Ray Cataldi, webmaster



Dear Mr. Cataldi,

I recently stumbled upon your website, and find it most interesting.  I enjoy reading all the articles and links by and for people who love Great Danes.
I too am a lover of Danes.  As a matter of fact, I am convinced that God stopped making "proto-types" of what a dog should be when he made the Great Dane.  He finally got it right!
I came to that conclusion way back around 1968 when I saw an ad in a Chicago newspaper announcing "Great Dane puppies for sale".  I called the person at the number listed and drove a considerable distance to see the puppies.  When I finally found the house "out in the Boonies" as we used to say, I spoke to the young man who had placed the ad.  He was a very pleasant kid, who obviously loved the breed.  The house made it just as obvious that he wasn't getting "rich" in the breeding business, and I began to wonder if I had wasted a lot of gas just to see some "so-called" Great Dane pups.
My fears were soon dispelled.  What I found was a pile of little Lions with big feet, floppy ears and needle like teeth.  I was hooked!  As you might expect, the breeder began a dissertation about the parents of the pups, and that all went right over my head.  I too was little more than a kid, although I had been a Chicago Police Officer for over three years by then.  All I was basically interested in was to get a big, beautiful and healthy Great Dane.  Since I had recently married, I was also ordered to get a dog for protection for my new bride, in case I had to work nights as a cop. 
The breeder offered me choice of the pups, and I was told that I chose the "pick of the litter".  How astute of me!  I then asked the price, and almost choked!  This was the first dog I ever bought, and didn't know that they sold "by the pound"!  Not that the price was unreasonable, but in 1968, that puppy was over a month's salary for a cop!  Hey, I picked up the pup, he licked my face, and money was no object!
After regaining my financial composer, the breeder provided information of the care and feeding of this new addition to the family, and strongly recommended that if I had the puppy's ears cropped to ONLY go the a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Stresser in Chicago.  I took the advice.
In any case, now some 36 years later, I have yet to see a Fawn Great Dane that should be considered more REVERED than that puppy  I got all those years ago.  He was not only the most beautiful Fawn I have ever seen, he was the smartest.  He would serve himself when hungry by getting his own food from the top of the refrigerator!  He would answer the phone when it rang, and prevent further annoying calls, by chewing up the phone cord!  He would keep me warm on those cold Chicago winter mornings, after my wife left for work by crawling in under the covers and "snuggling"!  I even trained him to protect my wife by pretending to hit her and he would pull on my arm to get me to stop!  Of course he would find me anywhere in the house and pull on my arm, even when I had a friend pretend to hit my wife, but he sort of got the idea, I think?  The MOST REVERED DANE you say?  Well, I owned, or should I say was owned by, the the most beautiful, most intelligent, most loving "Standard of the Breed"!  He was the pick of that last litter of Waco's Faro of Apollo.  His registered name was Taboo of Faro, but we just called him Taboo.  I think the breeder mentioned something about his ol' man was at the time selected as the Top Fawn Great Dane in the country by Dog World Magazine.  But Dog World Magazine never saw his kid!
I never got a chance to thank that breeder for all those wonderful times and memories.  He used to live in a small place in a north Chicago suburb called Round Lake or Round Lake Beach, I think.  I wonder if he still has any Great Danes?  He really showed promise for producing beautiful Great Dane puppies!
In my next e-mail, as Paul Harvey would say. I'll tell you "The rest of the story".
Jim Carroll - Lt. - Chicago P.D. (Ret.)
St. Cloud, Florida

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