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 Volt(F) – AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER TO ADOPT SINCE July 16th, 2019 – *Rottie 

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 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

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.


My final post of my night!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THIS came on my radar last night!

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

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

HOW creative, thoughtful and generous is this?! 

I already bought mine!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & to purchase yours:


“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”


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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

BHRR’s Winter Wonderland
November 11th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Yesterday, BHRR’s Giselle and also Puppy Pile BHRR’s Granite had their own special dates!

I want to thank Sean so much in making sure the dogs were dropped off plus picked up as I had a prior commitment.

He may have forgot to bring the picnic snacks yet, I remain completely thankful for his time and effort to ensure that both dogs ended up where they were suppose to go! 

Here is a sweet pic taken by Heather – BHRR’s Giselle’s date and her words:

“Thanks again for bringing Giselle over yesterday. She is an absolute love, and we had a great time finding all the best spots to hang out and snuggle in the backyard.

Here is a selfie we took together- I miss her leans already!”

We have three more dates plus one more private experience to host before October 10th and then we are finished for 2019!

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

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

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

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

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

They make every day special and today even more so.

Thank you to everyone that came out today to our last 2018 hosted event at BHRR!

Our 7th Annual Chain of Success Thank You Pooch/People Potluck.

We had a total of 31 folks come out to spend the afternoon and evening with The Boerskins! Sadly, we had three homes reach out to us to say that they were sick and could no longer attend and we sincerely hope that you feel better soon!

We feel deeply honoured to have had so many wonderful folks grace our home and thank you Bruce for the donation of your 50/50 winnings back to BHRR! That will all go towards BHRR’s Char’s mounting Vet Bills.

Thank you from our hearts for the paper towels, the laundry detergent, the fabric softener and the Lysol Wipes….so desperately needed and deeply appreciated!

Each of you are truly lovely and we are privileged plus humbled to have your support.

We hope everyone has a really wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

A pic – the others would not post so will post on the thread instead! – from when most people other than Mary, Jacob & Nate had left!

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

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

We have just added our last wonderful 12 items!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

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

BHRR’s Rubble

Thank you to this wonderful home for considering to adopt from BHRR again! They adopted from us in 2009 & then again in 2010 and now in 2018!

BHRR’s Rubble had their hearts for a long time and they even said that if they had been looking for a second Dane, BHRR’s Giselle would be the one.

BHRR’s Giselle, your own right matched personality fit forever loving home is out there and thank you SO much to this home for giving them both a great overnight special play date last night! 🙂

Every play date and visit just helps us help make our dogs that much more well rounded and balanced! ? It teaches them more about helping hands and gives them more positive experiences.

Mr. Rubble, you waited so patiently for so long for that right matched forever loving home to find you and I am beyond happy…few tears for me outside my car upon leaving yet they are mostly over the moon ecstatic ones. As so many know, he was super bonded to me and I have worked hard to set him up right for just this moment, as he is a highly adoptable boy and will thrive in this home! Lord knows, I shall deeply miss you yet I so wanted you to have an incredible home to adopt you and you feel you still need me, yet, you do not… are going to be totally ok! Trust me…just one more time, trust me dear Mr. Rubble!

Thank you again to Gail – who also adores BHRR’s Rubble – for assisting at this home-visit!

BHRR’s Giselle & I are now on our way to make the shy of 5 hour drive home and tomorrow night is BHRR’s Whispers own home-visit for a possible Approved adoption. She also has been patiently waiting a very long time as have we for that right home to find her.

Happy Sunday everyone!

So, these two gorgeous Danes are now dropped off for a special overnight play date!

Then tomorrow, I shall be doing a home-visit in the Guelph, Ontario area to see if one may be a right matched personality fit for a possible approved adoption.

Have a great play date BHRR’s Giselle & BHRR’s Rubble!

A picture snapped by The Maracles at our BHRR “EXPERIENCE” Mini Open House!

BHRR’s Giselle thinks my Matrix makes a GREAT Pillow! 😀

Tonight BHRR’s Giselle had her annual and BHRR’s Singe had a recheck on his ear infection and to have possible boosters.

BHRR’s Giselle weighs 52.7 KG(115.94)

The muscle BHRR’s Singe is putting on has made his Vet very impressed.  He still has a long way to go in the weight gaining department and we keep working on it.

BHRR’s Giselle has come a long way since her arrival to BHRR in manners and health and remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

BHRR’s Singe remains in our rehab program at this time.

In the picture he is using her as a pillow! 

Also a reminder that our Flash Auction ends tonight – in 40 minutes!! All monies raised shall continue to help us help the animals! 

Link HERE:

This is Gwennie!

Many of you may not know this face for she is always hiding from the lime-light.

Today is a very special day for today is Gwennie’s Birthday! 

If it were not for this truly amazing woman, BHRR would not exist and thousands upon thousands of animals/people would not have been helped over the past 22+ years.

The truly broken physically and/or behaviourally…Danes, Giants and Honourary that have been saved thanks to her. Dogs & Horses that many others would not or could not help. 98% of the dogs that come to Gwen are special needs for this was her mandate for BHRR and are often the dogs’ last chance at having a future. AND Gwennie delivers. She gives these dogs the best of everything.

Many friendships would never have been formed if it were not for this great woman either.

She has not only brought many dogs and people together, she is the glue that keeps those links on her BHRR Chain of Success so strong and stable.

She is often giving credit to others, even when it should come to her….content to stay in the background and let others be the focus of attention. Humble, generous, thoughtful and caring, nothing Gwennie would not do for anyone she felt was worthy.

Loyal to a fault and though trust is hard earned, once earned it is steadfast and solid. Break that trust and that is a whole different story! 

Where Gwennie does not take a back seat is when it comes to the animals and people in need. She has no hesitation in standing up for what is right, takes a zero tolerance approach and will go toe to toe in any situation that there is a need.

She has never once waivered in her vision over the past 22+ years for BHRR and has kept BHRR being a highly reputable, responsible and quality filled rescue. No animal lacks for anything and corners are never cut and she has kept BHRR small, personable with having second to none success rates.

She creates miracles every day…..many have born witness to this. She has never shied away from the difficult, heart wrenching and financially demanding animals in need. Even knowing that her heart will be ripped to shreds again and again, Gwennie continues to find strength and heart to save the next in need of her.

These animals are treated like cherished family members and anyone that visits BHRR has seen firsthand how the dogs follow and look for Gwennie. People can see how they look at Gwennie, the trust, the mutual respect, the love that they have. It is a beautiful and humbling thing to witness as these animals learn to be dogs and blossom plus grow under her care.

Time and time again, Gwennie has worked magic and has successfully rehabbed dogs to either be placed up for adoption or kept safe in BHRR’s Haven Program. She has given life to so many, great life.

Gwennie does without to ensure that the animals get everything…the big joke is how Gwennie does not even own a winter coat or boots!

It would be lovely if we could come together as her village and community and donate some funds to help Gwennie continue the extremely important work that she does.

**Email Transfer or PayPal:**

Do also join us in wishing her a wonderful day as we celebrate her!

HAPPY Birthday Gwennie! 

Your Loving BHRR Family/Team

**$410 Donated To Date**

ISO: Human and/or Doggie Treatie Bakers!
Our 5th ANNUAL ‘Breaking Bills Bake Online’ Auction is coming up fast! Starts Saturday January 20th!
Last year we had 67 incredibly donated yummy items and $1,158 was raised to help Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson! ??
Monies raised in our 2018 extremely unique & 1-of-a-kind annual event shall be divided up between BHRR’s Booker(DDB Puppy with the back broken leg) & our FCE Puppy, The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg. ?
If anyone may consider donating an item or more of either a Canine and/or Human baked goodie – does not need to be made until after the fundraiser is over – so is fresh! – please do EMAIL
We only host five planned fundraisers a year and this is our first one of 2018.
Thank you deeply from our hearts if you may consider their worthy causes to support!
More details re: our amazing fundraiser can be found in this LINK.

As we head into New Years Eve, here is Sean’s end of year statement.

Sean is Co-Founder and a BHRR BOD Member of BHRR. This photo is of him and BHRR’s Daffodil from our traditional XMAS Even Photo shoot – December 24th, 2017! She remains Available For Adoption!

In Sean’s Words:

‘Here we are again – at the end of another year. Time to reflect on the great, the good, the bad and the ugly and set our sights on the year to come.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t specifically take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made a positive contribution to BHRR. I couldn’t possibly name everyone – but you certainly know who you are!

The contributions you’ve made through time and effort, vet bills, food, auction donations, cleaning supplies, transport, etc. is precisely what allows us to do what we do! We are a community – and stronger because of it. I offer my most heartfelt thank-you to all of you. I count our interactions with all of you as part of the highlight reel.

So many wonderful people have come into our lives.

Together we’ve done a lot of great things in 2017. There are so many BHRR dogs in forever loving homes, there have been successful events for awareness, education and fundraising. One of the most significant and recent successes for this year is The Bakers Dozen and demonstrates perfectly how everyone came together as strong links on the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ when needed.

This was a huge outpouring of support!

It blows my mind to contemplate the amount of puppy formula that was donated and consumed! This would not have been achievable without the enormous outpouring of support given. Seriously – the amount of formula we went through would make several mortgage payments look like chump change!

And the ugly…… I’m not generally one to dwell on the negative – but I think it is important to acknowledge and address what I feel is a growing and unfortunate trend. Let’s address something that is very real yet seldom openly discussed.

A trend not just with us, but across the internet, business and personal interactions all around. Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of destructive and abusive interactions.

This year we were subjected to a new low – as at least one person out there already knows – BHRR was subject to a malicious attack. In the end, we were proven/validated to be operating a stellar, highly responsible, excellent and much needed organization for the animals. As this was not based in fact or naive ignorance, they received a cautionary warning and we are now investigating possible further legal venues.

However, our initial response from the actions of this vindictive individual was a ‘Wow – never saw that one coming…’

We have hosted regular BHRR events here – 6 a year for over 2 decades – for people’s benefit and for the animal’s of BHRR.

We open up our home to the scrutiny of strangers and, we have done so gladly, and, openly for we have nothing to hide………..

We commit to giving up what could be very precious, valuable coveted family time for the sake of our guests. We feel it is so important for people to witness firsthand what we do and, why we do it and, that we are not like ‘every’ other group or org. out there…..

We have even had people from approved Volunteers, the curious, the interested, stay here overnight, for days and even weeks at a time.

We have always remained full of disclosure and have shared the ups, the downs, the good, the bad and the ugly with all of our followers, supporters, friends and family.

But to the individual responsible for a baseless complaint – thank you so much for putting our family on edge and under the microscope. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the surprise and shock instead of an open dialogue with anyone who may have had questions or concerns.

So much better to lob a hand grenade from the bushes and run away. This doesn’t feel constructive, or motivated by the best interests of the animals – this feels very personal and malicious. We are very proud of what we’ve done with our lives – can you say the same?

While I’m also not prone to extolling our own efforts – we have dedicated almost 22 years of our life to the protection of animals, particularly the special needs dogs and the giant breeds – those least likely to be picked up by high turnover rescues. Animals others cannot or will not assist. 99% of those we help are the truly medical and/or behaviourally broken, We are small, personal and dedicated. We’re not trying to be dramatic when we say this – even those who know us have absolutely no idea the level of personal commitment and sacrifice this has taken from our family. The sheer amount of physical work, the hours night and day, the successes and the heartbreaks.

Responsible/quality rescue is 24/7. We do not ‘dabble’ in rescue, only do the ‘fun’ things, hang out, visit and then get to go home to relax and enjoy 9 hours of restful sleep. The stress, lack of sleep, financial drain and complete lack of freedom for something as simple as a family vacation – or even a movie or dinner night out is our lives day in and day out and we have done this gladly! The cyberbullying endured, the tens of thousands of pounds of food transported and stacked. Hydro bills – OVER $1,100/ month and enough laundry – up to 12 loads daily – to choke a laundry mat.

We’re not looking for the thanks, the praise, the accolades, or parades in our honor. We do this for the dogs, not the recognition or for any ‘pats on the back’.

At the same time, we have grown even less tolerant of the abuse, the hand grenades thrown from the sidelines, the armchair quarterbacks who find it so easy to second guess and criticize – to judge, without ever actually seeking to understand or becoming involved.

Cyberbullying is a very real problem and after much research and conversations held with cyberbullying experts, professors and lawyers, note that regardless of the occupation, paid or volunteer, everyone has the right to work in an environment free from personal threat, free from worry about emotional and/or physical harm and the right to not be bullied. This is punishable by law.

Social media is an amazing thing, it is also an awful thing that so many spanning across a vast amount of businesses, non-profits, other professional venues and personal arena’s have been enduring some level/form of bullying.

Those who want to blame, point fingers instead of learn and understand, shame on you. Those who want to take shortcuts and then foist their problems on us, shame on you. Those who want to be coddled and told they are doing everything properly when in fact they are the issue, not the animal, shame on you. Those who are turned down for an adoption and respond by spewing accusations, sour grapes and names, shame on you. Since our inception in 1996, we have retained a zero tolerance approach with the amount of nonsense, armchair quarterbacks and negativity endured.

Setting our sights on the year(s) to come – what’s next for Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services? Same wonderful people – same Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – same strong rescue mission. Absolutely nothing will change 
overnight – we will continue to do what we have always done. We continue to help the next dog in need – we continue to place adoptable dogs into their right matched forever homes and we continue to provide a safe haven for those animals that need us.

Over the coming years – we will gradually transition to our long held vision of more of a haven program (which is already a large part of what we do). We will always focus on the giant breeds and canines/horses with special needs. These are the ones that need us – these are the ones we feel we can provide the greatest benefit to with our education, experience, knowledge and heart.

As of January 2018, one of our changes shall be to our adoption area’s covered – we will adopt up to an including the Barrie and Cambridge, Ontario area’s from our location and into Quebec, we will cover up to the Montreal area. We will still rescue all across the world.

Over the next year, will also be implementing an ‘Advisory Round Table Board’ of like-minded BHRR approved Volunteers in addition to our BHRR BOD Team.

We will be adding two more BHRR approved Volunteers to our Community Education Liaison Member Team too.

I look forward to working with all of our supporters in 2018 – let us do as many wonderful things this coming year together as we were able to accomplish in 2017!

BHRR Co-Founder
BHRR BOD Team Member’


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

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

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 22nd, 2018 to Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Thursday January 4th, 2018!

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

AND thank you to Xandria for surprising us so wonderfully wiith this fabu photo! 

BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Monday October 23rd to Wednesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other Rescues, shelters, pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol.

We do not believe it is in the best interest of the animals in our program, especially for dark coloured dogs.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will network these requests to r/q organisations for we remain closed for intake. 

This photo is of BHRR’s Navy. 

Sunday July 9th @ Pet Valu Stittsville – Our 10th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser AND So Much More!
*No appointments necessary

2017 marks our 10th year of hosting this exciting event!

BHRR has been precedent setting in the community in seeing more cats & dogs microchipped to give them the best chance possible to get home should they be lost or stolen.

More information in link above and in poster!

BHRR’s Giselle 

She is ready to make her special announcement! 

Making this post brings many lumps of strong emotion to my throat. The journey that this stunning fabu creature and I took together since the day she arrived in our care on September 7th, 2016 has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. 

That she even had to take this journey is awful but that she overcome all that she has to in order to blossom into this healthy, happy, uber affectionate, ham of a dog makes me full of such pride for her. She is a real character!

I met her rescue transport in Hawkesbury and as I knew she was in bad shape, I had an appointment already set up for her at KAH and rushed her right in. 

She was one swollen, bleeding, raw, pain filled, lacking almost all of her hair, with urine burns, severe eye/ear infections plus a UTI, had entropion, had sarcoptic mange and the list went on and on….she was a medical hot mess and had zero manners, communication or social skills and through it all, she was this strong independent female that had had only herself to rely on with zero clue that we were here to help her. 

Earning that trust from her was hard won and we had our share of stand-offs plus tough moments yet I ‘got it’. I understood where she was coming from and why and I needed to prove to her that I was worthy of her trust and she needed to learn that I was not there to hurt her….make her have all of these babies, that I was there to help make her healthy and whole and demsontrate to her that someone was listening while at the same time guiding plus directing her incredible spirit to flourish in the proper ways.

She put on much needed muscle mass/weight and the tone that she now possesss is wonderful. 

This girl has heart….in spades….

She needs a dog experienced home, not necessarily a Dane experienced home. 

We wish to have a home with either no children at all or no children under the age of 12. She deserves to be the ‘baby’ in the home after all of her own years being forced to have babies. 

When she trusts, her loyalty will make tears spring to your eyes she is that special with the giving of her heart and soul. 

She is quirky in that she does not see everyone as a friend and can be cautious/wary around some and that is fine. She does not have to love everyone. I know I do not and she exhibits wonderful self-control and just literally will walk away or better yet, ignore – has broken a few hearts of people wanting to love on her and she was completely indifferent to them  – from those she does not feel is worthy out there. She clearly has her reasons to be that way and her quirky twist is part of her make-up.

She is honest and with each Vet visit we went to – often twice a month yet at least once a month over the past 8 months – improvements were made in being able to handle her more easily for each visit saw her being in less pain and feeling stronger plus healthier and she understood more and more that she was not going to be hurt. Yes, we had to cause her some discomfort to treat her eyes and ears and skin and all of the other infections and sores on her etc. to heal her, yet she was never hurt. 

That first visit even trying to get her on to a scale….to now she walks right on and stands rock solid. Huge accomplishment. 

As her stunning coat came in(the back of her neck may always remain having some bald patches per her Vet due to all of the damage), so did she come into her own with proper directed confidence and manners – maybe still not 100% lady-like  yet pretty darn close! – and her social plus communication skills. 

All of that same set up for success recipe was followed – patience, time, consistency, obedience, structure, love and understanding…. 

She can go to a home as an only dog or a home that has a right matched personality fit dog. Most important is for her to have a strong network for her to have her own canine friends too.

She can go to a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi or fully retired. Another versatile dog!

Travels fantastic in a car too.

A NO cat home and a NO really small dog home is wanted for her as she is a quite interested plus focused on them. She lives in harmony with BHRR’s Steam in our home yet she has other canine friends to interact with, play with and be distracted by. 

A huge Gwennie Novel re: her as there is so much to say! She has a very detailed individual blog on our home website and to whomever her forever loving adoptive home shall turn out to be, you will be getting an exceptional dog. 

She has overcome SO much and for her to still be willing to trust and love and be so affectionate plus playful is a big testament to her and her breed! 

Love you with all that I am BHRR’s Giselle. Thank you for all of your gifts, lessons, the stand-offs, the laughs, the trust, the heart plus backbone that make you, so uniquely you! You have matured and blossomed into an outstanding girl. 

You did it! You refused to be broken prior to rescue and you refused to let your horrible past stop you…..

Someone is now home from her eye/spay surgeries and all tucked in!

BHRR’s Giselle has her ‘new’ eyes and is spayed – for sure!

Her poor eyes are naturally swollen and she is now resting after receiving more pain meds.

My heart sure is uber mushy when it comes to this beauty….we have travelled far together since September and moving into this next stage of her journey brings me both excitement and some melancholy feelings…..yet so much happiness too for her wonderful future special announcement.

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, Good-Night!


UPDATE: She is now out of surgery!! Everything went great and both her eyes were fixed from what we have wanted for her for many many many months & she is now properly spayed!

I will pick her up later tonight and in a few weeks, stay tuned for her special announcement!

AND BHRR’s Giselle is now dropped off at Liston Animal Hospital for her entropion surgery on her eyes plus spay…..

This gorgeous girl and I have made at least one journey to the Vets per month since she first arrived in our care back in September, this month is two visits already and it is like tradition for me to get a car face pic of her now!

She weighed 120.12 pounds which is different than her weight from KAH last Friday and she was solid on the scale….yet, she looks great so that is what matters most!

Will post an update when we hear something…

This girl is extremely dear to my heart….she has made an incredible rehab journey physically, emotionally, behaviourally and with her obedience plus manners….she has a big piece of my heart and love her quirkiness!

I am deeply proud of her. She has overcome so much and her best play buddy is BHRR’s Black Diamond. They play for hours and her best buddy watching over her is our Skor. When BHRR’s Giselle sleeps, Skor can always been seen laying right by her side watching over her…..very interesting dynamics.


BHRR’s Giselle had her boosters tonight and another recheck. She weighed 117.92 pounds. Looking really good!

Her Vet, who has been seeing her from the day she arrived right off the transport once again said that the area on the back of her neck may well stay bald due to all the damage that had been done in the past. Her skin is healthy and pink in that area and she got a BIG thumbs up at her Vet visit.

Her Vet remarked again about what a long rehab journey BHRR’s Giselle has been on and what an incredible physical plus emotional and obedient transformation for her over the past shy of 8 months.

BHRR’s Giselle is scheduled for her entropion plus ovarian remnant spay surgeries next week and in about two weeks after that she may well have her own special announcement to make!

She is such a character….quirky and a huge ham to all she knows and trusts!


Aren’t they both so freakin’ fabu!?!? AND stunning?!

BHRR’s Rickards and BHRR’s Giselle when they caught sight of the kids when they got off the bus!!


AND we are on our way! Professional photo time for BHRR’s Rickards and BHRR’s Giselle!

Here I am all super excited and BHRR’s Rickards is like all chill and calm!

Stay tuned for BHRR’s Rickards special announcement over the next week or so once I get his professional photo’s back!

BHRR’s Giselle was back at KAH tonight and weighs a healthy just under 121 pounds now!

She was so outstanding! Stepped without issues on the scale, curious, social, outgoing and had the Dane lean going on strong! 😀 She has also become a dream to do nails. Lots and lots of handling and patience and time and consistency and effort to get her to this point. I make sure I am not the only one trimming her nails so that she keeps getting handled by others to help make her that well rounded plus balanced dog!

She minded her manners beautifully when I said she could not romp and rumble with the Golden also waiting to be seen by another Vet and laid down at my feet, crossed her pretty feet and looked like the Queen she is! She is not always the bull in the China shop now!

She even rocked her obedience! Leash manners are almost to perfection. Sitting when asked, laid down when asked and even rolled to her side when I asked so her Vet could take a good look at her skin on her belly and inner legs!

She is a far cry from the extremely painful, full of infections, lacking manners girl that was battling so many issues when she first arrived in September.

Her hair has been growing in shiny and soft and gorgeous! However, she does have a few area’s on the back of her neck/head that her Vet agrees with me that so much damage had been done to her skin/hair follicles that she most likely shall never have the hair come back. The skin is now such a nice healthy pink and to that right matched forever loving home, it will not matter if she is missing some hair.

She was able to get her vaccines tonight now that she is healthy enough and from here, in about a months time, we shall have surgery to look for that ovarian remnant plus fix her one eye – entropion. We had wanted her eyes done in January when she was in to be spayed yet her surgeon did not believe that it was that bad to require surgical intervention but her one eye in particular bothers her still and I want her in complete comfort. Her regular Vet is in huge support of us doing so.

She is still a bit yeasty – the damp weather does not help with her feet yet the Malecetic wipes works wonders for her and we keep her feet as dry as we can.

I am proud of all our dogs yet some dogs have to take an even bigger rehab journey than others. BHRR’s Giselle was so medically a ‘hot mess’ that she was in such awful pain plus discomfort not to mention lacking trust & obedience, had misdirected confidence and really did not know a lot regarding how lovely a caring touch could feel…..that touching did not have to painful and to me, this almost 7 months with her has made me beyond proud of her progress.

This is one unforgettable Girl!

I need to shout out to her Vet team that has been by her side, pretty much at least once a month since September….you have helped her not just medically but emotionally as well. Thank you for being part of her set-up for success team for every time I asked if you could do her nails this time over me doing them, give her a treat, ask her do do something, pet her….you have helped her realise that she is awesome! This dog has so much potential!!

Flaked out waiting for her turn to see her Vet! Not a care in the world and look at her beautiful fur!!

Wish I could have snagged photo’s of her on her back with her legs up in the air, almost snoring!


This beautiful lady was at the Vet on Monday night for her latest recheck! BHRR’s Giselle!

Look at her gorgeous coat coming in!!

I think she loves to be touched and loved on now!! The more she has healed and the better she has felt, the more affectionate she is becoming! She is rocking her obedience and will now even walk on to the scale and sit pretty! Her Vet is impressed with her almost ladylike manners now….a far cry from the wild jungle beast that first arrived.

She is so passionate about expressing her affection and love of things now and I adore that about her! No china tea cups for this gal! She also remains so open and honest about when she has had enough and I respect her 100% for that. She has had so many exams and been poked, prodded and had to have meds since she arrived in September and she is a true warrior for taking it all as well as she has…..

When she first arrived, she was one raw hurting wound with sores and in major pain, urine burns and with serious eye/ear infections, sarcoptic mange, a bacterial skin infection, an UTI etc…..

She is still battling some skin/ear issues and when she goes in for that ovarian remnant surgery, my request to address her one eye with the entropion will be corrected. Her Vet agrees that it should be done…..we had wanted it done when she was there January 10th for her spay but the surgeon did not find it that bad. That eye clearly is bothering her again and is swollen again so we have the go ahead once again to make it better for her surgically!

She did fabu even with her nails too! You sure have come far BHRR’s Giselle!

We did KT ear treatments on both ears and we will keep up with the malacetic wipes on her feet. Her back feet are worse than her front but significant improvement over her last recheck.

Still yeasty yet she has come a long way! A really long way with her rehab journey….both emotionally and in training plus medical wise.

This once ‘hot mess’ girl is now more of a ‘warm mess’….we are very slowly getting her back to health!

We have been scaling back her food for she is chunky monkey…..she loves to eat now and will eat her food and then want to eat The Lion Kings food too! She currently eats all by herself.

This is BHRR’s Giselle on the way home from a Vet visit at LAH!

She is now a wiggly 58.5 kgs(128.70 pounds!). Hard to believe the once emaciated Dane is now reaching the chunky monkey stage! She has put on 25+ pounds of muscle mass & weight since her arrival! WTG!

AND her personality! Amazing…she has really settled down the healthier she has become with that skin, ears/eyes, feet etc….she is not yet 100% yet no longer one raw wound. She is a real class clown….one still with a strong mind of her own for sure though! Major obedience, consistency and structure has also helped her too….a lot!

As we prepare for the next steps with her per my one fairly recent post…. the Vet did end up doing an ultrasound today. The Vet had told us this already weeks ago, finding an ovary remnant is so difficult to do via an u/s. We also know this as being factual from the one and only case we have had to date in our over 21 years with BHRR, of a Dane having an ovary remnant from a spay (spay was prior to coming into rescue). We did an u/s and no uterus/ovaries were seen as we wanted to be sure she was spayed and then mere days later she did go into a heat and so, the surgical search was then on for the ovarian remnant and it was found. She was subsequently adopted when healed!

What BHRR’s Giselle’s Vet did today was check that she did not have an uterus or ovaries that could be seen. This would support the ‘scar’ found January 10th when she was brought in to be spayed and also support the virtually non-existent progesterone level testing we were recommended to do the same day the scar was found.

BHRR’s Giselle is now officially confirmed as having no uterus or noticeable ovaries.

So, surgery it shall be for her to find that ovary remnant. Our 2nd Dane in 21+ years of operating that will have had an ovary remnant. AND BHRR’s Maple could be our third…..per that same fairly recent post. We are in a hold pattern with her right now.

At the time BHRR’s Giselle has her surgery, I also would like to have the one eye with the mild entropion addressed again for possible surgical correction for it still bothers her even with the eye infections resolved plus swelling greatly reduced.

BHRR’s Giselle…..we work hard to do right by all of our dogs and so sorry for all the poking & prodding…….to get to the same end result we were at January 10th….that this is a spay scar and then on February 5th….that you do indeed have some remnant of an ovary, it shall be surgically removed and your UTI is gone!


This is BHRR’s Giselle!

She went in to KAH for her spay on January 10th and this is what was found when she was shaved…a scar….I was so surprised to see this scar once she was shaved as the shelter had insisted that she was not spayed…..I went back and forth a few times on her case with the shelter as we wanted to be sure to spay her if she was not already spayed.

We dialogued if this was a c-section scar, umbilical hernia scar etc…I was told that ‘no, this was almost without doubt a spay scar.’

We were advised to do a progesterone test(expensive… ) to rule out via hormones if she was or was not spayed….we believe in doing all proactive and preventive vetting required/necessary on our dogs and without hesitation agreed. We go up and beyond as we want the very best for the dogs….

We did the bloodwork that same day and were told the next day that the results indicated that BHRR’s Giselle was in fact spayed.

Fast forward to Sunday February 5th and at our BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house, and some of the Pet Valu Stittsville lovelies that were visiting, grabbed me to say they thought she was in heat.

I go over and sure enough there are drips of blood and they do not ‘appear’ to be typical heat drops and ‘seemed’ possible it could be UTI related. Her last UTI was successfully resolved upon arrival to BHRR in September. BHRR’s Giselle was not doing any straining or frequent urination, there was no odour to her urine and her urine looks normal. Yet, still could not rule out another UTI.

So, I mentioned to all that I would get her back to KAH and so I had her there tonight.

As BHRR’s Giselle is on specific meds, most UTI’s, not all, yet most would be being treated soooooooooo, the Vet believes that quite possibly BHRR’s Giselle has a remnant of an ovary or that this scar is from another scenario including those listed above and another option could have been from an enterotomy. We do not know her past….we have no records of what she had and did not have prior to rescue.

Once BHRR’s Giselle stops her drips, we will go in and ‘explore’ her women bit area….

For us, we have only ever had one other Dane in 21 years have a remnant of an ovary and now we have possibly BHRR’s Giselle AND in dialoguing via email and also in person earlier today with BHRR’s Maple’s surgeon re: her own histio results, there is the strong possibility that she also has a remnant of an ovary as her medical condition(mammary masses) per the specialist is ‘hormone dependent’. BHRR’s Maple was spayed in August of 2016, the same day I also had BHRR’s Limerick spayed and BHRR’s Rubble neutered.

What are the chances that we have not one but two Danes with the exact same medical situation?!!!

So, yes….I am confused and a bit frustrated as we work so hard to do right by all of our Danes and now, more surgeries and more $$$ plus healing time for these sweet Danes shall be required…..

The last thing I want to do is put BHRR’s Maple through her third surgery since August and now BHRR’s Giselle to have to get back on the table herself….



We know many have been patiently….or, not so patiently waiting!!!

Here is the SECOND installment of our 2016 Traditional December 24th XMAS Eve Photo’s!

As most dogs remain in their approved Temp Fosters, not all doggies could have their photo’s done BUT, we got those that we could! We will be posting over the next few days over 50 photo’s of BHRR doggies & a few of our own!

We have had quite a few come back for the Holidays as their families are travelling.

ALWAYS a blast for us at BHRR!

We cannot SHOUT out enough big thanks of our deepest appreciation to ALL those that stepped up to be part of our 14th ANNUAL SS to the BHRR dogs!

Another amazing successful year THANKS to so many angels that made it possible!!!

We only had 1 person not send their SS’s yet, as we had other kind plus thoughtful generous people send extra goodies to help cover any that were missed, we are so BLESSED to say that, each BHRR dog had something special to call their own this XMAS!!!

Many of these dogs are experiencing their very first XMAS of love, shelter, with enough food and, tons of helping hands, not hurtful or neglectful ones…. THANK you’s being sent out again to every wonderful and lovely Secret Santa that made this possible!!!

I am inspired by your caring, giving and, incredibly beautiful hearts!!! A million thank you’s being sent again!


THANK you to all that came out yesterday to attend our 5th Annual ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ Thank you Pooch/People Potluck!

Here are 13 of the dogs waiting for our almost 40 guests to arrive!

AND, here is part of the post I made in the Potluck Group to all of our attendees!

“Now that the horses and dogs have been fed plus watered and rotated and are settling down for the night….it gives me the proper opportunity to say thank you to our 35 absolutely amazing and incredible guests!

Thank you for the laughs, the conversation, the memories made, the food and the kindness of Secret Santa gifts for the BHRR dogs and to BHRR!

Thank you for the great experiences given to our BHRR dogs as so many have come to BHRR broken, beaten, scared and lost….what you give to them with loving touches and kind words, I shall truly be forever indebted to all for. So many have never had a gentle caring hand or heard a soft loving word prior to our rescue and each of you are showing them that not everyone is cruel and are assisting in building up their confidence plus helping them heal….

I am so grateful of your time and this is a gift that you are giving each BHRR dog when you visit. Thank you for that!

Thank you to Brooke and Elizabeth for their time, patience and sense of humour with spastic Baby BHRR’S Kaos as we attempted photo’s of him to make his own long awaited, much anticipated and truly wonderful special announcement!! You did it sweet precious boy!!!

Our 50/50 was $205 and Elizabeth with her beautiful heart donated her winnings back($102.50) for us to help pay off BHRR’s Maple’s Emergency Surgery bills! Thank you also to those who dropped monies into the donation jar – $50 CDA & $120 USA. Humbling….

Thank you to BHRR BOD Mary for being such a great treasurer!

After a tough week and a bit – so much worry & and stress on a couple of *fronts*, so, having today with all of you was really wonderful……just to be around all of you is comforting and inspirational and motivating… my darkest rescue moments, it is days like this I hold close to my heart and gives me the strength to fight again for what is right…….please know that you give me this special gift when you come to visit!

Thank you to everyone that made today the WOW & amazing day it was!

Until next year….may Santa spoil all rotten!”


BHRR’s Giselle!
December 2nd, 2016

Not the best photo yet it is so dark and gets dark early these days! 🙁

She had her latest recheck tonight and is up another 3 kgs! WTG! She weighs just over 110 pounds now.

Each time we go in, she is better and better and more relaxed and stable. SO proud of her!

Tonight, she even walked on to the scale herself!

Her back feet are so much better…her front feet are better yet still red/raw and a bit swollen.

Her coat is coming in so nice and shiny! Her Vet made a lovely comment re: that! She still has some big area’s on the back of her neck and head that are still quite bald and pink and her Vet is putting her back on Ketoconazole 200 mg – 1.5 tablets SID for another 3 weeks.

So much more could be done to her this time around….she was so much happier and more comfortable and also in feeling better, her tail wags so much more – more than one comment about how strong and like a whip it is!

We were able to draw blood without issues for her Accuplex(Heartworm/Tickborne disease testing) and pre-op bw to spay her.

When she is spayed, we will do biopsies on some of the countless 1 mm bumps she has between her toes on the underside.

Both ears were able to be so much better and thoroughly looked at this time and her right ear is looking good…the left ear required more antibiotics.

Both eyes also were able to be more thoroughly looked at – fluroscein eye stain was once again applied to the left eye and this time also to the right eye as she was so good about allowing things to happen!

Both eyes do not have ulcers and she does have entropion that we will look into further for possible surgical intervention. When she is sedated for her spay, a much better look can be made on them.

She also remains on a fish based food to help her skin.

Whatever she needs….she will have….

She is a gorgeous ‘hot mess’ yet less of one than she was the day that she first arrived and at her last recheck.

This girl once she is ready – her obedience is coming along nicely and she is trusting more and more – is going to make a right matched forever loving home the best of additions!

She is full of personality as noted again by the staff tonight, a woman who knows her own mind, opinionated, strong willed, affectionate, a real ham, a bit of a comedienne, a no half measure kind of gal, uber loyal, quirky and will keep anyone on their toes!

She will need an experienced home full of that right positive balanced consistency, structure, obedience and a big dosing of love! She has so much still to learn about helping hands, not neglectful hands…..

AND, the Vet admired just how much more muscle mass and strength that she has in her hind end now….even from her last recheck visit!

While we have a long way still to go with this beautiful gal, she is making so much progress…

Changing a lifetime of neglect and undersocializing will not happen overnight….



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

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

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 16th, 2016 to Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Wednesday January 4th, 2017!

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

Gentle Reminder!

We are at Pet Valu Hazdeldean this Saturday November 26th from 10 AM – 4 PM for our last community education and public awareness event of 2016!

We are looking at bringing BHRR’s Kaos, BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Whisper for our famous Red Carpet Pooch Smooch Sessions!

We will be doing nails, ear cleanings and dog baths – ALL inside too!

More details in poster!



BHRR’s Giselle was at the Vet last night for her recheck appointment. October 21st, 2016.

She travelled wonderfully in the car!

She has been putting on much needed muscle mass and weight. Her Vet commented so nicely on her stacked muscles in her thighs and hind end now!

She was a lot easier to handle to get a weight on for this is one strong minded girl and what Giselle does not want to do, Giselle makes it very clear she does not want to do it! We have to compromise on some things, yet for others we have to *work* through for if she *wins*, it will be only harder moving forward. She is not scared….she just does not wish to do things unless it is her idea….so, it was a very long appointment last night but she had treats and praise and even a nap during the exam/visit and she wagged her tail and kept us on our toes also!! This visit was so much better and more thorough than her last one and the next one shall be even better.

She no longer has issues going in her crate – she loves it! – or putting a leash on or off and does not try to lip curl or mouth. We have worked through so much with her and while we have a long journey still ahead, really proud of her!!

She has clearly used intimidation in the past and thrown her weight around and huffed and puffed to make sure that she was not touched. She is still very sensitive around her head and face and I wish she could talk to tell me what happened to her prior to rescue. The better her ears and skin and eyes feel, make it also easier to touch plus handle her.

We have been able to give her, her very first nail earlier this week and get a good ear cleaning in too.

Last night at the Vet her eyes are still infected so we are continuing treatment with them and went home with two more medications for them. The Vet also did a fluroscein eye stain to rule out an ulcer in the left eye. The right eye could not be properly examined and we will re-visit. She is so good at closing those eyes shut tight and getting her head into a position making it difficult to examine them yet, the Vet had an excellent look into the left eye to start.

Her one ear (left) is very yeasty and KT ear treatment was used over having to stress her out applying not just eyes meds yet also daily ear meds. We were able to get an ear cytology done on this ear. The right ear has just been filled with so much wax when she arrived into rescue and is now super clean with all of the efforts made since she arrived.

She has come a long way from her first Vet visit in being able to handle her and we got a really great look at her sore feet/pads. This was not fully possible when she first arrived. They are raw and swollen and red.

Her bacterial skin infection has now been resolved! Yay! She has new hair growth in many places on her body and now we have to tackle the big yeast problem her body is experiencing. Her Vet is ordering in a special product for her to help. I had never heard of it and this is the first time her Vet is going to use it and when I am back to work, I will look it up in her file.

Her UTI has also resolved plus the suspected sarcoptic mange has been treated and all of the urine burns have healed!

She remains on a special diet to ensure that none of her problems are due to food allergies. We will trial other foods when she is no longer battling all of the other medical issues she is.

She had been proactively / preventatively treated and de-wormed and will bring in a fresh stool sample to be tested.

She went through a lot last night – Her Vet, myself and Ashley also who helped hold! – and as we cannot spay her soon as is, we are holding off doing her pre-op bloodwork and heartworm/tick borne testing for next time.

We keep moving forward one day at a time and I know I said this above, yet I am proud of her!! Her leash manners are coming along nicely and she was calm, relaxed and quiet while I stayed for a bit after her visit chatting with members of the Vet team.

I know right now that she will have to be adopted to a home that is experienced….very experienced or BHRR’s Giselle will walk all over them….she is a survivor! So she has backbone.

She is giving us more and more trust and as she relaxes plus becomes healthier, is such a happy, affectionate and goofy gal! She loves to dig her head right into your stomach, thigh or side.


BHRR’s Baby Kaos is getting ready for Halloween! Not Yet Available For Adoption!

Remember to have safe Halloween practises for a happy Halloween for pets & kids!

NOTE: BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve adoptions from Monday the 24th of October to Tuesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many others 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.


This blog is dedicated to this pretty female ~2 year old Great Dane who was surrendered to a shelter because her O. could not afford to take care of her.

I picked her up September 7th and went straight to Kanata Animal Hospital as she has clear skin issues.

Diagnosis to date and as we could only handle her so much so as to not stress her out further, we will do pre-op bloodwork and her tickborne testing later as well as when she is healthy to spay her plus do her vaccines. A fecal test will be done once I have a sample.

1) Big skin issues – suspected sarcoptic mange – will rule out démodétic mange when we can do skin scrapings as her Vet felt we should treat for sarcoptic first. – On Revolution
2) Skin infections – on Antiobiotics – picked up 168 pills! 4 BID
3) Possible sunburn
4) Could have seasonal allergies and will wait a couple of days to see if the Antiobiotics are sufficient alone
5) Is not presenting as typical food allergies yet we will feed her a fish based kibble
6) Could not due an ear cytology today with her stress level yet other than tons of wax, her ears were not presenting as obviously infected. Could have ear mites and the Revolution will help with any eat more issues. As she settles will clean ears and do a cytology as needed.
7) The shelter gave her Revolution on September 1st and we will give her one does every two weeks for three more doses.
8) Overgrown nails yet with her stress level they can wait
8) Her weight was 48.2 kgs for us today(106.04 pounds) – she is sorely in need of muscle mass/weight and to build up strength
9) Suspected UTI as she strained to urinate and went in several small spots in small amounts -on antibiotics now and will do a UA when she is more settled if needed
10) Needs training -pulls and has a mind of her own and not hesitant to mouth to *warn* when she does not want to do something.
11) Some barrier aggression in the car to a Golden Retriever leaving KAH and the male Owner. Was completely fine with the male volunteer driver that was at the same location as me picking up a dog himself to go to another rescue. Showed barrier aggressive to a woman walking on the sidewalk with her rolling shopping bag and to another man with a helmet in his hand walking to his parked motor cycle. Had no issues with the man at the drive through that I went to in order buy another bottle of water. No issues with anyone at KAH either. It was not fear based. She took an instant dislike to them. No issues with anyone at KAH either. It was not fear based. She took an instant dislike to them. This is NOT necessarily indicative of her *norm* temperament/personality. She had already had a stressful time being in a shelter, and then on a transport of three legs and then at KAH etc. She is great with Sean/Mason & Kinsley. In fact, she ADORES Mason!
12) Was told by the shelter that the O. said that she had been attacked by a small dog and did not retaliate yet now does not like small dogs. The shelter said she was good with the dogs at the shelter…at KAH she showed inappropriate interest in two dogs there – JRT and another small dog. Corrected well
13) Has eye infections and is on antibiotics
14) We were told that she does not like to be in a run or crated and that is so true – kennelled her at KAH for a bit while I made up meds and now she is crated in our house. She made it clear that she did not and was not wanting to go in…same as being weighed and she & I had some *conversation* about this and she was weighed and is now calm in her crate here.
15) She will be proactively & preventatively de-wormed
16) She has had so many babies… 🙁 Her poor body. When she is healthy, she shall be spayed
17) The Vet feels that some of her feet issues – swelling, bleeding are from constant urine exposure

She is a *hot mess* and lots of physical and emotional plus behavioural work ahead yet she looses so much potential!!

Two more photo’s of BHRR’s Giselle’s body:

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Some photo’s of BHRR’s Giselle’s body:

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Got her!

Photo from our ride to Kanata Animal Hospital!

Smaller in height female Great Dane, mind of her own, sweet overall, manners uhmmmm….we will work on that! Shelter had her at 48.9 kgs(107.58 pounds).

More from her Vet visit soon…the poor thing….


She is now on her way!! Photo compliments of Andreanne.

I am doing the last leg and am leaving in a few minutes to make the drive.

I am then hoping to get her into the Hospital today to be seen. The transport times came out late last night and so I could not make an appointment in advance. With her skin issues, want her seen ASAP. 🙂

Isn’t she truly lovely?!

Still nameless and we will meet her first to get a better idea of name for her and great suggestions to date!!

Please feel free to post more name idea’s!

Soon lovely lady….soon you shall be in my arms and you have no idea yet how much love from the BHRR village that is ready to be showered upon you!!


Happy Labour Day Monday to all!

With the approved adoption of BHRR’s Gentle Jake yesterday, we have a spot and this young lady is next in need of us.


This special ~2 year old Dane is who I have been working quietly on behind the scenes over this last week (September 1st) with some truly amazing women.

She is why BHRR exists. To be there for Dogs like her.

She ended up at a shelter as the Owner could not afford to take care of her, especially with her skin issues. She had little chance of being adopted and per the shelter that reached out to us, they were so worried that they would have to put her to sleep.

No only did the shelter reach out to us yet a person who works with a wonderful volunteer network plus with this shelter also contacted us.

Without hesitation, we want to help her…she is BHRR’s Herbie-licious(now successfully rehabbed and adopted!) all over again with that poor skin…her feet look incredibly painful. Is it seasonal and/or food related? We shall find out. Her auto immune system is clearly run down.

She needs a name….currently she is being called a name by the shelter that we have had two Danes over the past 20.5 years be called, and one of those Danes is presently in our adoptive programs and also living with us, so, a new name this beauty will need. A new name for a new wonderful beginning, fresh with all the care and love she needs and deserves!

Name guru’s! HELP?!

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