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Hi Gina,
 
I can't begin to describe how much in love I am with my big boy!! I don't know how I did life without him and I can't imagine not having him by my side! He gives so much joy to not just me, but to everybody he encounters! I have him now registered as a therapy dog and we go to the hospital on a regular basis to visit kids who are sick!! He is the best!! Thank you for allowing me the privilege of him! Have a blessed day!!



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We decided to do a long walk on the rail trail tonight ...15 minutes into it we had already had our pic taken twice......

and along comes two older gents ...one says ... "I see you walking all around town" ..."gads he is the best dog I have ever seen" .....

followed by .. "he is certainly Hellertown's treasure" .....whoa .....

good grief Gina what happiness he brings to all .....

by the Way....GOOD JOB GINA
Lov Ken & Fran
4/1/14

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I--over the last 12 years...have certainly gained a new prospective and admiration in reflection of your 43 years and counting. As I look at your kids, stretched out on our sofa's....so sleek, streamlined and sound---I realize, I couldn't have ever completely realized the personal pledge and promise, You must have made, to yourself, in the pursuit of enhancing the Danes. Although, I have committed and adored them, it is intensely clear, I wouldn't have the advantage, of sharing their life, if it wasn't for your allegiance to every new born pup you've embraced. For me personally, there is no way---I could have understood all of your trials and tribulation and perhaps some times torturous and grueling---this journey has been---I could never know---the years/months/weeks/days you have spent on your quest, researching, probing, analyzing, scrutinizing, investigating, and exploring mounds of material, articles, and having to walk through valleys to reach the mountain tops. And reach the mountain tops, YOU did. I couldn't have known---what a contribution you have made. I only know---that over the years, I have stepped back, and with greater awareness and consciousness, know that some of the best times, have been spent with the babies from your home. Natures like lambs, coats like saran wrap, clear eyes, and easily disciplined, all of these things came from your decades of time, you have so graciously given. I will always, be so grateful...They are the best of me!!!
Jinji
2014

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I have to say, in all the Great Danes we have loved over the years he is
the ultimate! He's the whole package: Smart, sweet, kind, pretty, loving and Very Very Funny.

Thank you again and again.
Shelley

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Gina,
My old girl Abby, is 7 years, 3 months, and healthy as can be. She is from Poker and Thor Kourts Trefia. POKER seems to be blessed with "healthy old age genes". It is such a joy! Thank you!
Debbie Castellano 8-13

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Hi Gina, you have always been someone I have admired in Danes, for a very long time. And I could make a very long list of the beautiful dogs you have bred, I wouldn't know where to start. I'm writing this because every respected breeder should be thanked for everything they do, when they consistantly continue to breed sound, correct, loving Danes as you have done over the years.

Your puppy "Booker" is the most amazing Dane I have ever seen, and he is still just a baby,and finished.....he is just stunning. He just takes my breath away, I hope to get to the Nationals for a day or two, and believe me the highlight of the trip will be to see him, up front, and close, this kid is going to kick some very serious ass, and I am thankful for facebook, so I can follow his career. You have done it again.......I will be his biggest fan, his sister, equally lovely........Thank You for showing people who may just be getting into Danes, an example of perfection.....Patti

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Gina, I'm so proud of poker , and you.....what a forever honor....Brought tears to my eyes. What a beauty he was...
J

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Gina,
Thanks for all your hard work and perseverance that made this happen! No dog is more deserving than Poker! I was honored to go BOS to him a few years ago in Lawrence KS with Whisper, who is almost 9 1/2 and still going strong!

We will be in Lancaster to support you, and again thanks for being a strong advocate for all our Danes and their accomplishments!

Sharon

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You are feisty and determined. Not that this makes a difference, but
we are very very and extremely proud of you and the great work you have
done with our beloved breed
Loren & Brian

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He is a joy. He is mischievous, playful, funny and EXTREMELY Demanding. Never had a dog talk soooooo much. He carries something in his mouth at all times. And whines a ton!!!. Keeps us laughing.
So, Thank You, Ms. Gina We Love him!
Shelley 6-15-13

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Kudos my friend for being the poster woman for excellence and ethics in
your love, care and ethics in the breeding and raising a line of our
breed that serves the breed and the humans who are privileged to share
life with them...so lucky to have you out there keeping watch and
setting the bar.
Jane

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November 5/12
Here's Monte's recent echo--proof heart good on initial screening. He's OFA Good hips, as are so many Poker pups, normal thyroid, elbows, etc. We'll repeat heart & thyroid every couple of years. J.P. Yousha

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I'd rather wait for yours. I would greatly appreciate you keeping our name on your list. I found you because of your reputation for quality animals and great temperaments. I feel like I found you for a reason and this is where we are supposed to be. Just keep in touch.

Thanks so much. Kenneth and Jenine

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They are so funny ; they are the best aren't they? We fall deeper in love with our boy Every day!! KC is an amazing addition to our family. He loves everyone and is the most friendly boy with all our friends and neighbors of the 2 legged and 4 legged kind. He has many friends that come by our yard everyday and they all call for him to come over and say hi. we took him to a Humane Society walk and he was the hit of the day. There were 4-5 other Great Danes there and he outweighed and was taller than all of them. some guy said NOW THAT IS A GREAT DANE!! He was also the youngest one there. Great Dane rescue was there too with an old guy who was a sweet heart. (aren't they all) :0

Hope all is well with you.
Kathy

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Howdy, Gina! Just another busy day for ''Finn.'' He's been working on his soccer skills and loves to kick the ball around! It's hard for him to miss as his feet are enormous!

He's really doing amazing overall and people just can't get enough of him. I'm glad my mother-in-law sent you that sweet note. She, along with everyone else, is blown away by his demeanor.

We're taking him to the farmers market in town again tomorrow. It's a weekly family tradition and he just loves it! Tons of people gather around to see him and he's so gracious and tolerant.

Hope you have a wonderful, sunny weekend. We're sending you lots of hugs and wet puppy kisses!
 

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Gina

The boy was a HUGE hit with my family! Our boys can't stop hugging him and as you promised, this guy adores kids. His little tail wags like crazy for them with his head cocking from side to side as he was watching them play. My parents and brother can't get over his disposition and calm nature.
He's been a trooper and we're thrilled he's ours. We love him to pieces and can't thank you enough!! His temperament is unbelievable. We all love him so much and can't believe he's ours! Thanks so much for our sweet baby boy. He's curled up sound asleep with his muzzle on my feet.

We are in love all over again!
Harmony

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Dear Gina,

I've read through a lot of information on your website and I see that I'm now joining a very large group of people who profusely thank you for the work that you do with your Danes. I really am grateful that you spent time on the phone with me today talking about Dane-related topics. For the first time since I started our search for another Dane, I finally feel some peace in my heart knowing that I've found someone I can trust.

I'm anxiously awaiting my husband's arrival this evening so that we can talk about Shylock. I'm smitten with his sweet face, as I'm sure many others will be too when they see you have a pup available. I'll get back to you and I promise you it won't be long.

I really adore all the photos on your site along with the testaments to the quality of Dane that you have achieved through your years of hard work. The proof is in the pudding, and your work speaks for itself.

Please tell me what information I can provide to you that tells you a bit more about us. You also mentioned you'd like photos of our home. I'll take my camera on a tour around the house and yard and take pictures . I believe that all the work that I've done during this search process was meant to lead me to you. I believe in your philosophy and approach with this precious breed. I hope that we can prove to you that we are a family that would take the very best care of one of the babies you've worked so hard to bring into this world.

Kindest regards,
Harmony Watling

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Hi Gina,

I just wanted to tell you how everything is going with Stash. He is just wonderful. We are absolutely smitten with him. We have been going for daily walks, he is getting used to cars and people walking around. He is doing very well walking right next to me. He is eating well and all is normal. Not one accident. He has many large comfortable beds all around and goes from one to the other. He is lying on one in front of me right now. My whole family has been here to meet him and he was great with everyone. I have people come in and sit down and let him come to them. He warms up so quickly and then just goes and lays down. Everyone is so amazed how calm he is for a puppy.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to bring him into our family. I know, he knows, he is in a loving Great Dane family. :)

Joe & Kathy

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MUSHY ? omg! Chazz is the biggest lovebug ever... I am telling you that he MUST live LONG as I would surely grieve to death without him. Never have I had one so close to me. I think of him as human...and when he settles on the couch with me and just lets out that sigh of pure contentment I just look at him and smile and hug him and sigh right back. He fills my life with more joy and love than I would ever have dreamed possible. Thank you a million times over for granting me the privilege of living with him...I am the most happy woman and I mean that sincerely...J

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Gina, you're a really good person. You're honest and wonderfully caring to your dogs. You are there for all of you're friends who have earned your trust. As much as you think you're a hard ass, you still are quite sensitive and you will do anything for people who you love. I find it really a privilege to be your friend. Doing that painting for you was really quite fun for me because it was a subject I just adored, you and Poker!

The one thing about me that you could bet your life on, is that I'm very honest, and truly mean what I say...You are directly responsible for making me truly happy and loved in my life. When I look back at the end of my life it will be my Great Danes that I will look forward to seeing in the afterlife. Its you who made an imprint in my life by making that possible. I'm very grateful!
xoxo Jan

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........I think you have no real idea how much love and joy you have provided for soooooo many happy people and your Danes. You deserve every bit of the love we all feel for you...and how cuddly warm you shall remain for winter !
Jane

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Gina, I completely understand your feeling about your show prospects. Regardless of whether we decide to make this pet a part of our home or not, I want to tell you how much I respect you and admire your dogs. You have done so much for the breed.
Bernadette Cosgrove

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It's late and everyone is sleeping but me and ''Sookie''. She's so sweet Gina, always by my side. ....Cash is snoring away in his bed next to me....I really love these babies, Gina...I don't know what I would do without them. They make my life !
J

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I was just reading present and past testimonials on your web site. My god Gina , there is a lot of love going on there....For you and your Danes...You certainly made many people very happy for all these years. You have led a very successful, fulfilling life and should be very proud of the fact you touched so many lives...with love...You have really changed peoples lives. You have given them the love of their lives...that's so wonderful! I'm so happy that you recognize the fact that you made such a difference in peoples lives. It would be sad if you didn't. To me there isn't a difference between a doctor that preformed emergency surgery on someone to save their life... and You...I think its just as important to save people emotionally so we can live a fulfilling life. What's the use of a physical one if emotionally we are depressed. You my dear friend, saved me, and every time I look at my precious kids, I know that. You are very special. Your husband knows that, your close friends know that, I of course know that and everyone you ever touched with your special kids know that. That's a lot of soul saving!
Jan

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I...always love to look at the candid "love" shots of these big babies with Lil kids........your temperaments are beyond description........your dogs take being a Great Dane to a new level and it is all because of YOU !!!:)))))))
JF

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It was a nice weekend of recognition for these young & promising Poker pups!
Congrats Gina on breeding such a beautiful dog & wonderful sire.
We are all grateful! jp

Best regards, JP Yousha

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I tell you waking up with this precious pup is heaven...as SOON as he knows I am awake the hugs start and he snuggles up under my neck I feel like queen of the world! NOTHING makes me happier...your Danes are THE BEST and HE is THE BEST OF THE BEST! I know your other people think they have the best but no...I do !

Just Me...Jane

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We want to go to a reputable breeder who breeds puppies for soundness and the betterment of the breed. While looking at breeders we came across your website and fell in love with your Danes. They are so big and beautiful they took my breath away. Your love for your Danes and the breed shines through in your website. I know you don't take names or information from people who are  interested in your litters but we would be so grateful if you would keep us in mind. We would be thrilled to be chosen to give a forever home to one of your companion puppies. We have years of Dane experience, a large backyard, great references and I don't work so my Danes spend little time alone. I will continue to check your website for the birth of the puppies...it's so exciting.
 
Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you soon.

Roni

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Well...I hope today is extra special for U...Will always think of U on this day...A gift to the world U are...and all those that know and love you...
One of a Kind...
xoxoxoxoxoxox J

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Well, the holidays have come and gone,. After I lost my beloved boy on Nov. 4th , the approaching holiday season terrified me. I wanted to close my eyes and wake up in January. I was deeply depressed. Then came your words of kindness and understanding. You knew how I felt , and knew the solution. At first I couldn't see the light, but deep inside I knew there was only one cure. You sent me a picture of a baby Poker son, in a blue sweater...I looked at that face and the clouds started to let the sun in once again.

The day i received " Cash" was the best day I had in a long time. I was in love with this puppy! , and so was my husband! We have had him for only 3 1/2 weeks and he has turned our lives around and we are happy once again.

He's so much fun to be around. Besides being soooo handsome, he's very smart. Learns things so easily and just adores everyone. He will just give kisses to everyone ! Everyday is an adventure! Today while he sat in the sun , soaking up the rays , two birds landed two inches from his nose. I wish I had a camera! He didn't move an inch just stared, When he did decide to investigate they flew away and as he watched them I think he was trying to figure out how to fly himself. So Thank you again for allowing me to have one of your precious babies. We will have a wonderful life together, seeking out new adventures. He loves to eat, loves to play ball. He's a really happy puppy!

Jan

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Hello Gina!

I've admired your beautiful Danes and breeding program for a quite some time and am contacting you regarding the litter you have planned due in early spring 2011. I've read your policies and completely understand you don't accept names or deposits, but I am interested in a puppy from that litter.

Anyway, thank you for your response... that you took the time to respond means a lot to me. I understand that it's your job to find the best homes for those perfect babies. I will definitely keep in touch and am happy to provide photos, references etc. What you do for our beloved breed is not only remarkable, but so tremendously important, especially with so many out there breeding who shouldn't be!!!

Every time I look at your website I get teary reading about your beloved Poker. He was a stunning, remarkable dog and I am so sorry for your loss. A friend of mine once said to me he would never have a Dane, as they are such heart breakers. Indeed they are, but sharing our life with a Dane brings so much joy, humor and love. I look at my Memphis and stand in awe of his size and grace. For us, the personality, charm and beauty of this tremendous breed make it impossible to consider life without them!

I am sure you are one busy lady, so I understand if we don't hear from you, but I thought it couldn't hurt to let you know how much we want one of your beautiful babies!

Best,
Kelly Edmonds
 
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With warm jowls laying on my lap...With a head nestled under my arm,
I feel the breath that breathes such love, With eyes that hold such charm.
As I stroke their coats, and kiss their cheeks, I am touching pure devotion,
Its Not, just from their pure hearts, that stirs such deep emotion.
You raised the bar--You touched a star, and for all, You paid the price,
And with persevering love and work, and years of sacrifice.
The world is dotted and speckled, with homes where Your kids live,
Can You Possibly even understand, how much love they give?
With each caressing lick, from a wet soft warm pink tongue..
Is just another reminder, of how hero's songs, aren't sung.
I for one, am so grateful, for the unselfish driven commitment,
Gina, none compare, to your accomplishments and endearment.
You have touched the hearts, and pierced the souls with little baby Danes,
Where lounging near a fireplace, A beautiful Canine Reigns.
I will never look at these gorgeous kids, without always recognizing
That somewhere in the shadows, I see you harmonizing
A matriarch of many, Your accomplishments are unrivaled
A pioneer of hundreds, Your lovely spirit still-- unbridled..
How indebted I am for all of your wisdom and hours of instruction
What would I have done, with out your generous conviction.
You deserve a Pulitzer Prize for all you've done for the Danes
And for all of your accomplishments, and for all your pups have gained.
The Dane world is a better place, because YOU were in it.
And so is my home, where pups roam, becuz of your guts and grit.
So I humbly thank YOU, for these unmatched babies of mine...
For You are on top, with the puppies you've got, as proven through out time..

Always Grateful......Jinji

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Just went on your web site and read all the testimonial letters. IT actually soothed my pain for the moment anyway...All those people whose lives you helped with your Danes. They all feel the same as i do. I'M Very grateful to you for giving me the love of my life and the best 10 years i ever had....I hope to see you one day ..And be able to love again.....thanks for your support , and good advise , all these past 10 years ....

Jan

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dog is so special....Gina ....I can NEVER be grateful enough to you for having him..."he lights up my life"... in the mornings he is such a hugger when I awake.......so affectionate......no human could be so adoring.......makes me feel like a QUEEN. I cannot touch that soft coat enough....his eye whiskers tickle me so.......he puts that muzzle up to my face and I am in such delight..........luvluvluvluvluvluv that precious wonder of a being............. Jane

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Gina,

I was just looking at your website, and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate a Great Dane breeder that shows they want a puppy to go to a good home. As the owner of two Great Danes, it takes a certain person to own a Great Dane.

Too many people think the Danes are so cute, but then don't realize that they will turn into giants.
Greta is my Harlequin that we got as a puppy, and she is a certified therapy dog . Zena, our mantle, is three days younger than Greta and she needed a lot of love after her rescue.

Thanks for all you do for the breed,
Cathy Lueder

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Hi Gina,

I guess you can add me to the list of admirers! I'm from the West Coast and just loved Poker (I know you still miss him and always will) and his numerous progeny (grand kids included). I'm still new to Danes and conformation showing (less than 2 years). I'm such a big fan of your line that I'm in close contact with a breeder here in the west coast who bred and owns a couple of Poker grand kids. I'm silently hoping that she goes back to Poker when she breeds her girl/s, and that I'll be fortunate enough to get a male show harle. Just want to let you know that your new hopeful Sting is absolutely gorgeous and is what I'd hope for in a potential show pup.

Sincerely,
Gary

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They say to invest in gold now dayz.....hmmm, really? Cuz as I drove away...from Your home, with another one of my Gina K-9's on my lap.....I gazed down on this puppy Specimen with splashes of 'Silver" laced among the coat of "Pearl" and "Opal". Framed by touches of Black Onyx. Topaz Tanzanite turquoise eyes, that stare back at me, like glimmering stars from far away. There is NO AMOUNT of GOLD in this world, that is valued and cherished more than this little dumplin. Nope, they can keep it all, for lying with her soft pink nose tucked under my elbow, she is a treasure, that is not measured by the value of man. Gina, hugging U goodbye, didn't seem adequate or thanks enough. But I know this, You more than anything, will feel thanked by knowing, without a sniglet of a doubt, This little jewel, will be loved, warm, coddled, cared for and adored all of her dayz. When I look at my 'girl's,' I see U, and the years of selfless devotion that has in turned GIFTED many with the forever memories and life changing years with Your babies. Yes...they can keep their 'gold', cuz I have something far greater. Someone without vices or malice, or prejudice or judgment. Someone who with a stroke of a warm pink tongue, wraps me up, and envelopes me in a Gift that will NEVER carry a price tag. Again, my dear FRIEND.......I owe you BIG.......You bless me in legions of ways.....with trendrils of memories...You and your spectacular K-9's...xoxoxo

Always,
JinjiDare

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Gina..........THANK YOU a zillion for this most magnificent babeee....you probably are sick of hearing it.....but I won't live long enough to say it enough......... everyone adores your puppies but I feel like I have the corner on that gratitude.......he's been so long in coming.......and worth every second I waited all those years..... when I look into those stunning soft sweet brown eyes...well...life is beautiful because I am seeing it through him...lovlovlov

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Gina....I am bathing in thoughts.....of now, on the cusp of bringing home another magnificent K-9, bred, borne in the miraculous care and nurturing of YOU. From my giant gentle Shadrack, a beauty
unto his own....to our darling Dancing Diva Dare, whom moves like liquid, and has a unique personality, that captivates and engages, anyone that is so blessed to be within her breathing range. Now, I enter a new phase, with a gorgeous, pup, that awaits, unknown to her...a family that has prepared endlessly for her debut. Tallulah, my Gina's baby girl, I'm not sure what makes me more ecstatic. For having YOU as my mentor, my friend of these stunning creatures, whom YOU have loved, and cradled and spent never ending hours, caretaking while they sleep, nurse, grow and develop into the most spectacular K-9 specimens, that breathe. How many life time memories, will I own, because of your dedication and devotion, to the animals that you love more than life itself. You are a gift to me, so grand of a gift, that each puppy that blesses my life, comes back to this beautiful soul, with intense love, attraction and attention to the most fragile of details in acquiring perfection in Great Danes. There isn't a monetary amount, that could possibly reward
You for the loyalty, allegiance and Commitment, you have unselfishly given in the
last 41 plus years. I intensely adore these babies that You have blessed me with. As important...I have witnessed the cultivation of a marvelous lady, and I consider her my friend, mentor, and a genuine larger than life, Symbol of supreme breeding. There is none, that compares to YOU.. I will always be indebted....Thank You, isn't enough, but ---Gina...thank U.....from my heart Jinji

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This is EXACTLY what impressed me so much about POKER.

Yes, yes, he's a beautiful show dog, that's granted and only the blind cannot see that he's superior in ring type to nearly everything in spots that has walked in the ring in years. But he's more than that--he's a real dog, a loving dog, a sturdy dog, a Dane to hang your hat on!

And that he is SO SOUND (mind and body) as well as still STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL at 7 years old--well that just takes your breath away!

I'm honored to breed to him--to any of your wonderful dogs, as they are part of one of those truly great & too rare things, a successful, thoughtful bloodline!

I'll keep in touch about Amour. I'd like to think she could be a tiny part of Poker going down in history as one of our premier stud dogs....which I think is already a given.

Best regards, JP Yousha
CHROMADANE
Multi-titled/certified Harlequin family Danes

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Gina,

Went to the dog show today. There was a young girl dressed like a typical handler getting ready to show her fawn. She was from New Mexico She looked barely 19 years old. She asked me where i got my harle and when I said GMJ her eyes lit up. She said she went on your web site all the time and just loved your Danes. Thought that was a nice interesting story. She loved your web site.....she loved poker, she loved all your Danes...so the moral of my story...You have the best bred harles in the country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would only get a harl from you. Pet quality or show, I only trust you and your harles are the best! still cant get over that mushface Sting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( but one day in the future if I ever did show a harl it would only be from you, to succeed, one must learn from the best out there and that's you. )

Jan :)

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Hi Gina,

Thanks for all your help. I just wanted to tell you that you have beautiful dogs and I look forward to hopefully owning one someday.

Thanks
Robin

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Hi Gina,

I saw on your site where you have two planned breeding's for this summer. I'm not really interested in contacting other breeders for a pup. I am so impressed with your program I'm really hoping for a GMJ pup. When we were in the cattle business we were lucky enough to have a number of breeders that would not buy from anyone but us. Like you we built our program on breeding only the highest quality animals we could obtain. One last thing. I don't know who does you website for you but it is by far the best of any breeder's I've seen.

Thanks again
Bobby Moody

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Gina,

By your efforts, in my opinion, you have produced the most beautiful marked harlequin puppy I have seen in a very long time.In years to come wherever we go this beautiful boy will be the center of attraction. Adored and photographed by hundreds.

It's become very clear to me that other people think this is a very special puppy as well. He should have a name that represents his pride in breeding and beauty. He may not be in the show ring, but he still represents all the years and dedication it took you to get him here. He will represent the quality of the GMJ line (as so many before him) Having said that..........Here is the short list of names (ones that you have shown interest in): Matisse, Benson, Newman, Bogart.

We await YOUR decision!
JIM

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Dear Gina:

My name is Carleen Evanoff. I live in Denver. I have two harlies, Natasha 2.5 yrs and puppy Neala 10 mos. Although Neala has some color flaws (and I didn't want to crop her ears), she has great bones, and moves like a dream. Her personality is heavenly. I feel I can see Zacharia P Steele in her!

The point of telling you all this is that I have spent hours on your site, looking at your gorgeous dogs, studying their lines and their heads. I spend hours researching pedigrees online. I loved looking at pictures of Poker and all the dogs. I just checked your site now and was horrified to read about Poker's passing. We don't know each other but I felt compelled to write and say I was so sad to read the story, I felt like crying. Poker was magnificent. I feel angry that such a beautiful dog could be taken so soon and I cannot imagine how you must feel. I am scary-attached to my dogs, and I dread the day I must say goodbye to them. Your tribute to Poker was very moving. He will forever be the King of Harlies!

I am so sorry and I will always enjoy looking at his pictures and his kids. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Best regards,
Carleen

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Hello Gina,

We spoke on the phone last week about any available pups out of your latest litter. I have spoken with a couple other breeders and wanted you to know that from Texas to Ohio your dogs are notorious for their quality and temperament. In discussing the pedigrees with the other breeders your name was highly regarded as “the best breeder” in the last 20 years!!! These people did not know that I had spoken to you so it was truly a compliment to you and your dogs!! I just wanted to pass this along to you. It’s nice to realize that your hard work in the breed is recognized all over the country.

Thanks again for your time!

Hillview Farms
Christie Gilkey

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Oh, Gina, I wish you could have seen Nevada today. We took him to Albion to March in the Festival of the Forks parade with all of the kids from school. Everyone there loved him, people were petting him, kids were hugging on him, everyone was talking about him...and he ate up every minute of it. He was so well mannered and genuinely happy to be there. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful boy with us. We thought of you a lot today! Take care.

Tami

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Oh Gina – Poker is still breathtaking. What a wonderful rep for the breed and I mean all colors. Kiss him for me!

Thanks for sharing your baby

luv
mjc

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If you could own any dog in the world, which dog would it be?


Now I don't just mean breed, I mean a specific dog that you would love to call your own, whether it is your breed or not. For example there are two dogs, I would love to call mine.

- The first one is a Shetland Sheepdog named "CH Pop Star SS of Northern Farm ROM"

- The second is a Great Dane named "CH GMJ'S The Five Card Studd"

Additional Details

Lol, no you don't have to pick a fictional dog. The two I picked are real dogs, shining examples of their breeds, and also great producers for their breeds.

(Source: ''Yahoo Ask & Answer'')
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Gina,

I have just finished going through and reading your entire web site. I have to tell you how refreshing it is to see such magnificent Danes. Your web site is wonderful. I especially liked the explanation of Health you give. We have the same philosophy. Especially the vaccine controversy. Our daughter never had a vaccine (don't know how we got her through school) but she is a healthy, happy adult. Our Danes never did either.

My husband had his first Dane 45 years ago and we have had 13 in the past 30 years together. We find ourselves Daneless for the first time and are lost. I will watch your web site and anxiously await your new arrivals in the Fall.

Thank you, Gina, for doing such a great job in raising some of the prettiest, smartest, loving, funny, sweet babies.

Best to you,
Shelley White

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Saw your update on your website......another beautiful Harl creation with Chaz ! 12 weeks & look at that topline and angulation ! Cute as a button, and looks like a future force to be reckoned with in the ring ! GMJ perfection.....you're a Hall of Fame breeder that just continues to shine so bright in the world of Great Danes !

B & L

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This is EXACTLY what impressed me so much about POKER.

Yes, yes, he's a beautiful show dog, that's granted and only the blind cannot see that he's superior in ring type to nearly everything in spots that has walked in the ring in years. But, he's more than that--he's a real dog, a loving dog, a sturdy dog, a Dane to hang your hat on! And that he is SO SOUND (mind and body) as well as still STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL at 7 years old--well that just takes your breath away!

I'm honored to breed to him--to any of your wonderful dogs, as they are part of one of those truly great & too rare things, a successful, thoughtful bloodline!

I'll keep in touch about Amour. I'd like to think she could be a tiny part of Poker going down in history as one of our premier stud dogs....which I think is already a given.

Best regards, JP Yousha
CHROMADANE
Multi-titled/certified Harlequin family Danes

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OMG gina.............

i just visited u're site today....& i read that "poker" has left us............OMG......i can not express how my heart feels for you...i do know how extrodinary he was...how u loved him & how NONE other will be able to replace him. i am so so sorry gina.....& i'm sorry this is so late, i just had NO idea...........

i'll never forget the first time i saw poker in florida w/mike on the January circuit.....initially, i didn't know it was him...but i knew "whoever" he was....i was about to capture greatness with my camera! i was enamored with his beauty & grace....the softness of his eyes & the pure joy that he & mike shared together in the ring....seldom do we see that sort of connection but when we do, it's a honor to be apart of that moment in time...i feel so priveleged to have had the opportunity to meet him.

thank you gina for sharing him with all of us...........i pray your pain will ease w/time.....in the meanwhile i know how thankful you are to have shared even a small part of your life with this GREAT DOG!!!

best regards,
wendy
www.photosnowbywendy.com
abw great danes

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She is remarkable---Rode all the way home with nary a whimper---snuggled inside my arm, resting on her pillow, covered with her blanket. Stopped...she tinkled in the grass....right back to her safe slumber sanctuary on my lap head buried on her feather pillow all the way to Her new home. We took pix...with her first foot steps over the threshold... Some of her family came to visit. She had a delicious dinner, finished it all..... Did all of her voiding and bathroom stops outside, where she is suppose to. She slept on my bed, with my body between Shadrack and hers, and she never moved all night. She slept like a newborn infant---all night snuggled inside my favorite fuzzy blanket...with her little puppy muzzle pressed up against my check----Out at 6:30 ; back to bed...immediately went into a deep sleep again until 8----- She ate a big juicy warm breakfast......had her little bathroom break......She roams in and out at her leisure....to the back yard, which she is finding quite the thrill. She is taking a mid morning k-9 puppy nap at my side on the sofa. I've got a trillion pix to go through, so I'll send you a few as I get them uploaded.

It warmed my heart to see you----you my adorable darling Gina.... I can not possibly thank YOU enough, for the joy your babies have saturated me with. A pleasure to see them healthy warm, loved, and CATERED to.

Thanx Gina, for sharing a part of YOUR WORLD with this little country bumpkin on
Quincy. For that, you have a genuinely carved a place-----inside my heart....But I think
you knew that already.

Jinji :O)

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Can't say thank you enough and for always being there for your Danes!!!

xoxo Christa

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Hi Gina!

I am so sorry to hear what happened...You can't give up though...You have contributed so much for the Harls & Mantles...You breed the best of them...Nobody comes close to you...

LOL, Dee

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Gina, you have been my guide, advisor, mentor, bitching board and friend. Spots or no Spots.

Thank You!!
Elisa/Oracle Danes

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Hi - Just a note for you. , What a love we have ....THANK YOU, YOU DON'T KNOW THIS, ALTHOUGH EVERY DAY I THINK OF HOW WONDERFUL U R TO GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS WONDERFUL BOY. THE KIDS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.

Luv Kim

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Hi Gina,

We briefly met at the Nationals in October. I took this wonderful picture and I wanted you to have it. I overheard a Judge saying it's historical , counting over 500 years of experience in the group!

You have had an incredible breeding career and continue to produce lovely Danes. You deserve every bit of credit for your accomplishments, dedication and hard won success.

I hope that you have many successes in the New Year. It was very nice to meet you and see your beautiful boy Poker.

Best Wishes,
Melanie McAdams
 


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I keep looking at this Magnificent picture!!!!!! :o) I admire you for doing such a GREAT job!!!! :o)

Jean Chase

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Thanks so much for returning my email! I've drooled (no pun intended) over your Danes forever! I've attached pics of Bentley, as I'm sure everyone else wants to see them as much as I want to show them! I always include his "baby" pictures because they show what a sweet boy he really was.

Thank you again for taking the time to read and answer my letter. I really appreciate it, and again; you have magnificent Danes!!

Jayne

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Hi Gina!

Mav is doing just wonderful. He is the celebrity where my parents live. Everybody just loves him, and SO many people told my dad they didn't realize Danes were so friendly. He is just perfect. You couldn't find a truer Dane, in both looks and personality.

He gets more handsome as the weeks pass by, and he literally takes my breath away and makes my heart do this funny flip-flop thing every time I see him. When my mom comes back from the hospital I'm going to have a hard time taking him back.

You remember that we got Mav for my dad to help with his depression, right? You wouldn't believe the change in BOTH my dad and mom. Mav totally makes them want to get up in the morning. They are both so smitten with him you would think he was human. The change in both of them is amazing. And he just eats their love up like candy.

Right now he is laying on his bed in the living room, watching me write to you. My parents tell me all the time how much he adores me, and he flips out every time he sees me. I always tell him I feel the same way about him.

I'll send you some new pics later on in the week so you can see the man he's turning into.
Much love (and slobbers) to you and yours, Gina!

~ Nikki

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Hi Gina,

Just a five year update....Attached is Addie in her garden....she is a volunteer at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital....she has her own picture ID with her own "bark code"...wonderfully healthy...tremendous temperament...simply beautiful...and loved by all who come in contact  with her...

Irma Noel
Jim Rand

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Gina,

I wanted to e-mail you about your Piebald male available...My God ! Look at the bone and structure on that pup !!!! You just produce the most beautiful Danes, no matter what color Mother Nature paints them. He's such a handsome boy !

Deuce says Hi ! Bob

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Hi Gina!!

I just wanted to thank you once again for everything. Thank you for being so gracious and helpful to my mother and I, thank you for allowing us to have one of your "babies", and thank you for helping us bring my dad back to life. His reaction to Maverick was absolutely priceless. The light in his eyes and the smile on his face are things that I haven't seen in a long, long time. Once he "really" realized that Maverick was his, he got down on the floor and he just sat there, stunned. Rarely do I ever see my dad speechless, but today he was. But with how big his smile was, he needed no words.

I told you before that I have admired you and your Danes for a long time, and after meeting you (and your Danes) today, I see that my admiration was not unfounded. You are everything one could want in a breeder. I cannot tell you how honored my parents are that they are privileged enough to own (and be owned by) a GMJ Dane.

Once again, THANK YOU. I will most definitely be keeping in touch with you concerning how well Maverick is doing. Oh, and I just got off the phone with my dad - he and Maverick are watching the football game. *grin*

Nikki

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RE: ''Sinatra ''finishing from 9-12
Rachel

CONGRATULATIONS - I am so happy for you and that baby girl. She looked beautiful at both shows I thought - best I have ever seen her show. She was alert, up and saying "Look at me". You deserved both Wins and then some.

I thought it was great to have both Sinatra and Madi pulled out for WB - GMJ was well represented with our two and MJ's Poker son. Also, on the west coast, Mick, a Rocky son, took a 4 pt. major, and D'kota's 6 mo. kids.... Danni, Madi's harl sister, took a 4 pnt. major RWB........

As I said to Gina, we are all benefiting from her steady development of superb bloodlines, at least those who are wise enough to breed into her line.

Paddy

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Gina,

I just want to thank you for giving Vegas a FLASH on your website!! All of Pokers kids are just amazing and I still really cant thank you enough for mine, every time I look at them I cant help but think how lucky I am! :) 

Elisa

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Hello Gina,

We've not "officially met" although I've had the opportunity to briefly say hello at some shows this
past year, but I wanted to extend my compliments on your outstanding Danes and the impressive
name you have made for them, and yourself over the years you've been involved. I've had the
pleasure of meeting several of your Danes, and their offspring over the years and continue to
admire your newest bunch via the internet. From your stunning Sinatra to the breathtaking Shriner
(whom I've oggled since before nationals) to the beautiful Star and Gretchen you've had a hand in
producing with Lisa (Xcel). 

Anyway, again, I just wanted to extend my compliments and thank you for providing paths for us
"newbies" to walk down and learn from.

Michelle Ferrington 

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Hi Gina,

Can you believe that Strider is a year old - He loves his mom, that's for sure. He is very friendly to
strangers when I take him out. I love him so much. As you can see from the photos, my
grandchildren love him too, and Aleah MUST give him a cookie when she comes over. I mean - how
great is he!!!!!!

Well, let me know about future Strider pups - if any . I only want the best and to me - you are the
ONLY way to go!!! Thanks again for letting me have him - he has helped me through some rough
times!!

Beth

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Gina,

Just had to let you know...was checking your website for updates...WHAT a mug that
Jersey girl has ! I scrolled down, looked at her and laughed .that adoring " you're
beautiful laugh ". 

There's not a better breeder out there....you're the MASTER !

Bob, Laura....and of course, Deuce.

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Hi Gina,

Your beautiful Poker pups are all so stunning - I just love Maverick's face and Nevada - looks so much like dad. Have you had any prospects to co-own Jersey? She is fabulous. You know if I had the right environment for breeding I would do it in an instant - she is just so beautiful! Best to you, and as always, thank you for Zoe! We treasure her every day - the absolute best dog we have ever had.

Tammy Michalak

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Gina,

I woke him at 4:30 this morning, and he came over to me when I was reading the paper and buried that head in my shoulder for a good 10 minutes while getting neck and bellie scratches. He truly is a lover. You have amazing Genes in those pups of yours, and they are hearty too. You deserve to be very proud of your line.

alanejesq

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I know you are working your butt off with the new puppies and should not be
bothered with useless emails, but I could not resist after seeing the updates to your
web site. The picture of you with Sinatra, Ms Jersey and Nevada says it all. When you
say it keeps you young, the look on your face verifies that remark. I just cannot
imagine the joy you must feel with these little bundles of growing beauty. Tomorrow
we head to Carmel and Madison is ready to go. We are looking forward to Madison
seeing the ocean for the first time.

Thank you again for all your years of dedication and the wonderful results you have produced.

Nora  

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Hi Gina,

I'm glad to hear Spatz is doing so great. She is a real sweetheart. All your dogs are. I think Poker is the goofiest. He just has this look on his face that reminds me of Gomer Pyle. You just want to hug him to death . You have some fabulous dogs lady. It's because you take such good care of your dogs and love them to death that they respond so well to treatments.

Sig (Animal Clinic Northview)

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Poker is a very Special dog and one of the best I have seen in many years.. Makes me want a harl...LOL

Beve Hauer

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Gina -
The ad in Dog News this week is absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, it says it all. "Poker" is such a special dog and you are so lucky that he is yours. It has been my privilege to have Eva compete with him this year. 

Warmest regards,
Laurie Maulucci

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Hi Gina,

I just want you to know that all I have heard from EVERYONE I've talked to that was there on Saturday was how absolutely magnificent Poker was. Without exception, they agree that he showed like the fabulous champion that he is. You must have been so proud. I wish that I could have been there to tell you myself. The last time I saw him in person was Memorial Day weekend, when it was probably 97 degrees, in blazing sun, and he never opened his mouth!! He's an incredible show dog, and I know you have shared with me that he is a wonderful companion as well. 

Warmest regards,
Laurie Maulucci

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Ever have one of those days where the stars must be in alignment? Took Madison for her morning walk. She gets to run through wet grass which seems to be her favorite. There are four men that I would say are in their early seventies. They refer to Madison as their "little girl". When they ask how is she today, I always say" better each day" and their response is "how can you improve on perfection". They adore her. 

The remainder of the day has been spent doing yard work and Ms. Madison has been the best "yard superintendent". Every bush that was trimmed, every board that was cut was inspected and approved by the little girl. This has been the kind of day where you just look at her and know you are so lucky to have this beautiful little girl. 

Thank you again for all the years of your hard, dedicated work that has resulted in our Madison as well as all the others that are so loved and appreciated.

Nora 
P.S. She is just so beautiful!

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Gina,

I have to say that Poker is the most wonderful all around balanced dog ever ( body and mind ) you must be pretty damn proud ( you should be!!! ) and I have to tell you I am not the bragging type, but I am very proud myself to tell people he is Vegas's father!! When ever anyone is around Vegas they cant stop gushing about what a wonderful handsome boy he is!! 

Elisa

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Hi Gina,

I just wanted to say hello and tell you how very much I admire your dogs! They are the epitome of beauty in Great Danes and Harles in particular. Congratulations on such fabulous success in your breeding program

All the best regards,
Cathy Levy-Garneau

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Hi Gina,

Just wanted to say WOW WOW WOW, at your dogs. I surfed the net and looked at all different Dane sites and your dogs are just amazing. They have it all, size, substance, temperament. Not to mention those gorgeous heads. I loved Poker and The Northtown Rock. What beautiful specimens. Now, that is what Great Danes should look like. I'm a dedicated Great Dane person. I love the harlies most of all. I have Danes at home (Australia). I often surf the web for sites that impress me and yours certainly has.

It's a credit to you as a breeder to see such good specimens. Obviously your years and experience in the great Dane world have been instrumental in your ability to produce sound, top quality Danes.

Anyway, just wanted to say,
congratulations on beautiful outstanding Great Danes. Keep up the great work. It's a pleasure to view your website.
All the best.

Kylie Marc
Australia

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I will always be humbly grateful to you for allowing me access to the GMJ genes !!!

Betsy Phelan
Orion Great Danes

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Gina,

I have always admired your dogs, their substance, temperments etc. Your boy Poker is just out-standing, so nice to see a good Harl kick'in ass! 

Good Luck at the Nationals,
Patti Meloni

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Gina,

"I had the pleasure of meeting your beautiful dog, Poker, yesterday at the Dog Show in Canton. He is just absolutely stunning!!! My 2 yr. old son was petting him and kept asking me where Poker is at. He wanted to take him home. I wish I could have - he was so gentle and happy. It is obvious that he is well loved and taken care of."

I just wanted to compliment you on your beautiful dog and what you are doing for our "Great" breed! 

Congratulations!
Amy Kraus

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Gina, 

Just wanted to tell you how impressed i was with poker, in person!!!.. he is a "spectacular" dog....MUCH much better in person, than in photographs!!! I have his special "chalk" addition picture hanging in my studio, right over my desk. he surely exemplifies all that a Great Dane should be....bravo! Congrats on all your success with him...what a treasure he is!!!!

As a professional photographer & long time horse show person....I am always skeptical of passing judgement on an animal based on a photo...I like to look at them in person...he certainly is an exceptional boy!! all your hard work has certainly paid off in him, you hit it out of the "park" BIG time with him!!! I'm not easily impressed, as I am lucky enough to see the best of the best in all the breeds...but he really did impress me...i'm so happy you brought him to Florida!! ...I feel very fortunate to have been able to see him in person...what a guy!!! he's really got it all! Continued & much success to you & that MOST handsome boy!

(photos by) Wendy

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"From your website it doesn't look like you have a waiting list for your litters, but if there is any way that you could keep me in mind when you are having another litter I would greatly appreciate it. Your dogs are breath-taking and I would put a deposit down now just to have a chance at one. I am willing to wait for the right dog. I've seen a lot of puppies, but I have not seen any that compare to yours. Some litters have mostly cute ones, but your litters are all spectacular....every dog is breath-taking. Let me know what I can do to help my chances of adopting one of your dogs." 

Thanks
Becky

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You probably get hundreds of emails a day on how beautiful your dogs are. I have NEVER seen more unbelievable animals in my life!!! The size and look of your dogs is absolutely breath taking. Just the thought that one day I might own one of your dogs brings me to tears.

I hope I don't sound like a Looney or something, but I have always wanted a Harl. Dane and I spend hours on the computer every week looking at pics. and reading up on them, and I can't believe that I have never come across your site before! I have wanted a second one since I got my first one, and have been seriously looking for almost 6 years now for one, Please I understand how busy you must be, but if you have time can you PLEASE reply to me.... 

Thank You for your time,
Tammy

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Hi! I was the gal with the white Bull Terrier puppy who met you in Ohio. I want to say that your boy really caught my (Great Dane) uneducated eye. You said he was a winner, but nearly everyone says that at the Motels. I had no idea.

I just wanted to thank you for spending some time with us, and letting my Rhiannon get some socialization. Since meeting Poker, I am back on the idea of getting a Dane (so you know, I have shown since 1988, and have had Pedigree award winners). My dogs always live in the house. Maybe it was obvious, but I am pleased to have run up, and told you how much I admired Poker. I have shown for years, and never felt compelled to tell a Dane exhibitor that before.
Poker's temperament is awesome. If you'd like a testimonial, I'd surely provide it. 

Thanks again, 
Rene' Deckert


 





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