Great Dane
Picture of Mojo, a male Great Dane

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Sex: Male   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Mo, Mojojojo, Goofball (see pictures), Tuxedo-man

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-disabled

September 9th 1999

Laying in the sun when it's 90 degrees out.

People staring at him, cameras, vets, being disturbed when on the couch, his little brother running around too much.

Favorite Toy:
Anything Leo has, especially if it squeaks.

Favorite Food:
Anything, even carrots. Well, maybe not tomatos.

Favorite Walk:
He didn't walk much at the end... more of a stumble/lurch/shuffle. He'd actually do it enthusiastically if dinner or a car ride, or even a cat, were involved!

Best Tricks:
Extending one giant paw in order to trip the person walking by. No, I didn't teach him that. He also "talks" to me when we have stare-downs.

Arrival Story:
I lost my old dane, Gary, and was watching the pound for a replacement dog. I couldn't believe it when I saw an 18mo old Great Dane there! I had given up on rescuing a Dane, because the rescue people wouldn't let me have one without a fenced yard. So, knowing he'd be a pain in the a** (his original name was Yo-yo, after all) I took him home. Was he ever a pain, even the dog trainers didn't think he'd come around. I think his decreasing mobility mellowed him out.

Mojo had Cervical Vertebral Instability (CVI), also known as Wobbler's Syndrome, a degenerative spinal column disorder. Simply put: his spinal cord is too big for the holes in his neck vertebra, which causes inflammation, which leads to uncoordination and eventually paralysis. When he gets up and walks, he looks like a newborn foal, stumbling around trying to keep his legs under him! Yeah, he's quite a commitment for a $20 pound puppy. I treated him with homeopathy and a raw diet, which gave him many more months with me. He let me know when it was time to go.

Forums Motto:
The Tuxedo Man

I've Been On Dogster Since:
January 29th 2004 More than 13 years!

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What a life!

You mean they LET me bite the vet here?

March 22nd 2005 10:55 am
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Well, it has been a strange day. Mom took me to McDonald's, and I had 2 cheeseburgers, fries AND a strawberry shake. Usually I just get a plain ol' hamburger. Then mom started fretting and coo-ing over me, and salty water was coming out of her eyes.

We went to that horrible place where the floors are all slippery and people in white coats stare at me. But this time, they didn't poke anything in my ear or butt or try to look at my teeth (I'll show them anyway!). One of those white-coats came in and did something to my back leg - I growled good - and suddenly I got really relaxed and laid my head on mom's lap. She was scratching my ears and leaking that salty water again.

The next thing I knew, I was running (!) across this big field! It was so cool! There's places where they let you growl at scary things, but nothing's scary anymore.

I hope my mom can come visit me here. I'm sure I'll find a kitty to chew on or a vet to bite while I wait. Oh, and if Leo shows up, he's in for a BIG surprise!


Mom let me on the couch!

November 3rd 2004 12:03 pm
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That young upstart Leo gets to jump on the couch, on the bed, on people... everywhere. But if "I" try to get on the couch, OH NO, never. Life is so unfair. Until last night, when mom let me sit right next to her! I felt so secure, I immediately put my head in her lap and snuggled. Oh boy was Leo jealous! He tried to sit on my head, so I just growled at him and he went and sulked on the dog bed. Ha Ha!

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