BHRR’s Whisper!

There really are no better words to say other than that she is now in her right matched personality fit loving forever adoptive home. She is where she is meant to be.

With BHRR’s Rubble’s adoption, I welled up outside my car when leaving, as he also had waited so patiently for so long; so after his emotional adoption yesterday to my heart; I could not quite hold back the spring of tears in my eyes while I was still at the home-visit for BHRR’s Whisper. Yet, none spilled over and everyone was so gracious to forgive my lapse…. ?

I mean I am so so so happy for them both and while this ends my own story of several years journey with them both…they will begin amazing new chapters in their lives.

Two big personalities have now left my home and I am very proud of both of these Danes! From where they started to where they are now, is light years away and my hearts bursts with so much love for them both. ?

BHRR’s Whisper, I know BHRR’s Steam will also be smiling with incredible joy for you as she took you right under her wee wing when you first arrived!

BHRR’s Whisper & BHRR’s Rubble, we never gave up, we remained patient and even if you both were never adopted, home would be with us as we will only place to the right homes meant for you and it has now happened!

BHRR’s Whisper, we do not look upon this adoption as losing you….what we have gained instead is an amazing WOW home to be added to our beautiful BHRR Family! ? Welcome to them!

All home-visits should feel this natural for while it may have taken this long for this lovely home to find you, the wait has been SO worth it!

You will bring extensive laughter, some head shaking ? and total warmth to all that you will touch with your gorgeous spirit and character filled soul in your new life. I know that our paths shall cross again in the future and I look forward to seeing you and your ‘big’ brother….

Congratulations to this wonderful home and truly who does not love a home that likes to rescue and owns a tripod! ??

I now make the drive home filled with vast peace knowing she is home and only that measure of sadness for the part of me that will miss her….

Thank you again Cindy for doing this home-visit with me.


AND we are on our way!

On our way to do BHRR’s Whisper’s Home-Visit for her own possible approved adoption!

We will post as we can.

She just kills me!! ? Her facial expressions are the best ever! ?

BHRR’s Whisper is moving under a PENDING ADOPTION! 

We shall update as we can.

This great photo was taken by the wonderful home who had a recent play date with her! ?

Thank you’s sent out to them again for giving her such a lovely day! 

BHRR’s Whisper!

Sleeping Beauty before she went on her own special play date today! ?

Her sheer love of life and zest for zoomies makes me smile so much each day! ?? She even loves to play fetch!

She remains AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION to that right matched personality fit home!

Have a great play date sweet girl…

AND a picture that Sue Barclay took at our BHRR “EXPERIENCE” Mini Open House! BHRR’s Whisper, Skor and of course, no one sees BHRR’s Potter on the couch!

Testimonial From The Home Who Had The Special Picnic DAY Play Date With BHRR’s Whisper:

“She is such a sweet lady. I called her princess because she was always on the most comfortable seating. Loved having her visit us. I had a great visit and really enjoyed your lunch. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”

BHRR’s Whisper is having her own special picnic play date today and she looks wonderfully settled in with a new canine friend!  This is Date #2 out of 5 dates scheduled for this weekend! 

2018 saw a total of 16 dates won in our 7th annual ever unique and popular fundraiser! 

So stunned that this truly awesome gorgeous girl has yet to have her right matched forever loving home find her….so, she remain AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

NOTE: She is deaf & visually impaired and 100% normal to her and to all that adore her!

This is Gwennie!

Many of you may not know this face for she is always hiding from the lime-light.

Today is a very special day for today is Gwennie’s Birthday! 

If it were not for this truly amazing woman, BHRR would not exist and thousands upon thousands of animals/people would not have been helped over the past 22+ years.

The truly broken physically and/or behaviourally…Danes, Giants and Honourary that have been saved thanks to her. Dogs & Horses that many others would not or could not help. 98% of the dogs that come to Gwen are special needs for this was her mandate for BHRR and are often the dogs’ last chance at having a future. AND Gwennie delivers. She gives these dogs the best of everything.

Many friendships would never have been formed if it were not for this great woman either.

She has not only brought many dogs and people together, she is the glue that keeps those links on her BHRR Chain of Success so strong and stable.

She is often giving credit to others, even when it should come to her….content to stay in the background and let others be the focus of attention. Humble, generous, thoughtful and caring, nothing Gwennie would not do for anyone she felt was worthy.

Loyal to a fault and though trust is hard earned, once earned it is steadfast and solid. Break that trust and that is a whole different story! 

Where Gwennie does not take a back seat is when it comes to the animals and people in need. She has no hesitation in standing up for what is right, takes a zero tolerance approach and will go toe to toe in any situation that there is a need.

She has never once waivered in her vision over the past 22+ years for BHRR and has kept BHRR being a highly reputable, responsible and quality filled rescue. No animal lacks for anything and corners are never cut and she has kept BHRR small, personable with having second to none success rates.

She creates miracles every day…..many have born witness to this. She has never shied away from the difficult, heart wrenching and financially demanding animals in need. Even knowing that her heart will be ripped to shreds again and again, Gwennie continues to find strength and heart to save the next in need of her.

These animals are treated like cherished family members and anyone that visits BHRR has seen firsthand how the dogs follow and look for Gwennie. People can see how they look at Gwennie, the trust, the mutual respect, the love that they have. It is a beautiful and humbling thing to witness as these animals learn to be dogs and blossom plus grow under her care.

Time and time again, Gwennie has worked magic and has successfully rehabbed dogs to either be placed up for adoption or kept safe in BHRR’s Haven Program. She has given life to so many, great life.

Gwennie does without to ensure that the animals get everything…the big joke is how Gwennie does not even own a winter coat or boots!

It would be lovely if we could come together as her village and community and donate some funds to help Gwennie continue the extremely important work that she does.

**Email Transfer or PayPal:**

Do also join us in wishing her a wonderful day as we celebrate her!

HAPPY Birthday Gwennie! 

Your Loving BHRR Family/Team

**$410 Donated To Date**

ISO: Human and/or Doggie Treatie Bakers!
Our 5th ANNUAL ‘Breaking Bills Bake Online’ Auction is coming up fast! Starts Saturday January 20th!
Last year we had 67 incredibly donated yummy items and $1,158 was raised to help Brazilian Dane Baby Jackson! ??
Monies raised in our 2018 extremely unique & 1-of-a-kind annual event shall be divided up between BHRR’s Booker(DDB Puppy with the back broken leg) & our FCE Puppy, The Bakers Dozen of BHRR’s Carlsberg. ?
If anyone may consider donating an item or more of either a Canine and/or Human baked goodie – does not need to be made until after the fundraiser is over – so is fresh! – please do EMAIL
We only host five planned fundraisers a year and this is our first one of 2018.
Thank you deeply from our hearts if you may consider their worthy causes to support!
More details re: our amazing fundraiser can be found in this LINK.

As we head into New Years Eve, here is Sean’s end of year statement.

Sean is Co-Founder and a BHRR BOD Member of BHRR. This photo is of him and BHRR’s Daffodil from our traditional XMAS Even Photo shoot – December 24th, 2017! She remains Available For Adoption!

In Sean’s Words:

‘Here we are again – at the end of another year. Time to reflect on the great, the good, the bad and the ugly and set our sights on the year to come.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t specifically take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made a positive contribution to BHRR. I couldn’t possibly name everyone – but you certainly know who you are!

The contributions you’ve made through time and effort, vet bills, food, auction donations, cleaning supplies, transport, etc. is precisely what allows us to do what we do! We are a community – and stronger because of it. I offer my most heartfelt thank-you to all of you. I count our interactions with all of you as part of the highlight reel.

So many wonderful people have come into our lives.

Together we’ve done a lot of great things in 2017. There are so many BHRR dogs in forever loving homes, there have been successful events for awareness, education and fundraising. One of the most significant and recent successes for this year is The Bakers Dozen and demonstrates perfectly how everyone came together as strong links on the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ when needed.

This was a huge outpouring of support!

It blows my mind to contemplate the amount of puppy formula that was donated and consumed! This would not have been achievable without the enormous outpouring of support given. Seriously – the amount of formula we went through would make several mortgage payments look like chump change!

And the ugly…… I’m not generally one to dwell on the negative – but I think it is important to acknowledge and address what I feel is a growing and unfortunate trend. Let’s address something that is very real yet seldom openly discussed.

A trend not just with us, but across the internet, business and personal interactions all around. Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of destructive and abusive interactions.

This year we were subjected to a new low – as at least one person out there already knows – BHRR was subject to a malicious attack. In the end, we were proven/validated to be operating a stellar, highly responsible, excellent and much needed organization for the animals. As this was not based in fact or naive ignorance, they received a cautionary warning and we are now investigating possible further legal venues.

However, our initial response from the actions of this vindictive individual was a ‘Wow – never saw that one coming…’

We have hosted regular BHRR events here – 6 a year for over 2 decades – for people’s benefit and for the animal’s of BHRR.

We open up our home to the scrutiny of strangers and, we have done so gladly, and, openly for we have nothing to hide………..

We commit to giving up what could be very precious, valuable coveted family time for the sake of our guests. We feel it is so important for people to witness firsthand what we do and, why we do it and, that we are not like ‘every’ other group or org. out there…..

We have even had people from approved Volunteers, the curious, the interested, stay here overnight, for days and even weeks at a time.

We have always remained full of disclosure and have shared the ups, the downs, the good, the bad and the ugly with all of our followers, supporters, friends and family.

But to the individual responsible for a baseless complaint – thank you so much for putting our family on edge and under the microscope. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the surprise and shock instead of an open dialogue with anyone who may have had questions or concerns.

So much better to lob a hand grenade from the bushes and run away. This doesn’t feel constructive, or motivated by the best interests of the animals – this feels very personal and malicious. We are very proud of what we’ve done with our lives – can you say the same?

While I’m also not prone to extolling our own efforts – we have dedicated almost 22 years of our life to the protection of animals, particularly the special needs dogs and the giant breeds – those least likely to be picked up by high turnover rescues. Animals others cannot or will not assist. 99% of those we help are the truly medical and/or behaviourally broken, We are small, personal and dedicated. We’re not trying to be dramatic when we say this – even those who know us have absolutely no idea the level of personal commitment and sacrifice this has taken from our family. The sheer amount of physical work, the hours night and day, the successes and the heartbreaks.

Responsible/quality rescue is 24/7. We do not ‘dabble’ in rescue, only do the ‘fun’ things, hang out, visit and then get to go home to relax and enjoy 9 hours of restful sleep. The stress, lack of sleep, financial drain and complete lack of freedom for something as simple as a family vacation – or even a movie or dinner night out is our lives day in and day out and we have done this gladly! The cyberbullying endured, the tens of thousands of pounds of food transported and stacked. Hydro bills – OVER $1,100/ month and enough laundry – up to 12 loads daily – to choke a laundry mat.

We’re not looking for the thanks, the praise, the accolades, or parades in our honor. We do this for the dogs, not the recognition or for any ‘pats on the back’.

At the same time, we have grown even less tolerant of the abuse, the hand grenades thrown from the sidelines, the armchair quarterbacks who find it so easy to second guess and criticize – to judge, without ever actually seeking to understand or becoming involved.

Cyberbullying is a very real problem and after much research and conversations held with cyberbullying experts, professors and lawyers, note that regardless of the occupation, paid or volunteer, everyone has the right to work in an environment free from personal threat, free from worry about emotional and/or physical harm and the right to not be bullied. This is punishable by law.

Social media is an amazing thing, it is also an awful thing that so many spanning across a vast amount of businesses, non-profits, other professional venues and personal arena’s have been enduring some level/form of bullying.

Those who want to blame, point fingers instead of learn and understand, shame on you. Those who want to take shortcuts and then foist their problems on us, shame on you. Those who want to be coddled and told they are doing everything properly when in fact they are the issue, not the animal, shame on you. Those who are turned down for an adoption and respond by spewing accusations, sour grapes and names, shame on you. Since our inception in 1996, we have retained a zero tolerance approach with the amount of nonsense, armchair quarterbacks and negativity endured.

Setting our sights on the year(s) to come – what’s next for Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services? Same wonderful people – same Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – same strong rescue mission. Absolutely nothing will change 
overnight – we will continue to do what we have always done. We continue to help the next dog in need – we continue to place adoptable dogs into their right matched forever homes and we continue to provide a safe haven for those animals that need us.

Over the coming years – we will gradually transition to our long held vision of more of a haven program (which is already a large part of what we do). We will always focus on the giant breeds and canines/horses with special needs. These are the ones that need us – these are the ones we feel we can provide the greatest benefit to with our education, experience, knowledge and heart.

As of January 2018, one of our changes shall be to our adoption area’s covered – we will adopt up to an including the Barrie and Cambridge, Ontario area’s from our location and into Quebec, we will cover up to the Montreal area. We will still rescue all across the world.

Over the next year, will also be implementing an ‘Advisory Round Table Board’ of like-minded BHRR approved Volunteers in addition to our BHRR BOD Team.

We will be adding two more BHRR approved Volunteers to our Community Education Liaison Member Team too.

I look forward to working with all of our supporters in 2018 – let us do as many wonderful things this coming year together as we were able to accomplish in 2017!

BHRR Co-Founder
BHRR BOD Team Member’


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 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 22nd, 2018 to Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Thursday January 4th, 2018!

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

Thank you for your continued understanding – The BHRR Team

AND thank you to Xandria for surprising us so wonderfully wiith this fabu photo! 

BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve any adoptions from Monday October 23rd to Wednesday November 1st inclusive.

We do not adopt out around the Halloween season and many other 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 and will network these requests to r/q organisations for we remain closed for intake. 

This photo is of BHRR’s Navy. 

BHRR’s Whisper
Available For Adoption!

I picked her up after our event today from her overnight play date and my RIP PPSS(Soul) would have been so proud of her!  She discovered the sunroof! Finally! LOL That was always my Souls’ ‘thing’ and he taught so many the joy of the sunroof….and it also brought back some really great memories from the almost 9 years we had together. He passed away three years ago.

BHRR’s Whisper had a great time from what I have been told and thank you Mandie & Justin once more for giving her a super experience and for all of your flexibility plus understanding in organizing this date! 

Anyone who knows me, knows my vehicles must have a sunroof for the Danes/Giants! 

My last post for tonight!

AND Auction Date #19 – an overnight one! – is now on!

BHRR’s Whisper! 
Available For Adoption!

We have a total of 23 dates scheduled for 2017!

We also look forward to seeing many visitors tomorrow – Sunday August 27th at Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg from 11-4 pm

The two 8 month old Saint Ladies shall be on hand at Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg to love on people and to say a BIG Thank You for everything done by the community to help us pay off their Vet Bills.

We still owe just over $700 and we remain humbled by so many that have stood by their sides!

Tomorrow – Sunday – we will be collecting Empties plus Canadian Tire $ and also towels, laundry soap, blankets, XL garbage bags plus Pinesol should anyone consider our cause.

From our home to all of our supporters, family and friends….wishing all a good-night.

*Photo is from BHRR’s Whisper’s other recent overnight auction play date in another home*

Sunday July 9th @ Pet Valu Stittsville – Our 10th Annual Microchip/Nail Trim & BBQ Fundraiser AND So Much More!
*No appointments necessary

2017 marks our 10th year of hosting this exciting event!

BHRR has been precedent setting in the community in seeing more cats & dogs microchipped to give them the best chance possible to get home should they be lost or stolen.

More information in link above and in poster!

AND Miss BHRR’s Whisper is heading on her way for another play date!

This is special Date Auction #11!

BHRR’s Whisper is a really lucky girl this weekend!

Due to a last minute change of dates, BHRR’s Whisper instead of BHRR’s Ivy had Auction Picnic Snack Date #10 today. Both BHRR’s Ivy and BHRR’s Whisper have had special dates in this home in the past yet now that they have two dogs and looking at play styles etc., we felt BHRR’s Whisper would be a better fit. They agreed and so BHRR’s Whisper had a date today AND has one tomorrow.

It did not take long from what I heard to see BHRR’s Whisper in her ‘loved window spot!’

AND BHRR’s Whisper has another date tomorrow!


Thank you’s sent out to the Maracle Family AGAIN for giving a BHRR doggie an incredible day! Thank you also for this awesome photo!

Words from the home that gave her this great play date:

“It was our pleasure to have Whisper as our guest… and not just because she loves us! The first hour was zoomie play and then we settled into some quiet time that filled the home with snores of love. She is a wonderful dog that we love very much.”

Testamoninal from BHRR’s Whispers OVERNIGHT date home & a picture: 

“Hi Gwen,

Its going well. The relaxing in that previous photo didn’t last too long. 🙂 Then she had supper, a poo and then we went for a walk.  She’s been exploring the house. And she’s been telling me a lot of stories. I don’t respond to her until she stops singing so as to not reinforce a negative habit. Once she’s calm, i have been petting her. She’s had a little trouble settling but seems to have now calmed down. Maybe that’s what the singing was about.”

AND then this update sent the next AM:

‘She had a good night. And we are having a good morning.

A very lovable goofball.’

AND Auction Date #5 is now well under way!

BHRR’s Whisper is on her special overnight picnic Play Date! 
*Available For Adoption – Deaf/Visually Impaired & 100% Normal To Her & All Who Know Her*

She is licking her lips in anticipation as we drove in to drop her off! 

BHRR’s Capone, who is replacing BHRR’s Raven’s Date that was won in the auction is having a special picnic snack DAY date tomorrow.

On a side note, a shout out is being given to our Ottawa Senators Hockey Team! You should hold your heads up high. We are so proud of all of your accomplishments!

This happy and energetic goofball of a gem also had her annual at KAH tonight!

BHRR’s Whisper! Yes, she is deaf plus visually impaired yet normal to her and to all of us that adore her and she weighed a slightly plump(her approved temp foster is very aware of the ‘too many treats’ and working on it!) 87.56 pounds.

She is such a happy, loves everyone and everything active gal! Not a mean bone in her body and she knows nothing but joy and happiness and expresses so much positiveness to all around her!

She makes people not just smile but laugh and is a total lovebug!! Enthusiastic and playful and kind plus filled with a total goofy mischievous side!!

Her exam was a great one also. Her skin, common in many whites to have skin issues, was given a thumbs up. She is washed every couple of weeks with a special medicated shampoo and the seborrhoea is now only along some spots on her back. Her coat is so soft and a clean crisp healthy white over all.

Heart and lungs, A+ and she also was a doll to do nails.

Another dog that I truly adore!


Both she and BHRR’s Abby shall be with us at our next upcoming BHRR ‘EXPERIENCE’ mini open house!

BHRR’s Whisper & BHRR’s Abby’s annual are scheduled for Friday January 27th.

We know many have been patiently….or, not so patiently waiting!!!

Here is the FIFTH & Final instalment of our 2016 Traditional December 24th XMAS Eve Photo’s!

As most dogs remained in their approved Temp Fosters, not all doggies could have their photo’s done BUT, we got those that we could! We will be posting over the next few days almost 50 photo’s of BHRR doggies & a few of our own!

We have had quite a few come back for the Holidays as their families are travelling.

ALWAYS a blast for us at BHRR!

We cannot SHOUT out enough big thanks of our deepest appreciation to ALL those that stepped up to be part of our 14th ANNUAL SS to the BHRR dogs!

Another amazing successful year THANKS to so many angels that made it possible!!!

We only had 1 person not send their SS’s yet, as we had other kind plus thoughtful generous people send extra goodies to help cover any that were missed, we are so BLESSED to say that, each BHRR dog had something special to call their own this XMAS!!!

Many of these dogs are experiencing their very first XMAS of love, shelter, with enough food and, tons of helping hands, not hurtful or neglectful ones…. THANK you’s being sent out again to every wonderful and lovely Secret Santa that made this possible!!!

I am inspired by your caring, giving and, incredibly beautiful hearts!!! A million thank you’s being sent again!


THANK you to all that came out yesterday to attend our 5th Annual ‘CHAIN OF SUCCESS’ Thank you Pooch/People Potluck!

Here are 13 of the dogs waiting for our almost 40 guests to arrive!

AND, here is part of the post I made in the Potluck Group to all of our attendees!

“Now that the horses and dogs have been fed plus watered and rotated and are settling down for the night….it gives me the proper opportunity to say thank you to our 35 absolutely amazing and incredible guests!

Thank you for the laughs, the conversation, the memories made, the food and the kindness of Secret Santa gifts for the BHRR dogs and to BHRR!

Thank you for the great experiences given to our BHRR dogs as so many have come to BHRR broken, beaten, scared and lost….what you give to them with loving touches and kind words, I shall truly be forever indebted to all for. So many have never had a gentle caring hand or heard a soft loving word prior to our rescue and each of you are showing them that not everyone is cruel and are assisting in building up their confidence plus helping them heal….

I am so grateful of your time and this is a gift that you are giving each BHRR dog when you visit. Thank you for that!

Thank you to Brooke and Elizabeth for their time, patience and sense of humour with spastic Baby BHRR’S Kaos as we attempted photo’s of him to make his own long awaited, much anticipated and truly wonderful special announcement!! You did it sweet precious boy!!!

Our 50/50 was $205 and Elizabeth with her beautiful heart donated her winnings back($102.50) for us to help pay off BHRR’s Maple’s Emergency Surgery bills! Thank you also to those who dropped monies into the donation jar – $50 CDA & $120 USA. Humbling….

Thank you to BHRR BOD Mary for being such a great treasurer!

After a tough week and a bit – so much worry & and stress on a couple of *fronts*, so, having today with all of you was really wonderful……just to be around all of you is comforting and inspirational and motivating… my darkest rescue moments, it is days like this I hold close to my heart and gives me the strength to fight again for what is right…….please know that you give me this special gift when you come to visit!

Thank you to everyone that made today the WOW & amazing day it was!

Until next year….may Santa spoil all rotten!”



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 2 decades.

Our XMAS Shut down period for this year is from Friday December 16th, 2016 to Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 inclusive.

Any applications received during this time will be processed/reviewed as of Wednesday January 4th, 2017!

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

Gentle Reminder!

We are at Pet Valu Hazdeldean this Saturday November 26th from 10 AM – 4 PM for our last community education and public awareness event of 2016!

We are looking at bringing BHRR’s Kaos, BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Whisper for our famous Red Carpet Pooch Smooch Sessions!

We will be doing nails, ear cleanings and dog baths – ALL inside too!

More details in poster!



BHRR’s Baby Kaos is getting ready for Halloween! Not Yet Available For Adoption!

Remember to have safe Halloween practises for a happy Halloween for pets & kids!

NOTE: BHRR shall be closed for the intake of adoption applications and shall not approve adoptions from Monday the 24th of October to Tuesday November 1st inclusive.

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.


*CORRECTION: Location Address is: 5919 PERTH STREET, Richmond, Ontario*

Our next microchip clinic is being hosted with Dr. Zak at Pet Valu Richmond on Saturday September 10th!

Dr. Zak has now been with us for 8 microchip clinics to date and this is #9!
*No appointments necessary
*We are inside so rain or shine!
*10 AM – 4 PM

Our accreditation per CVO requirements to host this microchip clinic shall also be posted.

We shall also be doing dog baths, ear cleanings, nails for cats & dogs and will have some merchandise for sale! Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! More details in poster.

All monies raised shall go towards helping to pay off the bills for BHRR’s Dyson’s partial tail amputation that is scheduled for September 8th.

BHRR has been precedent setting/instrumental over the past almost 10 years with our Microchip Clinics in our efforts of having more dogs/cats hopefully find their way home should they become lost or stolen by being chipped.

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BHRR News Update:

It has been and still is a busy week here!

On Friday July 29th, BHRR’s Whisper(deaf/visually) impaired Great Dane – Available for Adoption! – had her own overnight picnic play date.

On Saturday, after driving to Orleans to pick her up – she loved their cats also! She loves everyone and everything – we had our next BHRR ‘PRIVATE’ Experience at BHRR. We had the farrier come for the horses, picked up hay for the horses, took the remaining Puppy Pile babies(4) for a walk and had many laughs over the afternoon plus evening. Thank you for coming!

Supper was steak dinner, homemade garlic toast, whipped potatoes, corn and for dessert homemade lemon merengue pie! 🙂 We hope our guests deeply enjoyed themselves. This is the second private experience that they have had with us. 🙂

Sunday was our son’s 16th Birthday and cannot believe how fast time is going. So proud of Mason and how he is growing up.

I have been receiving daily updates(thanks to the amazing emerge temp foster home!) on who the home has begun to call BHRR’s Baron, the Brazilian Mastiff. He is doing so well!

Tomorrow we have three Danes heading in for their spays/neuters. BHRR’s Maple, BHRR’s Limerick and BHRR’s Rubble. BHRR’s Limerick shall also have her hips/knees checked out more thoroughly under sedation and we will do x-Ray’s if required.

Friday, BHRR’s Dyson is having his annual and a recheck on his chronic ‘happy tail’. Silly goof!

Next week is equally wonderfully busy!! We hope all are enjoying this glorious sunshine! 🙂

Please remember to use proper safe hot weather practises for your pets/kids and that includes on the hot pavement.

Happy Wednesday!

Editing to add that BHRR’s Salem also has her own special picnic snack date on Friday!!!


We are just 5 SLEEPIES away to our biggest Fundraiser Event of the year. 🙂 July 10th!

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

What has traditionally been the largest microchip fundraiser in Canada!

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

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

Come meet some of the big dawgs of BHRR! 😀

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

Here is an update on what we are still needing:

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

Here is the Facebook Event Page to join and stay updated! 🙂

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Here is a photo of BHRR’s Whisper special picnic snack play date today and then a photo of her on our way home! 🙂

This was her first play date without me and she ROCKED it! 🙂

Some updates from her play date home:

“Whisper had a quick lay down while I stepped out with Teia, but she has been spoiled with lots of play since she got here. After Sally needed a lay down, Whisper started to play fetch with the girls. This game has turned into “catch” inside: she brings the girls a toy, drops it and waits for them to toss it at her to catch. Very happy girl who has a lot of energy. Sally seems to really like her!

Six beds and she takes a pug sized one in the window.”

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She has had a good day! No vomiting, eating her small meals of food, taking her meds and though still not 100% herself, doing well.  Still no fever and while I would like to see her drink a bit more, she is truly doing a bit better.

I am seeing her Vet tonight with another BHRR dog and we will touch base re: her.

Someone is not feeling very well.

BHRR’s Whisper was in to the Vet tonight for some bloody diarrhoea and two episodes of vomiting. PCV is 48% and the worry for me and her Vet is HGE yet, after exam, fecal smear, temp taking, bloodwork, for now she is back home with meds and on bland food and if she vomits further, she will go back in for IV fluid treatment.

She ate her supper great, has moist pink membranes, no fever yet clearly is not running at her 100% warp speed known to be zippy zoomy BHRR’s Whisper.

Will be monitoring closely….one of my own dogs Cherokee (she will be 12 soon) has had two bouts of HGE and I well know how serious it is.


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

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

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

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

A short medical summary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sean has been diagnosed with a retro-peritoneal liposarcoma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for reading this novel….

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

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


BHRR’s Whisper! (DEAF / Visually Impaired Great Dane) – ~ 18 months of age


She says that she is ready! She is so happy to say that she has done SO well in her rehabilitation!

She is completely housebroken, she loves her comforts of our couch, our XL Ottoman and I am happy that she has found plus enjoyed the delights that love and kindness that should have always been hers brings!

She derives much pleasure from our fireplace also!

She is happy, affectionate, playful – watch those zoomies!, great with all dogs of all sizes and her one vice is still doing some mild resourcing over what she believes to be high value items – some of the toys yet she now shares the communal water bowls like a ‘lady’.

She can go to a home that works ft, pt, works from home, is semi-retired, or retired…once again, another amazing versatile BHRR dog!

I would love to see her in a home with another right matched personality fit dog yet that is not a must…as long as she has a strong well balanced doggie social network, she will be fine. You like having friends, so does she!

Her leash manners has also greatly improved!

She does not need to go to a Dane nor a highly dog experienced home. She does need a home, like any dog, that is going to be be committed to her proper welfare and be consistent, patience, kind and do positive balanced training to keep her being that incredible girl she is……

She really does make my heart melt…..she has been such a delight and a hoot to have with us!!!

She is going to make that right matched forever loving home laugh every day.

She is so easy to work with. Her startle reflex is a dream now and she is obedient and gentle UNLESS in crazy zoomy happy mode.

I really cannot say enough great things about this girl. She is solid….and has made an incredible asset to our home.

BHRR’s Steam still wuvs BHRR’s Whisper and ‘watches’ over her! AND BHRR’s Wisper ‘humours’ her.

BHRR’s Whisper is intelligent, senstive, intuitive and immensely patient.

BHRR’s Whisper has come SO far in her anxiety level in the car and with continued trips out and passively ignoring she is really beginning to enjoy her time in the vehicle.

She loves sleeping in open crates and no longer has anxiety in being left alone. In fact, in our home, she no longer is in a crate at night, for eating or sleeping or even when we go out. YET, we do not recommend that to any right matched forever loving home to start.

This dog had the potential to have terrible SA and she has entrusted me to guide her and help her learn that she is a good dog and it is ok to not only like herself yet trust herself that she is going to be ok if left alone for a period of time – up to 8 hours. She can self-amuse and self-soothe plus comfort herself and has not had to that in a very long time as she is so comfortable in her own skin now.

She is mischievous and has the best ‘I am innocent’ face/eyes ever!!!

I am filled with so many emotions ‘helping’ BHRR’s Whisper type her ‘I am ready to be placed up for adoption’ blog!

LOVE love love her!


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

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

Thanks for your understanding!

BHRR’s Whisper was spayed today. She weighed 39 Kgs(85.8 pounds). 🙂

In a couple of weeks she will be ready to make her special announcement! This girl is going to make a lucky home a truly marvelous addition!

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BHRR’s Latest Winter Wonderful Land VIDEO #1 in today’s crazy 50+ cm of snow! This is VIDEO #1.

Many other dogs are in VIDEO #2 and that will be on those dogs blogs and stated as VIDEO #2

On behalf of the BHRR dogs, we want to THANK all that came out this weekend to Pet Valu Kanata Centrum. Talk about a COLD weather weekend yet quite a few in true Canadian style, took on the brutal cold to spend some time with us and the dogs of BHRR!

A grand total of $548.10 was raised and that included my own personal donation to contribute to help those in need of our programs of BHRR.

This was our first community education and public awareness event of 2016 and thank you SO much everyone for making it as wonderful as it was.

Regan, and your staff at PV continued to welcome us, be patient as the BIG DAWGS in true ‘you cannot miss me style’ sprawled in really public places!

BHRR’s Whisper worked through her small amount of initial worry/anxiety about being left behind to deeply enjoy herself today. She took Cherie shopping! She took Aaron for runs and races around the store! She charmed, she educated and proved to all those that met her that she is ‘normal’ and happy, social and deserving of a great future AND she made all of us laugh and laugh some more!

It did not take her long to figure out what the opening of the front door of the store meant!

BHRR’s Salem, what can I say?! She continues to melt people’s hearts, make people shake their heads that she has not yet had the right application come in for her, to gently watch out for those she trusts, and parked herself more than once in the best places possible like in front of the cash counter or front door to get maximum exposure to all that came in!

Very proud of these gorgeous BHRR ladies!

Thank you to Dawn, Xandria, Cherie, Sean and Aaron for spending the day with me in the name of promoting responsible dog ownership, reputable/quality dog rescue AND talking all about the BIG DAWGS of BHRR.

To the person that showed up yesterday(I was talking to visitors elsewhere in the store) with many $100 bills in his hands wanting to ‘get a dog’, hopefully you left with the awareness of how a proper adoption process shall work. Sadly, from what I have been told by the wonderful BHRR Volunteers, you will find a group somewhere out there that will just take your money and hand over a dog that deserved better.

To the woman who lost her car key, the pleasure was all ours in helping you and talking to you plus with the young lady with you. We are so happy that they were found……

Each time we go out, I leave these events feeling so privileged to be part of such a great animal loving and caring community. I am honoured to be part of the BHRR “CHAIN OF SUCCESS” team with true, sincere, honest to good caring folks that believe as strongly plus passionately as I, in what BHRR works so hard to do for those in need of our programs.

Thank you again to all the amazing folks that took time out of their own busy plus wonderful weekends to hang!

May all have a lovely evening! My heart is just floating from such a lovely weekend……

We are not back out for our next community event until March now! Stay tuned!

*Thanks Aaron for this photo of BHRR’s Whisper*


Day #2 of our mini-microchip clinic and community education event has dawned sunny and bright and practically balmy compared to yesterday!

We are back at Pet Valu Kanata CENTRUM (300 Earl Grey Drive) from 11 am – 4 pm.

Microchips – $40 includes registration (cats/dogs)
Nails – $10 (cats/dogs)
Ear Cleaning $10 (dogs only)

Red Carpet Pooch Smooch Sessions $5.00 min donation
Some merchandise for sale

AND on hand to be smooched and loved on by their fans will be BHRR’s Whisper (her first public appearance!) and BHRR’s Salem. BHRR’s Hercules, is going to stay at home for there is not a close spot for him to have a washroom break in this cold at the event and being a tripod, a bit too risky on all the ice we saw yesterday outside the stores. 

We look forward to another wonderful day of great visitors, great times, lots of laughs and great memories plus experiences had for humans and dogs alike!

BHRR’s Whisper is all snuggled up in her borrowed coat and is excited!

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On our way to the Vet!!

BHRR’s Whisper(DEAF & Visually Impaired) Recheck and booster time. Her skin is SO much better yet she still has raw spots and a few scabs. AND still has a bit of that ‘yeast’ stinky smell, not much yet some.

She is scheduled already for her spay for February 18th.

BHRR’s Whisper still has some mild anxiety when she is first in the car. She gets into the car without and worries and then, as we begin to drive, after a few moments she has some anxiety sounds. It lasts about 5 minutes right now and then she will lay down and relax.

Sometimes she will go into sleep over relaxing and looking around and Danes are notorious for sleeping when stressed. We continue to work with her to show her that she is not going to ever be abandoned again.

Her startle reflex is amazing now! She tends to stretch and open her eyes at eyes and then stretch more so she can get more of her rubbed gently. 🙂

From a behaviour perspective, the ‘chewing’ that she still does from time to time(NOTHING like it was) is more OCD and habitual plus SA related. We are working through her learning more and more about stability with patience, consistency, obedience, time and lots of love. 🙂

She is a real joy! When she gets her zoomies! LOL


COMING up in four sleepies! Saturday February 13th & Sunday February 14th!

BHRR’s Steam and BHRR’s Flame shall be with us on Saturday and Sunday’s BIG DAWGS are as of yet TBA!

This is our FIRST Community Education and Public Awareness event of 2016! We have not been out since November of 2015!

No appointments are necessary and we are microchipping Saturday and Sunday and more details can be found in the poster below.

Cats and Dogs have to be minimally 8 weeks of age.

Thanks Regan and PV Kanata for hosting us that weekend! So touched as always to have your support!

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BHRR’s Whisper!
*She has sure taken a shine to that XL Ottoman of ours in front of the fireplace!

She had a good Vet visit on Tuesday January 19th, so much better than I thought. The Vet believes most of her issues are stemming from FAD(Flea Allergy Dermatitis). With her diet change to a high quality kibble that should also immensely help her skin. I also have special shampoo and if in two weeks, no improvement we will look at further treatment.

None of her numerous wounds are infected and they are healing well.

I had given her a Revolution on the Sunday and we shall repeat in two weeks time. We did a full blood-work-up that has come back normal(some mild elevated levels of Globulin that her Vet was not worried about right now) plus her Accuplex(Heartworm and Tickborne Disease) panel has also come back negative. YAY!

Her weight was 39.6 KGS(87.12 pounds) and that was not far off what I thought. I was thinking 90-95 pounds tops! As she gets more muscle mass plus tone, she will move up a bit in weight. She is a ‘wee’ giant! Beautifully proportioned and 100% gorgeous!

She is sleeping a ton for she had to have been so exhausted, the poor thing…. Her sleeps are more and more relaxed and restful.

As of the third night with us, she has been sleeping in her crate beautifully, no more SA and she only gets mildly worried outside of her crate when she feels she cannot get to me anytime she wishes. Bathrooms are always scary for Danes as they always think I am going to sneak out of some imaginary door! She is learning to relax, become more confident plus comfortable and to self-soothe. PROUD of you BHRR’s Whisper!

She only very rarely licks or chews at herself now for she is realizing with stability and structure that she is ‘ok’ and that she will not be abandoned again. A lot of that obsessiveness appears to be shared between the FAD, poor diet and stress. Passively ignoring undesirable behavours and rewarding proper acceptable behaviours is seeing her respond with such happiness! Clear and open communication has made her feel safe and not guessing nor confused as to what is expected of her.

She is making amazing progress and so fast!

AND she is picking up the sign language plus touch and scent training like a pro! WOW! Her startle reflex has greatly evolved too since her arrival.

Her playful side is coming out and what a goofy girl she can be!

While we can confirm that she has not had puppies recently, and, that she is not in heat right now or a false pregnancy, we cannot rule out at this time if she is getting ready to go into a heat(we may do slides to determine where she is in her cycle yet not pressing) or if she is already pregnant. We are monitoring…….

When she is able to be spayed, she shall be.

She is truly a lovely ‘wee’ giant………getting to know her is such a pleasure.

She loves the company of the other dogs yet as of yet, has not played with them, only began to play with us tonight.

She has been fully integrated with almost all the dogs also and it is like she has always been here! Hard to believe that she has not even been here a week!

THANK you again to all and any that are considering her cause to support and that Kanata Animal Hospital can be contacted directly at 613-836-2848 for any donations to her bills. She has an account ‘Whisper’ under the Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services(BHRR) file there.

Already her skin is looking better! 🙂

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Someone is settling in better than night #1. Our XL Ottoman makes a great bed….
AND with the fireplace on behind her, what comfort she is now experiencing, especially on a -30 night….inside and safe for the first time….

Sean has named her BHRR’s Whisper. For her ‘whispers’ for help are being heard and answered….

As much as I wanted to bring her to work with me yesterday for that skin especially, her stress plus anxiety levels were through the roof. So, Sean worked from home and I spent most of the evening into the wee hours with her and you could see her relaxing more and more.

What confusion and fear she must be feeling….always sleeping literally with one eye open.

Per my other post, she is not just Deaf, yet also visually impaired, and what a survivor she is to have survived on an abandoned farm…..poor thing….

She had her first pee around 1 am today and is now drinking water and eating more.

She has to learn to like herself and obtain some confidence so she is comfortable and knows she is going to be ‘OK’. She goes readily into her crate and then becomes anxious and we passively ignore and every time is better and last night when I went to bed around 3:00 am or so, she went in, cried only for about five minutes or so and settled for almost three hours. What a good girl!!

Separation anxiety can be so successfully dealt with and that is what my PhD dissertation is on yet many people ‘give in’ and that is only a set up for failure for the dog and them. Yup….I got zero sleep Sunday night and last night I had 2.5 great hours and right now, she has been having a really great rest since breakfast…not a peep.

You could tell when she finally just let it all go and really slept…..and while my heart wants to fight with common sense – yup, even 28 years later – I do not feel sorry for her – that is the worst thing I could do – and I am not going to hold her close to my chest and squeeze her tight etc….

What I am going to do is give her all the tools she needs to rehabilitate successfully and develop into that beautiful girl that is there yet, quite a bit of her is hidden inside. Do not misunderstand me, she receives tons of love, yet, it is not all about her….she is having to learn to share me – she bonded fast and fierce to me – and, that she can amuse herself and comfort herself and stimulate herself without me there all the time. We will teach her to like herself.

Physically and I have been taking pictures, full of bite wounds and old scars and scabs. That neck of hers is heart breaking. A nasty skin infection is going on and her body is quite bald in places and being white can be hard to see in photo’s. Her rump, lower back, under her tail and parts of her belly are the worst. Raw, some bloody area’s and red….she is licking plus chewing herself and we will rule out an UTI also. Her body shows much neglect and has taken a pounding more than once from teeth. We will look into mange and allergies and whatever she shall require to get her healthy….

She has had puppies at some point and being around 18 months herself, babies having babies. We shall also monitor to see if she is pregnant now. Per my other post it was said that she was pregnant yet no one saw any babies….

We will look into allergies and do skin scrapings and blood-work and all that she needs…she is also no longer on Ol Roy food. AND she is no longer sleeping in a garage and she will lack for nothing….

We are off to see the Vet tonight and I will post more afterwards….any considerations to her bills can be made direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848 under the name of ‘Whisper’ under the Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services account.

Welcome to BHRR our newest ‘wee’ Great Dane – she is about the height of BHRR’s Raven.

BHRR’s Steam(Deaf/Visually Impaired herself AND Available For Adoption) watches over BHRR’s Whisper as she sleeps!

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ISO: Bakers! Our 3rd Annual “Breaking Bills Bake’ Online Auction begins Saturday January 16th, 2016 and shall run through until Sunday January 24th, 2016!

We are in search of bakers for human and/or doggie treats for this unique online auction!

All items do not need to be baked until the end of the auction to ensure freshness!

Last year we had 41 amazing goodies up for grabs! We are hoping for an equally wonderfully successful fundraiser to help a most deserving dog in our Great Dane Rescue.

If anyone may consider donating a baked goodie to our creative fundraiser, please do email Please do NOT post on this thread for your kind and generous offer may be missed!

All monies raised shall go towards BHRR’ Mavie’s Vet Bills. He was back at KAH on the 14th of December for a post op recheck and to exam the swelling that has begun to develop again on that left front leg of his.  He was back to not eating as well and dropping weight again. Clear signs that something is brewing…..

His had swollen lymph nodes yet was not demonstrating a fever. He is back on the Baytril 150 mg – 3 Tablets BID and that is a cost of almost $300 for just over 8 days. We are also running more bloodwork.

So, our Iron Man is not yet out of the woods………..

Thanks in advance for any consideration………

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UPDATE: This girl is in my hands right now… heart is so heavy and pained for the poor shape she is in and I will make a separate post all about her tomorrow on a new thread….

She is a small ‘wee’ Great Dane…….with zero manners!

I can confirm that she is not only DEAF yet Visually Impaired… be running loose as such a special needs dog, had to be a feat in survival for her.

This dog is so red, bloody plus raw all over her rump, lower back and private parts plus tail, bald is putting it lightly, this dog is full of bite marks plus scabs and she has so many old bite wounds/scars on her that it makes my heart cry out in such sadness……

When she was picked up, a slightly different story was told than what was sent my way in email…..

I have to look closer at her body tomorrow, did she have babies at one point? The one story was that she was pregnant at one point yet no one saw babies, is she pregnant again now? Is she getting ready to have a heat? A false pregnancy? Does she have a UTI as she is licking and chewing herself raw? Does she have allergies? Mange? All things we will investigate further.

We were told that she was allowed to sleep in someone’s garage….well, tonight and tomorrow and onward she sleeps in MY home on her own soft dog bed and will lack for nothing…

Her nails are brutal, she lacks so much in muscle and my promise to her like all those that have come before, she will NEVER EVER have another day in her future as she has had in her past…….

Thank you to her transport angels that agreed to meet up with me(Rachel & Bernie) for the assistance with her!

Sean has named her ‘Whisper’ for he sure wishes that she would! 😉

Yet, also that shall be her name on a more serious note for her ‘whispers’ for help are being heard LOUD and Clear…..

She is also a ‘whisper’ of a Great Dane – small and compact.

Thank you to Rachel & Bernie for the photo – those ‘pink’ area’s are all red and hairless area’s on her face and body. I am trying to capture photo’s of her poor hind end etc. 🙁 On her muzzle those are all old scars. 🙁 The sides of her face has so many scabs and wounds. Her neck looks like a battle field.

BHRR’s Eve Whisper’s Helping Angels: $0 donated to date & Bills $790.78
*before paypal fees
*Rachel & Bernie – Dog Bed, Benny Bully Treats


On January 15th, I received the following email and we mobilized fast to make arrangements to get her to BHRR by the 17th. I did not know if this GD was also visually impaired yet, I strongly suspected such.

“I have recieved a 1 1/2 year old great dane. She was abandoned at a farm that a friend of mine rented, i have had her for just over 2 months now. totally deaf but knows hand gestures and listens very well.

 She is gaining weight and we have gotten rid of a bad flea infestation that had her almost bald. She looks great now. I have had a few people interested in her but I am afraid to rehome her because she is deaf. She is great on my farm she loves every animal horses, dogs, cats , chickens and goats. I just cant keep her because I already have three dogs of my own that are getting older and my landlord is upset about 4 big dogs. If I owned my own property I would keep her but I cant . Another issue is that she is not spayed and I cant afford to spay her at this point. So I am hoping that you will take her and find her a proper home where she will be safe. I dont think it would be good for her to live in a busy area or even in the town because if she gets loose she will never never hear the cars coming. I need help to find her the right place. i dont have the time it requires to do this, I am afraid I will be rushed into the wrong situation for her. Please help”


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