Warning: Certain aspects of this posting may be considered just too dog-darn cute. Consider yourself warned.
I know many of you out there are asking yourself what car to buy for your Great Danes. What car could possibly accommodate not only one, not two, but three? And allow these huge gracious beings to stand up if they so choose?
Well, the answer, of course, is the 9-5 SportCombi!
Allow Keith, a SU reader from Toronto, to explain:
The Saab has the largest cargo area available to us, in a wagon. I maintain that a wagon is preferred, because you wouldn’t want to have to lift a sick Great Dane into an SUV. The lower the better, as I want the dogs to be able to get in and out of the car on their own.
We got the car before the dogs, but we got it in anticipation of getting a single Great Dane from a rescue group. The rescue group eventually came to us saying that this pair of black Great Danes were available, and that they wouldn’t split them up. I was nervous about getting two at once, though my wife tells me that it was her plan all along. As you can see, I took the plunge. That was in 2005. It was good for us that we ended up getting the 9-5, as the extra space was great to have.
But the story does not stop there. The family was then joined by the pup Danforth in 2008.
The 3 dogs can travel with either of the rear seats up, allowing us to accommodate a passenger in the second row. When we had just two, we could easily fit them into just the cargo area, and had the full second row available. When we got the third dog, it was no longer possible. But yes, a person can easily sit in either of the rear seats.(…)There really is no vehicle that wouldn’t require seats being down or taken out. I say that without having looked a Ford Transit. But even minivans would need a row to be removed, to accommodate all 3 of our dogs. ie, We did look at the Ford Flex while we were investigating a replacement, but no, it wouldn’t be able to do it.
Given that my wife and I are contemplating getting a dog eventually, I asked Keith for his opinion on rescue vs breeder.
Do I recommend rescue vs directly from a breeder? Wow, it’s a tough call. It’s easy to cite good and bad stories from each scenario, so it isn’t a case of one being better than the other. It really would come down to individual preference. A good dog could come from a breeder or rescue, and the same can be said about a “bad” dog. The only thing I can truly say about either is that the acquisition under either scenario is going to be the big difference. With a breeder, you wait for the birth of a puppy. With a rescue, it’s possible to make an application, and have a dog later that week. However the rescue dog is much less likely to be a puppy, which for some could be very important.
Finally, Keith has this great video demonstrating how the Danes ride in the back. It is a little long, but it is fascinating to watch these big dogs enjoying the ride their own way. At the end of the movie, watch as two of the Danes stand up inside the car.
For more on Keith, his wife Sarah and their three dogs Deco, Kitty and Danforth, visit 3greatdanes.com.