News and Stories from GDRNT

Do You See What I See?

Taken from a distance because if they see me they come running... I mean that is what puppies do right? They see people and come running for loving, treats and just because ... puppies. They look pretty cute huh? Sunning themselves, rolling in the grass, wrestling and napping. Just being happy silly puppies. I mean what else is in these pictures?

Training for Disasters... Is Your Pet Ready to Weather the storm?

While the main stream media is fixated on politics the devastation of Hurricane Matthew remains. The amount of suffering, fear and fight for daily survival is ongoing and will take months if not years to reverse. Our hearts and prayers are with those displaced and those asked to deploy and respond to help all souls. From Texas we have numerous Emergency Responders putting their lives on hold, risking their safety for other humans and animals.

Authorities learned from previous big storms .. people want to evacuate with their pets and as a result many shelters have been set up to accommodate families with pets so .many families evacuated with their furkids.

But is your pet ready? Have you trained your pet in a way that will help minimize their stress .. and yours.. in the event of an evacuation? Basic obedience is important for a good family furkid but there are some things you can train for .. just in case... I mean you practice fire drills with your children, why not practice with your pets.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a SUPERStar Foster Family?

Do you have what it takes?
Most of you know this but... it is necessary to repeat..

GDRNT is an all volunteer group. We do not have a shelter .. All of our dogs are placed in screened, qualified foster homes. You have seen this.. from us and other quality rescue groups... So what the heck does that mean?

Sloppy Puppy Kisses Thank Yous

Wow You Guys are ROCK STARS Together we raised over 9,102. There are no words to express how grateful we are to everyone who donated and even shared and got our word out. We are one of the smallest groups who participate in NTGiving Day and I worried that we wouldn't get noticed with so many other awesome groups..

So everyone do a happy puppy dance and give your selves a high five. Thank you tons

Today is the Day. NTXGiving Day OnLINE Fundraiser

Thursday, Sept 22nd from 6am to midnight. #NTXGivingDay is your chance to have your donation do more as every donation of 25 or more is eligible for a percentage of matching funds. This is a huge fundraiser for us and helps us pay for veterinary expenses for our danes... Remember we are all volunteer and all privately funded.... Without your financial support we can no exist.

Why I Donate

My Dane turns 4 today! While that may not seem like a big deal on the surface, it is a big deal when you know that she never would have made it past six months without GDRNT. Every birthday, I get her a special treat, make her wear a silly party hat, and take cute photos to celebrate another year. I do these things to commemorate the hard work and partnership of GDRNT and the shelter that placed her in their care. Plus, she loves the treats and attention!

Happy Birthday Daphne!
Daphne on Her Way to GDRNT

PUPPIES.. Now That I Have Your Attention

So I had a lofty goal of doing a great slide show, video to promote GDRNT for #NTXGivingDay. I mean I have skinny, mangy cute puppies... What better way to tug at the financial heartstrings? I mean what could go wrong ..... #HotMessPrincesses

Thursday, Sept 22nd from 6am to midnight. #NTXGivingDay is your chance to have your donation do more as every donation of 25 or more is eligable for a percentage of matching funds. This is a huge fundraiser for us and helps us pay for veterinary expensies for our danes... Remember we are all vounteer and all privately funded.... Without your financial support.

Click here for a direct link to GDRNT for #NTXGivingDay.

When Rescue is Hard... When Hard Decisions are the Right Decisions

LOOK, just LOOK at these sweet faces. Do you see the love? The smile on their face?

For probably the first time in their lives each of these GDRNT sweet foster pups finally knew what it meant to have a full bowl, a soft bed, kind hands and a loving home. Each came to us from a shelter who knew we could do more for these pups than they could... knew we were their best shot. Like all our foster dogs they received exemplary veterinary care, necessary medication/procedures, quality nutrition, and benefits of a loving foster home. They discovered the wonders of air conditioning, cool evening strolls, full bellies, ear scratches, tummy rubs, kissy voices and peaceful slumber.

They came to us with the burden of a life of cruelty, neglect and hard living. In foster care they found love....

But it wasn't enough. It just flipping wasn't enough. While we could restore their spirit, we could not restore their health.

Over the last several months Rain, Harvey and Lulu came to us heavy with the burden of their painful past, and in spite of our best efforts the hard decision, the right decision, was made by our board, for Rain, Harvey and Lulu to be released from their suffering and allow them to cross the rainbow bridge.

These are not decisions our board takes lightly. We consult with our amazing veterinary team, take input from our foster family and ultimately make the best decision for a dog who has lost their quality of life, with no chance of making them well... no matter how much we want too. This is when rescue is hard... when hard decisions are the right decisions and that decision falls to us.

Each one of these takes a piece of my soul....

Why do I tell you this now?
I have always wanted this page to be positive to focus on all the good in rescue, to try to educate people about our group and dane ownership. GDRNT is an all volunteer, foster home based rescue. Since 2001 we have worked with area shelters to pull those who need us most. Not the ones with the most pledges/donations, with the saddest family FB story, found by well intended or that can be "adopted fast"... while I do not fault those groups who do. Our focus is those danes in area shelters most at risk of not making it out, for whatever reasons. We only commit to a dog knowing we have the foster space and funding in place to help.

Right now we have 8 danes in foster care waiting medical clearance for adoptions. Some of these sweet faces are undergoing heartworm treatment, extensive wound care, or multiple surgeries prior to heartwrorm treatment....

We do great things and I want that to be the focus.

Soooo why do I tell you this now?
Average it out and GDRNT will spend 750 on each dog that comes to our program. Our fixed adoption fee for adult dogs is 235, 150 for seniors.... so the problem is obvious....

On Thursday, September 22nd,from 6am to midnight Great Dane Rescue of North Texas Inc, will be participating in North Texas Giving Day

This one day online fundraiser provides a percentage of matching funds for every 25 or greater donation made via their website. Making your donation go FURther.

You do not need to be in North Texas to donate..just have an internet connection and giving heart... the Heart of a Dane.


But What about My Dog?; Caring for Your Pets When You Can't

We see it too often.
Have you thought about it? What arrangements have you made for your pets should you out live them? What if you are incapacitated indefinitely? Where will they go? Who will care for them?

Yes, Your Pet Does Need Year Round Heartworm Prevention

We have pulled 8 dogs in 8 days, 7 are Heartworm postitive, 5 of those have multiple issues on top of the heartworms..... but what is hard to understand is that heartworms are largely preventable. Monthly prevention, acquired from your veterinarian, can be very effective in protecting your pet. Especially in comparison to the treatment once they are positive. Please check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is covered.


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