BHRR ONLY books 4 Community Education & Public Awareness Events Per Year!

1. Our Drive-way Nail Trims/Ear Cleaning Events!

2. Our 9th Annual ‘1-on-1’ Special Date With A BHRR Dog Online Auction runs until Thursday July 9th @ 9 PM EST

3. Our 9th Annual DINE WITH THE BHRR DOGGIES is on September 19th, 2020
*83% SOLD OUT!

4. 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

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 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 Giselle(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE May 28th, 2017  -*Great Dane

BHRR’s Gravel(M) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE August 7th, 2017 -*Great Dane

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

BHRR’s Mollie(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE November 28th, 2019 – *Standard Poodle/Saint Bernard

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 Walter(M ) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE July 8th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Volt(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE SINCE July 13th, 2020 – *Rottie 

BHRR’s Coupe(M) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL January 13th, 2020 – *NewfX(Possibly with Lab)

BHRR’s Devaney(F) – NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – NEW ARRIVAL ETA July 11th, 2020 – Black Labrador

BHRR’s Caramel!

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… 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.


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!

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:


“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”

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 or via PayPal to 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!

This handsome man is with me at work today!

BHRR’s Caramel. 

His weight today was 113.96 pounds.

He is being such a good boy.

As several are aware that day he arrived, he was seen by one of our Vets and had a quick assessment. With how stressed he was, we did not weigh him, only gave him Rabies and the Vet had noted a heart murmur, which we agreed to assess again in a few weeks after he settled in. The Vet also had a brief look at his ears and it was also agreed to wait until his next visit to see how they were progressing as they were quite red and irritated.

Today, he saw another Vet and they concur that he has a heart murmur that while it is heard on both sides, it is stronger on the left.

We did swabs his ears as they remain swollen, red plus pain him and they both contained cocci and yeast. So, we put KT ear treatment in both ears.

We did bloodwork for his heartworm and tick borne disease testing and the results came back negative.

We did his lymes and lepto vaccines plus he had a booster of the DHPP.

The recommendation at this time is for him to be seen by a cardiologist and we will do a referral.

Behaviourally, he is still reactive to strange people and dogs and with people he is now barking in more of a friendly unsure way over a ‘please stay away as I am worried you may hurt me’ way.

Dogs can still terrify him too and he remains reactive yet, is beginning to be a bit more curious. He has been completely fine with both of my own male Irish Wolfhounds and is indifferent to BHRR’s Freddie. BHRR’s Miss Lily is a dog that he is still trying to figure out and he goes from being worried to curious and you can see that he is working on that courage!

He is very vocal when he first sees me or when it is feeding time and we are working on the passively ignoring so this display of inappropriate attention seeking behaviour dissipates.

He is so affectionate and playful and if you just give him some time to settle, he really is precious!

We can also tell that he has been used to ‘tossing his weight’ around to either get his way or to avoid having to do something and we continue to work on those manners!

Leash manners are coming slow and sure!!

I really am so smitten with him AND the really amazing thing he did today too was to give blood whereby the serum is going to be used to help another dog in another Rescue. WTG! rockstar!

If you did not know, Danes are universal blood donors and BHRR’s Caramel, you are a hero!!! Lifesaving! 

We shall be back to see the Vet in 3 weeks and will discuss more re: possible allergy meds and I will be working on switching him over to a fish based only food – also being mindful of his GI issues – as we believe he has food allergies and quite possibly seasonal too. He is presently on a chicken, turkey and herring based food and we will start a slow gradual transition off of it.

My last post of my night!

Guess who is excited?!

Guess why?

Someone is being busted out tomorrow! BHRR’s Caramel!

After receiving such wonderful care for ~6 months at the shelter from being owner surrendered, he is heading to BHRR.

From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the warmest of good night wishes are being sent and a gentle reminder to please make sure that your pets are kept warm and safe on this bitterly cold night…..

We now have a pic!

Next in Need!

~3 year old fawn with some merle Male Great Dane named ‘Caramel’

Was an owner surrender to a shelter several months ago due to lack of time and the shelter has done an amazing job with manners, neutering him, is presently treating his bad ear infections etc.

Has had stomach issues and is on special food.

Has been good with female dogs, smaller than him male dogs – he is ~100 pounds and warms up to men quickly and woman not long afterwards.

ETA to BHRR week of December 16th & he does have a special Secret Santa!

For those that have not yet dropped off their own Secret Santa pressies – we still have 14 outstanding – please do make contact with us as we wish to make sure with your beautiful hearts that each BHRR doggie is spoiled this Holiday Season. 

For many of these dogs, this shall be their first Holiday Season knowing love, warmth, a full belly, shelter and having safe harbour.

Next in Need!

~3 year old fawn merle Male Great Dane named ‘Caramel’

Was an owner surrender to a shelter several months ago due to lack of time and the shelter has done an amazing job with manners, neutering him, is presently treating his bad ear infections etc.

Has had stomach issues and is on special food.

Has been good with female dogs, smaller than him male dogs – he is ~100 pounds and warms up to men quickly and woman not long afterwards.

ETA to BHRR week of December 16th & he shall need a Secret Santa!

If anyone would like to be his special secret Santa, please do let us know!