Meet Odin!

Odin is a 4 yr old neutered male Dane. He is house and crate trained. Odin is good with other dogs and cats. Odin has lived with kids and is fine with them as well! He is a sweet laid back boy that is learning that living INSIDE a house is really great! He loves his dog bed and is starting to learn what snuggling is. He’s not big into toys or bones. He has done well on outings in public but can get a little startled by cars out on a walk. He has an amazing sweet temperament and would be a great addition to almost any home! Odin does need and likes to have another canine companion.

He is being fostered in Thomasville NC.


Hi, I’m Thor!

I’m a 3-year-old neutered male. I spent the first part of my life chained up as an outside dog-so I’m still learning about how nice it is living inside with air conditioning and couches! 🙂  My foster family thinks I spent most of my time by myself then too-it takes me a little while to warm up to people, but once I do I’ll be your friend forever!

I am staying with a 4-year-old female Dane and a 6-month-old male Dane puppy-we all get along great, they are showing me the ropes. My foster dad is working with me on the leash, and I know basic commands like sit and shake. I am house trained, but I haven’t spent much time in the crate yet. I love the water too! I am also good with kids, cats, and chickens. I’m ready for my forever home…could that be yours?

I am being fostered in Clayton NC.


Hi, I’m Pepper!

I’m a 5-month-old spunky Great Dane Mix. I’m about 45lbs and my foster mom thinks I might also be part hound. I’ve got much more coordination and spring in my step than most Dane puppies my age. I’m the perfect mix of playful and cuddly.

When I’m not running around the backyard with my foster siblings or playing fetch with my foster mom, I love snuggling on the couch or bed. I might not be a full-Great Dane, but I can be a couch potato all the same! I would love a home with playful dog siblings – I really like playing tug and keep away. When I’m really excited, I like to hop and dive so that I’m the one who gets to the toy first! Honestly, I just really like toys!! My foster mom loves when she has to clean up after I take every toy out of the toy bin! But when the fun is over, I would love to share a dog bed with my dog friends! I do have a lot of puppy energy, so I would pair best with a dog that is spunky just like me! I like to get out some of my energy with daily walks.

I’m great on leash – both walking and meeting other dogs. When I’m out on a walk and I see something fun.. like a bird… I like to do a cute little bunny hop and make my ears flop.

I currently have 3 cat foster siblings and I REALLY want to play with them and I can’t understand why they won’t play back! If there is a cat in my new home, it would be best if they were very dog-savvy and either ignored me or tried to play back!

I also really love my foster parents AND I love all new people! I will run up, give kisses, and give you my belly for pets. I haven’t met small humans yet, but my previous owner said I did great with kids. I am potty trained and will sit by the door when I need to go potty. I think I would really like to be bell-trained to signal when I need to go outside. I might ring it a lot though because I LOVE to be outside! I’m also crate trained and I do really well in my crate at night. During the day, I don’t like it as much, so I will need a new family that is patient with crate training. I’m up to date on all of my vaccines and will be ready for adoption once I’m spayed in a few weeks!

People: Great with men, women, strangers
Kids: Good
Dogs: Great with all dogs, would prefer playful sibling
Cats: Likes to chase in a playful way, would require dog-savvy cat

Pepper is being fostered in Richmond VA.


Meet June! She is a super sweet, 65 pound, 9-month-old puppy. She loves everyone she meets, including dogs of all sizes, kids, cats, & new people. She enjoys playing with toys and dogs of all sizes. Her current best bud is a 24-pound Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She has a deep bark & loves to communicate with her humans.

She is fully house and crate trained. June walks very well on a leash and enjoys going for walks. She sleeps all night in her crate without complaining. She does not get on furniture but loves a big, soft dog bed. She doesn’t counter surf or beg for food. She understands “no” and takes direction well. She wants to please and to give love.

She’s very warm and snuggly. Her foster family loves to cuddle with her and watch tv in the evenings. She is great to take out to a brewery or outdoor restaurant because she is so chill and friendly.

June was truly rescued by the GDFRL when she was a very sick little puppy back in May. She had HOD (hypertrophic osteodystrophy) and some stomach issues that caused her to be malnourished. She recently had surgery to remove a toy that was obstructing her bowels. She still needs her spay surgery and they will fix her cherry eye then. June is a resilient, gentle, and sweet puppy. One vet called her “Miss Sparkle Pants” because she was always such a happy and great patient regardless of her medical issues or how badly she felt. She is a favorite patient everywhere she’s been for veterinary care. The rescue named her June from the character on A Handmaid’s Tale because of her resilience. Now that she is healthy, she is looking for her forever family. Could this be you?

June is being fostered in Raleigh NC. She will require previous giant breed experience and a fenced yard.


Hi, my name is Lola, and what a sweetheart I am! I am an older lady about 6-7 yrs old but I have lots of spunk left in me! I was dropped off at a local shelter as a “stray” but not really sure if that’s true or not, so we know nothing about my past.

I am the sweetest of girls and I love everyone that I meet. I’m great on a leash and very low energy but still get the occasional zoomies when my people get home from work! I am as good as gold in the house (even alone and uncrated) and truthfully…I don’t like the crate at all. I love to snuggle and nuzzle, especially after I’ve just had a big drink of water. I love toys, especially soft plush toys. I like to carry them around and suck on them as I fall asleep. I don’t counter surf or get into anything I’m not supposed to.

I have been friendly with other dogs I’ve met on walks, but I’m not a fan of high-energy dogs in my home and have been great as the only fur baby in my foster home. If I were to live with another dog, an older calm laid-back one like myself would be preferred. I haven’t been around cats much so I’m unsure how I’ll feel about that. I am recently spayed and currently heartworm positive but I have started treatment for that! We don’t know how I am with kids because my foster doesn’t have any but I seem to be fine encountering the on walks…just not sure about living with them.

Overall I am the bestest of senior ladies you can find. Just looking for someone to give me my forever home and love me forever!

Lola is being fostered in Conway SC. 


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.


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.


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 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.