R O K A D A
Many have asked the origin of the kennel name Rokadane
so we have put together the following. For as many years as I can remember
Peg has wanted a Great Dane but we "filled the void" with many
other breeds including German Shepherd, "CockerPoo", and others.
We finally located a Great Dane for sale, among others in the Chicago Tribune,
for $150 so we went to the Northwest suburbs and brought Schwarze home.
He was 8 months old and although we noticed a few "challenges"
we kept overlooking them. The "challenges" included our teenage son needing
to wake Peg before he could come into the house after we had gone to bed,
as well as the fact that he was not that fond of me or any man for that
matter. A couple of years, or so, later we had to put him down because of aggression
which we now know is possible if the breeding is not well planned and researched.
Peg had talked to Pat Lawrence once before and felt that she sounded very
helpful so she called her again to see where we could get a "good"
Dane instead of repeating our error. She recommended Astrodane in Kentland
Indiana and it's breeders George Lanning and Jane Grover. Peg contacted
George Lanning and found out that Astrodane was next door to the Roman
Catholic church in Kentland. What we did not know until we got there was
that George Lanning was also known in Kentland as "Father" Lanning. He was
hoping that, if we took one of the brindles, we would show her in conformation, because she was a daughter of "Ch. Rojons the Hustler",
but we were firm that we did not want to show. He finally let us have the brindle
bitch. When we got home she saw our son Curt laying on the sofa and decided
he would save her from any more car rides so she jumped on his chest. Curt's
comment was "Get this Rock off my chest!" and then continued
to call her Rock so we registered her as Rock Crystal. These pictures show
that we knew nothing about Dane structure, having never been interested in showing or standards, or the best ways to photograph
them. You can also see that we would never spoil any of our Danes by the
coat that Peg made with wool from Hudson's Bay Company.
The kennel name derived is "Rok, a Dane".
Above is Rock while a Chicagoan.
Above is Rock, while a Chicagoan, on one of
her winter camping trips.
Above is old veteran Rock, years after we moved
to Goshen, & her great niece puppy
(later to become Can/Am Ch. Tigroschka - our first Champion).
Four Generation Pedigree
Ch. Deacons Golden Fury V Geordon
Von Riesenhofs the Bandit Bee
Ch. Von Riesenhof Brandi Bee
Ch. Von Riesenhofs the Boss
Killians Prince Norris
Ch. Von Riesenhofs Go-Josie-Go
Thendara Dolly Von Riesenhof
Ch. Rojons the Hustler
Ch. Rori of Noblebrook
Ch. Nandanes Tamanaco
Ch. Nandanes Gypsy of Way Mar
Cinderama III Lindi-Dane
Ch. Erin Danes El Tigre
Jones Cleo of Erin Dane
Ch. Greenwoods Zip of Mountdania
Ch. Abner Lowell Davis
Ch. Jecamos Lucy Ann
Tamlyns Bards Melody of Abner
Ch. Reggans Marvel of Marydane
Ch. Melandanes Bit O' Honey
Ch. Meldanes Aida
Talitha of Astrodane
Ch. Tozers Golden Rex
Ch. Leslies Thumper V Barnhardt
Ch. Leslies Promiscous Miss
Katrinka of Astrodane
Ch. Daiquiri Von Dach