A breeder in my region decided to give up an entire litter of 5.5 month old Great Dane puppies to a no-kill dog rescue operation. On Thursday I went to adopt one and this pretty girl decided she wanted to be mine, and pushed up against me and buried her head in my lap. http://i.imgur.com/YUcdj.jpg Grace
is a purebred Great Dane; although her coloration (merle) is one that the AKC doesn't "recognize" for the breed. Whatever! I think she has a beautiful coat.
Allegedly her breeder had put her and her brothers in a pen and would just toss food into the pen and the dogs would fend for themselves. As a result, she had a couple of fatter brothers, but the rest including her were malnourished. I am currently in the process of switching her from Science Diet (given by the rescue) to a high protein/fat, grain-free food to try to fatten her up. As she is a Great Dane, it is a bit of a balancing act to get her to gain weight, because Danes must eat smaller meals throughout the day to help prevent bloat
. I think I can already notice some filling out, because she's probably eating more than she ever did in her first 5 months.
Because she is an older puppy, and able to hold her bladder longer, we haven't had any potty accidents yet (knock on wood). And we've already master the "sit" command. Plus we're going to be starting obedience training with a local trainer who makes house calls. She's a big, bumbling, affectionate puppy who's eager to please -- and being a Dane is just about the perfect dog for me at 6'7" and my wife who is 5'9". Thus, the user name, EveryonesBig.
P.S. If you're in Western NY and are interested in adopting one of her brothers (if any are left), PM me and I can send you the contact info for the rescue group.