Open Thread: Look At This Face


Who’s a good boy?

Can you believe he’s the same dog from a week ago?

He had his vet visit yesterday and his bloodwork came back today. He’s a-okay! And we are all guessing he’s about four. For what he’s been through, he’s a very healthy 100 lbs.

The past week has brought to light many things, and first and foremost, before he was neglected, Baby was definitely loved.  There’s a full update and more photos here.

With all that, I must tell you he is ready for adoption, so spread the word. There were a few people interested but they have not followed through. And unfortunately, we will have to explore long term foster or sending him to Big Bones rescue if we can’t find him a family soon. Now that he is stable, I have a few more days in me, but then I need to get my family back to normal.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a politics-free open thread.

66 replies
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    chopper says:

    OMG he’s such a goob doggo.

    i’d totally go for it if i didn’t have a dog, two kids and guinea pigs in the house right now (bites fist)

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    Aleta says:

    What a beautiful dog. Thanks for the photos.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    TaMara, please remind me where you are in Colorado. I have a sister in Aurora who would absolutely adore Baby! She and her hub have one dog and two cats (I think — it’s hard to keep track!) But Joyce is a splendid four-paws mom and might be interested if you don’t luck out elsewhere. (Potential problem: sister Joyce is currently grappling with some serious and difficult health issues and may, understandably, feel she is not up to taking on another responsibility just now. But I’ll ask the question if you wish.)

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    @SiubhanDuinne: I PM’d you on the book of faces!!

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    I’ll check with my sister who lives in your area. She’s been thinking about getting a dog again, but a Dane might be just a little bit…bigger than she had in mind. But what a face!

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    What a handsome guy 💖
    Thank you for the update.

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    Mary G says:

    Baby looks like a new dog! Glad to hear the good health news! As ever, will chip in a bit for expenses if needed.

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    @O. Felix Culpa: Be aware, at an emaciated 100 lbs, he’s going to probably top out at 140lbs when he gets his full weight and muscle on.

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    Baud says:

    There’s nothing better in life than a happy dog.

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    jacy says:

    Yay for Baby! I wonder if something happened to his owner and someone inherited him. That might explain the inconsistent love and care.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @TaMara (HFG): In other words, he’ll be bigger than she is. I’ve emailed her just in case, but frankly I don’t think she’s a likely adopter for this particular boy. Thought I’d give it a try nonetheless. I’d love to have him in my family. Because as my sisters know, it should be all about me, even if it isn’t. :)

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    debit says:

    Awesome news!!! I hope someone steps forward and takes him, because he is a super good dog, yes he is.

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    @jacy: That’s the theory we’ve been working under the last few days. And then dumped him when it was too much.

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    MomSense says:


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    @O. Felix Culpa: If she’d share his info with people she knows, that would be a big help!

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    cain says:

    I’m out.. I’m traveling a bit too much to handle this and of course i’m going to be out in Oregon soon. 2 more weeks!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    How nice, TaMara, glad you were able to rescue him.

    Hope you find a nice home for him.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Sure. I’ll ask both of my sisters who live in the area to share the info.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Miss Bianca: Any word on Luna?

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    Raven says:

    We made it to Melbourne Beach about 2. Went to the Sebastian Inlet and watched people fish in rough and seaweedy conditions. Then we came back to our “rustic old Florida” Surfcaster Motel (the very joint used in the end of Stranger Than Paradise. We surf fished for about an hour and the seaweed was not better here but what the hell! We should have a good day on a boat tomorrow so I can put up with this flea bag but I’m glad I’m alone.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Alas, no. No New Mexico trip for me this weekend.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Raven: Wishing you success tomorrow.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That sounds cool. I lived on (near) the Gulf Coast for six years; can’t claim to know the Atlantic Coast at all, but wishing you tight lines and hoping you are having a fine old time.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    😪 Hoping for the best, Miss B. What a dreadful worry.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Miss Bianca: My heart goes out to you. If wishing worked, she’d be at your side right now.

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    jacy says:

    @Miss Bianca: thinking all the good thoughts for Luna.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Unbelievable improvement! You have Saint Roch’s grace.

    Or is it James the Greater? Probably both.

    And Mrs. ML says that we should send prayers to Saint Flies of Nola for Miss Bianca.

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    Mike J says:

    If he needs to be transported somewhere you’ll need to find some whose father was a prominent frogman and mom was in the naval reserve.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:


    Godless piece of junk!

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    @Mike J: I see what you did there.

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    Aleta says:

    @Miss Bianca: Is there something we can do, like publicize her photo to vets and others in our area? Money to pay for a tracker and for publicity where you are? Sending light to her and you.

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    NotMax says:

    Tried a listing on Craigslist?

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    eemom says:

    @Mike J:

    Who carried a gun but never got the chance to serve. He did not serve.
    My SIL who is a fellow doggie lover has some Denver contacts; I will ask her.

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    MomSense says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    Oh no!! What happened to Luna?

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    Joy in FL says:

    Such good news for Baby. He is so lucky to have landed in your care, TaMara. I love Great Danes so much. I wish I could take him, but I can’t.

    Holding safe thoughts, and homeward ones for Luna.

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    MoxieM says:

    Baby! Baby!! Baby!!! what a star (and rockstar TaMara). I just know this will turn out right. Who could resist that? If I had (1) a bigger fenced yard and (b) Murphy was more than a 1-dog bitch, I would step right up. But Murph knows she gets all the love and treats, no sharing. Sigh.

    Holler if there is a need for help with transit costs or etc.

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    eclare says:

    Thank you so much for the update, I’ve been worried! Miss B, sending good thoughts that Luna finds her way home, I can’t imagine the worry.

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    Yutsano says:

    AAAAAAAACK!!! Fucking breed restrictions!!! I wish I knew why. Baby would have both my couch and his own bedroom. And would fit perfectly in the back of my car.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    Lovely Dane. He’s going to make some family very happy. We lost our first Dane 11 months ago, and a couple of notes for those who are dog people but not yet Dane people:
    They are quiet, easy dogs who sleep a lot. During short periods at dawn &/or dusk, they can be extremely active for about 5-15 min at a time. A good Dane will protect your home, your neighbor’s home & your family off site…without anyone ever having to think about it. Danes are practically perfect in every way: easy care coat, lazy as hell, need a lot of rest, bark at real threats, lean on you when you’re sad.

    We don’t have an opening for a dog right now. When we do, I’ll call in Denver & they will hook me up. Tamara, if he’s still on your hands in the morning, they can help you market him–they place big dogs throughout the intermountain west. We called about a Newf, who was not compatible with our cat, and they made Great Dane people out of us.

    PS that dog is not Baby. That dog is Steinway. Or Baldwin, Yamaha, perhaps Kimball if you want to be more subtle. That dog will be 135-150lbs properly fed & exercised.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    @Yutsano: Breed restrictions are the worst. Our Dane loved riding in the Chevy Spark, our smart car. Tail out one back window, head out the other…she made a lot of people happy.

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    eclare says:

    @PhoenixRising: My pit mix used to sit on the back seat with his paws on the front console and his head out the sunroof!

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    Yarrow says:

    He’s gorgeous, TaMara. You’ve done wonders. He looks like he’s just waiting for his forever family to walk through the door right now.

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    @Yutsano: You would be a perfect Dane dad! So while I was house hunting, I was hiding Bixby from the landlord. Picture this – trying to hide a 6’6″ (on his hind legs) dane weighing (at the time, not full grown) 140 lbs. No stress there. LOL

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    rikyrah says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    Still sending positive thoughts🙏🙏

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    rikyrah says:

    Baby looks so cute 😍

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    NotMax says:

    Reminded of Jimmy Durante in Billy Rose’s Jumbo.


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    NotMax says:

    Oopsie. #48 was supposed to be @TaMara (HFG).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Picture this – trying to hide a 6’6″ (on his hind legs) dane weighing (at the time, not full grown) 140 lbs. No stress there. LOL

    Thank FSM you didn’t have to hide a creature measuring 6’3″ and 243 lbs. That could have been AWWWK-ward.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    Not about politics.

    Well, it actually is about politics, but it’s pretty much too late to worry about it now.

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    Ruckus says:

    @TaMara (HFG):
    When my dad bought his shop it came with a large German Shepard. My dad was about 5′ 8-9″ tall and this dog would stand on his hind legs, front legs over dad’s shoulders and look over dad’s head. Biggest GS I’ve ever seen. By a lot. His name was Poison and he was racist. Trained that way by the previous owner. It wasn’t his finest trait. His dog house was made out of 4×4 lumber and corrugated steel sheet. He could just drag it around the yard. And he fit comfortably in it.

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    rikyrah says:

    Dee Griffin (@ImDefinitelyDee) Tweeted:
    Payless is closing all its 2,100 US stores

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    NotMax says:


    Story for those prefer to who avoid Twitter.

    Payless ShoeSource confirmed Friday that it will close its 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and start liquidation sales Sunday. The company is also shuttering its e-commerce operations.

    The closings mark the biggest by a single chain this year and nearly doubles the number of retail stores set to close in 2019.

    “We expect all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. “This process does not affect the company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual.”
    Prior to the Payless announcement, 2,187 store closings had been announced in the first six weeks of the year, according to the global market research firm’s report. This represented a 23 percent increase over the same time period last year. Source

    So much winning.

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    eclare says:

    @rikyrah: That shit is entirely because a private equity firm bought them. Doing the same to Fred’s, which is headquartered in Memphis, where I live. It is a total shell game, extract the cash, move it around.

    PS, Fred’s is in Memphis for a couple more months, til the firm lays off everyone and moves the company to Dallas, where it will pay rent to a building that the private equity people own. I’m sure that will be at a market rate.

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    Aardvark Cheeselog says:


    PS that dog is not Baby. That dog is Steinway. Or Baldwin, Yamaha, perhaps Kimball if you want to be more subtle.

    I like the way you think.

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    I just got off the phone with a family who is very interested. They’ve been following his story since day one. They are coming up tomorrow to meet the crew.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Best of luck tomorrow! I’m sure it will be hard to send Baby on though returning the house to a lower level of chaos will be appreciated by the remains 4 legged residents.

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    Ruckus says:

    @TaMara (HFG):
    That is one happy looking dog.

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    West of the Rockies says:


    YMMV, but I think Payless Shoes is crummy. The fall apart quickly and smell terrible almost immediately.

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    trollhattan says:

    Jeez, if you scanned our dog and made a 3x version in a 3-D printer, he’d look like Baby. What a fetching fella–he’ll be a great doggie for somebody, for sure! So happy to see that smile, what a transformation.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    “… the U.S. and Puerto Rico”? It seems not everyone understands that Puerto Rico is not a separate country from the US.

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    Sab says:

    Our local no kill shelter regards Danes as the ultimate apartment dog. Exercise them for 15 minutes twice a day, then park them on the couch in the meantime.

    Their only defect is that you can’t put stuff up out of reach, because anything you can reach (like on top of the fridge) they can reach.

    Is this accurate?

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @PhoenixRising: or maybe Entwistle, or some other bassist

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    @Sab: That is correct. Also, too, we call a dog door…a door. My first Dane loved bread and my then 6’7″ husband thought the top of the refrigerator would surely be high enough. Nope. We learned to keep it in the cupboards in a tupperware container.

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