News & Calendar

Annual Holiday Newsletter
Our holiday newsletter, featuring some real tear-jerkers, like Jasmine's fantastic recovery from surgery, will be in the mail soon. But if we don't have your address or you're looking for a preview, read it online here: Holiday Newsletter 2014
The International Kennel Club
The dog show is happening soon! The 2015 IKC Dog Show will be held January 31st and February 1st 8:00am - 4:00pm at McCormick Place <> Chicago, IL
60616 This year it's again only 2 day event.
More details about which part of McCormick Place and the booth number will follow closer to the event. If you haven't been to the dog show with GLMR, it is a lot of fun. We have a booth and meet the public to educate them about our Mastiffs and rescue. We talk about our mastiffs and deal with all the silly/goofy/just plain dumb questions with our usual aplomb. Making up answers to silly questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged. Let me know if you will be able to make it and which days you plan to attend along with times. Please remember personal dogs only with even temperaments. No foster
dogs are allowed at the events. Plan to bring: a chair (small camping chairs or folding chairs preferred since they take less room), poop bags, water for dogs, drinks for humans, snacks for humans and dogs and anything else your heart desires.
GLMR Fundraisers
We have a number of fundraisers planned, just in time for the holidays.
Shop Our Friends
We encourage you to see the Shop Our Friends page for holiday gift ideas. These are organizations that generously support GLMR throughout the year.

Since we are a 501(3)c tax exempt charitable organization, your tax deductible donation can be made through PayPal from the Donate link on this page or can be mailed to us at: Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue, PO Box 47256, Chicago, IL 60647. (Please note that our address has recently changed!)


Happy New Year from Murphy, his adoring family
and  GLMR!

What better way to ring in the New Year than with an inspiring success story? This month, Steve and Diane share Murphy's metamorphosis from fearful and anxious to happy-go-lucky calendar boy! See their story below:

Murphy came to us a little over three years ago as a GLMR foster. We wanted to adopt him, but our other dog is very selective as to who her friends are so we had to see if it would work.
He was a very shy, fearful, 3+ year old boy who would cower and shake when we tried pet him, people came over, or took him out in public. He had no confidence and displayed tremendous separation anxiety, so we videotaped him to see exactly what was going on. It was heartbreaking to see him on tape as he cried, wailed, shook, and unfortunately urinated in our house. He was in real distress! Incredibly, we couldn't leave the house for 3 minutes without the symptoms coming on. This led to other problems including tail chewing and incessant water drinking. Our other dog decided she liked Murphy so we adopted him and immediately began to try to gain his trust and build his confidence. We knew the anxiety would be an impediment to any training so we went to work on that immediately. With the help of our vet, a behaviorist, and medication we worked hard to lessen his stress. We began with one minute departures and worked our way up over the next several months. After we had a bit of a handle on the anxiety, we incorporated a basic obedience class and enrolled him in a local dog day care center to boost his confidence.
It took a lot of work from a lot of people, but it was worth it. Today we can leave for about 6 hours without worrying about his health. He's been off his anxiety medication for over a year, loves going to daycare, and is even featured prominently in the 2015 calendar they produce. He trusts us completely and is usually part of any activity going on in our home. We never get tired of watching him sprint across the yard when he's called, or watching him roll over and present his belly for a rub!
We've come a long way with  a very troubled dog and are grateful to those at GLMR who helped us along the way!
Steve and Diane S.



GLMR is a registered 501 (c) (3) NFP organization
Contact us at
P.O. Box 47256 Chicago, IL 60647
(206) 202-3543