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Blue Diamond Great Dane V. Fan Tan Great Dane
Sunday, 4 December 2011

Today I used the Dremel on the puppies front toe nails. They were pretty good, some needed to see what the Dremel was, and some didn't like having thier feet restrained, but I made it through and they got cookies.  Holly watched, and everytime I went to bring in another puppy, Holly, TJ and Grace stole the cookies off of the end table.  Luckily they also drop on cue. I don't like thieves in dogs and I don't let them keep their stolen goods so they can't get reinforced for stealing. 

Last night we had a freeze warning so I picked the Myers Lemons off of one of the small trees and sliced them and dried them in the oven to store in a tin.  I learned about this idea from Food Network, Giada, and want to thank her.  The slices are really tart with the same myer lemon flavor and they should store well.  It makes it easier to avoid freeze issues if the fruit is ripe enough to pick before it dries out.  Especially with myers since their skin is so thin. 


Posted by bluediamondgreatdane at 4:17 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 26 March 2018 3:16 PM PDT
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Friday, 2 December 2011

Yesterday was a blustery day here in Tigger Land. {RCA bounces like Tigger} The electricity went off and on so many times the Dish had to reload over and over again.  I missed The Chew. Then the power went completely out. That means no water here because the pump runs off of electric. 

The pups flying saucer pans really turned into flying saucers. The dog house kept moving around in near circles,  luckily it didn't take flight. The pups were brought into the house, and with the TV off and all the power they went to sleep. Around 7 PM the electricity came back on thank you PGE.  There are people in the Clovis area that are still without power.  The morning news showed horrible footage of LA with streets lined with fallen trees. They reported wind up to 105 mph. 

I went outside and saw that several branches from the eucalyptus had broken off, one is lying across the dog kennel and needs to be cut up for firewood. The corners of the property are filled with tumble weeds and the ground looks like cement where the wind blew the top soil, not really top soil thanks to water issues in the Valley, but dust.  I have seen worse, so it isn't that bad.

I was waiting for the wicked witches house to land on the house but I don't have her ruby slippers here.  The triple pane windows were trying to rattle and there was a vibration on the inside panes on the sliding door. The Guaranteed to Rust Bells were clanging wildly. The Orange County register posted about the Best in the OC for margarita's yesterday anywhere in california was the best place for margarita's or a nice gin and tonic with a slice of lime.  who cares. The cell phone was losing power and I was happy I had a cell phone charger for the truck. Somewhere there is a trash can of mine that blew out of the ditch and off who knows where, I guess it will never be seen again.

And today I am remembering a paper I wrote for a folk lore class time capsule, where I wrote about how my dad's family worked in the Oranges until 1980. Today because of the water issues I was reading about, I am remembering how a cousin worked in the grapes, and guess what, ag isn't using as much water as they continually report in the news with their scare tactics reports to grab water from the Valley. In fact one of the biggest users is the Industrial areas of California including a semi conductor.  So now I am wondering if the recycling waste water is being used for the purpose of cooling a semi conductor. I know they have brought recycled waste water to Kings county for the farmers/dairymen/ranchers to use to water the crops, but is it also being used for the semi conductor? Just wondering since it is and will remain an issue for the Bay Area smelt who are dying because of the waste that is getting dumped into the Bay and because they need fresh water to flush !


Posted by bluediamondgreatdane at 10:25 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 26 March 2018 3:19 PM PDT
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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

It is cold and foggy here in the Big Valley. We have been reading online about some changes in the Great Dane Standard, but haven't checked to see if what is being passed around is correct or not.

Generally, and unless the GDCA Standard has changed, only blacks from blue breeding can be bred to blues.  Only Blacks from Harlequin breeding can be bred to Harlequins and I guess the Mantles.  Only blacks from Fawn Breedings can be bred to Fawns and Brindles. And of course black to black breeding.   I have never known or heard or read that any black can be bred to any color other then the same bloodline the black was born into.

I do not stud my dogs out anyway.  Although a lot of people ask or call or email me asking if I do, I don't.

Another rumor that I heard circulating is that you don't have to crop ears to enter into the show ring. That is also a new one for me.  I know that in other countries ear cropping has been outlawed, and I have seen dogs or pups from these countries stacked with the handler holding the ears above the head.  I guess you can and as the person told the other person asking about the ear cropping, the individual needs to be perfect in other areas. 

I have been trying to get these pups to stack naturally by raising the food bowl.  Some show person taught me that years ago, and it works. The pup learns how to stack with thier heads up.  I know there is more to stacking a dog or puppy, but I think this little step helps them to get the idea to hold thier heads up.

I have never made the claim that any of my pups are BIS BISS quality, but since they are AKC registered dogs they can be shown in AKC sanctioned events and classes. Maybe this BIS BISS is where many people get mixed up, I guess it depends on whether or not you want to use your dog for sport and recreation or really sail to the top of Great Dane World.

Signing off, I am missing Hot in Cleveland.  I hope Don Rickels stays on the show. It is a great comedy with a little vaudeville thrown in.


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Now Playing: Two days before Thanksgiving

It is two days before Thanksgiving and I have a lot of things to do so most likely will not be blogging on the litter.

I had a phone call today and tried to send a link to my facebook page and videos.  I don't know how to use the phone the phone is doing just what it wants to do. Now I have another public video just so someone can see a video.  The puppies are getting bigger and they are not wanting to go outside in the cold. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and keep the peace.


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Monday, 21 November 2011

I was reading elsewhere on the internet about teaching a puppy to ring a bell to let the owner know it needed to go outside. They did a long drawn out pick up bell, give command, put puppy out etc. etc. etc.  Mine have been trained using a different method and one which doesn't rely on the owner picking up the bell and ringing it.

I have sleigh bells on my doorknobs, so everytime the dogs go out, it automatically rings or jingles.  I am not actively ringing the bells and prompting them, they are picking up on the sound whenever the door is opened or the doorknob is used.  This is an easier method, although either method works, the end result is the same, the Dog has the owner trained to open the door to go out. This has led to some interesting scenarios in my house.  Like a dog grabbing the doorbells off the knob and running around the house jingling the bell to wake me up to go outside.  Or just to go outside and take a look at what's happening on the street without any real need to go potty.  They pick this up all by themselves, so owners can truly say they are owned by their dogs, not the other way around. So who is getting conditioned here the owner or the dog, why the owner of course!

They also have pulled on the larger bells that are hanging on other doorknobs if I didn't hear the slight jingle.


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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Now Playing: Almost Thanksgiving

It is almost Thanksgiving and I can't wait. Have been watching FoodNetwork all week long.  The solid blue male and I sat in the living room chair this morning and he really was interested in the Hershey's Kiss jingling bells commercial. He watched the entire ad intently.  I didn't tell him that dogs are not allowed to have chocolate though, was just happy that his attention was on the ad.

Last night a stray tiger cat showed up on the back porch.  It looks like a nice kitty.  S/He was looking for food in the puppy bowl. I got him out of the backyard by giving him some dog food in the front yard instead.  I have mixed feelings about this as I need a new barn cat to keep the mice down, but the cat must be smart enough to stay out of the backyard.  Freeway, a silver tabby knew better but he did like to tease the dogs by getting atop the roof and staring at them.  I don't have other animals except for the horses.  The puppies have been ignoring the horses and while interested in them, they are not chasing them.  Sometimes the horses like to tease the dogs too, by doing thier airs above the ground, throwing their tails over their backs and snorting.  They are arabians and all of them have been around Great Danes a couple from birth.

People on some dane lists have started a thread asking if people have Rescued.  Yes I have rescued and black great dane when I was living in Sonoma County in 1975 for $5.00.  I went to get a cat, and came home with a Great Dane. Alisha was taken to the pound because the owner could not afford to pay the boarding fee at the boarding kennels, and the boarding kennels took her to the pound.  According to what I was told, the breeder picked up the male dane and not the female, but I am now wondering since I have gotten older and longer in the teeth, if the boarding kennel kept the female and only allowed the male to be picked up ? She was a registered dog but of course the boarding kennel didn't have the papers on her.  I remember taking her to the Russian River and running into people who had danes. One man had a nice black male and wanted our phone number, but we never exchanged numbers.

I also rescued a German Shepard from the Orange County Pound, who did have papers in 1970, cost $15.00. We called him Sampson. We ended up finding him a new home with some lady in Newport Beach whose entire house was white and she wanted a white dog to match.

And I have rescued a lot of cats over the years including ones I have found running across the highway, hence, the silver tabby named Freeway.

Then there were three siamese cats. My daughter and I and her friends would ride along a railroad track in Tulare County.  Three siamese kittens came out of the brush and acted like they were stalking the horses mountain lion style. It took me a couple of days to catch all but one.  It took me 3 months to catch Baby Face Nelson using turkey parts.  He lived to be 21 years old.  I have his ashes.

Posted by bluediamondgreatdane at 11:32 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2011 11:44 AM PST
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Friday, 18 November 2011

Now Playing: Our litter owner has discovered Picsay.

Holly, TJ, Joy and Skylar all took a bow today.  I used to think they were bowing to RAH because every morning TJ would stretch his front paws out and bow.  Today, Skylar did it, and then Holly and Joy all took a bow.  The shutter wasn't fast enough to catch them without a slight blur.  She is also going to change her will again. She was leaving 30 % to ASPCA, but has now changed her mind for some mysterious reason.  Maybe it's because she belongs to the other PETA aka the "people who eat tasty animals".  She learned that from the movie "Have you heard about the Morgan's" and has been laughing out loud whenever she thinks about PETA. Congratulations to the person who wrote that line, loved it.


[corrected movie title]

Posted by bluediamondgreatdane at 5:24 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2011 11:25 AM PST
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Thursday, 17 November 2011

I tried to post a remote update to this blog from my smart phone, only to realize I don't have a keyboard. So I will be posting that information today instead of yesterday evening.

We had our second DHLPP shot yesterday.  Our litter owner got a call from a local woman in Fresno whose friend told her about us.  She called and made arrangements to see the litter today. However, after talking to the lady on the telephone yesterday and finding out the woman has an 85# 5 and a half month old male Mastiff, she decided it wasn't the best fit for us. We are only 9 weeks old and weigh about 30#'s.  The lady mentioned she had researched the Great Dane Breed on Wiki, and said something about Wiki stating that the Great Dane's were really Mastiffs.  Our litter owner told her about the bas reliefs from 3000 BC, being seen as Mastiff dogs hunting alongside chariots may have been our ancestors but we are no longer that breed. Plus after reading many books on the Great Dane from Noted Authorities and Dane Handlers, Breeders, and Judges, those books don't just list the Mastiff or the Irish Wolfhound in our gene pool.  We are actually bred from several types of breeds not just two.

She is also remembering that a Golden Lab breeder in Sonoma, used to keep her puppies in runs according to age and size.  I dont' recall if she was breeding them as service or therapy dogs, just that that is how she kept them until they reached a certain size and age.

She had been noticing that our mother was dive bombing us trying to play with us and we were hiding under benches from her, so she has removed us from her because she doesnt' want us to be shy around other dogs. I wish I had noticed this behavior a long time ago, but I did not.

She also went to DOL and asked a question pertaining to our breed.  She had discovered a notice about Realigning Great Danes and placing them in the Molosser Class.  You can find the letter to AKC requesting that we are not realigned into a different class on the GDCA.ORG website.  She wrote to the AKC requesting that we not be reclassified, and added that she felt that novices to the breed have been misled into believing that Mastiff looking Danes are the breed standard, and that has never been the case.  That is just her opinion of course, but over the past 10 years she has been fielding questions about huge, big, danes and a lot of people have tried to compare us with the Mastiff Breed.  Out of exasperation with these questions and statements, she finally placed a couple of links on the Fan Tan Dane website to both the Great Dane Standard and the Mastiff Standard back in 2008.

Not much else to say today.

Will try to do a remote post again someday to see if I can.

Missy Blue Bayou.



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Monday, 14 November 2011

Last night our aunt Holly did some role modeling for us.  She loves those scooby snacks.  We watched her everytime she was told that Good dogs, sit. And she did sit. She loves us and we admire her. So when we were told that Good Dogs Sit, we sat so we could get a scooby snack too.  Not all of us behaved, some of us were jumping up and trying to be first, but soon we noticed that only good dogs that are patiently sitting were getting treats, so we all finally sat.

We were worked on the command a little bit this morning. The boys are picking it up faster than the girls and are waiting patiently for their treat. The blue male with no white on his body except behind his pasterns, is the most patient of us all, then comes another big brother with a tad of white on his chest and his back toes. Then there is a little boy who is so patient he is overlooked. But we waited for our treat, becuase we actually like to compete.  None of us are on a leash or collar, we are in a circle group. 

I wish I had an application for the camera that adds things to our photos like brass buttons, caps etc. We could all be dressed in the USAF, USN, or PD uniforms. We could all be blue angels and look like Snoopy the ace fighter pilot in Charles Brown.


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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Now Playing: The littlest Girl went to a new home today.

One of our sisters went to a new home today in Orange County, California.  The lady who bought her knew a lot about great danes although she had never owned a blue dane before. She looked at our mother who was crouching down outside on the patio on her haunches and said she looked a lot like one of her old danes from days gone bye.

Our litter mom was scared to death to allow any of the adults near the people due to liability reasons.  TJ our Great Grandpa was noisy but sweet none the less.  Joy allowed the lady to pat her on the haunches.  Our parents have been off the property, in fact one day our litter owner took RCA to the vets and stopped into the grocery store. There was a lady parked next to her pick up and RC was in the back seat.  Our litter owner went into the store and when she came back the lady that was parked next to her truck was still there, so she asked: " Did he bark alot." The lady responded no, he was a perfect gentleman.  So our litter owner drove home, and when she got home and opened the door to the half seat behind the drivers seat, RCA had untied the cotton lead rope from the hook on his collar. So he kept himself busy and occupied while she was in the store.

WE are hoping everything will be ok.

Our new owner is naming the littlest one Celeste Ceour V FTD. I think that is how she spelled it.  I guess this may change if it is spelled incorrectly.

Miss Blue Bayou

Posted by bluediamondgreatdane at 3:24 PM PST
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