With an emptiness in my heart I have to let you know that Lucy, after 13 years (11 of which were spent with us) passed away in July. It took me this long to let you know because I knew you would be heartbroken, and also I just now feel like I can write something that will do her justice. We adopted her from you many years ago…we had actually come to meet another dog but were greeted at the door by this little girl who let us know that SHE was the one who would be coming home with us. I have always had dogs, but have never felt a connection like the one we had. She was the most loyal loving friend I could have asked for and my life will never be the same without her. Thank you for trusting us with her…she changed our lives
Elwood, 11/6/2008 - 07/22/2017
Hello Rene, We adopted Elway- although we changed his name to Elwood- in 2009. He was just over 1 year old at the time and a very large black Dane. Knowing that we needed a dog that would do well with children I still remember you calling me to tell me you thought you had the dog for us that would be very easy going with kids. Well, you were right and Elwood adjusted to life with our family of 3 little girls beautifully. True to the breed, Elwood really was a gentle Giant and anyone who knew him, dogs included, fell in love with him. So many people considered him their dog’s best friend and we regularly had people coming to our house just to visit him!
About a year and a half ago Elwood was diagnosed with end stage CHF and a heart condition common to Danes- DCM. Although he became very thin and eventually very frail but he remained comfortable and interested in life, going on a daily walk and eating until this last Saturday. He had been trying to recover from an upper respiratory infection and just wasn’t able to bounce back. Saturday afternoon we made the decision to have him put down. He took one final ride in our VW bus- his favorite place to be- and we all surrounded him in the bus with the vet and his loyal vet technician and we said goodbye.
We are so “Great”ful for all of the work you do and for connecting us with our beloved Elwood over 8 years ago. He brought a lot of joy to our lives and was a huge part of our family. He holds a very special place in our hearts and in the hearts of many. You are such a gift to these dogs and those who are blessed to bring one into their family.
Andrea, Tad, Ava, Allison and Elise
Mack, 5/14/2008 - 5/21/2017
A little over 7 years ago my wife, Carole, and I adopted Mack from you. A short time later we learned that he had wobblers and we found a neurologist that relieved the pressure on his spinal column near his neck to stop the advancement of the disorder. We dealt with an episode of bloat and torsion, but Mack came through with flying. A couple of years later we moved to Indiana with Mack and he did extremely well. In November my job took me to Tokyo, Japan where we now live. Of course, we brought Mack with us. Unfortunately, time does what time does, and yesterday we lost Mack to old age. He passed peacefully in our arms. In Tokyo they don’t simply bury a dog in the backyard or drop him of at the vet to be created. No, a dog is part of the family just like your kids and siblings. So this morning a Buddhist monk dropped by and we placed Mack in a casket. He was then taken to the local Buddhist temple where they held a ceremony and then he was cremated. We didn’t participate in the ceremony since we are not Buddhist, but they went through the ceremony anyway because that is how things are done in Japan. They honored Mack’s spirit, which I felt was very cool. Anyway, Mack has moved on ahead of us. He lived a full and complete life of 9 years and 1 week. He rescued us with his demonstration unconditional love, and will always be a part of our hearts. Thanks for loaning us Mack. They were the most incredible years of my life.
Warmest regards, Mike Harrell
Stoli, 10/29/2005 - 1/28/17
So here is Stoli's story. We rescued him from you at 8 weeks old. His parents came to your rescue after being mistreated and abandoned in Tijuana. He lived happily with out first rescue Dane, Sveta, for a few years until she passed, and then became the big brother to our three little human kids. We moved to Istanbul in 2013 and the Turkish people overcame their fear of such a large dog and learned to love his big, goofy nature as much as we did. He was such a love and still jumped like a puppy even at 11 years old. He is resting forever now on a lovely farm in the Turkish countryside.
This last photo was the last time I saw him on October 30th. The kids and I were evacuated from the country that day and I snapped this as I was walking out the door. I asked him to hold on until I could return, but the poor old guy just couldn't. My husband Cameron was with him until the very end as sadly the children and I weren't allowed back to say goodbye.
Thanks again for your kindness! Susan
Pip, 4/10/2009 - 6/6/2017
MOMMY LOVES YOU , SWEET GIRL.
Pip (formerly Izzy) and I met when she was a year old. For me, it was love at first sight. From the day she came to her forever home it was lots and lots of laughs and snuggles. Everyone who met Pip loved her and commented on how happy she was. She definitely had so much energy that she kept things fun and exciting.
Unfortunately my darling Pip got sick and was diagnosed with liver disease at the end of last year. She was so brave and patient and strong throughout the entire journey. I could not have asked anything more of her, and she finally let me know when she was ready to say goodbye.
There is a huge hole in my heart, and my house is so lonely. But I am grateful Rene trusted me to take care of Pip.
Logan, 10/10/2005 - 10/16/2016
ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016 --- "LOGAN UTAH" (YUP) HE HAD A MIDDLE NAME ---PASSED OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN PALM SPRINGS. THANKFULLY, WE HAD HIM TEN (10) WONDERFUL YEARS ! WE ARE VERY GLAD LOGAN IS OUT OF PAIN --- BUT, WE ALL MISS HIM DEARLY...GEORGE, ME & OUR OTHER GREAT DANES, FORREST TUCKER & DELILAH JUNE. THEY WERE THE "THREE STOOGES" THE OTHER TWO STOOGES LOOK FOR LOGAN.
WE RESCUED "LOGAN" FROM YOU IN 2006 --- HE WAS BROUGHT TO INDIAN DANE RESCUE BECAUSE HE "DUG UP" THE YARD OF HIS FORMER FAMILY. THAT FAMILY SURE MISSED OUT ON A GREAT BOY ! THEIR LOSS. LOGAN CHASED FLIES EVERY DAY "WOOFING" AS HE DID IT --- AND AT 195 POUNDS, THAT ACTION WAS SO HILARIOUS TO WATCH. HE BARKED AT SQUIRRELS AND WAS A FOOD JUNKIE -- WE HAD TO HAVE A "BRICK" ON OUR KITCHEN TRASH CAN ---
LOGAN WAS A GREAT BIG SCAMP ! IT IS SO QUIET AT OUR HOME.
WE WERE PRIVILEGED TO GIVE LOGAN UTAH HIS FOREVER HOME. THANK YOU, RENE.
Sheba, 8/22/2005 - 9/25/2016
It is with a very sad heart that I let you know that Sheba passed away on Sunday. We adopted her from Indian Dane when she was just 12 weeks old back in November 2005. She was a most amazing soul with an incredible capacity for kindness, compassion and oh, the goofiness. She had a huge heart and brought so much love and light to every single person and animal she met. She went to the office with me every day and had a vast network of friends, canine and human. All of the delivery guys knew her name and brought her treats. The private gym downstairs was one of her favorites to visit every day when we got to the office. She would go in and say hello to every single person working out. And sweetest of all was her relationship with her very best friend Pico, a petite little 6 pound kitty.
A big piece of my heart belongs to her, never to be replaced. I am so grateful for her and our life together and I can never repay her for getting me through some of my toughest times. I am truly a better person because of Sheba.
Thank you so much for your work saving Danes.
Zeus, 4/2008 - 9/16/2016
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we let you know that our sweet boy, Zeus, passed due to complication from a brain tumor on September 18th. He declined rapidly over a five week period that began with a seizure and partial paralysis that seemed to show signs of responding to medication, but in a very short time he began to have clusters of seizures. There was nothing that could be done to restore him to a full and complete life, forcing the most difficult decision of our lives. He was able to be present with us during those last few hours with him and in some way-even though he could no longer walk-he recognized that we were helping him on that final journey. He said good bye with many sweet kisses. You introduced us to Zeus and he became such an important and beautiful part of our lives as a family. He brought a joy, a peace and an uncanny understanding to each of us when we were in need. He was truly a rich and deep soul that loved all creatures. When a stray cat decided to adopt the family, Zeus made a space for her, even though she was never quite sure about him. She would still tease him when he wasn’t looking, causing him to jump away, then wag his tail like he was saying; “You got me!” Our German Shepherd, Rocky misses him deeply and has searched for him many times. I come home and expect to see Zeus waiting at the door, with his big head and goofy smile, but he is no longer with us except in spirit. Thank you, Rene, for bringing Zeus into our family. He was with us such a short time but it was such a deeply rewarding time as well.
Regards, Steven Bloore
Matty, 2/17/2004 - 09/09/2016
Matty (formerly Amber) passed away on September 9, 2016. We adopted Matty from Indian Dane Rescue in April of 2007 when she was a strong and playful 3 year old. Matty loved to go for walks, play and especially go to the beach. About 8 months after we adopted Matty, we found a very young and extremely tall male Great Dane at the animal shelter in Bonita. After the two dogs were introduced ,one of the shelter employees said the two dog would never get along together. We adopted the male anyway and after just one day, the two became best friends and they would play and romp together, but Matty was always the boss.and in charge. As Matty got older she slowed down, but still looked forward to her daily walks. We almost lost her when she was 11 years old when her stomach twisted. Her Vet, Dr. Simpson from the Spring Valley Animal Clinic was able to successfully repair her stomach. After about 2 weeks of taking it easy at home Matty was back to normal. At the end she developed neurological problems with her hips and even with medication the problem got worse. She needed help standing up and when she could no longer stand and her quality of life was unbearable, we made the decision to put her to sleep. She was with us 9 of her 12+ years. In the near future we will be looking for another Great Dane, to keep Matty's best friend company.
Marley, crossed on 1/21/2016
With great sadness I wanted to let you know that our Marley passed away last Thursday. She had a very peaceful passing. Our vet came to the house to provide her with a very calming and quiet good bye.
If you can believe it we adopted her around October of 2006. She was my constant shadow and one of the most loyal, smart and intuitive dogs I've ever know. Her absence has left a huge hole in our hearts. We wanted to say thank you so much for providing us with such a wonderful dog that brought us so much happiness and joy and for such a long time. When we adopted her you thought she was about 4, so she was an old lady but just kept going and going!
Allison & Tod and little baby Oliver
Thor, crossed on 1/29/2016
It is with sadness that I share with you of Thor's passing on Friday, January 29th. Old age, tired joints and related ailment. Donna and I want you to know what a wonderful dog he was, so gentle and loving. And how fortunate we were to have him as part of our family in his forever home for six great years. He came out of his shyness and became a character of his own, just a wonderful personality that often made you laugh out loud. And did he learn how to play! > >>Donna and Mark
Denali, crossed 2/13/2016
With a heavy heart and loads of tears I am letting you know that our beautiful Great Dane has passed on 2/13/16. She got bloat/stomach flipped and had a stroke. We are just heart broken over this, she was a great dog full of love.
Denali was born April 2, 2010 and we adopted her November 10, 2011. She was an awesome dog. Fiercely protective of me and our home. A goof ball that would watch TV but go nuts if animals came on, loved to sleep with a light blanket and loved her toys. Her bed was our bed, her floor was the couch and her dog house was our home. She was the queen and we were her servants. I just want you to know this because she had a great home as any dog should. We thank you for letting us have her. I don't know when we will be ready for another dog but my home is so empty and quiet without her I hate being home now. We miss her so much. I'll keep my eyes on your website just never know when we will be ready. Thank you again.
Randy and Karon
Diesel, crossed 2/16/2016
Hi Rene, we wanted to let you know that Diesel passed on 2-16-16 after several months battling a blood disorder. She was 8. She was the greatest dog and incredibly funny and really affectionate. She loved ear scratches, cuddling on the couch under the blanket, and getting whatever food she could find off the counter. We miss her terribly. We still have our Honey girl that we got from you a couple years before Diesel. She's 10 now and holding her own. Thanks for our kids and all you do for these great animals!
Eric and Brandee
Athena, crossed 5/9/2016
I adopted Athena from you back in May 2005 when she was approx. 1.5 years old. I just wanted to let you know that we had to have a vet come to the house yesterday to put her down. These are the hardest decisions ever but she was having a more and more difficult time walking and the atrophy in her rear legs was very noticeable. Perhaps I held on to her longer than I should have but again...hardest decision ever! It was a rough start at first because she had some pretty severe fear aggression issues but we worked hard with her and never gave up. Athena was also great with my young son and grew to be quite protective of him. She lived 12.5 years of which we were together 11 years so I feel so fortunate to have had her in my life even longer than the average life expectancy of a Dane. Thank you for the opportunity to include Athena in my life all those years ago. Best of luck to you!