benny was a bit of a mess when he came to us. he had a broken toe and he was suffering from severe allergies to cats among other things. he had been attacked by another dog when he was younger that required surgery resulting in some lameness and arthritis later in life. throughout it all, he remained a happy go lucky boy who charmed everyone who met him! his toe was so badly broken that it required amputation. the toe was sent for a biopsy after amputation because it looked suspiciously like cancer. it was starting to look like he would be hard dog to rehome until Norm and Wendy of Edmonton came to the rescue. they drove to calgary to get him, then spent the next few weeks helping him recover from the amputation and waiting for the results of the biopsy. thankfully, the biopsy showed it was not cancerous. a note from his new peeps :
Benny is our spoiled boy. We have found that a chiropractor has made
Stella was the exception to the rule - she came to us both well trained and well socialized. Her owner had a job change and realized that she didn't have the time to spend with Stella and made the painful decision to surrender her. Stella was in foster care for 2 weeks then went to her forever home who already had a 16 mo old Great Dane. Stella and Otis have been getting along wonderfully with no real issues. She has gotten into a bit of trouble, but she is a puppy so her owner was expecting it. She likes to dig holes in the yard and is an excellent toy de-stuffer, which is her favourite past time with Otis. Everyone loves her and her new owner is really happy to have her!
Tyler did not have a great start in life. He came from an infamous backyard breeder in the Calgary area who is far more concerned with her bottom line than she is with the puppies she cranks out at an alarming rate. Health or temperament is also not an issue - so long as she can make a buck, she does not care. If it wasn't for this so called "breeder", we would be out of business as 3 out of every 4 dogs coming into rescue in Alberta can be directly traced back to her.
Tyler was originally surrendered to the Edmonton SPCA. A misguided soul decided to "rescue" him from the SPCA even though they did not have the time, knowledge or resources available to properly care for him. Ultimately - he was surrendered to us. He spent 2 weeks in foster care and has gone to a wonderful home who already had an older Great Dane. They are currently working through some of Tyler's issues and he is thriving in his new home.
Diesel has had a lot of turmoil during his relatively short life. He is only 16 mo old and already has been in 4 different homes. He comes from a backyard breeder in the Lethbridge area who also appears to have very little concern where her dogs end up, and big surprise - can be traced back to the "breeder" that Tyler came from. He just went to his forever family as an only dog and is doing fantastic! He is being a little territorial about his yard, but his new people are working through that with love, attention and consistency.
Charlie is now living in BC and is showing his new owner what it means to be owned by a Great Dane. He has settled in well and is starting to relax now that he realizes he has found his forever home. He has a golden retriever teaching him to play fetch and he is learning to meet other dogs.
Draco came to us due to divorce. His owner could not spend the time with him that he needed because of work and she made the painful decision to surrender him to Rescue. Draco is CKC registered and is truly a "Great" Dane! He is living in BC now with a first time Dane owner who is head over heels in love with him.
Tiffany came to us in rough shape. Her previous owners seemed to think that big dogs should live outside, even though Danes are the biggest couch potato ever. (ever read the comic strip Marmaduke??) She has moved right in with her new owner and is thriving. She goes for walks daily and is working on building up muscle tone and losing some weight. She charms everyone who meets her and is finally getting treated like a member of the family instead of just a possession.
Ares came to us after his owners were in a fatal motorcycle accident. He is living in northern Alberta with his new family who just adore him! He goes everywhere with them and is loving all the attention. he is a wonderful boy who is adjusting nicely to his new home and forever family!
After a bumpy start in rescue, Oslo has gone to his forever family in the Edmonton area. He is part of the family and has another Great Dane to play with.
Tina is by far the worst case of neglect that we have ever seen. She is at least 40 lbs underweight and her nails were so long, she could not walk properly. Throughout all this neglect, she remains a truly Great Dane with a wonderful personality and temperament. After receiving a proper diet while in foster care, she has gained 8 lbs in 3 weeks. She has a long road ahead of her, but her new forever family is committed to helping her achieve a healthy weight and will give her the love and attention she so deserves!
UPDATE : zena, as she is now known, is absolutely thriving. she has gained weight and has gotten over her separation anxiety. she has moved right in and has taught her people Gord and Deb what it means to be owned by a Great Dane!
this was abby's second time through rescue. she was originally adopted out a few years ago then was returned to us after her owners divorced. she is now happily living in an active and busy household and is doing wonderful!
venus had a very hard road to come to us that would not have been possible without the help of many caring people. Venus was living with an elderly man in northern BC who was having some medical issues requiring him to be admitted to the hospital on numerous occasions. venus started off doing quite well, then scared the crap out of everyone when she couldn't walk on morning. after numerous vet visits, specialists, x rays, bloating a couple of times and over all having a lousy time of it, she was finally diagnosed with Lumbosacral Stenosis which was brought under control with pain meds and steriods. it was through a whole network of people that she made it to us - a special thanks to shelley calder who picked her up from her owner and dropped her off with vicky lanyon, who looked after the surrender and fostering her over night, Rick and Madeline who drove to Prince George to pick her up from Vicky's, then drove her the 8 hrs to us, Rena Krusky for making a huge donation to us to help cover her vet bills and Aaron and Chris Huppe for fostering her and dealing with all her medical problems! venus is happily living out her golden years with another Great Dane and is enjoying her role as chief couch potato!