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What’s That Smell? April 21, 2010

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That was the question we asked of our friends this past Friday night, we knew the answer but were in a strange sort of denial.  Our little white Boxer crawled and ran at the same time into the carport, she was sort of whimpering but was still able to jump on the door handle to open it.  We were all certain as Pepsi passed by that she had indeed been sprayed by a skunk…..

We laughed.  What else can you do?

Later that night I dug into my dwindling assortment of dog supplies.  Eventually I grabbed a spray bottle containing all natural green tea and mint waterless pet shampoo.  This job required water no matter what the bottle claimed.

Pepsi is only about 60 lbs. so I easily tossed her in the shower with me.  The rancid skunk fumes were overwhelming in the confined space of the shower.  I pointed the shower head directly at her because her head was down and her ears were protecting themselves.  Not a good idea at all to spray water into a dogs ears.

I had my doubts about this shampoo but Pepsi enjoyed the motions I made with my hands on her body so I continued and soon there was a nice lather.  Worked like a charm.

A week ago this past Sunday Molson left town for his responsibly planned date.  Wink wink, nudge nudge.  We’ve all been missing him terribly.  Tonight we got him back.  When he first saw us he just ran in circles looking like a mechanical carousel horse.  By the time Andy, Bec, Molson, and myself were confined in the space of our vehicle we were all certain that he enjoyed his roll in the hay, so to speak.  I didn’t even want to consider the original source of the various ‘stains’ on his body!

This was also a job big enough to need water but I am not physically able to toss him in the shower.  Nearly out of the other shampoo so I dug up some pure tea tree oil and diluted it in a bucket of warm water.  We went outside.  I put a dish towel into the bucket and placed the dripping towel onto his back first and gently rubbed his body, rinsing the towel often.  Of course he was dripping wet so I took a shedding tool and removed the excess water while cleaning his sleek coat on an even deeper level.  I say this because it stimulates the skin which promotes the secretion – I think that’s the right word- of natural oils.  Then I rubbed him vigorously with a towel.  Worked like a charm.

Surely there will be more offensive smells in the future but for now all unwanted odors have been dealt with.

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Great Dane Puppies February 8, 2010

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Have you ever seen a Great Dane puppy?

Today I went to see the three remaining pups from the litter of eleven that Sadie and Molson produced.  They are just over 8 weeks old now.  About 15 or 16 inches high and judging from the single, momentary hold I had I would say about 15-20 lbs.  According to my personal experience (with dogs from similar lineage),  by the time they are three months old their weight should be around 40 lbs and they will be about the height of a Labrador Retriever.  These figures will undoubtedly vary slightly from dog to dog.

Two boston colored female pups and a harlequin male came barreling into the living room at first just happy for the change of scenery but then they saw…. PEOPLE🙂  Clumsy little bundles of pure joy and innocence pranced and tumbled on the slippery laminate or maybe real hardwood flooring and bounced off of the legs that supported furniture.  I laughed.  We all laughed.

I won’t lie, I had the urge.  So did my husband.  So did my daughter.  Today common sense won.  All three of us are fully aware of what is involved with the up bringing of Dane pups but we still wanted one!  The scary part of that is some people don’t fully understand what this breed requires to thrive.

Let’s start with what they don’t need:

  • They don’t need stress: Their body’s are developing so rapidly that any harsh mental or physical stress will likely have unsavory consequences to the healthy growth of the pup.
  • They don’t need a lot of protein:  *This is a big one- Protein builds muscle, muscle is heavy, let their bones fully develop naturally and they will grow to be the size they were meant to be.
  • They don’t need a lot of exercise:  Speaking from personal experience Dane pups are rambunctious little goofballs for a short amount of time and then they nap.
  • Scolding:  They don’t know right from wrong but a change in the tone of your voice is typically enough to let them know that they are sniffing down the wrong path so to speak.
  • Stairs/Steps:  Did I mention they are clumsy?  If you can’t avoid these and you wish to carry your pup down a flight of stairs they should be picked up by supporting the breast bone area, between their neck and front legs with one arm curled and the other arm should curl between their tail and back knees.  Be careful when putting them down, they often hit the ground running.

Things they will need:

  • Sleep: These little guys have big paws to fill.  They sleep, they grow.
  • Quality Food:  Usually best to continue with the feeding program your breeder has implemented.  If you wish to change, change gradually.  For the past five years I have been feeding Summit Three Meat Protein.  Reasonably priced and full of recommended ingredients.
  • Safe Living Quarters:  Puppies chew anything and everything.  We all know that.  These guys can reach….oh probably anything your average three year old child could reach.  If what they want is out of reach and they really want it, they will find a way.
  • Love:  Love should be at the top of the list.  Any love you give to them will come back to you ten fold.  This is a good thing when they are over 100 lbs.

Have fun with your Great Dane Puppy and good luck!

 

Just Another Adventure January 25, 2010

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On Saturday, January 23, I drove my daughter to join her Dad and the others for baseball practice. It was a perfect opportunity to get the boys out. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the other ‘baseball dogs’. It was beautiful to see such a variety of dog breeds having so much fun together. That day there was: My two Great Danes, a Bishon x Multipoo, a Timberwolf x Malimute, a Mexican rescue dog, and eventually a Border Collie. At one point somebody came biking up from the river with a German Shepard trotting happily beside him. Torque and Molson spotted this new dog and loped over to him to say :)Hello:) The poor fellow on the bike was alarmed at first, either at the dogs or at people playing BASEBALL in January!

 

Common Misconception November 20, 2009

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“Great Danes are nice but they need a lot of room.” Personally I have lost count of how many Danes have been through this house, some were here only for short times. We have had up to 5 in the house at once, some were pups (young Great Danes should not be exercised extensively) but our house is less than 1000 square feet, our yard is less than a quarter of an acre. At this point I have two grown Great Danes and a Boxer. Our space is sufficient for this. More than exercise, more than space, a Great Dane needs love. They are VERY sensitive dogs and if handled with a harsh hand they will, of course, lash out. Probably the worst case scenario, they will become introverted and scared, fear that may lead to aggression. Socialization, as with any dog, is important maybe even more so with Danes as my own personal theory is that if the dog does not have a calm demeanor, the fear emitted from others transfers to the dog and soon you have an ugly situation. A daily walk, something to stimulate their mind, will suffice as far as exercise goes. These lovable, touchable, hugable dogs are happy to just chill out with their human counterparts.

 

Quick Update: November 11, 2009

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Molson’s seed has been spread! Around Christmas Sadie, the bitch, will be giving birth to what I hope will be a stellar litter. She is a large black dane and Molson is a large harlequin so I think the pups will be nicely colored but I have learned to expect only the unexpected when it comes to breeding animals. This breeding happened for the main reason of securing a healthier, longer life for the resulting pups and their offspring. Great Danes are a beautiful breed of dog and should only be bred under controlled circumstances.

 

More Adventures October 26, 2009

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Late this morning I took Molson, Torque and Pepsi out for a reasonably familiar walk, or so we all thought. About five minutes into the walk I started leading the dogs along a route different from our usual. Where is Mom taking us? Maybe to play? Maybe new friends? Surely something great!! The dogs were prancing with anticipation.
I was taking them to meet and play with a new friend, a female Great Dane named Sky. Sky, in earlier times, had been attacked by two large dogs so I thought it might be nice for her to meet my two, and I say this proudly, Gentlemen.
Sky and Molson ran laps around the back yard at speeds typically reserved for cheetahs and when they tired, Torque would nuzzle his muzzle against her glimmering black exterior. She would return the favor.
Pepsi was just happy to be out, paying no heed to the other massive dogs, she ran aimlessly.
Following their playtime, we all went into the kitchen of the home where Sky lives. Her Mom asked me if she could hand my dogs treats at which point I chuckled and said, you can try. They don’t usually take treats from strangers. All four dogs sat patiently as the healthy treats were doled out one at a time. Each of them took a treat, chewed it up, and then they all rotated to the right and cleaned up the crumbs from the previous dog. It was a perfect outing and so we are planning to get together more often.

 

Homemade Dog Food October 24, 2009

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When I want to make my dog food a little more nutritious and also to change things up a bit, I like to create my own concoctions.

I picked up a big bag of long grain rice and about once a week I buy packages of three or four beef soup bones from the grocery store. I boil the bones for about 10 – 15 min., creating a nice beef broth and softening the marrow within the bones. The bones come out at that point and are set aside to cool. In the broth, still boiling, I pour about 4 cups of rice and cover. At this point the bones have cooled enough to let the dogs have as an appetizer. Once most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice I remove it from the heat to cool. At this point I either add kibble to the rice mixture or I add the rice to fresh kibble so it doesn’t sit in the moisture and become soggy.