Thursday, November 8, 2012

What a morning!

This morning at 6:30, Winslow started barking his "there's a dog in the yard" bark. Daniel went outside and there was a beautiful and sweet and huge Great Dane sitting by our front steps. He was super skinny and quite feeble. He was a total sweetheart and loved to be petted. 
We got him settled in our garage under a couple of blankets because he was cold and shivering. He ate a little bit, drank lots of water and then slept, all tucked in, while I telephoned our vet, animal control and the southern Great Dane rescue.

Finally, a gentle giant from animal control picked him up. Literally. He picked him up and gently put him in the truck. This guy was wonderful (I was worried about this part). They'll have a vet check him out and I'm glad that he at least has shelter now as it is quite cold in Savannah at the moment and will stay so (at least at night) for a few days.

The amazing people from the rescue (for whom I took this photo) already got the ball rolling to get in touch with animal control and see if they can help this sweet dog. I wish we could have kept him. And I wish we could have done more for him.

Now that he is gone, I am feeling quite discombobulated. I'm going to make some tea, finally have some breakfast and settle in for a little bit of nerve-soothing knitting.

I hope your morning was calmer and less eventful than ours has been!

P.S. All of this really made me think of our very first dog, Moe, a big Great Dane/Dalmation mix, who was just the most wonderful dog. I'll have to go through our photos and scan some in to show you!

HAPPY UPDATE: We just talked with the owners of the great dane who live somewhere in the vicinity. "Charles," as the dog is called decided to take a walk on his own early this morning and apparently got lost and found us. They were looking for him and calling around and finally found him again at Animal Control. He is quite old and getting feeble, but his owners love him and are happy he was taken care of and is safely back home (he even had a bath at animal control). And I'm happy there was a good ending to all of this!!



  1. You did great in a very nerve-inducing situation, Silke. I'm sure he appreciated it, even if he couldn't say so.

  2. Oh he looks so sweet Silke. I'm glad he got shelter and hope that he is adopted. It's so sad when they don't get adopted. You did do a good thing for great dane. Hope you are doing good and that life is treating you wonderful.

  3. Der arme Hund sieht so traurig aus. Ich hoffe, er wird gut untergebracht.
    LG Sabine

  4. Liebe Silke,

    sehr traurig. Ich hoffe auf Hilfe.

    Alles Liebe


  5. Oh it is such a shame that poor doggy hasn't got a home, I have taken in many strays I've found over the years and homed a few of them with me too. It does make you feel odd when they are taken away though, it preys on your mind for a while how they will be and what is happening to them, where they came from etc but at the end of the day you did the right thing and we can't keep every stray we find (as much as we want to)
    Hugs x

  6. Oh what a beautiful dog.
    I´m sure he was very glad that you took care of him for a while.
    I am soooo missing having a pet (cat).
    I have even been to the shelter to visit the cat´s there.
    My husband don´t want a new cat, but I will try to convince him (again).
    Love & hugs, Annika

  7. I wish all stray dogs had a fairy tale ending like yours.

  8. Oh, I'm so glad Charles' family found him - and that they were looking for him in the first place, and he was, after all, not some poor abandoned dog!

  9. I am glad there is a happy ending to this story, looking at the photo above, my heart really went out to him .

  10. Silke, what a surprise you had! Awww, looks so sweet! He certainly landed on the right doorstep. I am glad to hear that his family has him back now!

  11. Somehow this seems like some sort of loving miracle...with you all like angels for this dog...

  12. Dear Silke,
    So glad that someone loves that sweet dog and that you were so concerned about it. Have a wonderful weekend, my Georgia friend! xx

  13. Silke- this is such a remarkable story. God sent that dog to you because he knew you would do the right thing. I'm so glad this story has a good ending-- I was about to cry!

  14. So happy to hear that this story had a happy ending! It could have been much worse. Thank you for caring for Charlie and seeing that he was able to be reunited with his family!

  15. i read this a couple of days ago without knowing this dog had a good home. lately i feel the pain of neglected or abused animals deeply, and i am relieved that this dog is loved. good for you and daniel for caring and helping,

    silke, thank you very much for the comment you left on my blog. you are welcome at my kitchen table anytime and yes we will talk as know we quite know each other because in some way we do.


  16. Thank you all so much for your kind and heartfelt comments! They helped carry me through this day that was really hard for me. I cannot stand to see children or animals suffer. I'm just glad there was a happy ending!!

    Much love to you all! Silke