BHRR's Reese has had a great few days with her potential new forever loving home. I am so filled with the best of tears and warmth to say that she is ADOPTED!!!

In my almost 30 years in these trenches, each dog has touched me in a special way….then, there is BHRR's Reese. There are almost no words to express what all of this means to me, and to me for her.

This is is the completely withdrawn, uncommunicative, almost 'autistic' dog that came to BHRR in July of 2013. Many that attended our 6th Annual  "JUST IN TIME FOR XMAS' Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser the day after her arrival witnessed firsthand how emotionally unavailable and unresponsive and closed in a world of her own, one of darkness she was.

NO longer! This is the Dobie Doll AKA Bambi Baby that counts, and can recall, and 'check-ins', that is crate trained and house broken and leash trained and, travels beautifully in a car…this is the amazing wee 'giant' that knows 'front feet up' 'door', 'stay close', 'wait' and 'come' and many many many more words! πŸ˜€ She could climb on the couch and HQD would tuck her all in.

The puppy that once was deaf and blind, had a smell impairment in addition to neuro issues has become the dog that is well balanced and quite social and while blind, she does hear 'tones' and 'sounds' and, as her inner ear infections cleared up, she was hearing more and more and, her smell is more focused – except when it comes to food and treats! The, she is in 'piggy' land! πŸ˜‰ She can focus and she is not as OCD and she, does not resort back to stress behaviour of lip licking and, air grabbing…..

This girl is inspirational…I remember once thinking 'how do I help her'…and 'can I even help her'…..well, she helped me to help her….people say, I am to thank for saving this girl…well, you know what, she was equally if not more, the 'teacher' than I! She was an excellent teacher, and, I her pupil in so many ways…

Simply put, this dog is magnificent and, in doing a transitional adoption over the past few months, it has set her and the home up for success.

I am going to deeply miss my feisty, spunky monkey! AND, her play buddies(YES, she plays!) of the Purse Puppies, BHRR's Groves & Mr. Bubbles are sure going to miss her!!! AND, yes me too…..

I well up and spill tears of so much happiness for this incredible dog!!!! Through, those tears, I am beaming….just beaming…..

THANKS you BHRR's Reese….thank you for touching me so deeply, for being my instructor, for being a mentor, for helping me to help you and for being YOU!!! Thank your trust……I am humbled……….

My wish for her one day, would be to see this gift of a girl, be a therapy dog for, she has an aura about her….that is truly magical and soothing….yet, at the end of the day, my biggest wish of all has come true….a forever loving home of her very own to call 'family'……..

Below is a photo of BHRR's Reese on Saturday May 10th from the home, called 'nap time'. I sent off a new bed with BHRR's Reese, now, to get her to lay on it! One of her big 'siblings' is another BHRR dog and, blessed are we, that we could place another dog in this lovely home. Yes the photo is blurry yet, isn't it still precious!?!



One more sleepie and BHRR's Reese is off to spend three nights back with her potential future adoptive home AND, if that goes well, to stay. πŸ™‚

Below are some photo's of BHRR's Reese enjoying the outside on our front brick deck as I was pressuring washing it to keep getting rid of all that spring thaw/mud away. ISN'T she beautiful??!! So inspirational!!!

I just love her shiny healthy glossy coat AND, that she has her head up high, confident and comfortable! πŸ™‚ Just how she has always met the world, head on yet, she is now relaxed and, happy for she knows how to to communicate and she, knows that she will be 'heard' and 'listened' to and, so she is not withdrawn the way she once was. She is not shutdown the way she once was. She is not OCD the way she once was. She is that feisty and spunky girl with some 'tude!

She is still battling the hygroma from her slip at this home yet, with proper continued management, it will heal fine.

It is BBBBB time for I see BHRR's Ethel, BHRR's Abby & BHRR's Jersey also! πŸ™‚

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BHRR's Reese with my almost 10 year old Cherokee & BHRR's Reese with BBBBB's! May 8th, 2014


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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OK! We have a date! May 9th, it is! BHRR's Reese shall head to her possible future adoptive home, this time for three nights and, if all continues to go well, she shall remain there and be officially adopted! Please think good thoughts for her and, the home. πŸ™‚

Will update her blog as we can.

BHRR's Reese is now back from her latest playdate with her potential future adoptive home. It went fabu well! πŸ™‚

Below is a photo from the home. ISN'T it precious?

At this time, the home is pretty much 100% certain in that this is meant to be. However, as their next two weekends are going to be super busy for them, the next plan of action that we are all in agreement is: around May 9th – Date to be confirmed, BHRR's Reese shall go for another play visit – this time three overnights and, if things are going as great as, we have worked to set-up things up to be, she shall just stay and be adopted. πŸ™‚

I thank them for their continued honesty and candor re: everything going on in their home/lives and, also, have deepest respect that they are equally wanting to ensure that this is right for BHRR's Reese also! πŸ™‚

We will touch base over those three days and, go from there.

Patience between all parties is really doing the right thing by BHRR's Reese and the home.

Her blog will be updated as we can!

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BHRR's Reese – April 2014
*photo courtesy of her possible future adoptive home

BHRR's Reese had her latest play visit rescheduled to Monday. Below are two videos of her at KAH on Monday! πŸ™‚ I meant to get a new weight on her. πŸ™‚

This is an excellent opportunity to also post a bit more about what BHRR is all about and to impart some community awareness plus public education. BHRR is a special needs Rescue. More than that, we are also a Giant Breed Rescue. All r/q's rescues are out there doing the best that they can, most are all Volunteer, and, their mandates, procedures plus policies are put in place in the best interest of the animals' in their care.

To compare one special needs group to another, or one groups' numbers of adoptions or to say that, 'x' group is always posting happy news(some groups ONLY take in highly adoptable, non behavioural or medical dogs and that is the niche they fill in the community) yet,'y' group always has a dog in need is not looking at what makes a group truly r/q. Are they full vetting(many do not), are they pumping them in and out, are they doing proper behaviour assessments/evaluations, are they doing a very thorough adoption process, are they staying within their resources, are they giving all approved temp foster and adoptive homes info. packages and being there for them….so many points that could be made here.

BHRR also, only does four planned fundraisers a year and attends very few community education/awareness events. We are not out there every weekend, hands out asking or demanding money. We are so appreciative be it a $1 or $10 that comes our way. The rest of the monies raised for our dogs comes out of the pockets of Sean/I. We are not 'dabblers' in rescue. We have been around since 1996 and, do this to help one dog at a time and to do it the right way each and every time.

BHRR's focus is to take in the 'next in need' and that entails many highly unadoptable or harder to adopt dogs AND, one must also realise that, it is not 'us' turning down people by the thousands. People need to realise that many people do not want a BIG BLACK dog or, a dog with behavioural issues or one with medical reasons and applications are not flowing in like a rain shower. To cast negativity, on any group, without knowing what their mandates are and, their success rates – we were 100% for 10 years of operating, and, now are 99% as we go through year 18 – and, so much more about them, is shameful. There are so many groups and causes out there and, just as not every Breeder is equal, neither are the rescues. Most groups are happy to explain things, yet, they will not defend their programs. BHRR is the same. Should you not believe or support the processes or 'x' or 'y' group, there is sure to be one out there that does meet 'your' standards or lack of them.

BHRR was never founded to adopt high numbers. That is a bonus reward each and every time we do have an approved adoption. We take the 'next in need', always into BHRR – dogs that others will not or cannot assist. Dogs that would have been otherwise destroyed – the BHRR's Emmett's, the BHRR's Promises', the BHRR's Ava Marie's, the BHRR's Nessies', the BHRR's Maverick's, The BHRR's Cosettes', The BHRR's Emma's, The BHRR's Groves', The BHRR's SuzieQ's and on and on. We do not take in puppies often(we have done 8 over the last year+), record for us. Puppies are so much more highly adoptable, even special needs ones. We also do not place puppies up for adoption until they reach a certain age, as we do specialise on the giant breeds. We are always going to have a dog in need, be it a new dog or one that is already in our programs, such as BHRR's Porridge. In reviewing, the last 6 months of posts on our BHRR FB page, there is almost a 85-90% posting of GREAT and positive news, yet, we also post the 'reality' of rescue and, our group is very much in the trenches or reality of r/q rescue.

We adopted 13 dogs last year, 17 the year before that and the previous three years before that were 6,6, and 6. This year, to date, we have adopted 2 and we have two more under pending. We do not hide our statistics. We are quite proud to say that 362 dogs have been adopted since our inception. We are even prouder to say that we have helped hundreds upon hundreds and hundreds more via our Haven program etc. We are the whole picture, not a piece or part.

Our 2014 Statistics To Date:

2 adoptions – BHRR's Prince Eggo Belfast & BHRR's Torque

2 tragic losses – BHRR's Breen & BHRR's Zara

1 has come into BHRR in 2014 – April with BHRR's Leroy

2 are under pending adoption – BHRR's Reese &, BHRR's Jetta

3 more in our BHRR program, shall be placed up for adoption shortly – BHRR's purse puppies & BHRR's Maverick

AND, in the case of BHRR's Reese, is it not 'me' or the BHRR BOD that is holding back any adoption. Per the home even today, they are 90% sure they wish to proceed with an adoption. Successful adoptions are a two way street. It is relationship building, it is mutual trust and respect and listening and communicating and working together.

At the end of the day, it does not matter if BHRR's Reese is adopted. That is not what is most important based upon the reasons as to why BHRR was founded. What I care about is continuing to make her the best dog she can be. We committed to her, we are here for life for her, be that with her living in our home, in a perma-foster home or in a forever loving adoptive home. She will not do without. She is going to come away from these amazing visits, a better dog.

Every r/q Rescue can improve. I have said that for 26 years now. Yet, to be part of the 'improvement', it is best to talk and converse with the group directly. Words hurt not myself or Sean or any member of the BHRR BOD. What the words of people riddled with the wrong understanding of the workings of any r/q group, do is hurt the animals in said group that these groups are working so hard to help in the first place. This post is being made not because someone has sent me a note re: BHRR's Reese or BHRR. No one has done so. It is being made based upon what is being witnessed out there in the rescue community and, a comment passed along my way while several of us deep in the trenches or r/q rescue had been together. At the end of most people's nights, they go to bed and sleep. To those of us that have dedicated our lives to the animals in need, we sleep little to none. So, get out there and help r/q groups, be it BHRR or not. As posted above, there is bound to be a cause for almost every person out there. Yet, to speak about things, you know naught about, remember, it is the very animals' you think you are trying to help by your words, that you, are in fact, really hurting.

Back to BHRR's Reese, the home and I had a very good talk today – almost an hour! – and, I am so happy to have such homes considering to adopt from BHRR for by working together, it shall be best determined if BHRR's Reese is meant for this home and if, the timing is right. πŸ™‚ BHRR is a very different group than many and to have a BHRR dog means something special.

BHRR's Reese shall be coming back to BHRR on Wednesday April 24th and, we shall go from there.

VIDEO #1 BHRR's Reese April 21st, 2014
VIDEO #2 BHRR's Reese Aprl 21st, 2014


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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BHRR's Reese is headed off to her possible future adoptive home on Saturday, this time for a two night overnight stay. I will get her back on Monday. At that time, we will have a discussion with the home as to 1) if BHRR's Reese needs more time with a transitional adoption and 2) if the home, is even still interested in moving forward with said adoption.

I feel it is a good match home, yet this is a very special needs Dobie and, I want the home to be really aware of what they are getting themselves into(AND, I know they have been so honest and upfront themselves with us also) and, this time has been so good for all of us involved, no rushing, no pressure to see if this is meant to be. The home loves her, what is there NOT to love, yet, I have complete respect for their own candor in wanting to be sure that they own dogs and current lifestyle etc., is of benefit not to just BHRR's Reese yet, their own home.

This has been a wonderful transitional adoption experience process to have gone through and, at the end of the day, BHRR's Reese will have had more beautiful memories and loving hands to have helped continue her growing along this great development journey she has had, from when she first arrived under our authority.

Will update her blog as I can!

BHRR’s Reese weighed 43.56 pounds(19.8 KGs) yesterday. When she returned from her overnight play date, I weighed her at KAH.

She had a good visit. πŸ™‚ The home said that she is a great dog. πŸ™‚ She apparently slipped a few times and went down hard at the home and now is sporting a hygroma and, I will monitor it and drain(yes, not always the best option yet, we have had to do this more than once over the years and they have healed beautifully) and/or antibiotics if required. I will tensor it for now also.

Below is a photo from her night at this home and thank you for giving her this really wonderful experience. Thank you also to the home for sending it to me.

I am open to her going back for another visit, a couple of days this time and will discuss further with the home what their preference is. As always, no rush on our part nor on the home’s part and, if this is meant to be, great, if not, than that is fine also.

BHRR’s Reese – April 8th, 2014

Our Dobie Doll AKA BHRR Bambi is having her first overnight sleepover later today with her possible future adoptive home! πŸ™‚ At BHRR, we will not rush anything, and, we want to set up our homes and our dogs for maximum success and, a transitional adoption is what is in the best interest of all involved. This girl is extremely bonded to me….Mason too πŸ˜‰ and, baby steps! She is doing fabu though! When her possible adoptive home was here while I was away, they said they were pretty sure that BHRR's Reese remembered her and, as I did tell them before I left, I WAS sure she would! πŸ™‚

Sean and Mason loved on her while I did her mani/pedi Sunday night and, I shall give her an extra special bath today prior to bringing her to work with me.

Below is a photo of her taken in March while I was away. I am so happy to be home and with my animals again….

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BHRR's Reese – March 13th, 2014
*Photo courtesy of S. Dowler


BHRR's Reese is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! πŸ™‚ We shall keep her blog updated as we can.

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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BHRR's Reese had her first 'solo' play date on Friday February 21st. She weighed 18.2 KGs(40.04 pounds) @ 10 months of age. Yes, a nicely petitie Dobi-Doll AKD Bambi-Baby! The Vet that saw her one day after her arrival to BHRR last July was able to see her again on Friday and, thinks she looks marvelous and is so impressed with how much progress she has made at BHRR! πŸ™‚ She really is an inspirational girl!!!

Below, is a photo of her play date/visit and a write-up from the home. πŸ™‚ The next step of this possible gradual transitional adoption is a sleep-over.

I also showed the home how BHRR's Reese knows words like 'door' and, what she does when you say that word to her. This is ONE very smart dog! She travel wonderfully in the car. You just have to make sure that the wheel wells in the back seat are filled up with blankets or dog beds, so she does not fall into them .

BHRR’s Reese’s Solo Visit

So after a 2 hour drive where BHRR’s Reese slept calmly in the car, we pulled in the driveway.  Now I had to put the logistics that I had been pondering on the way into action.  I left BHRR’s Reese in the car for a few moments and got my dogs organized so they weren’t all waiting to mob her as she entered- 2 in the bedroom and 1 out to start.

I carried her up the front steps although I knew she could do them because the rain had left everything pretty slippery underfoot and set her down inside the door.  Off she went re-familiarizing herself with the house.  Without Gwen, she was a little more nervous for longer than the last 2 visits and, of course, this was the point that I realized that I hadn't fully paid attention to how Gwen calms her down!!  What I did know is that it was by reassuring her by touch so between that and the rope toys to play with she settled in.

After some time playing and exploring, BHRR’s Reese settled on the dog bed with my youngest son and a cover and took a little nap.

The one thing was that was a little different without Gwen was that she seemed to pace the house a little more but not in a nervous way.  On reflection, I wonder if she was looking for her……

My dogs still have not quite got her figured out yet- one seems to get it, when BHRR’s Reese walks towards you step aside because she will walk into you.  My other female who is 11 can’t quite understand why she continuously enters her space and is a bit cranky with her.  My Male, for the most part, is fine because she is a girl but got a little worried when she tried to walk over him while he was lying on the dog bed.

After a very pleasant 4 hour visit, it was time to head back to Gwen and needless to say BHRR’s Reese was extremely happy to see her!! 

BHRR's Reese – February 21st, 2014

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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BHRR's Reese is going to have a very special play date/visit on Friday! This is going to be her very first one sans moi. πŸ™‚ I am extremely excited for her PLUS the home. πŸ™‚

Kinsley and I are home recently from a second play date/visit with a home that could/may be a right matched potential fit as her forever loving adoptive home.

As soon as I parked, BHRR’s Reese was out of the car and trotting up their driveway(IT is as if she remembered being here on December 31st!!). She did the first two stairs without much assistance from me and I put my fingers under her chin and used the ‘touch’ to signal the last step and to go up.

We stayed just over 2.5 hours(another time flew moment!) and, I so enjoyed that cup of mint tea! πŸ˜‰ Made my sinuses/chest/stomach feel so much better. πŸ™‚ Thank you for having that for us to enjoy! πŸ™‚

BHRR’s Reese was even more comfortable…she was exploring even more and she loves the two tugs ropes there(thank you X for sharing them with her! πŸ˜‰ ) and, she even fell asleep in my arms as we sat talking in cushy chairs and, the home could pet and stroke her face to their hearts content. She made one attempt to even play with one of their dogs.

We are all on the same page about having another play date/visit and this time it shall be sans me….the home wanted me to promise that I would be just a ‘text’ or ‘call’ away! YET, I think they shall be fine! πŸ˜€

Below are two videos I took before we left home to go visit! BHRR’s Reese loving the snow! πŸ™‚

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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.



*WE ARE IN A FOOD CRISIS AS OF JANUARY 5th, 2014 – 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!


She has not had a seizure since December 20th and she may never have another one or she may have more. There is no crystal ball and, at this time, she is not going on any medications.

Dobie Doll AKA Bambi Baby is so dear to many of us and, this is such a miracle baby! πŸ™‚

I would like to see her in a home with at least one other dog, a home that does not have a lot of stairs, a home that works ft, pt, from home, semi-retired or retired does not matter. She is another great versatile BHRR dog! πŸ™‚

Things that she does require is not just a ‘dog’ proof home yet, a ‘Reese’ proof home. The home that had the play visit with her on December 31st, witnessed firsthand how easy it was for BHRR’s Reese to get caught up in a lamp cord and, then managed to wedge herself through the rungs of a chair. She is 100% housebroken and 100% trustworthy in our home and while, I still crate her from time to time, for, as many are aware, I believe that dogs should be crated trained to prepare them for times they may have to be at a Vet Hospital or on crate rest due to illness or injury.

This dog has no fear, so, you have to almost protect her from herself, while as I keep saying to so many ‘not putting her into a glass bubble’. If I had ever done that, this gorgeous Doberman would not be where she is today. πŸ™‚

She is food motivated and what she requires BIG TIME is the patience of that right matched forever loving home. Consistency and patience. If you are patient with her, she is less likely to become OCD and overwhelmed and begin to lip lick and paw the air with her front legs. She can still do this when she is excited and she has a calming touch/hold and words and she settles wonderfully.

Collars still tend to worry her so, we have been working on a harness and she is great in many ways except when she wants to go one way and, I want her to go another! πŸ˜‰ Especially when it comes to the horse barn. SHE LOVES going there…AND, long grass….she take such joy from the long grass.

She is great with all dogs yet, not all dogs are great with her. Many are uncomfortable around her as they ‘sense’ her that she is not the same as they are. This is an insecurity on their part, not hers. She keeps all in the same way, with big high paws of hello! πŸ˜€

She is sassy…she has no qualms about telling me off if I am late with her supper! She is still fed Performatrin with some water pured in yet, she drinks really well from a water bowl. We hold the food bowl down until she ‘feels’ it, with her own paw and let her then do her thing. Water, sometimes gets tipped over yet, that is what towels are for!

As she listens to voices all the time, she has a special ‘tone’ – lower and very distinct that breaks wherever she may be in her head and she can then ‘hear’ …she then just needs to focus and so you say her name and the command just once and pause… can then say it again for she does have that neuro issue and she is so much better now to ‘stop…listen and then move’. She is not getting frustrated like she used to for she knows that we are going to be patient and communicate with her and repeat. She is SOOOOOOOOOOO proud of herself when she does what she has been asked to do! She is just so happy! πŸ™‚

She completely loses her focus still when it comes to treats and food and, is very motivated with both yet, it is hard for her to narrow and hone in on the smell and she, can still become overwhelmed and excited(stimulated). AND, then watch your fingers! πŸ˜‰

She is also sassy when it comes to wanting to play and, will come up behind me and grab the back of my pants! Sometimes, she can pinch skin, so, we continue to work on ‘gentle’….

Below is a Video from August 18th, 2013 that I had not yet posted on her blog – was on our now unpublished BHRR FB page. πŸ™‚


*WE ARE IN A FOOD CRISIS AS OF JANUARY 5th, 2014 – 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!

BHRR’s Reese is scheduled for another play date/play visit with me at an approved BHRR Volunteers’ home this Sunday! πŸ™‚ Hoping for another most wonderful experience for her!

Will try to get photo’s this time to post!

She will be making a very special announcement this weekend! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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!

HERE is a wonderful blog post sent my way from the home that had a wonderful play visit with her on December 31st. THANK you to this lovely home for offering to do this!! πŸ™‚

BHRR’s Reese’s First Visit

We were very happy (and a little nervous) for BHRR’s Reese first visit to our house.Β  First a little background- our house is a bungalow with the living room separate from the kitchen with multiple doors unlike Birch Haven that is more of an open concept layout.

BHRR’s Reese came in the door with Gwen and Kinsley into our porch which made her a little nervous.Β  It is very small so not many steps to be taken before you find a wall.

Once inside, BHRR’s Reese very quickly got busy making her map.Β  For the first visit, we limited the space to the living area, kitchen and a small part of the hallway.Β  She very quickly decided that she liked the kitchen best which, of course, had to be the one with the most obstacles.Β  It did not take her very long to maneuver her way around and figure out where everything was because, for BHRR’s Reese, there are no obstacles!!

Onto the living room which I had reorganized to create open floor space.Β  Not as many things to count around so she very quickly got that figured out except for one thing- my daughter had been seated on the floor in the middle of the room and then decided it might be better to be against the wall and moved.Β  BHRR’s Reese already had her located in her original spot and returned quite a few times wondering where that β€œthing” had gone.

BHRR’s Reese found a rope toy in the living room all on her own and got busy playing with it.Β  She also was comfortable enough to be relaxed with one of my children for a nice belly rub.

Oh, one thing that I forgot to mention- this was all done with various members of my canine crew present.Β  First, one at a time for the initial introduction and then with all three and BHRR’s Reese together.

All I can say is that it was absolutely amazing to watch.Β  Were there a few bumps along the way?- of course but most of the time BHRR’s Reese found things in front of her with her feet first.Β  This is one wonderful dog and it is very hard to believe in watching here that she cannot see. Β 

We are just leaving from a very wonderful and special playdate visit with Dobie Doll aka BHRR’s Bambi Doll Reese!

Whether there is or is not an approved adoption in early 2014 is not what I take home with me today….that is secondary.

I take home an incredibly special puppy to many of us that has proven yet, again how ‘normal ‘ she really is!! What a great additional experience she had to helpΒ make her that much more of a well rounded and balanced sweetheart!

While our day at BHRR started off in one direction, we go home and heading into the New Year in the best direction possible – with amazing good and kind dogs, friends, family, supporters and believers our sides…..

Thank you to this home for opening up their doors to is this afternoon!! Thank you for so much in giving Dobie Doll an extremely great time! Us, humans too….

Happy New Year with such warm wishes from the BHRR and Boers Clan!!

May 2014 find all filled with warmth, happiness and a healthy home and heart with those they care about and vice versa!

AND do not drink and drive!!!

I am going to focus on some ‘good’ news…….I will post more on BHRR’s Angel Noelle a bit later….wish, life was easier than it can be…. Yet, we shall prevail and do right by her!!!

Tomorrow, I am taking a very special wee Dobie doll to do a hv for a possible future adoption…..just a playdate…and, play visit to see how things go….

This home has followed her literally from Day 1 and, is no stranger to Dobermans, or special needs dogs and, her IS does not phase them…..she may have more, she may never have another….her last one was December 20th…

So, think positive and good vibe feelings for BHRR’s Reese and the home! This is another approved home that has adopted from us in the past and, is dear to us….

If if does not work out, that is ok….it was then not meant to be…not pressure on dog or home.

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BHRR’s Reese – December 24th, 2013, BHRR Traditional Christmas Eve Photo’s – the bag is from her amazing SS Group!

BHRR’s Reese has not had another seizure since I made the last update. She has several appointments coming up. I will update as I can.

For those wishing to making donations to her care:

Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of β€˜Birch Haven Rescue’ for β€˜Reese’. 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 β€˜gift’ option)

(You do not need a PayPal account either)

Reese’s Rescue Angels: $328.00 Donated To Date & Bills: $4,178.17
Caren – $18.00 which is Chai (life) – in memory of Garth, a wonderful doberman that passed away

I am a bit crushed to write this post….I live with a seizure dog – my PPSS has had idiopathic seizures for over 5 years now, and have owned and been loved by other seizure dogs in my life and we have rescued many over the past, almost 18 years……

I had suspected for awhile that our Dobie Doll was having small seizures and so, delayed putting her up for adoption, talked to her Vets, began to journal….and, then, I thought this last week, that maybe ‘I’ was wrong (she has OCD etc.) and, then two nights ago, BHRR’s Reese had an episode that very much confirmed my worries and I talked to her Vet Team again….bw is normal….and, then just a short time ago, as I was finally getting to bed after another 22 hour day, she had her worse one so far….

Seizure dogs can and do live wonderful lives…and, she can too. I am not worried that any right matched forever loving home could not meet her needs…..she has come so far with communication and social skills and being a dog, that, this is a set back as she withdraws back into herself and is hard to reach… I do not want her to go back to those early days and weeks… She is so confused and scared that she is shutting me out and I cannot ‘reach’ her….

So, at this time, she shall remain in rehab at BHRR and we may have to consider more testing to see of there is a tumour(none was discovered when she first arrived and the specialists were looking into why she was blind and had hearing(that is believed to be from a deep inner ear infection), issues and neuro concerns……is something now showing up?? That they could not find then??

So, my rest which was going to be a most pleasant short one is now filled with questions and worries and concerns…..

For all that have met this absolutely inspirational Bambi Baby, you will agree with me that she is exceptional…..she is miraculous and, more than ever, she needs all of us to continue being there for her and rooting for her…..

As I know more, I shall update…..

I could just cry…..

Deep breath, one step at a time and one test at a time and one decision at a time for her….

May she be ready at another time to be placed up for adoption and that right matched forever loving home finding her and understanding this is another very special thing about BHRR’s Reese and love her…..

BHRR’s Reese December 11th, 2013

BHRR’s Dobie Doll AKA Bambi Baby – Reese(Blind, Hearing impaired and Neuro issues ~ 8 months) & BHRR’s Purse Puppy Chanel (Blind) ~ 8 weeks
December 11th, 2013
NOW, this is what makes all the ‘bad’ stuff melt away…seeing this……..this is the reward…..
I live an incredible life………..AND, thank you to all that support and believe in what we do at BHRR daily!

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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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Blurry Video. πŸ™

BHRR’s Purse Puppies with big appearance by BHRR’s Chanel and a Video bomb by BHRR’s Reese and some of BHRR’s Coach. πŸ™‚

December 8th, 2013 VIDEO


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

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.

UPDATE: Dobie Doll's AKA BHRR's Beautiful Bambi Baby's spay went well………….phewwww! Always, so relieved when the surgeries are over. No matter how many we do, still hold my breath.

She is on her way home now!!!!

THANKS for all the great vibes, texts, emails and messages today for her!

SHE is one very wuved baby!

She weighed 14 KGs(30.8 pounds)! Tiny wee gorgeous thing she is!!

MY last post before bed is to please ask if people could spare a thought for BHRR's Reese…

Her spay is today – Friday October 25th – having had to be rescheduled from Thursday October 24th.

Our Dobie Doll AKA BHRR's Beautiful Bambi Baby is heading to LAH – Liston Animal Hospital for her spay.

Her bw is good, her Von Willebrand's Assay was negative and everything crossed that she will have an uneventful surgery.

She is our blind, hearing impaired & neuro beauty that has inspired so many!!!!

AND cannot wait to find out what her new weight is….all of us here, can still carry her with ease.

We will take a closer look at her tail and that tiny growth on her foot too. Plus give her another mani/pedi while she is under.

Once, she recovers from her spay, she will be placed up for adoption!

She has taught me a lot since her arrival and she is going to make me smile and cry when it is her time to go……

So, please, if, you could possibly spare a thought or a blessing her way, I and I know that she would be so touched….

AND, thank you to the special angel that made a very generous and caring donation to her spay surgery… know who you are AND know that you are SOOOOOOOOOO appreciated and valued and we are privileged to know you!

UPDATE: BHRR's Reese's VonWillebrands testing came back NEGATIVE! YAY! So, her spay is a still a 'go' for October 24th and from there, after about 3 weeks, she can be placed up for adoption!!! YES!! OMG! I am so happy for her!!!

BHRR's Reese ROCKED our recent annual "DINE WITH THE BHRR Animals' Event! She proved to all attendees that she is as 'normal' as every other dog out there….So many could not believe that she is blind, hearing impaired plus has neuro issues. SHE BLEW so many misconceptions out of the water….

This below is a photo of BHRR's Reese when I met BHRR approved Volunteer Karen the day of her transport. It is from July 13th, 2013. I like to think that she is THANKING Karen for helping her!


Reese's Rescue Angels: $28.00 Donated To Date & Bills: $3,497.67
Caren – $18.00 which is Chai (life) – in memory of Garth, a wonderful doberman that passed away

UPDATE: So, DOBIE DOLL AKA BAMBI BABY BHRR's Reese came to KAH with me today! She is our blind, hearing impaired and Neuro sweetie!

We have not yet crossed the 30 lb mark YET, she has put on another 3.3 pounds in just 8 days! She is now 29.04 pounds!
She looks FANTASTIC! She is such a 'teacup' Doberman for most, healthy Dobermans at 5 months DO NOT weight just 29.04 pounds.
She is super tiny, all bambi legs and I got a great new video of her today in the grass!

Her bw from the 19th came in as normal! YAY! YAY! YAY! YET, the Von Willebrands testing was not done and so, I brought her back today, AND, the wonderful compliments she has received for being EVEN that much better than even 8 days ago, is so heart warming!

We did another mani/pedi and TONS of loving!

In doing her nails, it was noted that a tiny growth was found by one of her back nails on her right hind leg. I had the Vet take a peek and it is suspected to be a possible Histiocytoma yet, there is virtually nothing to try and FNA or puncture biopsy at this time.

IT was not there until just recently and I will monitor for changes.

AND, we will try and biopsy it during her spay….

AND, the one concern is how vascular it is and we are all anxiously waiting to see what her Von Willebrands testing results will bring in…..

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BHRR's Dobie Doll of Bambi Baby Reese(our blind, hearing impaired and neuro baby) is at KAH today and we have not yet broke the 30 lb mark! She weighed in at 25.74 pounds!!! ALL legs!

Thank you to Auntie Caren for coming out and giving her some lovin' and thank you for the compliments on HOW far this miraculous wee angel has come since she arrived into my care on July 13th, 2013.

She is a HUGE hit at KAH and was swarmed by all! LOVED all the comments on how beautiful she is and how much progress she has made!!! It makes my heart feel so warm for Reese!!!

We did nails and bloodwork(NOT something that could have been even attempted when she first arrived without sedation!!) and she was a rockstar and even took a treat afterwards!

She will have her rabies and in a few weeks, she will be spayed and my intent is to place this very inspirational girl up for adoption once she tells me she is ready AND even, if her right matched forever loving home never comes along, SHE is living a great quality filled life at BHRR!

She is fully integrated AND all the dogs, even BHRR's Dozer plus BHRR's Cancun(the big scaredy cats of wee dogs) watch out for her!

They are her eyes and her guidance and it does bring tears to my own eyes with how they all work together to show her the ropes!

This wee girl is FEARLESS FOR we have never once treated as if she was not capable of doing things and she has been treated as NORMAL and she is! NOTHING that she will not try or do, as long as she trusts…..



AND, my inspirational post for today! IT IS all about BHRR's Dobie Doll BHRR's Reese – our blind, hearing impaired & neuro adorable BAMBI Baby!

As has been posted previously, she has been getting her water with her food as her tongue positioning is not quite where the normal would be.

Well, I have been working with her with small bits of peanut butter and other yummies, to get her to reach out her tongue for her to become aware of her tongue more and to get her comfortable with the motion and building up some strength…..

WELL, as of a last night, she is going to the water bowl(she knows where it is AND will even paw it if she finds it empty – she uses her foot as a visually impaired person will use their own finger or thumb to 'test' how high the level of fluid is in a cup etc.) and lapping up some water. It is still quite awkward for her yet, she is 'getting the concept' and while she is still fed water mixed in with her Performatrin canned and now some kibble(YAY!), she is actually able to consume some water with her tongue on its own.

THIS girl is BRILL! Just BRILL! I just have to keep 'listening' and work on being the best assistant for her to guide her along this journey to a great future!

She is a HECK of a lot more normal than so many gave her credit for!

She makes me smile BIG everyday! SHE makes a bad day turn into a GREAT one!

BHRR's Dobie Doll AKA Bambi Baby Reese! –
She may be Blind, Hearing impaired & have Neuro issues YET, 100% INSPIRATIONAL and AMAZING!
August 4th, 2013 with Mason Ross Boers
15 weeks old!
THE proof that I posted about that SHE does stop and relax now! She and I are making so much progress together AND, yet, Mason is THE ONLY one before our 'special guest' of four legs arrived THAT could actually get her to really just stop and enjoy cuddling for any length of time…..
He may be young BUT, he is gifted with a touch that makes her feel safe!!!

Dobie Doll AKA Bambi Baby BHRR's Reese with Mason

BHRR's Reese's blog is updated to July 27th, 2013. MORE to come! πŸ™‚

A short time ago, I received an email from the most talented and I want to say also, very beautiful and special Liz Bradley of The Ottawa Dog Blog.

As many are aware, there was a voting contest recently for the Most Influential Dog Blog online and the competition was quite tough AND, thanks to such an incredible surrounding community The Ottawa Dog Blog WON! By taking 60% of the votes!

HUGE Congratulations Liz & Jane!!! Extremely well deserved! Your blog is quite important and valued deeply by so many and you make a BIG difference daily with all your efforts! I have loved watching your amazing 'baby' grow plus develop!

AND, what so humbly surprised me(AND, made me grab yet, another tissue…this time with a welling up of good tears!), was that Liz/Jane was awarded a lifesaving generous gift of $500 donation to the charity of her choice AND they chose BHRR!! As they have posted about, there are SO many great r/q Rescues deserving and in need and, I am touched, humbled and feel privileged to have our small rescue chosen to be the recipient of such an incredible gesture……Just honoured! Immensely!

There really needs to be more words to express THANK YOU! I am MORE thank thankful! I am genuinely appreciative plus grateful and filled with intense gratitude…….


"It was a difficult decision as to the charity who we would pick to receive the donation as all of the Ottawa charities work so hard.

We decided on Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation to receive the $500 donation! BHRR is an amazing rescue who is in need of money to feed the large and giant breeds they rescue – this money will go a long way towards food and vet bills for them!

Thank you again to all who voted. I am so very proud to live in this great city surrounded by fellow dog lovers.

With love and belly rubs,
Liz (and Jane)"

**Could I please ask our fans/supporters/family/friends to take a moment and go over and CONGRATULATE Liz/Jane immensely and tell them HOW uber awesome they are with what they do daily!!!**

AND, here is what I wrote on their lovely Blog post!

HUGE Congratulations Liz & Jane!!! Extremely well deserved! Your blog is quite important and valued deeply by so many and you make a BIG difference daily with all your efforts! I have loved watching your amazing ‘baby’ grow plus develop!

As Liz/Jane have posted, there are SO many great r/q Rescues deserving and in need and, I am touched, humbled and feel immensely privileged to have had our small rescue of Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services chosen to be the recipient of such an incredible gesture……Just honoured! Immensely!

I also wish to publicly thank Camp Cookstown from my heart, for having such a great contest, for helping to get the word out regarding so many fantastic online blogs and for supporting the work done in animal rescue with this very generous and lifesaving gift of $500.

There really needs to be more words to express THANK YOU! I am MORE thank thankful! I am genuinely appreciative plus humbled and filled with intense gratitude…….


My Dobie Doll, BHRR's Reese! July 27th, 2013 She is blind, hearing impaired, limited smell capabilities and has neuro issues AND, 100% proving the world how inspirational and incredible she is!!!!

She is more and more responsive as time goes on! I have had her since July 13th, 2013 and she has just make HUGE HUGE HUGE strides! We are connecting and reaching each other and so beaming over here!

AND, no matter how much my own heart may be hurting in agony right now, she can always make me smile big and feel such joy!


Thank you sooooooooooo much to Ginnette & CJ for having us back again this year!!!
I absolutely LOVE this event! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Saturday July 27th
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Min. $10 Donation
*Microchips $40 includes registration, merchandise AND Nail Trims too!
*Thanks to BHRR BOD member Barry for working with me on this poster!

dirty dog**


BHRR's Kaden was in for his re-weigh today and he is now 122.10 pounds!! Wahoo! He had his DAPP booster and rabies! He is still nervous and scared at times yet, I also had BHRR's Ani with me for her own annual and that really boosted him up. He is slowly getting there and when he trusts you, he is putty in your hands! Gorgeous soft putty!!

BHRR's Ani weighed a fabu 103.18 pounds herself! She has lost some weight as she was snacking a wee bit too much on Kinsley treaties, so, we had to have a 'chat!' She had her vaccines updated and rock starred her own exam!
Yes, many blogs still to update and slowly getting there!

I had a wonderful moment sharing BHRR's Reese's videos to the Vet who looked her over at our Microchip Fundraiser and she was in delighted awe over her progress!!

BHRR's Reese(12 week old Dobie Doll)!!! She is blind/hearing impaired(we originally thought she was deaf YET, she had a bad ear infection and was so withdrawn into herself that she was unresponsive), has limited smell plus neuro issues YET, even, in the past week, much progress has been made on 'honing' her senses! πŸ™‚

She LOVES hanging out in the horse barn while I tend to the horse water and hay. πŸ™‚

She is playing with a tug rope lead. She and I had a break through and she is playing! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

SOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of her! SO proud! πŸ™‚

MY Inspirational POST for today!

BHRR's Reese played!!!!!! An actual play and she even 'interacted' with me for play! OH YES! YES! YES!


We are beginning to gel!!! She is teaching me and I am teaching her! TEAM BHRR's REESE is going strong!

Just had to share!!!

VIDEO HERE – BHRR'sReeseJuly202013

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BHRR's Reese – July 14th, 2013 @ our 6th ANNUAL KAH/BHRR Micrcochip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser
*second photo courtesy of S. Jacklin

MUCH to update….as always, yet, for now, I am going to post my inspiration for the day or week, if not for life!

BHRR's Reese…..

I am working on becoming the best team mate I can for her, so that I can best help her have the most quality filled life ever.

I am doing so much in observation, drawing upon 25 years of experience, almost 15 years of education/degrees and what has been aiding me the most, my instinct/gut feeling. There are times where/when you just have to go inward and just 'feel'.

To all that met this amazing miraculous little girl yesterday at our 6th ANNUAL Fundraiser Event @ KAH, you will agree with me that she is simply amazing and inspirational, will make a great teacher, and a miracle girl she truly is!

Today, she came with me to help fill the water up for the horses and I put her down in our sweet smelling shavings barn – no horses around – and after ensuring that the horses had their stock tank all full, I sat and watched her(I have to get a video).

I then began counting as she moved…..I then started over every time she went back in the same direction and then turned and went in the other direction. I counted over and over as she went from side to side of the barn corridor and from back to front….

I then started timing and I began to get a 'light bulb' moment….HQD BHRR's Salma would be proud! :)-

BHRR's Reese was 'exhibiting' OCD behavour and yes, she does have some yet, what she was doing by all her repetition over and over and over again was counting herself!!!

It is exactly 6.5 'BHRR's Reese' long reach paw stretches from one side of the paw to another AND exactly 21 paw stretches from one end to where I have the ladder set-up on its side(I do not want her tripping or bumping the water or feed buckets on the one end)!!!

Once, she figured that out, she was running and doing her little happy baby deer jumps and twists and turns and yes, every once in awhile, she would run and bump – one side more than the other – yet, for almost 20 minutes she played and ran and hopped and skipped!

She tends to 'feel' light and the warmth it gives her and so is attracted to it and I have to see how to 'teach' her 'coolness' so that she does not overheat.

She is very 'inside herself' and the eating has been better figured out….she will put her foot in her bowl to hold it still, I put water mixed in with Beef or Chicken stew(her tongue is further back in her mouth so, she cannot lap water the way other dogs do) and she has a bit of a hard time 'grabbing' food, so the Performatin is PERFECT for her! The water mixed in gives her extra hydration.

One of the Vets at the Event yesterday took a quick look at her and agrees with me that she has neuro concerns and so, supports my wish to see her visit specialists.

I am still working on how to 'reach' her….to communicate to her…If you touch her on the top of the head or back, she slinks and shy away. If you touch her on her side, she will tend sometimes to lean into you.

I am working on the vibration(NOT a vibration collar) yet, banging the floors and ground to get her attention.

Her smell is minimal…..

I need to make that inner 'connection' with/to her….to give her all that I want to give her and show her and open up a big beautiful world to her, I need to get that connection.

She seems to 'sense' me over smelling and she 'feels' with that sense when I am there over someone else, yet, I need to reach her…one of the Volunteers at our event yesterday mentioned the word 'autism' and yes, it is very much like that. AND, over-stimulation, especially with touch – can 'set her off' – she becomes further withdrawn and unapproachable. She will then pace and circle and air paw with stress.

So, after 25 years of working and owning and rescuing blind/deaf amazing souls, I am in a bit of new territory here(she has minimal smell, limited in her eating capabilities – yet, got that one figured out!) and my promise to her is that I will give her the world… piece at a time!

I do worry about quality of life for if she does have a tumour or possible life threatening medical reason for things, it will be devastating.

AND, I know that everyone is entitled to their opinions, YET, no, I am not putting her down….not unless it is in her best interest. AND, I think that ALL those that met this inspirational miracle 12 week old Dobie Baby yesterday, will agree that SHE is living and has made such a miraculous journey to date for the pup that was believed to be visually impaired, is in fact, much more than that and she has not just survived, she has made it her mission to thrive and ALL of us saw her joy of living outside……

She wags her tail, she gives kisses, she feels and has heart AND her soul is that of an angel's…….

So, before anyone sends me an email or message or posts about how this is unfair to her….my mission when I founded BHRR back in 1996 was to help the special needs and to save those that we can….AND, in order to do that, she needs a chance…..and, so many of us can say THAT she is more than deserving of that chance!

AND, I go into this journey, determined to help her be the best dog she can be, not into something she is not….AND, she is one mighty fine wee lady ALL on her own!!!

On July 9th, @ 4:34 PM I received the following message on fb by an approved BHRR Volunteer:

"Hey Gwen,

I know BHRR is swamped with requests these days but still wanted to check if you or another rescue might be able to take this girl. She's a free 3 month old Doberman that's visually impaired. I sent an email to the person who giving her away to find out if she was still available. Let me know!"

@ 4:43 PM, I responded that I would take her.

@ 4:53 PM, I received the following:


I just called the owner…she has a couple of people coming by tonight to visit but I explained to her BHRR would be the perfect option if she wants to make sure this puppy will have a good future.

I told her that you had loads of experience working with blind dogs (she's pretty sure the dog is blind, maybe she sees light and shadows,…she's taking her to the vet tmo to find out what the deal is)

She got the puppy from one of her friends that had a litter…she fell in love with this puppy because it was blind but the boyfriend is not happy with the situation and wants the puppy to go."

@ 5:00 PM, I received the following:

"I told her that this would be the best case scenario for her dog. I said that you have many dogs that are visually impaired therefore you know how to deal with it. Also, I told her that by placing the dog with you she would KNOW that the dog would end up in a good home. I told her about how thorough your adoption process is and that this puppy would end up in a fantastic home."

@ 5:01 PM, I received the following:

"The puppy is apparently super friendly and sweet…I really hope it works out!

She seemed interested…she loves this dog and wants what's best for it, she's just not able to give it what it needs…"

@ 10:12 PM, I received the following:

"Gwen, great news, she decided to surrender the dog to Birch Haven and would like to arrange for pickup as soon as possible."

We made transport arrangements to bring this special needs Doberman puppy to BHRR on Saturday July 13th. One photo of her below.

Photo courtesy of her previous home.