We have not heard anything back from our posted ads in several papers on BHRR’s Banzai either. We have put up posters, contacted all local animals shelters, HS, SPCA’s, By-Law etc. to no avail. He has now been at BHRR since August 15th, 2009. We continue to move forward on his medical care and we have had to push up his neuter/x-rays etc. and it now shall be tomorrow instead of September 2nd. Depending where the other testicle is found(under the skin or in the abdominal area etc.) and what it ‘looks’ like; we might have to send away for a histo report. The same applies for the one that he does have descended at this time. We also wish to take several X-Rays.

BHRR’s Banzai picked up a new best bud on Sunday! BHRR’s Porridge! Those two went a romping in the fenced in yard and had a blast! YAY! YAY! I still have not integrated him with Bronson for it is ‘clear’ that Banzai does not like him. Is it a cropped ear thing? Perhaps, yet more likely that Bronson is a 2+ year old intact male himself. As Tain is with his Handler right now; we do not know about Banzai’s reaction to him. Banzai has done really well settling in and within the next day or so, I think we can tackle those nails and a bath.

BHRR’s Banzai HWT came back negative plus his bw is normal…phewwww! I shall be bringing in a fecal sample to also test. He is now on Sentinel and is being de-wormed per our protocol.

I was surprised to not have received any of BHRR’s Banzai’s bw results back yesterday, so definitely by today. Right now, I have scheduled his Neuter plus X-Rays etc. for Wednesday September 2nd, 2009. I have also been in touch with LAWS, the Brockville OSPCA, Belleville, the OHS just to name a few to determine if a ‘lost’ report had been filed on him, with no luck. As mentioned to all of the law officials, we are moving forward with medical treatment and that a lot of ‘tough’ questions would need to be answered should we find his original owner as we have been documenting everything and will not just hand him over lightly. At the same time, we are showing more than the due diligence of many groups or organizations to attempt to locate ‘any’ previous owner that could be truly missing their Great Dane. Last night, when I came home from work; Banzai was so excited to see me and he tail was just a thumping and he likes to put his head in the air and ‘woo’! LOL He began to actually want to play with me last night too. He just just loves the females here and he went to try and play with Shiva the Diva yesterday and she wanted nothing to do with him! I think she prefers those boyz that are hard to catch!  😛 She does not want things toooooo easy on her!  😉 Banzai has been integrated with everyone but my TAIN(he is with his handler right now) and Bronson, Dyce and Mazda. Day by day, he gets better with all that is going on here and wants to particpate more. Right now, I have Banzai plus my sweet dollface BHRR’s Dana, having a bit of a play lying down in the main area. She just continues to draw him out more and more. Banzai just has shown no interest in wanting to play with the males or even interact much with them, much to Soul’s dismay! Banzai is fairly indifferent to the males here right now.

BHRR’s Banzai was 57.5 KGs(126.5 pounds) and quite thin. It has been a very busy couple of days and now I have completely exhausted my search on a microchip trace. From here, my goal is to make him as happy and healthy as can be. I had my Vet take a good look at him from head to toe and she concurs with me on the findings: conjunctivitis; poorly healed fracture of the right foreleg; one testicle undescended and the other not quite ‘normal’; possible HD, a stifle and/or knee injury to one or both hind legs and some healing punctures from either a bite or from having been caught up in some fencing on his one front leg too. As for his mouth, we could look at his teeth again yet any further back was quite difficult and I did not wish to stress Banzai out any more than necessary. The Vet thinks 3.5 years at the very top and that 3 sounds very feasible. He was so quiet and good in the run in he back and his leash manners are quite excellent. The Vet also felt that his failed ear crop was a pretty nice crop when it was done, the edges are nice and clean. I am trying some other food options with Banzai to see if I can get him to eat, his urine is still very concerntrated yet his water intake is much better. We did some bw for HWT and a full CBC and baring anyting major and after I can get some more weight on Banzai; we are going to neuter him and take some X-Rays. We are looking at approximate Vet Bills of $1,500 at this time. He has a lot of medical situations happening right now, the poor thing yet he still can wag his tail for me and rode like a pro in the back of my vehicle. On the way home, I did the ‘usual’ Timmie’s stop as a reward and he did not take to Lemon, Cinnamon Sugar or the Plain donuts but he sure did like the Chocolate Dip; so that is what Banzai had! 🙂 He has now been integrated with Cherokee, Lil Linus and somewhat with Porridge plus Guinness. He feels so much more comfortable around the girls and BHRR’s Dana is the only one that he feels just fine going into his crate and eating his food. The integration with almost 11 week old Kingston was a bit too much for him. He just wanted in his crate to ‘hide’. He is very much a ‘small’ home/house boy and if I can find the right matched foster home for him; I will place him there. I think he is almost shell shocked by all the activity here with dogs, horses and kids. He is very sweet and takes treats gently from my hand and I have just found a new delight for Banzai and he now likes the Marrow Dog treats(THANKS Mary!), so we have another winner! The first couple of times I tried them; he was not interested yet he will eat them now. He has shown no aggression or resourcing or guarding over his food yet he does like his ‘privacy’ when he is in his crate and wishes to be alone. He will just curl up in the back. His favourite places are either his crate in the sunroom or lying near me as I type on my computer in the sunroom. He is really beginning to wag his tail more and more and seems really proud of himself when he barks at a sound outside! LOL We do not wish to encourage a ‘barker’ and I tell him that he is ‘ok’ and he settles right down. He really needs a bath plus a nail trim and that is something that we shall take on in the next day or so. I do not wish to rush him for he is in a really ‘fragile’ place right now. 🙁 He has not even had the confidence to explore more than the sunroom and part of the main floor to date. We keep things at his pace and each day brings new beginnings and learnings for both of us. He is very calm plus quiet around every person and dog that he has met and at the Hospital did just fine with all.

I am bringing BHRR’s Banzai in with me to work today to have him vetted. I am doing a very slow integration with Banzai with the other dogs for he is very shut down ’emotionally.’ He has been integrated with BHRR’s Potter, Abbi, Dana, Kona plus Soul to date. HE LOVES the women! AND huge kudos to our dollface BHRR’s Dana for it was ‘her’ that managed to get him to play a bit!!!! For all that she is mischievous, her heart is so full of kindness and sweetness and I just wanted to squeeze her tightly for reaching out to Banzai. He has been drinking ok yet his eating is dismal. I have had him since very late Saturday night and he has eaten maybe a bowl or two of food. I am thinking about putting him on an appetite stimulator if need be. He is very quiet and his only ‘moment’ was with PPSS today when Soul saw him and wanted to play and Banzai was not interested. I have confirmed, now that Banzai will allow me to touch him more thoroughly and will not flinch or want to step away; that he only has one testicle and the one that he does have, is not ‘normal’. I have also gotten a good look and feel on that right front leg and I am anxious to see the X-Rays plus the Vet’s opinion. Additionally; he walks so stiff and sore in the hindend, the poor thing. I have him on BNP for his eyes and I wish I could give him a bath(he smells) yet I think at this time, that is the least of our worries and it would just traumatize him. He is finally wagging his tail for me and has a special ‘bark’ just for me when he sees me(like when I came home from dropping off my kids at daycamp). He will come to me for loving when asked and already, when I use ‘Banzai’ as his name, he is responding. I wish I knew his real name for I know this has to be so confusing to him…..He will even come up to me for some touching and affection on his own now. His crate training is awesome! He is fully housebroken and what he loves best is just lying near me in the sunroom while I work on my computer. I found an old collar and have put it on him and Banzai is in desperate need of a nailtrim yet one step at a time. I would also like to get a better look in his mouth for how he is eating, when he does, indicates to me, that he might have some tooth, mouth or throat medical issue going on too. He is trusting me to look at his teeth and baby steps yet he needs an extemely detailed top to tail exam to properly document everything which he might need to be mildly sedated for to minimalize his stress level. That right front leg is also sporting a small puncture and while he will let me touch it up and keep it clean, he is nervous about me ‘poking’ about and I do not blame him. He is so sweet and puts our EM’s drooling to shame with those lips/flews of his! 😛 I was unable to locate my own scanner and I think I might have left it at the Hospital when we did our Microchip Clinic Fundraiser back in July and so, he will be scanned tonight. I shall also take more pictures and would like to get some of his body condition(it was so dark when he arrived) and he was so intimidated by almost everything around him. He just look so sad….. 😥 His favourite treat to date is the exremely large Milkbone biscuits(THANKS Mary for that wonderful donation!!!) and I have only have two left. It is the ONLY treat he will eat and I am going to have to run out and find more for him!!!!

Late last night, I received a call about a male Blue Great Dane that was picked up by a person that I show with. He is intact, thin, has a failed crop and appears to be no more than 3 years old. She spent 4 hours out trying to catch him after he was brought to her attention and then she called me and I left the drive-in with my kids and came to pick him up. I shall scan him for a micochip (just in case he was ‘lost’ yet no news had come across the ‘network’ about anyone missing their Blue Great Dane) and there are ‘other’ things that at this time, that possibly lead me to believe that he could have been ‘dumped’ but I will not go completely down that thought process at this time for as we know; obvious appearances can be ‘deceiving’. I aim to bring him in on Monday to my Vets to have an exam also performed and to look into some of his obvious medical issues more closely. My promise to this person was that I would keep him pretty limited on my website at this time until we determine more about if he has a microchip; his health(I am not liking a few things that I have learnt…. 🙁 ); and that ‘they’ might like to ‘officially’ adopt him if it is possible(health plus other factors) and they are approved. I will post a couple of pictures of him on our BHRR FB Group page so that ‘she’ and her family can follow his progress that way and see pictures of him, when she cannot get to see him in person. He is a lovely boy and very stressed, slight dehydrated(not surprising) and as mentioned; I am quite concerned about some obvious ‘medical’ conditions he is sporting. This person has very generously offered to assist us where they are able to; with costs of X-Rays and other required medical bills for his care. I have decided to name him BHRR’s Banzai and I am so in love with his ‘white/silver’ muzzle! NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!!!