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February 23, 2004 – This week's
DaDane features a 7-year-old Great Dane named Bart. You met his niece, Noel,
just last week. ( See Noel's story. ) Photographing
the two of them proved
interesting. Noel was very photogenic
the other hand, was not very excited about having his picture taken. It was over
outside, and when it came time to shoot, Bart was hot and a
If he could talk, he'd
us he'd had a long week on the road and he was wanting to go home to his
favorite couch. Being a cooperative sort of fellow, though, Bart didn't protest
but he communicated his disinterest in a manner we humans could all understand.
Bart refused to put his ears up. Mind you, this is not an uncommon problem.
photograph a cropped Dane knows how frustrating it can be when the subject's
ears are in
relaxed position. This won't do. We want our subject to appear animated and
such a look, the
need to be at attention. In Bart's
(of course), followed by squeaky
toys, squeaky people, and various items tossed into the air. Bart wanted none
Parental Discretion Advised
Now, what I am about to tell you is perfectly "clean," but I want to warn anybody
with young children that it might be a good time to usher them out of the room
for milk and cookies. I don't want you sending me any nasty notes about this,
okay? You've been warned, so if you have a problem with what follows, it is YOUR
problem and not mine.
now we can continue. We made a real effort to get Bart's ears to stand, but nothing
our efforts with obvious amusement. (I suspect most of them had 'been there,
that.' ) Finally a gentleman stepped forward
irresistible offer. "I have a young bitch in season back in my room. Would
like me to bring her out here?" Needless-to-say, he did
not have to ask twice. He soon reappeared with a lovely little fawn named Morgan.
Bart thought she was quite lovely, too. Up went his ears as he tried to impress
his attentive good looks (among other things), and I was finally able
some good shots of Bart. But as I continued shooting, Bart ears drifted downward.
His mom, Tracy Higgins, explained,
to give her to him,
bother? " At that point, Morgan's owner looked down at her, tilted his head,
falsetto voice, "Daddy,
no Ho!" Well, it took me a a couple seconds to put that one together. We
had a good laugh as Morgan trotted off to her room without so much as a backward
glance at Bart.
Will the 'Real Bart' (and not
his ears) please
On a daily basis, Bart probably gives very little thought as to whether or not
standing. No doubt he would object to being characterized as "the Dane with the
laid-back ears." How undignified! He is, after all, a show champion. Tracy and
Mike Higgins are very proud of Bart, and they have reason to be. Tracy tells
born in March of 1996, right next to my desk at work. I was lucky enough to
a vet clinic were I could take my dogs to work, and Bart was able to come to
every day until just two
ago, when I switched jobs.
We were so excited when he was born. Bart was
two Danes, Jason and Gigi. He is our first owner-bred Champion. He finished
three majors – a 5-point major and two 4-point majors – all awarded
under breeder judges.
for us came
when he won his 5-point major
Illini Great Dane Specialty with his handler Jeff Lawrence. It was Bart's second
show! He finished his championship in 15 shows.
After finishing at age three, Bart retired
to couch life. He was brought
out again in
2001, at the age of five, to be shown
by handler John Gerzewski. He made it to the final cut at the Great Dane Club
of Lehigh Valley Specialty, which immediately proceeded the
a couple breeds. He was shown
in the 2003 Nationals
down in Orlando where he took 2nd in his Veterans class. It was the first time
been out since 2001.
Bart's other hobbies include sleeping on
and dressing up for Halloween. His favorite costume was Elwood Blues, accompanied
half-sister,Troi, and his good friend Carrie Storrs playing Sister Mary Stigmata.
(He thought he looked very cool in the hat and the glasses.) He
also likes to visit
a nearby grammar school for show-and-tell. Although his mission is supposedly
the children on
dog-care, we think he
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