BHRR’s Kricket went home with her new forever loving family today!

What a beautiful experience to have been part off. Wonderful family, wonderful dog and BHRR’s Kricket is going to have a wonderful life!!!

Another one of our BBBBB’s is now ‘home’! YAY!

NOTICE: BHRR shall be closed from today to Wednesday September 23rd, inclusive. Our facebook page shall also be unpublished during that time for thanks to an incredible angel dream team network of our solid top notch beautiful strong village and community, we are making a dream come true for an extremely special young lady.

Any adoption applications that come in during this time shall be processed in the order they arrive upon the re-opening of BHRR.

ONLY urgent requests for assistance shall be replied to as we are here 24/7 to help the Danes and other Giants in need! All non urgent matters will be addressed upon the re-opening of BHRR.

Requests can be emailed to or or text to 613-725-4279 or calls can be made to the same number.

For any offers of items for our September 26th Annual Dine With THE BHRR DOGGIES Event, – looking for brochures, pens, pencils, key chains, promo materials for 40 Loot bags – AND more auction items, please do email We would be beyond grateful for any consideration to our cause.

We are a small group and host very few planned fundraisers a year and would embrace any gift certificates or other items for human, animal – cat, dog, horse, bird etc. – with such sincere gratitude plus appreciation. Thank you from our hearts in advance!

We are also going to stop our unique 2016 BHRR calendar sales at this time. If you have not yet ordered yours, we shall see if we have any left when we re-open to be purchased.

I leave all with this great photo of BHRR’s Salem below from her special picnic play date with the Maracle family! Thank you for the photo!


BHRR did its 380th adoption since our inception in 1996!

BHRR’s Kricket is NOW ADOPTED!! – on the left in this photo! (BHRR’s Raven is on the right)
September 7th, 2015

We went to the home-visit with BHRR’s Ivy, BHRR’s Raven(who is not quite ready to be placed up for adoption yet close in case she could be a future right match fit) and BHRR’s Kricket.

It was clear within moments that BHRR’s Ivy was not the best matched fit. She had a great visit, loved the toys plus treats and loving yet, she was not really engaged with any member of the home. Her home is out there!

Then, it came down to BHRR’s Raven and BHRR’s Kricket and it was close in many ways, yet, for the home, BHRR’s Kricket, edged out to be the better right matched fit for this home.

It was so touching to see how BHRR’s Raven sought contact and was so affectionate, with both, yet in particular the lady of the home. Her time shall come….she is not quite ready to be placed up for adoption and that showed BUT we knew that going in. She needs a bit more weight and a bit more obedience. She is bombing along on her rehab beautifully though! Very proud of her! VERY! She had a great experience with more helping hands and caring hearts showering love on this fabu once puppymill Great Dane Mama.

For those who may remember our gorgeous BBBBB Krickets’ story –
*She arrived to BHRR last December at barely 67 pounds, picked up as a stray and was seen for weeks eating scraps on the roads prior to someone picking her up.
*She was ready to be placed up for adoption on April 30th, 2015 and her weight was almost 110 pounds
*Her weight is ~ 120 pounds right now and she has put on over 53 pounds of much needed muscle mass and weight. Her coat is shiny, soft and black now, not brown, dull and coarse.

Tammie, another one of your shelter babies has her forever loving adoptive home now!!!! Thank you for entrusting her to our care again…..

BHRR’s Kricket shall go to her home on Monday September 28th as the home gets ready for her arrival and was honest in letting us know last night at the home-visit that they were going away for a bit. They wanted to be sure that we could keep her until then. Of course we would for the right matched home!

CONGRATS to all!

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AND we are on our way!! Three of our stunning BBBBB’s are heading off for a home-visit for a possible Great Dane adoption!

BHRR’s Ivy, BHRR’s Raven(not yet available yet coming in case she is a future great matched fit) and BHRR’s Kricket!

Please keep good vibes coming and we shall update as we can!

This Saturday!

Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg very kindly asked if we would do one of our popular mini microchip clinics at their location and we shall be at their lovely location

Saturday August 22nd from 10 am – 4 pm!
*No appointments necessary

*Microchips $40 includes registration
*Nails $10
*Ear Cleaning $10
*Face Painting and Feathers by the ever talented and kind Dee Dick
*Famous Pooch Smooch Red Carpet Sessions $5
*Merchandise from sale
*Some baked goodies

We are still ISO: Three approved BHRR Volunteers to help out this day! Please email if interested!

THANK you Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg for this great opportunity to see more cats/dogs(minimum 8 weeks of age) microchipped!

All monies raised shall go to BHRR’s Kaos’ mounting Vet Bills. He is the 6 week old Great Dane puppy that we were asked to assist that has a growth plate fracture and a knee concern.

AND here is the event page to join!


BHRR’s Kricket is AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION again. The home that was scheduled to have their home-visit on Wednesday July 15th to see if this was a right matched personality fit to approve for a possible adoption, sent us an email today asking us to close their application due to an ill family member. We wish them all the best.

HERE is the poster! To our 8th Annual KAH/BHRR Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser being hosted at Kanata Animal Hospital on Sunday July 12th from 8 AM – 4 PM.
*No Appointments necessary
*Dogs/Cats need to be minimally 8 weeks to be microchipped
*Bake table
*Silent Auction
*Face-Painting & MORE!

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BHRR’s Kricket is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION!
Please also keep her in your best wishes and thought!
We shall update her blog as we can.

BHRR’s Kricket is ready to make her special announcement!

After putting on over 33 pounds, learning manners and, receiving lots of social training and exposure, she is ready!


Another gorgeous BBBBB!

She can go to a home that works ft, pt, semi-retired, is retired, or works from home etc. She is once again another very versatile BHRR dog! She has proven 100% trustworthy in the house unsupervised.

She can either be the only dog in the home or, with a right matched personality fit dog. Either is fine.

Cats are unknown.

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Guess who is hanging at KAH today?!! One of our lovely BBBBB’s!

She is now 99.66 pounds(45.3 Kgs)! She has put on over 30 pounds(32.66 pounds) since she first arrived to BHRR…..she still needs a good 10 or so more pounds yet, she is getting there! This is nothing that will hold her back from making her special announcement shortly!

Her elbows are looking so much better, the right one is still quite calloused but, so much better! A lot of soft surfaces to lay on! 🙂

She had some many compliments on her lovely feminine head. She is truly beautiful!

She is finally ready for her Vaccines, and, she had a thorough exam plus, we did her HWT including testing for Lymes disease – Lymes, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis.

We scanned her for she had a chip tag from the Shelter on her collar yet, we were unable to find a chip and, we scanned all over her back and, down her legs, not just her shoulders. Then, the Vet decided to scan the back of her head/neck, and, sure enough, there was her chip. We will make sure that it is documented as an alert in her file at the Hospital and, it is here in her blog also. I have never in all the years we have been chipping, since 1996, ever seen a chip placed in the back of the head/neck area.

She is doing really well! Within a couple days, she should be ready to make her special announcement! She is an incredible dog. So, full of personality.

She can be a bit worried still of some sudden flight movements yet, OMG! She has rocked her rehab!!! She was curious, outgoing, dug her head in the lap of the Vet for loving, and, so social today!!!

AND, many remarked that she sounds like a ‘cricket’ when she was in the back, protesting softly about being in a run. She did not make many sounds at KAH, she was so good but, when she did, it was so soft and like a ‘cricket’. 🙂


Microchips $40 includes registration – for cats, dogs – minimum age is 8 weeks
Nails $10
Ear Cleaning 410

Saturday: BHRR Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Herbie-licious, The Love Bug, BHRR’s Angel Noelle and BHRR’s Riot
Sunday: BHRR’s Dogs Attending: BHRR’s Salem, BHRR’s Liberty and possibly BHRR’s Hercules – the third dog is not yet 100% determined.

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GENTLE Reminder:
BHRR's Gretta's angels have been working quietly plus hard behind the scenes on a special Fundraiser event to help raise some much needed monies to help her with the bills from her cruciate repair surgery and rehab journey.
Thanks is appreciatively extended to Pet Valu – Manotick for helping us, AND, for hosting this event on Sunday February 15th, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM
This is the 'Grooming For Gretta – Sweetheart Spa' Fundraiser!
No APPOINTMENTS necessary!
BHRR is still ISO: two more approved BHRR Volunteers willing and open to helping lend a hand that day! 
This is not a community education or public awareness event for BHRR yet, we will have some merchandise for sale such as our signature leash sleeves plus magnets. smile emoticon
Please email
THANKS once again MUST be shouted out to BHRR BOD member B. Cole for such an amazing poster!

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Back in December, Fran from Global Pet Foods Bank Street (1176 Bank Street) phoned plus emailed us to inquire as to our thoughts in being the rescue to benefit from the annual Global 'Show Us Your Heart' Campaign.
Fran said that they have been following some of the great work that BHRR has been doing and, wanted to direct funds raised during their annual campaign in 2015, our way. 
To say that we felt humbled and deeply honoured, was putting it lightly. We feel so privileged to have been chosen by Global Pet Foods Bank Street, out of so many out there in the community doing such much needed and essential work helping animals…….
This exciting campaign begins January 31st and shall run through to February 14th, 2015
If you visit their store, you can make a donation in any amount you desire, and, you can write your name or that of your beloved pet(s) on a beautiful red heart and, it will be displayed with such pride and thanks at their store!
All monies raised shall go towards BHRR's Gretta's Vet Bills – she took a bad fall at her approved temp foster home and, we have to now repair the cruciate in her back left leg. Her surgery is January 29th at Liston Animal Hospital. It was the first surgical date we could get…….
Thank you Global Pet Foods Bank Street AGAIN for selecting our small r/q Rescue to support……be it $5 or $50 or more that is raised during your annual campaign, it will mean the world to us!!! AND, to BHRR's Gretta!
Barry, thank you SO much again for working with me on this poster. It is gorgeous!

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Our 2nd ANNUAL 'Breaking Bills Baking' Online Auction' starts TODAY – Saturday January 17th, @ 7 AM EST!

We will have 40 extremely generously donated and, delicious items. THANKS to all the baking angels that are making this annual event possible!!!
All monies raised in this Annual Fundraiser shall go towards BHRR's Maverick's Vet Bills. His current Bills are over $15,300.00 which includes three leg surgeries.
To read more details about the auction(those darn rules!) and, to view the items up for grabs so far….please visit the below link and scroll down the page…….Our latest new delectable array of items include Rice Krispies, Macaroons and, at least 5 l of the special pasta sauce that we served at our annual September "DINE WITH THE BHRR DOGGIES' event.

If anyone else would like to donate a baked goodie or goodies, it is NOT too late…all items do not have to be made until the auction is over to ensure freshness for the winner(s), please do email

Already 2015 is shaping up to be another extremely busy year for the special animals in need of us, as we have the Male Blue GD with the untreated broken leg and, have another Dane – BHRR's Gretta that will require a cruciate repair(Surgery is on January 29th) NOT to mention The Lord Stafford and his continued mounting Vet Bills.

We were able to assist 16 dogs in 2014, and, 24 dogs in 2013. We will assist as many as we can responsibly take on with quality and, resources in 2015.

THANK you Barry for working with me on this gorgeous poster!!!!
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Santa & BHRR's Kricket!
December 7th, 2014
Thank you again PV Innes & Belcourt & Chuck & Suzanne of Chuck Desjardins Photography!
This photo was taken one week after her arrival to BHRR and, my wish for this photo was NOT for the camera to capture her utterly poor body condition, yet, to capture her overall amazing beauty!
AND, she is one stunning girl!
$406 was sent to BHRR to help with BHRR's Stafford and BHRR's Merlin and BHRR's Mavie's Bills!
HOW generous and, heart-warming…..
We are filled with eternal gratitude….to be one of two out, of so many organizations( r/q 😉 ) in the community, to have been chosen to benefit, is really special!

We will be out to visit around 11 AM on Saturday ourselves to get some photos' and, I am hoping to bring BHRR's Ichabod Crane, BHRR's Zayna and BHRR's Salem for their very first XMAS photo's!
I heard a rumor that BHRR's Mav 'could' also put in a celebrity appearance!

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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 Shut down period for this year is from Monday December 15th, 2014 to Tuesday January 6th 2015 inclusive.
Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed on Wednesday January 7th, 2015!
During this time, BHRR is available 24/7 as always for requests for assistance of animals in need and will do intake.
Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

Introducing BHRR's Kricket! 
December 1st, 2014
Thank you SO much to Karen and Sean for helping to get her to BHRR as, I ran into a time conflict on Sunday with the hv for BHRR's Treasure possible(and now approved!) adoption having to be scheduled then.  
This was the ONLY photo I could get of her early this AM before I headed into work….
To think that she has been off the roads for two weeks and, looks this emaciated, brings home JUST how emaciated she had to have once been when she was first saved.  
For those who may not remember her story…she was dumped by her owners on the streets and, she was feeding off scraps as she could for many weeks before someone decided to pick her up…………
She is a real delight! Just as I knew she would be…I giggled so much in watching her evaluation video! 
I will try to get body shots later today and, thank you to all her rescue angels and, it remains an absolute privilege to continue to be a rescue partner to this shelter, helping to save animals in need!


(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Kricket’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

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

OR email transfer to

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Kricket's Angels  $0.00* donated to date & Bills are $89.00


How blessed are we that Chuck Desjardins Photography and, Pet Valu Innes & Belcourt(3838 Innes Road, Orleans, Ontario) chose our group as one of the two(Collie Rescue Network is the other r/q group) to benefit from their Christmas Photo's Fundraiser!
Photo's $15 Each OR 2 for $20
Date: Sunday December 7th, 2014
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
***This is not a community education event yet, we shall be heading on our to just hang and bring some of the BHRR dawgs to thank people!

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BHRR's Stafford will be ready on his red carpet with roses in paw to hand out to his first 24 smoochers! I even heard that he may wear a bow tie!
BHRR's Maverick and BHRR's Ichabod Crane are also coming.

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On November 14th, I was contacted and advised re: 2 more Great Danes in need. As we were no longer going to be receiving the one 'skinny' black with white female unspayed GD, that had been an o/s as that place's policy is that despite asking for rescue assistance and, obtaining rescue commitment, they will still adopt out a dog if someone comes in. Unfortunately, someone came in and, got her. They have a male GD at home already from what I was told. All we can do is hope that she is right done by.

So, in receiving the information about two more Great Danes in need, we asked for more information. With two pending adoptions and, with one of my own dying and, BHRR Haven Dog BHRR's Salma(HQD) not faring well, AND, that the one GD that we had committed to was no longer coming to us, we offered to take the the one most in need.

So, the one that we are taking(I have been told the other one is more of a GDx – and, she appears quite obese and, could well have a thyroid problem if so….I was not worried about her…she would be a much easier Dog to assist by another), is the emaciated female GD that was dumped on the streets by her O.(known by others) She then lived off the streets for many weeks eating scraps until she was picked up as a stray. 🙁

Emaciation we are experts in dealing with…….

This photo is taken one week after she was picked up. I knew we were going to commit to her before, looking at any evaluation report or seeing a photo.

Yet, when I did receive the information, it has been a very long time since I giggled so much watching an evaluation! OMG! She is hilarious…all puppy…no more than 11 months of age TOPS….happy, playful and, I called her 'spastic'. NO manners, bouncing and jumping and zipping and zooming…no focus at all! LOVE it! Despite all the neglect and abuse and cruelty, she was so friendly, affectionate and, so happy!

We are going to call her BHRR's Kricket…..from the sounds she makes to a Fun Fact that many may not be aware of re: Crickets: In many parts of the world, crickets are thought to bring good luck AND, she is sure going to bring someone special some really great luck!!!

ETA to BHRR: November 30th, 2014


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