I'm a little short on time tonight, but I wanted to just make a quick post. I had a total blast tonight and it was even without the dogs!:-O I know! I was invited by the PDX Danes group to come and give a talk about tips on picking out a great dane, finding a reputable breeder, and health testing! I was pretty flattered and excited to give the talk. I made handouts and had a Power Point presentation put together to better illustrate what I was talking about. I really wanted to put an emphasis on the health testing aspect of picking a dane and a breeder. Health testing is so important and I just don't think that it gets explained well enough to people why it's important, what's involved in the testing, and why it's so expensive. I really feel that once people find out what all is involved with the various tests, how often they get done, and the costs involved, that they have a better understanding of why it's so important to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder and why the cost of that puppy is going to be more than a couple hundred dollars.
I'm hoping that I didn't talk too fast or too much. It was a really great group of people who were able to make it out and they had some great questions. I left their feeling really excited and just great about being involved in this breed in general and feeling like I actually have something to contribute. I know it's a cliche, but seriously, even if you only have one person who gets it; one person who really appreciates the information, it really makes all the difference in the world!:o)
I want to thank Kennedy and the rest of the PDX Danes board of directors for inviting me out and putting together such a great educational event. I'm really thrilled about the new and strong emphasis that they're putting on education and the efforts that they're willing to put into it.
And since I conveniently have all this information stored on my computer and it's all so fresh in my mind, I'll be doing a post here soon regarding the recommended health tests for great danes, their purpose, what's involved, and the general costs as I've experienced them. Now that I'm all jazzed up, lets see how long it takes me to get to sleep tonight!!