– Coral Loves
February 7, 2005 – This week's DaDane
features a delightful photograph taken by Joanne Blair, in which
four-year-old Coral (BIS
BISS CH Harley D's Eat Your Hardt Out TD) gives a gentle
kiss to six-year-old Barclay (CH Legacy Keighley Highland Legend).
Both Danes belong to Joanne, who lives in Olympia, Washington. Joanne
Coral, the "talking" Great Dane, is my dream-of-a-lifetime
dog. She moans
and groans her
way through life, loving everyone she meets. Coral and I
are attached at the hip, and she vocalizes her pleasure
every time I come home. While she is first
and foremost my beloved companion, Coral has also enjoyed tremendous
success in the show ring.
She has three
All-Breed Best in Shows and four Specialty Best in Shows, plus
17 Group 1's. In 2003, she was
the number two
in all-breed points and number seven in breed points – all
owner-handled. She earned
her TD title (Tracking Dog) at seven months, and she's now ready
to test for the TDX title (Tracking Dog Excellent), a very difficult
feat in itself. Coral
is the proud mother of eight beautiful puppies from last year, and
she is expecting her second litter any day now.
was my experimental brindle in a sea of fawns. <g> I added him
because Hank was
dying, and I couldn't (still can't) imagine living without a male
Dane. He's from my original mentor's lines, Trish Thurow
of Legacy Great Danes in Georgia. Barclay, who lives to hunt squirrels,
is the most
Uncle/Grandpa in the whole world! Probably the most remarkable
thing about him is his fabulous temperament. He has helped out with
– even allowing them to 'nurse' on him – and he happily babysits Coral's
rotten-to-the-core daughter, Bubbles. The dog knows no enemies. He
adores everyone he meets, including ALL dogs. He's
just a total goober in stripes.
I let my Dogs be Dogs
I have four Danes. Many people are amazed by how much freedom they
are allowed. All four can be turned loose at the dog park, without
worry. The dogs all live harmoniously together at home – no
separate yards, baby gates, crates, and no squabbles over food (they
eat within feet of each other). While dog shows are a large portion
of my DogLife, enjoying life everyday with them is so much more important.
Letting our Danes be dogs once in a while is really quite healthy.
Coral's puppies are
due Wednesday, but they could come a little sooner, or a little later.
Joanne has promised to send us a birth announcement, which I'll put
online right here. Maybe she'll even include a picture!
Did any of you see the news coverage last week about the Semester
at Sea vessel that was slammed by a huge (~65 ft!) wave in the middle
of the north Pacific? It was carrying 990 people. Well, my friends,
that was the Explorer, the VERY SHIP we traveled on all summer long!
The giant wave, which struck
in the wee hours of the morning, knocked out windows on the Bridge,
which is the ship's operating center. Sea water flooded in and shorted
electronic controls, disabling all four engines and taking out the
navigation system, too. Fortunately, the highly-skilled engineers onboard
were able to establish emergency steering to avoid a potentially catastrophic "knock
If you want the inside story, visit
this website and click through to some of the passenger's blogs.
All the blogs are worth a read, but I most value those written by Marjorie, Amie-June,
Be sure to scroll down and read the sections within those blogs that
deal with The WAVE. I'm betting you will be amazed by the quality of
the writing and the vivid descriptions. I certainly
Coral gave birth to five fawn puppies – two boys and three girls – on
Thursday, February 10. Joanne reports that everyone is doing well.
Congratulations to Coral and Joanne!
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