Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where does my donation go?

Have you ever donated money and than wondered if it was really allocated to the true cause? Well, if you have ever donated to BDHPI, the answer is YES!

Meet Bigsy-a big beautiful Saint who came into rescue with a limp. He was quickly diagnosed with a completely torn plantar ligament in his carpus (wrist), but due to his size he is not a a surgical candidate.

Many people would stop right there, but not us! Our slogan "Every BIG dog deserves a chance" was put into play. We are happy to report that after a visit to Orthopets, he has been fitted with a fancy new brace which helps him to cruise around pain free!

Your donations helped buy this brace. Your donations ease pain and suffering of our gentle giants. Your donations saves lives.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rearranging Furniture, MD

About 6 months ago our 205lb Mastiff randomly decided his favorite spot in our home to relax would be under our dining room table. Sure, it was cute at first, but coming home everyday to find our dining room chairs tipped over, or pushed up against the walls so he can room for himself has become a bit of an annoyance.

About a month ago, Bodie joined our home as a foster dog. The first night he saw our boy Deacon under the dining room table and joined him...and hasn't left since.

Update from the Siple Family


Delilah(formerly Annie) is an intricate part of our family. She is such a delight and brings us a great deal of joy. It is amazing how attached she is to our daughter, Rachel. In fact, Delilah has a hard time settling down at night to sleep if Rachel is at a sleep-over with a friend. When Rachel paints her toenails she often includes Delilah in the process but Delilah does not mind in the least. Thus, they both generally have pretty purple or blue nails.

Although, Delilah does not mind getting her nails painted or trimmed, she still does not like a bath. It is ironic because Sampson enjoys a bath, but does not like his nails trimmed.We took the dogs camping this summer. Sampson loved the lake, but it took a great deal of coaxing to get Delilah to even get her feet wet. Their personalities are unique, but they are both incredibly wonderful dogs.

We were a little worried that having two great danes would increase stress in our family, but the opposite has occurred. Sampson is not bored during the day while we are at work, so he is less destructive. Thank you for encouraging us to adopt Delilah. She is amazing and we love her!
The Siple Family

Helllllooooo? Can you hear me?

Say hello to Jazmine (we like to call her Jazz)! She has gone through a lot, but you wouldn't know it from her easy going personality! This sweet girl came into rescue knowing no commands, and knew nothing of what it was like to live in a house with a family. She has decided that she LOVES it though. This smart girl walks beautifully on a leash, and has already mastered "heel". She also knows sit, down, and sits up very pretty for treats. Jazz loves spending time with her people. Another of her favorite activities is laying in the sun on nice days.
We don't understand why this sweetheart hasn't found her forever family yet! She is definitely ready though, and is waiting very patiently to find that forever home

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Douglas, Robert & their foster brother

Here is a picture to make you smile of two of our new Mastiffs looking for their forever homes- Douglas and Robert (yes, those are their names, and no, we did not name them!) and their adorable foster brother!


It is hard to believe that Titus has been a part of our lives for almost a year now. He turned a year on August 14th, which is the same day as my husband (his daddy) and they had a good time celebrating together. For my hubby, it sealed the deal that Titus is "his boy".

I am so glad that we were able to adopt Titus as I can't imagine not having him. We are truly blessed to have our dogs and they certainly make our lives whole. Titus's personality and antics make me laugh daily. He continues to bug our other 2 dogs on a daily basis and even though he is bigger than they are, they put him in his place when they don't want to play.

We are grateful that we found your organization and that you allowed us to rescue this wonderful boy. Keep up the good work you do!

Take Care,

Kristi, Bob, Maximus, Neala and Titus Dittmer

The grass is greener on the other side

These pictures brought a huge smile to our faces.

Coco (Hilda) who was adopted last week and her new brother, Porkchop the Pug, thinks the grass is greener on the other side when it comes to feeding times!

Monday, September 14, 2009


I was at dog food pick up this Saturday when one of our volunteers, Steve, came walking up with a very handsome boy he introduced as Deuce.

I immediately noticed he walked with a funny gait and I immediately thought he had some sort of hip problems. Though I was very upset to see that as soon as he stopped walking, his front legs buckled over. A few minutes after that, his back legs did the same.

My mind immediately flashed back to my first foster, Tarzan, who I had 4 years ago- who I lost to Wobblers. I immediately asked Deuce's age, and became very concerned when Steve told me he was around 2- which I knew was a the prime age for Wobblers to set in.

Deuce captured us all with his sweet disposition- to both the strange dogs and humans he was meeting. We are all very angered to hear he had been turned into the shelter with the instructions to be euthanized from his previous owner because he no longer wanted him. This news made us love him even more.

I was very happy to hear that Steve's next stop was to see our wonderful CMO, Dr Winton. As I drove away from dog food I called Dr Winton just to express my worry ...that cute boy's face stayed with me all day.

Dr. Winton did infact diagnose Deuce with Wobblers, and she also immediately decided he would be staying with her as her foster dog! This boy apparently made a great impression with her too!

The next course of action is an MRI, and from there we can decide if he is a surgical candidate. Regardless of the outcome, he hope to find Deuce a forever home who is willing to take on a special needs dog. It is scary to take on a dog that you know you may not have forever, but speaking from experience, what your heart gets back is worth every fear!

Friday, September 11, 2009

New York Bound

This picture makes our hearts sing! Here is 9 yr old Brittney, the recently adopted English Mastiff, with her new sister!

We adore our adopting families that see the beauty in a grey muzzle. We adore our adopting families that understand a senior needs love just like a young pup does. We adore our adopting families that aren't afraid of the need for a little joint support! And what we adore most about Brittney's new family, you ask? That they drove from New York to adopt her!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Note from Margo's foster mom:

Margo had her FHO surgery approximately 3 1/2 weeks ago. She has had a follow-up appointment and according to Dr. Winton Margo is doing well!

She has lost weight, but her appetite has returned so, hopefully she will gain some of that back. She loves all treats and takes her meds easily when they are wrapped in a goodie. Her favorite has turned out to be a mini cheese quiche with the pill shoved in the middle.Margo is still wobbly on her back legs and needs help getting up in the morning but is much better after loosening up.

Her personality is still very mellow and loving. Everyone loves her when they meet her. She does chew on tree limbs and plants when she is outside. A hose, two light cords (unplugged, thank god) and one shoe have also been among the fatalities around the house. The key is to have chew toys readily available for when the urge to chew hits her.

She loves laying in the sun in the grass, sometimes it takes a lot of coaxing to get her to come in, even at night. I think she prefers the outside over indoors, unless the weather turns bad.

Margo is one of those dogs that you can't help but love. Great with dogs, cats and kids and people of all ages, male or female. I think her forever home should be low activity level and people who just want a wonderful companion.

Thanks for choosing me to be her foster mom! She is a blessing..Linda

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Messy Face

What a cute/messy face full of peanut butter. It is just like feeding a 1 yr old!

The Dog Blog

Please bookmark this new blog, written by Kari Bastyr, BDHPI Behavior Director.

She hopes that her readers will walk away with helpful hints and tips as she blogs about her various clients and their particular issues.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ichi in motion

The ever bleeding hearts that they are, the Dews took in Ichi for the weekend when they learned his surgery needed to be rescheduled due to the development of a cough and had no foster home.

Everyone is amazed at how well he gets around- it is actually quite fascinating to watch. Brian whistles, and Ichi comes running. He has already figured out how to get outside, and where the water bowls are.

We are beginning work on " left", "right", "forward", "Step up", "Step down"

The Dews have a special needs Dane, Zach, who has taken Ichi Scratchy under his wing, which is equally as fascinating to watch since Zach usually keeps to himself.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Congratulations Dr Rob & Kristie

Dr Rob & his Best man " Titan" the Great Dane and his Best Girl "Maddie" the golden

Congratulations to Dr Rob (BDHPI CMO) and his new wife Kristie!,

Bree, Rob, Kristie & Lindsay

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear Ichi

Dear Ichi,

You've made quite am impression since arriving at BDHPI. Maybe it's your big puppy paws, or that your head is too big for your body (Don't worry, you'll grow into both). Or maybe, it's because people are shocked and horrified that you've suffered so much in your young life.

We are so sorry your last owners didn't perform the easy and fairly inexpensive Entropian surgery that you required. We are so sorry that your eyes are so scratched that you can no longer see. We are sorry that the surgery we are going to provide for you is coming too late for your sight, but we are very happy it will take away your pain.

Ichi, we can't get over how happy-go-lucky you are. Your blindness and pain have made you not skip a beat. You are one resilient boy!

We promise you will not feel any more pain. We promise you lots of love. We promise we will find the perfect family for you...until than, you have found a home with us.


Volunteers of BDHPI

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hard Day at the Office

Bodie thinks trying to find a new family is exhausting work!