Lynus was not a rescue, even though the people who had him no longer wanted him. He was 5 yrs old, severely underweight, had bad teeth and was suffering from chronic ear infections when his owners decided they no longer wanted him. Instead of dumping him off at a shelter or at a rescue organization, he was returned to the breeder, Wes & Evelyn Nahnybida of Westsummit Great Danes who took Lynus back in without hesitation. They nursed him back to health until they could find a home for him - or more accurately, when HE choose his new home, which was with us. We were lucky to have him in our lives for 5 yrs where he taught us what it means to be owned by a Great Dane. Our contact with Wes wasn't over once Lynus walked out the door to begin his new life with us. We knew that help was just a phone call away, which it was up until the very day that Lynus died. He passed peacefully in his sleep on July 4, 2009. He was greatly loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Ask yourself before buying that cute little puppy you just found on Kijjii - "Will this "breeder" be there for me if I ever need help or can no longer keep this dog?" I can almost guarantee you that the answer is a resounding NO! Almost every dog that comes into rescue is from a backyard breeder who's interest in the dog ends once your cheque has cleared the bank. If every breeder was like Westsummit Great Danes, we wouldn't need a rescue organization.
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