My name is Rudy!

English Mastiff Dog for adoption in Springfield, Illinois - Rudy
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Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue - Illinois

Facts about Rudy

  • Breed: English Mastiff
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Male

Rudy had a consultation with the neurologist on Monday, August 31st. The neurologist stated that he definitely does suffer from a neurological condition that is causing him to have strength, balance, and walking issues.

The two conditions he mentioned were
1) Wobblers
2) an Arachnoid Cyst.

What does this mean…Rudy’s potential adopters have several choices about how to proceed with his treatment/diagnosis including:

1. To proceed by simply medicating him with steroids to determine if they make a difference. Both Wobblers and Arachnoid Cysts are treated with steroids. However, Wobblers only requires a low dose while the cyst requires much higher doses in order to shrink it.

2. Have an MRI done in order to definitively diagnose Rudy. On average MRIs are about $1500 to $2500. An MRI will not only give you a diagnosis but it will also identify which vertebrae, nerves, ligaments are affected and help the neurologist understand if his Wobblers might continue to progress (giving some short of prognosis), if he is a candidate for surgery, or if he can live a long, happy life just the way he is.

3. Let Rudy live out his life just the way he is and manage his pain accordingly.

Because we don’t have a definitive diagnosis, Rudy’s foster family has chosen not to start him on steroids just for the sake of being on medication. He is; however, taking supplements to help with any inflammation, pain, etc. He grows stronger everyday building muscle playing and taking short walks. While Rudy does have walking issues and falls occasionally, he is definitely not suffering and doesn’t know that he is different!

NOTE: See Rudy in action at this link:

My name is Rudy and I am a 2-3 year old mastiff (Bull or English or maybe a mix of both)! My foster mommy says that my heart is bigger than my head because I love her and life SO much!

I came from a neglect situation where I was not fed the proper nutrition and exercised enough…so I have lots of issues with my legs and hips that can never be fixed. My foster family is trying to make me walk more and do the stairs to help me slowly add muscle to my back legs…and after only a week of carrying me up and down the stairs I have finally mastered them! I would still prefer them to carry me though! You can see in my videos that I walk funny…and it hurts. But my foster family has been giving me some medicine and that helps me feel better enough to play with my foster siblings!

Besides my foster mommy…I love FOOD! I can see it, sniff it, hear it, etc. from any room! My foster mommy and daddy give me food every day now and two times a day! They are trying to help me gain some weight because they don’t like to see my ribs and hip bones sticking out. But…because of my hip and leg issues, the vet says that I can’t gain too much weight…that I always need to stay on the skinny side so that I don’t have more pain.

I am having fun playing with my foster siblings. Some of them are bigger than me and some of them are much smaller…but I like them all equally the same. I don’t really understand how big I am and sometimes that is a problem when I try to walk under them or sit on them. They don’t like that as much as I do! I try to run with them and play but I can’t always keep up and I get tired/sore really easily…so my foster mommy and daddy make me come back inside and lay with them.

I don’t have much in the way of etiquette…I love to drool, slobber, drool…and slobber! I make a lot of noises kind of like a pig…I grunt and I snort and it makes my foster mommy laugh. I know how to sit for treats but sometimes I get so excited and take them a little too rough. I have been working hard at being better about that…but I also forget how big I am and most of the time my foster mommy and daddy’s whole hand ends up in my mouth! I don’t hurt them…I just really, really, really want the treat!

I won’t be available for adoption until I feel better. They say that I need to gain weight, be vaccinated, and get neutered still. So I plan to live with my foster mommy and daddy for another two months probably.

Well that is it! Since I will be with them for a while, I will be sure to update you with more information as I get to know my foster mommy and daddy more!

If you are interested in Rudy, please apply for adoption at this link:

Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue adopts to qualified homes in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and parts of Wisconsin.

ADOPTION PROCESS: If you are interested in adopting, please go to and review the Adoption Process
information carefully. If our terms and adoption fees are acceptable, please complete the Adoption Application.

Adoption Fees are:
* $500.00 for purebred Great Danes 6 months to 1 year old
* $400.00 for purebred Great Dane 1 year old to 6 years old * $400.00 for mixed Great Dane 1 year old to 6 years old
* $300.00 for purebred Great Dane 7 years old to 9 years old * $150.00 for purebred Great Dane 10 years old and above

NOTE: We cannot give any additional information about dogs until your application has been approved. A dog will be listed on until it is no longer available for adoption.

About Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue - Illinois

About Our Rescue Group...

Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue (FFGDR) was founded by a small group of people dedicated to the great dane breed. Our goal is to help neglected, abandoned, and abused great danes find their forever homes while educating the public. We believe that every animal deserves a forever family to love them unconditionally for the rest of their lives.

We are a small start up group with many years of experience with great danes and rescue. Our collective experience with Dane rescue will allow us to continue our desire to make an impact on the lives of the great danes we can take in and help. Currently, we accept surrenders from families and shelters and adopt to forever homes in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and, parts of Wisconsin. With the help of our supporters, we hope to eventually grow our group, spread our message, and rescue great danes.

FFGDR specializes in great danes. We accept great danes of all ages and from all types of situations. We are not a shelter, our dogs live in foster homes as part of a family until their medical and emotional needs have been met and they are ready for their forever homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We host meet and greets or booths every weekend at stores such as Pet Supplies Plus, the Indy Pet Expo, and Moochie and Co. Our schedule is updated every month on our website and on our Facebook group page.

Our Adoption Process...

We require everyone to complete an adoption application and submit a $25 application fee. Once we review the application and find it to be complete, we will call their references. They must submit 3 personal references and their veterinary reference. If they pass the reference check, we will then set up a home check with them. Once the home check is complete, they then get a phone call from the adoption coordinator to speak about a dog or two that we have in mind for them. If all is acceptable, they get to speak with the foster home at that point and schedule a time to adopt.