Monday, March 30, 2015

Our New Family Member - A Great Dane!!

For quite a while we've considered getting a Great Dane puppy. We've kept an eye on the classified ads for a while but nothing felt quite right.

Until a month and a half ago. I saw an ad for some new puppies near our home in southern Utah. I called the guy. Then I went to see the puppies. I didn't tell a soul. I didn't tell my kids. Definitely didn't tell my wife. I knew that if she knew anything about the puppies it would be a done deal. She's a sucker for dogs. 

They were really cute. Later I told Mel my secret. And a few hours later we were in a car together driving to look at the puppies. And then we were driving home making plans for a future new member of the family.

We decided to keep the secret from the kids until we brought her home. Thursday night she became an official member of the family. The first order of business was that this family member needed a name. It felt like the windows of heaven opened (okay, slight exaggeration) and we felt inspired to name her......


Here is a little video I shot of the big surprise:

This dog is ridiculously cute. Here are some pictures from her first hours at home:

Little Debbie will be a tremendous help to me on the trails in a few years. If I get tired while out on a run with her I can just ride her back to the car.

Aunt Jackie gets along well with her despite being a pest quite regularly. It won't be too long before Aunt Jackie is looking UP at Little Debbie instead of down.

Please pray for our family as we begin potty training. 


  1. Squeeeee! That dog is so cute! I can only imagine how fast she will grow!

  2. Oh my goodness, that's total cuteness right there!! Congrats on your new addition.

  3. I saw the video on Facebook - so awesome, what a little sweetie!

  4. We got a Great Dane puppy about 5 months ago. I really wanted the Dane and our chihuahua to be friends but the chihuahua wants nothing to do with the Dane. Amazing how fast they grow, her shoulders are already the height of the kitchen counter. Have fun.

  5. Oh my word, that is a CUTE puppy!! Looks like I'll be getting you gift cards for dog chow for all future Christmas presents...

    (On a separate note, our family was talking the other night about April Fool's Day pranks, and I told them about your no-bake chocolate cookies. They said you're now their favorite uncle. Way to go.)

  6. She's adorable! Enjoy that potty training. It's so much fun.

  7. Ohhhh, too, too cute! Enjoy the new pup, and the necessary training, lol. P.S. The video is priceless.

  8. I have a Great Dane mix (Australian Shepherd) and man....he's a naughty little dude and so full of vibrant energy. He's six months and pretty much potty trained himself. Granted, we have three other dogs to set an example but they are smart dogs. We were told not to feed ours puppy food because they were afraid he would grow too quickly, placing undue stress on his joints. We also were told to wait longer to run with him than our other dog (a border collie)....Patiently waiting for that 18 month mark!

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