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Old 07-29-2010, 07:45 AM   #71
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My daughter got me tickets to see James Taylor and Carole King
( IN ST. LOUIS 800 MILES AWAY ) for fathers day. So on our down and dirty weekend road trip without the Airstream, we had to stay at a motel.
The Red Roof Inn welcomes dogs. I immediatly started missing my watch dog, and my guard dog. (The concert was awesome, the time with baby girl.......priceless. 14 hours of singing and playing mandolin while looking at corn fields, and corn fields, and corn fields)
I have planned 3 trips from TX to NJ with a dog. There are hotels that accept dogs, but some have a size restriction. Motel 6 also has some hotels that accept dogs but you have to check before hand. Some Holiday Inns also accepts them. Check online and in the case of Great Danes you might need to call ahead.
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[QUOTE=Broccoli;876579], but the tow is also a consideration, as the suburban is the half ton (at least with all the extra tow packages) and there will be regular climbs of between 2k-6k feet in our future. Any advice appreciated...

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We tow with a '08 Suburban 1/2 ton with no problem. Hubby added a cold air intake and transmission cooler and we've travelled the mountains of Colorado without a problem. You just have to monitor your trans temp...I think the book says to stay between 180-200 degrees. We do use all our gears when applicable...but no problems! Great towing vehicle in our opinion!
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So sorry to hear about Hannah, though the thought of 11 long years with these guys does make me smile. People tend to have a pessimistic outlook on dane lifespan, but I've heard of several making 14. The danes certainly must be near their people, Luke in particular would like to be someone's 170 lb shadow whenever possible.

I think you're onto something with each dog having a spot. My one worry would be some rough-housing while arguing over who gets the bed. That's dangerous because they both think they're very small dogs, and I'll catch them looking back over their butts after knocking something off a counter as if wondering how that happened. Fortunately they get out hiking quite a bit, Oregon is a dog paradise in the national forests. And as dane owners know they're quite the couch potatoes between running around on the trails. Really the perfect complement to our lifestyle. I do feel bad for the danes that don't get out into the open, it takes some big open spaces to really let them stretch their legs and see their greyhound lineage.

I can't recall who mentioned that we may be a bit cramped: we're also trying to find the minimum size that will work for us to facilitate camping at the national forests spots. We're also contemplating replacing the dinette in back with a nice wide lounge so Luke has somewhere for his long legs. I imagine some shocked RV dealer as I pack them into trailers to test the sizes. We have friends with a 23' flying cloud that we may need to try out for a weekend.

...oh and someone else had asked which type of Danes they were. They're blue's. They've grown in their adult coats, but at 4 months they had lighter coats and would get mistaken for full grown Weimeriners (sp?)
Hannah has had an amazing life! Since she grew up with 2 non dane doggies she has always been active. We've started every morning off with a nice long walk.

I didn't take into account that your "kidz" are only pups still
Would love to see the look on Dealers faces when you stroll in with them!
Converting the dinette is the way to go, I've wanted to do that with mine, I always leave it down as a sofa anyway.

Whatever you decide to do it will be a great adventure.
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My 3 beasts

This was taken back in 2001 when my fur babies were still young. We lived in Port Angeles, WA. Some fabulous trails there for hiking, this was taken as I loaded them up to head home.
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Hannah doing a photo shoot for Kristiana ~ SilverTrailer. Pismo Beach Silver Sister's Rally 2009
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I have a Great Dane Mantle girl (9 months this coming Saturday) and with that color combo no one can figure out what she is (or if they do they think she is a mixed breed)

Looking at AS on the sly for hubby, Juneau and I. Thinking something like a mid-60's Safari twin.
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This was taken back in 2001 when my fur babies were still young. We lived in Port Angeles, WA. Some fabulous trails there for hiking, this was taken as I loaded them up to head home.
We must have been neighbors, when did you leave Port Angeles? Back in 01 when that picture was taken we had two danes, Lil was a black and Gus a big silver merle, both rescued. They both lived to about 10 1/2. and we miss them dearly. Enjoy the time you have left with Hannah.

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Can't comment about Danes but Sandman, an Irish Wolf Hound, has learned not to block the toilet and not to block the fridge. He loves the Stream.

PS Met Dan's dog in the 280 at Fort Stevens this spring. I remember Dan yelled out "Big dogs rule." Amen, brother.

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Hi JT, I have always maintained that if you have to bend over to pet your dog, then he isn't big enough.

I'm ready for another run to Ft. Stevens, anybody game?

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Hannah doing a photo shoot for Kristiana ~ SilverTrailer. Pismo Beach Silver Sister's Rally 2009
Priceless! We thought decided not to crop our dogs ears, but after a small nick on an ear turned into a scene out of a horror movie I suppose I see the practicality.

Kidsgone, good to hear about the suburban, driven them for years and never had a major issue with any of them. As I understand it the tow package we got came with both an engine oil and a transmission cooler so it sounds like we'll be set!

SusanSS, I'd seriously consider waiting for your dane to finish some more growing before committing to a size. At nine months old we certainly "knew" what we were getting ourselves into, but it was soon after that we discovered that we had to move up from the Tahoe to the Suburban if we were going to camp with them for any extended period. Our two dogs were similar in size as puppies but Luke is now roughly one labrador retriever larger than Leia. It's really hard to describe, they're really quite graceful, but they do take up quite a bit of volume!
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So sorry to hear about Hannah, though the thought of 11 long years with these guys does make me smile. People tend to have a pessimistic outlook on dane lifespan, but I've heard of several making 14. The danes certainly must be near their people, Luke in particular would like to be someone's 170 lb shadow whenever possible.

I think you're onto something with each dog having a spot. My one worry would be some rough-housing while arguing over who gets the bed. That's dangerous because they both think they're very small dogs, and I'll catch them looking back over their butts after knocking something off a counter as if wondering how that happened. Fortunately they get out hiking quite a bit, Oregon is a dog paradise in the national forests. And as dane owners know they're quite the couch potatoes between running around on the trails. Really the perfect complement to our lifestyle. I do feel bad for the danes that don't get out into the open, it takes some big open spaces to really let them stretch their legs and see their greyhound lineage.

I can't recall who mentioned that we may be a bit cramped: we're also trying to find the minimum size that will work for us to facilitate camping at the national forests spots. We're also contemplating replacing the dinette in back with a nice wide lounge so Luke has somewhere for his long legs. I imagine some shocked RV dealer as I pack them into trailers to test the sizes. We have friends with a 23' flying cloud that we may need to try out for a weekend.

...oh and someone else had asked which type of Danes they were. They're blue's. They've grown in their adult coats, but at 4 months they had lighter coats and would get mistaken for full grown Weimeriners (sp?)
Your pups look great, blue's are really special Danes. Did you make their jackets? Irene made one for our Hagar out of John Deere green and yellow
fabric. He also loves to be under a blanket to take the chill off.

I can't help much with trailer info as we have a Moho. Hagar owns the couch. He normally is not allowed on the furniture but laying on the floor in the Moho he couldn't see out and was not happy. Irene made a heavy cover for the couch and now he can see out and is very happy. If we start packing anything at all Hagar races outside and sits at the Moho door.

Back when we had two Danes we put two of the biggest dog pillows we could find on the floor and the dogs slept together. They would get up, turn around and lie down again but always cuddled together. I don't know if you would have a large enough area in an AS for a big single bed.

I look forward to meeting you and your pups in a shinny AS in a NW campground.

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I'm looking forward to another trip to Fort Stevens. I had to cancel a reservation there just recently for a very important reason- to bring home a deerhound puppy. Won't be long and you won't need to lean over to pet him. He just had his first camping trip in the OphirStream last month and he loved it - just curled up under the dinette!
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hmmmmm....

Sound like we need a "big dogs" rally! I would love to be in a place where people looked at my dane/lab mix and said, "oh, she's so little!"
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We must have been neighbors, when did you leave Port Angeles? Back in 01 when that picture was taken we had two danes, Lil was a black and Gus a big silver merle, both rescued. They both lived to about 10 1/2. and we miss them dearly. Enjoy the time you have left with Hannah.

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Dan,

I left Port Angeles in 2004, lived out on West Bluff Drive, moved back to the city and lived in Ballard for 3 years before moving here to Arizona. I have great friends still in PA and am hoping to get back up there next summer. Summer in Arizona is not much fun for a NW Native! Didn't make the trip this year because I knew Hannah wouldn't be up for it.

I bet you miss your two Danes, you had double the Dane love.

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Our 70+ pound greyhounds did fantastic with their own side gaucho (made into a cushy bed, of course!) and five weeks in 16 linear feet of space didn't seem to cramp anyone's style too much.
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