Monday, December 30, 2013

BDHPI Loss, Remembering Cara David

It is with great sadness and shock that we write to inform you that one of our fellow Volunteers, Cara Davis, passed away on Thursday morning. Cara was traveling back to Colorado from Louisiana after celebrating the Holidays with her family when she was involved in a head on collision in Texas. Cara lost her life as well as the lives of her 2 beloved dogs. 

As some of you may know, Cara was a foster for BDHPI and has been fostering Paul-O. We have been told that Cara’s parents are very worried about Paul-O and that Cara loved him very much and was proud of the dog he is. Paul-O was not with Cara at the time of the accident and has been staying with Jennifer & Fritz Piatt. The Piatt Family has graciously agreed to become Paul-O’s new foster family until his forever family is found.

A memorial fund has been set up for Cara. BDHPI will be making a donation in her honor and if you are so inclined to do so personally, here is the link:

100% of the proceeds of this fund will be applied in the following ways: the cremation of her dogs, relocation of her cats to her parents home, bringing Cara back to Lousiana and funeral costs.

Cara was a very young 29 year old woman with a full life ahead of her and we ask that you keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lil Bit- Why we do what we do...

BDHPI was contacted by the family of a lovely woman who was sadly battling cancer. Her time on this earth was drawing to an end but she was leaving behind her beloved Mastiffs. BDHPI gladly offered to help and welcomed Buddy & Lil Bit into rescue. Two days after bringing them into rescue, their Mama passed away. We are so thankful she left knowing her babies were being taken care.

Once in rescue, we began to observe that Lil Bit didn't feel as good as she should. Her Foster Mom immediately made an appt at the vet and we were all so sad to learn that Lil Bit too had Cancer. The vet felt she was really struggling,  in a lot of pain and suffering in a way this sweet old lady didn't deserve. With the advice of the Vet, the Officers at BDHPI made the painful (but right) decision  to peacefully end her pain.

Lil Bit left us, but joined her Mama on Tuesday afternoon. We all find peace that they are together again.

Buddy, her brother, is THRIVING in rescue.  He has a lab in his foster home and they are playing together like little wild animals. His Foster Mom says she lives in fear everyday that they are going to take down her Christmas tree :)

We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of both Lil Bit and Buddy's lives.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Help Harley!

My name is Harley and I’m a young, Great Dane Mix. I am recovering from Emergency Surgery after being hit by a car and I need YOUR HELP to pay my medical bills!

Please help me by going and putting "Harley's Care" in the special instructions box! Thank you so much!

When I recover I will be looking for a forever home... Want a sweet 10 month old puppy to be part of your LIFE? You can find out more about me and fill out an adoption application at!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Live Music to Benefit BDHPI- Come one, Come all!

Dec 12th @7pm
Herman's Hideaway, Denver CO

This is a very great opportunity to bring the awareness of canine rescues and live local bands together! We have selected Big Dogs Huge Paws ( ) with these bands:

8:00 pm AdrienneO /
8:55 pm La Madness /
9:50 pm The Next Arrival /
10:45 pm Two Bit Prophet /
11:40 pm Archive Nights /

This combination of music and great cause will make for one incredible night. Not good enough? Really? Ok...

Well BDHP will be bringing some of the rescue dogs to Herman's Hideaway for viewing!! YES!! The cocktail hour is from 7 pm to 8 pm Hosted by Eden Lane of Colorado Public Television and that is when these gentle giants will be available to see in person and learn more about!!

But wait... your still not willing to come out because it's a Thursday night and you have to work the next day (Assuming the bands, the dogs and the cause weren't good enough)....

We are going to incentivise the night with incredible giveaways through the night by way of prize drawings! We are talking cut and colors (Pulse Hair Salon & The Hair Ninja), oil changes, wheel alignments (AutoNation Chevy), bar tabs (Hermans Hideaway & Brent Barstad the Credit Card Guy), personal training (Michael Palser of Tattooed Strings), voice lessons (Performance High / Adrienne Osborne), art, 1 month member ship at Epic Ryde and more as we are locking down additional items!! Coco Loco is helping with t-shirt design and production we are selling at the show where 100% of the profit goes to the rescue.

SO.... plain and simple... we can't wait to see you!! 21+ $5 at the door / $8 w/o ticket. Print the ticket image in the event photo for the discount!

Thank you to Dave Stasney of Treeline Presents for putting together this amazing fundraiser!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pizza, Beer & Big Dogs in Lincoln, NE (This Friday!!)

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL...big dogs and beer. 

Stop by Sam & Louie's, 14th & P Streets, Lincoln NE on Friday, November 8th and help support Big Dogs Huge Paws a giant breed rescue. From open till close, you can walk in, order out or have a tasty pizza delivered.

Sam & Louie's will donate 15% from your bill to our rescue. Gluten free menu too!

Rescue dogs will be making appearances throughout the day.

If you have any question please contact Brit at

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What to expect when you bring home a new dog!

What a great article from ASPCA:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BDHPI Masquerade Ball 2013

First, apologies to this poor blog for being neglected! We have so much to catch up on!

We've been busy, busy, busy!

Why, you ask? Because our awesome Volunteers are coordinating awesome events and the one that was captured our hearts is the BDHPI Gala. This was held this past weekend and was a Masquerade Ball! We raised almost $24,000 and had in incredible time!

If you couldn't make it this year, mark your calendars for next year. There were tables upon tables of awesome silent auction items (you should have seen the men fighting over a  very fancy Whiskey Basket). We were entertained by Dr. Fitzgerald, Comedian & Vet at Alameda East too! The Live Auction offered trips to Africa and DisneyWorld.

It was an amazing and inspiring night!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Safe with BDHPI

Our motto is every BIG dogs deserves. And these 3 dogs are not exception. Meet Dina, Bun & June- All 3 of these sweet dogs have been diagnosed with Cancer upon being brought into rescue. They are ill enough that they are not adoptable candidates but that does not mean their time is up with BDHPI! NO WAY! Their wonderful foster families have graciously offered to let these dogs live out their lives, for however long they have, as member of their families. BDHPI will happily provide any and all medical care needed to keep them comfortable!

If you would like to make donation to their care, please visit

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Leashes by Liz- BDHPI Fundraiser

Starting July 15th thru August 15th, Liz will donate 50% of all orders back to BDHP.  So be sure to go to her site & check out all her great stuff!  Don't forget to mention BDHP in the comments section so we receive the credit!


Friday, July 26, 2013


It's that time! Our very fun 5k Fun Run! Come out for a walk/jog and them spend some time with our Vendors who have a wide array of goodies for sale, visit Foster Alley and see some of our dogs up for adoption or even visit our Dog Medical Tent where for a small donation we will trim your dog's nails.

Sunday August 18th
7:45 Registration Open
8:30am RACE TIME

$25 for Single (Tshirt & Goodie Bag)
$50 for Family (2 Tshirts & Goodie Bag)

Redstone Park
3280 Redstone Park
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

To register, visit Click on "DONATE", add in the comments section that your donation is for the 5k and the sizes of the t-shirts you would like.

Thank you for your support of your event!!

Monday, July 22, 2013


Friends, Will you please take 1 minute and do us a huge favor? We are in 2nd place, so close to winning $15,000 from the awesome Krisers Pet Supply in food and supplies. Do you have any idea how much this would help us????

Go here & "Like" their page: 

Look to the right of "About" section and you will see the

"Christmas in July-Denver" box. From there, vote for BDHPI


Wednesday, June 26, 2013


We are so excited to announce that our 5th annual 5k Fun Run will be Sunday August 18th at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch.

We are always looking for new Vendors & Corporate Sponsors. Are you interested? Do you know a company who would like to have a booth and sale their goods or promote their business- they certainly do not need to be dog related!

Vendor Fee-$25
Bronze Sponsor- $50
Silver Sponsor- $250 (Booth is provided. Small Logo on T-Shirts)
Gold Sponsor-$500(Booth is provided. Large logo on Tshirts)

If you would like to learn more, please email

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Colorado Wild Fires

We are all heartsick over the recent outbreak of the Black Forest Fire.  BHDPI is looking for foster homes to help with displaced dogs. Some will be surrenders and some will provide immediate temporary boarding for dogs in need while their families re-group.

If interested in helping, please go to our website and complete a Volunteer application and email

If you are looking for help with your animal, please email:

If you are looking for a lost pet, there is a FB site set up:

Thank you in advance for your support, prayers & help.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Give to Lincoln Day- Thursday May 16th

Thursday May 16th is Give to Lincoln Day (NE). It is THE day to give to non for profits. Please support BDHPI and in particular, sweet Joran the Great Dane, who needs a very expensive surgery!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Avanti Wine Tasting- THIS FRIDAY

Avanti Wine is a great little wine store in Littleton, CO who are BIG supporters of rescue! This is the 2nd time they have invited us out for a fun night of wine tasting, chair massage & a siltne action.

Come one, come all! Hope to see you

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BDHPI loves their Senior Dogs

Senior dogs are so special, but also very  hard on a rescue's resources. The obvious is that they typically stay in rescue for months on end & need pain meds for arthritis management.  The not so obvious, that only those of us who have fostered or adopted a senior, is that they are by far the easiest and most grateful dogs on earth.

Senior dogs won't eat your couch. Senior dogs won't knock people over at the front door. Senior dogs are patient. Senior dogs only need a quick trip around the block. Senior dogs are to deeply loyal. Senior dogs are so appreciative of  warm bed to spend their final days & years.

When BDHPI was created, it was created on the basis that Senior would always be welcome. With that in mind, we wanted to share a statistic that we are so proud of.  In 2012, we brought 44 senior dogs into our rescue. While we sadly lost 5 precious souls before they could be adopted, we found forever homes for over 39 senior dogs!!!

Way to go, BDHPI!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Colorado Event this weekend!

Come out & meet some of our fosters at Unleashed! At 10355 Federal Boulevard in Westminster.  We will be out there from 12 til 3 on Sunday, March 3rd. So gome get some sweet loving from a furbaby on a cold winters day!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

BDHPI Saturday Events- Denver, CO

Pretty Paws for a Cause! Come out to File-N-Style on Saturday February 9th from 2-5 pm to meet some of our giants with pretty paws! File-N-Style is located at 2920 E Colfax Ave in Denver.

Also, make sure you call them to schedule an appointment between February 9th to February 19th for the Valentine's Day Special! The package includes 2 side-by-side chocolate strawberry pedicures, champagne, & chocolate dipped strawberries for $72. 10% of all sales during the 10 days comes back to Big Dogs Huge Paws to help support our fosters!

Call 720-941-8855 to schedule an apt! If you can't schedule an apt for any reason, by a gift certificate from the 9th to 14th & we get 10% of that too!

If you have any questions, please email Frankie at


Mardi Gras Party to benefit Big Dogs Huge Paws in Longmont, CO

Laissez les bon temps roulez! (Let the good times roll!) Join the Zoom Room in Longmont for the 2nd Annual Mardi Paws Ball featuring beads, Creole food, masks and lots of fun! Come attired in anything gold, green, and/or purple! Catch some beads as you walk in (no flashing necessary) and don a mask (optional) before entering the transformed Bourbon Street gym! Jazz out to the best of New Orleans Mardi Gras music, sip an authentic Hurricane drink and munch on Lucile's Creole Cafe red beans and rice! Y...our dog(s) can munch on their own Mardi Gras King cake Doggy Donuts (minus the baby) and you can try a piece of imported authentic Mardi Gras King cake. Don't miss the photo backdrop to commemorate the evening. The Krewe of Zoom Room Longmont will be there to show you a great Mardi Gras celebration!
Cover Charge is $10/person in advance or $15/person at the door (dogs are free!).

Come meet some big dogs available for adoption on Saturday, February 9th startin at 5pm!

For more info and to RSVP, visit or call 303.834.8665

Thursday, January 24, 2013

BDHPI Poker Tournament

Hope to see you there! Please get a group of friends together and come play Poker!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mark your calendar for NE Event!

Come meet your new family member at the "I Love My Dog Expo" at the Lancaster Event Center, Pavilion I located at 84th & Havelock in Lincoln. The expo is February 23rd & 24th.

We are going to be there ready to meet thousands of dog lovers in the area & promote responsible dog ownership! The expo will also have entertainment, games, training demonstrations, and plenty of shopping!

If you have any questions, please email Brit at Hope we see you there!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Saying Goodbye

We had to say goodbye to 2 of our own this week…

Alibi aka Kuma the Tosa Inu has undergone all sorts of tests and further diagnostics to figure out the cause for his swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. In the mean time, his quality of life has been gradually declining despite the best efforts of his amazing foster mom, Carroll Miller, and our vets who have done their best to keep him as comfortable as possible. He was finally diagnosed with advanced and progressive Lyphoma and due to the fact that he was terminal and suffering, we had to make the difficult decision to let him go. Carroll was with him as he crossed over the rainbow bridge and we are all grateful that he is no longer suffering and can now run and play pain free!

Kai the Great Pyrenees puppy came to us mostly deaf and blind and to make matters worse, he was very sick with what we thought was an upper respiratory infection. He was put on antibiotics but when he was not and stopped eating and wanting to get up, his incredible foster mom, Heather Shelstad, rushed him to the emergency room. He was put on IV and Oxygen supportive care to treat advanced pneumonia for the past couple of days while we awaited his test results to try and determine the cause. This morning we were informed that Kai tested positive for Distemper which there is sadly no treatment for and the vet recommended euthanasia so we didn’t prolong his suffering. He passed peacefully and is now playing with Kuma and all the other giants who have gone before him! One of his sisters is showing signs of steady decline as well, but the other two appear to be unaffected and are eating well and thriving so we are remaining optimistic and hoping for the best! Please keep them all in your prayers!