My first husband, Stanley,
bought me a Great Dane puppy in 1976 as a housewarming gift. (In place of the
pony I always wanted.) He was a
harlequin named Maitau’s Bennington Von Odin and was from Pat Ciampa, Maitau
Great Danes. Pat asked us to bring
Ben to a Great Dane Club of New England match where Laura Kiaulenas was judging.
I knew absolutely nothing about showing dogs and was scared to death, but
took him in the ring and placed second in a large class, right behind Pat.
That was all I needed – I was hooked.
We fell in love with the breed and soon added another harlequin to our
family, a female this time. Double
D von Maitau, CD produced my first homebred champion, CH Davisdane’s Double
Exposure, CD. That was the start of
Davisdane. I have finished several
harlequins over the years, and strive to dual-title them.
My dogs are part of our family and I do not, and will never, have a
kennel situation. Stanley died in
1991 and I married Dana Shaw in 1995.
Dana shares my love for this breed and often accompanies me to dog shows.
I have two grown children, Linda and Steven.
I am active in the Great Dane Club of New England,
serving three terms as President and holding
every office except Treasurer. I am
currently on the Board of the Great Dane Club of America, also serving as
Recording Secretary, Affiliate Secretary and Northeast Division Secretary.
I was given the incredible honor of being voted by the GDCA membership to
judge their Futurity in 2006. It
was the thrill of a lifetime.
I have served many years on the board of my local all-breed club, South Shore Kennel Club, where I am currently President. I had the honor of being awarded their Good Sportsmanship Award in 2004. I am also Vice President of my local obedience club, South Shore Dog Training Club, where I teach show training, obedience, and puppy preschool. In addition, I am a CGC Evaluator for AKC and also do pet sitting.