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Jacque... How it happened... How you can help.

Many of you have followed Jacques updates on his profile and have asked how me how his snout got so damaged. Honestly I have hesitated to share the details as they are not nice, and because I have been unable to tell the story with out being "bleeped". However the thing that makes Jacques story unique is that we know what happened to him prior to rescue and he carries his scars from that life in the open. Each of our danes has a story and when possible we must be their voice.

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FUREVER HOMES! Click the blue link to see them all!
The first is one near and dear to so many of our hearts. DeeDee stole our hearts when she was running feral in rural Colin Co. A small team of volunteers worked with Animal Control and spent many hours, gas, and bug spray trying to gain her trust, feeding her, and bring her to safety. When we did finally get custody she was in very bad shape. Her time on the run has left her with multiple medical issues and a hard time trusting people. After a long stay at the Foster home we made it official and DeeDee is no longer a foster but in her FURever home. Congrats to Dee Dee and her foster/FURever family for making it official!

another FURever home to..

It is Funny because I used to fret when a dog had a couple of adoption matches and not get picked. I now understand it is just the adoption powers telling me "nope you didn't get this one right". Such was Hank's story.. always the bridesmaid but never the bride sort of thing. It isn't that his previous matches were not great homes but for some reason the potential adopter was not as in love with Hank as I thought they would be.

Will you be our Valentine?

Many of us have found some of our true loves happen to have four paws, squishy lips and hog the bed. The love of a dane, or any dog, is as simple, pure and complete as you can get. Many of us will spend a few dollars on a heart shaped treat, a collar with hearts, or cupid chew toy. We will make sure our dane gets some extra kisses, hugs and maybe a belly rub on the 14th. AT GDRNT we have too many danes who are still looking for their true love on two feet. In the last month we have darn near broken the record on veterinary bills.

Volunteering as a Tax Deduction!

First the disclaimer: I am NOT a tax expert, and this is not intended as tax advise, please seek guidance from a tax professional. OK so that out of the way I found this article about Fostering as a Tax deduction?!?
Something to Wag About: Fostering a Pet is Tax Deductible!By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwage
When it comes to tax deductions, there's something to wag about for animal lovers, rescue groups and for people who foster (or are considering) fostering a pet: It's now tax deductible!

Last Will and Testament of a Dog

Everyone grieves in their own way. Frequently when talking with someone who has lost a pet they swear never again. Never again will they feel te grief of loosing a beloved pet. I try to remind them that also means they never again will come home to a wagging tail, feel a velvet snout on their shoulder, or enjoy a day with a joyfull furry friend. Someone recently posted on Facebook a Last Will of a Dog. I think it says it better than I ever could. The author is listed as Anonymous but I am pretty sure it is taken from Eugene O'Neil.

Austin who gave us 14 years of devotion and love

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.


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