Respect. It can mean so much too so many.
And it’s such a simple thing.
When we think of rescued Danes, we think of the respect they deserve. They are adaptable, flexible, most of the time wonderful. They fit right in to the foster homes and their forever homes, as if they had been there all their lives. And considering circumstances some of them come from, you’d think respect would be an automatic reaction.
But that doesn’t always happen. Some people who are used to the standard of the Dane say it should be about the colors they come in, or the shape they are in, or several other issues. Many of us have been at the receiving end of this problem and it hurts. We love these dogs – the ones that have come into rescue and the ones we have adopted. It’s important to remember that we didn’t breed these dogs; we didn’t have anything to do with selling these dogs. We didn’t impulsively and ignorantly purchase these dogs. We just brought these dogs into our rescue program, trying to give them a better life than they had before we knew them. That’s all. No conspiracy.
The fact that some of them are blind or deaf, bear scars, have blue eyes, have brindle or fawn patches, severely malnourished, Heartworm positive or need more than the average amount of medical care, it doesn’t matter to us. We don’t have a standard for rescued Danes – most breed rescues don’t. Although we do see many beautiful show marked Danes as well. All we’re trying to do is help the situation of homeless/unwanted/neglected Danes.
So, in short, we make the decisions we do base on the facts we have at hand and, also, with what’s in our hearts. If you agree that’s wonderful. If you don’t, please respect our choices, but most of all, please respect the dogs.
The GDRST Team
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