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Marci - RIP
October 17, 2006 - April 27, 2016
What if, on one of those cold winter nights after I was abandoned along a rural road in Richland County, you overheard my conversation with God...
"God, I know you made me and everything here, but why am I not treated like one of your special creatures? Why is life so hard? I tried my best, I gave them lots of puppies. But my body aches, my belly is empty, and I am cold."
I knew my circle of life was
ending. I guess the wonderful Richland County Dog Warden heard my
plea, because he stopped as soon as he saw me. He was surprised
when I quickly jumped in his truck!! Most dogs are afraid to go to a
county animal shelter but I was thrilled. The shelter employees were so
kind and gentle, something that my body ached for. They immediately gave
me food, water and a blanket to rest my weary old body. Was I given
another chance? As you can see in my pictures below I am emaciated
I weighted a mere 70 pounds, I
have sores all over my body, I have mammary tumors and my nails have not
been cut in ages.
People used me for a "breeding dog" and I have had so many
litters of puppies that I lost track years ago. My only hope is that my
pups have found better homes than I did. I have had so
many homes, and although in some of them I was cared for
(but why did they give me up?), I am trying to block out most of my
earlier years because, just like my mom, I was bred over, and over, and
over..... Ya see, my mom was a Hunte Corporation kennel dog where
her life was spent caged and producing puppies to line people’s pockets.
By the time I was a mere 8 weeks I had already traveled across the US,
from the Hunt Corporation breeding kennels to a Petland Store in
Mansfield, OH. When the family picked me from behind the glass window, I
thought that my life would be different from my mom's. What I didn't
realize was that my life of horror had just begun and it was to be no
better than my moms!! I changed homes more
times than I can remember and then neglected and abandoned!
When my stray time at the shelter was up, another wonderful
person was waiting. She took me for a very long ride. I slept most of
the way, but I awoke to gentle rubs and kisses. The 3 hour trip brought
me to Harlequin Haven. I was given my own room, I am receiving many
small meals each day to slowly fill my emaciated body, I have a ton of
toys, and a really really soft bed to rest my tired and weary bones and
help my oozing sores heal.
On Monday, I will go to the vet so he can determine the best
course to move forward on with my desperately needed medical care. We
do know that my blood work shows I am heartworm negative and Lyme
disease negative, so that is a plus!
I want to thank the wonderful people at the Richland County
Animal Shelter, especially the Dog Warden that saved my life! And I want
to thank the wonderful young woman who drove so many hours to pick me
up, showered my with kisses, gentle pats and so many soft words of
encouragement while bringing me to Harlequin haven Great Dane Rescue.
Update 2/29: I got up
early this morning so I could go to the vets office and I just got back
home. I now weigh 83.2 pounds although Grandma here at the rescue says
she cannot see where I gained even a pound!! I had more blood work ran a
chest ex-ray and a physical exam. When we get the results back from the
blood work I will let you know if anything is wrong. My lungs are clear
so Grandma said that was a really good thing!! The vet said that I will
need 2 or 3 surgeries to get all of the mammary tumors and to be spayed
and once that is all done I will need chemo to kill any cancer left in
my body from the tumors. The vet said it will probably cost $4000.00
when all is said and done! He also said that I cannot have any surgery
until I gain a lot of weight. Grandma told me not to worry that things
will work out she also told me my job was to just eat, rest and enjoy
life!! I think I can do that!! Well I gotta go have lunch and take a
Well Grandma says I need to go lay down and rest. One more thing before I go, I had added 2 new pictures below of me when I arrived home and for those of you that want to see my tumors or my incision click here > Surgery Pictures
Update 4/17: I just wanted to give you a quick update! I am doing great and can't wait for my 2nd surgery, which is scheduled for Tuesday. MY biopsy results came back as Adenocarcinoma and it is a malignant cancer. Well I gotta go and get a quick nap before dinner!! Oops forgot to tell you to check out my new picture below!!! Ain't I just the cutest!!
April 27, 2016:
with deep sadness that we share news of Marci's passing this afternoon.
We were very hopeful after she had rebounded so well from her
surgeries. But last night Marci took a turn for the worse and started
having Grand-Mal seizures. Apparently the cancer had reached her
brain and she didn't wake up from her last seizure. Marci was a loving
and happy dog and she embraced the love she found at Harlequin Haven.
She deserved so much more than the treatment she received from her
previous owners. We made a promise to Marci when she arrived and are
comforted knowing that in the last 2 months of her life, she knew how
much she was loved.
She will be greatly missed.
Date of Birth: 10/17/2006