The Great Dane Pulse December 2016 Keiths Komments Function Reports Heatstroke Info Snake Bite Notes Member Intro Great Dane Club Lovers Inc Magazine A00938848 The Great Dane Pulse
The Great Dane Pulse  December 2016     Keiths Komments     Function Reports     Heatstroke Info     Snake Bite Notes     ...
COMMITTEE 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 Im 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 or 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 wonderful club 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
COMMITTEE  President     Keith Ondarchie I have felt for quite some time now that there was a need to create a community t...
KEITH S KOMMENTS From the President In our first 5 months of operation Great Dane Lovers has fantastic support form Dane owners and Dane lovers Events have been very well attended members are growing and emails of support have come from as far as Iowa USA and all across the country Clearly our breed really needs events for our Danes to socialise play and just have fun Our members need to socialise learn and have fun Thank you to all the members who have not only attended our events but also brought offers of their homes and bought food and drinks to share The committee have agreed to have two annual events each year October Yea Wetlands Walk and the Blessing if the animals at Valarie s November Kepala Resort Both these events this year were very well attended and we have really encouraging feed back Next years event will be even greater Two play dates each month Danes at an outdoor cinema Dane camping week see the event Calendar The annual DOG LOVERS SHOW in May will see Great Danes being represented by our CLUB This is a three day event and promoted across Australia and always widely featured in the media We will be asking members to attend and help on the stand Alana has provided information on Great Dane Lovers which they have added to their web page have a look http dogloversshow com au melbourne exhibcat breed clubs This link also has a video of our club https www youtube com watch v HomVXzmG0Qs feature youtu be Are you or your Dane featured Alana has done a great job with these and she would welcome more pictures and video sent to her info greatdanelovers com au I am very grateful for the offers to help organising events by members The sharing of the workload of activities is the foundation for a strong and vibrant club Lisa Dale will be organising Walks in Ballarat Melton and a community event later in the year Vonnie Trouce is organising a restaurant luncheon in St Kilda Valarie is organising the Yea walk These volunteers will need your help please let us know if you can organise events and or help with other events We will be holding Club General meetings for all our members in conjunction with some events to involve our members in the progress of our club Please remember we need to keep attracting more members please encourage any Dane lovers you know to join our club One of our members related her experience of being invited to join our club which to most members find very funny but I find it embarrassing Robyn s invitation when like this I was walking my clients Great Dane Robyn is a professional dog walker along a major road in Croydon and this big black gangster car with blacked out windows did a u turn and pulled up along side me on the road This old guy dressed in black jumped out of the car came up to me I made sure my dogs were alert Keith then asked about the Dane and told me about GREAT DANE LOVERS He turned out not to be a gangster I am now a member and I attend with my clients Dane Hunter As a member in our first year members are classed as FOUNDATION MEMBERS We will be holding a Foundation members diner and award night but we are unsure of a suitable venue Please let us know of some ideas of venue On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank you for making all the hard work of the committee very rewarding and we wish you a happy Christmas and a safe break during the festive season
KEITH   S KOMMENTS From the President  In our first 5 months of operation Great Dane Lovers has fantastic support form Dan...
CHRISTMAS SPONSORS NOTE A very big thank you to all of our Christmas Sponsors who contributed to our raffle at Kepala We send our thanks to everyone Hawkers Beer Winner of the 2016 International Beer Challenge Supreme Champion Brewer Brewer of the Year Oceania who purchased tickets as all funds raised will be put back into the club We encourage all members to Matt Lawson Photography www mattlawsonphotography com au consider supporting our sponsors where possible to encourage future partnerships Alpha Dog Beds https alphadogbeds com au Coopers Pet Covers http www cooperscovers com
CHRISTMAS SPONSORS  NOTE  A very big thank you to all of our Christmas Sponsors who contributed to our raffle at Kepala. W...
CHRISTMAS AT KEPALA Another first for Great Dane Lovers Our very first Christmas party at Kepala We are definitely living up to the club s slogan LOVING DANES LOVING LIFE What a Great day it was Great weather Great setting Great company Great fun What a Great sight it was to see so many Danes enjoying themselves The lagoon was the place to be to cool off on such a warm day Some of our Danes took to the water but others took a little time and encouragement to give it a go Then there were the ones who refused to go in Morgan chose to be the resident lifesaver running around the side of the lagoon making sure everyone was ok and those he thought were in trouble he tried to scoop out without success Then there was more fun with the egg and spoon race With so many Danes we were split up into groups How we laughed when the leader of the pack dropped their egg just before the finish line Congratulations to the winners A very big thank to Trevor for being our chef for the day cooking the BBQ lunch for everyone Thank you to everyone who contributed to our buffet table A special thank you the Sharon Rod Jack and Grace for bringing Christmas cake and very yummy treats for the our Danes A Christmas party would not be a Christmas party without Santa A very big thank you to Santa for taking time out his very busy schedule to be with us Santa was kept very busy with helping with our raffle judging the best dressed Dane and member and handing out the Christmas bags to our Dane families After all of this there was still time for another swim play and of course Great conversation At the end of the day we all went home with smiles on our faces very tired but happy Danes and looking forward to doing it all again next year
CHRISTMAS AT KEPALA  Another first for Great Dane Lovers. Our very first Christmas party at Kepala. We are definitely livi...
CHRISTMAS AT KEPALA
CHRISTMAS AT KEPALA
HEATSTROKE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE Incessant panting Heatstroke or heat stress is a state of hyperthermia elevated core body temperature above the normal range resulting in thermal injury to tissues Heatstroke occurs when heat generation exceeds the body s ability to lose heat Heatstroke is a very serious condition it can lead to multiple organ failure and animals can die quickly from heatstroke increases as heat stroke progresses Drooling salivating Agitation restlessness Very red or pale gums Bright red tongue Increased heart rate Breathing distress Vomiting Diarrhoea possibly with blood Signs of mental confusion delirium Dizziness staggering Lethargy weakness Muscle tremors Seizures Collapsing and lying down Little to no urine production Coma What are the main predisposing factors A warm hot humid environment Lack of adequate ventilation air flow Lack of adequate shade Lack of adequate drinking water Excessive exercise How do you avoid heatstroke for your pets You can help to prevent heatstroke by ensuring your pets are kept in appropriate environmental conditions and being aware of the symptoms so action can be taken swiftly Provide pets with a cool shaded area with good ventilation at all times adequate ventilation and air flow are important as many animals cool down via evaporative cooling panting which requires adequate air flow Provide plenty of clean fresh water and extra water sources in case of spillage Bring animals indoors on hot humid days if the indoor environment is cooler for the animal e g air conditioning child safe fans open windows where possible and shade Do not exercise animals in hot humid conditions On hot days try to walk your dog very early in the morning or very late in the afternoon when it is cool and avoid the hottest part of the day Avoid hot sand concrete asphalt areas or any other areas where heat is reflected and there is no access to shade Do not leave your dog in a car or vehicle even when the windows are down dogs can still overheat and die One study found that even on mild days the temperature inside the vehicle rises rapidly to dangerous levels When the ambient temperature is 22 C the temperature inside a car can rise to over 47 C in 60 minutes The high temperatures in the car combined with inadequate ventilation air flow mean that the dog cannot thermo regulate leaving them vulnerable Source http kb rspca org au what can i do in hot weather to preventheatstroke in my pet_353 html
HEATSTROKE  SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE  -  Incessant panting  Heatstroke or heat stress is a state of hyperthermia  elevated core...
SNAKE BITES MORE SIGNS OF A SNAKE BITE Sudden weakness Collapsing Shaking Difficulty blinking Loss of bladder control Paralysis Blood in urine There are already plenty of snakes about so please be extra vigilant over Summer Different species of snakes possess different types of venom and these can cause varying symptoms that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite Early signs might include Salivation drooling Enlarged pupils Vomiting Hind limb weakness Rapid breathing Depression How you can help your pet survive a snake bite Seek veterinary attention immediately even if you only suspect your pet has been bitten It is better that your pet is checked over rather than wait and be sorry If your pet has been bitten on the neck remove his collar Keep your pet quiet and still this is critical to help reduce movement of the venom around the body Do not attempt treatment options such as cold packs ice tourniquets alcohol bleeding the wound or trying to suck out venom in place of getting your pet to the vet they are a waste of precious time NEVER attempt to kill handle or capture the snake as you risk being bitten too Reprinted with permission from High Street Road Animal Hospital
SNAKE BITES  MORE SIGNS OF A SNAKE BITE  -  Sudden weakness  -  Collapsing  -  Shaking  -  Difficulty blinking  -  Loss of...
MEMBER NOTE WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO Send us your ideas for new events Send us ideas for new walk locations Send us your Photos for the magazine 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 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 info greatdanelovers com au 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 Thank you
MEMBER NOTE  WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO  -  Send us your ideas for new events  -  Send us ideas for new walk locations  -...
UPCOMING EVENTS We have put together a summary of planned events for 2017 and below you will see confirmed details for the January events As we manage to lock in details of future events we will notify all members via email and we will continue to update our events calendar on our website We are also working with members who have offered to hold events so stay tuned for further information to get out and about with you Danes Please keep an eye out for changes to the calendar we hope you can join us January 7th 10am January 14th 2pm January 29th 7pm February February 11th February 24th February 19th March 4h March 11th March 19th March 26th April 1sth April 8th April 22nd 23rd May May 13th May 21st June 10th June 18th July July 8th July 16th August August 12th August 20th September September th September 1010th September 17th October 1st October 14th October 22d November 11th November 19th New Year Beach Play Altona Beach PA Burns Reserve Altona Rd Seaholme VIC 3018 Western Play Date GDL Meet Greet Navan Park Off Leash Dog Park Centenary Avenue Melton Victoria 3337 Moonlight Cinemas Grease Sing Along See Advertisement for further info Central Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens South Yarra Information Session Dog Massage Western Play Date GDL Meet Greet Warrandyte Walk Mornington Play Date GDL Meet Greet General meeting Beach Walk Port Melbourne Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Winery Afternoon Lake Wendouree walk Ballarat Western Play Date Meet Greet Great Dane Lovers Camping Weekend Information Session Danes and Teeth Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Founders Members Celebration Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet AGM Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Information Session Danes and Behaviour Western Play Date Meet Greet Wyndham Pet Expo Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Blessing of The Animals Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Djerriwarrh Festival 2017 Christmas at Kepala
UPCOMING EVENTS  We have put together a summary of planned events for 2017 and below you will see confirmed details for th...
MEET NIEKO Nieko one of our members came to my attention a few months ago when owner Greg featured Nieko in the Great Dane Lovers Calendar for 2017 Born in July this year Nieko is a harlequin who is so photo genic that I thought I would share his pictures with you all Thanks for the cuddles at Kepala Nieko Photo Credit Greg Lee
MEET NIEKO  Nieko, one of our members came to my attention a few months ago when owner Greg featured Nieko in the Great Da...
WARRANDYTE WALK The Friday Warrandyte Walk Great Dane Lovers held a walk through beautiful Warrandyte one Friday for those who may struggle to meet on weekends due to work and other commitments With a number of members in attendance it was an easy morning and even though the forecast said rain we were lucky enough to have the rain hold off The track along the Yarra River provided the Danes with birds and ducks to look at and water grass and rocks to play among It is an easy walk even pram friendly for those with little ones and the outdoor area of the caf suited the Danes quite nicely as they rested after their walk with water and chips Personally I love watching a Great Dane bound towards you so thank you Ryder for some laughs I was also very proud of another 4 legged member Sampson who can sometimes get a little upset when on the lead however he was very well behaved all morning we are looking forward to seeing you again We will hold more walks in 2017 in Warrandyte so I hope you can join us
WARRANDYTE WALK  The Friday Warrandyte Walk Great Dane Lovers held a walk through beautiful Warrandyte one Friday for thos...
SUMMER STINGERS Different locations and climates will impact what little creatures our Danes may come into contact with Besides snakes here are a few more to watch out for over the summer months Spiders Many spiders are not capable of biting through dogs tock skin however the black widow red back brown widow and brown recluse can be very harmful to our dogs Signs Symptoms Inflammation in areas that have less hair Abnormal lesions Breathlessness Fur loss Fever and joint pain Restless and distressed Vomiting and diarrhea Rigid muscles Lack of coordination Paralysis Seizures How To Help If you think your dog may have been bitten please take them to your vet straight away to receive antivenom medication Bees Wasps Bees and wasp stings are generally not to harmful however if your dog is bitten repeatedly or has an allergy it can be quite dangerous Signs Symptoms General weakness Difficulty breathing Swelling Vomiting Pale gums How To Help Prevention is a good idea Remove rubbish and food scraps from your outdoor areas and keep flowers to a minimum If you think your dog has been bitten multiple times or is having a sever reaction call your vet as soon as possible Wash the wound with mild soap Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling Talk to your vet about antihistamines that may be ok for your dog See advice from your vet for further treatment
SUMMER STINGERS  Different locations and climates will impact what little creatures our Danes may come into contact with. ...
SUMMER STINGERS cont Bluebottle Jellyfish Please be mindful that Bluebottle Jellyfish have been washing up on some Victorian beaches including some of our favorite dog beaches due to easterly winds and currents pushing them ashore Bluebottles have a small deep blue air filled float and thin long tentacles covered I powerful stinging cells They can deliver a painful sting even when washed up dead on the beach so please steer clear of any jellyfish in the water or on land To be safe if swimming in the water wear a wetsuit or stinger suit Signs Symptoms Itchy rash Nausea Vomiting Fever Confusion Shock Heart respiratory problems How To Help Wash tentacles off with salt water Lift remaining tentacles off skin with tweezers or gloved hands Do not rub the area Do not use fresh water on the sting If you or your dog is stung by a bluebottle jellyfish DO NOT use vinegar as it will make it worse Contact your vet PLEASE NOTE Please keep this information in mind however always consult a professional vet for medical advice
SUMMER STINGERS  cont.   Bluebottle Jellyfish Please be mindful that Bluebottle Jellyfish have been washing up on some Vic...
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND WETLANDS WALK What a wonderful turn out of members and Danes we had Most of us had a bit to travel as Yea is not just around the corner But the travel was well worth the effort We had been holding our breath all week as to what sort of weather we would have on Saturday after all the rain that had fallen during the week We needn t have worried as the day turned on beautiful sunshine and blue sky Our meeting point was the main street of Yea where the Danes were able to stretch their legs after being in the car and then off for a morning coffee Of course there was the normal pats and questions from people walking by and the normal comment you could put a saddle on him and ride him After coffee we were meant to be off on a walk through the Wetlands to Valerie s but due to all the rain that had fallen during the week the Wetlands was flooded and therefore closed to the public Not to be deterred by this we set off on our walk to Valerie s via the main road single file over the bridge with some waving and toots from passing motorists and around the corner Once at Valerie s the Danes were let off their leads to run free and have fun which they certainly did The Danes took quite an interest in the horses in the next paddock Some were very vocal while others just stood and looked a bit puzzled as that are not used looking up to another animal Priceless Even Alister and Peta s little King Charles Cavaliers got over their anxiety and were running with the Danes before the end of the day Thank you to everyone who contributed to our beautiful lunch It was very much appreciated Thank you to Trevor and Dale for cooking the BBQ Great job boys A very special thank you must go to two very special members Valerie and Eden Valerie For opening your beautiful home to us for the day and all your hard work mowing and wiper sniping to ensure there were no nasties around that could bite our Danes Eden For taking time out of your very busy parish duties to put together and conduct a very beautiful Blessing of the Animals service in celebration of St Francis Day Also thank you to Lisa for doing the scripture reading A great day was had by all and hopefully we can do it all again next year
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND WETLANDS WALK  What a wonderful turn out of members and Danes we had. Most of us had a bit to ...
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
CHRISTMAS NOTES DON T FORGET We all know how clever our Great Danes can be so keep an eye on the cheaky ones over the holiday period to ensue they don t eat anything they are not supposed to If you are concerned about something your Dane may have eaten contact your vet for advice just in case It s fun to involve your pet in the Christmas and New Year celebrations so here are our top tips on how to keep them safe Paws off the following Chocolate grapes raisins and sultanas are poisonous to dogs Always keep your pets away from the Christmas table Christmas ham is very attractive and secure the lids on rubbish bins Christmas cake is definitely off limits and please don t leave edible gifts under the tree Leave leftovers off the menu Don t be tempted to feed your pet leftovers most are too fatty for our pets and can cause upset tummies and nasty episodes of painful pancreatitis Never feed cooked bones and watch out for skewered meat that falls from the BBQ O Christmas tree Secure your Christmas tree so it doesn t tip or fall Don t let your pet access tree water and keep any wires and batteries out of paws reach Tinsel and Christmas lights Animals love these sparkly toys but if swallowed they can lead to an obstructed digestive tract Fear the fireworks If you know fireworks are scheduled plan ahead Keep your dog indoors and put him in a room with a television or radio turned up If possible have a family member stay with him during the fireworks Make sure all windows closed and all exits secure Reprinted with permission from High Street Road Animal Hospital
CHRISTMAS NOTES  DON   T FORGET  -  We all know how clever our Great Danes can be so keep an eye on the cheaky ones over t...
DANE COOKIE RECEIPE Spoil your pups for the holidays with this super easy cookie recipe Truly it s the only recipe you ll ever need it s simple and completely customizable Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat flour or if your dog has wheat sensitivity switch it for another flour 1 5 teaspoons baking powder 1 3 cup peanut butter smooth crunchy doesn t matter 1 cup hot water Optional ingredients Dried blueberries honey a dash of cinnamon flax or chia seeds the sky s the limit Get started Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or you can coat them in a light layer of olive oil if you don t have parchment on hand In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients the flour and baking powder and any other seeds or seasoning you decide to throw in Then drop in the peanut butter add the hot water and stir This is the tricky part about this dough you want it to be like bread dough neither too sticky nor too dry If it s too wet add a pinch more flour Too dry Add a splash of water With this batch I was a smidge short on peanut butter and the dough was too dry Instead of water I added honey You can really do just about anything you want with this recipe Roll it out on a floured surface Use holiday cookie cutters or bone shapes or the opening of a cup to cut it out Spread the shapes across the cookie sheet They ll expand a bit so make sure to leave a little space between each cookie Bake for 20 minutes Even though your dogs were probably drooling through the whole process allow the cookies to cool completely before serving Store the cookies in an airtight container Bonus If your friends and family tend to sneak your dogs little bites of food during holiday gatherings set these cookies out on a pretty tray with a note that says Dog Friendly It ll encourage your guests to feed approved food instead of potentially harmful scraps
DANE COOKIE RECEIPE  Spoil your pups for the holidays with this super easy cookie recipe. Truly, it   s the only recipe yo...
MERRY CHRISTMAS T was the night before Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Even the Dane on the couch I explained to Santa he was a Great Dane A very big dog with a really small brain Santa got on his knees and broke a big rule Before I could stop him he was covered in drool The stockings were hung so frickin high in the air In hopes our Dane couldn t get up there The neighbours were nestled feeling safe in their beds While visions of big Danes zoomed in their heads He wouldn t bite not even a robber Santa said okay but was covered in slobber Santa laid on the floor all covered in jowls I ran to the kitchen to grab him some towels With gizzards and chicken and bones going SNAP The Dane hoovered dinner and prepared for a nap When out from the crate there arose such a clatter The Dane had to go out and empty his bladder Santa said It s okay I am no cleaner What a cute Dane but BOY what a leaner We helped Santa up with his bag of silk While the Dane ate the cookies and knocked over the milk Up from the floor he flew like a flash He tore out the door and pee d on the grass He stood there so tall with a big head and lips He blocked out the moon like a total eclipse He jumped back up as if preparing to flee He pulled out the presents to chuck at the tree He backed up the chimney in a bright flash of red I ran to my room Rover beat me to bed When what to my wondering eye should appear But a miniature sleigh and 8 tiny danedeer With a little old driver so lively and quick I yelled to the Dane quick come in Rover He ran up the stairs and knocked me right over We heard him mumble as he flew out of site That guys really nice but his Dane s just not right And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof I got off the floor and held tight my head I looked to the chimney with a feeling of dread He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot I had concern for Santa so I put him at sit St Nick turned around and said HOLY SHIT The bundle of toys he dropped at his feet He said OMG what does he eat That must be a horse or some form of cattle Let me look in my bag and find you a saddle By Lisa D Alessandro Dewyngaert
MERRY CHRISTMAS  T was the night before Christmas, And all through the house, Not a creature was stirring  Even the Dane o...
SEE YOU SOON KEY NOTES Keep a record of our upcoming events and let us know if you have any From everyone at Great Dane Lovers Inc we wish you and your Danes a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year for 2017 questions Let us know if you have any functions you would Thank you for joining us over the last 5 months in Loving Danes Loving Life like to the club run or if you would like to run an event yourself Send us your Dane pics Have a fabulous Christmas with your family Have a great time with your Danes and keep smiling See you next year
SEE YOU SOON  KEY NOTES -  Keep a record of our upcoming events and let us know if you have any  From everyone at Great Da...