THE MAGICAL MERLE
– By Suzzane Kelleher-Duckett –
Penelope is an outgoing, energetic,
extremely intelligent, "I MUST be the center of attention" kind of girl. She
will be 8-years-young on July 19, 2004, and not much has changed about
over the years, except for her more distinguished, graying eyebrows.
It doesn't matter what
you're doing, or where you’re
going – Penelope just wants to be there with you. The list of activities
enjoys is long, but here are a few of her favorites:
LOVES to trick-or-treat on Halloween. First
of all, she ADORES children, so Halloween is a perfect holiday for Penelope;
and second, she loves wearing costumes. Penelope is one of the only dogs I know
wear a costume all night long without so much as blinking an eye. I am convinced
she knows that hanging out with kids and wearing a costume is a sure way
to become the center of attention. She poses for pictures, gets invited inside
homes, gets special doggie treats and sports a black cat candy bucket full of
around her neck. All while she's keeping a watchful eye over the kids, making
they’re all together before moving on to the
next house. It has always amazed me how she could tell one "monster" from
the next, but she can!
LOVES a good trail ride and she is a wonderful horse dog. She
loves being at the barn and she's always excited to hit the trails. Penelope
a strong love
for horses, but not all horses know what to think when they're approached
and licked on the nose by a Great Dane. She really does not see the difference
between herself and the more common Jack Russell barn-dog.
For Penelope, no trail ride is
at least one race. Her
favorite part of the ride is getting to race the horse at least once before going
home. She definitely lets you know when she wants to race. She has a way of jumping
around, sort of taunting the horse, and even licking him on the nose as if to
say “come on let's go!” And if that doesn't get the message
she'll grab you by your pant leg until you let them run – and
trust me, she wants
LOVES meeting new people. More
than anything else, I think Penelope enjoys being a GREAT breed ambassador.
last December, Penelope and I had the pleasure of working the "Meet the
Breeds" booth at the AKC / Eukanuba Invitational dog show in Long Beach,
California. Each breed booth was well-decorated and offered the public tons
of educational information regarding that individual breed, its history, and
Each breed booth was also staffed by a person to answer questions, and a dog
of that breed to meet and greet the public.
Dane booth was decorated in a Hollywood theme, which was perfect for "The
Divine Miss Penelope," our very own Hollywood Starlet! She was certainly
in her element. The more people, cameras, attention and commotion, THE BETTER!
to the crowds, shook hands, barked when asked, high-fived and posed for tons
of pictures with young and old alike. She was a HIT – a real media
magnet! So much so, that she made the front page of the California Section of
Angeles Times (in color), the AKC web site, the AKC Gazette and she was photographed/filmed
by Animal Planet, which I hope will air when they air the coverage of the
Agility Nationals. Penelope's photograph was taken literally all day long, so
we'll see her next! She was a perfect breed ambassador, graciously doing her
tricks over and over again without hesitation.
am just so darn proud of Penelope!!! She is everything anyone could
hope for in a Great Dane: Healthy, Sound,
Beautiful, Intelligent, Athletic, Lovable, and so much more. Her
description – like
our love for her – is beyond words, but those who know Penelope know
what we mean
we say she’s truly MAGICAL.
Watch for Penelope as she begins her Agility career, yes, at almost 8 years old!!!
– Suzzane Kelleher-Duckett, firstname.lastname@example.org