21 degrees out today and someone is having a nice snooze after a great walk/hike! Or rather on our walk/hike!! 😀

BHRR’s Baron, the Brazilian Mastiff you make my heart melt, you are such a a mushball to all you trust!!

Could not ask for a better dog in how he gets along with the other dogs…he is so awesome!! No issues with the horses either.

He is even superb with my three month old wolfie, Brogan. He continues to learn ‘gentle’ and ‘baby’ and his self-control is coming along wonderfully! He has really started to play with me these last few days and what a ham!!

AND I continue to have to dodge those big club paws to avoid further fat lips, crooked glasses etc! LOL He is a real character and so sad that strangers shall never experience this side of him….

He is now almost 11 months of age and his breeding is ever present with strangers. As he has learned more obedience with positive balanced structure, with that has also come a more relaxed attitude from him.

He remains extremely territorial over our home and just instinctively doing what he was bred to do.

He is also more affectionate with Sean yet still cautiously wary where Mason is concerned.

He is such a good boy, and we focus on what he needs, work to help him reach his full potential and never set him up for failure…

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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.


BHRR’s Baron, the Brazilian Mastiff wishes a Happy Thanksgiving Monday to all!

He is doing so well!! This is him having a small break today during a lovely fall day walk through our trails. 🙂 Sean just finished cutting a new 3 km loop trail called the ‘Waggin’ Tail’ for the dogs/humans to enjoy. 🙂

BHRR’s Baron is now almost 10 months of age and a real love to all he knows and trusts. He has been great with every dog he has met to date and even wants to play with our three month old Irish Wolfhound, Brogan. 🙂 He just has to be reminded at times to be gentle…he has big club paws and can get excited and forget himself and as he is only a mere puppy himself, understandable.

We are still not sure if we will ever place him up for adoption yet, there is no rush. He is thriving with us, is safe, happy and learning a lot re: manners and self-control. He is very much *instinctual* in quite a few ways and as with any dog, in the wrong hands, would be seriously set up for failure.

If we do decide that he will remain part of our coveted BHRR Haven program he will have a cherished life and lack for nothing.


BHRR’s Baron says that this is a great position to begin to fall asleep in!! LOL
*that is BHRR’s Puppy Pile Granite and BHRR’s Ross with him. 🙂

He has been doing so well in so many ways. There is no doubt that this is a breed that would be a ticking time bomb in the wrong hands. If what we have researched on his pedigree *lines* can be believed – they never answered inquiries when reached out to by his emerge temp foster home and myself(yet there is a picture very similar to him with an exact birthmark that he also has) – he was bred for Xenophobia. They were so proud of their videos demonstrating their training with their dogs. 🙁 We have reached out to our r/q resources in the Fila community and feel confident with what we have determined to be as much of his story prior to rescue as we can.

We have been working on recall off leash these last two days and he is not too bad….yet, it is still often on his terms. He will come *around* or by me yet we are about 90% coming direct to me. Much progress has been made in just a couple of days.

He is close to 115 pounds now at almost 9 months of age. He is a powerhouse of a boy. When he decides he wants to move, he can go from 0 to *Baron speed* in a flash – which is much faster than people may think for a Brazilian Mastiff! 😀

We are working on playing a bit more gentle still for he plays rough, especially when he forgets himself and the BHRR Puppy Pile has taught him a lot about manners and respecting space and social skills. 🙂 He is more calm and confident with them by his side yet learning to stand on his own four feet more comfortably as time goes on.

He is quite mindful of me and has bonded strongly. There is no doubt that he would lay his life down for his family, canine and human.

He has been watchful yet good with the people he has seen here to date and the one thing that does worry him the most is when strangers turn their back on him. He has shown, even in his emerge temp foster home that he does not like this. As he cannot see their faces, it stresses him. He is slowly becoming more relaxed when this happens. Change is also not something that he likes. He loves his routine and structure and consistency. He likes knowing what is being asked of him. This is his comfort zone.

He is quiet and rarely *alerts* with a bark.

He is quite predictable with his excitement level. As it goes up, he become that much more fixated and if something runs, he is *off* in what Mason calls his *hunt* mode. Once he catches up to whatever was running ie a puppy pile pup, he will body bump. He then immediately stops, looks at me and sits and waits. He is not quite sure what he should be doing at that point yet is acting quite instinctively with his behaviour of wanting to chase and catch.

He makes these small sounds of being so happy when I come home from work or doing errands. He has worked through almost all of his small amount of SA and learning his own company is ok.

Those ears of his….sigh…I could rub them and squeeze those lips of his all day!! He humours me!!

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*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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Guess who?!

This is BHRR’s Baron, the now 8 month old Brazilian Mastiff when I went to pick him up earlier today.

On August 24th, he was up to 98 pounds from the 71.94 pounds he was upon intake to the shelter in July. Great job emerge temp foster home in helping him! Still a wee bit thin yet looks so wonderful overall! The rest shall come, he is a young growing boy.

Thank you to his emerge temp foster home in taking such great care of him over the past month!

The BHRR Great Dane Puppy Pile love him and he is thinking they are mighty fine right back! We went on a small walk this evening and he deeply enjoyed it. He is now resting comfortably in his colossal crate.

More to come…..


Look who continues to do well in his emerge temp foster home!

BHRR’s Baron, the Brazilian Mastiff pup! NOT Yet Available For Adoption.

He is having a snooze with FREEDOM Dane, BHRR’s Peanut – adopted herself September 13th, 2012!


Update Sent Our Way:

“All is still well with Baron, we have had good days working on manners, listening and

learning right from wrong, as each day goes by, Baron is feeling more confident and sure

of himself.

He absolutely enjoys our adventurous outings with both structured walks and free playtime

with dog friends (playtime when not at home is always on a 30′ lunge lead).  I personally don’t

think he’d run away, his need for human (female) contact is too strong.  Recall is great with a

treat and huge praise as his reward.  He listens well most of the time, if caught doing something

he shouldn’t be doing, a firm gentle reprimand with touch seems to be effective.

He appears to have no food aggression or resource guarding, and there have been plenty of 

opportunities for him to have shown this negative behaviour although he has no problem stealing 

other dogs treats or food (we’re working on that).   I think the dino bones give him diarreah and 

gas as they are so greasy.  I did give him raw beef bones of comparable size and they seemed to be 

much more “tummy tolerant”.

Baron hasn’t made much progress with men, he becomes unsettled, guarded and very attentive

although it does seem to be worse in and around the house as opposed to outside or walking on leash.

As for meeting new females, he is cautious and shy at first but is easily won over with a treat.

Baron is very playful, rather clumsy and most definately doesn’t know his own size, trips on things,

slips on stuff and crashes into everything.  He is so very affectionate, loveable and happy, everyday

brings something new for him to explore.” 

Update Sent Our Way – We moved BHRR’s Baron for one week to another emerge temp foster home – one he has gotten to know and loves since his time with the first emerge temp foster home. He is back with his first home as of Thursday the 18th. He is scheduled to arrive to BHRR on August 28th.


all is well with baron, he has made himself quite at home.

with me, my daughter and kato (6 month old lab) and any other dog friends

that come over to play he is a gentle giant.

he feels comfort in knowing, at all times where i am.  he listens when i say no, 

 and does not steal food from the kitchen anymore!!!  when put in his crate, he eats,

 barks for about 10 minutes then settles down. 

baron will now sit for a treat before being asked!!!

very cautious and guarded when there is a human male near, he will bark and want

to get between us, reassurance that all is ok seems to work.

baron thrives on gentle kind words of encouragement to calm a situation where

he feels threatened or ill as ease.

we go to the water everyday to cool off and have playtime, he swims, fetches sticks 

(doesn’t retrieve) digs in the sand and wrestles with kato, he loves it!!

i have been noticing his right eye seems to get a bit redder when he is tired.

baron is a big boy with a big appetite and a big heart!!

i thank you for putting your trust in me  with watching this lovely boy,”


I think someone is settling in wonderfully into their emerge temp foster home! One week today from when he first arrived to them.

BHRR’s Baron, the 7 month old Brazilian Mastiff!

Thank you from my heart to this awesome home in sending all of these detailed daily updates. So appreciative!

He is doing so well! Great leash manners, does love to counter surf :p, has made some fabu canine friends to play with and he is also learning all about what is and is not acceptable to chew on!! 😀

Thank you so much amazing home for being there in his time of need!!


Quietly in the background, two extremely important/sensitive situations have been worked on……

AND this handsome sweet boy is going to know just how special he is and in time, may he come to understand how caring plus loving hands can be and not hurtful or unkind.

On July 19th, I was asked if we could step up and assist this 7 month old Brazilian Mastiff and with angels by our side, he is heading into an emerge temp foster spot with a truly amazing home today……

He is going to need/have a new name for a new wonderful beginning and Name Guru’s, help?!!! I have also asked his emerge temp foster home for assistance/suggestions in naming him. 🙂

BHRR has not been able to assist any additional dogs since May 29th (BHRR’s Limerick) and we can only help those next in need of us as we have spots.

We adopted three BHRR dogs the week of July 11th and have another pending adoption – home-visit is this Sunday – and also, most sadly, we have for the very first time ever in our 20.5 year existence, a BHRR dog coming back August 5th, after over 4.5 years since he was adopted, due to a divorce. 🙁

I look forward in hearing more about this precious Fila after he arrives to his destination….thank you to his angels for stepping up to give him a beautiful safe haven.

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