A bit past due on some updates here! Lots of exciting updates.
First, I am honored to be able to co-own each of these very promising youngsters:
My co-bred litter from Mello x Danni are now six weeks old and we are in love with them!
Last, but not least, we are super excited to welcome Endora (Yandamar Flighty Foto Bewitched) to the US from Ireland. Thankful to her breeder, John Walsh (Yandamar Danes, Ireland) for sending her to the US. Endora will live with my good friend, who has had two previous Foto Dane puppies, including Bing’s brother, Frank. She will be shown here in the Midwest. Better pics to come of her!
So humbled to be included as a co-owner on these puppies!
A friend of mine is working with an owner to re-home their almost one year old fawn male Great Dane. Update: The owner has decided to surrender the dog to the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue: https://www.thegreatdanerescue.com/. Please visit the rescue’s website and work directly with them.
This is the information I have about the dog:
1 year old (in July) intact fawn male, cropped ears – still has a puppy brain with puppy energy, but very smart and loving
House-broken and knows sit, stay and shake
Getting along fine with their two Danes – female and male (when he is tolerating the pup)
Don’t know about cats
Needs to be crated when nobody is home – still at the tear up & swallow puppy phase
Since my last post, several years ago, I did switch to a corded Dremel. I got tired of buying a new battery powered Dremel every year. Pros/cons of battery powered vs electric. If you have a coated breed, be careful with using the electric…it does not stop, so if you get hair wrapped in it, you can cause injury to yourself (put your hair back before you do nails!) or your dog. The battery powered one is safer from that perspective. The electric has more juice and lasts much longer, though.
I have also recently purchased a DiamaGroove Pinnacle, replacing the coarse sandpaper head I have used for years. This head will not generate heat nor does it wear out. So, you don’t have to worry about “tapping” the nails, you can hold the head to the nail. If you use the regular Dremel sandpaper attachment, you need to be aware of the fact it generates heat and will get uncomfortable for the dog if you hold it in place. You need to take length off with a tap method, short times held against the nail.
Keeping your dog’s nails short is a critical aspect of dog ownership. Long nails are hard on their foot structure.
Doing nails frequently serve multiple purposes. It obviously keeps the nails short and maintained, but it also helps the dog get used to it, so it becomes less of a struggle each time.
If your dog currently has long nails and is a battle to do nails, start slow. Introduce the Dremel without actually touching nails. Let them sniff it, then hold it back and start it. Offer a treat. Once they are not seeming too worried about the tool, you can move to using on them. The first attempt, you might only get some nails or maybe a whole foot done. End on a positive note. You won’t be able to get to the desired length in one session if the nails are currently long. Plan to do nails about every 4 days to bring back length. Once they are at the desired length, plan to do about every 6-7 days.
Don’t wait on doing nails either! Start as soon as you bring puppy home.
The dogs and I visited a state park, known for its gorgeous bluebells in the spring. So very proud of these two…I was by myself on this photo shoot, so I positioned the dogs, put them in a stay and backed out to take the pictures. People walking by on the trails and they held their stays! Good doggos!!
AKC has a fun program called Trick Dog, which allows owners to earn actual AKC titles on their dogs for performing tricks! There are five levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Performer, and Elite Performer. Each level has a prerequisite of the prior level.
Here are Bing’s tricks for his Intermediate title: