Lindavey Danes got its start in 1988 on the campus of Michigan State University. Our first Great Dane, a beautiful Mantle Merle Lindavey's "Idue" Forever, as her name alludes, was an engagement gift from David to Linda. One look at that adorable face and we were hooked. It would be Danes for life around the Craun household.
The early years, the 90's, saw us uprooted and relocated to beautiful Southern California. We set our sights on Harlequin and Merle pairings trying to cater to the TV and print ad market of the area. With our proximity to Hollywood, the market was constantly looking for the next star. The more unique the markings on a puppy the more it made people look, and that is what the casting agents wanted. As beautiful as they are, true Mantles, at the time, were not accepted by AKC as an accepted standard. Our Danes produced Merle, Mantle and Mantle Merle offspring. Not quite AKC material, but more than adequate to turn heads. We trained and auditioned for many roles, but as Hollywood goes, the call back was allusive. As it turns out we were just ahead of out time. Ten years too early, in 2000 Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" actually had to use a Harlequin, L & M's "Vanilla", covered with extensive stage makeup to impersonate a show quality Mantle. What a shame!
Life took its turns, Linda and I were called away from Southern California before we were able to breed the next "Bark"Gable, but in our deepest thoughts, we like to think that our pup's progeny may have gone on to produce some of today's finest actors. If you have the inkling I say go for it, you never know..., that goofy faced lovable Dane you have at home just might be a star.