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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.

still waiting
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.....

Take a Look at me NOW!

I was updating Norman's picture and trying to get some video of him added to his profile when I came across this video. In 2010 one of our FABUTASTIC volunteers did a video to play at our Diva's Dudes and Danes Auction. It features some of the Danes that have come through our program in years past. I have seen it many times and couldn't help watching it again. There are so many days when I wonder if we have an impact, if we can change the world a little bit for the better. This video illustrates that in some way we CAN make a difference...

As a 501c, all volunteer organization every dollar goes directly to the care and rehab of these danes. Every mile a volunteer drives transporting keeps danes off death row, every foster home saves a life. I personally think that is a step toward a better world.

Giving Thanks for the BEST FOSTERS and VOLUNTEERS EVER

GDRNT is an ALL volunteer group, everyone involved gives 110% and without our amazing foster homes, donors, volunteers, sponsors and hard work we could not exist. As of this week 1390 danes have come through our program in the last 11 years! So this Thanksgiving I am very thankful for all of you and what you do for GDRNT. Each of you are a Blessing to us!

Our Veterans and their FurKids

Today is not about political standing. Each of us know someone who has given greatly for our Country. I sometimes think we can not show enough appreciation for our active and retired military. I think this video shows how our dogs best express the appreciation felt by all of us!

Micro Chips WORK!

A Dane is back home tired but safe because of a micro chip! Tonight we got a call from someone who found a great dane with a GDRNT microchip so they called us. When I looked up the chip I realized it was one of my adopters from a few years back and almost hung up on the good stranger trying to dial the adopters! When I got hold of them they had been looking for over two hours!


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