Some days in rescue are just not 'good' ones….some are great and some are less than good….
Today, has been a really bad day and, this is the first of three posts I will be making….
I am so sad to say that 'Hubert' the brain injured neuro puppy is no longer coming to us.
I had sent a follow-up email to confirm the date of October 11th and, that we had an approved Volunteer wonderfully offer to help with transport – thanks again Bruce! – and, I received a response earlier this afternoon that the place he was at was working on transport to send him to THS this week.
Unbeknown to myself, I was not aware that once we had committed(and, we worked round the clock to find a spot at BHRR for him as, we knew he was a real special needs & had suspected behavioural issues possibly related to his neuro sitaution), they were still looking for a place behind the scenes to take him sooner. In committing to take Hubert, that meant we could not assist another and a dog dies….that is a sad hard reality.
We support any r/q rescue assisting a dog in need, and, we have worked in the past with the THS yet, we were surprised to learn that a place was still be sought for him after we stepped up when contacted, and, I do honestly believe BHRR would have been a great rehab r/q rescue and choice for him….. My humble opinion.
Have to admit, was really looking forward to meeting him! I know others were too!
AND, even more reason why I am so happy that we did not take any donations for his care prior to his arrival to BHRR.
We will assist another dog as needed and, do our very best for him/her as always. Our program spots are always in high demand.
Please join me in saying Good luck Hubert!!

On September 3rd, I received the following email asking if we could step up to assist one of two dogs. The one was a very special puppy, see below. The other, we believe had a great chance of being picked up by another group(5 year old GS). Grew up with Sheps and, shall always own a single breed or GSx. My current GSx is is now over the age of 10.

After a few days of hoping and pleading that we may have an approved BHRR Volunteer step up to assist us with a temp foster of one of our current adoptables(which would give us a spot now) that are not yet in an approved temp foster home, we then blitzed our album on fb of our current adoptables in the hopes that by others sharing(we were almost 70 new shares the last I looked!), the right matched homes for the 23 dogs that we currently have up for adoption shall find them…….

Meanwhile, we have managed to buy some more more time to save this boy and, we committed to bringing him in on October 11th, 2014. BHRR's Hubert is ONLY the 8th dog that BHRR has been able to assist in 2014.

We are going to keep the name 'Hubert' that they were calling him. 🙂

"There is Hubert, a “small” three-month-old Old English Sheepdog and Bernese Mountain Dog mix. While he is affectionate, friendly, gentle and cuddly when he is in a quiet phase, he also has periods of intense excitement where he loses bite control – which could lead to unintended injuries. He has the clumsy walk of a puppy, and tends to bump into walls. This small teddy bear will need an experienced family without children

Unfortunately, a veterinary revaluation conducted on August 8 revealed that Hubert’s balance problems (and potential behavioral issues) are caused by a congenital brain injury. He will therefore need to be seen by a neurologist, and might require an MRI scan. Hubert’s ankles also make cracking sounds."

NOTE: UPDATE: For those inquiring about the extend of 'Hubert's' brain injury, the above is what was sent our way from the place that currently has him: One he arrives to BHRR, we will begin a work-up for him. He is stable and doing just fine at this time and, should, anything change, ie worsen, all can be assured, that he will be seen by another Vet immediately…..

(You do not need a PayPal account either)

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

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

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

OR email transfer to

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

BHRR’s Hubert's Angels Donations to Date: $00.00 & Bills To Date: $0.00
*Before PayPal fees

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