New! Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love RESCUE STORIES
“Six years ago, I formed Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love (GDFRL) along with 10 other volunteers. Our vision was to help as many distressed Danes as possible—including those with special needs and expensive medical concerns—and to treat everyone associated with the rescue like family. This collection of ‘happy tails’ is a reflection of these values that we hold so dear. It includes stories straight from the hearts of foster and forever homes, highlighting the loving nature of the people associated with GDFRL and the incredible resilience of the Great Dane breed. We hope these stories inspire you to join the GDFRL family, if you haven’t already, and to consider adopting a Great Dane if you have room in your heart and home.” -Cinnamon Ellison, GDFRL Founder
Buy copies here.
Other Great Dane Rescue Products
-Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories about Great Danes is full of 60+ stories from people who have fostered and adopted Great Danes. People looking for Great Dane puppies, Great Danes for sale, or Great Danes for adoption should read this book first to learn about the breed and about breed rescue. If you’re already involved with Great Dane rescue, these stories are sure to resonate with you! This book is a great gift for Great Dane lovers and a fun, easy read for you!
-Excerpt:“When we first brought Bella home from the rescue, our 10-year-old English bulldog, Tonka, did not appreciate her enthusiasm to become instant best buddies. Bella’s quieter approach the second time we introduced them went well, and though Tonka remained the boss, they reached an agreement. Tonka quickly learned that Bella had many talents; for example, she could shield him from the rain when he used the bathroom. His strategy was to wait until Bella did her business and then quickly run down the stairs and stand under her to pee. ‘Bella Umbrella’ tolerantly waited, checking between her front legs to make sure she was covering him completely. She’s his perfect ‘big’ little sister.” -Debbie, Scott, Kaitlyn, and Ben McIntyre
Note Card Facts:
Buy Great Dane stationery here.
-Each box contains 8- 5 x 7 flat note cards with envelopes printed on 100# cardstock
-A portion of every sale is donated back to the rescue of your choice
-Back side of each card is the same color as the card border and has a “Did You Know” about the breed
Buy Great Dane T-shirts, clothing jewelry, bags, and housewares here.
About this image:This photo was taken by Rob Cordosi. Rob and his wife, Jennifer, foster for Great Dane Rescue of the Commonwealth. Their home has been called the “Double Dane Inn,” in honor of the two adopted fawn Danes and two adopted black Danes who live there, too. Rob and Jennifer love the joy and laughter fostering bring to their lives, and they couldn’t imagine their home without these gentle giants.
The “Adopted. Who’s next?” shirt series is meant to honor adopted pets and their resilience. Wearing these shirts is a great way to start a conversation with people about rescue and adoption. A significant portion of profits is donated back to animal welfare organizations.
About Great Danes:
- Chinese literature describes Great Danes in 1121 B.C.
- Origins traced back to the Irish Wolfhound and Old English Mastiff
- Tall with smooth muscles
- Usually 28-34 inches tall and 100-200 lbs.
Why People Love Great Danes:
- Short coat makes for easy grooming
- Generally gentle and loving
- Good watch dogs because of their loyalty
- Relatively calm indoors but would prefer a big yard
- Usually don’t bark very much
- Playful and patient with children
- Friendly to strangers
Why Great Danes Can Be Challenging:
- Get very large quickly
- Must be trained not to jump or lean on people
- Prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, tumors, tail injuries, and heart disease
- The average Great Dane eats about six cups of food per day
Other Facts and Tips About Great Danes:
- Referred to as the “Apollo of all breeds”
- Available in fawn, brindle, harlequin (white with black spots), blue, black, and mantle (aka “Boston” because the coloring looks similar to Boston Terrier markings)
- Also known as the Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff
- Short life expectancy (less than 10 years, though some live to be 13)
- The litter size is usually 5-12 puppies.
- AKC group: Working Group
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