Black and Tan Coonhound
Picture of Dante, a male Black and Tan Coonhound

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Home:San Diego, CA  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Mr. Dante, Dante-Roo, Crazy Dante

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

November 11th 1997

Mr. Dante's role in life seemed to be to protect deSade, his older "brother." Other than that, he loved chasing rabbits at the dog beach in CA.

Skateboarders and rollerbladers. Also, dogs that would try to hump him... not a good idea.

Favorite Toy:
He never really played with toys. Dante was a very serious dog outside of doggie playtime.

Favorite Food:
Grilled chicken or tuna fish

Favorite Walk:
Fiesta Island, San Diego.

Arrival Story:
Lords knows I wasn’t looking for another dog when, in 1997 on a walk with deSade, Dante followed us home. By that time, deSade was already eight years old with a touch of arthritis. What was I going to do with a six-month old pup? Well, I soon found out when one day, as Dante & I waited at the bottom of the steps, deSade stood on the landing above, whimpering. Despite all my coaxing, he wouldn’t come down. And then Dante started to whine to go back up. Our walk at a standstill, I let go of Dante’s leash and he promptly went up, positioned himself right next to deSade, and helped him down, step-by-step. And so began a lifetime of one dog being devoted to another, protecting him at all costs and consequences.

Never in a million years did I think that I would be writing another eulogy so soon after deSade passed. Yet here I am, three months later, having to do just that. Mr. Dante left us on May 13th, after what was first thought to be allergies turned out to be cancer. Though I’m still not able to wrap my mind around this loss (my friend Henry said it best when he likened it to Hercules getting sick… you just don’t expect it) I believe that, like deSade before him, Dante deserves to be remembered not just in spirit but in words, thought and deed. Mr. Dante. He chased jackrabbits but never caught any. He chased cats and caught two… plus a squirrel… and a pigeon. He was the Alpha Dog at every canine gathering. He got in more fights than I liked, but he was also kind enough to have an array of friends like Schultz, Goliath, Pepper, Jasmine, Angus, Kellie, Nakita, Boomer, Midas and Cluny. He hated loud noises; and shook uncontrollably at fireworks and thunderstorms. He loved to ride in the car but got carsick for the first two years. He wasn't affectionate for the first few years I had him, but then warmed up to the point that he gave me so many kisses that I joked with friends that he must be a Dirty Old Man reincarnated. He was a regal, handsome dog... a sight to behold and a joy to be around. Most of all, he protected deSade with a passion. In fact, some have said that Dante may have left this world to take care of deSade in the next. Perhaps. But to me, his time here was too short. Mr. Dante. The choice to let you go humbled, inspired and challenged me in ways I never thought possible. You will be eternally loved and forever missed.

Forums Motto:
Mr. Dante - You will be missed.

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