Diamond in the Ruff

Mia is a 1.5 year old, 80-pound and growing Great Dane.  She is human friendly although can be timid at first.  She warms up easily with reassurance and calmness and is super goofy in her long-legged awkwardness.

She and her sister, Lola, had been raised together and were left mostly on their own running free on a large piece of land without being socialized with other dogs or humans outside the immediate family.

Shelter staff has been working on housetraining and walking on leash and she is making progress, but needs continued training and routine to get her where she needs to be in these areas.  A large yard with a high fence would provide a great energy release and if out for a walk the new owner would need to be physically able to control Mia’s strength until she learns leash manners and basic obedience.

Mia is dog reactive and must be the only pet in a home with no cats or small children.  Mia cannot be adopted with Lola because Mia bullies and tries to control Lola.

Diamond in the Ruff dogs are selected because of special ownership requirements.  These dogs have quirks, needs, dislikes, and/or habits that require up-front commitments from their new owner to give the dog the utmost care, patience and training to ensure that the new relationship has the best chance of working.  To assist with the transition, Homeward Bound will provide consultation and in-depth individual sessions with the new owner and dog that will be conducted by our contracted dog trainer, Jill Halstead.



  • Breed: Great Dane
  • Size: Extra-Large
  • Age: 1.5 years
  • Gender: Female