When I went to work yesterday, I had a conversation with one of BHRR's Porridge's Vets. I discussed my questions of inflammatory nasal disease and nasal tumors and went back to asking about skull x-rays and more scopes etc….after conversing further, I have asked to have a referral to another specialist, this one at Alta Vista AH. I explained to his Vet this feeling I have in my gut and, they agreed with me, that by going off to another specialist, that, it could well be of some benefit. I said I do not want him to be a pin cushion and he has had so much in testing etc., yet, I have this worry in my gut….AND, I know that he is not a surgical candidate and, I know many things yet, I now feel I need to do this…and, I have thought it over long and hard and, I am trying to be objective and not subjective and, want to give him all that he deserves plus is worthy of and not, ever lose sight of the quality over quantity. So, I am setting up an appointment – his Vet already called in the referral and I just need to make the appointment – possibly as early as next week(they have some openings then yet, I do not know dates/times) – to sit down with another specialist and, will fax/email all that has been done to date, and, talk and see where that goes…….

I wish in my blog post that I could say that I am looking for this or that, yet, I cannot. What I am most looking for, most (AND, I know that I have gotten this from his three Vets already at KAH and other specialists etc.) is 'peace'…………to be able to look at this amazing dog and, know that I am giving him everything within my power and resources to give him and, that I am making the best informed decisions possible for him. Day by Day.

I also obtained more mirtazapine and pred for him for another week. He is eating about 1/2-3/4 of his normal intake. The nasal discharge has not worsened, his muzzle has not become more swollen, his energy level is a bit better as he is now eating and drinking more.

He had a WONDERFUL 6th Birthday! The walk/hike with friends of old and new and the messages and cards – AND yes, he even received some flowers! IS he not loved?!! He has made such a BUG impact over the years with so many and remains one of the top requests of BHRR dogs to bring to our community education/public awareness visits at Schools. 🙂 At this time, he is obviously on a 'break'.

ALL of these people that took the time to text, call, email, etc., THANK YOU! THANK YOU! It was an emotional day and a very emotional time for all that love and care. TO each person that has also donated to his Vet Care, THANK YOU! Every little bit helps and, all donations that come in from our upcoming BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' mini open house shall also be used towards his Vet Bills.

This is JUST one message sent his way on Sunday by a real angel:
"Sending sweet birthday wishes out to Porridge today. Just want him to know that 24 people who have never met this sweet boy are sending him positive thoughts and love and will be contributing to his vet bills by buying cupcakes for my Easter Event. We all wish we could do more. Hugs and kisses all around."

Below are his x-rays and, two photo's from his walk/hike on Sunday. Our next scheduled walk/hike shall not be until May and please EMAIL, if you would like to be added to our almost 220 member list of responsible dog owners ONLY.

(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Porridge’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

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

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

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

BHRR’s Porridge Angels  $367.50* donated to date & Bills are close to $4,000
*Before PayPal fees
PV Stittsville Nail Trim/Grind Event
Pam – PayPal took $0.59 in fees

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BHRR's Porridge's Chest/Heart x-rays from March 19th, 2014

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BHRR's Porridge – March 31st, 2014 – His 6th Birthday @ our latest GD & GIANT AT HEART Walk/Hike