I’ve been playing with my new digital camera, and took some pictures of my sister and her dog. Ya’ll, meet Zeke… (oh yeah, and Robyn)

Zeke is a 15-month-old, male Great Dane. At 15 months, he’s almost, but not quite, full grown. Robyn rescued him about 4 months ago from a home where he was well cared for, but more than the owners could handle. His color is called “Merle”, recognized as white with black and grey patches, and often accompanied by blue or two different color eyes. He has one brown eye, and one blue. The pink nose is also common in Merles. The AKC does not recognize Merle as an “acceptable” color for Great Danes. This is to prevent breeders from deliberately breeding for the color, which is in fact a mutation. If two Merles are bred, the resulting puppies are generally pure white and deaf, and often blind. Zeke has been neutered to prevent any “accidents”.

Zeke is, shall we say, not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he’s very loyal, really wants to please, and loves to snuggle.

Over the years, we’ve had many Great Danes, sometimes in pairs. If you’re in the market for a dog, and you have plenty of room for running, a Great Dane is a wonderful choice. They’re also great with children.