As we continue to receive inquiries and/or applications re: adoptions, we are making yet another blog post – there is one also made on June 8th AND another one made on July 22nd – on all of our adoptable dogs’ blogs re: our current positioning. Our Facebook page and Petfinder also state our present closure for adoption applications.

**WITH COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING/CONSIDERING ANY NEW ADOPTION APPLICATIONS UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.**
**DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE & BE PUSHED FURTHER OUT ONCE AGAIN.**

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any new applications for approved adoptions until at least September.

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 only recently announced that Vet Hospitals can now open up to do non-essential appointments and not only operate on an urgent basis. The backlog to the Vet Hospitals is incredible.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for many other 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 few months with the vast majority being for the wrong reason(s) from people now wanting to adopt.

On a ‘good’ day, we get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past several months; 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 new 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. Each BHRR dog has an extremely thorough individual blog that dates back to when they first arrived into Rescue. Emailing or calling us asking for more details, what our adoption fees are, wanting to come and see the dogs are not going to be responded to any longer. We have posted many times over that we are not a pound, shelter or facility and no, you cannot just visit a dog or make an appointment to visit a dog. We are an all Volunteer organization that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups – we are NOT going to take chances that our dogs could be set up for failure – and as it is the prerogative of other groups to adopt out during this brutally difficult time, it remains our prerogative to not do so. Our adoption success rates are second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating and now 98% as we go through year 24. We will not compromise on our policies, procedures and processes.

We are NOT desperate to adopt out our dogs. All dogs that are deemed adoptable shall ONLY be adopted to right matched personality fit homes that are approved via our thorough adoption screening process.

Thanks!

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 August 7th, 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 EVENTS

NOTICE: UPCOMING BHRR EVENTS:

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

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

 

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

As we continue to receive inquiries and/or applications re: adoptions, we are making yet another blog post – there is one also made on June 8th – on all of our adoptable dogs’ blogs re: our current positioning. Our Facebook page and Petfinder also state our present closure for adoption applications.

**WITH COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING/CONSIDERING ANY NEW ADOPTION APPLICATIONS UNTIL AT LEAST AUGUST.**
**DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE & BE PUSHED FURTHER OUT ONCE AGAIN.**

Please note that we are NOT reviewing nor approving any new 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 only recently announced that Vet Hospitals can now open up to do non-essential appointments and not only operate on an urgent basis. The backlog to the Vet Hospitals is incredible.

People answering the phones at Vet Hospitals need to be answering the phones for many other 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 few months with the vast majority being for the wrong reason(s) from people now wanting to adopt.

On a ‘good’ day, we get almost 1,000 emails and about 50 phone calls.

These past several months; 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 new 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 and no, you cannot just visit a dog or make an appointment to visit a dog. We are an all Volunteer organization that operates from our own home and that of our approved Foster homes. 

AND yes, we are not other groups – we are NOT going to take chances that our dogs could be set up for failure – and as it is the prerogative of other groups to adopt out during this extremely difficult time, it remains our prerogative to not do so. Our adoption success rates are second to no other group out there – 100% for over 10 years of operating and now 98% as we go through year 24. We will not compromise on our policies, procedures and processes.

Thanks!

 

BHRR’s Walter!
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!

He is ready to make his special announcement!

He has made an amazing recovery from when he first arrived to us in March!

He will need a home that will ensure that he remains on his meds required for his environmental/seasonal allergies, for his thyroid AND on his special fish based diet for his food allergies. Cost per month: ~$350

He is housebroken – being on the prednisone does make him drink and wish to eat more so he does ask to go outside a bit more than other dogs, no big deal, he is crate trained, he is wonderful in the car, ok to bathe and do nails and is a big goofy, affectionate boy!

He has this streak in him that when he does not want to do something, he will lay down as he clearly was used to ‘throwing’ his weight around in the past and this is so rare these days. He has come to trust and understand that what is asked of him is in his best interest and if speaking to him in English does not get his attention; he is fluently bilingual and speaking to him French works great!

We do not wish to see him in a home with children under the age of 15. He has been completely fine with people of all ages, sizes, both men and women – yet, was a bit more nervous of men in the beginning.

We want to ensure that any right matched personality fit home is not full of fast, flighty, spastic, unpredictable, loud activity – which kids are naturally!

We would love to see him in a home with a right matched personality fit dog; yet, that is not mandatory. He would be fine as an only dog yet, having worked so hard to demonstrate that other dogs are not out there to hurt him – per his previous O. he has not had outside contact with dogs other than the other dogs they owned; since he was 18 months of age – we want him to have friends! Therefore, a good solid doggie social network of a few close doggie friends n the community would be lovely for him to have!

He loves the companionship of a right matched personality fit dog. He still worries – his reaction is to move away – about strange dogs and we are extremely proud of how brave he has been!

He has been fine with cats and even rabbits!

He can go to a home that works out of the home or in the home, ft, pt, is semi-retired or retired. Another versatile BHRR dog!

His leash manners have improved significantly. He can sometimes still be a bit of a freight train yet, WOW has he gotten a million times better.

We have worked hard to build up that muscle mass and tone in his hind end so going for strolls and small walks for proper mental and physical stimulation is perfect yet, he is not a go for a 8 km walk/hike boy. He is a low energy/activity Dane compared to so many that we have assisted over the past almost 25 years in our Great Dane rescue.

He is a great companion! The best in reading a book, watching a movie or sitting on the porch watching the deer drink from the spring fed pond.

He is the ‘strong silent type’, just quiet and a big handsome blue Great Dane with a heart that is pure, honest and loving!

He has been so low maintenance for us and is going to make that right matched forever loving home the most amazing of family members.

He has a mischievous side and he makes me giggle when I know that he does not want to do what is being asked of him and you can see the brain just working overtime!

I love him so much in all of his true gentle giant representation of the Great Dane breed.

I am bursting with happiness over your awesome rehabilitation with us and I have sadness in my heart for our time together is drawing ever nearer to a close in this chapter that we have had together.

All of our adoption processes, policies and procedures are found on our home website for anyone that may feel that they may qualify to adopt him.

Between all of that information and his detailed blog; no questions that any home may have be left unanswered.

YOU DID IT BHRR’s Walter and thank you again to Josée of Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for these stunning photo’s. Thank you again to Elaine, Bob and Hazel for their extra hands during his professional photo shoot on July 3rd!

BHRR’s Walter
July 3rd, 2020

This stunning photo was taken by Josée of Josée Lavoie Pet Photography!

Stay tuned for BHRR’s Walter has his special announcement to make over the next couple of days!

CAN you believe that this NOW very healthy, strong, vibrant, goofy, affectionate, incredibly handsome boy has made such a fast miraculous rehabilitation journey since he first arrived to us in March 2020?!

YOUR support and believe in our efforts have enabled us to give him the best of the best of care, which is part of our mandate for every BHRR dog that we are entrusted with. THANK YOU!

He deserves to be our next Cover Boy!

Thank you Josée once more for your time and talent AND to Elaine Giles, Bob Levesque plus Hazel Talangbayan for the extra loving hands for him and Miss Volt to experience more caring support!

Both of these dogs ROCKED their photo shoots!!!!!

I cannot believe that this boy was mere hours from being euthanised when were were contacted….we mobilised fast and thanks to Bob for stepping up to transport him to my work where we immediately began vetting him.

On my way soon to have these gorgeous beauties get their professional glam photos!

BHRR’s Walter & BHRR’s Volt.

From there, once we receive them, both will have special announcements to make!

Thank you to Josée Lavoie Pet Photography for their talent plus time to capture these BHRR dogs in all of their stunning glory!

 
 
 
 
 

BHRR’s Walter!

ISO: of someone who may be open to donating some time to assist in taking some professional photo’s in preparation for him to make his own special announcement BECAUSE…..

He has his latest recheck today!

His weight is hanging close to 150 pounds and he is loking fabu! He will remain on the prednisone, was given new eye medication – Torbradex and must stay on his fish based food for life.

Thumbs up to his healing new eyes and skin!

Everyone at work has made so many wonderful comments re: how far he has come since he first arrived to us!

How much more confident, social – tail wagging and seeking affection and did not hesitate to love on everyone!

So many amazing comments on the muscle mass and toning that we are getting on his hind end.

He also got to briefly see/visit with BHRR’s Olive who was having her own surgery today.

He has had such an amazing rehabilitation journey both physically and behaviourally and I am head over heels in love with this amazing character!!!

He has a mind all of his own, he has learned a lot re: compromising vs we are going to discuss this and in the end, we are still going to do what Gwennie is asking and he speaks volumes without even saying a word! 

I am bursting with so much pride YET again over his incredible journey to health and am so excited for him to make his own special announcement!

If you are a professional photographer and may be willing to donate some time to help capture this gorgeous dude in all of his handsome glory, please do advise – contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR is in urgent need of the below items:

1) new or gently used comforters/duvets/blankets
2) new or gently used sleeping bags
3) new or gently used towels
4) new or gently used pillows
5) Pinesol
6) Benny Bully dog treats

Thanks in advance for any consideration!!!

He is back at the Vet tomorrow for his latest recheck and hoping for a thumbs up!!

PLEASE email contactbhrr@gmail.com if you can help! Do not post on this thread…responses can get missed!

BHRR’s Walter!

He had his recheck on Tuesday June 2nd!

He is doing great yet, still needs some medical rehab care since his bilateral entropion surgery – he is still on medications for his eyes as during his latest recheck, he was found to be battling an eye infection in his right eye. He also has eye lube.

He will need at least one more recheck for his eyes, we are slowly weaning him off of the pred and he remains on his thyro tabs plus a fish based kibble.

LOOK how amazing he now looks and according to his wonderful foster Mama and I have seen this several times myself, he is feeling super too!

He is doing really well with people – I noted at his latest recheck how much more calm and accepting he was of everyone. His tail was down yet, not tucked right up under his belly.

He did not have any reaction to the dogs that he has seen at work at his recheck nor with our clinic cat.

Careful integration as always is key!

He has been doing great with the other dog in the home plus their cat that he is being currently fostered in. Due to lack of socialization in his previous home; he has been scared/slightly reactive – a few growls – at strange dogs when he first arrived.

AMAZING progress! He will be back for another recheck in 10 days or so and then it will be time to work on his muscle mass/toning of his hind end.

He has been making a lot of lovely fans and friends since his time with BHRR and his personality is starting to really shine!

AND this is what your support and belief in us enables us to do!!!! To be here for special needs like him!!!! THANK YOU!

BHRR’s Walter!

He went in for surgery on May 19th to get his new eyes! He had his much needed bilateral entropion surgery as he was finally healthy enough to have the surgery.

His weight was 147.4 pounds(67 kgs). He has now put on 15.4 pounds (7 kgs) since he first arrived to BHRR’s care in March. He still needs a bit more weight and once he has recovered from his eye surgery, our next focus is working to building up his muscle mass and strength in his hind end.

I microchipped him while he was under, he had a great manicure/pedicure and he received tons of gentle love from many of my colleagues during his time at work!

He is now on two types of pain meds, oral and eye antibiotics plus some trazodone to help keep him calm and comfortable while he heals.

He remains on his pred plus thyro tabs along with a special fish based diet and when he is back for his recheck in 10-14 days, we will do more bloodwork at that time.

He is now sporting a very fashionable cone – 40 cm – and it was truly lovely for all to note how far he has come since we first received the urgent message that he needs rescue or that he would be killed later that same day.

He is a really sweet boy and THANKS to his foster Mama for taking excellent care of him!

Thank you’s extended from our hearts once once more to my fellow team mates @ EVC and to both Dr. G. & Dr. Ammar for giving him excellent Vet care since his arrival to BHRR.

We will make a separate post re: Miss Volt who also had surgery on the 19th!

We still await surgery dates from the specialist for both BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu for their legs – both of them have front leg concerns, requiring no less than 6 surgeries between them both & BHRR’s Royal Blu also needs his own bilateral entropion plus a cherry eye repair.

Our GivingGrid fundraiser is below and what has generously come in to date, will cover both of BHRR’s Walters and Miss Volts  – their Vet bills on Tuesday came to $2,141.41 and we are almost half way to our goal!

We remain deeply humbled, grateful, and thankful to everyone that stands strong by our special needs rescues side helping us to work hard to keep our doors open during this brutally difficult time.

We cannot do this alone and though we along with so many r/q groups are going through such dark scary times, it immensely warms our hearts to have members of our village fighting as hard as we are to be here for those in need of our highly specialised and much needed programs.

The link to our GivingGrid fundraiser is HERE and donation considerations can also continue to be sent direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 or via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

BHRR’s Walter(photo) & BHRR’s Miss Volt are scheduled for Tuesday May 19th for their surgeries.

BHRR’s Walter is booked to have both of his eyes repaired for his bilateral entropion. That is the next step in his own rehabilitation program. YOU are going to feel even better after your surgery sweet boy!

BHRR’s Miss Volt is FINALLY going to have her spay and those two small incisors removed. Baby girl, your rehab journey has been long yet, we are almost there!

COVID-19 sure did not help AND we still have BHRR’s Royal Blu(eyes/2 legs) and BHRR’s Coupe(2 legs) waiting for their own specialist surgeries…..

Please know that your beautiful support enables us to keep helping dogs like BHRR’s Walter, BHRR’s Royal Blu, BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Miss Volt.

To date, our givinggrid fundraiser has raised: $1,276 in 24 hours. WOW! We are 25% to our goal. We do remain in urgent need of your generosity to help BHRR stay strong.

To all that have posted supportive words and/or donated and/or shared our call for financial donations, please know how much you humble us, you honour us and we thank you for being there in our massive time of need.

Should you not wish to donate via the givinggrid – link is HERE!, donations can be sent via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com or even direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381

As always, thank you for any and all consideration to help keep BHRR strong!

BHRR’s Walter

Someone needs a bigger bed……and while the picture is kind of cute, the reality is not….. 

We had a wonderful rescue angel donate monies for BHRR’s Walter to have his own dog bed – sadly, Costco did not have any XL beds at that time, so we ordered online from a different business….

When that bed came in – in photo – it was not what it was suppose to be in dimensions and now, we are in conversation with the company working on getting our funds back. They are not being co-operative despite all documentation to demonstrate what was sent is not what we paid for.

So, dear sweet Walter is still using BHRR’s Bells bed in the meantime…..

As so many are experiencing, times are very tough for everyone and Rescue organisations are not exempt from the current brutal economy.

Every day is a struggle for r/q groups – we are down to 1.5 days left of fish based kibble to feed no less than 5 dogs in need of said kibble.

We have mounting Vet bills for meds, prescription foods and urgent care that can not be put on hold.

Animals do not stop needing high quality care during this COVID-19 nightmare.

If anyone may consider donating an XL dog bed for BHRR’s Walter and/or a bag of FROMM Salmon or Whitefish, our gratitude would be hundred fold.

The stress is real….we have been operating for over 24 years and have gone through more than our share of difficult time’s and right now is top of those hardship experiences…. 

Donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via Email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com or even direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic to our rescue account there: 613-383-8381.

Thank you’s from our heart to everyone in our BHRR village for being there during these unprecedented times….. 

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BHRR’s Walter was at the Vet on Friday April 10th for his recheck!

He is slowly gaining weight (he has put on 2.1 kgs in two weeks) – still very skinny, yet, he is improving! He is now 62.10 kgs(136.62 pounds).

The healthier he is getting, the better he is feeling and the more weight he is putting on. His fabu foster mama says that he is eating very well!

His feet, skin, face etc. are all looking SO much better! He now has toes!

He remains on pred, antibiotics and has now been put on two eye medications for his eye infections. He will require his own bilateral entropion surgery once he is healthier.

We have him on a fish based food and his body is responding wonderfully to it!

The bleeding and lesions all over his body have pretty much resolved, he is not itchy like he once was was, he is more alert, beginning to become playful and is no longer as uncomfortable.

I also gave him a much needed nail trim on Friday. He ROCKED it!

He is on thyroid medication as without it per his previous Vet Records; he was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. He had been having seizures and vestibular ataxia.

He has a very long journey ahead of him and we thank ALL of his rescue angels to date for donating to his extremely deserving cause….! 

His personality is starting to come out and he LOVES the humans, not so sure of the clinic cat at work and we will be beginning to work on his intergration with other dogs.

We will also begin to work more on his muscle mass and tone. He is lacking a lot.

We are still waiting on the special stain decision on his three biopsies yet, the prelim results demonstrate:

MICROSCOPIC DESCRIPTION:
Haired skin (chin and face): Tissue consists of three punch biopsies of haired skin which have been bisected. There is epidermis and dermis with adnexa and minimal subcutis. The epidermis is multifocally moderately hyperplastic with parakeratosis. Frequently hair follicles are hyperplastic with occasional
sheets of degenerate viable neutrophils, eosinophils and macrophages to ruptured with free hair shafts frequently surrounded by similar inflammation described with regions of pyogranulomatous and eosinophilic and granulomatous inflammation. Occasionally regions of dermis within one sample are expanded by abundant pyogranulomatous inflammation forming discrete pyogranulomas with surrounding fibrin, edema and hemorrhage.

MICROSCOPIC INTERPRETATION:
Marked to severe chronic pyogranulomatous to eosinophilic and granulomatous dermatitis and folliculitis with frequent furunculosis with intralesional free hair shafts and regionally extensive fibrin, edema and hemorrhage (PENDING special stains; see comments)

COMMENTS:
THIS IS AN INTERIM REPORT.
Changes are consistent with a significant dermatitis, folliculitis and furunculosis with evidence of chronic trauma to these areas. There is no definitive evidence of infectious agents observed with routine stains. There is no definitive evidence of a neoplastic process within the sections of tissue reviewed histologically. The cause for these lesions is unknown but histomorphologic features and clinical
findings may be secondary to a hypersensitivity reaction within this region with chronic trauma and subsequent enlargement of adnexa with rupture or potentially this represents a deep pyoderma with subsequent trauma and furunculosis. Additional special stains are pending to evaluate for the presence of etiologic agents. The findings of the special stains will be reported in the final report and any additional comments if warranted.

*VIDEO sent our way by his previous Owner the morning we were asked to assist this Great Dane*
 
UPDATE: BHRR’s Walter has tested negative for heartworm, tick borne diseases, sarcoptic and demodectic mange.
 
We are waiting to discuss in detail – I have been sent them today – his biopsy results – three biopsies taken and his thyroid panel with his Vet. I have questions that only the expertise of his Vet will be able to confirm/validate and answer for me. So, will not post more on those results until that conversation occurs.
 
He has been placed on antibiotics, thyro meds, pred, been de-wormed and is now on a fish based food only.
 
Per his previous vet records, last summer he was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. He had been having seizures and vestibular ataxia.
 
He has clear auto immune and extreme skin issues, quite common with blue Great Danes, being a recessive gened bred colour.
 
He had not been on any meds for a couple of weeks per his previous Owner/past records and had remained on a chicken/poultry based food. Per his past records, he had not remained on allergy meds consistently allowing flare-ups to occur and then became worse.
 
The bleeding on his body has slowed down, the swelling is coming down, some of his lesions and wounds are drying up – he has toes plus feet now – and he is eating well. His hydration level is slowly coming up too.
 
His eyes remain runny and red – yet, they now can open! – and will need to have his own bilateral entropion surgery – once again so common in this euro blood line Danes.
 
The trauma caused to his body is apparent and will take a long time to rehabilitate and we are taking it one step at a time.
 
I briefly saw him myself yesterday and his temperament is loving and such a hoot! When he does not want to do something, he just lays right down! Already he is feeling a bit better, putting on some weight on that skinny body and his personality is slowly poking through!
 
He remains very weak, especially in his hind end and is a very sick boy yet, he is surrounded by a village that is strong and determined!
 
***$1,025 DONATED TO DATE*** 
 
Once again, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.
 
We will continue to operate on a zero tolerance policy re: the above.
 
We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.
 
We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….
 
It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 
 
If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue
 
OR
 
you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org
 
OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

UPDATE: *Walter* is now at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic. This is one picture sent my way of part of his face.

Bloodwork is being run and biopsies have been taken and he is being examined.

Will update more as I can….

***$925 DONATED TO DATE*** 

BHRR has been quickly mobilising behind the scenes to rescue this Great Dane.

We received an email in the wee hours of the AM that he needed help or the Owner said the Vet would ‘kill him today’.

As soon as I saw the email a couple of hours later, I jumped on it, begged for some time and then the incredible links on our BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ were put into action.

One of our fabu approved Volunteers now has him – thank you for dropping everything to help! – and is on his way direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic, who have been alerted and are standby to receive him. Drive safe Bob!

I am not going to post more at this time re: his current medical state other than to say, we could not let him be put to sleep and are going to do all necessary diagnostics plus treatments for him. Yes, he has lesions, wounds and swelling all over his body including his front feet and muzzle and he is skinny – from a video and pics, he looks somewhat emaciated. He can barely open his eyes.

He is in pain, clearly suffering and bleeding. This is his reality right now.

However, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.

I shall post what is known from his past Vet Records along with what our expert Vet Team will determine form examining and testing him.

We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.

We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….

It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 

If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue

OR

you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Soon sweet boy, soon…you will be at the Hospital soon….

***$425 DONATED TO DATE*** 

BHRR has been quickly mobilising behind the scenes to rescue this Great Dane.

We received an email in the wee hours of the AM that he needed help or the Owner said the Vet would ‘kill him today’.

As soon as I saw the email a couple of hours later, I jumped on it, begged for some time and then the incredible links on our BHRR ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ were put into action.

One of our fabu approved Volunteers now has him – thank you for dropping everything to help! – and is on his way direct to Eagleson Veterinary Clinic, who have been alerted and are standby to receive him. Drive safe Bob!

I am not going to post more at this time re: his current medical state other than to say, we could not let him be put to sleep and are going to do all necessary diagnostics plus treatments for him. Yes, he has lesions, wounds and swelling all over his body including his front feet and muzzle and he is skinny – from a video and pics, he looks somewhat emaciated. He can barely open his eyes.

He is in pain, clearly suffering and bleeding. This is his reality right now.

However, before anyone posts in judgement and negativity, do note that the owner DID reach out for help and we are assisting. So, please be mindful of any words posted. It is not a great situation, we all agree, yet, realise that any words you post could prevent another Owner from reaching out and doing the right thing, and that would mean an animal would be euthanised over being assisted.

I shall post what is known from his past Vet Records along with what our expert Vet Team will determine form examining and testing him.

We just had to find a way to step up to save him. Yes, we are financially overwhelmed with the ever mounting Vet Bills for BHRR’s Coupe and BHRR’s Royal Blu; yet, we just had to rescue this special needs Dane in urgent need of us too.

We know this is difficult times for all and have no right to beg for donations, yet, I have no ego or pride and shall continue to do what I need to to make miracles happen for those in need of our highly specialised programs. So, I do beg and grovel and keep hope alive in my heart….

It is not going to be easy yet, I am going to focus on the possible, not the impossible….. 

If anyone may consider his own worthy cause, he has a file already set up at Eagleson Veterinary Clinic 613-383-8381 under ‘Walter’ for our Rescue

OR

you can donate via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com

Soon sweet boy, soon…you will be at the Hospital soon….