Friday, October 18, 2019

The Great Dane Puppy


Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the colored part of the eye.

Some would say that my wife and I don’t know when to quit. We have this problem with projects. We have to learn to know when we are done and walk away.

So it is with our dogs. They never stop learning, and we never stop learning better ways to train them. The more we learn, the better the dogs they are, etc, etc,.... This leads to some really great pack members, but it is also a lot of work. The older we get, the more work it becomes.

But since we don’t know when to quit (or easily give into each others ‘whims’), we wanted to give a dog one last try. So instead of ‘thinning the herd’, we have added one more. Stay tuned because this will get interesting. We will take you along for the ride, but be fore-warned, it will get bumpy.

We adopted Iris (she was not a stray) when she was two months old and recently weaned from her mother. She is a pure bred Harlequin / Merle Great Dane {Merlequin).

We had a Great Dane before and she proved to be an exceptional dog. However, they come with some pitfalls. Obviously, they are BIG. I mean really big. Big, as in having a deer roaming your house. They grow up really fast. She was 13lbs when we first picked her up. She will be pushing 80lbs by the end of the year, which is only three months away. By next summer, she will be pushing 120lbs.  With that rapid growth, comes a short life. We will be fortunate to have her for 8 years. But those will be BIG years.

So if you want some Great Dane Puppy Love, which is hard to come by, you had better swing by soon, because they aren’t puppies for long.  You can see all the pictures of Iris as we take her on our journey (along with O'Henry, Coco & Poindexter), check out her Flickr Album

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