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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / What is "Time"?
« on: October 24, 2006, 05:56:04 am »
A Shelter Dog asks God... Author: Joan C. Fremo
Published on: July 29, 2001

Dear God,
What is "Time"?
I hear the sadness in the voices of workers here. They say my "Time is up", that they have to make room for yet another dog.
My "Time" is up. I don't know what that means, God. I only know that my new friends are so sad, and the more I wag my tail---the harder I try to make them feel better-- -the sadder they become.
I know I have heard that word "Time" before, but I don't understand.
When I was younger, my people would say "Time to play!" They would throw the ball, and I would run fast. Sometimes I brought it back to them, but other times we'd end up chasing each other having fun.
I remember "Time to eat". My people would put down a bowl of food, and I would enjoy dinner, wagging my tail in joy. There was also "Time for your walk". My boy would put my leash on, and we would go walking together, visiting the neighborhood and enjoying each other's company.
When I was younger I thought "Time" meant fun. Or maybe Love?
I don't understand. "Time" must mean something else, but how can it change, God? Before I came here, I heard my people say, "No time to feed you now, boy. Later, when I get home." Sometimes my family would forget, and there was no food in my bowl.
Does "Time" mean when my belly hurts?
My people said there was no time for walks. I tried to hold it all day long-- but God, I just couldn't anymore. When I finally had to go, it made my family very angry.
Does "Time" means anger? Or maybe Loneliness?
My family said they didn't have "Time". They didn't have time to play, or time to take me to the vet, or time to go for walks. They didn't have "Time", so they brought me here.
Maybe I was right... They said they didn't have time, and if "Time" means Love, how did they lose it?
Did I do something wrong?
God, I think my new friends are sending me to you. Do you
have "Time"? May I sit on the couch?
Am I a good Dog, God?
Is it "Time"?
One of the most important things we can give our Pets is "Time". The time to love them, care for them, and train them. Animal Shelters and Humane Societies across the country are filled with Pets whose families didn't have "Time". Every year, the "Time is up" for 12
million companion Pets. Do you have the "Time" to make a difference?

Introducing "Leans N Slobbers -- For the Love of Great Danes"
Leans 'N Slobbers is designed to educate those of us who own, love and share our lives with Great Dane dogs.  It's also for anyone considering adding a Great Dane to his/her life. 

Throughout the site, you will find articles and links, as well as videos and photos, which will provide you with educational and entertaining information.

Come and visit for a while.

Have you checked it out yet?  A fun, friendly, informational Message Board.

This board has been operation for only 3 months and already has 269 members.

The members are Breeders, Rescuers, Average every-day Dane Owner, Kibble Feeders & Raw Feeders ... and they all get along.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / A Crazy Woman
« on: June 18, 2006, 02:09:53 pm »
This is so funny ... I have to tell it.

I have a side job of taking loan documents out to people's houses for them to sign them ... I explain the docs... I notarized them... Blah, blah, blah ......ANYWAY:

Last night, I had a appointment in Redondo Beach. Redondo Beach is usually clouded over with overcast, so it is almost always about 10-15 degrees cooler there than anywhere else.

So, I bring my dogs with me for the car ride... they go with me to almost everyone I do ... unless it's an extremely hot day. The dogs wait in the car while I go inside. I always roll all the windows down part way so there is a cross breeze ... my dogs kick back and wait for me. They love to go.

Apparantly, the neighbor had an "issue" with me leaving these poor, defenseless dogs in the "HOT" car to suffocate while I went inside. She called the house where I was and complained. So I went outside to see if my dogs were dying from heat exhaustion or something like that ... they weren't ... they were perfectly happy. The neighbor then tells me that if I don't take the dogs out of the car that she was going to call the police.

So, of course, I told her "OK then, dial away".

20 minutes later the Police show up. I am feeling really bad that this is happening to my clients because of me being there. So, I go out to meet the police officer. He is just standing there with a smirk on his face and rolls his eyes. He cannot believe that this crazy lady called the police about dog abuse when the dogs were sitting in a open window car on a cloudy over cast day.

I offered to the police officer that I would turn on the engine and let the A/C run ... he laughed and said it wasn't necessary. So the police officer took my name, address and phone # and the two of us had a good laugh about it.

When I was leaving the Police Officer was still out there getting ready to leave himself. He came out of his car and came across the street to talk to me. He said apparantly this wacky lady seems to believe that dogs have the same "laws" as infants and children ... it's just not legal to leave them in the car. Since he didn't agree with this crazy lady, he said she is going to file a complaint against him too. Then, just when he's getting back into his car, he said in a loud enough voice that the woman can hear him: "You know... not ALL Redondo Beach residents are like that".

I must say ... this was a first for me. LOL

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Advantix
« on: June 18, 2006, 09:50:00 am »
Has anyone heard anything about Advantix (not Advantage) that it is causing Seizures and that there are several people sueing Bayer?

I wanted to offer these books up to any of you for free (just pay for the shipping of $3.00 per book) before I put them on eBay. They are not Giant Breed Dog related, but they are fun to read dog books.

If you're interested, please send me an email: GentleGiantNew

BOOK 1: The Quotable Canine
Hard Back, with paper sleeve (in brand new condition)
20 - 30 pages of cute dog photos with a funny quote. Printed in the old-fashioned brown tone tint.

BOOK 2: What My Dog Has Taught Me About Life
Hard Back with paper sleeve (In excellent condition) ... except my sister wrote my name inside the book (I hate it when she does that). 189 pages of short, daily "devotionals".

BOOK 3: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
Paper Back. A bit worn (I actually read this one), but no pages torn or missing. 403 pages

BOOK 4: A Dog's Life
Paper Back. Excellent (Like New) condition. Never read.
192 Pages.

Here is the first paragraph to give you an idea:

Life is unfair, as we all know, and a good thing, too. If it had gone according to plan, I would still be chained up outside some farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, living on short rations and barking at the wind. But fortunately, some of us are marked by fate to overcome humble beginnings and succeed in a competitive world. Lassie comes to mind, for instance, and that small creature who seems to spend his entire life with his head at an unnatural angle, listening to an antique gramophone. Rather him than me, but I suppose there's not a great choice for terriers -- noisy little brutes with limited intelligence, in my experience.

This last book is not dog related at all. It is more of a folklore about a Wolf, I think. (I never read this one either).

BOOK 5: The Sight
Paperback. Excellent Condition (Never read).
554 pages.

Here is one of the commentaries:

"This long, dark fantasy draws on tales and folklore of Romania and the Balkans, as Clement-Davies (author of the acclaimed Fire Bringer) explains in an author's note at the end. Readers who like Watership Down and fantasy sagas will appreciate this epic tale about wolves and its examination of issues of destiny, evil, bloodlust, and loyalty."

On MSN's The Great Dane Room, there was a thread started about advice that has  been given out from an "expert" on Great Danes.

I am not going to send the whole thread over there, but here is the kind of advice that this "expert" is giving.  (here's a link to the entire thread):

Expert: Ken Humphries
Date: 1/18/2005
Subject: White Great Dane

We've been to the rescue center for danes and fell in love with a beautiful,white female great dane! She's deaf but not blind. Could she possibly go blind in the future? Is she susceptible to other diseases/problems? One family member is more concerned about how she'll tear up the wood floors and house than her disability! Can you give usany reason why we shouldn't adopt her?

Thanks for the help. Louise

A deaf dane should have been euthanaised when still very young. They are severely disable and cannot be let off the lead. They will not come back or stop when commanded and could cause serious accidents and damage. The rescue society should not be trying tore-house. For its own safety it would have to be kept kenneled. Imagine a child stroking it when it is asleep, the shock could make it attack.  DO NOT ADOPT.

Expert: Ken Humphries  (The word EXPERT definately used loosely)
Date: 2/22/2004
Subject: Great Danes and cats

I am wanting to give a Great Dane a home. I love them. My question is my husband always has cats, and loves them. Will a great Dane be able to live with cats; will they be able to work out their differences.My husband is afraid the Great Dane will kill the cats. Would it be better to get a puppy or an adult if he/she is going to live with a cat.Thank you for your time.

Introducing a dane or any dog into a cat household is very difficult. An adult will chase and kill the cat if it runs. An adult or puppy getting too close even in a friendly way risks serious injury to the eyes.

Expert: Ken Humphries
Date: 1/1/2005
Subject: Great Dane breeding

I am interested in breeding my AKC female fawn. She is not OFA certified, but is not a bitch that I want to breed to sell in the papers because she is of such great temperament that friends and family are on awaiting list for her pups. I do not know how to select a male.How should I select the color?

She is out of fawn bitch and sire. I would choose a stud with excellent temperament and admirable bloodlines to accentuate my bitch, but would like to know any helpful tips you could give me.

Thanks in advance

Select a fawn or brindle dog.

Visit shows and see what is available and chack the temerament.

Ignore bloodlines as they only apply to breeders who want to show and understand the genetics of breeding.  Most of the fawns will be related somewhere in their background.



Then a person from another message board wrote to him with some very sound questions:

Re: Deaf Danes

I've noticed that every question re: deaf danes has been met with the same exact generic answer. I am just curious, as the "expert",why you are not willing to open your mind a little and say, "You know ,I've been enlightened on the subject recently and it seems deaf danes (deaf dogs in general) recieve a bad rap and certainly should be given as much chance as the next dog"

And this comment: "For your information I have not set myself up as an expert,I just try to help new owners with problems. Temperaments depend mainly on breeding, blood-lines and training not colour. If you knew anything about danes you would know that."

You DO claim to be an expert, that's why your on here.And the snide remark at the end, she was not implying that she didn't know about temperament..s he was implying DEAF doesn't mean BAD TEMPERAMENT. Anyone who can read should know that.....

I didn't come on here to bash you, but it's frustrating that people come to you for advice and get lead astray.

And I won't get started on the expert advice you gave on danes and cats...DANES WILL KILL CATS? Tell that to the two cats that cuddle u pwith my dane every night. Or the cats my deaf dane (YES DEAF) saved from the neighbors dog.Or the orphaned kitten my foster dane allowed to nurse on her. Out of 40-50 danes I've had in and out of my home, I had ONE, YES, ONE, that had an issue with cats. Those statistics prove that the dane hardly meets the criteria as a cat killer.

Ken's Answer:
My dogs will kill cats, they will kill anything that runs, unless I rescue them first.

Training a deaf dog takes special skills which a novice will not have. A deaf dog will nover be able to be let run free unless the owner has sufficient land, as I have, which is securely fenced. This is very rare in the UK so most have to be kept on a leash for their own safety.

Since you and the other cranks started this attack I have had many breeds approach me and say that they agreed with the answer I gave so get off my case and find someone else to annoy. I'm far too busy helping train unruly and badly brought up dogs for novice owners without having to deal with crank emails.


So, this person has submitted a Petition to have this expert
removed from Expert.Advice. com

Please join in this petition to have him removed, as he
should not be giving advice out as he has been.

Barbara Laird
Gentle Giant News

Not to take away from this incredibly awesome Message Board, cuz you all are wonderful ... but if you have a spare moment, come check out

Leans and Slobbers -- All About Great Danes Message Board.

It is incredibly fun, full of helpful information, and a lot of really nice people, like here.

It has been in operation since May 3rd, already has 172 Members, and almost 4,000 post.  Not too bad for less than one month of operation.

Games & Jokes / Great Dane Puzzles
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:55:07 pm »
When you've got nothing but time on your hands, here's some fun with Great Dane puzzles.  You will even recognize alot of these Danes.


If you want to make another puzzle when you're done, click the BACK button on your browser.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / GentleGiantNews website updated
« on: May 15, 2006, 11:38:41 pm »
Gentle Giant News Website just updated

More testimonies have been added.

Read what these people have to say:

Kelly, Orla, Gadget, Lineover, Engelhlywd, Giantlover, Ash, Bleusmomma, dg5842, Onyx, Anonymous4

(Yes, these are user names, but behind these user names are real people)

A new message board has just been started today.
Leans and Slobbers - All About Great Danes
Check it out.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Bloating Boxer?
« on: May 01, 2006, 11:29:01 am »
I think I just witness my first time with Bloat.
I was at the Dog Park this evening.  A man just arrived with his young boxer.  As soon as he came into the park, his dog fell over.  I was at the top of the hill when this happened.  So I rushed over to see if I can tell what might be happening.  The dog was tightening up her stomach, gagging, and foaming.  I opened her mouth to see if there was any blockage (visable) ... didn't see any.
So I told the man to bring her immediately to the Emergency Vet.  I hope he made it on time.
Does that sound like Bloat to you?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / GentleGiantNews website
« on: April 23, 2006, 11:09:10 am »
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