– HECTOR –
2005 – I want to thank everyone
who sent condolences, publicly and privately, regarding the death
of Merlin last week. I am touched and humbled by the outpouring.
I almost feel as if we held a funeral for Merlin, and EVERYBODY came.
realize, of course,
that this phenomenon was not a simple mourning over the passing of
Merlin; rather, it was a collective mourning over the passing
of so many Danes
have come and gone from our lives. Despite the inevitable loss, I would
rather live with, love, and finally lose a
Great Dane, than to have never known one. I suppose
that's why we all keep coming back to the breed. Thank you again for
all your sympathy. It truly was, and continues to be, a great comfort.
This week's DaDane features
six-year-old Hector. I first heard about Hector back in January when
this message from Jerry Dunham:
Hi, Ginnie. I was contacted
a couple of days ago by a woman in Texas. She'd like to find a new
her Great Dane, Hector, before the end of the month. Otherwise, she
will have him put down. Hector was rescued from a city shelter
in Corpus Christi four years ago when he was around two. That would
mean he is around six now.
This is not an easy
case. Hector was her husband's best
but her husband died two years ago and finances are now very limited.
Hector has Addison's Disease, so he requires a monthly shot which
costs $175. There
is a much
cheaper treatment available that runs $35 to $40 per month, but
the protocol requires daily pills. Hector's owner says that although
the pills are within her budget, she travels too much for that
His next shot is due the first of February and she can't afford
to pay for it. She has
made up her mind that this is the end of the road for Hector if no
is found. He's been boarded all
week at her vet, with instructions to put Hector down if a
home can't be found in five more days, when his next shot is due. She's
already said her goodbyes.
No adopter could be found in Hector's area of Texas and all the
rescue groups were full to capacity. Word
went out to a couple of news groups, but an older
Disease stands almost no chance of finding an adoptive home. It
looked like Hector's days were numbered.
Marc Sayer heard about Hector. Marc rescues deaf Great Danes through
his non-profit corporation, Deaf
Dane Rescue. Whenever I talk with Marc, he usually has 15 to 20
Great Danes living in his house. Currently he has 26. Four
of them are permanent residents, the rest are up for adoption. Although
efforts on taking care of deaf Danes, he owns an Addison's Dane
named Tank, and he is a strong advocate
for Addisonian Danes and their owners. Even though Marc was over 2,000
miles away in Oregon, he was determined to save Hector. He called
the Texas clinic and
told them he
would make sure they were paid for Hector's next shot. Then he set
about looking for
Hector immediately until other arrangements could be made.
Marc hit gold when contacted
a gal in Texas named Becca Roberts. Becca already had five Danes, one
from Marc. Two of Becca's Danes were deaf and blind,
was blind, one was "normal," and the last was a foster dog
with behavioral issues. Becca could not accommodate another Dane,
but she knew Hector's situation was desperate. She
loaded her only "normal" Dane
into her car and drove him up to her parents house in Oklahoma. They
agreed to keep him for awhile so Becca could foster Hector.
take care of Hector and evaluate him for Marc – and with
luck, eventually an
Dr. Nori Warren
Meanwhile, I told my veterinarian,
Nori Warren, about Hector. Nori and her husband, Will, had recently
lost two of their three dogs to old age. Their remaining dog, an aging
chocolate lab named Belle, was lonely. I
knew Will had always wanted a Dane, even more so after keeping Merlin
all summer. Nori and Will had made it clear that they wanted a rescue,
but not just any rescue. As Nori put it, "We love the old crunches,"
meaning those older dogs who are more difficult to place due to age
or health issues. As soon as Nori heard about Hector, she called Will
at his office. Will's response was 'classic' Will: "His
name is Hector? How could anybody put a dog named Hector to sleep?!" They
agreed to talk more about Hector after they got home from work.
That evening, Nori and Will together reviewed
all the available information on Hector. When they were finished, Will
looked at Nori and said, "Nori, we need
that dog. We need Hector."
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