The Great Dane Pulse
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Great Dane Club Lovers
Inc Magazine A00938848
The Great Dane Pulse
President – Keith Ondarchie
I have felt for quite some time now that there was a need to create a community that
embraces all things “Dane”. That is for both owners and their Danes to experience the fun
and comradery of life. This is the fundamental element of establishing “Great Dane Lovers”.
I am really excited with our Club, our Committee, our members and our future.
Vice President – Alisha Watson
Hi I’m Alisha. I am also often called the crazy Dane lady. I am owned by 5 Great Danes (at
present). I am all about the dog whether it be show, play, obedience, education or anything
in between. My life is my dogs
Treasurer – Coral Ondarchie
Hi! My name is Coral and I am married to Keith. I have had Great Danes for about 25 years. I
just cannot see my life without one. At the moment I have two Dane’s, Morgan and Targa. I
love to be out and about with them at my side doing all sorts of things such as walking,
socializing, showing, rally, obedience. I am looking forward to catching up with you at one of
our GDL events.
Events Coordinator – Jaz Briscoe
I'm Jaz! I am owned by my Dane 'Slick'. In our spare time we enjoy going to dog shows, bike
rides and to the beach. We hope to meet many more fellow Dane lovers through this
Communications – Alana Chipizubov
Hi, I have grown up around Great Danes and have always loved their fun loving, gentle and
cheeky nature. My 1-year-old also loves the Danes so my family and I look forward to seeing
you out and about at the GDL events!
From the President
Wow! Our club formally started on 2/8/2016 and we have an ever growing membership and events
calendar. Our club was established to provide an avenue for pet owners to get together with our
Danes and enjoy life.
Coral ad I have owned Danes for many years and over time we have met many like-minded friends .
Over the years we have been too many “doggie events” and met people who were searching for
activities to do with their Danes. We met a lovely lady called Valerie who went everywhere with her
Dane – if my Dane is not invited -I’m not going. So where can I go that includes my Dane. We also met
a lady called Susan who spoke about the Great Lovers Assoc of Western Australia and the great work
they were doing for Dane pets and owners. Well that started it. The GDLWA model was exactly what
How do we provide activities? How do we set up a professional club? Sounds easy-set up an
incorporated company – just forms and fees. Insurance – we spoke with many companies and learnt a
lot about potential exposure to litigation and we covered all the questions, filled in the forms and paid
the unbelievable fee.
Then the hard bits. The WEB site and Facebook not my thing – lots of discussion and research all done
– we don’t want just a boring WEB site and Facebook – it needs to be vibrant and constantly updated
– all done thanks Alana. Events - lots suggested and organized - Corals job – thanks.
Next. How do we make sure the club is vibrant for years to come? This is up to the members to
embrace and contribute. How do they know what to do? There will be at least 3 Members meetings
each year to discuss all aspects of the club – please come along.
The GDLWA has been a great support to us and after about 8 months we set up our Club with an
ambitious plan, full incorporation, insurance, structure, bank accounts and operational infrastructure.
So off we went. We got Alisha, Trevor and Jaz on board. We held our first AGM with the committee
and 2 members Vonnie and Paul (as required by consumer Affairs) and launched the WEB site and
Face book. We have decided that in addition to our members events we will have “meet and greet”
play dates in the East and West for non-members to see how our club operates and enjoy Danes and
enjoy life as we do.
We are now 2 months old!
I am really thrilled with the comments and support so far. We have developed a strong
growing membership. We have had some really good events and we have a growing list
of future events. With the summer weather to look forward too we should have great time
at our Christmas Kepala function and please encourage as many Dane Lovers as you can
Please send any suggestions, comments or feedback to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org so we can cater for all of our members.
Thanks for your support of our club and I look forward to seeing you at the next event.
Keith – President.
Blessing of the Animals and Wetlands Walk
8th October 2016, 10am
Yea Main Street
Walk & Coffee at Warrandyte
21st October 2016, 10.30am
Warrandyte Café Car Park at 61 Yarra Street
22nd October 2016, 6pm for 6.30pm dinner
Village Green Hotel
Cnr Springvale & Ferntree Gully Rd, Mulgrave
Don’t forget to RSVP
Great Dane Club Victoria Open &
29th October 2016, Bulla Exhibition Centre
Great Dane Lovers Christmas Function
20th November 2016, 11am – 2.30pm
Kepala Pet Resort & Country Club
Don’t forget to RSVP
Other Events to Look Forward to......
Weekend Dane Camp
Winery with our Danes
8TH October 2016
Blessing of The Animals & the Wetlands Walk with Lunch – Saturday 8th October
Great Dane Lovers will be joining people all around the world celebrating the feast day of the Patron
Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It's customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love
for all creatures, animals are gathered for a special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals. Our
Great Dane Lovers member, Reverend Eden Nicholls will be blessing all animals in attendance.
We will be meeting in the main street of Yea (look out for the Danes) at 10am where there are a range of
coffee shops for you to grab a coffee and/or some morning tea. Then, join us for the Wetlands Walk
(map attached for your reference) to Valerie’s home (Great Dane Lovers member) for the Blessing of the
Animals and a BBQ lunch.
Lunch is simply a gold coin donation and if you would like to contribute with a salad or desert please let
us know. Please RSVP to email@example.com for catering purposes.
We would like to thank Valerie Redpath for organising this event for the club and offering her home for
lunch, we very much appreciate the support!
DANE’S BEDTIME PRAYER
Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed is soft and deep,
I sleep right in the centre groove,
My human beings can hardly move,
I’ve trapped their legs,
They’re tucked in tight,
And here is where I pass the night.
No one disturbs me or dares to intrude,
Til morning comes and “I want food”,
I sneak up slowly to begin,
And nibble on my human’s chin,
For mornings here, it’s time to play,
I always seem to get my way.
So thank you Lord, for giving me,
This human person that I see,
The one who hugs and holds me tight,
And shares their bed with me at night.
LUX LAUNCH EVENT
After searching for a central location to launch our Club we decided to work with the LUX
FOUNDRY in Brunswick to find a suitable time and date. We had to give them an idea of how
many Danes would attend to allow them to set aside an area for us. I guessed 15.
Coral and I planned the day and to focus on speaking to the potential members about our
plans. Coral had to show a friends Dane in the morning at Bulla and we would then go to the
Lux. Great plan. BUT Coral and Leroy won and had to stay for the best puppy in show. I went
with our two Danes and set up the banner and got ready.
Many Danes (25+) and people arrived and sent the staff into frenzy. One of the Staff members
had never seen a Great Dane and was a bit nervous. How do we serve around these many
massive dogs? All was fixed in a few moments and we had a very enjoyable day and the staff
During the afternoon I was approached by Kerry who asked what is this all about and when I
told her about our club she went to her car and drove off only to return a few minutes later
with her Dane Eadie and her partner Paul – they lived in the next street!
Everyone had a great time and we had many new members from the day.
Great Dane Lovers would like to thank all of our sponsors who have supported us in launching our club.
We encourage all members to consider supporting our sponsors where possible to encourage the ongoing
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10% discount to club members
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Ph: 0417 132 45
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Canine Rehabilitation Services
Ph: 03 9553 0896
COMPUTER REPAIR AND REBUILDS TREVOR WATSON
MEET & GREETS
So far we have had 2 meet and
greets where we have invited
current members and potential
members to get together and talk
about our new club. Both days
were great fun and was wonderful
to meet new people and new
Photo Credit: Valerie Redpath,
Dean & Janine Meyer, Jess
McCormack, Keith Ondarchie
A DANES PERSPECTIVE
10 PEEVES THAT DOGS HAVE ABOUT HUMANS
1. BLAMING YOUR FARTS ON ME ... NOT FUNNY...NOT FUNNY AT ALL
2. YELLING AT ME FOR BARKING... I AM A DOG.
3. TAKING ME FOR A WALK, THEN NOT LETTING ME CHECK STUFF OUT. EXACTLY WHOSE WALK IS IT ANYWAY?
4. ANY TRICK THAT INVOLVES BALANCING ON MY NOSE. STOP IT!
5. ANY HAIRCUT THAT INVOLVES BOWS OR RIBBONS. NOW YOU KNOW WHY WE CHEW YOUR STUFF UP
WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME.
6. THE SLEIGHT OF HAND, FAKE FETCH THROW. YOU FOOLED A DOG! WHOOOO HOOOOOO. WHAT A PROUD
MOMENT FOR THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN.
7. TAKING ME TO THE VET FOR THE “BIG SNIP”, THEN ACTING SURPRISED WHEN I FREAK OUT EVERY TIME WE
8. GETTING UPSET WHEN I SNIFF THE CROTCHES OF YOUR GUESTS. SORRY, BUT I HAVEN’T QUITE MASTERED
THAT HANDSHAKE THING YET.
9. SWEATERS. HELLO??? HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED THE FUR?
10. HOW YOU ACT DISGUSTED WHEN I LICK MYSELF.
LOOK, WE BOTH KNOW THE TRUTH. YOU’RE JUST JEALOUS.
WE BOTH KNOW WHO’S BOSS HERE!
YOU DON’T SEE ME PICKING UP YOUR POO DO YOU?
EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY.
A DOG ALWAYS OFFERS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
CATS HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT!
WYNDHAM PET EXPO
What a wonderful day we had at the Wyndham Pet & Animal Expo.
The council staff who worked so hard to put this day together
really do deserve a very big pat on the back for a job very well
done. The organization on the day was fantastic, nothing left to
chance, and even managed to arrange for perfect “Dane” weather.
Our Dane’s were very popular with the public. Everyone wanted to
get up close to our “gentle giants” for a cuddle, pat or a photo. The
Danes were a credit to the breed. They were so patient and
tolerant of everyone, even the over enthusiastic ones.
My Morgan just loved all the attention, couldn’t get enough.
Whereas Targa was a little overwhelmed at times so retreated to
her crate, but then couldn’t handle not being part of it all so
demanded to come out again. This went on, “in and out” of her
crate for most of the day.
There were lots of great questions asked in relation to health, diet
and what it is like living with Danes and hopefully we were able to
answer all of them satisfactorily.
A very big THANK YOU to everyone who came,
some travelling long distances and those travelling
not so far to help Great Dane Lovers showcase
our wonderful breed.
I, for one, am looking forward to doing it all again
ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW
A few of our members competed at
the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show.
Congratulations to all involved
with many of the Great Dane
Lovers members walking away
with rosettes and ribbons.
ALL MEMBERS TO:
Send us your ideas for
Send us ideas for new
Send us your Photos for
Write an article for the
magazine (this could be
from an event you
attended or an article on a
topic you are interested in)
Communicate with us
feedback so we can
continue to build the Club
as best we can!
We Want to Hear From You!
The committee would like to hear from members to find out what
you want from your club. What are you looking for from Great
Dane Lovers? If you have any suggestions on activities you would
like to attend, or information sessions you would like to see run
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently in contact with professionals to hold information
sessions for our members on a number of topics relating to Great
Danes. So, if there is something you are particular interested in or
are struggling to find information on, please let us know.
If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run, please
contact us as we know that there are many ideas out there and the
more variety we have the more our members can enjoy the club.
We would really appreciate it!!!
SHELBY 2008 – 2016
My heart my soul my everything. Mother and grandmother to all at
Strykerdane. I will miss your barking when someone comes to the door
(never thought I would say that) I will miss you telling all the other dogs off
when they became to rowdy. Most of all I will miss the fact that you knew
when I needed you by my side when I was sad or just needed a hug. Our
house will never be the same without you.
Happy Birthday to you……….
We would like to wish all our
Danes who have birthdays in the
next 2 months a very Happy
Birthday! If you do anything
special, don’t forget to send us
After a chilly winter, now is a great time to get out in the garden. Your pet may wish to keep you
company but don't forget these hidden dangers!
Snail and Slug Bait: sprinkled on the garden or even stored in the box, these
are very attractive to pets. Ingestion of small quantities can be rapidly fatal.
Be aware that products that claim they are pet safe have a bitter taste which
only acts as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so
consider whether these baits are absolutely necessary in your garden
Fertiliser: Pets love the smell and taste of some fertilisers and if eaten, these
can prove rapidly toxic or even fatal
Compost: The garden compost heap is very tasty to your pet but the
contents contain bacteria, moulds and toxins, all of which can make your pet
Insecticides and weed killers: These are toxic to pets and should be safely
stored and locked up
Avoid poisonous plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, daffodil bulbs
and daphne. Lilies, if ingested, can cause kidney failure in cats so if in doubt pull them out!
Oh, and don't forget that rodent baits are very dangerous and unfortunately
attractive to pets. Ingestion causes internal bleeding - sometimes two to three weeks
If your pet ingests any of the above, it is best to contact your Vet IMMEDIATELY
SEE YOU SOON
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events and let us know if you have
Let us know if you have any
functions you would like to the
club run or if you would like to run
an event yourself
Send us your Dane pics
RSVP to the members dinner
RSVP for our Kepala Christmas
Function as soon as possible
Have a great time with your
Danes and keep smiling!
It’s a Great Dane.
Yes, it’s friendly.
No, I don’t have a saddle for it.
Yes, it’s a house dog.
No, I don’t have a huge house.
Yes, you may pet it.
No, it doesn’t eat that much.
I know it’s the biggest dog you
have ever seen.
It’s the biggest dog I’ve ever