Mr. Romeo was at the Vet last night.
 
He now weighs 15.2 kgs(33.44 pounds). I would be content to see him at 35 pounds and want him to remain lean.
 
As he is quite young, he may fill out a bit more as he ages and also continues to muscle plus tone up and then he may end up weighing a smidge more. He may not be giant in body, yet, he is giant in heart, affection, soul and spirit!
 
He had a thorough exam – nothing abnormal noted and he had his boosters which included his first Lyme vaccine. He will be due for a booster of the Lyme in 3-4 weeks. We make sure that all of our dogs are properly vetted prior to being placed up for adoption.
 
He is now up to date on his rabies, DHPP, bordetella plus lepto.
 
He continues to concentrate his urine normally and has now only had two accidents in our home since I picked him up on Saturday. Both times, was in his crate at 4:00 AM as I did not get to the crate fast enough and he peed a bit yet, finished peeing outside!
 
We have not had any limping issues while he has been with us nor was anything seen by his Vet at his visit last night. We had been informed by his amazing foster home that he had begun to limp with them and they had put him on NSAIDS – Metacam. So great news from his Vet visit last night and we shall continue to monitor things closely!
 
We also picked up more flea/tick/hw meds for him and the Nexgard Spectra also has a great de-worming proponent to it.
 
He is such a character! This is his face as we were getting ready to leave home to go to the Vet last night.
 
He is going to make a truly outstanding addition to that right matched forever loving home when it is his time to make his own special announcement.

My greeting committee when I arrived home from work!

We have a small side yard off of the recreation room – about 500 square feet (our main yard is about 3+ acres safely fenced in) and Sean let these three amigos out to greet me! 

We have BHRR’s Miss Aramis & BHRR’s Athos(AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION) – two of our 3 Musketeers and we have BHRR’s Athos’ mini me! BHRR’s Romeo.

Per Sean, these three stooges played ALL day in the glorious weather!

Tomorrow night, Mr. Romeo goes in for his boosters, a re-weigh, recheck and to pick up his next de-worming plus flea/tick/hw meds.

He has only had one accident since I picked him up on Saturday.

He slept much better the second night over the first night in his crate. May tonight be even better 

I also think they were determined to bring out all of the toys from inside!!!

Those eyes…..they just grab at my heart! Another wonderful pic that had been sent our way by Sonyia!

Got him!
 
BHRR’s Mr. Romeo!
 
AND it was not until I actually had my hands on him that my feelings that he is quite possibly a Boston TerrierX could be true.
 
The way he moves, plays and sounds…..the way he jumps; so reminiscent of a Boston YET, truly, no one knows! He is a gorgeous wee mystery!  I work with someone that has owned Bostons for decades – they also think that Mr. Romeo may well be a BostonX.
 
Thank you immensely once again to his emerge temp foster home for taking great care of him until we could get him closer to us!
 
On Tuesday, he will be at our Vets for his boosters, a re-weigh and to further investigate if necessary his frequent urination – we only just got him here so we will see how things are with us plus we were told that he had been limping for a few days, so we will look into that further as necessary too.
 
Once we get things figured out for him, we will hoping that a temp foster home in our area would like to love on Mr. Romeo! If you are interested, do let us know.
 
He is dog and people EXTREMELY friendly.
 
He is about 35 pounds and he is social, a real character, sweet and is already fast making friends with some of the dogs here – BHRR’s Athos and he are like mantle bff buds and you know Mr. Romeo is a special gem of a dog when he makes Mr. Caramel feel comfortable! The dog that is terrified of new things and thinks every new dog is out to eat him….so proud of you Mr. Caramel for being so brave!
 
Mr. Romeo loves my own two wolfies and the 2nd of the three Musketeers, BHRR’s Aramis also!
 
I already know that this boy would make an excellent agility, fly ball and/or, obedience companion. If he is still with us come June; I am very tempted to try dock diving with him. 
 
He is delightful, small, affectionate, getting toned up in muscle and mass plus is lean…..
 
He loves to snuggle and cuddle and would make a great movie watching, book reading family member!
 
As I get to know him better; I will get a better idea of his interests, good and bad habits – he has demonstrated his voice today! 
Karen – he is every bit the love that you said he was!
 
Sonyia  – I agree, he is literally almost the perfect little dog AND thanks for the heads up re: scaling fencing….yours may be 5 feet yet, he has sure been looking closely at our own 6-9 foot fencing too!
 
I am on the lookout for a martingale collar for him. I do not have one small enough in the extra donations sent my way.
 
If anyone would like to sponsor him for a Wiggle Bumz collar, do let me know! 
 
Let the adventures begin!
 

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 Burst(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 23rd, 2018 – *Lab/DaneX 

BHRR’s Percival(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE February 8th, 2020 – *Fox Red Labrador – PENDING ADOPTION Since May 21st

BHRR’s Lilly(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 28th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Caramel(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE June 13th, 2020 – *Great Dane

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

BHRR’s Symba(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL August 29th, 2020 – *Bull Mastiff

BHRR’s Dean (M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL November 6th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Rocket(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL December 13th, 2020 -Great Dane

BHRR’s Romeo(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL March 7th, 2021  – Mix (BostonX, maybe with Hound or Boxer)

BHRR’s Romeo!
 
Someone is now up to 31.5 pounds. 
As some are now aware, on March 11th, he was at the Vet with his foster family as he has been having frequent episodes of diluted urination.
 
He had an exam, two S.G.(specific gravity) tests, bloodwork including Chem 15, electrolytes and a repeat CBC(we had one done in Tenn). He was given more de-wormer and just this past week, another flea/tick treatment.
 
The Vet at the Hospital did an u/s and and did not find anything significant – right kidney was normal and while they could not appreciate the left kidney, nothing abnormal was noted.
 
Once he arrives to us, we will discuss with our own Vet Teams in re: to doing a urine c&s per the recommendation made if necessary.
 
I think this picture is going to go down as one of my all time favs!!! I hear these two are quite the pair! I am truly loving the updates being sent by his awesome foster home! We remain immensely grateful to them for all that they are doing for this amazing pup!
 
Once he does arrive to us in early April, he is scheduled to see our Vet Team for his boosters etc. on April 6th. If all remains going well, he should be ready to make his own special announcement around April 20th. 

It was de-twinkling day for another of our 3 Musketeers – today, was Mr. Porthos turn!

Today, he weighed 57.2 kgs(115.94 pounds) @ 10 months of age.

We also microchipped him.

He was such a brave boy! Such a super sweet boy! 

This is his face after waking up at LAH. You just want to smooch and hold him.

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

1. STAY Tuned – Our Popular Drive-Way Nail Trim & Ear Cleaning Events will start up again in May 2021 – Our 2nd Year!
Times: 4-7 pm(Thursdays) or 10-4 pm(Saturdays) or 11-4 pm(Sundays)
Please EMAIL if you would like to host us in your Drive-Way!
*easy to self-distance
*we can take cash, debit or credit
*no appointments necessary

2. 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

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! BHRR’s Athos, one of our 3 Musketeers is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Health Status: HEALTHY!
*You can see his third eye-lids. That is a product of his breeding. He sees fine.

Age: Almost 10 months, mantle Great Dane

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Athos: 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 dog experienced. Not necessary a Dane experienced home. Dog experienced means more than having owned 1, 2 or 3 dogs in ones lifetime. Dog experienced means having owned(not worked with, dog sat, fostered, helped a friend/family member, grew up with, trained etc.) more than 3 dogs AND it also means having owned dogs that have needed that extra time, attention, patience, consistency, effort too.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, calm, quiet, sweet, social, playful, active, gentle, kind, and if not handled properly – he has the propensity to develop SA behaviours. He is nervous in new situations and settings and needs a home that will be patient, understanding while at the same time will not baby him. COVID has made it hard for his prior amazing foster home and us to expose the dogs to all that we normally do and to the high level that we do. We will be working on play date plus play visits now that the latest COVID shutdown restrictions are slowly lifting.

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is required per the above. We would also prefer him to be in a home with that already has that 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 have a some(# unknown) very close buds instead of wanting a multitude of hundreds of acquaintances! He has been good with all of the dogs here other than Mr. Dean. He and Mr. Dean can both be bossy and strong willed and both wish to be higher on the ‘ladder’ than the other. They are accepting, do like and are very tolerant of each other yet, neither one will pass up an opportunity to be a bit of a boob to the other if allowed. Both correct beautifully and both love to sleep in the rec room together. It does not help that his two litter-mates allow him to walk all over them. As laid back as Mr. Athos is, his two litter-mates are even more so. It is interesting that we had been told by his transport angels that his brother was the one ‘upset’ on the transport; yet, with every drive that we have been on and in our home, Mr. Athos is the more ‘space needing’ stronger back boned dude.

Good With Cats: Unknown.

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.

Good with Children: He has been ok with children, yet, due to his being a bit anxious, worried in strange/new surroundings; we will consider homes that have children 15 and up and no more than 2 children in a home.

Grooming: He is good to wash, do nails. We take a soft brush and brush regularly and this is a great bonding time between us – along with treats!

Car: He is good in the car, yet, can be nervous as he is not sure of what is happening….we give him treats and he has a yummy fresh smoked giant knuckle bone to chew on if he wants. We then passively ignore. 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. 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 and such a low maintenance dog and would deeply benefit from continued obedience up and beyond our mandatory adoption contract obedience clause. This will immensely help to continue to correctly build up his self-confidence/self-esteem.

Loves & Bad Habits: He loves the snow and being outdoors – walks, hikes and he can often be found standing in the yard with his head tilted up enjoying the warmth of the suns rays. He loves grass and leaves and trees and lifting his leg to pee on things; leaving his ‘pee-mail’! He loves the company of right matched dogs, playing and he loves treats and is eager to please. He loves sleeping in the same room as his humans and settles down great in his crate each night.

He is an early bid – up around 5:30 AM, does his thing outside comes in, wants a small treats(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 really starts – playing and exploring and living his best life!  

He loves treats and loves to be around his humans.

As for bad habits – he can jump on my double doors when he wants to come in and once in awhile he will lift his leg on Mr. Dean’s own crate.

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

Anxieties/Worries: He has the ability to 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 the block or two; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to go somewhere to do something!

He can be bossy and exhibit some rude dog to dog behaviour that continues to be worked on.

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 safe 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 1 dog to date.

After 25+ years; we remain knowing that we cannot please everyone and that 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 and we are excited as we go through this slow transition for BHRR! 

Miss Olive Update:
 
She had a very busy day! She was at the Vet today and also had her great spoiling spa adventure.
 
Thank you to all of the encouraging, supportive staff at the Vet that surrounded her for the big weigh-in!
 
Thank you to Becca Terri N for taking this great photo!!! We just had to put a heart around her weight shown on the scale!
 
Her weight today was 70.2 kgs(154.44 pounds)! YES! We have been working so carefully on a slow, even weight loss for her. 17.66 pounds lost since December 7th! WTG Miss Olive!
 
As many are aware; she had put on significant weight between September 29th & December 7th. She went from 62 KGs(136.4 pounds) to 78 KGs(171.6 pounds).
 
The Vet that saw her December 7th, advised that should her weight not get back on track; after closely evaluating what/how much food/treats she was being given in addition to her moving regime of walks; we should then consider doing a T4 blood-test.
 
This is documented by her Vet in her file and received by text and in addition a vm was left with BHRR as Miss Olive was in a foster situation. There was also an in-person discussion when Gwen was at the Vet later that day for a Vet apt.
 
Once we evaluated what she was being fed – we learned that she was getting a lot more in food items than we realised or had advised.
 
As a palliative Saint due to her extremely poor hips, keeping her lean is of the absolute necessity and importance. The concern for her was felt by many. Miss Olive is NOT a surgical candidate and she had been entrusted to our care to do right by her and we remain determined to do so.
 
She came back to our care December 12th and since then, we have kept her strictly to the feeding/treat/moving schedule required.
 
1) She gets her 8 cups of food daily – divided into two meals
2) She eats fantastic all on her own, no hand-feeding or enticing her with supplemental items on her food
3) She gets one Benny Bully treat 2-3 times a week or 3 Mini Zuk’s Rabbit or Salmon treats 2-3 times a week
We have started to even give her some of her kibble as her treats during the day – so less kibble at meal time – and she is responding beautifully.
 
She is moving so much better now. She is no longer chuffing and huffing/puffing like she once was She is no longer struggling with a high degree of difficulty to get up on her feet or go up the small ramp to our home.
 
Her bff play buddy is a GSP….who would have thought?!
 
She is happy – look at that face! She looks gorgeous – look at that coat!
 
AND she had great visits with so many human people between the Doggie Spa and the Hospital. She had been cloistered, like many of us due to the COVID shutdown and it was such a gorgeous day – 17 degrees – to be out today.
 
She remains on her Proin, Gabapentin and Deramaxx regime.
 
Miss Olive, thumbs up to you!!!!
 
AND per our previous post, her next professional groom session shall be in 8 weeks as spring is coming and her coat is going to blow big time!

Someone had their much needed spoiling SPA Day today!
 
With grooming places only just recently being able to open back up, we could finally get Miss Olive back in. We like to have her professionally groomed ~every 3 months.
 
Her next groom session will be in 8 weeks as now that we are heading into spring; her coat is going to blow!!!!
 
Here she is having a ‘dog’ nap in the tub….so chill! Thanks extended once more to K9 Bark ‘N Shine.
 
Will post more of an update on her later tonight!
 

Someone is doing very well!
 
Up to 28 pounds and his amazing foster home continues to say how wonderful he is with people and dogs. So friendly!
 
He will be due for his boosters and another de-worming at the beginning of April and if all remains on track, not long after that he will be ready to make his own special announcement!
 
I have asked his foster home what breeds they may think he may be and they believe HoundX; possible Hound/Boxer. 100% amazing and adorable!
 
AND I have been told Friday is bath day! 
 
Thank you so much to Sonyia for the great updates – giggle worthy! – and the equally great photo’s!
 
 

Mr. Romeo update!
 
I am told that he is settling in beautifully and is a wonderful as everyone says he is!
 
This is Romeo all snuggled up having a nap on his foster mama’s lap. 
 
He is most definitely not a Giant or even likely a GiantX and none of it matters. He is deserving, he is worthy and we are honoured to have him in our program.
 
We are leaning towards possibly a houndX…..does not matter and when the time comes for him to make his own special announcement, it is not going to matter to his right matched personality fit home either!
 
Thank you to so many that stepped up to help get him safely to his emerge temp foster home!
 

AND he is on his way! Wee BHRR’s Romeo! By Sunday AM, he will be all settled into his lovely emerge temp foster home.
 
On Tuesday he weighed only 22 pounds, the wee thing.
 
Whatever breeds he consists of; he is 100% adorable and deserving and we are honoured to be assisting him. 
 
Those eyes…..
 
If anyone would like to sponsor this little tyke’s vet bills – we paid $170.75 USD to begin his vetting protocols of vaccines, de-worming, bloodwork, neutering and microchipping; donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password.
 
I also sent $150 to his emerge temp foster home to purchase food, treats, a dog bed, collar and leash, some toys for him. He is going to be so well taken care of with them! Thanks being extended to them again!
 
This is the sweet puppy that was picked up as a starving stray…..
 

Another pic! He is so adorable! 

Today, Mr. Dean had his de-twinkling and microchip along with his partial tail amputation operation.
 
Dr. Liston also debrided and cleaned up the proud flesh etc. from his happy tail, while he was under giving him a small partial tail amputation.
 
He was SUCH a good boy….trazodone for the win to continue practising Fear Free PVP’s protocols.
 
In 10-14 days time, we will remove the sutures from his tail incision site and shortly after that, if all goes well, he will be ready to make his own special announcement!
 
His weight today was 57.6 kgs(126.72 pounds)! He is nice and lean, muscled and we continue to work on building up his hind end in strength, toning too.
 
You were VERY brave and proud of you BHRR’s Dean! 
 
 

BHRR’s Romeo – named by the shelter angels that picked him up as a very skinny stray last week.

Poor wee thing….

We are starting his vetting protocol this week(Tuesday March 2nd) once his stray period is up and ETA to BHRR TBD.

Possible DaneX and NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

My last post of my night!
 
Mr. Symba feels strongly that he needs more than 1 bed to recover from his right hind leg TPLO surgery! Thank you to Mr. Granite for being so wonderful to share his own bed with BHRR’s Symba.
 
His recovery is very slow this time around and not surprising with how bad it actually was……
 
However, he is taking his meds like a champ – well, ok, maybe not a champ as he finds them in his food and either takes them in his mouth to spit out or just avoids them….so, manually giving him his meds after he has a snack/treat and then given more food and some treats post-pilling has become our routine. He is a very willing patient then. 
 
**UPDATE: ONLY $510.75 NOW NEEDED!** 
 
As per our other post, his final Vet bill – posted – shows almost $1,000 more than we had been estimated for due to the extreme damage to his meniscus. 
 
Donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
 
Thanks so much for your time plus consideration and from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent….

Stay Tuned!
 
This handsome fine young man – One of our 3 Musketeers will have his own special announcement to make shortly!
 
This is BHRR’s Athos! 
 
 

Please note!!
 
If the kind caring woman who called Liston Animal Hospital today  – follows our website – to put a donation down on Mr. Symba’s bill; please note…..
 
I recently received a message from one of their technicians today who apologised immensely as they said she could not find him in their system…she was spelling his name with an ‘I’ not a ‘y’ and could not find him. She really feels terrible and apologises!
 
They feel really bad for not being able to find him YET he is there in their system!
 
He has had two surgeries there for his TPLO’s and we have posted his receipts/bills from Liston Animal Hospital also as documentation.
 
Liston Animal Hospital is now closed until Monday yet, if you wanted to call them back then, they would be extremely happy to take your call. 613-591-0966
 
Your consideration to his bills really means a lot to us and to him!!
 

**UPDATE: ONLY $510.75 NOW NEEDED!** 
 
Mr. Symba when he came home from his 2nd TPLO surgery. His mug is so adorable…..all drugged up on the good stuff!
 
As per our other post, his final Vet bill – posted – shows almost $1,000 more than we had been estimated for due to the extreme damage to his meniscus. 
 
Mr. Symba is still offering up three special play visit/day dates to help with his bills!
 
Donations can also be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
 
Thanks so much for your time and consideration!
 

**UPDATE: ONLY $710.75 NOW NEEDED!**
 
What a day! BHRR’s Symba had his 2nd TPLO surgery today.
 
We have good news and not so good news that we are going to work to turn in the end to good news.
 
I am attaching some pics of him – top is post-op – LOVE the tongue. Bottom left is getting his leg prepped for surgery and bottom right is as we were doing catheter placement under sedation.
The second picture is of his Vet Bill. That is part of the bad news. 
 
Good news first – his surgery went well! YAY!
 
Bad news – his meniscus was badly torn and beyond repair. Per Dr. Philibert; it was far worse than expected. 
 
It is not abnormal for there to be meniscus damage yet, in Mr. Symba’s case, it meant even more time under anesthesia, which in turn, meant more cost to his overall Vet Bills.

His final Vet bill – posted – shows almost $1,000 more than we had been estimated for. 
 
To attempt to avoid myself exclusively begging and pleading as usual and knowing that we shall not be able to begin to host our 2021 Annual Nail Trim/Ear Cleaning Drive-Way Events until April….Mr. Symba is offering up three special play visit/day dates!
 
While we know that this will not completely pay off all of the $955.75 remaining to be paid; it will greatly help.
 
As always, thank you in advance for any consideration towards his bills or having a Date with him….we would truly be incredibly grateful.
 
Donations can be sent to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
 
March will see us doing three more neuters plus a spay at a cost of almost $4,000.
 
With COVID, we continue to hurt beyond words to be able to fundraise……for example, we have not been able to host our annual Breaking Bills Bake Online Auction for 2021.
 
Giant Breed dogs mean Giant Breed bills….

BHRR’s Coupe!
ADOPTED: February 20th, 2021
 
Mr. Coupe, so much to say, so many emotions, so hard to even express how I feel right now….
 
Suffice to say, you MORE than did it…you blew it way out of the park!
 
That you went to a home that had adopted from us previously and wished to adopt only from us again; touches us even more.
 
I could tell from that first video sent my way of you when I reached out asking this wonderful rescue angel if they had a dog in need that we could assist; that you were beyond special.
 
AND you have proven to so many how incredibly amazing you are inside and out.
 
Handsome, smart, a real ham, a charmer, a flirt too! You are a thrivor!
 
To all those that have been touched by your gentle soul, to have had you look deep into their souls with your warm, soulful stunning brown eyes; they will all agree just how unbelievably incredible you are.
 
There has always been an ‘intangible’ element about you, an aura….you make people feel happy and relaxed and they fill up with calmness plus smiles.
 
The stories you could tell of your journey prior to rescue and we know that those stories would bring many a tear to our eyes. Yet, from the moment you arrived; we did not look back, neither did you.
 
We worked hard towards giving you the future of happiness and health that you deserve.
 
You were surrounded by a community plus village that was strong and supportive and believed in you just as much as we do. We are eternally grateful to each and every rescue angel that came together to get you to BHRR safely, that emergency temp fostered you, that gave of themselves in time for play dates and play visits when you were ready, that donated to your extensive Vet bills – that we remain paying off and shall be doing so for some time to come and that is ok for you are deserving, this is why BHRR exists to help animals like you!
 
Parting ways today was hard; yet; also so heartwarming…..doing right by the dogs includes adopting out those that no longer need us. We remain never desperate, we remain never flipping dogs or rushing adoptions and we remain full of disclosure.
 
We are NEVER going to approve an adoption on a dog before they are ready. That is NOT r/q rescue AND we are never going to approve an adoption on a dog that is not that right matched personality fit home.
 
We know that we will see you again. We know that this is not good-bye forever; this is until we meet again and we know that your future is one of such joy, fun, potential and love.
 
We know that you shall continue to thrive and not lack for anything.
 
Thank you Sean for coming to do this home-visit with me.
 
This was also an emotional home-visit as this is the first as we slowly transition over the next ~8 years or so.
 
We have now completed adoption #426…not many to a lot of groups; yet, to our group that almost each and every dog is a special needs one; it is wonderful. This approved adoption was almost like the beginning of a truly hard to put into words journey. The impact and enormity of this reality as we move forward; is raw……….and thank you Mr. Coupe for being a big awesome part of BHRR’s legacy. Thank you to all of the kind, caring folks that not only understand yet, appreciate that doing r/q rescue is not easy and that we must do right by the dogs.
 

Mr. Coupe, giving you one final tummy rub, one last ear scratch plus a smooch on the muzzle; telling you how much I love you and will miss you and how proud of you; filled me with big smiles, even if some of them became a bit wobbly…..

 
You are now ‘home’ Mr. Coupe.
 

Today is a very special day! For a very special dog!

Now that the COVID restrictions have been opening up, we are able to proceed with doing home-visits again.

BHRR’s Coupe’s home-visit is today for a possible approved adoption!!

We will update as we can….

 

My sweet boy…..RIP darling angel.
 
It has been a true honour and a privilege….

February 2012 – February 1st, 2021
 
Mr. Maverick, you will always be the one and true Iron Man!
 
This is not the best picture of you on XMAS day, 2020; yet; who would have thought that in a matter of weeks; your aging body suddenly gave out. 
 
I will never forget being reached out to assist you….I will never forget your journey to us and receiving messages from people not sure how to load you up into their vehicle…..I had been told that you had one ‘bad’ leg; yet, in fact, you had two….which did not matter to us…
 
We loved you even more!
 
The 4 surgeries you had to have on your front legs; how people would be so ignorant saying that you were suffering and should be put to sleep. Then their silence when we posted a picture of you running with sheer happiness/joy with your two new front legs!
 
Their continued silence when quite a few of the naysayers met you…you told them in your own words and way; how deserving plus worthy you are.
 
So many rescue angels that came together to be your strong village of love and kindness plus so much generosity!
 
Your Vet bills over the years; amounted to almost $27,000 and you have been worth each and every dime, nickel and quarter.
 
You have taught so many people so many amazing life lessons and we are deeply going to miss your ‘booping’ side and nibbling our rumps!
 
You have been around to help so many amazing BHRR dogs reach their full potential. You have been around to see many successfully adopted and to give others the best time of their lives until it was their time to cross over when it was their own time.
 

You are a legacy….you represent the heart of what BHRR is, why were are needed and what we do.

How another group would just walk past you as you were this skinny, broken black Dane to scoop up the ‘pretty’ coloured Dane you were surrendered with; still makes us shake our heads.

For your personality, your gorgeous colouring and those front legs of yours, endeared you to sooooooooo many!

We remain forever grateful that we were reached out to, to consider assisting you for you changed so many lives for the better. You were such a gift.

You are a BBBBB, now and forever…you were an amazing ambassador to your breed; you will be dearly missed.

We still find ourselves laying out your meals, calling your name to get a treat or to go for a stroll or car ride.

You are asked about when we go through the Timmie’s and we continue to take the plain timbit and lay it upon your final resting place at BHRR’s Rainbow bridge. These caring people know that you are now crossed over; yet, they still want you to have your fav timbit treatie.

We miss the unique sound of you talking!

I miss how you would push your head up under my arm as I am typing on the computer, telling me it is now ‘Mavie Time’.

I will miss how you would tell me off when it was food time! Goodness, we could never be late for meal time.

I miss the sunrises and sunsets that we would sit on the hill together to enjoy as a the beautiful special time between you and I.

I will miss how indignant you would look when I pulled out your winter coat and ‘tolerate’ me putting it on.

Such a ham, a hoot, a riot, a character!

That you were 9 years young and it was your time to go; makes me want to be selfish for it was not enough time…..it will never have been enough time…

I feel honoured and blessed that I was there to stroke your gorgeous frosted face plus chest. I will miss your front leg ‘telling’ me if I needed to shift my hand to a better spot.

I am honoured that even when the light of life was fading from your eyes and your spirit was leaving your body; you seemed to comforting me in your final moments….telling me that it is ok, that you are ok, that I will be ok…..

It was like your heart spoke to mine in that moment…..

It has been a true honour and privilege Mr. Mavie to have had you grace our heart plus home…..

Come spring, we will plant a special flower or bush in your final resting place.

I know the path to your resting spot will be a well worn one….

YOU, Mr. Mavie, have made not just me yet, so many others – of many species – better…..

You are one of a kind……and so incredibly missed.

This is a picture of the x-ray from BHRR’s Symba’s left leg post-op TPLO x-ray!
 
AND thanks to a couple of truly heart warming donations – via empties being returned, we are only just over $1,800 short in paying for his right TPLO surgery that is scheduled for February 23rd.
 
If you may consider his deserving cause to support, you can make donations directly to Liston Animal Hospital – this is where his ortho specialist Dr. Philibert – will be doing his TPLO surgery.
 
613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
 
Any and all donations as always, would be deeply appreciated and embraced with incredibly humbled thanks….
 
Thank you!!!
 

BHRR’s Rocket(Deaf/Visually Impaired GD) says ‘whatcha doin’!? 
 
Today, he was at LAH for his recheck. As most are now aware, he bloated last weekend and to have some good news come out of this past week of nightmares makes Sean/I slump our shoulders with a bit of relief.
 
We are not yet ready to post of the not 1, yet 2 devastating BHRR Haven Dog losses this past week and we do promise to do that shortly.
 
We also remain eternally grateful to Hospitals such as EVC and LAH for being there in our time of need. Additionally, we remain incredibly thankful to the Vets including Dr. Ammar for stating so clearly ‘that I did everything’ while looking directly at me after he walked into the exam room.
 
As I responded to him, we certainly tried and tried hard as this is what we do to be there for such deserving animals like these two and each time I was told that there was so many things that were medically wrong with these amazing dogs and that we did everything right…..Quality of life…quality of life.
 
We work so hard to go up and beyond and do right by each and every animal that crosses our doors.
 
Every single Vet and Specialist involved that spanned no less than 5 Hospitals strongly recommended/encouraged plus advised to make the humane euthanasia decision and supported us immensely when it was time to say good-bye.
 
It reinforced what we knew to be right and gave us some strength to draw upon, to stand up and do what these two beauties needed us to do.
 
In the meantime, we want to post this good update:
 
Mr. Rocket now weighs 45.1 kgs(99.22 pounds) which is up 11.22 pounds from his last weight. Slow but sure buddy, slow but sure!
 
This means since he arrived into our rescue program, he has put on 31.72 pounds.
 
He is still thin yet, he looks miles better than he once did plus as a young growing Great Dane, he will need to keep putting on more weight.
 
He was given a big thumbs and was deemed healthy enough to finally begin his vaccine protocol.
 
He will be de-wormed again tomorrow.
 
He and Mr. Porthos are now also scheduled for their neuters the second week of March.
 
We also wanted to impart that there was a cancellation on February 23rd for Dr. Philibert and Mr. Symba’s 2nd TPLO surgery is now scheduled for that day. Moved up from May 4th. So, we are in a desperate mode trying to figure out the remaining funds needed for his surgery.
 
Sean and I are deferring two mortgage payments – we can do so once a year – yet, we are still going to be short $2,100 for his second necessary surgery.
 
I also received three very generous donations from caring kind rescue angels for my Birthday that totalled $450. That will be put towards the bills that still remain for the two BHRR dogs that have now left us.
 
If anyone may consider Mr. Symba’s bills to donate to: Donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital: 613-591-0966
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please do advise of the password

 

AND we also wanted to post that yes, we are aware of the brewing situation of a hoarding GD case and we were reached out directly by the authorities involved. We are on standby as needed. With a lot of experience/knowledge working with hoarding plus puppymill situations; we know that that this will be a long drawn out situation as the courts do what they need to do in order to make sure that there are not any loopholes or things missed.

As what was stated in Sean’s end of years statement plus posted on this page, we know that there will be the exception made as we transition BHRR.

In knowing that many of these Danes are also special needs; we are in a stand by mode to help as needed……we will post as more unfolds and waht/if BHRR will be helping out with.

On Saturday, BHRR’s Coupe had his play date from an auction item winning and he had a blast!
 
Thank you SO much Elaine Giles & fam for giving him yet, another great adventure!!!
 
He remains under a PENDING ADOPTION and we will update as we can.
 
He is a real gem of a dog! Just a doll!
 
Thank you Elaine for this great picture of him on his play date! 

Update: Before the admitting ER Vet went home, he called us. BHRR’s Oslo will remain in the ICU on the CRI Diazepam overnight and they are going to work to try and slowly wean him off.
 
Much discussion was had in re: to his medication regime and where do we go from here.
 
Tomorrow AM, I will call them on my way back into work to see how his overnight went.
 
I have also emailed his teams here in re: to their own expert opinions/views for the next steps.

UPDATE:
 
Mr. Oslo had a grand mal seizure around 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM. He is now on a diazepam CRI drip via his iv. Gwen will call again around 11 PM for another update unless they reach out to us first.
 
Donations: $677.50 to date. We are humbled, deeply for the support.
 
Your consideration to support our efforts means a lot. We truly appreciate your kindness.

So, today is not a good one…..
 
After being free from seizures for 1 month plus 1 day, Mr. Oslo is now back admitted to the TO emergency for having had cluster seizures earlier today – 3.
 
Thank you to his foster home for bringing him into Emerge.
 
This is their estimate – and Gwen has reached out to them as they are charging $60 when he has already been there once – December 30th/31st and we have been treating him for IS since he arrived into our Rescue back in October. We are now waiting to hear back.
 
Per his emergency Vet, he is dehydrated and they have him on fluid therapy plus seizure watch in the ICU for the next 24 hours.
 
Then we have BHRR’s Rocket who bloated. He is now stable.
 
If anyone may consider their causes to support, donations can be sent via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need the password.
 
Fundraising options remain very limited due to COVID and weather and our Drive-Way Nail Trim/Ear Cleaning events will not start up again until April.
 
Thank you in advance for any consideration, even $5 to support their deserving causes and please keep both wonderful boys in your best wishes.

This is BHRR’s Burst Secret Valentine present!

Thank you to her Secret Admirer, Elaine Giles for being her special Valentine’s Day Angel! 

Gentle Reminder to the BHRR Valentine Angels; that if we could have your gifts/financial donations by February 12th – that will give us time to ensure that the fosters get theirs in time for V-Day!

Thank you! 

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My last post of my night – Busy day over here!

BHRR’s Coupe(NewfX) is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We shall update as we can!

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

BHRR’s Caramel!

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Today, he had his annual at LAH.

He had a great drive in. With being so worried about so many things, to set him up for success, I did give him Trazodone last night and then again today. There truly is no need to watch an animal struggle and stress when we have the means to lessen their emotional load.

Sean came with me and we did an errand prior to arriving at LAH – Sean stayed in the car with him and the errand went much faster than expected, so we ended up almost 1 hour early for our apt.

So, we just relaxed in the vehicle and people came and went and animals came in and out and only twice did he become reactive.

Remember that a reactive dogs is not trying to give us a hard time. They are trying to tell that they are having a hard time. AND we should be listening and helping them.

I told him that he was ok and then passively ignored and he barked about 3-4 times and then quieted down. No lunging or growling. Once he quieted down, he was told that he was a good boy, I thanked him for being such a good boy and rewarded him with a Benny Bully treat.

This one car stopped and parked close beside us and that man was quite intimidating to him. Well, the man forgot something and after leaving his vehicle, got to the side walk, turned around and came back. Mr. Caramel just looked at him, ears focused and body a bit tense, yet, not a peep when he came back to his car and left again.

I was so proud of BHRR’s Caramel and told him how proud I was and he was given a teat. His tail wagged so much, he was so happy!

From then, he just laid down and we waited for our apt.

About 15 minutes prior to his apt., I went in, prepared his vaccines and got a muzzle – muzzles are not punishment. For dogs with impulse control issues and being worried about a lot of things; this can be a great safety and not just a training tool.

We have muzzled trained Mr. Caramel and he took the treats, put his face into the muzzle on his own volition and his wonderful Vet did the apt. in the parking lot. So much less stress and strain for BHRR’s Caramel.

He never once growled or panicked – did step away when it came to his ears being looked at yet, that is around his face and he settled down well. No issue with his eyes being looked at. His Vet let him check out the stethoscope and his heart and lungs were given a big thumbs up!

The Vet was able to do a very thorough exam – other than teeth(wearing a muzzle) – yet, we do check his teeth regularly at home and we did not have any concerns.

He was great with all of his vaccines – 4 pokes – and his body condition was perfect. We did not do a weight – that meant bringing him into the Clinic where there were animals leaving from their surgeries today and was quite the busy place.

While I would have loved to know what he weighed as he looks marvelous! – his comfort zone is the priority.

He just thinks that others are out to eat him and I did tell his Vet the story about BHRR’s Lilly and how she made it clear that they were going to be bff’s and they are! She did not give him a choice! 

He has BHRR’s Fred, my two Wolfies, BHRR’s Lilly, BHRR’s Burst as his great friends and now has added the 3 Musketeers to his set up for success close friend circle. You can see that he and BHRR’s Dean are getting closer too…one day at a time. 

He no longer runs away from the other dogs and does not bark at them the way he once did yet, he still remains quite suspicious of them despite the hard efforts of many of them to love him!

He is who he is and needs a understanding patient right matched personality fit home that will continue to help him be the best dog he can be. He has so much potential and from where he came from when he first arrived to how he is now; is light years!

We do not hide him from the world. We just keep his world as big as he can handle and that too is light years from where it once was. He goes to the drive through – loves plain timbits! and chicken McNuggets too, special rare treats! AND we make each trip an adventure of great experiences.

He will never be a dog park dog – we do not like dog parks to begin with. He will never be the dog that wants to be the center of attention or the life of the party yet, if you are just patient and calm and quiet and give him time; I can guarantee that you will have one of the most loyal, biggest personality clown filled amazing of dogs ever.

He wears his emotions on his sleeve and his heart is massive.

I love that he is so honest in his feelings and that he now trusts that I will not set him for failure.

If that right matched personality fit home never comes along; that is fine too…always is….he lives an awesome life with us.

He is my late night study buddy – yes, as some are now aware I have gone back to school for yet, another degree  – he is the last adorable canine mug I see at night when I close my eyes and one of the first faces I see when I wake up in the morning.

He greets each and every day with enthusiasm and a zest for life that is like that small child greeting the world with curiousity mixed with wariness that wars with excitement and caution!

Simply put, I adore him and he is a gorgeous diamond in the rough!

This is a picture of us on our drive in and he is wearing his brand new Wiggle Bumz collar compliments of his collar angel Tracey! What a gorgeous choice for him! 

Will be posting in a separate post re: collars!
 
 

Another picture of him as he is just so darn photogenic!

BHRR’s Coupe!
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
 He DID it! With so many amazing, kind, generous, supportive and loving rescue angels, he DID it! He has overcome SO much and throughout it all, he has remained the most amazing temperament of dogs. AND the better he has felt, the happier he has become – if that was even possible! and he is such a doll of a dog!

Health Status: HEALTHY! He will need a home that will continue to ensure that he has Deramaxx and Gabpentin as needed and will remain on his HeartGard Plus year round. He will also need a microfilaria blood test every 6 months.
*THIS IS MANDATORY TO ANY HOME THAT IS APPROVED TO ADOPT HIM!*

Type of Home Ideal For Mr. Coupe: 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 NOT go to a home that seeks to make him fat or obese – yup, one of my biggest pet peeves! He is lean and looks fantastic! His legs will not benefit whatsoever from being fat or even plump.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, sweet, social, playful, quietly active, gentle, kind, and if not handled properly – he has the propensity to develop SA behaviours. If allowed, he will pull so he needs someone that will ensure that he continues to mind his wonderful manners that he has learned.

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is ideal yet not required if that right matched home is set up for success. While it would be lovely to see him in a home with another right matched fit dog; it is not required. It is important that he has a strong doggie network as he needs friends too!

Good With Cats: He has proven to be good with cats – he had two foster homes with cats. Integration is always key!

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown.

Good with Children: He has been fine with children and we will consider homes that have children 10 and up and no more than 3 children in a home.

 
Grooming: He is a dream to wash, do nails! He does need to be brushed out regularly and this is a great bonding time between us – along with treats!
 
Car: He loves his car rides! He has been given so many amazing play dates and experiences that the association with car rides 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. 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 would make an incredible therapy dog. He is calm and such a low maintenance dog.
 
Loves & Bad Habits: He is a big FLIGHT risk. He will take off and run. A safely fenced in yard and play areas is so important. He has the taste for wandering – had been picked up as a stray.

He loves treats and loves to be around his humans. He is affectionate and loving in his very special way and does not ask to sit on you or climb into your shower! The way his eyes follow me as I go about doing house chores or working on the computer is humbling. His gorgeous eyes are soul reaching and kind. His eyes tell a tale of an extremely tough life. He is a thoughtful thinking kind of dog. He likes to observe things and think them over before making a decision.

He is so much better about asking for loving. He will roll on his side and lift up one leg to get his tummy rubs plus pats.

He was so serious when he first arrived into rescue. Now, he has many moments of just letting himself go to enjoy the experiences found in adventuring. Though, he is 3+ years of age; he now has some puppy moments of sheer joy of life.

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

Trail walks/hikes – a few kms daily are his jam. He needs to have offleash time and not just leash walking. He can often be found sitting in the highest parts of our hills in our 3+ safely fenced in acreage surveying the land. Many a day, I wish I knew what he was thinking about as he is looks deep in thought.

Anxieties/Worries: He has the ability to 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 the block or two; we should still get in our cars and go for a small drive to

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 safe 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.

After 25+ years; we remain knowing that we cannot please everyone and that 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 and we are excited to go through 2021! 

 

BHRR’s Oslo!

He was also at the Vet on the 25th for a recheck.

The Vet did a very thorough knee and hip exam and we discussed repeating x-rays and we agreed that when we can neuter him – age and seizure control dependent – we can re-take some x-rays then. We know that he is getting worse….that is apparent and all of us are monitoring his QOL closely.

To stress him out attempting to do x-rays – causing him discomfort too – while awake – could easily spiral him in to a cluster seizure situation. This we do not wish to see happen.

Additionally, with his IS, we will have to be very careful with his sedation protocol when/if we do proceed.

Per his Vet, we all know that both hips and both of his knees are bad yet, he struggles more on the back right hind end side. With his medical conditions, he understandably lacks muscle mass/tone in his hind end yet, his chest is very strong and his coat looks wonderful too!

To help keep him comfortable, his Gabapentin was increased to 400 mg over the 300 mgs; up to three times daily. His Vet said that we can go up to 600 mg, three times a day if necessary.

He will remain on the 50 mg of Deramaxx daily along with the 120 mg of Phenobarbital every 12 hours.

We have a refill request in for his Keppra – he is now getting 1500 mg, every 8 hours.

We still plan on doing alternative therapies with him as COVID 19 will allow us.

The intent and goal is and always has been to give him quality of life and his Vet(who also does othro and has been part of his story from the beginning) believes that for how bad his knees plus hips present, that his quality of life remains good at this time.

We shall never see him or any of our dogs suffer. We will make the horribly difficult and painful decision when we need to as it has to be always about QOL not quantity of life.

He weighed 47.2 kg(103.84 pounds). He was just a wee bit on the plump side; not by much and his excellent foster home is doing an incredible job with and for him!!!!

We will be back in three months time – barring any emergencies for another recheck etc. He has remained seizure free since December 30th, 2021 and his pattern has been to have cluster seizures monthly at the present time.

We are also still hoping and wishing for a February Sponsor or Sponsors for his bills – with the increase in both Keppra and Gabapentin; his monthly bills are running close to $800

If anyone may consider his so deserving cause to support, donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 or Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

*we just need to know the password.

Thank you in advance for any consideration to his bills.

Finances remain beyond tight for BHRR and we do not receive any corporate or government funding.

We must extend a public THANK YOU to the RESCUE angel that made a donation of $100! We are so so so so grateful!

This is a hoot of a picture sent from his lovely foster mama! The stories and pictures of him and his daily journey’s crack me up!

I was so tickled to see him myself on Monday as I had not seen him since December. He is such a softie and in some ways he is losing that baby face yet, in other ways, he remains having that adorable wee monkey face!

On a side note: we have a date for BHRR’s Symba’s second TPLO surgery – May 4th. This will give us time to continue to fundraise and come April, we will be back doing our 2nd year of popular Nail Trim/Ear Cleaning Drive-Way events!!!

Tomorrow, BHRR’s Caramel is in for his own annual – this had been postponed from earlier due to a huge snowstorm that blew in.
 

Mr. Symba!

He is having a much deserved snooze after his big day today at LAH.

He had a very busy day! It was a busy and expensive day for BHRR too….

Mr. Symba had his post-op follow-up plus x-rays to see how his leg has healed from his TPLO procedure.

THUMBS UP given! He was such a good boy too….such a good boy getting his x-rays done.

We can now move on getting a surgery date with Dr. Philibert for his right leg TPLO surgery.

Bad news is that his right leg is deteriorating. After he had a thorough check on it, he has not been weight bearing – he is on Gabapentin and Deramaxx. The cold weather and the icy conditions are not helping.

We hope to be able to get a surgery date ASAP.

After being pampered plus spoiled with treats and love, he is now all wonderfully drugged up, including with some Trazodone and snoring away. Rest is best for him tonight.

We also still need to raise another $3,000 for his second TPLO.

If anyone may consider his cause to support, donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital – this is where Dr. Philibert will be doing the surgery once again:

613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

*we just need to know the password.

This boy continues to just charm all those that meet him. He is such a deam-boat of a personality plus dog!

Thank you in advance for any consideration to his bills.

Finances remain beyond tight for BHRR.

I will be posting re: BHRR’s Oslo’s own apt. today shortly and we are still seeking a February Sponsor or Sponsors for his bills – with the increase in both Keppra and Gabapentin; his monthly bills are running close to $800

AND Miss Olive still needs her own February Sponsor or Sponsors for her bills – She is now close to $900/month for her bills

Quality of life always for our dogs and both of these amazing creatures are going strong!

We would be deeply and forever grateful for even a $5 donation.

BHRR receives no corporate or government support. Most of our bills are covered out of our own pockets and we truly would be appreciative for any rescue angel donations.

Double Digit Danes/Dogs!
 
This is BHRR’s Rain!
 
She turned a miraculous 10 years young in December 2020!
 
She now joins the incredible double digit Dane/Dog Club!
 
Miss Rain is one of our BHRR Haven dogs – her brother BHRR’s Beau was adopted March 9th, 2012.
 
She has lived an amazing life under our care.
 
She is a Saint that came back ~1.5 years ago for a number of reasons from a perma-foster home situation.
 
Members of the BHRR BOD were very happy to welcome her back to The Boerskins.
 

She had repeated thyroid tests while being perma-fostered due to continued weight gain – all results were normal – and much conversation was had re: diet and exercise. Regular concern had been expressed re: her weight gain, her ever growing senior age and how unhealthy this weight gain was.

Since she has come back, she has lost all of the weight that she had put on, she has muscled/toned up and is still going strong! She has remained a big BHRR fav for so many!

These days she sleeps a lot yet, still has playful moments!

Here is to 2021 and turning 11 years young in December!
 

BHRR’s Athos – one of our lovely 3 Musketeers had his de-twinkling appointment on Tuesday January 19th!

He weighed 50.8 kgs(111.76 pounds) and we also microchipped him at the same time. When he is done growing, he may well top 125 pounds at a nice and lean level. Only time will tell as he could have a growth spurt and be bigger. As long as he is healthy and happy, it does not matter.

Hard to believe that he was once this emaciated, dirty puppy. He is growing into a truly handsome young man!

Once he recovers, he will have his own special announcement to make.

His brother BHRR’s Porthos was also to be neutered on Tuesday yet, he hurt his leg in the huge snowstorm last Saturday and his appointment has now been rescheduled.

This picture was taken on our drive in – I gave him Trazodone the night before and the morning of to make things more comfortable and less worried for him. Anything that can be done to lessen a dogs’ stress level should be done to give them the best vet apt. experience possible.

So, his eyes are showing that he is doped up. 

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Someone had a lot of careful fun today in the Winter Wonderland and he is now out for the count and snoring up a storm!

On January 25th, he has his post-op recheck including x-rays that Dr. Philibert shall review and hopefully; we can then book the other leg for a TPLO surgery.

BHRR’s Symba is truly a love…..

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

BHRR’s Caramel with my two Wolfies – Torin & Brogan!

Winter Wonderland Day here at BHRR. 25 cms expected before it is all said and done.

They are very intently looking towards the horse barn for whatever reason. 

Mr. Caramel was to have his annual today yet, I postponed it yesterday due to this big storm system heading our way.

Mr. Symba had his special play date today!

This was a date won in our annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction.

He had a lovely day per his play date family!

AND love the picture of the drool!! That is a Mastiff for you!

He will be in shortly for his 8 week post-op x-rays from his first TPLO and we are now brainstorming towards raising the remainder – $3,000 – for his second TPLO surgery.

He is such a wonderful dog and we look forward to him having two new back legs!

 

BHRR’s Coupe was at the Vet today for his annual – vaccines and to have a recheck on those new front legs of his!

Since he first arrived to BHRR, just shy of 1 year ago; he has had 3 surgeries – fb plus pexy, dental and bilateral elbow arthroscopic surgery; we also found no less than 2 bullets in him, was found out to be heartworm positive; had a deep penetrating leg wound, was diagnosed with un united anconeal process, ruled out fungal osteomyletitis plus blasto and the list goes on……AND through all of his treatments plus surgeries, he has been a gem of a dog!

He has learned manners and muscled/toned up and the healthier he became, the stronger he got, the happier and friendler he also became. AND for those who met this dog at the beginning of his journey would have stated that he was one mighty fine and happy dog then! He is over the moon happy now. He is playful and so affectionate and though, shall always have a slight permanent limp – golfball sizes of bone chips/fragments were taken out from his leg surgeries December 1st – nothing is holding him back!

He weighed a very consistent 39.7 kgs(87.34 pounds) and looks marvelous!

He was given a thumbs up today at his Vet Visit at EVC and it was so nice for the Vet that did his first surgery on February 6th, 2020 to be the one to see him again today!

Mr. Coupe shall soon be ready to make his own special announcement.

Karen Boyd and Jane Smith- he has done so well and I cannot thank you both again for all you did to help get him safely to us! Karen, I am so glad I reached out to you to see if you had a dog in need that we could possibly assist with! He has been magnificent and it has been an honour to work with you/Sam/Jane once more.

Courtney Reil – thank you for emerge temp fostering him in TO and then driving him to EVC!

Cassy Montgomery – Thank you and John for also taking such great care of him too!

Thank you to everyone that gave him special play dates and play visits – Elaine Giles, Ashley Deon, Melanie Moore etc. during his extensive rehabilitation journey with BHRR.

Thank you ALSO to all of the rescue angels that donated to help us pay for his enormous Vet Bills!

We are very excited for his future and even Mr. Symba did not mind at all sharing his Mr. Bear Stuffie with Mr. Coupe!

BHRR’s Rocket – the emaciated, special needs Great Dane – was at the Vet today.

Cassy Montgomery came with me shy of three weeks ago to pick him up from an unpleasant situation. Thank you again for coming with me.

His weight – and there is a picture posted in this group and also in his detailed blog – was just shy of 68 pounds when he was picked up. Pictures really do not show the level of emaciation that he came into rescue with.

His previous O. said he was about 120 pounds. I knew from photo’s sent that he was nowhere near that weight and at an ideal weight should be around 115-120 pounds, depending on his growth – he is quite young still. ~18 months or so.

Today, he weighs 40.3 Kgs(88.66 pounds). He has put on just over 20 pounds since he first arrived in our care.

He is still emaciated yet, we are slowly getting there. We started feeding him 8 small meals a day and now he is eating 5 meals a day and eating well. We had to teach him how to eat again.

With his better weight; we did his pre-op bloodwork and heartworm/tickborne disease testing and we are not surprised to note that he has very high globulin levels or that he came back Lyme positive.

He is on Doxycycline for the next 3 weeks and we will then do a recheck, repeat blood-work, re-weigh and see if that time if he is in better condition for vaccines. Next week he will be de-wormed once more with Interceptor Plus.

His neuter will not occur until he is healthier too. His happy tail is finally scabbing over and we are working to stay on top of him not banging it.

His manners are coming along so beautifully and he is such a wonderful boy!! He really is! He no longer tries to hump everything nor does he bark nonstop in inappropriate attention seeking behaviour. His leash manners are improving nicely and he really is quite affectionate.

We are teaching him that he is worthy and important and that he is going to be ok. He was very deprived of much in the way of consistency plus structure not to mention obedience plus attention and his previous O. did state that they did not have time for him since he and his partner split.

He is picking up hand signals incredibly fast and Sean/I do still believe that his potential to be placed up for adoption at some point in the future when he is ready is high. We will see…..he has such a long road ahead of him and he is safe regardless if he is adoptable or not. We assist those that are in the next of need of us, not those that are exclusively highly adoptable. Our Haven program is the majority of what BHRR does.

AND he is wearing two collars as he is a huge flight risk. His previous home would quite often leave a window open for him to come and go at will. Cassy and I remain so shocked that he was never hit by a car as he is deaf/visually impaired and was living right off a dark busy rural area road.

Looks like two more doggies had quite the New Years Eve!

BHRR’s Sleet(one of the 3 BHRR blind/deaf mice) and our Salt!

They are actually fast asleep and the only thing holding up each others head is each other…that does not look comfortable!

Sleet is deaf/blind – she had to also have a bilateral eye eneucleation. She turned 2 in October.

Salt is deaf and where once he was visually impaired, he is now also blind. He will turn a miraculous 6 years old in April.

Many special needs Danes do not make it to see much past their 3rd birthday.

Sean/I promised each other that should we be urgently needed as we transition BHRR to fully close over the next ~7-9 years, for the Danes/Giants/Honourary Giants like them; that we will continue stepping up as we can as the additional exception.

We also remain here as always for our adoptive homes for the life of our dogs and to honour all of our commitments made to the homes that asked us to step up and take care of their dog(s); should something happen to them.

There is no other special needs Dane/Giant Breed Rescue in Canada and we know of only two in the USA at this time – one being highly disreputable. We have close to 30 years working with, rescuing, saving, rehabilitating, owning plus training etc. these incredible animals. Most of our own special needs Danes are now registered Therapy dogs.

2020 saw us assist 16 amazing dogs…..quality over quantity, always.
 

Almost 1:30 PM in the afternoon and someone is still sleeping!

One would think that he had a really busy New Year’s Eve bash instead of a wonderfully quiet Boerskins Evening!

We really hope that 2021 is an incredible year for all of our friends, family and supporters.

2020 brought so much our way in experiences, knowledge, revelations plus life lessons that we shall both personally and professionally bring into 2021 and beyond. Sean/Gwen

BHRR’s Dean! We were at the Vet this afternoon for his boosters and a recheck on his tail.

He is no longer emaciated which is awesome! HIs Vet was extremely happy with his body condition. AS are we! Do not have a weight captured for today as there was an extremely reactive Rottie that arrived at the same time and it was best to just do what we really needed to do and leave.

He is being placed on another 3 weeks of antibiotics for his tail.

AND he will remain on Gabapentin plus Deramaxx too.

He is still anxious in the car, getting better and still reactive to cars passing by. I now have him reduced to Trazodone twice a day. He has made incredible progress and this a journey for him…..one step at a time. He was so undersocialised prior to his rescue so over-stimulation is a very real thing for him.

He really is a nice boy…with us he now wags his tail, he bounces in excitement and makes the best sounds when I come home from work. He has three BFF’s in doggie buds also – BHRR’s Fred and my two Wolfies – Torin plus Brogan.

He is scheduled for his neuter in March – earliest opening at the Vet – and as we need to work further on his comfort zone around strangers plus being handled and also healing his tail; this gives us a lot more time to get him ready.

From our home to all of our friends, families and supporters, the best of Happy New Year wishes are being sent! We sincerely hope that 2021 is a much better year for all of us……

UPDATE: He has remained seizure free since he was admitted. He was pulled off of the Diazepam infusion around 10 AM and has continued to be seizure free.

The Hospital called Gwen just past 7 AM and she recently talked to them again.

He is having his IV pulled and will be heading out shortly.

The Hospital has increased his Keppra from 750 mg to 1500 mg three times daily.

We will have our own Vet/Emergency Team review the records once they are sent over and re-visit with the neurologist here his case once more.

Puppies having seizures is most often a hereditary condition or trauma based. There has been zeo indication of any trauma and we know that his liver and kidney values are good and that these are not the cause or contributing factors. It is so rare for it to be a tumour and there has been no reason to believe that there has been a toxin exposure prior to him coming into rescue and none of his continuous testing has supported that being the case either.

What we can and are working hard to do is to manage the seizures and give him quality of life. This is also the case with his marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia. It is always going to be and has to be about quality of life, not quantity.

He has had a generous sponsor for January that will cover the cost of his bills and with the additional Keppra being added to his med regime; his monthly bills will now be closer to $600 and if anyone may consider being a sponsor for February for him, donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

Thanks in advance for any consideration! 

On December 9th, Mr. Oslo was in for his latest recheck. He weighed 40.40 Kgs(88.88 pounds).

We also re-tested his Pheno levels along with his Liver values and discussed when it would be safe/ideal to consider neutering him, if at all.

Per his Vet:
“Phenobarbital level for Oslo at 82 which is within therapeutic level.

No change needed as long as his seizures controlled. He has a very mild increase of phosphorus and creatine Kinase (likely from seizures activities).”

Today, December 30th, one month from when he had his last cluster seizures; @ around 9:30 AM, he had a seizure; then another one at 12:58 PM and then a third one just after that. He was given rectal Diazepam and then taken to the Emergency Hospital.

He was placed on a Diazepam IV infusion and will remain on it until AM.

This poor dog cannot catch a break. 

Please keep him in your thoughts as well as his caring foster home for as much as I love him, the connection plus bonding that he and they have had together; is making this separation/situation even more difficult.

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Another pic! Miss Sleet is so affectionate.

As we enter a very rainy XMAS Eve and are under a severe weather warning, The Boerskins wanted to send out a truly heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the special Secret Santa’s that stepped up to give the BHRR doggies a truly lovely XMAS! THANK YOU! 
 
While we had two people that defaulted on their promise to help spoil the BHRR doggies, we had amazing Santa Elves that stepped up to assist The Boerskins in ensuring that each BHRR doggie would have a really wonderful Holiday!
 
It came down to the wire and I picked up the last three lovely SS’s today afer work and spent several hours getting the gorgeous SS pressie(s) to their respective foster homes in time for Christmas Eve!
 
While we will not be doing our usual traditional Christmas Eve Photo shoot, we did want to share a picture of the miraculous 3 Blind/Deaf Mice of BHRR’s Sleet with Mason taken just now.
 
She was the one that we thought we would lose first and she is still going strong and turned 2 in October.
 
As most are aware her brother BHRR’s Glacier was lost to us earlier this year due to IS complications and her equally beloved brother, our Summit, lost recently due to his heart.
 
DM Danes are not rare as so many backyard breeders plus puppymillers state and while they are incredibly special – not just due to their beautiful selves; they are riddled with so many health plus behavioural issues almost 100% of the time.
 
We are now responsible for the 3 Musketeers and who knows what the future may hold for at least two of them due to how DM they are. Yet, we not only understand the behavioural and/or medical conditions that they come with; we accept them and we adore them for who they are and we remain beyond humbled and blessed to have a village surround them with such kindness. 
 
We will ensure that they live their best lives!
 
This is why BHRR has existed for just shy of 25 years and why we are needed……
 
From our home to all of our friends, families plus supporters, the merriest and safest, happiest, warmest and best of Christmas Eve wishes are being sent to all of you!
 

BHRR’s Maverick, the true Iron Man! – Almost 9 years young now. He is not happy that I put an xpen around my desk so I could get some XMAS wrapping done!

UPDATE on the 3 Musketeers!
*AND BHRR’s Dean & BHRR’s Rocket*

On December 8th, BHRR’s Porthos & BHRR’s Athos were in for their pre-op exams and bloodwork in preparation for being neutered – apt.’s scheduled for January 19th.
*We had already given them their all of their vaccines plus boosters, have them de-wormed monthly plus they are on monthly flea/tick/heartworm meds etc.*

BHRR’s Porthos weighed 44.90 Kgs(98.78 pounds)
BHRR’s Athos weighed 44.20 Kgs(97.24 pounds)

Unfortunately, the blood-work for BHRR’s Athos showed an extremely elevated WBC 27.12
*Reference Range Normal: 5.05 – 16.76 x10^9/L

He was placed on antibiotics for 10 days and two Vets said that normally values like this mean Cancer yet, one step at a time and to do the antibiotics first and repeat blood-work. He is just a puppy. Per his Vet, he clearly had been brewing an infection for a very long time, long before they arrived.

Advised to recheck just his CBC in 10 days time. He was back last night and I stayed in the parking lot waiting for his results and they are now: WBC 14.22
*Refence Range Norma: 5.05 – 16.76 x10^9/L

SO YAY! YES! SO HAPPY!

BHRR’s Aramis was in for their pre-op exam and blood-work on December 10th and she weighed 38 Kgs(83.6 pounds).

Her spay was scheduled for January 22nd yet, with the newest addition of BHRR’s Rocket – he really needs to be neutered – so, he is taking her spot. He is scheduled for his pre-op exam, bloodwork including heartworm/tick borne diseases and vaccines on January 2nd. With him being super skinny – emaciated, I am not keen on neutering him or vaccinating him any sooner than need be.

So, if he is not ready, we may move BHRR’s Aramis back to that spot – the Hospital is booking into March now and the Hospital that I am working at is booking into April – or we will move BHRR’s Dean into that spot. His neuter apt. along with boosters were rescheduled from yesterday – sent in Mason’s Tango instead for his own neuter – as he has a brutal happy tail right now. We asked his own wonderful foster to bring him in to the Vet and he is on antibiotics.

Dean will now be heading in shortly for his own recheck plus boosters. We already did his pre-op exam plus bloodwork (including pre-op and heartworm/tickborne diseases) plus initial vaccines and de-worming.

It is our hope that BHRR’s Athos, BHRR’s Dean and BHRR’s Rocket can all be successfully rehabilitated and placed up for adoption at some point.

Here are the 3 Musketeers(two are deaf/visually impaired and Mr. Athos has a slight visual impairment) enjoying the recently expanded side yard! 

 

Gentle Reminder: Please do not forget to consider to donate your Empties for our 3rd Annual Holiday Season Empties For Paws Event!

OR you can return and donate the funds raised to gwen@birchhaven.org

The animals will need their BHRR Family/Village plus Army for years to come…..

Today, Sean & I returned $38.60 in donated Empties and have another run to do tomorrow. 

Drop Off Locations:

  1. Rachel – 42 Stocks Lane, Aurora, ON L4G 0Y3
  2. Rachel’s Parents – 885 Surin Crt, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8R3
  3. Gail – 47 Taylor Road, Ajax, ON L1S 2X5
    *drop-off ONLY on weekends
  4. The Maracles – 1728 Harvest Cres, Orleans, Ontario K1C 1V4
  5. The Boerskins – 2425 Totem Ranch Road West, Oxford Station, Ontario K0G 1T0
    *people can drop off in the donation shed across from the mailbox at road
  6. The Deon Family – 44 Ballantrae Way in Kanata, Ontario
  7. Wanda -1057 Glenanna Road, Pickering, Ontario L1V 5E4

Today, we removed BHRR’s Coupe’s staples and he is doing wonderfully!

Come January, he will be coming up due for his annual and a recheck and from there, he will be ready to make his own special announcement!

It has been a long journey Mr. Coupe yet, you have been incredible and you are going to make a great home a great addition!

This is documentation of BHRR’s Olive’s weight from EVC since she arrived into rescue. She went from 62 KGs(136.4 pounds) to 78 KGs(171.6 pounds).  As of December 12th, she has come back to us from her perma-foster home and we are working closely with her Vet Teams to get her back on track with her weight/health.

The Vet that saw her December 7th, advised that should her weight not get back on track; after closely evaluating what/how much food/treats she was being given in addition to her moving regime of walks; we should then consider doing a T4 blood-test.

We will post an update in March – three months after her return and when she is coming up due for her next recheck. We like to do rechecks on our palliative dogs, minimally every 3 months to ensure that they are living their best quality filled lives.

BHRR’s Rocket. This is how skinny – emaciated – the poor boy is.

Has anxiety issues and boundary/respect issues with people and dogs.

Came from a substance abuser home. The man is going through a divorce and has room-mates, fed the dog ‘when he could’, when Cassy and I went to pick him upon Sunday December 13th; the dog had not been let outside in 26 hours.

Needs to seriously decompress.

Thank you again to Leanne and her daughter Cameron for stepping up to be his special Secret Santa and giving him a new name for a new beginning!

 

BHRR’s Miss Lilly(Deaf/Visually Impaired)
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She says dragon stuffies make great pillows!

She also says ‘what couch rule!’ along with Matrix – you can see him!

I apologise for the lack of posts this week.

In being busy ensuring auction items were getting to the winners, preparing to start a new Career position, conversing with the BHRR BOD Team re: some matters and not 1, yet 2 HUGE dog situations along with 6 dogs having gone to the Vet this week; it has been SO busy.

I cannot believe that we are Saturday!

I hope to be able to post more tomorrow and as BHRR has always believed in sharing the good, the bad, the great and the ugly; we shall continue to do so.

BHRR’s Olso!
8 month old Cane Corso

December 2020

I JUST love this picture his wonderful perma-foster Mama sent our way!

BHRR’s Olso!

8 month old Cane Corso
(IS & marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia)

Yesterday, his wonderful perma-foster home met up with me so that I could hand over his special Secret Santa goodies!

Thank you to Karen once again for being his truly amazing special Secret Santa!

We still have 16 amazing Secret Santa’s outstanding and here is a list of the drop-off locations/times up to December 21st as I need time to get most of these WOW items to the dogs foster homes!

BHRR’s Oslo is back at the Vet tomorrow for his next recheck and to pick up more Keppra meds that had been added to his seizure med regime when he last cluster seized on November 30th.

We have covered his December bills – they are almost $600/month with the additional medications – from our recent online Auction.

We are seeking sponsorship for him for the month of January if anyone may consider his worthy cause to support!

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven. org

On December 8th, we were tagged by another Rescue in re: to a special needs Great Dane needing urgent assistance.

~2 – we feel he is more like 15 months. This is a male, unaltered special needs Great Dane that the O. thinks they have had for about a year.

He is being re-homed due to a divorce. The information posted said he is about 120 pound. In the one pic posted he looks quite thin and I would say ~65-70 pounds.

He is also due for vaccines, Rabies – O. says December 25th, yet, there is no prior vaccine history records being handed over as the O. said that they do not have a Veterinarian.

Per the home, the dog has anxiety issues – barking, not like being left alone – along with lack of training and 2 times has made a mouth connection over food. Did not break skin.

Some additional comments by an assessment made by the group that went to see him and posted seeking assistance for him is below:

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Our assessment: we believe there are limitations to sight and hearing but was able to have the dog respond to being called by name and hand signals with some patience. NO manners (barks for attention, jumps, nips (no mark or broken skin) when frustrated on leash/restrained. Moderate anxiety (was told he was previously crate trained but not for the last year with the current owner) dog is currently given free roam of the house and property (is allowed to jump through an open porch window to come and go as he pleases- we don’t believe he is walked on leash). We believe anxiety would resolve or greatly improve with proper boundaries/safe place and exercise. The home is not stable or safe (was informed room-mates have substance abuse issues and the environment of the home changes quickly) and he is deteriorating. He needs a very experienced handler who is comfortable providing the structure this boy never had. We don’t feel that he is aggressive just frustrated and pushy, very puppy like but in a Dane body. We were told he has lived with children and a small-med dog in the past, but we would not recommend placement with either, until a structured decompression period has passed and he can be properly assessed.

 

BHRR’s Volt!

ADOPTED!

So much I want and feel I need to say yet, I am just a wee bit choked up right now….

This was really one of the most loveliest and meant to be approved adoptions yet, it was also one that I did a truly rare well up while I was still at the home visit.

Kept my head down, hat pulled down low and whispered as I kissed Miss Volt good-bye that I loved her very much and that so many came together to see her successfully rehabilitated and that she is now where she is meant to be for her amazing future…. 

We took so much flack from a few that felt that this outstanding beautiful girl should have been put to sleep over us coming together to help her be the awesome dog she is today – happy and healthy – and now adopted!

This is what we do, why we are here – to help those dogs that others cannot or will not and our mandate has been to be strongly focused on the special needs since our inception in 1996.

BHRR’s Volt – there shall never be the right words that I could possibly type here to tell people who felt you were not deserving; that they could not have been more wrong.

We never gave up, you never gave up and your fans and not just your BHRR village yet, army never gave up! So many rallied around you and assisted us in paying your enormous bills and when you were ready, giving you play dates and play visits, demonstrating that the world has far more caring loving hands/arms over hurting ones.

You are the best ambassador to your breed and your forever loving adoptive home does plan to tap into your potential for therapy work and even agility! 

Your new wonderful family is going to help you write your next fantastic chapters and novels and books and stories!

My heart is so light and heavy all at once and that tightness in my throat is only because I adore you and you have been part of my family for so long and shall always be forever more….yet, today, was the day that we all worked so hard for…..what we always wanted for you and yes, you lived a grand life with us. However, now, you will live that grand life with others that already have fallen in love with you! 

Thank you again to this really lovely home in considering adoption and in going through our thorough adoption process.

This makes 5 BHRR approved adoptions since October 25th – and our re-opening due to COVID – and that makes 5 great dogs in 5 great adoptive homes for the holiday season!

AND so worth the long drive to see Miss Volt be adopted! 

Miss Volt is traveling like a pro!

Relaxed and calm and now having a snooze!

Another photo!

BHRR’s Volt!

As I was loading up the car; she made it clear I was not leaving without her!

I left the door open so she could run around and zip while I packed the car; yet, nope….she just stayed in the car.

As many are aware, when she first arrived, she was so stressed over getting into the car plus car rides. I have spent significant time setting her up for success and now she loves it!

We are on our way!!! Today, is the long drive to do her home-visit for a possible approved adoption.

Should this be her right home; will have to make sure they continue to set her up for success as I do not want her associating the car with me ‘abandoning’ her.

On a side note, when I arrived home last night, I spent almost 5 hours working on the auction.

I now only have a small number of wonderful people left to collect payments and make arrangements for the items to be picked up either from me or from the generous donators.

I shall finish this up when I am back home tomorrow night.

Once again, thank you to everyone for their patience plus their understanding as I co-ordinate many fabu items!

Gentle Reminder: if you have not yet paid, per the auction rules, we request this to be done within 72 hours.

Re: Miss Volt, we will update as we can!

Happy Saturday!!!
 

Three Musketeer BHRR’s Athos says:

“ONLY 2+ hours to go and our 13th annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction ends tonight – Thursday December 3rd @ 9 PM EST!”

‘Get your bids in before it is too late!’

We now have 112 incredible items up for grabs!

We have handmade dog collars, luglife items, a handmade wreath, doggie treat bags, BHRR Cottage Cabin experience, Bombay items, BBQ items, kitchen goodies, shower item, a gift basket, handmade wallet, pendant, exercise equipment, jams/salsa, chocolate, cinnamon buns, king duvet, 2 & 3 plys face masks, a photography session, a custom stitch portrait, Starbucks, Tupperware, a wallet, a special one-on-one date with BHRR’s Symba, homemade fudge, jewellery, nail trims, Pampered Chef items, Tupperware items, COVID-19 Boxes/Pail, Doggy Treats/Toy Tote, a George Foreman item and a LOT more!

**This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

Here is the LINK to view all of the WOW items and to bid! Come back to check your bids often and GOOD LUCK!

*TAKE NOTE RE: PICK-UP LOCATIONS AS NOT ITEMS CAN BE SHIPPED** 

BHRR’s Oslo!
 
After having 4 grand mal seizures and being admitted to emergency on November 30th, Keppra was added to his seizure med regime(Phenobarbital).
 
His wonderful foster home went home with more rectal diazepam too.
 
He is back next week for his recheck and for his foster to pick up more Phenobarbital plus Gabapentin.
 
He remains on the Deramaxx.
 
We are still in need of $425 for his December sponsorship. We have had $75 so generously donated to date.
 
We are also short $700 for Miss Olive’s own December sponsorship. We had a caring soul cover her next fond of Proin medications! THANK YOU!
 
If anyone would be open to considering their causes to support and provide a sponsorhip to their bills, you can either donate direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic
 
OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
 
AND GENTLE REMINDER our 13th annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction ends tonight – Thursday December 3rd @ 9 PM EST:
 
AND
 
I have just added another 12 WOW Items to our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction!
 
From luglife items, a handmade stunning wreath, doggie treat bags, another BHRR Cottage Cabin Experience and more! 
 
We now have 112 incredible items up for grabs! 
 
We have handmade dog collars, Bombay items, BBQ items, kitchen goodies, shower item, a gift basket, handmade wallet, pendant, exercise equipment, jams/salsa, chocolate, cinnamon buns, king duvet, 2 & 3 plys face masks, a photography session, a custom stitch portrait, Starbucks, Tupperware, a wallet, a special one-on-one date with BHRR’s Symba, homemade fudge, jewellery, nail trims, Pampered Chef items, Tupperware items, COVID-19 Boxes/Pail, Doggy Treats/Toy Tote, a George Foreman item and a LOT more!
 
**This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***
We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.
 
*The BHRR Auction will start NOW and shall end TONIGHT – at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.
 
Here is the LINK to view all of the WOW items and to bid!
 
Come back to check your bids often and GOOD LUCK!
 

BHRR’s Symba!

He says that he can no longer handle all of the excitement from our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction!

However, before he fell asleep, he wanted me to post that there is just over 1/2 hour left before the auction closes!

Our Online Auction ends tonight – Thursday December 3rd @ 9 PM EST!

‘Get your bids in before it is too late!

We have 112 incredible items up for grabs!
**This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

Come back to check your bids often and GOOD LUCK!
 
*TAKE NOTE RE: PICK-UP LOCATIONS AS NOT ITEMS CAN BE SHIPPED**
 

NOTICE:

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

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

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 18th, 2020 to Sunday January 3rd, 2021 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Monday January 4th, 2021!

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

We shall also network accordingly for, as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority.

We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team 

 

BHRR’s Coupe!
 
Enjoying his own ‘feel good’ drugs!
 
He is doing very well post op from his diagnosis of bilateral elbow ununited anconeal process with secondary osteoarthritis and then Dr. Philibert did arthroscopy of both elbows and removal of the anconeus processes.
 
Those shaved legs on him make him look positively adorable! 
 
He will be back in two weeks for his recheck and staple removal.
 
AND
 
I have just added another 12 WOW Items to our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction!
 
From Bombay items, hair clippers, pet playpen, an Arbonne item to pawprnt garden/path stones, a year supply of custom handmade soap and SO much more have been added just now! ?
We now have 100 incredible items up for grabs! 
 
We have handmade dog collars, BBQ items, kitchen goodies, shower item, a gift basket, handmade wallet, pendant, exercise equipment, jams/salsa, chocolate, cinnamon buns, king duvet, 2 & 3 plys face masks, a photography session, a custom stitch portrait, Starbucks, Tupperware, a wallet, a special one-on-one date with BHRR’s Symba, homemade fudge, jewellery, nail trims, Pampered Chef items, Tupperware items, COVID-19 Boxes/Pail, Doggy Treats/Toy Tote, a George Foreman item and a LOT more!
 
Items will be added daily and if you have anything that you may like to donated; please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
**This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***
We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.
 
*The BHRR Auction will start NOW and shall end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.
 
 
 

BHRR’s Symba!
 
Today, we are off for his 2 week post-op TPLO surgery check up and to get his staples out!
 
This is his face in the car as we are waiting for our apt! 
 
He is NOT happy to be taken away from the warmth of the fire places and especially his Jumbo Mr. Bear Stuffie!
 
In 6 weeks time, he will be back for his post-op x-rays and from there we shall know when we can do his right leg – per his ortho specialist Dr. Philibert, he actually has two blown cruciates, not one from what we were told he had prior to coming into rescue. Poor boy…
 
Yet, it is all about looking forward and taking it one step at a time! He will get everything he needs plus more with us.
 
He is such a delight and we remain eternally grateful to all that donated to his first TPLO surgery….
 
We are now working on saving up for his second surgery.
 
We are also taking it one day at a time fighting to keep our doors open….we have so many to thank that have been standing strong by our sides as we fight this good battle to do so.
 
 

BHRR’s Coupe’s Invoice

As we continue to believe in full accountability and transparency, here is Mr. Coupe’s invoice from his ortho surgeries today at Liston Animal Hospital.

Per Dr. Philibert, his ortho specialist:

“His diagnosis was bilateral elbow ununited anconeal process with secondary osteoarthritis. Dr. Philibert did arthroscopy of both elbows and removal of the anconeus processes.”

They removed golf ball size bone fragments and chips from both elbows. POOR dude.

He is going to feel so much better.

I am now hunkered down for overnight duty with my newest patient, Mr. Coupe and will post an update tomorrow…

He will be in for a recheck and staple removal in 2 weeks time and come January, he will have his annual and in 8 weeks time from today, if all goes well; he will have his own special announcement to make!

The rehabilitation journey has been long and he has needed two major surgeries since he arrived; treated for HW, has two bullets inside of him that the specialists say is best left alone AND through it all he has been the nicest, sweetest amazing boy!

We also did his nails and had his ears cleaned while he was in surgery.

Unfortunately, no surgical pictures this time around! Meant to ask!!!

UPDATE: he is now out of surgery…..they will call when he is waking up!
 
Thank you to the rescue angels that donated to his bills! 
 
We are now ONLY $450 short!
 

BHRR’s Coupe(NewfX)
#GivingTuesday

****UPDATE: ONLY $450 MORE NOW NEEDED****

**As it was still dark when I left to drop him off, no photo from this AM taken. This is one from October.**

Today, he was dropped off to have his own long awaited – has been waiting since March – yet, COVID-19 had other plans…. – for his bilateral elbow arthroscopic ortho surgeries and possible bone debridement with Dr. Philibert.

I have also asked to have his nails and his ears cleaned while he is under anesthesia.

I know that we have been sounding like that horrible broken record on a loop yet, the animals continue to need their BHRR Village plus community.

As only a few know; I had to resign from my own Career position in October and this has also had a huge devastating impact upon our rescue efforts for BHRR has been mostly funded out of our own pockets.

We are still short about $750 for his bills. 

Donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital
613-591-0996

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

AND if anyone may consider our cause to support, we have ever mounting bills, the newest with BHRR’s Oslo being admitted for cluster seizure activity yesterday(he has had four) and BHRR’s Coupe is now at Liston Animal Hospital for his own ortho surgeries; we have our 13th annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction in full swing:

This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

*The BHRR Auction shall end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.

LINK TO OUR ONLINE AUCTION ALBUM

 

Update: Mr. Oslo had a grand mal seizure around 10:55 PM. This is his 4th seizure since 9:45 AM. He was administered IV medications and it stopped the seizure immediately; yet, he did ‘paddle’ for several minutes post meds.

Keppra has been added to his seizure medication regime, (750 mg TID), next dose 4 AM. So, he is now on Keppra and Phenobarbital 9 AM & 9 PM (120 mg BID).

BHRR’s Devin
ADOPTED!

This was one of the smoothest, easy going most lovely home-visits ever!

Thank you to the home for being so wonderful and BHRR’s Devin, we think you are going to fit in beautifully!

He was already stealing a shoe during the home-visit, so he clearly was feeling comfortable! 

Thank you to his great foster Mama, Cassy in doing this home-visit with me and to her and her great family for temp fostering him! He was in the best of hands!

With BHRR’s Oslo being admitted to EVC for emergency on seizure watch, BHRR’s Devin’s adoption fee will be used to help with his bills.

So, BHRR’s Devin you are truly ‘paying it forward!’

AND if anyone may consider our cause to support, we have ever mounting bills, the newest with BHRR’s Oslo being admitted and BHRR’s Coupe heading in for his own ortho surgeries tomorrow; we have our 13th annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction in full swing:

This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

*The BHRR Auction shall end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.

UPDATE: He remains on seizure watch at EVC. The Vet is going to add more meds to his seizure med regime and he has had an IV placed in case they need to give him meds should he seizure again.

If he seizes again, he will be transferred to the ICU at Alta Vista AH as EVC closes at midnight.

Thank you to EVC for taking excellent care of him!

At 6:33 pm, he had another seizure, foster gave diazepam and is now on his way to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic.

Any donations can be made per the op….

Please keep the wee monkey in your best thoughts!

BHRR’s Oslo – Cane Corso

He is now 8 months of age!

He is our IS puppy & also has marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia after during further ortho investigation on his hind end when he arrived into rescue.

Great news he has not had any seizures since October 20th.

BAD news: Today, November 30th, Mr. Oslo has had two seizures so far – 9:45 AM(~20 seconds) & then 2:59 PM(~50 seconds).

He went 39 days seizure free.

The intensity of them are less than what they were on October 20th and I did reach out to his Vet Hospital to discuss.

We are on close seizure watch monitoring right now.

His wonderful foster has rectal diazepam on hand and will keep me posted. If he has another one within 24 hours or one longer than 2 minutes, he will be brought into emerge.

His recheck was already scheduled for December 9th. At that time, he would be getting his next round of blood-work to recheck his liver values to see how his liver is handling the meds, plus to check his levels.

Additionally, we wanted to discuss neutering him – the protocols for sedation is different for a seizure dog – and to also pick up more medications – Gabapentin and Phenobarbital for him.

HIs foster has already picked up more Deramaxx for him.

We are still seeking December Sponsorship for him. His bills are almost $500/month right now.

We have had a generous donation of $25 – THANK you!

AND so, we are still in need of $475 to help cover his bills for December.

Donations can be sent directly to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic: 613-383-8381

OR Via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please just let us know the password!

AND please do keep this sweet puppy in your best thoughts!

BHRR’s Percival!

Love this picture of him!

He is ‘fuzzy’ as he decided to go for a dip in the one spring fed pond and then had a quick bath as he was stinky!. Today, has been such a gorgeous day weather wise. One would think it was spring, not almost neck deep in winter, particularly after the two snow storms we recently had here.

Unfortunately, as he is still in our care, today, he was in for his annual plus we did blood-work to submit to the lab for his 6 month Quant C6 levels, as when he arrived into rescue, we learned that he was Lyme Positive.

He was not due for his next QC6 until January 2nd – technically – yet, with the bad weather pretty much upon us and that I do not yet, know how my future Career plans will be looking; we did it today, almost 5 weeks early.

We had treated him for Lyme disease and now he requires blood-work every 6 months to test his levels and he remains on tick medication year round to limit further exposure to ticks. We keep the dogs on flea/tick/hw meds year round so, not a problem.

He weighed 33.8 kgs(74.36 pounds). This is down slightly from the 77.22 pounds he was in July and he looks MARVELLOUS! He is lean, muscled, toned and looks fabu!

When we first got him, he was an obese out of shape 91.08 pounds. He has lost 16.72 pounds in our care. WTG Mr. Percy!

He can now run and race and zoom and zip and not be out of breath.

He had his vaccines today too plus I obtained more Vanectyl P for his allergies. He still gets 2 EOD.

He is a FAR cry for the swollen, raw, bleeding with anal fistula’s dog that first came into our rescue. We got his allergies under control and he remains on his excellent first food diet too.

He was a good boy! He remains slightly nervous at the Vet yet, truly proud of all of the progress he has made since his arrival.

AND his car anxiety is unbelievably amazing now!! Some whining and pacing yet, he ROCKED it. 1.5 hour round-trip drive and he was a star. GOOD boy!

I want to also thank BHRR’s Giselle’s plus BHRR’s Bursts special Secret Santa’s for meeting me today! AND for the Pinesol gifts to BHRR.

For those Santa elves still outstanding on their own special SS’s, here is my availability this week to meet up. Do email contactbhrr@gmail.com for the exact location.

**I need to have time to get them to then drop off those that need dropping off to their Foster Homes for XMAS**

Monday November 30th 5:30 PM – Nepean
Tuesday December 1st 8:00 AM – Kanata
Wednesday December 2nd 12:30 PM – Kanata
Pet Valu Stittsville -1250 Main Street North, Stittsville – *During their business hours* – Thanks Bre!

BHRR’s Volt!

Long gone is the once anxious going in a car girl!

The sheer excitement she has when I ask if she wants to go for a car ride makes me smile so much!!

This is her this AM when l asked if she wanted to go for a car ride as it was play date time! 

She zipped and she zoomed and she became all slushy with the melting snow/ice!

Ignore my dirty winter coated car!

Today, she is off for a special play date won by a wonderful home in our annual unique creative one of a kind special date Fundraiser.

AND next Saturday is her own home-visit for a possible approved adoption!

You have come a long way baby girl!! Physically and emotionally! 

AND this happened tonight! 

BHRR’s Miss Mollie
(Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX)
ADOPTED!

Miss Mollie, I know that you were worried and nervous tonight and wanted to be constantly by my side.

As I tell homes all the time, one should be more worried if a dog is not bonded to me over them demonstrating a strong bond…..

Miss Mollie, you have become this confident, happy, healthy uber filled with personality, wonderful mannered plus are such a gorgeous brilliant gal and please know that you will be ok! You are OK!

You have come so far during your time with me and we will always be connected and we will love forever more in each others fondest memories and in our hearts…..

You truly do not need me any longer and this is the start of a truly exciting new chapter in your life!

You now have a big canine brother, 2 sugar gliders siblings and a forever loving adoptive family that already loves you!!! You are going to have so many grand adventures plus fantastic experiences with them!

Parting is always such sweet and sometimes a bitter sorrow and you will be leaving an enormous hole in my home and soul and also for BHRR’s Burst.

Tango plus Irish will also dearly miss you too yet, they are equally over the moon thrilled for you. I know they are!

We want to thank your beautiful new family for all of their patience as we worked through our extremely detailed adoption process!

Thank you to Leanne for doing this home-visit with me, it was a pleasure!

This was my #423 foster that I have now had adopted….it truly does not get any easier….yet, it is always the right thing to do to let the ones go that no longer need you….

Congratulations Miss Mollie! You got this!!!

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Oslo – 7.5 month old Cane Corso Puppy

Great news: he has been seizure free since October 20th!

He is back for his next recheck in December and at that time, we will discuss when/if it shall be safe to neuter him.

He remains on an excellent pain management regime just as BHRR’s Miss Olive has her own and his 120 mg of Phenobarbital twice daily.

Unfortunately, he is not a candidate for surgery – three ortho specialists to date have reviewed his case.

Which is fine with us as we adore him, we will ensure that he lacks for nothing and he will move into our Haven program. He is in excellent care with his foster home. They are amazing….have remained steadfast by his/BHRR’s side and love him unconditionally.

As with any of our Haven dogs, it is about quality of life, not quantity and if anyone would like to sponsor him for the month of December – we are spending almost $500/month for his bills; donations can be made direct to:

Eagleson Veterinary Clinic – 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

AND this is also your daily gentle reminder in re: to our 13th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction! 

I have added another 17 WOW Items to our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction!

We now have 44 incredible items up for grabs! 

We have handmade dog collars, exercise equipment, jams/salsa, chocolate, cinnamon buns, king duvet, masks, photography session, custom stitch portrait, Starbucks, Tupperware, a wallet, jewellery and SO much more!

Items will be added daily and if you have anything that you may like to donated; please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

*The BHRR Online Auction will start NOW and shall end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.

AND we have a busy week+ ahead for the BHRR animals…we have not 1, not 2, yet three home-visits now scheduled for possible approved adoptions and one lucky BHRR doggie is going on a special play date!

AND on that note, the best of good night wishes are being sent from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters!

Tonight’s “Smellers” & party gatherers as Gwennie makes dinner! 

BHRR’s Nala(Blind/Hearing Impaired), Summit, Apex & BHRR’s Sleet.

Summit & BHRR’s Sleet are Deaf/Blind & Apex is Deaf/Visually Impaired.

This is my view tonight as I am trying to prepare dinner!

We have one gate anchored into the wall and also an xpen for extra safety for the dogs/humans AND these four monkeys; pushed the x-pen aside – again! – and are ‘staring’ at me!

That is also BHRR’s Bell(Blind/Deaf on left side) in the back by the table with the donations that I am currently sorting – THANKS to the generosity of rescue angels! So, please excuse the mess. 

Once again, you can also see Miss Nala’s pile of blankets/dog bed on the other side – she likes to stock pile them up in one spot!

Our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ online auction started yesterday AND here is the link:

We currently have 27 WOW items up for grabs and more items shall be added daily!

Auction ends Thursday December 3rd @ 9 PM EST.

Please help us to keep our doors open!

We remain so grateful to whatever comes our way as our bills continue to mount – BHRR’s Devin, himself has now been at the Vet twice in the last week and our doors are officially closed and we are fighting hard to to not have to permanently close our doors….

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Symba!

He continues to have an excellent post-op recovery. It has been one week since his TPLO surgery and he is back next Wednesday for his 2 week post-op recheck plus staple removal.

He has been an excellent patient and he continues to just crack me up with is adoration of his Jumbo Stuffies – especially Mr. Grey Bear!

AND a gentle reminder that our 13th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction has started and shall run until Thursday December 3rd @ 9 PM EST

Here is the link  – to the 27 WOW items that are currently up for grabs! I added 15 more items today.

Items shall be added daily!

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

BHRR’s Olive!
Almost 2 years old!

This picture is gorgeous!!! Thank you again to her wonderful perma-foster home in sending this beautiful photo our way!

Miss Olive would like to gently remind the Santa Elves that it is time to drop off their special Secret Santa’s for the amazing BHRR doggies!

Here are the following dates/times/locations that we currently have available & please email contactbhrr@gmail.com for exact locations!

1) Anytime in our Donation Shed in Oxford Station
2) November 25th 3 PM – Nepean
3) November 27th 5:30 PM – Nepean
4) November 28th 10:30 AM – Nepean
5) November 29th 11:30 AM – Kanata
6) November 30th 4:30 PM – Kanata
7) December 1st 8:00 AM – Kanata

As I have more dates/times/locations, I shall post.

BHRR’s Miss Olive is back at the Vet herself for her next recheck in December and we will continue to update re: her palliative care status.

It is all about quality of life, not quanity for BHRR.

She is still in need of Virtual Foster Sponsorship for December.

We spend almost $900 a month on food/her medications to ensure that she is properly taken care of. This also includes regular professional grooming.

If anyone would be open to providing some sponsoring of her for the month of December, she and we would be SOOOOOOOOO thankful!

Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contacbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

OR you can donate directly to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 as she has an account there

As most are now aware, we closed our doors back in October for intake with the most recent big ortho medical case diagnosis for BHRR’s Oslo. Then, last week, we learned the devastating news that BHRR’s Symba actually has two blown cruciates…not one, prior to coming into Rescue.

AND Mr. Coupe has his bilateral arthroscopic elbow and bone debridement surgeries scheduled for December 1st.

AND twice over the last week, BHRR’s Devin has now had to receive veterinary medical care.

We truly are humbled by each and every rescue angel that has managed to help us keep operating this year to date……

We sincerely remain humbled by any show of consideration to assist us during what has been a year like no other in Rescue…. 

We have been the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue in the community since our inception in 1996 with our strong expertise being on the special needs……please consider assisting to keep us in operation for many more years to come….

When you turn around as you feel you are being ‘watched’…yes, my Salt & Apex may be Deaf/Visually impaired and BHRR’s Sleet Deaf/Blind; YET, nothing is wrong with their noses! 

NOR BHRR’s Nala(Blind/Hearing Impaired) that can be seen under them! LOL

Sean says that the scent training that I do with the dogs makes them highly efficient! LOL They can track me in a snow storm…literally!

This is my view as I am trying to prepare for dinner!

We have one gate anchored into the wall and also an xpen for extra safety for the dogs/humans AND these three monkeys; pushed the x-pen aside and are ‘staring’ at me!

Well, they got my attention and now that I have food in the oven; it was winter wonderland outside play time and treats all around!

That is BHRR’s Coupe’s cute rump on the one side and Miss Nala’s pile of blankets on the other – she likes to stock pile them up in one spot!

On a separate note, yes; our Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ online auction was to start yesterday yet, we received late notice that our server was going down for maintenance and that put both emails out of whack too.

So, it will be up and running on Facebook instead for 2020 and I am working on it!

We also are waiting for three more participants from our annual ‘Give It Up’ 4 Autumn and we well understand that things happen and we will post the final total raised over the next couple of days; should we receive more monies or not.

We remain so grateful to whatever comes our way as our bills continue to mount – BHRR’s Devin, himself has now been at the Vet twice in the last week and our doors are officially closed for further intake…..

My last post of my night…..

I want to extend the most sincerest of thanks to all that came together to make this rescue transport happen today.

This was a rescue that I first began working on over 4 months ago and today; in spite of further blips; they have finally arrived safely.

The 3 special needs Great Danes that we have affectionally dubbed The Three Musketeers are finally here!

Special additional thanks to Lucy Moye, Jane Smith, Theresa Penfield, Rochonne Simons(and her mom!) plus Jo-Anne for everything. Any ommision of names is not intentional and please do forgive me….it truly has taken an army and a village to make this rescue plus transport happen.

From my heart; I am deeply grateful to everyone that gives of themselves in so many ways and in stepping up to make rescue magic occur…….

NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

After the brutal day that I have had, I am now calling it a day….and going to spend the rest of my night with my family and animals!

From our home to all of our friends, families and supporters, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent AND appears tomorrow shall be our first big BHRR Winter Wonderland Day! 

BHRR’s Gravel & BHRR’s Royal Blu
Two loveable nutbars!!

Both keep taking their bowls off of their stools, moving the bowls until they are just where they want them AND then Mr. RB likes to play bow and eat his food!

Silly boyz!

I also wanted to update on a few BHRR matters!

1) Our 9th Annual “Give It Up’ 4 Autumn Fundraiser ended last night and once we received the remaining participants monies; we will announce the grand total raised!

2) For those inquiring as to where to drop off their special Secret Santa’s; you can drop off in our donation shed at the road by the mailbox anytime that is convenient for you – this is monitored 24/7

OR right now; I have the following dates available to meet in the following spots and email contactbhrr@gmail.com for the exact address!
*Sunday November 22nd – Nepean 3:30 PM
*Monday November 23rd – Kanata 1:30 PM
*Monday November 23rd – Kanata 7:15 PM
*Saturday November 28th – Nepean 11:00 AM
*Saturday November 28th – Nepean 6:00 PM
*Sunday November 29th – Kanata 11:30 AM

Closer to December, I will have more drop-off dates and will post!

3) Stay tuned! Our 3rd Annual Holiday Season Empties For Paws Event will be starting December 1st.

This is him now!

BHRR’s Symba!

When you give the goooooooooood drugs!!! 

Snoring away……

He is doing amazing! Truly, one of the best post-op patients I have had and recoveries so far!

Just a couple days post op yet, he is doing fantastic!

Super star! 

Three Blind/Deaf Mice of BHRR’s Sleet & Summit!

This picture really demonstrates the huge difference between the two litter-mates!

My sight as I was going up the stairs with clean laundry!

Summit as posted recently is now just under 40″ at the whithers and still growing. Being taller or bigger is not a great thing whatsoever…..it is harder on their joints and hearts – and Summit already has heart issues. We work to keep him lean and muscled.

BHRR’s Sleet, his sister is no small Dane herself at almost 110-115 pounds and almost 34″ at the whithers yet, the size difference between them is so apparent.

They turned 2 years old on October 21st and remain miracle Danes in so many ways…..

They also wished to update everyone to keep everything crossed that the 3 Musketeers – a rescue that we have worked on since July(they were placed in emerge foster care to become healthy – they were weak/emaciated upon being rescued) – arrive safely on Saturday. Two of the three of those Great Danes are deaf/visually impaired themselves.

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Symba is now home and settling in…

I will post a copy of the invoice tomorrow – THANKS to so many, we only owe a remainder of $797.70 for this cruciate repair on his left leg.

In 2-4 months, he will then have his right leg done per Dr. Philibert. We will see how his 8 week post op recovery visit goes to get a better idea as to when he can then have the second leg repaired.

This dog is super special…super sweet and super deserving.

He does have an account set up at Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966 if anyone may consider his cause.

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

I am now hunkering down for overnight duty with him and I could not ask for a more lovely patient to tend to!

On behalf of this incredibly amazing boy, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent!

AND BHRR’s Symba was out of surgery around 4 PM.

He weighed about 61 kgs(134.20 pounds). He is very lean.

Per Dr. Philibert, everything went well and he is in post-op.

I will be picking him up around 7:30 PM.

AND for those that missed the previous update: BHRR’s Symba actually has both back legs blown. Not one. 

So, Dr. Philibert fixed the worst one – the left – and when he heals, we will then repair the other leg. When it rains it pours….poor sweet man.

Thank you from my heart to Liston Animal Hospital and to Dr. Philibert for taking excellent care of him today!

We also had his nails done while he was under and a good ear cleaning as he battled ear infections when he first arrived and is still getting better at having me clean them – wiggle monster he can be!

Thank you FROM my heart also to the two rescue angels that made generous donations to his bills today! YOU know who you are and we remain incredibly indebted….

AND thank you to everyone that has sent well wishes his way!!! That touches us deeply!

We have much to figure out re: fundraising for BHRR’s Symba’s current and now even more future bills, BHRR’s Coupe’s own ortho surgeries, BHRR’s Olive’s December and beyond bills, BHRR’s Oslo’s bills etc…..

We finally have our 3 Muskateers arriving this weekend – I have worked on their rescue and in getting them healthy since July and they are finally able to travel. THANK you to their own outstanding emerge temp foster home for being there for them! 

Yet, we must keep the faith….

As many are also now aware, our doors are closed again…..we closed them after BHRR’s Oslo’s own orth diagnosis of marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia.

UPDATE: Dr. Philibert just called……

Sadly, Mr. Symba has two blown cruciates – very common when one goes, the other can.

The right leg was blown since Winter; long before he came into Rescue.

His left one is apparently also blown and is the worse of the two right now.

So, we will fix the left leg first and then he will have a second surgery to fix the right…

BHRR’s Symba!

On our way this AM!

Focused and looking ahead….to a new leg!

For anyone that may consider his cause to support, donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password!

You are in excellent hands sweet man….between the amazing staff at Liston AH that I have known plus worked with many myself over the past 16.5+ years and also in the expert care of Dr. Philibert; you got this! 

See you later today…. 

My last post of my night….BHRR’s Symba!

Tomorrow is his BIG day! He is scheduled for his TPLO surgery with Dr. Philibert at Liston Animal Hospital.

We have done all that we can do in preparation for his surgery….do we have all that we urgently need, no; yet, we have enough towels, fabric softener, laundry soap, paper towels, Pinesol, blankets to scrape by for a bit.

AND we have 3 JUMBO stuffies to rotate for him…. 

We are still short $2,500 of our goal to raise for his bills and Sean/I are working together to figure that out via pulling out some investments.

If anyone may consider his deserving cause to support, donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

While he is under, he will have his ears cleaned and his nails done too!

When he comes home, he will be on two kinds of pain meds, antibiotics and also sedatives.

BHRR’s Symba, sleep well and have sweet dreams.

Tomorrow you will have a brand new leg…..

The rehab journey ahead will not be an easy nor short one yet, it will lead to a so much better/higher quality filled life for you….we have worked hard to keep you on an excellent pain management regime and after tomorrow; it will be all about the healing….

You are such an amazing dog and as deserving as any other dog and we remain so grateful to all of the rescue angels that have donated to date to help you with your surgery and post op care!

From our home to all of our friends, families and supporters, warmest of good night wishes are being sent and please keep Mr. Symba in your best thoughts!

BHRR’s Devin is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can.

BHRR’s Royal Blu!
November 17th, 2020
BHRR Haven Dog

Someone does not like early AM’s! My sight at 5:00 AM as that is the time to get up and at ‘er! 

One dog bed to lay on and one dog bed for a pillow! 

Mr. Royal Blu had his bilateral entropion / cherry eye surgeries earlier this summer and with COVID-19; we are still in a hold pattern re: those two front legs.

After 8 months, we finally have a surgery date for Mr. Coupe and so we remain patient as does Mr. Blu as to what the ortho specialist may feel is in his best interest as he had ortho surgery already prior to being a rescue transfer from another wonderful group. Thank you again to them for all that they did for him!!!!

Mr. Royal Blu is also now completely blind in his right eye and does not see the best in his left eye. Does not hold him back…..

He has lost weight, muscled and toned up and is such a wonderful handsome boy!

He is also quite the vocal boy!!! He loves food and treat time the best. LOL

BHRR’s Nala
~15 month old Bulldog/BoxerX
 
Severely visually impaired and is also hearing impaired. We will investigate further her hearing impairment as she was listening ok when spoken to in a distinct clear much louder tone.
 
She is the dog that was picked up as a stray and ended up being a rescue transfer to BHRR from another group.
 
Today she was seen by the Vet.
 
She was 61.6 pounds(28 kgs).
 
She was given her Lepto and Lyme vaccines – boosters will be in 4 weeks – as she had already been given her Bord, Rabies and DHPP prior to coming into our Rescue.
 
We did some bloodwork to test for prior heartworm and tickborne disease exposure and the results are negative!
 
She will be de-wormed and she will be placed on flea/tick/HW meds.
 
She was SUPER friendly with everyone, curious about the dogs that she saw and demonstrated her bull in a china shop lack of manners!
 
The Vet examined her and his expert positioning on that back right leg that prior Vet Records sent our way before she arrived into Rescue had indicated that her back right leg was slightly abrnormal – is that this is a genetic conformity issue and she is perfectly fine. She was not painful on it, does not limp and it is just turned out slightly – a bit eastie westie as we say!
 
Once again, it was super lovely to visit with / see some of my former and truly fav work colleagues and thank you for embracing me, literally! 
 
Miss Nala will be back for her boosters in about 4 weeks time and from there, if all goes well; she should be ready to make her own special announcement!
 
Thank you also to Leanne/Cameron for meeting up with me to drop off some auction items for our 12th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction that will start next weekend!
 
Thank you also to Cassy/BHRR’s Devin for also meeting me at the Vet and for dropping off some auction items too!
 
AND last but not least, thank you to Jaqueline for emerge temp fostering Miss Nala for the past week.
 

BHRR’s Symba!
135 pounds of mushball handsome Bull Mastiff love!
 
My last post of my night!
 
As much as he loves Mr. Dino, the Jumbo stuffie that was given to him by the same generous soul that washed his Mr. Bear Stufie; he loves his Mr. Bear the best.
 
He is SOOOOOOOOO happy that he is back and working hard to get him all smelly again! 
 
AND, on his plus BHRR’s Coupe’s behalf, we want to thank ALL of their fans, supporters plus believers for the material and financial donations made to date as we prepare for their upcoming Ortho surgeries with Dr. Philibert.
 
We are still short $2,500 for BHRR’s Symba’s own surgery and as many have noted we have been attempting to do some flash auctions.
 
AND we are STILL in need of the following – listed below – in preparation for their surgeries if anyone may consider their worthy causes to support.
 
BHRR’s Coupe(Newfx) is scheduled – FINALLY- thanks COVID-19! – for his bone debridement and bilateral elbow arthroscopic surgery December 1st.
 
He is also the sweet boy that we shockingly discovered no less than 2 x 9 mm bullets in him – one being in his chest – when we did x-rays plus he had to have an emergency enterotomy surgery. In addition, we have been treating him for heartworm.
 
BHRR’s Symba(Bull Mastiff) – pictured here – is scheduled for his TPLO surgery on November 18th.
 
We still urgently need the below items to assist with their post-op recoveries.
1) Pinesol or Lysol
2) XL Costco Dog Beds
3) Paper Towels – not the scratchy/rough brown kind
4) Sleeping bags/Comforters/Duvets
5) Fabric Softener
6) Dryer Sheets
7) Donations for ongoing flash online auctions to help raise the many thousands upon thousands needed for these surgeries.
8) We need to put down 50% upon surgery drop-off and any consideration for financial donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-596-0966 – they both have accounts there
OR
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
OR
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
9) Flannel Sheets – Double or Queen
 
Thanks as always from our hearts for any consideration to their very worthy causes – both dogs are magnificent!
 
As many know we have our monitored donation shed on our lane-way at the road by our mailbox and any kind items can be dropped off in it!
 
If you are not able to drop off at Oxford Station, please do email us to make alternative arrangements. contactbhrr@gmail.com for over the next few days, I am in various places across the city!
AND here is the link to our Amazon Wish List:
 
AND from our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters the warmest of good night wishes are being sent….this weekend is going to be a busy one for us!
 

BHRR’s Mollie
Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX
Looking bootiful!!
 
Her next professional groom session is almost done. 
 
Thank you again Manon and Melissa! 

BHRR’s Miss Mollie!
(Saint Bernard/Standard Poodle Mix)

Today, she is off to have her next professional grooming session!

BHRR does regular professional grooming on the dogs and this is required of all of our approved adoptive homes.

We work hard to get the dogs medically, emotionally, behaviourally rehabbed and that also includes them having their grooming needs met.

Miss Mollie goes in every 8 weeks.

Thanks

Melissa Lepage

of Groomingdale’s @ Pet Valu Stittesville for all of your time and talent in helping to make the BHRR dogs look and feel their best! 

See you soon Miss Mollie!

Freedom Dane BHRR’s Gretta
November 8th, 2020

Many may remember this beauty. She is one of the last surviving Freedom Danes from the Paws R Us Seizure/Bust in September 2011.

The largest bust in Canadian history. Even highly experienced people like myself could not have adequately be prepared heading in for the ensuing three months following that seizure, volunteering and lending a much needed hand at the emergency shelter day in and day out.

Today, we honour her as she has reached Double Digit Dane numbers – She is now 10!

BHRR has assisted Danes from this line for almost 20 years. We have helped sisters, brothers, half-siblings, aunts, her mother, her grandfather, great relatives and more.

November is often known as Senior Month.

Miss Gretta, you have survived hell and beyond and here you are today, standing tall – gone are the days that you and your litter-mate BHRR’s Peanut had to be carried in and out of the shelter a couple times daily.

While your own forever loving right matched personality fit loving home never found you; we moved you to our Haven Program and you have lived the truest of high stellar quality filled life with us.

Almost 148 acres to romp in with trails, 3+ acres safely fenced in; friends to play with, humans that adore you and understand you and through patience, time, consistency, structure plus routine have demonstrated kind caring loving hands; not hurting hands to you.

You no longer live in a dark building filled with filth and having to sleep standing on your back legs. Fans can still make you a bit nervous yet, you have come SO far sweet girl.

You have dog beds and thick comfy duvets, a/c, heat, access to fresh water all the time, fresh air and sunshine and warm winter coats plus enough food – yes, you are a wee bit chunky yet, that is ok!!! You get the best in vet care, treats and caring love.

You remain distrustful and fearful and shy of so many, yet, you have developed a strong set up for success circle of humans that you adore as much as they adore you! Your tail is no longer held tight up to your belly and you now know how to wag it and happy wags you love to give!

We had to repair that back left leg of yours and it seems, sadly, from then on, no one had any interest in considering to give you a home with them; yet, that is ok!

We could not imagine you not being here, in our home, part of our family and hearts; you have been here for the past 9 years and you have made us better humans in having been blessed to have been touched by you.

HAPPY DOUBLE DIGIT DANE DAYS TO YOU!

We promise to continue to do right by you and to see you keep living your best life every day!

Car rides with the sunroof opened up tomorrow JUST for you in honour of you with some timbits too!

BHRR’s Dean!
5 year old Mantle male Great Dane

He was seen by the Vet today.

He weighed a lean 55.8 kgs(122.76 pounds). I LOVE lean dogs and if he went up to 125 pounds as we build up muscle mass plus tone; I would be ok too.

He was AMAZING! Loves the women and just being given some space by the one male Vet, he sniffed and relaxed.

He had a really great exam – he has a couple of skin tags that we will monitor and if need be, remove at the time of his neuter – now booked for December 18th.

As we have been told that he hates his feet touched, I will continue to work with him at home and we will get them as short as we can at the time of his neuter.

Did not do a thorough check in his mouth as he only just arrived and with him being a bit worried. As he settles in more, I will be able to better check his mouth and when he is under for his neuter, we can also be more thorough.

He was very brave for his blood-work – we are testing for heartworm plus tickborne diseases plus doing his pre-op bloodwork. His Vet will advise as to the results.

He did not co-operate in providing me with a fecal sample since his arrival yet, we proactively, preventatively de-worm all of our rescues.

We also picked up his flea/tick/heartworm medication to start once we have the results of his blood-work. As per our protocols, we keep the dogs on year round.

We did scan to check for a microchip, he did not have one; so, we will chip him at the time of his neuter.

I did ask his Vet for some Trazodone as he does exhibit some anxiety in the car – barks and become reactive as there is a barrier. He has lacked socialisation and important exposure to much prior to rescue and in the vehicle, his stress is noticeable. The stimulation is a lot for him to take in right now.

If there is not any barrier, he is fine. The meds will enable me to take his anxiety down and work on proper built up to outside stimulus.

Remember that a reactive dog is NOT trying to give us a hard time….they are trying to TELL us that THEY are having a hard time.

He is truly a super nice boy! Handsome and the sweetest of temperaments. He has been perfectly fine around my two Irish Wolfhounds plus BHRR’s Fred and BHRR’s Caramel here to date. Of course, BHRR’s Caramel thinks BHRR’s Dean want to eat him….that is BHRR’s Caramel’s thing with all new dogs/people.

For me, it was also super awesome to see how well he did and equally awesome to visit with some of my previous work family colleagues! Some sniffles and tears all around for a few…I miss you and I promise we shall get together once COVID-19 settles down! 

Please do consider checking out the three flash auction items currently up for grabs – by scrolling down the page – Women’s comfy box, king duvet cover/sham/bed skirt PLUS an wonderful pet(up to 2 pets from the same household) photo session!

We are getting so close to the first of two incredible BHRR dogs having their big ortho surgeries – BHRR’s Symba’s is on November 18th and BHRR’s Coupe is December 1st – and we are still very short, thousands and thousands short…..your consideration would be heartfelt and deeply appreciative. 

BHRR’s Nala
The blind/hearing impaired BulldogX (BoxerX?) came into BHRR’s care yesterday as a rescue transfer and has been settling in beautifully with her own amazing temp foster Home. 

Whatever breed combinations she is, she is 100% gorgeous!

Her prior vet records stated the there was something not normal about one of her back legs and we will investigate further.

Deepest thanks extended to her foster home for taking great care of her and for the lovely pics! 

Not Yet Available For Adoption!

BHRR’s Olso
November 6th, 2020

My last post of my night….if one is very quiet and patient, one may catch a glimpse of a truly special and somewhat of a silly creature….

While initially a bit shy, warms up easily – please ensure yummy treats are on hand, approach quietly and calmly for this magnificent specimen of nature; will then slowly approach.

If you are lucky, you will hear its distinctive soft snort/chitter sounds and you shall then know, he is comfortable and finds you to be a friend, not a threat.

Fast flighty movements could make him a bit nervous and retreat to a safe distance. Therefore, if you want to have a really heart touching encounter with him; be relaxed and soothing in tone, passively ignore and you soon shall be well rewarded for your efforts!

If you choose, you can just admire from a short distance instead and observe the antics and joy this incredible being has in exploring their surroundings soaking up smells, sounds and experiences!

As many are now aware, Dr. Philibert, ortho specialist supreme has diagnosed Mr. Oslo, the 7 month old Cane Corso puppy with marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia. 

We remain having our thinking caps on re: unique fundraising efforts and any donations to his care can be made direct to

Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password!

Thank you to his absolutely spectacular foster home for this lovely fun photo that captured a really mystical magical gorgeous mischievous being! 

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

Got him!!

We are calling him BHRR’s Dean!
*in honour of one of my all time fav nail clients at the Hospital I used to work at!
*For a couple of wonderful reasons we are going to call him this name. 

Making the drive home now and on Sunday, he will be vetted at EVC as he has no prior vet history.

We will do his pre-op blood work in prep to neuter him and test for prior exposure to tick borne diseases and heartworm, begin his vaccine protocols, place him on flea/tick/heartworm preventative and de-worm him.

He will have a thorough exam and whatever else the Vet feels he requires, he shall have.

His body condition is great – needs a bit of muscle mass plus toning – and he has some skin tags yet, nothing on my initial assessment makes me worried.

His nails are super long yet, we have been told that he hates his feet touched so that will be a work in progress and we will cut them as short as we can when he under anaesthetic being neutered.

Once I can better handle him; I will get a better idea of any concerns to have investigated in depth.

He was super friendly when I picked him up and we shall see how he settles in with the canine crew and how he meets other humans!

I love the frosting on his face…got to love the masking gene!!

Thank you to Christie from the shelter in reaching out to us and for Sam for driving him much closer to meet me!

Welcome to BHRR Mr. Dean! 

BHRR’s Oslo’s VD x-ray
November 3rd, 2020

BHRR’s Olso 7 month old Cane Corso Puppy

Has idiopathic seizures and had 7 seizures on October 20th and was admitted to the Hospital for seizure watch.

Bloodwork was also done to see how his liver was handling the Phenobarbital. Results came in the next day to say that his liver was tolerating the medication well.

We had obtained more phenobarbital for him, gabapentin – as he appeared sore/stiff in the hind end plus diazepam to administer rectally if necessary.

We placed him on Forti Flora also to assist with his gut.

His phenobarbital dosing was increased from 90 mg twice daily to 120 mg twice daily.

On November 3rd – he had blood-work done to see how his phenobarbital levels were on the increased dosing.

He had been 14 days seizure free.

He had an exam, ears checked – no ear infection yet, Burows was dispensed and an x-ray done. We wanted his hind end further investigated due to his lack of rear angulation and the almost ‘popping’ of his hips and how he ‘swayed’ when he moved.

His Vet recommended against giving him Nexgard Spectra as flea/tick/heartworm meds per VIN can lower the seizure threshold. His Vet did some research and the safest of these meds to give to a seizure dog based upon the latest research/studies would be Revolution/Sympatica  yet, the general rule per the Vet who saw him is that all flea/tick meds should be used with caution in seizure dogs. So, we have elected to not give him any meds at this time. He had been on Nexgard Spectra prior to us getting him into rescue too and we obtained one dose when he arrived into Rescue.

The x-ray was reviewed by the Vet and based upon his findings – HD; recommended to have a surgical consult.

Additionally, based upon those findings Deramaxx was added to his med regime.

Two more months of Phenobarbital and Gabapentin were dispensed and two more doses of Diazepam was also given.

Weight 38.9 kgs(85.58 pounds)

Sent off the x-ray to Dr. Philibert, ortho specialist to advise.

November 4th:

Results of his pheno levels are within the reference range.

Dr. Philibert also got back to us and the diagnosis is marked bilateral hip subluxation secondary to hip dysplasia.

Additionally per Dr. Philibert:

“Dogs that have marked sub luxation from hip dysplasia 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 sub luxated position. The hips are often more comfortable at that point and some dogs may live a good life after that with medical management of osteoarthritis.

Total hip replacement will give best function. However there is around 10-20 percent of patients that have severe complications. which can make THR a costly option

Femoral head excision may be an option, but giant dogs like this can have a poor outcome so I would only consider it if pain cannot be managed other ways and hip replacement is not a financial option.’

Additionally, per Dr. Philibert and we were aware, no one in Ottawa does THR and we would have to consult with Montreal. We will be sending the x-ray over.

We could only get one view as due to BHRR’s Oslo’s seizures, sedation was not safe to give.

Poor baby. 

Effective immediately, our doors are now closed for any future/further intake from those that we have already committed to- we have BHRR’s Dean arriving tomorrow, BHRR’s Nala ETA on Saturday and the 3 Musketeers on the 21st.

With the recent finding for BHRR’s Oslo; our doors need to be closed so that we can figure out fundraising for him and not just for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Symba own substantial mounting bills.

 
 
 

My last post of my night!

While I need to post re: BHRR’s Oslo’s Vet visit last night; I am going to hold off until tomorrow……

AND for your nightly bedtme entertainment, BHRR’s Symba’s stuffie saga continues!!! 

As I told the kind angel that doubled washed his Jumbo stuffie bear; whomever BHRR’s Symba is adopted to once rehabbed; is going to need to understand his jumbo stuffie needs!

While we wait for Mr. Bear to come back – ETA Friday (please come soon!) – to BHRR’s Symba, this same kind angel that took the ICKY and I mean ICKY Mr. Bear to wash – and put him through the washer twice! – so generously gave him a jumbo Mr. Dino Stuffie.

Well, one would have thought that I was trying to pull some big fast one on him! He refused to even look at it….OR me for the longest time.

Finally, he sat next to it and the look he gave me….first picture…

YET, in the end the charm of a JUMBO stuffie won him over and now he is snuggled, snoozing and snoring with Mr. Dino! Second picture is proof!

He is such a big marshmallow!!!

This dog is a hoot! He cracks me up!!! 

AND on that note, from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!

NEXT IN NEED!

This is *Nala*

She was picked up as a stray – BulldogX(Possibly Bulldog/Boxer) is her most likely breed mix….was also listed in various places as a BoxerX and a MastiffX yet, she is super small and very bulldog like and that seems to be the consensus!

No matter what she is 100% adorable!

She is blind and hearing impaired – she does hear some & has an abnormal back right leg per the paperwork

She is housebroken, vaccinated, microchipped, spayed, had two cherry eye surgeries – the one eye is not normal

She lacks manners and currently is in foster care with another Rescue that is seeking to transfer her to BHRR.

Stated to be very friendly with people and has been playful and social with the dogs she has been introduced to. Have seen a video of her and a boxer having a blast.

Paperworks says she is about 2 yet, in seeing pics plus a video, I find that very hard to believe. She is all puppy…maybe 12-15 months?!

ETA being worked on and thank you to Jacqueline once again for stepping up to be her emerge temp foster!

She and BHRR’s Dean both still need special Secret Santa’s if anyone is willing to spoil them this XMAS!

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

My last post of my night!

A lovely soul so generously took BHRR’s Symba’s jumbo stuffie to wash in an industrial washer. 

First picture is BHRR’s Symba when I told him that his icky stuffie was going to leave for a bit and come back shiny and new – well, at least come back sweet smelling.

He was not impressed!!! He takes this thing everywhere and I mean everywhere!!!

I had wondered if giving it a decent burial would be better than attempting to wash it yet, wash it – twice! – this kind soul has done!!

The second picture is of his stuffie being ‘fluffed’!

LOVE it!

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent…tomorrow is another day!

More information per the Shelter:

Below you will find his Owner surrender information completed by the Owner online:

O/S, Can no longer afford general up keep. Got from a friend. Owned 3.5 years. Eats Pedigree. Free fed. Lived with female Great Dane, 2 adults and 1 teenager. Gets along well with all. Allowed on furniture. Slept in Owners bed at night. Loose when alone, will destroy toys, household items, barks, drools. Left only occasionally. No medications. Nervous, normally muzzled at Vet.

He loves to snuggle and is good companionship. He needs to learn to listen and stop pulling on leash. Doesn’t like when people wear hoods. Barks in the car until he is out. Pulls a lot on leash. No professional training. Uses harness, prong collar, gentle leader. Knows sit, down, come and shake.

He barks, nervous when alone, he will get aggressive when he feels someone in the home is being threatened. When meeting unfamiliar children friendly/respectful and usually tolerant but has met some he doesn’t like. Never met an unfamiliar man. Friendly when meeting unfamiliar women. 

AGGRESSIVE WITH CATS. Friendly when meeting unfamiliar dogs on or off leash. 

 Mostly house trained, will go if its been too long or if sick. Mostly indoors. House with fenced yard. Low activity level. Playful, affectionate, pushy, confident, excitable,  friendly, dominant. Loves to play and follow you around. Will guard certain family members if he thinks they are being threatened. Will guard something they stole, and doesn’t like paws being touched, he will growl or will nip at your hand if you try to touch or clip nails. 

If a stranger approaches the home or yard or family member she will bark, jump up, growls. Never bitten a person or an animal. He drinks his water out of the bathroom faucet. 

We also called the Owner to clarify a few things she had written down.

Spoke with owner for some more info/clarification. Had him since he was 1 and a half years old, step-daughter’s friend was looking to rehome him. Lived with a female Great Dane-good with, had a litter with last year, dogs are good together but don’t seem overly bonded. Said X is a very nice dog but can be a bit strange with people sometimes. Barks and growls when people come in home but after he sniffs he is better. Doesn’t have visitors a lot. Keeps him behind 4ft baby gate which he has pushed through to get to people, but sniffs them and is fine. Once when he was on the enclosed porch and the neighbour walked up (man) he was growling and barking, neighbour put hand through fence to touch him and X didn’t do anything. Said he doesn’t like people wearing anything that changes their appearance (hats, glasses, hoods, etc) and barks at them, did have an incident when a woman came in wearing a fur coat and walked by him when he was loose and he barked and lunged at her but the owner pulled him back and woman walked away to go into sons room (was sons friend) and they never interacted further. Owner said he never tried to bite her but doesn’t know why he lunged. Is fine with meeting people on a walk or even on the porch, seems more reactive when they come in the home. Said he doesn’t seem to warm up to sons friends (always males) and will just keep barking at them.

Used to have an issue with growling and lunging at the son if X was in the bedroom with owner and son walked in the room, wouldn’t let the son in but never attempted to bite, hasn’t had this issue since woman started keeping him in the living room at night instead of with her. Owner said he seems to get reactive if you turn your back to him and walk away after giving him attention, he has a mean sounding bark and follows you, but if you face him while walking away he is fine. No guarding issues but does like to keep things from you and runs away if you try to take. Pulls a lot on leash and is very strong, very eager to get to other dogs and people and will pull you to them though has met both and has been friendly. Has never met a cat but pulls on leash eagerly to see them, seems to want to chase them and woman doesn’t know if it’s playful or not. Will put his mouth on your hand if you try to clip his nails but never applies pressure. Asked what was meant by “aggressive if someone in home is being threatened” and owner said he can be protective, one incident the son and nephew got into a fight and nephew went to hit the son and X barked and jumped in between them, woman yelled at them and nephew backed off. Woman trained him using German commands. Is a good dog that needs some guidance with some things. 

BHRR’s Miss Olive!

She is our palliative 1.5 year old Saint Beauty! 

What can we say about this picture? One improvises and becomes creative when a pillow is needed for a power nap after playing with a puppy! ?

She is in big need of a virtual foster donation buddy for December if anyone may consider supporting her.

We are currently spending almost $900 a month on her meds – Proin, Gabapentin, Deramaxx, Eye Lube plus high quality fish based food.

We will have her back in for her next recheck in December plus she will be due for her next professional grooming season then too.

As those that have been following her journey are aware, four ortho specialists determined that she did not qualify for FHO surgeries or hip replacement surgeries.

Olive is also our Pseudohermaphrodite which we found out when she was in for her bilateral entropion surgery plus spay – she is actually a genetic he.

We continue to work hard to give her the best quality filled life possible.

She is always a big hit at EVC!

Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

Thanks in advance for any consideration in being her December virtual foster buddy! 

AND thanks to her wonderful BHRR Haven foster home for this great photo!

NEXT IN NEED:

HE will get a new name for a new beginning!

BHRR’s Dean – after one of my all time fav nail trim clients at the Hospital I used to work at.

~5 year old heavily marked mantle male Great Dane.

O’s cannot afford his upkeep. They have had him for about 3.5 years and got him off a friend of a relative. Prior to that we do not know if he came direct from a Breeder or someone else.

Lacked socialisation, has some stranger reativity and resource issues. Does not like feet touched.

ETA to BHRR: Friday November 6th.

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

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

We shall update as we can.

Love this photo of her…

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

We will update as we can.

AND this pic may be an oldie yet, it is a goodie….

She is so beautiful, inside and out.

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Oslo(7 month old CC puppy) is scheduled for his next Vet visit on November 3rd.

When he is there, we will get a new weight, recheck his pheno levels with bloodwork, obtain more phenobarbital plus more Gabapentin, get his next dose of Nexgard Spectra, have a nail trim and also obtain more Diazepam.

We are also going to investigate that hind end further. He lacks rear angulation and his one knee almost ‘pops’.

He has not had a seizure since October 20th! 12 days! 

It is going to take some time to stabilize things for him and he is WORTH every nickel, dime, quarter and more!

AND once he is stable, we will then neuter him.

If anyone may consider his cause to support, donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381
OR
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org (friends and family option)
OR
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

On behalf of all of the animals in need of our highly specialised rescue, THANK you for your continued words of encouragement, belief and for any consideration to the ever mounting Vet bills that we have ongoing for BHRR’s Oslo, BHRR’s Symba and BHRR’s Coupe etc.

We cannot do this without you and we are humbled by the kindness shown to BHRR!

Warmest of good night wishes are being sent from our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters!

 
 
 
 
 
 

My last post of my night!

Time for folks to think about what they plan on giving up for 14 days in our 9th Annual ‘Give it up 4 Autumn’ Fundraiser! 

Starts Thursday November 5th and we already have 4 people signed up to date! Be creative! Some people have even done a swear jar in the past putting money each time they or someone in their office swears and then donating the monies raised at the end of the 14 days.

All money raised shall go towards helping BHRR’s Symba and BHRR’s Coupe!

More details in the poster and please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you would like to be part of our 9th annual event!

Here are the blog links to BHRR’s Symba:

AND for BHRR’s Coupe

For those who wish to consider making a financial donation to their worthy causes, you can do so via PayPal gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com OR you can do so directly to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966

We have many many many thousands of dollars to raise and we are now set back even further as sadly, BHRR’s Oslo has needed emergency care today…..

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!

 

BHRR’s Symba!

Someone is not caring that it is Halloween and is not even fazed by all of the sounds from the Horror Movie playing!
AND yes, the Jumbo stuffie is still his fav thing ever!

AND, on his plus BHRR’s Coupe’s behalf, we want to thank ALL of their fans, supporters plus believers for the material and financial donations made to date as we prepare for their upcoming Ortho surgeries with Dr. Philibert.

We are still short $3,000 for BHRR’s Symba’s own surgery and as many have noted we are attempting to do some flash auctions.

AND we are STILL in need of the following – listed below – in preparation for their surgeries if anyone may consider their worthy causes to support.

BHRR’s Coupe(Newfx) is scheduled – FINALLY- thanks COVID-19! – for his bone debridement and bilateral elbow arthroscopic surgery December 1st. He is also the sweet boy that we shockingly discovered no less than 2 x 9 mm bullets in him – one being in his chest – when we did x-rays plus he had to have an emergency enterotomy surgery. In addition, we have been treating him for heartworm.

BHRR’s Symba(Bull Mastiff) – pictured here – is scheduled for his TPLO surgery on November 18th.

We urgently need the below items to assist with their post-op recoveries.

1) Pinesol or Lysol
2) XL Costco Dog Beds
3) Towels
4) Paper Towels – not the scratchy/rough brown kind
5) Sleeping bags/Comforters/Duvets
6. Fabric Softener
7) Dryer Sheets
8) Donations for ongoing flash online auctions to help raise the many thousands upon thousands needed for these surgeries.
9) We need to put down 50% upon surgery drop-off and any consideration for financial donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-596-0966 – they both have accounts there
OR
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
OR
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
10) Flannel Sheets – Double or Queen

Thanks as always from our hearts for any consideration to their very worthy causes – both dogs are magnificent!

As many know we have our monitored donation shed on our lane-way at the road by our mailbox and any kind items can be dropped off in it!

If you are not able to drop off at Oxford Station, please do email us to make alternative arrangements. contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR’s Devin, the Bouvier!

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He is ready to make his own special announcement!
 
For anyone interested in BHRR’s Devin; please read his extremely thorough blog that documents his journey while in rescue plus the type of home that we are seeking to approve for him as his forever loving adoptive one.
 

All of our policies, processes and procedures including an application to be completed and filled out are also found on our home website.

BHRR shall consider adoption applications ONLY from our location up to and including the area’s of Barrie & Cambridge in Ontario and up to Gatineau in the province of Quebec.

 
Note: as is listed on our Petfinder and home website plus in the application contract; We will not be responding to email/phone inquiries. We will ONLY review completed applications that are submitted along with the non-refundable application fee. WHICH is no way guarantees that your home shall be approved to adopt.
 
BHRR will NOT make exceptions to our clearly posted criteria.
 

BHRR’s Devin can go to a home that works part-time, full-time, works from home, semi-retired or is retired. He is another amazing versatile BHRR dog!

Health Status: HEALTHY! Per his Vet team, he will require a dental cleaning in the future – nothing that was deemed emergent/urgent for us to take care of during his time at BHRR.

 
Children: No homes with children under the age of 12 will be considered. He sometimes can be a bit mouthy and get excitable.
 
Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, sweet, social, playful, quietly active – gentle, calm. Excellent leash manners. Great companion!
 
Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is ideal yet not required if that right matched home is set up for success.
 
Good with Dogs: Yes, and while we would like to see him in a home with at least one other right matched personality fit dog; it is not a deal breaker. Having a strong social doggie network is most important and required. He does not like when dogs rush up to his face – have to love all of those irresponsible owners and their flexi-leads. For the most part, he is indifferent to other dogs. He does have a bff that is 11 months of age and they can play rough together – when they first meet-up.
 
Good With Cats: He currently resides in a foster home with a cat; yet, we would prefer a home without any cats or dogs the size of cats.
 
Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown yet, would not recommend. He is very interested in chasing squirrels and can easily clear a 4-4.5 foot fence, so no homes with low fencing will be considered for him.
 
Grooming: He is a dream to wash, do nails, ears etc. and regular professional grooming is mandatory. Do not apply if you are not going to do this. We have worked to get him looking his best under the care of an incredible professional groomer.
 
Car: He is great in the car! Gets in readily and settles down beautifully!
 
Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and crate trained.
 
Obedience: His manners are truly quite lovely.
 
Activities Suited For Him: He has the perfect temperament to do therapy work and his amazing self deserves to be shared with the world.
 
Loves & Bad Habits: He loves his humans and to be around them. He is not an in your face kind of dog. He is the perfect strolling and walking partner and then the at home movie, tv show companion. His foster mom says he has a shoe fetish!
 
He is a super low maintenance dog – other than his grooming needs!
 
He loves to NOT sleep on soft bedding!!! Not good for his elbows or joints being a larger breed dog.
 
He will play fetch!
 
Is he the perfect dog? No…no dog is yet he is as close to bomb proof as any dog can be. He is fantastic plus!
 
It is going to be important to ensure that he does not get fat. We have worked hard to get him to lose weight and to build up much needed muscle mass/toning.
 
Anxieties/Worries: He really does not have any.
 
Thank you immensely ONCE more to Rick Millette Millsphoto on Facebook; for the absolutely stunning pics!
 
Thank you’s also to Cassy/John for being his fabu temp foster home!

BHRR’s Walter

ADOPTED!

Mr. Walter, this was another bittersweet adoption for me.

My heart wanted to call you mine and never let you go!

Yet, I knew that when you were ready to be placed up for adoption, that you no longer needed me….you wanted me; yet, no longer needed me.

AND we must let go of the ones that no longer need us so, we can help another that does need us.

It has been an absolute honour helping you to become the best boy you are and your future is so bright.

Closing a chapter is tough, any great foster home can tell you how hard it is to let go, and you make the 422nd time I have done the best thing ever – the right thing too! – by letting one of my fosters – you go!

My heart and soul goes into each and every dog that is in need of our highly specialised programs and you and I will always be connected….we will always have that bond like no other yet; now it is time for you to begin a new exciting wonderful chapter and keep living your best life!

You are already missed yet, know that I am as much excited plus happy as I am through my sniffling tears for as it is said; parting is such sweet sorrow!

Congratulations to you Mr. Walter, such a handsome incredibly sweet blue Great Dane whose charm, kindness, gentleness plus big heart is beyond special! Your determination to live through arriving into rescue so beyond sick; is also a testament to your rock solid inner strength. You have such a goofy silly mischievous side and it is unbelievably endearing.

Thank you to his forever loving adoptive home for all of their patience as we went through our extremely thorough adoption screening process.

SO worth the drive!!

ND as of about 9:15 AM today, we have been on the road driving to do BHRR’s Walters home-visit for a possible approved adoption….

We shall update as we can!

This picture was taken the day I picked him up from his BHRR emerge temp foster home to then bunk down with The Boerskins. 

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

BHRR’s Devin, the Bouvier had his booster apt. yesterday!

He weighed 83.38 pounds. He has been on a weight loss, muscle mass/toning building program and he is getting to where we want him to be. 

After his Vet appointment – he was loved by all! – he was then off for his professional photo session.

Thank you immensely to Rick Millette Millsphoto on Facebook; for the absolutely WOW pics! 

Doesn’t he look positively stunning?! I could not be more happy with how great his professional groom session went with Melissa.

UPDATE: BHRR’s Oslo (7 month old Cane Corso)

In the space of 15 hours, he had 7 seizures.

He was sent home last night when the Hospital closed – with a catheter and Diazepam to administer via IV should he cluster seizure or have a prolonged seizure.

He was also increased on his Phenobarbital to 120 mg BID.

He then had a seizure at 9:27 pm, lasting about 40 seconds.

This morning he was back at the Hospital for another day of seizure watch.

The good news is that his blood work came back and is normal so his liver is tolerating the meds well!

We raised thanks to amazing rescue angels enough money to cover his Vet bills from yesterday and we now need to pay for today’s Bills which include more phenobarbital and diazepam sent home with his foster to give if needed.

Donations for anyone that may consider his so deserving cause to support; can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

*we just need to know the password*

This is sweet Mr. Oslo last night sporting his yellow vet wrapped catheter! 

Thank you again to his temp foster home for being so wonderful and for temp fostering.
 

UPDATE: He has had 6 seizures today to date.

Per his Vet, the seizures that he had in the Hospital lasted no more than 3 minutes.

She gave him one very light dose of valium and a light top up dose of phenobarbital with the first seizure, and one additional top up dose of phenobarbital with the second seizure.

We are awaiting the results of the bloodwork to see how his liver is handling the Phenobarbital.

THANK you to everyone that has been so unbelievably kind, caring and generous to send and post supportive words AND for the financial consideration to his Vet Bills.

We are forever indebted for your consideration!

UPDATE: Sadly, Mr. Oslo has had yet, another seizure event.

The good news is that he is presenting well between his seizures.

We are SOOOOOOOOO beyond grateful and appreciative and humbled by the words of support and the financial contributions to assist with his Vet Bills. 

Donations can continue to be sent direct via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password.

We will update as we can…..

*URGENT* *DONATIONS NEEDED*

BHRR’s Oslo, the 7 month month old puppy has been rushed to the Vet Hospital by his great foster family. 

He has now had four seizures since early this AM and has been admitted to the Hospital for care.

He has been in our rescue since October 11th with no seizure activity.

He has been taking his medications – was increased by his previous Vet prior based upon his blood results – prior to us taking him into rescue.

He was scheduled for his repeat blood work tomorrow AM to check his phenobarbital levels; yet, sadly; today; he has had seizure activity.

If anyone can spare, even $5 towards his emergency vet care – we will find out if people can donate direct to the Hospital they use in Amherstview – yet, donations would be so humbly and gratefully received by:

PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password*

We will update as we can.

His foster mama has been a solid strong rock for Mr. Oslo as seizures can be very scary and stressful to the animal and to the humans.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration to this sweet boy! 

ISO: A Professional Photographer that may be willing to donate some of their time plus talent to take some photo’s of BHRR’s Devin, The Bouvier.

He has his booster apt. this Saturday and it shall not be too long after that that he will be ready to make his own special announcement! 

This is a picture from his professional groom session with the fabu Melissa! 

If a professional photographer may be open to donating some of their skills to assist us in capturing Mr. Devin in all of his handsomeness; please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR’s Oslo, the Cane Corso puppy!

He has been settling in beautifully with his awesome temp foster home. 

He has not had any seizures since his arrival and we have had him into the Vet to obtain some flea/tick/heartworm meds along with de-worming. We also picked up more Gabapentin for him.

He weighed 36 kgs(79.2 pounds).

Being so straight legged in the hind end; he lacks rear angulation and a quick neuro test; determined that he is weaker in the one back leg over the other.

He is getting plenty of appropriate level of exercise as we work to build up his muscle mass and tone to make him stronger.

As he adjusts to the higher dosing of the phenobarbital; he is also going through some understandable ataxia. In the next week; he will be back for a repeat blood test to check his levels to help determine if this adjusted dosing remains best for him.

As a growing puppy (7 months of age); he will need dosing adjustments.

We are also closely monitoring his eyes as they are sometimes red and a bit runny so when he goes in for his recheck blood test, we are going to have his eyes checked. His left eye does have more prominent haws. Yet, If he needs to go in earlier for them; we will make it happen!

He has been making safe bubble COVID-19 human plus doggie friends and he is in excellent hands with his foster family and we continue to ensure that he lacks for nothing. 

Thank you to his wonderful foster family for everything!

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

As some are aware we have been working on assisting three Great Dane Puppies – we had an amazing suggestion to call them our Three Musketeers!

So, we have BHRR’s Porthos – white male Great Dane, Deaf/Visually Impaired.

BHRR’s Aramis – female white Great Dane, Deaf/Visually Impaired

BHRR’s Athos – male mantle Great Dane

ETA being worked on.

More details to come and all three have amazing special Secret Santa’s and they are NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Symba!

My last post of my night is a special request on his behalf.

I know that we already made a post seeking urgent items in preparation for his and BHRR’s Coupe’s huge upcoming ortho surgeries; yet; there is one thing that is a specific request for this sweet boy.

As many know, I have posted several times re: his love and comfort of the jumbo stuffie here.

We are now in search of another jumbo stuffie – 4-5 feet in height for him to have post-op.

As we shall have to clean this one; rotating with a new one as needed during his recovery; will mean he would never be without. When we wash this one; his is like the toddler sitting outside the washer plus dryer; being a suck until he gets it back.

We have to restrict his mobility during his recovery and if anyone has a jumbo stuffie they no longer wish to keep; please consider one big Bull Mastiff baby to donate to? 

Also here is our Amazon Wish List Link for other items needed:

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

AND yes, we are still working on renovations!

My last post of my night!

We are in URGENT need of the following to prepare for not one but two major surgeries for two of our amazing BHRR dogs!

BHRR’s Coupe(Newfx) pictured below is scheduled – FINALLY- thanks COVID-19!  – for his bone debridement and bilateral elbow arthroscopic surgery December 1st. He is also the sweet boy that we shockingly discovered no less than 2 x 9 mm bullets in him – one being in his chest – when we did x-rays plus he had to have an emergency enterotomy surgery. In addition, we have been treating him for heartworm.

BHRR’s Symba(Bull Mastiff) is scheduled for his TPLO surgery on November 18th.

We urgently need the below items to assist with their post-op recoveries.

1) Pinesol or Lysol
2) XL Costco Dog Beds
3) Towels including hand towels
4) Paper Towels – not the scratchy/rough brown kind
5) Sleeping bags/Comforters/Duvets
6) Pillows – Twin/Double/Queen or King
7) Laundry Soap
8. Fabric Softener
9) Dryer Sheets
10) Donations for our upcoming flash online auction to help raise the many thousands upon thousands needed for these surgeries.
11) Financial Donations: We need to put down 50% upon surgery drop-off. Donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-596-0966 OR
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
12) Flannel Sheets – Double or Queen

Thanks as always from our hearts for any consideration to their very worthy causes – both dogs are magnificent! 

As many know we have our monitored donation shed on our lane-way at the road by our mailbox and any kind items can be dropped off in it!

AND from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent!

 
 
 
 

My last post of my night!

We are in URGENT need of the following to prepare for not one but two major surgeries for two of our amazing BHRR dogs!

BHRR’s Coupe(Newfx) pictured below is scheduled – FINALLY- thanks COVID-19!  – for his bone debridement and bilateral elbow arthroscopic surgery December 1st. He is also the sweet boy that we shockingly discovered no less than 2 x 9 mm bullets in him – one being in his chest – when we did x-rays plus he had to have an emergency Enterotomy surgery. In addition, we have been treating him for heartworm.

BHRR’s Symba(Bull Mastiff) is scheduled for his TPLO surgery on November 18th.

We urgently need the below items to assist with their post-op recoveries.

1) Pinesol or Lysol
2) XL Costco Dog Beds
3) Towels including hand towels
4) Paper Towels – not the scratchy/rough brown kind
5) Sleeping bags/Comforters/Duvets
6) Pillows – Twin/Double/Queen or King
7) Laundry Soap
8. Fabric Softener
9) Dryer Sheets
10) Donations for our upcoming flash online auction to help raise the many thousands upon thousands needed for these surgeries.
11) Financial Donations: We need to put down 50% upon surgery drop-off. Donations can be made direct to Liston Animal Hospital 613-596-0966 OR
via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR
via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password
12) Flannel Sheets – Double or Queen

Thanks as always from our hearts for any consideration to their very worthy causes – both dogs are magnificent! 

As many know we have our monitored donation shed on our lane-way at the road by our mailbox and any kind items can be dropped off in it!

AND from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent!

The Dogs rainy day plans! 
 
October 13th, 2020
 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Oslo!
6.5 month old Cane Corso Puppy who has IS.

He has arrived safely into the caring kind arms of his foster family and is already settling in nicely. 

Please do keep his previous home in your thoughts for this was not an easy decision for them.

Thank you to Lucie & Judy/Ron again for their generous Volunteer transport assistance.

NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Having a nap in her forever loving adoptive home!

BHRR’s Devaney is ADOPTED!

Miss Devaney is our Deaf/Visually Impaired Lab puppy.

Immense thanks being sent out to this home for their patience as we went through our extremely thorough adoption process.

BHRR has second to no other group adoption success rates. We were 100% in over 10 years of operating and now are 98% as we get ready to enter year 25.

Thanks also sent being sent out to Miss Devaney’s temp foster home for doing all that they did for her!

This is our first adoption since COVID-19 hit and we closed down, therefore, it is truly wonderful to see one of our fantastic dogs end up in such a great home.

Getting pics was such a fun time!! The laughter being done by all!

Congratulations to this home and to Miss Devaney!

BHRR Walter’s home-visit for his own possible approved adoption is October 25th. We will update as we can.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoor
 

My last post of my night!

This special cutie arrives tomorrow!

He is the 6.5 month old male Cane Corso that has Idiopathic Seizures.

Drive safe wishes to the amazing kind hearted Volunteers for helping to transport him AND thank you to Judy/Ron for stepping up to be his fabu temp foster parents!

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

AND we are soon on our way!!!

Tonight is Miss Devaney’s (Deaf & Visually Impaired Lab puppy) home-visit for a possible approved adoption.

We shall update as we can.

*NOTICE*:

BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Tuesday October 27th to Monday November 2nd. We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.
During this time, BHRR is available 24/7, as always, for requests for assistance of animals in need.

 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTICE:

Unfortunately, we find ourselves having to address the below issues once again. Every few years it seems we must re-visit this despite being very clear on our website, Facebook and Petfinder as to how we operate.

This last 24 hours we have had not one yet, two extremely unpleasant moments.

Let us be extremely clear that if people continue to disrespect what is openly stated; we will involve legal and take the necessary action(s).

Our camera’s are running.

1) we are a foster based rescue that operates out of our home and our approved fosters. NOWHERE does it state that you can just drop by, visit or ‘get’ a dog because you want one.

It is NOT even ok to leave a voice message as a ‘courtesy heads up’ that you are on your way or will be on your way shortly to our PRIVATE property which is our home.

We would never do this to you; so do not expect it to be ok to do it to us. We get so little quality family time as it is and your blatant disregard for being mindful of our family time is not going to be tolerated.

We have a very thorough adoption process which is and has been posted over and over and over again in the last shy of 25 years.

All of the steps to be considered for a BHRR approved adoption is found on our websites and even in the application. We have done our job to have the information there. It is now up to you to read and follow the instructions.

We have posted many times over that only completed applications shall be considered/reviewed. We are NOT going to respond to ANY inquiries sent via email, text, voice message, Petfinder or Facebook. This is and has been posted many times over. So Stop. Spamming via email, text, phone, and/or Petfinder is not going to receive a response. They will be deleted and if you continue, marked as spam/junk/blocked.  It is equally NOT acceptable for you to come uninvited; to our home, private property with or without any completed application in hand.

As we also post, if a dog is listed on Petfinder, on our Website or on Facebook page as being ‘Available For Adoption’, YES, that dog is still available. We directly state that we work to keep everything up to date.

We have equally posted many times over that we are not going to make exceptions to our adoption contract, processes, policies and procedures.

2) the steps to surrender a dog is also openly stated on our website.

Do NOT leave a message and then only a couple of hours later show up at our home expecting us to drop everything and put your request above all of the other needy dogs that are equally ‘urgent’.

This is our home. This is private property.

AND do not say to one of us that you left many emails or voice messages re: said dog when we communicate closely with each other and know that this is a lie.

YOU are making our work more difficult that it ever should be and trust me, operating a highly r/q Rescue is damn hard.

BHRR is not about you; it is about the animals and please allow us to do our jobs; our non paying, 24/7, 365 days a year jobs.

We have been doing this since 1996; know what we are doing, are the experts in what we do from rescue to transport, to rehabilitation to adoption, from feeding to vetting, to training to behavioural modification and so much more.

If you want to adopt; please follow the process. If you have a dog in need; please follow the process.

The Boerskins
BHRR

BHRR’s Devaney!
Deaf & Visually Impaired lab puppy
PENDING ADOPTION!

Another, I ‘do not see a foster home allowing their foster on the couch’ photo! 

She is in an amazing foster home and we cannot thank them enough for all that they have done and are doing for her!

Miss Devaney’s home-visit for a possible approved adoption is scheduled for Thursday October 8th.

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

The NEXT IN NEED:

This is a 6.5 month old male Cane Corso puppy that has idiopathic seizures.

I have spent the past few weeks talking/supporting this home via phone and email; hoping that his owners would become comfortable in working to manage the seizures.

If we can help keep dogs with their wonderful owners, that is what we would love to see.

However, they have reached a level of being overwhelmed with quite a few other factors coming into play so, they have made a really selfless choice wanting to surrender him to our highly focused and experienced special needs rescue.

Please join us in surrounding this home with kindness.

ETA October 10th

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

BHRR’s Devin
NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

I see no chair AKA ‘mini couch!

I do see one adorable boy who continues to settle in beautifully into his temp foster home.

This is his new stuffie!

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!

 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Miss Olive

Our 1.5 year old palliative Saint Bernard

She was in for a recheck for her eyes and for some other medical concerns on the 29th at EVC.

She will remain on eye meds, has been placed on antibiotics for a hot spot along with some cream for her private parts that has some urine scalding plus saliva stains.

AND thanks to a really generous loving angel BHRR’s Miss Olive’s Food/Vet bills have now been covered for the month of November!

We are currently spending almost $900 a month on her meds – Proin, Gabapentin, Deramaxx, Eye Lube plus fish based food. She also lovingly has a special Secret Santa to all her very own now. 
We shall be seeking a December sponsor(s) for her if anyone may consider supporting her….

We will have her back for her next recheck in December plus she will be due for her next professional grooming then.

We continue to work hard to give her the best quality filled life possible.

She is always a big hit at EVC!

Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via contactbrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

BHRR’s Devin (Bouvier) had his professional groom session on Monday. 

Here is a before photo – day he arrived – adorably handsome, Saturday and then an after grooming photo, positively gorgeous. 

Melissa, thank you again for taking excellent care of him and for the post groom picture!

His foster family tells us that he is a well behaved boy plus how great he has been settling in with them.

I know when I met him and had him at work for his intake vetting right after his arrival on Saturday, how positively fantastic he was even then.

You can tell just how much time, love, effort and care has been given to him in his previous home. Just a fantastic boy!

While he currently is the only dog in his foster home, they do have cat and he is also quickly developing a strong doggie social network in their community.

He is not yet available for adoption. He needs to have his boosters in 3-4 weeks and per our r/q protocols, we never flip dogs.

BHRR’s Devin
2.5 year old Bouvier
*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

As promised, we are posting re: his Vet visit at work today.

He weighed 39.4 kgs(86.68 pounds). He should lose several pounds yet, nothing major.

The Vet did a thorough exam – between the staff getting kisses! – and he is a healthy fantastic boy!

The Vet did recommend a dental cleaning based upon the tartar on his back teeth yet, did not feel it was urgent to be done ASAP – something even his future adoptive home could take care of as there is nothing emergent that the Vet noted. From looking in his mouth, the Vet did not feel that any extractions are needed yet, dental x-rays would need to be done to really rule that out. However, there were not any concerns had!

The Vet went through all of the wonderful paperwork that his previous O.’s were so kind to pass along and we noted that he is already on flea/tick preventative and has heartworm plus de-worming meds also given to us by his previous home. 

The Vet was not able to find any notation of prior/recent heartworm/tickborne disease testing, so we ran some blood and it is negative.

We updated his vaccine protocol per the paperwork reviewed by his Vet and he will be back in 4 weeks time for a booster.

He is also scheduled for a professional grooming session with Melissa on Monday and is settled in with his fosters Cassy/John.

He was a BIG hit at work! HUGE! Visiting everyone and loving on everyone. 

To everyone that came together to help this magnificent boy; we are appreciative!

Two more pictures from when BHRR’s Devin was picked up:

This picture is going down as one of my all time favs for a rescue transport!! 

As our Volunteer network is aware, we had an urgent call to us yesterday re: a 2.5 year old Male Bouvier and in standard BHRR fashion, we mobilised fast and Cassy Montgomery/John picked him up this AM.

To be proactive to stop the comments we know some may want to post and before people start sharing far and wide ‘trying’ to find his Breeders:

1) yes, his show Breeders are aware & reached out to us. It is not possible to get him back to them easily.
2) they stand by their dogs 100% and know all too well that this is not a breed for most people.
2) he was with a wonderful couple in their 80s, having over 47 years of incredible experience with Bouviers, yet; in his young happy healthy exuberance; Mr. Devin almost bowled one of them over when running and slammed into the one O.

Will make another post shortly re: his Vet visit @ EVC this AM for as everyone who knows us; we vet all of our dogs immediately upon coming into our rescue.

Welcome to BHRR, ‘Devin’! 

*He is NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

BHRR’s Walter is moving under a PENDING Adoption!

We will update as we can.

This is an older pic of him when he was battling his eye infections yet, still a goodie!

AND Miss Olive is having her next professional grooming session including a mani/pedi!

She is our palliative 1.5 year old Saint Beauty.

As those that have been following her journey are aware, four ortho specialists determined that she did not qualify for FHO surgeries or hip replacement surgeries.

She is on almost $900/month in medications/special food – we added Proin since we last posted re: her and with our Drive-Way Events; we have raised enough money to keep her bills covered until November 1st.

If anyone would consider becoming a virtual foster buddy for her for November – plus she still needs her own special Secret Santa – to help us with her necessary high quality of care, donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

This is Melissa with her at Groomingdale’s who is absolutely a gem to work with for our grooming needs.

While we worry what the cold weather may bring for her; we are going to take things as they come and keep helping her live her best every day!

BHRR’s Lilly!
*DEAF & Visually Impaired GD

STILL AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Today she was at work for her annual!

She now weighs a beautifully lean muscled 42.2 kgs(92.84 pounds). A gorgeous petite GD that her personality is anything but petite!!

She is such a hoot and goofy! Had to post a derpy pic of her!!

Thank you to work for giving her another fantastic experience!!

For that right matched personality fit forever loving home and per her blog, we will only do a transitional adoption due to the importance of ensuring that stability and consistency is what she needs so that she does not become anxious and self-mutilate. When she first came to us, the damage that she had done and was doing to her body from her past life was horrific.

In the right home, she will remain happy, well balanced, confident and continue to reach her full potential!
 

On our way!!

Mr. Symba is looking forward to seeing folks @ 37 Dressler Drive in Kanata between 4-6:30 pm for our next Drive-Way Nail Trim & Ear Cleaning Event!

We can take debit, credit card or cash
Easy to self-distance
No appointments necessary
We are also collecting Empties & Canadian Tire $

We are collecting donations for our upcoming silent auction too

All monies raised shall go towards paying for Mr. Symba’s cruciate repair!

BHRR’s Symba – Bull Mastiff
4.5 years of age

HE LOVES this Giant stuffie! He is deep in thought – he has a deep soul this boy….those eyes of his, reach right inside of you…..

He is honest and genuine and so sweet, your teeth would ache!

He has been such a serious boy that has looked quite worried and we are now just starting to see his playful, happy, low tail wag side coming out!

Yes, we have to finish renovating…this summer we replaced all of the wiring in our home with armoured wire – Sean/our electrician close friend Marcil did after obtaining all permits etc.! – and now that the inspections are all completed plus aced; time to get our walls back up!!!

Just a gentle reminder that BHRR’s Symba will be at our Drive Way Nail Trim event Thursday September 17th – 37 Dressler Drive in Kanata from 4 – 6:30 PM!

He wants to thank in advance plus in person the folks who plan on showing up, to let them know that their generosity is going to help pay for his bad leg to be fixed!

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

Miss Devaney – DEAF & Visually Impaired 7 month old black lab puppy

She is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can….

Someone is having an AMAZING play date!

BHRR’s Coupe – NewfX

This wonderful home won a Day play date in our annual online date auction with BHRR’s Rain, one of our Haven Saints – almost 10 now! – yet, with the onset of cooler weather; her arthritis was acting up.

So, we offered up a date with another BHRR doggie and BHRR’s Coupe is having the time of his life! This home was once one of his emergency temp fosters. 

They are now going to love on him overnight to assist our home as we tend to a personal matter and then will drop him off at my work tomorrow.

He has even had a trip to the Pet Store for treats plus extra loving!

BHRR’s Coupe is a very popular cherished BHRR Dog – this is his THIRD Play Date from our online auction!!!

I have booked x-rays tomorrow as I want to see how his legs and elbows are doing for due to his emergency exploratory; he could not have his leg bone debridement and bilateral arthroscopic surgery on his elbows.

Then COVID-19 hit and that put everything on hold further.

Once I have those x-rays I will send them off to his ortho specialist to see what Dr. Philibert has to say in re: to if he may still need bone debridement surgery – he has been on his antibiotic regime – along with his elbows; so that we can plan accordingly for his future!!

If he is still with us come January; he will then need his next Heartworm/Tickborne disease test as he tested positive for Heartworm after we stepped up to assist him. From there, we then did a microfilaria test to determine what treatment would be best for him. As he did not have any microfilaria, he was placed on monthly HG.

This boy is incredible!!! Just incredible!! 

He is going to make a lucky home that most unbelievably amazing of additions when he is ready to make his own special announcement.

Have a great night Mr. Coupe!

BHRR’s Devaney – Black Lab – (DEAF/Visually Impaired) had her monthly weigh in for her flea/tick/heartworm preventative.

She is now over 55 pounds and turned 7 months old today!

This is her abiding with complete respect to the no couch rule!! 

Thank you’s being sent out of her foster Mama for keeping me updated on all of her antics! 

She remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched personality fit home.

AND we look uber bootiful again!

At the Vet she weighed just under 80 pounds. She had her Lepto Vaccine & Lyme vaccines and her Rabies and DHPP are good until 2022 as we gave them in 2019. Both she and BHRR’s Miss Volt had been vaccinated for Lyme per the current protocols being recommended.

In January 2020, she will be due for her next QC6 bloodtest to see what her levels are like and in the fall of 2020; she is due for her Heartworm test which also tests for the three most common tickborne diseases and we all know that she will show up positive for Lyme WHICH is why she gets the QC6 test is to be done every 6 months AND that she is to remain on tick meds year round to 1) to see if she requires additional treatment for Lyme if her levels are too high
2) the proactive preventative will work to help ensure that she does not risk further exposure to Lyme disease

This will be in her adoption contract clauses along with her to be professionally groomed on a regular basis.

We are also putting this blog post in Miss Volt’s blog so that people can be aware of the status re: her receiving future Lyme vaccines and the QC6 testing too!

BHRR’s Miss Mollie (Standard Poodle/Saint BernardX) has a big day today!

It is her regular professional grooming session with the truly lovely and caring Melissa Lepage of Pet Valu Groomingdale’s in Stittsville. 

Then, we are off for her annual Vet visit.

She remains available for adoption to that right matched personality fit forever loving home.

She has an extremely detailed blog that documents her whole journey to date along with the home we are seeking for her.

Additionally, all of our adoption polices, processes and procedures can be found on our website for anyone that may be interested in her to read to help them determine if they should submit an application – also found on our home website – to members of the BHRR BOD to consider.

DONTED TO DATE: $500

BHRR’s Symba!
4.5 year old Bull Mastiff

He loves that giant elephant stuffie and BHRR’s Walters bed…. 

BHRR’s Walter is not too thrilled to share his special bed and I am working on getting Mr. Symba one of his own. 

This boy is truly a rock star, in temperament and looks! Sean says every day that he cannot stay !

If all works out, Mr. Symba shall be at our next Drive Way Nail Trim & Ear Cleaning Event on Thursday September 17th to personally thank his fans/supporters for surrounding him with love. Location: 37 Dressler Drive from 4-6:30 pm.

We are still waiting for a surgery date for his cruciate repair surgery and have our brains engaged for creative fundraising ideas as his surgery will be close to $4,000+tx.

On behalf of one sleeping beauty; warmest good night wishes are being sent from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters!

BHRR’s Devaney!
6.5 month old Deaf/Visually Impaired Lab Puppy
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Technically, not all on the couch to be breaking the ‘no couch’ rule!!!! 

What a hoot she is!

Thank you’s extended to her incredible foster home for everything that they have done and are doing for her!!!

BHRR’s Mollie is scheduled for her annual on September 10th. On July 6th we did a repeat of her QC6 – noted in her blog post for that date – per the recommendation of her Vet team to do every 6 months and the results indicated that she did not require any further treatment for Lymes at that time! YAY!

We will do a repeat Heartworm test as though we are ok if they are done every second year; yearly for BHRR’s Mollie would make us more comfortable. This 4DX test also does test for the three most common tickborne diseases and we already know that the results for Lymes will be positive based upon her history which is why every 6 months she requires the Q6C small blood test that is sent to the lab for analysis. 

She will be due for vaccines at this time also and we will ensure that they are done as BHRR does not scrimp out on whatever our dogs are due for or need. We took care of her vaccines when she first arrived and it is now time to get her annual done.

For that right matched personality fit home; a copy of her Vet Records will be passed along so that their Vet Team can be in the loop of what she has had and what she shall require moving forward.

She will remain on tick preventative year round too and we will require her right matched personality fit adoptive home to do this.

BHRR’s Mollie is scheduled for her next professional groom session on September 10th. Regular professional grooming(we are doing every 8-9 weeks) will be required by her right matched personality fit adoptive home. If you cannot afford her grooming, she is not the right dog to consider for your home.

These will be additional clauses in her adoption contract and will be legally binding. If not adhered too; we shall step in and take Miss Mollie back. Proof of the blood-work and professional grooming shall be required to be sent our way for no less than 2 years to demonstrate proper due diligence to her well being.

Should you not want to abide by these clauses; then please do not submit a completed adoption application to members of the BHRR BOD to consider. We take our adoption contracts seriously and so should you.

AND to post yet again, she is a GIANT breed canine. Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX. She is not a single bred dog, she is a mix, a giant breed mix. Lovely and beautiful!

**Donated To Date: $175**

BHRR’s Symba!

3:30 AM and I look beside me as I working on my computer and this is the scene that greets me. ??

Almost 135 pounds cuddled up with a giant sized elephant stuffie. ?

No matter how old or young, giant stuffies are enjoyed by the dogs – they provide comfort and security and are snuggly soft.

This boy only had a torn blanket sent along with him when he arrived to rescue.

This is the Bull Mastiff that had been scheduled to be put to sleep and a rescue worked with the Owner to see if another group could take him in. We are forever grateful to this rescue for they saved a magnificent dog!!

He was back to work with me on the Monday as with everything he had done on Sunday, he still needed his vaccines.

He seems to love BHRR’s Walter’s ortho bed that had been bought for Mr. Walter so we are going to work on trying to find that bed for Mr. Symba too!

He is settling in so wonderfully and everyone who has met him to date cannot say enough about how awesome of a boy he is! 

I am now getting some good welcome tail wags from him and he is such a solid handsome boy.

His x-rays were reviewed by one ortho specialist who felt that BHRR’s Symba’s should have a TPLO procedure over an ex-capsular surgery for his blown cruciate. This was determined to be the best approach due to him being a Giant Breed Dog. The ortho specialist also felt that they were not the ideal surgeon for him and so the x-rays have now been sent over to another ortho surgeon.

With how busy we are at my own work, I cannot get him in there anytime soon and this boy has had this blown cruciate since the spring.

So, we are now waiting patiently, knowing how busy everyone is; to see what Dr. Philibert may have available.

We have been given one estimate of $3,800+ for this surgery and we are looking deep into our couch cushions for spare change, we keep collecting Empties, we have two more Drive-way nail trim events and our Dine with the Doggies Fundraiser.

His bills to date are just under $1,000 and any donations to his care would be beyond appreciated and can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*we just need to know the password

Thank you in advance for the consideration!

BHRR’s Symba

He weighed 61.70 kgs(135.74 pounds).

We sedated him at work today so that he could have a thorough exam on his hips and knees.

We did x-rays on hips and knees and it has been confirmed that he does have a blown cruciate in his back right leg. His hips look ok, so good news there!

We did pre-op bloodwork including testing for heartworm plus tick borne diseases and the results were all normal.

We did ear cytology’s as his ears were yucky and we cleaned them plus put in ear meds as he has infections.

We did a big nail trim on him too as his nails were very overgrown.

He also had a cartrophen injection. He will be on Gabapentin and Deramaxx for pain and inflammation.

He will begin flea/tick & heartworm meds plus be de-wormed.

AND this dog has an incredible temperament!! Just outstanding!

X-rays & bloodwork will be sent off to his ortho specialist and we will schedule his TPLO surgery ASAP

He is the Bull Mastiff that was scheduled to be euthanised by his owner and a group stepped in and asked for time so that another group could be found to help him.

This boy is absolutely heaven and we feel so privileged to help and he will need the BHRR village to surrround him with support as he has a long surgery and rehab journey ahead of him…

He also needs a XL Costco dog bed to call his very own if anyone may help….

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please let us know the password!*

Thank you in advance from our hearts for any consideration to his care….

Got him!!!

Pouring rain, flooding and thunderstorms did not hold back this rescue!!!

Thanks again Cassy for picking him up and meeting me! Rescue angel!!

He is scheduled to see the Vet tomorrow @ 5 pm and his rehabilitation journey begins now.

Welcome to BHRR Mr. Symba!

Now to get home, get him settled in and get dried up!

 
 
 
 
 
 

AND Cassy now has him!

BHRR’s Symba.

After much stress, this handsome boy(Bull Mastiff) is now safe!

Apparently, he has a blown cruciate – diagnosed in the spring and was recently scheduled to be euthanised as O. cannot afford the medical care. Another rescue worked with the Owner to gain some time to see if another organisation could assist.

O. also had two other dogs(MastiffX) they were seeking to re-home.

It was a worrisome and difficult process yet, we finally have him.

Thank you Cassy for the transport assistance, drive safe!

I shall be hitting the road a bit later to meet up with them…

He will be brought into work shortly to be assessed and to begin his medical rehab journey.

BHRR UPDATE!

1) In having a discussion with several members of the BHRR BOD; we shall be open as of Septermber 1st – subject to change if need be – for the intake of completed applications ONLY to consider for approved adoptions.

BHRR ONLY places per right matched personality fits and has an extremely thorough adoption screening process.

2) Unfortunately, again….in 2020 we will not be doing a BHRR Calendar. The cost is too high for what comes out of our personal pockets when that is monies that are desperately needed to keep BHRR open.

3) ISO: Auction Items for our upcoming 9th Annual Dine with the BHRR Doggies Event. Human, dogs, cat, gift baskets, gift certificates etc. ALL are welcome!

We also need draw prizes!

Please do not post your kind offers here, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

4) It is that time again! Time to think about being a special Secret Santa to the BHRR doggies! 2020 marks our 18th year doing this!!

As of today, we still have 21 deserving BHRR doggies in need of a special SS to call their very own!

To learn more and to sign up, please do visit the link!

5) BHRR is in urgent need of the following items:
Garbage bags – all sizes
Laundry soap
Fabric Softner
Fabric Softner Sheets
Giants Sized Dog Toys
XL Costco Dog Beds
Blankets, Duvets, Towels
Paper Towels
Pinesol

6) Please do reach out if you or someone you know has a Great Dane/Giant Breed Dog in need. We are also a highly/strongly focused special needs rescue so take in other breeds as we can that are also: Deaf and/or Blind, Sick, Senior, Neuro, Injured, Pregnant, Palliative, Nursing, Other Medical, Orphaned & Behavioural

It hurts our hearts to see dogs being put to sleep when there is an organization – we have been around since 1996 – OR to see these dogs end up in disreputable places.

Please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you or someone that you know needs assistance.

Another pic!

BHRR’s Coupe!
(NewfX)

He had his second special play date from our unique creative 9th annual online auction – this one was an overnight play date on August 23rd. 

From the home who won this amazing time with him:

‘Thank you so much for the opportunity of our overnight date with Coupe!! We had lots of fun – two shorter walks (3rd drowned out by rain), time in the backyard, Coupe was unfazed by our cat Wiley but he loves squirrels, there were belly rubs and ear scratches and cuddles, and loads of love. He was very well behaved and we miss him already.’

Thank you to this caring home for giving him this wonderful experience!!

BHRR’s Devaney!
6.5 month old Black Lab Puppy
**DEAF & Visually Impaired**
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

Miss Devaney is ready to make her own special announcement!
For those that have followed Miss Devaney’s rehabilitation journey; they shall be as excited as we are to see her make her own special announcement!She has overcome being kept in a crate, having burns, wounds plus lesions on her neck due to being kept in a shock/prong collar 24/7 AND since her arrival to BHRR; she has not had ONE seizure; leading us and her Vet team to believe that they had been stress induced.Health: She is healthy, has had two thorough exams, been spayed, microchipped, is on monthly preventative for flea/tick/heartworm, been de-wormed, has had three rounds of blood-work done, is up to date on vaccines and has not lacked for anything! She is DEAF/Visually Impaired and nothing has held her back once she was brought into Rescue.

Type of Home: It would be great to see her in a home with at least one other right matched personality fit dog. She is super social so having a strong doggie social network shall be key. She is fantastic with dogs.

Home With Children: She can come to a home with older children, 10+ and said home can have no more than 2. She came from a home that had lots of very small children and the home did not have the time to spend with her and she was not properly taken care of as a result.

Prefers Men? Women?: She LOVES people! AND food! She came into rescue out of shape and fat. She is so much leaner and fit and we want to keep her that way!

The home can be a ft, pt, work from home, semi-retired or retired home. Miss Devaney is another very versatile BHRR doggie!

Previous Special Needs Experience: Previous special needs experience is not required yet, the home MUST be attentive to working to learning to communicate with Miss Devaney. She has been learning a mixture of ASL and made up hand signals.

We want her set up for success!

Good With Cats: She has proven to be fine with our Clinic cat, yet, integration is key!

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown yet, would not recommend as she wishes to play – and can play rough! – and make friends with everything/one she meets.

Grooming: I have had no issues doing her nails at work and she is easy to groom – brush out and bathing.

Car: She is fine in a car.

Housebroken/Crate Trained: She is housebroken and crate trained.

Obedience: Her manners are coming along. Our mandatory obedience clause in our adoption application will ensure that the right matched personality fit home will work to build up her trust and respect.

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, sweet, social, playful, active/busy, mischievous. She is a puppy!

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is ideal yet not required if that right matched home is set up for success.

Activities Suited For Her: She is smart and we would love to see her go to a home that shall give her a job to do! She LOVES the water – dock diving? Therapy dog work is another possibility.

Loves & Bad Habits: She gets into things that she should not…..shoes, toilet paper etc. and there was one incident in her foster home that she got a hold of a 40 g chocolate bar. She is a growing, learning puppy and it will be important for the home to continue her training and obedience with consistency, kindness, structure, routine. We want her to be an asset to home and to community. A positive balanced recognized obedience program – obedience is one of the least regulated professions in Canada – will be necessary per our BHRR adoption contract.

Anxieties/Worries: Not much fazes this girl!

BHRR will NEVER adopt out a dog until / if they are ready. We are not desperate to find homes for our dogs. To us, having a dog come in to rescue is one time too many and we are here to help the next dog in need of us; not flip dogs or rush through any placement.
We are a highly focused special needs Rescue and Miss Devaney needed our assistance urgently and she is beyond deserving!
We do not take in hundreds of applications and then ‘choose’ the best out of those applications. We review completed applications ONLY in the order that they arrive and ONLY a right matched personality fit application shall be approved.
To us at BHRR, Miss Devaney is MORE than worth everything and to all that have met her to date, they can confirm that this girl is a WOW dog….super special, smart, affectionate and gorgeous!
BHRR’s Miss Devaney, it has been a true pleasure to be able to assist you……AND thank you again to your fabu foster home for taking excellent care of you!
You are such a wonderful girl and are going to make that right matched personality fit home the most amazing of addition!
Thank you also to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for the gorgeous pictures!

REMINDER: Do read Miss Devaney’s extremely detailed blog plus our adoption processes, procedures plus policies prior to submitting an application to members of the BHRR BOD to consider.

NOTE: That we are not accepting any applications to consider until at LEAST September, subject to change due to COVID-19. We will not be responding to inquiries on her, only completed applications that are submitted after we are open again for adoption application consideration.

 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Devaney
*Deaf/Visually Impaired 6.5 month old Black Lab Puppy
August 24th, 2020

Thank you to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for their incredible talent and generous time once more to help capture one of our BHRR dogs!

Thank you to Gracie Honalulu for being such a wonderful temp foster home for her! They have been extremely kind and have covered her food/treat bills since she arrived!

In a few days, Miss Devaney will be ready to make her own special announcement!

BHRR’s Miss Devaney(deaf/visually impaired Black Lab Puppy) had a special trip yesterday!

She had her professional photos done yesterday and cannot wait to see the final product!s!!

Thanks to Josée for her talent and time again for taking the pictures plus to Miss Devaney’s foster Mama for all that they have been doing for her!

Soon Miss Devaney will be ready to make her own special announcement. 

We have made the decision to move both BHRR’s Gravel and BHRR’s Giselle to our Haven Program.

They will continue to be adored, cherished and beyond well taken care of for the rest of their days.

BHRR’s Miss Volt!
**AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION** 
She was once available for a foster to adopt situation yet, now is available for straight adoption to that right matched forever loving adoptive home!

As many that follow BHRR’s Volts’ blog are aware, she was once available for a foster to adopt situation as we worked out her ‘vulva’ issue per her specialist Dr. Philibert plus her Vet Team.
When she was spayed, she was to have an incisor extracted yet, per her post spay post; this was no longer needed! Nature took care of things as she grew from a wee puppy to a young lady.

Health Status: HEALTHY! She has recovered from her prior to being rescued situation of being electrocuted. We have also addressed her vulva issues, her teeth issues AND though, she tested Lyme positive – her QC6 levels test shows that she does not require treatment. She is to be re-tested every 6 months; remains on proper year round tick preventative(Nexgard Spectra) and gets her Lyme Vaccine yearly. Her next QC6 blood-test is due early 2021. In the spring she will then be due for her next 4DX test – Heartworm and Tickborne disease testing – which we know that she will test positive for Lyme which is why every 6 months she needs the Quant C6 blood test.
*THIS IS MANDATORY TO ANY HOME THAT IS APPROVED TO ADOPT HER!*

Type of Home Ideal For Miss Volt: We are seeking a home that ideally has at least one other right matched personality fit dog for Miss Volt is uber social. She will need a strong doggie social network as she LOVES to play and be around her doggie bffs.We will consider homes with children as young as 5 and prior Rottie experience is not required.If a home already has children, we do not wish to see her placed in a home that has more than 2 children.

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

She will NOT go to a home that seeks to make her fat or obese – yup, one of my biggest pet peeves! She is lean and looks fantastic!

Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, sweet, social, playful, active/busy – not over the top, quietly so, gentle, can be a bit pushy with her wish to have attention, if not handled properly – she has the propensity to develop SA behaviours, can be easily excited, settles down wonderfully to watch tv/movie/read a book and when it is time for bed.

Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is ideal yet not required if that right matched home is set up for success.

Good With Cats: She has proven to be fantastic with cats too! Yet, integration is key. Her last play date had a cat – she has had a play date there before without issue yet, this time she really wanted to play and be friends.

Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown yet, would not recommend as she wishes to play – and can play rough! – and make friends with everything/one she meets.

Grooming: She is a dream to wash, do nails!

Car: She now loves the car! Gets in readily and settles down beautifully!

Housebroken/Crate Trained: She is housebroken and crate trained yet, does have a love of paper towels so be warned!

Obedience: Her manners are truly quite impeccable. She can still pull on the leash when she gets too excited yet, re-directs/re-focuses well.

Activities Suited For Her: She is smart and we would love to see her go to a home that will consider therapy work with her. She has the perfect temperament! She is too awesome of a dog to not share with the world.

Loves & Bad Habits: She loves her walks/hikes and to snuggle and cuddle and her one vice is hooking her front legs around yours and almost tripping you!

Or, she has been known to take the bottom of your pant leg as you walk too! Working on it!

OK, she has another vice….she LOVES to dig holes…..big ones, gigantic ones….not quite sure where she is going for she digs them in every direction!

Lately, she has also begun to jump up on people – greatly discouraged and being addressed and shall need continued positive balanced enforcing to not do this.

Is she the perfect dog? No…no dog is yet she is as close to bomb proof as any dog can be. She is truly magnificent.

We encourage her to be curious and passively ignore anything that she may show initial uncertainty.

To Miss Volt, as much as she loves people, places and things….she loves home the best! Walks on our trails, hikes, car rides, outside of the home adventures and then snacks by the fireplace/tv are her evening big moment of happiness.

OH, yeah, she still wants to climb in my shower and tub more often than not too! LOL

Anxieties/Worries: Miss Volt worries at the Vet Hospital in a run. She has spent significant time at various Vet Hospitals during her life to date to get her healthy and what works best when she has to come to work with me is to tether in in our treatment area and she is calm/quiet and amazing.

We have also used Trazodone with her to aid in her anxiety/worries. This helps take the edge of her stress level as we work to make sure her visits to work are not all about vetting – fun and people picking her up for play-dates etc.

We recommend anyone that may be interested in sweet beautiful BHRR’s Volt, to read her extremely detailed blog and our adoption processes, policies and procedures prior to submitting an application to the BHRR BOD to consider.

BHRR’s Volt is almost a $25,000 dog to date in our efforts to get her physically healthy. We have SO many to thank for standing by her and our sides as we have gone through this extremely long yet, necessary rehab journey.

BHRR will NEVER adopt out a dog until / if they are ready. We are not desperate to find homes for our dogs. To us, having a dog come in to rescue is one time too many and we are here to help the next dog in need of us; not flip dogs or rush through any placement.

We are a highly focused special needs Rescue and Miss Volt needed our assistance so badly and she is so deserving!

We do not take in hundreds of applications and then ‘choose’ the best out of those applications. We review completed applications ONLY in the order that they arrive and ONLY a right matched personality fit application shall be approved.

To us at BHRR, she is MORE than worth every dime and to all that have met her to date, they can confirm that this girl is a WOW dog….super special, smart, affectionate, deserving and have I mentioned how stunning she is?!

She is a small female Rottie and yes, her tail was incorrectly docked and to us, she is perfect in all of her imperfections.

BHRR’s Volt, it has been a true honour, privilege and joy having you with us……I shall shed many a tear when it is your time to go yet they will be so worth it!

You are a gift and we know that you will leave an incredible mark on the world!

My final note is a special thanks being shouted out to Alta Vista Animal Hospital…..without you, she would not have even had this opportunity. THANK you for saving her and then entrusting her to BHRR……THANK you to Dr. Philibert for all of his expertise and equal amazing care to her!

Thank you also to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for the gorgeous pictures!

 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Devaney(6 month old deaf/visually impaired Black Lab). 

She is recovering from her spay from last week and after we get her professional photo’s, she is going to be ready to make her own special announcement!

SO Exciting!!!!

The next in need of us!

4 year old Male Bull Mastiff

Medical: Blown cruciate

Another kind Rescue worked with the O. to get them to cancel the scheduled euthanasia apt. they had made so that they could see if another group could step up to assist.

ETA to BHRR TBD

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION*

The BHRR/Boerskins no couch rule in full swing…. 

So much news to catch everyone up on!!

I have been working very long days since Friday…bit longer than usual and so here comes the first of several posts!

BHRR’s Burst(DaneX) had her own special DAY Date on Sunday from our recent annual online date auction fundraiser.

They LOVED her!  I mean, what is not to love and they feel we have aptly named her. 

They loved their visit with her so much so much that they would like to submit an application for members of the BOD to consider when we re-open for adoption application intake.

Thank you to them for giving Miss Burst a wonderful day!!

Someone had her spay today!

Miss Devaney(Deaf/Visually Impaired Black Lab Puppy) had her pre-op bloodwork, was spayed and I microchipped her.

She now weighs just over 45 pounds at 6 months of age.

It was lovely to see her again!!! 

Once she heals from her spay, she will be ready to have her own professional photo session and then to make her own special announcement! 

She is now back home with her foster family.

 

As we continue to receive inquiries and/or applications re: adoptions, we are making yet another blog post – there is one also made on June 8th AND another one made on July 22nd – on all of our adoptable dogs’ blogs re: our current positioning. Our Facebook page and Petfinder also state our present closure for adoption applications.

**WITH COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING/CONSIDERING ANY NEW ADOPTION APPLICATIONS UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.**
**DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE & BE PUSHED FURTHER OUT ONCE AGAIN.**

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any new applications for approved adoptions until at least September.

We will re-evaluate this closer to that date as to if we need to extend that date.

We will not be accepting any applications or any non-refundable applications fees during this time. 

This is for several reasons:

1) BHRR requires a Vet Reference and as someone who works in animal medicine, I know how absolutely insanely busy we are at this time with our staff/hours. We are NOT going to jam up the phone lines doing vet references when people are trying to get through to make urgent appointments, asking for refills of lifesaving meds, needing prescription food etc.

Additionally, the government has only recently announced that Vet Hospitals can now open up to do non-essential appointments and not only operate on an urgent basis. The backlog to the Vet Hospitals is incredible.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for many other reasons. Not for Vet references.

We need to focus on patient care at the Hospital and we respect and understand that other Hospitals need to do the same. We are an essential service and need to be able to provide that service to the best of our abilities and checking Vet references does not fall under that criteria.

2) We cannot nor will we do home-visits. I put my life and my family’s life at risk every day that I go to work to take care of other people’s pets. Doing a home-visit is not responsible nor does it follow the policy set forth from the government that we need to be practising self-isolating to flatten the curve.

Doing a home-visit is not urgent during this COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, I go to work, utilize the ever dwindling supply of PPE available, I go home, I buy groceries, get gas and that is it for my public appearances. I am thinking NOT only of my dogs, yet, my family and you…I am thinking of all of the other people out there….

3) It does greatly concern us with the number of inquiries coming our way over the past few months with the vast majority being for the wrong reason(s) from people now wanting to adopt.

On a ‘good’ day, we get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past several months; we are up to almost 2,000 emails and almost 125 phone calls a day.

People telling us that they now have time on their hands. If you did not have time before you stopped working; what makes you think that you will have time once you go back to work?

Additionally, even with people going on EI; the monies coming in are not the same as if you were working and if you feel that you are struggling to pay bills, buy groceries, how do you feel that you can take on the costs of having a Giant Breed dog?

The average cost – and I have been tracking this since 1996 – of owning a giant breed per year, PRIOR to emergencies is $2,400.

All of this to say; we will not be processing any applications until it is ideal plus safe to do so.

If you send us a completed application along with the non-refundable application fee, we will be responding that we are not accepting nor reviewing applications and when we do feel that it is safe to do so, we shall begin to slowly open up. 

Our Petfinder and home websites as posted are kept up to date and all details re: said dogs are on their individual blogs. Once, we do open up again for new applications, we will remain ONLY responding to completed applications. You would be welcome to re-submit your application along with the non-refundable application fee at that time for members of the BHRR BOD to consider. We will NOT be holding on to your applications nor the non-refundable application fee from now to then. 

**EXCEPTION: We shall no longer be covering the cost of any banking or PayPal fees should people send this non-refundable fee. In May/June, we were out of pocket almost $100 as people were not be mindful. This is much needed money being taken away from the animals as we are covering the fees out of our own pockets and that is money that we would have used for the BHRR animals.**

Asking us what the cost to adopt is or asking to meet a dog; is all information found on our websites. Each BHRR dog has an extremely thorough individual blog that dates back to when they first arrived into Rescue. Emailing or calling us asking for more details, what our adoption fees are, wanting to come and see the dogs are not going to be responded to any longer. We have posted many times over that we are not a pound, shelter or facility and no, you cannot just visit a dog or make an appointment to visit a dog. We are an all Volunteer organization that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups – we are NOT going to take chances that our dogs could be set up for failure – and as it is the prerogative of other groups to adopt out during this brutally difficult time, it remains our prerogative to not do so. Our adoption success rates are second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating and now 98% as we go through year 24. We will not compromise on our policies, procedures and processes.

We are NOT desperate to adopt out our dogs. All dogs that are deemed adoptable shall ONLY be adopted to right matched personality fit homes that are approved via our thorough adoption screening process.

Thanks!

This handsome love had his special DAY play date today!

BHRR’s Coupe!

I was told how amazing he was and he really is!! 

He has an OVERNIGHT Play Date coming up soon too.

Lucky amazing boy! You deserve to be spoiled and cherished!!

Thank you to Elaine and her family for winning this date in our recent 9th annual online auction and giving him such a wonderful experience! 

Miss Olive (1.5 year old Saint) is settling into her palliative foster home.

Her latest recheck showed that her eyes continue to heal slowly from her bilateral entropion surgery and are doing well! She has eye drops and when she came in for her recheck, I did a thorough clean up on both of them.

She is back for her next recheck in 2-3 weeks time.

Thanks to the generous monies that have been raised through our fundraising efforts, we have her bills for meds/special food covered until October. 

I will also be working on her getting another professional groom session in September. The first one we did was shy of $200 to get her looking and feeling beautiful.

Her monthly bills are just shy of $700 and if anyone would like to consider her cause to support to help us cover October and beyond; donations can continue to be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please let us know the password

Even $5 would mean the world to her and to us! 

 

BHRR’s Nimbus says Gwennie is home!

He is the 14 month old Giant Schnauzer that has a bite history that we took in July 25th.

He very much has lacked boundaries, manners and has felt that he can rule the world. On the flip side, he also did not have his own needs/wants met as they should have been.

From the moment I first brought him home, not once but twice, he has lifted his leg upon first meeting Sean to urinate on him.

He has jumped, mouthed, has demonstrated serious intent to bite – especially where his collar is concerned. He is extremely sensitive/reactive to his collar/neck being touched.

We do not attempt to touch his food or toys at the present, items that he only gets when he is in his crate or in the one fenced in yard or in a room by himself to enjoy. We are a long way off from sharing water bowls too with the other dogs.

When he first arrived, he was wearing a muzzle that his previous O.’s had put upon him – the man in particular was highly fearful of him. We managed to swap out the collar he was wearing to a martingale – as his previous loop collar was ill fitting and he is a big flight risk – and then took the muzzle off.

He has been doing well with his crate training – yet, is reactive in any situation he feels cornered.

He has proven to be excellent with the dogs he has been integrated with to date – BHRR’s Fred – who has his own bite history prior to coming to BHRR; BHRR’s Walter and my two Wolfies, Torin plus Brogan. He has zero issues with BHRR’s Caramel; yet, as always Mr. Caramel feels threatened and worried about any new dog and thinks they may eat him so, he barks at Mr. Nimbus…so, baby steps. Mr. Nimbus was also excellent with BHRR’s Valour may that sweet soul RIP and was the first one to get her to do a bit of a play bounce.

He is riddled with anxiety and has been torn between wanting to hurt me and wanting desperately to trust me and have me take care of him. This picture demonstrates that I am very slowly getting through to him as he was so happy to see me!

Before anyone steps up to impart their own opinions; I have not just a Masters yet a PhD in Psy(behaviour and development) and for many dogs; BHRR is the end of the road. If it were not for us; many a dog would have been euthanised instead of living great quality filled lives……

I am not going to rush out to have him put to sleep due to his behaviour – which is what his breeder wanted his O.’s to do as the breeder refused to take him back, plus the one O. was open to doing. We know many a group wanted him due to his breed; yet, many a group would not have been prepared, experienced, knowledgeable to manage him.

Behaviour is NOT changed; it is modified to be the best behaviour that it can be. Due to his resource issues, he has been allowed to rule his previous home and there was a set up for failure when the one O., who was already fearful of him; attempted to take something away and Mr. Nimbus snapped, made a connection with the O. While the previous O. did not need sutures/staples; he did go on both oral and IV antibiotics.

We take in the special needs, that is our focus – be it medical and/or behavioural and there is no timeline for these often lifetime labour of loves.

He has been moved to our Haven program – will he be moved back; who knows and it does not matter. BHRR has never been about adopting dogs…we have always been about assisting the next one in need of our highly specialised programs and if, said dog could be placed up for adoption, fine; yet, our Haven program is a massive part of what we do.

There is no rush, we are not desperate and though, originally Mr. Nimbus(what we are calling him) developed an early connection to Sean; it is now myself that he is very slowly developing a relationship with.

One small step at a time to get him to realise that trust and respect work both ways; that there shall be rules – we are a positive balanced approached program – that we will be clear and consise in our communication so that there is not any confusion with what we are asking of him.

There shall be structure, consistency, stability, obedience, love, patience and understanding and right now, he is figuring myself out and I am still learning about him.

We do not operate or rule with fear….he is realising that….we do not use prongs, chokes or shock/e-collars. Almost 30 years into working with animals – with knowledge, experience, formal education – 14 years post secondary let alone all of the continued CE.

I am beginning to get genuine nubby tail wags. I am getting more relaxed body expression. I am getting proper eye contact now. I have not been rushed or lunged at in days and he plus I are coming to an understanding…..there are compromises on both sides on some things as we work towards moving from the small picture to the bigger picture and that there shall not not be any compromises on others.

He is learning that his non verbal and verbal cues are being read and listened to. He is learning boundaries. He is learning praise and treats and that his tolerance/threshold is going to be listened too.

We have so much time to work on in expanding appropriate displays of behaviour and for the present, it is Gwennie Dog Boot camp….seeing how happy he was to see me when I arrived home today; small yet, also huge progress is being made…..Setting up for success!

When you get home from work at almost 2:30 AM and this is the first thing you see!

BHRR’s Sleet – one of our three deaf/blind mice completely respecting the ‘no couch rule’! 

What joy/laughter she brings, especially during such a dark time in our hearts right now…. 

The adventures of Miss Devaney, the almost 6 month old Deaf/Visually Impaired black lab puppy continue!

Forget the ‘no couch rule!’ Here she is on the table at her Foster Mama’s!

I am just loving the stories, pictures, video’s of this wee monkey! From being crated 24/7 to this….24/7 adventures!

Her pre-op bloodwork and spay are coming up and we will ensure that she is also microchipped.

Once she heals – she has remained not having any seizures since she arrived into rescue and her neck wounds/burns are all resolved – she will make her own special announcement!

She is such a hoot!

I wanted to extend from my heart, the biggest of humbled thanks to everyone that has extended their kind support over the absolutely horrifying loss of Miss Valour.

Additionally, thank you to the generous loving rescue angels that made a donation in her memory to enable us keep paying off her extensive vet bills. We have had $400 donated. Your thoughtfulness has been deeply appreciative and soul touching….

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

BHRR’s Valour
? – Friday July 31st, 2020

I am not new to Rescue – almost 25 years with BHRR. I am not new to medicine – I was a Paramedic for 16 years and now am working in animal medicine for the past 16+ years.

I am not new to working with Danes or Giants – tens of thousands over the past almost 30 years between rescuing, owning, training, doing behavioural modification, rehabilitation etc.

I am not new to working with the special needs. That is our focus, our strength, our mandate.

I am not new to loss, the painful devastating painfilled loss that comes with having to let go or say good-bye to an animal in need.

We are here for the behavioural and/or medical dogs that others cannot or will not take on and as such, our devastating losses are higher than most other groups.

I am not stupid, dumb or uneducated. I even have a Masters and a PhD…. and I have NEVER experienced such a knife stabbing loss like yours BHRR’s Valour.

What I am new to is the not being able to explain nor understand why a dog died less than three hours after we got her home.

I think back to the time of her rescue, the findings I had, the taking her into the Vet the very next day, the emergency surgeries she had the day after that, her post op recovery, how she was when I took her home; how she was when Sean helped me bring her in – she was sluggish – she had a very long day/night; how she was when we settled her into our custom renovated recovery suite, how she was when I took her vitals after she arrived home…making the comment to Sean that she was a bit ‘off’ (we may not have had her long, yet we already were getting to know her); and we knew that she had gone through so much and it really was a really long day/night for her. We knew that she was not 100% well heading into her surgeries.

We got her settled in; I hunkered down in the same room with her ~600 square feet that has been put aside a dogs’ recovery oasis and monitored her closely. Her vitals were good at that time and the plan/recommendation – as it is with all of the dogs recovering; was to see her get settled in, rest and then offer her a bit of food/water and to take her next round of meds. We never got that far.

Shortly; her tongue came out, she turned purple, then blue, panted, flopped over and then died within mere minutes…from the first moment she turned purple, I was calling loudly for Sean and dialing Alta Vista with the other hand, to advise them that we were bringing her in.

We never got to bring her in….she died…..right then and there. It was surreal, it was shocking; it was horrifying.

Guelph college campus was not open for us to drop her off to have a necropsy done as we wanted one done for after she died so fast, she also then had bloody tinged fluid draining rapidly from her nose.

I am shocked, I am stunned….this girl was not just beautiful on the outside; she was beautiful all around.

Truly sweet and after fighting for well over a month to get her to safety in our rescue; she is now dead….

I have questions that I have nor shall ever receive the right answers for; I have regrets, I have doubts and I remain feeling like I have been hit with a ton of bricks….

YOU deserved so much better in your life prior to rescue and I wanted so badly to help you feel better and get the life of kindness, happiness and health that you deeply were so worthy of BHRR’s Valour.

I am still trying to figure out what the lessons are to be had in this tragedy….yet, I do know that when the time comes to help another in need; I will be an even stronger voice…I will work even harder to get the next one into rescue sooner and I will be a much stronger advocate. I will not take a backseat at any point and I am determined to remain front and centre for what is in the best interest of our dogs in need.

I have not slept since Wednesday night…..I am haunted….I am very sorry….just very very very sorry Miss Valour.

You will be remembered as the Dane who was beyond precious, sweet, gentle, wanting so desperately to trust, who began to lean into me with said trust beginning to show. I will always smile when you did a bit of a bounce outside enjoying the grass and sand in early morning sunshine.

Who did what was asked of her, despite her fear/worry….due to that trust and will always forever feel that I did not deserve said precious fragile trust in the end as you died….you died…just saying it, is still brutally difficult.

I am hurting hard and we shall plant a Bleeding Heart bush in your place of eternal rest for my heart shall forever be bleeding and you will forever be in my heart.

We shall not be collecting any more donations for they were to be lifesaving ones….

I will work to pay off her remaining thousands in bills out of my own pocket….

I wish I could understand the ‘why’ of her life, how awful it was prior to rescue……and then extremely short after her arrival into rescue. I wish many more people could have been touched by your incredible beauty and soft spirit……even with you feeling just poorly, being sick, having been horribly treated, it radiated from you…..you were a one in a million special girl…..one in a million….

RIP stunning gorgeous BBBBB Valour…..sorry, is just not enough to say to you with how I feel right now. 

*picture is credit to Rachel Ng*

Someone was a bad baby! 

One five month old mischievous Black Lab puppy named BHRR’s Devaney stole the toilet paper roll at her foster mama’s!! 

Got a good few nibbles in before being busted!!!

She is just thriving!!! Her pre-op bloodwork and spay are coming up soon and about two weeks after that she shall have her own special announcement to make!

She remains not having had one seizure since she arrived into rescue. She is learning sign language and manners.

She has been such a hoot to follow with her antics and sheer love of life plus joy in seeing her having all of these incredible experiences.

From being crated almost 24/7, being placed in a prong and shock collar 24/7 that caused burns and wounds on her neck to living a grand life as any animal should be living makes me so happy for her!

Thank you’s being shouted out once more to her fabu foster family!!

UPDATE: Miss Valour is in recovery….

It has been a very long day for her and I! I had an over 13 hour work day….

Miss Valour has now had her emergency pyometra surgery, her bilateral entropion surgeries and had the mass removed from her head. The mass will be sent to the pathologist for review.

I gave her a much needed nail trim while she was under plus thoroughly cleaned those infected ears. We also looked at her teeth to be sure that nothing was broken or that there was anything that needed immediate attention/surgical intervention.

Her bills shall be extensive, she is WORTH every nickel and she really needs your support…..If anyone has even $5 to spare, please know how grateful we shall be for the consideration.

She was the victim to anothers greed……she was never given proper proactive/preventative Vet Care, she deserves so much love, caring hands, kindness and support….

Please from our hearts thank you SO much for your love and kindness to date. When I had the opportunity to check the BHRR emails, tears were threatening to spill over to see ALL of the love in words and financial support sent to Miss Valour so far.

She remains in need of donations to help pay for her extensive yet truly excellent vetting – will post a copy of her bill once all of the billing has been completed.

Her Vet said her surgeries went really well and that is such great news!

Donations can continue to be made direct to her account at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please let us know the password

Will post another update ASAP…..AND on behalf of one really withdrawn, shy worried sweet Dane that has truly gone beyond hell in her life prior to rescue; please know that ALL of you are her rescue angels…..YOU are making a lifesaving difference to a dog that deserved so much better than she received in her life up to her rescue….

Miss Valour needs your help!! Urgently….

As indicated I had her in to the Vet after her arrival to BHRR as I had some serious concerns. She is very ill.

She is shortly heading into emergency surgery.

She has Pyometra. 

Her temperature was 40.3 and she does also have infections in her ears and eyes plus her skin and will be having a lump removed from her head too.

She also needs bilateral entropion surgery.

She desperately needs your assistance…

She is the Dane that has gone through hell and she needs the BHRR village to surround her with support. This girl has not known any kindness in her life prior to Rescue.

If anyone has even $5 to spare, please know how grateful we shall be for the consideration.

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic – 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*please tell us the password.

Will update as I can….and please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts for despite everything, and despite being shutdown with worry; she is so sweet.

UPDATE: She has an apt. tomorrow night at 10 PM at work…will post as we know more.

BHRR’s Valour(what we are calling her)
~2.5 years of age

When I got home with her, we did a thorough examination and she will not be able to wait to get into the Vet based upon our findings.

I had hoped to let her settle in a bit – she is quite shutdown and nervous, yet, seems super sweet. Tail tucked right up to her belly the poor girl.

I also experienced the fear panic pull and have ended up with one smashed knuckle in having it get caught up in the leash. Poor thing…..

She does have eye infections and her own serious entropion concerns. I have not yet looked into her mouth so as to not stress her out any further than needed. She has a bleeding wound on her chin too.

She needs a good grooming, to be de-wormed, to have blood work including for heartworm and tickborne diseases and pre-op. She has never had any of this done and what vaccines she had are long over due.

She came from Texas almost 1.5 years ago – bought from a kennel there at about 11 months of age – and in learning more, it was this home that drove her all the way back on an open trailer…how terrifying for her.?

In this picture, if you look; you shall see just one of her enlarged teats on her mammary chain. I can also secrete a purulent and serosanguineous fluid from them too.

She has had her share of litters the poor girl. Her poor elbows are all calloused too.

I have reached out to work in re: to seeing if I can get her into them after my work shift ends tomorrow.

For those wishing to send donations to her care; that is so loving and generous yet, please wait until she sees the Vet as we will have a much better idea of her needs, including urgent at that time.

Welcome to BHRR, Miss Valour!

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

Got her!!

Thank you Rachel!! Thank you for your assistance once more to help me get her!!

She definitely has an eye infection and will need her own bilateral entropion surgeries.

Now to make the almost 4 hour drive home!

Rachel has her!!!

The terrified Great Dane that has gone through unimaginable hell….

We are calling her BHRR’s Valour.

Looks like she has an eye infection too….we will get her seen by our Vet ASAP.

I am now on the road to meet up with them. Will post an update when I get her…

Drive safe and see you both soon!

BHRR’s Miss Volt says…’psst….lean close….closer still and look deep into my eyes!’

She says that she will finally make her own special announcement very soon!!!

This is her hanging out at work after her special play date on July 17th!

BHRR’s Devaney, 5 month old black lab(Deaf/Visually Impaired) and her foster family older big ‘sister’!

I cannot say why or express in words how much this picture touches my heart!

From almost 24/7 crating, wearing a prong and a shock collar that burned and created lesions/wounds on her neck prior to rescue to living her best life!! This picture just screams freedom and contentment.

She loves the water!!

She remains seizure free with not having had one seizure since her arrival into rescue. Stress and trauma based remains the biggest suspicions to why she may have had them prior.

She is scheduled for her pre-operative bloodwork plus spay August 11th at which after she heals, we will work on her having make her own special announcement!

I remain greatly enjoying hearing about all of her adventures plus antics with her foster home!

She is such a typical lab puppy!

Thank you to her incredible foster Family for all that they are doing for her! They have not allowed me to pay for food or treats for her either…unbelievably generous!

 
 
 
 
 

hanks to Cassy, BHRR’s Nimbus(what we are calling him) is safe with me now!

He weighed 38.7 kgs (85.14 pounds) at work and we did bloodwork for heartworm and tick borne diseases – negative – as well as pre-operative bloodwork in preparation for being neutered.

He is scheduled for August once he has had more time to settle in.

He is a 13 month old lacking serious manners and boundaries. He and I had a couple of ‘talks’ at work re: getting on the scale and then getting blood.

It is not ok to pull and yank and it is not ok to jump, mouth, try to bite and to not do something by attempting to throw your weight around. It is not ok to try and intimidate and threaten either. This was how he was running the home he came from.

This is the Giant Schnauzer that has serious resource issues and one of his previous owners went to take a high value item away and he snapped. He made contact and the Male owner ended up with two punctures. He did not require sutures yet, is on both oral and IV antibiotics.

He was quarantined and now that the health inspector has done their inspection; he could come to rescue.

Welcome to BHRR & Gwennie’s boot camp Mr. Nimbus!

I already know that you and I are going to have quite a few ‘conversations’ in our journey together!

Thank you also to Michelle and Cody and Jocelyn for their assistance at work tonight with him!

As we continue to receive inquiries and/or applications re: adoptions, we are making yet another blog post – there is one also made on June 8th – on all of our adoptable dogs’ blogs re: our current positioning. Our Facebook page and Petfinder also state our present closure for adoption applications.

**WITH COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING/CONSIDERING ANY NEW ADOPTION APPLICATIONS UNTIL AT LEAST AUGUST.**
**DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE & BE PUSHED FURTHER OUT ONCE AGAIN.**

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any new applications for approved adoptions until at least August.

We will re-evaluate this closer to that date as to if we need to extend that date.

We will not be accepting any applications or any non-refundable applications fees during this time. 

This is for several reasons:

1) BHRR requires a Vet Reference and as someone who works in animal medicine, I know how absolutely insanely busy we are at this time with our staff/hours. We are NOT going to jam up the phone lines doing vet references when people are trying to get through to make urgent appointments, asking for refills of lifesaving meds, needing prescription food etc.

Additionally, the government has only recently announced that Vet Hospitals can now open up to do non-essential appointments and not only operate on an urgent basis. The backlog to the Vet Hospitals is incredible.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for many other reasons. Not for Vet references.

We need to focus on patient care at the Hospital and we respect and understand that other Hospitals need to do the same. We are an essential service and need to be able to provide that service to the best of our abilities and checking Vet references does not fall under that criteria.

2) We cannot nor will we do home-visits. I put my life and my family’s life at risk every day that I go to work to take care of other people’s pets. Doing a home-visit is not responsible nor does it follow the policy set forth from the government that we need to be practising self-isolating to flatten the curve.

Doing a home-visit is not urgent during this COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, I go to work, utilize the ever dwindling supply of PPE available, I go home, I buy groceries, get gas and that is it for my public appearances. I am thinking NOT only of my dogs, yet, my family and you…I am thinking of all of the other people out there….

3) It does greatly concern us with the number of inquiries coming our way over the past few months with the vast majority being for the wrong reason(s) from people now wanting to adopt.

On a ‘good’ day, we get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past several months; we are up to almost 2,000 emails and almost 125 phone calls a day.

People telling us that they now have time on their hands. If you did not have time before you stopped working; what makes you think that you will have time once you go back to work?

Additionally, even with people going on EI; the monies coming in are not the same as if you were working and if you feel that you are struggling to pay bills, buy groceries, how do you feel that you can take on the costs of having a Giant Breed dog?

The average cost – and I have been tracking this since 1996 – of owning a giant breed per year, PRIOR to emergencies is $2,400.

All of this to say; we will not be processing any applications until it is ideal plus safe to do so.

If you send us a completed application along with the non-refundable application fee, we will be responding that we are not accepting nor reviewing applications and when we do feel that it is safe to do so, we shall begin to slowly open up. 

Our Petfinder and home websites as posted are kept up to date and all details re: said dogs are on their individual blogs. Once, we do open up again for new applications, we will remain ONLY responding to completed applications. You would be welcome to re-submit your application along with the non-refundable application fee at that time for members of the BHRR BOD to consider. We will NOT be holding on to your applications nor the non-refundable application fee from now to then. 

**EXCEPTION: We shall no longer be covering the cost of any banking or PayPal fees should people send this non-refundable fee. In May/June, we were out of pocket almost $100 as people were not be mindful. This is much needed money being taken away from the animals as we are covering the fees out of our own pockets and that is money that we would have used for the BHRR animals.**

Asking us what the cost to adopt is or asking to meet a dog; is all information found on our websites. We are not a pound, shelter or facility and no, you cannot just visit a dog or make an appointment to visit a dog. We are an all Volunteer organization that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups – we are NOT going to take chances that our dogs could be set up for failure – and as it is the prerogative of other groups to adopt out during this extremely difficult time, it remains our prerogative to not do so. Our adoption success rates are second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating and now 98% as we go through year 24. We will not compromise on our policies, procedures and processes.

Thanks!

 

Next in need of BHRR!

I year old unaltered Male Giant Schnauzer. Born June 11th, 2019

Owner surrender. He is way too much dog for them, lacks manners/training, has resourced the female owner and also toys or anything he feels is high value since they got him at 7 weeks of age..

Mr. was already very nervous of him and went to take a high value item away and dog snapped; made a connection and Mr. got two punctures from the dogs canine teeth. Mr. did not require sutures yet, is on oral and IV antibiotics.

Breeder will not take back. Breeder said to put him to sleep, Mr. wants him put to sleep and Mrs. feels he has potential. Her deep love for him prompted her to reach out for rescue assistance.

As a GD/Giant Breed strongly focused special needs rescue – medical and/or behavioural; he represents 100% the kind of dog we are here to assist.

BHRR has assisted many Giants Schnauzers over the past 25 years and look forward to his arrival.

This is a strong breed and in the wrong inexperienced hands, not the setup for success for home/dog.

ETA being worked on.

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

My last post of my night is an update on BHRR’s Devaney!

This is her hanging out at my work after her Vet Visit.

She is doing FABU! She has not had one seizure since she arrived into Rescue.

She is the deaf/slightly visually impaired 5 month old Lab Puppy – Born February 10th, 2020 – that we took in that also had burns/wounds on her neck from being in a prong and electric shock collar 24/7.

She is keeping her foster Mama on her toes as she learns some manners! 

She is learning signs, to walk nicely, LOVES the water so we are looking at some water activities for her and perhaps even agility.

She is such a happy girl and living each day to the fullest! We are not sure if she will ever be a little lady yet, she does make an adorable ‘bull in a china shop!’

In about a months time, we will do pre-operative bloodwork and she will have her spay. We will microchip her at the same time and once she heals; she should be ready to make her own special announcement.

She has been a real hoot to follow her hilarious antics via her Foster Mama!

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

“UPDATE: We have had a generous donation of $100 to go towards Miss Olive’s August sponsorship. PayPal took $3.20 in fees so she now has $96.80 towards her care for the month of August!
She would dearly love to receive sponsorship for August and for September and her bills are $700/month.
THANK you to anyone that may consider her deserving cause to support!!!”

This beautiful girl is back on Friday for her next recheck from her bilateral eye surgery plus a nail trim. The are healing very slowly and she continues to have eye irritation.

We have begun the Proin to see how it is helping her occasional overnight urinary incontinence.

The sad news – yet, we had 100% awareness going in that this could well be the case based upon the x-rays we took – that THREE ortho specialists have confirmed that Miss Olive does not qualify for FHO surgeries nor Hip Replacement surgeries.

Dr. Philibert has been conversing with myself and believes that with a continued proper med regime, we can give her quality of life for some time.

As she has now been moved to our Haven Program – a HUGE part of what we do at BHRR for behavioural and/or medical case animals – we have also moved her to a new foster home. She is now on palliative care.

She will be seen for regular rechecks as required; she will continue to enjoy professional groom sessions, she will continue to go on car rides to experience adventures; small walks so that she can enjoy people/animals and we are setting up alternative therapy options for her too.

She will have the best in food, treats and medication, not to mention LOVE! We will keep her lean and build up; her muscle mass and tone.

She will not be closeted away from the world. She will be given everything so that she will have the best of lives for as long as possible. She is now 18 months of age.

Her monthly bills for palliative care is just shy of $700 at this time and if anyone is wishing to sponsor her; donations can be via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.conm

OR direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

You are loved Miss Olive and we got you, your Village is right here by your side!!! 

 

My last post of my night!

It has been an extremely busy week for us at BHRR and personally for The Boerkskins too!

We are preparing for BHRR’s Valour’s(that is what we are calling her) arrival tomorrow night – she is the terrified Great Dane.

We have moved BHRR’s Miss Olive to a new foster home – we will post more on that shortly.

We are working on the Giant Schnauzer’s arrival – ETA to be announced.

We have been working very hard behind the scenes on the rescue of there more Giants – we will post more on them when the timing is right.

We had Miss Devaney in to the Vet last Sunday as part of of our intake protocols and she will be moving from her own emerge temp foster to her temp foster soon.

This is BHRR’s Miss Volt! We have been holding off on her own new special announcement as she is going on a special play date tomorrow. We shall await to see how that goes prior to posting further re: her!

This was a play date that had to be postponed awhile back.

I will also be following up on those that have not yet paid for their DAY and/or OVERNIGHT Dates. Once they have been paid for, we will move to scheduling your dates! Once again, we are NOT moving forward with any dates re: BHRR’s Miss Olive and have not collected any monies from said winning bids and will not be collecting any monies. This is for a number of reasons and per the above, we will be posting more re: her shortly.

The Boerskins also want to express thanks to everyone – word has been traveling slowly and now faster – for passing along words of support and kindness re: my mother. It has been appreciated and your kindness is touching. She is receiving excellent care and from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, warmest of good night wishes are being sent!

NEXT IN NEED – Picture quality is poor!

Female – Great Dane – ~2.5 years of age

Mrs. was visiting in Texas, when she got this Dane in March 2019 from an ad from a kennel they had been following – was in the back of an open trailer – two hours tied up on the highway and had been sprayed/traumatised with a hose while tied up in the open trailer, when they met somewhere to pick her up.

The O. originally sold her – unspayed female, needs eye surgery – cherry and entropion surgery, EXTREMELY FEARFUL, not vetted etc. The Dane came back to her three days later.

Spouses are fighting over what to do with her – Mr. wants her gone now or killed, Mrs. was trying to do the right thing and sold her but she is now back with them and more fearful then ever.

She has now been signed over to BHRR.

ETA to BHRR: Friday July 28th

Thank you to Elaine for hosting and to all of the really amazing dogs/owners that came out in support of our latest Drive-way Event!

This is BHRR’s Devaney, our newest Rescue! She loves the water at her fosters cottage! She was at work yesterday and weighed a chubby 15.8 kg(34.76 pounds).

She just turned 5 months old and we are working on that waistline of hers.

She is the deaf, visually impaired, IS, neuro plus has a history of having had a vaccine reaction puppy. The home was not treating her for her IS nor pursuing further diagnostics.

Since her emerge temp foster Mama, Lindsay picked her up last Tuesday, she has not had one seizure.

Her foster mama has been working on signs with her and she is one smart puppy!

She was de-wormed, put on flea/tick plus hw preventative and we are waiting to see if her seizures were related to stress and have a move forward plan should she have any now that she is in our Rescue.

She is your typical busy, active, curious, bouncy puppy that has not received proper physical and emotional stimulation or training – she was being trained with a prong collar and also a shock collar that caused serious burns to her neck.

It is also suspected that she spent way too much time in a crate and all of that has changed now.

Her future is big and bright AND once she settles in more, she will be spayed over the next 4-6 weeks, microchipped, we will do blood work and keep working on her training and showing her how amazing and kind this big world is!

All of this to say that thanks to the support shown at our events like tonight, we can continue to keep fighting that great fight to remain open to help dogs like her!

Total raised tonight: $497.85

Humbled and filled with such incredible warmth!

We are at our next Drive-way Event for nails & ear cleaning on Wednesday July 15th @ 37 Dressler Drive in Kanata!

*No appointments necessary
*Social distancing is easy to do
*We can take cash, debit or credit card

BHRR’s Walter!
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He is ready to make his special announcement!

He has made an amazing recovery from when he first arrived to us in March!

He will need a home that will ensure that he remains on his meds required for his environmental/seasonal allergies, for his thyroid AND on his special fish based diet for his food allergies. Cost per month: ~$350

He is housebroken – being on the prednisone does make him drink and wish to eat more so he does ask to go outside a bit more than other dogs, no big deal, he is crate trained, he is wonderful in the car, ok to bathe and do nails and is a big goofy, affectionate boy!

He has this streak in him that when he does not want to do something, he will lay down as he clearly was used to ‘throwing’ his weight around in the past and this is so rare these days. He has come to trust and understand that what is asked of him is in his best interest and if speaking to him in English does not get his attention; he is fluently bilingual and speaking to him French works great!

We do not wish to see him in a home with children under the age of 15. He has been completely fine with people of all ages, sizes, both men and women – yet, was a bit more nervous of men in the beginning.

We want to ensure that any right matched personality fit home is not full of fast, flighty, spastic, unpredictable, loud activity – which kids are naturally!

We would love to see him in a home with a right matched personality fit dog; yet, that is not mandatory. He would be fine as an only dog yet, having worked so hard to demonstrate that other dogs are not out there to hurt him – per his previous O. he has not had outside contact with dogs other than the other dogs they owned; since he was 18 months of age – we want him to have friends! Therefore, a good solid doggie social network of a few close doggie friends n the community would be lovely for him to have!

He loves the companionship of a right matched personality fit dog. He still worries – his reaction is to move away – about strange dogs and we are extremely proud of how brave he has been!

He has been fine with cats and even rabbits!

He can go to a home that works out of the home or in the home, ft, pt, is semi-retired or retired. Another versatile BHRR dog!

His leash manners have improved significantly. He can sometimes still be a bit of a freight train yet, WOW has he gotten a million times better.

We have worked hard to build up that muscle mass and tone in his hind end so going for strolls and small walks for proper mental and physical stimulation is perfect yet, he is not a go for a 8 km walk/hike boy. He is a low energy/activity Dane compared to so many that we have assisted over the past almost 25 years in our Great Dane rescue.

He is a great companion! The best in reading a book, watching a movie or sitting on the porch watching the deer drink from the spring fed pond.

He is the ‘strong silent type’, just quiet and a big handsome blue Great Dane with a heart that is pure, honest and loving!

He has been so low maintenance for us and is going to make that right matched forever loving home the most amazing of family members.

He has a mischievous side and he makes me giggle when I know that he does not want to do what is being asked of him and you can see the brain just working overtime!

I love him so much in all of his true gentle giant representation of the Great Dane breed.

I am bursting with happiness over your awesome rehabilitation with us and I have sadness in my heart for our time together is drawing ever nearer to a close in this chapter that we have had together.

All of our adoption processes, policies and procedures are found on our home website for anyone that may feel that they may qualify to adopt him.

Between all of that information and his detailed blog; no questions that any home may have be left unanswered.

YOU DID IT BHRR’s Walter and thank you again to Josée of Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for these stunning photo’s. Thank you again to Elaine, Bob and Hazel for their extra hands during his professional photo shoot on July 3rd!

My last post of my night!

This gorgeous gal is also getting ready to make her own special announcement over the next few days!

BHRR’s Miss Volt!
July 3rd, 2020

Thank you immensely once more to Josée of Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for donating her incredible talent plus time to capture BHRR’s Walter and BHRR’s Volt in a professional photo shoot!

Thank you to Elaine Giles, Bob Levesque & Hazel Talangbayan for lending their wonderful hands at this photoshoot too!

Miss Volt, the rehabilitation journey to happiness and health has been a really long one – from coming to us due to an untreated electrocution and when I picked you up, I noted your vulva conformity issues and all of the ensuing surgeries and rehabilitation has been an amazing journey to have walked with you.

YOU have been a model patient and one of the most awesomeness of canines that BHRR has ever been so blessed to have been asked to assist.

We have remained steadfast in our mandate to see you done right by; we have taken our share of abuse from people who wanted to see you killed and those monies raised for your bills to go to others; we have put up with email after email from folks that felt that Rotties were dangerous and mean bad dogs and throughout it all; we have stood strong and firm in doing everything that we needed to do for you.

YOU are the most social, friendly, affectionate, playful, smart, loyal, hilarious, loving, kind, gentle, goofy, fun loving without any meanness of adorable canines! 

We work to educate and inform people that there are not bad dogs; just bad breeders and owners. Rotties, Dobermans, Boxers, Pitties, German Shepherds etc. are all outstanding dogs. We need to stop blaming these breeds and get to the root of the ‘evilness’ in the world. For it most certainly is not these dogs.

BHRR’s Volt, while it saddens me to see so many people ‘cross’ the street, avoid you when all you want is to get and give love and while it equally bothers me to see people want to adopt you to be a guard or a fighting dog – yup, people have said that; what makes me happy is that NO ONE will be approved to adopt you that does not deserve you for the beautiful gift that you are.

You are not the first nor shall be the last dog that people turn their back on and also BHRR for working so hard to save you. We are and always shall be a special needs Rescue.

We are proud of you, we are thrilled – bittersweet time too – that you are one step closer to spreading those gorgeous ‘wings’ of yours and taking flight into the next what shall be fantastic chapters of your life……

It has been a true honour Miss Volt, a true honour to have been here for you. We never rushed, we remained patient, never were desperate and we never cut corners to get you healthy.

Some groups boast on their high turnover of dogs in and out of their programs. That is not BHRR. NO dog shall ever be placed up for adoption or adopted unless they are ready and it is their time……it is about doing it right each and every time for each and every dog.

To all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest – well, maybe coolest in this heat wave! – of wishes are being sent from our home to all of you!

BHRR’s Walter
July 3rd, 2020

This stunning photo was taken by Josée of Josée Lavoie Pet Photography!

Stay tuned for BHRR’s Walter has his special announcement to make over the next couple of days!

CAN you believe that this NOW very healthy, strong, vibrant, goofy, affectionate, incredibly handsome boy has made such a fast miraculous rehabilitation journey since he first arrived to us in March 2020?!

YOUR support and believe in our efforts have enabled us to give him the best of the best of care, which is part of our mandate for every BHRR dog that we are entrusted with. THANK YOU!

He deserves to be our next Cover Boy!

Thank you Josée once more for your time and talent AND to Elaine Giles, Bob Levesque plus Hazel Talangbayan for the extra loving hands for him and Miss Volt to experience more caring support!

Both of these dogs ROCKED their photo shoots!!!!!

I cannot believe that this boy was mere hours from being euthanised when were were contacted….we mobilised fast and thanks to Bob for stepping up to transport him to my work where we immediately began vetting him.

Lindsay now has her!!

Per Lindsay they are now shopping for a pupacino!

The just shy of 5 months(Born February 10th), Black Lab, DEAF, IS & Neuro puppy

We are going to call her BHRR’s Devaney. 

We also suspect some possible vision concerns and will assess that. It is clear when you see her eyes that there are neuro issues. She had encephalitis when she was about 6 weeks of age. At 10 weeks, she began having seizures.

We will be getting her into our Vet ASAP as the only thing the previous O.’s were having on hand was Diazepam (rectal use). They declined at their Vets to take any seizure meds.

We may have to move towards a MRI as this was something the O‘s own Hospital had discussed with them.

We are waiting for all of her prior Vet records to be able to properly review with our Vet & Specialist Teams.

She is going to bunk down with Lindsay for now and we could not be more happy!

We are deeply relieved to have her for on Sunday, I had received a voice message that we needed to get her sooner than we had originally had planned/was agreed upon with the home. They wanted her gone that day or she was going to be put to sleep per the husband.

I called the owner during my break and then went to work mobilising. Lindsay offered to pick her up yesterday first thing in the AM, yet, the Owner went on radio silence and the stress level increased tenfold as I worked to make contact.

It was a very worrisome time thinking that she may have been killed.

Yet, now she is safe and we will take it one step/day at a time figuring things out for her.

First thing is going to be getting her out of that ill fitting half check Martingale! She is way too young for that type of training collar.

Thank you Lindsay and if anyone wishes to be a rescue angel to her, she does need a new collar, leash and a Costco Dog Bed to call her very own!

When we know more re: her medical needs, we will post those.

Welcome to BHRR baby Devaney!!!

**NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

This was her face prior to surgery. You could not properly see her eyes. Her entropion was so bad, that she had developed corneal ulcers and it has made her visually impaired. The chronic pain and infections that she had…..

BHRR’s Miss Olive!

It was a busy Monday for BHRR!

BHRR’s Olive was in for a recheck on her eyes – and has to go back in another 10 days to see the Vet again.

We are doing a Urinalysis on her and will send to the lab as she has been having some incontinence issues, especially at night after she was altered.

AND I will be following up with the specialists in Montreal re: her hips to see if she is a possible surgical candidate as we have not heard word.

We understand and appreciate that everyone is extremely busy though.

Someone was groomed today.

BHRR’s Miss Mollie(Saint Bernard / Standard Poodle Mix).
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Unfortunately, during COVID-19 her temp foster was not keeping up with her grooming needs and today, that was addressed.

Thank you to Melissa of Groomingdale’s and to Bre of PV Stittsville for being so incredible in getting her in so fast! 

She also was seen at work today, weighed 35.6 kg (78.32 pounds) and had her repeat blood work to be sent to the lab (quant C6) as she tested positive for Lymes when she first arrived to our rescue. At that time, she was given a round of Doxycycline for treatment based upon her blood work results.

Her Vet requested to have the bloodwork repeated in the spring, yet COVID-19 interfered with that.

So, we did it tonight.

NEXT IN NEED of BHRR!

Deaf/IS/Neuro, almost 5 month old female black Lab Puppy (Born February 10th, 2020)

This is an owner surrender and as I have stated so many times since 1996; good owners do have to let their beloved pets go.

This girl has had seizures since she was 6 weeks of age, had Encephalitis which caused her to be deaf and we also suspect some vision impairment.

She has also developed neuro issues and when overstimulated she becomes focused and will prey drive due to the intensity of the level of excitement.

Owners worked so hard to do right by her, consulted a ‘trainer’ who advised to use an e-collar and it was kept on her 24/7 and she developed burns on her neck.

The use of the e-collar has made her behaviour worsen and with four small children in the house, this puppy has escalated due to the poor owners not being given the proper direction, support and guidance, to having bit two of their four small children twice- their son when she was 10 weeks of age(he was 2) and then recently, ther almost 6 year old daughter. She had taken the half check martingale, took the puppy off of the couch and then not long afterwards went to kiss the puppy.

Labs make great family pets and this home is no stranger to labs.

They have done SO much for her and now, with the love that they have for her; they want what is best for her and will surrender her to our strongly special needs focused rescue.

She has lived with four small children, another dog, a cat and she was loved beyond measure.

ETA to BHRR being worked on and once again, please join us in surrounding this lovely home – I spent almost 45 minutes talking to the one O. myself today – in support and caring kindness.

They are doing the right thing as the only other option is to have her put to sleep and they know that she is a wonderful puppy that needs more than they can give and their children’s safety has to be a priority.

We look forward to welcoming her to BHRR.

On my way soon to have these gorgeous beauties get their professional glam photos!

BHRR’s Walter & BHRR’s Volt.

From there, once we receive them, both will have special announcements to make!

Thank you to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for their talent plus time to capture these BHRR dogs in all of their stunning glory!

 
 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Percival!
Fox Red LabradorToday, we were in for our Quant C6 blood-work recommended by his Vet to be sent to the lab as he tested Lymes positive when he first came to our Rescue.

This test will determine if he needs to be on Doxycycline or not.
His wonderful Vet also felt that the lesions between his toes were so much better since we switched him from Apoquel to Vanectyl P and that it was the long term use of Apoquel that caused his lesions. Apparently, this is a possible side effect complication for some dogs in being on long term continual use of Apoquel.

He will remain on two tablets every second day.

He remains on monthly heartworm/flea/tick protection plus his special prescription fish food.

He weighed a muscled lean solid gorgeous 35.1 kgs(77.22 pounds). We have worked hard building up that muscle mass and to tone his body.

He was fantastic in the car, with all the puppies/kitties he saw at work and with all staff.

BHRR’s Percival, we are so very proud of you!!

He remains under a PENDING ADOPTION status.

Next, Miss Mollie will be in for her own repeat blood-work as she also tested positive for Lymes disease when we first rescued her. She has already had a course of Doxycycline.

 
 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Olive
18 month old St. Bernard
June 25th, 2020

One of the four x-rays we took of their hips and knees.

Both hips are bad, yet, that right hip is brutal. It is right out of the socket.

I did email the x-rays to Dr. Philibert and sadly, he does not feel that BHRR’s Olive is a good candidate for a FHO procedure, even with extensive post-op alternative rehab therapy. 

He is also not sure that BHRR’s Olive is even a good candidate for hip replacement surgery(ies) and recommended a referral to Montreal to obtain their own expert opinion(s).

We have worked with the speciality hospital DMV in Montreal many times over the years and will be sending BHRR’s Olive’s x-rays their way. We remain open to having them exam her too.

If BHRR’s Olive is not accepted as a suitable surgical candidate; then palliative care is our only option – this will be done via our continued use of Deramaxx plus Gabapentin and we do alternative medicine too.

So many of the BHRR dogs are very familiar with Chiro, Acupunture, Laser and Cold Laser, Massage, Hydrotherapy etc. and if this is where we are headed with BHRR’s Olive, then that is what we will do. She would be placed in our Haven Program, which is an enormous part of what we do at Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services.

One step at a time though…next step is to see what the DMV specialists shall say.

BHRR’s Olive’s testicles.

**GRAPHIC PHOTO**

Well, as word seems to be travelling fast, here is the news we promised re: BHRR’s Olive and the interesting/surprising findings today!

As most are now aware, today, she had her hips/knees x-rayed and I have already emailed them to Dr. Philbert!, she had her bilateral entropion surgery, her Lymes booster, a much needed manicure/pedicure AND…..

She was to have her spay today and it should have been a mature one being that she is almost 18 months of age.

Turns out, Miss Olive was only a Miss with her Vulva AS ‘she’ did not have an uterus/ovaries, instead had two small un-descended testicles and a penis was found inside of the vulva.

I have seen this in cats, yet, never in a dog in my almost 25 years in Rescue and over 16 years working in Veterinary medicine. That this is a Giant Breed dog makes it that much more of a rare find.

This explains some of her ongoing urinary issues which the surgeon said that the penis should shrink a lot over time.

So, much to think about including names….

It was another very busy and expensive day for BHRR’s Olive with procedures and we would remain forever humbled and indebted to anyone that would consider making a much needed donation to her ever mounting bills.

Donations can be made direct to her account at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic
613-383-8381

OR PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR email transfer to contacthbrr@gmail.com

She still has a very long road to go…that right hip in particular – x-rays to be posted is bad…it is right out of the socket. 

A bit more information for everyone….
 
Only 25% of these rare cases are true hermaphrodite and BHRR’s Olive does not fall under this specific category. ?
 
Without extensive testing we do not know if BHRR’s Olive is under the Male Pseudohermaphrodite category or falls under the unclassified category instead.
 
Though, we do not believe that BHRR’s Olive falls under the unclassified category as their appearance is very much as a Saint would look!
 
This is exrtemely rare, especially in a Giant Breed dog.

 

BHRR’s Walter!

ISO: of someone who may be open to donating some time to assist in taking some professional photo’s in preparation for him to make his own special announcement BECAUSE…..

He has his latest recheck today!

His weight is hanging close to 150 pounds and he is loking fabu! He will remain on the prednisone, was given new eye medication – Torbradex and must stay on his fish based food for life.

Thumbs up to his healing new eyes and skin!

Everyone at work has made so many wonderful comments re: how far he has come since he first arrived to us!

How much more confident, social – tail wagging and seeking affection and did not hesitate to love on everyone!

So many amazing comments on the muscle mass and toning that we are getting on his hind end.

He also got to briefly see/visit with BHRR’s Olive who was having her own surgery today.

He has had such an amazing rehabilitation journey both physically and behaviourally and I am head over heels in love with this amazing character!!!

He has a mind all of his own, he has learned a lot re: compromising vs we are going to discuss this and in the end, we are still going to do what Gwennie is asking and he speaks volumes without even saying a word! 

I am bursting with so much pride YET again over his incredible journey to health and am so excited for him to make his own special announcement!

If you are a professional photographer and may be willing to donate some time to help capture this gorgeous dude in all of his handsome glory, please do advise – contactbhrr@gmail.com

Today is a big day for BHRR’s Olive!

Will be posting more shortly – including some graphic photo’s as there were some interesting and surprise findings!  I have been doing this for almost 25 years and I thought at first staff were joking when I was told of their findings…yet, I also have pictures for documentation!

Oliver was scheduled for a spay today and was to be a mature spay at that plus a Lymes booster.

A great manicure/pedicure was done too!

Additionally, will post more including the x-rays of the hips. Both are really bad, however, that right one is completely out of the socket, poor thing. Olive’s cruciate exam did not alarm her surgeon at this time.

Will be sending the x-rays to Dr. Philibert for his expert positioning and then we will go from there.

In this picture, Olive is getting new eyes! Olive is having bilateral entropion surgery also done today.

She was a huge hit with the staff.

When she goes home later tonight she will be given a refill of her Deramaxx that we have her on since her arrival June 1st, will be adding Gabapentin and also antibiotics to her medication regime.

We are continuing to brainstorm for Fundraising ideas as despite all we have done to date, we have even more to do for Olive. SO much more!

Donations can continue to be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR is in urgent need of the below items:

1) new or gently used comforters/duvets/blankets
2) new or gently used sleeping bags
3) new or gently used towels
4) new or gently used pillows
5) Pinesol
6) Benny Bully dog treats

Thanks in advance for any consideration!!!

He is back at the Vet tomorrow for his latest recheck and hoping for a thumbs up!!

PLEASE email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you can help! Do not post on this thread…responses can get missed!

BHRR’s Miss Olive!

Professional grooming session: $176.85

Having Miss Olive feel and look her best: Priceless

She had a great groom session, her foster Mama says she looks fabu and that the grooming facility thought she was an angel!

Thank you again to her wonderful foster mama for taking her and also donating a tip to the groomer! 

Miss Olive is heading into her first big surgeries later this week – bilateral entropion surgery, a mature spay and x-rays of her hips/knees to then be sent off to her ortho specialist.

Donations can continue to be sent to her Vet bills direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Happy Friday!

In pulling out our fireplace insert to sweep and clean, we are doing some renovations – yes, power is off! – BHRR’s Coupe (NewfX) decides this was a great area to lay down in! 

We remain patient in re: to getting his front leg surgeries done – he is considered ‘stable’ at this time and as such, is not listed as being urgent like so many other animals under the care of his ortho specialist so, we remain in a holding pattern NO thanks to COVID-19.

He is absolutely magnificent and is going to make a dream of a family member addition to a truly lucky home when he is ready to make his own special announcement!

This lovely Miss is scheduled for her first surgery on June 25th. It shall be bilateral entropion surgery and we will take x-rays of her hips and knees and send them to ortho Specialist, Dr. Philibert.

While she is under, we will also do a mature spay plus give her a much needed manicure/pedicure.

AND prior to her surgery, what girl does not love to go to The Spa?! She is scheduled for a pampered pooch spa treatment on June 21st to make her feel and look her best heading into her first big surgery.

Her foster mama has been doing an amazing job with brushing her out – I have seen the pictures! – and this professional grooming session will enable her to look/feel even more beautiful!

At BHRR, we spare nothing for the dogs in need of our highly specialised programs and the lovely Miss Olive shall be no different.

We are still working on some Fundraisers and will update ASAP!

Thank you to all of our friends, family & supporters for helping us fight the good fight to remain in operation. We are the oldest operating Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue in the area – here since 1996!

AND yes, that is a huge strand of drool on her face while we were at work!

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!*

BHRR’s Caramel!
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He says he is finally ready to make his own special announcement! 

He will only be considered for a home that is extremely experienced in understanding dog body language.

We have worked extremely hard with BHRR’s Caramel so that he does not feel threatened by strange dogs or people.

He is so affectionate and loving plus very goofy yet, in the wrong hands, he would be ruined.

He has had a lot to learn in respect to manners with humans and also other dogs.

In not understanding body and other cues, he was constantly worried and would bark in an effort to communicate to others to please give him space and to not hurt him.

He has zero clue that he is a Great Dane. He thinks he is this small helpless creature and for the longest time thought everything was out to ‘get him.’

He communicates so well when he is not comfortable and shall need a home that will not:

*unconsciously or consciously set him up for failure by enabling his inappropriate display of behaviour re: anxiety or stress. He is learning that constant barking does not give him all the attention he wants. He has learned that a few barks, makes us listen to his cues and determine if there is something that we need to passively assure him and then passively ignore.

In the wrong hands, he would be a neurotic mess. He is calm and happy and comfortable in his own skin – can self soothe and comfort and amuse himself and has made some amazing doggie friends.

It has taken awhile for him to learn that said dogs were not out to ‘eat’ him or hurt him. His besties are my two Wolfies, BHRR’s Fred and yup, as you all know, BHRR’s Miss Lilly won him over…..like he ever had a chance?! 

With BHRR’s Walter now bunking in with us, he is worried about him yet, quickly realising that BHRR’s Walter is not going to hurt or eat him either.

We do not allow him to to be an idiot with manners or barking and his personality is massive! JUST huge!!!

He is a Dane that is not for the faint of heart. When you have earned his trust, he will give you his own heart and loyalty for life.

We must ensure that whomever is approved to adopt this handsome fine young man, will continue to build upon the strong foundations we have built and help him reach his full potential.

New surroundings, new people and new dogs etc., can stress him out so baby steps with exposure, treats and make each and every experience the best ever!

If you are calm and quietly confident and have that required experience plus knowledge, he just blossoms and thrives.

He is active, loves car rides and not just walks yet, hiking. We have built up his muscle mass and toning and he is in excellent shape, healthy and so happy!

He is crate trained, housebroken and I have had no issues doing his nails or bathing, just a bit of a squirmy worm.

Sean and I have spent a lot of time conversing if we should place him up for adoption yet, if his right matched personality fit loving home never comes along, he will always have a cherished home here!

He needs the proper level of physical and/emotional stimulation and if you want a dog that is an earlier riser, he is one!

He still likes to bark when I get up, at feeding time and when I arrive home, yet, now only gives a few barks and then settles down really nicely. He is a vocal boy that expresses all that he feels in his excitement or worries.

He is also bilingual!

He is not a ‘starter Dane’ and as posted above, shall only go to an extremely dog experienced home. That comes from not having had only one dog prior to wishing to adopt him.

We will not adopt him out to a home with any children – young, small nor teenagers.

We would love to see him in a home that already has a dog of their own that will be a great compliment for him.

No cats or other small animals is our preference with how excitable and full of enthusiasm he can be.

We do not ever want his spirit to be broken….what we want is for him to flourish and continue to see how much this great big wonderful world can offer him in experiences and kindness!

BHRR’s Caramel – never shall you ever know hurting or man-handling days again…never!

You are loved, you are now understood, you are magnificent, so precious and we are privileged to have been asked to assist you!!!

AND oh yeah, Momma Gwennie is bursting with pride over you! 

 

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any applications for approved adoptions until at least August.

We will re-evaluate this closer to that date as to if we need to extend that date.

We will not be accepting any applications or any non-refundable applications fees during this time. 

This is for several reasons:

1) BHRR requires a Vet Reference and as someone who works in animal medicine, I know how absolutely insanely busy we are at this time with our staff/hours. We are NOT going to jam up the phone lines doing vet references when people are trying to get through to make urgent appointments, asking for refills of lifesaving meds, needing prescription food etc.

Additionally, the government has announced that Veterinarians can ONLY operate on an urgent basis.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for urgent reasons. Not for Vet references.

We need to focus on patient care at the Hospital and we respect and understand that other Hospitals need to do the same. We are an essential service and need to be able to provide that service to the best of our abilities and checking Vet references does not fall under that criteria.

2) We cannot nor will we do home-visits. I put my life and my family’s life at risk every day that I go to work to take care of other people’s pets. Doing a home-visit is not responsible nor does it follow the policy set forth from the government that we need to be practising self-isolating to flatten the curve.

Doing a home-visit is not urgent during this COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, I go to work, utilize the ever dwindling supply of PPE available, I go home, I buy groceries, get gas and that is it for my public appearances. I am thinking NOT only of my dogs, yet, my family and you…I am thinking of all of the other people out there….

3) It does greatly concern us with the number of inquiries coming our way over the past couple of weeks.

On a ‘good’ day, I get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past four weeks; we are up to almost 2,000 emails and almost 125 phone calls a day.

People telling us that they now have time on their hands. If you did not have time before you stopped working; what makes you think that you will have time once you go back to work?

Additionally, even with people going on EI; the monies coming in are not the same as if you were working and if you feel that you are struggling to pay bills, buy groceries, how do you feel that you can take on the costs of having a Giant Breed dog?

The average cost – and I have been tracking this since 1996 – of owning a giant breed per year, PRIOR to emergencies is $2,400.

All of this to say; we will not be processing any applications until it is ideal plus safe to do so.

If you send us a completed application along with the non-refundable application fee, we will be responding that we are not accepting nor reviewing applications and when we do feel that it is safe to do so, we shall begin to slowly open up. 

Our Petfinder and home websites as posted are kept up to date and all details re: said dogs are on their individual blogs. Once, we do open up again for applications, we will remain ONLY responding to completed applications. You would be welcome to re-submit your application along with the non-refundable application fee at that time for members of the BHRR BOD to consider. We will NOT be holding on to your applications nor the non-refundable application fee from now to then. 

**EXCEPTION: We shall no longer be covering the cost of any banking or PayPal fees should people send this non-refundable fee. In May/June, we were out of pocket almost $100 as people were not be mindful. This is much needed money being taken away from the animals as we are covering the fees out of our own pockets and that is money that we would have used for the BHRR animals.**

Asking us what the cost to adopt is or asking to meet a dog; is all information found on our websites. We are not a pound, shelter or facility. We are an all Volunteer organziation that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups and as it is their prerogative to adopt out during this extremely difficult time and it remains our perogative to not do so.

Thanks!

BHRR’s Walter!

He had his recheck on Tuesday June 2nd!

He is doing great yet, still needs some medical rehab care since his bilateral entropion surgery – he is still on medications for his eyes as during his latest recheck, he was found to be battling an eye infection in his right eye. He also has eye lube.

He will need at least one more recheck for his eyes, we are slowly weaning him off of the pred and he remains on his thyro tabs plus a fish based kibble.

LOOK how amazing he now looks and according to his wonderful foster Mama and I have seen this several times myself, he is feeling super too!

He is doing really well with people – I noted at his latest recheck how much more calm and accepting he was of everyone. His tail was down yet, not tucked right up under his belly.

He did not have any reaction to the dogs that he has seen at work at his recheck nor with our clinic cat.

Careful integration as always is key!

He has been doing great with the other dog in the home plus their cat that he is being currently fostered in. Due to lack of socialization in his previous home; he has been scared/slightly reactive – a few growls – at strange dogs when he first arrived.

AMAZING progress! He will be back for another recheck in 10 days or so and then it will be time to work on his muscle mass/toning of his hind end.

He has been making a lot of lovely fans and friends since his time with BHRR and his personality is starting to really shine!

AND this is what your support and belief in us enables us to do!!!! To be here for special needs like him!!!! THANK YOU!

Got her!!

More soon!

Thank you to Cassy & Colin for picking her up and thank you to Sharif and Megan for temp fostering her!

She weighed 62.9 kgs (138.38 pounds) at work today. We did blood-work, vaccines and she is now on Deramaxx for pain/inflammation.

Sadly, she is pretty much blind. Though, she had surgeries on her eyes in the past, when it is done at too young of an age for some giants; it can fail. Unfortunately, she has corneal ulcers and her eyes are very cloudy.
*EDITED TO ADD: That in seeing photo’s of her before her eye surgery, she did not have bilateral entropion surgery. She had bilateral cherry eye surgery. We are not sure why her entropion surgery had not been done at the same time.*

We will be having her spayed and do her bilateral entropion surgery ASAP.

We are still assessing her hearing and will shall repeat x-rays of her hips and knees when she is under for her spay and send off to Dr. Philibert to compare to her last x-rays and to best determine the best course of action for those hips/knees.

When she is under we will then give her a nice manicure/pedicure too.

She will start her de-worming and flea/tick plus heartworm meds tomorrow.

A HUGE hit at work, she was! 

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

In having known this Saint since she was really young, BHRR just had to step up to assist her plus her caring previous owner when they reached out to us again seeking help.

We will continue to work on ways to fundraise for her mounting Vet Bills.

One estimate was given was $10,000+ to fix her hips/knees.

*NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!*

The next in URGENT Need of BHRR.

Almost 18 month old special needs female Saint Bernard.

This is a hard owner surrender for us at BHRR.

We have been aware of this girl since she was a small puppy and her caring owner has reached out to us twice in the past re: her and possibly taking her in if necessary.

Early yesterday AM, her caring Owner reached out to us once more asking for our assistance as they want to give this girl the best possible chance of a quality of life.

This Owner has done all that they could to date for her, even getting a second opinion and a third opinion – this from ortho specialist Dr. Phiilibert – back in February.

This sweet girl – good with dogs plus humans and while she can get a bit excited around cats – has never hurt a soul; is all around awesomeness! – has severe HD and quite possibly bilateral cruciate issues. 

She did have a past surgery on her eyes and has been diagnosed with corneal ulcers. She is also said to have hearing issues. We will confirm this.

I have even had the absolute pleasure of meeting this gorgeous girl myself in the past.

That we were contacted once again for possible assistance as her Owner was now strongly considering humane euthanasia as they did not wish to see her suffer and could not take on the estimated $10,000+ to physically rehabilitate her; humbles us immensely.

We are forever touched to be entrusted with her welbeing.

We are working on a couple of Fundraisers to assist with her medical bills….

ETA to BHRR: Monday June 1st

We wil post more as we learn more and do keep her previous Owner in your hearts as this is not easy on them. 

**NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION**

BHRR’s Miss Lilly!
(DEAF & Visually Impaired) Great Dane
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

She says that she is ready to make her own special announcement!

This girl has made an absolutely amazing and almost miraculous rehabilitation journey since she first arrived into our highly specialised rescue last year.

To say that I am proud of her is a gross understatement.

She came to us doing extreme self mutilation to her body due to her severe level of anxiety which was related to her not having anyone ‘speak’ her language. She was confused, worried and in not understanding what was expected of her, that no one could understand her fears, her wants etc., made her obsessive in trying to self-soothe, self-comfort by hurting herself. She had been man-handled and that was causing further stress to her.

She was obsessive in her behaviour of fly snapping – yes, per her detailed blog, we did consider IS activity yet, that was not the case.

She was so overstimulated in some ways, unders-stimulated in other ways and was not comfortable in her own skin nor surroundings.

We placed her on Trazodone – anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about behavioural modificaion medications and how so many use them as a crutch – yet, she was given just enough to take the edge of her anxiety, to get her to focus and relax and be able to realise that we are here to help her, to show her loving hands, not hurting hands, to show her that we very much ‘speak’ her language and that we do understand her and what she needs and wants and that we are here for her for whatever she needs. We slowly worked to build her back up to being the best of dogs!

Being deaf and visually impaired, she had high anxiety going outside at night. The more that she saw other dogs going out – eventually she relaxed and trusted more and also went outside.

She came to us completely not housebroken. Now, she is 100% housebroken and also crate trained. She travels great in a car, gets along with other dogs and humans too.

What and rather ‘who’ really assisted her with feeling the best going outside at night was when BHRR’s Fred came into our Haven Program. For he, too had a worry about going outside at night and she became the ‘big girl’ and showed him that it was ok! It was so heartwarming and emotional watching her now take someone under her own paw to help!!!

I always say that as much as I do for/with these dogs, it is the dogs that do SO much more for each other than I ever could.

We have weaned her completely off of the Trazodone month ago. Yet, to any right matched personality fit loving home that is so blessed to be approved to adopt this beauty, we will be doing a transitional adoption – therefore, they cannot reside any further than 2 hours from our location – to keep things stable and consistent for her to set her up for success.

She can be approved to be adopted to a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi-retired or retired. Another versatile BHRR dog!

Any home that is approved to adopt her must also understand that to spend 24/7 with her is a clear set-up for failure. We have worked very hard to set her up for success, to like her own company and in fact, love her own company.

Spending all of your time with any dog is not healthy, and for BHRR’s Lilly, even more so.

We would love to see her go to a home with at least one right matched personality fit dog already residing there. She is playful and higher energy than many Danes and she needs to have her doggie friendships and also that extra dog to dog physical activity connection.

She is great to do nails, easy to bathe, is very eager to please and is so happy when she understands that we ‘get her’ and that she ‘gets us’!

She will need plenty of appropriate giant sized toys to occupy her mouth and to provide great mental stimulation.

She shall not like me to say this yet, she is a ‘toy stealer & hoarder’! Yup, a thief and smuggler of toys! 

She is so happy now, just a big ball of personality into that wonderfully conformed Great Dane body!

New surroundings can make her nervous and how we handle things is how she reacts to things and we treat things as being ‘no big deal’, a calming touch, maybe a treat or two and then passively ignore.

To make a big deal out of anything new or strange – even going to the Vet – is going to set her up for failure.

Having people give her treats when they first meet her will make a friend for life!

She is soooooooo loving and lives every day as if it is her last…she packs the day with all that she can fit in and sleeps soundly – yes, she does snore too….shhh! Do not tell her that as she thinks she is very ladylike….we know her to be a wee bit of a bull in a china shop though! 

She has proven ok with cats, yet, as she is so enthusiastic, she may make cats feel overwhelmed…heck, she made BHRR’s Caramel feel overwhelmed for the longest time; yet, she won…she was determined that they would be bff’s and he really did not have a choice! She can be very determined plus persuasive!

For those early bird risers; this is the Dane to consider! She is up and at ’em between 5 AM – 6:30 AM each and every day….she does like to get in a mid AM and mid afternoon nap if her busy schedule allows for it!

This girl is a ham, a real delight and not for the faint of heart.

Her leash manners have improved significantly and she knows many sign language words. We use a combination of ASL and our made up signs to communicate with her.

She will only go to a home that has had prior special needs canine; not necessarily Great Dane experience. She will only go to a home that has significant prior canine experience for she is not a ‘starter dane’ and deserves to be with a home that can continue to help her reach her full potential and not be ‘learning off of her.’ That is way too much pressure for her to have to bear and take on. She will teach that right matched personality fit home a lot yet, that home needs to have a lot of their own experience and knowledge to bring to the table.

All of our adoption processes, policies and procedures can be found on our home website for anyone that may be interested in being considered for her. Between that and her thoroughly detailed blog, all of your questions should be answered.

Miss silly Lilly, many thought you should have been ‘killed’ and that we were wasting our time. Little did those know in re: to what we do, why we do it, why we are needed and have done for almost 25 years. Furthermore, little did they know about you and just how awesome you really are.

She carries her up head up high and proud now….her tail is happy and wagging now….she is happy and healthy now! Look at all of that muscle mass plus toning on her body!

I could continue to write a massive Gwennie novel on this girl for she is truly special!

You are living your best life every day and we could not be more delighted to help you make your special announcement!

BHRR’s Royal Blu!
 
Another uber handsome blue Great Dane in our BHRR Haven Program!
 
In seeing his photo vs. BHRR’s Fred, you can see the difference betwen the euro blood lined Danes vs. the american blood line.
*AND that is not dirt on his chest. It is his drying drool from the few moments we took to do photo’s! Those big flews of his create a lot of drool! Not for the faint of heart!*
 
He awaits patiently to have his own bilateral entropion and cherry eye surgeries, a Dental plus to also have surgery on both of his front legs. – this picture does not show the true severity of his biltateral valgus deformity as we worked to show off his beauty over his current extreme medical conditions. 
 
If you read previous blog posts; you can see the x-rays of both of his front legs that we took upon his arrival into our special needs rescue program.
 
These are the animals that you are supporting with your kindness plus generosity!
Here is our givinggrid fundraiser link as we remain in great need of your support for Ottawa just announced that no public events can be held until at least the August, therefore, our biggest annual fundraiser of the year that we host in July cannot be held. 
 
If BHRR, operating since 1996 is going to withstand this COVID-19 pandemic and continue to help those that most other groups cannot or will not; we urgently need your help. 
 
Donations can also continue to be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com and all of those donation totals are being added to our giving grid fundraiser total….
 
With the postponing of our annual Microchip/Nail Trim/BBQ and so much more event; we have had to up the total in our givinggird fundraiser that we need in order to keep operating. 
 
Extremely difficult worrisome times.

BHRR’s Fred!

This uber handsome blue Great Dane is doing fantastic in our Haven Program!

He is such a personality filled boy who is affectionate and can be wonderfully quirky too!

He is thriving!

AND here is our givinggrid fundraiser link as we remain in great need of your support for Ottawa just announced that no public events can be held until at least the August, therefore, our biggest annual fundraiser of the year that we host in July cannot be held. 

If BHRR, operating since 1996 is going to withstand this COVID-19 pandemic and continue to help those that most other groups cannot or will not; we urgently need your help. 

Donations can also continue to be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com and all of those donation totals are being added to our giving grid fundraiser total….

With the postponing of our annual Microchip/Nail Trim/BBQ and so much more event; we have had to up the total in our givinggird fundraiser that we need in order to keep operating. 

Extremely difficult worrisome times.


This handsome young man is excited…..BHRR’s Caramel!

Why is he excited?!

Well……………he is getting closer and closer to making his own special announcement!

He has learned SO much in re: to trust, helping hands, manners, obedience and learning to understand body language cues from both people and dogs.

VERY very very very proud of this boy and I love that he throws ALL of himself into everything he commits himself to doing…he is not a half measure kind of Dane!

Recovering in post-op. Mama Gwennie stayed by her side monitoring her until she recovered….

BHRR’s Miss Volt!

She also had her own surgery, a long awaited one on Tuesday May 19th, 2020.

It is so hard to believe, utterly bittersweet too that her own incredibly amazing miraculous journey with us shall be ending as we finally near the last stages of her own successful rehabilitation.

This was the adorable Rottie puppy that had been electrocuted in her previous home, left without treatment for days, finally bought into an emergency hospital and then was surrendered to BHRR.

While many wanted to see her put to sleep, our special needs rescue & our fantastic village surrounded her with all that she needed to get better. The BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ was strong for her and she has thrived!

She required multiple surgeries on her mouth and from the first day that she came into my loving hands, I noted that she also had a vulva conformity issue.

That took many months of its own treatment for infections, then waiting so patiently for her to come into heat per the recommendation of her specialist, Dr. Philibert to then having to wait for her uterus to go back to a more normal size, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic etc….to finally being able to have this surgery which was to also address the two broken incisors she had.

On Tuesday, we also did pre-op blood work as we feel that this is incredibly important to do to be properly proactive with our care of the animals we are entrusted with. Part of the important blood work we did was to also do a screening for tick borne disease and heartworm exposure.

Despite having all of our dogs on year round preventative and doing the Lymes vaccine, nothing is 100% and sure enough, Miss Volt turned up Lymes positive. 

From there, we sent off blood for a further test – almost $155 – to IDEXX – for a Quant 6 to check her levels. Those results are now in and her level was 29. Per her Vet, she does not require treatment.

As is also the case with BHRR’s Miss Mollie – another Lymes positive dog in our program – to whomever is approved as her right matched personality fit forever loving home, a yearly heartworm/tick borne disease test shall need to be done with the understanding that she shall always show up positive for Lymes. As she will always show up positive for Lymes, a Quant 6 test shall have to be being sent to the lab to test her levels.

Equally important is for her to remain on preventative year round. As long as her results remain at a certain level and/or she remains asymptomatic, she does not require treatment.

On Tuesday, she received the vaccines that she was due for, I microchipped her, gave her a manicure/pedicure – she is great to do this at any given time! – and the surgeon checked her mouth and could not find any broken incisors to remove.

Miss Volt weighed a lean trim solid muscled 33.1 kgs(72.82 pounds)! A wee gorgeous package of love!

She remains a HUGE hit with all that she meets, loves all people and animals and is recovering well in our home from her big spay. 

Once she is healed, she can finally make her own special announcement.

She has remained a popular inquiry for many and we stand firm that we are not taking on any completed applications to review until at least June.

We have worked so hard to keep her blog up to date and for any one interested, all they need to do is read the thorough blog plus our adoptions policies, processes and procedures. So many emails about her that are readily answered if one just takes a bit of time to read her detailed blog. 

As also mentioned, our bills on Tuesday between both BHRR’s Walter and Miss Volt came to just under $2,500 and we have more special needs giants requiring their own specialist surgeries.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it beyond a nightmare for r/q groups and the struggle for Rescue survival is a big reality….. 

We have been around almost 24.5 years and this is not how we wish things to end due to a pandemic.

Please do consider a donation to help a cause near and dear to your hearts to thrive, be it BHRR or another organisation out there! 

We will take donations via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com or direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381.

All donations being sent via email transfer or PayPal are being added to our Givinggrid fundraiser donation page so everyone can see the current running total!! 

Sooooooooooo my last post of my night….

We are moving BHRR’s Percival under a PENDING ADOPTION!

AND before we become flooded with calls, emails and texts, no we remain not approving any adoptions until at least June.

Additionally, we are not accepting to review any other completed applications to consider for approved adoptions until at least June.

As we have posted several times over on facebook, on our websites including PetFinder and have explained many times on the phone to those that now state that they have ‘all of this time on their hands’ and want to adopt; we do not feel that this is the proper time for people to adopt that suddenly have time on their hands when they did not before.

We also remain practising safe social distancing.

The reason why we are moving slowly on this particular application – received back in April yet, we have been in discussion for so much longer than that – for BHRR’s Percival is that this home has taken the time to get to know BHRR, what we do, why we are needed, what we represent etc. and in turn, over time, we have also come to get to know them.

This is not a home that is a stranger to BHRR/us. This is not a home that suddenly has time on their hands and wishes to adopt. This is not a home that does not understand the lifetime commitment that each animal deserves to have. This is not a home that does not understand the extensive medical and food bills that BHRR’s Percival shall require. This is not a home that has not read in depth BHRR’s Percival’s story. They have followed his journey since Day 1. They understand that he is not perfect, that he is only perfect in his imperfections and they want to assist him in helping him reach his full potential, which he has a mountain of! 

This is a home that has has been front and present and full of honesty and openness and members of the BHRR BOD have discussed this particular situation/home and we feel 100% comfortable in proceeding further with their application.

Yes, sometimes there can be extremely rare grey area’s to some circumstances and this is a unique situation that we are sincerely looking forward in proceeding further with.

On that amazing note, from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters thank you for all that you have done and do for the animals of BHRR and we wish you the warmest of good night wishes!

We shall update on BHRR’s Percival’s status as we can!

BHRR’s Walter!

He went in for surgery on May 19th to get his new eyes! He had his much needed bilateral entropion surgery as he was finally healthy enough to have the surgery.

His weight was 147.4 pounds(67 kgs). He has now put on 15.4 pounds (7 kgs) since he first arrived to BHRR’s care in March. He still needs a bit more weight and once he has recovered from his eye surgery, our next focus is working to building up his muscle mass and strength in his hind end.

I microchipped him while he was under, he had a great manicure/pedicure and he received tons of gentle love from many of my colleagues during his time at work!

He is now on two types of pain meds, oral and eye antibiotics plus some trazodone to help keep him calm and comfortable while he heals.

He remains on his pred plus thyro tabs along with a special fish based diet and when he is back for his recheck in 10-14 days, we will do more bloodwork at that time.

He is now sporting a very fashionable cone – 40 cm – and it was truly lovely for all to note how far he has come since we first received the urgent message that he needs rescue or that he would be killed later that same day.

He is a really sweet boy and THANKS to his foster Mama for taking excellent care of him!

Thank you’s extended from our hearts once once more to my fellow team mates @ EVC and to both Dr. G. & Dr. Ammar for giving him excellent Vet care since his arrival to BHRR.

We will make a separate post re: Miss Volt who also had surgery on the 19th!

We still await surgery dates from the specialist for both BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu for their legs – both of them have front leg concerns, requiring no less than 6 surgeries between them both & BHRR’s Royal Blu also needs his own bilateral entropion plus a cherry eye repair.

Our GivingGrid fundraiser is below and what has generously come in to date, will cover both of BHRR’s Walters and Miss Volts  – their Vet bills on Tuesday came to $2,141.41 and we are almost half way to our goal!

We remain deeply humbled, grateful, and thankful to everyone that stands strong by our special needs rescues side helping us to work hard to keep our doors open during this brutally difficult time.

We cannot do this alone and though we along with so many r/q groups are going through such dark scary times, it immensely warms our hearts to have members of our village fighting as hard as we are to be here for those in need of our highly specialised and much needed programs.

The link to our GivingGrid fundraiser is HERE and donation considerations can also continue to be sent direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR’s Miss Silly Lily!
(Deaf / Visually Impaired)
May 17th, 2020

Sean & I did a little professional photo shoot ourselves today for this beauty…..in preparation for her to make her upcoming special announcement.

We must say that we are extremely pleased with our amateur photo efforts! 

This sweet girl has come a LONG way since she first arrived to us and we could not be more proud.

She deserves to be our Cover Girl!

STAY Tuned!

This pretty girl says that she is so close to making her own special announcement!

BHRR’s Miss Silly Lilly(Deaf/Visually Impaired)! 

BHRR’s Walter(photo) & BHRR’s Miss Volt are scheduled for Tuesday May 19th for their surgeries.

BHRR’s Walter is booked to have both of his eyes repaired for his bilateral entropion. That is the next step in his own rehabilitation program. YOU are going to feel even better after your surgery sweet boy!

BHRR’s Miss Volt is FINALLY going to have her spay and those two small incisors removed. Baby girl, your rehab journey has been long yet, we are almost there!

COVID-19 sure did not help AND we still have BHRR’s Royal Blu(eyes/2 legs) and BHRR’s Coupe(2 legs) waiting for their own specialist surgeries…..

Please know that your beautiful support enables us to keep helping dogs like BHRR’s Walter, BHRR’s Royal Blu, BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Miss Volt.

To date, our givinggrid fundraiser has raised: $1,276 in 24 hours. WOW! We are 25% to our goal. We do remain in urgent need of your generosity to help BHRR stay strong.

To all that have posted supportive words and/or donated and/or shared our call for financial donations, please know how much you humble us, you honour us and we thank you for being there in our massive time of need.

Should you not wish to donate via the givinggrid – link is HERE!, donations can be sent via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com or even direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

As always, thank you for any and all consideration to help keep BHRR strong!

BHRR’s Percival!
Fox Red Labrador

Today is the day that he comes to bunk down with The Boerskins!

Thanks so much to his kind foster Mama for loving on him.

We have possible wonderful news too re: him. We have received an application for him that may well be that right matched forever loving adoptive home.

We now have to wait – with the COVID-19 situation – until it is safe to proceed further with the application.

What a long yet, truly amazing way you have come sweet boy in your rehabilitation journey to health plus happiness. 

 

BHRR’s Walter

Someone needs a bigger bed……and while the picture is kind of cute, the reality is not….. 

We had a wonderful rescue angel donate monies for BHRR’s Walter to have his own dog bed – sadly, Costco did not have any XL beds at that time, so we ordered online from a different business….

When that bed came in – in photo – it was not what it was suppose to be in dimensions and now, we are in conversation with the company working on getting our funds back. They are not being co-operative despite all documentation to demonstrate what was sent is not what we paid for.

So, dear sweet Walter is still using BHRR’s Bells bed in the meantime…..

As so many are experiencing, times are very tough for everyone and Rescue organisations are not exempt from the current brutal economy.

Every day is a struggle for r/q groups – we are down to 1.5 days left of fish based kibble to feed no less than 5 dogs in need of said kibble.

We have mounting Vet bills for meds, prescription foods and urgent care that can not be put on hold.

Animals do not stop needing high quality care during this COVID-19 nightmare.

If anyone may consider donating an XL dog bed for BHRR’s Walter and/or a bag of FROMM Salmon or Whitefish, our gratitude would be hundred fold.

The stress is real….we have been operating for over 24 years and have gone through more than our share of difficult time’s and right now is top of those hardship experiences…. 

Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via Email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com or even direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic to our rescue account there: 613-383-8381.

Thank you’s from our heart to everyone in our BHRR village for being there during these unprecedented times….. 

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BHRR’s Walter was at the Vet on Friday April 10th for his recheck!

He is slowly gaining weight (he has put on 2.1 kgs in two weeks) – still very skinny, yet, he is improving! He is now 62.10 kgs(136.62 pounds).

The healthier he is getting, the better he is feeling and the more weight he is putting on. His fabu foster mama says that he is eating very well!

His feet, skin, face etc. are all looking SO much better! He now has toes!

He remains on pred, antibiotics and has now been put on two eye medications for his eye infections. He will require his own bilateral entropion surgery once he is healthier.

We have him on a fish based food and his body is responding wonderfully to it!

The bleeding and lesions all over his body have pretty much resolved, he is not itchy like he once was was, he is more alert, beginning to become playful and is no longer as uncomfortable.

I also gave him a much needed nail trim on Friday. He ROCKED it!

He is on thyroid medication as without it per his previous Vet Records; he was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. He had been having seizures and vestibular ataxia.

He has a very long journey ahead of him and we thank ALL of his rescue angels to date for donating to his extremely deserving cause….! 

His personality is starting to come out and he LOVES the humans, not so sure of the clinic cat at work and we will be beginning to work on his intergration with other dogs.

We will also begin to work more on his muscle mass and tone. He is lacking a lot.

We are still waiting on the special stain decision on his three biopsies yet, the prelim results demonstrate:

MICROSCOPIC DESCRIPTION:
Haired skin (chin and face): Tissue consists of three punch biopsies of haired skin which have been bisected. There is epidermis and dermis with adnexa and minimal subcutis. The epidermis is multifocally moderately hyperplastic with parakeratosis. Frequently hair follicles are hyperplastic with occasional
sheets of degenerate viable neutrophils, eosinophils and macrophages to ruptured with free hair shafts frequently surrounded by similar inflammation described with regions of pyogranulomatous and eosinophilic and granulomatous inflammation. Occasionally regions of dermis within one sample are expanded by abundant pyogranulomatous inflammation forming discrete pyogranulomas with surrounding fibrin, edema and hemorrhage.

MICROSCOPIC INTERPRETATION:
Marked to severe chronic pyogranulomatous to eosinophilic and granulomatous dermatitis and folliculitis with frequent furunculosis with intralesional free hair shafts and regionally extensive fibrin, edema and hemorrhage (PENDING special stains; see comments)

COMMENTS:
THIS IS AN INTERIM REPORT.
Changes are consistent with a significant dermatitis, folliculitis and furunculosis with evidence of chronic trauma to these areas. There is no definitive evidence of infectious agents observed with routine stains. There is no definitive evidence of a neoplastic process within the sections of tissue reviewed histologically. The cause for these lesions is unknown but histomorphologic features and clinical
findings may be secondary to a hypersensitivity reaction within this region with chronic trauma and subsequent enlargement of adnexa with rupture or potentially this represents a deep pyoderma with subsequent trauma and furunculosis. Additional special stains are pending to evaluate for the presence of etiologic agents. The findings of the special stains will be reported in the final report and any additional comments if warranted.

Someone has no idea re: social distancing. 

BHRR’s Sleet(Deaf/Blind) and Sean remain having their incredible special bond. 

Cannot believe she is now almost 18 months old….

Every night per a previous post/picture this is part of their nightly routine…..she climbs right up into his chair and demands attention and likes to snuffle his head!

Sean remains saying that of course he has no favourites!!

The animals sure do make the world a much better place to be in, especially right now…..such a difficult time….

*VIDEO sent our way by his previous Owner the morning we were asked to assist this Great Dane*
 
UPDATE: BHRR’s Walter has tested negative for heartworm, tick borne diseases, sarcoptic and demodectic mange.
 
We are waiting to discuss in detail – I have been sent them today – his biopsy results – three biopsies taken and his thyroid panel with his Vet. I have questions that only the expertise of his Vet will be able to confirm/validate and answer for me. So, will not post more on those results until that conversation occurs.
 
He has been placed on antibiotics, thyro meds, pred, been de-wormed and is now on a fish based food only.
 
Per his previous vet records, last summer he was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. He had been having seizures and vestibular ataxia.
 
He has clear auto immune and extreme skin issues, quite common with blue Great Danes, being a recessive gened bred colour.
 
He had not been on any meds for a couple of weeks per his previous Owner/past records and had remained on a chicken/poultry based food. Per his past records, he had not remained on allergy meds consistently allowing flare-ups to occur and then became worse.
 
The bleeding on his body has slowed down, the swelling is coming down, some of his lesions and wounds are drying up – he has toes plus feet now – and he is eating well. His hydration level is slowly coming up too.
 
His eyes remain runny and red – yet, they now can open! – and will need to have his own bilateral entropion surgery – once again so common in this euro blood line Danes.
 
The trauma caused to his body is apparent and will take a long time to rehabilitate and we are taking it one step at a time.
 
I briefly saw him myself yesterday and his temperament is loving and such a hoot! When he does not want to do something, he just lays right down! Already he is feeling a bit better, putting on some weight on that skinny body and his personality is slowly poking through!
 
He remains very weak, especially in his hind end and is a very sick boy yet, he is surrounded by a village that is strong and determined!
 
***$1,025 DONATED TO DATE*** 
 
Once again, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.
 
We will continue to operate on a zero tolerance policy re: the above.
 
We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.
 
We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….
 
It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 
 
If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue
 
OR
 
you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

UPDATE: *Walter* is now at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic. This is one picture sent my way of part of his face.

Bloodwork is being run and biopsies have been taken and he is being examined.

Will update more as I can….

***$925 DONATED TO DATE*** 

BHRR has been quickly mobilising behind the scenes to rescue this Great Dane.

We received an email in the wee hours of the AM that he needed help or the Owner said the Vet would ‘kill him today’.

As soon as I saw the email a couple of hours later, I jumped on it, begged for some time and then the incredible links on our BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ were put into action.

One of our fabu approved Volunteers now has him – thank you for dropping everything to help! – and is on his way direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic, who have been alerted and are standby to receive him. Drive safe Bob!

I am not going to post more at this time re: his current medical state other than to say, we could not let him be put to sleep and are going to do all necessary diagnostics plus treatments for him. Yes, he has lesions, wounds and swelling all over his body including his front feet and muzzle and he is skinny – from a video and pics, he looks somewhat emaciated. He can barely open his eyes.

He is in pain, clearly suffering and bleeding. This is his reality right now.

However, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.

I shall post what is known from his past Vet Records along with what our expert Vet Team will determine form examining and testing him.

We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.

We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….

It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 

If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue

OR

you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Soon sweet boy, soon…you will be at the Hospital soon….

***$425 DONATED TO DATE*** 

BHRR has been quickly mobilising behind the scenes to rescue this Great Dane.

We received an email in the wee hours of the AM that he needed help or the Owner said the Vet would ‘kill him today’.

As soon as I saw the email a couple of hours later, I jumped on it, begged for some time and then the incredible links on our BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ were put into action.

One of our fabu approved Volunteers now has him – thank you for dropping everything to help! – and is on his way direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic, who have been alerted and are standby to receive him. Drive safe Bob!

I am not going to post more at this time re: his current medical state other than to say, we could not let him be put to sleep and are going to do all necessary diagnostics plus treatments for him. Yes, he has lesions, wounds and swelling all over his body including his front feet and muzzle and he is skinny – from a video and pics, he looks somewhat emaciated. He can barely open his eyes.

He is in pain, clearly suffering and bleeding. This is his reality right now.

However, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.

I shall post what is known from his past Vet Records along with what our expert Vet Team will determine form examining and testing him.

We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.

We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….

It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 

If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue

OR

you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Soon sweet boy, soon…you will be at the Hospital soon….

BHRR’s Royal Blu came to us via a request of a rescue transfer.

He came into their Rescue back in 2017; had two surgeries on one leg for a congenital Vulgras deformity; and as mobility had been improved, the other leg did not have surgery.

A surgery had been done on the one eye, for cherry eye and as is very common, it failed.

He had been adopted about 7 months ago and recently a dog bite occurred in the adoptive home.

We are told that he love kids and is good with other dogs, people etc. and was therefore adopted to a home with two children, 5 & 8.

Unfortunately, recently, an incident occurred in the adoptive home.

We have been told that this boy has always been a ‘bit iffy’ around food & has demonstrated past behaviours of some food resourcing issues.

He was in the kitchen when food was being prepared and one of the children was also in the kitchen, petting/touching him.

To be honest, let me state that if this Dane wanted to cause damage he could have and did not. He snapped and as the child is as tall as he is, a connection was made – and I have seen a picture of the bite. Bruising, teeth grazing with one spot from the angle of the picture that I can see broken skin. A scary moment for all involved.

This was not an easy decision for this home who adopted him to return him to the rescue. In turn, the rescue reached out to BHRR to see if we could safe harbour him.

We are here to 100% support the rescue and this adoptive home during this truly heart-wrenching time.

He arrived to BHRR February 22nd and we had him at the Vet February 23rd as we had some concerns.

He has been diagnosed with:

1) Severe Entropion
2) Eye infections
3) Cherry Eye
4) Vulgras Deformity – the right leg is much worse than the left

*He was scheduled on March 10th for his eye surgeries yet, that has had to be postphoned. It will be rescheduled ASAP.

On March 17th, per Dr. Philibert, ortho specialist states that he believes that BHRR’s Royal Blu needs bilateral corrective osteotomies. He has requested additional pictures of BHRR’s Royal Blu standing and from the side.

We have kept his previous Rescue also updated and shall continue to do so.

They have made an incredibly generous donation to his care.

Donations can continue to be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com *Please let us know the password.

My final post of my night!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BHRR’s Coupe – NewfX
March 10th, 2020

He had his Dental and did fabu! Despite having some worn and chipped teeth, his Vet found that via a great mouth exam plus in taking/reviewing all of his Dental x-rays that no extractions were needed at this time! The roots are strong plus healthy! YAY!

He had an excellent teeth cleaning thanks to his former emerge foster Mama and was loved on by all of my fellow staff members!

He is famous at EVC! 

While he was under, he had another good nail trim and when he was in post-op recovered; he had his anal glands done. The left was empty yet, his right was quite full. He will feel even better now!

This was BHRR’s Coupe’s second surgery and we await his ortho specialists directives as to when he will have his bilateral arthoscopic and bone debridement surgeries on his front legs.

His bills continue to mount for in addition to these surgeries; he remains being treated for Heartworm and on strong antibiotics for his deep penetrating bone infections in both front legs.

Re: the two bullets that we found in him – he may have more as his whole body has not been x-rayed; they remain a ‘wait and see’ and are not the top priorities at this time.

For everyone that has met this handsome boy to date; you will understand just how worthy plus deserving he is of all of the support in the world!

To those that have donated to his cause to date; THANK YOU! To those that have sent well wishes; THANK you!

To those wanting to support his cause; you can continue to make donations directly to his Vet Bills at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic – over the phone due to the current COVID-19 precautions having been implemented 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*Please let us know the password that you use!

OR you can make a bid in our current flash online auction!!! The link to the album of 37 amazing items is HERE and gentle reminder that this flash online auction ends tonight – Thursday March 18th @ 9 PM EST.

Saturday Mornings be like….

BHRR’s Percival, our gorgeous fox red Labrador remains Available for Adoption!

Thank you to his fabulous foster Mama for taking such excellent care of him! 

BHRR’s Royal Blu
March 13th, 2020

As I recover from some surgery had earlier this week, this boy has been the best hot water bottle, bed hogger, snuggle bug, drooler and companion a girl could wish for!

He was to have his own surgery on March 10th – bilateral entropion surgery along with a cherry eye yet his foster mama(FEEL better soon) took a nasty fall and is healing from a fractured arm.

So, he is back bunking back in with moi and doing fabu!

He has been learning manners as he clearly felt he was ‘king’ and he is coming along beautifully. He can still be grumpy to some of the other dogs yet, is learning to share wonderfully!

Everyone in our home must share the communal water bowls and he is now doing this nicely.

We do not reward inappropriate displays of behaviour and not long after his arrival, he wanted to rear up with SA type behaviours and that was a big no-no.

AND after only a few days of marking the correct behaviours, passively ignoring after a calming word/touch all inappropriate signs of behaviour; he is fantastic.

He bonded hard and fast to me and has been guided plus encouraged to learn to like his own company, to self-soothe, selt-comfort and to self amuse. We are not here to set him up for failure.

We are not here to create ‘monsters’ in manners or behaviours. SA is what my PhD is in and he is an excellent pupil.

We took him off of all behavioural modifcation medications shortly after his arrival to get to know and understand him and to best assess plus put together the right program for him.

He has not had any need to go back on any medications.

He reacts as we act to things as is often the case with most dogs.

He is quite chill and in any situation that he is exposed to that is new or foreign to him, we work to set him up for success and now, he just takes things in stride. Cautious yet curious which we want him to be interested in this big gorgeous world around us!

We have stress tested him also and his first reaction is avoidance…not fight….proving that the bite he had in his prior home was him escalating his communication re: his level of being uncomfortable with what is going on.

He has been in the kitchen as we have cooked, cleaned up etc. and he has been respectful, not one issue with resourcing.

The one thing that he is clear with his level of being uncomfortable is in the taking of his collar at times. He will mouth. Not bite, not growl, yet mouth. We do not push the boundary further at this time. We also have our theories on this yet, we are not setting him up for failure. We will get there….

When he communicates with his body language that he does not wish to have his collar touched, we just take a leash – many of them at easy reach, ask him to sit, hook him up and off we go. No issues….

I am extremely proud of his progress to date and we remain also waiting to hear from his ortho specialist re: those legs. He was to be back from Vacation in early March and are aware that he is a very busy man.

We will have BHRR’s Royal Blu’s eyes rescheduled ASAP.

AND thanks to all for their patience as we work to get our Flash Auction set-up. We have been very busy behind the scenes as well as mourning the death of two BHRR doggies….

BHRR’s Royal Blu
February 23rd, 2020

He arrived February 22nd and based upon what our two transport Volunteers plus what we saw, we had him booked into our Vet Hospital for the very next day

1) He has severe entropion in both eyes – upper and lower lids and that need to be surgically corrected.
2) He also has a cherry eye
3) We did a fluorescein eye stain to look for scratches and ulcers
4) He has eye infections in both eyes & is now on antibiotics
5) We sedated him to do x-rays on both front legs & they were emailed to Dr. Philibert, one of our ortho specialists to advise – re: his extreme valgus deformity
*Dr. Philibert is away on Vacation until the beginning of March. We will be posting copies of the x-rays we took in this album too.
6) We did a nail trim while under sedation as his nails were overgrown
7) We did his anal glands – they were full
8) We did bloodwork – He is negative for Heartworm and Tickborne diseases & his Pre-op plus Wellness profile are normal
9) We are doing a fecal sample and he has now been de-wormed
10) He has been placed on Deramaxx for pain & inflammation
11) His coat is dry, flaky and brittle, so we are changing up his diet
12) He has a bit of a cough that shall be closely monitored
13) He is overweight – he weighed 65.5 kgs(144.1 pounds) and so we will be working on that

AND he is 100% amazing!!! This picture was taken as he was waking up from the sedation given during his time at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic

He is now scheduled for his eye surgeries on March 10th, 2020 and we are ISO: Auction Items for between BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu, we are in huge need of financial support to get them healthy!

If you have any item(s) that you may like to donate, please do email contactbhrr@gmail.com

Donations to his Vet Bills can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
*Please let us know the password

With two big medical cases on our hands, our doors remain closed for intake…..

We will continue to think of creative fundraising ideas to raise much needed funds for both of these incredibly fabu pooches!!!!

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Sleet!
One of our 3 deaf/blind mice!
February 23rd, 2020

My sight as I was getting ready to leave for work this AM.

1) I was SO jealous that she was still sleeping AND
2) She may be blind/deaf yet, look at her ‘listening’ so well to the ‘no couch’ rule! 
3) My couch used to be dark brown and is now wonderfully riddled with white hairs! 

She is such a doll!!!! 

I will update tomorrow re: BHRR’s Royal Blu’s Vet visit tonight at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

Got him!

On my way home!

Welcome to BHRR Royal Blu!  So thrilled to finally get to meet you and even more touched to get to assist you!!

I am hoping to get him right into our Vet tomorrow.

Will post more soon!!!

 

Lucie picked BHRR’s Royal Blu several hours ago and now he has safely been transferred to Michele’s loving care!

I will be on my way shortly to meet her…..drive safe!

I always say the world is a small place….However, I must be getting ‘old’ as it took me up to just a few days ago to click in to just who this Great Dane was. 

It was not until I received his previous Vet Records and when the Rescue that first had him mentioned a name associated with his time with them, that I truly clicked in.

Turns out, that we know who he is…..and we are well aware of his journey to Canada in 2017 and quite a bit of time while in Canada from when he first arrived. The Dane world is very small.

That, we were approached to assist him and that he is now in our care, has made me one of the happiest people in the world!!!! 

I cannot wait to meet you and I am glad that we have spruced up your name to be BHRR’s Royal Blu for per Lucie:

‘He traveled wonderfully well. He is calm and very regal (the royal Blu moniker is a very good one).’

My last post of my night….

This handsome man arrives tomorrow!

BHRR’s Royal ‘Blu’ – his name is ‘Blu’ and we are making him royalty!
~5.5 year old Special Needs Male GD

He was adopted out almost 7 months ago by another Rescue.

They performed two surgeries on his front legs as he was born with a congenital deformity – they remain abnormal yet, his mobility has greatly improved. We will have our own ortho specialist exam him also. Maybe there is more that we can do, most likely not as the Rescue that had him has taken amazing plus excellent care of him.

We have been informed that he ‘gallops around like your typical happy Dane’. BHRR’s Mavie, Our Ironman can relate to that having had four surgeries on his own front legs.

We are told that he love kids and is good with other dogs, people etc. and was adopted to a home with two children, 5 & 8.

Unfortunately, recently, an incident occurred in the adoptive home.

We have been told that this boy has always been a ‘bit iffy’ around food & has demonstrated past behaviours of some food resourcing issues.

He was in the kitchen when food was being prepared and one of the children was also in the kitchen, petting/touching him.

To be honest, let me state that if this Dane wanted to cause damage he could have and did not. He snapped and as the child is as tall as he is, a connection was made – and I have seen a picture of the bite. Bruising, teeth grazing with one spot from the angle of the picture that I can see broken skin. A scary moment for all involved. 

This was not an easy decision for this home who adopted him to return him to the rescue. In turn, the rescue reached out to BHRR to see if we could safe harbour him.

We are here to 100% support the rescue and this adoptive home during this truly heart-wrenching time.

The wonderful rescue does not wish to see him put to sleep and asked if we could step up to assist.

Absolutely……

Due to our financial situation being extremely tapped with the further unexpected Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe, we have had had a delay in bringing him in and once he arrives, our doors will remain closed.

As no one wished to see him put to sleep, we are honoured to be here.

We thank this Rescue for all that they have done to date for him and we remain keeping his previous adoptive home in our hearts and thoughts. It is a tragic situation……just tragic.

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

BHRR’s Singe
2014 – February 20th, 2020

As those who followed my previous post about losing not one yet two beloved BHRR dogs in the space of 8 days; I am finally ready…not really ready though; yet, am doing it anyway, posting what I hope is a somewhat fitting memorial to the first of these two amazing dogs.

BHRR’s Singe was lost to us due to a stroke.

To think that this dog overcame so much…he was emaciated and it took forever to figure things out for him to get that weight on him.

Many will remember his condition and many still will remember how amazing he finally came to look

Those flews, the drool, his eyes that reached deep inside of you, the way he would gently roll slightly off of his side and lift up his left front leg to get me to rub his chest more….

His chest and belly were so soft…just so incredibly soft as was BHRR’s Singe’s personality.

The way he came to love food..the way he would bounce and trot awkwardly with his wonky hind end back and forth to his feeding area to the bowls…..

His soft stunning brown eyes….the way he spoke volumes without making a sound.

That even with how bad his back end was and the strength plus muscle mass that we developed in him; would allow him to jump our hinged door just because he chose that he did not want to be in the hallway any longer…that he never realised that this gate was never locked is beside the point!

The way he would greet me when I got up or arrived home…that big ol’ noggin of his pushing under my elbow, nudging right up under my armpit blowing his hot wet breath!

The pleasure he took settling in by one of the fireplaces plopping down after much circling with the biggest sigh of contentment, rocking the pictures on the wall!

The way that you would romp and run; it truly was like watching Bambi! Those long model legs, so un-coordinated and the memories of witnessing your joy as you believed that you were running as fast as the wind!

You could look so regal and noble standing still yet, we well knew that you were one big puppy goofball in personality and movement!

The bumping into me as you had zero judgement of spacial awareness making me teeter…well, maybe not so much fun!

All of these things and more shall I forever miss about you dear BHRR’s Singe…My Singey……

I continue to often question the universe why bad things happen to such good people and animals etc., and to date, I have never received an answer back….

With each loss comes more heartache and pain and questions…..

The final gift that I could give you dear man is to hold you close to my heart and soak your soft fur with my tears of anguish crossing you over.

I adore you, I miss you from your nose to your tail and the soft and not so soft chewbacca sounds you would make…..

That my hand could be engulfed into your mouth as you gently took a treat leaving my hand and fingers dripping with slime/drool is also an experience, I would dearly love to have a million more times…

RIP my dear man…..you are visited each night with so many others in my dreams and until we meet once more; I will continue to visit you there…..

BHRR’s Coupe
NewfX

We met with Dr. Philibert on February 14th and sadly, yet, honestly, it is truly in BHRR’s Coupe’s best interest that he will not have his bone debridement and removal of the anconeal process and elbow arthroscopy to assess the rest of the joint surgery that had originally been scheduled on February 21st.

We need him to heal and get stronger from this surgery and therefore, he will remain on the strong antibiotics of the Clindamycin for the next 9 weeks. He will continue on his pain medication and NSAID regime too.

At that time, Dr. Philibert will do the removal of the anconeal process and elbow arthroscopy to assess the rest of the joint on not one yet both front legs. 🙁 Dr. Philibert will determine at that time if he shall also have the bone debridement surgery and will repeat x-rays. It will depend how the deep penetrating bone infection is doing.

Per Dr. Philibert and what we have posted before, BHRR’s Coupe also has a lesion in his other leg along with arthritis.

So, the rehabilitation journey for Mr. Coupe continues and shall for some time to come.

We also need to do a Dental as he has broken/cracked teeth from his days of trying to survive as a stray and eating what he could find.

The good news is that he is now 40.3 kgs(88.66 pounds!) thanks to Shauna Stewart and her partner Billy! They have been emerge fostering him for us when he could be released from the Hospital. He was going to their home overnight and spending his day at EVC. Shauna works with me at Eagleson as a Vet Tech. THANK YOU to her for offering to step up to provide excellent post op care for him which enabled me to work on a cruelty case situation! 

As many can attest, he is AMAZING! Just a dream of a dog!

Here is his online fundraiser that Sean created! Now, that we have the final confirmation that he will still have further surgeries YET now surgery on both front legs plus a dental, the bills will continue to rise……

We are continuing to work on fundraising ideas for him as two leg surgeries and a dental with extractions is going to bring his current bills up even many many many thousands of dollars higher…AND that is not even addressing the two bullets we found in him to date…as his whole body has not been x-rayed, he may have more….

BHRR’s Sleet
Born October 21st, 2018
*candid photo I snapped tonight*

My last post of my night!

One of our three deaf/blind mice. 

She does this EVERY night with Sean. She and BHRR’s Glacier really love to be held and snuggled.

AND when BHRR’s Sleet becomes overstimulated or overwhelmed – which is so rare these days as we have worked hard to ensure that she is set up for success – what works best is holding her close & rubbing her chest. It is the only thing that soothes her.

She is the smallest of the 3 blind/deaf mice and she was the one that we were most worried if we could successfully rehab with her severe level of specialness.

Yet, out of the three, she is the most solid now. She is exceptional! Just exceptional!

She keeps her ‘big’ sibling brother Summit in line and always has! 

She is incredibly lovely and though, nothing shall ever replace BHRR’s ‘tude special needs tripod boxer supreme Potterman, Miss Sleet has forged her own enormous place in Sean’s heart plus soul. Yet, as he says ‘he has no favs!’

Their relationship is really precious, adorable and truly is one that is deep plus clearly mutual.

She has excelled herself with her scent plus touch training and had a double eneucleation too, exactly one year ago today. She no longer lives in severe pain from eyes that pained her deeply and eyes that she could not even see out of.

Completely blind and deaf, she navigates with her own confidence and calmness. She is extremely gentle in taking treats from your hand, is housebroken, is crate trained, playful, affectionate and is a great ‘supervisor’ of Sean while he is on his computer. 

She makes Sean pause and realise that it is important to ‘stop and smell those roses’ AKA take the time to enjoy all that is around you…..

To live in the present, to make the most out of everything, take delight in the smallest of things and not just the big things and that a loving heart/touch can help heal some things that are hurting/broken….

THANK you again to all that came out today to support our Nail Trim Event at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic!

Thank you to all that have made a donation to date to help us with BHRR’s Coupe’s mounting Vet bills.

THANK you to all of the Special Valentines that stepped up to make donations of a monetary gift and a toy and/or treat! Humbled…..

From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, the warmest and truly indebted of thanks are being sent!

Caring For Coupe Facebook Fundraiser!
(Please click on the above to make a lifesaving donation!)
Mr. Coupe is an ~3 year old NewfX.

As many know, the giants have my heart, the special needs even more so!

He comes from a really terrible past – a stray that was picked up. Skinny, hit by a car and upon doing further investigation, he was determined to be heartworm positive, had a deep penetrating bone infection – actinomyces canis 1+ and we also discovered no less than two bullets in him. 🙁

Amputation is not an option for the one leg as he also has a lesion plus arthritis in his other leg. His ortho specialist recommended a bone debridement surgery and also discussed doing removal of the anconeal process and elbow arthroscopy to assess the rest of the joint to greatly improve his mobility.

Surgery was scheduled for February 21st.

Unfortunately, this past week, he presented to Eagleson Veterinary Hospital with vomiting, was bringing up brown liquid, was unsettled and refusing to eat.

Further x-rays, a barium series plus an ultrasound indicated that exploratory surgery was required as the concern was raised that a possible Foreign Body or masses within his intestines could be the cause.

Emergency surgery discovered that he had two sizeable pieces of material connected via a long string stemming from his colon to his small intestine.

He has spent three nights at the Hospital and today is his fourth day.

Hoping that other animal loving people may consider his cause to support to make a donation towards his mounting Vet Bills. He did not ask for all that happened to him. He is the sweetest, most loving, gentle, calm and wonderful of boys.

Thank you in advance from our hearts for any assistance, even $5! and for also keeping him in your best thoughts!

BHRR’s Glacier running with total confidence and you can see his brother Summit right behind them, equally running with purpose!

These are two of our three deaf / blind mice. All siblings.

Both picked up my scent from the moment they left the house and immediately headed right to me…without hesitation or fear. They are not timid, they meet the world head on!

They make my heart sing with so much joy!

BHRR’s Glacier – one of our three deaf/bind mice!
February 13th, 2020
Born: October 21st, 2018

Look how wonderful he looks! Yes, he is deaf and blind and his tail is wagging, his head is up high, his body posture is confident! He feels comfortable in his ability to navigate in a world that he cannot see/hear and he does this with exceptional skill/ease having been a star pupil with the scent training.

Just because he is deaf/blind does not mean that he is stupid nor does it mean that he does not have a heart/feelings, wants or needs.

He honed right in to where I was in the 3+ acre fenced in yard and once he found me….he stopped and ‘looked’ right at me.

We may have had to do a bilateral eye eneucleation on him a year ago yet, he was already blind, in brutal pain from the severe microphthalmia which caused entropion plus chronic eye infections.

He was born this way. He was born this way. The product of a merle to merle breeding.

He did not ask to be born. Yet, he was…..and that he was, he deserves to live his best life each day and we are doing that for him and other special needs Danes/Dogs.

He does not feel sorry for himself. We do not feel sorry for him and you can see that he is not suffering!

Education is so important and he is ‘normal’ to him and to all that love him. He is housebroken, he is crate trained, he is gentle about taking treats from your hand, he knows commands via touch training(we do not use shock or vibration collars) and scent training and he is 100% amazing!!!

He is a gift and one that we treasure along with his siblings and the other awesome special needs Danes we are so blessed to be here for.

If you know of a special needs Dane that could use a safe spot to land, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have been the local Great Dane Rescue since 1996 and care deeply to what may happen should these beautiful creatures end up in the wrong hands….

BHRR’s Royal ‘Blu’
~5.5 year old Special Needs Male GD

He was adopted out 6 months ago by another Rescue.

They performed two surgeries on his front legs as he was born with a congenital deformity – they remain abnormal yet, his mobility has greatly improved. We will have our own ortho specialist exam him also. Maybe there is more that we can do, most likely not as the Rescue that had him has taken amazing plus excellent care of him.

We have been informed that he ‘gallops around like your typical happy Dane’. BHRR’s Mavie, Our Ironman can relate to that having had four surgeries on his own front legs.

We are told that he love kids and is good with other dogs, people etc. and was adopted to a home with two children, 5 & 8.

Unfortunately, recently, an incident occurred in the adoptive home.

We have been told that this boy has always been a ‘bit iffy’ around food & has demonstrated past behaviours of some food resourcing issues.

He was in the kitchen when food was being prepared and one of the children was also in the kitchen, petting/touching him.

To be honest, let me state that if this Dane wanted to cause damage he could have and did not. He snapped and as the child is as tall as he is, a connection was made – and I have seen a picture of the bite. Bruising, teeth grazing with one spot from the angle of the picture that I can see broken skin. A scary moment for all involved. 

This was not an easy decision for this home who adopted him to return him to the Rescue. In turn, the rescue reached out to BHRR to see if we could safe harbour him.

We are here to 100% support the rescue and this adoptive home during this truly heart-wrenching time.

The wonderful Rescue does not wish to see him put to sleep and asked if we could step up to assist.

Absolutely……

We are now working on an ETA for him as our financial situation is extremely tapped with the further unexpected Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe.

Yet, no one wishes to see him put to sleep and I know that the Rescue that he is currently with would not see that ever happen and we are honoured to be here.

We thank this Rescue for all that they have done to date for him and we remain keeping his previous adoptive home in our hearts and thoughts. It is a tragic situation……just tragic.

Please join me in expressing those sentiments…..

ETA TO BHRR TBA

Fox Red Lab
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He says it is time!

He is finally ready to make his own special announcement!

He will only be approved to be adopted to a home that is going to be proactive with his seasonal and food allergies.

It has taken close to $4,000 to successfully rehabilitate this gorgeous boy and he needs to remain on a fish based food plus Apoquel.

A home that is going to be committed plus dedicated to ensuring that he never has his health and happiness compromised ever again.

He can go to a home that works part-time, full-time, from home, is semi or even fully retired. Another BHRR versatile dog!

He is crate trained, wiggly to do nails, fine to bathe with his special shampoo and his leash manners have greatly improved yet, he can still be that bulldozing boy. A diamond in the rough! 

His amazing foster Mama has been working so diligently on his worry re: stairs and he is so proud of himself when he does them! We are EQUALLY proud of you Mr. Percival! 

He can still exhibit some car anxiety and passively ignoring after a reassuring word is so important.

He wants to love everyone yet, still becomes worried over meeting people once in awhile and giving him some space, not looking so tall and offering a treat, then passively ignoring greatly helps him. That he may not take the treat is not what matters. What matters is the positive experience that he is getting and seeing that he is ok.

He is super friendly, affectionate, a true ham of a personality fun filled boy…..he just lacked the proper socialization as a puppy and the home that turns out to be his right matched forever loving home will see that their patience will pay off in huge dividends.

He does not need to be babied. That is setting him up for failure.

His foster mama has been showing him what a wonderful world it can be and he is thriving!

He is great with other dogs plus cats and has come a long way in learning how to play with toys! Such a hoot to watch him in action!

Thank you again to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for the stunning pictures of this gorgeous boy.

Thank you once more from our hearts to his fabu foster home for all that they have and are doing for him!

We will not adopt him to a home with children under the age of 12. Small children are fast, flighty and unpredictable and he needs stability, consistency plus structure. We want him to be treated like the prince he is.

We would love to see him adopted to a home that has at least one right matched personality fit dog and/or cat residing in it. We will consider homes that do not have any other pets yet, they must have a strong doggie network in place for him to have friends to play plus socialise with. He was so alone prior to rescue and he needs friends just as we do!

He is a healthy happy active plus affectionate boy and settles down in the home when it is time to relax and chill. Great for long walks and in turn, watching movies by the fireplace type of boy.

The healthier he has become, the happier he has become and his Foster Mama has been working on his manners and he is such a good student!

BHRR’s Pervical, we will never regret stepping up to assist you despite the back lashing we took and your successful rehabilitation reinforces why we do what we do and why we need to stand strong for those who have no voice!

Congratulations to you and we are beyond excited for your future!

BHRR’s Coupe(NewfX)
*SOME MAY FIND THE PHOTO GRAPHIC*

Post-op incision site

I also pexied him at the same time.

He had a brutal foreign body – two large pieces of material – is it stuffie, blanket, who knows what – yet, they were connected together throughout his colon and lower intestines by a very long thread – that was what the ultrasound was picking up as being bunched up loops in his intestines as possible masses.
*picture of one of the pieces below*

He had a stomach tube placed in during his surgery to remove all of the nasty stomach contents as his stomach motility had come to a stand still.

We remain incredibly touched by all of the well wishes sent his way and equally touched by all of the life saving donations sent to date towards his ever mounting Vet bills.

I was paid today and put down another $500 on to his account and right now, we have covered just under 50% of this surgery. It will easily be over $3,000 between the surgery/critical care. He was on his third day/night at EVC today, 2nd night post op.

If anyone may consider even $5 to his cause, you can donate direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

We are continuing to work on fundraising options for him and are immensely humbled by all support shown!

We are now getting in touch with his ortho specialist, Dr. Philibert to obtain his own professional thoughts for on February 21st, BHRR’s Coupe was to have his bone debridement surgery along with removal of the anconeal process and elbow arthroscopy to assess the rest of the joint.

Dr. Philibert shall not have another opening to around June and it breaks our hearts to have to see BHRR’s Coupe wait yet, if that is what is in his best interest, it is what we shall do.

BHRR’s Coupe is now in emergency surgery.

X-ways this AM and again this afternoon revealed no movement of the barium.

An abdominal ultrasound then done indicated that he may have some possible masses or be a possible foreign body and he had swollen lymph nodes.

Thank you to everyone that has kept him in their thoughts and also to all that have made lifesaving donations to date to his cause.

Donations can continue to be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Every bit helps and his bills are running into many thousands of dollars since his rescue. AND he is worth every nickel!! 

He has stolen the hearts of so many at my work.

Will update as I can…..

UPDATE: BHRR’s Coupe will remain in the Hospital at Eagleson Veterinary Hospital overnight. 

The barium is moving very slowly and his wonderful Vet will be repeating the x-rays tomorrow AM and afternoon and go from there. 

THANK you to everyone that has made a lifesaving donation today!

We have $695 raised to date for him!

Donations can continue to be sent direct to Eagleson Veterinary Hospital – 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Tomorrow, we shall also know more re: his leg debridement surgery scheduled for the 21st of February and if that will be a ‘go’ based upon what is currently happening with him.

AND please keep this sweet precious boy in your thoughts…..

**URGENT** *DONATIONS NEEDED**

BHRR’s Coupe(Newfx) is currently at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic. 

BHRR’s Coupe was rushed into Eagleson Veterinary Clinic last night. He had vomited no less than 5 times, was then bringing up brown liquid and was uncomfortable/unsettled.

We did x-rays as bloat was the big concern and while he did have gas in his stomach and colon plus was filled with stool, bloat was not occurring at that time.

Two of his x-rays looked like something may be going on with his lungs and so we repeated further x-rays to rule out anything going on with his lungs.

It was discussed that perhaps the extremely strong antibiotics he is on for that brutal bone infection was a possible cause and added to the Forti Flora he was getting, Sulcrate was dispensed to help coat his stomach and he was given a cerenia injection to help with his nausea.

Unfortunately, per his Foster Mama, this AM he was not better and in fact worse and remained not eating, nauseous, subdued, has not had a bowel movement, was uncomfortable and he was rushed back in.

More x-rays were taken and the gas pattern and stool were still there. 

Eagleson has now admitted him and we are doing a barium series study as the next step. He will have repeat x-rays around 4 pm and again at 8 pm.

He is in big need of your best thoughts and if anyone has even $5 to spare towards his ever mounting vet bills – he was already scheduled for his bone debridement surgery with Dr. Philibert on February 21st & that may have to be postponed – we would be so so so appreciative.

Donations can be made direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

It would mean the world to us!!

AND if you cannot spare anything financially, may we please ask for best thoughts and wishes for him and also for his Foster Mama as she is equally as worried as we all are!

BHRR’s Coupe, you were to be that simple ‘hit by car’ and we now know that you have no less than two bullets in your body, are heartworm positive, have a horrible deep bone infection etc., and it breaks my heart that in your short life to date, you have had to endure so much.

Yet, throughout it all, you have been the sweetest and most affectionate boy!

Thank you to everyone for the consideration to his cause. We have had to temporarily close our doors to intake as BHRR’s Coupe needs all of our available resources sent his way for we will never compromise on the high standard of care each and every BHRR dog needs and deserves. 

The biggest thank you’s are once more being sent out to my fellow work colleague and dear friend Trina for staying to do x-rays with me etc. AND also to Dr. Ammar for coming in immediately when I called him. I work with some really amazing people! 

Bell(Deaf/Blind on left side)
February 1st, 2020

I truly do not know why I even bother trying to put xpens around my desk to try and get some work done  – working to put winners in touch with the donators from our recent 7th Annual Breaking Bills Bake Auction!

I feel like I am being ‘watched’ AND when I turn around and see not one, not two, not three yet four stunning white beauties honed in on me!

So, time for a walk, a few treats and a break from my computer!

For those still waiting for their auction funds to be collected and to then be put in touch with the donators of your beautiful winnings, you are now going to have to blame the 3 Blind/Deaf Mice & BHRR’s Bell for the further wait! 

I live a blessed life and when they need me, I must go and be with them!

Will continue the auction communications ASAP and for those that have not yet paid, please do check your emails!

I truly shall never get tired of seeing all of these gorgeous special needs Dane mugs!

THIS came on my radar last night!

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

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

HOW creative, thoughtful and generous is this?! 

I already bought mine!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & to purchase yours:

Gemstone

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

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

Paw print charm is made of brass”


My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Coupe! (Newf/Labx)
January 26th, 2020

I hear from his amazing foster Mama that he is adjusting wonderfully to the snow and loves being a Canadian! 😀

Latest Update: His culture is now back for Blasto and he is negative! Good news is so lovely to hear!

With his lung x-rays being clear, fungal pneumonia has also been ruled out!

We also have a surgery date for the bone debridement of that leg – his ortho specialist Dr. Philibert will be doing this surgery at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic on February 21st.

He needs time for the new antibiotics to work their magic – has been moved to Clavaseptin & Clindamycin as the culture that came back on that leg is a severe bone infection of actinomyces canis 1+. This is believed to have come from a deep penetrating dog bite wound. His neck and body are covered in scabs. 🙁

As he developed yet, another draining track on that leg, in addition to finally getting the culture back, the move to the new and stronger antibiotics is slowly working their own magic.

As per a previous post, we cannot amputate this leg as his other leg also has a lesion plus has arthritis present.

The two bullets – we know that he has at least two – big surprise found when we did further x-rays, one in his chest and one in his side – will have to wait for now. The priority is his leg AND for the person who emailed us to say that another bullet should be sent his way, shame on you!

Without even meeting him, you would chose to sentence him to death and by a really brutal method.

BHRR stands for stepping up for the underdogs, the specials needs, the really broken and if you would just take a minute to meet him, he would tell you in his own way how deserving he is and that he was a victim to others cruelty, neglect and abuse.

He is an innocent life that others failed.

Thank you also to his fantastic foster family, for being with him right up until his surgery. At that time, he will come to my own home for rehabilitation.

His Vet bills will easily reach $5,000+ and NO he is not a ‘cash cow’. He is a dog that has been deeply wronged and every penny raised goes direct to him.

We remain treating him for Heartworm too.

You can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via Email Transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

OR direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic (613) 383-8381

Even after surgery, he will remain on the strong antibiotics per his ortho specialist for many many many months. He is also on Deramaxx(NSAID)

AND, please do consider voting for BHRR in this amazing Mission Pawsible voting contest to be a recipient of funds from their Valentine Online Auction as we truly need the support to raise all of the much needed funds for him! 

AND we still have two amazing BHRR doggies hoping for a “Secret Valentine”, BHRR’s Rain & BHRR’s Sleet. – FILLED Thanks Carol & BHRR’s Penelope!

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

Stay tuned!

This handsome young man is getting excited for he is close to making his own special announcement! BHRR’s Percival, our gorgeous fox red lab!

We want to extend our biggest and most heartfelt thanks to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for the stunning pictures!

Also thanks being sent to his lovely foster Mama for all that she remains doing for him!

He was back at the Vet this AM for what we hope is his final visit while under our authority! ? He went in for boosters and to have a recheck on that foot to see if it is healing well after being placed on yet, more antibiotics and also Vanectyl P was added to his Apoquel medication.

 

BHRR’s Coupe
January 13th, 2020
Getting more x-rays

BHRR’s Coupe’s left front elbow and leg

Good early AM!

We are posting this request again as unfortunately, due to another cancellation – three now, circumstances being what they have been – weather etc., we are back in need of a Volunteer photographer who may consider taking professional photo’s of BHRR’s Percival!

We are working hard for BHRR’s Percival to be able to make his special announcement and are hoping for someone to be able to commit some time to help with some amazing pictures!

Please email contactbhrr@gmail.com

Thanks in advance! 

My last post of my night!

BHRR’s Percival!
Fox Red Lab

I so LOVE this photo! Looks like someone had a long hard day and is now crashed out! 

As mentioned previously, he was back at the Vet yesterday as his one foot is red and bothering him and when his foster mom told me, I was worried about possible infection. So, got him in immediately to be seen.

Apparently, the Vet believes that it is a contact allergy so there is something – we are thinking possibly? the hay for the rabbits as he does have seasonal allergies – that has caused him to have a flare-up.

He remains on his Apoquel yet, the Vet has now added Vanectyl P plus another round of antibiotics to his medical regime.

I also had another bag of his special food ordered and his foster mom picked it up while she was there.

He weighed 35 KGs and as stated before, anything between 35-37 kgs I am content with.

So, his Vet bills are now close to $3,500 and he is one of the deserving dogs that will benefit from our currently running 7th Annual Breaking Bills Bake Online Auction!

For those asking, no, he has not yet had his professional photo shoot. I am told that they have now had to be rescheduled twice.

BHRR’s Coupe is the other amazing dog that will benefit from this auction.

We currently have 43 WOW items up for grabs! We have cookies, cheesecakes, dog treats, pies, cinnamon buns, pudding shooters, dates with BHRR’s Percival & BHRR’s Coupe and even two tickets up for our annual BHRR DINE WITH THE DOGGIES Event.

To view all of the items and to bid, please visit the below link AND if anyone may have something that they would consider donating to this auction, please do email us with the details, including location for pick-up!

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, stay safe out there wishes are being sent! We are currently in a huge snowstorm right now…expecting 35 cms with snow squalls, so please be careful and make sure that your animals are warm too!

He is so excited!

He has the cutest butt!

BHRR’s Caramel!

He wants me to let him out of the yard so he can ‘help’ Sean plow! He raced all the way downstairs to the side yard in his excitement!

He is coming out of his shell more and more and I am becoming more and more smitten with him daily! 

He is such a good boy! Still vocal when he sees me for feeding time or first thing in the morning as he expresses his sheer happiness.

He is beyond handsome and per my previous post, Miss Lily is working her magic, one paw at at time on him! He just does not understand her, nor her enthusiasm and lack of personal space for he still is reactive – less and less – in his worry plus fear that he will get hurt. He thinks he is the size of a chipmunk.

All he requires is a confident settled approach and manner to being handled. He corrects wonderfully and you have to be slow and easy in taking his collar. He does not need to be roughly handled, no dog does and he is relaxing more and more as he realises I am not going to grab or haul him around and that I am setting clear open lines of communication as to what is expected of him, so he is not confused or worried or wonders what I want. He is thriving with the structure, obedience, patience and consistency…..

I am so proud of him and the trust he continues to build with me.

He is perfect with my two Wolfies and he and BHRR’s Mr. Fred have an understanding that neither will lose their dignity –  and will remain calm, give each other space and when it is sleep time, both will always on their own go into crates side by side. They seem to have a silent code agreed upon set of rules of engagement and are friends yet, do not seem to want anyone to know just how close they are becoming!

Fascinating…just fascinating to watch them! AND no, I am not projecting human emotions on to them that they are not capable of feeling. They have all of their own wide range of simple, yet, mostly complex set of emotions and feelings. One only has to observe to ‘get it’.

I am waiting patiently for the day to when they both will just let loose and run together side by side with wild carefree joy in our 3+ acres of fenced in yard. It is there…bubbling just under the surface!

This journey with him has been so awesome.

We are back at the Vets in another week or so to re-visit his ears and are still waiting for the cardiologist apt.

We will be working on switching him gradually over to a fish based only food too -his skin/ears medical issues are strongly suspected as being allergy based, food and seasonal. If anyone would be interested in providing funds to help us buy FROMM Salmon & Potato, donations can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via PayPal to contactbhrr@gmail.com Thank you in advance for your consideration! 

At this time, we do not know if he will be placed up for adoption and as always, that is not what BHRR is about. We are about helping the next one in need of us and making sure they get everything they need.

He is living his best life every day and our promise is to keep having him live that quality filled life!

Yup! She is having a lot of fun today! 

BHRR’s Miss Lily (Deaf/Visually Impaired Great Dane) enjoying the Winter Wonderland today!

The once under socialised, full of anxiety, could not sleep when it was dark, self-mutilating, not house broken, terrified to go outside Deaf & Visually impaired Great Dane is now living a truly amazing life!

She has overcome SO much and while we are still working on some things – the occasional accident in her crate yet, where once it was many times a day, is now maybe three times a month – she has rehabbed into a really well adjusted full of mischief and loving life to the fullest each day kind of gal! 

She has not had any stress about going outside, especially at night in a very long time.

She has been the best of friend and example to BHRR’s Fred who came in with his own anxiety and worries about going outside, especially at night.

She has taught him that is is ok to not be dignified and to Kanga-Dane and race and as the song goes ‘dance like no one is watching!’ 

He has in turn taught her to ‘try’ harder in being patient, to be calmer and that non everything is on her time schedule. She really is an instant gratification gal in many ways!

I may have a PhD yet, I have always said that the dogs help each other more than I ever could!

In re: to if/when Miss Lily may go up for adoption, that is still a big question mark.

We have been slowly working on play dates and visits with myself present and she is doing beautifully and she is not having any big set backs when we come home yet, she is not ready for more at this time…..

She is such a strong girl in a lot of ways, yet, fragile in others and we must do right by her – do right by all of the dogs in our care – and presently, she is not ready for more.

Will she get there?? That is not a pressure that I am putting on her. There is no timeline. We go at her pace, show and gently work on increasing her boundaries yet, never crossing her tolerance threshold. There are days that she bounces into the car, ready for the next adventure – sometimes with her bff and sometimes without as they both do still work on becoming the best dogs they can be on their own too – and other days she wants to stay close to home. Both are fine. That she wants to go out and explore and take on the world more and more is fabu. That she has days that she wants to be a homebody that is equally cool.

AND while she and BHRR’s Fred are the odd couple in so many ways – he is so funny with his soft grumbling vocal sounds