BHRR’s Keg(My Keg-Keggie!)

This is adoption #1 for BHRR in 2019 and adoption #415 since our inception in 1996! Small yet mighty!

Thank you so very much again to Aaron plus Cherie for assisting at this home-visit.

BHRR’s Keg, this approved adoption was so meant to be, such a smooth process from beginning to end and what a truly warm welcoming home!

AND he has a ‘big’ sister that brings me full circle as she is a rescue from GRR that used to be seen at the Vet Hospital I work at!

It shall be the lovely homes like this that shall be missed when we are almost exclusively transitioned over to our Haven Program. 

BHRR’s Keg – YOU did it! Dr. Chauvet & Dr. Schwartz, look at him now!! 

BHRR’s Keg, your approved adoption makes my heart smile and yes, weep a bit too for the journey you and I went on during your rehabilitation was miraculous, memorable and so rewarding. 

It is just so sad how your breed is being so horribly exploited and that so many wanted you for all of the wrong reasons…..

Yet, I promised you we would do right by you and while the beautiful chapters with myself ends, the next chapters of what we know shall be a truly amazing high quality filled life is now just beginning…..

You touched my soul deeply and forever shall have your paws around my heart! 

To all of our friends, family plus supporters, please do remember to check out our 6th Annual ‘Breaking Bills’ Bake Online Auction!

We are now two days in and have almost $525 in bids. So humbled! 

Please visit the link to view all of the items plus the auction details. Also, a gentle reminder to please note the location of the item(s) you are interested in! 

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This picture is from December 24th, 2018 at our annual Christmas Eve Photo shoot.

BHRR’s Keg’s home-visit for a possible approved adoption is Sunday January 20th.

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BHRR’s thorough adoption contract application is very specific about what we require re: vetting etc. and the application process is essential to building up a strong trusting relationship with any approved home.

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Thank you to everyone that came out today to our last 2018 hosted event at BHRR!

Our 7th Annual Chain of Success Thank You Pooch/People Potluck.

We had a total of 31 folks come out to spend the afternoon and evening with The Boerskins! Sadly, we had three homes reach out to us to say that they were sick and could no longer attend and we sincerely hope that you feel better soon!

We feel deeply honoured to have had so many wonderful folks grace our home and thank you Bruce for the donation of your 50/50 winnings back to BHRR! That will all go towards BHRR’s Char’s mounting Vet Bills.

Thank you from our hearts for the paper towels, the laundry detergent, the fabric softener and the Lysol Wipes….so desperately needed and deeply appreciated!

Each of you are truly lovely and we are privileged plus humbled to have your support.

We hope everyone has a really wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

A pic – the others would not post so will post on the thread instead! – from when most people other than Mary, Jacob & Nate had left!

Warmest good night wishes being sent from our home to all of our friends, family and supporters!

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We shall update as we can.

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BHRR’s Keg(& part of Bogart!)! 
BHRR’s Bogart is under a PENDING ADOPTION
These fine boyz wanted to help me pass along the message that all winners of our 11th Annual “JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS” Online Auction have been contacted!
I am now collecting payments plus co-ordinating the pick-up arrangements between wonderful winners and the equally wonderful donators.
From there, I will begin to do a courtesy follow-up to those that have not yet responded to their congrats emails!
If you believe that you have won something and have not yet received a confirmation email, please do email.
Thank you’s extended once more from my heart to every person who donated, shared and/or participated in our Auction! 
AND to those that have been rounding up their winning bids, I am further touched by your caring natures! 
From our home to all of our friends, family and supporters, the best of good-night wishes being sent!

Our 11th Annual ‘JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS’ Online Auction now has 109 amazing items up for bids!

We have just added our last wonderful 12 items!

Auction ends TOMORROW – Thursday November 29th @ 9 PM EST!

We have just added more of Kimberly’s incredible homemade vanilla and also Bailey’s fudge, kitchen towels, 3 x gorgeous The Crazy Dog House Key Chains plus a See Sawyer Run Web Master Harness!

Thank you’s extended once more FROM our hearts to Kimberly, Jan & Uta for their lovely donations!

To learn more and to bid on any of the wonderful gems up for grabs, you have to visit the Auction!

**NOTE: PLEASE note the pick up area(s) for any items you may be interested in. NOT all items can be shipped!**

For anyone that may have an item to donate, please do email It is not too late to consider our cause. All monies raised shall go to the emaciated/severely neglected GD BHRR’s Char!

We remain so devastated that we could not save BHRR’s Bane yet are hoping that you may continue to consider supporting our rescue efforts so that we can help BHRR’s Char.



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 over 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Thursday December 13th, 2018 to Thursday January 3rd, 2019 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Friday January 4th, 2019!

As always during this time, BHRR is available 24/7 for requests for assistance of animals in need. We shall also network accordingly for, as the local Great Dane/Giant Breed Rescue since 1996, the welfare of the animals are our top priority. We do not wish to see any animal end up in a disreputable place of which sadly there are far too many out there.

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

This December 24th, 2017 picture is of Mason & his Dane, Dynamo(Cookie Dough Dynamo) 

BHRR’s Keg – 8 month old Berner Pup

He is going on his own special play date today!

We know that he has garnered a lot of interest and we continue to gently remind people:

1) he has a very detailed individual blog that people are directed to read – from the very bottom upwards – that documents his whole journey

2) that all of our adoption processes, polices and procedures are clearly posted on our website and this includes:

a) our adoption areas
b) our fencing requirements
c) our child age adoption policy
d) that a completed adoption application contract must be submitted to the BHRR BOD for review in order to be considered for him
e) that BHRR is NOT a facility, pound or shelter
f) our adoption fees

3) he does not languish in a kennel or crate. He lives in a loving home on almost 148 acres of which 3+ is safely fenced in for his enjoyment. He has wonderful friends to play with and is so happy plus thriving. 

4) he does NOT need to be rescued. We already did that and have successfully rehabbed him. We are seeking that right matched personality fit forever loving adoptive home for him.

5) we ONLY place per right match personality fit and our thorough adoption screening process helps us determine if a home is or is not that right matched home for one of our dogs.

For those homes that feel that after reading the information provided on his individual blog plus all of our adoption criteria that they think they may be approved to adopt him, you are most welcome to submit an application to the BHRR BOD Team to review.

Have a great play date today BHRR’s Keg! ??

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BHRR’s Keg
8 month old Berner(Born February 5th, 2018)

He is ready to make his own special announcement!

Thank you again to his incredible Vet Team at KAH and also to his fabu Neurologist Dr. Chauvet plus the lovely Dr. Schwartz of Alta Vista AH for everything that was done to medically assist him in becoming healthy!

THANK you to each and every angel that donated funds and supported him so strongly so that he could become this happy, ham of a personality filled puppy!

The puppy that had Ultrasound, X-rays, a CT Scan, exams, IV fluids, meds, bloodwork etc. is now this really monkey man of a healthy pup!

He is crate trained, house-broken, great on leash and makes an awesome car traveller!

He likes to talk and welcomes me home with the best filled with joy sounds! 

He is great with other dogs, has proven fine with cats – integration is key though! and though he is still unsure at times of some people – treats and passively ignoring quickly wins over his curious side plus tummy!

This boy could easily become obese WHICH is not good for his hind end at all – handsome to all that know and love him, like so many berners, he was not bred well and suffers from poor conformation in the hind end – little rear angulation. This does not hold him back and it is us that have to make sure that he does not overdo it! No dog should ever become fat.

He is a charmer, a flirt with a big mischievous side. AND oh, he has that wonderful giggle provoking ‘selective hearing’. He is a real hoot!

Patience, time, consistency, understanding with a positive balanced structure has has allowed him to flourish.

No dog should ever be man-handled and this sweet boy would just be broken if someone rushed or used anything less than the positive balanced approach he needs.

He is not overly active. Loves to play and tussle with his bff our Denali and can be quite the talker during play. Chasing is not his forte…face-planting tends to be the result as he cannot go the same speed as the other dogs yet he does try…his heart is so in love with life. 

He likes to nibble other dogs butts during play and we have worked on the ‘gentle’ command.

He can go to a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is retired or semi-retired.

He can got to a home with children as young as 8 if said right matched personality fit home has kids.

We would love to see him in a home with at least one right matched personality fit dog yet we would consider homes without any dogs as long as the home had a strong social doggie network in place for him. He needs friends too!

Eash to wash, do nails, ears and even easier to adore this boy! 

So happy for your BHRRs’ Keg! You also DID it! You overcame SO much in your rehabilitation to be able to make your own special announcement!

Equally immensely proud of you ‘Keggie’!

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He is such a ham! 🙂

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BHRR’s Keg 
8 month old Berner!

He is excited to finally be able to make his own special announcement shortly! 

What a journey this handsome, full of amazing personality pup has gone on!

So many incredibly loving angels to thank for helping him along his rehab path!

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As many that follow our page are aware, BHRR’s Keg was at the Vet on the 11th of September for a neuter, to be microchipped and to have his stifles plus hips further examined under anaesthetic.

The x-rays indicated that he has effusion on his stifles and they were sent off to the wonderful ortho specialist Dr. Parker to review – after two Vets looked them over at KAH – and I also had two other Vets, one also being an ortho specialist to get their expert thoughts too.

His hips do not appear to be abnormal at this time.

The feedback that came back:

1) for a dog his age to check other joints for inflammation. Rule outs also include OCD of the femurs. Nothing was obvious on the x-rays but can be a difficult diagnosis. Joint taps may be indicated.

2) wait to see the new neurologist – waiting for the referral – as Dr. Chauvet, the one he was with is no longer at Alta Vista  as four Vets note the stifle effusion yet did not find anything completely scary, or cause for immediate panic at this time and feel that his hind end is quite possibly related to his neuro issues(he does have some ataxia) and could explain why he limps at times – more on left over right – and can cry.

So after much talking with the Vets plus specialists we will re-visit with neurology and go from there as to whether we need to do the joint taps etc.

His Vet Bills to date:

A copy of his invoice from the 11th is also attached. That invoice does not include the cone that he was sent home in. That was another $10 or so.

Donations can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848

OR via email transfer to

OR via PayPal to

He was such a good boy and in the pic is all sleepy in prep for his procedures. Thanks Cailey for the photo! 

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BHRR’s Keg!

This 7 month old handsome ham of a character Berner was dropped off at KAH this AM to have his hips/knees further investigated under anaesthetic plus to be de-twinkled.

I was very hush hush about the second part of his visit  so in this picture he remains very happy! 

Unfortunately, his incredible Neurologist is no longer at Alta Vista AH so we have had to be referred elsewhere.

His weight is now 33.& kgs(74.36 pounds) and he goes on to the scale and sits like a pro! Completely on his own.

We also had him in for a good grooming session and the mats that he arrived with are all removed and he is looking mighty fine! 

Donations to his continued mounting Vet Bills can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848


Via email transfer to


Via PayPal to (friends & family option)

Have a great Tuesday!

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BHRR’s Keg(He now has a name!) 
Born: February 5th, 2018

He is a ‘barrel’ of giving us smiles, laughs, affection and full of such love plus potential. 

As posted yesterday, he was transferred to Kanata Animal Hospitals’ care and had a recheck.

He weighed a thin almost 65 pounds. He is still slowly eating small frequent meals and while we wish he would eat better, he remains eating and that is a good sign! 

He is drinking and urinating well yet his stools remain liquid diarrhea with some bits and pieces of ‘material or ribbon’. His temperature is normal and he is bright, alert and responsive and an adorable patient! 

He remains on the Gastro for possible IBD and/or gastroenteritis and is still on cerenia, metronidazole, omeprazole and panacur. 

His is conformationally built lacking serious rear angulation and on the left side in particular appears a bit ataxic. I have been texting with Dr. Chauvet at Alta Vista Speciality Services and she recommends giving him more time as I was so open to bringing him back in to see her as his neurologist. When we can get him healthy and he is age appropriate, we will further exam those hips and knees when he is neutered. We suspect HD at the minimum with him. Poor breeding. 

From reviewing all of his files from the very beginning of his Vet journey, he has had unresolved diarrhea since at least May and so we will be looking at diet as a possible cause plus he continues to be properly de-wormed in our care. 

He was adored by all of the lovelies I work with KAH and thank you to three particular women for between the three of them they have donated a combined $250 to his mounting vet bills. 

VET BILLS TO DATE: $1,771.53

PayPal Fees: $2.11

Donations to his care can be made:

Email transfer:


*please use the friends & family option so that we do not pay fees. 

OR direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 
440 Hazeldean Road

Thank you’s must be sent out to his most recent beautiful Rescue Angels! ?

Ashley D.
Sharon W.
Sue B.
Lisa G.
Angela S.
Jamie L.
D. Lacey-Wyman
Michele S.

To all that have also been sending him best wishes, thank you! He is doing really well and we will be having a small flash online auction to help towards his care! 

Happy Friday to everyone!

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Good Early Morning To All! 

This young man(Born February 5th, 2018) – my co-pilot – is being transferred under Kanata Animal Hospitals Care and we want to immensely thank Dr. Chauvet, Dr. Schwartz and all of the amazing team members of Alta Vista Emergency Animal Hospital once more for all that they have done for this adorable 5 month old Berner! We could not have asked for better care, kindness and support! 

PayPal: $0.88 in fees taken 

BILLS TO DATE: $1,547.78

After he has his next recheck exam – scheduled for 11:30 AM @ KAH – we will then update as we can. 

Since June – a brief history – it was suspected that he had meningitis and O. declined to do diagnostics to confirm, so he was treated symptomatically. 

He has been to Alta Vista Emerge for unresolved neck pain too and was also there for vomiting – left without been seen and then came back the next morning. 

Then when he was brought back into emerge for vomiting, excessive drooling, unable to settle, not eating etc., Intussusception was also suspected. O. surrendered and we took over his care when approached to assist.

Ultrasound, X-rays, a CT Scan, exams, IV fluids, meds, bloodwork and sedation were all done as part of the proactive diagnostics. 

One tech said in his diarrhoea yesterday, they saw what they believed to be a piece of red ribbon. He has had one diarrhea stool since I first got my hands on him last evening and there is definitely small bits and pieces of ‘something’ in it. 

He is urinating very well – three since 6 pm last night, drinking fine and having small meals of Gastro – could be eating better yet he is at least eating. 

He was prescribed the Gastro for possible IBD and/or gastroenteritis and is on cerenia, metronidazole, omeprazole and panacur. He was given a B12 injection plus droncit too.

This sweet boy has had several visits to Alta Vista Animal Emergency since June. 

Donations to his care can be made via: 

Email transfer to


PayPal to


Direct to Kanata Animal Hospital
440 Hazeldean Road 
*he has a file under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Account – listed as ‘No Name’ right now – so, he needs a name! 

His most recent Rescue Angels are:
Allison J.
John G.
Catalin N. 

Thank you to each and every person that is rooting for him and also to those that may consider donating to his cause – even $5 is unbelievably generous.

Having finally had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time last night, he is what Dr. Chauvet and so many others have stated – A GEM!

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5 Month Old Berner Pup

PayPal Fees: $0.88


He was suspected as having intussusception and was surrendered to the Emergency Hospital. We were contacted to assist.

CT Scan was clear. He remains on fluids, meds including de-worming meds per Dr. Chauvet.

As of this AM, he ate some breakfast and there has been no more vomiting!

I will be heading to Alta Vista Emergency Animal Hospital after work today and I want to SHOUT out the biggest thanks again to Dr. Chauvet, the whole treatment team there plus to Dr. Schwartz for ALL that they have done for him to date!

I also want to thank Steph for the newest photo’s…she works in the ICU at Alta Vista and also tells me this boy is super adorable plus sweet!

Donations to his care can be made:

Email Transfer to


*Please use the friend/family option so we do not pay fees


Direct to Alta Vista Animal Emergency:
2616 Bank Street
*He has an account there under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) Account – 613-725-4279

His most recent rescue angels are:
Alison G.
Holly C.
Mary Elaine F.

Please accept our deepest thanks and appreciation plus sheer gratitude for any and all consideration to his mounting bills.

Even $5 is not too small AND he also needs great positive thoughts too!

I truly cannot wait to meet him…..

Just 5 months of age and so much life yet to lead….he is so deserving!

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5 Month Old Male Berner Pup
July 24th, 2018

Donations To Date: $265
PayPal Fees: $0.88

He is suspected as having intussusception and was surrendered to a wonderful Emergency Hospital – Alta Vista – that then reached out to us for assistance.

He has now had his CT Imaging and the results were being interpreted.

He is on fluids and meds at this time.

Donations to his care can be made via:

Email Transfer:


PayPal to
*please send via the friend & family option so that we do not pay fees*


We have an account set up for him at the Alta Vista Animal Emergency Hospital under the Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) account(613-725-4279)

Alta Vista Emerge Contact For Direct Donations:
2616 Bank Street

He is in excellent hands and thank you again to Dr. G. Schwartz(used to work at KAH with this amazing soul!) for reaching out to us and also immensely to Dr. A. Chauvet(our favourite Neurologist!) for all that they have done and are doing for this adorable wee man.

Thank you ALSO to all of his rescue angels to date for their life saving donations to help get him healthy. We are truly forever indebted to you for your caring hearts and generosity!

1) Holly S.
2) Deborah H.
3) Lisa K.
4) Jan B.
5) Cassy M.
6) Cailey K.

At 5 months of age, he has barely even begun to live his life!

Please help us help him!

Thanks Dr. Chauvet for the pic of him!

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We have been contacted with an emergency situation on a 5 month old Male Berner pup.

He is suspected as having Intussusception and the home has surrendered him to the emergency Hospital. My heart just breaks. ?

We were contacted to assist by the Emergency Hospital and he is the next one urgently in need of us.

We have absolutely stepped up to assist and we are now awaiting on a CT scan to confirm the suspected diagnosis.

He will require emergency surgery if so as treatment needs to happen fast and we are asking our BHRR village to please surround him with your support.

Donations for his care can be sent at this time to:

Email transfer:

OR via PayPal to

AND we are working at getting him set up at the emergency Hospital with his name under our account there…..and once all is set-up, donations can be made direct to them too and we shall post the contact information.

All of this is coming together fast as time is of the absolute urgency plus necessity.

Please accept our deepest thanks in advance for any and all consideration to his bills.

We will update as we can….

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