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Boarding places or fostering help for Raja!

** Email from owner **

Dear Marvin,

Here are the key facts of “Raja”.

Name: Raja
Date of birth: 27th of April 2005
Breed: Great Dane
Sex: male
Coat: white/black spotted
weight: Around 70 kg
Breeder: Deutsche Doggen von der Ofnethöhle, Riesbürg/Pflaumloch, Germany

I attached some pics of him.

I’m going to Germany in the end of April for 1 week. Around 22nd of April until 30th of April.
I need to go to Germany in June as well for 3 weeks. Approx. from 23rd of June until 14th of July.
The exact dates I don’t know yet, but I’ll tell you if I know.

It would be great if you could recommend some boarding places or anyone who likes to help out taking care of Raja during that time.

Informations about Raja and the breed itself:

General:
The Great Dane combines, in its regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body.
It is one of the giant working breeds, but is unique in that its general conformation must be so well balanced that it never appears clumsy, and shall move with a long reach and powerful drive.

Temperament:
He likes children and usually other dogs and cats as well.
He is a very quite guy, totally loyal. His large and imposing appearance belies its friendly nature.
The breed is often referred to as a gentle giant. Great Danes are generally well disposed toward other dogs, other non-canine pets, and humans but strangers are obviously an exception.
The Great Dane is a very gentle and loving animal with proper care and  training.

Feeding:
His biggest hobby is eating… he loves that. I feed him twice a day and in between some snacks, but he is still hungry at anytime.

Health/Exercise:
Great Danes, like most giant dogs, have a fairly slow metabolism. This results in less energy and less food consumption per pound of dog than in small breeds.
Like most dogs, Great Danes require daily walks to remain healthy. However it is important not to over exercise this breed.

Even though he eats that much, he is becoming skinnier than before. Chinese animal doctor said, that it’s because of his age and nothing serious. I hope that’s true.

Raja is still very healthy, but is little weaker on his hind legs. He is sleeping a lot. The “active” time is about 2-3 hours per day. Rest of the time he is chilling or sleeping on his bed or on balcony.

Life span:
If you look up in literature, there is an average life span of around 7 to 8 years. Raja will be 8 years in 28 days. In Raja’s case we know that his grandfather turned 13 years old before he died. His father 10+.
So I think that he will live some more years as well.

History:
The breed originated in Germany, probably from a cross between the English mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound.
In the early 1700’s, a French naturalist, Compte de Buffon first saw these dogs while traveling in Denmark. He labelled this breed “le Grande Danois”.
For some reason, the name stuck – although only in English. (The Germans continued to refer to this breed as the “Deutsche Dogge”.)
So, although Denmark has absolutely no part to play in the story of the history of Great Danes, the dog is nevertheless tied to it, albeit in name only.
Otto Prince of Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire in 1871 had a couple of Great Danes, which at that time the breed got the nickname “Reichshund” which means Dog of the empire.

The Great Dane was named the state dog of Pennsylvania, USA in 1965.
English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744) kept a Great Dane named “Bounce”.
“Just Nuisance” who was the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. Done mainly as a morale booster for World War II enlisted troops.

There are some popular Great Danes in Movies and cartoons, like Marmaduke and Scooby-Doo.
Marmaduke is a newspaper comic strip drawn by Brad Anderson from 1954 to the present day. The strip revolves around the Winslow family and their Great Dane, Marmaduke. Scooby-Doo,  the famous Hanna-Barbera character.
Fang, Hagrid’s dog from the Harry Potter series, is a boarhound, another name for Great Danes. Though in the movie,  the role was played by a Neapolitan Mastiff.

So this is it.

Many many thanks!

Kind regards,

Daniel
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