Special Needs Danes
These danes have come to us with special medical needs that make adoption an even bigger commitment. Each dog is different but will require extra care that often leads to additional medical bills.
March, 2013: Many changes since Bella was first posted!
She continues to do well with the Addison's Disease. The medication does cause a bit of incontinence so she has to take a special medication to control that. Soon to be 3 years old, she does much better with the house manners! She does still have a desire to chew mittens much like my desire to eat chocolate! Mittens and gloves are locked away!
Bella has a fabulous disposition, a little shy when she first meets new people, but with other dogs she's everyone's best friend. Unfortunately she has developed a needle phobia that has grown into a treatment phobia, she simply can't be treated without being terrified and she WILL manage to get away. She must have her medication injection every 28 days and it's a bit of a struggle although she now allows her favorite vet tech to administer it......on Bella's terms! We must do it outside! Now she will come back into the clinic and beg treats from everyone there so that's a great improvement. For nail trims, ear cleaning, blood work or anything like that, she must be sedated. She will not even allow flea & tick treatment:(
As you can see, she's an expensive gal and one that is nearly impossible to treat. She does, however, have a wonderful personality and when she looks at me with her Princess Diana eyes, she melts my heart! Like most Danes, Bella loves to snuggle.
Oct 2011: Bella is 1.5 years old and a lovely girl! She has Addison's Disease which can be controlled with medication but she will need to be medicated her entire life. She's much like most young dogs, loves to run & play, enjoys the other dogs here, needs training but is very eager to please.
She does enjoy tasting everything that's new to her so w/o lots of exercise, her chewing could be a problem. I've discovered when she's tired from playing, she doesn't chew. When she hasn't had a lot of exercise, she will chew anything and everything in her path out of boredom. Bella likes to ride in the car and is fine with cats and the farm animals here.
This is a a sweet girl!! We do not adopt to people with small children and our dogs only go to homes in parts of Maine or New Hampshire.
March 2013: Riff is almost 2 years old, he has a neurological problem that causes him to be very unsteady on his feet. He stumbles and falls much like a newborn fawn. Therefore he cannot manage stairs at all. He needs a ramp to come and go to the play yard. Once outside he seems to remain upright with less effort because of the wide open space he has to play. He does love to play, chasing the ball is one of his favorite things!
Riff is also incredibly sensitive and fearful of any new situation. He NEVER growls or attempts to bite out of fear, he just shuts down and gives up. It's quite sad! However, when he's comfortable he's a happy boy, he LOVES to snuggle, his falls don't seem to hurt him at all, he just gets up and continues on.
Riff would need a patient owner as he tries very hard yet has difficulty doing anything and would be crushed if spoken to in a harsh manner. He won't be adopted to a home with children as he was mistreated by a teenager. We want Riff to live as stress free as possible because he's a wonderful guy who just has some special needs.