I don't usually post dogs I've never met before but I'm making an exception for Moogly because I've got a soft spot for Great Danes and also because I know Michelle from IFAW and trust her judgment.

She just returned from a dog rescue mission to bring back dogs from some northern Quebec communities and came across this emaciated Great Dane who had been living outdoors for two years now. Anyone who knows Great Danes knows they aren't made to be outdoors dogs, especially not outdoors in northern Quebec winters, and I'm surprised Moogly had managed to survive this long. Given how thin he's looking now, I doubt he would've been able to survive another cold season. The thought of a Great Dane out in the frozen night is not something I want to imagine, knowing how much Stella (my own previous Great Dane) shivered and needed layers of blankets in the winter even when she was indoors.

From Michelle:

His name is Moogly, and we’ve been trying to get him out for a while. He is from Mistissini, and when I was here in April he’s one of the ones we spotted and photographed. He was thin, thin, thin and people we spoke to said he was owned but that his people were not caring for him and that he just roamed the community. We spent the better part of a day looking for his owners, but never found them. Months later he was given to Manon, our rescue partner in Chapais and she rehomed him. The new home did not work out because they didn’t care for him properly either. So, here we are, finally getting him and looking to place him in a super duper home. He is a big Dane, but sweet and friendly and great with other dogs. His photo, taken in the community in April, is attached. He is, sadly, just as thin now.





Thankfully, the IFAW crew were able to bring Moogly out of the cold and into a foster home. He's now available for adoption and a lot closer to Toronto.

This is what his foster has to say about Moogly:

Michelle forwarded your email re the big, cuddly Moogly. He's here, he's eating tons, lounging in front of the fire, putting his head on counter tops and settling. He is super in the house, less so outside. Because he will take off and never come back (zero recall) and he can pull an adult off their feet (as he did me), I'm looking for an experienced Dane home. He's looking for a big couch and a yard where he can zoom around. He really wants to run and I hope to take him to our horse paddock this weekend so he can bolt about as he wants to.

I need to find him the best, most committed home because not only has his life not included that so far but it's also taken place in a totally Dane unfriendly [environment].


And here's a photo of Moogly in his foster home:

If you're interested in adopting Moogli or would like more information about him, please contact Jan at jhannah@ifaw.org .



3 Comments to “Moogly - Great Dane”

  1. Anonymous says:

    what a gorgeous dog! And I love the name Moogly. Sounds as if his foster home is wonderful. But let's hope he can find a Dane experienced forever home with a garden to run in and someone to show him he is worthy of love after being alone and hungry for far too long

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish there was something I could do. I've fostered 27 Danes in the past 2 yrs and now own 2 of my own. I would love to take this guy as well, but just don't have the time to work with him and my neighbors will lose their minds if I get another one. Odie my 185 lb male wants to eat their entire family as it is, add another one to the mix and I'll be in it for sure!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    love the above comments! still laughing about Odie and the neighbors. My dear friend shared this link on Moogly as she knows me too well. she said he has my name written all over him :) I sent a long winded email this morning in the hopes that this beautiful boy will b mine. ever since (many years ago) my beautiful Shaka passed away, I have dreamed of one day having another Dane. I have waited a long time for the right time & place. Oddly Moogly looks much like Shaka did. Here's hoping I get the chance to give this beautiful boy the love and care and happy life he so deserves.

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