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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

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

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.

Thankful for Our Veterans Service in and out of Uniform

IN 2017 I was honored to nominate and attend the medal ceremony for one of our long standing supporters, foster, adopter and volunteer, Lt Commander Mike Digman (now retired). The military has the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and we are honored to have three volunteers within our organization who have earned this medal. This Veterans Day we are so appreciative of of all our military and the service in and out of the uniform. Our world is a better place because of their dedication to service.

Since 2001, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas has been 100 per cent operated by dedicated volunteers, private donations and generous supporters. Without their dedication we simply could not exist and make such a positive impact. It is no surprise that some of those same people serve all of us with their service to our military. In our midst we have active, inactive and retired military who demonstrate their dedication to serve.

The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal recognizes those members of the military (active duty, reserve and national guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces. Recently I was honored to put forward a volunteer’s service and attend the Ceremony awarding this medal to Lieutenant Commander Michael Digman at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

In Honor of All Veterans

GDRNT is blessed to have more than a few veterans as volunteers, fosters, supporters and adopters. Today we would like to take time to say Thank You for your service to our Country. And because this never gets old:)

24 Hour Pet Poison Control

If you are on social media you likely saw the picture of the violently vomiting boxer in the animal clinic.... if you didn't I will spare you. This poor pup was brought to the clinic after ingesting something is should not have.... so the clinic needed to induce vomiting to save the dog. Let just say it isn't pretty .....


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Rising Above Great Dane Funding

Our previous adopters are eligible to apply for financial support if their Great Dane needs vet care that cannot be afforded due to economic hardship and extenuating circumstances; even if the adopters are outside of Rising Above’s coverage area.Rising Above Great Dane Funding | Facebook