Am/BIS Intl Ch Estate's Affaire De Coeur "Remi"


Sire:Ch Fireside's Off and Running Dam: Ch Burke's Divine French Estate

Remi finished her Championship at 15 months, owner handled, with back to back majors winning BOW at the Great Dane Club of California Specialty show and then taking Best of Breed from the 12-18 class over 7 Specials the following day. A few months later, she completed her International Championship in one weekend with 3 consecutive Best of Breed wins, a Group 3 and a Best in Show.

While she had a wonderful show career and brought many terrific people and joys of showing into my life, I never got a litter from her. She was bred on several seasons to three different dogs and never produced a litter. Some were verified as resorbed, but we never found out why she failed to maintain a pregnancy.

When Remi was 5 she bloated and torsed. After she healed up from the bloat episode and gastropexy, I had her spayed.

At about age 9, Remi was diagnosed as low thyroid. She was put on a low dose of soloxine. I do not know if her thyroid condition was hereditary. She was never tested for TgAA, since I did not know about that when she was younger and being health checked. I now test all my dogs for this annually through age 5.

One month after her 11th birthday, Remi was having some gastrointestinal symptoms. The vet was alarmed at her heart rythym and suggested she see a cardiologist. That day we went to UC Davis and she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. For more information on this disease, please visit the links below.

Ginnie Saunders 4-part article on DCM GDCA Health & Welfare article, Heart Disease in the Great Dane