Journey, Part 3 –
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2005 – Bright and early Saturday morning I loaded Sam into my
car and we began the first leg of the Dane
Train run which would take
him all the way from South Carolina to Ontario, Canada. Dane Train
volunteer Jennifer Dow met us at the scheduled rendezvous point. Sam
hopped out of my car, greeted Jennifer and climbed right into her
vehicle. He settled onto a nest of comfy bedding and thumped his tail.
At that point I breathed a sigh of relief. Sam was emotionally ready
his next big adventure. He could handle this. I gave him hug and we
run to Birch
Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Services in Oxford Station, Ontario,
took two days and involved over a dozen volunteers. Sam arrived in
Canada safe and sound late Sunday afternoon. Gwen reports he has been
very quiet since his arrival, but he's doing just fine. She promised
to give me regular updates on his progress.
I know everyone has been rooting for him,
but it is important to remember that Sam is just one drop in an ocean
of homeless Danes. Breeder JP Yousha refers
to them as "our lost ones." I like her characterization because it
serves to remind us that as
Dane lovers we are, in fact, a community – and as a caring community
we should do whatever we can to rehabilitate and re-home these helpless
There are many wonderful rescue organizations, big and small, operating
around the country. In addition, there are countless individuals who
selflessly donate their time and money to the cause. Please offer your
support whenever the opportunity arises. And above all, don't patronize
backyard breeders, puppy millers or anyone who "traffics" in Great
Dane puppies. It only encourages them. In my opinion there are only
two legitimate sources for Great Danes – qualified, reputable
breeders and qualified, reputable rescues.
Most of you will recall Duke, the young
brindle Great Dane (mix) from the Austin area who was
horribly injured and languishing in a shallow ditch next to a busy
road last December. Jerry Dunham recently sent us this update:
he was well enough to leave the Lone Star Animal Clinic, Duke
was adopted out to the person who was interested in him from the start.
It's a good home where he has
another canine playmate
happy. He apparently no longer even limps, and he can run with the
best of them, oblivious to the plate and screws in his leg.
It's nice when
a story like this has a happy ending. I read your series
on Hector. I want to thank you again
for publicizing a rescue success. Most dog owners have no idea what
goes on in rescue
to bring homeless dogs together with loving homes, particularly special-needs
dogs like Hector or Duke, who wouldn't stand a chance if the only available
option was just the local municipal pound or county
Goodbye to Chloe
Galen Benson and Carol Galbraith recently bid farewell to their beloved Chloe.
Chloe was 12 years old and suffering from Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism).
are not that many things in my life I am proud of, but she was the
thing I was most proud of. A more kind and gentle soul shall never
be found than our Chlo. She was with us for just over 12
years. Carol found her at the park on July 4th weekend 1993 and rescued
her from the dog catcher. She was wormy, underfed and dehydrated, wearing
a very fancy collar that was way too small. The vet said she was about
4 months old and had probably been on her own for quite some time.
We always believed that she was someone's pet who was devastated by
the floods of 1993 here in St. Louis. All the regular and emergency
shelters were full and people were just setting their pets loose
in the parks in hopes that someone would find them. Well, we found
Chlo, or rather she found us, and she became the most important
part of our lives for many years, and provided comfort to us for those
many events that life so harshly gives us to deal with.
I don't know
what we'll do without her.
My mind is so cluttered with memories and I am overwhelmed by
the loss. Please say a
prayer for her and us today. God bless, and thank you, good friends,
for listening, being there
for us and
being kind to all animals.
Dane Ivory Moon,
Last week Lisa Asbury said goodbye to Ivory, her beautiful and devoted
companion. Ivory, who celebrated her twelfth birthday on May 6, was
a notable Obedience Dane, Pet
Therapy dog, and above all she was Lisa's best friend. Ivory will be
sorely missed by many in the Dane community, including me, but she
happy life. And that makes me glad.
Both Ivory and Chloe passed away gently in
the arms of those who loved them most, having lived long and well. I can think
of nothing more we could want for them. All Danes should be so
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