chump change!

And the ugly…… I’m not generally one to dwell on the negative – but I think it is important to acknowledge and address what I feel is a growing and unfortunate trend. Let’s address something that is very real yet seldom openly discussed.

A trend not just with us, but across the internet, business and personal interactions all around. Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of destructive and abusive interactions.

This year we were subjected to a new low – as at least one person out there already knows – BHRR was subject to a malicious attack. In the end, we were proven/validated to be operating a stellar, highly responsible, excellent and much needed organization for the animals. As this was not based in fact or naive ignorance, they received a cautionary warning and we are now investigating possible further legal venues.

However, our initial response from the actions of this vindictive individual was a ‘Wow – never saw that one coming…’

We have hosted regular BHRR events here – 6 a year for over 2 decades – for people’s benefit and for the animal’s of BHRR.

We open up our home to the scrutiny of strangers and, we have done so gladly, and, openly for we have nothing to hide………..

We commit to giving up what could be very precious, valuable coveted family time for the sake of our guests. We feel it is so important for people to witness firsthand what we do and, why we do it and, that we are not like ‘every’ other group or org. out there…..

We have even had people from approved Volunteers, the curious, the interested, stay here overnight, for days and even weeks at a time.

We have always remained full of disclosure and have shared the ups, the downs, the good, the bad and the ugly with all of our followers, supporters, friends and family.

But to the individual responsible for a baseless complaint – thank you so much for putting our family on edge and under the microscope. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the surprise and shock instead of an open dialogue with anyone who may have had questions or concerns.

So much better to lob a hand grenade from the bushes and run away. This doesn’t feel constructive, or motivated by the best interests of the animals – this feels very personal and malicious. We are very proud of what we’ve done with our lives – can you say the same?

While I’m also not prone to extolling our own efforts – we have dedicated almost 22 years of our life to the protection of animals, particularly the special needs dogs and the giant breeds – those least likely to be picked up by high turnover rescues. Animals others cannot or will not assist. 99% of those we help are the truly medical and/or behaviourally broken, We are small, personal and dedicated. We’re not trying to be dramatic when we say this – even those who know us have absolutely no idea the level of personal commitment and sacrifice this has taken from our family. The sheer amount of physical work, the hours night and day, the successes and the heartbreaks.

Responsible/quality rescue is 24/7. We do not ‘dabble’ in rescue, only do the ‘fun’ things, hang out, visit and then get to go home to relax and enjoy 9 hours of restful sleep. The stress, lack of sleep, financial drain and complete lack of freedom for something as simple as a family vacation – or even a movie or dinner night out is our lives day in and day out and we have done this gladly! The cyberbullying endured, the tens of thousands of pounds of food transported and stacked. Hydro bills – OVER $1,100/ month and enough laundry – up to 12 loads daily – to choke a laundry mat.

We’re not looking for the thanks, the praise, the accolades, or parades in our honor. We do this for the dogs, not the recognition or for any ‘pats on the back’.

At the same time, we have grown even less tolerant of the abuse, the hand grenades thrown from the sidelines, the armchair quarterbacks who find it so easy to second guess and criticize – to judge, without ever actually seeking to understand or becoming involved.

Cyberbullying is a very real problem and after much research and conversations held with cyberbullying experts, professors and lawyers, note that regardless of the occupation, paid or volunteer, everyone has the right to work in an environment free from personal threat, free from worry about emotional and/or physical harm and the right to not be bullied. This is punishable by law.

Social media is an amazing thing, it is also an awful thing that so many spanning across a vast amount of businesses, non-profits, other professional venues and personal arena’s have been enduring some level/form of bullying.

Those who want to blame, point fingers instead of learn and understand, shame on you. Those who want to take shortcuts and then foist their problems on us, shame on you. Those who want to be coddled and told they are doing everything properly when in fact they are the issue, not the animal, shame on you. Those who are turned down for an adoption and respond by spewing accusations, sour grapes and names, shame on you. Since our inception in 1996, we have retained a zero tolerance approach with the amount of nonsense, armchair quarterbacks and negativity endured.

Setting our sights on the year(s) to come – what’s next for Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services? Same wonderful people – same Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – same strong rescue mission. Absolutely nothing will change 
overnight – we will continue to do what we have always done. We continue to help the next dog in need – we continue to place adoptable dogs into their right matched forever homes and we continue to provide a safe haven for those animals that need us.

Over the coming years – we will gradually transition to our long held vision of more of a haven program (which is already a large part of what we do). We will always focus on the giant breeds and canines/horses with special needs. These are the ones that need us – these are the ones we feel we can provide the greatest benefit to with our education, experience, knowledge and heart.

As of January 2018, one of our changes shall be to our adoption area’s covered – we will adopt up to an including the Barrie and Cambridge, Ontario area’s from our location and into Quebec, we will cover up to the Montreal area. We will still rescue all across the world.

Over the next year, will also be implementing an ‘Advisory Round Table Board’ of like-minded BHRR approved Volunteers in addition to our BHRR BOD Team.

We will be adding two more BHRR approved Volunteers to our Community Education Liaison Member Team too.

I look forward to working with all of our supporters in 2018 – let us do as many wonderful things this coming year together as we were able to accomplish in 2017!

Sean
BHRR Co-Founder
BHRR BOD Team Member’

UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)

Donated To Date: $650
His Bills Are Almost $1,500

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd.

Then he has had appointments:
Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th 
Kanata Animal Hospital November 16th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 21st
Kanata Animal Hospital November 28th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 5th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 18th

He weighed 14.4 kgs(31.68 pounds) on December 5th and then weighed 16.9 kgs(37.18 pounds) at 12 weeks of age.

He remains on Pred and now we are finally reducing the dosing over the next 8 weeks.

As long as he progresses and does not have a relapse, he can have vaccines around January 18th at his next recheck! He may have scarring on his face for life yet he shall always be super handsome to those who love him! 

WTG BHRR’s Murray!

First picture is from December 5th and the second picture is from December 18th!

HISTORY:

I had rushed him into Kanata AH on Thursday November 2nd for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.

This is NOT contagious.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for many weeks.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). 

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama…. ??We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration….. 

BHRR’s Rickards XMAS Eve Photo – part of our annual traditional candid photo shoot!

BHRR’s Dickens is scheduled to have his Vet visit on December 28th! He is going to make a truly lucky home an amazing addition! HE is so awesome!

Two more pictures of this amazing boy!

 

The Bakers Dozen were at LAH tonight for their next exams, boosters and here are their weights in kgs!

BHRR’s Murray came to hang out at LAH – he is not ready for vaccines and I have two updates to do on him! After hanging out with his litter-mates at LAH, he had his own appointment, for a recheck at KAH. He weighed 16.9 kgs(37.18 pounds). 

NOTICE:

BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.

Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing for 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 22nd, 2018 to Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Thursday January 4th, 2018!

During this time, BHRR is always available 24/7 for requests for assistance of animals in need and we shall then network accordingly for as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority. We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there. 

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

AND thank you to Xandria for surprising us so wonderfully wiith this fabu photo! 

Sean has decided on a name!

BHRR’s Dickens!

He had a fantastic night! 

He has been out in our 3+ acres of fenced in yard…..sniffing and exploring and strolling around. After about 10 minutes he came to the door -Sean & I stood outside on the brick deck observing him – and saw Sean and skittishly skittered away.

Naturally worried re: Sean and lets me gently take his collar and pet him slowly and softly with a few strokes. 

AND is now having a little bit of breakfast. Has not drank anything to date yet his breakfast has some canned food in it and he has access to fresh water. Not unusual behaviour. 

Today is the first day of his new beginning and learning more about each other.

Sean will go over all of the name suggestions to date made in both threads and we all wait with bated breath as to his final decision! Keep up the great name suggestions!

Today at her spay, BHRR’s Everly – 11 weeks of age – weighed 16.1 kgs(35.42 pounds). 
Today at his neuter, BHRR’s Morty  – 11 weeks of age – weighed 17 kgs(37.4 pounds).

The Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Sprocket!
DNA Proven – Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane
11 weeks of age

She is the first of The Bakers Dozen to leave us for her forever loving adoptive home….

This is on our way in for her to officially fly Mama Gwennie’s Nest and while she did not exactly fly or race or even walk to leave me, she will be ok…..their time and love and consistency plus patience etc. will help her reach her full potential! 

I want to thank each and every Bakers Dozen Angel that has stood so solid and strong beside them and us during their intense rollercoaster of incredible highs and devastating lows. We have witnessed first hand how strong our BHRR village remains! What a heart touching and significant validation that all our round the clock efforts, our willing and enormous sacrifices of time, money, heart and sleep is acknowledged plus supported. Thank you!  

Thank you to those that have remained sensitive to how emotional this bittersweet sorrow of parting ways is for The Boerskins. These precious creatures are part of our 24/7 lives and saying good-bye is never easy.

We do what we do for the right of the animals and each one carves a deep wonderful PawPrint in our hearts and souls……no matter how long or short our journey’s are with them…. 

BHRR’s Sprocket only the best right match homes are meant for our dogs and you are in a most wonderful home and shall lack for nothing! You are already so dearly loved by your new family and I am so happy for you and them. Excited too!

Yes, I had a tear or two on my way in knowing that our chapter ends together yet in that tear or two was an equal mixture of a lot of happiness to see another one of our fabu BHRR dogs end up where they are meant to be! 

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg leaves us on Monday….another truly amazing filled with joy and also sadness day to come for all of us…..and we know he will truly be adored in his own forever loving home! 

AND we are finally home!

BHRR’s Mr. X is settling in quite well.

It was a rocky start at the shelter and as I figured out quite quickly in watching the video Maira sent, he is what I call a ‘mirror image’ Dane.

If someone is nervous, he is nervous.
If someone is calm and quietly assured, he is calm and quietly assured
If a dog reacts and barks or lunges, he reacts and backs and lunges

I watched the short video Maira sent to me when they went to pick him up at the shelter and in the run, he was just being an adolescent gooberhead.

Yet, as the Shelter staff was nervous of him, he became nervous. Once he was away from them, he settled beautifully. He was very treat motivated for Maira.

Dogs reacted to him, so he reacted back at the shelter yet now at my home, he is in his collosal crate settling in.

He was more scared of Maira’s Male travel buddy than her and by the time I met them in Cornwall, all were fast friends!  I asked him to be the one to load Mr. X up as Mr. X knew them some and I was now the stranger. Yet, there was some leash malfunctions and I ended up tethering him without issue…he had some little grumps and I just took my hands away, showed him I was a non threat and got back to the business of tethering him. Travelled wonderfully on the way home!

Understandably stranger danger in seeing Sean and Mason outside and not a peep from him when we were inside and they will spend time with him once daylight comes and he can decompress from his journey tonight.

Both Sean and I thought the same thing in only being around him a few moments – he reminds us of BHRR’s Rubble in quite a few ways. Looking forward to learning more about him and taking this rehab path with him!

His body condition is actually quite good….he lacks muscle mass and tone yet he is not thin or skinny or emaciated. A rarity for us at BHRR as we specialise heavily in dogs in such poor physical condition.

This BBBBB is behaviourally in big need of us….

He is a smaller Male Great Dane yet nicely in proportion! Really handsome.  I would say he is between 120-125 right now. Love his ears and head and those eyes! Yup…another ‘do not look too deep into the eyes kind of dog or you may be sunk!’ 

I am deeply indebted to Maira for helping to get him closer to me! 

We did not think we could help another Dane/Giant or Honourary Giant until 2018 yet with 7 Approved adoptions since October 1st, 1 Pending Adoption – Home-Visit on Sunday and sadly the loss of two of our 9 year old amazing Seniors, we felt we could help one more in need of us in 2017 and this boy needed a XMAS miracle. He is emotionally and behaviourally mixed/messed up, lacks proper human and dog social skills not to mention obedience. He really has zero idea that you are talking to him and trying to communicate with him….all that shall change!

Welcome to BHRR, Mr. X and thanks Maira for the pics as I could not get any! Way too dark and I was all by myself.

Mr. X still needs a name!

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, good night wishes being sent!

AND Maira has Mr. X!

It was a rocky start yet she now has him!

I am making the drive to meet up with her shortly in Cornwall! A long night for all of us – after a long day as we both worked – yet we are this boy’s XMAS Miracle and thanks to the dedication and big heart of Maira, we are going to make this happen for him! 

Drive safe Maira and see you soon!

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Oliver
DNA Proven to Be Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane
9 weeks of age
November 24th, 2017

He is still AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to the right matched personality fit forever loving home.

He has this individual blog & people interested in being considered for him are strongly recommended to read his whole detailed individual blog which documents his story from before he was even born!

AND to read our adoption processes, polices and procedures. We do not MAKE exceptions. 

Additionally, he does not languish in a kennel or pound or shelter environment. He resides in a loving home, is socialised, being trained and adored!

Thank you to Liz again for taking this fabu photo at his fourth professional photo shoot!

BHRR’s ??
Needs A Name! Name Guru’s?!

He is a 1 year old black Male Great Dane. Dumped as the Owners say he is not good with other dogs(was ‘ok’ with their own and as been fine at the pound) and clearly lacks manners and proper socialisation. Plus, from what has come my way, he was ‘man-handled’, so is *quirky*. The Pound workers do not trust him and are not comfortable around him.

It never ceases to make us cringe over the high number of Great Danes/Giants:

1) that are purchased from backyard yard breeders and puppymillers
2) that never were properly socialised
3) that never were properly positively balanced trained 
4) that people think that man handling and forcing a dog through harsh, punitive and painful methods is an acceptable and successful method of training 
5) that people think are a disposable commodity 
6) that when they have kids it is ok to get rid of their pets 
7) that get a dog whether they do or do not have kids and they do not get a dog based upon what is the best match personality fit for their home and then the dog is labelled – often incorrectly -in any number of ways and then gotten rid of
AND the list goes on and on….. 

The genetic personality and temperament of a dog is present since birth and the right environment is necessary to help make any dog reach their full potential and become an asset to home plus community.

We will be stepping up to assist this soon to be BBBBB as he needed his own XMAS Miracle.

Thank you to BHRR BOD member Mary for offering to be his special Secret Santa! 

Thank you to Maira for being so willing to help transport him closer to me! 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Everly
DNA Proven to Be Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane
9 weeks of age
Picture is from November 24th, 2017. This was taken at their 4th professional photo shoot!

She is still AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to the right matched personality fit forever loving home.
Thank to you Liz Bradley for another great shot! 
 

 

Today at her spay, BHRR’s Juniper – 10 weeks of age – weighed 13.1 kgs(28.82 pounds).

Today at her spay, BHRR’s Poppy – 10 weeks of age – weighed 12.2 kgs(26.84 pounds).

3 Hour Count Down Reminder!

Our 10th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction ends tonight- Thursday November 30th @ 9 PM EST

We currently have 136 amazing items up for grabs!

All money raised goes to help The Bakers Dozen and their Puppymill Mama GD Gem!

It is going to cost many thousands to spay/neuter and to microchip all of these special creatures….

This is a photo of BHRR’s Fletcher at KAH yesterday in recovery from his neuter. Thanks KAH for the picture!

6 of the Bakers Dozen were altered this week with more to be done next week.

To see all of the items we have up for grabs so far AND to bid, please USE THIS LINK!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: When bidding please bid per the rules with your full name and contact information AND NOTE the location for pick-up as not all items can be shipped or are available in our neck of the woods!

 

 

2 Hour Count Down Reminder!

Our 10th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction ends tonight- Thursday November 30th @ 9 PM EST

We currently have 136 amazing items up for grabs! So many beautiful items thanks to our Auction Angels! 

All money raised goes to help The Bakers Dozen and their Puppymill Mama GD Gem!

It is going to cost many thousands to spay/neuter and to microchip all of these special creatures….not to mention the over $10,000 spent to date to care for all….

This is a photo of Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem, mere hours before she began to whelp The Bakers Dozen….this is where she felt safe and nested and wanted to have her babies….on the double futon bed in our recreational room, I was sleeping on beside her since she arrived into our care.

She weighed 99 pounds heavily pregnant and after giving birth to 13 babies, she dropped down to barely 85 pounds and now weighs a wonderful 115 pounds!  Her physical wounds have healed, and scars or not she will always be a stunning BBBBB to us! My heart is just wrapped up so tightly in her soft paws…..tears will jump so easily to my eyes when I think of her….I love her that much! Emotionally, she was broken and she has a long way to go…..I am beside her every step she takes in her rehab journey.

She will never know another bad day, never be forced to breed, be hurt, beaten, starved and she shall never know another night or day in a place of hell with no light and surrounded by death and pain of hundreds upon hundreds of others That suffered like her.

Known only as D211 to the puppymillers, to us we named her BHRR’s Gem….To us she is so special. When she is emotionally ready, she will have her own professional photo shoot.

6 of the Bakers Dozen were altered this week with more to be done next week.

To see all of the items we have up for grabs so far AND to bid, please visit the below link!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: When bidding please bid per the rules with your full name and contact information AND NOTE the location for pick-up as not all items can be shipped or are available in our neck of the woods!

http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-2…/online-auction-2012

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Today at his neuter, BHRR’s Oliver – 10 weeks of age weighed 15.6 ks(34.32 pounds)
Today at his neuter, BHRR’s Fletcher – 10 weeks of age weighed 14.7 kgs(32.34 pounds) – I noted that the one undescended testicle had dropped when I checked on Sunday and so, BHRR’s Fletcher was good to be neutered today. 

BHRR’s Fletcher – photo sent my way by KAH.

Another picture of this stunning BBBBB! 
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Ryder!
~16 months

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He is ready to make his own special announcement!

He is the Great Dane that was rescued at around 10 months of age weighing barely 48 pounds and with a medical eye condition.

To those who felt sorry for him, look at him now! He did not need people to feel sorry for him. He needed people to understand and help him and we are forever grateful to those who helped transport him and have stood by his and our side during his extensive rehabilitation!

What was once thought to be a cherry eye was actually eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane. The first eye surgery he when he was neutered failed and he required a second surgery in September. Which if you look at his photo was successful!

Can you even tell which eye had the two surgeries?! 

His coat, once brown, dull, full of dead hair and so thin not to mention full of dander is now sleek and black and glossy and so shiny! 

He is currently ~115-120 pounds and as a young now healthy growing Dane, he is still gaining.

This boy has personality!! Oh! How I love his temperament. He is a true character and if people just give him a few moments to size up a room/situation, he relaxes and is the class clown. With all that he went through prior to Rescue, who can blame him for wanting to be sure everything was ok before jumping in.

He is friendly, happy, goofy and so loyal…..the way he looks at me once again, has me feeling incredibly humbled.

His biggest vice remains counter surfing. I cannot stress it enough that this is the biggest thing that we continue to patiently work on. He will need a home that shall remain consistent and positive balanced based in their approach to this behaviour. For a Dane that has been starved, who can blame him for wanting the goodies to be found yet, we are making slow but steady progress.

He can still be strong on a leash yet also has greatly improved. He is an adolescent that did not have much to no training prior to his rescue and he is equally doing so well in this area!

Fine to bathe, do nails and clean ears.

He still has some mild anxiety here and there in his crate when he first goes in at night and we passively ignore and he settles beautifully.

Travels amazing in a car now and no longer tries to climb the seats…even when tethered/seat belted, he would try and these days is most content to look out the windows or lay down to chomp a Butchery marrow bone etc.

We prefer a home with children no younger than 13, if said right matched home had children.

He can go to a home with or without a dog already residing in it and male or female does not matter as it is always about the right match fit personality, not the sex of the dog. He is not a wallflower and does still take some pleasure in attempting to push the softer Dogs a bit, like one of my own Wolfies Brogan. That being said, on the inside he really is a big softie that is working on his proper manners.

He has learned so much since he first arrived to us in July and while he is very much a gorgeous diamond in the rough in some ways, he does not have need of me any longer and that right match fit forever loving home can continue to build upon the strong foundation we have worked so hard to build for him.

He is not a high maintenance Dane to us….more of a low middle end kind of boy and for us a true riot!

He needs a home that walks three times a day, has a good sized fenced in backyard and has a strong small social network in place both people and dog wise for BHRR’s Ryder to keep moving forward in his manners and social skills. He loves his close few friends and needs his set up for success circle.

He can be adopted to a home that works full time, or part-time or works from home or is semi-retired or retired. Another versatile BHRR dog. 

I am so going to miss this stunning BBBBB when it is his time to leave me….he has been an absolute delight to have been asked to assist and like all the BHRR Dogs over the last shy of 22 years, will be a part of my heart forever!

I am over the moon proud of you BHRR’s Ryder! We also sincerely hope that the select few who could not look past his emaciation/eye/coat to what he had the potential to be now see why BHRR exists and are the experts we are in these situations. ?

This boy deserved the opportunity as any other dog does to live a super quality filled life filled with so much care and surrounded by so much love!  He is happy and healthy and lives his every day to the fullest….

Thank you again to Liz Bradley for the gorgeous pics!

UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
 
His wolfie coat is slowly coming in! 🙂
 
Donated To Date: $570
His Bills Are Already Over $1,400
 
He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd and then was at Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th.
 
He was then seen at Kanata Animal Hospital:
November 9th and again on
November 16th and agan on
November 21st and again on
November 28th.
 
He weighed 13.2kgs (29.04 pounds) at 10 weeks of age at KAH
 
The day after he originally seen at KAH, Forti Flora was added to his food, as he was having bloody mucousy stool due to the meds dispensed the night before – more info. below.
 
November 28th, he was re-weighed, examined, temp remains normal, still has slightly swollen lymph nodes and ear cytologies were again done on both ears. He will remain on the Ottomax ear drops twice a day as he still is showing some rods in his results.
 
He remains on Pred(27.5 mg total daily) and Clavamox.(250 mg total daily)
 
The latest fecal we did – November 16th was negative as was the first one we did when the litter was 2 weeks of age as we have been following proper Vet protocol in de-worming this litter at 2,4,6 & 8 weeks. They will be de-wormed again at 10 weeks and then monthly after that.
 
I also did his nails again tonight.
 
We will be back next week for his next recheck.
 
I had rushed him into Kanata AH on Thursday November 2nd for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!
 
When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.
 
I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.
 
I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.
 
By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.
 
Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.
 
We also did skin scrapings.
 
Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.
 
Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.
 
Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.
 
This is NOT contagious.
 
Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for many weeks.
 
BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). ?
 
This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama…. ??We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….
 
The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.
 
OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
We remain so grateful for any and all consideration…..

The Bakers Dozen – 5 of them!
DNA Prove To Be Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound
9 weeks of age
November 24th, 2017

This is at their fourth professional photo shoot!

Thanks so much again Liz Bradley for your time and patience as the puppies were being wrangled…

L-R
BHRR’s Poppy, BHRR’s Juniper, BHRR’s Everly, BHRR’s Fletcher & BHRR’s Oliver

These five are still available for future approved adoptions.

BHRR ONLY places per right match personality fits and each of these amazing pups have extremely detailed blogs from even before they were born!

Sadly, we also still have people not reading our adoption process/policies and procedures that includes our adoption area covered etc.

We remain patient…..

THANK you to Melissa Anne, Gracie Walker(AND your lovely mom, Ellen for stepping up at the last minute as we had two Volunteers end up not being in attendance), Kayla Baxter & Mason Ross Boers! – Thanks Mason also for stepping in when needed!

We are NOTHING without our absolutely incredible approved BHRR Volunteer team and so so so so grateful!

Liz & BHRR’s Oliver(Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane)
9 weeks of age
September 24th, 2017
Available For Future Approved Adoption!

Today 5 of The Bakers Dozen had their 4th Professional Photo Shoot!

BHRR’s Oliver took to Liz Bradley so fast and strongly! 

She asked me to snap a few photo’s of them and this is one of the pics! 

AREN’T they adorable?

I want to share this photo as Liz is a huge part of BHRR’s “CHAIN OF SUCCESS”

Her time and talent with professional photo’s has enabled BHRR to see so many of our BHRR animals’ *captured* so beautifully!

She is a strong link on our ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ and we are deeply blessed.

I love this photo! 

Thank you to all of the BHRR Volunteers that braved a windy day today to help puppy wrangle!

Thank you LIz for everything you do for so many in the community that has enabled more animals’ to be adopted from many r/q groups!

BHRR’s Fletcher – Fourth Professional Photo Shoot! 9 weeks of age.

BHRR’s Ryder had his professional photo shoot today!

As soon as the pictures are back, he will be ready to make his own special announcement!

This is the Great Dane that was rescued weighing 48 pounds at only 10 months of age.

He is now a gorgeous BBBBB weighing almost 115 and after needing two eye surgeries, he is happy and healthy! AND he has learned a lot about manners yet he still likes to counter surf if ever given the chance! ?

Jane, your boy is doing fabu! ?

I am off shortly to make the drive do a third home-visit this week for a possible Approved adoption with another one planned for Sunday! Tonights home-visit is for The Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Carlsberg. We will update as we can!

 

UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)

Donated To Date: $550
His Bills Are Already Over $1,200

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd and then was at Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th and then he was at Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th and again on November 16th.

Tonight – November 21st, he was back for another recheck at KAH.

He weighed 12.1 kgs(26.62 pounds) at 9 weeks of age at KAH

The day after he was at KAH, Forti Flora was added to his food, as he was having bloody mucousy stool due to the meds dispensed the night before – more info. below.

Tonight, he was re-weighed, examined, temp remains normal, still has swollen lymph nodes and in doing a ‘tape’ test on the lesions on his face, no yeast was found and only mild cocci.

He remains on Pred and Clavamox and also the ear drops he began last Friday for the cocci/rods found.

The latest fecal we did – November 16th was negative as was the first one we did when the litter was 2 weeks of age as we have been following proper Vet protocol in de-worming this litter at 2,4,6 & 8 weeks. They will be de-wormed again at 10 weeks and then monthly after that.

I also did his nails again tonight.

We will be back next week for his next recheck.

I had rushed him into Kanata AH on Thursday November 2nd for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.

This is NOT contagious.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for many weeks.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). 

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama….  We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration….. 

UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)

Donated To Date: $450
His Bills Are Already Over $1,000

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd and then was at Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th and then he was at Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th.

Tonight – November 16th, he was back for another recheck at KAH.

He weighed 11.3 kgs(24.86 pounds) at 8 weeks of age at KAH

The day after he was at KAH, Forti Flora was added to his food, as he was having bloody mucousy stool due to the meds dispensed the night before – more info. below.

Tonight, he was re-weighed, examined, temp remains normal, still has swollen lymph nodes and is now having his Prednisolone increased and had ear cytologies done again and he has cocci and rods in the one ear.  I did his nails again also tonight. 

He will begin ear medication and his dosing of pred will be increased again this week. He was put on interceptor and we are running a fecal as it is time for another fecal for The Bakers Dozen! Fecals done to date have been negative and all puppies have been de-wormed per proper Vet Protocal at 2,4,6,8 and then will be de-wormed again at 10 weeks.

We will be back next Tuesday to KAH for another recheck, re-weigh etc.

I had rushed him into Kanata AH last Thursday for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different puppy canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal. This is NOT contagious.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for several weeks.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). 

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama…. ??We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration….. 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Fletcher-Fletch (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
*This litter has Been DNA Proven to be GD/IW*
AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION!
8 weeks of age

Puppy #13 – Thirteenth Born – September 13th, 2017 @ 9:29 AM
Brindle Boy

Birth Weight: 475 g(1.04 pounds)
September 20th: 1 week: 1 pound, 9 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks: 3 pounds, 3 oz
November 7th: 7 weeks: 9.5 kgs(20.9 pounds)

This boy is hilarious! On the move! LOVES to eat and it is like he does not have a ‘full’ button and you have to monitor him closely.

He can be busy at times yet when it is time to settle down, he is a dream. He is a lot less busy than he used to be too! So much more calm and settled and he loves to be picked up by Kinsley and snuggled. He is far less active than BHRR’s Everly and BHRR’s Juniper!

As of last Saturday, we have created/renovated a 750+ square foot area in our rec room for the puppies and they also now have almost 3/4’s of an acre safely fenced in just for them with direct access from our rec room. They have wall to wall windows and French doors with so much wonderful sun light. They even have their own 54” TV and two fireplaces!

With the additional space and freedom, he is receiving all of the necessary physical stimulation he is currently needing in addition to the continued obedience and emotional stimulation plus oodles of love!

He has some anxiety issues that we have been working through and he is responding so well. New things have made him a bit nervous yet he is beginning to take more things in instant stride now. We are getting the right people to assist in holding and loving on him at the Vets/Photo Shoots to enable me to help him reach his full potential and he is doing great! He really is!

His true small anxiety moments come when his ‘kid’ or we leave him when it is time for quiet time or night time sleepies. He will sit and give a few whines and then he is over it….so much better than what it used to be.

When he makes up his mind that he wants to do something or go somewhere, watch out! LOL He will do all he can to meet that goal he has taken upon himself to do! He is a true hoot!

He is so much fun!

He is no longer a rough player…..he is learning to be gentle yet again, he is a big boy – second biggest in the litter as of 7 weeks of age on November 7th and he has learned much about the power of his paws and puppy teeth. He has learned ‘kisses only’ and ‘no biting’ and is smart!

You could not ask for a better snuggler when the time comes and he is ready for a snooze!

He is not high energy, just when he sets his mind to something & is comfortable, he just wants to do it! Then, he becomes a ‘man on the go!’ It is a real delight watching him think and ponder things through to trying to do what he wants and going where he wants!

This litter is average/top average for Giant Breed puppies now! GO PUPS GO!

He playful, shares well with his litter-mates and has made friends with both of the BHRR Saint Ladies, BHRR’s Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson along with three of my own dogs – my almost 13.5 year old GSx Cherokee and my own two Wolfies.

He is so handsome and while not a totally pushover in temperament, he is a team player, quite soft in personality over all and just loves his ‘pack’! A really sweet boy.  He loves being around his humans.

He is such an easy keeper to us. Easy to do nails and to bathe plus clean ears! Travels great in a car!

If you do not have time to commit to a dog, please do not consider applying. He deserves a home that will take him for walks, strolls, new places, visiting friends and family and we are not seeking a super busy/active home. One that is average/normal in social activity both in and out of their home. A home that will commit to his needs and ensure that he is part of the family.

He can go to a home with children over the age of 10 and homes that feel it is ok for their children to ride or lay on dogs, need not bother applying. This is completely inappropriate behaviour.

We could only afford to do three DNA kits and we did a draw as to which three puppies would be done and the results came back supporting that all three pups done were Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane. This does not surprise me in knowing what the puppymiller was breeding.

Knows words such as his name, good and boy and sit and no plus treat/snack and so many others!

He, like his litter-mates love their giant stuffies to and cuddle with. Much comfort has been given by these stuffies as their Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem sadly rejected them shortly after birth.

He can go to a home either as an only dog or to a home that already has a right matched fit dog already in it. It is most essential that he have a strong dog social network. We have friends and so should he and it will help keep him well balanced & rounded. These puppies are very much a product of their genetics. If he is an only dog, he really would benefit from having a Giant stuffie.

A home that shall not cater/enable to his small amounts of anxiety and one that has the experience/knowledge to be a proper positive balanced home for him.

Before applying to adopt him, please read our adoption processes and policies on our www.birchhaven.org

We are getting many inquiries on The Bakers Dozen litter from all over the States for example and our adoption area is clearly posted on our websites and in the adoption application.

People are also getting caught up in looks and their breeds and are not reading The Bakers Dozen’s detailed blogs about the homes we are seeking for the remaining pups in this litter. We go to great lengths to provide this information that shall answer almost all of your questions. ?

Photo is from his second professional photo shoot on October 22nd at almost 5.5 weeks of age. His third professional photo shoot was on November 5th!

He will be ready to go to his approved right match fit forever loving home by December 22nd, 2017. He and his siblings are scheduled to be altered between November 28th & December 8th. His first vaccines were November 7th.

He also has this individual blog: 

Thank you to Melissa for the great professional photo’s & to Ellie White for being his amazing puppy wrangler at the professional photo shoots and at the Vet!

 

BHRR’s Every’s DNA Certificate. All three in the litter that we randomly did came back as Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound like we strongly suspected this litter was based upon what we were told the puppymiller was breeding.

BHRR’s Oliver’s DNA Certificate. All three in the litter that we randomly did came back as Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound like we strongly suspected this litter was based upon what we were told the puppymiller was breeding.

UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Donated To Date: $330

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital last Thursday and then was at Liston Animal Hospital on November 7 and now he was back at Kanata Animal Hospital tonight – November 9th.

He weighed 8.3 kgs(18.26 pounds) at almost 6.5 weeks of age at KAH

The day after he was at KAH, Forti Flora was added to his food, as he was having bloody mucousy stool due to the meds dispensed the night before – more info. below.

He weighed 9.2 KGs(20.24 pounds) at 7 weeks of age at LAH November 7th – he had ear cytologies, temp taken – still normal – and ears cleaned/ointment put in them and he still had swollen lymph nodes and had been re-weighed. His ear cytologies showed skins cells from inflammation.

Tonight he weighed 9.9 KGs(21.78 pounds) at 7 weeks of age at KAH – he had 3 more skin scrapings, was re-weighed, examined by two Vets, temp remains normal, still has swollen lymph nodes and is now having his Prednisolone increased and is being changed from clavaseptin to clavamox and dose is also increasing.

We will be back next Thursday to KAH for another recheck, re-weigh etc.

I had rushed him into Kanata AH last Thursday for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different puppy canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal. This is NOT contagious.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for several weeks. He was prescribed clavaseptin and prednisolone.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). 

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama….  We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration….. 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Oliver – Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound
AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION!
7 weeks of age

Puppy #10 – Born Tenth – September 13th, 2017 @ 2:45 AM
Blue with White Male
Birth Weight: 501 g(1.11 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week old: 1 pound
September 29th: 2 weeks old: 3 pounds, 4 oz
November 7th: 7 weeks old: 9.8 kgs(21.56 pounds)

He is a big uber handsome boy! He is not the bravest of souls…..has some anxietty that has been coming along famously! We are seeking a proper dog experienced home for him. 

His confidence is improving daily and we are working on getting the right people to hold and love him when we are out at Vet visits/photo shoots etc…as each positive experience is making him reach his full potential.

He is not a leader….he is content to eat, be held and be loved on! He and Kinsley take many naps together! 😀

He will lay by my feet when it is feeding time…not demanding attention, yet making his presence known. He used to fall asleep due to stress for he did not understnad why he was fed some food and then he had to wait and be fed more food etc. Now, he is right in there making sure that he gets his turn!

He is learning so much and is a gentle player….he is not a rough and tumble boy….at least not yet!

Stability, routine and consistency is what he needs….and he is thriving so well.

New situations make him a bit nervous yet once he gathers up his courage and realises that he is ‘ok’, he will take the world in stride.

Just needs a few minutes to size up the world and then his off to the races!

He is so sweet….so loveable. Patient, kind, quiet, totally sweet.
This boy is so chill. Extremely quiet, calm and we have worked to make sure that he gets more than his share of love and not be overshadowed by the more ‘in your face’ puppies.

He is going to be a big boy and this litter though born emaciated and tiny is thriving! He is the biggest in the litter right now.

We did DNA testing on three of these puppies, BHRR’s Everly, BHRR’s Oliver and BHRR’s Carlsberg. We could only afford three DNA kits, did a draw and the results have come back for BHRR’s Everyl & BHRR’s Carlsberg to date and they are GD/IW pups. Based upon what the puppymiller was breeding, this does not suprise me.

We will approve a home for him that is not always on the go. He needs a stable, calm, structured, consistent home. Quietly social with smaller groups of friends and family both in the home and out, yet not flittering here and there and everywhere.Walks, strolls, small hikes are good and having a good social doggie network is important yet he is not a puppy that loves ton of action. Playful yet not overly.

He is relaxed and will do best in a home that is equally relaxed and while that home is social, there is ‘no place like home’ kind of family is ideal for him.

Rain days with a good book or a movie in front of the fireplace on after a short walk is this boyz cup of tea!

He will not be approved to be adopted to a home that has children UNDER the age of 10. Homes with more than 2 children also shall not be considered.

Homes that feel it is acceptable to have their children ride or lay on dogs, need not bother applying. This is completely inappropriate and painful to the dog.

Easy to do nails and to bathe plus clean ears!

Travels wonderfully in a car and at 7 weeks of age, knows words such as his name, good. sit, snack and boy and so many others!

He, like his litter-mates love their giant stuffies to and cuddle with. He really does. Much comfort has been given by these stuffies as their Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem sadly rejected them shortly after birth.

He can go to a home either as an only dog or to a home that already has a right matched fit dog already in it. It is most essential that he remains having exposure to other dogs and like we have friends, he should have a few good friends too.

He is so handsome and mellow.

He is very even tempered.

Before applying to adopt him, please read our adoption processes and policies on our www.birchhaven.org

Photo is from his second professional photo shoot on October 22nd at almost 5.5 weeks of age.

He will be ready to go to his approved right match fit forever loving home by December 22nd, 2017. He and his siblings are scheduled for their spays/neuters between the end of November and the beginning of December.

He had his first vaccines November 7th.

He also has this individual blog:

Thank you to Melissa for her time/talent capturing The Bakers Dozen and to Bob for being his professional Photo/Vet Cuddle Buddy!

It has been a Bakers Dozen week and it is not over yet! 

We still have four more to be placed up for adoption and I shall continue that tomorrow. BHRR’s Murray remains on medical hold. 

All puppies(DNA Proven To Be Dane/Irish Wolfhound pups) were at LAH tonight for 5 pm for their next progress/recheck exams and vaccines, other than BHRR’s Murray due to his compromised immune system. 

It was a BHRR small yet mighty village invasion and before we went in, I snapped a quick group photo – MIA are Elizabeth & Christine who had not yet arrived. 

They are 7 weeks of age and weights ranged from(I have all of their weights and will put into their blogs) from 7.8 kgs(17.16 pounds) with BHRR’s Poppy, next smallest was BHRR’s Juniper at 8.1 kgs(17.82 pounds) and the biggest was BHRR’s Oliver at 9.8 kgs(21.56 pounds) and the second biggest was BHRR’s Fletcher at 9.5 kgs(20.9 kgs)! 

While born super tiny and emaciated, they are not any longer! They are mid to above average now for Giants. Go Babies Go! 

BHRR’s Fletcher’s dark brindling colouring is deceiving as many think he is one of the smallest but he is the second biggest. 

We will need to re-arrange the currently booked spay/neuter schedule as both BHRR’s Morty & BHRR’s Fletcher still have one undescended testicle and Dr. Liston recommends doing them last on the list – so December 8th – to give them more time to ‘drop’ if they are going to.

BHRR’s Murray had his temp taken – remains normal, had cytologies done on his ears – just skin cells, no infections and he is back at KAH on Thursday for another recheck, re-weigh and new dosing of his clavaseptin antibiotics & Pred meds. He is stronger in the hind end than he was with the strengthening exercises we have been doing and Dr. Parker, the ortho specialist will continue to monitor him as he grows as will Dr. Liston.

Dr. Liston found BHRR’s Oliver to not be as bad as BHRR’s Murray with his eastie eastie stance and ‘loosey goosey’ hind end yet noted that until he actually begins to move, he has some weakening in the hind end yet Dr. Liston did note that the slippery floor did hinder things. We will monitor and work on his own strengthening and stimulation further.

BHRR’s Poppy’s eyes were given a thumbs up so she will also be placed up for adoption shortly. 

I did all of their nails other than BHRR’s Murray as I just did them last Thursday and will do them again this Thursday at KAH.

We were in and out within 1.25 hours and none of this would have been possible without all of the amazing Volunteers who came to help me or the staff at LAH and Dr. Liston himself! 

This litter as with all that we have helped over the past almost 22 years has a village helping to raise them and thank you! Thank you for giving them different hands of love and kindness in touching and holding them.

Thank you for giving them further amazing wonderful experiences helping us help them become the best dogs they can be.

Thank you for the compliments on how calm and easy going and relaxed and social these puppies are….we have worked so hard as we do with all of the dogs we are entrusted with to do right by….

We remain truly forever touched by our committed and dedicated supporters for standing strong beside the animals! 

We are continuing to think of creative ways to pay for their mounting vet bills too!

 

 

***UPDATED WITH DNA BREED RESULTS***
Both puppies of The Bakers Dozen  – BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg are: Drumroll…..
Great Dane AKA German Mastiff(Mama Gem) & Irish Wolfhound(Dad)

Guessing TIME!

DNA Results are in for The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg! We are still waiting for BHRR’s Olivers’ results. We could only afford to do three out of the litter and did a draw as to which three would be done.

Some of you are going to be surprised! 

Any guesses as to what they are? Are they single bred Danes? Are they mixes? If so, with what breed or breeds? Are they dual sired?

Any guesses?

As many know, I had my own strong suspicions of what they may be…and did the DNA Results prove me wrong? 

Pictures of BHRR’s Everly & BHRR’s Carlsberg in this post for people to guess.

The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Everly, BHRR’s Morty & BHRR’s Poppy wish all a good-night from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters! 

That is also BHRR’s Oliver in the picture!

They are now 7 weeks of age and tomorrow they are at Liston Animal Hospital for their recheck exams and vaccines – other than BHRR’s Murray who will not be having vaccines for a long time to come. He will just have a recheck….and he is back at KAH for another recheck on Thursday, re-weigh again and to obtain more prednisolone plus clavaseptin for his puppy strangles.

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Juniper

 7 weeks of age
AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION!

Puppy #9 – Born Ninth – September 13th, 2017 @ 2:10 AM
Black Female #2

Birth Weight: 480g(1.05 pounds)
September 20th: 1 week: 1 pound, 2 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks: 2 pounds, 13 oz
November 7th: 7 weeks of age: 7.8 kgs(17.16 pounds)

This BBBB is not like most of her siblings. She has her own agenda and while not as much as she used to be…she used to be a bit of a loner….she sure has come a long way!

She is feisty, adventurous and quite the explorer these days!

Out of all of the puppies, she is the one that looks most like her stunning Puppymill Mama Great Dane Gem and also is so like her with her ‘KangaDane’ antics plus her vocalisation in greeting me in the AM or at feeding time. ??

She is more interactive with the other pups than she was when she was first born, playful and yet, she is clearly her own woman. This girl is smart! Not as brilliant as her sister BHRR’s Everly yet not far behind! She is a thinker and she also observes a lot…she watches things closely, sizes things up and then makes whatever ‘move’ she feels is best.

She is one of the first of the litter to discover the TV along with BHRR’s Poppy and can be found sitting along with the kids watching whatever show they are! ?

Quiet and calm and also mixed with feistiness plus sassiness, she no longer tends to let most others take the attention as she has had to learn that she is equally important and deserves love/time and attention too!

She so often comes to us on her own bidding and I love how her wee paw comes out to reach for me and I am so proud of her in learning that she is deserving too! She can now be downright insistent times to get her share of attention and good for her!

She is not a wallflower….she is just unique….she is a thinker….totally loving, gentle and sweet and does not seem to ‘get’ what all the fuss is about from some of the more ‘in your face pups’! She is patience personified!

AND, I love the wee white tip on her tail! 

We are doing DNA testing on three of her siblings, BHRR’s Everly, BHRR’s Carlsberg & BHRR’s Oliver. We could only afford three DNA kits, did a draw and we are looking forward to the results. I suspect from being told what this puppymiller was breeding that she is is a Dane/Irish Wolfhound. We shall see!

We will approve a home for her that is not always on the go. She needs a consistent, stable home that while active is not extremely busy and will understand that she really needs a ‘job’. She is so super smart that it would be a shame to see that wasted.

She can go to a home that does have children over the age of 8 yet no more than two children in the home, if the home does have kids.

Easy to do nails and to bathe plus clean ears!

Travels wonderfully in a car and at 7 weeks of age, knows words such as her name, good, sit and girl and so many others!

She, like her litter-mates love their giant stuffies to and cuddle with. Much comfort has been given by these stuffies as their Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem sadly rejected them shortly after birth.

She can go to a home either as an only dog or to a home that already has a right matched fit dog already in it. It is most essential that she has a strong dog social network. Our preference would be to see her in a home with a right match personality fit dog in it yet not a deal breaker. One that is balanced, one that shall compliment BHRR’s Juniper and one that shall continue to help BHRR’s Juniper be the best dog she can be for she just overflows with so much potential!

Before applying to adopt her, please read our adoption processes and policies on our www.birchhaven.org

Photo is from her second professional photo shoot on October 22nd, at almost 5.5 weeks.

She will be ready to go to her approved right match fit forever loving home by December 22nd, 2017. She and her three sisters are scheduled to be spayed December 6th & December 8 (2 & 2 on those days). Her first vaccines are scheduled for November 7th.

She also has this individual blog:
http://www.birchhaven.org/archives/category/bhrr-rehab-dogs/puppy-9

Thank you to Melissa for the great professional photo’s and to Holly for naming her!

 

BHRR’s Fletcher’s third professional photo shoot between the rain drops on November 5th!

A picture of BHRR’s Juniper from the third professional photo shoot on November 5th, between the rain drops. 

 

A picture from BHRR’s Everly’s third professional photo shoot between the rain drops on November 5th. 

She remains AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION to a right matched forever loving home.

BHRR’s Oliver from The Bakers Dozen’s third professional photo shoot on November 5th. Between all the rain drops!

ISO: two puppy wranglers for tomorrow for The Bakers Dozen third professional photo shoot! 

Sunday in Manotick for 11:45 AM

We had two Volunteers having to cancel and please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can assist. Please do not post here as we may miss your offer!

They are now 6.5 weeks of age. 

This picture is from their second professional photo shoot on October 22nd. 

The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Everly (Great DaneX)
AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION!
6.5 weeks of age

Puppy #2 – Born Second September 12th, 2017 @ 10:56 PM
Blue Fawn Female
Birth Weight: 470 g(1.03 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week old: Weight: 1 pound, 3 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks old: Weight: 2 pounds, 10 oz
October 12th: 4 weeks old: Weight: 3 pounds, 1 oz
November 2nd: 6.5 weeks of age: weight 7.4 kgs(16.28 pounds)

This girl could walk out of a mud pile clean! She is always super clean. Such a soft coat and she is one of the three that we are waiting for DNA results on. We could only afford three DNA kits and her name was drawn and we are looking forward to the results. I am suspecting based upon what the puppymiller was breeding that they are Dane/Irish Wolfhound pups.

It would never cross BHRR’s Everly mind to step on anything dirty! She is a wee bit of a princess.

We will approve a home for her that is experienced for she is a strong minded girl, sweet as they come yet can be bossy. She is smart and needs to be properly mentally and physically stimulated. She is active and I love how she gets all feisty after eating! Prances and trots and is so proud of herself.

We are not seeking an overly active home for her. She will deeply benefit from calm and quiet and a home that while goes for walks, short hikes and is social, yet is not a home that are social butterflies and always on the move/go. She needs stability and consistency and structure plus routine.

She will need a home who understands the importance of not being too active after eating and staying quiet for 1-2 hours post eating.

She will not be approved to be adopted to a home that already has children or are planning to have children. This is not in her best interest.

Easy to do nails and to bathe plus clean ears and loves to be held with her body cradled in hands yet not touching ones body…yup…she is different!

Travels wonderfully in a car and at 6.5 weeks of age, knows words such as her name, good and girl and sit and no plus treat and so many others!

She, like her litter-mates love their giant stuffies to and cuddle with. Much comfort has been given by these stuffies as their Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem sadly rejected them shortly after birth.

She can go to a home either as an only dog or to a home that already has a right matched fit dog already in it. It is most essential that she have a strong dog social network.

Her face is the ultimate in feminine looks, her coat is super soft and she is incredibly beautiful! She is more outgoing and curious plus more adventurous than almost all of her siblings. She is quite a solid tempered personality filled gal.

Regal and poised she is!

Before applying to adopt her, please read our adoption processes and policies on our www.birchhaven.org

Photo is from her second professional photo shoot on October 22nd at almost 5.5 weeks of age. Her third professional photo shoot is on November 5th.

She will be ready to go to her approved right match fit forever loving home by December 22nd, 2017. She and her three sisters are scheduled to be spayed December 6th & December 8th(2 each day). Her first vaccines are scheduled for November 7th.

She also has this individual blog.

Thank you to Melissa for the great professional photo’s and to Tracey for naming her and to Elaine for being her photo/Pet Valu cuddle bud

Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Everly had her recheck with Dr. Liston today!

She weighed 7.4 kgs(16.28 pounds). For a litter born so emaciated and tiny they have made immense progress and now at 6.5 weeks of age are mid to top average for Giant Breed Puppy growth. Go babies go!

Her repeat x-rays showed that her green stick fracture is now 80% healed and that she is doing fabu! Yay!

Per Dr. Liston, she can also go up for adoption for application taking today also! So, stay tuned…we will have 7 of The Bakers Dozen making their special announcements tonight.

Next week, we hope to have another one ready for future adoption application taking after the whole litter has their next progress exams plus vaccines. It shall be a BHRR invasion at LAH on the 7th!

AND all of their spays/neuters are now booked as per the court they wanted the litter done by 8 weeks yet due to my excellent standing with those legally involved with this case, we are able to do 10.5-11.5 weeks of age.

If all goes well and we have right match fit personality homes for all of them – they will be in their forever loving homes no later than December 22nd – which is also when we shut down each year for XMAS for we do not adopt our during the holiday season.

NOTE: all of our adoption processes and policies can be found on our www.birchhaven.org home website including the application.

We can also say that none of these puppies shall be adopted to a home with children under the age of 8 plus to homes with more than two children if said interested homes do have children.

Additionally, a number of the puppies will not be approved to be adopted to homes with any children.

This is BHRR’s Murray. He and I are at Kanata Animal Hospital right now. He weighs 8.3 kgs(18.26 pounds) at almost 6.5 weeks of age.

I rushed him into Kanata AH for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We did open up a new pack of Pee pads today and they were now getting a different puppy canned food transitioning as of yesterday for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

We are now at KAH and as I am here, there will be a delay of the 7 of The Bakers Dozen that were going to go up tonight for adoption.

He has had an initial assessment and two Vets have diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He also now has swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for several weeks. He has been prescribed clavaseptin and prednisolone and I gave him his first doses and we now await for the Vet to come back.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho).

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama…. We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 – we are here now!

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration…..

Bakers Dozen BHRR’s Oliver wishes all of our friends, family & supporters a good night!

Tomorrow, after BHRR’s Everly’s recheck visit with Dr. Liston, we are hoping to have 7 of these amazing puppies available for future adoptions and will be back open from our annual Halloween closure for the intake of applications to consider for them.

All puppies are back at Liston Animal Hospital(LAH) on the 7th and we then hope to be able to place one more as available for a future adoption.

BHRR’s Murray shall remain on ‘hold’ as we watch him mature & develop. As some are aware he and BHRR’s Carlsberg were at LAH on the 24th of October and on the 26th of October, Dr. Parker, an ortho specialist(he was the specialist that amputated BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s leg and also did Matrix’s eye enunciation) reviewed the x-rays we did on the 24th.

The Bakers Dozen are now a miraculous almost 6.5 weeks of age (born September 12/13) and their third professional photo shoot is this Sunday November 5th.

BHRR’S Murray
5.5 weeks of age
October 22nd 2017

He was 14.08 pounds on October 24th, 2017

Two more pictures of BHRR’s Fletcher from October 22nd’s professional photo shoot – their second one!

The Bakers Dozen
October 22nd., 2017
*5.5 weeks of age

Their second professional photo shoot!

I captured this candid with my iPhone! A bit blurry I know. 

Adore them with all that I am…..what a journey we have all taken together…..I am so beyond proud of them! So beyond proud…not a day goes by that I do not think of their lost to FPS Siblings and they will forever be known as the Miraculous Bakers Dozen! 

It was a glorious fall AM with amazing BHRR Approved Volunteers, Friends, Family and so much fun!

All have names other than the first one born – the wee black beauty who is not far off from some of her siblings now and the last born – the Brindle Boy. 

We hope that the winners of their Name Game Bid Auction have names for them soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*NOTICE*: 
BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Monday October 23rd to Wednesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will network these requests to r/q organisations for we remain closed for intake. 

This photo is of BHRR’s Navy. 

This BBBBB had his second surgery today at LAH to see if we can get that one eye fixed once and for all!

Dr. Liston called me to say that his several further attempts today to ‘tuck’ that third eyelid of BHRR’s Ryder’s back down did not work….it just kept rolling right back up.

So, Dr. Liston did some research and wanted to try cauterising several area’s to then ‘tighten’ things up. If that failed, he would have no choice but to remove the third eyelid as was discussed previously.

Dr. Liston says there is also a malformation of some sort that makes his third eyelid almost too big for his eye.

Dr. Liston feels that the cauterising should work and now we are on our way home after this surgery. His eye is incredibly swollen which Dr. Liston told me it would be and would remain that way for a good 5 days or so.

We have more eye drops – maxitrol to use three times a day for a week and we will monitor.

He is so handsome regardless of his swollen running eye and still dopey from the anesthetic! 

We will post updates as we can.

We are at Pet Valu Stittsville to 4 pm today!

The Bakers Dozen (no touching allowed) are on hand to thank so many for helping them to date!

This is the handsome Blue Boy – Puppy #10!  They are now 4.5 weeks of age!

Thank you to so many for standing by our and their side assisting with their needs!

We are collecting Pee Pads, Giant Breed Puppy toys, Empties & Canadian Tire $!

Thank you to Bre & her fabu staff for inviting us to their lovely location today! Thank you to all of the BHRR Volunteers for your caring hands!!

Thank you to all of our amazing Visitors so far today for coming. You touch my heart deeply!

Thank you Aaron Maracle for this great pic!

Another picture of this awesome and uber handsome Big Blue Baby Boy!

Another photo of this gorgeous beauty. This one in Sean’s arms when we were at LAH.

Bob Levesque – here is a great photo of the two of you at their Professional Photo Shoot on the 10th!

 I think Miss Blue Fawn understands it was a total accident too….

This is in our drive-way before we headed to the Vet and I put her safely in her carrier to travel. 

Sean is one of the kindest people ever.

Puppy #12 – Twelveth Born – September 13th, 2017 @ 4:04 AM 
Blue Fawn Male
Weight: 450 g(0.99 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week: 1 pound, 4 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks: 2 pounds, 13 oz

This boy loves his food! OH my, does he ever! LOL

He is so worried about missing any meal and is quite vocal to tell me that he is there….

Once he has had the first round, he settles down and is content to lay by my chair and wait his turn.

He can be a bit of a rough player yet that is because he just does not know his own strength. He is learning about being gentle…he snuggles so well with Blue and Tan collar Boyz…they are his ‘buds’. He likes to spoon with them!

Cuddly, kind, loving and so handsome he is!

A big mushball when it comes down to it!

Puppy #13 – Thirteenth Born – September 13th, 2017 @ 9:29 AM
Brindle Boy
Weight: 475 g(1.04 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week: 1 pound, 9 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks: 3 pounds, 3 oz

This boy is hilarious! On the move! LOVES to eat and it is like he does not have a ‘full’ button and you have to monitor him closely.

He can be busy yet when it is time to settle down, he is a dream.

He has some anxiety issues that we have been working through and he is responding so well. New things have made him a bit nervous yet he is beginning to take more things in instant stride now. We are getting the right people to assist in holding and loving on hiim at the Vets/Photo Shoots to enable me to help him reach his full potential and he is doing great!

When he makes up his mind that he wants to do something or go somewhere, watch out! LOL He will do all he can to meet that goal he has taken upon himself to do! 

He is so much fun! 

He is a rough player…..he is learning to be gentle yet again, he is a big boy and only 4 weeks old -rock solid – and has much to learn about the power of his paws and puppy teeth. 

You could not ask for a better snuggler when the time comes and he is ready for a snooze! 

He is not high energy, just when he sets his mind to something, he just wants to do it! Then, he becomes a ‘man on the go!’

Puppy #10 – Born Tenth – September 13th, 2017 @ 2:45 AM 
Blue with White Male
Weight: 501 g(1.11 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week old: 1 pounds
September 29th: 2 weeks old: 3 pounds, 4 oz

He is a big uber handsome boy! He is not the bravest of souls…..has some anxietty that is coming along nicely. 

His confidence is improving daily and we are working on getting the right people to hold and love him when we are out at Vet visits/photo shoots etc…as each positive experience is making him reach his full potential.

He is not a leader….he is content to eat, be held and be loved on! 

He will lay by my feet when it is feeding time…not demanding attention, yet making his presence known. He used to fall asleep due to stress for he did not understnad why he was fed some food and then he had to wait and be fed more food etc. 

He is learning so much and is a gentle player….he is not a rough and tumble boy….at least not yet!

Stability, routine and consistency is what he needs….and he is thriving so well.

New situations make him a bit nervous yet once he gathers up his courage and realises that he is ‘ok’, he will take the world in stride.

Just needs a few minutes to size up the world and then his off to the races!

I am sad to make this post…..Sean feels just awful.

Today, The Bakers Dozen – Miss Blue Fawn had to go to the Vet as an emergency.

Sean was wonderfully overseeing The Bakers Dozen as I had to be out and I received a call.

When he was done feeding her, he was putting her back into the puppies pen and she wiggled and dropped about 18 inches. 

Her right front elbow area was in pain and she was not weight bearing. Minimal swelling, not hot to the touch.

I rushed home and on the way, scheduled to get her in immediately see the Vet yet then we had to be rescheduled as another emergency took priority. Another dog had an obstruction and needed emergency surgery, that poor doggie.

This is Miss Blue Fawn in Sean’s arms at Liston Animal Hospital….he feels absolutely wretched. Accidents can and do happen no matter how careful one is.

She weighed 3.1 pounds today and is 4 weeks of age.

She has what the Vet called a ‘Green Stick Fracture'(In Children it is often called a ‘Buckle Fracture’). Being a Giant Breed puppy with such big growth plates and bone still developing, this could have been a lot worse scenario.

She cannot go on pain meds as she is too young so no burprenorphine, tramadol, gabapentin or Deramaxx etc., for her. She can have the area iced.

She has to be segregated from her siblings – we are allowing the quieter, calm ones – such as big Blue boy and wee black girl to sleep with her.

The Vet says casting or splinting is of no big benefit and she is to come back in three weeks for a re-visit and repeat x-rays to be sure that all is healing well/properly. The Vet took several views to determine if there were several area’s of concern for she did have a slightly swollen toe too yet all appears to be isolated to this one fracture on her right leg.

Her Vet said that within three weeks, she should heal up beautifully being so young and fast maturing. Yet, we will be monitoring as shall her Vet, Dr. Liston.

Lots of TLC given….

I am now in need of an extra approved BHRR Volunteer for our event on Sunday October 15th to be with her exclusively. Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you want a beautiful young puppy to be in charge of from 10-4 pm this Sunday @ Pet Valu Stittsville.

It has been a brutal worrisome day and I keep saying tomorrow shall be better…

 

 

Puppy #2 – Born Second September 12th, 2017 @ 10:56 PM
Blue Fawn Female
Weight: 470 g(1.03 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week old: Weight: 1 pound, 3 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks old: Weight: 2 pounds, 10 oz
October 12th: 4 weeks old: Weight: 3 pounds, 1 oz

This girl could walk out of a mud pile clean! No matter the amount of ‘slurry’ that gets slung around, she is always super clean. 

It would never cross her mind to step on a dirty pee pad either. 

When we first started to introduce ‘slurry’, she was a bit possessive yet has settled down wonderfully. 

Her face is the ultimate in feminine looks, coat is super soft and she is incredibly beautiful!

Regal and poised she is!

The Bakers Dozen – First Professional Photo Shoot!
AND THEY ARE OFF!
October 10th, 2017

Almost 4 weeks of age! Born September 12th & September 13th, 2017

There are 5 boyz and 4 girls.

Sadly, FPS stole from our hearts/arms our two handsome black boyz and a blue girl and a brindle girl on September 20th, September 23rd, September 24th & September 25h.

They will always be The miraculous Baker’s Dozen!

The odds they and their puppymill GD Mama Gem have overcome and continue to overcome is nothing sort of amazing…..

Puppy #9 – Born Ninth – September 13th, 2017 @ 2:10 AM
Black Female #2
Weight: 480g(1.05 pounds)

September 20th: 1 week: Weight: 1 pound, 2 oz
September 29th: 2 weeks: 2 pounds, 13 oz

This BBBB is not like many of her siblings. She has her own agenda and while not as much as she used to be…she was a bit of a loner….

She is more interactive with the other pups now, playful and yet, she is clearly her own woman.

Quiet and calm, she tends to let most others take the attention and she has had to learn that she is equally important and deserves love/time and attention too!

She is now more likely to come to me on her own bidding and I love how her wee paw comes out to reach for me and I am so proud of her in learning that she is desrving too!

She is not a wallflower….she just is unique….she is a thinker….totally loving, gentle and sweet and does not seem to ‘get’ what all the fuss is about from some of the more ‘in your face pups’! She is patience personafied!

AND, I love the wee white tip on her tail! 

First professional photo shoot!

 

Sneak Peek!

One of the Candids I managed to snap tonight at The Bakers Dozen’s (almost 4 weeks old) first professional photo shoot! 

There are so many reasons why I love this photo and one of the biggest is that these amazing kind generous souls represent some of our small yet mighty fabu village that makes the heart beat so strongly for BHRR!

Thank you for coming out tonight to spend 1.5 hours giving these precious wee babies a positive experience! This is so essential to their proper development and reaching their full potential as they mature!

It is not ‘I’ that deserve any credit….it is all of you that are there for BHRR for you have done & do so much!

You are those strong links on BHRR’s ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ and The Bakers Dozen would not be doing as well as they are without such rescue angels giving of themselves by donating their hard earned money, much needed items and/or time to assist us…..YOU DONE SO GOOD as the expression goes! 

I am so grateful to all of you. I am blessed as are all the animals of BHRR for I cannot do this alone and my family’s belief and your belief has enabled us to be here almost 22 years later helping the truly broken, the urgent, the underdogs that others cannot or will not assist and helping them have such wonderful futures.

Each of you have helped write the next beautiful chapters for the journey’s of so many over the years….

You have my eternal gratitude, my humbled thanks and my forever appreciation….

From my home to all of our friends, family & supporters, Good Night!

 

AND we are on our way……shortly!

First a late afternoon snack on the porch of our cottage building. 

Tonight, The Bakers Dozen are having their first professional photo shoot! They shall be four weeks old very soon! Another huge milestone!

From there, we will do our name game fundraiser and begin to take applications for possible future approved adoptions when they are ready to go!

Blue Whelping Collar Boy – Is turning more into a blue fawn brindle as he grows!

BHRR Breaking News / Updates / Alerts!

1) I wanted to extend the biggest and most sincerest and incredibly humbled thanks to so many Powdered Esbilac Angels!  I have been witness to a lot of amazing and touching acts of kindness over the past 21.5 years BHRR has been around and what has come this way to The Bakers Dozen has warmed me right to my soul. I was so fearful of having our needs for Powdered Esbilac for The Bakers Dozen filled and when we posted our urgency, a wonderfully strong community of caring hearts came together to assist us. I am deeply and forever indebted to each of you….  Thank you everyone for helping us!! I have always said it takes a village to raise children and it is no different for a litter of puppies, especially those sadly rejected by a broken emaciated Puppymill GD Mama. She is doing quite well physically herself now and emotionally it shall be a lot longer to rehab. One day at at time!

Our remaining urgent needs are Pee Pads, appropriate Giant Breed puppy toys and donations towards their Vet Bills which will be into the many thousands.

PVD Essential Care Puppy canned & Kibble are also in big need – Vet Food

Accounts are set up at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 under their Mama Gem.

The Bakers Dozen are all back to Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th!

2) We ONLY have 7 more BHRR Custom, One-of-kind 2018 Calendars left available for ordering! $30 each and s&h if needed is $7 Email gwen@birchhaven.org 
We will take orders until October 12th @ 9 pm.

3) I hope to get the Flash Auction up soon. I am doing my best!

4) The Bakers Dozen have their next Vet visit scheduled for Tuesday November 7th @ 5 pm at LAH and I am seeking 8 more approved BHRR Volunteers for extra puppy wrangling…..I mean loving hands to assist me at this Vet visit! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help! Please do not post in this thread for we may miss your wonderful offer!

5) The Bakers Dozen shall be at Pet Valu Stittsville – 1250 Main Street – (if all is going well!) on Sunday October 15th from 10 AM – 4 PM as part of Pet Valu’s annual Thanks For Giving Event. We will be doing nails, dog baths, ear cleanings, have cotton candy, popcorn and baked goodies for sale too!

6) YES! By popular demand!  The tickets for our 2018 Annual Dine With The BHRR Doggies are now on sale! We are already more than 50% SOLD Out! 
This is a limited registration attendee event.
Date: Saturday September 22nd, 2018 – same place BHRR! Same times – 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
We are not raising our ticket costs. They have been the same price for many years and we shall keep the prices the same for 2018! 
$45/per ticket or $85/pair
Please email gwen@birchhaven.org to purchase yours! More information found in the below link. This year’s total raised is still being calculated yet I can say we are over $3,400 and counting!! How deeply humbling! 
http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-2008/sept-28-dine-bhrr

7) Yes, we shall be hosting our annual popular November BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ Mini Open House. Please email gwen@birchhaven.org for date/times! Attendance is by registration only and this is a limited attendee event. Attendance is a $10/pp donation fee to be paid at the time of registration. Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if interested! We feel it is so important for people to experience first hand what we do, why we do it and why we are so needed in the community.

8) BHRR’s 15th Annual SS(Secret Santa) to the BHRR Doggies is coming up fast! More information on our unique and creative annual event can be found in this link. At this time, BHRR has 31 more amazing dogs in need of a special secret Santa to call their own! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help us give the BHRR Doggies a most wonderful XMAS spoiling time!
http://www.birchhaven.org/fundraising-20…/2009-secret-santas

9) Our 6th Annual BHRR’s CHAIN OF SUCCESS “THANK YOU” Potluck is Saturday December 16th from 2 PM – 8 PM. 
FREE YET PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED & You can join our facebook group for more information and all the fun details!
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php…

This picture is of The Bakers Dozen today – 3.5 weeks of age – in the ‘feed’ part of their 8 x 5 x 4 pen. They are now devouring 38.5 cups of Powdered Esbilac a day!

We have also been introducing them to ‘slurry’ once a day – two cans of PVD Essential Care Puppy Food extremely well mixed into 6 cups of Esbilac with a dollop of corn syrup etc. They are not quite developmentally ready yet they are being exposed to it as no less than two puppies are quite texture phobic!

The area on the left that you see a crate piece covering is a hole we have in the custom pen Sean & Mason built that allows us to put one of the electric fireplaces on to add additional heat if needed into their pen. We have not had to do so since they were first born as they are regulating their bodies wonderfully!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, Happy Thanksgiving! We feel we have so much to be thankful for, even in the days we are feeling so much darkness….we know we have many blessings, even if we do not realise it at the time…

One Of The Bakers Dozen – October 6th, 2017
*3 weeks of age*

Puppy #10 Blue Male Born: 2:45 AM on September 13th, 2017
Weight: 501 g

On September 29th, at 2 weeks of age he weighed 3 pounds, 4 ounces

I use a receiving blanket or thick towel across my lap when I bottle feed them and he likes to hang by my feet on the side of my chair.

My towel fell down as I was putting his brother – Brindle Boy down and he crawled right in it and fell asleep…

DID not have the heart to disturb him! I just got another towel and kept feeding…

This litter has me so emotioinally tied to them….ADORE them!

PS: Puppies are born with really long nails as that is what they need to ‘claw’ their way around to feed as they cannot walk. THEY sure are sharp as the marks on my arms and fingers can attest too!

Next week when they are 4 weeks of age, I will do a small trim on them as they are all up and rolling and wobbling and bobbling and getting stronger every day.

Mark Your Calendars! One Day ONLY!

We shall be at Pet Valu Stittsville (1250 Main Street) on Sunday October 15th from 10-4 pm!

The Bakers Dozen shall be there – no touching shall be possible yet they will be on hand to help us thank so many in the community for stepping up on an urgent basis to help us help them! Puppymill Mama Gem understandably shall not be in attendance.

We will be doing nails and dog baths and ear cleanings for $10 AND we are hoping to have some kind people step up to help us bake some goodies to offer visitors as this is all about The Bakers Dozen! ?? Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you would consider baking something.

We will have our signature/tradition of having popcorn & cotton candy for sale too!

We could use one more approved BHRR Volunteer for that day. Please email!

Thank you to Gail/Ryan for the spectacular poster and to Bre of Pet Valu Stittsville for inviting us to their beautiful store!

We will also be collecting Canadian Tire money, Empties, Pee Pads, Pet Valu Gift Cards at this event!

BHRR attends very few community education & public awareness events each year and this will be our second last of 2017!

ISO: Puppy Wranglers!

The Bakers Dozen shall be a miraculous 3 weeks of age shortly!!  Three pups were back at the Vet today – Liston Animal Hospital – for various reasons and all of The Bakers Dozen are doing so well….truly, one of the most exhausting and difficult top five things I have ever done in my almost three decades in rescue and also one of the most rewarding…..

As they come close to 4 weeks of age next week, we are preparing for their first photo shoot – at just shy of 4 weeks of age at that time – with the ever talented Melissa! She assisted us in documenting the BHRR Puppy Pile x 7 born into rescue in 2016 and it was a wonderful journey doing this with Melissa.

I am in need of 9….YUP! 9 BHRR Approved Volunteers to help love on and keep track of The Bakers Dozen puppies at this professional photo shoot.

Date: Tuesday October 10th
Location: Manotick – I will send the link to those that sign up
Time: 5:45 pm

Please do not post here for I may well miss your kind offer of help! Please email gwen@birchhaven.org

*NOTE: if you have a sick dog at home, please do not sign up….The Bakers Dozen are vulnerable.*

I posted this picture earlier in another thread yet this is of one of the Blue Fawn boyz(blue whelping collar) after a good feed at the milk bottle bar. 

Once we have the professional photo’s, we will do our name game fundraiser to help raise much needed monies for their care which is going to cost many many many thousands of dollars.

At that time, we shall also then consider applications for possible future approved adoptions. Note: We only place per right match personality fit and their temperaments have been present from birth and we have a whole range again in this rescue litter.

Puppymill Mama Gem will be with us a very long time before she will be ready to make her own special announcement…..one day at a time….

 

DESPERATELY NEED Powdered Esbilac!

Here are three of The Bakers Dozen! After a good feed at the milk bottle bar! 

Unfortunately, we are in a panic situation right now. Even though we have had several posts and/or emails of kind people offering to assist us and donate Powdered Esbilac, we have not yet had any come our way from our latest urgent request…. 

I did manage to find two large 794 g containers of powdered Esbilac in Barrie, Ontario today after doing the hv for BHRR’s Gus and that will enable us to have enough for The Bakers Dozen until Tuesday night.

This is a terrifying situation to be in and I am sincerely hoping with all my heart that some angels may help us with our urgent need of more Powdered Esbilac for The Bakers Dozen.

They are not yet even three weeks old and we need another 3.5-4 weeks worth…..

Please please please consider their cause….

**DROP-OFF – Powdered Esbilac can be dropped off to 424 Pickford Drive, Kanata – Anytime**

Email transfer or PayPal funds – gwen@birchhaven.org

First picture is Brindle Female, Second picture is Blue Fawn Boy(Whelping Collar Yellow) & Blue Fawn Female. 

Happy HUGE Milestone Birthday to BHRR’s The Bakers Dozen!

2 weeks old!  Happy Birthday!!

They are enjoying one of the last days of late summer in the rays/warmth of the setting sun getting some vitamins.

We remain taking it one feeding at a time….one step at a time….one breath at a time….

So many to thank, so many that we are deeply indebted to for the donations of everything from fitted flannel sheets, blankets, paper towels, laundry soap, Pinesol, towels, pee Pads, stuffies, toys, powdered Esbilac and monies to help us purchase what we urgently need.

We have a long road still to travel and I remain exhausted yet so dedicated/committed to doing all that needs to be done. Having been doing 12 loads of laundry a day for the last two weeks nonstop(we usually do 5-7 daily), our washer and dryer – not even that old – decided to die and to us, it is just one more thing thrown into our path as another obstacle that we shall overcome and keep going forward….we will not just lay down and give up…

This weekend, if all goes well, we can begin to introduce some soupy mush to the stronger babies.

They are currently drinking anywhere from 70 mls(wee baby black girl) to 140 MLS per feeding and I am now feeding every 2.5-3 hours with each feeding lasting about 1-1.5 hours. This means Gwennie gets to eat with the family, take a shower and nap….oh, those naps are so awesome! 

They are quickly outgrowing their latest sleeping tote and by Friday, we will have them 24/7 in their stimulation pen as they are beginning to really motor around – some more wobbly bobbly than others.

Most have at least one of their peepers now open and three remain on eye drops.

3 boys also remain on polysporin for their privates from their litter-mates sucking on them. Dr. Liston did say that this should stop once all of their eyes are open.

The one boy who is on Clavamox antibiotic drops plus yogurt as he had an aspiration during a feed on Monday is doing well. So easy for them to aspirate and develop pneumonia.

Their next Vet visit Road Trip has been booked and I shall post our Volunteer needs for it will be a wild adventure at that visit! 

AND in two weeks, we hope to do their first professional photo session with the uber wonderful Melissa and from there do our Name Game Fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for their care.

We still have URGENT Needs….

1) Powdered Esbilac 
2) PVD Essential Care canned Puppy – Vet Food
3) PVD Essential Care Kibble Puppy – Vet Food
4) Giant Breed puppy appropriate toys – we are going to need a lot!

Puppymill Mama GD Gem is eating a bit better now and drinking quite well and hopefully we can get the weight coming on her soon. Such a pretty wee thing and the little black female pup looks just like her Mama. 

Accounts are set up at both Kanata AH 613-836-2848 & Liston AH 613-591-0966 and

Email transfer or PayPal consideration can be sent to gwen@birchhaven.org

I am still slowly getting back on track with emails etc., so thank you to all that have been patient and so understanding! All urgent and emergency requests and calls etc., are being promptly handled and the rest I am addressing as I can.

From The Bakers Dozen and their Mama Gem, good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family & supporters. Please know how truly grateful I am to all…..

URGENT: I know I am a broken record yet we urgently need more Powdered Esbilac. We only have 9 days left at the current rate they are eating and that amount increases daily…..

Please consider helping us! 

Sadly, puppymill Mama Gem rejected them shortly after birth and we have had to go from tube feeding to dropper and bottle feeding with powdered Esbilac. 

9 days sounds like a lot yet it is not…they need to be on the Powdered Esbilac via bottle and then in their mush until they are on straight Kibble around 7 weeks of age. 

We need 5 weeks more of Powdered Esbilac to fill their needs….

Thank you for any consideration…..

The Bakers Dozen also thanks you…..this photo is of 12 of them on Wednesday September 20th. 1 week of age. Late summer warmth of the setting sun getting some important vitamins.

The Bakers Dozen – first road trip!

They will be turning 14 days old on Tuesday/Wednesday of this week! Big milestone. 

Off to Liston Animal Hospital!

All had thorough exams 
3 puppies are going on eye meds for a slightly goopy eye – eyes are just starting to open.
1 puppy is going on antibiotics & plain yogurt for he aspirated during a feed and is now sounding a bit raspy 
2 puppies weights are on the lower end of where all of us would like to see yet considering how emaciated they were when born….
All puppies were de-wormed 
A fecal was done on one of the puppies – clear at this time yet per their Vet, things like roundworms will not be found at this young of an age. If one puppy had something, all would as they share the same environment.
My wee black female that FPS has been trying to steal from me also was given a positive review today.  I am fighting hard as is she.
3 of the males need a bit of polysporin on their privates as their litter-mates have been sucking in that area. Dr. Liston said that will stop once all of their eyes are opened.

Here is a picture and as I have posted before those who have been stolen from our loving embrace all too soon, will never be forgotten and remain forever honoured as they are all part of The Bakers Dozen – a miracle birth story of survival for them and their puppymill GD Mama Gem.

Our URGENT NEEDS remain:

1) Powdered Esbilac – when I started to feed them, I was feeding 5 scoops per feeding and as of today, they are now getting 20 scoops per feeding. Mama rejected them shortly after birth so we have been hand rearing them. 
2) PVD Essential Care canned puppy – Vet food 
2) PVS Essential Care Kibble puppy – Vet food

Their is an account set up at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 under Mama Gem

Email transfer or PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org

 

BHRR’s Leroy had his special picnic auction Day Date today.

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Lucky special handsome boy had one in July and now another one today.

BHRR had 23 dates for 2017 and we only have one left to do! BHRR’s Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson has another special picnic snack day date to come.

Thank you to so many in giving our BHRR dogs extra special loving and time plus experiences in your hands….truly does help them become even more well rounded and balanced and live up to their full potential.

Good AM! Or is it Good-Night?! 

The days and night are all blended into one! 

This cutie is Blue Fawn Girl – Born September 12th @ 10:56 pm. She was the second pup born out of The Baker’s Dozen. She weighed 460 g(1.03 pounds). 

All but 1 pup are reliably on the bottle now. BB – Brindle Baby Girl remains on the dropper.

Puppies are fed every 2-2.5 hours and feeding now takes me just under two hours each time. So, in doing the math…..I am always feeding. BB is offered food every 45 minutes to an hour….

So, there are times that I push the next feeding to the 2.5 hour mark so I can get a power snooze. Today, I am going to take a shower….Gwennie Goal #156 for the day to accomplish! 

Thank you to Sean for making me the best sandwich last night that I could munch at my leisure. Sean also ran out to Pet Valu Kemptville to pick up their remaining nursing kits. 

Puppies are eating anywhere from 15 MLS – 60 MLS per feeding. BB is about 5 MLS each time. She is feisty, vocal at times as she does have a bit of a mind of her own and continues to pee and poop and as long as she has fight, so do I. 

Mason and Kinsley feel that with each feeding, the puppies are getting bigger! They would be right. Three puppies were born really late on the 12th making them shy of five days at the time I type this. The remaining 10 puppies are just in the 4 day old range now. 

That all 13 were born alive and are still here is a miracle in so many ways….so many things can go wrong in such a large litter and also born without Mama having any proper prenatal care until we got her and Mama having rejected them quite fast. Yet, all are still here and I hold no false illusion that at any moment, one or more could devastatingly pass away. For now, I fight the great fight with them and can only express again my thanks to those who understand why we do not want all of these pairs of loving yet also very much stranger, germ hands here. They are so fragile, tiny and need quiet, calm and stability and they know my touch and scent and are feeding very well, reliably so. 

I know how each one wants to be held when feeding, I know how each one likes their Formula temperature-wise – some like it warmer then others and others like Brindle Boy born #13 could care less! As long as it is food, he is happy! Others like theirs cooler or even on the cold side. 

I know how much pee and poop each one is producing and which puppy tends to want to aspirate when feeding and how each puppy likes to be burped. Sean has become an expert burper and he is offen now doing that role for the harder pups so I can move to feeding the next one.

By having absolute control and consistency as to who is doing the feeding, any minute changes can caught fast and handled appropriately. Having people not love and hold them and try to assist in feeding has nothing to do with us not wanting to share! 

For those that know anything about me, they know just how much importance I stress on our dogs getting into the hands of others. Our popular and well copied play visitation and play date programs attest to that! Believe me, when they are ready, I shall be sounding the bell and pleading for people to handle them, love them, spend time with them etc. They just need time…time to get stronger and healthier. 

Feeding them is like a roller coaster…hi-lights and low-lights. My heart stops and my breath catches every time I look into their tote and does not start again until I know all are breathing and alive…..so stressful as I adore them all so much already and would give my left arm if it meant they would all thrive….

I know I sound like a broken record yet taking care of 13 vulnerable babies puts us into a position of having urgent needs….a few of them are below and vet files for Mama GD Gem 
& The Bakers Dozen are set up at:

Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 – first Vet visit is on the 25th! Sean, Kinsley & I have this visit all covered yet their 4 week one is going to be all hands on deck! We will post for Volunteers when that date/time has been booked. 

AND also set up at Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

Email and PayPal donations can be made to gwen@birchhaven.org

Properly Vetting & caring for them shall cost easily $15,000-$20,000+ for we do not cut corners at BHRR. They all shall have proper de-worming at 2,4,6,8 weeks etc., Exams at 2,4,8,12 weeks etc., vaccines at 4,8,12 & 16 weeks, fecals, and all shall be spayed and neutered – courts wanted by 8 weeks of age and once again based upon my excellent long standing relationship with the authorities, we shall be able to alter this litter as we did with the Puppy Pile in 2016 closer to 10-12 weeks. Food, Esbilac, treats and more shall also add to their care bills. 

Everything I beg and plead for is for the animals….everything donated goes to them…and some our URGENT NEEDS are below:

1) POWDERED Esbilac 794 g containers if possible – I am going through 2 x 340 g containers a day. They are eating more and more with every feeding and at the present, this means I only have 6 days left of Esbilac. They will be on it until 7-8 weeks of age between now, in their mush and until they are consistently eating kibble well. 

2) Pee Pads

3) PVD Essential Care Canned Puppy – Vet Food

4) PVD Essential Care Kibble Puppy – Vet Food 

5) Pet Valu Gift Cards OR Costco Gift Cards(thanks Amy for the great idea!)

6) Pinesol 

As always, please know how much every email or text of support means, every phone message, every donation of every nickel sent our way and every item! 

My worry and stress is lessened with each kind and caring gesture shown…we are the little guys doing big things for special Giants and we cannot do it alone…

BHRR’s Chain Of Success links are being proven strong thanks to so many in our village!!  We are only at the beginning of this miraculous journey with The Bakers Dozen and not to be forgotten about Great Dane Mama Gem. I sincerely look forward to doing it with our supporters, family plus friends walking by our/their sides….

I am humbled and feeling so many blessings….

Note: I am going through 340g – one small container – of powdered Esbilac every 6 feedings. That means two small containers a day right now for they feed every 2 hours and as they get stronger and bigger, that shall greatly increase. 

They will be on Esbilac as a milk replacer and then in their mush & then kibble for up to 8 weeks of age.

My last post for tonight! Gwennie Novel Style! 

I am working hard to respond to people’s messages ASAP and please forgive for taking longer than usual for I am 24/7 on puppy duty right now. Thank you. 

We are still ISO: the items below as well as auction items, draw prizes and surprise loot bag items for our upcoming popular Annual Dine With The BHRR Doggies fundraiser coming up super fast! This year may be more about dining with the BHRR Baker’s Dozen! Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you have an item for our cause. All money raised will be going to the Puppymill Great Dane Mama Gem and her 13 puppies born between September 12/13th. 

Sean and I had our 21st wedding anniversary yesterday and we said to each other that the best celebration would be seeing all 13 babies thrive. No time for flowers, cards or dinner yet what was most important and special, we were both together last night doing something truly needed and amazing….helping Mama Gem & Her Babies. 

As promised, I am going to share the birth details and posting some of the same information shared earlier today. 

This photo is of BB – Baby Brindle Girl – #6 born weighing only 276 g(9.7 ounces) 

While Mama Gem will not feed them nor does she even have enough to feed 13 puppies even if she did….she will at least let 5 of them snuggle around her now for a bit of time. This is great for the babies. 

She is not the best herself, not eating well nor drinking well yet she just had 13 babies in under 12 hours. 

1:00 pm today was their first attempt with the bottle from tube feeding and I got at least 1 ml into each Baby with the stronger one getting 15 ml. The whole process took 2.5 hours. 

The next feeding, more progress was made and fast forward onward and I now have 9 babies strong on the bottle – I always worry re: aspiration- and 4 still not faring as well.

The more time passes, those getting stronger are pulling farther away from those not thriving as well.  I am not giving up….as long as they have fight so do I!

Gearing up for the next feeding and staying positive. Thank you to Sean and Kinsley for being the best wingmen ever in helping me! 

**’NOTICE: For those seeking to drop-off items, unless Gwennie has put you in direct contact with exact details of where items can become be dropped off to, no other place/s are approved. This is a public page for all to see. Unbeknownst until just now is that we have had someone taken advantage of and now much needed items & $225 cash has been stolen by another. Please email Gwen directly at contactbhrr@gmail.com OR gwen@birchhaven.org if you have anything to donate.**

URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS: BHRR’s Mama Gem & The Baker’s Dozen Pups

We shall need so much and we are already incredibly grateful knowing that there are a lot of beautiful folks wanting to step up at a moment’s notice!! We promise to update as we can, when we can on their progress. 

Here is a list of our current urgent needs and we remain forever indebted to anyone that may consider our cause. Every puppy shall have their own individual blog page too. NONE of them are available for adoption at this time and will not be for a long time.

May we also ask for people not to just drop by with donations. That is equally stressful on puppymill Mama Gem and if we are feeding at that time, greatly disrupts the stability we are trying to keep here. We have a super person in Ottawa – Brenda(lives near Bayshore) that generously offered up her home for donation drop-off, Dawn in Kanata has also kindly offered up her home and if people email us at contactbhrr@gmail.com, additional arrangements can be made. Please DO not drop off items/monies to anyone that we have not put you in touch with….

Mama Gem does has a file set-up at both Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 for anyone that may wish to donate direct to the Vet Clinics for the care of her and her babies. 

gwen@birchhaven.org is for email transfers AND
gwen@birchhaven.org is for PayPal Donations 

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
3) Pee Pads
4) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
5) Large to XL Stuffies
6) Pinesol
7) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
8) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
9) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
10) Auction items for our September 23rd Annual Fundraiser 

From our home to all of our supporters, family & friends, good night wishes being sent! Someone get a wee bit of sleep for me too please! 

**’NOTICE: For those seeking to drop-off items, unless Gwennie has put you in direct contact with exact details of where items can become be dropped off to, no other place/s are approved. Unbeknownst until just now is that we have had someone taken advantage of and now much needed items & $225 cash has been stolen by another.  

Please email Gwen directly at contactbhrr@gmail.com OR gwen@birchhaven.org if you have anything to donate.**

We have 13 babies born and with Mama rejecting them, all are tube fed. 5 will be ready to go to bottle soon.

URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS: BHRR’s Mama Gem & The Baker’s Dozen Pups

First and most important, we really want to take a moment to thank those that have reached out to us after learning that the puppymill Mama Gem gave birth to 13 puppies.  Angels! Just so many wonderful people in the community! I truly do have tears in my eyes for the love that is pouring out our way in messages of well wishes etc.

Please know that each and every offer/message has been appreciated and touches our hearts more deeply than you shall ever know.

I do want to explain why we cannot have strange hands coming in – as kind as I know they would be – and handling these really small babies – wee pup #6 BB girl was born at only 9.7 ounces and her litter-mates not a heck of a lot bigger. Average Dane puppies should be a birth weight of 1-1.5 pounds. That we had all 13 born live is a miracle unto itself considering the conditions Mama came from prior to rescue. Big thanks must again be shouted out to my 17 year old son Mason who stood solid by my side from mere moments after I whelped the first pup – a gorgeous BBBBB girl – and if it were not for him helping to tag team with me – we know that at least 6 babies may well not have survived much past birth. We had puppies coming as fast as every 6 minutes at one point and three puppies in a row were not good upon birth and need much stimulation.

Thank you Mason! We have 13 babies still alive and while none are even remotely out of the woods, all 13 are still here and we are working so hard to ensure their thrival.

We just cannot have these babies exposed to germs and the stress of outside hands plus smells. They need stability and quiet/calm and to be handled by so very few people right now to give them the best chances of survival. They are extremely vulnerable and fragile right now and I hope that people can understand that we all should want what is in their best interest. 

The Boerskins are not new to Danes or whelping rescue puppies, dealing with round the clock feedings – tube feedings at that and while we do not have a crystal ball to say how many or if all of these puppies will surivive, we have almost 22 years of experience through BHRR with rescue litters and in particular litters born to Mama’s that have had no prenatal care. We want to ask to please understand and let us do what we are experienced/knowledgeable at and know that as these babies age and get stronger plus healthier, we are going to need your kind, caring plus loving hands SO much as we did in April of 2016 and December of 2015 for example for other rescue litters we have assisted. ?

Prior to the litter being born, I had already lined up the fabu Melissa Roy for their professional photo’s development journey’s like we did with Mama Marbles’ litter. We shall need many hands to make that magic happen at 4, 6 & 8 weeks etc.

We will need an army of kind souls to help me get them to their Vet visits starting at 2 weeks of age! That is always an adventure unto itself! 

We will need our community to help us socialise and expose them to the fabu wonders of the world when it is time.

We shall need so much and we are already incredibly grateful knowing that there are a lot of beautiful folks wanting to step up at a moment’s notice!! We promise to update as we can, when we can on their progress. 

I am sharing this picture of the BHRR’s Bakers’s Dozen taken last night. A bit blurry as they were moving!

Here is a list of our current urgent needs and we remain forever indebted to anyone that may consider our cause. I will update on the litter and have pictures, birth weights etc. later today. Every puppy shall have their own individual blog page too. NONE of them are available for adoption at this time and will not be for a long time.

May we also ask for people not to just drop by with donations. That is equally stressful on puppymill Mama Gem and if we are feeding at that time, greatly disrupts the stability we are trying to keep here. We have a super person in Ottawa – Brenda(lives near Bayshore) that generously offered up her home for donation drop-off and if people email us at contactbhrr@gmail.com, additional arrangements can be made. ?

Mama Gem does has a file set-up at both Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 and also at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 for anyone that may wish to donate direct to the Vet Clinics for the care of her and her babies.

gwen@birchhaven.org is for email transfers AND
gwen@birchhaven.org is for PayPal Donations

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
3) Pee Pads
4) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
5) Large to XL Stuffies
6) Pinesol
7) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
8) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
9) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
10) **Very Urgent: 4 x New Born Nursing Kits For Milk Replacers – PetSmart – picture in post**

 

UPDATE: 

Please know I am not ignoring calls, emails, messages etc.  I have been up since 5 AM Tuesday and after whelping puppies throughout the night/early AM then had to go to work for 8 hours, pick up some wonderful donations for the pups afterwards and have since been back home with family and puppies etc. I also spayed BHRR’s Daffodil! 

I am hoping that tonight I can get some rest between feedings and will post more re: our needs and on the pups plus Mama Gem tomorrow. 

We will be having a flash auction to help raise urgent funds for their care. 13 Giant Breed puppies to properly vet which includes de-worming from 2 weeks onward, their vaccines plus boosters, spays/neuters, fecals, food, etc…shall cost thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars. We do not cut corners at BHRR. Each puppy plus Mama Gem will receive everything they need plus more. 

I will say that right now all 13 puppies are hanging strong as can be.  Wee brindle baby girl born at only 9.7 ounces too.  Mason and I had spent a lot of time on her when she was first born and almost as much time on 5 other of the 13 babies to help them survive plus thrive. 

I leave all with a picture of the BHRR’s Baker’s Dozen taken a couple of hours ago. 

A bit blurry as they move about!

Update: another puppy born 9:29 AM 

That makes 6 girls and 7 boys and 13 puppies so far.

This is a Baker’s Dozen and they are going to need their village as are we to help ensure their survival. 

Mason and I had to spend some working on 6 of the puppies born and the smallest is only 276 g and so tiny….all the puppies are small. 

I am worried about all surviving….. 

UPDATE: we are now at 10 puppies and this photo is of when we had 8. 
FINAL PUPPY COUNT: 13! & all born alive!

Individual pictures and weights to come later.

Mama is doing well….Mama Gwennie also and to think I have to be up in a few hours to go to work! This was not the night I wanted them to be born! 

Do not think Mama Gem is done and the smallest is only 276 g a wee female

Puppy #7 Black Male Born 12:45 AM

Weight: 360 g

Puppy #6 Brindle Female born 12:35 AM

Weight: 276 g

Puppy #5 Black Boy born 12:21 AM

Weight: 450 g

Puppy #13 Male Brindle Born: 9:29 AM

Weight: 475 g

Puppy #12 Blue Fawn Boy Born: 4:04 AM

Weight: 450 g

Puppy #10 Blue Male Born: 2:45 AM

Weight: 501 g

Puppy #9 Black Female Born: 2:10 AM

Weight: 370 g 

Puppy #8 Blue Female Born 1:24 AM 

Weight: 480 g

Puppy #2 blue female born 10:56 pm

Weight 470 g

BHRR’s Gem Update:

The stunning BBBBB once known a D211 – puppymill Dane #211 and we have called BHRR’s Gem is getting closer and closer to giving birth.

Yup…she was just a number to track how much money was made off the babies they forced her to pump out. 

She is barely picking at her food, nesting and Annette – one of the toys you sent our way, a Stuffie Penquin has become her ‘baby’.

She is finding it harder to get comfortable, doing some pacing, a little panting from time to time and has decided that instead of the 8 x 5 x 4 custom whelping box Sean & Mason made for her comfort( BHRR’s Marbles was made 6 x 5 x 3), she wants the futon bed I have beside her whelping box and have been sleeping on to be by her side. I am trying to have some casual dialogue with her that this would not be my preference! 

BHRR’s Marbles had wanted to have her own rescue litter in April 2016 under my desk and she & I had a few conversations about that not being ideal!

BHRR’s Gem’s wounds have been healing wonderfully yet her spirit, soul and heart shall take much longer to heal. While she still does some flinching when my fingers trail gently across her mid-back when she walks by me – she will now want to be around me, not too close yet she does watch me – she no longer drops to the ground or cowers. I just go about my day and passively ignore her and she is getting used to me being around and the trust earned is slow yet rewarding….

She really feels comforted with the three night lights to help her feel a little more safe at night.

Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson still ‘watches’ over her and she does derive peace in having him around.

Per a couple posts made, we have been busy working quietly behind the scenes as we ready everything for the litter of babies she is expecting soon.

She is only the 15th dog for us to assist in 2017. She most likely shall be the last we can assist in 2017 along with her unborn babies for we have to remain about quality, not quantity. Unless, we have more approved adoptions, our doors shall remain closed for intake until 2018.

In going through the list of items we still need for her and her puppies, I am posting an update of what we still need in case someone may have what what we are looking for or may consider our cause: 

1) Flannel FITTED Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Duvets/Comforters/Sleeping Bags
4) Pet Valu Gift Cards 
5) Pee Pads
6) POWDERED Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
7) Large to XL Stuffies
8) Pinesol
9) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
10) 9 bags of 8 kg PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
11) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys

BHRR’s Gem has a file set up at both Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

Email Transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org 
PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

We will keep everyone updated as we can….

Thank so in advance to all for any consideration as always! 

So BHRR’s Ryder was back at Liston Animal Hospital (613-591-0966) today for his eye as a post op check to his surgery on August 31st as it is no better and in fact, looks worse post op.

Sadly, as per our other post, the repair of what was not Cherry Eye as we know it yet, was eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane was not successful. As you can see in the photo taken today on our way in to see Dr. Liston, his eye is not good.

Today, to see what may be going on, Dr. Liston put a local freezing on his eye and pulled up the third eyelid yet the one corner with every attempt made kept rolling back down within moments and the cartilage pops back up and is exposed. 

Dr. Liston will operate again at the end of the month – when he also has his first opening and if the surgery fails again, he shall do a third surgery and remove the third eyelid. We discussed the long term effects of having the third eyelid removed and I was told that ‘he could be more prone to eye infections in his future.’ No crystal ball. He would not need eye drops as the tear duct would not be affected.

We will do whatever is in his best interest.

He is healing well from his neuter though – also done on August 31st – and is now almost 103 pounds! Where once he was an emaciated barely 48 pounds at 10 months of age, is now lean and muscled and has a fabu glossy shiny healthy black coat. 

He will not be making his special announcement until we can get that eye of his properly repaired.

I shall update on Puppymill Mama BHRR’s Gem tomorrow and I know we have a Saint Lady excited to make her special announcement tomorrow too. 

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, we wish you a good night!

 

BHRR’s Ryder! He was supervising me getting gas on the way in for his surgery consult. 

He had his neuter and eye repair done on August 31st.

Per his surgeon, once he was operating, he told us that it was not Cherry Eye as we know it. What BHRR’s Ryder had was eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane.

This was repaired and his surgeon told Sean upon pick-up that his eye would look bad for at least five days. Sadly, we have seen zero improvement in these five days and BHRR’s Ryder has been getting his eye drops every 8 hours plus wearing a cone. 

He is scheduled to go back to the surgeon on Thursday for a recheck.

In other BHRR news – BHRR’s Lacey was spayed today and charmed all as these Saint Ladies tend to do!  Once she has recovered, she will be ready to make her own special announcement. She is such an adorable patient! 

This now leaves us remaining to do BHRR’s Daffodil’s own Spay and mass removal and this was originally scheduled for September 13th yet we are now on active baby watch with BHRR’s Gem at this time too so, day by day!

We do remain ISO: auction items, draw prizes plus surprise loot bag goodies(40) for our upcoming annual popular and incredibly unique BHRR ‘Dine With The BHRR Doggies!’ We only host 4 planned fundraisers a year and this year’s monies raised shall go towards BHRR’s Gem and her unborn babies.

Any consideration as always would be so appreciated…..

From our home to all of our supporters, friends & family, good night wishes being sent…

This stunning BBBBB was once known a D211 – Dane #211. Yup…just a number to track how much money was made off the babies they forced her to pump out.  

She is safe now and while D211 was her identity to her horrific puppymillers, to us we have called her *BHRR’s Gem*. For she is one…precious and valuable.

Terrified, not even 100 pounds – and this is while heavily pregnant, covered in wounds/scars – you can even see some of them along her side, chest and neck in the one photo I will post in her thread, oozing infection, horrible overgrown nails plus has Giardia and is petrified of the dark.

She now has three night lights to help her feel a little more safe at night.

Yesterday, we were finally able to trim her nails back – her first nail trim in her life. Yesterday, we also managed to give her her very first ear cleaning.

Scared and ranging from catatonic to major flight mode, Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson has not left her side since I made the 20+ hour round trip to assist in this bust and then took her home with me as she needs us so badly right now….AND It took two days before she finally rested. He is her Guardian Dane and he is going to help her heal a lot.

She paces a lot less now than she did upon arrival and depending on the time of day, either wants to stay outside or refuses to go outside.

Per another post, we have been busy working quietly behind the scenes as we ready everything for the litter of babies she is expecting within 7-10 days. The object you see to the right is her custom whelping box that Sean’s & Mason made – 8 x 5 x 4. The one made for BHRR’s Marbles was 6 x 5 x 3 and BHRR’s Gem needs more room to feel comfortable.

We did an u/s the day after she arrived and I quickly saw ~5 babies and the Vet when they looked up, caught at least 3 before she became overwhelmed and we understandably stopped. We also attempted after giving her a break to get x-rays to gauge just how many babies she is expecting & to get a better idea of due date so we could best prepare yet in her fear, this was not possible. She lost control of her bowels, anal glands and urinated herself and I asked for the x-ray attempts to stop as nothing is worth seeing any dog that way. We know she is pregnant and will have to take things as they come. The x-rays that they managed to take were not useful and so be it. Her stress level needs to be lowered not further raised. I worry about her needing a c-section as she is so tiny yet her belly is so huge. Yet, one step at a time….I have been lining up my ducks in a row and several Hospitals, depending on time of day are aware that we may be calling upon them for their surgical assistance. We would also Spay her at the same time she had the c-section.

We did run a fecal and she is on treatment for Giardia and being proactively de-wormed. She is on antibiotics for her wounds.

She is only the 15th dog for us to assist in 2017. She most likely shall be the last we can assist in 2017 along with her unborn babies for we have to remain about quality, not quantity. Unless, we have more approved adoptions, our doors shall remain closed for intake until 2018.

In going through the list of items we still need for her and her puppies, I am posting here in case someone may have what what we are looking for or may consider our cause:

1) Flannel Fitted Sheets – Queen or Twin
2) Pillows
3) Blankets/Duvets/Comforters
4) Pet Valu Gift Cards
5) Pee Pads
6) Powdered Esbilac – 794 g is the better value
7) Large to XL Stuffies
8) Pinesol
9) 7 cases of PVD Essential Care Puppy canned food – Vet Food
10) 9 x 8 kg bags of PVD Essential Care Puppy Kibble – Vet Food 
11) XL Costco Dog Bed
12) Dane sized durable/appropriate puppy play toys 
13) Laundry Soap
14) Fabric Softener

BHRR’s Gem has a file set up at both Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 as well as Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

Email Transfer: gwen@birchhaven.org 
PayPal: gwen@birchhaven.org

We will keep everyone updated as we can….

Thank so in advance to all for any consideration as always! 

She is naturally camera shy so pictures are not easy to get….

UPDATE: we now have an 8 panel plastic playpen to arrive Thursday(2 panel extension) & the 6 panel play pen to arrive Friday!  Thank you again Brenda! 

We are still ISO: wire/metal xpens in height from 34″-44″. 

ISO: a 10-panel Super Yard Play Pen.

We have one that we bought 17 years ago and it is done. Sadly, it will not stand another pack of rescue Dane Babies! The BHRR Puppy Pile x 7 did it in!

We truly did not expect that 18 months after assisting Mama Marbles, we would be asked to assist so soon another cruelty/neglect case pregnant Dane. 

We are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in order for the puppymill Mama Dane and her soon to arrive Babies.

The cost for a 6 panel pen at Babies R Us is $139.99+ tax and so we are hoping someone may have one they no longer need and would consider our cause for a reasonable price.

Seeking a 10 panel one preferably yet 8 panels would be ok.

We are also seeking wire/metal xpens in height of anywhere between 34″ – 44″ in height once the puppies are big enough.

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you can help us out with either request above.

We are in the big countdown…puppies should be arriving within the next 7-10 days max. Mama Dane Gem is doing well…getting some weight on her and building up much needed muscle mass and tone to help her become as strong and healthy as possible for her sake and her unborn babies.

Her awful wounds are healing as she remains on antibiotics and today we were actually able to do her nails. The very first time they have been done in her life. She also let me clean her ears which is also the first time they have been done in her life.

 

ISO: Auction Items!

Our popular Annual one-of-a-kind unique ‘Dine With The BHRR Doggies’ is coming up in September!

We are in need of auction items for both our live & silent part of our evening. Gift Certificates, Gift Baskets etc., would be so appreciated!

We are also seeking draw prizes and items(40 of each) to place in our surprise loot bags.

Please do email gwen@birchhaven.org if you may consider our cause to donate to. Please do not post here for we may miss your most generous offer. 

This is always a SOLD out night and one that we love hosting! BHRR has only five planned fundraisers each year and this is #4 for 2017.

All monies raised in this year’s event will go towards helping another deserving Dane in need of our highly specialised programs. I will post more about her shortly.

She is a puppymill Dane, riddled with so many wounds and scars. She is emotionally and physically beaten. Even after almost 22 years assisting in busts and helping these beautiful animals, I am still shaken to my core with how cruel and neglectful people can be.

Where once she was just a number to produce as many babies as possible to line the greedy pockets of others, to us we have called this lovely girl – BBBBB ‘Gem’. She has an identity now and she will learn she is important and valuable and not disposable trash.

In honour of BHRR’s Sambuca and my beloved Bronson, we will help the next one in need of us. She is only the 15th dog we will have been able to assist in 2017. We remain about quality not quantity with our efforts.

She is precious as is the special ‘cargo’ she is carrying. In just less than 2 years, we have now been asked three times to help a New Mama with her surviving pups(BHRR’s Eve) or a Mama-Soon-To-Be(BHRR’s Marbles) and now BHRR’s Gem. Breaks my heart as to how so many animals are used for profit instead of being altered and cherished as beloved family members…. 

Your donations enable us to continue in these rescue trenches, helping those that have no voice and cannot step up to protect themselves.

We hope that you may help us assist BHRR’s Gem by donating an item to our upcoming Fundraiser. We would truly be so grateful…..

This is how special Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson is….

The BBBBB that is with him was once known a D211 – Dane #211. Yup…just a number to track how much money was made off the babiesthey forced her to pump out. 

She is safe now and while D211 was her identity to her horrific puppymillers, to us we have called her *BHRR’s Gem*. For she is one…precious and valuable.

Terrified, not even 100 pounds, covered in wounds – you can even see some of them along her side, chest and neck, oozing infection, horrible overgrown nails plus riddled with parasites (we will post more on her story on our Facebook page shortly). We will share with everyone just how special this girl is and that Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson knew instantly how special she was….for he is super special himself!

Terrified and ranging from catatonic to major flight mode, Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson has not left her side since I made the 20 hour round trip toassist in this bust and then took her home with me as she needs us so badly right now….AND after two days, she finally rested. He is her GuardianDane and he is going to help her heal a lot…..

Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson wishes all a good night…..he is so fabu!

Special picnic snack auction Date #18 is now happening! 

I am told the ‘no couch rule is going strong’ – same home having this date as they did with BHRR’s Granite yesterday and my response was ‘I can see that!’ 

Thanks for the evidence….I mean photo Elizabeth White! 

I think Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson(he is blind and can only hear 11% between both ears) believes that if he makes himself as small as possible, no one shall notice!  

He is doing really well and has learned the touch and also louder verbal signals for right/left/straight and I have been teaching him sensitivity training via a long leash and we are now up to two long leashes connected. He is a rock star!! 

He also knows ‘car’ & ‘stairs’ & ‘door’ and of course he knows his name and ‘no’ and ‘good’ and ‘boy’ and so many other wonderful words!!! He also knows ‘final pee’ before bed and is proud of himself!! AND we are so proud of him! 

So many Brazilian Angels came together to help save him and try to save his two remaining litter-mates – all special needs and dumped on the streets. 

Here is the group link detailing his journey/story and our continued efforts in now working to try and save another special needs there.

 

This last week has truly been a nightmare in several ways yet I wanted to take a moment to share a warm photo…..does not take the stress, worry for the Saint pups nor the painful heartache of a personal loss away yet just seeing this photo gives me a moment to experience something happy during a horrendous time.

Mason fell asleep watching TV and when he woke up, this was the scene he faced….a no couch rule all the way here and they are listening so well aren’t they?!!! 

Thanks Mason for the photo….. 

BHRR’s Flyn
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She is ready to make her own special announcement!

This gorgeous BBBBB is such a delight. Low maintenance, calm, quiet, social and where once she was so nervous, she is now cautious yet curious.

In her time with us, she has only met two men that have made her nervous and we just asked them to give her some space. One was the Vet that spayed her and that is already an emotionally charged situation. The other was when she was at the Vet Hospital for her boosters. A large tall man wearing a hat came into the Hospital and was quite loud along with his female counterpart. We wanted to post these two experiences for people to be aware.

She likes to size things up first and nothing wrong with that. Just give her a few moments to take in new surroundings or people…..she will then feel right at home. She is not an in your face as soon as you get in the door kinda gal.

When we come home you can see how happy she is to see us yet she is not the jumping all over, noisy ‘where have you been!’ Dog. She comes over and graces us with a tail wag and a sniff and loves a gentle touch or two and then she wants to just be around her humans.

She is a true mysterious BBBBB! She has so many lawyers and depths that we are still being cautiously allowed into her most inner soul. She is beauty, brains and many may think what you see is all there is to her, but you could not be more wrong.

This lovely girl is deep….and full of so much character and heart plus soul.

It is almost hard to describe into words just how filled with depth BHRR’s Flyn is.

She is not complicated. She is not difficult. She just has an incredible intangible to her that is fascinating, compelling and so endearing along with that mysteries allure! She has a way and means about her to just make those in her presence relax and feel good. That is a special gift that she possesses.

She is great to travel in a car.

Patient and gentle with dogs of all sizes and people. We do not feel that any dog should be tightly hugged or see humans hang off their necks and that is so not for her. It would make her so uncomfortable….would make me uncomfortable if anyone did that to me!

She is good to bathe, clean ears, do nails and is crate-trained and has earned trust in our home that she has free rein these days yet our approved adoptive homes are always strongly recommended to not give any dog too much freedom to start. She still goes into a crate here and there to make sure that she feels good.

She is a good eater and has put on over 20 pounds of muscle mass & weight since she has arrived.

She has had no issues sharing the communal water bowls and has a playful side that is adorable.

She can go to a home as an only dog or be placed in a home that has a right matched personality fit dog already in it. As long as she has a proper doggie friend social network, that is what is most important.

She can go to a home that works pt, ft, from home, semi-retired, retired etc. Another versatile BHRR dog!

Her leash manners have greatly improved and her biggest vice – and to many they feel would not be a problem – is constantly climbing on the couch. We discourage couch dogs  and she has become a lot better.

She has been a real sweetheart of a Dane to have with us and to that right matched forever loving home, she is going to be a precious jewel!

AND I cannot say enough about those ears!! This picture has one of her amazing ears in action and in the comments, I will post a photo of both of her ears! They are the best!!

Her coat is nice and glossy and sleek now and I am over the moon excited for all the wonderful things her future shall hold for her!

Thanks again Liz for your amazing talent with the professional photo’s!

Please consider sharing this post in the hopes that her right matched adoring home may find her! Thanks in advance!

Stay Tuned!

This absolutely breathtaking BBBBB with the adorable and totally best ears shall be making her special announcement shortly! She is still recovering from her spay and then…..stay tuned! 

BHRR’s Flyn!

Thank you again Liz for her time, talent and generous heart for the wonderful photo’s!

 

BBBBB’s Ryder!

Where once he was a 10 month old emaciated barely 48 pound cherry eyed Great Dane listed as free on an online ad, tonight at the Vet he now weighs 43 kgs(94.6 pounds)! WTG!

When he is done maturing and filling out, he should weigh 100-110 max. He is a small male Great Dane and 100% stunning and that right matched forever loving home shall not care about his size….or colour….we love the blacks!

Where once his coat was bare, thin, sun dried, dull, dead and coarse, it is now growing in sleek and shiny and glossy black. He still has bare/bald area’s along his back and tail yet greatly improving. He may never develop hair on all the rub spots on his tail and rump from being kept confined in some small space for prolonged periods. He has a big callous on the tip of his tail that we are moisturising so that it does not crack and bleed.

The Ester C has lifted those collapsed pasterns beautifully! His front feet are genetically in an eastie westie position yet front and back feet are looking strong and he stands in an upright normal position on them.

The muscle mass and tone in his rump now is solid!

We did pre-op blood work and also for his Heartworm and Tickborne disease testing. I had asked for the heartworm/tick testing to be done prior to transport yet I never received paperwork stating it was done nor was it on the invoice I paid for his vetting.

His heart and lungs were giving a thumbs up! His teeth look good…the right side has some very minor tartar on his back molars and now that he is with us, he has plenty of excellent kibble plus appropriate toys/bones to chew.

He showed pretty good manners as well at the Hospital. He wanted to play and greet all the dogs and he is learning that not all dogs are going to like him and want to be friends. His leash manners are improving daily!

He was given treats and love and while we waited for our turn to be seen, he enjoyed laying on the benches, half in my lap and if I was not by myself, I would have snapped a pic of him!

Once his bloodwork comes back, we shall know if he is healthy enough to be neutered and to address that Cherry eye.

He loves everything and everyone! Only once was he a bit nervous and I said ‘we are going to make a new friend’, he got a small treat or two and he was perfectly fine after that.

His bad habit is counter surfing and one cannot blame him as he was so starved and he is also making leaps and bounds on that front. He is learning that he is going to be fed on time, fed enough food and that his food is his and his alone.

Amazingly enough, he has no resourcing issues over toys or the communal water bowls.

One photo is from being at the Hospital waiting our turn to go in. His head is high and body relaxed and comfortable. Another photo is of BHRR’s Ryder ‘supervising’ me putting gas in the car and the final one is why I shall always have a sunroof in my vehicles. ??

On the way home, I stopped on the laneway and BHRR’s Ryder & I watched the sunset and the horses in the pasture as the light faded gently away to dusk….

This boy will make a home a truly WOW addition. He travels great in a car(travelled all the way from Ohio), is great with people, kids, dogs of all sizes and cats.

In the meantime, I am so loving our time together as he rehabilitates.

 

 

These two beauties had their professional photo shoot today!

BHRR’s Gravel & BHRR’s Flyn. 

BHRR’s Gravel still needs a few pounds yet is doing awesome! So amazing. He came from a home with kids. While adults once terrified him and he felt threatened, he has loved children. He soaks up all the love given to him when Kinsley is here with her friends.

BHRR’s Flyn has had a really tough recovery from her mature spay last week and I almost thought we may have to forego her own photo taking today yet over the last 24 hours she is finally bouncing back. She was put on a new pain management regime and that seems to working for her. She remains such a mysterious girl and love it! AND Liz captured her fabu ears in full action!

Cannot wait to see the pics of them both and if all goes well within the next 10 days or so both could have their own special announcements to make!

On a side note, I know many have been waiting to read what we know shall be a thumbs up report of BHRR’s Ryder’s Vet visit.  Tonight, he was to have his own Vet visit yet that has been postponed and we do promise to update once he is seen for we are all excited to see what he weighs now – no longer an emaciated 48 pounds for sure!  AND we want to move not just on his neuter but to have his eye surgically addressed. He is a true love…..his coat improves daily and it is becoming so shiny and glossy as he sheds the old, dull, coarse, sun exposed, poor nutrition fur he once had.

AND the Saint pups, BHRR’s Cagney & BHRR’s Lacey are equally doing great in their emerge temp foster home. 

BHRR’s Gus the Neo is learning much needed manners, is a total ham of a character and is recovering well from a wasp sting to one side of his mouth. Puffed up his lip and flew to look like an adorable hippo on that side. Such a trooper and gosh, he is going to make a right matched forever loving home the best of additions! He is outstanding!

This stunning BBBBB was spayed & microchipped today.

BHRR’s Flyn. She did great!

She and my Wolfie Brogan are at home recovering together from their individual surgeries this week.

BHRR’s Flyn & BHRR’s Gravel are both scheduled for their professional photo shoots next Tuesday – had to be rescheduled from the 18th due to heat – and in a couple more weeks, both may be ready to make their own special announcements! 

These two cuties were at Kanata Animal Hospital last night!

BHRR’s Gravel – he has put on another five pounds! He is now 48.3 kgs(106.23 pounds). He could still use another 7 pounds or so. Mel & Danya, remember the terrified reactive boy at the pound?! Remember how you had to rush down to the pound Danya?! Look at him now. Chilling, relaxed and comfortable as he waits his turn to see the Vet.  He can be a real ham at times now. Love when he has those moments as he is really enjoying life when he does.

BHRR’s Flyn – she has put on 11 more pounds! She now weighs 47.3 kgs(103.4 pounds) She needs about 5 or more pounds herself. She is a super quiet and calm girl. Very mysterious in many ways as she slowly continues to reveal herself to us. Really liking this girl….she is so much more than meets the eye and earning her trust has been sure and steady.

Both are doing great! Their Vet just loves their coats. BHRR’s Gravel’s once dry, seborrhoea coarse unhealthy coat is now shiny and healthy!

BHRR’s Flyn’s is slowly turning into a glossy shiny black herself! All that old sun exposed, dull hair is leaving!

Both have gained beautiful muscle tone and mass and are really gorgeous Danes!

Both were quite easy going for their boosters plus exams and BHRR’s Flyn can now safely have her spay now that she is healthy.

Today, they were to have their professional photo’s done in prep for their future special announcements yet the heat was really unbearable. They have both been rescheduled to next Tuesday.

Soon, my amazing journey’s with these two gorgeous Danes shall begin a new chapter….

Thanks again Mason for coming with me with them last night!

Though, I have been as sick as can be, after leaving work early, I layed down for a few hours and then had to drive to pick up this uber handsome young man.

Thanks so much Jane in meeting up with me! Thanks to Gen for emergency temp fostering him too. 

BHRR’s Ryder is the 10 month old Great Dane that was only 48 pounds and listed for free on an online ad. He also needs eye surgery.

His coat is not pretty right now – old dull coarse hair with sun bleached fur and his tail plus top of his back show major signs of having been kept in a small crate/spot. He has a growth on his tail we need to investigate further. He has one nipple that is abnormal and his left front lower leg has a ‘bulge’. I am not going to guess what it may be. He has some area’s on his body that look like healed injures too.

He is a handsome wee dude regardless and already is singing me a song in the sunroom!

I have heard from others how amazing he is and is super solid in temperament and that is always an amazing thing for a dog to go through what he has and be this friendly, social and lovely.

We shall see how it goes on the small dog front as he was grabbed on the nose by a small dog and we have been told he now barks at them. He is going to have a blast with the big dawgs, I can already tell!

When he is healthy, he will be neutered and microchipped and I am looking forward to our journey together. I can already tell he is going to make me laugh so much and carve his own big space all of his own in my heart. 

He travelled great over the weekend to get to Shannonville from Ohio and welcome to Canada dear man!

On a BIG side note: we are desperately in need of 3 more approved Volunteers to help out on Saturday July 15th for dog loving/washing at Critter Jungles awesome Dirty Dawg Wash! Please consider our cause to support….this shall be our 6th incredible opportunity to be at their location and we need your help!

We need events like this to help raise much needed funds to keep our rescue efforts strong.

Special Date Auction #12 is well under way!

BHRR’s Leroy – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Enjoy sweet man! You so deserve this special spoiling time!

Couple more hours to go on the road for today yet he is doing great! 

That poor eye also looks infected.

Apparently he is a real love!

He is travelling well! 

AND ‘Ryder’ is on his way! Thanks Jane for the photo and safe travels to all! 

He will then be emergency temp fostered for BHRR until I can drive to pick him up and do the final leg of his journey early next week. 

Ryder was the emaciated 10 month old Great Dane, that weighed only 48 pounds and was listed as free on an online ad. He also is in serious need of eye surgery. 

Cannot wait to meet this adorable dude!

 
 
 
 
 

Sunday July 9th @ Pet Valu Stittsville – Our 10th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser AND So Much More!
*No appointments necessary

2017 marks our 10th year of hosting this exciting event!

BHRR has been precedent setting in the community in seeing more cats & dogs microchipped to give them the best chance possible to get home should they be lost or stolen.

More information in link above and in poster!

BHRR’s Leroy
Still AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

With the truly heart warming and wonderful story ending of BHRR’s Abby’s forever loving home having finally found her, we are hoping that by asking people to share/cross-post BHRR’s Leroy, that his right matched forever home will also find him. 

Like BHRR’s Abby, he has been waiting a really really long time, has been so patient, as have we and we just know that his own home is out there too!

They just have not found him yet!

BHRR’s Leroy came to us emaciated – he has put on 50+ pounds in muscle mass and weight, and suffered from severe SA. His previous home also docked his tail as they did not wish to work through his ‘happy tail’ woes.

I know this photo is a XMAS Eve Photo yet I love it of him!

This fine man is now ~ 6 years of age, affectionate, uber handsome and incredibly loyal.

He is good with dogs of all sizes yet no small dogs would be our preference as he can play rough, unknown re: cats, and travels great in a car, is crate-trained, obedient – can still sometimes pull if distracted and is a quiet boy.

He can be an only dog in a home or be adopted to a home that has a right personality fit dog. He can be adopted to a home that works full-time, part-time or is semi-retired etc.

He has a special play date coming up on July 10th and we will obtain some new photo’s of him then to share!

Thank you in advance to all that may share this post!

It happened for BHRR’s Abby today!

It finally happened!!

This stunning BBBBB was ADOPTED!

Yes, I had tears in my eyes yet, as mentioned to the home, they are the best kind of tears!

BHRR’s Pearl would have done equally well in this home yet BHRR’s Abby edged her out and BHRR’s Pearl, your own time shall come. Adding this also to BHRR’s Pearl’s blog so people can see the update on this home-visit that both dogs attended.

Thank you to this amazing home in having such kind understanding and patience as we went through our thorough adoption process. Thank you for being so open in your hearts to wanting a senior Dane to adopt.

Thank you for seeing BHRR’s Abby when so many others did not. So many looked past her and we kept saying that we were patient as was she and we took some criticism over the years as we refused to have her be adopted to a wrong home.

She needed that right matched forever loving home, one that did not care that she was a smaller female, one that did not care that she was black – full of beautiful frosting now!, one that did not care that she was older, one that did not have cats and felt they could ‘train’ the prey drive out of her….AND that home finally came along! 

My dear sweet Abbies….how proud I am of you, how much love I have for you, how happy I am for you, how just so incredibly you have touched my heart plus soul…..

We never gave up, you never gave up and to all of our friends, families plus supporters, thank you also in not giving up on her or the work that we do at BHRR!

You survived being dumped in big bear and coyote country, you survived bloat, you survived so many walking past you at BHRR Events and ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open houses and every time this happened, I said to myself, those people do not deserve you…yet, one home out there will…they shall see you for the gem and precious jewel you truly are!

AND it finally happened….

BHRR’s Abby, we walked many a mile together yet now even though our paths shall change course, you shall forever have your paws entrenched upon my heart and soul.

Congrats BHRR’s Abby! Congrats to a truly lovely home as well! Your adoptive family is really awesome!

This is adoption #399 for BHRR!

What a really great ending to my weekend!

 

This young male Great Dane is ‘Ryder’.

At just 10 months of age, he weighed only 48 pounds and was listed as ‘Free’ online. He was severely emaciated and close to death.
A truly Good Samaritan managed to get him and he is now safe in their hands. He has been putting on much needed weight over the past weeks and has even started to play.

We were contacted by three separate wonderful rescue sources asking if we could assist him.

No hesitation made…..without a doubt he is the next in need of us and we are so thankful to the angel that saw the ad and then saved him.
Once he is healthy, we will neuter him and also take care of his Cherry eye. All proactive plus preventative Vet Care that he needs will be done.

We noted in the photo his right hip and right lower leg…some injuries there.

ETA to BHRR the weekend of July 8th. With a possible approved adoption to occur shortly, our next spot will be for this boy, who we have been told is just the sweetest thing. He is good with cats, goats, dogs(though he was grabbed on the nose by a Doxie and now barks back at super small dogs and we will address), also good with the two year old child that lives in the home.

He is nervous of strangers, especially men and will bark plus growl.

Cannot wait to meet him….BHRR was founded for all the dogs just like him…..

Terrifies me to think of where he could have ended up being listed as ‘free’ 🙁

Another photo of this beautiful girl from her date on June 23rd. 

Someone had a great date yesterday!

BHRR’s Pearl!

Thanks VERY much Heather in bidding on this date with her and giving her this very special spoiling time!

I heard that there was lots of cuddling and even a snooze together. 

AND thank you for all of the truly gorgeous pictures.

ISO: A BHRR Approved Volunteer for Sunday July 2nd to assist in doing a home-visit with me.

I understand it is a long weekend for many and know this may be a hard request to fill. At BHRR, we operate 24/7, 365 days a year! No weekends at all for us.

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Gatineau, Quebec

This is for a possible approved adoption of either BHRR’s Pearl or BHRR’s Abby.

Please email gwen@birchhaven.org

Please do not post here, as we may miss your offer!

 

AND BHRR’s Pearl is now having her own special play date!

This is Date Auction #8!

We have a total of four special picnic play dates scheduled for this weekend! Yay!

This picture is as I drive slowly down our laneway as she loves the sights and smells of the country. ?
*Yes, those are some of our horses in the background!

I got her!

Here is the newest addition to BHRR!

Still needs a name!

She is quite skinny, terrible coat that is shedding a lot, is dull and full of dander. A nice oatmeal bath or two plus proper diet, getting healthier and taking a rubber curry brush will make all the difference to get her coat nice and shiny black!

She is just over 94 pounds and has a long body with ears that I fell instantly in love wi