Selar was our first Great Dane, a harlequin. We adopted her in 2001 and she was probably 4-ish at the time. Her story was that her family moved across the country and couldn’t move her with them. As it turns out she loved to travel. She was a kind and gentle soul who touched many people’s lives. She traveled through 11 states, 26 National Parks and Monuments and 2 trips to Baja, Mexico. She went hot air ballooning in Temecula and rafting down the Rogue River in Oregon.
Varel is a merle Dane who we adopted at 1.5 years old. Her family had to put her up for adoption because they needed to move from rural San Diego to downtown and could only find a rental that took one dog so they kept her brother figuring it would be easier for her to find a home than for him, he had a condition which required minor but repeated treatment.
She was always happy and would try just about activity. She logged 3 balloon flights, enjoyed kayaking, hiking and playground climbing walls and slides. Varel traveled to 16 states, 27 National Parks and Monuments as well as 3 trips to Baja.
K’Ehleyr, at 9 months, was our youngest adoptee. She needed a new home because her first mom couldn’t keep her. Varel was not dealing well with losing Selar and we thought she needed a dog of her own so we took her in.
She didn’t like ballooning very much, had trouble sitting still in the truck and hogged the bed. She was clumsy and accident prone but she did like swimming and she loved digging and flirting with boy dogs. A couple of months before her 10th birthday she developed osteosarcoma and lost her front left leg but that didn’t stop her from making trips to Arizona, New Mexico, Baja and Idaho.
She had a unique color and character to match. She traveled to 15 states, 31 National Parks and Monuments and to Baja 3 times.
Eleven month old Martok entered our lives after we lost K’Ehleyr. I can’t really say much about him yet because he hasn’t revealed his entire personality to us. So far he is adept at stealing just about everything. He is quick to wag his tail and loves to lean.