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debbie

New puppy

Well, I am sure none of you will faint with shock at this title.

its something we have thought long and hard about and there were a lot of permeable for us to consider.  At the end of the day we cannot be dogless.  our home and our life just doesn't work that way.  We have been geared up for the last 20 years for danes and not having one is just leaving us empty.

If I had a choice, if I could turn back the clock,  I would still have Brodie - she shouldn't have died as she did but then I would still have Baloo, our first who we lost to epilepsy at just 3, Deacon, our second who we lost when he lost his back legs at 6 and Darcy, our third - well you all know we lost him at 9 with his heart ...I still haven't stopped crying for him yet and now we have lost Brodie just 9 short months after she came to us at 9 months old.  I can't begin to describe how we feel so I won't - this is meant to (believe it or not) be a positive post.

Initially we thought of bringing in poor dex, our farm dog but that wouldn't have been fair on him.  he's 5 and never been in a house in his life - and nor have any of his relatives.  Then we thought of a rescue - a small dog - a lab or german shepherd or something but eventually we came to the conclusion that we are just dane people.

We thought of a rescue dane and we have been offered a beautiful harli. he's 4 though and although he has been in foster care for just 2 weeks he has already had an instance of picking up a spaniel puppy and refusing to give it back - he didn't injure the puppy but he just thought it was a toy.  I am sure he will find a lovely home but in a farming community we didn't think this would be a good idea for either Mac or us.  The other point we considered of course was that we wouldn't know his background.  this is pure selfishness on our part but having lot 2 danes in 10 months we wanted to try - no guarantees of course- and stack the deck on our favour. So:

next week we have a little blue boy coming to live with us.  he is 10 weeks old now and has had his second jabs, is micro chipped and as at 4 days ago weighed in a just 2 stone.  

The main reason we have gone for this little boy is that his breeder comes very highly recommended by others in the dane world but more importantly to us all her breeding dogs are tested for cardio myopathy going back 5 generations (thats what we lot darcy too) and hip scored going back 6 generations (we lost deacon when he lost his back legs) as well as numerous other tests including bloods.  his father, although too young at 2 to be tested for his heart himself has has his father and grandfather checked and of course is tested himself for hips etc.  

This little chap has had two health checks by the breeders own vet but also two independent vet health checks - in fact two of his litter mates have gone to vets.

So fingers crossed for me next week when we collect him - he is up in cheshire but his breeder is going to meet us at the half way point - Bristol.

He won't bring Brodie back or Darcy or any of the others but hopefully he will help us look forward.

We have been offered Brodies cousin, Elsa, when she has weaned her pups in May and it something that we are serisouly considering so we will no long be a one dane family.
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Scottie

Know how you feel Debbie.  It's a strange feeling being without a dog.
conundrum

Good for you Debbie, not replacing your other fabulous dogs, but a new llittle person to warm the cockles of your hearts!
kaz

You will never forget the Danes that have gone before but a 10 week old puppy is going to mean that you won't have time to remain upset
Congratulations and of course we want photos
lizziep

Lucky you, bet you will enjoy every moment with him.  My little pup is 14 weeks now and I love her to bits even though at the moment she is insisting on eating the christmas tree    Have you got a name for him yet?
Wilder

Well done you!  I could not imagine living without a dog, and I am sure your puppy will have a wonderful life with you.
12Bore

Nice one Debbie, here's wishing you many happy years together!
rhino

 
sod

 Agee house aint home without dogs and/or cats, great news didn't think you would last long on your own great news.
fleurie

Glad to hear that, Debbie. Here's hoping that the little (!) one will settle in quickly and fill that Dane shaped space.

Fxx
freckle

We work on a one out one in principle. It is so sad losing a dog but I find it hard to understand when people lose one and say they'll never have another. I suppose it makes it easier that we have a whole pack and the loss of one is perhaps not so starkly obvious or harshly felt. I have to confess when reading your sad post I was whispering to the screen-get another, get another-so I'm glad you are! Its not about replacing the lost dog, just filling the empty space left in the family. And think of all the fun you are going to have with a new pup!  
sod

freckle wrote:
We work on a one out one in principle. It is so sad losing a dog but I find it hard to understand when people lose one and say they'll never have another. I suppose it makes it easier that we have a whole pack and the loss of one is perhaps not so starkly obvious or harshly felt. I have to confess when reading your sad post I was whispering to the screen-get another, get another-so I'm glad you are! Its not about replacing the lost dog, just filling the empty space left in the family. And think of all the fun you are going to have with a new pup!  


Same here but many tears when one goes
lilwitedogs

Good for you!
lizzie44

Im really pleased for you. I cant bear the thought of not having a dog around. Cant wait to see photos!! Love Lizzie
escape

Good for you.

May you have many great years together  
Jaycee

Good luck with the new pup Debbie. It seems that once you have been a dane owner nothing else will do. We lost our two 3 years apart, both at age six, Chester with cardiomyopathy and Lucy suddenly, with what we think was a brain aneurysm, on christmas morning, two years ago.
We haven't been as brave as you in getting a new one, although we have done the same as you, looking at other breeds and rescue danes.
If you could expect even 10-12 years from them it wouldn't be so bad, anyway never say never, if we could get a pup with the tests your's has had we might consider it.

Happy days


Grandma Bodger

Love the dogs not sure what breed do you think you need to buy another car
debbie

Love your danes and so so sad that you lost them - our dane before Brodie (brindle) who, to be honest shouldn't have died as she did, was Darcy, a fawn.  He died of cardiomyopathy when he was 9 which is OK for a dane - his whole litter died of it and he was the last which is why I was so keen on this litter as they have been tested going back 5 generations - as with every thing though, no guarantees of couse.

Love the picture of your dogs in the car - we have someone here that shows the biggest fawn you have ever seen and she travels to shows with him, her husband and herself in a Nissan Micra and my mum used to take her dane around when I was a teenager in a three wheel reliant robin so I can't see a problem with two harli's in yours  

Well, tomorrow is puppy day.  excited but nervous and TBH its very very bitter sweet.

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