My wife and I spent countless hours debating the merits and downfalls of numerous dog breeds and it always seemed that there was some reason that just about every breed was wrong for our family. Until one day we stumble across the Great Dane, almost by accident. Great Danes are of course nearly impossible to miss but I had never actually conceived of owning such a beast. I still remember speculating that the Great Dane’s short coat would be fantastic because that little hair would be so easy to clean up.
What the hell was I thinking???? Short hair easy to clean up? I have had long haired dogs and while their hair does get all over the place it just isn’t quite the same as that short hair that manages to permeate everything. It floats, it gets in food, it irreversibly lodges itself into the fabric of clothes, furniture, and just about everything else possible. All of that said, I still do like the ease of care of the short haired breeds.
I can deal with the hair inside and I can deal with the hair on my clothes and even in my food. What I cannot handle is damn hair in my car. I may not be the best at cleaning my car but there are some places I draw the line. Because of this I have determined that the only real way to transport a Great Dane is in the bed of a truck with a camper shell. This shell serves a number of different purposes for your Great Dane care.
First and foremost is keeps the damn hair out of your vehicle while you are gallivanting with your beast. This means that you can actually enjoy your Dane, before we had a camper shell we would routinely leave our poor beast at home because we simply did not want to put her in our vehicle.
Second, a camper shell is about the only reasonably sized kennel you can find for a Great Dane. When in a pinch it works well. You also have the added benefit of being able to leave your pet in the back of your secure vehicle and not return to an utterly destroyed and slobbered on vehicle interior.
Last but not least a camper shell keeps you and your pet safer. I say safer because your dog can still get banged around but at least it is not in an uncovered truck bed. And, I say keep you safer because pets in vehicles are actually a pretty dangerous combination. They are a major distraction and they are nearly impossible to seat belt in. During an accident a huge dog flinging around the inside of your vehicle can be a highly destructive force.
This is a tried and true Great Dane approved tip from an owner who has been around the block with these silly loveable animals. A truck with a camper shell is an absolute must have for anyone considering getting a Great Dane.