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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.

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.

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