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Last dog

Last month my mother had to have Charlie, her spaniel, put down.  It was time, but of course that didn’t make it any easier on her or my dad. My mother inspired my love of dogs.  She loved having animals … Continue reading

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Different theories of the walk

On one recent morning, I realized that Kunga and I have entirely different ideas about our daily walks. I think of this time primarily as exercise for the big guy.  Like all Danes, he’s a couch potato and sleeps as … Continue reading

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Dogs and Horses

Went to watch an evaluation of Trakehner mares this weekend, to support my friend Fiona with her big young mare.  An expert judge evaluates the horses on size, conformation, and movement (7 different points), and grades each; if the total … Continue reading

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Kunga’s gastropexy, 3 weeks later

About 4 weeks ago, Kunga underwent a laparoscopic gastropexy, surgery intended to prevent the torsion (twisting) of the stomach that goes with bloat.  He had a single incision, about 1.5 inches long. I posted a photo of that incision right … Continue reading

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Heat Stroke

It’s blazingly hot here in Colorado–literally.  The forests are tinder dry and the heat is astonishing.  It was during a summer like this that my last Dane, Tucker, suffered heat exhaustion. I was out of town and had left Tucker … Continue reading

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Puppy party

What a lot of fun we had this weekend!  Our friend Kathryn Kudron hosted about a dozen people (some of whom had Dobermans, Samoyeds, and Pomeranians) to help her evaluate the 7 Great Dane pups from her bitch Gimme’s litter. … Continue reading

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Video from GDCGD specialty, 2012

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Kunga’s gastropexy (tack)

A warning: one of the pictures below is of a stapled incision after surgery. Last week I explained a little about the condition called “bloat” and mentioned that Kunga would undergo an operation that should prevent most of the damage … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Bloat

Its technical name is Gastric Dilation (bloat) with Volvulus (torsion): we know it commonly as bloat.  And 3 people I know have had their Danes suffer this appalling event in just the last week. One at least did not survive. … Continue reading

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2012 GDCGD Specialty

Our club put on its annual specialty last Friday, June 1, with two shows on the same day.  We had the usual difficulties trying to remember exactly how the canopies go together (though it’s easier these days thanks to Carol … Continue reading

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