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DANE REACTION

MAGDRL made the New York Times yesterday.....

DANE REACTION

By JULIA SZABO
April 10, 2005—WHEN a popular movie or ad vertisement stars a cute pure bred dog, that breed instantly becomes the “It” dog. This happened with “101 Dalmatians.” Impulse puppy buyers discovered the hard way that real, live Dalmatians need training.
Once the trend ended, thousands of these spotted dogs wound up abandoned and euthanized at animal shelters. Many other breeds have fallen victim to their own high profiles.

These days, the latest casualty of “101 Dalmatians” syndrome is the real-life model for “Scooby-Doo”: the Great Dane. Since the release of the “Scooby-Doo 2” sequel late last year, animal shelters have been crowded with these gentle giants.

Making the situation especially difficult

is the breed’s enormous size: A Great Dane can grow as large as 150 to 200 pounds. Shelters rarely have enough super-sized cages to house giant dogs, and Danes often end up being put to sleep.

But there’s hope: the all-volunteer Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is the largest breed-specific rescue organization in the country. Currently, MAGDRL has over 100 Danes available for adoption. To adopt or make a tax-deductible donation, visit magdrl.org.

“Danes are wonderful, gentle creatures,” says Rikke Brogaard of Brooklyn, who volunteers as MAGDRL’s trainer and behavior consultant (contact her at rikkebdogtraining.com). “They’re very sensitive, so it’s important to use positive training methods. With Danes, as with any dog, you should ask for compliance, not demand obedience.”

E-mail Julia Szabo at


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