Great Dane and her guide dog seek new home

A blind Great Dane is sniffing out a new home – but you will need to make room for her huge guide dog.

A blind Great Dane is sniffing out a new home – but you will need to make room for her huge guide dog.

Six-year-old Lily, who lost her eyes to an incurable condition at just 18 months old, and Maddison, also a Great Dane, were left at the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury in Roden in July when their owners could no longer cope with the two massive dogs.

The trust said the pair had been inseparable for the last five years. Maddison leads Lily around when they are out, walking close to her and touching her to let the blind dog know where to go.

But the trust says prospective owners have been put off by Lily’s appearance or did not have space to take both dogs.

Louise Campbell, manager of Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, said: “It’s very sad as members of the public walk straight by their kennel, often put off by the idea of having two large dogs and of course one without eyes can be a bit shocking.

“I’m appealing to anyone with a big heart and a big home to adopt this loveable and inseparable pair. They will need lots of space and lots of exercise, but considering Lily’s disability they lead a very happy and healthy life together.

“They curl up together to go to sleep and they are very vocal with each other.

“Lily does all the things normal dogs do and, if you saw her from a distance, you wouldn’t even realise she was blind.”

Anyone interested in rehoming Lily and Maddison should call Dogs Trust Shrewsbury on (01952) 770225, visit the centre at Roden Lane Farm, Telford, or see www.dogstrust. org.uk/rehoming

Comments for: "Great Dane and her guide dog seek new home"

Lisa Thomas

I now live to Australia who else I would happy house them. They are beautiful and I can't believe that someone wont give them a home. I'llbe emailling everyone in UK that I know.

Good luck.

CDale

'Owners could no longer cope'...... Yeah right. Come on people! Someone take in this pair of gentle giants.

Jaimie Ramsay

I dont have the space, or the ability to exercise them adequately.

If it wasn't for this I would re-home them without hesitation.

I really hope they find a home soon.

DShen

If only I didn't live in the US and was a student in housing I definitely would. :/

Best of luck to you all.

angela

I'm interested in the dogs. But I can't have them due to the fact that they're in the UK.

I hope they find a good home soon.

<3

Joyce

I work with the Great Dane Adoption Society and I would LOVE to give these girls a home.

I suspect their owners simply gave up, or one of the girls needs expensive veterinary care.

If we can help in any way, please contact me on the number I gave when I rang on Saturday or through our website:

www.danes.org.uk

Lilyann

Joyce, do post an update if you take the dogs. They have clearly touched a lot of hearts here & I know we'd all be very interested in what becomes of them.

Alex Graves

If only I lived in the UK still. Unfortunately I live in the States, but I would be happy to have such amazing creatures in my life! Such a heart wrenching story.

Sheila JapczykSchaffer

I would take them they are beautiful

GDaneBabe

im seeing if any of my g dane conections here in the us will take em. i show and breed danes but right now i have no room for those two gorgous dogs. and leathal white syndrom happens. its a genectic flaw if a harl and a harl our bred together and both parents came from a line that has a possible white gene. :(

Gdanebabe

@ Lucky Dane's

Ian

And this is the problem - people who breed dogs, and people who breed 'show' dogs.

Rescue centers are jammed full and healthy dogs are routinely killed because there are too many dogs and not enough homes for them to go to.

And across all breeds, pedigree and purebred animals suffer all kinds of health problems because of the vanity of people who want to 'show' these dogs.

GDaneBabe you're part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Informed

Careful, Ian. You have no idea what kind of breeder Gdanebabe is. There ARE responsible breeders out there - ones who know the genes and bloodlines of their animals and specifically breed for sound health and conformation. Not to mention, she is making an effort to place these dogs, whom she did not breed. Are you doing anything to help them? Or are you just trolling the net, bashing all breeders? Educate yourself.

Ian

@Informed - while there are healthy dogs sitting in rescue centres and others being killed because there are not enough homes for them to go to, there is no such thing as a responsible breeder. It's not rocket science.

As for the idea that GDaneBabe is making an effort to help these dogs, that's a complete joke. She is talking about shipping these animals to the US! As if that was a positive solution! Are there not thousands of dogs in the US needing homes? If she's got enough space, time, money, etc, why not home a needy dog or two from the local pound in her hometown?

Rob, Telford

I agree with every word Ian - the Kennel Club and dog shows are the worst thing that ever happened to dogs - and I'm a dog-owner, but my two wouldn't have a hope in hell of winning a dog show, because, although they're both KC registered Cocker Spaniels they come from working strains, which are bred for temperament rather than appearance.

MEB

I know they are in the US but Gentle Giants Rescue might know of folks in the UK that could help. It's a resource worth investigating: http://gentlegiantsrescue.com/

Shawna

If I could, I would love to house them. :( I really hope someone sees the beauty in their relationship and appreciates how special both of them are. Such pretty dogs.

Cornelia

Really beautiful to see how Madison helps Lily to find her way. What an unconditional love they spread! People can learn from this couple!!

I live in Holland and have 2 dogs of myself and my husband would not want me to have a third dog, so surely not a fourth one, but there must be someone who sees this beautiful couple and fall in love forever!

I am curious: why could their owner not cope with the care of them anyhow?

Drone

Yeah right. Well done all you "dog-lovers", who would be only to pleased to gve them a home, except that [insert excuse here].

Meh.

Andy

What an odious little creature you are...

perhaps you are already starting to feel the impending loneliness that each and every christmas brings to such a cold and uncaring cynic...

Drone

You're absolutely right Andy, I really couldn't care less about a pair of filthy dogs. And by the look of these posts, no-one who purports to care actually cares enough.

Craig

There's always at least one troll in every bunch. Congratulations! You win the prize this time Drone.

Kay

Drone is a very apt word for you. Glad you're not a dog lover (and hopefully not a dog owner). You would never be able to appreciate what they have to offer.

Bruce

And you know, Drone, your pitiful pissant existance is a burden to all. Try not being such a troll.

Drone

Surely all you caring, sharing people can respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion? Even if it conflicts with yours.

Beth

Your right everyone is entitled to their opinion, only a few hurtful people like yourself however feel it nesessary to voice it!!!

Kelly

Beautiful story and a beautiful pair. Wishing you all the best in finding a home for these two, snarky posters be damned.

Kate

Does anyone know about getting these dogs to the US? I would love to take these gorgeous dogs into my family, but I'm not sure what the regulations/logistics are of bringing them to another country. I have plenty of time and space for these lovely animals.

Millicent

Have the Danes got a home at last?

We live in Western Australia so we cant take them in.

How else can we help?

We are retirees so if we can send some money by saving up we would love to. How can we send a donation?

Millicent Halsey

Lucie

Hi Millicent,

You can donate to the Dogs Trust on their website https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/giving/donations/makeadonation/default.aspx

They do brilliant work and the dogs are kept in brilliant conditions and get plenty of walks, treats and all the rehabilitation they need. I got my Irish Wolfhound cross from the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust and he's an utter star.

craig

Its so sad,My Wife and I have 2 danes and are animal loves.And when I read about them and see there pics I cried.I just hope someone will adopt them both of them.They are beautiful dogs.

bemused.com

Craig, how can this story make you cry??

also, what is the point of people posting on here when they live in the States, Australia or Timbucktoo for that matter!!

nice dogs, sad story, move on!

Rob, Telford

@ bemused.com

Perhaps Craig's a bit of a soppy sod (like me...).

Possibly people are posting on here because they're bothered - what was the point of your post?

Beth

And heres another person who feels they need to voice their opinions - feeling better now? How about you move on.

Drone

Beth, they're voicing their opinion just like you are. Why do you feel it necessary to do so? Do you know what "irony" means?

ANGIE SAWYER

PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED OF THERE PROGRESS, AND WHEN THEY FIND THE LOVING HOME, AND THEY WILL, PLEASE ASK THE NEW OWNERS TO KEEP US UPDATED ON THEM. THEY ARE PRECIOUS AND BLESSED. LORD KNOWS, WE ALL NEED MORE OF THIER EXAMPLE IN OUR DAILY LIVES. GOD BLESS!!!!

Alexandra Lett

I wonder if there is any way to adopt them from here in the States. I've had cats with special needs (lost limbs and eyes etc etc) so my family and I are no strangers to this type of issue. Well maybe the blindness but that is fixed with time and love.

A quick question. Does anyone know if they are good with cats?

Leonor

The pictures of these two amazing dogs and their story reached a dog's association as a "true story post" in their facebook site ... in Mexico city... we are sending our best wishes to both! hope they find a home soon.

Rafael

Hello: I'm Rafael and I live in Argentina, in Buenos Aires, I have a wife and 2 children who are 13 and 11, and I hvae a nice park to house both Lily and Maddison, and we will be vwry happy to have them at home. We are very interested. I fyou think there's a possibility to house them both here in Argentina, feel free to contact me at anytime.

Melody

These dogs are so beautiful!The website page could not be found! Please correct this as it might deter people from adopting. I live in NYC but I'm putting the word out!

Eviewsunset

Does anyone know if these two beautiful ladies have been found their forever loving home yet? I too am a soppy dog lover and also have (MY EXCUSES) as to why I cannot take them in! Which is ...I have two beautiful girls of my own! But that doesn't prevent me from being concerned for these two lovely girls, that is unfortunately one of a dog lovers flaws wanting to save all doggies young old abandoned and special! As a REALIST tho and being INTELLIGENT enough to understand that I could not take the girls on because I already have my commitments and limitations leaves me like many other doggy lovers saddened and frustrated! What it does not do is run my head into a pickle thinking I can save the worlds doggy population from all trauma and strife and offer to take on two beautiful gentle giants that REALISTICALLY I cannot home cope with nor have time for! Which is sadly what some silly idiots would do! But then their not the people thinking of the dogs! They are thinking of themselves and sadly if everyone was as silly in the head these girls would be passed from pillar to post and spend much of their lives in turmoil all because they didn't THINK about the long term commitment in the first place!! DRONE clearly has no brains.....

Buskerman

Did they ever have a loving home? Remember, while these dogs weren't found wandering the streets (thankfully), they were left at Roden when their owners could no longer cope! They were dumped, given up on, no longer wanted!!!

The dog is six years old! They have been a 'pair' for the last five years. What planning went before the last owners decision to adopt two big dogs? The blindness is very sad and unpreditable, I accept that, however, the last owners should have considered the long term for the dogs before taking them on.

And as for all those who blog "I'd have them but...." Please don't. You achieve nothing.

One other thing. If blindness were not a factor then this story would have no press coverage at all.

I am a dog lover by the way.

Drone

Eh?? Why do I have no brains? Any chance of some punctuation there? Cretin.

bemused.com

This is now the most commented story!!!! well done people :)

by the way..

what has been achieved with these replies? apart from people stating they live all over the world...

Ziltch

Ely

Yes, a home was found.

http://www.facebook.com/DogsTrust/posts/10150373358576880

Now for all those individuals who feel the need to post in a negative/belittling connotation go find a new site to harass people on - maybe one about Whale or Dolphin rescue. Go distress more people by showing how ignorant and heartless you are. Enjoy being pathetic and single, wondering why life's glass is always half full!

violet

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2290452813965&set=a.2267625843305.2116343.1028312325&type=1#!/DogsTrust/posts/10150374555376880

unfortunately the home fell through

SUE BRIGHTMAN

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE GIRLS BUT YOU SAY THEY NEED SPACE, mY HOUSE IS'NT THAT BIG AND I ALREADY HAVE 3 GREAT DANES ONE I CALL MY VINTAGE DANE AS SHE IS NOW 12, BUT IF I HAD THE SPACE I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND LOVE THEM AS I DO MY OWN I HAVE HAD DANES FOR 14 YEARS NOW AND HAVE LOVED THEM ALL. I SO HOPE SOMEONE WILL GIVE THESE LOVELY GIRLS A GOOD HOME. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF THEY ARE REHOMED

MANY THANKS SUE BRIGHTMAN

GOOD LUCK FOR THE GIRLS XXX