If you’ve been to a pet-friendly event in the past year or so, you’ve probably met Charlton. Nicknamed the “Big Blue Dude,” Charlton is hard to miss – and with a great personality to match, it’s always fun meeting up with one of Richmond’s most famous Great Danes.
I will start our story with the first time we loved our Big Blue Dude… hmmm it’s hard to choose… We decided we were ready for a Great Dane after years of hoping so we started searching and visiting various litters in the state.
We had a favorite name we wanted to use and were just waiting to find young Charlton.
His mother and father were our choices well before he was born (or even conceived) and then waited… and waited. Finally, we got the call that he was born we could barely wait to see him! Each day was like the day before a holiday; we could hardly contain ourselves and pestered the breeder constantly.
Eventually the pups became old enough and we visited the breeder so we could choose. We narrowed down our choices by doing temperament testing with aesthetics being a minor factor for us. We knew we might pick the least attractive as long as the temperament was a good fit. Fortunately, Charlton is turning into one of the most handsome and well behaved dogs around and is beginning to be known as an ambassador for his breed.
Ultimately it turns out we chose each other that day! Charlton snuggled Shirley so sweetly looking up to her for guidance and when I asked him if he wanted to come home with us he winked at me. He still winks at me every night when I tuck him in and our lives have changed in the most awesome way. Now all our plans seem to start with… what are we doing with Charlton today?
BARK back Richmond! Introduce yourselves to Charlton and the crew. If you are interested in learning more about Great Danes, consider attending the monthly Dane Day at the Park to meet some of Richmond’s biggest dogs!