A Big Family

Chain of Hope received a phone call from a woman that had a Great Dane that had had 8 puppies about six weeks ago. She needed help with them and left her number. We also received a call about this same situation from a postal worker that calls us periodically about situations. We returned both calls, but never heard back from either of them and we didn’t have the address, only the woman’s phone number. We waited a few days and left messages again, but to no avail. We are so slammed all the time, we had to just put that aside and hope they would eventually contact us.

One day, I was going through our call notes and saw the message again. I picked up the phone and tried again, and this time, the woman answered! I was so glad to make contact with her. We made arrangements for us  to come by the next day and look at everything.

When we got there the next day, we saw the momma Great Dane and a bunch of puppies in the fenced, front yard. There was also an older black Shar Pei mix there as well. There were 8 puppies and they had 3 of them promised to other people. We run into this all the time and it is so disappointing. We gave out our cards to give to the new owners of the other puppies so that they could call us for help with spay and neuter. They did say that they’d had people stop all the time and ask for a puppy, but they wouldn’t give them to just anyone. They were very glad to be handed our card by the postal worker!

This was a young couple that had just gotten married 2 days before we were there. They had 2 human babies, 2 adult dogs and 8 puppies. Pretty overwhelming! They were very appreciative of our help.


There was a runt of the litter and he was in pretty bad shape. He was not even half the size of the others. They told us that he had been sick the entire time and that he threw up his food all the time. We took the 5 puppies that we were getting and left. They did want to get momma spayed (or we wouldn’t even be helping them!) and we told them we’d be in touch about that.


We got the puppies to Kennedy’s Animal Clinic. We fed the little one right away-he looked like he had to be starving! He ate and drank and then threw up everything. We saw what the woman was talking about. He was diagnosed with megaesophagus, and there is no cure for it. He slowly was starving to death. Dr. Kennedy advocated euthanasia, so that is what we did.  Puppies with this condition have a very poor prognosis. It was very, very sad that this little one didn’t make it.

The rest of the puppies were covered in fleas and I mean covered! They went into the bath tub and got cleaned up and then proceeded to the medical station where Tamara and Judy got them vaccinated and de-wormed before setting them up in their new room.

Our work is vital to the inner city community and it’s animals. Thank you for keeping us out there!

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4 Responses to “A Big Family”

  1. Debra Says:

    Thank you for taking the puppies even tho like everyone you are overwhelmed. It is heartbreaking about the little one…but thankfully he was let go mercifully and did not literally starve to death and die in that yard. I am impressed with your compassion for the people in this situation as I personally am struggling with it. But I am very glad they did contact you. I only hope the other families the 3 other pups have been promised to will do better. Thank you!

  2. Michelle Branson Says:

    Will these puppies be up for adoption or foster? Are they pure Dane or is the Shar Pei their dad. Just curious if they would be full Dane size. 🙂

  3. sue burke Says:

    I have owned great danes all my life, they are the most loyal, sweetest giants you could own. Hopefully these will be adopted to someone who can take on the financial responsibilities of a great dane. Here is the great dane rescue site. Maybe they can help getting these sweeties adopted out. http://www.gdcgkc.org/
    Thanks COH for helping these people.

  4. andywhiteman Says:

    I hope the 3 pups are spay/neutered, well cared for, and don’t fall back into the COH system. I have had trouble in the past with spay/neuter and decided not to spay Red Dogg since she is confined within a 6′ fenced yard. As soon as she started passing pink onto our bed, I decided to have her spayed. That is where behavior problems started! Her vet denies that spaying is responsible but a vet who works for him says these issues sometimes happen in spayed females.

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