Occasionally, we get a visitor to our office who isn’t aware there are two Great Danes running the place. I’m always conflicted; I would never want anyone to be afraid of our dogs–or of walking into the office–but the looks on people’s faces when faced with a surprise greeting from two 130-pound dogs is a gift I never tire of receiving (It is always short-lived as the girls usually ingratiate themselves to people just about immediately and if a person is bothered by our dogs, we contain them in short order).
Many of you know that Lilly is bilaterally deaf and her gorgeous blue eyes are a bit vision challenged. White dogs, of all breeds, are sometimes born with hearing, vision and other problems, a genetic result of uninformed and/or unintelligent breeding. Tragically, there are aggression and other negative myths about white dogs; as a result, many are put down at birth. I grew up with a deaf, blue-eyed Dalmatian who was the best dog a kid could ever hope to have. So, when it came time to find Perdita a buddy, I started talking to the good folks at deafdane.org, a small but mighty group in Oakridge, Oregon, dedicated to rescuing and training white Great Danes.
After Lilly came to live with us, I was invited to join an online group of deaf and/or blind Dane owners, which has proved invaluable. Today, we got great news from one of our fellow group members: her deaf and blind boy, Titan, was recently measured by Guinness and it looks like he is the new World’s Tallest Dog!
Titan, aka “Bandito Blanco” is a 190-pound, white, blue-eyed boy living in the San Diego area with his mom, Diana Taylor.
He was recently measured at 42.250″ (according to Guinness‘ measuring specification, which is to the shoulder). Diana says he’s 43″ when measured at the withers. Compare that to our girls, who measure at abour 34″ and 130 pounds. Titan is both deaf and blind, which makes him a wonderful ambassador for special needs dogs. Diana also hopes to use his celebrity to further rescue efforts for dogs and their people, especially during disaster situations where housing is lost.
Titan has a MySpace page and Diana is working on getting his own website up and running: http://titanandfriends.com. Watch for pics of Perdita and Lilly there soon. He’s already fielding offers from the Today Show, Early Show and Letterman.
So congratulations, Titan! We look forward to your confirmation by Guinness!
P.S. Please join me in offering condolences to the family of Gibson, the former record holder, who passed a few weeks ago to bone cancer, the horrible disease that took our founding beachdog, Karadog, this past January.Share