Can., Int. CH Lagarada Feldmarschall Rommel –
will be eight-years-young on April 26. He is my first Great Dane and my first
show dog. He finished his American championship at the age of 11 months – within
weeks – with two 3 point majors and a 4 point Specialty major. At the age of
months he finished his Canadian championship in 15 shows with 13 Best of Breeds
and a Group 3.
he was just under the age of three, Rommel acquired his International championship
three Best of Breeds, two
Group 2s, one Group 3 and “V 1” ratings
by every one of the judges.
and temperament are flawless.
cannot have a more wonderful
dog than him! Usually, I am not the “adoring” kind but I DO adore
him. Rommel is a perfect ambassador for his breed; he never met a stranger and
pleasant to other dogs (particularly to the little guys). He has raised every
puppy that came into our home and showed incredible patience towards them. However,
when they became teenagers and they were too “disrespectful”, he
would just flip them on their backs and sit on them, holding them by their throat.
He released them only after they stopped struggling. It was quite comical to
watch. He never hurt any one of them. Rommel won’t flip my Whippet puppy,
though. He tolerates that little brat, but otherwise ignores him.
He is extremely
gentle with small creatures. Several years ago I watched him through the living
room window out in the fenced
yard, way back at the north fence. We have a lot of rabbits here. He was just
standing there and looked somewhat odd. I went out and called him.
When he arrived, his mouth looked really weird. I opened it and, lo and behold,
he carried two live tiny baby rabbits in his mouth. He did not put a scratch
on them. Of course, they were soaked. LOL. I dried them off and put the bunnies
back across the fence for the mother to find. Another time, a grown rabbit
was stuck in the fence, with his little butt still in the
kennel. It couldn't go to or fro. Rommel just nudged the screaming rabbit
gently, without harming it, until I came to set it free. However, with all his
gentleness, he still is very much a male.
Rommel shares our
home with his bodyguard, Herky, a 13-year-old Cairn Terrier (just recently we
to say our final goodbye
to his other Cairn bodyguard, Buster), Maximus (3-year-old Great Dane, CH Von
The Gladiator) and Zip (nine-month-old Whippet, Emerald Zatopek).
Rommel looks fabulous
and he is in great
I hope that I will have him
with me for many more years to come.
— Ingrid Dohler