BHRR’s Bruce was at the Vet yesterday.
 
He weighed a very thin 50.6 kgs(110.66). I would like to see at least another 15-20 pounds of muscle mass and weight on him and then re-evaluate. I want him lean, not overweight. Too many obese dogs out there….
 
He had his boosters – DHPP, Lyme, Lepto, was dispensed deworming, hw, flea/tick meds. I was thinking Nexgard Spectra, yet when I was at work, I began thinking more Nexgard and Interceptor Plus. Thanks to the Vet for ‘poking’ fun at me for writing down Nexgard Spectra in the apt. notes! I know what I wrote and thought it over!
 
I drew blood – such a good boy to sit nicely for me to take from his jugular – and ran a hw/tickborne disease test – negative, and I took extra to see if the Vet wanted to run a panel. They did not feel it necessary, and unless I wanted to run it for a baseline for Mr. Bruce, they were not concerned.
 
I took the blood I was holding for the possible blood profile and spun it down to get serum to freeze to help others with eye ulcers. Dane blood can be so universal!
 
He was friendly, lovely to finally get to meet him, and when he is ready, he will seriously make a home an INCREDIBLE addition! He is stunning inside and out!
 
He loved everyone at the clinic! No interpersonal space issues or respect from this boy! Right up in your face with happiness/love! LOL
 
He resides in a foster home with two other dogs: Mr. Jack(AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION), cats, and bunnies! It was great to see Mr. Jack again too!
 
Miss Chrissy is having her spay, microchip, bloodwork, etc., on Tuesday.
 
Will monitor Mr. Bruce’s small skin issues, is it behavioural? Environmental and behavioural? Environmental? – he had eye/ear infections when he was dropped off at the shelter. Resolved now.
 
Per the foster, he is having some SA issues in his crate at night. They still have some trazodone on hand and will use that to help ‘ease’ Mr. Bruce to be ok with his own company.
 
So, hard on these big sensitive dogs! You will get there, Mr. Bruce. It has only been nine days today since your arrival.
 
Thank you to his foster home for being open to fostering him until at least December 1st. It saved his life……
 
AND for those asking re: his colouring – he is a Fawn Merle.
 

AND…………drumroll!

The Beans(LabX) went up for fostering to adopt on October 1st!
*~75% lab*

We are also open to approved Volunteers to foster them until they are adopted by a right-matched personality fit home.

*Adoptions will not be finalized until after their spays/neuter
*This is in addition to our mandatory obedience clause
*They can go to homes with responsible children as young as 10+
*No more than two children in a home
*They can go to homes with cats
*We prefer homes with at least one right-matched personality-fit dog, not a deal breaker for that right home that has a great social network set up for The Bean!
*Homes must be within 2 hours of our location & be willing to take them to their October 15th booster apt. & their alter apt at the end of October – booked at Liston Animal Hospital
*Foster-to-adopt homes must then be prepared to commit to their final puppy boosters around November 15th (post-adoption), including rabies, dhpp, Lyme plus lepto
**The above clauses will be in the foster-to-adopt contracts in addition to all other requirements found in our standard adoption application contract**

They are ready to be fostered by an approved Volunteer AND they are ready to be fostered to adopt to homes seeking to adopt. The adoption application contract must be completed.

Thank you again to the puppy wranglers that came out to help at their paparazzi photo shoot! VERY appreciated!

Thank you again to Liz Bradley for the gorgeous photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: WE ONLY ADOPT TO SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO & QUEBEC, CANADA

*As this is a foster-to-adopt puppy, all homes must be within 2 hours of our location AND willing to drive him to his scheduled Vet appointments in Kanata, ON *
**NO Exceptions**

***AVAILABLE FOR A FOSTER TO ADOPT!**
*ADOPTION WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL NEUTERED*

2nd boosters are booked for October 15th, his neuter is scheduled for the third week of October, and he will require his third boosters by November 15th(the approved foster to adopt home can take care of the third boosters, and it will be in the signed foster to adopt contract that they agree to do so – Rabies, DAPP, Lepto & Lyme.

BHRR’s Albar – male – Labx(Predominantly Lab ~75%) – ten weeks of age(born July 23rd), utd on vaccines, will be microchipped, good with other dogs & good with people, Has been good with cats – integration is key!

*We will consider homes with responsible children 10+
*No more than two children in a home

Has had some obedience(this does not exclude our mandatory adoption clause of a full round of obedience being required – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: All blogs(scroll to the very bottom and then read upwards) and our PetFinder animal lists are kept utd so yes, he is still available.

Almost all of your questions will be answered in his thorough blog. READ the blog from the bottom up once on the blog.

Please familiarize yourself with BHRR’s adoption mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal.

Our PetFinder and our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your questions. Therefore, do not contact us asking us what our policies are, what our adoption area is, or what his adoption fee is. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated solely by Volunteers.

We are NOT a shelter or a pound.

You CANNOT just drop by to visit him. He resides in a loving foster home, not a kennel, and BHRR has a thorough adoption process to determine if any home is a right match personality fit.

When submitting your completed adoption application contract – found on our home website – for BHRR’s Albar, please include a short introduction regarding your home, etc.

We DO NOT respond to inquiries to adopt via Petfinder, our website nor any emails/phone calls. We ONLY will consider completed applications along with the non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: WE also will not respond to any emails that only ask a one-liner or re: adoption fees.

The adoption cost(from a r/q Rescue) or purchase cost(if you purchase from a reputable/quality Breeder is the LEAST that you shall pay over the lifetime of proper care of your pet)

 

NOTE: WE ONLY ADOPT TO SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO & QUEBEC, CANADA

*As this is a foster-to-adopt puppy, all homes must be within 2 hours of our location AND willing to drive her to her scheduled Vet appointments in Kanata, ON *
**NO Exceptions**

***AVAILABLE FOR A FOSTER TO ADOPT!**
*ADOPTION WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL SPAYED*

2nd boosters are booked for October 15th, her spay is scheduled for the third week of October, and she will require her third boosters by November 15th(the approved foster to adopt home can take care of the third boosters, and it will be in the signed foster to adopt contract that they agree to do so – Rabies, DAPP, Lepto & Lyme.

BHRR’s Nola – female – Labx(Predominantly Lab ~75%) – ten weeks of age(born July 23rd), utd on vaccines, will be microchipped, good with other dogs & good with people, Has been good with cats – integration is key!

*We will consider homes with responsible children 10+
*No more than two children in a home

Has had some obedience(this does not exclude our mandatory adoption clause of a full round of obedience being required – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: All blogs(scroll to the very bottom and then read upwards).

Please familiarize yourself with BHRR’s adoption mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal.

Our PetFinder and our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your questions. Therefore, do not contact us asking us what our policies are, what our adoption area is, or what her adoption fee is. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated solely by Volunteers.

We are NOT a shelter or a pound.

You CANNOT just drop by to visit her. She resides in a loving foster home, not a kennel, and BHRR has a thorough adoption process to determine if any home is a right match personality fit.

When submitting your completed adoption application contract – found on our home website – for her, please include a short introduction regarding your home, etc.

We DO NOT respond to inquiries to adopt via Petfinder nor our website or any emails/phone calls. We ONLY will consider completed applications along with the non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: WE also will not respond to any emails that only ask a one-liner or re: adoption fees.

The adoption cost(from a r/q Rescue) or purchase cost(if you purchase from a reputable/quality Breeder is the LEAST that you shall pay over the lifetime of proper care of your pet).

 

NOTE: WE ONLY ADOPT TO SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO & QUEBEC, CANADA

*As this is a foster-to-adopt puppy, all homes must be within 2 hours of our location AND willing to drive her to her scheduled Vet appointments in Kanata, ON *
**NO Exceptions**

***AVAILABLE FOR A FOSTER TO ADOPT!**
*ADOPTION WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL SPAYED*

2nd boosters are booked for October 15th, her spay is scheduled for the third week of October, and she will require her third boosters by November 15th(the approved foster to adopt home can take care of the third boosters, and it will be in the signed foster to adopt contract that they agree to do so – Rabies, DAPP, Lepto & Lyme.

BHRR’s Maybelle Cutie – female – Labx(Predominantly Lab ~75%) – ten weeks of age(born July 23rd), utd on vaccines, will be microchipped, good with other dogs & good with people, Has been good with cats – integration is key!

*We will consider homes with responsible children 10+
*No more than two children in a home

Has had some obedience(this does not exclude our mandatory adoption clause of a full round of obedience being required – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: All blogs(scroll to the very bottom and then read upwards).

Please familiarize yourself with BHRR’s adoption mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal.

Our PetFinder and our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your questions. Therefore, do not contact us asking us what our policies are, what our adoption area is, or what her adoption fee is. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated solely by Volunteers.

We are NOT a shelter or a pound.

You CANNOT just drop by to visit her. She resides in a loving foster home, not a kennel, and BHRR has a thorough adoption process to determine if any home is a right match personality fit.

When submitting your completed adoption application contract – found on our home website – for her, please include a short introduction regarding your home, etc.

We DO NOT respond to inquiries to adopt via Petfinder nor our website or any emails/phone calls. We ONLY will consider completed applications along with the non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: WE also will not respond to any emails that only ask a one-liner or re: adoption fees.

The adoption cost(from a r/q Rescue) or purchase cost(if you purchase from a reputable/quality Breeder is the LEAST that you shall pay over the lifetime of proper care of your pet).

 

NOTE: WE ONLY ADOPT TO SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO & QUEBEC, CANADA

*As this is a foster-to-adopt puppy, all homes must be within 2 hours of our location AND willing to drive him to his scheduled Vet appointments in Kanata, ON *
**NO Exceptions**

***AVAILABLE FOR A FOSTER TO ADOPT!**
*ADOPTION WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL SPAYED*

2nd boosters are booked for October 15th, her spay is scheduled for the third week of October, and she will require her third boosters by November 15th(the approved foster to adopt home can take care of the third boosters, and it will be in the signed foster to adopt contract that they agree to do so – Rabies, DAPP, Lepto & Lyme.

BHRR’s Bev – female – Labx(Predominantly Lab ~75%) – ten weeks of age(born July 23rd), utd on vaccines, will be microchipped, good with other dogs & good with people, Has been good with cats – integration is key! She is presently in a foster home that has a feline.

*We will consider homes with responsible children 10+
*No more than two children in a home

Has had some obedience(this does not exclude our mandatory adoption clause of a full round of obedience being required – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: All blogs(scroll to the very bottom and then read upwards).

Please familiarize yourself with BHRR’s adoption mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal.

Our PetFinder and our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your questions. Therefore, do not contact us asking us what our policies are, what our adoption area is, or what her adoption fee is. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated solely by Volunteers.

We are NOT a shelter or a pound.

You CANNOT just drop by to visit her. She resides in a loving foster home, not a kennel, and BHRR has a thorough adoption process to determine if any home is a right match personality fit.

When submitting your completed adoption application contract – found on our home website – for her, please include a short introduction regarding your home, etc.

We DO NOT respond to inquiries to adopt via Petfinder nor our website nor any emails/phone calls. We ONLY will consider completed applications along with the non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: WE also will not respond to any emails that only ask a one-liner or re: adoption fees.

The adoption cost(from a r/q Rescue) or purchase cost(if you purchase from a reputable/quality Breeder is the LEAST that you shall pay over the lifetime of proper care of your pet)

 

NOTE: WE ONLY ADOPT TO SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO & QUEBEC, CANADA

*As this is a foster-to-adopt puppy, all homes must be within 2 hours of our location AND willing to drive her to her scheduled Vet appointments in Kanata, ON *
**NO Exceptions**

***AVAILABLE FOR A FOSTER TO ADOPT!**
*ADOPTION WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL SPAYED*

2nd boosters are booked for October 15th, her spay is scheduled for the third week of October, and she will require her third boosters by November 15th(the approved foster to adopt home can take care of the third boosters, and it will be in the signed foster to adopt contract that they agree to do so – Rabies, DAPP, Lepto & Lyme.

BHRR’s Ayla – female – Labx(Predominantly Lab ~75%) – ten weeks of age(born July 23rd), utd on vaccines, will be microchipped, good with other dogs & good with people, Has been good with cats – integration is key!

*We will consider homes with responsible children 10+
*No more than two children in a home

Has had some obedience(this does not exclude our mandatory adoption clause of a full round of obedience being required – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: All blogs(scroll to the very bottom and then read upwards).

Please familiarize yourself with BHRR’s adoption mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal.

Our PetFinder and our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your questions. Therefore, do not contact us asking us what our policies are, what our adoption area is, or what her adoption fee is. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated solely by Volunteers.

We are NOT a shelter or a pound.

You CANNOT just drop by to visit her. She resides in a loving foster home, not a kennel, and BHRR has a thorough adoption process to determine if any home is a right match personality fit.

When submitting your completed adoption application contract – found on our home website – for her, please include a short introduction regarding your home, etc.

We DO NOT respond to inquiries to adopt via Petfinder nor our website or any emails/phone calls. We ONLY will consider completed applications along with the non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: WE also will not respond to any emails that only ask a one-liner or re: adoption fees.

The adoption cost(from a r/q Rescue) or purchase cost(if you purchase from a reputable/quality Breeder is the LEAST that you shall pay over the lifetime of proper care of your pet).

This evening I dropped off Miss Bev to her foster Mama.

It was a massive step for us both!

My wee beans have been a massive part of my life since they were not even ten days old.

She knew something was up – sadly had her first ever bm in the car & then even puked in the car as we arrived – yet, with some assurance, then passively ignoring, she & I got through the brief hand-off to keep stress to a minimum.

This is what she now needs. She is a very, very, very special girl, and as protective as I am about all of them, I am even more so with her.

I want each and every dog we are entrusted with to become the best dogs they can be, and it is time for them to go to this next step. I have worked incredibly hard to give them a strong foundation, to get them healthy, and they are well-adjusted solid baby beans!

She is ready to fly and spread her wings…she just needs to know this herself, and it will come fast. 

Miss Bev needs patience, understanding, and people to show her things, yet do not push her nor cross her clear boundaries, gently push them to show her how wonderful the world is….from day 1, she has been this way – even with nursing, etc., – and if you give her the time to size things up, and be patient, she will emerge as the explorer bean she is and step forth with confidence, excitement, a bounce in her step & comfort. AND expresses herself with her adorable sounds.

She needs to size things up; first, she is quiet and sweet, and the others tend to want to push her and boss her around.

Yet, she has boundaries, as easygoing and submissive as she can be, when her siblings cross them, she will take a stance, it is far coming, though. She tolerates a lot. Yet, she has backbone!

My five beans are no longer with me…I now have four.

I am so full of mixed feelings…yet all are entering the next wonderful chapter where each shall go on to continue to spread their wings and thrive.

I shall forever be their mama Gwennie and remain incredibly proud of them! 

Tomorrow, they will make their official special announcements!

They turned ten weeks old today….

 

THE ONLINE FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER FOR BHRR IS NOW LIVE!

Over 200 items!

HERE IS THE LINK TO JOIN!

Post from the wonderful organizers!

“Welcome to the online Fundraiser for Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation.
A HUGE thank you to all of the local businesses and individuals who donated to make this auction possible.
100% of the proceeds raised will go to the rescue.
All the donated businesses have been linked in each item, if you are interested in an item, please consider clicking on their Facebook page and Like/Follow them.
Please read through all of the auction guidelines below.
Auction Guidelines:
1) There is a starting bid on all items
2) Please bid in a minimum $1 increment (just to clarify, you can bid any amount as long as it is a minimum $1 increase, it can be $2, $3, $4, $5 etc.)
3) The auction closes Sunday, October 9th, at 8 PM.
4) The winner will be contacted via Messenger with a pickup location, there are pick-up locations in Brockville (North End), Oxford Station, and Kanata.
5) Payment is due immediately following the end of the auction once notification has been received that you are the successful bidder
6) Payment is due via eTransfer to carol_bruck@hotmail.com
No password is required.
Happy Bidding, and thank you for your support!
Please see the album below to bid, thank you for your support and generosity for those currently in the rescue and those to come.”

BHRR Animals Available For Adoption

This is a blog post, updated regularly as to who is available for adoption and the ‘quick’ status of others not yet available for adoption.
NOTE: This blog post is on each of the dogs’ individual pages.
All of our available dogs can also be found on our PetFinder website.
*To read a dog’s blog, scroll to the very bottom of that dog’s individual page and read upwards, skipping over any posts such as fundraiser posts. They will answer most of your questions re: age, history etc.*

**NOTE: As of December 1st, 2016; BHRR shall no longer be responding to any inquires to adopt. We are following the lead of other r/q organizations and ONLY completed adoption applications submitted to the BHRR BOD shall be considered/responded to.**

BHRR is a federally registered NP organization and requires an application/contract to be filled out, personal references including a vet reference if applicable and a home visit to be done before being approved to adopt.

We also require that at the time of meeting any BHRR animal (after completing the application process up to that point) that the whole family + any other currently owned animals are present for the mandatory home-visit.

BHRR only places per best/right matched personality fit.

We also require that within four months of having adopted your new addition that at least one full round/session of group classes of obedience (they can range from 6-18 weeks) must be started and upon completion; proof (registration + completion) must be submitted to BHRR’s attention at BHRR and with having your signature on the adoption application/contract; you will be in a legal breach of your contract should this not be done. The animal involved will have to be returned promptly & safely to BHRR at your own expense.

 

BHRR’s Athos(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 13th, 2021 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Romeo(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE October 28th, 2021 – *Mix (BostonX, maybe HoundX or BoxerX)

BHRR’s Rosie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE March 4th, 2022  -*Redbone Black & Tan Hound

BHRR’s Agatha(Aggie)(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 17th, 2022 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Titan(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 5th, 2022  -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Jack(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE September 23rd, 2022 – *Australian Shepherd – Visually/Hearing Impaired

BHRR’s Nola(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 -*LabX

BHRR’s Beaver(Bev)(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Albar(M) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Maybelle Cutie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Ayla(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE October 1st, 2022 – *LabX

BHRR’s Chrissy(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *Australian Shepherd -Visually/Hearing Impaired

BHRR’s Bruce(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *Great Dane

BHRR’s TBA(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – *NewfX

AND The Bean paparazzi photos are in!
 
OMG! They are as amazing as I knew they would be!
 
They are 8.5 weeks old in these pics. Taken Thursday, September 22nd.
 
They are looking for foster or foster-to-adopt homes!
 
Miss Bev is going to her foster home later this week. 
 
FOUR more beans to place in foster or foster to adopt homes.
 
Liz never ceases to amaze me with her talent and patience.
 
Thank you to Richard, Katherine, Cassy & John for being Bean Wranglers! 

Yesterday, I spent a few hours with this handsome dude & his wonderful foster fam!
 
BHRR’s Mr. Titan!
 
He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
He is a WOW dog! He LOVES everyone, every dog, everything – gets so excited and is such a happy boy! Even with the one cat in the home, he has come so far – she is not a black squirrel to want to chase! He has had zero issues with their other cat. He is learning…..
 
You have come far, Mr. Titan, with your health, and now we work a bit more on those leash manners as you just want to see everyone!  You rocked our training session yesterday with me/your foster family, and it was truly lovely to see you again…… 
 
The healthier plus happy you have gotten, the younger you appear to be! I am still going to say ~5 yet, most likely a bit younger than that. You can ‘kanga-dane’ with the best of them! 
 
You will make that right-matched, forever-loving home THE most amazing of additions!
 
 
 
 

AND another one! He and Miss Chrissy have always been so unbelievably happy! Such joy!

Another of the fabu Mr. Jack!

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
Mr. Jack, one of our Three’s Company Pups is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
Health Status: HEALTHY!
*Mr. Jack is severely hearing/visually impaired
*He had a left eye enucleation on August 26th, 2022
 
Age: Born March 26th, 2022 (Almost six months)
 
Weight: 14.1 kgs(31 pounds) – He is a Mini Aussie

We want to keep him lean/muscled and fit.
 
Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Jack: He loves his walks and car rides and interacts well with people/dogs he meets, and we are hoping for a quiet, socially low-active level home. A residence that, while visiting family plus friends and has people over, is not hosting frequent BBQs or gatherings of large groups of people. We do not want to see him in a home with a high level of travel, with other people taking care of him. He is loyal and loves his humans, and we want him part of the family if they go camping, go to the cottage, or do other fun travels. His quietly social and needs a home that is like him. He would adore cottage life or hanging out at home with his family. Visiting friends, family, pet stores, the beach, and pet-friendly places are great too. We want an active home for Mr. Jack. As an Aussie, he is smart and must be kept physically and mentally stimulated.

He MUST go to a home that will continue to work on scent and touch training with him. A home that will not use vibration or shock collars. As Aussies can be prone to OCD behaviours, we recommend being careful with light training. Vibration training with the banging of door frames plus floors is great. So much time and effort has gone into having him be comfortable in his own skin, to not only like yet love his own company. He is quite confident and outgoing when he is comfortable and knows his surroundings. The pictures demonstrate how well he can move with being sure of himself. He will not go to a home that will feel sorry or pity him. That is of no benefit. He is normal to him, and to all that know and love him!

A home that understands and shall continue to help him learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. We want him to live a quality, filled, wonderful life rich with experiences. He is being fostered in a beautiful home in the Kemptville area yet can equally live comfortably in the city or country. We had fostered him in our house when he first arrived, and he is similarly lovely in either environment.

We want him to be happy, to live his best life every day. We want him to reach his full potential!

He is another versatile BHRR dog! He can be in a home that works ft; pt, works from home, is semi-retired or retired, etc. He will ONLY go to a home prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc.

He does not need to go to a dog or even an Aussie-experienced home. The home must be committed to his obedience, structure, and consistency, and to be patient, kind, and understanding, and while not hermits, they are not doing a hundred things each day. We want him to be treated as a cherished member in a right-matched forever-loving home.

He shares the communal water bowls and toys and understands that no human or dog will take his high-value food. He is fed in a quiet place and knows that he will be fed enough food, fed on time and that no one will take his food away.

He loves home and his friends – he needs canine friends! He also loves to explore, go on small hikes, walks, and car rides, and visit people/places that are not over the top busy. We are not advocates of dog parks. Many private properties rent out space for acreage rentals so that he can enjoy a controlled environment to run and zoom in.

He needs a home that will give him new positive and great safe, memorable experiences. If you are a home that likes to take infrequent walks/hikes/strolls, Mr. Jack is not for you…he is a healthy dog and needs to be kept emotionally and physically stimulated. He would make a great companion to get out into nature, explore and even enjoy the beach and have other exciting adventures! He can be a great cuddler when he wants to!

 
Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, sweet, quiet inside the home, yet loves to get outside to romp and run, and is a delightful, playful pup! He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, super lovely, social, active, affectionate, gentle, plus kind. He thrives with consistency, structure, routine, and clear open communication to understand exactly what is expected of him. He is SO praise-motivated. His whole butt wiggles and wags in happiness!
 
Previous Dog Experience: Previous Aussie experience is not required per the above, yet a home that will be committed to his wellbeing and make the minor adjustments required as he is hearing/visually impaired is essential. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – it is not a deal-breaker. He needs a doggie friend network. That is so important. We have friends, he needs friends too. He has enjoyed meeting other dogs! He has gotten along with every dog he has met in our home, and his foster has not said otherwise during his time with them.
 
Good With Cats: He has been OK with our clinic cat and the felines in his foster home.
 
Good with Pocket Pets: His foster home has rabbits.
 
Good with Children: NO small children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible children 10+ and no more than two children in the house. A home without children is our first preference, as we want Mr. Jack to be the priority. He has not had any issues with children. We had considered homes with younger children, yet, it would have to be an exceptional home.
 
Grooming: He is fine to wash and do his nails. He needs regular grooming to keep his coat healthy and looking his best.
 
Car: NO issues travelling in the car. He settles down beautifully.
 
Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained. We never recommend that any new addition be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating for them.
 
Obedience: He requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help him become the best dog that he can be. His potential is enormous! As per our adoption contract, a full round of obedience is required with all of our dogs. This is not about having a dog that ‘listens.’ This is about creating a mutually respectful bonding relationship that is strong. Trust and respect work both ways.
 
Activities Suited For Him: He would excel in obedience, and why not try agility, scent work, and herding – AND yes, we have had special needs dogs do herding classes! – etc., with him! He is a hoot! So eager to please! The sky is the limit with this boy! He is a dream pup! When he is older, he could make an incredible therapy dog too.
 
Loves & Bad Habits: Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention super handsome with his merle colouring. He can have some anxiety, especially since his eye enucleation, and this has been worked on as he adjusts to having even less vision.
 
He is an awesome dog! So low maintenance! He LOVES everyone and everything!
 
Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home and does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having him learn to not only like yet enjoy his own company. As we need our alone time, he must do too. He is a solid and stable dog, and we do not want any SA behaviours to develop.
 
As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.
 
We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that cannot be placed up for adoption due to medical and/or behavioural reasons.
 
We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 16 dogs to date.
 
After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, providing up and beyond care to the animals.
 
Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.
 
Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!
 
You have come so far, Mr. Jack, and we are delighted you are making your special announcement!

***Thank you again to Megan & her partner for temp fostering him & to Alison for taking his paparazzi pictures!***

 

Mr. Bruce is doing well.
 
He needs to learn about the comforts of a comfy dog bed….
 
I am told that he is very gentle about taking treats, has been introduced to their own dog, and was great & this picture gives an idea of how skinny he is.
 
He has a sore area between his toes on one foot and has been battling ear plus eye infections & they had put him on trazodone for his kennel anxiety. He is also on Gabapentin.
 
We will let him decompress, settle in, and work on gradually reducing his trazodone and getting him healthy.
 
He is understandably confused and nervous. So much change since his owner died, and then he has been in a shelter since the beginning of September.
 
He has an appointment with our vet scheduled for next Saturday so we can re-weigh – the shelter has him listed at 50 kg(110 pounds) & I am not sure if that is just an estimate. He will get more dewormer, be placed on more flea/tick/hw meds, we will do some bloodwork, and get boosters if he is healthy enough. We will check his ears and eyes, and he will have a thorough exam.
 
They also estimated his age to be around 3. As he becomes healthy and happier, we will check his teeth – not an accurate method either, yet a good tool – we can better determine his age.
 
So many see the ‘grey’ or ‘white’ muzzle and think older. The masking gene is a genetic marker and can emerge when a Dane is not even one year of age, like premature greying in humans. From the pics and video, I am estimating 2-3 years of age max myself. We will see!
 
 

Safe with his foster Mama!!
 
I cannot wait to meet you!!
 
He will have an apt scheduled with our Vet ASAP!
 
 
 

He is on his way!!!

 

Stay tuned!
 
On Friday, September 16th, Mr. Jack, one of our special needs Three’s Company Aussie Pups, had his paparazzi photo shoot!
 
He will shortly be making his own special announcement. 
 
To date: $820 has been raised to go towards his emergency eye enucleation bills – the final bill was over $2,000 with the Trazodone I requested for him.
 
Thank you to Megan for fostering him and Alison for taking the wonderful photos.
 

AND you know you have a great toy WHEN everyone wants it! Originally, there were four Beans on the toy, yet, one became distracted, yet Carol managed to get a picture of three of them on the same toy just romping along!

Some more pics!

We have Miss Maybelle Cutie on her own, and Mr. Albar leads the charge in the other picture with Miss Bev hot on his heels and Miss Maybelle behind him. As to who is lying in the back….hmmm, not sure…we know it is either Miss Nola or Miss Ayla! 😀

*Pictures complimentary of Carol!

The Beans had their next play date today – thanks again to Katherine, Richard & Carol. 
 
I cannot believe we were there for over 3.5 hours!! I kept saying I did not want to overstay our welcome.
 
They had another amazing experience!
 
I was watching Miss Bev closely as she was trembling at the Vet yesterday when someone was holding her – she was only a bit worried during her vaccine, ok for nails, etc., yet trembled later when a staff member was holding her – yet, she was her normal, size everything up first before plunging right in to explore and snuggled and cuddled and was her loving self today! So, not sure why that was the case at one point yesterday yet, we are making sure all pups get safely exposed to many sights, sounds, and smells in trusted hands.
 
They turn eight weeks old tomorrow and have their professional photo shoot on the 22nd – weather permitting – to make special announcements!
 
I will be looking closely at the weather for other play visit opportunities for them too!
 

AND my last post of my night is a heavy-hearted one.
 
As folks know, we have our Three’s Company pups. We have been very upfront from our inception in 1996 about the medical issues DM(double merle) dogs can have.
 
AND, we have explained how the really special needs dogs like Miss Janet has been over her two siblings. We stated that we were unsure if she would ever be able to be placed up for adoption and that it did not matter to us. We were first told there were two DM Aussies, yet there were three, and we rescued them without hesitation.
 
We are always about trying to help the next in need of us……adoptions are not our priority, never have been. We would never place that kind of pressure on our dogs or ourselves to set that kind of expectation. The dogs do not lack for anything and are cherished for life. Those that are adopted that is wonderful; those that are not adopted, that is equally wonderful. They are safe….
 
Miss Janet was the most severely impaired – blind/deaf, and has done so well with her touch plus scent training.
 
We have worked to educate others that DM dogs can have IS, skin issues, IBS, IBD, neurological, behavioural concerns, etc., and not just have their eyesight and/or hearing affected.
 
Many DM dogs do not begin to have IS until they are 2-3 years of age. In those cases, our experience has demonstrated that many can continue to go on to live amazing quality-filled lives for years.
However, when a DM puppy, like Miss Janet(Mr. Oslo was the same way), begins to have seizures at such a young age – she is not even six months old – it is incredibly concerning, and QOL needs to be discussed/addressed with each seizure, especially when they are clusters.
 
All of this to say, that sweet Miss Janet, as of 9:39 PM last night, began to seize, and she seized so violently that she hit her head on the support bars of one of our end tables, wounding the top of her head quite badly.
 
She has begun phenobarbital, and we will add Keppra as needed.
 
It has now been almost 23 hours since her last seizure, and the journaling has begun.
 
This picture is an older one…..as she remains on seizure watch in emerge to be administered IV meds as necessary. Should she remain seizure free for 24 hours, she can be released.
We committed to her, as we did with her siblings, and we will fight the good fight with her…..
 
This also means she cannot remain on Nexgard Spectra for flea/tick/hw as it lowers the seizure threshold. Her spay is also being postponed and quite possibly not done if we cannot get her seizure activity under control to have a safe surgery protocol, including pre-med in place.
 
My heart is a heavy one tonight….yes, I well knew this can and could happen to any of our special needs Danes or dogs. It does not make the cross any easier to bear when it does. 
Her Vet Bills to date are just over $1,100
 
Please keep her in your thoughts. I love my wee Aussie babies…..they are so full of life and are personality filled & love everyone/everything!
 

The Beans Update!
 
This is Miss Maybelle Cutie – 6 weeks of age!
*A HUGE fav of the staff today – content to be held/loved. She is quite the quiet diva princess!*
 
Named thanks to Kendel & her two handsome young boyz! Thank you!
 
All of The Beans were at LAH today for their first vaccines – WOW! They will be eight weeks old on Saturday!
 
They have their paparazzi shoot on the 22nd and will be making some special announcements after that!
 
They also have another play date scheduled for tomorrow!
 
Thank you, Cassy, for loving on them today as they were brought in, and out by myself and some of my fantastic work colleagues! They got to hang out in the sun – they will soon be able to get out of the xpen! – have a snack, water, play, and pounce all over Cassy! 
 
Miss Nola – has a Grade 1/2 HM – it could be harmless, she could outgrow it, and we will monitor closely. Her hind end is strong now! YAY!
 
All puppies were re-weighed, thoroughly checked over, had their nails done, loved on, smooched, and they have their next de-worming plus will be old enough to begin flea/tick/hw meds. We will do that tomorrow. Having had their first vaccines today, they had a busy enough day.
 
Puppy 1 – 0.38 kgs – deceased as of 8:49 AM Thursday, August 4th(passed away just hours after they were surrendered to rescue)
 
Puppy 2 BHRR’s Nola – (Miss Fighter Bean)
August 4th – 0.38 kgs as well
August 8th – 0.62 kgs (1 lb, 6 oz)
August 11th – 0.82 kgs (1 lb, 12.8 oz)
September 15th – 4.9 kg (10.78 pounds)
 
Puppy 3 BHRR’s Beaver(Bev) – (Miss Explorer Bean)
August 4th – 0.48 kgs
August 8th – 0.71 kgs (1 lb, 9 oz)
September 15th – 4.7 kgs (10.34 pounds)
 
Puppy 4 BHRR’s Albar – (Mr. Warrior Bean)
August 4th – 0.46 kgs
August 8th – 0.79 kgs (1 lb, 12 oz)
September 15th – 5.2 kgs (11.44 pounds)
 
Puppy 5 BHRR’s Maybelle Cutie – (Miss Diva Princess Bean)
August 4th – 0.56 kgs
August 8th – 0.99 kgs (2 lbs, 3 oz)
September 15th – 5.3 kgs (11.66 pounds)
 
Puppy 6 BHRR’s Ayla (Miss Busy Mobile Bean)
August 4th – 0.64 kgs
August 8th – 0.79 kgs (1 lb, 12 oz)
August 11th – 1.03 kg (2 lbs, 3.6 oz)
September 15th – 4.7 kgs – same as BHRR’s Bev (10.34 pounds)
*We know that she was ‘chill’ due to still battling aspiration pneumonia yet is now a busy bean!
 
All puppies other than Miss Bev, prominently resemble Labs. Miss Bev is now losing more of her browns/brindles and is developing a stunning wavy black coat down her spine/sides. Lab yup, yet what else?! It does not matter at the end of the day!
 
These are the items that we are still in need of:
What we still urgently need:
1) Essentials XL puppy pee pads – we are now working on going outside, yet, we still need more as they become housebroken. At six weeks of age, they are doing amazing!
2) Large breed puppy toys, please, not small or toy. They will be too small – desperate for!
3) Downy or Gain liquid fabric softener
4) a 14 kg bag of PVD Large Breed Essential Care kibble
5) Five Wiggle Bumz collars – quick release buckle 14-16″ – for when they can wear collars, width 1.0″
6) 2 x Dirty PawPrint Dog Runners – so much easier to wash/keep clean and is soft, durable, and very comfy!
 
Financial donations can be made via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer at contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Donations can be dropped off in Kanata at a mutually convenient date/time OR snail mailed to or dropped in our donation shed:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
 
 

Mr. Jack is having his own paparazzi photo shoot on the 16th!
 
He will then make his special announcement! 
 
Unfortunately, this had to be postponed due to his emergency eye enucleation.
 
This is a pic sent to me recently by Taryn of EVC when he was there for his surgery. 
 
His emergency Vet bills were over $2,000 and raised to date is just over $770.
 
Mr. Jack was in excellent hands at EVC, and I have so many to thank – Olivia, Taryn, Dr. Ammar & Trina, to name a few! I still have to bring thank you goodies to them as a small token of my deepest appreciation.
 
I am still working on trying to line up a professional pic session for my beans – they will be 8 weeks old next Saturday & will hopefully be making their own special announcements after that. 
 
They are at the vet on the 15th for re-weighs, flea/tick meds, plus their next de-worming & vaccines. Big day! I cannot believe they are now seven weeks old. Thanks, Cassy, for offering to puppy love on them at this visit.
 
Being black/dark dogs, the big black dog syndrome is in effect, and I want to try and get the best pics possible – I also wanted 6-week professional photos, yet, sadly, that did not happen.
Then they will have their next play date on the 16th.
 
The beans also had their first bonfires last night and movies under the stars with dinner! They rocked it!!! Thanks to all of the loving hands – Loralei, Kelly, Cassy & John, Angie & fam, etc.
 
Once we receive some monies still owing from last night, we will post the final total raised. 
 

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

1. Saturday, October 22nd, Pet Valu Brockville – Bake Sale, Raffle, Items for Sale – Possibly The Beans will be there too! 10 AM – 2 PM

2. Our 3rd Annual ‘Driveway Nail Trims/Ear Cleanings’ – we are also doing Anal Glands – COMING TO A DRIVE-WAY NEAR YOU SOON!
*If you would like to host us in 2023 – please do EMAIL us!
*we just need your driveway!
*we will have some merchandise for sale, collecting Empties plus Canadian Tire $
*self-distancing is easy to do
*we take cash, debit, cash

3. ONGOING – On February 21st, 2013, I received a most delightful and touching email from a woman named Allie MacAlister that is so very active in helping others

She is extremely talented and more lovely than any words can ever be put down on paper and she has wonderfully surprised me with the very stunning and unique artful creation of an Irish Wolfhound, inspired by our Bunker Dude. She is calling it ‘Art For A Cause’.  

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

10% of sales of her products will come to BHRR!

*You can purchase t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, totes, greeting cards and SO much more! She will be adding products regularly.

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

This young adult, ~3 years, neutered male, now up to date on vaccines fawn Merle Great Dane.
 
He was an owner surrender. His owner died. His name is ‘Bruce’. 
 
Weight:~110 pounds
 
Needs a gradual introduction to cats, good with dogs, is an affectionate couch potato boy, displaying anxiety/stress in a shelter kennel. Very normal for Danes. They just do not fare well in a kennel environment.
 
 
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The Bean’s 6-week-old photo shoot. We had hoped to line up someone with a bit more professional experience than Sean/I, yet that did not work out. SOOOOOO, Sean & I are always up for a challenge PLUS a laugh, and this is Miss Nola Bean from today’s photo shoot! 
 
Miss Nola was named by Jan!
 
AND……
 
Bean Needs!
 
What we still urgently need:
 
1) Essentials XL puppy pee pads – we are now working on going outside but we still need more as they become housebroken. At 6 weeks of age, they are doing fantastic!
2) Large breed puppy toys, please, not small or medium. They will be too small – desperate for!
3) Downy or Gain liquid fabric softener
4) a 14 kg bag of PVD Large Breed Essential Care kibble
5) Five Wiggle Bumz collars – quick release buckle 14-16″ – for when they can wear collars, width 1.0.”
6) 2 x Dirty PawPrint Dog Runners – so much easier to wash/keep clean and is soft, durable, and very comfy!
 
Financial donations can be made via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Donations can be dropped off in Kanata at a mutually convenient date/time OR snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
 
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AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Titan is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Health Status: HEALTHY!

Age: ~5 years

Weight: ~130 pounds. We want to keep him lean/muscled and fit.

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Titan: He loves his walks and car rides and interacts well with people/dogs he meets, and we are hoping for a quiet, socially low-active level home. A residence that, while visiting family plus friends and has people over, is not hosting frequent BBQs or gatherings of large groups of people. We do not want to see him in a home with a high level of travel, with other people taking care of him. He is loyal and loves his humans, and we want him part of the family if they go camping, go to the cottage, or do other fun travels. His quietly social and needs a home that is like him. He would adore cottage life or hang out at home with his family. Visiting friends, family, pet stores, and pet-friendly places are great too.

A home that understands and shall continue to help him learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. We want him to live a quality, filled, wonderful life rich with experiences. He missed out on so much before his rescue. He is being fostered in a wonderful home in the city yet can equally live comfortably in the country. We had fostered him in our house when he first arrived, and he is equally lovely in either environment.

We want him to be happy, to live his best life every day. We want him to reach his full potential!

He is another versatile BHRR dog! He can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home, semi-retired or retired, etc. He will ONLY go to a home prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc.

He does not need to go to a dog or even a Dane-experienced home. The home must be committed to his obedience, structure, and consistency, and to be patient, kind, and understanding, and while not hermits, they are not doing a hundred things each day. We want him to be treated as a cherished member in a right-matched forever-loving home.

He shares the communal water bowls and toys and understands that no human or dog will take his high-value food. He is fed in a quiet place and knows that he will be fed enough food, fed on time and that no one will take his food away.

He is very gentle in taking treats!

He loves home and his friends – he needs canine friends! He also loves to explore, go on small hikes, walks, and car rides, and visit people/places that are not over the top busy. We are not advocates of dog parks.

He needs a home that will give him new positive and great safe, memorable experiences. If you are a home that likes to take infrequent walks/hikes/strolls, Mr. Titan is not for you…he is a healthy Dane and needs to be kept emotionally and physically stimulated. He would make a great companion to get out into nature, explore and even enjoy the beach and having other small adventures! He also makes the best movie and book reading companion.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home, yet loves to get outside to romp, run, and is figuring out so much more about playing! He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, active, affectionate, gentle, plus kind. He thrives with consistency, structure, routine, and clear open communication to understand exactly what is expected of him. He is such a character!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – it is not a deal-breaker. He needs a doggie friend network. That is so important. We have friends, he needs friends too. He has enjoyed meeting other dogs! He has gotten along with every dog he has met in our home, and his foster has not said otherwise during his time with them.

Good With Cats: He has been OK with our clinic cat, and while he is fine with one of the cats in his foster home, he still does show some interest in their other cat. We are therefore leaning on him being placed in a no-cat home. We have been told that squirrels are his mortal enemy!  

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown. We would not recommend it.

Good with Children: NO small children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible children 12+ and no more than two children in the house. A home without children is our first preference, as we want Mr. Titan to be the priority. He has not had any issues with children.

Grooming: He is fine to wash and do his nails. He only needs a soft bristle brush on his coat once a week, and we recommend a monthly bath.

Car: NO issues travelling in the car. He settles down beautifully.

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained. We never recommend that any new addition be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating for them.

Obedience: He requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help him become the best dog that he can be. His potential is enormous! His harness manners are still a work in progress. He becomes excited when he sees other dogs on walks. Distraction training is being worked on, too, in this area. He is fine walking on the way back home on a loose lead.

Activities Suited For Him: Cherished family companion!

He loves tug of war, his walks, ‘dance’ parties where he prances with happiness! Keeping you company while you work on the computer – the best kind of supervisor!

Loves & Bad Habits: While he is excellent with one of the cats in his foster home, he still does show some interest in their other cat. We are therefore leaning on him being placed in a no-cat home. We have been told that squirrels are his mortal enemy!  

Per his foster home, ‘full on early AM head/face rubs are a must!’

He does still pull on his harness when out and about. He is so excited to be soaking up and experiencing all of the things that he lacked in life before being rescued. On the way back from walks, he can be on a loose lead, yet, he becomes super excited when he sees other dogs – does meet and greet appropriately – that he will bark too. All things that are being worked on. He is like that four-month-old puppy in a five-year-old Dane body.

He loves keeping his one human company while they work from home.

Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention super handsome with his merle colouring.

He is an awesome dog! So low maintenance!

Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having him learn to not only like yet enjoy his own company. As we need our alone time, he must do too. He is a solid and stable dog, and we do not want any SA behaviours to develop.

As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that cannot be placed up for adoption due to medical and/or behavioural reasons.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 15 dogs to date.

After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, providing up and beyond care to the animals.

Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

You have come so far, Mr. Titan, and we are delighted you are making your special announcement!

Stay tuned! Mr. Titam is going to make his special announcement soon!
 
Mr. Titan had his paparazzi photo shoot yesterday – Thanks Alison!
 
Here is one of the photos from yesterday.

UPDATE: Mr. Jack is healing well from his left eye enucleation.
 
He is scheduled to come to LAH next Wednesday to have the incision checked & sutures removed – Day 12th. Sometimes they have to stay in longer than even the 12-14 days – for example, Miss Jamila’s had many that we could not remove until day 16 & day 19.
 
He is on two types of pain meds – Metacam and Gabapentin (which can also cause a bit of sedation) plus antibiotics – Clavaseptin. The Metacam will also help with inflammation.
 
***URGENT*** ***Donations For Jack***
 
**$770 donated to date!** Thank you! 
 
The final bill is $1992.73 + $38.79 for more Trazodone
 
So grateful to EVC for being able to schedule this urgent surgery so quickly!! 
 
We are now in desperate need of funds.
 
We truly would be deeply grateful for anything….
 
Donations to his emergency surgery can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you from our hearts for any consideration to his cause. Even $5 is not too little!
 
Mr. Jack, your special announcement will have to wait a bit longer, yet we will get there!
 

This handsome dude is having his paparazzi photo shoot tomorrow!
 
Then, once we have the pictures, he shall be ready to make his own special announcement.
 
So many are to thank for stepping up to help us save this amazing Great Dane! 
 
Mr. Titan, you are such a wonderful boy!
 
From his amazing foster mama:
 
‘Fun facts about this fella,
He loves tossing the pull toy. We have a side tube with a handle that he loves to fetch and return and tug.
He loves dance parties. If you dance he will chug and dance around you with a few bounces. Never jumps on you. Squirrels remain his mortal enemy. Full on early morning head and face rub is essential to start his day.’
 
Leash manners with distraction training are still a work in progress. He is like a 12-week-old puppy exploring the world, yet in a 5-year-old Great Dane body!
 

AND GSPs hang out together too!
 
Our 2.5+-year-old GSP Tango with Mr. James. 
 
Mr. James is trying to stay awake!  He is literally nodding off & my pic is a bit dark as I turned almost all the lights off so he could doze….
 
 

Mr. James(14+ year old GSP) wants to check in to say that he is doing well!
 
He is supervising me while I work on school tonight.
 
He is such an amazing boy! 

UPDATE: Mr. Jack is now home with his wonderful foster mama!
 
He is on two types of pain meds – Metacam and Gabapentin (which can also cause a bit of sedation) plus antibiotics – Clavaseptin. The Metacam will also help with inflammation.
 
***URGENT*** ***Donations For Jack***
 
**$470 donated to date!** Thank you! 
 
The final bill is $1992.73.
 
Per a previous post, Mr. Jack’s foster reached out last Sunday to say that they had noted his left eye was slightly off on Saturday.
 
I was concerned re: possible uveitis, and an appointment was made for him to be seen on Monday.
 
Per the Vet that saw him, his pressures were higher than they would expect for uveitis, and diagnosed with glaucoma. It was 31.
 
Per a previous post, this was very distressing to read as with each of The Three’s Company pups, their eyes have been checked three times.
 
Jack’s eyes were even checked prior to his neuter on the 16th of August. They were always given a thumbs up, for if there were any issues, we would have had them removed at the time the Aussies were altered.
 
So this was so shocking to hear that less than a week after his neuter, he had an eye issue. 
 
I was concerned re: secondary glaucoma due to injury as he was very dysphoric when he woke up post-op from his neuter, yet, it was his tongue/muzzle that took a bump, not his eye on that side. His eyes were fine.
 
I am waiting to see what Dr. Ammar thinks after the surgery to see if there was anything in the retrobulbar space. Any Hematoma, for example.
 
Regardless of the underlying cause – the vet on Monday felt possible growth, glaucoma is brutally painful, and the left eye needed to be removed & immediately.
 
So grateful to them to EVC for being able to schedule this urgent surgery so quickly!! 
 
We are now in desperate need of funds.
 
We truly would be deeply grateful for anything….
 
Donations to his emergency surgery can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you from our hearts for any consideration to his cause. Even $5 is not too little!
 
Mr. Jack, your special announcement will have to wait a bit longer, yet we will get there! 
 

UPDATE: Mr. Jack went into urgent surgery just past 8:30 AM.
 
He was dropped off by his wonderful foster mama last night so he could get prepared including being placed on trazodone per my request to minimise stress to him.
 
Dr. Ammar will touch base after surgery. Please keep Mr. Jack in your thoughts.
 
***URGENT*** ***Donations For Jack***
 
**$370 donated to date!** Thank you! 
 
The estimate is just over $2,300, yet will be a bit less as we already have a cone from when he was neutered and has done bloodwork.
 
Per a previous post, Mr. Jack’s foster reached out last Sunday to say that they had noted his left eye was a bit off on Saturday.
 
I was concerned re: possible uveitis, and an appointment was made for him to be seen on Monday.
 
Per the Vet that saw him, his pressures were higher than they would expect for uveitis, and diagnosed with glaucoma. It was 31.
 
Per a previous post, this was very distressing to read as with each of The Three’s Company pups, their eyes have been checked three times.
 
Jack’s eyes were even checked before his neuter on the 16th of August. They were always given a thumbs up, for if there were any issues, we would have had them removed at the time the Aussies were altered.
 
So this was so shocking to hear that less than a week after his neuter, he had an eye issue. 
 
Gwen was concerned re: secondary glaucoma due to injury as he was very dysphoric when he woke up post-op from his neuter, yet, it was his tongue/muzzle that took a bump, not his eye on that side. His eyes were fine.
 
Regardless of the underlying cause – the vet on Monday felt possible growth, glaucoma is brutally painful, and the left eye needs to be removed & immediately.
 
So grateful to them to EVC for being able to schedule this urgent surgery so quickly!! 
 
We are now in desperate need of funds.
 
We truly would be deeply grateful for anything….
 
Donations to his emergency surgery can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you from our hearts for any consideration to his cause. Even $5 is not too little!
 
Mr. Jack, your special announcement will have to wait a bit longer!

***URGENT*** ***Donations For Jack***
 
Estimate below – it will be slightly less as we bought a cone and did bloodwork at the time of his neuter.
 
As per a previous post, Mr. Jacks’s foster reached out last Sunday to say that they had noted his left eye was a bit off on Saturday.
 
In asking for a pic, Gwen was concerned re: possible uveitis, and an appointment was made for him to be seen on Monday.
 
Per the Vet that saw him, his pressures were higher than they would expect for uveitis and diagnosed with glaucoma.
 
Per a previous post, this was very distressing to read as with each of The Three’s Company pups, their eyes have been checked three times.
 
Jack’s eyes were even checked before his neuter on the 16th of August. They were always given a thumbs up, for if there were any issues, we would have had them removed at the time the Aussies were altered.
 
So this was so shocking to hear that less than a week after his neuter, he had an eye issue. 
 
Gwen was concerned re: secondary glaucoma due to injury as he was very dysphoric when he woke up post-op from his neuter, yet, it was his tongue/muzzle that took a bump, not his eye on that side. His eyes were fine.
 
Regardless of the underlying cause – the vet on Monday felt possible growth, glaucoma is brutally painful, and the left eye needs to be removed & immediately.
 
Jack is now scheduled for his left eye enucleation at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic tomorrow @ 7:00 AM. So grateful to them!! 
 
We are now in desperate need of funds.
 
We truly would be deeply grateful for anything….
 
Donations to his emergency surgery can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you from our hearts for any consideration to his cause. Even $5 is not too little!
 
Mr. Jack, your special announcement will have to wait a bit longer!

UPDATE: he has emergency surgery scheduled at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic for 7 AM tomorrow to remove the left eye.
 
Any donations towards this unexpected eye removal surgery would be incredibly appreciated.
 
Donations can be made via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 

***URGENT*** ***Donations For Jack***
 
As per a previous post, Mr. Jacks’s foster reached out last Sunday to say that they had noted his left eye was a bit off on Saturday.
 
In asking for a pic, I was concerned re: possible uveitis, and an appointment was made for him to be seen on Monday.
 
Per the Vet that saw him, his pressures were higher than they would expect for uveitis and diagnosed with glaucoma.
 
Per my previous post, this was very distressing to read as with each of The Three’s Company pups, their eyes have been checked three times.
 
Jack’s eyes were even checked before his neuter on the 16th of August. They were always given a thumbs up, for if there were any issues, we would have had them removed at the time the Aussies were altered.
 
So this was so shocking to hear that less than a week after his neuter, he had an eye issue. 
 
I was concerned re: secondary glaucoma due to injury as he was very dysphoric when he woke up post-op from his neuter, yet, it was his tongue/muzzle that took a bump, not his eye on that side.
 
His eyes were fine.
 
Regardless of the underlying cause – the vet on Monday felt possible growth, glaucoma is brutally painful, and the left eye needs to be removed & immediately.
 
As the vet I work with that does enucleations is retiring Saturday, I reached out to the mixed practise I worked at before LAH to see if they could urgently accommodate.
 
Jack is now scheduled for his left eye enucleation at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic tomorrow @ 7:00 AM. So grateful to them!! 
 
We are now in desperate need of a deposit to be able to put down as a good-faith gesture.
 
We indeed would be deeply grateful for anything….
 
Donations to his emergency surgery can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Rescue is 24/7 & I have worked hard these past few days to get this urgent surgery set up.
 
Thank you from our hearts for any consideration to his cause. Even $5 is not too little!
 
Mr. Jack, your special announcement will have to wait a bit longer, my handsome dude!
 
 

Yesterday, I was contacted by Mr. Jacks foster home to say his left eye is not right. They said that had noted some changes the day before and had been monitoring it.
 
An appointment was made for this AM, and out of all that I could have possibly been told – waiting to hear from the Vet yet his foster updated me – he has glaucoma.
 
Top pic – yesterday
Bottom pic – normal eye
 
To say I am stunned is putting it mildly. I had all of the Three Company’s Pups’ eyes checked out three times….as I was so open re: worrying if we may have to remove them. Each time, the pup’s eyes were cleared.
 
He was even neutered not even a week ago. No issues noted.
 
The surgeon I work with that does eye enucleations is retiring on Saturday too.
 
As always, sometimes you just want to give up when you work so hard to do all of the right things…. 
 
Also, as always, we will figure things out….we must keep the faith.
 
His special announcement has to be delayed, and we will update as we can. He has a recheck on Saturday.
 
We got you, Mr. Jack. 

Mr. Jack was neutered plus microchipped yesterday. We also did pre-operative bloodwork, nails and dispensed another month of flea/tick/heartworm meds.
 
He weighed 14 kgs(30.8 pounds).
 
His two litter-mates were to be spayed, yet, their spays had been rescheduled.
 
In about 2-3 weeks, Mr. Jack will be ready to make his own special announcement!
 

Ok! For Melody – I went one up from a pic I said I would post as you kindly shared our poster – a video! 
 
Miss Explorer Bean VIDEO!
 
To all, this is what your lifesaving donations are enabling us to do….save deserving pups like the Beans.
 
We cannot do this without you!
 
Thank you!

Today, Mr. Titan had his big day!
 
His re-weigh was 58.4 kgs(128.48 pounds).
 
We did a repeat UA, ear cytology, ear cleaning, boosters, repeated bloodwork, microchipped, neutered, nails, checked his hind end/knees/feet, and did a dental on him. Nothing but the best for the BHRR dogs! 
 
It was so awesome to see him again from when he was sent off to his amazing temp foster home! He is so amazing!! 
 
He is so happy and healthier – now have to watch his waistline!
 
This boy will make that right-matched forever-loving home the best addition when it is time for him to make his special announcement!
 
Some pics -from when he got his premed, after the pre-med kicked in, intubated, and his neuter being done…
 
Thank you to his really wonderful foster home for taking such excellent care of him!!
 
His collar was a hit with my work colleagues. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hello!
 
AND, thanks to Rae, and their truly generous donation – guess what time it is?!!
 
As promised for every lifesaving monetary or item(s) donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR an item(s) donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food)
5) Pinesol – the larger the bottle the better!
6) Lysol wipes
Dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
We need many, many, many weeks’ worth of the above!
 
To Date:
A) we now have ten days of 28 oz. Esbilac Powdered Formula thanks to donations – financial and items. We need another 21 days.
B) we now have pee pads for another eight days thanks to donations – financial and items.
C) we now have liquid fabric softener for another 7 days, thanks to financial donations. I do four loads of puppy laundry a day.
D) we will buy two cases from generous financial donations of PVD Essential Care canned Puppy food and will need another 5 cases. We will also need ten large bags(believe it is 11.5 kgs of the PVD Essential Care Large Breed kibble
E) from generous financial donations, we have Pinesol for another 12 days
F) from generous financial donations, we have Lysol wipes for another 11 days
 
This does not even take into consideration the many thousands of dollars it is going to take to vet them to prepare for their special announcements.
 
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. If they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Miss Fighter Bean. She is the tiniest and weighed the same last Thursday as her wee beautiful sister, that passed away hours after we rescued them. .38 kgs.
 
She was the sickest besides her pink collar sister that passed, that I called Miss Charm Bean. She sure charmed the hearts out of Cassy & me.
 
Sometimes one just needs a little hand up! This picture makes my heart melt. She is a fighter…..and I will help her fight the good fight ALL the way!
 
She is super quiet and sweet – for now!, and she and Mr. Warrior Bean are giving it their all! AS am I!
 
Like her brother, she is not 100% so her real personality is not yet completely shining through. She also gets frustrated as it is hard for her to breathe when attempting to feed as she is still fighting the big battle with aspiration pneumonia.
 
She is the one with the bad hind end and legs. She more pulls herself with her front end. We will be investigating further.
 
She also wants to eat, which is an excellent sign, and many opportunities are given for her to latch on. When she latches, she feeds super well.
 
She may be tiny, yet, her heart and will are strong.
 
I am very protective of them all and just a smidge more protective of her right now. They all need love and attention, and her personality is one that will fade – at least for now in the background – allowing more outgoing pups to get everything. That does not happen here, for all get SO much, and no one will be passed over.
 
Today, I plan on weighing them. Their weights as of Thursday, August 4th in emergency:
 
Puppy 1 – 0.38 kgs – deceased as of 8:49 AM Thursday, August 4th
Puppy 2 – 0.38 kgs as well
Puppy 3 – 0.48 kgs
Puppy 4 – 0.46 kgs
Puppy 5 – 0.56 kgs
Puppy 6 – 0.64 kgs
 
Right now, while the beans look like bear cubs, she resembles more of a teeny squirrel!
 
We will be doing our popular Name Game Fundraiser to try and raise much-needed funds for vetting – five pups to vaccinate, boosters x 2, exams, 4 spays, 1 neuter, flea/tick/hw meds, bloodwork, further investigating Miss Fighter Beans hind end, etc., not to mention food, formula, pee pads, Pinesol, toys, treats, dog beds, laundry detergent, liquid fabric softener and so on.
 
Puppies are wee, their needs are enormous!

 
 

BHRR’s Bell, the Great Dane! (Deaf/Blind on the left side)
 
Gwennie wanted to take a picture of her while she was sleeping/hogging the a/c vent – she was adorable -, yet she woke up, and here is her curious mug and gorgeous blue eyes!
 
She just turned nine years young at the end of July, and while we know time is very limited with her – she has cancer – yet, she has beaten the odds to date!
 
GO, Miss Bell, Go!

Good Afternoon!
 
So, thanks to Lyn and their very caring financial donation – guess what time it is?!!
 
As promised, for every lifesaving monetary or item(s) donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR an item(s) donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food)
5) Pinesol – the larger the bottle the better!
Dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
We need many, many, many weeks’ worth of the above!
 
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Miss Explorer Bean.
 
She is the puppy with a gorgeous brown coat.
 
She is BUSY! She also needs patience when feeding. She mulls and thinks things over when it comes to feeding. She must taste test, take a moment, repeat, and repeat before diving in.
 
You have to let her do things in her time, do not rush, just be calm yet have that right level of persistence, or she will become frustrated and will stop trying to feed. Never give up on this girl…just be there for her…..support, do not overcrowd, and she will flourish.
 
 
When she commits, she is all in! She is fearless in getting up on her terms and exploring her world. She is sweet, quiet, and has quite the stealth mode when moving! She wants to be independent and strong, and we are supporting her in the hopes that she will be. She just needs time……if you rush her, she will shut down. Do not baby her, be there for her, encourage her, and when she is ready, she jumps in and flourishes! She is super sweet.
 
Today, they will be bathed again as we continue to work on getting all of the ick off them before their rescue.
 
We will be doing our popular Name Game Fundraiser to try and raise much-needed funds for vetting – five pups to vaccinate, boosters x 2, exams, 4 spays, 1 neuter, flea/tick/hw meds, bloodwork, further investigating Miss Fighter Beans hind end, etc., not to mention food, formula, per pads, Pinesol, toys, treats, dog beds, laundry detergent, liquid fabric softener and so on.
 
Puppies are wee, their needs are enormous!
 

BHRR’s Three’s Company pup(hearing/visually impaired) – Mr. Jack!
 
While his lovely temp foster home has to be away for a few days, a wonderful soul stepped up to be his play date home!
 
Thanks, Elaine, for stepping up and taking such excellent care of him! 
 
 

Hello!!!
 
So, thanks to Lori Mae, and their generous financial donation – they had set up a gofundme when the pups were with the person who surrendered them to us – thanks again Katherine Bruck for letting us know! – guess what time it is?!!
 
$260 has come our way from their fundraising efforts.
 
As promised, for every lifesaving monetary or item(s) donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR an item(s) donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food)
5) Pinesol – the larger the bottle, the better!
Dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
We need many, many, many weeks’ worth of the above!
 
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Miss Diva Princess Bean – the biggest girl. She surpassed the girl that was the biggest in size when we first got them, and in a typical lab style, LOVES her food! That waistline will need to be monitored! 
 
She has SA, so that is also something that will need to be managed.
 
So many people do not realise that their personalities are there from day 1. Very important to be aware and continue to develop and shape them into the best dogs they can be and properly manage the behaviours that will not help them reach their full potential.
 
Sean is being so kind as to watch them while I head off to have a power snooze. His massive role has been to make the yummiest of formula for their overnight feedings, so I do not have to, giving me a few more moments for rest.
 
They are all fed, burped, and stimulated to go to the bathroom – they cannot do that on their own quite yet; then I go through the same thing for a second feeding before they go down for a snooze. They have doubled what they are now eating from when I got them to have their first successful feed Thursday @ 10:30 AM.
 
I then clean and ready everything for the next feeding, do a load of puppy laundry, and head for a nap if I can.
 
Sean is also a master spa bather! 

My last post for tonight!
 
AND, thanks to Mary, and their extremely kind donation of some Pee Pads – guess what time it is?!!
 
As promised, for every lifesaving monetary or item(s) donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR an item(s) donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food)
5) Pinesol – the larger the bottle, the better!
6) Lysol wipes
Dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
We need many, many, many weeks’ worth of the above!

To Date:
A) we now have 10 days of 28 oz. Esbilac Powdered Formula thanks to donations – financial and items. We need another 21 days.
B) we now have pee pads for another 8 days thanks to donations – financial and items.
C) we now have liquid fabric softener for another 7 days, thanks to financial donations. I do four loads of puppy laundry a day.
D) we will buy two cases from generous financial donations of PVD Essential Care canned Puppy food, and will need another 5 cases. We will also need 10 large bags(believe it is 11.5 kgs of the PVD Essential Care Large Breed kibble
E) from generous financial donations, we have Pinesol for another 12 days
F) from generous financial donations, we have Lysol wipes for another 11 days
This does not even take into consideration the many thousands of dollars it is going to take to vet them to prepare for their special announcements.
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Mr. Warrior Bean. He is the only male out of the six puppies(5 survived).
 
He was the third sickest, and he and Miss Fighter Bean are giving it their all! AS am I!
 
He is a quiet, sweet soul at this time. He is not 100% so, his real personality is not yet completely shining through. He gets frustrated easily as it is hard for him to breathe when attempting to feed as he is still fighting the big battle with aspiration pneumonia.
 
He wants badly to eat, which is an excellent sign, and many opportunities are given for him to latch on. When he can latch, he has an excellent feed. He also has the ‘manly’ burp! 
 
He is also one of the two puppies with punctures. He had a deep terrible, now granulating one on his back leg. We will be monitoring for any long-term effects.
 
He may be wee, yet, his inner strength is immense.
 
Tomorrow, I plan on weighing them. Their weights as of Thursday, August 4th in emergency:
 
Puppy 1 – 0.38 kgs – deceased as of 8:49 AM Thursday, August 4th
Puppy 2 – 0.38 kgs as well
Puppy 3 – 0.48 kgs
Puppy 4 – 0.46 kgs
Puppy 5 – 0.56 kgs
Puppy 6 – 0.64 kgs
 
Right now, the puppies look like wee bear cubs!
 
We will be doing our popular Name Game Fundraiser to try and raise much-needed funds for vetting – five pups to vaccinate, boosters x 2, exams, four spays, one neuter, flea/tick/hw meds, bloodwork, further investigating Miss Fighter Beans hind end, etc., not to mention food, formula, pee pads, Pinesol, toys, treats, dog beds, laundry detergent, liquid fabric softener and so on.
 
Puppies are wee, their needs are enormous!
 
AND ignore the PJs! It is what it is! That I get to shower daily and have a pee is enormous. A hot meal is rare, yet I would gladly forego many a meal, sleep, or getting dressed in ‘real’ clothes if it means that these five beans go on to have great well, deserving futures!
 
Mr. Warrior Bean is waving goodnight to all of their fans plus supporters! His signature move.
 
 

As promised, for every lifesaving monetary or item donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR item donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food) – dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
Sooooo, as Jan sent a caring, generous donation – that means…..picture time! Thank you!
 
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Miss Explorer Bean, Miss Diva Princess Bean & Miss Gentle Chill Bean being loved on by Cassy yesterday during their road trip adventures. I know Cassy did not mind the time spent with them! 
 
She could see firsthand how far they have come since they were picked up and rushed into Kingston Emergency.
 
They are even beginning to wobble/stumble to use pee pads.
 

So, thanks to Tina, and their heartwarming financial donation, guess what time it is?!!
 
As promised, for every lifesaving monetary or item(s) donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR an item(s) donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food)
Dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
We need many, many, many weeks’ worth of the above!
 
These wee Labx beans, found nursing on their mom that was laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This picture fills my heart with so many thanks, for if you count, all five remaining wee beans are still alive.
 
Today, we had a spa day, and in this pic, they are relaxing post-wash & having gentle puppy massages. They had a lot of caked-on ‘stinky’ from when we picked them up, so it will take a few washes to get it all off.
 
We have also discovered Miss Fighter Bean has issues with her hips and/or back legs. As the beans begin to wobble and bobble more, this has been noticed. We will investigate this further.
 
Is this injury based? Is it nutrition based? A combination? As soon as we got them, we immediately began top-notch care including vetting and feeding, and we know something is not right with her. 
 
I am soon getting ready to do their midnight feed!
 
From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, we are wishing you all a wonderful good night…..
 
 
 

Time for a Mr. Titan update. 
 
He is scheduled for his neuter, dental, boosters, repeat UA, etc., on Tuesday. He is still dribbling a bit of urine at times. He had a horrid UTI, so we want to be sure that it is gone, and hopefully, neutering will resolve any lingering issues. An enlarged prostate is possible being a mature boy.
 
We have also been told re: him twisting one of his feet at times when he gets up, and we will investigate further.
 
I have been told that he is doing well with the one feline in their home and is still interested – much less! – in the other.
 
I am told that he has excellent manners and an appetite!
 
One of the things I loved reading was that he is very interested if you have ice cream! 
 
Thank you to his amazing foster home for stepping up to temp foster!! 
 
 

OK!
 
As promised for every lifesaving monetary or item donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR item donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food) – dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail-mailed
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
Sooooo, as Megan posted that they will donate their Empties monies – every bit helps!! – from a get-together they are having next weekend, that means…..picture time! Thank you!
 
These wee Labx beans found nursing on their mom, laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. If they could, they would also thank everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is Mr. Bean with Miss Explorer Bean, having a snooze on the sun deck. 
 
They are now 14 days old, and we have peepers!
 
Their eyes plus ears began to open yesterday, and though the two weakest ones are not as open as the others, they are there! 
 
AND I still have five pups….the wee boy and one wee girl are fighting hard, and I am fighting hard with them….24/7 care.
 

Ok, thanks to Amy and her wonderful donation of a 28 oz can of powdered Esbilac, guess what time it is?!!
 
As promised for every lifesaving monetary or item donation, a puppy spam pic would be posted in gratitude!
 
Can be done via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR item donation:
1) XL Essential pee pads,
2) Esbilac powdered formula 28 oz.,
3) Gain or Downy liquid fabric softener
and/or
4) PVD Essential Care canned puppy food) – dropped off in our donation shed at the road or snail mailed to:
2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station
 
These wee Labx beans found nursing on their mom, laying dead under a tractor, two with punctures, are now safe with us. I know that if they could, they would also say THANK you to everyone for this lifesaving assistance. 
 
This is my wee female Fighter Bean! She is giving it her all….and thanks to Kinsley, the extra human caring contact packed with love is helping her fight strongly.
 
The puppies know my scent now and how humbling it is to see them wobble and bobble to me….I am so freakin’ privileged to do what I do.
 

When your milk bar, guests just have to be different when drinking!
 
Good early AM. 5:00 AM feed & clean done, and I am wobbling my way to the nearest soft surface to crash for 2 hours.
 
They are really good babies, and the healthier they become, the more their individual personalities shine through…..
 
For every donation that comes in – monetary or an item, we will drop some puppy spam of thanks as appreciation! 
 
Sincerest thank yous to all of the baby beans rescue angels that have surrounded them to date with such kindness! 
 
Raising a litter takes an army……BHRR’s is small yet oh, so mighty. 
 
 

 

Please keep this wee one in your thoughts…
 
She was the same tiny size – .38 kg as her sister, that was dying when we picked up this litter. We had been told two were ‘almost dead’.
 
The one boy is the third weakest and still fighting.
 
This wee girl is now declining rapidly…
 
Aspiration pneumonia is concerning in adult dogs and in puppies, often a death sentence.
 
It breaks my heart…if only we had been contacted earlier….if only when we were contacted by someone else about them, the person that had them had responded promptly. It was almost 15 hours from when we first were asked to help to when they replied and then we finally got them.
 
They were rushed straight to emergency.
 
We could have had more precious lifesaving time….. 
 
My sweet girl, I am so sorry….so so so sorry….
 
We are trying so hard to save you, all of you….

Just some puppy spam as who does not love puppy spam?!! 
 
My heart is so full and bursting with incredible love.
 
I am doing everything I can to get them strong plus healthy and then letting them go….I am committed to them and promised all of them that I will do right by them.
 
I have spent over $1,000 in the past 24 hours on their well-being, and they are worth every dime plus more….
 
By rescues working together, there is so much that we can do to help those in need…it is not about ego or pride, it is about the dogs!! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It has been a whirlwind here….
 
I am deeply sorry for the lack of updates today. I was up almost 26 hours straight working on saving these puppies. Sadly, we did lose the pink collar girl at 8:49 am today. I am calling her Miss Charm Bean.
 
Her prognosis was so poor. The emerge vet supported trying. She received sub Q fluids, and all pups are now on Clavamox for aspiration issues.
 
This wee bean received so much love from Cassy & then myself.
 
I snuggled her close, told her how much she was loved that I was very sorry that we could not save her – wish we got her sooner – and told her it was ok to go to sleep and see her mama….
 
It hurts my heart that my horrible cross to bear is seeing these precious creatures die; we tried so hard. Backyard breeders just move on….while our hearts bleed.
 
Too young….
 
We had been told they were a week old, yet they will be 12 days old tonight. Born July 23rd.
 
So much to update on, yet feeding – which they had no suckle reflex, has been a real challenge and as of 10:30 am I finally got them to nurse off a nursing bowl. We have had several good feeds since then. My day has been a total blur.
 
There is a girl as small as Miss Pretty Pink that is struggling, plus the one boy too. We were told last night by the person that had them that there were at least two ‘almost dead’.
 
The litter was 5 girls and 1 boy.
 
Thank you again to Katherine for the donations of pee pads plus formula, and thank you to Cassy for picking up formula plus bottle kits and pee pads. Thank you and to John for picking up the de-wormer plus Penaten – the pups were so hungry before we got them that they were sucking on each other – stomach, vulva & the boy’s penis. The two biggest girls, .56 kg & .64 kg vulva’s are the worse.
 
Two puppies have granulating punctures. That had to be so painful.
 
They were never brought to the vet, and we are now de-worming them. The diarrhea alone has been dehydrating them.
 
I want to thank Kingston Emerge – Dr. Singh for seeing the babies and being so wonderful.
 
Also, instead of paying almost $600 for the exams, he charged for just one puppy exam, and the total bill was just under $450.
 
They were amazing, kind, caring, and lovely…. 
 
Thank you to Mickayla for seeing my email to Dr. Liston re: needing strongid – the emerge hospital did not have any – and filling it so fast.
 
I am exhausted….I am sad….I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such a strong BHRR network that rallied fast to ensure we had what we immediately needed for these babies. THANK you puppy angels!
 
Per a previous post, we reached out to a couple of groups to see if they could help with this litter. The sick ones will stay with me, and the healthy ones – three right now will go to another group shortly.
 
A lot can change on a dime….so please keep them in your thoughts.
 
We will post our additional puppy needs ASAP.
 
It is time to feed again, do another load of puppy laundry, and maybe I can snag a bit to eat.

 

We have finally had a reply(we have been trying to get a response as to when we can pick up the puppies), and it appears that two puppies are now ‘almost dead.’ They will head right to emerge once we get them  – in Kingston – the whole litter will be checked out.

*Picture is courtesy of the home that currently has them.*

Dad is believed to be 50% Lab, 25% shep, 25% rottie. We really have no idea. We will see as they age if there is any better indication of Dad. Mom is a purebred unregistered lab. So pups are predominantly lab 75%, 12.5% shep, 12.5% rottie. Apparently, she has had several litters from this sire. The farmer never had her spayed.
 
We are waiting to hear from the person who has them.
 
 
 

*Picture courtesy of the individual that currently has them*

*Picture courtesy of the individual that currently has them*

*Picture courtesy of the individual that currently has them*

**We were not sent an individual picture of the Boy**

*Picture courtesy of the individual that currently has them*

 

 

Pics of babies and that is not their mama that passed away – that is a pug – belonging to the person who now has the pups.

 

***URGENT***
 
We have been contacted regarding 6 Labx that are now 7 days old.
 
Their mom, Labrador Retriever was found deceased three days ago under a tractor with the puppies still nursing. 
 
The Mama belonged to a neighbour of the person who reached out to us.
 
Another individual has them now, has to head out of province, and is finding this overwhelming. We well appreciate and understand the amount of work that goes in hand raising puppies.
 
The person who has them is planning on having them euthanised – one also is apparently not thriving as well as the others – by the weekend should a spot(s) not be found.
 
This is urgent…….

The Three’s Company Pups were at the Vet on July 28th for their final boosters – DHPP, Rabies, Lepto, Lyme, and Bordetella.
 
They were all re-weighed, and their next dose for flea/ticks & hw was dispensed.
 
Their weights ranged from 12.5 kgs(Mr. Jack) to 13.8 kgs(Miss Chrissy) with Miss Janet weighing 13 kgs. The girls are on the verge of being chubby, so adjustments are being made.
 
A different wonderful vet saw them this time – the Vet we have used for the past 18 years for our ortho plus eye enucleations, and they had another good look at their eyes.
 
The Vet agrees that while they have microphthalmia and recessed pupils, their eyes are not experiencing chronic pain or infections.
 
So, enucleations remain off the table for them!
 
Miss Chrissy & Mr. Jack do see some yet, Miss Janet is pretty much completely blind. She does not menace etc.
 
The Vet said that Miss Janet’s eyes were the nicest shape/size out of all three.
 
Both Mr. Jack & Miss Chrissy can hear a bit. Miss Janet is pretty much completely deaf.
 
Miss Chrissy & Miss Janet demonstrated excellent scent work in finding treats during the exam plus were very gentle in taking treats by hand. Mr. Jack was a bit eager plus mouthy when offered treats. He was not scenting as strongly as the two girls.
 
The girls are excelling with their touch training, including startle reflex. Mr. Jack also appeared to be doing excellent with his startle reflex.
 
Scent work is great mental stimulation for any dog, and especially for The Three’s Company pups. It is also a great skill to have for their immense quality of life.
 
Their next vet visit on August 16th is for their spays/neuter, pre-operative bloodwork, and microchips. We will re-weigh and dispense their next doses of flea/tick/heartworm meds at that time.
 
A few weeks after that, two of the three should be ready to make their special announcements! Miss Janet shall probably remain as part of our Haven program. Yet, we shall see!
 

Miss Jamila’s results are in! 

Her thyroid is also normal. Yes! So, it is the weather making her sluggish, and we shall have to further manage her food intake. She is not a big lover of treats yet, some tweaking will happen across the board.

It is important to be aware and on top of sudden or significant unplanned weight gain, or loss, changes in behaviour, and to monitor food/treat intake so that if medical intervention is needed, it is done or if it is only a matter of making some lifestyle tweaking.

We will work on getting her to move a bit more and shall lengthen her very early am and evening walks/play times – as those parts of the day are the coolest in this hot summer weather. She loves playing with the young pups Miss Agatha, Miss Chrissy, Mr. Romeo, and my 7-month-old Dane. 

I plan on using the scent work training I have been doing with her to have her track and move to eat her breakfast plus dinner meals over eating in a bowl.

She was just under 115 pounds(51.9 kgs) per the scale, yet she must have been leaning as when we did her spay, bilateral eye enucleation, plus lump removals – she weighed a still needed to gain 117 pounds.

Regardless of what the scale reads, there is no hiding the fact that she is a wee bit plump right now. Much better than her anorexic skinny body condition when she first arrived in rescue, yet she needs to lose a few pounds.

We want her to live her best life possible, and being a giant, the wear plus tear on her joints, heart, plus lungs are already harder.

We got this, Miss Jamila! With my foot almost 100%, time for us both to get moving more!

Guess who had her annual today?!
 
Miss Jamila! 
Thumbs up on heart, lungs, etc., and her annual bloodwork for tickborne diseases plus heartworm is negative. We will see what the rest of her blood work says when it comes back from the lab.
 
I want to specifically be sure that her thyroid is normal. She has been a bit more sluggish – it could be the weather – and has put on some weight. We have modified her eating plus treat portions, yet I want to be sure everything is fine.
 
She remains on monthly flea/tick and hw preventative, which also has a strong de-wormer proponent to it.
 
She received her vaccines and lots of love, and this is her when Sean arrived to work, and she smelt me as I opened the truck door! She immediately popped up her head and began to move towards me. 
 
She has excelled at her scent plus touch training!
 
She is simply the best!!! 
 
 
 

Isn’t she gorgeous?
 
Miss Agatha(7-month-old Merle Great Dane)
 
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

On our way!
 
Today, Mr. Titan is off to his foster home.
 
Not the best picture as it is a torrential downpour out there….we are expecting close to 60 mm’s of rain today! We are under a huge weather alert.
 
He has been with me just shy of 10 days(in his time, 3+ months), and my heart is full of such mixed feelings.
 
He has bonded strongly, and the healthier he has gotten, the more his amazing affectionate, loving personality has begun to shine through.
 
He is such a special boy and has gotten along fantastically with all the dogs here.
 
He has begun to wag his tail a lot, do the Dane lean, and how he looks at me humbles me deeply.
 
It is time for you to now go to your lovely foster home, and I know their Dane- BHRR alumni- will continue to show you how to be a dog, to enjoy the awesome comforts of soft bedding, plus how to play with toys.
 
You keep asking for attention and loving BHRR’s Titan! That you feel more confident in doing so without fear of being hurt and rejected is wonderful. 
 
The home lives close to Alta Vista Emerge, bringing me a lot of peace should he need further emergency care.
 
It is amazing how fast we fall in love…..Mr. Titan, I shall miss you yet; we can now assist a dog from a cruelty case. We have been advising as a resource up to this point.
 
 

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
BHRR’s Agatha is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
Health Status: HEALTHY! The recommendation is to keep her on one cc’s of B12 monthly for the next four months. Gwen(Vet Tech) has purchased the B12 and can either show the home on how to administer it subcutaneously, or the right matched forever loving adoptive home can have their Vet Hospital demonstrate.
 
Age: ~6.5 months
 
Weight: ~70-75 pounds – still relatively lean & with her petite frame, she is at an ideal weight and body condition now. As she matures, she will put on more weight and muscle mass. She is not a BIG Great Dane.
 
Type of Home Ideal For Miss Agatha: She is an active and intelligent girl. She loves her walks, small hikes, and car rides and interacts well with people she meets, yet, she needs a quiet, socially low-active level home. A residence that, while visiting family plus friends and has people over, is not hosting BBQs or gatherings frequently of large groups of people. That is not Miss Agatha’s lifestyle or preference. She is quietly social and needs a home that is like her. She would adore cottage life; glamping over camping – she is a wee bit of a princess are things she enjoys. Visiting pet stores and pet-friendly places are great too. A home that understands and shall continue to help her learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. What we want is for her to live a quality, filled, wonderful life rich with experiences.
 
We want her to be happy, to live her best life every day. We want her to reach her full potential! We do not wish to see her kept in a bubble, yet there is that balance in ensuring that she is not overstimulated and then feels overwhelmed. She will then tune out. One could mistake it for stubbornness. That is not what is happening in these situations. Does she have a mind of her own? 100%; and we have encouraged her to be able to stand on all four paws too. However, it has taken a long time to have her decompress and settle.
 
She can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home is semi-retired or retired, etc. She is another versatile BHRR dog! She will ONLY go to a prepared home to ensure that she receives the balance she requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. She will only go to a dog-experienced home, one that remains committed to her obedience, structure, consistency, and to be patient, kind, and understanding, and while not hermits, they are not doing a hundred things each day.
 
The home does not have to be Dane experienced, yet they must be dog savvy. She is smart. She was once a bully and resource guarded items – yes, as a puppy – we know why this is the case and a big reason why she will not go to a home with children under the age of 12. We will consider a home if they have the right mature child, as young as 10. No more than two children in the home. A home without children is our first preference. Exposure to responsible children is good for her; having them give her treats is something she enjoys. We have exposed her to understand better that while children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, loud wee beings, that she is safe, and that children can be fun, with helpful, kind, caring hands! We are also happy to converse on the phone more about her past to help that right-matched personality fit home and understand why she is the way she is. She is not only genetically predisposed yet, but her environment before coming to our home/rescue has also shaped her. We have since used the environment to modify her behaviour plus help her understand how lovely the world is! We understand why she came into our home/rescue this way and have worked extensively with her. She now readily shares the communal water bowls and toys and understands that no human or dog is going to take her high-value food. She is fed in a quiet place – usually her colossal Crate and is not ever felt like she has been teased, bothered, or threatened. She knows that she will be fed enough food, fed on time and that no one is going to take her food away. She has been brilliant in figuring out many food puzzle toys and feeders! She now sits wonderfully with the other dogs at treat time and, while still a bit ‘mouthy,’ is so much better about taking the treat calmly without worry that another is going to take it away. She is excellent on her taking treats if she is by herself, and we have been working with the pack being around her for obedience reward treat time.
 
Per the above, she does not have to specifically go to a Great Dane-experienced home. Yet, she does need a dog experience home. A home, as mentioned, that is not over the top social is our preference for her. A home that has anxious owners is not suitable for a dog that has been working through her own level of discomfort. She is a very confident girl is so many ways, and she needs a quietly confident owner(s) that shall continue to help her reach her awesome potential. If you baby her, and do not have rules, structure, and consistency, she will step up and rule your home as she tries to create order in her life. That is not in her best interest! She needs a human leader(s) that will help guide, direct, and instruct in a positive, balanced manner that demonstrates to her that she is ok, and that we, as the humans are the ones to take care of her.
 
She loves home, her friends – she needs canine friends! She also loves to explore, go on small hikes, walks, car rides, and visit people/places that are not over the top busy. We are not advocates of dog parks. She needs a home that will give her new positive and great safe, memorable experiences. If you are a home that likes to take long slow infrequent walks/hikes/strolls, Miss Agatha is not for you…she is active, busy, and needs to be kept emotionally and physically stimulated. She is a young, healthy puppy. She will never be a marathoner and is not meant to be a running partner, yet she is lovely to have as a great companion to get out into nature, explore and even enjoy the beach!
Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, goofy, calm, quiet inside the home yet loves her canine friends to run/play outside – some play rumbling is had in my home as I have a Dane only a week younger than her. She needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, active, gentle, plus kind. If not handled properly – she has the potential to develop SA behaviours, as do most dogs. She thrives with consistency, structure, routine, plus clear open communication so that she understands exactly what is being expected of him. Confusion causes her to worry a bit, and we have spent so much time with her so that she knows what is expected or being asked.
 
Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is required per the above. While we would ideally like to see her in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – it is not a deal-breaker. She needs a strong doggie friend network. That is so important for her. We have friends, she needs friends too. She adores her canine friends! She has gotten along with every dog she has met to date. Going to a responsible doggie daycare once a week for play dates would be wonderful for her too. She may not like it at first being a strange new place, yet, we want her to be more than a homebody. In a proper responsible daycare, she will be provided with additional enrichment, time away from home/owners to continue to properly build in the right direction her self-esteem and confidence.
 
Good With Cats: Unknown. Has been fine with our clinic cat yet, Mr. Chippy is a force to be reckoned with!
 
Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.
 
Good with Children: NO small children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible children 12+. We will consider a home if they have the right mature child, as young as 10—no more than two children in the home. A home without children is our first preference.
 
Grooming: She is fine to wash and do nails. She needs a soft bristle brush on her coat once a week, and we recommend a monthly bath.
 
Car: She has also come SO far with car rides – getting in and out of the vehicle and enjoying the ride! She is learning that the world has so many fab adventures to experience!
 
Housebroken/Crate Trained: She is housebroken and Crate trained – she sleeps in a colossal crate. We never recommend that any new addition be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating for them.
 
Obedience: She requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help her become the best dog that she can be. Her potential is enormous! Her leash manners have come a long way. She can pull at times, yet she is learning. A harness is an excellent tool.
 
Activities Suited For Her: Obedience
 
She excels in being a clown, loves toys, and running free in our safely fenced-in 3+ acre yard. She loves her friends….chasing, being chased, tug of war!
 
Loves & Bad Habits: She can still be a bit snatchy when taking treats. Occasionally she will still try to boss another dog around. She knows her mind, and if a dog or human is going to let her push them around, she will take that mile!
 
She loves treats – Benny Bully Liver treats are the best! In general, she loves food!
 
Like any dog, she is not perfect. She is perfect in all of her imperfections, though! NOT to mention stunning!
 
She is a super fantastic girl!
 
Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home and does not spend 24/7 with her. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having her learn to not only like yet enjoy her own company. As we need our alone time, she must do too. She is a solid and stable dog, yet anxiety does brew under the surface as we work through her genetics/past.
 
As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them.
 
We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that cannot be placed up for adoption due to medical and/or behavioural reasons.
 
We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 10 dogs to date.
 
After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.
 
Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.
 
Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!
 
You have come so far, Miss Agatha, and we are delighted you are making your special announcement!
 

We had the BEST time getting pics of Miss Agatha today!

She is a 6.5-month-old Merle Great Dane.

What a hoot of a pup she is.

She tells me that while she is a bit shy about making her special announcement, she is also excited!

Stay tuned……

 

So on Wednesday, Gwennie drew Miss Agatha’s blood at home – what a good girl Miss Agatha was, solid – all of the loving/handling has paid off big time.  No need to stress her out with a needless trip when her blood could be taken at home….
 
Gwen ran a repeat CBC plus also did a 4dx. It is not that heartworm is a concern – she is too young, yet tickborne disease is possible for any dog even on year-round preventative, and we always go up and beyond with care for the dogs under our care. She would not technically be due unless a tick was found on her(4-6 weeks post tick bite yet, not all ticks that bite are found) or in 2023, yet, Gwen already had more than enough blood.
 
Miss Agatha’s numbers have greatly improved, and she remains on her monthly de-worming as part of her flea/tick/hw preventative program – Nexgard Spectra. She has finished up her latest round of Metronidazole and Panacur for very resistive Giardia – that she came into rescue with.
 
The B12 injections she was getting weekly have also greatly assisted, and the Vet said that giving B12 once a month for the next four months to be proactive is fine. He honestly felt that she would be fine without it, yet, he knows how much/hard we have worked with her to get her healthy.
 
We feel that moving forward, this is something her right-matched personality fit home can do – Their Vet Hospital or Gwen(Vet Tech) can show them how to give it. 1 cc’s monthly subcutaneously – and Gwen already paid for the next four months.

Miss Agatha has put on weight, muscled up, and it is now time for her to make her own special announcement. She remains a lean, gorgeous girl.
 
This announcement is something that she plans on doing over the next few days….
 
Stay tuned!

This is Mr. Titan’s leg 72 hours after the first Hospital (who put this catheter in) from the previous place that had him before our rescue took over his care.
 
I have been in vet med for almost 20 years, and I have never seen such clipper injury/damage.
 
We are keeping it clean and dry and have some cream from work to help…..he is already on two types of antibiotics, and it is already drying up and looking so much better.
 
I wanted to try and get a pic yesterday, yet it was an extremely busy day with him, school, and work.
 
Poor boy…. 
 
He had another really good night! Later today, we will be starting to slowly re-introduce some kibble into his a/d and gastro food with water mixed in.
 
He is such a good boy….his spirit is starting to shine through, and I can tell he is a real character with a mind of his own! So freakin’ special he is….
 
There will never be enough words of thanks to shout out to Alta Vista & LAH for being there for him & to all of his Titan Angels that have contributed to date to his over $6,500 bills between three Hospitals.
 
 
When he is healthy – he is booked for August 9th for repeat bloodwork and to be neutered plus to get his final boosters. He is not well enough right now….and one step at a time! 
 
This boy never had anyone on his side – most likely was used for breeding, and the calluses and scars on his poor body speak volumes.
 
He certainly has not travelled often in cars as he is still figuring out how to balance.
 
Such a great vehicle passenger too!
 
Mr. Titan, my heart is head over heels in love with you…..you are a true sweetheart!
 
 
Donations to his mounting vet bills can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
By the time his rehabilitation is done, he will be a $10,000+ Dane.
 

Mr. Titan!
 
Transferred from Alta Vista’s ICU to the care of my Hospital.
 
After a good night, came to work with me and as he was drinking well, pulled his IV – will run another one if needed, his poor leg sure did get cut with his last one put in by Upper Canada.
 
Gave him a Cerenia injection, took his meds like a champ, ate his a/d snack with water mixed in, and hung out. Picked up more meds – Alta Vista gave me a couple of days and I picked up the rest at my Hospital.
 
Still medical jail yet, no longer having to have conversations re: doing CPR, going septic, and the poor prognosis…
 
Keep getting stronger, you big ol’ sweetie!
 
Weak, lacking so much muscle mass and tone and anorexic, yet, we all got your back Mr. Titan!
 
The number of angel people that made a lifesaving donation to help us with your emerge bills has made me well up with so many tears…..
 
We could not keep you there any longer – they were happy to release you into my experienced Dane/Tech care, and you are doing well off of your nasal cannula. Everything else we can do at LAH. We would bring you back if we have to….In a heartbeat, we would.
 
He has been an excellent patient….has not bothered with any of the dogs nor showed any interest in our clinic cat either….
 
 

Look who I busted out of ICU medical jail at Alta Vista Animal Hospital?!!
 
He had a good night…I did not leave his side. Took his meds, ate his a/d snacks, and had many pees…..
 
Mr. Titan! 
 
More soon!

The original pic of Jack and his one eye – you can see how abnormal it is in size and is ‘starburst’ shaped.

I am a bit behind with some posts!!
 
The Three’s Company Pups were at the Vet on June 28th for their boosters, eye checks, next weigh-in, and next round of flea/tick/hw meds.
 
They had a blast seeing each other again!
 
Thank you again to Jack’s foster mama for holding down the fort in the exam room as there were many tech apts booked, and I had to run a catheter for a patient euthanasia.

This is a collage of all three, and I got a great pic of the Vet looking at Mr. Jacks one eye.
 
Right now, their eyes are doing well, and we will re-visit at their booster apt in a couple of weeks to see how they are doing.
 
They do not have chronic pain or infections, and while they are abnormal – typical for many DM eyes – they are not bothered by them.
 
They are booked for their spays/neuter a few weeks after their final vaccines too.
 
I am still confident about the special needs pups of Miss Chrissy & Mr. Jack going up for adoption at some point. Special needs Miss Janet remains a big ‘if’. It may be in her best interest to be part of our Haven Program.
 
She has come far and one step at a time! No rush….
 
Miss Janet weighed: 9 kgs
Miss Chrissy weighed: 9.5 kgs
Mr. Jack weighed: 9.3 kgs
 

Mr. Titan UPDATE
 
Here are his UA results. He was already on IV fluids and had begun antibiotics when this UA was done.
 
He is on two kinds of antibiotics – Zeniquin & Clavaseptin. He is also on Cerenia, Forti Flora, Metronidazole, Mirtazapine.
 
He has an SPO2 of 90% without supplemental 02. 92-93% with O2 assistance. Ideally, we want at least 95% unaided.
 
He is so skinny; his coat is dull and flaky, and he remains pretty dehydrated.
 
He has eaten some a/d for Gwen, urinated several times, and drank some water. Gwen says that he is an absolute sweetheart!
 
Donations to his vet bills can be made via PayPal(friend and family option) to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com – we know email transfer is down for many. 
 
We are grateful for anything that anyone may consider donating…..
 

Mr. Titan Medical UPDATE:
 
He had a good night. His Oxygen levels are lower than they would like – 92-93% , and last night, he was 95%. He remains on O2.
 
He has eaten a small amount, his respiration rate has gone down, his fever has broken, and the Vet would like to keep him another night so that he remains on supplemental oxygen, and they work to get him from IV meds to oral medications.
 
Unfortunately, this means another $3,500-$5,000, and we are still short $3,200 for the first 24 hours.
 
Gwen has been in discussions regarding transferring him as he is stable and plans to see him around 6 PM tonight.
 
When Gwen was talking to the Vet, he had to go, so we do not have an update re: the urinary issues.
 
If anyone may consider donating to his care, donations can be made via Paypal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Alta Vista no longer takes direct donations.
 
Anything would be appreciated.

The estimate for Mr. Titan.
 
We need to raise another $3,300 by Friday ~ 5 pm for the estimate deposit.
 
We have had $1,200 extremely generously donated to date. Thank you Titan Angels! 
 
Poor dog…..
 
He is ~5, not 7 and is a merle yet, those are moot points right now….
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR
 
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance to everyone for any consideration…..
 
We will post updates as we can……

UPDATE: SO severe pneumonia in both lungs and aspiration pneumonia in the right lung. He is on O2, heavy antibiotics, IV fluids, and we also investigating urinary issues. I remember when we were first contacted about him in May that there was mention of urinary issues, and when I followed up, being told by the wonderful network contact person who was in touch with both kennels that there were not any issues.
 
His bloodwork indicates severe dehydration and high globulin levels – battling inflammation/infection.
 
How could so many people fail this dog in his life.
 
We still need $3,500 by early evening tomorrow for him.
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
We would be so grateful for anything…..
 

UPDATE: I have had two conversations with the Vet – he had to call me back.
 
1) They need to repeat x-rays(they will take three views) – and send off to an x-ray specialist – the images from the Hospital he was at earlier today are not as clear as he would like to see, and while this ‘could’ be pneumonia, the Vet is not sure if they see a ‘nodule’ and it is pneumonia AND something like Cancer or one or the other
 
2) He has a fever, and they are going to hit him up with strong IV antibiotics and continue supportive care
 
They will reach back out once they hear back from the x-ray specialist.
 
Estimate is still $4,500 for the first 24 hours.
 
As soon as we know more, we will post.
 
Thank you to date to all that have generously donated.
 
We need to raise another $3,500 over the next 18 hours for him……
 

****URGENT***

Initial estimate $4,500 for the first 24 hours.

Mr. Titan , the Great Dane, is now at Alta Vista Animal Emergency.

Here is one of his X-rays taken today before transport.

I am on hold, waiting to talk to them.

A dog who never had anyone standing on his side was dumped at a high gas kill pound needs a strong village right now….

Donations to his care can be made via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

We have had $100 generously donated to date! 

We thank you in advance with so much gratitude for any consideration to his cause……

 

He is being transferred to Alta Vista Animal Hospital.

An initial estimate is $3,500-$4,500 for the first 24 hours.

UPDATE:

Just as we had a foster home step up to assist us with Mr. Titan – Thanks, Amy/Ben!, before we could move on this offer, he ended up being seen not once, yet, now twice – and is admitted into the Hospital.  He was just admitted today per what we have been told by the network that has been working so hard to save him – he was pulled from a high kill gas pound in mid-May.
 
No dog does well in a kennel, Danes even less so. He has been in two separate kennels since May 31st.
 
Mr. Titan will remain in Hospital at least for the night – however, no one is there overnight.
 
Gwen is working to re-arrange her schedule – she has also been so ill this past week yet, still pushing through work, etc., to get him into the care of her Vet Team that she works with.
 
Mr. Titans’ first Vet bill was just $575.85 – Upper Canada saw him.
 
This next bill will be so much higher.
 
Any donations to his care would be so deeply appreciated. 
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
We will update as we can.
 
We are trying so hard to save you Mr. Titan…..so hard.
 

My last post of my night!
 
Miss Janet! One of our Three’s Company Pups.
 
Puppies are so adorable….when they are sleeping! 
Miss Chrissy prefers to hog the a/c vent when power snoozing… 
 
From our home to all of our friends, family, and supporters, the best good night wishes are being sent! 
 

Sean had some curious aka nosey ‘supervisors’ while he was working on the back house renovations today! 
 
Reminds me of a similar pic when we did the front of the house many years ago.

Food coma baby!
 
Thanks, Sean for sending me this great pic at work!
 
Miss Janet, one of our Three’s Company pups, is fast asleep against one of the toy bins and giant stuffie! 
 
This is what your kind generous support means to the animals – a full tummy, great vetting, and the ability to sleep blissfully in a safe loving home! No worries to be had for this wee 3-month-old special needs beauty!

BHRR’s James(GSP) was at the Vet today. I made the drive to pick him up on June 17th to bring him into the rescue.
 
He is our newest addition to BHRR, and he is not 13, he is closer to 15 years of age. In 2011, the shelter that had him stated his age as being over age 3.
 
He is the dog whose owners were moving abroad.
 
He weighed a thin 23.1 kgs (50.82 pounds).
 
We did bloodwork and tested for prior tickborne disease plus heartworm exposure. Results were negative.
 
He is going to be dewormed and placed on flea/tick/hw preventative.
 
We also investigated a lump he has on his chest. I was a bit concerned when I noted it upon picking him up, as I want to be sure he receives all of the necessary care and immediately.
 
He is not going to be placed up for adoption.
 
He is going to be placed in our Haven program and cherished for whatever time he has left. We are going to ensure it is a time of quality and that he lacks for nothing…..
 
 
 

The sweetest of kisses!

My beautiful girls! Miss Janet & Miss Chrissy.

So handsome!

Mr. Jack’s facial expressions just crack me up!

Finally!! A good pic of all three! Took me until the end of the event yet, I did get some nice ones of the three of them hanging out!

Thank you SO much to Cassy Montgomery for hosting us today, and being the best of puppy sitters! 

A wonderful $253.50 was raised – Empties to still be returned for the final total.

Thank you to everyone that came out & was very lovely to also see Amy with Miss Hazel (formerly known as our BHRR’s Whisper!).

The Three’s Company puppies had another fabulous day, and it was awesome to get all three back together to play.

Thank you again Megan Wright for dropping Mr. Jack off at our event. All three had a good power snooze in our truck on our way back to your home.

 

Three wee piggie tushes! The Three Company’s Aussie pups.
 
We are at 37 Dressler in Kanata until 3 pm today!!
 
Doing nails, glands & ears!
 
Collecting Empties & Canadian Tire $ too.
 
They look like they are in Fort Knox as Mr. Jack kept escaping. So, Cassy Montgomery had another xpen and we ended up having to put it on top & then a baby gate on another section….
Smart puppies!!
 
So nice to see them all together again….yet, as predicted Miss Janet is being pushed aside so, it was an excellent decision to move Mr. Jack to a foster home separate from his sisters.
 
He has been a turkey to Miss Janet. He is going to have to learn to be gentle and not ‘throw’ his bigger weight around…..bully behaviour is not permitted! 
 
Mr. Jack is so people-oriented in addition to animal-oriented….
 
 

Here at Brockville Hyundai Charity BBQ/Car Wash For BHRR! Until 2 pm!

Miss Janet & Miss Chrissy – two of our Three’s Company Puppies are also in attendance.

BHRR’s Simon
ADOPTED!
 
I am so freakin’ proud of you!
 
I have said before about how it takes a village to save a dog, and it is no less true with Mr. Simon.
 
So many to thank for his story to end up being a successful one with a bright future ahead of him.
 
This is not just myself rescuing, saving, and rehabilitating a dog…it is a beautiful village!
 
Lorraine Houston, Luan, the mobile vet services, JoAnne Eaton, Leslie Tilley, Morgan, Megan Wright/Eric, Boers Sean, Dr. Beattie, Dr. Liston, all of the donation rescue angels – thank you!
 
AND, thank you to his forever loving adoptive Mama for wanting to adopt! They knew they wanted another Giant – they had lost their cherished beautiful girl. They first found Mr. Chester, reached out to let us know how handsome he was, and later when they were ready to adopt, Mr. Chester was already adopted.
 
They had also noticed Mr. Lewis and Mr. Simon, fell in love with Mr. Simon, and enjoyed following their blogs.
 
Mr. Simon, you were so wonderful tonight….you wanted to trust, you loved the backyard, getting treats, face diving in the water bowl, and watching you lay down to relax was heartwarming.
 
We know that this was stressful on you, we could see this in your eyes, your sometimes panting behaviour yet, we also saw you following your forever loving adoptive mama, listening and sitting when asked by her, looking at her, exploring the home, etc.
 
Be assured Mr. Simon, we will make your transition to your new home, one of support, of a careful gradual transition, and Megan/I know that you are ready for this next amazing plus exciting chapter in your life…..and, we will always be here for you.
 
This is not goodbye….. 
 
Thank you again Megan for doing this home visit with me!
 

We shall be soon on our way!
 
Tonight is the night!
 
BHRR’s Mr. Simon’s home visit for possible approved adoption.
 
We would be doing a transitional adoption for him if this is the right matched personality fit home for him to ensure a smooth adoption process for him.
 
Thanks to Megan for being his amazing temp foster home, and for coming tonight to the home visit with me.
 
Please keep him in your best wishes!

Update from Mr. Jack’s temp foster home:

“He had a great first night here. Ate well, drank well, peed, and pooped well outside. One little pee accident in the house. He settles so well near our feet. He had some crate time over dinner and just now before bed, he protests for about 5 minutes and then quiets down well. Eric is in love – I knew he would be.

He likes to follow Phoebe and Fig around. Fig is a little wary, but he should open up in a day or two like he always does. Simon was very anxious and stressed, the best place for him tonight was his crate. He processes things so well there and was very calm when watching Jack from there.

Our laugh of the night was Jack barking and pouncing at the head of romaine lettuce I had put out for Skittles. He did NOT like that big green thing on the floor lol! He was a brave boy and pawed at in a bit (I was right there to make sure he didn’t try to eat it) and then found other things to chase after haha.”

 

Well, I wish I had a better update on Miss Agatha…
 
Unfortunately, her pre-operative bloodwork indicated that she was very anemic.
 
The cause is not known….
 
So, we are putting her on B12 injections for the next 4-6 weeks – will do 6 weeks and, repeat her CBC in 4 weeks.
 
We are also going to treat her again as if she has Giardia. She has had two rounds of treatment yet, in a recent conversation with a Vet, they noted that they have had to double whammy this spring in meds for Giardia due to how resistant they have found Giardia to be.
 
So, despite being on Nexgard Spectra which has an excellent de-worming proponent to it, we are going to treat her specifically again for Giardia too.
 
A negative fecal test does not mean that she is necessarily parasitic-free.
 
We found her to be quite lean, not unhealthy yet quite lean. 29 kgs and she eats really well.
 
So, while the Vet felt it was ok to spay her today, we have some things to figure out for her.
 
She also has a thickened skin patch on the side of her neck – was super small when she first arrived, and we have been monitoring it as it has been getting bigger.
 
Merles can be prone to so many health concerns….and clearly, there is something up with Miss Agatha.
 
So, we had some very unexpected bills for her today…. 
 
We will continue to post updates as we can.
 
BHRR does not adopt out our dogs without full disclosure, and we have some more things to figure out for this young Dane.
 
Why doing bloodwork is so important to do…
 

Tough day at the office!!
 
Miss Chrissy & Mr. Jack! 
 
Will post more shortly regarding: their special needs plus our needs for them.
 
All are doing fantastic and we have a foster lined up for one of them…not sure yet if it is Miss Janet or Mr. Jack.
 
Miss Janet is sleeping at my feet while these two monkeys play beside me.
 

VIDEO

This pretty young 5.5-month-old GD lady is having her spay/microchip tomorrow!

 
We will update as we can….
 
Then, two weeks post, Miss Agatha should be ready to make her own special announcement.
 
Time sure has flown by since her arrival!
 
The money raised in our first driveway event will go towards her bills. It should cover almost 50%.
 
Thanks again to Cassy Montgomery for being able to meet me at my work tomorrow around 8:00 AM to help me get her in, weighed plus settled into her run. 

Well, it was an adventure!! 
 
Introducing…..Miss Janet, Miss Chrissy & Mr. Jack! Our Three’s Company Pups. They are Aussies.
 
So grateful to Megan Wright for road tripping with me! Miss Janet was appreciative too!
We were first aware of two yet there turned out to be three special needs Aussies that the breeders wanted us to assist. Originally, they were going to euthanise two of the pups, a Vet Tech at the Hospital heard, then got involved to find an experienced special needs rescue for them.
 
They are 9.5 weeks old, and all have various degrees of visual impairment. Will take some time to determine the level of hearing….
 
We will also need to determine if any eye enucleations will be necessary.
 
Amazing how great Dogs that are born with visual and/or hearing impairments adapt as they do not know any different. This is normal for them.
 
Right now, we are trying to make contact with the home that was going to temp foster them…I have been trying to confirm the arrangements since last night so I hope all is ok… 
 
With Miss Agatha having her spay on Tuesday and with my foot/heel, I would prefer them to be temp fostered, at least for now.
 
Just want to post a request to see if we have any homes that may be interested in temp fostering one or two if we cannot close off with the original foster home…
 
We are concerned as they have fostered for us many times over the past 15 years….we sincerely hope all is ok…
 
As a note, Foster homes must be able to bring them to their vet appointments. Driving is very difficult with my foot right now.
 

Mr. Simon has a special announcement to make……
 
He is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!
 
We will update as we can!
 
I have always loved his eyes in this picture……so soft, expressive, and wanting to trust……
 
Should this be his right-matched personality fit home, we will be doing a transitional adoption per his blog. We want to make him comfortable, to feel safe, supported, and cared about.
 
We do not want him to feel rushed or become anxious.

Bittersweet day for me!
 
Today is our last day with Mr. Lewis.
 
He is now ready to move to his perma-foster home! 
 
After months of emotional/physical rehabilitation and close to $8,000 in medical bills including two surgeries, he is finally ready to leave Mama Gwennie’s nest.
 
We made the decision to have him perma-fostered due to his heart.
 
He has an incredible team of vets plus specialists that are standing strong by his side, BHRR will continue to cover his bills, and his amazing experienced perma-foster home will continue to shower him with love, kindness, etc.
 
He will lack for nothing, and as many are aware our haven program is the biggest part of what we do at BHRR.
 
Mr. Lewis, I am going to miss you immensely….you greatly humbled me by choosing me as your person….that you feel I was worthy of such an enormous honour is deeply touching.
 
This is not goodbye….I will get to see/visit you quite often, and my heart is incredibly full knowing that we were chosen to be the ones to assist you in your urgent time of need.
 
Thank you to both of your two emerge temp fosters – JoAnne & Ashley for taking excellent care of you until we could get you here. 
 
We are going to have an amazing last day together!!! Let the extra adventures and wonderful memories begin.
 
Here he stands proud…finally….his head held up high, no longer cowering in a corner, shaking, trying to make himself as small as possible. He makes eye contact…and man, he has such beautiful eyes. With a sweet gentle soul. His body stance is one of strength….you are not just a survivor Mr. Lewis, you are a thrivor!
 
You are safe, and you know it…..
 
He is now confident, more sure of himself, and looking mighty fine having put on significant weight, and muscle mass plus having two professional grooms to date.
 
I love you with all that I am BHRR’s Lewis.

We have been working hard behind the scenes over the last 24+ hours on who we are calling our “Three’s Company” pups.
 
Originally, we were told there were 2, yet there are actually three.
 
They are 9.5 weeks old, two females, and one male.
 
We now have the owner surrender forms in our hands, and transport has been arranged. I will be making the drive shortly to meet up with the kind Vet Tech who worked to save them from being euthanised by the breeders. The breeders were not aware that there was a rescue out there for special needs dogs and were trying to do what they thought was best, euthanising them. They were very happy to note that there is a rescue that is an expert in special needs dogs, and surrendered them to our care. It warms our hearts to be able to be here to assist.
 
Once I have them safely in our care, we will post more along with pictures – we do not have any photos of them, and it does not matter to us!
 
We are calling them BHRR’s Janet, BHRR’s Chrissy & BHRR’s Jack!
 
We will then post re: needs!
 

My last post of my night!
 
As some are aware, I had a trip to emerge last night…that being said, I put some xpens around my desk to try and ensure I had some space to not get bumped….
 
Well, some Danes were not happy that they were not close enough to me! 
 
Miss Aramis, Mr. Porthos, and my Apex – laying down is my Salt(he was done ‘staring’ and was now pouting.
 
In the background is my Zero and you can also see Miss Giselle.
 
Those faces!!! 
 
From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!

Miss Agatha!
 
This is her after her first play date.
 
It has been a week since I picked her up.
 
A lot of progress & learning – on all sides! – has been had over this past week.
 
1) we have learned that while she has been fantastic in her crate overnight, she is not housebroken. My own Dane pup and the other dogs along with the humans in the house are showing her the ropes. She will get there.
 
2) she is learning proper social communication plus manners – while still bossy at times, she is learning that no one wants to play with her or be around her when she acts inappropriately.
She is being ignored or wonderfully corrected by the dogs when she acts like a boob.
 
She is now overall playing great with my Dane puppy, my IS & Mr. Romeo. She is going to have to earn the attention of other dogs for her bad manners are not encouraged nor tolerated by the clan.
 
3) she is excellent about us placing her bowl in her crate for feeding – she is eating much slower too as she knows no one is going to threaten or tease her.
She eats in peace and then has quiet time in her crate afterward.
 
She happily runs in, sits, and waits with a wiggly butt for us to feed her.
 
We are going to move from a slow feeder to puzzle feeders shortly as she is not wanting to eat as quickly.
 
She generally loves food plus treats! Being a petite framed girl, extra important to make sure she keeps her waistline.
 
This will be great mental stimulation for her!
 
So…..if anyone may be open to donating a puzzle feeder her way – hoping for two varieties! – we would be so grateful. 
 
4) she is learning to share the communal water bowls and dog beds – thanks again Jill C. for spoiling her with her own bed!
Thanks also to Rachel E. again for the gorgeous collar from Wiggle Bumz!
 
She does not have the self-control as of yet to share communal toys. That is a big ask of her at this time, yet we will get there.
 
She thinks she owns everything….it is not just about her thinking something is of high value.
 
She is making so many good choices since her arrival!
 
She is responding beautifully to the clear open communication, the structure, routine, obedience, the consistency.
 
Her first play date today made me proud of her. She certainly has a mind of her own, and you could see her thinking about how to have things her way.
 
She compromised, negotiated, and ended up having a grand time! She is smart this one!!!
 
We will be scheduling more play visits shortly!
 
We want her exposed to so many things to help her become that well-balanced girl. An asset to the home plus community.

Mr. Gravel!

This miracle boy turned 11 years young in April, and despite being palliative, he is going strong!

Another amazing BHRR DDD – Double-Digit Dane Club dog.

AND another very rare thing as darn few ever make it this far…..

I missed part of his head, and this was after he had a good ol’ dust bath roll in the dirt, yet his body condition is really great!

He was an incredible boy who almost never made it out of the high kill shelter…..so happy that we could get him.


He has been part of our Haven program since April 2017.

Our Haven program is the vast majority of what we do at BHRR, and we remain deeply and forever indebted to so many for standing strong by our sides since our inception in 1996.

Dogs like BHRR’s Gravel would not have had the amazing high-quality fabu life he has had since his rescue if it were not for the kindness shown to our Rescue.

There are so many ways to support BHRR:

1) Fostering

2) Did you know that you can virtually foster?
http://www.birchhaven.org/how-u-can-help/virtual-fostering

3) Walk/run/bike/skateboard/when doing errands etc., via the ResQ App. Anything over .16 kms can be logged. Does not use data unless you load a picture after you log a walk/run etc.
Since we first joined the ResQ movement, 62,611 kms have been logged, and $151.6 USD has come our way!
http://resqwalk.com/

4) Shopping via Flipgive So many amazing places such as Amazon, Expedia, Gas, Groceries, Clearly, Dining, Costco, Etsy, Activities, Movies, Canadian Tire, Hotels, Gift Cards and so much more!

The Team CODE to join our BHRR Team: F2M39S
https://www.flipgive.com/teams/185081…
Since we first joined: $679 has come our way!

5) Shop from our Amazon wish-list
https://www.amazon.ca/hz/wishlist/ls/37GY3K4VNX0XX…

6) Opening up your driveway – we will do the rest for one of our still open 2022 dates!
*Easy to self-distance
We hope to be able to do events all over Ontario and into Gatineau!

  1. Sunday, July 10th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  2. Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  3. Sunday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  4. Sunday, July 24th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  5. Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  6. Sunday, August 7th, 10 AM – 4 PM
  7. Saturday, August 13th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  8. Sunday, August 14th, 10 AM – 4 PM
 
7) Sharing animals that are available for adoption to help them find their forever-loving adoptive homes so that we can assist the next one in need!
https://www.petfinder.com/search/pets-for-adoption/…

8. Make a regular donation OR a one-time donation via PayPal
http://www.birchhaven.org/how-u-can-help/paypal


9) Donate your Empties
Since we first began to collect Empties in July 2016, we have had over $8,700 raised!
Here are our drop-off locations
http://www.birchhaven.org/how-u-can-help/louise-peterson

10) Be creative and host a fundraiser of your own to help us continue to help those in need of our highly specialised programs.

 

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Simon is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Health Status: HEALTHY! We would ideally like to do a transitional adoption with Mr. Simon to ensure that he is not anxious or stressed. He internalizes his worries which then can manifest with him doing excessive grooming. We had to place him on a very low dose of Trazodone to help him from self-comforting by licking his feet/lower legs.

Age: ~3.5 years old!

Weight: ~105 pounds – still relatively lean & could use a bit more in muscle mass/weight

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Simon: He is an overall chill, calm boy. He likes his walks and interacts well with people he meets, yet, he needs a quieter/peaceful physical activity level home. A home that understands that he once used to live in a barn and to help him learn about this big fantastic world that we live in. He has come SO far with sights, smells, and sounds! His current foster resides in Kemptville, so he sees/hears/smells many incredible things. They live off a busy road – the 43 –, and he does great. What we want is for him to live a quality, filled, wonderful life.

We want him to be happy, to live his best life each and every day. We want him to reach his full potential! We do not want him kept in a bubble, yet there is that balance in ensuring that he is not overstimulated and then feels overwhelmed. He will then shut down. It has taken a long time to have him/Mr. Lewis, too, decompress. He can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home is semi-retired or retired, etc. He is another versatile BHRR dog! He will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. He should go to a dog-experienced home, one that remains committed to his obedience, structure, consistency, and to be patient, kind, understanding, and not hermits.

He does not have to specifically go to a Saint Bernard experienced home. A home that is not over the top social – he can alert bark when people first arrive at his foster home. He has been given treats, then passively ignored, and even placed in his Crate to process the new arrivals. Gwendilin Boers was over recently, and this approach worked excellently by meeting first outside, then going inside. He made only one soft ‘woof’ in his Crate, and when he came out, just a calming word, passively ignored, given lots of treats, and they were fast friends. A home that has anxious owners is not suitable for a dog that has been working through his own level of anxiety. He needs a quietly confident owner(s). He is not be babied or felt sorry for. That is not in his best interest. He needs a human leader(s) that will help guide, direct, and instruct in a positive, balanced manner that demonstrates to him that he is ok. He loves home, yet; he also likes his walks. We are not advocates of dog parks. He needs a home that will give him new positive and great safe, memorable experiences. If you are a home that likes to take long slower walks/hikes/strolls, Mr. Simon could be for you. He will never be a marathoner, and is not meant to be a running partner, yet he is lovely to have as a great companion for way more than a block or two of walking, etc.!

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home yet can be vocal when visitors arrive. He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, active in his way, gentle, plus kind. If not handled properly – he has the potential to develop SA behaviours. He is not an overly active dog. He needs consistency, structure, routine, plus clear open communication so that he understands exactly what is being expected of him. He has mastered the lawn rolling, is figuring out how to play, and is still learning what a dog bed is for!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is required per the above. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog – he has been OK with both males/females, yet leaning more towards a female, it is not a deal-breaker. He lives in a foster home with a female Newfx, rabbits, and a cat who thinks he is a dog(Gwennie LOVES this cat!) and interacts well with them!

Good With Cats: His present foster home has a cat. Integration is always crucial.

Good with Pocket Pets: His current home has pocket pets & operates a Rabbit Rescue.

Good with Children: NO children. Children are fast, flighty, unpredictable, spastic, plus loud. We will consider homes with responsible teenagers 16+.

Grooming: He is OK to wash and do nails. He needs to be brushed regularly, and we recommend a few sessions yearly of professional grooming – with an experienced groomer – to keep his gorgeous coat looking its best.

Car: He has also come SO far with car rides – getting in and out of the vehicle. He is learning that the world has so many fab adventures to experience!

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained – he sleeps in a colossal crate. We never recommend that any new addition be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating for them.

Obedience: He requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help him become the best dog that he can be. His potential is enormous! His leash manners have come a long way. He can pull at times, yet he is learning.

Activities Suited For Him: He is calm plus has fantastic manners, and to us, he is low maintenance.

He would excel in being an incredible loyal family member.

Loves & Bad Habits: He can drool. He does bark when visitors arrive.

He loves treats – Benny Bully Liver treats are the best!

Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention gorgeous!

He is an exceptional boy!

Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having him learn to not only like yet enjoy his own company. As we need our alone time, he must do too. He is a solid and stable dog, yet anxiety does brew under the surface as we work through years of being kept in a barn. It shows up with him licking his feet/lower legs. He BONDS fast to his humans.

As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that cannot be placed up for adoption due to medical and/or behavioural reasons.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 5 dogs to date.

After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.

Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

You have come so far, Mr. Simon, and we are delighted that you are making your special announcement!

They are moving out of the country in June, and do not want to ship him as cargo.
 
We are awaiting the owner’s surrender form to begin making arrangements to bring him to the rescue.
 
Thank you again Melanie & Connor for stepping up to emerge temp foster. Fostering saves lives! We cannot do r/q rescue alone. We need those strong links on our BHRR CHAIN OF SUCCESS. 
 
We will update as we know more, and once we have him, we will post re: needs.
 
Hopefully, soon you handsome boy!

BHRR’s Lewis – getting new teethies! He says, ‘CHEESE!’

Miss Agatha(4.5 months old) is being shown the 3+ acre yard ‘ropes’ by one of my own Danes – Miss Agatha is a bit older than my Dane.
 
It does not take long to learn a lot about a dog when you can get hands-on……
 
1) Miss Agatha needs to learn how to do proper dog-to-dog communication – she is bossy, resources, has poor play manners – our water bowls are communal, and we will NOT go after the other dogs.  She even went after my Dane puppy. That was quickly corrected.
 
We have rules, we will live in harmony, and we will not have any dog be higher in the hierarchy than any other dog.
 
Puppy license only goes so far, and resourcing does not fall under the puppy license for us humans or the other dogs.
 
She is going to be fed in her crate – having wonderful quiet closed crate time now after having a small supper. She will learn that she will be fed enough, fed on time, and that no one – human or animal is going to touch or take her food – at her age plus past, she can interpret this as threatening and/or teasing. She will not hesitate at this moment to growl, or lunge at anyone – dog or human – who she feels is threatening her with anything that she feels is high value – in this case, food, water bowls, and even toys.
 
AND I most certainly am not going to allow her to develop resourcing behaviour over me.
 
There is more than enough time for her to learn trust plus respect, and how it works both ways, and that we will be able to take things from her without issue WHEN we need to. Many dogs feel safer and have more self-control eating in a crate or spot closed off from whatever they feel may threaten them.
 
That the water bowls, toys, etc., are for sharing. Always have been and always will be.
 
She has a slow feeder bowl, and she ate very well from it. No frustration or issues at all. I put the bowl down and was able to lock up the crate gently with my hands near her face/bowl without her feeling stressed. Good girl!
 
2) Miss Agatha needs to learn manners – she jumps on humans – which is not acceptable.
 
3) Miss Agatha has a backbone – while initially coming across as unsure – she is not as unsure as we once thought she may be – from what we have been told about her past. She is a bit shy and uncertain yet, quickly reassured, passively ignored, and off she goes.
 
It is a very rare dog that can come into a large multi-dog home and just want to ‘take it over.’ At 4.5+ months of age, she is one of those dogs and a puppy to boot.
 
Soooooooo, she needs to learn manners, self-control, and direction, and while the majority of our dogs will walk away, thank goodness we have several that are going to teach her far more than we ever could in how to conduct herself. They will correct her….and appropriately plus effectively.
 
4) She is a bit high maintenance. She has latched on to me as ‘her person,’ and we are working on sharing the Gwennie. She looks to me for amusement, assurance, stimulation, etc., and she has to learn how to self-amuse, self-soothe, self-comfort, and learn not just to like yet love her own company.
 
We are not doing any of these dogs any favours by allowing them to call all of the shots, to baby them, to feel sorry or pity for them, give them way too much attention – yes, that is very possible and happens to a lot of dogs.
 
Anxiety and separation anxiety, in particular, are very present with her just waiting to go from simmering to overflowing, and we are going to teach her to manage and modify this so she is not worried. That there is no reason to be anxious. She will learn that she is ok and is going to remain being ok.
 
She has four very strong legs, with an equally strong backbone plus heart, she is smart – she watches me closely, she thinks, she sizes things up and sorry Miss Agatha, I ‘GOT your number.’ I will not be manipulated, no matter how adorable you may look! 
 
She is a Dane that if you give her an inch, she is going to pull that inch into a mile and take all that she can. She is so good ‘at working a room.’
 
She will learn that she is not the center of attention, and that is not to the benefit of any dog.
 
Being a puppy is not an excuse for poor manners, behaviours….it can be a reason for why a dog is a way they are – and, the answer is to work with those reasons towards effective resolution. Miss Agatha, you and I are going to have plenty of ‘conversations’ as we work towards helping you become the best puppy you can be….. 
 
AND Miss Agatha it is NOT ok to urinate on a dog bed. That is indicative of one of four things:
 
1) a UTI
2) that you know you are not supposed to urinate in the house
3) demonstrating a strong behavioural marking trait
4) letting us know that you are displeased – which I know you are as welcome to BOOT camp! 
 
Oh, Miss Agatha….I am so happy to finally meet you….this is going to be an adventure! 

I have Miss Agatha(4.5 months old) and we are just at a pit stop in Kingston.
 
Long drive down yesterday, assisted with a spay/neuter vaccine clinic and then this AM met up with BHRR’s Agatha’s emerge temp foster in Newmarket.
 
Making the long drive – 4+ hours home now….
 
She is travelling very well. Some anxiety – which we already knew from her previous home – yet a calm word, then passively ignoring has seen her settling down for a nice snooze!
 
She is a petite female….adorable!

This is James, a 13-year-old neutered German Shorthaired Pointer
 
His owners are moving and do not wish to fly him as cargo and therefore wish to surrender him.
 
What we also know: Unknown with cats, good with people including kids, housebroken, no resource issues, not destructive, does not bark, good in the car, said to be sweet, obedient, has leash manners, happy and healthy.
 
Dog parks are not recommended as he is a senior and leash introductions are best-done off-leash as also being a senior, not ideal.
 

 

AND the patience pays off….she emerges from the bushes! 
 
Miss Gretta (11.5 years young!) 
 
Our Haven program is the biggest part of what we do at BHRR.
 
These dogs are safe havened and cherished for life…….
 
BHRR goes through almost 120 pounds of food a day. We remain deeply indebted plus humbled to all of our supporters for helping to keep BHRR strong since 1996!
 
Please consider allowing us to use your driveway in 2022……we receive zero government nor corporate sponsorship, and since COVID, our fundraising efforts plus donations have decreased by almost 65%. 
 
IF you would like to host us in 2022, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com – We are looking for Saturdays and Sundays up until September.
We just need the use of your driveway, and we do the rest!
*Social distancing is easy to do!
 
Here are our dates until September if anyone is open to having us hang in their driveway!
We hope to be able to do events all over Ontario and into Gatineau, Quebec, again in 2022!

 

  1. Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  2. Sunday, July 10th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  3. Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  4. Sunday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  5. Sunday, July 24th, 10 AM – 3 PM
  6. Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  7. Sunday, August 7th, 10 AM – 4 PM
  8. Saturday, August 13th, 9 AM – 4 PM
  9. Sunday, August 14th, 10 AM – 4 PM
  10. Sunday, September 18th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Thanks in advance for any consideration!
 
 
 

Today, a very beautiful sight was seen.

AND if one remains very quiet and calm, a shy and gorgeous creature could be seen partially concealed by bushes.

A bit elusive, readily startles at loud and unknown sounds plus sights. Yet, also so gentle plus sweet.

AND, if you are patient and soothing in body language, encouraging, and supportive in ever so softly spoken words, you will be greatly rewarded.

If you are extra lucky, this wonderful animal may even approach you and take a treat from your hand.

This is BHRR’s Gretta – 11.5 years old now – the last surviving FREEDOM Dane from the PAWS R Us bust in September 2011.

Since the fall of 2011, we have had her – bringing in her, her sister, and her mother, and having rescued so many of her relatives in the previous 15 years to 2011 too. We also brought in two unrelated Danes from that same seizure – BHRR’s Freedom & BHRR’s Cobalt.

We repaired her back cruciate – the scar visible even today, we thoroughly vetted her – continue to do so; she now has thyroid issues yet, is still going strong!

We worked hard on her emotional welfare. These dogs were as emotionally aa physically harmed – over 600 dogs were saved.

She is safe; she is adored; she is one of our DDDs – Double-Digit Danes; welcome to a club that far too few ever make Miss Gretta.

Come November, she will celebrate her 12th Birthday, and we are determined and committed to ensuring that she has a great year of health, happiness, plus spoiling!

 

Miss Agatha(Aggie) – 19 weeks
Born: December 23rd, 2021
 
The latest update from her lovely foster home: “She’s doing so well and is an active puppy when she’s not napping” & “Aggie has a super healthy appetite and is growing bigger everyday.”
 
Gwennie will be picking her up on May 13th, and she is scheduled for her next Vet visit(re-weigh, boosters, next flea/tick/hw/de-worming meds) on May 14th.
 
She is also booked for her spay in mid-June – yes, as stated earlier than we as Giant Breed experts would prefer, yet, we will not do any conditional adoptions, approve a home and leave her intact to be spayed later.
 
We have never had a dog in our program become pregnant. We shall remain responsible and not take any chances of this possibly happening by adopting her out before being spayed. Too many stories from too many groups of dogs being adopted intact, and then dogs getting pregnant or impregnating other dogs, or the rescues then getting into a legal battle with the adoptive home to enforce their contracts.
 
We are excited to finally get to meet her!
 

Mr. Lewis, my Apex, my Zero, Miss Lilly, and Mr. Porthos!
 
Mr. Lewis is getting more comfortable and settling in!
 
AND, a gentle reminder:
 
We still have the following dates open for our 3rd Annual ‘Drive Way Events’ for nails/ear cleaning!
 
This will be our major source of fundraising again in 2022.
 
We have some big bills for some really special Giant dogs!
 
IF you would like to host us in 2022, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com – We are looking for Saturdays, Sundays up until September.
 
We just need the use of your driveway, and we do the rest!
*Social distancing is easy to do!
 
Here are our open dates for June & July if anyone is open to having us hang in their driveway!
 
We hope to be able to do events all over Ontario and into Gatineau, Quebec, again in 2022!
 
Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, June 19th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 10th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 24th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM – 4 PM
 
Thanks in advance for any consideration!
 

Mr. Pothos – One of our Musketeers.
 
He is recovering well from his emergency surgery.
 
He is shown here with Gwennie’s Apex.
 
What a gorgeous day to be out and about!

Mr. Chester(8-month Newf/Saint) says……

He is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can.

 

Mr. Lewis is supervising Gwennie while she shovels dirt in the fenced-in dog area.
 
A ton of work is being done this weekend with spring clean-up – lots of trees came down this winter in our 3+ fenced-in area for the dogs plus our front lawn.
 
Glorious weekend to work! Minus the black flies…..

Miss Lilly!(DEAF/Visually Impaired)

She wants to say that sadly, despite being Available For Adoption since May 28th, 2020, there has been extremely little to no interest in her.

She is an incredible Dane. Just a super special, big personality, active, really affectionate, playful, gentle, caring, good with dogs, people, and not to mention a stunningly beautiful girl.

She needs an experienced, structured, consistent, patient home. She will take a mile if you give her an inch. Do not blame her……she is smart, adorably manipulative if you let her be! 

Therefore, Miss Lilly wishes to say that come to the end of May of this year if she still remains as being Available, her loving fosters – The Boerskins, will be moving her to the BHRR Haven program.

She is cherished, lacks for nothing, and will continue being given every opportunity in experiences, and adventures to help her reach her full potential.

She makes us laugh every day…and at the end of the day, if her right matched personality fit home does not come along, that is ok. She is adored by so many fans, supporters, and us!

 

These two! They crack us up!!!

 
Mr. Chester(8 months of age).
 
His weight on Wednesday was 140 pounds(yes, he does need to lose a wee bit, yet, not as much as one would think!) – as we work to keep him lean – & his ‘big’ foster sister River.
 
BHRR’s Chester(Saint/Newf) remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
 

Mr. Simon enjoying his own time outdoors!
 
Big change from living in a barn…..
 
He was at the Vet last Wednesday and his weight was slightly down – .3 of a kg. So, being still thin, we have talked to his amazing foster home and adding in canned food again to his meals.
We want and need him to keep going up and his foster is doing a fabulous job with him.
 
Not only was he seen for the licking on his legs – I had asked his foster mama re: if any pattern was noted for I suspected that this could be behavioural over, or in addition to possible allergies, yet he had begun to have some sudden diarrhea.
 
The Vet agreed that based upon where he was licking when he was doing it was likely behavioural over possible allergies at this time.
 
These dogs have had a lot of decompressing to do, so much stimulation with sights, smells, and noises – no matter how much exposure has been attempted to be slowly done, it has been a lot for him and Mr. Lewis.
 
So, we placed him on a low short-term dose of Trazodone to ease any stress/worry.
 
His foster continues to work with him learning to not only like yet love himself and to appropriately self-soothe, self-comfort, etc.
 
It is too easy to create SA behaviours, and we are not doing these dogs any favours by not doing right by them. We do not feel sorry for them, we do not spend 24/7 with them, we do not enable them, we work to help them reach their full potential and make them the best dogs they can be.
 
AND they are really fantastic dogs!
 
We do not want the licking behaviour to become behaviourally ingrained, and then a habit.
 
He is dewormed monthly and so parasitic causes as to his diarrhea were believed to not be the case. We did ask his wonderful foster to bring in a sample if they could – when the stool is very liquidy, that is hard to do.
 
He was placed on Metronidazole plus Forti Flora(an amazing probiotic), and his stools are back to normal. Yay!
 
We are also adding some omegas to his diet as his coat was a bit dry and flakey in spots when he was seen.
 
So……..we feel comfortable again with him moving forward in making his own special announcement. Which he will do shortly!
 
Thanks to his incredible foster mama for the fun photo! He is learning to be a dog!!! 

Miss Rosie showing Mr. Lewis ‘the ropes’! 
 
He had some complications – extreme swelling – post-op, yet slow but sure, he is healing from his neuter.
 
We are working on him liking himself, enjoying his alone time, not feeling like he has to be a constant shadow to me & sharing – great with the communal water bowls, and almost as great now sharing me. He has a sneaky ‘weave’ movement to get in between me and other dogs. 
 
He now comes in and out of the 3+ acre fenced-in yard by himself – in the beginning, it was leash only for the family or I had to go with him and he was fine off-leash.
Now, he is almost prancing in and out and he is so much more confident!
 
I get the best play bows and bounces when he sees me when I get up in the AM or come home from work. While he likes the family, he has chosen me as his ‘person’ so others feed him and give him treats plus work on his obedience skills more than I.
 
He is still more nervous of Sean/Mason and will want to scuttle away and cower a bit
 
…..yet doing it less, and his head is staying up more often, his tail is also not as tucked in as often.
 
Wonderful progress is being made!
 
As for Miss Rosie – she remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right-matched personality fit home. 
 
 

We still have many dates open for our 3rd Annual ‘Drive Way Events’ for nails/ear cleaning!

We have some big bills for some really special Giant dogs!

IF you would like to host us in 2022, please do email  – We are looking for Saturdays, Sundays in June, July, August & September.

We just need the use of your driveway, we do the rest!

*Social distancing is easy to do!

Here are our open dates for June & July if anyone is open to having us hang in their driveway!

We hope to be able to do events all over Ontario, and into Gatineau, Quebec again in 2022!
 
Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, June 19th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 10th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 24th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM – 4 PM

Thanks in advance for any consideration!

AND this is Miss Agatha. She remains super popular – we wish all of the BHRR dogs were so wanted! – and remain stating she is not yet available for adoption.

Sadly, we have walked this path with other puppies over the years – Miss Steam, Mr. Kaos, Mr. Booker, the last two litters we whelped in rescue, etc.

It shall always be about that right-matched personality fit home.
AND we want to make it clear as we have received several emails from homes interested in her that ‘thought’ we may play favourites on any one home.

We have never and are never going to compromise on our protocols to see a dog placed in a home. We do not favour any one over another. This is always about the dog.

That makes us deeply disappointed as we have remained objective with any of our approved adoptions done since our inception in 1996.

Her wonderful emerge temp foster home stepped up to assist us in saving her. We shall forever be touched plus grateful to them. They only want what is best for her too!

When/if the time comes for Miss Agatha to be placed up for adoption, we are only going to approve that right-matched personality fit. Always.

We are going to learn through time if she is meant to be in a home with or without children, the ages of children or child if so, in a home with no other dogs or one or more, and the types of personality of any other dogs if so, a home that works full-time, from home, is retired, semi-retired…so much to figure out and there is no rush.

We do know that she has genetic shyness, SA, and also food reactivity – we need to determine what/how much is genetic and how much the right environment will do for her.

It saddens us how many see ‘puppy’ and do not see Miss Agatha. Everyone should want what is best for her. 

If/when the time comes for her to be placed up for adoption, any home that reads her detailed blog, our adoption processes, policies, and procedures and believes that they may be that right matched fit would then be welcome to apply by submitting a completed application for members of the board to review.

This is not exclusively ‘my’ personal or professional or any board member’s decision.

Miss Agatha will have the final say if/when the time comes with an application to do a home visit.

Please support her in her rehab journey….all puppies do not belong in all homes….she has her own backstory, and is also a product of her breeding.

Someone (not naming names!) is making studying hard!
 
Pushed right past the xpen I set up to have some private space/avoid drool! Cheeky monkey! 
 
Time for a walk says, Mr. Lewis.
 

Mr. Lewis!
 
A shadow he tries to be, and he is learning more and more about how his own company is ok, to like himself, to self-soothe, self-comfort, and is now going in and out of his crate at will spending time by himself….
 
He can now be found laying comfortably in it with the door open.
 
He is recovering well from his neuter. Eating and drinking, and only one accident he has had in the house. Good boy!!
 
From living in a barn to a loving home, is an adjustment for sure.
 
He is much better with women over men – men make him freeze up but he is warming up faster, wagging his tail more, and when he forgets his troubles, he can even run and be playful. So joyful to see!
 
He is deeply loyal to whom he feels is his ‘person’, and we are working on continued exposure to many things as we do not want separation anxiety or the development of any possible resource issues.
 
It is a process….decompressing, learning about helpful kind loving hands.
 
One small step at a time my dear man…we got this and we got your back.

Mr. Simon!
 
Someone still has not quite figured out the proper use of his dog bed…..
 
At least he is now using it as a pillow. 
 
He was going to make his special announcement yet, his foster home advised that he has been licking his legs, so being the proactive responsible group we are, he is scheduled for another vet visit – the 18th of April – to investigate.
 
We like to have all of the information possible on our dogs prior to placing them up for adoption.
 
After that visit, we plan on him making his own special announcement.
 
Thank you to his lovely foster home for the photo!!
 

Miss Agatha(Aggie) – a 3-month-old Great Dane – was at the Vet on April 11th.
 
She was weighed – 17.2 kgs(37.84 pounds). She is a ‘small’ giant as can be often the case with backyard-bred Danes. Her conformation is also indicative of that for as we know the first thing lost when dogs are not bred to standard is the headpiece.
 
Regardless, she is such a very pretty wee thing and at her current weight, we anticipate that she will be 100-110 pounds fully grown. This could change as we all know!
 
We ran a fecal sample – the results have not yet been reported, and Gwen will reach out to them. We will ask for the complete records/notes that were done too.
 
Her exam was normal per the Vet that did see her – we will continue to assess as she matures/develops.
 
She began her de-worming/flea/tick/heartworm protocol.
 
She was not due for vaccines – as is often the case with some breeders, one of her vaccines/de-wormings was given off label, and not by a licensed veterinarian. We will ensure that proper protocols are followed moving forward.
 
We have her booked at our Vet on May 14th, and we will get a re-weigh, her next doses of flea/tick/hw meds as her weight will have changed plus she will be due for boosters/rabies. Another exam will be done also.
 
Thank you to her wonderful temp foster home for doing such a great job with her!
 
We know plus appreciate that there is a lot of interest in her, yet she is not yet Available For Adoption, and shall not be until we fully vet her. We do not cut corners, and this includes having her spayed prior to being placed up for adoption. We do not do conditional alter(spay/neuter) adoptions. While we would love to wait closer to 11-12 months, and before her first heat to spay her, she will be spayed younger than that.
 
We are still tracking the two litters that we whelped in 2016 & 2017 as the courts that oversaw those puppy mill seizures required pediatric altering, and to date – one litter is 6, and the other turns 5 this fall, are all doing fantastic!
 
As we get to know her, we will learn best what home will suit her as that right matched personality fit home. Almost everyone loves puppies yet, they are not all meant for everyone.
 

BHRR’s Lewis!
 
He asks, ‘does my butt make me look flouffy?’
 
On Tuesday, he was re-weighed, neutered, and had boosters.
 
We were not able to do a dental on him – he does have a confirmed heart murmur, and it would not have been ideal to keep him under longer – Gwen was his surgery tech, and he was stable throughout, yet we want to practise the best medicine.
 
We will re-evaluate once he has healed. We do suspect allergies and we are investigating that further too.
 
While he was under, he had his nails trimmed, we cleaned his ears plus shaved off mats.
 
He weighed 44.1 kgs(97.02 pounds).
 
Once he has healed, we shall work on his own professional groom session too. Sadly, our groomer has closed up her own business, and is now working for another – in Orleans to boot!  They have to check with the O. to see if they would be ok seeing a rescue dog. We understand. 
 
AND we are beginning to look forward to our 3rd Annual ‘Drive Way Events’ for nails/ear cleaning as we have some big bills for some really special Giant dogs!
 
IF you would like to host us in 2022, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com – We are looking for Saturdays, Sundays in June, July, August & September.
 
We just need the use of your driveway, we do the rest!
 
*Social distancing is easy to do!
 
Here are our open dates for May, June & July if anyone is open to having us hang in their driveway!
 
We hope to be able to do events all over Ontario, and into Gatineau, Quebec again in 2022!
 
Sunday, May 29th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, June 19th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, June 26th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 10th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 24th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM – 4 PM
 
Thanks in advance for any consideration!
 

From Mr. Chesters Foster Dad: John Montgomery

“He is a big fluffy hooligan when he conspires with our “Who? Me?” labrador. He loves to play, but not a dog for hiking or long walks.”

This is Miss Agatha(Aggie).

The 3-month-old Dane puppy.

What a beautiful picture sent our way!

Her lovely foster has informed us that she is settling in well.

Her stool is firming up, they are using our recommendation of Forti Flora, and she is booked in to see the Vet tomorrow.

We will be doing an exam, weigh-in, fecal, obtaining de-worming, flea & tick meds, etc.

Her kind fosters would not allow us to pay for their gas and have paid for a bag of food for her.

More soon. It has been a busy time driving to & from Pickering over the past day, and time for some dinner!

NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 

Miss Agatha(Aggie)!

The 3-month-old Dane puppy Born December 23rd, 2021.

Thank you JoAnne/family for stepping up to emerge temp foster her.

She is not AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION & shall not be until we have her fully vetted, and learn so much more about her.

We know she has anxiety.

Being a Merle, we will assess eyes, hearing, skin and we do know already as with many Danes that she has a sensitive stomach. Merles can have IBS, IBD issues, autoimmune disorders, IS, DCM concerns too, not just skin, allergies, eyesight, and hearing issues. Especially, the double merles.

Right now, time for her to decompress…..

Welcome to BHRR wee one!

 

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Chester is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
(Newf/Saint Bernard)
 

Health Status: HEALTHY!
He will require pain management medication as needed – Deramaxx, Gabapentin
As he will be on NSAIDS, he will need regular blood work to ensure that his kidneys are tolerating the medication.

Age: ~7 months old!

Weight: 131 pounds at last weigh-in on March 22nd, 2022

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Chester: He is a chill, calm boy. He likes his small walks(20 minutes)/strolls and playfully interacts with his friends, yet, he needs a quieter/peaceful physical activity level home. A home that will understand and agree to keep him lean, not allow him overdue physical activity while at the same time allowing him to socalise and make canine plus human friends. A home that does not have a lot of stairs is our wish.

He needs moderation on his activity to keep his hips strong for what we hope is for many years to come! We do not want him kept in a bubble. What we want is for him to live a quality filled, fantastic life. We want him to be happy, to live his best life each and every day.

He can be in a home that works ft; pt works from home is semi-retired or retired, etc. He is another versatile BHRR dog! He will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. He does not necessarily need to go to a dog-experienced home yet; he does need to go to a home that remains committed to his obedience, structure, consistency, medical needs, and to be patient, kind, understanding, and are not hermits. He loves home, yet; he also likes outings to pet stores and other dog-friendly store visits, plus visits to see friends. We are not advocates of dog parks. He needs a home that will give him new positive and great memorable experiences.

If you are a home that likes to take long hikes, climb mountains, run, etc., Mr. Chester is not for you. His hips cannot take on that high level of strenuous activity, nor is it even in his personality to want to do those things.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home yet can be vocal when playing. He needs to be emotionally/physically properly stimulated, uber-sweet, social, playful, active in his way, gentle, plus kind. If not handled properly – he has the potential to develop SA behaviours. He can be goofy plus such a ham! He is not a couch potato by any means.

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. While we would ideally like to see him in a home with at least one right-matched personality fit dog, it is not a deal-breaker. He lives in a foster home with a young adult lab and a senior Boxer, and he plays wonderfully with both! Tug of war plus wrestling are two of his favourite activities! So, it remains essential for him to have his necessary level of physical plus mental activity. It is equally important that he has a strong doggie network as he needs friends too.

Good With Cats: His present foster home has a cat. Integration is always key.

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.

Good with Children: We will consider homes with children 13 and up and no more than two children in a home. No young children.

Grooming: He is good to wash, do nails. He needs to be brushed regularly, and we recommend a couple yearly sessions of professional grooming to keep his gorgeous coat looking its best.

Car: He has also come SO far with car rides – getting in, and out of the car. He is learning that the world has so many amazing adventures to experience!

Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained – he sleeps in a colossal crate. We never recommend for any new addition to be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus too stimulating to them.

Obedience: He requires a home that will be consistent and dedicated to continuing to help him become the best dog that he can be. His potential is enormous!

He is a giant breed puppy that has no spatial awareness at times! His leash manners have come a long way. He can pull, yet he is learning.

Activities Suited For Her: He is calm plus has fantastic manners, and to us, he is low maintenance.

He would excel in therapy work.

Loves & Bad Habits: Be prepared for the drool!!!

He loves treats and loves to be around his humans.

His foster home tells us that he likes to splash in the water.

Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention gorgeous!

He is a truly special boy!

Anxieties/Worries: It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something! Time has been spent having him learn to not only like yet enjoy his own company. As we need our alone time, it is imperative that he does too. He is a solid and stable dog.

As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that can be adopted and safe haven all others that, due to medical and/or behavioural reasons, cannot be placed up for adoption.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 4 dogs to date.

After 26+ years, we know that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is not the rescue to be followed, supported, and believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.

Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over ten years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

You have come so far, Mr. Chester, and we are delighted that you are making your special announcement!

PS: Thank you to his outstanding foster family for ALL that they have done and are doing for him!

This picture was taken yesterday by them on one of their adventures! STUNNING!

 

Mr. Chester(7 months old).

In the meantime, wanted to share this great pic!

Of one of his best ‘assets’! 
 
Thanks again to his wonderful foster family for the fabu photo!!

Mr. Chester!
(7 month-old Newf/SaintX)

Per Dr. P., ortho specialist.

Therefore, this special boy will be making his special announcement very soon. He will ONLY be approved to a right matched personality fit home THAT ensures that they can take on his medical needs including the cost of his pain management, continued x-rays, bloodwork, exams, exercise needs, keeping him lean, etc.

We have seriously thought about putting him into a perma-foster situation yet, we will try first to see if there is that right matched fit – not just for personality, yet for ALL of his needs is out there.
We are patient, he resides in an excellent foster home, and we will update as we can.

“Considering the lameness of the left hind leg and assuming the stifle is normal and you can localize pain to the hip, hip dysplasia is likely the cause of lameness. The stifle rads look normal. Dogs that have subluxation from hip dysplasia like on the left side can show signs of pain as exhibited in this patient, especially when they are between 6 and 18 months of age because the hip sub luxates during weight-bearing.
At some point during that time, the acetabulum will fill up with scar tissue and eventually bone while the joint capsule thickens and the joint remains in a subluxated position. The hip is often more comfortable at that point and some dogs may live a good life after that with medical management.
If pain cannot be controlled long term, then there is the option of hip replacement which is not ideal for a dog this size. However, there is around 10-20 percent of patients have severe complications.
Since many dogs can be managed well with medical management once their skeleton is more mature, we should give him time, leash walking, and avoid strenuous activity along with overplaying with other dogs, with pain management as needed. Also, keep him on the lean side.”

On March 2nd, we lost this BIG personality-filled handsome boy.
 
BHRR’s Rocket
 
So far he had come.
 
He came from a world of emaciation, from being allowed to jump through an open window(deaf/visually impaired at that) to come and go off a busy dark road, fed when people remembered to feed him, unsocialised, lacking manners, often left alone – to being deeply cherished, putting on almost 40 pounds of solid muscle mass/weight, allowed to shine with his personality, learned re: helping hands, not hurting neglecting ones, developing gentlemanlike manners, the joy of so many wonderful things with sights, smells, experiences, car rides, play dates, and many kinds of tasty treats!
 
He always wanted to be in the middle of the action, a mischievous boy that was never hesitant to jump into the fun, create havoc from stealing paper towels, to stealing the clean laundry as Gwen tried to fold everything, to standing just looking at us with his gorgeous intense eyes as his brain spun thinking of the next exciting adventure or trouble he was planning. 
 
He was such a goof! Always a ham, and when the camera came out – boy, did he go into overdrive with the facial expressions plus tongue!
 
Sadly, since October 16th, we have battled IS with precious Mr. Rocket. 

We kept holding off on him making his special announcement as we worked diligently with his team of Vets/Specialists to first control his seizure activity.
 
From exams, to phenobarbital to adding Keppra to no avail. His seizures became more and more frequent until he began to experience prolonged cluster seizures.
 
Double Merle Danes are so prone to many medical conditions and IS is a big one for them.
 
He was at that right age for all of this to come to the forefront.
 
This loving, full-of-life, happy boy was cradled in Gwen’s arms while she and Dr. Liston humanely crossed him over the night of March 2nd.
 
The heaviness of our hearts, the tears that have been shed as another Dane that we wanted so much to be able to have his forever loving after in an adoptive home was not to be.
Mr. Rocket, as with all of the dogs that we are blessed to assist, you have made us better, stronger, given us so much joy, kept us on our toes, given us so much laughter, head shaking, and happiness……
 
We miss you fiercely, and as Gwennie is known to say, we will meet in our dreams until we can visit in person once more…..
 
RIP for earth has lost a massive angel……
 

Stay tuned!
 
Mr. Simon shall be making his own special announcement shortly!
 

Mr. Simon was at the Vet today for a re-weigh and for his boosters. Another THUMBS up vet visit!
 
We are thrilled to say that he has put on another 5.7 kgs since his last visit(12.54 pounds). He needs to put on some more weight yet is getting there! He now weighs 104.94 pounds.
 
When he was neutered by the mobile vet clinic, they had estimated his weight to be 47 kgs yet, he was barely close to 35 kgs. However, he is NOW past that original estimate!
 
AND on that note: he will be ready to make his own special announcement shortly!
 
THANK you to his wonderful temp foster Mama/home for taking excellent care of him! 

From Mr. Simon’s foster Mama:

“I love that Simon has learned his crate can be a safe space to enjoy! I’m in my office studying tonight and he has happily chosen to hang out in his crate with me. He is a little sad as his favourite blanket is currently in the wash.

We love him so much, he is getting goofier by the day too!”

Mr. Chester was 131 lbs when weighed for his next flea, hw & tick meds on March 22, 2022

Mr. Romeo!
 
He was at the Vet for his annual March 16th.
 
He weighed just over 61 pounds. Solid muscle. He matured to an even bigger size than we thought he would!
 
His hind end is just packed with muscles that I am very envious of! 
 
Everything was a big thumbs up with his exam and he received his vaccines.
 
We ran bloodwork for hw & tickborne diseases – as we do regularly – even though the dogs are kept on heartworm, flea, tick preventative meds year-round. Negative results. Yay!
 
He was a HUGE hit with everyone! 
 
Thanks, Sean for the pic.
 
He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 

Mr. Lewis – a great pic from his foster home!

Great pic of Mr. Simon from his lovely foster home!

Good with cats! 

Per our posts, BHRR’s Lewis has had his initial thorough vetting and he will receive his boosters, be neutered, microchipped, etc. over the next few weeks.

He will also have his own professional groom session!

We have been receiving some truly lovely updates on this fabu boy and he is a real sweetie! 

ISO: Giant / Jumbo sized stuffies for BHRR’s Porthos, one of our 3 Musketeers who had emergency surgery on Tuesday. 

Edited to add: please NO stuffies with tears or holes – those are very dangerous.

Please keep one of our 3 precious Musketeer’s in your heart and send best wishes.

BHRR’s Porthos.

More soon yet he had emergency surgery today.

String gut & Intussusception.

We will update as we can……

Look who is all super spiffy now! Mr. Simon!

His amazing groomer, Morgan – from K9 Bark ‘N Shine messaged me to say that she donated her time today to groom him so no cost to us/BHRR.

Morgan has groomed several of our dogs to date including Miss Olive, my own IS and she will also be doing Mr. Lewis.

This is incredibly generous and kind of Morgan! Thank you!

She took her time, was patient – gave him breaks, was kind and loving as Mr. Simon is understandably nervous. He bonds fast, is unbelievably sweet, and while it is hard to tell – he remains sadly so skinny underneathe his hair. She even did his nails.

We are working on his weight gain plus the building up of his muscle mass, tone along with his confidence.

Per Morgan, his coat was quite dry and he has urine burns on the pads of his feet plus urine/feces stains all over his tail. Continued correct diet along with proper groom care will take care of that!

*NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

Thank you immensely to Aaron & Cherie for ensuring Mr. Simon was picked up & safely dropped off to his professional groom apt. this AM!
 
This is a picture of him!

If anyone wishes to make a donation towards Mr. Simon’s or Mr. Lewis’s own future professional grooming, it would be so appreciated.
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Nothing but the best for the BHRR dogs!! 
 

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Rosie is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Health Status: HEALTHY!
She is on Thyro-tabs 0.5 mg BID
She will require a small blood test – T4 every 6 months – to see what her thyroid levels are doing

Age: ~5.5 years old!

Weight: 80.96 pounds at last weigh-in and continues to lose some much-needed weight plus continue to slowly tone up.

Type of Home Ideal For Miss Rosie: She is an overall lower energy dog. She can be in a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi-retired or retired, etc. She is another versatile BHRR dog! She will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that she receives the balance she requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. She does not necessarily need to go to a dog-experienced home yet; she does need to go to a home that is prepared to remain committed to her obedience, structure, consistency and be patient, kind, understanding, and are not hermits. She loves home, yet; she also likes small outings to pet stores and other dog-friendly store visits, plus short visits to see friends. We are not advocates of dog parks. She needs a home that shall keep giving her new positive and great memorable experiences. We have worked so hard to build up her confidence and for her to learn to love walks, car rides, and new things!

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home – yet does have that hound voice and is not hesitant to use it when she feels it is warranted. She needs to be appropriately emotionally/physically stimulated, uber-sweet, social, even playful, become so much more active as her endurance has been built up, gentle, kind. If not handled properly – she has the propensity to develop SA behaviours. She can be a bit shy in new situations and settings and needs a home that will be patient understanding while at the same time will not baby her. Just give her a bit of time; she warms up SO quickly and is truly a character!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. While we would ideally like to see her in a home that already has at least one right-matched personality fit dog, it is not a deal-breaker. Her best friends are BHRR’s Romeo and our son’s GSP, Tango. So, it remains essential for her to have a good level of physical activity. It is equally important that she has a strong doggie network as she needs friends too – she is going to be that dog that will make and want only a few close friends and shall be ok having a multitude of hundreds of acquaintances! She has been fantastic with all of the dogs here.

Good With Cats: Unknown – yet, we would not recommend it

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.

Good with Children: She has been good with children, and we will consider homes that have children 12 and up and no more than two children in a home. No small children.

Grooming: She is good to wash, doing nails. We take a soft brush and brush regularly, and this is a great bonding time between us – along with treats! She has a special shampoo that we use – Canadian Medicated Shampoo.

Car: She is excellent in the car. We have worked for her to have a positive association with car rides and that it is one of great fun and loving experiences.

Housebroken/Crate Trained: She is housebroken and Crate trained. She has been 100% trustworthy in our home. Yet, we never recommend for any new addition to be given too much freedom to start. It can be very overwhelming plus stimulating to them.

Obedience: Her leash manners have come a long way. Overall, her leash manners are good! She can still pull if distracted, so a properly fitted and comfortable harness is recommended in addition to the martingale. She can be a bit of a flight risk – she has a great nose and will follow scents.

Activities Suited For Her: She is calm plus has fantastic manners when it is expected of her, and to us, she is very low maintenance. Her days start at 5 AM and typically end around 10 PM  – physically plus emotionally plus mentally, so when she goes to bed, she crashes and sleeps soundly. Outside, she loves hikes, walks, runs, zips, zooms, and can she actually move now that she is a lot more fit! She can also jump. To others, she may be considered high maintenance, and if you are not the person to ensure that when you come home, her physical needs are met and only hope to chill, relax, read a book or watch a movie, she is not meant for you. She needs the physical plus emotional stimulation, and then she is your best cuddle bud in the home – quiet and chill. She likes to surpervise me when I am working on my computer!

She would excel in obedience, therapy work. Maybe even trying some scent work. We know she excels in dog bed hogging.  

Loves & Bad Habits: She has a mind of her own, and must be handled with patience, consistency, structure, plus a good sense of humour! Can be vocal when she is excited – howls. She can be over eager with her mouth with treats. We have been working on the ‘gentle’ command. Additionally, her food is a high-value item. No animal should ever be teased with food. She knows that she is going to be fed enough food – she always wants more!, be fed on time, and that no one is going to take her food.

She also likes to stand on my tiny window ledge, as seen in many pictures in her blog!

She must go to a home that has a very solid fenced-in yard. Looking for new adventures, a wonderful small hike, strolling partner, she is your companion.

She is an early bird – up around 5:00 AM, does her thing outside comes in, wants a small treat(benny bully liver treat), and tends to go right back to bed until around 8:00 AM and then it is back out, in, breakfast, rest and then her day starts – with whatever that days adventures the day will bring! She is up to exploring and having some fun! She is affectionate and learning every day how to ask for love on her terms.  

She loves treats and loves to be around her humans.

Like any dog, she is not perfect. She is perfect in all of her imperfections, though! NOT to mention so beautiful!

She really is such a wonderful girl!!!

Anxieties/Worries: She can develop SA behaviours, and we have worked extensively to set her up for success. She has learned to like and love her own company and know that we are coming home. It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with her. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something!

As we have stated for over 26 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.

We will always place up for adoption the dogs that are able to be adopted and have any others that, due to medical and/or behavioural reasons, are not able to be placed up for adoption.

We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 6 dogs in 2021 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2022, we have ONLY taken in 3 dogs to date.

After 26+ years, we remain knowing that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is clearly not the rescue to be followed, supported, believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.

Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 26, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

We are over the moon excited for you Miss. Rosie.

BHRR’s Mr. Chester(5.5+ months old) had his x-rays under sedation to assess his hips/knees plus mouth.

He weighed 115.94 pounds.

The IM sedation did not work for him so we had to place an IV catheter.

He was also given pain and anti-inflammatory meds plus sent some to go with his temp foster home.

His mouth looks good! The broken tooth was a deciduous(baby) one and the root has re-absorbed. YAY! The rest of his teeth also look beautiful.

This is one of his x-rays – taken of both hips. It confirmed what we suspected all along, especially the left hip. We also took x-rays of both knees.

The x-rays have been sent on to Dr. Philibert, our ortho specialist plus to Montreal to advise.

However, this is not our first situation with canines like Mr. Chester.

We pretty much know the options, yet we believe in being proactive plus responsible and showing proper due diligence.

We also know that we have an incredible former approved adoptive home that has expressed interest in adopting him, and we hope that he can be placed up for adoption. Yet, like Miss Olive, he may end up being a permanent Haven Dog.

BUT, one step at a time.

His Vet Bills on Thursday were just under $700, and any donations to his continued mounting vet bills can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

GENTLE REMINDER: Carol Bruck Purdy Chocolate Fundraiser for Mr. Chester is still running & ENDS March 22nd!!!

Total Raised To Date: $365.56
Their Goal: $1,000

One of the supporters of the rescue has decided to host an Easter Fundraiser with Purdy Chocolates to help with his care.

Did you know Purdy chocolates are made with sustainable cocoa and Canadian owned!

Please consider ordering your special person/people some delicious treats this Easter, you will be helping him too!

What you’ll need to order:
  1. Our campaign number: 62133
  2. Go to our fundraising website: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1499850-92976
  3. Click “Join Campaign”
  4. Shop, shop, shop away!

Thank you EVERYONE for your support. Even if you can’t buy chocolates from us, it would mean the world if you could share this fundraiser link with everyone you know!

Happy chocolating!

Pick up is in the North End of Brockville.

 

 

Stay tuned!

This gorgeous gal – Miss Rosie – will be making her own special announcement soon!

Per BHRR’s Lewis’ amazing emerge temp foster home:

“He is truly the sweetest and starting to come out of his shell.”


From Alison at Fitzroy & Fae!
TOTAL RAISED: $610
 
“Let’s raise the ‘Feel Good Frequency’ and raise some funds for the newest BHRR additions!
 
What you see here is a ‘one of everything I have in stock ‘ collection of handmade, vegan self-care indulgences. There is nearly a year’s worth of gifting and self-love products here!! Over $300 in value!!
 
Included:
 
TWELVE X – handmade cold processed soap bars in a variety of essential oil, and paraben/phthalate-free fragrances. Full of fair trade shea and cocoa butter, olive oil, rice bran oil, botanicals, and clay!
 
FOUR X 8oz luxuriously scented hand-poured soy candles in Fitzroy Frost, Peaches n Cream, Champagne Kisses, and Valley Girl Vanilla. 40+ hours clean burn time.
 
SIX x Luxurious 8.5 oz shea n clay Bubble Bombs – these babies cannot be kept in stock!!
 
TWO x 8oz amber jars of Whipped Foaming Sugar Scrubs – Pink Sugar and Peaches n Cream. Makes your skin feel like velvet!!
 
TWO x hand crocheted heart wash/dishcloths
 
ONE x artisan-crafted resin and driftwood pendant set on a sterling silver clasp ( $78 retail)
 
I’ll keep this super simple – $10 donation = one entry and $20 = 3 entries. Simply send your email and donation OR if link does not work – alisonskitt@live.ca
 
I will make the draw live on Friday this week – March 4th, 2022 at 6pm!!
 
You could have gifts and self-indulgence to last through the year!! ( pick up/drop off for winner to be arranged in west-end Ottawa, Kanata, Dunrobin area, or expedited shipping for $20 anywhere!!)
 
I will be posting on Instagram as well under @fitzroyandfae .
 
Good Luck, and let’s spread some hope!!?
 

As mentioned Mr. Lewis was at the Vet on Monday, the day after we picked him up.
 
Thank you to his emerge temp foster JoAnne Eaton for bringing him in!
 
As promised, here is a copy of his Vet Bill. We continue to strongly believe in transparency and full disclosure. We blocked out his emerge temp fosters private information.
 
His weight was a really skinny 41.85 kgs(92.07 pounds).
 
He was such a brave boy at his vet appointment.
 
He has meds for a hot spot, has a healing wound on his shoulder, the bloodwork we did is normal and the tick-borne disease/heartworm testing we did was negative. They feel he requires a dental, and when we have him neutered, we will have the opportunity to look much closer in his mouth.
 
They feel that he has a Heart murmur Grade 2 and if need be, we will have him seen by a cardiologist. Many murmurs are harmless.
 
He was given meds for de-worming, heartworm/flea, and tick preventative.
 
We also began his vaccine protocol.
 
The even wrote into his Vet chart how nice he is! When Gwen called today to pay the attached bill, the staff members knew immediately who Gwen was talking about after just saying her name/our organization. They spoke so wonderfully about him.
 
He will be back at the Vet in a few weeks for more vaccines, a recheck on his weight – we do not wish to neuter him when he is not as healthy as possible, to pick up more preventative – we keep the dogs on yearly, listen to his heart again etc.
 
As with all of the dogs that we are entrusted with, we go up and beyond to make sure that all of their needs are addressed.
 
Any donations to his and Mr. Simons mounting Vet bills – Mr. Simon is back next week for his next Vet visit, can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 

Thank you in advance for any possible consideration. The vetting is far from over……

 

After another really busy, exhausting day, this will be my final post of the night.
 
Mr. Lewis was at the Vet today, and once we receive the reports/records from his lovely emerge temp foster JoAnne Eaton, we will be in a better position to update re: weight, etc.
 
We can post that the bloodwork that we did is normal plus the results for tickborne diseases plus heartworm was negative.
 
We shall wait until we have the detailed Vet Records/notes and then post more re: him!
 
From our home to all of our friends, family, and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent! 
 

This is him with his rescuer boarder angel when we came to pick him up yesterday. The picture was taken by JoAnne.

We got them!

More soon!

This is them loaded up in their respective transport vehicles – one with me, one with JoAnne!

Mr. Lewis and Mr. Simon are safe AND both are now heading to their emerge temp fosters.

We have been told this makes about 68 dogs brought to freedom to date.

Thanks to a village for coming together to make this happen.

 

BHRR’s Brutus was back at the vet yesterday.
 
He now weighs 125.85 pounds.
 
He is no longer emaciated.
 
AND now we monitor his weight closely as we do not want him to gain more. We may do further bloodwork to test his thyroid if necessary as since December despite a strict food/treat/exercise regime his weight went up more than we expected.
 
Unfortunately, he is still battling skin issues around his neck area plus eye and ear issues.
 
The rest of his body has healed beautifully yet his neck has not.
 
It begins to heal and then flares up again.
 
He has been on special shampoo – ProHex, Apoquel, Cytopoint, special food, constant antibiotics for skin, eyes, and ears.
 
We have done tape tests, skin scrapings, cytologies and we repeated everything again yesterday plus discussed submitting samples for culture & sensitivity.
 
We did another tear test on his right eye and the low normal is 18 and he is 13.
 
Until we can get his healthy stabilised, he cannot be placed up for adoption.
 
He had rampant issues coming into rescue and his rehabilitation journey is a slow one.
 
Any donations to his mounting vet bills can be sent via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Today is the day!!
 
Mr. Chester (Saint/Newf) is having his sedation so we can X-ray his hips, knees plus do dental X-rays.
 
I am just waiting for him to arrive at work so we can get started…. 
 
This is him and his foster sister, River!
 
He has grown a bit! 
 
5.5 months of age and Hazel Tal, your Valentine’s pressies were dropped off last weekend. Thank you again for being his Secret Admirer! 
 
Please keep him in your best thoughts and we will update as we can…..
 

BHRR’s Symba – ADOPTED!
 
What a bittersweet adoption. Who am I kidding, they all are!!
 
It was such an incredible rehabilitation journey we had together Mr. Symba.
 
You were surrounded by a BHRR village strong in support and belief! 
 
Instead of one blown cruciate that we were told you had, you actually had two, and everyone rallied without hesitation to help us get you whole and healthy.
 
You are such a happy, chill, handsome dude and have come so far in learning to trust, not only to like yet love your own company, and to ask for affection.
 
You built up wonderful muscle mass plus tone, and the more confident you became, the more your fantastic personality began to shine.
 
BHRR’s Symba, you are truly a one in a billion dog, and I am so humbled to have earned your trust. Those gorgeous eyes are filled with such trust plus happiness now.
 
This is not the end dear man, I know you are a bit worried….this is the beginning of your next beautiful chapter, one that I know you are a bit unsure of yet, I know YOU GOT THIS!
 
You are ready, you are worthy and I am blessed to have been there to lend a kind caring hand getting you to this point.
 
Your amazing forever loving adoptive home will continue building upon the important foundations we built, and they will help you to continue being the best version of yourself!
 
I adore you and yes, I already miss you…a big hole left in our hearts plus home tonight BUT you are now filling up another’s hearts plus home with your fabulous self! 
 
Thank you Cassy Montgomery for doing this home visit with me! 

AND we are on our way!!
 
Mr. Symba’s HV for a possible approved adoption!
 
We will update as we can!
 
Asked if he wanted a treat and this was his answer!

BHRR’s Symba’s home visit has been rescheduled for tomorrow!

We will update as we can!

Miss Rosie was at the Vet for her final boosters and another recheck on February 16th.
 
Plus to pick up more Thyrotabs for her.
 
She is NOW 36.8 kgs(80.96 pounds). WTG!!!!
 
Getting there, slow but sure!
 
AND the exciting news is that where it once was thought that she may never have new hair regrowth in most areas of her body, she is growing new hair!!!!
 
She is a beautiful gal, regardless yet, how wonderful! 
 
She remains on fish-based food, a strict intake of calories, very limited treats – she deserves some too!, proper exercise – she can now keep up with our IS, Masons’ GSP, and Mr. Romeo. ? PLUS, no shortage of love! She runs for hours.
 
She also has her special medicated shampoo to help with her ever-decreasing flaky skin.
 
A great combination for success!
 
We will be taking some pics this weekend and she will then be ready to make her own special announcement.
 
She will be sorely missed when her right-matched personality fit home comes along. She has been a total hoot!

BHRR’s Chester(Newf/Saint) was at the Vet for his own recheck plus boosters apt. on February 2nd.
 
He wants to shout out a big THANK you to Brian Element for being his special Secret Santa – the DOG bed is very much appreciated and enjoyed! 
 
Mr. Chester also wishes to thank his 2022 Collar Angel, Hazel Tal! On Wednesday his foster Mama was given the collar, and they say that it suits him! 
 
Mr. Chester, 5 months of age, now weighs 48.5 kgs(106.7 pounds).
 
As he continues to age/grow, you can see more and more how weak plus poor his hind end is.  The bunny hopping, the glaring signs of HD, and we have been informed how hard it is for him to even do a couple of stairs.
 
SO, his sedation for x-rays(5 views) of hips, knees will be done along with dental x-rays for that mouth on Thursday, February 24th.
 
It is Gwenne’s day off yet, she is going in to work as the tech with his one Vet – they have been on his case since before we even brought him into our rescue and were conversing with the shelter as we prepared behind the scenes for his arrival.
 
All of us are feeling pretty grim about what we are going to find, yet, this is the next step and from there will send off the x-rays to ortho specialist Dr. Philibert and also to the DMV in Montreal. We want to cover all options – as we did with BHRR’s Olive and so many others over the past 25+ years.
 
For your consideration, we also have 12 more BHRR doggies in need of a Secret Admirer Valentine!
 
Details below:
 
AND Our Annual ‘Won’t You Be My Valentine’ Event is live!
 
Each of the below BHRR doggies are hoping that they will have a secret admirer who will wish to spoil them with a special treat or giant toy plus a donation between $25-$50 towards their bills!
Please see the poster for more details!
 
This event shall run up to and including February 14th, 2022!
 
These are the amazing BHRR doggies still in need of a special Valentine AND if you may consider a BHRR doggie to spoil this Valentine’s, please do let us know!
 
Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR
 
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Jamila
Rosie
Fred
Aramis
Bell
Dean
Giselle
Granite
Gravel
Gretta
Olive
Porthos

BHRR’s Dean was at the Vet yesterday for his annual.
 
He is now 62 kgs(136.40 pounds). The muscle that this boy now packs is fantastic. He has filled out to be bulkier than we anticipated that he would as he rehabilitated, and he is looking great!
He remained incredibly brave and with the assistance of some trazodone to de-stress his anxiety, let the Vet look at his eyes, ears, in his mouth without any issues. We are all for making animals feel comfortable plus safe, and not setting them up for failure.
 
His heart plus lungs sound great, and though his partial tail amputation last year had many post-op complications, and it does not look ‘pretty’, he is no longer causing the level of trauma to it that it once had.
 

The only thing that he disagreed with was his having his nails done, and yet overall from when he first arrived to now, he has improved. GOOD boy!

He is now quite frosted and is 6.5 years young.
 
So distinguished and THANK you to his Secret Santa – Alison Skitt for his gorgeous collar. We have another BHRR doggie – Granite whose collar angel – Ashley Barber also bought Mr. Granite the same collar. Great taste!!!
 

Mr. Chester was also at the Vet yesterday and we will make another post regarding: that handsome young man.

 

Our 3rd Annual ‘Won’t You Be Our Valentine’ Event! – February 1st – February 14th, 2022!

Each BHRR Doggie is hoping for a special secret Valentine! Please EMAIL if you would like to participate!

Unfortunately; BHRR’s Symba’s hv scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. The home reached out to say that they have had a member of their family test positive for COVID. We sincerely hope that everyone is ok.

We will update as we can.

BHRR’s Symba’s home visit for a possible approved adoption is scheduled for Sunday, January 23rd.

How Miss Aramis & Mr. Porthos – 2 of our three Great Dane Musketeers enjoyed the day of record-breaking snow!
 
Both are deaf/visually impaired.
 
This is the area – a sizeable corridor from the house that leads to the three-plus fenced-in acres. 
 

Next, I shall post how Miss Rosie(in her own individual blog) much preferred and enjoyed her Winter Wonderland Day. 

 

AND this is how Miss Rosie preferred to spend her day in the record-breaking snowstorm!

Not just one window ledge has she now taken over but two! 

I think she is part billy goat. 

 

BETTY WHITE CHALLENGE: January 17th, 2022!

TO DONATE TO BHRR IN HONOUR OF A TRUE ANIMAL HERO: PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR Email Transfer contactbhrr@gmail.com

Even $5 would mean the world to the animals AND us!

Thank you in advance for any consideration to help us in 2022 to continue to help those in need of our highly specialised programs!

 

BETTY WHITE CHALLENGE: January 17th, 2022!

TO DONATE TO BHRR IN HONOUR OF A TRUE ANIMAL HERO: PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR Email Transfer contactbhrr@gmail.com

Even $5 would mean the world to the animals AND us!

Thank you in advance for any consideration to help us in 2022 to continue to help those in need of our highly specialised programs!

Donations: $2,270
Betty White Raffle Basket: $905 which includes $50 in donations
Fitzroy & Fae Seasonal Candles Sales: $288 which includes a $24 donation – SOLD out in 5 minutes!
GRAND TOTAL: $3,463 ?
**We will cover the $5.25 in PayPal Fees**

 

BHRR’s Chester!
 
Almost 5 months old
Newf/SaintX Puppy
 
Mr. Chester was back at the Vets on January 11th.
 
He now weighs 99 pounds. A bit plump so his wonderful foster home is going to be cutting down his food a wee bit.
 
At his visit in December, he had a urinalysis by cysto performed – I also ran one in the house; we sent off urine for culture & sensitivity, we did an u/s and we did x-rays plus he had a full exam.
 
I did suspect when I had picked him up on December 19th that he had poor hips – HD, and we re-visited this on the 11th.
 
At his December 21st Vet visit, his Vet found a broken canine at the gumline – it could not be determined if it was his deciduous(baby) or his adult as he is presently teething.
 
He had boosters on January 11th and will be back on February 2nd for his final boosters.
 
We will then be scheduling him for x-rays of his hips under sedation – yes, HD is not supposed to be properly diagnosed until age 2, yet, you can still tell. He bunny hops when he runs has that hind end typical HD gait, has a severe lack of muscle mass plus tone in his hind end, and is quite weak in his back end. Even more, a reason to keep him lean.
 
Have to love greedy breeders who do not breed for the betterment of the breed plus deliberately produce mixed breeds.
 
While Mr. Chester is sedated, we will look at that tooth/mouth more closely for when he was back at the Vet on January 11th, we know that we have to get further into his mouth.
 
The amazing news that we can share is that he DOES NOT have ectopic ureters.
 
He also has had very few accidents in his foster home – he is dry every morning in his crate, and any urine accidents are the result of him not yet being 100% housebroken.
 
He is not dribbling nor leaking any urine accidentally now that his urinary infections have been successfully resolved.
 
This is excellent news!!!! 
 
While we move forward on his hips/tooth issues plus to finish off his vaccine protocols and microchip him; we know that at least he does NOT have ectopic ureters.
 
So, now we need to address the big concerns of his hips – this is a giant breed puppy, and the other not so pressing, yet still important issue of his mouth – more readily treated. Should he be a candidate for surgery, we will be having to travel to Montreal or Guelph.
 
AND this means more extensive vet bills for this young handsome dude…..
 
SO gentle reminder if anyone may consider supporting/participating:
 
The amazing Valentine Basket Draw put together by Carol Bruck & Katherine Bruck is Monday, January 17th!
 
To purchase tickets etransfer carol_bruck@hotmail.com no password required & email Carol that you are buying tickets!
 
$10.00 for 10 tickets
 
$20.00 for arm length (30 tickets)
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
 
 

On December 29th, Mr. Romeo had his first play date and had a BLAST!
 
This was a play date won in our end-of-year ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction.
 
He met up with BHRR’s Maxwells’ adoptive home who is also fostering Mr. Chester. They also own a wonderful lab named River.
 
Some pictures of his wonderful time!

BUSTED!
 
I have ‘heard’ rumours yet now there is proof…..provided by Sean himself too! 
 
Sean is laying on the couch to take a nap……
 
No couch rule! Someone is not listening, and I am not looking at Mr. Romeo as that ‘someone.’ 
 
That is Mr. Gravel’s tush on the couch too!

BHRR’s Mr. Romeo!
 
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
This is Mr. Romeo’s own loving first Christmas too.
 
That right-matched forever-loving home has not yet found this WOW dog! Crazy!!!
 
He is just awesome. Means that he/I get to still hang out, and have naps together!  He comes to my workshop in the barn, he helps with horse chores, and he keeps me moving….fast! 
 
He will forever have my heart and I know that I am very much ‘his person’.
 
Thank you VERY much to Hazel Tal for being this fantastic young dog’s special Secret Santa in 2021!
 

BHRR’s Miss Rosie!
 
Her very first spoiling loving Christmas too!
 
In the New Year, she shall begin her vaccine protocol now that we have her healthier, and then shortly after that, she will be ready to make her own special announcement.
 
Thank you to Tracey Popham Todd for being her wonderful special Secret Santa in 2021!
 

My favourite time of night!
 
Snow lightly falling outside, Christmas tree lights on, fireplaces on, kids and Sean all tucked into their beds. I can then be found studying with a cup of mint tea surrounded by such amazing animals snoring happily away on new beds! 
 
In this photo, we have BHRR’s Miss Olive, my Skor, BHRR’s Miss Giselle, My Apex & BHRR’s Mr. Symba. 
 
From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent!
 
AND Yup! – you can see the hole that BHRR’s Mr. Granite dug through the wall by the tree that Sean has to now fix….sigh! Giant breed dogs, giant breed damage can be done. Mr. Granite decided that he wanted to go into the master bedroom to lay on the bed while we were bringing in groceries this past week……Clearly, it was too hard to go through the actual open door, so he had to create his own entranceway.
 

Time for some BHRR Traditional XMAS Eve Photos!
 
This year we did it on December 25th yet, close enough! 
 
This is BHRR’s Gravel!!!
 
He will turn 11 years young in April 2022.
 
Can you believe that this was the Dane that no one could touch back in 2017 and was slated for euthanasia at the pound?!
 
He was so stressed and confused, the poor Dane. 
 
What I have posted before re: Mr. Gravel:
 
This boy had been dumped over 4.5 years ago in a high kill shelter – emaciated, undersocialised and terrified. He was dumped as the home has kids.
 
He had four days in which to get out and we were contacted to assist. Unfortunately, as transport was being organized, he was so scared that no one could get near him…..the shelter said that they had been ‘poling’ him to get him to where they needed him to go.
 
I will be forever grateful to Danya, the original person who reached out to us for assistance who dropped everything at her work nearby the shelter and with the assistance of cheeseburgers; managed to get him leashed – he was beyond reactive at this time.
 
The transport was quickly re-arranged and Daniele(just one driver) drove all the way from the shelter to KAH where I had an appointment set up for him to be seen.
 
If he had not gotten out of the shelter that day, the shelter made it clear that this was his last day and would be ‘destroyed.’
 
He is such a wonderful boy…..just lovely! He loves young teenage girls the best!
 
Thank you for blessing our hearts and home Mr. Gravel! You are an incredible Dane and as promised you will never know another day of fear, an empty stomach nor hurtful hands, etc.
You are safe, happy & still remarkably healthy! 
 
Thank you also to Kendel, Dawkin & Tyler for being his special SS this year. 
 

Happy Boxing Day!
 
BHRR’s Brutus! (~8.5 year old American Bulldog).
 
He was back at the Vet on December 24th as we are still battling all of his skin, eye, ear issues.
 
Poor boy.
 
He came to us in such terrible shape, and we have made incredible progress yet he is still a long way from being ready to be considered healthy.
 
Great news his weight is now 55.9 kgs(122.98 pounds). He has put on just over 10 kgs (22 pounds) since he arrived.
 
He is a powerhouse of a happy friendly boy! 
 
He loves people, cats, dogs and it saddens me to think how many are scared of him.
 
He does not hear or see well and he is so social plus affectionate.
 
He was placed on yet more Apoquel(1.5 tablets daily), more antibiotics for his skin plus ears/eyes, and a new shampoo. He remains on his fish-based diet and gets only specific treats.
 
We have learned that he has a contact allergy so are very careful about collar wearing – no metal ‘o’ or ‘d’ rings etc., what his blankets and dog coat are washed in etc. We do not have carpets in our home so that is excellent and all dirty pawprint rugs are washed regularly.
 
BHRR does not place up for adoption unhealthy dogs. We are patient!
 
Thank you to all of the Christmas Eve/Day Santa helper angels who donated funds to help us pay off – ~$750 – what we owe by end of the year. 
 
We still owe almost $250….yet we are so close now thanks to your caring hearts!!!
 
PS: yes, Mr. Brutus is wearing a feminine collar – borrowed from one of the other BHRR dogs – as we do not have one for him. He still looks so Uber handsome! 

Miss Jamila!
*Deaf/Blind Great Dane
 
Merry FIRST loving spoiling Christmas to her!
 
Thank you again to the Markell Read family for spoiling her this XMAS as her special Secret Santa!
 
We removed her eye sutures several days ago from her bilateral eye enucleation, and her healing is almost complete.
 
This girl has stolen my heart plus soul. I know the feelings are very mutual.
 
Miss Jamila can ‘speak’ volumes without even saying a word! 
 
She is a thrivor, which means she has the backbone and strength that has ensured her survival from hell.
 
She is very honed/tuned into Gwen. She may not see or hear, yet she knows that Gwennie is taking this picture. Her scent training is excelling.
 

BHRR’s Miss Gretta!
 
She turned 11 years young in November 2011.
 
The last of the FREEDOM Danes from the Paws R Us Seizure.
 
We have rescued many Danes from this line over the past 20+ years – even her maternal grandfather, great relatives, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, mother, etc.
 
Cameras make her nervous, fans, plus doorways, hoses, sometimes too. Rarely these days……but, those nightmare memories/experiences are still a part of her dark past.
 
We first rescued her with her mother along with one sister back in September 2011. We also brought in two unrelated Danes from that same seizure – over 600 dogs, Gwennie worked with for over 3 months with hundreds of other dedicated folks.
 
We also assisted a momma Airdale with her five puppies along with a Chinese Crested – that Kinsley stole from us and is now ‘her’ boy! 
 
Miss Gretta is battling thyroid issues and some Degenerative Myelopathy, yet is going strong. So much love and support surround her too! 
 
Thank you again to Kendel JF, Dawkin, plus Tyler for being her special Secret Santa in 2021!
 

BHRR’s Miss Lilly!
 
Deaf/Visually impaired Great Dane.
 
She will turn 4 years young in January, and remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
She is super sweet with a side of sassy! She is a higher energy Great Dane and has been a true hoot to have with us!
 
She has learned to share, have manners, and can be a real lady when she wants to, and a true tomboy when she wants to also!
 
Adore her! She lives life to the fullest each and every day! No half measures for this big-hearted Dane.
 
Thank you to Melody & Barrhaven & Area Empties for being her special SS in 2021!
 
With their incredibly generous/kind donation, we were able to purchase a new XL Costco Dog bed for her, an amazing huge bag of treats, plus some toys for Miss Lilly. 
 
Heading into 2022, she will require a new Wiggle Bumz collar, and we will be posting over the next week, our annual Collar Angel Event!
 
Isn’t she stunning?!
 

Though, it may seem like our XMAS tree is ‘giftless’ again in 2021, in reality, the best gift is sitting in the other picture! – BHRR’s Chester! 
 
The giving of gifts to each other is so not important compared to saving a life in urgent need!
 
This is a picture that I took when he arrived for his busy day at the Hospital on Tuesday, December 21st. He weighed 35.9 kgs(78.98 pounds). 
 
Thanks to SO many joining us in surrounding wee 16 week old Mr. Chester with such a strong BHRR village, we have been able to pay for his vetting on Tuesday.
 
What all of us have done by coming together is to give this handsome WOW young man a Christmas Miracle! 
Another post to come with testing results, an update, etc….right now, it is traditional fam time at the Boers home after another very long day at work. 
 
I am filled with tears of gratitude, my heart is bursting with so much warmth thanks to our beautiful rescue angel network that has been showing him the best in caring kind wonderful helping hearts plus hands……..
 
In the New Year, we will begin our snuggle cuddle fundraiser to continue to raise monies for his vetting needs…..this boy is simply a piece of heaven!
 
From the Boerskins home to all of our friends, family and supporters, may your Christmas EVE/Day be safe and filled with immense happiness plus health.
 

Another picture from December 11th of Miss Jamila

BHRR’s Miss Jamila!
 
December 11th, 2021
 
Four days post-op – from her mature spay, two lump removals plus bilateral eye enucleation. We also did another ear cytology and a great nail trim.
 
She went on more ear medications for chronic ear infections that we first began treating when she was still in Egypt.
 
While you see dried blood in these pictures, you mostly see bruising plus swelling with her eyes.
 
Her surgeries lasted 3 hours and 2 minutes. Those last several moments in surgery with her were very tense.
 
She came home on antibiotics along with a great pain management regime and as with Miss Rosie, Miss Jamila was touch and go post-op.
 
Round-the-clock care, trying to get her to eat, trying to get her to drink was a very worrisome time. Trying to get her up on her feet to move was equally concerning. The lack of urination and bowel movements were also troubling as she was just not eating or drinking much.
 
As of this week, she is FINALLY drinking back to her normal drinking levels, and while not eating back up to her normal, she is eating. I am getting my tail wags back – love how they start so low and her tail gets higher and faster as she expresses her affection!
 
I have also been working on her not developing SA behaviours as we have been spending a LOT of time together – most nights, I was lucky to get 3 hours of sleep.
 
Her scent training is zooming along, her touch training – one can tell that she has not felt a lot of loving caring hands as her skin is very sensitive and while she no longer flinches, she still startles. We are continuing to work on that startle reflex with her and she is responding one small step at a time.
 
On Tuesday, Sean helped me remove the sutures on her two lumps, on Wednesday(2 weeks post surgeries), we removed her spay sutures and today, I will remove her eye sutures.
This amazing girl is such a mixture of strength with vulnerability, and she has bonded very closely with me, and I have to say, I adore her right back a million times over! 
 
That first week of December was a brutal one for BHRR financially – almost $12,000 in bills, and we remain owing just under $750 which we need to pay off by end of the year.
 
Any consideration to our outstanding bills would be deeply appreciated. Donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you also being sent out to the Markell Read family for being her wonderful special SS!!!
 

This will be Miss Jamilas first XMAS full of so much love, proper shelter, food, water, kindness, and warmth!  She resides in our home, one that cherishes her each and every day.

It is hard to get pictures of her as she literally wants to be part of me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chester’s x-ray

Mr. Chester was at the Vet – my work – today, and I got some serious loving!!
 
So nice to see him again!! 
 
More soon!

Mr. Chester (4 months old) had a great night according to his wonderful foster mama! 
 
AND per his foster mom, BHRR’s Maxwell(ADOPTED November 23rd, 2021) found a new source for getting his water!! Ewwww! 
 
I noted some blood on the one blanket that he was laying on when I was transporting him.
 
I also asked his foster mom if they could pick up some unscented baby wipes and peneten.
 
His foster mama says that he does have redness/rash on the inside of his thighs, and we do want to avoid any further urine scalding.
 
Tomorrow he is at the vet at 11:30 am and we will post as we can!
 
Thank you again to everyone that has surrounded him with so much love…we want to give him a Christmas miracle….
 

Miss Rosie 1, Gwennie 0
 
Sigh….
 
For such a sweet, low-maintenance quiet gal; she ‘speaks’ volumes with her actions about her desire to be on this particular window ledge!! 
 
She is looking for Sean….he is off doing some errands while I try to study….
 
My Dane Ice is oblivious to the ‘war of the ledge!’ 
 
On a side note, I am taking her sutures out today. It has been 14 days and she is finally doing great again!

BHRR’s Granite!
 
He looks graceful yet is anything but! 
 
Waiting patiently for Gwennie to put down the beds after sweeping. A multi-day occurrence at our house.
 

Mr. Chester is being shown the yard by his ‘big’ foster sister River! 
 
His ‘big’ brother, BHRR’s Mr. Maxwell(Adopted November 23rd, 2021) is probably inside where it is warmer! 
 
Mr. Chester has been in the caring shelter since November – at least the 29th – and now seeing him in a wonderful foster home is very heartwarming! 

Got him, now dropped off at his foster home! 

Beyond precious!

I will see him again on Tuesday for the beginning of his medical rehab journey.

Everything crossed that he can be rehabilitated successfully. He is just so lovely!

We will keep everyone posted! We are deeply indebted to many that have come together to surround him with a strong BHRR village of support!

Making my drive home to have a late supper with Sean! See you in ~1 hour!

Mr. Chester is hanging in so well from all the wonderful reports coming in from the angel drivers!
 
There are a lot of animals on this transport including Guinea pigs and a rabbit.
 
The rabbit (a male named Maggie!) comes from the same shelter as he does.
 
The transport is running almost an hour behind yet slow but sure.
 
We are being told by many just how much fun he is – sweet, timid, and did I say everyone thinks he is sweet yet?!! 
 
Once I get him, I will be driving him with bags of food, etc., to his foster in Kanata.
 
Going to be a late-night! Yet, a truly rewarding one. 
 

Mr. Chester is travelling well!
 
He is super sweet per all of his transport angels – very timid about getting into the vehicles (cannot blame him) – so folks are lifting him in.
 
Wee Giant! ~70 pounds of fluff! 
 
Thank you to all that have come together to make lifesaving donations for him to see several specialists…..
 
This photo is the credit of Norma – one of his rescue drivers!

Wee 16 week old Chester is on his way!!
 
The first angel transporter said he is a sweetheart all the way!! 
 
I will be meeting the last of his rescue angel drivers for 6 pm tonight, then making the drive to his foster home.
 
It is a big day for him.
 
This is another pic of him while at the shelter last week when I asked for a few more pics.
 
The ‘bed head’ hair is awesome!!

UPDATE: we are working on 16 weeks old Mr. Chester’s transport for tomorrow.
 
I asked for some new pics to post and this one just captured my soul.
 
I also asked the shelter if they were sure he was a Saint/Newf as he looks so much like a Leonberger baby. 
 
The shelter said the Owner stated a Newf/Saint and my contact there also thought possible Leonberger too!
 
I am aware of several litters of Byber Saint/Newfs in that area that were born over the last few months…
 
Regardless, he is 100% stunning and deserving.
 
Thanks to the incredibly generous hearts of so many, we are just shy of $500 of our goal to raise for him.
 
We also have him booked in on Tuesday to begin his proactive/preventative vet care.
 
Donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Save your Empties to donate is another amazing way to support him!
 
AND yes, he does have a fabulous foster home that will be loving on him!
 
Soon wee dude, soon! You will be here soon!

**UPDATE: $715 Raised To Date* 

We were contacted last night about this urgent medical 16 week old Saint Bernard/Newf Puppy.

He needs a Christmas miracle.

Euthanasia was one of the recommendations on the table by the Vet, and we felt he deserves the opportunity to determine what his diagnosis and prognosis may be. The wonderful Shelter felt the same as they reached out for possible rescue assistance per the additional recommendation made by the Vet to consider rescue as another possible option as long as the rescue remains dedicated to doing what is in his best interest.

He was an owner surrender to a shelter as the owners could no longer afford his vet bills.

From the shelter vet:

“I am suspicious he has ectopic ureters causing urinary issues but wouldn’t be able to confirm without extensive testing at a referral facility. Even with that diagnosis if he does have this congenital abnormality that may or may not be able to be corrected by surgery (depending on defect) and even then surgery may still not be successful (no guarantee).

Options would be to try and find a rescue. I would consider euthanasia a reasonable option as well. ”

His name is Chester, and we need to raise ~$1,800 – $2,100 for a CT scan.

Only 16 weeks old and he desperately needs a village to surround him…..

We are already financially strapped yet that face, so young….he deserves a chance…..and hoping others may feel the same….

This condition(if that is what he has) is common in certain breeds – Newfs being one. Ectopic Ureters are more common in female dogs over males. Success in males can be 25-50%, ‘if’ this is what he has. No one knows without further diagnostics being done.

He has been a big fav of staff & volunteers at the shelter and everyone would like to know for sure before seeing a puppy euthanised if it is truly in the pup’s best interest.

What if he can be successfully rehabilitated? We have dealt with ectopic ureters before. 100% success rate yet we go into this with our eyes completely open and aware.

The Boerskins are foregoing again this year in the giving of gifts to each other so funds can be redirected to this puppy.

If anyone has even $5 to spare, we remain humbled by your show of support.

This is an extremely urgent situation and looking at an eta for his arrival on Sunday.

Any donation consideration can be sent to PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Wee Chester needs a Christmas miracle…. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration. 

 

Well, our plan is not going as well as we had anticipated….so, on to plan B to keep her off the window sill….no access at all!!!

Thank you Miss Rosie for the adventure!! 

She is such a calm mellow dog – just has a mind of her own! 

Now I get to also clean all of her nose smears off of the window!!

 

I do believe that Miss Rosie is not a redbone black & tan hound…..yet, more of a billy goat!
 
She insists on standing on the window ledge to get the best advantage to see outside – that one can see a substantial distance by not standing on the ledge is moot in her eyes!
 
We have now taken to padding that area as Miss Rosie is only 8 days post-op surgery, and we do not want her hurting herself….
 
She is the sweetest darling of a dog yet when she puts her mind to something, she becomes very determined! 

On December 8th, Miss Jamila had her own surgeries. She now weighs 53.1 kgs(116.82 pounds). She has put on over 10 kgs(22 pounds) of much-needed muscle mass/weight pous toned up since she arrived into our rescue.
 
The pics are bloody – heads up.
 
Miss Jamila had her mature spay, had two lumps removed, was microchipped, plus had a bilateral eye enucleation. She also had her nails – they were so overgrown upon arrival into rescue and we have been working hard on getting them under control. They were affecting her ability to walk on certain surfaces.
 
An ear cytology was also done and more medication was dispensed as she has battled chronic ear infections, which we first addressed while she was still in Egypt , then several times after her arrival to Canada.
 
Her surgeries were 3 hours and 2 minutes.
 
Per Gwennie, was her surgery tech that day, she was very stable right up until the end of her second eye enucleation. Her BP then began to drop. As vascular as her mature spay was – my god this poor girl had been bred so much – her eyes were even more so. Surprisingly so per Gwennie/the surgeon.
 
Her eyes, as is extremely common with the special needs (double merle Great Danes) were deeply recessed – the right more than the left plus she had a condition called Microphthalmia, which is a birth defect in which one or both eyes did not develop fully, so they are abnormal. This is also very common in the special needs Great Danes.
 
Miss Jamila suffered from chronic eye infections, cataracts, and we had been so worried about her getting glaucoma. The number of eye medications along with meds that we were using to keep her pain under control until we could get her healthy enough for these surgeries was not just costly yet vast.
 
Her surgeon had worried prior to doing her mature spay that her other surgeries may have to be aborted for that day depending on how bad it was yet, Miss Jamila proved herself to be a continued thrivor.
 
As with Miss Rosie, Miss Jamila has battled her own post op complications…..Gwennie will address those shortly.
 
It has been a week full of long days for us, and even longer nights for Gwennie to get Miss Rosie, and now Miss Jamila on their feet.
 
Gwen, you remain my hero. I cannot function well on less than 8 hours of sleep, and you are working on barely a couple of hours each night as you are so dedicated with a heart so big.
Double Merle Danes are not ‘rare’, they are very common, and if anyone knows of any that are in need, please do not hesitate to reach out to us….this is what we do, and have for close to 30 years now. There is no reason why these incredible animals cannot live amazing quality-filled lives in the right hands yet, they need their physical, medical, emotional, behavioral, training needs properly addressed.
 
In preparation to continue to set up Miss Jamila for success, Gwennie had been working on her scent plus touch training – Miss Jamila is deaf and was pretty much blind upon arrival.
After paying off our Vet bills last week which included a big porcupine encounter for Mr. Fred – close to $12,000, we are still just under $1,100 owing for Miss Rosie & Miss Jamila. We have scrimped, we have saved, we have been blessed with donations on fundraisers, and we are almost there!
 
If anyone would like to assist two very deserving Dogs with a Christmas wish, donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital at 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
We would be humbled…..we have until the end of December to clear our accounts, and are not able to assist any more deserving dogs in need until our financial situation is stronger…..
 

To expand upon the earlier post, Miss Rosie did not have an easy recovery.

I had assistance in loading her up to take her home the night of her surgery. She was quite ‘flat’ and to help with pain management, Gabapentin was added to her pain regimen. A long night was then spent with her…..

She showed no interest in eating and very little interest in drinking any water. No urination either. The lack of bm is not surprising due to having fasted plus anesthesia slows down the digestive system.

She was having some incision site leakage after surgery plus at home – more than I would like, yet not abnormal. The area around her eye was naturally swollen. She is given Isathal applied every 8 hours for her eye.

The next day I went to work, and Sean monitored her closely.

Her bloodwork came back that her T4 was high normal(58), and so we are going to continue on her current dose of 1 x 0.5 mg of Thyrotabs every 12 hours.

Sean then sent me the following two pictures, from her. Her incision site was intact, with no sutures pulled or ripped out.

I discussed with her surgeon, and more antibiotics were added to her regime, and when I got home after work, we did what we used to do way back when in veterinary medicine, binded up her abdomen.

She ate a bit of food, drank some, urinated plus had a very small bm.

By Wednesday AM – two very long nights with her by me and two long days with Sean – she was a lot more ‘perky’, and there was no more active bleeding to be had from her incision site.

Wednesday was then the day Miss Jamila was having her own surgeries – 3 hours and 2 minutes in fact was the length of them. Posts shall be made shortly re: Miss Jamila.

Miss Rosie is now doing very well. Some complications, lack of sleep, tons of worry, oodles of love plus round-the-clock care given!

Once she is healed, she will have her vaccines and from there, she can make her own special announcement – sometime towards the end of January we think.

I am exhausted but happy as there is nothing routine about surgery in my books……anything can go wrong.

 

Post-op recovery

Waiting to be extubated

On Monday, December 6th, Miss Rosie had her mature spay plus cherry eye repair.
 
She was scanned and a microchip was found so, we are now in the process of getting that changed over to our name.
 
We had the surgeon look over her skin as it is extremely flaky plus dry. He felt that this is most likely the residual of her thyroid issues, and now that she is on proper medication, her skin shall continue to improve. We continue to also wash her with a medicated shampoo.
 
She has areas on her body – especially on her hind end plus tail that may never see hair growth.
 
A urinalysis was done as her urine was very dark plus strong-smelling when her bladder was expressed prior to surgery – Nothing abnormal to report.
 
Vaccines are behind held off as she went through enough on her surgery day.
 

She had an antibiotic injection given – Depocillin – and Gwennie gave her a good nail trim.

The surgeon also looked closely at her teeth. He did not feel that any of them needed to be extracted. He probed several and was confident that all of her teeth – some wear plus tear – were in quality shape. Therefore, at this time – the future could be different – a dental was not necessary.
 
Her weight is now 37.9 kgs(83.38 pounds). This is down from the very obese weight of 41.3 kg(90.86 pounds) that she arrived into our Rescue at. She still has a ways to go yet, we are on the right track!
 
Gwennie also drew blood to run a T4 to see how her thyroid levels are doing since she began the thyro-tabs.
 
 

It has been a big surgery week for Miss Rosie & Miss Jamila!

Will post as we can yet here is Miss Jamila & me in the surgery suite! Ready to go this AM!
 

Got her!

Miss Rosie and I are now on our way home!

Thank you Tracey Popham Todd for loving on her as her emerge temp foster!! 

Miss Bell says that all winners have now been contacted from our 14th annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction!

She is so happy to feel all of the love plus support!

For those who do not yet know, Miss Bell (almost 8.5 years old) was diagnosed with cancer – MCT’s – earlier this year and she is hanging strong!
 

Running from December 1st to December 18th, 2021 inclusive!

Miss Gretta – who is now 11 years old AND one of the last surviving FREEDOM Dogs of the Paws R Us seizure in September 2011 thanks to everyone that has donated and/or shared our annual Fundraiser to help raise much-needed funds for special dogs just like her!
 
*it is hard to get a great picture of her for even after all of these years, cameras, lights, flashes, fans, doorways can still scare her….while no longer terrified, she can still be nervous.
 

BHRR’s Rocket, BHRR’s Giselle along with one of my own Danes, Salt (sandwiched in-between) just could not stay up until our 14th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction ended! 

AND we have had a bit of excitement with some quick bids coming in! However, these three are completely oblivious!
 

BHRR’s Symba is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can…..

BHRR’s Symba had a special playdate today!
 
This is him at their home, flaked out after a nice stroll! They LOVED him! I mean, what is not to love?!!!
 
AND Gwennie has added another 6 WOW items to our 14th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction!
 
A scooter, a ski waxing station, two gorgeous items from wildlyone.ca & two from Fitzroyandfae.ca.
 
To view all of the amazing items – 48 – and to bid, please visit the below link.
 
The auction ends Thursday, December 2nd, @ 9 PM EST
 

What a great picture!
 
Nap time! 
 
This is BHRR’s Rosie and some of her beautiful foster family! They have fostered a number of wonderful dogs for BHRR over the years. We are extremely grateful to them. 
 
Gwennie says that she does not see a couch! 
 
AND Gwennie has now added 5 more WOW items to our 14th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction! Items include a portable hammock and binoculars!
 
This gives us 42 incredible items now up for grabs! This auction shall end Thursday, December 2nd, @ 9 PM EST
 
Gwennie has 7 more items to add, and she will be adding more items tomorrow.
 
Here is the LINK to view all of the great items up for grabs plus to bid:
*Please take note of pick-up location(s) as not all items can be shipped.
 
Thank you Rescue angels for the support! Miss Rosie goes into the Vet for her mature surgery, repeat bw, etc. on Monday, December 6th, and Miss Jamila is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th for her own surgeries.
 
Miss Jamila’s surgeries include a mature spay, no less than two lump removals to go to pathology, AND a bilateral eye enucleation if she is handling the anesthetic well.

The reality of rescue is that you cannot save them all, no matter how much you may want to.

We have been in deep discussion re: finances for BHRR – as many know most of BHRR is financed mainly out of our own pockets – and, unfortunately, with the bills that we have currently at BHRR plus with Miss Jamila’s almost $10,000 in bills for upcoming surgeries, Miss Olive’s monthly almost $1,000 in bills, Miss Rosie’s to date almost $1,100 in bills with more to come – she needs to be spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, cherry eye repaired, COHAT, more bloodwork, etc., with BHRR going through almost 120 pounds of food per day and the list goes on…..we cannot take in the Mastiff.

We are posting the most current two bills for Miss Rosie; as suspected she has thyroid issues, and not just allergies. This means daily medication for her and regular bloodwork to be sure that she is being given the right dose of Thyro-Tabs.

We have blacked out her foster home’s contact information for privacy.

We will continue to forge strongly on what we can do…..as we will never compromise the quality of care, never take shortcuts on what the dogs that we are entrusted with need plus deserve.
 
We wanted to update the group as to why we cannot assist the Mastiff that we recently posted about. Our hearts are heavy yet, we know that Karen will ensure that he goes to a great place that shall do right by him…..perhaps in 2022, we can help another one of your lovely dogs Karen.
 

Tonight, BHRR did approved adoption #428!
 
BHRR’s Mr. Maxwell – the ~10 year old Boxer 
 
We are small, mighty, and after almost 26 years of rescuing in these trenches, another amazing doggie is in their forever-loving adoptive home.
 
We have never focused on the adoptions at BHRR, always worked to focus on assisting the next in need of us, and if they are deemed adoptable, great; yet, we are committed to them for the rest of their lives regardless.
 
With our Haven program being enormous compared to our adoption program – so many dogs that need safe harbour for their lives – it is really special, and a bit bittersweet when a dog is placed into a right-matched forever loving adoptive home. Truly a lovely feeling overall!
 
Thank you to Leanne Berard McDonell plus Cameron for assisting me on this home visit to make it official.
 
As is often said, the best kind of fail is a FOSTER Fail!  Yup! BHRR’s Mr. Maxwell’s wonderful foster home submitted an application to be considered as his right-matched forever loving home…..AND they are!
 
Mr. Maxwell, I am extremely happy that you remember me, and seeing you again brought me so much joy!
 
I am very thrilled that you have a doggie plus kitty sisters, and I am equally delighted that you bring many great smiles to the faces of your humans.
 
You have overcome much in your life, and since you arrived into rescue, you were promised that you would never lack for anything, that you would only know kindness, love plus joy. That you would always receive the best in care.
 
You are an exceptional boy. A personality that is incredibly charming with eyes that reach to your soul. You are simply magnificent, and it has been an honour being here for you. How could we not mention how unbelievably handsome you also are!
 
We are excited to see how you continue to settle in plus anticipate with such joy the future chapters of your life.
 
We adore you Mr. Maxwell………
 
Congratulations to all!!!
 
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Today, someone helped Sean get some exercise in picking up the mail today. VIDEO
 

Our mailbox is about 750m from the house, and Mr. Romeo had a blast as always keeping Sean company!

He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Miss Olive!
 
This is one of her favourite spots to just sit……..a gorgeous accessory to any fireplace! 
 
Thanks to everyone’s extreme generosity, the funds from the amazing 50/50 Lucky Square Fundraiser that Katherin kindly organised is going to go towards helping to pay for a portion of the November bills for Miss Olive.
 
Between her Proin, Gabapentin, Deramaxx, fish based food, baby wipes etc.,, her monthly bills are just shy of $1,000.
 
At this time, this stunning palliative Saint continues to hold her own…..we know that her incontinence plus hind end issues have been worsening, yet as long as she is having stellar quality of life, we are standing strong by her side to ensure that she lacks for nothing! 
 
She also wishes to ask people to consider donating to our 14th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction. Please EMAIL.
 
We need to: have at least 1 pic, a description, value, starting bid plus pick-up location(s). 
 
We are hoping to raise enough funds to pay for Miss Olive’s December and possibly January’s monthly bills. 
 
Our annual Auction begins November 27th, and thank you to Katherine, Kelly plus Alison for the wonderful donations to date……We are really grateful! 
 

After much discussion, Sean & I made the decision to place Mr. Maxwell up for adoption.
 
After extensive rehabilitation with vetting, and amazing exposure plus time with his wonderful foster home, he is now a very happy, healthy Senior.
 
While we are committed to him for life, we can remain that way in a right-matched forever loving adoptive home. We stand by our dogs for their lives.
 
With that being said, Mr. Maxwell is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! 
 
We shall update as we can!
 
This stunning photo was taken by his fantastic foster home!
 
Thank you to Just Paws for reaching out to us asking if we could assist him…he is an absolute dream and gem of a boy!
 

Mr. Symba was at the Vet on October 29th for his annual.
 
He weighed a wonderfully healthy lean 139.26 pounds(63.3 kgs)
 
He was updated on his yearly vaccines, we did his annual 4dx bloodwork to test for heartworm plus tickborne disease exposure – even though, we keep the dogs on preventative year-round, nothing is 100%. The results were negative.
 
His Vet checked out those new back legs of his and his right back leg is perfect, the left-back knee has some crepitus which considering both back legs had TPLO repairs, is really great. He is on Gabapentin plus Deramaxx as needed – has not needed them for some time – we did give him some that night after his visit as understandably after the exam manipulation, we did not want him feeling tender.
 
Come winter, he will be on his meds on a more regular basis with the cold. This dog runs, and plays, and is so happy, plus healthy with a fantabulous personality!
He remains available for adoption!
 
I snapped this picture when Sean drove up to work in the truck for his Vet visit, and I went out to get him. It was a gorgeous sunny fall day. 
 
He had a A+ Vet visit!
 

Last post of my night!
 
I am told that Miss Rosie had a great Halloween!
 
A superstar and a big hit with the trick and treaters last night! 
 
Her foster mama takes such gorgeous pics!!
 
From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, wonderful good night wishes are being sent!
 
Tomorrow, we shall update on Mr. Symba’s annual from October 29th. 
 

Miss Rosie was at the vet today!
 
Weight 41.7 kgs(91.74 pounds). As she continues to move, she will build up muscle mass/tone and lose more much-needed weight.
 
We are also looking into a harness for her to go with a martingale collar as her leash manners are a work in progress! 
 
Her heart plus lungs got a big thumbs up!
 
The vet believes as we do that she has been bred – previous owners stated that any breeding attempts they made were unsuccessful.
 
She is now on Apoquel for her itchies, and her amazing foster mama washed her in the Canadian medicated shampoo we requested to also help her skin.
 
She appears to have some arthritis in her left front leg – in some videos sent, she definitely looked arthritic. We will continue on NSAIDS for her as necessary. She does have Metacam.
 
We did extensive blood work – no shortcuts ever done by BHRR! – including testing for tick-borne diseases and heartworm.
 
She will be put on de-wormer, flea, tick plus heartworm meds. Though the vet did not feel any skin scrapings were necessary, she is being put on revolution for any possible demodectic or sarcoptic mange concerns.
 
Since Miss Rosie was brought into rescue, we also placed her on a fish-based food to assist with any possible food allergies.
 
Vaccines will wait until she is healthier.
 
She also has a broken canine that we will address when she has her mature spay. We will then microchip her at that time.
 
Here is a copy of her invoice from today. Doing things the right way for each and every animal is very expensive. We blacked out her foster mama’s personal information…. 
 
Between her visit today, and Mr. Symba’s yesterday – his own annual – the vet bills are just under $1,200.
 
BHRR also goes through just shy of 120 pounds of food each day….
 
Please consider donating your Empties to help us continue to help these incredible animals in need of our highly specialised rescue programs…..
 
Donations can also be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration! 
 
We are posting a picture on the comments with how Miss Rosie’s skin looks…..
 

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
BHRR’s Romeo is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 
Health Status: HEALTHY!
 
*What more can we say?! He is healthy!
 
Age: ~14-month-old Mixed Breed of awesomeness! Weigh ~50-55 pounds of solid, lean muscle with a personality of 200+ pounds.
 
Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Romeo: He can be in a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi-retired or retired, etc. He is another versatile BHRR dog! He will ONLY go to a home that is prepared to ensure that he receives the balance he requires with proper exercise, socialisation, etc. He does not necessarily need to go to a dog-experienced home yet; he does need to go to a home that is prepared to remain committed to his obedience, structure, consistency, and be patient, kind, understanding, and are not hermits. He loves home yet; he also likes his pet store and other dog-friendly store visits, plus visiting friends. We are not advocates of dog parks. He needs a very active home. Very!
 
Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet inside the home/when properly emotionally/physically stimulated, uber-sweet, social, playful, very active, athletic, gentle, kind, and if not handled properly – he has the propensity to develop SA behaviours. He can be a bit shy in new situations and settings and needs a home that will be patient, understanding while at the same time will not baby him. Just give him a bit of time; he warms up SO quickly and is truly a character! He has had playdates plus play visits and LOVES the attention! Once he jumps in feeling comfortable, he JUMPS ALL in! COVID has made it harder for us to expose the dogs to all that we usually do and to the high level that we do, yet we have worked hard to make it happen for him.
 
Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is not required per the above. He needs to be in a home that already has at least one right-matched personality fit dog. It is equally important that he has a strong doggie network as he needs friends too – he is going to be that dog that will make many friends and shall be ok having a multitude of hundreds of acquaintances to run, play, zip, play tug-of-war with, etc.! He has been fantastic with all of the dogs here.
 
Good With Cats: He has been ok with the cats he has interacted with to date, yet we would feel most comfortable with him being in a home without feline members. He wants to make friends and play with them, which can be overwhelming to his feline friends, so we prefer a home with no cats.
 
Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.
 
Good with Children: He has been good with children, and we will consider homes that have children 12 and up and no more than two children in a home. No small children.
 
Grooming: He is good to wash, doing nails. We take a soft brush and brush regularly, and this is a great bonding time between us – along with treats!
 
Car: He is excellent in the car. We have worked for him to have a positive association with car rides and that it is one of great fun and loving experiences.
 
Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and Crate trained.
 
Obedience: His manners have come a long way. Overall, his leash manners are excellent! He can still pull if distracted, so a properly fitted and comfortable harness is recommended in addition to his martingale.
 

Activities Suited For Him: He is calm plus has fantastic manners when it is expected of him, and to us, he is very low maintenance YET, he is active from 5 AM – 10 PM – physically plus emotionally plus mentally, so when he goes to bed, he crashes and sleeps soundly. Outside, he loves his hikes, walks, runs, zips, zooms, and can he move! He can also jump and high. He can quickly scale 9-10 foot fences and jump off heights that would make us mere mortals feel faint. To others, he will be considered high maintenance, and if you are not an active, outgoing person who likes to come home, chill, relax, read a book or watch a movie after having adventures, he is not meant for you.

He would excel in obedience, agility, therapy work, and we feel possibly even luring, dock diving. We know he excels in hiking, chair hogging! 

Loves & Bad Habits: He must go to a home that has a very high solid fenced in yard, plus he also must go to a home that loves the outdoors(he associates his fall coat with adventures and will do the same with his winter coat for he is too short-coated to be able to stand any cold temps when he is out and about). Looking for new adventures, a wonderful jogging/walking/hiking partner, he is your companion. His bad habit is his ability to scale fences of heights in a flash. He is not a runner. He is an explorer! New smells, sights, sounds – once assured, all is fine with a calm word/touch and, he is all in.
 
He is an early bird – up around 5:00 AM, does his thing outside comes in, wants a small treat(benny bully liver treat), and tends to go right back to bed until around 8:00 AM and then it is back out, in, breakfast, rest and then his day starts – with whatever that days adventures the day will bring! He is up to exploring and having some fun! He is so affectionate, loves to share Sean’s chair with him! He is the best in snuggler, giving kisses, and how the tip of his wee tongue pokes out is positively adorable!
 
He loves treats and loves to be around his humans.
 
As for other bad habits – if he becomes super excited, he can jump around like a jumping bean and be vocal.
 
He LOVES to de-gut stuffies too, and he loves to be my computer ‘supervisor’ as I work away. He has a dynamo personality in a small package! Small for us! 
 
Like any dog, he is not perfect. He is perfect in all of his imperfections, though! NOT to mention so handsome!
 
He makes our faces plus hearts smile….he is such a gem of a dog.
 
Anxieties/Worries: He can develop SA behaviours, and we have worked extensively to set him up for success. He has learned to like and love his own company and to know that we are coming home. It is integral that the right matched personality fit home does not spend 24/7 with him. During this pandemic, we still need groceries; we should still go out and walk about; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something!
 
As we have stated for over 25 years now, we will NEVER rush any dogs’ rehabilitation journey, we do not flip dogs, and we are not desperate to adopt them out.
 
We will always place up for adoption the dogs that are able to be adopted and haven any others that, due to medical and/or behavioural reasons, are not able to be placed up for adoption.
 
We do not take in hundreds of dogs yearly; we only took in 16 dogs in 2020 as it is about helping the next in need of us, giving them top-quality care, and not about taking in numbers. In 2021, we have ONLY taken in 5 dogs to date, with two more dogs in the pipe.
 
After 25+ years, we remain knowing that we cannot please everyone, which means that BHRR is clearly not the rescue to be followed, supported, believed in by everyone. We remain small plus mighty, and as we go through this next transitional stage for BHRR, we shall continue to operate with a zero-tolerance approach, plus providing up and beyond care to the animals.
Our mandates have never changed, and they will remain the same as long as we are around; the animals shall always be done right by as our priority.

Our adoption success rates remain second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating, and now 99% as we go through year 25, and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR!

We are over the moon excited for you Mr. Romeo. This decision, especially for Sean has been brutally hard. You two are your own dynamic duo! 

 
 

Mr. Bruno says, come close….closer still!
 
*SMOOCH*
 
He wants to share that the ETA for him and his litter-mate Miss Bea(Beatrice) to begin to head to BHRR is the second week of November.
 
These were the two giants that were seized.
 
This gives us time to fundraise for their trip to us!
 

The next two that are in need!
 
These two are “Bruno” & “Bea”. Names given to them by the agency.
 
Littermates that were seized.
 
They are unaltered(the male is also Monorchid) Great Dane/PoodleX’s, ~3 years of age.
 
They were seized, and now placement is needed. We would love to assist, and the place that currently has them is willing to road trip to us with them, as they are located in another province.
 
They are good with other dogs, good with cats.
 
They reached out as the agency felt that placing them would be a huge challenge – in the hopes that these two could be saved – they have severe anxiety – break through windows, are skinny, lack training, lack socialisation, and cannot go to just any organization.
 
Just the type of special Giants we LOVE to assist! 
 
What we are hoping to do is raise much-needed funds to allow their rescue guardian angel to drive from SW Manitoba to closer to us. We need money for gas – prices are insane! – and for two nights in hotels.
 
Once they are here, we will figure out their vetting needs.
 
Donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance for any consideration…..
 
I look at these two beauties, and I see our Bakers Dozen……the GD/Wolfie Litter we whelped.
 

Miss Rosie!
 
The redbone black/tan houndx.
 
We have been told that she is settling in well! Her amazing foster home has a dog themselves, a cat plus their mother with a small dog also lives with them, and Miss Rosie seems to be so enamoured with her foster mama’s mother!
 
They took her to the Vet for a weigh-in and she was 41.3 kg(90.86 pounds). We knew that she was out of shape plus overweight yet, this is almost 10 kgs over where she should be……
 
I am told that she very gently took treats from the techs, got on the scale like a champ, and was a lovely hit with everyone!
 
She has trouble moving – very odd gait – plus a wide front leg stance. All things that we will investigate once she is able to be seen at her Vet visit. They will do a thorough nose-to-tail exam on her.
 
Her foster Mama also gave her a lovely oatmeal shampoo bath as she was coated in dried dirt/mud – quite possibly rolling in it to attempt to relieve some of the discomfort of her poor skin.
 
Here she is supervising! 
 
I am just so happy that she was able to be saved…..thank you Tracey for stepping up to emerge temp foster this gem!

AND she is safe!!
 
Miss Rosie – the almost 6-year-old unspayed redbone black/tan houndx.
 
Thank you to her incredible foster mama Tracey Popham Todd for picking her up, and safely harbouring her for the next several weeks for us!
 
We are presently reviewing an adoption application for Mr. Symba, and should all fall into place, we can then bring Miss Rosie into our own home.
 
Miss Rosie is scheduled for a vet visit next week – the earliest she can be seen – to address the years of neglect to her body.
 
She has severe skin issues – related to food, seasonal, and possibly environmental allergies.
 
She is the sweet almost 6-year-old girl that was slated for euthanasia as the wife would use any money for drugs over having Rosie vetted.
 
She is unspayed, has a cherry eye too.
 
We will be having blood work done including testing for heartworm plus tick-borne diseases plus a pre-op, in addition to a thyroid test, skin scrapings, de-worming her, putting her on flea/tick/hw preventative, treating any eye, ear, and skin infections with antibiotics, doing an ear cytology, putting her on Apoquel and/or Cytopoint, doing a fecal, getting medicated shampoo etc.
 
Vaccines will have to wait, as we have to get her medical issues under control first. If she is deemed healthy enough, absolutely, we will do them at the same time as her visit.
 
She is starting a fish-based food today, and she will be getting an oatmeal soothing bath tomorrow.
 
She is very overweight, out of shape, and the owners were trying to use her for breeding purposes. Her front legs will also be looked at, and if she needs any NSAIDs – she was apparently on Metacam at one point – we will also ensure it is done.
 
Whatever she needs, she will get!
 
I am told she is so uber sweet!!
 
I want to love on those ears of hers!! 
 
Any donations to her ongoing care can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 

BHRR Doggie News Update!
 
The picture is of Mr. Maxwell sunbathing!  So freakin’ handsome.
 
1) Mr. Maxwell had a repeat urinalysis on Wednesday, October 13th has he had begun to have some inappropriate urination episodes. Nothing alarming was noted, yet his vet elected to put him on Zeniquin in case he has bacteria in his prostate(he was neutered late in age) that is causing issues. Additionally, with how brutal his past has been with UTI’s, his vet wanted to be cautious.
 
The home is working to ensure that he is in a SA free enabling environment too to assist in dealing with any behavioural causes of the urination accidents.
 
2) Mr. Brutus had his own recheck the same day – He remains on Apoquel 16 mg SID, his antibiotics have been switched to Amox-clav from the cephalexin he had been on for a month as his skin had stopped responding.
 
His eye medications have also been switched up again as his eye infections have also stopped responding to his previous meds.
 
His ear infections seem to be responding ‘ok’ at this time to the medications.
 
He has been putting on the weight plus muscle and WOW, what a gorgeous boy in temperament plus behaviour. We see no reason once he is healthy, why he could not be placed up for adoption.
 
3) Miss Jamila – she went into heat October 2nd – so unfortunate that she was so ill when she arrived as she would have been spayed that first week of September. This puts her at continued high risk of pyo and mammary cancers.
 
Her ears and eye infections continue to be treated, and thanks again to Carol Bruck for her donation to have Miss Jamila be Miss August in the 2021 Calendar being so generously put together by Katherine Bruck!
 
Last I heard there were still two calendars available for sale – Katherine will have to confirm this though.
 
4) Gwen is also working hard on Miss Rosie, the special needs redbone/black/tan houndx – Gwen has been in touch with the O., and working on getting her into our rescue on Thursday.
 
5) Mr. Rocket’s big announcement has been delayed as he had a seizure episode the night of Saturday, October 16th. He had not had anything prior nor has he had anything since.
 
6) Mr. Romeo remains soon to be making his own special announcement.
 
This past week saw over $2,100 in vet bills accumulated, and may this next week not be as expensive.
 

This is *Rosie*. She is an almost 6-year-old Redbone Black & TanX.
 
Her owners are not able to stay on top of her allergies – food, seasonal, environmental, and she is so uncomfortable that she has now begun to be grumpy.
 
The home now have a 6-month-old child and Mrs. wants Rosie gone ASAP. An appointment had been made at a Vet clinic to euthanise her, yet the clinic declined as they feel that Rosie can be helped.
 
Per the Vet records, the Hospital was able to access, she was last seen in 2017.
 
The Owners have a fast timeline for rescue placement to be found for Rosie.
 
We are currently conversing with Mr. re: her – attempting to find out more about her to best determine if we can bring her in.
 
Appears that Rosie also has a cherry eye.
 

Someone seems to love ‘lap time’ when it is morning coffee time at his wonderful foster home! 
 
Mr. Maxwell!
 

Stay tuned! Mr. Romeo will be making his own special announcement shortly…..

Miss Jamila!

My last post of my night!
 
Well, these pictures sum up a good part of my day! 
 
With it being so glorious, I took some time off from school (my day off from work), and Sean & I worked to get some pictures of BHRR’s Miss Jamila(going to be August Calendar Girl thanks to Carol Bruck‘s generosity!), BHRR’s Mr. Rocket & BHRR’s Mr. Romeo -so they could make their special announcements……
 
Yet, Mr. Rocket (deaf/visually impaired) had his own plans for today.
 
What a hoot he is!
 
I just wanted him to be still and ‘pose’ nicely for one….well, I wanted three great pics, yet, I would have settled for one good pic! LOL
 
I so love that goober head! Never a dull moment! JUST stay still and stop making faces for just…..one….bloody…..moment….PLEASE! 
 
From our home to all of our friends, family, and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Brutus was at the Vet today for a recheck.
 
He weighed 49 kgs(107.8 pounds). He is eating three meals a day – fish-based food due to his allergies. Still quite thin.
 
The Vet did a tear test on his right eye, and he does have dry eye. He changed up his eye medication to Maxitrol. It contains a steroid, dexamethasone plus two antibiotics, neomycin sulphate, and polymyxin B sulphate. The Tobramycin he came with sadly, was not working.
 
He is also now on an eye lubricant. Lubrithal Eye Gel.
 
The medication will be used on both eyes.
 
His right eye has more entropion than the left, and we will revisit once the inflammation goes down plus when the cloudiness clears up re: if he requires surgery.
 
We did an ear cytology plus thoroughly cleaned his ears. He has yeast plus bacteria in both ears, and KT treatment was used.
 
The antibiotics for his skin – Cephalexin 500 mg BID will be extended another week for his hot spots, especially on his neck.
 
He was such a GREAT patient!!! So many admirers he had today! So many amazing compliments on his fantastic temperament.
 
Despite, him looked like a ‘hot mess’, everyone could see just how gorgeous this boy is!
 
We are working on his flaky, dandruff-filled dull coat too…..he is beginning to have some tiny areas of new hair growth coming in, so progress!
 
He will also remain on 2 tablets of the Apoquel 16 mg daily and re-visit once this round is finished.
 
The shelter had given him Cytopoint injections and that is good for a month.
 
He was so sad in this picture – a bit blurry, I know! – as we left all of his newfound friends behind! He liked being the centre of attention, AND he is super nosey! LOL Wherever there was action, he wanted to know what it was all about. He has such a delightful personality.
 
Quiet and calm yet a bull in a china shop with those lack of leash manners! That is a work in progress! 
 
We are STILL ISO: a foster for this outstanding senior.

BHRR’s Miss Jamila.  A VIDEO…..night-time snack.
 
Gwennie Novel coming up! 
 
She arrived in our care on August 22nd and it was not until the night of September 9th that she FINALLY began to eat better.
 
During that time, I had spent my nights with minimal sleep, made multiple Vet visits including with specialists, given her round the clock care at work/home, placed her on IV fluids/meds, tried what felt like a hundred different types of food, hand-fed her, put drops into her eyes(we still do!), treated her ears(we still are!), skin infections(we still are!), her bronchitis, her early stages of pneumonia(we still are!), bathed her, loved her, comforted her, was exposed to negativity from others, de-wormed her, did smears, cytologies, and UA, cultures, FNA biopsies, and more including x-rays and ultrasound……
 
Due to her poor health – her mature spay(may she not develop Pyo), her lump removals to go to pathology(praying that they are not MCT’s), her bilateral eye enucleation (may she not develop glaucoma) – had to be moved to December 8th – An all-day surgery that yes, I am going to be her surgery tech……I committed to her, and 100% I am going to be right by her side from start to finish.
 
The negativity that has come our way re: her, our continued zero-tolerance re: anyone not making this about Miss Jamila is unfortunate yet if Miss Jamila could talk, I know that she would be so appreciative that people cared enough to work on giving her the best quality filled of fabu+ lives that she should have always had.
 
She did not ask to be born deaf/blind, she did not ask to be bred and bred over and over again for greedy profit, she did not ask to be tied up and abandoned along with her brother when she could no longer have puppies – her brother died, strangled in what he had been tied with, she did not ask to have cataracts, struvite crystals, suspicious squamous cells, eye, ear and skin infections etc, she did not ask to be abused, neglected, and to only have felt hurting hands over loving, kind, gentle caring ones……
 
AND, I wanted to share one of the best things that has ever happened on the night of September 9th – she began to eat…as we got her healthier, as we figured out each medical issue/concern and addressed it, as we continued to do what we are experts in….we got Miss Jamila healthier, we got her happier, we got her to eat plus drink more normally – still not 100% as to what a Dane should but we are getting there!
 
Her Vets – getting vet appointments are not easy during COVID, to begin with YET, she was rallied around – knew plus shared our immense worry, stress, and concern….they shared it and fell in love with her just as we had. She has a BHRR village that includes SO many that have made this video possible AND I thank you with tears in my eyes for that.
 
Her Vet bills are over $5,000 now and we have easily another $5,000 in upcoming surgeries and histopathology to do for her come December. NOT to mention the food – her canned food is $124 plus change for a case of 24, and she is now eating three cans a day….. a/d food.
 
We have worked on scent plus touch training, AND along with those that believe in what we do, why we do it, and why Miss Jamila is worth all of the nightmarish hells thrown her/our way; this is a video I took Friday night(September 17th). 
 
I want to SHARE with all of you what you have helped make happen. We could not do what we do without her rescue angels and THANK you! Thank you! She is eating! She is gaining weight!
 
We shall continue to post updates and donations to her future bills – our Movie night will see all funds donated to her too! – can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital at 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
 

We are now ALL on the bed!

Now at least sitting on his bed!

We are with this handsome dude today!
 
His fabu foster fam is hosting us for our latest nail trim/ear cleaning fundraiser!
 
We are at 37 Dressler Drive in Kanata until 4 pm today!
 
Mr. Maxwell much preferred to snooze in the dirt over the dog bed that was readily available!

Got him!!! 
 
We see zero Dane in his physical traits, just 100% stunning American Bully….it also always makes us giggle when people say a dog is huge and when we see them, we are like ‘what a nice wee giant!’ The weight on his paperwork is 56 kgs(123.20 pound), AND he is skinny.
 
We will be at the Vet for a visit ASAP, and we will post an update on his medical conditions. He is booked for September 27th. He is on Apoquel, Cephalexin and has eye drops. He was given cytopoint injections this week – 130 mg at the shelter. The shelter also generously neutered him on Tuesday, September 14th, and sent us a kind message afterward that they did so! What a lovely surprise! How unbeliveably kind is that of them to save our rescue funds from having to neuter him ourselves.
 
This transport was very heartwarming today!
 
So many wonderful souls came together to make this rescue happen….I remain humbled by the big kind caring hearts of so many!
 
 
 

Sean should have him in less than five minutes!
 
The pics sent today of the transport and the words re: how much of a gentleman and old soul he is, has been so touching.
 
We see American Bully ALL the way.

This pic cracks me up!
 
You can for sure see that he is an American Bulldog in this pic too…the shelter said he was an American Bully/DaneX.
 
Not much Dane noted in this pic….cannot wait to meet him! 
 

Skinny boy….the shelter did tell us he was skinny…

Traveling great per the Volunteers!

He is proving to be an excellent companion to his fellow traveling companions – all heading to their own rescues – ferrets, newborn kittens, turtles, and a small dog.