Ever since I was a little kid, animals have always been very important to me and a major part of my life. I grew up with all kinds of critters, including a Blue &
Gold McCaw named Tuaca, and my best friend Tamika, a solid black German Shepherd. She was everything that you could wish for in a family pet. We were inseparable and she meant the world to me. About 3 weeks before Christmas, Tamika, 14 almost 15 years old,
went down in her back end, due to her chronic arthritis from having had her hip broken, and could not get up, we rushed her into the veterinarian’s office and found that she had slipped a disc in her back and her hips just werent working anymore. Being
that she was an older lady we did as much as we could possibly could do to make her comfortable but in the end, we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to her.
I had high
expectations of my next dog since Tamika was the ultimate dog. We didn't start the search for a new dog until about 5 years later, after my husband and I had gotten married and purchased a house. We had also had our first 3 kids by the time we felt it was
right to bring in a family dog.
We needed a dog that would be easily trained, grow up well with our children and most of all be a loving companion. It was then that we decided that
a great dane was the best fit for us as we had always wanted a giant breed dog and they fit the temperament we were looking for the best.
We have never experienced a love so sincere,
loyal and “in tune” to us, as the Great Dane breed. Obedient, loyal, loving, not to mention so regal and breathtakingly beautiful, as well as silly and goofy. They are the total package!
Our first couple of danes were not well bred at all, we had no clue where to turn to, what a reputable breeder "looked like", what health testing clearances should have been performed and why conformation was so important. It was only after
our 3rd dane passed away from complications with her gastropexi surgery that we realized we needed to begin our search all over again. That we needed to start from scratch and research pedigrees and genetics, look into confomation shows near us, seeking out
a reputable breeder to be our mentor, got involed in AKC all breed clubs and finally got our first well-bred purebred great dane and started competing and testing, connecting with experienced, knowledgeable breed exhibitors and began my journey towards creating
and appreciating the Great Dane how they should be.
I had no idea that what started out as getting a family pet would turn into one of my greatest passions, but it did, nonetheless.