AND BHRR’s Gentle Jake is now in his forever loving adoptive home! ADOPTED!

Took over four months of patience as there were so many wrong inquiries and a couple of wrong apps sent our way for him yet here we are today!

That is *Jewel* , a foster with NSD(National Service Dog – their third). ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much to Mason, Alex and Karen for helping to do this home-visit. Thank you to this home for going through our thorough adoption process and being so wonderful to work with!!

BHRR’s Bell you rocked it beautifully and your own right matched forever loving home is out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

We are now working our way home through tons of traffic yet another glorious weather driving day!

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After a long day between work and then a 5+ hour drive, we are finally in our motel room for the night!

Blows my mind every time we come to the SWO area how fast people drive the closer to the TO area I get!!! Eeek! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tomorrow is the home-visit in Waterloo for a possible approved adoption for either BHRR’s Bell or BHRR’s Gentle Jake.

Would be wonderful if this is the right matched forever loving home for one of them yet if not, both will have had another great travel and people visit experience. All of these experiences make them so much more well balanced and rounded.

Both are fabu travel companions – once BHRR’s Gentle Jake was a gentleman and shared the backseat of the car :p – he got in the car and just splayed all out at first!

They are excellent motel buds also and have made many new friends here already!! A crowd they both drew as we checked in. ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope all of our friends and family are enjoying this beautiful long weekend and we will post an update as soon as we can as to how the home-visit goes!

I am not one for dogs on beds and couches as many know and BHRR’s Gentle Jake feels the same for he totally completely respected the bed space. Quick few pics and he was off comfy on one of the Costco Dog beds we brought. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another Update and it is so true, under the right positive balanced leadership, his leash manners are impeccable!

“He’s been a dream. He watched patiently as I put baked goods onto plates for the ladies at the front desk then walked obediently beside me (no pulling whatsoever) to deliver everything. Best delivery dog ever! ๐Ÿ˜€ “

UPDATE from his special picnic snack date when I responded to her post about how much of a blast they were having and what a huge hit he is every place they go. The more dates he has without me, the more he is dealing with self-comforting and relaxing and becoming more confident as he learns he is going to be ok and that I am coming back. ๐Ÿ™‚ He did not have terrible SA yet, he latched on to the stability, routine, structure, and no end of love here of a well balanced home, and I have been working on showing him that many other homes/people are equally kind, and full of consistency for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

“Absolutely, we just did another tour of the grounds, and we sat in the lobby for half an hour. He greeted all who came in calmly and gently as his name implies. He was so very carefully saying hello to one woman with a walker and stretching out his neck so she could pet him – wasn’t fazed at all by it – then greeted companions when she was done. Definitely a therapy dog in the making! The rest of the time he snoozed on the carpet runner.”


We have so much to post in thanks plus heart warming appreciation for a great and another truly successful year yesterday at Kanata Animal Hospital’s 9th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim plus BBQ Fundraiser.

I remain incredibly humbled plus indebted to so many that shared our event, donated items and/or Volunteered plus attended yesterday. Words truly almost fail me to express the eternal thanks that is felt deep in my soul to so many!! I have a few candid photo’s I took while we wait for Melissa’s much more professional ones to share!

I will share that we do know that over $5,000 was raised and still counting! Tears….many tears of gratitude….this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and ten months of the year is spent working to try and organise an event that will be worthy of the public and fun plus uniquely BHRR! We only host very few fundraisers each year and this one is looked forward to by so many! Thank you everyone!!

At this time, while I work to formulate the proper words, no time for rest as we have two more special picnic snack dates today – BHRR’s Gentle Jake(massive hit at our event yesterday!) and BHRR’s not so baby Kaos!

AND tonight, BHRR’s Great Dane Puppy Pile Sapphire goes to her forever loving adoptive home!

Hoping that this is a wonderful Monday for all of our friends, family and supporters!!

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This is the POSTER boy of our 9th Annual KAH/BHRR Event today! ๐Ÿ™‚

BHRR’s Gentle Jake as expected BLEW everyone out of the water with how fabu he was! ๐Ÿ™‚ Big or small, he loves all the dogs and kids and people and treats! ๐Ÿ™‚

He remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched personality fit home.

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We are just 5 SLEEPIES away to our biggest Fundraiser Event of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚ July 10th!

Thank you to everyone that is making this a most promising and exciting event again for 2016!

What has traditionally been the largest microchip fundraiser in Canada!

Kanata Animal Hospital’s 9th ANNUAL Microchip, Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser!

There shall also be ear cleaning, a silent auction table, baked goodies for humans, doggie treats, Canine Water Wellness shall be there, Pet Valu shall have our dog cooling/treat station again in 2016, Pet photography, Face-painting and so much more!

Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! ๐Ÿ˜€

No appointments necessary!
Rain or Shine!
9 AM – 4 PM
440 Hazeldean Road

Here is an update on what we are still needing:

BHRR is in search of the following items for our event for 2016!!!
Thank you in advance for any consideration!!
1) Volunteers to put up posters in their local community including training facilities, work, friends, family, neighbours etc. Please email
2) Donations of pop, bottled water, & small bags of chips.
3) NEED DRAW PRIZES! Please email
4) Bags of ICE! ICE! ICE!
5) Silent Auction Items
6) Human Bakers
7) Dog Treat Bakers
8) Gift cards – please email
9) Coolers to borrow for pop/juice/ice
10) Tables
11) Chairs
12) 1 more Tent – I have three, PV Stittville will have one, CWW will have one, Doogie will have one, The Maracle Family will have one.
***This event is such a great time!***

Here is the Facebook Event Page to join and stay updated! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Does anybody recognise this blue beauty!? She arrived to BHRR May 29th!

This is BHRR’s Limerick!

She and BHRR’s Gentle Jake were at KAH tonight.

BHRR’s Gentle Jake had his updated rabies done and is up another 11 pounds!! 129.14 pounds now. Wtg! The scale still makes him want to ‘throw’ his weight around and we worked through it and he learned that he is ok still. ๐Ÿ™‚ He remains Available For Adoption!

BHRR’s Limerick had her second booster, re-visited her skin which her coat is looking much more shiny and glossy, had her ears looked at closely, heart and lungs checked out again, and we did an u/s probe to see if she was pregnant or still a possible false pregnancy. No babies seen in the ultrasound. Her weight was up also and we were able to get a better exam on hips, knees and that toe of hers.

When she is able to be spayed, we will do x-Ray’s and get an even better exam yet I strongly suspect HD and cruciate issues, the poor thing and her one back toe may need to be amputated due to past trauma.

We remain committed and dedicated to her care and what she needs she will have!

On a side note, she blew everyone out of the water at our June 26th, Mini ‘EXPERIENCE’ open house!!! She was more than ready to mix and mingle and I let her tell me how she felt. She made it clear she wanted to be with the 31 people in attendance and while a bit unsure here and there, one butt scratch and rub from people and she was like ‘oh yeah, we are totally going to be great friends!’

This extremely fear reactive Dane that first arrived to BHRR was ruling the day and she is only going to get better! People approached her properly and were so kind and loving!

BHRR’s Mama Great Dane Eve also blew it out of the park!! She made it clear that she also wanted to socialise and OMG! That terrified Dane from December when she first arrived and also in February is no longer! She gracefully went from person to person and when she got her own rump rubs, she was ‘won’ over!

AND BHRR’s Skye, was chilling and relaxing herself!! Not one fear growl or anxiety shown.

So so so so proud of my girls……they have been smokin’ their individualised rehab programs and I literally had tears in my eyes with how fabu they were and the great day they had and seeing how much the world does have to offer in gentle caring spoiling hands and experiences!

We want to thank everyone that came out on Sunday and for all the donations and for making our last ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house for 2016 the best! AND man! Despite two a/c’s pumping, it was HOT! ๐Ÿ˜€ 24 tired yet happy dogs also that night!


Some more pictures of BHRR’s Gentle Jake’s overnight picnic last night!

Thanks again Megan and Phoebe for giving him this experience! That is also NOT a scar underneath his eye in the one pic Megan took, it is an eye booger….

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BHRR’s Gentle Jake(Available for Adoption) was dropped off for his overnight play date tonight! This is the home’s picnic. ๐Ÿ™‚

His is the first of 16 of dates happening – day or overnight – and day dates get a special picnic snack and overnight dates get a special picnic meal, yet truly they are almost identical as the picnics are my contribution to this amazing unique and creative BHRR idea to help make our dogs more well rounded and balanced plus to show them more caring loving hands…..

Thank you to all that are participating and tomorrow BHRR’s Hercules has his day date and BHRR’s Fire gal Flame plus BHRR’s Bell have theirs on Sunday.

I am still working on booking at least another four of these dates in June!

Busy and wonderful times for these WOW BHRR dogs!

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BHRR;s Gentle Jake – ~14 months of age
April 10th, 2106He is ready to make his own announcement today – April 11th, 2016!

This boy, when he first came to BHRR was beyond skinny – has put on almost 40 pounds, had some post-neuter complications – hematoma and yet, his personality was as solid and as well balanced as any dog we have ever assisted or even owned over the past almost 28 years!

He is still young and maturing and the weight plus muscle mass shall continue to be put on.

His one and only quirk and it is not really a quirk is that he likes to take your arm or hand in his mouth…he is fairly gently and we discourage it as he does it to try and keep the attention on him over seeing it go to another dog. Typical puppy attention wanting behaviour. As long as he is not being dominant, which he is not, it is relatively harmless and he corrects easily.

He is so sound and well balanced and would make a great therapy dog once he matures more.

He is obedient, kind, affectionate, puppy clumsy when he plays and shall be a true giant when he is done growing. I see him topping off close to ~145 when he is done. Once again, a great lean fit weight, not a fat weight.

He can go to a home that has another right matched personality fit dog as he needs and loves his friends or to an approved home that has a strong doggie social network for him. It shall continue to keep him learning and keeping great manners.

He is crate trained, housebroken and so very kind.

He can go to a home that works pt, ft. from home, semi retired or retired and a home that shall remain committed to his obedience for he is so awesome yet, his leash manners upon distractions can bring out the ‘china shop pulling bull’ at times.

Considering he has only been with us since February 21st, the progress he has made has been WOW!

He already had a wonderful temperament template and we just helped to mold and shape it to help direct him in the right direction to be asset to home and community.

He is going to make that right matched home a truly WOW fabu addition! We know people get ‘caught’ up in his looks yet what I adore most is his rare as close to bomb proof personality as any dog can be. AND his personality is what is going to be most important to that right fit matched home also!

He is positively magnificent….

That right matched home will ‘see’ him for him and the true greatness that he shall bring to their heats and home!

Having come from Tenn, he for sure travels great in a car and is a quiet boy. Only makes sounds is when I come home from being out and sometimes at dinner!

We are not 100% sure how he is with cats yet I know he had some puppy play excitement interest in both BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Flame yet, he learned fast and has been so respectful of being asked to be ‘gentle. He plays so well with both of them now!

He is gentle about taking treats, someone trained him to sit and lift that one front leg of his for treats also…he almost always ‘defaults’ to that position when being offered a treat.

There is not a dog that he has met that he does not like and thank you Karen for entrusting him to us and to Jane for the assistance also in helping him to get to us.

He is a dream boat boy…..and he has forged his own special place in my own heart!

Thank you Melissa for the stunning photo’s and to Sandra for the helping hands at his prof photo shoot!

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Someone has literally fallen asleep in the sun as we drove home from our professional photo shoot today!!

Huge huge huge hit with all that saw and met him today!

What a big amazing solid puppy BHRR’s Gentle Jake is.

AND it is always amazes me how irresponsible other dog owners can be just opening up their car/truck doors and turning their backs and letting their dogs run around the Parking lot….

Thank goodness BHRR’s Jake and BHRR’s Flame are well balanced and rounded pups!

Over the next day or so, both of these wonderful dogs will have their special announcements to make!

Soon BHRR’s Mama GD Eve will also….she is doing so well…..never going to be a crowd lovely yet her circle of set up for success gets slowly bigger and stronger.

Happy Sunday from our home to yours!


***UPDATE: 27 NEW Items Added Tuesday March 22nd to the Facebook Silent Auction***

The detailed rules of this Silent Auction are posted in the first photo in this album.

As many are now aware, Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of it is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

A short medical summary:

His third CT scan, this one on his chest has come back at this time clear of any enlarged lymph nodes and metastasis. His MRI not only confirmed that this was a complex surgery yet was even more complicated than once thought – ONLY two surgeries like he needs has ever been done to date by his two expert surgical oncologists.

His surgical team shall be upwards to 20 people now including his two surgical oncologists, his urologist and his ortho specialist plus supporting nursing team. His surgery is expected to be ~10-12 hours in length.

We now have a surgery date set of March 23rd.

We know that his one ureter is compromised, and that he may lose his one kidney. We know that he will have part of his colon removed and that his femoral nerve is at high risk of damage and./or removal. He will need to have his Psoas muscle completely removed and his Iliacus muscle will be partially removed.

He will also need to have the hernia repaired – the mass/tumour has herniated down his thigh and into his groin area.

They will send the whole mass/tumour off to histiopathology.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to or via PayPal to – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

*The BHRR Auction will begin NOW
*The BHRR Auction will end at 9 PM EST on Sunday March 27th, 2016
*All bid prices are in Canadian funds.
*Bids must be done in $2.00 or Greater increments.

Any questions, please do email or call (613) 725-4279

BHRR’s Gentle Jake was at the Vet today.

He is now up another just shy of 10 pounds! A long way still to go yet, slow but sure….

He had his tickborne disease bw done, nails, was microchipped and had his final booster plus a thorough exam.

A big hit with all the people that met him today.

When the time comes, he is going to make that right matched home an absolutely incredible addition!



As many know, BHRR is a Great Dane & Giant Breed Rescue that focuses strongly on the special needs and has been around since 1996. We are federally registered and are an all Volunteer Rescue. We also work with Equines.

We have a second to none adoption success rate and also provide a safe haven for animals that are deemed unadoptable due to medical and/or behavioural reasons. BHRR also has a program that works with the homeless and their pets each XMAS – Operation D.O.G. – Donating our Goodness plus we have a Helping Haven of Hope and Happiness that works with women/children and their pets in domestic abuse situations. We have been operating these two programs for over 15 years as part of our way of continuing to help animals and people in our community.

We are a unique one of a kind program out there like none other.

While we should be celebrating our 20th anniversary of operating BHRR, instead BHRR now faces an uncertain future. BHRR does not receive any corporate, provincial or federal government support. We operate on the kindness of donations, adoption fees and we do several yearly fundraisers. However, 60% of the payment towards BHRR’s expenses comes from the pockets of Sean and myself.

With our wish to ensure that every penny that comes to BHRR goes direct to them for food and Vet bills or items of comfort like dog beds, Sean & I have been covering 100% exclusively all the rescue hydro bills -$1,040/month, Phone, Gas for transports, home-visits and vet visits etc. We cover almost 50% of all the food bills out of our own pockets – BHRR goes through almost 120 pounds of dog food a day. Vet Bills are the same.

As some are now aware, in September of 2015, my husband Sean was found to have a mass. It took until January of 2016 for the experts to diagnose said mass for he has an extremely rare cancer.

Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

The current size of his mass is 8.2 cm x 10 cm x 21 cm. This is an extremely RARE cancer – less than 1%.

To further complicate matters, this mass has herniated down into his thigh and groin severely compromising his ureter and femoral nerve. He has had three CT scans of which his latest has shown that to date his chest remains clear of metastasis and his lymph nodes are not enlarged. His MRI has shown that his case is extremely complicated and the surgery he shall specifically require, scheduled for March 23rd has ONLY ever been done twice before by the two expert surgical oncologists assigned to him.

All of this is to say that we are not looking for sympathy or anyone to feel sorry for us.

Instead, what we are hoping to do to help ensure the future of BHRR is raise some monies to help with bills over the next three months for BHRR that we have always covered ourselves as Sean shall not be working and I myself am taking a month off without pay from my behavioural work plus shifts at the Hospital.

One way that we are hoping to cover bills is to do at least one Facebook silent auction. If anyone has an item or items that they would like to donate to this cause, please do email

If anyone wishes to make an independent monetary donation, they can do so via email transfer to or via PayPal to – Please use the ‘Friends & Family’ option so that we are not charged fees.

Since Sean’s mass was first discovered in September, BHRR has remained operating with top notch quality hosting successful events such as our annual creative ‘Dine with the Dogs’, BHRR mini Open Houses, BHRR ‘Private’ Experiences, community education and public awareness events and even our annual XMAS ‘Chain of Success’ Potluck.

We have successfully rehabbed and adopted quite a few dogs and assisted many other groups also during this time.

The quality and stellar standard of care of the animals’ in our care has continued without interruption and as the date nears for Sean and I to stop work as he prepares to head into his 10-12 hour surgery on the 23rd of March, it is time to now ask the BHRR village and our community to please consider helping us continue to help those in need of our programs so that we can get through the next 12 weeks.

We want BHRR to be around another 20 years and we hope that people will consider a donation to help with the expenses of the next three months.

BHRR has only taken in three new deserving dogs since January 2016 and hopes to continue with assisting more dogs once Sean’s surgery is over etc.

Thank you in advance for reading this novel….

This is a picture of my husband Sean….BHRR would not be here today without him and please do keep him in your best wishes.

We sincerely hope we can host a couple of successful auctions on with your help!!



BHRR shall be closed from Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 to Sunday April 3rd, 2016 inclusive to the intake of adoption applications for processing.

Any applications received during that time will be reviewed in the order that they were received as of Monday April 4th, 2016.

Thanks for your understanding!

My last post of my night is to share another photo of this lovely new BHRR boy! Thanks Jane again!

This is him with ‘Ernest’, also headed to rescue this weekend. They did a lot of travelling together on this transport.

Now that I have him in my hands, though some photo’s may look like he has a medical concern with his eye, per my op on him, it is actually HAWS. That was what I had wondered at one point and then when I saw the transport list stating he had ‘cherry eye’, I was like, ‘ok, we will get that addressed’.

He does not have cherry eye. He has HAWS. HAWS is a layman’s term for when the nictating membrane, the third eyelid is visible. He does not need or require any corrective surgery. It is considered a minor fault in Danes for dog showing purposes. It does not pose any health concern for him.

He is settling in well. Skinny, still quite quiet(yet, that can be for a number of reasons, he has had some minor post op neuter complications), and appears super soft and sweet.ย  Typical Dane with those mega leans of his! Soft curious eyes and he sure is going to be laying claim to his fair share of hearts.

He is going to need a BHRR name befitting his beautiful nature……



UPDATE: Sean has him!! Thanks Jane for the photo!

He is on his way home! I am so excited and am going to also be so relieved once I have him in my own hands to touch him, assess him and talk to him and tell him how many people have surrounded him with so much warmth this weekend and will also be there for him moving forward!

We have already done some vetting on him prior to transport and once he arrives, we shall ensure that the rest of his medical needs are met.

Karen and Jane, thank you again!!

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He is now on his last leg before Sean snags him for the last drive and brings him home! Small change up that Sean is going to be meeting him as I prepare to bring him in to be seen by a Vet if need be today over tomorrow. Will know more once he is in my actual hands…..

He has continued to be quiet (often the way Danes are on transports) and be a really sweet great boy. Good with all dogs, cats and wanting love plus to give love.

Soon, dear boy, very soon now… shall be here!

So many people have come together to make this and many other rescues possible this weekend and each of you are Angels!! Thanks!


So, after a quite ‘eventful’ and a bit of a stressful day(more for us humans!) of traveling, this handsome man is now tucked safely into his temp foster for the night.

I will meet the transport tomorrow to bring him to BHRR.

I am hearing that that he is sweet, calm( we will see once he settles in!) and I am grateful beyond words to all that have showed him care, kindness and patience today and also yesterday as we work to get him to me.

From my home to all of yours, sleep well!

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AND he is on his way! Since yesterday.

Thank you Jane for sending the pics from his first part of his journey.

Thank you to all the transport angels for helping him and so many others get to Rescue. Drive safe everyone!

Cannot wait to meet him!


Today, I received this update on the boy that we asked a home that had lost their own BHRR GD(adopted in December 2009) in January of osteosarcoma to name him, about his temperament. ๐Ÿ™‚ The home suggested three names and then settled on ‘Jake’ and we then added the ‘Gentle’ part yet after he arrived to BHRR, some days we wondered about the ‘gentle’ part! ๐Ÿ˜€

“One of the ladies at the clinic that is a friend of mine said he was the first dog there she has fell in love with. She said he just wants to be with you and gets his feelings hurt easy.”

Today, I received a request to help a Male Great Dane – Owner Surrender, turned 1 in January, very skinny, not yet neutered, O.’s traveling too much and there was another Dane, a neutered Male yet, the home found a spot for him.

We absolutely committed and then I was sent photo’s. We commit regards of what the Dane looks like…it is about helping the ‘next in need’, not taking in the colours that would be highly adoptable, or by age, sex etc.

We then put into place a plan to have him neutered and heart-worm tested, given any necessary vaccines, begin to de-worm him and proactively/ preventatively treat for any possible flea’s prior to transport. We will do the tickborne testing and microchipping after he arrives to BHRR.

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