|Ginnie, More great pictures of great "Specials" & a lot of equally great background shots.
|Ginnie, your pictures are beautiful, as always, but I am sick to death of pictures of the nationals. It seems like all we've had for the last year are nationals photos, not the wonderful shots and personal (and frequently hilarious) stories that made me fall in love with DaDane. Now that another National is upon us in just a few weeks does that mean we only have ANOTHER year of show snapshots to look forward to?
|hmmmmmmm sounds like someone had a bad day !!!! I enjoy both the stories and pics along with the photo's of the nationals.. some of us will probably never make it the nationals but are still interested in all aspects of having great danes and that includes the shows. and all the health info Ginnie shares with us.. while the storeis are entertaining and lovely shots of wonderfull Danes I think we need the other info to...
keep up the great job Ginnie!!!!!!!
I am sorry you feel that way. I put an awful lot of time and effort to bring out DaDane every week and developing custom portraits and long stories is a HUGE time-sink. I've been at it for 10 years now, simply as a labor of love for the breed, and I've presented over 500 DaDanes. That's a long time to be coming up with unique content.
This year has been exceptionally busy. My art studio has been undergoing a major renovation for two months, plus we're involved in home renovations, and then of course there's my regular job. I have a lot on my plate and as such, I haven't been able to devote as much time to the series as I might have in the past. If nothing else, having those National photos has been a good "fall-back" for me.
That said, I'm not surprised that some of my visitors are sick and tired of looking at show dogs, and I'm sorry about that. On the other hand, the more often and more closely I look at these quality Danes, the more I understand and appreciate what their breeders are trying to accomplish. And, frankly, I hope the general audience has become more educated in the process.
I can't tell you how many times I've considered dropping the series entirely because it so totally eats up my weekends -- especially when I have so little spare time to begin with. But I am a creature of habit, so I'll probably keep at it awhile longer. If those among you would rather see occasional "reruns" instead of extensive National coverage, please let me know and I'll certainly take it under consideration. That's about the best I can offer at this point.
Best wishes to all,
|I too am sorry that "Tired" is tired of the wonderful photos of the beautiful Danes at the National. Several things come to mind as I read his/her comments.
I happen to know that Ginnie puts a tremendous amount of very valuable time into each installment of DaDane, whether it is photos from the National, a heart warming rescue story, an educational health installment, or one of her funny and creative pieces. In fact, that is where most of her weekends are spent, while the rest of us are playing with our dogs! The bottom line is that there is something of value in each and every DaDane. Whether we choose to benefit from that value is up to each individual.
The content of the website is free to anyone who wishes to view it - Ginnie makes no money from DaDane of DaWeek. She does, however, spend a great deal of money on the site, not to speak of her time and talent. Since she is footing the bill and making nothing for her efforts, I think she is entitled to fill her web space with any content she would like to present. Tired isn't paying for the priveledge of viewing the site or otherwise supporting it, s/he is free NOT to visit at anytime. The rest of us are thoroughly enjoying it, and learning a great deal in the process. I too, happen to believe that the more we look at and study good examples of the breed, the better able we are to understand and appreciate the accomplishments of those breeders who work so hard to improve the breed.
It's so easy to be an "armchair quarterback" and criticize the efforts of another, but Ginnie works very hard to educate people at all levels of the breed. I for one hope that the Great Dane community will continue to show her support for her efforts, which don't reap much in the way of rewards other than the occasional positive comments. I suspect that the vast majority of us who come to DaDane every week never get "tired", or we wouldn't come back!
Sign me ...... Not Tired
|I love all the Danes (show or not) -- since I'm currently Daneless (lost my mind and got a lab!) -- this helps to fill my void- I enjoy seeing all the colors, etc. As one who also dabbles in graphic design -- I know how long your creative masterpieces take (people it's not cut and paste!) -- Keep any and all coming!!
|My message to "tired" is: It is not your right to expect anything from Ginnie. It is a privilege that is given to us by Ginnie FREE OF CHARGE.
If you are tired, go to bed.
|I also have to chime in and say how much I enjoy all of the DaDanes. I was at the 2005 Nationals and it is fun to see pictures of the dogs that I was able to see in person.
Thank you, Ginnie!
It sounds like your loyal fans are dividing into factions here. I was thinking about both sides of the arguement and came up with this idea that might make everyone happy- What if you posted pictures you took (not custom portraits that sap so much of your time) and treated the text as more of a blog about danes? Then it would 1) show off your considerable photographic skill, which would entice people to order more custom portraits from you (for you to make $ from), and 2) give the people who don't want show dog shots some "regular" dogs, which would entice them to order t-shirts and sweatshirts (for you to make $ from), and 3) save you time while still pleasing everybody. Well... maybe not everybody, but most people anyway. That's the best suggestion I can come up with, but either way Please Please don't stop doing DaDane! There are so many people who love it.
|Amen to what Logan had to say PLEASE don't stop doing the "dadane" I really love waking up on mondays and checking it out !!!! it might be fun to go back and look at some of the older material.. I've only been looking here for about 8 yrs so it might be fun to take a stroll down memory lane so to speak !!!!!
|Hi Ginnie, Tired lurker chiming in here. As one of those who has been along for the ride since the beginning....keep at whatever you do. All of your work is wonderful. I don't know what I would do without my Monday fix (even though I sometimes don't check till Thursday). Re: the pics from the National...I thoroughly enjoy them and go back to look at them even though I was there. When I am feeling like I need more...I travel back through your archives and have a fun trip down memory lane. So I would suggest to anyone who doesn't want to look at the show pictures....start at the beginning and look at how far this website has come (I still chuckle at the Willie series<G>).
|Ginnie, thank you for so graciously sharing your passion for glorious art work, travel and GREAT DANES with us. The time and effort you put into each and every DaDane feature is appreciated more than you know. We look forward to every new week of your exquisite photography, your humor, your information, your tales of travel, your love of dogs and nature and your generosity to share it all with us. It is like being invited to a beautiful gallery every Monday. I could personally never become tired of looking at some of the best photographs of the most majestic breed of dog in the world. You do this for us in your free (HA!) time and at no charge. There are other fine sites featuring pictures of Danes, but yours has the most heart and creativity. You truly capture the beauty and character of our beloved breed through your fantastic photography. Please continue DaDane. Many devoted Danites would miss you very much if we didn’t get our weekly fix. See you soon in Topeka for another Great Dane Gala National!!!!. EVERY Dane lover should make an effort to visit the National Specialty at least once in their life. For all you do, Ginnie……THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Ginnie, just another who has been along for the ride since the beginning but this one is actually an OLD-timer too <G>. I want to thank you for all the work & beauty that you have GIVEN us for more than a decade. From what I have seen you have a following of all aspects of showing including obedience, conformation, agility, etc. but also including Great Dane lovers that do not show in any way. I can't really understand how anyone can complain about the education, humor (that's humour in Canada <G>), enjoyment and beautiful pictures regardless of the subject. Being a bit of a math nut I got curious about this "all we've had for the last year are nationals photos" so I counted the DaDanes for the past 12 months & there were 25 weeks related to the 2005 National, including the week announcing the upcoming 2005 National & there were 24 with other subjects. I appreciate all of the DaDanes that I have seen over the past decade-plus & hope to continue to have the privilege of seeing more fabulous DaDanes, regardless of the subject.
|i can't imagine anyone who could be tired of looking at great danes no matter what setting in which they're photographed....love your site, learned so much, laughed and cried and rejoiced in the greatest dog on earth. thanks and please don't stop!
|Thank you, all, for your lovely (generous) comments. Don't worry, I am not going ANYWHERE — except to the Nationals in two weeks. :-) Ginnie
|Ginnie, I, too, am sort of a creature of habit and I have a habit of viewing "DaDane" every week. Sometimes I am rushed and do not take the time to leave a message, but I am always very happily impressed with the great quality of your photographs and can appreciate the time you do put into what you do and love.
Please keep it up and we will keep on enjoying your photographs. Love those botanicals, too...
I cannot imagine a Monday morning without DaDane. Every week you delight us with beautiful artwork, information and humor. And for those of us who cannot attend the Nationals, it is a treat seeing the wonderful pictures. I can't wait for the 2006 pics! Thank you so much Ginnie! Keep it all coming!
PS to "tired"- the web is a wonderful place. It's there 24/7 for you. And you are in the driver's seat. You don't have to visit sites you don't like!
|Oh Boo Boo, you shouldn't have!
And for those who have tired of the Nationals - Boo too!
I say the more fabulous danes the merrier - thank you as always for making my week.
How can anyone get "tired" of danes -- I don't care if they are show shots, backyard candids or Ginnie's masterpieces.
Shame on you ... didn't your mother ever teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?
And Ginnie, keep up the good work! I love the variety. Especially for those of us who do not get to attend many dog shows during the year or the Nationals, this site is our only window into that world.
See you at the Nationals!
|I have enjoyed your site more over this past year than I ever have before. Each week I look forward to viewing the pictures you have added, either from the Nationals or your vacation or even other pictures you have put there to share with us viewers. Thanks again and I sure hope we are lucky enough to have another year of National coverage as well.
|Ginnie, what you do is very time consuming and a lot of hard work. To provide it free of charge is so generous and the majority of us are grateful and appreciative. I could never get tired of the Nationals photos :-)
Thank you for all the years of weekly DaDane content and for allowing us to visit your pages and share your passion with you.
As guests in YOUR home (on the web) we appreciate whatever you feel like sharing with us so keep up the awesome job!
|Phooey On Tired! Your photo's are great no matter if they're pics of show Danes or companion Danes! Danes are Danes and you take some fantastic photo's Ginnie! Keep up the good work!
|WOW! I am a bit shocked but think that Ingrid said it best!!
Ginnie -keep up the great work - I love every thing you ever put up - be it dogs, flowers, toads, people, - just a great job and truly a gift to us all!