Miss Brooklyn is going to bunk with The Boerskins for a bit.
She had to be moved from her foster home & after we do some continued behavioural assessments/training plus medical testing – neuro – she will be heading to a perma-foster home.
We do not believe that it is in her best interest to be placed up for adoption.
PS: that is not a wound on her; that is a sun sparkle!

This is Miss Brooklyn making a new friend on a walk!


This does not look awkward at all!!!

Miss Brooklyn, the Dane with her beautiful foster sister River & her adopted brother BHRR’S Chester! 

Thanks to her foster home for sending this awesome photo!


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On January 18th, Miss Brooklyn was back in to see the Vet.

This is her face….
We also did her cardiac X-rays and a cardio pet reading. Then those were sent off along with her records, including the latest findings from this Vet visit to a cardiologist to review as we found out that she had a heart murmur. One Vet thought it was a 3 when she was first at EVC. The Vet that saw her on the 18th felt it was a 1. We needed to be proactive to find out what is happening with Miss Brooklyn.
I had put $1,500 of what had been sent to date as a deposit for Miss Asante’s bilateral eye surgery on the 26th as I can only put so much money down at one time – card limits – and within the blink of an eye that amount has been eaten up by Miss Brooklyn and Miss Asante’s other vet visit.  I had planned on putting down money daily over a few days until the total amount for her surgery had been placed on account at EVC.
We have had a generous $100 donated over the past week and now still need to make up $1,400 for Miss Asante’s surgery.
Every year it becomes harder and harder as bills increase for vetting and food etc.  BHRR remains mostly financed out of pockets of Sean & and lately, we have been paying for special fish-based food for almost 8 dogs along with bills such as Miss Olives’ almost $1,200 monthly medications. We also pay for Mr. Brutus’ medications at almost $700 a month.
I am working two jobs to ensure each animal lacks nothing.
We also cover most of the monthly flea/tick/hw plus deworming meds for the dogs, treats, toys, collars, leashes, dog beds, and cleaning supplies.
Unfortunately, this is just not sustainable. After being in operation since 1996, each month is becoming so much harder than the previous one.
Any consideration would be so appreciated…and we have our Empties collection program too!

Miss Brooklyn was at the Vet today for boosters and a re-weigh. She is two weeks into her heat.
She weighed 43.4 kg. She has put on just shy of 3 kgs since her last Vet visit.
She is so undersocialized, so once again, she had trazodone to help with her anxiety for her trip to the Vet.
We are also in conversation regarding the possibility of using a heart protocol to get her spayed in the future.

Miss Brooklyn is wearing her Earth-rated bandana!
Thanks to her foster home for sending a picture!
They will send more with the poop bag/dispenser, too so we can share with Earth Rated.
Miss Brooklyn is working on appropriate displays of behaviour including not being a bossy bully, barking, and sharing the humans.
She is an 18-month-old giant-sized brat and I was glad I had the chance to see her again this week for boot camp it is. There is no excuse for poor manners….she will learn. She will have structure, consistency, rules, routine, obedience, patience, and time.
She even does some inappropriate urination to express her feelings when humans do not jump and jump fast to her every wish. Yes, per a previous post, we also did a thorough exam and urinalysis. This is not medical.
She needs to learn that she is the dog that the humans will take care of, that she does not get all she wants when she wants, and to self-comfort, self-love, self-amuse plus to enjoy her own company.
The force is strong in this one! 

This is Miss Brooklyn.
She is our newest intake and was at the Vet yesterday.
You can see from this picture – and it is no lie – she is painfully thin, borderline emaciated.
She weighed barely over 90 pounds and should weigh closer to 110 – 115 pounds.
She also is so scared plus anxious. Lots of inappropriate displays of barking too.
She was given trazodone the night before her apt. and the morning of.
She was such a good and brave girl when I took her blood to run pre-op bloodwork along with heartworm and tickborne disease testing. Her bloodwork is normal, and she was negative for heartworm and tick-borne diseases.
Her foster mentioned her happy tail was bleeding, which is not infected, and she needs to keep it quiet. We have taught many a dog the ‘quiet tail’ command. If need be, and we have only ever done this once due to such a severe tail injury, amputated a small portion.
She is not eating anywhere near the minimum of 8 cups of food she should and is not drinking the amount she should. We have her on some wet canned food mixed with a new kibble plus water.
We learned that she has a supposed chicken allergy, and while we had been told she had a heart murmur, it is actually a Grade III. We cannot put her under sedation/anesthesia without knowing more.
The foster mentioned two nights out of three for accidents in her crate, so I advised to bring in a urine sample. Only after it was run and I was on break from surgery – did I see the text – I am at work! – that last night (night 4), there were no accidents. That would have indicated that this is not an infection, yet most likely behavioural yet, we are diligent! So a full urinalysis was done. 
The urine did not indicate any infection, yet it did confirm her dehydration.
We have her on flea/tick and also de-worming meds, too, plus she received her Lepto plus Lyme vaccines. She will go back for boosters in a month, and we will get a re-weigh at that time.

AND Miss Brooklyn is now with us! 18-month-old female heavily marked mantle Great Dane.
Thank you to her wonderful fosters for picking her up & she is scheduled for her first vet visit on the 14th. We need to do some vaccines, a heartworm/tickborne disease test & pre-op bloodwork, as she is not spayed. She will have a thorough exam and be placed on monthly – at this time of year, heartworm preventative is not needed – flea/tick meds plus a proactive/preventative de-wormer.
For those who may not know, the spay alone for a Giant Breed is close to $1,200 at many places.
Theresa P., this is your special Secret Santa!
As she settles in, her foster will know more about what she needs and loves!