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  • Bella
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    Bella is a 15 month old pretty black female with natural ears. She was given up by a family who had a hard time dealing with this high energy girl. Bella is very sweet and loves everyone she meets once she is given a chance to warm up to you. She does love to run and jump and needs work on her manners. Bella is doing very well in her foster home who is working on commands and leash work with daily long walks. She is living with a female retriever mix and they play well together. She is crate trained and is fine being left for short periods. Bella needs a home who will continue her training and also provide an outlet for her energy. Another canine companion for her to play with is best for Bella. Since she is so energetic, she would be too much for small children and she has never lived with any. She did meet a cat in a temporary foster home and was fine with him. If you are looking for a sweet active young Dane and have the time and energy to give, she will blossom into a wonderful loving and faithful companion. Training will be a requirement of her adoption. Bella came to MAGDRL in August 2014. (3)
  • Bo
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    Bo is an almost 8 year old (DOB 12/2006) fawn male with natural ears. He came to rescue after his owner's grandchild moved in, who was allergic to Bo. Bo is one of the sweetest and most loyal dogs his foster Mom has been around. When he first came to his foster home, he was a little unsure of himself and a bit scared. He was having a lot of trouble going up stairs. We weren't sure if it was due to age, arthritis, or just being stiff and sore from his traveling that day. She put an orthopedic dog bed on the main level so he could rest and not worry about steps. After she put the kids down for bed and got ready herself, she kept hearing whining noises. Bo was standing at the bottom of the stairs whining because he wanted to be up with the family. She helped him up the stairs, put his bed on the floor next to her bed, and he crashed for the night. The next morning he was like a new dog. He now goes up and down stairs fine. Bo's vet says he shows signs of degenerative neurologic disease in his hind limbs and tail, leading to loss of coordination and fecal incontinence. We have him in a routine now of going outside for 20-30 minutes after he eats and this is helping him a lot. Bo also has a slight irregular heart beat that will have to be monitored, which also makes it so he cannot be neutered. Bo is fine with the two small dogs in his foster home, but is unknown with cats. He walks well on a leash and actually loves going for walks. Bo is not crazy about younger dogs that are trying to play with him, but he is very patient. He is fine in the crate during the day. He just wants to be loved and he is so loveable. He has so much love to give to people. Bo came to MAGDRL in September 2014. (4)
  • Destiny
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    Destiny is a 1 1/2 year old black female with natural ears. She is a wonderful energetic girl who is very smart and loves to please her humans. She was adopted from a shelter in February with little known history. She came into the home and settled in very quickly. She is crate trained, house trained, will sit and stay for her food, and walks well on a leash but sometimes forgets not to pull if there is something of interest. She loves to be on her bed in the living room and just be near her people. She learns very quickly and is highly motivated by food. Destiny is still a puppy and is easily excited, she is very interested in sights and sounds and seems to have had limited exposure up until now. She has not met a person she does not like (men and women), but she has not been around children. She has a very strong personality and can be stubborn until she knows who is in charge. Destiny would do well in a home with adults and a daily routine. She counter surfs, but is slowly learning that this is something she is not suppose to do. Destiny is missing two toes on her front foot, but that does not slow her down. Due to limited socialization she does not do well with other dogs. She loves her people and wants to be with them and not have to share. Destiny is a wonderful girl and is a great companion. She should be an only dog and shouldn't be places with kids younger than 12. Destiny came to MAGDRL in June 2014. (5)
    Update 10/13/14 - Destiny was spayed the October 10th and is recovering well. She is definitely a snuggler and loves to give kisses and leans. She still wants to put her paws on your shoulders, but will stop with a strong "down". She doesn't bark much and will do anything for food. However she does respect the dinner table and counters - she's really interested, but hasn't stolen anything. Destiny loves chew treats and being with her people. Though once she had to choose between them, and she decided to hide her treat in the closet to go be with her people. Later when we were in the bedroom, she went to get it and finish it while she could have both. She rides well in the car and did well at the vets', though we made sure she wasn't close to any other dogs. Destiny has been favoring or holding up the paw with the missing toes. Not sure if this is how she normally is or if it's because the hardwood/tile floors are different - I would suspect that long walks or runs on asphalt/cement could wear a raw spot on it unless she learns to wear a bootie. Destiny loves to sleep and will happily nap next to you while you work on the computer, watch TV or sleep in on the weekends. She crates very easily and only left a mess once when she had the runs for the first 3 days she was with us. She's quite dainty and agile - she jumps over rather than accidentally step in her poo and can leap in the Suburban with ease. She's been very good around the horses. She'll walk with me and a horse from the barn to the pasture without fuss. Destiny has preferred me over my husband and when I'm outside, Destiny will follow my progress from window to window. Destiny has shied away from belts and rolled up magazines and has jumped at loud noises, most likely from her time before the shelter. I still think she shouldn't be around small dogs or young children, and we'll see how she does around Danes this coming weekend.
  • Duke
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    Duke is a stunning 3 year old mantle male with natural ears who is a love bug and is over the moon about people. He wants to be petted, loved on, held, and hugged. He will sit on you, if you let him. But it is only because he wants to be really really close. He would do best in a home where his people were around most of the time! Duke does get along with other animals and currently lives with a female great Dane and 2 smaller males . He needs to be properly introduced – as he is very curious and he likes being the center of attention. Everyone he meets, two-legged and four-legged has an invisible sign on them that says: PLAYMATE FOR DUKE. And he fully engages all playmates. Duke would do best in a home with larger dogs due to his overactive play style. While Duke is great with cats – he is very curious. If the cat runs – he will chase. When the cat stops – he just wants to play. With our cats, that results in a scratched nose. For him. Although he is smart, his “I want to play” gene is stronger than his ‘smart’ gene. He has to relearn this lesson constantly. He has never tried to bite or mouth any of our cats. He bows to them – and sniffs a lot. Still many times resulting in a scratched nose. Duke has been around kids as young as 2 years old and is fine with them. Sadly Duke has anxiety and would do best in a home environment where there is little to no outside distractions. For this reason he will NOT be placed in a condo or apartment home. He is crate trained and his owners have tried many natural solutions to try and help curb this behavior, but they live near Quantico and the constant war games and other loud noises is just too much for him to handle. Duke has been x-rayed and diagnosed with hip dysplasia in both hips but at this time is just on supplements and pain meds as needed. Duke will be required to attend obedience training as part of his adoption. Duke came to MAGDRL in May 2014. (5)
  • George
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    George is a 2 year old black male with natural ears. He is an energetic boy who is smart and eager to please his humans. He is able to sit and wait for food. He eats very quickly and requires multiple meals to help slow him down. Once he puts on weight and learns that food will be available he should slow down. He walks well on leash, however he does forget not to pull when there is something that catches his eye. He learns very quickly and is highly motivated by food. George is still very much a puppy and is easily excited, he is very interested in sights and sounds and seems to have had limited exposure to things up to now. He has a strong personality and can be stubborn until he knows what is expected of him. George would do well in a home with adults who will provide a daily routine. Children and cats are unknown. George will need to be an only dog or have the companionship of a laid back female although will need slow introductions as he has had to be pushy to get food and attention. George came to MAGDRL in August 2014. (2)
  • Goose
    Goose is currently on medical hold
    Goose is a very sweet 6 year old merle female with natural ears. She came to rescue when her owners moved away. Goose is an easy-going girl, who just wants a family to love. She is very good with other dogs and with cats. She has excellent manners and is very trustworthy in the house. Goose was diagnosed with Addison's disease two years ago, and it appears to be the "atypical" type. When she came to us, she was on an improper dosage of her medication, so we will be doing further testing once that is at the correct level. Goose is on medical hold until we determine exactly what dosage she will require going forward. Once that's settled, she will require regular vet visits, but should be able to live a happy, normal life. She'll be looking for a somewhat quiet home with at least one canine companion and lots of love and attention. Goose came to MAGDRL in July 2014. (7)
    Update 9/6/14 - Goose is doing very well! Following the vet's reduction schedule, we have her medication down to less than half of what she was initially on. She seems to be feeling a good bit better and more relaxed, and finally seems to be comfortable in her own skin. The constant panting has subsided, and she is leaving water in her bowl now too. We have also gotten her onto a better diet, and I think she looks better – her coat looks less dull, her eyes are brighter, etc. She actually apparently did some trotting around the yard over the weekend too, which is HUGE since she never wanted to do any outside playing before. She also has integrated just fine with her canine sister and brother. We are crossing our fingers that we get her all straightened out, and everything keeps going in this direction! We will be continuing to reduce the medication over the next month, with follow-up tests done along the way, until we get her to the optimum level.
  • Maddie
    Meet Maddie! Maddie is 8 years old, but don't tell her as she appears to be completely unaware of it! Quite spry for a mature Dane! She is a sweetly disposition girl with a beautiful blue coat and natural ears - when she is inquisitive, she looks like the Flying Nun! Poor Maddie came to MAGDRL after her owner passed away. Maddie cannot (or will not) do stairs, so she would be best in a single story home, but is respectful of gates and does not mind being away from her people overnight in a two story. Like all Danes, she requires good bedding to lie on, and likes to sit beside you on the couch, too. Maddie knows "sit" and takes treats very gently, and we are working on other commands and leash training. She would do best in a low activity home with only older or dog savvy children, at 150 pounds, Maddie is a lot of dog! Maddie is a huge love-bug and leaner. She is not a drooler, but is somewhat of messy eater. She will eliminate on command if on a good feeding schedule. Maddie does show some signs of age with some old lady lumps and bumps as well as a large cyst on her left hand side towards are hip. This does not bother her at all but her forever home will need to be aware of its size for future developments. Maddie is a lovely girl who is looking for a family that will give her a wonderful loving home. Maddie came to MAGDRL in July 2014. (2)
  • Mateo
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    kids 15+
    Mateo is a healthy male who came into MAGDRL with a female Dane Sada. He is a young 8 years old who likes to play and has a good appetite. He's house broken and is very gentle when you give him a treat. Mateo is a little shy of men when he first meets them as he lived in a home with all woman. He's a real love bug and enjoys getting all the attention you can give him. He does pull a bit on lead but is manageable. Would like to see him adopted with Sada as he's very attached to her and they love to play together. He should go to a home where someone is home the majority of the day and no young children as they make him nervous and he will air snap so its best he's not placed in a home with children under 15 years old or a home that doesn't have young children that come over to visit a lot. Mateo came to MAGDRL in January 2013. (1)
    Update 5/4/13 - Mateo might be 8 years in age but he doesn't act it at all, he loves to run and doesn't show any problems with his rear legs. He loves to snuggle and seems to enjoy being around woman as he's sometimes shy of men. Mateo is very sweet and needs a home without a fencing exception as he will take off and run.
    Update 11/2/13 - Mateo is a quiet laid back kinda guy. His most favorite thing to do in the world is chew on his Nylabone. A very good eater, loves to ride in the car. Is very good for a bath. Just a love bug. Will take all the hugs you can give him. I don't think that he is good with anything small. He's not a barkie kind of dog. Is very well behaved. Pulls a bit on lead but nothing to bad. While we originally wanted to see Mateo placed with Sada, we have found that he would do fine without her as well. Mateo is very healthy for his age. Gets around just fine. He would be a great addition to any family that just wants a real mush. Mateo would love to have a family to call his own, don't let the gray around his muzzle fool you, he still gets the zoomies in the yard and that won't stop the unconditional love he'll give you.
  • Pepper
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    Pepper is a 5 year old beautiful tall mantle girl with cropped ears. One is flopped which gives her great character. Pepper is a very affectionate and loving girl. She was returned after being adopted and placed in a foster home with 6 children, she is doing great with them there. Pepper does have her quirks, she stresses when left alone. She will rip up any "bags" left in her reach. Her foster home has figured this out and is careful about it, as well as hiding treats and toys for her to find. This has worked well. She is doing great with the boundaries set for her and is learning "stay" as well as reinforcing all of her obedience commands. Pepper has lived with other dogs and is selective about who she likes and dislikes, so she is best as an only dog, but can probably live in peace with a laid back confident large male. Pepper has not lived with cats and will not be placed with any. Pepper came back to MAGDRL in March 2014. (3)
  • Sam
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    Sam is a 7 year old handsome mantle male with natural ears. He was given up because he had an occasional issue with the alpha dog in his previous home. His owner was also expecting a new baby so thought it was best to rehome him. Sam is in a foster home with another male Dane who is approximately the same age. They have been introduced slowly and are doing very well with this slow integration. He did live with no issues with another large male dog in his previous home. Sam is a mellow boy, is very affectionate and loves his people. He is a typical Velcro Dane and wants to be where you are. He is house trained, crate trained and trustworthy in the house. Active children do make him nervous so he will not be placed into an active home with young children. Sam walks well on a leash but does react to approaching strange dogs. Once introduced and learns there is no threat, he is fine. Sam is a very sweet boy who wants to be loved. He deserves a quiet home where he can spend his senior years in peace. We know he can be placed with other dogs who will treat an old guy with respect. Sam came to MAGDRL in September 2013. (3)
  • Samuel
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    Samuel is looking for a foster home. Can you help?
    Samuel is a very large, very handsome, 4 year old harlequin male with cropped and standing ears. Do not let his size fool you, he is a big Scooby Doo and needs a very Dane savvy home to be able to give him the support he needs to function as a normal Dane. Samuel needs a strong lead to assure him that the world is not a horrible place and he can trust that he will be taken care of and not have to take charge of the situation. Due to his anxiety we are saying no dogs and no children. Once this boy has formed a bond with you he will look to you for reassurance and appropriate behavior limits. If you can give this boy a stable, loving home with consistency, leadership and a low key life then please contact us. Samuel came to MAGDRL in May 2014. (2)
  • Turbo
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    Turbo is a handsome 15 month old harlequin male with natural ears. He came to rescue due to his family not being able to handle him. Turbo is young, still a bit of a puppy, yet loves to play and is extremely affectionate. He loves to give big doggie hugs, and aspires to become a lap dog, and so will try to climb into your lap if you let him. Turbo was raised in a house with three young children (ages 4-10) and was good with them. He gets along well with other dogs and loves to play and run around with his foster sister Cleo (also a Great Dane), but has not been exposed to cats. His foster family has been teaching him to stay out of the kitchen, not to counter surf and to stay off of the furniture. He has been a quick learner, but still needs some more reinforcement. Turbo knows some basic commands such as sit, come, stay, paw… but needs more work with them. He walks well on a leash and is getting used to a gentle leader. He gets excited at feeding time and will drool until he gets his food, which he then quickly eats. When it comes to food/treats, he can be competitive and will attempt to eat his and his foster sister's, so they are fed separately. Turbo is crate trained, although he is not yet overly fond of it. He will cry if left in it while people are in the house, but quickly settles down soon after you leave. He hasn't had any issues being crated while his foster family is at work. Since coming to his foster house he hasn't shown any signs of wanting to chew on household items (as puppies often do), although if he isn't going to be crated when no one is home he probably should be given a good chew toy or two so that he doesn't decide to go looking for one on his own. He sleeps quietly in the bedroom at night on his own doggie bed and will not disturb anyone until it's time to go out in the morning. He would do well in a forever home that will provide a consistent routine and give him lots of love and attention. Turbo came to MAGDRL in August 2014. (2)
  • Aries - Courtesy
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    Aries is a courtesy listing.
    Please contact your local coordinator for more information on him.
    Aries is a 4 1/2 year old black male with natural ears. I am neutered and exceptionally handsome, if I do say so myself. I am pretty powerful but love to lean on my people and would love to spend some time with you. A bit of training and I'd be a great addition to your home. I would prefer a home without young children and cats are unknown. This dog can only be adopted within the Washington DC metro area, which includes DC and parts of MD. (5)

    MAGDRL occasionally lists danes that are available for adoption through another rescuer, shelter or individual. These danes have not been evaluated by MAGDRL, and MAGDRL makes no representation about the dane or the rescuer. Adoptions of courtesy listings do not follow MAGDRL's adoption process, and any proceeds do not normally go to MAGDRL. Adoption fees are at the discretion of the individual or rescuer.
  • Jake - Courtesy
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    Jake is a courtesy listing.
    Please contact your local coordinator for more information on him.
    Hi name is JAKE! Everyone who has met me thinks I am probably 5-7 years old and I am a perfect blend of Great Dane with Blood Hound and/or Mastiff. I really like everyone and everything I have met so far. I currently live with a couple adults, a couple small children, a few cats and 2 other dogs. I was found 2 years ago after my family moved and abandoned me, tied me to a tree with nothing to eat or drink. A nice couple saved my life. They took me home and gave me a warm place to sleep and all the food I needed to get healthy again. I was really hungry, as I weighed only 85 pounds at that time. But then their lives changed and they had to find a new family for me. The people I live with now are awesome. They love me very much, but they have a human daughter who is having medical issues right now. Because of this, they cant provide the attention and care I need. I recently developed an allergic reaction to fleas that caused my hair to fall out, but I am on the rebound... becoming the slick, handsome boy that I was a couple months ago. AND, I currently tip the scales at OVER 150 POUNDS! My perfect day would be spending time just chilling out with a family who loves me and can provide a healthy, happy home. I honestly don't ask for a lot, I am extremely laid back. It sometimes takes a couple minutes for me to get use to new men, but I warm up quickly. After that, I just stand and lean in for pets and lovin'. Can you find it in your heart to give this handsome, laid back and loving boy a home? His past road has been a bumpy one, he deserves a happily ever after! (2)

    MAGDRL occasionally lists danes that are available for adoption through another rescuer, shelter or individual. These danes have not been evaluated by MAGDRL, and MAGDRL makes no representation about the dane or the rescuer. Adoptions of courtesy listings do not follow MAGDRL's adoption process, and any proceeds do not normally go to MAGDRL. Adoption fees are at the discretion of the individual or rescuer.
  • Orson - Courtesy
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    Orson is a courtesy listing.
    Please contact your local coordinator for more information on him.
    Orson is a 4 1/2 year old (born Jan 2010) blue male with natural ears. He's house trained and has never had an accident or chewed anything up. He has his own couch and loves empty toilet paper tolls, sometimes full ones if he finds them. Orson hasn't been around small kids much because the grandkids do not live close. He would best fit in a home as the only dog or a female his size. He does not like thunder storms and wants to be close to you when it storms. He will sleep in the hallway where there are no windows so he can't see the lightning. He eats grain free food and loves snacks. (5)

    MAGDRL occasionally lists danes that are available for adoption through another rescuer, shelter or individual. These danes have not been evaluated by MAGDRL, and MAGDRL makes no representation about the dane or the rescuer. Adoptions of courtesy listings do not follow MAGDRL's adoption process, and any proceeds do not normally go to MAGDRL. Adoption fees are at the discretion of the individual or rescuer.
  • Thor - Courtesy
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    Thor is a courtesy listing.
    Please contact your local coordinator for more information on him.
    My name is Thor. I'm a 3 1/2 year old (born 3/15/11) fawn male with natural ears. I am a sweet, loving, and playful boy who especially loves human adults. I'm very obedient, unless I'm nervous, in which case a firmer command usually does the trick, and I very much want to please my humans. I walk well on a leash and stay close off leash, as well. I'm house broken and crate trained, and I need to be an inside dog to be close to my family. I'm fine with cats and young children, as long as the children are tough enough to handle getting their feet stepped on or the occasional pushing past. I spent the first two years of my life on a puppy farm with almost 100 adult dogs, so I have lots of scars from pack-type fights. I'm scared of and run away from aggressive dogs (even the little ones), so I would be better suited in a home without other dogs, though a female dog or another submissive dog might work out. I'm a Velcro dog and attached to adult humans very quickly that give me attention. I need to be crated or otherwise appropriately confined when humans are not around because I like to get into trash cans and laundry hampers. I have eaten and passed at least a dozen socks and gloves prior to being crated. I have special medication and attention needs. My doctors say that I will likely struggle with skin allergies and itching all my life, so I am on indefinite medication that usually keeps me in good shape. The occasional skin and ear infections I get can be treated with antibiotics and ear ointment. I also have to be bathed and have ears cleaned regularly. Please help me find a forever home that can love me and help me manage my allergies. (5)

    MAGDRL occasionally lists danes that are available for adoption through another rescuer, shelter or individual. These danes have not been evaluated by MAGDRL, and MAGDRL makes no representation about the dane or the rescuer. Adoptions of courtesy listings do not follow MAGDRL's adoption process, and any proceeds do not normally go to MAGDRL. Adoption fees are at the discretion of the individual or rescuer
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