Available for Adoption 
Hi, I'm Trey!  I have been with my foster mom and dad for some time now.   I guess that pretty soon I will be about 8 years old.  I keep hearing my foster mom and dad saying that they have fallen in love with me but really want me to find a forever home that can be all mine!  Like many rescue dogs, I have not had the easiest life.  Before coming to BDBH I spent a pretty long time in a shelter.  The reason I ended up staying there so long was because the people who worked there really cared for me and also wanted to help me find the perfect forever home.
So, if I could describe to you my perfect forever home it would be one where I am the top dog and where I will be loved unconditionally.  I like female dogs who are confident and in fact, I love to run around the back yard with my foster sisters.  I really do not care for male dogs.  My perfect home also does not have cats because while I don't live with any at my foster home I love to chase the squirrels in the back yard and my foster mom says its probably best if I don't live with kitties.  Also, my perfect home is one with just adults or with children who are at least 15 years old.  I can't tell my foster parents but they know that young children make me a little nervous and I prefer to not be around them.
Before I go any further let me also tell you some things that make me a really great guy!  I love to snuggle!  I really enjoy cuddling in bed in the morning and will give you all sorts of kisses.  I am a very playful, active guy, but also am really mellow.  I like to just hang out and play with a toy.  My foster mom and dad say I'm pretty funny to watch when I am playing with a toy, I like to roll around on my back and toss the toys in the air.  I also know my commands.  I know sit, down, wait and focus.  I also walk really well on a leash, and when I am told I will stay right at your heel, I will.  I don't love my crate, but will go in it when I have to.  Otherwise, I am a pretty good boy and can be trusted to be free in the house during the day while my foster mom and dad are at work.  I have to admit, that once in a while I can't help myself and will steal a fork or a cup from the sink and my foster mom laughs at me when she comes home.  I make them laugh also when I try to catch bugs outside...they say that I can be pretty goofy sometimes!   I would really do best with someone who will have rules and boundaries for me.  Well, I think that that is about it for now.  I really am a great guy and have a whole lot of love to give!

If you have any other questions about me, Trey, contact my foster mom and dad: Lindsay and Tim at: lheberg3@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped:  Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester NY area, please contact my foster mom if you would like to meet me.
While BDBH does its best to accurately label a rescue dog's breed(s), BDBH cannot guarantee its accuracy.
Available for Adoption
Harley is a 5 year old, male German Shepherd.  His birthdate is May 26, 2009.  Harley came to BDBH just shy of 2 years ago.  Harley was surrender to a vets office in North Carolina to be euthanized because his owner declined any testing to properly diagnose/confirm his medical condition which the vet suspected was Mega Esophagus.  He chose to wash his hands of Harley.  Lucky for Harley, the wonderful vet would not euthanize him, confirmed his condition and reached out to rescue to save Harley. Harley traveled from North Carolina with some 'baggage', both medically and behaviorally.  After about a year of a medical rollercoaster, we finally got him medically figured out.  Besides the Mega E condition, Harley has severe food allergies.  He must remain on a vet prescribed diet of Purina Hypo Allergenic food.  We experimented with many types of food and this is the only food he can eat. He was successfully treated for Heartworm, and is now heartworm negative.  So medically, poor Harley had had more obstacles to overcome, than one dog should have, but through it all, he has such a will to live. 

Moving onto Harley behaviorally.  Harley is a very sensitive, anxious/nervous dog, probably due to being under socialized. He is fearful of strangers, and it takes him a while to get comfortable with them.  Eye contact from strangers, makes Harley uneasy.  He likes to do things on his own terms when meeting people.  He likes to approach them as opposed to people coming up on him. Young children and their quick movements frighten Harley, so he CAN NOT GO TO A HOME WITH Children.  Harley would benefit from a quiet lifestyle with not much change going on within the home. Harley is extremely bonded to me, and looks for my direction in new and uncomfortable situations.  Harley does well with other dogs.  Because of Harley's special medical condition and special needs temperament wise, he would need a home willing to help him 'carry his baggage'.  He has an undying love for his person, and is quite the character once you know him and get to know him.  Harley's prescribed diet is soaked overnight and pureed in a food processor to a milkshake consistency.  He is fed in his Bailey Chair which is a version of a child's high chair.  Once he is finished eating, he remains in his chair for 25 minutes.  He eats 3 - 4 times a day, so a home with a flexible schedule would be best for Harley feeding schedule.  His forever home will have to understand his emotional baggage as well.  Harley relies on his person to keep him safe.  If you would like more information on Mega E please click here

A Special Home is needed for Harley.  A commitment to Harley both medically, financially and understanding him behaviorally is necessary to pursue his adoption.  He has made tremendous progress behaviorally, and looks to his person for guidance  Even with all his 'baggage' Harley is a Special Boy with alot of love to give his person. 

Donations appreciated to help with Harley's medical costs

If you are interested in more information about Harley, email Rose:  explorer53160@msn.com


Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped:  Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Buffalo NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my availability at Meet and Greet.

Big Dogs Big Hearts rescues are microchipped with a 24PetWatch microchip. This includes free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service
Big Dogs Big Hearts rescues come with 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance through 24PetWatch, which will be provided on adoption day!
Our non-refundable adoption fee is $295 ($275, plus $20 application fee). The adoption fee helps defray some of BDBH's expenses, which allows us to save more dogs.
Available for Adoption
Maverick is about a year old and is on the smaller side.  We really are not sure what type of mix Maverick is, but he sure is cute!  Maverick is a goofy boy and he has a knack for making you laugh.  There is no being in a bad mood when Maverick is around.  We have been teaching Maverick how to play fetch and he absolutely loves to chase the ball, bury it in the snow, then repeat.  He will eventually bring it back to go again.  Although he loves a good game of fetch, he would prefer to be with his people cuddled up or chewing on his favorite bone.  Maverick is low key when he is home.  We have also been working with Maverick on his basic obedience as well as some tricks.  Maverick is very smart and loves to learn.  Maverick will work very hard for both praise and treats.

Maverick is dog reactive and we are continuing to work with him on his socialization with other dogs, however he would do best as the only dog in the household.  Maverick can be fearful and as such would do best in a home with older children.

Maverick's sweet personality and goofy ways are just part of Maverick's charm.

Here's a video of Maverick playing with his friends http://youtu.be/wUmU1BjQT6s

Update: Maverick has started agility training and is excelling, he is one smart boy, who just wants to please

To learn more about Maverick, please contact his foster parents Jen and Dan at: jbs1703@aol.com  

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Buffalo NY area and am typically at the meet and greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 12-2pm
Available for Adoption
Hooper (also known as Hoops MaGee!) is a 1-½ year old Lab mix that came to BDBH in June 2013 after being turned in to an area shelter due to hip issues.  Hooper was in fact diagnosed with severe congenital bilateral hip dysplasia.  Based on his paperwork from his previous owners, he started showing signs of his hip issues around 5 months of age.  Once placed with BDBH, x-rays were taken, and FHO surgery was decided to be the best course of action.  His right hip (being the worst as it was bone on bone) was done one July 18th.  FHO stands for Femoral Head Ostectomy, and is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck of the femur.  This surgery is used to alleviate pain, and has been shown to be very successful.

Hooper came to us with very little muscle tone in his back end, so rehab after surgery was imperative, and started right away.  His therapy consisted of many different exercises to build strength and stretching for mobility as well as hydro-therapy at Thera-Vet, where Dr. Brown, and the therapy staff closely monitored his progress.  Hooper did great with it all, and has shown a vast improvement!  He has a superb personality…sometimes with a mind of his own… but always happy.

Hooper is a wonderful boy, who we consider “bomb-proof”.  He adores children, gets along great with other dogs, no issues with cats and is just a happy, go lucky dog.  Hooper has no restrictions, and romps, and plays with his canine friends without a care in the world.  He also enjoys just laying in the yard, soaking up the sun.  A bone, a ball, and a family of his own is all this boy is looking for.   

Donations appreciated to help with Hooper's medical costs

For more information about Hooper, please contact his foster mom at: heatheraallen98@gmail.com 

BDBH would like to thank those below for their continued care of Hooper:
*The Vet Staff at Lollypop Farm http://www.lollypop.org/
*Dr. Allan Reichenstein, DVM, Mendon Village Animal Hospital, Mendon, NY http://www.mendonvillageanimalhospital.com
*Kristin Browne, DVM and Staff at TheraVet Acres, Penfield, NY http://www.thera-vet.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom for my availibility at meet and greet.
Available for Adoption
Hi There, My name is Balto, just like the famous Husky who brought medication to people in a snow storm. I have his same unusual and beautiful Chocolate/Mahogany brown coat color. I am only about 11 months old so I am still growing and learning. Being a typical husky I LOVE to play and run. I live with other dogs and just cant get enough of playing and running and playing and running! Sometimes I need to be told more than once by my friends that playtime is over because I just want to keep going, so a home with at least one other dog close to my energy level is a must. I also live with two children (9 and 6) and really love them, but sometimes forget how small they are and jump on them, so a home without really small children is best. My foster mom has a cat and she tells me all the time to leave the cat alone, but being a typical husky, I am really, really interested in it, so a home without any small prey type animals is also a must for me. My foster mom is teaching me lots of basic commands and she says I learn quick and being really food motivated helps a ton. My forever home will have to know all about what my breed needs and be committed to my ongoing training by taking me to obedience class. I will also need a physical fenced in yard to burn off all my energy. I also really like people and bond very quickly. When my foster mom and I are training I always look at her to see if I'm doing good. Plus she has the treats so I know who I need to keep my eye on!

For more information on Balto please contact bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom for my availibility at meet and greet.
Available for Adoption
My name is Willy. I know, I know, I'm the cutest thing ever.. That's what everyone keeps telling me. And guess what the good news is.. I'm available for adoption!! I've got a little spunk in my step!!  My foster mom calls me Crazy man! (only because once in a while i'll run into things cuz I have lots of energy!!)  I am one of nine pups in the W litter!!!  My mom is a German Shepherd Mix, but all my brothers and sisters look like little lab pups! So Dad must have had some lab in him. I've got a white strip going down my chest!   I am a very happy boy who likes to play and jump in the water bowl. For the most part i'm a lazy pup who sleeps a lot.  I know I will Love to go for walks when i'm older!

For more information on Willy email Dani at: daniradlichbdbh@yahoo.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines:Yes
Heartworm Test Results: NA
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
House-trained:Yes

Big Thanks to Bess and Jake for naming Willy
Available for Adoption
Hi, my name is RIley! I am a 3 year old purebred German Shepherd and I weigh about 75 lbs. I was originally a BDBH rescue dog as a puppy and was adopted to a local family.  Unfortunately, my family recently made the difficult choice to find me a new forever home through no fault of my own  I am incredibly loving and get along well with other dogs.  I have been in a household with my older furry "brother" since I was a puppy and we love to run in the yard and play.  I am energetic, gentle and full of life. I love to go for long walks but am also content just being with people. I am very smart, know a lot of commands, and am fully crate trained.  At night, I enjoy sleeping in my cozy bed next to my owners. It would be best for me to have a fenced in yard as I love to run freely.  

As I haven't been exposed to cats a home without cats will be best for me.  I also have seasonal allergies which causes me to get a rash on my abdomen, ears and feet, but am managed well with allergy medication.

Update:  Riley has recently been placed on a course of topical steroid and fatty acid capsules for treatment for suspected discoid lupus erythematosus (“DLE”).  DLE is a form of lupus/autoimmune disease that is confined to the skin and is substantially benign because of this confinement. DLE is almost exclusively a canine disease and is almost always limited to the leather of the nose, called the “nasal planum.”  We are happy to report that Riley responded beautifully to the treatment for DLE!  The treatment for DLE will be life long and Riley must wear sunscreen on his nose when outside to protect his nose.   Please refer to the link below for further information on DLE: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/addison_s_disease.html

Riley is a wonderful boy, who know requires the extra love and care for DLE.

For more information on Riley please contact smgonzalez33@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
Heartworm Test: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
UTD on vaccines: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
House trained: Yes
Riley fosters in the Buffalo area, please be sure to contact his foster on his attendance at meet & greets.
Available for Adoption
Froggy is a neutered male mastiff mix who is quite the big boy! This 100lbs boy is looking for a family who will understand that he does love to be the only dog receiving attention in his forever home as he does like to be the star of the show. Froggy can be friendly with other dogs if introduced properly, however, should be monitored when high value items (food, treats and toys) are around during those interactions as his current owners have been working on training and understanding of his triggers with other dogs when possessions are involved. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and on lifetime medicated baths and routine checks of his ears due to a skin issue as Froggy has a Zinc and Vitamin K deficiency.  Froggy knows his basic commands and is also trained on invisible fencing within his current home.

Froggy shares his home with twin toddler boys and has been very gentle and loving to them. He is a big, sweet, goofy and loving boy who would love to be your companion, hiking buddy or just curl up beside you after a long work day.

If you are interested in learning more about Froggy as a potential addition to your home, please contact Christine at :phalenstape@hotmail.com

Neutered: Yes
Heartworm Test: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
UTD on vaccines: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
House trained: Yes
Froggy fosters in the Rochester area, please be sure to contact his foster mom on his attendance at meet & greets.
Available for Adoption
King is a 8 month old Husky/Sharpei mix.  He was adopted from a local shelter but surrendered again two months later as his owner's were moving.  King is a friendly guy who does well with both dogs and cats

More information as we get to know him

Update: King is the most happy when his foster mom comes home and is the best shadow around. He has lots of energy but is very food motivated and will do anything for a treat.   He has already perfected 'sit' and 'down'.  He loves his kongs and has a favorite purple hippo toy that he carries around the house with him. Outside, he walks well on a leash and is excited to be out and about. King has loved everyone and everything he has met so far. He loves going for long walks and swimming.

For more information please contact his foster mom at darcydrons@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
Available for Adoption
Cannoli is a 10 month old Retriever mix weighing in at 34 pounds.  Very cute, attentive puppy and clearly has had basic training as he will sit right away and stare up at you for praise. Very playful, fun pup! Would be a great little agility dog as he is agile, quick and VERY food motivated!  Friendly with other dogs

More information as we get to know him

Update: Cannoli came to us as a stray so we don't know about his past. In the short time he has been with us we have found him to be a happy go lucky guy. He likes to be outside and has plenty of puppy energy. He likes to be with his people and snuggle up next to you for a nap. He seems to have had some basic obedience and has very good house manners. He will lay down and chew a bone and really likes rope toys. He is smart and will work for food.  His perfect forever home should have a fence because the world is full of great smells he would like to follow.

If you are interested in Cannoli please contact his foster mom at nmiller009@rochester.rr.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
We are no longer accepting applications for Scout, adopters will be chosen from current applicants
Scout is a 7 month old sable German Shepherd Dog.  He is one handsome boy but will need to go to a home who is familiar with the breed.  Scout needs to have a home where they are sure to give him enough exercise.  Scout loves other dogs large and small.  He is working on his basic obedience at this point.  He has nice manners in our home and loves to come in and chew on a bone.

More on Scout as we get to know him...

Please contact Tim and Lindsay at: lheberg3@gmail.com for more information on Scout.

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
Available for Adoption
Introducing Oscar.  For those of you who are followers of Big Dogs, you know Oscar well.  Oscar came to us as an 11 month old white German shepherd dog who was surrendered to a local humane society to be euthanized due to the fact that the owner could not afford his health emergency.  Oscar presented at a vet hospital on Monday, 11/18, as an emergency with no established client history.  All we know is that his blood work was decent on Monday (including liver and kidney values), but that he started to experience “wobbly” walking.  

Instead of immediately euthanizing Oscar, the vet staff at the shelter hoped to help Oscar and save his life.  Xrays were taken with no blockage, nor masses were noted.  BDBH was asked to help and as always the enormously kindhearted vets and staff at Mendon Village Animal Hospital (MVAH) agreed to see Oscar on an emergency basis.

In short, Oscar’s immune system is attacking the red blood cells in his body and he is critical, i.e. his PCV is 12%. Oscar was started on fluids and prednisone.   Tick borne diseases were ruled out.   Oscar is extremely anemic, his gums, skin and even the whites of his eyes are yellow – eerily reminiscent of BDBH alum Cooper (who survived due to much medical care and enormous financial support). Oscar needed a "Cooper" miracle and that is what he recieved.  Oscar receieved three blood traunsfusions within the first week, which couldn't have been done without the generous BDBH supporters.  He receieved round the clock care with the vets from MVAH and his foster mom.  Oscar was diagnosed with IMHA  http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_imha.html

7 months later:  Oscar is one happy/grateful boy to be alive.  His recent bloodwork shows his liver/kidneys are functioning well.  His PCV levels are maintaining as he weans off steroids (he is completely off of prednisone).  Throughout everything Oscar has kept his love for his people.  He enjoys going to the vet to see all the staff.  Oscar is a typical young GSD, he loves to please, and loves to spend time with his people.  Oscar is friendly with cats.  Oscar missed out on early socialization, and will be required to attend obedience classes to help him make up for this time. 

For more information on Oscar please contact his foster mom at pickadilee@aol.com

Available for Adoption
The handsome,boy is Neville, he is a 8 month old Collie mix.  Neville is friendly with other dogs and appears to be good with cats.  More as we get to know him         

For more information on Neville please contact dixon.kelly.ann@gmail.com
Neutered:   Yes
Up-to-Date on Vaccines:   Yes
Heartworm Test Results:   Negative   
Heartworm Preventative:   Yes
Flea/tick Preventative:   Yes
Microchipped:   Yes
Housebroken:   Work in Progress
Crate Trained:   Yes
I foster in the Rocheter, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.

Available for Adoption
Ryder is a male, German Shepherd mix around 5 months old.  Not much is known about his start in life, as he was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter.  He was very scared in the shelter environment and needed out, so BDBH stepped in.


In his foster home, Ryder lives with dogs of different breeds and sizes, and does great with all.  Ryder is extremely smart, and will excel in obedience training, which will be required for him.  He is a curious, yet sensitive boy, who likes to learn.  Ryder enjoys being outside, but we have noticed that he does not enjoy the extreme heat and humidity, and very quickly starts to look for shade, or lets you know he would like to go inside.  He may end up becoming a water dog if given the chance, as he is very curious about the “kiddie pool” and started to put his paws in after watching his older foster siblings do the same.  Ryder is a very good boy who enjoys his doggie friends, and bonds very quickly with his people.

For more information about Ryder, please contact my foster mom at: heatheraallen98@gmail.com

Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccinations: Will be prior to adoption
Heartworm Test Results: Too young to test
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Almost
Crate Trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom for my availability at meet and greets.
Available for Adoption
Meet Winston! This little guy has it all – great looks, charming personality, and a bright mind! He is a 3 year old mix who is a nice size at about 45 pounds. Winston is an active boy who loves to go on walks but is also just as content to lie down and chew a bone or take a nap. His foster parents say he is the perfect combination of playful and laid back! Winston has incredible house manners and is already housetrained and has had basic obedience.  He is a sociable guy who loves to meet new people and is friendly with other dogs and cats. If you like going on adventures and want a companion to join in on the fun, from hiking to car rides or just curling up at home, you might be the perfect match for Winston!

Be sure to check out Winston's Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/fosteringlove2013 for more pictures and videos!

For more information on Winston please contact his foster parents at: fosterloving2013@gmail.com

Neutered:   Yes
Up-to-Date on Vaccines:   Yes
Heartworm Test Results:   Negative   
Heartworm Preventative:   Yes
Flea/tick Preventative:   Yes
Microchipped:   Yes
Housebroken:   Yes
Crate Trained:   Yes
I foster in the Corning, NY area. Please contact my foster parents if you would like to meet me.