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Mr. Sampson and LuLu

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Happy Birthday Michael

Happy Birthday Michael

June 18, 2019

Michael was surrendered at seven months old because three goats were killed. We brought him to Reno to determine if he had high prey drive or was simply a big puppy unsupervised around livestock. Within days it was clear that Michael was a sweet, shy, 115 pound puppy that didn’t know his own strength when he played. Due to his temperament, I decided to keep him and train him to be my partner and a big brother to all the foster Danes that would be coming in.
Fast forward to the present. Michael is celebrating his fourth birthday. Yes, he does look older but being a big brother to Danes coming and going is hard work. He has accepted 17 Danes into his home. Some were easy breezie, some not so much, but he was patient with them all. He helped them in ways I couldn’t, just by being a good dog. Right now we have Daisy & he has done wonders with her.

Michael, I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday. I’m so proud of you and love you very much. 

Maggie Doesn’t Have Cancer!

Maggie Doesn’t Have Cancer!

June 11, 2019

Yay! I know this seems like an odd post, but I received a text from Maggie’s sainted owner, Julie Meyer, who said they were waiting on biopsy results from some large lumps/sores on the inside and outside of Maggie’s jaw. Maggie suffers from Canine Leproid Granuloma syndrome which just won’t permanently go away! Julie has Maggie on “cytopoint” injections to help with her allergies, but Maggie still has outbreaks of the CLG which cause very ugly lesions to grow on her face. Well, Julie just let me know that the biopsy came back “NO CANCER”, but rather a hypersensitivity allergic reaction in her lymphatic system. We celebrate this good news because Maggie is probably the best dog in the whole wide world. She has the best temperament I’ve seen and is so loving. She came into Rescue a mess, we thought we cleared her up (many vet visits, amputating her ear and part of her tail, months of different antibiotics, etc.) only to find out after Julie adopted her that the CLG was still hanging on. Julie has been dealing with this for years and just loving her Dane and not blaming us!(although we feel VERY guilty). So today is a day to celebrate a wonderful Dane and her wonderful owner and wish them many years together. Thank you Julie!

Maggie and her latest CLG bump on her lip and the photo below is a recent swelling of the right side of her face. The fun never stops!

Bodie’s Story

Bodie’s Story

June 2, 2019

Bodie’s owners, Gayle and Glen, wrote the narrative below to hopefully help other Dane owners who in the future go through a similar experience. We thank them for sticking it out and doing what needed to be done to keep Bodie with them in their home.

“Perhaps this story might help others.  Our Bodie Boy has been a wonderful, loving Dane, who we adopted from GDRNC a year and a half ago, at one year of age.  He loves playing with our grandchildren and is a master cuddler with anyone who will let him in their laps.  But, with time, he had become overly protective… mostly with UPS vans.  He thought he was doing his job.  Then, one day, he actually bit a driver.  This was unacceptable. We could not imagine having a dog that bites.  But, we also could not imagine having Bodie taken from our family.  We took action right away. We hired a dog trainer, one who came highly recommended. Bodie learned quickly.  As a result, he has been transformed.  It is remarkable.  He is also a happier boy. Our trainer told us that it is stressful (and not healthy) for Bodie when he gets worked up in this protective mode. We will continue to work with Bodie to reinforce what we have learned with his training, to ensure he will never slip back. We now have the gift of this well mannered, remarkable Dane, who now also walks beautifully on a leash.  We get to continue to experience the joy of this loving, fun, and very entertaining boy, for years to come. The bonus… our laps are never empty with our two lap dog Danes, Bodie and Stevie.  It gets no better. 
Training and effort sure paid off for Bodie, and definitely for us.”

  • Stevie and Bodie



June 1, 2019

Another great photo of Stevie cuddling to her owner’s grandson. This was a Dane whom we knew nothing about when she came into rescue. So glad she ended up being a loving girl. Thanks to Gayle and Glen for sending us these photos routinely.

Harley (formerly Julia)

Harley (formerly Julia)

May 28, 2019

Wonderful photo of Harley in her 15 acres of heaven! Thanks to her new owner, Toni, for adopting this very sweet fawn girl. Everyone who met Harley loved her.

Lucy Has A New Home!

Lucy Has A New Home!

April 30, 2019

Long time rescue Dane adopters and friends of Rescue, Eric and Lori Lynne, picked up Lucy for us and agreed to do foster care for two weeks. Well, as it turns out, the cute puppy (Lucy) they picked up made herself right at home and now has found her permanent home with Eric and Lori Lynne. She joins big sister and constant companion, rescue girl Lily, as well as senior boy Jackson, who rules the pack. Lucy is working on not peeing in the house, and Lori Lynne says she has much experience with un-housebroken Great Danes! (sorry, Lori Lynne)

Mindy At Ten

Mindy At Ten

April 29, 2019

Joe and Jessica Thomas sent us these wonderful photos of their girl Mindy. Joe and Jessica adopted Mindy as a young puppy and now she is ten years old! The Thomas’s are long time rescue Dane owners. We hope Mindy has many more years with her family.

Percy gets a ride –and a family !

Percy gets a ride –and a family !

April 19, 2019

A woman reached out to us late March to surrender a Dane she only had four months. Unfortunately her male boxer was not thrilled about another male in the house and the fights began. She assured us that it wasn’t Percy’s fault but she didn’t want one of them seriously hurt. With her location and work schedule it was difficult coordinating a time to bring him to the rescue. When she finally was able to come, the kennel in the Sacramento area couldn’t take him. Lucky for all, a family on our list volunteered to transport him to Reno. Once they arrived, I received a call that they wanted to adopt Percy. He met the whole family and everyone approved. Percy found his forever home. Everything happens for a reason.

Percy makes friends a family on his ride to rescue !
Stevie and Bodie

Stevie and Bodie

April 15, 2019

Stevie just celebrated her second anniversary of her adoption by Gayle and Glen Cook. Here is what Gayle wrote:

“Today (April 10th) is the second anniversary of our adoption of Stevie. She has become an angel of a girl. She is incredibly loving and sweet. We absolutely adore our girl. We thank our lucky stars that you gave her to us.”

We so appreciate the Cooks adopting Stevie, who was not in such great shape when she came into our organization.

Second photo is of Bodie, Stevie and the Cook’s grandson, Larsen, and his Rhodesian Ridgeback enjoying some couch time. The Ridgeback and four grandchildren were visiting for a week so there was a full house!

Benjamin Button Blue

Benjamin Button Blue

April 15, 2019

Here is the narrative Kathy Moraes, loving Mom to BBB, wrote to us:

April 2008
I looked on GDRNC page  & adopted Sascha in April 2008 as you know., she passed on in January of 2018 at the age of 12 shared near 10 yrs … we grew as one together .. giving her life before she found us she was a strong dominating no just energy abound that needed outlet and substance over what Sasha endured her  broken life & heart you could see this as clear as day but this heart was willing to be mended with steadfast dedication on both parts we carried her through this tough time and stood together side by side … my Lady Dane Sasha… 

4 months had passed since Sashas departure to Heaven  …

Its April 2018 …I visited GDRNC one morning 

After upon waking my husband mentioned to me are you going to look at the Great Dane page today & I replied sure at the time except this morning the night before I menyioned its funny you mentioned this today as I had a very peculiar dream 
he replied what was your dream

I replied they were with  Great Danes and this was all sky blue with great danes on the other side on a grassy Shore white clouds about Km standing on a big white fluffy one not falling through 
On the other side Danes calling out to me barkkng gently not excitedly and hrre I am knowing I’m one that does not know how to swim in my dreams Im realizing this

my heart I remembered in my dream I had to get across this vast opening of blue as the many Danes  were calling out to me I felt as though they needed me now and I needed to find a way and so I looked down and there in my hand and I see tiny formed  rain clouds in my hand  I felt I needed to throw these rain clouds across the this vast blue sky 

Suddenly they began making water raing profusely filling the sky you could hear thunder cracking loud the Danes weren’t afraid or excited they were romping and playing near a large car or SUV … I found this well a little weird but left it at that

so now Im making rain enough to fill the open blue sky and soon making this  open blue sky an  ast deep crystal clear sparkling ocean 

now a way to get across to the Danes on the other side of the shore so in a moment without thinking I jump into the water knowing that I could fall through down to the Earth I could see earth below this somehow did not matter to me I remember my faith was solidified that I would not fall through so I kept swimming across this clear open Blue Ocean Sky …
And I get to the other side where they greet me happily on the shore they all greet me with kisses and affection there’s much more to the dream but I thought that I would share this with you I have not shared this with anybody else except for Joseph so if you please not share this online
The blue in the dream was a sign from God or maybe even Sasha … as the Great Danes on the other side of that shore were Harlequin and 3 black young natural Danes  like Sasha …

My husband leaves for work I go online I go to the page

there he was …

The Moment I Saw Sebastian’s picture I read his story and felt the same  in my heart as when I saw Sascha … I cried wept and said to his picture on the screen as though he were right in front of me … 

Im taking you home 
I said the same thing to Sascha when I saw her on the page April of 2008

meant to be a moment fate …

As sure as you know the sun shines … I knew in my heart I was going to take Benjamin home …

I called you and arranged for a time and the rest well he’s laying right here beside me he follows me to bed every night and is there when I wake up in the morning

We brought Benjamin home April 11th 2018 and I remember you regarding how big he was standing next to me …
Here I am & remember thinking as I said to you Colleen I do not see his size… I see his heart and whats inside … .

he shares our heart as one as much as any family member a reflection of our love …
I often say this to Joseph you can never love too much

Benjamin his personality has opened up and shines brighter than the sun he flourishesenjoys life fun squeak toys his bee bear car rides belly rubs his even with Pops and sharing a pillow with Ma …

Spring has returned and so  we will all return Outdoors 

You more than anyone I thank for the precious gifts  & contributions you give to the Community Life Humanity Family 

…Great Danes … I look at you and I see an angel and Betty Thomas God Rest her soul in Heaven guiding Great Danes the people 
what GDRNC all of you contribute & bring to families the community what all have you returned and give … 

I thank you  from the bottom of my heart …  

GDRNC you give Danes a voice  their place in the world … where others have either given up on them or their familys illness or loss has contributed to their current situation…

in the 26 years since we first joined life with great danes 
All my life with dogs has many ages from newborn to Seniors some ok others with autoimmune conditions or terminal illness all shapes ages sizes & colors tempermants from quiet to down right couldn’t find their place in the world mixed breeds … Cocker Spaniels  Labs Dobermans Chihuahuas tiny Poodles n ShitzusSome found some came from puppy Farms  some inherited all family
Loving and learning from them and for them  …

Love the Furparents Joseph & Kathy Moraes
Mr Benjamin Button Bleu