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Tank Ready for Santa

Thanks to Jessica Robnett for sending this photo of her boy Tank.  Besides the red bow, he borrowed Jess’s red lipstick and lined his lips to make himself even MORE attractive to Santa!   He went the extra mile to impress.

Athena Update

Athena Update

Thanks to Annie for sending us this update on her girl Athena and the cute photos.  Here is what Annie wrote:

“I am attaching two pictures of Athena enjoying the Christmas decorations. She has adjusted so well to our house and now knows it is her house too! She is so smart and funny and surprises us with something silly everyday. We could not ask for a better dog. She is also doing very well with our niece and nephew, who are 3 and are always so excited to see her. She is a happy, healthy, and confident companion.

She has taken up a habit of barking at new people, but seems to adjust relatively quickly once she is used to new people in her space. We are trying to help her with this. She goes to daycare during the week and we get reports that she is a joy to have and gets along with all the dogs. We are so happy and she continues to be more than we could have hoped for. Everyone in our family absolutely loves her. We wish you all a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!!”

Annie and Jesse

Emerson and his new friend ZuZu

Emerson and his new friend ZuZu

Looking for Christmas Photos!

If you have adopted from us and have a cute Christmas photo of your Dane please send it in and we will post it on our website.

Also check our website for some sweet Christmas photos from past years.

Greta (formerly Carly) Update Photos

Greta (formerly Carly) Update Photos

Thanks to Katie and Mike for sending these great photos of their rescue girl Greta and her new brother Gus.

We are so happy to see Greta looking so healthy!

Mr. Sampson Gets A Bath

Our own Doug and Peggy Peterson sent this video of their 10 1/2 year old Dane boy Sampson getting a bath. As Mr. Sampson has great difficulty walking or even standing these days, they came up with this idea on how Sampson could be bathed. Worth a watch!

Paradise Survivors

Paradise Survivors

Cheryl, who lived in Paradise, recently had adopted a Great Dane from us named Sage. Karen Martin contacted Cheryl when she heard about the tragedy in Paradise, to find out that Cheryl had lost her home to the fire and was staying with friends.

Cheryl, ever the resilient teacher, sent us this note and wonderful photos of Sage with her new friends in their temporary housing.

Here is what Cheryl wrote:

“Thank you both for offering to take Sage if I needed it. It’s great to know I have that option, but I think it will be easier on the dogs if we can stay together (as long as it is in a reasonable setting).

I found out today that I still have a job. Now I just have to deal with FEMA and the insurance company and find long-term housing. Meanwhile we are staying with a very dog-friendly family, and both my dogs are adjusting remarkably well. In fact the family likes my dogs so much they are now considering getting a great dane of their own.

Sage has been amazing–not at all as skittish as the dog I was expecting. She has also gained some weight and is eating well. I’ve attached a few pics so you can see for yourselves. The first is Sage and Rowdy with their new friend Trooper after a long day of playing. The second is Sage with her new friend Juliet.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. The whole community here has pulled together in amazing ways, but we have a long way to go.”

Our thoughts are definitely with Cheryl and her Dane children during this really tough time. We can only imagine what she is going through.

Luke Has Passed

Luke Has Passed

Our sincere condolences to Jim Simpson on the loss of his special boy Luke. You may remember we recently asked for help in finding a wheelchair for Luke. One of our members stepped up and brought him a wheelchair she used for her own Dane who had passed. Unfortunately, Luke just was not strong enough to keep going. Jim contacted us to let us know he had let Luke go.

Here is what Jim wrote to us:

“Luke’s pretend birthday was 02/14/2010 (Leya’s was 04/01/2010). He was such a love and I just feel empty without all of my babies. Luke passed very gently in my arms, very much ready and very much at peace.

He never once did a single thing wrong in his life time. No chewing shoes, no accidents, never once did he ever not do what I asked of him. Although it took a few years, he did recover from the abuse at the Mill. Although, I’m pretty sure that Leya bossed him out of that one.

Words will never describe how grateful I am to Lori Lynne for coming to our rescue. I am forever grateful to both of you.

I’ve attached a photo of Ben (my first rescue) as well as a photo of Luke and Leya in their favorite “Yin and Yang” position. And even though my girl bossed him around so much, they absolutely loved each other. Thank you for trusting me to adopt all three of my babies. I will never forget the experience of being guardian to each one of them.”

These three Danes were very lucky to have lived with Jim. A better Dad is not out there!

Please keep Jim in your thoughts during this difficult time.


(Luke and Leya)


Foster Care Needed – Private

Lola is a tgree year old Great Dane/Staffordshire terrier mix. Spayed, current on vaccinations and housebroken. Her owner has lost her job and her home and is currently living with relatives who do not want a big dog in their home, so she is desperate to find a temporary foster home for Lola.
She is skittish at first meeting new people, men especially or people with hats or sunglasses, but warms up once she gets comfortable. Slow intro to new people is a must. She wants to be an only child as she is not comfortable with new dogs. She currently lives with two other dogs but she has known them her whole life so all is good. So Lola would need a foster home with no other pets. She is very sweet with her people but as we said previously, would take some time to get comfortable with a new family.

If interested in finding out more about Lola or meeting her please contact her owner Carly at (909) 496-9641.

What A WONDERFUL Dane Community We Have!!

Thank you to all the special Dane people who responded to our post about a wonderful man who needed a wheelchair for his elderly Great Dane.

Our own Lori Lynne Todd stepped up and delivered the wheelchair she and Eric used for their beloved Priscilla prior to her passing. Lori Lynne called and said she would deliver the chair the next day and we put her in touch with Jim who was so happy and grateful.

Please keep Jim and Luke in your thoughts during this time. I can’t imagine living alone while undergoing hospice care with an elderly Great Dane. But Jim is committed to keeping his most loved boy Luke with him as long as he can.