A Follow-up –
2005 – I wasn't planning to do a
follow-up to Hector's story from last
week, however, I couldn't resist after receiving this note from Judy
belong to an Arkansas rescue list, AllPawsArkansas, where someone posted
a Dane Train
transport request. They needed volunteers to help fill legs to get
Hector from TX to SC. At the same time, our MinPin rescue had a pregnant
that had just been pulled from a shelter. Someone had previously adopted
her and then returned her when they realized they had let her get pregnant.
Somehow, she was also literally just skin and bone and a bag of puppies!
All of our foster homes in TX were at or near capacity and the volunteer
who had pulled her from the shelter was due to move to a new house
in 2 weeks and Roxie was due to have her puppies in 1 week! Major
upheaval. I agreed to take Roxie, as I only had one other foster dog
at the time.
contacted Lynn, the Dane Train transport coordinator, to see if we
could work a deal. We would take the Arkadelphia to Little Rock leg
MinPin could hitch a ride along from Dallas. Emails flew … will
you take a MinPin? …is there space? … will she be crated? …she's
pregnant … when's she due? … until finally all arrangements
were made. At the last minute 'Little Rock to Brinkley' backed out
and I agreed to drive a little farther.
daughter and I were set to drive to Arkadelphia Saturday morning.
Marc Sayer called
after the transport had started to tell us that Hector was having some
difficulty getting in and out of vehicles. Now my daughter and I are
not petite people, but I didn't think there was any way we'd be able
to boost Hector in and out of my Ford Expedition. My husband was outside
building a screened-in back porch so I asked him if we could
rig together some kind of car ramp for Hector using some scrap
2x4's and plywood. Soon we had a functional, if very ugly, ramp for
transport came off without a hitch and we turned Hector over to Sylvia
her Honda Civic. Given Hector's size and
the size of the Honda's back seat, I had my doubts he could fit. Sylvia
front seat forward and Hector climbed in like it was his very own chariot.
daughter and I then headed home with a very pregnant Roxie who gave
birth to 6 beautiful puppies one week later. That was 9 weeks ago and
puppies are ready to be adopted. Roxie is back to a good weight, will
be spayed this week and up for adoption soon.
can't say enough good things about Dane Train and the difference these
in the lives of Danes and honorary Danes.
I started laughing when I read Judy's note.
Why? Well, it was the part about Hector having trouble getting in and
out of vehicles. Hector's difficulty made me think about
the one and only "behavior problem" the Warrens encountered after
they adopted Hector.
the time Hector arrived at
Nori and Will's, they had been warned that
was some question about the status of his hips. Nori, a practicing
veterinarian, observed him closely. Despite the concerns,
his hips appeared sound.
wasn't long before Hector made himself at home.
Making himself at
included laying claim to the bed in the master bedroom,
a four-poster queen size bed with a mattress that sits THREE FEET
above the floor. (That's
quite a jump, wouldn't
you say?) Well, ol' Hector quickly learned that he was not allowed
only when Will and Nori were at home. Whenever either of them would
being out, they would hear a loud "THUNK" at the other end of the
house as their key turned in the lock and the door opened. Then Hector
bedroom, greeting them with a big smile, the picture of innocence.
Of course, their bedspread was always warm and rumpled.
After trial and error, the Warrens
were finally able to put an end to Hector's mischief. Every morning
before leaving for work, Will hoisted a large heavy bench
bed. With a massive bench monopolizing the bed, there was no more
room for Hector. He learned to stay on the floor, where he had more
dog beds to keep him comfortable. That bench is now a thing of the
In conclusion, I suspect Hector was perfectly
capable of getting in and out of those vehicles, he just didn't want
to! This would be similar to Merlin's "problem" with the Merlin-Mobile.
Condolences to Mark and Kelly Whipple who recently lost
their beloved "Caesar" at age ten and a half. His death was very unexpected.
Caesar was one of the early "talents" on DaDane of DaWeek. He appeared
and New Year's Eve.
He resurfaced several years later in Unexpected
Side Effect, which to this day is one of my favorite pieces.
Sandy Suarez, of Great
Dane Rescue Inc.,
recently lost her beautiful "Bay" to auto-immune
hemolytic anemia. She was eleven and a half years old. Bay was Sandy's
first deaf Dane and she got the ball rolling on adopting deaf Danes.
Condolences to Sandy. Life in her household will never be the same
In June, Laurence Frabotta and wife Colleen
lost six-year-old "Hildie," their English Mastiff, after a month-long
battle with liver cancer. Laurence points out that the loss of any
especially difficult, not just that of
Great Danes. No doubt he's right.
I don't normally post this type
of announcement, but I'm a softie when it comes to mantles. Cathy
Pflueger is looking for a new home for her three-year-old mantle, Bronson.
He has some "issues" with other dogs and cats,
so he would probably do best as an only pet.
Congratulations to Wendi and Richard Newman
who recently added an illustrious "french fry" named Sherman to
their happy household. Sherman has happily taken on the role as little
brother to Elmer,
a former star of DaDane of DaWeek.
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