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Latte's Cup Runith Over!

When Latte came to rescue we were not even sure what color she was! But look at her now! This girl has the heart of a love pup! She had one of the worst cases of very stubborn demodex mange and it seemed to take FURever to get her skin clear ! Her Foster family worked so hard and found that a special diet and medication her skin and coat began to SHINE!

Once she felt awesome this girls sweet personality bubbled over and she quickly won the hearts of everyone she met! I think Latte felt so bad for so long she saved up all her puppy energy and is going through a late puppyhood! So when we had an approved adopter with training experience, some structure and tons of activities that included the dogs... we thought this might be it! Well WOW Latte walked in their home and all over their hearts! Latte LOVES having two young brothers to play with and practice all their training!

I love getting her updates because she is having so much fun... her favorite activity going to the lake!

YIPEE and congrats to Latte and her FURever family

Silly Tilley's Turn!

Some dogs are hard to adopt out via the shelter system no matter how crazy sweet they are.... so was Tilleys plight. Skinny, heart worm positive and in need of surgery to remove a suspicious looking growth on her leg... treatment that most shelters can't provide, and 99% of shelter adopters won't accept. So this shelter contact us!

Tilley came to rescue, took her no puppy pledge (got spayed), had the large growth removed and started heartworm treatment... wow that is alot for anybody... actually her leg had to be operated on twice! The nature of the growth was benign but left a very large surgical wound that needed very specific and special care. Tilley was moved to a medical foster home who could provide all her treatments, medications and supervision to be sure that the wound healed properly.

This girl was so ready for her furever home that she made sure that wound closed up pretty as can be and quick as a whip!

We had an approved past adopter waiting for a dane sister for their other GDRNT Dane. The adoption meeting was one of "those magic moments" and Tilley and her new brother gave the sniff of approval, her hu-mom and hu-dad fell in love instantly and that was that!

So yipppeee Tilley!

Snake Bite Boy aka the Cisco Kid get his FURever Home

This is one that is way past due but it is not your typical FURever story. We got a call from a distant shelter about two danes in need, one suffering from an old "snake bite". When transport made the several hour drive to pick up it was pretty obvious "snake bite" was a mix, it was also obvious we were his last chance.

That same road warrior also offered to foster snake bite and gave him the name Cisco.

The Cisco Kid was a challenge... as the wound we were told was a snake bite was very old and well nasty. I have seen a lot of nasty in rescue and this was right up there in terms of yuck! It may have been a snake bite way back when but our veterinarians don't think so... but what it was now is a very large infected wound. Cisco's foster dad was determined to get this dude well....

Turns out Cisco, the honorary dane, is a pretty cool dude whose body just doesn't seem to want to heal. His wound would improve but never really get all the way better.... antibiotics, testing, hydro therapy and all of it ... finally his wound is as good as it is can get and Cisco is ready for adoption... or so I thought.

All this treatment took a long time, and a lot of personal care by his foster dad, who at this point was more than a little attached. When it came right down to it these guys have been through it all and Cisco was already home!

So the Cisco Kid PERMANENTLY joined his foster family as a FURever PUP!

Catching up on FURever homes!

Wow DaneFest was a blast but now we need to catch up on FURever stories! After all that is the best kind of Rescue Story. Our adoption team never rests (actually nobody in rescue ever rests!) So here ya go.. in no particular order:)

Loosing a beloved pet is hard... sometimes it is even harder on the remaining dog. When people apply soon after loosing a beloved pet we always try to be sure they are ready, everyone is different but most folks need some time. However when you are a veteran foster mom and adopter you understand that sometimes your remaining dog needs a friend. This home has weathered the pain before and knew they were ready for another lady to grace the home. Most of all their sweet existing boy who just needs teh comfort of another dog. Talking with her I knew exactly the lady for them! LOVE it when I am right! Chloe was not so sure at first but safe to say she is now the Queen sharing her Castle with her King .. and their loving momma! Keep an eye out because I bet we see them at events!

Another girl that stayed with us way to long... WIley... This sweet girl came to us with an injury that took some time to get better but once she was all good to go it did not take long for a FURever family to snatch her up! Now Ms Wiley is sharing her home with a kitty and family who adore her but also are willing to continue this young girls training! It is such an amazing thing to see a scared injured dog go to loving, happy family member!

Mature Lady finds FURever loving home! OK now this one makes my heart sing... (ok they all do really) Mia is one of our "Mature Ladies" who people too frequently over looked simply because of her age! We had an approved adopter with a busy home of three children, one who is extra special and we wanted to be sure we had a dane who had a track record with small children and the "love" that comes with them. We knew Mia was the girl for them! This family loved the idea that she was mature and past the mischievous puppy stuff. The adoption coordinator reported this was a slam dunk! I can report that the children adore Mia and it is a mutual love fest! Yipeeeeee!

Speaking of Mischevious puppies... you may have noticed that Chelsea is no longer availible.. that is because she too found her FURever home! This sweet young couple had a great set up for a young pup and was willing to continue her training to be sure she grows into a beautiful lady!

Which brings us to Wrangler! Wrangler is a young pup looking for love! On a yucky, freezing cold, day his family drove over an hour to introduce Wrangler to their existing FURkid... I am not sure who fell in love first or harder but this big extended loving family knew Wrangler was meant to be theirs and scooped him up to FURever!

Whew... I think that brings us up to speed for now:):) A giant THANK YOU to all our foster families, volunteers and supporters who make FURever stories possible!

Tis the Season!!!

Severe storm season appears to be here! Texas weather is as crazy as crazy gets... The forecast calls for possible sever weather so it is a good time to review some safety tips:

A heavy Heart..

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report some sad news. Adopter, Foster, Volunteer and overall friend of GDRNT Sharie Beebe lost her valiant battle with cancer this morning. Sharie and her family are great friends to GDRNT and our hearts, prayers, and dane hugs are with Mark and family.

Those who knew Sharie understood her commitment to Rescue and love of animals, specifically danes. The following poem puts to words how I see her spending her today. Her caring heart, loving spirit and smile will be missed.

Rescue does NOT take a Spring Break! Not for Adoptions!

But I did! Combine that with DANEFEST! Danes Unleashed! and the normal crazy cray cray of rescue and the good news gets put off! Our gorgeous adoption ladies have been hard at work graduating danes from foster to FURever!

First a side note: I am not sure if it is the full moon, time of year or what.. but intake requests have been over the top lately. If you are an approved foster home, an adopter thinking of fostering now is a great time to speak up! If you have questions about fostering and are considering it please email us

Now for the news you have all been waiting for:

More frequently when a dane comes to us they are in need of specialized medical care. So it was with sweet Kate! This happy adorable girl had a large, I mean softball size, lump on her side. It did not bother her but obviously would continue to grow and had to go.... at the time we did not know exactly what it was but its size was concerning. Once removed everyone was excited to learn that it was a benign mass filled with yucky but harmless stuff. (OK I know that is not the medical term but you get the idea) YIPEEE. Kate's stay, like many of our danes, was longer than it should have because of her medical hold but once she was ready it did not take long!!! Kate's FURever family waited for the right match for their family and it was "A dream come true!" YIPEEEEEE and CONRATS to all!

Before and After... Lady Eleanor! Skinny emaciated danes are sadly common in rescue and one of my "buttons". I understand times are hard and danes can be expensive to feed but this type of emaciation takes time .. ( I generally try to not pass judgment on the people in their past but sometimes I wonder.....) In her foster home Lady Elanor was put on a special diet that allowed her to safely and slowly gain her weight and strength. WOW what a beautiful lady with a great heart ... all she needed was some love and groceries!! Eleanor knew at her adoption meeting this was her FURever home .. it was Magic! Imagine how awesome it must feel to suddenly know love and that you will never be starved again! HAPPY DANCE!

Nobody loves these stories more than me... none of this could happen without all your support! If you can come to the FUNdraiser DaneFest.. if you can't come consider buying a t shirt, raffle tickets or making a donation! FUNdraising keeps us going!

Drum Roll and Happy Tears!

Zoey has been adopted after waiting a very long time for the family she so desperately needed. Zoey is an only dog in her new home and will be shown all the love she deserves. Three kids to get extra hugs from and a new Mom and Dad that want to give her tons of love and the comfort joys of life.

A Princess Finds her Magic Kingdom

Fiona was one of those girls who has been with us way longer than she should. She is pretty, oh so sweet and has not met a heartbeat she did not like! If you are familiar with Fiona of the Shrek Movies you know the story of what first appears to be a flawed Princess. In a way our Fiona's story is the same. Our Fiona came to us with a mild hip displasia that scared a few potential FURever homes... people could not see past it and see her amazingness. So she patiently waited for her Kingdom to come to her. This weekend Fiona found her Shrek.. only his name is Hunter and he comes with some awesome Parents! It was one of those adoption meetings that makes your heart sing! Hunter and Fiona played and romped while we made if official! So Congrats to Fiona and her FURever Family! (Insert Royal Trumpet sounds here!)

A huge thank you to everyone who makes these moments possible!

Those of you who have already bought Diva, Dudes & Dane Tickets AWESOME.. we have what looks like a fun crowd already but For those of you delaying go get them.. I am going to leave open Advance Tickets till tomorrow night..

If you do not have Paypal but want to take advantage of advance ticket pricing $30 vs $40 at the door.. shoot me an email...
Divas Dudes & Danes for tickets.

When it is Worth the Wait...

Sometimes we have a hard time figuring out the magic match for a sweet foster dog... This is especially frustrating when you have a young lady as precious as Shiloh. EIGHT months this sweet girl stayed in loving foster care.. As awesome as our foster homes are they should be the SECOND best home our danes ever have...we are just their loving caretakers while they await their bestest, awesomest home: Their FURever home. Like most of our danes, Shiloh probably never had it as good as she did in foster care but we knew better.

Shiloh was a shy frightened pup when she came to us but learned to trust her people and learn the ropes from the other danes in the home. She learned to trust her people, play and just be a happy dog. It is sort of funny when a dog has been kept outside.. initially they are wary of
"inside" but they catch on fast that IN the house is the place to be.

Adoption day was magic Shiloh knew. I love that.. when a foster acts like "hey what took you guys so long?". Then it is time for one last thankful snuggle with their foster mom and off to love on their FURever family. (Happy tears all around!)

So a huge YIPEEE, CONGRATS and WAHOOOO to Shiloh and her FURever family! You guys were worth the wait!


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