Category: “In Memoriam”

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.”

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.”

Ellie Has Passed

Ellie Has Passed

Kathy Paivinen has written to us to let us know her girl Ellie has passed on. Here is what she wrote to us:

“It has been almost 7 years since we adopted our girl, Ellie (aka “Lovey”), from GDRNC. She was three years old at the time. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter girl. She was much loved by everyone, especially her vets and everyone at the animal hospitals that treated her. She did have some health issues over the years, but ultimately it was bone cancer which caused us to euthanize her recently when her pain became an issue. We have made a donation to GDRNC in her name. Thank you for the work you do and making it possible for Ellie to be part of our family.”

Our sincerest condolences to Kathy on the loss of her special girl Ellie. We know Ellie was so lucky to be adopted by Kathy and enjoy the love she gave her.

Rest In Peace Mendi

Rest In Peace Mendi

Our sincere condolences to Joe and Jessica on the loss on Mother’s Day of their beloved 12 year old girl Mendi. Joe and Jessica are long time adopters and gave Mendi, as well as the others that came before, a wonderful home. They adopted Mendi from us as an older puppy and she lived a full, happy life.

Rest In Peace Charlie

Benjamin Krantz wrote to us about the passing of his beloved boy Charlie. Our condolences to Ben and his wife Melissa on their loss. It is so hard to lose a Dane, as we all know. Our thoughts are with the Krantz family. Here is what Benjamin wrote to us about Charlie:

“I rescued Charlie in March 2012, he was 2 and a half years old and looking for a forever home. He was a little timid at first but immediately obsessed with me as I was with him. He helped me find my wife Melissa and Charlie was with us for another 8 and a half more years. He loved the sun, stuffed dinosaurs , eating, and every person he ever met. He lived to a very happy 11 years and passed with his closest friends and family in the room. We will miss you every day big guy.”

Stella Joins Her Daughter Lucy in Heaven

Stella Joins Her Daughter Lucy in Heaven

Paula Ashcroft let us know her fawn girl Stella passed recently. Stella is the mother to Lucy who also passed recently and is posted on our site. We are happy to know Mother and Daughter and reunited again. Our condolences to Paula. Here is what she wrote to us: “With a heavy heart we said goodbye to our lovely loyal 10+ year old Great Dane Stella. We rescued her 8 years ago from GDRNC. She was in a terrible abusive puppy mill, emaciated and pregnant with five puppies. Stella definitely got her groove back. Safe travels over the rainbow bridge. RIP sweet girl.”

Lucy Has Passed

Lucy Has Passed

Lucy’s owner, Elaina Hernandez, sadly let us know her long legged sweet girl has passed. We thank Elaina for being a wonderful mother to Lucy and for all she has done for Rescue. Here is what Elaina wrote:

“Heya! Well, our nervous Lucy LooHoo crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday about 3pmish.Back in October she bloated with torsion had surgery and didnt have to have any  intestines or stomach removed she was just drained washed and flipped back into regular position and my vet tached her stomach since she wasnt tacked with her spay. But yesterday she became ill again and bloated again =/The hard descion had to be made and we SAID OUR GOODBYES and our vet sent her over the rainbow Bridge with myself and my spouse Drew Lucy’s Boo, and our Mama Wolf, our trainer and doggy daycare owner whom I had had the pleasure to be a Client and fam-damily member for the past 20 years by her side! Lucy’s favorite peopleThis past week was my bday and we took her and her Pomsky brother to yosemite and stayed in a cabin for a few nights, monday night she ran the the Fungility course at our class.  And she did her favorite thing the tunnel like 6 times! She went out with bang!!!She made it 8, my sweet special girl who’s mom was abandoned in that barn! Colleen  thank u so much for giving me the lifetime opportunity of being Lucy’s FUREVER home since she was about 14 weeks old.She will be SO missed BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.  That girl TAUGHT ME SO MUCH, that I’m a better dog mom now because of our lessons together! Just wanted to update u since we hadn’t emailed in awhile.When I ready, I will for sure contact u for another Sweet girl  needing a furever homeGreat Danes rule!”

Goodbye to Dori

Goodbye to Dori

We just got this sad note from Maureen and Gary that their beloved Dori passed away. Our deepest sympathies to Maureen and Gary on their loss. Dori was the third Dane adopted from us. All three had issues, but Maureen and Gary worked through/accepted them and the Danes lived a happy life filled with love.

Here is what Maureen wrote: “Just reaching out to you to let you know we lost Dori.  It was actually a weeks back but I’ve had a hard time talking about her until recently.  We noticed she wasn’t as playful then a couple of days later she seemed to be breathing harder after our walk.  So I took her in to the vet who sent me up to the Veterinary Specialty Clinic in Central Point, OR which he said was on par with UC Davis.  Three hours later I was bringing her body back to bury.  I know I was in disbelief.  The vet said she had a growth around her heart (which she thought was most likely cancerous) that had burst.  They drained 3 liters of blood from her lungs but couldn’t save her.
She was such a sweet, beautiful girl.  For weeks every time I went out the front I expected to see her coming around the side of the house to go for our walk.  We buried her out in the upper pasture where she loved to run so every time I walk the loop I talk to her.  I still miss her.  I’m glad we had her with us for the time we did but it was much too short.
So sorry to send sad news. ”
Maureen

Eulogy For Cochise

Eulogy For Cochise

Our condolences to Barbara and Scott on the loss of their ten year old boy Cochise. We will miss all the cute photos Barbara always sent in of Shawnee and Cochise. Here is what Barbara wrote:

Today was the saddest day Our old man drifted away On a soft cloud bristling with treats With his legs still swift Where his tail still beats To the rhythm of his humor And the food schedule
He left too soon We howl at the moon