Our Gentle Giants

The story of two Floridians and their foster Great Danes



July 14th, 2014

Meet-and-Greet with Great Dane Love

By Tara
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Before you adopt any specific breed, you have to know about the breed’s temperament, levels of care required, and what medical issues they are prone to. I’m doing all that through online research, but I thought it would be helpful to actually meet with and talk with people who work with and deal with gentle giants on a regular basis.

I did a little research and found a couple of giant dog events that happen around Central Florida. Last Saturday, Christian and I drove to the Petco in Titusville to meet the lovely folks with Great Dane Love, a Central Florida Great Dane rescue group. I was beyond excited to meet some Great Danes. Here are some photos documenting our experience.

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I absolutely LOVED having his foot on mine. One of the rescue volunteers said that her dog once stepped on her foot and she was convinced that it was broken!

I absolutely LOVED having his foot on mine. One of the rescue volunteers said that her dog once stepped on her foot and she was convinced that it was broken!

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These two dogs were easily the largest Danes there. And their owners were so lovely!

These two dogs were easily the largest Danes there. And their owners were so lovely!

Merle puppy! Look at those paws!

Merle puppy! Look at those paws!

Roxie did great with the larger dogs. After a preliminary sniff, she decided she was uninterested. However, she did lose her mind when a small dog came in. As usual.

Roxie did great with the larger dogs. After a preliminary sniff, she decided she was uninterested. However, she did lose her mind when a small dog came in. As usual.

I was going through the photos and there were way too many that I wanted to put up. I decided to just upload all of them to Facebook and direct you there. Click here to see all of the photos.

The volunteers were great with answering my endless questions. Here are some things I learned from them:

  • No matter whether you get your dog from a rescue or a breeder, there will always be a chance they will get sick
  • Anyone can be a foster parent; you don’t need to have owned one in the past
  • Once a Dane owner, always a Dane owner

The main focus of our discussions was talking about the rescuing, fostering, and adopting process. I’ve written a blog post about that, which will go up tomorrow. Read about the process here.

We had a great time meeting these gorgeous Danes. If you are interested in learning more about Great Dane Love, check out their website. Also, shoutout to my awesome husband for taking photos while I was running around loving on all of the adorable Danes.


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