glad you have come to this page.
It is here, that I
wanted to share my heart about
my life and my dogs.
I can testify, that in knowing
this breed, I have come to
know great friends and lessons
for love and life.
There are some really great
pictures to share
my life with Great Danes, on
this page. I
hope you enjoy them.
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I had been showing Collies and Airedales
A friend of mine, had had a couple of
Danes when she was growing up
and now that she was married, she wanted
another one. At the time, I was
showing my Collies and had just ventured
into Soft Coated Wheaten
Terriers. I was a 'Coated Breed"
person, loved that long hair to bury my
head in, but the Great Dane puppy she
purchased from a well known Midwest
breeder, started 'oozing' love all over
the place and the 'ooze' found it's way
into my heart. So, when she bred
her bitch to a well known (at the time)
Midwest Stud dog...I got my first Great
Dane, Gracie -
'DayStar's Amazing Grace'...Our
I fell head over heals in love with this
dog. I thought, 'Why did this take
me so long to find? Where have you
been all my life?' The Great Dane
BUG bite so hard...I'm still scratching
Once a breed of dog, gets into your
system, you're sunk. Once I was
by the love of the Great Dane that
flooded my soul, I began, passionately
to donate and dedicate my love for the
Great Dane, in ways of sacrifice in time
and money, through love. In this,
I have never regretted one moment .
Bringing our Gracie home, was one of the
highlights of my life. I know that
God had now set in me, a purpose that
would take and grow it's 'roots' of
fierce loyalty to the Great Dane, in
heights I thought were impossible, in
comparison to my love for the Collie.
So, with our Gracie, you see to the
right, the venture and journey into
"Great Dane Land" began. I just
can't thank God enough, for meeting this
wonderful breed and for the fabulous
friends I have made throughout the
years. Getting Gracie in 1983, was
one of the best purchases I've ever made
for my life and my family.
just as He chose us in Him before the
of the world, that we should be holy and
blame before Him in love,
Some people say
to me, 'Why would you get into a breed
of dog that is known for having a
shorter life span than others?' It
is a fact that the giants are special
and in need of very dedicated people to
manage their lives and care for them.
I guess, that would be a matter of
opinion. I would have to say,
my years of
living with and dealing with the things
come with this breed are for
I find that my life with the Great Dane
is, without a doubt, richer and more
pleasurable than some of the other
breeds I have lived with.
Well, after the arrival of our first Great
Dane.......What would you think
would be the
most logical conclusion to come to???
ANOTHER GREAT DANE!!!!
Yes...It didn't take long. We were
hooked (or at least I was...my family
was snagged into the love affair
too...:0) and along came our Isaiah,
from my very dear friend of over 25
years, Jean Watson of RoyalCrest Great
Danes. That was the start of our
friendship through our Dane passion.
What a gentle giant. What a huge
sweet loving boy. He brought into
of people that didn't know the breed, a
desire to have one "just like him".
Our boy, though, was almost snuffed out
with a disease called 'Blastomycosis',
a killer of a fungus that kills slowly
and is hard to detect.
I had such high hopes for my boy, but
alas...the disease that almost took his
life, but didn't, took his eye. It
settled there and the eye was so
destroyed that he had to have it
surgically removed and so Isaiah lived
out his life with one eye.
I think that with that, people found in
their hearts, that he seemed to be even
endearing. His gentle nature in
the giant body of a healed 185 pound
all the more to love.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your
saying to you, "Fear not, I will help
Then, with great
excitement and looking just for the
right dog, I chose a Champion
brindle dog named - TKO - Ch.
Foremost Grandmaster - Owned by Connie &
Craig. They were just great with
me with my first litter. They were
section when I was showing the puppy I
kept out of Gracie's litter, our Ruth
BISS Ch. DayStar's Intomy Heart.
What a dog. I learned with her in
about a lot of things. She was a
very large bitch, about 34 1/2 inches
was a ball of fire in the ring.
She was so fun that, today, I think I
took a lot of my fun for granted and was
star struck by her loyalty, intelligence
and complete confidence that I would
love another one just like her.
I really only accompanied her around the
ring. Her intelligence came
in the ring with all knowledge of ring
procedure and what came next.
Her anticipation to what I wanted was
uncanny. It was like she read my
Ruth would know to do something the
minute I thought it and was a showing
fool....What a show dog. She would
bait like a Doberman and had the desire
please me along with it.
I finished Ruth in 7 months and she
accumulated all her points in just 3
All her points were obtained out of the
Bred-By Exhibitor class. Her first
show was at the Hoosier Specialties in
Indiana and she took a 5 point major and
her 3rd weekend out, she had her second
major with a total of 10 points.
I was spoiled to say the least.
I think, though, that the best thing
about my showing Ruth, was the friends I
To this day, I just can't thank God
enough for all the people that I met
her success in the ring and the help
that other handlers gave me to achieve
my AKC Championship with her for my
first Great Dane Champion.
To this day, I have friends in the Dane
Community that are 25 years along
and I cherish the relationships that
have proceeded beyond.
The day my precious friend and I,
together, her points for her AKC
Championship, she went
Breed of out the classes and finished
with a 3rd Major and
then took a Group 4...Oh what fun I had
with her....I miss you my girl.
Thanks all you friends, for your support
and encouragement you all gave me.
Thanks Renee, one of my best best
friends, for sharing this with me and
having the memory of doing it with you.