BHRR’s Devin

This was one of the smoothest, easy going most lovely home-visits ever!

Thank you to the home for being so wonderful and BHRR’s Devin, we think you are going to fit in beautifully!

He was already stealing a shoe during the home-visit, so he clearly was feeling comfortable! 

Thank you to his great foster Mama, Cassy in doing this home-visit with me and to her and her great family for temp fostering him! He was in the best of hands!

With BHRR’s Oslo being admitted to EVC for emergency on seizure watch, BHRR’s Devin’s adoption fee will be used to help with his bills.

So, BHRR’s Devin you are truly ‘paying it forward!’

AND if anyone may consider our cause to support, we have ever mounting bills, the newest with BHRR’s Oslo being admitted and BHRR’s Coupe heading in for his own ortho surgeries tomorrow; we have our 13th annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction in full swing:

This is our last Fundraiser of 2020 and COVID-19 has greatly impacted our fundraising efforts for 2020 and we are at a very REAL serious risk of having to permanently close our doors.***

We have been in operation since 1996 and are the local Great Dane/Giant Breed rescue whose strong focus are the special needs.

*The BHRR Auction shall end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 3rd, 2020.

BHRR’s Devin is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!

We will update as we can.

My last post of my night!

Time for folks to think about what they plan on giving up for 14 days in our 9th Annual ‘Give it up 4 Autumn’ Fundraiser! 

Starts Thursday November 5th and we already have 4 people signed up to date! Be creative! Some people have even done a swear jar in the past putting money each time they or someone in their office swears and then donating the monies raised at the end of the 14 days.

All money raised shall go towards helping BHRR’s Symba and BHRR’s Coupe!

More details in the poster and please do email if you would like to be part of our 9th annual event!

Here are the blog links to BHRR’s Symba:

AND for BHRR’s Coupe

For those who wish to consider making a financial donation to their worthy causes, you can do so via PayPal or via email transfer to OR you can do so directly to Liston Animal Hospital 613-591-0966

We have many many many thousands of dollars to raise and we are now set back even further as sadly, BHRR’s Oslo has needed emergency care today…..

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!


BHRR’s Devin, the Bouvier!


He is ready to make his own special announcement!
For anyone interested in BHRR’s Devin; please read his extremely thorough blog that documents his journey while in rescue plus the type of home that we are seeking to approve for him as his forever loving adoptive one.

All of our policies, processes and procedures including an application to be completed and filled out are also found on our home website.

BHRR shall consider adoption applications ONLY from our location up to and including the area’s of Barrie & Cambridge in Ontario and up to Gatineau in the province of Quebec.

Note: as is listed on our Petfinder and home website plus in the application contract; We will not be responding to email/phone inquiries. We will ONLY review completed applications that are submitted along with the non-refundable application fee. WHICH is no way guarantees that your home shall be approved to adopt.
BHRR will NOT make exceptions to our clearly posted criteria.

BHRR’s Devin can go to a home that works part-time, full-time, works from home, semi-retired or is retired. He is another amazing versatile BHRR dog!

Health Status: HEALTHY! Per his Vet team, he will require a dental cleaning in the future – nothing that was deemed emergent/urgent for us to take care of during his time at BHRR.

Children: No homes with children under the age of 12 will be considered. He sometimes can be a bit mouthy and get excitable.
Personality/Temperament: Loving, affectionate, sweet, social, playful, quietly active – gentle, calm. Excellent leash manners. Great companion!
Previous Dog Experience: Previous dog experience is ideal yet not required if that right matched home is set up for success.
Good with Dogs: Yes, and while we would like to see him in a home with at least one other right matched personality fit dog; it is not a deal breaker. Having a strong social doggie network is most important and required. He does not like when dogs rush up to his face – have to love all of those irresponsible owners and their flexi-leads. For the most part, he is indifferent to other dogs. He does have a bff that is 11 months of age and they can play rough together – when they first meet-up.
Good With Cats: He currently resides in a foster home with a cat; yet, we would prefer a home without any cats or dogs the size of cats.
Good with Pocket Pets: Unknown yet, would not recommend. He is very interested in chasing squirrels and can easily clear a 4-4.5 foot fence, so no homes with low fencing will be considered for him.
Grooming: He is a dream to wash, do nails, ears etc. and regular professional grooming is mandatory. Do not apply if you are not going to do this. We have worked to get him looking his best under the care of an incredible professional groomer.
Car: He is great in the car! Gets in readily and settles down beautifully!
Housebroken/Crate Trained: He is housebroken and crate trained.
Obedience: His manners are truly quite lovely.
Activities Suited For Him: He has the perfect temperament to do therapy work and his amazing self deserves to be shared with the world.
Loves & Bad Habits: He loves his humans and to be around them. He is not an in your face kind of dog. He is the perfect strolling and walking partner and then the at home movie, tv show companion. His foster mom says he has a shoe fetish!
He is a super low maintenance dog – other than his grooming needs!
He loves to NOT sleep on soft bedding!!! Not good for his elbows or joints being a larger breed dog.
He will play fetch!
Is he the perfect dog? No…no dog is yet he is as close to bomb proof as any dog can be. He is fantastic plus!
It is going to be important to ensure that he does not get fat. We have worked hard to get him to lose weight and to build up much needed muscle mass/toning.
Anxieties/Worries: He really does not have any.
Thank you immensely ONCE more to Rick Millette Millsphoto on Facebook; for the absolutely stunning pics!
Thank you’s also to Cassy/John for being his fabu temp foster home!

Stay tuned….someone will be making his own special announcement shortly!

BHRR’s Devin, the Bouvier had his booster apt. yesterday!

He weighed 83.38 pounds. He has been on a weight loss, muscle mass/toning building program and he is getting to where we want him to be. 

After his Vet appointment – he was loved by all! – he was then off for his professional photo session.

Thank you immensely to Rick Millette Millsphoto on Facebook; for the absolutely WOW pics! 

Doesn’t he look positively stunning?! I could not be more happy with how great his professional groom session went with Melissa.

ISO: A Professional Photographer that may be willing to donate some of their time plus talent to take some photo’s of BHRR’s Devin, The Bouvier.

He has his booster apt. this Saturday and it shall not be too long after that that he will be ready to make his own special announcement! 

This is a picture from his professional groom session with the fabu Melissa! 

If a professional photographer may be open to donating some of their skills to assist us in capturing Mr. Devin in all of his handsomeness; please do email


BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Tuesday October 27th to Monday November 2nd. We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other 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.



Unfortunately, we find ourselves having to address the below issues once again. Every few years it seems we must re-visit this despite being very clear on our website, Facebook and Petfinder as to how we operate.

This last 24 hours we have had not one yet, two extremely unpleasant moments.

Let us be extremely clear that if people continue to disrespect what is openly stated; we will involve legal and take the necessary action(s).

Our camera’s are running.

1) we are a foster based rescue that operates out of our home and our approved fosters. NOWHERE does it state that you can just drop by, visit or ‘get’ a dog because you want one.

It is NOT even ok to leave a voice message as a ‘courtesy heads up’ that you are on your way or will be on your way shortly to our PRIVATE property which is our home.

We would never do this to you; so do not expect it to be ok to do it to us. We get so little quality family time as it is and your blatant disregard for being mindful of our family time is not going to be tolerated.

We have a very thorough adoption process which is and has been posted over and over and over again in the last shy of 25 years.

All of the steps to be considered for a BHRR approved adoption is found on our websites and even in the application. We have done our job to have the information there. It is now up to you to read and follow the instructions.

We have posted many times over that only completed applications shall be considered/reviewed. We are NOT going to respond to ANY inquiries sent via email, text, voice message, Petfinder or Facebook. This is and has been posted many times over. So Stop. Spamming via email, text, phone, and/or Petfinder is not going to receive a response. They will be deleted and if you continue, marked as spam/junk/blocked.  It is equally NOT acceptable for you to come uninvited; to our home, private property with or without any completed application in hand.

As we also post, if a dog is listed on Petfinder, on our Website or on Facebook page as being ‘Available For Adoption’, YES, that dog is still available. We directly state that we work to keep everything up to date.

We have equally posted many times over that we are not going to make exceptions to our adoption contract, processes, policies and procedures.

2) the steps to surrender a dog is also openly stated on our website.

Do NOT leave a message and then only a couple of hours later show up at our home expecting us to drop everything and put your request above all of the other needy dogs that are equally ‘urgent’.

This is our home. This is private property.

AND do not say to one of us that you left many emails or voice messages re: said dog when we communicate closely with each other and know that this is a lie.

YOU are making our work more difficult that it ever should be and trust me, operating a highly r/q Rescue is damn hard.

BHRR is not about you; it is about the animals and please allow us to do our jobs; our non paying, 24/7, 365 days a year jobs.

We have been doing this since 1996; know what we are doing, are the experts in what we do from rescue to transport, to rehabilitation to adoption, from feeding to vetting, to training to behavioural modification and so much more.

If you want to adopt; please follow the process. If you have a dog in need; please follow the process.

The Boerskins

BHRR’s Devin

I see no chair AKA ‘mini couch!

I do see one adorable boy who continues to settle in beautifully into his temp foster home.

This is his new stuffie!

From our home to all of our friends, family & supporters, the best of good night wishes are being sent!


BHRR’s Devin (Bouvier) had his professional groom session on Monday. 

Here is a before photo – day he arrived – adorably handsome, Saturday and then an after grooming photo, positively gorgeous. 

Melissa, thank you again for taking excellent care of him and for the post groom picture!

His foster family tells us that he is a well behaved boy plus how great he has been settling in with them.

I know when I met him and had him at work for his intake vetting right after his arrival on Saturday, how positively fantastic he was even then.

You can tell just how much time, love, effort and care has been given to him in his previous home. Just a fantastic boy!

While he currently is the only dog in his foster home, they do have cat and he is also quickly developing a strong doggie social network in their community.

He is not yet available for adoption. He needs to have his boosters in 3-4 weeks and per our r/q protocols, we never flip dogs.

BHRR’s Devin
2.5 year old Bouvier

As promised, we are posting re: his Vet visit at work today.

He weighed 39.4 kgs(86.68 pounds). He should lose several pounds yet, nothing major.

The Vet did a thorough exam – between the staff getting kisses! – and he is a healthy fantastic boy!

The Vet did recommend a dental cleaning based upon the tartar on his back teeth yet, did not feel it was urgent to be done ASAP – something even his future adoptive home could take care of as there is nothing emergent that the Vet noted. From looking in his mouth, the Vet did not feel that any extractions are needed yet, dental x-rays would need to be done to really rule that out. However, there were not any concerns had!

The Vet went through all of the wonderful paperwork that his previous O.’s were so kind to pass along and we noted that he is already on flea/tick preventative and has heartworm plus de-worming meds also given to us by his previous home. 

The Vet was not able to find any notation of prior/recent heartworm/tickborne disease testing, so we ran some blood and it is negative.

We updated his vaccine protocol per the paperwork reviewed by his Vet and he will be back in 4 weeks time for a booster.

He is also scheduled for a professional grooming session with Melissa on Monday and is settled in with his fosters Cassy/John.

He was a BIG hit at work! HUGE! Visiting everyone and loving on everyone. 

To everyone that came together to help this magnificent boy; we are appreciative!

Two more pictures from when BHRR’s Devin was picked up:

This picture is going down as one of my all time favs for a rescue transport!! 

As our Volunteer network is aware, we had an urgent call to us yesterday re: a 2.5 year old Male Bouvier and in standard BHRR fashion, we mobilised fast and Cassy Montgomery/John picked him up this AM.

To be proactive to stop the comments we know some may want to post and before people start sharing far and wide ‘trying’ to find his Breeders:

1) yes, his show Breeders are aware & reached out to us. It is not possible to get him back to them easily.
2) they stand by their dogs 100% and know all too well that this is not a breed for most people.
2) he was with a wonderful couple in their 80s, having over 47 years of incredible experience with Bouviers, yet; in his young happy healthy exuberance; Mr. Devin almost bowled one of them over when running and slammed into the one O.

Will make another post shortly re: his Vet visit @ EVC this AM for as everyone who knows us; we vet all of our dogs immediately upon coming into our rescue.

Welcome to BHRR, ‘Devin’!