BHRR does not adopt out during the XMAS season due to our position that it is not in the best interest of any new addition being added during such a busy, exciting and somewhat stressful time for many.  Quite a few other Rescues, Shelters, Pounds etc. have also begun to follow a similar protocol to what we have been doing.

Our XMAS Shutdown period for this year is from Saturday December 17th, 2011 to Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 inclusive.

During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need.

BHRR's Broker was ADOPTED today! Congrats to his new adoptive home and to him!

Should all go well, BHRR's Broker shall be adopted on Saturday November 12th. Will update as I can. This shall make adoption #313 for BHRR.

‘Spare a Loonie for Bloomy’

Hello Everyone!!

We are now launching the ''Spare a Loonie for Bloomy'' campaign, starting November 1st, 2011 (11-1-11) and running until December 1st, 2011 (12-1-11); We would like to encourage everyone to invite their family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to donate $1.

Even if you think that $1 won't make a difference, one thousand loonies certainly will! You can drop off the money at DögHaus (5671 Sherbrooke West) in Bloom's piggy bank or donate directly to Bloom's file (100861) at by calling the DMV (514-633-8888).

OR you can donate via Paypal ( or by email transfer to (make sure you send the pw) or by mailing a bank draft out to 'Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabiltation Services(BHRR)' and mail to:

Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR)
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

Many places have 'casual' Fridays and considering choosing BHRR's Bloom's cause for one of those office days!

Please share this message with everyone you know, we can use all the help we can get to reach our goal!

Let's make a change with change!!

**Keep in mind that it costs the DMV money every time they process a credit card transaction, and many companies enforce a $5 minimum rule.***

BHRR's Bloom's Angels:

Bloom's Carnival Fundraiser Angels


Total Raised To Date: $965
Total Needed to Raise: $4,000

Below is a photo of BHRR's Broker taken at a Fundraiser held at Global Pet Foods – Kanata on Sunday October 30th, 2011. Once we know the final total raised from Global Pet Foods – Kanata, we shall post BUT we want to send out our immense thanks to everyone that showed up for nail trims plus photos! 🙂

New weight taken on BHRR's Broker on Thursday November 3rd, was a slightly plump 58.3 KGs(128.26 pounds). He shall be cutting back on a bit of the food. 😉

BHRR's Broker remains under a PENDING ADOPTION at this time. We will update his blog as we can.

BHRR's Broker – October 30th, 2011 – 16 months of age


BHRR’s Broker is being placed under a ‘Pending Adoption’. Until such time as it can be best determined if this is/is not the right matched home for him; BHRR shall not be taking on any more inquiries or applications for him.

On Sunday October 30th, 2011 – Global Pet Foods – Kanata (AND yes, that is BHRR's Lil Linus on the front page with his tongue! LOL) is hosting Photo Sessions for $10 as well as $10 nail trims and they so very kindly have chosen BHRR as their Animal Rescue of choice whereby 50% of the proceeds raised shall come to BHRR!

Nail trims are by appointment ONLY!

Please contact Global Pet Foods – Kanata directly (613) 599-0660 to reserve your nail spot!


Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Place: Global Pet Foods – Kanata 700 Eagleson Road



From Friday October 21st to Friday November 4th 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 to what we have been doing.

We do not believe it is on 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. 

BHRR's Broker weighed 54.1 KGs today! A nicely leaned plus muscled boy. He went off to his temp foster home today and I am going to miss you but know that you shall be spoilt and lots of photos plus updates will come our way!!! HAVE a blast!!!

BHRR's Broker is going to be temp fostered as of Friday October 7th!

AND he has been doing so well!!!! He was the best boy at our recent BHRR's Experience Mini Open House and I am going to miss this boy when he goes to his temp foster home. 🙂 He will be good for him and give him more exposure to the public re: his availablity to being available for adoption. I am sure that his new temp foster home shall send pics and updates for us to post often! 🙂

To learn more about how you can become a temp foster for BHRR; please visit HERE.

BHRR's 4th ANNUAL Dinner Boat Cruise & Live/Silent Auction Fundraiser is being held on Saturday October 1st! We ONLY have 7 tickets left AND you can pay via PayPal (; email transfer to (please ensure that we have the pw) OR Bank Draft! The boat is reserved ONLY for BHRR participants and their guests.

BHRR is still looking for items for our Live & Silent Auction for this Fundraiser. BHRR ONLY hosts 3 planned Fundraisers a year and this is our second fundraiser event for 2011.

BHRR does not receive any corporate or federal/provincial government funding.

If you have any items that you would like to donate to BHRR; pleae email! THANKS so much!!!!!


Adoption Application Revisions

As of September 1st, 2011; the Board of Directors will be implementing some revisions to our BHRR adoption process. These changes involve age of children in homes for a possible BHRR adoption and the expansion of our adoption area to now include parts of New York, USA.

Revision #1:

As of September 1st, 2011; BHRR shall consider adoption applications to NOT only the whole provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada yet shall also consider homes in the state of New York, USA that are no more than 3 hours from BHRR. These areas in New York, USA shall include those listed below and all immediate surrounding areas AS long as the potential adoptive home is no more than 3 hours from the physical locale of BHRR in Eastern Ontario, CDA:
Alexandria Bay

Revision #2:

WE DO NOT place any dog with a family with children under the age of 8 unless the below additional conditions/requirements have been met to the satisfaction of the BOD of BHRR. Only then shall the BOD of BHRR consider those homes that have children younger than the age of 8 yet they must be over the age of 5:
a) ONLY homes that have no more than 2 children shall be considered if said children are under the age of 8 and over the age of 5
b) ONLY dogs that BHRR deem most suitable for homes with children within these ages shall be considered
c) ONLY homes that have prior suitable breed type experience ie Great Danes for a Great Dane possible adoption or a Saint Bernard for a Saint Bernard possible adoption shall be considered
d) ONLY homes that have no more than one dog already and that dog must be a right matched personality fit; shall be considered should any children be under the age of 8 and over the age of 5
e) ONLY homes that have all family members in attendance for the home visit and only those same homes that have all family members come to BHRR to meet us shall be considered
BHRR stresses that children and dogs should NEVER be left unsupervised together!
*This is a legal, insurance and moral obligation/responsibility that we will adhere to.

For complete details regarding the BHRR adoption process; please visit our Application & Fees page. BHRR shall continue to ONLY place per best matched personality fit and our adoption success rates were 100% for over 10 years of operating and as we are heading into our 16th year; our adopton success rates are 99%.

BHRR's Broker is NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! It has been 4 weeks since his arrival to BHRR and he is THRIVING! I would like to see even more muscle mass weight this boy and under the right matched personality fit home environment, this shall come.

He is quite the very laid back, mellow, accepting sort and yes, all Saint Bernard! He sure likes to still 'test' me at times to be sure that I am really serious about what I am asking him to do! LOL He is a bit of a ham and will need the right home that is going to be an effective, positive and patient leader so that he continues along this path of absolute FANTABULOUS!

BHRR's Broker is doing FANTASTIC! What a social boy he is….his obedience is going well and he is quite the affectionate goofy boy. We have had no more marking incidents and he understands the rule about going outside FIRST before anything else when he gets up from a nap or rest or overnight sleepie or play or drinking etc.

I still crate him to sleep occasionally, just so that he is used to a crate in case if it is ever needed ie- hurt, surgery recovery, having to spend the day at the Vet in a run etc.

He has no issues going in and settles down great at night.

His best friend is now BHRR's Holden!!!

He has healed wonderfully from his neuter and I microchipped him last night. Not even a peep and he did not notice a thing. He felt he was just getting a treatie just 'because' LOL

Within the next week; he shall be placed up for adoption as his obedience manners can be continued on in his new home per the obedience clause in our adoption contract.

His chest booboo has also healed wonderfully and to him, he did not want anything slowing him down and we had to make sure he took things easy!

He is gentle about taking treats, you can handle his food bowl without issue, does not resource over water or other items and even is not a big drooler! LOL He does like to make a bit of a mess when drinking though…typical Saint B. cheeky

Below is a photo that I took of him with my iPhone last night. GOOFY!

We would be seeking a home – previous Saint experience is not necessary even previous Giant Dog experience is not necessary; a home that has another dog that is a right matched personality fit would be ideal yet AS long as the home has a good social network in place with other dogs via friends, that would be ok; a home that works full or part-time; one that is retired; semi-retired; it does not matter. HE is a very versatile boy! He loves kids and all people plus other animals and I will be taking him back to work with me one day next week so that I can get a new weight on him and see how he now is with everyone.

My intent is to do this on Tuesday next week and if all goes well, he will then be placed up for adoption! I find it so hard to believe that he has been with us since July 3rd and we are already July 29th…time has flown by…he has been an absolute pleasure!

BHRR's Broker (on his back) with BHRR's Beau – July 28th, 2011

BHRR's Broker did not end up attending our 4th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser. He had been playing in the 2+ acre fenced in yard on the Friday and ended up putting a stick into the side of his chest. MAJOR antibiotics, tons of love and lots of rest on his agend for the next bit. AND to him, he was not fazed and just wanted to keep playing! Happy boy he is!

I will see how he is later this week and might bring him to one of the days of TAKE THE PLUNGE on either Jluly 23rd or July 24th. If not then, then most likley the GD Walk/Hike as this will be his last 'test' before being placed up for adoption.

He has healed well from his neuter and his obedience is flowing along nicely. Typical Saint in many ways yet such a goober nut(just as BHRR's Frank became before he was adopted!) as he is such a social butterfly! LOL

JUST two SLEEPIES until the 4th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being held at Kanata Animal Hospital – 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario on Sunday July 17th, 2011

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


There will also be Pet Photos, Caricatures, Face Painting, Free Draws, Human Bake Table, Doggie Treats, Leashes, Collars, BHRR Bracelets, Tug Ropes and more!

Microchips$40 – For Cats & Dogs
Nail Trims$10 – For Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pigs & Rabbits

The Rogers Community Cruiser shall be on hand from 10:00 AM – Noon with free timbits & coffee

Complimentary Behavoural/Training Consult Sessions to be had with the Founder of BHRR & Animal Behavoural Student G. Boers

The microchips are from 24PetWatch and they meet the requirements of the revised Canadian standard for electronic identification of companion animals. These microchips are also accepted by the CKC. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades.

Every year millions of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters, pounds, humane societies, SPCA's and rescue organizations. Of these animals only about 15% of dogs and 5% of the cats (estimated numbers) are ever returned to their homes. The primary reason that the statistics are so low is, because the pets are unidentifiable. Microchipping provides the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet(dogs and cats-especially outdoor one's!) and networking the animal back to their owners. If you want to improve your cat or dog's chances of getting home; microchipping is your best option.

Out of 20 dogs gone missing in our area, only 7 have been found to date; of which 4 were microchipped.

This is the largest Mircochip Fundraiser in CANADA!

Here is what BHRR's Broker's Temp Foster home had to say about him as we waited to transport him to BHRR:

Broker had a good night.  He got restless around 3AM, so we went outside for a bit, and then he finally ate.  He settled fairly well after that until X got us all up for his breakfast a couple of hours later.

He and X did play together this morning for a bit as well.  He and Y are now close.  They both seem to like the game they are playing, where she gets to correct him over and over for humping or trying too.  They will do this for a bit then both go lie down together. 

Broker ate some lunch – he much preferred Y's food and she his so it all worked out 🙂 He is a huge drinker as well.  He was getting wet and dry mixed, but I don’t think he likes the wet/canned food much at all.

He is asking for attention form both 'of us' at every opportunity now too.

He knows some basic commands and is respectful of 'us'.

The moment he walked into our own home; he had marked three times. He made some attempts to hump. Since he has been neutered, he has not tried to hump one dog yet he continues to have some marking moments; yesterday none; today; two. We will continue to nip that in the bud. Until he stops marking and is solid in his obedience, he shall not go up for adoption.

He is fully crate trained now and his best bud remains Bleach!

He bonds fast to humans this boy!

Added two photos from his post-op recovery of his neuter and putting one below. LOVE the tongue! Ignore the one shaved leg, the vein was not easy to hit on this boy, so we had to use the other front leg.

BHRR's Broker – post-op recovery from neuter – July 4th, 2011

BHRR's Broker's weight was 53.5 KGs(117.70 pounds) today. He is still very young and once he acquires a lot more muscle tone/mass; he is going to better match that big gorgeous head/mug of his!

We did a HWT, bw(normal) and he was neutered today.

LOVED by all that met him today! 😉 I took a couple of post-op recovery photos and shall post soon.

His Vet Bills today was just under $300 and this does not include his Heartworm preventative.

If anyone would like to sponsor or virtually foster BHRR's Broker to be his BHRR Buddy:

You can donate by email transfer to or by PayPal(account is OR you can write a check/MO or Bank Draft out to ‘Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services’ OR to ‘Gwendilin & Sean Boers’ for her Vet Bills with BHRR’s Maggie May in the memo section and mail to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

You can also call Kanata Animal Hospital directly at (613) 836-2848 and pay a donation by M/C, Visa or AMEX.

BHRR's Broker – 11 months(born July 8th, 2010), smooth coat male Saint Bernard. Utd on Vaccines and shall be having a HWT and neutered on Monday July 4th, 2011. Surrendered due to a dissolve of marriage and Owner moving. Good with dogs and all humans to date. Will get a weight on him tomorrow as well. THANKS to everyone who pulled together to make this rescue happen.

BHRR's Broker has been integrated already with 6 dogs to date without issue and he reminds me a bit of BHRR's Bean – large gorgeous head, smaller body and needing some muscle tone. He is quite straight in the hind end, especially left knee/hip and we shall have the examined. He moves well and does not appear to be in any discomfort. He is playful!

THANKS so much to his temp foster home who gave him a manicure/pedicure plus bath. Will update as I can.

BHRR's Broker  – July 3rd, 2011 – Day of Arrival to BHRR

LAST Gentle Reminder: The FACEBOOK BHRR Discussion Group has MOVED to! –


This is just a last gentle reminder that our Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Group has moved!


With the 'upgrade' and 'archiving' of the current discussion groups on Facebook, we believe that the needs of our Rescue & Rehab organization cannot sufficiently be met any longer and hence the change to a BHRR FAN PAGE Format.

As of June 1st; the current Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP had all members deleted and then the group was permanently disabled and so as of the evening of Thursday May 5th, 2011 we have since moved to a Facebook Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE format instead.

Our BHRR FAN Page is very interactive, user friendly and fosters great networking plus social friendships and it also feeds into our BHRR Twitter account! We already have had some good discussions with insightful comments happening!

So, to stay abreast of all things uniquely BHRR including requests for assistance, Event/Fundraiser Announcements, upcoming 'EXPERIENCE' Open Houses, GD & Honourary GD Walks/Hikes INCLUDING any Lost & Found Animals, interesting tidbits, Animal Welfare topics, courtesy postings for other reputable/quality organizations/groups, community events etc.; do come and 'LIKE' our Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) FAN PAGE –

Sorry for any inconvenience caused! 🙁 is the URL to crosspost! As of now, we have 226 Supporters & counting! Thanks for joining the migration! 🙂

Thanks everyone for your understanding plus patience as we make this necessary transition to continue to have the best network in place to continue to assist animals in need of our programs with your strong 'CHAIN OF SUCCESS' support!

The BHRR Team