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What is "shelter shock"? or the Power of HUGS

Part of this job I hate is the time I have to spend in local Animal Shelters. Safe to say all here at GDRNT spend more time in shelters in one week than most people get in several lifetimes. The biggest heartbreakers are the ones suffering from what I call "shelter shock". Usually these are a animals that most likely lived in homes and knew some love, have never known aanything but the confines of a crate or pen, or have never experienced a loving hand.

Meet Sweet Abilene

It was about two weeks ago that we got a call for help for an emaciated deaf female dane at a small shelter. Animal control had picked her up as a stray and it appears she had been on the streets for quite some time. Abilene knows the leash means she gets to go somewhere and knows her way around a house so she had to have belong to someone!!! After efforts to find her owners came up empty and her stray hold was up the shelter contact GDRNT. Once with GDRNT Abilene went straight to the veterinarian.

Abilene's first day in Rescue
Abilene after one week
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FURever and Ever...

Joey came to rescue with a nasty nasty case of Shelter crud that presented itself as a dangerous upper respiratory infection... so with lots of love and medication his dedicated foster home got him well and ready for adoption. Not all our danes would be cool with three very very active loving boys under 6 but that Joey LOVED all the attention!  He ate up the little ones attention and was unphased by the constant motion that comes with children of that age.  Joey let the two year old walk him around and patentily watched while the boys showed him how they jump on the trampoline.

And They Lived Happily Ever After...

We have a bad joke in rescue... It seems like whenever one of us go out of town something crazy happens... and it usually isn't pretty.. Christmas Eve I am loading a plane to visit family and one of our young foster pups is sick and headed to the Emergency Room. Seriously... I mean it is Christmas Eve! Once at the Emergency Room the veterinary staff was great but our sweet Leon would be spending Christmas Eve in the hospital.

Seven Danes and one long day...

Today GDRNT took into our program SEVEN Danes! So since Friday our ranks have grown by NINE.... All pulled from kill shelters. There was not a hoarding or seizure.... Just nine Danes sitting on death row of shelters desperate to reduce ranks so none have to die. To say that it takes a village is an understatement. It takes an army. Today alone there were countless hours spent coordinating transports, foster homes and veterinary space. Hours and miles spent in personal vehicles to get these danes to the vet and the shuffling of households to get ready for another foster.

too long since my last post...

WOW has it been since Jan 1! We have been so busy here at GDRNT I have neglected posting... It is not for a lack of things to write about! We did hit a HUGE milestone at GDRNT this weekend. Our long time friends Don & Lynn did a marathon (can you say 4 hours) transport bringing us dane numbers 1400 and 1401! What that means is in the last 11 years GDRNT has had 1,401 danes come into our program, 1,401 veterinary visits and foster homes.

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still waiting
adopted 2011

Big Dog Big Yard? Not Necessarily!

Do great Danes make good apartment dogs? The answer may be a surprise to anyone who has not been owned b a Dane... YES Danes can be great apartment dogs. Anyone who has a Dane will tell you they are more likely to be on the couch than running the fence. Certainly Great Danes need to walk and regular exercise but they are happiest just being with their people. The New York Times recently asked three dog experts what breeds they recommend for apartment living and each and great Danes on their list.

Save the Date for DaneFest 2012

Danes, Danes and more Danes… Welcome spring at the event of the year – DaneFest!.
If you’re a lover of the Great Dane breed, you’re invited!
Open to the public, DaneFest is a family-friendly event held each spring at
Dogs Unleashed Dog Daycare in Keller, Texas. You and your furry friends are sure to have a good time: Check-in, walk to the backyard of Dogs Unleashed, and PLAY!

Danes are Targets Too!

I recently got a frantic call from a past adopter sharing a frightening story. Fence Gates of several homes on her street had been broken in with the specific intent of letting the dogs out!!! The motive is unclear but police have several theories ranging from a simple act of vanalism to home burglary.  
This  story had a happy ending courtesy of a dog loving police officer, a scan by Animal Control  and a MICROCHIP.   A loose dog can cover MILES in a day... you only have to think back to Dee Dee's story to know!  Dee Dee was found over 12 miles from where she was spotted! 

Guess what Santa brought Allison?

Santa granted Allison's Christmas wish early!
 Allison has been with one of out awesome fosters for quite some time now, she had to undergo HW treatment and then several eye surgeries ... our foster her two sweet Danes and assorted other pets, not only tended to her illness but also her broken spirit.  Allison was overbred and discarded ... Her body and spirit worn down.....


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