Our Gentle Giants

The story of two Floridians and their foster Great Danes

January 5th, 2016

Ana’s Photoshoot and Roxie’s Health

By Tara

Back in November, Ana got her very own photoshoot!

We are all so surprised that she is still in rescue. Like I said before, she is perfect. But we think the fact that she’s under 100 pounds is turning people off. It kind of makes sense, when you consider the target audience (the online marketer in me is leaking). When people are looking for a Great Dane rescue, they are looking to adopt a Great Dane, which is normally a giant dog over 100 pounds. I’ve decided to take her to a lot more dog events with a vest on that says “Adopt Me!” to market her to the general population.

Anyway, she had a photoshoot done at a friend of the rescue’s property. It was a large property and she had so much room to run! It was actually quite difficult to get her to sit or stand still long enough to take a decent picture of her. Well, I think the photos actually ended up pretty decent. Take a look:

It looks like she was just cleared for departure.

It looks like she was just cleared for departure.

She had a BLAST running around the property. Our backyard is smallish (just an average sized yard) and she runs like crazy in there, but it was nice to see her be able to run a long distance. She would take a break every few minutes, but the break would only last about 30 seconds before she zoomed off again.

This girl is so playful and so sweet. Christian and I seriously considered keeping her a couple of times and I bawled like a baby when we decided not to. We simply cannot have a big dog right now in our lives. Not until we own our own home. Yes, Ana is 85 pounds. It would be a lot easier to find a landlord that would be open to renting to a family with an 85 pound dog versus a 185 pound dog.

Roxie’s Health


But another big reason is because I want Roxie to be the only dog in our house for now. I just feel some stress about giving Roxie enough attention. It’s easier knowing the other dog is always a temporary dog and Roxie is our only personal dog. I don’t know; it’s hard to explain. I feel closer to my Roxie knowing she’s the only doggie apple of my eye.

That brings me to our future pups. Christian and I decided (well, I decided and Christian is okay with it) that gettingĀ our Great Dane puppy and English Mastiff puppy will have to wait until Roxie passes. I don’t want the excitement of a new dog to take away from my love for Roxie, especially in her old age. I know, I know, everyone says I can and will love them equally. But even with our foster/temporary dogs, I already feel guilt every time I want to pet and play with the Great Dane more than Roxie.

Roxie and I grew up together and we have a very close bond. I want to protect that bond until the day she dies.

“The day she dies.”

I joke with everyone and I say, “oh, I’m so lucky that I chose to get an immortal dog!” But she’s turning 11 in February. There’s a suspicious mole on her face (the last suspicious mole we had removed was a benign tumor). Some liver enzymes are increasing in value and are above average.

I’m freaking out. Right now, there’s nothing to worry about. She’s having the mole removed and tested soon (probably within the next week), so we’ll know what that’s all about soon. Christian and everyone else in my life are trying to convince me that “old dogs get lumpy! No big deal!” Which is true, I know. But I can’t help but freak out every time there is something wrong with her insides. She’s been a very healthy and hardy dog her whole life. I don’t like the idea of something being seriously wrong.

This is after she got her first mole removed in 2014. We put a shirt on her because Bubba kept stepping on her and sniffing it. Isn't she adorable??

This is after she got her first mole removed in 2014. We put a shirt on her because Bubba kept stepping on her and sniffing it. Isn’t she adorable??