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 (BMW) 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.
With a very limited breeding program, we currently have 27 champions to our credit.
I have been active in the Great Dane Club of New England, serving three terms as President and holding every office except Treasurer. I am currently their membership chairman.
I served many years on the board and am Past President of my local all-breed club, South Shore Kennel Club. I had the honor of being awarded their Good Sportsmanship Award in 2004.
I am also a CGC Evaluator for AKC.
I have recently completed 13 years on the Board of Directors of the Great Dane Club of America, also serving as Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and a member of the Standard Committee. I served over 20 years as GDCA Affiliate Club Secretary, Northeast Division Secretary and currently serve as a Parent Club mentor.
I continue to serve the GDCA as a Trustee and Secretary of the Great Dane Club of America Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization that funds rescue and educational grants, scholarships for our students, and research projects to improve the health of our beloved breed.
I have been given the incredible honor of being voted by the GDCA membership to judge their Futurity in 2006 and again in 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.