Random thoughts from the mind of a great dane puppy :)
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April 3, 2009 at 4:02 am
Renee for RMGreatDane
The Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Inc not only takes in lost, neglected or left behind Danes, but we provide all kinds of useful, helpful information for those who want to learn more about these beautiful, captivating, kind, loving and loyal gentle giants… We also have contact info listed on our home page via http://www.rmgreatdane.org for those who need to turn their Dane in to the Rescue so he/she can find a better home and get a 2nd chance at a better life.
For photos, pending projects and future events, go to http://www.TheDaneCampaign.com to see what we’re trying to do to get the word out too!
Your blog is encouraging – please feel free to contact me directly with more questions about rescuing, rehoming, fostering, sponsoring or in so many other ways supporting Rescue Danes.
Renee for RMGDRI
May 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Just want to share with anyone that happens along this page and are thinking about adopting a Great Dane. I have 3 Great Danes, got all of them through Craigslist. I decided that I would rather do just as one of the articles here suggests: save a dog from potentially being euthanized by adopting them instead of buying from a breeder. I had no intention of showing them anyway, I just love Great Danes as our family has had them since I was a teenager (that was 30 years ago!).
I also decided to get adult dogs versus puppies, since everyone wants a puppy, I figured to give adult dogs a chance to have a great life with an owner that really enjoys having them around.
A few things a potential Dane owner might want to research out before actually getting one.
First is their eating. I am going through about 50 pounds a week of dog food. That’s for 3 of them, though, not just 1.
Second, their disposal of that food after it is processed through their system: there can be quite a large amound of droppings you will have to pick up on a daily basis.
Third is their goofiness. Although I find it an amazingly wonderful attribute of the Great Dane, it can also lead to costly repairs and expenses. Think about a HUGE tail that can take out lamps; glasses filled with drinks; pictures and even accidentally knock a small child in the head! It’s more like a bull whip than a tail!
My Danes shed – a lot – there is a lot of vacuuming and sweeping to be done, especially in the summer time.
They don’t really like being left outside, such as when you go to work. Especially in a hot area like mine, where the in-the-shade temps get as high as 120 degrees. You will have to considering installing a doggy door or getting huge kennels and kennel train them to be in there, in your house during the day.
When you are sitting down, their head level is at your eye level. Some people find this disconcerting at best when they come up and stick their giant head in your face! Think about having 3 of them doing it at the same time! Personally, I LOVE the attention – these dogs are definitely very social animals and are HUGE people lovers!
When you are home, they are going to want to follow you EVERYWHERE you go and if you don’t let them, they are going to let you know about it. If I am taking a shower, they are sitting at the bathroom door, waiting for me to come out. If I go outside to enjoy my Koi ponds, they aren’t asking me for permission to come out there with me, they just follow me out there and lay down at my feet. If I’m at my computer, in the kitchen, WHEREVER, they want to follow me everywhere. I LOVE this kind of attention from dogs, but some people aren’t exactly in love with giant dogs giving out that kind of attention all day long.
When I come home from work, they are out there, waiting for me. Their affectionate bark (versus the barking they give to strangers) is heard throughout the neighborhood. Fortunately, just about everyone in my neighborhood also have dogs, so the barking is “mututally shared” up and down the street.
Consider carefully about getting a Dane if you have small children. No, they will bite or even show a smidgeon’s worth of agression, even if the kids are hanging all over the dog and pulling on it’s hair and tail. The problem is the size of the Dane. My largest one is 150 pounds and can easily knock a child over. Not intentionally, of course, but he’s big, goofy and silly. I’ve pretty much got the leaning problem taken care of – Danes LOVE to lean up against people which if a person is unprepared, can literally knock even an adult over.
They also like to sit down on a couch like a human. I am not making any of this up. The dog is big enough to have his butt on the couch and his front paws on the floor. You can find pics all over the internet to verify the truth of that statement.
There are things a person should consider, simply put, when considering acquiring a dog as big and as heavy as a Great Dane. I have nothing but love for them, but you must be prepared for what’s to come when you bring that big boy or girl home!
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