DaDane of DaWeek

I'm so Blue, Waiting for You

Do you ever wonder what your Great Dane does when you aren't home? Our two Danes sleep most of the day, rousing themselves now and then to bark at invisible space ships hovering above the house. I don't know about you, but we seem to have a lot of alien vessels in our area and most of them stop right over our house. Great Dane radar picks them up well before we humans ever see them. Fortunately, all it takes is a series of bellowing "woofs" to ward them off.

Barking at spaceships — and occasional earthbound strangers — is all in a day's work. For some Great Danes it isn't enough. They want more out of life. And they are certainly finding it...

A friend of mine decided to set up a automatic video camera in the family room to record his Dane's daily "nine-to five" activity. Sleeping on the couch was forbidden, but it was obvious to everyone that the dog was spending time on the couch when nobody was home. The tape confirmed this. But lo and behold it revealed something else, too. What nobody realized — until they played back the tape — was that the family dog had devised other methods of amusing himself while lounging on the couch. He was raiding the laundry basket for dirty clothing (socks and underwear preferred) and carrying the articles back to the couch where he would settle down to contentedly nibble on them throughout the day. To cover up this nefarious behavior, he would bury his "toys" under the couch cushions before anybody came home.

Once the video tape revealed his secret, all eyes went to the couch. The Dane stood by with a sheepish look on his face while the couch cushions were lifted. A collective groan was heard as the lady of the house retrieved 17 socks and assorted unmentionables.

This week's portrait features "Tank." She has previously appeared on DaDane of DaWeek.
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