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so sorry. my heart goes out to you as I lost my black dane last year. I have the not all Grinch's are green shirt because it looked just like my dane the one time I put bunny ears on her. my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dianne, Words will not ease your pain or your loss, only time, but know that there are many, many Dane owners who share your grief. I too have a black Dane who has known the agony of having to endure the dreaded holiday hats and ears -- she looks her best as a sunflower. Thank you for sharing this valuable information.
I, too have a black dane named Emma. I have the grinch sweatshirt and it looks just like her. Emma has bone cancer also but as it turns out, it is not osteosarcoma. She is however, on Deramaxx daily and I am constantly diligent in watching for the signs that things are going downhill. My heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing.
A beautiful memorial Ginnie. Dianne, you know that Peg and I have Grace to thank for getting you to the National so we could meet you & continue a friendship from there. I had already "met" you via GDML but Peg's first meeting was at the Wisconsin National & it has continued for both of us from there. While we are sorry for your loss, we are also happy that you have all the memories that Grace made for you. The best to you and yours.
Thank you all for your kind words. Scot, you and Peg have always been a highlight of my trips to the National. Wisconsin was my first and you two kindly took me under your wing and showed me the ins and outs of a National Specialty. As I said, I can thank Grace for introducing me to many new friends.
Such a lovely tribute, Ginnie. Dianne, I am so sorry for your loss. She is not gone.....just gone ahead.
Knowing the Princess very well, I really appreciated that wonderful tribute. Thank you Ginnie and Dianne for sharing her story. Grace's sweet and gentle nature made her a real ambassador for the breed and the best introduction to the Great Dane that I could ever imagine for Dianne.
Thank you for sharing your story. It just goes to show you never know what a Dane will do. I am sorry for your loss ; but know your Grace is now keeping my Jagger company. But do not worry, he was a gentleman.
Crying like a baby at the moment...I know what it's like to slowly watch your baby fade away. So sorry for the loss of such a special girl.
Warmest of sympathies. I lost my heart dog to OS a year ago Tuesday. I had so many of the same issues and feelings. Knowing the end was coming, but wanting to enjoy every single moment we had; Hoping I was making all the right choices for him.
Hugs to you and Trouper
This DaDane is one of the most wonderful (yet sad) tributes I have read. Thank you for sharing the warmth of Grace with us. She sounds like a terrific girl whose memories will always fill your heart with smiles.
Thank you so much for sharing this truly touching story. I never new how strong a dog's love could touch someone until we got our first dog - a rescue. We now have a dane puppy who owns us and even though he's only four months old (though he sure doessn't look it!), I can only begin to imagine the feeling of sadness to have lost such a close friend and family member. My heart goes out to you, Dianne.
Oh Dianne, The tears are flowing down the cheeks as I read that incredible tribute to your Grace. I remember the pain, almost 4 yrs ago now, and it still seems like yesterday! Not everyone in this world "understands" the love recieved from their dog, nor the love given. The joy, the smiles, and of course....the kisses. We are a breed of our own, and I for one, am dam proud of it.
My heart goes out to you, and my friendship is there for you, anytime.
Grace is watching....you and Trouper......Look up......and smile back.
Dianne, I understand your pain and I thank you. I have been feeling like a I was crazy for having such emotional feelings for an animal. I too lost a great dane to osteosarcoma. He was only five years old when he died.
From the very day I brought him home he became an everyday part of my life. I asked my friend what I should name him. He instantly replied Hercules. His fear of the world made him trust in only one. So it would be, that only one would be master. Most people felt that master was Hercules, and they may have been right. It will be hard not having the giant beast bark with a whimper just to get his way. It sounds like Hercules was a gentle giant, but as most knew he was not. He thought his purpose in life was to protect and rule. He was very proud. He was the most magnificent animal I have ever cared for.
His cancer got to be too much pain for him. I took him for his last walk Sunday and knew when he could hardly make it home that it was time to say good bye. I had been hoping he wouldn't leave me so soon but he knew from my tears that the end was near.
At around 5:30pm March 21, 2005, I held Hercules head in my arms. As he took his last breath. I told him I was there and said good bye. When he went limp my heart sank as I cried like a baby knowing he was gone forever. I miss him so much. His absence in my life will certainly create change.
Death always makes us question life and it's reason. I'm a 53 year old man that finds myself still crying over the loss of this incredible animal. I know life will get better for all who have experienced this fate and your site certainly serves as part of the healing. Thank You
Dianne, my Gypsy passed away from OS three days before Grace. We too struggled with options. We decided not to amputate, as she was always terrified of the vet (almost lost her to bloat 2 years previous). Larry, your comment duplicates my feelings for Gypsy. I have never cried so much in my life. Even though we have Rocky (her brother), cat, guinea pigs and rabbits, the house is SO terribly quiet without Gypsy. It has been 3 months now, and I still find myself having breakdowns over the most loving, goofy dane I've ever known. My mother painted portraits of Gypsy and Rocky for my birthday, the best gift I have ever received. Blessings. Liz
What a touching story. I have my first great dane. He is black and white and his name is Thor. I am not looking forward to loosing him. I know danes don't live as long as other, smaller breeds. My heart goes out to you.
wow, so sorry for your loss, i have had 4 danes at separate times, a blue,black,fawn,brindle, the blue died of cardiomyopathy, the fawn was stolen from my yard and the black and brindle both died of cancer, toro, my black male broke my heart, as did reeza my blue, the brindle was my last one to be put to sleep but she was a very sick girl, and i knew i was doing her a favor as i had tried my best to keep her comfy, but the pain got to much, please keep in touch from one dane lover to another