Great Danes we've fostered in the past...

 

We began fostering for the Great Dane Adoption Society (GDAS) in October 2004 with the overnight stay of Baxter - see the previous page "Danes and Us".

I had always intended to foster for between 10 and 15 years before having a dog of our own again and then gradually withdrawing from fostering activities. Although I desperately wanted to continue having dogs, taking on administrative responsibilities within the organisation in 2012 meant I was unexpectedly no longer able to. Although we've had an occasional overnight guest since, our last "proper" GDAS foster dog, Samson, went off to his new home in early October 2012.

Many people have asked why I enjoyed fostering and wasn't it difficult when the time came for a foster to go off to their new home. For me, fostering was a way of helping as many dogs as I was able to when they needed it most. And yes, it was sometimes very difficult waving goodbye but there was always the knowledge that "our" dog was off to a good new life in a home carefully chosen for them. There was also the anticipation and excitement of meeting our next guest in the following week or two!! Fostering really has been a wonderful experience and one I'll miss greatly. Just make sure you've dogs of your own for canine companionship if, for whatever reason, fostering suddenly ceases....

 

Just some of the dogs we've fostered between 2004 and 2012 are featured here. Scroll down to see the oldest ones....

 

The last Dane we fostered for the Great Dane Adoption Society...

 

Due to his owners illness and their inability to care for him any longer, S came to us for fostering on 14 September 2012. A lovely looking well-behaved dog, it didn't take long to find him a new home. He went there on 7 October 2012, settled in very quickly and is adored by his new owner.

 

Samson

 

Daisy Dane

A seven year old Fawn bitch, D came to the Great Dane Adoption Society for rehoming after a breakdown in the owner's relationship meant she could no longer be cared for by them.

We began fostering her on 18 May 2012 and she turned out to be an absolutely wonderful dog. She is very well-behaved around the house, exceptionally good natured and just loves loads of attention from people of all ages and is particularly gentle with children.

Daisy behaved impeccably outdoors too. She walks perfectly on the lead, preferring to be slightly behind rather than in front of you. Off-lead she tends not to stray too far away and generally returns when called, although it sometimes takes just a little longer if she's found a particularly interesting place to sniff...!

Daisy went off on Sunday, 22 July 2012 to an exciting new life with a lovely family in Yorkshire.

Princess was saved from death by the Great Dane Adoption Society as she was going to be killed by her breeder because of a deformed foot and came to us on 5 November 2011.

Princess certainly doesn't allow a slightly deformed foot to interfere with her playtime, neither does it prevent her running enthusiastically around the garden. She's happy to go on fairly long walks by Bulldog standards (as opposed to Great Dane standards..!) Happy to meet strangers both human and canine, all are treated to a very friendly and enthusiastic greeting.

At just over a year old, Princess is still a young Bulldog with a lot to learn. She needs a knowledgeable family, ideally with another dog or dogs, who will give her the time and attention she needs. They will be rewarded with a companion who is keen to spend time playing and having fun, but who will be equally happy for some time stetching out alongside you on the sofa!

Fortunately Joy at the GDAS found such a family and on 29 January 2012, Princess left us to live in Devon with a wonderful couple, their young son and Basset Hound.

 

Princess

 

Buddy

B, aged 7 years, came to the GDAS in early 2011 and in need of a new home.

He was one of our shorter fosters, coming to to us on 2 September 2011 and going to his new home with a lovely couple on the East Coast of England exactly a month later on 2 October 2011

 

A is a French Great Dane who came with her owners to live in England some years ago. Unfortunately, early in 2011 they found themselves unable to keep her any longer and asked the Great Dane Adoption Society to find her a new and permanent home.

Avane came to us for fostering on 13 May 2011 and went off to her new home on 14 August 2011.

Although it's not polite to talk about a lady's weight, it's fair to say Avane was a bit on the, ahem, "well-built" side....! Unfortunately we didn't manage to slim her down much while she was with us. I swear that dog could gain weight just by breathing fresh air!!

Avane

George and Edgar

George (fawn) pictured with his brother Edgar. You can see just how extremely nervous poor George is in comparison to his brother...

George was one of four brothers who all lived together on a farm in the Northwest of England. Sadly they were "orphaned" when their owner died. Thankfully, family members contacted the Great Dane Adoption Society who of course agreed to help by finding good, permanent homes for what turned out to be four wonderful dogs. All four were transported to the GDAS sanctuary where assessments showed that poor George was very fearful of almost everything and extremely stressed in a kennel environment.

So on 22 December 2010, Boy George (you have to be a certain age to appreciate that name!) came to us for fostering. Although he always had the company of another, female, dog while he was with us, he really did find it difficult adjusting. Finally though, a wonderful home came along for him and on 17 April 2011, we saw him go off to his new life with a lovely couple and their pair of Leonbergers.

The even better news is that thanks to their hard work, and possibly the fact that he was once again part of a pack of big dogs, George soon got over the worst of his fear and anxiety and his true wonderfully friendly personality has shown through. George - and his brothers too - are Danes that I will always remember.

B was about five and a half years old when he came to us for fostering in August 2010

He had been a much loved family pet, but unfortunately illness and a change in family circumstances meant his disabled owner was finding it nearly impossible to provide the high level of care for him that she had always done.

So reluctantly but bravely she took the decision to ask for the Great Dane Adoption Society's help in finding a first class home for Blade.

So after a stay of 3 months with us, he went off to a wonderful new home on 6 November 2010. Good luck Blade!!

 

 

Blade

Scooby

Scooby D was a four year old Fawn male. He'd lived with his original owners since they got him as a 12 week old pup.

He lived perfectly happily with his owners and their three children and happily accepted regular visits from a relative's little terrier.

Unfortunately the family experienced some considerable difficulties and it became necessary for them to part with Scooby. Caring for his as much as they did, they gifted him to the Great Dane Adoption Society knowing that he would be well looked after and a superb permanent home found for him.

After coming to us on 15 April 2010, Scooby went to his permanent home on 26 June 2010. He's now with a wonderful family who are well known and long time supporters of the GDAS.

 

A 10 year old male Blue Merle, W came into the care of the Great Dane Adoption Society when his owners split up and he was no longer wanted by them. When he arrived at the Sanctuary, he had a number of sores on his back which had obviously been ignored in the past. Having had veterinary attention, his wounds soon healed.. Of course he also had his vaccinations and was wormed too. He came to us on 15 May 2009 and we've found he is a very well-behaved, active dog who certainly doesn't act his age! He loves playing "fetch" and runs at quite a speed down the garden chasing a ball . He'll bring it back and drop it nicely into your hand. Thankfully, Joyce, a wonderful Dane-lover who likes the older, more mature dog, spotted Wallace and wanted to know more.... He is now living very happily with her & her bitch, Maggie. Wallace went to his new home on 4 October 2009.

Wallace

Diesel

No, this photo isn't posed, honestly!! They lay like this quite often.

 

D the Great Dane and N the Basset Hound needed help when their owners found themselves having their home repossessed. The family were placed in temporary accommodation but weren't allowed to have their pets with them. They tried to find an organisation that would find a home for both dogs as they are inseperable, Neville having lived with Diesel since he was a small puppy. The Great Dane Adoption Society agreed to find them a home where they could stay together. Unfortunately Diesel Dane suffered gastric torsion shortly after he came into the sanctuary and it's only thanks to Joy's eagle eye and her prompt action getting him to the vet for emergency surgery that he survived. They came to us for fostering shortly afterward, at the end of March 2009. As you can see, they really are inseperable. Fortunately a lovely young couple who have, between them, experience of both Basset Hounds and also large breeds saw them on the GDAS website and asked if they could adopt the pair. Diesel and Neville went to their new home, together, on 3 May 2009.

Unfortunately, Diesel & Neville's new owners emigrated some six months or so later. As required by the terms of the Adoption Agreement, they informed the Great Dane Adoption Society of this and asked that the dogs be rehomed again. Whilst another new home was found for this fantastic pair, they came to stay with us once again. We got them back on 19 November 2009 and they went off to what will hopefully this time be their permanent home on 3 April 2010.

 

B came to us in the middle of February, 2009. His owner's circumstances had changed and although one of them already worked full time - and very long hours - both would now be in full-time work. As a result, Blue would be left alone for long periods which they felt was unfair on him and so they asked the GDAS to rehome him.

I have to say that of all the dogs we've fostered so far, Blue is my favourite. He was so incredibly good natured - well behaved around the house, perfect with strangers, whether children or adults, and all other dogs we encountered while he was with us. He was brilliant on the lead and would even walk perfectly by my side even off-lead.

Sadly for me but thankfully for Blue, he was with us for only five weeks or so before he went to his permanent home. Blue now lives with a lovely woman and her female Great Dane.

 

Blue

Lexy

L came to us on 12 December 2008 and was aged around 2 years old at the time. She'd had a bad start in life, having had 3 homes in the last year. It was obvious by the way she behaved that she'd been very harshly treated in the past. She was fearful of people in general, but any sudden movement or even a tone of voice would see her cower down. She desperately wanted to please, but if she wasn't sure what was expected of her, would begin to panic and dash around franatically, as if trying to escape what she was expecting to happen.... She made considerable progress in the two months or so she was with us and when she left us for her new and permanent home on 14 February 2009, she was a much more confident dog. She's gone to live with a lovely family who have lots of experience with Great Danes and also have a 2 year old male. He's a health, happy and lively lad who I'm sure will help Lexy, along with the human members of the family, to put her past behind her. From now on, I've no doubt at all that she'll be spoiled rotten and live the rest of her life a happy and well-adjusted dog. In return she'll give the family loads of affection - and lots of laughs with her little peculiarities!

M was slightly over 9 years old when she came to us on 7 November 2008. Her previous owners were no longer able to give her the time and attention she needed and deserved - she really is a "people dog" - so they made the hard decision to ask the GDAS to rehome her. She proved to be a very affectionate dog and really loved to be close to you, whether that meant sitting on your lap - she's a huge, heavy lapdog - or just lying on the floor against your legs. She walked alongside you perfectly on the lead and even without it and was excellent with all other dogs, big and small, male or female. She got on very well with people of all ages and was generally a wonderful dog. Her eyesight at night wasn't particularly good and she wasn't as agile as she once was, but that didn't stop her enjoying a good walk. Fortunately there are people who appreciate the wonderful qualities an older dog sometimes has & it wasn't long before a permanent home was found for her. She left us in early December 2008.

Moonlight

Beula

B was with us for just over 10 months and went to her new home on 12 October 2008.

She's a lovely dog in very many ways. She does take quite a long time to get to know and trust people though and until she does, can appear quite aloof and disinterested. Once she trusts you, she's really friendly and affectionate and her true personality comes out.

Her new family are really lovely people who will see she has a wonderful time. She'll enjoy a comfortable house - with not one, but two huge dog-beds to choose from - and plenty of time in the great outdoors running around in wide open spaces. She'll regularly have the company of two other dogs too, a lovely Weimaraner cross and a super little Springer Spaniel. When Beula first came to us, it was felt that she wouldn't get along too well with other dogs, so this is fantastic progress!

B came to stay with us on October 31 2007 and came directly to us from his owner. He was a young, fit, very active dog who was accustomed to lots of open space. Unfortunately, he seemed to have had little consistency in his training and adolescence.

We found him to be quite a handful, particularly in our urban environment with much more limited space than he was used to. After discussing the situation with Joy at the refuge, he went to stay with her for some intensive training and rehabilitation. Happily, with Joy's extensive knowledge and experience of Great Danes, he quickly responded and went off to his new home just a few weeks later.

Buster

Holly

H was a lovely bitch that came to us in September 2007 while we still had Jack who is featured on the "Helping Danes" page. They got on very well together as she was so easy-going. Holly went to her new home in October, 2007

Z, an elderly bitch, came to us on June 1, 2007 after a short spell at the sanctuary. She was found by the police in her home with another dog . Sadly, they had been called to the house and discovered the body of the dogs' elderly owner who had died some days earlier.

Neither dog had been fed or watered for several days. Unfortunately, the experience, along with age proved too much for Zamie's companion who didn't make it. Zamie herself, however, soon recovered from the ordeal and on August 24 2007, went off to settle in with her new family.

Zamie
Douglas This aristocratic-looking gentleman is D. He was with us from October 4, 2006 to December 13, 2006. He went to a home in Nottingham where he lives with a lovely female Dane for company.

Let me introduce S. "Sid" as she was known, was a breeding bitch for most of her life, but when that finished she was gifted to the Great Dane Adoption Society to be rehomed. Sid came to us on March 4, 2006. At that time she'd never lived in a house before, and our job was to get her accustomed to living indoors and being a family pet. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Although she did very well, and settled in fairly quickly, it was sad watching her, for the first few days, pacing relentlessly by the door and desperately wanting to go outside. She soon realised though that the sofa to sit on, and a nice big, soft, bed at night is a much better option than an outdoor kennel.

Sid went off to her new home in Cheshire on May 26 2006. Unfortunately, a year or so later her family were unable to keep her any longer. Another family were soon found for her however, and she is now well settled again.

Sedona

Sophie

 

S had spent a short time at the Sanctuary, but being a shy, quiet personality, found the environment very stressful and really needed a foster home. She came to us on 23 December 2005.The following day, Christmas Eve, she'd settled in well enough to hop up onto the Sofa and enjoy a cuddle whenever we took a break from wrapping presents, baking mince pies and so on!

She stayed with us for just 2 months and then went to a lovely permanent home. Sadly, Sophie died in Spring, 2008.

S, pictured here on the left in one of his more active moments (!!) was one of our earliest fosters. He came to us in April, 2005 and stayed with us until December 2005, when he left for his new home in Yorkshire. As you can see, he's not a Great Dane, but a long-haired St. Bernard. (I never knew they came in short-haired form too!) Sully left his mark on us. In the form of Drool. Everywhere. In spite of that, he was a really lovely dog that we quickly became very fond of.
sully

 

An important footnote; If you're considering bringing a Great Dane into your home, PLEASE do your own thorough research about the breed first, then VERY carefully consider whether or not Great Danes are suitable for you & your family's individual circumstances.

Having carefully considered and decided yes, this is the breed for you, my advice would be to avoid "rescue" organisations - even, or perhaps especially, the big national ones. Personally I am far from convinced they put the health & welfare of each individual dog at the forefront of their work and their assessments (of the dogs AND potential adopters!) are sometimes sadly lacking, meaning that the wrong dog ends up with the wrong people unfortunately. If you do choose to "rescue", please consider one of the smaller organisations specifically dedicated to the breed. Be aware however, that there is NO licensing system in the UK for "rescue" and rehoming organisations or individuals, little if any inspection and/or monitoring of the work of such organisations, big and small, and at times all may not be as it seems.

My recommendation now to anybody considering a Great Dane is to get one from a reputable, licensed breeder who is registered with the Kennel Club. The best breeders will always make sure they eliminate the need for "rescue" anyway by taking back for rehoming a puppy that was sold to someone who for whatever reason can no longer keep it. So, if you're looking for an older dog rather then a puppy a good breeder can still sometimes help.

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