Rescues In Need
This page showcases different dogs that are currently
with MAGDRL and are receiving treatment and training to help them
overcome the abuse and neglect they have suffered before finding
their way to us. Each of these dogs deserves a chance and our
dedicated volunteers are working to save their lives.
Additional Photos of Hershey
Hershey is a 4 year old harlequin female with natural ears. She came to MAGDRL when she was found abandoned and tied to a light post in a parking lot after having puppies. Hershey was taken to her first vet visit and was diagnosed with having heartworm disease. Further testing revealed Hershey needs intense treatment to get rid of the heartworms and to prevent heart damage. She has begun treatment but has several months of treatment ahead of her. Hershey also needs to test heartworm negative before she can be spayed. The first few days in her foster home, Hershey was very confused and scared. From her initial reaction of growling and cowering when she sees men, we believe she’s encountered some not so nice men in her past. Hershey came to her foster home not knowing any commands or how to walk on a leash. She is slowly learning the world isn’t so scary. She now LOVES snuggle time with her foster parents. She is starting to show herself as a love bug more and more each day as she learns how to trust again. This sweet sweet girl has a lot to learn and a long road to recovery ahead of her. Please consider financially supporting Hershey to help offset the cost of treatment. Check back frequently for updates on Hershey!! Hershey came to MAGDRL in November 2014. (5)
Update 2/3/15 - Hershey is now feeling very comfortable in her foster home. She is a silly girl who always wants to play; she loves to jump and roll around on the couch and floor. Despite being a Great Dane, Hershey truly believes she is an ‘under the table’ dog. Somehow she always crawls under the dinner table when her humans are eating or working. Hershey’s favorite things are still snuggling up with her foster parents and getting treats! In January, Hershey began her heartworm treatment. This was very difficult on her and it took her several days before she could even go potty without struggling in pain. Her foster parents were very worried about her but Hershey being the sweet girl she is, always reassured them that she was okay by giving them lots of kisses and nuzzles! Who was taking care of who?? Now Hershey is feeling all better from the first round of treatment. Unfortunately she cannot begin her next phase of heartworm treatment right now because of some minor gastrointestinal issues. Hershey is on the road to recovery but still has some significant hurdles to overcome before she is taken off medical hold. Please continue to support Hershey in her recovery both financially and with positive thoughts!
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Additional Photos of Goose
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.
Update 12/3/14 - Goose had a small setback with her Addison's disease, and required an overnight stay at the emergency hospital. She's home now, and rebounding quickly. We've had to temporarily increase some of her medication, and she will have a series of rechecks over the next six weeks to make sure all her levels stay where they belong. She continues to be happy and quite content, no matter what's going on. She spends her days hanging out with her canine brother and sister, and being as close to her people as possible.
Update 1/29/15 - Goose has rebounded completely since her emergency vet stay – her last blood test was perfect! We're tapering her prednisone again, and she's now getting a percorten injection every 25 days, after a recheck of her bloodwork. She's feeling 100 percent better than she did when she arrived, and looks just wonderful!
Update 3/7/15 - Goose is continuing to do well. She’s getting less of her medication at each vet visit, and we're thinking she may be very near her optimal dose. She requires careful monitoring still, as her medications are still in the process of being adjusted. She will require monthly bloodwork for the rest of her life, along with the percortin injections and prednisone. She is a complete joy and has fit right in with her foster brother Jake. She and Jake have decided that they are okay with the newest family member, 6 month old Dylan, too. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful girl in our home!
Goose's recent trip to the Emergency Vet cost $883, and we expect over $400 in additional testing over the next six weeks.
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Additional Photos of Bella
Bella is a 2 year old petite black female with natural ears who was given up because her human mother died. Bella is incredibly sweet, but because she spent much of her early years in a garage, she craves pets and cuddles. Bella is in a foster home with a 4 year old male Dane. Neither dog is aggressive and the 4 year old definitely takes the lead, they got along immediately. She had previously lived with a 9 year old Golden, and was reported to have done well. She seems to do better with dogs who appreciate her playful nature, since she still acts like a young pup. She has been exposed to cats, and showed no aggression, she simply barked as if she was unsure of what they were. Bella is a typical Dane who prefers the couch over the floor and wants to be by your side at all times, and she seems to prefer females but she is fine with all the males in her foster home. She is completely house trained, but because of her previous time in the garage, does not do well in confined spaces and stresses in a crate. This problem has been solved by gating her in a small room and she does well this way. Because she is only 2, she does chew a little, but is quite satisfied chewing on provided chew toys or Kongs filled with peanut butter. Bella did not arrive with any obedience training, but has quickly learned to sit and wants nothing more than to please her people. Bella loves the children in her foster home (10 and 11 year old boys) and loves to play soccer and give kisses. She responds well to normal child noise and chaos, and is never aggressive (not with toys, food, nor people) but does act a little skittish when new people arrive or if she is scared. Bella is currently receiving heart-worm treatment, so she needs to find a home where she can continue to see a vet for her care and who will be able to continue her restricted activity. Bella will thrive in a home where someone is home a lot to pet her and play. She wants to be someone’s best friend, especially an adult female, and will give as much love to the humans and the children as she can. She also loves to play with another dog, so can be another dog’s best friend too. She is currently on medical hold but once most of her heartworm treatment has been completed we will consider placing her with someone who can commit to continuing her medical care. Bella came to MAGDRL in November 2014. (3)
Update 1/4/15 - Bella, who has now been dubbed “TinkerBella”, has been with her foster home since November and this beautiful black 2 1/2 year old Dane has made herself at home, shadowing every movement of her 4 year old Dane foster brother Griff and finding every opportunity to give kisses and receive pets from the humans in the house. Bella likes to give pets as much as she receives them, which can result in a paw in your coffee cup, but she means well and is working on waiting until coffee time is finished. Because Bella is still young, she loves a lot of play time, but is very happy to play outside with her foster Dane brother for short periods of time in the morning and evening. She does get scared to go outside by herself at times, but will happily go with human company. Until recently she has been staying in designated dog room while the family is at work; however, during the holiday she was left out for a
few hours at a time and was a perfect angel.
When Bella first arrived, she did not know how to sit by command or lay down and did not know how to walk on a leash. She has come a long way and will sit and lay down (sometimes with a little coaxing), even when her humans are eating dinner at the table. The only time she consistently forgets her manners is if a kid is eating a snack on the couch, which is too tempting (she is still working on resisting the urge to snack). She is a stereotypical Dane “counter-surfer”, but responds well to no. Her leash-walking skills have improved immensely, and it is cute to watch because she is all lady as she prances her way by your side. Bella has also discovered cuddling and has discovered she loves it whether it is on the floor near bedtime, or on a couch or bed. She will sleep on her dog bed in the same room in which Griff and the 10 year old human sleeps, but prefers to climb onto the bed to snuggle with the 10 year old when the opportunity exists. Bella does pretty well on road trips, but still needs to be reminded to sit and lay down in the back during the beginning of the trip. Bella is incredibly sweet in all ways. She runs to greet you at the door, sits as close to you as she can, and tries to lick away any tears the children may have when they get hurt. She has exhibited no aggression, not toward toys, food or people. She is, however, still skittish at points, especially around new men and unknown noises, especially the ice maker. This is displayed as a half-crouch and a bark. The minute someone presses the ice dispenser, she peeks into the kitchen from the other room and begins barking.
Bella begins her second round of heart-worm the first week in January. When that is finished, she will need to be spayed. Bella will thrive in a home where someone is
home a lot to pet her and play, especially if there are females in the house; she automatically draws herself toward women first. She wants to be someone’s best friend, especially an adult female, and will give as much love to the humans and the children as she can.
Can you help Bella?
Additional Photos of Bo #2
Bo is a beautiful merle 9 month old mantle marked merle puppy with the friendliest, happiest personality. He's a big boy already! He was rescued by good samaritans after wandering the streets with a badly injured leg. The leg injury turned out to be both a condition called osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) and an ACL injury. In addition, he had mange, whipworms, and coccidia. Bo has had one surgery on his leg already, prior to coming into rescue, but the joint is continuing to deteriorate and will require additional surgery. We are awaiting the results of a joint tap, which will help determine the cause of the OCD, and then will proceed as soon as possible. Bo will be on medical hold for the near future while we get him healthy. Despite everything he has been through in his young life, Bo loves everyone he meets. He gives big Dane kisses to whomever will give him attention – even vet techs doing things that are not comfortable at all! He is energetic and playful and seems to not even notice that his leg isn't working correctly. He is learning his basic manners quickly, and he is completely housebroken. Bo is a puppy, however, and will chew, counter surf, and otherwise get himself in trouble if left unsupervised. He's great with people of all sizes, and he gets along very well with other dogs. He has also lived with cats, and is fine with dog-savvy ones – he will give chase in play. Bo came to MAGDRL in October 2014. (7)
Update 12/3/14 - Bo is improving, and should soon be healthy enough for surgery. The joint tap was negative for infection, and the mange, coccidia, and whipworms have all cleared. He had a persistent skin infection due to having untreated mange for so long and he is still on antibiotics, but that has also almost healed. He has mastered his basic manners, but we've found that he does need to be told firmly. He's quite happy to get away with whatever he can, but will listen if he knows he must. He loves to romp in the yard, and doesn't let his leg slow him down at all. As he has gotten to feeling better, he has started showing quite a bit of prey drive, so we are changing him to "no cats." Bo gets along well with his foster brother, though his energy and desire to play does get to be a bit much at times. He will need a canine companion who can keep up with him – he's an energetic boy who loves to play.
Update 1/30/15 - Bo had a small setback, developing yet another infection, with another round of antibiotics. But that has now been cleared and he's back to his playful, energetic self. His vet is still consulting with the specialist to determine what the next steps will be for his leg. In the meantime, he has done very well with the physical therapy to develop the much-needed muscles in his hip. He often holds his leg in an almost normal position, and certainly doesn't let it slow him down.
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