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Lorry Driver Turns Great Dane Explorer

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I’m John. I was a lorry driver - but hated having delays or being late home and getting emergency dog walkers to make sure my boy was OK. So I left my job, sold my house, converted a van to travel in and moved in with my friend who does opposite shifts in health care. We are planning to travel England, Europe, Inc Scandinavia and hopefully Iceland, Greenland and Canada - whilst doing things slowly like Snowdonia. 

My great dane is the most important thing in my life and I want to help other Great Danes because for what he done to make my life 100 x better and couldn’t be with out him.

Olly is a healthy 74kg Dane, he’s supper friendly and love attention and laying in bed as much as possible his loyalty ends with food and cuddles.

So we start our adventures soon and while we travel, I'll be sharing blogs about our activities and also raise money for a great cause - the National Great Dane Rescue. Not all Danes are as luck as me and Olly.

Please donate here to help out!




I AM A HOMEOPATHIC VET, Geoff Johnson, and I treat a reasonable amount of cancer in my practice. 

This is usually when the conventional options are limited, too expensive or inappropriate for the individual dog or owner. I am currently conducting a trial using homeopathy in osteosarcoma, a horrible disease sadly prevalent in Great Danes, as I am sure you are well aware.  I have a Dane on the trial at the moment. The dogs eligible to enter the trial are those where amputation and chemotherapy is not chosen by the owner and their vet. They will receive pain relief as always, but also homeopathy directed against the cancer. There are two reasons I am conducting the trial.  The first is that osteosarcoma is such a dreadful disease, and the conventional options are limited.  If only pain relief is given, the average time to euthanasia is between 2 and 3 months.  If chemotherapy and amputation is undertaken, on average the dog survives less than a year. The second reason is that there has been a great effort to ban the use of homeopathy in vet medicine, conducted by a variety of well funded and politically powerful organisations with vested interests.  I get considerable success in treating cancer, including osteosarcoma, and felt it was necessary to demonstrate officially the usefulness of homeopathy. If NGDR would be willing to publicise the trial in your rescue organisation, I and the homeopathic veterinary community would be very grateful.

The full details are found at, the website of the homeopathic vets.

Geoff Johnson


Canine Osteosarcoma Trial

A trial has just started in January 2017 to see if homeopathy can help in the treatment of osteosarcoma in dogs.  Osteosarcoma is a very serious disease and the average survival time until euthanasia is about two months, unless amputation and chemotherapy are employed, when it is about eleven months.  This trial is open to those who decide, in consultation with their vet, that amputation is not what they want for their dog. The owners and dog will need to attend the trial centre for at least one consultation which might last up to 90 minutes.  The consultations and medicine will be free. The homeopathic remedies will be chosen specifically for the dog, based on the history and clinical signs.  The dog will remain under the care of the primary vet, and if euthanasia is required, as always that decision will be taken by the owners and the primary vet.  This is to ensure no additional suffering will be undergone by any dog participating in the trial.  If a dog is to be entered for the trial, the owner and vet need to complete the forms which can be downloaded from the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons’ website –

If you have any questions or wish to enter your dog for the trial, contact the centre below.  

Wiveliscombe Homeopathic Veterinary Surgery, Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 2JY

01984 624999  HYPERLINK “mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geoff Johnson VetMB MRCVS RSHom VetFFHom PCH

Further information on Geoff...

Geoff Johnson qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1987, and subsequently qualified in veterinary homeopathy in 1999.  He is the principal of a busy homeopathic veterinary surgery in West Somerset.  He lectures frequently at home and abroad.  He wrote the curriculum and taught the Danish Homeopathic Veterinary Diploma, which has just graduated nine vets.  He is one of the few UK vets who treats animals diagnosed with cancer using homeopathy.  He lectured conventional vets on this subject at the SW and London Vet Shows in 2014.

In his Somerset practice, Geoff has gained considerable experience of treating dogs presenting with a range of canine cancers using homeopathy. He has observed some dogs entering permanent remission with the disappearance of the tumour and health restored.  Some dogs were palliated with improved vigour, lessening of clinical symptoms, and life extended beyond conventional expectations.  Some dogs appeared to gain no benefit at all.  He has specifically observed improvements in some dogs presenting with osteosarcoma.  He has treated five such cases using solely homeopathy.  None of these dogs underwent amputation nor received chemotherapy.  Two died years later of old age, one was euthanased after 22 months and two were euthanased within three months.  Three of the five dogs exceeded the mean survival times of dogs which received amputation and chemotherapy, although the dogs treated received only pain relief for a short period.  Two of these three dogs went into complete remission. These anecdotal results suggest treatment from a homeopath might offer an effective adjunct to current conventional treatment. 


Beanie was a beautiful 9 year old greyhound cross collie bitch.  She was referred to me on 1/10/07 because she was very lame and had a diagnosis of osteosarcoma of the humerus bone in her right front leg.  This is a very nasty bone cancer.  If just pain killers are given, the dog usually needs to be put to sleep within three months.  Even with amputation and chemotherapy the average survival time is less than a year.  Beanie’s owners did not want to put her through the conventional treatment, and came to me for homeopathy.  They hoped to manage to keep Beanie for another two months so they could spend Christmas with her.

Examination confirmed a walnut sized bony swelling on the lateral aspect of the upper humerus.  On the X-rays bone destruction and cancerous new bone formation are clearly seen.  The diagnosis of osteosarcoma was confirmed by one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.  Beanie was on pain killers.

In my consulting room Beanie looked very gentle and lay motionless by the owner accepting strokes.  She approached me only once in the hour consultation.  When she moved her lameness was obvious.  Her character was described as faithful, submissive, lively and playful.  The history is very important in homeopathy, because disease is always there for a reason, and often that reason can be discovered by careful questioning.  Then the cause of the illness can be addressed, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Beanie was the first in the litter of pups to explore, bark and jump up, and was the most agile and the quickest learner.    The mother only spent one night with the pups, and afterwards only saw the pups to feed them, which she did standing up, before leaving to sleep elsewhere.  This may be related to why Beanie developed separation anxiety at five months old, and still howls today if left alone.  She became ‘dependent for cuddles’.  She is very perceptive, especially to the owners going away.  She is sensitive to raised voices and reprimand.  She fears thunder and storms, wishing to hide in a corner, or sit with the owner, and if the owner consoles her she calms down.  She is not bothered about hierarchy with other dogs, and is neither dominant nor submissive.  On a walk she disappears, exploring everywhere.  These facts suggest that the homeopathic medicine required is probably a compound containing phosphorus.

Beanie was brought up in wilderness France, and had a stray dog companion with whom she would go roaming for long distances every night.  She had complete freedom with her ‘partner in crime’, who would lead her away on these jaunts.  In April ‘07 Beanie’s family returned to Somerset, leaving the stray behind.  Beanie was depressed, and seemed ‘lost’, with an air of ‘what have I done wrong?’  In July Beanie vomited fresh blood.  In August she developed a strange snorting complaint called reverse sneezing.  This passed without treatment.  In September lameness developed on the right fore, with subsequent diagnosis of the tumour.

Based on the above information, and the knowledge of which medicines are effective for bone cancer I prescribed an aqueous solution of Phosphorus 200c 5ml tid.

The owners reported after a week that Beanie seemed more alert, and had vomited twice in seven days, which was unusual.  The lameness was no better.  I instructed them to continue with the Phosphorus 200c.

On the 12-11-07 Beanie was very happy and lively, but had gone very lame.  This coincided with the family moving house again.  The tumour was getting bigger.

Because the lameness had worsened and the tumour grown the remedy required by Beanie is either not Phosphorus, or the case is incurable.   Beanie seemed to the owners and to friends met out on dog walks to be more happy and lively.  This suggests that the required remedy is probably closely related to Phosphorus.  

The worsening of the lameness when the owners moved house is reminiscent of the development of the tumour after the original move from France.  The likely aetiology in Beanie’s case is moving house and the stress that this entails.  An investigation of the twelve medicines particularly useful when ailments come on due to the specific stress of homesickness reveals that the commonest one needed is Phosphoric acid.  This is also known to be a major remedy to counter the effects of grief, i.e. leaving the stray dog behind in France.

I changed the prescription to Phosphoric acid 200c tid.

On 8-1-08 Mrs Sturgess reported that the lameness had decreased and Beanie was full of life.  I advised that Phosphoric acid 200c was to be continued, alternating weekly with Carcinosin 200c.  This alternating system was developed in India by Dr Ramakrishnan who has successfully treated thousands of cases of cancer using homeopathy.

By April 2008 the bony lump had decreased in size, and Beanie was not lame – I suggested weaning her off the pain killers.  She then lived a full and happy life with no lameness.

24 months after diagnosis Beanie had a recurrence of her pain which did not respond to further homeopathy.  We decided to not put her through any form of intervention – she had been so happy for the previous years and the family had enjoyed not one but two extra Christmases with her.  She was put to sleep in September 2009.





More Than 2,000 Reports of UK Dogs Having Suspected Adverse or Fatal Reactions to the Leptospirosis Vaccine NOBIVAK L4 in the Last Three Years…

Another annual booster that we are told is “perfectly safe to be given each year”, which is sadly killing dogs in the UK. Originally a headline in the Daily Telegraph, this article talks about how these vaccine drugs pop up in the market. And how your vet will listen to the drug rep’s nonsense about the drug’s safety and efficacy, just how unlikely side effects are. And how this terrible cycle continues...

Find out more here.


Lady rehomed!
Lady is a beautiful blue Great Dane (crossed with a blue Weimaraner), and is 7 years old. slightly smaller than your average Great Dane, but with all the perfect looks.
Lady is calm, gentle and loves snacks and her food. She is great on and off lead unless she is out with other boisterous dogs, otherwise she goes a bit loopy; spaghetti legs. Lady would best suit a family with children over ten due to her age. She is also great traveler and loves the car, from the back seat to the boot of a car, she will jump straight in.


Great Dane Cross rehomed!

Zane is a 7 month old male Great Dane / Mastiff and comes Fully inoculated and Microchipped.

He is very playful with other dogs and will be enjoying his new forever home.



Great Dane rescued from Tree!

A 120-pound Great Dane stuck about 20 feet up a tree was rescued
Saturday night by members of the Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department.

Find out more here.




NGDR held a Great Dane speaker event on Sunday 6th March and were delighted to welcome the very well-known Wendy Volhard and Sheila Hamilton-Andrew who have decades of expertise in Dane training and dog nutrition.

More Information on Speakers

Wendy Volhard

For the past 30 years the Volhards have taught dog owners how to communicate effectively with their pets. At the heart of their teaching is the "Motivational Method," a unique approach to training that is aimed at people who have dogs first and foremost as pets and companions.

Sheila Hamilton-Andrew

Sheila is an ASAB Accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist for cats and dogs, is a member of the ASAB Accreditation Committee and the Chairman of the Board of the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists.



Great Dane Spends 19 Hours Giving Birth to 19 Puppies

The Dothan Eagle reports: “Velma, a 4-year-old Great Dane belonging to Josh and Terri Luther, is doing her best to nurse 19 puppies born Dec. 5. As far as anyone can tell, it ties the largest known Great Dane litter.

‘They just kept coming,’ Josh Luther said, adding that the entire birthing process took about 19 hours. All appear healthy.

The Luthers breed Great Danes. The latest bunch of puppies is Velma’s second litter. She had 10 the first time.”

Watch the Video here.



 Great Dane With Skin Condition Gets A Soothing Paw Spa


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Ever wondered what a trampolining Great Dane looks like?

Well no more! This cheeky chappy of a nosy neighbour - cant keep his peering over his neighbours fence and has come up with an ingenious way of getting a good view!

Please click here for the youtube video.


Have you ever seen a micropig and Great Dane caught snuggling?

Piggy & Brutus were taking a nap... Just so happens they were snuggling under the same blanket.

To watch this mini video here.


New Arrival to the NGDR Family - is now rehomed!!

Steel is just 5 years old. She is a Fawn who is fully inoculated and spayed. She is a gentle lady who loves attention and is good on the lead enjoying her walks. She's used to children and doesn't mind other dogs or cats.


New addition to the NGDR! Now rehomed!

We announce a new addition to the NGDR family. Her name is Freamen, she is a harlequin bitch and 5 years old. She is great with people including children and good dogs, but she is wary of small breeds. Freamen has always been a family dog, strong on the lead, but settles down quickly.

If you think you can give this gaI a home please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01249720881.


Philip Tarry finishes London marathon in 3 hrs, 15 mins and 56 secs

TOTAL RAISED... £1765 for National Great Dane Rescue!!!

In no more than 11 days we have raised an overwhelming amount of money to help support the welfare of rescue Great Danes and by clicking the link below you can see exactly how he did it (heart rate, blood sweat tears and all).

He said "The crowds were amazing and I'm grateful for a strategically placed toilet, I even managed to sprint for the line!"
"I must be emotionally drained because my achievement hasn't quite settled in but one thing is for sure... the support and donations have been incredibly generous!"

There are still donations coming in and if you wish to know more, volunteer or donate please visit and get in touch!

"On behalf of the charity and myself, THANK YOU!!! (as someone shouted as I was running) "You are all amazing!!!"



Philip Tarry runs the London marathon for NGDR

I will be running the London Marathon in less than seven days!! Please help to give Great Danes a Great home and sponsor me to run the London Marathon in under 200 minutes! Visit and click DONATE!

It doesn't matter how big or how small, but we are aiming to generate enough money to feed, house and provide medical treatment for at least one new Great Dane that is brought into the Charity.
Please visit and click on the PayPal DONATE button (bottom left of the website) to process your donation. (Add LONDON MARATHON to "Add special instructions to the seller" so we know that it is related).

The charity:
Not every dog has such loving owners as our rescue (Buddy-pictured) but the charity aims “To ensure the health and welfare of all Great Danes that become known to it". The work is entirely done by volunteers and funds raised by generous people like yourselves.

I am passionate about all animals. They live in a tough world dominated by humans, some of whom care for them and many others who don't. I hope you can bring happiness to a few Great Danes who need YOUR help. Pennies and pounds are all gratefully received as “Every little counts"! Thank you in advance, I shall hold the thought of your donations in my mind to help motivate me as I push myself to achieve something beyond what I had previously believed possible!




Could it be a Spanish Easter surprise for a lucky family?

The NGDR have been contacted from a lovely lady in South Spain that has rescue two Great Dane Crosses from the side of a busy road.

Luckily one has found a home, but Brummel has not.

He is 18 months old, reasonably good shape although he could do with a few kilo's - but is eating well and has no major issues.

This lady has the support of a small local charity that would get Brummel neutered and complete his jabs, passport and paperwork.

Please bear in mind although he is great with other dogs, people and kids, he is a bit shy around cats.


If you think you can give this lovely dog a home, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01249 720 881.


Starving Great Dane rescued from Craigs List

After some truly horrid, dog mistreating stories from Crufts this year, it's nice to hear a success story of what one person can do to change a dogs life. Just a shame it starts out so badly.

Animal lover, Laura Sharp, paid $200 to purchase a great Dane from craigs list to help the 15-month-old sweet dog, that needed life saving surgery in his emaciated state.

"Toby is doing very well this morning, acting more like a puppy. He is bouncy enough we removed his intravenous catheter. He went out for a walk, then ravenously ate his can of food. He will be fed small amounts three to four times daily, plus a regiment of medications. More updates later or tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. He is not out of the woods yet, but we are very pleased with his progress only twelve hours post surgery."

Read more here:


Rambo - New Addition to the NGDR family!

In for first assessment is Rambo - a large Merle boy, 8 years old but acts like a 4 year old; Rambo is inoculated but not neutered.

He is strong on the lead and has a habit of holding it while you’re trying to put it on! Off the lead he is very attentive and doesn’t stray far.

He adores human attention and cuddle sand is happy with the companionship of most dogs, but small dogs and cats are not his ‘cup of tea’.

If you have had Great Danes and understand them, do cast a thought about giving this elder gentleman a comfortable, caring, stable home, where he can settle and enjoy the rest of his days

For photos and more info, read more here -



 Great Dane and Pony best friends!

A great post appeared on the Daily Mail website showing a Great Dane called Joker and a small pony called Trigger have started a great friendship and look similar too!

Both animals reach approximately 34 inches tall and are often seen in the local village walking down the road together with 63 year old owner, Ms Jones.



New member of the NGDR Family

Happy new year and lets welcome Beau to the Great Dane Rescue!

He's a lovely natured (but vocal) 2 year old black great dane, with some of the biggest ears I have seen and gorgeous brown eyes. He is a very playful dog and plays well with our other bitch Great Dane.

Please see the pics below to this post and if you are interested - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01249 720 881.




More pics to follow...



Great Dane “Snowy” gives birth to NINETEEN puppies!

Like something from the 101 Dalmatians book, this is a story that has gone round twitter like wildfire! A family in America went to the vet and had an x-ray only to find that their Great Dane Snowy had 15 little puppies and due in just a couple of weeks. But little did they know it only scratched the surface.

Brandon Terry, an owner of the puppies says, “I had gone outside, and I was doing things around the yard, and I just kept hearing a small little scream — like a little cry, and at first I just thought it was a kitten,”

He quickly realised it was a newborn puppy!

“I ran in the house and yelled for my wife. We ran down into the basement and wrapped the puppy up in a blanket,” Brandon Terry said.

“We ended up yelling for Snowy to come in. We got her into the basement and she proceeded to have six more puppies."

Once at the animal hospital, twelve more Great Dane puppies were born. Which meant in total Nineteen puppies were delivered!



Great Dane eats 43 socks

Splattered across the news recently has been the news of a 3-year-old Great Dane in America that got rushed to an emergency animal hospital for a not so common problem! After an X-ray was taken, it was shown his stomach was full of "a large quantity of foreign material" and a couple of hours later, a surgical op had produced 43 socks!

After a few days, the dog has been discharged and is recovering at home. Please take a look at our feeding tips here and feel free to read our article on feeding problems too.