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Help GDRNT with Chewy Gives Back Program!

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas is now a CHEWY Gives Back partner! This program benefits GDRNT in two ways! First is we now have a Chewy WISH LIST. We use CHEWY to have foster food delivered to our fosters. We also use it from time to time if we need other things ... like collars or puppy formula. Right now we have listed Chewy Gift Cards so we can buy foster food each month.

The second way is that GDRNT can benefit is for new Chewy customers to use our Referral code and GDRNT gets up to $15 in credit directly from Chewy! Click here to find the Chewy referral program

In Honor of Ms. Gwen Goodman's Memory


On November 22, 2020 GDRNT and the animal loving community lost a beautiful soul. Gwen Goodman was a dog- mom to Sadie, her sweet pup rescued from life in a parking lot. In addition to loving Sadie Gwen loved taking her visiting family on Texas adventures, traveling to see her favorite band, and expressing her travels through her art.

Gwen became acquainted with GDRNT when Sadie started daycare and quickly they both became favorites with staff and regulars. Sadie was a favorite of the owners family and often stayed at their home when Gwen traveled. Sadie has lost her mom but has been adopted by this GDRNT family where she is very loved and will remain forever.

In her honor Gwen's family and employer have awarded a $2,500 grant to GDRNT to help save other dogs in need of loving FURever homes.

As a volunteer run, non-profit we rely 100% on private donations to save great danes from area shelters. We are humbled that Gwen's family and employer would honor us in her memory.

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas sends condolences and gratitude to Gwen's Parents, Hank and Cyndy Goodman and her friends at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for their generosity amid their sadness.

How you can help this Legislative Session.

Every two years the Texas Legislature meets for 140 days. Can you be the voice for animals this session?

Currently the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature is in session. What does that have to do with animals and non profit rescue? Well this session .. quite a bit.

What is NOMV?

This message is a bit different than what you typically read from GDRNT. I am a long-time supporter, past adopter, and was once a very active volunteer before life took me out of state for a bit. I am also a veterinarian.

If you have friends in the veterinary field no doubt you have seen at least one social media post this week with the letters NOMV and perhaps a message about veterinarians having the highest suicide rate of any profession. NOMV stands for Not One More Vet, an organization that started following the suicide of Dr. Sophia Yin, a well-respected veterinarian, in 2014. The reason the status update went viral in the veterinary community last week is that multiple colleagues committed suicide. Sharing the post is meant to bring awareness to the problem and to encourage those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts to seek help. The standard message is often personalized with a plea for owners to be patient and be kind.

I would like to take that plea one step further. In the words of Bill and Ted “Be excellent to each other.”
The truth is this problem goes beyond the veterinary profession. Social media allows us instant access to businesses, friends, and acquaintances. It also provides a powerful platform to voice our discontent, and it reaches an audience who can latch onto and amplify the discontent. Please consider how your words can truly damage a business or an individual, especially if the complaint is a viral post from somebody you never met. It is so easy to share memes or posts without verifying content, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. There are always multiple sides to each disagreement.

Ultimately, this is a plea for civility. There are many things to disagree about in our current environment. Please approach your disagreements calmly and rationally, and if you disagree with an individual’s or business’ policies then please simply seek someone better aligned with your philosophies. Vehemently disagreeing with employees or sharing your frustration on social media may make you feel better, but it is highly unlikely to influence the business to your point of view. Keep in mind we all face challenges that we hide from the world. You have no idea how your words may pile on to somebody else’s existing burden.
Have patience. Be kind. Consider how your actions affect others.
Be excellent to each other.

If you are in need of help, please know you are not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is open 24 hours a day. 1-800-273-8255. You can also check out the resources at https://www.nomv.org

When Rescue is hard, but the Danes are Sweet Valentines...

Valentines seems to be the perfect time to introduce this hunk of love Moose who is going to need a special love to be his FURever home.

Moose has it all.... a great personality, a playful spirit, a sweet temperament and a loving heart... and the good looks to make your heat swoon.... so what is he missing..... TOES.... yeah not kidding toes....

I cannot make this stuff up....

New Year Celebration Safety for your Pups

I get it. We are all ready for 2020 to be over, for COVID to be over so we can get on for what passes as normal around here..... many people ring in the new year with fireworks which can be terrifying for your pup! The loud noise, the BOOM, the whistle, the crackle... all unexpected and may make your dog feel threatened and afraid. It is easy to see why your pup is terrified.

So plan ahead to help keep your pup safe and relaxed on New Years Eve with a few simple tips. If your dog has a lot of anxiety and these simple measures do not help be sure to talk to your veterinarian about safe pharmaceutical options.

  • Current ID. Just to be safe make sure your pet has current secure identification. Is your Microchip information on file current? Does your dog have on tags with your phone and address?
  • A Safe Place. Make sure your dog has access to a place they feel safe. This is a great reason to crate train. over your crate with a blanket and make it cozy.
  • Keep them occupied. Stuff a kong with their favorite filling and freeze it, or an all natural bully stick, lick matt or feeder puzzle
  • Drown it out. There are hours of Pet Calming music on streaming services like Pandora or Youtube. One of my favorite YouTube music is below
  • SECURITY! make sure all exits are secured including the fence around your yard. A frighted dog may find an escape route they otherwise would ignore
  • Consider a T-Wrap or Thunder shirt to help reduce anxiety, We have a simple DIY below

Ready to FLY! Sant's Reindeer get Veterinary Health Certificate

Santa, like all responsible pet owners, understands the importance of regular veterinary care! Especially if you travel with your pets. Prior to taking off Christmas night Santa made sure all his reindeer had complete health checks and where healthy for travel. So the USDA has made an official announcement to assure us all that Santa and his Reindeer are healthy and clear to travel across the US.

#GivingTuesday for Pups Like Moose

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas #GivingTuesday Link

Moose came to a local shelter and their veterinarian new he needed more extensive and expensive care to to try to save his leg. With one phone call our volunteers were able to arrange transport and emergency veterinary care. Right now Moose is in an experienced foster home who takes him for hydro and laser therapy and bandage changes2 -3 times a week. GDRNT can make this commitment to Moose's care because of your donations (and a rock star foster:)

Since 2001 Great Dane Rescue of North Texas has been 100% funded by private donations. Your donations allow us to take in some hard medical cases and make sure they get the best veterinary care.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

By donating for #GvingTuesday via Facebook your donations are eligible for matching funds so make your donation go further!

Thanksgiving Blessings of GDRNT

This year has presented so many challenges for all of us. Like all foster based rescues, GDRNT has had to adjust and figure out how to continue while adhering to CDC guidelines to keep our volunteers, adopters, shelter personal and shelter staff safe. Everything from shelter pick ups to adoption had to have new plans and procedures. Because of our amazing volunteers, fosters and donors we have been able to continue saving Danes in need. Banana was a puppy when she came to rescue a few years ago when she had her photo shoot with Margaret Bryant. Banana is now Willow and has grown into a beautiful lady living large with her amazing adopted family. GDRNT is especially grateful for our foster homes because without our qualified foster families we simply could not save so many. If you are a past GDRNT Foster who would like to open your home or if you are curious about fostering please email us at contact@danerescue.net

Not so Holiday Treats for your Pets Pancreas

This time of years full of yummy holiday foods for our families. It is also the time of year veterinary emergency clinic see a huge increase in cases of acute Pancreatitis.

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