I could not believe what happened to me!
By:  Ash  (User Name on Gentle Giants News Message Board)
January 14, 2006

After three days of paper work and doing everything that was needed. Myself and my husband went out to adopt a dog. We were exited.... I love big animals and my husband was raised with danes all of his life. When we got there it was fine. Tracy came out to talk with us a little before we went in the gate she informed us that we would have to leave or little chewawa in the car (not realizing she would have to sit there for 6 ours). That was fine she told us what to expect and how things were going to happen. That was great we knew what we were getting into before going through the gates.

When we got into the gates she brought out her dogs first. They were well token care of full bodies and the nicest dogs I have ever met. Then she brought out the ones that were to be adopted.

Oh lord I damn near fell over. These dogs were so skinny you could see every bone in there bodies. I felt so bad for them. They were very nice dogs. Then our dog came out. I loved her to death she was skinny as well. An English mastiff. we could see her bones in her back and no weight to her. I felt bad. We were told she was 13 months old and she was given to Tracy because the owner could no longer take care of her. We fell in love with her the minute we saw here. I could not help myself and took her home. After paying 600 dollars for her signing forms and everything else. We were told we would get her rabies record in the mail because Tracy could not find it. Never got it.

We found out that she fed these dogs pedigree witch is the worst kind of dog food for these dogs. They would eat it and then poop it out an hour later that's why they were not gaining wait. Not to mention these dogs need certain types of vitamins for their bones she never told us that. We were told to feed our dog 6 times a day so she did not blot. That is not true. They had to be feed six times a day because the food they were eating did not fill them.

We got her on the right food and she started to fill out. She is now 170 and was doing great... Was key word... We moved to Washington and took her to the vet and found out she is 5 years old ( was told she was 13 months 5 months before) and she now has bad arthritis in her lower back to the point were if she is not on meds she cant walk well. She also has cysts all over her. I was told they were nothing when we bought her. We were also told she had a false pregnancy. Not true she had puppies. Oh and one more thing I could not understand why we could not have her chip in her neck changed to our address. Then after reading this my guess is so she can get her back and sell her again.

My family and I are very upset at the fact of her age. That took 4 years away from us that we can't have with her. That was unfair. I truly recommend that they be checked out before they sell anymore animals. I was so upset when we found out her age and not getting her shot record from Tracy that we had to spend more money on that I was going to take her back. But I could not allow her to got back to that place. I truly feel for those dogs and the unsuspecting owners that buy them. It costs us an arm and leg to keep her comfortable. We thought we would not have to worry about it for at least 4 years but it was thrust upon us by her lying about how old she was. Big dogs don't live very long so now we only have a short amount of time with her because of all the health problems she does have.

I hope some day someone will help all those dogs that are there. I feel for them. I wish there was more that I could do but there is not. I am so upset over all this that I look at my dog every day and tell her how sorry I am that she has to indoor all the pain that she does. If she was token care of from the beginning then she would not be so bad off in the first place...

oh and by the way after feeding the dog food they so strongly recommended she ended up in the hospital from dehydration because she had nothing but water poop and blood in her stool. Which Tracy told me that was ok to because she said sometimes dogs do that when they are in a new surrounding.

If you are going to have a big dog like these the best food for them Purina one with glucose in it. And you only need to feed them once a day because that food fills them up with one big bowl and they get all the nutrients they need. Well besides all the little snakes like cooked hamburger. That is great for them and cheese. 

So with that being said I hope someone reads this and sees what my family has to deal with because of lies and this stops them from adopting from them and tries to get these dogs some help. Instead of having her and having fun with her after a year we now are looking into where to bury her when she passes in the next couple of years... UNFAIR TO MY KIDS!!!

The following was written by the husband, Charlie a several months later:
Published on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 at 8:57 am

$2,500.00 later and NO DOG
By: Charlie
November 15, 2006

My wife and I decided that we wanted to get a dog. We had purchased a new home and it came with a very large yard. I had always had a dog growing up. She however, had not, she was a cat person if you will.

She had met my dog while we were dating and she really liked her. She was a Weimananer. My wife liked the color a lot and so we knew we would get a dog with at least that coloring type. After a lot of searching we decided on three dogs. The Labrador, the Weimananer, and Great Dane. We found it difficult to find the right Labrador and Weimananer so we somewhat focused in on the Great Dane a bit more.

After looking at several photos of them we definately decided we wanted a Blue because it was so similar to the Weimananer coloring.

She does a lot of Internet searching to shop and find things and so she started by looking around the Internet.

She found a lot of breeders and attempted to get a Great Dane from a breeder. However, there were requirements in order to get a dog from a breeder. They were requirements we could not meet. For instance, we were told we would have to show the dog and that was not something we were not prepared to do. Additionally, we were told that we would have to breed and they would keep at least one puppy. That was not something we were interested in either.

We just wanted a family dog. A dog to keep my wife company all day while she was at home. A dog to go places with her.

It was then we set our sights on adoption. I myself had never adopted a dog but we had adopted cats before. We also took in a few ferrets that were rescued. So we knew what adoption was and that sometimes you get imperfect animals. We were located in the North part of San Diego at the time and there just happened to be a Great Dane rescue within an hour of us. They had a large Internet prescence and it seemed as though they were the place to call for a Great Dane.

So my wife placed a call. It is a message with information about who they are and what they do. It also informs you that there is a strict no browing rule. What they mean by that is that you cannot go and just look at Great Danes, you have to get one. When I heard that it made me a little uneasy but we went forward nonetheless.

My wife ended up talking to Tracy Ward on the phone. My wife told her that she was a stay at home mother and that we had the required house, backyard, fence, and we were totally prepared to have the dog live indoors with us at all times. My wife also told her exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a blue Great Dane. Tracy said that it was no problem that she had 66 dogs to choose from and several blues. She said to bring $300 cash and if any of the dogs ended up being more than that, then we could write a check for the balance.

So we get there and the place is very dirty. As we are pulling in we see a Great Dane in the front yard area dragging his behind around the yard. It was clear his back legs were not working.

We walk in and Tracy tells us to be seated. So we sit on these dirty white plastic chairs. She first brings out her own pets. Avalanche the supposed world's largest dog and some other ones. Then she brings out the adoptees. To say the least, we were not pleased with what we saw. Dogs that were terribly thin, worms coming out, bad legs, unbehaved, and the list goes on. The very last dog she brings out we found interesting. Of course that was the ONE show dog she had and the fee went up to $400.

So we paid the money. She gave us a plastic bag with some pills and a paper towel with some writing on it. She also gave us a can of wet food in case she had trouble eating.

We brought the dog home and it was a mess. I tried to get her into the bathtub because she smelled so bad. That did not go well but we did get her clean.
My wife took her to the Vet and Tracy had told us that the dog we got was 18 months old. The Vet said she was 5 years old, had a heart murmur, and cataracts. She also had not been spayed nor had she had her shots. So my wife took care of all of that and called Tracy to tell her what the Vet said. Tracy replied with "I saw your dog run and she ran like an 18 month old. Vets that don't work with Danes don't know how they age so they always way over age them. Take her to another Vet for another opinion."

So my wife takes the dog to another Vet and that Vet says the same exact thing. So my wife calls Tracy back and Tracy asks my wife to bring her up to her Vet in Norco. So my wife drives all the way back to Norco and Tracy's Vet says that the dog is fine and there are no problems.

So my wife takes the dog back to our house and the problems just continue. The dog chases our cat and she hides food and clearly has not only physcial problems but mental issues as well.

We understand that with adoption you don't always know the history of the dog. But we were completely mislead. We were told several things with this dog. We were told all her dogs were fixed, trained, had shots, and had been exposed to cats and other dogs. This dog was none of the above.

We ended up returning her. We did not get our money back and we were out at least $2500 in training classes, Vet checks, spaying, shots, not counting the adoption fee and the time it took to try to fix this dog.

There are many other horror stories about this "rescue".

You will see them all over the television doing all kinds of shows. Do not be fooled!

And also, on a sidenote. The other half of Tracy Ward is Burt Ward. He was Robin in Batman and Robin on television.

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