She Turned Ten Years Old Yesterday
June 21, 2011 Photography
Our Great Dane, Duchess turned ten years old yesterday. I know for average and small sized dogs that’s not a big milestone…but for a giant breed dog…it’s huge. She’s all white (with two small spots on her body) so you can’t see how completely white with gray hairs her muzzle would be. Her breath stinks, her back end is weak, she slobbers more in her old age, but she keeps going strong and we love her dearly.
She’s not fast enough to chase the wild rabbits in the yard, she can’t keep up with our other Great Dane, Earl… but she is happy doing what she does best….eating, snacking on carrots, trying to steal a lick of soda from our glass, sleeping in the sunshine as it streams through the front windows, and snuggling with us at night when we watch TV.
We adopted her when she was four years from The Humane Society of Broward County. At the time I worked there as a vet tech and owned one other Great Dane (Gunther, who passed away last summer) and I fell in love with her. I remember the day my husband brought Gunther in to the shelter to meet her for the first time to make sure they got along. Gunther thought he’d found heaven in Duchess! He was in love. She got spayed, tattooed and we brought her into our lives.
I miss Gunther terribly….not a day goes by I don’t think of him. Earl, our Dane pup (he’ll be one year old in a few days!) reminds me so much of Gunther with the way he looks at me, and wants to snuggle with me. Of course Earl is WAY more active, braver and actually smarter than Gunther was so he’s filled Gunther’s shoes and then some.
I don’t think I will ever be able to be without a Great Dane in my life since having these three. They are amazing. Of course I don’t think I’ll ever have more than two at a time!
*You might be wondering why her name is spelled wrong. Normally you’d spell Duchess with a ‘t’ after the ‘u’. But, that’s how it was spelled on her paperwork when she was surrendered to the Humane Society, so I felt the need to keep it spelled that way