Fast CAT

Bing and Nash have both previously earned their “CA” (Coursing Ability) title by running CAT (Coursing Ability Test), but they both recently ran Fast CATs and had a blast!

There are actually several differences between CAT and FCAT. The CAT is 600 yards with turns; FCAT is 100 yards, strait. In CAT, timing isn’t critical, as long as your dog finishes the course in under a set time. In FCAT, it’s all about the time! Once your dog has run three qualified runs, the average of their three fastest times will be calculated and used to determine their ranking within their breed. Very fun and thrilling event!

To learn more about about AKC CAT, visit and for FCAT, visit These events are open to all breeds, even mixed breeds.

Bing has his CHIC!

Very pleased to have my fourth generation CHIC dog! Bing has completed all of his health testing with flying colors.

CHIC stands for Canine Health Information Center and it’s a centralized canine health database.  To earn a CHIC number, a dog has to have all required health tests for their breed publicly documented (not all breeds are eligible for a CHIC number).

For Danes, there are four required tests – heart, hips, thyroid and eyes.  These four things are deemed the biggest (testable) issues for our breed and recommended prior to a decision to breed a dog.

Bing’s individual results can be found here.

A note about CHIC: A dog does not have to pass all their health test – their owner just has to be willing to publicly list the results.  Kudos to those who are willing to display less than perfect results.  Even if that particular dog isn’t being bred, the information is helpful to those who own related dogs.  And, less than perfect results don’t always mean the dog should never be bred.  It depends on the problem, the severity, and the strength of the dog’s other merits when weighed against those results and the dog’s other weaknesses.

The CHIC program is a wonderful tool for breeders and puppy buyers alike.  It allows breeders to make smarter breeding choices. The more information a breeder has – on the breeding candidate and their relatives – the more informed their breeding decisions.  For buyers, it allows an easy way to verify and research before purchasing a puppy.

Brindle Girl Available

We have decided to make Pippin available to a companion home. She is crate trained, house trained, lives with and is good with kids and other dogs. She is pretty interested in cats but has been good with ours. Preference is to keep her somewhat local (Iowa) but an amazing home is paramount. We are not in a hurry to place her and will wait as long as it takes to find the perfect fit. No shipping. You must be willing to come here (Central Iowa) to meet her. Email Hailey for more information and an application!

Available Puppy

Available 8 week old fawn male. UPDATE: He has found a home.

Looking for a pet home. Located in central Iowa area. If you are interested in learning more, please email Denise at and include some information about yourself and the type of home you can offer. Please include your location, info about other pets, etc. (Please do not call – all inquiries are going to Denise and will be initially handled via email. Thank you!)

8 week old fawn great dane puppy
great dane puppies for sale


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:

Creed (AutumnRidge Flighty Flip the Script)
Pippin (AutumnRidge Flighty Rhythm of Revival)

My co-bred litter from Mello x Danni are now six weeks old and we are in love with them!

L-R Mia, Ralphie, Sophia (no puppies available at this time)

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!

Welcome, Endora!

So humbled to be included as a co-owner on these puppies!

Rescue Dane Available

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: 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