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Est. 1974

Championship Quality AKC Fawn & Brindle Great Danes 
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Marmaduke & My Dogs

Three Danes of my breeding, "Spirit", "George" and "Abu" are featured in the Marmaduke movie.  Spirit and George are the primary actors in the movie (and even receive credits at the end). Abu is the “puppy Marmaduke” on the couch with the children. 

Spirit is also known as Am. Can. Ch. Daynakin's Quiet Spirit of Bricarlo, AOM.  He resides in Renton, WA with his owner Julie, and is frequently seen in the show ring around the Northwest.  Spirit is also featured in a Burger King commercial.  He's the one doing the "high five". 

George's registered name is Am. Can. Ch. Daynakin's Quarternote of Bricarlo.  He resides in Southern California as a loved family pet but is a "true" movie star as he also appears in “Chihuahua Two”--and I am sure we will see him in other movies in the future.

How to tell the difference between the two?  George is neutered, and has a small gold spot on his outer thigh below the hip.  Spirit is intact. Also, George's ears stand up better than Spirit's do.  Both dogs had their masks "fiddled with" for the movie.  They were actually bleached down to the muzzle.  I do not know why they did that; perhaps so they could both have similar facial markings so it was harder to tell the two apart.  Spirit and George’s sire is Ch. Sunstrike Valentino V Wintercreek (Rudy) and their dam is

Am. Can. Intl. Ch. Bricarlo Daynakin Shut Up N Kiss Me (Josie).

Abu is known in the show world as Daynakin's Soulja Boy.  He resides in the Orting, WA area with his family and is very close to obtaining his AKC championship. Abu’s sire is Ch. Jerdan’s Prince of Vigo and his dam is Ch. Ruatha Daynakin Ladyhawke. He's shown below in a show picture.


I was very pleased to have three Danes of my breeding chosen for the Marmaduke movie.  Why? First, it was important to me to have quality Danes representing the breed in this movie, so people who would never see a “show” Dane could see what a Great Dane  is supposed to look like.  Second, I feel my dogs have true working ability and this was a great way for them to show it off.  (Contrary to popular belief, the dogs did not earn a lot of money for their owners.)


Some Dane fanciers have expressed concern that the publicity Great Danes will receive from the “Marmaduke” movie may have a detrimental effect on the breed.  Their worry is twofold: People may impulse-purchase a Dane without fully researching whether the breed is appropriate for their lifestyle (and pocketbook); and less-than-scrupulous breeders will take advantage of the free publicity and mass produce “little Marmaduke” puppies. 


Puppy mills and back yard breeders have always been around and will always continue to mass-produce puppies. And certainly, some of them will try to take advantage of the movie. (Fortunately a Dane’s known size makes it unlikely that the effect will be the same as with Dalmatians and Chihuahuas.)  However, exposure of the breed – and its popularity -- was already increasing, with more and more Danes appearing in advertisements, TV shows and commercials.  And the puppy mills were starting to reflect this, offering more Danes.  That is why I believe any negative aspect of this major movie is outweighed by the positive -- the publicity offers an excellent, best-in-decades, chance for education!  


Several long-term, well-respected breeders have told me they were positively influenced by “The Ugly Dachshund” when children, thus starting a life-long involvement and commitment to the breed. I feel that concerned breeders, clubs, rescue groups and individuals can make this “Marmaduke” publicity an excellent way to help inform the public about the Great Dane breed.  Plus, it’s a cute and fun movie that can be enjoyed by both Dane and non-Dane owners.


Anyone who knows me personally knows that I strongly support breed education and responsible breeding practices and ownership.  To this end, I co-founded the Washington state rescue group (Dane Outreach) 30 years ago, and have spent countless hours over the years writing educational pieces on Great Danes for website and rescue use.  To help others of the same mind take advantage of the movie, I also created the “Marmaduke Movie Educational Effort” website.  This site offers educational resources from myself, the GDCA, and other dedicated educators,  which individuals and groups can freely access. 


 If I had felt my Danes’ participation in the movie would be detrimental to the breed, you can be assured I would not have allowed it.   And while I believed that it would be a vehicle for educating the public and protecting the breed, I actually underestimated what a great opportunity it is turning out to be.  I didn’t envision the dozens of Dane fanciers who promptly joined together through the Educational Effort website.  Their coordination of “meet-and-greet” educational opportunities at theaters, booths and shelters across (and outside) the country, for the movie opening weekend,  was amazing. As “Marmaduke” continues its run, hundreds of theaters will continue to be supplied with brochures on the breed, promoting good breeding, rescue  -- and teaching why a Dane in the family requires thought and commitment.  Thank you to everyone who “took this movie and ran with it” to help protect and support our Great Dane breed.

Marmaduke In Renton "Spirit"

Komo Interview with Spirit

Meet Marmaduke (w/George)

Entertainment Tonight (w/George)

Entertainment Tonight #2 (w/George)
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