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Great Dane Discussions / Since Spike taking a walk has not been the same!
« on: September 01, 2005, 11:58:14 am »
I was thinking about that last night when we were on the 2nd walk of the day ( he gets 2 one at 5 a short one just to let some energy out when I get home and one around 7:30 when it has cooled off and we can take our time and walk near the water there is a little quarry by my moms house) anyway I was just thinking we cannot walk out the front door without having to stop.
I have noticed some things all kids want to touch Spike but the smaller the kids the less nervous they seem about touching Spike the older they seem to hesitate a little and the kids always seem to just know he is a puppy when adults for the most part think he is full grown. And kids want to hug and get slobbers adults want to ask questions and anyone with a dog seems to want to get me let their dog play with Spike even people with tiny chis seem to want to see Spike and their dog play Now Spike does have his friends I let him play with as much as possable
Zak (german Shepard) and Snowball ( not sure the breed but somekind of scottie)  And he has to stop and play with both of them. But everyone seems to think it is amazing that he is a Great Dane and just seem to have to touch him. I don't mind the questions cause then people will see the breed for the loving lap dogs they are and he loves it but I would like everynow and then to be able to just walk me and him. He is just my baby to me I really don't think of him like this powerfull massive regal purebreed he's just my little booger who likes to eat socks and the occasional kitty litter treat. Does anyone know what I mean?  Sorry this is not a rant but just my thoughts. Im bored at work!LOL

Rachael and Spike aka the kid magnet

Great Dane Discussions / Me and Spike are making the move!!!!
« on: August 29, 2005, 01:30:48 pm »
I put in my 2 week notice today and in 2 weeks we are going to live with Pierre. I cannot wait. I told Spike and he already has his bags packed and sitting by the door. He loves his Daddy!!!LOL Including his daddys big back yard! The only thing is he is going to be an only dog for awhile till we are both ready for another dog. I cannot wait to move our stuff and not have to worry about going back home on Sundays.You see we live a little over an hour apart. I have not found a job yet but I think I would like to start taking grooming classes. or there is this little pet shop that me and Spike like to go to by his house and I think I would love to work there.
Well we will see what happens.
Just wanted to share the good news!!!!!
Rachael and Spike

Great Dane Discussions / Dane Growth chart question?
« on: August 26, 2005, 07:17:34 am »
I was looking at Spike and was wondering if he is in the right size for his age.
He is 7mth old the top of his shoulder comes about to my hip and weighs about 90-95lbs.
Is he a little small or have I just been looking at to many pics of full grown danes?

Rachael and Spike

Rare Breed Mastiff Discussions / Breed Question?
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:03:08 pm »
Does anyone know anything about  Tosa Inu's I saw a pic of one and he was beatifull. I am not looking to get one or anything just curious I have never heard of them before and was wondering if they are a very rare breed of mastiff or someting?
Rachael and Spike

Great Dane Discussions / Strange toys
« on: August 23, 2005, 12:09:03 pm »
Does anyone elses dog have any strange toys?
Spike has a big ball that squeeks and he barks at it and howls when he makes noise with it but he loves that thing.
Cronic had the skin from a stiffie bear he destuffed and carried around for like a year till we had to take it away cause it was disgustingly dirty.
My Shadow had a baby doll head that he carried everywhere and I meand everywhere to the potty in the back yard on walks. It started when he was little and he was gettin into something and I wanted to distract him for a little while and I pulled the head off of one of my little sisters baby dolls ( I was 16 she was 8) and gave it to him and from then on when one would get to nasty we would rip another one off and give it to him. You should have seen the looks on peoples faces seeing the big ol German Shepard with a baby head in his mouth. People always stared at him.
Rachael and Spike

Remembering those no longer with us. / In memory of Cronics
« on: August 19, 2005, 12:27:44 pm »
Me and my boyfriend sat around and told stories about all the funny and sweet thing Cronics did and I think that helped remembering him that way instead of the very end. Well while we were talking I let him read all the replys that everyone on both of the boards I go to see how much everyone actually cares even though they do not really know us. Well he said that made him feel better too just seeing that we did do the right thing. Well anyway after he read everything he said that we should post all the good memories and Stories that we could remember and share them with all of you since you all were there for the sad part and never really got to hear all the good parts so if noone minds I am going to tell some stories.
And before I start I want to say thank you all again for all the support and love you all showed us.
Here goes the stories:

The Pig Ear Escapade:
We bought a bag of pig ears to give the boys as treats and we used a plastic cereal container to keep it in the bedroom to put them in and we left it  sitting on the floor and the top came off  but we figured Cronics is so well behaved and if you say no to him he knows it means no and he wont touch it again well he sniffed it while we were still awake and I said no and he moved away and stared at it but did not touch it and Spike was in his cage sleeping that night and we just went got in bed and turned the light out and I was laying there like 5 min and I heard this noise and I thought maybe Spike figured a way to sneak something in his cage and was chewing on it well I got up and saw it Cronics had waited till the lights went out and went after those ears he had his whole face pushed into the opening grabbing a ear and when I said hey he shook the container off and layed down to chew his prize and he was looking at me like what I did not do anything what are you looking at well I figured if he is smart enough to wait till the light were out so we would not see him then he deserves the treat and I let him finish it and sat on the floor giving him snuggles but I did put the container up before I turned the light out again.  He did look so proud of himself though like hah I figured out how to beat the system! I was laughing so hard he got on the bed and layed with us after he got done eating the ear that is.

Our life guard:
Pierre has a inground pool in the back yard and when ever we go swimming and go under tha water or swim the the deep end he will bark and follow us on the outside of the pool and if you are under to long or on the deep end to long he would jump in and swim to us I never let him get to close cause when he swam with us and got close we always end up with scratches all over the place. And when we are just sitting on the steps in the water and his feet got to hot on he concrete around the pool he would stand on the steps with just his feet in the water and wait till the cooled off then get out and go about his business he would do this every 10 min or so.

May I please?:
When me and Pierre would lay on the bed Cronics would stand by the side of the bed and wait till he was invited up to get on the bed and lay down and he always had to lay in the middle and would give kisses back and forth to both of us for a couple min till he fell asleep and he snored like a 400lb man I had to wear earplugs just to get to sleep.

That was not me:
When he would toot he would get up and look around to like he was saying who did that and then go in another room and leave the stench behind.

There are more I just canít type anymore my hands are tired.
Again sorry for taking up a lot of space here just thought I would share.

Rachael, Pierre and Spike

Anything Non-Dog Related / Joke someone sent me
« on: August 18, 2005, 12:21:38 pm »
This joke is kinda funny and all. But I am not sure if it is directed towards me as a hint!

Male vs Female ATM Procedures

  1.  Drive up to the cash machine.
  2.  Put down your car window.
  3.  Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
  4.  Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
  5.  Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
  6.  Put window up.
  7.  Drive off.

  1.  Drive up to cash machine.
  2.  Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the
  3.  Set parking brake, put the window down.
  4.  Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate
  5.  Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up
  6.  Attempt to insert card into machine.
  7.  Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive
      distance from the car.
  8.  Insert card.
  9.  Re-insert card the right way.
  10.  Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the
       inside back page.
  11.  Enter PIN.
  12.  Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
  13.  Enter amount of cash required.
  14.  Check makeup in rear view mirror.
  15.  Retrieve cash and receipt.
  16.  Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
  17.  Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of
  18.  Re-check makeup.
  19.  Drive forward 2 feet.
  20.  Reverse back to cash machine.
  21.  Retrieve card.
  22.  Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot
  23.  Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
  24.  Restart stalled engine and pull off.
  25.  Redial person on cell phone.
  26.  Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
  27.  Release Parking Brake.


Tonight me and my boyfriend (Pierre) are going to do the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Our dog Cronics I think I have talked of him before has a tumor in his stomach and in his liver and he is close to heart failure and the Vet said he is only holding on for us cause his body is failing. So when I get home we are going to let him go and rest till we see him again when it is our time to be with him again. I know it is the right thing to do but I want him to stay just a little longer no matter how long he would live I would always want a little more time. Please pray that my sweet guy has peace now that the people that had him before us never let him have that hurt him I can only hope that the last 5 years with us helped make up for that a little.

Rachael, Pierre, Spike and our special boy Cronics

Puppies Point of View
I don't remember much from the place I was born. It was cramped and dark, and we were never playe with by the humans. I remember Mom and her soft fur, but she was often sick, and very thin. She had hardly any milk for me and my brothers and sisters. I remember many of them dying, and I missed the so.
I do remember the day I was taken from Mom. I was so sad and scared, my milk teeth had only just come in, and I really should have been with Mom still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they wanted money and were sick of the "mess" that me and my sister made. So we were crated up and taken to strange place. Just the two of us. We huddled together and were scared, still no human hands came to pet or love us.

So many sights and sounds, and smells! We are in a store where there are many different animals! Some that squawk! some that meow! Some that Peep! My sister and I are jammed into a small cage, I hear other puppies here. I see humans look at me, I like the 'little humans', the kids. they look so sweet, and fun, like they would play with me!

All day we stay in the small cage, sometimes mean people will hit the glass and frighten us, every once in a while we are taken out to be held or shown to humans. Some are gentle some hurt us, we always hear "Aw they are So cute! I want one!" but we never get to go with any.
My sister died last night, when the store was dark. I lay my head on her soft fur and felt the life leave her small thin body. I had heard them say she was sick, and that I should be sold as a "discount price" so that I would quickly leave the store. I think my soft whine was the only one that mourned for her as her body was taken out of the cage in the morning and dumped.

Today, a family came and bought me! Oh happy day! They are a nice family, they really, really wanted me! They had bought a dish and food and the little girl held me so tenderly in her arms. I love her so much! The mom and dad say what a sweet and good puppy I am! I am named Angel. I love to lick my new humans!

The family takes such good care of me, they are loving and tender and sweet. They gently teach me right and wrong, give me good food, and lots of love! I want only to please these wonderful people! I love the little girl and I enjoy running and playing with her.

Today I went to the veterinarian. it was a strange place and I was frightened. I got some shots, but my best friend the little girl held me softly and said it would be OK. So I relaxed. The Vet must have said sad words to my beloved family, because they looked awfully sad. I heard Severe hip displacement, and something about my heart... I heard the vet say something about, back yard breeders and my parents not being tested. I know not what any of that means, just that it hurts me to see my family so sad. but they still love me, and I still love them very much!

I am 6 months old now. Where most other puppies are robust and rowdy, It hurts me terribly just to move. The pain never lets up. It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I find it hard to breath. I keep trying my best to be the strong pup I know I am supposed to be, but it is so hard. It breaks my heart to see the little girl so sad, and to hear the Mom and Dad talk about "it might now be the time". Several times I have went to that veterinarians place, and the news is never good. Always talk about Congenital Problems. I just want to feel the warm sunshine and run, and play and nuzzle with my family. Last night was the worst, Pain has been my constant now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine in pain.

I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad, and I don't know why, have I been bad? I try to be good and loving, what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be gone! If only I could soothe the tears of the little girl. I reach out my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain. the veterinarians table is so cold. I am so frightened. The humans all hug and love me, they cry into my soft fur. I can feel their love and sadness. I manage to lick softly their hands.

Even the vet doesn't seem so scary today. He is gentle and I sense some kind of relief for my pain. The little girl hold me softly and I thank her, for giving me all her love. I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg. The pain is beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel a peace descend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand. My vision is becoming dreamlike now, and I see my Mother and my brothers and sisters, in a far off green place.

They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and happiness. I tell the family good- bye in the only way I know how, a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had hoped to spend many, many moons with them, but it was not meant to be. "You see," said the veterinarian "Pet shop puppies do not come from ethical breeders." The pain ends now, and I know it will be many years until I see my beloved family again. If only things could have been different.

(This story may be published or reprinted. Copywrite 1999 J. Ellis)

Great Dane Discussions / Update on Spike
« on: August 01, 2005, 10:27:26 am »
Well I just got back to work Spike was in the hospital till Sunday. He had a small obstruction still have no idea what it was there was some string in it the vet told me but I have not seen any myself. And I was told when I was picking him up that he most likely has kennel cough cause he is still coughing and his nose is still running, they said if he is still coughing in a week bring him back. I am going to wait till Thursday and then I am taking him back. I do not understand why they did not take care of  it while he was there. Anyone have any ideas on why they would not take care of it then? Cause I am stumped!
I felt so bad having him stay there for those 3 days I felt like I abandoned him needless to say I did not sleep very well. At first they were saying he might need surgery to get him unblocked thank god it did not come to that I would have had a nervous breakdown!
Well I have to get some work done before I get fired. I will let everyone know when I take him back for the cough. If he is still coughing in a few days.
I want to thank everyone for their help and good thoughts for my Spike. And sorry for not being able to get to a computer to update sooner My boyfriends computer has somesort of virus.
Rachael and Spike

Great Dane Discussions / Help something is wrong with Spike!!!!!
« on: July 28, 2005, 07:09:59 am »
Spike has been gagging since last night like he is trying to throw up and nothing comes out and he is laying around and is moving really slow and there is snot coming out his nose I do not think he ate anything strange last night but he did eat alot of his food last night. Everyone keeps telling me he just ate to much food last night. He is going to potty #1 and #2. I am going to take him to the vet when I get home from work today. But does anyone think it just might have been eating to much food? Please help I am very worried!
Rachael and Spike

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