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What Have You Read Lately ~ Amazing Gracie

Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Gracie was a deaf and partially blind albino Great Dane with a delicate constitution and an extreme dislike for commercial dog food. Dan is the man who adopts her, the loneliest puppy in the litter, and because of her refusal to eat teaches himself to cook and within three days begins baking the dog treats that marks the birth of Three Dog Bakery. Dan and his friend Mark save Gracie, but Gracie saves them, too, teaching them the real meaning of happiness.

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If you’re short on inspiration, read Amazing Gracie. ~ The Chicago Tribune

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Hero Dog Maddison

Lily, a six-year-old Great Dane, was an 18-month-old puppy when she lost her eyes due to a disease that damaged them beyond repair. It was after this traumatic event that her relationship with  Maddison, who is now seven, developed as Maddison stepped up to be Lily’s guide dog. Miss Campbell, the manager at the rescue where they currently live awaiting a forever home says, “Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch.
“Maddison is always looking out for her. With her lack of sight, Lily’s other senses have heightened so although we don’t split them up often she can tell if Maddison is nearby. They curl up together to go to sleep and they are very vocal with each other. We haven’t analysed their different barks but if Lily wants to go forward and Maddison is in her way, the bark will have a different pitch.They are very close to one another and enjoy each other’s company.” 

This pair of best friends resides at a shelter in the U.K. looking for a home that can take them both. Miss Campbell adds, “‘They are really happy with life, the glass is always half full with these two.” I think we can learn quite a lot from these loving dogs.

 
 

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Great Danes

The Great Dane is a gentle giant and is very sweet, affectionate, and playful and he is generally well mannered. This breed is commonly used as a watch or guard dog and does very well.

Great Danes are very responsible and dependable, making them great as a family pet. This breed should be extensively trained during puppyhood so they do not lean on people, especially children. His sheer size makes this breed very intimidating, however this dog is extremely gentle and loving. They can do well around other dogs, but should be socialized to prevent them becoming dog aggressive. 

The Great Dane requires a dominant handler and firm yet gentle training. Obedience training at an early age is best, as this breed can prove difficult to train fully-grown. Great Danes should have a large sized yard and plenty of exercise room. A very large breed, they require long walks regularly. With proper care (an owner who is a “pack leader” and plenty of exercise), these dogs make absolutely fabulous companions.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty

 

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Big Dogs Huge Paws

There is a huge need for big dog rescue due to the fact that most of the large breeds do not have any legitimate rescue options and there are always more dogs in need than any one organization can help. Big Dogs Huge Paws believes every big dog deserves a chance, and has focused their rescue and rehabilitation efforts on Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs (All Types), Irish Wolfhounds, and Scottish Deerhounds. Their goal is to make sure that every dog receives only the best of care, food, and training. Dogs are placed in foster homes until *forever homes* can be found. Through community outreach and public relations, they hope to decrease the number of dogs needing rescue in the first place and “ensure that no gentle giant in need is forgotten or left behind.”

 

Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash™ loves all breeds, but we have a special place in our heart for the large breeds. Craig, the owner here at Dogma, has three Great Danes and knows personally how special these big dogs can be. If you’re a dog lover, there are always volunteer opportunities at Big Dogs Huge Paws. In fact, volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Please click here for more information.

 

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Apollo of All Dogs

Great Danes, with their imposing size, are like the king of the canines, but they are often called “gentle giants” because of their wonderful disposition. Charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children and they tend to love everyone and need to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. They are reliable, trustworthy and dependable, as well as courageous and loyal. Some of the Great Dane’s talents are tracking, guarding and carting. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, they have nothing to do with Denmark and are, in fact, also known as German Mastiffs. This majestic dog was recognized as an official breed in 1887. 

Sometime, stop in at Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash™, and talk to Craig about his three beautiful Great Danes, a very old breed known as the “Apollo of all dogs.” Dogs resembling the Great Dane have appeared on Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. There are also drawings of these dogs on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest writings of dogs that sounded like Great Danes were in Chinese literature dating back to 1121 B.C. In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. They were admired for their ability to bring down bear and wild boar. The dogs were thought to have been Wolfhound mixed with the Old English Mastiff but with selective breeding the Greyhound was added in to create the Great Dane. Besides being used as a hunter, they were also used as estate guard dogs. Now, as long as they have their daily walk and are well-trained as puppies, they make superb pets – even for apartment dwellers!

 
 

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It All Counts

Part of the quality care that your pet receives at Mountain Vet to Pet comes from the fact that Dr. Lisa Warren has spent years building an understanding of cats and dogs, knowing exactly what makes them tick.  She pays attention to what causes agitation and what promotes calm and security, because when your pet isn’t wasting energy being fearful or stressed, their treatment is more productive.  The Mountain Vet to Pet office doesn’t smell or look clinical but rather provides a comfortable, reassuring welcome, much like home.  Not only does the front “living room” atmosphere calm the patient but it gives the rest of the family a sense of well-being, which also contributes to the serenity of the patient.   The examination rooms are not walled in but instead have large windows so that your dog can see out, a basic canine requirement in order to maintain their calm.  Even the art on the walls is placed specifically with your four legged family member in mind.  Cats can become tense when they are confronted with large images in wall art, so the 36’ X 24’ portrait of the Great Danes, though beautiful, doesn’t hang in the examination room.  Neutral, earthy colors on the walls and floor create a subdued sense of order and quiet harmony.   A Vet’s office planned with the happiness of the patient and the family in mind makes a tremendous difference in everyone’s pet care experience – simply healthier by design.

 

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Eating Right

Nutrition for your dog does not have to be complex.  As a matter of fact, your dog’s nutrition can be thought of in the same terms you approach your own eating plan.  If you are an active person, getting regular, heart pumping exercise, your intake of complex carbohydrates – vegetables, fruit, whole grains – and whole proteins – meat, eggs, rice and bean combinations – needs to be higher than someone who is more sedentary.  In order to keep your body fueled and your energy at a high level, every meal has to offer choices in both of these areas, and your meals should be spaced frequently throughout the day rather than in large portions in one evening meal.  When you take your dog on one of your runs up the closest mountain, he is burning calories in a rapid hurry, and like you, will need the right nutrients to replenish in order to function at his best for the remainder of the day.  A dog that is fueled on less than nutritious food or too few of the right calories will become unfocused, hyper and irritable – just like someone you might know.  If you have a high altitude athlete running at your side every day, stop in at Dogma and ask Craig what his menu suggestions would be.  He and his three Great Danes will be happy to help.

 

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