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. :)