If you have ever had the pleasure of hanging out with a great dane, you know the love and affection these gentle giants can offer. Many years ago I fostered a great dane who was seized from a home after neighbors reported abuse. She was covered in fleas, extremely anemic and emaciated to the point that you could see every bone. Yet as soon as I got near her, she welcomed me with a kiss that pretty much removed my makeup on from the entire right side of my face. It was love at first kiss for sure.
Sadly all of my pictures of my time with Akima were destroyed in hurricane Ivan, but the memories I have of her are strong. And my love for the breed has continued on years after she was re-homed to a wonderful family in Jay Florida once we got her healthy and to her ideal weight… which was about 120 pounds. That is why when I read about the Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, I knew I had to help spread the word.
The inaugural Great Day With The Danes fundraiser will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Hill Yard on 12th Avenue. There will be vendors, raffles, bake sales, music by the Southern Bullet Band, and of course, great danes. They will also be taking applications for adoptions and fosters for this loving, gentle breed. The rescue has taken in nearly twenty dogs over the last few months who have needed fostering, medical care, and more. Saturday’s event is to help raise money and awareness to help these gentle giants find their forever home and refill the Rescue’s emergency fund that has been more than depleted with these needy pups.
Check out www.NWFLGDR.com for more ways that you can get involved in helping the Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue, and head down to the East Hill Yard on Saturday to show your love and support. Just… remember that makeup and great dane kisses do not always end well. 🙂
Be sure to stop by and say hello to my friend Deana who will have her For Tails Only booth set up at the fundraiser! For Tails Only is a pet products direct sales company which offers products for furbabies – and those of us who love them!