Löwenkind [speak: Lov-an- keen-d] is what my husband always calls me if life doesn't treat me well and everything seems hopeless. We both are born in the zodiac of leo - we are fighters, never give up, keep going whatever comes in our ways.
But we both act different though after we got bottom rocked - while he gets up right away I am more the one suffering for a while until I'm back on my feet.
Hubby has such a kind way to "activate" the little lion in me and asking "where is my little Löwenkind?" is part of it ;o) ... it means the lion's kid.
So it was clear - if I would finally be able to breed my first litter it had to be in the name of the lion's kid ;o)
Becoming an AKC breeder
As soon as I set a foot on US territory I began my research on how to become a breeder ... but after a few phone calls I learned that things are totally different here!
While in Germany you have to have a registered kennel before you may have puppies, in the USA you have to have a litter before you may register a kennel =o)
Also to become a member of the Great Dane Club of America you do not just apply for membership - you have to know two members of the club for at least 2 years who are going to check your home and your Danes before they are going to sponsor you - quite a journey!
So I had to take one step after another ... it took me quite some years to get to know the right people, make good friends and to become part of the US Great Dane World.
I had my first litter fall 2012, registered "LOEWENKIND" with the AKC in 2013 and became a proud member of the GDCA (Great Dane Club of America) in 2014!
My special thanks go out to my sponsors and dear friends Debbie Bent from Bent-On Danes and Kathleen Fennell at Fendane Great Danes!