10, 2003 – Back in March, 2002, I told you about a
young black Great Dane rescue who was being cared-for
by the Mid-Atlantic
Rescue League. His name was Caesar.
Caesar was crippled and needed a hip replacement. MAGDRL was
working very hard to raise money to pay for the surgery.
Within months, generous donors had contributed – in Caesar's
name – a whopping $6000! Those
funds enabled Caesar to undergo hip replacement in July ($4000),
and they also covered a full course of rehabilitative swim therapy
($450). The remaining monies ($1550) were used to help cover
medical expenses for MAGDRL's
Caesar is doing great and he is now ready for adoption. According
to his foster-mom, Debby Rahl:
Caesar is such a special dog. He steals the hearts of everyone
who meets him.
Now that he's well, Caesar needs a forever-home. It should be
noted that he will always walk a little funny. His other leg is
bowed because it had to support most of his weight during his growth
period. This effects his gait. He gets around just fine, although
he doesn't do very well on stairs or bare floors. Caesar
walks well on a leash and loves to go for walks. He is mainly a
'people-dog.' He can play with other dogs, but really needs to
be an only dog because he becomes very attached to his people.
He considers them a resource that he doesn't want to share with
other dogs. He lived
with a cat in his previous home and did fine with it.
I want to emphasize that Caesar is a dream-dog when it comes
to people, and he is extremely good with small children. Last
month he spent 12 hours at the MCI Center in Washington, DC,
attending the HSUS PetFest. Throughout the
Caesar was surrounded by a HUGE crowd with children on all sides
petting him. He loved the attention. Most of the time he just
lay on the floor and let everyone come to him and pet him all
over. At the end of the day, he was still seeking people out
also think that he is Maramaduke, come-to-life. He has a
very Marmaduke personality (with goofy ears!) Caesar scared
himself very badly last week by emitting a loud fart as he
him to jump right up and stare at the floor. Because he is
so tall – 42 inches at the shoulder – Caesar
likes to counter-cruise, a habit we are trying to break.
Often he will quietly sit behind me and watch while I eat
my dinner. A few times I've felt my shoulder get wet when
he snuck too close and started drooling. Remember the cartoons
showing Marmaduke's legs going in all directions? This fits
Caesar to a tee. He is not the most coordinated Dane in the
world. (Caesar wasn't the one that knocked down our Christmas
tree this year, though!)
As much as we've come to love Caesar, we know it is time to let
him go. Though we'll miss him,
it's time for him to have a
where he can get all the attention and love he deserves."
are interested in adopting Caesar, please contact Debby
Two weeks ago I told you about the "High Four" bronze
sculpture being auctioned
on Ebay to benefit a Great Dane rescue named Droopy. The auction, which proved
very successful, ended with a high bid of $1025. Thanks to the generosity of
the artist, Louise Peterson, all proceeds from the sale are going directly to
Some time ago I did a story about Murphy,
who was born and raised in Vietnam but left behind in the care
of friends when his American owner was transferred back to the
airline was willing to transport such a large dog from Vietnam
to the US, so Murphy had to remain in Saigon.
am happy to report that Murphy and his owner, David Lowe, have
been reunited. David
been back in Vietnam for a year now, and Murphy, the Great Dane
you featured in June 2001, 'Stranger
in a Strange Land,' is going on
six. He is as spirited as ever, acting puppy-like most of the
time and still enjoying his bamboo grove and watching the exotic
birds (and occasional, unwise cat!) come into his garden. He's
getting a bit gray now, but still has clear eyes and a good memory.
I'm back here in Saigon, permanently now, working for a tour
I am doing well. Just as before, Murphy spends weekends flopped
at my feet when I'm working on the computer. He still
healthy diet of de boned fish, rice, chicken, vegetables and
beef. He is in very good shape, especially for his age. Thanks
for publishing his story."
New Commenting System
Just for fun, I am trying something new. Visitors to this site can add their
own comments and observations. It is pretty easy to use. Simply click the link
below to view existing comments or add your own. I added this feature to the
last six "DaDanes" as well. I hope this new commenting system proves
to be something everyone can enjoy.