Please welcome Davis into NWFLGDR!
Davis is a senior, deaf, double merle (mostly white) great dane that folks kept seeing running around West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, as he was on the loose for a couple weeks in the woods near an abandoned house. Davis kept crossing over Hwy 98 (Davis Hwy) in search of food, and everyone was worried he'd get hit by a car.
NWFLGDR was able to catch Davis in a Missy Trap recently. After about a week-long community effort of tracking his whereabouts, the rescue put out food in the same location for a few nights in a row and after the third night, we were able to capture Davis in an extra large trap that the rescue made specifically for Great Dane sized dogs.
We captured him just off of Davis Hwy... hence the name, Davis.
Although Davis evaded capture for more than a week, and was very barky and skittish around people; he is actually quite affectionate and friendly. He was just terrified while on the run, and likely even more so because he's deaf. He was also exhausted and hungry by the time we finally caught him. Once he was caught though, he relented immediately and was actually grateful to get some food and hop in the truck with us and enjoy some AC.
For almost two weeks now Davis has been in boarding and hanging with the staff at our vet, Magnolia by the Gulf Animal Clinic in Gulf Shores AL, where he's made quite a few friends. Davis miraculously tested HW negative too! We were thrilled to hear that, since he was crawling in fleas and ticks and had been living in the woods for quite some time.
Davis has been vaccinated, vetted, and chipped. However, he has a large, baseball-sized hernia that needs to be removed from his lower abdomen and a questionable tumor on his back left hip. He's scheduled for surgery today. We are asking for prayers or pawsitive thoughts for him for surgery. And if you'd be so kind as to donate a little for his care, we'd greatly appreciate the financial support!
We will update when we know more soon!
Once he recovers from surgery, we will get Davis into a foster home to determine what his personality and home-life needs are going to be. What we do know is that Davis is a very smart, affectionate, handsome and gentle-natured dane that deserves a loving, dedicated forever home.