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. 
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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 2 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.  Everyone who meets Hooper loves him, but he is often overlooked due to his hips.  We feel his personality, and kind nature far surpasses his orthopedic issues, so if you are looking for a buddy dog that loves going for car rides, and being with his family, and can see past his hips, Hoops MaGee is the boy for you!
   

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
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.
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

BDBH would like to thank those below for their continued care of Oscar
*The Vet Staff at Lollypop Farm http://www.lollypop.org/
*Dr. Allan Reichenstein, DVM, Mendon Village Animal Hospital, Mendon, NY http://www.mendonvillageanimalhospital.com

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
Neville is a 9 month old husky/border collie mix who loves people! He has the softest fur, loves to crawl up into your lap to cuddle and at about 45 lbs he fits perfectly.  But Neville is no couch potato, he would make an awesome partner for hiking or running.  He's learned that the other dogs in the house make fun playmates but is still gentle with our resident cats.  Neville wants to always be with you though and can get very upset when left alone in his crate.  He's made good progress in his house manners and a scheduled day will continue to help set him up for success as he continues to mature.      
 
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.

ADOPTION PENDING!
Hi there, I'm Gallow and here is my story. I had found myself running around on my own for sometime when Animal Control started showing up. I'm no dummy so I tried my best to hide. One day I happened upon some food. The only problem was the food was in a metal cage. Probably a trap, but I was starving! I went for it and before I could get that first savory morsel in my mouth, I was caught! Off to doggy jail I went. I was very scared but turns out Animal Control isn't so bad after all. The guy that caught me came to visit several times during my incarceration. He kept telling me everything would be ok. Then one day I was sprung and you'll never guess by who! Yup, that nice guy brought me home. He told me that he was going to take care of me for a bit until I could find my forever home.

So I am now in my foster home. First order of business was a bath. I went from doggy jail to the doggy spa. It was great! Then I met my four foster sisters and two foster brothers. What a crew! Two of my foster sisters are dogs like me, just bigger and older. I am between the age of one and two and only weigh 36 pounds. My other four foster siblings are cats! They are ok I guess, not that interesting. I much prefer to play with my new pack. We go for walks every morning and I have already met some of the neighborhood dogs. I like them all so far. My foster mom says I am very good on my leash. Sometimes she gets me up really early to go for what she likes to call running. It's actually more like fast walking. Anyways, she says that I am the perfect running mate.

My foster parents give me plenty of food and I am more than willing to share. I even get treats when we practice tricks like sit, stay, paw, lay down and rollover. Ametuer stuff but they seem to really enjoy it. They are easily amazed I suppose. During the day when my foster parents are at work we all go in our seperate crates. I miss them a lot but I am getting used to it. 

To wrap it up, I like it here but a forever home sounds ideal. So if you happen to be looking for a handsome, smart and lovable guy in a small package, look no further! Can't wait to meet you and love you for the rest of my life!

For additional information on Gallow, please contact his foster mom and dad; Jessica and Allen at: jessicareitz1414@yahoo.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.

Available for Adoption
INTRODUCING Xander:
Xander is a German Shepherd Dog ("GSD") who was found as an intact stray.  When no one came looking for him, he was transferred from animal control to BDBH's foster care program.  Xander is estimated to be 2-3 years old, but as he was a stray his age can only be estimated. 

Xander was fearful when he was found and during his time at animal control.  However, the kennel staff could tell he had potential and truly saved his life.  They were given the honor of naming him!  

Almost from the moment Xander entered his foster home, he relaxed and made leaps and bounds in his confidence/trust and socialness with people and dogs.  

While Xander has become a happy, social boy, we do know that environment is key.  We don't want him to feel the need to revert.

Xander's forever home must have 1) prior large breed experience, preferably GSD and 2) a well balanced dog already part of the family.  Xander gains confidence and "goofiness"  from other dogs. Xander does extremely well with both male and female dogs and lives with a 35 lbs. hound mix.  While Xander has been very appropriate with children, his forever home will be with children 15 years or older. 

He looks intimidating, however, he is "soft".   Xander loves attention from his people, loves to play with other dogs and also has good ball drive/recall.   He knows sit, down and we are working on stay.  He loves to go for car rides and is treat motivated!

BDBH requires all adopted dogs attend an obedience course with their new family.  We will be happy to give our suggestion for the best option for such for Xander. 

If, based on the above, you think you might be a good fit for Xander, please contact Darcy and Michael at: darcydrons@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
Tucker has the body of a smaller 7 year old Great Dane, but the happy personality of a 3 year old lab.  He lives car rides and always has a look of pure doggy joy when the windows are down.  He gets along great with cats and dogs alike.  Tucker is crate trained and will often go into his crate to relax and nap.  He also has excellent house manners and is very adamant in letting us know when it's time to go out.  He loves his people and would do well in almost any living situation as he came from a home where he was even around a newborn.  Tucker has excellent leash manners.

For more information on Tucker 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.