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Clifford – Still Skinny After All These Years! (see the video)

Yes, another skinny Great Dane to post. Sometimes they just don’t bulk up! But he sure looks happy…

Thanks to Sherri Lane for taking such great care of the long legged boy.
cliffordskinny

How Is Lapis (Now Reilly) Doing In Her New Home??

Wendy Hoover and family sent this video in response to our question.
(I guess she is doing OK…)

Musings on Buffy

Musings on Buffy

On April 8, 2017 I drove to the Folsom lake area to a kennel with green pastures and a gravel road lined with lie oaks. I wasn’t sure that the 3 1/2 year old, 81 pound dog I was going to meet was going to be right for me. She looked tough and intimidating in her photos on the Great Dane Rescues’ website. Her profile also described an incident when she had growled at a previous owners 6 year old. She’d been returned to the Rescue for that reason. The kennel was clean and the people friendly. Sunlight dappled the ground. Colleen and Karen answered all of my questions. The dog that I met – Buffy – was 1,000 times more beautiful than her photos, and she had a playful and gentle manner. It was love at first sight. I took her home that afternoon and my life has changed for the better.
I walk her every morning, every evening, and most afternoons. I work full time so a dog walker takes her out twice a week. My local pet store recommended a leash that buckles around my waist for walking her, and for those occasions when Buffy sees a squirrel or other exciting animals. She is a “sight hound” and very strong and quick, and I am a middle-aged woman. I don’t watch tv as often and I’ve already lost 10 pounds from walking her.
Buffy loves to snuggle on the couch. She gets along well with the other members of the household. She doesn’t bark at night and only barks when she meets someone new (dog or human). Buffy and I have explored Joaquin Miller Park and the dog park there. She is gentle with other dogs. But it’s true that Danes can be threatening to smaller dogs. She plays best with dogs of all sizes that are about a year old. I’m still learning how be the best guardian to Buffy that I can be. I’m so glad that I adopted Buffy from Great Dane Rescue.

Thanks to Pierce Macdonald for this very nice narrative on her adoption of Buffy. We are, in return, grateful to Pierce for seeing past an un-photogenic, small dog that had been returned!

Cleo – Still 83 lbs!

Cleo – Still 83 lbs!

Jan Steinberg adopted Cleo from us last year. Cleo was a tiny thing, skinny and small. Jan just sent some new photos and guess what? Cleo is still a tiny thing! Although by our current “small merle female Great Dane” standards, she is huge! (we of course are referring to the mini-Danes Dee and Lapis) Thanks to Jan for looking past the physical and seeing the cute, crazy girl inside.


Rest In Peace Bodhi

Rest In Peace Bodhi

Our sincere condolences to Marilyn Jasper who recently lost her beautiful brindle boy Bodhi.

In 2008 Marilyn had contacted me inquiring about adopting a Dane. She lived locally and was very active in all local animal and conservation issues, so I had met her before. One day I get a call from the Auburn Shelter that they had an approx. 9 month old Dane that needed rescuing. I went to pick him up, and saw such a pretty young brindle male. Driving home I was just hating the idea of having to board him at the kennel, he was such a puppy and very sensitive. Then Marilyn popped into my head. I called information and luckily she was listed. I dialed her number, she answered and I told her of the sweet Dane I had in my car. She said come on by and that day this wonderful puppy became “Bodhi” and lived for nine years with Marilyn in her mountain top retreat. As Marilyn does foster care for puppies of all breeds that come into the local shelter, Bodhi had a constant stream of new puppy friends during his years with Marilyn. He was a great ambassador for our breed, as he was so accepting of other animals. Marilyn loved him and did all she could in his last years to keep him up and walking and comfortable. We thank Marilyn for providing such a warm, loving home for Bodhi.

Grace (with her new brother Max)

Grace (with her new brother Max)

Thanks to Nikkie for adopting Grace and sending these really cute photos of Grace and Max. Here is what Nikkie wrote to us about Grace:

“Grace is quite the character; she has a ton of personality! She has gone from wanting nothing to do with us or Max to needing to constantly be in some sort of physical contact with us. She is a cuddler! Her most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is play chase. She LOVES to run! She likes to be the chasee, not the chaser, so she will instigate Max into chasing her. Grace has also finally learned how to interact with toys and Max. Before, she would steal toys away from him and go play with them by herself but now she will pick up a toy, bring it to him and they will play tug of war. It has been so exciting watching her grow into who she has become. Grace has made leaps and bounds as far as her anxiety, however, at times she does still show some signs of anxiety. I’m not sure if it will ever get completely out of her, however, she is very responsive to direction. So when I see her pacing around, I will simply give her a command and without hesitation she will immediately do whatever I have directed and she will then be fine.”

Thanks to Nikkie for working with Grace to make her the companion she wanted. Sometimes Rescue dogs take some work to settle in and we appreciate the owners who are willing to go the distance.

Resting After Laps

Resting After Laps

Whew! Both Danes are SO TIRED after swimming laps in the pool. Well, there is no proof of that, but Tank assures his owner Jessica that they both expended SO much energy. As tired as they look, we would assume they are telling the truth……or maybe not.

Stella

Stella

More super cute photos of Stella from her owner Paula. Thank you Paula for sharing these!

It Must Be Love! (Emma Grace and Augustus)

It Must Be Love!  (Emma Grace and Augustus)

Emma Grace was adopted from us by Paula, who previously adopted “Kale” from us. You can see Kale’s photos in our Happy Homes section. Kale had some issues, which Paula dealt with like the wonderful Dane owner she is. When Kale passed, Paula came to meet Emma Grace (Emma was her first name then her second home renamed her Grace, so Paula decided to combine the two). Paula fell in love and only hoped her other Dane “Augustus” would love Emma Grace as well. I guess the jury is out on that question…..

Shawnee

Shawnee

(That number is now up to 27! and she still feels absolutely no remorse but is looking forward to seeing what number 28 will look like!)

Thanks to Barbara for another great photo.