In March of 2014 I fell in love with a scrawny white Great Dane puppy through a few pictures that were shared in a group chat. The nameless pink-nosed girl had been saved from being put down by a friend of mine, her owner didn’t want her anymore because she was “too much to deal with”.
You see, Echo (that’s what we named her) is the product of a backyard breeder in Tulsa, OK who didn’t know or didn’t care what happens when you breed two merle Great Danes together. I won’t go into all kinds of health and genetic details but long story short, they ended up with a bunch of white puppies in the litter. We know for sure that at least two of them are deaf. And both were saved.
Echo was carried into my girlfriend’s house and and her tail was wagging before she had even set foot onto the floor. And it hasn’t stopped ever since. She has to be the happiest dog I have ever met. The people that took her home as a “gift” from her breeder really don’t know what they are missing out on. If they somehow come past this blog, I want to say THANK YOU for bringing her into our life.
She may have been tiny and skinny but her big, loving heart showed immediately. Seeing every bone in that little body of hers made me feel sick and angry. I wanted to pick her up and hold her, but was afraid to hurt her. Yet she wasn’t scared at all. She took a look around her new environment, walked up to me and gave me lots of puppy kisses. Then she went on to greet our two other Great Danes and it seemed as if they’ve known each other already. That’s when I knew she belonged to us.
Training her might have been a challenge for the first few days but it was more than worth it as she rewards us with unconditional love throughout the whole day. Every person and dog she meets is a new friend and she treats everybody the same. I wish her breeder and first owner would have given her a chance to show that she is worth to be loved, that she matters. But now that she is with us she will never have to starve again and she will only know love, just like our two other girls.
Please support your local shelters and rescue. They deal with heartbreak and anger on a daily basis.