Harley and Geisha get aquainted. Harley loves to play and he loved Geisha from the begining but Geisha doesn't
like to be pestered and it took a while for her to get used to him and explain to him just who is boss.
These two pictures were taken outside the Alpine Dog Academy, where we train for the show ring.
Harley has received his first point towards his AKC championship! Harley has learned very quickly the things needed
in the show ring and it has paid off faster than I expected. At the Sunday show at Traverse City, Michigan, on
June 16, 2002, Harley was Best of Opposite Sex for one point. This was the first time I had handled him in the ring
as Melanie had done so in previous shows. I suggested to her that I thought he responded better to me in the ring and
so I did take him in. As it turned out, it worked well as Melanie handled Iris for Winners Bitch and so it was Iris
and Harley in the ring for Best Of Breed. It was a wonderful time, as it is seldom that two dogs from the same breeder
do so well in the same show. That they were both blue danes is even more a special event. Blue danes are quite
rare in the show ring and it is not often that they win.
This picture was taken at the Saginaw Kennel Club show, the first weekend in April. It doesn't look much like April,
even for Michigan. Compare this picture to the one taken last fall and you can see that we have been able to add some
weight to Harley. He now weighs 170 pounds (77kg)
Here is Harley admiring his new winter coat. He got it for Christmas and it is not really a dog coat. It is impossible to
find one big enough for him so this is a foal coat. Yes, it is made for a young horse and it works great for Harley. He
only wears it when we go for a walk when it is very cold. Since this winter has been much colder than it has been in many
years, he has had a lot of opportunities to wear it.
This might seem a strange picture, but Harley likes to keep his nose and feet warm so he has learned to grap a blanket with
his mouth and pull it over his feet, and will snuggle his nose under the blanket as well. This is a nightly ritual and he
goes to great trouble to make sure his bed is to his liking.