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No Longer Curious about FURever

Curious George always wondered what life in an amazing FURever home would be like, but not any more! George came to rescue from a local shelter where he found himself. Shelter staff contacted us about this young dude who was not doing well in the shelter. Boy did he bloom in foster care! George lived up to his name and is curious to see who will pet him next, what lap he can warm or toy he can have.

Rocket has Landed on Forever Home!

Rocket came to us after Hurricane Harvey when his foster home was caught in the storm. He had been in rescue for sometime prior to the storm and looking for a place to land so he ends dup with us.

Johnny Cash has left his Rusty Cage and Walked a Line Straight into FURever

Johnny Cash had the Prison Blues before he came to rescue but rescue didn't back down and stopped his cry, cry crying and released Johnny from the ring of fire. One piece at a time this man in black got his rhythm and left the home of the blues. This brown eyed handsome man found the green, green grass of a forever home and said goodbye to the sea of heartbreak. So doggone lonesome Johnny Cash has finally found the thing called love! (see what I did there:)

Motley has found his Crew!

Motley is one cool dude and he now has found his FURever Crew! He came to rescue skinny and not feeling great but he is fully recovered and found his perfect FURever family. Motley always wanted a human his own humans and now he has found the besets Forever family perfect for him.

Thanks to all our volunteers and his adoptive family who made all this happen!

FURever Home... For a Senior Dane

Some humans have a seemingly endless capacity for love. GDRNT has been blessed to meet many such people over the years. From our fosters to our volunteers to our adopters, we have been given many examples of the power of love to transform a scared shelter dog into a happy, healthy pup who has found furever.

FURever Home: The Rainbow Bridge

When GDRNT takes in a Dane from a local shelter, our plan is always to find a permanent home beyond the temporary foster home. We have a saying, “The foster home should be the second-best home this Dane ever knows. His furever home is the best.” Sometimes, no matter how hard we look or how many inquiries we get, a Dane’s furever is his foster.

Oliver came to us at the ripe old age of 8 from a local shelter where he’d been turned in when major life changes made it impossible for his family to keep him. When our volunteer arrived to transport him she found a beautiful senior Dane who was terrified to be away from the family he had known his entire life. He was emotionally shut down and terrified of all the new things – new veterinarian, new home, it was all too much.

With time and patience, Oliver began to relax in his foster home and trust that he had found a safe place to stay. His foster dad would not give up on him, stuck with him when his terror caused him to literally shut down. Visits to the vet, changing environments, even just touching his paws would cause him to completely shut down. His Foster dad did not give up and gave Oliver an environment he could feel not only safe but loved.

He even made friends as other fosters came into the home and then left to join their fuever families. Oliver never left his foster home for a furever family. We searched high and low, but Oliver knew something none of us realized – he was already home. Oliver was happy, he knew he was FURever home and safe.

Recently, Oliver let his foster know it was time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. After two and a half years, his body was failing him, making day to day harder to navigate. So, in consulate with our veterinarians, and his foster, GDRNT made the choice to let him pass peacefully.

Thank you for loving him and helping him find peace

Magnificent Millie

So many have asked why I volunteer my time and home to foster animals. Some are harder to let go than others. 16 years ago I started volunteering for Great Dane Rescue of North Texas. With in that time span, over 300, probably close to 400 Danes now, have come and gone through my door. One in particular has been my favorite and always will be. Back in the day (hehehe) I used to the queen at helping dogs recover from Demodex mange with out using potent dips and other traditional methods. With the help of many seasoned vets, Texas A&M, research and trial and error, demo became my thing. Here is the story of Millie. I ended up adopting her but sadly she had to cross the rainbow bridge at an early age. It's long, sorry. But THIS is why rescuers rescue! 10 years ago today was when we got that phone call to get my Millie Moo Moo
"I got a call one HOT blazing hot day in Aug of 2007 from The Colony shelter who had a demodex mange Great Dane and everyone knows I am the mange to go gal. A transporter brought her right to me so I could start treatment and get her all fixed up. What they did not tell me is how severe this case was. The transporter from another rescue group pulled up to my house and out comes this weak, 4 to 6 month old puppy in horrific shape.
Millie's skin was literally falling off. She was running 106 temp and I could not touch her. I had to wear medical gloves and I was putting ice packs on her every 4 hours round the clock. She was oozing everywhere and her eyes were swollen shut.
Millie's story was promoted nationwide because of the severe condition she was in. She smelled so bad. SO bad, like blood, decaying skin and mange. It was horrific. I rushed her to Dr B at Ohio Dr the very next day and it was then that I realized this dog had a few hours to live with out medical intervention.
I had a lot of volunteers come by and help me because Millie was literally a full time job and Ella had just turned two. We had to cool her skin, give her meds and keep ice packs on her, rotating the positions.
I fell in LOVE with this bloody stinky mess. As time went on and she got better, it was time for her to be spayed and continue her medical treatment.
I took Millie to Dr B's and for some reason I was worried about her. Not like me at all, right!! As soon as the surgery was finished, Dr B called me and everything went great. I went by the next morning to check on her and she was fabulous. I would take her home later that day.
After lunch I get a phone call and Millie had mutilated her self, ripping out her spay and removing over 80% of her intestines which were now laying on the floor of the vets run. She did this in a matter of minutes. Dr B called me right away in which I gave permission to do emergency surgery. Here was this perfect dog who had mange ( very easily cured and inexpensive to treat) but had raised rescue THOUSANDS of dollars because of her story. Normally we would have had to euthanize at this point but I couldn't. We had the funds and she deserved to see if she would make it. She did but lost over 80% of her intestines.
Long story short is Millie has to be on special food which cost over $400 a month, has chronic diarrhea and is starving. We had nearly 2 years worth donated to us but now she is down to the last few weeks."
Millie was apart of my family and I had no idea what I was going to do. We kept her till her quality of life had become too much for her with the extreme hunger. The foster Dane I have currently reminds me of her because she smiles. All the time. Millie was the happiest Dane I've ever met and she will always be to this day, my one and only. Adopt, don't shop

Elvis is Why They Give.

Growing up Diana and I always had dogs and it was ingrained in us from infancy that dogs were simply part of a family. It wasn't until we both entered college that we lived life without a dog around and after graduation we were eager to make our household complete with a loving canine companion.

Many were surprised that a Great Dane became our final choice due to not only the unique challenges in caring for such a large breed but also in adopting one that was already fully grown from a rescue organization. As many in Great Dane Rescue of North Texas will tell you, Great Dane puppies are very tempting to hopeful dog owners that underestimate their rapid growth and the lifestyle change that would be required to complement it. So after months of research and deliberation, Diana and I were set on providing a better life for a giant dog that missed out on landing a forever home on the first try.

When we first heard about the handsome Great Dane that would become our Elvis, he checked every box on our list. However, we kept our eagerness at bay to be sure that we were as good of a fit for Elvis as we knew he would be for us.
Fast forward to today, six months later, we literally could not imagine our lives without him, and we thank the Great Dane Rescue of North Texas for helping us forge a family with the perfect giant dog. We quickly became a part of GDRNT as volunteers with Elvis soon after adopting him to help others have a story like this as well as share our enthusiasm for these gentle giants.

#NTXGiving Day Link for Great Dane Rescue

Why #NTXGiving is Important to Nala

When we pick up a Dane from a shelter, we never really know what treatments they need to get healthy. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised that the dog is fairly healthy and just needs a comfy place to rest until we find a furever home. Most of the time, the Dane has one of several common health problems that our veterinarians routinely treat. Occasionally, we get a dog like Nala who has ongoing health problems and needs a special home.

Nala initially came to GDRNT four years ago in rough shape. She had severe dermatitis and mastitis that took multiple veterinary visits and months of care to bring under control. Eventually, her condition stabilized, and Nala found a family to call her own. Things were great for awhile until unexpected changes in her home resulted in Nala’s return to rescue.

Even though she was able to return to her former foster home, the stress of changing homes again led to a flair up in her skin conditions. This time, our veterinarian recommended a new, daily medication to manage skin allergies coupled with a special diet. Now, Nala’s skin is stable, and she is back to being a beautiful, loving pup. She just needs to find a furever home willing to keep an eye on and maintain the medication for he allergies.

On September 14th, Thursday , please consider supporting GDRNT by donating through North Texas Giving Day. Donations pledged ahead of time or made on Thursday are eligible for matching donations.

This means that each donation goes further to help the dogs in our program. Please consider donating through#NTXGiving Day Link for Great Dane Rescue


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