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Tarrant Co Arrest: Humans at their Worst and Best

Today we reached a milestone.....
Originally I had a very different blog planned for today but I am switching gears after the two arrests for Animal Cruelty. The details are gruesome and involve the torture and killing of several puppies. WFAA reports on the specifics of the torture and it will be all over the news by the time you read this. This highly publicized case will be prosecuted but the simple fact remains that this extent of cruelty happens every day.. the only too many people do not get caught.

Each day GDRNT gets multiple requests to take danes in need into our program. Many are individuals looking to re-home danes they either no longer want or can care for.. but often they are from caring Shelters, Rescuers or Law Enforcement seeking help for the hardest cases or neglect, illness or injury.

Today we reached a milestone... danes number 1,500 and 1,501 are both resting safely and getting treatment in our partner veterinary offices. One is very ill from a local shelter and we hope with lots of veterinary care, foster family love and time she will recover. The second is covered in mange and dangerous secondary infection so much so that I can't even tell you the color... she may be black, or merle... I hope we will find out some day soon. I do not no the fate of these danes but can tell you that today they were given a chance. Second chances take volunteers who stopped what they were doing to get them to available veterinary hospital space; others stopped their sunny summer day to drive miles/hours; veterinary staff and doctors who will be working late tonight to give them care. Eventually if all goes well, they will need foster homes who will open up medical foster spaces; and generous donors to help pay for the medications, surgery and hospitalizations required.

So I choose to look at today on a positive note. Today I saw some of the worst of humanity but I also saw some of the very best of human spirit. It is those I give thanks for and tonight so do two sweet furry souls, they just don't know it yet.

Travelling With a Giant Dog

Have you ever taken your Dane on a trip? How did you go about finding lodging for a giant dog? I was faced with this very question last weekend when my a/c went out. It was too warm to stay in the house during the day even with fans going, and it was going to take several days to get the parts needed to complete the repair. We tried to find a hotel, but it was challenging to find lodging that would take a giant dog, even a puppy that isn't yet 100+ lbs. The main challenge was that we were searching at the last minute and hadn't really looked into lodging options before.

Jasmine's Turn

Every Girl deserves to be a princess and have her happy ever after! Jasmine has found her happy ever after and is living her life as a Princess! Sweet Jasmine came to rescue an energetic pup who was a little unsure why she was in foster care and leery of some men. She has quickly learned that she can trust people and that her new home is truly a Castle. She even has a furry Prince Charming to share with her family! As much as Jasmine LOVES her new family, I think her new family is even more in love with her! Jasmine truly has found her Happy Ever After!

Sweet DASH has found his FURever Home

In April 2011 we got a call from an area shelter about a dane very much in need. He was very sweet but had an injured leg and in desperate need of rescue. His foster skin kids named him Dash from the Pixar Movie the Incredibles because they knew he would be moving fast soon. If only it were that easy...

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

(insert drum roll here)
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.

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