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Ready for a FURever Story? How about TWO!

It was a guys weekend here at GDRNT, with two of our "Young Guns" finding their perfect FURever homes. When a dane comes to GDRNT it is the start of their FURever story. Many of these dogs have found themselves homeless at least once before coming to GDRNT, and some never really a "home". Each dane starts their new life with a complete, caring veterinary exam and treatment plan, no dog is turned away because it needs expensve veterinary care, and then to a qualified loving foster home to get ready for their FURever home.

Black Dog Syndrome

Did you know that big, black dogs are adopted less often from shelters than other dogs? Something about their appearance may be frightening or less desirable to some people. They can be harder to photograph for websites; so it can be harder to get someone interested in them. There's even a term for it - "Black Dog Syndrome." USA TODAY

Updated Slide Show for Rusty!

Can you believe this good looking dude is still looking for his FURever home? Rusty is a young guy who does best with lots of structure to reinforce all the progress he has made in foster care. Rusty came to his foster home sick, skinny and with very few manners! Now he is healthy and has learned so much! He is potty and crate trained! Rusty is still learning how big he is and needs a cat free, big dog home with older kids. He loves his dane foster sister and family but what he really needs is his FURever home!

Guess who is now an Urban Dane!

It was a stroke of good luck for Ms. Lexi when her first adoption fell meeting thru last Sunday. It so happened Lexi's new Mom was on stand by! We called to see if the next approved person in line was available and ready to adopt!---she answered and her response was where do I go!!

and they lived Happy FURever after...

Gabby came to rescue from a rural shelter who did a great job starting her recovery but they knew she needed more time and care than any shelter could give her, so they contacted us. Gabby was suffering from a bad case of neglect, or she had been on the run for a long time... she was very skinny, her skin was a mess and she had an infected toe. Like many dogs that come to us all she needed was groceries, guidance, medication, time and love. All our dogs are in volunteer foster homes and know how to help a dane in the ruff shine.

A Pair of FURever Homes!

Just got this from one of our AWESOME Adoption Coordinators .. YIPEEEE!

It's been a busy week at rescue, and it all started with a couple of adoptions.

Athena was returned to rescue because her family's schedule changed and set off her separation anxiety. Danes don't often come back, but when situations change we're here to ensure these sweet pups find an appropriate new home. Athena's separation anxiety and age made it a little more challenging to find that right fit, but when an app came in asking about her specifically and seeming to have the right set-up for her we were all cautiously optimistic. Athena is now in a pawsome home with a fur-sister and humans who adore her. Even better, someone is home during the day to keep her company and ease her anxiety. This family understood her needs and are committed to providing whatever it takes.

Lucy is a sweet, young girl who came in as a stray from a local shelter. From the get-go her sweet disposition showed that she was up for anything - kids, small dogs, you name it. Just make sure to hide the bread. This silly sweetheart only countersurfs for bread! Her new home is Dane-savvy and was looking to share their love. She's already made herself at home by cuddling up to her new family, taking a dip in the pool and even sneaking a bit of bread when she thinks nobody is looking. Congratulations to this sweet girl on a fantastic furever home!

Why vaccinations are important for your pets health AND YOURS!

Tonight the local news is reporting that FIVE people are currently being treated for RABIES after being bit by pet dog. The dog was reported to be a 4 month old blue heeler mix and un vaccinated. In this instance the family dog bit a child and two adults in the home.. all bites were unreported to authorities. When the dog became sick, a veterinarian was told of the bites and the veterinarian reported the bites to authorities. It was during that investigation that two additional bites were discovered. All five humans have tested positive and are undergoing treatment.

and They Lived Happily Ever After.

Lately is seems like we have had a disproportionate amount of special needs danes. Special Needs doesn't mean they are not rock star family members and cant' love a family. It generally means that you may need to do some things differently or make some accommodations. It could be a dog that simply needs ongoing medication such as allergies, or a physical impairment like deafness. This week to very special danes found their Fair Tail Ending.

Aria came to us listed as hearing impaired o but her foster family swears she can hear a treat hit the carpet from two rooms away! We may never know for sure how much she hears. What we do know is that it does not interfere with her day to day happy go lucky loving life. So this weekend she met her brand new FURever family and they instantly fell in love with her beautiful spirit and loving heart. Aria quickly took to her new fursibling and knew how to charm her new humans. No doubt her foster family was sad to see her go, but they did such a great job anyone would have fallen in love. So a big YIPEEE YAHOOOO and congrats to Aria and her new family.

Sometimes special needs are due to a hard life prior to rescue. When we accepted Avery into our program from a rural shelter we were told she was five years old and in bad shape.. some of that was true. She was showing the tell tale signs of neglect typically associated with over breeding. She was too skinny and her body moved with the stiffness of the unoiled tin man. Once in a loving foster home she recovered quickly and the personality of this grand dame melts the hearts of all she encounters.

A few things are very clear, Avery, physically was much older than her alleged five years, her heart is full of life, she has the best "smile" and she is amazingly incapable of holding a grudge for how she was forced to live for too long. Avery will dance at the site of a leash and while she is not breaking any speed record, she enjoys every drop of sunshine on her trek. This sweet girl has never met a heartbeat she does not like.. big dog, little dog, kitty, kid or soul. We knew Avery would need a FURever home that could see beyond the physical and into this loving generous heart, as much as her foster home.

When an application comes in specifically asking for a senior.. you want to believe they are special loving home. They know they may not have as many years together but the time they share will be filled with the love they missed out on. It is as if these older dogs save their love and only open the full can on those truly deserving. Last weekend Avery met such a FURever home. She is now living the life of luxury with two small dogs who adore her and an extended family to fulfill her every need and want. So for Avery her Happy Ever After may have taken some time but this princess has found her castle.

And they all lived happily ever after. (insert Disney castle and fireworks)

Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a FURever match!

I hate the word "inventory" when applied to rescue, but it illustrates one of the challenges of being a small breed specific rescue. Like any rescue we have limited amounts of foster, monetary, and veterinary resources. As an all volunteer, 501c rescue we dedicate ourselves to saving, rehabilitating and re-homing great danes in need. Our first priority is always danes in area shelters at risk for euthanasia. Our "inventory" is based on who needs us most.. and as a result that sometimes presents some challenges.

Approved adopters are matched with dogs who match aspects of their home. Frequently approved adopters will be given several dogs that match their household, sometimes a home has specific needs. One example would be if an approved adopter already has a cat we would want to match them with a dog know to be good with cats. Sometimes our "inventory" supply may not have a dane we know is good with cats.. so we are left with a stinker of a problem.. approved awesome waiting FURever homes.. and danes waiting for FURever homes....

Not only does this mean a dog will have to wait for a good furever home, but also that a great home will have to wait for just the right match. ughhhhh

Several months ago an awesome past adopter, volunteer and foster was ready for another dane and after the approval process we were stuck waiting for a good match for her household and existing dog. So when Ally came into the program I was cautiously optimistic... I stayed in contact with the foster mom and watched her evaluation process. Each report reaffirmed what I suspected until the Match Team made it official...

Nobody was sure if the existing dog or adopter would love Ally and want to make her a FURever dane, but I was cautiously optimistic! It is with so much YIPEEE and WHOO HOOO that we announce Ally has found the perfect FURever home! This FURever home has lots of experience with deaf danes and the existing dog was so excited with his new fur-sister! (insert fireworks here.. anyone know the HTML for Fireworks)

So What Color do you think she will be?

Remember the two girls from my last blog? One so sick with a respiratory infection and the other covered in more mange and infection than FUR! Turns out we had three others come into rescue for a total of FIVE to the program last week..... I promised an update on the girls so ....

We still are not sure what color Latte will be but there seems to be a split decision between black and merle watch the video of her first week and see what you think. The amazing thing about Latte is that she is so sweet and loving in spite of being in obvious pain. Her skin is so fragile and itchy! Latte is way more forgiving than I am.. which is probably a good thin:)

Our girl with the Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) is doing well but will have a long road before she can be adopted. Anyone who has been sick latey may have noticed that the price of some antibiotics has skyrocketed over 100% in some cases.. so what used to be a relatively inexpensive antibiotic is now very expensive. YIKES! She is in a loving foster home who is caring for her but she will need time and more lots of medication to be well. She is very sick but such a sweet girl and we hope she will make a full recovery.

Three other danes were lucky enough to get another chance at FURever and came to us this week. One soft soul also has a nasty demodex and secondary AND a URI! All three are in loving care of GDRNT tonight, and while I wish this was it .... today alone we received emails from two other shelters that are at capacity with danes needing us. CRAZY...

If you are a past adopter or inactive foster who interested in either vacation or full time fostering please email us. If you have been thinking about fostering, or have questions email us at [email protected] and we can answer any questions... or complete the adoption application but mark the box FOSTER and you need not pay the application fee for a foster.


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