AND this is how Miss Rosie preferred to spend her day in the record-breaking snowstorm!

Not just one window ledge has she now taken over but two! 

I think she is part billy goat. 

 

BETTY WHITE CHALLENGE: January 17th, 2022!

TO DONATE TO BHRR IN HONOUR OF A TRUE ANIMAL HERO: PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org OR Email Transfer contactbhrr@gmail.com

Even $5 would mean the world to the animals AND us!

Thank you in advance for any consideration to help us in 2022 to continue to help those in need of our highly specialised programs!

 

BHRR EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

 

 

2. ONGOING – On February 21st, 2013, I received a most delightful and touching email from a woman named Allie MacAlister that is so very active in helping others

She is extremely talented and more lovely than any words can ever be put down on paper and she has wonderfully surprised me with the very stunning and unique artful creation of an Irish Wolfhound, inspired by our Bunker Dude. She is calling it ‘Art For A Cause’.  

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

10% of sales of her products will come to BHRR!

*You can purchase t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, totes, greeting cards and SO much more! She will be adding products regularly.

The Wolfhound Cù Sìth

BHRR’s Miss Rosie!
 
Her very first spoiling loving Christmas too!
 
In the New Year, she shall begin her vaccine protocol now that we have her healthier, and then shortly after that, she will be ready to make her own special announcement.
 
Thank you to Tracey Popham Todd for being her wonderful special Secret Santa in 2021!
 

Miss Rosie 1, Gwennie 0
 
Sigh….
 
For such a sweet, low-maintenance quiet gal; she ‘speaks’ volumes with her actions about her desire to be on this particular window ledge!! 
 
She is looking for Sean….he is off doing some errands while I try to study….
 
My Dane Ice is oblivious to the ‘war of the ledge!’ 
 
On a side note, I am taking her sutures out today. It has been 14 days and she is finally doing great again!

Well, our plan is not going as well as we had anticipated….so, on to plan B to keep her off the window sill….no access at all!!!

Thank you Miss Rosie for the adventure!! 

She is such a calm mellow dog – just has a mind of her own! 

Now I get to also clean all of her nose smears off of the window!!

 

I do believe that Miss Rosie is not a redbone black & tan hound…..yet, more of a billy goat!
 
She insists on standing on the window ledge to get the best advantage to see outside – that one can see a substantial distance by not standing on the ledge is moot in her eyes!
 
We have now taken to padding that area as Miss Rosie is only 8 days post-op surgery, and we do not want her hurting herself….
 
She is the sweetest darling of a dog yet when she puts her mind to something, she becomes very determined! 

To expand upon the earlier post, Miss Rosie did not have an easy recovery.

I had assistance in loading her up to take her home the night of her surgery. She was quite ‘flat’ and to help with pain management, Gabapentin was added to her pain regimen. A long night was then spent with her…..

She showed no interest in eating and very little interest in drinking any water. No urination either. The lack of bm is not surprising due to having fasted plus anesthesia slows down the digestive system.

She was having some incision site leakage after surgery plus at home – more than I would like, yet not abnormal. The area around her eye was naturally swollen. She is given Isathal applied every 8 hours for her eye.

The next day I went to work, and Sean monitored her closely.

Her bloodwork came back that her T4 was high normal(58), and so we are going to continue on her current dose of 1 x 0.5 mg of Thyrotabs every 12 hours.

Sean then sent me the following two pictures, from her. Her incision site was intact, with no sutures pulled or ripped out.

I discussed with her surgeon, and more antibiotics were added to her regime, and when I got home after work, we did what we used to do way back when in veterinary medicine, binded up her abdomen.

She ate a bit of food, drank some, urinated plus had a very small bm.

By Wednesday AM – two very long nights with her by me and two long days with Sean – she was a lot more ‘perky’, and there was no more active bleeding to be had from her incision site.

Wednesday was then the day Miss Jamila was having her own surgeries – 3 hours and 2 minutes in fact was the length of them. Posts shall be made shortly re: Miss Jamila.

Miss Rosie is now doing very well. Some complications, lack of sleep, tons of worry, oodles of love plus round-the-clock care given!

Once she is healed, she will have her vaccines and from there, she can make her own special announcement – sometime towards the end of January we think.

I am exhausted but happy as there is nothing routine about surgery in my books……anything can go wrong.

 

Post-op recovery

Waiting to be extubated

On Monday, December 6th, Miss Rosie had her mature spay plus cherry eye repair.
 
She was scanned and a microchip was found so, we are now in the process of getting that changed over to our name.
 
We had the surgeon look over her skin as it is extremely flaky plus dry. He felt that this is most likely the residual of her thyroid issues, and now that she is on proper medication, her skin shall continue to improve. We continue to also wash her with a medicated shampoo.
 
She has areas on her body – especially on her hind end plus tail that may never see hair growth.
 
A urinalysis was done as her urine was very dark plus strong-smelling when her bladder was expressed prior to surgery – Nothing abnormal to report.
 
Vaccines are behind held off as she went through enough on her surgery day.
 

She had an antibiotic injection given – Depocillin – and Gwennie gave her a good nail trim.

The surgeon also looked closely at her teeth. He did not feel that any of them needed to be extracted. He probed several and was confident that all of her teeth – some wear plus tear – were in quality shape. Therefore, at this time – the future could be different – a dental was not necessary.
 
Her weight is now 37.9 kgs(83.38 pounds). This is down from the very obese weight of 41.3 kg(90.86 pounds) that she arrived into our Rescue at. She still has a ways to go yet, we are on the right track!
 
Gwennie also drew blood to run a T4 to see how her thyroid levels are doing since she began the thyro-tabs.
 
 

Got her!

Miss Rosie and I are now on our way home!

Thank you Tracey Popham Todd for loving on her as her emerge temp foster!! 

What a great picture!
 
Nap time! 
 
This is BHRR’s Rosie and some of her beautiful foster family! They have fostered a number of wonderful dogs for BHRR over the years. We are extremely grateful to them. 
 
Gwennie says that she does not see a couch! 
 
AND Gwennie has now added 5 more WOW items to our 14th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction! Items include a portable hammock and binoculars!
 
This gives us 42 incredible items now up for grabs! This auction shall end Thursday, December 2nd, @ 9 PM EST
 
Gwennie has 7 more items to add, and she will be adding more items tomorrow.
 
Here is the LINK to view all of the great items up for grabs plus to bid:
*Please take note of pick-up location(s) as not all items can be shipped.
 
Thank you Rescue angels for the support! Miss Rosie goes into the Vet for her mature surgery, repeat bw, etc. on Monday, December 6th, and Miss Jamila is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th for her own surgeries.
 
Miss Jamila’s surgeries include a mature spay, no less than two lump removals to go to pathology, AND a bilateral eye enucleation if she is handling the anesthetic well.

The reality of rescue is that you cannot save them all, no matter how much you may want to.

We have been in deep discussion re: finances for BHRR – as many know most of BHRR is financed mainly out of our own pockets – and, unfortunately, with the bills that we have currently at BHRR plus with Miss Jamila’s almost $10,000 in bills for upcoming surgeries, Miss Olive’s monthly almost $1,000 in bills, Miss Rosie’s to date almost $1,100 in bills with more to come – she needs to be spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, cherry eye repaired, COHAT, more bloodwork, etc., with BHRR going through almost 120 pounds of food per day and the list goes on…..we cannot take in the Mastiff.

We are posting the most current two bills for Miss Rosie; as suspected she has thyroid issues, and not just allergies. This means daily medication for her and regular bloodwork to be sure that she is being given the right dose of Thyro-Tabs.

We have blacked out her foster home’s contact information for privacy.

We will continue to forge strongly on what we can do…..as we will never compromise the quality of care, never take shortcuts on what the dogs that we are entrusted with need plus deserve.
 
We wanted to update the group as to why we cannot assist the Mastiff that we recently posted about. Our hearts are heavy yet, we know that Karen will ensure that he goes to a great place that shall do right by him…..perhaps in 2022, we can help another one of your lovely dogs Karen.
 

Last post of my night!
 
I am told that Miss Rosie had a great Halloween!
 
A superstar and a big hit with the trick and treaters last night! 
 
Her foster mama takes such gorgeous pics!!
 
From our home to all of our friends, family plus supporters, wonderful good night wishes are being sent!
 
Tomorrow, we shall update on Mr. Symba’s annual from October 29th. 
 

Miss Rosie was at the vet today!
 
Weight 41.7 kgs(91.74 pounds). As she continues to move, she will build up muscle mass/tone and lose more much-needed weight.
 
We are also looking into a harness for her to go with a martingale collar as her leash manners are a work in progress! 
 
Her heart plus lungs got a big thumbs up!
 
The vet believes as we do that she has been bred – previous owners stated that any breeding attempts they made were unsuccessful.
 
She is now on Apoquel for her itchies, and her amazing foster mama washed her in the Canadian medicated shampoo we requested to also help her skin.
 
She appears to have some arthritis in her left front leg – in some videos sent, she definitely looked arthritic. We will continue on NSAIDS for her as necessary. She does have Metacam.
 
We did extensive blood work – no shortcuts ever done by BHRR! – including testing for tick-borne diseases and heartworm.
 
She will be put on de-wormer, flea, tick plus heartworm meds. Though the vet did not feel any skin scrapings were necessary, she is being put on revolution for any possible demodectic or sarcoptic mange concerns.
 
Since Miss Rosie was brought into rescue, we also placed her on a fish-based food to assist with any possible food allergies.
 
Vaccines will wait until she is healthier.
 
She also has a broken canine that we will address when she has her mature spay. We will then microchip her at that time.
 
Here is a copy of her invoice from today. Doing things the right way for each and every animal is very expensive. We blacked out her foster mama’s personal information…. 
 
Between her visit today, and Mr. Symba’s yesterday – his own annual – the vet bills are just under $1,200.
 
BHRR also goes through just shy of 120 pounds of food each day….
 
Please consider donating your Empties to help us continue to help these incredible animals in need of our highly specialised rescue programs…..
 
Donations can also be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration! 
 
We are posting a picture on the comments with how Miss Rosie’s skin looks…..
 

Miss Rosie!
 
The redbone black/tan houndx.
 
We have been told that she is settling in well! Her amazing foster home has a dog themselves, a cat plus their mother with a small dog also lives with them, and Miss Rosie seems to be so enamoured with her foster mama’s mother!
 
They took her to the Vet for a weigh-in and she was 41.3 kg(90.86 pounds). We knew that she was out of shape plus overweight yet, this is almost 10 kgs over where she should be……
 
I am told that she very gently took treats from the techs, got on the scale like a champ, and was a lovely hit with everyone!
 
She has trouble moving – very odd gait – plus a wide front leg stance. All things that we will investigate once she is able to be seen at her Vet visit. They will do a thorough nose-to-tail exam on her.
 
Her foster Mama also gave her a lovely oatmeal shampoo bath as she was coated in dried dirt/mud – quite possibly rolling in it to attempt to relieve some of the discomfort of her poor skin.
 
Here she is supervising! 
 
I am just so happy that she was able to be saved…..thank you Tracey for stepping up to emerge temp foster this gem!

AND she is safe!!
 
Miss Rosie – the almost 6-year-old unspayed redbone black/tan houndx.
 
Thank you to her incredible foster mama Tracey Popham Todd for picking her up, and safely harbouring her for the next several weeks for us!
 
We are presently reviewing an adoption application for Mr. Symba, and should all fall into place, we can then bring Miss Rosie into our own home.
 
Miss Rosie is scheduled for a vet visit next week – the earliest she can be seen – to address the years of neglect to her body.
 
She has severe skin issues – related to food, seasonal, and possibly environmental allergies.
 
She is the sweet almost 6-year-old girl that was slated for euthanasia as the wife would use any money for drugs over having Rosie vetted.
 
She is unspayed, has a cherry eye too.
 
We will be having blood work done including testing for heartworm plus tick-borne diseases plus a pre-op, in addition to a thyroid test, skin scrapings, de-worming her, putting her on flea/tick/hw preventative, treating any eye, ear, and skin infections with antibiotics, doing an ear cytology, putting her on Apoquel and/or Cytopoint, doing a fecal, getting medicated shampoo etc.
 
Vaccines will have to wait, as we have to get her medical issues under control first. If she is deemed healthy enough, absolutely, we will do them at the same time as her visit.
 
She is starting a fish-based food today, and she will be getting an oatmeal soothing bath tomorrow.
 
She is very overweight, out of shape, and the owners were trying to use her for breeding purposes. Her front legs will also be looked at, and if she needs any NSAIDs – she was apparently on Metacam at one point – we will also ensure it is done.
 
Whatever she needs, she will get!
 
I am told she is so uber sweet!!
 
I want to love on those ears of hers!! 
 
Any donations to her ongoing care can be sent via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
Or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com
 

BHRR Doggie News Update!
 
The picture is of Mr. Maxwell sunbathing!  So freakin’ handsome.
 
1) Mr. Maxwell had a repeat urinalysis on Wednesday, October 13th has he had begun to have some inappropriate urination episodes. Nothing alarming was noted, yet his vet elected to put him on Zeniquin in case he has bacteria in his prostate(he was neutered late in age) that is causing issues. Additionally, with how brutal his past has been with UTI’s, his vet wanted to be cautious.
 
The home is working to ensure that he is in a SA free enabling environment too to assist in dealing with any behavioural causes of the urination accidents.
 
2) Mr. Brutus had his own recheck the same day – He remains on Apoquel 16 mg SID, his antibiotics have been switched to Amox-clav from the cephalexin he had been on for a month as his skin had stopped responding.
 
His eye medications have also been switched up again as his eye infections have also stopped responding to his previous meds.
 
His ear infections seem to be responding ‘ok’ at this time to the medications.
 
He has been putting on the weight plus muscle and WOW, what a gorgeous boy in temperament plus behaviour. We see no reason once he is healthy, why he could not be placed up for adoption.
 
3) Miss Jamila – she went into heat October 2nd – so unfortunate that she was so ill when she arrived as she would have been spayed that first week of September. This puts her at continued high risk of pyo and mammary cancers.
 
Her ears and eye infections continue to be treated, and thanks again to Carol Bruck for her donation to have Miss Jamila be Miss August in the 2021 Calendar being so generously put together by Katherine Bruck!
 
Last I heard there were still two calendars available for sale – Katherine will have to confirm this though.
 
4) Gwen is also working hard on Miss Rosie, the special needs redbone/black/tan houndx – Gwen has been in touch with the O., and working on getting her into our rescue on Thursday.
 
5) Mr. Rocket’s big announcement has been delayed as he had a seizure episode the night of Saturday, October 16th. He had not had anything prior nor has he had anything since.
 
6) Mr. Romeo remains soon to be making his own special announcement.
 
This past week saw over $2,100 in vet bills accumulated, and may this next week not be as expensive.
 

This is *Rosie*. She is an almost 6-year-old Redbone Black & TanX.
 
Her owners are not able to stay on top of her allergies – food, seasonal, environmental, and she is so uncomfortable that she has now begun to be grumpy.
 
The home now have a 6-month-old child and Mrs. wants Rosie gone ASAP. An appointment had been made at a Vet clinic to euthanise her, yet the clinic declined as they feel that Rosie can be helped.
 
Per the Vet records, the Hospital was able to access, she was last seen in 2017.
 
The Owners have a fast timeline for rescue placement to be found for Rosie.
 
We are currently conversing with Mr. re: her – attempting to find out more about her to best determine if we can bring her in.
 
Appears that Rosie also has a cherry eye.