BHRR's Groves – ADOPTED June 27th, 2014
Prior to our latest BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House, this home had contacted myself inquiring about BHRR's Groves and, how they have been reading about him after falling in love with his beautiful eyes a few weeks prior.
We invited them to our June 22nd, event and, they had the opportunity to visit with us, other BHRR Approved Volunteers plus Supporters and, to witness first hand what is done at BHRR AND, of course, VISIT with BHRR's Groves!
This boy is VERY VERY VERY special to so many of us and, named in wonderful honorable memory of an incredible lady ' Debbie Groves' and, she saved him after she had passed away….his amazing story is on his blog – read from the bottom up!
YUP! A few tears welled up over this right matched forever loving home adoption!

BHRR's Groovy Groves with Kinsley June 27th, 2014 @ KAH & With His new forever adoptive Mom below Kinsley/Groves photos.

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BHRR's Groves home visit for his possible pending adoption has been scheduled for today. We shall update his blog as we can.

BHRR's Groves is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! We shall update his blog as we can.

BHRR's Groves is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION again as, the home did not pass their Vet Reference. For any home considering to adopt from BHRR, please do note that all current and past pets MUST be proactively and preventatively vetted. This means, spayed/neutered, utd on vaccines, heartworm testing, heartworm preventative, fecals, any required vetting as in surgeries – ie dentals, cruciates etc.

To spend all the dedication, commitment, love, heart, soul and finances on our dogs to successfully rehab them, we will not consider placing them into any home that does not also believe in proper preventative plus proactive vet care.

BHRRs' Groves is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! We shall update his blog as we can, and below are two photo's from our BHRR 'EXPERIENCE' Mini Open House in November of 2013.

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BHRR's Groves – November 23rd, 2013
*Photo's courtesy of L. Evans

I still have a couple of blog posts with some photo's to add from November and December of 2013 yet, his blog journey is almost all utd now! πŸ™‚ BHRR is very different than other groups, for you shall not find just a short bio on each dog. You will have as many photo's, video's and updates that we can post on their journeys' plus CHAIN OF SUCCESS stories here!

On Saturday May 3rd, BHRR's Groves came to PV Hazeldean with me to help with community education plus public awareness. He had not been to an event since November 30th, so TIME! πŸ™‚ GOSH! Another immense hit with the public! OMG! Immense! He really impressed many with his manners, and his kindness plus gentle soul. πŸ™‚ NO longer that terrified baby that first arrived to BHRR.

He is now 9 months of age.  AND, the topic by a couple yesterday was 'just what is his breed or breeds?' AND, I continue to say 100% adorable…GD, most likely with those legs, boxer? yup, possibly….Neo?, with that neck, sure why not…Cane Corso?, yup, another possibility. It honestly does not matter to me. What matters most is that the right home is out there for him and, finds him.

He had a very busy weekend for today, he had his special picnic date with the generous soul who won a date with him from our annual 1-on-1 special BHRR date online auction. He had a nice walk, was nervous of their stairs to the yard yet, the home got that all figured out and, had a nice long lazy rainy day nap. πŸ™‚ He helped me make the picnic lunch and, thank you to the HOME for giving him this very positive experience and, being part of his CHAIN OF SUCCESS story! πŸ™‚ He did fabu with their other dog, yet, as most are aware, dogs are very social when coming from BHRR! πŸ˜‰

He remains available for adoption and we will only place him in that right matched forever loving home. A home that shall not enable him and, one that shall not let him slide on his manners and excellent behaviour. A patient, consistent, loving and dog experienced home.

Below are two photo's from his date today!

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BHRR's Groves – May 4th, 2014 with Bentley & Isabelle


We are at PV Hazeldean – 457 Hazeldean Road on Saturday May 3rd from 10 AM – 3 PM!

This is s ONLY our second Community Education & Public Awareness Event for 2014 and, we are ONLY doing a total of 4!

MORE Details HERE!

In attendance representing BHRR shall be:

BHRR's Ethel
BHRR's Groves
& I will be bringing my own GD Matrix – I am neutering him on Friday and, so, he is going to be on Gwennie watch!

UPDATE: Below is the lovely board that Bre of PV Stittsville has put together in support of PAWS for BHRR!
Total of PAWS/Event Sales/Donations as of April 30th, 2014 – THANK YOU to all of the supporters: $5,140
*The goal that PV Stittsville has set for the month that includes the April 12/13 activity weekend: $5,000

We shall be bringing: Saturday April 12th, – BHRR's Flint,  BHRR's Noelle and BHRR's Leroy
We shall be bringing: Sunday April 13th – BHRR's Torque, Mr. Bubbles and BHRR's Treasure

AND, the councilor shall be at PV Stittsville for around 11 AM – 12:30 PM along with the paper!

AND, we will be doing doggy tattoos for a $5 donation!
**Blow pens and stencils and non toxic materials to be used


ON Saturday April 12th – BHRR will be at their Store from 10 AM – 3 PM with BHRR Dogs TBD!
ON Sunday April 13th – BHRR will be at their Store from 11 AM – 4 PM with BHRR Dogs TBD!

MARK your calendars! HERE is the poster for PV Stittsville's annual PAWS Event! BHRR was so incredibly touched to have been chosen again in 2014 to be the recipients of this event! πŸ™‚ If anyone wishes to have a copy of this poster to help crosspost and share this event, PLEASE EMAIL

We would be so grateful for all the assistance in getting the word out!

For the whole month of April, PV Stittsville(1250 Stittsville Main), for your kind and giving donation, will have 'PAWS' that your name OR your pet(s) name will be written on and put up in their store in BIG appreciation. Funds from this Event will be used to help pay for BHRR's Purse Puppy, Coach who has been diagnosed at this time with at minimum, a congenital heart condition AND BHRR's Porridge, diagnosed with a nasal tumor.

BHRR shall only be making a maximum of 6 Public Awareness & Community Education appearances in 2014 and this is our first! πŸ™‚ We are booked for four to date, and, one more is in the works! COME on out, visit with us, some of the BIG DAWGS of BHRR and, have some fun! πŸ™‚

BHRR shall be at PV Stittsville on Saturday April 12th(10-3 PM) & Sunday April 13(11-4)!

FOR more details of this MUST ATTEND Event, please visit HERE!

Thanks to BHRR BOD member Barry once again, for hammering out with me this incredible poster! So talented!!! AND, thank you being publicly extended to our much loved extended fam at PV Stittsville for inviting us back again in 2014!!! πŸ™‚

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HERE is the poster for our 3rd ANNUAL BHRR 'Special 1-on-1-Date' With A BHRR Dog Online Auction –
ENDS Thursday April 24th @ 9 PM EST! Details HERE!

  • The BHRR Auction will begin at 6:00 AM EST on Saturday April 12th, 2014.
    Unfortunately, bids submitted prior to this time cannot be considered.
  • The BHRR Auction will end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday April 24th, 2014.
    The highest bid on an item will be determined based on the time of the email sent as recorded by the time marked by our ISP

Winners to be located in the Ottawa, Kanata, Gatineau, Orleans, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, Kingston areas ONLY

THANK you BHRR BOD member Barry AGAIN for this awesome poster!!! So talented!

If anyone would like to help us crosspost this event and share this poster, please EMAIL!

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GENTLE REMINDER & UPDATEThis event will NOW also be used to also help BHRR’s Porridge – Rushed into KAH March 19th for when I returned from being out of the country, he was not well. He had dropped 3 KGs(6.6 pounds) – he is down to 74 KGs, had a nasal discharge, flared nostrils, no temp yet, belly breathing and could not breathe with his mouth closed, had not drank anything in over 24 hours, minimal eating, lethargic, swollen lymph nodes and, could not rest on his side(his fav resting spot).

PORRIDGE VET RESULTS TO DATE: Full exam done, lungs sounded ok, did a full blood work up including a heart blood test(awaiting results, we could not use Dormitor(if he did have a heart condition, this would be not in his best interest) to sedate for x-rays and the Torb barely took his anxiety edge off(we were not able to do his nails as he needs the Dorm also to sedate him) and, we could only get the right lat for x-rays yet, the heart on that side look almost completely normal. There was no noticeable bulge or significant enlargement yet, we had to take four shots to get his full chest and lungs just of the one side and the left side could not be completed at this time. We took biopsies of his lymph nodes, heart rate was elevated. The staff there noted how poor his energy level was from his norm ‘must maim with my happy tail and enthusiasm hyper harle happy boy ‘tude’ and while, he did eat some wet canned food, he had a hard time trying to eat anything dry and could only take one dry piece of T/D that was offered to him. The Vet has prescribed Doxy for him 4 tabs BID of the 100 mg IN case it may be infection related yet, he would not be presented ‘classically’ if that were the case. Yet, we are being proactive from all angles.

He went down hill so fast while I was away and, I thank all for monitoring him and I have trusted and do trust that those that were here, did keep his best interest at heart and, did not see fit to bring him in. I was completely ok for hi to go in for peace of mind and, I had been told that he was eating and drinking well and energy level was ok, no nasal discharge and lungs were clear(one person here is a nurse). In discussing him in more depth tonight with some of the wonderful souls that were here, it was noted that a weight loss had been seen, that drinking levels had gone down and energy level had changed. He was apparently fine and completely normal up to late last week and, I arrived home on Tuesday early afternoon. Whatever he has, it is aggressive….. πŸ™

AND, in the 24+ hours that I have been home, his condition from there worsened further and, I jumped in bringing him in ASAP. Even called KAH to change his appointment to an earlier time slot.

Possible diagnosis at this time range from early heart to early lymphoma to early nasal tumor. Good case scenario, an infection of some sort.

AND, here is the PV Stittsville, Nail Trim Event Poster! $15 for grinds/$10 for Trims on Saturday March 22nd from 10 am – 5 pm, and, all money shall benefit BHRR’s Coach, our ‘heart’ boy!

Purse Puppy Coach shall be coming with me after my work shift on March 22nd,Β  – around 2:30 PM to visit and thank all those that will be there AND, he will be doing ‘KUDDLES 4 KASH’ to also help raise some money for his bills. AND, for those that have had the pleasure of hugging this boy, he is DELIGHTFUL! I may also bring BHRR’s Angel Noelle or perhaps BHRR’s Torque! πŸ™‚

On Tuesday March 4th, BHRR’s Purse Puppy’s Coach weight was 14.9 KGs(37.78 pounds)! Since his arrival into Rescue, he has put on 34.28 pounds! πŸ™‚ In just 14 weeks! πŸ™‚

I have a huge blog post to make from this Vet visit and then coming back the next day for emergency x-rays and an ECG (the results were suppose to be back within 24 hours….) and, from there, the next steps for him. I have the report from the one Vet to post and, I have passed along all information and details to PVAR who have the other two puppies and who adopted the mom. At the minimum, it is believed that he has a congenital condition. πŸ™ AND, the chances that HE is the only one in that large litter to have this condition is slim to none.

As I am heading offline for the next week+, blog updates will be to a minimum to none – SORRY! πŸ™ I am going out of the country and later this year, also plan on going back out of the country as I have been invited to Costa Rica and Nicarauga to assist/train/mentor in a spay/neuter clinic and, to work with the strays etc. over there.Β  So, I will post as I can and, thanks to all that follow the blogs!!! πŸ™‚

Now, we just have to have those right matched forever loving homes find all of these great BHRR doggies that are AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! πŸ™‚

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Please consider heading to PV Stittsville to participate in our FIRST EVER(Annual or Bi-Annual – not decided as of yet) $5(Five) 4 Food Fundraiser – February 1st to February 28th inclusive!
$1,518.00 DONATED To Date as of February 22nd, 2014!

I want to thank PV Stittsville immensely for being so open and supportive for BHRR to have our unique and creative Fundraiser at their lovely store! All money donated is being used to buy Dog Food from their store. As the generous, kind and extremely thoughtful donations are coming in, the incredible staff at PV Stittsville are using the funds to buy dog food as we are in our food crisis now. Sean has already gone in to pick up what food has been bought to date and, I will be in on Saturday to pick up the next bags that thanks to the community's big hearts, more is continuing to be able to be purchased.

We are hoping that this Fundraiser shall be successful! We are so happy to be showing our own hearts in turn to the store that is making this all possible and to buy all the food we can with the monies that come in. THANK YOU to the village that is surrounding BHRR and, PV Stittsville!!

AND, the 2nd annual PV Stittsville Secret Admirer Sweetheart Knuckle Bones Event is in full swing! 11 have already been purchased to donate to the animals(each BHRR dog has a photo attached to one bone) of BHRR! TY! TY! Be sure to visit PV Stittsville, while BHRR DOGGIES LAST! πŸ™‚
**As OF FEBRUARY 15th, 2014, ALL BHRR DOGGIES HAVE A Secret Admirer Sweetheart Knuckle Bone!**

AND thank you to BHRR BOD member Barry Cole for working with me again on this fabu poster!

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OUR FIRST OF 2014* FOOD = LIFE for the animals of BHRR!
PLEASE consider our cause and donate a bag or funds for food! We thank you from our hearts for any consideration!
PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US with our dog food fund/needs!


LESS than 6 hours to get your chance to bid/win on our first ever ‘Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction!
All items will be baked fresh! ENDS tonight(Thursday January 23rd @ 9 PM EST)

We have 32 amazing items up for grabs and this, shall be a yearly Fundraiser for BHRR moving forward!

BAKE SALE ONLINE Auction to assist with BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s(the beaten/abused puppy that was also picked up and thrown and had her one leg/elbow broken and was never treated that required a leg amputation) Vet Bills has begun!
Please consider participating and crossposting. THANK YOU!

She also has a YouCaring Fundraiser page!

BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s β€˜BREAKING BILLS BAKE’ Online Auction Fundraiser
*Items do not need to be baked until the Online Auction is over. πŸ™‚
ONLINE AUCTION: STARTS January 18th, 2014(7 AM EST) & ENDS January 23rd, 2014(9 PM EST) – We have 32 items to date!

Thank you to EACH person who has stepped up to help us with sharing this request for donations for this fundraiser, offering to make an item, sending those very precious notes of support and kindness AND, in believing in this very special ‘angel’! As always, thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! What a brutal start to 2014, we have had at BHRR. πŸ™ With being in a food crisis, BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s amputation and, BHRR’s Blooms’ gas bloat. πŸ™

All monies raised in this Online Auction shall go towards paying for BHRR’s Angel Noelle’s Bills.

This sweet Rottiex puppy used to live in a crackhouse. She lived a life of constant abuse and, at 12 weeks of age, she was abused, picked up and thrown. Her leg/elbow was broken and left untreated for another 12 weeks. She received no medical treatment during this time as my leg worked to try and heal on its own. I was terrifed and in extreme pain.

On Christmas Eve, an β€˜angel’ contacted Gwen and, asked if Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabiltition(BHRR) could assist. BHRR immediately stepped up and another β€˜angel’ came to her rescue and took her from this very bad place as β€˜because I whimpered in pain’, the Owners wanted me gone ASAP and would have killed me if I had stayed with them.

On Monday January 13th, 2014, her leg was amputated and her bills will be close to $5,000 once all of her rehab is finished. She still has to have post-off follow-ups/exams, vaccines, physiotherapy etc.



Here is a copy of a post that I made on our Birch Haven Facebook Page. For those that are inquiring as to ‘where’ the page went.

As we have many followers that are not on facebook, this is a post that can be ignored. πŸ™‚ For those that do follow us on facebook and, missed this post, here is a copy….

This is the final post as part of the ‘end of year statement’ for the BHRR BOD….that absolute privilege has fallen upon my typing fingers…

So much to say, a Gwennie Novel that would be a Gwennie chapter to truly capture it all!!

It has been an incredible year for BHRR, 13 WOW adoptions, so many faces put to names of lovely folks near and far, friendships plus relationships that have strengthened further and increased those links on that BHRR CHAIN OF SUCCESS, new kind and beautiful faces that have chosen our cause to support and believe in, the miracles of so many that were considered by several to be ‘lost causes’, r/q rescues working side by side making an much bigger positive difference to animals out there in need, the laughs, the smiles, the fun(Yes, r/q rescue can be fun!), the public education and community education events, play dates and play visits, the fundraisers(the crossposting!) the walks/hikes, the animals plus people that have touched us to the core and made our hearts just burst in warmth and happiness, the donations of lifesaving food and, other material items, the financial hand to help pay for much needed bills and more dog food, the driving and the more driving and the more driving, and yes, the hugs!
We thank each you that has been there and we look forward to what we hope promises to be an even better year for all ahead. We are NOTHING without you…..AND, to my BHRR BOD, thank you!

It has been such a hard year in others ways, and we take those important life lessons learned and will work that much more diligently in making better decisions/choices in 2014 and onward….we are focused in letting go of the things that we cannot change and that are unhealthy in the name of r/q rescuing.
We endeavour to practise what we preach, research, stay updated and keep walking the talk!
We have cried and still do cry over those that shall no longer be with us – human and animal and, candles are lit in the most honourable plus respectful silence of those that we can no longer physically touch and talk to and embrace……We miss you and, we are better in the having been touched by you…..

We thank all those that have assisted us in not changing BHRR yet, in continuing to help make it a better version of itself! I stand up and applaud each of you and then, I kneel down in the most humblest of thanks in turn, for I appreciate each and every gesture from a dollar to an encouraging word to helping to do nails or helping me to keep making dogs more well balanced and set-up for success! You may not think you have done much, yet, you have…especially on those dark trench days….

2014 MARKS year #18 for our small r/q Rescue and, that moves me into an announcement that I have been slowly sharing with people over the past few months….

The BHRR BOD has been discussing this for close to a 1 year now….

As of 11:59 PM on Wednesday January 1st, 2014; we shall be unpublishing our page….and, deactivating the BHRR BOD account.

This was not an easy step to take by any means for we understand how key networking and social media is….this page has brought us soooooooooooo much goodness and kindness and, we go into this knowing that we shall find ourselves most likely struggling even more financially and with food needs than we ever have had to date…..13 dogs were adopted in 2013, 17 in 2012 and this page is to be credited with these success stories…..

We are a small group and like many groups, we are Volunteers and lead busy lives outside of r/q rescue and, in frequent discussions with members of the BHRR BOD, the bandwidth is just not there right now for me to keep up the pace of this page plus what so many have originally been attracted plus loved about BHRR, the detailed blogs…that is very much a ‘signature’ BHRR arena and, it has had to take a backseat more often than I would have liked in 2013.

2014, is also year of much excitement(and some stress!) in my own professional and personal life – I will be defending in 2014 in re: to my PhD that I have worked pt on for too many years now…, I am furthering my training to do more work internationally with strays, street dogs and spay/neuter clinics and teaching and being mentored….I have been invited to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and, I will also begin to shadow at other Hospitals to increase my own skill set and education with qualifications plus experience. AND, I also look forward to my time at the ES when I can get there. As a result, I shall also be deleting/deactivating my personal account. Barry, Catalina and Mary will remain our eyes and ears out there in fb land.

My priority has always been to the animals under our authority and being hands on and keeping our success rates unparalled out there….that, shall not change.

It is my sincerest of wishes that by this time next year, we can publish this page again….it has become such a staple to my day and, I look forward to coming back to post of daily tips and questions and quotes and all things BHRR plus beyond to help other groups also network their own events/animals and throw our support into their corner!

I have sincerely enjoyed sharing the ups and the downs as part of our commitment to full disclosure and that, we are only perfect in our imperfections as humans….

So, it is will deepest regret that this shall be my last post on this page for some time……..

The BHRR BOD is still trying to figure out how best put forth our requests for assistance and right now, we shall go back to using the website for postings…so, please do visit uswww.birchhaven.orgΒ for YOU are the real hearts and souls of BHRR, along with the animals…..

May love, happiness and health find their way and stay with you and yours in 2014….that is my wish for you!

Raising my glass to all of you in a toast of my heart to you!

BHRR's Groves went on a short play date visit for a few days with approved BHRR's Volunteers! Our visitation program is a HUGE hit at BHRR and I stand by how important it is to our BHRR "CHAIN OF SUCCESS' for every dog to keep them being the best dogs they can be. To contribute to them being more well balanced and balanced also.

This is from his play date home when I touched base on the 29th to see how things were going:

"It's going we'll!  He's a real cutie!  πŸ™‚ We see now about the resourcing….but I think we've worked it out.  πŸ˜‰ "

Below are two photo's from a community education and public awareness event that we attended at PV Stittsville 'THANKS FOR GIVING'
He was so popular!

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BHRR's Groves – October 13th, 2013


Ideally, we would love to see him in a home with at least one other like minded best matched personality fit dog. He can go to a home that works ft, pt, from home, semi-retired etc. ANOTHER wonderful versatile BHRR doggie!

He is great with all people and when it comes to all dogs, if you are calm and confident, so, is he. We do not know what his ‘X’ breed is….we, are looking at doing a DNA test to rule out PB, to make sure that he would be placed responsibly if so – out of the province of Ontario.

He will resource and, has come a long way with ‘sharing’ water and toys. High value items, such as smoked knuckle bones are not given to him around other dogs. He had some fear when he first arrived and when he first arrived, in unfamiliar stressful settings would do a fear growl ONLY at some other dogs(never humans) yet, as mentioned above, if you are calm and confident, so, is he and he has not had any of that behavour in many many many weeks.

He is eager to please, very obedient and has come to several of our BHRR Community Awareness and Public Education Events – PV Stittsville for the ‘THANKS FOR GIVING’ event in October and on November 30th at PV Hazeldean AND just this past weekend, he was back at PV Stittsville for photo’s with Santa!

He will go to an experienced dog home. Not necessarily, an experienced Neo, or Boxer or whatever his breed combination are type of home. Some even say Neo/GDx.

He is 100% housebroken. He was about 12 weeks around October 1st, 2013. He is just over 5 months now. He is neutered(The shelter did a pediatric neuter prior to him coming to BHRR), utd on vaccines, microchipped, de-wormed, on revolution and has had obedience work plus has been fully assessed/evaluated.

He is a wonderful boy! In the right hands, he shall continue on that route. He is SO happy…that butt wags ALL the time! πŸ™‚ He is a HUGE fav at BHRR and has fans all across the globe! πŸ™‚ This boy is very special to several of us for it is very strongly believed that he was saved in by an incredibly beautiful rescue angel who had crossed over recently. If it were not for ‘her’ and, that many people believed they saw ‘her’ on the ramp ‘looking for a specific on this earth rescue angel'(they worked very closely together) that led down to where the dogs are kept prior to being gassed, this boy would not be here today. Believe in these words or not, for me, to know that it was not one or two or three that saw this RIP person on this ramp of the shelter that she worked at for 26 years, looking and asking people that had not yet known that she crossed over for this other person, is up to you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

All, I know is that I had to name this boy after this wonderful soul. The last dog that BHRR brought in that she saved in life was BHRR’s Flint and, we have the first dog that she saved in death, and, he is her namesake….read this blog and call all of us crazy, yet, I will not question the fates that brought everything into alignment and that this puppy is now saved.

Below are two photo’s of him from November 18th, 2013. There are some holes in his blog history posts to date(ie how he came to be at BHRR etc.) and I, shall add through time ASAP and one has to go right to the bottom of the page and read in chronological order to read all of his blogs. I do not wish to hold him up from being placed up for adoption any longer as I work to get the blogs updated. He battled Giarrdia and is now ‘clear’ and, can go up for adoption! πŸ™‚

At KAHΒ  – November 18th, 2013

FROM myself, words truly do fail me with how beautiful these cards are plus the stamps AND Anna’s heart…..Thank you! THANK YOU!

From Anna G-h:

“We are delighted to announce that we have note-cards and matching stamps (domestic permanent) available with all funds donated to Birch Haven to assist in vetting and food costs. Each are 4 for $5. Please let me(Anna) know if you would like to order any. We can mail free of charge once we have received payment for your order. These are blank inside so are perfect for many occasions.”

Anna can be contacted at: OR email HERE.

Payment can be made via PayPal ‘GIFT’ or via email transfer.

Simply stunning! The person in the photo for those that are not aware is Anna’s husband, Peter and the two lovely Danes are Kaitlyn and Kassie. πŸ™‚



This is not a community education or public awareness event YET, I plan on showing up with some of the BHRR doggies to hang and visit AND thank ALL that show up!

NOTE: THERE shall also be $10 NAIL Trims with all proceeds coming to BHRR!

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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 for so many years.

Our XMAS Shutdown period for this year is from Saturday December 14th, 2013 to Tuesday January 7th 2013 inclusive.

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

Our 6th ANNUAL 'JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS' Online Auction HAS started! πŸ™‚ We NOW have 87 items posted – LINK BELOW – and more to come daily! This is not a facebook auction. As we have supporters not on fb, we use a wp plug-in app on our home website.

YOU have to go visit daily to see just what is there! πŸ™‚ THANKS to all that have donated so kindly, generously and the animals thank you too! πŸ™‚

The BHRR Auction began at 7:00 AM EST on Saturday November 23rd, 2013.

The BHRR Auction will end at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 5th, 2013

BHRR's Groves came to our Community Education & Public Awareness Event on November 30th at PV Stittsville. What an amazing dog!

I am still thinking possibly Neo/GDx, could there be Cane Corso? Who knows yet, 100% adorable and, that is all that really matters at the end of the day!

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My Matrix with BHRR's Groves – November 30th, 2013

UPDATE: BHRR’s Groovy Groves is at KAH with me today! Auntie Penny has been by to get some very special loving ONLY the way that he can give it AND he received some very special loving in turn from Auntie Penny!
He weighed 24.5 KGs(53.9 pounds) today! NO more weight for him at this time! HE is looking great with just a wee tiny smidge of a ’roundness’ starting….
WHAT a love to all!
Today, is his ‘final’ sign-off Vet visit and should all go well, he will be placed up for adoption shortly(waiting for that fecal as there has been quite the giarrdia run out there)…..just want to get some great new photos’ of him.
Sean and I have talked A LOT about him and yet, he does not need us and we know his right matched forever loving home is out there….
HE is in one word MAGNIFICENT! In another word, INCREDIBLE In another word, FABU…….

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.

THIS is my latest GOOD WITH CATS UPDATE post adding on new dogs recently 'tested'!

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 BHRR's Groves & BHRR's Flint being part of this updated 'GOOD WITH CATS UPDATE' post are only mere puppies right now….their 'cat' goodness could well change as they mature.

BHRR's Nessie & BHRR's Treasure are the other two dogs tagged in this specific blog post. This post does not warrant or guarantee that they shall be good with all cats. Please check each animals' specific blog to read about whether or not, they have a 'thumbs up', a 'thumbs down' or an 'unknown' when it comes to cats.

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'.

I had BHRR's Groves temp fostered until today. I was originally going to pick him up on the 8th yet, with a change of plans of sadly losing BHRR's Titus, having to also pick up BHRR's Breen from the shelter and, having to also then drive to Kingston to meet up with a BHRR Volunteer who was a lifesaver in helping me get my one Hobbit, BHRR's Bilbo back to BHRR safely on short notice(the temp foster home thought he had an abscess, it was a seroma – possibly from what three Vets – two at KAH and one from Stittsville was most likely from them taking a tick off him)….the temp foster home was amazing to keep BHRR's Groves an extra day for me! SO SO SO grateful!


A portion of a post that Gloria of Catahoula Rescue, Ontario made:

"One of the highlights was getting to meet and drive Birch Haven's newest addition, Groves, a sweet Mastiff pup. What a wonderful, but sad day filled with love, respect and warmth for a wonderful women. Debbie brought us all together both during her incredible career at the SPCA and today was a testament to how many people admired and respected the work she did to help save so many animals. May she rest in peace."


On October 1st, I received the following:

"Hi Gwen,

Hope all is well.
Well, I was at the X to clear out Debbies locker and gather her belongings.  What a wonderful privilege.  As usual, she left things organized and it did not take long to put her things together.  The shelter has changed.  Someone said they saw her there coming up the ramp.  I believe her.
I had no intentions of networking today, maybe never BUT I am making this exception because if I know Deb, she would say to contact you.
This little fellow is quite big for his age.  3.5 months, sterilized and vaccinated.  Very sweet and polite.  They put cane corso on the file but that is not a cane in my opinion.  I could be wrong…I say Neo X Dane – what do you think…
Give me your thoughts.
Best to you,"


I responded back that yes, we would commit to him.

I then received the following:

"He is ready anytime.  Everything is done.  I can actually feel Debbies magic". 

I have decided to call him BHRR's Groves' to honor the woman who saved him in death. BHRR's Flint was the last one to come our way in her life and BHRR's Groves is the first she has saved in her death. If it were not for the people saying they saw Debbie(passed away of a sudden brain aneurysm) on the ramp and, that she was looking for Joy…this boy would not have been saved…..