THE RACINE JOURNAL-TIMES ulletiti SECTION C SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1965 Sparks almost flew when Lady, on the left, met Caesar, on the right, to be photographed for this picture. Lady is the Ralph Bouwmas' Great Dane and Caesar Is owned by the Bernard J. Griese Jr. family oif 404 S. Green Bay Road. Caesar is 2 years old and like Lady is a fawn colored Great Dane. He is registered with the American Kennel Club and is being trained by Griese. —Journal-Tlme» Photos Great Danes, as we know them today, came from Germany, not Denmark. Known to dog followers as the "Apollo of dogs," the Great Dane's size may frighten even the huskiest of men, but their gentleness is their prime trait. They are easily housebroken, are almost odorless, bark only when necessary and are highly affectionate and loyal to a family, as Racine owners will attest. Among the Great Danes in Racine is Lady, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bouwma, 3420 4 Mile Road. "Our year old boy Donald," says Mrs. Bouwma, "pulls our Great Dane's ears and sticks his fingers in her mouth—and the dog just lies there and takes it." Lady, a honey-colored fawn Great Dane, is 14 months old and weighs about 94 pounds. Weighing the dog wasn't easy, according to Mrs. Bouwma. Trying to get all of Lady on the bathroom scales was quite a job. Some Great Danes present an even bigger problem, weighing as much as 200 pounds. Although fawn and brindle Great Danes are the most usual, the breed includes blues, blacks and harlequins. Apparently, Great Danes like to do things and go places. Mrs. Bouwma tells of a time when Lady was not an obedience school graduate. She was just six months old. Lady and Paul Bouwma, age 12, were in the yard playing, when a car drove into the neighbor's driveway. As the driver opened the car door for his wife, Lady leaped onto the woman's lap. All Lady wanted was a ride. Lady, says Mrs. Bouwma, has a friend. His name is Cheyenne the pony. Cheyenne, with the children on his back, runs a daily exercise with Lady. The Great Dane always wins the "race." time. Lady usually can be found under the kitchen table. But, when the BouWma family of seven goes swimming in a sand pit behind their home. Lady goes with them. This is unusual for a Great Dane, according to Mrs. Bouwma. Most of them don't like water on their backs. One Great Dane in Racine won't even go out in the rain. His name is Caesar, age 2, weighing in at 110 pounds. His owners are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Griese Jr., 404 S\ Green Bay Road. As Mrs. Griese points out: "He's a big baby. He even hates snow." Caesar eats 25 pounds of dry dog food a week. Like Lady, Caesar is American Kennel Club (AKC) registered. The two dogs were the only Great Danes in an obedience class held last winter in the morial Park Hall at Franksville. Caesar became a member of the Griese household when he was six months old. The Grieses wanted a big dog and decided there was none bigger than a Great Dane. Caesar and Lady have similar tastes. They both like riding in cars. Once Caesar spent five hours sitting in the family car, after jumping in (Turn to Page 2C, Col. 5) In the house most of thelCaledonia-Mt. Pleasant Me- The Great Dane owned by the Ralph Bouwma family of 3420 4 Mile Road is almost as large as the family pony, Cheyenne. Riding the pony here is Mrs. Bouwma's sister, Carol Klimowicz, 12-year- old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Klimowicz of 3410 4 Mile Road. Watching the Bouwmas' Great Dane, Lady, is their 4-year- old son Michael. Lady gets along well with the pony and exercises by running "races" with Cheyenne. \>L 'i :..i-.„ Lady, the Ralph Bouwmas* Great Dane, is pictured at left with Tammy, a poodle owned by Marge Serak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Serak, 12401 Kraut Road, Sturtevant. Lady, age 14 months, and Tammy were members of an obedience class held during the winter. Pepe, a harlequin Great Dane, is shown with his master, Donald L'Hote of 7323 Pheasant Trail. Pepe is a little oversized for the undersized foreign car but loves to go riding, according to Mrs. L'Hote. "He is less trouble in the car than our children," she says. Pepe is a family pet rather than a show dog. < ' -5 . ''''''X^i -t^'r ^!i^-ftf Holding an affectionate conversation with their brindle Great Dane, Brenda, is Louis Wynhoff of 4801 Short Road. Mrs. Wynhoff is the owner of Danzikor Kennels and has raised Great Danes since 1948. She states that there is not anotlier dog with as gentle a disposition as a Great Dane.
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