Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday: A Dog's Tale

On Friday, April 28, my good buddy Mad Snapper posted some beautiful 
photos she took at the Riverwalk where she met

 Reb and Suzy, gorgeous Great Danes

The photos reminded me of a wonderful Dane I met earlier this year.
Sorry not photos except from the Google.

Back in February during our April like weather. I was walking around an out door mall.  I noticed in the very far distance a majestic K9.  As I got closer, I saw that it was a black and white Dane. aka as a Harlequin..   Her name was Sophie, she was 10 months old, 125 lbs, her head was level at my chest, I am 5'4" (on a good hair day).  I was given permission to pet her...but the owner warned, "she is a leaner"!  I must have looked puzzled...she said you'll see.  As I began to pet Sophie, she gradually started leaning into my body.  Thankfully I had a wall behind me.  Then the most amazing thing happened. Sophie's gaze changed, she was looking behind me.  I turned to see  a child, probably 3 years old, was approaching.  You could see the child was amazed Sophie, not afraid.
As the child got closer, Sophie gradually began to lower her body into a 
bow,  her tush was about 1/4 off the ground.  Her head was at the child's petting  level. I asked the owners how long it took to train Sophie to do that.  They said they didn't train her, she did it instinctively the first time she saw a small child.  Talk about stunned.. Wow.
I don't know who was more gleeful at the meeting the child or Sophie.
Sophie remained in this position until the child walked away.
Thank you, MS, for the photos and reminding me about this encounter.
click here to read all about the Harlequin

In 2000, I read a love story, Amazing Gracie, A Dog's Tale.
by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff, the co-founders of
Three Dog Bakery
The book jacket starts off, "it was love at first sight"!
Dan went to see a house full of Dane Pups...Gracie was the runt of the litter so to speak.
She had so many digestive issues she was not thriving.
She struggled to get up to go to Dan.  He said he could just tell she was saying
"you know I'm the one, now get me outta here"! 
Gracie's digestive issues were the motivation for ,Three Dog Bakery.
If you have not read this love story, I highly recommend it.
There are 248 pages full of love and devotion.

WE thank Mad Snapper for these Great....Great Dane funnies

I, Madi, totally agree with this one.  Mom tried to hide pills
in ham, butter and yogurt and even worse IN MY Stinky goodness.
I'm too smart to fall for that one!!


  1. oh the sophie you met was such a sweet pup... how clever she acted as she saw the little kid!!! amazing! ... we laughed as we read the leaner ... phenny is a leaner too when he gets a chewing bone :o)

  2. Hari OM
    Having met such a dog myself not so long ago, I can vouch for their majestic nature! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Great to see dogs getting some airtime on your blog Madi!
    Toodle pip!

  4. What a great post about those wonderful dogs. Sophie sounds like such a great dog. You all have a great day.

  5. Sophie is a very gentle giant. What a sweet girl to love the little kids like that.

  6. A great story... Sophie sounds like a wonderful story. How fun it must have been to have watched Sophie and that little one. I haven't seen a Great Dane in forever! I would have been wowed too if I had seen a Great Dane at a mall out for a stroll. Amazing Gracie sounds like a sweet book!

    1. Forgot... bottom picture, too funny! LOL!

  7. I love big dogs, all big dogs.. and I love the story of the dane and the child. so sweet... hope he did not step on you Madi...

  8. What lovely stories of the beautiful Great Danes. A friendly Great Dane tried to sit on my human Mum's lap once at a training class and nearly squashed her BOL Nose licks and love from Moth xx

  9. Oh Madi's mom. I read Amazing Gracie book too ... made me cry. Hugs to MADI. Golden LOVE, Rosalyn (SUGAR's mom)

  10. We have an outdoor mall nearby, where one can always find dogs to pet. Since we don't have one, it's so much fun! When I was a little girl, a neighbor's Great Dane chased my sister and I down the street, and I was scared of them for awhile but I got over it!

  11. Amazing dogs! I think my cousin Angus has been to Three Dog Bakery.

  12. Oooh, Harlequin Great Danes are so gorgeous! I LOVE playing with the really big dogs. I always seek them out at dog parks and stuff.

  13. Great Danes are truly great. So handsome too. That is a wonderful story about Sophie and the little girl.

    Woos - Misty and Lightning

  14. Mom has met a Harlequin in the furs and she says they are just gorgeous pups! What a sweet story about Sophie and the little hooman♥

  15. Such beautiful woofies! We especially luffed the last pic. We had no idea spots could fall off !

  16. We think you are in the presence of a horsie
    Lily & Edward

  17. she's a leaner. lol I'm off to read the story of Three Dog Bakery. :)

  18. Sophie sounds like such a sweet, sweet girl!!!!!
    We love Three Dog Bakery!

  19. OMD, I 'lean' too! butts only on Ma ~ I slobber on everyone else! BOL!!! Ma has always wanted a GD, butts she is too afraid what would happen if the doggie got sick, and she couldn't get the doggie to the vettie. They are such gentle giants, and the sweetest doggie pawsonalities! Unlike myself, Ma says....pffffft!
    Anyhu, loved the funnies!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Those Great Danes are gentle giants.

  21. What a great Great Dane story. Too bad you didn't get any pictures of Sophie.

  22. What a wonderful story Madi's Mom. My friend has always had rescue Danes and they are truly gentle giants.

  23. WE know a big black Great Dane - his name is Raven. Mabel is kind of scared of him!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel


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