We were visiting our local human society with the kids, and they had a young female Great Dane. She was a gorgeous brindle. Well, of course, I instantly wanted her as I have always wanted a mastiff breed someday, and what better place than a shelter to get one! We took her out to play with her, and she was beyond frightened! She flinched and cowered to the ground if we tried to pet her, and her tail was between her legs the whole time. We took her in the play area outside to give her time to romp and explore. We thought maybe she was just scared because she was new to the shelter. We didn't approach her, but let her come to us. She had obviously been abused. It must have been by a man too, because she was really scared of my hubby and just kinda cautious with me. I wanted to help her so bad, but then she snarled at one of the kids when the kids were walking by (they weren't even coming up to her) and that's when I knew it definately wouldn't be a good idea. The shelter staff told us that a lady came in to relinquish her, and when she found out there was a fee to relinquish a dog, she got mad and left. And when they came out later that day, they found that she had just tied the dog to their fence and left! I really wanted to adopt her, but it was probably for the better since I already have 2 dogs AND 2 toddlers. And that would probably be WAY too much of chaotic situation for a dog like that. But I'm sure she will find a good home since it's a no-kill shelter and they keep the dogs until someone adopts them.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 6/15/2005 12:07:54 AM*** Reason: added
aww thats sad, the poor dog. i agree that it probably is best that you didnt take her, especially since she snapped at one of your children...that right there would make it a definete no. sorry that you couldn't help her, but at least its a no kill shelter and she'll find a good home!
Yeah, I agree. I mean, she was gorgeous, and I felt bad for her, but my kids are my life, and there's no way I would put them in any necessary harm. I'm really hoping that part of it was the shelter environment and that she will find a good home soon...
I did make a note of telling the staff about her snipping at the kids though. Because normally at that shelter, if they don't think a dog would do well around children, they don't even let you look at them. And they just took her right out for us. So I wanted to make sure they knew that so she wouldn't actually bite a kid next time around...
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 6/15/2005 12:06:24 AM*** Reason: added
Poor dog. Sometimes it's just not meant to be though. She may need a home with no other pets/chaos so she can have complete attention. A foster home would be good for her until she finds a permanent home.
I used to volunteer at the shelter, I'd walk the dogs and play with them. There was an 8 month old pup from down south and she snapped at me. The lady who runs the shelter came in and went to put the leash on her and she tried to bite her. It was sad because up until that point she was a real sweetheart and was going to be adopted out. They did some more temperment tests on her and she was real bad.. don't know what snapped in her.. :(
I haven't volunteered since. Actually I was reading in the newspaper that the shelter was shut down because the dogs weren't being fed properly. Really shocked me because the owners seemed so nice and really loved the dogs.
I'm going to go the SPCA or AWAN to volunteer again. It was definatly worth it, just seeing that pup like that upset me for a while.
I dont know where you live but if you contact a Dane Rescue in your area they will get the dog and make sure she finds a proper home after she settles down and learns to trust again. You can go to akc.org and find one that way or on petfinder.com by just using great dane in the search
I know it had to be disappointing to all of you, but you were right to accept that you couldn't take a chance with your children. I know the perfect "new addition" is out there, just waiting for you to find him/her!
Collie, that's soooo weird, because right after I posted this I thought about that and contacted my local Dane rescue! Lol.
Hopefully they will be able to help. I'm not sure who said it, but I think the dog would end up being a really good dog if she could be fostered for awhile so that she learns to trust people again.
Pyrmom, yeah I agree. Course, we already have 2 dogs, so not in too much of a hurry to get another, lol. I just felt so bad for her. But I have always wanted a Chihuahua and one of the mastiff breed (Preferably an English Mastiff or Dane). How weird am I? lol
Think I told you about my friend nd co-owner of one of my pups~ Andrea who owns the Big Dog Farm, Pyrs and Newf..added a new breed to her babies. A Crested! Talk about going from one extreme to another, lol