June 4, 2001 You
are looking at the very first DaDane of DaWeek portrait. It appeared
over five years ago on April 26, 1996, and it featured a harlequin named
Humphrey but everyone just called him DaHumph. DaHumph was the
inspiration for DaDane of DaWeek. He was not my dog. He belonged to
Alan and Joyce Steinberg. Or perhaps they belonged to HIM. DaHumph was
one of those extra special dogs. He was larger than life. Last week
I was notified that DaHumph passed away. He was not quite six years
old. What sad news.
Never a dull moment...
Some visitors to this site will remember DaHumph from the early days
of the Great Dane Mail List.
DaHumph was a youngster then, and he was giving poor Mr. Steinberg a
run for his money. At least once a week Alan wrote to the list bemoaning
DaHumph's latest escapade. You see, DaHumph was very smart, he was very
headstrong and he was very mischievous. You
could say he was the "Dennis the Menace" of Dane-dom. He did
so many naughty things that it would be impossible to list them all.
I recall that he had a particular fondness for hard-boiled eggs. They
ceased to exist in the Steinberg household. He was also fond of fish.
DaHumph once reached up onto the kitchen counter and dumped six pounds
of Schmaltz Herring (very smelly stuff) right onto the floor. Another
time he brought a live squirrel into the kitchen and released it. Let's
see what else I remember... DaHumph ate a pound of espresso beans in
one sitting. Another time he ate an entire bag of charcoal. In both
cases he returned to stolen items to his owners within an hour, albeit
in an altered state. One fine day DaHumph was running in the house and
destroyed two closet doors; outside he deflated a child's swimming pool
and dragged "the carcass" into the in-ground swimming pool.
He then fell in and had to be rescued. Once he got his nose caught in
a mouse trap and required cosmetic surgery to repair the damage. Simply
put, he was a never ending parade of mischief. Eventually the Steinbergs
could stand it no longer. DaHumph was enrolled in an exclusive canine
training school. Unfortunately he graduated with honors. Once DaHumph
was tamed the stories stopped. Many of his admirers, myself included,
considered it a great loss.
And now he's gone.
DaHumph had escalating orthopedic problems that could not be corrected.
When it became apparent he was in pain, when his normally sunny disposition
changed, Alan and Joyce knew it was time to send their beloved Humphrey
to the Bridge. Goodbye, DaHumph. May you rest in peace.
appeared in DaDane of DaWeek during the early years. He can be seen
and remembered on these pages: Looking
for Queensland, Still
Looking for Queensland, Kingham
Family Portrait, On
the Road Again (one of my favorites), Surprise
Visit, Gone to Oz
and Back from Oz.
DaHumph also inspired the 1040-DOG
Canine Tax Form.
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