Kobe

Meet Kobe!!
He’s not a Great Dane but can definitely hang with the big dogs! He is 1 1/2 yrs old, 68lbs, and was surrendered by a loving family who was just too busy for him. Their circumstances changed and with work and life were just not home ever.
 
Kobe has been around small children since he was first adopted and it really shows as he is great with them and looks at them as siblings. He is a mix of a little bit of everything, his previous vet believes he’s primarily a boxer with a bit of lab, pit bull, and possibly mastiff so he’s got a lot of love to give and a lot of energy to share. He makes a great companion to any dog, preferably one his size or larger since he is full of playful energy. He is a big lover and attention seeker. He plays fetch like it’s his job until you make him take a break. We are currently teaching him how to take a break from playing and just chill. With a little guidance and forced downtime, he does great.
 
If you are wanting a dog that can literally go anywhere with you- this is him. He rides wonderfully in the car and is just excited about life. He’s so happy to be out and about and takes direction well regarding sit and with a little tug understands to calm down and observe. He’d be a great dog to take to breweries and hiking or anything and everything where a dog is allowed. He can walk for miles and miles and is just happy to be out. Fantastic on a slip lead leash and even walkable by my 6 and 9-year-olds. He gets excited when he sees wildlife whether it be a squirrel, turtle, or bird, and might pull a bit but with a little correction, he’s back on track. He will even sit and take commands when he’s excited. Kobe does amazing in his crate and continuing to use his crate while he’s home alone is a must since he can get anxious when left out without humans home.
 
He has the most mesmerizing and velvety coat and loves all the snuggles. He wants to be one with the family and snuggle right beside you when it’s not play time. This sweet pup definitely needs to be with a family that can fill his bucket with daily walks and lots of play whether it’s a round of fetch or playing with other dogs. He loves people and is happy to greet and play with everyone. 
 

Ruby

UPDATE
I’m all healed up and enjoying life! 
I go lots of places with my foster family and love having my fur brother around. I have gained lots of confidence and am comfortable meeting all kinds of people. I love to ride in the car, go for walks and hikes and run like the wind outside where I can. I love to chew on my toys and spend lots of time laying around loving my humans.
 
I’m kid-friendly but sometimes bouncy, so my human siblings will need to be dog-friendly. I like to chase rabbits and chickens and I have a neighborhood cat that torments me regularly, though my foster parents won’t let me get him. My foster mom is a stickler for leash manners and I like to please her, so I sit, stay, heel, halt when she asks. I take my heartworm meds like a champ but hope those days will be over soon. I go back to the Dr. next week to get tested. Wish me luck!
 
Meet Ms. Ruby!
Ruby was found as a stray and obviously overbred at an early age. She also had bilateral cherry eyes that she has had fixed…and WOW…look how GREAT she looks! She is a 2-3-year-old laid-back play baby. She loves just hanging out with her people and fur siblings.
 
She is anxious about anything new and will need a quiet routine as she adjusts to her new family. She is still very young and since she was a stray we really don’t know how old she is but she loves to chew on anything, especially if her people aren’t watching. But she is a smart girl and takes redirection very well when given appropriate things she can chew on. She is super nosey and wants to find out what EVERYTHING is made of. She is a shy girl on the nervous side that jumps at anything new but with love and patience and continued socialization, she will get past this as well! She is also can be an escape artist and likes to explore! So a secure fence will be required. She likes to push limits and will need some training once she settles in. She is very vocal and talkative, but is super shy when meeting new humans or dogs, but warm up to them. She is crate trained and house trained and good with other dogs and kids! Ruby is a perfect little diamond in the rough that will make a great addition to the right family that will love her and help build her confidence!
 

Maybell

Meet Maybelle.

She is about 10 – 12 months old and is a quintessential Velcro Dane. Want to prepare dinner alone? Nope. What to read undisturbed? Unh-uh. Need to go to the bathroom? “Hey!”

She loves attention, playing, and meeting new friends—human and canine. Very sociable, she believes that anywhere she goes, everyone is there to meet and pet her. Maybelle has had exposure to cats and seems to be okay with them, but will give chase if they run. She favors stuffed toys and will bring them to you to be thrown and then retrieves for a repeat…over and over again.
Crate trained, she is currently kept in a 4’ tall topless X-pen when no one is home, and that allows her to jump for joy when someone gets home in the afternoon.

Maybelle knows some commands and leash training is underway.
This young, energetic Great Dane will be a fantastic addition to a loving family. She would do best in a household with another energetic canine playmate. ***A fenced yard will be required.

She is being fostered in Thomasville NC.

Stella

Meet Stella,
Stella is a 2-year-old trapped in a 7-year-old body. Stella’s story starts when she was selected by a family whose father was in the military. He wanted a dog for his wife and kids while he was deployed. Stella stayed with them for 7 years. However, the family moved overseas and would be gone for at least three years. Stella could not go and instead went to live with an Older Aunt. Stella’s life with the Aunt was a bit stressful. Stella was confused and didn’t know what happened to her family. The Aunt had two high-energy dogs that Stella tried to be friends with but they didn’t like her much. The Aunt had no experience with Danes and tried to integrate Stella into the care pattern she used with her much smaller dogs. The stress of being moved away from her family, not getting along with the Aunt’s dogs, and Stella not bonding with the Aunt resulted in some common senior issues starting after living there for three weeks.

When Stella arrived at her foster home, she was a little timid and did not want to be close to the other dogs (a Dane and a beagle). The first day Stella would only lay on her bed that came with her. No matter where it was. She would find it and lay motionless on it. She would not approach the other dogs. BUT, that only lasted for the first night. The next day Stella realized she was in a safe place and the dogs here are not going to be mean to her. Suddenly this shy, grey faced senior Dane came to life! Stella LOVES attention. She wants you to love her constantly. If she walks past you she will come up and bump your hand for pets. And if she really wants some attention you better get ready because she will do the Dane lean.. But not just the normal Dane lean. She will approach you at highway speed (senior Dane highway speed) and just plan on using your body to stop her momentum (takes too much energy for her to slow down). The foster family figured out pretty quickly that she will ask to go outside.
Stella is a sassy girl. She is a grumbler. When she wants your attention she will get in front of you and grumble. Not a growl. Not a howl. But a low tone rolling grumble. She will do this until you acknowledge her and ask her what she wants. If she needs to go out she will look at the door then back at you. If she wants to play she will bounce away like a puppy, grab one of her toys and bring it to you. At first she just wants you to look at it. After a few days she will let you touch her toy. Then eventually she will play tug with you once she deems you worthy of interacting with it. She loves to chase a ball and is actually pretty spry for an old gal. She will chase it and bring it back to you. When you try to grab it she will put her body on top of it so you can’t get it, but she loves it when you try.

Stella gives a soft gentle tip of the tongue kisses when she likes you. Stella is also a protector. When the foster family’s son comes in at night from work she is the first one to the door to make sure he still has proper clearance to see the family. When one of the family members picks up the beagle and places him on the couch, Stella quickly runs over to supervise “Operation puppy lift” to ensure he is placed on the couch gently.

Stella is truly a puppy in a senior dog’s body. So if you are looking for a Dane who is playful, fun-loving, sassy, talkative, a little nosy, incredibly gentle, who loves kids, other dogs, and is an absolute attention sponge take a long look at this beautiful grey-faced girl!

P.S. She snores. Like, Seriously snores… like an 80-year-old man after thanksgiving kinda snore.

Ruby

Meet Ms. Ruby! Ruby was found as a stray and obviously overbred at an early age. She also had bilateral cherry eyes that she has had fixed…and WOW…look how GREAT she looks!

Ruby is a 2-3-year-old laid-back play baby. She loves just hanging out with her people and fur siblings. She is anxious about anything new and will need a quiet routine as she adjusts to her new family. She is still very young and since she was a stray we really don’t know how old she is but she loves to chew on anything, especially if her people aren’t watching. But she is a smart girl and takes redirection very well when given appropriate things she can chew on.

Ruby is super nosey and wants to find out what EVERYTHING is made of. She is a shy girl on the nervous side that jumps at anything new but with love and patience and continued socialization, she will get past this as well! She is also can be an escape artist and likes to explore! So a secure fence will be required. She likes to push limits and will need some training once she settles in. She is very vocal and talkative, but is super shy when meeting new humans or dogs, but warm up to them.

She is crate trained and house trained and good with other dogs and kids! Ruby is a perfect little diamond in the rough that will make a great addition to the right family that will love her and help build her confidence!

 

June 2, 2021 — UPDATE!

I’m all healed up and enjoying life.   I go lots of places with my foster family and love having my fur brother around. I have gained lots of confidence and am comfortable meeting all kinds of people. I love to ride in the car, go for walks and hikes and run like the wind outside where I can. I love to chew on my toys and spend lots of time laying around loving my humans. I’m kid-friendly but sometimes bouncy, so my human siblings will need to be dog-friendly. I like to chase rabbits and chickens and I have a neighborhood cat that torments me regularly, though my foster parents won’t let me get him.

My foster mom is a stickler for leash manners and I like to please her, so I sit, stay, heel, halt when she asks. I take my heartworm meds like a champ but hope those days will be over soon. I go back to the Dr. next week to get tested. Wish me luck!

Lego

Lego is a 6 yr old neutered male Dane that came to us as an owner surrender after a divorce. Lego is good with other dogs but he gets VERY excited meeting on leash. He needs slow intros and he is fine. He is house and crate trained and rides great in the car. Although great in a crate he is trustworthy outside of a crate alone as well.

Lego is also great with kids and lived with 2 his whole life. He loves to play tug of war over chasing balls…but he does like those too! He gives awesome hugs by putting his head on your shoulder and pulling you to him. He is a big lover and very affectionate!

Lego is a silly boy that will chase the geese as they fly over the yard to the fence as they head toward the pond nearby. Loves to roll in the grass. He knows sit, stay, place, down and come – still stubborn sometimes about responding to commands but he knows them and will do them! He also will give you his paw for a treat 🙂 

His foster is working on leash manners with him so he can do better meeting dogs on walks. Once he sees someone or a dog he goes into super excitement mode and he’s a big boy at 170 lbs! So constant leash work will be a must.

Lego will need a confident owner with Giant breed experience and a fenced yard. Lego could be fine as an only dog or in a home with a confident female that can match his energy and play level. He LOVES to play but can get rough at times. If interested in adopting Lego you can email us at info@greatdanefriends.com for an application.