The Big Dogs Are Ready to Rock N’ Roll.

A story we hear again and again from rescue organizations. The cost for one dog, from rescue to adoption, can range from $400 to $1000.

Remember the recent news item reported previously on The New Barker Facebook page about Great Danes at a Walton County breeding facility? The owner abandoned the facility due to health problems. A family member called Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport for help. The Refuge is currently caring for 73 dogs rescued from the breeding facility. Volunteers with Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue are caring for another 27 dogs. The dogs range in age from about eight months to eight years.

Michelle Cramer, president of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue said, “We’re stretched thin here and the cost is significant for us. Every donated dollar helps.”

Clancy is available for adoption through Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue.

Over the next few days, the adoptable dogs will be added to the organization’s website. In the meantime, the group is in need of food (preferably Victor Maintenance and Victor Performance brands), new or gently used bedding and towels. And, of course, money for medical bills. About a dozen of the dogs have serious medical problems. They will all be spayed or neutered and microchipped.

Do you love Great Danes? For information on adopting or becoming a foster parent, you can message the group on Facebook or email Please be patient in waiting for a response. Their primary focus right now is caring for the dogs.

Breed information: A gentle giant, the Great Dane is also called the Apollos of Dogs. Apollo is the Greek god of the sun – the brightest fixture in the sky. While the Great Dane may look imposing, in reality, this dog is one of the best-natured dogs around: Sweet, affectionate; loves to play and is gentle with children. The Great Dane’s height and weight place him among the largest breeds. Only the Irish Wolfhound is taller. A few Mastiffs may outweigh the Great Dane, but not by much. Great Danes are flatulent, according to But, you’ll always have someone to blame on your own emissions.


Author: Anna Cooke

Anna Cooke put a fine art career on hold to enter the advertising world. The name Anna Cooke became synonymous with creative excellence as she went on to become a celebrated art director and then creative director of international renown. Her award-winning design work for industry giants ABC, D&B, and others, eventually led to an agency partnership which exists to this day. Anna Cooke is also co-founder and editor of the awarding-winning dog magazine, The New Barker. "What matters most is what you have done, not what others have done to you."