Meet bella .... my great dane
For those of you who do not know me, I am a huge animal lover. So when my husband wanted to get a Great Dane - I said sure! I never knew that by agreeing to him, I would have fallen so hard for an animal. And because they can't read - I will let you all know, I love all my pets, but she - my Ms. Bella - is my favorite.
After adopting Bella, we met other Danes in our travels and walks - and learned of a Great Dane Rescue. Fresh Start Dane Rescue’s Mission statement and goal is “Save one ’til there are none”.
FSDR has been rescuing Great Danes and finding them loving forever homes since 2008. They are a Registered Non-Profit organization. They began with a team of 8 members, with a combined experience in excess of 80 years working with Great Danes. Since 2008 they have grown to over 22 members, (including my husband and I!) from all over the Maritimes; each working towards the same goal. They obtain all our Great Danes from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI, and work by email and phone for Newfoundland. And, they also partner with other rescues and shelters.
Here are some images from our July fundraiser!
Why do people give up or abandon Great Danes?
The reasons are diverse- from irresponsible breeders or puppy mills to situations such as divorce, death or other family crisis'. Of those released to facilities or to other people by their owners, the
story of "why" seems to be repeated over and over again. Many people buy puppies on impulse, without taking the time to look into the personality, activity level, and needs of the breed and then find themselves with a giant dog that is simply not compatible with their family. It seems that those
cute little pups grow up. The owners give them up because they are "too big", "cost too much", "poop too much", "chew stuff", "destructive when left alone", "need too much attention", and "knock the kids down". Had just a bit of research into the personality, temperament and needs of this breed been done, each of these reasons would have been discovered before acquiring a Dane. A Dane is not a good choice for every family. Like any breed, some fit into a particular family's lifestyle and budget, and others don't. (source - http://danerescue.net/brochure)
Our next event - great dane walk - Saturday, august 9th
Get information on the breed, on fostering or where to adopt - or just stop by and say hi - meet some Great Danes and some great people! Bella and I will be there - and looking forward to raising money for such a great cause.
10 surprising facts about great danes:
Here is an article I came across - a must read if considering a Dane!
Want more information on our Great Dane Rescue?
Lisa Garnett is based in the greater Saint John Area, with a studio located in East Saint John.