Over the past few months my awesome son (2 legged) whom has the great good fortune to work for Amazon in Portland, has filled out forms to register his “brothers” as Amazon dogs 🙂 With the completion and acceptance of all the forms, Doolin and Remy have become Amazon dogs, https://blog.aboutamazon.com/working-at-amazon/how-much-does-amazon-love-dogs-just-ask-one-of-the-6-000-pups-that-work-here and our mantle Great Dane Doolin, accompanied his big brother to work this afternoon, wonderful for everyone 🙂
Doolin, not to be left behind by his brother Remy, has also earned his CGC and he is a bit ahead on the tricks for his trick dog novice title. Doolin can do kisses, which also resembles enthusiastically shoving his nose into your jaw 🙂 He speaks and we are working on fetching and holding a ball, which he isn’t the most excited about 🙂 I’ve decided not to have him attempt to jump through my arms 🙂 Love my Dools 🙂
Doolin, our 7 year old Mantle Great Dane, was strutting his stuff this weekend at the Willamette Valley Great Dane Specialty Dog Show. Doolin is retired, but once a year he gets to go to the dog show for a day and be a show dog again. He really enjoys himself. He loves seeing his Aunties and gives them jumpy kisses. As he runs around the ring, his dog show family claps and cheers. We love our veteran dogs. Doolin is my first Great Dane show dog and he has a very special place in my heart. He is almost human and every day with him is a joy.
This weekend Doolin, one of our Mantle Great Danes, made his debut in Albany, Oregon as a veteran at the Willamette Valley Great Dane Specialty shows. We brought home great loot – ribbons and trophies. Great Danes can be shown as “veterans” from the age of 6 on. The Specialty shows are the ones that have classes for these 6+ year old Great Danes. It was great fun and heartwarming to see the veteran Danes trot around the ring. The crowd makes a point of clapping as they go around. For a breed that has a shorter lifespan than we would like, seeing healthy active older Danes is wonderful.
Doolin’s return to Dog Shows
For Doolin, his return to the show ring was immense fun. He really had a good time. He loved all the attention from his “Aunties”. He loves seeing Georgia Hymmen (Daynakin Great Danes in Washington) and Karen Hamlin (Hamlin Great Danes in Oregon) who have handled Doolin in the show ring. They are part of his very special family.
For Doolin, who loves being fussed over, he was also thrilled liver treats, used as bait in the show ring. The dogs love liver and will willingly do just about anything asked of them, for a nibble of liver. I believe Georgia is missing a couple of fingers from handling Doolin on Friday, March 31st. We are confident her fingers will grow back shortly 🙂 🙂
Doolin was the only male Veteran Great Dane shown in the two Great Dane specialty shows. He came home with some nice ribbons and a couple of trophies, silver and crystal, and a little bell that also holds a photo. I’ve learned so so so much attending dog shows. My dogs are so much the better for it. Breeders have decades of experience with the breed, know as much or more about Great Danes as my vets do. My dogs have learned to trust and like people from their exposure at shows and they are calm in chaotic dog filled situations.
Life of a Retired Great Dane Dog
Doolin, our retired show dog, now 5.5 years old, loves his life as a retired Grand Champion 🙂 As I’ve said many times before our “Show Dogs” are really pets who occasionally get baths and head out on road trips with us to places with lots of other dogs 🙂 Doolin would actually still like to go on road trips with me, he is always standing at the door hoping I’ll take him along. It was our specially time together 🙂 He loved doing a couple of leaps from one hotel bed to another before settling into his soft crate in the hotel room at night. Now whenever he gets a chance h (Dad is out of bed) he comes and sleeps with me. Normally he doesn’t sleep on our bed by himself but I think with our house guests this week he was displaced from him normal sleeping spots so “HAD” to take over our bed 🙂
Doolin’s Ribbons on display
Doolin is primarily a goofy family member we all just love to death! I’ve enjoyed showing him because I get to take my beloved dog and go play with other dogs, hanging out with good friends who love dogs. And believe me, you have to have a good sense of humor if you have Great Danes. Great Danes are such goof balls>
Doolin is a well structured healthy Great Dane who is a good example of the breed, so he has done well at dog shows. We have quite a collection of ribbons and they were just stuffed in a drawer. I wondered what to do with them. My friend, Eric Timmons, had a great idea and helped me put them up on the wall. I think we did a GREAT DANE job 🙂 Thank you Eric!!!
Muddy Great Dane show dog
I can’t speak to what other breeds show dogs look like at home, but in general Great Dane show dogs are just like other beloved great danes. They are fun loving quirky goofs. I wanted a healthy strong pet that wouldn’t need a great deal of exercise – we aren’t going to be herding sheep or jogging several miles a day. My Danes from Davishire Danes in Northern California are exactly what we wanted. Doolin earned his AKC championship easily and then his Grand Championship, but he is 99% a beloved silly pet and 1% a show dog. We love our goofy Mantle Great Dane boy!
Doolin (our Mantle Great Dane) is enjoying a life of leisure as a retired show dog. He joined us when we stopped by to visit my Mom who was spending a few weeks in rehabilitation after surgery. Needless to say, he was a big hit! He did get a bit bored when we were talking, so he made himself right at home and hopped up on the bed. The staff loved him and the residents stopped by to pet him and ask about him
With my Mom suddenly ill and then recuperating we made daily trips to visit her in rehab. The rehab facility was wonderful and very much enjoyed both Remy and Doolin’s Great Dane visits. Remy being quite young was bored quickly, Doolin was much more tolerant of just hanging out while we chatted. A couple of times he was surrounded by wheel chairs and was steady and calm as a rock. Love my Doodle Bug!
Doolin is really not sure about baby brother Remy – Video
Doolin is truly not sure about the new baby brother Remy, as seen in this video 🙂 Remy is small, enthusiastic and completely uninhibited. Whenever Remy annoys the older dogs and they get after him, he is quick to throw himself to the ground, lift a front leg and ask for forgiveness. The older dogs walk away and Remy jumps right up and is after them again 🙂
Doolin treats Remy like an entity from another planet. As far as Doolin is concerned, Remy is just too small to play with. Doolin tries his best to ignore Remy and in Doolin’s mind, the best day is a day without Remy 🙂