Saturday, September 29, 2007
Gunther is doing so good. He is a rock. Through all this with Truman, Gunther has been so careful with him. Right now I'm considering putting him in the Rally competition in Marietta the end of October. We have a lot to catch up on. LOL. Since T's been sick we haven't worked much. I'll make the decision tomorrow.
I want to share a little piece of information with you. If you are a Great Dane owner and your dog or bitch needs to have surgery or even knocked out for their nails to be done. Please ask the vet to use PropoFlo. It's a little more expensive, but it has been found to be the best for Great Danes.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Gunther is doing the slow grow up thing now. He's starting to settle down a little. His chest is developing and he is starting to look more like his dad. But, don't let that grown up face fool you. He's still a crazy puppy and can out run Truman any day. LOL.
This picture of Gunther I totally love. It shows how muscular his is and how he is developing.
Now here are a couple of partner's in crime. When these guys get going look out. It's really wonderful that Truman is recovering more and more everyday. He is full of so much life. The 11th he goes back to the doctor and hopefully will be released and off the meds.
One of Truman's favorite things like all danes is to lean. I think they like to lean because they know they will get their sides rubbed and lots of lovin'. How do you like that right ear? We call it the "magical mystery ear" because it has a mind of it's own. LOL. (thank heavens it's not on the show side.)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Blood was drawn, a full body physical was given, and xrays were taken. They found his white blood cells a little elevated, he had a fever and the start of dehydration. The vet found also in the physical exam a sore area on T's spin. It wasn't until this afternoon that we noticed him arching his back up when he walked. It was after the fever had set in. Anyway. the xrays showed infection around two of the vertebrae in T's back, and diagnosed him with Diskospondylitis. (I will include several links that you can look up, if you are not all ready familiar with it.)
The vet believed that T has had this infection for awhile and that after a fun packed weekend his immune system couldn't fight it off anymore. He said that this is found in large/giant breed dogs, especially German Shepherds and Great Danes. I did run across this one time with a German Shepherd bitch that I had, she had gotten all her shots from her breeder and the breeder, to save money, used the same needles for all the shots and hadn't clean needles. The infection then spread to her spin. With T we caught it in time. There was no compression on the spine and T is going to be fine. They gave him fluids and have put him on an antibiotic for two weeks and an antinflamitory for 5 days, then the vet will check him again. I did find it interesting that males get this more than females. Go figure. Also the onset usually is relatively acute: some dogs have mild signs for several months before examination. There is pain or at least difficulty rising, there's a reluctance to jump, and depending on where the infection is located, they can have difficulty with their back legs. If ignored it can lead to lameness.
Causes can be bacterial or fungal and other causes can be surgery or bite wounds.
Here are the links:
ok I guess that's enough links, though I have several more. But the only thing that is important is the Truman is going to be fine. Tonight he's all ready up and around more than earlier, he even took one of his favorite toys outside to potty with him. LOL.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Gunther was playing with his new toys and T was laying in bed sleeping. LOL. He got wore out with all the traveling around town and playing with Gunther. LOL.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
This is a great picture of Gunther. He was tired and had a long day. The boy was ready for a long rest.
Our friends that were at the show too, did really well. Congrats to Noel and boy Max for getting their first 4 point win on Friday. They are still at the show today so hopefully we'll have more good news coming from Noel.
Jay and Barbara were there with Ivan. He came in 3rd on Saturday in his group. He would have done better if another dog hadn't have been aggressive toward him and distracted him. This same aggressive dog about 30 minutes earlier went after Gunther and tried to bite his muzzle. Needless to say I was pissed that someone with a dog with that temperament was even showing.
I haven't looked at the schedule but I believe our next show will be in August here in Atlanta. It will be a lot of fun. This show we may skip Rally and take T to start getting use to the "show" atmosphere. When shows are inside, they are load, crowded and at times insane. ;-)
Speaking of T. He is now 54.5 lbs. I am so glad that he is gaining a little weight. He's a little taller too. He has just the sweetest disposition and just loves doing things with us. There isn't a mean bone in his body.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We are also going to be there with Jay (Gunther's breeder), Barbara, Noel and Walter. It's going to be a lot of fun hanging with them at the show and watching all their dogs in the conformation rings. Great Dane people are some of the best.
T will be staying home with the rest of the family. I will miss him a lot, but before I know it, I'll be taking two Danes to the shows. That will be amazing.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Yup, Gunther has a little brother now. We call him "T" but his AKC name is Sir Hagan Tru, son of Shockin. The explanation of his name is the Sir is a reference to his father, Royale, Hagen is the mythological brother to Gunther, Tru is a reference to what the breeder called him, Truman, and the son of Shockin is the acknowledgement of the breeder's kennel name. But, we just call him "T". Here is a link to his sire CH Stone Valley's Rocky Raccoon CD, RE, CGC, TT, HIT and a link to his mom, Shannon's Shockin You Again.
T, is 16 weeks old and will be in his first dog show in October of this year. He weighs 45 lbs as of yesterday (Friday). He's a cutie and we're so excited about having him in the family. He does some of the funniest things and he's like an older dane in a little puppy. We are going to have some funny stories about him and Gunther soon enough. LOL. T's own blog is in the works, I'll post the link when it's ready.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Before I know it though it will be time for his Rally competition in SC. So that will be fun. He gets a road trip. In fact I'm coming back on a Wednesday and the next week we will be leaving again. That will be fun.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
OMG we had a wonderful time in the heat. LOL. Thank heavens for those trees. Anyway, everyone from the Griffin Kennel Club was so nice and made the day a lot of fun for us.
Below are some pictures of the day, and a picture of Gunther's ribbons from being in Rally. There was a large amount of dogs in his category and most of them were search and rescue dogs, just there having fun and practicing with their handlers. Gunther came in third. I was pretty proud of him, for his first time in the Rally competition. Now we have plans to go to Greenville, SC., Huntsville, AL, and then in August do the big show in Atlanta.
One thing that was really interesting, is that the man who won first in the Rally Novice A group, was a man who my son has been trying to track down. GT is wanting to pursue being a K9 handler and Search and Rescue, and there he was with one of his dogs. GT and him talked so much, they caught up on karate and dogs, it was great.
One more thing. I have to tell you about RescueMeTugz. Michele who makes these wonderful tugs, donates all her money from the tugs to Great Dane Rescues. This month she has chosen the Great Dane Club of the Mid South's Rescue to donate to. Here is her links. http://www.rescuemetugz.etsy.com. If you have any questions about her product, email me, she is wonderful about getting back with you.
Ok, enough talk. Check out the pictures of my friends, their dogs and of course the Gun-man.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
As picky as I am about what he eats, I felt I should be picky about his water too. I warned you at the beginning of this post I could be a little over the top! LOL.
Gunther has been being a nut lately. There is a small match coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to actually put him in the conformation part of it, but I don't think I'll be able to. Every time his behind is touched he sits. That isn't good in the show ring. But, they are having Rally so I'll be putting him in that. We have been working and working and his sits are a little faster than before, like maybe a hair or two. LOL. But, it's coming. He tries so hard and enjoys our "play" time. The show is June 16th.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Gunther has been doing wonderful. He's 127 pounds now and is still such a big ole puppy. There are a few shows around that if things go well, Gun will start competing in Rally. In June there is a fun match not to far from us and I think that will be our start. Then in July there is a Rally match in Savannah. (Beautiful Savannah, GA. any excuse to go there is a good excuse!) So cross your fingers. One of the biggest things that has kept us from competing is just scheduling problems, but I think we will be ok on for these dates.
I'll have some new pictures of the Gum-Man coming soon!
Friday, May 04, 2007
We also went and got his weight. Big is 126 lbs. He has been going through some "stage" of growth for a few weeks now. This isn't the first time he has done this. It started about 3-4 weeks ago with getting up and wanting to run and play ALL day. He hardly slept except for nights. His appetite increased like all get out. I started feeding him 3 times a day smaller meals because he was so hungry, then things started to change. I noticed toward Tuesday of this week he was napping during the day and only wanted to play in the afternoon. His usual time, then his eating changed. He's almost not eating any meals except for breakfast. When he does this I start adjusting his meal sizes, and even today left about 1.5 cups of food in his bowl. By next week he will be back to normal. LOL. At least Gunther's normal.
Ok, I have had a few remarks and comments about my rant in my last post about dog self control. I find it interesting in the dog world just how sensitive dog owners can be. First off, I cannot apologise for what I wrote. I truly believe that no matter what kind of dog you have, helping that dog learn self control is a must. Dogs love to learn and they think it's play time. What is wrong with that? you are teaching your dog how you want him or her to behave in your home, and your dog is getting one-on-one attention, play and maybe treats. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
I mentioned that there were some exceptions, and that is because I was talking about a specific situation. When you are dealing with rescue dogs they need to learn trust, confidence and self control, but on a different level because they special circumstances. When you bring a pup home from the breeder you have nothing but time to start teaching good manners, you have a clean slate. A dog who hasn't been abandoned, who hasn't been physically abused, tormented, etc. So my thoughts were and are directed to those who purchase a puppy and then expect the pup to raise himself.
Something to think about. We all know people who's dogs have been in training, and didn't do well. This might bring some light to why. Have you ever tried to talk to someone who is out of control, their attention is everywhere except where it should be? Was the talk successful? More than likely you had to wait till they calmed down and you had their attention. Why wouldn't that same principle work for those dogs who weren't doing so well in training class? Doggie self control, it's a powerful thing.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
My daughter and I spent Sunday in Perry, GA. at the Great Dane Club of the Mid South's Spring Specialty. We had a great time. I was the photographer and Sara helped at the trophy table. Of course Ivan was there and came in 2nd in the 6-9 month dog group. It was wonderful being at the show, seeing all the Danes and being around Great Dane people. I always have a great time at dog shows. ;-)
Now for my soap box. I hope not to offend anyone, but I have to share something with you. If you have a Great Dane or are thinking about getting a Great Dane, it should go without saying that your Dane MUST LEARN that he or she is to have manners. And who is going to teach them their manners? YOU. As scary smart as Danes are, there is no reason why a Great Dane cannot learn how you want them to behave in your home. Now there are some exceptions, but I am talking about people who get their Dane from a breeder and bring it home at 8 - 12 weeks and then just let it raise its self. Come on people. If a little dog gets board and chews something up that is one thing, but you are talking about an animal that will grow to weigh over 100 pounds. I'm not even talking about cute little tricks, I am talking about self control, manners and what you want the dog to do or not do in your home. If you have not gotten your Dane yet, please think about this before you pick up your dog. To me your dogs training and behaviour is just as important as hit vet visits and what food you feed them. It's a package deal. Don't leave one area out, you are not only causing your self frustration but you are not doing your dog any favors. Your goal should be a well rounded Great Dane and that's up to you. Ok, I've said my piece and I'll now get off my soap box.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Anyway to make a long story short, we (Gunther and I) are working very hard at putting things back the way they should be. It has actually turning into something good, because I had gotten way too caught up in the ugly things going in our lives right now, and stopping to work more with Gunther and walk him has been great for my mindset and Gunther is a lot happier.
There have been several tall men that have been great in helping and offering to help with Gunther and I thank them so much. We are very close to getting the old Gun-man back who was just crazy about everyone.
This coming weekend is the Great Dane Speciality in Perry, GA. I love these. Seeing all the beautiful Danes is amazing and just being at the dog show it's self is so much fun. I won't get to stay as long as I would like but at least this year I'm going.
Once back from the Perry, Gunther and I will dive in head first into getting him totally ready for Rally competition. He needs a little work on sitting faster. Everything else I think is pretty good. We have been working on the different requirements for each level of Rally, so maybe it will go smoothly and before we know it, we'll be in Obedience competition. That would be wonderful.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Don't you just love this face? And that nose is so cute!
Here is Noel taking Ivan up and down the ring for the judge. I wish you could see Ivan's gait.
Over the summer Ivan will be going to several shows and I'll of course post how he is doing. There is a big show for him coming up April 15. Like the Gun-Man was at this age, Ivan will grow leaps and bounds by the April dog show. Keep in him your thoughts as Noel prepares him for it.
Friday, February 16, 2007
This week I've been thinking about some of the Dane people I know and all the photos throughout their homes of their Danes, past and present. So it got me thinking about Gunther's pictures. Almost all of his photos are online. I only have 1 that is framed out where every one can see. And it's not like I don't take pictures of him, I take so many pictures of Gunther that it's to the point that when Gunther sees me with a camera he will either stop and stand or sit waiting for his picture. That's pretty bad. LOL. Anyway, I'm going through all the pictures picking out some to have enlarged and professionally framed. These are a couple that I have in mind.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I even made an opening for his lead to attach to his collar.
Not really thinking about it I mentioned it to some other dog owners I know and now I have orders for 3 more. I'm also adding the option of making them a little long so it will come up around the ears a little more.
If you are interested in ordering one also, email me at knitting business email address.
Oh a quick update on the crate that Gunther didn't get. The lady handling the business was kind enough to admit that I had pretty much fallen through the cracks and refunded my money. I still need a crate and so far it's the biggest one I have seen. But, I'm going to look around before trying to order from them again.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Anyway, all is good here. Gunther is doing well and we are having a ball with him. I will be glad for a little warmer weather though. It's hard for me to get out with him when its cold, especially the damp cold that we've been having here in GA. But it won't be long till Spring and we can be outside all the time.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
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Gunther news. Ok, this is what everyone is really wanting to know. How is the Gun-Man and what is he up to. ;-) Gunther is doing good. His nose is still a little chapped and dried out. I've used several things to help heal it up, but it's still not where it needs to be. (Any suggestions from my friends who live in snow country would be appreciated). Also, he has been burping. LOL. Ok, I know danes burp, but it's like, he gets in your face and burps and it smells terrible, then he smacks his lips. He then goes off like he just wanted to share that with me. So he's acting like a boy, not a male dog, like a kid. I have a friend who's son does the same thing. LOL. Go figure.
On the training front. Gun has learned a couple more things. He knows the word Thru. And will go through your legs. We have laughed till tears ran down our faces and this huge boy crawling between people's legs. He is also sitting closer and on the come front command, he is getting closer to me, which will be perfect for in the Rally ring. Even though I haven't been able to work with him that much outside because of my knee injury, we have been doing small segments in the house. Every little bit will help get that Rally title. Besides, it's just fun working with him.