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Jim Simpson Has Passed

Jim Simpson Has Passed

Jim with Luke and Leia

Jim with son Patrick and Dane “Ben”[/caption]

We are very sad to announce that a long time friend and foster care home of Great Dane Rescue has passed. Jim Simpson, owner of many rescue Danes and foster care home for our group, has passed on at the age of 58. At the time of his passing, he did not own a Dane, but was still interested in doing foster care right up until his last months. He was a gentle man, who truly loved our breed and felt there was never a Great Dane that he could not work with. In the later years, Jim was confined to a scooter to get around, but still was able to do foster care. He would walk his foster Danes from his motorized chair and never felt he did not have total control of the situation. Even when we would doubt if this was a good idea, Jim made it work! One time he was doing foster care for a very skittish female Dane, and walked her to the store and back (on a very busy street) and we were sure he would either lose her or she would tip him over! But like he said, he could handle it! He was especially good with shy Danes who just needed some time to settle in and trust people again. He was a calm presence and quickly the Danes learned to trust him and open up. I spoke with Jim’s cousin Tara who said this about her cousin: “He was just the kindest person I’ve ever met in my life. He taught me so much. He took care of my Mom when her brother passed away and she was still a little girl and took care of my grandma when she passed away back in 2008”. Our condolences to the whole family.

Jim passed with his family by his side and we mourn his departure from our world. Rest in peace Jim and thank you for all you did for Great Danes and our rescue group.

Goodbye Skinny Clifford

Goodbye Skinny Clifford

Our condolences to Sherri Lane on the loss of her beloved boy “skinny Clifford”. Clifford got his name because of his incredibly long legs and thin frame.
When Sherri first came to see Clifford, she remarked how skinny he was, and he really never bodied up. But she loved him anyway. Sherri always kept in touch with the best photos of her love exploring “the city”.
Here is what she wrote about her special boy:

“SKINNY clifford has passed. Almost one week ago today it was time for my EVERYTHING to move on and be someone else’s EVERYTHING.

Colleen. Thank you so very much for allowing ME to be part of Clifford’s life. He was 10 years old and while he was with me he became a great art critic in the streets is San Francisco. He was a busy boy! He became a great meter reader, a sleep scientist, an explorer, an expert chair Yogi, pet, angel and an OVERALL GOOD BOY.

My heart is broken. We have been with each other 24/7 for years and years. Oh how I loved and will always love him. I miss him more than anyone could ever imagine. RIP Cliff and I will see you on the other side my love.
To get a glimpse into his wonderful life take a look at in IG — imlittleinside.”

Cutest Photos In The World!

Cutest Photos In The World!

Adorable photos of little Giovanni bonding with his protector/best friend “Wednesday”. Gio is being raised to love animals by parents Tony and Stephanie. Good job guys!

Stevie Still Loves Her Dad

Stevie Still Loves Her Dad

Stevie just wishes her Dad Glenn was a bigger guy so she could totally curl up on his lap. Love those grey faces! Thanks to the Cook family for sharing their family photos!

Here is they wrote to us about their Danes: “Stevie is such a lover girl. Our two Danes are just incredible. They absolutely light up our lives. Bodie (their male gorgeous harlequin) is hands down the smartest dog we have ever had. And they both have wonderful, affectionate personalities. Thank you for the gift of Stevie and Bodie.”

Rest In Peace Jordan

Rest In Peace Jordan

The Herring family wrote to let us know they lost their gorgeous big girl Jordan recently. Jordan had come in just after giving birth to twelve puppies, and her owners were moving back to Poland. Merrill and Mary adopted her and gave her a loving home. We offer our sympathy to them for their loss.

Here is what they wrote to us:

“We rescued Elsa (renamed Jordan) in June of 2016, she was our fifth Great Dane rescue and was a sweetheart. She had a great life chasing squirrels on our property, every couch inside and out was hers. We had to put her down do to a large fast growing tumor in her left shoulder, she was almost 8 and we enjoyed every minute with our gentle giant.”

We’re Still In Business!

Just wanted to post this message to let everyone know we are still up and running! It has been very slow these last few months, but we are still looking forward to taking in Danes in need should they arise. We hope you wonderful Great Dane people are well out there and we send our love to you and your beloved Danes!

Magical Birthday Picnic

Magical Birthday Picnic

OK, so this photo has nothing to do with Great Dane Rescue, but I loved it so much I had to share! This is my son’s girlfriend Lisa’s birthday picnic, complete with pony who just happened to walk by with it’s owner. Honestly! (I guess I need better friends….)

Caldera (formerly Rosemary) Update

Caldera (formerly Rosemary) Update

Terri and her husband Tim are long time Rescue Dane foster care people and Dane owners. Their most recent girl from us, Caldera, was diagnosed with some bone issues just after adoption. They did not return her (yay!) but rather worked with us to get her through this! Thank you Terri and Tim! Here is what Terri wrote to us about Caldera:

“It’s been a long time since I have updated you all on Caldera AKA Goober. She is overall doing great!

I am heartbroken to report that we lost our Golden Retriever girl Cedar last November, very suddenly, to hemangiosarcoma. We were devastated… still are. It has been hard on Goober, too, since she loved Cedar and she is such a dog’s dog. Goober has been an incredible blessing to us as we grieve Cedar. I can’t thank you enough for allowing her in our lives. She makes me laugh every day. She loves to squeak her rubber chicken (it is LOUD) and to race circles in the living room or through what’s left of the bushes. She is a total goof who likes to smoosh her nose on everything, earning her other common moniker, Smoosh. She has a lot of “oo” nicknames – Goober, Smooshy, Booger, Goose, Palooka, etc.

She’ll be 2 years old at the end of August. Hard to believe it. She’s already starting to grey a little around the chin and muzzle. She is still nervous, and has actually gotten more fearful since Cedar died, especially the last 4 months of stay-at-home. She garnered a lot of confidence from Cedar, more than we knew. Odd since Cedar was timid. We’re working on Goobs at home, but not able to do any real socialization in these crazy times. She has become sporadically fearful in the house – afraid of the BBQ, mostly when it sizzles, and the bathroom (probably because of bath time, which she loathes), and weirdly the minivan. We have no idea why the van, except maybe for cargo noise. She seems noise sensitive. The good news is she is finally showing some food motivation, so we can bribe her a little and try to make lots of good times on the deck. We also leave cookies for her to take off the edge of the tub, and she’s been responding well to that.

Her bowel issues firmed up after a while. I associate it with her heat – after her heat cycle she seemed to be more interested in eating and her overall health seemed to improve. Since she was spayed not terribly long after, it could be the spay that helped, or both. Whatever it was, she is 98# now and no longer painfully thin. She’s shiny and pretty and very popular when we can take her out, which we did a few times before CA shut down again.

Her bones and joints seem perfectly fine. She will get sore if she overdoes it, and she will overdo it when we take her to church to let her play in the Big Sprinklers. For a dog that hates baths, she LOVES to launch her body into the sprinkler jets, and chew the water, and race huge circles. It’s a total riot. Thank you, thank you for this lovely girl.”

Take care,

Terri, Tim & Goober

1980’s Throwback Photo

1980’s Throwback Photo

Photo taken in Idaho on a dog show circuit circa late ’80s. Luckily all the Danes got along!

Amazing Angie

Another update on a rescued Dane. We love the updates and this video is special! Enjoy!

“This is Marsha Hagler. It’s been a while since I’ve contacted you. You were kind enough to allow me to adopt my amazing Angie on 9-19-2014. I can’t possibly thank you enough, for bringing this amazing dog into my life! In celebration of our upcoming 6th anniversary next month, I thought I would send you an update.

I think I already told you that in January 2015, Angie passed her Canine Good Citizen Test. Well, she has continued to impress everyone she meets with her excellent manners, always being welcomed back to motels, campgrounds and outside cafes.

Angie is wonderful at keeping my property free of squirrels and lizards! She also excels at keeping my mule calm, by leading the way on mountain trails, when I go riding.

I’m sending you a link to a video on Google photos, that shows Angie on a tiny bit of our daily walk/run. It’s just a little over 1.5 minutes; I hope you can watch it. It’s best with the volume up.

Angie runs for the sheer joy of running!”

Forever thankful,

Marsha

PS: I hope this works; I’m not very good with computers!

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0pbmR3u4E7QBGxQyER_mPvq7A#Greenville