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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.

so guess what?

Things are never dull at GDRNT but got to take a second to announce one of our favorite things... FUREVER HOMES! This one is particularly special since this dude will not be going far. I always am amazed at the foster homes without a personal dane for FURever. I think part of why it is easier for me to foster is because I have the Diva Mo as my FURever dane. I know that by taking in a foster and caring, training and teaching a homeless dog I am getting it ready for a FURever home. At the end of the day I will always have my Mocha.

2013 is off to a Rocky Start...

I have tried to keep my danemail emails and blogs positive and as a way to share all the great things that happen at GDRNT. I do not want every communication to be a sad tale, a heart tug or plea. However 2013 is not even two months old and we have been hit harder than I could have thought possible. As many of you may have noticed we have had an insane amount of intakes since the first of the year. So far in 2013 we have had over 20 shelter requests that we have accepted. We have not said NO to a single shelter request as far back as I can remember. A few of those requests never got to us because they were claimed by owners or adopted by the shelter. Since the first of the year we have taken in 16 danes, that is 16 lives saved in 7 weeks. As of today we have tagged two more in area shelters, if left unclaimed by their owners they will be coming to foster care.

These numbers are not unusual and as a board we are becoming too accustomed to juggling the intake numbers. What none of us could prepare for were TWO ER visits, a severe URI, a badly broken tail and a sweet dane hit by a car. Since the first of the year we have spent almost $6,000 in emergency veterinary care, and are committed to approximately another $2,000 to a sweet girl who will need surgery as soon as she is healthy enough. Keep in mind this is in addition to our usual $3,000 to $5,000 of predictable veterinary expenses for spay/neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine veterinary care. PLEASE CLICK blue story at the top to READ MORE

2013 is off to a Rocky Start...

I have tried to keep my danemail emails and blogs positive and as a way to share all the great things that happen at GDRNT. I do not want every communication to be a sad tale, a heart tug or plea. However 2013 is not even two months old and we have been hit harder than I could have thought possible. As many of you may have noticed we have had an insane amount of intakes since the first of the year. So far in 2013 we have had over 20 shelter requests that we have accepted. We have not said NO to a single shelter request as far back as I can remember. A few of those requests never got to us because they were claimed by owners or adopted by the shelter. Since the first of the year we have taken in 16 danes, that is 16 lives saved in 7 weeks. As of today we have tagged two more in area shelters, if left unclaimed by their owners they will be coming to foster care.

These numbers are not unusual and as a board we are becoming too accustomed to juggling the intake numbers. What none of us could prepare for were TWO ER visits, a severe URI, a badly broken tail and a sweet dane hit by a car. Since the first of the year we have spent almost $6,000 in emergency veterinary care, and are committed to approximately another $2,000 to a sweet girl who will need surgery as soon as she is healthy enough. Keep in mind this is in addition to our usual $3,000 to $5,000 of predictable veterinary expenses for spay/neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine veterinary care. We routinely see mild respiratory issues, demodex, heartworms and happytail for treatment. ON average it costs us approximately $700 per dog in veterinary services (our adoption fee for most dogs is $235). This is with generous discounts provided by our fabulous veterinarians.

FURever homes go to....

It was a busy busy week here at GDRNT... sometimes it happens this way when we hit a hot streak of FURever matches. After a long week of an insane number of intake request it is great to see the hard work pay off and danes go to fabutastic FURever homes.

The first is a young girl who came to rescue a bit unmannerly... but her awesome foster mom made so much progress and got her ready for a great FURever home! Artemis is so happy to have a fun furever home who is already in love with this pretty girl! Gotta love it!

Sometimes things just work out...

When I first started with GDRNT a wiser more experienced (but much younger) lady would say to me "it will all work out.. it always does." Initially I thought she was nutz.. (she probably is but in a good way) but she was right... it does always seem to work out. So it was with Ares. Ares is a sweet and lovable dude with good manners and grasp of basic obedience... he also suffers from one of the toughest cases of separation anxiety we have seen in some time.

Guess what Emilio got!

Gotta love the FURever home announcements... so here ya go! This weekend our sweet young dude found a great FURever home! Emilio came to rescue and left his past behind him.. he was skinny and had a nasty snotty respiratory infection so many of the dogs come to us with. (When was the last time your pups had their shots? This has been a crazy winter for dogs too!) His awesome loving foster home made sure he got his medication and enough of the right groceries to assure he gained weight at a healthy rate. Emilio caught on to house rules and learned his basic manners.

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