Luke’s new Coat..A GREAT company for those looking for giant breed coats!

How could I have forgotten to post this earlier? Ahh, stress and the ever fading memory of a 30 year old 😛
Anyway…back to the topic. Back in November, I was searching for a good deal on a coat that would fit Luke. I came across the Tootlewear website and could hardly believe the price, the quality and add to that, FREE SHIPPING! So, I ordered Luke their winter coat, and it came a couple of weeks later. ((It was later for me because I had just set up a paypal account for the first time, and had to wait for my money to clear))

I am VERY pleased with the coat, and the “snood” that came with it. Not only does it fit perfectly, it’s warm, it looks great, and it has his name embroidered on the side for no extra charge! I highly recommend this company. Their website and facebook page is listed below the pictures of Luke in his coat.


Their website:

Facebook page:

Luke and I say a big THANK YOU to Heather and Tootlewear!

The Liebster Blog Award!

I was surprised and flattered to receive this award from a fellow blogger, Donna, who can be found HERE. I first want to say, that in the new year, I’m hoping to have more time to really get this blog back up and running again, with lots of new info, pictures and daily stories of  Life with the Lukester when possible. I’ve been spending most of my time on Facebook, in my Great Dane groups, that I often forget about this site all together lol. So thank you to Donna for reminding me why I started the blog in the first place, in the hopes people might actually READ it!LOL

Part of the process of getting this award, is giving it to 5 people of my choice. Here are the RULES:

The rules are fairly simple.

(1) Thank the blogger that gave you the award and then add a link to their blog. Again, thank you to Donna for my very first award! 🙂

(2) Reveal your top five picks (with less than 200 readers) and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

(3) Copy and Paste the Award to Your Blog.

(4) Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite up-and-coming bloggers, and keep it going!

So my top 5 pics are:

Evolution of Darwin @

They have some great pictures and stories about life with their Great Dane Darwin on their blog.


2nd Pick: Life with Big Dogs!

Tons of informative posts and links to some great sites, lots of nice pictures and stories about living with two Great Danes.

3rd Pick: Danes World with Sasha, a beautiful fawn Great Dane who always has great pics, funny and touching stories to share, and who’s Mom I haven’t chatted with in a while but hope to again soon!

4th pick: Milka [the Great{est} Dane]

I’m loving Milka’s blog! I first came across Milka and her Mom on facebook, and just started reading her blog…it’s full of beautiful pictures and stories.

Last pick: A new blog I have just browsed..found on Milka’s site. A Wonderful Dog’s Life  found here:

I hope I did this right Donna!:)


Wow….I never expected…(response to all the wonderful comments)

I woke this morning, to find so many wonderful comments on Facebook and my inbox in response to this blog post! I never expected something I wrote on here to be viewed by so many people, or to have the kind of response that it has received. Rather than try and reply to each individual comment, I thought it would be best to just write a new blog post all together, to thank everyone for their thoughtful and touching stories. Thank you so much for taking the time to not only share this with your groups and pages, but for taking time out of your busy days to write and share your experiences with me here and on Facebook.

How nice it is to know that we are not alone in our feelings for our dogs. It still amazes me to this day, how simply having a dog/s in your life, can bring people from all over the world, from all walks of life, together. People we would never meet, become a big part of our daily lives just by virtue of the fact we share a common bond…our love for our dogs. With all the negative that has come from technology, there’s no doubt that in this case, it has brought a lot of positive to our world as well!

I  often think of that…of how I really owe Luke, for most of the good friends I have now. I may never meet most of them in person, but I have had the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people all over the globe, thanks to him and my joining dog forums and Facebook groups in the quest to share and learn with other dane/dog owners. Just one more way that Luke has brought blessings to my life.

The stories and memories that you all have shared with me, touch my heart. It’s nice to know we’re not alone in our passion for our dogs isn’t it? I’m sure many of you can relate to how many times people in our off line lives tell us we’re “crazy”, or “obsessed” lol. Family members who think we spend far too much time talking about our dogs, or spend too much money on them, etc. For many…the only way we get to meet like minded people IS to go online. When our beloved dogs pass on, it can be those people who we only know through a picture or a screen name, that can be of the most comfort to us. Thank God for that link between us, otherwise many of us would have to go it alone.

When I started this blog, it was more with the intent to have a place to jot down my thoughts at the time, experiences I shared with Luke, and the occasional bit of advice or education that I’ve come across over the years. I am no expert, by any stretch of the imagination, on anything really lol…but I have seen so much misinformation out there in regards to Great Danes, that I do try to help educate those that I can when I have the opportunity. I’ve been grateful for the chance to do that quite a few times, when new owners who haven’t had the time put into researching so many aspects of the breed as I have over the years, have come across a problem they needed some input on, and have later told me I helped them to figure it out or solve it. It makes the time I spend trying to learn even more, worth it, as it’s not just for me then, it’s for other people who may go looking for answers themselves someday too.

I wish sometimes that Luke could actually know the huge impact just being in my life has had. Maybe he does. I often say that we don’t give animals nearly enough credit as they deserve. After all, we humans think we have the intelligence market covered…but there are often times where we shown that we don’t know nearly as much as we like to think we do 😛 Animals do things everyday, all around the world, that blow our minds. That make us wonder….how did they do that? How did they know that? Maybe WE are the inferior species after all 😛 After all…how many times do we see evidence that animals possess a greater humanity and humility than we ever will as a species?

Thank you again, to everyone who shares their personal stories. If I don’t get to you all individually, I want you to know that if I see it, I am reading it, and it means a lot to me that you take time out of your lives to share it. Each of you are just another thing I must thank Luke for, as it is he, that bridges the gap between us, and allows us to get to know one another when our paths would otherwise never meet.

God Bless!