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Crazy May & FURever homes!

WOW is it Thursday already! What a crazy week it has been... we have taken in 8 dogs in 10 days and have two more in shelters waiting on foster space... we are crammed full and Summer has not even officially started. If you are a past foster home and considering starting again now would be a great time:) At least 4 are heartworm positive, 2 have specific medical needs, 1 had to have a "procedure" to clean out dead skin from a wound.. and I am afraid to look at the medicals on the others:) Someone wiser than me always says.. "It will all work out in the end!" but dang...

So how about some GREAT news! Even with all the intakes we were able to adopt THREE FURever homes last weekend... wooo hoooo! So in no particular order...

Ricky!!! This dude came to GDRNT HW positive and suffering from a nasty PERSISTENT upper respiratory infection. His loving foster family would not be defeated and after numerous trips to the vet, the pharmacy and some sleepless nights Ricky is AWESOME! You could tell he was feeling better because his personality totally shined! Ricky is a loving, silly young dude who has no idea how big he is and found the perfect FURever home to keep up his training and love him FURever! WOOO HOOO

Second time is a charm! Artemis came back to rescue because her adopted FUR siblings were not adjusting to having a roommate! So she found herself back in rescue.. This time not only are the humans thrilled to have her but her FUR sibling is over the moon to have a playmate! These two not only have a blast playing they rest next to each other.. it is the cutest thing ever! This FURever family is active enough to make sure these two high energy FURkids get all the training and exercise they need!

Now this one is a little extra special to me. I have been working with a family with some sweet existing pups who were not sure they wanted a new FURsibling. It was going to take a very special dane for them to accept. Then came Cammy... Cammy came to us as an emergency release by a local shelter. She had been seriously injured and would die if she did not get immediate veterinary care.. after a hospital stay, two surgeries, lots of meds and even more love from her foster home, Cammy was ready for a FURever home. She will always have some special needs because of her injury and needs a family who was willing to take her on. This girl is so so very sweet and we had a hunch the dogs would accept her.. but would the humans be willing to take on a girl who had been so badly injured?

This is my favorite part: I called and went into great detail about what had happened, where she was in rehab and what her future needs would be. We talked about the other dogs and why it was a good fit temperament wise, but I kept coming back to her injury.. I wanted them to be informed. They never flinched or waivered... So it was up to the dogs... well we need not to have worried! It was amazing to watch how it was so meant to be, how all the dogs just accepted each other... BFF!

I cherish each adoption and it is the one thing about rescue that I never seem to grow weary of.. it is our TAH DAH! (visualize confetti!)

Karson gets his FURever home .... AGAIN

Adoptions are intended as FURever. Sometimes, by no fault of the dog, things just do not work out in the long run and a dog does come back to to us. So it was with Karson. Karson found himself back in foster care and was the same sweet, loving dude we always knew. So it is no surprise that his FURever family is completely in LOVE with him! When matched with Karson his FURever family fell quickly in love but when they saw him it was love at first site for Karson too! So CONGRATS to Karson and his awesome FURever family! Can't wait for those updates!

GDRNT like most rescues has a return clause, meaning any dog adopted out by us will always be welcome back into the program. Obviously it is not how we want things to turn out, and we will work with adoptive families issues so a dog can stay in the home, but sometimes it just is not meant to be. Returned danes still need foster space and care that could otherwise be used for a dane waiting in a shelter, but it is so much better they come back to foster care than stay where it is not working out.

An Unexpected Furever Home

This adoption tale is close to my heart because it's the story of my family's newest Dane, Daphne.

Daphne came to rescue with parvovirus, a very serious illness that is fatal if not caught early and treated appropriately. Parvovirus can usually be prevented with proper vaccinations, but this sweet girl was either part of the small group who gets it anyway or else wasn't fully vaccinated. Thankfully the virus was caught in its early stages giving her a fighting chance. Plus, GDRNT had a parvo-savvy foster home open who could get her through it.

Double or Nothing

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Guess what? Annie and Magnum must have a guardian angel that works over time because the perfect FURever home has been found and adopted them together! Today they are in an amazing home with a family who simply adores them.

Not only have they adjusted well to their new FURever home they are blossoming! This pair is loving life with a family who loves the perfect amount of playfulness and maturity displayed by these two.

Adoption is FURever. At least that is the presumption on adoption day. After going through our approval/matchmaker process adoption day is full of excitement, joy and love with the addition of a new FURever family member. Like many rescues GDRNT understands that sometimes unexpected, traumatic live changes may mean FURever is not possible. GDRNT's adoption contract provides for a GDNRT dane to come back into the program. Never will a GDRNT dog be without a safe place.

So it was with Annie & Magnum. Major changes in their Family meant that they could no longer provide a home for them and they were returned to GDRNT foster care. This is always a sad day for us as it brings into the program a dog that was meant to be FURever.

These two have been together a long time and we worried how they would do apart. Would they adjust after leaving their home and having to be separated? Very rarely do we get applications able to take two older danes at the same time.

A Special FURever Home

Imaging having lived with a family for most of your life and suddenly your family is gone and you are homeless. So it was with Lady who was a lucky girl with a loving home until tragedy struck her family and she found her way to GDRNT. Lady is one of the Grand Dame's of Rescue and at the young age of 9 this sweet girl found herself in a loving foster home looking for her FURever family.

Seniors can be hard to adopt out. Not many families come to rescue looking for older harder to adopt danes, so when we get an application specifically asking for a hard to adopt dane it is with cautious optimism that we walk thru the approval process. This family never wavered from the decision to adopt a senior. They have a standing history of rescuing special needs, experience with all sorts of challenges and a desire to make life better for sweet soul who needs a home.

Lady knew this was her family and has made herself right at home! Like most mature pets she was "move in ready" and "ready for love".

Mature pets generally have their house manners mastered, know the shoes are yours, the fluffy floor pillow is theirs. They like leisurely strolls, quiet evenings and hanging out with their people. While it is fair to assume that you may not have as much time with a senior as a younger dog your quality time will make it priceless.

FURever homes & How DaneFest helps!

GDRNT had a busy fantastic weekend for FURever homes! FOUR danes found their perfect FURever homes and by today have probably long forgotten about their life before GDRNT. DaneFest & the Raffle are important FUNdraisers that help bring ys FURever Adoption Days. All proceeds from DaneFest, Tshirts and Raffle tickets go directly to the veterinary costs of our danes. These are danes who may have been euthanized if not for Rescue. Adoption fees only cover a small portion of the costs for the most basic veterinary care. Learn more about DaneFest and download your registration and send it today! Can't come? Use our secure site to get Raffle Tickets for a chance to win $1,000 worth of Visa Gift Cards.

So who found their perfect FURever home?
Sweet Emma knew her FURever family when she saw them and literally nuzzled her way into their hearts! This loving couple knew their home was missing a dane but really they were missing Emma! It was love at first sniff and Emma is now FURever home as a Diva Dane should be!

Big Moose now has a new doggy sister to play with in a great big back yard! His sister is so happy to have a buddy and is quickly showing him how awesome it is to be FURever home. So Moose and his sister now share a yard and Loving FURever family, What a lucky pair!

Rodney who has been with us a little while was adopted by his foster family and their adopted GDRNT dane! Rodney was just a perfect fit for this family and his FURever kids adore him. Sometimes that happens with Fosters, they come in and quickly occupy that place in a families heart specifically for FURever danes.

Last but not least is another repeat adopter. Did you know it is hard to have just one dane? When this past adopter applied to add another dane to their family I knew Max would be the perfect addition to their family. They all agreed and now Max has a GDRNT sibling and a very expereinced dane home to make sure he keeps the manners he learned from his foster home. These danes have hit jackpot and Max has already made himself at home!

Thanks to all that helped make these adoptions happen this weekend. It litterally takes a village, from the transporters, fosters to the adoption facilitators—it takes all of us to make an adoption happen. A great dane size THANK YOU to all who support us with time, love and money so we can save more lives.

New Beginings

Easter and Spring are times of renewal and fresh starts. Even if you do not celebrate the holiday the fresh blooms of spring, longer days and warmer weather all indicate a new beginning. This weekend Valentino got his fresh start with an AWESOME FURever home! He is now living with a dane experienced home with a new dane buddy! It is reported to have been love at first chest bump! This family is so excited to have another dane and are ready too keep up Valentio's training to assure his manners. Congrats to Valentio and his FURever home on their new beginning!

Valention has found his FURever home
Grand Dame Avery looking for FURever

Good News ... Not so Good News.. and how you can help.

Those of you who have followed this know that silence is not always golden. When I am not posting regularly it is usually because we are slammed across the board. That simple. March has come in like a hungry pissed off Lion and we are ready to turn the calendar over to April:)

Spring Break FURever homes!

We hope you all had a great Spring Break! It would be hard to beat Zack's spring break since he found his perfect FURever home! This sweet boy came to us full of personality and short or groceries and manners! Seems like we get alot of what I like to call "Young and dumb":) Too many people get these cute dane puppies and do not give any consideration to what happens when they hit over 100 pounds. If the behavior is not cute at 150 pounds it isn't cute at 15 pounds! New puppy owners get caught up in "cute" and forget that manners start at day ONE!

FURever homes go to....

This was a Well this weekend it was Miss Diva's time to find a wonderful new home. She met her new little family today and finalized the adoption. She is the big sister to a very fluffy pom. All were happy has they drove off to the wonderful traffic. Diva came into rescue with a weight issue and super bad respiratory infection. She came from a rural shelter as a stray and it is suspected she was dumped to die since she is too old to be a productive breeding dog. We took this sweet girl and her rock star foster family worked hard to make her well and find a healthy weight.


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