Portrait of Dusty
22, 2002 This is a triple portrait of 3-year-old Am/Int'l.
CH. MeadoWood's TerraGold DiamonDust, better known to his friends
and family as Dusty. I first met Dusty at the 2000 GDCA National
Specialty in Kansas City. We met up again at the 2001 National in
Lancaster, PA, where I was able to engage him in a photo session.
breeder is the bodacious redheaded "Mistress of MeadoWood
Estate," Gisela Wood. Dusty comes from a long line of MeadoWood
champions. He was born in Ohio but he now lives in Longwood, Florida,
where he is owned and loved by Vivian and Ed St. Pierre.
Anyone who has met Vivian St. Pierre is not likely to forget her.
She's a petite woman with a large presence. This is what Vivian
has to say about life with Dusty:
I met my first Great Dane 25 years ago when I went into a dry
cleaning store and was greeted by a beautiful black Dane who
jumped on the counter just to say "Hi!" This experience
helped to shape my notion of what a Great Dane is... an exceptionally
lovely creature that is intelligent, friendly, energetic, inquisitive,
graceful, strong and gentle.
Dusty has fulfilled all my beliefs about the Great Dane personality.
He is not just beautiful to look at, he is beautiful to live
with. He is my best friend, my buddy. He is such a positive
force. No matter what kind of a day I've had, all I have to
do is look at him and he makes me light up!
Dusty is truly a gentle giant. We had a Cocker Spaniel who lived
to be 16. During his final years Cappy was totally blind. Dusty
watched out for him by gently pushing him away from objects
before he collided with them. It was amazing to see. He would
jump up and steer Cappy towards safety whenever he was in danger
of hurting himself.
don't believe Dusty has ever met anybody or anything that he
didn't love. While he was training for the show ring he stayed
with our friend Ann Skyler-Cobbett. Along with her two Great
Danes, Ann has two Chihuahuas, two Boston Terriers and a cat.
As soon as he walked through the door, they all loved Dusty
and he loved them back.
He is also adventurous. We were at a show once and it started
to rain. We had to park pretty far away from the rings. Fortunately
Ann had her golf cart there. I asked Dusty to jump into the
golf cart. He never even hesitated, he just jumped in and made
himself at home. Ever since then, whenever Dusty sees a golf
cart, he thinks that he has to go for a ride.
His other adventures have been in the entertainment business.
Dusty was asked to appear on a weekly show called "Ask
The Veterinarian." It was wonderful fun for him and he
was a great ambassador for the breed. The show has aired on
the American Health Network. He was also videotaped by a local
channel, Fox TV, and he has done a couple of promo videos. What
a ham he loves the camera!
Dusty has been my dream come true. He has surpassed whatever
I expected of him. He has had a wonderful show career, which
included Winners Dog at the 1999 GDCA National Specialty in
California. But after all those wonderful wins, he is still
my sweet couch potato. A very good friend recently offered to
make a Top 20 special out of him. I politely declined because
in my heart I know Dusty would rather be at home running in
the back yard with his best buddy Remy. They are inseparable.
Dusty doesn't enjoy the show dog circuit as much as he likes
staying at home with his family, so home is where he'll stay!
can read more about Dusty and his family at their web site, TerraGold
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