Havens House of Crazy


Hey Gang,

We were not looking to get a puppy until I got back from L.A. in August. As many of you know, just last week we lost our lovely great dane/english mastiff mix Scoobie. We still miss her so much. She was the best dog ever. Gizmo our little japanese chin/maltese mix took it really hard. As in hard core depression. Listless, sad and had stopped eating. We decided we'd better start looking for a friend, still with the intent of waiting a few weeks.

When we get dogs, either rescue, pound or pure breds we do a lot of research. We visit several facilities/breeders/groups to find the right dog for us. It can take us months to make a decision.

This time, it didn't take so long.

I want to introduce you to a very special young lady, Harley. She's a pure bred, harlequin Great Dane. She has one blue eye and one green. She's super smart, gorgeous and a total klutz/spaz. Dane puppies grow really fast and they never quite get used to their long legs and ever increasing body. She's taking to crate training pretty well, and already knows how to sit. The best part is, she and the little dog Gizmo have a blast together.

We are working on crate/potty training. She's done well with that. And the biting, which is tough since she's only eight weeks old, very much a puppy but already weighs about 25 lbs. She tries to eat the carpet, which we are just going to rip up, along with the wood downstairs. The floors have been crap for years. We're going to go with a special stained concrete for now. Mainly, because it will be our responsibility to raise a dog the size of a small horse. Her mom is 160 lbs, her dad about 175. The vet said shes' going to be monster big, but also that her personality and sweetness makes her special. He said if he were looking at a litter and saw her, he'd pick her too.

And that's the thing. We were "just looking" when she found us. She was the first one we picked out of the litter, along with her sister, who is a blue (blue gray) with the bluest eyes I've ever seen on a dog (I still want to go back and get her). But little Harley wormed her way into my husband's heart and mine, very quickly. It was my husband, the guy who never says yes, who said we needed to take her home. She's wrapped him around her little paw. She sleeps on the couch in the downstairs family room, something the big dogs have never been allowed to do. And the two times she's had a little pee (and I mean just a few drops, she's pretty good in the house), he was like, "oh, Harley, silly girl." Any one who knows my husband, understand this is not his usual response to something like that. :) It's like having a toddler in the house, but my goodness this dog is easy to love. She's so funny and sweet.

So here is Havens Heavenly Harley. :)
Harley At Rest

One the Couch


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

7 responses »

  1. danes

    When my kids were babies, we had a Harlequin Dane. He had the most unusual spots, black, encircled with brown. Haven’t seen one like him since. Today, we have a part St. Benard part Chessy, just as big as a Dane, not quite as slobbery and just as loving. Have fun.

  2. I hadn’t heard about the loss of Scoobie. You have my thoughts and sympathy.

    And congrats on bringing home Harley. What a beauty! I look forward to many pictures to come. It would beg fun if you could document her growth by taking photos in the same spot/position over intervals, or as near as possible with a large, active puppy!

  3. Oh my goodness!!!!

    I love her, Candy!!! She’s exactly the kind of dog I want! (I’ve just never been ready to have a horse in the house.) But if you ever decide to breed her, give me a shout. Honestly!!!

    And congrats on the new family member! She’s simply adorable!

    Kim Law

  4. Congrats

    Candy, your new addition is TOO cute. The markings of a Dalmatian with the klutziness of a Great Dane has got to be the best combination ever.

  5. Oh my, she is just gorgeous! Who could resist that face? I would have taken her, and I’m a cat person :-) I love the two different eyes, too. I foresee her showing up in a book someday..

    Congrats on the new addition!

  6. Congrats!

    She sounds just perfect! And what a beautiful girl! We have a Halequin Great Dane living next door, and he is so good with my 1yo and almost 3yo. GD’s are such wonderful family dogs.

  7. Oh, I want to meet her!

    She looks so precious! We need to have a doggy play date when she’s a little older. And it isn’t so hot here. With Gizmo, too, of course. :)


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