Our Gentle Giants

The story of two Floridians and their foster Great Danes

January 26th, 2015

Pookie’s Rescuefest 2015

By Tara

Bubba and I attended Pookie’s RescueFest (in Maitland, Florida) on Saturday!


(Warning: this is an image-heavy post. Totally worth it, though.)

Their website explains what the event is about better than I can:

This fun-filled annual event seeks to increase awareness and promote adoption of homeless pets, tens of thousands of which are abandoned and turned in to local shelters every year in Central Florida. You can make a difference for animals in need!

I attended last year so I got a chance to see what other booths were about but this year, I was there with Great Dane Love, so I didn’t really leave their tent (because of this reason, most of the photos I took were of Danes). But based on what I saw on our way to the tent and from last year’s event, there were about 100 organizations there. There were rescue groups, companies promoting their products, and several food trucks.

(Please excuse the blurriness of the photos. I was shooting while handling Bubba so it was a little tough to get clean shots.)


The day started out rainy and gross, by the time we got there at 1:30pm, it was sunny and gorgeous! There was a chilly wind, but I personally like cold weather.

There were so many Great Danes at our tent but I saw a lot just walking around as well! There was also a big dog rescue called Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Bubba and I just walked by their area, but I saw a few Great Dane puppies/teenagers and an English Mastiff puppy. AHHHH I wanted to play so badly! Speaking of English Mastiffs, we saw a brindle one on our way to Great Dane Love. Bubba and him didn’t get along so we moved on, but oh man, Christian would have loved him.

There were a lot of people stopping by our tent despite the fact we were at the end of the walk. We had a lot of Danes; it must have been quite a sight.

It was a lot of fun! But Bubba wasn’t a huge fan of everyone. There were a few times where he would be sniffing another male dog and suddenly I’d feel a vibration through his leash: he was growling/moaning. I would immediately pull him away or push his face away so he wasn’t looking at them anymore. He wouldn’t forget about the dog being there even if I was standing between them, so we would walk away to another spot.

I guess he’s just not that big of a fan of male dogs. It’s strange though: he was at another foster’s home for a week before he came to us and they have two male dogs. He got along really well with one of them and he was quickly exhausted by the other one because he was very hyper (that’s so weird to me because Bubba is what I would call very hyper!) In any case, he got along fine with them.

I think the reason he was moody yesterday was because of the overwhelming amount of stimuli. So much noise, so many dogs, so many people petting him. I would be moody, too.

Maybe another reason why he didn’t do well with male dogs is because he was on leash. He was (obviously) off leash when he was playing with the other foster’s male Danes, so maybe it was a leash issue?

However, the dogs he did like… oh man, he was all sorts of up in their business.


There was one girl, Delilah, that he fancied terribly. It was almost gross how much he liked her!

I wanted to take an upclose photo of her but she was soooo not into it. She was curious at first, but as soon as she heard the shutter, she backed away quickly. I took three shots of her in quick succession and this is the sharpest one out of the three.

I wanted to take an upclose photo of her but she was soooo not into it. She was curious at first, but as soon as she heard the shutter, she backed away quickly. I took three shots of her in quick succession and this is the sharpest one out of the three.


As you know, Bubba busted his nail open two weeks ago. He healed up pretty nicely and wasn’t limping or whining out of pain. You wouldn’t have even known he had a cracked nail. The day before the event, however, it started bleeding again. I didn’t want him to miss the RescueFest, though, so the rescue brought us a rubber bootie to put on him. You can see it in the photo below.


They’re called “Pawz Dog Boots” and it actually stayed on pretty well! 24 hours after the event, it was still on him tight. It was a pain to get it on because the “neck” of it was so, so tight, but once it was on, he was comfortable and it wasn’t slipping off.

There was a cute little guy who is new to the rescue: a puppy dubbed Dennis Hopper. He was born with a deformed front right leg (due to bad breeding) and as a result, he hops around because he can’t put weight on it. The rescue has chosen to have it amputated. I believe the reason is if it is amputated at an early age, the rest of his muscles and bones will grow strong enough to hold up his body using 3 legs. From what I saw, he occasionally tried to use his deformed leg. They told me that they’ve spoken to a few Dane owners that have “tripod” Danes and they are doing/did fine. If anyone from Great Dane Love is reading this and I’m explaining the reason incorrectly, please correct me!


He was freaking adorable, though. I wanted to take him home. I realize now that it’s probably because he’s a puppy and apparently, I can’t resist puppies. I say “apparently” because I don’t think I’ve seen one in quite a while!

Here are some more random photos that I don’t have very much to say about except OMG GREAT DANNNEEESSS.





Did any of you guys go to Pookie’s RescueFest this weekend? Tell me your stories!

  • Jayme cook January 26, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Ace, Delilah and myself met hundreds of people at Pookie’s Rescuefest! We had a great time speaking with many different rescues and it was clearly evident we were all passionate about tracing animals of all shapes, sizes and breeds!

    • Tara February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

      It was an amazing experience, wasn’t it?

  • Jill Wilder January 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like a great event and I’m recognizing the Danes! You guys are doing great with Bubba.

    • Tara February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

      It’s really weird: I am seeing so many Great Danes everywhere now! It’s probably because I’m subconsciously looking out for them, haha!

  • 2 Brown Dawgs February 3, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Looks like a fun event! What is the genetic problem that caused the deformed front leg? I have never heard of that being caused by a breeding issue. Is it unique to Danes?

    • Tara February 4, 2015 at 8:44 am

      We don’t know, actually. He didn’t come from a great place, so we are guessing it is a result of bad breeding :(. I haven’t heard of Great Danes having a propensity for deformed limbs.

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