11 , 2002 The "blue" version of the Gardener's
Handy Helper Tool, which features a photograph I took of Ch. WYSIWYG's
Lothario v Longo (Luca), popped up unexpectedly in the online Dane
community last week. It was making the rounds via an email attachment.
Over a hundred people received it. As far as I can tell, the only
difference between what people were getting in the mail and what
you see here is the fact that my ©2001 copyright mark had been
removed and somebody else who will remain nameless
was claiming authorship of the image, as well as putting her own
copyright in the message body with a link to her web site. In short,
the piece was pirated.
Just for the record, The Handy Gardener's Helper Tool was first
published on this web site in May of 2001. It featured a fawn Great
Dane, Ch. K-D Dane's Triple Treasure (Trevor). The blue (Luca) version
was completed seven months later. The idea and inspiration for the
piece came from Debra Rahl, President and Maryland/Delaware coordinator
of the Mid-Atlantic
Great Dane Rescue League. Debby sent me the following graphic
last February, with a note that said, "Here is an example of
a post card I did using one of our rescue dogs."
I found Debby's postcard hilarious and clever. I asked
Debby for permission to create and publish my own version of the
idea, giving her credit for the original inspiration. She graciously
agreed. Three months later the "makeover" was complete
and The Gardener's Handy Helper Tool
made its debut on DaDane of DaWeek.
This discussion may seem trivial to some, but both Debby and I wanted
to set the record straight since somebody else has been claiming
credit for designing the piece. Teresa Labrie, breeder and owner
of Luca, also objects to the unauthorized use and distribution of
Luca's likeness by this individual. Debbie, Teresa and I ask that
you do not forward the attachment should you happen to receive it.
Now for the important stuff...
like to tell you a little bit more about Debra Rahl's group, the
Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. MAGDRL is staffed completely
by volunteers. It was organized in 1979 to serve the seven states
of the Mid-Atlantic Region. As a tax-exempt organization, MAGDRL
has continued to grow to meet the ever increasing needs of the region.
Last year MAGDRL raised an impressive $120,000 in donations, but
unfortunately their operating expenses mostly in the form
of vet bills exceeded $135,000, so they remain in debt.
(Debbie says she's glad she's not the treasurer, or she'd never
sleep at night.) MAGDRL volunteers together do an amazing job. They
are currently caring for 70 Great Danes, all needing homes!
Last week MAGDRL took in a new rescue named Caesar. Caesar is a
lovely one-year-old black Great Dane who was surrendered to the
Maryland branch by his owners. Debby says he is suffering from a
condition, probably congenital, which has left him with no cartilage
in his right hip. His left hind leg is slightly bowed from carrying
the extra weight.
order to function normally and comfortably, Caesar needs a total
hip replacement. His owners, who love him very much, surrendered
him because they can't afford the surgery and even if they could,
they would not be able to provide the necessary aftercare during
his recovery period. They felt Caesar's best chance was to go to
MAGDRL, even though it means giving him up. It's a tough situation
for everybody especially for Caesar.
After trying to work out a solution with the owners and finding
there were no other options for Caesar, Debby and the folks at MAGDRL
agreed to take custody. This week they will attempt to work out
a plan with the surgeon obviously, hip replacements aren't
cheap. The preliminary estimate for surgery and aftercare is around
$4000. Fortunately, due to MAGDRL's solid reputation, many veterinarians
and some surgeons provide services to the organization at a discounted
rate. Hopefully the estimated fee for Caesar's surgery will prove
to be somewhat negotiable it remains to be seen, though.
If any of you would like to help Caesar and/or support MAGDRL's
ongoing rescue activities, please visit MAGDRL's
web site or contact Debra
Rahl directly via email.
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