Oooh, I’ve been meaning to tell you: I won the Charlotte Reeves Bark Stars Photo Contest!! 😀 Thank you SO much everybody who voted for me – I know it was a big pain having to vote every day so I was really touched by all the wonderful support from my friends & fans….I couldn’t have done it without you! 😛
And I am donating my prize to Great Dane Rescue Australia! 😛 It is a photo session with Charlotte Reeves worth $650 – which is being given to Great Dane Rescue Australia as a gift certificate to be raffled off – and all money paper raised will be given to the rescue!
(If you want to get some tickets in the raffle check out this link: www.shop.greatdanerescue.com.au – there are raffles held every week, so you can check to see which items are in the current week’s raffle)
So I hope it will help some other Danes who are not as lucky as me. There are many lovely Danes looking for homes at the moment so if you are in Australia, looking for that special plus-sized doggie in your life or know someone who is, please ask them to check out the Rescue website!
And if they really want a puppy, then please ask them to check with Sacha Packer (NSW Rescue Coordinator) – for a list of breeders & the checklist of things to look for, so that they don’t end up buying from a BackYard Breeder (BYB) – there are so many of those around and they are sneaky and often con newbies!!
For example, being “registered” and having “papers” doesn’t really mean anything…
…and most of all, don’t ever be taken in by people pushing “rare”, “limited edition” Dane colours for LOTS of money paper…such as Fawnequin, ‘Chocolate’, ‘Blue Fawns’, Brindle-quin, Fawns-With-No-Masks, etc (and no, you can’t make the Scooby-Doo colour – the picture going around the internet has been Photoshopped! 😉 )
I don’t mean that such doggies are not beautiful, lovely doggies in their own way – and even responsible breeders sometimes get these strange colours popping up in their litters (because of “throwbacks” from ‘cross-colour breeding’ in a doggie’s great-great-great-great grandparents – but cross-colour breeding should only be done very carefully by very experienced breeders who understand lots of big words and Genetics!)…but no responsible, ethical, decent Dane breeder would actually try to breed such colours on purpose or promote them as “special” or “rare”, with fancy names like “Champagne Harlequin” (Fawnequin) – and charging LOTS of money paper for them! 👿
The 6 accepted Dane colours are: Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Black, Harlequin & Mantle (and Merle is accepted in Harlequin breeding but is not accepted in the show ring) – so really, any other colours are sort of “mismarks” and a decent breeder will always sell them at a discounted rate, as pets, and not try to make money from them as some “limited edition” colour.
If you’re interested in learning more about Dane colours, there’s some info here: http://www.greatdanerescue.com.au/Docs/buying_a_puppy.pdf
And if you like big words and Genetics, there’s lots of technical info here about ‘cross-colour breeding’ in Danes! 😉 http://www.chromadane.com/standardcoat.htm
Please don’t think I’m being snobby about Danes who are born with different colours from normal – I think they are lovely, beautiful doggies too and it’s not their fault that they were born that colour – but I just wanted to warn any humans who might not know about the “ethical code of colour breeding” and might be looking for a Dane puppy and not realise how some nasty BYB’s can con them!
Anyway, look at me – I’m just an “ordinary” Fawn and that can be “special” too, right? 😉
You know that old saying: “pretty is as pretty does”?
Well, my human believes that it should be “special is as special does” – you make yourself special by the things you do, not the way you look!