This is HOPE (FLA)                        


From the folks who are fostering Hope: “Hope is a gorgeous Boxer/Great Dane mix according to her DNA test however she seems much more Boxer like in her personality and size.  Someone found her as a stray, took her in and then gave her away as she was vomiting nonstop.  The second person contacted Great Dane rescue as they believed she was a Dane puppy and was afraid there was something wrong with her.  We took her in and straight to our vet.  Danes can be prone to ME so we were already considering that or an obstruction.  We actually found both to be true so she had surgery to remove the object and we quickly learned all we could about ME.”

  • Current age:  1 ½ years old ● Current weight:  60 pounds
  • Dogs Current Status: With foster ● Location: Central Florida



Timeframe needed to find a home: when the right, capable and willing family is found!


Medical information (spay/neuter, chipped, other health conditions if any, etc):

  • Spayed
  • Up to date on vaccines
  • Heartworm tested – on a monthly prevention
  • Microchipped

Where and how did we get this dog: Someone found her as a stray, took her in, then gave her away due to vomiting nonstop 


Where and how was ME diagnosed:

Animal hospital: Courtenay Animal Hospital, Merritt Island, FL

X-rays or barium swallow: x-ray


Meds currently taken: Sildenafil 20mg, every 12 hours


Food brands and consistency (meatballs, milkshake, pureed, etc):

  • Eats Rachael Ray Peak, Open Range formula
    ● Made by soaking in hot water for 15/20 minutes
    ● Gets Dyne or goats milk added occasionally to keep weight on
    ● Fed 2 cups per meal

Fed how many times per day in what position and timeframe:

  • Currently eats 2 times per day
    ● Uses Bailey Chair
    ● Stays in chair 30 minutes after meal

Hydration method and consistency (Knox Blox, SubQ, Thick It, etc):

  • Restrict water
    ● Some water in meals and given Thick It and/or Knox Blox
    ● “Water” outside of feeding times means in the chair for 20 minutes after drinking


Items that will go to the new home:

  • Complete records including x-rays
    ● ME bandana
    ● Collar, Harness, Leash
    ● Bailey Chair
    ● Used Neck Hug

Exercise preferred (if any) and level (high, moderate, low): Moderate

  • Runs in yard
    ● Loves to play with balls in yard



  • Has never lived with kids & due to activity level they feel older kids, 8+, would be best
  • Plays well with other dogs
    ● Okay with cats and small dogs, just too bouncy without supervision
    ● Leash trained
    ● Sits, knows “seated” for Bailey Chair routine
    ● Housebroken
    ● Crate trained





Created: August 9, 2018

Revised: August 9, 2018