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Old 07-09-2012, 07:26 AM
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Rescued a Great Dane

Hello everyone!

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.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:46 PM
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Welcome and she has a beautiful merle color. Got to have more pics. ^_^
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Welcome and thank you for rescuing They recognize it, you just can't show them. YET. I imagine we'll see that change in the future just as it did for the mantles.
She will catch up in time, don't rush it. Rapid growth in this breed will cause more harm than good down the road. Just be sure to feed her a good quality food, and she will perk right up don't worry. Welcome to the world of Danes! She's a sweetie. Best of luck with her and yes, more pics when you can!
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Thanks for the welcome! Yes she is definitely a sweet dog. And so smart! We're feeding an Earthborn brand food that is high protein, grain free, and supplementing with a fresh food log, and she seems to be thriving on it. Is there a different food you would recommend?

I have attached a bunch of pictures taken between 7/5 and today.
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I've heard good things about Earthborn so as long as she's thriving I'd stick with that. If you find she's gaining too much too fast, just cut back a bit that's all. I don't think the attachment worked because I can't see them
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Sorry about the attachment thing -- I meant I posted them on her dog page (as I see you have already found). But just in case anyone else is wondering, that's where to find em.
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She's so beautiful! Welcome to you both
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