BHRR's Bilbo, our remaining Hobbit – ADOPTED November 9th, 2013

*JUST some of his wonderful family!

Already, received a couple of lovely mini-updates and things are going so well! He lived with my 'Panda' and now lives with another 'Panda!' πŸ™‚

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BHRR's Hobbit – Bilbo! November 9th, 2013


BHRR's Bilbo is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We shall update his blog as we can.

On Friday October 4th, we moved The Hobbit of BHRR's Bilbo to a temp foster home. Was not the smoothest of drop-offs (poor boy did ask to go outside yet, it was missed(thought, he was looking out their door window by all of us, and he then had a poop accident in the house) yet, all seemed settled in the end. On the Saturday, I received an update that was positive and that he was settling in well.

On the Sunday AM, I received a message that a tick had been removed from BHRR's Bilbo on the Saturday night andm that was not concerning as he is on revolution and we are in a huge bloom before the winter strikes. I was assured that the head was also removed.

On the Sunday night, I received a message that after looking him all over, to be assured that he did not have any more ticks, the area that had the original tick, now had a lump. The home believed it to be an abscess. I made arrangements to bring BHRR's Bilbo to his Vets at KAH.

Thank you to Rachel, one of our approved Volunteers with helping me with the transport on the Monday October 7th as this was the same day, that I also need to be on two separate trips to Quebec(one to pick-up BHRR's Breen), one to do a hv to see how things could go with one of our BHRR dogs for a possible future BHRR Adoption and I also had another canine(BHRR's Groves) that was being temp fostered by a wonderful soul, Jenn D., since the Friday as I had to be away over that weekend doing a bust assessment on 26 dogs; scheduled for me to pick-up that Monday.

AND, this was the day that we very suddenly and tragically ending up losing our BHRR's Titus. So, a very busy day and a very devastating day on my heart.

So, thank you to Jenn for keeping BHRR's Groves another night and thank you to the home in Quebec, for being ok with me rescheduling that play date visit and thank you to Rachel for helping to transport and then loving on my Hobbit for a few hours until I could drive to Kingston after dropping off BHRR's Breen at BHRR and tagging with Sean to be with BHRR's Titus, so that he would never be left alone.

Photo's below are of The Hobbit at Rachel's just hanging! She said he was welcome back anytime….I think she fell in love with him! πŸ˜‰ THANK you for the toy for him also! πŸ™‚

On Tuesday October 8th, I brought my Hobbit into work with me and had him examined by two of his Vets at KAH and both agreed with me that this was not an absess yet, a seroma and most likely from trauma as none of us had ever seen a seroma from a tick. On October 13th at the PV `THANKS FOR GIVING EVENT, I also discussed this with the Vet that had adopted BHRR`s Emmett. THe Hobbit was with us that day and had a GREAT event…he always does. He has been coming to events with me since he was just a wee thing. This Vet works at a different Hospital and, they too, agree that this is NOT from a tick removal. On the 8th, we removed 12 cc`s of fluid from the area on BHRR`s Bilbo`s shoulder and I brought home a syringe in case I needed to remove more. The plan was for me to monitor and if necessary, remove any additional fluid(for, it could well come back) and, if it began to feel hot etc., we would then place him on antibiotics. I want to publicly also THANK my Vets at KAH for not charging me for this Vet Visit.

I did not end up having to date remove any additional fluid from this area. In the discussions had with his Vet team, this could have been a play injury(none of the dogs in the temp foster home had as of yet, been willing to play with him), he could have bumped himself, or trauma could have been caused by a lot of force being used to remove the tick. We will never know…..and, he is going to be just fine. πŸ™‚

His weight on that day was 69.72 pounds at the age of 8 months! πŸ™‚ So, I am thinking that he may well still mature into that 80-85 pound range when fully grown. No matter what he ends up to be, he is 100% cute and to state, once again, we do know who his parents are; he looks like the three of his siblings(BHRR`s Baggins, Spirit(with another Rescue) & Reagan(adopted from another rescue)), that we have also met to date. There is only one of his siblings that we have not yet met, and we do not know the status. He was the biggest in the 5 that ended up coming to rescue and Spirit was the smallest.

The decision was made between the temp foster home that had him and the BHRR BOD that it would be best for him to stay with us at BHRR. Thank you being sent to them for giving him this weekend!

He has continued to just flourish at BHRR and the compliments continue on how well mannered and gorgeous that coat of his is. BHRR is extremely dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of all of our dogs and this dedication is for the life of any of our dogs.

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BHRR's Bilbo – Our remaining HOBBITT – October 7th, 2013
*photo's courtesy of R. Ng


From Friday October 18th to Sunday November 3rd, 2013 inclusive, BHRR will not be open for adoptions or the intake of adoption applications.

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.

UPDATE: With deep regret, this is not the right matched home for our Hobbit. HE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AGAIN!

A really good home for some lucky dog out there though! Sonyia and I provided several other r/q groups to try once, they are ready.

While he is not a giant, he is too big for them plus their lovely cute smaller home and he is still growing (once, they had the actual visual, they could see) and their fencing needs some work (to adopt from anywhere ) and so, they will be trying to possibly address.

They loved him, gosh, they loved him, so much about him – temperament, manners, looks etc., and he was quite comfortable – even jumped up on their bed! – in their home yet, the decision to not adopt him was mutual between all of us and I know that right matched dog is out there for them!!

Without knowing just where BHRR's Bilbo will stop in the growing department, their ages, his own age and their fencing right now plus another area of their yard, he just is not the right matched dog.

Thank you Sonyia for coming to do this with me, your eyes and knowledgeable input and helping!!! Thank you Mason and thank you to this home for giving my Hobbit another great experience!!

Video and some photos' below


He had only one puke on the way down AND that was because he managed to 'sneak' in some breaky of another dog and he puked it up before we even hit the 401. After that, he had a great trip!!! He is a great travel buddy! πŸ™‚ What works best of him when driving anywhere is a late lunch the day before you go and no supper and go on the road first thing the next AM. HE is an absolute perfect car companion then! πŸ™‚

One of the photo's below is of a string of drool which is amazing AS he is not a big drooly kind of boy BUT, when I stopped in Kingston on the way home to buy my son some late lunch, he saw the seagulls and was so fascinated by them! He sat still as a statue and stared and drooled! LOL

The Hobbit – BHRR's Bilbo – September 8th, 2013

The Hobbit's HV is scheduled for Sunday September 8th! Will update as I can.

BHRR`s Bilbo – MY last Hobbit!!! is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!!!

Will update his blog as I can. Over the last 24 hours, we have had three other inquiries on him as well and we are not accepting any applications on him until it is determined if this is or is not his right matched forever loving home!

A short time ago, I received an email from the most talented and I want to say also, very beautiful and special Liz Bradley of The Ottawa Dog Blog.

As many are aware, there was a voting contest recently for the Most Influential Dog Blog online and the competition was quite tough AND, thanks to such an incredible surrounding community The Ottawa Dog Blog WON! By taking 60% of the votes!

HUGE Congratulations Liz & Jane!!! Extremely well deserved! Your blog is quite important and valued deeply by so many and you make a BIG difference daily with all your efforts! I have loved watching your amazing 'baby' grow plus develop!

AND, what so humbly surprised me(AND, made me grab yet, another tissue…this time with a welling up of good tears!), was that Liz/Jane was awarded a lifesaving generous gift of $500 donation to the charity of her choice AND they chose BHRR!! As they have posted about, there are SO many great r/q Rescues deserving and in need and, I am touched, humbled and feel privileged to have our small rescue chosen to be the recipient of such an incredible gesture……Just honoured! Immensely!

There really needs to be more words to express THANK YOU! I am MORE thank thankful! I am genuinely appreciative plus grateful and filled with intense gratitude…….


"It was a difficult decision as to the charity who we would pick to receive the donation as all of the Ottawa charities work so hard.

We decided on Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation to receive the $500 donation! BHRR is an amazing rescue who is in need of money to feed the large and giant breeds they rescue – this money will go a long way towards food and vet bills for them!

Thank you again to all who voted. I am so very proud to live in this great city surrounded by fellow dog lovers.

With love and belly rubs,
Liz (and Jane)"

**Could I please ask our fans/supporters/family/friends to take a moment and go over and CONGRATULATE Liz/Jane immensely and tell them HOW uber awesome they are with what they do daily!!!**

AND, here is what I wrote on their lovely Blog post!

HUGE Congratulations Liz & Jane!!! Extremely well deserved! Your blog is quite important and valued deeply by so many and you make a BIG difference daily with all your efforts! I have loved watching your amazing ‘baby’ grow plus develop!

As Liz/Jane have posted, there are SO many great r/q Rescues deserving and in need and, I am touched, humbled and feel immensely privileged to have had our small rescue of Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services chosen to be the recipient of such an incredible gesture……Just honoured! Immensely!

I also wish to publicly thank Camp Cookstown from my heart, for having such a great contest, for helping to get the word out regarding so many fantastic online blogs and for supporting the work done in animal rescue with this very generous and lifesaving gift of $500.

There really needs to be more words to express THANK YOU! I am MORE thank thankful! I am genuinely appreciative plus humbled and filled with intense gratitude…….


Thank you sooooooooooo much to Ginnette & CJ for having us back again this year!!!
I absolutely LOVE this event! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Saturday July 27th
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Min. $10 Donation
*Microchips $40 includes registration, merchandise AND Nail Trims too!
*Thanks to BHRR BOD member Barry for working with me on this poster!

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COMING UP ON Sunday July 14th, 2013! Our 6th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser!
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In 2012, we did 56 MICROCHIPS(ALL by qualified Veterinary professionals) & 94 nail trims!

We shall have our silent auction table again, human plus doggie baked table, draws, facepainting, caricatures AND so much more!

NO APPOINTMENTS necessary! For more information, please visit HERE:

OR follow all the exciting updates on our BHRR/KAH Facebook EVENT PAGE!


Thank you in advance for any consideration!!


1) More volunteers to put up posters in their local community including training facilities
2) People open to emailing and promoting this event poster at their work and with friends, family and neighbours. I can email the poster to all willing to assist. πŸ™‚
3) Donations of pop, juice, bottled water & hotdogs/buns & hamburger/buns
4) NEED MORE DRAW PRIZES! Please email
6) NEED MORE Silent Auction Items
7) Gift cards – please email
8) We need people to assist us with cross-posting this event and getting the word out! We have some huge Vet bills right now and more in the pipe.

PLEASE EMAIL if you can assist with any of the above!

***This event is such a great time!***

THANK you again to BHRR's Cosette's fabu mom for working with members of the BHRR BOD on this poster!


They are still sleeping in a crate at night, have a very rare accident in the house(This could digress should they be adopted soon) AND they will NOT be adopted together!

They shall be adopted to separate homes.

They are good with all other dogs, cats, people etc.

They both still do get car sick and if you fast them the night before travelling, they do not get sick and if they have both been very healthily mentally and physically stimulated, they also shall not get sick. They seemed to be limited to a 35 minute drive before the puking begins…..still something they could outgrow.

They sleep well throughout the night and both are quite quiet. BHRR's Bilbo sometimes uses his voice to say 'I am ready to go' when it is the morning.

BHRR's Baggins loves laying around your feet and to be near you.

They can go to a home that works ft(as long as the home comes back at lunch to let them out), pt, from home, retired or semi-retired. Their leash manners are FANTASTIC!

My consistency, time, patience, dedication to their obedience regime has paid off. The compliments that I get when they are out is WOW!

Both attended the Take The Plunge Event on the Sunday in June – until we were rained out and so many did not even know we had them with us in our booth for they were so well behaved! πŸ™‚

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BHRR's Baggins – June 27th, 2013
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BHRR's Bilbo – June 27th, 2013

Katoby Distribution is having their FIRST even Campaign For Rescue Voting Contest!

This contest was created via nominations and on Monday July 1st, BHRR received an email regarding this voting contest and what a surprise PLUS honour to note that we were one of the organizations chosen to participate!

They have 4 prize packs totaling over $4000 in valuable food and products to give to the rescue groups you think deserve it! Top 3 dog rescues and the top cat rescue will each win a prize pack (as determined by votes). One lucky voter will also receive a price pack worth over $250!

Voting ends July 15 at noon – one vote per day per person!

On Sunday June 16th, BHRR's Bobby came with us to Take The Plunge Ottawa – sadly, the event was rained out by 1 PM AND yet, it did give me another opportunity to observe and witness new behavours from him.

IF he was NOT allowed to visit a dog (sometimes) a person on 'his' terms, he would bark and wag his tail. This one BC really did not like him and the more that BC snarled and lunged, the more BHRR's Bobby play bowed and wagged his tail and barked. I sometimes think BHRR's Bobby 'thinks' he is a Golden Retriever…. πŸ˜‰ AND, he LOVED all the water! LOL

The same when we were back at our booth. By the time, we left, he was much more settled and the work began to 'teach' him that not all is on his terms and that inappropriate behavours will not be rewarded.

He LOVED all kids he met too! OMG! HE LOVED them! The Hobbits came with me this day too and BOTH of them just rocked it! THEY are so amazing!!! So far they have traveled themselves!


THINK good thoughts for The Hobbits as later today – Thursday June 13th is their TWINKLE removing surgery! πŸ™‚

Depending on how they are feeling, they may be with us at TTP on day this weekend.

UPDATE: June 13th Afternoon:

UPDATE: The Hobbits had their neuters today and everything went great! Their hips were thoroughly examined while they were under and thumbs up for both!!
Both did have car sickness again on the way into KAH and they still could both outgrow that.
BHRR's Bilbo is now 44.22 pounds
BHRR's Baggins is now 39.82 pounds
Both are off fluids and just took them out and no pees yet…..
So cute they are!

They did not get sick on the way home!

BHRR's Baggins still does not menace normally yet, he is doing fantastic! He tracks and nothing is holding him back! Decreased or absent menace response means, he does not blink when a hand is waved toward the eyes.

BHRR's Baggins & BHRR's Bilbo – Just as I was ready to drive home from KAH!


The Hobbits are at work with me today for their last boosters plus presurgicial bw for their neuters. They are now 16 weeks old!
Baggins is now 36.3 pounds – up from 24.42 pounds a month ago
Bilbo is now 40.04 pounds – up from 27.5 pounds a month ago
At the rate they are growing, we are looking at big boyz!!

Both are still experiencing some car sickness and they could still outgrow this…..

They did not get sick at all on the way home.

We were also not able to draw their blood today as their veins were very wiggly and so, after a few pokes, we ended trying do while under sedation the day of their neuter.

Here is a VIDEO of them both today at KAH!

The Hobbits were to head to KAH with me today for their Rabies booster plus pre-surgical bw for neutering yet, it has been postponed until later.

Below is a VIDEO & a photo of BHRR's Bilbo lounging in the long grass before Mason cut it,  after his special picnic date on May 11th, 2013.



THIS is my latest GOOD WITH CATS UPDATE post!

This lovely Canine has proven to be 'good' with cats. YET, as always, careful integration is an VERY important key and the personalities also!

I also want to stress that THE Hobbits of BHRR's Baggins & BHRR's Bilbo are only mere puppies right now….their 'cat' goodness could well change as they mature.

We cat test our dogs as we can. Sean is allergic to cats and most of our own dogs are scared of cats and yet, doing thorough evaluations plus assessments and getting to know the BHRR dogs thoroughly, my knowledge of them and experience with them and gut/instinct have gone a long way in helping to determine if the dogs may or may not be good. Others do remain an 'unknown'.

The Hobbits of BHRR's Bilbo & BHRR's Baggins were at the Vet with me yesterday and…..

Hobbit Bilbo now weighs – 12.5 Kgs(27.5 pounds!)
Hobbit Baggins now weights – 11.2 Kgs(24.42 pounds!)

Sniff…they are growing up….and FAST!

At the rate they are growing, they should be around 75-80 pounds when full grown….yet, I shall see what their next visit weigh-in looks like. Could just be a growth spurt!

Ears, hearts, lungs, joints are great for both!
Eyes for Hobbit Bilbo thumbs up too!
Eyes for Hobbit Baggins much improved since last visit….in discussing with his Vet last night, there are some theories on this and he could possibly continue to improve as he ages and could end up with zero impairment as he matures. They are going to research more. He is still not 100% 'normal' yet, he is NORMAL to all that know and love him!

The Vet believes that it could be a developmental thing with BHRR's Baggins and that as he ages, his eyes will become stronger and more normal and he could well end up with no impairment. NEW ground for me in this!

Matters naught to me if he is or is not visually impaired> I have been working on his scent and touch training and he has been ROCKING it! The puppy that once was so scared he screamed and cowered behind all before I got him from what I was told when he was first picked up and the puppy that wedged himself behind my one toilet is NO longer! HE is rocking his leash and his sit and his is one personality filled dude! HE is brill!

BHRR's Bilbo is much 'softer'….and he did not get all in the brains area….. πŸ˜‰

AND here is a VIDEO taken of The Hobbits with our PRU FREEDOM DOG Sir-Bounce-A-Lots on April 28th, 2013

BHRR's Bilbo & Baggins came on Saturday April 20th to the Pet Appreciation Event at PV Stittsville AND MAN! Did they obtain some fans.

One of our approved BHRR Volunteers that day was amazing to assist me in keep explaining to people that you do not just 'toss' us some money and then get to walk away with the puppy you want. We continued to have to explain how our adoption processes work and that these two are not even yet, ready for adoption and why we do not take applications until they are ready.

Below is a photo of folks that have become very dear to the hearts of Sean & I of PV Stittsville holding The Hobbits! πŸ™‚

They had a great day!!!

BHRR's Baggins continues to become more and more social, SMART! OMG! He is brill!
BHRR's Bilbo is smart, yet, a different kind of smart. πŸ˜€

Both keep stealing hearts and taking numbers wherever they go AND their leash manners are almost completley rocking, they have their names, sit, stay down to a 't' and are very eager to please! They are such happy wee boyz!

They are both heading to work with me on Monday for their next set of boosters and a new weight! I wanted to snag the new weight on Saturday but, our scale at KAH died on Thursday night and the new one that came in on Friday has not yet, been caliberated. CANNOT wait to see where they are at now for it is getting very hard to carry them in two arms! The one arm carrying is long gone! πŸ™‚

Many continue to also think they are IWx and we continue to say that we KNOW what their parents were – Mom (Rottie) & Dad (Olde English Sheepdog x GS). πŸ˜‰

You can see my 'scrub' top just barely as I did a great 'duck' before the photo was taken…I am a in the trenches kinda person. Not in the limelight person. πŸ˜‰

Our small r/q group was chosen by PV Stittsville to be the recipients of funds raised during the month of April as part of their Pet Valu Appreciation month and they also invited us to their locale last weekend AND I had so much fun planning the day/events with PV Stittsville! THEY also invited us back for 2014! HOW honoured am I!

We handed over the $826.02 and the $411 we raised at our tables over both days on the weekend so that they could write one big check to BHRR at the end of the month. In visiting yesterday, I felt like I needed to take a seat when I was told the total to date that had been raised over the past month….

I can say that this amount between the PAWS and other events hosted over April, that we can put down a big hunk of change towards BHRR's Maverick's upcoming two separate leg surgeries. How can one truly thank everyone that has helped to make that happen?! Words truly do fail me at times….

BHRR's Cherry & The Hobbits(Bilbo – l) & (Baggins – r)
*photo courtesy of Erika of PV

The wee Hobbits came to work with me on Monday and WOW! Better and better and better! πŸ™‚

More outgoing and social and the housebreaking is getting there…. πŸ˜‰

BHRR's Baggins' car sickness is almost completely gone now…just some very mild wet chin. They had to have been so stressed on Friday and then with me taking them in yet, another car ride on the Saturday. Poor BHRR's Baggins had a puke in the car on Saturday and I had heard that they got sick on Friday on the transport.

YET, nothing on Monday!

BOTH are great travellers.

BHRR's Baggins weighed 6.4 kgs(14.08 pounds)
BHRR's Bilbo weighed 7.1 kgs(15.62 pounds)

They are still skinny and a lot more hydrated and putting on the weight wonderfully! πŸ™‚

ANOTHER huge hit day for them at KAH! πŸ™‚

This week, BHRR was one of several groups contacted by another lovely rescue to see if we could assist with a litter of 9 puppies.
With the recent adoption of BHRR's Cosette and the then pending (now approved) adoption of BHRR's Kris Kringle, the bringing 'Mozart'(known to BHRR as 'Rook') home again, that very sadly, we would not be bringing in the blind Bruce, the possible placing of another dog in an approved BHRR temp foster home; we stepped up to offer/commit to assist two pups.

When asked, we passed along other names of groups we felt were r/q to see if they could also help this Rescue place the pups. They were also working hard to grab momma and though, the home did not surrender momma, she will be spayed.

BHRR offered to donate funds to help pay for her spay yet, this sweet group has that all covered.

The rescue then learned that four of the pups had become placed by this home yet, five still needed homes and with the beautiful collaboration of several kind r/q Rescues, all pups have a safe refuge!

These pups were destined to a life on chains, under socialised and neglected should the wonderful group that contacted us not be so proactive in their welfare.

Our two 'wee' giants – Rottie(Mom) x GS/English Sheepdog(Dad) shall arrive March 29th, 2013 and we are loving the surprise as to whether we shall have girls or boys or one of each come our way!

It always matters naught to BHRR sex, colour, age etc…we just feel blessed to be able to help those next in need canines. πŸ™‚

The pups are 8 weeks of age and it has been a long time – 2012 – since we had puppy breath here at BHRR! What a special Easter these babies shall now have.


BHRR's Bilbo weighed 6.6 KGs(14.52 pounds)
He is being dewormed for Rounds and Tapeworms
He received his first vaccines on Saturday
He was microchipped



BHRR's Bilbo(Left) & BHRR's Baggins(Right) with Jessie & Chantal from Pet Valu Stittsville – BHRR's Bilbo
March 30th, 2013


THANKS again Tanya for the donation of the CBC's for them!!!