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family additions of the canine variety


Sometimes, it seems like you just can’t catch a break. Over the past few months, Alan and I have thought about rescuing a dog. In doing some research we found that Great Danes are being abandoned in our area at an alarming rate. Since I love Great Danes, and am a sucker for sad doggie eyes, we started seriously looking into what it would mean to welcome one of these guys into our home. I grew up with large dogs, specifically a Great Pyrenees named Bogart and Tillie, a Golden Lab cross. While a good-sized male Pyrenees is around 140 lbs and makes a great Alaska dog, a good-sized male Great Dane can tip the scales at 200. As you can see above, they do a better job weighing down your furniture than herding livestock and chasing bears (one of Bogart’s favorite pastimes).

This dog looks like Bogart with his winter coat. What a beautiful puppy!

In preparation for the big day, we built a fence, modified the back yard, and have measured our home for a crate, a doggie bed big enough for a medium-sized horse, and a raised stainless steel feeding trough. Of course, he’d likely be tall enough to eat off the counters, or directly from the pans on the stove, but details. We passed Dane Outreach’s stringent application process and on Tuesday, we went to visit our first dog. K, a one-year old blue male dane, had been given up by his owners, who had realized they didn’t have the time to put the necessary training into a 135 pound puppy, who would likely become a 160-180 pound adult. An 8 pound daschund pulling on the leash and barking is no biggie. Upgrade to beagle size, and they can still nip at the mailman without causing much damage. Leave a badly trained Dane home alone, and he can destroy your sofa. The whole sofa. While you’re at the grocery store.

These guys are usually given up around the typical 1 year adolescent puppy stage when folks don’t put the time into helping them become the great dogs they can be. Excellent therapy dogs, most Danes have great personalities and live for their people. But I digress. We met K on Tuesday, and found out that his foster family was interviewing three possible homes for K, wanting to give him the best chance at success. We loved him, and at the end of the visit were ready to take his wriggly self home and give him the opportunity to take over one of our sofas. But, alas. Wednesday we received the news that family #3 had more big dog experience under their belts, and since K was going to be such a big boy, they were taking him home instead.

Normally, we’d just move on to looking into other dogs, and continue the search. But at this point, Alan and I just looked at each other in stunned silence. We’ve had month after month of family stuff going badly, job stuff going badly, life stuff going badly, and now we weren’t even good enough to take care of a rescue dog? Sometimes, we told ourselves, you just can’t catch a break. We’ll keep an eye out for another gentle giant, and hope that the right doggie is out there waiting for us somewhere. In the midst of it all, we are thankful that our relationship is strong, and hope to turn the page soon and start a new chapter. On that note, keep an eye out, in the next few days we’ll be launching the OFFICIAL Sinners & Saints website. I’ve seen it, and it’s looking great!!!

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11 thoughts on “family additions of the canine variety

  1. Oh bummer! We love danes, too, but just don’t have the furniture space for them (I’ve often heard them refered to as the world’s biggest lap dogs). I’m sure the right one is waiting for you. petfinder.com is also a great place to look. They having postings from tons of area rescues. We found our new “designer breed” puppy there-a dach-a-dor (yellow lab/doxie-and yes, we made up that name πŸ™‚ ). If you get one, my boys want to know if they can come visit him…umm, you πŸ˜‰

    Posted by Pam Christensen | March 12, 2010, 3:55 am
  2. poop. that one was a cutie. rest assured that even in the midst of craptown 2009/10, you both are still a positive force in so many lives, including mine! Love you.

    Posted by katie | March 12, 2010, 4:12 am
  3. @pam: i love that the boys want to visit if we get a dane! that would be great, and i’m sure the dog would love it. i’ll keep you posted via facebook. umm..what exactly does a dach-a-dor look like? i’m intrigued!
    @katie: thanks, sis! you’ve been such a great encouragement to us! i hope school is awesome this week.

    Posted by leahklug | March 12, 2010, 4:27 am
    • She looks like a very stubby yellow lab, but she has some very doxie-like behaviors πŸ™‚ She’s only 13 in’ tall at the shoulder. I have a pic of her in my FB. She fits well with our other “special mix” dog-golden retriever/american bulldog/ and a bunch of other stuff that we don’t know. He’s 2ft at the shoulder, so she can walk under him with plenty of clearance πŸ™‚

      Posted by Pam Christensen | March 12, 2010, 2:40 pm
  4. 😦 hang in there, Klugs….

    Posted by kate | March 12, 2010, 5:15 am
  5. Wow, hang in there. I hope that you will be able to rescue the right dog…if what you say is true about the number of Great Danes that need to be rescued, it should hopefully be soon.

    Posted by Terri | March 12, 2010, 6:59 pm
  6. Don’t give up! Your puppy is out there somewhere. I rescued mine 3 years ago, and would never ever give her back. It can take time, but it’s worth it! You guys will be terrific dog owners, I’m sure.

    Posted by Melissa | March 12, 2010, 10:55 pm
  7. That stinks! If it makes you feel better, I was flat out denied the right to adopt a cat about 8 years ago. I learned that when the form asks if you had cats growing up and if they were allowed outdoors you will automatically be accused of letting your new cat out. It stung! Wow. Thankfully the humane society accepted my application. So, I feel your disappointment. There’s another big guy out there waiting for you!

    Posted by Andrea | March 14, 2010, 1:10 am
  8. In the face of adversity greatness is born (some one GREAT once said). Thats my story and I am sticking to it. You both are born to greatness.
    With a capitol G.
    Love Mom

    Posted by kathy Mc Cann ( Mom) | March 15, 2010, 3:44 pm
  9. Klug-sized dogs for Klug-sized peoples!

    Posted by Aaron | March 17, 2010, 10:58 pm

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