Craig Findlay feeds Shadow, a Great Dane, at the annual
Christmas in the Bark held at Forrester Park, Dunedin,
yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
His name is Shadow, and the shadow he casts is greater
The purebred Great Dane was the undisputed star of Christmas
in the Bark, an annual event held for canines and their
owners at Forrester Park yesterday.
Slideshow: Christmas in the Bark
Standing a lofty 187cm tall on his hind legs and weighing in
at a hefty 60kg, 2-year-old Shadow was still not fully grown,
owners Ann and Craig Findlay said.
And his large size comes with a jumbo-sized appetite.
Every three weeks Shadow chews through a $130 bag of dog
biscuits, his diet supplemented weekly by $15 of mutton
flaps, dog roll and even home-cooked meals.
But even a giant needs his sleep, and in this case the
pampered pooch has his own single bed, as it was cheaper than
buying a jumbo-sized kennel.
Mr Findlay said Great Danes were gentle, lovable dogs and
"fantastic" pets, but were also an ideal deterrent to
The Findlays also managed to adapt a man-sized Santa Claus
costume to allow Shadow to get into the Christmas theme.
The event attracted hundreds of dogs and their owners, many
of whom posed for photos with Santa and go on a mass
"walkies" to nearby Bethunes Gully.