2014 Breeding Plans!

We are excited to announce 2014 breeding plans!


We are breeding “Kizzy” (Flighty Foto Absolut CGC) to “Fender” (BIF MBISS Ch. WindyCity-Orion’s Guitar Hero AOM)

Kizzy:  Health testing results – CHIC #73228 ; Pedigree ; More pics/info
Fender:  Health testing results – CHIC #88920 ; Pedigree ; More pics/info

We hope for mantle puppies (this breeding will not produce harlequins or merles) early summer.  Check back for updates.

Our policies on placing puppies  If you are interested in a puppy, please email me at bev@fotodanes.com

* Why is health testing so important? *

Have you considered a rescue Dane?  A great way to obtain a wonderful companion!  If you’re in my area, check out the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue.  Otherwise, the GDCA has a national rescue listing.

I am also happy to offer referrals and to assist people in finding and screening breeders.  Email me at bev@fotodanes.com with your location and any color preferences.  We encourage you to do your own research on anyone’s recommendations, including ours. Don’t just stop at asking a breeder if they have Great Dane puppies for sale!

Please check out these articles on screening breeders:
ABC’s of Buying a Purebred Puppy
Chromadane’s Buyers’ Corner

Foto Danes
Bev Klingensmith
Newton, Iowa 50208
641-792-8076 (available evenings/weekends)

Kizzy Picked Up More Points

Kizzy has been out with a handling team and has picked up three more points towards her AKC championship.  She is now “singled out” – she has 12 of her 15 needed points and just needs a 3-point major to finish her championship.

Don’t know what that dog show jargon means, but curious? Check out AKC’s Beginners’ Guide To Dog Shows and/or Counting Points at a Dog Show.

Here she is with Gwen Meyer, winning two points (June 2013):

Show Mantle Great Dane

Some new pics

Feeling guilty about forgetting my camera to the commercial filming, so snapped a couple pics of Kizzy today:

Female Adult Mantle Great Dane

Show quality mantle great dane

And one from last month of Kizzy with her siblings, who are both owned & loved by the Lemke’s:Mantle & merliquin great danes
Wilson (Skyy x Taxi litter), Greta & Kizzy (both Skyy x HP litter)

Kizzy is in a commercial!

Kizzy is a star! We filmed a commercial for Mediacom yesterday. Quite the fun experience. It was filmed in front of a giant green screen and Kizzy’s “acting” consisted of a sit-stay, with the actress holding her leash, and then a recall. She comes running, with the actress attached and flying along with her. (I don’t think the actress feigned the struggle to hold her on that first take!)

She was a hit with the production crew. She was such a good girl – so many people, cameras, lights, equipment and craziness and she took it all in stride.

Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so my only snaps were on my phone. :( Here she is in front of the production studio’s sign:

Mantle Great Dane commercial
and waiting as patiently as possibly until the crew is ready for her part:
Mantle Great Dane commercial
Sounds like it will be several weeks before the commercial will be on TV.  I am supposed to get a digital copy and will post when I receive it.

Wilson – new pictures

I’ve been so delinquent on getting photos on here lately!

Wilson came to stay with us for a few days, while his big sister, Greta, had TPLO surgery.

Wilson is now 10 months old and bigger than Kizzy!

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Wilson & Kizzy

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Wilson at 10 months old

Flighty Foto Made to Order v Payaso


Flighty Foto Great Danes

Kizzy & Wilson



Happy Tail & Tail Amputation

Danes are notorious for “happy tail” – they wag their powerful tails hard and sometimes it smacks walls and other objects, causing the end of the tail to break open.  While this doesn’t normally seem to cause the dogs discomfort, it’s not very fun for the owner.  Putting blood on the tip of a wagging tail equals blood spatters on every surface in a room in mere moments (hydrogen peroxide works wonders in getting blood out of fabrics).

Not all Danes have this issue, but it seems once a dog has done it, they will continue to experience issues with it.  In part, because the more the tail gets injured, the easier it is to break open again.  And, in part, because the ones that break it open once are likely to be the type of waggers that continually have the issue.

Of my Danes, Skyy had happy tail.  She wagged her tail all the time and when she got extra happy, that tail was almost lethal.  I joked that she could find something on which to smack her tail in the middle of an empty field.

None of her puppies seemed to have been as cursed with the happy tail problems, until Bree’s recent boarding experience.  Her owner had Bree boarding at a vet clinic and the hard kennel walls, mixed with an excited tail didn’t work well.  Bree, who hadn’t had chronic tail problems, busted her tail open so bad that a tendon was hanging out.  By this point, there isn’t much to do, other than amputating the tail.

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Bree's tail amputation

If the tail is to the point of amputation, I would recommend amputating the majority of the tail and leaving a very short tail.  Trying to save “the majority” of the tail does not seem to be very effective as if too much length is left, the dog can still injure the end.  Take enough off so that it will not continue to smack into objects when the dog is wagging.  Word of caution – leave enough of a stub that if there are any healing problems, there is enough skin left for which the vet to work.

For owners dealing with happy tail, it does not always result in amputation.  (Most happy tails do not start out as severe as Bree’s situation!)  There are some taping methods that work fairly well.

You will quickly learn that attempting to tape just the end of the tail is worthless.  The taping method we used for Skyy, a tried and true method, worked really well.  The concept is to tape the dog’s tail up under their body, as if they were tucking their tail.  This keeps them from being able to whip the end of the tail around, allowing the tail a chance to heal.  You leave the injured part of the tail free to breath and heal.

You’ll need an O ring, swivel clip, some fabric to create a “belt” (I used the waist part of an old sweatshirt) and some cloth tape.

O ring

O ring, taped to tail


swivel clip

happy tail taping method

You can unclip the tail when the dog goes out to potty, although the dog will move their tail to the side, so I typically did not unclip it.

Get the tail taped up as soon as there is an issue and leave it taped for a couple of weeks after you think it is healed.  A dog is more apt to break open the tail again if it isn’t healed well.  There is the possibility that you’ll end up doing a fair amount of this taping method off and on throughout the dog’s life.  But, you stand a good chance at being able to save the tail and your sanity, as blood spattered walls are no fun.  For those showing their Danes, a docked tail is a disqualification in our breed, so amputation means the end of a show career.

In addition to taping while the tail is healing, there are other preventative ideas that help.  If the dog is breaking the tail open while kenneled, padding the sides of the crate/kennel might help.  Teaching the dog to sit when greeting you can help as well.

Sad News

With tears in my eyes, I’m sharing that today we lost our Skyy – Ch Payaso Flighty Star Alliance RN CGC CHIC – to pyometra.  We had discovered a large hemangiosarcoma on her spleen in April, so I’m thankful for the great last six months we’ve had with her.  She was such a sweet, happy girl.  She was loved.  RIP, Sweetheart.  1/6/04-10/4/11

Harlequin Great Dane

Wilson’s Send Off

Bitter sweet day this past week, as Wilson headed off to his new home.  He joins his big sister, Greta, from our previous litter.  He will be shown and co-owned by us, so look for him in the ring in the Midwest!

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The boys posing with Wilson one last time

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Wilson and his new owners

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Settling in with his sister