Someone was groomed today.

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

Unfortunately, during COVID-19 her temp foster was not keeping up with her grooming needs and today, that was addressed.

Thank you to Melissa of Groomingdale’s and to Bre of PV Stittsville for being so incredible in getting her in so fast! 

She also was seen at work today, weighed 35.6 kg (78.32 pounds) and had her repeat blood work to be sent to the lab (quant C6) as she tested positive for Lymes when she first arrived to our rescue. At that time, she was given a round of Doxycycline for treatment based upon her blood work results.

Her Vet requested to have the bloodwork repeated in the spring, yet COVID-19 interfered with that.

So, we did it tonight.

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 10th, 2020 – *Great Dane

BHRR’s Volt(F) – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION SINCE SINCE July 15th, 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 7th, 2020 – *Black Labrador





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

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 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 Miss Mollie!
~15 month old Standard Poodle/Saint BernardX


Unfortunately, the person who was to do her professional photo’s is down with the flu – Feel Better Soon! – and we do not wish to delay Miss Mollie making her special announcement any longer! So…..candid picture it is!

This girl is positively da bomb! She is super social, playful – she does like to play rough and that is her play style. As she has had proper manners taught to her plus receiving appropriate mental/physical stimulation, she is understanding better that not all dogs like to rough house yet for her, that is her preferred way of playing.

She has also has had to learn that when other dogs have had enough playing her way, to let them be. She can still be persistent in wanting them to continue playing yet positively corrects beautifully.

She is a giant puppy in her playing yet, when we are out and about in public, her manners are impeccable from leash to obedience. She will stand or sit or even lay down patiently and calmly while I am talking to people or buying things etc.

She is very quiet overall. She does get excited when I come home, first get up or at feeding time yet, I have no complaints with her adorable sounds or the occasional bark.

She is crate trained and is excellent to wash, brush and do ears plus nails.

She has minimal anxiety these days when she comes to work with me – the day of her grooming, no one knew she was even there she was so quiet! – and zero when we leave the home.

Extremely proud of this stunning beauty!

In that right matched personality fit home, she shall continue to receive all of the positive balanced reinforcement, attention and stimulation that she requires to continue to thrive.

She will only go to a home that is very dog experienced – not necessarily experienced with Standard Poodles or Saint Bernards – yet, very dog experienced. This means having owned way more than one or two Dogs in ones past.

She is brilliant and beautiful and she can go to a home that works full time, part time, works from home or is retired or semi-retired. Another amazing versatile BHRR dog!

She will not go to a home that will not help her reach her full potential. This girl needs a ‘job’. She is not high energy, she is just so wonderfully intelligent with a WOW personality that has many gifts to share with others.

She is low maintenance to us in our home yet, to some she could feel like a lot of dog. She has a lot of amazing personality!

She is strong and that has nothing to do with being dominant. She is a thinker and can be both independent and delightfully dependent as we have taught her to feel comfortable on her own four feet and with herself.

She can go to a home with children no less than 13 and as much as we would love to see her in a home with at least one right matched personality fit dog, we would consider her being an only dog as long as said home had a strong doggie network in place for her. She is so social with both people and dogs.

Re: cats, she has not had any issues with the clinic cat where I am presently working yet, she is still very young and a cat could perhaps feel a bit overwhelmed should Miss Mollie want to play rough. Miss Mollie has never hurt anything during her time with us. She just throws herself right into play and can forget how strong or big she is.

Quite the contrast when she is not playing. She is then a model lady! Genteel and perfect.

Even Sean has reluctantly come over to the ‘dark’ side of thinking poodles are not so bad after all. He will deny it in public though! 

Thank you’s once more are sent to Groomingdale’s in Stittsville for helping her to look her best. She is just gorgeous. That right matched forever loving home will stay on top of her grooming needs so that she is always looking her best!

For anyone interested in being considered for her, please do read her thorough detailed individual blog – she will need a Quant 6 blood test in the spring per said blog as a reminder – plus our adoption processes, policies and procedures prior to submitting an application to the members of the BHRR BOD.

She is such a ham! You did it Miss Mollie! You did it!

Profile & Body pic post professional groom session!

One gorgeous Miss Mollie(1 year old Standard Poodle/Saint Bernard) post professional groom!

Thank you Melissa & Manon of Groomingdale’s in Stittsville!

Once again they did not want me to pay and of course I did plus left a tip! 

They adored her!! She is now a well mannered girl! All of my hard work pays off when you receive such wonderful compliments re: how sweet, obedient and gentle she was. She was perfect being groomed including bathing, ears, nails, comb put and blow dry.

She was equally perfect hanging out at work all day today, not making one peep.

She will be making her special announcement shortly!

Thank you again to Cassy for dropping her off for me so that she could get to her 2 pm appointment.

When I went to pick her up, she was loose in the grooming area just relaxing while another dog was being groomed.

She was happy to see me and me her. 

Miss Mollie (Standard Poodle/Saint Bernard) is off for her professional groom session today with Melissa @ Groomingdale’s in Stittsville. 

After this she will be ready to make her special announcement shortly! 

Thank you again to Cassy for being so kind as to drop her off for her spa session!

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!

BHRR’s Mollie(1 year old Saint/Standard Poodle Mix)

She was at the Vet tonight for her latest recheck and her Lymes Booster.

She is doing well on her Lymes Disease treatment and in February/March she shall require another blood test to determine if she is now Lymes disease free. That is the time of year that all dogs should be getting their annual testing as is and for her it will be the regular 4DX plus a Quant 6.

Her obedience has gone very well and she has made some new besties here and Ireland remains her main squeeze!

She is learning to play nicely with the other dogs – she is a bit of a bossy diva – and to learn that it is not ALL about her. She has called the shots far too long where she came from and can now demonstrate patience and even to be gentle.

Though, she shall always be a rough house player – that is the tomboy in her!

In about three weeks time, if all continues to go well, she should be ready to make her own special announcement! 

We shall also have her professionally groomed in November too. I do not want those gorgeous floppy ears shaved.

Just a nice overall trim and tidy all over so that she can see and look her most beautiful!

Miss Mollie is not impressed!
(1 year old Saint Bernard/Standard Poodle)

I took her with me to get the mail and on the way, noted that deer had knocked down part of our top row of horse fencing.

So, I safely secured Miss Mollie to one of the gate posts and took the 25-30 minute to fix the top rung of fencing in that area.

She was NOT impressed that I would stop the stroll that was ‘all’ about her to get the mail in this lovely fall weather! 

She is nowhere ready to be trusted off leash and so we go for walks/hikes and she gets to run with freedom in our 3+ acre fenced in yard in addition to 30 acres of our horse pasture…..

She is a bit of a diva princess!

She remains on her course of strong antibiotics for the Lymes disease and will have a recheck at the end of the month.

She is going to make a home a truly fabu addition when we get her healthy! 

She is also going to be our recipient of our 8th annual ‘Give it up 4 Autumn’ fundraiser that shall begin in early November! 


Miss Mollie came with me to work on Saturday September 28th.

1 year old Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX

She weighed 32.6 kgs(71.72 pounds) and is at an ideal weight for her.

Unfortunately, in doing our proactive detailed bloodwork panel as part of our mandate of doing right by each dog that comes into BHRR; it was discovered that she is Lymes disease positive.

So, she has begun treatment which includes getting the Lymes vaccine – she will require a booster in four weeks time plus she is now on a 28 day course of Doxycycline.

All of our dogs go on flea/tick and Heartworm meds and are de-wormed. We never cut corners with our Vetting for the dogs in our care.

So, this sweet, a bit shy and nervous still of strangers young lady – yet, we have only had her 10 days – will be with us for some time as we work to successfully treat her Lymes disease.

This is a pic of her with one of my fellow work colleagues at EVC – they came in on their day off to meet Miss Mollie! 

This beautiful pup is going to be an amazing addition to the right matched forever loving home when she is healthy! She really is such a doll!


Miss Mollie is doing very well! 
1 year old Standard Poodle/Saint BernardX
*Once again she is NOT a purebred Saint this or a Berdoodle that. She is a mix, a delightful one, yet, a mix.*

She has also made a couple of friends to date – Dynamo and Jigsaw AND we have determined as she has settled in more that she is play driven not prey driven – huge rough high play right now yet, her previous home did say that they could not meet her exercise and play needs – kept her in a room, segregated- so she is making up for a lot of lost time.

Crate trained, so quiet in the house – she only has just begun to show she has a voice with small sounds of happiness AND yup! As I thought, she is a full butt wagger! 

Here is a picture of her helping me to tear down the posters/signage we put up for our big annual ‘Dine With The Doggies’ Event! She took this years’ place of honour and came with me to open up the gate for our amazing evening.

She is a little shy and nervous of people yet, you can tell that she wants to be loved and we already know how much love she has to give! 

On a side note, for those who have expressed interest in purchasing tickets for 2020, we are already over 50% SOLD OUT! Get your tickets soon for we ended up with a waiting list for 2019 and sadly, as this is a limited attendee event, we can only have so many guests attend.

BHRR’s Mollie is coming to work with me tomorrow to begin her vetting protocol – bloodwork, vaccines, fecal testing etc.

She is eating plus drinking well and has proven to be housebroken.

Her leash manners are a wee bit rough but we shall get there and her one bad habit is jumping, we are working on it!

Happy Friday Morning to all!

BHRR’s Mollie!
(1 year old Saint Bernard / Standard Poodle Mix)
*Please do not tell me she is a Saint this or Berdoodle that etc. She is quite simply a mix.

A wonderful beautiful mixed breed girl! 

Morning walk!

She had a great night and is drinking, had her first pee and is taking some treats.

A bit nervous yet, responding well….

It is almost like she has always been here! Going to so enjoy having her here and look forward to her personality to shine – it is in there….I can see it!

We are home and she is settling in well….

She is smaller than the pics make her out to be, so a small ‘giant’! 

Miss Mollie, I look forward in getting to know you and you us!

She is about 1 year of age and is a Standard Poodle/Saint Bernard mix.

Thank you again Megan for picking her up and meeting me! It allowed me to do so many errands and prep for tomorrow’s big day here! 

Megan Wright has her!

Thank you! She would not even accept gas money and I am deeply touched as I know what is costs in time and heart and energy and money to do these transports.

Drive safe and see you both soon!

I am now on my way to meet up with them!

Welcome to BHRR Miss Mollie!
(1 year old Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX)

~1 year old female Saint Bernard/Standard PoodleX

Reason for surrendering as O. has a senior – 11 year old female Standard Poodle and the puppy is a bit too much of a puppy for the older gal.

O. also has a grandchild that the puppy has bumped and knocked over.

O. is not able to give her the exercise, time and attention that Miss Mollie needs. This has not been an easy decision for her O.

ETA being worked on