Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grey Whiskers

My dad and my old puppy. <3 p="">

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Monday, August 04, 2014

A New Friend

This summer I've been dog sitting my boss's yellow labrador puppy, Reno, almost daily, and so Savage has a new friend (whether he likes it or not!). They spend most of their time together play-fighting in the grass, and I love seeing my old boy acting like a puppy again.

I also think being around Savvy is helping to teach Reno manners around other dogs. Sav tolerates his high energy very well but doesn't hesitate to put the puppy in his place when he starts getting out of control.

At 7 months old Reno is still learning what is expected of him and testing his boundaries. I'd forgotten how much attention and time having a puppy takes. As he's gotten older Savvy has gotten more predictable and I don't worry as much over him anymore. 

My Great Dane is currently enjoying his 8th summer. Thanks to our blog followers who have been with us from the beginning or joined us partway through the journey. I hope you are all having an excellent summer, as well!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Savage 4.12.14

Friday, January 17, 2014

Road Trip!

Savvy and I took a 2 week road trip down to North Carolina in November. The above picture is from Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the NC Outer Banks, where Savage first saw the Atlantic Ocean. He was less than impressed, and mildly spooked by the crashing surf.
During most of our trip the weather was unseasonably cool, which is preferable for Sav and me (especially since my car doesn't have operational air conditioning!). However, there were a couple days that were a little too warm for comfort, and we spent those days relaxing at our campsite or taking short walks on the beaches. 
My beautiful boy turned 8 years old on the beach at Cape Hatteras. His recovery from the car accident that threatened his life in June is pretty well complete. (I may post more about that incident in the future). He was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in June, as well, and is on daily medications in an attempt to delay heart failure. Luckily, he has been responding well to the meds and  the only effect that DCM seems to have on his lifestyle is that I limit strenuous exercise, and that's not something he really misses these days. 
Back in Minnesota now; 2013 has brought a lot of changes into our lives. I'm hoping the new year will be a good one for both of us, and all of you! Cheers!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fall Colors!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Big Yawn..!

Friday, April 19, 2013


It seems the winter will never end here in Northeastern Minnesota. We had experienced a little bit of spring earlier this month and the temperature was so nice that Savage and I did quite a bit of outdoor activities and walking, even though it involved both of us wading through mud. The latest snowstorm brought many inches of snow and high winds, making it really miserable to get outside and get some much-needed exercise and fresh air, though. 
Lately Randy, Savvy, and I have been spending most of our time inside (or shoveling snow, as in the photo above) and all of us are getting cabin fever. This morning our walk took us through snowdrifts half my height and blowing snow, still. Over the winter Savage has put on a little more weight and I look forward to both of us being able to enjoy our walks in the spring sunshine. Right now he is contentedly camped out on the couch again and it looks like we'll be snowed in the rest of the day.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Savvy's New Toy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

7 Years Old

My amazing animal turned 7 years old on November 17th, 2012. I'm so grateful that I've had him by my side, healthy and happy, for so long. Great Danes are a short-lived breed, and I've known quite a few that have passed away well before 7 years of age. Whether the reasons were accidents, inevitable health problems, or disreputable breeding programs, I know I am blessed to have my baby with me still.
We look forward to the future, and spending lots of time together, this winter, especially. Savvy seems to enjoy the new snow. It makes him more goofy and playful, which reminds me fondly of the silly puppy he was 7 years ago...