Long hikes, play time and pictures

Deliquent on updating pictures here, but have enjoyed lots of activities lately with the dogs.

Long hikes:

Hiking with Danes

Gigi and Heidi

Heidi and Gigi

Play time with all three girls and our best Cocker Spaniel buddy, Walter:

Gigi and Walter

Before the water fun, we explored Ledges State Park:

L-R: Kizzy, Heidi, Gigi

Photo session fun:

Great Dane generations

Kizzy at 8 1/2 years old; Heidi (standing) and Gigi at 2 years old

Immediately following that picture:

The chase is on!

Kizzy still has it!



First Day of Spring Walk

I enjoyed a long walk on the first day of spring with the girls.  Love these days we can take our nice long walks!

Stopped at the park and snapped a quick picture of the girls.  Long walks with my pups is bliss for me. 🙂

Great Danes and Lab

Kizzy, Gigi and Isla (my mom’s Lab)

As someone who regularly walks multiple dogs, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see loose dogs.  I usually modify my route, to avoid, if I see a loose dog up ahead.  It is not cool to have a dog rush me when I’m walking 300+ lbs of dog.  I’ve been pretty lucky so far and typically can yell at the approaching dog with a stern, “NO! GO HOME!” and they seem to listen. <knock on wood>  My dogs seem confident that I’ll deal with the situation and don’t get too riled up.

Dogs being dogs

Like any dog, mine love racing around, just to enjoy being alive. Makes me happy to see them happy!

Great Danes running

Gigi in the lead with Kizzy hot on her heels

Great Danes running

Gigi as the chaser

Senior Great Dane running

Kizzy in the lead… not too bad for Dane who will be eight years old in a month!

Great Dane running


Sneaky Great Dane

Gigi in ultra-stealth mode, doing a super sneaky attack on Kizzy

Mantle Great Dane

Kizzy…watching Gigi’s “sneak attack”

head profile Great Dane

Two Great Danes sitting

Great Dane Meet Up Group

The Great Dane Club of Des Moines has formed a “Great Dane Meet Up Group“.  We had our first event yesterday – a walk around Gray’s Lake in Des Moines.  We had eleven Danes show up!  Not bad for our first event.  It was a fun time, getting to meet other Dane owners and causing quite the scene as we paraded around the park.  The beautiful weather drew lots of people outside! Kizzy and Gigi both had a great time.

Great Dane Meet Up Group attendees

Great Dane Meet Up Group attendees

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