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Simba was my second Great Dane
I got him in the summer of 1987
Simba Butterscotch Ripple WG137889
DOB 05-23-87 DIED Aug 1997
Sire - Oak Hill's Morrocco WF851104
Dam - Belmonts Forever Amber WF688158

Simba at 10 weeks

Shortly after we got Simba

We got Simba about a month after Blue, my first dane, was put down. We responded to an ad in the paper that said "Great Dane puppies $200". In spite of the price (our first Dane was given to us) we went to see them and saw our first brindle danes. There were a lot of puppies to choose from. They had two litters but we, with all of the knowledge we had at the time, picked one that looked lively and had nice markings. Let me say at this point that this definitely is NOT the preferred way to buy a puppy but we had no other information. As it turned out, Simba was a good quality dog and even though the only pedigree we had was his sire and dam on the registration paper it appears that he came from a good line. The fact that he lived 10 years with no major health problems bears this out.

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We had his ears cropped soon after we got him and they healed very quickly and Simba didn't mind the whole thing at all. In fact he seemed proud of the stays and tape on his ears and he would trot around like he was king which indeed he was.

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Who can resist a puppy face

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Simba loved to run at the nearby High School. The yard was fenced in and he had plenty of room to run.

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This was Simba's last Christmas in 1996.

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This was about the last day that he was allowed to get in my lap. He was growing very fast.

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Simba grew up to be a handsome, noble, graceful, Great Dane

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Simba loved to jump and would do so endlessly. He would do this when he was excited and did it throughout his life. There was just no stopping him from doing it. He continued even when he became old and his legs could no longer support him and he would fall into a sitting position but he still persisted.

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This was when Simba was 10 years old and he was starting to fail and it can be seen how weak his rear was. Ten years is considered to be a full life for a dane and few live much longer. It was due to the infirmities of age that the decision was made to have him put down at the age of ten years and two months.

An interesting story is how he came by the name Simba. This was years before the Disney movie "Lion King" that made the name so well known. I was trying to think of a name for my new puppy and wanted something that sounded impressive and reflected the power and nobility of the Great Dane and it came from the recesses of my mind that the African name for lion was Simba and it had a nice sound to it so Simba he became. The Butterscotch Ripple was an afterthought for the registration as there was sure to be others with the name Simba and with the brindle coloring he did look like butterscotch ripple ice cream, sort of. Of course when the movie came out it made my day and I always said that they got the name from me!